Thursday, 11 December 2014

Smart Casual Cigarette Pants

I honestly love a good cigarette pant and it's versatility, so I decided to dedicated this post to just that. This particular pair are from Topshop, but are no longer available- these are practically the same though. Please ignore my hair throughout as things took a turn for the windy!

The first outfit is a bit more on the smart side as its what I wore to a recent university interview (I received an unconditional offer from this interview and have 'choiced' it to study fashion business and promotion from September.) I paired the trousers with a grey polo neck from Primark not only practical, but also on trend as grey is huge for AW14, a black duster coat and some cute cut out ankle boots for a simple yet chic feel.

For the second outfit I decided to embrace my inner sporty spice with a simple crop top, bomber jacket and trainers to create this look I am nowhere near cool enough to pull off, but I simply do not care. I know a crop top in winter is ridiculous but this one from H&M is slightly longer than your average crop top, plus has long sleeves and the trousers are slightly high waisted so I decided it was acceptable, whether this was a wise decision I am still undecided. I have a love hate relationship with the trainers, but they're comfortable and I have a slight fetish for ugly looking shoes so this is probably what drew me to them and I decided if I paired them with a bomber jacket (Dorothy Perkins, but no longer available) I could claim this as a pathetic attempt at being all sports luxe and cool.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Acid Brights

Recently I had to create a portfolio for my university application and as my background was more English based and academic than creative, I decided to create a mood board inspired by SS15 high street and online retailer press preview images I had seen on instagram, the images were all feature very bright, fun and colourful fashion. This inspired me to look at make-up with a similar theme and add that to my small mood board. 

The bright editorial make up really intrigued me and I wanted to develop the idea and have a play around with much more colourful make up than I would usually. I decided I would try to create my own editorial style make up look using such vibrant colours and also add this to my portfolio. 

I am not in anyway a make up artist, I would go as far to say I am absolutely hopeless with make up, eye make up especially, but I had considerable amounts of fun experimenting with these colours. (shout out to Heather for being my model)

Now the reason you're here I am guessing since the title is its name. In order to create this look I needed brightly fun coloured eye-shadows and as I am not a wearer of such colours I had nothing appropriate so I was absolutely delighted to see such a beautiful coloured palette on my daily trip to superdrug (yes daily, I need help) after I finished drooling I realised it was only £4, yes £4!!! I think I probably screamed with excitement, just look how amaze it is! Heart eye emoji for days.

The packaging is pretty standard, but that doesn't bother me in the slightest. If I am honest I would say I probably completely ignored the packaging due to dribbling over the neon goodness that is some of the shades. I cannot comment on the applicator as I haven't bothered with it as I am not a fan of this style of applicator and haven't used one since I was around 11 years old. 

Swatches without flash

Swatches with flash
As you can see from my images with the eyeshadow on the eyes and from the swatches the pay off from the eyeshadows is pretty impressive. The pigmentation is absolutely brilliant for £4. The formula of the eyeshadows really remind me of MUA eyeshadows. The texture of the eyeshadows is pretty similar to any budget eyeshadow palette, the matte shades are slightly chalky, but teamed with a primer were perfectly fine.
I have my eye on a few more of the Makeup Revolution palettes so watch this space for more reviews.