I went out last night with my bestie, Pamela and it was the perfect excuse to wear my new ASOS dress! I am so happy with this dress because it the most gorgeous colour and it's so flattering. Sorry the pics aren't the greatest quality but they were kinda rushed.
I wanted to cinch the waist to give me a bit more shape and this nude belt seemed like the perfect option. It's one I got ages ago from Next in their sale, it's been so handy because it goes with everything in my wardrobe!
I love this bag I got from Coast a couple of years ago, it's so unique and I've never seen anything like it since. It's almost art deco style and the only downside is that it's really small so you can only fit the bare essentials in there. I hope I can keep it in good enough shape so I have it forever! Sorry about my freakishly long, thin fingers! My mum said the doctors and nurses all commented on them when I was born!ha ha. The nail polish I'm wearing is YSL La Lacque in no.42, a really rich deep purple...love it! I feel really sophisticated wearing this polish because the colour feels 'grown up'.
I actually chose to wear my wedding shoes from Faith because a) I love them and b) their neutral colour went perfectly with the dress and added a bit of glitz. I'm such a magpie when it comes to clothes and shoes...any embellishment and I go nuts for it! Thankfully the heel on these isn't massive so my feet were still in tact after a night of dancing!
Here's the makeup I wore last night. I went for a subtle smokey eye, glowy skin with a really natural lip.
Face: Virgin Vie Skin Dew mixed with moisturiser
Lancome La Base Pro as a primer
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Fresco
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque under eyes
Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation in Medium used as a concealer
Benefit Hello Flawless Powder in Honey (light dusting to set makeup)
Dior Matte Sunshine Bronzer in Honey Matte all over face
Sleek Contour Kit to define cheekbones
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige on cheekbones on down nose
I just wanted to give a couple of products I used a special mention for their downright fab-ness!
Bobbi Brown Corrector is a fantastic product for anyone who suffers from darkness under their eyes, whether it's hereditary or from lack of sleep. It's pinky salmon tone cancels out any blue/purple tones under the eye and I like to use it as a base, then apply my usual concealer over the top.
I look like a proper dumb blonde in the above photo! It made me laugh because I have really vacant expression! ha ha.
My search for the perfect bronzer has come to an end with the incredible Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine Bronzer in Honey Matte. This bronzer is EVERYTHING you could ever wish for. It has a matte formula that looks super natural on the skin (essential for that subtle winter glow), it lasts all day, the powder itself is really smooth and incredibly blendable, it has an SPF20 and the packaging is gorgeous!
I much prefer matte bronzers for the daytime, especially in winter because the light is so much more stark and 'white' in the colder months so you want something that will work with your skin and not just sit on top. This bronzer really works with your skintone and gives you a glow, rather than looking you're wearing a bronzing product.
However, because Dior Amber Diamond is a more peachy toned highlighter, it's always nice to have another variation and this Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige is a great way to get that really polished look but with more gold tones. The product itself looks beautiful in the pan...
And when you swatch it, you can then see why so many people go nuts over it, because it has the prettiest iridescent gold glow that reflects light beautifully. I got excited after swatching this because if it looks this great in a swatch, just imagine how good it will look on your face!
I always find that highlighter is essential if you want to create sculpted cheekbones, I like to place the product on the highest part of my cheeks so it catches the light. I avoid the apples of my cheeks as this can make you look too shiny. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is definitely SLIGHTLY more shimmery than the Dior powder and is more obvious once applied. But as long as you use a light hand and place the product in the right areas, it can really awaken your face and give you a healthy glow.