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Archive for April, 2013

Erdem Spring/Summer Dress – Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller at the 2013 Golden Globes Red Carpet

This has got to be the prettiest dress I’ve ever seen!

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ASOS Prom Dress In Fluro Jaquard

ASOS Prom Dress In Fluro Jaquard

ASOS Prom Dress In Fluro Jaquard

ASOS Prom Dress In Fluro Jaquard (back)

ASOS Prom Dress In Fluro Jaquard (back)

I’ve had my eye on this dress ever since I saw it in their ASOS magazine. This is a beautiful summer dress, perfect for a picnic in the park, and a nice shawl draped across the shoulders – 50’s style elegance.

Topshop Neon Floral Shoulder Dress

Topshop Neon Floral Shoulder Dress

Topshop Neon Floral Shoulder Dress

Topshop Neon Floral Shoulder Dress

Topshop Neon Floral Shoulder Dress

This caught my eye immediately when I saw it on the topshop website. It’s a really unique dress, as the weather is still not warm yet, I wear mine with a black crew neck jumper and black tights. It hits just above the knees so is a nice length. The skirt has a bit of volume to it (tulip like shape) but it looks lovely and better than a tight body-con fit as I like walking around a lot! I found size 6 to fit true-to-size and wasn’t tight. The colour, pattern and design (cut-out shoulders) really make this an unusual dress and the material is quite thick and so would be great in the summer without tights too.

It also got the thumbs up with my colleagues at work, which is not what I was expecting given the striking pink colour, they all agreed that it looks best with tanned skin.

MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation 4.0

Mac Matchmaster Foundation

Mac Matchmaster Foundation

MAC Matchmaster shade 4.0

MAC Matchmaster shade 4.0

I’d been happily using Mac’s Select SPF 15 foundation for years after a long search for the right shade for my skintone. When I was a teenager, the better known beauty brands like Clinique, Estee Lauder and Chanel had a very limited range of shades – they were either too light or too dark. I noticed this has changed over the years, but at the time, I went to MAC as a makeup artist highly recommended them for catering for a variety of skin colours.

I was originally colour matched as NC40 (as I have yellow undertones) it seemed to match pretty well. A couple of months ago, I noticed that their Select foundation was being discontinued and replaced by their new technology foundation, Matchmaster, that according to MAC, ‘uses translucent pigments to enable a fully personalised finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone’. The shades range from 1.0 to 10.0, but they also do half shades but only 1.5, 7.5, 8.5 and 9.5 – wish they could do a 3.5!

I made the mistake of buying the Matchmaster on their website without going to a store and being colour matched. The chat facility is great, but the makeupartist said that NC40 in Select corresponds to shade 5.0 in the Matchmaster – there is in fact a table created by MAC that shows which NC and NW shades correspond to the Matchmaster shading system.

On opening shade 5.0, it was far too dark for me, I looked like I’d had a good holiday 🙂 I liked the texture though, thicker than the runny Select, and applies easily with a normal foundation brush. It lasts all day for me, and I think it looks similar to Select to me, not too heavy or too light. I ended up going to Westfield and popped into the MAC store and the MUA agreed that the 5.0 was far too warm for me, she suggested I tried 4.0, but warned me that she’s not a massive fan of the Matchmaster and said that it can get darker the longer it’s left on, she thinks prolongwear is far better at getting a better match.

Anyway, the 4.0 is definitely an improvement on the 5.0, but I still think it looks a tad too dark, not noticeably so, but nonetheless, I may even try the 3.0 before getting another bottle just to see the difference. I do like the foundation though, perfect for daywear, and the built-in pump controls the amount of foundation you want.

I was very much happy with my Select in NC40, I do dislike it when my favourite products get discontinued 😦

Chez Patrick, 7 Stratford Road, W8 – Restaurant Review

I’m always walking down Marloes Road and I never really knew this restaurant existed as it’s located on a street just off it. A few weeks ago, a really close friend and I wanted somewhere local to eat as it was absolutely freezing, so we found Chez Patrick by accident. We hadn’t booked a reservation but although it was pretty booked up, the friendly waiter gave us a table. I have to say it was a really lovely evening, we both had steak with chips and it was delicious, the owner was lovely too. 

The surprise of the evening was my friend telling me that they got married two years ago, and they were dying to tell me but I was uncontactable for a long period due to being very ill. Now that I’m back to full health and my friend was married, we enjoyed celebrating in this low key but perfect little French restaurant. I’d definitely go back.

 

Coldplay – Life in Technicolor

An old Coldplay song that I can’t seem to stop playing on my iPod, so good and love the video too.