Powder blue Wallis coat

Spring may be a little way off yet but I’m getting into the mood already with this pale blue coat from Wallis. It’s just the right thickness to transition the seasons and would look great with jeans and flats for a casual look, as well as with tailored trousers and heels for the office. I chose to wear it with jeans and heeled boots as that’s the most practical combination for me in this unpredictable wintery weather. I managed to get these photos during a brief spell of sunshine…half an hour later I caught in a hailstorm!

Black leather marks and Spencer gloves

Pale blue Wallis coatCoat: Wallis, jeans: Gap, jumper: Asos, boots: Pied a terre, sunglasses: Missoni.

 

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Orange Asos bug jumper

I bought this Asos bug jumper last winter but this is only the second time I’ve worn it. I love the raised insect embellishments, I think they’re really cute! I’ve acquired quite a collection of motif jumpers over the last 12 months or so…mostly from Asos as there’s always such a great selection. I chose a lighter shade of denim to make the bright orange stand out more, with the berry coloured suede boots for an extra colour boost.

Asos embellished bug jumper

Orange beaded bracelet

Asos bug jumper

Asos bug sweater

Berry suede Office bootsJumper: Asos, jeans: Gap, boots: Office, bracelet: handmade.

 

Are you a fan of quirky knitwear?

 

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  Glamour Beauty Party Edit box

Latest in Beauty have teamed up with Glamour magazine again to create another fantastic beauty box filled with 13 gorgeous party essentials. The range of products and brands included is pretty impressive – there's skincare, haircare, nail polish, makeup and self-tan.

Glamour Party Beauty Edit box

Glamour Party Beauty Edit box contents

As always, I'll save the travel size items for travelling – I like to keep a little stock pile of skincare and hair products for holidays and short breaks. I can never resist swatching the makeup items in beauty boxes and testing out mascara though!

Wild About Beauty eyeshadow Heather

The Wild About Beauty eyeshadow in Heather looks quite purple in the case but when I swatched it I was surprised at how much the brown tones really show through, which makes it much more wearable for me.

Wild About Beauty eyeshadow swatch Heather

Stila eyeliner and Collection mascara

Stila waterproof eyeliner

When it comes to mascaras I've always favoured high end brands, but I've been really impressed by some of the more affordable products just lately, one of which is the Collection Lengthening Mascara in ths box. It has a rubberised wand with really short bristles that catch every lash and separate to give a feathery look. One application gives a natural look but additional coats build up the volume for more impact. Because the bristles are so short it means you can't get too much mascara on the wand so it does take a few coats to achieve anything other than a very natural look, but the advantage of that is the brush doesn't get overloaded and make the lashes clumpy. It's not my favourite drug store mascara but considering the price (£3.99 at Boots at time of writing) it's fantastic value for money. 

The Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner is just fabulous. It's highly pigmented and long-wearing…it really has some serious staying power! It glides on effortlessly without any dragging, and it can double up as a smoky shadow. Brilliant!

Burts Bees lip shimmer stick

The Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer adds a hint of colour while hydrating and protecting your pout…a winter essential to prevent chapped lips. I received Rhubarb, which oddly enough tastes very minty and feels quite tingly on the lips! I wasn't very impressed with the packaging – it twisted up ok but wouldn't twist back down again, and when I applied a little pressure to it I squashed it. Very messy!

 All in all, I'm really pleased with the selection of products in the box. Another great collaboration between Glamour and Latest in Beauty!

 

The contents of the box:

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin hairspray 75ml

Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow (6 variations, I received Heather)

Popband London hairbands (packet containing 2)

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner 20ml each

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer (3 variations, I received Rhubarb)

Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 30ml

Vichy Idealia Life Serum 3ml

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (1 pair)

Lola Nail Polish (2 variants – Stone Grey and Bluebell)

Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel 30ml

Collection Lengthening Mascara

Also included is a 12-month subscription to the iPad/iPhone edition of Glamour discounted by 62% (normally £15.99).

The box costs £16.99 at Latest in Beauty (plus free delivery) but you can now get 20% off by entering the code GLAM20 at the checkout!

 

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H by Henry Holland faux fur scarf Oakwood leather jacket

Despite the freezing cold weather I decided to give my leather biker jacket an outing instead of a thick winter coat for a change. It’s also the first time in what seems like ages that I’ve worn a skirt, albeit with thick black tights…and I was still cold! To give my outfit a pop of colour I wore my new H! by Henry Holland faux fur scarf which I purchased in the Debenham’s sale. I love the bright yellow, even though my husband said it looks like a bumble bee!

modalu-black-leather-bagJacket: Oakwood, scarf: H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams, skirt: Asos, bag: Modalu, boots: Lacey’s of London, necklace: Wallis.

 

What are you wearing to stay warm? Is faux fur a favourite for you?

 

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Liz Earle sale haul

When Liz Earle had a sale recently it was a chance to stock up on some of my favourite beauty products at a discount. After trying the Sweet Orange and Mint Cleanse and Polish Special Edition (you can read my review here) I was regretting not buying the other special editions before they sold out. Luckily the Orange Flower and Chamomile Cleanse and Polish was back in stock, and even better, was on sale for £15.75. Admittedly, chamomile might not be a fragrance to everyone's liking, and this Cleanse and Polish does have quite a strong smell of chamomile, in fact I can't really detect the orange flower at all. Chamomile is known for its relaxing properties, so I use this Cleanse and Polish at night time, and use one of the other versions in the morning. I have to admit that it's not my favourite version of Cleanse and Polish, but it is the perfect night time cleanser, particularly if you take a few moments to breathe in the aroma before applying it to your face.

When Liz Earle launched the bodycare range I received a sachet of the Vanilla and Saffron Silky Body Lotion in the post…I was smitten at first sniff! It has the most gorgeous, warm and comforting fragrance. Containing shea butter and avocado oil, it sinks into the skin effortlessly, leaving it smooth, soft and hydrated. I was really tempted to buy the full size when I first tried it, but at £15.25 it's a luxury item and not exactly purse friendly, so I was really surprised to see it in the sale, along with the matching Creamy Shower Nectar for £16.20 – they usually retail for £28.50 for the pair! I'll be saving these for special occasions to eke them out as long as possible.

The nail polishes have been on my "to try" list for ages but I never got around to ordering any. This trio were on sale for £9, which is amazing value considering they usually cost £8.50 each. There was a set of four darker colours on sale for £13 but I already have lots of dark nail polishes, and with Spring (hopefully) not to too far away I opted for some brighter shades. Moonlight is a very chic and contemporary grey-blue shade. Awakening is a pale salmon pink, the perfect shade for Spring, while Parade is a bright pink with a hint of coral, which would look fabulous with a tan. The Strengthening Nail Colour formula is enriched with avocado and borage oils, which claims to last up to 12 days. I'll be testing these out on my toes to see if they withstand the rigours of running! The cherry on the cake was the free 30ml tube of the original Cleanse and Polish and free delivery!

Liz Earle sale

Liz Earle orange flower and chamomile cleanse and polish

Liz Earle vanilla and saffron body lotion and shower cream

Liz Earle Strengthening nail colour trio

Shades L-R: Awakening, Parade, Moonlight.

 

Are you a Liz Earle fan? What are your favourites?

 

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