FASHION / Weekly fashion faves, 2

Another week of people slaying that fashion game! Here are the looks I’ve been crushing on this week:

Amber Davis

Dress, PLT / Boots, PLT / Jacket, PLT

Amber’s outfit strikes a really nice balance between on trend, cool and demure but with a very seasonal palette. All of the pieces are made of really comfy material but look really nice and put together. So easy and so fab.

Frankie Bridge and Mollie King

Frankie: Shirt, similar here / Jeans, similar here.

Mollie: Top, Rixo / Jeans, similar here.

I really like these Frollie looks as they represent both sides of my jeans-wearing style – double denim, slightly more dressed down and a bit more glammed up day to night. I love a good washed black, I love leopard and I love coated jeans – they’re staples for every wardrobe that can work for so many occasions.

Lily Melrose

(Image: @whatlilywears)

Jacket, Topshop / Top, ASOS / Jeans, River Island / Sunglasses, Quay / Hat, ASOS

To be honest, I probably could’ve done a whole post this week just on Lily’s outfits, there have been some corkers on both of her Instagram feeds this week. This girl will skint me before the year is out! I adore the print clash on this one so much, wondering if I could be grave enough to pull off double animal print in the future?

Abbie Holborn

Suit, Miss G Couture / Lace bodysuit, similar here / Belt, Gucci

This outfit is giving me all kinds of fierce power dressing vibes – very powerful and classy yet very sexy. I would love to grave enough for this one day.

Beyoncé

(Image: @beyonce)

Coat, similar here / Suit, similar blazer and trousers here.

From sexy suit to straight up fierce, yasss Bey! I’m not sure where she was going but I guarantee she turned heads in this outfit when she got there. If you like the coat then you’ll love the one I’ve linked, it’s a near perfect match courtesy of the great British high street. You’re welcome.

Thanks for reading,

J xx


BEAUTY/ I tried the Primark ‘Nudes’ collection

I’m not usually a ‘do a review on a current beauty product’ kind of a girl, in fact I usually go out of my way to avoid being that girl. However, I’ve been seeing some chatter online about the new Primark ‘PS… Nudes’ collection and decided that actually, this time I am going to be that girl! I’ve jumped on many a beauty bandwagon over the years but this time I’ve done so purely in the name of finding out if a product was worth the hype, rather than because it was something I was desperate to get my mitts on. Bit of a game changer for me, but I hope you like it…

Firstly, let’s talk packaging and overall concept. It’s obvious that this collection is positioning itself as a high street alternative to the KKW Beauty and Kylie Cosmetics – the products within the collection, shade names and neutral-coloured packaging, it’s all there. If any of the products end up being as good as their higher end counterparts this will be great news for the gals in the UK and Ireland, as it’s trickier (not to mention more expensive with exchange rates and customs charges) to get this side of the Atlantic.

Eyeshadow palette

It has a good range of the neutral colours I use on a daily basis – pinks, browns and some highlighter shades – which in theory means I’d find it very wearable. I tried out a pink smoky eye (in the same kind of style as I do my everyday makeup) using three colours on the lid and a really pale pink underneath. I was pleased with the result (no photos because I haven’t learnt the art of taking a good photo of my makeup. Tips welcomed) although it’s a little too bright to be referred to as a ‘nude’ shade, and after about 4 hours out and about it’d creased quite significantly. However, I forgot to apply primer before the shadow, so I gave it another shot.

Next I tried out some of the brown shades for a natural yet slightly smoky look, after applying my trusty Urban Decay primer. This time the shadow lasted longer and only creased a tiny bit towards the end of the day. The colours are nice and the payoff is as good as some of my more expensive palettes, which is amazing.

Lip liner and matte liquid lipstick duo in ‘Fling’

The liner seems to have a nice consistency but I just couldn’t see any proper colour payoff when I applied it Me lips. The liquid lipstick is a lovely consistency and wasn’t too drying but the colour was awful – instead of the nice pink shade indicated by the tube, I can only describe it in real life as ‘neon nude’. Its not a wearable colour and I can’t imagine a natural fit for anybody’s skin tone. The liner/lip colours also aren’t an exact match, so a bit of work needs to be done if they want to compete with Kylie; there are already plenty of other high street rip-offs trying to do just that.

Matte eye collection in ‘Girl Code’

The liner is the same kind of creamy consistency and finish as the lip liner (I suspect it’s exactly the same formula but passed off as an eye product) and the shadow dries down in a very similar way. It’s a really nice colour, but my concern is the durability of both – the liner is pretty soft and may slide, the shadow could crack when it gets too dry. I haven’t quite made up my mind about them yet.

Body shimmer dust

I think this is my favourite of all the products I’ve tried, and I’d go as far as to say a hero product of the whole collection. It has amazing colour payoff, a little bit goes a long way, and I’d say it’s a pretty great dupe for the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in the Pearl shade….which is kind of annoying, given that I just bought that very item a few weeks ago. Take my advice – buy this one and save yourself £28; it won’t quite fit as nicely into your handbag but you’ll get just as many compliments.

Contour stick duo

I thought with the sponge and brush ends this could make a decent tool for ‘on the go’. The brush end is pretty soft yet firm enough to buff in a good contour

Overall verdict: I think Primark have been clever to develop a product that taps in to the cult beauty/social media market, and they’ve definitely captured people’s interest. Some of the products work fine for regular use, others less so, which is probably about right for a budget high street range. The Body shimmer dust was a surprising highlight, no pun intended! I hope that Primark carry on developing and expanding this range, as I think it could become something pretty decent.

Thanks for reading,

J xx


FASHION/ Weekly Style Round Up

Depending on how you view it – this post is either a day late or 6 days early for my usual Sunday timing…

There’s Good Genes, and Those who Look Good in Jeans

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Proof seen right here on lil Miss Kendall Jenner – it’s ok to live in your off duty uniform! Same jeans, shoes and shades (shot in different lights which makes the colours look a bit different in each shot). I’m obsessed with my ripped knee skinnies as part of my go to style right now, but nobody would deserve to see that much of my thigh flesh under so many rips though! But Miss Pap make a really similar version of Kenny’s at a great price here http://www.misspap.co.uk/laura-light-wash-super-ripped-skinny-jeans.aspx
Yup, Frankie and Sam’s subtle rips are what I usually strut the halls of uni wearing…and I’m kind of upset that my fave jeans come in yet another colour I have to try and resist…I also think khaki skinnies are what All Saints would wear if they reformed right now! Buy them here http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/moto-khaki-ripped-jamie-jeans-4087193?geoip=noredirect&cmpid=ppc_pla_UK_ip&utm_medium=cpc&tsrc=vdna&istCompanyId=38aa0d7f-6514-4cb3-bbdc-df0d32d48b7f&istItemId=pprwqplqi&istBid=tztx&gclid=Cj0KEQiA3bymBRC19IrD7O_NrYsBEiQAb2dpA5ZWq5rivMxYCIiOtbE6YW4Jk7grU8OHVpEzIR2GcGcaAhQl8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
Billie’s khaki look is soooo damn chic! Her ribbed high neck top is a little like this Top Shop number which I own in grey and wear to death http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?searchTerm=Funnel+neck&storeId=12556&productId=18333521&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Walk Walk Fashion Baybeh

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It’s nice to see some warmer tones in A/W, and there definitely ain’t nuthin’ mellow about this yellow! Solange really does embody that mantra of “the world is your runway” doesn’t she?
The Whitmore’s looking good as always – a great combo of quirky and chic. The colours/pattern aren’t scary to wear if you’re not used to that sort of thing either so anyone could try this sort of thing, maje props to Laura for pulling a double red lip with her lip AND bag. Triumph!
Mollie’s gorgeous brown mini would look amazing with a lovely mustard yellow, and it can be dressed up or down for the occasion or the weather. I’d definitely pair it with a cool slogan tee for cheeky evening drinks. River Island always do great faux leather skirts, this one is similar to Mollie’s http://www.riverisland.com/women/skirts/mini-skirts/Brown-leather-look-mini-skirt-666806

White Hawt Honeys

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White can be fabulously angelic, chic, stylish yet look devilishly good it would seem…a lot of the ladies in this week’s round up are sorting fabulous pointed courts in various shades, and Boohoo have them in each colour for a complete steal here http://www.boohoo.com/page/search?q=Court+heels
My top props go to Amanda Holden this week, I’m obsessed with her looks in these pics from the Britain’s Got Talent auditions. She’s one of those women that’s looked after herself really well and gets better looking and more stylish with age, kind of like I hope I’m doing if I’m honest!

Some fabulous looks again this week, hope you enjoyed as well. On that note, I’m off to hit the virtual shops and give my not so virtual account a bit of a beating….

Stay Stylish

J 😘xx