Many years ago, when I purchased my first ever luxury product, I remember always doubting myself on whether I had made the right decision. Over the years, as my collection slowly grows, I have been asked loads of questions about my bags, how I chose them, and even helped friends with their purchases. I don't know everything, but I'll share my personal experience with you guys, along with some tips & hope it will be of use.


Let's start with the Céline, the first one I ever purchased. This bag is called the Céline phantom; a very popular bag. Although it is very popular, it comes in many colours & many materials, so I find this bag pretty unique for each person. 

The design has been similar over the years, with a few tweaks along the way. It has a handle, normally not large enough to wear as a shoulder bag, but large enough to be comfortable to carry everywhere. It has the same interface; sometimes the Céline is embossed into the material (like mine), and sometimes it's written in gold or silver. I will talk about the gold and silver embossing when talking about my Céline clutch in another blog post. Some also come with a plaited zip thing (like mine) and some are slightly simpler. 

This bag comes in a variety of different materials; mine is Calfskin, which is a leather that is quite soft, easily scratched but very durable. Something I've learnt; do not buy a calfskin bag if it upsets you when it becomes slightly scratched. When I first purchased this, I was so upset with the first scratch, it's inevitably going to happen. I found with this particular bag, as long as the mark/scratch isn't too deep, the leather comes back up, meaning the scratch disappears (but there's still obviously signs of wear). I'm not sure if this happens on all the phantom bags, but along with the colour of mine being quite a nude/beige, this tends to happen. Other materials that these bags come in are felt, canvas, pony hair, suede, python & more. They also come in a range of colours, and designs; there's even stripy ones. I opted for a nude/beige.. just because I liked it. It was called 'earth' when I purchased it, I hadn't seen it for a few years in stores, but have recently noticed this colour has become quite popular again. 

One thing I used to research before purchasing this bag, was the difference between the Céline phantom bag, and the luggage tote. The main difference is, the phantom does not have a zip.
I've noticed that this is a huge decider for girls, and rightly so, not having a zip on a bag can be pretty annoying. Personally, I preferred the interface of the phantom. Owning the bag for a long time, the lack of zip doesn't bother me, as the way you carry the bag, means the bag is quite close to you.. there's no way anyone is getting into my bag without me knowing. The luggage tote comes in a variety of sizes, while I believe the phantom comes in one size only. The luggage tote sizes vary from a nano size (which is SO cute) and goes up to quite a large size. It also has this 'tricolour' range, which is pretty appealing, but also quite daring. I've not seen the phantom in this style. The luggage also comes in a variety of different materials. 

Overall I think the phantom is a great bag. Due to the large range it comes in, you can pick one according to your personality & it can still be a pretty unique bag. I've had mine for 3+ years now, and I'm still using it quite a lot. It's a great everyday bag. 

Tips:
- Don't buy online! There are SO many fakes out there, why risk it? Unless it's an authorised seller or from a site you trust, it's not worth it. It's also always fun to go into stores and try them before you buy.. especially if you're new to this. 
- Don't spend money you don't have. Never spend your money on one luxury product and then not be able to afford lunch the next day.. that's not cool. Budgeting and restricting yourself is the way you'll be able to afford nicer things in the future.
- Buy what you like, not what everyone else likes! So many people question my choice of style, but when they realise it makes me, me.. they understand. There's no point buying the most 'on trend' thing, especially if it won't fit into your day to day life, and doesn't suit your needs. 

I hope this helps! I was going to write about all my bags in this post but I realised, I have way too much to talk about. Look out for my Chanel bag, my clutches & my burberry bag post to continue this 'starting a designer bag' series. 

Bye :) 

16 November 2016

Starting a Designer Bag Collection: Part 1




Hi! A vast amount of you have messaged to ask where this suit is from. I would like to start off by apologising! I'm sorry :( :(

I bought this suit over a year ago from a website called Iman Boutique. It comes with a net skirt that I didn't wear on this day and a dupatta. I recently contacted Iman Boutique to ask if this was still available to order for you guys, however unfortunately it's last season. BUT I advise you to check them out! They are great. You can choose between semi stitched & stitched in their suits, and they're always on trend and have great outfits.

I couldn't bear individually telling you guys this isn't available anymore, so thought I'd write it in a post.. but check them out!

Bye loves.

P.S. Happy November.



1 November 2016

Asian Outfit.. (I'm sorry)





Anyone who knows me, knows my favourite make up brand is Charlotte Tilbury. Most of my friends ask me for my opinion when shopping in CT, so I thought I'd write a short review on every product I own. 

In this post, I'll write a small review on the following: 

- CT matte revolution in Bond girl, Walk of Shame and Birkin Brown 
- CT the retoucher concealer in shade 4 medium 
- CT mini miracle eye wand in shade 3 
- CT full fat lashes mascara
- CT legendary lashes mascara 
- CT dolce vita palette 
- CT eyes to mesmerise eyeshadow cream in Bette 
- CT colour chameleon eyeshadow stick in Champagne Diamonds 
- CT magic foundation in shade 7 
- CT magic cream 
- CT goddess skin clay mask 

I think that's everything I own.. I get a bit carried away.  


From left to right: Birkin Brown, Walk of Shame, Bond Girl


Matte revolution lipsticks - these are the prettiest shades. Bond girl is my fave - I have two. Birkin Brown is probably the nicest deep brown colour I own, and walk of shame is a nice Coral/red shade. 
Staying power - for a lipstick, it's quite good. Matte lipsticks, of course, aren't as good as liquid lipsticks - I would say these are on the same level as MAC lipsticks for staying power. 


Left to right: Mini miracle eye wand in shade 3, The retoucher concealer in shade 4 medium.
I first purchased the retoucher, which is the creamiest concealer ever. This concealer is so good for blemishes, pigmentation + it matches pretty well with my skin. I usually put this as a 'base' concealer under my eyes along with on any blemishes + use another lighter concealer under my eyes to highlight. It works really well for covering pigmentation, however wouldn't be the best for highlighting. I have also tried this in a lighter shade, but for my skin tone, the mini miracle eye wand in shade 3 worked better for highlighting. 

The mini miracle eye wand comes with the eye cream on one side, which you apply under the eyes. I find that, you have to use this part while prepping your skin, so I apply with my moisturiser and primer, and wait 5 - 10 minutes before applying the second concealer part. 

Both are pretty good - if I had to pick one, I'd choose the retoucher. 


Left to right: full fat lashes mascara & legendary lashes mascara 

I love love love the legendary lashes mascara. It really thickens + makes the lashes long! It's definitely in my top 5 mascara's. I only have a small size as they were giving them out when they opened the Westfield branch. But I will definitely be repurchasing. As for the full fat lashes - this does nothing for me :(. This is probably my least favourite product from CT.



Eye products! This is a swatch of all the shiny eye things I own: 

Left to right: colour chameleon eye shadow stick in Champagne Diamonds, Eyes to mesmerise eye cream in Bette & the four shades in the dolce vita palette. 
The first is the colour chameleon eye shadow stick in champagne diamonds. This is a silvery shade with silver glitter. I own nothing like this, in any other palettes. It is beautiful. They say that this is for blue eyes.. and other colours are for other eye colours, which I kind of dislike. My eyes are brown and I really liked this. I think that anyone could use any of the colours they sell, for any eye colour.. but I guess it's a good guide for some people. It's got good staying power and it's great for a pop of colour. The best thing is, this is so so easy to use! It's also very quick, so great if you're in a rush. I will definitely be purchasing more colours. 

The eyes to mesmerise eye cream in Bette is such a lovely golden shade. Again, very easy and quick to use & best applied with your fingers. It stays on for a long time. I can insert a picture of it here.. 


It didn't pick up how gold it is in real life, but this is what it looks like all over the lid. 

The dolce vita palette. I am in love. I can't get enough of this. Here's a picture with me using the dolce vita. 


The colours are so pigmented. The only thing is I find that I need to use a lot of gold to achieve the look I want, so that's finishing quite fast - more than the other 3 shades, and again, I find the best way to get it this pigmented is to use your fingers. But, it is amazing.


My well loved magic foundation. This is my go to foundation - I use this everyday & for special occasions. For everyday, I use about half a pump all over my face. When I need more coverage, a full pump. It's pretty high coverage - which I don't feel like I need, but it stays on pretty much all day & it's so versatile.  


Urgh, I wish I did not love this. This is the ONLY moisturiser that has worked for my skin. Normally, most moisturisers tend to break me out, clog up my skin, leave me looking oily & make my make up slip off. I received this as a small sample, which I used. Throughout the day, I kept noticing how good my skin looked, but completely forgot I had used this. I finished the sample and then realised I needed this in my life. It's such a good make up base, and improves your skin with or without make up. It's such a luxurious product so it is NOT cheap. But there's a reason for that.. it's literally magic (cheesy). 


As you can see, I haven't really purchased this.. but only because the lovely lady gave me 4 sachets which I've not got through yet. Again, another skin product my skin slowly can't live without. 
It basically does everything it claims to: it lifts, smooths, brightens & tightens pores. When you put this on, it doesn't feel like a normal mask. It doesn't dry to a hard mask or tingle. It's just basically very soft, like butter all over your face. It's not like any mask I have tried before. It also smells lovely. You notice results the following day after applying this. I remember just thinking I had really good skin the day after I applied this. After this sachet is finished, CT will be taking another £45 from me for this. 

As you can tell, I am a major fan of most products. I tried to do an all in one review so this may not be as descriptive as you guys need, but if you have any questions at all, let me know & I'll be happy to answer. :) byeeee. 







31 October 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Products Review

Hello,

Many moons ago, I used to do separate outfit posts (if people wanted to know what I was wearing), however as I haven't updated I'm going to compile a list of outfits here, which people have been interested in.

I will then in future, try to do separate posts!



Grey velvet dress - Zara
Shoes - Céline 



T shirt - Brandy Melville (purchased from Topshop)
Suede trousers - Zara 
Espadrilles - Chanel 


Pink Silk Bomber - Zara 
Necklace - Chanel 
Bow ring - Pandora 


Suede coat - Zara 
Clutch - Chanel 
Trousers - Topshop (Joni jeans in that weird leatherlike material)
Shoes - Topshop 




Pink lace dress - H&M
Choker - Topshop
Ankle boots - ASOS


Grey top - H&M 
Culottes - Pretty Little Thing 
Clutch - Chanel
Shoes - Topshop 

Bye. 



19 October 2016

What I've Been Wearing!

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