illamasqua sale buys

Thursday, 4 February 2016

If there's one brand I get truly excited about when it comes to post-xmas/January sales it's Illamasqua. I'm a loyal buyer of their products and have worshiped their lipsticks for a couple of years now, always having total faith in both their formulas and their shades. This means that I know I won't be getting fobbed off with any naff bargain buys when the sale comes round, so I love to take the opportunity to stock up on their lust-worthy goodies!

The first product that caught my eye was their Lipstick in Liv...

Their matte lipsticks are what first drew me to the brand so they're always a nice safe option for me as I know I love wearing them. Nude/pinky tones, or anything light in general, appeal to me massively at the minute so I couldn't miss the opportunity to grab this vibrant candy pink! There is no way that this lipstick is budging once you put it on, so it's a good idea if you know you have a long day ahead.

I also couldn't resist their Matte Liquid Lipstick in Exotic..

So dreamy! The colour pay off with this lipstick is so intense it's unreal. Literally brightens up any look! The first time I wore it in the office I go so many comments, it really is just too bright to miss and makes your lips look lovely and full too. I was a tad wary when applying this because of how runny and bold the product is (one shaky arm movement and it could be game over) but the precision brush at the end makes it alllllllllll okay. Even for someone as clumsy as me.

The wear time is really long yet again and I would definitely recommend it if you need a sturdy lippy that won't budge. Don't get me wrong this does begin to flake off eventually after a few hours/drinks/snacks but it's nothing you wouldn't expect from a lip product. Anyway, even if the formulas weren't as incredible as they are, I could totally forgive Illamasqua for it because the colours are just something else entirely...

Amazing! Just so irresistibly bright. 

The final purchase I made was the Empower palette. 

All of these shades are stunning in their own way but my ultimate favourite are Blink (the matte light nude/brown) and Fervent (shimmery, multi-tonal red/brown). I'm loving playing with this palette at the minute and switching up how I use it, but my go to look is using the lightest colour to highlight and the dark charcoal to line my eyes, with the nude as a base and Fervent in the crease! Here I've used the eyeshadow palette and the lipstick in Liv (a very minimal covering toned down with another nude lip liner).

Ta-da! All of these products can be incorporated into my daily makeup routine or used to amp it up on a special occasion, I think that's why I love them so much! 

Are you a big fan of Illamasqua? Please do recommend any products of theirs that you think I would like, though I can't promise I won't have already tried them as I am slowly but surely making my way through all their lipsticks!

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clashing prints

Monday, 18 January 2016

Good evening bloggers/readers! This weeks post is yet another outfit, and yes - I am still wearing my beloved hat. I picked up this insanely beaut skirt in the topshop sale a couple of weeks ago and just couldn't wait to take it out for a spin! Sticking with the navy theme I paired it with my loose blue shirt and cosy sleeveless belted coat. OH, and I can't forget my new boots. They are the complete loves of my life at the minute <3 

Shirt - H&M // Skirt - Topshop (similar) // Coat - Topshop (similar) // Boots - Office (sale) // Hat - H&M  

I really love how different this skirt is! I was a little unsure about clashing the prints with the stripes and leopard print boots, but I don't think it looks too horrendous! A little more interesting than your average jeans and jumper outfit anyway, and I can't stand feeling like I'm dressed boringly at the minute. Speaking of which, I did a little interview type thing over on the Bonprix blog recently which was super fun (talking all things fashion, style, 2016 and sale shopping), so if you fancy a quick look you can catch that HERE :)

Thanks so much for catching up with the latest on She Dreams! I hope you have a fab week, I should be sharing some of my new makeup faves on here pretty soon! 

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Burgundy flares

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Good evening! I hope you've all had a fab week back at work/school and are feeling lovely and refreshed this Sunday night! I don't know about you but going back to work after Christmas felt so strange for me it was almost like starting a new job all over again - forgetting how to run reports and what passwords are needed for what etc - but after just a couple of days I was back into the swing of things. As promised, I've prepared another little outfit post for you this evening just to show you some of the pieces I'm very fond of wearing at the minute...

Trousers - ASOS (similar) // Blouse - H&M // Gilet - Topshop // Hat - H&M // Boots - old

I actually can't express how much I love these Monki flares from ASOS. They are ridiculously soft and comfortable - perfect for every day wear - yet they make any outfit just that little bit more interesting than wearing plain old jeans. I teamed the flares with a loose shirt and my uber comfy topshop gilet to add a little warmth and coziness, followed by my trusty beige hat. 

Thanks so much for tuning in to my latest outfit post! I've got so many more things I need to post at the minute it just seems nearly impossible to take pictures at this time of the year when it gets dark while I'm still at work. I think I'll mix things up and do a couple of makeup reviews after this so keep your eyes peeled, especially if you like Illamasqua! 

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Happy New Year!

Sunday, 3 January 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Wow, 2016 already. I feel nothing but huge amounts of positivity towards the year ahead, although I am mildly bummed out about the fact no one can use the "Where do you see yourself in five years time?" joke anymore (ANSWER: "I don't know, I don't have 2020 vision." lol). Anyway, I thought I would kick off the new year with an outfit post, as one of my resolution type things is to post much more regularly on here. Hope you like this little ensemble!

Hat - H&M // Top - Oasis // Coat - Topshop (similar) // Trousers - Miss Selfridge // Boots - old 

I'm really digging the whole flared trouser thing at the minute so you'll probably see a lot more of that on here in future, as well as my new hat which basically lives on my head right now. 

Thanks so much for reading my first post of the year, here's to many more to come! Best of luck for the first day back in the office/school tomorrow! 

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Boxing day x

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Hi lovely readers! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas with friends and family and have enjoyed the seasonal pleasures of eating and drinking until near explosion as well as opening gifts and just generally chilling out. I'm currently relaxing on the sofa watching the IT crowd and filling up on white wine, pizza and vegan sweets - literally the best way I could think of spending time off work! Although I've had an incredible Christmas period altogether, boxing day really stands out to me so I wanted to share a few pictures on here...

To make the most of the pleasant weather I decided to take a trip out to Burghley House where we were greeted by the most absolutely stunning deer. Look how cute this sleepy baby is!

Me and the boyf had such a lovely time enjoying the scenery at Burghley and generally being mushy together, probably making all the other walkers want to vom right then and there (soz).

It got dark fairly quickly but we had enough time walking round this beautiful place to take in all the pretty views.

After our walk we headed inside for a couple of drinks and some much needed warmth.

And then we headed back home! It was magical seeing the beautiful deer on boxing day and I couldn't think of a better place to walk off my christmas dinner. How has everyone's Christmas been so far? Have you been getting out anywhere nice or just staying in with family? 

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