Friday, 29 May 2015

Made By Riley | Charitable Fashion Brand from MIC Star

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Canadian-born and London-raised fashion designer Riley Uggla has created a unique range of t- shirts and sweaters, designed to give back to charity. “Fashion with a conscience” is how the 19- year-old describes her range.

Riley grew up in a family where charity was very important, and as she got older, she decided that she wanted to merge her two passions - fashion and philanthropy - by creating Made By Riley. T- shirts are a staple of every wardrobe and her philosophy was to provide thought provoking fashion whilst supporting what she believes are amazing causes!

With the sale of every t-shirt we will donate 20% of the profit to a number of hand-picked charities. These charities include Zamcog (supporting underprivileged children in Zambia), Human Rights Watch (leading independent organisations dedicated to defending and protecting human right) and Maggies Centres (offering support to people with cancer and their family and friends)

Made By Riley is a London based company, designing, sourcing and printing all fashion items in Britain. The high quality and contemporary t-shirt and sweater range appeals to both men and women. Three different sweaters and six t-shirts are available at

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

5 Ways to Update Your Style To The Nautical Trend

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The nautical theme is one that keeps coming back year after year and I could never tire of it.  Red, white and blue, stripes and rope details, I love it all.

Today I’m going to share with you five of my favourite nautical inspired pieces.

The first is this blue and white striped bathrobe from Esprit here, which sums up the nautical theme perfectly for me.  This is a super soft, unisex robe that would be great to snuggle up in on cooler summer evenings.

Nautical dressing need not be reserved for lounge pieces only and it isn’t all about stripes!  See By ChloĆ© have some amazing sailor inspired pieces this seasons including this gorgeous Anchor Knit Sweater here.  I love how comfortable and stylish this piece is.  It would look fabulous with a little skater skirt and some boat shoes.

I love that you can even enjoy the nautical trend right down to your nail polish this summer with Butter London's Nail Lacquer in Royal Nail which is available here.  Nothing is off limits when it comes to dressing sailor inspired!

Baby fashion always seems to get the nautical theme just right and this nautical striped playsuit here is so cute.  If I had a little one, they would definitely be playing dress up in this piece.

Summer is the time of year that many people choose to update their home.  If that’s you, then perhaps try adding a touch of coastline to your home with some  striped bathroom accessories like these here.  They make a bold statement and will instantly update the look of the room.

All this talk of the sea is getting me very excited for my holiday, I am literally counting down the days until it arrives!


Let me know what your favourite nautical trend pieces are in the comments!

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

#SelfridgesXWorkIt | Big Beauty Lunch Breaks

#SelfridgesXWorkIt | Big Beauty Lunch Breaks

Earlier this year it was announced that the rate of employment in the UK is at its highest since records began in 1971 and while we do have some way to go in this area, with more people working now than ever, surely work and work-life balance are at the forefront of peoples minds more than it ever has been.  Not only that but we're also doing different types of jobs than we have in the past and the age old 9 to 5 routine is becoming very dated.

Selfridges have recognised this and are looking for ways to give you back your me time, as a way to reclaim a better work-life balance.  I think that this is a great ideal as getting the right balance is something that I've always struggled with.  I'm the kind of person who always gets tasks finished at work but its often to my own detriment, leaving me feeling incredibly tired with very little free time left for me!

Selfridges have launched their Work It! campaign across their stores and online, where they have called upon a broad mix of expert voices to help to define the near future of work and to offer some inspirational fixes to make work, work better.  Its all about not wasting any time by maximising your lunch break in order to help you to achieve a better work-life balance which I think is a brilliant idea and something that I try to consciously do myself.  Using that little slot in the day as me time can really make a big difference to your well being and how the rest of your day pans out.

#SelfridgesXWorkIt | Big Beauty Lunch Breaks

For the beauty lovers out there, Selfridges have got just the thing for you with their Big Beauty Lunch Breaks.  A little pampering does as much good for your mindset as it does for your outer appearance so this, I am all for!

As part of the Selfridges Says Work It campaign, they are going to help you to enhance your work routine and look with some fabulous express beauty experiences and the ultimate edit of essential beauty tools and multi-tasking must haves that are sure to be able to keep up with your working world.

They'll be offering drop-in treatments at their Manchester Trafford store from Thursday 28th May to Saturday 30th May from 2-5pm each day so you can drop-in for a treatment at a time that suits your schedule.

#SelfridgesXWorkIt | Big Beauty Lunch Breaks

Here is the schedule for those of you who are in the area:

Thursday 28th May
Bobbi Brown: Secret to On-the-Go Make Up

Here you can learn about Bobbi Brown's secrets to beauty, wellness, confidence and more.  You can enjoy a personalised secret to on-the-go makeup lesson and find out all about Bobbi's iconic on-the-go must haves and how to apply them effortlessly.

You'll be treated to a healthy refreshment and will receive an exclusive tote bag to take away (while stocks last of course!).

To reserve your place, simply speak to one of Bobbi's professional makeup artists.

Friday 29th May
Nars: Make Up Your Mind Services

Here you can join Samantha Perez, Helena Kastensson and Benoit Dumont who are the UK National Stylists for Nars for exclusive express treatments.  This is probably the lunch time pick me up that I am the most excited about!

You can take your pick from three beauty services that you can easily fit around your work routine, these are:
  1. Smokey Eye Demystified: Francois Nars' signature technique for a long-wearing smokey eye.  This one would be perfect if you're heading out after work!
  2. Cheek Technique: turn a new cheek with perfectly placed colour pops to contour and highlight
  3. Full-power Pout: get the perfect dramatic lip colour with bold definition
You can also look out for the exclusive Christopher Kane collection preview which is sure to have you weak at the knees!

Saturday 30th May
Illamasqua: Quick Fix Contouring

This session says it all really- quick fix contouring thats sure to give you cheek bones like our favourite Kardashian.

To find out more about the Selfridges Work It campaign, you can check out their website where they have details of all of the Work It events and if you want some more specific information about the Manchester Trafford events then take a look here.

If you're able to take advantage of one of the Big Beauty Lunch Breaks, I'd love to hear all about it!  You can also join in the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #SelfridgesXWorkIt

Which Selfridges beauty event would you be most looking forward to?

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

Over the last couple of months, I've been trying out some makeup products from MeMeMe Cosmetics and they've really become part of my daily makeup routine.  Over the next few weeks, I'm going to start to put together some reviews of these products for you all and share my thoughts on them.

MeMeMe Cosmetics are a drugstore brand that ship internationally from their website.  I do believe that they were stocked in Superdrug at one point but now everything is house on their website which is so easy to navigate, luxe looking and I really like that you can use PayPal to shop their pretty pieces.  It just makes everything so much easier and the whole shopping experience much more enjoyable!

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

As the summer is fast approaching, I have been trying to adopt a more dewy makeup look.  The trouble is that I've got really oily skin so I do need to wear a mattifying base in order to stop myself from looking far too shiny by the end of the day and my makeup practically sliding off my lunchtime.

However I have discovered something that works really well for me and that's applying my usual foundation, the Chanel Perfection Lumiere which is a good foundation for oily skin because it leaves a matte but natural finish, and then adding a liquid highlighter to my skin.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

The liquid highlighter that I have been using is the MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues highlighter and complexion illuminator.  It isn't tested on animals which I'm sure many of you will be very pleased to read.

It is available in two different shades, Oyster Gold which is a warm toned, champagne shade and Pearl Pink which is a cool toned, silvery pink shade.  Both of these are best-selling hero products from MeMeMe.

I have the Pearl Pink shade and I really think that it suits the cooler undertones in my skintone.  That being said, what I really like about this highlighter is that it can lend itself so well to a cool or warm toned makeup look.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

Beat the Blues* is a skin illuminator and complexion highlighter.  It can be used to create a youthful dewy finish to your makeup look all year round but don't misunderstand that as being shiny or glittery.  It has a subtle and buildable formula that you can really adapt to suit the look that you're going for.  This is ideal for me as I'm not a fan of very in your face highlighted looks.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

There's a couple of different uses for this highlighter.  You can either use the attached brush to dot the product along the points of your face that you want to highlight and accentuate or you can mix it in with your foundation for an all over shimmery glow.

I personally find mixing it in with my foundation doesn't work for me, I'm assuming thats because I do have oily skin and my foundation works to mattify the skin so essentially the two products would be working against one another.

However I have found that dotting it along my cheek bones, on my brow bone, down the centre of my nose, on my cupids bow and the centre of my chin works really well.  I find that the highlighter blends effortlessly with my fingers or with a brush, which is my preferred method, and it doesn't move my other makeup around underneath.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

I love the subtle but buildable effect that it has on the skin and it catches the light beautifully.  It looks very natural and really enhances the complexion in a lightly illuminated way.

In the past, I have always used powder highlighting products but since trying Beat the Blues, my eyes have really been opened to liquid highlighters and I'll definitely continue using this. 

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

Beat the Blues comes in packaging that is reminiscent of nail polish in that it has a glass bottle with a screw lid with a brush attached.  In fact, it does remind me of the Benefit High Beam style packaging and to be honest, the highlighter itself is very similar.

If you were to ask me to choose between the two, I'd definitely recommend the MeMeMe Cosmetics one over the Benefit highlighter as it is almost one third of the price and works equally as well, if not better.

You can buy Beat the Blues and find out more about MeMeMe Cosmetics here.

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Fudge Urban Crisp Pear and Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo

Fudge Urban Dry Shampoo Review

My favourite type of hair product has to be dry shampoo, mostly because I use it the most frequently out of all of the products that I own.

Before I discovered dry shampoo, I used to have to wash my hair every single day because it is so fine and oily that it gets greasy incredibly quickly.  I've tried so many dry shampoos over the years that I really know what I'm looking for when I'm trying a new one.

The latest dry shampoo to be put through its paces by my greasy locks is the Fudge Urban Crisp Pear and Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo.  I have heard so many great things about this product and have really wanted to try it for a very long time... let's just say, it certainly didn't disappoint.

The first thing that I noticed about the Fudge Urban Dry Shampoo, aside from the gorgeous packaging, is the beautiful scent.  While it doesn't linger in the hair for too long, it does smell sweet and fruity but not artificial or sickly.

I use this dry shampoo on my second and third day hair in the same way that I would use other dry shampoos; spray into the roots from a distance, leave for a few moments and then brush through.  This product does a great job at soaking up the excess oils in my hair and transforming it from a greasy slick mess to refreshed and volumised.  It also stopped my root area from looking too dark without leaving a white cast in my hair.

While this dry shampoo isn't designed to give any hold, I actually found it to have a slight hairspray type texture in that it did seem to leave my hair a little textured and it held my style.  I really like this as when my hair is greasy, it is often quite flat and natural volume is hard to revive in my hair whereas this dry shampoo gives it a helping hand.

Fudge Urban Dry Shampoo Review

My hair feels natural, refreshed and volumised after use.  I love this dry shampoo and would definitely recommend it!

You can purchase the Fudge Urban Crisp Pear and Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo* from here.

What are your favourite Fudge Urban products?

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