Dancing Like We're Made of Starlight | Outfit

a girl with ombre hair, francesca sophia, wearing an electric blue lace dress with an exposed back, and twirling in front of the camera
Dress: H&M
Necklace: Forever 21

My heating's broken. Well, no, my boiler is broken. Which means no heating or hot water. A bit of a nightmare during Reading Week, when I'd planned to stay home for most of the week and do some serious work on my assignments. Keeping my fingers/arms/legs/eyes crossed that the emergency plumber makes it out to our house tomorrow morning, as I'd just managed to get over one bout of flu and now another's sneaking up on me.
The joys of living in a student house, eh?

In fact, just about the only thing which is making me feel any better right now is putting on some of my prettiest clothes and bopping along to Taylor Swift's new album instead of getting work done.
I think this is one of the most amazing dresses I've ever owned. It was a complete impulse-buy for a night out last semester at university, and has since become a firm favourite in my wardrobe, even if the sheer lace does make it a little impractical.
Plus, spinning around in such a flowy skirt is very theraputic - perfect for when you're feeling under the weather. 

If anyone feels like telling me their horror stories from shared student housing, they might make me feel a little better...

Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Foundation | Review & Swatches

estee lauder double wear maximum cover camouflage make up review
Warning: this is going to be another post in which I reference how awful my skin is, lately.
And whilst I am doing pretty much everything in my power to improve it (I'll be posting a lot more about that in the next week or so), even the best treatments take time to get to work, which means I've had to seriously consider some new maximum coverage options to conceal all those imperfections in the meantime.
estee lauder double wear maximum cover camouflage make up review
Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has been on my 'beauty wishlist' for as long as I can remember, but I'm ashamed to say I had no idea there were so many coverage options within the double wear range (light, normal, and maximum cover), and upon stumbling across the maximum cover camouflage foundation at my local Fenwick store a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to take the plunge and invest.
swatch of estee lauder double wear maximum cover camouflage foundation
Double Wear maximum coverage comes in 6 shades, and, after about 15 minutes of indecision, I finally settled on 'creamy ivory'; the Estee Lauder counters don't stock samples of this particular product, so, naturally, I ended up going home with a shade which was a bit darker than I would've liked (should have gone for 'very light', instead, but ah well!), but still fell a little in love with this product, all the same.
(And the swatch shown above is probably about half of what I'd use on a daily basis - which means the tube lasts for ages, always a bonus!)
estee lauder double wear maximum cover camouflage foundation with a stippling brush, the 187 brush by MAC
I'd recommend using a stippling brush (mine is MAC 187, available here) to apply the product, as it's very thick, and could easily look 'cakey', if applied with fingers or a standard foundation brush, but other than that, it's a pretty impressive product. Whilst I wouldn't quite feel confident leaving the house with just this as a base, and no concealer, I certainly have to use much less, and it has seriously impressive staying power.
My only real complaint is the fact that, as it is such a heavy product, it does require quite a lot of powder to stop your face looking unpleasantly shiny, and it does require a bit of getting used to - it could be very easy to build it up just a little too much and end up looking a bit...overdone.

Would I recommend it? Yes, but only if you need it; it's not a light foundation, and it doesn't exactly look entirely natural, so unless you have serious acne, scarring, or any other problem that requires serious camouflage, it might be better to opt for a lighter base. For anyone like me, however, who's a bit desperate for better coverage, it's a serious make up bag necessity.
Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Camouflage Foundation retails for £27.50, and is available at Estee Lauder counters nationwide, and the Boots website.

Loving Him Was Red | Outfit

girl with ombre hair, francesca sophia, wearing a burgundy oxblood lace shift dress with puffy bell sleeves, and a statement collar necklace golden green nails on a hand with bangles in black and gold
Necklace: Forever 21
Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Bangles: Primark
Nails: Models Own Golden Green & Gold Finger

I just couldn't post this outfit and not reference Taylor Swift's new song, 'Red', which I have pretty much had on repeat since its release just under a week ago, in the title. I'd apologise, but it wouldn't be very genuine, I'm a Swiftie through and through.

I absolutely adored this dress, from the moment I laid eyes on it; the perfect autumnal shade, intricate lace, billowing sleeves, and not so short that I need an extra slip or bodycon skirt underneath...but it does pose a rather sizable problem (and I'm not just talking about the fact that I somehow dropped a dress size since I bought it) - the sleeves.
As I'm sure you can see in the two different pictures above, the sleeves, when let out to their full length, stop short just shy of my wrists, and they're huge. I'm pretty sure there's enough excess fabric in these bad boys to form a whole new dress. My solution? Safety pins. Pinning the ends of the sleeves back into the lining of the dress is the only way to make them bearable (and also makes me feel a lot handier than I actually am).

This nail combination is pretty much my current favourite look for A/W, as it seems to suit most of the colour palettes I have going on for the season so far, and, in case I haven't made it obvious enough, I'm a total sucker for gold...well, everything. Can you blame me?

What's your song of the moment? Do you have one of 'those' dresses - that can't be worn in public without serious help?


Serendipity | Outfit

blogger francesca sophia stands with her hands on her hips, wearing a black crop top with bow detailing on the back, and a white lace high waisted skater skirt
Necklace: Forever 21
Bustier/Bralette: River Island (via ASOS)
Skirt: H&M

This outfit is the definition of the phrase 'happy accident'; both the skirt and the bralette I'm wearing today were on my 'OMG want' list for a while - the skirt had, unfortunately, sold out in every H&M store within a 50 mile radius of my house (slight exaggeration), and yet, somehow, miraculously turned up in my size in the H&M online sale a few weeks ago, and the bralette was one of those items that I just wasn't sure I could 'pull off' - however, after seeing it in the ASOS sale for the bargain price of £8 a couple of weeks ago, I snapped one up sharpish (luckily - it was sold out five minutes after I got my confirmation email!), and hence, this outfit was born.
I don't think I'm quite brave enough (or warm-blooded enough, it's getting chilly) to wear the bralette without something high-waisted and snug, but I really love this combination together - and it's seriously flattering, given that I'm a pretty classic hourglass.

Although I definitely wouldn't think twice about throwing this outfit on with a pair of heels and wearing it to dance the night away, today I'm pairing it with my favourite biker jacket and some ankle boots for a bit of a casual feel - I do love some good old versatility.
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