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Friday, 24 October 2014

The Friday Face #10

Welcome to the tenth instalment of The Friday Face. 

Tweet/Instagram me photos of your Friday Face and the make-up items used to create your look! Remember to include the hashtag #GRNTFridayFace so I can retweet and share the best ones! 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Coat


Ahh the perfect autumn/winter coat... it only took two months to find. But as they say: good things come to those who wait. And I really like this coat so I definitely think it was worth the endless nights of trawling the internet.

Usually with coats and jackets I see too many that I like and have a hard time choosing which one to buy. However, this time round, I really struggled to find the right coat. I think this was probably because I had a very clear image in my head of the exact kind of coat I was looking for. 

Originally I was looking for a beige mac/duster coat as I thought this would be perfect for Autumn. However, nothing suited and as time went on, it got colder and much more wintery so I felt I need something warmer... And that's when I eventually stumbled across this one from Mango.

It really is the perfect coat as it is warmer than a mac but the relaxed feel with the oversized lapels and tie allows it to be worn open which is how I have been wearing it on more autumnal, rather than wintery, days.

In the past week, it has been much colder and I have been tying the coat, showing how versatile it is. 

I was also drawn to the light grey colour, as it is a bit brighter than black and dark grey but can still be worn with both casual and formal outfits.

A warm coat is a staple for the colder months so it pays to take time and find the right one, but hint hint - Mango are doing some amazing styles that are practical, chic and super cosy.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Verdict: Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque


I have never been a massive fan of face masks, especially mud masks. I find them a bit of a hassle to apply and get impatient waiting for them to dry. 

However, the Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque from Aesop is completely unique to any mud mask I have tried before. It is also my first purchase from Aesop but I had heard so many good things about this particular product, I had to try it. 

Although the mask is clay based, it is much smoother and easier to apply as it has a thinner consistency compared to most other mud masks. As you can see from the image image, once applied, it is much sheerer and less noticeable than most face masks. However, it is still just as effective, if not more, at removing dirt and impurities. The ingredients in the mask, including parsley seed, rosehip seed and evening primrose, are formulated to create an antioxidant and clarify the skin.

I leave the mask on for around 15 minutes and then remove it with a muslin cloth and warm water. I finish by splashing my face with some cold water as this helps to close up the pores and stop any bacteria from re-entering. 

I have been applying the face mask 1-2 times per week for the past 5 weeks and have instantly noticed a difference in my skin when using it. It brightens my skin and when I have had spots, they have reduced in size and appeared less enflamed.

Although the mask can be applied all over the face, I sometimes only applying it to the areas that need it - so mainly around my nose and chin area. This means I don't waste any of the product and the skin on my face that doesn't need a deep clean isn't being touched.

Aesthetically, I love both the smell of the mask and the packaging. I think the cream and black colours together look very chic and looks much more sophisticated than your regular face mask that you buy from a drugstore.

If this mask is anything to go by, I think I may have to try more things from Aesop...

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Monday, 20 October 2014

The Fashion Tag


The Fashion Tag - Questions

Q1. Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?

Q2. How would you classify your style?

Q3. What store can you not leave without buying at least one thing?

Q4. Where do you find the best deals?

Q5. What designer are you willing to splurge for?
Q6. Do you have a "go to" shopping outfit?

Q7. What is your guilty pleasure? (Aside from make up)

Q8. What is one staple clothing piece you cannot live without?

Q9. What is a trend you hope never goes out of style?

Q10. What trend did you love that passed way to quickly?

Q11. Who is your fashion icon?

Check out the video below to discover my answers...


Saturday, 18 October 2014

WAIWT #34


Rucksacks; I've never had a great relationship with them. I took one with me on holiday recently but by the end of the trip I was fed up of having to take it off and rummage around in it to find what I needed and then fasten it up again every time I wanted something. 

However, this structured one from Zara is much more appealing. It is smaller and the harder structure gives it a much cleaner look, with the strap at the top meaning it can be held by my side if I preferred not to wear on my back. 

I wouldn't choose to take a rucksack away with me on holiday again but for days when I don't need to carry as much, this bag is perfect and I think it looks really stylish with the gold detailing and simple design. 

It can also be worn casually with jeans (like in the images above) or I can also take it with me to the office and is formal enough to be paired with work dresses and two pieces. 

Details

Top - Topshop
Watch - Michael Kors

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Friday, 17 October 2014

The Friday Face #9

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Wool Scarf: It's An Essential


This has to be one of favourite and most loved purchases in a long time. 

It's only October and I am obsessed with this scarf already - I can tell it's going to be my staple for the colder months ahead.

The scarf was a complete impulse buy, but sometimes those are the best. I walked into Liberty and if any of you have shopped in Liberty before you will know that the scarves are pretty amazing and are geniusly positioned so they are the first thing you see upon entry. 

I was casually browsing through the many scarf brands when I came across the Acne section, which had plain woollen scarfs perfectly arranged on a table. This may be a surprise that plain woollen scarves instantly seem to grab my attention but they particular ones looked so soft and luxurious, I couldn't resist. The scarves came in a range of neutral shades but I went for grey as the practical side of my brain decided it could be worn with most things and not show up any marks from my foundation - I hate wearing cream scarves as they mark so easy from being round my neck and touching my jawline - the only downside of wearing make-up!

The scarf is the Canada Wool Scarf from Acne's AW14 range and is 100% virgin wool. However, it is not itchy at all, just super warm and cosy.

As it is not quite cold enough yet to wear a winter coat, I have been wearing the scarf with lighter jackets and my trench coat which has kept me warm enough and I can easily throw it on with any outfit and not worry about it matching or looking out of place.

Although quite pricey, I will definitely get my money's worth out of this scarf. I would call it an "investment piece"... everyone needs a wool scarf!