Tackling Modern Military and Berry A/W Trends with Debenhams

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When I stumbled across a challenge by Debenhams to style looks from their Autumn/Winter collection, I was intrigued. The task was to style a look for yourself and friend from either Modern Military, Pastel Palette, Autumn Luxe, Blue Notes, Pinks & Berries or Winter Green trends. For myself I knew off the bat which I'd choose. Military is a trend I absolutely love - black, a LOT of pockets and a sort of rough around the edges sex appeal. I wanted to keep a sleek simple black silhouette like a fashion ninja so I knew these Julien Macdonald pieces were perfect with a bit of edge in the mesh and the leather look.
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My favourite looks from LFW - Bloggers edition

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It was with pangs of jealousy that I admired so many bloggers looks ready to take the cobbles at Somerset House. Last week I showed you my favourite celeb looks from backstage at NYFW, but bloggers are the single biggest inspiration to me fashion wise and with so many amazing British girls doing amazingly, I thought it was only right that I donate my London Fashion Week post to them.

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Holding on to summer OOTD

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Summer is slipping away! I'm torn between being sad and happy about this. I love layering so I'm excited to dig out some old favourites but I'll be sad to see the back of cocktails outside by the sea. I actually wore this outfit to Bloggers Love Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago but I didn't get the chance to photograph it at the time.

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My first lip crayons - Revlon Colour Burst Matte Balm

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I know, I know I'm late onto this one but I've never been all that sold on the idea of lip crayons. Now everyone from Barry M to Clinique have an offering but what really caused me to give them a try was my everlasting search for matte lips.
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My High End Beauty Wishlist

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Now it isn't often I need my boyfriend for makeup related tasks, but one of the perks of his reasonably new job is that he gets an exclusive invite to an Estee Lauder brands warehouse event which will get him 50% off a range of products. Sadly partners are not permitted to attend but I plan to send him in with a list as long as his arm and given that I was compiling a wishlist for him, I thought I'd share one with you all!

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Oxgenetix Oygenating Foundation Review

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Foundation is something I'm only just starting to gather a bit of a collection of. As its usually the most expensive item in a makeup bag, I used to just finish one before buying another but now I am trying to collect something for all my needs. The foundation I'm talking about today is one I picked up a sample of at Bloggers Love Fashion Week from a brand, Oxygenetix that I hadn't heard of.
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My picks from the River Island Autumn Collection

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I've made no secret of what a high street hoarder I am. You'd probably guess from this blog and a certain recurring handbag and sandal combo that River Island is one of my favourite stores. Personally I think RI is great for a cross between street style and glam which is what I love. I've gone through their Autumn collection and thought I'd show you my favourite pieces..
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Benefit Instant Comeback Serum

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When I think of Benefit, I think of cute, quirky cosmetics and gift sets. 50's inspired packaging and interesting colours. Skincare isn't something that immediately comes to mind so when I got this tester sized 'Instant Comeback Serum' with some other purchases I was intrigued.
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Best backstage looks from NYFW so far

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September aka Fashion Month is a beautiful one. I love spending hours trawling the internet to find streams of the shows, celeb spotting the front row and admiring the painstaking work and showmanship that goes into every collection. After having acted as a dresser for a charity fashion show and it being ridiculously hard work, I can't imagine how much these guys put in to shows of this calibre.

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'Barely there' makeup look - perfect for school

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I remember it well, struggling to hide behind lockers as my head teacher patrolled our school halls with a packet of make up wipes ready to rid us of our badly applied eyeliner and liberally glossed lips. At the time I was devastated and convinced that more was more but now during the day I prefer a more subtle look.
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Leighton Denny nail polish in Supermodel

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Very heavy on the beauty at the moment because I've recently got lots of exciting things I want to tell you about. Another brand I met at BLFW was Leighton Denny who specialise in nail polishes. I picked up shade Supermodel*, a lovely mink colour similar to Barry M's Mushroom which I love. This one has a slightly more taupe/purple tone which I feel works better with my skin tone and is perfect for Autumn.

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Beauty Works Large Paddle Brush

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Blogging with one full time job and one part time job can sometimes get a little tricky. I've been a little absent this week because life has got a bit crazy. A fun part of the craziness was attending Bloggers Love Fashion Week. It was a really nice first event to go to because it was open to any blogger to come, meet some brands and other bloggers in a relaxed atmosphere.
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Soap and Glory Thick and Fast HD

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Longer time readers of Something like Nicola might remember me waxing lyrical about Soap and Glory's mascara offering. It has become a staple of my daily routine that when a Soap and Glory 'Buy One Get One Half Price' coincided with a mascara shortage I knew exactly what I'd be picking up. Thick and Fast HD is the second of Soap and Glory's three mascaras.

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