Jacket: Topshop | Jumper: Brandy Melville | T-Shirt and Jeans: ASOS | Shoes: Converse
Photos: Nathalie Dickson

So the weather is perhaps a little too warm to wear this outfit anymore, but we all know the unpredictability of the British weather *rolls eyes* so I might end up pulling out this combo before the end of summer. We shot this look when I was out in France at the beginning of April so this is definitely a bit of a transitional OOTD

I've had a fair few compliments on this Topshop Hooded Jacket because it's great for the rain in the warmer weather, the double zipper is quite funky and it pretty much goes with everything I own (and it also featured in a haul I did back in October). This is the Ollie Sweater from Brandy Melville is super soft and quite thin too, so I reckon this khaki number will see me through casual summer evenings as a cover-up. I am also quite in love with these Thea Girlfriend Jeans that I snagged for just £11 in the ASOS January sale, as they make for a good skinny jeans alternative. I've been wanting to purchase some Mom Jeans forever, but none that I've tried really fit my body proportions - so this pair make for a good in between and the bottom of these have a bit of a kick-flare to them too. 

The ASOS New Forever T-Shirt in Grey Marl is actually rather long so I've tucked it in here, but I love the stretchy feel to this material, it's raw cut trims and slouchy fit. And my Black Converse are definitely my most worn shoes at the moment after living in my Call It Spring Ankle Boots for the whole of winter. To polish this outfit up, I'd probably swap the converse for black stilettos and the hooded jacket for my trusty Faux Leather Peplum Biker Jacket from Topshop.

What do you think to this casual outfit? And can you recommend any Mom Jeans that aren't from Topshop?
C x

OOTD: Khaki Casuals

29 May 2016

Jacket: Topshop | Jumper: Brandy Melville | T-Shirt and Jeans: ASOS | Shoes: Converse
Photos: Nathalie Dickson

So the weather is perhaps a little too warm to wear this outfit anymore, but we all know the unpredictability of the British weather *rolls eyes* so I might end up pulling out this combo before the end of summer. We shot this look when I was out in France at the beginning of April so this is definitely a bit of a transitional OOTD

I've had a fair few compliments on this Topshop Hooded Jacket because it's great for the rain in the warmer weather, the double zipper is quite funky and it pretty much goes with everything I own (and it also featured in a haul I did back in October). This is the Ollie Sweater from Brandy Melville is super soft and quite thin too, so I reckon this khaki number will see me through casual summer evenings as a cover-up. I am also quite in love with these Thea Girlfriend Jeans that I snagged for just £11 in the ASOS January sale, as they make for a good skinny jeans alternative. I've been wanting to purchase some Mom Jeans forever, but none that I've tried really fit my body proportions - so this pair make for a good in between and the bottom of these have a bit of a kick-flare to them too. 

The ASOS New Forever T-Shirt in Grey Marl is actually rather long so I've tucked it in here, but I love the stretchy feel to this material, it's raw cut trims and slouchy fit. And my Black Converse are definitely my most worn shoes at the moment after living in my Call It Spring Ankle Boots for the whole of winter. To polish this outfit up, I'd probably swap the converse for black stilettos and the hooded jacket for my trusty Faux Leather Peplum Biker Jacket from Topshop.

What do you think to this casual outfit? And can you recommend any Mom Jeans that aren't from Topshop?
C x
So this post has been lurking in my archives for a while, but as a bit of procrastination a creative break from my PR Debate Report due Friday, I thought I'd finally get this review on the blog. Whenever I wander into Topshop I always find myself at the beauty/makeup counter, and it felt like I was swatching this bottom gold shade every single time - so I popped it and it's partner shade on my Christmas list and here we are now. 

The Chameleon Glows are described as "multi-use powders" in that these "dual-pigments" can be used as both highlighter or eye shadow. I personally find these too out-there and glittery to use as a highlighter (I did test these out as part of my stage makeup for a dance show), but I reckon these could work a lot better for darker skin tones than my own. The top shade Wax + Wane is a purple powder with a silvery blue iridescent tint to its glitter - which to me gives it a bit of an alien/mermaid vibe. This gorgeous pigment can be toned down swept over the top or purple and red toned eyeshadows, and I tend to pair it with the Maybelline Color Tatoo in Metallic Pomegranate or the Warm Notes or Delicate Acidity shades from my Zoeva Cocoa Blush Palette.

Shuffle the Cards is predominantly a yellowy gold shade with pink glittery iridescent counterpart, but in some lights it can look quite green-ish too. This is a lot more wearable that Wax + Wane and a lot easier to pull off when blended over the eyelid during the day. These duocrome effect powders really do pack a punch when applied with the fingertips, but can be a lot more subtle when applied using a blending brush. To add a bit of intensity to my usual eyeshadow look for a night out, I'll pop a fingertip's worth into the centre of the eyelid to make the colour really pop.

The formulation of these are quite smooth and are in no way chalky. However due to the glittery consistency when applying these with a brush you do get a lot of fall out, so it may be best to do your eyes before foundation. These photos and swatches really don't do the pigments any justice as the glitter was so hard to photograph but I can assure you they are like really pretty and make everyone I show them to swoon.

Overall I am so so happy with these, and they are certainly the most unique additions to my makeup bag. I swear they never used to be £9 a pop (inflation eh?), but even though they are little, I think these are set to last me a really long time - just like their longevity. I think these would be perfect for festival makeup!

Have you tried Topshop's Chameleon Glows? What's your favourite makeup look for a festival?
C x

The Topshop Chameleon Glows: Reviews and Swatches

26 May 2016

So this post has been lurking in my archives for a while, but as a bit of procrastination a creative break from my PR Debate Report due Friday, I thought I'd finally get this review on the blog. Whenever I wander into Topshop I always find myself at the beauty/makeup counter, and it felt like I was swatching this bottom gold shade every single time - so I popped it and it's partner shade on my Christmas list and here we are now. 

The Chameleon Glows are described as "multi-use powders" in that these "dual-pigments" can be used as both highlighter or eye shadow. I personally find these too out-there and glittery to use as a highlighter (I did test these out as part of my stage makeup for a dance show), but I reckon these could work a lot better for darker skin tones than my own. The top shade Wax + Wane is a purple powder with a silvery blue iridescent tint to its glitter - which to me gives it a bit of an alien/mermaid vibe. This gorgeous pigment can be toned down swept over the top or purple and red toned eyeshadows, and I tend to pair it with the Maybelline Color Tatoo in Metallic Pomegranate or the Warm Notes or Delicate Acidity shades from my Zoeva Cocoa Blush Palette.

Shuffle the Cards is predominantly a yellowy gold shade with pink glittery iridescent counterpart, but in some lights it can look quite green-ish too. This is a lot more wearable that Wax + Wane and a lot easier to pull off when blended over the eyelid during the day. These duocrome effect powders really do pack a punch when applied with the fingertips, but can be a lot more subtle when applied using a blending brush. To add a bit of intensity to my usual eyeshadow look for a night out, I'll pop a fingertip's worth into the centre of the eyelid to make the colour really pop.

The formulation of these are quite smooth and are in no way chalky. However due to the glittery consistency when applying these with a brush you do get a lot of fall out, so it may be best to do your eyes before foundation. These photos and swatches really don't do the pigments any justice as the glitter was so hard to photograph but I can assure you they are like really pretty and make everyone I show them to swoon.

Overall I am so so happy with these, and they are certainly the most unique additions to my makeup bag. I swear they never used to be £9 a pop (inflation eh?), but even though they are little, I think these are set to last me a really long time - just like their longevity. I think these would be perfect for festival makeup!

Have you tried Topshop's Chameleon Glows? What's your favourite makeup look for a festival?
C x

Easter Break to the South-West of France: A Photo Diary from Capestang, Carcassonne, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Arles

22 May 2016

As I've mentioned many a time on this blog, I love a good bath - especially making use of mine when I come home from university as my student lifestyle doesn't allow for tub time. Over this Easter holiday and the couple of weekends I have been back since Christmas, I have been testing out a few new bathroom bits (albeit my own or my mum's and even my dad's) and thought these may be useful if you're looking to spruce up your pamper evening or help you destress after a long day. 

I have a lot of time for Lush Cosmetics (I even dedicated part of a job application to how much I love their products and ethics), so of course something of their's was going to feature in this post. I picked up the Oxford Street Easter Exclusive Somewhere Over the Rainbow a couple of weeks ago and not only did it look gorgeous, it smelt gorgeous too! Hopefully they will role this out into all their stores next Easter, or it will make an appearance over on Lush Kitchen, as the neroli, manadrin and rose ingredients in this made the fragrance quite woody and rosey, and these notes were topped off with a powdery clean fresh scent, which is right up my street. With all the hype surrounding it, I also really wanted to try The Experimenter Bath Bomb and have to say I was a little dissappointed. The smell of the bath bomb is like a nicer smell of bonfires, with hints of vanilla, vetivert and tonka, it really is a nice woody, relaxing scent and is initially really pretty in the bath but it fizzed out so fast that it just left me thinking, is this it? Being away from home for the term, means that I'm still working through the Brightside Bubble Bar and although it's not as photogenic as it was at Christmas, it is still giving me my fix of citrusy, uplighting goodness with the three different orange scents.

The Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate is actually my mum's but I've been using it a lil' bit because it literally smells of relaxation! It's not the cheapest shower gel/bubble bath out there, but the concentrated cleansing treatment is activated with the heat of the water to release aromas of camomile, thyme and basil, to name a few, to relax muscles after a stressful day. It definitely seems like the perfect aromatherapy partner for ThisWorks' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. Now my dad was gifted the Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash, and it smells ah-mazing. For some reason I'm really into my masculine smelling shower gels at the moment, and with notes of refreshing coriander, black peppercorns and aromatic vetiver - I can't get enough of this fragrance.
concentrated cleansing treatment activates with the heat of a warm bath or shower—releasing the soothing, aromatic virtues of Basil, Camomile and Petit Grain. - See more at: http://www.clarins.co.uk/relax-bath-shower-concentrate/C020102004.html#sthash.aXZKJEeo.dpuf
concentrated cleansing treatment activates with the heat of a warm bath or shower—releasing the soothing, aromatic virtues of Basil, Camomile and Petit Grain. - See more at: http://www.clarins.co.uk/relax-bath-shower-concentrate/C020102004.html#sthash.aXZKJEeo.dpuf
concentrated cleansing treatment activates with the heat of a warm bath or shower—releasing the soothing, aromatic virtues of Basil, Camomile and Petit Grain. - See more at: http://www.clarins.co.uk/relax-bath-shower-concentrate/C020102004.html#sthash.aXZKJEeo.dpufMolton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea is an intersting concept. My mum received this as one of freebies for her Vogue subscription and the scent is so relaxing, but a lot fresher and crisper than the others mentionned in this post. With real tea leaves left floating around your bath it is probably best using a tea diffuser to avoid a mess. The only niggle I have with this, is that the packaging reminds me of an urn...

For the ultimate detressing bath I love to have a scented candle burning alongside my tub and my current faves include the Lula-Ray Pomegranate Manadarin Amber Scented Candle and the Circa Home Lilac & Orchid Scented Soy Candle. The first is a warming, spicy and quite a masculine scent again, and the second is like a white musky, floral and powdery fragrance. Both of these candles are amazing quality and I couldn't recommend them enough.

What have you been loving in the shower/bath recently? Do you believe baths can alleviate stress?
C x

Bath Time Treats to Alleviate Stress

11 May 2016

As I've mentioned many a time on this blog, I love a good bath - especially making use of mine when I come home from university as my student lifestyle doesn't allow for tub time. Over this Easter holiday and the couple of weekends I have been back since Christmas, I have been testing out a few new bathroom bits (albeit my own or my mum's and even my dad's) and thought these may be useful if you're looking to spruce up your pamper evening or help you destress after a long day. 

I have a lot of time for Lush Cosmetics (I even dedicated part of a job application to how much I love their products and ethics), so of course something of their's was going to feature in this post. I picked up the Oxford Street Easter Exclusive Somewhere Over the Rainbow a couple of weeks ago and not only did it look gorgeous, it smelt gorgeous too! Hopefully they will role this out into all their stores next Easter, or it will make an appearance over on Lush Kitchen, as the neroli, manadrin and rose ingredients in this made the fragrance quite woody and rosey, and these notes were topped off with a powdery clean fresh scent, which is right up my street. With all the hype surrounding it, I also really wanted to try The Experimenter Bath Bomb and have to say I was a little dissappointed. The smell of the bath bomb is like a nicer smell of bonfires, with hints of vanilla, vetivert and tonka, it really is a nice woody, relaxing scent and is initially really pretty in the bath but it fizzed out so fast that it just left me thinking, is this it? Being away from home for the term, means that I'm still working through the Brightside Bubble Bar and although it's not as photogenic as it was at Christmas, it is still giving me my fix of citrusy, uplighting goodness with the three different orange scents.

The Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate is actually my mum's but I've been using it a lil' bit because it literally smells of relaxation! It's not the cheapest shower gel/bubble bath out there, but the concentrated cleansing treatment is activated with the heat of the water to release aromas of camomile, thyme and basil, to name a few, to relax muscles after a stressful day. It definitely seems like the perfect aromatherapy partner for ThisWorks' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. Now my dad was gifted the Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash, and it smells ah-mazing. For some reason I'm really into my masculine smelling shower gels at the moment, and with notes of refreshing coriander, black peppercorns and aromatic vetiver - I can't get enough of this fragrance.
concentrated cleansing treatment activates with the heat of a warm bath or shower—releasing the soothing, aromatic virtues of Basil, Camomile and Petit Grain. - See more at: http://www.clarins.co.uk/relax-bath-shower-concentrate/C020102004.html#sthash.aXZKJEeo.dpuf
concentrated cleansing treatment activates with the heat of a warm bath or shower—releasing the soothing, aromatic virtues of Basil, Camomile and Petit Grain. - See more at: http://www.clarins.co.uk/relax-bath-shower-concentrate/C020102004.html#sthash.aXZKJEeo.dpuf
concentrated cleansing treatment activates with the heat of a warm bath or shower—releasing the soothing, aromatic virtues of Basil, Camomile and Petit Grain. - See more at: http://www.clarins.co.uk/relax-bath-shower-concentrate/C020102004.html#sthash.aXZKJEeo.dpufMolton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea is an intersting concept. My mum received this as one of freebies for her Vogue subscription and the scent is so relaxing, but a lot fresher and crisper than the others mentionned in this post. With real tea leaves left floating around your bath it is probably best using a tea diffuser to avoid a mess. The only niggle I have with this, is that the packaging reminds me of an urn...

For the ultimate detressing bath I love to have a scented candle burning alongside my tub and my current faves include the Lula-Ray Pomegranate Manadarin Amber Scented Candle and the Circa Home Lilac & Orchid Scented Soy Candle. The first is a warming, spicy and quite a masculine scent again, and the second is like a white musky, floral and powdery fragrance. Both of these candles are amazing quality and I couldn't recommend them enough.

What have you been loving in the shower/bath recently? Do you believe baths can alleviate stress?
C x

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