08/04/2014

BURT'S BEES 100% NATURAL LIPGLOSS



Burt's Bees 100% natural lipgloss is bringing a whole new dimension to looking and being healthy. From Beeswax to botanical oils, the product is packed with positive nutrients, that moisturises the lips and captures natural beauty at it's very best. 

Not only does the £8.99 buy radiate a feel-good factor, it's also emphasises the quotient of the season with an array of twelve stylish colours inspired by runway trends. 

For those who have fallen for the charm of pink, there's the blush shades of Ocean Sunrise, Rosy Dawn, Spring Splendour and Summer Twilight. For those who fancy nude neutrals, there's the creamy hues of Autumn Haze, Fall Foliage, Sweet Sunset and Sunny Day. And for those who want to sport rich red or plum, there's the bolder colours of Evening Glow, Ruby Moon, Nearly Dusk and Starry Night. 

The gloss is richly pigmented with vibrant colour that gives off a pearlised shine. Adding to the plus points the product has a long longevity, where eating, drinking and gossiping with your favourite girl pals will be smudge free. 

A refreshing change from the thick, gooey lip gloss I've previously battled with, the formula itself isn't too sticky, making it easy and pleasant apply. As for the packaging, the lipgloss is cased in a nifty plastic tube with matching wand, that's perfect when it comes to coating the lips. Place it in your bathroom cabinet to freshen up in the morning, or carry it in your handbag as you're essential travel go-to, either way Burts Bees' Lipgloss is the ultimate beauty staple this season. 

From top to bottom, in the photo above you can see Ruby Moon, Summer Twilight, Ocean Sunrise, Sunny Day, Rosy Dawn and Starry Night. Burt's Bees' Lipgloss is priced at £8.99 and available to buy from the brand's website.

04/04/2014

HOW MUCH LEATHER IS TOO MUCH LEATHER?


With festival season looming in, it's time I confessed a deep, dark secret. I'm addicted to [faux] leather. Quite literally. Leather skirts, bags, jackets, bralets... I'll take them all please. Why's this a problem you ask? Well imagine my dismay when winter draws to a close and the sun starts to shine. Sure, the glorious weather may seem nice at first, but quickly I realise how wearing leather is far too impractical in the summer time. 

Unfortunately this realisation hasn't stopped my addiction when it comes to planning upcoming festival outfits. When it came to drawing together mood boards for this season's inspiration, I teamed up this pair of French Connection shorts with a matching leather bralet and luxe Burberry jacket. Finishing off the look I accessorised with an affordable yet stylish La Moda tote and chunky wedge pair of sandals, before adding lashings of silver jewellery. Looks like it's going to be another festival season sweating it out. See you on the dark side. Pun intended. 

18/03/2014

MIDWEEK MIXTAPE


On Saturday I went to Takedown Festival with Hit The Floor Magazine. Having spent half the day interviewing bands and the other half consuming far too much alcohol, the event was heaps of fun - with performances from the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Canterbury, Kids In Glass Houses, Glamour Of The Kill and more. 

Although a two day bender wasn't the best idea, thanks for that one Sam and Jono, it was definitely a day I wish I could re-live. Below are a selection of my favourite tracks from bands that were playing the festival, alongside a few others which are currently on repeat. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. 



WONDERWALL - OASIS



GIVE ME WHAT I WANT - KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES



THINK IT OVER - CANTERBURY



RUN FOR COVER - BLITZ KIDS



FOLLOW ME - I DIVIDE



SAIL - AWOLNATION



SWEATER WEATHER - THE NEIGHBOURHOOD



WHY'D YOU ONLY CALL ME WHEN YOU'RE HIGH? - ARCTIC MONKEYS



12/03/2014

MAC UP THE AMP LIPSTICK




Ever since I got bit by the Christmas bug, way back in December, I've started to wear brighter lipsticks. Moving away from my comfort zone of nudes and pale pinks, my collection now includes a whole range of colours - invasive vivid reds, rosy fuchsias and deep purples. MAC Up The Amp is the latest addition to the family. 

An alluring off-pink, mixed with hues of grey and purple, it's the ideal tone for everyday or evening wear. Although I haven't had much of a change to try out the new buy, sitting at home slaving away on my laptop hardly calls for the most glamorous makeup, I plan on wearing it teamed with a black dress, heels and subtle eye makeup for an forthcoming night out. After all, nothing says glamour better than a bold lips colour. Have you bought anything from MAC recently? What do you think of Up The Amp?

09/03/2014

WIN A VIVIENNE WESTWOOD COSMETIC BAG




In celebration of the Beauty and Rags relaunch, I'm hosting a giveaway where you have the chance to win the Vivienne Westwood Cosmetic Bag photographed above. Exciting right? Vivienne Westwood is one of my favourite labels, so it only seemed natural to have one of her gorgeous pieces as the prize.  To enter simply fill in the form below. 

07/03/2014

LONDON EDGE TRADESHOW | LONDON OLYMPIA | FEBRUARY 2014





Last month I headed to London Olympia to cover London Edge Tradeshow for Hit The Floor Magazine. Established in 2000, the event showcased a wide range of alternative men and women's fashion, as well  quirky accessories and in-your-face cosmetics. From gothic to retro, there was a number of collections on display, all of which targeted different style and tastes - burlesque, punk, rock, street and vintage to name a few.

Some great brands were also in attendance including: Iron Fist, Bettie Page, Manic Panic, Syd + Mallory and Zombie Girl, all of which you can see in the photos below, along with many, many more! There was also a catwalk that provided a hearty hit of fashionable entertainment, as well as lashings of bars. You can check out the day in full in my first YouTube video - displayed above. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below. 














06/03/2014

24 FASHION RELATED GIFS EVERY GIRL NEEDS SAVED ON HER COMPUTER


From The Devil Wears Prada to Sex and The City, I've put together a list of 24 essential gifs every fashion girl needs saved on their computer. Ideal for those OMG and FML moments, the selection below gives a comical insight into the big 'bad' world of fashion. As funny as they are, deep down I'm too nice to say those witty Priestly one liners, but a girl can dream right? So get your freshly manicured fashion-claws out and get ready to LOL - 'Basic bitches not wanted.'


A GIRL STARTS BRAGGING ABOUT THE NEW DRESS SHE PICKED UP IN LAST SEASON'S SALE.


YOUR FIRST DAY AT A MAJOR FASHION INTERNSHIP. (CAUTION USE AT YOUR OWN RISK) 


WHEN A FRIEND ASKS TO BORROW YOUR VALENTINO MINI-DRESS FOR AN UPCOMING PARTY.


THAT FEELING YOU HAVE EVERY SINGLE MORNING.


TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE SELFRIDGES NEW SEASON SALE.


THE MOMENT ANOTHER GIRL BUYS THAT SAINT LAURENT BAG YOU'VE BEEN LONGING FOR.


"WOULD YOU LIKE DRESSING WITH THAT SALAD?" THE GIF SAYS IT ALL.


EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY.


THE MOMENT A NEW GIRL JOINS THE FASHION DEPARTMENT.


WHEN YOU'VE GOT 5 ARTICLES TO WRITE, A BLOG TO RUN AND #LFW TO COVER.


WHEN NICOLAS GHESQUIERE MAKES HIS LOUIS VUITTON DEBUT.


JUSTIFYING A FASHION RELATED BUY.


NO EXPLANATION NEEDED.


WHEN A FASHIONISTA BREAKS HER LEG.


A FASHION BLOGGERS REACTION TO THE #FOLLOW4FOLLOW COMMENTS ON HIS/HER POST.


EVERY FASHION PRESS DAY.


A GIRL TURNS UP AT FASHION WEEK WEARING THE EXACT SAME THING AS YOU.


THE LATE NIGHT MCDONALDS VISIT. 


WHEN MARC JACOBS LAUNCHED HIS NEW SS14 CAMPAIGN. 


BOOKING A SUMMER BREAK.


THE FACE OF EVERY FASHION EDITOR IN THE MORNING. (ME INCLUDED)


THE FACE OF EVERY FASHION ASSISTANT IN THE MORNING.


WHEN SOMEONE SLAMS FASHION.


WHEN YOU'RE IN NEED OF A MID-MORNING MOTIVATION.