Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Bareminerals Event @ Fenwick Newcastle

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Last week, myself and a few other North East bloggers were invited along by the lovely team at BareMinerals to our very own bloggers event. We were greeted with drinks and nibbles (I'm talking party rings over here, OH YES) and given a little time to take photographs and generally just have a nose around before taking to our seats. The event was primarily to introduce us to the brand, and in particular their newest release - the Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel, but more on that later. The MUAs did that thing and demonstrated how the newest releases work, applying their products onto a client and I think I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say we were sold.

I'll admit I had reservations at first, with the idea of sheer coverage absolutely terrifying me (I'm definitely more of a full coverage kinda gal) but I have been swayed and can't wait to give the product a go myself. It's a product described as somewhere in-between a BB creme, a CC creme and a tinted moisturiser, but with a slight twist - it's actually formulated with the reverse technology of your typical tinted moisturiser. So basically, it has all the benefits of all of those products in one. Now what does this mean? Mineral infused water which is injected with the pigments, offering some coverage and ensuring your skin is much more hydrated (and within a week of use, you'll notice a big difference!). It also contains Mineral Electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium which will help to improve the skins texture, as well as Marine Botanicals which help to lock in moisture. With all of this in mind, I was keen to give it a swatch and the first thing I noticed is that it gives a cooling sensation after application, which leaves the skin feeling fresh and plumped for the day ahead - certainly something I personally look for in bases. You can apply the product with your fingertips or their new Smoothing Face Brush, which gives a nice airbrushed finish (trust me, it's pretty magic!). It can be used on it's own to balance out skin tone, or if you like a little more coverage like me, under any foundation and will leave you with a dewy finish perfect for these summer months. What more could you want? Oh, and did I forget to mention it has a mineral SPF 30, which means none of that pesky flashback and blocked pores? Perfect! 

We also had a little play with their other products, such as the lipsticks (I already have a few on my wishlist... oops) and blushers. As someone relatively new to the brand having only tried their eyeshadows in the past, the staff were incredibly informative and willing to tell us all about each and every product. I learnt a lot about the brand on a whole and I can certainly see myself visiting their counter in the very near future. We were all very kindly gifted a rather generous goodie bag filled with things to try, all which I'm very excited to try out - reviews coming soon!

All in all, it was a lovely event with the staff making me and the others feel very welcomed. If you're based in the North East (or are just visiting Newcastle), if you pop along to the counter in Fenwick Newcastle and quote my blog name, you'll receive a free sample of Complexion Rescue Gel! Plus, they're now offering girlfriend parties, which allow you to sit down with a member of the staff and talk through all things make-up and skincare, they'll help direct you to which products will work best for you and your preferences. So basically, it's just a free chance for a good pamper and hour long talk about make-up, what else could you ask for?!


Do you use any BareMinerals products? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

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Monday, 13 April 2015

3 Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt with New Look #3: Dressy(ish)

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Outfit Details: Denim Shirt - c/o New Look, Skirt - Primark, Sleeveless Blazer - Primark, Shoes - Primark, Hat - Primark, Sunglasses - Primark, Tights - c/o Uk Tights, Bag - Helen's

(Quick apologies for the grainy photographs - I set the wrong camera settings, doh!)

Here with are with my final instalment of the styling challenge I was given by the lovely people over at New Look. I've had a really fun time thinking of different ways to dress up the denim shirt, and I'm happy with how they've turned out, especially this final one - the dressy version. Okay, so it's not dressy-dressy, but it's not too casual either, and it's certainly very wearable during the day and at night. Pssst, if you haven't already, make sure you check out my first and second outfits.

Onto the outfit itself, which, without me even realising, is pretty much all Primark (apart from the denim shirt of course, and the bag that I borrowed off Helen). What can I say? I just love Primark and I fully support that you can find some great things in there if you're willing to root around. My latest find is this sleeveless blazer which caught my eye the other day on a quick visit. I'd been after a sleeveless duster or blazer for a little while, but didn't want to pay too much - as I didn't know whether it would suit me and my wardrobe. So when I spotted this Primark offering, I had to pick it up! I love what it adds to my style, and I'm sure it won't be the final time you see it in my outfit posts. To add some print to this outfit, I decided on this palm print skirt which I bought last summer and got a surprising amount of wear from.

I'll let you in on a little secret here, but in the majority of my outfit photographs that I'm going all bare-legged... I'm normally wearing a pair of skin coloured tights. I know, I know, it's terrible right, but my legs are that pale that they tend to go over-exposed in photographs and cause a bit of a lighting nightmare (l o l)! And with that I've had the dilemma of wanting to wear open-toed sandals and not being able to, until that is, I was contacted by UK Tights whether I'd like to try a few of their toeless tights. I think it's pretty safe to say that they are da bomb, such a handy thing to have and you can't even tell I'm wearing them, which gets a thumbs up in my books. Finally, as this outfit is a little dressier than the others, I thought it were a perfect time to sport a red lip (Topshop Velvet Lips, if you're wondering) and match it with this dreamy Mulberry bag.
Who says you can't match your lip colour and bag? I'm all for it!


Which of the three outfits have been your favourite? I'd love to know!

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Friday, 10 April 2015

3 Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt with New Look #2: Smart Casual

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Outfit Details: Denim Shirt - c/o New Look, Coat - Topshop, Striped Top - Zara, Skirt - Urban Outfitters, Shoes - Primark, Hat - Primark, Bag - Helen's

Just a quick one from me today as I'm crazy crazy busy right now, with university deadlines and some very exciting things that are happening (but I'm sure I'll explain in future posts!). As I mentioned in my previous outfit post I was recently challenged by New Look to style a denim shirt in three separate ways: casual, smart casual and dressy. So here is my smart casual take on the look, which I have to say, I really love how it has turned out!

I decided to wear the denim shirt a little differently this time around, choosing to tie it at the bottom and also layer it with a striped top peeking underneath (which, me and Helen ended up being top twins the day we shot these photographs...). There's something about this layered look like I love, I think it helps take away some of the masculinity that denim shirts can sometimes have. Plus, I just had to pair it with my favourite skirt of all time - this cord button-down number from UO. Okay, so the buttons may pop open when I bend down which isn't ideal, but it's certainly worth the hassle! It's that perfect length that gives my legs some much needed extra inches and makes me look a lot taller than I actually am - result! I picked up these pointed shoes in Primark a few days and I can't actually think of a day since where I've not worn them. They're super comfy, and make a nice change from ballet flats - their shoe game is really looking incredible this season, I may have already picked up a lace up version too... oops. You may be noticing something a little different in these photographs, because for the first time in forever decided against wearing sunglasses. Now I'm a little conscious of how squinty I look in these photographs, but they haven't turned out quite as bad as I expected - I think I'll have to keep practising! And the bag, I can't not mention the bag can I. Unfortunately it isn't mine (...yet, better watch out Helen!) but believe you me, I'm already saving for my very own, isn't it just a complete beauty?! I'm sure it won't be the last time you'll be seeing it! 


So what do you think of this way of styling up a denim shirt? Something you'd wear yourself?

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