It's been a while since I did a beauty post (or any post actually, oops) so today I thought I would review a foundation I recently purchased and have been trying out. I had been on the lookout for a new base as my bottle of my usual go-to foundation, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation, was coming to an end and I wanted to try something new so I paid a visit to the Bobbi Brown counter. The girls on my local Bobbi Brown counter were super nice and helpful when I was choosing and they recommended what they thought would be the best foundation for me then showed me several colours. What I specifically thought was great was that unlike on most counters, they tried 3 colours and asked for my opinion on which I personally liked the best rather than just telling me which one I should buy. I came away with what I believe is the brand's newest foundation, the Intensive Skin Serum SPF 40 Foundation in the shade Sand.
17 Aug 2015
I've always been skeptical of online Asian retailers selling clothing similar in design to popular high street and designer offerings for minimum prices (and by minimum I mean minimum, around £3+ per item) as I've read reviews and seen images of items arriving and looking absolutely nothing like the image shown on the site, plus I'm always wary of using my debit card on new sites. However, I have always been intrigued as I have also seen some great reviews and let's be honest who doesn't love a good bargain occasionally when it comes to clothing?! So, when Dresslink approached me and offered to send me some pieces of my choice I was happy to accept and see what the outcome would be like.
As I know sometimes disasters can happen when you pick items from sites like Dresslink, I decided when I was browsing to go for what I thought were safer options that were less likely to arrive looking like something completely different to what is shown in the image. I also watched a few Dresslink haul videos and read some reviews which all recommended to size up, as Asian sizing comes up quite small. For this reason, I only chose to purchase tops this time as I have quite long legs so I didn't want to risk it with bottoms. Something that also helped when choosing was when you go on each individual product's page there is a size guide and a section for customer reviews and images.
I ended up choosing three items from the site which I chose to be shipped via ChinaPost with tracking and they arrived within 2 weeks which is amazing considering they said it could take up to one month so I cannot fault the delivery, although my tracking was inaccurate and all in Chinese which wasn't too helpful.
10 Aug 2015
When asked to place stores, magazines, and bloggers in order according to which are most influential within fashion your answer up to even a couple of years ago would probably be different to what it is today. In fact, not only that, each individual's answer is likely be different to another's at any point in time. For me each hold a certain amount of significance, however I think that most of us can agree that the rise of the fashion blogger has definitely altered the way in which many consumers are influenced to make a purchase and I am included that.
I would say that I have been a reader of fashion blogs for around 4 or more years now and it is evident how things have changed in that short amount of time. Before I would browse from time-to-time just to gain outfit inspiration whereas now I read blogs much more frequently, almost daily, to find key standout pieces that I'd like to add to my wardrobe. Don't get me wrong, I still love to go in store to have a good ol' browse but I must admit bloggers have made shopping a lot easier when I'm not in the mood for spending hours searching for the perfect product. Because I feel like bloggers influence my style and purchase decisions quite a lot, I thought I'd share with you (in no particular order) my current favourite fashion bloggers so you too can gain some inspiration from them.
3 Aug 2015
Bonprix is a retailer I had never heard of until I was recently approached by a representative of theirs showing me digital postcards they'd created styling their new collection of summer dresses for top holiday destinations around the world. Comparable to Next, Bonprix is a catalogue retailer catering to women, men, and children with many affordable products available in a range of sizes. Though I wouldn't say I am the target customer for Bonprix as I think their womenswear is more suited to a slightly older consumer, after browsing on the site I did come across a couple of items that I would personally wear. Therefore thought I would share with you how I would style one of their summer dresses and prove that garments from one retailer can be worn by consumers of a variety of ages.