FASHION: Top 12 Red Carpet Looks From the BRIT's 2015

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Every year I always endeavour to write up a post after each awards show, after ogling at all the beautiful outfits that take to the red carpet. However, this never ends up materialising due to so many other things taking place or that need to be blogged about, around the tail end of January and especially February,

LFW AW15 Day 1 Outfit: Seventies Luxe

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This time last week I was making the finishing touches to my outfits and finalising my show schedule for LFW - how time flies by! I'm hugely inspired by the massive Seventies trend that has taken the fashion world by storm, so wanted to reflect this in my outfit to kick start London Fashion Week. I certainly wasn't the only one with that mind-set - Somerset House courtyard was flooded with vintage clad fashionistas emulating the trend in their own unique ways.  
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FASHION: London Fashion Week: Fail Safe Pieces - A Guide to LFW Style

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With London Fashion Week kicking off in just two days time, there is no time to lose to make the finishing touches to those carefully put together outfits. I've put together a little collage of my go to items that I either have in my wardrobe, or start searching for online leading up to London Fashion Week, with some added extras for what's hot for this current season.


BEAUTY: Dior Rouge Dior Baume Product Review

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I've been meaning to get this post up since after Christmas, but I lost my SD card with these images on for ages, (you can imagine the terror!) and then when I had thankfully found it, well, life just gets in the way doesn't it. But now here we are! My second official beauty post of the blog (you can read the first one here) is now up and running.

Happy Day of Love x

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Happy Valentines Day you lovely lot! Enjoy your day whatever you get up to, and whoever you spend it with! I'll be spending the day with the two boys in my life, chilling out and enjoying some family time! Let me know what you get up to below, mwah xx


LIFESTYLE: Happy Highlights From my Week

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Hello and happy Friday wooo! I don't know about anyone else, but I feel like this week has draaaggedd on, so really looking forward to the weekend now...even though the weather has clearly taken a turn for the worse today - but that will not dampen my spirits!

FASHION: Chanel SS15 Couture Show - My Favourite Looks

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I absolutely loved this couture collection from Mr. Lagerfeld for Chanel - it's got everything you could possibly want from a Chanel runway show: divine dresses, classic boucle two pieces with a twist, gorgeous rich colours as well as chic monochrome, fun and frivolous vibes and quirky headwear. What's not to love!?

FASHION: Elie Saab SS15 Couture Show - My Favourite Looks

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With New York Fashion week fast approaching (kicking off tomorrow, in fact!) I thought I'd better get my remaining Couture posts up and running, sharpish! That's the thing with Fashion Month - you barely have time to appreciate each week's collections because it's straight onto the next one! Anyway, here are my favourite looks from the Elie Saab couture show in Paris a couple of weeks ago.


Valentines Day Outfit Inspiration with The Dressing Room PART 2: Date Night Style...

Here is the second part of my collaboration with The Dressing Room to style two separate outfits for Valentines Day. This is my 'date night' attire - you can see what I would wear for a 'day date' here. My partner and I don't get the chance to have date nights regularly due to it being quite tricky to arrange childcare for the evening, so on the odd occasion that we do, I really like to make an effort with a pretty dress, heels and to spend longer on my hair and makeup than I usually would.


Valentines Day Outfit Inspiration with The Dressing Room PART 1: Day Date Style...

So the big V day is upon us, whether you're a fan or a foe of the day of lurvee, the impending date can sometimes be the cause of females everywhere panicking about what to wear. Whether you're a singleton planning a good old girls night, or in a relationship, the fact is girls being girls usually like to make an effort and look their best.


#TSOPxBHF - Two Shoes One Pair Fundraising Campaign for The British Heart Foundation #WearItBeatIt

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Today marks the #WearItBeatIt fundraising campaign for The British Heart Foundation, in which the organisation encourages the public to wear a splash of red - whether that be a complete outfit, fancy dress or just a subtle nod to this great cause by painting on a red lip, and organising an event or taking part in one. If you're wearing red today to support The BHF, snap a picture and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the #WearItBeatIt hashtag.


Weekly Instagram Round Up

See what I've been getting up to on Instagram from last week! You can follow me @maddiemagpie.
1. Lusting over every single SS15 collection from Couture Fashion Week - especially these incredible boots from the Dior show. See my post of my round up of all the shows and my favourite looks here...

Couture Fashion Week Round Up

Here is a quick round up of my favourite looks from all the designers who showed their SS15 collections at Couture Fashion Week in Paris last week. There were honestly so many incredible pieces, it is so hard to just pick a couple of favourites, so apologies for the rather picture heavy post! I hope you enjoy looking through all these spectacular creations, as much as I did though...


5 Things That Made Me Happy Last Week

1. On Monday I had a lovely chat with Mama Magpie over the phone, whilst sitting down with a cup of tea. We have always been extremely close, and text regularly throughout the week, but sometimes it's just nice to have a proper phone call and catch up.
2. Last week Theo was being quite a pickle most days, so one evening when he was tucked up in bed I decided to have a lovely, long soak in the tub, with two kinds of bubbles! It really helped me unwind after a few tough days.
3. This is a bit of a boring/ geeky one, but I've now converted to Aldi to do my food shop, and after my second visit last week, I just found myself feeling happy at the money I had saved compared to what I would have spent in Sainsbury's. This and the fact I had some lovely, fresh ingredients to make a homemade pasta to take to work for lunch, made me happy.
4. Saturday saw the disappearance of Theo's lovely, long curls; yep, his first ever haircut. It went surprisingly well and he was so good, we went to a special child hairdressers with little cars to sit in while the ladies cut the little one's hair, Peppa Pig on mini TV screens at each station and biscuits handed out for good behaviour/ bribery! He didn't want to sit still for too long, as I had suspected, but that was fine. I couldn't believe how much more grown up he looked! Still very much a cutie though, even if I do say so myself. We then popped into town as a family to do some errands, with Theo being such an angelic child all day, finishing off the day with a well deserved bite to eat in Costa.

5. We finished off the weekend by having some friends round with their 2 little boys on Sunday for a roast. We hadn't all seen eachother since before Christmas so we exchanged presents for the boys, chatted away, ate delicious food cooked by Dan, drank lots of tea and watched all the little ones play happily together while devouring a scrummy raspberry cheesecake for dessert!
What made you happy last week - big or small, I'd love to hear all about it!?

BEAUTY: Monthly Favourites

So I wanted this post to go live at the end of January, as it was meant to be my 'January Beauty Favourites' post, which I'd prepped and planned for way in advance, but when the time came to edit the photos I had inconveniently misplaced my SD card! Typical that 2 days later I find it in the zip up pocket of my handbag, WHICH IS WHERE I KNEW I HAD PUT IT! Ah well, this will just have to be February's faves. I've really got into beauty products lately, so am eager to get more beauty content up onto Mode Madeleine. Don't get me wrong, I've always loved makeup and worn and experimented with it since I was old enough, but I've always been much more fashion focused when it comes to blogging. Of course I still love my fashion, but for some reason cosmetics are really exciting me right now and I just want to buy it all and write about it! So anyway, here are my current January February faves...

For so many years I've just stuck to the same makeup routine, never really venturing into the world of eyeshadow as if I'm totally honest, it just scared me a little bit - I never knew how people managed to get it so right when whenever I attempted eyeshadow, I'd just end up looking like a drag queen (nothing against drag queens - just not really my style...). I wouldn't even wear it for a night out, which in my uni days, was every other night...ahem, I'd just layer up on the eyeliner instead. But recently, I've found myself wanting to experiment a bit more; perhaps with all the hype around Urban Decay's Naked palettes for so many years, I've gradually wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now I didn't want to fork out for the price tag of a Naked palette, to then potentially discover I still look like a drag queen and in actual fact it's nothing to do with the product, it is in fact, just my face. Therefore I wanted to get to grips with a cheaper version first. My Mum kindly bought me these three little neutral MUA pots just before Christmas, to start practising and ease myself into a whole new cosmetic territory. At only £1 each they really are a billy bargain too! I was pretty impressed with the quality and creaminess for such a budget product - these 3 little shades are really all you need as a rookie eye makeup wearer, I think I'd have been too daunted by a huge palette with various shades - I need to build myself up to that! I debuted my new makeup look on Christmas day to feel a little more special and to add some sparkle - you can see the look here. I began by using the nude matte to firstly create a base, then building up with the bronze and finally highlighting and adding more colour with the copper, going back to the nude matte to help blend all 3 colours together. I'm really enjoying adding this new element to my more glitzy makeup routine. I don't tend to bother during the week for work, but at weekends when I have more time to spend on myself, my irrational fear has definitely somewhat diminished, so sometimes I'll crack out the eyeshadow!
I've tried many a highlighter/ illuminator in the past, and never really fallen in love with The One. That is, until I tried the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator, another product recommended to me by a friend, and another bargain, at a snippet of around £11. Obviously, a girl with rather expensive taste such as myself (as well as being able to appreciate the small things!), would have loved to opt for the Dior Glow Maximiser, but at nearly triple the price unfortunately just couldn't justify it at this moment in time. However, I feel that the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face illuminator more than does the job for now; it's got a lovely creamy but light texture and instantly gives a natural glow when applied to the cheekbones, just under the brow bone and the teeniest dab to the nose, chin and forehead and voila! Nobody will even know you're not wearing Dior ;)
I've never quite got on with liquid or gel eyeliners, I've always stuck to a soft kohl to line my lower lash line, but that's what I like and what (I think) suits me best. I will occasionally go eyeliner free, much more so now I'm a Mama to an incredible but at times, demanding toddler, and I'm ok with it now, after many teenage years and even the beginning of my twenties, never feeling confident enough to leave the house without it on. I've now grown up and eventually learnt to accept my eyeliner free face - as long as I've got good lashings of mascara on, I can deal with it; of course, I still feel much more myself with lined eyes, and will always wear it for a night out/ special occasion, but some 'off duty' days definitely require a more barefaced look. Anyway, that's not the main issue here, my main issue is that I can't just wear eyeliner and be done with it, I have to have a little flick in the corner of each eye, otherwise I just don't feel 'done', and feel it opens my eyes out more. The problem with that, and not being a fan of liquid eyeliner, is that I'll often end up with thick, clumpy flicks from my blunt kohl pencil, which, let's face it, is not a good look. So a few months ago I decided this had to stop and went on the hunt for a solution. I found it in Rimmel's Scandaleyes Thick & Thin eyeliner. This little beauty has saved my life! It works just like a pen rather than fiddly liquid or messy gel, and is so quick and simple to achieve my little flicks - they're done in about 5 seconds. The great aspect of this product is the thick side and the thin pointy side, which is perfect for definition - much like a sharpie pen or highlighter - you control the thickness just in the way that you hold it. The only downside to this is that I've found it not very long-lasting at all, I had to buy another one after about 3 weeks as it dried out so quickly! Where it's not a pencil you obviously can't sharpen it to extend it's usage; I feel Rimmel are missing a trick here and should have created it with a twist at the bottom or something to add moisture back into the tip. It's not the end of the world as it's around £5, so not breaking the bank, but I think I will still continue to search for something with a bit more longevity to it.
Any beauty addicts reading this will gasp in horror when I reveal I've never really bothered with a primer before, yes, yes I know how terrible that is. I've had the odd few which I've dabbled with; I think I got a free Clinique one once and years ago I was cajoled into buying one at MAC, when I didn't even know what one was, and only went in for a lipstick. But as I get older, I realise I need to look after my skin more and that goes for protecting it before makeup application as well as skincare, (read more on this here). I didn't want to spend the earth on a primer, as I like to save my makeup splurges for a good foundation as I believe a higher end brand always looks better, (currently using Estee Lauder's Double Wear, which I shall post a review of soon) so I asked some beauty enthusiast friends for advice and one suggested the L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it! It's got a beautiful pearly quality to it, which is designed to illuminate the face even once your foundation is over the top, and to give you a real glow. I've found it works wonders, and in the Summer I will probably just wear it under a translucent powder for a more natural look. The consistency is lovely and light, a little dab goes a long way, plus, it was only £10! Also, I am now wearing the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, which can tend to look a bit 'chalky' if not applied over a primer, and the Lumi Magique definitely keeps any dryness and unevenness at bay. This is one of my absolute favourite products that I discovered in January - and I believe that we shall be life long friends!
I've been without a concealer for quite some time now (another gasp I hear from avid beauty addicts!), but I think as I usually just rush my makeup on in the mornings in between trying to get my Son fed, dressed ,kept happy, make both our breakfasts, lunches, get myself ready and get out the door on time, I've literally just plonked on a bit of foundation and hoped that it will be enough to keep my imperfections at bay. Well it's not. So I decided the time had come to stock back up on the basics for my makeup bag. I haven't spent any time researching the best concealers, but I picked this up at the same time I bought the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator; I gave it a quick test and colour match on my hand and it seemed good enough for a quick fix. I've been more impressed with this than I thought I would be - it's got a really lovely creamy, velvety texture and definitely does the trick of covering up those unwanted flaws. The only thing is it isn't great on the drier parts of my skin, especially around my nose, so I definitely still need to invest in a higher quality liquid  based concealer - at the moment I've got my eye on the Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit - perhaps I'll pop one of them on my Birthday list hey...
Are there any amazing beauty products you've discovered in January and want to rave about? Leave me a comment below or tweet me @MaddieMagpie - I'd love to know!


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