Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: Review

I haven’t blogged in forever, but when I received this palette I knew I had to make an exception. You’ve probably seen it all over Instagram and Youtube. It’s the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette; filled with amazing, warm tones.

ABH is most known for brow products, in particular the brow pomade which I have and love. I also picked up one of the liquid lipsticks in New York (soft lilac) which is by far the best I have used in terms of finish (and I’m looking at you, Kylie Cosmetics!).

So, I already knew that the brand produces high quality products. I first saw the palette on Instagram and I thought it was gorgeous, but I didn’t think that the warm red/orange tones were for me. I tend to stick to mostly browns on my eyes (the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar is my palette of choice) but with every tutorial that I saw, I fell more and more in love with the palette.

A few weeks later, I saw that the palette had finally dropped on Beauty Bay. I absolutely love Beauty Bay for those brands which are a little harder to get for people based in the UK; they stock Morphe brushes (my favourite brushes ever) and of course, the Beauty Blender, something that every girl needs in her makeup bag, or boxes in my case. However, it was a few weeks until payday, so I had an agonising wait for my wages. I was able to order on a Friday but it was Monday before the palette finally found its way into my hands.

First impressions

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The packaging is GORGEOUS first of all. It’s a really pretty mauve pink/lilac colour, simplistic but stunning. I immediately swatched all of the shades on my hand, blathering to my mum about how creamy and pigmented they were…I don’t think she really understood the fuss!

I work full time in an office so I tend not to wear much makeup during the week, as it maximises my time in a morning and enables me to be lazy when I get home. So, I wasn’t able to actually try the palette on my eyes until the weekend. On Thursday evening, I took to Youtube to watch some tutorials and have a quick go myself. I picked up some great tips. Probably the best tip that I learnt about this palette, and it’s nothing new, but always tap the shadow off before you put it on, as it is just THAT pigmented, and you want the colours to be buildable.

I was also extremely happy to see that my favourite makeup Youtuber, Nikkie Tutorials, posted a tutorial using the palette on Friday night. I love Nikkie’s work as like me, she is obsessed with glow. She created an amazing winged out eye, and it was actually thanks to her that I chose to create a spotlight eye.

So, when Saturday rolled around, it was finally time to use the palette as I was heading out with my friends for drinks. I always spend ages on my makeup at the weekend, so I put on my music and got ready. I wanted to create a warm spotlight eye, so I first used raw sienna to define my crease, followed by realgar and lastly, red ochre and cyprus umber in the outer corner. I then used my MAC paint pot in soft ochre to go over my lid, and used primavera as my lid colour. I used a MAC flat brush to push the red shade underneath my eye and finished off with a pair of Ardell Demi Wispies, which are definitely my new favourite eyelashes, they’re so comfortable.

Sadly, I didn’t manage to get a good picture of the look. Side note: does anyone else ever feel like whilst your makeup is on point, you can’t get a flattering picture of it?!

The Verdict

This palette is just incredible. I didn’t think I’d find eyeshadow that was softer to apply than the Too Faced chocolate bar, but my gosh I have! At £41, it’s not cheap but it’s definitely worth it if you love warm tones. I can’t wait to experiment with it further, but I couldn’t wait to tell the world how amazing it is.

If you buy it, let me know so we can cry about how beautiful it is together.

Until the next time inspiration strikes(!)

Leila x

Viva La (Makeup) Revolution

If you ever pop into Superdrug, chances are that you’ve looked at a Makeup Revolution stand. It’s an affordable makeup brand, famous for it’s dupe Urban Decay Naked palettes. I first discovered the brand last year in a similar way. However, it was earlier this year, when as a poor student in need of new makeup,I picked up their Focus and Fix concealer, not expecting much. Instead, I found a great product which, in my opinion, is comparable to Mac’s Pro Longwear Concealer.

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My next foray with the brand came a few months later when my Urban Decay Naked basics palette ran out. I had noticed a few blogs mention Makeup Revolution palettes, and when I saw the Flawless Matte, I knew I had to have it. Luckily, this was around the time they had the free £30 gift offer, so well planned on my behalf. I picked up several other items such as the colour correcting palette, Pink Lights highlighter and the contour palette. This was the order that made me fall head over heels in love with this brand.

With this in mind, I thought I’d use my blog to spread the word, so here are some of my personal favourite products!

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A gorgeous collection of neutrals, I use this palette on a daily basis. You can use the browns to create a natural smoky eye, the pinks for something more subtle or the khakis for something a little more adventurous. The pigmentation is amazing, better than any other eyeshadows I have ever tried. Love love love.

Golden Lights Baked Highlighter

Two words: Hollywood glow. Again, another amazingly pigmented product, you only need the tiniest amount and you look like you’ve spent summer in California. I put this on after contouring and it’s just so sparkly!

Colour Correcting Palette IMG_0063

Initially, this palette looks very intimidating. I must admit, it took a little bit of getting used to in terms of what colour goes where, but once this is mastered, it makes such a difference to your makeup. I use the green on my cheeks to tone down redness, and lavender/peach under my eyes to combat dark bags.

Advent Calendar/ Black Friday order

Last week, Makeup Revolution decided to bless the souls of makeup lovers everywhere, with the return of their £30 gift. Needless to say, I put in an order straightaway, but when I logged onto Instagram afterwards, I noticed there were still items I had missed! I just want it all- no wonder I’ve had to ask for even more makeup storage for Christmas. makeup-revolution

Speaking of Christmas, the brand have decided to launch their own advent calendar. I could have cried when I saw it advertised on Facebook! I had my heart set on a beauty advent calendar, and I didn’t want one with loads of unnecessary creams that I would never use, so this was perfect. I’ve only opened a few days so far, but you get nail polishes, single eyeshadows and lipsticks, culminating in a larger gift on Christmas Eve- for £25 it was an absolute bargain.

So in all seriousness, if you haven’t already tried this brand, try them! Products start from £1 and a full 30 shade palette is £8.

Long live Makeup Revolution!

Leila x

P.S. I just bought a new camera and I’m still getting used to it, plus my room is super dark so I apologise for the poor quality photos!

Spotlight on: Handbags

As part of my blog’s re-invention, I thought I’d start a little ‘Spotlight’ series- a discussion of my favourite trends and pieces. First up, I’d like to discuss handbags.

Anyone who knows me knows my love for bags. I don’t lust after clothes anywhere near as much as I used to. I find that the older I get, the more I want to invest in ‘timeless’ pieces that will last me for more than one season.

I guess you could say that my appetite for arm candy began when I was very young with a ‘designer’ bag from my mum . This bag was incredibly gaudy, white with a multi-coloured pattern, but I absolutely loved and cherished it until it inevitably fell apart. I also attended school in the glory days of Pauls Boutique, when anyone who was anyone had one of these wonderfully tacky masterpieces. Admittedly, the brand has now had a little makeover, with no brash logos and unnecessarily long charms in sight.

Nowadays, my taste has upgraded but sadly my bank balance hasn’t. I’m lucky enough to have a few amazing handbags, which I adore, but I’m always wanting more. As someone who isn’t as adventurous with dressing myself as I’d like to be, I believe a great handbag is important. They’re not just there to carry your phone and various empty chewing gum wrappers, they’re for adding statement to an outfit.

Here are my favourite handbags that I own.

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My Michael Kors tote was my first more expensive bag. I bought it in Spain, for an exchange rate that was too good to miss out on. What really struck me was the colour, a beautiful vanilla grey that goes with almost everything.

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My Vivienne Westwood currently needs to visit the handbag hospital after the charm fell off whilst on holiday in Ibiza, but I still love it. It’s my go to ‘night out’ bag, as it holds my lipstick, phone and purse without leaving me scrabbling around.

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My second Michael Kors bag is a divine duck egg blue, and was another Spanish purchase. It goes perfectly with blue jeans! What I like most about MK bags are the simplicity of their designs. I’ve got my eye on the mauve colour for Autumn!

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This River Island bag was the last thing that I purchased with my staff discount (sniff!) before leaving River Island in favour of going full time at my writing job. I love it because it looks 1000x more expensive than it actually was, and its deep enough to hold all of my unnecessary things that I carry around with me!

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I bought this bag from a little boutique in Yorkshire. I love it because it reminds me of Chanel and it’s boxy shape is so on trend. It’s currently residing with my best friend, so if you’re reading this Abigail, I’d absolutely love to have it back! 😉

I’m lusting after:

Copyright Chanel 2015.

Copyright Chanel 2015.

A Chanel Boy bag is my absolute dream. I have always said to myself ever since I was younger that the minute I got a well paid job, I’d save up for one. They’re iconic, without being the exact same Chanel bag that you see all of the TOWIE cast with.

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Copyright Louis Vuitton ‘Mon Monogram’ collection.

A monogrammed Louis Vuitton Speedy tote would be next on my list after Chanel. This is a new addition, I saw a girl in Sheffield train station with a larger monogrammed LV and I was pricing one up of my own as soon as I sat down on the train. Gorgeous!

I hope you enjoyed my ode to handbags. Tell me about your favourite bag in the comments!
Leila x

 

Too Much Lipstick Or Too Many Opinions?

I didn’t think ‘make up shaming’ was a thing until recently. One beauty Youtuber, Nikki Tutorials, made up half of her face to show the ‘power of make up’ and the internet responded with ‘liar’, ‘this is why I don’t trust women’ and other ridiculous comments. On this side of the world, another beauty blogger My Pale Skin published her ‘You Look Disgusting‘ video, to highlight her struggle with acne and the horrendous comments that she received. Lastly, any time Buzzfeed publishes a makeup related article, you get several special snowflakes commenting ‘I don’t get makeup, I don’t like the feel of it on my face, I’d rather sleep in in the morning.’ Since then, it has become clear to me that make up shaming is very much alive and it caused me to draw on my own experiences.

I’ve loved makeup for a long time. As someone who struggled with acne and self confidence, it became a way for me to face the world. That’s not to say I feel like I need it, I’m fairly happy  IMG_4781nipping out to the shop without any on, but I’ve come across some makeup shamers in my time. Most recently was last October, when waiting for a train to a gig, a complete stranger came up to me and said ‘That is far too much lipstick, you’d look so much better without it’. Well guess what mate, this is my favourite MAC Rebel and I’ll wear it proudly. I remember at the time myself and my friend were absolutely flabbergasted that this total stranger had the cheek to come up to me. Would I say to him, ‘terrible beard, you’d look so much better clean shaven’? I wouldn’t, because my mother raised me to always be polite.

I’ve also had people ask me why I spend so much time and money on make up. Let me tell you a little secret, it’s because its my hobby and I love it! I’m by no means good at it, but I enjoy it and I want to get better at it. Think about the likes of golf- people spend hours on a Sunday on the course and hundreds of pounds on clubs, but no one tells them it’s a waste of time, do they?

The other thing I absolutely hate, ‘who are you trying to impress?’ Erm….me, myself and I! I love going out of a night, but the thing I love most about it is getting ready, doing my makeup and singing to my iPod- ask my friends, I’m always late to pre-drinks because I get far too invested in my Taylor Swift impression whilst waiting for my concealer to set. Untitled

So this is a blog post for all you makeup shamers out there. Us women, we aren’t trying to lie to you by painting our faces and we don’t see it as a waste of money to invest in the latest Naked Palette, it’s just our hobby. Don’t begrudge of us of something that we enjoy just because it involves cosmetics.

Girls, keep wearing that bold lipstick, or don’t wear any makeup at all- it’s your money, your life and most of all, it’s your face.

Leila x

 

The Changing of the Seasons

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So, you may have noticed that things have been a little quiet at Sharrow Style recently. I wasn’t allowed to write on the blog whilst my tutors were marking it! However, I’m pleased to say that I can now start writing again.

However, there’s going to be a change. Obviously, the original purpose of this blog was to write about fashion in Sheffield. That’s all great, except I don’t live there anymore (sob!)

I still don’t want this to be a standard ‘what I wore today’ blog. Partly because I don’t have the confidence for outfit posts featuring myself, and partly because I don’t have the finances to support buying tons of clothes (unfortunately). What it will be is a blog of my favourite trends, makeup that I love, hero pieces I’ve treated myself to and style inspirations from celebrities.

So, you’ll have to give me some time to gather my ideas, but I hope that Sharrow Style can continue to be a fashion blog with a bit of a difference.

Leila x

The Way We Were: A History of Fashion in Sheffield

Throughout this blog, I’ve looked at how the fashion landscape in Sheffield looks today and in the future, but what about the past? When we think of past fashion, it’s pretty easy to think of at least a key trend per decade- for example, 20’s was all about flapper dresses, the 50’s was all about full skirts, the 70’s was the time to put on your flares and the 80’s was all about disco! But how did the lovely folk of Sheffield interpret these trends? Let’s take a look:

Let’s start with the turn of the 20th century. At this time, it was fashionable for women to wear long skirts and corsets. However, in the 20s and 30s, the hemlines rose and couture fashion came into the spotlight, designing clothes for people who wanted to enjoy themselves. Then came the Second World War and a time of rations for the majority- several fashion houses were forced to close and ‘Make do and mend’ became a large part of dressing yourself, encouraged by the Government to ensure women got the most out of the clothes that they already had. Following the war, the textile industry began a period of innovation and new fabrics such as nylon, polyester and acrylic, creating a desire for easy to wear, easy to care for clothing. Traditions were once again disregarded by the 1960’s with the introduction of the miniskirt. The 1970’s were a period of flares and platform boots until punk came along and anti-fashion became the new fashion. Eighties fashion was personified by gaudy colours whilst in contrast, the 1990s was a period of minimalist grunge.

The Sheffield Scene

Wider trends quickly filter down to a local level and are interpreted by residents of the area. If you are interested in an in depth look into 20th Century fashions in Sheffield, get yourself down to the Sheffield Local Studies Library where you can have a look at the changing fashions using local newspapers. The trends in the newspapers vary from using vast amounts of fabrics in the 50’s right through to the ‘dangerous’ craze of ear piercing which took hold of Sheffield in the 70’s.

Sheffield’s 20th Century Timeline

1912: Mark’s and Spencer’s first shop in Sheffield opened, originally on The Moor.

1932: C&A Modes store opened at the bottom of the high street.

1940: A number of Sheffield’s large department stores were harmed during the Blitz including Atkinson’s, C&A Modes and Robert’s Brothers.

1989: Construction work begins on Meadowhall.

1920’s

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John Walsh Ltd, 1925. Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

It’s easy to picture the 1920’s as you would from ‘The Great Gatsby’ but the reality is that it wasn’t quite that decadent all the time. In the early part of the decade, the fashion didn’t change that much. It was only in 1925 that the fashions associated with the Roaring Twenties came into play. Women wore their hair in bob haircuts and danced The Charleston in short dresses for ease of movement.

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

The above photograph is of a young woman in the 1920’s wearing a coat designed by Painted Fabrics, a designer based in our very own Meadowhead!

1940’s

The 1940’s was a world away from the elegant clothing of the 20’s. As a result of the war, rations came into play and thus, ‘Make do and Mend’ was the theme of the decade. Sewing skills were more important than ever and clothing was designed to be practical and simple.

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

The above is a leaflet which was issued by the Government urging families to ‘make do’ with what they already had.

1950’s

The 1950’s was when fashion became more about freedom. The waistline became a prominent feature: women either wanted to hide it in ‘sack’ style dresses or emphasise it with full skirts.

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This lovely image came from my friend Sophie who was born and bred in Sheffield. This photo was taken in the 50’s and as you can see pastel colours and full skirts are a winning combination!

1960’s

In the 60’s, hemlines got shorter. Mary Quant invented the mini skirt, prints were out in full force and platform go-go boots were coveted by most young women.

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In this photo courtesy of Sophie, you can see that hemlines are definitely shorter than in the 50’s, plus check out the bouffant style hair!

1970’s

Jumpsuits, turtlenecks and hot pants were the focus of the 70’s. Pants had to be tight-fitting and even the men were wearing platform shoes.

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

This photo shows some cabaret singers strutting their stuff in Sheffield, wearing some extremely flamboyant stage costumes!

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

Of course, the 70’s was the decade of punk and this article from the Sheffield Star shows that not everyone was feeling the punk movement!

1980’s

In the mid-1980’s, fashion was inspired by pop stars such as Cyndi Lauper and Madonna. Think bright accessories, loud makeup and neon for youngsters and parachute pants for the more subdued.

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library

The 80’s was an important time for Sheffield as construction began on Meadowhall in 1989.

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80’s fashion wasn’t always about neon as this photo proves! I quite like this simple combination.

1990’s

The 90’s had attitude. They were all about grunge- Kate Moss and Kurt Cobain were the poster people of a generation.

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library.

Image courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library.

You can see the grunge influence in this hairdresser’s advert for a salon in Leopold Square.

 

So, I hope you have enjoyed this little journey back in time to the fashions of yesteryear. If you want to find out more about fashion in Sheffield, there are a number of great resources out there:

Sheffield Archives

Sheffield Local Studies Library Catalogue

Yorkshire Fashion Archive

A big thank you to my lovely friend Sophie Guest and her family for giving me access to some of their family photos!

 

 

 

An Interview With Anna Roberts Clothing

Although I love fashion, I don’t think that I could ever make it as a designer. I got a B in GCSE Textiles and I absolutely loved designing, but technically I wasn’t very good. When I started this blog, I wanted to find a talented Sheffield designer who could tell me more about how the city inspires them and I found one… Meet the lovely Anna Roberts!

This is my favourite dress of Anna's- I love the colour!

This is my favourite dress of Anna’s- I love the colour!

Anna is a 49 year old single mother of two teenagers. She has always been into fashion from an early age, where she made her first dress on her grandmother’s old singer sewing machine aged 11. Aged 16, Anna decided to pursue a career in the industry, studying Fashion Design and Technology at Granville College. Anna then continued her studies at a higher level in Manchester, where she spent six years working for a variety of mail order and high street companies. Her developing career took her around the country and the next stop was Bristol where she went to work in pattern cutting. Lastly, she landed back in Sheffield at the Crucible Theatre as a wardrobe assistant. Anna’s jobs within the industry gave her the chance to develop her technical skills and her interest in innovative pattern cutting increased.

Anna Roberts Clothing

A daring open back number!

A couple of years later, Anna’s marriage broke down, and this encouraged her to go and do a teaching qualification as she had two young children to support. She spent 12 years at Chesterfield College teaching in the fashion department and during her last three years working there she really saw how the industry was changing, most notably how the independent designers were fading away as shopping was now governed by large corporations who all seemed to offer similar things. It was then that Anna’s passion for pattern cutting and garment manufacturing increased and she made the decision to start developing her own range of ladies dresses.

Another gorgeous, flattering dress!

Another gorgeous, flattering dress!

Anna says that she designs for real women and she certainly does not want anyone to look at her designs and think ‘Yes, that’s nice but I could never wear it’- she truly believes that her clothes should be accessible to all women regardless of shape.

So, what does Anna think about the fashion industry in Sheffield? She says that she has definitely seen a change in Sheffield over the last 20 years. What saddens her the most is that so many independent designers have not been able to succeed in the city, especially now with the upcoming demolition of Division Street, once the creative hub of Sheffield. However, Anna is thinking positive, hoping to offer some hope and inspiration to the fashionistas of Sheffield who are looking for great fashion with an edge!

Anna has embraced the digital world, with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter but she is still a firm believer in the shopping ‘experience’. At the moment, Anna is building a working relationship with a new boutique which has just opened in the Broomhill area and she hopes that her range will be available to purchase there soon.

Anna Roberts Clothing

Anna’s clothing featuring in a beautiful window display!

Anna’s hopes for the future is to set up her own small manufacturing unit because this is an area where her skills and talents lie. With the unit, Anna would offer a service to small designers looking for small quantities of their styles; she is currently in the process of developing this service with a couple of designers. Anna also hopes to continue selling her own range, with ambitions to feature in a few more retail spaces across Yorkshire.

Anna’s new range is now available through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where you can find her contact details. Finally, she hopes to see her designs being worn by lots of stylish Sheffield women this summer, looking fabulous in ‘frocks made in Sheffield’.

Anna Roberts Clothing

Stand out from the crowd with this one shouldered piece!

Hearing Anna’s story has given me great hope that fashion in Sheffield will bloom in the near future. I wish her the best of luck with everything!
You can see and order more of Anna’s wonderful designs here:

Twitter: @AnnaRob45597649
Facebook: Anna Roberts Clothing
Instagram: Annarobertsfashion