The Stylinguist

UK fashion, lifestyle, travel and beauty blog written by Katie.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Daily Spring Makeup



A little 'what's in my makeup bag' post today! I love reading these types of post, mainly because I'm a nosey Nora, so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm always changing my makeup and there aren't actually many products I repurchase, but some of these are my absolute staples along with some newbies for the spring. 

bareMinerals foundation, mineral veil and warmth

I've never found my perfect foundation, so tend to hop from one to another quite a lot. I like a light to medium coverage, nothing to cakey, but it needs to hide blemishes and an oily T-zone. I know right, not an easy task! At the moment I'm using bareMinerals original foundation in fair. So far, I'm a fan of the natural, airbrushed finish it gives and it works well with both my dry and oily areas. The shade is looking a little pale on me now that summer is here (hello freckles) and it isn't the best at covering blemishes. That said, I'm pretty happy with the finish and used alongside their Prime Time primer, it buffs on to the skin nicely. 

The mineral veil is a dream. It's a lovely light, radiant setting powder and you only need a little dusting of it as a little goes a long way. The warmth powder looked a little dark to me. My first thoughts were, "well that's terrifying" but with a light hand and plenty of buffing, it gives a nice sunkissed glow to the face. I tend to use across my cheekbones, forehead and chin. 

Seventeen blusher

Where would I be without this beauty! I've bought so many blushers over the years and nothing has topped my Seventeen blush. It disappeared from stores a while ago/I could never seem to get hold of it, but these are now available online for the rather splendid price of £2.99. Absolute bargain if you ask me. I use the shade 'China Pink' which is beautiful bright pink. Despite its high pigmentation, it's easily blendable and doesn't look too crazy bright on the skin. It's also perfect if you have a pale complexion like little old me. 

MAC eyeshadow in Blanc Type

My daytime makeup is pretty toned down, mainly because I can't be bothered at 7am! This MAC eyeshadow is a lovely, light neutral perfect for brightening up the eyes and smoothing over any discolourations. It's fairly matte and stays on for most of the day, so definitely worth the £13 price tag.



Benefit Roller Lash and Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof mascara

I didn't get on well with the Benefit They're Real mascara and was worried the same would happen for Roller Lash too. Thankfully it happens to be AMAZING and is now my daily staple. It gives really good volume and shape to eyelashes whilst feeling super light, and it stays on for the whole day. So much love.

Max Factor False Lash Effect is my go-to mascara when I'm in danger of serious panda eyes e.g. if I'm going to the gym that day, on holiday or if it's chucking it down with rain (so most days, right!) MaxFactor really got it right with this one, it gives plenty of volume and thickness, and has serious staying power. 

Maybelline Brow Drama 

I use this alongside a powder product normally, but I'm having a hard time finding one that I like! I'm tempted to try some brow gel formulas instead. This brow mascara is so quick and effortless, which is probably why I love it so much. I use the dark brown version which adds a bit of colour and definition whilst keeping my eyebrows in place all day - no stragglers for me!

Sleek lipsticks

If I'm going to throw some lippy on, chances are it'll be one of the Sleek VIP lipsticks in Private Booth (a lovely, natural nude-pink) or Backstage (not pictured) if I want a brighter lip. I love the colours, the matte finish and the price! I usually swipe some Burt's Bees on before and throughout the day too just to add a bit of moisture. 

Eyeliner

I switch up my eye makeup daily depending on my mood. Sometimes it's just mascara, other times I define my waterline with kohl eyeliner - I'm using Rimmel's Scandal Eyes kohl eyeliner at the moment. I'm quite a fan of this one as it's waterproof and I don't need to reapply much throughout the day. I occasionally dabble with liquid eyeliner and love the Eyko Skinny Liquid eyeliner - it's SO precise and so easy to use that even I can apply it. I got mine from ASOS last month and highly recommend it if you struggle with liquid liner.

So, that's my face in a nutshell! I actually didn't realise how much I have - and this is only the stuff I use. (Anyone else guilty of having two other makeup bags full of unused products?!) I'm always on the lookout for new things to try, especially brow products so let me know if you have any recommendations.

Katie x
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Friday, 20 May 2016

Dungaree Days



Someone bring back the sun! I feel like we were teased with a week of hot weather only for it to go back to coat and jacket weather - I'm not okay with that. On the plus side, I've finally found the perfect pair of dungarees after months of searching. Being long legged (but not quite tall enough for the 'tall' section), it's been hard to find some that come up high enough but this cropped denim pair are perfection. They have some cute fraying round the ankles and SO MANY POCKETS. I may never need to carry a bag again!
New Look top | New Look dungarees | Ray Ban aviators

I've also fallen in love with these 'cold shoulder' style tops and definitely plan on buying some more for the summer as I'm a big advocate of the casual lazy-day tee, although I'm on the hunt for some dressy cami style ones too. On a side note, I absolutely loved the location we found for these outfit pics. It was hayfever HELL (thank God for the sunglasses hiding my red eyes!) but made a nice change. I might venture back here this weekend - I don't know about you but I've had the busiest of weeks and desperately need some down time!

Katie x


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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Varsity Life


Another weekend gone! I swear they speed by when it's nearly summer. I decided to mix things up a bit and try some new locations for blog photos. Living in a flat in town means I don't have many options for backdrops and I'm so bored of taking them by the hedge near our flat! We ventured out today and found an empty skatepark so had some fun taking some outfit pics there.



I've been on the hunt for a bomber jacket for ages, but being as picky as I am, I couldn't find one that I liked. I wanted one that was a little bit longer, something cotton/jersey based and a casual style (not too much to ask for, right?!) I finally found my perfect bomber jacket on ASOS - it is from the tall section so the arms are super long but I can live with that!


I'm a casual girl at heart so this bomber jacket is a welcome addition to my summer wardrobe. I do love monochrome but I really need to stop buying black! And, because no outfit shoot is complete without an outtake...that last pic is me getting off those ramps. Which is harder than it looks! Sliding down is pretty much the only (fun) option. 

Katie x

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Summer Lovin'



ASOS top | ASOS shorts | New Look sandals. 

Oh my word, the legs are out! Didn't quite realise how pale I am until I uploaded these photos - eek. I'm loving this summer weather and really hope it lasts, mainly so I can tan those pale little legs of mine. I realised last week I had a complete shortage of shorts (no pun intended) and decided an ASOS haul would solve that problem. I ordered several pairs of denim shorts - a staple in my summer wardrobe. I love the cut of these denim shorts, they have a really nice curved raw edge hem and I'm a fan of the mid wash colour.



As well as some shorts, I also ordered some summery tops including this swing style tee (because let's face it, I can't resist some stripes). I'm loving the burgundy neckline and I'm a sucker for a comfy, slouchy tee. Fingers crossed this weather sticks around!

Katie x
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A Khaki Affair



H&M khaki jacket | H&M top | Topshop Leigh jeans | New Balance 410s.

Oh to be back in the woods again. I love being away from the hustle and bustle, don't you? I'm definitely a country bumpkin at heart. I went to Center Parcs with my family a couple of weekends ago and as you can probably tell from my face and awkward poses, it was a bit chilly! I kind of wish it had been as sunny and warm as it is at the moment, although I still managed to get my ankles out and wear my new jacket which I am loving for spring so had to share it with you guys. I had been looking for a khaki jacket for ages and finally found the perfect, slightly oversized style in H&M. 

I nearly went for a lightweight parka but couldn't resist this cargo/utility style and it's the perfect material for that spring/summer transition. I've rolled up the sleeves for a casual look and paired it with my new H&M 'Nostalgia' slogan tee, which I wish I'd taken a better photo of! I was too cold/too excited running around Center Parcs like a little kid. (Secret - it still happens to be one of my favourite places ever).


I mean, look at those views. Someone take me back?

Katie x
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