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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

NEW BEAUTY BUYS


Over the last couple of months I have (not surprisingly) accumulated a small collection of beauty bits and I thought I'd share a couple of them. Personally, I love reading these posts and seeing the things people have been buying recently. Some of these products I have been using for a while and others not so long,  so consider this a 'first impressions' style post.


First is the infamous Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea water foundation. This foundation was launched not long ago and just weeks after its initial release, was already cropping up everywhere in the blogosphere and instagram. At this time, I was on the lookout for a new foundation anyway (my Chanel perfection lumiere looked awful and I didn't like it AT ALL), and had never tried a water based foundation. I went ahead and purchased it and it also came with a free brush. I'm not lying when I say this is the nicest foundation I have ever used. I find it to be so natural looking and light yet it still offers a great coverage, I'm not sure if this is due to its water based formula or not so I'd be interested to use some more water based foundations and see how they compare.


It's also worth mentioning how beautiful the packaging is too - it looks beautiful on a dressing table. The foundation actually has a pipette (as seen above) rather than the traditional pump and while other people may not like this, I personally find it easier to control the amount that is coming out. Overall, I am extremely happy with this purchase and feel I definitely got my money's worth. This foundation was £30 but like I said, it came with a free brush.


I'm assuming you have all heard of Becca's shimmering skin perfector's, no? I'm sure you have unless you've been living under a rock. I've been eyeing up the pressed opal highlighter for what feels like months but never brought it due to its high price and well known tendency to smash. I then discovered this set on Cult Beauty which retailed for £20 - a much more appropriate price in my opinion. The highlighters in this set are absolutely tiny as they're designed to be used for travelling - this is what I particularly love about them. Later this summer I'm going to the Dominican Republic and I felt this set would be perfect to take with me. So far I am very impressed.


Again sticking with the theme of travelling, I picked up the travel size of the Clarins makeup remover. This makeup remover is oil based and literally dissolves your makeup, it leaves no residue and is quick and easy. I've been through a bottle of the full size of this too which just shows how much I love it. This will definitely be coming away on holiday with me.



One of the oldest products in this post is the NARS 'scorching sun' eyeshadow duo. I spotted this and instantly fell in love due to its summery vibe. Oranges and golds also bring out the blue in eyes which is what I particularly love about them and these shadows definitely did not disappoint.



When browsing the Cohorted website, I came across the MAC studio fix powder foundation. In summer I generally don't like wearing lots of face makeup and so I was after a powder that I could dust over my face for a slight bit of coverage. This product did the job and is my favourite powder foundation I've used alone with the Bare Minerals blemish ready foundation.


Finally, is the NYX mineral stick foundation. After hearing all of the hype over the Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation stick, I wanted to try this and see if it was a dupe. Unfortunately, this product really didn't live up to my expectations and was sticky feeling, very pink toned and tended to crease very badly throughout the day. Not only this, it really wasn't good value for money as in less than two weeks, I was left with the tiniest nub left which you can see in the photo above.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Until next time...
Elle x
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Friday, 17 June 2016

trying something different & back to blogging!



I always find starting blog posts incredibly awkward (anyone else find that?), especially as I know that a lot of people who I know personally will read my posts from time to time. I guess thats natural really, but for this reason, I've not blogged in a LONG time. Anyway, for me its summer now and I have vowed to myself that over summer I am going to put SO much effort into my blog again and stop caring what other people think. This little space on the internet will help massively with my chosen career choice too and thats way more important than what people think of me.


That aside, you all know how much I love makeup and over the past couple of months, I've been experimenting with different colours and looks a lot more. I recently posted this look on my twitter @LlPSTlCKS (cheeky plug - go follow me) and got a lot of questions about what products I used and so, I thought I'd post about them.

I'm not going to lie, this look was totally experimental, I used tape to get a sharp wing effect and then just blended to my hearts content. These are the products I used:

Eye primer: Absoloute New york base eyeshadow primer

Primer setter: MAC studio fix powder foundation (shade NC15)

Eye base: MAC paint pot 'chrome angel' 

Bergundy eyeshadow: KIKO eyeshadow 'infinity'

Blue eyeshadow: Mememe cosmetics Enchanted Eyes 

Black eyeshadow: Morphe 'coal'

Lashes: Ardell demi wispies

Mascara: Too Faced 'better than sex' 

Brows: Anastasia beverley hills dipbrow 'medium brown'

Brow bone highlight: MAC mineralize skinfinish 'lightscapade' 


I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you try this makeup or have any requests for looks, be sure to tweet me!

Elle x

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Friday, 15 April 2016

Bedroom Lookbook 2016









Hey guys, after posting a few photos of my bedroom on various social media accounts, I was asked by a fair amount of people where certain things were from and if I could incorporate them into a blogpost somehow. I thought there was no better way to do it than an old school lookbook. Enjoy!

So, above is my bedroom. You can probably tell I stick to a kind of black and white theme (oh how boring Elle - I know ), I feel black and white fits every season and so is an easy colour scheme to stick with in terms of bedroom interior. I also find that there are a TONNE of accessories that fit rooms of this colour scheme. You'll probably also notice that I take way too much pride in my room. I guess this is because its like my own little space  - I feel a room can really reflect a personality.

As I was getting a lot of questions about where things are from. I thought I'd list the main ones below:

1) Bedding - JYSK
2) Black cushions - IKEA
3) 'It's just the little things' cushion - Tesco
4) Bedside table - IKEA
5) Light-up 'E' - Hobbycraft
6) Fairy lights - Primark
7) Alarm clock - ASDA
8) Dressing table vanity - IKEA
9) Storage basket - NEXT home
10) 'Little book of Chanel' - Amazon
11) 'Believe in yourself' notebook - Homesense
12) 'Vogue' photo frame - Sass&Belle
13) Grass man - Tiger
14) Black and white heart straws - Tiger
15) under-bed storage drawers - IKEA
16) mannequin - The Range

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Elle x

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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Farfetch: ROCK THE RED CARPET FOR AWARD SEASON

It's award season and the fabulous online clothing store Farfetch contacted me with details of a red carpet fashion competition. As an avid fashion lover and regular magazine reader, I couldn't pass by this opportunity without giving it a go and so, this is my entry. I browsed their website for hours to pick out pieces for two completely different red carpet outfits and made them into these fashion sets below:


This is the first outfit and as you can see, I went for a classic red carpet look by choosing a statement dress and picking accessories from there onwards. The metallic foiled patterns on this dress really drew me to it and I felt a metallic clutch would complement them. I decided to stay pretty simple with the shoes and keep them a similar colour to the dress however, the thick black stitching on them adds some subtle extra detail. To tie in with the black stitching on the shoes, I chose these statement black earrings. To pull the entire look together, I chose a chunky gold bangle which adds just a slight edge to the look.

Dress: Carolina Herrera - £5,753.32
Shoes: Jimmy Choo - £675.00
Clutch: Jimmy Choo - £495.00
Earrings: Givenchy - £535.00
Bangle: Chloe - £632.66
This second look is very different and is inspired by Jeremy Scott who is someone I've looked up to in fashion for a long time. I first picked one of his Moschino skirts and paired it with a black cropped top. I looked at the colours in the skirt and decided that I wanted some yellow shoes to match it and then stumbled upon these boots which I thought fitted my image perfectly. For the clutch, I decided a black one would be best, to match the crop top and then finished off this outfit with some round glasses.

Skirt: Moschino - £454.00
Top: Proenza Schouler - £874.02
Boots: Marni - £660.00
Clutch: Givenchy - £340
Glasses: Chloe - £269.28

I hope you like these outfits! Go check out the Farfetch store.

Elle x
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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

REVIEW: Too Faced soul mates blushing bronzer 'CARRIE&BIG'





This much awaited post has finally come (awaited by myself anyway). Some of you may have seen the tweets of the tragic moment I smashed my Too Faced Soul Mates bronzer just 20 hours after I purchased it (a sob story good enough for X Factor lets not lie), but after restraining for weeks I finally repurchased it again. This time, I got the shade Carrie & Big which is one of two shades - Ross & Rachel which I purchased last time - as this seemed to be more suited to pale skin tones like mine.

To put it bluntly, I am OBSESSED with this bronzer. Too Faced have really got it spot on with the packaging (although, when have they not), from the cute box to the huge mirror, the packaging is an all round winner. The mirror makes it perfect for travelling and if you happen to smash yours like I did with my first one, it means it still has a use.

 I've seen a number of negative reviews regarding this bronzer's tendancy to show up orange on many skin tones and I was a little worried it would have the same effect on me, if you know me, you know I hate orange face products. Now, I do have to admit this bronzer is slightly orange toned however this really works for me if I am going for an all over natural bronze as this is a similar colour to the colour I normally tan (yes, someone as pale as me can tan every once in a while). Whilst I'm saying it has orange tones, it certainly doesn't look 'orange'. Those of you that have used benefit hoola will know that it has grey undertones which makes it perfect for contouring however, slightly muddy looking if you bronze all over. This product is the opposite, not so great for contouring however , the perfect colour for bronzing. I particularly like using these products together as they seem to complement each other.

In terms of the blusher, I'm not going to lie in saying that it is quite hard to get on your brush without mixing it with the bronzer, this can be quite frustrating although is easily sorted by using a smaller blush brush. The colour itself is a colour that I've never used before, I normally go for dolly pinks however this coral shade really complements the bronzer and I find using them together gives you a really natural-looking complexion.

Overall, I'm chuffed with this bronzer and I think its a worthwhile purchase, I'm sure it will be getting a lot more use over the upcoming summer months.

You can get this bronzer here: https://www.toofaced.com/p/bronzers/soul-mates/


If you're on a budget and after this bronzer, keep an eye out in TK Maxx (TJ Maxx if you're in the USA), as they have them for sale once in a blue moon!


Elle x

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Monday, 25 January 2016

Saatchi Gallery: Champagne Life






Choosing the photos to form this post was a difficult task for me. What with the Saatchi gallery being filled to the brim with incredible art and not wanting to be a complete spoiler and show you it all, this is what I managed to cut it down to.

Never heard of the Saatchi Gallery? I guess you could say it's fairly new, I believe around 30 years old. I'd wanted to go for quite a while and when I heard about their new exhibition 'Champagne Life', I could think of no better reason for a quick visit. This exhibition is an all female exhibition meaning that everything created in it was created by women and I believe this is the first all female exhibition there's been.

Unbeknown to me at the time, the gallery is situated near some beautiful shops and as I'm sure you can imagine, I did a fair bit of shopping too (which made the whole experience just that tiny bit better).

In terms of art, this gallery is breathtaking. I love an old art gallery - don't get me wrong, but the modern twist to the Saatchi makes it fresh and gives it that slight edge. This trip has helped to inform and inspire my own art and I look forward to visiting again when another exhibition arrives!

If you're into art or happen to be passing by (the nearest station is Sloane Square), then I 100% recommend you pop in for a look - you won't be disappointed!
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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Casual Sunday's / OOTD


Welcome back! Sunday's are perfect for sleeping in and going for long afternoon walks. While walking today I wore this casual outfit that I thought I'd share. This is my favourite kind of thing to wear on a Sunday. Outfit details are below, enjoy!

Jumper - ASDA (surprising I know, but you can find some really simple pieces in there)
Jeans - H&M
Trainers - Adidas Superstars

Elle x
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

£10 OFF URBAN DECAY electric palette + FREE delivery

Hello! As you guys know, I'm always on the hunt for new beauty bargains. Today I thought I'd share where you can get the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment palette with £10 off. It is currently on sale here at beauty bay  from £38 now down to £28.50 with FREE DELIVERY. Enjoy!

Elle x


(images are Beauty Bay not my own)
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Friday, 16 October 2015

Coast capsule wardrobe collection AW15











Its Autumn and that means Christmas is officially on the way (sorry to you Christmas haters out there), but that ALSO means Coast have launched their fabulous new AW15 collections *squeal*. I had a play around with the new Roccobella dress (which may I add, is truly beautiful) and decided to create two totally different looks.

The first, is a classic look with heels and a small clutch which would be perfect for a prom, a party or even a fancy Christmas do! I love the detailing on this dress as it means you don't necessarily have to wear accessories, it can look simple and classy without. Not to mention the beautiful flowing skirt - my weakness!

I then decided to try making this dress slightly more edgy by pairing it with my trusty Doc Marten boots, not necessarily your 'go to' footwear with a dress like this but dare to be different eh? I love the retro punk edge they bring. I also teamed this with a black leather jacket from H&M because here in the UK you can't be without a jacket - Ever.  I actually love how this outfit ended up as I think mixing classic pieces with retro pieces can blend two different eras together and makes an outfit just that bit more interesting.

What I particularly love about the new AW15 collection at Coast is that the pieces are so versatile, they would be fabulous as part of a capsule wardrobe and styled in many different ways. If you're interested in the Roccobella dress you can find it here: http://www.coast-stores.com/p/roccobella-dress/1467741

see you next time,
Elle x

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

autumn makeup re-stock - Stila 'In The Garden' palette


These past few weeks, autumn has been fast approaching the UK and kicking summer out of the equation (see you soon sun?), But strangely, that hasn't bothered me at all this year. What with crunchy leaves, berry lipsticks and the occasional pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, its a VERY exciting time of the year indeed, not forgetting the exciting autumn makeup that is about to make its yearly breakthrough! This in mind, I was on the hunt for some autumn eyeshadows until I stumbled upon the wonderful 'In The Garden' palette by Stila, not very autumnal you may think? Wrong. I first looked at this palette and thought 'hm, pretty, but not your typical autumn shades', but I proceeded to buy it anyway because lets face it - when do I ever say no to new makeup? Turns out, these shades are perfect for autumn. From the beautiful matte nudes to the champagne and bronze colours, these shades scream autumn. In fact, because this palette is themed around garden colours (the shade 'moss' for example, which is an earthy green), it makes them perfect for the whole 'leaves falling' kind of aspect of autumn.

I have to be honest, 'freesia' and 'rosette' (the blue and purple shadows) don't seem like your typical autumn eyeshadow choices but I feel like they could still look great, especially in the colder months and at Christmas.



(From left to right: Chinois Breeze Bark Freesia Rosette Nectar Honey Sage Moss Juniper)

In terms of pigment, these shadows are brilliant, they show up just as they do in the pan and the matte shadows are not chalky at all which is great news for me - there is NOTHING I hate more than chalky eyeshadows! Normally, I like to spray a little Mac Fix+ spray onto my brush when applying eyeshadow as this increases the pigmentation but with these shadows I don't need to do that at all, its a win win all round. 

I am SO excited for the rest of autumn and to experiment with these shadows and more makeup too, not forgetting some candle lit baths and cosy film nights! (Who am I kidding, I never get time for those anymore).

See you next time
Elle x 


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