Denim Shirt Lookbook | Spring 2017

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you some of my favourite outfits during Spring/Summer, featuring my much loved denim shirt. Last year, I literally lived in this from March all the way through to August, and I have a feeling I’m going to be the same this year! It’s slowly becoming a staple in my wardrobe once again, so I thought I would share with you some combinations I like to wear it with in Spring time. Just as a little disclaimer, this denim shirt was given to me by my Mum and was something she used to wear when she was younger, so I have no idea where it’s from! There’s probably loads of alternatives to this one, though, so please don’t be too disheartened.

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On slightly cooler days, I may wear leggings and a normal length T-shirt partnered with my denim jacket. I’m sure I’ve featured all these clothes on here before, but it’s always nice to see how other people like to wear them! If it’s not already noticeable, this is mainly for casual wear. Going from top to bottom, the FRIENDS t-shirt is from Primark, the ‘Living For The Weekend’ top is from H&M and the Dan and Phil top is probably from Ebay!

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On nicer, hotter days, I will choose to wear a crop top instead so that I’m not wearing too much material, but the denim jacket keeps me covered if there is a breeze (which there always seems to be when you live by the sea!). Again, I will wear leggings because it is still Spring in England! All of these tops are from New Look, (apart from the last one which is also from Primark) and I think the orange and grey looks most stunning against the blue of the denim jacket. How many of you were betting I would say that?!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing about clothes and fashion so please let me know if you have liked reading about it. Not very much to say but I did want to keep this mainly about the pictures and for you to use this as some inspiration. I will, of course, wear other things with my denim jacket, but these were my absolute staple outfits last year, and will continue to be so this year, I think. I can always write an updated one with Summer outfits later on in the year because I have a fair few of those as well, so just let me know on that one if you would like it.

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

Anxiety ft. Prom (Before)

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Today I will be chatting to you about my social anxiety and how I think it will be affected by my school’s up-coming prom. If you’ve read any of my other blog posts about my anxiety, you will know it’s something I’ve struggled with for nearly 10 years and that I’m not seeking attention or sympathy; it’s literally just to document it and let you know, should you be going through it yourself, that you’re not alone.

Initially, I wasn’t going to bother going to prom. In my group of friends everyone had a partner to go with who isn’t in a relationship, and we had all decided to go in two’s then meet at the venue and re-group there. There’s one couple in my group and one person that already knew he wasn’t going, so I did have a little bit of a selection, but it turns out everyone had sorted it before I asked. I just didn’t want to third-wheel everyone and think of all the possibilities of what everyone would be thinking if I was to do just that. I was also struggling with the loss of both of my grandparents (as I still am, but I’m a bit further along the line of grieving now) and it was something we had always spoken about as a three; my Granny had even designed my prom dress whilst she was staying in her cancer hospital! I couldn’t face the day without them and I didn’t want to have to cope with the dress shopping and the different fears that arose from that.

In January, I was actually asked to prom by someone who I liked and did like me back, and I actually looked forward to prom. It would’ve definitely cheered my mood up and kept my mind off my grandparents, but it turned out he was on holiday for prom (something we only found out when the date for it came out after he asked me). I guess it wasn’t meant to be and it was only a few weeks after so I hadn’t been dreaming about it for too long, but you know what I’m like: a massive daydreamer who can’t help but wish! Once again, I decided not to go to prom because it really set me back and there’s still some people that think we’re going together, so that’s kind of awkward to explain after all this time! Anyone with anxiety will understand the kind of effect this could have on someone. Despite all this, I still had an idea of prom and the dress I wanted, so, after much convincing from my friends, I decided to pay my deposit. I did have a lot of time speaking to my counsellor about this, as well, who has assured me he will get the deposit back should I change my mind again (can you tell how indecisive I am?!).

I’m now going with two of my closest friends who have, luckily, already sorted out their transport, so I don’t have to stress about that! I’m really excited to go now, because I know them and their families so I don’t need to worry about anything (these are the kind of things that really trigger my anxiety!). I’ve also seen the car we’re going in, and it’s a gorgeous vintage American car (I don’t know actual names of cars, sorry!) in a beautiful aqua blue. One thing that I knew I didn’t want to go in was a limo because I know I would struggle to get in and out of it, particularly in heels and a dress! My only fear is that these friends are like 9-10 inches taller than me, but they’re having smaller heels on their shoes than me so the height difference will decrease slightly. I am very short and it’s something that can’t be helped, but I still wonder what people will be thinking. This is added to the fact they’ve got darker dresses and mine will look much brighter than it already does next to them!

Unlike everyone else might’ve thought, dress shopping was something I was really worried about. I love clothes and I love normal shopping and I know what suits me (which isn’t long ballgowns!). However, after looking in a couple of shops I managed to find one that I actually like and feel comfortable in (and, most importantly, not too conscious of). I think it’s a loose-fitting fishtail shape, but it’s quite tight from the waist to the mid-thigh, then it flows out slightly. I did try on a loose-ish fishtail beforehand and loved it on me, so I knew I wanted something like that. It really brings out my small waist and curvy hips, which I wanted. However, you can see my stomach when I wear it, which I don’t like, so I’ll have to wear a corset or something underneath. It’s red (I was initially looking for dark red/burgundy, but this is a nice red, particularly with a tan!) so it might draw attention to me, but half the people there are going to be girls all wearing different dresses, meaning not too much attention will be on me. It has a skin-toned mesh-style side bit which is kind of like those monochrome dresses that were on trend a few years ago; they’re on the sides of the body so it accentuates the waist and hips even more. This is decorated with champagne beads and pearls, so I’m getting accessories to match that. There’s also quite a big hole hole in the back (there’s a clasp at the neck and it re-fastens with a zip in the centre of my back), so I’m going to have to go bra-less, but it has enough structure to support me. It does look stunning, but I’m now trying to tone my bum as it does look quite big in the dress! I also bought it from a place called Tiffany’s, which has a sentimental place in my heart, so it had to be!

The first shop I actually went to was way too posh for me. The lady who helped me was lovely but I didn’t feel comfortable or confident in there, resulting in me not feeling that way about any of the dresses I tried on. The fishtail I fell in love with in there was covered in too many jewels and I didn’t really like that look, so I just took inspiration from that. In the second shop I went into (Tiffany’s) I felt much more comfortable, there was less people in there and the woman was really genuine about the dresses I tried on and the one I eventually bought. I’m not going to lie, I was feeling really anxious so if I appeared stroppy or ungrateful or in anyway rude, I’m really sorry. That’s something else I fear when I’m having an anxious day, because I know I can appear that way.

So, finally, onto the day itself. I just hope I don’t trip over, I look alright, my dress doesn’t get caught anywhere, I don’t have a nip slip, no one thinks I’m putting this all on, no one looks at me for an extended period of time, no one slags me off, no one thinks I’m drawing attention to myself, no one thinks I’ve used my inheritance money just on a dress, I keep it together, I don’t have a panic attack, I don’t get tired, there aren’t any confrontations, I don’t get called on stage, no one tries to dance with me, no one asks me where my previous date was etc. Sorry if you’ve passed out from that extremely long sentence, but all that and more is what goes through my head in a second, and not just about prom! I’ll probably think of more as I get closer to the day but that’s it for now. Hopefully, if none of that happens, I’ll have a nice night!

And there we have it! I hope you have been able to take something from this blog post – I will be writing a follow up of this (hence the ‘before’) after prom just to let you know how it goes and, hopefully, prove that none of those bad things will happen if you’re worrying about the same thing. I’ve got just under 14 weeks left until prom, so that’s all the more time to worry and panic about it!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

March Favourites 2017

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my March Favourites! I know every single blogger since the beginning of time says this, but where has the time gone?! I feel like I’ve blinked and I’ve been fast-forwarded to March 2017, it’s just insane. This month has had highs and lows, including getting my prom dress and real friends proving who they really are. I think I’ve also definitely decided which college I’m going to, but I will only write a follow-up blog post on that once it’s definite (i.e. when I’m driving there for my first day!). Anyway, it’s only a month and a half until my first exam and I’m having a complete mental breakdown, but let’s continue on with the blog post!

The first thing I have been loving this month has been the Lancome La Base Paupieres Pro (basically a primer!) in 02 Beige Porcelaine. I received this on quite sad circumstances but this has magical powers I had not before experienced! This is really easy to work with – think the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo’s but skin coloured – and helps to maintain my eye makeup for the entire day, no matter what I’m doing. I don’t think it’s waterproof, but I wouldn’t expect my powder eye shadows, which I apply on top, to be either. I just apply this with my finger and set with some powder and it’s all good to go. I haven’t noticed any extra help in blending because I’ve always applied powder onto my primer and my eye shadows seem to be pretty good in that respect anyway, but I’m sure it’s noticeable to some! It does, however, help to colour correct my eye lid and hide any veins which may have appeared, though they usually don’t, without appearing too thick or clumpy on my lid. This colour does appear to have some shimmers in, but once set with powder you really can’t notice it if you wanted to do a completely matte eye. It hasn’t disrupted my eyeliner yet, either, which is a massive thing to me! This is available from Boots, John Lewis and Debenhams, as well as some other department stores.

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Another beauty thing I’ve been loving his month has been liquid eyeliner. Long-term readers will know my love for black winged liner (as just mentioned!), and it’s taken me forever to finally gain the confidence to use a liquid one! At the moment I’m just using this cheap one I got in a magazine goodness knows how long ago, but I am planning on getting the Collection one soon as it’s had great reviews and it looks fairly similar to the one I’ve been playing around with (let me know if that sounds like a good idea to you because it’s a whole new world for me!). It’s still a work in progress and I don’t have the full confidence to wear it everyday, but every so often I try it out just to build my skill and technique with it. It’s not as difficult as I initially thought, though that could be down to me using gel eyeliner very precisely for the past 7 months!

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The third thing on my list for the month has been lip glosses. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with lip glosses for a whole host of reasons, but this month I’ve really liked just popping one on for a day-to-day look, or out shopping, or for college meetings etc.. The one I’ve featured in the picture is Tanya Burr’s Aphrodite (which, I think, has sadly been discontinued) which is a shade I’ve reunited with this month; it’s a gorgeous subtle pink-y red that is perfect for a sunny Spring/Summer day. I just really like how easy they are to (literally) pop on and know that if some colour comes off it’s not too noticeable, meaning I don’t need to keep reapplying. They also don’t dry my lips out, which is something I’ve actually struggled with these past few months when using different lip products. They also feel lighter and more appropriate to the warmer weather, I don’t know why!

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I’ve already featured this in an earlier blog post, but this month I read and fell in love with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This was lent to me by my Aunt after she said ‘it’s a kids book, but a really bloody good kids book’! That was obviously enough for me to read it! I knew some background knowledge about this because the film came out around the end of last year and I’d seen the trailer on TV, but this book is the most emotional yet innocent thing to have ever been absorbed into my brain. I think it pulls at the heart strings even more because of the fact it’s written from such an innocent perspective of a 13-year-old boy. This story follows the main character, Connor, as he has to care for his Mum who has cancer (and we all know what will happen there). He meets The Monster (which still confuses me slightly, is he meant to be something metaphorical?) who helps him overcome a series of hurdles and yes, this will make you cry. It’s in third person, which I don’t usually lean towards, but oh-me oh-my is this a book which will manifest your life! Even if you just borrow it from the library, it needs to be read! This is available from WHSmith, Waterstones and most other book shops.

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Another book my Aunt lent me and had to be included in my Favourites was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I haven’t actually finished this because I read A Monster Calls first and this is a much thicker book to get through, but I am so hooked, more than I ever thought I would. Despite all the books I have read over the years, this is the first adult book I’ve ever read, so I was slightly anxious that I wouldn’t understand it or that it would go straight over my head, but I understand it and I’m feeling all the feels! This is a mystery/thriller (basically the complete opposite of the heart-wrenching book I’d read beforehand, though I haven’t actually got to the thriller bit yet!) and it contains multiple narratives, which I’m an absolute sucker for! I can’t tell you much about it because it’s so easy to give stuff away, but it’s about an alcoholic called Rachel (bodes well!) who gets the same train to work everyday and so see’s the same people doing their usual routine on those days, as well. And then all these things happen and people go missing and Rachel get’s involved and there’s ex-husbands and babies and you need to read this before I annoy everyone out there! As I say, I haven’t finished it yet, but I know it’s going to be a book that takes over my life! This is also available from WHSmith, Waterstone and most other book shops.

The final thing I have been loving this month is Snapchat. Once again, I’m the last on the bandwagon, but I have now joined in with that teenage trend of multiple filters and aimed posts! Just kidding, I don’t aim things just as a matter of principle! It has now become my most favoured app on my phone; I just find it so addictive and I need to check for new filters every day, just in case! I’ve actually found it’s also built my confidence in terms of taking photos of myself and choosing to share them with others – I’ve only got a few friends on there who I know and trust, whereas I sometimes feel my Instagram and Facebook are a bit of a free for all. Talking of Instagram, I’m seriously thinking about starting an account for this blog (ChummyR) on there but I will only do it when I have more time (i.e. when most/all of my exams are done in June) so that I can keep you updated on a daily basis and build more of a connection with you. I know uploading a blog post 3 times a week is a lot for some bloggers, but I always feel like I could build on it. So, yeah, just let me know what you think of that idea!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing Favourites blog posts, even if it does make me panic with my other deadlines that I fear are looming! Let me know what you like from this little selection if you have used or read anything mentioned, and what products have been some of your Favourites this month!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

How To: Makeup on Mature Skin

Good Evening Munchkins!

As last Sunday was Mother’s Day, I decided I would treat my Mum in a number of ways, but something she said she would really like was a pampering and her makeup done ‘all nicely’. Being the makeup freak I am, I was more than happy to oblige, but because I wanted my Mum to feel really happy and good about herself, I decided to research what I could do to make her look a little bit more youthful and extenuate her natural beauty. Obviously I wanted to add my own style, but these little tips are tried and tested (most of which actually worked).

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So, as per usual, I moisturised her skin with the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser (available from Boots and Superdrug) just to plump her skin slightly and prep it for the makeup I was to put on top. I then opted for a light, dewy foundation so that it looks like healthy skin as opposed to a mask! It is recommended to use a CC Cream on more mature skin, but I found this tester one to work just as well (which I don’t know the name of, but it’s really good!). My grandmother used this – it’s got to be good! I blended it in with a damp beauty blender to allow it to oxidize in with her natural complexion even more seamlessly and maintain the dewy glow.

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Something else I was warned about was over-powdering. With my teenage skin type, if I over-powder, it’s not overly noticeable by the time I’ve finished my makeup/left the house because my natural oiliness will reduce the look of it, if that makes any sense. However, on a more mature skin type, powder has the ability to sink into fine lines and hence make them look even more apparent if applied carelessly, which we don’t want. Therefore, only apply around the T-Zone with a small powder brush (I used the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, available from Boots and Superdrug) and any other notably oily areas.

Something which I do everyday anyway but was also recommended was to use powder products for the eyebrows. Quite naturally as we get older our eyebrow hairs become more sparse and, where my Mum’s blonde, they look even less ‘there’! Taking these points into account, I used a light brown eye shadow on a very thin, defined angled brush so that I still managed to create a natural brow shape and colour for her hair colour. The eye shadows I used were Naked 2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (available from Feel Unique) and Velvet Teddy from the Tanya Burr Fairytale Palette (available from Superdrug and Feel Unique).

Wearing neutral eye shadows is something else I’ve heard, which I think most women of that age tend to lean towards anyway. I’m a complete advocate for wear and do what you want, no matter what society says, but Mum wanted a neutral-ish look with some glitter, so I did just that. I used my Daytime Gold Smokey Eye (find HERE) as inspiration, and she seemed very happy with this. The only difference was the amount of glitter I applied and the fact I went a bit higher with the transition shade, but that’s due to our different eye shapes. An amazing all-matte palette if you do want to stick with neutral matte shades is the Makeup Revolution Ultra Flawless Matte’s Palette, available from Superdrug.

I don’t know about your Mum, but mine is always asking me how I get my eyeliner so angled and in such a straight line, so if I ever do her makeup she will always wants a similar look. However, I believe that with her natural colouring and eye shape (and the addition of more mature skin) winged eyeliner wouldn’t compliment her too much, so I instead opted for a smudged dark brown pencil eyeliner on her upper lash line. I did choose a dark brown in order to coordinate with the smokey eye, as well, but it isn’t too harsh against the rest of her skin/makeup, yet ensures there is still some definition still there!

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Onto the face once again, I have been warned not to use a glittery blusher. Similar to the over-powdering fear, applying too much glitter can accentuate fine lines in the same way of sinking in, but then I question how I will apply highlighter! I don’t own many shimmer blushers, so this wasn’t much of an issue, but I did still apply a generous amount of highlighter! I didn’t find it making my Mum look any older, but I guess it’s on a smaller area of the face so doesn’t appear too bad. The blusher I used was L’Oreal Le Blush in Sandalwood Pink (available from Boots and Superdrug) and the highlighter I used was the one from the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit (available from Boots and Superdrug).

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And, finally, choose a colour a little bit darker than your natural lip colour. My Mum has quite pink lips, so there was a whole host of choice for her! This was something I let her choose for herself and she chose the Avon Ultra Glaze Wear Lip Gloss in Rosette, which I highly agreed with! I think lip colours are so universal that it doesn’t matter whether you prefer lighter or darker, but more mature women usually tend to choose a more neutral tone just because it’s more in their safety bracket, which I completely understand. I also don’t think there’s much of a difference if you were to choose a lipstick, a lip gloss, or a completely different formula all together – that part is down to personal preference!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I really enjoyed doing my Mum’s makeup and being able to share it with you could really help any of you out, or myself in the future, because we all know I’ll forget these in a few days! Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about spending loads; she really appreciated this and being treated in this way, so chances are it could work for you, even if I am writing this after the day itself! Don’t forget to let me know what you got you’re Mum on Sunday, or how you chose to spend it!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

Let’s Talk About … Gay Parents

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

After really enjoying writing the last two ‘Let’s Talk About…’ blog posts over the past few weeks, I thought I would add another one to the little series we’ve created here. Today I will be writing about a topic very close to my heart: having a gay parent. This is an issue that seems to become more common the more I hear about it and the more I research it, whereas in the beginning I really did feel like the only one going through it. I will be speaking about the issues I’ve faced, my acceptance of it and other people’s reactions (which is probably the worst, so I’ll go into most detail about that).

So my history of this has a massive backstory (as per usual!). My Mum was with my Dad for nearly 15 years before meeting a woman and coming out as a lesbian with this women, who she had an affair with. My main issue with my Mum coming out was it was really informal and the fact my Mum was having an affair – I think a lot of people think I had an issue with her being gay when it was, in fact, the way she did it. How you come out has a massive impact on how people react, by the way. She then had that girlfriend and is now onto another one who has recently moved in with us, because she’s a good egg. I found it difficult to accept it in the beginning, but I think it was because I had to cope with my Dad leaving and this new ‘step-mum’, as she made me call her. The first 18 months of her being out was definitely the hardest, but now we’re absolutely fine around it. I was never homophobic and I would hate to think I could have the capability to be just that, but it was very difficult to see my Mum (who I had know pretty well for 14 years!) go from men to women, literally overnight. But I have friends who are gay so the idea itself wasn’t too difficult for me to comprehend.

I’ve found telling people that my Mum’s gay actually a really awkward experience. As I’m planning to start part-time work soon and college come September, I’m going to be meeting loads of new people who I will have to tell, should we form that close a relationship. I’m really worried about what people might ask me, but I have the answers and I’m not one to quieten down if I have an opinion! I’ve had people ask if it’s a midlife crisis, if I was a test-tube baby, whether I had an inkling to the fact she might be gay when I was younger, and I know to expect more as I go through life. I really don’t mind answering these sorts of questions (depending on how people word them, of course) because I know if it was the reverse, I would have a massive list of questions for them myself. What would grind my gears is if people ask really explicit, unnecessary questions because there is this whole stigma around lesbians and they’re used in the porn industry etc., but I can assure you that my 44-year-old mother will not be featured on Porn Hub, thank you very much!

Homophobes have also become apparent since Mum coming out, especially in the family. One of her uncles has been quite blatantly against her sexuality, including not speaking to us at his own daughter’s wedding. I’ve kind of got to that point where I don’t have time for homophobes and, as much as they anger me, I would literally rather hold the door open for them to walk out of my life, because I really don’t need them here. I think it does upset and anger me more than it does my Mum, but that is because I am so passionate with my beliefs! I’m a massive supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, as I’m sure you know by now, so I’m not going to even associate myself with people like that.

So I’m just going to give some pointers or advice to those who may have just learnt that their parent is gay because it’s as much of a difficult time for you as it is for them:

  • Just be calm. They’re still the same person they were as they raised you (no matter how old you are) and, as far as I’ve noticed, doesn’t mean they change personality-wise at all. They’re still your parent.
  • Support them. They are your family and nothing will change that, so it’s better to support them even if you are struggling because it will be beneficial to all of you in the long run. I’ve also found it could bring you closer, as well.
  • Treat them as you’ve always treated them. This kind of follows from the first point but there is no point in changing your way around them (i.e. treading on eggshells) because they will sense your awkwardness and then they will feel awkward themselves.

And there we have it (I think!)! I hope you have been able to take something from this blog post – I feel like I haven’t covered everything, so please don’t hesitate to ask me for any more advice I may have missed out on! If you’re going through this or have gone through this, please comment down below with your story because I would love to find someone to talk to about this properly, instead of just in a little blog post!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see Tuesday,

Rachel xx

EOTD: Drugstore Daytime Golden Smokey Eye

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I thought I would show you a look that I’ve only recently created but have completely fallen head over heels for! I feel like I might have mentioned a variation of this before but this is a style of smokey eye that is so easy (literally anyone can do it!) but looks so effective for daytime. It’s just a nice change to the usual brown/bronze smokey eye I would usually turn to. This only uses a few different eye shadows (all of which are very affordable) and can be completed in minutes!

So here is the look I have been loving:

As you can see, this has a stunning shimmer vibe about it (could you expect any different from me?!) but still a smooth gradient which I love! All the colours combine together really easily without any necessary blending after application of the shades themselves.

The first thing I do, as per usual, is apply a primer and set it with powder. This new primer I’m using (which will be featured in my March Favourites, so keep your eyes peeled for that!) has significantly increased the longevity of any eye shadow I put on top of it and has been a complete life saver for me! Applying powder over top just helps blending later and sets the creamy formula of the primer.

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I then head into my Collection Little Mix All About The Eye’s Palette (which has, very sadly, been discontinued) and take the colour Golden Sand on my middle finger before applying it all over my lid, but not past the crease. I just find this colour to appear more pigmented when applied with my finger, and it also ensures there’s no fallout and all the glitter stays where it should. It lets me push the colour into the primer, as well, so I know it will last a bit longer than what it would if applied with a brush.

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From the same palette, I will be taking the colour Sunkissed on my index finger and applying it on the outer third of my eye. I have quite small fingers so this is quite easy, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone, so just find a very small, detail-er brush that can do the same trick for you. I then just blend these together with a fluffy blending brush to remove any harsh lines.

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Going into my new Tanya Burr Fairytale Palette (ahhhh! I can’t believe I’ve finally got this! This is available from Superdrug and Feel Unique), I take the colour Velvet Cushion and apply this into my crease. For this, I used a small, dense blending brush in order to get some precision. I also blend it out slightly higher to give it some daytime drama (considering I can’t stay up past 10pm and I’m single, this is the most exciting thing in my life right now!). If I need to, I will go back in with the fluffy blending brush to combine it all together, but as it goes, they all do so quite naturally anyway.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love this makeup look and I really hope you do too! If you try this makeup look, please let me know what you think or what your favourite makeup look is at the moment!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

P.S. Thank you so much for allowing me to hit 300 followers! That is just an insane number to be; I started this blog just as a little bit of fun and with no real expectations of anything much to come from it, so to be able to say this is amazing! I’m literally someone that has come nothing, so thank you so much for giving me this section of my life that I can always rely on and be assured by. I love you all lots and lots. xx

Bebe Rexha | Outfit Dupe #1

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I thought I’d write something a little bit different which I’ve wanted to write for ages! Being a young person in an age where your appearance is oh-so important to some (though that is something I would heavily argue with!), it can become impossible to keep up with the newest trends without entirely breaking the bank! Hence why I have created a new little segment on this blog where I find clothing dupes for well-known celebrity outfits! I am so excited for this, probably more than I should be! Fashion is something I’ve always been passionate about so this has been the most fun research I’ve ever done! For this first blog post, I will be writing about an outfit Bebe Rexha wore on the 30th of January of this year (slight time difference but this outfit is timeless!).

As you can see, it’s very much casual wear that’s livened up with the long-line red coat and it’s unique pattern. I can assure you now, that was the most difficult thing to find a dupe for but I think I found a good match! Also, I wasn’t sure whether she was wearing a choker or had a neck tattoo, but it was very unclear anyway in order to use it to find something similar.

boohoo 4pound

So the first thing I found was on Boohoo and was the very basic white vest top. Nearly everywhere sells a white vest top because they are such a statement and can be worn at any time of year with literally anything, but this was the most affordable one I found, and I know that Boohoo’s products are very good quality for money from past experience. The one Bebe was wearing was tucked into high-waisted jeans but I thought that this cropped one was a similar length and could also be tucked into jeans just as easily. It has the same spaghetti straps, meaning you could go as daring as her and go completely bra-less! This was only £4 and you can purchase it HERE.

topshop 42 pound

Of course for the jeans I had to turn to Topshop, who are absolutely renowned for the quality of their clothing! None of the ‘Mom Jeans’ I found had the rip in the thigh, they all seemed to be on one knee, so I had to consider the length, fit and colour when comparing it to what Bebe is wearing. These are cropped and fairly loose fitting around the legs (as Mom Jeans tend to be) and the mid-blue wash fits what she is wearing perfectly. They have almost identical buttons and fastenings, and appeared high-waisted on the model. They’re rolled up at the ankles as she has done, also. Being Topshop, they’re slightly more expensive than anything else I’ll show you, but I do believe a good pair of jeans never go out of style and so they should be a bit more of an investment. These retail for £42 and you can purchase them HERE.

new look 22.99 pound

Despite Bebe’s shoes appearing very wild and out-there, the metallic silver is very on trend right now and, luckily, New Look is here to fix our needs! I think they’re metallic silver in the picture of her but the reflection in front of her is also shown as black, but I’m taking it as silver! These are literally the exact same for a very small price as they have the buckle up straps, pointed toe and stiletto heel I can see in her picture. These help to liven up the look from just being a very basic daytime outfit to something a little bit more glamorous and, quite frankly, it looks like you’ve made a bit more of an effort! Mom Jeans always look good with these kind of shoes, so you cannot go wrong! These cost £22.99 and are available HERE.

boohoo 16 pound

Finally, the coat. As I mentioned earlier this was very difficult to find but Boohoo answered my needs! This is just a plain, deep red, long-line coat with a very sophisticated open collar and pockets, but it is the same style as Bebe’s, even if the pattern isn’t the same. Again, as I said earlier Boohoo’s clothing do not fail you at all and are for a very reasonable price. All I will say about it is that this coat in this colour (it does come in a couple of other colours) is very limited in stock right now, so if you want one, I’d go get one quickly! This is on offer for £16 and can be bought HERE.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I have loved everything about it, so I hope it’s been helpful to you too! Let me know what you think of the dupes I’ve picked out and whether you’ve actually bought anything from this little list! I would be over the moon if you did!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

*None of these images are my own

Hello there Munchkins! Stay Calm, Stay Classy, Rachel xx