Lockdown Loungewear: Girl Knows All

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I’ve always been a loungewear advocate. 9am lecture? Loungewear. Lunch with your friends? Loungewear. Too-many-glasses-of-wine-the-night-before-to-piece-an-outfit-together? Loungewear. So, when the UK went into the wild time that shall henceforth be referred to as LD (provides a little air of mystery, no?) I was in my fashion element. I now had the time to find new brands and companies that were a little different to the big boys (your classic PLT/Missguided/ASOS). Stumbling through the Insta-web (does that classify as a pun?) I discovered Girl Knows All. My friend Sophie had recommended GKA to me previously and knowing we have very similar taste in style, I thought I’d check out their latest collection which happened to be a collab with Insta-fluencer (again, another pun?) Miss Joslin. Fast forward a couple of weeks (yes, WEEKS. A pre-warning for slow delivery was given at checkout) and I finally had my goodies. 

INITIAL THOUGHTS…

Now, on a good day, I might just refer to myself as an LE: a Loungewear Expert. I’d like to think I’m pretty well-versed in what makes a little two-piece sweatshirt/jogger combo lovelier than your average Joe. Tearing into my parcel like a dog who had been deprived of toys finally being presented with their first squeaky bone, I was very impressed with what I saw. Visually, the items looked how I had envisioned they would (which is always a good start). I had decided to order a variety of items so I could test whether I liked the brand as a whole, or just individual pieces. My order consisted of a hoodie, jogger shorts, a sweatshirt, cycling shorts and an oversized tee. Colour-wise, the collection was heavily based around a beige/mauve/grey palette which, if you know me, was an absolute winner. 

SIZING…

I must admit within usual circumstances, I am a relatively irrational shopper. I’m a “yep. That looks like it’ll fit, I don’t need to try it on,” kinda gal. However, thanks to being furloughed from both of my jobs (laughing through the tears), I had all the time in the world to do some research. I read that the clothing came up slightly smaller than one might expect, especially if an oversized fit is desired – which I mean, come on, who is buying fitted loungewear?! So, I actually ended up choosing to order all of my items in a size large (excl. cycling shorts which I ordered in a medium). For context, I am 5ft 2 and usually wear a UK 8 or 10/12 if an oversized fit is the goal. On the GKA website, a size large is the equivalent of a UK 14/16. Having tried on all of the items, I am very happy that I sized up. The only piece that was unwearable were the jogger shorts which sadly, I had to return. 

WOULD I SHOP AGAIN?

I would deffo place another order at Girl Knows All (in fact, I may already have done hehehe). The only negative is the thought of waiting so long for the goodies to arrive, although you know what you’re signing up for when you order. Personally, I think the clothes outweigh the wait. My favourite pieces are pictured. The PALM SPRINGS hoodie has seen more days on my bod than in the wardrobe. It’s such an easy throw-on piece for an everyday chill and also looks very cute with some black cycling shorts. The winner, though, has to be the MONTEGO BAY set (sweatshirt and cycling shorts). Wearing this little ensemble, I feel so put-together. It’s one of those “I really haven’t made much effort but I look as if I have” kind-a outfits which are top-tier for me. The set cost £45.00 in total. Whilst this does sit on the slightly pricier end of loungewear (I’m looking at you, Urban Outfitters) I think this is the kind of ball-park independent brands are usually situated within. 

So, posing the all-important question: would I shop again?

Hell to the yes. 

I hope someone, somewhere found this review useful. I love discovering new brands but am always nervous to place the first order in case the items arrive and they’re not quite what I was expecting. I’d love to make a little series out of trying brands I’ve discovered on Instagram so do let me know if that is something you would be interested in reading! 

For now, I will (hopefully) leave you with some outfit-envy that finds you clicking the link below to get shopping. If this is the case, I accept full responsibility for being a bad influence. 

If you want to shop Girl Knows All then follow this link: GKA X Miss Joslin

Until next time lovely people, 

Gee xx

 

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Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks: Worth The Hype?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Rimmel have recently launched their own take on a liquid lipstick. The Stay Matte Lipsticks retail at £5.99 each in Superdrug. Having only recently really got into wearing a liquid lip, I thought I’d give these a go and see if they are worth the hype.

I picked up three different shades, ranging from VERY nude to a hot pink. The reason I did this was to see whether the formula was consistent when the colour was darker. The shades I picked up were 710 – Latte To Go, 110 – Blush and 820 – Heartbeat. 

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When I swatched them in-store, I was pleasantly surprised by how creamy the formula felt and how nice the applicator was. However, once I got home and tried them on I started to question how much I liked them. When applied onto the lips, the lipsticks (particularly Blush) needed more than one layer, because they looked patchy with just a single coat. This was absolutely fine to begin with as the formula applied with what seemed to be quite a shiny, creamy finish. However, once the lipsticks had dried, they looked extremely patchy which left me loving life a little bit less.

The darkest shade, Heartbeat, which I was most excited about bled into and OVER my lipliner. Let me tell you now, this was not a cute look for me. Blush was the patchiest of the three (as you can probably tell from the swatch photo) whilst I ended up not loving the colour of Latte To Go (MAJOR foundation-lip vibes were occurring). I’m actually really sad that I didn’t love these products as much as I thought I would. I’d definitely recommend you try them as the formula may work better for you, but for me – a gal with relatively dry lips – they did not bring enough hydration.

I think I’ll be sticking to my Morphe Liquid Lipsticks (which are INSANE) in the future.

G X

ABH Subculture: First Impressions

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If you’ve read my 19th birthday post, you’ll know I received the extremely controversial ‘Subculture’ palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I was super excited to try this out and to see whether all the negative things I’d been hearing about this product were true.

Appearance-wise, the palette is gorgeous. I love the blue and mustard yellow combination on the packaging and was really intrigued by the colour combination of the shadows. The Modern Renaissance was definitely a more ‘typical’ palette for me, the shades being slightly safer as I’m used to using more warm-toned shadows. But, I loved the Autumn vibes Subculture was giving and wanted to branch out and start creating different makeup looks.

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The first thing I did when I opened the palette was swatch the shadows. Of course, being ABH, they were EXTREMELY pigmented and all of the swatches seen pictured are only one swipe-worth of product. I’ve heard others labelling them ‘chalky’ which, I have to admit, I did find but only in certain shadows (mainly the darker ones but also Roxy). However, I wasn’t too surprised or appalled at this as I found exactly the same with my Modern Renaissance palette.

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When applying the shadows, I did find them harder to blend and work with than the Modern Renaissance and other products (such as my Makeup Geek eyeshadows), but they are not the worst things I’ve ever used on my eyes. The colour pay off is amazing, due to the pigmentation and I especially like shades such as Roxy, All Star and New Wave. I’ve found it possible to still create my go-to ‘burnt orange smoky eye’ look, which I tend to do as a quick, day-to-day situation on my eyes, whilst I am also able to create some brand new, pretty cool looks. I’ve been loving using the green shades particularly and am planning on uploading a khaki-inspired smoky eye look very soon!!

The one thing I am a little disappointed with about this palette is the shimmer shades. In my MR, the shimmers were some of my favourite shades in the entire palette so I was super excited when I saw the colours that Subculture contained. Cube is a gorgeous white shimmer with a pink reflect whilst Electric is a greeny-gold shimmer (which I was most excited about). Whilst Adorn – a deep gold shimmer – had decent colour pay off (only when applied with my finger), the other two were practically invisible on the eye. I’ve tried applying them dry, wet, with different brushes and my finger and each time the result is just as poor. Because of this, I tend to use the mattes from this palette then dip into my Z palette for a more pigmented shimmer shadow.

Overall, I’d rate this palette a solid 7/10. I love ABH and will continue to buy their eyeshadow palettes in the future. Whilst I’m not LIVING for this palette, I do still like it but it hasn’t topped my MR.

What are your thoughts on the Subculture palette?

G X