High-street Haul

Now, it may come as a shock to you, but an odd thing has been happening in Britain lately… It has been WARM! And, wait for it… SUNNY!! Amazing, I know. It probably won’t last for more than 3 days, but I thought that the majority of you would have some kind of summer break booked in now and a little post on my seasonal ‘hunting the high-street’ could be quite handy. This post is about the best items available this summer for those of us who can’t afford the Moschino tees and Gucci shades, without compromising on style…


Okay, for a starters, anyone that knows me well enough will know that I believe the shape of clothes is just as important as their design; if a piece is the wrong shape for you, no matter how beautiful it is, you shouldn’t buy it. Many high-street brands cater for a slim, tall figure because this is what models are, but, in actual fact, this makes it very difficult for most real women to find clothes that fit well. I’m only 16, for example, and I need a size 12 in Topshop to get any trousers to fit over my hips – it’s a little ridiculous to say the least. Anyway, this summer, I’ve seen so many stripes in the shops, as well as ‘apron’ cuts and pops of citrus colours. A handful of these SS16 trends inspired my choices when it came to picking out clothes for the holiday season – take a look below to find out more! And if you’re interested in where any pieces came from, simply scroll over the photographs for more information.


What do you think? Are there any items you’ve absolutely fallen in love with this summer? What are your holiday essentials?

Emilia x

Photography: Evie Oliver – check her out here.

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REVIEW: Zoeva Rose Golden Palette

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Today’s post is a review-style one, more specific than other posts maybe. The brand in the spotlight today? Zoeva. In particular their famous eyeshadow palettes. A few months ago I decided to have a little Beauty Bay splurge as I had some money spare for once in my life. Among my order was two Zoeva brushes – the 102 Silk finish brush and 110 Face Shape brush (both of which I adore) – and the Rose Golden eyeshadow palette. Although the Cocoa Blend palette is the most well-known out of the collection, I decided that Rose Golden was much more suited to my super fair skin tone. Take a look at the swatches below… From top to bottom: Wonder full, Harmony, Golden Rule, Just a Rose, Foil, Rusty Petals, Shining Bright, Copper is King, Reflective Elegance, Luster.

Okay, onto the technicalities… The first thing I noticed when using this palette was the AMAZING, total lack of product fall-out that normally occurs with eyeshadows (cough, Urban Decay, cough). Seriously, these shadows are so creamy that, even when swatching, absolutely no product was left sitting around in the pan. Also, the pigmentation is definitely on par with that of Too Faced shadows – except for the mattes, unfortunately. I find that the shimmer shades in the Zoeva palette are much more pigmented than that matte shades like Luster and Harmony, which is a bit of a shame really.The lasting power of these is also very similar to that of the Too Faced shadows (MAC, Clinque, Chanel and Urban Decay come nowhere near in my opinion). Overall, this palette is right up there when I’m creating a party look, but I prefer a matte option for daytime wear, and Too Faced Natural Eyes  (£27.00) is the one for that. I would highly recommend Zoeva palettes for the shimmer shades and I’d love to try some more out soon! Let’s take a peek at the ‘Rose Gold’ look I created…

Sooo, here it is! A vibrant, bronzed, spring-inspired look using my Zoeva palette (£18.00) to create a co-ordinating eye and lip. If you’re fair skinned, coral blusher is your best friend this spring – maybe try Benefit Rockateur? Anyways… if you’d like to know what I used to create this look, read on!

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Tools: Zoeva Face Shape Brush (£11.00), Zoeva Silk Finish Brush (£13.00), Luxie Large Angled Face Brush ($16.00), MAC Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush (£23), Real Techniques: Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99), Starter Set (£20.99), Sculpting Brush (£9.99), Core Collection (£21.99), Deluxe Gift Set (£29.99).

Base: Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil (£28.00), Emité Diamond Heart Primer (£25.90), by Terry Sheer Expert in 02 (£45.00), MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 (£17.50), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 (£5.99).

Face: Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Setting Powder (£26.00), NYX HD Blush in Taupe (£7.99), Shiseido Bronzer in Light (£34.00), Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush in Camisole (£14.00), Benefit Rockateur (£23.50), Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearl Sheen (£3.99) and Benefit Highbeam (£19.50).

Eyes: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creme de Rose (£4.99) as a primer, Luster as a base, Just A Rose all over the lids, Rusty Petals in the crease and Reflective Elegance to highlight the centre of the lid. Benefit Rollerlash (£19.50), L’Oreal Super Slim Eyeliner (£6.99),  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (£15.50) in Caramel.

Lips: MAC Subculture lipliner (£12.50), MAC Modesty (£15.50) mixed with MAC Gossamer Wing (£15.50).


 

What do you think of this palette? Are there any other palettes/shadows you’d like me to review? Let me know!

Emilia x

 

 

Birthday Haul

Let’s be honest, as a 16 year old girl with no source of income except from a little pocket money – it’s not easy for me to go out ‘haul-ing’, on the famous you-tuber scale, very often. However, when the time comes (usually after my birthday or Christmas), boy, do I love a good old shopping trip. It really doesn’t compare to online shopping; there’s nothing quite like handing your card over, typing in a few numbers and suddenly there’s this beautiful little item sat in your hands which you can call YOURS. It’s the addiction of ladies worldwide. Anyway, let’s take a look at what I’ve got – expect to see many reviews coming up!


 

MAC

Here you can see MAC Lipsticks in Modesty (pinky toned nude) and Hang-up (dark vampy red) – both £15.50 – MAC Eye Shadow Palette in Amber Times Nine (£30.00) and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (£24.00), a widely-loved shade which works amazingly, even on super-pale skin! Some drugstore cosmetics are wonderful, but a girl just can’t resist a few luxury items in her collection, and MAC is my go-to for almost everything. Only one of these lipsticks is actually for me and that’s Modesty. Of course, me being me, yesterday when I got bored of doing revision I decided to spend half an hour doing my make-up and trying out my newest MAC Lipstick… I have to say, I love the Cremesheen texture of this lipstick! Previously, I’ve only used MAC’s matte and glaze lipsticks because of their unrivalled lasting power, but this formula is so much more moisturising and comfortable on the lips. Modesty is quite a brown-toned shade on my lips, which is odd as it looks so pink in the photograph, but for me it’s the perfect winter nude shade. Think Velvet Teddy but creamier and with a touch of sparkle… I now own 4 MAC nude lipsticks, Pleasure Seeker, Kinda Sexy, Yash and Modesty. It’s fair to say that Modesty is by far my favourite for winter, closely followed by Kinda Sexy for a more coral-toned nude for summer. Onto the Mineralize Skinfinish (let’s just call it a highlighter), due to my ridiculously pale skin tone, I had assumed that the lightest shade, Lightscapade, would be the correct one for me, however, upon trying the testers at my local MAC counter, I discovered that Soft and Gentle was much more flattering. It gives the right amount of sparkle to make you seem ‘glowing’ and not ‘showered in glitter’, subtly is the key for me when it comes to highlighters and I much prefer this rose-gold shade to my MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter (although this is great value for money at just £3). And last, but most definitely not least, is the Amber Times Nine Palette – I cannot fault this palette and these are the perfect pink/copper tones for my blue eyes. My favourite shade is on the first row in the centre – it’s a classy champagne colour with a subtle shimmer and makes for the perfect addition to an everyday eye look. What I love most about this palette is that it takes you from day to night effortlessly, with shades that compliment each other extremely well.


 

Benefit

Now, I’m a total newbie to Benefit as a brand, I’ve never tried any of their stuff out simply because it looked pretty heavy on the skin. But – tah-dah! – this year my wonderful mother has treated me to an advent calendar (which I’m actually using for mock exam incentives, not the Christmas countdown, like intended) filled with Benefit minis! So far I’ve received an Ooh La Lift under-eye brightening concealer and a pot of Total Moisture Facial Cream – I’m guaranteed to be hooked!


 

Drugstore

This little Superdrug spree was mainly for the purpose of buying the prizes for my recent giveaway, a combination of my favourite drugstore beauty products. No other drugstore eyeshadows even compare with the value for money you get from Makeup Revolution shadows, like this 32 shade palette (£8) above! The Rimmel Kate Nude collection (£5.49)contains my favourite nudes of the drugstore cosmetics brands – 42, for example, is a great dupe for many pink-toned nudes from MAC, like Hue. Finally, the face mask that I’ve been raving about recently, Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask (£5.99); this is my cheaper alternative to Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask (£23) – but it’s very similar. It’s clay-based, just like the Clarins one, the only difference is that Clarins use floral extracts, which I, personally, prefer the scent of, and Good Things use fruity extracts. But, I’ve already got comments on the wonders of this face mask on my complexion, so it’s a yes from me!

P.S. Superdrug have a few fab deal on at the moment which are worth making the most of; 3 for 2 mix and match across all cosmetics, nails and eyelashes and up to 50% off christmas gifts for a limited time!


 

Other Treats

The rest of my birthday wonga went on clothes, mainly: some gorgeous Jack Wills grey suede chelsea boots, which you can see here on the right, the comfiest and most flattering faux-leather leggings from M&S, a belted, cord, zip-front dress from Topshop (sooo ’90s), a subtle blue, wintery coat from Next and a multitude of turtle-necks (my life aim is to have a full rainbow of them). I find that, by buying a few expensive ‘staple’ items on special occasions, clothes last for longer and get more use out of them than if I buy loads of ‘in-right-now’ cheaper items. You’ve got to find your balance. Also, on the left here you can see my little Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone candle which Evie kindly bought me for my birthday – this is what I’m on about – a little bit of luxury never goes amiss on a special occasion!

What are your thoughts on these items? Which are you most interested in seeing reviews for? Let me know below!

Emilia x

p.s. a little birdie told me that some more NYX cosmetics reviews may be on their way soon!