Five Beauty Favourites

Although in the past I have self-proclaimed to be 'not very good at the beauty thing', I figured I'd start introducing some beauty posts to my blog and share a few of my favourite products right now. Let me know if you enjoy this post and I might consider doing similar bits in the future!

1.  YSL Fusion Ink Foundation Believe the hype... or I certainly do. This very much anticipated foundation (which had a waiting list of over 12,000 in the U.K!) has revolutionised by beauty routine and left me with the flawless skin that I've searched for many years to find. I luckily managed to bag this wonderous product the day it launched in here in the U.S from Saks on 5th Avenue after having a lovely makeover at the YSL beauty counter. Although it may have a £30.50 price tag, the 25ml goes a long way and with just a few swipes of the applicator my less-than-perfect skin is transformed. The super lightweight formula has a silky texture and matte finish that calls for no primer and no powder. To top it off, my skin feels almost make-up free and I don't feel the need to reapply every few hours. 

2. L'Oreal Les Blancs Range (L-R) Pistachio Dragee, Peach Negligee, Nouvelle Vague Pastel shades have been all over my nails this summer and I've found some real winners with L'Oreal. The pale shades of mint green, nude and lilac look refreshing with my summer wardrobe and the cool tones compliment my skin tone very nicely.  I'm also a big fan of the small bottle size - who uses a full size bottle before it goes gloopy anyway?! 

3. Dior Nude Healthy Glow Powder Having interned at Dior Beauty Head Office last year, I was lucky enough to receive a number of beauty goodies, including this bronzer. Certainly not a new addition to my make-up bag but a much loved one all the same, the Dior Healthy Glow Bronzer is my ultimate favourite product for creating a glowing face and defined cheekbones. 

4. Victoria's Secret Mango Temptation Fragrance Mist I stared at the countless choices of fragrance at the Victoria's Secret store last week before giving in to this bottle of happiness. Tropical, exotic and refreshing would be three words to describe this body spray, which is slowly becoming my signature scent. I can't get enough!

5. L'Oreal Volume Million Lash So Couture Mascara When it comes to mascara, I'm a plastic brush (over fibre) kinda girl any day. Not only does this mascara come in a pretty purple and gold tube, but also works wonders on my lashes. The thickening and lengthening brush transforms my (admittedly) short and stubby lashes into a wide-eyed look from root to tip.

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Coney Island

Floral crop top, Miss Selfridge
Mint skort, New Look
Nails, L'Oreal in Pistachio Dragee

As much as I LOVE the city, Coney Island is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and only a short train journey away. Situated in southwest Brooklyn, the lovely little seaside resort feels a lot more LA than NY. With a large sandy beach, amusement parks and yummy ice-cream, I spent the first day of Labour Day weekend working on my tan and enjoying the glorious seaside views. I wore this cute floral crop top I picked up from Miss Selfridge last month. The boxy high-neck shape is really cool and I love the summery colours paired with my mint skort. 
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Red Hot

Red printed playsuit, River Island
Grey bag, c/o M&S
Half rim sunglasses, c/o Matalan
Black strap watch, The Watch Hut
Amber ring, Vintage
Nails, L'Oreal in Pistachio Dragee
Lips, MAC in Lady Danger

This River Island playsuit has pretty much been my staple this summer. On those red hot days where I just want to show some skin and throw on something easy, this has been my go-to. I think the  flowy shape of the playsuit is really flattering and the bright red colour makes it really different from anything else I own.
I've had another great week in New York. Going to a Yankees baseball game, touring Sex and the City's hotspots from the show and cruising round the Manhattan Island on a boat party are just a few highlights. I really am having the best time here and I'm so excited for this city to be my home for the next few months!

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Summer in Central Park

Striped crop top, Forever 21
White flatworms, c/o Desire Clothing
Wooden cross necklace, Primark
Croc print winged bag, c/o M&S
Half rim sunglasses, c/o Matalan
Nails, L'Oreal in Pistachio Drage

Arriving in New York in August means I still get to experience summer in the Big Apple. With temperatures averaging at about 25°C, I'm definitely making the most of the summer clothes I brought on my trip and topping up my (very slight) tan while I still have the chance.
New York has a whole lot of awesome places to shop, I'm really excited to see what the city has to offer and to head down to Brooklyn for a spot of vintage shopping. So far I've only explored the stores of 5th Avenue and Times Square, but seeing as Forever 21is HUGE over in the States, I couldn't help but buy this cute striped crop top. And hey, for only around £4, who can blame me?
I purchased this Topshop white embroidered skirt from eBay last year and I'm glad to say it has been making a fair few reappearances in this year's summer looks. The lace embroidered detailing is so pretty and provides a perfect contrast to my boyish cropped vest.
I have another few days of orientation at fashion school before starting classes on Monday. I'm excited to get into more of a routine but I'm sure I'll still have time to do lots of exploring! Has anyone got any recommendations of fun things to do while I'm in NYC? Not so obvious tourist-y suggestions please.

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Welcome to New York City

If you've been following my blog since the early days or you know me personally, it's no secret that it has been my lifelong dream to live in New York City. After a few stressful months of planning, applying to college and sorting out a visa, I'm finally here for fashion school in the Big Apple! I'm studying at LIM College on 5th Avenue and taking courses in Economics, Fashion Photography, Buying & Merchandising Mathematics and the Branding. This is part of my placement year at London College of Fashion, where I shall be returning for my final year in September 2015.
I arrived on Wednesday and I'm still very much in tourist mode. I visited very briefly last summer but I'm still so in awe of the city and I'm still pinching myself as I wander down the beautiful streets and stare at the skyscrapers. New York City will be my home until December and I'm really excited to be taking my readers on the journey with me. Hopefully a few of you may be inspired by my story and that dreams really can come true (cheeeeeeesy!). 
Above, you can find a few snaps from my adventures so far in NYC. Make sure to keep up by following me on Instagram (@monicabarleycorn), Twitter (@helloomonica) & Facebook!

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