Buying for Barcelona!

I have some news that I’ve been SO excited to reveal to my glammies… but OOPS the title did it for me! Yes I am going to Barcelona!

Well actually, I’m moving there! For a whole YEAR!

So without further adieu, I’ll show you some of the “necessary” shopping I’ve been doing. Sorry for the quality of the following pictures, I had to rely on room lighting as sadly it has been a completely dull, grey and wet late-summer here in Glasgow.

Here’s a sneek-peek of my favourite purchases for Españaaa!!!

The first thing I bought was this absolutely gorgeous pair of leggings from Mela Loves London! I first seen them online on New Look but they had ran out of my size when I finally had the cash to buy them – but House of Fraser came to the rescue as they had them in stock. They have a lovely silky feel, I love the paisley print and the green and pink mix! I think they were a steal at around 12 pounds.

I also got some basic black calf-length leggings with an elegant lace trim at the bottom from New Look, they look really nice with these adorable nude patent peep-toes!

These Black HavaianasOMG! I cannot tell you just how comfy these are, perfect for touristy stuff and checking out Barcelona‘s shops for hours upon end. A lot of people might question spending £20 on a pair of plain black flip flops but honestly you get what you pay for and there’s a reason why they are always sold out online at summer time, so many girls love them!

Usually I’m very wary about lacey things, I only own one lace top and that is a loose racerback vest but I have to say this cream lace top from Vero Moda really caught my eye and when I tried it on I was delighted =) Very flattering even for the voluptuous types like me!

I’ve had my eye on this floral playsuit from New Look for a while but finally snapped it up when I saw it on sale for 8 pounds! Can’t say no to a price like that and it’ll get some wear if Barcelona’s heat is any better than Glasgow’s…which I’m sure it is! Love the buttons on this too.

Finally, another pair of shoes which I am suuureee you’ve seen before, again from the cheap and cheerful New Look! The small little gold “studs” on these babies are what first attracted me to these little pumps but I’m not sure how long they’ll last so I plan to keep them away from moisture at all costs. My feet usually take a while to adjust to new look shoes, especially at the heel but these just seem to gel perfectly.

As I’m a pretty err…busty girl, I need to be careful when shopping because I have this dilemna about whether to buy the size that fits my waist but barely makes it over my chest or to buy a bigger size which consequently makes me look bigger. So I was so excited when I found out that the lingerie experts Bravissimo also sell CLOTHES! So after having a look on the Pepperberry website, I picked out a couple of cute blouses. These blouses are made in standard UK clothing sizes BUT also with the option of choosing a bust size too. So I got a 14 super curvy, that should cater to both my waist and chest! The downside to this is that they are quite pricey as they’re basically tailored.They haven’t arrived yet so I’ll update you on the fit and quality!

Naturally, I also bought tonnes of beauty stash for my year long trip! I decided to be brave and splash on bigger versions of my faves, so I’ll do a post on them soon and you can take my word for it that these beauty goodies are the business and have The Glam Guide’s seal of approval!

Next time glammies n’ glamettes!

Stephanie xx

 

La Beauté Parisienne

As exam time is here, I have (of course) been looking around for other things to do than study – one of which has been watching classic episodes from Sex and the City.

Immense inspiration appeared towards the end of the last series when Carrie moves to Paris to live with her Russian boyfriend Petrovski. I was inspired by the style and attitude on screen. Parisienne women are thought of as the epitome of elegance and tasteful class.

This led me to investigate a couple of beauty brands, which subsequently led to goodies from…Lancôme and Bourjois!

 

Noticing my Estée Lauder double wear was also french and throwing into the mix was a tactical decision, as the foundation is new to my routine and I thought I should mention how comfortably it sits on my skin. As a big fan of MAC’s studio fix, this foundation outperformed my old faithful as it was very similar yet had a far more bearable smell and less “cakey” texture.

As I always say it’s all about how you blend your foundation that determines your results and I like to use my hands and fingers to blend right into the creases giving a natural yet sufficient coverage. I still love studio fix though and it is a less expensive option for more or less the same result.

One of the more recent offerings from Lancôme is the Doll Eyes mascara which has been subject to conflicting reviews. This is a beautiful mascara.

Firstly, it has a sleek, elegant tube and wonderful rose scent. The wand is shaped so that you can reach those inner corner areas and lift them effectively – I’ve always found this part tricky with other mascaras. It does a stunning job of separating lashes, hence the term doll eyes, making your lashes appear longer and feminine.

However, only use one coat. Trying to build coat upon coat of this mascara is when it can start to produce clumps – it does a terrible job of thickening lashes so do not buy if this is the result you wish for. Great addition to your makeup wardrobe, for the delicate sans-makeup look.

The Hypnose mascara has a different shaped wand, comparing to it’s younger sister in a very bland, dated fashion! I found the effects rather similar. Great for lengthening but not thickening and gives a very elegant appearance especially with the absence of eyeliner.

Definitely for the “Femme Parisienne” within!

I also received miniature versions of what a fan of Lancôme would likely refer to as their staple beauty products. The half water half oil formula offered by Bi-Facil is already a member of my skincare routine, it sweeps away all traces of mascara within seconds whilst leaving your face fantastically fresh and smelling amazingly rosy.

Whilst a little pricey, the Hydra Zen Neurocalm “Anti-Stress” moisturising cream is great for massaging in after a long day during a nice TV session! This would be a good treat for those who like to spend a lot on their skin – I love its delicacy as my skin is particularly sensitive and this is one of the few that doesn’t bring me out in itchy redness.

For those of us who want to explore the beauté de Paris sans expense, Bourjois has some of interesting offerings in their new Paris Glamour range. I was tempted by a lipgloss in which the PH levels of your lips is what determines the shade outcome! Designed to produce variations of “Rose”, this is my result five minutes after application:

The above result was achieved with no previous foundation or substance on the lips which surprised me as my lips are much darker than this. I wasn’t too fond of the overkill in shine as prefer more subtle lipwear. I also tested the new “effet Smokey” eyeliner – which was simply a granite colour with glitter and a brush at the other  end to create the smokiness. Nice enough result. I finally decided to try the “Delice de Poudre” and this is a product I can absolutely say I loved from Bourjois with its wonderfully chocolately smell and ease of application, however I would say in this instance less is more.

Finalement, I decided to try the French Twist. As my hair is very layered with blonde ends, I found it tricky trying to hide the ends and so here is my, ahem, twist on it…

I have learned that, to really experience the beauty of French glamour, you need to be willing to pay the price of the higher end brands.

Next up will be a review based on a theme from another prominent city.

It’s a toss up between Tokyo and New York – what would you prefer to see?

If you’d like to win some of the items in this review, as well as some other lovely products, you’d do well to enter my giveaway.

Stephanie xx

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