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24.11.16

THOSE FLUTTERY FESTIVE LASHES

The festive period is coming oh-so-close and with work and Christmas do's lining up, you want to look as glam as you can. One thing that I feel can pull any makeup look together and can also make you feel a little more special, is false eyelashes. The styles I'm going to show, I have been wearing non-stop! I love a light weight and flirty lash especially for this time of year. I got these from falseeyelashes.co.uk as they stock tons of lashes and they give free 1st class delivery for every order!  So don't worry if you haven't got yours yet, these come super quick.
You may have seen these on my Instagram already but I am completely, head-over-heels in love with the Eylure No 117s*! I wear these if I want a thick and fluttery lash with a natural finish, these aren't the longest lashes so if length is what you want, you may not like these! But length isn't a priority of mine and I love that these aren't as long as some of my others. The band is thin and subtle so you can get away without much eyeliner which makes these look even more natural. They're comfortable to wear and with some good glue these should stay on all night - even right up til 6am.

Another fave of mine are the Red Cherry Stevi #43* lashes! Yes, there is a little bit of theme here! I love a fluttery, textured lash. These are pretty similar to the Eylure 117s but these are much longer in length! I wear these when I want to look a little bit extra, the long length of these makes your eyes look way bigger and gives them some more drama. Again, the band is pretty subtle so if eyeliner isn't really your thang, not a problem.
Obviously I'm finishing off the post with a few super sassy selfies! I do love a snapchat filter. Which one was your favourite? 

xo
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14.11.16

IF YOU BUY ONE THING THIS MONTH

Or this year, or century, whatever your budget is or even if you pop it on your Christmas list. This is my favourite beauty find of 2016, big words but it's got to be said. I love this! Marble packaging is a plus but the products are just so dreamy. I love natural, glowy makeup and this takes my 'no makeup, makeup' days to the next level.
Say hello to my first ever Hourglass purchase and yup, I'm hooked. The palette contains 5 brand new and exclusive shades, containing; a setting powder, subtle bronzer, peony pink blush, a coral blush and a highlight. The perfect compact for on the go, when I'm travelling to London, I'm one of those that does their makeup on the train and this is perfect. It's got a big mirror, It's light and compact so I can chuck it in my handbag with a few brushes and I'm done for the day.

I did have concerns over the size of the pans but nope, it's absolutely fine! I can dip my brushes in and out just fine. If like me, you love glowing skin, this is for you. Everything can be built up and layered for a more dramatic look in the evening, but for during the day, a swipe here and there and you're done. This is so, so, so worth every penny and as I was telling my boyfriend the other day, I'm pretty happy I picked this up.

You'll have to surgically remove this product away from me! What is your must-have product of the month?

xo
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7.11.16

CAPTURING 'THE FOG'

Leopard print coat, check. Autumnal background, check. Sassy hair flick, check. See, I can do this blogging thang! You may or may not know, I am in my final year of University completing a Digital Photography degree. I don't show my photography a lot, well I don't show it really full stop. But it's something I feel needs to change! If you have me on Facebook, I apologise about all this deer spam! Here's a couple of my images from my new collection of images called 'The Fog'. You'll see that the name is pretty apt, just keep scrolling.
My boyfriend and I got up at 6:30am and drove to Richmond Park - on a Sunday - if you know me, you know I like to do bugger all on a Sunday so this is an achievement in itself. After about an hours drive, we got there bright and early so I could make use of all the beautiful fog! I wanted to my pictures to have a little drama so the weather was peeeerfect.
I am a total beginner when it comes to Wildlife Photography but I love the outdoors, going on walks and most importantly, I love deer, they are so beautiful. So I thought, why not? It's something a little out of my comfort zone but I thought it was so much fun. I prepare for hours of walking and standing about with huge coats and wellies, it's not glamorous at all. Plus it's hard as you never know where the deer will be so you have to spend some time tracking them and then approaching them slowly. It was so foggy this particular day so it took ages finding them, it was ten times harder as you just could not see! We kept on mistaking their antlers for tree branches.

It's up to you how close you get, I actually took half of these pictures on my 50mm so I managed to get pretty close. I keep quiet, just taking my camera and will leave them be after a couple of minutes just incase they decide to take charge. Ya know, rutting season and all.
 I will be returning to Richmond pretty soon! This is just the start of my Wildlife Project, so if you like these, I could definitely show more that I take in the future. Let me know what you think! I'd love to know all your opinions. 
 To see more of my photography and more deer snaps if you enjoyed these; head over to my Photography Website: mollierae.co.uk 

xo
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19.10.16

WHAT A TWO WEEK INTERNET DETOX TAUGHT ME

It must be the sudden change in the wear here in the South East because it's got me dreaming back to summer, I stumbled across these pictures and wanted to put them to good use. In August, I flew to Ibiza for two weeks in a hotel that had little to no internet. I know, shock horror, me? A blogger? Two weeks? No internet? Yup I can tell you that I bloody well missed the internet. Jokes, ok maybe I missed it slightly.
Rixo Issy Animal Print Dress (now on sale, go go go!)

I did still have access to the internet from bars and restaurants we visited but it would only be for a short period of time, where I'd upload a bunch of pictures quickly to Instagram and whatsapp my mum. I felt extremely out of touch and quite alienated, I didn't know what everyone else in the world was up to and that scared me. Then I realised, how creepy? I don't actually talk to most of the people I follow but yet I obsessively want to know what they're wearing and what they were doing with their day. Creepy indeed. I would even find myself scrolling through Instagram and Twitter automatically, even though I didn't have any Wifi so I'd just be seeing three day old tweets and Insta snaps. It became such a routine for me and it was so strange not to be connected. But after a couple of days or so, I started to enjoy just 'living in the moment'. Of course, I did get my phone out but that was mainly to take pictures cos hell you can't take a camera away from a photographer. Especially me, who has this incessant need to record everything in life. But yeah, my boyfriend's family? They're pretty cool.

It was nice just to kind of 'forget' home or pretend it wasn't there for a little while, it was nice to be somewhere new and do new things like wake up and go down for a swim in the sea which definitely isn't a part of my normal routine (I wish). It was nice just to forget any troubles or responsibilities I had at home and jump in the pool, you know? Thinking only of the present and maybe what I was going to have for dinner that evening.

It was like I was in a little holiday bubble and I never wanted it to burst! But of course, as soon as I landed at London Gatwick, the phone was straight back out. Thank goodness for 4G. Well it was nice whilst it lasted. 

xo
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17.10.16

NARS VELVET LIP GLIDES

So I popped into Space NK and came out with two new lipsticks cos ya know, it happens. I've had my eye on these new Nars additions for a while and with the shades I wanted being sold out everywhere, I found myself extremely lucky when I just strolled into my local Space NK and noticed they were all in stock! Yay!
I picked up Bound and Stripped to start with, as these are my classic autumnal shades - nudes (duh, all day long) and a light berry. The formula of these are very peculair, it's like a lip-gloss-lip-cream hybird and I love it. I also think the word 'glide' is very appropiate when describing the formula, it's thin and slippy so it just glides straight on the lips. It appears glossy at first but eventually dries down into a velvet finish so again pretty apt name. They are pretty pigmented and I think they look better and ultimately last a lot longer over the top of a lip liner, I've been loving pairing these with my MAC liners. The Lip Glides also have a slight vanilla scent to them which makes me want to eat it so these don't last very long on my lips anyway. What's best about these, is that they are moisturising and very forgiving on the lips, so I can tell you already that these are going to be on my lips all damn winter. I now need to pick up every shade.

What's also great is that they look beautiful, I love the 'frosted' bottle effect with the matte lid. Very Nars especially with the all-black packaging. This little lip product has exceeded my expecations and I'm now on the lookout for Playpen and Deviant, so watch this space.

Right to left: Bound and Stripped.

xo
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14.10.16

THE ZOEVA CONTOUR & CONCEALER SPECTRUM PALETTES


For starters, this review has been in the bag since mid-August and I've been using these products pretty much every day since! So it's better late than never, right? Zoeva is hands down, my favourite 'drugstore' brand or more affordable beauty brand, if you will. When I heard they were coming out with these contour kits, I knew I would need them straight away and yup, they're pretty fab.
The black packaging with the coppery, gold detailing still makes my heart flutter, I just wish they wouldn't get so grubby! The Zoeva Concealer Spectrum Palette* was a life-saver over the summer months, I went on holiday for two weeks so this was a life saver! I could dip and dab into all the different colours to create my perfect concealer shade. These are super pigmented and medium to full in coverage so they can hide a multitude of sins. The packaging is really light and slim so perfect for travelling, I don't need to take any other concealer with me as I know everything I need is in that one palette! The variety of shades available is perfect for me, there's a white shade, a yellow shade for brightening and a salmon shade for correcting alongside the other light beige shades to choose from as well. But I find for darker skin tones there's a lack of choice with only those two bottom shades, CCO80 and CCO90 which are fab for cream contouring for me but it just isn't a good enough range I think to please everyone. Nevertheless, the formula is super creamy and they blend out really nicely.

I will say, come winter time I'll be packing this away as the formula is a little drying on the skin and my skin is damn fussy in the colder months and I can just see this creasing up all over the place already! I am super strict when it comes to products when my skin is at it's dryest and I don't think this is going to cut it. But I will be tucking it away in my palette drawer with a heavy heart as It'll just have to wait for summer to come out again.

Now for something I'm truly dying to share with you! Zoeva's powders are some of the best I have ever tried. So creamy, so pigmented, so beautiful on the skin. I knew in my heart of hearts that I was going to love this and yup, I am obsessed. The Zoeva Contour Spectrum Paletteis sooo beautiful! It contains four shades, two with velvety finishes and two matte, in that same slim and light packaging that I live for. It's perfect. I don't like contour kits that have lots of shades as I never use them all and it's just a huge waste. I use every single shade out of this palette, I use one as an all-over setting powder, one to set and highlight under my eyes, another for carving out my cheekbones and nose and the last one to warm up my skin. So if you're looking for a non-fussy contour kit that has everything you need in it, I would suggest picking this up!

Aaah another hit from Zoeva! Have you tried these products yet? 

xo
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3.10.16

THOSE VELVET SHOES

Aaaaaah these shoes. I spotted these babies on a trip to Bluewater with my mum earlier on in the week, I waltzed around Topshop and found these just calling my name. I didn't think I was going to dip into the velvet trend much this season but these shoes have changed my wardrobe game. I absolutely adore statement pieces that can refresh a piece you've clung onto for years or adding a twist to a classic black dress like I am wearing here.
Autumn is here and Christmas is looming, so I wanted some comfortable but beautiful shoes that I could last all night in! My first outing with these was a trip to London for an engagement party, so I put these fully to the test. I received so many compliments which was really lovely as I know not everyone is going to love these but they were comfortable, the perfect height for me and I managed to come away with minimal damage. I've got a graze on one of my ankles where it was rubbing but that's to be expected with new shoes, right? So I did swap into my flip-flops for the way home. But I'm sure after a few more wears these will soften right up. These are the JOJO Multi Buckle Shoes from Topshop in 'grey' but they are much more of a blue/teal shade, perfect for this time of year. I've got a couple more parties to attend to so I'm so excited I now have these!

The dress I'm wearing was featured in my last post my A/W Transitional Style Haul just showing you the pieces I've been wearing recently across my Instagram, so check that out for the link. What do you think of my new velvet beauties? 

xo
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28.9.16

A/W TRANSITIONAL STYLE HAUL

Over these past couple of months, I've been doing a little shopping to ease me into this Autumnal transitional period. Whilst we're here, I want to say, this is going to look like one big Zara ad and I promise you it isn't, I wish they paid me because I absolutely adore their stuff but sadly in this instance, they haven't. It's all just me and my own money on this one. So, if you want to see what I bought, just keep on scrolling!

ZARA A-LINE DRESS WITH FRILLS
BOD & TED CUSTOMMADE DIGTHE PULLOVER 
ASOS DOUBLE BUCKLE WESTERN BELT
ZARA METALLIC LEATHER CROSSBODY BAG
ZARA MINI SKIRT WITH BOWS
BOOHOO EMBROIDERED SHIRT DRESS
NEW LOOK BLACK PAISLEY PRINT BANDANA
ZARA EMBROIDERED FLORAL DRESS
ZARA NAVY BLUE SPOTTY CULOTTES


This is how I've styled some of the pieces in this haul. You would've seen these snaps already, if you follow me on Instagram, where I post my daily outfits on my Instagram and Instagram story! Follow me here, if you haven't already. What are your favourite transitional pieces this season? 

xo
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21.9.16

GOING FOR GOLD

Sorry! Couldn't resist the punny, cringe-worthy title. But let's be serious here, I have an obsession with gold jewellery. I can't stop looking at it and I can't stop buying it. So, I thought I'd show you some of my favourite pieces! There's a mix of affordable pieces and pieces that are a little bit more of an investment, but it's all worth it. Trust me.
Rachel Jackson London is one of my favourite jewellery brands at the minute. I adore her designs - especially the geometric and pineapple styles, so cute! Recently, I picked up the Hexagon Gold Outline RingI love its unusual, geometric style and it hasn't left my middle finger since. I also picked up the Long Pineapple Pendant. I love, love, love long necklaces, I think they can immediately put an outfit together and there's something quirkier about them than your ordinary lengthed chains.

Next up is a necklace I cannot take credit for, Suzie from Hello October made me buy it! It was £10 from ASOS, so how could you not? The Mini Shape Multirow Choker Necklace is absolutely beautiful. Of course, the gold plate won't last forever but I can see myself buying this again as it is so affordable. I love the little moon pendants and it's fine chain, I think it looks a lot more expensive then it actually is!

I was walking through Topshop when I spotted this necklace and it was only £8! This Star & Lightning Bolt Pendant Necklace immediately caught my eye, I am obsessed with stars especially at this time of year. I have to have star patterns on everything! There's something so festive about them and I think the little lightning bolt, that's layered on this necklace is super cute as well.

Recently, I've been preferring gold jewellery over my classic silver! These pieces are just some of my favourites. What are your favourite jewellery pieces? 
xo
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