Monday, 29 February 2016

STYLE DIARY | FEBRUARY


Hey my sweets, and welcome to my February Style Diary! I've been so excited to post this, as my January Style Diary got such a great response! I'm really looking forward to carrying on this series. How is it March already? This year is flying by already, but I can't say I'm unhappy about it, because the sooner we leave this freezing cold weather behind the better if you ask me! I've been fairly uninspired by Winter clothes this year. I've found a few outfits that I totally love, like January's style diary outfit and todays, but in general there hasn't been very much in stores that have grabbed me, and combined with having to wear black tights with everything and layer up, Winter is definitely my least favourite fashion season. I'm so happy all the SS16 is coming out! However, like I said there have been a few Winter outfits that I've loved wearing and have continued to allow me to stay true to my style despite the season, and the outfit I've chosen for my February style diary definitely deserves credit for that!



I'll start with the top. To say I'm obsessed with the Victoriana trend would be an understatement. I remember when I first started seeing the style here and there in high street stores, I think around the end of Summer, and I was SO happy and excited. Finally, a trend I could latch on to that I already really loved and was SO my style. And I've pretty much lived in Victoriana tops this season, as they are still pale and pretty and super feminine, but also have that really Wintery feel. My most worn top this month has been this one from Topshop. I love how beautifully detailed this top is, and yet it remains the perfect level of understated. Ultra feminine and classy,  and perfectly on trend, this completely fits the criteria to be one of my wardrobe staples- the perfect combination of 'Cute and Classy'. It looks so sleek and chic with black skin jeans and boots, and really cute and girly with high waisted skirts. I LOVE VICTORIANA TOPS.


Next in the ensemble I have this gorgeous Warehouse suedette skater skirt. Another trend I really enjoyed last year and have continued to love in 2016. I love how suede/suedette has filtered into pretty much everything- skirts, dresses, tops, coats, AND all different styles, so you can carry on wearing whatever it is you would usually wear, but it transforms and becomes super current when you inject an 'on-trend' fabric. I'd been seeing a lot of suedette body con skirts, which I have liked and embraced, but what I really like is a skater skirt. So when I saw this beauty in Warehouse I knew I had to have it, and I've worn it to death this month. It is so incredibly wearable, and the gorgeous versatile taupey-grey colour goes with absolutely everything. Smart-casual and neutral, but with a nod to the seasons current fashion, it's the perfect skirt. Plus it has two pockets which is amazing, and fits so well. 


Now I'm so excited to show you the new love of my life- my Kurt Geiger Saffiano London Tote bag. I've been using this as my every day bag since I got it at the beginning of the month, and I've been absolutely loving it. It is the most beautiful neutral taupe colour, that honestly changes colour depending on the light and what colours you are wearing. I adore the structured style, and the pretty gold hardware with the buckle details. It is the ultimate 'city girl' bag, and looks amazing with every outfit I've worn it with. Cute and classy... check! I'm so fussy when it comes to bags, but I am totally in love with this one. 


Barely leaving my feet this month, are my absolutely beautiful Hudson ankle boots. These are utterly timeless. I love the all over sleek black suede and the subtle flared heel. They fit in really nice and tight on the ankle and so look so incredible with black tights. They are the epitome of sophistication and add such a subtle but stylish flare to any outfit. So understated and yet unique- a classic boot that will never go out of style. Absolutely love these.



On my lips this month has been Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Nude Kate. It has such a perfect consistency- super creamy but really long wearing- matte but not TOO matte. It never dries my lips out and sometimes I forget I even have it on, which is a great sign, as my lips get really dry and most lipsticks I end up just wiping off. I love this colour aswell- it's a really sophisticated nude that goes with everything. And CT packaging is to die for, so it's always a favourite to whip out of my bag. 
My perfume of choice this month has been YSL's Black Opium Nuit Blanche- which just launched this month but I previewed back in November and completely fell in love. How can I explain this fragrance to you!? Well to begin with it is totally unique- I have quite literally never smelt anything like it. "NUIT BLANCHE translates to ‘White Night’, a night in Paris once a year when rock chicks take control and make the city their playground until dawn." A beautiful white coffee frangrance, it has this magic combination of floral and musky, and sweet but incredibly sexy. I get so many compliments when wearing it, and it's probably become one of my all time favourites. 

I hope you enjoyed this months style diary! As always you can shop the post by clicking on the little pictures below. Let me know if you bought anything or have seen anything you think I'd love in the comments section :) 

Lotsa love,
Freds
x





PHOTO CREDIT: AILERA STONE
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Saturday, 27 February 2016

mothers day gift guide


So it's the time of year where we all like to treat our mummy's to a little special something, to remind them of how much we love and appreciate them, and I've put together a little collection of perfect presents at different price points to give you some inspiration!


First I have these Oliver Bonas cuties. Oliver Bonas has so many unique quirky little gifts so it's definitely worth checking out their website or store, but these were my favourites. I loved  the cute packaging on these Pink Fizz Cocktail bath salts and they smell gorgeous aswell. While searching for the links for the post, I've since realised they also do Gin & Tonic bath salts, and I'm definitely going to go and pick these up before Sunday as my mother is very partial to a G&T! Then below, I have this cute jar of matchsticks. (I can't seem to find these online but they had absolutely loads in Oliver Bonas with all different colours and designs.) My mum is the type of person who needs to have every detail of the house perfect, the type of person who just doesn't accept a normal box of boring matches! She has a jar of these long, white and blue coloured matchsticks in an old fashion jar in our duck egg blue lounge, so I knew she would love these assorted matches for our pink kitchen! I think they are such a cool, unique little gift, and perfect for someone who loves homewares and likes to go the extra mile. If you have lovely things in your house, it makes all the normal, every day tasks, like lighting a candle, that much more enjoyable! 



I only recently discovered Pixi Skincare and have been really enjoying using some of the Skintreats line, especially the famous Glow Tonic and the Glow Mud Cleanser. I've found the products to be really gentle yet effective on my skin, and I really love the use of Botanical ingredients. I thought the Skintreats Rose Oil Blend Nourishing Face Oil would be a perfect gift for the lady you want to spoil on Mothers Day. If yours are anything like mine, they are obsessed with skincare and always happy to receive and try new things that might make them look a little bit less like a mummy ;) This oil is infused with youth-preserving and botanical ingredients to leave skin feeling perfectly nourished, soft and hydrated, with 'improved elasticity and a youthful glow'. And it smells of Rose. And it's in a pretty pastel bottle. That'll be all!


Now for a little accessory gift. I came across this little purse in Accessorize and thought it was sooo beaut. I love the little cut out details and the scallop edging, and of course the baby pink faux leather and gold hardware. Pink and gold really is my current favourite combo! I thought the clip frame style with all the little cutout and scallop details made it very Parisian and classy, and a purse anyone would be proud to pull out of their handbag. So pretty! (And can we just appreciate the card I've got for my mum, haha!)


Now for a total classic, on the more expensive side, but one you can never go wrong with- who doesn't lust after that iconic cream box with the black bow? The Jo Malone colognes are so strong that you literally only need one spray, so they last forever and they have the most incredible range of scents. I've chosen White Lilac and Rhubarb, which is actually an old Limited Edition fragrance. Jo Malone have launched the 'Archive Collection' which is exclusively sold at their Regent Street store, and contains some of the brands past and most loved discontinued scents. Very exciting for Jo Malone lovers, but if you can't make it to Regent Street before Sunday, there are still so many gorgeous scents online to choose from. Any lady would just love to open this up on Mothers Day, so if you do have a bit more to spend, I would highly suggest one of these beautiful colognes. 


I thought I would include a more personal gift, as it is a day dedicated to celebrating our mothers, or mother figures, and how much we love them. I found this BEAUTIFUL photo frame in Paperchase. They also had it in white which was so gorgeous aswell, and I might go back for it for myself, but I knew my mum would love this pink one. The resin roses are so detailed and pretty, and the colour is stunning. You could give her the empty frame to fill herself, or you could pop in an old photo of the two of you for a really lovely personal touch. I love this photo of me and my mum <3 


For the mumma that loves her makeup, I thought Benefit's Posie Tint was perfect! One of Benefit's classic, this lip and cheek tint gives you the prettiest poppy-pink glow, and is really quick and easy to use for the mum that's always a busy bee like mine! The packaging is gorgeous and the product is so pretty and natural it's hard not to love. Finally, and you've probably noticed them scattered around the photos, are these beautiful little biscuits from Fortnum and Mason. Again, annoyingly I can't find these online, but if you can pop to a store they have so many different ones! I thought these were such a cute little gift as they came in a lovely little jar and are so pretty and intricately decorated... And as I took them out of the jar to photograph I could hardly put them back in and give them as a present... So we ate them, and they were absolutely delicious.


I hope you enjoyed this post and got some inspiration if you were stuck for ideas for what to buy for Mothers Day. Please share the post if you found it useful! As always, everything mentioned can be shopped below. Let me know in the comments what you bought for your mum, and don't forget to give her a big kiss and cuddle and tell her you love her! They don't get tired of hearing it :)

Lots of love,
Freds x



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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Charlotte Tilbury mini haul


I decided to treat myself this Valentines weekend. Although I did of course have my real Valentine to treat me like a princess on the day of romance, I'm also told that it's very important to also love YOURSELF, and there's nothing quite like pretty makeup in rose gold packaging to make you feel special and princessy. 


The 'Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush' in the shade 'First Love' has quickly become one of my favourite every day blushers, and has earned a place in my makeup bag as opposed to storage (hard to do!). In her signature 'night crimson' and rose gold packaging, the compact is slimline with a sizeable mirror, and oh so pretty to whip out in public to touch up your lipstick. There are two shades to each blush- the outer ring is the 'swish' of colour with a beautiful pink pearlescent shimmer to give you the 'love glow', and should be applied lightly to the apples of the cheeks and outwards towards the ear. The inner circle is your 'pop' of colour, and is applied just on the apples of your cheeks and blended in. The final effect is the prettiest, natural rosy glow, just as if you are truly blushing and glowing from the exciting flush of love.  
The blush has very subtle pigmentation, leaving you space to build up the colour as you wish. I've said this before, but I much prefer a buildable blush rather than a highly pigmented one, as it leaves you more room for mistakes and you won't ever have to start your whole face again because you took too much product on your brush and look like you've been hit round the cheek! The blush is a beautiful creamy, bendable formula, and actually contain 'finely crushed pearls' to really capture the light and give you a really gorgeous, luminous looking complexion. There are six shades in the collection- all depicting the various kinds of 'flushes' romance may bring to your cheeks- First Love, Love Glow, Love is the Drug, Sex on Fire, The Climax and Ecstasy. I love the concept, very sexy but I opted to be tame and go for First Love. It is the best kind after all. 

The eyeshadow quad is the type of product that makes a makeup lover's heart skip a beat- and to be honest, so are all of CT's products, but there's something about a palette that just gives me emoji heart eyes, even though I don't usually wear eyeshadow. I chose 'The Uptown Girl' palette. Now many of my blogger friends and ladies I love to watch and read online opt for the Dolce Vita palette, which is agree is gorgeous, but I was too attracted to the two champagne shades which are my favourite shades to use on my eyelids. The champagne shades, one golden toned and one pink, are perfect for brightening and opening up the eyes and are versatile day to evening looks. Then there are the two smoky grey shades perfect for taking you from 'Desk to Dusk to Disco' as Charlotte describes. The shades are a perfect combination of natural wearable and glamorous, and I can't wait to try them out. 

The Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks really are the lipsticks of dreams. The formula is absolute perfection. They include a secret ingredient from what she calls 'The Lipstick Tree' that is packed with anti-oxidants that protect and nourish the lips. Not only do they feel dreamy to apply, and keep your lips moisturised and hydrated, it stays put for a good while and the colours are to die for. This time, I went for the shade 'Nude Kate', which at first I was worried I wouldn't like as it's quite a neutral brown toned nude, and I was worried it would be too flesh coloured, but after applying it I felt ashamed of myself for doubting CT's taste! It is a beautiful sophisticated nude, and although it is very neutral and has no hint of pink or peach etc, it is far from 'foundation lips' which is what I was worried about. It really is a gorgeous, every day nude, and if I do feel like it needs a bit more colour, it just takes a tiny bit of lipliner and it blends perfectly. 

I'm so happy with everything I chose. Charlotte Tilbury never ever disappoints me. There's something so special about luxury products like these, and these really are up there with the best of the best. I just love not only the super high quality of the products, but just the brand itself. CT just has the perfect taste- you'll be hard pressed to find a lipstick or eyeshadow shade that you'd turn your nose up at. I used the Cheek to Chic blusher and also the Mini Miracle Eye Wand (pictured above) in my Valentines Get Read With Me video- I will post the video below if you'd like to see these products in action...


I hope you enjoyed this little haul and review! I try a LOT of makeup and beauty products that don't always make it to my Youtube channel, purely because I only upload once a week and there isn't enough time or space to always include everything, so I will try and write posts like this more often just to let you know about the few things I've bought or have been really enjoying using. Let me know if there's anything you'd love me to try and review. As always, you can shop the post below if I've convinced you that any of the above are a must have ;) 

Lots of love,
Freds 
x


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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

love, rosie


Hi darlings, and welcome to my first beauty post of 2016- and having said that, I think my first dedicated beauty post ever?! I've discovered that I'm quite a fussy blogger, and it's taken me a while to fully fall in love with something enough to share it in my pretty little space that is my blog. But it's safe to say I'm head over heels for the new Rosie for Autograph makeup line.

When I heard Rosie Huntington-Whitely was bringing out a line, I couldn't wait to try it. I've  idolised her since I was fifteen; she is naturally the perfect kind of beautiful and has the career of dreams. And her new line is just as perfect- in fact I'm almost gutted, as if I were to have my own makeup line, this is JUST how I'd want it to be. To begin with, the packaging is beyond gorgeous. Everything is rose gold and engraved; wonderfully instagramable and displayable, with a real luxury feel, therefore fulfilling my lust and longing for Charlotte Tilbury without leaving me bankrupt. Packaged perfectly, and priced at a point that I would call "high-end" yet still accessible, more along the same price points as Mac rather than Chanel or YSL, Rosie's products are the perfect balance of owning something that feels really special and lovely, without having to also feel really guilty that you just spent forty pounds on a bronzer.  In fact, for such great product and such luxury packaging, I'm actually really impressed they've managed to keep the prices as low as they have. 


I'll start with the lipsticks. I'm beyond impressed and these beauties have earned a permanent spot in my makeup bag. With twelve beautiful shades from pinky nudes to deep rosy shades through to classic reds to choose from, you will seriously be stuck for choice and want to buy all of them, as they are all such pretty, wearable colours. From left to right, (top to bottom on swatches) I own the shades Nude Mink, Nude Blush, Silk Cami and Lady Rose.  All absolutely gorgeous, ultra wearable, wonderfully feminine shades. And the formula of these lipsticks are perfect, and I mean literally spot on. They are incredibly soft and creamy, with an amazing colour payoff. They are very, very similar to the Mac cremesheen lipsticks, they even have the same smell (creme eggs!) but even BETTER pigmentation. They are enriched with Argan oil so are really moisturising on the lips and nice to wear, and the colour lasts a pretty long time too. Honestly, these lipsticks have quickly become one of my favourites and I wasn't necessarily expecting them to. With the gorgeous rose gold packaging and a magnetic clasp, these lipsticks are truly perfect, I'm SO impressed.


Next, I have the bronzer in 'Bronzed Beauty', the Starstruck Highlighter and the Rose Bud highlighter powder. I love to contour, and I am the highlighting queen so I was so excited to try these out. I was so happy to see that the bronzer is a soft matte tone with no shimmer, perfect for contouring. I've yet to find a bronzer that has torn me away from my beloved Benefit Hoola bronzer, and though I will always stay faithful to Hoola, Rosie's bronzer has to be a pretty strong contender. I love the soft, silky texture that it has, super blendable and looks really natural on the skin. And the compact is amazing- slimline and surprisingly lightweight, perfect for makeup bags, with a perfectly sized mirror. And rose gold. Obvs. 

The Starstruck highlighter is the product of dreams. I adore cream stick highlighters- it's become my favourite way to highlight so I was really excited to see one in the collection. It is the prettiest pearly colour, fairly neutral but with a hint of pink- what I like to call a pink champagne colour. Another really silky smooth, blendable product that again highly contends with my forever favourite cream stick highlighter, Benefit Watts Up. I apply this on the high points of my cheek bones, my brow bones and down the bridge of my nose, and it gives me the prettiest natural radiant glow. The highlighter powder is equally lovely. I confess I have never actually used a loose powder highlight, whenever I use a powder it is always pressed, so I was really looking forward to trying this. The powder is super, super fine, which feels lovely to apply and gives it that real high end feel. A little goes a very long way and it looks stunning on the skin. The powder looks more glamorous and less natural than the cream, so it's a perfect way to go from a daytime to evening look. 

 

Then finally, I have this beauuuuuut little eyeshadow quad palette. This is "I Feel Like a Million Dollars", but there are four to choose from each with beautifully matched, wearable shades, so it was really hard to choose, and I am certain I will be going back to pick up another very soon! Each palette is really versatile, perfect for daytime and evening looks, with a mix of pearl and matte shades. They have a gorgeous creamy texture, and are not overly pigmented, which some people see as a negative, but I much prefer a buildable product to give me more precision and room for mistakes. And can we appreciate how seriously stunning these shades are? I can't get over them. They are so feminine and pretty, yet still sexy and sultry. It's also a perfect on the go palette, again with lovely slimline and lightweight packaging, and four gorgeous easy to wear shades to create the perfect sophisticated eye look. 

Overall as you can probably tell, I am beyond impressed with the collection. And I've only tried a fraction; there are cream blushes, cream eyeshadow sticks, eyeliners, mascaras, lip glosses and so much more. I can't believe how complete the line is- you could use entirely Rosie products on your face and have a complete look. When most celebrities release a makeup collection there are only a few select products. Also, the 'celebrity' products I've tried in the past can be pretty poor. It seems to be more of a gimmick, like they are creating something just so it has their name on it, not to actually create a great product. And I half expected the same from Rosie's line- I wanted to try it as the packaging was gorgeous and I love Rosie HW and her look. But that really isn't the case here. These products are fantastic, and I rate them highly alongside high end, big brand products I use regularly. They work brilliantly, they are packaged beautifully and priced fairly, and I can see them becoming some of my favourite products. Well done Rosie and M&S!

I hope you enjoyed this review, and do comment if you have tried any of the line and let me know your thoughts and recommendations! You can shop all of the products I mentioned below, or shop the complete collection by clicking here.

Love, always

Freddy x


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