Tarte 7 Piece Maneater Make-up Collection and Bag

After becoming hooked on Tarte mascara I couldn’t resist this Tarte 7 Piece Maneater Make-up Collection and Bag which was on offer at QVC. I was first introduced to the brand when I received Tarteist mascara in a beauty box and it quickly became my favourite. I’d heard so many good things about the Amazonian clay 12-hour foundation that I really wanted to try it. I don’t usually buy foundation online without having tried it first, mainly because it’s impossible to gauge the colour accurately. But as it was part of the set and I wanted the other items I did a bit of research on Tarte’s website and chose the shade I thought would suit me best.

I was surprised to find lots more shades than the options available with the QVC set. If I repurchase it I will go into a store and have it matched to my skin tone properly. When the set arrived QVC had sent the wrong shade anyway – I received medium honey which is too warm for me. I couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of returning the whole set so I decided to keep it for holidays when I have a spray tan.

The Amazonian clay 12-hour foundation delivers full coverage without the cakey effect some thicker bases do.

The foundation blends really well so it isn’t obvious that it’s a bit too dark. It’s a cream consistency with a satin matte finish that gives up to 12 hours coverage. In today’s market where 24-hour coverage is commonplace that might not sound particularly impressive, but I always touch up my makeup if I’m going out after work anyway. The Amazonian clay 12-hour foundation delivers full coverage without the cakey effect some thicker bases do. I liked how it evened out my skintone and left a velvety smooth finish. Even though I’m very loyal to Lancome Teint Idole Ultra, I will probably buy this Tarte foundation again, but I’ll be sure to get a proper shade match!

Tarte 7 Piece Maneater Make-up Collection and Bag

There’s so much to like about this eyeshadow palette – the packaging and the names for a start. But what really hooked me is the balance of light and dark shades. I’ve bought three of the Urban Decay Naked palettes and have used up all of the lighter shades while not even touching some of the dark shades. I want a one stop shop with eyeshadow, not several palettes on the go, especially when I’m travelling.

The packaging is ideal for carrying around as it’s light and has a magnetic flap closure.

Until I got this Tarte palette I favoured more grey/brown shades, but I’m surprised by how much I like these warm shades. The pigmentation is fantastic and easily lasts all day without budging or creasing. I use Purr and Saucy for daytime, but when I want a more intense look for evening I use Hypnotic and Midnight. Meow and Passion are great for using all over the eyelid, while Lace and Foxy are perfect for applying on the brow bone and highlighting the inner corner of the eye. The packaging is ideal for carrying around as it’s light and has a magnetic flap closure. I’m not a fan of plastic as it shatters and cracks so easily.

Tarte 7 Piece Maneater Make-up Collection and Bag eyeshadow palette

Tarte 7 Piece Maneater Make-up Collection and Bag eyeshadow swatch

The Lip Sculptor lipstick and lipgloss duo has also become a firm favourite of mine. I use it everyday in preference to all the other lipsticks I own…and there are many. I love the colour of the lipstick, which is called Kind. It’s actually a bit darker on than it looks in the bullet, but it’s a very flattering pinky brown shade. It has a soft shine finish with intense pigmentation that has amazing staying power.

I’m not one to get over excited about makeup products, but I’ll just say this: if I ever find a better lipstick I will eat my hat.

It  keeps my lips hydrated throughout the day and I only need to reapply maybe once after lunch. When I apply the lipstick in the morning, I finish off with a little gloss for extra shine, but the gloss on its own has a great colour pay off. I use the duo with either a Laura Geller lipliner in Tulip or Max Factor in Mauve Moment.  There are sixteen shades available, and I’ve got my eye on a couple of lighter pink and coral shades as well. I’m not one to get over excited about makeup products, but I’ll just say this: if I ever find a better lipstick I will eat my hat. Well one of them. That’s how good it is.

Tarte 7 Piece Maneater Make-up Collection and Bag lip sculptor

Tarte 7 Piece Maneater Make-up Collection and Bag liipstick swatch

After being so impressed with the Tarteist mascara (which I reviewed here) I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Maneater Voluptuous mascara: would it be as good or turn out to be a disappointment? Well, I’d say it comes a very close second. I prefer the brush on the Tarteist brush because the bristles are longer, so they pick up the lashes more easily. However, I’m happy to use this one until it runs out, and I’m hard to please when it comes to mascaras. Out of all the Tarte mascaras, this one has the best packaging though…I just love leopard print!

The self-sharpening point allows for a crisp, precise line, with no dragging or pulling. The texture is silky smooth yet firm.

Last but not least, the Maneater Self-Sharpening Liner is another worthy addition to my make-up bag. I don’t use black eyeliner very often these days (I find a dark brown more flattering) but when I want a vampier look for evening this one is a serious rival for the Pixie Endless Silky Eye Pen that I usually reach for. The self-sharpening point allows for a crisp, precise line, with no dragging or pulling. The texture is silky smooth yet firm.

The twist off lid is a little detail that sets it apart from those hard to pull off lids that often split.

Whenever I get a new eyeliner I test it by applying it on the back of my hand with the lightest of pressure to gauge the colour payoff. Here the Tarte eyeliner performed well, but the Pixie pencil is better. Then, I try as hard as I can to rub it off; the Tarte and Pixie pencils are evenly matched on staying power, both withstanding vigourous rubbing. So on balance I still prefer the Pixie eye pen, but Tarte wins on packaging. The twist off lid is a little detail that sets it apart from those hard to pull off lids that often split.

Along with the five fantastic make-up products the set includes two brushes and a good sized make-up bag. These are hands down the prettiest brushes I own. They are a joy to use both for ease of application and for the design factor. Gold and leopard print is a winning combination for me! I paid £43.96 plus £4.95 postage for the set. All this for less than £50 is a fantastic price given the value of the individual items.

Have you tried any Tarte cosmetics? If you have I’d love to hear what you think and what your favourites are!

Tarte 7 Piece Maneater Make-up Collection and Bag

 

 

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Red One Shoulder Top and Gingham Floral Skirt + Style With a Smile Link Up Zara gingham floral midi skirt Love Moschino blue bag

It’s hard to believe we’re already more than halfway through July, the Summer is flying by. We’ve had some glorious weather here in the UK, which has given me the opportunity to wear my Zara sale bargains. I’d had my eye on this skirt for a while, and almost bought it pre-sale, but I chose the skirt with sleeves instead. Well, all good things come to those who wait, and if you can hold out for the sales it’s definitely worth it. I rarely pay full price for clothes – when there are so many offers and sales on it’d be daft to. The only exception is if I really want it and can’t risk it being sold out.

The red one shoulder top and gingham floral skirt is a perfect pairing of old and new.

I’m mixing old with new in this outfit because I’ve had the top for years. In fact it’s probably as old as the red top I wore with my khaki trousers and jacket a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes hoarding pays off! The red one shoulder top and gingham floral skirt is a perfect pairing of old and new. It’s also a very cool and light outfit for warm summer days. I’m a big fan of cold shoulder and one shoulder tops because they highlight one of the most defined parts of the body. If you’re not comfortable with your cleavage on show, exposing the shoulders is a more subtle alternative.

I love being able to change the look of my shoes with different clips – it’s a great trick for getting more wear out of your shoes.

The red suede court shoes with the striped bow clips add a dressier touch for evenings and special occasions, but I’d swap these for wedge sandals if I was going to be doing a lot of walking. I love being able to change the look of my shoes with different clips – it’s a great trick for getting more wear out of your shoes. I wore them previously with pearl clips to go with my saucy postcard dress.

I picked up on the pale blue in the skirt by adding a blue flower ring, bracelet and bag. I bought the ring from a little shop in Brittany a few years ago. I’ll be going back there soon so I’m hoping to pick up another pretty souvenir 🙂

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Red One Shoulder Top and Gingham Floral Skirt Zara gingham floral print skirt Love Moschino bag

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Red One Shoulder Top and Gingham Floral Skirt Zara gingham floral print skirt Love Moschino bag

Zara skirt (similar) | old top (similar) | shoes clips from eBay | Love Moschino bag | old shoes (similar) Emilio Pucci sunglasses (similar)


 

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Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

You could say I’m fashionably late to the gingham party. In fact, if I’d left it any later everyone would have drunk up and gone home. My procrastinating came to an abrupt end when an email arrived informing me the Zara sale had started. Not only did I order this top, but also the matching skirt, this cute basket bag and several other items I decided I couldn’t live without.

I like the combination of gingham ruffles, denim and embroidered shoes, it brings together several trends in one outfit.

I’m not sure I want to wear the gingham top and skirt together – I think that would risk venturing into Little House on the Prairie territory. But then, when it comes to fashion I’ve learned to never say never to anything. I like the combination of gingham ruffles, denim and embroidered shoes, it brings together several trends in one outfit. Not that I’m a slave to trends, but I like to make them work for me without looking like a fashion victim. The top is quite short so it works better with high waisted trousers. For a dressier option you could swap the jeans for a pair of wide legged trousers in navy or white.

I can’t help thinking that this raffia bucket bag would make a perfect bird’s nest!

Raffia bags are really having a moment, but finding a good quality one that doesn’t cost silly money hasn’t been as easy as I’d expected. When I saw this bucket bag in the Zara sale it went straight into my shopping cart (it’s been reduced further since I bought it…typical!). It’s a good sturdy design with a top handle, as well as a long strap that can be removed. It’s lined with a striped fabric and has a snap fastenening strap over the lid to keep it shut. I can’t help thinking that this raffia bucket bag would make a perfect bird’s nest! Grab it while it’s going cheap (sorry, terrible joke!).

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Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

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Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Marks and Spencer embroidered mules

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

Zara top | Gap jeans | M&S mules |Zara raffia bucket bag | Winkwood sunglasses c/o | Les Nereides necklace

 


 

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Italians have a reputation for being extremely stylish dressers with a love for good quality garments. To be honest, we could expect nothing less from a country that’s home to some of the most famous designer labels. Of course, Italian style takes many forms. There are twenty regions in Italy and before unification in 1861, many of these were proudly independent. In many areas of the country, that independence can still be felt today, especially in Tuscany. Capturing Tuscan style can mean many things, depending on whether you’re dressing for the city or a rural retreat. What they have in common though, is glamour and elegance.

As well as the established fashion brands, there are also a number of new designers popping up in the city. As a result, industry insiders have dubbed it the “fifth fashion capital”.

Although Milan hosts the twice-yearly fashion shows, it’s Florence that’s considered by many to be the birthplace of the post-war fashion industry in Italy. Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Ermanno Scervino, Stefano Ricci, Patrizia Pepe, and Emilio Pucci were founded in Florence and are still headquartered there. As well as the established fashion brands, there are also a number of new designers popping up in the city. As a result, industry insiders have dubbed it the “fifth fashion capital”.

Capturing Tuscan Style: Dressing for the City and a Rural Retreat

So what do you wear for a spot of sightseeing in one of the world’s most stylish cities?

Florence boasts a rich cultural heritage, with the Uffizi Gallery and Pallazzo Pitti two of the most popular attractions. Dominated by Brunelleschi’s famous red tiled cupola of the cathedral, Florence has one of the most beautiful skylines, particularly at sunset. So what do you wear for a spot of sightseeing in one of the world’s most stylish cities? Well, I’ve taken my inspiration from two Florentine fashion brands and put together a Gucci/Pucci dominated outfit that would have the street style photographers snapping away.

Those cobbled streets require sensible footwear, but that doesn’t have to mean boring.

Those cobbled streets require sensible footwear, but that doesn’t have to mean boring. These Gucci loafers are perfect for strolling stylishly along Via Roma. Top tip: it’s very easy to DIY the heels of a pair of plain loafers: all you need is some cabouchon pearls (from a craft shop) and some strong glue. Make sure your shoes get the attention they deserve by wearing crop flare jeans, that way no-one will miss them! Add a classic black jacket, silk scarf and oversized sunglasses for a super chic daytime look.

…you can bag some serious bargains by shopping in Tuscany; venture away from the city centre and there are numerous designer factory outlets.

If like me, your budget is more High Street than high end, I’ve found some fabulous affordable alternatives so you get can the look for a fraction of the cost. That said, you can bag some serious bargains by shopping in Tuscany; venture away from the city centre and there are numerous designer factory outlets. Many of the top Italian designer brands sell luxury items at a significant discount, including Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Gucci. Sounds like retail heaven, right?

Imagine kicking back on a sundrenched terrace, glass of Chianti in hand while watching the sunset over the Tuscan hills…

Of course, Tuscany has much more to offer than city life and shopping. This region of Italy is renowned for its lush rolling landscape and vineyards that produce some of the country’s finest wines. Whether you’re looking for a family holiday at a villa with a pool or a romantic retreat for two, Tuscany has it all. Imagine kicking back on a sundrenched terrace, glass of Chianti in hand while watching the sunset over the Tuscan hills…it sounds idyllic, don’t you think?

Taking my cue from the warm earth tones of the landscape, I’ve chosen a dusky pink off the shoulder dress with a straw hat and bag.

I’m already thinking about what I’d pack for this glorious rural retreat. Taking my cue from the warm earth tones of the landscape, I’ve chosen a dusky pink off the shoulder dress with a straw hat and bag. I’ve added some statement earrings and oversized sunglasses for a touch of laid back glamour. Well, it is Italy after all! Buona vacanza!

 

Capturing Tuscan Style: Dressing for the City and a Rural Retreat

 

 Tuscan villa chic

Have you ever visited Tuscany? I’d love to hear about it in the comments if you have. Or maybe you’re planning a trip there…if you are let me know what you’re planning to wear!

 

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Shades of Khaki With Red Accents River Island khahi biker jacket Zara khaki trousers

There are some fantastic sales on at the moment and I’ve treated myself to a (ahem) “few” new things. As the British summer is so fickle I was able to wear this khaki biker jacket earlier in the year than I expected. It’s a beautifully soft fabric with a faux suede finish. I’m seriously thinking of buying it another colour because I love it so much. My biggest sale splurge by far was in Zara, which is where I bought these cropped trousers. They pair perfectly with the jacket, so I combined the two shades of khaki with red accents to give the outfit a punch of colour.

I chose a red bag to match the top, but I wanted to introduce a third colour, so I opted for a chunky teal bracelet.

I’ve had the red embellished vest top for well over a decade and I don’t wear it very much now, so it was good to give it an airing. It’s quite short so I can only wear it with high waisted trousers (I don’t like baring my midriff!). I chose a red bag to match the top, but I wanted to introduce a third colour so I opted for a chunky teal bracelet. I also added a pair of gold and turquoise earrings that I bought from the local Makers Market a few years ago. Red and teal/turquoise is one of my favourite colour pairings.

These nude sandals are also a sale purchase. Near to where I work there’s a Clarks outlet store and sometimes I like to wander over and tempt myself 😉 As soon as I tried these on I knew I had to have them because despite the high heel they’re really comfortable. That combination is hard to find, and they were less than half price!

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Shades of Khaki With Red Accents River Island khaki biker jacket Zara khaki trousers

Shades of Khaki With Red Accents River Island khaki biker jacket Zara khaki trousers

Shades of Khaki With Red Accents River Island khaki biker jacket Zara khaki trousers

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River Island biker jacket | Zara trousers (similar) | Clarks sandals | Warehouse top (old) | bag from eBay (similar | Emilio Pucci sunglasses (similar)


 

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