Saturday, 16 January 2016

OOTW; Wrap It Up

Red Plus Size Bra (42DD), New Look - £12.99
Black 80 Denier Tights (L), New Look - £4.99

Main Outfit
Baby Pink Strappy Top (18), Primark - £1.80
Grey Pencil Bodycon Skirt (18), Primark - £2
Black Block Heels (6), Primark - £15

Jacket & Accessories
Woolen Wrap (One Size), Next - £Gifted
White Woolen Snood (One Size), Primark - £5
Silver Heart Pendant Necklace, Gift from the Boyfriend

What I love the most about this outfit is just how lovely it looks. You can look smart yet feel so darn comfy! This grey pencil bodycon skirt is my definite go to for work at the moment, especially with all the running around I do, I can still look smart, sophisticated but still be comfy and be able to do all the things I need to do.

I've definitely been on the trend of wearing wraps/shawls this year, I have 2 so far, and this was gifted to me for Christmas. I absolutely love how soft and cosy this is to wear! It's definitely like getting a hug when you can't get an actual one from someone. Cuddles me all day long!

Can we all take a moment to admire how beautiful my necklace is?! 
(Little secret, I balled my eyes out when I got this at Christmas!)

I've had a lot of "Are you're shoes comfortable?!" yes, yes they are! These stunners from Primark for a mighty £15 are super comfy and the absolute perfect height for me. They are definitely not too high, and are comfortable for me to wear all day. I can also jog lightly in them when required... Obviously not out of choice, but I have tested this out.

As you can see, I'm currently sporting a choppy bob and full fringe. We all know how spontaneous I am with my hair, and decided to go for the chop back in December; my hair was not in a very good state and had been through the wars a bit. To get my hair back into a better condition I got my split ends all cut out with a bit of extra length taken to make sure I can grow my hair beautifully.

My make-up is a simple Autumnal look, I've really just stayed in my Autumnal fashion this autumn and winter due to the weather. It's not been cold enough for big fur coats and elaborate winter fashion for me. I've enjoyed being able to play out my autumn fashion style a little longer then normal too! I've gone for some light browns on the eyelid and a dark brown in the crease blended through, in the small of my eye I've gone for a shimmery gold, blended through into the light brown and dark brown in my crease.
On my lips I began with exofliating with a toothbrush and proceeding to put on some Carmex lip balm. After a while I added my Benefit Rockateur Lip Gloss over the top for that extra bit of glam!
My foundation and concealer are both Rimmel in the shade Soft Beige and my eyeshadow's are from the MUA Palette's. Blusher is a combo of Soap & Glory's & Bourjois in Rose D'Or.

Lots of Love


Saturday, 9 January 2016

Perfume Review; YSL Black Opium

Perfumes are absolutely wonderful; I love the unique smells they create and how they can enhance to you as an individual. I'm definitely a person who matches my perfumes to my emotional mindset - so I will want my perfume to convey a certain aura and a specific sense to the people around me.

Before I purchased the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume my day to day perfume was the Marc Jacob's Daisy Eau So Fresh which is a wonderfully floral, refreshing and girly perfume and my old work perfume was Ralph Lauren's Ralph (for women) - I decided that I would switch my perfumes up what with starting my new job last September, so I switched my Marc Jacob's Daisy Eau So Fresh to my work perfume, but then I was left with no perfume for when I'm out of work.... So I went to several different places for the shop assistant's opinion as I like to get a different opinion and compare, I then asked a few of my blogger friends and then proceeded to put a status on my Facebook page... The comment that swayed me the most was the lovely Jessica's (from comment on my status!

What was I searching for?
I was searching for a perfume that was very demure, sexy and slightly musky and something with a good staying power. I wanted something romantic (I know, not asking for much was I?) I originally decided on Opium by YSL as after reading comparative reviews of the two Opium's I went for the original Opium. The Black Opium was under very mixed reviews (a bit like Marmite if I'm honest, some loved and the others hated it, there wasn't any in between!). As I had lots of points on my Boots Card I risked buying the Black Opium after my discussion with Jessica... And boy am I relived I bought Black Opium!

Opium arrived and I was disappointed, the smells were lovely and romantic but far too old for me. For someone who has a very young persona, outgoing and rather outwardly seductive, it was a bit too "settled" for me, I decided to gift this to my mother instead and she absolutely adores the perfume and reminds her of when she wore it when she was younger... Happy days! So I waited anxiously for Black Opium to arrive; and boy was I blown away when it did arrive!

What does it smell like?
So I'm going to borrow some of the official information from the YSL website about Black Opium's scent because in my opinion they have summed it up absolutely perfectly...

When the electrifying energy of black coffee meets the assertive femininity of white flowers. A vibrant, sensual and addictive contrast of light and dark. Black coffee accord - Orange blossom - Cedarwood – Patchouli

Oriental floral gourmand"

Black Opium is that perfect contrast of demure, sexy, and romantic as well as the amazing staying power. It has the rich demure smell that is perfect if you want a very strong and powerful perfume, strong smell for a strong woman if you ask me. This perfume pretty much defines me now, everytime I've met up with friends since and they've had a quick sniff of my perfume they pretty much think its a match made in heaven to me, the subtle and strong hints of the fragrance is just me in a complete nutshell, strong, demure, sensual and powerful. 

How much does it cost?
For the 30ml bottle from Boots it is £44
For the 50ml bottle from Boots it is £64
For the 90ml bottle from Boots it is £84

Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette?
I won't buy anything other then EDP for myself, I'm very fussy on this, but I'd recommend asking a fragrance specialist about what they recommend for you and what your personal taste is.

Are you happy?
I'm very happy with this perfume, it has been what I've been searching for for a very long time! I doubt I'll be changing my perfume anytime soon now! I'm in love with this perfume and have already purchased my third bottle (yes, you read correctly my THIRD bottle!!). My boyfriend also loves the perfume on me, which for me says it all!