Things I’m Loving #4

Things I'm Loving 4

1. 30 Day Butt Lift Challenge – with a hen do, birthday and wedding coming up, I wanted to at least attempt some form of toning. These various 30-day challenges have been the subject of many a SWHH post, but it’s because they’re amazing. Easily doable, I find that I can always stick to it for the full duration and it actually produces the desired results. (NOTE: You may end up walking like John Wayne by Day 3 but hey, no pain no gain. Yes, that sentence just happened…)

2. Johnson’s Holiday Skin – again, with all of the events that are due to happen, I wanted to make a little bit of effort and make my legs appear to be the same colour as the rest of my body. I’m massively against fake tan as I’m ridiculously lazy, so thanks to this brilliant moisturiser, a gradual skin-coloured tan builds of its own accord.

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – I received this book for Christmas after I went wild (yes, wild) in WHSmith. I read it in a day and a half as the story completely captivated me. I’ve bought the sequel Where She Went  and I’ve asked for the film for my birthday. It may aimed more at a YA audience, but I like to think I’m on the cusp of that category still…

4. Avon Truly Radiant – again, my body is a variety of different colours so to help in making myself just the one shade, I’ve been turning to this Avon beauty. It’s a tinted moisturiser , but one that actually produces a good colour and coverage, especially as we edge ever closer to sunnier climes. Being an Avon lady has its perks!

5. Momma Keeling – okay, she may not be too happy about being referred to as a ‘thing’ that I’m loving, but the fact that she’s got a mention should be more than suffice. It was of course Mother’s Day on Sunday, so an honourable shout out to the lady that gave me life had to happen. Thanks Mum!

6. Statement necklaces – my fashion sense (or lack there of) leaves a lot to be desired. But, I have found a deep love for statement necklaces (or ‘gypsy gold’ as the boyf. likes to call them). My collection is quite substantial and I’ve found that they can actually make an outfit appear different depending on which one I opt for. They also help in making me pass for a slightly fashionable person, woop!

7. Rose gold shoes – or just rose gold anything. I have an affinity for the pinky-toned metal; watches, earrings and now shoes. The beauts pictured are from Topshop, although the pair I purchased were extremely similar from Sole Trader, and were a bargain at £10 *drool*

– love Stef x

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The Primark Biker Jumper Dress

The Primark Biker Jumper Dress

I mentioned in my lipstick post how Topshop’s Infrared had helped me to become obsessed with orange, and this Primark jumper dress is VERY ORANGE!

It’s my current, favourite item of clothing and the above outfit is one that I keep wearing – it’s perfect for Autumn/Winter as it’s just cosy enough and the biker sleeves make it a little edgy over girly.

Oh and the bling I’m wearing with it isn’t borrowed from Mr T, honest…

Jumper dress – Primark

Necklace – Primark

Leggings – New Look

Riding Boots – Dorothy Perkins

Lipstick – Topshop Infrared

– love Stef x

Fave 4: Lipsticks

Favourite Four - Lipsticks

I love makeup, but what I truly adore and cannot get enough of is lipstick. It can bring an entire look together, compliment an outfit and generally make you look and feel however you want to on any given day.

So I thought I’d share the top four lippies that I always find myself reaching for – although sometimes my go-to is just a slick of vaseline (what?! I’m lazy alright?)

MAC – Ruby Woo

You may have seen this cult classic on my beauty wish list, and thankfully my lovely work friends spotted it there too – I received my very own, much wanted Ruby Woo in April and it’s barely been off my lips. MAC’s cool, blue-toned lippy is perfect for everyone, yet it’s notorious for being a bit of a lip-dryer. For me, this is actually a good thing as its long-lasting and not likely to end up all around my face like slicker formulas.

Topshop – Infrared

This beautiful orangey red just makes me happy. It’s also the reason I’ve become slightly obsessed with orange on the whole – clothing, makeup, nail varnish, everything! Topshop’s Infrared has accompanied me to summer events such as Latitude and Leeds Festival, and is even taking me through to Autumn despite its bright colour. What can I say, I love it!

ColorTrend – Doll Pink

Yes ColorTrend is Avon’s teen makeup range, and no I don’t care. Doll Pink is vibrant and perfectly pink – as in full-on shocking Barbie pink. This is the colour I opt for on those days/nights when I actually feel like being a bit girly, although I’m not generally a pink kinda girl. It’s bright, flattering and just the right shade.

Avon – Sparkling Nude

And as you can see, being an Avon lady has its perks – quite a lot of my makeup collection is Avon based. Sparkling Nude is exactly that – very wearable, very pretty and subtle enough for daytime. Add a touch of lip liner and a gold gloss though, and it instantly becomes the perfect nude to accompany a night out’s smokey eye.

What are your favourite lipsticks?

– love Stef x

Shoe Lust #3: Topshop

“These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.” – Nancy Sinatra

Shoe Lust 3 - Topshop

Blue Likewise Glitter Sandals – £20 // Camel Gwenda Leather Courts – £58 // Grey New Balance 410 Trainers – £50 // Orange Lana2 Platform Sandals – £55

– love Stef x

Pretty in Pastels

Well Spring may not have sprung just yet, but when you’re killing time at work like I am, you can’t help but plan your new wardrobe.

Now, I’m not a flowers kinda girl, but I do love me some pretty pastels. So, after some painstakingly extensive research – and three cups of tea – I bring you my wishlist for Spring.

What’s on your wishlist?

– love Carla x