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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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Jeffree Star Artistry Palette By Morphe | Review

CEO of Jeffree Star Cosmetics, business owner, YouTube sensation and beauty mogul Jeffree Star has teamed up with Morphe for the collaboration we didn’t even know we needed. Jeffree Star isn’t often known for a collaboration, but morphe seem to have been able to change his mind this year. First a brush collection, then another, then an iconic strawberry scented setting mist, mini lipsticks and a palette complete with thirty brand new shades.

Packaging

The packaging is that classic Jeffree Star baby pink with a duo chrome statement text over the front. I love how all of Morphe’s collaborations with influencers have had a huge obvious presence from them. You can tell he had a lot of input and didn’t just put his name to something without putting in the work.

Collaborations aren’t something that Jeffree does too often so I think Morphe have really struck lucky to have him involved with such a beautiful collaboration to this scale. Also to be blessed with two parts to this collaboration is just fantastic. I’d definitely didn’t expect a palette from them!

I adore all the campaign imagery for this collaboration as I think it really represents Jeffree’s personality and vibes – whilst also being very classic Morphe. I also think it gives a big nod to the boys in make up and that’s something I love to see represented, especially from a large company like Morphe as they obviously also had the collaborations with fellow beauty YouTuber, James Charles.

Let’s get to swatching with a shade by shade description, shall we?

SWATCHES

All swatches were done with my finger onto my own arm with no primer or setting spray.

ROW ONE

I love the concept behind this row as it’s the opening to every one of Jeffree’s iconic YouTube videos.

  • Welcome – a gorgeous shimmer that I love to use to highlight my inner corner and brow bone.
  • Back – a peachy pink matte shade .
  • To – this pink shimmer is one of my favourites! I do feel the shimmers apply best with your finger or a dry brush. When I use a dry brush, I simply spray the brush with setting spray after the shadow has already been applied to prevent ruining the shadow in the pan.
  • My – another fabulous pink matte that I think is very Jeffree!
  • Channel – a orange toned matte, perfect for a autumnal eye look.
  • *Wand Noise* – the shimmery accomplice shade to go with Channel.

ROW TWO

  • Lynn – this shade is a perfect matte! I think every palette needs a light bone shade like this to set the eyes before applying eyeshadow.
  • 1985 – the year that Jeffree was born! This orange toned matte makes a perfect transition shade.
  • Mogul – this is a shade I don’t think I’ll really use as I don’t think I suit purple eyeshadows! However, it is a gorgeously formulates shadow that has a stunning colour pay off. Especially since purple shadows are apparently difficult to create.
  • Self Made – a stunning vibrant pink matte shade that really goes well with the colour story of the palette.
  • Dog Mom – another stunning shimmer shadow with a warm toned hue.
  • Honest Truth – this is a matte orange toned pale brown that would also make a fantastic transitional colour for any look.

ROW THREE:

  • Designer Label – since getting this palette I’ve been using this shade most days as it really is a dream eyeshadow for me. This one combined with ‘Rolls With It’ from the below row makes a perfect natural shimmer for a daily wearable look.
  • Mr Diva – an orange matte perfect for the crease. OG Jeffree Star fans will recognise the shade name for this one from his music career!
  • Boss Angeles – another shade that I’ve been using most days to deepen the crease.
  • Pink Fleet – a pink matte that again, I think is very classic Jeffree.
  • Calabasas – a red toned brownish matte shade.
  • Don’t Know Her – a very Regina George shade with a gorgeous pink sparkle.

ROW FOUR

  • Rolls With It – as previously mentioned, this is one of my most admired favourites.
  • Millions – this is a stunning pressed gold glitter that I think will be flawless in party season.
  • Girrrl- a stunning shimmery brown shade.
  • What’s The Tea? – a great shade for deepening the crease and shading the outer corners of the eyes for a smokey eye look.
  • Vroom Vroom – an almost charcoal coloured matte brown.
  • Custom Rims – I adore this silver shimmer and again, I think it will be fantastic for the approaches to party season make up looks.

ROW FIVE

This is the row that I think I’ll probably get the least wear out of, excusing the black! Greens for me aren’t too wearable but so fun to play around with. Always remember to experiment and push yourself out of your comfort zone sometimes! Remember it’s only make up and it all washes off at the end of the day if you don’t like it – so no harm done!

  • Glam Rapids – a green toned shimmer.
  • Wake & Bake – a very pale green very similar to a shade in the JSC Androgyny palette called Military.
  • Nate – Jeffree’s boyfriend’s name, FYI. This shade is a very vibrant teal matte.
  • Drive Thru – a deep gold, almost brown shimmer. I love the name of this, as we all know from watching Jeffree’s videos, he loves a drive thru!
  • Hi Dude! – a gorgeous shimmery brown colour.
  • Fast Lane – this is a matte black which I think is so gorgeously made. A lot of black shadows tend to have a lot of fall out or go patchy during blending. However I found this one had zero fall out and blended like a dream without losing any of its pigment. I think this is the best matte black I’ve ever found.

Final Thoughts

Since receiving this palette, I’ve used it every single day! I love using the light mattes with the deep browns to create a blended crease and then I place Designer Label and Rolls With It on the lid for a natural shimmer look.

You can purchase this palette from an aray of retailers. I bought mine on Pretty Little Thing – here.

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The Eight Apps That All Bloggers Need

Today I have a post for bloggers or anyone working within the Social Media industry. These apps make blogging a doddle and are great for iPhones to blog on the go.

Lightroom

Any editing apps will suffice but this one is definitely my favourite. It often takes a while to play around with different filters on different apps to see what you like best and what fits the theme of your photos. I also really like Snapseed and VSCO. What I love about light room though is the ability to use different presets. I bought a pack of presets from an ad on Instagram for about £4 and I got 12 presets. I use these for everytime I edit my Instagram photos and I think it’s definitely worth it!

My presets are from LittleRabbitPresets.

Canva

I use Canva for creating high quality graphics with gorgeous templates which allow you to create what you like. Some extras you need to pay for, but I manage just fine on the free aspects. I use this to create Pinterest graphics, story cover highlights for Instagram and to make pretty quotes for the charity I work for, Raindrops to Rainbows.

You can see some of the quotes I’ve created on canva by heading to @raindropstorainbows on Instagram.

Influenster

Influenster is a great app for bloggers as it has amazing opportunities to receive voxboxes filled with products to review. You review products or your ‘snaps’ to gain points, the more active you are, the more likely you are to receive a box. I have had the pleasure or receiving boxes from OPI and Rommel London through Influenster so I’d definitely recommend downloading this one!

Brandbassador

This is one of my favourite apps for bloggers! You can sign up via the app and apply to be an ambassador for brands. Then, you complete missions for cash, gift card coins or points. This is the app I use for my Ideal of Sweden sponsorships, I’ve been working with them for over a year now, they’re amazing to work with and are so kind and helpful! There are so many more brands you can work with so it’s worth having a look. The phone case featured in these photos was actually gifted to me from Ideal of Sweden via a campaign from Brandbassador. You can use my discount code for 20% off any Ideal of Sweden products.

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(20% off discount code: ID20-TJ119 )

– sign up to Brandbassador: HERE

WordPress

WordPress is what my blog is hosted on and it always has been, ever since it was Nude, Pink or Black. I’m always thinking of post ideas on the go and so I find the app really helpful for making drafts, writing posts when out and about and checking my stats daily and keeping up with comments.

Pinterest

Pinterest is something I’ve only recently started taking seriously. I used to just use it as a way to save pretty pictures but I’ve come to realise that it’s an amazing way to gain traffic to your website. Here’s a list on a few ways you can use Pinterest to bring traffic to your blog.

  • Create a board just for blog posts so people can be easily directed to your content – don’t over complicate things for your readers! Pin your recent posts with a summary and a great image to this board.
  • Pin pin pin! The more you pin, the more monthly visitors you will get to your Pinterest and therefore more people are likely to see your blog.
  • Create boards relevant to your blog content.
  • Link your blog in your bio.

Buffer

Buffer is great for bloggers with a lack of time on their hands for constant posting. Buffer allows you to queue instagram, Pinterest, linked in, twitter and Facebook posts to keep up with your accounts.

This saves my life for Twitter because I’m always forgetting to tweet, and therefore losing followers! Whenever I get a tweet pop into my head I just add it to buffer and into a queue for later on!

Google Adsense

Having this app is great to stay on top of your ad progress for your blog on the go. It gives you the ability to see the revenue your blog is making through your Google Adsense, how the progress has came on since the previous day, the previous month and how much you have made all together.1

I hope you’ve found this blog post useful. Let me know your holy grail apps for blogging in the comment section!

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