Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Work wear haul: SHOES.

A while ago I was lucky enough to win a competition hosted by Debenhams in which part of the prize was a gift voucher and personal shopper. Even more lucky for me was that it coincided with me getting my first actual grown-up job, so I could use it to get my work-wear wardrobe in one go rather than saving and buying as I go along. Anyway, here is the first part of my work wear wardrobe, the shoes!

For the shoes comfort was key, I am going to be working long days with a hefty commute. I also needed colours that would work with whatever I was wearing. When we saw these shoes mum literally squealed, apparently Hotter are very well known for their comfort. These pairs usually retailed at £70 but were down to £22 in the sale, and then it was 'Buy one get one half price' so a complete bargain!

comfy work wear shoes, office wear, leather shoes, suede shoes.

office shoes

office shoes nude flower lining

These shoes really are so comfy, thanks to the cushioned inner sole, and have great arch support. I think they are completely perfect for an office environment! I also love the little details such as the rose atop the black leather pair, and the gorgeous lining and stitching on the suede nude ones. Plus, the little height to the the shoes helps me to feel more put together and confident.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Purple Haze-y eyes and matte pink lips.

I love this look for something fresh and summery, a lilac-purple wash around the outer crease of my eye (I find it really brings out the green in my iris') paired with a matte natural  pink lip. For the eyes I used Max Factor mono eye shadow in 02 Creme Champagne (currently on 3 for 2 in boots!) all over my lid and up to my brow bone as a base. I love using this as it makes everything I put on top so easy to blend! I then take a shimmery purple shade from a Clinique quad, it was actually a GWP, but I believe but the shadow is from the Beach Plum duo. Using a fluffy blush I gently blend this around the crease of my eye to get a sheer wash of colour. I find leaving the Max Factor shade on the lids helps to keep everything  away from the punched-in-the-face kind of look. For the day time I leave it at this and use a light coat of mascara, but this look could easily be ramped up for the evening with more colour and more lashes! On my lips I used my NARS velvet matte lip pencil in Sex Machine. This is a gorgeously creamy matte pencil that does not dry out my lips at all, the colour is a lovely dusky pink that is close to my natural lips so I love wearing it during the day!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Burnished gold nails.

Initially when I started painting my nails I wanted a light to dark gold dip dye effect. However, once I started it wasn't quite as easy, but I realised that I quite like the 'burnished' effect I got when dabbing the lighter gold over my darker, bronzey base. I love both of these colours separately as well, they have a beautiful shimmer and sparkle to them. The lighter gold is from Avon, and the darker base is OPI.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Polka dot playsuits and plaits.

Bit of a tongue twister title eh! This is another go-to summer outfit that I like to throw on. The playsuit is actually from this website called next2nowt who (from what I can gather) source clothes direct from manufacturers, so are able to give you the best price, even if the exact same item is priced a lot higher in a high-street store. I would highly reccomend you check them out as there are some great items available.  The crop I am wearing underneath is the same as my last post and I think that together it is such an adorable outfit! My nails are a 'persimmon' by a brand called Soigne which I received in a birchbox (A monthly subscription beauty box). I also thought I would just throw in a picture of my hair, I did a quick and loose plait to just keep everything off my face and I think it turned out quick well :)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

£5 Muji-like make up storage.

Just a quick post to let you all know about this muji lookey-likey storage which I picked up in the John Lewis sale for £5! It looks very similar and even comes with hooks so that it can be mounted to your wall, I cannot wait to sort out my make up and fill them up! Available here.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Bargain summer nail varnish; No7 Spring Meadow

Oh the clearance stand at boots, home to so many unloved and forgotten beauty items. This time, however, my eye was caught by this beautiful  Tiffany blue-ish shade from No7.  A group of this 'spring meadow'shade were priced at £3 each, which is half of their usual price. I thought this was the perfect summer colour so happily picked it up.

Now, I do still think this is a gorgeous colour but I can see why it was reduced, the formula is just so thin! I had to apply 3-4 coats until I was happy. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just means this wouldn't be a shade you would reach for if you wanted a speedy mani. I used a topcoat and have slight chip wear after a couple of days, believe it or not that is actually pretty rare on my nails so I guess the building of layers pays off. I am glad that I got this shade as I do think it is divine, and I don't mind a long winded mani, I just watch a YT video in between each coat!

Would you wear this colour, or be put off by the formula?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Book Club: 'What To Do When Someone Dies' by Nicci French.

'Ellie Faulkner's world has been destroyed. Her husband Greg died in a car crash- and he wasn't alone. In the passenger seat was the body of Milena Livingstone- a woman Ellie's never heard of.

But Ellie refuses to leap to the obvious conclusion, despite the whispers and suspicions of those around her. Maybe it's the grief, but Ellie has to find out who this woman was - and must prove Greg wasn't having an affair' 

The moody coloured cover with the gold accent is what first drew me to this book, I do not normally go for crime fiction but in this case, I am glad that I did. I really do not like books that I have to wait to get into, but the very first line in this had me wanting to read more; 'Moments when your life changes: there will always be a before and an after' which drew me into this mysterious tale of grief and mystery. This book kept me guessing and had lots of unexpected twists and turns, it also gives an insight into a grief ridden mind and the strength and importance of friendship during hard times. Adding another, slightly gentler, facet to this crime story.  This book was a good page turner and I would recommend it a light summer holiday read.

Genre: Murder Mystery, Thriller, Crime Fiction.