Friday, 31 October 2014

October Favourites

I honestly have no idea where this past month has gone! It feels like just yesterday we weren't starting back the college year and now it's only 8 weeks till Christmas (not that I'm counting or anything...although, maybe I am). With the Autumn Season coming to a high and the colder weather coming in, I've changed up my routine slightly this month and been trying out some new bits. These are just a few things I've been loving this month (including a non 'beauty' fave)!

  • Urban Decay Naked Palette - I got this for Christmas last year and seemed to use only this for months. Then Summer came and with the exception of a little soirĂ©e with 'Half Baked' I didn't seem to be reaching for it all that much. This month though, I've regained my love for this beautiful palette, particularly loving using 'Smog' and 'Buck' at the moment!
  • Soap and Glory Sexy Motherpucker Gloss Stick in 'Plum Jam' - With last months mention of this lipstick in 'Nudist' I sparked my own interest to pick them all out again and remember what great colours they are for Autumn, particularly this one! I just pat this in my lips day to day, or build it up for a little more colour and more of a dramatic look!
  • Burgundy Top - I purchased this top from New Look a few weeks back now and have just got so much wear out of it! It's great as a 'day to night' piece that I wear for any occasion, dressing it up with heels and black jeans or blue jeans and boots for the day. I love this colour for Autumn as well!
  • The Righteous Butter Body Lotion - I'm a huge lover of all Soap and Glory products, I've never found anything I didn't like really and don't think I ever will. I've always used their body butters, but wanted to try this one seeing as it was a lotion so hopefully quicker to use (which it was) and liked that it had a pump rather than a tub. Definitely will be repurchasing this one!
  • The Maze Runner Trilogy - I started reading these books when I went on holiday late September and have just been hooked! I'm just starting the third one now but wanted to finish the first one before seeing the film and cannot put them down! They're packed with action but a great mysterious back story which you find bits out about throughout. I both can't wait to finish this and also don't want to at the same time!
  • What have you been loving this month?

    Love Hope xxx

    Tuesday, 28 October 2014

    Bit of a Collective Haul

    Recently (well in the past month or so..) I seem to have been doing a bit of shopping. Where I have been so busy though, I completely forgot about some things and yesterday whilst tidying up got all excited to see what I've got again, so I thought I'd show you too!

    These aren't bits I bought altogether, there was a student event in Cabot Circus near me that had some great discounts and I also did save up to visit Cardiff this week as it's one of my favourite places to do a shopping spree!
  • Grey Dress - I got this from New Look in Cardiff and absolutely fell in love, I love knitted dresses and this one was just what I was looking for! It's a skater shape and really soft. It's not too thick but this would be the sort of this I would layer anyway!
  • Burgundy Converse - I actually got these in the Sale from Office at such a great price I couldn't resist! I already have this style in the white colour and when I saw these were the last pair in my size I thought it must be fate!
  • Fiorelli Tan Purse - This weekend, my family and I visited Clarks Village which is a little outlet village only about an hour away from me. They had a Fiorelli Outlet there which I couldn't resist spending a good half an hour in and managed to pick up this purse to match my bag at only £10!
  • Maybelline Color Drama Lipstick in 'Keep it Classy' - I have wanted this shade of lipstick for so long and found this one a few weeks ago and just had to get it! It's a really nice berry colour, great for this season!
  • e.l.f Eye shadow in 'Saddle' and Eye shadow Stick in 'Turkish Coffee' - Whilst in Cardiff I popped down one of the little lanes that I love going to when I'm there and stumbled across an 'e.l.f' store, so had to pick up a few things. These eye shadows are both bronzey-brown colours and when I swatched them in store thought they were lovely and natural!
  • Dusky Pink Top - This top from New Look is the same style as my berry one mentioned a few posts ago but in a lovely light pink. When I find a shape/style of something I like, I can't resist but to buy nearly every colour!
  • Leather trousers - I have been looking for years for the perfect leather trousers (there was a huge gap in my wardrobe!) and I think I've finally found them! These are from Pull and Bear and just what I wanted! The leather isn't shiny but almost feels as if it's real and they're nice and stretchy so really comfortable to wear, which is difficult to find with tight leather!

  • Love Hope xxx

    Friday, 24 October 2014

    DUO Boots #BootTribe Blogger Event!

    Shoes have become a slight obsession for me in recent months especially and last Thursday evening, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Duo's #BootTribe Blogger's event in Bath. I'd never heard of this brand before and being my first proper blogging event, I was so excited! 

    Duo is a fabulous footwear brand that is known for its quality and versatility, with a huge range of both shoes and boots that are tailored to fit with 21 calf sizes and 3 widths! As soon as I heard I would be going to this event, I hopped onto their website and I must say I fell in love with a few short of a dozen pairs of shoes. They have such a great selection with just about any design you could ever wish for, and the quality in real life is amazing! Definitely boots you'll be able to wear forever!
    The event was named #BootTribe and the aim of the evening was to determine which tribe you belonged to - whether that was the ankle boot, over the knee or knee high. I went for an ankle boot (which actually ended up being the winning tribe of the evening) however, I also have my eyes now on a pair of knee highs too. (Christmas? Possibly!)  
    The boots I was lucky enough to choose a pair of were the 'Mathias' boots in tan. Not a style I thought I'd initially go for when browsing through the website, but a pair that I fell in love with when seen in real life! I picked these as my collection was missing a good pair of tan heeled boots and I could see me wearing these both in the day or evening. I always find shopping for shoes so difficult as I have small but quite wide feet. The ladies organising the event were so lovely and helpful though, and I'll definitely be visiting the shop again very soon! 
    The event was a great experience, with lots of other lovely bloggers there all from around the South West including the lovely Michelle from who did a great post on the event!
     I honestly cannot rave enough about how great the brand are and how lovely the shop is! If you get a chance to pop in do! (They have stores in Bath, London and Edinburgh) I know from now on whenever I need new boots I'll definitely be heading here!

    To find out more about Duo and browse their amazing range you can pop to their website - or follow @DuoBoots over on Twitter!

    Love Hope xxx

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014

    The Leather Jacket

    For years now, a leather jacket has been a staple item for my wardrobe, especially in the Autumn and end of Winter. I'd worn the same one for a couple of years now, just a plain black style with silver zips and detailing from New Look. However, this year I fancied a change as mine was looking a bit worn down!
    I'd done a bit of research online, trying to find the perfect style and a good 'petite' size as I don't like mine to be too long. I then stumbled across this one from Miss Selfridge and completely fell in love.

    I love that there is so much faux fur around this season and I think this was mostly what drew me to this jacket. I also managed to get it in a petite version, which wasn't as tight on the arms as I thought it would be and still left some room for extra layers. I love the detailing on this as well, I think the gold makes it look a bit more expensive and looks a lot nicer than the silver zips. The fur is detachable too, which is great for when you want something really casual.

    I'm definitely going to be wearing this non-stop until it gets too cold!

    What staple piece do you love for this time of year?

    Love Hope xxx

    Friday, 17 October 2014

    Soap and Glory Skincare Series - 2 - The Fab Pore Moisture Lotion

    The second edition to my little Soap and Glory skincare review series sees me trying out the 'Fab Pore Moisturiser'. Such as with the facial wash, I've been trying this for a little while now, incorporating it into my daily skincare routine. 

    I picked this moisturiser as I have combination skin and wanted to see if it would work to minimise pores and control that troublesome t-zone and I'm glad to say I definitely noticed a difference! 
    Within the first few weeks of using it, my skin did feel a bit better. My skin was more soft and even a bit brighter. I noticed when I swapped it for a tinted moisturiser in the mornings that I was having a lot more breakouts and getting dry patches, but as soon as I switched back it was a lot more manageable. I'm not sure it controls the oils in my t-zone as such, but it has helped minimise pores slightly.

    As the weather's getting colder, it's still keeping up its duties, although I am finding that the change in the weather is meaning that I have a lot more troublesome dry patches so I may need to start using something a bit stronger overnight, but I'll definitely be keeping this one in the routine in the morning!

    Do you have any skincare recommendations I should try out?

    Love Hope xxx

    Tuesday, 14 October 2014

    The Backpack

    I absolutely love that backpacks have come back into style these past few years, I think there are some really lovely ones out there, but was hesitant to wear one myself with worry I'd look like a 10 year old walking to school (I'm only 5 ft, so everything looks massive on me!). I decided for this year at college though, I was going to try out a backpack and see whether it stopped me being weighed down on one side with a shoulder bag full of folders.
    So, I scoured the shops in search of a backpack that was a bit different but still looked stylish and came up with this one. This gorgeous bag is from ALDO (although I did order it from ASOS) and I think you can still get it in the shops.
    (Photos taken from the ALDO and ASOS website) 
    I just really love this bag! I love the sleek style and wear it just about everywhere at the moment! It's not too big, but big enough for A4 folders and can be adjusted with the zips at the side to be bigger. There's loads of pockets as well, which is again really handy, when like me you carry everything but the kitchen sink in your bag. 

    I think it's safe to say that I am now a backpack convert!

    Have you seen any bags you've loved lately?

    Love Hope xxx

    Tuesday, 7 October 2014

    Review - MAC Studio Moisture Tint

    Recently I have been trying not to wear foundation except on special occasions in hope that my skin would clear up a bit. I'd been using the Nivea Tinted Moisturiser but found it wasn't quite doing as great a job as I'd have liked, so I popped to my local MAC counter to see what they had to offer.
    I picked up the Studio Moisture Tint in the shade 'Medium Plus'. It's described as a 'light tinted moisturiser' that's easy to use and provides just enough to coverage to even out skin tone and I definitely think it does the job here! I have combination skin and despite this not necessarily staying put all day on my face, I do like the finish, and just use a bit of concealer to touch up any blemishes or troublesome patches.

    I'd definitely repurchase this one again, however I do think I'd quite like something with a bit more coverage at the moment and maybe a bit more of a matte finish for this colder season. I'm thinking of trying the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser next? Anyone know if it's any good?

    Have you used a tinted moisturiser you think I should try?

    Love Hope xxx

    Friday, 3 October 2014

    September Favourites

    Another one of my favourite posts to read or videos to watch is people's monthly favourites. So, I thought I'd start to join in and let you know a few of the things that I've been loving this month.
    • MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 - I got this to try out a few weeks ago as I'm trying not to wear foundation everyday. I really like this just to even out my skin tone a little, the coverage isn't great but for everyday it's lovely and light.
    • Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun Hydrating Tan Maintainer - Having been lucky enough to go on holiday in July and then away for the weekend last week, I've still got a nice tan and think this stuff has definitely helped me keep it!
    • Botanics All Bright Refreshing Eye Roll-On - Going on holiday in Summer, I wanted to try a new eye cream to brighten under my eyes a bit when I wasn't wearing any make up. I've really noticed the difference when using this and love how cooling the roller is!
    • Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in 'Nudist' - I used to wear this all the time last year, but for some reason I've neglected it the past few months. When I was getting a '3 for 2' in Boots, I had to pick one up though, remembering how much I loved it. I've pretty much worn it just about everyday this month!
    • New Look Checked Shirt - I bought this shirt late August but have worn it so much in September. I like that you can switch it up and make it warmer when its cold by layering or leave it open when its a bit warmer.
    What have you been loving this past month?

    Love Hope xxx