Sunday, 19 February 2017

Fashion | BAFTA & Grammy Red Carpets

Laura Whitmore wearing custom made Suzanna Neville; Image Source, Isabelle Huppert wearing ChloƩ; Image Source, Ella Purnell wearing Miu Miu; Image Source
Ava West; Image Source, J.K. Rowling; Image Source, Holliday Grainger; Image Source
Emily Blunt wearing Alexander McQueen; Image Source, Daisy Ridley wearing Roland Mouret; Image Source, Thandie Newton wearing Osman; Image Source
Meryl Streep wearing Givenchy; Image Source, Bryce Dallas Howard; Image Source, Eddie Redmayne and wife Hannah Bagshaw wearing Alexander McQueen; Image Source
Tom Ford wearing Tom Ford; Image Source, Tom Hiddleston; Image Source, Dev Patel; Image Source
Don't say that I didn't warn you that this was going to be a picture heavy, and super long post! With both the BAFTAs and the Grammy's being on the same night it made sense to pop all my fashion picks in one post! This year's fashion was interesting, to say the least, and I really struggled to actually pick anything I liked.

Isabelle Huppert's vintage style dress is my absolute favourite look from this entire post! Both Ella Purnell and Ava West, although total polar opposites are both channelling something within me that is dying to escape! J.K. Rowling and Meryl Streep are my ultimate loves in life, and oh just look at them both! Can we also talk about how Eddie Redmayne is definitely one of the few men in the world who can pull off a white suit?

Camila Cabello definitely went for the whole princess look, and it definitely works on her! James Corden and his wife Julia Carey colour coordinating is genuinely one of the best looks of the Grammy's! Maren Morris is super fierce and totally gorgeous in her purple Michael Costello number. Now, as much as I'm not a huge fan of Adele's dress or the colour I will always love the fact that she knows exactly how to dress for her body and she looks gorgeous in everything she wears!
Sierra Hull; Image Source, Camila Cabello; Image Source, Kelsea Ballerini wearing Ines Di Santo; Image Source
Lauren Daigle; Image Source, James Corden and wife Julia Carey; Image Source, Kaya Jones; Image Source
Demi Lovato wearing Julien Macdonald; Image Source, Andra Day wearing Dior; Image Source, Faith Hill wearing Zuhair Murad; Image Source
Charli XCX wearing Vivienne Westwood; Image Source, Adele wearing Givenchy; Image Source, Maren Morris wearing Michael Costello; Image Source
Hillary Scott wearing Jenny Packham; Image Source, Kristin Cavallari wearing Olima; Image Source

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday First | The Wet Brush

Ever have a product that you're totally dubious about and pretty sure it won't live up to all the hype? Well, this is definitely one of these. The Wet Brush was included in this months Birchbox and if I'm honest my first thought was "eh, it'll come in useful at some point I guess" and I'm also fiercely loyal to my HeadJog Tangle Teezer dupe. The Wet Brush is very confident in stating that it's "the only hairbrush you'll ever need" which is "designed specifically for wet hair" that is able to "detangle your knots with ease - no matter what hair type". Using this brush for the first time was some kind of miracle, and I literally had no idea how it worked so well... it turns out that the Wet Brush has IntelliFlex® bristles that "are super thin, strong and flexible" that "glide through any hair type combing out tangles effortlessly" (www.thewetbrush.com).

So I've already given you a spoiler, and if you follow me on Instagram then you'll know I'm in love with this little miracle worker. As a girl with long hair, I suffer from knots like there is no tomorrow and the closer I get to needing my hair cut the worse it becomes. My HeadJog does wonders for my hair, but I have noticed that with those particularly troublesome knots that it really does pull at my hair still. I really didn't have high hopes for this, especially because it really does look like a regular hair brush but oh this really does work wonders on my hair; there is no pulling at my hair and it tackles even my worst knots with ease while being super gentle!

Will I continue to use The Wet Brush? Definitely, it hasn't replaced my HeadJog all together as I'll be saving that for my hair when it's dry. But when I'm fresh out of the shower this is the first thing I'm reaching for!
Will I repurchase The Wet Brush? Believe me, I'm already thinking about buying one to leave at Ryan's because brushing my hair there is a nightmare and this is going to be the first thing I throw into my bag when travelling.
Would I recommend The Wet Brush? If you're someone who really struggles with knots in their hair while it's wet then you really do need this in your life!
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I love how effortlessly this glides through my hair and tackles my knots. I can't use it on my hair dry, to put my parting in, or to style my hair in general. But when my hair is wet this is my best friend.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Holiday Diaries | Dublin Edition

I've come to the conclusion that these holiday diaries are going to carry on being insanely photo heavy, but what better way to capture all those memories. Just like every other holiday, I feel like we just did and saw so much that we just genuinely can't capture everything.

Just like Edinburgh, Dublin is genuinely one of the wettest places I've ever visited. We were there for 3 days and for the first two it rained so much that when we popped back to the hotel to freshen up in between I was having to dry out my trainers and socks.. Will I ever pack sensible footwear? Maybe one day. So obviously it's Dublin so we had to visit the Guinness Storehouse; because two people who both despise Guinness visiting the Storehouse makes perfect sense right? We had time to one day kill so naturally we went to the National Leprechaun Museum where I got to show people how I feel in most chairs. We also discovered the best burger joint I have ever visited in my entire life; Pitt Bros BBQ, I mean oh sweet baby Jesus! Naturally being in Dublin we had to explore Temple Bar, the top thing to do in Dublin obviously. We didn't go out drinking, it's not really our thing, but we did walk around it one night and it's so bloody photogenic it's unreal. If you've met me then you'll know that visiting a zoo is a must anywhere I go, and to everyone who told me that Dublin Zoo is one of the best zoos I'll ever visit you were not wrong. We were then left with a choice between Kilmainham Gaol or St Michan's Crypt; I desperately wanted to do both but we didn't have time to fit both in so we chose Kilmainham Gaol which was so history rich it was moving.

So Dublin in one word? Wet. Was it beautiful? Absolutely. Would I go back? In a heartbeat.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Friday First | Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy



A rose gold lovers dream if you've ever seen one... So this week I'm finally reviewing an item from my Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar! As soon as I took these photos, I knew that my Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy had to be the first review I did from the beauty calendar and let's be honest you can probably see why. My Lip Glossy is in the shade Supermodel Smile, a very natural rose looking shade. Lip Glossy's are described as "a jelly soft lip gloss with a cushiony feel" which "gives lips brilliant colour with a smooth, water shine finish". M&S also promise that Lip Glossy's will leave "lips feel[ing] hydrated, non-sticky and soft" (www.marksandspencer.com).

Let's address the elephant in the room here; I never wear gloss and I've never liked wearing gloss. So why did you try out a gloss Beka? Well, the colour is to die for but let's just get to it. I've read so many reviews on the Lip Glossy and so many people seem to be able to get some form of colour from this, but for me, it just seemed clear. I seriously only got the tiniest amount of payoff from this and I was left really disappointed. The only way I can describe the look this left me with is slightly more put together lip balm. It actually wasn't sticky unlike most lip glosses, so it definitely lived up to that claim! I can't comment on the hydration claim because I had a cup of tea while I was testing out the Lip Glossy and it had disappeared completely by the end of my tea...

Will I continue to use Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy? I really want to say that in Spring and Summer when I'm going out for the evening instead of just throwing on my lip balm I'll be reaching for this instead for that put together look... But there is also part of me that feels I might forget about this if I'm honest.
Will I repurchase Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy? Definitely not, and if you're surprised by that then I don't know how. Lip glosses aren't my thing, and for such little payoff, £12.50 could be spent somewhere a hell of a lot better.
Would I recommend Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy? I'd definitely swatch these if you can, if you're able to get some colour payoff from this then go for it. If you're a lip gloss lover then you'll love this. If you don't, then you can definitely skip over this and not be missing out.
Overall score out of 5? Let's call it a 2. The colour pay off it awful, and it just gives me the same look as my lip balm does. For me, it didn't even survive a cup of tea, so it's definitely a thumbs down.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Friday First | w7 The Fixer

Once again, it's another product that just happened to fall into my basket to make my total up to £20 thanks to the new Amazon 'add-on' items!

It's another w7 product, and if you haven't worked out by now I quite like w7 as a brand. I think for a budget brand they make some pretty amazing products. Now, the last time I tried out a budget-friendly setting spray I didn't like it and was insanely disappointed so I'm hoping that w7 doesn't let me down. w7's The Fixer is a "fine spray to be applied to face once make-up has been applied" and "helps prevent smudging and sets make-up in place" (www.w7cosmetics.co.uk). Let's cut to the chase, it does just that.

I'm a girl who works 12-hour shifts, and I also have a really oily t-zone so I need something that means my makeup isn't going to shift. For me the winning combination is usually a good primer and a good setting spray; I'm taking no chances when it comes to makeup sliding off my face. The fact it's a fine spray means that it doesn't make my face feel overly wet, even if I spray it a little too close to my face! It also dries down completely invisible, which is nice cause I'm not left with those little telltale spots on my foundation. At the end of a 12-hour shift my makeup is still definitely in place, and despite me topping up my powder throughout the day I don't look cakey and I'm not left with makeup halfway down my face or mascara on my eyebrow bone. The only thing that could definitely split people with this setting spray is the scent, and before you ask I can't for the life of me put my finger on the scent. Some days it smells like baby powder, and others it smells like something completely different.... I really can't describe the scent.

Will I continue to use w7's The Fixer? It's the setting spray I've been using on a daily basis since trying it out for this review.
Will I repurchase w7's The FixerI definitely will. I have a few others on my list that I'm wanting to try out but this will definitely be a repurchase. It's also going to be a really quick repurchase as well as for some annoying reason it only comes in 18ml bottles!
Would I recommend w7's The FixerIf you're after a setting spray that won't break the bank but will also keep you in place all day then this is definitely what you're looking for. The scent is something you'd have to decide for yourselves, but it does disappear pretty quickly.
Overall score out of 5? Definitely a 4. It keeps my makeup in place all day long, but it isn't strong enough to combat the oily mess I become. I'm able to top my powder up comfortably throughout the day without looking cakey, and it holds nearly everything in place!