Fashion feature: Embroidery

It’s been a while since I’ve written a fashion post and I’m loving being able to do this again. I see items and trends all the time that I love but then just never make time to write about them, but today I am making sure that I do.

And the trend we are focusing on today is the embroidery trend. It’s been around for a while, but seems to be getting bigger and better and is definitely the hot trend for Spring/Summer. From casual to evening and everything in between, there are pieces to suit every occasion and every body type and I want to go through some of my top embroidered picks from New Look.

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Embroidered Boots – with a low heel and a flattering cut above the ankle these boots are both stylish and practical. They can be worn by any body shape and would dress up any outfit in a flash. A sensible addition to any wardrobe and a bargain at under £35!

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Embroidered Skirt – Perfect for the transition from Winter to Spring, team with tights and above the knee boots for a dressed up but comfortable look. Even ideal for work!

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Embroidered T-shirt – Not sure how to dress up the comfiest of all your outfits, jeans and a tee? A statement slouchy cut-out tee with some embroidered features, is the perfect way to keep you looking stylish and effortlessly cool and a bargain at under £10.

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Embroidered Dress – Looking for an update to the classic LBD? Add embroidery of course! Combined with the mesh trend, this is a stunning yet simple addition to your wardrobe and can be dressed up with metallic heels and accessories or dressed down with tights and boots.

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Embroidered Jeans –  Another twist on the comfy outfit is the embroidered jeans. Wear with a plain slouchy t-shirt or a vest and your favourite skinny jeans are automatically updated ready for all seasons and occasions.

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Embroidered Jacket – Everyone should have a leather jacket in their wardrobe, but sometimes they can seem too harsh. Make it more feminine by picking up a leather jacket with embroidery to help make you stand out from the crowd.

Top tips though: remember not to combine your embroidered items. It may be tempting to wear your jeans, boots, tee and jacket together, but that would be overkill! Stick with one piece and make that your centrepiece.

Make sure to like, comment, share and subscribe! Please leave links or pics of your favourite embroidered items in the comments below 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne

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Review: Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar Ultra Blush Palette

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I have done any posts, let alone a review but instead of doing a review of something new I thought I would actually do a review of something I have owned for quite a while and that gets used daily by me! Apologies for the absence, I feel like I’m only just starting to formulate some kind of routine after starting my new job. I’m really having to make time to write and get online to post/edit so will be posting again but only once a week until I am completely settled 🙂 I’m trying though, honest!

It’s my blush palette from Makeup Revolution at Superdrug which I bought when the Makeup Revolution collection dropped at Superdrug and is still going strong. Obviously after such vigorous use I feel I’m pretty well equipped to review on it so I hope you enjoy reading this one as much as I love the product 🙂

So this product has 8 shades all for the price of £6! All have a lovely finish and vary from very lightly pigmented and sparkly to heavily pigmented which is ideal for the look you are going for. All are metal toned shades with hints of gold and silver. I find there are shades there for a more subtle bronzer, a super pumped up highlighter as well as a blush shade too so it really is multi-purpose and can be used day to night 🙂

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The palette (sans lid as I lost it) and the brush I use to apply my highlighter

If you don’t believe how much I have used this product check out the picture below which shows just how much I love the highlighter, how messy the palette has become with daily use and the fact that I lost the lid for the palette a while ago too 😦

My favourite of this collection is definitely the silver highlighter which although it looks really garish when blended can look really natural and is easily buildable. Second favourite is definitely the shimmery pink/purple blush!

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Darkest shade at bottom with highlighters on top (nearest wrist) Have lost the top of this palette so cannot remember their names, soz!

If you are unsure what palette to go for and want max versatility I would definitely go for this one, it is by far the best choice of shades of all the blush palettes I have from Makeup Revolution and for £6 how can you go wrong?

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Me with the highlighter and blush on. Giving a really natural sheen and cheek colour perfect for the day 🙂

So the key question would I buy it again and what is my rating? This gets 8 out of 10 for me and definitely will be repurchased if this palette ever runs out 🙂

What are your favourite palettes and highlighters? I would love to know so comment them below!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Product Review: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour

Hey everyone, me again! So I think I am going to have to keep my posts to once a week at the moment as I am seriously lacking any time currently, but I promise I am trying really hard to keep this all going for you as I love writing, talking about products and getting to do load of fun things with makeup and clothes 🙂

So today I decided to review a new product I purchased and put to the test yesterday for you which is the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour. I bought shade 605 HD Obsession which on the shelf looks like a shocking pink colour. It really caught my eye as being a standout and fun shade AND with it being matte as well made it a no brainer!

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So, I love matte lipsticks, but unfortunately they are often very flaky and drying which is why I like to try as many different brands as possible until I find one which I love. I recently purchased MACs Pink Plaid (review to come soon) but even that needs constant reapplying and still makes my lips flaky, which definitely isn’t a good look, so honestly I didn’t have high hopes for the Revlon lippy.

Firstly, I bought this from Superdrug on a 3 for 2 offer as well as getting a free gift set, so it was essentially free, although I think it usually retails at £7.99 so about half the price of a MAC lippy. Secondly, it is probably worth nothing that this isn’t a lipstick, but is instead a colour and applies more like a gloss or stain. Traditionally when I have used other liquid matte colours, I have found them to be really drying, and although they have lasted well, they make my lips feel chapped to high heaven so I try to avoid them (MUA – I’m deffo thinking of your products when I write this!)

Also worth mentioning is that if you find you love the formula, unfortunately it only comes in 8 colours, with at least 4 of them being pinks. The rande features very limited reds, nudes or browns which is a shame as they are definitely my fave shades normally!

Anyway, how did it apply I hear you ask? Very well actually! It applies quite lightly and the velvety applicator is perfectly shaped to help quickly apply colour without the need for lining and although it is a drier formula doesn’t dry the lips at all and helped to prevent any bleeding (although it did still smudge a bit) It is really easy to build to a strong all over colour. A bit of a shame though as the pink it applied is actually quite a lot duller than the package, however is still nice.

Now most lip colours like this will offer a guarantee about how long they are supposed to last but this one didn’t, which really should have been a bit of a giveaway! I applied it at about 8pm before going out, but after a few pre drinks of wine, had to apply before leaving the house to go out and had to reapply at least 4 times before coming home.

^ Applied (terrible quality picture as I think I have stained my camera lens and with friends before going out!)

All in all, it was a decent lip colour. It was easy to get off, didn’t leave my lips dry, applied nicely, but for the money I would definitely expect it to last a bit longer than it did and wish the shade had been a touch brighter.

Would I buy it again? Probably not to be honest but it was definitely worth a try. Do you guys have any matte lip shade recommendations?

My April Empties

Hey everyone,

So I am back to being completely unreliable at writing again, but I promise I have a good reason… I got offered a new job!

I haven’t started it yet, but prepping for the interview, prepping for my start date and of course celebrating have been taking up all of my (already not very) free time 🙂

I thought I would do a different post today (and continue to try to do this one regularly – I’m getting a diary any day now to be better organised!) which is all about the products I have used up in April, what I thought of them and whether I would be restocking them.

So lets jump right in…

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray

This is a product I first bought several months ago and have used a lot! I love the staying power it adds to my makeup without being heavy and I also love the way this dries. Other fixing sprays I have tried you can see on top of fixing powder as silver smudges however this dries completely invisible and will keep my makeup in place all day (although I can look a bit shiny by the end of the day) As soon as I was almost out of this product I decided it needed to be restocked, so I now have a full bottle ready to be used and will definitely be using this as one of my daily staples. I’m also thinking about purchasing the Makeup Revolution Spray Primer which comes in the black bottle to see how these two products work together. Have any of you already tried it? I’d love to know what you think in the comments below!

Simple Kind to Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On

This has been a twice daily staple in my skincare routine for almost a year so I was devastated when this ran out. I don’t tend to suffer from dark circles under my eyes, however I do get puffy undereyes especially when I am tired to using this eye roll on helped reduce the puffiness and also keep it at bay. I’ve been trying to repurchase this since it ran out a few weeks ago, but I cannot find a replacement for it in store so I’m probably going to have to order it online 😦 Either that, or I’ll look to branch out to another brand for something similar as I loved this one so much it really isn’t an option not to replace it, so let me know if you have any suggestions of other really effective brands or puffy eye bag treatments you use!

Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner

So my hair has been pretty dry recently, so when I went to Bulgaria where I knew the snow and sun would be taking it’s toll, I bought a bottle of this conditioner to deep nourish my hair (plus it’s the perfect size to travel with). I had never used it before but had heard good things so figured it was worth a try and I have to say I was beyond impressed. Not only did my hair feel amazing despite the conditions in Bulgaria, when I got back home, my long hair which desperately needed cutting felt shiny and smooth and people even commented on how healthy it was looking. But then it ran out 😦

I want to replace it so bad, but for it’s small size and it’s price per 100ml I just cannot justify this as being the conditioner I use all the time when I can get Tresemme conditioner for about half the price per 100ml. Maybe I am just being a cheapskate, but I think I’d rather wait until it was on offer to make it more cost effective. (So let me know if you do see it anywhere on offer as I will be straight there to stock up)

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Of the three empties I seem to have accumulated this month, one of them I immediately repurchased, one of them I cannot justify the cost and the other I cannot find, however I would definitely suggest giving them all a go as I cannot really fault them for how effective they are.

Hope you found this post interesting and useful! Make sure to let me know what some of your favourite products are or what your recent empties have included.

Don’t forget to like, share and comment on this post and also to follow me on Instagram for more regular updates 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation Review

Hey everyone,

It feels like it has been a while since I wrote a review so today I thought I would share with you my thoughts on the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation with comfort serum.

I picked this up after video hopping on Youtube and noticed a few people (including Zoella) talking about how this was one of their favourite daily wear foundations so I figured it was worth a try.

Now all you regular readers will know that I have become a bit of a Nars Foundation convert (read my review here), so I was extremely sceptical about trying a new foundation but I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised and this has definitely become my everyday foundation due to its exceptional coverage and its exceptional price!

As I have mentioned before, I have really fair skin so finding a foundation with the right base colours to match my pale skin and not make me look too orange is really hard (especially in the middle of winter when I am in my new born fish phase of colour!) I ventured away from my usual shop and actually ended up getting this from Superdrug instead of Boots as there was an offer on for Rimmel products there but unfortunately they didn’t have their lightest colour (Ivory) so I settled with the next shade along which is called True Ivory (I have a feeling that in a hurry these names being so similar really could get a bit confusing) I was worried that it could potentially be too dark, but actually it matched really well and I am now wondering if I had picked up the Ivory colour that I would have just ended up looking like an extra from Twilight.

Again when I tried this foundation my skin was terrible thanks to a change in skin care products, however I found that this both covered my blemishes and allowed my skin to breath helping clear up my problems in double time! I was worried that this product being a silk finish may reduce the coverage but I was wrong… actually this looks fab with or without setting powder for a more natural finish without compromising on coverage like I have found in the past.

Even better is the fact that not only does this foundation come with a pump unlike the Nars Sheer Glow, but it also retails at £7.99 full price and is usually on offer and with a wide range of colours too, at that price you’d be silly not to give it a go if you are in the market for a new foundation.

Obviously I don’t know if this lasts 25 hours as I have never worn it for that long, however I did accidentally fall asleep with this on and woke up with it looking the same as it did when I went to sleep so I would say 25 hour lasting is probably pretty accurate 🙂

Some of the looks I have created using this foundation ^

So let’s do a little run down of the pros and cons in case you have forgotten…

Pros:

  • Applies so easily with a brush and blends for a flawless finish
  • Smells clean and fresh
  • Gives great coverage although requires some building
  • Easy to build for a fuller coverage look
  • Breathable and lightweight to wear
  • Doesn’t transfer!!!
  • Doesn’t get oily throughout the day
  • Great range of colours to choose from
  • Super affordable

Cons:

  • Does need building for a fuller look
  • Names of colours ae very similar which could get confusing if purchasing in a hurry

I have to admit that I hadn’t really used too many Rimmel products before this often sticking with other brands (both high street and slightly more high end) but this foundation has definitely opened my eyes to the quality of Rimmel London products and I already have my eyes on some other pieces I want to get my hands on! This has absolutely renewed my love of the high street products and for that I am giving this a Lifestyle for Less rating of 4 out of 5! I will absolutely be purchasing this and other Rimmel products in the future and am recommending this to everyone that has been asking too 🙂

I hope this review was helpful but don’t forget to let me know what your fave foundation is in the comments! Make sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter for more from me daily and to like, comment, share and subscribe if you enjoyed this post and you can also find me on snapchat @leannemerrill and @lifestyle4less 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation Review

I’m not sure if I’m unusual, but I seem to own an excessive amount of foundations! Different brands, different colours all which claim to do different things and offer different finishes, so I thought I should probably share them with you (and also find out if I am a weirdo or if all you other make up junkies also seem to have way too may foundations!)

Today as part of this series I thought I would review the No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation. On the pot it claims to last all day and offer a shine free and smooth finish. I bought mine in shade 4C Warm Ivory and actually got colour matched to find this shade.

Now I figured I should probably talk about the whole process from being colour matched right through to actually applying the foundation for the first time and I have to admit I did find the whole thing a bit unnerving and awkward. I’ve been colour matched before by Clinique and expected the process to be similar to this (matched by eye using neck colour by an expert) but it really didn’t work like this! In my local Boots in Hitchin I turned up to the No 7 kiosk, to be greeted by a very pleasant advisor, who promptly admitted that she didn’t wear much makeup when I was apologising for my very unkempt appearance that day! She took out her colour matching device, held it up to my face and then assessed that she thought I needed the fairest shade of foundation to which I immediately looked at her in horror. I had just returned from holiday, looking far more tanned that usual and I was still the lightest shade?! There was no way that was possible!

After some discussion, which included me telling her that my face didn’t really tan and that shade wouldn’t match my body, we decided just to try different shades on my face and I finally found Warm Ivory, although even that when I first tried it on at home seemed maybe a shade too light. She also didn’t seem to know too much about coverage which was a concern as I made her aware I wanted a Medium-Full preferably matte coverage similar to the MAC foundation I was used to, but still offered me a light “buildable” silk finish at first!

Needless to say I didn’t feel like I was in the hands of an expert and that I probably knew more about brands and makeup than she did, but we got there in the end.

As it turned out, on my way home from purchasing this foundation (which was purchased specifically to match my holiday glow) I got invited out for lunch so thought I would give it a go then and there. As always with my foundation application routine (which you can read all about here if you haven’t already) after priming and using my BB cream I then applied the foundation using my foundation brush from Wilkinsons to ensure coverage all over the skin and then using my Nanshy Beauty Blender to provide the finished airbrush appearance before setting with Loreal Magique Powder.

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The foundation on and finished!

Once I had finished applying my foundation I did have a bit of a crisis of confidence, convinced that the foundation still looked too light, which led to a succession of pictures being taken in all different lights and asking the opinion of several people (including my Mum who I know I can count on for an always honest opinion!) who settled my nerves.

Now I know all of this sounds pretty bad, but I have to say that although the process wasn’t my favourite, the foundation actually isn’t too bad! It covers really well, only requires one layer and does last all day providing a gorgeous matte finish. It applies well, smells nice and looks good, but it isn’t my favourite foundation. Of all the foundations I own this is actually probably one of my leas favourites! It isn’t as good as the MAC Studio Fix and is on a par with my Collection Lasting Finish foundation which is a fraction of the price, so all things considered I probably won’t be repurchasing!

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Great coverage
  • Smooth finish
  • Lasts for at least 12 hours with a matte finish
  • Smells good

Cons

  • Small spectrum of shades
  • Complicated, fussy and somewhat lacking colour matching service
  • Quite pricey
  • Other foundations are as good but much cheaper
  • Have to use quite a lot for a good finish

So to summarise with my key questions, would I recommend it and would I repurchase? Well the answers to those are no I wouldn’t repurchase and I also wouldn’t recommend it, but I also wouldn’t dissuade others from giving it a go as it isn’t bad, I just think there are better alternatives out there which are definitely cheaper 🙂 From me this gets a 2 out of 5!

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful! Let me know in the comments below what your favourite foundations are and whether you have tried any No 7 products and whether you liked them! Also don’t forget to like, share, comment and subscribe and also to come follow me on Twitter and Instagram if you don’t already 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx