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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Black Fall Fashion Finds

So as I have recently done a white wishlist, a grey wish list, I feel it's only right to finalise the series with a black themed fashion wish list. As we are now approaching the Autumn season, the pumpkin spiced lattes and cosy nights by the fire excite me so much for this time of the year and black fashion is not just for Halloween. Being completely honest I wear black all year round but at least in Autumn/Winter it's far more accepted! I have recently bought a few new black pieces perfect for the colder temperatures and for this week's blogposts I though I'd share some of my favourite pieces along with a few new ones that I want to buy, al with a continual black theme. And no, I'm not being depressive, black is my happy colour!

1. This Wildfox May mesh sweater screams Halloween and I recently picked up a jumper just like this from TK Maxx for a fraction of the price. I love it and it makes a great transitional piece as it can be layered with a long sleeve black top underneath and big cosy scarf when its colder or left with just a pretty bralet underneath for when it's still fairly warm.



2. I recently bought these Nike Club leggings from ASOS which are perfect for lounging around the house in or paired with some winter boots for out and about. At £20 they are not too badly priced for a practical addition to my Autumn/Winter Wardrobe.


3. For me, black boots are a must in Autumn and Winter, so much so that I like to have them in lots of varieties, black suede heeled over the knee, black ankle with buckles in true All Saints Style style, Uggs for those lazy slouching Sundays or the countryside preppy style fit for a horse rider or for the rest of us, for the long muddy walks in the fresh air. Here are a few pairs on my black boot wish list!

All Saints Jason Heel Boots £248


Jimmy Choo Turner Boots £1150



Classic Calf Black Uggs £155



Carvela Waffle Boots £210

4. A must in my opinion is a good quality, tailored black wool trench coat. This will never date and should stay in your wardrobe forever so it's well worth the investment. I have found this reasonably priced one at £175 from French Connection as two of my favourite winter coats are from the brand and they have lasted me so well and I always get complemented on them. Less is more and that's definitely the case for a good quality winter coat to complete a chic looking outfit for both Autumn and Winter.



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.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

50 Shades of Grey Fashion



Grey is one of my favourite colours to wear all year round and some of my favourite grey pieces are great for the transition into Autumn/Winter. Grey is one of those versatile colours that, in my opinion, looks great on both sexes, can be dressed up or down, can be worn whatever the season and will never date. It's pretty obvious that I am a lover of all things monochrome and it's not hard to imagine my wardrobe, there is very little colour but that is just how I like it. That's not to say grey is only for people with a similar monochrome interest for me, I also think it looks great with any bold and bright colour. I also think grey is a good colour to opt for if you lead a busy life, have children or pets, and generally find that you are prone to getting marks on your clothes. It's not as obvious when wearing grey as it is with white or even black when you might have those little marks end up on you with no idea how they got there!

So for the fast approaching Autumn/Winter 16 season, I have chosen some of my favourite grey items available online to add to my grey wishlist...which is your favourite?











Items Listed:
- Light grey suede platform sneaker by Axel Arigato £140
- Helen Moore Faux Fur pom pom Keyring £27
- Suede Biker Jacket in Grey by All Saints £328
- The Classic High Neck Knit Top by Mint Velvet £59
- Nails Inc Hyde Park Place Gell Effect Nail Polish £15
- Super Soft Plain Scarf by Zara £19.99
- Stella McCartney Falabella Cross Body Clutch £515

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Makeup Forever Artist Rouge Creme Lipstick Review and Swatch






Makeup Forever have teamed up with Icona Pop to create a new lipstick, the 'Makeup Forever Artist Rouge Creme Lipstick'. If you've never heard of Icona Pop, they are an electropop Swedish duo formed in 2009 with electro house, punk and indie pop music influences. The Artist Rouge lipstick range has an incredible 46 colours to choose from which is fairly impressive for a brand new launch. They have even added a white lipstick to the range with the intention of being able to mix it with other to create an endless amount of additional shades! There are also two limited edition shades (M401 and C603) selected by Icona Pop themselves. I love the wide variety of colours to choose from, in my opinion the more the better! As Dany Sanz, Founder & Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER says, "Just like in art, makeup artists need an infinite palette of colours. This is why I have developed such a wide range of new ARTIST ROUGE lipsticks, I always want to give makeup artists a profusion of shades and textures to sublimate and create their perfect piece of art.” 







Product/formula - These waxes were chosen for their specific structure, and were organised like meshwork. This process helps trap pigments as the volatile oils evaporate, and results in extended makeup wear. The ARTIST ROUGE has long-lasting results that claim to last an impressive 8-10 hour wear. Although I'm yet to see that, and I did top up my lipstick throughout the day after eating, I do think they wear really well. I find some lipsticks very drying but this formula is so moisturising that I don't have that problem. The perfect combination of macadamia and mallow oils helps nourish the lips throughout the day. As the brand claims, "Working synergistically, these two oils help ARTIST ROUGE lipsticks combine comfort and long wear without drying out the lips." Inspired by the metal palette of makeup artists, the new ARTIST ROUGE packaging reflects the brand’s professional signature look. The timelessly elegant satiny black cap is embossed with the iconic MAKE UP FOR EVER lip logo, while the brushed steel inside collar is engraved with brand letters. The high-precision bullet design of the ARTIST ROUGE lipstick is the innovation of Dany Sanz, Founder and Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER. She sought to create a sharp, beveled drop that would ensure the most precise colour application for artists and for everyone. 

Price - At £17 each, these lipsticks are on the more premium end of the scale but the quality and work gone into creating such a great formula is worth the investment in my opinion. Once you find a colour you love, which of course there are plenty to choose from, it's well worth the investment into a great lipstick like these. I'll definitely be purchasing a couple of nudes/corals from the collection. 

Where to Buy - The range will be available to purchase exclusively at Debenhams from the 1st of September 2016

Rating - Overall I rate these lipsticks an 9/10 as I can't really fault them. The shades I was gifted are great, but I'd like to try more wearable day to day 




“Makeup is so important for us when we are on stage, to do something fun for people. You can become a superwoman with just some blush and a black lipstick. We express ourselves through music -- but also through how we dress and how we wear our makeup. MAKE UP FOR EVER is perfect for us because it’s edgy and cool -- plus there are so many different colors to play with!” - Icona Pop
COMPLETE PRODUCT RANGE

Have you had the chance to try these lipsticks? Tag @makeupforeverofficial and use the hashtag #MyArtistRouge to join the conversation!


*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.

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.








Find Kaytie Wu on:



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!





Find Birambi on:


*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.