Friday, 27 February 2015

bareMinerals Skin Makeup

bareMinerals Skin Makeup 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Natural bareMinerals Skin Pretty High End

For a long time now I have been having a few problems with my skin. It's not really bad but I do have a few spots and a few scars from previous blemishes. I also have pretty sensitive skin and I was starting to find that wearing quite heavy makeup to university everyday wasn't really helping my situation. For nights out and special occasions I still do wear foundation that makes my skin look flawless but I wanted something lighter that I could wear on a daily basis with my makeup looking cakey or clogging my pores. 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Natural bareMinerals Skin Pretty High End

I'd heard a lot about mineral makeup before and it was actually recommend to me by my dermatologist that I went to see a few months ago. She described it as makeup that was good for you skin and said that in the long term it may even help to clear my skin. At first I had my worries. Mineral makeup seemed to me like something for people with perfect skin that just wanted to make it look even more flawless. And I had nowhere near perfect skin and the reason that I wore foundation was to hide my blemishes and I didn't think that mineral makeup would be able to give me the coverage that I wanted. 

During the Christmas break I went with my mum to the bareMinerals counter to ask them a few questions and have a look at the products. The lady was so helpful and asked me a few questions about my skin type before trying a few different shades on me to help my find the perfect colour match. I left with two different shades on each half on my face (not really visible) and was advised to go outside, have a look and see which colour I preferred. I also wanted to have a chance to think about it and really deicide if this is what I wanted to spend quite a bit of money on. 

I came back the next day and bought the slightly darker shade of powder and the primer and apart from a couple of nights out it is all that I have worn on my skin since. 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Natural bareMinerals Skin Pretty High End

It is definitely a much lighter coverage than I was previously wearing but it still evens out my skin and covers most of what I want to be covered. What I really love about this though is how natural it looks. Often it doesn't look like I am wearing any skin makeup at all. There are no visible brush strokes or cakey areas it just looks and feels like my own skin. I still do have to wear a little bit of concealer under my eyes and on a few blemishes but I was still doing that when I wore foundation anyway. Also unlike foundation which seams to slide off your face during the day this has a really long lasting power. 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Natural bareMinerals Skin Pretty High End

Here is quite a close up picture of me wearing the makeup. As you can see my skin isn't at all perfect but the makeup does look really natural and you can still see my skin through the makeup. 

Katherine Penney Chic Makeup Beauty Natural bareMinerals Skin Pretty High End

Hope this post was helpful to some of you. I really would recommend mineral makeup like these for something to wear on a daily basis. They just look and feel so natural and I actually think since I have been wearing this my skin has started to improve slightly. Also I have been using both of these nearly everyday for 2 months now and I can tell these are going to last em a long time, which is good as they weren't exactly the cheapest makeup that I have ever bought! xx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Dreaming of Paris

Dreaming of Paris

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Paris Parisian Stripes Trench Coat Pretty Luxury

This time last year I was booking my first holiday to Paris with my boyfriend Jack. And while I'm not going to Paris this summer (but I am lucky enough to be going to some other amazing places) I though I would do a Parisian inspired outfit. 

I love the clean lines and beautiful simplicity of Parisian fashion and thought a simple striped top and my new trench coat would be a perfect way to achieve this look. 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Paris Parisian Stripes Trench Coat Pretty Luxury

Stripes are my favourite pattern to wear. They are just so timeless and classy but a perfect way to add a simple print to an outfit. 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Paris Parisian Stripes Trench Coat Pretty Luxury

Trench coat - Zara
Top - H&M
Jeans - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Dorothy Perkins
Necklace - Beaverbrooks
Lipstick - Clinique Two Ton Tomato 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Paris Parisian Stripes Trench Coat Pretty Luxury Shoes

These pumps are so pretty and great for the slow transition into Spring. 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Paris Parisian Stripes Trench Coat Pretty Luxury

Hope you liked this simple outfit. Would love to hear what you think in the comments below. xx

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette 

Katherine Penney Chic makeup beauty palette Too Faced natural luxury nude eyeshadow pretty

This is the beautiful Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette that I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas. It is quickly becoming one of my most used palettes and I wanted to share with you a little review and some images. 

Firstly the packaging of the palette is beyond beautiful with the pretty pastel colours and details. I also love the fact that it is a tin as it is easy to clean, very hard to break and has a satisfying click close meaning the palette won't just open in your bag. 

Katherine Penney Chic makeup beauty palette Too Faced natural luxury nude eyeshadow pretty

Inside the palette there are 12 colours, so the palette is nice and compact for the wide colour range. If I was going away for the weekend then this is all that I would need to take. The 3 shades on the left are all about double the size of the others as there are the natural base colours that you are likely to use on a more regular basis. 

Katherine Penney Chic makeup beauty palette Too Faced natural luxury nude eyeshadow pretty

The colour range is also beautiful and such a perfect day and night time palette. The shades are all slightly glittery but range in the amount of glitter pigments. Most of the colours are beige and pinky shades but there is also a grey, a purple colour and a glittery black. The shades are all such beautiful quality and are really blendable and pigmented. 

Katherine Penney Chic makeup beauty palette Too Faced natural luxury nude eyeshadow pretty

In the buff - this is the lightest and most matte of all the shades and is a creamy colour. I like to use this shade along my brown bone and in the inner corner of my eye for a brightening effect. 

Satin sheets - this is a beautiful pale pink with a gold shimmer running through it. I wear this one quite often all over my lids as it is a great everyday shade but can also be dressed up with a darker crease colour for the evening.

Birthday suit - this is by far my most worn colour in the whole palette. It's a really light and shimmery goldy beige colour which makes it perfect for an everyday natural eye look. I usually wear this all over the lids with something matte brown in my crease. 

Fuzzy handcuffs - this is very similar to the shade satin sheets but without the gold shimmer. So this would be a perfect base and everyday colour and looks very natural.

Sugar walls - if you were to mix satin sheets and birthday suit I think that this is the colour that you would get. It is one of the most shimmery colours in the palette and also has some slightly larger glitter running through. The colour is subtle and natural but the glitter adds a little bit of something extra making it perfect for day or evening. 

Lap dance - this is a slightly darker and more purpley version of birthday suit. I like to wear birthday suit all over my lid and then use this in the outer corner and the crease to add a bit more depth. 

Voulez - vous - this is a gorgeous shimmery dark purple colour. I love this for evening as it is a little different but just looks so beautiful (especially on brown and green eyes). This looks lovely all over the lid or just as an outer corner and crease colour. 

Garter belt - this is an almost matte grey shade. It's quite a simple colour but it really ties the palette together. It works as a crease colour for all of the lighter shades or as a base colour for voulez-vous and French tickler. 

French tickler - this is a black shade with a gold shimmer. It's super pigmented so you hardly need any on your brush and it is perfect for a really smokey eye evening look. 

Katherine Penney Chic makeup beauty palette Too Faced natural luxury nude eyeshadow pretty

Overall I think this is a really amazing palette. It's definitely as good as my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette with the same number of shades but smaller packaging and slightly cheaper. This is one of the more high end makeup pieces that I own but I really do think that you pay for quality and this has become such a staple for me. 

This palette usually retails for £29 but lucky for you I have just found it at Debenhams for 10% off!
Boudoir Eyes Palette 

xx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Back At Uni And Some Pictures From My iPhone

Back At Uni And Some Pictures From My iPhone

Katherine Penney Chic Uni Home london iphone pictures bedroom

I've just arrived back into my uni room after being welcomed by some typical Manchester weather! And before I started to tackle my unpacking I thought that I would download my final photos from this weekend at home and share them with you in a little post. 

I had such a lovely weekend back home and it was the best thing surprising my dad and seeing his face when we walked though the door after work and saw me standing in the kitchen. And despite the also raining weather in London it was nice to wonder around Covent Garden and China Town with all the family.  

I was also super lucky that I got to see Jack who also went home to spend the weekend with his family. We had a lovely chilled evening playing pool and watching a film. 

Katherine Penney Chic Uni Home london iphone pictures bedroom

I'm kind of sad to be back at uni and these days uni means work and home means relaxing. But only 4 more weeks and I will be back home again for a  long Easter holiday which I am already super excited about! Can't wait to be reunited with all my uni girls though and hear all about the gossip this weekend at dinner! 

Katherine Penney Chic Uni Home london iphone pictures bedroom

Found this photo from when I went to Boots with my little sister Sarah. We were probably only in there for half an hour but this is what happened to my hand! Every time! I did pick up a couple of pieces that I have already tried out and love so keep an eye out for a haul and review coming soon. 

Katherine Penney Chic Uni Home london iphone pictures bedroom

| Trying on this pink fur gilet in Topshop - liked it but didn't know if I would actually wear it | Fur hats and curled hair for Dad's 50th in London | Posey selfies with my little sister | Pj lovin' - they totally match my bedroom! |

Hope you have had a lovely weekend. Speak soon xx


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Topshop Bargain

Topshop Bargain

Katherine Penney Chic fashion style haul topshop shopping sale pretty jumper sequins

Happy Saturday! Today is my last full day at home and while I can't wait to see all my friends again I don't really want to go back either! Did manage to squeeze in a quick bit of shopping earlier and I did treat myself to something in Topshop! Something that if you follow me on Instagram you might recognise!

Katherine Penney Chic fashion style haul topshop shopping sale pretty jumper sequins

I've had my eye on this beautiful jumper for a while now. It's pastel and has glitter and sequins so it is right up my street. It was £46 though which I couldn't justify spending at the time so I waited and hoped that it would go into sale! Thankfully it did go into sale, and was reduced to £25. I went to the huge Topshop in Manchester and tried this jumper on probably 4 times in one week! I took Snapchats, and pictures but I still couldn't part with £25 when I already own about 30 jumpers! 

Katherine Penney Chic fashion style haul topshop shopping sale pretty jumper sequins

But today when I went into Topshop quickly they had the jumper in just my size reduced to £15! So I tried it on and remembered why I fell in love with it. It is a slightly cropped jumper. Something that I wouldn't normally go for as I don't usually find cropped things as flattering and I'm often not as confident about wearing them. But this jumper looks great with a pair of well fitting jeans and doesn't show my stomach unless I lift my arms up. 

Katherine Penney Chic fashion style haul topshop shopping sale pretty jumper sequins

And the best thing ever was that when I got to the till it wasn't even £15, it was £12! Don't you just love it when that happens?! 

Katherine Penney Chic fashion style haul topshop shopping sale pretty jumper sequins

I am just in love with this stunning sequin detail around the neckline of the jumper and how it spreads out to nothing. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. I've been posting everyday lately but sadly I'm not sure how much longer I will be about to keep this up for once I get back to uni and start getting more work again. Speak soon though xx

Friday, 20 February 2015

Fur Hats And Winter Pastels

Fur Hats And Winter Pastels

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Outfit Pastels Fur Hat Scarf Winter

So as promised here are the pictures from my outfit yesterday. I love this look as it is so pretty and cosy and perfect for keeping warm this time of year. Also as you may notice it looks like I have finally mastered how to do loose waves with hair straighteners! And it only took me about 10 minutes! 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Outfit Pastels Fur Hat Scarf Winter

Hat - Amelia Jane
Jumper - Dorothy Perkins
Necklace - Beaverbrooks
Scarf - Vintage 
Jeans - Uniglo
Watch - Nixon
Nails - Essie Parka Perfect


I love this pastel combination and the way the grey from the jumper is picked up in the scarf. 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Outfit Pastels Fur Hat Scarf Winter

I kept my makeup pretty simple but I am really loving my Too Faced Bourdoir Eyes palette at the moment. It's just a beautiful palette with beautiful colour that are perfect for nearly all occasions. I think I have a review of the palette coming up really soon if you are interested. 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Style Outfit Pastels Fur Hat Scarf Winter


Hope you liked this outfit post. Have a lovely Friday everyone and Happy Chinese New Year! xx

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Some Pieces From Today

Some Pieces From Today

Katherine Penney Chic Life Phone Case Pretty Pastel Style

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone! Today is also my Dad's 50th birthday so I'm back home until Sunday. It's so nice being back home, even though my family is totally crazy! In a few minutes we are going to head into London and wonder around China Town and Covent Garden before going for a nice meal. 

But I just quickly wanted to share with you a few bits and pieces from today before I head out. And I'll have a full outfit post coming up for you soon. 

Katherine Penney Chic Life Phone Case Pretty Pastel Style

This is my new phone case that I got off Ebay a few weeks ago. I've seen it on a few different websites but I love it and can't get over how pretty it is. 

Katherine Penney Chic Life Phone Case Pretty Pastel Style

Painted my nails again in one of my favourite shades from 2014. It's Essie in the shade Parka Perfect and I just think it is the most unusual greyish blue colour. 

Katherine Penney Chic Life Phone Case Pretty Pastel Style

Hope you all have a lovely day (despite the grotty weather if you are in England!). Speak soon xx

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Today's Outfit And Makeup - 17/02/2015

Today's Outfit And Makeup - 17/02/2015

Katherine Penney Chic Outfit Style Fashion Winter Make Daily Look

Firstly Happy Pancake Day everyone! Its really crĂªped up quickly this year! Geddit?! 

Anyway, just another quick outfit post today. Something slightly smart and preppy that includes my new Zara trench coat that I am still in love with! 

 
Katherine Penney Chic Outfit Style Fashion Winter Make Daily Look

I love the details on this navy top that I got in Paris this summer. The front zip is unusual and flirty and it also has little lace inserts on the sleeves. I felt this look needed a necklace but I kept it simple with this little gold pendent from H&M. 
 
Katherine Penney Chic Outfit Style Fashion Winter Make Daily Look

For my makeup I used my MUA natural eyeshadow to do a really subtle navy smokey eye. I used the lighter shade all over my lids and then the dark shade on the outer corners and in my crease. With a fine angled brush I also used the darker shade as an eyeliner to line my top and bottom lashes as it looks a lot softer than a pencil or liquid. I finished the eye look with loads of my new Benefit roller lash mascara. 
 
Katherine Penney Chic Outfit Style Fashion Winter Make Daily Look

Underneath my trench coat I paired my top with this old striped cardigan from Dorothy Perkins. It adds an extra bit of warmth as it is still pretty chilly up here and I love the preppy look. 
 
Katherine Penney Chic Outfit Style Fashion Winter Make Daily Look
 
Katherine Penney Chic Outfit Style Fashion Winter Make Daily Look

Same everyday jewellery and my light denim jeans. 
 
Katherine Penney Chic Outfit Style Fashion Winter Make Daily Look

Finally I am totally in love with this lip colour from Sleek called Barely There. It's the perfect pinky coral and it's so pretty and brightening. Really getting me in the mood for Spring. 

Hope you like this post and enjoy the rest of your Pancake Day! I'm off to meet some friends from my halls and make pancakes for dinner soon. Think I'm gonna have a savoury cheese one first (does anyone else do that?!) and then lots of Nutella and Sugar ones! xx

Monday, 16 February 2015

Feeling Oaty

Feeling Oaty

Katherine Penney Chic Forever 21 Primark Jumper White Beige Cream Fashion Spring Style

I haven't been on any big shopping trips for a while but over the last few weeks I have picked up a couple of bits that I wanted to share with you in a short post. I am a sucker for anything striped, mostly navy and white, but recently my colour palette has changed and I am loving beige and cream, oaty colours in my opinion!

I know that lately in England it hasn't really got a whole lot warmer but I am getting so excited for Spring and Summer. More skirts and dresses, pastels colours and lacey tops. 

Katherine Penney Chic Forever 21 Primark Jumper White Beige Cream Fashion Spring Style

 I spotted this first jumper (back) while brousing on Forever 21 a few weeks ago. And when I found out that it was only £9 I had to grab it. It's really pretty and simple and would look great with a pair of jeans on a high-waisted skirt when it gets warmer. And I just fell in love with the little lace pattern on the sleeves. 

Katherine Penney Chic Forever 21 Primark Jumper White Beige Cream Fashion Spring Style

Katherine Penney Chic Forever 21 Primark Jumper White Beige Cream Fashion Spring Style

Such a pretty delicate detail on the sleeves. 

Katherine Penney Chic Forever 21 Primark Jumper White Beige Cream Fashion Spring Style

I second jumper I picked up on a shopping trip to Primark last weekend. I hadn't been to Primark in a really long time and they now have a lot of their new Spring collection in store. Everything looked so pretty and I tried loads of stuff on but this was the only thing that fit me properly and I really loved. It just this loose fitting striped jumper that has sort of a crotchet texture making it slightly see though. I has a low back but not so low that it goes below your bra line which I love as it looks pretty without being impractical!  

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Pinterest Inspired Valentines DIY

Pinterest Inspired Valentines DIY 

Katherine Penney Chic DIY Pinterest Card Art Craft Valentines

Today I wanted to share with you a few last minute DIY Valentines gifts. Personally I love homemade cute gifts as they are more thoughtful and show that you don't need to spend a load of money to get something perfect for someone. Most of these ideas were taken from Pinterest where you can find loads of other great ideas. 

Katherine Penney Chic DIY Pinterest Card Art Craft Valentines

These first two little ideas are so cheap and simple but they just made me smile and I thought that they would be so cute to slip into you valentines bag in the morning. 

Katherine Penney Chic DIY Pinterest Card Art Craft Valentines

I've been making cards for as long as I can remember, it's just something that I love to do. Homemade cards are always more personal and thoughtful. On Pinterest I saw loads of really cute puns for Valentines Day so I made all of my favourite ones to share with you and hopefully give you some inspiration. 

Katherine Penney Chic DIY Pinterest Card Art Craft Valentines

Katherine Penney Chic DIY Pinterest Card Art Craft Valentines

Katherine Penney Chic DIY Pinterest Card Art Craft Valentines

Katherine Penney Chic DIY Pinterest Card Art Craft Valentines

The last thing that I made was something that I had seen a few times before and thought it would be such a cool gift. It's a candy bar message where you use different chocolate bars and sweets to write a message to someone. It's cheesy and consists of a lot of chocolate which are two things that you definitely need for Valentines Day. Although I have also seen this idea been done for birthdays and Father's day and it looks such as cool. 

Katherine Penney Chic DIY Pinterest Card Art Craft Valentines

Hope you like these ideas and they gave you some last minute inspiration. Jack is coming to Manchester this evening for a long weekend and I am so excited to see him as it has been a month since I last saw him. Not really sure what we are going to be doing this weekend. Obviously nothing fancy as we are both students! Let me know if you have an special plans in the comment below whether it be sharing the day with your partner or having a party with friends. 

To be honest Valentines day should be like any other day and I don't really think that there should only be one day a year to tell someone that you love them. The real question is, who's ready for Pancake Day?! xx