The Topshop Wishlist

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Just recently I've been really drawn towards Topshop's range of clothes and there's been tonnes of items I've absolutely adored. I don't know if it's because they've upped their game a little bit or because I'm no longer living on a student budget (or maybe a mix of the two) but I can't seem to go in their anymore without leaving with a huge mental wishlist.

Topshop Spring 2015

I'm currently on the hunt for a worn looking faux leather jacket and love this collarless one. Leather jackets are a staple in my wardrobe and I desperately need to replace mine! I really like wearing dressed up tees, as they're a great way to throw together a pretty outfit without really trying, and the two above are both beautiful. The white will be great for summer with a nice shirt or denim shorts and I love the grungy edge of the black one. Khaki seems to be in this season and, although at first I wasn't too sure, no doubt I'll end up with a few khaki pieces in my wardrobe. The floral textured skirt is really pretty and a great piece to take you from Winter to Spring. When I saw the asymmetric dress in store I wasn't sure if I could justify the price for such a simple piece but I still really want it. It will be great for a night out, teamed with a pair of healed boots and a statement necklace, or daytime shopping trip kept simple. What do you reckon to this dress with a nice plaid shirt over the top and some sandals in the summer? When it comes to Topshop jeans every blogger and their dog seems to love them. Surprisingly I haven't owned a pair for a good few years but I think it's time to test them out again. I love ripped jeans and desperately want a black pair. Lastly is the lovely peep toe sling back boot. If you follow me on Twitter you'll have seen me tweeting about how I want a pair of peep toe boots for Spring and, although these aren't exactly what I want, it's an excuse to get two pairs!

What are you lusting over at the moment?

Kelsey xx

Style - The Bear Coat

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I couldn't let Winter pass by without showing off one of my favourite coat purchases of the season (not that Winter seems to be going anywhere fast, I can't believe it's been snowing again!). When it comes to coats I'm quite the hoarder and I just couldn't resist this purchase. I've been wanting one of the 'bear' style coats since last Winter. They're a super cosy, statement coat that I think really sets off an outfit. Plus, they make me feel really chic, aha! I actually wanted a cream one but when I thought about it practically I decided that probably wasn't a good idea. No one wants to see a cream coat covered in coffee and food, I'm far too clumsy for cream!

Style - The Bear Coat

Style - The Bear Coat

Style - The Bear Coat

Style - The Bear Coat

 I got this beautiful forest green bear coat from Red Herring at Debenhams, a colour that I wouldn't normally go for but it really appealed to me. Because it's quite a deep green it's not too 'in your face' but it still stands out from your plain old black coat. The blazer-esque collar gives it that smart casual look and I think it has a really lovely fit. It's not too fitted but also not so boxy that it doesn't give you any shape. 

I always keep my outfit quite simple when I wear this coat so it doesn't look too over the top. In this outfit I paired it with some simple leather look jeans from Miss Selfridge and a striped boxy tee from Primark. I can't wait til Summer so I can show you the detailing on the back of the tee! To finish it off I wore my stud detailed booties from Forever 21, which I love pairing with a simple outfit.

Bear Coat - Red Herring, Tee - Primark, Jeans - Miss Selfridge, Boots - Forever 21

Kelsey xx

Review - Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

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As soon as I saw the first pictures of Lush's 2015 Valentines day range I instantly put the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar to the top of my wishlist. The swirl of pastel colours, shimmer and stars were just too pretty to miss out on and, even though I didn't need any more Lush products, I knew I had to have it! I actually ended up buying two because the lavender scent was just amazing and I could see it making a great pre-bed bubble bath. I'm never disappointed by Lush so I knew it would be money well spent!

Review - Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

Review - Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

Review - Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

 The Lush Unicorn Horn contains a mix of Lavender oil and Ylang Ylang so it has a wonderful calming scent it to. It's the perfect scent for nice pre-bed bubble bath and fantastic for winding down after a long day at work and giving you a restful nights sleep! I've actually been keeping the bars in one of my clothes drawers and the scent is a wonderful surprise each time I open the drawer. 

For a bath full of bubbles you simple break a bit of the bubble bar off and crumble it under hot running water. I normally find I get tonnes of bubbles from a tiny bit of bubble bar (it does depend on your water type) but with this one I had to use a little more. In all honesty I was a tiny bit disappointed as I was expecting a magical amount of pastel bubbles (slight exaggeration but you get what I mean, aha!) and I ended up using nearly half a bar in one go. However, there was a beautiful mildly pink sheen to the bubbles and that wonderful scent lasted my entire bath and beyond!

What have you tried from Lush recently?

Kelsey xx


Handbag Beauty Essentials

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When you look inside my handbag the phrase 'everything but the kitchen sink' instantly springs to mind. I can't help it. I'm very much one of those but I might need that kinds of people, despite me never using the majority of the things I carry around. My bag is pretty much storage for my own personal pharmacy, lipstick collection, more lip balms than a human could ever need and a grand collection of miscellaneous receipts dating back months. Anyway, not all of the things I carry around go completely unused. Here are my handbag beauty essentials...

Handbag Beauty Essentials

First up is my Vitamin E Face Mist from The Body Shop, a true must have product for anyone with dry skin, especially this time of year. The vitamin E range from the body shop is a collection I love and this product doesn't disappoint. I use it before applying my moisturiser, after applying my makeup and throughout the day to keep my makeup looking fresh and my skin soft. As it comes in a 100ml spray bottle it's bag friendly and takes up barely any room.It's a must when working in a environment with aircon and I always feel a little lost when it's not it my bag.

I always keep a lipbalm close to hand as I have awfully dry lips and my Nivea Milk and Honey balm is lovely. It's moisturising yet lightweight and works well for putting over the top of a lipstick so it doesn't dry your lips out throughout the day. Also, the wonderfully natural scent of the balm isn't bad either!

Hand cream is another absolute must have product in my handbag. That horrible, rough feeling dry hands get completely creeps me out so something to fix that is utterly essential. At the moment I'm using a L'Occitane cream in a lovely rose scent which soaks in really quickly and doesn't hang around leaving your hands feeling greasy. I have a backlog of hand creams waiting to be used so when this one runs out I won't be without one.

It's fair to say that half my lipstick collection lives in my bag, completely unintentionally of course. They just sort of build up until there's none left in my muji storage and far too many in my bag, whoops! I always like to keep a couple of essential 'just in case' shades in my bag such as my beautiful Bobby Brown lippy in Bare Pink and more often that not a statement red (because you never know when you might need one!) and of course the lippy I'm wearing that day.

My last handbag essential is my Babara Daly powder brush, which is always in my bag despite me never actually carrying any powder around. I actually use this to blend out any creases that appear in my foundation throughout the day so my makeup always looks fresh. I probably should get a retractable one so it's a little more hygienic but I do keep this one in it's own little pocket!

What are your handbag essentials?

Kelsey xx

Style - Checkmate

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So, on Sunday I went off to a gig in Manchester watching Amber Run and a couple of other bands. As normal I left picking what I was wearing til the last minute and rushing around (why break the habit of a life time, hey!) but in the end I was really happy with what I wore and the new purchases I'd made recently. I always find picking an outfit for a gig or event during the Winter hard because I don't want to be absolutely freezing on the way there but I hate carrying around coats and jackets. Anyone else find this?



 So in the end I went for a kinda of girly skirt mixed with a casual boyish shirt so I wasn't too dressy but wasn't super casual either. I always love the look or something boyish teamed with a girly colour or item of clothing. I think it's a really easy to wear look and makes outfits easy to take from day to night. I got this great A-line monochrome skirt from H&M last week and I'm pretty sure it was only around £15. I always have trouble finding skirts that fit my shape well but this fits like a dream. I love the monochrome patterning and the zip pockets adds a nice extra detail. Underneath a wore my beloved Coca-cola tee I got from Primark last year. I'm not usually a fan of brand/slogan tees but being a huge lover of the drink I couldn't resist. Over the top I threw on this great over sized check shirt I bought from Topshop on payday. It's definitely going to be a staple in my wardrobe this Spring and I have so many ideas on how to style it. You'll probably be seeing it a lot in my style posts!


My Fiorelli bag (it's the Fiorelli Mia Grab Mono Stitch and the absolute perfect size!) and Newlook boots have been coming with me everywhere recently. I can't get enough of them!

Skirt - H&M, Tee - Primark, Shirt - Topshop, Boots - Newlook, Bag - Fiorelli

What's your go to for gig outfits?

Kelsey xx

Heroes for Skin Redness

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One of my main skin concerns is my redness. It's horrible and I'm extremely self conscious about it. It's actually one of the main reasons why I wear foundation and I long for the day where I can get away with wearing a light coverage, barely there foundation. It doesn't take much to set it off. If I use a product that doesn't agree with my sensitive skin or go out in harsh winds I end up looking like a beetroot! On days where my redness is really bad you can see it peeking through a layer or two of Estee Lauder Double Wear. Being a hater of thick, cakey foundation it's one of those things I have to grin and bare (or wear a distracting smokey eye or bold lip) but luckily I've found a few products that our saviors to my bad skin days;

Skin Products for Rosacea

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk is a cleanser I just can't live without. I never hesitate to buy a replacement! It's super gentle, moisturising and feels nourishing on the skin with a really luxurious scent and feel which I never tire of. I won't waffle on too much as I wrote a detailed review of it  here, but I absolutely adore it and it does wonders to my skin, especially when it's feeling a bit irritated.

A-Derma is a skincare brand you must try if you have easily irritated/sensitive skin or suffer with any kind of redness. They have products suited to any skin type that suffers with these issues and they make truly lovely products that work. The A-Derma Rheacalm Light Soothing Cream* is a moisturiser I go to when my skin is looking red, irritated and in need of a bit of TLC. I hate creams that hang around too long on the surface and this is lightweight and sinks in super quick. It's not a miracle product and it doesn't make my redness disappear but it definitely helps!

I love The Body Shop for skincare and the Aloe Calming Toner is a product I always make sure I have in my stash. I talked about this before in a post about blemishes because it's great to have at hand when your skin is a little 'arghhh'. It helps to soothe and add much needed moisture but doesn't contain any acids, alcohol or anything nasty so it's a nice treat for your skin. I love this stuff when I've had a bad reaction to a product because it feels so lovely and cooling.

When it comes to skincare for sensitive skin the French brands always have it spot on and Avene is a firm favourite of mine. Their soothing moisture mask is actually the first hydrating mask I've tried that hasn't made my skin beetroot red and it doubles up as a great 'lazy skincare' product too. It's a leave on mask so I just apply a good layer after cleansing and toning at night and by morning I have wonderfully clear, calm and hydrated skin. Easy! I was a little worried about waking up looking like a greasy mess but it really sinks in and leaves you with baby smooth skin. My redness is always virtually gone in the mornings after using this. Avene, you've impressed me again!

When it comes to foundation I can never (of should I say could never) find a light coverage foundation that would hide my redness. I always have to go full coverage which at times can be a bit like wearing a mask. However, the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream is absolutely amazing at hiding all the horrid redness on my face without making me look like I'm really wearing about foundation. It apparently contains special pigments to blur redness and really works!

Last but not least is a sneaky American product that I just couldn't miss out. Physicians Formula Physicians Strength Concealer in Soft Green is a Godsend for dimming down my redness before I apply my foundation. If you haven't tried a green concealer before, you must! This one is creamy, pigmented and has absolutely amazing coverage but isn't heavy or cakey at all. Oh, and a little goes a really long way! I dread the day this product runs out because it's a staple in my daily makeup routine.

What's your skin concern? 

Kelsey xx

*PR sample sent for review. All opinions are my own.

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