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Friday, 26 August 2016

My Top Three Anastasia Beverly Hills Nude Liquid Lipsticks



I finally managed to get my hands on three of the infamous matte liquid lipsticks from Anastasia Beverly Hills which I couldn't wait to gush about! I have had my eyes on them for so long and it almost feels too late to be jumping on the bandwagon that pretty much all other beauty lovers have been on for months and some even years! I do already own a couple of other branded liquid lipsticks including MUA and Gerard Cosmetics but quite honestly it has been the Anastasia Beverly Hills ones that I have been so desperate to try. I wanted to buy what I think will be the most wearable colours as opposed to going for the bold reds or deep purples, simply because I wanted to be able to wear them on a regular basis. The three that I whittled it down to were of course, Milkshake and Pure Hollywood, and also a brown nude called Ashton.






One of the main benefits to these liquid lipsticks is the durability and long-lasting power in comparison to other formulas. It's super soft and slides onto the lips, so much so that I'd recommend first using a lip liner, and then using such a small amount of the product as a little goes an incredibly long way in this instance. Pure Hollywood was a given, followed closely by Milkshake as although I'm unlikely to wear Milkshake on it's own very often, I love the two combined with Pure Hollywood all over with a spot of Milkshake in the middle to give that fuller look that matte finishes do oh so well (we all have Kylie to thank for that). Thirdly, Ashton jumped out as a true brown nude that goes with paler or darker skin tones as the perfect brown in my opinion. With a slightly warmer undertone to it, Ashton is my favourite go to brown from the Spring 2016 range and I think this will fast become the next most popular and 'impossible-to-get-your-hands-on' shade. Here I am wearing Pure Hollywood with a tiny bit of Milkshake on the m middle on my lips.


Next on my liquid lipstick hitlist is the Kylie Jenner Cosmetics range (if I can ever get to the checkout without the 'sold out' sign) and Colourpop Cosmetics, the line constantly raved about by one of my favourite beauty bloggers, Shannon Harris from Shaaanxo. Are there any other brands of liquid lipsticks out there to try...?


Freya Farrington - A fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog with a white feed theme and set in Manchester, join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and keep up to date with all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related. If you like white grey and black, you have come to the right blog. Set in the heart of Manchester, by following Freya Farrington on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or email freyafarrington@hotmail.com.


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Understated - The Jewellery Edit


Bigger isn't always better and I have recently, and in fact always been a fan of delicate jewellery pieces. Similar with my capsule, monochrome themed wardrobe, I always gravitate towards delicate jewellery that is chic, sleek, modern, timeless and above all understated. That's not to say I don't like bigger costume style pieces, I just find smaller delicate jewellery a lot easier to style and more comfortable to wear. I find that bigger costume jewellery pieces tend to wear a lot quicker and I'm more likely to find that it will date and eventually end up in the bin or charity shop. Smaller, delicate pieces however are far more likely to stay in my jewellery collection forever a that's exactly what I intend to do with some of my new jewellery pieces below.



Elie Beaumont London is an online seller of women's watches. They have a beautiful selection of female timepieces all with a sleek, classic style that won't date and all so affordable that you could have the same timepiece in a variety of colours if you wanted to! At just £49, the Oxford Large - Black Nappa Leather was kindly gifted to me from Elie herself and I love it. I'm a sucker for nice packaging and the watch comes beautifully presented in a branded leather pouch and box to keep your item perfectly protected. Elie Beaumont offers international shipping, making their pieces accessible to everyone and delivery is free in the UK. With the Autumn/Winter season fast approaching, I thing this would be a great gift to give to a loved one this Christmas.








Kaytie Wu Jewellery is great if you like really delicate jewellery. Their range is fairly minimal and all follow a similar theme so you know if you like one piece from the range, you're sure to like the whole collection. I was fortunate enough to be gifted two pieces from the collection, both of which I love. Each product you purchase comes in a beautifully presented box tied with ribbon and complete with a certificate of authenticity making it a perfect gift for a loved one. The two pieces I am wearing are the Two-Way Cylinder Tube Necklace in Silver, allowing you to wear it as a short or long necklace, and the Circle Bracelet, also in silver with both items priced at £22 each. I love the chic, simple and understated design of this jewellery range and the finish is strong, durable and will complement any outfit.








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Last but not least, Birambi is a brand I simply had to feature in this post. Although Birambi is not solely a jewellery brand, they have a range of piece to select from in their 'message in a bottle' form. Birambi is an original and quirky concept which is great if you are looking for a gift for the person who has everything. I love the concept of sending a small gift as a thank you or a congratulations or even birthday 'message in a bottle'. If you appreciate good packaging, then this online shop is for you! Everything from the site is very reasonably priced and aesthetically very pleasing. The delicate finishes to their jewellery is complemented by the sleek, understanding branding and for those who know me, they would say this rand is very 'me'. I was gifted the Mountain Necklace in Silver along with a couple of bits outside of the jewellery gifts, and at just €15, this necklace is a steal!





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*The products listed in this post were kindly gifted to me but as always, all opinions are of my own and true to how I feel.

Freya Farrington - A fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog with a white feed theme and set in Manchester, join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and keep up to date with all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related. If you like white grey and black, you have come to the right blog. Set in the heart of Manchester, by following Freya Farrington on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or email freyafarrington@hotmail.com.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

A Kiko Milano Haul and Review




So having previous lived in France where Kiko Milano was all the rage over there and not even in existence in the UK, I was so pleased to hear that the Italian founded make-up brand was coming to the UK. Having opened up here a while now, I thought I would have a little splurge and treat myself to a few goodies to add to my makeup collection. I was also fortunate enough to have been sent some of their lipsticks in celebration of National Lipstick Day, so thank you Kiko Milano!!! With the release of three of their best-selling lipstick finishes; Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick, Glossy Dream Sheer Lipstick, and Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick, Kiko Milano kindly sent me shades 303 and 308 (*pictured wearing above) from the Velvet Passion line and shades 101 and 118 from the Gossamer Emotion line. All three lines have a creamy texture to soften the lips and the Gossamer Emotion and Glossy Dream even contain extracts of orchid extracts and hydraulic filling spheres to plump and smooth all whilst retaining a bold colour payoff. The only thing I feel that Kiko's Lipsticks lack, is the names on the packaging! They are named online but never on the actual lipstick, only the number so if that's the only negative feedback I have, then they must be doing something right! The Duo Highlighter Pencil is a great find, I use it on my brows, first to carve out and conceal them, the highlight on the brow bone. I then use the clear mascara to set them. I also bought the Rebel Bouncy Blush in an apricot colour which is currently unavailable online unfortunately. I love the product formula and consistency however the colour I got is quite similar to my own skin colour so it's only very subtle, almost too subtle. And last but definitely not least, my most used product from the entire haul is the Cream Crush. It's the perfect consistency and colour to not only use as a day to day eyeshadow, but it's also buildable as a brow bone highlight and also to highlight other points on the face including the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, on the brow bone and on the cupid's bow. I will definitely be re-purchasing this in the future!
















Products Listed:

Temptress Lip Set in 01 Misty Rose - ON SALE £5.40

Creamy Lipgloss in 111 Apricot - ON SALE £3.40

Cream Crush in 01 Pearly Vintage Rose - ON SALE £4.80

Rebel Bouncy Blush - ON SALE £4.90

Pro-Gel Clear Mascara - £7.20

Perfect Eyes Duo Highlighter Pencil - ON SALE £4.80

Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick in 303 Rose and 308 Papaya - £10.90

Gossamer Emotion Lipstick in 101 Natural Rose and 118 Salmon - £10.90

What's your favourite product from the Kiko Milano brand?


*Some of the products listed in this post were kindly gifted to me by Wizard Publicity but as always, all opinions are of my own and true to how I feel.

Freya Farrington - A fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog with a white feed theme and set in Manchester, join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and keep up to date with all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related. If you like white grey and black, you have come to the right blog. Set in the heart of Manchester, by following Freya Farrington on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or email freyafarrington@hotmail.com.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

A Review of the New 'Dare to Bare' Makeup Collection by Models Own


Models Own have done it again and blown me away with their latest 'must have' range, the "Dare to Bare" collection. I was given the opportunity to try out some of the products from the collection, which is due to be released on www.modelsownit.com from the 18th of August, and they did not disappoint. I'm a sucker for good packaging and I truly believe it can make all the difference when buying a new makeup product that is aesthetically pleasing. We all know I love all things white and the packaging once opened, is mostly that. All the shades and tones in the collection are very natural and wearable, as the name 'Dare to Bare' suggests. When reviewing makeup products, I always take into account value for money and I am fair to the products pricing. There when reviewing Models Own, I take into consideration that it is a drugstore brand with more affordable prices. I feel it would be unfair to compare the products to the likes of Chanel or YSL. Nevertheless, baring in mind the prices, here are my thoughts on some of the products from Models Own Dare to Bare collection.


Product: Dare to Bare Semi-Matte Lipstick
Price: £6.99
Claims to be: "full bodied and long-lasting"
Thoughts: The following colours will be available to purchase from the Dare to Bare semi-matte lipstick collection; Expose (a bare pink), Stark (a nude coral), Kiss (a deep rose), Nude Beam (a flushed rose) and Naked (a pale mocha). If you read the last blogpost where I featured another limited edition range by Models Own, you will have seen that I was a little disappointed with how big the lipstick packaging was. This packaging was far better, it fits perfectly alongside all my other lipsticks in the acrylic lipstick holders I have. They also added a nice little touch of making the cap end see-through allowing you to easily select the colour you want to wear without the need to take the lids off. As far as the colours of the 'nude' lipsticks, they are all fairly dark nudes so it might have been nice to have a couple of lighter corals and nudes too. Nevertheless, the shades they have gone with for the collection are gorgeous! I love nude lips and these don't disappoint. They are creamy, easy to apply and as they are only 'semi' matte, they are not drying at all. I'd definitely purchase more of these. In this photo I am wearing Naked.






Product: Dare to Bare Nail Polish
Price: £4.99
Claims to be: "best selling HyperGel formula"
Thoughts: The following colours will be available to purchase from the Dare to Bare nail polish collection; Skin Deep (a rich rose), Undertones (a creamy pink), Suede (a delicate baby pink), Emperor's Clothes (an earthy stone) and Deep Tan (a caramel latte). Models Own are renowned as one of the best drugstore brands for their nail polishes. I am a big fan of gel nails in neutral tones. I currently have Field Fox Shellac on my nails so I am looking forward to trying these shades out once the shellac is off. I did however apply Deep Tan to my toes which I love! My favourite colour for hands would be Undertones so I am looking forward to trying that out.



Product: Dare to Bare Finishing Powder
Price: £9.99
Claims to be: "translucent for all skin tones"
Thoughts: This featherweight powder can be used over foundation to mattify or as a top up throughout the day to reduce oily skin. It does the job, applies well and lasts as long as you'd expect a drugstore powder to last. I did need to top it up throughout the day on top of my foundation as I tend to get an oily T-zone. I wouldn't rush to re-purchase only as I find it hard to differentiate from other pressed powders I have, but that's not to say I don't like it. If you are looking for a drugstore pressed powder that's good value for money, I'd recommend the one from MUA at only £1!



Product: Dare to Bare Eyeshadow Palette
Price: £14.99
Claims to be: "10 soft and velvety matte shades"
Thoughts: The 10 colours available in the Dare to Bare Eyeshadow palette include; Nude (oatmeal), Brave (fawn), Unrobe (peach brown), Skin (cafĂ© au lait) Raw (chestnut), Fearless (putty), Unzip (ashen brown), Stripped (malted pink), Fine (sand) and Intuition (pinky brown). I am in LOVE with this palette! All the shades are perfect go-to everyday colours but I will definitely be getting the most use out of the darker shades. I feel the lighter ones tend to get a little lost, but all of the colours are easily buildable and blendable. In this photo I have used 'Unrobe' and 'Skin' as a transition colour, 'Brave' to deepen up the crease and 'Raw' along the lashline.




All products listed in this post, subject to availability, will be available to purchase on the Models Own website from August 18th. Tweet them @modelsown and follow them on Instagram @modelsownofficial and share your pictures using the hashtag #daretobare!

Have you tried any other products from the Barely There range? I'd love to hear your opinions and thoughts on it. 

*The products listed in this post were kindly gifted to me by Wizard Publicity but as always, all opinions are of my own and true to how I feel.

Freya Farrington - A fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog with a white feed theme and set in Manchester, join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and keep up to date with all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related. If you like white grey and black, you have come to the right blog. Set in the heart of Manchester, by following Freya Farrington on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or email freyafarrington@hotmail.com.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Top 15 White Themed Blogs that Inspire Me


I take a lot of inspiration from other bloggers and artists in order to keep in theme with a white feed for my blog; Freya Farrington. There are a lot of influential bloggers that exist now and I truly believe that the best way to blog is to write about something you love and follow suit with a theme that you are passionate about. I love the clean, crisp look of a blog with monochromatic shades and tones and in particular I love all things white! 

After having a recent wardrobe clearout with the intention of trying to get rid of the things that I haven't worn in the past year or so, my wardrobe now feels a lot cleaner, organised and ultimately more minimalist. Before doing this clearout, I found inspiration from other fashion bloggers with a similar theme, browsed their feed and whilst going through my clothing items told myself, would this person be likely to have this item in their wardrobe. If not, I then asked myself, if I've not worn this item in the past year, am I really that likely to wear it again. And that is how I ultimately came to my final minimalist clothing collection.

If you enjoy the clean, crisp and white look that I love so much, and if you are interested in looking for some inspiration yourself, then here are a few people I look to for inspiration for a white feed theme. 

1/ Ivania Carpio - Love_Aesthetics 





2// Maisie Jones - mais_jo



3/// Victoria Vanness




4//// Mae Gabriel



5///// Fashion Influx





6////// Lydia Marceau - The Black Feather





7/////// Kirsty Moon





8//////// Monique - Glitter and Grimes





9///////// Belle - Honeybelleworldblog





10////////// Beck - An Organised Life





11/////////// Monja - Mowoblog





12//////////// Black Arrow Blog





13///////////// Adrianna - Alabasterfox




14////////////// Naomi - The London Foxx



15/////////////// Jacquie Alexander



Do you follow any other monochrome blogs or have one yourself? I'd love for you to leave links below so I can discover many more like-minded bloggers.