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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Festive Feet

I’ve fallen in love with a pair of shoes.

Christmas heels

As soon as I saw them I thought they are the most perfect pair of heels for Christmas, with that festive red colour and the gold shiny heel! The satin also gives them a luxurious feeling – well if you can’t treat yourself at Christmas, when can you? The snakeskin detail on the back of the shoe and the platform makes them slightly less formal and will help to protect the satin from the elements in the wintery weather. I just want to dance round the Christmas tree with a glass of mulled wine in these shoes! (Another reason I like them is that they just happen to match perfectly with my nail colour today!)

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Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polish in ‘Rapid Ruby’

These shoes are by Dune and also come in a rather gorgeous black. They are available at ASOS – just click here and they can be yours!

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!

I Heart Tom

Who is this mystery man I hear you ask? Well actually, it’s not a man but (even better) a pair of shoes!

I recently ordered my first pair of Toms shoes and they arrived yesterday. I wasn’t sure what I would think of them, but I have read so many good reviews that I had to try them for myself.

If you don’t know, Toms are a shoe company who promise that for every pair of shoes they sell, they will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need somewhere in the world. Not only that, but they look great!

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I ordered some red Toms as I needed a new pair of red flats for summer, and I thought these would make a welcome change from my usual ballet pumps! Look at the gorgeous detail inside!

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Ickle elephants!!

These look Fab with skinny jeans, skirts, shorts and summer dresses. They are also beautifully comfortable – they have a real leather, padded insole so they give your feet good support while making you feel as though you are wearing slippers! I have a feeling they will never be off my feet!

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Toms are available from retailers such as ASOS and Schuh, and come in a huge range of colours and styles. Mine are the classic flat canvas in red but they come in a range of materials, colours and prints, and even a wedge style!

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T-shirt and Jeans: GAP UK, Bag: Mango @ASOS, Shoes: Toms @ASOS

These really are feel-good shoes – from a style, comfort and helping others point of view! I have a feeling this may not be my last Toms purchase. In fact, I better just pop over to the Toms website and see what other colours they come in…

ASOS Sale Swag

ASOS are currently having a sale and I picked up the following goodies…

ASOS Sale Swag

This warehouse blouse is covered in diamonte and stud detail and is really lux. This Miss Sixty top is perfect for nights out and has a very sexy back! I love the anchor detail on the skirt. I’m really into coloured denim at the moment and can’t wait for these red skinny jeans to arrive! Believe it or not, I don’t own a red handbag and this Mango quilted number will fill this gap in my wardrobe! And finally these gorgeous flats are classy and will go with everything.

What did you pick up in the ASOS sale?