New In My Wardrobe - Lace Up Boots

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I've been after a nice pair of black boots for a while now. In my head I knew exactly what I wanted; a smart yet casual looking boot, a low heal and most importantly of all...comfy! However, trying to find a pair of boots that I like and aren't expensive proves to be a little tricky. F&F at Tesco is somewhere I honestly never looked for shoes, or clothing for that matter. However, I few weeks ago a lovely pair of black boots caught my eye. I looked at them briefly and, as I normally do, ended up umming and ahhing about whether to get them. 




Sooo, to cut a long story short, I got them! They're really comfy and padded inside so will be great for the cold months ahead. I love how they're flat but have a very small heal, which is a lovely detail. The lace up front coupled with the strap and buckle takes them from an everyday lace up boot to something a bit more special. They're the perfect boot to pair with a casual outfit but won't look out of place with a dressier outfit. If you're looking for a new pair of Autumn/Winter boots take a look in Tesco. They have so many lovely ones in there at the moment, there's a couple of others that I also have my eye on! You can get these boots from F&F at Tesco here for just £20!

Kelsey xx

Review - Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

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A couple of months ago I hopped in to Boots on the hunt for a new matte foundation to replace a couple I already owned that were on their way to running out. Although I have dry skin I always have a matte foundation in my stash because they're great for warmer, humid days where a dewy foundation can get a bit too shiny. I picked up the Maxfactor Whipped Creme foundation on a bit of a whim, having read no reviews,and swatched it on the back of my hand. It felt light, creamy and matched my skin tone perfectly...in the basket it went! I chose the lightest shade, Light Ivory, so if your super, super pale it might be slightly too dark for you!

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

The foundation comes in a little round pot and has a thick consistency but has a very light weight feel to it. On bottom on the pot states you get 18ml which seems like quite a bit less than the normal 30ml(!) but a little goes a very long way. I've used it countless times and still have tonnes left! The formula of the foundation is very different from your normal liquid foundations. The whipped effect makes it very light and velvety, but don't worry, it's nothing like the dreaded mouse foundations many used in their teens, aha!

The formula and great shade match go hand in hand to make this a really lovely foundation. I love how light weight it feels on the face (it's perfect for those of you who don't like the feel of foundation!) but it still manages to cover well and does an amazing job at hiding my redness. It gives a very flawless finish, velvet like finish. It's not dewy but it's not completely matte either. It just looks really healthy and natural. Best of all, it's doesn't look or feel cakey or drying on my dry skin! I always like to try out new foundations with different methods of application and this is perfect with sponges and brushes. My favourite way to apply it is with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (I know it's not the one in the pictures, I didn't want to photograph a dirty brush, aha!) and then finishing it off with a Beauty Blender dupe! This gives perfect flawless finish and it looks so lovely on the skin. If you're after a new foundation that won't break the bank, lasts well and gives a beautifully flawless finish..try this! You can get it from Boots for £9.99.

Kelsey xx




Review - Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser

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A few weeks ago I was browsing Boots looking for a new cleanser when I came across the new Good Things Manuka Honey range. Having been really excited for the release of this range I immediately grabbed the cream cleanser from the range and stuck it in my basket (it was a bonus that it was half price too). I've only ever tried one other product from this range but I had high hopes as it's a face mask I really love. When it comes to cleansers I'm loyal to a couple but as I rotate between three or four different ones in my skincare routine I love trying out new ones!

Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser

Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser

Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser

 The cleanser comes in a squeezey tube making it really easy to use in the shower when your hands are wet. There's no worries about the bottle slipping out your hand whilst you pump out the product or undoing a lid with your teeth, just flip the top of and your good to go! The actual appearance of the product is definitely aimed more towards people of a younger age bracket than myself but this really doesn't bother me as the product is fantastic and does exactly want I want! I'd really recommend you give the brand a go.

I've been using a blob about the size of a 10p and apply it to my skin when it's dry then massage it in to my skin gently for a couple of minutes. The scent is absolutely lovely, it has that summer holiday scent with tones of royal jelly, and it very apparent when you're massaging it in to your skin. The cleanser feels really amazing on the skin. It's has a very creamy and luxurious feel to it, doing exactly what you want it to do (I've been using it as my second evening cleanse and sometimes as my morning cleanse). It removes all those last bits of makeup, cleanses the skin and gives it a very hydrated feel without leaving any sort of residue. It hasn't irritated my skin in any way and all and it's gentle enough to use as an everyday cleanser with no worries. The other thing I absolutely love about this cleanser as it really helps keep my pesky greasy chin at bay but keeps my dry skin hydrated. For just £4.99 it's an amazing cleanser and definately one that I've going to continue to repurchase. I can't wait to try out the mask and moisturiser from this range!

Kelsey xx

MAC Lipstick Collection

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I don't think there's a beauty blogger out there who doesn't own, or at least lust over, a MAC lipstick. They're hugely popular amongst bloggers and beauty lovers a like and with their huge shade range, vanilla scent and choice of finishes it's not hard to see why. I got my first MAC lipstick a few months after I first started blogging and got completely hooked! I was so overwhelmed went I went to pick my first shade that I made a giant mental wishlist (Which I'm still trying to get through) and I knew I would need to go back to the counter very soon! Their shade range is just amazing. If you have a mental image of a shade you want and can't find it, try a MAC counter! Their range in finishes is also pretty great and I'm sure they have a lipstick to suit everyone! My favourite finishes from MAC has got to be there matte and amplified lipsticks. I love the look of matte lipsticks and I don't find their formulas too dry, at least nothing a little bit of balm won't sort out! 

MAC Lipsticks

MAC Lipsticks

MAC Lipsticks - Please Me, Pink Nouveau and Chatter Box

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Please Me - Matte
Please me was the second MAC lipstick I bought and probably one of my most loved. It was bought on a whim and I sort of just grabbed, paid and ran because the counter was overwhelmingly full but I'm so glad I bought it. It's a dark, nude pink and really pretty. It's perfect for a natural look or smokey eye. It adds a bit of colour to the lips without being too 'out there'.
Pink Nouveau - Satin
Pink Nouveau is my only satin lipstick as I'm still a bit unsure whether I like the formula. It's kind of semi matte but sort of feels bit heavy. However, the colour is really pretty and that's what wins me over with this lipstick. It's a blue toned pink and a perfect everyday lipstick. It's great for adding a girlie pop of colour to the lips.
Chatter Box - Amplified
Chatter Box is very similar to Pink Nouveau but with a coral tone. It's really pretty and I love the amplified finish. I used to wear it pretty regularly but lately I've forgot about it and it's been pushed to the back of my drawer. I'll certainly be changing that soon!

MAC Lipsticks - Pleasure Bomb, Toying Around and Flat Out Fabulous

Pleasure Bomb - Matte
Pleasure Bomb was a limited edition lipstick from the RiRi collection, last year I think? I actually haven't worn this yet (!) but it's a really pretty cherry toned red. I think it's a really pretty shade for Winter so it should get some use soon!
Toying Around - Amplified
Another limited edition lipstick! Toying around is from the Fantasy Flowers collection that launched earlier in the year. I bought it as a present to myself for finishing uni and absolutely love it. It's had a lot of use throughout summer and although it's bright I don't think I can push it to the back of my drawer for Autumn and Winter. It's a pretty bright coral but it's really wearable.
Flat Out Fabulous - Matte
Last limited edition lipstick, I promise! Flat Out Fabulous is from the Retro Matte collection that launched last year. It's a beautiful deep pink toned purple, I love it! The Retro Mattes have a slightly harder feel than the normal mattes but they stay in place just as well and apply just as easy. This lipstick gets a lot of wear and I don't see that changing any time soon.

MAC Lipsticks - One Hold and Angel

On Hold - Cremesheen
On Hold was my first MAC lipstick and in all honesty I don't really like it any more. I'm not a huge fan of the cremesheen formulas as I find them too 'wet' and the colour doesn't really appeal to me any more. It's sort of a muted red with slight coral tones. I wear it every now and again but it's definately not a favourite.
Angel - Frost
Lastly is the all famous Angel, a pretty nude pink lipstick that is a perfect go to lipstick for those who don't like a bold lip. When applied it doesn't look like a frost at all and I was surprised that is was labelled as this at all. It's looks really pretty when used to pull together a natural or toned down look but is also perfect to pair with a smokey eye.

Do you own any MAC lipsticks?

Kelsey xx

The Body Shop Vintage Finds

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A lot of you may know that I love a good look around my local vintage market and it's very rare that I come home empty handed! I normally come back with an vintage camera in my hand or some sort of old tin. However, a few months ago I saw something out of the corner of my eye that interested me and I knew I couldn't leave without buying them! On one stall were three books by The Body Shop about hair care, body care and skin care all published in 1985! At 50p each they were an absolute bargain! 









Each book contains little tips and tricks, information and advice on how to keep your skin and hair healthy. Obviously, as they were published in 1985, some of the advice is a little outdated and you have to read it with a little pinch of salt, but it's really interested to see what has changed and what hasn't. As the books are from The Body Shop they contain looks of information of natural products such as Jojoba, Honey and Natural Sponges, along with the benefit of using these. The images they used to inform people of these products are also rather cute and I couldn't resist photographing them so you could all see! 

Have you ever come across vintage items like this?

Kelsey xx

Style - Simple Ripped Jeans

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Long time no style post, hey!

I absolutely love Miss Selfridge jeans. They always fit me like a dream and my newest Miss Selfridge addition, these vintage wash ripped jeans, are no exception! I find jean shopping a little bit tricky and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I have a small waist and shallow back but paired with wider hips and bottom makes jean shopping a little tricky. Jeans that fit my hips and legs are too big for my waist, jeans that would fit my waist won't go up. However, Miss Selfridge never lets me down and they always fit me perfectly in all the right places! I recently purchased these vintage wash ripped jeans to replace my favourite jeans that were getting a bit worn and tatty. I loved the look of the light demin and the addition of the rips in the knees adds something that stops them being a plain old pair of jeans. 





Jeans are so versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. Today I paired my new favourite jeans with a simple capped sleeve shirt I got from Primark. I'm normally a bit hesitant about shopping in Primark because the quality is often a bit poop but these shirts are amazing, especially for £8! I've got two now and they still look as perfect as they did when I bought them, despite dogs jumping up and cat claws! I really love shirts because they make a simple outfit look a little more dressed up without really putting any effort in. Shoe wise I wore my beloved heeled cut out boots I got last year from Boohoo (I thought it was cold outside but it was actually really warm!). They're amazingly comfy and I barely even notice I'm wearing a heel. A nice pair of jeans and a simple shirt is definitely one of my favourite outfits!

The cat decided to join me for today's OOTD post, he looks a little tatty because he's 18 years old!

Kelsey xx

Etsy Shop Update #1

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You may remember my first Etsy post, about a month ago, announcing that I'd opened up a little shop on Etsy called The Vintage Stitch Etc. Since finishing uni I've struggled to find a job and needed something to keep me busy, Etsy seemed perfect! I thought it would be nice to do a little Etsy series on my blog with updates about my shop, how it's going, new stock and little snippets of my ideas for future stock. I think it will be a great way to give all my readers a little insight in to other parts of my life and it will be something for me to look back on in months and years time to (hopefully) see how my little Etsy shopped had grown and changed. I'm not sure how often I'll be posting the updates, I'm guessing it'll depend on what happens with my shop. It might be once a week, it might be once a month and it might be constantly changing!

Etsy Shop The Vintage Stitch Etc

 So down to the update...

I've had my little shop open for about a month now and so far I've had no sales. However, I understand that it takes time and patience so I'm not too worried about that. There's also so many talented people on Etsy and so much lovely stock that making your first sale can be quite hard. I've had plenty of views and 'favourites' (if you're not too sure about Etsy, you can 'favourite' items from a shop and it kind of goes to a little mood board time thing on your Etsy homepage) on my shop and items, I'm guessing the first sale just takes time. Since my first Etsy post I've added lots of new items and I've started making lavender bags, which I'm selling as singles and sets, and a few little makeup bags. I've become a bit of a fabric and ribbon buying addict! I just can't stop myself!

The Etsy community is really, really lovely and much like the blogging community (without any of the bitchiness!) There are little forums on Etsy where you can chat to other sellers, promote items and get tips and pointers to improve sales. It's a really helpful place and it's really helped me to improve my shop SEO which is great! Also, I've found a lot of Etsy sellers have little blogs so it's a great place to find blogs that are a bit different from what I normally read.

One of the scary things about Esty is that everyone is already thinking about Christmas and putting up there Christmas stock...it's only September! It has given me a lot of inspiration for little Christmas themed items I can make though and I'm already really excited about getting started with that! I think my plan is to start making all my Christmas items this month and get them added to my shop next month. I'm also finding Pintrest a great place for inspiration and well as promoting some of my stock!

If you want to visit my little shop you can do by clicking here!

Kelsey xx



Soothing a Breakout

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I've always been fairly lucky with my skin, even through my teenage years. Although my skin is dry, gets dehydrated and I suffer from the pesky redness it's not often that I've had to battle with breakouts. Don't get me wrong though, I've have suffered with spots, breakouts and blemishes and I know how annoying they can be! One of the things I find difficult when I have a breakout is knowing what products to use. There is so many different products out there and it can be a bit overwhelming knowing what to try, what will work for you and what won't (There's only so much time you can spend standing in the Boots skincare isle!). When I'm looking for 'breakout' products I tend to steer towards those that aim to treat for a few different skin issues so I can get more use from the product and know that it won't go to waste. Plus, who doesn't love a good multi-use product?! I like to keep a good routine with my cleansers and toners, as I find my skin really benefits from this, so all the breakout products I use tend to be after cleansing 'treatments' instead...


The first product I use after cleansing and toning is The Body Shop Calming Aloe Toner. This is more of a moisturisng toner than my normal exfoliating one and is absolutely amazing for soothing red, sore skin or areas of skin. I use this whenever my skin is looking a little sore, lacking moisture or to tame the red, sore look you get with spots. It's a really great little product to have in your skincare stash as it comes in so handy. 

Next up is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, a well known blogger favourite! There seems to be a lot of mixed opinions on whether this should be used as a moisturiser or serum, but I find it can be a little drying on the skin so I always use it as a serum with a good moisturiser. This is a great product to give your skin a little pick me up when it's looking a little dull, clogged up or you have a breakout. Sometimes I use it on the problem area, sometimes all over but my skin always looks brighter after using them at night time!

Origins Super Spot Remover is an amazing product disguised in a teeny weeny bottle! I apply this to any larger spots before I go to bed, after my toner but before my serum, and you literally need the smallest amount. I'm not sure what it does but it truly works some magic over night and spots are always much less red, smaller and less sore after a night with this on! I normally only need to use this for one night because it works so well.

Last but not least is my go to mask for whenever my skin is looking a bit drab, Origins Clear Improvement Mask. I use this whenever my skin is looking a bit dull and is in need of a pick me up. When you are suffering with a breakout it's always nice to relax with a facemak on and this really is the perfect one. My skin always looks a lot fresher and brighter after 10 minutes with this on. 

What are you go to breakout products?

Kelsey xx


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