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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Yellow flicker beat...


Khaki duster coat: Topshop (via ebay)
Grey high neck top: Primark
Ripped knee jeans: New Look
Leather bucket bag: Zara
Trainers: Primark
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Hi guys! Sorry for the iphone quality outfit photo but I thought, just as I'm getting re-settled, I would post a few quick & easy OOTD's for you to tide you over ;)

I have been after a khaki duster coat for what feels like an AGE, & there are plenty of really nice ones around (here, here, here & here as examples) but I just couldn't find the 'perfect one for me, whether it be because the khaki wasn't green enough, the length/material wasn't what I was after or the fact that all the super pretty ones were WAAAY out of my price range. So when I saw this Topshop beauty on good old ebay (brand new for £35 less than in store) I couldn't say no >.<

What do you guys think of the duster coat / jacket trend? Are they something you have been investing in the past few seasons?

Follow me on Instagram @effiesmakeupbox here>link for more OOTD's
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Monday, 3 November 2014

Just Do It…

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Nike Sweater: COW Vintage
Leather Snakeskin Skirt: COW Vintage
Oversized Fedora Hat: ASOS
Platform trainers*: Cute to the Core

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OK so while I am still getting round to sorting my camera out, I thought it would be nice to do a bit of a flash back of an old shoot I did back in January with WE ARE COW.

Now if you haven't heard of them before, they are an awesome vintage clothing company based in Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham & Nottingham but if you can't make it to any of their stores you can shop online here>link . Seriously, you should give them a check!

(You might recognise my little dino shoot buddy (': from this post>link isn't he just the freaking cutest! ^_^) Also, there is no guarantee that you will find the items I am wearing on the site but there will be many similar :) Happy shopping! ^_^ www.wearecow.com

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Ghouls just wanna have fun…

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Well, hi again!, long time no freaking see again >.< Basically because my laptop is a hot mess & my camera is awol (all the lols)

This post is a little random but I thought it might be a nice ‘ice breaker’ back into the blogosphere. If you follow my instagram @effiesmakeupbox you will have probably already seen some of these photos (if you don’t, then go & follow, I promise my feed is pretty OK (a no belfie zone but still pretty good ;)

So yeah, this post is pretty self explanatory really, I dressed up as quite a few bits & bobs this Halloween (Ariel being my favourite, closely followed by Lydia Deetz) Gotta love a bit of Halloween cosplay! & then there are the obligatory pumpkins, I swear we pick something harder & harder each year to carve, this year being Groot & Star Lorde from Guardians Of The Galaxy (SUCH a good film!)

Anyway, I think it’s nice to be back? I’m gonna stop rambling now & let you get on with the rest of your Sundays :) What did you guys dress up as for Halloween? Also, leave your instagrams in the comments/tweet me (probably best to tweet me actually as I’m more likely to check there first) cos I’m always looking for new pretty accounts to follow! ^_^

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Freak Laboratory mineral foundation*…

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REVIEW:
WHAT FREAK LABORATORY SAY: ‘’This foundation best suits normal skin; skin that is not excessively oily or overly dry. It should be applied with a kabuki brush, in circular motions.It’s free from parabens + bismuth oxychloride, and the use of titanium dioxide in this foundation means some SPF is provided.’’
WHAT I THINK:
Packaging:First of all, I want to say how amazing I think the packaging is. Like most people, I am often drawn to products with great packaging & Freak Laboratory ticks all the right boxes: sleek, durable, not overly fussy & a down right fab logo!

Product:
Ever since my massive acne breakout in 2009 (& I mean massive, This is not just a few dimples I’m talking about here, my face literally looked like someone had thrown boiling water on me. It was that bad. I couldn’t wear anything on my face at all & it was very painful. I’ll not go into the deets but it was a pretty low time for me.) Trips to the docters were never vey successful & I obviously wanted something to cover the molten lava lumps acne on my face so I turned to Bare Minerals. I tell you now, it worked WONDERS & I have been a lover of mineral make-up ever since. However I’m not so in love with the hefty BM price tag. £25 a pot, to me is pretty expensive so when I saw that Freak Laboratory foundations retail at just £10 for basically the same product in the same sized pot I was super impressed! Not only that but Freak Laboratory offer a wider range of colours, so you can really find the perfect shade for your skin & even better news… they also offer small samples of foundations for only £1 per sachet so you can match your colouring up perfectly before going all out & spending your hard earned money on a full sized pot.

Application:
You can apply the foundation with either a kabuki or foundation brush, depending on the finish you want. I have been applying mine with the kabuki brush FL kindly sent me (pictured) & I also tried applying it with the infamous elf powder brush & found that that works pretty well too! The foundation feels really light on the skin, it feels like my skin can breathe which is always good!

Conclusion:
I would definitely recommend this foundation if you don’t like the feeling of heavy makeup but still want a full coverage. I would also recommend mineral foundations to anyone having problems with their skin, like I said, it worked wonders for me & with Freak Laboratory, the colour range is vast so you are bound to find one which is your perfect match while not being too harsh on your skin whilst not breaking the bank.

WHAT DO YOU THINK: Have you ever tried anything from Freak Laboratory? Have you ever tried any mineral make-up? What did you think of it?

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