Monday, 26 August 2013

Outfit: heather shoes

It's rare I bring you a post about shoes, but today's that day. I find shoes generally a nightmare because my feet are both narrow and a half size, so if I want a court shoe I'm generally disappointed. But not with my favourite not-so-secret obsession, Clarks, who offer all of their shoes in a 4.5, which works just fine for me, thank you!

Some of you might remember my post about a yellow pair from the Originals range... I'm just waiting for autumn when I can dig these out of my cupboard again (but I'd prefer it doesn't come too quickly, actually).

This time, I'm talking about a pair of classic courts. I love them because they are an unusual purply-grey colour that goes with lots of things and have a really comfortable heel height.

But my favourite thing abuot them is probably the shape of the front near the toe box - you can just about see here it's an unusual v-shape.

You can't fail to feel elegant in these, so I have paired them with a pencil dress.

Dress: Dorothy Perkins (old)
Shoes: Clarks 'Chorus Voice'
Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave

Although Clarks have sold out of this charming colour now, their Autumn/Winter 2013 range offers black snake and dark purple suede. These 'Chorus Voice' styles can be bought for a very reasonable £49.99 this autumn/winter.

Could use a bit of snake in my wardrobe...

Just lovely.

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Outfit: a tropical bargain

I do love a good bargain and my £3 find before I went to Rome this year was a strapless top with a bright tropical pattern that was part of Matalan's beach cover-up range. Matalan is not somewhere I would usually shop, the quality is usually awful and the styles frumpy, but I came across this when searching for a beach towel and I think I'll be casting my eye over their wares more regularly from now on.

For £3 I wasn't expecting anything of the 'support shelf' and I was right not to... although it was the only thing I could stand to wear when I'd sunburnt my back badly (idiot). But I was also expecting a very thin jersey top that was ill-fitting and probably rode up, but this does neither. One of my happier bargain finds. And I love the pattern.

I can wear it with a floaty skirt and light lipstick for a girly look (not sure why my camera did such a blurry job here!)...

Top: Matalan
Skirt: Limited Collection, Marks & Spencer
Sandals: Marks & Spencer
Lipstick: Designer, Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede

Or pair it with a fitted skirt and an up-do for a more elegant summer holiday look. And indeed, as this rather exotic background shows, it was ideal for strolling around Italy in the heat of the evening before sauntering into a restaurant. I'd do anything to be back there right now!

Top: Matalan
Skirt: H&M (old)
Bag: eBay
Sandals: Swedish Hasbeens
Lipstick: Stay With Me Coral, Maybelline SuperStay Lipstick

Just a few more weeks of sun, please... let my top have its day!

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Friday, 2 August 2013

Make-up: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick in Designer

Following on from my enthusiastic review of another lipstick in this range (Trendsetter), this time I'm talking about a lighter, coral shade that is much more appropriate for daytime wear.

What's that you say? This looks more like a bright pinky-red? Why yes, in the case, so it does. I actually bought it thinking it was a warm red and that's definitely what it looks like in the tube.

But then the swatch comes out a bit pinker...

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Designer swatch review

And on your lips, because the colour isn't that dense, it transforms into a light pink! Shown here in natural light, this is a pretty true account of the shade.

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Designer review

It's currently my favourite daytime lipstick and I'm already wearing it to death. And that's because it just. doesn't. budge.

To reiterate some points of my last review:

  • Lovely natural pink colour, even if nothing like what's in the tube
  • Once this lipstick dries you can't feel it on
  • It doesn't dry your lips out
  • It barely transfers and is incredibly long-wearing - I'll still be wearing most of this the evening of the morning I apply it
  • The packaging is great - distinctive and obvious what colour it is, so if you have more than one it's fab
  • I still don't like the blunt bullet shape much
  • It's nothing like the colour in the tube, which is ok because I still like it, but I'd have been disappointed if I didn't like coral pink!
If you haven't tried a lipstick from this range yet, you must!

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