House of fraser beauty ambassador

If anyone has been around these parts for a while – Mum, I’m looking right at you – then you’ll know that not only do I love House of Fraser, but I’ve also been lucky enough to work with them on many occasions before. They’re just one of those fabulous does it all/has it all/you name it, they’ve got it/[insert your own choice of “one stop shop” synonym here] that I can totally rely on whether I need to top up my makeup collection – because, you know, when does a beauty blogger ever not need to top up her makeup collection? Never, you say? Oh I totally agree, so glad we’re on the same wavelength… 😉 – purchase a wedding present for someone, a birthday present, a house warming gift… you get the gist. House of Fraser has it all.

So, when I first heard about House of Fraser’s Beauty ambassador competition – which I was actually told about a little while back now – in which you create a post based around your beauty icon, I whole-heartedly jumped at the chance to get involved. Without getting all “girl power” on your arses butt’s, it’s so important to build each other up, recognise our achievements and appreciate what makes a woman beautiful inside and out. 
Before this blog turns into a Oprah Winfrey/Beyonce style “Independent woman”/”We don’t need no man” type post, I’ll get into who my beauty icon is because boy do I love to fangirl over my beauty/fashion/life icons. After toying over picking a classic, synonymously beautiful icon – Audrey Hepburn, Maryilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor… you know the ones – I settled on someone who has a mixture of that classic, pure, wholesome beauty, but is also totally relevant to today with a makeup style that not only do I wear daily, but I also think is a go-to look for so many and will be for years to come. And that is [*insert drumroll sound track here*]… Blake Lively. 
the elle next door blog
blake lively tutorial
There are many reasons why I love Blake (yep, we’re on first name terms, obvs) but here are the ones that stick out to me. In short. Because we all know by now that I love to ramble. As I have done previously about her here. I’ll also stop using stupidly short sentences to emphasize that fact now too 😉
  • Her makeup is iconic because gorgeous glowy/bronzy skin, sheeny golden eyes and peachy pink lips just work no matter what skin tone or type you have. Or whether it’s Summer or Winter because let’s face it, we all want healthy looking skin all year round.
  • She also runs an incredible lifestyle blog (well, more of a website, I very much doubt that Blake sits typing away on Blogger or WordPress) – #TeamBloggersForeverThough – called Preserve which I think not only bloggers, but all women (and men) would find informative, useful and just uplifting.
  • Finally, she was in Gossip Girl which needs absolutely no further explanation. xoxo
  • She’s married to Ryan Reynolds.
Here’s the Blake Lively makeup look that I recreated and the products I used.

blake lively tutorial
blake lively tutorial
blake lively tutorial
blake lively tutorial
Note to self: Don’t recreate the makeup look of someone so stunningly beautiful. No matter how amazing the products are, or your makeup skills – which mine aren’t by any stretch of the imagination – your self esteem will shrivel to the size of a pea on comparison.

Hammer Product time!

I could go through everything that’s on my face, but I’m aware of not only boring you to death, but also of the fact that you can of course recreate this look with any similar items that you have. So feel free to use whatever products you like but here are the items that I used and highly recommend for getting the authentic The Elle next door does x Blake Lively look. 
mac all that glitters
urban decay naked
All about the eyes: Blake loves a shimmery golden, peachy, champagne toned eye colour and luckily, so do I. I plucked for Mac All that Glitters from my ridiculous neutral shadow collection and I’m so pleased I did because it worked perfectly for the look. That’s what I love about House of Fraser too, Mac stores and concessions are pretty rare so it’s amazing that selected House of Fraser stores have a Mac concession and you can also purchase their products online at HOF too. The same goes for Urban Decay – which I also used in this look in the form of their Sin eyeshadow for an inner corner highlight – … see, I wasn’t joking when I said that HOF have it all, was I?
tom ford spanish pink
tom ford spanish pink
Those peachy pink lips: As I mentioned in my previous post; pink, peachy pink, peach and more pink lips are my comfort zone – you know, because I love living life on the edge and all that… – and the most perfect colour to fit that bill is Tom Ford’s Spanish Pink. I’ve raved about this on numerous occasions but it’s a stunning peachy pink with a fantastic, velvety, moisturising formula that’s so long-lasting on the lips.

mac golden refined
mac soft and gentle
The glowy skin: There are many ways of creating bronzy skin; highlighter, bronzers, cream blush or a shimmery blush for example and my favourites for getting Blake’s looks is Mac’s refined golden bronzer and Mac Soft and Gentle. (#MacAppreciationSociety) Both create that healthy glow that makes you look like you’ve been chugging all the green juices in the world, even if you’ve been sticking to your thrice weekly Indian takeaway habit.

[insert guilty face emoji here]

There you have it, those are my main “Girl, if you wanna look like Blake, you need these products” products… but of course you can choose whichever ones you like to recreate it yourself. House of Fraser actually have the most incredible Beauty Department so if you’re in the market for some new picks/to treat yourself – because Yolo… – then definitely head over to the link and check it out.

So, that concludes my Beauty icon rambles and “Get the look” tutorial-esque post today. Who knows, the next time you hear me wax lyrical about House of Fraser it could be to tell you that I’m the new beauty ambassador. Or (and most likely) it could well not be. Either way, you’ll still be sure to find me browsing the most incredible place on the internet the beauty department and ogling over Blake Lively 🙂
As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Alina Bostan says:

    What a fantastic entry, you're sure to win the competition. I love your beauty icon but to be honest you look way better, so don't put yourself down because you're beautiful. Love the products you used and your finished result. Best of luck lovely, although you don't even need it 😀 x

    Beauty with charm

    • Ahh thanks so much lovely no, definitely not, I won't win. It's a fab opportunity though so I thought I'd give it a go. Your entry was SO stunning, you're in with an amazing chance lovely 🙂


  2. Beautylyme says:

    Love this look! It looks so glowy & light! Best of luck! xx


  3. This is a great entry and you've definitely chosen a great person to lookalike! You look gorgeous as always, so I'm sure you're going to be up there as one of the potential winners 🙂 I really love the white dress too, I think they are perfect for summer xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  4. Ah Elle, we have great taste as we have both chose the same person! That Blake is a lucky girl to have us both fangirling over her! Good luck and fingers crossed! xxx

    Anoushka Loves xx

    • Ahh did we? She is such a babe isn't she, it doesn't surprise me at all that we're all gushinh over her 🙂 Good luck to you too lovely, will check out your post now 🙂


  5. Lauren S says:

    Your lipstick looks amazing, I've wanted a Tom Ford lips for absolutely ages! The opportunity sounds so amazing too, HoF have an awesome range of beauty

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

    • Thanks so much lovely, Tom Ford lipsticks are so pricey but so worth it… it's a sure fave of mine 🙂 It's such a good opportunity isn't it, you should go for it Lauren, you'd be amazing!


  6. Ivana Rogac says:

    Are you her long lost twin or something? You're lookalikes. Wow. You're so stunning.

    Good luck!! If you don't win, they're crazy 🙂

    Ivana x
    Block of Beauty

  7. Bash Harry says:

    Honestly I think you are soooo much prettier than Blake Lively! Hahaha, seriously though, you are stunning! I love this shimmery, glowing look. Perfect <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

  8. Ahhh! I was just lurking on her instagram account, she's absolutely hilarious! And what on earth are you talking about? You look gorg!! Your complexion is amazing haha #fangirlOUT xx

    Shaqinah || Shoes and Roses

  9. Antonella says:

    Very nice post:)))

  10. Such a gorgeous makeup look – good luck! xx

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  11. Vivian Li says:

    Wow I honestly think you are prettier than Blake! Love the makeup look! You look flawless! 😉 xo Vivian
    IG // @twowardvivian

  12. crafty-zone says:

    I really like your makeup, especially your glowing eye makeup 🙂 Well done, dear and good luck in this contest, Ellie 🙂

  13. My word, aren't you stunning! I love your outfit as well but can we just take a second to appreciate that mac shimmery bronzer?!? Holy heck it's divine!!!!!

    I'm all for girl-power and what have you but she's married to Ryan Reynolds, so I'm afraid we just can't be BFF's, Blake.

    Another flawless look from you and another flawless post!

    #TeamBloggersForeverThough – haha!


  14. Georgia Jade says:

    I never quite appreciated blakes beauty until I saw her film Age of adaline- I was in serious awe of her, But I think you look just as beautiful as blake!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

  15. You pulled this look off so wonderfully! I love it 🙂

  16. angelina says:

    Ahhh Blake Lively <333 You do an amazing job of getting her makeup look!

    Angelina Is

  17. Emily M says:

    This is such a great post, and you've pulled the look off so well! Great person to choose and love the look you've recreated xxx

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

  18. OMG Blake is totally my girl crush and you did her makeup dead on! Love how she keeps it natural and glowy!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  19. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE this makeup on you! And Blake is gorgeous, isn't she? (:
    Nati xx

  20. the makeup look you created is so similar to blake's, well done! it's so classic, you pull it off really well x
    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

  21. I really like Blake Lively too, I love her as an actress, and her style is amazing!

  22. Mel Davies says:

    You look incredible! LOVE the lipstick!

    lillies and lipbalm

  23. Wow good luck Elle! I like Blake Lively too. She is gorgeous and you too! Great post and I really like the look 🙂
    xx Sab

  24. Corinne says:

    Waaah! I didn't know she had a blog. I'm going to check it out now. I love House of Fraser, too!

    Corinne x

  25. You recreated the look very nicely! Blake Lively is one hell of a beautiful woman/icon!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  26. LBG says:

    Blake is perfect for an icon! You look amazing! Love these makeup shades on you, the lip color is to die for. Awesome post!

  27. I love her makeup as well! I love how you recreated it and I think you did such a good job. You picked some great products and you look so fresh!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  28. Laura C says:

    I love Blake Lively – she makes it all look so effortless. I almost don't mind that she took Ryan Reynolds off the market!

    P.s. you look gorge in those shots, I love the dress too – where's it from? xx

    Laura | Loved By Laura

    • Haha oh I am so with you there Laura, the girl done good there didn't she? 😉 She is such an effortless babe though! The dress is Asos a year or so back, so in love with it!


  29. Jordan says:

    Love your entry soo much! It looks amazing and good luck to you gorgeous lady! xx

  30. Honest mum says:

    Love this post darling, you look stunning and will win this x

  31. Rubi Ani says:

    I can definitely see Blake in your look, you're makeup is always so natural looking. You look stunning.
    I barely ever do a natural look with my makeup, if I'm not wearing a bold lipstick I feel naked.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  32. Rachel Dinh says:

    You nailed her look, A true classic summer beauty. Now, if we could get the secrets to getting her perfect hair… haha.

  33. Colleen says:

    I love her bronzed make-up look and I think you recreated it perfectly! That lip color is so gorgeous on you 🙂


  34. SBUK says:

    Great choice for beauty icon. Blake Lively is gorgeous! You also look beautiful on the photos and I really like the look you created. All That Glitters is probably my most used eyeshadow ever. Love it so much. Good luck! x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  35. So natural and pretty!! You are gorgeous!! Good luck!!

  36. Eden Mint says:

    I really love Blake Lively's style too — she always looks naturally chic 🙂

  37. Gabrielle says:

    All of my fingers are crossed for you – you certainly have a fabulous chance of winning with this entry! I agree Blake's makeup is incredibly beautiful and your interpretation is equally lovely. Seriously, you're SO photogenic! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


  38. This post is wonderful! Blake Lively is beautiful and you did a lovely job with the makeup. You look gorgeous! Have a great rest of the week!

    xo, Bry


  39. This post is wonderful! Blake Lively is beautiful and you did a lovely job with the makeup. You look gorgeous! Have a great rest of the week!

    xo, Bry


  40. I love Blake Lively! She's so effortlessly pretty and it's not fair :') I love how you recreated the look, you look lovely like always 🙂 xx

  41. You look stunning with this make-up! Blake is definitely a beauty and fashion icon to me, I love her style! Also good luck with the competition! I am sure you will win!

    X Marjolein

  42. Anonymous says:

    You look amazing dear!

    Please click on my post's link

  43. loving this look! really like the neutral and glowing colors! Blake lively is gorgoeus!


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