January 2015 archive

Double Denim

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Another day, another post – are you guys sick of me yet? Hehe.

So this ensemble consists of items you have seen in other posts quite recently but I just love how it came together. There is something about camel and blue as a colour combination that I just can’t help but love..

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As you probably already know, I am currently OBSESSED with this waterfall coat from ASOS. It was such a good buy! I have been wearing it a lot but not just because of the gorgeous draping, it is actually quite warm too..

For this look I teamed up a button up denim shirt I got from H&M about 2 years ago with my current favorite Topshop Jamie Jeans. I do love a bit of denim on denim – do it right and you have an effortlessly chic ensemble on your hands, do it wrong and you end up looking like an extra from a Wham! video.. your best bet is to keep it simple – less is more when it comes to double denim!

I draped my ASOS coat over my shoulders and slipped on a pair of pointed nude Topshop heels and grabbed my Rag & Bone camel fedora and my DVF small leather bag. To balance out the blue with the camel, I completed the look with some blue mirrored Rayban aviators.. and there you have it! So simple yet so chic in my opinion.. what do you guys think?

I’ve linked to items as close as possible below, seeing as some items are quite old and the coat is now sold out – happy shopping loves!

Before I go, I just wanted to say a quick thank you to every one who’s been supporting The Londonite – whether you’ve been following me from the get go or have just joined in for the ride, thank you. I have some news that I can’t share with you guys just yet but I am beeeyyyooonnd excited.. watch this space!

As always, thanks for reading and until the next post..

xox

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HOW TO: Contour & Highlight with Comedic

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Hey guys! So.. as soo many of you have been kind enough to compliment me on my makeup on all my social media channels over the last couple of years, I’ve been wanting to branch out a little more into beauty posts.. and there’s no time like the present ay?

I think it’s safe to say that contouring was one of the big beauty hits of 2014. What was once a trick of the trade reserved for A-listers gracing the red carpets or models on the set of a photo shoot is now a part of many a makeup mavens’ daily routine. Would I contour everyday? Quite simply.. no. I don’t have the time for it nor could I cope with wearing that much makeup on a daily basis. Not that I have a problem with anyone who does but as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized the importance of letting my skin breathe to avoid breaking out – But while I wouldn’t include it in my daily routine, I DO love it. I tend to always contour my face a bit if I’m heading to an event where I know I’m going to be photographed, especially if it’s in the evening. Contouring is amazing for creating the illusion of a slimmer face, more prominent cheek bones and a smaller nose – consider it the photoshop of makeup!

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I tend to use products by MAC when I contour but when Comedic beauty got in touch with me about trying out some products by LA Girl, I was completely on board. I’ve heard SO much about LA Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal tubes. Stateside beauty bloggers have been raving about these cheap and cheerful concealers and have repeatedly likened them to MAC’s pro longwear concealers but at half the price. The pro long wear concealers are pretty much my holy grail so the thought of being able to get the same affect at half the price had me gagging to try these beauties out. The photo’s below are from the first time I ever used them so I thought I would share my method of contouring and highligting with you guys at the same time! Let’s get started…

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For the benefit of not having a bazillion photos included in this post, I’m starting from the point of where I’ve already done my base and eye makeup. I actually do my eye makeup before putting on my foundation as I work with loose pigment and it’s easier to clean up any excess that drops onto my cheeks with a makeup wipe and then put on my base. SO, after you’ve done your foundation, you’re going to want to get started on the highlighting – aim for a shade about 2/3 shades lighter than your own skin. If you’re a pro at blending, you can drop down another shade. I’m using the shade Creamy Beige.

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You’re basically going to want to highlight any area that the light would naturally hit on your face – under the eyes, along your T zone so forehead, down the centre of your nose and on the centre of your chin. I also put a little on my smile lines and above my eyebrows.

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Next – the countouring! You’ll need a shade about 2/3 times darker than your skin tone. I used ‘Beautiful Bronze‘. This is where you’re going to create the illusion of deeper shadows on your face so you’ll need to draw lines down your cheekbones, along your hairline and jawline. I also like to contour my nose to a) make it appear a little thinner and b) to straighten it a bit more, so I shade the sides of my nose and put a little product underneath it too.

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You may look like your covered in war paint at this stage but it will look good I promise!

Now the fun part – the blending! I normally use my beauty blender, but seeing as we’re testing out cheaper alternatives, I used the drugstore equivalent – the real techniques miracle complexion sponge. You’ll want to dampen the sponge as it makes blending a whole load easier and gives you that airbrushed, seamless finish!

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Using the pointed end of the sponge, start to blend the lighter shade into your skin. The motion you should be using is that of dabbing. Gently dab at an area of skin until the product appears to have been buffed into your skin.

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Turn the sponge around and using the slanted end, blend the darker shade into the areas we highlighted. When blending a darker area into a highlighter area, turn the sponge back to the pointed side which will have some of the lighter product still on it and alternate between the two to help achieve a perfectly blended finish.

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Once you’re done with your face, it should look a little something like this. I leave the line down the centre of my nose till the end as I like to blend that with my fingers – just to be more precise. Once you’re done, you’ll need to set the product with blotting or loose powders in the same shade. You can set the darker areas with bronzer if you don’t have a dark powder handy. IMG_0063

Once I was done with the contouring and highlighting, I used an LA Girl cosmetics endless lipliner in the shade ‘Natural‘ on my lips to complete the look.

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VOILA! Can you see the difference?

I was REALLY impressed with the Pro Concealers from LA Girl cosmetics. They really are similar to the MAC pro long wear concealers and are FANTASTIC for contouring and highlighting due to their high level of coverage. The only downside I found was that they do dry a little quicker but all that means is that you either need to blend fast or just work a little bit more to get the product buffed into your skin. I think for the price that’s a TINY negative! They cost £3.99 at Comedic and come in 18 different shades. I have heard that you can get them for cheaper on a couple of other sites but every where I’ve checked, they’ve been out of stock whereas Comedic replenishes their stock quite regularly. The sponge from Real Techniques cost £5.99 and is available at all major drugstores. So all in all the 2 concealers and sponge cost £13.97 which is the same cost as one MAC concealer!!

Hope you guys enjoyed today’s post! If so, let me know and I’ll be sure to do more ‘HOW TO’ posts in the future.

Thanks for reading my lovelies.. until the next post!

xox

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DISCLAIMER: I am not a makeup artist nor do I claim to be. The post above is based on my own opinions and what works for me.

Distressed

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With the harsh winter weather showing no signs of faltering, one of the few things we still have to look forward to is ditching the multitude of layers in Spring for lightweight macs and duster coats like this paint striped beauty from Girls on Film..

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As it’s probably easy to gauge from my blog, Little Mistress is easily one of my favorite brands to work with. Combine LM with it’s sister brands Girls on Film and Paper Dolls and you literally have every kind of style covered. I am so grateful to work with them so often and when they got in touch about styling a few pieces from their new Spring collection, I was obviously on board.

I opted for this gorgeous, lightweight and very on trend duster coat in distressed stripes. We saw the monochrome trend being reworked on the catwalks by designers experimenting with different prints and silhouettes, a great way to liven up a classic trend and this over-sized duster coat is definitely a nod in that direction. I teamed it up with a boxed top in the same paint stroke print and some high waisted black jeans c/o Daisy Street. Due to the boldness of the coat and top I kept accessories to a minimum and opted for one animal print bangle and some cat eye sunglasses. I finished the look off with a pair of white leather pointed heels from River Island and there you have it!

The duster coat and top are not as yet available on the LM site but will be very shortly – until then why not check out some more of their spring collection?

Thanks for reading my lovelies.. until the next pots!

xox

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Hey guys, happy weekend <3 Hope you’re all keeping warm as the below freezing temperatures hit London! I thought I’d do a quick outfit post with the COZIEST jumper I’ve ever come across..

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This year I stayed away from January sales – simply put I just don’t have the room for any more clothes at the moment and until I detox my wardrobe a little, I was adamant to not add to the pile. The one thing I was desperately in need of though was a few good winter jumpers and after picking up a few in Topshop & Zara I headed into H&M with the intention of picking up a couple of basic polo necks.

As I browsed through the rails I spotted a over-sized ribbed polo-neck jumper in a raspberry red shade – the wool felt lovely but the design and the colour really weren’t for me. It wasn’t until I spotted it in the petrol shade that I decided to give it a try and I really, really liked it on. The flounced detailing at the front and back bring a whole lot of drama to every step and the alpaca wool is oh so cosy.

I teamed the jumper up with some leather over the knee boots with a pair of House of Holland x Pretty Polly tights (cos lets face it – it’s far too cold to be bare legged these days) and accessorized with a pair of blue mirrored wayfarers and voilllaaa. <3 Unfortunately the H&M trend jumper has now sold out but I’ve linked to a similar one below just buy a bigger size than normal to achieve a similar look!

Hope you guys are all having a fantabulous weekend so far – thanks for reading my lovelies, until the next post!

xox

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