Monday, 30 March 2015

March Favourites

March Favourites 

A few favourites for this month. March has felt like such a busy month but at the same time when I think about it, nothing out of the ordinary has really happened. The end of March does mark one thing though, Summer is nearly here! And despite it being pretty cloudy outside the sun is definitely trying to peek its way through! Any, on to the things that I have been loving. 

Katherine Penney Chic Monthly favourites Beauty Skincare Makeup

Botanics Dry Brush 
This month I have really been getting in to dry brushing again. I do this nearly everyday before I have a shower using long strokes upwards. As well as feeling really therapeutic and exfoliation dry brushing has many other benefits including increasing circulation and reducing cellulite. 

Clinique Anti-blemish Solution
Recently I have been taking a lot better care of my skin with a few small step that really have made a noticeable different. I think soon I will do a whole post on that. But for the moment I have really been loving using this product on my skin. As soon as I feel a spot appearing I use a little bit of this a few times a day and it will literally just make it disappear! I also used this every morning before moisturiser on problems areas and find that it really helps too. 

Natural Collection Eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut
During March I was more into a "no makeup makeup look" and this eyeshadow was one of the products I would always reach for the achieve this. I would use this with the angled Ecotools brush instead of a liquid eyeliner for a more smoky but subtle effect. This just looks really natural and the colour is a great alternative to black. 

Boots Simply Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream
Earlier this month I was really suffer from quite sore and dry eyes. I hadn't been using an eye cream in a white and I knew that I really needed to get back into using one. But when I went to Boots I was amazing at how ridiculously expensive most of the eye creams were. A lot of them were about £10-£15 and were advertising as "wrinkle reduction", not something that I think I need quite yet. I just wanted a really hydrating eye cream that wouldn't irritate my sensitive eyes or break my bank! And this is what I managed to find and I am so impressed. It's really light and easy to blend so I never feel like I am tugging on my eyes. It's really hydrating and it never stings or irritates my eyes. My sore dry eyes have completely gone away and I can't recommend this product enough! 

Sleek Lipstick in Barely There
With Spring pretty much here I have been trying to transition my makeup to something a bit lighter and a bit more brightening. And to do that I love this peachy coral colour from Sleek. The formula is lovely and glossy and this colour is just so pretty for this time of year. I feel like it really brightens up my makeup look and is just so pretty. 

I hope that April will bring us some more sunshine and warmer days. I am so desperate to sit in the garden with a magazine and a cold drink but it isn't quite warm enough for that yet. Fingers crossed that April will be the month! xx


Friday, 27 March 2015

Some Details From Today

Some Details From Today

Katherine Penney Chic Bedroom Decor Interior Flowers Roses White Cream Radio Pictures

It's finally the weekend! Not that it really makes much of a difference now that I am just at home on holiday but Friday evenings are always my favourite. Today mum was throwing a lunch for all of her friends so I spent the morning helping her in the kitchen with the food and making everything look nice. I really wish I had taken some pictures as when everything was set up it was lovely with the bunting, the fairylights and the pretty flowers on the table. 

But at midday my brother Nick and I went to Pizza Express in town to get out of the way a bit. And it was lovely just to get out now that it is getting a bit warmer and have a long chat with him. Since getting back from town and picking at all the left over food from the lunch (someone left some nice brownies!) I really don't know what I have done today! At least I still have the evening to waste away! 

Katherine Penney Chic flowers white roses pretty cream photography

Beautiful white roses. These are just my favourite and I love the way that they look in my room with all the cream and white. 

Katherine Penney Bedroom Decor Shelves Handbags Mirror Fairylights White Cream Pretty Modern

It's so lovely to be back in my room at home it's so much bigger, doesn't get anywhere near as dusty and just feels so pretty and light. 

Katherine Penney Chic Pretty accessories sunglasses handbag phone satchel

Some accessories. Finally sunny enough to get out my sunglasses. I think these ones are from Forever 21 and I love them. Most of the time I just like wearing sunglasses on my head, makes it look like I have done something a bit more with my hair! And I've really loved using this little satchel bag I found when clearing out my closet. Helps me keep my packing to a minimal so I am not carrying around a load of junk all day!

Katherine Penney Chic Daily Makeup Beauty Cream eyeshadows Bronze Mac Perfume Book

Some makeup bits. These are the products that I have been reaching for on the days that I wear makeup. My Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream is back at university but this Anais Anais perfume is a lovely floral Spring scent. And I think that I am going to do a whole post on my go to eye makeup look. I'm really into cream eye shadows and a bronze look at the moment. 

Hope everyone has a lovely start to the weekend. Speak soon xx

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Kylie Jenner Inspired Look - Fuller Lips Trick

Kylie Jenner Inspired Look - Fuller Lips Trick

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Makeup Kylie Jenner Inspired Celeb Lashes Lips Fuller Plump Night Out

I have some pictures from a night out probably about a week ago now but I really wanted to share them with you as I really loved my makeup. The look that I was going for was kind of Kylie Jenner inspired although I don't look anything like her. I really wanted to do my own take on the nude eyes, big fluttery lashes and matte nude lips.  

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Makeup Kylie Jenner Inspired Celeb Lashes Lips Fuller Plump Night Out

To get my lashes as long and fluttery as possible I used Benefit Roller Lash mascara. I got the free sample with an Elle magazine and I haven't used any other mascara since. I wear this same mascara for everyday but for evenings you can really layer it up to get that false lash effect look and it doesn't go clumpy. 

For my Kylie Jenner inspired lips I first outlined my lips with MaXfactor colour elixir lip liner in 02 Pink Petal. This is a really lovely nude shade and I use this to slightly overdraw my lips and make them appear a bit fuller. I then used my Mac lipstick in Patisserie all over over my lips for my base nude shade. Using the tip of Rimmel lasting finish lipstick by Kate in the shade 08 I created a shadow on my lips. I did this by outlining my lips again especially on the bottom of my bottom lip and then smoothed it all out with my finger so there were no harsh lines. And finally I dabbed a little bit of white eyeshadow onto the centre of my bottom lip to make them appear really plump. 

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Makeup Kylie Jenner Inspired Celeb Lashes Lips Fuller Plump Night Out

Earrings - Accessorize

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Makeup Kylie Jenner Inspired Celeb Lashes Lips Fuller Plump Night Out

Dress - H&M

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Makeup Kylie Jenner Inspired Celeb Lashes Lips Fuller Plump Night Out

This beautiful black lace skater dress from H&M was such a good buy, I have worn this so many times as you can just throw it on for an effortless dressed up look and there are so many different ways that you can style it. A little black dress is something that every girl should have in their wardrobe!

Hope you liked this little style post. For the last few days I have just been lounging around the house with no makeup on and wearing lounge pants! And now looking at all these pictures makes me wish that I had something to get all dressed up for and spend time doing nice makeup. But I think tonight is just another Netflix evening! xx

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Present From Paris

Present From Paris 

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Skincare La Roche Posay Serozinc Toner Magazines Paris

For the last couple of days my dad has been on a business trip to Paris, something that happens every few months with his work. And everytime that he goes there is one thing that I ask him to pick up for me - La Roche Posay Serozinc. 

I know that this is now available in the UK online but it is so much easier for him to pick it up for me while he is in Paris - not sure if it is a little cheaper too! And last night he got home and no only had he picked up FOUR bottles of Serozinc but he also had a few magazine that he had got for free! His trip really couldn't have come at a better time for me as I was just about to run out of my last bottle too! 

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Skincare La Roche Posay Serozinc Toner Magazines Paris

I like to use Serozinc as a toner after my face wash in the morning and evening. I'm not really too sure what this product actually does or is meant to do. All I know is that a the end of Summer I stopped using it for about a month and all of the little bumps on my skin came back. And then as soon as I started using it again they disappeared! So if you haven't tried it and you suffer from little bumps on your skin that never form spots but are impossible to get rid of, then I really recommend Serozinc. 

And if you have tried it I would love to know what you think and whether you have any other La Roche Posay recommendations for me. xx

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Navy And Plaid

Navy And Plaid 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Plaid Shirt Navy Blue Spring Outfit

After having a huge clear out of my wardrobe I found a pair of jeans that I hadn't worn in ages. They are quite a light jeans and pretty summery but I wanted to find a way to make them work for the transition into Spring while it is still pretty chilly. And if you have seen my wardrobe Spring clean (scroll down to the post below!) then you may notice the similar colour scheme! 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Plaid Shirt Navy Blue Spring Outfit

To balance out the light jeans I paired them with this smart navy coat from River Island. And then to tie the whole outfit together I wore this casual plaid shirt which I think compliments both the other shades of blue and adds a bit of a pattern to the outfit. Then I wore a little white last vest top and undid the shirt an extra button for a more casual thrown on look. This also helps to add a little bit of extra detailing and texture to the look. And for jewellery I kept it very simple with my silver heart necklace and my rose gold watch. I also wore my fur bobble hat as it was a little chilly and I will use basically any excuse to wear this hat!

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Plaid Shirt Navy Blue Spring Outfit

Hat - Amelia Jane
Plaid shirt - Hollister
White lace vest - Uniglo
Coat - River Island
Jeans - Uniglo
Necklace - Beaverbrooks
Watch - Nixon

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Plaid Shirt Navy Blue Spring Outfit

I hope that this post inspires you to get out you more Spring and Summer clothes and start working them in to your current wardrobe for more transitional looks. Speak soon xx

Sunday, 22 March 2015

A Wardrobe Spring Clean

A Wardrobe Spring Clean 

Katherine Penney Chic Clothes Wardrobe Closet Spring Clean Organisation Sorting Decor Bedroom

Arriving back from university about to unpack a load of clothes (some of which were new!) I decided that it would be a perfect time to finally sort out my wardrobe. A good old Spring clean! Since going to university it has become a lot more obvious which clothes I wear all the time and probably couldn't live without and which clothes I had forgotten actually existed. 

I started off with sorting my shoes and bags and dividing them into three piles; keep, Charity Shop and throw. It sounds silly but I found that I had three pair of shoes that were so old and in such awful condition that I would never wear them out, but I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them because I had had them for so long and they had memories! In the end I managed to throw away those three pairs of shoes and then fill a whole big bag of shoes and bags for the Charity Shop. 


Katherine Penney Chic Clothes Wardrobe Closet Spring Clean Organisation Sorting Decor Bedroom

Next I decided to start on my clothes as I knew I had a lot of clothes that I hadn't worn in years. Starting at one end of my closet I went through every coat hanger decided what I did and didn't wear. If I hadn't worn it in the last year then it was definitely out. After I had unpacked my clothes from university I was left with the clothes that I wore all the time, with a clear colour theme!  

Katherine Penney Chic Clothes Wardrobe Closet Spring Clean Organisation Sorting Decor Bedroom

I arranged the clothes in the order outwear, jumpers and cardigans, shirts and blouses, tops, dresses, and suits and workwear. And then within each section I put the clothes in to a colour order so it was easier to find different pieces and the sections were more clear. Some people like to arrange all by style, or all by colour or grouping things that they wear together in sections. So really it is just whatever works best for you. 

Katherine Penney Chic Clothes Wardrobe Closet Spring Clean Organisation Sorting Decor Bedroom

The final thing that I did to neaten up my wardrobe was something that I hadn't done before but I wish I did a lot earlier. I had always had a total mis-match of hangers it basically whatever I am given or whatever I can find. But what I did was I went around the rest of my house and swapped the hangers that I had for these white wire hangers as they look the neatest. And I kept a few stronger wooden hangers for my outwear and workwear. I love how neat and put together this looks and I think something as simple as the same hangers can really neaten up your closet. 

Having a closet like this has just made it so much easier and more fun to get ready in the morning. I can see everything in all the different sections and pick out different pieces to mix and match. And it sounds silly but I feel like one of those 20-something women with their life together picking the perfect outfit for the day ahead out of their beautiful closet! 

Katherine Penney Chic Clothes Wardrobe Closet Spring Clean Organisation Sorting Decor Bedroom

I also did a quick clear up of my drawers although these weren't actually too bad. I just put my tops into colour and style piles so it would be easier to find what I was looking for. 

I hope that this has inspired you to maybe have a bit of a clear out. You might find loads of room for new bits and pieces. I would be lying if I said that I hadn't done any internet shopping since! I know that it does take a bit of time, and if you haven't done it in a while it can be so daunting. But it really is worth it, a clean fresh start for Spring. And you never know, you might find your favourite jumper that you though you lost months ago shoved down the back of you closet! xx






Saturday, 21 March 2015

Today In Pictures - 21/03/2015

Today In Pictures - 21/03/2015

Katherine Penney Chic Green Tea Vogue Magazine

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you are all having a nice relaxing weekend, I certainly am. It's so lovely being back home with all of my home comforts. And I know that I really should get started on some of my coursework but I can't bring myself to do it quite yet! 

Today it feels like I haven't really done anything but when I think about it I have done quite a bit. This morning I had a lie in and then went on a quick run around the block. And then I had lunch with my mum and sister and I ate loads. We had picks like fresh bread, different cheeses, nice ham, salad bits and chicken soup. Normally I'd think that was pretty boring but after being at university for so long things like Edam become a luxury!

Katherine Penney Chic flowers spring

Spring is finally here! Although the weather today was so cold and windy. Apparently in Manchester it was lovely again so part of me wishes I was still up there just to catch some sun - I really need it! My dad bought me these beautiful flowers when he got back from him business trip last night. 

Katherine Penney Chic magazine makeup drugstore haul

L'oreal matte eyeshadow - 106 Breaking Nude
Essie nail polish - Blanc
MaXfactor excess shimmer - 20 Copper

In the afternoon we had a little wonder around town as we had a few jobs to do and I needed to pick up a few thing, from Boots of course! I bought all the things I actually needed like conditioner, cotton pads and deodorant but Boots was having a 3 for 2 across all makeup and I just couldn't say no to that!

Right now I have a long list of my phone of all the beauty products that I want to try after reading other people's blogs and watching too many YouTube videos. So  managed to pick up a couple of things from my list. The first thing I had to pick up was the L'oreal matte eyeshadow in 106 as early in the morning somehow mine had smashed and it went everywhere when I tried to open it. So I decided that I use it nearly everyday as a crease shade so rather than try and work with it going everywhere it would just be easier to get a new one. Really hope this one doesn't crack though. I also picked up a white nail polish as I have been seeing this look a lot for Spring and I think it looks so lovely and fresh. And finally (after a sneaky look in the drawers below the stands!) I managed to find this MaXfactor excess shimmer cream shadow in the shade copper. I've heard a few people talk about this and I was so desperate to try it. I'm just a total sucker for cream shadows at the moment, especially a shimmery nude shade like this one. Can'y wait to wear this and let you know how I get on. 

About to have dinner now. The excitement I now get over home cooked food is actually ridiculous! And then we having a bit of a girls night and going to the cinema to see Insurgent. I loved Divergent, wish I had a chance to watch it again before seeing the film but I'm sure it will all come back to me! 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Cinderella Inspired Wishlist

Cinderella Inspired Wishlist

As many of you may know the new Disney Cinderella film starring Lily James will be in cinema very soon. Personally I haven't been so excited about a film in such a long time! I don't even want to think about how many times I have watched the trailer - I could probably quote most of it! The film is to be a mix of a fairytale, romance and a feel good family film, which sounds ideal to me. 

So today, the day after the London premier of Cinderella I wanted to do a little Cinderella inspired wishlist of my favourite high street pieces. 

Katherine Penney Chic Cinderella Wishlist Fashion High Street Style


Shimmer Prom Dress - Oh My Love

Crystal Chandelier Earrings - Accessorize

Crystal Tiara - Accessorize

Light Blue Lace Overlay Pencil Skirt - River Island

Light Blue Snakeskin Ballet Pumps - New Look

3D Lace Shell Top - Topshop

Sparkley Zip Top Clutch Bag - Azzessorize

Scoop Rhinestone Dress - Victoria's Dresses


Sorry, that I haven't been around much for the last few days. I was really busy with university stuff. But now I am back home for Easter so I should have a bit more time and I have been planning a few different posts for you all. Lots of love xx

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Berry Lips And Shimmery Eyes

Berry Lips And Shimmery Eyes 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Look Beauty Dark Berry Lips Shimmer Eyes Evening

A few nights ago I went out with my university friends and I was a little more experimental with my makeup so I really wanted to share it with you. Normally I just to a bit of a smokey eye and a nude lip but this time I wanted to wear one of my boldest lip colours. 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Look Beauty Dark Berry Lips Shimmer Eyes Evening

I decided to also add a bit of a shimmery bronze shade to my eyes but not to smoke it out with lots of black to avoid over doing the makeup as really I wanted it to be all about the lips. 


These are nearly all the products that I used on my face that night. While I love wearing my bareMinerals foundation during the day, in the evening I want something with flawless coverage and I always go back to this Bourjois foundation as it is dewy and not cakey. 
For the bronze shimmer on my eyes I used my Maybelline colour tatooo in on and on bronze which is one of my favourites. It's so pretty and long lasting and I think that it looks lovely with the Rimmel lipstick in 128 Starry Eyed. This is a beautiful dark berry plum colour that I get so much wear out of especially during Autumn and Winter. 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Look Beauty Dark Berry Lips Shimmer Eyes Evening

Here is the Rimmel lipstick. It actually comes out darker than this is person. More purpley than pink. 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Look Beauty Dark Berry Lips Shimmer Eyes Evening

Hope you liked this quick makeup look with mostly drugstore products. Let me know in the comments if you have used any of these products and what you thought of them. Speak soon xx


Friday, 13 March 2015

High End Worth The Hype (and money)

High End Worth The Hype (and money)


Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Perfume Luxury High End Benefit Clinique Marc Jacobs Urban Decay TooFaced Mac

I've been planning on doing a post like this for a long time. The luxury beauty industry is huge and growing and something that more and more people are wanting to buy into. But with so many new products making different claims and promising miracles it's hard to know if a product can change your life or you are basically just flushing money down the toilet for pretty packaging and a label. 

Being a student I can't claim to have a vast knowledge of luxury makeup at all. But I have been lucky enough over the last few years to try out a few different products that I would consider to be more luxury makeup (although not quite Charlotte Tilbury and Burberry, one day!). So today I wanted to talk about what I think of all of these products and whether I actually think they are worth the price tag.  

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Perfume Luxury High End Benefit Clinique Marc Jacobs Urban Decay TooFaced Mac

bareMinerals Primer and powder foundation

These two products are some of my most recent purchases, although I have been using them nearly everyday for a good 3 months now. I actually pretty recently did a know blogpost review on both of these products which you can read here if you want more details. Basically I really love both of these. They were recommended to me by a very good dermatologist who has converted me to mineral makeup. I really don't have the best skin but recently my attitude towards my skin has changed. Before I just wanted to cover up everything with as much makeup as possible but heavy foundation was clogging up my pores, making my skin worse and looked so cakey on my skin it was almost doing more bad than it was good. Yes, mineral foundation is a lot lighter and yes you can still see my imperfections when I wear it. But I don't mind that because you can't actually tell that I am wearing any makeup on my skin, it just looks like I have naturally better skin which I love. So would I recommend this? The answer is definitely yes. And the ladies at the counter are so helpful and well informed about choosing the correct shades for you. 


Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

For my 16th birthday I was very lucky to be given the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume. I loved it so much and wore it pretty much everyday until it ran out. And even then I still have the bottle in my room because it is so beautiful and occasionally I like to sniff it and it bring back so many memories. Does anyone else do that?! So when this came out and I was passing through duty free on the way to Spain this summer I decided to treat myself. The packaging and the smell were both beautiful and I couldn't resist. Up until that point the only perfume that I had ever used had been given to me as a gift, so it was nice to chose a scent that felt really personal. This is quite an expensive perfume and had it not been at duty free I'm not sure I would have bought it. But I am so happy with it. It looks beautiful on my shelf and the scent is so fresh and feminine. And actually there are more and more deals for this perfume so if you haven't yet tried it and it sounds like a scent you would like them I would recommend it. 


Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Perfume Luxury High End Benefit Clinique Marc Jacobs Urban Decay TooFaced Mac

Clinique high impact waterproof mascara

I think I bought this with my boots points or chose it as a free gift at the clinique counter. Either way I am glad that I didn't actually pay for this as I really wouldn't have got my moneys worth. I don't really wear waterproof mascaras but I really wanted to try one to see if it would hold a curl better, stay on during the day or flake less. But this mascara is just so clumpy. I actually think something has broken or my one is missing something is the bottle that takes the excess mascara off the brush before you use it. But I'd have to spend ages trying to scrape the excess mascara on to the side of the bottle. To be honest the lasting power of this was really good. But for all of the issues that I had trying to take it off at the end of the day it really wasn't worth it. I know obviously waterproof mascara is going to be harder to take off but it was just ridiculous. I was tugging on my eyes for ages so it was really painful, I lost quite a few eyelashes in the process and when I woke up in the morning I found loads of mascara still under my eyes. So as you might has guessed I really wouldn't recommend spending your money on this one. But I am still in the market for a good waterproof mascara, so if anyone has any good ones or can point me to some reviews or blogposts I would love to know. 

Clinique bottom lash mascara

When I first got this I thought it was really amazing. For big nights out I would do loads of mascara on my top lashes and then this on my bottom lashes and it would look like false lashes. The small brush does make it a lot easier to apply mascara to your bottom lashes. But to be honest unless it is for a big occasion and I am spending a lot of time doing really special makeup then I never really reach for it anymore. There are a lot of mascaras with smaller brushes now that are just as easy to use on bottom lashes. And for nearly £20 I really can't decide if this is actually a great product or a bit of a gimmick. 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Perfume Luxury High End Benefit Clinique Marc Jacobs Urban Decay TooFaced Mac

Naked Palette 2 

I think this is the first piece of more luxury makeup that I ever owned. I remember my mum had just got back from a holiday with a friend and when I walked up to my bedroom it was just there looking beautiful on my bed as a total surprise. At first it was so perfect I didn't actually want to use it out of pure fear of ruining it. Now the shadows are a bit messy and the packaging is a bit scratched and dented but it is one of my most worn and most used palettes. I've tried and loved pretty much every single colour and there are just so so many different looks that you can create from these 12 beautiful shades. Anything from a really natural daytime look to an amazing smokey eye, making this a perfect palette for taking away with you. Yes £36 may seem a little pricey at first but when you think about it that is for 12 shades. So these shades are actually only £3 each and they come all together in this sleek tin palette with a huge mirror. I honestly cannot recommend this one enough. 


Too Faced Boudoir Eyes

I got this for Christmas this year and I can't stop raving about it. I did a whole blogpost not too long ago with lots of pictures and describing all of the shades if you want to check it out here. These are more purpley pinky shades to the Naked palette but still very neutral and still very pretty. The shades are really quite unique I think but still so wearable and again you can create so many looks with these 12 shades. And I think this is even cheaper than the Naked palette and has prettier more travel friendly packing. I don't think I can actually fault this!


Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Perfume Luxury High End Benefit Clinique Marc Jacobs Urban Decay TooFaced Mac

Clinique Chubby Stick - Two Ton Tomato

Clinique chubby sticks I think are kind of old news now and I had wanted to try them for so long. My brother kindly got this for me as a going back to university present and said he was going to miss me loads. They can be cute sometimes! I chose this red shade as I wante a red lip colour that was a bit more glossy and subtle that I could wear everyday. And this is such a great one. The formula is really balm like and glossy and the colour pigmentation is good but not really in your face so I feel confident wearing this. My only issue is it does have a bit of a funky play dough kind of smell. But it doesn't hang around and I can get past it as I really love this. And I also love doing a really thin one swipe of this for a "you lips with a bit more colour" look (not sure if that is a thing or not!). Either way, yes, I would recommend this one. Would love to try out some other shades if you have any to recommend. 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Perfume Luxury High End Benefit Clinique Marc Jacobs Urban Decay TooFaced Mac

Quite a few benefit bits and pieces to talk about now. A few of these are sample from magazines and gift sets but I thought that I would include them anyway in case anyone was thinking of buying the full size of any of these. 

Benefit the POREfessional

God there was so much hype around this product when it first came out. Girls were literally swearing by this stuff! So when I managed to get my hands on a sample I was very excited. I've had a bit of a love hate with this though. At first I didn't get it and thought the texture just felt weird. Then I kept using it and decided that it was actually great and I was seriously thinking of buying the full size. And now I don't really every reach for it because when I don't use it I really don't notice any different. So if you have a real problem with large pore then maybe this is a good one for you but as just a regular primer I think there are better and cheaper products. 

Benefit Hoola Lip Gloss

Can't remember how I got my hands on this little sample but I think I have possibly worn it once. Lipgloss (apart from the maybelline coloursensational shine gloss) really isn't my think. And I don't know what else to say other than I would advise you not to waste you're money on this one as there are much better high street lipglosses. 

Benefit roller lash mascara

This is the new Benefit mascara which is really having a bit of a moment in the beauty world right now. I got this sample in last months ELLE magazine and did a little review of it a few weeks ago which you can read if you like here. The long story short is that I love this mascara and it is literally all that I have been wearing since I got it. I love the brush and the formula and the shorter bristles that are perfect for the bottom lashes. So yes, I do actually think this could be worth the price and I might have to get this once my sample runs out!

Benefit Tints - Posie Tint, Sun Beam and Cha Cha Tint 

I got a set of these little tints for my birthday last year. They are really pretty and perfect for travelling. And a great way to try out all the different colours. I probably get the most use out of Sun Beam. It's a really beautiful golden highlighter shade which gives the skin a lovely glow. I also really like Posie Tint for a natural pink tint on my lips. I think that this set is a great way to try out all of these shades. But if these weren't given to me as a gift I am not sure that they are something that I would spend my own money on. 


Hope you like this very long post. Congratulations if you have actually made it all the way to the end. And let me know if you have tried any of these products and whether you agree or disagree with me. Hopefully this will be useful to some people. Lots of love xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Essie Power Clutch

Essie Power Clutch 

Katherine Penney Chic Style Beauty Manicure Nails Polish Essie Khaki Spring Pretty Gold Rings Urban Modern

I've literally just spend the last 40 minutes or so watching the lastest episode of TOWIE (don't hate, it's a guilty pleasure!) and painting my nails. And after a few weeks of wearing lots of neutrals and pastel shades I decided to go for this beautiful shade of khaki. And as soon as I put it on my nails I just fell in love with it so I thought that I would share some pictures with you. 

Katherine Penney Chic Style Beauty Manicure Nails Polish Essie Khaki Spring Pretty Gold Rings Urban Modern

The shade is Essie Power Clutch. Not a shade that you really hear about much, if ever but I really think that it deserves a little mention. It really is such a perfect transitional shade for this time of year when you are starting to get excited for Spring but the weather isn't yet agreeing! The khaki shade is dark but not too bold and I think it would compliment most skin tones, especially with a few pretty gold rings. 

Rings - H&M

Katherine Penney Chic Style Beauty Manicure Nails Polish Essie Khaki Spring Pretty Gold Rings Urban Modern

Let me know what you think of this shade and what your favourite nail polish shades are for this time of year. Speak soon xx


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Exploring Durham's Gardens

Exploring Durham's Gardens 

Katherine Penney Chic Life Uni Durham Weekend Day Out

I've just got back from a lovely extra long weekend in Durham with my boyfriend. It's so nice to have a little bit of time every now and again away from the stress of work and university life. 

We didn't really do anything fancy (being students and and all that!) but we did have a few great days out to different places. I took my camera and having just looked back at all of the photos I realise that I actually only used it on one day! So these photos were taken yesterday in some beautiful gardens. 

Katherine Penney Chic Life Uni Durham Weekend Day Out

On the Thursday Jack still had lectures so in the morning I woke up with him and went along to two of his Economics lectures. It was so strange and so different to my own lectures. It's crazy to think that this time last year I was planning on doing an Economics degree as well! I tried to understand it but to be honest most of it just went over my head. I think I am much more suited to a Fashion Marketing degree!

Katherine Penney Chic Life Uni Durham Weekend Day Out

On the Friday, after a bit of a lazy morning we took the train up to Newcastle to spend the day there. We went to a lovely little museum that was really interesting. I did take a few photos there but it was really dark so they didn't really turn out that great! Then after a little bit of lunch we wondered around the shopping centre and I may have made a little purchase!

Katherine Penney Chic Life Uni Durham Weekend Day Out

On Saturday after an especially lazy morning which consisted of waking up late, going to brunch and then taking another nap, we spent a few hours in the afternoon wondering around the Botanic Gardens. Despite it being so windy it was still a really lovely afternoon and I managed to get a few good photos. My favourite part was the indoor cactus section. They were all so cool, especially the star shaped one! And I'm really desperate to get one in a little white pot that I can keep in my room now. It would be perfect for me as they don't need that much looking after! 

Katherine Penney Chic Life Uni Durham Weekend Day Out

Today we just woke up late, had breakfast in bed and watched Bugs Life! Then this afternoon I got the train home which was a bit of an eventful journey which consisted of my swapping seats 3 times and sitting next to a girl with her music so loud I could hear all of the lyrics. And then fact that she was listening to club music made it even stranger when she managed to fall asleep next to me and start snoring! Thankfully I had the latest Cosmo to keep me company so it wasn't all bad!

Katherine Penney Chic Life Uni Durham Weekend Day Out

How awesome is this star cactus?! 

Katherine Penney Chic Life Uni Durham Weekend Day Out

Katherine Penney Chic Life Uni Durham Weekend Day Out

Guess it's back to work now though. I got a bit organised on the train and made myself a long "To do" list so I'm going to spend the rest of the evening making my way through that. And maybe the latest episode of PLL too! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Lots of love xx

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Pastel Pinks

Pastel Pinks

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Makeup Eyeshadow Palette Pastel Natural Pretty

I'm away in Durham at the moment spending a long weekend with my boyfriend. But rather than not posting for a few days I wanted to share with you a really natural makeup look from a few days ago using my Too Faced Bourdoir Eyes palette. 

On my skin I am just wearing my bareMinerals primer and powder which I have done a full review of here. I'm also wearing a little bit of Maybelline fit me concealer and I love this conbination of skin makeup as it feels like I'm not really wearing anything at all. I then filled in my eyebrows a tiny bit using my Collection eyebrow palette which is amazing and I will be doing a full review of it soon.  
  
Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Makeup Eyeshadow Palette Pastel Natural Pretty

On my eyes I am wearing the shade Satin Sheets from the Boudoir Eyes palette all over my lids. On the outer half of my lids I have a little bit of the shade Sugar Walls which is very similar but slightly darker. And to add a bit of depth and definition in my crease I am wearing a tiny bit of the greyish shade Garter Belt. To finish off I used a very thin line of black eyeliner and lots of my Benefit Roller Lash mascara. And finally on my lips I am wearing my most worn lipstick at the moment, Patisserie by Mac. It's just a beautiful nude/pink everyday your lips but better shade that honestly goes with anything. 

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Makeup Eyeshadow Palette Pastel Natural Pretty

And keeping in the pastel pink theme I wore my new Topshop pink embellished jumper and my very old H&M beige coat!


Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Makeup Eyeshadow Palette Pastel Natural Pretty

And here is just a close up of the really simple eye makeup. 

Hope you liked this quick post. I'm sorry if I won't be able to post much in the next few days. HOpe everyone has a lovely weekend xx