Spring Highstreet Fashion Wishlist 2014

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The weather woman on Look North has just informed me that we’ve got another warmer week ahead and I’m taking that as certified permission to start getting overly excited about the new Spring/Summer lines appearing on the highstreet. Everything just seems to be so cute! Here are some of the items I am totally lusting over this season…

MOTO Light Grey Leigh Jeans – Topshop £38.00

I’ve never really gone for grey jeans before, but I thought these ones were really sweet! The shade is just perfect in my opinion; light enough to look really pretty with pastels but dark enough to also look really cool and edgy with monochromes. Oh, and the fit and shape of all Topshop jeans is just perfect. Sadly, no matter how much I try, I really can’t justify the £38.00 though.

Love Bird Cross Stitch Dotty Across Body Bag – Accessorize £25.00

This. This is just beautiful. The boho feel of the embroidery style detailing on the flap, the gorgeous fun, fresh colours, the practical size – for me, this looks like the perfect Spring and Summer bag. It is just SO pretty, I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere and it’s not too expensive… I just love this!

Lace Back Playsuit – Topshop £48.00

Aww, this is soo pretty and cute but elegant and sophisticated at the same time! I have hopelessly fallen in love with the mint green trend which is still definitely going strong, and playsuits are one of my favourite things to wear in Summer as they are really comfy and airy! Unfortunately, the price is waaay out of my budget but it’s free to look isn’t it? And drool? And gawk at every couple of days on the website to see if it’s gone in the sale like a mad woman? Tell me I’m not the only person who does that…

Spot Lilly Shirt – Topshop £35.00

Topshop again, what can I say? Again, I think this is really unique and stunning. It kind of reminds me of Japanese cherry blossom trees and exotic beaches… I love it so much, but hate the price. Topshop,why so expensive? :(. I think I’ d wear this with highwaisted shorts, or, come to think of it, it would look gorgeous with the Topshop jeans!

Navy Polka Dot Tea Dress – River Island £25.00

Don’t even try to tell me this is more of a Autumn item, it won’t deter me, I’m already way too in love with this. I can not get enough of these t-shirt dresses at the moment! I love wearing dresses as I always feel feminine and pretty in them but live in fear of looking like I’ve tried too hard or am overdressed. Therefore, these are the perfect solution! I especially love this cute polka dot one with the bold white spikey collar.

Coral Quilted Rucksack – River Island £30.00

This bag just took my breath away when I saw it – it is the ultimate power bag. The colour is just so bold and… KAPOW!! Know what I mean? I love the fact that other than the trendy quilted texture there is no decoration on the bag to distract from the awesome colour, making it look even more unapologetic and empowering. I need this is my life.

Cara Camera Across Body Bag – Accessorize £25.00

I think for the £25 I would probably prefer the other Accessorize bag but this one is really cute and quirky! I mean…IT’S A CAMERA?! HOW fun and cutsie?! I love the fact that being gold it adds some bling to your outfit and it would also go with everything. Cute, but not quite worth the money methinks.

Jardin Supersoft Sweat – Topshop £24.00

I’m not even sure why I like this so much, but I do! I’m head over heels! I love statement t-shirts and sweatshirts but find some of the slogans just a bit… odd? But this I thought was quite sweet and a bit more feminine – and basically just really cute for Spring! Also, I thought the £24 was very reasonable for Topshop.

Crop Pocket Vest – Topshop £8.00

I’ve only just realised how practically everything is from Topshop… oops! This is a perfect little basic for throwing on over shorts or jeans and just looking effortlessly pretty. The colour, I find, is ideal for Spring and I think loose crop tops are so much more casual and flattering than the tight ones which I tend to feel a bit uncomfortable and self-conscious in.

Well, there you have it! If you don’t take anything else from this post, you have definitely learned that I have a real Topshop obsession… it’s becoming a problem. Which online shops do you always find yourself browsing through?

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

February 2014 Beauty and Fashion Favourites

Hello my Snowdroplets!!

This is my first ever monthly favourite post and I don’t know if I try enough products to do one each month, but I found this one fun to do so who knows? I will warn you though, it has turned into a bit of a mammoth post so you may want to grab a nice hot chocolate/coffee/tea before you begin! In other news, I was thrilled when I logged onto my blog this morning to find that I have just surpassed the 1000 views milestone, I now feel like a true blogger. Anyway, without further ado I shall begin this post…

My Beauty Favourites

My Beauty Favourites

Impulse Loving Words - £0.97 at Superdrug

Impulse Loving Words – £0.97 at Superdrug

I have tried quite a few Impulse body sprays now, whether they be mine or a friends, and so I think myself justified to declare this one my favourite! The fragrance is very fruity and fresh and making it distinctly feminine and for only £0.97 I don’t really think you can go wrong. I also love the packaging; it slots into my school bag perfectly for a sneaky spritz after PE.

Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream 30ml - £1.50 at Superdrug

Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream 30ml – £1.50 at Superdrug

This has been my saviour. For some reason my hands have really been taking a battering this year from the weather and I ended up with the skin between my fingers being terribly dry. My friend kindly gave me this in a gift set for my birthday and after using it daily before bed my hands have felt much smoother, softer and the dryness has almost gone. It doesn’t feel greasy when you put it on and has an instant and lasting effect. The only perhaps downside is that it has quite a strong smell, but personally, I quite like it.

Rimmel London Hide the Blemish Concealer - £3.99 at Superdrug

Rimmel London Hide the Blemish Concealer – £3.99 at Superdrug

I have started using this for my dark circles which have been pretty shocking at the moment, admittedly only I am to blame for this though! Initially I had wanted to get the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer as I thought a liquid one might have more coverage but I couldn’t find one in my shade ANYWHERE so my friend recommended this. I have found it to be good, providing a smooth, light coverage which has been nice when I didn’t want to look ‘made-up’, but I think I probably will still be keeping an eye out for the Collection concealer.

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose - £1.50 at Superdrug

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose – £1.50 at Superdrug

This. This is just amazing. Forget your Vaselines, Baby Lips and all the rest of it, this is what you need in your life. It has made my lips the softest I think they have ever been and this smells soo fruity and sweet and GOOD!! I also own the original one which is great as well, but I just prefer the smell of this one. The packaging is really cute as well, the little tin is really slim so I barely feel it slotted into my school blazer pocket. Snowdrop highly recommends.

Eos Lip Balm in Sweet Mint - £4.99 at naturisimo.com

Eos Lip Balm in Sweet Mint – £4.99 at naturisimo.com

Now, I realise I have effectively just labelled the Nivea Lip Butters the best lip balms ever, but… I think the Eos lip balms are a VERY close second! The smell (and taste… don’t judge me) of these are unbeatable – this sweet mint one literally smells like the best mint chocolate icecream ever. These are 95% organic and 100% natural and how cool is the packaging?! All you have to do is pucker up and smooth it on, though I must confess the shape is a little inconvenient. But unfortunately, I don’t think these are quite as moisturising as the Nivea Lip Butters, they are great, don’t get me wrong, but now I have experienced the Nivea ones, I don’t think anything can compare!

Maybelline Falsies Volum' Express Mascara - £7.99 at Superdrug

Maybelline Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara – £7.99 at Superdrug

This is pretty awesome. At first it scared me a bit because it came out way clumpier than my previous mascara, but it was probably just because I’d had to coat my lashes with the other one to achieve the desired amount of volume whereas with this you just slick it on and you’re done! It creates so much volume with such little product; it’s amazing! So while it was a bit of an investment for me, I think it will definitely last me and save me plenty of time. Happy customer.

My Fashion Favourites

My Fashion Favourites

Primark Jumper - £14

Primark Jumper – £14

This jumper has quickly turned into one of my favourites (… hence why it’s now in my favourites post, what a stupid thing to say -.-). I thought it was a bit expensive for Primark at first but I fell in love with the combination of the quirky and retro, yet still girly, floral pattern and the edgy monochrome colour scheme which seems to be really popular at the moment. I also love the way it sits, nice and loose but with a bit of gathering at the bottom so that it doesn’t just hang. Not to mention, the quality feels quite good for Primark as well – I’m so glad I bought this! It adds interest and fun to any casual outfit.

Topshop Mini Satchel Bag - £15 in the sale

Topshop Mini Satchel Bag – £15 in the sale

I spent SO much time deliberating as to whether to buy this or not as I have acquired rather an abundance of bags over the years, but I am so glad that I did! These satchel style bags seem to be the perfect size for me, I hope they stay ‘in’ for a while yet. I have used this bag so much already and I still get as excited about using it as I did when I first got it, which is always a good sign. I reckon it’s perfect for this time of year, as it adds a splash of Spring to any outfit when it’s still too cold to wear Spring/Summer clothes – the colour is surprising easy to match as well! I will probably be using this all the way through Spring and Summer so it was a real bargain if you look at it that way.

Gilly Hicks Medium Wash Jeggings - £11.90 in the sale

Gilly Hicks Medium Wash Jeggings – £11.90 in the sale

 

I don’t even know how to start describing to you how much I love these. I had had my eye on some Topshop jeans almost identical to these for a while, but they were around £38 which there was no way I could justify paying. Then, I found these. Originally £34 (I think) these are SO soft and comfortable it’s like wearing super comfy leggings – that look GOOD!!? I was a bit worried that they might be thin legging-esque material though as they were labelled as jeggings, but they are effectively just ultra comfy and soft jeans. I especially love the colour, just that bit faded but not too pale, meaning I could make them work in Winter or Summer and the fact they are slightly highwaisted is great too, meaning I could wear them with crop tops if I wanted. They also fit PERFECTLY.

 

Thank you for making it through this fairly hefty post! Did you enjoy my first ever favourites post? It was certainly fun getting together everything I’ve been loving this month.

 

Simplistic beauty xx

 

Fashion At Your Fingertips: Accent Nails

Accent nails. Some of you may be well acquainted with this term by now, if you are passionate about nail trends, however, I’m sure there are still a lot of you who, like my dear mother, are wondering with bemused curiosity why I have only added glitter to one of my nails. Did I get bored and give up? Run out of glitter? Or perhaps I was just trying out a new nail varnish? Nope, not quite, and no again, I was in fact experimenting with the fun new phenomena that is: accent nails, the trend taking the high street by storm!

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So what is an accent nail? Basically, it can be defined as a single nail (typically the ring finger) painted with a different design to the other nails, but using complimentary or the same colour/s. I kept it simple and merely added a gold glitter topcoat to my base colour, but you can use your imagination and put your own stamp on this trend. I’ve even seen people paint, for example, a floral design on all but the ring finger nail, leaving the accent nail as a plain block colour. The options are endless!

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The nail varnishes I used were Barry M’s Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Green Berry 350 for the base coat, and a mini glitter polish by Jessica which came in a gorgeous set I was lucky enough to receive for my birthday for the accent nail.

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I think this is such a fun and creative trend which I can’t wait to play around with more! What do you think?

Thank you for reading,

Simplistic beauty xx

Review: Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer by Maybelline

Ok, I know. I am a terrible blogger. It has been a shocking… 3 months since my last post. And I have definitely missed it, but was sadly up to my eyes with GCSEs, but am here now to make amends and that’s all the matters, right? RIGHT? Good :).

I thought I would return with a little review on what is proving to be a highly controversial little product: the Baby Skin Primer by Maybelline New York. What with the ground-breaking success of their Baby Lips range, this primer was awaited with eager anticipation and excitement before it launched in the UK about January time. Not being able to resist trying it for myself, and having been impressed by the tester, I picked one up a couple of weeks ago.

(Picture from Google Images, WordPress isn’t letting me upload mine :( )

Some people have hated it, saying it has left their skin greasy or hasn’t made a difference; others have loved it saying it made their skin super soft and filled in blemishes. I’m loving it! For me, it did exactly what it said on the tube, and effectively gave me my skin but better, which as I don’t especially have problem skin was exactly what I wanted. What I especially loved was how it didn’t clog up in dry patches, it completely smooths over them , making them soft and if you wished, the perfect base for foundation - but I have actually been loving wearing this by itself. As for poreless skin, it definitely seems to reduce shine, redness and in a way the appearance of blemishes, but I am not convinced that it works any miracles. If you want coverage, I would steer you away from this and perhaps suggest a BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead.

There have been comparisons between this product and Benefit’s Porefessional, but having not tried the latter I cannot comment on this. However, as they are priced at £24.50 per tube, far dearer than the £7.99 I paid for Baby Skin, I am more than satisfied with Maybelline’s version for the time being. ;). Only a small dollop of this silky, clear gel is required, making it quite reasonable in my opinion.

Overall, I am a very happy customer and highly recommend this product!

Thank you for reading,

Simplistic beauty xx

My Guide To Your Perfect Coat….

Hello Snowdroplets!!

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From left: Miss Selfridge £85, New Look £65, John Lewis £79, F&F Clothing £40, Primark £28, John Lewis £79

It’s getting to that time of year when you can’t leave the house without a coat. Every year, I look forwards to this to start off with, the thought of getting all cosied up with a chic coat and a snuggly scarf, hat and glove set, but this soon gets tedious and dull. Therefore, to postpone those bad weather blues for as long as possible, it is essential that you invest in a coat to get excited about!! There seem to be some interesting coat trends going round at the moment, so there’s plenty of choice… :D

The Trend: Tartan

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1. Miss Selfridge £75    2. Asos £50    3. Boohoo £55 (also available in red)     4. (As before) John Lewis £79

Tartan is a big trend at the moment, and coats aren’t missing out. My favourite has to be the moss coloured John Lewis one, as the big ‘cocoon’ shape is also very in and I just love the colours and little fur collar and OHHH it’s just soo nice!! :O! I’ve even featured it twice in this post to show my love for it! The black and white Boohoo one is also really cool though, I love the biker essence of it what with the leather details and zips.

The Trend: Fur

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1. River Island £100    2. Asos £160    3. Matalan £35

Whether you’re after something trendy yet casual for a weekend, smart yet unique to dress up your workwear, or simply something practical but with a touch of class, there’s a fur coat for you!! How snuggly does this River Island one look?! Not to mention, how there is more than just the one texture this year: the classic long fur like that of the black Asos coat, or the ‘teddy texture’ of the River Island one. This trend still looking too scary for you? Then why not just opt for a touch of the trend with a fur collared coat – or a separate fur scarf for your own coat? There’s no escaping this trend, my guess is that it will be everywhere this season!

The Trend: Biker

1. Womens Biker Coat 2.

3.Salt and Pepper Biker Coat

1. GetTheLabel.com £39.99     2. Topshop £85    3. Oasis £100

In my books, anything with that edgy asymmetric zip screams biker style, so you don’t have to go all out with it if you don’t want to, just look for a classic coat with that detail. However, if you do want to go all out, I love the first one what with the the gold zips and leather sleeves, yet the long line of it makes it a bit more sophisticated and interesting than the classic leather jacket – which in my opinion is becoming way too mainstream! ;)

So there you have it, my pick of the top coat trends this season! Which are your favourites?

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

Fashion At Your Fingertips: Glitter

Long time no see Snowdroplets! I could bombard you with a load of equally dubious sounding (but true, honest!) excuses for not posting much recently but who wants to read that? I have instead decided to make my apologises (sorry guys!) and move on with the promise of posting more soon. I have lots of ideas and things that I can’t wait to share with you! :D

Firstly, let’s talk glitter. Let’s face it, every girl has a secret (or not so secret) love of glitter. It’s just so sparkly!! :3. And great news: it’s having a big moment on our nails this Autumn/Winter. I find that it is the perfect way to switch from day to night nails.

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Before the glitter. I am wearing NYC Colour’s Park Ave.

I love this colour for day wear but wasn’t sure if it would work with glitter…

What do you think?

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I used Wet ‘n Wild’s Spoiled in Shaken Snowglobe.

I have a strong urge to try this out over all of my other nail varnishes now!! :D

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

 

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm

Hello Snowdroplets!!

First off, I must apologise for the pretty serious lack of posts – but I do have an excuse, I was on holiday for two weeks and then have been crazy busy with my handmade jewellery business, Snowdrop Gifts, which I may be posting more about soon. In the meantime though, if you’re interested it would mean a lot to me if you liked my Facebook page, unimaginatively titled, wait for it… you guessed it ;) - ‘Snowdrop Gifts’!!

But anyway, on with this post. I recently went to a small car boot type thing where there was a reasonably sized make-up stall claiming to sell ‘Big Names, at Small Prices!’. Well, how could I resist! I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted a small basket of Revlon’s new Just Bitten lip products, for only £2 each (in Boots they’re £7.99!). I’m not actually sure which shade mine is, it does say Dawn/Aube on one side of it, so maybe that is it. I don’t know – sorry! But it is just the right amount of colour for me, I reckon. It’s a fairly natural lip colour, but just a bit brighter and more red, but nothing show stopping, which is what I like about it.

My lips without any product on.

  My lips without any product on.

My lips with the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm on.

My lips with the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm on.

I must confess, I’m not a huge fan of the texture of the stain, it reminds me a bit of a watery felt tip, but maybe I’ll get used to that. The balm is smooth and moisturising though, so I tend to put that on before applying the stain, and then again after to seal the colour and stop it from being too matte.

But, I do really like it, especially as it is both a lip stain as well as a balm, and think it’ll be perfect for quick touch-ups during the school day. It will probably become a permanent addition to my blazer make-up pocket! Another great thing about it is that the colour does seem to stay for quite a while, making it even more practical. Snowdrop recommends!!

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty x