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Kit Stars Make Up Brushes Review

Now let me start by saying that I am definitely not a make up connoisseur. I would say my abilities with make up are average and I am ashamed to admit that for the most part , I use my fingers for pretty much everything and a brush- one brush for bronzer and blusher. I though that was fine until I was shown the light! I was very kindly sent a set of Kit Stars Brushes to try and I have to say that I have rethought the way make up can be used.

This is not a sponsored post , it is my honest opinion as a make up brush newbie.So first of all let me tell you a bit about the brand. They claim to offer professional standard brushes at a fraction of the price. The brushes are all hand made and there





The brushes are all hand made and thereare natural and vegan brushes. They use use, solid copper and gold plate to ensure that the brushes are perfectly weighted .



I was sent brushes in natural fibre:
N3 Blush
N2 Shaping Veil
N1 Powder
S4 Base
S41 Short Angle 
N32 Blender
N33 Micro Pencil
S40 Easy Lip
N31 Tapered Blender
N30 Small Tapered Blender

They are all very reasonably priced considering the high quality of the product and I absolutely loved the S4 Base brush, I will never be using fingers again. Also, I have always been scared of eyeshadows but with gorgeous Blending Brushes I have never seen my eye make up look so great.
The Micro pencil is so handy if like me you find eyeliner tricky, and applying my lipstick with the Easy Lip made my lips look much fuller and precise.

My overall opinion is that this set of brushes is worth its value and really does deliver. they have been crafted with lots of care and they make putting on make up much easier and the end result looks more polished. So you can become your own make up expert! I certainly will be experimenting with my new additions and am looking forward to seeing what this brand brings out next!


Three Summer Essentials

We are officially in the height of Summer and there are certain items that are necessary this season in every wardrobe. However , updating your wardrobe every season can be quite expensive so it is important to chose wisely and pick items that you will get the most wear out of. 

Furthermore choosing a retailer that offers great competitive prices is also a prudent way forward for any fashion conscious girl. Rosegal , which is a huge budget retailer with an enormous range of items for sale are currently celebrating the Rosegal 5th anniversary and they have lots of offers on the site that will make your new purchases even more affordable


I also have a discount code that will get you a further 15% off your order by using code RGCara.

Below are the three items I feel are worth the investment this season and which will be suitable for many occasions and hopefully seasons to come.


Espadrille Pom Pom Fringe Slides here

These are perfect for so many outfits and tick so many trends. Slides are still huge but this is a much more sophisticated take on the trend which look far more expensive that they actually are.

 Lace insert Maxi dress here

A maxi dress is another staple , you can dress it up or down and can even use it as a bikini cover up. 

Straw bag here

One of the biggest trends of the season is the straw bag and personally I love it. They give an element of  freshness and are so quintessentially summery that they instantly lift any outfit and mood!

All the above items actually cost less that $100 in total so what are you waiting for. Take advantage of the great offers and don't forget to use the discount code for even more savings , that you can spend on delicious Summer cocktails instead!



The Perfect Tassel Printed Boho Dress

I love scrolling through blogs and Instagram looking at gorgeous Summer outfits with blazers and long sleeved embroidered blouses, however the reality of living in a hot country is that generally less is better. Keeping cool and looking cute is is the goal and trousers and blazers are best saved for late September. 


I really like the boho trend at the moment and it also suits my expanding waistline and ample chest which is always a bonus. I was so happy to find this gorgeous tasselled dress from Zaful , a company which I think is great for beautiful dresses and playsuits at very competitive prices.


 The dress has little thin straps which you can also tuck in to create a strapless style or let them hang down for a more relaxed look. The pattern is beautiful as is the pretty tasselled trim along the front. This is not maternity dress , but it does look great with a bump as well. The material is lovely and soft and you can easily wear it from day to to night.










  Tassel Ruffle Cami Dress here


The dress is currently under $20 dollars and there is a huge sale on the site and combined offers to take advantage of. 


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The Net-A-Porter Sale Edit

The Net-A-Porter sale is one of those sales that you just can't miss. Obviously it isn't a store most of us can often shop from, but the sale is a great opportunity to grab a few items that will upgrade your wardrobe and feel like you are treating yourself to something a bit more special. Personally , when I shop sales I try to buy things that will last in my wardrobe . Trend are transitive and trendy items are usually in the sale because they are on their way out. However, it is possible to find items that will become staples and Net-A-Porter is definitely a place where you will find some treasures that you will adore for years. Below are some of my favourites and if I have one piece of of advice, it would be not to wait around too long...the good stuff tends to fly out so be quick!


By Malene Birger  Coat here

A heritage style coat is something that will never go out of style and the gorgeous colours in this one will look great all year round depending on what you style it with. A timeless investment that will definitely work hard for your wardrobe.


Rixo London Dress here

I love this silk dress and it one that you can pull out for any occasion . The floaty shape is super flattering and the vintage inspired style means that it will never date.

Self Portrait dress here

This brand has become synonymous with beautiful intricate dresses and the sales is a great time to invest in one of their show stopping signature styles.



 Balmain Blazer here

Balmain offers the perfect modern suiting and if you have been lusting after one now is the time to take the plunge. This style is so flattering and will instantly make any outfit look put together and faultless. This is definitely one you should not wait around for as they sell out like hot cakes!


Jimmy Choo Pumps here

A  pair of Jimmy Choo pumps are on virtually every girls wishlist and this pair in particular is so special and beautifully designed that it is sure to take prize position in your collection .


Chloe bag here

Another covetable item that I catually can't believe has gone into the sale.The gorgeous rich colour will make it equally suitable for both Summer and winter bags and who doesn't want to be carrying a Chloe bag around??



Below are some more of my favourites a there is such an amazing variety that it is hard to narrow it down to just a few.




Top five occasion dresses for pregnancy

Dressing for occasion can be a lot of fun. It is great to get dressed up and feel a little more special than usual. However , for all the ladies in the same situation as me the spring Summer season is fraught with obstacles when it comes to looking put together when pregnant. There are certain criteria the outfit must fulfil:


- It needs to be comfortable. We have enough to deal with , fatigue, aches and pains and more intense sense of heat, so over fussy , uncomfortable outfits just won't do.



- It needs to stylish. Just because we are hiding a  little human in there, it doesn't mean we want to look like tents with heads attached.



-It needs to be special, extra special in fact. Pregnancy is a unique and beautiful experience and you want to draw attention to you and how special you are . You want people to see your lovely curves , beautiful complexion and extra thick hair and you want a dress that will achieve it and compliment your blossoming beauty.

So below are some of my top pics which I feel tick all the boxes and won't break the bank, because these are not dresses that you will get a lot of wear out of, unless you plan on getting pregnant frequently!


Asos 3D Embelished Maternity Dress here 




Asos Design Materinty Embroidered Wrap Midi dress here


Asos Design Maxi Embroidered Materity Dress here



Chi Chi London Maternity Dress here

Glamorous Bloom Tea dress here




So all you need to worry about now is having fun!


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STRIPE DUNGAREE SHORTS...pregnancy update!

A quick update from me. I am currently STRUGGLING to find cute outfits that will flatter my growing bump. I am nearing the end of my second semester and I can't say that I have a particularly big bump, but you know it's there obliterating the waistline and making getting dresses a work of art. Dresses are obviously great options but i am not really a fan of maternity wear and will try to get away with wearing normal clothes as much as possible. trying to figure out what size I might be in maternity wear is yet another mind boggling feat. I mean....clearly you are going to get bigger as the pregnancy progresses so how can you be the same size throughout...baffling!


 And while I can get my bum and thighs into things , the bussoms are a different story altogether. I pulled out all my floaty Summer dresses that I had stored for winter , feeling confident that they would look lovely over my blooming baby bump only to find that I could not fit my breast in...what is that all about???

Anyway on that note I have found that short dungarees are the best way forward at the moment, plus I love them anyway regardless of the pregnancy situation, but I do think they look extra adorable on pregnant girlies. Plus you don't have top worry about the growing tummy as they are adjustable . I came across a gorgeous pair from Pull and Bear very similar to a dungaree style dress  I already own but unfortunately tends to ride up a bit at the front now.



 They are in very summery strip pattern and are just the right length to make them both practical and youthful. I teamed them with a vest top in these pics but I will be wearing them white t-shirts and even a lacy crop top! I sized up and they fit great. so if you are not pregnant your normal size should be fine and the straps are adjustable.









Dungarees:Pull and Bear here similar here and here
Cap:Top Shop here
Shoes Slidders :Primark Last Season Similar here , here and here

Three Summer Dresses to complete your Summer look

With Summer just around the corner , pretty dresses are on definitely on my mind. I have come across some beautiful options at online store Zaful that are both on trend and affordable. Obviously due to my being pregnant , tight waisted options are not an option , but there are plenty of stunning styles that will suit my growing bump.
The dresses below are by now means maternity dresses and will look great on anyone.I just find materinty clothing very unispiring and try to find regular clothing that will fit and look good.

Off The Shoulder Embroidered Shift Dress - White here 


This dress is perfect for any occasion. It can be smart in the city with some nice high heel sandals or you can wear it on your holidays accessorising it with a lovely straw bag and barely there sandals. the dainty embroider is so flattering and I love the little puff sleeve and ruffle detail along the neckline!


Polka Dot Ruffle Skater Mini Dresshere


Polka dots are a huge trend this season and this gorgeous ruffle mini dress is a nice and unexpected way to wear it. I really like the neutral tones, it makes it look so sophisticated and this is sure to be a dress that will save you on many an occasion.




Floral Drawstring Ruffles Halter Dress here


A maxi dress is another essential for a perfect Summer wardrobe and the beautiful colours on this halter will be so flattering on any complexion and particularly good with the straw accessories that are so in fashion this season.


There is also a great offer on the site where you get extra discount if you buy two items and even more with three or four which is a great offer considering the original low prices of all these dresses! So go on treat yourself!

The Asos Maternity Spring Edit

Pregnancy certainly presents many challenges as besides having all the changes to deal with you also have to pretty much rethink your whole wardrobe. The bump is gorgeous, no doubt about it, but dressing it is another story. With my first pregnancy I only had a small bump up to the end and being my most heavily pregnant during high Summer meant that I got away with floaty dresses and a bikini for the most part. However this time round I do need some more put together outfits to go about my daily routine and it is not warm enough yet to be playing the boho card. Luckily frumpy maternity wear is a thing of the past and being pregnant is something to flaunt not hide. Asos has some amazing items that are good enough to wear any time not just during pregnancy , but the special cut of the clothing mean that they will be more comfortable and fitted than just wearing bigger sizes of normal clothing, although I am a fan of that as well. The site advises choosing your regular size as the bump has been accounted for. Below are some of my favourites , but there are lots more to browse!

Asos Maternity Sun Dress here




Asos Sleeveless Ribbed dress here


Asos Cotton Smock Top here


Bandia Maternity Dungarees here

Asos Maternity Chino Trousers here




Asos Maternity Midi Dress here

Asos Maternity Mom shorts here

Glamorous Bloom Top here


Mamalicious Frilled Shirt Dress here







The Floral Linen Dress

So we all that feeling of being stuck in a bit of a style rut this time of year , the shops are all full of gorgeous Summer clothing but the weather has different ideas . Add to that the fact that bearing too much after spending months covering everything up feels a bit exposing. So what is the a girl to do?I have found that a pretty spaghetti strap dress with a spring pattern satisfies my craving for something new and cheerful , but the fact that this is a great layering piece is what seals the deal . You can layer it over tops when the weather is a bit chillier and come Summer show your lovely tanned shoulders in the feminine strappy design. The one I am wearing in this pictures is from online retailer Zaful and is in a beautiful linen fabric that feels very comfortable and the beautiful floral design makes it perfect for Spring. I can't wait to style it in different ways and I think it will look so lovely with a pair of espadrilles or some dainty sandals.Add to that that it is a great bargain at $25 dollars and honestly it looks so much more expensive, I just hope they bring it out in more prints and colourways!



 Zaful Linen Dress here
 Zaful Sunglasses here
Top Zara 
Jacket Zara similar here and here
Trainers Adidas Stan Smith here and here and here


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