Monday, 12 June 2017

Phillimore Gardens

Last week I spent a few days in London with my sister, Laura.  Wednesday was spent drinking copious amounts of wine, which meant our Thursday began rather late (I think we left her place around 3pm... I know).  That said, the day wasn't a complete write-off.  We managed to make it to the Design Museum in Kensington for a little wander round in the late afternoon, which was well worth the visit if you like all things design-related, before wandering into a side street to take some blog pics in front of a random person's (rather beautiful) house.

I've recently got really into my comfort clothing, fashion-wise.  Ever since culottes blew up a year or so ago, they've become my best friend, especially these babies from Zara with their cheeky side split, which you may remember me raving about in this post.  Although not so practical for the windy weather, they're incredibly versatile and were super cheap (around £18-20 if I remember correctly). 

Denim Jacket - Vintage / Top - Urban Outfitters / Culottes - Zara (similar
Bag - BrandAlley / Shoes - New Look (try these)

And as much as I'm trying desperately not to buy too much into trends, I felt like I had already resisted the gingham trend for far too long and it was only a matter of time before I succumbed.  And this top is a lovely little gingham hybrid - quite a large print, so easy to wear and super sheer so perfect for layering.  

I find blues and blacks by far the easiest colours to style - I could've easily thrown this on with a leather jacket and heels instead and worn it out for drinks, or equally could've worn trainers to keep it even more casual.  Wunderbar!

Ruby x 


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Kiko Tropic Heat Dewy Stick: Review

With the weather gradually getting warmer, I'm reaching far less for beaming pearlescent highlighters, and going more for a subtle 'glow' with my makeup looks.  In summer I prefer to go more minimal and natural in terms of makeup, and I've recently been trying out this Tropic Heat Dewy Stick from Kiko as an alternative to my MAC Cream Colour Base

This product comes in at £7.90, so fairly affordable, and as with most of the Kiko products I love the simple, ergonomic yet stylish packaging.  The product applies easily, and gives a dewy, almost slightly wet look to the skin depending on how heavily you apply it.  It's completely uncoloured (which I really like) and has no shimmer or glitter to it, which I'm also a big fan of.  

My main qualm with the dewy stick would be that it can shift foundation quite badly if you're not careful with it - you can't be too heavy handed, in spite of the fact that its effect is quite subtle.  It does also feel ever so slightly sticky on the skin... but to be honest this was something I had expected, especially with a main ingredient being beeswax. 

All in all, gives a natural, sunny glow to the skin.  For £7.90, not too bad at all.  What do you guys think?

Ruby x