My Wedding Notebook #1: Bridal Make-up Tips

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I thought I would start some wedding-y stuff on the blog seeing as it's less than a year until I get married - eek! As this is a fashion and beauty blog, it seemed fitting to start with some bridal beauty tips. For this post I've teamed up with Lets Get Weddy, a wedding oracle full of interesting and fun wedding-y stuff. If you're a bride/bridesmaid to be, definitely check it out!
Bridal Beauty  by Alessandra Maffei

"There is no such thing as a woman who doesn’t care about her makeup at all. There are women whose skin looks so bright and perfect that it needs very little maintenance. There are also women whose make-up looks so natural that it seems like it’s not even there! However, even the natural look takes a little bit of time and practice. 

It was famously reported that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, did her own make-up at her wedding to Prince William, following the tips of her skin specialist Deborah Mitchell.

Whether you're a DIY-er or hiring a professional, These are some of her exclusive beauty tips:

1. A bride should always start trying facials at least 3 months before the wedding, in case she has any allergies. One should never try a new facial a week before the wedding, as you never know how your body might react to it. Kate Middleton used a mask in order to cleanse and tighten her skin, acting like a natural face-lift.

2. The second important thing to consider is lipstick. How can you make sure that it will last all day? According to Deborah, you should pop on one coat and place a tissue over the lips, pressing down gently. Following this, apply some translucent powder and your lipstick will remain fresh-looking.
 3. Drinking champagne can cause eye redness, so ensure you have a counter-acting product such as eye drops are a great addition to your bridesmaid's clutch!            

4. A lot of brides opt for a golden glow on their wedding day. To avoid any patchy, orange disasters try your selected brand a couple of weeks before to ensure the ingredients contained in the tan suit your skin. 
Apply two to three days before the big day to ensure you get the perfect colour. 

5. Whatever kind of make up you choose for your wedding day, keep in mind it doesn't have to be too evident or too plain - try and find a balance and be the bride you always thought you'd be on the most important day of your life. 

If you want to learn more about the beauty trends of 2015, check out this article!

For more inspirational content, visit LetsGetWeddy, the daily wedding blog for anyone who is getting married.

Facebook: letsgetweddy
Twitter: @LetsGetWeddy

Faye x 


OOTD // Black, White and Denim

 Shirt ASOS
Short Vintage
Shoes Forever 21
Jacket Sample sale

Sometimes I really do like simplicity the best. Not to sound like a wanker but this outfit is very 'me' - white shirt, leather jacket and these gladiator heels are three of the things I reach for again and again. 

I wore this to meet my friends at The Parlour in Fortnum & Mason for an ice cream, which was probs the cutest experience ever. The whole place was so Instagram-able I didn't know where to look! We've already made plans to go there for breakfast next week, and I'll deffo be taking my camera to take some proper pics. 

Thanks for reading :)

Faye x



It's been ages since I did one of these posts! Here's what I've been up to recently in pictoral form...

1.  Isn't this cake that my friend made AMAZING - I can't believe the detail! M&Ms are my number one so I had to resist the strong strong urge to take a big old bite out of the front.
2. My super cute work colleague Janine made me this illustration - she's so talented.
3. Me and my boyfriend stumbled upon a science museum in Dubai the other week and the floor was all starry.
4. The combo of sequinned skirt and Essie's Fiji was too much to resist when I was waiting for the tram.

1. Visited Dubai Creek recently and I felt like I was in Dawson's Creek instead. 
2. Two cool kids let loose at brunch. 
3. I brought my matte topcoat back from the UK - I think it looks so chic on top of this grey Model's Own grey shade!
4. An outfit I wore to dinner recently... apparently red and green should never be seen but I live life on the edge. 

1. Classic Dubai sunset - I took this last week at a quiz night. My contributions were the answers to 'what is the name of Elle's dog in Legally Blonde?', 'Which piece of clothing is named after an Italian island?' and 'What is the sugar called that's found in milk?'
2. My child-like dessert plate at a recent brunch
3. I can never resist a marble floor (or a marble anything really)
4. Pretty houses in West London 

For more wicked cool and super interesting pics, follow me on instagram: @iwishicouldwink

Faye x


Topshop Trainers // Outfit Three - Smart

T-shirt Stolen from my dad
Trousers Zara
Trainers Topshop

I had a really good time this weekend. A fun night out on Friday as our friends are leaving Dubai to go back to the UK this week so they had a farewell shindig. Sad face. We played beer pong (well vodka pong for me) which was super fun and I was surprisingly good at it. I always played wing attack in netball - maybe I've missed my true calling. 

On Saturday I met my friends for ice-cream before watching copious amounts of The US Office and eating noodles and mini cheddars. One thing I do miss out here in Dubai is Super Noodles - great hangover food. I bought some instant noodles which I hoped would be the same but sadly they were not. Definitely not the right shade of neon yellow. Mmmm artificial colourings.

Hope everyone had a marvellous weekend. 

Faye x


Red Carpet // Met Gala 2015

What I like about the Met Ball is that it has a theme. Personally, I like outfits that nod to the theme with a particular accessory or cut - when you can clearly see the inspirations. I don't mind a full embracing of the theme but I think there's a fine line between nailing it and looking like you're at a fancy dress party. Here are my best and worst from the Met Gala 2015, inspired by China: Through the Looking Glass. Let me know if you agree in the comments...

Always get it right...

 Surprised at how much I like it...

Not always my faves but LOVE...

Simple but not boring...

So disappointed :( ...

 All images from 
What do you think?

Faye x


Topshop Trainers // Outfit Two - Twirly Skirt

Crop Top Primark
Skirt H&M
Trainers Topshop 
Bag New Look
Sunglasses Primark

Hey y'all. How y'all doing? This is my second outfit in a series of three involving these white Topshop trainers - what do you think? I felt a bit like I was in Grease wearing this combo. All I'm missing is a bouncy ponytail and a rousing musical number. 

This weekend we went to the Feast brunch at the Sheraton Grand in Downtown Dubai. Brunch is a big deal here in Dubai, but brunch does not mean the meal you eat if you wake up too late for breakfast but too early for lunch. Oh no no, brunch is a 4 hour extravaganza involving a massive all you can eat buffet and unlimited alcoholic beverages. At this brunch there was a special frozen lollipop station, sprinkle-your-own-doughnut area and a small but very real waterfall made out of what looked like cranberry juice. Only in Dubai. Needless to say I was full to the brim and merry by 4pm when it ended and, because I'm old and wicked cool, promptly fell asleep upon returning to the hotel room. I didn't choose the thug life, the thug life chose me. 

What did you do this weekend?

Faye x


Sisterhood of the World Tag

The gorge Charlotte from Fashion & lifestyle blog Styleaked recently tagged me the Sisterhood in the World tag and I bloody love a tag, so was more than happy to oblige...

1. If you could only speak to one person for the rest of your life who would it be?

I don't know how I can answer this without horribly offending someone! I'm gonna have to be rubbish and cheat - my immediate family, boyfriend and best friend. 

2. What is your biggest achievement of the year?

I'm gonna count the year as in from April to April and say moving to Dubai and not crumbling into a heap - at times I was close. It's hard leaving all you know behind and starting completely new in an unfamiliar country but the experience so far has been eye-opening and given me the opportunity to do things I might never have got to do otherwise. 

3. If your house was burning down what would be the first thing you saved?

Presuming I was wearing my engagement ring, my camera. Most of my memories are back in the UK so there's not much of sentimental value to save here. 

4. Who are your top 5 bloggers?

Other than Charlotte (obvs):

5. Winter or summer and why....

Easy easy easy - I'm summer's number one fan. I hate wearing tights and I love long summer evenings, lounging in the garden reading magazines, impromptu picnics after work, getting an ice-cream from an ice-cream van, counting the bees on my mum's lavender plant...British summer is the best! 

6. Do you have a secret talent or party trick?

I can make a weird noise with my throat and the only other person I've met who can also do it is my sister - must be in the genes. It's not particularly attractive mind you! I also know pointless stuff like the chart position of every Spice Girls song. 

7. If you could go to any country in the world where would you go?

Either Sweden or Canada. I've never been to either but both intrigue me a lot.  

8. Blogs or YouTube?

I think blogs will always be my first love because I've been reading them for so long, and writing speaks to me more than a video.  

9. Is a jaffa cake a cake or a biscuit?

Haha great question! I know people say 'the clue's in the name' but it's totes a biscuit! Shape, packaging - everything screams biscuit to me. I don't actually like Jaffa Cakes anyway - the jelly bit is weird and I don't trust it. 

10. How many times do you re-read posts before hitting publish?

I'd say only one - but I preview as well to make sure everything's looking slick!

Thanks to Charlotte for tagging me - it was fun! I tag:

Elly from All Death by Diamonds
Daniela from Daniela Scribbles
Josie from Josie's Journal

Questions are:

1. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
2. What's the most played song on your iPod?
3. Which beauty product makes you feel the most confident?
4. Kanye West - genius or douchebag?
5. What's the first blog you started reading?
6. If you woke up and you were Beyonce how would you spend your day?
7. Who makes you laugh the most?
8. Which book could you read over and over again?
9. What's on your phone background?
10. Do you think blogging is becoming too commercialised?

Faye x

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