Sunday, 27 January 2013

SS13 Trend: Monochrome

There is always huge hype this time of year about what's in for Spring and Summer, and for 2013 monochrome is going to be one of those trends which you won't be able to escape from! I personally love black and white together, and I already own a few stripy items in my wardrobe. It's also a style which will look great on anyone - I mean, who doesn't look awesome in black? Above are just a few ideas as to what you could add to your wardrobe to get ready for the new season. 

*From experience I can tell you that the Moto Leigh jeans are the comfiest jeans I have ever worn, and they come in a range of colours! I own the black, indigo, cyrus and blue candy cane striped ones so it's pretty obvious I love them!

What do you think about monochrome? Do you like it as a style trend? Will you be buying any monochrome for the upcoming season?

Friday, 25 January 2013

OPI Lacquer: Skyfall

OPI Nail Lacquer in Skyfall - £8.80

For a while now, OPI has been my go-to nail polish. It dries quickly, is incredibly pigmented so gives a gorgeous colour, and lasts for ages. Their top coat is absolutely essential for me in order to keep the polish from chipping days after application. Admittedly the products are more expensive than your Barry M's and your Rimmel London's but I definitely think it's worth it in the long run, especially if you're wanting to change your nail colour every few days! The polish itself is thick and the brush applicator makes it easy to cover the nail quickly.

I'll be perfectly honest and say that I'm not a huge fan of the James Bond franchise but OPI's Skyfall collection has some truly lovely colours which are aptly named after the different films to mark the 50th anniversary of James Bond. I really love the more glittery colours (Goldeneye and On Her Majesty's Secret Service) and of course Skyfall which you may remember from my birthday wishlist.

Skyfall is described as a deep maroon creme and is the namesake shade of the collection. When it's applied I would describe it as more of a deep burgundy - a colour that I had yet to have in my own collection. This shade would look great with all skintones and is a staple winter colour! The polish is thick as you would expect with OPI polishes and becomes opaque with just 2 coats. I, myself, applied 3 coats and then a top coat. You can get this polish on the Beauty Bay website in the sale for £8.80, the usual price is £11.00 so get in there and snap up the deal!

What do you guys think of the OPI Skyfall collection? Or just OPI in general? What are your favourite shades?

Friday, 18 January 2013

Snow Day!

Today has been eventful to say the least! I had a handful of plans that were unfortunately cancelled due to the heavy snow we've had down here on the South coast. At least it gave me an opportunity to practise some photography! As you would expect it was freezing outside, and it had been constantly snowing from the early hours of this morning until about 3 o'clock this afternoon. When my mum suggested we take our Cairn terrier, Tegan, out for a long walk in the snow I didn't hesitate to pull on my parka and grab my camera. My dog is nearly 3 years old and has never experienced weather like this before because it never seems to settle here (until today!) so she was going slightly crazy; and she has really short legs so she was jumping around in the deep snow which was so funny to watch. We met up with my mum's friend and her English pointer Izzie, who was more than happy to jump about with Tegan! She's a bit of a weirdo, getting freaked out by a pre-made snowman in one of the fields we walked through, and refused to walk past it until Tegan did...

I just thought I'd share a couple of photographs that I took today while out and about. Oh, and if you're from the Southern region of England look out for one of my photographs on BBC South Today - it may not get picked but I'm sure you'll recognise it from this blog if it does get shown!

Did it snow where you are? If so, how did you spend the day?

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Wishlist #1: Birthday

OPI Nail Lacquer in Skyfall - £8.80 | Hearts & Bows Black Leather Skater Skirt - £22.99 | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Ecru - £27.50 | Hunter Originals in Navy - £79.00 | MAC Lipstick - £14.00 | Sex and the City Complete Boxset - £43.33

1. I love OPI, and I'm always looking to add to the colours I already have. This particular colour (Skyfall) is my favourite from the James Bond collection. It's a dark burgundy which would look great with any Winter outfit.
2. I've been after a leather skater skirt for ages and there are many on the market at the moment but this one from Ark seems like a winner. They also have it in Oxblood.
3. Pricey? Yes, but I've heard good things about this foundation. I'm quite fair-skinned and having browsed the Estee Lauder website I've noticed that it gives you many shade options especially if you do have a lighter skin tone. It's a little out of my price range at the moment, however.
4. Wellington boots are a must-have for dog walkers. My dog loves to run through the fields and get all muddy and soaked so it would be good to have some sturdy Hunters to chase after her in!
5. I'm a big fan of MAC cosmetics in general, but I adore their lipsticks the most! I've been looking for a decent Winter colour, and I've settled on a choice of three (a - Diva, b - Film Noir, c - Odyssey).
6. Finally, who doesn't love Sex and the City?! I have both the films on DVD but have yet to get all the seasons. In this box set you get the complete collection to watch to your heart's content. Sounds like a perfect accompaniment to a duvet day with copious amounts of tea!

So those are a few of the things I'd like to receive for my 21st birthday. If anyone wants to buy me anything then my birthday is 22nd January, please love me.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Skincare Essentials: Liz Earle

I was first recommended Liz Earle products by my best friend after she raved about them, and I'm so glad I listened to her! I suffer from skin redness on my nose and cheeks, and for a long time I had tried different ways to reduce it. Although I haven't been diagnosed by a dermatologist I figured my problem could have been acne rosacea and luckily there are products around that have helped to clear it up without the need for strong medication. The Liz Earle factsheet on acne rosacea recommends four particular products that are said to help the skin's appearance. I didn't hesitate to go looking for them, and I came across her December Essentials package last month (Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser, Skin Tonic, Moisturiser, 2 Muslin cloths, free gift eye brightener + free mascara and a foundation sample) and I also bought the Intensive Nourishing treatment mask. This order ended up being over £50, which is fairly expensive, but the products last a long time and I got an additional Cleanse and Polish for free!

The premise for the essentials is simple: apply twice daily, morning and evening.

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 100ml pump - £12.75

Winner of so many beauty awards, the Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser is a must-have for your skincare routine. The product is plant-based and rich in naturally active ingredients like eucalyptus and cocoa butter which make it silky-smooth and refreshing on the skin. The two phases (cleanse and polish) allow you to clean your face of any makeup while removing any dead skin cells in order to leave you with soft radiant skin. You also have the choice of purchasing this in either a pump or a tube.

Instant Boost Skin Tonic, 200ml bottle - £12.50

The Instant Boost Skin Tonic has a pleasant floral scent and is designed to soothe and brighten your skin after cleansing. It adds a layer of moisture to the skin and feels incredibly refreshing and cooling; no wonder, with its ingredients including aloe vera to revitalise, and chamomile, cucumber and natural vitamin E to soothe. This product comes in either a bottle or a spritzer (handy if you need to revitalise on the go!)

Skin Repair Moisturiser, 50ml jar - £18.75

Moisturising is essential to any skincare routine, especially in these harsher Winter months! The final part of the daily routine is just that, and I use the Skin Repair Moisturiser for dry/sensitive skin types. What's great about this is that you only need a small amount in order to feel its effects. The product is rich in natural actives like borage and avocado oils and the natural antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E which help to replace lost moisture and combat skin dryness. There are also moisturisers for other specific skin types (combination/oily, normal/combination, mature/very dry) and they all come in a choice of tubes or jars. 

Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask, 50ml starter kit - £14.25

This treatment mask is specifically designed to help dry, stressed and parched skin. It has a similar consistency to the Cleanse and Polish, and goes thickly onto the skin. Containing West African shea and borage seed oil, it enhances the skin's natural barrier and has a really uplifting scent thanks to the rose-scented geranium. The idea of this is to apply and leave for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with a Muslin cloth. I use this product sparingly, only when my skin feels really dry, and follow it up with my skin tonic and moisturiser.

Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion, 150ml bottle - £10.25
(free December gift)

This eye brightener is a godsend! Before I use my Cleanse and Polish in the morning I always sweep my eyes with a cotton wool pad with some of this on. It's brilliant for lifting excess makeup like mascara that you may have missed the night before, and it's very cooling (ingredients include witch hazel and aloe vera) so it's great if you have puffy or irritated eyes. The solution itself is non-oily and soaks into your skin quickly, and it's suitable for contact lens wearers like myself - another bonus!

What do you think of Liz Earle's skincare range? Do you suffer from redness/acne rosacea and have found these products help?

Sunday, 6 January 2013

New Beginnings

Happy New Year and welcome to The Last Souvenir! 

So I've been secretly planning to begin a brand new blog and after months of pining over some truly lovely blogs I've finally plucked up the courage to do it. I'm pretty much completely new to this whole HTML coding business, so bear with me when it comes to my shocking layout until I get my head round it all!

Seeing as this is my first post, I suppose I should be introducing myself. My name is Katie, I'm twenty years old and live on the South coast of the UK. I'm currently in my second year of an English degree and I'm really enjoying it. Even though university takes up a lot of my time, I still have many interests outside education - fashion and beauty playing a huge part of that!

This blog will be a place where I can gather all my girly thoughts and hopefully educate myself on technology-related things like encoding and photography. In the meantime you can follow my general Tumblr and my Twitter, and of course follow me here and expect new posts soon!
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