My Dream Closet | May ’17

I’m going to trial a new series on my blog where every so often I feature some of my most lusted-after items of the moment. I thought this would be a great way to incorporate more fashion into my blog without buying every single item I like – as much as I would like to do that! Even if I had an infinite amount of money, the logistics of getting items delivered in Italy leaves a lot be desired. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed window shopping each piece.

The IT Bag

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Chloe is undoubtedly the designer brand every blogger runs to as soon as the temperature rises and it’s not hard to see why. Their effortless and feminine designs are perfect for hot summer nights. However, for those who don’t wish to purchase items at such a high price point we have our amazing high-street. Take this Chloe dupe bag from MANGO, who in my opinion is really have a moment. Every week they are bringing out chic, high end designers in both their clothing and accessories.  If you want this I suggest swiftly heading over to the MANGO site, as this gem won’t be in stock for long. (shop here)

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The Dreamy Italian Swimsuit

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Another designer dupe (do you sense a theme with my current personal style?) but I had to include it. This time, H&M are taking on one of Dolce & Gabbana’s biggest prints of the season- yellow lemons. As soon as I saw this swimsuit online I cycled to my nearest shopping centre (which I will stress is not near in the slightest!) because I had to see if it was in stock. It wasn’t, but that won’t stop me looking for this stunning, classic piece. I’m thinking a big hat and a glass of Prosecco would be the perfect addition to finish the look, don’t you think? (shop here)

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The Quirky Summer Shoes

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Gone are the days when a pair of simple flip-flops would be enough to complete you summer outfit. Not really, but at the moment there are so many fun options at the moment to tempt even those who love their basic items. 3D florals, sequins and embroidery are the on the style menu this summer. I’m obsessed with these cute cactus espadrilles from New Look at the moment- they add just a pop of fun to a basic summer outfit. They are super affordable too which means you don’t have to worry too much about walking in them on a sandy beach or a busy high street. (shop here)

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Kirsty x

 

Easy Eye Makeup for Special Occasions

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Recently my beautiful friend Sarah asked me for advice on how she could achieve a polished makeup look for wedding she is part of next month. She wanted to look like she was wearing makeup without it looking to heavy and over the top. Sarah doesn’t wear makeup on an everyday basis so I wanted to create a really easy look that anyone could recreate.

I’m sure Sarah will not be the only wedding guest or bridesmaid over summer 2017, so if the thought of doing your own make up terrifies you then continue reading! Here are a few tips and product recommendations:

  • You don’t need to use expensive make up. Everything I’ve used (or similar) is listed in this blog post.
  • To ensure your hard work lasts all day, I would also advise layering cream and powder products. I find that when I use cream bronzer or contour products and then apply my powder products over the top my make up last a lot longer.
  • Go a LITTLE heavier on the bronzer. I have a rounded, pale face (insert yellow moon emoji here) so I love that I can use makeup to give me a little more definition. However, the combination of a long day, a lot of dancing and flash photography means that the extra effort I put into my makeup goes unnoticed. I really recommend taking a couple photographs once you think you’re finished getting ready to make sure you’re happy with the results!
  • Primers work! Eyeshadow primer is essential for me every time I wear eyeshadow. It’s even more important if you want your makeup to be crease free all day long. I have tried so many primers that just don’t cut it, but luckily I’ve found a found an amazing drugstore dupe for my holy grail Too Faced primer.
  • Opt for brown eyeliner instead of black. I have extremely pale skin and sometimes black eyeliner can look a little harsh on me (or an emo throwback), especially for a daytime event. Here I’ve used a dark brown eyeliner and I feel it looks much softer. If this is still too much for you a bronze liner would also look amazing.

 

Products Used (or Similar)

  • Makeup Revolution Blur Primer (shop)
  • NYX Full-Coverage Concealer (Orange for my dark circles, Green Vert for redness) (shop)
  • L’Oreal True Match Foundation (shop)
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (shop)
  • KIKO Contouring Pencil (shop) OR L’Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Cushion Soleil (shop)
  • Physicians Formula Bronzer or Soap & Glory Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick (shop)
  • Make Up Revolution Baked Blush in ‘Hard Day’ (shop)
  • Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (shop)
  • NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade (shop)
  • Browcote Brow Gel (shop)
  • Sleek Highlighting Palette in ‘Solstice’ (shop)
  • Milani Eyeshadow Primer (shop)
  • Morphe Jacyln Hill Palette (was limited Edition) or Make Up Revolution Salted Caramel Palette (shop)
  • Wet n Wild Khol Eyeliner in ‘Pretty in Mink’
  • Maybelline The Falsies Mascara (shop)
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in ‘Tan Lines’ (shop)

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Kirsty x

My Favourite Nude

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The nude in question is my current lipstick obsession- introducing the NYX Butter Lipstick in ‘Tan Lines’.

I picked this up on a quick run round Boots when I was back in the UK for a few days over Easter. I wanted a lipstick similar to my beloved Marc Jacob’s ‘No Angel’ but in a lighter, non-matte formula for Spring and Summer. The lipstick feels really and easy to wear and has a hydrating formula. It’s going to be perfect for warm days here in Italy. An added plus is that NYX is extremely affordable, which means that no doubt I’ll have backups in every bag sooner or later.

It’s natural, effortless look wouldn’t look out of place on the polished Italian women I see everyday. Now, if only I could get the perfectly blow dried hair and sense of style to match!

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I’ve definitely been draw to more true nude lipstick shades recently- I’d love your recommendations on what I should try next.

Kirsty x

First Day at the Beach

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Firstly, I’m so excited to be back to vlogging!

Secondly, I’ve decided that my YouTube channel will consist of more vlogs, fashion and everyday life- trying to do make-up on camera just didn’t feel like me. There will still be plenty of beauty content and reviews but in a less formal way.

Dave and I went to the beach and for the first time this year so I took the vlog camera along. It was insane to think that it was snowing back home in Scotland at the same time..

Kirsty x

Glow Getting this Summer

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If you know me personally then you’ll know that I have a love/ hate relationship with getting a natural tan. I allow my body to tan (while wearing SPF of course!) but it does take my fair skin and I a while to get some lasting colour.

When it comes to my face, neck and chest I try to stay away from the sun. I always wear a high SPF and strategically find a well-placed umbrella to sit under for most of the day.

This year I’ve decided that I’m going to up my faux tan game with a little help from Clarins and their Radiance – Plus Golden Glow Booster (shop here). This genius little product is added to your moisturiser and massaged into the skin as normal. It couldn’t be easier! You can customise how many drops to add depending on how intense you prefer your tan. An added bonus is that the drops can be added to your daytime or night time routine. I’ll be using mine at night so I’m always ready for those last minute trips to the beach.

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Kirsty x

My Month Long ‘Blogcation’

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It’s been just over a month since I decided to take a break from blogging (‘Blogcation’, get it?) and pretty much all social media. This overwhelming fake followers and constant stat checking was taking up a lot of time (and patience!). At the beginning of the year I had set myself targets for how much content I wanted to make across all my media platforms, but with work and life in general it didn’t quite work out how I planned.

I started to panic and look for quick and easy video ideas for my YouTube channel, and I’d post photographs that I wasn’t happy with because I felt like as long as I had something up, it was better than nothing- right?

I realised that’s not what I want my blog or YouTube channel to be about. I only want to publish well thought out content which really reflects me. If I’m being completely honest I’m not in a position where I can afford to upload an ASOS haul or unboxing every week.

So I’m back, refreshed and ready to restart a more curated blog that truly reflects my life at this moment in time. I hope you keep reading 🙂

Kirsty x