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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Bunny Hops

Readers, it's that time of year. Cue the chocolate. Well, maybe not the only time of year; there is Christmas, Valentine's day, birthdays, anniversaries, and so on that involve gorging, but nevertheless Easter is right around the corner. Let us not forget the the true message of Easter; rebirth. So freshen up your style and throw a few unexpected spanners in the works. I've currently, as you may have seen on my instagram, sorted through my wardrobe, which I highly recommend you do before Easter. I've found so many hidden gems I forgot I had! I present to you my Easter edit, all the things you need for this Easter weekend!

(From Top Left)

New Look Denim Pearl Trim Collar, £7.99
Collars aren't going anywhere. Lend your old, plain dress or t-shirt a fresh touch with this one from New Look. The pearls add a touch of elegance, whilst the denim screams Alexa Chung cool.

Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polish in 'Ring a Ring O Roses', £3.69
This pearly pink shade is a delight. Wear alone or as part of a french manicure, it would be a shame not to.

Mango Striped Shorts, £24.99
If the Louis Vuitton show, the Balenciaga campaign, and the word of several fashion editors was anything to go by then monochrome is the colour scheme of Spring/Summer 2013. These Mango shorts are gorgeous; I can just envisage them with pointy flats and a crisp, white blazer. Easy, breezy, beautiful.

MAC Lipstick in 'Speed Dial', £14
Oh my MAC. 'Speed Dial' is the perfect, creamy, pink colour. Perfect for the Easter weekend; it's a fun, young shade and for a bonus it will last during your Easter dinner.

Splash Scottie Dog Print Wellies, £24.99
I couldn't resist. It may be the time for daffodils and blossom but in the north of England it's all slush and snow at the moment. So if you happen to venture out these cute, monochrome (see above) wellies are essential.

(Bottom, from left)

Topshop Embellished Swing Dress, £85
Alongside monochrome, the 60's are swinging this season and what better way to incorporate it into your wardrobe than with this dress? Granted it's pricey, but isn't the embellishment so pretty?

Mini Eggs
Oh, what is Easter without chocolate?

TRESemme Keratin Mask, £2.95
Keratin nourishes hair for maximum repair. I really didn't mean for that to rhyme.

ASOS Premium Cat Eye Sunglasses, £20
If I ever did see a piece that evoked 50's old Hollywood glamour then this was it. The sun ain't shining where I'm sat, but hey, these ASOS babies are too stunning to save only for the sunshine. So sip a martini in the snow and just imagine you're in Cannes. Just don't go too far with a bikini.

Missguided Handle Clutch in 'Blush', £22.99
The handle is practical, yet adds a touch of extra detail. The gold studs add contrast to the sweet, pastel shade. What's not to love?

Maybelline Falsies Black Drama Mascara, £7.99
My ultimate essential for this weekend, and anytime in fact is big, dramatic lashes. The bolder the better. This mascara gives length and volume, whilst not breaking the bank.

 Happy Easter!

NG <3

Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Tale of Two Balls

I've had a very exciting past few weeks at University, leading up to the end of the term tomorrow but I can't wait to get back home, see all my friends and, most importantly, spend all day in my onsie watching 'The Big Bang Theory'. But out of my idleness and into the real world; this term I have been lucky enough to attend two balls, which is thrilling for me as I have never attended one before. Naturally, I had to share what I wore with you.


Here I am wearing a New Look dress that cost the extortionate sum of £7. That's right ladies and gents, £7.Such a great bargain!

This was the ball I attended last night. I'm wearing Missguided dress, Jon Richard necklace and Primark earrings.  Sorry for the quality of the pictures!

In other news, google reader is soon closing down, which means google friend connect has a very uncertain future. It would be a shame to lose contact with all of my lovely followers so make sure you follow my bloglovin' for updates!

Keep on going-it's the weekend soon!

NG <3

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Hair and Make-up how to: Jessica Chastain at the Oscars

It's been a short while since the Oscars but I've had this post planned for ages and thought it would be a shame to disregard it. This brings me onto my apology; sorry that I have disappeared off the blogosphere for over a week, I've been quite busy with uni work but the Easter holidays are coming up so I've got lots of great posts planned (and maybe even a few videos!). 
I always love looking at the Oscars' beauty trends for looks to replicate on nights out. This year I loved Jessica Chastain's simple, elegant and timeless hair and make-up, which was inspired by the 40's and old Hollywood. Here is my take on the look.

The Make-up;

Step One: Prep your skin by applying moisturiser, followed by a smoothing  primer (I love the L'Oreal primer),  and then your chosen foundation and powder. I'm using Clinique Stay Matte foundation and my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. Then dust an icy/shimmering white shade all over your eyelids. I'm using the white shade from my Accessorize palette. Jessica's eyes had a slight golden shade on the inner corners. Use your smallest finger to apply this, gently dabbing in the inner corners, then blend. I used the gold shade from my Accessorize palette.

Step Two: Apply black gel or liquid liner very close to your top lash line. Build up definition around you longer lashes, like Jessica's eye make-up. I'm using Maybelline gel eyeliner in 'Intense Black'.

Step Three: The rest of Jessica's eyes are simply outlined. I used Maybelline Smoky Eyes pencil eyeliner in 'Brown' to line my lower lash line and the inner corners of the upper lid.

Step Four: Jennifer is wearing false lashes and I particularly love Eyelure Naturalites in '101' for this look. However to create this look I used a  mascara instead. Clinique High Intense Extreme Volume Mascara is a wonder. I built up the mascara in  layers using a lash comb to get out excess clumps.

Step Five: Apply concealer under the eyes and to blemishes and blend in. I'm using Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory.

Step Six: Apply a peachy shade of blusher to the apples of your cheeks in a swirling motion.

Step Seven: Apply a stroke of highlighter to your cheeks and then blend in for Jessica's shimmering cheeks. I'm a big fan of Benefit High Beam.

Step Eight: Fill in brows with a subtle colour that is similar to your original brow colour. I swear by Benefit Brow Zings wax. Them groom with with a brow brush.

Step Nine: Line the edge of your lips with a lip liner. I use Maybelline Colour Sensational in Hollywood red, the same shade as my lipstick.

Step Ten: Fill in your lips with an intense red colour.

The hair;

Step One: Style hair into a side parting and spray with a heat protection spray. Tie hair up leaving a small section from the under layers of your hair down, as shown in the picture. I'm using the Babyliss Pro Curl 210 curling tong which has a smaller barrel as my hair is shorter than Jessica's so the the curls will be tighter but to recreate the look fully I recommend Babyliss Glamour Waves curling tong. Take a small section of hair and place the end of the section between the clamps before winding the tong upwards in a spiral motion. Hold for ten-twelve seconds and then release the section of hair.

Step Two: Repeat step one until one section is done. Then let hair loose  and re-tie the bobble again, leaving another layer down and repeat the motion of using the curling tongs on this section.

Step Three: Repeat step two until all of your hair is curled.

Step Four: I have already explained that this will differ slightly to Jessica's look due to my hair length and cut. I curled my fringe even though Jessica doesn't have one, but by curling it I really get the loose, side swept curls effect.

Step Five: Run your hair brush through the curls. Then apply serum to smooth the hair and define the curls. I always use Aussie Curl Definition serum.

Step Six: Set the hair back, like Jessica's and apply hairspray for hold.

The results?

NG <3

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Somewhere Under the Rainbow

If, like me, you adore your jewellery then I have a treat for you! 'Somewhere Under the Rainbow' produces beautiful, handmade pieces and unique designs that I can't get enough of at the moment. From scrumptious cupcake earrings, to delicate, pastel macaroon necklaces and there's even key chains for the fellas too! Each piece can be personalised and takes up to a maximum of a week to produce. Whats more, alongside owning your own unique jewellery you can also feel good about it as all purchases go towards fundraising for 'Hope for Children', if the gorgeous designs weren't incentive enough. All pieces are priced between £5-£8 and collection is situated on the University of Nottingham campus. If your interested please head to the facebook page here to place an order. I know I will be!

 The pieces make such sweet gifts-these earrings are perfect for Easter!

NG <3
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