Tuesday, 29 March 2016

90's style OOTD

I was a 90's child and loved everything from Take That and Spice Girls to The Lion King and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, but I was unfortunately too young to have truly appreciated the style for myself - though, my Mam did a good job with the abundance of corduroy trousers, pinafores, dungarees and the famous velvet dress every 90's little girl had at one point.

Now the style has made its way back round the trend circle I've thoroughly jumped on board and stocked up on all things to make me look like an extra on Clueless.
All items I wore today were from Topshop, but the most recent buys were my shoes and, of course, the corduroy pinafore - which was obviously needed to make a true 90's look.

My MOTO pinnywas an impulse buy back in January, but I've worn it enough to justify the purchase. it's comfortable and versatile with styling it. I've also worn it with a long turtle neck and a bardot shirt. The crop top I wore isn't actually on shelves any more, but I recently fell in love with a similar Multi Stripe crop top, which I'm sure will make a fine addition for a spring look.

My sandals I picked up in the sales last summer, but I was overjoyed to see they'd brought similar soft heeled sandals back for the spring season (and there's new colours!). I think they're such a much to give that extra bit of a Clueless Cher look, with the chunky mid-heel.

It's a simple outfit, but it ticks the 90's boxes and a pinny can be very flattering on many shapes - though I must caution you, I purchased a 10 and I feel like an 8 (which isn't really my go-to size) would have fit better. So best to buy in store rather than risk it online.

So this is my fave 90's look at the mo - but I'm on the outlook for so more inspo, so do send over your 90's looks and suggestions!

Ciao for now,
Rach
xx

*All items I'm wearing (besides shoes) are in petite and can be purchased in regular sizes and tall.

Monday, 21 March 2016

BLUE SHAMPOO | How I keep the yellow tones at bay

It may come as a shock to you all, but I'm not as naturally as blonde as I'd like to be. So I often have to combat any yellow tones to keep my locks looking a neutral and natural tone.

So I've picked out some of my favourite anti-yellow toners to share with you all.
From L - R: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo (RRP: £5.99), Lush Daddy-O shampoo (RRP £5.75), PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver brightening shampoo (RRP £3.19) and Knight & Wilson Colour Freedom - White Blonde (RRP: £6.99)
Over the years of keep-up with my blonde locks I've tried many a products to tone out the yellow, while keeping them soft and hydrated - because if you're ever thinking of going blonde I warn you now (just like putting any dye on your hair) bleach can be very drying.

First up is the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo (I also use with the conditioner). I've always been quite a fan of John Frieda and a friend recommended this to me, so I gave it a try. I was quite impressed, it made my hair lovely soft and silky and after a few washes I could see it had done some toning to my hair. Though I do feel it may have been better for highlighted hair, rather than an all-over dyed blonde.

Next is Lush Daddy-O shampoo. I loved the idea of this: an all natural shampoo that's good for toning blonde hair. This was another I was impressed with, like the first, my hair was left smooth and, importantly, hydrated and my blonde was very shiny and toned after a few washes. It's definitely a lovely shampoo to use and quite the favourite of mine, especially knowing it's not damaging my hair. Plus you can't go wrong with hair smelling like Palma Violets!

The PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver (I also use the conditioner) is such a cult product I couldn't have NOT tried this. I got introduced to this first by my sister and it shows sure fast results. It get's to work instantly. My only issue with this is it can be a bit drying to your hair - I would definitely recommend a good intense conditioner for after. But hair is instantly toned.

Last, but not least, is Kight & Wilson Colour Freedon in White Blonde. I LOVE this. I apply this every few weeks and my blonde it leaves my hair shiny, smooth, hydrated-ish and a truly toned to a white blonde. Though I warn you, don't leave it on too long or you definitely risk getting blue streaks in your hair.

So these are my four faves for battling the dreaded yellow tones we all fear when making the plunge to go a beautiful blonde!

I'd love to know what you think and if you have any other recommendations send em' my way, I'd love to try them out!

Ciao for now,
Rachael
x

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Kiss me I'm Irish! St Patrick's work OOTD

Dia duit tú daoine álainn...

It's St Paddy's day and since I'm of Irish descent (my Granda was from Galway in ROI) I picked out the greenest item of clothing I own - but being a (not-as-natural-as-I'd-like-to-be) blonde, as a rule, I tend to opt away from greens and yellows so  it's more of a pastel green! But it's taking part that counts eh?!

This was my chosen work outfit with all items are from Topshop, besides the oversized tartan green and grey blazer which was from Newlook.

The black Leigh jeans are my ultimate faves, I must have about four pairs in different colours, plus they're just my length (extra short-arse!). The top is a simple black vest top (nowt special, but does the job) but the boots are my babies! I love these brown Harper boots, it was actually my boyf that bagged them in the sale for me (he has taste right?) down from £72 to £30. They actually still have them in down to a tenner (!!!) if you fit in a lovely size 8 (some of my besties, I'm looking at you!).

The blazer I actually got way back at the end of 2014, so it's not available any more, but I have had my eye on a couple of similar-ish blazers, all rather affordable, from New Look that I'm definitely looking at getting my mits on.
FROM L to R: Blue Space Dye Double Pocket Blazer (RRP £22.99), Black Check Boyfriend Blazer (RRP £30 (on sale atm)) and  White Space Dye 3/4 Sleeve Blazer (RRP £22.99)
I'd love your opinions on these lovely la'al blazers - send them over.

So that's my St Patricks Day work OOTD. I hope you all enjoyed and please do send me links to yours.

Slán go fóill,
Rachael
x

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Simply nude - FOTD

Much to the disappointment of many, I'm sure, I don't always rock a red lip. I sometimes like to tone it down with a nude lip and that's what I did today.


This look features my Urban Decay lippy I reviewed and you can't really see it above, but I've managed to tousle my hair into a top-knot bow.

I didn't wear much on the eyes, just a flick of my favourite mascara: Benefit They're Real and a light dusting from a new found fave of the Revolution palette essential matte 2. My choice of primer and foundation are currently by L'Oreal in their Infallible 24H range, but as the season's changing I think my skin care and make-up shall be going under an overhaul.

My face hasn't really gone under any contouring today, but I put a dab of my new L'oreal Infallible Sculpt and my Topshop creme blush - but it wasn't the same application I would do for an event or night-out.

My brows are always a bit unruly so I tame them with a combo of a Miss Sporty brow pencil and my L'Oreal brow sculpter and they seem to do the job.

So that's my simple FOTD featuring a nude lip.

Tell me what you think and send me yours.

Ciao for now,
Rachael
x

Monday, 14 March 2016

GRASMERE GINGERBREAD: SARAH'S GINGER HAND BALM

The Grasmere Gingerbread co.
Sarah's Ginger Hand Balm
RRP; £4.95

I'm always on the look out for a new hand cream. I'm so prone to dry hands and I get bored of the scents I have after a while - I like a change. I'm always eager to support businesses local to my homeland of Cumbria. So with this little beauty I've managed to do both.

If you've ever heard of Grasmere Gingerbread you'll know it's literally the best gingerbread you'll ever taste (well apart from your nan's, undoubtedly).

Little did I know when I went to their pop-up shop in Whitehaven (as unfortunately they'd suffered from the floods, like so many, last year) to stock up on Grasmere Gingerbread for the fam (gutted they don't gluten free for awkward people like me) that I stumbled upon they're other ventures of the gingerbread scented variety.

I tried this little beauty, left the shop and actually went back in to order some.

It's a lovely hand balm, with the delicate scent of gingerbread that lingers for ages - I had people complimenting it for the rest of the day.

It's a non-sticky balm so leaves no residue and it's perfect for men or women - I'm pretty sure I've seen both my Dad and the chap dipping into it when I'm not looking!

It's very moisturising and leaves hands feeling soft and smooth.

I'm telling you all about it because at £4.95 a jar, made in the Lake District with natural products, and cruelty free, it's a keeper in my books.

And don't be put off by the thought you'd have to do a trip to the lakes for it, you can order online too! Though, if you simply must have a holiday in the lakes for a break of work for hand cream, there's worse places to go shopping!

If you've tried it, do tell me your thoughts - but what can go wrong? It's gingerbread scented hand cream!

Ciao for now,
Rachael
x

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Reporter with the NUDE lip? Urban Decay Naked 2 and Stark Naked

I'm back my lovelies and for my first post of 2016 I've (VERY TEMPORARILY) traded in my beloved red lip in favour of a flattering nude.

I love red lipstick and I've become known, locally, as the reporter with the red lippy, now that's all good and proper but I fancied a change. This usually consists of a purple, pink or dark/brown red, but never a nude.

I was always a bit frightened of nudes as they always seemed so satin or glossy which made me look like I'd gone back to the days of 2004 discos where I, admittedly, favoured a shiny gloss - which now makes me cringe like no other memory.
Left: Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipstick in Stark Naked and Right: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip liner in Naked 2.
But I recently came across the Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipstick and after many swatches I fell in love with they're beautiful Stark Naked and had to have it. Of course, I couldn't invest in a new lipstick without a trusty lip liner to match and made the wise investment of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip liner.

So what did I think, I head you ask?

Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipstick : RRP: £15.50
I'd been after a nude lip for ages but I couldn't find one that had a nice texture, finish and didn't shine. Having shiny lips is just not for me! I'd had a look at this one a few times, but after eventually swatching for the millionth time I bought it. It had such a cream texture and initially goes on as if a satin lip, but it has a beautiful matte finish which doesn't dry out your lips. The colour is very opaque, so no worries about coverage and it blends fantastically when paired with a lip liner. It lasts about 6hrs before I re-applied - bearing in mind I drink obscene amounts of coffee and tea in this time.

Would I repurchase?
Definitely, it's lovely and definitely competition for a MAC lip.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip liner: RRP £13.50
The staying power of this lip liner is second to none, it's fab. the shade I picked is ever-so-slightly darker than the lipstick which is perfect for slightly overlining the lip if, like me, you suffer having thin lips and dare not get lip injections for a fear of needles. Like the lipstick it's very creamy with a perfect matte finish. However I was slightly disappointed with usage; I feel it got two uses before requiring sharpening and as it's so soft I feared breaking it.

Would I repurchase?
Perhaps, it's definitely perfect for use, but I wasn't a fan of the need to sharpen so often. I feel like the value for money there is lacking.

I hope you enjoyed my comeback and my reviews. I'd love to know if you've tried these products and you have reviewed. Or if you can recommend any other nude matte lippy's and lip liners?

tata for now,
Rachael
xx