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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Natural Skin Courtesy of Sephora

I will start off by saying that I am no lover of BB and CC creams. For me, they all get lumped together with tinted moisturisers... but I'm sure the beauty experts would tell you different.

However, saying that, I really do like the Skin Perfect CC Cream from Sephora's own brand range. Not because it's a CC cream and the apparent skincare benefits associated with CC creams but simply because of the finished look it gives. 

On a good skin day (which for some bizarre, but lovely reason is occurring far more frequent) I reach for this over my holy grail Dior foundation. I apply the product using my fingers and find it really easy to work evenly into the skin.

I am wearing shade Medium (N) which I do find slightly dark for me at this time of year but it would be perfect during the warmer months when I have more of a tan. However, skipping bronzer, I think I can get away with it. 

Although lighter in texture than foundation, the product lasts just as long on my skin before needing to be touched up, which is around a couple of hours for me.

Right now I am enjoying the natural look and instead only using my foundation for days when I feel like my skin needs more coverage or I am doing something special which requires more make-up.

Well done Sephora... you impressed me... although I'm still not convinced it's any different to a tinted moisturiser. Let me know in the comments below what your opinion is on BB and CC creams.   

Sunday, 25 January 2015

NYC Tourist Tips

I have already written a blog post about my time in New York (check it out here) but I thought I would make a video and go into more detail about both the practical side of travelling to New York and the sights to see which may not be as obvious as say... the Statue of Liberty.

If you are going to New York or thinking about going then you may find this helpful. I talk about the things to be aware of when visiting the popular tourist attractions, getting taxis to and from the airport, the NYC Subway, tkts (discounted Broadway tickets) and the things to do which you may not have heard about. 

If you have any questions about anything I mention... or don't mention, then please let me know in the comments below. 

Thursday, 22 January 2015



Top - J Crew
Skirt - Zara
Boots - Dune
Clutch bag - Banana Republic
Rings - Catbird

Sunday, 18 January 2015

New York Fashion and Beauty Haul

I was recently in New York over New Year and had theeee best time. I completely fell in love with the city and am already planning my next trip. If you want to see some of my photos and find out what I did, I wrote a post on my time there - check it out here.

As you can probably guess, I did manage to pick up a few fashion and beauty bits when I was there... check out the video below to see what I bought! And also, if you are need of a laugh then wait till the end of the video where I somehow forget how to say bye... It had been a while since I had last filmed! 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Tom Ford Anoushka Cat Eye Sunglasses

This isn't going to be a lengthy review... In this case, I think the photos say it all. 

As I glanced through the rows... and rows... and rows of sunglasses in Bloomingdales, I instantly zoomed in on this specific pair from Tom Ford. They are the Anoushka Cat Eye sunglasses in black and I simply love them. 

I would describe them as classic, but not boring and eye-catching, but still elegant. They may be a little "diva" for some people, but I personally prefer bigger sunglasses that make more of a statement. 

However, although I like my sunglasses to be a little different, I am definitely not a fan of totally "out there" wacky styles. As this pair is black, they will go with any outfit, but at the same time completely change and (in opinion) increase the style stakes of any ensemble. 

Gold detailing in anything (whether that be a shoe, a coat or a notepad) is always a plus for me and the simple gold "T" shape for Tom Ford on the side is just the right amount.

Usually I would go for round sunglasses, but I have totally fallen for the cat eye shape as I think it accentuates the face's bone structure and looks very glamourous and sophisticated... whilst allowing you to be serious and fierce if you need to be! 

Although pricey at $425 (£280) I really couldn't resist such a perfect pair of sunglasses! Let's call it an investment! 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

My Concrete Jungle of Dreams

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

 Since as long as I can remember, the answer to that question has remained the same. It has always been New York - being a little girl and watching movies set in the city, the skyline would instantly get my heart beating. 

This New Year the first part of my dream came true and I finally went to New York... And it was even more amazing than I could ever have imagined. I constantly had a sore neck from staring up at the skyscrapers and just being totally amazed by how everything looked. Coming from a small village in the Highlands of Scotland, New York is worlds apart from the view I'm used to. 

We arrived into New York as the sun was setting and I have never had a taxi ride like it... as we drove through the outskirts of the city and into Brooklyn, the glistening lights of the Manhattan skyscrapers started to appear and I have never seen anything so magical. Those movies I watched... it looked 10 million times more stunning.  

I have included some photos below of my time in New York and the things we did. I guess you have to do all the touristy things when you are there but be aware that you do face hours of queuing and security checks for EVERYTHING. But once you've seen the famous sights you can start to explore the real New York... and that isn't Times Square! 

One touristy thing that I would say is a must is the Rainbow Room in the Rockefeller building. Even if you don't go to the Top of the Rock, make sure you visit the cocktail bar a few floors below - it's pricey but soooooo worth it and will blow your mind. 

As I said, this was the first part of my dream coming true... the second part would be moving there. I want to work in fashion and New York has always been the place I wanted to live and grow my career and those 7 days confirmed to me that my instincts were right and NYC is the place for me. So always follow your instincts... and next time someone asks you where the one place is that you want to visit most - don't just tell them where it is but also when you're going!

Statue of Liberty (obviously)

View from The Statue of Liberty

Dylan's Candy Bar


Cartier on 5th Avenue (opposite the Plaza Hotel)

Central Park

Central Park

Catbird - jewellery shop in Brooklyn 

Fabiane's Cafe in Brooklyn


Columbus Circle

Magnolia Bakery

Macy's (again, obviously)

View from the Empire State Building 

View of the Freedom Tower from 9/11 Memorial 

View from the Rainbow Room - inside the Rockefeller Tower

View from the Refinery Rooftop

The Russian Tearoom 

Sun setting on NYC...