Principles black and white stripe skirt

In my last post I said that I hadn’t been wearing skirts much lately due to the practicalities of starting  work early in the morning, so I decided my legs were in dire need of some fresh air and (after making them look a little less pasty with some fake tan) I pulled this fabulous black and white striped midi skirt out of the wardrobe. I bought it some months ago on Ebay but had forgotten all about it until I reorganised my wardrobe. Going through a suitcase full of holiday clothes I also rediscovered a much loved embellished top from Zara which I’ve had for years. Although it wasn’t intentional, the outfit has a certain ’50s vibe to it which I really like!

Principles monochrome skirt Principles stripe skirt and Zara sequin top White Michelangelo bagSkirt: Principles, top: Zara, shoes: Faith, sunglasses: Ralph Lauren, bag: Michelangelo

 

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Asos trousers and M&S black jacket

I haven’t been wearing skirts much lately – when I start work at 6.30am it’s often quite chilly so trousers are the practical option, but rotating black and navy gets a bit boring, so opting for a pair of bright and colourful trousers makes a nice change. These mustard peg leg trousers are from Asos; I buy most of my trousers from Asos, mainly because I like the fit, but also because there is such a wide range of colours and styles. Mustard makes quite a colour statement so I paired the trousers with a black top, jacket and bag. I did contemplate wearing black shoes but these sand coloured sandals give an elongating effect to the legs – and they are very comfortable too!

Asos mustard trousers and black modalu bag

Asos mustard trousers and modalu bagTrousers: Asos, jacket and shoes: M&S, bag: Modalu, necklace: Wallis.

The last time I wore these trousers on the blog I teamed them with purple – which do you prefer?

 

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Asos culottes and lace top

Culottes seem to be everywhere at the moment – open any glossy magazine and I guarantee you’ll find some, and yet they can be a tricky trouser shape to pull off. The shorter, fuller culottes are not really for me (although I never say never!) but a longer ankle-skimming pair can work for most body shapes and look elegant too. A simple top with clean lines works best with a wide leg trouser – minimalism is the key to carrying off this season’s trouser shape.

My basic rule is to match the style of shoes to the cut of the trousers: wedges or flatforms for wide legged trousers, court shoes or sandals for a slim cut trouser.

I tried several tops on for this outfit but in the end I decided that the white Asos lace tee and culottes work well together to create a fresh and summery look. If you’re worried about your legs looking too short in culottes, shoes that add height will counter that effect. I decided to wear my new flatform sandals from Clarks…they add a little bit of height but are also really comfortable. My basic rule is to match the style of shoes to the cut of the trousers: wedges or flatforms for wide legged trousers, court shoes or sandals for a slim cut trouser. I chose a white bag and jewellery to keep the look fresh and simple.

Clarks flatform sandals and Michelangelo white leather bag

Asos white lace top and culottes

Michelangelo white leather handbagTop and culottes: Asos, sandals: Clarks, bag: Michelangelo, sunglasses: Asos.

 

I first wore these trousers on the blog almost three years ago to the day…you can see that post here!

Do you love culottes and if so have you bought any yet? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Blue Zara jacket and Mary portas trousers

If you’re a regular reader of Style Splash you’ll have gathered that I love striped tops. Classic blue and white has to be my favourite colour combination – it has a nautical, fresh feel that works so well for Spring/Summer, which I’ve emphasised with a blue Zara jacket and Mary Portas trousers. I wore this outfit to work so I chose heeled sandals and a smart bag, but it would be a really chic ensemble to wear for a day out sight-seeing teamed with espadrilles and a bucket bag. I quite fancy a little trip to the French Riviera – how about you?

Mary Portas blue trousersJacket: Zara, trousers: Mary Portas at House of Fraser, sandals: Clarks.

 

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May empties Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Last month I came to the end of some truly fabulous products, so good that I’d been trying to eke them out as long as possible. The items I was really sorry to use up were the two Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Limited Editions.  I’d been using the Sweet Orange and Mint in the morning for a zesty and fresh start to the day, while saving the soothing Orange Flower and Chamomile version for night time. I’ve been a fan of Cleanse and Polish for many years now, and while I find it impossible to fault the original version, I can never resist buying the limited editions. Luckily for me (and every other Cleanse and Polish devotee) Liz Earle is celebrating its 20th birthday with some amazing offers, including a limited edition Cleanse & Polish Beauty Trio. The set contains 3 x 100ml pumps in calming Rose & Lavender, zesty Grapefruit & Patchouli and soothing Orange Flower & Chamomile, plus 2 muslin cloths for £35. Too good to resist I reckon!

May empties Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish limited editions

May empties Murad Essential C cleanser

Another skincare system I’m a fan of is Murad’s Essential-C range, which I find works particularly well for me in warmer weather, in fact it made it onto my list of Beauty Essentials for Running. The broad spectrum SPF 30 of the Essential-C Day Moisture provides a good level of protection from UVA and UVB rays, although I like to apply a separate sunscreen on top as well. The eye cream has an SPF of 15, which is a little low for my liking, although I’m never without big sunglasses, even in Winter. I like to use the cleanser after a workout as I find an emulsifying cleanser more convenient to use in the shower than over the sink, and the citrus fragrance is refreshing and energising.

The texture of the Advanced Active Radiance Serum is quite thin and runny, and although it sinks into the skin quickly I didn’t find it particularly hydrating, although it did give my skin an energising boost which complimented the other products in the range. I also used it up very quickly. The Intensive-C Radiance Peel is one of my favourite treatments because it’s so easy to use. You only have to leave it on for up to 10 minutes and it leaves my skin feeling fresher, cleaner and brighter, without the tight shiny feeling you get with some face masks.

I first reviewed Murad’s Essential-C range on Style Splash here.

May empties Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour range

Over the past 18 months I’ve never been without an Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant stick in my makeup bag. I first discovered this amazing lip balm when I bought the Elizabeth Arden Eight Winter Essentials kit. I’ve been quite lucky because I also bought my mum one of these gift sets and she gave me her lip protectant stick, and just as that was running out I bought the Latest in Beauty Dream Box 2 which contained one. It’s an incredibly useful item to have in your makeup bag because in addition to being an excellent lip balm it can be used on scrapes, sore bits and blisters (just remember to apply it with your finger or wipe the stick afterwards!) The hand cream is another high performing product, as you’d expect from this range. Somehow it manages to stay on my hands even after I’ve washed them several times. The fragrance might not be to everyone’s liking but if you can overlook that I’m sure your hands will thank you for slapping this on.

Santuary 30 Day Youth Revolution

The Sanctuary 30 Day Youth Revolution kit and Power Peptide Serum were absolute bargains at just £6 and £5 respectively, which I bought back in October. I have to admit that I wasn’t disciplined enough to use the mask twice a week as advised, but even using it less frequently my skin still felt the benefit. The mask is thick and gloopy which takes 15-20 minutes to dry…then comes the really satisfying bit…peeling it off! Is it just me that loves doing that? Well apparently not as my daughter insisted on doing it for me every time! The mask contains glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells and stimulate renewal. I really enjoyed using this mask, even if it is a bit messy – having a brush included in the kit helps. but even though I washed it out thoroughly after every use it still went hard. The Anti-Wrinkle Activation Serum gave a nice boost of radiance to my skin. Like the Murad serum, it’s quite runny but I didn’t need to use loads so it did last quite well. I also used the Power Peptide Serum intermittently, which contains Matrixyl and hyaluronic acid. Given the impressive ingredients I had really high hopes for this product, but I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped to be. In fact I didn’t notice much of an improvement in skin tone or texture but as it only cost £5 I’m not too disappointed. However, I would definitely purchase the 30 Day Youth Revolution kit again, in fact I’ve been back to the Factory Shop to see if I can pick another bargain up but sadly they’re no longer in stock.

Clinique CC Cream and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation

 

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra is my favourite base and one that I use daily. I’ve tried many different foundations but I always come back to this. It gives lasting coverage and blends in so well. It’s not cheap but for me it’s worth the splurge.

When BB and then CC creams exploded onto the market a few years ago I was a bit confused about the whole concept. I don’t like tinted moisturisers (they just seem a bit neither here nor there to me) so I didn’t think a CC cream would impress me, but I was quite surprised at the level of coverage the Clinique cream gave and how well it blended in, because the texture is quick thick. It left a more dewy finish than I’m used to, which often resulted in a shiny nose and forehead by mid-afternoon, but for holidays when you don’t necessarily want full coverage it’s a great product, especially as it contains an SPF 30.

Benefit Dandelion lip gloss and Gimme Brow

 

Last but not least, two fabulous products from Benefit. The Dandelion Ultra Plush lip gloss is the first lip product I’ve tried from Benefit, and now I’m asking myself why I hadn’t tried it before! I am quite fussy when it comes to lip glosses – I don’t like the really gloopy and sticky ones that your hair gets stuck to on a breezy day…yuk! So the silky texture of this Benefit beauty really floated my boat. I’ll certainly be buying the full size version and probably in several other shades too…It just goes to show that giving out mini versions as free gifts really works as a marketing strategy!

Back in May I reviewed Gimme Brow alongside L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Plumper, and despite preferring the Benefit gel I was swayed by the more purse friendly drug store version. After a couple of months of using the cheaper product I’m now sitting on the fence, mainly because I find the brush a bit cumbersome and the colour is a little too dark and warm-toned for me. Yes there is a big difference in price but I guess it’s true that you get what you pay for. I always did have expensive taste!

 

Have you tried any of these products? If you have I’d love to know what you thought…please let me know in the comments!

 

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