Topshop Beauty

 Nail Varnish c/o / FeelUnique
Lip Polish in "Honk" c/o / FeelUnique
Magic Liner c/o / FeelUnique

I've use a few Topshop Beauty products in the past, I'm in love with my highlighting glow stick, lipstick in shade "All about me" and have several of their nail varnishes too, those products are all of great quality and value.

Straight away I painted my nails, clear top coat first, then off I went with this beautifully dark brown/red shade, although I cannot see a name for this colour unfortunately on the packaging! I applied two coats for the perfect streak free final colour.

I've only tried a few lipsticks by Topshop, and those were just the normal matte finishes. This was is called a lip polish, interesting name I thought. I LOVE this formula! Really pigmented, glides on smoothly, it's creamy without feeling too heavy or sticky. I really want to try more colours in this formula as it stayed so well and didn't try out my lips.

The eyeliner I've yet to try, but have heard good things! I had one once in a goodie bag but it was so try I threw it away. Reading the directions though, it says to store nip down. I do really like felt liners so I am excited to try this, I'm just quite a snob!

Have you ever tired Topshop Beauty? If so which are your favourite products?

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All Black

 Jacket / Topshop similar here
Top / Topshop similar here
Riding Pants / American Apparel
Boots / Stradivarius similar here
Bag c/o / Baia Bags
Lipstick / Mac "Twig"

I feel recently my style is changing again, perhaps it's just because this tends to happen every A/W and S/S for me, but I feel I'm being more drawn to simpler outfits, with a more chic look. If you follow my instagram you'd of seen I've not really worn colour for the past 3 months, apart from the odd party dress and disco pant. This may change as usual in the summer where I jump into wearing the usual pastel greens and other lovely colours.

I've noticed I'm re-looking through my wardrobe and feel some things aren't me anymore, and they end up on my depop. (Shameless plug, I still have lots for sale on there, shipping worldwide too, user "leannelimwalker".)

I love this outfit, very simple and flattering to my shape. I seriously am in love with my riding pants, finally something that sits high waisted on me! I've had these for almost 3 years now and own 4 different colours. I have a long body and short legs so these help balance that out. The jacket works well as it's cropped, this cut helps to show off my shape rather than skimming my waist which can make me look straight up and down. These boots are also so so comfy! I wear them all the time and they add a good bit of height to me too.

Can we take a moment for that amazing Baia bag! I'm shooting their new collection next month and I'm so excited to see their new designs. I am in love with this Dalmatian print! Love it too? Well have it made in any of their bag styles in their made to order section.

Do you feel your style has changed over the winter?

 Photos by Lydia.

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 Tea c/o Fruiteatox

After speaking to my good friend Lydia about detox teas, I had changed my original thoughts about them and was keen to try them for myself.

I'd seen all the hype over Instagram from all different brands, claiming to help with bloating, weight loss and all kinds of things. The idea of weight loss always put me off them, I by no means wish to lose any weight, I'm tiny enough naturally as it is. But speaking to Lydia I realised these teas won't make you lose weight, perhaps along side the right life style, working out, eating well and actually doing other things to lose weight. But just drinking a tea won't really do that. I'd heard also a lot of these teas don't even taste nice! 

I was approached by Fruiteatox, finally a brand who isn't pushing slimming in their brand name! I checked their reviews on their site and so many people had said great things and spoke about how nice they tasted. I made clear I was only to talk about their product after trialling it for myself.

So I've done the 14 day teatox and I really enjoyed the teas. I even asked Lydia if detox teas were something you could drink all the time as I especially liked the Lemon morning tea. I thought best to ask someone who knows these things, she said they aren't something to be drinking everyday all the time.

So every morning I made myself the lemon tea, I really really like lemon anyway and never had even thought about it as a tea. I actually looked forward to having it in the morning and making sure I had it each day with the orange tea in the evening was also making me drink more fluids, something I keep meaning to improve on.

I noticed through the day, especially whilst at work, I had more energy, could concentrate more and didn't feel lethargic as the day went on.

The orange tea you have every other evening, this doesn't smell the best I have to admit, but it doesn't taste too bad. It's nice and relaxing as it also has camomile in.

So my thoughts, as I mentioned before there was no difference in my weight, I personally do not have any problem with bloating (although I use to, turns out I should just avoid onion and now I'm fine) so noticed no change there. I did find I had more energy and my skin was great during this too.

So if you are looking for a little pick me up, and one which tastes lovely, then why not try Fruiteatox.

Have you ever tried a detox tea? 

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Michael Kors

 Coat / Primark similar here
Dress / Topshop similar here
Boots / New Look
Bag c/o / Daniel Footwear
Watch c/o / Excel Clothing
Lipstick / Mac "Twig"

 When I'm not wearing my Primark grey coat, or Whistles leather jacket I'm in this beauty. I get so many compliments for this jacket, it's such a nice style and length, people are always shocked when I say it's Primark!

I may be slow on the whole Michael Kors watch thing, but I finally got one! It's nice to have a statement, yet everyday gold watch. It also goes perfectly with my bag.

If you follow Fashion and Fitness blogger Lydia, then you should recognise the background! I went to stay at hers and shot some outfits too :) Thank you Ali for taking my pictures, even getting on the floor to shoot my boots!

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Joelle Temporary tattoos

I adore these temporary tattoos from Joelle's Emporium, they look a lot more realistic to other ones I've seen, and are great fun to use if you are thinking of getting a tattoo as well! From playing around with these, I now think I want a tattoo on the back of my arm, and possibly mandala down my back!

They are so easy to apply and last for days. If you fancied getting some for yourself or for a friend, use my code "leannelimwalker" for 15% off!

Joelle's kindly let me host a giveaway for you guys to win a selection of her temporary tattoos! Below are the links to ones for the prize:

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 01/07/15 at 00:00AM
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Wide brimmed hat

Hat, Jumper & Coat / Primark
Boots / NewLook
Watch c/o / Daniel Wellington
Lipstick / Mac "Russian Red"

As soon as I purchased this hat from Primark, only £8, I knew it would go perfectly with my New Look knee high boots! I adore this outfit, it's comfy yet very chic looking. If you feel could you could always add tights :)

Here's my new Daniel Wellington watch, I went for the Classic Bristol in rose gold. Use code "holidayleanne" for 15% off until 31st December + Free worldwide delivery. They also have a special offer where if you add gift wrapping you will be able buy an extra wristband with 50% off.

A big thank you to Jacq who took these photos for me <3

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Watermarking your instagram images & why

Okay, so finally I've decided to watermark my images for Instagram.
I've seen lots of people doing it, and I've never before as I was worried of what others would think of me. That people would be like, who does she think she is. That I would look like a bit if a knob really.

So why have I now?

I'm being told more and more that my images are appearing on sites like Tumblr. It's not a great place to be without credit. I've then seen brands featuring me on their Instagram pages as "inspirational" hair images. It's very disheartening to see your images getting so many likes with no reference to yourself. I'm lucky that some people recognise me and let me know, but more often than not the page doesn't respond. One brand kindly aapologised letting me know they found the image on Tumblr and proceeded to tag me in the image. I guess at least now people can amend the description and add your name in there, as that would give you more publicity.

It might all sound a little dramatic, but I, like many others, spend a lot of time and effort on even our Instagram pics. It's part of our business and if people could credit us it would help us grow too, instead of people just using others' images to increase their public profile. It's so frustrating seeing people using others work, not creating things for themselves, instead relying on the effort put in by others and not giving anything back to them.

A recent example of a watermark working on an image which came to my attention was via Grav3yardgirl. The spotted a mac lipstick on Pinterest which seemed to be made up of glitter. A girl on Instagram had posted this image, she'd dipped her lipstick in glitter to create this. This was making the rounds via the internet, but Bunny was able to see who'd done it from the watermark and checked out her page. Realising she'd done it herself and it wasn't a new release from Mac.

As it's so rare to be credited on the internet, a watermark will give you this at least.

* Make sure it's in the main part of the image so cannot be cropped out.
* Make it small, not too in your face, but still noticeable.
* Make sure it's readable & doesn't distract too much from your image.

I reached out to the world of the internet for people's suggestions of apps to use to watermark my images. Lots of people suggested I bulk edited images through photoshop, but I don't think they quite got what I meant. I needed an app for on the go editing. I don't have time to send pics to my computer to add the watermark, then send back to my phone. Also I couldn't bulk process them as I'd want the watermark on different areas of my pictures.

I ended up getting two apps upon people's recommendations, Phonto and iWatermark.

Phonto - Free (Can buy an add free version for 69p)
*More than 400 fonts are available.

* You can install other fonts.

* Text size is changeable.
* Text color is changeable.
* Text gradient is changeable.
* Text's stroke color is changeable.
* Text's shadow color is changeable.
* Text's background color is changeable.
* Text is rotatable.
* Text kerning is changeable.
* Line spacing is changeable.
* Curved text

You can create your own presets so you don't need to write out the text each time! This is found in menu>settings.

To add text, just tap your image and select your text.

 You can then decide your size, placement etc each time.
I usually alter the opacity each time to suit the image. I also adjust the size and tilt so it's in the most suitable placement each time.

 You can also create a curve to your text, I've seen a lot of people who do nail art use this, you can then wrap it around the bottom of your nails.

Some examples: Along the chain is how I did it. I also tried wrapping it around the necklace and it with more spacing between the letters.

iWatermark - £1.49
* Click to move the watermark location.

* Pinch/zoom to expand/contract the size of the watermark. 
* Two fingers at once to rotate the watermark to any angle.
* Batch processing (all at once) or sequential.
* Easily adjust the watermarks scale, opacity, font, colour, size, position & angle.
* Can create your own subtle text or graphic watermarks.
* 157 fonts for your text watermarks 113 + 44 iOS 7 fonts.
* 34 high-res watermarks.
* Import your own graphic watermarks.
* One button import of your signature for use as a watermark.
* Create a QR watermark which is like a barcode. QR codes can contain up to 4000 chars of information. QR codes can then be read with a scanner or smartphone with the right app revealing the info you encoded. 

This app does offer more, and it's quick to move and rotate your watermark by pinching with two fingers or rotating with two fingers, but I couldn't see how you could easily change opacity or colour of it. You also cannot curve the text.

It depends on what your needs are. iWatermark lets you create QR code watermarks. You can also import graphics to use instead of text.

I actually prefer using Phonto and it's free.

Have you used either of these apps? Or do you use another? If so would you recommend that?

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