Festive Fun!

I had my work Christmas night out on Friday in Edinburgh which was great fun! I wanted to have a Christmassy feel to my outfit so I went for a dark red top, a black pencil skirt and a gold belt (hopefully I didn’t look quite as much like Mrs Clause as you are probably imagining right now!!)

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The sheer sleeves of this ASOS top (similar here) give it at dressy evening feel, and the colour is red enough to be festive without looking like you live at the North Pole!

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I matched my gold belt (gifted) with a gold statement necklace, from Dorothy Perkins, for a bit of glitz.

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As we were going to be on a bar crawl in Edinburgh in the freezing cold month of December, I finished off with cosy black tights and low heeled suede Chelsea boots from Clarks.

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For my make-up, I went with a smoky eye, which I achieved using L’Oreal Color Appeal eye shadow in 150 ‘Real Silver‘ and L’Oreal Chrome Intensity eye shadow in 182 ‘Blue Jean‘. I used Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner on my top lid and my new metallic Stay Perfect eye pencil on my lower lid.

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Now onto my nails. In a previous post I said I was considering wearing one of my new No 7 Stay Perfect berry-colour polishes on my nails, but when it came to it, I felt the red and purple shades I had bought were a bit too matchy-matchy with my top. I decided to go for a complete contrast and painted many nails a bright sparkly blue! To keep with the Christmas theme, I added a burst of gold sparkle on each nail.

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To achieve this effect I used Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in ‘Odyssey Blue’ and Model’s Own Hed Kandi polish in ‘Disco Heaven’.

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Oh and don’t worry about those No 7 polishes, they will be put to good use soon!

Have a great time if you still have a work Christmas night out to come!

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Box of Treats!

I have my work Christmas night out this Friday and I have been looking for a perfect nail colour to wear. I nipped into Boots on my lunch hour and found some lovely polishes in the No7 Stay Perfect range for £5.50 each. Two colours jumped out at me straight away.

These are ‘Damson Dream’ and ‘Salsa’ and they made me think of Christmas tinsel with their bright glossy colours and hint of sparkle! This is how they look on my nails.

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I would describe the polish as almost like a glaze for the nails. One thin layer gives a nice subtle translucent effect, but two layers (as shown in the photo above) really builds the colour and gives a lovely strong effect with an extremely glossy finish. I’m not wearing topcoat in the photo above, and you can really see the shine! Now I just have to decide which colour to choose for Friday!

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An added little bonus of purchasing these nail polishes was a free gift! Because I had bought two selected No7 items, I received this gift box full of No7 goodies, including Exceptional Definition mascara in ‘black’,  Stay Perfect lipstick in ‘Classic Rose’, Stay Perfect eyeshadow in ‘black gold’ and Stay Perfect metallic eyeliner in ‘blackest’.

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Now sometimes with these kind of free gift sets you are given colours that aren’t the most popular and perhaps wouldn’t suit the majority of skin tones. I was pleasantly surprised then to find that the colours are very wearable. The mascara is black which is the colour I normally wear (and I would expect a lot of other people do to!). I have swatched the other products on the back of my hand to let you see the colours a bit better.

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The lipstick is a lovely classic pink which I would expect to suit a number of different skin tones. I am impressed with the quality of the lipstick which is rich and gives coverage. The eyeshadow shown at the bottom of the picture is a lovely, blendable browny-black with gorgeous specs of gold through it – definitely one for the party season! And finally, my favourite of these four gifts is the eye pencil, a beautiful steely black which again has a lovely thick texture and would give a really dramatic and glamorous eye effect!

This offer is currently on at Boots for a limited time. If you fancy treating yourself to an early Christmas present, details can be found here!

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Casual Friday: Wet Winter

It’s Friday. Which means the last day of the working week! But it also means dress down time at work: often a slightly stressful situation, as an office appropriate outfit is required, but you still want to be able to reflect your personal style!

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Today I’ve decided to go with a denim pencil skirt as it is an appropriate length and style for the office, but the denim makes it much more relaxed for casual Friday! I’ve teamed my skirt with a cream linen t-shirt by Eleven Paris @ ASOS which is covered in pale blue stars. The pattern makes the top stylish and relaxed but not too out-there for the office. To finish off, I’ve added a purple cardi by Rocha John Rocha at Debenhams and a burgundy snood from New Look. This adds a little colour to the outfit which cheers me up in this grey, wet weather we are having at the moment!

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Accessories wise, I’ve chosen black patent ankle boots from Topshop with a block heel (waterproof and comfortable for rushing sounds at work!). Finally, a purple Jasper Conran handbag and a spritz off Britney Spears Fantasy Twist, and I’m good to go!

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I love painting my nails with a really funky design on a Thursday night. Last night I decided to go for a navy polish, which is by Barry M (shade number 292). Barry M is a great brand for good quality polish at a reasonable price! I added some pale purple gems to my ring finger nail which adds a bit of glamour! These nails will take me through casual Friday and onto the weekend nicely!

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Hope you have a fantastic Friday – cheers to the weekend!

Baby, You’re A Firework

Hey all, long time no see! I’ve had a little break from blogging recently due to life being a bit crazy but I’m back with lots of ideas for new blog posts, and with a new phone which should make blogging on the go a li’l easier!

I previously wrote a review of four shades from the range of Maybelline SuperStay 24 lip colours which you can read here. I recently bought a new shade for Halloween called Fire Garnet (shade 450). I picked this shade as it is a strong red and I thought it would look great with my devil’s costume! I have found that I am wearing it much more regularly however as it is a really gorgeous and surprisingly easy-to-wear shade!

The colour itself is a very warm red with a subtle good sparkle through it and has a rather Christmassy feel:

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When worn, the colour is a warm red with a hint of sparkle:

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The colour is nice and strong but not overpowering, so it would be great for nighttime or for a bolder daytime look.

I have been really impressed with these lip colours and have my fingers crossed that some more shades might appear in my stocking this year!

Saturday Night Outfit: Glam Aztec

I took some photos while I was getting ready tonight and thought I’d write a quick blog post before I head out!

I’ve called this outfit ‘Glam Aztec’ as the skirt is aztec print but I’ve glammed it up with some sparkling accessories and some funky shoulders!

My skirt is from Karen Millen, top is Debenhams and t-bar heels are Ted Baker. My necklace is a little Primark bargain and my bracelets are from River Island.

So I could show off the shoulders on my top, I’ve worn my hair in a dressy ponytail. To get this look, I rough dried my hair and tonged the ends. I then swept my hair back into a smooth high ponytail and secured with a hair elastic. I took a small (about one centimetre thick) strand of hair from the base of my ponytail and wrapped it around the elastic and secured with a kirby grip to give my hair a polished finish.

And of course, I can’t forget the most important Saturday night accessory of all…

Have a great night whatever you are up to!

Sunday Sale Shopping!

I went for wander around the shops yesterday and I was delighted to see that there were a few good sales on at the moment! I did well at Oasis and GAP where I picked up some pretty tops:

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Top row (L-R): Mint Butterfly Shortsleeve Knit (Oasis); Anchor Shortsleeve Knit (Oasis); Gold Fine Tee (Oasis).
Bottom Row (L-R): Navy Stripe V-neck Knit (GAP); Leopard Cardigan (GAP); Coloured Camis (GAP).

The Oasis Mint Knit is lovely for warmer weather and the colour is beautiful. It is covered in little silver butterflies which adds a lovely feminine twist. The Oasis Anchor Knit and GAP Stripe Knit make me want to go sailing in the sunshine (anyone holding a yacht party soon!? Invites addressed to Entirely Ezmirelda please!). There is a very subtle leopard design on the Oasis Gold Tee which adds a little extra something (you can make this out more clearly on the product page – the link below the photo). The leopard cardi is so versatile and can be dressed up or down. And finally some cute pastel toned lace camisoles for layering. Can’t wait to style my new goodies!

Have you picked up anything nice in the sales recently? Let me know – I love a bargain!

Dancing The Night Away!

This weekend I was out at a gig and club night. I wore a coral dress by Fever Fish at Dorothy Perkins which I have been dying to wear – I was just waiting for the weather to get warmer!

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I love the colour and the 50s style of this dress. I added a skinny tan belt and tan wedges to give the look a more Springtime feel. I finished off with a splash of mint green nail polish and glittery gold eye make-up:

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