Sunday, 22 November 2015

Parker girl

It's been a while since I last posted so I guess a lot of catching up is needed. I, quite abruptly stopped writing a year ago during my second year of uni in Manchester. As much as I love writing and missed the blogging community, I was just juggling too much to really focus on the quality of my content which is really important to me. Hell, I was juggling too much to really focus on anything back then! 

Safe to say, life has settled now and a lot of exciting changes has happened in the past year. I'm currently (finally!) on the placement year of my course working at Ralph Lauren as a Buyers Admin assistant. I live in Greater London with my housemate and good friend but commute regularly back to Bristol on the weekends. Oh, I also turned 22 , 22 days ago.

On that birthday note I wanted to show a glimpse today my lovely gift of the Portere Parker from All Saints, I cant stop wearing it. If theres a style of coat that encompasses my own personal style, this is the one!

The Portere Parker is one of All Saints classic style coats, they do it all year round and for who knows how many years? Having worked there myself I'd never paid much attention to it, it was always undone and hidden away in the continuity section. I wasn't ever a big fan of parker coats, I felt they were too casual for me, it wasn't until I saw it on that I fell in love with it's draping features. 

It's completely effortless, contemporary with a very practical feel. I just don't recommend wearing it in the rain, yes it has a marvelous hood, but waterproof it is not.
It is however, great for throwing over any outfit for any occasion. You could wear bed clothes underneath and essentially as long as the parker was done up look pretty chic. It's also great for rolling up in a ball and shoving it in your bag on nights out, which my nan will tell me off for doing.  

Downside is that it is pretty expensive at £258, but it was a present and la boyfriend gets 50% off.

I think any long coat looks great with bare legs, and a dress. I've paired mine with my Kooples leopard print/ black shift dress (bought on sale back in summer) and Russell & Bromley Runway boots, also a birthday gift. I take great caution when buying clothes and accessories, scouring websites to find a cheaper dupe of what I want but with these 3 items I just couldn't find a better alternative. The boots are beyond the comfiest I've tried on, the upper fabric of the dress has a soft to touch brushed silk feel that I haven't seen since the old school All Saints days and the coat is just gorgeously draped in soft cotton and has what can only be described as a star wars-esque hood. 

These are my investment pieces and probably my favourite items in my wardrobe. I don't think they fit into any particular trend at the moment but they are true to my personal style, and something I would wear for years. :) 

Thank you for reading! 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Nars Christopher Kane: Outer limits

This month the new Nars Christopher Kane collection hit stores in the UK and after setting sights on the dazzling eyeshadow shade 'Outer limits' I couldn't resist.  After reading some great reviews and scanning YouTube for tutorials it was a clear case of 'She saw, she bought!'

 However, I was disappointed to see not many reviews had been posted due to the newness of the product. So this got me craving to write a blog post about my experience with the 'Outer limits' shade, I hope you find this helpful!

The colour of this shade was so stunning and unusual to see, it's an extremely sparkly, rose gold going on orange shade. It can look daunting and at first as much as the inner magpie in me loved it, I did only consider it to be an inner corner eye colour just to brighten the eyes.  

For an experiment the first time I used it I used a synthetic flat eyeshadow brush to dab it over the eyelid and inner corner of the eye. It seemed a little sheer in my bedroom light but later on in work two work colleagues commented on how sparkly and lovely my eyeshadow was. One of my work friends then took a trip after work to get the same shade, she wore it the next day and seeing it on someone else made me realise how beautiful and flattering the shade really is. As you can see from my swatch below, despite the bright orange look in the pan, it actually goes on the skin quite nude. 

The only downside to this eyeshadow from Nars is the fallout, even with primer. I only use a tiny bit of shadow on my eyelid but guaranteed it will transfer somehow into the crease and above it. This isn't really a problem for me as the shade is a good balance of 'intense enough to make an impression' but sheer enough that it looks great all over the eyelid and socket, however, this won't be ideal for those of you that want a very precise look. 

Shown below is the eyeshadow once it's been applied to the eye. For this look I just used the Urban decay Eden eyeshadow primer which covers the eye in a skin tone base getting rid of discolouration. Then with any nude eyeshadow using a big fluffy eyeshadow brush, I dust all over the eyelid. With the same brush using a slightly darker shade (such as 'Coffee Au Lait' from my Laura Mercier pallet) I blend this colour into the crease and towards the brow bone, I find this gives shape to my hooded eye. Using just my finger I dab 'Outer Limits' over the eyelid, no blending required as the shade tends to disperse itself towards the brow bone anyway. Finally to make my eyes pop even more using a small brush I dab a little of the shade into the inner corners of my eye, this always widens your eyes so makes them look more awake and bigger. I like this look to be quite natural, but to define the eye shape a little more I just use a brown pencil liner which I then smudge a little.  

Overall this is a fantastic eyeshadow that can be used for every day purpose, adding something different to a nude makeup look or can be used willy nilly wherever on the face for a great festival look. (maybe under some face gems or bright turquoise eyeliner in creative flicky swirls?)

I highly recommend you go check it out! If you're in the UK and a student you can also get 10% student discount on the House of Fraser website, also if you work in a city centre take advantage of click and collect for free delivery! 

Thanks for the read x