Monday, 31 October 2016

Monday Hack: Clean Makeup Brushes


Qwerkity.com is a website specialising in all things unusual, practical, and fun. They were kind enough to send me their Brush Cleaning Mat- a silicone mat that sticks to your bathroom surfaces, with different sections for eye, face, and lip brushes, and claiming to ensure deep cleaning. (Colours may vary)


  • Use the suction pads beneath the product to fix it to a bathroom surface
  • Wet your brush and add your cleansing cream (or shampoo for natural hair brushes)
  • Work the bristles into the mat until clean- there are six sections available: two for eyes, lips, and face
  • Rinse


Qwerkity Brush Cleaning Mat, No 7 Eye Contour Synthetic Brush
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Friday, 28 October 2016

Xu Zhi SS17


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From Autumn to Spring


Loves Adores Panther skirt, Zaful Playsuit and Suede Jacket, Isabel Marant Boots
This has been my go-to outfit for the last week, it's so easy to travel around in comfortable outfits with soft fabrics. I made the mistake of getting this plunging kimono playsuit in the wrong size- (my issue, not the website's) but have really come to love the billowing effect it has when tucked in to a bodycon skirt. I love this almond skirt by Loves Adores (www.lovesadores.com) and find that it goes with everything. I'm planning to dress it up next week with a matching suede top and choker, and can't wait to pair it with some of my favourite gold heels.
For the time being, I'm really looking forward to spending the weekend in Kent again, specially if the weather stays as beautiful as this.
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Monday, 24 October 2016

Friday, 21 October 2016

Everyday Autumnal Makeup

 Ana Maddock- Everyday Autumnal Makeup- Burberry Lip Velvet in Oxblood 347, Pandora, The Jewel Hut
Burberry Lace Blouse, Celeblook Leather Dress
JEWELLERY:
Pandora Silver Clasp Bracelet available at www.thejewelhut.co.uk
MAKEUP:
Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance 01, Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ebony 05, Lip Velvet in Oxblood No 437

Nearly 60,000 of you saw my Instagram Story on how to fill in eyebrows, I have started to use a darker eyebrow definer this winter to make my brows match my darker hair. I love the contrast it gives my skin as my tan has started to fade. Another thing I'm changing up is my eye makeup, using only one coat of mascara, and Burberry's highlighting pen in a way too light shade to add light shimmer to the tear ducts and cupid's bow- I promise it's not this bright in natural light.

This almost bare eye look gives me the chance to play around with more colour on my lips or go completely bare and give off that no-makeup makeup look. I often start to wear dark lipsticks at the beginning of October, and find a go-to to take me through to Christmas, right about now. Burberry is my tried and tested brand for lipstick, and their Lip Velvet collection knocks it out of the park every single time. I'm wearing the Burberry Lip Velvet in Oxblood, with Military Red in the centre of my bottom lip.
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Nailed It- Margaret Dabbs London


From left to right: Banksia, Poinsettia, Plum Rose, Gebera Daisy

 Ana Maddock- Margaret Dabbs London- Banksia
Margaret Dabbs Banksia
Taking inspiration from its namesake's brown flower cones, Banksia is the perfect nude polish. I find Banksia's golden undertones to be the perfect nude colour for medium to olive skin tones. The polish mimics the change in autumn leaves as it can go from a creamy beige to a matte gold depending on the light.

 Ana Maddock- Margaret Dabbs London- Poinsettia
Poinsettia
It contrasts my usual brick red with its cooler blue tone, giving a more grown up appeal to red nails. Poinsettia has a high gloss finish, and dries slightly darker than it paints on. As the name suggests, Poinsettia is the quintessential holiday red. The consistency in this formula was slightly runnier than the others, but the change is so minor that you get used to it on the first nail. I have every intention to wear this colour all year round, especially around Christmas.

 Ana Maddock- Margaret Dabbs London- Plum Rose
Plum Rose
This was the first colour I opened up, as I was so excited to try it out that we forgot that the range was scented. We actually looked around to see if my fiancé came to the office to surprise me with a bouquet of flowers, as the subtle rose scent filled the area around me. I actually wore Plum Rose for a week before photographing my nails, the colour is highly pigmented- only needing two coats, as opposed to the usual three I have had to give to similar dark colours.

 Ana Maddock- Margaret Dabbs London- Gebera Daisy
Gebera Daisy
The Gerber Daisy often has a black centre which fades into the colour of the petals. I was so nervous to try Gebera Daisy, as I had been searching for that jet black, salon quality, ultra glossy, all singing all dancing polish for the longest time. As soon as the dark inky blue hue slid onto my nails for that first coat, I knew that the search was over. The second coat of course got rid of any sign of the blue beneath it and pretty much turned my nails into obsidian.

Final note: The shots above were taken using natural light, and without a top coat. Margaret Dabbs has a top coat, but for the purpose of this post, it was important for me to show the final colour, and natural finish.

Check out all 72 shades at www.margaretdabbs.co.uk
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Monday, 17 October 2016

Miss Papercut

 Ana Maddock- Autumnal Decorations, Miss Papercut, Home and Lifestyle


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Monday, 10 October 2016

MAJIQUE x ANA MADDOCK


During the September equinox, we had the idea of going back to Rochester, Kent, and stripping this shoot down to a more personal basis. One man, one camera, the elements, and me.
I'm so excited to show you our collaboration with Majique for their Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.






Majique London's collection is available online at www.oceanicjewellers.com
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Friday, 7 October 2016

Not-Another-Bill


Not-Another-Bill is a unique gift service delivering surprise goods to their customers on a monthly basis. Their aim is to share the thrill of post as they bring the wonder back to the letterbox. To celebrate World Post Day 2016, Not-Another-Bill are presenting you with the option to send your free postcard all around the world. You can get involved by simply putting your postcard (this can be your own, or you can find one available at www.notanotherbill.com) in their portable pop-up postbox. Find them at The Other Art-Fair from the 6th-9th October at The Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QR.
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

Bridal

As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, it has come to my attention just how crazy this last week has been. Travelling aside- oh, this is going to be one of those "I'm engaged" posts, I have been planning a whole week of bridal preparations. Some of you may have watched me attend one of the biggest bridal events in the London calendar, on Instagram, so here's a chance to see a little bit of my week.

I wanted to start off by giving a huge 'Thank You' to The Blogger Programme (www.thebloggerprogramme.com) for being so sweet and sending us a #TBPgiftbox, in order to congratulate us on our engagement. I love seeing people receive presents, so without further ado, I'd love to tell you more about my amazing goodies. (Rollover the image for brand names, or keep on reading below for more details.

TBP Gift Box by The Blogger Programme
Confetti is a fantastic destination for brides and grooms-to-be, giving the newly engaged access to online forums, as well as priceless information, tips, and inspiration. For those who are looking for presents with a personalised touch, I would recommend their online shop (www.confetti.co.uk) for anything wedding related, be it bridal must-haves or wedding favours. The first items I received were a customised mirrored jewellery box, matching compact mirror, and a matte black travel bottle. I'm using all of these items, and having these items monogrammed or having my name engraved, has made everything a lot more special. Get your inspiration from their website and Instagram at www.confetti.co.uk and www.instagram.com/confettiwedding 

We love personalised items, Fen and I have been crushing on The Letteroom ever since we received these amazing paper lanterns from them. Everyone who knows us, knows that most of our stuff is actually customised/monogrammed/ or in some way personalised, so it meant a lot to us to discover a brand that is so in tune with us. Some items that are currently in our baskets are the Test Tube Vase, and various planters... swoon! www.theletteroom.com www.instagram.com/theletterroom

The eye-catching lettering on the right hand side comes straight from Gee Brothers Printers, I was lucky enough to have been sent a sample wedding pack to mull over their elegant designs. As someone who took over three months to pick business cards, I've been on the look out for our wedding stationery since before our engagement. Gee Brothers has made the search infinitely easier as we found a lot of their classic designs to be quite clearly a good match to our style. www.geebrothers.co.uk www.instagram.com/geebrothersprinters

If we had the pleasure of meeting during the last couple of days of Paris Fashion Week, chances are you saw me wearing the half band bracelet by Joshua James Jewellery. This is probably the piece that I have worn the most from this Gift Box, as it is the piece that most matches the vintage inspired style I love to show off in Paris. I love the way the shimmering half band wraps around my wrist. www.joshuajamesjewellery.co.uk www.instagram.com/joshuajamesjewellery

Speaking of shimmering, My Jewellery Story was incredibly generous as they sent me the most sparkling jewellery featuring Swarovski® Crystals. I made a small video on my Instagram story and got an overwhelming response, so thought I'd take the opportunity to give you the links: Bella Statement earrings (these are the drop-earrings), Fidelity earrings, and the oh-so-gorgeous Fidelity bracelet. www.myjewellerystory.com.au

If you think you have it together, I challenge you to order a personal care kit from Pinch Provisions and tell me that you're still calm. I'm someone who constantly over plans things, and was shocked when I found the solution to all the emergencies I was not prepared for, in a tiny little golden pouch. Go ahead and get yours at www.pinchprovisions.com and give them a follow on www.instagram.com/pinchprovisions

As someone whose feet have been spectacularly swollen the last couple of weeks- Thanks, fashion month!- I stopped what I was doing the second I spotted these bridal slippers from Pretty You London. We've been so busy that we never really got the chance to have a "We're getting married!" moment, and stopping for a minute to lotion up my feet, and put on some comfortable socks, beneath these plush slippers was exactly what I needed to finally get in a bridal mood. www.prettyyoulondon.co.uk www.instagram.com/prettyyoulondon

Not pictured, is the Pillows and Poetry date night from Just Us Box... that's a story for another day.
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