Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Chanel Boy Bag

Chanel Boy Bag Review

Guys, I did something a little mental. I finally treated myself to a Chanel Boy bag! Yes, I know this is an absolutely crazy and extravagant purchase but I have dreamed of owning a Chanel bag for as long as I can remember. I'm very lucky to have a small collection of designer bags which I've saved up for and bought myself over a long period of time, and I absolutely adore my Mulberry bags and some of the newer additions to my collection like my Chloe Faye, but there has always been a Chanel itch that need scratching so I just bloody went for it!

I've been looking for a new bag for a little while and weighing up which one to get, but when I looked into Chanel's prices and saw just how much they were going up - as in at least £500-£600 every year - yes I know, crazy! - it just made sense to get one now and certainly before the next huge price hike. I always knew I would own one eventually, so why hold off and off, only to end up paying way much more than I could have? That's my rationale anyway (and I'm sticking to it!).

Chanel Boy Bag Review

Chanel Boy Bag Review

I've always loved the iconic Chanel Classic Flap bag, but you know, it just wasn't me. It's too refined and lady-like and I'm such a tomboy. So after much deliberation and internet stalking, I went to Harrods and tried them all on. The Chanel Boy bag caught my eye the most and it just went from there. I love the masculine edge the Boy has on the Classic Flap. It goes with my entire wardrobe and totally transforms any outfit.

I went for the lambskin, which is Chanel's most luxurious leather. It's also the most delicate and scratches easily so that is something to bear in mind. That said, this bag is my baby and it will be very carefully looked after! But it will be worn, so as careful as I am, I have accepted it won't be scratch free forever. When buying such an expensive purchase this something to consider. I want to own this bag forever and one day pass it on, but I want to wear it and love it and really enjoy it. After all, gotta get that cost for wear down, right?

Chanel Boy Bag Review

Another point that I really had to consider was the hardware. The Chanel Boy is currently available in shiny gold or antiqued gunmetal which was my choice. I think the androgynous style of the Boy looks so good in gunmetal with it's thick chain. I've always thought the Classic Flap looks the best in the grainy caviar leather with gold hardware and the Boy had to be in smooth lambskin with silver hardware personally. I wear equal amounts of gold and silver so I could pick either colour hardware, but these are all things to consider when making such a large luxury purchase. If you always wear silver then it makes more sense to go for silver hardware and vice versa with gold, but its down to personal preference after all.

I decided on the Boy in the medium size. The small was just a little too tiny, it probably just fits the very essentials which isn't very practical for me. I don't want to tote around a large amount of junk - and believe me if I have the room I will fill it with about 20 lipsticks! However I don't want to have to cram everything that doesn't fit into my pockets. The medium fits my purse, phone, keys, a coupe of lipsticks and a few other bits, or if I swap my purse for a card holder I can actually fit my Canon EOS M camera in it - perfect for every day.

Chanel Boy Bag Review

What really surprised me about the Chanel Boy bag was it's weight. It's so light! Considering the chain is quite chunky it really doesn't weigh me down, even when its full. The chain is super comfortable across my shoulder too and the bag sits nicely just below my hip. You can probably tell that I'm besotted with my new purchase - I regret nothing!


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Monday, 23 January 2017

Barely There Beauty

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There are some days that call for a full on dramatic smokey eye, some where only a bold bright lip will do, but more than often there's those days when a barely there, natural look is the way to go. You know those weekends when you've thrown your hair up in a soft messy bun that took more time to put together than you'd care to admit, the sort of day when you're off for brunch with some friends and want to channel those off duty model vibes.

When I'm having one of those days I want my makeup to be there but not look there, and I certainly don't want to faff about with foundation so brilliant for a good skin day. This little collection of products is perfect for just that.

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Even on good skin day my skin can do with a bit of radiance, so primer is a step I'll never miss. Stila's One Step Correct will always be my favourite for its colour correcting magic, but at the moment I'm mixing things up with the Stila One Step Illuminate Primer*. It's pretty moisturising so great for grey dehydrated skins in winter, and it has the most beautiful radiant inducing shimmer to it. One Step Illuminate isn't at all glittery, but manages to fake a few extra hours sleep and make you look like you've had a facial the day before - pretty powerful stuff! The three different coloured pigments mix together to highlight, brighten and warm up the complexion, but if you can't live without foundation this really helps keep things in place too and keeps your skin nourished throughout the day.

I like adding another primer on top, which may be a bit much for some, but I love this combination. By Terry Celluarose Brightening CC Lumi Serum is quite an interesting one. It sits between skincare and makeup, and makes my skin look incredible. There's four shades to choose from (I have Apricot Glow), so it has a little bit of colour to it, but on the very sheer side. This is such a flattering shade for my pale skin tone as it injects a little bit of life to my complexion and helps blur out any imperfections. I am literally obsessed!

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As I'm skipping foundation I jump straight over to a little By Terry Densiliss Concealer under the eyes, which as you know using everyday. Like the CC serum it has the most gorgeous light velvety texture and doesn't look cakey at all. To give my skin a little bit of warmth and to attempt to add in some cheekbones I've been using the Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector in Light*. This is actually a powder foundation, but when I was introduced to this by Stila's lead makeup artist Sascha - who is such a lovely gal but the way - she actually used it in a slight darker shade like a bronzer on me and I've been using it like this ever since. It's super finely milled and as it's only one shade darker for me and matte it looks really natural. The texture is pretty much invisible on my skin and in the summer months when I have more colour I'll be wearing this all over I'm sure.

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For eyes it has to be a neutral brown, so you can't really go wrong with something like Burberry Pale Barley. It's just such a good all-rounder. Slightly shimmery but still quite natural, this makes my eyes look so much more awake. I tend to smudge a tiny amount of By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon under my lash line and up around the crease. It's almost an identical shade to Pale Barley but the cream formula stays put all day under my lashes. And talking of lashes, I'm absolutely loving Stila Huge Extreme Lashe Mascara*. It's super black and has a large wand that grabs every little hair, curling and volumising as you go. It doesn't clump and one coat is the perfect amount for every day.

For neutral makeup days I don't want to worry about smearing my lipstick, so tend to go with something fairly similar to my natural lip shade that's super low maintenance. I finally tracked down the Tanya Burr Lipstick in Pink Cocoa which was sold out everywhere for ages. It's on the sheer side of things but is so moisturising, so it doesn't last that long on me, but the shade is so pretty that I'll forgive it! It's my perfect my lips but better shade and it's my absolute go-to for a soft makeup look like this.

I'm clearly loving a lot of By Terry and Stila right now (and gold packaging it would seem), but both brands can do no wrong in my eyes right now! Do you have any recommendations of products that I should try out next from them?

Laura

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

How To Beat The January Blues

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It's two weeks into the new year and the January blues have well and truly got to me. Whether its because of the gloomy winter days, not having an excuse to languish on the sofa in my pjs or the guilt of Christmas over eating, I've been in a bit of a funk and I don't like it.

I normally like the beginning of the new year and the excitement of starting fresh and making the most out of the opportunities that may come my way, so here's a few things I've been trying out to get me back on my A game.

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GIVING MY SKIN WHAT IT NEEDS

A mixture of over indulging and the harshness of the weather and heating can wreck havoc on your skin. For me that generally means sensitivity and dehyrdation. I ran out of a few essentials so picked up a couple of things from the Chanel Hydra Beauty range. The Chanel Hydra Beauty Mask is everything I love in a face mask. It delivers a serious amount of hydration to the skin, leaving it super soft and much plumper. It's a pretty clever little mask as it delivers the optimal amount of hydration, so won't overload your skin and cause it to freak out. It also contains antioxidants so helps protect the skin from environmental aggressors - so important if you're a city girl like me.

I've almost finished my current moisturiser (Roger & Gallet if you're wondering), so I also grabbed a tub of Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme to accompany the mask. I've been using this in the day on  top of my serum and so far, so good. My skin looks much more awake and radiant so we're off to a good start.

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A WARDROBE CLEAR OUT AND EBAYING WHAT I DON'T NEED

If I have to venture outdoors in normal outside appropriate attire I want to look presentable and feel good about myself. Unfortunately, my wardrobe is more of a floorobe right now and I can't find anything. It's literally a sea of black. I find pulling everything out, trying it all on and being quite ruthless is pretty cleansing for the soul. I like to have a good dust around and popped in some Woods of Windsor True Rose Fragranced Drawer Liners* before folding everything nicely and putting it all away properly. As well as looking super pretty, these draw liners smell so beautiful and fresh, and it's really nice to get a nice waft of rose every time I pick out an outfit.

I've got quite good at selling or passing on pieces that I'm not getting much wear out of or have fallen out of love with these dats, so I listed a couple of things on Ebay. One sold really quickly so that definitely helped pick up my mood and now I don't have to survive on pasta for the rest of the month. Bonus!

A TIDY HOME = A TIDY HAPPY MIND

Also on the same thread is having a tidy up of the house, an early spring clean if you will. Having a clean and tidy house is quite cathartic, it makes me feel so much happier and in control of my little world. I also moved quite a few things around, restyling the books and candles on the coffee table as well as organising and decluttering my desk and beauty drawers.

I popped a Woods of Windor Pomegranate & Hibiscus Bath & Shower Gel* and the matching Hand Wash* in the bathroom, which smell absolutely divine. The bottles also look gorgeous in our new white bathroom which is so Pinteresty I know. I really like using full ranges of bath products like this, especially when they're as addictive as these ones.

As the bathroom is apparently considered as one of my rooms where I get full say when it comes to decorating, I went for floral products, but for the kitchen I thought Honeyed Pear and Amber* was a little more unisex. It's a really warm and comforting scent so the perfect little pick me up. My skin gets so dry in the winter so I have to be super careful that I don't anything harsh or stripping, so something like the Woods of Windsor range is great as everything is hydrating and luxurious to boot.

Have you got any tips for beating the January blues?

Laura

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Inside My January Makeup Bag

Inside My January Makeup Bag

New year, new makeup - right? I was very lucky to receive a few new beauty bits for Christmas so I re-jigged my makeup bag. It was literally the only thing that inspired me enough to get out of bed and back to work. I swear going back after a holiday gets harder everytime!  So I thought I'd rummage through my makeup bag and show you what will be on my face in this month.

I've not stopped wearing the Bobbi Brown Chocolate Palette since I unwrapped it on Christmas day. I always find their palettes to be so well thought out, but this one is quite exceptional. As well as the four neutral eyeshadows there's three shades for lining the eyes, including the most beautiful navy blue. One thing I will never switch up though is my faithful MAC Pro Longwear Paintpot in Painterly. This has been a staple of mine for probably ten years now, and it creates the perfect eyeshadow base to hide any discolouration and keep everything in place all day.

Inside My January Makeup Bag

Charlotte Tilbury is probably one of my favourite brands so I was very happy to finally get the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation at last. It has pretty good coverage but without being heavy or cakey which I really like. It's quite creamy so I tend to buff it into the skin with a brush but then go over with a damp Beauty Blender* to mesh it into my skin. I find that bopping a Beauty Blender over my face to finish applying my base makes my makeup look quite natural but perfected. It really blurs out any lines and keeps things looking fresh.

Underneath my base - and sometimes over the top too, I've been reaching for the Dior Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer. It's a highlighter/primer hybrid that's great with makeup or on it's own for some serious glow. Although, I couldn't find a link anywhere for this so it might not be available any more. Of course I'm also layering on the Becca Shimmering Skin Protector Pressed in Opal because I actually can't live without it's dreamy glow.

For concealer I'm still loving the By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer. It's insanely expensive at £44 but as my under eyes are dry and let's face it, have seen better days, this creamy serum formula can't be beaten. It also has skincare benefits which help smooth out the skin so I can fake a few hours extra sleep when really I've been staying up watching speed cleaning videos on YouTube - highly recommend by the way!

Inside My January Makeup Bag

Stila is my go to for lips at the moment and I'm either going for the Stila Stay All Day MATTE'ificent Lipstick in Bisou* for the perfect red, or for a more natural paired down look, Coquille, which is a cool toned almost lilac-y nude. The formula of these is really creamy but their staying power is pretty darn impressive. This was my favourite lipstick discovery last year for sure.

I've been trying to grow my brows out for months now after getting a little tweezer happy and destroying them but they're still a little rough around the edges. I've got back into the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade for getting a really clean shape and arch to them. As my hair is lighter I picked up Soft Brown instead of my usual Medium Brown. It's a little more warmer as well as lighter which I think is more flattering.

I keep breaking my nails lately so they're not looking too fabulous, but to help inspire me to look after them better I've got the Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Stockholm Syndrome at hand (pun actually unintended for once), for a lovely neutral look. It's such a lovely shade, I can't wait to wear it.

What makeup are you be wearing this month?

Laura 

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