Net-a-Porter Sale Dream Purchases pt.2

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PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Sailor ruffled cotton-voile and point d’esprit maxi dress £985 now £690 30% OFF

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PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Embellished velvet-trimmed polka-dot tulle top £485 now £340 30% OFF

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Gold-plated, crystal and faux pearl earrings £895 now £448 50% OFF

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Ruffled organza-trimmed jacquard-knit mini dress £1,995 now £998 50% OFF

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ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Asymmetric printed ribbed jersey top £225 now £113 50% OFF

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ALEXACHUNG Floral-jacquard blouse £250 now £150 40% OFF

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ALEXACHUNG Cold-shoulder tiered floral-print cotton-voile midi dress £565 now £339 40% OFF

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COMME DES GARÇONS COMME DES GARÇONS Ruffled printed voile midi dress £830 now £498 40% OFF

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CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Printed cashmere sweater £685 now £343 50% OFF

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CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Andy Warhol Foundation layered printed gauze midi dress £2,015 now £1,008 50% OFF

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CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Embroidered cotton-jersey turtleneck top £230 now £161 30% OFF

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BROCK COLLECTION Thadine shirred floral-print cotton-voile top £1,045 now £732 30% OFF

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BALENCIAGA Macro intarsia cashmere and wool-blend scarf £455 now £228 50% OFF

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ACNE STUDIOS Joggy printed cotton-jersey hooded top £220 now £132 40% OFF

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A Few Inspiring Things from the Past Week

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Flower by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1984

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Tilda Swinton in T Magazine China by Luis Alberto Rodriguez

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Packaging inspired by vintage makeup compacts from Lisa Eldridge’s ring collection

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Blindness Spring 2019 Menswear


Kanye West & Kid Cudi – Freeee

Net-a-Porter Sale Dream Purchases pt.1

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MARQUES’ ALMEIDA Canvas-paneled silk-satin dress £540 now £378 30% OFF

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MARQUES’ ALMEIDA Asymmetric ruffled cotton-blend poplin skirt £370 now £222 40% OFF

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DOLCE & GABBANA Pussy-bow silk-crepon blouse £595 now £357 40% OFF

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DOLCE & GABBANA Two-tone faille vest £745 now £522 30% OFF

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DOLCE & GABBANA Gold-tone and enamel clip earrings £485 now £291 40% OFF

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DOLCE & GABBANA Double-breasted silk-organza blazer £2,000 now £1,400 30% OFF

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MARNI Gingham cotton-poplin midi dress £980 now £588 40% OFF

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CHLOÉ Lace-paneled cady tunic £1,320 now £792 40% OFF

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CHLOÉ Perry patent-leather pumps £495 now £297 40% OFF

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MIU MIU Bow-embellished printed cotton-organza midi dress £1,820 now £910 50% OFF

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MIU MIU My Miu textured-leather tote £1,480 now £888 40% OFF

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FENDI Studded leather bag strap £850 now £595 30% OFF

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FENDI Pleated silk crepe de chine midi skirt £925 now £648 30% OFF

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FENDI Lace-up striped pointelle-knit top £600 now £3604 0% OFF

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PRADA Striped poplin and printed cotton-jersey top £510 now £255 50% OFF

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PRADA Embellished silk-gazar midi dress £3,870 now £1,935 50% OFF

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PRADA Intarsia wool and cashmere-blend sweater £695 now £487 30% OFF

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GANNI Joycedale floral-print silk crepe de chine maxi dress £430 now £258 40% OFF

Summer 2018 Runway Makeup Trends

Chanel

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Coral blush with a orange-red glossy lip. Blue gradient eyeshadow going up to the brow.

Miu Miu

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Black winger eyeliner just in the outer corner of the eye with a balmy lip.

Valentino

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Glossy lip with a bright pink glimmery blush on the cheekbone going up towards the outer brow bone.

     

Maison Margiela

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A matte neon pink lip with the centre removed. Light brows and natural base.

                               

Fendi

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Black winged liner covering the whole lid. Light pink natural lipstick, defined arched brow.

                          

Marni

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Coloured eyeshadow in blues and greens. Swiped in thick lines or a cat eyed shape. Balmy lips and natural skin.

        

May Beauty Favourites

Here are a few of my beauty favourites this month. I’ve been trying to buy more natural products because I think my skin prefers it. Of course it is a lot better fore the environment too. What are your monthly favourites?
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Seventeen Instant Glow Tan Cream Bronzer

I bought this during my discounted Seventeen makeup haul – view my post here. This is a cream bronzer housed in a pan style container. Because of this I can apply it with a Beauty Blender instead of other cream bronzers I’ve had in the past that are in stick form. The consistency is light and blends easily. The colour is great for me and gives a natural tanned look. I would recommend seeing if your local Boots is selling off old Seventeen branded products as this is only £1.50.

Buy it here.

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask

I’ve been using this mask for about a year now but more so in the past month when doing my at home facial – read my post here. It’s a hydrating mask that works quickly. The scent is fruity and refreshing. It leaves the skin soft and the product is natural (not vegan as it contains beeswax and honey).

Buy it here.

Lanolips 101 Ointment

I’ve been using this lip balm for the past couple of months now. Before I used to religiously buy the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm but I couldn’t buy it locally anymore and happened to see this for sale. The product works just as well. It’s a lot more convenient too because it is in a squeezy tube. The balm can become quite solid in cold conditions so sometimes you have to warm it up by massaging the tube to get the product out. I think the branding is quite cute, I like to see it on my bedside table. The actual product is made from a natural wax that is produced by woollen animals to keep their wool protected. The balm is therefore natural and cruelty free.

Buy it here.

Nuxe Nuxellence Éclat Radiance Anti-Ageing Care

I bought this from a small sale I saw in Boots, I think I must have got it for around £5. Only looking it up now for this review do I see that it’s about £30-40 normally – what a discount! I’ve used this cream everyday. The smell is really nice, the packaging and scent reminds me faintly of parma violets. The weight of the cream is light and pleasant to use, it’s made from 90% natural ingredients. I use it in the morning and it can be used alone or as well as moisturiser. It’s designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and smooth the skin.

Buy it here.

Tosowoong Black Sugar Facial Scrub

This is a great exfoliator for my skin. I don’t feel like the sugar is too rough on my skin and I like to rub it on my face until it dissolves into a oily residue which feels hydrating. The smell is just like what you’d expect from a sugar scrub and leaves the skin lovely and soft.

Buy it here or similar here.

Nature Love Natural Deodorant Stick in Cucumber Aloe

I have been purchasing and testing natural deodorants for a few years now and this so far is the best I’ve tried. I picked it up in TK Maxx so it could be worth looking there for it as I can’t find many sellers online. It’s 100% natural and works really well. More recently in the summer months I have noticed it not being as foolproof but definitely in less humid weather it prevents the majority of body odour. I would give this a go if you are looking to try natural deodorants.

Buy it in Tk Maxx.

Pony Effect Everlasting Cushion Foundation

I feel like I’ve mentioned this so many times on my blog but this cushion foundation is the one I’ve been using the most this month. The coverage is really great and it has good longevity. I think the packaging is sleek and really functional for taking on holiday and even touching up throughout the day. Read my longer review here.

Buy it here.

Affordable Summer Occasion Dresses – Wedding Guest & Party Outfits

A few dress options for any upcoming summer events such as a wedding or garden party. I’m drawn to silk and satin-like fabrics, as well as longer midi and maxi lengths because they just seem to flatter my figure more.

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TOPSHOP Seersucker Stripe Midi Dress £42.00
MANGO Belt Long Dress £49.99
ZARA Ruffled Floral Print Dress £79.99
TOPSHOP Jacquard Bow Slip Midi Dress £46.00
MANGO Satin Gown £59.99
H&M Wrap Dress £49.99
ZARA Long Creased-Effect Dress £29.99
ZARA Floral Print Dress £29.99
H&M Long Satin Dress £49.99
ZARA Floral Print Linen Dress £39.99

Exploring Seoul Fashion Week

I am inspired by a lot of South Korean fashion. I thought I would look into the designers showing at Seoul Fashion Week. What designers do you like from Seoul? Please let me know any recommendations.

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YCH F/W 2018
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LOW CLASSIC S/S 2018
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LOW CLASSIC F/W 2018
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KYE F/W 2018
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KIOK S/S 2018
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KIOK F/W 2018
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BLINDNESS S/S 2018
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CARUSO F/W 2018
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CHARM’S F/W 2018
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NOHANT S/S 2018
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At Home Hydrating Facial

I’ve wanted to have a facial in the past few weeks but decided to try and do it at home replicating what I’ve had done in the past. Although I don’t have the same massage techniques as a qualified professional, I feel that I could quite easily do a similar process. This way I can use the products I like and save the money I would have spent. This is the routine I have been implementing and it’s been working well so far, let me know if you have any tips.

Makeup Removal

I will often start by removing the bulk of my makeup usually with a facial wipe. Sometimes I will use a facial oil if I am not using waterproof mascara. The oil is great for also using a massage technique that can help circulation because of the slip is creates on the skin.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil 200ml
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Coconut and Argan Oils 177ml
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil 200ml
Simple Facial Cleansing Wipes – Pack of 6
Facial Massage Jade Roller
Méthode Jeanne Piaubert Stimuloval Roller
The Body Shop Wooden Handle Facial Massager

Cleanse

I like to do a second cleanse to ensure all the makeup is off my skin. My favourite is a hot cloth cleanser that you steam off. This opens the pores and makes the skin extremely soft because it is not stripping like a gel-type cleanser. I like to use muslin cloths, the texture provides some exfoliation too.

Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser
Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream 170g
Pai Skincare Organic Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 200 ml
MuslinZ Baby Muslin Squares (Pack of 6, White)

Exfoliation

To exfoliate I love using a brown sugar scrub. They smell amazing and once you’ve dissolved the sugar particles by gently buffing the skin it produces an oily residue that is hydrating and luxurious feeling. You can also do a facial massage at this stage.

Skinfood Skin Food Black Sugar Perfect Scrub Foam
Majestic Pure Brown Sugar Scrub 12 oz
Oatmeal & Almond Face Scrub with Crushed Walnut Shells – Organic, 100% Natural

Masking

I like to then use a mask. Depending on my concern I might use a sheet mask if I want a lot of hydration or on a regular day I will just use a relatively natural mask. You can use a clay based one for blemishes but they can be quite drying and may make the previous steps of the facial void because we are working towards building moisture.

TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets)
Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask 100ml
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask To Go 30ml

Oil

After removing the face mask I immediately like to use a facial oil in order to retain as much hydration as possible. I love rosehip oil because of its healing properties but the smell is not to everyones taste. There are a lot of other similar plant-based oils that are worth considering.

100% Pure Rosehip Oil 60ml
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil 30ml
BeBarefaced Vitamin E Face Oil – Facial Vitamin C Night Serum With Hyaluronic Acid

Moisturiser + Eye Cream

The final step is moisturiser. I like to use a relatively thick one overnight. Eye cream is also an important step and you can tailor this to whatever concerns you have like dark circles or anti-aging.

Embryolisse Concentrated Milk Cream 75ml
Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream 60ml
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado 15ml