My Favourite Instagram Accounts #1

Friday, 28 November 2014

Out of all my social networking sites, Instagram is the one I spend the most time on. Yes, its an unhealthy obsession but I'm a very visual / creative person so being able to see other peoples pretty images and create my own is an absolute joy. With this being said, I thought it was about time I shared some of my favourite accounts - the accounts I always go back to time and time again to see if they've shared another fabulous photo or video. I follow over 300 instagram accounts so I'll be doing a few of these posts but for now, here's five instagram accounts you should all be following ...

The Body Coach
I'm not sure how I came across Joe's instagram account but as I'm in to healthy eating, as soon as I found it, I was hooked. He's a personal trainer that creates short videos called 'Lean in 15' where he shows how he cooks quick and healthy meals. Other than being incredibly funny to watch (he likes to wind up his neighbours in Surbiton) his recipes are so easy to follow and super tasty. I recently made his turkey burgers and they were so yummy, they've now become a regular meal I like to eat. I started following Joe when he had a few thousand followers and he now has over 70K so its quite clear people love watching his videos as much as I do!

Sarah Ashcroft
I don't follow a great deal of fashion bloggers as I'm more of a beauty girl but I met Sarah back in September on a work trip to Brighton and ever since, I've been in love with her Instagram account. She writes the fashion blog 'That Pommie Girl' where she posts a variety of super stylish looks and what I love about her the most is that the things she wears are accessible to the every day girl and easy to wear - I often see something she's wearing and want to go and buy it instead of thinking 'I couldn't pull that off' like I do when I see some other fashion posts. She recently had her eyebrows tattooed too and I'm just a tad jealous - totally flawless!

Olivia Naylor MUA
Olivia is a Manchester based makeup artist who has done makeup for some stunning celebs including Michelle Keegan. I actually found her account after Michelle tagged her in a post where her makeup looked completely flawless. I instantly headed over to Olivia's account to see which products she'd used to create Michelle's look and its safe to say, I left her account with a wish list as long as my arm and a MAC order placed. As well as being fantastic at makeup, she also does the best and most natural looking eyebrow tattooing I've ever seen. I definitely want to book an appointment with her to get mine done as soon as I have some spare cash. If you're Manchester based and looking for a makeup artist / eyebrow tattooist, Olivia is your girl!

Pink Pixie Doll
I've been following Millie since I first started blogging as she's one of the first bloggers I discovered and followed when I was first starting out. What I love so much about Millie's instagram (and blog) is how pretty and whimsical everything looks. She has a consistent look to her images as they're all full of pastel tones, pretty things like cakes, shoes and lipsticks and they're always bright and clear. She got married in the Summer and seeing the photos of her wedding on Instagram was amazing - it looked like a picture perfect day. She always makes me want to go shopping too as she often posts photos of new beauty collections so if you want to know what's new in the beauty world, following Millie is a must.

Oh I do love Em, she's one of my best blogging gals! I've mentioned how much I love her blog in my favourite bloggers post here but I also love her instagram account. She's currently travelling around Canada / the states and seeing her photos of beautiful buildings, beaches and yummy food make me more than a little jealous. I just love how well thought out Em's images are - they're always taken from cool angles and have perfectly blurred out backgrounds. She also wears fab outfits and has persuaded me to buy something on more than one occasion. She's just a beaut!

These are just a selection of the fab instagram accounts I follow so I'm planning to do more of these 'share the love' style posts in the future. I hope you've found some new accounts to follow and don't forget to follow me too (shameless plug!) @kayleighjcouture.

Lots of love,

Rimmel Provocalips | Review & Swatches

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

When Rimmel released their now famous 'Apocalips' lip lacquers, I was more than a little bit excited. After seeing all the hype surrounding them, I just couldn't resist buying a handful of them when they were released. I did a full review of them here and its safe to say, it was love at first swatch. With this being said, I was very excited to hear about Rimmel's latest lip offering 'Provocalips' - another range of liquid lipsticks that claim to be kiss proof, transfer proof and fool proof. Yep, big claims from Rimmel so I was excited to see if they lived up to them. Lets face it, who doesn't love a long lasting lip product? Its always a pain having to re-apply lipstick every time food and drink passes my lips so I was welcoming this transfer proof product with open arms.

As I mentioned, much like the Apocalips, Provocalips are a liquid lipstick that are applied directly to the lips with a doe foot applicator. However, unlike Apocalips, they're a double ended product and as well as the liquid lipstick, they also come with a lock and shine topcoat to seal the colour and ensure it lasts all day. I have to be honest when I say I'm not blown away by the packaging as I do find the lip print slightly cheap looking but other than that, I really like the two step colour and seal concept as its different to any other lip products in my collection.

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The liquid itself is fairly running to apply and can get a little messy but with a steady hand, I managed to apply it without looking like a clown and was amazed at just how pigmented the colour is. With only one swipe, I had full opaque coverage. A couple of minutes after application the liquid dries and begins to feel a little drying but that's to be expected with any kind of liquid / long-lasting formula so I didn't mind too much. However, one thing I would say is that its important to exfoliate the lips before using this product because if you don't, they will show up every dry patch. Thankfully, when the top coat is applied, it gets rid of the dry feeling and also makes the lips slightly glossy which I love.

The three shades I have are I'll Call You, a mid-tone dusky pink with slight purple undertones, Kiss Me You Fool, a bright postbox red and Play With Fire, a deep wine shade. My favourite of the three is definitely Play With Fire as its just perfect for this time of year and looks really striking. However, I love all three and find they're all very flattering and easy to wear shades.

My favourite thing about the Provocalips, other than their intense pigmentation, is definitely how long lasting they are. Seriously, when Rimmel said these are transfer proof, they weren't lying. When I first received them, I swatched them on the back of my arm and they just wouldn't budge - even after I scrubbed my arm in the shower. I even tweeted a photo at the time as I was just so amazed by their staying power. These are the only lip products I've ever used that have lasted all day or all night without the need for a touch up, even after eating and drinking. I wore one of these to the Christmas markets over the weekend and even after stuffing my face with various food and drink, my lipstick was still in tact. Amazing!

Overall, these are a fabulous product and I'd recommend giving them a try if you like a bold lip but struggle to find lipsticks that are long lasting. For only £6.99 too, they're a bit of a bargain! You can find them at Boots and they're currently on a 3 for 2 offer. Seriously worth a try!

Have you tried the Rimmel Provocalips? Are you a fan?

Lots of love,

The Everyday Jewellery | ft Michael Kors & Pandora

Saturday, 22 November 2014

One question I often get asked on Instagram or even if I'm just out and about is 'where's your 
ring from?' or 'Is that a Michael Kors watch?'. With this being said, I thought I'd put together a little post showcasing all of my favourite high-end jewellery that I wear on a regular basis, just in case you were interested in knowing where any of them are from. I personally think they're all gorgeous pieces and they may even give you some Christmas gift inspo if you're struggling for ideas.

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First up are my two watches from Michael Kors and Daniel Wellington. I got my Michael Kors watch for Christmas a couple of years ago and it hasn't left my wrist since. I wear it every single day, day and night, without fail. I'm a total sucker for all things rose gold and I love the chunky masculine design. These watches aren't cheap but they're definitely worth it. The Daniel Wellington Sheffield watch is a recent addition to my jewellery wardrobe but its definitely a very welcome one. Again, it has rose gold detailing which I just LOVE but compared with the Michael Kors watch, this one is more ladylike and dainty. Its very flat, feels super lightweight on my arm and I love the leather strap. I think this one is better for the evening when I'm wearing a pretty dress! You can actually get 15% off Daniel Wellington watches with my code 'couturegirl' - add it to your Christmas list ladies!

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Next up are two bracelets that I also wear every day without fail. I wear my silver Pandora charm bracelet on my left arm and my dainty Swarovski bolt micro bracelet on my right. I never take these bracelets off - even when I'm in the shower or in bed, they're on my wrist. I got the Pandora bracelet when they were the big trend a few years ago and I've loved collecting charms for it ever since. I love that all the charms mean something to me or represent a time in my life. 

I got the Swarovski bracelet this Summer as a birthday present from one of my best friends and I just love how simple and elegant it is. I don't normally like wearing too much jewellery together but this one is so dainty and fine that I can get away with wearing it on a daily basis. Again, its rose gold, need I say more?

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Another piece of jewellery I wear every day is my Tiffany & Co necklace - I got this as a Christmas gift from my dad last year and again, I've worn it every day since I got it. I always wanted to own something from Tiffany (those pretty blue boxes, ahhh) and I didn't own a delicate necklace I could wear every day so I thought this was a good one to go for. I love it!

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Finally is my selection of Pandora rings - as you can see, I'm a big fan and currently own four of them! I obviously don't wear them all at once but I love them all equally so I tend to switch them up depending on what I fancy! I couldn't find links to the small stacking ring or the large blue toned stone ring but the other two are the feather ring which I wear on my thumb and the mother of pearl ring which is a beautiful statement piece.

Lots of love,