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New Outfit Post - Ready For The Heatwave!

Breaking out a new Mango dress that I bought a few months ago & fingers crossed it seems today is going to be hot enough to bring it out to play.  Athough I'm not taking any chances & have my trusted denim jacket just in case!

Summer, My Midlife Fashion, Leopard Print, Animal Print, Mango, Zara, Studded Sandals, Denim Jacket

Dress - Mango
Bag - Boden
Denim Jacket - Zara
Leather Cuff - Banana Republic
Sandals - Zara

Simple Summer Dress,Summer, My Midlife Fashion, Leopard Print, Animal Print, Mango, Zara, Studded Sandals, Denim Jacket

Denim Jacket - Mango Now £24.99
Leather Cuff - Mango Now £4.99
Sandals - Zara Now £22.99

I don't know about you but I'm keeping everything crossed that I can grab a lunch hour & enjoy some of this beautiful weather.....it seems a crime to be stuck inside working when we rarely get temperatures like we're due today.

Have a fab day & if rumours are to be believed this heatwave is hear for a couple of weeks whoop whoop!  Which makes the 25% at Hush on all dresses, skirts, shorts, tees & swimwear perfect timing click here to get shopping :-)

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New Outfit Post - Styling a Knitted Jacket

Thought I'd wear my Hush knitted jacket today & team it with a simple 'V' neck top & cigarette length distressed jeans.  

My Midlife Fashion, Boucle, Kinitted Jacket, Zara, Next, Mint Velvet, Hush, Distressed Denim, Office Ghillie

Jacket - Hush
Top - Zara
Necklace - Mint Velvet
Bracelets - Ashiana 
Belt - Next
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Office

I absolutely love this style of jacket/cardigan as they're perfect for throwing on with a pair of jeans & are that little bit more informal to a blazer & of course easier to roll up in your bag once the sun comes out.  Unfortunatley the Hush jacket has now sold out but I've found a great textured jacket from Karen Millen below if you fancy re-creating the look.

Red and grey,My Midlife Fashion, Boucle, Kinitted Jacket, Zara, Next, Mint Velvet, Hush, Distressed Denim, Office Ghillie , karen millen

Top - Oasis £22
Necklace - ASOS £18
Jeans - Next £40
Shoes - Office £60

Happy Monday & if you've been waiting the ASOS up to 50% sale starts today click here to get shopping!

Fingers crossed the weather forecast for this week is right.....bring on the heatwave!!

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Wedding Guest Challenge

I love a challenge so when Bonprix recently got in touch with me to see if I'd like to take part in a style challenge I was immediately intrigued but being honest thought I wouldn't find anything that I'd a) like & b) want to wear let alone recommend & feature on the blog, as I don't know about you but Bonprix is a catalogue company I'd written off long ago & not looked at since.  

However, curiosity got the better of me as I've been surprised by brands before & I thought a quick peek at their website wouldn't go a miss & hey who doesn't like looking at clothes & thinking about ways in which you'd style them & make them work for your lifestyle?!

I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the offerings on the site I mean seriously would you have thought this was from Bonprix?!!!

I just love the crossover zip detailing perfect for teaming with a pair of skaters & either a denim jacket or biker jacket, or teaming with heels & a statement clutch on a night out.

Bon Prix Zip Front Jumpsuit By Rainbow

Then I saw this stunning boucle frock coat & it was love at first sight!  Perfect for teaming with a simple shift dress for a special occasion or dressing down with jeans & a simple cami/t-shirt.  Plus it's available in cream or black too, I mean seriously how useful would the black one be?!

Bon Prix Frock Coat By BodyFlirt

Then there's this lovely kaftan top, which has now been reduced to just £17.99 & also comes in black, jade or taupe.  Personally I'd style this with the tassel ties undone & team with a simple pair of jeans & trainers/sandals or if I wanted to dress it up a bit a pair of white trousers.  Perfect for summer evening or even with a pair of denim shorts & a panama for holiday chic.

Bon Prix Artisan Kaftan By Rainobw

Needless to say after spotting such beauties I thought it worth investigating further as certainly from the website Bonprix had some great offerings all at an great prices & if I'm honest I was keen to see if the quality was as good as the pictures looked.

So back to the challenge - to style a wedding guest outfit for £50.  At first I panicked thinking there was no way I could style a whole outfit for £50 but luckily I was allowed to use accessories already in my wardrobe along with anything I picked from Bonprix's wedding shop.

And what did I pick?  Well I went for this lovely dipped hem dress, which as soon as I spotted it I instantly loved but of course we all know loving something from a picture & loving it in the flesh can be a whole different ball game.

The dress is available in two different colorways - black as shown below or red, which after a lot of thought was the colour I decided to go for.

So first up here's a picture of the dress from their website.

Bon Prix Dipped Hem Dress By Rainbow

And here's the dress on me.

Bon Prix Dipped Hem Dress By Rainbow My Midlife Fashion Wedding Outfit Zara Blazer Tuxedo Jacket Fascinator accessorize

Dress - Bonprix
Fascinator - Accessorize
Tuxedo Jacket - Zara
Bracelet - J Crew
Clutch - Zara
Sandals - Zara

As you can see I've kept the accessorises pretty simply & gone with all black so the dress can do all the talking.  A simple clutch, statement black heels that are shown off perfectly due to the beautiful raised hem, my Accessorize fascinator, a tuxedo jacket for warmth (as British summers being what they are you generally always need something for when it goes chilly!) & for jewellery I've just added by J Crew link bracelet.

My Midlife Fashion wedding guest maxi dress bon prix dipped hem dress by Rainbow Zara Accessorise Blazer Tuxedo

My Midlife Fashion wedding guest maxi dress bon prix dipped hem dress by Rainbow Zara Accessorise Blazer Tuxedo

Styling A Maxi Dress For A Special Occasion, wedding guest maxi dress bon prix dipped hem dress by rainbow zara, accessorize blazer tuxedo J Crew Fascinator clutch

Dress - Bonprix £44.99
Sandals - Zara Now £19.99
Bracelet - J Crew £125

So what do I think of the dress?  Well I absolutely love it - the fit is perfect, the quality amazing - it really is incredibly well made & I have to say looks far more expensive than it actually is.  Plus the fabric is incredibly thick so there's no need to think about having to add an underskirt or worry about the sun shining too brightly & becoming see through.  It's made from 70% viscose, 25% polyester & 5% elastane so fits to the body beautifully & the panelling & cut is incredibly flattering.

Plus of course, whilst it makes the most stunning outfit for a wedding or special occasion I think it would be perfect for teaming with some flat sandals & dressing down for a daytime or holiday look too so it's not something that's going to stay hanging in your wardrobe & only come out to play for a special occasion......although if anyone I know could now decide to get married so I could wear the outfit to a wedding I'd be most grateful!!

Now as I mentioned earlier the styling of a wedding outfit is part of a style challenge set by Bonprix & over the course of the next few days they're going to be asking you to vote on their Facebook page for the outfit you like the most so if you like how I've styled my outfit I'd love for you to keep an eye out & perhaps give me a like here.

So what do you think have you taken a look or bought anything from Bonprix recently or like me had you written it off?  All I can say is you should seriously take a look as they really do have some great picks.

See you tomorrow & before I leave you a quick heads up that the Boden up to 50% sale starts this morning click here to grab yourself a bargain!

Have a fab Sunday.

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New Outfit Post Featuring A Sneaky Sales Purchase!

Breaking out a bargain top I managed to get in the Zara sale last week when I popped into Birmingham with my son.  It's a little bit different to my normal tops in that it's patterned but has the most lovely detailing, which is hidden by my blazer in the picture.  Plus as it was the only one on the rail & in my size I just couldn't resist & at £15.99 quite frankly it would have been rude not to ;-)

I've gone for quite a smart look today & teamed the top with my tuxedo blazer, cigarette pants & then dressed the look down slighly by adding my trainers.

My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Mango, Tuxedo Jacket, Cigarette Pants, Ghost, Trainers, Monochrome

Tuxedo Jacket - Zara
Top - Zara
Leather Cuff - Banana Republic
Cigarette Trousers - Zara
Bag - Ghost
Trainers - Mango

Monochrome, My Midlife Fashion, Tuxedo, Blazer, Jacket, Mango, Next, Boden, Mint velvet, trainers

Leather Cuff - Mango Now £4.99
Trousers - Boden £59
Trainers - Next £38

A few errands to run this morning along with the normal karate run & Saturday chores then treat food & a film tonight.

So I mentioned the other day that I'd been really good with the old sales shopping.....well that was until Marks & Spencer launched 20% off their full priced womenswear, menswear & homeware & I may have made a sneaky purchase or two......purely just to try of course ;-)  Seeing as there's still 20% off until the end of today (see here) I thought I'd share what I've ordered.

First off I've been toying with the idea of a swimsuit for our summer holidays & as soon as I saw this one I just knew I had to give it a go.  It looks perfect from the pictures - monochrome, stylish, either halter neck or strapless so no unwanted strap lines & far more expensive than £26......fingers crossed it looks as good in the flesh!

Marks and Spencer Secret Slimming Striped Bandeau Swimsuit

Now I spotted this jacket a few weeks ago & having found my Mango quilted pattern jackets extremely useful I just couldn't resist clicking the button on this beauty as for starters it contains my favourite colour - hot pink.  Hubby is hoping I don't love it, I am hoping otherwise ;-)

Marks and Spencer Per Una Open Front Floral Jacket

And finally I'm always on the look out for a simple white summer dress & this one looks lovely - simple, classic, elegant & available in three different lengths.....I''m thinking this will look stunning teamed with a denim jacket & tan sandals or a simple panama on hotter days so have ordered in the shorter length.

Marks and Spencer Square Neck Drop Waist Dress

Anyone else taken advantage of Marks' 20% off?!  If you have I'd love to hear what you've been buying.

Have a fab Saturday :-)

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WIWT - Keeping It Simple

A simple outfit for me today all blue, which I've brightened up with my quilted Mango jacket.

My Midlife Fashion, Zara, Mango, Quilted jacket, Skinny jeans

Jacket - Mango
Necklace - ASOS
Top - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Zara

Navy and Red, tusk pendant, asos, zara, mango, my midlife fashion, bobble sandals, distressed denim, skinny jeans, quilted jacket

Top - Next £24
Necklace - ASOS £18
Sandals - Zara Now £22.99

Another manic day in the office for me.....roll on wine o'clock & the start of the weekend, I don't know about you but I'm ready for a quiet chillaxing couple of days, the last few days at work have been busy beyond belief.

Happy Friday & don't forget it's the last day of Boden's 40% off 40 favourite items today see here,.  Plus Mango's sale is now 50% off everything see here, Marks & Spencer have just launched 20% off all full priced womenswear, menswear & home click here & get an additional 20% off all Office Shoes sale items by clicking here!

See you in the morning.

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New Outfit Post - Styling Up A Denim Jacket

Whoop whoop it's Thursday already :-)

Styling up my Boden denim jacket today with stripes & my lace up Office shoes & finishing the outfit with my red cross body bag.

my Midlife Fashion, Office Red Ghille lace up flat shoes, capri trousers, breton, stripes, denim jacket, alice jacket, zara, boden, coco bay, hipanema

Jacket - Boden
Jumper - Massimo Dutti
Bag - Zara
Bracelet - Coco Bay
Trousers - Zara
Shoes - Office

Styling A Denim Jacket,my Midlife Fashion, Office Red Ghille lace up flat shoes, capri trousers, breton, stripes, denim jacket, alice jacket, zara, boden

Jacket - Boden £69
Top - Boden £25
Trousers - Boden £59
Shoes - Office £60

Lots more sales have also now launched including the John Lewis clearance see here, Monsoon up to 50% click here, 20% off all swimwear at Topshop click here, Accessorize up to 50% see here & until Sunday Hush have 25% off selected items see here.  How's everyone doing on the sales purchases?!!  Dare I say so far so good I think I might be able to polish my halo ;-)

Hope everyone has a fab Thursday.

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La Redoute Style Challenge - One Kaftan 5 Different Ways & WIWT

Recently I was contacted by La Redoute to see if I'd like to take part in a styling challenge & seeing as I love a challenge I jumped at the chance.  The theme set by La Redoute was to style an item of my choice from their beachwear collection five different ways.  So the obvious thought was swimwear but apart from adding a different kaftan or sarong I was struggling to come up with five separate looks & if I'm honest I didn't relish the chance of five photos of me in swimwear!

So after a bit of brain storming I came up with the idea of a beach cover up....something a lot more versatile that can be worn on holiday & at home & what better item to pick than a kaftan.  Obviously once I'd decided on a kaftan I then needed to spend a happy hour or two trawling through La Redoute's website, where naturally I got side tracked at all the lovely goodies stocked, but eventually  I picked this stunning kaftan.

la Redoute Long Sleeved Dress With Embroidery and Studs My Midlife Fashion

Plus this fab pair of Havaianas for summer.

Havaianas Slim Flip Flops My Midlife Fashion

As I've previously mentioned footwear for me during the summer is all about comfort so the Havaianas are a great addition to my shoe collection - comfy, practical & will go with everything plus they don't need wearing in :-)

The kaftan is stunning too.  It's made from 100% textured cotton which is always useful when wearing in hot climates & has the most beautiful embroidery & decorative stud detailing.  Plus a laced front tie & internal pockets.

So without further ado here's my five looks.  

Firstly here's how I'd style the kaftan for going to the beach.  The detailing is so lovely that I've decided to keep the accessories quite simple & have simply teamed it with a classic straw panama hat, my Havaiana flip flops and a large basket.

la Redoute Long Sleeved Dress With Embroidery and Studs My Midlife Fashion, Beach Looks, Panama, Basket, Havaianas

Panama - H&M, similar here
Kaftan - La Redoute £79
Basket - bought in Majorca, similar here
Flip Flops - La Redoute £25

Then for my second look I've kept with the holiday theme & simply tucked the kaftan into a pair of denim shorts to create the illusion of a top & teamed with a classic saddle bag & my Clarks mid heel tan sandals.

la Redoute Long Sleeved Dress With Embroidery and Studs My Midlife Fashion, Clarks, Saddle Bag, Denim Shorts, H and M

Kaftan - La Redoute £79
Bag - Clarks, similar here
Shorts - H&M, similar here
Sandals - Clarks £55

Then for my third outfit I've created a look that would be perfect for travelling on holiday & have paired the kaftan with my panama hat, Havaianas & finished the look with a distressed pair of boyfriend jeans that I've turned up to create a laid back summer vibe.

la Redoute Long Sleeved Dress With Embroidery and Studs My Midlife Fashion, Panama Hat, Havaianas, Distressed denim, boyfriend jeans

Panama - H&M, similar here
Kaftan - La Redoute £79
Jeans - Zara, similar here
Flip Flops - La Redoute £25

As perfect as the kaftan is for holidays it's also an ideal top for dressing up for evening too.  For my fourth look & first evening outfit I've styled the kaftan with a simple pair of pleather leggings & teamed it with statement heels & a leopard print clutch to add a spot of interest.

la Redoute Long Sleeved Dress With Embroidery and Studs My Midlife Fashion, Leather Leggings, Sandals, Leopard Print, Animal Print, Zara

Kaftan - La Redoute £79
Leather Cuff - Banana Republic, similar here
Pleather Leggings - Zara, similar here
Sandals - Zara £19.99

Finally for my fifth outfit I've styled the kaftan as a dress to be worn on a night out.  Keeping the look simple & understated so that the embroidery & stud detailing can stand out.  This time I've gone bare legged & paired the kaftan with heels, a simple clutch & a tuxedo jacket.

la Redoute Long Sleeved Dress With Embroidery and Studs My Midlife Fashion, Tuxedo Jacket, Zara

Tuxedo Jacket - Zara, similar here
Kaftan - La Redoute £79
Bag - Zara, similar here
Sandals - Zara £19.99

So there you have my five different looks & how I'd style a kaftan, which hopefully goes to show just how versatile a top like this can be & how if you really had to you can travel light when going on your holidays.

Finally I'm finding the kaftan so useful that I've styled it a sixth way for my outfit for today.

la Redoute Long Sleeved Dress With Embroidery and Studs My Midlife Fashion, Tuxedo, Blazer, Zara, Clarks, Cross Body bag, Massimo Dutti, Skinny Jeans

Tuxedo Jacket - Zara
Kaftan - La Redoute £79
Bag - Clarks
Jeans - Massimo Dutti
Sandals - Clarks £55

Styling A Kaftan

Tuxedo Jacket - Mango Now £29.99
Kaftan - La Redoute £79
Jeans - Boden £69
Sandals - Clarks £55

So what do you think of my five different looks, do you have a favourite?  I'd love to hear what you think & if you can think of another way it could be worn.  Plus I'd be interested to hear if you shop at La Redoute.  When my son was little I used to get all his clothing from there plus of course the odd sneaky purchase for myself too but I have to admit that I've let them fall off my radar.  Why I don't know & not a mistake I will continue making as they have such a great selection of clothing with something to suit all budgets & the speed in which the items arrived was fantastic.  In fact they've currently got a great offer on - £50 off £100 including sale see here & use code 8520 at checkout.

Have a great Wednesday & if you want to see the feature on La Redoute's website & how other fashion bloggers have chosen to style their beachwear click here.

See you in the morning & before I leave you a couple of sales klaxons - Clarks now have up to 50% off with more styles added to their summer sale see here & Jigsaw have just launched up 50% off click here.  Happy shopping ladies.

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The Fab 40s - White/Cream Lace

It's that time of the month again where I join forces with four other lovely over 40 ladies to show how we each interpret our style to a particular theme.

This month it was the turn of the beautiful Dixie to choose & she picked white/cream lace, which is just perfect for summery days.  

Lucikly for me I have a few items of clothing that fitted the topic perfectly including a lovely new maxi dress & the white lace tops I've recently invested in (see here) but in the end I decided to style an old off white top from Zara as I just love neutral lacey tops teamed with denim.  Plus this is the kind of top you can literally throw on & go.

I've decided to keep the look pretty dressed down & laid back & have simply paired it with my Mint Velvet jeans, which I've turned up for a mroe relaxed vibe & accessorised with some simple studded neutral sandals & my Hipanema bracelet.

Neutrals and Denim, kaftan, Mint Velvet Boyfriend Jeans Denver, Hipanema, Zara bobble sandals, My Midlife Fashion, kaftan, lace

Top - Zara
Jeans - Mint Velvet
Bracelet - Coco Bay
Sandals - Zara

And here's how the other wonderful ladies have chosen to style white/cream lace, starting with the lovely Dixie.

Jacket - Banana Republic
Blouse - NYC Boutique
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Rebecca Taylor
Clutch - BCBG

Top - Lilly Pulitzer For Target
Skirt - Old Navy
Shoes - Italian Brand (DSW)
Bracelet - Nakamol
Bag - Burlington

Top - TK Maxx
Sunglasses - ASOS 
Puca Shells - Boracay

Top - Indie Label
Bracelet - Unearthed
Rings - Karla Deras & Walk In Wonderland
Bag - Elle Bee 2006
Joggers - Forever 21
Shoes - Just Fab

Finally here's where you can 'shop my look' to create a similar outfit from pieces currently available on the high street.

Neutrals and Denim, kaftan, Mint Velvet Boyfriend Jeans Denver, Hipanema, Zara bobble sandals, My Midlife Fashion, kaftan, lace

So what do you think are you a neutral lace kind of person for summer?  If so what's your favourite item of clothing that incorporates this theme & how do you style yours?

As always I love reading your thoughts & comments & a before I leave you a quick heads up - Boden have just launched 40% off their 40 favourite pieces with free postage & returns click here to get shopping!

Happy Tuesday.

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New Outfit Post - Denim & Metallics

Keeping things nice & simple for a busy day in the office & teaming my Mint Velvet jeans with a metallic jumper & ballet pumps.

Metallics and Denim, Steve Madden Rubby Loafers, Mint Velvet Boyfriend jeans Denver, Phase Eight, Asos, Tusk Necklace, Hipanema Honolulu Bracelet, Coco Bay, My Midlife Fashion, Zara

Jumper - Zara
Necklace - ASOS £18
Bracelets - Ashiana
Jeans - Mint Velvet
Ballet Pumps - Zara

Metallics and Denim, Steve Madden Rubby Loafers, Mint Velvet Boyfriend jeans Denver, Phase Eight, Asos, Tusk Necklace, Hipanema Honolulu Bracelet, Coco Bay, My Midlife Fashion

Happy Monday & for one day only there's 20% off selected items at Marks & Spencer see here to get shopping :-)

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My Beauty Regime & WIWT

So earlier in the week I covered my skincare routine (see here) & today I'm going to share what make up I use.

Like my skincare I've recently overhauled my make up after a make over with the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges a few weeks ago.  Previously I'd been a Bobbi Brown girl through & through & couldn't imagine changing brands for either my skincare or make up but I kept reading so many positive things about the Charlotte Tilbury range that I was intrigued.  The icing on the cake was when a lovely make up artist friend (Allison I'm blaming you!!) also started raving about them that I decided to book a make over with my mum (another Bobbi devotee) to see what I thought.

The girls on the counter were lovely & spent ages on the make over & talking me through the products.  Strangely enough the girl doing my make up had previously worked with Bobbi Brown so it was really useful to be able to compare & talk through the products that I was at the time using.  Plus I hadn't realised that Charlotte Tilbury is heavily responsible with several big beauty brands including Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford & Mac, another factor that seems to suggest she knows her stuff.  I also learnt that in the twelve months since the brand began it has achieved in one year what it took Mac ten years to achieve.  If I wasn't convinced by the make over then you can't ignore those facts can you?!

Suffice to say that after the make over both my mum & I were total converts as not only did the make up look stunning, the products felt so lovely on our skin & really light too not as if you were caked in make up.  Naturally we ended up buying a few products there & then & I have over the course of the past few weeks found myself gradually adding to my collection.  I haven't swapped over to her skin care as I'm loving the La Posey Roche products that I blogged about here & intend to stick with them but my make up has been total overhauled.

So here's what was recommended for me.

First Charlotte Tilbury's Wonderglow which is a make up primer/beauty flash lotion that can either be used under foundation, on it's own or even over foundation.  If you click on the below link you can read all the benefits but I just love the tiny flecks that really do give my skin a glow & pick me up.  Plus I think this will be lovely on it's own on holiday once my skin is sunkissed too.  I apply this all over my face as a base prior to my foundation.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

Now it's been many years since I last wore foundation instead opting for tinted moisturiser even in the winter as I hate the feeling of heavy make up on my skin.  So when they applied their foundation I really didn't expect to like the look or feel or it.  But as silly as it seems it feels lighter than my tinted moisuriser & covers my skin without looking as if I'm wearing foundation.  Again you can read all the benefits by clicking on the link but I was sold instantly & believe me for me to be raving about a foundation is nothing short of a miracle!

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Despite being a Bobbi Brown lover I had recently started using YSL Touche Eclait as my concealer & again didn't expect that Charlotte's version would be any better but once again I was impressed.  Plus the beauty of this is that not only can it be used to conceal your dark circles etc but it's also a concealer for any imperfections/spots you may need to cover too, I simply love products that do more than one thing.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher

So that's my base sorted, although on the day they also applied a small amount of powder, which I'm not using & is something I've not added to my routine as having used the foundation on it's own for a few weeks now I don't feel I need it & the foundation stay puts without any shine.

One Bobbi Brown product I've decided to stick with is my shadow for filling in the gaps between my eyebrows as although I'm sure the pencil Charlotte Tilbury does a great job I find powder so much easier to work & make look natural.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Mahogany

Moving onto eyes, which for me was the thing I was most keen to try as whenever you see pictures of Charlotte Tilbury or her make up the eyes really stand out.  Now I seem to have nightmare lids meaning I had to stop wearing powdered eyeshadows many years ago as they always seem to crease & melt so had been using Bobbi Browns long wear ones, which aren't the easiest to blend but at least they stayed where they were put.  So when the make up artist doing my make up showed me the pallete I explained my problem but she assured me these would be fine.  I honestly didn't expect these to stay on my eyelids but was intrigued to see how to apply powdered eyeshadow so decided to just see what they did.  The palettes all have different names but the girls suggested I try 'Uptown Girl' to help define my eyes.    

Having only been using two colours at most for eyeshadows the four colours seemed a bit daunting but basically the palette covers all scenarios.  The girl doing my make up explained that the top two were to be used for a natural day time look with the bottom right added for evening or for a more dramatic look for day & the colour in the bottom left was what they called 'disco' & is used for adding a pop to your eye make up & for evenings out.

As I've said in the past I'm really no expert on beauty products but I'll try & explain how I was told to apply them.  The top left hand colour was swept across the whole eye socket up to the brow line.  Then the top right was applied to the lower lid to the crease & then blended out.  For a heavier look the bottom right colour was applied to the crease of my eyelid & blended & also added along both the top & bottom lash lines (this can be applied heavier for a more dramatic look for evening).  Finally they applied the bottom left by rubbing their ring finger onto the powder & then literally just patting into the centre of my eyelid.  

Having not been able to really blend my long wear eyeshadows in the past I loved the look they created but didn't buy this product immediately as I fully expected it to slip & crease on my eyelids but I was amazed to see it stayed put resulting in a cheeky online purchase & the binning of my Bobbi Brown long wear shadows.

Charlotte Tilbury Uptown Girl Luxury Palette

Now because of my heavy fringe I like to wear a decent amount of eyeliner so to finish the look they also applied eyeliner to the top & bottom of my lash line & also my inner water lines too.  The Charlotte Tilbury eyeliner is a pencil but I really like my Bobbi Brown Defined Eyeliner so am planning on stick with this as it works for me & just in case I do poke myself in the eye I feel this will be a little kinder than a pencil!

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Steel Grey

I've been a huge fan of my Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara & have to say I never thought I'd want to change but having run out the other day & hearing the girl who was doing my make up say she'd have placed money on not swapping from the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye to Charlotte Tilbury  but was now completely sold on Charlotte Tilbury it was enough to persude me to give it a go.  I've literally just swapped over & have only worn my new one a couple of times but so far so good - seems to go on lovely, is easy to build up & does't clump.  

Charlotte Tilbury Glossy Black Full Fat Lashes

The next thing I learnt from my make over was how to contour properly & where to apply it (just call me Kim Kardashian ;-) ).  I also picked up a great tip as the make up artist showed me that to find out where to apply on your cheekbones (yes I'm guilty of in the past of just using a wide bronzer brush & applying liberally to my cheeks as I hadn't a clue).  Basically use the tip of your handle of your brush & lightly run it down the side of your cheek until you hit a dip then apply in a diagonal line to just above the corners of your mouth & up slightly to by your hairline, blending slightly as you go.  Then run the bronzer along your jawline on both sides meeting at the bottom of your chin.  

Charlotte's bronzer also comes with a highlighter which is then applied above the bronzer on your cheeks, down the brow of your nose & dabbed in your cupids bow & at the bottom of your chin & it really does give your skin a lovely glow & boost.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Another thing that has surprised me about the range is that I was a total convert to cream blusher & didn't expect to like the powder blusher Charlotte Tilbury do but yup I was wrong again.  As with all their products its really light in texture & not at all as I remember powdered blushers, really easy to blend.  To use you run your blusher brush around the outside & sweep this colour across your cheek bones & then lightly dab the brush into the middle & dab this onto the centre of your cheeks.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Love Glow

Moving onto lips next & I have recently discovered bright lipsticks so I was surprised when the make up artist suggested the below colour.  I think becuase she'd made my eye make up heavier then a more nude lipstick balanced the look out.  Once again I love the product & have also recently purchased this lipstick.

Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Bitch Perfect

Which I wear with the below lip liner & gloss.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pink Venus

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre Sweet Stiletto

For those of you that prefer a brighter colour these are the ones I tend to wear the most.....can you tell I have a hot pink obsession?!

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass Full Speed Ahead Lip gloss

Nars Rouge A Levres Colour Schiap Lipstick

Mac Lipglass in pink Poodle lip gloss

Finally I fix whatever make up I'm wearing with this Clarins make up fix spray that was recommended by of the mark up artists on the Woman & Home Magazine photo shoot.

Clarins Fix Make Up

And here's a few other Charlotte Tilbury products I'm planning on adding to my collection.  

First off the blusher in First Love, which looks quite beige in the picture but is actually a really lovely delicate & soft pink on my skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic In First Love

And also two of the Colour Chameleon eye pencils.  These are sold on the basis of your eye colour with the lighter colour being for daytime & the darker for evening.  Although of course you can wear both together.  I had a demonstration & they applied the light colour up to the crease of my eye socket & then smudged out with their ring finger.  The dark colour was then applied vertically on the centre of the socket & smudged across the lid with the focus being on the outer corner.  Finishing with a brown eyeliner lining my water lines.  Then the darker colour was used along both lash lines & smudged with their eye smudger brush (another product along with some of their other brushes that I'm adding to my ever growing list!).

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Champagne Diamonds

Colour Chameleon Black Diamonds

And also this lipstick which is slightly brighter than the one I've bought but can still be worn with my lip pencil & gloss.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution In Amazing Grace

So as you can see I'm a total convert & have fallen head over heels in love with all things Charlotte Tilbury & it's not just me my mum has also converted too.  Of course it could just be that old saying 'a change is as good as a rest' but I don't honestly believe it's just down to that.  Yes it's nice to be reminded of make up techniques & pick up new tips but I feel the products feel better on my skin & there have been days when I have forgotten I've got make up on as the make up feels so light on my skin.  

Plus having had a clear out of my make up bag I've far less products to weigh it down & so my make up routine has been simplified.  On top of that I know the colours I'm wearing are designed to enhance my eye colour & it only takes 10 minutes to apply my make up from start to finish :-)

Finishing as usual with what I'm wearing today.

My Midlife Fashion, Statement Necklace, Zara, Boden, Lille Lace Up Flats, Distressed Denim

Necklace - Zara
Top - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Boden

Statement Necklace,My Midlife Fashion, Statement Necklace, Zara, Boden, Lille Lace Up Flats, Distressed Denim, Mango, Danon, Bangles, Jewellery

Necklace - Zara Now £15.99
Shoes - Boden £89

So has anyone else tried any of Charlotte Tilbury's products?  If so what do you think?  She certainly seems to be everywhere at the moment & from the products I've used I'm very impressed.  Yes my bank account is a lot worse off but I'm loving applying & wearing my new make up & can honestly say I'm a total convert & can't wait to try some more products.  If you want to learn more then take a look at Charlotte's website (see here) as each product has brilliant video tutorials on how to apply the products correctly.

Apologises for the lack of photos from the makeover but we were having such a lovely time & enjoying watching how the make up was applied that I totally forgot to take any - oh well it's saved you from any unsightly close ups so not a total loss ;-)

See you tomorrow & happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dad's out there & as a little treat for all us mum's too Hush have got 20% off everything for today only, start shopping here!

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