The Curator

The Curator

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Kathryn Williams
Trained writer, who finds sanctuary in the beauty aisles.
Based in the North West.

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Whistles in Amsterdam

The second fashion post in my Amsterdam series contains a Whistles bag in a very punchy shade of orange, which I first saw in Vivianna Does Makeup's Coachella vlogs. I've loved the Whistles clutch bags from afar for a while now and finally got my hands on this beauty via House of Fraser.

Fashion blogger posing with Orange Whistles Chain Bag

The Whistles bag seemed the perfect accompaniment to my outfit, as it added a pop of colour to the monochrome blouse and skirt.
The white lace top is actually meant to be an off the shoulder number but I thought it looked cute worn as a lace blouse. I tucked it into my new Oasis embroidered skirt, which was a sale bargain at £15.50!

Whistles Leather Chain Bag in Orange

All my evening out items fitted perfectly into the bag, I now want the black and metallic silver versions too.

What handbag have you been loving lately?
*This post contains a PR sample

Friday, 20 May 2016

My Travel Bucket List

After visiting Amsterdam recently, I’m eager to jet off again. I had the usual suspects on my bucket list, New York and Rome, both of which I have now ticked off but I still have plenty more places I’d like to see.

Dubai
Dubai is the place of extravagance and sky scrappers. I'd love to visit the huge hotels and malls the city has to offer. The Palm hotel looks insane, it has 28 different cuisines on offer and has underwater suites! Maybe one day... *prays to win the lottery*



Paris
I’d love to visit the city of romance for a long weekend, eating all the croissants and dreaming that I could be as elegant as the French fashionistas. Paris is a city filled with fashion inspiration, I might just wander into Chanel and buy a little something...

Los Angeles
Having ticked New York off my list, I’d love my next American visit to be Los Angeles as they are worlds apart. New York is a busy city but Los Angeles has the beautiful beaches and laid-back vibe I crave.


Budapest
The city is the next city break on my list, flights are incredibly cheap, so ideal for a long weekend. Budapest has a mixture of cultural, foodie and historical 'must see' places. The thermal baths are on the top of my list.

What's on your travel bucket list?
*This post is in collaboration with Travel Bag

Thursday, 19 May 2016

My Top 5 Base Products with SPF

Did anyone else's parents smother your face in sunscreen until you resembled Casper the Friendly Ghost? I'm glad my mum did, no premature ageing for me!

New SPF innovations have been released, we have plenty of choice in products for the body, mists, mousses, gradual tans with SPF, tan extenders and waterproof lotions. There just doesn't seem to be many impressive SPF products for the face, if you are avoiding the ghost look.

Top SPF Products for Oily Skin

Rooting through my skincare stash, I noticed some of my suncare already had SPF in the formulas. 
Starting with skin prep, both Vichy and La Roche Posay have excellent facial SPFs, both suitable for oily skin. The Vichy Ideal Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch has an SPF of 50 and the La Roche Posay Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid has SPF30. They both mattify the skin and make the perfect base for makeup.

Alternatively, you could choose to wear your face SPF in a primer, the Dior Forever and Ever Primer has an SPF of 20, I highly recommend this under any foundation.

With all three matte fluid formulas, I recommend you sweep the product over the face and don't rub in circles, as the product tends to ball up.

Estee Lauder, Dermalogica, La Roche Posay and Dior SPF

Not forgetting your eyes, as the above SPF's aren't to be used on the eyes. I recommend the Dermalogica Total Eye Care with SPF 15. If anyone has a recommendation for an eye cream with higher SPF, leave me a comment.

My favourite long wearing foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear, will finish off the sun protection and is perfect for those who suffer from oily skin in the summer. It provides flawless, long-lasting, matte coverage and SPF 10.

What products do you use on your face to protect it from sun damage?


Monday, 16 May 2016

Lighthouse Isla in Amsterdam

My new Olympus Pen was well used on my recent trip to Amsterdam with my boyfriend, Rhys. I haven't got the fashion blogger poses mastered just yet but I wanted to show off my new Lighthouse 'Isla' Waterproof Coat in Watermelon.


A quick weather check while packing the day before, (why do I always leave things till the last minute?!), showed light rain mixed in with sunny days. So I packed this Lighthouse coat just in case, it's super lightweight and flattens right down so took little space in the suitcase.

Luckily, we didn't see too much rain but this coat was perfect for the light showers. It's comfortable and is very breathable while walking around.

The Isla coat is very stylish for something so practical. I went for the Watermelon colour choice, as it makes more of a statement paired with a plain outfit. Pull strings help nip in the waist and the hood can be unrolled from the collar.


If you like brands like Boden and Joules, you'll love the Lighthouse brand.
How do you balance stylish but practical clothing?
*PR sample