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4/29/15

The Metquarter Press Day | Illamasqua

For the last part in my mini series about my recent blogger press day event at Liverpool's Metquarter shopping centre, i'm going to end it on my trip to Illamasqua, where I was given a free make-up tutorial and make over. The iconic British make-up brand was launched back in 2008 and is now a huge success amongst make-up lovers all over because they provide high street accessible products but of true, professional quality. 
I was greeted by one of the lovely Illamasqua make-up artists who showed me to the make-over area and introduced me to one of Illamasqua's most recent additions to the brand- the Gel Sculpt. On their website they describe it like so: "A unique contouring gel creation that offers subtle definition to cheeks with ease." The Gel Sculpt comes in three different shades, Silhouette (a brown shade), Charm (an orange shade) and Fluster (a dark red/pink shade). (pictured above on left)

My make up artist applied the shade 'Silhouette' under the apples of my cheeks, my eyelids, down the sides of my nose and on the jawline. The product is water based (I can't remember how much of it is in percentage) so it's very easy to blend, very light on the skin and can be built up if you wan't a darker contour. It doesn't leave a harsh, dark contouring line but leaves a natural, subtle finish instead. She then applied 'Charm' to the middle of my eyelids to create that 'spotlight' effect, which is something I would have never thought of myself, and can say honestly that it gave my blue eyes a real pop of colour and I didn't even need mascara or eyeliner on.

The store is decorated beautifully with purple velvet sofas and chairs, neon lights, glittered walls, lots and lots of black and (some rather creepy) mannequins. You can tell just from walking in the door that you are in the right place for professional quality make-up with each counter dedicated to the different, high-quality products. The ladies working there are helpful, friendly and also well made-up themselves so you know that you're in good hands. I will definitely be going back to buy my first Illamasqua product soon...and that's a wrap on this mini series about my blogger press day event, I hope you liked it!

Lots of love, Lucie Rose x

4/28/15

The Metquarter Press Day | Miss Francesca Couture


Miss Francesca Couture was created by the talented fashion designer, Francesca (you can read more about her story on the website here). My first impressions of the shop were feminine, girly, fun and glamorous fashion- which is exactly what Francesca provides through her clothing. Miss Francesca Couture provides exclusive, ready-to-wear, bespoke fashion pieces for people that want something different and unique. 


I met Francesca herself who told me about her designs and what's popular for Spring/Summer '15. What I noticed first was that the shop was filled with bright coloured garments, sparkly dresses, frilly dresses and kimonos, patterned tops and pretty two pieces in a range of pastels and creams. She said that frills and ruffles are very popular at the moment with the current 70s trend making a recurrence. 


All pieces are hand made in the workshop upstairs by machinists to create the perfect fit for each client.  Miss Francesca Couture is the ideal place to go for your prom, wedding or graduation- or just something that extra special to stand out from the crowd.


It's a lovely shop and the ladies that work in there are helpful and well informed with a real passion for the brand, it's a must-visit, especially for Liverpool girls!

Stay tuned for my 4th and final post tomorrow about my mini makeover and tutorial at Illamasqua!

Lots of love, Lucie Rose x

4/27/15

The Metquarter Press Day | Olivia Divine Jewellery


Part 2 of my mini series about my recent blogger event at Liverpool's Metquarter shopping centre! Today I'm talking about Olivia Divine Jewellery.


Olivia Divine provides catwalk style costume jewellery, specializing in statement style jewellery for all you magpies out there like myself. Think huge pendants, sparkling chains, over-sized cocktail rings, dangling chandelier earrings in a range of bright coloured pieces to classic silver, gold, black and more-all hand made to perfection.

  
The name of the shop was inspired by the owner's daughter which I thought was rather cayooooot. The shop is a lovely light space with each cabinet organised by colour from black & gold, silver, red, to multi-coloured, blue and more...and if you know me, you'll know I was in complete heaven.


For Spring/Summer '15 you can expect big, chunky necklaces with a bohemian vibe on the counters of Olivia Divine and extravagant bejewelled necklaces for that special Summer holiday. One Olivia Divine necklace being similar to a particular one worn by Kendall Jenner at Coachella this year...which I was drooling after!


The beautiful designs are available online on the website here, on ASOS's marketplace website and of course, in store at the Metquarter in Liverpool.


If you're looking for a statement piece for your prom, graduation, a wedding, party, holiday or as a gift for a loved one- Olivia Divine is just the place!

Stay tuned for part 3 tomorrow!

Lots of love, Lucie Rose x

4/26/15

The Metquarter Press Day | House Of CB


As promised, part 1 of my mini series about my recent, and first ever, blogger event at Liverpool's Metquarter shopping centre! One of the shops I was invited along to discover was House Of CB (or originally called Celeb Boutique). My first impressions of the shop were glamour, elegance and sophistication (...and also that I just wanted to buy the whole bloody shop). 


House Of CB was started by London-based entrepreneur, Conna Walker. She started off buying and selling clothes on Ebay at the age of 17 then it escalated from there and  House Of CB was born! It's already a huge hit with the likes of Nicole Scherzinger, Amber Rose, Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lopez and many more... pretty impressive already selling to celebrity clients at the young age of 21. You can see a quick interview with the business lady herself here!


A lovely girl of House Of CB talked to me about the latest additions to the brand and what to look out for this Spring/Summer '15. They have added a whole new range of leather bags, stylish purses as well as make up bags, a quality make up brush set, big chunky chains and cute compact mirrors. One of my favourite items being the set of 3 make up bags which comes in a range of different colours and prints and it's only at the cheeky price of £29 for the whole lot! They can double up as clutch bags for a night out or carry on travel bags for your holidays this summer. You can see them on their website here!


House Of CB is the ideal shop to go if you're looking for an outfit for that special occasion because not only can you find the perfect dress, you can also get your clutch bag, heels and bra to go with it. They also do jeans, jackets, accessories and gorgeous swimwear, beach towels and bags.


I really love how Conna has specialised in designing flattering, figure hugging dresses that make you feel and look good, like these dresses pictured below.


The items are a lot more expensive than your average street store, but then again, this isn't your average high street store. The clothes, especially the figure-hugging dresses, are made with top quality fabric and are made to fit perfectly. The lovely shop assistant that showed me round told me that one of the best sellers is the iconic bandage dress (pictured above) which guarantees to disguise every lump and bump but flatters all your assets and it comes in several colours too.


I will definitely be making a trip back myself to get a dress for my birthday as the lovely people at House Of CB gifted me with a 50% off any dress which is pretty exciting for me as I've never owned a dress like the ones in House Of CB...i'm more of a 'wear the same dress for a new nights out' kind of girl (student budget, unfortunately). I am totally hooked and had a great time looking round (and developing some serious dress envy).

Psst! This particular store at the Metquarter is currently doing 3 dresses for £120, which is a real bargain considering most dresses alone are around £100 each (you're welcome).

Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow!


Lots of love, Lucie Rose x

4/25/15

The Skinny Dip London Clutch


Skinny Dip London 'Barbara' clutch: c/o MotelRocks | Bracelet: c/o Olivia Divine Jewellery | T-shirt: Zara | Duster coat: Primark | Jeans: H&M | Trainers: H&M | Sunglasses: RayBan | Necklace: Christmas gift

I was invited along to my first ever blogger event last week and this is the outfit I wore for it. I wanted to go for something quite minimalist but also with a splash of colour too so I added this Skinny Dip London clutch bag which really tied the whole outfit together. It's the perfect size to fit in everything you need for a night out or a day trip as it fits your phone, make up and money too. It's such a statement piece, especially for an evening out. I got so many compliments all day asking where it was from, so for anyone curious- now you know! 

I have a 4 part series coming up about the Blogger Press day which took place at Liverpool's Metquarter shopping centre where I had the chance to explore some new brands and have an insight into their Spring/Summer'15 trends...so if you fancy seeing that, pop back here tomorrow!

Shout out to my pal Sidonie for taking these photos! Cheers gurl!

4/16/15

Back To Basics

If there's something I believe investing in when it comes to clothes and accessories- it's all down to the basics. Whether that's a simple black dress you can add any accessory to or a loose t-shirt you can throw a leather biker jacket over and tuck into some comfy jeans, it just always makes choosing outfits easier. Whilst browsing round the shops in Limoges yesterday I picked up a few basic wardrobe staples. It's amazing how once you have a few basics in your wardrobe, it all comes together like a jigsaw puzzle and you no longer find yourself saying 'I have nothing to wear.' Here's what I got:

Organic cotton t-shirt | Zara

Zara is a great place to go for basics like t-shirts and jeans. They're also pretty cheap too. This white beauty cost me 7.95 (in euros) and it's made from pure organic cotton and it feels so light and comfy. As you can see the back is slightly longer which adds a bit of edge and the V-neck style is also rather flattering for the, ahem, cleavage region.



Striped print tee: Trafaluc at Zara

It was a toss-up between the same V-neck style with stripes and this more box shaped, round neck version...which I spotted while I was in the queue, yes I'm one of those indecisive people. I (obviously) eventually went for this and it was the exact same price as the other style anyway. I'm going to wear mine tucked into my UO denim skirt or worn loose over some skinny jeans.


 
Small ring chain (or as I like to call it "the circle of trust" a la Robert De Niro circa Meet the parents ) | H&M

I'm quite into layering jewellery lately, not majorly huge necklaces- just nice, delicate and minimalist chains of different lengths. I find it adds a bit of subtle sparkle to a basic look and this particular one cost me 2.99 (in euros) and goes well with both t-shirts #winning.


 

White trainers | H&M

I've been wanting to get my hands on a pair of white trainers for a while and I think they will look great with a long duster coat/blazer/leather jacket and denim skirt in the summer. I saw this pair in H&M for 24.95 (in euros) and they were exactly what I'd been looking for so snapped them up before you could say...anything really (I take shopping quite seriously ok). I can confirm that they are 1. very comfy 2. easy to style 3. sassy and 4. very clean (for now).


What are your favourite basic wardrobe staples?
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