Sunday, 7 February 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Guide & New Beauty Launches

Valentine's Day is fast approaching so I thought I'd put together a little gift guide to give your other half some ideas or even just some ideas for things you can treat yourself too as there's so many gorgeous Valentine's themed beauty releases around at the moment. To be honest, I'm not a massive Valentine's fan as I don't think we need a specific day to tell our loved ones how much we love them but I do like the fact it gives my boyfriend and I an excuse the go out for a romantic evening. We don't usually buy each other presents but if he were to buy me something, I'd be more than happy with any of these lovely goodies!! Here's a little overview of them all;

Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne; The is one of Jo Malone's latest releases and obviously being named 'red roses', it's the perfect scent for Valentine's day. As I'm sure you can imagine, it's a very strong floral scent and smells just like a bunch of fresh roses which I personally love. However, if floral scents aren't for you, this is probably one to avoid. For me, you just cannot go wrong with a bottle of Jo Malone - I don't think any girl would turn her nose up at one of these so if any guys are reading, this is a safe choice and something I'm sure your girlfriend would love to recieve.

Calvin Klein Bra; Beautiful underwear and Valentine's Day definitely go hand in hand so what better gift for your partner to buy you than some really special underwear you can wear on date night. Ooh, cheeky I know. However, Valentine's does seem to be one of those days us ladies go that extra mile to look our best for a romantic evening and pretty underwear will ensure you feel your best and ooze confidence on your date!! This bra is from Calvin Klein and I'm completely in love with it. You can't go wrong with black lace underwear can you?!

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon's palette; Most girls love makeup so the new Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon's palette is a winner for any makeup lover this Valentine's day. Not to mention the eyeshadows are heart shaped and it smells like chocolate - even more perfect?! What girl doesn't love makeup, pretty packaging and chocolate?! I'm planning on doing a full review of this soon but on first impressions it's a gorgeous palette and other than the two Pink shades, the colours are all really wearable. Too Faced is always such amazing quality too so I'm excited to give this a try!

LVNDR jewllery; One of my best friends Em, who I'm sure you all know, owns her own jewellery brand LVNDR and I'm just so obsessed with their stuff so I had to include them in this post. They have the cutest range of jewellery including lots of heart rings which would be perfect as a Valentine's day gift. The rings look so amazing when they're stacked together and I also love their bracelets - especially the two I've photographed for this post which you can find here and here. I also love how LVNDR jewellery always arrives so beautifully packaged so if you want to unwrap a cute little parcel full of pretty jewellery, you need to send your partner on over to the LVNDR website. You can also get 10% off your order with my code KJC10 and considering their prices are so reasonable anyway, you need to grab yourselves a bargain!!

Lush Gift Sets; Most of us ladies love to have a pamper in the bath so LUSH is always a great gift to receive. They always do the cutest gift sets and their Valentine's collection is super cute. The products include lots of pink and red shades, heart shaped bath bombs and super sweet and girly scents. I know I'll be having a pamper with them before my Valentine's day date night. Also, they come so beautifully wrapped that if you're not the worlds best gift wrapper, it's already done for you!!

Kiko Best Friends Forever collection; I love Kiko so when a parcel arrived with products from their new best friends forever collection, I totally swooned. The packaging is red with hearts and nothing says Valentine's more than that combo, does it? The lipstick itself is even heart shaped. Seriously, the cutest thing ever. I'm going to do a full review of these products soon so I'll share more photos then but on first impressions, they're stunning and would make the most lovely gift!

I hope you enjoyed this post - feel free to send the link to your significant other to drop a few hints, hehe!! Or if you're a single gal, all the products above are linked so why not go and treat yourself?!

What will you be doing this Valentine's Day?!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Burgers & Bowling | Almost Famous & All Star Lanes

I've been living in Manchester for almost a year now and because it's such a huge city, I'm never short of new restaurants to try out which is great for someone like me who loves eating out! Last week, my boyfriends friend was working in Manchester so he came to stay with us for the week and it's safe to say we went a little bit crazy on the eating front. Let's just say we definitely indulged. We decided we'd go out a couple of nights during the week and my boyfriend suggested we go to Almost Famous which is somewhere I'd never been before, despite hearing so many people rave about their burgers.

We decided we'd make a night of it and go to Almost Famous for food and then head next door to All Star Lanes for a couple of games of bowling. I've been to All Star Lanes before it's so much fun but I didn't realise Almost Famous was next door so it's the ideal night out doing both together. Burgers and bowling - you can't go wrong really?!

As I said, we started the night at Almost Famous and considering we went on a Wednesday night it was SO busy so it's obviously a popular choice. The service was a bit slow as we were waiting a while for someone to take our order and bring our drinks over but our waiter was really apologetic and explained they were under staffed and weren't expecting it to be so busy mid-week. Fair enough I guess! However, despite the slow start, the food was worth the wait as it tasted amazing! It's very canteen style with the food presented in red plastic dishes but I wasn't expecting fine dining. It's the kind of place you go for some indulgent, greasy and stodgy food.

The menu is mainly beef burgers so if you're not a fan, it's probably not for you. However, if you're a burger lover, you can expect to find lots of yummy ones at Almost Famous! Some of them are quite elaborate but I decided to go for the classic 'Famous' burger which is basically a standard cheeseburger with salad and their special burger sauce. It was absolutely delicious and it was safe to say it was demolished in a matter of minutes. I also got some sweet potato fries and the boys got some with bacon bits, cheese and BBQ sauce. They weren't really my cup of tea but they seemed to enjoy them!


When we'd finished eating, we headed to All Star Lanes next day which is a really cool bowling alley. Bowling is not normally something I'd think to do on a night out but All Star Lanes makes it more cool with its fab decor, comfortable sofas and tables on each lane and drinks served while you're playing! However, the shoes are just as uncool as always unfortunately! Not a good look with my Aztec shirt dress - I should have really planned that one better! Fashion faux pa!!

We played three games while drinking lots of yummy 2 for 1 cocktails - I went for the gin and Elderflower cocktail and it was delicious! When we finished our games (I lost every time against the boys despite a couple of good strikes - boo!), we headed to their lovely bar area which had a really nice cosy atmosphere. It's a shame it was a week night as I could have definitely stayed and go merry.

We had such a great night and I'd really recommend both Almost Famous and All Star Lanes if you live in Manchester or plan on visiting. If you don't fancy going to clubs, this is a great alternative! However, if you prefer going to clubs on a night out, I'd also highly recommend this the following day as a greasy burger, fun game of bowling and a few cocktails are sure to sort that hangover out!!

Have you ever visited these places?!

Monday, 1 February 2016

Haul | Splurging At MAC Once Again

Once again, I was lured in by the MAC website. This happens occasionally where I get a sudden urge to add some new MAC products to my makeup collection. MAC was the brand that kick started my makeup addiction and has been one of my favourites ever since so I don’t think it’s one I’ll ever stray too far away from. With this being said, here’s a little look at what I added to my basket on my most recent MAC splurge …

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural | Medium Plus
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I’m sure you’ve seen me mention this product numerous times as it’s one of my all time favourites. This has got to be the fourth or fifth one of these I’ve bought now and that’s saying something as they do last a fairly long time, even with every day use. Last time I bought one of these powders was last Summer so I bought the shade ‘Medium Dark’ as I had a bit of a natural tan at the time and generally like looking more bronzed during the Summer months. However, that’s now way too dark for me and is more of a bronzer than an all over face powder so I’ve gone back to the shade I normally use, Medium Plus. This shade still adds some warmth to my skin but is a similar shade to my skin tone so I can get away with dusting it all over my face. The reason I love this powder so much is because as the name would suggest, it’s very natural. It’s the only powder I find gives good coverage and a flawless finish without leaving a cakey finish and feeling heavy on my skin.

Amber Times Nine Eye shadow Palette
I already own way too many eye shadows as well as a 15 pro MAC eye shadow palette that I made myself with the individual shadows (post on it here). However, that’s not always convenient for travelling with or popping in my handbag and as I do LOVE a MAC eye shadow (my all time favourite), I just couldn’t resist this cute mini palette containing nine neutral shades in a mix of shimmer and matte finishes. I’d actually seen it at the MAC counter two or three times before I decided to buy it and it always caught my eye so it was clearly calling my name. It’s the perfect size for travelling with and there isn’t one of the nine shades that I wouldn’t wear.

Prep & Prime Fix + 
You know those products you see everyone talking about and you’ve wanted to buy for ages but never got round to it – that’s me with MAC’s Fix+. It seems every beauty guru on youtube or makeup artist uses this stuff so I’ve wanted to try it for ages to see what all the hype is about. I have to be honest – I don’t really know what its exact purpose is but I’ve seen it used in a few different ways when watching tutorials. Supposedly it can be used before makeup to prep and hydrate the skin, after makeup to give a nice dewy finish and you can also spray it onto eye shadow brushes to make eye shadows look more metallic. It’s essentially just fancy water but people seem to love it so its fancy water I just had to have. I’ll let you know how I get on and maybe do a post about the different ways it can be used.

Paint Pot | Soft Ochre
I always forget to do one step in my makeup routine and that’s to prime my eyelids. I know it has it’s benefits and most makeup artists do it but it’s something I always forget about. With this being said, I thought it was time to step up my eye shadow game and invest in a product I can use to neutralize any colour on my eyelid before applying my eye shadow. Not only will this help the colours look more vibrant but it’ll also help it to look more seamless and last longer. I decided to get paint pot from MAC as a lot of people seem to use these as a primer and the shade ‘Soft Ochre’ looked like a very neutral matte shade which is just what I was looking for. I can’t wait to try it out and see if it makes any different. I’ll keep you posted with how I get on!!

Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick | Fashion Legacy
It wasn’t until I was browing the ‘lips’ section of the MAC website (my favourite part) that I realIsed MAC have actually released their own range of liquid lipsticks. Where have I been? How did I not know this? Even my little sister knew and looked at me like I’ve been living under a rock. I know - I call myself a beauty blogger!! I had a look at the available shades and was drawn in by 'Fashion Legacy' a vibrant Red with Orange tones. I have tried this since I received it and I LOVE it - it's so pigmented and has amazing staying power without feeling too matte like other liquid lipsticks I've tried. I also love that the packaging still has the classic MAC lid. I'll definitely be picking up some more of these.

So that’s everything I picked up from MAC recently. I can’t say any of them were essential purchases and I probably shouldn’t be spending so much money on makeup when I already have so much but we’ve got to treat ourselves now and then right?! MAC products are available to buy online from MAC, Debenhams and House of Fraser.

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favourite MAC product?

Friday, 29 January 2016

Style | Oversized Jumper Dresses & Cosy Coats

At this time of year when the weather is awful, I'm all about comfort. That includes baggy jumpers, warm coats and boots! I have to be honest, I'm a very 'cosy' kind of person and would always prefer to be wearing some joggers than a dress so I do love Winter for the fact I can throw lots of layers on and be totally comfortable! With this being said, I wanted to share one of my current favourite comfy 'throw on' items which has been my go-to for those days where I want to look like I've made a bit of an effort but still want to feel comfortable. 

I love an oversized jumper dress so this one from Billie Faiers In The Style collection is right up my street. I love the burgundy colour (one of my faves in Winter) and then baggy off the shoulder style makes it effortlessly chic. You can actually get 10% off the whole In The Style website with my code KAYLEIGH10 too so make sure you pop that in at the checkout if you decide to treat yourself! They've got some gorgeous bits in at the moment!

I decided to pair the dress with my trusty Linzi Shoes black knee high boots. As you've probably noticed from my blog posts and Instagram (follow me here), I wear these ALL the time. They're just so easy to wear as they go with most things and make an outfit look 10x more stylish. Not to mention they keep my legs nice and warm too!!

To finish the look and keep me extra toasty, I wore my favourite Winter coat which is from Fashion Union via Brand Attic (currently a bargain in the sale here). I love anything Khaki and the style of this coat is so easy to wear. I throw it on over most things and it always keeps me warm whilst looking stylish at the same time. I also took my new In The Style bag for its first outfit and I think it's so cute. It has a definite YSL look about it and I can see myself using this a lot over the Summer months. It'll look so cute paired with a little dress and a tan, yay!!

I hope you guys like this look! I'm really enjoying doing more fashion posts at the moment so let me know if you like them and want to see more!!

What's your go-to Winter item?!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector

Okay, so it seems every man and his dog is talking about this highlighter at the moment. Yet again, I’ve been swept up in the hype. I first heard about this product from Instagram and then my little sister (who is sixteen and completely obsessed with Youbtube makeup tutorials) told me that I needed the Becca ‘Champagne Pop’ highlighter as it’s been created by Youtube beauty guru Jaclyn Hill. I’ve watched a few of Jaclyn’s videos in the past and really enjoy them but it wasn’t necessarily her endorsement that made me want this product – I’m just a little bit obsessed with highlighters and this one looked way too pretty to ignore.

Unlike most highlighters I own which are silver or gold toned, Champagne Pop is very much a pinky peach highlighter and quite unique as it has multiple shades running through it. I’ve not seen any other highlighters quite like it before which obviously justifies yet another unnecessary beauty purchase. It’s also insanely pigmented – trust me when I say you only need the lightest dab for the product to be transferred from the pan onto the brush you’re using. I really like this about it as it makes it effortless to apply and I know it’s going to last me a long time. It’s also so finely milled – there are no chunky glitter particles in it and instead it had the most beautiful metallic finish which really does make cheekbones ‘pop’ as the name would suggest. It blends like a dream too and is really buttery soft to the touch.

My only concern about this product is that because it’s SO buttery, I feel it could crumble at any moment so I do worry about taking it out and about with me in my handbag. I did own the Becca Opal highlighter and that completely crumbled and fell from the pan whilst I was using it (no idea what caused that as I didn’t drop it) and I have heard reports that people have had the same thing happen to them with Champagne Pop too. Definitely not ideal!!

\If you’re based in the US you can ger it here from Sephora or here from Space NK if you’re based in the UK. It costs £32 so it’s definitely on the more luxurious and high end side but if you’re a big fan of highlighters and want one that’s great quality, it just might be worth the splurge!

Do you like the look of Champagne Pop? What’s your favourite highlighter?