Saturday, 19 April 2014

Rawrgirls Review . . . NV Colour Cosmetics!

I was recently introduced to NV Colour Cosmetics and nabbed a few of their products to try out for you! 

I tried NV Flamenco Lipstick (£6), NV Mist Eyeshadow (£5) and two of the Chunky Eye Crayon's - Forest and Ingot (£5 each). First off, I do like their functional black packaging, particularly the magnetic topped lipstick and the eyeshadow case with hidden mirror and compartment for applicator, and I'm a total sucker for a twist up pencil of any kind - good start!

A quick bit of swatching to kick us off. From the top you can see Mist Eyeshadow (a must have neutral), then Forest Chunky Eye Crayon (a beautiful metallic green), Ingot Chunky Eye Crayon (a deep bronze) and a squiggle of Flamenco Lipstick to the side (an extremely wearable coral).

I used Mist all over the eyes and as a neutral base it's very nice with good coverage, this is the type of colour I'd repeat buy and use every day. Then I applied the Chunky Eye Crayon in Forest on the lid, with a touch of Ingot to the crease and lower lash line. The crayons have a very soft and slick consistency, almost like cream shadow. My first attempt at blending the colours on the upper lid just smudged the green into a wash of colour, which is nice if that's what you want to achieve but as I was trying to show the colour I went over it again and didn't attempt further blending. Lesson learnt. I think next time I'll apply Ingot to the crease first before going over it with Forest on the lid! So the top two pics are the blended looks while the bottom two are the second attempt. I do like the product and the colours are very pretty, but I think I need practice to really master the art of applying them! With regards to staying power you have to think along the lines of a cream shadow, it's going to crease with time but hey, it's a pencil so carrying it in your bag for touch ups isn't going to break your back ;)

NV Eye Chunky Crayon Forest Ingot Review

Now the NV Lipstick in Flamenco is definitely my pick of the bunch! I do love a good coral lip colour and I have wore this all week since it landed on my doorstep. It's a creamy, moisturising formula but it also lasts for ages, it reminds me a little of my fave MAC lippies, but at less than half the price - bonus! This is my summer lip look totally sorted in one product. 

NV Colour Cosmetics Flamenco Lipstick review

NV Colour Cosmetics is uber blogger friendly and their webby has been designed to be totally interactive, linking us in with the social media pages and Youtube tutorial vids so if you're intrigued by what you've seen here be sure to check it out!

J - eNVy

Friday, 18 April 2014

Bath in Fashion 2014 Bloggers Preview!

Last Sunday I was invited to the Bath in Fashion 2014 bloggers preview, where I heard all about this year's event and had the chance to hang out with some of my favourite South West bloggers. We met at The Royal Crescent Hotel, a beautiful hotel & spa situated in Bath. We were greeted with drinks and snacks and given the lowdown on this year's exciting Bath in Fashion line up which kicks off from the 3rd-10th May. There will be some incredible speakers including Meadham Kirchhoff, Topshop's managing director Mary Homer, and a masterclass with Nina Campbell! I'm also looking forward to the catwalk shows and fashion fairs. For more info and dates, please visit the official website.

Chanii B Rainbow Unicorn Heels
After hearing about what we can expect, it was time for a fashion scavenger hunt! We were split into teams and challenged to take photos of SS14 trends in shops across Bath. The team with the most Instagram snaps was declared the winner! It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to explore some of the city's best boutiques and stores. My team 'last but not least' was made up of Kelly of Soul Sparkler, SJ of Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion and Polly of Polly Frances Elizabeth. We were a dream team! 

The beautiful rainbow unicorn shoes above are from Chanii B, a unique shoe brand with a distinct style! How epic are they? Sadly they were way too high for me but Kelly was willing to be my shoe model and I think they look uh-mazing on.

Liz Cox Bath
Liz Cox Morford Handbag

My favourite boutique of the day was Liz Cox, a luxury British handbag brand which launched 20 years ago. All of their bags are handmade in Somerset by a highly skilled team and each bag is individually hand cut. You're also able to customise your bag if you'd like and they can even provide a colour matching service. I loved their beautiful bright Morford bags and metallic clutches! The quality is extremely high so these bags are certainly investment pieces. The Lansdown is another shape of theirs I really like, I can definitely see myself with a classic black version. Swoooon.

Duo Shoes Bath
Duo Ardon Shoe Boots

During the fashion hunt, we popped into Duo and I saw numerous pairs of shoes I want in my life. My favourite pair had to be these Ardon shoe boots, I want the black but the red colour is also rather nice! Wouldn't you agree?

After the scavenger hunt, we headed to the Fashion Museum to see the latest exhibition for 2014 - Georgians. The exhibition includes over 40 original Georgian outfits as well as Georgian-inspired fashions by Vivienne Westwood, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Meadham Kirchhoff, Anna Sui and Stephen Jones.

Embroidered Georgian Dress
Georgian Assembly Rooms
Girl's Georgian Dress
Wedding Dress in Bath's Fashion Museum

The frocks were exquisite, 18th century life looked so grand! These low light photos don't do the garments justice but the exhibition is on until January 2015 so I recommend checking it out for yourself. Whenever I visit the Fashion Museum I can't resist playing dress up, how cute is this Victorian smock dress? It wouldn't look out of place on the streets today!

Victorian Smock Dress

We finished our day with a glass of champagne and a goody bag. I did a little squee when I spotted 2 Anthropologie presents and opened them to find some lovely notebooks and pencils! A new Anthropologie store is opening in Bath on Friday 30th May 2014 - hurray! I've been a huge fan for years but my closest store is on Regent Street in London so I'm really chuffed that soon I'll only be 15mins away on a train.

Anthropologie Vivid Quest Notebooks

Thanks to the Bath in Fashion team and all the stores involved for such an awesome day! Have you been to BIF? Will you be attending this year?

T - Fancies a Bath shopping-spree!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Olivia Burton Hummingbird Watch

Sometimes life can get in the way of blogging. Apologies for the recent lack of outfit posts but hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things next week! Today's outfit is super casual and comfortable, sometimes I'm all about feeling good on the inside.

Bristol Fashion Blog
Casual Ripped Jeans Outfit
Cardigan: River Island - Cami: Topshop - Necklace: Accessorize - Jeans: Abercrombie - Trainers: Keds - Watch: Olivia Burton @ The Dressing Room.

I bought this cardigan last year for Glastonbury and it still feels and looks brand new! My oversized ripped jeans are by Abercrombie, I love how distressed they are but I'm still looking for some new affordable ones in white and black, so please let me know if you've seen any (other than those on ASOS). The weather has been beautiful as of late and I've been wearing a lot of coral to reflect my happy mood!

Mr. Whippy Ice Cream
Hummingbird Olivia Burton Watch
Hummingbird Olivia Burton watch with mink strap.

I've also been eating A LOT of ice cream lately but I keep telling myself I'm just doing my bit to support local businesses. A-hem. I also keep forgetting to put BB cream/foundation on so I'm being forced to embrace my freckles. In other beauty news, I've just started using some Healgel products - paws crossed they help my skin!

My beautiful Olivia Burton Hummingbird watch never fails to put a smile on my face, although this is my only watch from them, I really love this brand. The Dressing Room has a fantastic selection if you fancy treating yourself this Easter. ;)

Are you a fan of coral? Can you say no to ice cream?

T - Little Miss Whippy.

P.S If you could spare 30 seconds to nominate us as the 'Best Blogging Duo' in the Company Style Blogger Awards, I'd love you forever! ♥

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

ASOS Summer Styles Sale Wishlist!

Has anyone noticed the constant offer codes and sales coming out of ASOS this year? It's insane and getting SO hard to play that discount code waiting game that we all know and love because just when you think you've hit the jackpot with a 10% off code, then along comes a 25% off week!

Right now ASOS have 25% off selected summer styles so we thought we'd put together a little wishlist . . . 

ASOS Whitby White Ankle Grazer Ripped Knee Jeans Was £32, now £24. Oh my gawd ASOS for realz? These look perf for summer denim days!

Pull & Bear Tan Shopper Bag Was £19.99, now £14.50. Pull & Bear are killing it this summer and this versatile bag looks so much more expensive than this!

Juju Babe Pearl Blue Glitter Heeled Sandals Was £28, now £21. Legit summer bunny essential footwear, in the sweetest baby blue.

Minkpink Steamed Up Round Sunglasses Was £33, now £24.50. Errrrr Minkpink, do you realise you've priced these wrong?! Who needs Wildfox stunnerz when MP are doing it RIGHT?

Seekers Floral Tie Side Halter Swimsuit Was £55, now £18.50. Gosh, well isn't this just a beach holiday in a one piece?!

Ted Baker Betty Tiara Headband Was £169, now £126.50. PUT IT ON ME, PUT IT ON ME, PUT IT ON ME, PUT IT ON ME!! Yeahhhhh okay, so maybe this one isn't really a summer essential . . . more like a LIFE essential! ;)

See anything you like? Have you indulged in a bit of ASOS loving lately?!

J - Summer bunny.
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