Guest Post II How To: Blake Lively Street Style

Hey there lovelies,

I hope you’re all well! Today’s post is a bit of a special one because I’m about to introduce my very first guest blogger to you! I have never had anyone write a guest post for my blog but when the lovely Remi asked me whether she could write a blog post for me because she loves writing but doesn’t have the time to keep up her own blog momentarily, I loved the idea. My blog has been so focused on beauty lately I love that she is bringing a bit of fashion back. So without further ado here is Remi’s post on Blake Lively’s Street Style.

How To: Blake Lively Street Style by Remi Mayer

A couple of days ago, I saw a photo of Blake Lively in a gorgeous yellow floor-length dress, which inspired me a lot. No matter if she’s walking down the street or the red carpet, her killer style leaves people speechless. Since we all look for a flawless street style in hot summer days, I’ve decided to take a peep at Blake’s wardrobe and present you with her most successful casual outfits. Check them out below.

Style 1: Vibrant and chic

What I like the most about Blake’s style is the manner in which she rocks it. She looks sooo cute and graceful regardless of what she wears. This might seem so because she always makes the perfect balance of the fabrics, colors and prints, which can be seen in this photo. If you need a simple, yet effective look for a walk in the park, maybe you should combine a light floral blouse with a pair of tight jeans and kitten heel booties, just like Blake did. It’s both stylish and comfortable!

 

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Style 2: Casual and cool

Even the most effortless look requires a lot of layering and accessorizing, which Blake showed us in this picture. She made the perfect basis for her casual outfit, combining high-waisted capri pants with a classic black top. Gucci brown leather biker jacket, a super-cute Pandora box bag, a feminine beige chapeau and gorgeous black loafers were the final touch that made this street style simply flawless.

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Style 3: Delicate printed pants

Blake knows how to rock cute printed pants, which have filled the shelves of almost all designer clothing boutiques and stores! Such outfits can be ideal for both grabbing coffee with your friends or a fancy dinner, with slight modifications. I like this combination as it brings both a casual and feminine touch to the entire look. She combined embellished Emanual Ungaro bold printed leggings with a simple white tee and pointed-toe pumps in order to achieve a classy effect. If you’re planning to take a walk, I would always recommend replacing the pumps with chic ballet flats that are far more comfortable!

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Style 4: Comfy and sophisticated

Personally, I love this combination the most because it’s simple and ultra-sophisticated at the same time. She decided to play with textures and colors, pairing nude zipper shorts with a gorgeous blue V-neck blouse. In order to make the outfit more complex, she went for cute gray peep toe booties and a red leather hobo. Finally, Blake decided to spice the outfit up with accessories, including a beautiful and feminine marine necklace that fitted her entire style perfectly.

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Natural look

Achieving a perfect look isn’t just about the latest fashion trends. It’s also about the choice of perfect hairstyle and makeup. This season, natural look is tremendously popular and Blake Lively rocks it perfectly. As you could see from all these photos, her almost no make up look emphasizes her natural and radiant beauty. So, instead of heavy foundation and overly intense makeup, go for warm and natural nuances that will make your skin fresh and glowing.

All in all, achieving a Blake Lively look isn’t that complicated at all. I’ve decided to go with these street style ideas because they are easy to achieve and, at the same time, they look sophisticated and glamorous. Enjoy!

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My Top 3 Mac Lipsticks for A Neutral Lip

Hey lovelies,

I’m back with another lipstick post. Yay! So as you all know I’m obsessed with lipsticks. Especially Mac ones. My collection just never stops growing. Even though I love a bright, bold crazy lip I also like to keep it more neutral at times. Actually I’ve developed a bit of a nude lip obsession recently, so I thought I’d share my top 3 Mac lipsticks for a more neutral lip: Pink Plaid, Velvet Teddy and Twig.

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Pink Plaid

Pink Plaid is a very soft pink but I still consider it to be more of a nude pink than just a pink because it is so light. It’s a matte finish (my favorite) and therefore it lasts so long, you don’t have to worry about having to re-apply the lipstick. I absolutely love this shade because it’s relatively cool-toned and since I have more of a cool than a warm complexion, I find that this suits me really well. So if you have light hair and fair skin you might want to give this a go. For me this is the perfect lipstick for those days when I want to wear more of a neutral shade but not a totally nude one. With Pink Plaid I can still add a slight touch of color to my make up look while still keeping it causal.

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Velvet Teddy

This is probably one of the most hyped up Mac lipsticks at the moment and it’s sold out all the time but my mom did manage to get a hold of it for me and since beauty has been mine for about 2 months now. Ever since I got this lipstick I’ve been wearing it most the time and I’ve used almost half of it up already. I just love how much fuller it makes my lips look and it just goes with every single make up look and every occasion. I love how this balances out heavy eye make up but it still looks amazing with a more simple eye make up look because it draws attention to the lips then. Basically I’m wearing this most of the time because I’m obsessed with the shade. Since I’m quite fair many nude shades make me looked like I’m sick and really wash me out but this one doesn’t at all and I know I’m going to have to repurchase it once I run out.

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Twig

Twig is actually the newest member of my Mac lipstick collection but I’m obsessed already. It comes in a Satin finish, which I’m quite happy with because it’s still relatively matte. I find this color fairly hard to describe but I would say it’s more of a dark pink brown kind of nude. Either way it’s just a stunning color and I think I will be wearing this a lot. It’s very pigmented and leaves a beautiful finish on the lips as it’s not entirely matte but not glossy either. Even though it doesn’t last as long as Pink Plaid and Velvet Teddy it still lasts up to 5 or 6 hours and maybe. Despite having purchased Twig quite recently I know I will be wearing it all the time because it’s just one of those shades that I love. It’s still very neutral but adds that little something to your look and it makes your lips look fuller. What more could we want?

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So these are my top 3 Mac lipsticks for a more neutral lip. They are pretty much my every day kind of shades and the ones I put on when I want to wear a lipstick but I kinda don’t, if you know what I mean. Sorry for all the selfies but I thought it would be nice to see how they actually look on my lips. They’re not the best quality but I got them off of my Instagram. Nonetheless I still have some swatches for you guys.

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As always I genuinely hope you enjoyed reading this post! What are your top 3 Mac lipsticks for a causal lip?

XX

Sophie

Because Make Up Doesn’t Define Me

” You’re such a pretty girl. I don’t know why you always put on all that make up. You totally don’t need it.” This is something that I’ve been told by quite a lot by people and lately it’s really been making me mad. Sorry, but since when do other people get to decide on what I do with my face? Last time I checked my face only belongs to me and I can do whatever the hell I want with it. It’s my choice. And what do you even mean with I wouldn’t have to wear all that make up? Are you implying that other people do need it?

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I’ve always had a love affair with makeup. Ever since I’ve been little I’ve loved how make up can help me transform into someone much more confident. And besides I thought it’s all about confidence these days? That’s what people tell you, right? Confidence is so attractive. Guys love confident girls. Confidence helps you with being successful in your career, so love your body and love the skin you’re in, right? Well, just because you tell me to love myself the way I am all my insecurities aren’t just magically gonna disappear, you know! Besides, just because I might wear a bit more make up than the average person doesn’t mean I’m insecure. It doesn’t mean that I hate the face that looks back at me in the mirror once all that make up comes off. I’m totally fine with how I look without make up. I don’t use make up to shape a face I don’t have and even if I did that’s still none of anyone else’s damn business.

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Like I’ve already mentioned I’ve loved doing my make up for years.  Yes, I do wear a full coverage foundation most days but not because I want to hide my face. I do it because I prefer the finish. Sorry, but I like my skin to look flawless. And yes I love rocking a bright lip some days because it makes me feel more empowering and I thought it was all about confidence, so if wearing a red lips is what makes me confident then what’s the problem? I occasionally put on a pair of fake lashes because I love the way they enhance my eyes. So what? Just because I do those things it doesn’t make me fake. It doesn’t mean that I’m stuck up and bitchy. It doesn’t mean that I’m materialistic. It doesn’t mean that I only care about other people’s appearance. It doesn’t mean that I have a boring personality. All it means is that I like to wear make up. Because guess what? Make up doesn’t define me. It’s just something I love to play around with. Something that makes me more confident and that gives me a little bit more strength to conquer the day.

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I usually try not to care about what other people think and I won’t change my ways but lately those comments have been annoying me a bit. Makeup is a hobby to me. It’s a way for me to express myself. I enjoy trying out different looks all the time and if I want to spend a little fortune on a lipstick then so be it. It’s my money after all.

I’m usually not one to go on crazy rants on my blog but this is just something that’s been bothering me for a while now and that I needed to get out of my system because I hate how people can be so judgmental and prejudiced at times. Make up doesn’t make me fake and it does not define me as a person in any way shape or form. So they can talk all they want, I’m just gonna continue to be me and do my make up the way I want to. Because I strongly believe that you should always do you and if makeup is what gives you more confidence then that’s totally okay and you shouldn’t change for anyone else.

What’s your take on this? I’d love to hear!

Much love and thank you for reading!

Sophie

Mac’s Sushi Kiss

Hey lovelies,

as you all probably know by now I’m massively obsessed with lipsticks and especially Mac ones. Thanks to my amazing grandma I could welcome another member to the family a few days back: it’s Mac Sushi Kiss, which has been on my wish list for quite some time.

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Sushi kiss is a very pale but bright orange that comes in a Satin formula, so it’s more of a semi-matte finish.. Nearly a year ago I bought my first ever orange lipstick, which was Mac Morange. Morange is one of my favorite summer lipsticks, which I love to use to brighten up a more simple outfit. However, when I saw Sushi Kiss somewhere online I right away fell for the shade because it’s very orange as well but it’s a very light almost pastel shade of orange, even though it looks very bright in these pictures. I just think it’s a very unique shade and so stunning over the summer month. And obviously I LOVE the name. It’s so freaking cute.

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The lipstick itself applies very evenly and glides on very smoothly, however, I’ve noticed that it can emphasize any dry patches you may have, so just make sure to moisturize your lips very well and you should by fine. When it comes to lasting power this one will definitely last you for a few good hours and the best thing is that it fades away evenly until it only leaves a stain. If you find this color to be a bit bright and intimidating when fully applied it looks really nice as just a stain.

So to conclude I’m so happy with this shade. Not only am I in love with the adorable name but I think Sushi Kiss is such a fun and vibrant color, that is perfect for the summer months if you are someone who doesn’t shy away from loud colors!

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What are your favorite Mac lippies for summer?

Much love,

Sophie

A Desert Beauty

Hello lovelies,

how are you all doing today? Some of you might remember my little trip to Kiko the other week. Yes, that’s right! I now have a Kiko store near me and I’m really excited about that. If you’ve read my haul post you may know that one of the things I picked up was the Kiko Sahara Glow Highlighter in 01 Desert Colours. The highlighter is part of their current summer collection Modern Tribes, which is all about vibrant colors, bronzed skin and has a bit of an African vibe to it packaging wise (which I kinda love).

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The collection includes a few amazing looking products, however, what caught my eye immediately was the highlighter because it’s one of the prettiest products ever. Most of my highlighters are either liquid or pressed powders but I don’t own any highlighting pearls such as this one. I’ve seen the gorgeous Guerlain ones but they are quite pricey, so I haven’t been brave enough to take the plunge and buy them. Since the Kiko one is only a fraction of the price I just had to purchase it.

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First off I love the packaging. Basically you get this container that is made to look like it’s glass with this wooden like lid. The design is definitely more simple but I like how it’s quite chunky. I just have a thing for big and chunky products. Don’t judge! The only negative thing I could think of though is that because it’s quite big and relatively heavy it’s not that great for traveling and takes up quite some space in my make up bag. But that’s okay. So now on to the actual product. The highlighter contains three different shades of pearls. There is one which pretty much looks like the common highlighting light shimmery shade with a bit of gold to it. One is more of a soft peachy pink and one is a lightly bronzed shade but all three of them are stunning.

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What I do most days is I take my Zoeva highlighting brush, swirl it around the container and apply the highlighter to those parts of my face I want to highlight, so cheekbones, bridge of my nose etc. However, once the sun finally comes out a bit more and I might actually manage to get a bit of a tan I think this would look so good if I use a big fluffy brush and lightly dust it all over my skin to achieve that bronzed sun kissed look we all dream of.

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So to sum it all up I’m really happy with this purchase. I’m obsessed with the packaging, the product is so lovely to look at and it’s definitely a nice product to give you amazing looking glowy skin. I can’t wait to use it all throughout summer.

Have you bought anything from the Kiko Modern Tribes Collection? Any recommendations of what I should try next?

Love,

Sophie

My Top 3 Foundations (High End)

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Whenever I do my make up, probably the most important thing to me is for my skin to look good. Picture perfect skin is definitely the one thing that gives me the most confidence, even more than my beloved bold colored lipsticks. I think I’ve mentioned this a few times before but all throughout high school I had pretty much perfectly clear skin and never really wore foundation. Most days I would just apply a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream and set that with my holy grail powder, Mac’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. However, when I started University my skin went a little crazy and along with some good skin care products my search for that holy grail foundation began. Throughout the searching process I’ve definitely become a tad obsessed with trying new foundations and I always love to try out new ones, especially because I’m also quite picky when it comes to my foundations.

After searching the drugstore high and low I couldn’t find one product that satisfied me enough. I’m very fair skinned and on top of that my skin is also quite sensitive. Eventually I ventured on to high end foundations and I’ve now narrowed it down to 3 foundations, that I absolutely love and use on a regular basis, so let me introduce them to you.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear

This was the first high end foundation I’ve ever tried as it’s quite hyped up and I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. Luckily it turned out to be a hit for me. If you need your skin to look absolutely flawless this is the one to go for as it has such a high coverage it will cover up absolutely anything. It’s quite a thick foundation and it can be a bit drying at times, which is why I don’t use it for every day. It definitely has a matte finish but it’s not as natural, which is why I only wear this on special occasions.

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Dior Star

I actually never intended on buying this to be honest. Thank God though I did because it’s one of my favorite foundations I’ve ever tried. Originally I went to my local make up store to purchase the YSL Fusion Ink foundation as it had just come out and everyone was raving about it. I couldn’t really find a shade that was a perfect match, so the lovely lady working there tried a few different foundations and the one that matched me the best was the Dior Star one. It literally looked just like my skin. This is my every day foundation as it gives me such a natural look. The coverage is more medium but you can definitely build it up to high coverage. What I love the most about this foundation is how healthy and glowy it makes my skin look and how moisturizing it feels. I find the finish of this a bit hard to describe because it’s not dewy but it’s not matte either. It really just leaves your skin looking fresh and healthy and gives you this glow from within kind of look.

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Mac Studio Fix Fluid

As you might have noticed I just love Mac. They’re the first more high end brand I’ve ever tried and fell for, so it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include one of their foundations. Now I haven’t actually tried many of their foundations but I do love my Studio Fix Fluid. I know a lot of people recommend this foundation and I definitely would as well. I have the shade NW10 and it is the perfect match! This has a high coverage like the Estee Laude Double wear and gives you a matte finish without drying out your skin, while it still somehow manages to look natural. I always change things up between my Dior Star and this one but I’m currently wearing this one every day as I just ordered a new bottle because sadly I had run out of my last one.

I love all three of these foundations equally and for different reasons, so I couldn’t pick my absolute favorite. However, if I had to recommend  just one I would probably recommend the Mac Studio Fix Fluid because it’s the most affordable one but still delivers just as well as the other two. I personally love the high coverage this one provides while still making my skin look natural. If you’re interested in my skin type it’s definitely normal and tends to be drying sometimes, especially in the colder months.

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What’s your favorite foundation? Anything I NEED to try?

Much love,

Sophie

April Favorites

So I know it’s been a little while since my last post and it’s already May 3rd but I just love reading Monthly Favorites posts, so I wanted to share my favorite things of the month of April with you guys! As per usual it’s all make up but I do have one skin care favorite. But I don’t want to bore you with my ramblings, so let’s get right into it.

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The Body Shop Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask

I’m a bit of a face mask obsessed person, to be honest. I used to have such nice and clear skin all throughout high school when all of my friends were breaking out and then once I moved on to University my skin went a little crazy. I’m guessing it was due to hormones and stress but ever since then I became obsessed with skin care and having a proper skin care routine. Now my skin still isn’t as good as it used to be but it has improved immensely since then. Face masks are probably my favorite skin care item and I try to do one at least once a week. I got this one at the beginning of April and have loved it so far. I really like the scent and I feel like it just calms my skin down after a stressful week.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer

This might be my all time favorite concealer! The coverage is amazing and it matches my skin tone so nicely. It lasts all day and covers up anything you want to cover up wether that’s just some dark circles, redness or any imperfections in your skin. This bad boy makes them all go away – at least for a day.

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Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 and 07

I’ve already written a review on one of these two beauties. I really like that they come in a stick form for days when I’m in a rush! Basically I just put these on real quick and they last so long! Since I loved  the shade 06 so much, which is a beautiful bronzy shade, I went and bought the shade 06 which is more of a lighter beige shade. Both are the perfect amount of shimmery and so stunning.

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Soleil Tan De Chanel 

This was my first ever cream bronzer and it might be my favorite bronzer I own and that’s not just due to the fact that it’s Chanel. When I first heard that this bronzer is supposed to be a universal shade and suit everyone I was really skeptical. I’m quite fair skinned, so I was quite nervous that it would be too orange and make me look muddy. Thankfully it doesn’t! It’s the most natural looking bronzer I’ve ever tried, hands down! Basically I’m in love with this and since the sun has been coming out a bit I’ve used this beauty to warm up my complexion.

Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso

This is probably one of my favorite blushes for a neutral glowy complexion look. It’s a very light and shimmery peach that will probably suit everyone. It’s just a stunning neutral shade.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara

As you can see this is just a rather small sample size, which was included in an Estee Lauder Palette I recently purchased. However, I’ve been using this nearly every day as it’s so good. It adds so much length to my lashes and I find it perfect for a more natural look. Once I run out of this I’ll probably have to buy the full size.

Mac Velvet Teddy

I only just got this lipstick at the very beginning of April and look how much I’ve already used it but I’m obsessed! It makes my lips so much fuller and I find it to be the perfect nude for my complexion as it doesn’t wash me out. Basically I can totally understand the hype around this shade, so if you’ve thought about getting this one go for it! It’s absolutely worth it!

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And this already concludes my April favorites!

What have you been loving this month?

Much love,

Sophie