29 July 2014

{LUXX Beauty} Sunkissed face

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Hands up who is loving the summer so far! I'm trying to make the most of the sun at the weekends whilst dashing out on my lunch break to soak up every ray.

A sunkissed face is pretty much what i'm always aiming for and Urban Decay thought they could help me along with that.

I went along to the very fancy new beauty hall in Selfridges (heaven btw) to check out one of the new brands with a counter in the hall. 

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Urban Decay make-up has always scared me, I remember the bright shocking colours, intense pigments for eyes and lips and I guess I steered clear being a fan of the natural look.

The Naked collection changed everything though with the launch of the eye palettes and has since branched out into foundation, lips, eyes and cheeks. I really like the packaging, sleek, modern and functional.

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The new counter in Selfridges has beautiful silver chain drapes and high tech beauty mirrors for anyone wanting to try out a product or two.

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I was sent the new Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm and the Naked Flushed palette in Streak to try out and thought i'd show you my face as well as telling you what I used.

After moisturising I applied the beauty balm with my fingers and finished with a beauty sponge, applied concealer under my eyes and a dusting of mineral powder over my nose, forehead and chin. Nothing but mascara on my eyes, a slick of lip balm and sweep of the Flushed palette on my cheeks. I took a little extra of the highlighter and dabbed across my cheek bones and under my brows.

My hair was left to air dry for that extra bit of beach!

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What do I like, the balm coverage is medium (you can still see my freckles!) you can build it up a bit if you want to go all out with the tanned look and contains spf 20. The palette is my favourite though the peach blush is very pretty, the bronzer doesn't contain any shimmer but the highlighter is packed full of fine rose gold particles and is simply stunning. I love it!

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Are any of you Naked fans? What do you think of the sunkissed look?

27 July 2014

{LUXX Food} Afternoon tea at Marco Pierre White

Afternoon tea is so very English and no matter how often you go it always feels like a treat.

I took my mum along to try the new offering at the Laurent Perrier bar at Marco Pierre White's sky high bar in the Cube Birmingham.

You take the elevator to the 27 floor and step into the shard of glass that juts out from the top of the Cube. Floor to ceiling views over the city in a beautifully redecorated setting.

We took our seat on a low banquet settee, accepted our glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne and awaited the main act......

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My favourite part of an afternoon tea is always the scones, these were good, fluffy and light with juicy sultanas, of course then topped with cream and jam. Or should I say jam first then cream and lots of it!

I was pleased to see cheese and pickle sandwiches, one of my favourites and the ham and mustard plus smoked salmon and cream cheese.

The cakes were a little disappointing because i'm not really a chocolate cake fan ( I know i'm quite the exception) and the majority of the cakes were chocolate based, chocolate fudge brownie, chocolate eclair, chocolate muffin stuffed with cream. There was a carrot cake too. I would have loved these cakes to have been homemade which they unfortunately aren't, plus a slice of lemon drizzle or Victoria sponge would have been a great replacement for one of the chocolate cakes!

Still, I just had to treat myself to another scone!

As mentioned above the setting is pretty perfect, the decor is by Mr Mcqueen, it's elegant yet modern and the tiny baby grand adds some extra opulence.

Champagne, scones and cream in the sky - what a delight!

7 July 2014

{LUXX Buys} Sparkle and shine

I would have loved to have dressed up for an outfit post, sadly my photographer went off to Brazil for some World Cup fun and came home full of man flu and passed it on to me, how kind!

I still wanted to show you my new oh so spangly dress that I really can't wait to twirl around in. I didn't own a single sequin in my closet so this dress is more than making up for it. I even went and bought a new pair of shoes to wear with it. The simple silver strap sandals and a spritz of one of my favourite perfumes and i'll be set to shine.

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Dress c/o Currently on sale too

It's ultra flattering on, with a nice lining and enough stretch. I really can't wait to wear it and I have just the occasion coming up.

29 June 2014

{LUXX List} #9 Festival beauty

With less than one week to go until Wireless festival hits Birmingham, you could say i'm getting very excited now! Tickets are still available if you want to come and join the fun!

In my last post I showed you three styles of festival dress and to complete any look, here are my beauty picks.

Base: I've picked a BB cream newly released by Urban Decay, I tested this recently and it looks GOOD. It contains an SPF 20 and comes in three finishes, Bronzing, Illuminating and Original. There's no need for a heavy foundation at a festival, you're likely to sweat it off or have the rain wash it away so best to keep things natural.

Cheeks: This Flushed Pallette is also a new pick from Urban Decay. The one i've featured is Streak. The most beautiful pink blush, rose gold highlighter and sunny bronzer. The highlighter is just gorgeous and when all blended together gives the prettiest cheek.

Eyes: All i've selected here is the YSL mascara, something to give your eyes a pretty flutter and definition. 

Lips: Keep your lips natural. No-one wants to be faffing around painting on lipstick or worrying about hair sticking to lip gloss whilst your bouncing around to bands. This YSl plumping lip balm will give your lips a plump whilst keeping them hydrated too.

Flash: I saw these and just had to feature them. Flash Tattoos do THE most amazing metallic temporary tattoos in great designs. How lovely are the bracelets. I want!

Do you have any festival beauty tips? Please share!!

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22 June 2014

{LUXX List} #8 Festival dress

Festival season is well and truly about to kick off, it's one of the best things about summer. Music long into the night, days and nights spent outdoors with friends, weird and wonderful people you meet, dancing until your feet are sore and voices lost to singing/ screeching. Even cups of warm beer are acceptable, it's just part of the experience.

This year Matt and I are off to Wireless festival in two weeks and I couldn't be more excited especially as Birmingham is playing host this year. For three days I shall be doing all of the above whilst seeing tons of acts inc Kanye, Pharell, Outkast, Tinie, Foxes and Rudimental.

Birmingham has quite a few smaller festivals but nothing on the scale of Wireless so I'm pretty stoked its on my doorstep this year. We went down to Wireless last year in London and had the best time.

People spotting at festivals is always so fun, anything goes in the style stakes. I have put together three looks below I'd be more than happy to sport.

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What's your favourite look? I think mine is the boho look, the tunic is just so effortlessly cool and needs so little accessorising.

Having said that let's keep our fingers crossed wellies and a rain mac won't be spoiling our looks!

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Are you off to any festivals this year?