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Monday, 15 August 2016

the DOMINICAN detox













Having been home from the Domincan Republic for nearing a week, I felt it was about time that I did a post about it. I've titled this post the 'Dominican Detox' because that really is what it was. The several weeks leading up to the day I went away were undoubtedly some of the hardest of my life and I know everyone says they 'need a holiday' but I really did. Crap aside, this made me have an even better time away as feel like I appreciated it more than I would have done otherwise.

I didn't do a great deal this holiday and took the time to really relax, enjoy the sun and listen to my favourite music for days on end - my idea of the perfect detox. Morning walks watching sunrise at 6am were bliss although I won't sugar coat it too much - it did make me grumpy later in the day. I feel like the photos I got were totally worth it though, and there really is nothing like walking along a beach when there is almost nobody else there.

Our hotel had a sports bar where we watched the Olympics which is one of the things I particularly enjoyed doing along with various restaurants and bars that we ate in (I forgot to take photos in the majority of those) so it really was just a great opportunity to chill.

I guess the main idea of this post was to just share some photos and document them for my own memories too. I know I love reading holiday blog posts so I hope you enjoyed this too.

Elle x
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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Bedroom Decor Ideas - decorate your bedroom on a budget


I'm by no means an expert when it comes to decorating bedrooms, interior design - or anything for that matter - however a hobby that I find really enjoyable is decorating my room. I'm always on the lookout for cool things that I can add to my room and recently I seem to have found a fair number. You might remember a recent post I did that featured many photos of my room (a bedroom lookbook) and though my room hasn't changed drastically since then, there are a few things I've altered. I thought it would be fun to do a post showing how you can revamp your room a bit, very cheaply.


IDEA 1

For this I grabbed an old jam jar and removed its labels. I then tied some ribbon around it to decorate it slightly, filled it with water and then picked some fresh lavender from my garden - and here we have a pretty much free vase of flowers. The lavender lasts roughly a week before I go out and pick some more. This is such a quick and easy way of adding something to your room and very pretty too! I found the wooden 'E' for £1 in Tiger - I would highly recommend Tiger for cheap and cheerful bedroom bits. I then of course had to throw in my Urban Decay setting spray as it matched the purple of the lavender, this isn't necessary though.


IDEA 2

If, like me, you love makeup you can use that to your advantage and display some of it as part of your room decor. A great way to do this is using a makeup organiser, the one above was a couple of pounds from Forever 21 and they're very easy to pick up cheaply. I then just filled it with some of my makeup bits that either look nice or I use often. If you're not a makeup fan, you could do this with other things such as skin care, perfumes, nail polishes etc.



IDEA 3

Shelves always have the ability to add decoration to a room. They can be quite pricey but they don't have to be if you're up for a bit of DIY. I picked up two planks of wood quite cheaply from Homebase, coated them in white paint and then attatched them to my wall using brackets - these can be found at low cost too. As for decoration, I already had all of the things displayed on the shelves so this didn't come at an extra cost. The alarm clock and ELLE candles were from a local super market, the plant from IKEA, the light up 'E' from hobbycraft etc. I think this just proves that to find cute things you don't necessarily have to look anywhere fancy. Often I find that supermarkets offer great homeware at really affordable prices.


IDEA 4 (the flowers reappear)

If you have a desktop, bedside table or spare surface that is looking a little boring, why not add some 'coffee table books'. These are books that as well as being great to read, look really nice too. I have several scattered around my room, my favourite being these three on my bedside table. Not only can I conveniently grab them if I want to read in bed, they make the surface look a little less boring. I got these books from Urban Outfitters I believe however, you can find books virtually anywhere - boot sales, libraries, bookshops (obviously) or you may even have some already that you haven't thought to display!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it may have given you some ideas for some home decor!

Elle x
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Saturday, 2 July 2016

OOTN: PROM 2016









I couldn't go to prom and resist doing a blogpost...who'd have guessed it. It seems my social media has also been flooded with prom pictures too but I mean, how often is it that you get to dress up and wear a fancy dress for the night? In my case, almost never. I love to do an 'outfit of the day' post every now and then so I thought why not throw in an outfit of the night and a few pictures of the night. I LOVE snooping at other people's prom pictures, I'm not sure why but I just find it so exciting.

The dress I wore was from American brand Xcite,  I'd thoroughly recommend them as the variety of dresses they offer is INSANE and you are almost certain to find one that is very you. From the very start I always had my heart set on a white prom dress, call me boring but I just find it much easier in terms of matching makeup with it and what not. I discovered this dress which I believe was from a previous collection, potentially prom 2015, and fell in love. I liked the detailing of the mesh and while it was slightly more daring than anything I would normally wear, I just knew I had to get it.

I then paired this with a rose gold Jasper Conran clutch. I was tempted to go for a bold bright statement clutch but as the dress was quite classic looking I didn't think this would go particularly well and decided that a metallic colour might work better.

As my dress had an open back, I chose to have my hair up (I pretty much resemble an egg when my hair is down anyway). My hair was done by the lovely Sophie at Clipso. If you ever need a hair-up, Clipso is for sure the place to go.

I won't go into specific makeup details as this is an outfit post however, I settled for a burgundy and gold smokey eye with some winged liner and a nude lip.

That's about it really!
Elle x

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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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