How To Style Down A ‘Dressy’ Dress | Fashion

I am that friend who always has to be told not to overdress, I can’t help myself – casual isn’t always in my nature as I’m quite dramatic at the best of times, which often reflects in my outfit. I’m always in need of tips to style down my more dramatic style items!

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To get the most out of your clothes, you want to make sure you can style each item with a few different outfits. Dresses are a hard one because they are typically for formal wear or something a little bit extra.

I am that friend who always has to be told not to overdress, I can’t help myself – casual isn’t always in my nature as I’m quite dramatic at the best of times, which often reflects in my outfit. I’m always in need of tips to style down my more dramatic style items!

In this post I’ve listed a few ways you can style down a dress like a cami / bodycon dress to get a lot more wear out of the ones you have in your wardrobe!

Perfecting the art of styling up and down outfits can completely revamp your wardrobe. Any rules about fashion are made to be broken so don’t fear stepping outside your comfort zone every now and then and trying something new!

1. Layering

My favourite way to style down a dress is to layer it over a t shirt of jumper. Adding this extra layer underneath adds modesty and creates a more everyday, wearable vibe. It’s a touch of glam but also a comfortable fit. This would work well with a roll neck black jumper too, for the colder mornings we’re often blessed with at this time of year.

2. A Cosy Knit Fit

Dresses are a versatile item that can be switched up depending on your occasion. Another way to style down your dress is to add a jumper over the top of your outfit instead of underneath. This gives the appearance that you’re wearing a skirt as the top layer is hidden by your knitwear.

Speaking of knitwear, how about teaming your bodycon with a longline cardigan, tights and boots? Thats a sure fire way to style down your outfit while still keeping warm, cosy and bang on trend.

3. Footwear Choices

The tone of your outfit is often set off by the choice of footwear, for example this outfit with trainers I think makes it look quite casual, however with a pair of heels it turns it into a whole new smartly seductive vibe.

4. Outerwear

Your choice of outwear is key in finishing the overall look and feel of your outfit. For example, a cardigan or denim jacket would tone an outfit right down. Whereas your favourite faux fur number may be pushing it back to the side of a Friday night clubbing fiasco.

A dress with a denim jacket is a great way to keep it casual throughout the sumner months. Or how about an oversized blazer and your favourite pair or trainers?

Keep it fun and play around with the styles and fits you have in your wardrobe!

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Satin Bodycon Dress – ASOS – SHOP

Black T Shirt – ASOS – SIMILAR

Nike Air Force 1’s – NIKE – SHOP

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Karl Lagerfeld X L’Oreal Paris Collection | Beauty Review

Late last year, L’Oreal Paris released a beautiful collection in partnership with the late fashion mogul, Karl Largerfeld. Karl was arguably one of the worlds biggest and most influential creators within the world of fashion, so what happens when someone like Karl collaborates with a world wide beauty brand? Let’s find out.

The beauty collection was a project that was initiated before his unfortunate death in February 2019. Karl sketched the initial designs which was then finished by his talented team before it’s release during fashion week in September 2019. It consists of a nine pan eyeshadow palette, highlighter, eyeliners, mascara and lipsticks.

Packaging

The packaging of these products was designed by Karl Lagerfield with his iconic monochromatic styling to give a tough of elegance to the designs. The style boasts a rock chic feel with a touch of Parisian vibes and of course it screams class, as does everything Karl has an influence on.

“A collection is not just one basic idea. It comes from something that is in the air, something you suddenly like and put down on paper and then work out”

Karl Lagerfeld

Eyeshadow Palette

The colour scheme represents a classic Karl rock chic vibe with a perfect balance of neutral shades and bolder hues. The disappointing thing is that the Karl imprint rubs off after one swatch – I was hoping it would stay on! But it seems it’s only on the top layer. The shades are really good quality for a drug store price point, they blend nicely together and have a lot of pigment.

I think with this palette you can create quite a few different looks that can take you from day to night. The muave and pink shades are definitely my favourites, however the silver shade is really lovely too.

Swatches done onto my arm with a dry clean finger.

Highlighter

I managed to get hold of the lovely highlighter that was brought out as part of this collection. It is a two part highlighter with a darker shade in the centre and a lighter shade surrounding.

The highlight is a lovely gold that gives a beautiful glow to the skin. It’s very buildable as well do if you wanted an extreme highlight (like I always do) you can build it up. I think the darker shade is a little too dark for me so I will be sticking to the lighter one, however for the summer months when I’m a little more bronzed I think it would be just enough if mixed with the lighter one.

The darker shade could of course be used as an eyeshadow also, there’s no rules within make up!

Lipsticks

I got two beautiful shades from this collection which are Kultured and Karasmatic. The formulation of these lipsticks is very moisturising which leaves a satin and hydrating look to the lips. I almost always go for liquid lipsticks but I think it’s nice to go back to basics every now and then and have a classic lipstick. They glide on with ease and last a few hours before any retouching is needed. I’ve been wearing these with a lip liner to give the fuller lip effect and it works great with them.

I also love the shade names on these lipsticks with the K to the beginning of them, I think it gives the shades a very personal touch.

The lipsticks also have a lovely scent to them, they smell a little like lovehearts sweets!

“Fashion is a game that has to be played seriously”

Karl Lagerfeld

Final Thoughts

I think it’s fantastic that a brand like L’Oreal collaborate with big fashion houses to give us all a chance to experience the luxury at a drugstore price point. The collection is at great quality and you can tell that a lot of thought has went into the products. For many collaborations you can almost tell someone has just put their name to it – but this one you can really feel the time and effort that has went into each product and that reflects in the quality of each item.

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The Best Of NYX Cosmetics | My Top Picks

All my top picks from @nyxcosmetics 💞

NYX is one of those brands that bridges the gap between high end and drug store as their pricing and quality can fit all needs. Prices start from £2.99 and range all the way up to £24.99 so it is a very inclusive brand. I think it’s a brand that can be used no matter what your make up needs or skill sets are, from a regular make up user to a big shot make up artist and that’s why I believe the brand is so successful and popular.

This post marks a new series starting on my blog where I share my top picks from beauty brands from drug store to high street all the way up to high end!

Can’t Stop, Wont Stop Concealer (£8.00)

This concealer is great as it is so long lasting with a great coverage but without drying out your skin or looking cakey.

I love to use this in a light shade to highlight my under eyes and forehead, however more recently I’ve been loving this in a deeper shade to use to contour my face.

I dot this concealer around my forehead and cheek bones to contour, before blending out with a brush and setting in place with a bronzer. I feel like this a great concealer for anyone whether you’re a beginner or a professional make up artist. It’s a very creamy product that can be used in a multitude of different ways depending on your preference and it will last all day long without transferring.

SHOP CONCEALER

Matte Bronzer (£8.00)

I’m always on the hunt for a good bronzer as I love to have defined cheekbones and add some colour to my very pale complexion! This bronzer is definitely one of my favourites as the colour is perfect for me and it blends out really well without using too much product of becoming patchy when it’s layered.

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Matte Finish Setting Spray (£7.00)

photo credit : @nyxcosmetics on instagram

I’ve used NYX setting spray for years now off and on and it’s something I always find myself going back to. For such a low price point it works really well and always keeps my make up set in place for the whole day and night whilst keeping a matte finish on my face. It also comes in a few different finishes but matte has always been my favourite.

SHOP SETTING SPRAY

Lip Products

NYX lip liners are a fantastic product with a lovely creamy formula in a huge variety of different shades. I also love the soft matte lip creams (£6) for the sane reason of the huge variety of shades but also because they last for hours and are really hydrating. A lot of matte lip products can dry out your lips, especially in the colder months but I’ve never found this problem with these ones.

Another lip product from NYX that I reccomend is their gorgeous collection of butter gloss’. They have superb high shine that are bound to male a statement to any make up look.

SHOP LIP LINERS

SHOP SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM

SHOP BUTTER GLOSS

Micro Brow Pencil (£9.00)

I’ve always loved brow pencils with a very thin applicator and always used either Benefit Precicley My Brow or Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz. I find that this Micro Brow Pencil is an amazing dupe of those two products for less than half the price. It lasts just as long as applies just as lovely.

SHOP BROW PENCIL

What are your favourite NYX products? Be sure to let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading as always x

The Mini Controversy Palette By Jeffree Star Cosmetics & Shane Dawson | Review

Read my thoughts about the highly sought after Mini Controversy palette by Jeffree Star and Shand Dawson. 👁 ⭐️

Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star literally broke the internet with the release of their highly sought after conspiracy collection, which proved to be too hot to handle.

The Youtube duo managed to break the websites of Morphe, Beauty Lish and Jeffree Star Cosmetics as Shopify struggled to manage the high demands of traffic as fans raced to the sites in a bid to get their hands on this new collection.

Of course, their seven part docuseries that followed the journey of initial bullet pointing to the creation and distributing of the collection may have been partly to blame for their high volume of success. Either way, they have a lot to be proud of with this unique concept.

The Shane X Jeffree collection included the Mini Controversy Palette ($28), Conspiracy Palette ($52), Pink and Black Make Up Bags ($40), Lip Balm ($18), Lip Gloss – Shane Glossin’ ($18), Pink Pig Hand Mirror ($30), Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle ($90), Black Pig Mirror ($30), Pink Pig Side Bag ($35), Travel Bag ($30), Black Pig Side Bag ($35), Accessories Bag ($30) and also six individual liquid lipsticks retailing for €18 each. I managed to get my make up loving hands on the Mini Controversy palette thanks to my BFF and her amazing Christmas presents! As soon as I manage to get the Conspiracy palette I will have a review up of that too because you know we love a JSC review on beccalouisee.com!

The colour story of this palette I think is just gorgeous because with the majority of JSC eyeshadow palettes, he loves to create a colour collection that is wearable but also encourages you to play around and experiment with different colours. It’s fun to play around with colours you wouldn’t normally reach for – remember it all washes off so there’s no harm in playing around!

Shade By Shade

  • Flat Earth – a stunning pale sky blue matte shade.
  • Cry on my couch – the perfect pale toned transition shade.
  • My Boyfriend’s Purse – this one is a champagne shimmer shade that I’ve been loving to use to highlight my inner corner and brow bone.
  • Controversy – I personally love the little tea imprint on the shade I think it’s really fun and cute. Purple shadows are notoriously difficult to manufacture so I always appreciate a good one, especially within a vegan formulation.
  • Diet Root Beer – This is a gorgeous warm toned matte brown shade which I think is great for building up some warmth into the crease. However, in the last instalment of the Shane Dawson series with Jeffree Star, we saw the pair contemplate removing this shade and replacing it with a highly demanded green shade which was previewed in the creation process.
Shade: Put It Back!
  • This shade caused a stir on social media as many fans wished that shade was included somewhere in the collection. The green shade which has been named, ‘Put It Back!’ will sit in place of this shade and Diet Root Beer will be moving up a space to replace Cry On My Couch. I adore the fact that Jeffree always listens to his consumers and their advice and requests for improvements, it’s great customer service and what gives the brand such a fantastic reputation that keeps customers and make up lovers coming back.
  • My Apology – This is a lovely shimmer tone with a warm brown/muave tint to it.
  • Exposed – a gorgeous pastel lilac matte shade.
  • Cancelled – this is a lovely blue matte with a gorgeous eye print on the pan.
  • The Simulation – This is the shimmering sister of cancelled with a deeper hue but equally as stunning!

Final Thoughts

I really love this palette and have been enjoying playing around with the different colours and also using it on a usual day for a natural look. The shades I think are stunning and as previously mentioned, I think the colours go really well together. The whole collection I think is genius and arguably the biggest make up launch to date and the most successful.

I’m hoping I can grab the Conspiracy palette on the next drop to complete my Jeffree Star eyeshadow palette collection and get a review up as soon as I can! I believe we’re looking at March / April for a restock so if you’d like anything then keep an eye on social media accounts for Jeffree Star and of course his retailers.

To the Test

I loved creating my first look with this palette! I used Diet Root Beer as a transition, Flat Earth to cut my crease and Controversy in the outer corner.

Thanks for reading as always.

Becca x

Send It With Paperless Post | AD*

Ever thought about sending a virtual card? Paperless post makes it a breeze to do just that at a few taps of your screen.

* Disclaimer – this post was made in collaboration with Paperless Post. I was gifted coins to use on their site. All opinions are my own *

We are living in a digital age where most of our lives are online. With everything we need at the touch of a button, often it’s a lot easier to contact our friends through digital outlets.

Wedding invitations are also available to be created with Paperless Post with collaborative designs by Oscar de la Renta and Kate Spade, Vera Wang. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding will know how expensive weddings are and invitations are no exception to the rule. With paperless post, this can really cut the cost and of course make things easier with just a few taps of a button, you can create elegant designs and email them to your wedding guests.

There are a multitude of templates to choose from for all kinds of occasions, such as gatherings, parties, birthdays, christmas, new baby arrival, hen party, wedding and so much more.

As a nation, I feel we are all trying to do our bit to prevent wastage as we look out for our planet. Thousands of Christmas cards are sent every year, perhaps millions which ofcourse, is a lot of paper. Paperless post are a great way to introduce a digital Christmas card to send to our friends and family to avoid the clutter of cards spread across our mantles and of course the endless wastage that comes with the festive season.

I really enjoyed creating my first card with paperless post. I opted to send a friend of mine a get well soon card as she had been feeling under the weather for a number of days. I found the process incredibly easy as I downloaded the free app which is so easy to use!

I loved the ability to customise the virtual envelope and liner it arrives in.

I feel this ability just helps to make it that bit more personal and unique.

Another feature I found really useful is the ability to track the delivery of your invites or greetings card. You can also see when they have been opened!

I also decided to do some Christmas cards for members of my family and my nearest and dearest. I loved being able to personalise this one with our names on the front to make it a little more extra special! I thought the festive envelope liners were gorgeous too. I opted for the super cute penguins for the inside of mine!

I would definitely recommend paperless post to anyone sending a lot of invites for a special occasion such as a party or a wedding. I also think it would be a lovely way to simply let someone know you’re thinking of them, in a way that’s beautifully created and personalised to them.

You can use their website online or download their free app to get started today. Happy posting!

Check out paperless post at https://www.paperlesspost.com

Thank you again to paperless post for gifting me the coins to use on your site. As always, all opinions are my own and this gift does not affect my views.

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The Reasons Why Animal Print Fashion Is Here To Stay

Why animal print is here to stay 🐾

Certain trends come and go as the seasons change and we welcome new releases every week in the fast fashion industry. Animal print is one of those styles that never seems to go out of fashion – and rightly so!

There are so many variations of animal print from tropical vibes to zebra and leopard print to the recently emerged designs in cow prints. There’s something for everyone of all age groups and walks of life and that’s why it’s a perfect trend to stay forever.

Today we’re talking all things animal print so saddle up for the ride. (Faux ofcourse)

SHOP THE LOOK

Roll Neck: ASOS – SIMILAR

Cow Print Dress: MissGuided – SHOP

Boots: New Look – SIMILAR

Cow Print

I’m loving this monochrome take on the animal print vibe as I think it brings something completely different to the game. I’ll admit when I first saw it popping up on the high street and in the new in sections on our favourite fashion apps, I wasn’t convinced. It first appears a little too wild but with the right styling I think it can be really cute and classy. I paired this cow print bandeau dress with a knitted roll neck for a more autumnal and classy feel.

Leopard Print

This is an oldie but a goldie and one I find my self reaching out for at every season. It’s a timeless classic that can’t be beaten and one that I think will always be in my wardrobe.

Snake Print

I love this style for accessorising! I think a gorgeous snake print bag with an otherwise plain outfit really brings a touch of class and a secondary dimension to any outfit.

Zebra Print

Another stunning monochrome vibe with a touch of jungle fever. Again, I think this is a perfect print for accessorising a plain or all black outfit in the world of shoes and bags.

Whats our favourite animal print? Be sure to let me know in the comments. xoxo

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