#UDxGWEN – MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS GIFT

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A few months ago, when the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani palette was announced, I think it’s fair to say that I was pretty excited. Pretty excited is perhaps an understatement considering I’ve been a die hard Gwen Stefani fan since I was 11 and have been waiting for a collaboration like this for YEARS. So yes, I was *pretty* excited.

Now I have to give full credit to my BFF Hayley for this Christmas gift, she was on it like a bat out of hell getting this palette online (which sold out in minutes – go Hayley!).

The palette itself is Gwen ALL OVER. Literally, from the black and white polka dots, to the Gwen-related names of each shade, to the nod to an old No Doubt song Magic’s in the Makeup in the corner of the mirror, this couldn’t be more Gwen if it put on a platinum wig and taught you how to spell ‘bananas’.

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Can we just take a moment? How DELICIOUS is this? There is not one colour in here that I wouldn’t use, even the crazier colours Harajuku (the bright pink), and Danger (the blue), are actually wearable and can be so easily transitioned from bright statement shades to blended out, more muted tones. Punk is a fab shade, the maroon in the top right corner, great deepening the crease without being as harsh as a black. My favourite shade though has to be Baby, it just seems to really bring the green out in my eyes and it’s nothing like anything I own, which I love but also hate because it means that once this runs out, that’s it.

From the gorgeous gold, black and white case, to the samples of upcoming lipstick shades (!!!!!!!!!!) this hasn’t disappointed in the slightest. This is basically my favourite palette, partly because I would buy anything that’s even vaguely associated with Gwen Stefani, but mainly because I genuinely really love these eyeshadows. Well done Urban Decay, you have a very VERY satisfied fan.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette £40.

IMG_2338.JPGTold you I’m a fan.*

 

*THIS WAS 2011, DON’T JUDGE MY APPEARANCE.

 

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I WANT YOU ALL OVER ME LIKE L.A.M.B.

If someone was to ask me who my ultimate style icon is, it would definitely be Gwenny Gwen Gwen. Ms Stefani has, in my opinion, THE best, most fab, classiest, coolest wardrobe in the world of celebland and I would DIE to have a piece of that closet. Gwen’s latest collection for L.A.M.B has “Gwen Stefani” written all over it, I can imagine her wearing every single look from the whole collection which is what I love about it. It’s all Gwen, and therefore I’m totally into it.

Featuring black and white paired with splashes of electric blue, sharp tailoring with sky-high heels, studded accessories and of course some tartan to boot, the collection was seemlessly perfect.

It frustrates me when celebrities bring out clothing lines just for a dollaaahh or two more (or a few million) than they already have, but Gwen Stefani is different. She took a back seat on the designing side of things a few seasons ago to make more time for her family and other career as the frontwoman of ultra-cool band No Doubt, but the label is still ALLLL Gwen.

I loooove this collection, one of my highlights from A/W13. I just wish I could afford that AMAZING blue suit with the shirt and tie. And that back and white bag. And that leather frilled skirt. And those tartan tailored trousers. Oh alright, I wish I could afford all (or any) of it!

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SHOPPING HAUL, WHAT I BOUGHT

Screw the New Year’s spending budget. I’m being cliched and living by the “YOLO” mantra. Life is too short, and my fashion brain is too eager, no apologies. Here are my latest purchases from my shopping trip yesterday!

Tees from Zara, both £5.99 (sale price)

Tees from Zara, both £5.99 (sale price)

And I finally got January American Vogue with Gwen on the cover!!

And I finally got January American Vogue with Gwen on the cover!!

Shoes from Office (£7!!!! In the sale, that matters)

Shoes from Office (£7!!!! In the sale, that matters)

Jeans from All Saints... The biggest bargain at £22.50 - reduced from £75. I'm such a compulsive bargain hunter.

Jeans from All Saints… The biggest bargain at £22.50 – reduced from £75. I’m such a compulsive bargain hunter.

Cat-eye sunglasses, £6 in a vintage shop.

Cat-eye sunglasses, £6 in a vintage shop.

Vests, both £12 in the All Saints sale, reduced from £40 each.

Vests, both £12 in the All Saints sale, reduced from £40 each.

Leggings, £22 from Topshop.

Leggings, £22 from Topshop.

Men's watch, half price at £15 in River Island.

Men’s watch, half price at £15 in River Island.

Essie nail polish in Leading Lady (left) and Forever Yummy (right)

      Essie nail polish in Leading Lady (left) and Forever Yummy (right)

 

Yoko Ono tees from Zara, both £9.99 (sale price)

Yoko Ono tees from Zara, both £9.99 (sale price)