Style - The Blanket Scarf

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Blanket scarfs, capes, whatever you want to name them, seem to be really popular this season and it's a trend that I couldn't resist! An acceptable way to go out in public with what is basically a blanket wrapped around me? Yes please! They're perfect for layering, whether you just put it over a chunky knit for a bit of extra warmth, or really wrap yourself up and layer it over a jacket. I absolutely adore mine. They're a great way to add a bit of colour to your Autumn outfits and I'm not gonna lie, it makes me feel kinda fancy! I think they're great for teaming with a casual jeans and tee style outfit, but also great for when you're dressed up a bit more and want something that's lightweight and will keep the breeze off your shoulders.

Outfit - Primark Blanket Scarf Autumn 2014

Outfit - Primark Blanket Scarf Autumn 2014

Outfit - Primark Blanket Scarf Autumn 2014

Outfit - Primark Blanket Scarf Autumn 2014

I got this lovely check pattern blanket scarf from Primark for an absolute steel! When I saw it was only £5 I didn't even need to think twice about buying it. It's huge and easily covers my top half, but is still quite lightweight and could easily be worn as a chunky scarf. It's also super soft and isn't that horrible scratchy knit that is uncomfortable to wear. I love check, plaid and tartan patterns during Autumn and Winter. I think these colder seasons can be a bit dull, colour wise, but these patterns really help to brighten up outfits. I particularly like the blue and yellow running through this scarf, it's a really nice touch. Primark had a huge selection of this lovely scarfs and I also picked up another with a lovely monochrome dogtooth pattern.

The go to look I've been wearing with this hugggeee scarf is jeans, a simple tee and a leather jacket, though I think it also looks great with some leggings and a chunky knit. Sometimes in Autumn simple and cosy is the best way to go, especially since the weather has gotten so cold! I think this Primark blanket scarf one of those essential Autumn/Winter items, that you need in your wardrobe, as it can be styled in so many ways with so many different outfits. I can't wait to style in a few different ways! What do you think of the blanket scarves?

Jeans - All Saints, Tee - Primark, Necklace - Primark, Jacket - Miss Selfridge, Scarf - Primark

Kelsey xx

Autumn Skincare Additions

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The change in weather has really been effecting my skin lately. A combination of cold, windy days and central heating has left me with dull, dry and slightly congested skin. Foundation didn't seem to be sitting right, primer wasn't helping and I could tell my skincare routine needed a bit of a boost to help my skin get through the winter months. I opted for a couple of new additions to my skincare routine, to give my skin that boost it's currently craving, as well as a couple of products to replace what I'd been using throughout summer.

Autumn Skincare Additions - Nip + Fab, Vichy and Avene

I got the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads (£12.99) to replace my Clearasil Superfruit Pads that had recently ran out. My skin was really in need of a stronger acid/exfoliating toner to help prep it for the moisturising treatments I use in the evening and hopefully make it look a bit brighter. Although I have sensitive skin, I much prefer acid exfoliation to using scrubs or exfoliating cleansers. I just find it's a lot more effective and actually much more gentle on my skin that scrubs.The Nip + Fab pads are really lovely. The pads are super soft (unlike the Clearasil ones), well saturated in product and work wonders. My skin is always really smooth after using these, plus it always leaves my skin feeling hydrated. At the moment I'm only using them in the evening, and using a weaker acid in the morning, because I'm finding that once a day with these is really effective. I will be doing a full review once I've used them for a few more weeks so look out for that!

Also from Nip + Fab I got the Dark Circle Fix Eye Cream (£15.99). I didn't actually need a new eye cream but I suffer from seriously bad dark circles and, as it was on offer at half price, I couldn't resist. It has a really thick, and almost wax like, texture. It's brilliant to give the skin around my eyes the moisture it needs but I still can't tell if it's helping with my dark circles just yet!

Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Care (£12) is sort of like a Vichy's own version of the blogger loved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. Although I think it's meant to be a day cream, I got this to use as my night time moisturiser, to try and brighten my skin and prevent it looking so congested. It's designed to target imperfection prone skin without drying it out, so it's  perfect for this time of year. So far I'm really liking it as it's moisturising without being too heavy or leaving an unpleasant residue. My skin always looks bright and feels smooth after a night of using it. I would definitely recommend it if you have blemish prone, dry skin.

Lastly, I picked up the Avene Soothing Moisture Mask (£12), because moisturising masks are a must for us dry skinned girls! When I first got this I wasn't too sure if it was worth the money, as you only get 50ml, but I've used it twice and barely made a dint in it! It's a little different from most masks, as you don't actually wash it off, but instead just wipe away the residue after 10/15 minutes of it being on. Because of this I've only used it before bed, using toner before and then carrying on with my normal skincare routine after the mask has soaked in. It's a really lovely mask and my skin always feels great after using it! I can see this being holy grail throughout winter!

I'm currently looking for a couple of new cleansers so leave me with your thoughts!

Kelsey xx

Autumn Nail Polish Picks

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I've never really been one of those people who sticks with the seasonal makeup 'shade rules'. You know what I mean; bright coral lipsticks in summer, deep purples and reds in winter. Don't get me wrong, I do kind of sway to the seasonal shades, but there's nothing quite like mixing it up a bit, wearing whatever you fancy no matter what the season. The nail polish shades I've been wearing. since the weather changed for the worse. are a mix of the traditional burgundy shades. that everyone loves at this time of year. and a couple that are a bit brighter to lighten your mood on a rainy Autumn day.

Autumn 2014 Nail Polish Picks

Autumn 2014 Nail Polish Picks

 Barry's M Pomegranate is from the Gelly Hi Shine range. It's a really delightful bright pink berry shade, sort of like a bright fuschia red. I think it's adds a really pretty pop of colour to dull Autumn days and is a lovely pick me up sort of shade. The only downside is that I find the Gelly range doesn't last on my nails quite as long as some others, but it's such a pretty colour, I really don't mind.

Rimmel's Lasting Finish polish in Block Your Green is a beautiful teal toned forest green. It's got a very subtle shimmer to it which is barely noticeable but keeps it looking really fresh. I love this shade for the colder months as it adds a really seasonal appropriate pop of colour and is prefect for the transition between seasons. It's a great shade of those who want try wearing brighter nail polish shades but are a bit worried of going too bright. 

Burgundy Crush is from Barry M's matte polish range and is possibly one of my favourites! When I first got my hands of this I barely wore any other colour. I really love matte nail polishes, and lipsticks for that matter, and the colour of this is divine. It's a deep, red toned burgundy which adds a bit of a grungy twist to any outfit. I find that the matte range wear really well and last just as long as their original line. They're also super easy to apply and dry much faster, which is perfect for people like me who always manage to smudge freshly painted nails!

Amaretto from Seventeen is a beautiful purple toned burgundy with lots of shimmer. It's a perfect shade for the winter festivities and a bit different from the usual glittery reds and greens. It's a really pretty shade and very wearable, dark yet still girly.  

Models Own Mushroom is a really lovely, easy to wear, dark nude. I really love to wear this during the colder months as it has slightly more to give than your general nudes and is a little less boring looking without being too in your face. It has really pretty tones of lilac running through which I absolutely love. This was the first Models Own polish I'd tried and the quality of it really won me over!

Kelsey xx

Style - A Summer Dress in Autumn

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However much I would love to have a massive collection of clothes, I don't, although my mum may disagree with this! This means that I sometimes have to be a little bit clever with outfits and think of ways that I can alter outfits so I can wear them throughout multiple seasons. I don't want my style posts to portray me in a false light. I don't have so many clothes that I can wear a completely different outfit in each post and I do wear the same clothes again and again! Today I'm showing you a dress I featured in a summer post that I styled to make it suitable to the chilly days we've been seeing lately!

Style - Summer to Autumn Fashion

Style - Summer to Autumn Fashion

Style - Summer to Autumn Fashion

Style - Summer to Autumn Fashion

I bought this H&M daisy print sundress back in May or June. It was a bargain at only £10 and creates a lovely look with minimal effort. I don't wear dresses a lot but every time I do it reminds me that they're a really easy way to create an nice outfit without really having to think much. When it starts getting really cold I think this dress will look really nice with a black long sleeve top worn underneath and a nice gold statement necklace! I threw this daisy print dress over the top of some tights (Primark's finest, of course, what's the point in paying a lot for tights that the cat is definitely going to rip?!) to keep the chilly air of my legs. To keep the breeze off my arms I wore my lovely faux leather jacket from Dorothy Perkins, which I purchased last Winter. It's much warmer than my beloved Miss Selfridge one and also came with a fur collar which I'm going to reattach once it gets colder. Heads up, Dorothy Perkins have some really lovely faux leather jackets in at the moment! I finished off the top half of this outfit with my burgundy chunky scarf from Primark. It's really warm and for about £4 you can't complain! I never see the point in spending loads on a scarf so Primark is always my go to place. Shoe wise I decided to give my new F&F boots their first proper outing and oh they're comfy! They look lovely and I always think a nice pair of black boots are a Winter staple. They're currently in stock at Tesco for a bargain price of £20!

What pieces do you wear all year round?

Kelsey xx

Review - Garnier Moisture Match Revitalising Hydrating Gel

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A few weeks ago my beloved Origins Ginzing Moisturiser ran out and unfortunately I didn't have the funds to replace it. It was a moisturiser that I'd been loyal to for a good few months and I hadn't felt the need to try any others. It was perfect in summer, hydrating yet light, yet rich enough to keep that hydration up as the weather got colder. Before using it I didn't really think gel moisturisers suited my skin type but it completely won me over. The gel gave me the hydration I needed but didn't leave a nasty, greasy film which makes me feel like I haven't actually cleansed! Anyway, (enough of my waffling, down to the review) I went on the hunt for a new gel cleanser and came across the Garnier Revitalising Hydrating Gel from their Moisture Match range.

Review - Garnier Moisture Match Revitalising Hydrating Gel

Review - Garnier Moisture Match Revitalising Hydrating Gel

I had really taken much notice of this range but the Hydrating Gel is amazing value for money. It was actually on offer at the time and cost about £2! A little goes a really long way so you don't use much at a time, I can see this lasting me quite a while! The packaging is really nice and simple. The product comes out easily and it's quite compact so great for traveling with or even throwing in your handbag! The scent is light and barely there, but you can detect a slight zesty orangeness about it which I really like.

I've been using this moisturising gel as my daytime moisturiser and it makes the most perfect base for foundation. I only use a couple of pea sized blobs to cover my entire face and neck (although I do have a child sized head, aha). Although it absorbs really quickly it stills leaves your skin feeling hydrated and super soft. One thing I love about this product is how hydrating it is without giving your skin that horrible greasy feel that you get from some moisturisers. Also, despite being really hydrating, it leaves you with a nice velvet-like matte finish, which I really like for those no makeup days. The Garnier Moisture Match Revitalising Hydrating Gel makes a really lovely makeup base, which foundation really clings to. It doesn't make my foundation look cakey and really helps to prevent those pesky dry patches that I never seem to go the colder months without! For the just £5.99 is really is a lovely moisturiser that I'll definitely buy again!

Kelsey xx

Lazy Day Eyeshadow

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I love eyeshadow. I love experimenting with it, trying new looks and I actually feel a little naked if I'm not wearing it. Although I don't wear makeup everyday, when I do, eyeshadow is one of those steps that I never miss. Whether I go for a full smokey eye or just a sweep of colour, it's that product that I always apply. However, sometimes when I'm doing a lighter makeup look, or even just feeling a little lazy, I want a sweep of colour on my eyes that's easy and only takes me a matter of seconds, so here's my go to 'lazy day eyeshadow' picks...

Lazy Day Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow sticks are possible my favourite lazy eyeshadow product because they're so easy to use. Sweep them across the lid and blend around the edges (you don't even need a brush) and you're good to go! I raved about the Babara Daly shadow sticks in this post and talked about how lovely the formula was (and they're a £3 dupe for the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Shadow Sticks!). They add a pop of colour to your lids in seconds as well as being great for waking up your eye area and making it look a lot brighter!

The Rimmel Scandal Eyes pencil is my most recent lazy eyeshadow purchase and I'm seriously impressed! It's lovely and creamy with such perfect pigmentation. I love this pencil for creating a lazy smokey eye that takes all of 30 seconds. I often use this in the outer v, over the eyeshadow stick, and blend out with my finger. It creates a really easy and quick smokey eye and is absolutely perfect if your in a bit of a rush!

Cream eyeshadows are another product I love for adding an easy pop of colour to the eyes. You can apply them using a brush but for a quick and easy sweep of colour I normally just use my finger, then blend out with a brush if needed. There are tonnes of brands out there that now make cream eyeshadows with Benefit and Maybelline, with there blogger hyped Colour Tattoo, being the ones often talked about. I used both of these and love the colour payoff and how well they both blend out. 

Are you an eyeshadow lover? What do you prefer?

Kelsey xx

Style - Mixed Seasons

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It's come to that time of year where we're moving from Summer to Autumn and the weather doesn't know what to do with itself. Although it is officially Autumn, during the past couple of weeks there have been some lovely warm, sunny days coupled with rain, wind and generally miserable, cold weather. I keep going out wrapped in a big coat and end up being far too warm, then other days I put on a little jacket and I'm freezing! Anyway, enough of my weather rambles...

OOTD - All Saints Coat

OOTD - All Saints Coat

OOTD - All Saints Coat

OOTD - All Saints Coat

OOTD - All Saints Coat

Yesterday I found a pair of sandals I bought early in the summer and completely forgot about. As it was lovely and sunny outside (whilst I was getting ready, anyway!) I decided to give the sandals one last outing before they get thrown to the back of the wardrobe and replaced with winter boots. I paired them with my current go to jeans, my Miss Selfridge Vintage Wash Ripped Jeans. I talked about how much I loved these jeans in my last outfit post (I do have more jeans, I promise! Aha) because the fit is absolutely amazing and they're really comfy to wear too. I went with a simple burgundy cami from Primark, which has a bit of a weird fit, but doesn't show when you chuck something over the top. As everything I was wearing was pretty plain I put on a pretty little necklace I also got from Primark, for £3. You can't really fault it as a way to jazz up an outfit a little bit! Obviously just before I left the weather went downhill and cold(!) so I decided to grab my beloved All Saints biker-ish pea coat (this is from last year but they have similar ones in store now). I absolutely love the mixed textures and colours on this coat. It's so warm too!

What are you wearing whilst the weather is between seasons?

Kelsey xx
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