Sunday, 15 January 2017

beauty review: face serums

I don't know about you, but I'm totally addicted to trying new beauty products. I amass hundreds of samples and can't bear to throw any of them away. Face serums and face oils are a particular addiction of mine. I have quite dry skin and I'm always on the hunt for a rich extra layer of hydration to sit under my moisturiser. So I thought I would sum up my opinions on a few of those I've tried. Just a disclaimer: these are my thoughts after using these products intermittently - I haven't been religiously trialling them, so I'm commenting more on how they make my skin feel immediately rather than any long-term effects. Nothing is sponsored, gifted or otherwise biased. I hope you enjoy reading my reviews in any case. If you've tried any of these serums, I'd love to know what you think of them in the comments.

beauty review face serums

Saturday, 7 January 2017

a different silhouette

Whistles shearling leather jacket and Zara wide legged trousers

Even a couple of years ago I would never have been seen in wide-legged trousers. After all, there's something so comfortingly familiar about a skinny trouser or jean. You know where you are with it: it won't give you any surprises and it won't cause any raised eyebrows. But playing it safe is not what fashion is about. I would never want to be one of those people who's happy in the same tried and tested combination every day. Don't get me wrong: I have beloved pieces in my wardrobe that I wear over and over, and often you will find me in the same formula of skinny trousers and a chunky jumper. But damn, it feels good to shake that up every now and then.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

the sales wish list part two

Happy new year everyone! If I'm honest, I'm getting kind of bored of the sales now. Trawling through pages and pages of reduced items, shuffling through sales racks - I'm pretty much over it and ready for some brand new shiny stock to arrive. However, if you can persevere, a couple of weeks into the sales is actually the best time to shop. Sure, you'll have missed any super-popular bargains, but this is the point at which many retailers drop prices further, so if you can hold your nerve, you're more likely to cash in. Take Zara and Whistles: both only drop some prices by around 20-30% initially, waiting until a couple of weeks down the line to slash prices to 50-70% off. So here are my picks of what's still available to be snapped up. Hurry though, because you don't have long until the sales racks are cleared in favour of shiny new spring '17 wares (exciting)...

Larsson & Jennings Lugano watch / £129 (reduced from £215)
As you will probably know by now, I'm a big fan of Swedish/British watch brand Larsson & Jennings. The sale is the perfect time to invest in one of their classic designs, and this cream/gold beauty is a steal.

Mango Premium leather ankle boot / £79.99 (reduced from £159.99)
You can't go wrong with a classic heeled ankle boot. I love the simple elegance of this pair.

Kurt Geiger Saffiano Chelsea tote / £115 (reduced from £230)
If you're looking for a classic work bag but you have enough black, try this wine coloured tote as a very reasonably priced option.

Made Starkey table lamp / £35 (reduced from £45)
I'm a sucker for an industrial lamp. I love the simple black lines of this one from and the hint of brass with the exposed bulb.

Eyeshadow sets don't get more decadent than this. Snap it up now and give as a gift to one of your nearest and dearest: they'll thank you for it, trust me.

Topshop tux suit jacket / £45 (reduced from £85)
If you don't already have a jacket like this in your wardrobe, why on earth not? Luckily you can now right that wrong with this half-price beaut.


Thursday, 29 December 2016

a winter saviour

Whistles navy faur fur jacket, & Other Stories black cashmere jumper and Acne Pistol boots

So far this winter we've got off pretty lightly here in the UK. Christmas Day was positively balmy (hope you had a great one by the way). But in the last couple of days we've been reminded that it is actually December and this does normally mean biting winds, frosty mornings and scraping ice off your car before you can get anywhere (god, I hate that). And when the weather turns cold, I unfailingly call on my trusty navy faux fur.

Friday, 23 December 2016

the sales wish list part one

Every year the once so-called January sales get earlier and earlier. This year Whistles' sale kicked off on 12th December, before I'd even begun most of my Christmas shopping (shh, don't tell anyone). So I've decided to split my sales wish list into two parts. The first is dedicated to the early bird sales you can already get your hands on, and part two will be posted after Christmas to showcase my picks from the more traditional sales which actually wait until we've given out our gifts before slashing their prices. You can read my sales tips from last year here and they absolutely still stand.

Whistles Toscana fur collar jacket / £270 (reduced from £350)
There are few more classic and timeless wardrobe staples than a leather jacket, so the sales is the perfect time to snap one up. I've gone for this fur-collared beauty from Whistles (the best place on the high street to buy your leather jackets; trust me on that). I love how the soft collar adds a little point of difference and it'll probably keep you warm enough in this mild British winter of ours.

& Other Stories buckled leather sandals / £35 (reduced from £69)
& Other Stories do some of the best quality clothes and accessories for their price point around. Their shoes in particular look way more expensive than they are. Normally I don't stray far from black shoes but these khaki sandals really caught my eye. Plus (and you can tell I'm getting old now) they look super comfortable.

Prada La Femme eau de parfum / £49.50 for 100ml (reduced from £99)
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the sales, stick to beauty and you can't go wrong. Rest assured that a sophisticated perfume will never go out of style. I love the slick packaging of this Prada scent, which is a soft honeyed floral fragrance, and FeelUnique are currently offering the 100ml for the same price as the 35ml = bargain.

Emma Hardie travel kit / £17.50 (reduced from £35)
Beauty gift sets are also a failsafe sale staple. I stock up at this time of year and then I'm set for gifts for months (don't tell my friends...)

KARA textured-leather backpack / £284 (reduced from £405)
NY label KARA specialises in beautiful timeless backpacks made from butter-soft leather. Treat yourself to this reduced white beauty (also available in black).

Iris & Ink Silvia ribbed cashmere sweater / £80 (reduced from £160)
If you're not aware of The Outnet's own brand Iris & Ink, you've been missing out. The line is already well-priced for what it is (think Whistles/Reiss price points) but now it's on sale, making it the perfect time to introduce yourself to its timeless cuts and quality fabrics. I'm always a sucker for a soft cashmere sweater.


Sunday, 11 December 2016

december beauty favourites

Apologies for the blog silence of late: work and life have got in the way. But I'm back and want to share with you some of the beauty products I'm loving this month...

Beauty favourites Dec 16


Thursday, 24 November 2016

the christmas wish list

You'll no doubt have realised from the relentless advertising that this weekend sees Black Friday and Cyber Monday turn our high streets into a frantic tangle of discounted items and overenthusiastic shoppers. Although I sometimes wish we in the UK had jumped on the bandwagon of eating loads of food and having two days off rather than just the shopping discounts, to be fair it is the perfect time to get your Christmas gifts sorted.

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