Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Book turn off's

 
Hello again my Stylish Bows. Many of you may not know that I am an avid reader of books, of all shapes and sizes. But although I firmly believe in that good old phrase "don't judge a book by its cover", which I was always told by teachers growing up, the way a book is presented by its cover, synopsis etc. can have a strong effect on how a person will perceive it from a first glance. Thinking about this the other day, I decided to compile a list of a few things that can put me off a book. Although not all of these have to do with the aesthetics of the book, I still feel that you can identify them quite quickly.
 
 
1)Portrait on the cover
 By this I mean, when the cover has a photograph of a person's face to represent a character. Now, when it is just a illustration or photograph of a person from the back or from the shoulders down I am absolutely fine, but I just hate already knowing what the characters are supposed to look like before starting the book. Personally, I think one of the best parts of reading a book is forming your own unique idea of what a character looks like from the authors description, but when you have already seen a picture it taints your own perception to some extent and the two images tend to conflict as I read.
 
2)Characters that are hard to relate to
Usually, I can only get an idea of how relatable a character is going to be after the first few pages, but I still wanted to include this point in my list. If a book is well written, even the most out there of characters can be relatable. But when a main character is frustrating, annoying, boring and/or troublesome it can be really hard to relate to them as they can often be like their own worst enemy through the story. For a character to be relatable I think they need to be 'human'. What I mean by this is that they need to show a mixture of good and bad qualities, and are able to grow as a person through the book. This counts even if they are an alien, vampire, werewolf, etc.
 
3)Slow moving plot
 Usually this point takes a chapter or two to identify, but it is probably one of my biggest book pet peeves. Now, in no way am I a 'fast-paced all the way through with action and car chases around every corner' kind of girl, but even the most mellow of story lines needs some progression and movement. When it takes about 4 pages just to describe a pair of curtains, I think its about time we picked up the pace a little. Personally I think the speed of progression of the plot should have a natural flow, that dips, levels out and peaks at appropriate points in the storyline.
 
4)Unrelated cover design
 An irritatingly common occurrence, is when a book has a cover design that, for example, has symbols of romance, when the book is actually an intense mystery thriller with only a 2 paragraph romantic encounter. Unrelated cover designs drive me crazy as, although we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, it should still give an indication of the theme of the book and should by no means be completely misleading.
 
 
I hope you have enjoyed this little rant of mine, and if you have any book pet peeves of your own I would love to know.
xxx
Miss Bows
 


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Sweater Weather Tag


 
Hello again my Stylish Bows. As I am well and truly obsessed with anything and everything autumn/winter at the moment, I thought it was the perfect time to do the sweater weather tag. I hope you enjoy and if you haven't done this tag yourself yet, then I tag you and encourage you to do it.
 
 
1) Favourite autumn candle sent?
Technically my favourite autumn candle is a winter/Christmas sent but I still really love it right now. It has to be Yankee Candle's 'Sparkling Snow'. I struggle to describe scents, but I guess you could say it is quite rich with a slight touch of spice.

2) Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
This is probably the hardest question of all, seeing as I usually drink all three almost every day. Despite this, if I had to choose only one it would have to be hot chocolate.

3) Best autumn memory?
When I initially read through these questions, I paused at this one as I couldn't think of anything in answer to it. After a little time of reflection I have come to the conclusion that I actually don't have a specific memory. This is my favourite season, so I would just have to say all of autumn. Is that cheating?
 
4) Dark lips or winged eyeliner?
Dark lips, definitely dark lips. I tend to wear winged eyeliner all year around, but I love wearing a dark berry lip in autumn.
 
5) Favourite autumn fragrance?
I tend to stick to the same fragrance all year, so I don't feel like I can really answer this question. But, if I was to change specifically for autumn it would need to have a slight spicy tone but not overpowering.

6) Most loved Thanksgiving food?
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, so unfortunately I can't answer this but, if you do celebrate the holiday I would love to know what the traditional foods are.

7) What is autumn weather like where you live?
The weather in the UK generally sticks to rain, rain and more rain all year. So just drop the temperature a little and that's autumn.

8) What is your most worn sweater?
My burgundy Topshop jumper. If you would like to see it in action, I featured it in my latest autumn inspired outfit post.

9) Must have autumn nail polish?
This would have to be anything burgundy or plum toned. I don't actually have any specifics but I have seen some gorgeous shades on the Barry M stand.

10) Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
I know absolutely nothing about football and being a big kid inside I would have to go with jumping in piles of leaves.

11) Skinny Jeans or leggings?
I actually never wear leggings, so the obvious answer is skinny jeans. Other than skinny jeans, I have also been loving patterned skinny trousers at the moment. They can add some serious drama and flair to an outfit.

12) Combat boots or UGG's?
Combat boots, always combat boots.

13) Are Starbucks' 'Pumpkin Spice Lattes' worth the hype?
I have actually never tried one, but I can honestly say I am intrigued.

14) Favourite fall TV show?
At the moment I have been loving Numb3rs on Netflix. It's an American crime drama about two brothers, one an FBI agent the other a mathematics genius, who investigate some often mind boggling cases. I love mysteries and crime dramas, and this one is amazing. The characters are really well developed and likeable, I would definitely recommend it to anyone with a craving for a good crime drama.

xxx
Miss Bows


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Oh Autumn, how I have missed you.





 
Hat - Primark
Blouse - River Island
Necklace - New Look
Jumper - Topshop
Boots - New Look
Lipstick - Rimmel Kate Moss 107
 
Hello again my Stylish Bows. Oh how I have missed autumn. The shades of brown, orange and red, the crisp sound of leaves with every step I take. When autumn rolls around each year, I seem to carry around a feeling of excitement. Maybe it's due to the closeness of Halloween and Christmas, or maybe how colourful everything suddenly is, but no matter what the reason all I want to do is hang fairy lights, drink hot chocolate and run through large piles of leaves.

This outfit incorporates some of my all time favourite things; hats, the colour burgundy, ankle boots and statement necklaces. I am also completely in love with this skirt from New Look. Lately I have been loving cute and preppy outfits and this one is definitely at the top of my favourites list.
xxx
Miss Bows


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Welcome Back

 

Hello again my Stylish Bows. Guess who's back, back, back, back again... okay okay, its cheesy I know. After a little break I am finally back to blogging. If you follow me on any of my social media (links at the side) then you may already know why I took a break, if not I will quickly fill you in. For the last year I have been using a laptop that I felt lucky when I could actually turn it on. I have had trouble editing photos and connecting to Wi-Fi along with having issues with the screen. But now I have a new, fully functioning laptop and I cant wait to jump straight back into blogging.
 
I wasn't sure what I wanted my first post back to be, so I thought I would just create this quick little message to fill you in. Over this next year, I will be taking my GCSE exams, so trying to stick to a schedule will be downright impossible. But I will (hopefully) be posting at least once a week. I also aim to do more fashion posts as well as diary style updates, documenting the different events and adventures I go on.
 
xxx
Miss Bows

 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Outfit - A dream in white and blue






Hello my Stylish Bows. Today I bring to you my first outfit post. I would just like to take a moment to apologise for the less than perfect photographs but it was my first try. I hope you enjoy.

Blouse - River Island
Dress - Primark
Bag- Primark
Socks - Topshop
Shoes - Matalan

xxx
Miss Bows

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The power of the written word

Photos and words by Miss Bows(me)

Hello my Stylish Bows. The other day I picked up my copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales and despite the somewhat different stories to the well known Disney versions portrayed in the movies, I felt inspired not by the stories themselves but by how well known the stories are. I guess it opened my eyes to how powerful the written word really is. Now as an avid reader and big fan of writers such as Jane Austen, The Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and even J.K Rowling, I am not a newbie to the power of a book and the feelings reading them can invoke in a person. So why am I only realising the true power of the written word now? After discovering the thought provoking worlds of Harry Potter, The Bennett's and even the residents of Rosewood over the past few years, how is it that I am still mind boggled and thoroughly intrigued by any new world or place a new book brings before me?

Am I only seeing this now as I have begun to blog and share my thoughts with the world, realizing how deep the imagination can really go? Or is it just that (as the old saying goes) with age comes wisdom. At fifteen, nearly sixteen, I am no way aged or wise from life experiences, but I feel like I now have a much clearer understanding of the thoughts and opinions a writer can express through a simple word, phrase or sentence. This is simply something that has been on my mind for a while and as a blogger, I feel like I am using my space in the blogosphere effectively by sharing something a little more .... what's the word ... thought provoking I guess you could say.

xxx
Miss Bows

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Converse Photography






Hello again my Stylish Bows. This is another little photography post of one of my favourite things, Converses. Basically this is the result of a bored Sunday afternoon which I wanted to document. I hope you enjoy.
xxx
Miss Bows

Sunday, 13 April 2014

April Wishlist 2014



Hello again my Stylish Bows. I have been seriously lusting over quite a few things so far this month and felt the need to share them with you all. 
#1 Topshop Dogtooth Zip Pelmet Skirt Link
#2 Essie Truth or Flare Link
#3 Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Link
#4 Asos - Bertie Lilirose Leather Brogue Shoes Link
#5 NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Link

I really hope you enjoyed this post and if you have anything you've really been lusting after, then please tell me in the comments.
xxx
Miss Bows

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Enjoying the local Scenery/ Wildlife






Hello again my Stylish Bows. Today's post is quite short and photo heavy, but I wanted to share my fascination with the local scenery and wildlife. My favourite photo is definitely the lamp-post, whenever I see one I think of Narnia. 
xxx
Miss Bows

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Bows Of Style - First Birthday


Hello again my Stylish Bows. Today is my blogs first birthday and of course I took to twitter for inspiration for a celebratory post. I had so many amazing ideas, so thank you all for your feedback. I decided to do a post all about what I have learnt in my first year of blogging. Here's my list:

1) Eyeliner. I finally learnt how to apply both liquid and gel liner, something that always used to go terribly wrong.

2) It doesn't matter what people think of you. I never really realised this until I joined the amazing blogging community and found so many people who felt judged by society, Just like me. I've definitely grown in confidence since starting my blog, your lovely comments have a lot to do with that, so thank you.

3) Photography. I never really thought much about photography before starting my blog, but have really gotten into it through taking photos of products. I am now totally in love with capturing moments with my SLR camera, good or bad I love them all.

4) The internet is HUGE. This might sound a bit stupid, but I never realised how big the internet was and what it could offer. There are so many bloggers, youtubers etc. that have made careers through the internet and my mind is permanently blown by this. 

5) Red lipstick is the best pick-me-up. As I have grown in confidence in the last year, I have finally started venturing outside sporting a red lip. Whenever I am set to have a generally boring/dreary/depressing day I will apply a red lip and suddenly the world has a little bit more colour again.

Well that's it from me. Thank you all for reading this and supporting my blog.
xxx
Miss Bows


Friday, 21 March 2014

Photography quote #2


Hello again my Stylish Bows. Today I just wanted to share with you all a photography quote I created, I wrote the quote myself so I would love to know what you all think and hear any suggestions for future quotes or improvements. 

This quote could mean different things to different people, so I would love to hear how you interpret it. I have already shown it to a few people and they mostly said it was about love but 1 said it reminded them of a best friend. Tell me what you think in the comments.
xxx
Miss Bows

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

This or That Tag


Hello again my Stylish Bows, Today's post is another tag that I saw StilaBabe09 do on her YouTube channel. I have slightly changed one or two of the questions and taken some out because they were aimed at America rather than the UK. Enjoy.

Makeup

Blush or Bronzer - Blush
Lip Gloss or Lipstick - Lipstick
Eyeliner or Mascara - Mascara
Foundation or Concealer - Concealer
Neutral or Colour eye shadow - Neutral
Pressed or loose eye shadow - Pressed
Brushes or Sponges - Brushes

Nails

OPI or China Glaze - OPI. I loved their Modern Family Collection
Long or Short - Short
Acrylic or Natural - Natural
Brights or Darks - Depends on the season. Right now I'm loving pastels.
Flower or no Flower - No Flower

Body

Perfume or Body Splash - Perfume
Lotion or Body Butter -  Body Butter
Body Wash or Soap - Body Wash
Lush or other bath company -  Lush

Fashion

Jeans or Sweat Pants - Jeans. Always skinny jeans.
Long Sleeve or Short - Depends on the season.
Dresses or Skirts - Usually dresses.
Stripes or Plaid - Stripes
Flip Flops or Sandals - Sandals
Scarves or Hats - Hats
Studs or Dangly Earrings - Studs
Necklaces or Bracelets - Necklaces. I usually like to wear them peeking out of collars.
Heels or Flats - Flats
Cowboy or Riding Boots - Combat Boots (yep I'm breaking the rules)
Jacket or Hoodie - Jacket
Abercrombie or Hollister - I actually prefer Gilly Hicks
Topshop or Primark - Topshop. That was probably the hardest question for me.

Hair

Curly or Straight- Curly, but I usually prefer waves.
Bun or Ponytail - Ponytail with straightened hair.
Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips - Bobby pins
Hair Spray or Gel - Spray
Long or Short - Long
Light or Dark - Medium.If not medium then dark.
Side swept bangs or Full Bangs - Full, I love my full bangs.
Up or Down - Down

Random

Rain or Shine - Shine
Summer or Winter - Winter
Autumn or Spring - Spring
Chocolate or Vanilla - Chocolate. Vanilla often makes me feel either sick or tired.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I'd love to see you do it too.
xxx
Miss Bows

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

OOTD - March in Pink


Hello again my Stylish Bows. Today I have a kind-of-not-really OOTD for you. I didn't have time to take a proper set of OOTD photos so this is it. Sorry. 

Pink Flowy Shorts - Miss Selfridge (petite)
Stripy tee - Primark
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Perfume
NARS Mata Hari blush
L'oreal slim Liner liquid liner
MAC Girl about town lipstick
Watch Necklace - NEC Clothes Show Live

I am really loving these flowy shorts at the moment. They are definitely going to be a Spring staple. I love to wear them with frilly socks on a warm day and with tights on the colder days. I also have a pair of black and white polka dot ones from Primark which I love. Another combo I have been loving lately is a thin winged eye-liner and bright lips.
XXX
Miss Bows

Monday, 24 February 2014

Real Techniques Silicon Liner Brush





Well Hello there my Stylish Bows, welcome to another review on this little piece of the blogosphere. Today's review is of a new little piece of magic that has entered the beauty work lately, thanks to Nic and Sam (Pixiwoo) through their make-up brush brand Real Techniques. After the success so far of the brand Nicola decided to join her sister and her name is now present on the brushes. The silicone liner brush is definitely unique and I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like it.

With the silicone tip rather than a brush it glides on the skin a lot smooth than my previous eye-liner brush, I even find that it works really well with gel eye-liner that is starting to slightly dry out. I feel I should also mention how easy it is to clean. I have found that most products simply wipe off but when using waterproof products I just added a tiny bit of make-up remover or brush cleaner on a tissue and it wiped off. 

When I first heard about this brush I didn't know what to expect. Would the tip be flimsy or stiff and hard to use? Would it even work? Well, I can say it really does work and as for the tip, well it's the perfect blend of soft but also sturdy. I find for best results add a small amount of product on the tip of the product and it is really easy to use. 

You can pick this product up in Boots for £7.99, which is definitely pleasing to my purse. I hope you enjoyed.
xxx
Miss Bows

Friday, 21 February 2014

Cute Photo Frame


Hello my Stylish Bows. Today I wanted to share with you a super cute photo frame I got in T K Maxx recently. I can't remember the exact price but I know it was under £10. I absolutely love this, it's super cute and PINK!!! I have been seeing a lot of really cute things in this store recently and I definitely recommend taking a look. It's amazing and great value. I currently have one of my favourite blog photos in it, but I'm not sure if it works. Please tell me what you think in the comments.
xxx
Miss Bows

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Collection Eye-shadow Pencils



Hello my Stylish Bows. Today I wanted to share with you all my new love. The Collection eye shadow pencils. I saw these in Superdrug and after swatching them I fell instantly in love. They have a gorgeous, creamy texture and don't crease. There isn't a huge colour selection but there are some really pretty shades. I picked out this champaign colour (1 vanilla sky) which is an amazing highlight colour and this bronze colour (4 Hot Chocolate) which is great for all over the lip. Did I mention these have the cutest names ever and are so easy to just apply, blend with you finger and go for an effortless everyday look. I am definitely impressed so far. They are currently £3.19, a total bargain.
xxx
Miss Bows

Sunday, 16 February 2014

e.l.f Lip Exfoliator Review



Hello again my Stylish Bows. For my Sunday review this week I have chosen to review the e.l.f lip exfoliator. I order this just before Christmas in their 50% off sale, as soon as I saw it I thought it was interesting. I have used lip scrubs and exfoliators before but I have never used one in the shape of a lipstick. 

This product was £3.75, which is an amazing price, cheaper than my favourite Bubblegum lip scrub from Lush. This lip exfoliator is surprisingly moisturising and can double as a lip balm as well. At first this product has a layer that you need to really work into your lips until you get to the exfoliating part. Over all I really like this product and I especially love how easy it is to use. This is an essential if I am on a train, as there is no little pot which makes a mess and the product always ends up in my nails.

This product pretty much saved me through winter. Do you have any winter saviours?
xxx
Miss Bows

Friday, 14 February 2014

TMI Tag


Hello my Stylish Bows. I have seen this Tag making it's way through Blogs and YouTube channels, so I thought I'd have a go. Enjoy, this is my first ever tag.

1)What are you wearing?
Pink PJ's. Lazy I know, but they are so snuggly and warm.

2)Ever been in love?
No. Wait does Ice Cream count?

3)Ever had a terrible breakup?
Depends if Ice Cream counts (Tesco didn't have Ben and Jerry's chocolate brownie). If not then no.

4)How tall are you?
5ft 1 and 1/2inches. The half matters.

5)How much do you weigh?
Not comfortable saying. But I'm a UK size 6 if that helps.

6)Any tattoos?
No

7)Any piercings?
No. I feel like I should, but needles and pain scare me.

8)OTP (one true pairing)?
I had to google what this meant. Ummmmm. Sorry I can't think of any.

9)Favourite Show?
Pretty Little Liars, The big Bang Theory, Some Girls (BBC Three series. It's hilarious).

10)Favourite Band?
Panic!At The Disco, All Time Low, McFly, Simple Plan and Green Day.

11)Something you miss?
This is really hard. Probably the sun, the UK is currently in desperate need of sun. Or anything other than rain.

12)Favourite song?
Seriously? This is hard. Ummmmm. Probably Panic! At The Disco, The Ballad of Mona Lisa.

13)How old are you?
For the sake of keeping my blog anonymous, I'll just say I am a teenager. Sorry, that's all your gonna get.

14)Zodiac Sign?
Scorpio, and from what I've read I am quite a stereotypical Scorpio.

15) Quality you look for in a partner?
Similar sense of humour. They must appreciate sarcasm. 
16)Favourite quote?
Like I remember quotes.

17)Favourite Actor?
James McAvoy.

18)Favourite Colour?
Pink and White. I love that combination.

19)Loud music or soft?
Soft. Always Soft.

20)Where do you go when you're sad?
In bed with a candle burning and music playing softly through headphones. Usually Taylor Swift ( older music rather than her newer songs.)

21)How long does it take you to shower?
30 - 40 mins. My hair is long and thick so it takes quite a while.

22)How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Usually about 40 mins.

23)Ever been in a physical fight?
No, and I hope that doesn't change. I will definitely lose.

24)Turn on?
Bright eyes.(Preferably bright green)

25)Turn off?
Someone who is really smiley. I know it sounds strange but I prefer someone who doesn't smile a lot because it makes their smiles all that more special.

26)The reason I joined Blogger(YouTube)?
I had nobody to talk to about make-up and fashion. Generally lacking a girly friend, my friends aren't big on girly stuff. Make-up is a foreign language to most of them. Still love them though.

27)Fears?
Spiders, the dark and situations that spark my anxiaty (e.g. being in small areas filled with people. I'm not a party person)

28)Last thing that made you cry?
I don't cry. But I did shed a sneaky tear on Christmas Day when I watched Toy Story 3. I hate that stupid bear.

29)Last time you said you loved someone?
I'm not very good at expressing my emotions, so I really don't know.

30)Meaning behind you YouTube/Blog Name?
I am obsessed with bows. 

31)Last Book you read?
The final book in the Gallagher Girls series. I have a weird spy obsession. I really wanted to be one when I was 8 years old (and now).

32)The book your currently reading?
I'm taking a brake after reading all six of the books in the Gallagher Girls' series in just over a week. I'm exhausted.

33)Last show you watched?
The Big Bang Theory.

34)Last person you talked to?
My Mum.

35)The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
A good friend, who I really need to reply to. Oops.

36)Favourite Food?
Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream. Yummy. 

37)Place you want to visit?
More of the UK. I have lived here my whole life, yet I have barely been anywhere. Especially Ireland and Scotland.

38)Last place you were?
Does the shower count?

39) Do you have a crush?
Not really. Maybe Edward Cullen or Damon Salvatore. I think I have a Vampire problem.

40)Last time you kissed someone?
Just now. It was my phone. It was only a peck I promise, I got a new follower on twitter.

41)Last time you were insulted?
Last week. But I don't mind because it was by an idiot who doesn't understand sarcasm. 

42)Favourite flavour of sweets?
Watermelon or Banana. But I don't like either actual fruits.

43) What instruments do you play?
None. But I did experiment with the Cello and guitar at one point in my life. It was a disastrous attempt.

44)Favourite piece of Jewellery?
Bow necklace from Johnny Loves Rosie.

45) Last sport you played?
Badminton. It's the only sport I can actually play.

46)Last song you sang?
A mash up of All Time Low Stella and Simple Plan Summer Paradise. I forget the words so I started improvising.

47)Favourite chat up line?
Well, here I am. What were you're other two wishes?

48)Have you ever used it?
Absolutely not. 

49) Last time you hung out with anyone?
Yesterday, with a few friends. We watched a movie and talked about plans for a friends birthday celebrations.

50) Who should answer these questions next?
Everyone. It's really fun to do.

Well that's all from me.
xxx
Miss Bows

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Favourite Boots Of All Time




Hello my Stylish Bows. Today I thought I would share with you my all time favourite ankle boots from New Look. I think I picked these up for around £20 (a total bargain). I bought them in the summer and have literally worn them every season since and plan to continue wearing them. They have lasted really well and have no scuffs of marks which I am so happy about. The other week I saw these in burgundy which is a colour my shoe collection is seriously lacking. I hope they still sell them. A little tip: They look super cute with frilly socks.
xxx
Miss Bows

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Barry M Matte Nail Paint Review




 Hello there my Stylish Bows and welcome to another day at Bows of Style. As I write this I sit at McDonald's with a yummy hot chocolate in my hands. I love the power of technology, if any of you are also bloggers and use Blogger as your blog platform then I would definitely recommend the Blogger app. I am currently using it on my phone to write this post, I just add the photos on my laptop and save the post, then write it when I am out and about.

Today I am going to talk to you about a fairly new release that I am totally in love with. Sorry this post is missing swatches, but the photos where out of focus. I'll put a pic of swatches up on Instagram soon, promise. My name is just Bowsofstyle, there should be an Instagram button on the side of the page which will take you straight too it. Yay.

Barry M is one of my favourite nail polish brands, they sell great products but at really low prices, a perfect combination. Unfortunately with Barry M I have never been a huge fan of any of their other products, but they are a winner when it comes to my nail polish needs. So onto their new product, Matte Nail Paint. Link.

Colour: 2 Crush
Cost: £3.99
My Rating: 4 bows out of 5

I really love this shade it is a gorgeous burgundy, slightly more A/W than Spring but I still love it. The colour selection isn't great for these, there are only about 5 shades and they are either very pale or very dark. There are no brights or pastels in this range which I think is a real shame. As for the product itself, The finish is lovely. I was a bit worried that it was going to be a bit flaky but it is really nice. Smooth but in a matte way if that makes sense. I had it on for about 3 days with no top coat and it didn't chip which I think is great, but I did have to apply about 2-3 coats to get the colour and finish even. My only problem with this product is applying a top coat. If you use a normal top coat, you loose the matte look and feel of the polish. But if you buy a matte top coat not only will you be spending even more money, it will basically give the same finish to all polishes matte or not. 

With all of that in mind I do think these are great products, but they could do with bringing out a wider range of colours and maybe a matching top coat that differs from other matte top coats. What do you think of the matte nails look? Let me know. PS. Just started my Twitter, please follow me. My name is BowsofStyle as usual.

XXX
Miss Bows

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Favourite Real Techniques Brushes


Hello my Stylish Bows. Real Techniques brushes have been a huge part of my make-up routine since their release. This week I noticed that they have some new releases, so I thought I would share with you some of my favourite brushes of all time as I know I will be adding to this list soon enough if the new releases are anything like their older siblings.

From Left - Right:
RT Powder Brush
RT Setting Brush
RT Contour Brush (part of core collection)
RT Stippling Brush
RT Buffing Brush (also part of core collection)

So the question is, how do I use these brushes?
1) Powder Brush
I actually don't use this for powder. I find it hard to use as it is HUGE and is hard to get into small areas e.g. under the eyes. I actually use this brush for bronzer. It is soooo soft and applies bronzer lightly, not taking too much product at a time. It applies evenly and is great for working into the face.

2) Setting Brush
This brush has two purposes for me. Firstly I like to use it too apply highlighter to my cheeks. It is the perfect size. I also like to use it to blend in my concealer after I have patted it into place using my ring finger. I find this brush gives a perfect, airbrushed look which is great. If you don't have this brush then I would recommend the RT domed shadow brush. It is great for applying and blending concealer.

3) Contour Brush
I do actually use this brush to contour. It is the perfect size to create a perfect, natural shadow. It is also great for creating a shadow down the sides of the nose. I always use this with my Sleek Face Form contour kit. A perfect, affordable, combination.

4) Stippling Brush
This is my absolute saviour when it comes to cream blush. It blends so well, without being harsh like some other stippling brushes I have tried. It not only blends perfectly but distributes product evenly.

5) Buffing Brush
Definitely saved the best for last with this one. This brush is the whole reason I picked up the core collection. I use this brush everyday without fail to apply my foundation. At one time, I was using the Stippling Brush to apply my foundation but I found that it left a few streak's and took a lot longer to blend. The Buffing Brush is perfect though. It blends amazingly, without streak's, and is a lot quicker and easier. Love it.

Well that's all. What are your favourite brushes from Real Techniques?
XXX
Miss Bows

Monday, 20 January 2014

My Favourite Blog Pics 2013-Jan 2014

Hello my Stylish Bows. Today's post is a little different. I have been looking through all of my blog posts since starting my blog and I am actually quite surprised about how well some of my photos have come out. Having said this I though I would feature them all in a blog post. Enjoy.


This photo came from one of my most popular posts and I received a lot of positive feedback about this playsuit.


This was my first try at quote photography and I think it came out quite well. Read the full post HERE.


Aaahhhhhh. A simple little lifestyle photo, that I couldn't help but include. I took this little beauty while taking some product photos. It even made it into a frame in my bedroom. It's surprising how something so simple can look so pretty.

And now to one of my all time favourites. I love this photo, especially as it was my first try at Photoshop. I am especially proud of this image as I only took it on my tablet instead of my big-girl SLR camera. It came out pretty good (if I say so myself).


Well hello there Yankee Candle who just happens to be burning while I write this, what brings you to my little slice of blogging yummyness? Ok, so I am very aware that things just got a little weird. I owe this candle my sanity, as I would not have survived the harsh cold weather that is such good friends with winter without it. (inputs air hug. Remember kids, fire is dangerous. DON'T hug it.) I really like photos of lit candles, so I included my own.

 And finally we have the photo from my latest review post. I love how the end of this palette is blurred out. It draws attention to the blush and has a very pretty finished look.

If you have any photography tips, I would love to hear them (read them).
xxx
Miss Bows

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Sleek Face Form / Contouring and Blush Palette



Hello my Stylish Bows. Today I have ANOTHER review, I know I said I would try not to always post reviews but this product had to be reviewed. I have always loved Sleek, great products mixed with great prices equals a very happy me. When I went shopping to Superdrug last week I picked this up and OMG, it's amazing.

This product comes with a matte contour that is easy to blend and highly pigmented. I got this in light and it works with my pale skin perfectly. There is also a highlight and a blush. When I first looked at these I thought they were shimmers but, after a few uses, I found they are more of a satin with a hint of shimmer. All three apply gorgeously and at only £9.99 are a real treat.

I have never been fully sold on shimmer blush. I never really use anything but a matte blush. This colour is lovely, it's a soft pink that looks natural and glowy. I am still not sold on shimmer/ satin blush but I would use this on occasion.

Over all this is a great product. You can also pick it up as a duo with just the contour and highlight shades, which I think I will get when I finished this. What do you think about this product?
xxx
Miss Bows

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Favourite Fashion/Beauty Books



Hello again my Stylish Bows. Today I wanted to share with you all my favourite beauty/fashion books which I think have made me a better blogger and have opened my eyes to how amazing these topics really are. 

The handbag Style Guide by Carmel Allen
The Shoe Style Guide by Tamsin Blanched
Parisian Chic by Ives de la Fressange
IT by Alexa Chung
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual 

I love all of these. My favourite and most read has to be Bobbi Brown Make-up Manual, whenever I have a query about make-up this is always where I look. I also really love Parisian Chic, which is a style guide that gives great descriptions, ideas and illustrations about French fashion. J'adore. 

I tried looking for all of these on-line but I couldn't find the handbag and shoe style guides. I got them from The Works (discount book shop) here in the UK, but I don't know if they are still available or if they are sold in the rest of the world. Happy reading.
xxx
Miss Bows

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Pixi Palette Review





Hello again my Stylish Bows. Today I have another review for you. I know, I know not another review, but I just seem to be loving products a lot lately. So on with the show (or review)...

Let me introduce the Pixi eye alchemy eye shadow palette. This palette is called metallic magic and is currently the only one in the range, but I am really hoping they bring out more. This palette has 36 eye shadows that include metallics and shimmers with a selection of glitters and mattes. The colours are gorgeous ranging from baby pinks to mid tone browns, greys to midnight blues. It also includes the most gorgeous silver, I am so New Years Eve party ready.

This palette is really versatile. You can create everyday, neutrals and uber-cute, sparkly party looks. It is the perfect palette for everyone, especially for those busy travellers who need to have a lot of different looks at their fingertips. This palette is really quite small and travel friendly.

The formula of these eye shadows is super creamy and pigmented which is good as it also comes with a £24 price tag.
You can pick it up on-line HERE where you can also find out a little more information.
xxx
Miss Bows