Thursday, 27 February 2014

Voucher Codes Blogger Swap Shop Party 2014 | #VCSwapShop14

Monday I was lucky enough to attend my first event, The Voucher Codes Swap Shop Party, where we all took 5 items to swap in, and were given stamps to use and swap for other items! I had such a good time, meeting new people and socialising with the fashionistas whose blogs I've read for all this time, and finally met. I was happy to finally meet Laura who blogs That's So Yesterday, as well as lots of other bloggers, and shopped around with Laura who blogs What Laura Did Next!
I didn't take that many photos myself but Voucher Codes kindly sent me some of the professional ones to use, so I can show you girls what it was all about! The swap shopping started after some Mother Cluckers' Chicken Strips, Cajun Fries and an open Bar. beside that, DIYing tights, a photobooth, manis and even Twistina making us flashing balloon hats! After a little mingling, and meeting other bloggers, we all started heading upstairs for a shop and it was like a frenzy up there! Everyone of course trying to get the best for their swaps! There was so much up for grabs, especially after the teases we were popping up on Instagram all week! I managed to get some really exciting stuff, but that I will share in my next post...! I could explain it all, but I'll let the pictures do the talking now...
*Warning* Heavy picturing!

Images above courtesy of VoucherCodes.co.uk 


Outfit: Top - Miss Selfridge, Skirt - Primark

Looks awesome doesn't it? It was! I had such a great time meeting everyone and shopping a little bit of all our wardrobes. And I can say my first blogger event feels like a definite success! In my next post I'll show you the amazing things I managed to swap for, and the things I picked up in the goodie bag! Who's intrigued to see?

I'd also like to say a massive thank you to VoucherCodes.co.uk for inviting me to the event and to Fleur for organising and hosting the event!

CAT xo
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Saturday, 22 February 2014

BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palette 2nd Edition


BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palette 2nd Edition via Amazon 

I've always wanted one of the BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palettes since seeing a few fellow American Beauty Bloggers and YouTubers using them and saying how good they were. After reading a couple of reviews on which one to get, I used a Christmas Amazon Gift Card to buy this beauty for just under £20 which I think is a total bargain for what it is!

There are 5 editions of the 120 palette, but I wanted a palette that would give me the rainbow in colours and more. The 2nd edition palette gives me everything I was looking for! The palette has two trays of 60 eye shadow colours, each column has one colour in 6 different shades, which I find great for colourful smoky eye looks. There is every colour from pink, blues and neutrals. There are even those hard to find colours like reds and yellows.

I've had this for about a month now, and I've loved it so much I think I have used it almost everyday. I have been really impressed with all of the colours that I've tried here, and though I haven't tried them all I have faith in the ones that are yet to be tested. The colours are all really pigmented and vivid in colour; even more so if you wet the brush before applying to give a more opaque colour. They're great blended and I've recently discovered them amazing as liners if you're bored of the usual black liner. My favourites to date have to be the aquamarines in the top palette and the coppery and red metallic tones on the bottom palette!
The first look I created with the palette, was this red and gold 'pheonix' theme look below, and if you follow me on Instagram (@CatttSays) you can find more eye shadows looks that I've shared and showcased there with this palette, including a few coloured smoky looks too!



I can honestly say this is probably one of my best investments into my make up collection! I use it so much, and I haven't felt like I'm missing out on any eye shadow colours in my collection. Apart from the Naked 3 palette of course... hehe! I just wish they stocked BH Cosmetics in the UK so I could buy more of their products, as the delivery charge is a bit expensive... even on Amazon.

CAT xo
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

What Cat Wore: Pretty In Pink

Shirt - Primark
Necklace * - Autograph M&S
Trousers - River Island
Hair Scrunchie - Primark (Pack of 2)
Boots - Dorothy Perkins

Ah, this shirt. I bought the beautiful floral piece on my visit to the Oxford Street Primark and couldn't wait to wear it. I had my little brother's birthday party at home Sunday, so I wore it then with my bargain bright pink, paisley print trousers from the River Island Christmas Sale for a smart/casual look. Just one of many ways I've thought of styling this shirt! This is one of those statement pieces with so much versatility, that I absolutely adore. And right on trend for this season!
Be sure to see this beaut on the blog again a few times more...

CAT xo
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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Wishlist #52 - The Floral Edit



OH, I love florals. And I've been even more inspired to wear them since my trip into London on Thursday. Mooching around, checking out all the new trends led me to spotting the two sweatshirts in Bershka, and the yellow dress in H&M. I couldn't stop thinking about them. And that is how I know how much I like and want something... Uh-oh. £££££
Florals are all over the scene this season, and I really want to buy into some of these pretty pastel ones. I have a few floral pieces at home but they aren't very versatile or they're not my style now. It may just be my current love for these pieces talking, but I think any of these would be timeless, and work year in year out in my wardrobe! I really would love that pinker playsuit for nights out, with it's tailored fit and lace detailing. And that white and lilac dress is perfect for day dates, with that drop waist that's really in right now. Florals always are trendy, but in these colours, they are just perfect for those Spring/Summer sunny days... unlike the ones we're having now. The wind and the rain we're having at the moemnt is atrocious! My thoughts going out to those with flood troubles...
This wishlist really makes me want spring to come by fast... Wouldn't you agree?
What's your favourite piece?
CAT xo
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Thursday, 13 February 2014

What Cat Wore: Tartan Smock

Smock Dress - Topshop
Waterfall PU Jacket - Warehouse (Sale)
Necklace - Primark
Boots * - Sperry Top-Sider
Frilly Socks - Topshop

So today I'd planned to pop into London for a press day for Keds & Sperry, which led me to flexing my favourite boots in the world today from Sperry themselves, and unfortunately it was cancelled. After already having bought my ticket, I decided to spend the day in my favourite city of them all (that I've been to) and went for a mooch around the busy Oxford Street and went for a little walk around Camden Town. I ended up buying a couple of things, but I will show them off a little later on when I finally wear them!
I decided to wear my favourite dress at the moment, and it's this Topshop smock dress. I love that it's not too flowy and it's just a little loose fitting, and I'm a tartan girl at heart so this red and black number was just singing out, "buy me, buy me"!
I wore it with my new PU jacket - finally I have one! I was never really drawn towards the biker, but really loved the leather look and when I saw this beaut in the Warehouse sale, I could see me wearing it with so many different things! My only problem with it, is that it's a little thin... I initally bought it for the spring but I couldn't wait to wear it... I ended up being completely FROZEN in it all day, and realised I've started to become one of these people who sacrifice being warm and comfy for style. I can't be one of those....! I love comfy and warm!!! Thus me writing this post up in my owl onesie with the socks ;). Stylish or what?

CAT xo
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

What Cat Wore: Casual Wednesdays Snippets

 
Jumper - Oasis (Sale)
Joni Jeans - Topshop
Frilly Socks - Topshop
Bunny Scrunchie - Topshop
iPhone 5 Case - Skinny Dip via Miss Selfridge (Sale)
Nail Wraps - Sally Hansen via Poundland

My post is a little different to what I usually do. With the rain, and the wind I wasn't prepared for any photos outside, and I don't even have a nice open wall space inside my house to take photo's against.
With the weather at it's worst for rainfall in 60 years, picking a nice outfit becomes a dilemma. Skirts and dresses in this wind was a no-go, so I settled for the super comfy jumper and jeans combo. I bought this pretty fluffy peach and silver striped jumper in the Oasis sale for £10 (total bargain), and though in a large, I thought it looked quite nice being totally oversized, but oh so soft and comfy to be in. I love a long jumper, and paired with my second-skin like Joni Jeans, I was a happy and comfy bunny. The only problem I had today with this jumper is how many times I almost pulled it.. It's really delicate and so easy to catch. I don't want to ruin it, so I won't be wearing the hell out of it just yet. Its for days where there isn't much to do.
My new bunny scrunchie is my newest favourite hair accessory and will probably be seen in many posts to come. I love these ones from Topshop and I'm keen to get my hands on a few as I'm always pulling my hair up into a pony!
On top of that my new phone case that I'd been waiting to go in the sale for EVER. Finally at £7 it was mine. I love the colour and it's really sturdy too. I love a phone case that does what it's supposed to do as well as look super cute!

Tomorrow I'm off to London for a Press Day, which I'll definitely be posting about, and I'm also thinking about going for a cheeky shop down Oxford Street. Oh yes, I've missed going down London for a shop... This could be dangerous.

CAT xo
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Sunday, 9 February 2014

What Cat Wore: "STYLIST"

Crop Top - Miss Selfridge
Coat - Miss Selfridge
Midi Skirt - Topshop
Boots - Dorothy Perkins

Today I just thought I would quickly share with you my outfit for the day. I managed to get outside between all the rainy spells, but it never managed to stop being windy for even 10 seconds so I could get some decent photos where my hair isn't everywhere... Stupid wind.
Either way I wanted to try a little something different today. I'd pulled out this skirt from my wardrobe after realising how long it's been since I wore it, and though it's not a lot of people's favourite colour, I still love it. I also love the length and the cut of it. Pairing this outfit up with my coat was a bit of a gamble and my mum said it didn't go very well, but I remembered a A/W13 trend for Miss Selfridge and disagreed a little bit where I paired this coat with a jumper similarly coloured to the skirt. I was going to go for my leather jacket which I just realised I still haven't featured yet, but I wanted something a little bit outstanding and different. I love experimenting with new styles.
I also wanted to wear my new crop top that I bought on Friday. I'd got this in my Miss Selfridge delivery this week and was super-excited about it, having a thing for white tops with graphic prints on and bought it the next day. It's one of those bargain tees at £14 and I couldn't resist it. It's a bit of a statement to be making about myself but I thought: "Bugger it! I love it, I want it."
I'm also thinking of wearing the crop top with something different to the Voucher Codes Blogger Swap Shop Party on the 24th of this month! Who else is going? It's my first proper blogger event so I'm a bit nervous about it. I'm also going alone and don't know anyone yet, so I'm hoping I'll really get on with a few of you girls and make lots of new friends. I'll see some of you there!

CAT xo
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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Guerlain - Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter

Recently, I decided to venture out into those higher end brands and after a wander into the beauty counters at Fortnum & Mason, I spotted this Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter on sale. This beautiful powder looked perfect for subtle contouring and suited more to my skin tone, so at half price it was a bargain worth buying!


The Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter sits in the most beautiful wooden compact which closes magnetically and has a handy mirror on the lid for easy travel use! The sculpting powder fills the compact, with the highlighter centred in the middle of the sculpting powder. I was a little confused with this but then again, I would imagine it doubles up as a bronzer?
The sculpting powder is a pretty and light matte beige, that I like to use this on the hollows of my cheekbones, as well as my temples and the wings of my nose to elongate and narrow my nose. As for the centre highlighter: it is a beautiful golden white with a subtle shimmer for a healthy sun-kissed glow. I use this part of powder to illuminate the tops of my cheekbones, brow bone and bridge of the nose to compliment the sculpted areas, and give the finished look that perfect definition! 


As for my thoughts on the powder: I really love it for it's subtle but defining results. I've not used many contouring products, but I particularly love this one for the sculpting powder. It suits my skin tone nicely and is really light on the skin. I don't find the highlighter is as powerful as the sculpting powder, though I still like the light subtle glow.
Since I've used highlighters and contouring products separately, and haven't owned any other contouring kits, I don't feel I can definitely recommend this one 100%. But I do love this a lot as don't regret buying it, and if I was to recommend it, I would probably do for olive toned skins such as my own. I definitely want to try other contouring kits that are more affordable such as the Sleek Face Contour Kit, and if there are any others you'd recommend I'd love to know what they are!

I've really got into contouring after learning all about it through watching countless beauty YouTube gurus and their tutorials. I particularly love Leigh Ann's 'Easy Countouring' Tutorial which really helped me understand it and love it. There's always something new to learn in the world of make up....

CAT xo
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Monday, 3 February 2014

What Cat Wore: Fluffy Knits & Polka Dots

Jumper - Primark 
Necklace - Topshop 
Skater Dress - Topshop
Boots - Dorothy Perkins

I love this jumper, and though it has made it's second or possibly third appearance on the blog, it's been worn in more ways than just one. Now that it's closing in on spring and it may potentially become warmer this may be the last time I wear it for a while, so I had to get it out once more before putting it away for the spring/summer season. Plus the fluffy knit is really a winter thing isn't it?
And yet again, the jumper is here layering over one of my most favourite dresses by far. I wanted the Topshop spotty skater dress for a really long time, but couldn't justify the £28 it was before. So when it hit the sale, I was there on my lunch break buying it. I knew it would look good solo, with collared tops underneath, jumpers layered on top, or even a gilet for a little twist. Either way, it's such an easy dress, and this made a perfect easy Sunday outfit.
I also decided to wear out my newest necklace. I always looked at it, and secretly loved the over-the-top, letter repeating necklace, and when I needed something to go with a top for a party, I picked it up and thought "what the hell, it's in the sale!", and I absolutely love it. It's not as in your face as I thought it would be either, so it was definitely a good buy and something I will get a lot of wear out of.

CAT xo
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