The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist by Michelle Morgan; Book Review.

Whenever I hear the news that a new Marilyn book is to be released, I’m mostly filled with joy and excitement, as well as slight trepidation around the accuracy and respect given towards my favourite lady. However, if the Author is Michelle Morgan, aka in my opinion, the best Marilyn writer, I know one hundred percent that there’s truly nothing for me to worry about.

Michelle has recently released her latest book on Marilyn, which takes a refreshingly new focus beyond the image of the legend and on the actress herself. The Girl overall stays between the pivotal years 1954 to 1956 and tells the true story of Marilyn taking control of her career by breaking through the male dominated Studio Systems and proving to the world she was so much more than just a pretty face.

Thanks to Michelle and Running Press Publishers, I had the pleasure of receiving a media copy to read and review before the release date and as I expected, I was definitely far from disappointed. The introduction alone was truly memorable and it’s so refreshing to read how much Michelle herself loves and cares for Marilyn, writing with respect and sensitivity, whilst staying completely unbiased. Furthermore, she makes sure to portray the three dimensional person Marilyn was, conveying her many struggles and successes, dedicated to preserving the truth and staying far away from the gossip and sensationalism that sadly so often is unfairly connected to our Star. Plus, I love how witty the title is; any super Marilyn fan will know that The Girl is in fact Marilyn’s character name in The Seven Year Itch (1955) and writer George Axelrod actually had this to say about the unnamed lady.

“I have been asked if there is any symbolic significance in the fact that the Girl has no name. The truth of the matter is that I could never think of a name for her that seemed exactly right, that really fit the girl I had in mind. I think if I were writing the play today, I might be tempted to call the Girl Marilyn.”

Even though Marilyn lived for just 36 years, it’s undeniable the amount she achieved in such a short lifetime and for any Marilyn fan or someone who’s interested in Hollywood, Feminism or the 1950s, this book is simply a must have for your Library. I personally feel Michelle has done such a good job with accuracy and creating a detailed perspective that she could write many volumes focusing on each year of Marilyn’s life! In fact, I really hope she does.

At just over 300 pages long, this book is just right – not too long and intense and not too short and lacking detail. Even though it doesn’t document Marilyn’s full story, through focusing on these such important years, you arguably learn more about Marilyn than you would in a standard biography. However, if you’re wanting to read more and well, who could blame you, there’s always Michelle’s other books on Marilyn and I recommend them because in my opinion, they are the best – respectful, honest and sincere.

Out of Marilyn’s 30 Films, three are discussed in The Girl and those are the following; The Seven Year Itch (1955), Bus Stop (1956) and The Prince and The Showgirl (1957). Even though this is due to the specific time period documented in Marilyn’s life, I think it’s wonderful for someone who may know Marilyn only for her image and Icon Status. I say this because the three discussed throughout the book show her versatility and strength as an artist – something she continually dreamed to be known and appreciated for.

The Girl consists of a Preface, ten Chapters, an Epilogue, selected Bibliography and Source Notes, with between 30-40 beautiful photos of Marilyn featured throughout the book. The colour theme consists of red white and gold and I absolutely adore the cover photo chosen; a 1955 Marilyn wearing a Red Sweater by Milton Greene. It’s refreshing to see a different perspective of Marilyn shown yet still being undoubtedly, The Star. Plus, it’s lovely both a photo from 1955 was used and one by Milton – someone so pivotal in believing in Marilyn as a human being and helping her change the course of her Career.

Each Chapter Title conveys many important words that should continually be used to describe Marilyn, some may say I’m biased and I would never deny that. However, you cannot be biased about the truth and each of these titles contain important moments and achievements Marilyn herself made happen, through sheer strength and determination. Although beautiful and talented, she was never viewed as anything but a Blonde Bombshell, a Sex Goddess who added glamour to the Silver Screen and ultimately Marilyn had all the odds against her throughout her whole life. Yet, through The Girl, Michelle shows that even the Underdog can prove to everyone that not only was she Beautiful, she was also strong, passionate, intelligent and believed that she deserved better.

I can without a doubt say that The Girl is one of my favourite Marilyn books and definitely a staple in my Marilyn Book Collection – 167 and counting! At £19.99 this isn’t the cheapest one available, but quality and authenticity are priceless and this is something that will be treasured and kept in your library forever. Even though I’m fortunate enough to have an early Media Copy, I will of course be purchasing one for myself! You can never have enough good Marilyn books and this will have pride of place in my Marilyn book shelf, yes, she really does have her own library.

I can’t say enough good things about The Girl and Michelle herself, I’ve been fortunate enough to know this wonderful lady for quite a few years and I know that if Marilyn was here she would be honoured to have such a thoughtful and authentic writer tell her incredibly brave and progressive story. I think it’s fair to say that I know a lot about Marilyn and with Michelle’s books there’s always unique, special anecdotes and trivia that I continue to discover. Ultimately, go to amazon or your local bookstore and start reading The Girl, I can assure you any stereotypical views you may have of Marilyn will quickly vanish and you’ll be astounded and in awe of what an incredible person she really was.

The Girl is available to Pre-Order from Amazon UK and will be released on May 31st and is out in the USA now!

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Phase Zero Makeup Eyeshadow Palettes.

Today I kindly received twelve beautiful new Phase Zero Makeup Eyeshadows and a Palette to review from Love Me Beauty, with five shades being a sheer satin finish and the other seven being shimmer. After successfully launching their Liquid Lipstick collection, they have expanded their beauty brand and created a variety of shadows with a wonderful concept called B.Y.O.P – build your own palette. I think this is such a wonderful idea, as this means that you can choose your favourite colours and create a unique set that suits your style.

Each of the shadows comes in a protected plastic case and once removed from the packaging, can be firmly placed into the palette with its magnetic hold! Altogether twelve different shades can fit into your own palette and due to each one having a magnet, they can always be moved in and out, if you want to mix it up and just have a change.

For my own palette, I was sent the following shades; Coffee Cup – a rich brown, Warm Taupe – a soft taupe, Cashmere – a dusty rose, Velvet – a warm purple and Banana Beige – a sunshine gold. These five are a sheer satin finish, meaning they offer a buildable coverage, are easily blendable and have a sheen quality. The other shadows are; Nude Newbie – a mauve pink nude, Mush-a-boom – warm grey, Party Dress – a deep glittery black, Pearl – a golden pearl pink, Cocoa – a warm brown, Bright Light – a highlighting white and Snowball – a golden white. These seven colours are a shimmer finish which apply evenly and give you a buildable, blendable coverage. Phase Zero Makeup also recommend tapping off any excess product before applying the shadow to ensure an even application and less fall out.

I really appreciate the variety of shades I’ve been able to try, I usually like to use gold, white and nude shadows to create a 1950s Marilyn inspired look and a contrast with my black winged eyeliner. Therefore, it’s great to have shades I love to wear regularly, but also to be able to try more daring colours and improve on my eyeshadow skills.

If you become a member, each shadow costs just £2.90 to purchase and if not, the original retail price is £5.90. However, you can also buy bundle shadow sets with two together costing £5.00 for members and £11.80 for non-members, three shadows cost £6.99 discounted and £14.50 retail price and last but not least, six shadows can be bought together for £9.99 or £25.50 full price. Therefore, as you can see there is a huge difference regarding each price and ultimately, I think it’s a better deal to purchase a few together, instead of buying all separately.

The Phase Zero Makeup B.Y.O.P is a beautiful holographic design and features a mirror, it’s a great size, not too big and not too small – it could easily fit in your handbag for every day use. The original price costs £10.80 compared to the member price which is just £4.80 – over 50% cheaper. Also, the palette does not come with any shadows, they are all sold individually.

Furthermore, Love Me Beauty have kindly created an influencer code for me, which offers you the chance to save £5 off your first purchase. Should you choose to buy anything – the code is, “MEGAN5” and as I pride myself in honesty, I have to state, for anytime my code is used I will receive a £5 commission.

Please note, I pride myself in making sure I write honest reviews and although I was fortunate enough to be gifted these items, I was not told to say any of the following statements I have made.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Amelia at Love Me Beauty for kindly gifting me this collection and making it possible for me to review such wonderful products!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Mini Red & Pink Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle.

When Jeffree first launched the Mini Nude Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle last year, I hoped that the time would come when he would release a red volume and so in February, when the Love Sick Collection launched, so did the Red & Pink Mini Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle! As soon as I saw this absolute beauty, I knew that I had to have it in my ever expanding archive of makeup and when it arrived on Beauty Bay on Thursday, I ordered it straight away. Also, I simply have to give a huge appreciation to Beauty Bay, as if you order before 9PM they will ship your order next day for free – that is one seriously good deal.

The Mini Collection retails for £45, which might sound like a lot but considering each Velour Liquid Lipstick is £16 by itself, it’s a pretty great bargain. Jeffree Star Cosmetics have simply outdone themselves with the Love Sick Collection, the packaging is an absolute dream, it looks extremely luxurious and should definitely be displayed on your dressing table. The collection comes with eight of Jeffree’s most popular red and pink shades, with each one being vegan and cruelty free. Out of all eight shades in the box, I only have one – Doll Parts, which is a gorgeous mauve pink tone and definitely one of my favourites to wear. Plus, with four of the shades being on my to buy list, I’m extremely happy to have purchased this set and I can see which ones I would buy in their full size.

The other seven shades in the bundle are as follows, Calabasas, Wifey, Watermelon Soda, Anna Nicole, Prom Night, Redrum and Unicorn Blood. I think if you’re a lover of wearing pink and red lipsticks, then of course, this is most definitely a must have purchase. There is such a variety of hues and tones in this collection, from warm shades – Watermelon Soda and Anna Nicole, to blue shades – Wifey, Redrum, Unicorn Blood, Prom Night and mauve shades – Doll Parts and Calabasas.

Jeffree’s liquid lipsticks are known to be very long lasting and extremely high quality, one of the best formulas in the beauty world. He’s always pushing the boundaries with creating new shades, coming out with unique product ideas and I really do love the concept of the mini collection. Not only is it wonderful to have so many lipsticks for such a good price, but they’re the perfect travel size products to take with you wherever you go. Plus, with such a variety of products,  it’s wonderful to be able to try a shade you may not have necessarily bought separately.

If I had to choose my favourite shade from the collection it would be Redrum, this bold classic red has been one of the colours I’ve been dreaming of purchasing as soon as I discovered it. I know it’s one of Jeffree’s most popular reds and it was simply the first one I had to try! I’ve also photographed myself wearing the colour,  Unicorn Blood and I just love the tone – a cool dark burgundy red. All of Jeffree’s lipsticks dry down to a matte format, but don’t feel uncomfortable, they still keep your lips feeling moisturized. With eight shades in the collection, I’ve now tried seven and can genuinely say I love all of them and now have a new lipstick to wear for each day of the week.

I can’t wait to see what Jeffree Star Cosmetics release next, I wonder what will be the third bundle set, maybe metallics, purples or even rainbow shades? Either way, I’m so excited to find out!

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Phase Zero Makeup.

As a huge lover of Makeup, I really love discovering new Brands and trying out different products, although, which Beauty Blogger doesn’t!? Therefore, I was extremely happy when Ruth from Love Me Beauty contacted me asking if I would like to review some cosmetics by Phase Zero Makeup – a recently launched company.

Phase Zero Makeup launched their first line of lip products on February 2nd in collaboration with Love Me Beauty – all of the shades are available on their website for retail and factory price! Which means, if you join the website to become a member, instead of paying the retail amount of £12.00 per item, you’d pay the factory price of £3.50. Basically, you could purchase three products and still be under the full price of one – now that’s what I call a major deal! With the retail price being £12.00, the Brand is in the mid price range and after reviewing their items I would say it’s very high quality and worthy of it’s price.

Love Me Beauty kindly sent me the whole first lip collection from Phase Zero Makeup which includes the following; four liquid lipsticks, two lip toppers and three lip glosses. The liquid lipstick shades are; Classic Red – a bold vibrant blue toned red, Gingerbread – a rusty reddish brown and Chai Latte – a warm nude. The lip topper shades are; Holo-lip – an icy baby pink and Prosecco Kiss – a gorgeous rose gold. Lastly, the lip gloss shades are; Dark Burgundy – a vampy dark purple, Pink Suede – a romantic rosy tint and Postbox Red – a screen siren scarlet. I’ve linked all the products that are available on Love Me Beauty and I’ve noticed that the shades look slightly different compared to real life. However, I actually think the colours look much nicer in reality!

There are so many wonderful things I can say about this collection, with the variety of shades being a great start. It’s so refreshing to have so many different colours to choose from, pinks, nudes, purples and reds, meaning you can have the option to create so many different looks. I also really appreciate that a variety of formulas are offered – although I’m primarily a lipstick wearer, it’s nice to be able to wear the toppers and glosses also!

Of course, as a red lipstick lover, the one I was drawn to straight away was Classic Red and this is the shade I’m wearing in my post. Did I have fairly high hopes? Well yes, it’s nice to be positive! However, I was absolutely blown away by the lipstick! Not only did it smell simply gorgeous, but it pretty much lasted all day – almost just as well as Rihanna’s Stunna Lip Paint which I reviewed in my last post. The only flaw I have and in all honesty it’s not a fault, more a preference, is I’d have liked the shade to be even more blue toned – the cooler the better in my opinion.

I really enjoy the overall packaging, I love the white top and clear container, it contrasts so well with the bold Phase Zero logo. Plus, I really like when you can see the shade of the lipstick, it almost becomes a part of the packaging itself! Also, the silver and black cardboard metallic boxes are super chic and make the product feel even more luxurious. The wand isn’t uniquely different to any others I’ve seen, but if it’s not broke – there’s really no need to change it.

Please note, I pride myself in making sure I write honest reviews and although I was fortunate enough to be gifted these items, I was not told to say any of the following statements I have made.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Ruth at Love Me Beauty for kindly gifting me this collection and introducing me to an amazing new Makeup Brand!

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Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored.

There’s one Makeup Brand that without a doubt shook the beauty universe last year and it was Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. Named after the lady herself, Rihanna strove to create her own cosmetic line that was suitable for everyone and in her own words – beauty for all. Whether you’re a fan or Rihanna or not, you definitely can’t deny the amazing reception her makeup has created and the hugely important awareness she has shown in providing for everyone.

If you’re in the UK like myself, you’ll be able to purchase Fenty Beauty from Harvey Nichols – a classy store for a classy brand! Although I had been drooling over the amazing products created by Fenty Beauty for a few months, it wasn’t until the Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored was released that I discovered the one item I simply had to have in my collection. This lipstick has been described as the, “perfect universal red” meaning that it is suitable for all shades and skin tones and it most definitely does not disappoint! As someone who wears red lipstick 99% of the time, I really love this concept and I find it really impressive that Fenty Beauty could create a true red for all. We’re often advised in the beauty world that fair skin pulls off blue toned reds and darker skins suit orange warm toned reds. Therefore, it’s great to see that you don’t have to follow the unwritten rules of beauty and that there’s one red for all.

The first thing I noticed about the product, was the size – I was extremely pleased to see that not only was it such beautiful quality, the quantity was incredible too! For £19 – which is definitely not the cheapest lipstick out there, but to be fair, it’s also far from the most expensive – you really do get a huge amount of product for your money’s worth. In all honesty I was pleasantly surprised that the lip paint wasn’t more expensive, as often with big name brands you end up paying more money simply because of that. Ultimately, it was refreshing to see you’re mostly paying for the quality of the product. Plus, a little product goes a long way, the lipstick needs just one application and you’re ready to roll.

After wearing this lipstick a number of times since I got it for Christmas, I’ve also noticed it has incredibly longevity. Often when lipsticks are described as 12+ hour wear and long lasting, it usually isn’t the case. However, the Stunna Lip Paint lasts pretty damn well all day long! Is it 100% perfect? Well, no – as no matter what any brand says – no lipstick can look perfect all day long however, if there’s one that comes pretty close – it’s Uncensored.

Furthermore, if the quality of the product wasn’t enough to convince you just how good this lipstick is, the packaging should definitely do the trick! The bottle is so bold and chic, I can’t think of another that stands out like this, it truly is a statement piece and should have pride of place on every beauty table. I also love the unique shape of the wand, as someone who has many liquid lipsticks, I don’t think I’ve seen one like this before.

Ultimately, if you’re a red lipstick lover, this is the red lipstick for you – thank you Rihanna!

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Lana Del Rey Lust For Life Box Set.

As many of you may know by now, my interests are definitely stuck with the movies and music from the Bygone Era of Classic Hollywood, however, Lana Del Rey is one of my few modern musical exceptions. I’m sure that’s not surprising to anyone who regularly reads my little Blog, as Lana is without doubt inspired by Old Hollywood and seems to be an Old Soul too. If you’re a Lana fan also, then you’re probably aware that with each album she releases, she offers a limited edition collectible box set to purchase from her website. Therefore, with Lust For Life being released in the Summer of 2017, along came the CD Box Set.

I will admit, I did order this as soon as I was aware it had became available and after multiple delays, it finally arrived in December. Yes, the delay was slightly frustrating, but I was kept updated with the changes and I already had the album so was happy to wait. I’m fortunate enough to have the Honeymoon Box Set too, which is no longer available – but if you’re interested I’ve linked that previous post too.

At £39.99, it’s not the cheapest item out there, but if you’re a super Lana fan like myself, it’s most definitely worth adding to your collection. The pieces in the box set are created in the same style as the Honeymoon release and feature a CD album, artworked box, photo album book and thirteen postcards. For some reason the website states you receive four lithograph prints but, as stated previously, that is no longer the case. The quality of all products in the box set is absolutely beautiful and in my opinion, worthy of every penny!

I truly love how each album Lana produces has it’s own aesthetic and different feel and era, she’s an absolute music genius and I adore her. I was extremely fortunate enough to see her live in August last year and she most definitely did not disappoint. Not only is she extremely talented, she’s such a unique presence and has had a huge impact in the world of Music. More importantly, she genuinely seems like a beautiful person inside and out, an artist that cares about her fans.

If I had to choose my three favourite songs on Lust For Life, it would be the following; Tomorrow Never Came, Cherry and White Mustang. I could listen to these three on repeat for many hours and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard them hundreds of times since the release and still, I can’t get enough of them, so thank you Lana!

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Kat Von D Beauty Alchemist Holographic Palette.

If there’s a Highlighter worthy of the term, “love at first sight” it’s most definitely Kat Von D’s Alchemist Holographic Palette. I think it’s fair to say that highlighting has without a doubt become a huge phenomena in the world of beauty and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t fallen for the hype. Maybe it’s the ability to turn yourself into a human unicorn, or it could just be the predominant love of glitter and glowing – either way, it seems to be a trend that’s around to stay.

Since Kat Von D launched her Beauty Range a few years ago, I’ve always admired the quality of the products and heard wonderful things about them. Therefore, since the cosmetics have landed quite recently in the UK, I’ve built up a small but fairly substantial mini collection of products.

I first came across this gorgeous palette when watching one of my favourite YouTubers, Pin-up Doll Ashley Marie using it often in her tutorial videos. I already knew I loved the Brand and I thought to myself, if it has Ashley’s approval – then it’s most definitely something to purchase!

At £25, this palette is most definitely in the pricier range of Highlighters and unless you’re super into makeup – maybe it’s not for you. Of course, there are some amazingly priced, great quality highlighters available that are a hell of a lot cheaper to purchase!

The packaging is simply stunning and truly like no other highlighting palette I have in my collection, it’s so eye catching and I absolutely adore it. What did shock me at first is the size of the product, it is most definitely a lot smaller than I expected it to be, which was slightly disappointing considering the price. However, the smaller size does mean it’s easier to take out with you and place it in smaller spaces.

The Alchemist Holographic Palette comes with four opalescent shades, Green (Emerald), Ultra-Violet (Amethyst), Blue (Saphyre) and Pink (Opal). Each of the colours are extremely pigmented and a little most definitely goes a long way, but if you like a blinding highlight then you’ve definitely found the perfect product for you! Furthermore, the description states that you can apply the shades over eye shadow, blusher and lip products, proving the product is all about creativity and expressing yourself.

Furthermore, what I really love about the palette is the unique shades of each highlight. Although when you first look at them, they seem pretty similar in colour, once applied – each one truly becomes the description it advertises. I’ve been wearing this palette in my everyday makeup routine since receiving it for Christmas and I can honestly say I doubt that will change anytime soon. The Alchemist Holographic Palette is simply a dream for makeup lovers like myself and I really can’t wait to see what Kat Von D brings out next!

If I had to choose my favourite shade from the whole palette I think it would be between Amethyst and Opal, I feel the lilac and pink shades suit my skin the best, due to the cool tones. I would love for Kat to bring out a second Alchemist Highlighting Palette, I think the shades produced are so unique and it’s such a wonderful concept. The shades I am wearing today are a mixture of Amethyst and Opal on my cheeks and I applied Emerald in the inner corners of my eyes. As I noted previously, this palette is very pigmented and even though I love a blinding highlight, I actually ended up toning down the product applied to my cheeks – because it was that intense! 

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Ciaté London Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick in Hollywood.

As soon as I discovered the Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick, thanks to Jeffree Star reviewing it on his YouTube Channel, I knew that I simply had to try this beauty out for myself. However, due to the extreme popularity of this product, I sadly discovered that it was not in stock and waited to be notified on it’s arrival. Thankfully, after a few weeks Ciaté London sent me a notification of availability and I ordered my dream shade, Hollywood – Red.

At £17, this liquid lipstick isn’t the cheapest one out there, although, it’s no ordinary lipstick – it’s literally filled with glitter and spoiler alert – extremely amazing! Therefore, it’s without doubt worth the money and as far as I’m aware, the only product of it’s kind out there. Also, you do have to pay a small amount for postage, but when signing up you are given a 10% discount code so that’s definitely worth using.

I will admit, my hopes were very much heightened after watching Jeffree review all seven shades available, they all looked so beautiful and of the best quality. Ultimately, as soon as my Glitter Flip product arrived, I knew I was going to be far from disappointed! As I’ve said many times, red is my signature colour to wear and if I can find a blue toned shade that looks like Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers – I know I’ve found something special. Hollywood is without doubt worthy of the name and makes you feel like you’ve just stepped into a 1950s Technicolor Movie. Also, the packaging is just stunning, with the box matching the colour of the lipstick shade and the top being a bold glittering silver – so unique and eye catching!

The only thing I was slightly apprehensive about was ironically enough, the glitter itself! I was concerned about it feeling uncomfortable and the possibility of it not lasting very well.  However, my fears were simply a waste of time, not only is the pigment incredibly bold, the product dries down very quickly and it just feels like a normal liquid lipstick. I don’t know about the other shades, but Hollywood – Red is so bold that even after I’ve removed my lipstick – the stain is still noticeable the next day!

Furthermore, once the lipstick has dried within a matter of minutes, you simply press your lips together and in doing this bring out the gorgeous 3D glitter! Although in all honesty, the glitter is very prominent and you will be sparkling all day long.

Ultimately, I absolutely love this product, I’ve been wearing it non stop all week and I hope to add more shades to my collection very soon! I cannot recommend the Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick enough, it’s truly one of a kind and incredibly innovative and beautiful.

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Dolly and Dotty Fashion.

Whenever I see photos of Old Hollywood Stars, I’m always reminded of one thing in particular, how truly timeless they are. So many of the images look like they could have been captured within this century and with vintage inspired dresses being readily available from modern stores, it just goes to show that the fashion from the 1940s and 1950s have never gone out of style.

Another Retro Style Fashion Brand I recently discovered is the simply gorgeous, Dolly and Dotty! Their beautiful fashions range from UK sizes 6 – 24, offering a huge variety for many customers. What I absolutely love about this Brand is that each style of dress has a different name, with many colours and patterns on offer. Therefore, if you have a favourite choice, you can simply click on that specific name and look at all the different versions available. However, with all of the products being so stunning, it’s no easy task choosing just one favourite dress, but, that’s definitely not a bad thing!

Ultimately, I finally narrowed my top picks down to three different styles and names; Annie, Natalie and Katherine. I wanted to select three significantly different dresses that simply had one thing in common – Vintage Style!

The Annie Retro Lace Floral Swing Dress I chose was the gorgeous combination of Pink and Grey. As soon as I saw this beauty, which is currently in the newly released section, I knew that I had to add it to my wardrobe. I think the colours together create a beautiful mix and are perfect for the Christmas Winter Season! I can’t even emphasize how intricate and awe inspiring the detail on the dress is, it definitely exudes Flapper Vibes and makes me feel like I would fit perfectly in a Speakeasy Bar! My favourite style of dress to wear is most definitely a swing style, as not only does it fit beautifully, it’s comfy too and no one can deny that’s not a must have!

The Natalie Retro Floral Swing Flamingo Story Dress, is quite possibly one of the best things I have seen in a long while. Not only is it a beautiful Peppermint Green, which is one of my best loved colours to wear but, it features multiple Flamingos, with the pink shade complimenting the green wonderfully. This item is amazingly in the sale section at the moment and the only reason I can assume why is because people may possibly be intimidated by the shade, which is such a shame as it’s absolutely stunning! The sweetheart neckline is another one of my favourite styles, as it’s so classically vintage and truly flattering for everyone. I’ve said it before and as we know I’m about to say it again, the little details are to me, the best part of clothes and the gathered bust and button detail is just perfection.

Last but not least in my wonderful trio of dresses is the Katherine Long Sleeve 50’s Swing Dress, which I chose in the Black/Pink/Gold Floral shade. With the Winter very much here, I really thought a long sleeved style would be most definitely appropriate and the added bonus of not needing a cardigan was also a plus too! The gorgeous pattern is so reminiscent of the Classic Hollywood Era and I feel is very transitional from both day to night. I’m all about accentuating the waist and the Katherine dress comes with a belt attached, which can be fastened either at the front or the back. Furthermore, when a dress has hidden secret pockets, you know that it’s most definitely a keeper!

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Lastly, a huge thank you to Polly from Dolly and Dotty for making this collaboration possible, I honestly can’t recommend them enough. Their clothes are such high quality and truly pieces of art, they make a modern girl feel very much like her true vintage self!

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Amazing Cosmetics Illuminate Primer & Highlighter in Rose.

For someone who loves Makeup as much as I do, it’s shocking to admit that I’ve never actually used a Primer before! I’ve heard wonderful things about them and I know many beauty lovers will not apply their foundation without using one, therefore, when I was informed about Amazing Cosmetics Illuminate Primer & Highlighter – I knew that I had to see what the hype was about.

This gorgeous Primer is available in three different shades; Rose, Glow and Bronze – with each one offering a slight variation. I decided to go for the Rose shade, as I thought the Bronze would be too dark for my skin tone and the glow could be too shiny and ultimately I think I made the right decision! The Rose Primer aims to create soft highlights and a natural radiance in a sheer, rosy hue – with the product also being a rose gold colour.

The packaging also varies for each shade and I may be slightly biased, but I do have to say the Rose shade is simply gorgeous! It’s a beautiful vibrant pink and if you’re a girly girl, it will definitely fit with your think pink aesthetic. Furthermore, the product itself is a really good size and as only a small amount is needed when applying, it will definitely last you a good amount of time.

The great thing about this Primer is there are multiple ways in which you can wear it! For example, if you’re after a natural look, you can simply apply the product on it’s own for a subtle shimmering glow, or you can wear it under the base of your face makeup to help it last longer. Also, if you want to create an extra amount of highlight, you can  apply it to your cheekbones after finishing your makeup. In doing this I found the product created a warm rosy tint on my cheeks, great for adding a sheen of colour! 

As with all of my posts, I do feel that honesty and authenticity is key and as much as I love the packaging and adding priming to my makeup routine – I do feel that the price is quite expensive. At £28.99, this is definitely within the higher end range of products and although I really like it, I can’t help but thinking there could be other primers that are cheaper and just as good quality too. However, until I venture out to trying one – I will be continuing to use this one and see how it improves the longevity of my makeup. Ultimately, I’m happy to pay for a product if it’s long lasting and great quality, it often works out better then continuously buying lower quality products that may not last all too well.

However, back to the positives! I have been kindly given a 25% discount code for you all, so if you’re interested in trying out any products, make sure to use, MEGAN25 which is active for a whole month! I don’t make any commission on the use of this code, it’s simply something I was kindly given to share with you all.

Please note, I pride myself in making sure I write honest reviews and although I was fortunate enough to be gifted these items, I was not told to say any of the following statements I have made.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Sophie, Natalie Roche and of course, Amazing Cosmetics for introducing me to a beautiful new Brand! I truly look forward to trying other products in the future!

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