Monday, 29 July 2013

Benefit's ROCKATEUR Blush! Review and Swatches!


Guess what I bought the other day! You're right! Benefit's new blush, the Rockateur.

If you follow Benefit of facebook you may have seen that they held a flash sale of their new blush in selected stores, before it is officially released in September. With all the hype about it, I had to go get one and try it for myself!

The Rockateur is promoted as a rose gold blush and it comes in the usual Benefit box packaging. The design of the box reminds me of the glam rock era, which is very appropriate having in mind the whole vintage looking packaging of Benefit's other products. It also comes with a mirror on the lid and a little brush that fits in the box for easy touch ups on the go. The powder itself has the word Rock embossed on it and a geometric pattern that reminds me of the surface of precious stones. Maybe I was influenced slightly by the sparkly layer on the triangles, but that goes away after you use the blush.

The blush itself is indeed rose gold and I think it suits a lot of different skin tones. I particularly like the pigmentation because it can be built up to an intense colour (left) or used lightly for a more natural look (right). The formulation is also very good, making the blush very easy to work with. It blends like a dream!

heavy application                                                                          light application

I also thought is would be a good idea to show you how it looks on my face in natural light (above) and under a lamp (below).

All in all I really like this blush and I can see it becoming one of my favourites very fast! Will you be getting your hands on it once it hits the shelves?

<3 <3 <3

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Graduation Ball Outfits!

Hey there! 

I went to my first ball! The occasion was our upcoming graduation from our masters degrees, and, although technically we will not graduate until December, the next ball, if any, will be next summer and we will not be able to go. I must admit that the word ball makes me thing of Cinderella and the masquerade scene from Labyrinth with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly (if you do not know what I'm talking about watch this. But, as I was informed, a ball in England is more like prom and puffy dresses are not really encouraged. Instead you are supposed to go for a nice, elegant evening dress.

I went to the ball with my friends Sera and Kat, whom you may remember from my Ladies' Day at the Races outfit post. Me and Kat decided to get long gowns in shades of red while Sera opted for a classic black cocktail dress. So let's get into the details of each outfit!

My outfit!
Dress - New Look
Shoes - Peacocks
Ring - Primark
Earrings - Tally Weijl

I knew I wanted a dress on the darker side, either blue or red. When I found this one, I particularly liked the gunmetal details on it because they made it more unusual. Since the dress already had embellishments, I decided to keep the accessories to a minimum, with only a gunmetal ring and simple gunmetal stud spheres. I finished the look with plain black mid heel sandals, which were covered by the dress anyway. As for a bag, I knew I would be carrying my big camera with me, so I just put my ID and money in it. Problem solved.. ;)

Sera's outfit!
Dress - BCBGMaxazria
Bag - Picardo
Shoes - n/a
Necklace - Swarovski

Sera's look is classic and simple. Her black dress makes a subtle statement with its sequins and her necklace gives the outfit a dainty feminine touch. Her ponytail makes the whole look sleek and polished.

Kat's outfit!
Dress - Coast
Shoes - Glamour
Clutch - Debut
Earrings - H&M
Necklace - gift

Kat made a much bolder statement with her outfit. The bright red shade of her dress contrasts with the black accessories and, because, unlike mine, her dress does not have any black details, the final look is much more eyecatching. The feather earrings are not something to be expected in such a formal event, but they end up working with the rest of the outfit, revealing that she has her own personality and is not afraid to show it.

I must say we all looked really nice at the ball, we danced a lot and had fun. Please let me know which outfit you liked best and what you would wear or have worn to a ball/prom!

Love you!
<3 <3 <3

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Newmarket Races Ladies Day! Fashion @ The Races!

Hello there!!!

As I mentioned in my last video I went to the Ladies' Day of the Newmarket Races! It was such a wonderful day and a great experience. Ladies' Day is more about the fashion than actual racing and betting, in my opinion, although we also did some of that (I won 3 pounds...).  So I am going to show you what me and my friends wore, what the ten women who won the best dressed competition wore, and also some other girls that I liked their outfits.

This was our group, me, Amy, Kat and Jess! Of course we all look gorgeous! 

Let's start with my outfit. I decided to go for a sea theme. I have missed the sea and the waves crushing on the shore and this dress reminded me of it. Of course finding a boat headpiece was the perfect way to complete my outfit!

Dress - Primark
Shoes - New Look
Earrings - H&M
Headpiece - Red Queen's Black Legion

Kat's outfit was on the gothic side, but still remained feminine and elegant. I especially like her necklace, which was from the Edgar Allan Poe collection by Alchemy Gothic. Her peacock inspired beaded clutch added a very nice hint of sparkle too.

Dress - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Oxford shop
Hat - Gothic Lolita & Punk
Raven's Call Necklace - Alchemy Gothic

Jess went for an elegant look, with a simple cream fascinator and a lovely raspberry dress. Her cream belt was also spot on to give balance to her outfit.

Dress - Asos
Shoes - n/a
Fascinator - Debenhams
Belt - n/a
Earrings - n/a

Amy's look was a bit more classic and ladylike, with a very nice purple and black combination. I love the purple roses on her hat. Her dainty pearl necklace gave a feminine touch without taking away from the rest of the outfit.

Dress - Pippa Dee
Shoes - Asda
Hat - Camden market and then customised
Necklace - Accessorize

At the races we also met Amy's sister Grace (the one in blue) with a friend of hers. Their approach was bit more glam with bold colours, embellishments and statement jewellery.

Grace's outfit!
Dress - xpose clothing
Shoes - Style Sketchbook
Clutch - Peacocks
Necklace - Next (possibly) 
Bracelets - H&M
Fascinator - Custom made

Her friend's outfit!
Dress - Celebz booty
Shoes - n/a
Clutch - n/a
Necklace - n/a
Fascinator - Custom made

What I would like to say here is that Grace made both of their fascinators. She is very talented and she has her own business, so if you want to get a custom made fascinator, which no one else will have, for a wedding, prom or any other party, you can find her on facebook here: Grace's Fancy Fascinators

Now, let's move on to the best dressed ladies of the day. There was a competition and over a thousand women entered for their chance to win. These were the best ones according to the judges. Out of these 10 they chose the best 3... Before you read who won have a good look at them and pick your favourite please. Just for fun.

So, the third place goes to girl number seven, with the cream dress and the orange hat made by her sister.
The second place goes to girl number one, with the classy headpiece and old fashioned umbrella.
And the winner of the Ladies' day is..... drum roll.... girl number ten, with a pale Karen Millen dress and a custom made hat full of roses that match her outfit!
I do love that hat!

And because I did spot those three early on at the day and I knew they would definitely make the final ten I asked to take a picture of them to show you. Their outfits were so well put together and looked like they had been styled professionally. Very good job I must say!

I also took a photo of these girls, who I thought gave a very good idea of what the majority of women looked like there. Red and orange was the way to go definitely!

As for the hats below, I just thought they looked cool. And yes, the black horse on that hat is an old school Barbie horse! I remember playing with is when I was little because a friend of mine had it. If there was a prize for mos unusual hats I think that one, mine and Kat's would be the top 3. Of course I would win! Not biased at all there, right? Hahaha. 

This is the end of this quite long post! I hope you liked our outfits and you also got some ideas if you plan to attend the races any time soon. I would definitely suggest going because it is a lot of fun and a very British thing to do.

Love you all very much!!!

Friday, 5 July 2013

REVIEW! July Magazine Goodies!


What girl does not love a magazine? They are a great way to see the latest trends, find out what is happening in the world (yes they do include serious articles in there it is not all gossip and superficiality) and get some good tips for various things. They also include some very nice freebies, which are a great way to try out a few products without actually having to buy the full size and risk not liking them. Could not get better than that!

So, the magazines I buy every month are Cosmopolitan and Glamour because I really like reading them. For their July issues they had quite a few products to give away so I thought I would let you know what I thought about them. Let's begin!

- L'Oreal Hair Expertise Ever Riche shampoo: My first thought is that L'Oreal has a bit of an obsession with the word 'riche' (see the Color Riche lipstics). I think shampoo is shampoo and it is hard to see results from just a sample. Out of all the shampoos I have tried in my life the only one I would say stood out was the Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo and the rest have been at most ok. So I suppose maybe this one has some effect after a few uses but after just one I can not say anything other than it cleaned my hair.
- Durex Play lube: I have to admit this made me laugh. Imagine the boardroom conversation 'I know what our readers will lube!' Anyway, admittedly I have not had the chance to try that (having no boyfriend currently and such..) and I am not even sure how you judge lube really. I know that a friend has tried it, though, and it is supposed to be all right. . 
- Garnier BB Cream: At first I was a little bit surprised they still give samples of this products seeing as the product came out more than a year ago but I suppose advertising never hurt anyone. The shade that I got was medium and it was too dark for me. However I do have the full size product in light and I do use it on days I am at home and I only want a little bit of coverage so that I even out my skin tone and I do not scare people by having a naked face (ok my skin is not that bad but there is always room for improvement). I would recommend this product unless you live somewhere very hot because in Greece it felt like it was melting off of my face. It has been fine in England though so that is a good thing.
- Nivea In Shower Body Moisturizer: Apparently this is the new craze. Instead of putting on body butter after taking a shower you can use this product inside the shower and rinse it off and apparently it will keep your skin moisturized. In my opinion, that was not any kind of a revelation. It was not a bad product and it may save you the time of waiting for your body butter to be absorbed but for me personally it is not something I needed.
- Sunglasses: These glasses are Ray Ban look alikes and everyone and their grandmother has the original ones. I grew up wanting a pair of my own but they do not really suit my face so I would not buy them. I think getting one that looks like them for free, especially since I know I will probably hardly ever wear them seemed like a good idea.
- ModelCo Fibre LashXtend mascara: I have been using this mascara for a few days. Its main selling point is its lengthening ability but I personally like it more because it defines individual lashes quite well. I quite like using it.
- Scholl Dry Skin Instant Recovery Cream: This was a product I wanted to try for some time because in summer my feet tend to get a bit dry. I was quite pleased with it because it did make my feet nice and soft and I will probably get the full size next time I am out shopping. It is a good and useful product to have around. Let your feet be nice and soft!
- Mentos Strawberry Mix: That is one sweet I was excited about! In the normal mentos pack I always loved the pink ones so now I know they make a pack with just the pink ones I will be all over it! I just love it! Better make sure I don't drink coke with it though. I have seen those videos and I do not want that happening in my stomach...
- Smint mints: That is one intense mint! I remember years ago trying out the peach flavour and I had really loved it. I think the mint ones may be a bit too strong for me but they are still a good thing for your handbag to keep your breath fresh when you go around and talk to people.

All in all it was really fun having all the samples and the sweets! I hope my comments on them were helpful to you in case you want to try the products or if you want to go get the magazines and try the samples yourself. That is always fun. Talk to you next time!

Love you!