Saturday, 25 July 2015

White Hot and Shredded Denim

Hey,

Where has the summer gone?

I took these shots a couple of weeks back when the weather was (a little) nicer.

Boohoo recently got in touch to see if I wanted to style up some items. I was actually going to wear my choices to one of the nights at Manchester International Festival though in the end I couldn't make it, *sad face*. Thankfully it was for good reason - Chris' band got into the final of the Midlands heat for a slot to play at a festival, beating 18 other bands so I had to be there for the big night! Sadly they didn't win in the end but they did amazingly well to say they've only been occasionally playing together around a year and a half, with the final in the competition being just their sixth gig!

I wore this for to go for a few alfresco drinks.

Coloured choker - eBay
White shirt - Warehouse
Ripped denim dungarees - Boohoo*
White cleated sole platform sandals - Boohoo*

I've worn these dungarees so much since I got them; the knees are probably a bit more busted open than when I got them! They fit like a dream, are comfy and such great quality for high street denim. I love the vintage wash and shredding to the lower legs.

I wanted to add some white to my outfit to complement the badass cleated platform shoes. My Warehouse white shirt is classic and has become a bit of a go-to if I'm short of something to wear when my brain is frazzled and my room has become a chaotic floordrobe.

Just peeking out is a cheeky sale purchase from Agent Provocateur. The set was a bit of a treat to myself that I couldn't resist with their sale being so good. The Liza bra has such gorgeous strappy detailing, it's difficult not to want to show it off. Writing this post, I've seen it's gone down in price again since I got it - always the way!

P.S. I got my purple hued ombre (which hasn't picked up so well on camera) at new Manchester salon, Red Angel Hair; highly recommend these guys.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

In The Pink: Summer Casuals

Hey,

Here's an outfit I threw on after work; seizing the opportunity of the warm evening to walk down to a close by beer garden for a few drinks in the sun.

It was so sunny, I couldn't even open my eyes without my sunglasses! Also shadows galore in these photos...

Clubmaster sunglasses - Rayban
Faux septum ring - Elisha Francis*
Colourful beaded choker - Primark
Pink orb tee - Vivienne Westwood Anglomania @ Repertoire Fashion*
Blue skinny jeans - Jailbird Jeans*
Chunky patent mules - ASOS

I was seriously lacking in cool, casual tees so when Repertoire Fashion got in touch to see if there was anything I'd like from their huge collection of designer brands, I immediately went for this colourful orb tee from Vivienne Westwood's Anglomania line. 

I'm not necessarily a pink person but I thought this bold colour would look wicked for summer.

I've casually paired it with my new skinny jeans from Jailbird. These high-rise blue jeans are amazing value at just £23.99 (currently in sale). The denim is really thick with a slight stretch, and I like that the cuffs have contrast binding so they look good when turned up too.

I made the look a bit more pub-friendly with some chunky mid-height heels. I also popped in one of my new faux septum rings from the Elisha Francis Bomani Woman collection. These are great for adding a bit of edge if you don't have the bottle or maybe an appropriate job to be able to sport a real septum piercing. 

I've met Elisha before and she has real talent for jewellery making and a fantastic creative eye. As well as making gorgeous pieces of jewellery with crystals and semi-precious gemstones, she also has an incredible line of customised trainers.

What's your go-to finishing touch to your casual outfits?

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A Review: Silk Oil of Morocco Fibre Lash Mascara Kit

Hey,

A rare beauty review from me today!

I've been hearing a lot about 'fibre mascara' recently so I was really interested to try Australian brand, Silk Oil of Morocco's own version - the Fibre Lash Mascara Kit.

My first introduction, of sorts, to fibre mascaras was the well known Moodstruck kit by Younique. The brand tend to sell through individual ambassadors so I've seen a lot about this one on social media - though it's important to say that I haven't actually tried it!

Silk Oil of Morocco have built themselves on the use of cold pressed organic argan oil in all of their products, which range from haircare to mineral cosmetics.

The fibre lash kit promises to enhance natural lashes with added lengh and extra volume. To achieve this, the kit (housed in a hinged sunglasses style case) comprises of two different tubes of product; one argan oil-infused black mascara and one tube of tiny fibres which stic to the lashes.

Silk of Morocco Fibre Lash Kit Wands
Argan Oil Fibre Lash Kit Before After
Above, I've applied the mascara fully to the lashes on my right eye with the fibres finishing the top lash line. On my left eye (note, my left eye is on the righthand side on the photos!) I have no mascara at all - just my natural lashes.
Fibre Lashes Mascara Result
Now, I've applied a normal mascara to my left eye so that you can see the difference. I would usually use my Benefit They're Real mascara but I think that it's so good, it wouldn't be a fair comparison! I've instead used a more standard drugstore volume mascara.

And here we have the full result:

Silk of Morocco Fibre Lash Kit Result
Silk of Morocco Fibre Lash Kit Result Makeup
I'm really pleased with the result! My lashes have loads more length and volume than even my favourite mascara can give.

Having heard a few negative things about other fibre mascaras, my biggest concerns were whether the fibres would stay on my lashes, whether they would irritate my eyes and how easy the product would be to remove.

I'm pleased to report that the fibres clung to my lashes really well and didn't irritate my eyes at all as I was careful to only apply the fibres to the mid-end lengths. You can also apply the fibres to the lower lashes but I didn't feel that I needed/wanted to.

This isn't a product I'd use everyday (not that you can't) but I've already used it loads on weekends and when going out for drinks and food, just for that extra wow factor. It's perfect for me as I hate false eyelashes - not that I don't like how they look, I just can't (and have never been able to) apply them. This mascara kit is the happy medium for me.

Have you tried a fibre mascara before? Let me know which one and what you thought of it as I'd love to try more.

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