Make Up Favourites

I know I shared my daily make up favourites not too long ago but I recently got a couple of new concealers and wanted to share them with you. I got the miniatures to test them out before committing to the full sized ones.

First up is the bye bye under eye from IT cosmetics, a little goes a long way with this product. So far I’m liking it, it is a little thick but covers my dark bags nicely so I’m pleased with it but think I should have got a lighter shade. Back in London I tested it out and brought the same shade that the make-up artist used on me but I’m thinking the slightly lighter one would be better for my skint tone. I also picked ups this Nars concealer, I’m prone to getting spots on my jaw line and this has been helping cover them up. I’m also trialing some more skincare so will report back on how I get on, oh and I’m photographing my skin to document the journey. Fingers crossed it continues to clear up, those recurring pesky jawline spots!

Until my jawline clears up I’m wearing the Nars concealer under my IT cosmetics CC cream. I’m not one for heavy foundation this combination does the trick for me. I like to have full coverage but don’t like having clogged up skin, which easily happens whenever foundation is used. Thats why I love the IT cosmetics CC cream plus it gives me a dewy glow and what’s not to love about that. If you’ve followed for a while you’ll know I’m basic and love a red lip, occasionally ill do a flick of eyeliner, I’m not the best at it so often don’t even bother with eyeshadows but recently I’m really into wearing Bumpy ride Nars blusher as eyeshadow. Its the perfect peachy pink for my lids and I’m loving it. I found the shade was too light for my cheeks, its nice to have another use for it! Torrid is my go too for cheeks. I’d love to be a bronzed girl but it just ain’t my thing, I have pale skin and have learnt to embrace it.

*Affiliate links included

Blusher – Nars
CC Cream – IT cosmetics
Lip Balm – Glossier
Mascara – Primark
Eyeliner – Urban Decay
Lip Stick – Becca
Lipstick – YSL
Conceal – NARS
Under Eye Conceal – It Cosmetics
Hand Cream – & Other Stories

Illustrations & Photographs – Amy Purfield-Clark

Neighbourhood Strolls

After being in a style rut for what felt like months, I finally feeling like I’ve came out the other side. A couple of things have helped me achieve this, shopping my wardrobe and finding new ways to re-style things, making a new dress and birthday presents. It was my birthday on the 11th Feb and I am truly awful at letting people know when it is, not sure why that is. Anyway, I digress, I am finally out fo my style rut, hurrah!! On Saturday Dave and I headed for a walk to Santa Monica which is becoming our weekly tradition. After a stroll along the beach we popped into H&M for a mooch and to get me something for my birthday. I walked away with two skirts and a cardigan, two of which you can see in this post. I did intend on getting this floral dress that I illustrated but when trying it on, it just wasn’t doing anything for my body shape.

With this skirt I knew exactly how I wanted to style it and dug out this old tee, adding the chunky cardigan for texture. Hair in a half up, half down pony mainly to hide 2 day old hair. I adding my scarf for a little something extra and I hate seeing hair bobbles and I was ready for a stroll around our hood’.

*Affiliate links included

Cardigan – H&M
Skirt – H&M
Trainers – Vintage Adidas
Bag – Topshop
Sunglasses – DKNY
T-shirt – Boohoo
Scarf – Bershka

Photos by Dave Cox
Illustration by Amy Purfield-Clark

Quintessentially Me

I originally wanted to get this post up for my birthday but as it took me a while to draw everything that didn’t happen. I had the idea to create a post with quintessentially me items. I asked a couple of my friends what came to mind when thinking of me. They said a couple of them said some of the same things, like red lipstick, midi dresses, trainers and plant momma. In fact they messaged me with a huge list and most of the things I’ve drawn were on that list.

Now one of the things I miss about Friday evenings back in the UK is when going food shopping and picking up a couple of G&T’s in a tin, they have plenty of alcohol to choose from over here but no hardly little G&T tinnies! Other things that are quintessentially me are my love of tortoiseshell sunglasses, I really have a type when it comes to my shades. They do vary in shape and I have the odd pair that aren’t tortoiseshell to add variety but over all they all look very similar. I guess I like what I like aye. I’m slowly rebuilding my plant collection after having to re-home all my plant babies before moving out here, let me tell you that was a sad day, actually that was one of the hardest things about moving. I had some of those plants for more than eight years. Another thing that is very me, is my love of accessories, wether thats for my hair, a cute neck scarf or a statement bag, I sure love and accessory! Hope you enjoy seeing all the things that I love and aren’t often found without them.

What items would you say are quintessentially you? I’d love to know.

  • Red lipstick
  • Midi dresses
  • Gin & Tonic
  • Red nails
  • Cameras & photographs
  • Tortoiseshell retro style sun glasses
  • Earl Grey Tea
  • Love of prints: Polka-dots, leopard & florals print
  • Tote bags
  • Plants
  • Trainers
  • Hair accessories
  • Hats, I love a beret & a fedora
  • Cute handbags
  • Elderflower Cordial
  • Laptop & drawing

Illustrations by  Amy Purfield-Clark

Can’t find it – make it

A couple posts back I mentioned how I’ve been feeling like I’m in a style rut and how I was planning to take a load of my hardly worn clothing down to a vintage store and either swap for cash or store credit and try find myself some new garms to satisfy my need for newness in my wardrobe. Well I did that but unfortunately I could not find one single item in store that fitted or was what I was after. There were a few things I liked but not enough to warrant taking home. In the end I exchanged my items for cash and walked away with $30.

I had planned to treat myself and Dave to a coffee over the weekend but while we strolled past the fabric store and took a little peak inside and I found this fabric. Dave agreed I should buy it and make my own dress. I soon snapped up three yards of the fabric and was on my merry way home to get cutting and sewing. Now I must add I did my degree in fashion and clothing but that was many moons ago, I’m used to taking up the odd hem or making curtains for our old flat but it had been a few years since I made a full dress.

For the pattern I used a dress that fitted me perfectly to measure and trace to make a new pattern, adjusting it to have a square neckline and block shoulders. I used news paper to draw and adapt the pattern, I should probably invest in craft paper for future patterns, once happy with my pattern pieces I got cutting out and sewing. I even added pockets to the dress and plan to make some more dresses for summer. I think its pretty clear from the photographs I’m happy as punch with my sewing efforts and its really helped me get out fo that style rut. I have a head buzzing full of ideas for more dresses and different sleeves. I might even rope Dave into helping me film & photograph the making process, let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in seeing?

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Dress & Scrunchie – made by me
Jacket – Oasis
Trainers – Vans
Basket Bag – Miss Selfridge
Sunglasses – DKNY

Photographs by Dave Cox
Illustrations by Amy Purfield-Clark