London Fashion Weekend; featuring Christopher Raeburn, Very Exclusive and more.

So yesterday I attended the London Fashion Weekend which was really amazing. There were so many amazing brands there as well as so many amazing people in fashion. So if you love all things fashion and make up…keep reading.

This year, London Fashion Weekend had a brand new venue in the heart of Chelsea,  the Saatchi galley, a truely beautiful location for this event. The way the gallery is laid is that it has different rooms on different floors in which various of pop up shops were located. Now a lot of these brands were designer or high end brands; although some amazing discounts were on meaning that if you were looking for a bargain you definately were getting one! Just to name a few there was an armani exchange stand, Vivienne Westwood, Chloe, Celine, Jimmy Choo, Gucci as well as so many more. I really did spot some amazing piece and accessories.

 There was also a room solely dedicated to accesories and jewellery which featured some amazing brands such as Love Bullets, Alice Eden, Frends Headphones, Leanne Claxton Scarfs, Wolf and Moon and lots more. I actually bought a love bullet from their new range of expression jewellery. It was this beautiful green crystal pendant meaning love and expression.

 The best part of the day overall was 100% the catwalk shows. The first one I saw was the designer catwalk which was Christopher Raeburns A/W range which was absolutely incredible. Christopher Raeburn’s whole brand is inspired by sustainable fashion and recycled materials, which realisitically sounds kind of dull, however I never thought that sustainable fashion could look this creative, stylish and sexy. Raeburn’s A/W collection was inspired by the sea and the sustainable living near the ocean. This is where a lot of the patterns and colours of the collection came from as well as the materials and fabrics used. Outerwear was certainly Raeburn’s strength and for AW15 he has really played with grey woolen overcoats, trims of electric orange faux fur, quilted jackets equipped with oversized hoods, and fishermans parkers covered with tiny shark prints. The colours of this collection included extreme bright oranges, rusts, grey, blues and navys. I think some of my favourite pieces were the navy bubble jumper, the grey woolen coat with orange fur lining and the metallic silver shark print backpack…definately one for my list!

 I was lucky enough to actually meet Christoper after the show, by entire luck and chance and got to tell him how much I appreciated his image, ethos and designs. He was incredibly greatful and such a lovely gentlemen, it really does seem obvious at to why he recieved the GQ men’s breakthrough designer of the year award! (Congratulations Christopher) I even got a sneaky picture as he called it, even better with his designs as the backdrop!

The second catwalk I saw was the  trends show which really was inspirational and gave me a lot of ideas with regards to my own style this season. The show was sponsored by and featured clothing from very exclusive.com which is a new website full of the best brands clothing and accessories. The show was split into four sections, Into the Wild showing animal prints, Shades of Marsala showing shades of red, burgundy, rusts, plums etc, Super Retro showing that whole 70’s trend that just isn’t going anywhere yet and finally Punk showing a lot of leather! All of the looks were incredible, complete with outwear, shoes, bags and accesories. I loved a lot of different pieces in the collections but I have to say my favourite section was shades of marsala, the burgundy/plum shades just are so intriguing to me and you will definately be seeing a lot of these shades in my wardrobe. In particlar I fell in love with a pair of metallic plum and gold shaded harem pants and a beautiful burgundy vivienne westwood bag. (Let’s hope my boyfriend gets my hints)

Overall I had an incredible day and found a lot of inspiration from London Fashion Weekend and cannot wait to visit more events like this in the future.


Get That Scary Style; Halloween Looks!

With Halloween approaching in just a few days time, I thought this would be the perfect time to create some asy and last minute halloween make up looks complete with outfits and make up.

Now us girls always want to have fun and of course that means dressing up for halloween, but unfortunately long gone are the times when we can cover ourselves with a sheet and call ourselves a ghost. Now that’s not gonna catch the boys eye is it?

Fortunately for you, I’ve put together some sassy, stylish yet still halloween themed outfits perfect for your halloween night out! Let’s get ghostly!

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Look 1;

This first outfit is of course a cat; a typical girl halloween outfit! But I can assure you no other cat in that room while look as stylish as you! This ‘catsuit’ with the mesh and low cut neckline is set to make heads turn all on it’s own, when paired with these gorgeous fur earrings which add to the cat theme perfectly as well as causing extra interest into the outfit. The PVC trench coat will also add extra warmth to the outfit as well as another texture and links to the stereotypical leather catsuit for halloween, in another light. Of course the face lace adds some extra mystery to the outfit and the cat ears…I mean derr…a cat outfit wouldn’t be complete without them.

Catsuit – Missguided.com    Earrings, Coat, Cat ears – New Look   FaceLace- Rosegal

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Look 2;

This day of the dead look will be looking perfect with a sugar skull make up look, which can be done on half a face or even a whole face. Whilst black and white sugar skulls are popular, with the black dress I personally think that a colourful sugar skull will bring a different aspect to the outfit but it’s up to the wearer. This cross necklace adds to the religious feel of the day of the dead theme as well as the headband adding extra interest to the outfit. The lace up boots add extra grunge to the outfit as well as a trend hit at the moment.

Dress – Missguided.com   Headband, Necklace – Boohoo.com   Boots – New Look

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Look 3;

A skeleton look is a amazing look for halloween which can be easily paired with make up. This dress is a perfect example of an easy look for halloween, paired with this facelace to add extra interest and a look of effort. These fringing poncho over the top will add a bit of extra layering and texture to the outfit as well as an entering piece to be taken off during the night. The metallic shoes add a pop of colour to the outfit breaking up the black and white.

Dress – Boohoo.com    FaceLace – Rosegal   Shoes and Poncho – New Look

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Look 4;

This look is a romantic gothic kind of look, a very mysterious look as well. This look is the perfect princess kind of look; to be added with the make up (to be seen further down the blog post) This lace, floorlength princess like dress is beautiful for this outfit with the cobweb effect necklace adding some spook. The beaded clutch bag and earrings also add some different texture and trend to the outfit as well as some extra glam, not to mention the headband for an alternative to a tiara adding a 20’s aspect to the outfit.

Dress – Boohoo.com  All other pieces – New Look

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Look 5;

This look is a very minimalistic look for Halloween, when you don’t really know what to go as, don’t really want to go too full out but still want to dress up. This bodysuit is an interesting way of mixing up an outfit as well as mixing up a skeleton look with the hands. Of course, paired with this PVC skirt adds extra interest and on trend qualities to this outfit. This fishnet tights scream Halloween Style as well as these lace up grunge knee high boots.

Bodysuit – Boohoo.com   All other items – New Look

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Look 6;

These elegant dark gothic pieces are perfect for another princess of Halloween look. This skater dress adds a different spin to the princess look, not all of us love a slinky maxi so this is another alternative. The chunky cross necklace choker adds some metallic colouring to this outfit breaking up the black and again adding a spooky religious look to the outfit. The headband and shimmer in the golden shoes, linking colour wise with the necklace, also add a little extra princess glamour.

All items in this look – New look

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Look 7;

Another a-meow-zing look here! See what I did there…not impressed…No…Ok.  This dress from a distance shows the look of hair linking a kitty look here, as well as with the faux fur gilet. The cat ears once again are a must have for this look, as well as the face lace adding extra interest and mystery to the look for Halloween. The added feathers on the necklace adds to the feline look, adding the clutch and shoes for some glamour for the outfit.

Dress – MotelRocks.com   Facelace – Rosegal    All other items – New Look

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Look 8;

This final look is a different look for Halloween, some most people probably wouldn’t even think of. This outfit is linked with a make up look I have for you (seen below) Therefore I have gone for this simple slogan T shirt from the Terminator ‘I’ll be back’ which perfectly sums up the outfit. Since the terminator is very strong and tough I have chosen this PVC leatherette mini skirt, which I envision the T shirt tucked into, to extra toughness and grunge to the outfit. As well as adding these bad girl fishnet tights (rip for extra terminator-esque look) I have given two shoe options for this look, a low pair and a heeled pair. The lace up stiletto boots which add extra trend and once again a bad girl sass look for the outfit, however if you want to continue in the more grunge, harsh, true terminator style look then these low top heavy boots are the way to go.

T shirt – Primark   Both pairs of boots, skirt and tights – New Look

No Halloween Look would be complete without make up! I have two looks for you guys today…one is a look perfect for them princess outfits…but a lot more…dead! Another look is a terminator look. Both these looks were done on my sister and her friend.


For this look I first created a glamour make up look complete with a pink and purple shimmer cat eye look complete with winged liner, mascara and of course a pop of lipstick. For this part of the look, in this case, the products used were;

Eyeshadows – Kiko Shimmer Eyeshadow in Purple, Tarte Palette for Green eyes (the purple shade used in the crease) As well as a dusty pink shade eyeshadow from Barry M

Eyeliner – Seventeen Wet Look Liquid Eyeliner

Mascara – Benefit Roller Lash

Lipstick – Mac Matte Lipstick in the shade Heroine.

The rest of the look I dusted a black and grey eyeshadow under her eyes to give that deathly, ghostly look. I then lined out where I wanted the scratches to go using a variety of irritated pink, reds, purples and a hint of black eyeshadows to create that bruising look. I then used thick scab look fake blood to create the deep scratches look.



For the second look I created a terminator look which I actually created based on a look my sister wanted. IMG_8015

This look will look perfect with the terminator outfit I have pieced together. I created this look by marking out where I wanted the metal looking parts to go, then going over this line with liquid latex (which can be bought at any fancy dress store around this time of year as well as online, but I picked mine up at Hobbycraft this year) After letting the liquid latex to dry, with the help of the hairdryer set on the cold setting, I then grabbed some tweezers and began pulling around the edges on the inside of the wound.

Once this was done, I then grabbed some foundation matching my model’s skin tone and placed this on top of the edges to make the liquid latex blend with the skin looking more like flapped skin. I then took a silver grease paint and began painting this on the inside of the wounds. After this was dry I made a black oval around the eye to look like a black hole robot, as well as drawing in the panels and bolts of the robot, with liquid eyeliner. I then began bruising and creating the look of irritated skin on and around the outside of the flapped skin. I did that creating light pinks, reds and purple eyeshadows. As well as adding some black to create the charcoal, burnt effect that the terminator obviously goes through in the film. When you’ve been beaten up, set on fire and dragged across the pavement, you’re bound to have some dirt and charcoal in your wounds wouldn’t you?

I then added some extra extra scratches around the outside of the wounds and along the face and of course added some thick scab fake blood around all the outside of all wounds on the face as well as some on the scratches…some spots of blood thicker than others as of course not all cuts scab evenly.IMG_8017



And those are the finished looks!

I hope you have enjoyed these posts and let me know if you end up recreating any of these looks or even what you do go as for Halloween…you can do this by tagging me in an instagram re-creation post at gracedowns3 or on twitter @gracelanddowns.

Until next time…Have a spooky Halloween Night and stay sassy! xox

Motel Rocks; Party Style A/W15

A motel girl is not afraid to play around with prints or colour and she knows how to style an outfit to always look her best – even at 1AM!!

So with Motel’s latest A/W15 Partywear range hitting the site, I have been challenged by Motel to create this personal wishlist for me and inspiring look for you…dressing up and styling some of their oh so gorgeous ‘Finn’ dresses.

For me, partywear should be all about dressing up, feeling confident, sexy and care free, ready to go out for an amazing night ahead. But these outfits don’t have to be just for a night out, they can be for a classy afternoon lunch with the girls or a dinner with the bae!

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This first look I love because of the mink pink colour scheme going on; I think this colour perfectly compliments the shimmer of the dress here as well as adding in some of the latest trends seen on the catwalk to create even more of a stylish party vibe such as the snake skin lace up shoes, mink fur evening bag and mink fur coat as well. As well as pairing the whole outfit with a light accessory, with minimal sparkle, as we have quite a lot going on already; we don’t want to distract with too much jewellery.

Look 1;

‘Finn’ Dress – Motel Rocks                                              Coat, Bag and Shoes – New Look

Screenshot (36)This second look is a look for the dark version of the Finn dress. I have styled this with a very in this season, black fur gilet for some style as well as some added warmth for those ‘grabbing a kebab whilst waiting for a cab’ moments. As well as some chunky boots for those ‘can’t be bothered with heels tonight’ moments but still giving some extra height with the block heel. The jewelled choker necklace gives some definition to the low neck of the dress as well as matching with the added sparkle of the dress. All finished off with a black lightly dazzled with black gems for again a little extra jazz. Overall I think this outfit gives a bit more of a rocky vibe to a partywear outfit with the chunky boots and rocker black fur gilet. Perfect for that effortless glam punk look.

Look 2;

‘Finn’ Dress – Motel Rocks       Boots and Gilet – New Look          Necklace -Topshop

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Now this look doesn’t involve the ‘Finn’ dress but involves another piece from the Motel Rocks partywear range which I just loved and had to style an outfit for. This black sequin playsuit with bell sleeves (which I am loving at the moment) is so beautiful and will look just fab on a night out on the town. I have paired this with some burgundy pieces which is another fashion statement colour this season, another which I am loving. This suede belt, I thought would look beautiful around the empire waistline of this playsuit to give a bit more colour and depth to the outfit breaking up the black. I have then given two shoe options for this look, both burgundy and both snakeskin. As said earlier, heels aren’t for everyone so I have given the option of a boot with a slight heel for the same height effect and colour. I have then thrown a crop fur coat over this, preferably to sit on the shoulders as a style aspect but also some extra warmth for them trying to get home treks.

Look 3;

Playsuit – Motel Rocks Partywear A/W15   Coat, both pairs of shoes – New look

Belt – Topshop

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This look I loved because of the fringing aspect I sneaked in. With all these 70’s trends floating around, I couldn’t help but popping in some fringing to this outfit which is seen on the black leather jacket as well as on the top of these gorgeous thigh high boots, another key trend for A/W. I’ve then paired this with a gorgeous iridescent necklace and evening box bag to compliment the iridescent look of the dress.

Look 4;

Finn Dress -Motel Rocks       Jacket, boots and bag – New look       Necklace-Topshop

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This final look is one I really love. This necklace matches the shimmer as well as the colouring of the Finn dress perfectly and compliments the dress as well, not being too over the top or understated. I have then matched these gorgeous black suede heels, again sneaking in the fringing which I think gives another aspect of definition and style to the outfit. Finally I have topped it with this stunning PVC /Leather trench coat with these large pockets great for holding your phone and a lippy. This coat will truly make a statement entrance to your destination, ready for the unveiling of the rest as well.

Look 5;

Finn Dress- Motel Rocks        Coat – New Look         Shoes and Necklace – Topshop

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I had so much fun creating this post, fashion is truly my favourite thing and actually styling outfits is something I find so interesting and exciting to do. Let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you will purchasing any of these items or looks after this post, even if you have been inspired. I know I am definitely heading over to Motel to order my Finn Dress and after spending ages deciding on what shade I’ve decided….BOTH! So make sure you too head over and check out the rest of their Partywear range which hopefully I will showing a lot more of ASAP!

Don’t forget to check out my social media platforms linked on my contacts page for even more fashion and beauty related images.

Until next time, Stay Sassy xox

All the Fashion Related Reality

Recently there has been a lot of incredible TV shows and documentaries on TV representing the world of Fashion, retail, design, modelling and all. Being a total Fashion addict, of course I have found and have been keeping up with them all.

The first one of the lot is a reality show; Dash Dolls. It is essentially about the running and girls who work at the Kardahians sisters’ store; Dash. I’ll be honest at first about this show I thought ‘Oh Lord another thing on the Kardashians, although I do have a secret love for them too! But…since watching it I have been loving it! It is of course about the managers and overlookers of the store, as the Kardashian sisters obviously cannot always been there, twins and best friends of Khloe, Malika and Khadija. As well as all of the other girls that work at the stores, as sales assistants, as buyers, as managers and as visual merchandisers as well as their social media and advertising campaigns. So a lot of the little bits about the store are amazing as well as a team of people who work in fashion get on together. Plus the fact that all of the girls are stunning and dress incredibly makes it pretty amazing to watch as well…plus of course the dramas and gossip; alwaus makes a show.

Rating in Drama; 8/10            Ratings in characters; 9/10           Fashion Rating; 7/10

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The second show was a documentary I watched on London Fashion Week which was on BBC as well as still avaliable on BBC Iplayer as well as BBC catch up. It featured successful model Abbey Clancy going to three main catwalk events at London Fashion Week a few weeks ago as well as a lot of famous faces within the likes of designers, fashion PR mavens, journalists, models etc. The three shows included Hunter, Sibling and Giles.The documentary showed all of the shows as well as the creativity behind them and thoughts of Abbey as well as others on the hot pieces straight off the catwalk. It also focused on the opinions of high-end fashion and the importance of keeping high-end fashion in the industry as well as high street and less bank breaking brands. As well as speaking about the excitment of Fashion Week, British Fashion and the creativity and interest of runway shows. I have actually just found out whilst writing this that there is another version of this documentary featuring Grace Victory and her top favourite shows from London Fashion Week 2015; so I am definately off to watch that.

Ratings for characters – 10/10       Ratings for Fashion – 9/10 091915-lfw-eric-lead

The final show is again on E! and it is a brand new series of show again, House Of DVF. In which 10 young fashionistas compete for the dream job to work and design for legendary designer and fashion icon Diane Von Furstenburg. This show is a real insight into not only these young fashion lovers trying to break into the industry and what to do to be professional and what not to do, in a sense learning about how to break into the career and make people interested in you. As well as learning about working as a team and getting along with them, as well as being entertained by their drama. However it also features a lot about the House of DVF brands, how they design, their image, how Diane has created her successful house, how she operates the brand as well as herself, insights to campaigns, photo shoots, fashion events etc. One of my favourite moments from the show was when Diane sat the girls down to look at and essentially criticise their designs; which was incredible to see how their designs were recieved as well as the imagery and inspiration behind them as well as what Diane is looking for within her clothing for her brand. Some of the other moments including them pitching their ideas, giving great ideas for fashion communication and campaigns as well as market research for trends and representation of the DVF brand. The best thing about this show is that Diane actually features in the show as well as the girls; giving her opinions and private voiceovers with her. I cannot wait for the rest of this show to envolve; right now it is up to episode 4 so not far along at all, so make sure you go check it out!

Rating for Drama – 9/10  Ratings for characters – 8/10    Ratings for Fashion – 10/10


So go check out some of these shows and let me know what you think of them or whether you know of any other fashion related shows, documentarys or even clips or videos on youtube; I love a good youtuber. Until next time, live, breathe and now watch fashion.

Stay Sassy xox

Savage Beauty; Alexander McQueen Exhibition

IMG_3148London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.”  Alexander McQueen

The recent exhibition at London’s V&A museum is the largest Alexander McQueen exhibition that Europe has ever had the pleasure of seeing.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs are presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

If someone asked me to describe this exhibition in three words I would have to use unique, mad and inspiring.

Every room showed a different collection or two, and every room had a different vibe, a different atmosphere and made you feel a different way. The whole experience really played on emotions of the viewer.

‘I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists, I have to force people to look at things in a certain way’

Some of my favorite rooms and collections were by far the room displaying the Autumn/Winter 2000 collection; ‘It’s a jungle out there’ as well as the ‘Esbu’ collection. The walls of the room were covered floor to ceiling in tiny bones and skulls, the collection was inspired by animals and the theme of Thomas’s Gazelle with the relationship between predator and prey.

This was also reflected in the materials used in the collection; hair, latex, mud and beads. The mannequins used to display this collection were masked with beaks and horns.

‘What I do is look at tribes, the way they dress, there is a lot of tribalism culture in my collection’

The best thing about the exhibition I found was the knowledge of the inspiration and story of the collections.

An example of a collection I found this in was McQueen’s second collection for Givenchy which told the story of a fictional surgeon who dissembles woman and then reassembles them as hybrids with bird parts; explaining why this collection included a lot of feathers, black and beak like features and models with leather chained masks. During presentation of this collection on the catwalk it was said that McQueen took his final bow with a live falcon tethered to his wrist.

‘You’ve got to know the rules to break them, that is what I’m here for, to demolish the rules by keep the tradition’

 By far the most flamboyant room was during the middle of the exhibition, in which pieces were placed all around the warehouse like room, on shelves floor to ceiling. Viewers sat in the middle of the room for a 360 view of all the pieces. These angles linked with the hardcore music, various clicking and banging noises made this room truly incredible to experience.

As it is well known in the media, Lady Gaga was a keen wearer of Alexander McQueen outfits and pieces, understanding where she took her inspiration from his pieces. For example the red mass, the lace, the high rounded shoes etc.

“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.”

As I moved further through the exhibition I found the spring 2011 collection ‘Voss’ really intriguing.

This collection was displayed through a mirror, walking up to the display it was reflected and all you can see is yourself. The lights then lifted inside the mirror and the models were displayed. This was a representation of the Voss catwalk presentation, the audience could see themselves before the show and when the show began the models couldn’t see out. I found this a truly amazing concept, making the catwalk an experience rather than just a show.

“I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.”

The whole exhibition was truly an experience and all collections by McQueen were truly unique, all with different aspects, the themes and what inspired them. However my personal favorite collection of McQueen’s was his last and unfinished collection before his death in February 2010, Plato’s Atlantis. This collection presented a future in which ice caps would melt and waters would rise meaning that life would have to adapt in order to live meaning humanity would go back to how it once was. The outfits in this collection truly reflected this, with the main colors being yellows and blues. The yellow reflecting the air with moth patterns and floating wing like aspects. Therefore the blue reflecting the water, with sparkly scale like features representing life underwater.

“As a designer, you’ve always got to push yourself forward; you’ve always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends. That’s what I do.”

There was, of course, a shop at the end of the exhibition with many merchandise of not only the exhibition but also of McQueen’s life and collections, such as some of his pieces, photos and postcards, notepads and designer books. Any merchandise you can possibly think of, it was there to buy.

I highly recommend any fashionistas and all knowledge seekers to go check all articles on this exhibition; it truly was unlike any exhibition you would have seen before. Inspirational, unique, creative, mad and more importantly grotesquely beautiful.

‘There is no way back for me now, I’m going to take you on journey’s you’ve never dreamed of” – Alexander McQueen – 1969 – 2010

Colour Me Right;Max Factor CC Colour Corrector Review

We all get them patches of skin that we just don’t like…whether it is redness around our nose, veins, under eye circles or anything else we can pick ourselves apart for. Recently all over the beauty tutorials, Instagram 1 minute makeover accounts and of course the Kardashians (How else would they look so flawless?) I have been seeing all this colour correcting, people going way beyond contouring into putting pink, green and yellow all over their faces. I questioned whether this method actually worked, so I decided to find out for myself.

I went into Superdrug and purchased these three CC colour correctors by Max Factor, green for redness, yellow for under eye and dark circles and a highlight. I have now been using these for a few days and decided to give my opinion for those of you out there like me who need a real girl’s opinion. ccI’m going to review each corrector separately taking into consideration, where I used them on my own skin, the blending ability, reaction with other products e.g foundation/powder as well as the sensitivity, packaging, price and all that jazz.

Let’s start with the green colouring for redness. I personally do have quite a warm and red toned skin so I was really curious as to whether this product would satisfy my skin. I used this colour on the sides of my nose, under my nose just above my cupids bow as well as on any spots I had. I blended this in with my finger instead of a brush as the warmness of the skin on the hands tends to make consistencies such as this product blend better on my skin personally. It blended incredibly; I have to say I was a little worried I was going to end up with green blotches on my face where I had used the product and no real redness recovery at all. It really has reduced the redness on my skin.

The yellow colouring for under eye circles is incredible! This has to be my favourite, I used this under my eyes which meant I didn’t have to use concealer, as well as it lasting all day which sometimes my concealers don’t. It also acted as a natural highlight under my eyes giving me that under eye look that the Kardashians really do have, which I thought I would never be able to achieve with a drugstore product. I also used this on my brow bone to conceal the line of my brows which worked amazing as well as blending in incredibly to my brow bone leaving no excess dramatic colour.

The highlight, I have to say is the one I was least impressed with as I don’t think it really did anything, I was lucky enough to purchase these colour correctors during a Max Factor 3 for 2 deal meaning I got this one free however if I hadn’t, I don’t think I would have bothered with this one, simply because I felt like it didn’t really show on my cheeks although it did do a good job at highlighting my nose and underneath my bottom lip but the main area I wanted it to highlight (my cheeks) it just wasn’t noticeable.

ccc2The whole set of colour correctors as a whole, I love the packaging in the fact that they are a crayon as well as loving their sensitivity as I do have rather sensitive skin to a majority of products and using a product with a creamy crayon consistency such as this did worry me, but there was no trouble whatsoever. The colours lasted all day and didn’t fade away leaving me with blotches or patches like I thought they might. More to the point they really do what they say on the packaging which a lot of products of this nature don’t. The only thing I would suggest is that although I think that having them to buy separately is great as not all people would need all three due to different skin types, but if like me you did want all three, to pay £8.99 per corrector seemed rather a lot, I would love to see these three in a set to save people like me who need all three buying them individually.

Overall I love, love, loved these three correctors and am happy to save I am now on the colour correcting wave and am loving it.


Let me know if you have any tips for colour correcting, I am always looking for new make up tips or if you do purchase this product, let me know what you think.

Stay Sassy x

Monthly Favourites 2015; August!

So it’s that time again; I cannot believe that Summer is practically over, I love love love summer but i’m quite looking forward to winter this year so these were my summer favourites in August.


So I have amac please me couple beauty favourites this month and the first one is two MAC lipsticks in the shades please me matte and craving amplified. Please me is a dusty pink matte shade which is just a beautiful colour and honestly the staying power is amazig with this lipstick and unlike majority of matte lipsticks I have used before, it doesn’t dry out my lips and still gives my lips the moisture that a normal lipstick would. And Craving, I think this is going to be an amazing shade for this winter; it is a very autumnal shade with a great shine to it and looks great with a brown eye or outfit.


Another beauty favourite is my tarte pallette, in particular the purpley shade. I actually have the pallette suitable for green eye shades. I not only love the shades in this pallette as they blend so well together but they also look great individually. The packaging is honestly one of the best packages for a pallette I have ever seen, that metallic glitter box is just so beautiful and glamourous. I have been applying the purple shade in this palletee frequently for a smokey eye look, into my crease and under my lash line. I have posted some pics of these looks including the lipsticks also mentioned below.


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In regards to skincare, I have been using nivea skin firming moisturizer all over my body this month and wow is all I can say. This is possibly the best all over body moisturizer I have used in a long time. It honestly has improved my skin and the moisture lasts, when I use this of an evening, I can still feel the moisture on my skin the next morning, which is great because my skin really dries out over night. As well as it smelling amazing; which is always a great bonus.


Clothing and Fashion 

This month I have been loving my new trainers I recieved for my birthday from my lovely boyfriend which I am honestly in love with and am always getting asked about when going out and about wearing them. They are my Nike plain white swarkoski crystal tick trainers. I got these from a independant shop in Bluewater and they came with a 6 month guarentee but all the crystals are hand placed on. These trainers are so comfortable, as well as glamming up an outfit whilst still having the comfort of trainers. I feel like a modern day cinderella in these!

Books and Reading Material 

I have read a lot of books this summer; in between holiday reading and on my journeys to and from work on the train as a change from my phone. But my favoruite has got to be The one that I want by Giovanna Fletcher.youre_the_one_that_i_want It was just an incredible and cap
tivating storyline and for anyone who loves a romance story as much as I do, it was great. As well as feeling like you really got to know the characters following them through their lives which I thought just made the whole read and connection to the story that much better. Definatly worth the read
and cannot wait to read some more of Giovanna’s stuff.


Okay so this month I have found a lot of new songs that I have been loving which you can check out on my public spotify playlist I have created for you guys with all the music I have been loving and think you will love to; it is constantly being updated and is great for a car journey, background music for a gathering with friends or just for chilling. So go check that out under the name Graceful Couture on spottily; go check it out! But moving on to my faves for this month;

JESS FRICKIN GLYNNE! Her new album is incredible; if you haven’t given it a listen go check it out; some proper great jams on there, every song is single-worthy if you ask me but some of my particular favourites are Take Me Home, Saddest Vanilla and Give Me Something.

Another one of my music favourites is Pia Mia, particularly Do it Again feat my babes Tyga and Chris Brown and F*** U featuring G-Eazy; both great songs if you like a bit of rap and singing. Pia-Mia-Final-1200-800-1026x684

Random Favourites; 

I have recently started a new job and a new college which if you follow me on my twitter or instagram you will know by now but if you don’t I will being doing a post on my new college certainly soon. However the point is that right opposite my college and my work is a Pret A Manger which I have always loved by recently have become obsessed with their Nicquiose Salad (which I am forever saying and spelling wrong) it has tuna, boiled egg, tomatoes, cucumber, capers, a sauce and of course lettuce. It’s just so yummy and so good for you, and has certainly become a new favourite. image1

Listed Products; (hover for links)

Please Me Matte Lipstick – MAC – £15.50

Craving Amplified – MAC – £15.50

Tarte Green Eyes Pallette – Tarte Cosmetics – Discontinued

Firming All over body lotion – Nivea – £2-5 (price varies in different stores)

Nike Swaroski Embellished Trainers – VIP fashion boutique Bluewater – £134.99

You’re the One that I want by Giovanna Fletcher – Amazon or any book store

I laugh when I cry album by Jess Glynne

Do it again and F*** U by Pia Mia

Pret A Manger Nicquoise Salad

5 Beauty Tips You Never Even Thought Of

We are all constantly looking for new beauty tips and tricks to improve ourselves, whether it’s our technique, use of product, mixing of products or just how to work it! I’ve got some new beauty tips and tricks that you’ve never even thought of…here we go.

  1. Plump your lips by applying a darker lip liner with a lighter shade lipstick in the centre

This is such an easy trick that I have been using for a long time. Many people result to doing a Kylie Jenner and overlining the lips drastically to achieve the illusion of a plump lip but this doesn’t have to be done. By simply applying a darker shade of lip liner than the lipstick you are planning to use around the outside and inner corners of your upper and bottom lips, you can create the illusion of fuller lips through the highlighted shade in the centre. This works especially well with red and light pink lips but can easily be adapted to any shade. And if you’re not a fan of lip liners simply apply a darker shade of lipstick first, job done.

2. Pick the correct make up shade for your skin by testing the colour on your jawline

Many people often make the mistake of picking the wrong shade of foundation by testing it out on their hand…something even the biggest beauty guru’s have been guilty of… ending up in the annoyance of a shade too light (making us look ghostly in the application process) or too orange/dark (making us look like we’ve just stepped off the set of TOWIE) the trick is to test the shade of foundation on your jawline which you will see that if the foundation looks as though it has disappeared means it is the correct shade for you.

3. Oil Blotting Sheets

Ever had that moment on a hot day or in a hot stuffy office where you mildly begin to sweat leading to your make up turning shiny in the process. Many think that applying more powder will fix the problem however this is not the case as it actually brings out the oil in the foundation more when you sweat causing the powder to create patches of foundation in the pores on your face. Therefore the best solution is to carry around some oil blotting sheets which can be bought at any drugstore e.g boots or superdrug. They also come in handy for lots of other things so are worth the try.

4. Tape to make your eyeliner even

Oh the struggles of eyeliner…it can be extremely difficult especially with liquid eyeliner to make the wings of your eyeliner even meaning they end up getting longer and longer as you try to even them out. My trick is to place a little bit of tape when you want your eyeliner and even eyeshadow if you wish for a smoky cat eye look. Therefore any that you go over will go onto the tape giving you a nice clean cut off as well as making sure both eyes are as even as possible.

5. Pressing your tounge to the roof of your mouth when smiling to enhance your features

It is important to appear as photogenic as possible when posing with friends or solo meaning you want to enhance your best features as much as possible e.g CHEEKBONES! I have found that the best way to do this is to press your tounge against the roof of your mouth when smiling to enhance your features as well as highlighting your contouring and making your face appear slimmer and more structured. Perfect for a catwalk worthy grin!

50 unanswered questions you’re dying to know; Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Finale

So #FAceToFAce happened! And it was basically a clue the whole time (cece!!!!)  Derrrr…. 


Although it as an explosive and brilliant episode, it seemed to be a little more obvious than we all originally thought. But…there are still so so many unanswered questions!! So here they are…lets get these answered army! 

Questions we need answered;

1. Who killed jessica? 

2. What was the NAT club all about?

3. I understand cece’s story but why did she want to hurt the girls so much…surely she should be wanting to hurt her dad if that’s the one she seemed mad at, what did they do to her?

4. Remember the man Toby went to see to speak about his mum why did he tell him to tell his mum to stay away from the blonde girl…how did he know that Bethany killed his mum…?

5. Why was she so nasty to Ali if she loved her so much?

6. Had Sara Harvey really been down there the whole time or was it all an act?

7. How did Sara meet cece and get involved?

8. What did Emily do to Sara that caused her to be in the hospital?

9. Who killed Garrett? 

10. Are the mums still in the basement?

11. Where did they take cece after they found out? 

12. So did cece just pretend to leave town and really stay in rosewood the whole time?

13. What was her actual motive to hurt the girls…..!!!!!!!!

14. So what did Jenna ever have to do with anything….?

15. And wren?

16. Remember when melissa Hastings admitted to killing Bethany young….then Mona did too?!??? So who actually did?

17. And if Mona thought it was Ali she was killing then why did she help her disappear in the first place 

18. What was September 7th all about? What does that represent?

19. What about tanner? Did she know all along!!!!

20. Who was the man that was coming for Allison 5 year later? 

21. Why is Ali now mrs rollins! Did she marry? What happened to Lorenzo?

22. How did the girls even manage to graduate high school and go college with all that going on

23. Where did Holbrook go?

24. Where did Noel khan go?

25. Where the hell did Jenna go? And how was the whole Jenna thing relevant?

26. Did Toby ever find out about his mum’s death? 

27. How are the girls just so forgiving?

28. Why did Mona tell cece everything? 

29. Surely Mona knew it was cece when she came off the drugs?

30. Surely Lesley stone knew that Charles was cece if she was in radley for so long 

31. What the was wrong with Bethany? 

32. How did she actually die? 

33. Why did Cece favour Ali over jason? He was her brother too!

34. Is cece full transgender? 

35. Was this the plan the whole time or was this a recent thing in relation to the recent news with Caitlyn jenner etc?

36. How did maya die? 

37. Who exactly is Rhys? Does he know about cece? Is he in on it?

38. So was the money from the carrisimi group to hanna real? A nice gesture from Cece? Or was it a trap?

39. Why was melissa and cece talking that night? Was jason hallucinating?

40. When Ali first started getting A messages was that cece or Mona?

41. Was Ali ever pregnant?

42. Was beach hottie actually wilden? If so wilden knew cece was Charles! Why didn’t he say anything!!!

43. What did cyrus ever have to do with anything? 

44. How did Ali know the girls were in danger when she left rosewood? Was she tracking them? 

45. So in the very beginning when wilden was grilling the girls for what happened that summer? He knew! 

46. How did cece escape radley!

47. Where did all of mona’s issues go? They seemed to disappear?

48. What happened to Paige? How’s she doing?

49. Who’s body was in the barrel that the liars originally found in the storage unit? 

50. Why did cece do all the things she did if she loved Ali and really had no reason to hate the girls…?

51. ( OOPS one more) if Marion was alive when Alison was a teenager how come she died when Charles was a kid, when Charles is older than Ali?   


A lot of intense questions myself and I’m sure many of the PLL army are dying to know! And also can we just appreciate that we have to wait until January to find out about this flash forward! Now that’s just cruel. 

All the questions stopping you from travelling; answered.

Many people dream of travelling or like the idea, but just have too many thoughts and questions that stop them from actually taking the bull by the horns and doing it. And that’s when time flies and there you are, 80 years old and kicking yourself for not getting out there and seeing the world. So here are all the questions and worries holding you back; answered and solved.

travel1. Money

  “I can’t afford it’

 The answer to this worry can be as simple as a bit of a reality check and redefinition of travel. By changing your idea of travelling to being more about hostels and street food and less about resorts and cruises, that is the first key money saver in itself. The initial expense of travelling comes with them first flights, but there are plenty of saving schemes and cheap flight companies out there now. It’s just picking the right one and destination for you. And once you’re there , there’s plenty of affordable options. You can wonder round the streets of Rome, taking in the sites. Learn all about Karma from the eyes of the elephants in India, and get crispy brown on the beautiful beaches of Greece. All for free, once you’re there.

  1. Health

 “I’ll catch a deadly disease”

Realistically you’re biggest health worries when abroad in any country is one of three things, heat rash, dehydration or if you’re particularly unlucky…the runs. But overall these three are something we all experience at some point in our lives, no matter whether we’re in our home town or in the middle of the desert. As long as you get all the necessary shots, be careful of what you eat, sanitize and drink lots of water you should be fine. The true fear here lies with all the false knowledge the media drills into us about foreign germs and bird viruses. And worse comes to worse, if you get the flu, break your arm or just feel plain rubbish, there is always a hospital or pharmacy that can take care of you wherever you are.


3. Language barrier

 “I won’t understand a word that’s coming out their mouth and vise versa”

 Speaking just English means a good portion of the world with somewhat understand you, especially in major cities etc. And even if they don’t a collection of hand gestures, noises and body language will get you far enough. Alternatively you can also tutor English to local college students or workers in turn for them to teach you some of theirs, or take some classes whilst your there or even before you go. There are plenty of online courses for teaching a whole variety of languages out there.

4. Safety

 “I’m scared of getting robbed”

 Let’s get this straight, murders, kidnappings and robberies happen all over the world, no matter where you are. Even walking down your own road you are at risk, The truth is, go to the right areas. Sure if you go to war territories in the middle east or try to enter area 51, or wander round in the back streets of New York, you might be in for a spot of bother but otherwise there are plenty of places with low crime rate stats and if you are general street wise and sensible, obiding by all the rules and precautions of being street smart, don’t let it hold you back.


5. Hostels

 “Hostels are dirty, filthy and have nasty people staying in them”

Despite what you’ve seen in the movies, hostels can be generally safe and fun accommodation that allow you to do whatever you want, when you want, are cheap, affordable and give you the opportunity of meeting other like-minded travellers to share your travel stories.

6. Time

 Isn’t it all just a waste of time”

 Sure, everyone has their own opinion about travelling, your friends think you should go for it, your parents think it’s a waste of time and your grandparents think you’ll never come home. Many think travelling is just an excuse to go out partying and getting drunk every night (which it should be some of the time) But travelling has real value that your day to day life can’t provide you with. You’ll be changed and experience opportunities and see things you never will otherwise, there is more to the world than just what you know. As well as all this travel stories can be a real conversation starter between colleges, friends, dates and when applying for work/on your CV.


So what do you think of travelling now? Let me know in the comments or tweet/facebook me your travelling experiences or places you most want to travel to, or anywhere you think I should get out and see. So people the message is, get out there, go and do it. Get a backpack, book a flight, order a drink and live. As the saying goes, you only live once.