Monday, 23 January 2017

Let's dance to Joy Division

Happy Monday loves,

It's been a while since my last outfit post, hadn't it? Things have been rather busy lately, all I do is run around preparing everything for my new apartment but it's so worth it, things are coming together rather nicely, but because it's been so busy all I do is grab the first tee and jeans I can find and run out the door.
This week though I went out with some friends from uni and tried to dress more nicely.

I wanted to keep it really casual and comfortable so I went for an oversized band tee and this asymmetrical black and white bodycon skirt I bought recently to balance the bulky top, I kinda liked that it mixed a tomboy-ish element and a more feminine one.

As always before I could even realise it I was going for an all black and white outfit so I decided to add my beloved rose gold shoes and red bag (not an original Gucci, obviously, I don't wear leather so the real ones are a no no for me) to add some touches of colour, it's still not super colourful but at least it is an improvement from the head to toe black outfits I've been wearing lately haha 

Thank you for reading and have a lovely week!

Friday, 20 January 2017

15 cruelty free items you'll want in your makeup bag

As I mentioned in my previous post 1 Year of Cruelty Free, 2016 was the year where I had to really try new brands and makeup items and  read loads of reviews to build a nice 100% cruelty free makeup stash, through this process I found amazing products that are. So I decided to share with you the products that really blew my mind with quality and colour that I hope will be helpful not only to those that have also opted to use cruelty free cosmetics only as well as all makeup lovers.

15 best cruelty free makeup items

Some of these are cult items beloved by the beauty community, like the Naked Palette and the Better Than Sex Mascara, and they truly deserve all the love they get, some are seriously overlooked and need more attention as they are absolutely incredible and completely won me over, like the e.l.f. Baked Bronzer and the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer.
One product that changed the game for me was the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.

This Eyeliner is precise, easy to apply, pigmented, smudge proof and long lasting, from all eyeliners I've ever tried, cruelty free or not (trust me, there were lots of them) this is by far the best.

No wonder there's a hype around this palette, the eye shadows are creamy, pigmented and long lasting, the colours are all very beautiful and easy to wear and all of them works wonderfully with each other, it is great to create warm toned looks.

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush
I love how illuminating this blush looks, it gives a beautiful glow and  lovely flush without looking glittery, I do prefer this as a highlighter rather than a blush. Quality wise it is wonderful, very blendable and applies really smoothly.

NYX COSMETICS Soft Matte Lip Cream
I love love love the NYX lip creams, you'll know that if you've seen the post I wrote about my favourites, they apply smoothly, are insanely pigmented and long lasting and most importantly, don't dry my lips up or feel uncomfortable, which usually is my biggest problem with matte lip products. The colour selection is really varied and beautiful as well.

AĒSOP Avail Lip BalmThere isn't much to say about this, it is highly moisturizing makes my lips feel incredibly soft and unlike other lip balms with sunscreen doesn't really taste weird.

This highlighter is incredible, it gives a gorgeous natural glow and looks great with most skin tones, it is super long lasting, blendable and smooth, I feel like  unlike some powder highlighters this works wonderfully with dry skin

This palette is great for everyday looks, the shades are all neutral and warm toned, all shades are very pigmented and long lasting, even the light ones.

First of all the price of this alone is amazing, $3 for a super high quality product is almost unbelievable, but I have to say, I don't think it is dark enough to be used as a bronzer, but it, like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, looks wonderful as a highlighter, it gives a beautiful flow and a gorgeous sunkissed effect.
I've mentioned this in my 8 Cruelty Free dupes to Holy Grail makeup items post, it is an incredible foundation, first of all there's a pretty great range of shades, which is really rare, specially when it comes to dark skin. It gives great coverage without making the skin look cakey or feeling heavy, the only con is that it isn't great for oily skin, if you have oilier skin it can look a little shiny after a while.

This is a great primer for people with large pores or small lines, it evens out the skin giving a really sooth finish and really makes your foundation apply and blend better, it is also great for oily skin as it can be very mattifying.

This is the opposite to the NYX Pore Filler, it works wonderfully for dry skin but won't work nicely with oilier skin types, it gives the skin a warm and healthy dewy glow without looking greasy(again, only if your skin is dry) and makes the skin look very radiant.

Is there anything to say about the Naked palettes that hasn't already been said a billion time? Yes, it is well worth the hype, pigmented, blendable, smooth and easy to apply and the colours are gorgeous, versatile and universally flattering with great colour pay-off, they are all equally amazing, but the Naked3 palette is my favourite, I love it's rosy tones.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
This concealer is the perfect combination between light weigh and full coverage, I have to say concealer tends to really bother me as the ones that really conceal blemishes tends to feel quite uncomfortable on my skin, I like makeup hat makes me feel like I have nothing on, and that's what this concealer does.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
When I decided to switch to cruelty free only makeup my biggest challenge was mascara, it was difficult to find something that gave me both length and volume, didn't clump or smudge and held my lashes curled all day long, it took me ages to find it but this was it.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
This is also a very raved product, it gives a lovely dewy glow, coverage is quite good and the formula is quite buildable, there's a pretty nice range of shades for fair skinned people, it also works for both dry and oily skin.

Have you tried any of these products? If so tell me how you liked them!
Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Ruffle it up!

2017 trend ruffles

With the new year we already start to spot the new trends for 2017 and a big one that can be spotted all over runways, fashion magazines and blogs and instagram is big ruffles. They have been everywhere in the last fashion shows from many different designers in all sorts of different styles, cuts and fabrics.

2017 trend ruffles

I'm really love this trend because it is very easy to incorporate into your wardrobe and works wonderfully with other huge 2017 trends like the one shoulder tops and dresses and transparencies. Bellow are some pieces that incorporate this trend that I've been loving.

I  really like this trend, which seems to me like a revamp of the Bardot top that was one of the main trends last summer, because the ruffles, specially the big ones, really gives a something extra to an otherwise plain piece and is so super easy to incorporate into your wardrobe, there's also something very feminine and put together about it, I think.
ASOS and Topshop in particular seem to have really taken on to that trend, so they are great places to look if you want to grab yourself some pieces.

What's your favourite new trend so far?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 16 January 2017

My favourite NYX lipsticks

Hello loves,
 Quite a late post today, isn't it?
 Today was a rather crazy and busy but a wonderful one as I've finally signed the contracts for my new apartment, I just can't wait to decorate and move.
NYX lipsticks review

NYX lipsticks review

 It's no secret NYX is one of my favourite makeup brands, it is cruelty free, high quality and affordable and quite honestly I can't get enough of their products. so today I wanted to share my favourite lipsticks from their (rather huge) range. It's no secret NYX is one of my favourite makeup brands, it is cruelty free, high quality and affordable and quite honestly I can't get enough of their products. so today I wanted to share my favourite lipsticks from their (rather huge) range, which are the Monte Carlo and Transylvania Matte Lip Creams and the Fire Brick Butter Lipstick.

I chose these as my favourites due to their gorgeous colours, Monte Carlo and Fire brick are both what I deem to be the perfect red, the colour is bright and rich, Monte Carlo in a matte finish and Fire Brick in a lovely glossy finish. Transylvania is a beautiful dark purple in a matte finish, it gives a really unique look and it's very different from other berry shades I've tried before, it is a very bold colour so I save it for special occasions.

The Butter lipstick is very glossy and pigmented, it can last for about 5 or 6 hours, but it does fade a bit when I eat or drink. It also feels incredibly moisturizing on my lips so it's great for cold winter months.

The Matte Lip Creams are also very pigmented and long lasting, they last for hours even after eating or drinking and unlike many matte lip products they don't dry my lips up and I can hardly feel it when I have them on, the only downside is that Transylvania looks a bit patchy when I apply only one layer, it takes 2 or 3 for a nice and even finish, I don't have that problem with Monte Carlo though, it applies evenly an smoothly and one layer is enough.

 As usual all products featured on this post are cruelty free.
Have you tried any NYX lip products before, which are your favourites?

 Thanks for reading!

Friday, 13 January 2017

We'll walk upon these streets and think of little else

Happy Friday my loves!
How has your week been? This week I finally managed to break away from my lazy, unproductive holiday mode, know, I know, too damn late, but I just couldn't help it haha but on the bright side it did give me quite a lot of energy so now I'm feeling super motivated.

I wore this back when I was still in Montevideo exploring, this whole boho vibe is usually not my thing but for some reason being around the beach really makes me wanna wear those sort of things, also it's a really nice and comfy to walk around for hours specially when it's quite warm.

I'm absolutely in love with this bag I got from Zara in the January sales and can't stop wearing it, it gives a nice pop of colour to monochromatic outfits, I'm quite obsessed with yellow lately and I think the embellishments give a nice quirky little touches.

(I look like Woody Allen here and can't stop laughing about it)

In other news, I've been really wanting to incorporate some music into the blog since it's such a huge passion for me, but not with full posts about it because when I do try to write those my brain blanks out and I can't think of anything, trust me, I've tried. So instead I decided to add a song I love to each post, usually (but not necessarily) relating to the post, let's see how that works out (because let's face it, I might completely forget about it, I haven't got the best memory).  

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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