M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour -Red Jade review

Hey guys a flash review of the MAC matte liquid lip colour in Red Jade. This was a blind purchase in terms of buying it without actually seeing the colour in real life. My decision was based on the colour shown on the MAC site. 

This lip colour is applied as a liquid but it drys matte.  I loved these types of lipsticks because they are very long lasting and do not transfer. Although this is called a Red Jade, it has an orangy undertone.  Shades like this are very vibrant and great for the summer. I was so pleased with the colour. Totally my kinda thing. 

I had some challenges applying this lip colour. In order to avoid streaks I had to apply 2-3 coats. DO NOT pat down once the lipstick has started to dry.   I mad this mistake and had to start over because it caused clumping .

I really like the applicator. The shaping helps with going round the lips for better precision. So far I have had lots of compliments on this lipstick.  I bought it here with 30%off.  The great news is that MAC are doing 20% off all products right now using the discount code mac20. So you can buy this and other similar fab products.  

Have fun.  
See you soon. 

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Five rules for wearing floral prints

Hey lovelies. …. we can hardly make it past summer without saying the ‘F’ word. Floral prints are definitely a summer staple.

Deciding which floral print to wear can be the problem. Is there any such thing as a dated print? Are some prints more suited for specific sessions ? ????πŸ€”

Fashion rules are there to be pushed and broken. But here are 5 rules to help you in wearing floral prints this summer. 

Rule  No. 1

Wear whatever print makes you happy and comfortable . During the summer months you might find that larger sized  prints are more suited to match the bright and vibrant weather.  During the winter you can get away with adding colour and character to grey and cold days with smaller sized floral prints.

Rule No. 2

It is not a crime to wear floral print on floral print.  It takes a very special kind of person to pull this off.  If you are going the extra mile and wish to wear clashing prints, take care not to over do it. Medium sized prints with small sized floral prints might just be the right balance. 
Rule No. 3

Make a statement with your floral print.  Maximum the impact of your floral print by wearing it in a maxi-dress or by draping it in a duster/ kimono.
Rule No. 4

Be brave enough to experiment with colour. Opt for colours which suit your complexion for a girly and fresh look. 
Rule No. 5

If you are still not sure how to join the flower power movement, floral embroidery item are on trend and perfect for this season.  

Image from Topshop
How are you floral-ing this season. Have fun with it. 

See you soon. 

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My outfit deets 

-dress and bag from Zara 

-sandals from Primark

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DIY- Making a Kimono Jacket

Hi Guys,

I have recently had the urge to be more creative.  So I embarked on my first DIY sewing project to make a Kimono Jacket.

To start with I went fabric shopping.  This was so much fun guys. So much colours and textures out there.  I don’t know much about fabric compositions but something flowy works well for Kimono’s.  I also went for something with florals since this is totally in trend.

Once you have your fabric, you will need the following:

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  • 2.5 yards of Fabric ( buy more fabric if you want the Kimono to be bigger or longer)
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric marker or chalk
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors 

Begin by folding your fabric into two. Do this along the longer side of the fabric.

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Decide on how big you want the Kimono, then mark iron and and cut downwards of the folded edge.  I wanted an over-sized look so I measure mine at 36 inches ( This came out super big so I ended up taking 2 inches off).  When cutting ensure you still have enough fabric for your sleeves.

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With the remaining fabric measure and cut out your sleeves.  I wanted wide and long sleeves these measured  13 inches on the half.  You will need to cut two fabrics this size for both sleeves.

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You should have the following pieces of fabric cut now.  You will notice that I cut a slit in the bigger piece of the fabric.  This is the main body of the kimono and the slit will form the front openings/ sides.  Do not throw away left over fabrics.  This can be used to make a belt or pockets for your Kimono.IMG_2859

I decided to work on the sleeves first. On each piece, I pinned the two edges inside out and sewed.   As an additional step I ironed my seams open.  This helps with getting that great finish.

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I currently do not have an over-locker so I had to double fold and sew all the raw edges on the Kimono to avoid fraying.  On the sleeves you only need to do this to one edge as the other edge will be joined to the main body of the Kimono.

You are now ready to attach the sleeves.  Insert the sleeves into the Kimono and pin into place. Take care to ensure that the sleeves are the right way in to avoid having them inside out once you have finished sowing.

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You should now have the basics of your Kimono.

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I decided to cut the neck line as above to add some shaping to the collar.

Finally sew the sides together and neatly bind all your raw edges.  And your DONE!

Oh I added pockets and a belt with left over fabrics.

All in all I found this Kimono fairly straight forward to make and I am so thrilled with what I have achieved.  One of my biggest challenge was in binding the neck edge because of the collar curve( I could really do with some tips on how to do a better job of this in the future).  I am also still working on making my sewing straight but am sure a little more practice will straighten this out.  In hindsight I wish I used fabric that was printed on both sides.  Am not keen on seeing the plain side showing as am wearing the Kimono.

Ok so…. This is the finished product!   Still not sure how an going to wear this on holiday but I put this look together just to show you.

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Thanks for reading to the end.  Please let me know what you think of this look.

If you have any questions or comments you can put them in the comments box below.

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Outfit details

Playsuit from Zara

Nude Sandals from Marks and Spencer.

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New rules for layeringΒ 

Does what to wear during winter make you want to pull out your hair too? 

It kills me to think weather over fashion.. why can’t I have it all?  

Recently, I have found a new way to layer clothes to stay warm and chic. 

Despite what you might think. … this is the time to stock up on awkward midi and long dresses.. yes midi dresses. By layering them over skinny jeans or wide leg trouser, you get to make the most out of it in the winter and the summer. The joy of having a multi-seasonal wardrobe.

There are a few simple rules :

  • Opt for loose fitting and floaty dresses. Midi’s and shirt dresses will change your layering game πŸ‘Œ
    • Experiment with colours, prints and textures. Dresses that contrast your jeans or trousers are ideal.
    • Feel free to seal the layers together with a trench or maxi coat.

    The final rule is to have fun with layering.  This is truly effectless chic at its finest.

    Outfit details 

    -grey coat  – Newlook tall ( currently on sale)

    -grey crop top- Marks and Spencer 

    -Rust Asymmetric hemail vest dress- Marks and Spencer

    -High waist skinny jeans – Tesco 

    -Peep toes Ankle boots -Dorothy Perkins 

    -Body Bag-Zara
    Thank for your time.  See you soon. 😚

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    ColourFurrrr

    Hey Guys, 
    The UK has hit a sudden cold spell. We have been enjoying a relatively mild winter until a few days ago. It’s even been snowing ❄❄.

    I have been battling a cold and trying my best to keep warm.  The only thing that seems to be keeping the BRrrrr away is the Furrrrrr. 

    For the last few winters fur coats have been winning.  I see them a investment pieces which you can revamp winter after winter after winter.

    This season I have been taken aback my the bursts of colour I have seen fur coats in. GOODBYE to dark dreary winters. HELLO head turning bright fuzzy bird. 

     

    This is as bright as I can go for this moment is this extremely warm cream fur number. 
    But it doesn’t stop me loving the following :

    Saint Laurent Exaggerated shoulder fox fur coat

     Maison Margiela Fur Coat 

    Unreal Fur Gorilla Coat

                                 My outfit

    • Faux Fur Jacket -Dorothy Perkin 
    • Wool Jumpsuit – Asos
    • Over the knee boots – Newlook
    • Handbag – Zara

      Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to connect with me @ijaykheavens .

      Perfect red lips

      Red lips are a classic and you just can’t go wrong.

      The only problem is that with so many different shades/brands and texture’s of red lipstick,  which do you go for.?


      BRANDS

      Deciding which brand to go will depend on your budget. Do you have the budget for designer lipsticks or drug store brand. 

      You many also want to consider which brands are creulty free or vegan. Maybe considee which brands use only natural product’s if that’s your thing.
      TEXTURE/ FINISH

      Once you have that decided on thr brands your prefer, you want to consider the texture or the finish. Are you into the matte look or maybe your more into a glossy finish girl.

      M.A.C has about 8 different lipstick textures so fear not. You are bound to find something that suits you. 
      SHADE /TONE

      Finally, with all the above decided , your ready to decide on which tone or shade of really you want. 

      Believe it or not, ever red is not the same. Some red lipsticks have blue/ purple tones. For example the classic M.A.C Ruby Woo, or the Illamasque  Salacious.

      You may prefer lipsticks with an orange undertone.  Such as the Illamasque Liable, or the MUA lipstick in shade 13.

      Th last tone you might want to consider is pinky shades of red. These include the Illamasque Atomic or Impulse.  I also love the Maybelline Fatal Red.
      You may find that some shades/tones of red lipstick will suit different skin complexions more. 

      Enjoy your hunt for that perfect red lips-stick.
      Feel to leave your comments in the box below. 

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      Let’s be friends!

      See you soon.  

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      Travel Diaries – Slogan Β Tee

      Ever had difficulty expressing yourself? slogan Tee’s are a great way to get it off your chest… literally. 

      I love the dramatic effects of slogan Tee’s. .. so eye catching and you can you get your message out in a snapshot.

      Whether shop bought or customised have fun with your slogan Tee’s.  Enjoy the words ….they are your accessories.

      Till the next post. see you soon. 

      In the mean time, why not connect with me on Instagram @Ijaykheavens 

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      Travel diaries – City bike tour

      Yes guys…. City bike tour.  I love becoming a total tourist when on holiday.  Learning the city or the country and of- course taking a ton of pictures.

      This time, we did things differently.  I have always wanted to trade my car for bicycles.  So i dived at the opportunity of a city tour.  It was so great having the wind and.. rain ..(dont ask) beat on my face.

      I literally cycled back to my youth.

      The bike and a tour guide cost approximately Β£20.  I would recommend renting E- Bikes to avoid over working your leg when cycling up hill.

      What I loved most was the ability to quickly hop off my bike, take some pictures and off to the next location.  No weather

      Despite getting rained on, I was so pleased that I managed to keep up with the 3 hours city tour.

      Your probably wondering what to wear.  I figured that it I was going to be seen riding a bike, I wanted to look by best.  I had on dda  full face of makeup, hair curled and the cutest autumn leaves print wrap dress.

      Comfortable shoes is a must!

      I would also recommend packing a jacket or some outer wear  so no matter the weather you can have a good cycle.

      Thanks for stopping by.  I had such a great time with the city bike tour.  I would love to hear your experiences of a bike tour in the comments box below.  Next  I would like to try a segway tour.

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      Travel diaries – Sexy leather and stripes.

      I can’t help but notice the amount of textures making a comeback this season. From velvet to further to leather. I simply love them all. 

      I have been making the most of my pleather trouser. I totally get why leather is association with being sexy. The slick fabric has a great hand feel and gives a great shape. 

      I paired my pleather trouser with a striped shirt dress for a complete chic finish.  vertical stripes are great for giving a slimmer appearance.

       a good pair of sandals transforms any outfit; plus I got to show off my amazing chrome pedicure which an obsessed with. 

      My bag and shoes added some dimension to this outfit with a pop of colour.

      Thanks for reading to the end. More travel looks to follow.

      Stripes shirt dress – New look 

      Pleather trousers – New Look

      Nude sandals – Marks and  Spencer 

      Handbag- Zara

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      Travel diaries – Cargo shorts… are not dead.

      I have started getting into shorts and decided to buy cargo shorts for my recent trip. πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

      They seemed fairly easy going and just want I needed for the hot climate. 

      I didnt think these Cotton Cargo shorts looked so bad with high neck sleeveles’s shirt and my Sam Edelman Fringed Sandals.

      High neck sleeveless shirt – New look 

      Cotton Cargo shorts – Marks and Spencer 

      Fringed Sandals – Sam Edalmam 
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