Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Bargain Buy!

Hi again my lovelies! Hope you are all doing well.
So I was in Primark today, and I have been looking for a statement necklace on the cheap for ages. Just something that I can wear with jumpers and underneath shirt collars that doesn't look too much during the day. There just hasn't been anything that has really caught my eye... Until I found this little beauty.
I love the pop of neon colour in the lime and the pink, which are really nice complimentary colours for spring and summer. I also love the spikes which adds the edginess, which for me is essential in an outfit.

The best part? It only cost £4!! And looks so much more expensive, more like something you would pick up in Topshop!

Hope you liked this quick post. Please leave any comments, thoughts, suggestions down below and I will reply to you as soon as! Let me know what you think of these types of posts & if you'd like to see more.

Much love,

B xx

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Favourite Jacket of the Month & some Military Trend styling tips!

Hi guys, just a real quick one for today. I just wanted to share with you, a jacket that I have absolutely been loving lately. It’s so on trend for S/S ’13 and I think it definitely is an investment piece for the future as the military style never dates and is more likely to come back on the runway for future seasons in one form or the other.

Its super duper comfy to wear and I love the colour for summer, for me the colour of this jacket works around a lot of what I have already in my wardrobe.

Peplum has carried over from the A/W ’12; however, it has been reworked for the current season with a much more softer edge. Where in A/W ’12, we had seen quite exaggerated peplum frills from tops to dresses and even some jackets, S/S ’13 trends have updated the peplum with a less sharper finish and avoided the 3-D design as seen previously. On this particular jacket, the peplum adds back the femininity to a very structured jacket, because it is only focused on the very outer sides of the jacket, sitting just on the waist. Again, faux leather and contrast sleeves were huge last season, but have a more modern feel with the quilting on the sleeves being focused on the top parts of the arms and the silver zip detailing on the outer part of near the wrist.

Military Jacket Styling Tips

·         Easy to wear with jeans or alternatively, if you want to edge it up slightly, a plain black maxi will give this jacket a more informal laid back and casual look.

·         Some may think that the khaki colour is hard to work around, however it looks great with coated black leather jeans – gives a more smart appearance, or dark blue skinnies, again if you want a more causal day outfit.

·         A bandage knit skirt, smart pointed high heels and opaque’s, with the jacket buttoned up can be pulled off if you feel daring for a day at the office. Thick black tights will keep it looking professional.

·         In the summer, pair a military jacket with big shades and a fedora hat for a safari – esque feel.

·         Khaki green works really well with animal print, so pop a animal printed scarf around your neck – to channel your inner feline

·         Wear with tan wedges on a summers day or black patent courts in the winter

·         Layering with hoodies underneath – can work well if want an extremely easy to wear look, and the military jacket will pull everything together, making you look well put together and like you’ve made a lot of effort, even if you may not have!

These are just some suggestions for the ways in which a military jacket can be worn, but there is plenty more. Modern fashion is about imagination! Don’t be afraid to use it. Be yourself and set your own style and trend. Everyone is different, so stay true to who you are and what you love.

These are just some of my styling ideas. This does not necessarily mean I myself would wear them exactly in this way, however some of these things might work for one person and not for another. Alternatively I hope that there is something there for everyone. I am by no means saying that this is the way it HAS to be done, all I hope is that I have been able to provide you with some inspiration and help for you to carry the military trend through the next couple of seasons!!

As always, I hope you’ve liked this post. If you have any comments, suggestions, thoughts or requests, please free to leave them down below. I thank you all for taking the time out to read my blog and I appreciate all your feedback!
P.S - My camera ran out of battery so I could only take one picture  - I shall upload close ups soon!

Much Love

B xxx

Monday, 11 March 2013

Urban Decay ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Eye shadow Palettes Review!

Hello again, my beautiful people! Oh, I am so excited to write this review for you guys! Not only because I have nothing but good things to say about these products, but also because I have watched the film! And, it was absolutely amazing! It is definitely one to go watch. James Franco – absolute heartthrob!*swoons* I’m sure many of you feel the same way! Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, were the perfect actors to play each part. And it has to be said; Urban Decay definitely got the looks of Mila Kunis’s and Michelle Williams makeup spot on for their eye shadow palettes. Although, I’m not a big fan of Mila Kunis, I must admit her makeup looked beautiful and I can see why anyone would want to re create her look.

So, first of all let’s get the basics out the way.. Here’s some background on the palettes if you don’t already know...

Urban Decay (UD) is known for the quality of their shadows and staying power of their primers, so they certainly did not disappoint with the launch of these two eye shadow palettes. The palettes are inspired by Theodora (the Wicked Witch) played by Mila Kunis and Glinda the Good played by Michelle Williams in the film.

The Theodora palette carries the dark, dramatic and bold shades, perfect for those smoky eyes whereas the Glinda palette is more on the softer side, with angelic and ethereal shades. Both palettes come with the ‘Super Saturated High Gloss’ Lip colour pencils and UD’s ‘24/7 Glide-on ‘eyeliner pencils. Each palette has 6 shades. What makes these palettes, so different than any other that UD has brought out before, is the clever little added in ‘recycle, reuse’ (is what I would call it) innovation. You can actually, twist out the shades and the fact that it’s a compact tin, allows you to reuse it for other shadow pans you might to put in.

Theodora’s shades  – Broken, Beware, Bewitch, West, Spell, Jealous. Lip Pencil in Theodora, 24/7 Glide - On Pencil in Black
Left to Right, Top Row: 'Broken', 'Beware', 'Bewitch'
Left to Right, Bottom Row: 'West', 'Spell', 'Jealous'

Glinda’s shades – Tornado, Aura, Magic, Illusion, Oz & South. Lip Pencil in Glinda, 24/7 Glide – On Pencil in Purple
Left to Right, Top Row: 'Tornado', 'Aura', 'Magic'
Left to Right, Bottom Row: 'Illusion', 'Oz', 'South'

My thoughts on the palettes –

Packaging – I am an absolute sucker for packaging. You can most definitely put in the category of those people who will just buy things because they are aesthetically pleasing. HOWEVER – not only are these eye catching; I love the colours – you can tell the thought that has gone into producing these palettes are a representation of the characters themselves, but the compact size, and the options to reuse the tin again is something new and different.


Price and what you get for your money – These palettes are priced at £35.00 (English pounds) each. Hey, I know that is quite...well, very expensive for just ONE palette. But bear in mind – you do get 6 colours which are all newly released and are not in any other palettes created by UD ever before, you get a lip colour – which like the eye shadows is just as good quality AND is full size plus a eye pencil.. which isn’t. You’ve practically got all your makeup sorted for an evening out – all you need to do is add the foundation and cheek colour. When you think of it like that you are getting your money’s worth. And to be fair, the quality of these products/ packaging justifies the price itself anyway.

Eye shadows – O. M. G. – I have only word – PIGMENTED. All these shadows have amazing, amazing colour pay off and the colours, (as mentioned above) are all brand new shades. You swipe a finger into the pan, and you will get so much colour payoff  – just by swiping! Imagine how pigmented the colour will be when applied wet for a more metallic finish, or just with a primer underneath! You’ll have people mesmerized by your eyes wearing any of these colours.


Glinda Shadows - Most of the colours in this one are very iridescent, and glittery. My favourite in this palette has to the chronographic one with a lavender sheen – Aura. Aura is split into two parts the left side which looks more blue-ish, and the right looks more pinkish. If you aren’t a fan of full on glittery, glimmer – looking shadows on your eyes then I would recommend the Theodora palette which has more toned down shades with less shimmer/glimmer.


Theodora Shadows – All you, who love a Smokey eye – go and grab! It has the three most beautiful chocolaty brown shades for a warm brown smoky eye, that would work on any skin tone, it’s unreal. If you want a Smokey eye with a pop of colour, don’t worry you’ve got the shade ‘Jealous’ to do the job for you!


Lip colours – Both are highly pigmented, glossy, and the added plus? They don’t feel sticky on the lips! I cannot stand the ‘hair sticking to the lips’ glosses at all, so you can be reassured you won’t get that with these. You’ve got your red for the evening (Theodora), and your nude for the day (Glinda). Sorted.

Eye Liners – Wearable and long lasting. Nothing more need be said.

GET THE LOOK – UD have been kind enough to package the ‘Get the Look’ card charts, for you to recreate the look yourself, with easy and quick instructions to follow. Always helpful!
Overall? – If there is one thing I can say about these palettes is – TOP NOTCH QUALITY. Well, that’s three, but you get my drift. All the products in these palettes are about the quality and that’s pretty evident from the packaging to the product themselves. The price? .. is the price of quality.

Urban Decay products are available in the UK at Debenhams stores, House of Fraser and online at

Once again, I hope you’ve enjoyed my review on the UD’s latest products. If you have any suggestions, requests, comments or thoughts, please leave them down below. I will reply as soon as!

Much Love                                                                                                                                                      


DISCLAIMER: All products are purchased by me and pictures are taken by myself only, unless stated otherwise.