Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Orange-Copper Eye-Catcher

I'm not usually one for makeup trends - but the burnt orange, smoky red or even popping tangerine eyeshadow looks I have seen here there and everywhere recently have really caught my attention.

However, as with all trends, I've also been (only slightly) reluctant to go out and buy a shit load of orange-hued palettes in case come the end of summer everyone's back to more subtle daytime looks.  What I have instead invested in is just a couple of products - this awesome mascara in 'Warm Up' from MAC (a la the wonderful Megan Ellaby), and B.'s vibrant eye shimmer in Copper.  This was only very recently discontinued at Superdrug, as they're re-launching the range, but it's a glossy, creamy eye colour with gold sparkles.      

Combined, they create this gorgeous (yet not too) wild orange eye look.

The thing I love about the B eye shimmers is that they're so easy to use, and also really buildable, so you can use them all over the lid and simply apply more where you want better colour intensity.  I literally threw a load of this onto my eyelids, did a bit of winged liner on top and was good to go - no faffing around with palettes or multiple shades (or even brushes - your index finger is as good as any brush with this kind of product).

But the real eye catcher is the mascara - a nice thick coating of classic black on the top lashes, combined with the awesome bright orange shade from MAC.  

Paired with pretty much any nudey brown lipstick - the one I wore is also from B., in the shade 'Toffee' - this look is a winner, if I do say so myself.  What are your thoughts?

Ruby x 


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Dress-ing it down

Anyone who knows me will probably also know I'm not really a dress girl.  It's certainly something I've become painfully aware of in the last couple of weeks, as I've been searching for something graduation worthy - in vain, might I add.  

But, from time to time I do stumble across something I like.  And of course I found this one in Urban Outfitters!

I've always liked the look of longer dresses, but found it quite tricky to find styles which aren't too floaty but also aren't too form-fitting - I want the freedom to eat all the ice cream and nobody know about it, you see.  This one's the perfect hybrid, made with a slinky material that fits a bit closer in all the right places.

I also love that it has this sexy little side split which isn't too impractical because it only goes to just above the knee - wonderful.  

And, more importantly, this is one of those dresses that you don't have to dress up for.  I love this with sandals and a big shirt, equally with trainers and denim jacket... there's loads of ways you can style something like this (of course you could also go for heels and a snazzy jacket).  I got this particular shirt from the Brighton laines for a fiver, and so far it's been my most worn Spring purchase.

Dress - Urban Renewal @ UO / Bag - BrandAlley / Shirt - Vintage
Sunglasses - TK Maxx (Derek Lam) / Sandals - H&M (suuuuper old)

 Update on the bag - still holding up fairly well!  And I'm loving it.  My slight qualm would be the suede has worn pretty quick and gets grubby, but what kind of an idiot buys suede thinking it'll stay clean... me, perhaps.

Have a fab weekend darlings,

Ruby x