Monday, 28 July 2014

FASHION: Holiday Lookbook!

I am becoming a little bit in love with filming fashion lookbooks!  They are my favourite type of video to film as they are creative and include prancing around in pretty outfits.  I also love the editing process of choosing clips and putting it all together with music.

I filmed this one on holiday in Portugal. As usual, my lovely boyf filmed it for me around the hotel we were staying at and in some Roman Ruins!  Here are a couple of outfit pictures from the video (full lookbook is below)!

Belt - New Look

Sunflower Dress - Choies

Mint Green Bikini - Triangl

Nude Playsuit - H&M

Wedges - New Look

Do let me know what you think of this lookbook and if you'd like to see more.  I have another one which I have planned to film soon so stay tuned.  It'd also mean the world to me if you could subscribe to my channel -! 

Are you going on holiday this year?


Saturday, 26 July 2014


If you follow my Instagram (@katesnooks) then you will have seen that I recently went on holiday!  I visited Portugal with my family and boyf for a week to celebrate my gorgeous Mum's 50th birthday (big holiday blog post to follow)!

I wanted to share the beauty products I took away with me so this post is all about the makeup I took, and following shortly will be the skincare, body and hair care bits I also packed!

Super picture heavy - I apologise, but I really wanted to show off my new Muji makeup bag.  It was the perfect size to take away and fit all of my makeup bits and brushes in.  It has two compartments, one for products and the other side has slot for brushes and more little compartments (in which I kept ear plugs and any medication/pills & cotton pads/buds)!  This is currently on sale online at only £7 - bargain!

I took away Bobbi Brown products for my base - the Foundation Stick and Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, both in the shade Porcelain. I love the liquid foundation because it gives good coverage without being too heavy in the warm weather.  I also used my Collection Concealer & Cover FX Powder to complete and set my makeup.

Blush/bronzer wise I stuck to Benefit's Hoola and didn't use anything else (not even Mac's Melba I took away with me).  I went eyeshadow free this holiday and stuck to liquid and pencil liner to give my eyes definition, and mascara of the hols was Tarte's Light's, Camera, Lashes!  Again love this, but it does transfer onto my eyelids after a long day.

I took away 4 lip products; Sleek Makeup lippies in Peaches and Cream & Barely There, and two red shades - MAC's Morange and Illamasqua's Matte Lip Liquid in Exotic.

As you can see above, I still took too many products with me (I always do) but it's better to have too much than too little, right?!

Next post coming up is the hair/skin & bodycare products I took away!

What are your holiday beauty essentials?


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Outfit of the day: Floral Print

The day that Andrew and I flew back from Portugal, we decided that we rather missed the hustle and bustle of London town and wanted to go on a little date night in the capital.  After throwing ideas back and forth, nothing seemed more appealing than a stroll down Brick Lane and a curry!

I wore a bright floral print boxy t-shirt from Primark which I picked up for £3 - bargain!  I've been really trying to wear more colour recently as I always tend to lean towards black as a safety colour.  I teamed this with black shorts from Primark (I find Primark really good for shorts, comfy and fit well), tights and my favourite boots from New Look.

As we were walking towards the curry houses of brick lanes we stumbled apon a lot of graffiti artsits doing their thang - apparently Saturday night in Shoreditch is graffiti night, so we stopped to watch them create their masterpieces.  

After having a week in the middle of nowhere abroad, it was lovely to be back in London and makes me appreciate it so much.  I'm incredibly lucky to live in such a fantastic, creative, diverse and beautiful part of the earth.  And the curry is bloody fantastic!

What's your favourite part of London?


Thursday, 10 July 2014

REVIEW: Illamasqua Liquid Matte Lipsticks!

Matte + lipsticks = LOVE!  My matte lippie obsession is growing which meant I was ridiculously excited to hear about the new Matte Lip Liquids by Illamasqua.  As part of the exclusive 'matte' summer range they've released 3 new beauties.  

Full swatches below!


My absolute favourite of the two is Exotic, a stunning, bright orange red which is practically MAC's Morange but in matte liquid formula.  As you know I much prefer red shades with an orange tone which explains why this is my new fav - I even took it as the only red lippie on holiday with me last week.

The Barbie purple based pink is called Forbidden, and boy, it is bright in real life!  I'm still gearing up the courage to wear this out but I think it's stunning and would suit a tan beautifully.

I've seen a lot of people talking about the formula of these so I wanted to input my thoughts also.  These apply as a liquid but dry to a matte effect on the lips after a couple of seconds.  I find the thin brush very easy for me to apply the product and it just takes practise creating the perfect, even base.  The product does feel quite drying once set, but to be honest I've never found a matte lipstick that isn't (compromise, right?).  I've found that it lasts well whilst lightly kissing/eating/drinking but will need applying after a full meal etc.  I am actually wearing this in my previous outfit post here and only re-applied once in the night at that party.

I hope I haven't rambled too much.  All in all, I really love these and am definitely eyeing up the third shade already - Surrender, a gorgeous peachy nude.  These are available for £18.50!

Do you like matte liquid lipsticks? Which is your fav?


Monday, 7 July 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: White Dress, Red Lips.

A party if a great excuse for dressing up and taking some outfit photos, right?  A couple of week's ago Andrew, my family and I went out to a party to celebrate my uncle & aunts birthdays.  There was a little bit of a colour theme going on of red, white and blue, which is coincidental As England were playing their first match in the World Cup that evening!

Here's what I wore!

I've had this dress from Missguided sitting in a bag for a while now, I was originally going to return it as I thought it looked a bit 'pyjama-esque', however after re-trying it on I decided I actually loved it (and it's super comfortable) so I premiered it for the party.  Teamed with some red lip (Illasmasqua's new Liquid Matte Lip in Exotic - full review coming soon) and my fav heels (from Zara 2013) I was ready to go.

I also pulled Andrew in front of the camera for this very own outfit of the day too!  Isn't he dashing!

The playsuit is still available online here - Now I can't wait for another excuse to dress up!

Do you have a favourite party lipstick?


Saturday, 5 July 2014

REVIEW: Face B4 Face Wash & Serum

I have bad skin, blah blah I admit it. It's funny how my skin is the one thing that always, always gets me down and ruins my confidence.

Anyway, I've recently completed revamped my skincare regime and wanted to go through some of the products in detail.  First up is a face wash from a brand I hadn't heard of until recently.  Face B4 is a brand dedicated to those who suffer who acne, blemishes and oily skin. I've been using this for over a month now and it has made a difference.

It's a combined cleanser & toner, containing two pumps which dispense into one foam puff which you then massage into wet skin, leave on for a minute or two and then rinse (I like to use a flannel). I do this after I've taken all of my makeup off with another remover (more details in my full regime post to follow) so it can thoroughly get to working on my bare skin.

 Many facewashes I've used which have been specifically for acne in the past have left my skin looking & feeling worse than it originally did - red, stinging, dry and feeling so tight which often feels like it's irritating my skin even more but this actually feels really gentle.

It is fragrance free, antibacterial and dermatologically tested to suit all skin types which makes it a winner in my opinion.  There is a serum available with this too but also helped (although I'll admit I haven't loved it as much as the wash, it smells a bit funky in my opinion) but makes a great little regime if your skin is suffering.

The face wash retails at £14.99 and the serum £9.99 and are avaialble from Boots stores and online.

Have you tried Face B4 products? What are your favourite cleansers for blemished skin?


Sunday, 29 June 2014

REVIEW: Urban Decay Black Eye Liners!

Eyeliners are my thing.
I've tried a hell of a lot of them and over the years have found some good'uns that I keep coming back to.  One of my fav brands, Urban Decay, have recently launched 4 new formats of black eyeliner which I've been testing out and can now reveal my thoughts on!

Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eye Liner & Brush:  I adore gel liners as they give an effect that no other liner can - a soft, gentle line which you can build up to create a create flick in any shape you want.  This gel liner is super creamy but stays put once applied so you can rely on it to keep your eyes looking smouldering all day long.  The brush that is available alongside the gel is also great, thin and slanted to help apply either thin or thick lines.

Waterproof Precision Eye Pen: This may just be my favourite of the bunch.  This liquid liner has the most fine nib which allows me to create the most precise cat eye flick which really does last all day.  I have to use an oil (Shu Umera Cleansing Oil to be precise) to remove this in the evening as otherwise remnants can be left on the skin.  This has become my handbag staple and I need to repurchase another soon.

24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil: This is a typical black kohl crayon which I've been using on and underneath my waterline to create a gorgeous smokey eye. This smudges beautifully under the lower lash line with a blender brush to give a sultry effect.

All Nighter Eye Liner: This is super similar to the Glide-On Pencil but waterproof and therefore long lasting. This is perfect if you're going to be out all day with minimal time to re-apply, or if you are planning to party the night away!

I have to admit I've absolutely fallen in love with these products and it almost makes me want to get rid of all my other liners as these suit every need!

They're available online and on Urban Decay counters and I'll definitely be topping up when I run out.

What's your favourite type of liner?  Will you be giving these a try?


Friday, 27 June 2014

GHD Aura Challenge!

I have never ever in my life used straighteners to curl my hair, let alone a hairdryer, so when ghd challenged me to use their new aura hairdryer to style my locks, I was apprehensive to say the least!

I made my way down to their HQ in Soho last week and was taught by a stylist how to use the brand new ghd aura to create a style of my choice. I obviously opted for a voluminous blow dry with a soft curl and I can't express how glam I felt afterwards.  My hair hadn't felt that soft in yonks and also Andrew (my boyf who was meeting me afterwards) had never seen my hair so perfect so I felt like an absolute babe.

The next opportunity I had I washed my hair and tried to re-create!  See the end result and how to below!

To create this look, follow the steps below:
1) Wash hair & towel dry.
2) Then follow with some heat protector or volumizing spritz. I used the ghd style Heat Protector Spray.
3) Roughly blow dry your hair so its more manageable.
4) Next, attach the nozzle to your hairdryer and take sections of your hair and with a round bristle brush, blow through your hair until you reach the ends, where you slightly twirl and spin the brush to create a curl at the end.
This sounds hard to explain and does take a bit of getting used to (especially as hairdressers make it look so damn easy) but it's very do-able and just takes practise.  I found that it's best when I twirl the ends on a high heat, and then switch down to the coldest setting on the hairdryer and give it another blast!
5) Backcomb roots and finish with hairspray - voila!

I say:
I wanted to shout about a few things that I LOVE about the hairdryer.  Firstly is that it has 'Cool Wall technology which means it has a ring of cool air around the hot air blowing out, meaning you can literally rest the hairdryer against your scalp and it won't hurt or burn.  It also means you can get closer to the roots for more volumized look.  It's also lighter and more quiet than any other blow-drier I've used and has a 'Cool shot' button allowing quick blasts of cold air to lock styles into shape.

ghd say:
The new ghd aura™ styling hairdryer has been designed to give you the good hair day that you deserve. It’s the first tool to offer exceptional styling benefits whilst it dries, making it easier than ever to achieve salon results at home. Innovative Laminair™ and Cool-Wall™ technologies developed by a team of ghd scientists will leave you with super-shine and luxurious volume. It’ll revolutionise the way you dry your hair!

The new ghd aura hair dryer is available from today for £145!

Do you use a hairdryer to style your locks? 


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ghd via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ghd.