Fashion // The White Shirt Edit





Shirt: George at Asda, Skirt: Topshop, Boots: Primark, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Ring: Pandora 

There is no better staple item in your wardrobe than a white shirt, it is the perfect piece to style for any occasion and will literally go with anything. Great if you are needing an outfit to get you through day to night! 

For me it doesn't really matter if you spend an absolute fortune, buy one from the high street or even rock your boyfriends white shirt. They are timeless pieces and any style, size and price of shirt does not change how beautiful it is. Mine is only from George at Asda and I am obsessed with it and have worn it so many different ways. I prefer how it is a looser linen style fabric so you can layer it up and will also see me through until Spring. 

I was feeling a more girlier dressier day, so went for dressing up the androgynous shirt tucked into a cute little black skirt and a pair of chunky ankle boots - I just love how you can swap the ankle boots to a pair of heels, put on some red lippy and you are ready for a night out. 

I decided to go for the more formal, work wear look with my white shirt, I love the way the mix of the androgynous from the shirt and the girly short flirty black skirt and chunky ankle boots work well together. (p.s. the creases are from where I was sat - I do iron, promise!) I have to admit, it did fee like I was throwing it back in time and getting ready for school. 

Alice xxx



Beauty // L'Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation



After seeing countless adverts from fellow bloggers, a few celebrities pop up all over my social media advertising the new Infallible Total Cover Foundation from L'Oreal Paris, I knew I had to get my hands on it straight away to try it out. 

I couldn't wait for the weekend to come, so a trip to my local supermarket at 8pm at night in my pj's in the hope to pick the foundation up is acceptable right?

I'm already a huge fan of the Infallible range and my all time favourite foundations are the fuller coverage and matte base so this Total Cover Foundation was something that I desperately needed to try and put to the test. 

My very first impressions were fairly positive, the consistency is pretty thick but is so smooth and velvety making it blend beautifully on the skin. I am not sure I have ever had a foundation like it. Going against beauty rules (sorry, you can slap me on my wrists) I applied it with the tips of my fingers as I wanted to get a real feel of how it applied and felt on my skin. For future applications, I believe that it would work so much better with a damp beauty blender.

On the first application I am not so sure it lives up to the expectations of the adverts where it completely covers up dark circles, breakouts and tattoos ... but it is exceptionally good, I have quite bad skin, a lot of imperfections and breakouts, however, I didn't need to apply much concealer afterwards which is a plus. It was the perfect matte base which is something I prefer to have with a foundation and the rest of my products applied so well. 

Now, it says that it lasts up to 24 hours, it would be interesting to actually put that to the test but 12 hours later the foundation was pretty darn good and I wouldn't be thinking I needed to reapply it if I was venturing back out. Looking closely you could see that it had sunk in to my pores and these were fairly visible but who gets that close to your face anyway?

I've got to say that it could pip the post to become my favourite drugstore foundation yet! Somehow L'Oreal always manage to pull it out of the bag and create some fab products at affordable prices. If you have combination to oily skin and suffer with darkness, redness and imperfections then this is the foundation for you.

 Have you tried this foundation yet?

Alice xxx

Fashion // Style Overhaul


Jumper: Topshop, Skirt: River Island, Trainers: Converse, Coat: New Look, Bag: Primark

This weekend I feel that my style has really shifted, I have felt so much braver and happier to mix up my outfits and pair items together that I wouldn't normally feel comfortable in.

For a while now I have been wanting to wear an oversized jumper with my leather skirt but for some reason could never find the right style to make it work. However, this gorgeous two toned grey speckled jumper from Topshop works a treat, I have fallen in love with the frills around the shoulders, it is so delicate and adds that girly touch to what is quite an androgynous oversized jumper.  

Alice xxx



 

Lifestyle // Escape to the Countryside

 

Hat: New Look, Scarf: Primark, Coat: Pull & Bear


Has it seriously taken me 23, well 24 years to truly appreciate living in the countryside?! Also how am I almost 24? Now I feel like I have to act like a grown up and have no excuse for anything anymore.

The past couple of weeks, I have been  fairly quiet on the social media front, it wasn't intentional let me add that! I was on a role with blogging, for the three years of having Little Talks I have never felt so inspired and excited about creating posts, then work got extremely busy and well took over my life! With work getting busy, my health deteriorated a little and well it was no party but I do not want sympathy at all, I am not writing it for that!

I wont blab on about it, but I have had quite bad symptoms for IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) and I have decided that instead of just taking medication to solve or well prevent it for a while I want to look a little more in depth and work out a healthier lifestyle where it can be put on the back burner. So if there are any bloggers out there that go into more information about IBS then please let me know.

It wasn't until a trip to the countryside which is what a five minute drive from my house that I felt I had just escaped everything and I could finally get my head back into blogging - and yes I really did have a light bulb moment - how cliche!!

Sorry for my absence but I am well and truly back!!

Alice xxx

Beauty // Maybelline Setting Spray


For some time I have been wanting to get my hands on a make up fixing spray and see what all the hype is about, how well can a bit of mist keep your make up on throughout the day? 

Unfortunately the only fixing sprays that were regularly available were from the high end beauty and make up brands which would inevitably break the bank and is all that money really worth spending if you are not 100% certain it will work?! 

Recently, I have started noticing the drugstore brands stocking the fixing sprays, I was a little skeptical at first, but at a fraction of the price it was worth testing out and let me say I really did put this product to the test more so than I have ever tested a product before.

I bought the Maybelline Superstay 24h Setting Spray, purely down to the fact that it was on offer in Boots and I could pick up another product at half price. At just £6.99 if it doesn't work then you haven't broken the bank. On first impressions I wasn't exactly won over, like all sprays I gave the bottle a little shake before spraying at arms length all over the face, however once dried it left white blotches all over the surface of my face which proved very difficult to remove. 

However, I was determined to give it a few more chances and well it has got a little higher in my expectations. The white patches have become pretty much non existent and the make up stays put all day, however I definitely wouldn't say for 24 hours anyway. But what impresses me the most about this fixing spray is that my make up stays put when I have been swimming which we all know is quite a statement to make!! 

Overall I am fairly impressed with this product and at just £6.99 you cannot really fault it. It has definitely opened up my eyes to be a little less judgemental and to try out other products on the market, I may even spend a little more on them! 

Have you tried a setting spray before?

Alice xxx