Friday, July 27, 2012

Best of British High Street: Wedge Hi-Top Trainers

Either you love them or hate them but theres no denying that wedge hi-top trainers are a MASSIVE trend this summer. The high street do a great range and below I've collected some of my favourite from the British high street.

1) Athlete Wedge Heel Trainers – Topshop - £75 View here
2) Wedge High Top Trainers With Suede Detail – Asos - £45  View here
3) Cool Suede Colourblock Blue Strapped Wedge Trainers- Ash - £141.50  View here 
4) Cool Suede Strapped Wedge Trainers – Ash - £139  View here
5) Aerobic Wedge Heel Trainers – Topshop - £48 View here
6) Blue Floral Print Hiden Heel High Tops - River Island - £40 View here
7) Leven D Wedge Trainer Shoes – Dune - £75 View here
8) Acrobat Wedge Hi–Top Trainers – Topshop - £80 View here 
9) Decade hi brown og – Adidas - £94.99 View here

What do you think of this trend? Which pair is your favourite?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bare Minerals Getting Started Kit Review

I have always wanted to try bareMinerals so I thought the best way to test it out would be to get the Getting Started Kit and I am so glad that I bought this set! I've never tried mineral make-up before and I definitely wasn't disappointed, it's so different to any make-up I've ever tried before. I got the medium version of the kit from for £41.65 (buy it here) which may sound expensive but I think it's amazing value for what it includes. 

This kit contains:
- bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer 15ml
- 2 x bareMinerals SPF15 Original Foundation 2g - Medium & Medium Beige
- bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil 2g
- bareMinerals Warmth All-Over Face Colour 1.5g
- bareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush
- bareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush
- bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
- bareMinerals Get Started DVD

Prime Time
This primer is great. It has a very slightly oily texture so the powders cling to it but it's soft and feels great on your skin. The very smallest bit lasts a really long time to I reckon that this tube will last for a very long time. It comes out clear and just feels like the perfect base to apply make up to.


SPF15 Original Foundation
I love these foundations!  I bought the medium version of this kit so I got the foundation in medium and medium-beige. They are great sizes and I think they'll last for ages. One of the things I love most about this set is the 'Click, Lock, Go' sifters (see the picture below) which keeps the mess that I was expecting with a powder based make-up to an absolute minimum. Another thing which I was pleasantly surprised with was that they are great for dry skin! They almost seem creamy once they've been applied to the skin. I was also a bit skeptical about the coverage as I felt that I needed lots of coverage but that is one of the best things about bareMinerals. Rather than cover up your skin they enhance it and just make it look great. You can apply however much you want to achieve the perfect coverage for you.

Warmth is basically a bronzer which you apply anywhere light naturally hits your face. It gives a really natural glow to your face and blends amazingly like all the bareMinerals products. I only use a very small amount of this product as a little goes a very long way.

Mineral Veil
This finishing powder basically makes your skin look flawless. It hides any fine lines and makes the skin look smooth. It's very light so it barely feels like your wearing any make-up and it's long lasting. I feel that it doesn't hide shiny skin very well so I apply a different powder over on my nose. This powders turns translucent so there would be no point doing a swatch.

The brushes that came with this set are absolutely fantastic. They are perfect for the products, I don't think the products would be anywhere near as effective if I used different brushes. I use the full flawless face brush for the foundations and the mineral veil, the flawless face brush for the warmth and the max coverage concealer brush to apply the foundation in any areas I want slightly more coverage

Another aspect of this product that is brilliant in that it comes with so much direction. The DVD that comes with it is great as it clearly demonstrates the technique to use to make the most of the products.

Final Verdict: I LOVE this set and would recommend it to anyone. It may be expensive but definitely worth the money for what you get. If you haven't tried mineral make-up before its definitely different but really great to use

Do you have a similar or different experience with this set? Do you have any tips for  how I could use it? Any questions on any of the products? 
 Leave a comment below

Thursday, July 12, 2012

American Flag Studded Shorts DIY

I was seeing American flag print shorts everywhere however they were all way out of my price range. Despite how amazing they are my budget will simply not stretch to $162 for RunwayDreamz American flag print shorts so, inspired by various online tutorials, I decided to embark on my first ever DIY fashion project.

What you need
 - Shorts. I bought a pair of cheap Levi shorts off eBay. I reckon they were previously jeans and had simply been cut but they worked fine.

- American flag print material. I used an American flag bandana which, again, I bought off ebay.

- Studs. I went for a pack of 100 7mm pyramid studs. They have 4 spikes which you simply push through the shorts and the bend them over to keep them in place. They costed about £3 off ebay

- The last thing you need is some fabric glue. I used Aleene's 'OK To Wash-It' glue which I bought off ebay for about £5 as I had seen in recommended in tutorials 

Step One: I started off by studding my shorts. This was really easy as you simply just pushed the studs through the denim. I used the back of a spoon to push down the spikes at the back to protect my fingers from being ripped to shreds. I chose to cover a front pocket in studs and create a studded pattern on one of the back pockets however you can do any design you'd like. Experiment!

Step two: Apply the fabric. This step was more difficult. I chose to clue on the fabric rather than sew it just to make it a bit easier. I used a piece of tracing papers and did a rough outline around the shape of each side of the shorts. I then cut out the same shape out of the American flag bandana except I made it slightly bigger. I then spread the glue all over the shorts and stuck on the fabric. I folded the edges under and glued them down to make a smoother edge.

Step Three: Finishing touches. I used scissors to cut a rip out of my shorts and used sandpaper to fray the edges of the rip however this didn't go as planned and the edges didn't fray easily due to the glue. I frayed the bottom of the shorts using sandpaper to give a slightly more distressed look and then I folded up the bottom. Voila. Your shorts are complete.

Any questions about this DIY project? Any projects you would like me to do in the future? Comment below.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Fix: YSL Touche Éclat

Touche Éclat is one of the cult beauty classics which will be around forever. Why have I not tried it already? 

At £25 pounds in Boots its slightly pricey but from what I've heard and read about this product it seems to be worth every penny.

What do you think of Touche Éclat? Does it live up to the reviews? Comment below


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