Monday, 8 June 2015

Kendall + Kylie at Topshop

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner recently released their clothing line for Topshop, Kendall + Kylie at Topshop. The theme surrounding their collection was inspired by "the typical L.A girl". There is a very laid back, beachy vibe to the collection, with an influx of floral prints, slogan tee's and crisp white detailed tops.

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There are a total of 15 pieces which have been released. Below is an overview of the total collection.

My first impressions; 

When I heard that the collection had been released I frantically opened my browser and typed in with excitement. I am a huge fan of both Kendall and Kylie and their unique style, with Kendall being the more sophisticated dresser and Kylie the more grungey. However, upon initially viewing the collection I was left a little disheartened. I think they have stayed well within the "safe" zone with very plain and basic designs. Nothing particularly jumped out at me. The colour palette is very basic with a prominent use of monochrome.

The more I look at the clothes the more I warm to them but again, I don't particularly love anything from the line. Each of the white tops are over £30 and even with the detailing, I cannot justify spending over £30 for what is essentially a plain white top. I also think it was unnecessary to include as many as 3 in the line.

The florals bring a refreshing lift to the line with some colour. However, I find the florals to be somewhat repetitive as there is 4 different types of clothing with the same black floral print and only 1 item in the white floral. I do think the white floral jumpsuit and the black floral shorts are nice, I would definitely wear these. The white jumpsuit is £55 which I think is slightly overpriced as the main target audience for the line would be teenagers.

My 3 favourite items from the line would be the black palazzo trousers which are sheer at the bottom, the grey slogan "If in doubt, vacation" sweater and the white duster coat. The white duster coat is the most expensive item retailing at £80. If I was to purchase anything I think it would have to be the grey sweater and the black palazzo trousers as I think they go really well together for a laid back look.

Overall, I think the collection is nice. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. It was not what I was expecting, as I would have liked to have seen more of Kylie's personal style shining through in the line, with more rock / grungey items. I think the collection they brought out for Pacsun had more of a variety of colour schemes, styles and is more affordable but I am excited to see how well this collection does over the coming months.

Click here to shop Kendall + Kylie at Topshop

Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on the collection and what piece is your favourite :)

Rachael x

Monday, 1 June 2015

Bank Holiday Buys Review! :)

So Rachael and I had a last minute shopping adventure into Belfast on Bank Holiday Monday and for once I didn't buy a nail polish (shock horror!!)  However I did manage to pick up a few little interesting buys as did she which I'm sure will feature in future blog posts :)

This is a quick little overview of my purchases! :) I have tried all of the items out this week so this is a little review aswell!

My first purchase was these beauties! The Cocoa & Shea butter shower gel and hand & body lotion from the Marks & Spencer's essentials range :) These smell absolutely amazing! I am a big fan of Shea butter and Cocoa butter scents separately but together they are even better! These smell like buttery chocolate! and for £1 each you really can't complain! :) I found these near a till area and think bath lotion may also be available :)

Next onto the Biore pore strips and Vaseline Spray & Go body moisturiser! I have read reviews and heard about Biore strips on the internet for a while and have wanted to try them! They are basically blackhead removal strips! I suffer greatly from blackheads on my nose and big pores on my cheeks (foundation never sits right so any advice would be appreciated on that front lol!) so I thought I would give these a go! I have only used them once so cannot say a great deal however they did what they stated and removed a lot of dirt, however they are £7.99 which is a bit pricey in my opinion so I hope to have better results as I use them more :) The Vaseline moisturiser has probably been my favourite purchase! Rachael recommended this and whilst she has the Aloe Vera version I picked up the cocoa radiant one (slightly obsessed!) and this is fantastic! I cant praise it enough! Although it is £4.99 a can it has helped improved the look of patches of Psoriasis I have on my elbow and knee and it is also easy to apply (spray on) and non-greasy! Waste no more money on millions of moisturisers just buy this one!

My final purchases were the real techniques miracle complexion sponge, Loreal true match foundation, true match concealer stick and Loreal lumi magique concealer and brightener! The real techniques sponge is a repurchase and I love this sponge! I love anything from real techniques really lol! I think it is designed to be a cheaper version of the beauty blender and it works beautifully at applying foundation when it is wet, would highly recommend this! The lumi magique concealer is also a repurchase and I mainly use this to brighten (not conceal) my under eye area as I don't feel it has enough coverage for me as a concealer but it is effective at brightening :) The last of my purchases were probably the most disappointing to be honest. I again have heard about Loreal true match foundation for a while and from American youtubers the true match concealer stick however I don't feel they have great coverage! Again this may be because I like a heavy coverage but I found the texture of the true match concealer very runny and thin and the true match concealer very hard to spread so I was disappointed and wouldn't rush out to buy any of those again!

What have been your new favourite purchases lately? Any must have's? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading :)