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Thursday 26 February 2015

White Vintage Coat & Cobalt Details at Somerset House

Coat: eBay/'Vintage' - similar here. Top: Zara - similar here. Rings: Astrid and Miyu. Shoes: M&S. Trousers: Topshop. Earrings: Dior - ASOS alternative here. Sunglasses: Miu Miu. Bag: Chanel.

Good evening!

A super-quick outfit post this evening; Charlotte snapped these photos for me after I moseyed on over to Somerset House on the first day of Fashion Week for an 'office social' with my management and the other girls. I quite literally threw this outfit together that morning, with a taxi in the driveway ferociously beeping for me to get a move on. I ended up wearing a Zara cobalt blue top, Miu Miu sunglasses, an 'old' pair of similarly coloured heels from M&S, Dior earrings, a pair of Topshop leather trousers, my dear Chanel, and a vintage white coat that I found on eBay last year. I'm undoubtedly an advocate for mixing high-street and vintage pieces with designer accessories, and so this outfit accidentally ended up epitomising this.

(Charlotte and I on BBC News this morning. Lol.)

Saturday 21 February 2015

Sleeveless Trench / Striped Shirt / Dior Pearls

Click to product - Shirt: Zara (old) Alternative here.  Sleeveless Trench: River Island. Shoes: Russell & Bromley. Trousers: Topshop. Bag: Chanel. Earrings: Dior (Asos alternatives here). Sunglasses: Miu Miu.

Hello, hello and good evening to you!

Is there anything lovelier than glorious weather, excellent company and good food? Well, that's exactly how I spent a recent spring day; cafe-hopping between venues and perusing markets in Notting Hill with Bianca. I'd chosen what is in my opinion, a very casual, dressed-down look for the occasion - with the sleeveless trench (my new favourite piece!) perhaps giving away my denial over the actual, realistic temperature. I also added these gold, military-style buttons to the shirt myself don'tcha know? I'd also ordinarily opt for flats whilst 'exploring' but as much of the day consisted of sitting and eating, I thought I'd struggle through *insert sarcasm here*. One of the most picturesque places we visited was a charming 'Biscuiteers' - as you'll see above.
Truly, this day and these photos are really enthusing me for the transition into Spring! What is your favourite part of the changing seasons?

Monday 16 February 2015

Lancôme Miracle Cushion - Review

The Product.

Now, I'm not generally one to be experimental when it comes to bases and foundations; I'm a safe (some might say dull) make-up user, sticking to the things I trust to keep my skin feeling and looking as healthy as it can. I know many people have numerous foundations which they switch between depending on the circumstance, but that's not me. I have one foundation for all occasions, and I don't stray for fear that my skin may throw a tantrum, usually in the form of extreme dryness. However, when this new product; 'Miracle Cushion' - a Liquid Compact from Lancôme fell into my lap, or through my letterbox to be more precise, I concluded that I didn't have anything to lose by trying it out. Lancôme itself is a brand I trust, and being a frequent user of their Hypnose mascara, it didn't seem like too much of a risk.

An already popular product in Asia (hence the 'SPF 23' - this may seem like a bizarre number, but the levels of SPF are more specific in Asia) the Miracle Cushion sits somewhere between a foundation and a BB Cream. Honestly, I don't feel qualified to tell you whether I agree with that description or not, as I always wear very light foundations and always find BB Creams too heavy - BUT, I can certainly tell you how it looks and feels. We'll get to that part in a moment. 

The 'miracle cushion' itself is the sponge-like material inside the pot that holds the product itself, and the applicator is a small rounded spongey-cushiony-thing, to use the technical term - although I'm sure a brush could also be used. The liquid foundation that lives within the cushion is touted as being weightless, easily to build, fresh and glowing, with lasting hydration to boot. So, if you're a fan of the fresh, dewy look (with my skin verging on dry, I am!) what more could you ask for? 

Summary & Benefits.

- Dewy/Glowy Finish 
- Lasting Hydration
-Easily Portable
- Weightless Feel
- Buildable Coverage
- SPF 23 (not 22, not 24... 23.)
- The cushiony-spongey-thing is fun to poke

My Thoughts.

This foundation was a lot easier to apply than I'd expected initially - I've become an expert in putting my makeup on quickly and even as a new, unfamiliar product this took me no time at all. I'd personally say that the coverage was 'medium' - not hugely sheer but not opaque either - honestly, it's difficult for me to say as the shade I'm wearing '01 Pure Porcelaine' is a couple of shades too dark for me, making it hard for me to judge. They currently only have six shades available, and I'm wearing the lightest here which is too dark - so, for me that's a downside - but for all you non-vampiric people, you'll be fine. However, I do agree that it applied smoothly, didn't cling to any dry areas and does have a beautiful dewy finish, despite being a bit too orange for my face - but we'll ignore that. I was also surprised at how literally weightless it did feel. You hear the phrase 'weightless makeup' thrown around all the time, but once I'd applied this I genuinely didn't feel like I had any makeup on. Overall, I'm impressed with this product and if/when Lancôme create some lighter shades, I'd certainly add it to my makeup collection!

If you fancy giving this product a go, you can pick it up for £30 at Selfridges, here.

This post is not sponsored by Lancôme. I felt like doing some writing and this product just so happened to be my chosen subject - Lancôme did send me the product to try out, but that does not mean I am under any obligation to post a review, negative or positive. As always, these are my honest opinions.