Three Pretty Pink Gowns

I realised that I have a lot of pink clothing, specifically pink dresses so I decided to do a mini lookbook of the pink gowns.

DRESS NUMBER ONE

2014-07-06 15.14.522014-07-06 15.15.332014-07-06 15.15.252014-07-06 15.15.482014-07-06 15.17.47

 

This dress was purchased at Romeo and Juliet couture boutique, but because I didn’t purchase it myself, I am not sure of the price or the availability of it. I literally love this dress because of the design of it, the diagonal ruffles on the waistline help to create curves (which is needed for slim people like me lol), therefore this dress fits all body types. The dress has an underskirt which makes sure that everything is covered up, but the annoying thing about it is that the underskirt is shorter than the rest of the gown. Other than that, this dress is beyond gorgeous, and the colour is great for literally any skin tone. The material is light, so you don’t feel excessively hot in it. Lastly, I love how the bottom of the dress swishes as you walk, although I would advice you to lift it up a little when you’re walking, because this dress is the definition of ‘floor length’.

 

DRESS NUMBER TWO

2014-07-13 17.29.24

2014-07-13 17.29.44

2014-07-13 17.29.50

Now, this dress is a bridesmaid dress, therefore I think it was custom made and specified by the bride, however there are many ‘similar models’. This dress is also a one shoulder dress like the previous one, however, instead of ruffles down the strap, it has a hand-stitched flower-type broach, with a prominent hem line at the top. This detail draws attention to the top half of your body, again creating a figure (again perfect for us slim girls lol) by emphasisng the arched back. This dress also sweeps the floor, but unlike the previous dress, has a more bodycon shape, clinging to your waist and hips. On the negative side, because it is bodycon and extremely, it is quite hard to walk in without tripping, so I won’t advise it if you plan on dancing.

 

DRESS NUMBER THREE

 

2014-07-13 17.35.54

2014-07-13 17.36.092014-07-13 17.37.382014-07-13 17.36.152014-07-13 17.38.062014-07-13 17.37.13

This dress is my favourite out of the three and it is also the only one out of the three I choose and bought myself. This is a Ted Baker dress that I bought last year during the summer sales. The dress was £200 but in the sale I bought it for £100. For real, this dress is one of my most favourite pieces I own. The dress has a high neckline and distinct waistline. The dress is free flowing, hence my dress being blown to the side by the wind in the pictures.

Shoutout to my puppy, Rolfi, who decided to interrupt our photoshoot lol.

 

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

 

No-Foundation March – the movement

Make-up is not for the insecure girls.

As a kid, growing up, I watched my mum and aunties dress up and put on make-up to look their best for church on Sunday or for an outing. At eleven or twelve I had decided that you can only be beautiful if you put on ‘powder’ or ‘blusher’. By the time I entered high school, all the girls I knew owned their own lip-gloss or mascara and I felt that because I didn’t own one myself, I wasn’t as pretty. Luckily, at that age, I was quite oblivious, so I didn’t really care. But the sad truth is, I genuinely believed make-up fixes you, and suddenly makes you beautiful. I used to look forward to weddings and parties just because my aunties and mum would let me wear a bit of make-up. (I looked dreadful, by the way. Something about blue eye shadow just isn’t right… luckily, you will NEVER pictures)

I’d like to believe that I’ve grown up quite a bit since then, especially because I totally have a new view on make-up and beauty. I love make up and wear it nearly every day. I don’t wear it because it makes me ‘pretty’, I wear it because I like how it looks on me. Simple as. There really isn’t anything more behind it. People think way too deeply when it comes to things like make-up. As the risk of sounding ghetto, ‘it’s not that deep, mate.’ It’s really not.

The make-up doesn’t put on the person, the person puts on the make-up. Some people have scars and blemishes on their face and they feel more confident with make-up on. I genuinely, whole-heartedly believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Doing that is not insecurity, its survival. You don’t know their story, their reasoning behind it all. The same people, who bash girls for wearing make-up, are the same people who will bash girls for not having flawless skin. Like for real, make up your mind (excuse the pun;).

Back to the main point of this post, I’ve decided to try something new this month of MARCH. I am not going to wear any foundation on my face for the whole month. I don’t really wear a lot of foundation in general, because my skin is quite clear, but nevertheless, it’s all for the movement.

No-foundation March is a movement I thought about when I became concerned about the perception of make-up. Some of my friends hate make-up with a passion, and some are in a committed relationship with make-up. I love how make-up can be used to enhance your beauty and how it gives you the freedom to look like how you want to. However, I can live without it. I love glamming up, but truth be told, I do not the time and money (all the good stuff are so expensive) to care so deeply about an inanimate object.

So this movement is to support girls who feel like their make-up is them. It’s not. You are you, beautiful you. The make-up is something that’s in your control. This movement is also for girls who hate make-up. You are beautiful and flawless, with or without make-up.

Finally, this is a personal movement, so I’d like to personally invite you to join in. Don’t wear foundation for a day or two, or a week or follow me and do the whole month. It’s up to you. And just to make it crystal clear, I will be wearing other make-up items; I just won’t be wearing foundation.

Join the movement – #NoFoundationMarch

On Twitter, Instagram and Keek: @PaulaPaceSetter

#NoFoundationMarch

2014-03-04 08.27.47

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Make-up: Bits and Bobs

I love make up because it gives females freedom to look how they want to and express their individuality. I know a lot of people have the perception that make up makes people ‘fake’ or ‘artificial’ and girls who wear it, only wear it because they’re ‘insecure’. I genuinely believe this is incorrect because make up doesn’t necessarily change the person, as plastic surgery for example would. Make-up should be used to enhance the beauty of girls, not cover it. This post will tell you the best brands to suit your natural complexion and give that natural glow you’re after.

KIKO – Skin Evolution Foundation SPF 10

pic 1I’m not a huge fan of foundation (because I have combination skin) but I do love this foundation because it matches the skin so flawlessly. With this foundation there is no more uneven skin for you. One of the main things I love about this foundation is the many different shades it comes in. Obviously, all girls are different skin tones, and this foundation is so precise in its colouring. However, it is quite expensive but it is definitely value for money, as this 30 ml tube lasts for months.

£12.60 – http://www.kikocosmetics.co.uk/make-up/face/foundations/Skin-Evolution-Foundation-SPF-10/p-KM00101015

BOBBI BROWN – Moisture Rich Foundation SPF 15

pic 2Another foundation that is to die for is Bobbi Brown’s Moisture Rich Foundation. This is such a premium, loved brand because they continue to produce the most amazing luxury products. This is another foundation that really lasts for months. It’s so concentrate that you don’t need to add too much whenever you put it on. On the down side, if you don’t wear a loose powder on top of it, it dries really quickly in certain parts of your face, whilst leaving other spots oily. So every few hours, you’ll need to check your face.

This is currently my daily foundation. It is really ridiculously expensive, but it’s Bobbi Brown so, what can you do about it?

£30.00 – http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/5141/8220/Makeup/Face/Foundation/Moisture-Rich-Foundation-SPF-15/Award-Winner/index.tmpl

RIMMEL LONDON – Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

pic3This lipstick basically does what it says on the tin. It’s long lasting and gives an amazingly flawless matte finish on the lips. I like the different colours it comes in, especially the deep plum/burgundy colour I’ve seen on many girls. I think the sharper red looks great on pale, fair skin and the deeper reds look best on darker, ebony skin; just because they complement your facial structure much more when the colour matches your skin tone. £5.49 – http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/lips/lasting-finish-matte-by-kate-moss

AVON – Color Trend Comb It Mascara

pic 4I like this mascara because it’s different from most mascaras out there. This mascara combs out your eyelashes, making them fan out. This makes them look larger and in depth. If you’re a fan of intense eyes, I wouldn’t recommend using this mascara alone; top it with another layer of mascara.

£3.00 – http://reviews.avonshop.co.uk/9028-en_gb/37114/avon-color-trend-comb-it-mascara-in-black-reviews/reviews.htm

CLINIQUE – Take The Day Off Make Up Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

 

pic 5This make up remover is pretty amazing. You take a make-up pad or cotton wool, and add a little bit of the serum and all you have to do is run it along your eye lid and all your eye shadow, eye liner and mascara is gone. It’s really good. Although, on the down side, it is really oily on your face, so you end up having to was your face after using it, which isn’t a huge issue. Unless you’re lazy. It’s a little bit pricey, but then again it really lasts for a long time.

£17.00 – http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1673/5380/Skin-Care/CleansersMakeup-Removers/Take-The-Day-Off-Makeup-Remover-For-Lids-Lashes-Lips/index.tmpl

RIMMEL – Vinyl Gloss Lipgloss

pic 6

I love this lipgloss because it gives you a subtle colour and gloss without you looking too try-hard. It looks great on top of lipstick to make you have that juicy lips look, especially over reds and pinks. It also looks great by itself, giving you a natural-looking shine.

£4.99 – http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/lips/vinyl-gloss

 

Peace&Love

Paula ox’

Acrylic nails vs Gel nails

It’s been a widely discussed and debated subject amongst the female community; Acrylic nails or Gel nails? Which one is better?

Acrylic nails are false nails that are made and shaped like a real nail, out of plastic. They are bonded to the natural nail usually with glue or a cohesive, to give the illusion that your nails are longer than they actually are.  Gel nails are nail extensions made with gels that hardened around your nails. They are meant to fill in any broken areas in your nails, and to still look natural at the same time.

Pros of acrylic nails

  • Acrylic nails help to cover and conceal damaged or short nails.
  • Acrylic nails have been around for decades so they are trusted and well researched.
  • They are relatively easy to remove yourself, with nail varnish remover.
  • Acrylic nails prevent people continuing the bad habit of biting your nails as acrylics tend to be quite rigid.
  • They are relatively easy to apply at home to yourself.
  • Acrylics tend to last longer than gel, especially if applied properly.

 

Cons of acrylic nails

 

  • Acrylic nails usually leave the natural nail underneath weak and brittle when they are taken off.
  • Acrylic nails are usually mass produced so they feel less individual, unless they are customized, which then makes them tend to be more expensive.
  • Some people are allergic to the chemicals in the plastic used to make the acrylic nails.
  • Bacterial infections can develop in the layer between the natural nail and the acrylic.
  • Acrylic nails tend to look ‘square’ and unnaturally shaped.
  • The material used to make acrylics tend to be flammable therefore, people with acrylics are told to stay away from an open flame, hair straighteners and other heat products.
  • Acrylic nails are very unreliable when it comes to how long they last.
  • On average, the price of getting acrylic nails applied is somewhere between £20 – £35, and anyone offering less than that is usually bad quality. Even though this seems expensive, it can be considerably less expensive than gel nails.
  • Acrylic nails are slow to dry, compared to gel nails.

Pros of gel nails

 

  • Gel nails are a great alternative for people who are allergic to the chemicals in acrylics, as many people are.
  • Gel nails, unlike acrylics, do not damage the natural nail when taken off.
  • Gel nails tend to create a natural looking nail shape as they can be molded quite easily.
  • Most people say that gel nails are less heavy than acrylics.
  • Gel nails usually have a larger variety of nail colours and designs.
  • Gel nails are easy to take off when they are soaked in acetone for 10-15 minutes.
  • Gel nails can stay up to 3 weeks in a fresh condition.
  • Gel nails dry immediately so as soon as you leave the nail salon, there is no risk of smudging.
  • Gel nails tend to leave a glossier finish than acrylics.
  • Gel nails can be applied without a base or primer.
  • They tend to be more flexible than acrylic nails.

Cons of gel nails

 

  • Gel nails are a relatively new thing; not many people are aware of them.
  • Gel nails are much too complicated to apply to yourself so they have to be professional done.
  • They are extremely time-consuming to get done, with people complaining about it taking up to 2 hours.
  • On average, the price of getting gel nails is between £30 – £50, although it depends on where as most gel nail technicians are mobile and either come to your house or have you come to theirs.
  • Gel nails are not as durable as acrylic nails, so they are not advised for someone who uses their hands a lot, perhaps in their job (e.g. type a lot or write a lot).
  • They require frequent attention from a professional. Most people with gel nails go and get them redone every month.
  • Gel nails need a UV or L.E.D light, which is why it is best they are done professionally.
  • It’s extremely hard to remove the gel and that will probably take another trip to the nail salon.

As you can see, there are a lot of pros and cons to both acrylic and gel nails. If you have the time and money to spend on your nails, gel is definitely for you because they look much more attractive. But if you need nails that stay longer and are hard enough to deal with your everyday life, acrylics are the way. Personally, if I could afford to do gel nails every 3 weeks, I would so go for that, because they usually look amazing.

One cheaper alternative to gel and acrylic nails are nail wraps. They only overlay the nail so they are like nail polishes – just without all the nail painting and smudging. Nail wraps either stick on top of the natural nail, like a sticker,  or melt unto the natural nail when heat is applied. They tend to be inexpensive (they are literally £1 a pack in Primark), and are looking to be the next big thing in nail art and design. Celebrities are really starting to acknowledge them, with people like Myleene Klass releasing nail wrap lines (which are a little bit more expensive, at £5.99 a pack).

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Outfit: Peplum is the way

Quick fashion post day. Peplum.

Wikipedia describes peplum as a ‘short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress‘. Couldn’t have said it better myself, to be perfectly honest.

Peplum is the type of fashion item that never gets out of fashion, and can be worn in nearly any weather condition. As you know, I live in England, where we get a lot of rain. I mean a lot. So we have to be careful about the outfits we wear, or risk catching frostbite (totally not kidding).

I wore this outfit the other day, and I thought it looked pretty good. If I’m honest, I was totally feeling myself that day;)

2014-01-19 10.13.102014-01-19 10.13.46

This white peplum top is from River Island. Right now, they are selling peplum tops in different colours and designs, which look great on any body shape. They also have a great range of peplum dresses, which I also own (click here )

image4xlimage2xl

Check them out: http://www.riverisland.com/women/tops/peplum-tops

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Nail tips

One thing that nearly everyone knows about me is that I love doing my nails. I’m not usually what you might define as ‘girly’ but when it comes to nails, it’s an exception.

I like to change my nails as regularly as possible (every 3-4 days, sometimes even sooner when I have the time) and I have a vast collection of nail polishes. Although, I am a huge fan of cheap nail polishes so I rarely ever spend more than £3 on a single nail polish (unless it’s made out of gold, then and only then might I reconsider.)

The featured image is of nails I applied, painted and designed a year ago (when I had time to do that all of the time).

Here are a few nail tips I have collected over the years;

  1. Always wear a base coat when paining until your natural nails. This is usually meant to be a nail hardener or protector although, they are ridiculously expensive. I usually settle for a simple plain white polish or a peach/nude colour. A base coat is meant to make the nail polish last longer.
  2. Always remove the previous nail polish when painting a new colour over it. I am one of those impatient people that flick off bits of my nail polish then paint over it because I can’t be bothered to remove it first. Literally the worst thing you can do your nails as it can leave marks on your nails. As well as the obvious fact that the newly applied nail polish won’t look as good.
  3. Always put on a top coat when you have finished paining your nails. When the polish has dried, always ass a clear top coat as it seals the design underneath and gives your nails a flawless glow. I own about 4 glosses because I believe they are genuinely important. A little thing I like to use is gloss with glitter in it. It always gives you jazzy nails. Also, if you ever smudge a design or mess it up, then the glitter camouflages that and makes your nails still look good.
  4. Ensure that your hands are always completely dry before applying any moisture. Also, make sure that you don’t start applying nail polish when you know you’re about to take a shower or do the dishes. This one seems like a ‘Duh!’ moment but you don’t know how many times my nails have been slightly damp and the nail polish refuses to dry and then gets all smudgy and messy. It’s always best to give your nails at least an hour before touching water or any moisture.
  5. Black and dark nail polishes, believe it or not, are really IN nowadays. Something about dark nails is cool and hipster (not exactly sure what it is though). Make sure to purchase a few staple dark shades for your collection.
  6. Always ensure that your nails are clean at all times. Other than the fact of hygiene, dirty nails are actually disgusting. I know there are busy periods in life when you have more important things to do than your nails; I respect that. But there is never an excuse for dirty nails.
  7. A hairdryer is a miracle worker when it comes to drying nails quickly and evenly, leaving a gorgeous glow.
  8. I am a huge fan of applying fake nails, however, they are extremely hard to apply yourself if you’ve never done it before so I would recommend getting them professionally done. (I don’t mean to brag but, I do mine myself lol)
  9. Concerning false nails, always file them down to fit the shape and size of your natural nails. the point of them is to give the illusion that your real nails are that long and shaped and gorgeous, therefore if they look like claws that are falling off your fingers, the agenda is not a success. Personally, I try to say away from boxed square nails, but I do generally like shorter nails as they are easier to maintain.
  10. Acrylics are so bad for your nails (no matter how good they look). Get them at your own risk. I heard gel nails are a better alternative.
  11. Try and purchase nails that come with thin brushes, they are much easier to design with.

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Birthweek Lookbook

So, my birthday was on the 20th of December and I decided to do a Birthweek Lookbook.

Let me explain further, a Birthweek Lookbook is when I display the outfits I wore the week of my birthday –  Monday 16th December 2013 – Sunday 22nd December 2013. No, I don’t think I’m a model or a fashion guru, I just thought it would be a fun little thing to do. Hopefully, this will interest some of you. I do realise how late this is but consider the fact that I took a break for Christmas (and I had no WiFi, but that’s a story for another day). Also on that note, I hope you had a great festive period.

Because I had decided that I was going to do this, I made sure to dress a bit more fashionably than before. Most of these outfits are so ‘dressy’ shall we say, for normal days especially considering I was in college most of the time. Never mind that, most people at my college are used to seeing me overdress because I literally live to overdress.

Monday 16th

2013-12-16 16.21.152013-12-16 16.21.37

On Monday I wore a gold Mesh-sleeved top which I bought from Fashion union (brand: Headgirl), which I paired with a simple black pencil skirt, (also purchased from the online store Fashion Union, I love them) and black flats. My only accessory was an exotic black necklace (that was a personal gift and I have no idea where it was bought from. Sorry.)

Tuesday 17th

2013-12-17 17.37.412013-12-17 17.40.092013-12-17 17.38.21

After my super dressy Monday, I decided to dress down for Tuesday and settled with a pink ‘New York’ printed tee, which is from New Look. With this I wore a pair of comfy black leggings and my Pink Timberlands (which I literally wear all-of-the-time). I’m not sure, but I think pink Timberlands can only be purchased directly from the host company Timberland as they are customized, and tend to be rather expensive. (Another personal gift, which is why I’m not sure) However, I’ve had mine for years; they are great quality so definitely a great purchase.

Wednesday 18th

2013-12-18 16.26.492013-12-18 16.29.352013-12-18 16.26.32

Wednesday was freezing; hence my outfit that makes me look like a fluffy penguin. I went with a stripy hat (Have I mentioned how much I am loving hats and beanies nowadays?) paired with my Dad’s long winter scarf. I tied the ends of the scarf together and used it as a snood (tip!). My top is a striped long jumper, in the same colours as my hat and scarf (all matchy!), which was bought from New Look. On top of that, I wore an over-sized fluffy jumper – from Primark – which is literally the warmest thing ever made. I finished this look with black leggings and dark blue pumps. For some reason, I also choose to accessorize with a white bangle, although it was totally unnecessary.

Thursday 17th

2013-12-19 13.26.192013-12-19 13.29.322013-12-19 13.28.04

Thursday consisted of the same fluffy jumper as the day before however, this time it was paired with a much more ‘girly’ outfit. I sported a white and black skater skirt (brand: Premier der toi) with a tucked in black t-shirt, finished with simple black ballet flats. I accessorized a helluva lot on Thursday; a feathered necklace purchased from New Look, a black skinny belt and a black and white bangles. I had a lot of fun with this look.

Friday 20th (The big day)

2013-12-20 16.49.342013-12-20 16.50.362013-12-20 16.54.43

Finally, it was the big day. I did try to dress down a bit that day, however, I’m not really sure if you will agree with me.

I wore a pair of grey jeans (brand: heaven sent), black boots, purple and white striped tee that I got from Primark like 4 years ago (I’m not sure how I still fit in it) and a purple and pink plaid shirt unbottoned on top. I finished this look with a blue ‘New York’ beanie that I have been wearing all of the time. I had a pretty chill day.

Saturday 21st

2013-12-21 21.14.112013-12-21 21.15.11

When I first got the idea to do this, I planned on doing it from Monday to Friday, but on Saturday I decided to extend it to Sunday. On Saturday, I wore my pink Tims again (I told you I love them) with dark blue jeans. My top is from M&S and its one of the only things I own from that shop because I used to believe there clothes are for matured women. They did a teenagers and youth line last year and I bought that top, which I love so much. Lastly, I wore my blue ‘New York’ beanie again, mainly because I couldn’t be bothered to style my hair. Sorry.

Sunday 22nd

2013-12-22 14.33.042013-12-22 09.41.37

Last but not least, Sunday the 22nd of December. I actually had a reason to dress up for this day because I went to church. I wore a burgundy peplum bodycon dress which was bought from Fashion Union. I wore with black tights (it was like 2 degress outside) and navy blue heels. I accessorized with a white bangle, a black statement necklace and a gold watch. You can see a flower in my hair too, but I totally just added that for the picture lol.

There we go, my week in outfits. I had so much fun doing this. I really do hope this interests or entertains some of you. Lastly, I must thank my sister for playing photographer the whole week. Trust me when I say, I am so picky about these kinds of things. We took so many pictures just for me to decide on about 2 or 3 (due to lighting, awkward posing, the usual).

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’