31 October 2015

Eyes On Fleek with Soap & Glory

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I was on the lookout for some new eyebrow products when I came across a brilliant 3 for 2 offer in Boots (which they do quite often) on makeup products. Naturally, I had to take advantage of that offer and picked up not only the Soap & Glory Archery DIY Brow Bar, but also a brow filling pencil and a new mascara which I needed.
I haven't tried these products before so I was quite excited to see what they're like - I love Soap & Glory bath and body products, and their lip glosses are the best!

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Let's start with my favourite products - the DIY Brow Bar. This is the most handy eyebrow palette I have used in a while because it has everything you need: a lightweight wax to set your brows in place, a light and dark filling powder, a highlighter to outline your brows and two brushes and a comb. It comes in a compact case with a mirror, so you can take it everywhere with you and make sure your eyebrows are always on point.
I loved using this product - it's so quick and easy! At first, I use the wax and comb to brush my eyebrows in place. Then I use the lighter powder which is perfect for those with blonde/light hair - use the brush provided to fill and shape brows, it's really handy and precise. The highlighter looks lovely smudged underneath brows - it really brings them out and gives you a bit of a glow.

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Out of all three items, the mascara was the one product I was slightly disappointed in. Because I wanted a mascara which would really make my eyes pop - make eyes bigger, lashes longer and thicker - I was specifically on the lookout for that 'false effect' look kind of product. The Thick & Fast mascara is a good product but it gives eyes more of a natural effect, which looks nice but not what I expected from the description and the packaging of the product. It's definitely not a 'false lash effect' which I feel is where this was wrongly advertised. It makes lashes slightly longer, but I don't feel it has made them thicker or given them the 'va va voom' I was looking for...

 Soap & Glory makeup, beauty bloggers, FashionFake blog
Soap & Glory makeup, beauty bloggers, FashionFake blog

Finally, the Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush is an absolute must have for building beautiful brows or touching up brows on the go. The pencil doesn't ever require any sharpening so it's always ready to go, and the handy brush keeps my brows in check at all times. I use this product in the morning when I'm tight for time as it literally takes a couple of brush strokes and a sweep of the pencil to get the perfect brow. Well, as perfect as brows get - they're never going to look the same on my face... Like cat eye flicks. Just remember - they're sisters, NOT TWINS!!
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30 October 2015

Autumn 2015 LookBook: Luxemme

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Luxemme cape dress, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Luxemme cape dress, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Luxemme cape dress, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Luxemme cape dress, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: cape dress* Luxemme // faux fur stole* Boohoo.com // over the knee boots Primark // clutch* JustFab // necklace Accessorize 

It has been absolute ages since I last dressed up to go out - my cocktail nights out dancing have been replaced with cosy evenings in a country pub geared up in chunky knit sweaters and skinny jeans. Mainly because the clubs are so shocking where I live, it's just easier not to go out rather than bumping into someone you know from college that you really would rather not see, etc... It's a small friggin' town! Naturally because of this, I don't tend to fill up my wardrobe with nice 'out' dresses - but when I saw this Luxemme cape dress I really loved it and thought about how I could wear it.

A pet peeve of mine is how short all the going out dresses are these days - like I don't want everyone to see my bum and other private body parts when I'm dancing or even just walking somewhere. Which is annoying because that means I have to wear tights with dresses that I like and sometimes they just don't go. But, I have found the perfect accessories for this cape dress AND black tights to bring it into Autumn / Winter!

I paired this Luxemme cape dress with over the knee boots which are all the rage this season and come in so many different colours and heel sizes - these Primark ones are perfect for me because they have a nice block heel which is both stylish AND comfortable. I needed something to balance out the black at the bottom of the outfit so I added a faux fur stole which adds some warm glamour to the outfit. I kept accessories to a nice minimum with a statement black and gold necklace, and a box black and gold clutch.
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28 October 2015

Restaurant Review: BELGO, Soho

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Some time ago I met my friend Harriet for a spot of dinner in London. I asked her to pick a restaurant as she is a London resident and we share the same love and passion for food so I trust her to pick somewhere amazing. And she did - Harriet introduced me to Belgo in Soho, a Belgian cuisine eatery famous for their mussels.
I'm not too familiar with Belgian food but I was very intrigued (and the menu looked incredible) so off we went to enjoy an evening of food which I soon found out was a mixture of delicious French and German staple dishes. I love the bistro style of Belgo interior - the restaurant was divided into two parts: one which was like a restaurant set up with tables for different numbers of parties, and a bistro style table and benches - kind of like Wagamama.

Belgo Soho review, food bloggers, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers, London bloggers
Belgo Soho review, food bloggers, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers, London bloggers, Belgian restaurant in London
Belgo Soho review, food bloggers, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers, London bloggers, Belgian restaurant in London

As a started, we ordered the Meaty Sharing Plank which consist of Potted pâté, wild boar salami, speck ham, Belgo homemade coleslaw, dill pickles and giant croutons - YUM. This platter had everything you could possibly want, and perfect to share. You can make up your own little plates full of items you enjoy. I loved everything on the plate - especially the pickles which were gigantic and so delicious! The wild boar salami needs a special mention too as it was so tasty and flavoursome... perfect with Belgo's homemade coleslaw.
The Meaty Sharing Plank was very typical of German food with cured meats and pickles - it was a great introduction to Belgo and what they have to offer.

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Belgo Soho review, food bloggers, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers, London bloggers, Belgian restaurant in London
Belgo Soho review, food bloggers, FashionFake, lifestyle bloggers, London bloggers, Belgian restaurant in London

As a main, we just had to have the Belgo famous mussels - inspired by French cuisine and cooked to perfection. We both ordered the Moules Traditionelle which are mussels with garlic, celery and white wine - food perfection. We also got a side of chips to dip into the leftover sauce when the mussels have been consumed. They arrive in traditional pots with a lemon wedge on top and a sprinkle of parsley - and Belgo have the perfect portions to fill you up comfortably, whilst leaving you wanting more! Moules were non gritty, soft and so flavoursome - a splash of fresh lemon adds some zest to this creamy dish. I'm so happy we got some chips for dipping and soaking up the white wine sauce as it was delicious! I may have slurped mine all the way to the bottom of the pot - I just couldn't leave a drop behind.

I absolutely loved Belgo and now have a taste for Belgian food which is just delicious! There is something on the menu for everyone - shellfish lovers, meat admirers and vegetable converts with vegetarian dishes available. The service was excellent with attentive and chatty waiters - thumbs up guys! All in all, my experience was excellent and I would recommend Belgo in Soho to anyone in the area.
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26 October 2015

Autumn 2015 LookBook: Mixing Textures with Minkie London

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Minkie London, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Minkie London, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Minkie London, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Minkie London, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Minkie London, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Minkie London, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Minkie London, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: fur trim cape* Minkie London // skirt (old) River Island // boots Primark // bag* George at ASDA // necklace Accessorize // wood watch* Jord

Autumn is my favourite season for dressing up – I love layers, mixing textures and adding accessories to compliment my look. It is quite tricky to get your outfit right in Autumn because you’ll find mornings and evenings are incredibly cold, but it can get pretty warm during the day – especially if the sun is out. I usually spend most of September and October getting the mix just right! It’s really easy to ditch your style and wrap up in a massive coat (which I have done several times this season), but you can still keep warm and look super cute!

I want to introduce you to Minkie, which you may have already heard of from Topshop or ASOS Marketplace: Minkie is a fashion brand who started off stocking mainly as concessions in some of the best high street and online stores. I have come across them before in Topshop on Oxford Circus, but I was so excited to collaborate with the brand when they reached out to me a couple of weeks ago. I got a peek at their new collection which features gorgeous capes with fur trims (like the one I am wearing in this post), beautiful lace dresses and statement tops. I love how different the items are, even with a classic t-shirt Minkie manage to add something that will take it from ‘nada to Prada’.

I love the cape they kindly sent me to style because it makes me feel like a Nordic princess with the fur trim and baroque inspired fabric. I tucked it into an A-line tweed skirt for a true country bumpkin Autumn feel – loving how the fabrics work so well together and give dimension to the outfit. I think I am missing a felt trilby hat with a pheasant feather to complete this outfit – I’ve been looking at getting one! With a chic bag and some over the knee boots, this is the perfect Autumn look to take you wherever you need to go.
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25 October 2015

Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Review

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Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser review, FashionFake, beauty bloggers, cleansers for sensitive skin
Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser review, FashionFake, beauty bloggers, cleansers for sensitive skin

During the months of Autumn and Winter, skin suffers a lot from the cold weather, central heating and hot baths. Often it becomes dry and sore, spots and blemishes tend to appear - especially if you have combination skin. I always suffer from seasonal weather changes in terms of my skin - I get covered in spots, my skin is often painful to cleanse and makeup doesn't even cover up because my skin is so patchy. 

When cleansing, I love a little scrub because I feel like it gets into my pores and purifies all the grime and dirt from the day. But that's impossible to do when skin is dry and sore! Enter Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser - THE sensitive skin saviour. This bad boy cleanser is perfect for ultra dry skin with Vinanza Grape (an NZ sauvignon blanc grape seeds) antioxidant properties and cacao butter which gives it super smooth texture. It is specifically designed to soften and moisturise, helps to repair free radical damage and soothe sensitive skin with the help of ingredients like lavender and blue chamomile. 

It feels amazing to massage this cleanser onto the skin of your face and neck - the texture is super smooth and luxurious, it literally melts on your skin. I like to massage this in for a minute of two (mainly because I love the way it feels and smells) and then rinse off with the help of a warm face cloth. My skin ends up feeling so soft and moisturised - but more importantly clean and fresh. Because it's such a gentle cleanser, it's perfect for when skin is playing up because of the cold weather. 
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24 October 2015

Look Good Feel Better Makeup Brushes - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Look Good Feel Better makeup brushes, FashionFake, beauty bloggers, cancer awareness
Look Good Feel Better makeup brushes, FashionFake, beauty bloggers, cancer awareness
Look Good Feel Better makeup brushes, FashionFake, beauty bloggers, cancer awareness
Look Good Feel Better makeup brushes, FashionFake, beauty bloggers, cancer awareness
Look Good Feel Better Blush Brush* £11.99 and Powder Brush* £12.99

Look Good Feel Better are a cancer support charity which helps women and teenagers combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment has launched a new range of makeup brushes that will match the quality of some of the best makeup brushes available on the market. With the help of brush specialists Bespoke Europe, these makeup brushes have been created to professional quality and come with a very reasonable price tag (prices start at £6.99).

I cannot imagine how traumatic it must be finding out you have cancer - everything these brave people go through is just incredible. Treatment has come so far with many people successfully beating their illness, but it doesn't stop anyone being afraid from the moment the doctor reveals terrifying results. And once treatment begins, many people experience side effects which changes the way they look - often lowering confidence, which ultimately lowers state of mind. Look Good Feel Better help women who have cancer treatment with their Programme of Workshops and Masterclasses that teach women skincare and make-up tips and techniques including help with eyebrow and eyelash loss and changes to the skin - the proceeds from their makeup brushes will help keep these classes expanding. An 8% - 12% donation will be made from the sale of each brush and set, and Bespoke Europe have guaranteed a minimum donation of £30,000!! Just to give you guys some numbers: Look Good Feel Better runs free skincare and make-up Workshops in over 77 hospitals and cancer support centres nationwide and more than 150 Masterclasses are held each year, which enabled them to support 14,500 women and teenagers in 2014.

Now let's talk about the brushes themselves because I know we tend to pick a favourite brand and stick by it but honestly I'm a bit of a makeup brush whore - I switch and try new brushes all the time. And I'm going to be upfront about these brushes: their bristles are super soft on my skin, and handles are so comfortable to hold!
The range features 12 high quality brushes which have been developed with the help of beauty industry experts. The brushes are all hand made using soft talkon bristles - it is a special polyester derivative free of any protein component which makes the brushes allergy free, environmentally friendly and suitable for sensitive skin. What's not to love already?

International Make-Up Artist to the stars, Caroline Barnes, has commented on the brushes:
These brushes are of an exceptional quality and the breadth of the range is excellent. They are affordable too, making them appealing to both professional and non-professionals.
Make-up can have a huge impact on women’s confidence and I’m a big supporter of the wonderful work that Look Good Feel Better does to help cancer patients regain a sense of normality.” 

The brushes are available from Boots.com and larger Boots stores, also at feelunique.com, lookfantastic.com and beautyexpert.com, and come as individual brushes or as sets. 
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23 October 2015

Autumn 2015 LookBook: Casual Style

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Autumn 2015 Lookbook Casual Style, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Autumn 2015 Lookbook Casual Style, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Autumn 2015 Lookbook Casual Style, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Autumn 2015 Lookbook Casual Style, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
Autumn 2015 Lookbook Casual Style, FashionFake, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: chunky knit sweater Primark // jeans Primark (DIY slits) // shoes Kurt Geiger // bag* George at ASDA // watch Michael Kors

Casual style doesn't have to be boring - although I love my tshirt, jeans and sneakers combo, I also love to swap flats for glam heels and spice up my outfit ready for a day of chilling and look great for evening cocktails. By putting unexpected accessories with a casual outfit like I've done with these beauties from Kurt Geiger, you immediately make it more interesting without being in-yo-face: remember, sometimes less is more. Unless you're dressing as a unicorn in which case more glitter and ribbons is always more!!

Currently loving Primark sweaters - they look and feel so amazing, and come with a price tag of around £10. I'm especially obsessing over grey sweaters because I feel like they look so luxurious and go with absolutely everything! I just love grey when it comes to knitwear, always have and always will.
Talking of Primark, I'm also a fan of their jeans - the ones I'm wearing in this post are their high waist skinny jeans and I have cut slits in the knees myself because I'm sorry but spending £40+ on a pair of ripped jeans is just not on my list of priorities. So I got a cheap and cheerful pair of navy jeans for a £10 and did a bit of DIY, but what I found is that Primark jeans are actually super soft and comfy! So, I'm heading back for more.

I find a lot of my style inspiration on Pinterest - it's honestly the best tool to get your creative juices flowing whether you're styling an outfit or redecorating your house, or even just thinking of what to have for dinner! Like this outfit was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest where all the focus was on the shoes which were paired with an otherwise very tame outfit. Check out my boards and follow for daily Pins!
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21 October 2015

Restaurant Review: The Fox Inn, Tangley, Hampshire

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Last weekend we celebrated Liams birthday with an evening full of Thai deliciousness, and indulgent wine. I took him to The Fox Inn, Tangley who do the best Thai food around and are located in the countryside which makes for a lovely setting. We first tried the food there about a year ago and were so impressed, I really wanted to take him back there. 
I'm not the most educated at Thai cuisine but everything that I have ever eaten has been delicious! And of course, I experiment with Thai ingredients in home cooking but that's more me mixing flavours rather than experiencing authentic Thai dishes. Liam loves Thailand and the cuisine so quite often I'll listen to what he's thinking of ordering and make my mind up. I also think a good Thai restaurant is hard to come by - flavour wise, the food has to be just right. 

The Fox Inn Tangley review, Hampshire Thai restaurants, food bloggers, FashionFake
The Fox Inn Tangley review, Hampshire Thai restaurants, food bloggers, FashionFake
The Fox Inn Tangley review, Hampshire Thai restaurants, food bloggers, FashionFake

As we were choosing our starters, we got some complimentary crackers which were very nice - spicy and full of flavour all on their own. We decided to get a mixed platter for 2, and a Tom Yum Goong which is our favourite - it's a spicy lemongrass soup with prawns, which tastes like heaven. I've had Tom Yum several times, and have even made it at home but this one beats the rest - it's just so yummy! The started platter included sesame prawn toast, Thai fishcakes, chicken satay, veggie spring rolls and king prawns in crispy pastry. It came with sweet chilli and satay dips which were so delicious! I fell in love with the fishcakes which I think were salmon - with a squeeze of lemon, they were smooth on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. Yum! It was just enough to fill us up with plenty of room for mains - I love platters as I think it's nice to have something to pick on whilst you're talking and have several different items to taste.

The Fox Inn Tangley review, Hampshire Thai restaurants, food bloggers, FashionFake
The Fox Inn Tangley review, Hampshire Thai restaurants, food bloggers, FashionFake

We struggled to choose the mains, simply because there was so much yummy stuff on the menu. From Thai curries to stir fries, chefs specials, salads and soups - I think The Fox Inn have covered it all. We ended up going for a Weeping Tiger which is chargrilled steak topped with mushrooms, onions and rice wine (and I added chillies onto mine) with pak choi side; and a roast duck Panaeng which is a thick Thai curry with green beans fresh chillies, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk. Panaeng curry is a safe bet because every time I have had one it's been delicious! By the way, if you visit The Fox Inn then you have to take my word for this: they are not one of those places which joke around with their spice. When they say something is hot, it's really hot! Delicious, but nevertheless I have been to plenty restaurants where a 4-chilli ranking is like a 2. With these guys, a number 3 is more than enough to get you sweating and reaching for the water jug. 
Both of the meals were cooked to perfection, especially the steak though. It was rare-medium just like we asked for and there was so much of it! Definitely worth the money. 

We really enjoyed our trip to The Fox Inn, Tangley and will definitely be back again soon! Be sure to check it out if you're in the area and especially if you like Thai food - I'll be making my way through the menu to taste new dishes. 

PS the images aren't as sharp as I'd like them to be as I forgot my camera that night so had to resort to my trusty old iPhone!! 
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19 October 2015

Antipodes Ananda Antioxidant Toner Review And Giveaway!!

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Antipodes Ananda Antioxidant Toner review, beauty bloggers, FashionFake, organic skincare
Antipodes Ananda Antioxidant Toner review, beauty bloggers, FashionFake, organic skincare

Toners are a staple of my skincare routine - I have always enjoyed using them because I feel like they get rid of any unnecessary oils on your skin, and also close pores after a hot bath/shower. They're also really refreshing in the summer when it's so hot you can feel your skin clogging up and need a quick boost.

Antipodes Ananda Antioxidant Toner promises to calm the skin with a combination of premium botanical extracts and natural minerals mixed with 15,000 year old Waiwera artesian water from New Zealand. One of the active ingredients is raspberry seed which is rich in omega and antioxidants, it assists in boosting lipid content and decreases moisture loss which is perfect for Autumn/Winter weather as skin tends to loose a lot of moisture due to central heating. It also has aloe vera which is known for its numerous health benefits one of them is soothing irritated and stressed skin - I remember my mum used to put aloe vera gel straight from the plant onto rashes and bites when I was little. I've always wanted to get a plant to keep in the kitchen but keep forgetting!
Ananda helps the skin generate and foster healthy cells thanks to mamaku black fern which is an ingredient representative of New Zealand skincare. Scented with Bulgarian rose oil, this toner is both refreshing and luxurious - simply spray onto your face and neck and I wipe it off with a cotton wool pad, but you can leave it on for a moisture boost and relief from pollution, sunlight and other environmental aggressors.

Antipodes Ananda Antioxidant Toner is dermatologically approved for sensitive skin, and can be used on irritated skin too, like I suffer from spots and usually they're quite aggressive so I like to use this toner because it's very gentle on the skin.
This product is also certified organic with 77% of ingredients from organic cultivation and 100% of ingredients from natural origin. Why go organic in skincare? Read a post I wrote about that topic not long ago.

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18 October 2015

Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum Review

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Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum review, beauty bloggers, FashionFake, serum which is a good primer
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum review, beauty bloggers, FashionFake, serum which is a good primer
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum review, beauty bloggers, FashionFake, serum which is a good primer

In a couple of my previous posts, I mentioned that serums have become a staple of my skincare routine - it's actually incredible how much of a difference one product can make. I never used to use serums as I felt like perhaps they weren't as necessary in my routine not did they make much difference - but what I figured out is that I was using the wrong serums and in the wrong way.

I was very excited at the opportunity of trialling Pestle & Mortars Pure Hyaluronic Serum which is the perfect all in one product for the skin - it targets fine lines, dullness and dehydration helping your skin restore a healthy glow, plumpness and radiance. I find that especially in Autumn/Winter, my skin can get really dry and dull, and craves hydration to keep it bright and healthy looking.

Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum has a lightweight formula and added Vitamin E which is great for keeping your skin looking young, and it can be used as a velvety makeup primer. I like to add a couple of drops into my morning moisturiser and apply onto my skin - it makes my skin feel super smooth and soft. Before bed, I apply the serum onto cleansed skin and follow with my nighttime moisturiser.

I really enjoy using the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum because of the way it feels when applied, and also how smooth it makes my skin - the perfect primer as well as a serum. The serum is also 100% free from animal derived raw materials and organic solvent remnants, parabens, propylene glycol, any fragrance and is not tested on animals - yay!
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