Thursday, 19 March 2015

Bristol Fashion Week Preview with Oasis.

Earlier this week I was invited to The Mall Cribbs Causeway to take part in a styling challenge with Oasis ahead of Bristol Fashion Week. The Mall has a special place in my heart as I remember it opening in 1998 very clearly. It was so exciting, and going on shopping trips there with friends soon become the 'it' thing to do! It felt so shiny and magical, so I'm always happy to see events like Bristol Fashion Week keeping it relevant. From Wednesday 25th - Sunday 29th March seventeen catwalk shows will be taking place, filled with all the SS15 trends.

Prior to the styling challenge we all met at Cafe Rouge for drinks and nibbles, where the lovely Gina talked us through some of the plans for Bristol Fashion Week and the key trends we should keep an eye out for when styling our outfits. It was then off to Oasis where we were let loose in the store, fuelled on cakes and fizzy! Together with Tara from The Style Rawr and  Jo and Victoria from She and Hem, I picked through the rails gathering an array of pieces to try. Instinctively I was first drawn to a corner full of summery pastels, a number of which I tried on. Given my coord obsession, I was also drawn to the striking 'Shadow Floral' prints. Not only are they the perfect nod to the monochrome trend, but they're a nice change to the top/skirt coords I usually opt for! I ended up getting the matching duster and shorts, with a contrast hardcase clutch as a finishing touch. The look is a little different for me, but I can't wait to get some proper photos of it!

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bristol Fashion Week fun and excitement! Last season's show was so full of energy and colour, and I hear this year will be packed with even more surprises. Tickets start at £8.95, including a goodie bag and M&S refreshments. There's also a Q&A event being hosted for people wanting to work in fashion. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth checking out!

Monday, 16 March 2015

MAC Cinderella: Royal Ball & Mystery Princess.

Are you bored of Cinderella yet, because I'm certainly not! Whilst past MAC releases have piqued my interest slightly, I've never felt invested enough to partake in the madness when they finally go on sale. That was, until the Cinderella collection came along. I loved everything about it, from the shimmering natural tones to the iridescent lavender blue packaging (some people seem to be of the opinion that it looks tacky - if this is what tacky looks like then count me in!). As you've probably noticed, beauty blogging isn't something I do often, so a product has to be quite exceptional for me to dedicate a post to it. When I first bought these products I was undecided on whether I'd blog about them, however having used them over the past week I finally decided I had to share them!

Royal Ball Lipstick -
I'd been looking at investing in a nice nude lipstick for a while, so when I first saw photos of the Cinderella lipsticks I knew it was fate! I opted for the pinkier of the two, 'Royal Ball'. It's described as a shimmering 'fleshy pink' with a Lustre finish. It goes on fairly sheer, however it feels incredibly moisturising and comfortable on the lips. I like to think of it as being fairly close to my natural lip colour, but a more polished, perfected version. I've been pairing it with flushed cheeks and lightly defined eyes and brows.

Mystery Princess Beauty Powder -
The 'Mystery Princess' powder is described as a 'pinky beige with silver shimmer', and is a really lovely, delicate product. One of my favourite beauty quotes is from Dita Von Teese, 'Powder your nose - that greasy supermodel look is not what classic glamour is all about!', hence what I really like about this product is that I can get a slight dewy glow in powder form. I don't shy away from a bit of sparkle day-to-day, so this product didn't seem overly shimmery to me. I've heard of some people using it as a highlighter, but personally I've just been dusting a little all over my face for a subtle, healthy glow.

Did you manage to get your paws on anything from this collection? If so, what did you think?