We all know that if I were to answer a question as to who my style icon is then it would be a certain Miss Chung, so when I first heard about the Archive by Alexa collaboration with M&S I knew I'd find myself after a few of the pieces. After a little investigating, I saw the campaign pictures featuring this blouse and I knew it had to be mine. Cue a little saving, and some frantic ordering on the day of release, I managed to pick up this Harry blouse in both pink and white because I'm like that. I've already had a lot of wear out of the two of them (and plenty of compliments to go with) and I thought it was about time that I got them featured in an outfit post of mine. This season I'm all about the high necks and the ruffle details so this blouse is a perfect combination of the two - I particularly love the detail around the sleeves too. It's one of those pieces I can throw on and look like I've made more effort than I probably have and I can see it being a real staple for me for months to come.
I particularly love to pair this pink one with denim, namely this button down pinafore number that I picked up in Topshop sale over Christmas time. Whilst it probably isn't the most flattering of dresses (these photographs have certainly prompted me to start eating that little more healthier!) I love the cut along the neckline as I have none other like it. I'm all about incorporating that 60s vibes into my outfits, so of course I couldn't help but wear this pointed block heels which I wear all of the time. I love the vibe they add to my outfits and although they're starting to look somewhat battered, I can't see myself putting them away for a long time. And of course, I'm wearing this hat which I don't actually think I've gone a day without all year so far... crazy I know. But what can I say, paired with these mirror sunglasses that I picked up in H&M a few weeks ago, I think they're a hat and sunglasses combo made in heaven, right?
Did you pick up any pieces from the Archive by Alexa collection?
When it comes to makeup, I always find it can make a huge difference to how products perform when it comes to the tools you use - specifically the makeup brushes. Now I certainly don't have the biggest collection of all time, but I've tried many and there's a few which I find myself using day in and day out. I rarely have the budget to really go all out when it comes to makeup brushes however I don't necessarily expensive means good quality (as some of my most expensive ones are my least used!). When it comes to my 'essential' brushes, I'd definitely say there's 5 which I use all of the time - so here are my favourites!
(From Top To Bottom)
- So Eco Multi-Tasking Brush c/o Makeupbrushes - When it comes to applying foundation, I've tried them all. From the flat foundation brushes to the buffing brushes, I definitely have to say this is the favourite of them all so far. A brand I hadn't really heard much about before, I wasn't sure what to expect but it's a really great brush I'd recommend. It's incredibly soft and dense which makes it applying a flawless brush a total breeze. I'm yet to try it out with anything but foundation, however I think it'll work great with liquid bronzers too.
- Zoeva Blush Brush - After hearing many great things said about Zoeva brushes I knew I had to give them a go so I picked up the rose gold set and this blush brush has to be one of the stand out brushes for me. I've never been much of a blush girl (in fact, I still only own about 4 hahaha) however I love the finish that this brush gives. It allows me to dust a wash of colour over my cheeks without it looking over the top, and it blends out my cream blush wonderfully too.
- Real Techniques Contour Brush - Part of the Core Brush Collection, when makeup was still relatively new to me and I'd just started reading beauty blogs, these was the first thing I picked up. A total novice when it came to applying makeup, I still use a lot of their brushes on a day to day basis but this has to be one of my favourites to this day. Although I don't use it for contour (if anyone knows any good contour products for someone super pale then gimme a shout!) I love using this for my highlighter. It evenly disperses a light dusting which is perfect when it comes to daytime highlighter as it saves me looking like a disco ball.
- Zoeva Soft Definer Brush - Another brush from the Zoeva rose gold set is the soft definer brush. I'd definitely compare with the infamous MAC 217 Brush that everyone raves about, it does exactly what it says - softly defines. When it comes to eyeshadow, it's part of my daily routine to wear a crease colour to add some subtle definition around my eyes but it can be all too easily to apply things a little heavy. However, I often use this brush to blend everything out and I always love the results.
- Barry M Eyeliner Brush - Despite it's name, I actually use this brush for my eyebrows each and every day. I'm still learning when it comes to brows, however paired with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe (that I use as a pomade) I find this the best brush I've tried for filling in my rather sparse brows. Although I'm yet to try any more of the Barry M brushes, their whole range is super affordable and if this brush is anything to go by, they're well worth a shot.
So what are your favourite makeup brushes? I'm always after recommendations of ones to try!
As someone who is on a pretty tight budget about 99% of the time, when it comes to makeup, I'm a drugstore gal through and through. Don't get me wrong, I do love my high-end but I'm always wanting to try new products and drugstore prices allow me to do that. Of course not all products are brilliant and turn out a bit of a waste of money, however, there's plenty that I've found so I thought I'd start to share them with you!
- W7 In The Nude Palette c/o Just My Look - A brand I've been a little hesitant to try is W7 Cosmetics as I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I have to say, I've used this palette every day for the past 3 weeks now and I couldn't get enough of it. Whilst I do need to apply a little product than I probably would do normally, I find the shadows blend wonderfully and last all day which I find doesn't happen with a lot of the other eyeshadows that I own. I have a thing for pink eyeshadows now, but I'm not sure I could bring myself to spend much money on them as I think they're a seasonal thing so this is the perfect palette for Spring time with a mixture of shimmers, satins and mattes. I'd definitely recommend giving it a go if you're looking to play around with some new shades but you don't want to splash out.
- L'Oreal SuperLiner Liquid Eyeliner - Although I'm not too sure I even suit liquid eyeliner, I do like wearing it a few days a week and this eyeliner has become my go-to. I prefer a more pen-like applicator because I'm a bit rubbish when it comes to applying it, however, this one has a slim nib which makes it simple to use and I know I can get myself a perfect flick in a super quick time. I do find it can smudge after a few hours wear but I have super watery eyes (yay hayfever) so I just keep it on hand for any fixing if necessary but it's easily one of the best I've tried. Plus it's cheap too, which is always a good thing.
- No7 Velvet Lash Mascara - If you haven't tried this mascara, then go, go immediately. Because this mascara is da bomb. When it comes to mascara, admittedly I tend to just buy whatever's on offer. I often struggle with mascaras falling down my face through the day (and I can tell you it ain't a pretty look) but even on the rainiest of days, this stuff hasn't budgeted. I tend to go for pretty dramatic-looking lashes on a daily basis and I love how this mascara can be layered up without going super clumpy or anything. I'm not a huge fan of the packaging, but the product seriously makes up for it. I've not heard much said about it but I really don't see myself trying anything any time soon, I just wish they'd bring out a waterproof formula pronto.
- NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm - If you'd told me 18 months ago that I would be wearing a nude lip on a day to day basis, I certainly wouldn't believe you - but what can I say, this product totally changed that. It's a beige/pink shade that is perfect for day wear and goes lovely on top of many of my lipliners if I'm wanting a matte lip. The formula itself is good, it's highly pigmented and does last, but it can be a little drying and I often find it difficult to top up (as it can lead to cracked lips) however it's probably my most used lip product - so that's saying something, right?
- NYX Matte Lipstick in Sierra - My friend picked this up for me last year in the states when NYX products weren't easily available in the UK like they are now (yay Boots!) so based on photographs of swatches I'd seen, I wasn't quite sure what it would be like in person. However, I completely love it. It's a shade unlike any others I've seen, I'd describe it as a terracotta, somewhere in-between red, pink, coral, orange and brown all at the same time (good description there Amy). I find it really helps complement my pale complexion and the formula itself is a joy to wear. It can be a tad drying down to the nature of it being a matte finish, but there's nothing a little lip balm beforehand doesn't solve and I know that the colour itself won't budge throughout the day. I'll definitely be trying out more of the colours in this range in the future!
So what are your drugstore makeup favourites? Any you think I should try?