Rebecca

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.

How to wear a full-coverage foundation in summer

(or how to make your winter foundation work for you all year round)

SUMMER PURCHASES

Picture 1: Black and yellow vests £8 each Miss Selfridge

Picture 2: Black sandals £6 Primark

Picture 3: Highwaisted pink floral shorts £12 Newlook 915

Picture 4: White floral top £10 Newlook 915

Picture 5: Garnier BB cream £9

Picture 6: Patterned maxi skirt £9 Newlook sale

Picture 7: Orange playsuit £15 eBay

Picture 8: Mixed - patterned skirt (Topshop), shorts (TKMaxx and H&M) bought last summer

HOW TO GET BIG BOUNCY HAIR WITH NO HAIR PRODUCTS!

HOW TO RIP YOUR OWN JEANS

Step 1: Take a pair of old jeans and mark up where you want your rips to be. I recommend putting the jeans on to do this so you know exactly where the rips will sit when you’re walking around/sitting down.

Step 2: For the “straight rips” take a pair of scissors and make sure you only have the top layer of material, cut small incisions where you want the rips to be (see picture 5). Don’t worry about pulling them or the threads, simply cut them where you want the rip. I’ve done a few close together because I like the effect.

Step 3: For the larger “exposed white threads square rip” cut 2 lines one above the other. The larger the gap between them, the larger the rip hole! Then take a pair of tweezers and, on the material between the two rips, start pulling out the BLUE threads which are going VERTICALLY down. Do not pull the white horizontal threads! (See picture 6). The more blue threads you pull out, the more white will be exposed. Keep pulling until you achieve the desired effect.

Step 4: For other worn looks on the jeans, take the blade of an open pair of scissors and roughly start to scrape against the jeans until you start to get a weathered look (you could also use very rough sandpaper). Don’t worry if it’s very subtle, when you wash the jeans the threads will scuff up more! Around the bottom of the jeans you might want to cut little chunks out or make slit incisions as these areas would naturally get worn very easily. (See photos 7 and 8)

Step 5: When you’re happy with all your cuts, throw the jeans in the wash and then in the tumblr dryer. When you pull them out, they will have formed into scruffy little rips which look awesome! See photos 1 and 2, and the final photo for finished results.

I didn’t go too over the top on my jeans as I wanted them to look effortlessly scruffy but you could add rips all the way down. On the back I simply added a stringy hole to the left pocket.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

Product comparison: MAC Mineralise Skin Finish vs Elf Baked Blush

Like most girls I’m obsessed with MAC but when you have so many other expenses, it can be tough on the bank balance.

MAC’s Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle gives a gorgeous glow to your cheek bones but at £21 it isn’t the cheapest beauty summer solution.

I’m always on the look out for a bargain and stumbled across Elf’s Baked Blush in Pinktastic. Unfortunately Elf products are generally only available online in the UK but even with p&p this little highlighter only set me back around £6!

The Elf product is very subtle but build-able. It has slightly more pink tones than the MAC alternative but the pink is barely noticeable. It gives a radiant healthy glow and can be worn with or without bronzer/blusher.

For the price, this product is fantastic and whilst it won’t ever replace MAC’s Mineralise Skin Finish it does give it a run for it’s money.

Give it a try and see what you think!

HEALTHY LUNCH IDEAS: Spinach with crispy salmon 

I used frozen spinach, defrosted and fried with olive oil and garlic. 

Then one salmon fillet, fried in a pan skin-side down until crispy and then on each of the other sides for a minute or so.

HEALTHY LUNCH IDEAS: Spinach with crispy salmon

I used frozen spinach, defrosted and fried with olive oil and garlic.

Then one salmon fillet, fried in a pan skin-side down until crispy and then on each of the other sides for a minute or so.

Tutorial: How to Create Natural Eyebrows!

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER YOUR OWN BLANKET BOX!

Step 1: Get yourself a box (I’m using this gold/yellow one which I upholstered myself last year but wanted a new pattern!) and some fabric. I’m using 3m of this gorgeous print from Ikea (although there is lots left over to make matching cushions with!).

Step 2: Measure the height of your box and the length around the front 3 sides (the back panel will be done separately) then cut the material to size. I used a tape measure and a pencil to make sure my material was cut to precision.

Step 3: Unscrew the hinges and separate the lid from the box. Then putting the lid to one side, turn your box on it’s side and lay the freshly cut material over it. Take a staple gun and start along the bottom, folding the material under itself slightly to hem the edge. You may need two people to do this. Staple as you go along, taking particular care on the corners (I recommend folding around the feet although you could cut the fabric if you feel brave!)

Step 4: Once the bottom edge has been stapled down, roll the box back into an upright position, pull the material taught upwards and over the top lip. Again, fold the material under itself slightly to hem the edge, and staple down.

Step 5: Once the front 3 sides of the box are finished, cut your material to cover the back panel. The top and bottom edges will involve the same process as before, however be careful to fold the material and staple neatly down the edges where the sides of the box meet the back panel. The staples will be visible (although partly hidden because they are at the back!) so take extra care.

Step 6: Take your lid and repeat the whole process. Cut your material to size, drape it over the lid and carefully turn over so you can staple to the underneath. Fold the material to hem and take particular care on the corners.

Step 7: Screw all hinges back on, you may have to go through the fabric! Attach the lid to the main box.

Step 8: OPTIONAL - take upholstery pins and quilt the fabric. You will see that my box was originally quilted but I have decided to keep the fabric on the lid smooth this time!

HOW TO STYLE PATTERNED & BRIGHT TROUSERS!

I love wearing patterned and vibrant trousers because they make for an interesting outfit change. I don’t know about you but I’m so used to wearing jeans (usually black skinny jeans - how exciting) that I often feel it would be nice to mix things up.

Patterned trousers generally come in three styles - loose lightweight trousers (picture 1), cigarette pants/cropped tailored trousers (pictures 2-5), and leggings (picture 6). As you can tell I like the structured style because they work really well dressed up or down whereas leggings and loose trousers can only ever really be worn casually.

My number one rule when sporting daring trousers is to keep the rest of the outfit simple. That means block colour tops, jackets, shoes and jewellery. If you’re feeling more adventurous you might want to throw on some extra accessories but for me it’s all about keeping the rest of the outfit toned-down.

I tend to go for black/white block colours but that’s just because i know they always look classic and effortless. If you can find colours which complement the trousers then play up to that (see picture 3) but that usually involves purchasing the top and trousers together!

Finally, don’t be afraid to wear those daring prints to formal occasions like work or a dinner party! Daring doesn’t have to mean unprofessional or not classy - just keep everything else smart and pull it off with confidence!

For summer why not try floral or paisley trousers with a brightly coloured crop top? In winter stick with simple prints and black jackets/jumpers. Simple!

I’m shortly going to be moving to London which is so exciting! Whilst moving can be boring and tiring, decorating a new room is one of the best things about a move! So here is a little mood board I’ve put together for my new room - can’t wait to get started!

I’m shortly going to be moving to London which is so exciting! Whilst moving can be boring and tiring, decorating a new room is one of the best things about a move! So here is a little mood board I’ve put together for my new room - can’t wait to get started!

RITA ORA FOR RIMMEL: Nail-varnishes

I mentioned the blue/green polish in a previous post but felt I needed to do a proper blog post on these two beauties!

I’m absolutely loving the Rita Ora collection for Rimmel which has fantastic spring and summer colours. 

These two (Breakfast in Bed and Lose Your Lingerie) are my two favourites at the moment. Pastels are perfect for this time of year and look great with any outfit. Best of all, they dry quickly and have great chip-resistant power! 

I generally buy No7 and BarryM nail paints but this Rimmel range combines the staying power of No7 with the variety of colours that BarryM offer. 

These retail at approx £4 each (although Boots have a huge 3for2 deal across the entire store at the moment) so they are definitely worth a trip down to your local drugstore!

RITA ORA FOR RIMMEL: Nail-varnishes

I mentioned the blue/green polish in a previous post but felt I needed to do a proper blog post on these two beauties!

I’m absolutely loving the Rita Ora collection for Rimmel which has fantastic spring and summer colours.

These two (Breakfast in Bed and Lose Your Lingerie) are my two favourites at the moment. Pastels are perfect for this time of year and look great with any outfit. Best of all, they dry quickly and have great chip-resistant power!

I generally buy No7 and BarryM nail paints but this Rimmel range combines the staying power of No7 with the variety of colours that BarryM offer.

These retail at approx £4 each (although Boots have a huge 3for2 deal across the entire store at the moment) so they are definitely worth a trip down to your local drugstore!

MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND HAUL

So as it’s Bank Holiday weekend and also the birthday of one of my best friends, I decided to pop to London! Obviously Oxford Street was a must do, which usually means emptying my bank account but this time I was very sensible! 

Here are my finds:

- Pink bodycon dress - Forever 21 (£7ish)
- Striped crop top - Forever 21 (£5ish)
- Eyebrow kit - Topshop (£12ish)
- Silver chain necklace - H&M (£7ish)

MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND HAUL

So as it’s Bank Holiday weekend and also the birthday of one of my best friends, I decided to pop to London! Obviously Oxford Street was a must do, which usually means emptying my bank account but this time I was very sensible!

Here are my finds:

- Pink bodycon dress - Forever 21 (£7ish)
- Striped crop top - Forever 21 (£5ish)
- Eyebrow kit - Topshop (£12ish)
- Silver chain necklace - H&M (£7ish)

BEEF SALAD WITH HORSERADISH DRESSING

- Mixed salad leaves
- Cucumber
- Baby tomatoes
- Beef cooked and sliced

Dressing:
- Creamed horseradish
- Olive oil
- Parsley

BEEF SALAD WITH HORSERADISH DRESSING

- Mixed salad leaves
- Cucumber
- Baby tomatoes
- Beef cooked and sliced

Dressing:
- Creamed horseradish
- Olive oil
- Parsley

PRODUCT REVIEW: Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, approx £20 (8.5g)

I decided I needed to do a review on this mascara because it is SO raved about in the beauty world, claiming to give you eyelashes that look false. 

The product is pricey (roughly double the price of a regular drug store mascara) but I decided to purchase it as I needed to see what the hype was all about. 

My first impressions were that the actual mascara product is very gloopy, almost like black glue! It’s completely unlike anything I’d ever used before. The brush is very good, it has lots of bristles so you really can reach every single little eyelash which is a massive bonus - I can’t stand substandard applicator brushes! 

After a week of using this mascara I have decided I have a love-hate relationship with it. Most mascaras take me ages to build up volume and length with numerous coats. This product requires minimal application (2 coats on average) because the consistency is so thick! The big BUT is that it makes all my eyelashes stick to each other and it’s so wet and takes a few minutes to dry that it gets everywhere if you blink too much (or god forbid - sneeze!). 

So basically this mascara is a pain in the butt and not to be used in a rush. HOWEVER if you have the time to apply one coat, let it dry, comb it with a lash comb, apply another coat and repeat, your eyelashes will be stunning! The effects really are like nothing I’ve ever experienced except when wearing false lashes. 

So:
-Does it give volume? Yes
-Does it give length? Yes
-Does it make your lashes look false? Yes
-Is it worth the money? Maybe, if you’re prepared to put in the time and effort everytime you do your makeup
-Will I be repurchasing? Undecided

Overall rating: 8/10

PRODUCT REVIEW: Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, approx £20 (8.5g)

I decided I needed to do a review on this mascara because it is SO raved about in the beauty world, claiming to give you eyelashes that look false.

The product is pricey (roughly double the price of a regular drug store mascara) but I decided to purchase it as I needed to see what the hype was all about.

My first impressions were that the actual mascara product is very gloopy, almost like black glue! It’s completely unlike anything I’d ever used before. The brush is very good, it has lots of bristles so you really can reach every single little eyelash which is a massive bonus - I can’t stand substandard applicator brushes!

After a week of using this mascara I have decided I have a love-hate relationship with it. Most mascaras take me ages to build up volume and length with numerous coats. This product requires minimal application (2 coats on average) because the consistency is so thick! The big BUT is that it makes all my eyelashes stick to each other and it’s so wet and takes a few minutes to dry that it gets everywhere if you blink too much (or god forbid - sneeze!).

So basically this mascara is a pain in the butt and not to be used in a rush. HOWEVER if you have the time to apply one coat, let it dry, comb it with a lash comb, apply another coat and repeat, your eyelashes will be stunning! The effects really are like nothing I’ve ever experienced except when wearing false lashes.

So:
-Does it give volume? Yes
-Does it give length? Yes
-Does it make your lashes look false? Yes
-Is it worth the money? Maybe, if you’re prepared to put in the time and effort everytime you do your makeup
-Will I be repurchasing? Undecided

Overall rating: 8/10

My Bedroom Tour

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