Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Topshop Nails in Moonshine

Although I’ve been sporting mainly nude and deep red nails so far this Autumn, my metallic and glitter nail polishes are never too far out of reach. Today I found this little bottle trapped at the back of my nail drawer - this time last year I couldn’t live without this beautiful shimmery pink metallic polish so I decided it was time to begin using it again. I’m a big fan of Topshop Nails but this has to be one of my all time favourites! I’m quite tempted to stock up ready for the day I see the dreaded words ‘discontinued’.

Topshop Nails in Moonshine
Topshop Nails in Moonshine
Topshop Nails in Moonshine

Topshop Nails in Moonshine
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Monday, 29 October 2012

Tim Walker: Story Teller Exhibition

This week I took some time out to visit the Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition at Somerset House. Tim Walker is undoubtedly one of my all time favourite photographers; with his distinctive whimsical style and unmistakable sense of childhood magic I can't help but fall in love with every picture he creates. After seeing the exhibition advertise at the beautiful Somerset House some months ago, I was extremely excited to delve into the weird and wonderful world of Tim Walker.
 
Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition
Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition

Upon entering the exhibition I was immediately filled with that sense of calm I get whenever I see Tim's work. He has the ability to turn our wildest dreams into realities, creating a fictional story in the most beautiful series of images. A serene, white open space was filled with whitewashed frames, grand fireplaces and extravagant props. It's quite literally like stepping into a dream...

Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition
Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition

Although busy, the East Wing at Somerset House was somewhat calming, every visitor stopping to take in every image, prop and narrative they discovered. Like a child in a strange playhouse of both fashion and art I wandered through the hallways, each room leading me into a different chapter of Walker's life and work.

Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition

Alexander McQueen with skull and cigarettes Clerkenwell, London, 2009 

Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition
Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition

'Sometimes when you're taking a picture an extraordinary sense of luck and chance takes over and propels you to make pictures that you couldn't in your wildest dreams have imagined. This is the magic of photography.' - Tim Walker

Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition
Tim Walker Story Teller Exhibition

I spent hours getting lost in the mysterious collection of oversized props, stunning costumes and a breathtaking talent. Whether you're a Tim Walker fan, a photography enthusiast or generally someone who appreciates beautiful things I can't urge you enough to go and visit the exhibit.

Have you visited the Tim Walker: Story Teller Exhibition at Somerset House yet?
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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Topshop Mighty Boots

For weeks now I've been on the hunt for some new winter boots. It's that time of year when it seems necessary to go out and purchase a few winter wardrobe staples, including a sturdy pair of boots. The only problem is I've been having trouble finding any I really love. Last year I snapped up a pair of the Topshop Ambush boots that everyone wanted. They were a lovely double zipped ankle boot that looked identical to the Acne Pistol boots. They were my staple. I lived in them and unfortunately after several months of wear the damage is beginning to show.

After weeks of trying on hundreds of pairs of boots nothing seemed to compare to my beloved Ambush boots. However, this year Topshop have released a cheaper, little sister version of my dream boots; Mighty. With only one zip and at a considerably lower price of £45 they aren't quite the real deal, but until I find 'the ones' these little booties will see me stylishly through Autumn.

Topshop Mighty Boots
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Friday, 19 October 2012

Topshop Make-Up: Dark Side of Nude

Last week marked the launch of Topshop's latest make-up collection; Dark Side of Nude. Being a big Topshop Make-Up fan and having been super impressed with previous Limited Edition collections I headed straight to my local Topshop branch to try out the glamorous new collection. Inspired by 'horror heroines' the decadent nine piece Autumn/Winter collection is an ode to gothic glamour with a beautifully romantic twist. The collection offers an atmospheric palette of mushroom, slate grey, fawn and gold, vamped up with deep clarets, high-shine blacks and a touch of glitter.

Topshop Make-Up: Dark Side of Nude

After drooling over the make-up counter for what felt like forever, I eventually decided on the Eye Palette in Atmosphere, Nails in Panther and Lips in Wicked. I love the entire collection; the luxe look of the packaging and the quality of the product makes it one of Topshop's best make-up ranges to date. I could have bought the entire collection, alas my bank balance wouldn't allow it.

Topshop Make-Up: Dark Side of Nude

The main feature of the collection is the eye palette, at £16 they're relatively pricey but they really are worth every penny. The colours are gorgeous and so highly pigmented that you only need very little product to achieve a dramatic look. Both colour palettes come with three metallic shades, a small eye-shadow brush and a compact mirror. I opted for Prism which has black, bronze and silver shadows. I'm not normally much of an eye-shadow girl but this palette is so gorgeous I just had to buy it. I was really torn between the two palettes; Atmosphere has beautiful mushroom, gold and purple shades which are stunning, particularly this time of year but being a bit of a colour phobe I thought I'd get much more use out of this palette. 

Topshop Make-Up: Dark Side of Nude Eye Palette in Prism
Topshop Make-Up: Dark Side of Nude Eye Palette in Prism

Next up is Nails and I'm already a big fan of Topshop Nails so naturally I wanted to buy all four of the colour options. The Dark Side of Nude polishes come in Thorn, Star Dust, Granite and Panther and have a matte black lid to differentiate them from the standard Nails collection. I opted for Panther, partly because of the name but mainly because I felt that for £6.50 it was better value to buy a glitter polish as apposed to a standard one. This polish is amazing, the black and silver glitter combined looks really effective either alone or over a black or granite nail. I've been playing around with it all afternoon and really can't wait to wear it out! 

Topshop Make-Up: Dark Side of Nude Nails in Panther
Topshop Make-Up: Dark Side of Nude Nails in Panther

Lastly is Lips, and this has to be my biggest weakness. After looking at the collection online I was completely sold with the deep claret lipstick. Besides already having plenty of plum shades for autumn I just couldn't resist it. Aptly named 'Wicked' it's a gorgeous deep wine that really plays up the gothic edge of the entire collection. Similarly to the other products it's really well pigmented and offers a flawless, moisturising finish. With it's super sleek packaging I think it will be my go-to lipstick this winter. I absolutely love it!

Topshop Make-Up: Dark Side of Nude Lips in Wicked
Topshop Make-Up: Dark Side of Nude Lips in Wicked
The Dark Side of Nude collection also comes with cute 'Get The Look' cards which give step by step tutorials to achieve different looks. You can pick them up in-store or watch the make-up tutorials online at Topshop.com/DarkSideOfNude. I have completely fallen head over heels for this collection and I've already put the rest of it straight onto my Christmas list!

Have you tried the Dark Side of Nude collection yet? What are your favourite products?
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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Models Own Nude Beige Manicure

At the moment I'm really loving Models Own nail polishes, and after their 50% off summer sale my collection seems to have miraculously doubled overnight. My current favourite which I mentioned in my latest What's In My Handbag post is Nude Beige. I'm really into my nudes this autumn so this beautiful fawn, dusky pink is the perfect colour. I love how nice the colour looks on and it works with every outfit.

Models Own Nude Beige
Models Own Nude Beige
Models Own Nude Beige
Models Own Nude Beige Manicure

What are your favourite nail shades this season?
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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Primark Lurex Pencil Skirt

After being hugely impressed with Primark's Autumn/Winter 2012 collection at the LOOK Show last weekend I thought I'd pop in-store to see what they had to offer. I've been lusting after lurex ever since the show so I headed to the newly renovated Oxford Street store last week to see what I could find. I've had my eye on a lurex pencil skirt from Topshop for weeks but my size always seems to be sold out, so when I saw this beautiful lurex, belted pencil skirt at the bargain price of £12 I could barely contain my excitement. I was a little skeptical about the fit, but as soon as I got home I tried it on and it fits me perfectly. I can't wait to wear it!

Primark Lurex Pencil Skirt Autumn/Winter 2012
Primark Lurex Pencil Skirt Autumn/Winter 2012
Primark Lurex Pencil Skirt Autumn/Winter 2012

Primark Lurex Pencil Skirt, £12
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Monday, 15 October 2012

What's In My Handbag: October 2012

Inspired by the revolutionary site WIMH and the hundreds of posts I nose through to see all of your favourite handbag essentials, I thought it was time to share what's inside my handbag. For those of you that know me, you'll know that I love simplicity. I can't stand a messy handbag full of old train tickets and receipts. I love my handbag to be minimal, organised and tidy and after recently reading that every handbag has up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch (ewwww) I'm keen to keep it that way! These are my October handbag essentials...

WIMH: What's In My Handbag

First up is my Metropol Personal Filofax in black. I highly recommend a Filofax, they're so easily adapted to suit the individual and you can buy all sorts of extras and add-ons as you wish. My diary is my life and I couldn't live without my gorgeous filofax, I've had mine three years and it's still in great condition! Secondly, the glasses. I'm extremely short sighted so venturing out without them is a big no no. These ones are from Specsavers.

I'm rarely without one of my beloved fashion monthlies and this week's choice is Harper's Bazaar. The November issue is beautiful so if you haven't already I'd urge you to go and pick it up. My iPhone is another one that never leaves my side along with the new studded purse I picked up last week from Primark! I love that it matches my handbag and is bang on trend with it's studded front.

Beauty wise I'm currently loving my Models Own nail polish in Nude Beige, I love mannequin nails and think they look great for Autumn. Matching that is my Kate Moss Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 003. Again I'm loving nudes for Autumn and the Lasting Finish lipsticks are really moisturising which is essential for the colder months. Chanel Chance is my go to perfume for Autumn/Winter. It's an intense, feminine fragrance that packs a punch for winter, I feel lost without it. And finally, I've already blogged about this beauty; The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream, a handy quick fix for a moisturising touch up.

You can find my latest WIMH post here. I also have plenty of invites, so if any of you lovely ladies would like to join WIMH simply leave me a comment with your email address and I'll send you an invite right away.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The LOOK Show 2012

Last weekend I was very kindly invited to attend The LOOK Show, an annual event run by LOOK Magazine that celebrates the new season in a showcase of High Street and Online retailers. Held at the extremely grand Royal Courts of Justice in Westminster, this year's Look Show was in association with Smashbox Cosmetics and offered a fantastic spectacle of both fashion and beauty. I went along with a few friends from university and joined the herd of fashionistas eagerly waiting outside.

We were instantly greeted with a glass of champagne as a buzz of excitement echoed through the long corridors. It was lovely to catch up with some of the other fashion and beauty bloggers who had been invited along for the day. We spent the entire afternoon indulging in canapes, getting make-up demonstrations from the Smashbox Cosmetics team and giggling in the instant photo-booths that were dotted throughout the venue.

The LOOK Show: Royal Courts of Justice
The LOOK Show Autumn/Winter 2012
The LOOK Show Autumn/Winter 2012
The LOOK Show Autumn/Winter 2012

After a well spent afternoon we were finally seated in the Great Hall as the lights dimmed and the show began. I was incredibly impressed with all of the High Street retailers that showed, particularly Mango and Primark, whose Autumn/Winter 2012 collections were extremely appealing. I loved the use of lurex, tweed, and chunky knits, all paired with delicate sheers and deep plum lips. It was such a fun show and I'm really looking forward to browsing the collections in store this season.

LOOK.co.uk

A huge thanks to Look for having me at such a spectacular event and a special thanks to Lara Lain who made us all feel extremely welcome. I hope to see you all next year!
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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation

Last week I picked up the new Maybelline New York FIT Me! Foundation. Lured in by the simplicity of the packaging and a reasonable price of £7.99 I thought I'd give it a go. The Fit Me range is split into Fair, Medium and Dark, and then further split into Yellow and Pink undertones making it incredibly easy to get a great colour match. I opted for the shade 210 Sandy Beige as I generally fit into the medium skin tone bracket.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation

For a high street brand the Fit Me liquid foundation applies extremely well, offering light to medium coverage with a dewy, natural finish. I've been wearing mine with the Maybelline Fit Me blush in Medium Coral and it gives a lovely fresh, autumnal glow. I hate drying out my skin with heavy make-up so this the perfect pick me up my skin needs heading into winter.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation
Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation

Have any of you tried out the Maybelline FIT Me! range? What were your thoughts?
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Thursday, 4 October 2012

D.I.Y Fashion Wallpaper

Yesterday I spent the day getting creative, I've had a mad two weeks of job applications and interview prep so I gave myself the entire day off. I shut down my laptop - a very rare sight and finished a project I started far too long ago.

I'm a massive magazine hoarder, I have thousands of magazines stashed away in my room, the loft, the garage, you name it! I don't know why I hold on to them for so long? I guess I just can't bear to throw them away. Over the last few years I've collected some of my all time favourite images from an array of glossy magazines which until yesterday were all safely stored in a little brown envelope just under my bed.

I got the idea a couple of years back when I saw the gorgeous Fashion Covers Wallaper by Mr Perswall, I fell in love with it but felt it would be even more beautiful if you could handpick the images that went into it. So I did just that... Using my carefully selected tear sheets I created my very own fashion wallpaper feature wall; custom made with all of my most-loved images from a life long collection of fashion magazines.

D.I.Y Fashion Wallpaper
D.I.Y Fashion Wallpaper
D.I.Y Fashion Wallpaper

After hours of placing and re-placing hundreds of images it's finally finished and I absolutely LOVE it! It completes my newly decorated bedroom perfectly and will no doubt inspire me every single morning.

And the best thing..? You can change or update your Fashion Wallpaper whenever you so wish!
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