Glitter Glam

Hey guys, 

I don’t normally write beauty posts but I wanted to tak about something a little different this week.  

For my birthday weekend I decided to get my makeup done by the talented Kaeleigh Baister who you can find on Instagram @kaeleighbaister. 

As I don’t usually don’t wear a lot of makeup I wanted to go for a look that stood out … and what stands out more than glitter and shimmer? With that in mind we decided on going for a smoky look with gold and silver glitter on the crease and underneath my eyes. 

For the base we went for a matte 24 hour long lasting finish. I usually rely on brands like Nars or Mac for long wearing foundation. I have sensitive skin too and I still find these brands to have great results. My skin never gets dried out or irritated either which is a plus. 

The foundation I am currently using is Nars  all day luminous foundation. I couldn’t recommend it more, especially because of the various shades it comes in to match your completction. You can find it here: 

https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/beauty/nars-cosmetics-all-day-luminous-weightless-foundation/d555274.pd?ef_id=Wa0NAwAAAEm@aOn9:20170904082123:s#216677639&_$ja=tsid:44970%7Ccid:207268315%7Cagid:10145161315%7Ctid:pla-305357118879%7Ccrid:198539740202%7Cnw:g%7Crnd:314451671060075628%7Cdvc:m%7Cadp:1o4%7Cmt:

I tend to mix and match my makeup with drugstore brands as well as more high end ones like Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay, Mac and Nars.

I always rely on Bobbi Brown for a good bronzer. It is always lightweight on your skin and leaves a great finish. You can find the link to this below. 

http://m.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/15514/8166/best-sellers/bobbis-top-10/bronzing-powder?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-ShoppingFeed-_-Best-Sellers-_-BobbisTop10&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz_HilIyL1gIVhLztCh3r3Q57EAQYASABEgJKvfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COD8k5qMi9YCFduLUQodoz8DCw

For eyes I definitely love Urban Decay! I tend to use all the Naked Palettes and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Naked Heat one. All the warm tones are perfect for fall coming.

 If you are ever looking for affordable eye shimmer/glitter, you should check out Kiko Milano’s glitter eyeliner and shimmer pots. They are amazing. The eyeliner only retails at £6.90 and the shimmer pots £12.90. It should definitely be on everyone’s wish list. 

Finally, for lipstick I tend to use gloss or pencil liners. However I do love Charlotte Tilburry’s lipsticks. They come in the most amazing shades. Currently I wear Stoned Rose which is the perfece nude/red shade. You can find it below:

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/k-i-s-s-i-n-g-stoned-rose.html

You can see my final makeup look for Saturday. I loved it! Definitely check out Kaeleigh Baisters work on Instagram for makeup ideas and bookings.

Alana xo

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Casual T and Blazer

Hey, 

So recently I’ve been keeping my eye out for staple pieces for the A/W seasons approaching. 

With the sales being on, I was browsing on Topshops clearance and came across a black loose fitted blazer that was exactly what I was looking for… even better it was reduced from £49 to just £10!

I love the gold button details and how you can wear it as a top as it wraps over when it fastens. It also features slits in the sleeve which is a great style detail, perfect if you like accessorising with bracelets and watches that you want to be visible.

There’s still sizes 8,10 and 12 in store so be sure to grab yours quickly. I’ll attach a link below. 


I also fell in love with the Milan T shirt by the brand Tee and Cake in Topshop, it’s so simple yet chic and perfect for dressing up or down. It is definitely a great staple piece, especially for £18.



You can find the link to both items below!

BLAZER:

https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/split-cuff-blazer-6196145

T-SHIRT:

https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/milan-slogan-t-shirt-by-tee-cake-6755903

Happy Sunday,

Alana xo

Swatch: The Perfect Gift For Any Occasion

 

Good Morning,

I hope you are all well and are ready for the Christmas holidays! I am so excited! Although, I still have so much shopping and gift wrapping to do. I’m usually prepared well in advance but this year has been the total opposite. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Last month, I was approached by Swatch Switzerland to attend their new store opening event on Buchanan Street in Glasgow where I could get to learn more about the brand and choose a piece of my own, which was so exciting! When I seen the new store it looked great and it is positioned on one of the busiest places to shop in Glasgow. The store space is so open with great branding of all the different watch styles and collections they have in store. The atmosphere is so upbeat and is very inviting. The staff are so helpful and interested in the products they are selling which is always a bonus too.

The brand itself originated in Switzerland and was founded in 1983 by Nicolas Hayek. Before, I didn’t know much about the brand and now I realise that it has so much to offer with watch styles to fit everyone’s tastes as well as their products being unisex. The watches are so quirky and each has a unique story behind them, which is what makes Swatch stand out to other related brands. So much goes into the thought process of designing and creating the different watch styles that come from an initial design concept and trend, I love it.

What I didn’t realise is, that Swatch also offer sunglasses and jewelry in store too. I personally loved the sunglasses that were on offer as they matched some of the watch styles in store from the certain trends that are popular in store. As well as this you can pop out and change the lenses depending on the style and purpose they are being used for. Check these out …

 

You can find the link to the sunglasses below.

http://shop.swatch.com/en_gb/accessories/theeyes/set-c1709.html

Whilst on the visit I was completely spoiled for choice. As I was shown round, I was told about all the concepts behind some of the watch trends, which I was amazed by. From looking at it you don’t see all the art and creative background it develops from until it’s pointed out to you.

One of the trends I was obsessed over was called ‘Look Fab’ which is a glitzy, sleek and sophisticated range of watch styles.  It is based on ‘Sun-brushed dials and glittery gold, silver, fuchsia, and ink blue styles create a collection of Swiss watches that reminds us to cherish life’s treasures.’

 

If you want to have a look at other trends you can have a look via this link: https://www.swatch.com/en/press/FallWinter2016/

After ages of deciding, I decided to choose the SISTEM STALAC watch that has a silver bracelet and face with Swarovski crystals embedded on the outer face. It fastens by a clasp and is non-battery powered and instead is powered by the movement of your wrist with new mechanical technology. The good thing about my new watch is that if you decide not to wear it for four days the watch will still be ticking at the appropriate time but is easy to wind up if you don’t wear it for longer than four days. (trust me if I can operate it, anyone can I am a complete technophobe!)

A video based on the mechanics of the watch can be seen via the link below:

http://shop.swatch.com/en_gb/collections/sistem51-irony-c111.html

 

 

This watch is definitely one of my favourites. I love the detailing and the bracelet makes it look really elegant contrasting with the large face.

You can shop my watch here at: http://shop.swatch.com/en_gb/collections/sistem51-irony-c111.html

I definitely recommend Swatch, especially if you are a fashion lover. The products they offer make the perfect gift so if you are like me and are still doing your Christmas shopping I would consider taking a look in a Swatch store near you or on their website that I will post a link to below.

http://shop.swatch.com/en_gb/

Currently Swatch are giving advice on what to gift a loved on by answering a few questions based on their gender and style to make it all the more easier for you.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

Alana xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Sun

Hey, 

Hope you have all had a good week and ready for Halloween weekend!! I can’t wait 🙌🏼

I haven’t been posting on here in a while as I’ve been so busy! 

Just the other day I came back from my holiday in Tenerife in the Canary Islands with my boyfriend and I had the best time. Winter sun was just what I needed after being loaded with the cold. I think that’s the only thing I hate about this time of year.
We decided to book the holiday on a whim and I’m so glad we did. We stayed in Las Americas in a hotel called Vanilla Gardens that was amazing …. I mean they had beds as sun loungers 😱😱 


How pretty! We stayed here most days and soaked up as much sun as possible before coming back home to the freezing cold… the staff were lovely and the food was amazing too, I definitely would reccomend this place.

Getting to wear summer clothes and bikinis again was great, before going I managed to bag some cute bikini sets by the pool. 

I’m obsessed with crochet bikinis and I spotted this Jamaican inspired two piece one from Miss Guided for £30. It’s so cute and I love the style of it too. Even though I’m someone who hates getting tan lines I just had to have it hahah! It’s by far one of my favourites. 

When I was coming back from London I spotted this lil bandeau twist bikini from Accessorize. Who doesn’t want a plain white bikini? It’s perfect and looks great with a tan. It was only £24 which is a perfect buy. I managed to purchase my pool cover up from River Island for £25 in the clearance sale when looking for last minute purchases and it’s great to just throw over your bikini. 

One of the days we went to Siam water park and it was so much fun… my boyfriend managed to convince me to go on a ride called Tower of Power that drops and goes through a tunnel with sharks … yes sharks!!! The hour wait made the apprehension so much worse but I’m so glad I done it… 


Looking at this photo I can’t believe I actually went on it haha! 

Here are a few pictures from the day …


My crochet play suit is from Hollister, it’s so cute and lightweight. 

In Las Americas there is loads of nightlife with bars and clubs. We particularly liked Papagayo Beach Club… the venue was amazing  I think I became a bit obsessed with cocktails on holiday too ….

Before heading home I wanted to take advantage of wearing my last summer dress before heading home. This one is from Lipsy London and it’s by far my favourite. I love the print and style of it…


Overall I couldn’t have asked for a better week, it was great and the holiday blues have definitely set in!

Happy Friday

Alana xo