22/04/2014

Spring, no make-up make-up look.


Base: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Shade 'Vanilla', Cheeks: Topshop Cream Blush in 'Head Over Heels' and Topshop Glow Pot Highlighter in 'Polished', Eyes: Maybelline The Rocket Mascara, Brows: Benefit Gimme Brow in Shade Light/Medium.

I'm never one for caking it on at any time around the year so during Spring and Summer, less is most definitely more and I'll more often than not simply opt for a no makeup sorta look.

The key to any natural look is obviously foundation, something that's actually going to look like skin rather than a skin coloured mask and preferably one that gives you that fresh, spring morning glow. Nothing more fits that bill for me, than Revlon's Nearly Naked foundation. Being heavier than your average tinted moisturiser, it masks imperfections and gives an illuminating satin finish whilst looking ultra natural. To crank things up a further notch in the Spring glow department, a highlighter is a must- my current go-to is the recently raved about Topshop Glow Pot in 'Polished', a beautiful muted champagne colour which gives the face an instant refresh when patted onto the cheek and brow bones.

For cheeks I've fallen 'Head Over Heels' for the aptly named peachy cream blush from Topshop. This really holds its glow on the cheeks giving the perfect dewy flush. I leave out the eyes almost altogether and give my brows and lashes a once over with the Benefit Gimme Brow and Maybelline The Rocket. I top things off, with a glossy fresh lip which at the moment comes in the form of the Revlon Laquer Balm in 'Demure'. There's your Spring face covered in 6 products, sorted. 
14/04/2014

Paris Day Three: La Tour Eiffel & Montmartre




Shirt-Uniqlo//Skirt-Unknown//Shoes-New Look//Leather Jacket-

Day three started with a trip up the Eiffel Tower. Actually, in truth just half-way up due to the fact my very pathetic boyfriend, after clinging onto the barrier and shaking like a leaf for the first 674 steps to the half-way point, point-blank refused to go any further. Regardless, the views were stunning.

We then headed to see a bit of proper Paris in Montmatre. This included a wonder around the beautiful Sacré Coeur, a stroll around the Place du Tertre to see some very talented artists in action, a nibble on Macaroons a-plenty and finally a feast on some crackin' Moules Frites. Although slightly spoilt with tourists it was a truly beautiful part of Paris, teeming with cobbled streets, rustic bistros and patisseries with the most delectable looking cakes and tarts. After a lot more strolling we also stumbled on the Moulin Rouge which was pretty surreal although we couldn't justify the 100 euro price tag per ticket to see the scantily clad ladies do their thing.

My favourite new Uniqlo shirt came out to play once again, teamed with an old skirt of my mother's that I shortened last minute to make it look just right (I actually made a last minute dash to the local supermarché to source a needle and thread that morning, I'm not ashamed to say).
07/04/2014

Paris Day Two: Château de Versailles.




Top- Mango//Shirt- Uniqlo//Trousers- H&M//Shoes- New Look


Day two of Paris was a full-day trip to one of the most stunning places I've ever been, the Palace of Versailles. The old palace is rich with history, covered in gold leaf, adorned with many a beautiful painting and surrounded with gorgeous gardens (not to mention, saturated with photo opportunities), which inevitably made for a perfect day out. Sporting an undeniably preppy look consisting of the most perfect white shirt I've found from Uniqlo and my new favourite print trousers from H&M, I got very snap-happy, much to the irritance of my bf. If the 800 room, more opulent than opulent palace wasn't enough to feast your eyes on, there are three further buildings to look around that are all just as beautiful; The Grand Trianon, The Petit Trinon and finally my favourite, the Hameau de la Reine- the cutest, quaint, English style hamlet. 

That evening we swung by the Eiffel Tour for a quick look and topped off the day with an insanely good French style raclette at the cutest Parisian bistro, La Taverna. If you're popping to Paris anytime soon, it's more than worth a look-in.

02/04/2014

Paris Day One: Musée du Louvre


Jacket and Jeans- Topshop//Blouse and Boots- Zara//Boots- Jones Bootmaker//Sunglasses- Rayban


So first thing to obviously register before I launch into Paris, The Runway Rose has a new look! Thank you to the gorgeous Steph from Bonjour Belle for doing my perfect blog design. If you're thinking of getting a blog makeover then definitely check her design site here, she was so accommodating to my fussy needs and does the most beautiful designs.

So, down to the nitty gritty, I've just returned from five fabulous days in Paris with my lovely boyfriend so I'll be documenting every day in post form over the next week or so, starting now with day number one. So it started early in the morning with a hop on to the Eurostar which was pretty novel for me- travelling by train overseas?! Crazy crazy times (only if you're a massive Eurostar virgin like myself). We found our way to our stunning apartment, which I forgot to photograph (doh!) and headed out to the beautiful Place du Concorde and the Louvre to see a very large abundance of paintings and sculpture, including the Mona Lisa although my view was somewhat compromised.....see below. We then sampled some delectable French cuisine in an incredibly cute restaurant followed by a moonlit walk by le Tour Eiffel...oh so romantic. 

Not a lot to be said for my outfit as it it was all about comfort for travel but I did just happen to be sporting my favourite blouse of the moment. I'll leave you with a few snaps from the day....

And finally.... my 'view' of the Mona Lisa. 

18/03/2014

Brow Wow: Benefit's Gimme Brow


I know the blogging world has already had a lot to say about Benefit's latest brow release but hopefully, you won't mind me adding my own thoughts to the mix. For me, Benefit are the king of brows- I've long confessed my unconditional love for their brow palette Browzings which has become a firm holy grail. So it was going to be difficult for Benefit to top that in the brow stakes, except they have... 

Coined a 'volumising fibre gel', this little wonder product does so much more than your standard tinted brow gel. For a start the teeny tiny wand allows you to precisely swoop your brows into the neatest arch, whilst tinting your skin and hairs to make your brows look neat and darker. But the fun does not stop there, the incredible fibre formula adheres to your brow hairs like mascara does to lashes to make them longer and thicker to give the appearance of thicker and fuller brows. Hello, it literally creates brow (just see the before and after above!). We've all been guilty of the slug brow look but with this product you cannot come close, leaving brows soft and natural and far more appropriate for day time than your standard brow product. The product comes in two pretty universal shades, light/medium and medium/deep. I find medium/deep perfect for the night but too dark for day time so usually opt for the light/medium which looks a lot more natural with my colouring. 

Gimme Brow is currently available online and from Benefit counters for £17.50 which I think is a might-fine price considering you're getting your spooly, brow tint and setting gel all in one. Also make sure you get involved with Benefit's Brow Arch March campaign which raises money for Look Good Feel Better, a charity that help women through the visible effects of cancer. In aid of the charity, Benefit are offering £5 brow wax and makeovers in selected Debenhams across the UK. Find out how to get involved here.
 

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