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Firstly thank you for your lovely comments yesterday on my outfit post, I think judging by the response I will do some more! :-) The weather recently has been really nice and I'm currently still rocking my flip flops and bare legs to work.. however I've heard the sun is meant to fade soon which is a bit rubbish!! Luckily for now where I live I am still experiencing pretty nice weather so fingers crossed it stays like this for a while. Obviously with warm weather there are some things that happen to us that arent that nice.. for one I HATE getting hot feet. Even when I wear my flip flops my feet get a bit too warm and sometimes I even get heat rash on them.. gross and nasty I know! 
However I picked up this little gem which is the body shop peppermint cooling foot spray and oh em gee I do like it a lot! Everyone is raving about face mists at the moment but my focus is on this mist for your feet - Lovely! I have a 60ml bottle and I cant remember how much I paid for it but 100ml retails for a bargainous £5.00. The clue is in the name but this smells very strongly of peppermint (I scent I really like) So if you don't like minty scents then this may not be for you... although saying that the scent doesn't linger for too long on my feet personally (who knows it may stick around for you, hey ho), To be honest your feet are the furthest body part away from your nose so it shouldnt bother you really! 

As for the cooling properties... yes it does cool your feet but its a brief cooling sensation. It's not like you spray this on your feet and then your feet stay chilled for a long period of time. I would say this is more of a quick fix spray to make your feet feel a little nicer.  It does cool down your feet instantly (as soon as you spray) . I'm not sure if this is because the spray itself is cold or if its the menthol from the peppermint or whatever. But once the spray has settled your feet just feel a little more fresh rather than really cool. 

I cant complain, it's a great little spray, perfect to keep in your handbag during these hotter days, for times when your feet are screaming at you for a quick refresh! More people should try it out! You wont be dissapointed!

You can also get 40% off all online orders at The Body shop using the code 40SHOP.  Valid till 4th June.
Delivery is free on orders over £25. 

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Outfit : Lets play dress up.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

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Blazer - Dorothy Perkins
Playsuit - c/o Republic. 
Clutch - Primark
Shoes - Primark

WOW an outfit post... I know what the!? Haha. I want to try and incorporate OOTD's on my blog a bit more and now I have actually found a spot in my garden to take photos then there's no reason why I shouldnt! (I made Tom take the photos, and I think he did a good job but I think to him it's a bit of a pain in the bum ... How do you girls get your other halves to take your photos without moaning at them that they havent taken enough photos? haha.)

 Anyways! This outfit post basically links with my post that I have done for Republic this week on their The Edit blog.. (Did you know I blog for them? Well you do now!)  They kindly sent me this Vila Fulu playsuit to style and I decided to go for a look that could be worn to a wedding/meal out/the races. I did style it for a festival kinda look, but the sun had gone in and I just looked really stumpy so I didnt go down that route! haha. Maybe Ill attempt a festival look another time!

The playsuit is a really lightweight fabric and i looooove the floral print on it.. altho I think in the photo it looks a bit spotty rather than floral! I have some playsuits that are an absolute mission to get out of (Primark I'm looking at you) but because this one has a zip front it's quite 'festival friendly' as I would put it for portaloos! haha. I do love playsuits simply because you can actually wear them all year around. You just have to add tights and a cardigan in the colder months. Result! On a side note does anyone else think that I look as though I'm about to tip over in these photos? I need to learn how to pose! haha. 

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This is one of my little bargains I picked up in TKMaxx a few weeks ago. This convertable color came in a set with two other lip products for the grand total of £7.99... I know right.. total bargain! I had heard a lot about this product but had just never got around to buying one to try out. This offer was one I couldnt miss so I had to snap it up!

I have it in the shade 'Petunia', on first glance I thought it would be a nice warm coral pink. This particular shade comes across as a very bright pink when swatched, which I was slightly worried about. However, that aside, I instantly fell in love with the consistancy, so that grabbed my attention for a bit (distracting me from the surprise colour) It is so creamy! I have a bit of a 'thing' for cream products at the moment. I am favouring them a little more than powders. Anyway.. back to the colour.. Petunia is quite a bright pink shade, however with it being slightly sheer it means you can build up the colour depending on how intense you want it, which is a bonus in my book, meaning it can be suitable for all skin shades. If you are super pale I would recommend being light handed with it though!

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In the above photograph I wore it lightly on both my cheeks and lips. As you can see that with a light hand you can get that pretty flushed look, It's nice to know that if I wanted to, I could make a bigger statement by being a bit more heavy handed with the covertable color do make the pay off more intense. It's  a beautiful shade on the lips, however quite drying so I highly suggest that if you do use it as a lip colour, ensure your lips are exfoliated and well moisturised before hand. I found slapping on a little bit of lipbalm beforehand was helpful.

I did find that the colour faded ever so slightly throughout the day which was a bit of a shame as I had heard such great things about their staying power..however like I previously said, I didn't actually use that much product on my cheeks. Maybe if I had used a little more it would have lasted that little bit longer. It will be something I'll have to experiment with when I next wear it.

I would be interested in trying some of the other shades avaliable. If you have a different shade, would you recommend it? Let me know in the comments. And for those wanting to try it out, try browsing your local TKMaxx or you can buy them online here. Retailing at £16 each.

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This is a debate I have in my head quite often. I love how classy and elegant a French Manicure on your nails looks. Whenever I have it on my nails I instantly feel very grown up and professional! It's the go to manicure for your wedding day.. which is something I have been thinking about a lot recently (I'm on a bit of a wedding planning overload at the moment!) But I am umming and ahhing about it as I also like a nicely painted nude nail too!

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With both styles you can play it safe or inject a bit of personality, which I think is really important at your wedding! You make an effort for your day to be 'totally you' so why stop there and continue further all the way to your nails!  By playing it safe you can go for a classic frenchie or choose a very pretty nude shade to paint on your nails. Both really simple styles which are both really easy to do yourself and take no time at all. They are also the 'done Manicure for your big day.  However there is that part of me that would love to edge away from the classic style and do something a bit different...

I could have the option to have some pretty patterns along with the classic french manicure as pictured above. I do think this can look quite pretty if done tastefully. Sometimes I see designs and just think 'Argh! You've ruined a perfect manicure right there!' But tiny little floral accents do look quite nice I admit! Then on the other hand with a basic nude base to play with you can add a bit of sparkle! Its your day to be a princess.... and just show me a princess that doesnt have something on her thats sparkling! I do like the use of glitter on top of a nude manicure. I think it looks really pretty! Theres just the little niggle in the back of my mind... is it tacky!? Argh I dont know!!

I know I have plenty of time to decide but I just thought I'd do this little post to see what you all think.  Maybe you think its a terrible idea to steer away from the norm, or perhaps you are staring at your screen saying 'SPARKLE! Leanne go for the sparkle!' haha. Who knows! Let me know your thoughts in the comments! :-)

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1. What's your favourite part of blogging?

I love the fact I have made so many friends through the art of blogging. The girls who can completely relate to you when you cant decide between two nail polishes that, to any 'normal' person are identical but in the Beauty blogging world they are completely different, so you must get them both.  You girls won't judge the fact I only popped to Boots for toothpaste and returned home with a bag full of beauty goodies. We have an understanding! I also love the fact that I have this little piece on the world wide web where I can share my thoughts and opinions and maybe even influence others in some way whether it be something I say or a review on a product. It's pretty cool tbh!


2. Is there something you dislike about blogging?

I think this will be a common answer with most of you all but its the bitching and silly little arguments that happen every so often. And that is all I will say on the matter! ha.


3.  What are your favourite posts to read?

I like all kinds of posts to be honest. I follow such a big range of blogs. Some fashion based, others beauty based, and then there's a few lifestyle ones I follow too.  What's in my bag & Storage posts are always nice to read (who doesnt like to have a nose!) I also love general lifestyle posts where I can get to know more about the blogger has been up to and get an insight to their personality!


4. What is your favourite post on your blog?

I couldnt possibly choose! I like all my posts. I'll switch this around and ask you guys... What is your favourite post on my blog? :-)


5. What beauty product/ fashion item do you want to purchase due to reading another persons blog?

Everyday I find something new I would like to purchase all because of reading other peoples blogs! Sometimes its a makeup item, sometimes a handbag (this happens often) or even items of clothing. I honestly couldnt narrow it down to one thing! I recently got a tax rebate so I may treat myself to a couple of items from Zara soon. A lot of people seem to be blogging about the brand recently and Im discovering more items online that I want!


So there you go, some quick fire questions for you!
I tag everyone who reads this! Tweet me and let me know if you have done it so I can have a read!

Much Love

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Outfit : Studs and Collars.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

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Jacket - Miss Selfridge
Shirt - New Look
Jeans - Miss Selfridge
Bag - Zara.

(Yes I am aware my button is undone.. I'm a fatty and just stuffed my face with chocolate by the river)

Just a little OOTD post showing you one of my outfits I wore when in Berlin! Everyone always asks where my jacket is from (Even had someone ask me on the tube once!) and I'm afraid to say I bought it about 2 years ago now from Miss Selfridge! However on the odd occassion I do see that they sell some similar to this one, studs and all, so its always best to keep checking back! 
 
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Travel : Berlin #2

Monday, 21 May 2012

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Another batch of photographs from our Berlin trip. Yes, theres my Ampelmann bag with my notebook inside (too cool). I had to take the snap of all the bikes. Yes a lot of people have cars in Berlin but I would image that the trams/underground or bikes would be the top way to travel about the city. I dont think we walked down any road that didnt have a bike chained up somwehere!

We took a trip to the East Side Gallery (read about it here) It was really interesting walking along the wall, checking out all the different bits of art. Some of the sections were unspoilt.. others unfortunately had been defaced with graffiti. It was nice to see a variety of artists work though. We made sure we had a photo taken together infront of the infamous car through the wall painting.
When you got to the center of the 'gallery' There was a little souvinier shop where you could get your passport stamped with a checkpoint charlie stamp, Tom likes all things tack (ha) so we paid to get ours stamped! Who doesnt love a bit of tack while on holiday!
I still have some more photos to go through so look forward to another post! :-)

Much Love

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30 Lipsticks... and I'm sure there are some missing here! I never used to wear lipstick until I started blogging...and to be honest by the looks of things in this photograph this is still the case. Too many of these go neglected after the first few wears. Its actually ridiculous when I think about it.. all that wasted money. After my mini (unplanned) spree in boots last weekend where I purchased two more lipsticks I realised its time to start buying less but wearing more...the same goes for the rest of my products in my collection but I really do need to show my lipsticks more love and stop buying them! Im sure we are all guilty of this, we cant resist that 3 for 2 offer in boots, or a buy one get one free deal. Time to look away from the suposed 'money saving' deals and actually start using the products I am buying!

I dont really know why I decided to write this post... I guess its just a little 'note to self'/reminder post. If I make the fact I hardly use lipstick but own a lot, public in the blogging world, maybe it will guilt me into using them all more!

Are any of you also guilty of this? Maybe not lipstick but another item? Let me know in the comments!

Much Love


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It's becoming apparent that recently serums are becoming more and more popular with beauty bloggers! When I was offered the opportunity to try some Yves Rocher products I figured it would be a great chance to try some serums and see what all the fuss was about.  I was kindly sent a full sized bottle of the Yves Rocher Culture Bio Energising Serum to try. Most mornings I do need a little bit of a pick me up (who doesn't on a weekday when you have to get up at 6:45 to get ready for work) The Yves Rocher Energizing Serum is great for 'waking up my skin' before I apply my makeup in the mornings.
It's herbal peppermint scent is a really nice bareable for me which is a big plus, as sometimes I try products and the scent is just too much for me, however this one isnt too overpowering which is good. (especially when you are applying it so early in the morning.) The product is housed in a glass/ceramic bottle with an easy grip pipette to distribute the product. A little goes a long way, you only need a pea sized amount to cover your entire face. The serum itself is quite a milky colour but applies clear and sinks in quickly.
Admittedly I don't use this serum every day, however on the days where my skin is feeling and looking a bit drab I make sure I use it in my routine to give me that little refreshing pick me up I need!  It does retail for £18.20 on the Yves Rocher website, which understandably may be a bit pricey for some. I do like it and it does make my skin feel fresher and look a bit brighter after using it which i do like, I havent seen any difference in the appearance in my skin in the long term, but I havent used it as regularly is you are probably meant to. Maybe with continued use I may see some difference. I'll be sure to give you a little update on that!

Have you tried any Yves Rocher products before?

Much Love

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Some cheeky purchases.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

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So this is what happens when you go into town to meet a friend...... your friend has to go and you decide to browse! I literally used my last £20 to buy all this , thankfully I get paid this Friday! I also blame reading blogs and watching Youtube videos for this little splurge (Can you call it a splurge when you spend £20?)

The other day I was watching Louises beauty haul video, while watching all I could think was 'Her makeup looks really nice in this video' Then she mentioned that the products she had been using were the new BB Cream and primer from Loreal. Now I hadnt delved into the BB Cream fad before but it was something that interested me and I dont have a primer at the moment so I thought why not! Boots had a deal on where you could both of them for £14 rather than paying the £9.99 each so I figured it was a decent deal and swiftly added them into my basket.

The 17 mirror shine lipsticks were not something I planned to get, however after picking up the Loreal products I headed over to the Advantage card machines to have a look if I had any coupons that I could use... I was offered one coupon where I would earn 200 extra advantage card points if I spent £20...(so I knew I needed to spend a little more cash) Clicking through the other offers, I found one which was buy one get one free on the mirror shine lipsticks... Beehive was a favourite of mine (its actually the only lipstick I have ever finished!) So I figured, why not pick it up again and try out another shade.... which in this case was Belle.
I was still under the £20 mark so I picked up a new hand sanatizer as I had run out and then a bottle of coke... Meaning that after all my coupons were put through the till and the offers validated my total came to £20.29. I saved myself £11ish according to my reciept which I was pretty happy about!

I always forget to check my offers with the advantage card machines. Thinking about it I have probably missed out on some really good deals in the past by not doing so! I will def be making sure I check my coupons on those machines before I shop next time!

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Ahh, the current 'It' bag. I'm sure if there was a mass blogger meet up around now there would be a fair few girls rocking up with this bag on their shoulders! At £19.99 it is a complete steal, for such a lovely bag, its clear it would be a firm fave amongst bloggers....or anyone for that matter! I actually saw this bag way back in March when Kat did a blog post on hers. I knew I had to have it.
I had actually been on the look out for a grey slouchy bag for a while. I nearly bought a suede one from Next, but then realised that paying £70 for a simple grey bag was a bit crazy for me, so when this twenty quid number made an appearance, I knew it wouldnt be long till I would be carrying my belongings around in it!

From what I have heard (well read) on twitter, some people have found that it loses its shape quite quickly, others have had a problem with dye from their jeans rubbing off and staining the bag. (This does annoy me when it happens!) Personally I dont have a problem with the bag losing its shape. I do feel that the image on  the Zara website doesnt really give the best impression of this particular bag. It makes it look a lot lighter than it is in person and a lot more structured. Has anyone else thought that too?

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I think a lot of people also had a problem with the strap, it is pretty thin which means it may not be able to withstand a heavy bag. I havent come across this problem yet.. maybe I'm just not carrying enough stuff around with me! Another common comment is about the strap being too long. I never wanted to use this bag as a messenger bag and more of a 'handbag'. So when I saw that it had two buckles on the strap I knew I would be able to adapt it to my needs! All I did was simply undo one of the buckles and feed the strap through so it met with the other end. Then fastened it as normal using the furthest hole away (This is such a awful description but you can see what I mean from the photo I took above!) To 'hide' the extra bit of strap I just feed it through the ring at the bas and then leave the excess hanging in the bag. If you have the bag.. you will see what I mean! Oh actually if you look on the right of the first picture you can see where I thread it through!  

If you havent already gone and bought this bag then you can do so here. Yes you can completely blame me for making you spend money. :-)

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I have just got in from meeting a friend and then having a browse in town and I had to share this news with you. If you follow me on twitter, you will have already seen me tweeting about my find. While browsing Debenhams, waiting for my friend to be customer free on the benefit counter (she never was so I looked at the handbags for a LOOOOONG time) I saw this bag and thought 'OMG Thats my Modalu Pippa bag, but cheaper!' So I thought I would share with you the Modalu Pippa Dupe I found. 

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Modalu Pippa on the left, copy/dupe on the right

So I snapped these photos (I was getting watched by a member of staff, I must have looked like a crazy person) As you can see these two bags are near identical. The same zip pockets on the front, The same 3 zipped compartments inside, The same grab handles, same gold hardware.... HELLO Blatent rip off of the Modalu Pippa! I actually found this bag in two sizes. As you can see from the photos above the £59 one is the exact same size as my bag. Really roomy and has all the same compartments for a fraction of the £195 price tag the Pippa has on the Modalu website.
I then went and had a browse upstairs as I was still waiting for Robyn to be free on her counter and came across the bag again so I decided I wanted to take another picture, when doing so, i realised this was a bigger version..

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This one is £65, a little bit more expensive than the other one from downstairs.. but still a lot cheaper than an actual pippa bag. Depending on how much stuff you carry around with you would depend which would be better for you. There are two differences between the Jasper Conran versions and the Modalu version... The JC ones are not real leather and they dont come with a shoulder strap whereas the Modalu is leather and does have a detachable shoulder strap.

Just like the original Pippa, this bag does actually come in a range of colours. I can only find the £65 versions online but you can get it in Black, Navy, Natural, White & Light Tan. I would suggest having a look instore if you wanted to get the smaller version. I will keep an eye on the Debs website though incase they are on there.

I'm so glad I discovered this today as I know there are a fair few of you that really want the Modalu bag but the price tag is a little off putting! Happy shopping! :-)

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Last Sunday, Tom and I packed our bags and headed off to Berlin for a couple of days. Tom and I realy like going on city breaks, Late last year we went to Rome for a few days and then also Dublin (Where Tom popped the question!) and next on our hit list was Berlin. We actually bought our deal through Groupon. This was basically the hotel deal and then we had to sort out our flights seperately, It didnt cost that much for return flights with Easy Jet but obviously prices will vary depending on destination and time of year!

We packed in a lot over the few days we were there. Lots of walking (poor feet) and lots of travelling on their underground trains getting from A-B. We have quite a few photos to go through so this will be an on going post in stages! I didnt want to bombard you all with a massive photo post!
So  above we have a selection of some of the photos...

Firstly I recommend Lonley planet guide books for anywhere you go away and you want to be a complete tourist and see the sights. We found this really handy, and it came with a pull out map which was also very helpful.
 We had a lovely walk through the park in Tiergarten and saw the Bismark Memorial, then saw the Goverment building, we were going to go in because the glass dome at the top was said to provide great views...however you had to book 3 days in advance to do this.. school boy error. Always check if you need to book things up before you go away! We headed over to the Brandenburg Gate (or as I liked to call it while we were there.. The Battenburg Gate ha) Down the road from this was the Holocost memorial, which was a lot bigger than I expected! Unfortunatly the information center was closed when we went and all the UK info leaflets were run out! I wanted to learn stuff!!
Finally two comedic photographs for you. Some of the traffic crossings had these cool little men instead of your standard Green and Red man. They are actually called the Ampelmann, and there is even a dedicated shop for them! I thought they were hillarious and decided to reenact the pose in some photos as I am such a cool kid (they will be shown in some posts in the future). If you are a Dont tell the bride fan then you will recognise this bar/bike/bus thingymajig from one of the stag dos on an episode in the recent series. Tom and I thought it was pretty cool, and Im sure he was gutted I dont drink beer so we didnt go on it... although it was rather amusing as they rode past and an American guy shouted "Look at that for embaressment on wheels!"...er... ok.

This is just a snippet of our trip, theres more to come so stay tuned! :-)

Much Love
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Get The Look : Mango.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


If you saw my previous post all about the event I attended at the Oracle the other weekend, then you will know that I took a shining to some of the looks that were created. I figured it would be nice to show you some of the other images I captured and be a complete enabler by linking you to the items! I want this multi jumper from Mango so bad! Unfortunately my bank balance wont allow it.... someone buy it & rub it in how amazing it is! ha.

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As you are reading this, I will actually be in Berlin! Yay for being able to schedule posts! I figured I wouldnt leave you hanging on for a blog post as I've been a bit MIA for the past week! (My sister dropped her laptop and messed up her screen...had to sacrifice mine so she could complete GCSE work!) Anyways, I figured it would be nice for you guys to see what I am taking with me to Berlin makeup wise. As i mentioned in my current daily makeup post, I am starting to rotate what I use so items dont get neglected. So I had a bit of a switch up and these are the items I am going to be using on my face while I am away!
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So what do we have....

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel - This is now my 'go-to' bronzer. I honestly don't know how I lived without it! Blends beautifully and works really well for contouring. Obviously as I love it so much I'm keeping it in my routine.

Jemma Kidd Light as Air foundation (Shade 2, Light) - I stopped using this foundation for a while but have decided to return to it, after ELDW was feeling a bit too heavy. I love the finish it gives my skin - Quite dewy, so I decided to show it some love again!

Nars Multiple 'Copacabana' - I havent used this highlighter in a looooong time. More recently I have favoured my No 7 one, so felt it was time to switch it up a bit. I did get this in a set, but still Nars products are pricey so I am trying to use them a little more. It's also a little more travel friendly - Who else has arrived to their holiday destination and found their powders have smashed in transit?! *raises hand*

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara - I received in one of my recent Glossy Boxes. I think it was the Harrods box. I put off using it for ages.. I dont know why.. I then decided to give it a whirl one day last week and instantly fell in love. It makes my lashes look slightly thicker but without a doubt provides me with more length which I love! I could even be tempted to buy it full size when this one is used up!

L'oreal Super Liner, Black Lacquer - I bought this after hearing so many other bloggers rave about it. (Although I think its the Carbon gloss one everyone loves?) At the moment I am trying to avoid liquid liner in the day time, and favour it for the evenings. I realised I can do my makeup for a 'special occassion' but half the time it doesnt look any different to my daytime look. By leaving it out in the day it means it will make more of an impact when I do use it... I'm taking it with me so I can do a more dramatic look if Tom and I decide to go out for dinner or something!

Bobbi Brown pot rouge for lips & cheeks in ' Fresh Melon' -  I bought this when I went to visit Charli in March. If you want to know how much it took to pursuade me to purchase just read the comments in her post. Its a beautiful natural shade and also give s dewy finish, so works well with my foundation.

Estee Lauder Double wear Shadow creme 'Golden Sands' - I got this little pot a couple of months ago and really havent shown it enough love. Its fab as a eyeshadow base to intensify other shadows and also fab on its own for an all over colour. Perfect for those days when you need to do your makeup in a rush...and our trip will be jam packed of touristy things to do, so Im sure I will be having to do my makeup in a rush! :-)

L'oreal Colour Appeal shadow 'Metal Plum' - I bought this on a whim in Superdrug one day after work. I havent used it yet, but I thought it was a really nice shimmerytaupe/plum shade that would be perfect for a dramatic smokey eye..So like I said if Tom and I go out for a nice meal or something I may give this a whirl.. and maybe even use it in my daytime routine, we shall see.  

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L'oreal Rouge Caresse lipstick ' Dating Coral' - I havent used this as much since I bought it.. do we see a pattern emerging here? I buy things and then just put them away when I get home.. THIS NEEDS TO STOP! ha, anyways. I have used 'lovely rose' and I love the look it gives (once its worn off a little, is that weird?) But I need to show this one some love so it is in the handbag!

Mac 'Angel' Lipstick -  A lipstick that does get used often, as you can see! It's just a lovely pink shade to wear on a day to day basis without having to actually think about. Just whip it out of your bag and slap it on! haha.

Ciate lipgloss 'St Barts' - I got this lipgloss free in a magazine at some point last year I think? I remember somone describe it as the ligloss version of Mac Hue. I dont give it enough love..tbh I like the look of lipgloss but to actually wear it, it annoys me. I hate it when my hair blows in my face and it gets stuck! I do have a lot of lip glosses in my collection so Im going to start using them! You cant buy this on the Ciate website, however I have linked you to an ebay page full of them! Yay!

So they are all the makeup items I have with me in Berlin! I could get used to switching around my makeup! I might start making it a 2 or 3 weekly thing! :-)

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 I, along with a few other bloggers headed over to The Oracle shopping centre in reading last weekend to enjoy a day of catwalk shows and get the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes. The Spring / Summer fashion showcase ran over a course of seven days, with a selection of activities you could get involved in. Emmeline offered great style and image advice, giving us tips on how to really bring an outfit to life using accessories or colour. Following that Both Sarah and I had a colour analysis session from Emmeline, to determine what colours suited us. I found these tips really helpful & was great advice to remember for when I next go on a shopping trip. I was told I needed to introduce more colour into my wardrobe.. which is fine by me. I am pretty safe when it comes to clothing and tend to stick to neutrals! You also had the chance of a makeup master class with a girl from Benefit, unfortunately while Sarah and I were there, she seemed to have vanished (probably on lunch, I dont blame her talking about makeup all day is hungry work) So I cant really report on how that went, but I'm sure for those that got to experience it, it was fab.

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Denesha showed us the fashion displays they had placed either end of the Oracle to tie the fashion week theme throughout the complex, with the main catwalk show being in the centre. This was a great bit of visual merchandising by the team, as it meant no matter which side you were entering The Oracle to shop, you would see these display's and be introduced to the event. Being a complete wally, I forgot to take photos, but pinched these from The Oracles Facebook page, so you can see what they were like. I loved all the dresses!
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Getting a sneak peak of what goes on backstage was interesting. For the Make Up and Hair on the female models, we saw quite simplistic bases, with the most minium of makeup, however all the attention was made with their eyes. Flashes of bight liquid liner and dramatic lashes! Hair wise, it was back to the 90's with crimped barnets! I admit, the makeup/hair room did smell a bit of singed hair, those poor girls, I hope they used a deep conditioning treatment afterwards! As for the guys.. well Im sure they had a bit of makeup help here and there, and their barnets were blowdried to perfection.
It was fab to have a sneak peak of the clothes that would be featuring in the catwalk show. There were a few pieces I noticed that I have had my eye on for a while, so it was great to see how someone else would style them. There were also some items that caught my attention, and couldnt wait to see what they looked like on the catwalk. Before we knew it, it was time to take our positions and watch the models strut their stuff down the catwalk.
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Straight in with what I feel is one of the most popular trends at the moment, we saw Pastels courtesy of Zara. The girls looked gorgeously feminine and the guys looking pretty daper in their smart suits.
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Up next we had the section of the show 'turn up the heat' featuring items from Mango & Brother 2 Brother, perfect for summer (If it ever arrives!)  Mango has been a store that has recently made its way onto my radar. Lots of gorgeous clothes at pretty affordable prices!
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Phase Eight and Moss brought us a great collection of bold and bright prints, perfect for the summer! I loved the selection of florals and stripes! 
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Clothing from Bank, we had the 'Urban Cool' section. A great mix of brights, patterns and... coolness! Loved the bright bodycon dresses. Just a shame I dont have the figure to pull them off!
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Keeping with the Urban Cool theme, Republic hit hard with the Americana theme for the show, whereas the guys strut their stuff wearing coloured jeans and motif t-shirts.
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Being a fan of the neutrals, I loved the selection of clothes from Reiss, I picked out some great pieces from the show that I would love to have in my wardrobe!
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French Connection also brought us some great neutral pieces perfect for summer dressing. This was one of my favourite selection of clothes. Loved pretty much everything!
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It was florals galore from Oasis for the 'Garden Party' look. The guys looked great in their outfits from Brother to Brother. Styles that could also fit into the 'festival fix' theme.
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With festival season just around the corner, it would have been wrong not to dedicate a section to it. Lots of sporty but cute styles here courtesy of Gap and Office.
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New Look and Burton also provided some great outfits for festival fashion. Lots of floral pieces for the girls, where as for the guys it was Aztec prints for the guys.
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Hobbs and Moss provided the fashions for the 'Global Traveller' part of the show. Neutrals and animals prints were high on the agenda here. 
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Dorothy Perkins and Burton brought us 'pretty young things' a selection of on trend items with a fresh summery vibe! I loved a lot from this section!
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The Topshop and Topman section of 'mish mash clash' was also a favourite of mine. I loved the bright colours and contrasting prints!

So there you have it, apologies for the photo heavy post. There were some other brands featured in the show, but as my memory card was filled partway through the show I missed capturing some of the other looks! There are a fair few outfits that I havent featured here that I think you would all love, so keep an eye out for a few 'get the look' posts in the future! :-)  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Danesha for inviting me. I had a great time capturing the show and taking a look around! It was really fun!

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