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Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspo…

Hey guys and gals! Valentines days is on the horizon and whether you’re spending it with your significant other, your gal pals or snuggled up on the sofa with the ever reliable Ben and Jerry’s, it’s an excuse to treat yourself to a new outfit, right? (Yeah, I know I’m supposed to be saving money Mother but a girl can dream!). So, without further delay, here are some of the outfits I’m lusting over this month. Basically this blog is an excuse for me to internet shop and use Valentine’s Day as a justification when, in reality, I will definitely be doing dissertation work with a packet of Oreos… Humour me please people! 

First up, for all my ladies heading out for a fancy meal with the other half. Picking one outfit for this was HARD, so you’re getting a few! First up it the little red dress. Always a yes from me. I love red and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for it. This MissGuided number is £12 and would look fab with a red lippy and some black heels, plus it’s pretty simple so you could easily wear it again. If you don’t fancy a dress, Pretty Little Things has got some fab coords in at the minute in loads of different colours. This grey one is an absolute beauty (I’m also a big fan of the nude one but with my pale skin I reckon I would look like I’d rocked up naked… not exactly the Valentines look I am going forOr is it?) 

Jeans and a nice top. The go to outfit when you don’t want to look like you’ve made too much effort but actually it took a ridiculous amount of effort because who actually know what to wear when someone days the dress code is jeans and a nice top? I’ll be honest, I hit up MissGuided and their new ‘jeans and a nice top section’ and I was left very disappointed for a multitude of reasons. 1) The tops were not nice. Some were pretty hideous to be honest (sorry if you found your dream top on this section of the website… awkward.) 2) They didn’t style them with jeans. Are they missing something? 3) The ones that were nice were definitely not for people with tiny little boobies like myself or with bigger boobies as there would definitely be nip slips going on. Anyway, I had to expand my search a little… I hit up Zara, which has never let me down. Ever. I love Zara with all my heart and soul. I found this adorable blouse with lace details in the sale and I love it. Teamed with some pale jeans and some cute little strappy heels and you’ve got yourself an outfit! If you fancied something a little less colourful, I’m also kind of obsessing on this poplin top with frilled sleeves. And it’s £10!! This would look wicked with some white jeans which, I am pleased to inform you, MissGuided did deliver on. These high waisted, cropped jeans get a yes from me. I could go on and on in this section but I promise this is the last one. Lipstick Boutique do some really glam bits and pieces and I am a huge fan of this off the shoulder lace top.

A night with the gal pals deserves a bit of sparkle and this Motel Rocks sequin dress has had me drooling for months! These guys do some gorgeous going out dresses (you’ve probably seen them all over the gram) and this sequin dress comes in loads of different colours. I like the black opal one the best I think but, let’s be honest, I wouldn’t say no to any of them!

Next up is my dream Valentine’s night, a snuggle on the sofa. The most important part of any relationship, making sure you’re on the same page when it comes to Harry Potter houses. You could even wear this cute little Slytherin PJ top whilst watching Harry Potter – the dream! Fancy something a bit more ohlala? I found these super cute sets on a site called Shein. I have’t seen it before but these and super sweet and affordable. You might be a bit nippy but it’ll be worth it, if you know what I mean… (ps. Ann Summers have a up to 50% sale on and their underwear is so pretty, plus super sexy!! They also have the same sale on their sex toys and bondage… hey, 50 shades might have inspired some of you!) 

And finally, any of you heading out on a first date, start as you mean to go on and avoid any Johnny’s (did his name have a H in it?) with a top that subtly implies I AM A FEMINIST and I do not date people who are not 🙂 Or if you want to save that for date number 2, Zara have some adorable floral numbers, perfect for a coffee date or brunch.

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A cute little Zara dress I wore on my last date night x

So there you have it, some outfit inspo for your Valentines Day plans. Or any day really. Basically, just a few bits and pieces that I am loving at the moment. I will be doing more fashion posts over the next few months as I transform my wardrobe from winter to summer and so make sure you give the blog a follow to keep up with all my fashion updates. 

Jamie x 

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Oldies but Goldies.

I love trying out new make up but there are some products that I know I can always rely on. These are my ‘Oldies but Goldies’…

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First up my go to foundation has got to be MAC studio sculpt foundation. I wear NC15 and it suits my skin perfectly. This product feels super light on the skin but still gives a good coverage. For everyday wear, one layer is more than enough but it is easy to build up for a more flawless finish if you like heavier coverage. It has a nice dewy finish without making my skin look greasy and lasts for ages (even longer if you finish with some MAC Prep and Prime – another one of my go to MAC products).

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Next up, this was the very first contouring kit I ever bought and I still swear by it. ‘Sleek Face Form Contour and Blush Palette’ (I wear Medium 374) is a fab kit and really good value for money. The contour powder has a really nice matte finish and is so easy to blend in. If you like a little bit of glitter, the blusher/bronzer has a pretty sparkle to it and is great for the summer months when you’ve got a little bit of colour. Finally, although not the most ‘in your face’ highlighter on the market, the illuminating highlighter in the set has a lovely shimmery finish and you can easily build it up. I tend to where this highlight on a day to day basis as it isn’t too in your face. Having all three in one palette is also super practical and, at £9.99, this product is a steal!

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Now for my going out highlighter. ‘Becca Shimmering Pressed Skin Perfector’ in Opal is highlight heaven. Super sparkly with a golden glow, this highlighter is my favourite for a night out. I only have a baby one at the minute (I will be getting a full sized one when this runs out!) but I also have a little ‘Becca Shimmering Skin Protector Spotlight’. The same colour as the pressed powder highlight, this is a liquid consistency with a precision applicator (a little bit like a lip gloss). I was a little bit sceptical at first as it feels quite ‘wet’ but it drys super quickly and leaves a gorgeous, lasting glow. A lot of liquid highlighters I have used in the past tend to go a bit ‘bitty’ and peel off but this doesn’t move! The precise tip also means it’s great for highlighting any awkward places.

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Next up is my daily mascara. I’ll be honest, after trying Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ I wasn’t too keen on trying out ‘Roller Lash’ as I really wasn’t a fan. However, I’d read some really good reviews and was struggling to find a decent mascara that worked for me so I thought I would give it a go and I’ve never looked back (cringe). Unlike ‘They’re Real’, which I found stayed ‘wet’ and left a lot of residue under my eye, ‘Roller Lash’ is a nice balance between setting and not drying out your lashes. It’s really easy to build and gives an almost false lash effect after a few coats. It does seem to run out quite quickly and isn’t cheap but it’s definitely worth giving a go if you’re still looking for that perfect mascara.

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I am an absolute sucker for lipsticks and these are 2 of my absolute favourite brands! I couldn’t pick a favourite colour so I thought I would show you guys 2 contrasting colours I have in my make up bag depending on my mood.

First up is ‘NYX soft matte lip cream’ in London. NYX have such an amazing colour range at really affordable prices! They don’t last ages and have a bit of a reputation for drying out your lips, however, out of the matte lipsticks I have tried this is one of the best. I used to be a red lipstick girl everyday and so braving the world of nude was a big step for me and I found it really difficult to find a shade that suited me. With these lip creams, there is a colour to suit everyone! They have a flat applicator so are super easy to apply and, at less than half the price of a MAC lipstick, these are great if you are experimenting with a new shade (plus, you don’t feel quite as bad if they fall out of your bag on a night out…)

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A bit of a different colour, next is MAC ‘Creamsheen lipstick’ in Hang-Up. Again, MAC have loads of different colours and they lipsticks have amazing staying power! I can be wearing it all day and hardly have to retouch it which is great, especially for darker lipsticks which can be a real pain. Hang-Up is one of the darker shades (although it comes out more pinky on my lips!) but they also do some gorgeous nudes. If you’re more into a matte finish there’s still plenty to choose from. They are pretty expensive at £16.50 but worth treating yourself! If you’re worried a colour won’t suit you, just ask to try it out.

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Last but not least (I swear I’m not repping for MAC or anything!), is my MAC eyeshadow palette in warm neutral. This palette is so wearable, with a nice mix of different neutral shades (matte and shimmery). There’s 15 shades in the palette and, although I do have my favourites, there isn’t one I wouldn’t use which is unusual. Getting yourself a pre-made MAC palette is way more affordable than buying them individually (think this was around £50 as opposed to £100+) so it’s worth taking a look at them and seeing if any take your fancy. They aren’t all super pigmented but are easy to build up and seem to go on forever! Below are just a few of my favourite shades.

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So there you have it, some of my ‘Oldies but Goldies’. It was really difficult to choose because I have so much in my make up bag I really couldn’t do without (maybe you’ll be seeing an ‘Oldies but Goldies 2.0’ at some point in the future!). What would be on your list?

Jamie x