Sunday, 14 September 2014

B SELFIE READY: MAKE UP MASTERCLASS WITH CASSIE LOMAS AND B. MAKE UP IN SUPERDRUG MANCHESTER

When my blogger pal Irena invited me to be her +1 to a make up masterclass I was head over heels.

I mean, I am a make up addicted after all and having a proper masterclass looks even better than browsing around counters and swatching lipsticks on the hand.

When I received the invite and read who was the MUA of the night, well that was the cherry on top of the cake!



I am pretty sure you have all heard of Cassie Lomas, she is a big name especially here in Manchester, thanks to her make up school and her celebrities packed portfolio.

The event was held in Superdrug in the Arndale (that is basically my second home considering the time I spend there) and was organised by B. Make up and Skincare range which is exclusive to Superdrug.



I have always been quite curious about this brand, when it first came out (something more than a year ago I think) I bought one of the creamy eyeshadows and I was quite happy with the quality, considering that the prices are very purse friendly.


When we got there everything was ready for our lesson, with big tables, mirrors, face charts, brushes and most of all, all the make up needed for the look Cassie, B.Make up ambassador, was gonna show us.




It is now pretty clear to me why Cassie is such a name in the industry.




Armed with a head microphone, she performed a fantastic live tutorial, showing us how to recreate the look she was doing on the model, explaining every single aspect of the products, the techniques, the little tricks and even the most common errors to avoid.



I felt like I was back at uni, writing my notes on the chart, trying not to miss a single word and in the same time, I was doing my make up!



I was so brave to take off all my make up (yes this is bravery for me) so I could follow Cassie's lesson in the best way.

We talked skin complexion, brows, contouring, eyeshadows, liner and lips, all using B. products, that were then kindly given to us at the end.




Now, a little bit more about the brand.

First of all, B. Skincare and Make up range is cruelty free, suitable for vegans and vegetarians and parabens free.

All the products want to be easy to use, effective and on trend.

I have visited the B. stand few times and to be honest, it always gave me the idea of a pretty clean and neat display of make up and skincare with no gimmicks or faff around.

After using what we were given at the masterclass, I am even more convinced about good quality delivered at a reasonable price; consider that an eyeshaodos quad is £6.99 and a lipstick is £7.99.

Some of the products have become staples in my everyday make up, those kind of must have that you wonder why you haven't tried it before.

This is the final look of the model that night...



Do you wanna see what I have done and read a step by step tutorial?

Stay tuned till the next post and you'll be Selfie Ready too!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

AUTUMN 2014: PRIMARK HAUL (IT'S A BIG ONE!)

Hello my gorgeous readers.

Despite wishing in an indian summer and some last warm days, we have to admit autumn is here.

Life is not easy out there, the shops are full with new collections, bloggers, magazines and tv adverts are doing, so far, a pretty good job to make me want to go a bit crazy with the shopping.

I am trying to be a good girl this year, I want to buy only what I know I will wear for more than a season and for an everyday use really, since Precious Baby has been in my life, gone are the party days (p.s. expect depop or blogsale soon, I have got so many nice dresses looking for a new home!).

Where do we start to buy easy and cheap bits?

What a question, in Primark!

Are you ready? Help yourself a cup of tea if you like, cos this is gonna be a long one.

I am gonna start with the item I love more, the gold short sleeves jumper..


This jumper was bought in the Selfridges counter, it's a golden painted wool jumper, so soft and warm you really won't believe it's Primark.

It is as gold as it looks like, I hope to see more shades in the future, like a bronze colour maybe?


I cannot recall the price but I believe it was about £12.

I have been wearing it with black skinny jeans and with a white long sleeves shirt underneath or with normal denim pants and my leopard topshop shoes for a easier look.

Let's move on to the dresses, yes I got few wool and knitted dresses, I apologise once again, I forgot the prices but it was something like £10/£14.



I got one last year and I have used it to the point I had to get rid of it cos I was bored of seeing it.

It's just a bloody practical love affair, a pair of tights, boots, a big chunky necklace and I am ready to go.

I got two simple skater styles, one in pink and one in blue with white stripes..but I am secretly considering going back to get the grey one, looks like a good mach for my black hair and usual red/pink lipstick isn't it?

I then saw a more elaborated one and I was caught by the pattern of this burgundy piece..in the basked, pronto.




I have got a thing for shift dresses, maybe because I hate bodycon with all my heart, maybe because this shape is very kind to disguise some unwanted kilos, anyway, I bagged these two dresses, priced £10 each.

The blue one has been already worn several times with blue leggings and my red Michael Kors flat shoes.



The second one has got this kind of floral/geometric pattern that kind of remind me of one of the Marni for H&M collection dresses (a collection that I regularly stalk ebay for).




Wearing a skater or a pleated skirt in Manchester can be quite tricky, thanks to the very common cold wind we have got here, so a structured neoprene skirt can be quite useful to avoid Marylin's situations; if the mentioned skirt is bright yellow and it's only £12, well it deserves a place in my wardrobe.





Have you spotted these soft wool joggers around? I have seen them in Zara, H&M and online and once I tried them I couldn't say no,  only £7 and for once fashion is comfortable..


I want to pair these with black ankle boots or patent heels and a white shirt and of course a big big necklace (it's an addiction people, I know).



Talking about necklaces, it has been difficult in the past month to pay a visit to Primark without ending up buying a necklace, there are so many good pieces and this one is the latest I got from the limited edition range for about £10.

I have been wearing it with the gold jumper shown before and it's the perfect match.



Now I want a big round of applause for this new range of lounge wear...HARRY POTTER!!!!!

I am a massive HP's fan, I would kill to have some more books from the series written by JK Rowling, in the meantime, I got these...







The t shirt is £5, bottom and sweater are £8 each;  Griffondor always and forever!!

If now you are wondering when this haul is gonna finish, well, answer is "not now" cos I managed to get some good pieces from the summer sales too!

Enter the orange floral dress, that I am totally gonna wear for autumn aswell, with my long gray cardigan and my black Givenchy-esque boots.

£5 well spent.


Another two things I picked up from the £5 rail were this printed roses tunic and a denim playsuit.



I liked the detail of the black ribbon at the back and the bold print of the tunic and I already figure how I am gonna wear the playsuit, with a red belt, flat sandals and have a guess? yes you got it, a statement necklace.


Last but not least, the floral playsuit and the printed chino pants!





Despite being from the summer collection these were not reduced, I believe both have been quite successful, so I paid £15 for the jumpsuit and £10 for the trousers.




I wore the trousers today with a black long sleeve blouse, I like the cut and the fit and of course the pink abstract print.



Hope you like my haul, is there anything you bought recently you want to share?

I am curious!




Friday, 5 September 2014

MANCHESTER FASHION TALENTS: RIANNA PHILLIPS

Happy Friday everybody!

I hope you are all ready for a great week end.

I will be pretty busy, tomorrow there is a charity Pugs Walk in a park nearby where me and my Adorable Dog will join more than 50 other pugs...heaven on earth!

Today I want to talk about this extremely talented designer that I had the pleasure to meet here in Manchester.




Rianna is one of the designer that are really making our city proud.

She is the creative mind behind these unique bags and scarves.






The digital prints are quite predominant in her creations and are all re-elaborated by her own pictures.





I am totally in love with the collection named "Organic: Synthetic", where the graphic prints are originated by pictures taken during a travel in Australia.







My fave have to be this clutch bags.



If you know me a bit, you will be aware about my addiction to prints, so browsing around Rianna's creation was like being in wonderland for me.





The new collection is called "The Trascendent" and look as good as it sounds.




All the creations are 100% made in UK and are sold worldwide, you can find her shop, lookbook and contacts here.




Well done Rianna!!