Hello guys and gals.
Apologies for lack of posting again, but I'm hoping for forgiveness! The reason being is that I have decided to get a domain name. This means I am now essentially the owner of A Subtle Difference... woooo! You can find me here, just click the link and you'll go through to the site.
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Tuesday, 28 May 2013
More recently I have been opting for more natural makeup, often even daring to go bare. This has partly been due to having a bout of terribly dry and flaky skin, all thanks to a gel spot treatment. We all know how nice it is to give your skin some room to breathe and in return, are thankful for the results.
The products are kept to a minimum, but there are a couple that I look to when going au naturelle.
I begin by applying Collection's (2000) Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer, in natural 2, in a V shape under my eyes. I find this helps to lighten the undereye area by highlighting and making it look brighter. I also use this lightly on my cheekbones to give a subtle highlight. If a little more coverage is needed, I follow up with Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer in fair 1. I make three small dots under my eyes, swipe around either side of my nose, dot a little on my cheeks to disguise redness and wherever else I need some coverage.
Using my ring finger, I apply the Maybelline Colour 24hr Tattoo in Eternal Gold onto my lids in a patting motion. This cream shadow adds a nice gold sheen with a little shimmer. The eyes are polished with two coatings of Revlon's Photoready 3D Volume mascara. This mascara is perfect for natural, everyday use as it seperates the lashes nicely and adds a slight curl, discarding the need to use eyelash curlers.
To complete the natural look, I often apply a small amount of cream blush towards the outer side of my cheeks. I find applying the blusher to this area to be slightly more flattering than the apples. I also use my ring finger to apply the blush by dotting and softly blending. I like to use Dainty Doll cream blush in Orange Country girl for a pink flush with a gold tinged sheen. If I want a bit more colour then I go for Max Factor cream blush in Soft Murano. This is a gorgeous deeper pink colour with a hint of burgundy, which you only need a small amount of.
I only use one brush for this look and that is the Real Techniques contour brush. This brush blends effortlessly and fits perfectly under the eye. I only use it for concealer and to blend out the edges of the blusher so there aren't any harsh lines.
Do you embrace the natural look? Which products are on your natural agenda?
Do you embrace the natural look? Which products are on your natural agenda?
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Cocoa Butter Body Scrub
The first half of my perfect pair is The Body Shop's body scrub in cocoa butter. The little exfoliating beads look close together inside the pot, but they spread rather nicely and sparsely, when applied to the skin. The beads work well to ensure any dead or dry skin is banished away, while smoothing the skin, without being too harsh. I have only used the scrubs on wet skin, never on dry, but I am intrigued to see how it would fair. The scents of these products are amazing. They linger on your skin for the perfect amount of time. If you'd like a longer linger, I would say to use the same scent in the body scrub and body butter. Some of the scents compliment eachother really nicely so it doesn't matter if you use different ones. Recently, I tried out the Palmer's gradual tanner and used this scrub when it was fading. The scrub proved to help in speeding up the fading process. And managed to prevent the dreaded scaly looking skin after tanning.
Does the scrub look like biscuit crumbs to anyone else? Just me then.
Satsuma Body Butter
The satsuma body butter is the other half of my cute couple. I have long had an affair with The Body Shop's body butters. But my relationship with moisturising, is well, rather dry. I admit it, I don't moisturise daily. And I only really do it when I remember. I love using these body butters for numerous reasons. They are a lovely, thick cream of a rich texture. The scent of the butters makes me weak at the knees. Every scent is just as delicious, my favourite probably being pink grapefruit. The butters live up to their name as they melt into the skin, giving just the right amount of moisture. I find they need some time to sink in, due to their thick consistency. For this reason they aren't exactly a quick fix moisturiser, but that gives them a more luxurious feeling.
Both the small (50ml), and large (200ml), pots of these products last a lengthy amount of time. They are a good value for money, and the pots can be re-used to store different products afterwards. I like to use them to keep my bobbles and hair grips all together.
Have you tried either of these products? Which scents are your favourite?
Hope you're well,
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
'When I shop, the world gets better, and the world is better, but then it's not, and I need to do it again.'
It has taken me a while to round up the last of my sale purchases but I am now complete. And very satisfied. I'm not one for sales, I detest rummaging through sale rails in shops whilst slipping on sheer blouses that have been strewn all over the floor. I have even had one of those incidents where I've picked up an item from a rail and felt the pull of an angry woman opposing me, staring me down until I crumbled. Sale shopping often resembles survival of the fittest.
Maybe a slight exaggeration but I like to think of the cafeteria scene in Mean Girls where Kady pounces for Regina George.
| Trousers - Urban Outfitters | Tie Dye Shorts - Urban Outfitters | Jeans - River Island | Skirt - River Island, (similar here) | Jumper - Topshop | Studded bags - Urban Outfitters |
It was a couple of days before Christmas when I made the River Island order. Six/seven years ago you couldn't keep me away from the place but now I hardly flinch when passing. I found this jacquard knitted skirt in their sale for a mere £10 and these jeans that have that soft, jegging-like feel to them for around £15.
I couldn't help but hop onto my laptop early Boxing Day morning to have a gander at the sales from the comfort of my bed. It doesn't help when your inbox is bombarded with the dreaded but delightful sales emails. First stop was Urban Outfitters. I find that some of their items are a little pricey normally but they have amazing sales. I hovered over the trousers for a day or two, ended up caving and ordering the shorts aswell. I think both items were around £20 plus student discount... maths never has been my strong point.
Bracing the shops and leaving my bed proved easier than I had thought a week or so after Christmas. I found this Topshop jumper in Outfit for either £12 or £20. I had been wanting a black and white sort of speckled knitted jumper for a while so nabbed this one. I then reverted back to my bed where I am always at my best, especially when it comes to shopping. Perusing UO (again), I came across the duffle bag (still on sale here!) with the studs at the bottom. I'd had my eye on it for a while so couldn't resist and before I knew it the studded zip bag just happened to arrive along with it. Both of these bags amounted up to just £30. They are both actually quite spacious and bigger than I expected.
So a very long overdue post but hopefully worth it. I am very happy with my buys and order you to go check out the UO website now. They still have a couple of items on sale now.
Have a lovely week,
Sunday, 17 February 2013
† This scenic skirt from Motel Rocks instantly caught my eye when browsing the website. The colours are amazing as is the detail. Motel often sell knockout items like this which you don't come across often.
♥ The little All Saints sequin number is simply gorgeous. The champagne colour makes the skirt that bit more glamorous and the dip dye at the bottom gives it a mature edge.
□ I love this cream printed mini from Zara. It is a perfect item for transferring into Spring/Summer. The pattern is striking and the mix of colours compliment eachother beautifully.
■ The black skirt screams sophistication with it's pencil cut and mesh insert. This skirt would fit in nicely with the monochrome trend just in time for Spring.
♣ How amazing is the last skirt from ASOS? The print is so elegant yet eye catching; it reminds me of something you might see from House of Holland. I think this may creep into my wardrobe in the near future.
Is anyone else wrapped up in fashion week already? What's been your favourite show so far?
*Hats off to anyone who recognises the quote in the title!
Hope you're having a lovely weekend!
Sunday, 10 February 2013
**I would just like to point out that the title of this post is not my opinion. I came across it on a thread on The Student Room when researching.
† The colours of this New Look floral crop are amazing. It’s perfect to add to your spring wardrobe ready for summer. I think it would look lovely in spring with a chunky cardigan and high waisted jeans, maybe peeking through a fine knit, a loose knitted jumper or a sheer top.
□ I cannot really pinpoint what I like so much about this crop; I think it is due to the repeated logo design on the top. I usually dislike clothing with the design logo printed on but this Boy London via Romwe top is simplistic and minimal.
What are your opinions on crop tops? How would you style them?
Hope you've had a lovely weekend...
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
My Casual Tee
As you can see, I was inspired my by previous post to create a casual outfit with a plain tee being the focus. This one is quickly becoming a favourite staple of mine. It has everything I like in a t-shirt; oversized, rolled sleeves, quite long in length and a good simple colour.
Tee: Topshop | Jeans: Zara | Jacket: Topshop | Leather Jacket: Topshop
Necklace: Wavy Jewellery | Converse: Office
Aren't I quite the advocate for Topshop! I opted for layering to add a relaxed effect to the look and injected some colour with the soft burgundy-like coloured jacket. You can always fall back on jewellery to add a little something to your outfit and make it snazzier, don't ya think?
The photographs didn't turn out quite as I had hoped hence the decapitation of my head in all but one. I quite liked the casual vibe my outfit was wafting off as I head out of the door this morning but after looking at these photos, it didn't photograph as it looked in the mirror if that makes any sense, and these were the most decent of the bunch!
Do you ever get that... You actually quite like your outfit for once but then it doesn't look like you thought it would?
Hope you've made it to the mid-week point without any mishaps...
I know I haven't!