Farwell 2014, hello 2015...

Every year I say to myself  'this year will be the best year yet', but somehow I never end up sharing the same sentiments by December. One thing I definitely agree with is that every year is a roller coaster ride full of twists, turns and unexpected journeys (quite literally); that's kind of what I love about not knowing your own fate. The year of 2014 is coming to a natural, well awaited close and I am one of those people who is so excited for the start of 2015. Unlike most years, this time I'm going to take my New Years Resolutions a lot more seriously, so to begin that here are my New Years Resolutions for the coming year of 2015.

1. Be more organised

This one is super cliche but when your desk looks like mine, you know something has to be done. I think most people have this on their lists every year; you start the year really organised and tidy, and then roughly 2 months later you're back to square one. You know what I'm talking about right?









(Yes, this is my actual desk in it's raw, natural habitat...)

2. Read at least 10 books


I know this may sound like such an easy number of books to get through, but when you've got my schedule and my short attention span, 1 book is an impossibility, let alone 10. So, along with being more organised, I'll hopefully be able fit in a ton more reading and not just Vogue or Elle, but actual, edifying books. I'm gonna start with Alexa Chung's 'It', then work my way through Lena Dunham's 'Not That Kind Of Girl' and #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. Any more suggestions?

The Post Christmas Edit

As I sieve through the cluster of cards and random gifts on my desk, I meet a sudden thought that Christmas is basically over already. The festive and joyful build up full of street markets, crammed shops and decorations galore have all become a mere memory. Sorry to sound depressing, I myself can't believe how fast this year has come around, and how Christmas has frantically passed me by; it's almost the new year! Is it just me or has Christmas been a tad quick and underwhelming this year (or am I just getting old?)? Never the less, I have been so excited to share my Christmas highlights, which are my two favourite gifts. I am so blessed to have received a generous amount from my family and friends and by no means am I boasting; every gift was an amazing surprise and I am truly thankful. 

Weekend Update #5

The four day countdown has begun, we are so close to Christmas now people. I really love this time of year because some of the best films come out, we experience some the most amazing events in Fashion like the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the British Fashion Awards or the Chanel Metiers d'Arts Show and everyone (mostly) is just that little bit happier. As usual, my Sunday post is all about the blogs, films, music and fashion I've discovered and loved this week, and it's the second to last one of 2014. Just let that sink in.

Blog of the Week:


Hear from the blogger herself: 

 "My blog is pretty much an online diary/mood board for me. I like to post quotes, fashion pics, food pics, travel pics and anything that motivates me. I also use it to write down my feelings when I am feeling low, because as I grow older I realise that I shouldn't have to be afraid of sharing anything that I'm feeling and I hope that other people who read my blog unknown that they are not alone as well. I used to be more active with posting but then life got too busy. It has only been recently that I have wanted to invest more time into this blog and I guess for me, it is also a good reminder to sit back and remember all the good things in life."

Film of the Week:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

This movie is the very last of the films based on the legendary book series by J. R. R. Tolken. if you're not familiar with the Hobbit or it's predecessor The Lord of the Rings then I suggest you look into watching them or reading the books, they're seriously good. A lot of people would say they're too long and a waste of time but I being a huge fan of the fantasy genre, loved them. This final movie was the best of the three; it was emotional, action packed and worth every minute. The cast is brilliant including, Orlando bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, and of course Sir Ian Mckellen. I highly recommend you go and see it while it's out.

Music of the Week:

Nicki Minaj - The Pink Print

Miss Minaj is everywhere right now. She's in films, TV shows and Award Shows headlining with her multi platinum songs of this year. I have been a huge fan of Nicki for many years and I am thoroughly impressed with her third studio album 'The Pink Print'. It has a variety of up beat and inspirational songs with some slower, more heart felt tunes. It's in my opinion some of her best work yet and you should definitely check it out if you haven't already.


Look of the Week:

Candice Swanepoel at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show After Party

As you may know, I'm an avid follower of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show as well as a huge fan of the brand, and this years Fashion Show was just as amazing as the previous years shows. Right after the show there is always a star studded after party that showcases some of the best fashion of the year. Candice Swanepoel, one of the Victoria's Secret Angels and a beautiful South African fashion model, graced the London pink carpet in this gorgeous dress. 

I loved it; it's simple yet breathtaking and accentuates her beautiful figure in all the right ways. I wish I had a dress like this!
What did you think of this weeks weekend update? What are your favourite things right now?

Keep Skin Smooth and Nourished During Dry Winter Months

One of my pet peeves about skincare, and probably one of yours, is how dry and difficult my skin can be during winter. I for one always have to change things up in my skincare routine to ensure my skin doesn't become too dry and start breaking out. If, like me, you're still a little unsure how to change your routine and help your skin cope during winter, then this post is for you. 

I am so happy to be able to collaborate with the wonderful Chelsea Mason from Pure Skin Tone and put together a great plan to combat the skin issues you may face during winter. I'm definitely no expert on these things, all I know is more ways to spend your money (typical), so Chelsea has devised some wonderful tips to introduce into your daily routine and I'm here to share my top five products that I love to use to rehydrate and repair my skin during winter.




Benefit They're Real Mascara & Push Up Liner | Review



This is my very first mascara review on my blog and boy am I excited to do it. I couldn't have dreamt of a better mascara to review for the first time, this stuff is magic. I was lucky enough to visit a beautiful Sephora store in France during a short trip there (you can see the post here), and I found this amazing deal for just €25! The package is known as the 'Real Steal' and contains the infamous 'They're Real' Mascara, the 'Push-Up' Liner along with a handy eye makeup remover too. What a steal! As far as I know this set is available in all major beauty stores and the price doesn't really fluctuate. So lets get on to the review!

My Christmas Wish List

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season so far, whether you're the party planner, the cook or the gift organiser; this is definitely the most exciting time of year for a lot of us. I am so shocked at how fast the year is flying by, it's almost 2015 and Christmas is just around the corner. The joy of gift giving is amazing, but you've got to think of yourself sometimes and I for one have a few items (that may be an understatement...) that I am lusting after this Christmas.


Real Techniques Core Collection £20.99 / CATSEYE Lips Nail Files £2 / Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Textured Leather Tote £950 / Chanel Assouline Books £50 / Anya Hindmarch Makeup Patent Leather trimmed Cosmetic Case £195 / Pure Seduction Layer and Love Gift Set $14.40 / Kate Spade Cedar Street Nisha Purse £145 / Prada Key Holder £150 / Alexa Chung It £11.89

Fashion Feature Friday #9 | The 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show



Woman Crush Wednesday #3 | Charlotte Riley

It really wasn't difficult for me to decide on this week's Woman Crush Wednesday. Charlotte Riley, the most gorgeous, talented and down to earth woman, is a true inspiration and a role model for me. You may know (it's really pretty difficult not to) that I have an indescribable affinity towards her husband, Tom Hardy, but that doesn't take anything away from my admiration for Charlotte (I promise). I am delighted to share some of her best looks, red carpet appearances and reasons why she is one of my heroes.



My Favourite Deals This Black Friday

Hello everyone! I hope you're all having a great weekend. As you know (it's impossible not to) there are some immense reductions in practically all the stores and websites right now because of a little thing called Black Friday. Luckily for us, this doesn't just apply to Friday, it applies to the weekend too, and sometimes even Monday. When sales like these come around I always tend to buy the same things since winter is coming and all the trendy stuff is a little bit more affordable. These are some the fashion and beauty items that are great for the season and at amazing prices this weekend. Don't miss out!

My fashion choices this year are all from Urban Outfitters, by far one of my favourite clothing stores. They have some amazing deals on right now, and these items are perfect for winter, and matched correctly they can so chic. 


Une Bonne Journée | My Trip To Poitiers, France

As you know from my previous post I had to spill the beans about my visit to Sephora first; I got back and couldn't resist it! But as you can imagine (although I'd have loved too) I didn't visit Sephora more than once on my 3 day trip, and I did make a few more stops along the way. If you're a foodie like me then you'll know that France is of course one of the Food capitals of the world and in my opinion one of the best cuisines ever. We only ate in one restaurant sadly but we ate there twice; it was that good that we came back the next day and got a free bottle of wine in return! So today I'm going to share with you some more pictures that bring to life my 3 day experience of Poitiers and hopefully make you want to take a trip there too!


Poitiers, France

My Trip to Sephora in Poitiers, France | Travelling Beauty

You may or may not know this (if you're a regular reader then you will know this) but Sephora is my favourite shop for beauty and skincare. My life is not complete without it! During my wonderful trip to Poitiers France (which I will tell you more about in another post), I had the pleasure of visiting their new store which has only recently opened up in the bustling university city centre. If you've never been to Sephora or don't feel the need to (which is crazy btw), then I hope I can convert you!

November Skincare Lust List | Loving My Skin this Winter

Hi lovelies! I know that I usually do a combination of beauty products in my monthly lust lists but today I decided to focus solely on my face since there are so many skincare items I desperately want right now. Plus, the cold whether of November is causing me more discomfort than I care to endure and as usual my skin is not liking it. So, for today I am going to share with you my ideal skincare shopping list for the cold weather; when your skin is needing just that little bit more love.



Weekend Update #4

Happy Sunday everyone! We're just about half way through November now and Christmas is looming, I can hear the bells ringing in the distance. Whilst everything is becoming rather festive, my life and probably many of yours, is still very busy but luckily I was able to find al little time for a bit of relaxation. As usual here are my favourite blogs, Film, TV and style of this week. Enjoy!

Blogs I've loved this week:

Break Free Girl 


Woman Crush Wednesday #2 | Emma Watson

People of my generation remember Emma Watson from a very early age as a loquacious, intelligent, confident girl who grew to become a woman of great influence and admirability. I have so much love and respect for Emma it's unreal, and I knew I had to do a Woman Crush Wednesday just for her. Not only can she be commended for her work in sexual equality and an ever increasing talent for acting, but in case you hadn't noticed she's kind of becoming a style icon. Her look is always fresh, youthful and stunning; even more reason to love Emma Watson.



In terms of Emma's Makeup and hair styles she can never go wrong in my book. Her hair is always in perfect form to suit the occasion and the same can be said for her makeup. She never over does it; just the right amount to create a stunning, sophisticated look.

Weekend Update #3

Hello everyone! I hope you've all had a good week and are enjoying the rest of your Sunday. Today as always I am in the mood to share my favourites of the week in music, tv, film, blogs and style. Don't forget to let me know what was significant about your week too, I love reading your comments! 


Blogs I've loved this week:

Here are a few words from Eymi:


'Eymi Adrianza, a 24 year old Venezuelan girl, lawyer with a huge passion for Fashion and Beauty, running a bilingual blog named A Voyage True Fashion about Fashion, Beauty and Photography that wants to show how to always look on point for every occasion but keeping it simple and budget friendly!'

The Beauty Department | Winter Makeup Wishlist

There's only a few things I actually love about winter; the fashion, the food and of course, the makeup! The cold may be uncomfortable, staying indoors may be boring, but being able to transition into the wintery trends is often very enjoyable. As well as a slight (who am I kidding; a huge) wardrobe change, I am loving the new colours and shades of makeup that are perfect for the wintery weather.



Weekend Update #2

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your all having a good day so far, and had a great Halloween, I know I did! This week has been filled with new things, new sounds and a few tears actually. But you'll find out why in a minute. Feel free to share your weekly experiences in comments below and tell me what you think I've mine too. Let's get going.

Blogs I've loved this week:

To Style With Love


Le Blog de Betty


Fait Baum


Fashion Feature Friday #8 | Honey & Betts Style Feature


Well what have we here? Another collaboration that I am thrilled to share with you guys. I have had the privilege to work with Ryanne and Hannah from the wonderful (and I mean amazing) blog Honey & Betts on a style feature for this weeks Fashion Feature Friday. They've also done a phenomenal feature of me on their blog which you can see here. All the outfit details (which you will definitely want to note) will be below. Enjoy!



















Outfit Details: Burn Out Tee shirt from Aritzia // High Waisted Jeans from American Apparel // Leather Wedges from Lucky Brand Jeans


This look is chic, fashionable, yet comfortable and can easily be donned with your favourite piece of jewellery or hair accessory. I would definitely wear this!

I am so happy to have worked with Ryanne and Hannah from Canada, they are some of the nicest most down to earth people I've ever come across in the blogging community, so I urge you give them some love over at Honey & Betts and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin', you're definitely going to want them in your life.

Enjoy your Friday guys and Happy Halloween!
                 

Guest Post | Taslima’s Take on the A/W 2014 Makeup Trends

Hey lovelies! Today I have the privilege of sharing a post written by the wonderful Taslima from The Little Things in life and I highly recommend you head over to her blog; it's brilliant! So, without further ado, here's Taslima's post:


Hey there everyone! I’m Taslima over at the little things in life.  I was given the opportunity by the lovely Jessica to share a post with her lovely readers! I thought I’d do something along the same lines as what Jessica wrote for me. So today I will be sharing my take on the autumn winter 2014 makeup trends and showing you how I’ve adapted it to suit me! Here’s a picture of how the look turned out! Unfortunately my camera isn’t the best quality so it hasn’t picked up the makeup very nicely!


Weekend Update #1

I hope everyones having a relaxing, enjoyable Sunday. Another hectic week has gone by with a whole host of new discoveries to share with you all. I've started reading a ton of new blogs and listened to some new music that I just love. So enjoy a Sunday roundup of the favourites, discoveries and other interesting things the week has brought me.

Blogs I've loved reading this week;

Styled By Noosh

Simimaus

The Daily Savant

Topcoat Fashion


Music Musings of the week;

Iggy Azalea - The New Classic


What a phenomenal album! Talk about unexpected. Since the single Black Widow came out I've always loved Iggy's sound (I know a lot of people find her annoying), so I was expecting an album in that style, but no, it was totally different to what I thought I'd hear. She's stayed true to her inspirations, her life, her loves and her style which has come out as a fantastic record that I just can't stop listening to. 

Autumn Empties Collection | All Used Up.



It's that time again, a round up of all my empty products of the season. It takes me a while to use stuff up, I don't know how people do a substantial empties collection every month, I'd have practically one product! Anyway, now I can finally share with you the products I've used up and whether I'd buy them again. Let's get started!

Outfits for every occasion with the Mallzee App | Tech Talk

 Mallzee

Recently I started using the Mallzee app to get some new, inspiring ideas when choosing outfits for all kinds of events and outings.  I'm a big iphone and ipad user so I always keep an eye out for apps that will help me day to day for fashion, beauty, lifestyle and everything else. Mallzee has definitely helped me find some great new outfit ideas and pieces with a ton of brands to choose from and has given me inspiration for quite a few outfits so far. With Mallzee it's all about sharing your style, creating new outfits and discovering whats out there. For today's Tech Talk, I am going to share with you a range of outfits hand picked by Mallzee to suit my style and preferences for a bunch of different occasions. Enjoy!

Girls Night Out

If you're going to a party, going clubbing or celebrating with friends you need something a little more glamorous, glitzy and something that shows off your best features. A clutch won't hurt either. 

Fashion Feature Friday #7 | Paris Fashion Week

      Well, well, well, we've finally arrived at Paris, the last destination of all fashion weeks this season and as you may know my favourite city in the world (situated in my favourite country no less). I am proudly writing this, beaming from cheek to cheek because I get to finish this season on a real high note and see the last of my favourite designers, as well as discover some knew ones that showcased in Paris during these 8 days of fashion paradise. Sorry about the delay, I had to wait to get a new computer and before I knew it fashion feature friday had passed, so I had to wait another week to show you guys my favourites! So, without any further ado, here are my favourite collections from Paris Fashion Week 2014 for Spring 2015!



Day 1 - September 23rd 

Gareth Pugh


To see the rest of Gareth's collection click here.

Woman Crush Wednesday #1 | Jennifer Lawrence

For my very, very first woman crush wednesday here on A So Called Beauty Blog I've decided to feature one of my idols and a woman who has inspired me to be brave, confident and love who I am. Jennifer Lawrence is not only one of my favourite actors of all time, but she's also enviably beautiful and full of life. Below I've included some of my favourite looks that she's done and some magazine covers that are to die for.

New & Noteworthy | Public Nuisance

They're provocative, exclusive and just the right amount of controversial to attract your attention. They pick on the past, present and the irrelevant, but what makes them so unique is that Public Nuisance is not just a t-shirt brand, it's a movement of expression and personality; it's your unheard voice. I am delighted to share with you a new brand straight from London, where the culture thrives through music, art, fashion, politics and most importantly individuality. Public Nuisance draws it's influences from the strands of society and life that are ever changing and always thought provoking; and I love fashion when it makes a statement but doesn't have to be fluorescent yellow to do so. 

Words can be as loud as you like, history can be remembered how you like and your t-shirts can do the talking 'wear your thoughts on your chest'. If you're like me and love the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, but also get rather thrilled when you make a controversial statement that gets people talking then I highly recommend joining the Public Nuisance Community. Take a look and decide for yourself. 

Fashion Feature Friday #6 | Milan Fashion Week 2014


   When I think of Milan, I think of beautiful Italy and it's idyllic landscapes and surroundings; the cobbled streets with a mesmerising vintage feel, and the mouthwatering food sold at every street corner. That's part of the reason I love Italy and everything about it. What else do I love about Italy? The fashion, the trends and the streets filled with some of the chicest looking people you'll ever meet right in it's fashion capital Milan. Go and see for yourself, or visit Vogue's Milan fashion page. You can find some of the most unique designers and stand out collections in Milan and it opens my eyes to some amazing inspirations every time. Milan is my muse. Sadly I've never been to Milan before, but having been around the outskirts of it, I could just sense how much beauty was further to come. Today is all about my favourite collections from this iconic fashion week in this iconic fashion capital. Enjoy!

September Beauty Favourites


     Making new discoveries in the skincare and beauty department is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a beauty addict, but I also really enjoy buying products that other people have loved and loving them too. My little selection of beauty favourites this month are mostly the result of recommendations, trials or things I know I'll love (Victoria's Secret as a prime example here). I just adore being surprised by a product I really didn't expect to like, and actually loving what it does for me, don't you? As you get more and more aware of what your skin needs, what scents suit you and what make-up is compatible with your complexion, it gets easier to shop beauty, so this months beauty favourites are sort of the result of that. As I write this I'm listening to Ariana Grande on repeat, so please excuse any unusual words or sentences that don't make sense (music gets me in the mood to write with more passion, but can be a distraction).

Sizing Up The Samples

     I always bang on about how important, helpful and brilliant small (often free) product samples can be in your life. With thousands of products out there selling you a new face, body or whatever else, it's just plain essential to not only explore, but trial products that you may want to buy or have been recommended. I've been recommended so many beauty products, by countless amounts of people who have used them and loved the results they got, so naturally they'd rave about it. However, unless you know for absolute certain that these products will work for you, then there's a danger you'd waste your money (and if it's a beauty product, quite a lot of your money) on a product that's useless to you. 


Fashion Feature Friday #5 | London Fashion Week




  I am determined to share all of my favourite looks from every Fashion Week this season, regardless of how long it takes me, because I just love going through them all. London is very close to my heart given that it is my place of birth, so it's great to show you the Fashion that was showcased straight from home. There are endless amounts of new designers coming out with fantastic new ideas, and ones more familiar to us taking our breaths away as usual. We may not be in the 'frow' but I like to think one day it could be possible for any one of us. But in the mean time we can take inspiration from the innovative designs displayed this year. So here are my favourite collections from London Fashion Week 2014 for Spring 2015;

When In France | Additions to the Skincare Cabinet

    If you were to ask me where the best place is to buy beauty products, I would always say France, without a doubt. So far I've not found one product that I was looking for that I couldn't locate and we all know how hard France is to navigate! France is filled with countless Sephora stores, but on top of that their French pharmacy brands are super special. So todays post is all about what you need to stock up on if ever you make a trip to France, the most beautiful country in the world in my opinion, but also the best place to be for anyone with even the slightest beauty obsession.

   The two most prominent brands I've loved from France are La Roche - Posay and Nuxe. After using Nuxe's Reve De Miel lip balm I was blown away and fully understood the hype immediately. It contains Honey, Grapefruit essence and Shea Butter as well as countless other vital ingredients. They're spot with their formula and have been for the last 20 years. As for La Roche - Posay, I don't think I stop raving about this brand at all; the Effaclar range is simply excellent and works so well with my skin, and the coveted toner Serozinc is just as brilliant as everyone says. The one downside though is that it's not available in the UK, so a trip to France has just become even more necessary.


Hydrating Toners | What are they?


When you've just got to grips with the concept of a 'Toner', the idea that there's more than one type can be quite annoying and rather confusing. But believe me there's no need for the confusion; once you know what's what, then you'll be just fine. As you may know skincare is super important to me, so I made it my mission to know what I'm putting on my face and why. Also admittedly, I hate missing out on products especially in the skincare department, so my immediate response to there being more than one type of toner was 'where can I get one, now!' 

Fashion Feature Friday #4 | New York Fashion Week 2.0


      Welcome to the second edition of my New York Fashion week series where I'm going to show you my remaining four days of favourites. I was absolutely blown away by the first four days, but then completely mind blown by days 5-8. There was definitely more to see later on in the week; I suspect they left the best until last. Either way I was so impressed by the work showcased here and I'm so sad it's all over and done with already. Luckily, I'll be going through my favourite London Fashion Week collections next week, so we get to relive those great moments again too. 

Lets get started with days 5-8 of NYFW;

Tommy Hilfiger (Day 5, September 8th)



My Love of Vogue | Sober Obsessions

       For today's post I thought I'd go back to the basics and talk about my love of Vogue. Now, for a magazine that's been going since 1892, published in over 20 countries, it's become one of those legendary icons of the fashion industry along with other legends like Coco Channel and Louis Vuitton. It's tempting to love it just because of it's history and it's infamous links with some of the worlds most influential figures in fashion, but there's more than just it's history to love it for. 

      Vogue sees fashion as it should be seen; an art form to be celebrated and adored. That includes photography, modelling, make-up artistry and styling as well as the obvious clothing designs. It treats you like you know you're stuff (even if you don't) and holds it's readers in such a high regard from the word go. I know this may sound crazy, but ever since I started buying Vogue way back in 06' I haven't gotten rid of a single issue. Not one. And I'm a frequent buyer. I'm young and I'll be the first one to say that I don't know a lot about Vogue's history, or the history of fashion for that matter, but I did feel a hell of a lot more informed once I started reading it, and I don't regret developing this slight obsession.

      Below I have deconstructed the latest issue of Vogue (Cara Delevingne happens to be rocking the September cover) and shown you some (there are many more) of the best parts to feast your eyes on. For those of you who are like me and read almost every issue (unless we're somehow hospitalised), then you'll know what's to come, but for Vogue newbies, welcome to my heaven.


Believe it or not Vogue never used to feature models or actors, or people for that matter, on the cover until the late 1930's. Back in the day (and I mean way back) there was a painting or drawing of an elegant woman in a chic then contemporary outfit, instead of a model in a designer label like Balmain. Vogue has grown up throughout the centuries to what it is now and what you read and see on every page is a piece of history modernised before your very eyes. 

Fashion Feature Friday #3 | New York Fashion Week

      


        New York Fashion week has finally arrived! It feels like so long since we last experienced this highly buzzed about event, and as expected, the world has been waiting in anticipation for this moment. Watching runway shows is one of my many passions; I thoroughly enjoy seeing my favourite models and designers on the runway, but also discovering new ones. It doesn't get any better than that. 

        So for the FFF  #3 I thought it would be great to show you guys what my favourite collections for Spring 2015 have been and what surprises I've found so far from the big names and big designers at this seasons New York Fashion week. Today you'll see my favourite looks from days 1-4 of the runway shows and then next week, I'll be showing you the remaining four days of my favourites, so stay tuned! To show you why I loved these collections so much, I've included my favourite pieces from each one; some will have more, some will have less, depending on how much I loved that particular collection.

So without further ado here are my favourite collections from days 1-4; 

Coach (Day 1, September 4th)



This collection by Coast was a very pleasant surprise for me, because not only have I not heard of them before, but their collection is so unique to anything I've ever seen. It was definitely a stand out collection. I loved the animal themed jumpers and the relaxed, yet extremely chic aesthetic Coast applied throughout the collection for Spring 2015.

To see the rest of Coach's collection click here.
To shop Coast, click here.

The Body Shop Haul


I absolutely love the Body Shop (you may be able to tell), so I had a wander around and couldn't resist all the wonderful smells and colours, not to mention the 3 for 2 offer on make-up and skincare products. If there was one shop I would recommend for some of the best skincare, make-up and body care at amazing prices it would be this shop. As you can see I bought quite a few things from the five or six different ranges they have on offer. 

If you've never shopped at the Body Shop, then here's how the different skincare ranges work; the vitamin E range (light pink) which I especially love, is meant for all skin types; the Tea Tree range (green) is suited to oily, blemish prone skin which my skin can be from time to time; the seaweed range (light blue) is for combination/oily; and the Camomile range is again for all skin types and people who especially love the smell of Camomile, of which I am one of them. These are the ranges I usually purchase, but they also have a Vitamin C range which is for all skin types as a booster when your skin needs a pick-me-up, and the Aloe range is for sensitive skin that needs calming products. I have not tried anything from these ranges yet, but I hope to try them soon. 

Lets get started!

The Beauty Department | Make-up inspirations

     



        One of my very first posts on A So Called Beauty Blog was one where I talked, in detail, about the beauty bloggers and you tubers who inspired me to start blogging and love all things beauty so very much. Well, today is another inspiration share on the women whom I idolise for their abilities in the make-up and beauty department, that sport looks that I only dream of being able to recreate. One day I hope to be able to style myself like these beautiful women, and wear make-up in such a chic, effortless way, but in the mean time I'm just going to look on in envy and awe. 

Fashion Feature Friday #2 | My favourite clothing stores


  Todays FFF is quite special for me, as I finally get to share with you my favourite clothing and fashion outlets that I always buy from and love. Admittedly I don't have the greatest fashion sense in the world; whilst I love the idea of going out in the latest trends, I could easily go out wearing some loose rags of a dull colour just because I feel like it. So since I'm clearly quite lazy, I often rely on clothing outlets to do the trend spotting for me and make me feel good in what I'm wearing. These six fashion outlets are so dear to my heart and are by far my favourites, not only because I love their clothing, but I just feel like they know me, and what I like. I'm sure you feel the same about your favourite shops too. As you can imagine, I wouldn't hesitate to spend a lot of money on their clothes, given the opportunity to (not that I haven't already, even though I really can't afford it). So basically, in an ideal world, I would have a three story wardrobe filled to the brim with clothes and accessories from these six places.




Did you think I could do a post like this without mentioning VS? As well as being my all time favourite lingerie shop, Victoria's secret's clothing ranges have wowed me non stop. I assure you, lingerie is not the only thing they do well, their casual clothes, workout clothes and cute matching sets are any girls dream.




If you're looking for something chic, contemporary and bang on trend, then TopShop is exactly where you need to be. Their clothing is made to be loved, styled and admired. You'll feel so comfortable and fashionable when wearing any piece from their iconic collections. But what's even more exciting is that not only has Kate Moss done 2 collections with TopShop, but now Cara Delevingne has also created an amazing line of clothing with them too. I'm in, are you?


To me Mango is the affordable designer fashion brand that every girl wishes she could just have everything from. Although they show at some fashion weeks, I see them as the Chanel of the high-street; their clothing is smart, trendy yet affordable and always has an air of exclusivity to it. When you see someone wearing their clothing you immediately know it's Mango, and thats why it's a brand you'll love forever.



Asos comes in at a close second on my favourites list and is my go-to fashion savy site for a quick wardrobe upgrade. They know what's trending, they know what girls and guys will love and they always provide the best clothing you can get. Asos clothes are super cool and so versatile, but I especially love the fact that they also sell a ton of stuff from other brands to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Everything you need is all in one place; Asos is your eternally loyal and stylish best friend. 

 Shop Zara

If you can make it around an entire Zara store without drooling a little, I salute you. Perhaps the most designer-like brand I know, Zara is profoundly unique and should have their own slot at every fashion week. They do vintage, they do grunge, they do smart, casual, chic, anything. But they do it the Zara way. If only I could describe what that means, it's just classic Zara. Enough said.

 Shop Urban Outiftters

Lastly, by far my favourite shop of the bunch is Urban Outfitters. I hardly think I'm the only one who has fallen in love with this place, it's just so mesmerising around every corner you turn. There's always a unique twist to their stores, no one shop is the same. Urban Outfitters reminds me of a chic London studio apartment with vintage wood floors and art deco written all over it. They too have something for everyone, but they really love vintage at UA, you'll notice that straight away. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a vintage store buying one of a kind items. On the whole though, I'm definitely a huge fan of all of their ranges and can't wait to see more this Autumn.

P.S. Urban Outfitters also have an awesome blog which you check out here, they cover a wide range of beauty, fashion, culture and cool things they'd like their readers to see.



There's something magical about all these stores that makes me tingle inside with happiness and I've thoroughly enjoyed sharing them with you. Contact me in 10 years and see how I'm doing with that three story wardrobe I have planned, you might be surprised.

Feel free to comment down below about your favourite fashion outlets and what you thought of mine.

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