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Gold?! For Christmas?! Mind-blowing. Hear me out…

This autumn, L’Oreal have launched “5 Iconic Color Riche shades, wrapped in 24-Carat Gold for a statement metallic look”. Gold Obsession is a range of buttery textured lipsticks with the signature L’Oreal scent (anyone else get play-doh?) but this time encompassing real gold to create a unique metallic finish.

Metallic lippies are having a real moment right now, with Kylie Jenner’s Metal Matte’s being a favourite amongst fans and bloggers alike, there’s also the Colour Pop metals range and now, on the UK High Street, we have this offering from L’Oreal.

L’Oreal have created something different in that this is a classic lipstick formula, while the others are of the ever popular liquid lipstick variety. This means that the L’Oreal ones are much more nourishing, but will of course have a shorter life span on the lips.

The formula is like other L’Oreal Colour Riche shades, one of my favourite on the high street and the product comes in a matte black to metallic gold ombre bullet – pretty luxe for £6.99. I have the Nude Gold shade because I’m predictable and love a nude lips but after seeing swatches, I’m going to need the pink one too.

Alongside the range, and sticking with the gold theme, the brand have released the L’Or Highlight which is in the most amazing creamy formula. I’m usually a massive fan of the MAC cream colour bases for a cream highlight however this, for me, has taken the top spot. It’s so much more pigmented and delivers an unrivaled metallic finish on the tops of cheekbones. Despite this, it’s not over powering and could be worn by those who prefer a subtle look. It blends like a dream and stays put all day. One for the shopping list I suggest.

Superdrug had a 3 for 2 on L’Oreal products, so I also picked up the much loved Telescopic Mascara (definitely not because of the gold packaging) and I have to admit it’s well worth the hype. It has such a small, thin brush with what looks like very few bristles, yet it somehow manages to coat every lash and add great length and volume.

Overall, a good bunch of products and I’ll definitely be back for more/ a lot of backups of that gorgeous highlight. I insist you buy it too.


As part of her highly anticipated Christmas collection, Zoella has launched the Secret Scenta mini body mist quartet, containing minatures of the three fragrances from her current collections, as well as the limited edition Bake My Day scent.

I hadn’t ever picked up anything from the Zoella Beauty range, as I had it down as something for those a little younger than I. However, when I watched her Christmas Collection Launch video, and saw her AMAZING Zoella Apartment plastered over snapchat, I was immediately intrigued.

The Christmas collection for 2016 is based around a yummy gingerbread scent, with notes of vanilla which make it that little bit more wearable on an everyday basis. I love that she has created a limited edition scent, though I do understand that with her mega following, that means it’s going to sell out pretty much straight away.

Bake my day is my favourite, followed by Sweet Inspirations, which I now want to get in full size. Sweet inspirations is a delicious vanilla and honey scent which again smells good enough to eat. I essentially want to smell like a walking cookie at all times.

Blistful Mistful and Let’s Spritz are scents which I could take or leave, however having them in the collection is great because when you do want something a little bit lighter, you’ve got it.

The scents are by no means a perfume, they are light and don’t last for very long on the skin. I find that after 3-4 hours I need to spray again, but with these minis that’s easy to do as they will fit in even the smallest of handbags.

I do think that this would be a great gift for a younger beauty lover this Christmas, or as a treat to yourself any time.

The Zoella Beauty Secret Scenta Collection is £16 and available at Superdrug & Feel Unique.

I’m not sure if anyone has noticed by my excessive Snapchats, Instagrams and everything else (all abgldwsn) but me and my possessions have moved to the seaside. I’m currently residing in Brighton and while my mum came down for the first time ever this weekend, I thought I’d take the opportunity to be a tourist in my own town.

I don’t know why this isn’t more of a thing, why do we naturally leave when seeking adventure? When there’s lots going on at the end of our noses.

I feel so lucky to be living in a city with the sea on one side and green on the other. If you’ve never been to Brighton (then you should) it’s a vibrant city filled with fun. It’s relaxed while being busy and is brimmed with coffee shops, galleries and Instagram opportunities (ha!).

Luckily the weather was on our side and we spent the day strolling along the seafront and around the Lanes. I got shat on by a seagull twice so hopefully I’ll win the lottery or something this week… I just hope I can get it off my handbag!

A beautiful day in a beautiful city with beautiful weather and beautiful people. Can every Sunday be like this?

Wearing: Shirt TOPSHOP, Jeans TOPSHOP (Lucas), Trainers ADIDAS Stan Smith

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There are some things which boys just don’t get. When I put on this outfit to go to work on Friday, my boyfriend looked at me in disgust. He hates these jeans, thinks the stepped hem is ‘stupid’ and that my Gucci inspired loafers are ‘old lady-ish’… a compliment, non?

The stepped hem jean is a massive trend for AW16 and one which everyone can get on-board with. Most women feel good in jeans and by changing them slightly, you’ve got yourself a new season staple. I love little details to make what would be a basic piece a little different, it’s a simple way to update your look, and if you were on a budget you could always DIY.

My loafer-love comes in the form of these ASOS beauties. They’re leather and only £35 and look suspiciously similar to the Gucci loafers which are doing the rounds at the moment. What I’m hiding in the images are the unbelievably unsightly and painful blisters on the inside of both ankles. Breaking in tips more than welcome…Help plz!

Another trend which is going nowhere is the choker. This is another easy way to update what would be a basic look. Add one to jeans and a tee and you’re instantly more chic and stylish. I also love them layered with longer varied length necklaces for a relaxed ‘I threw this on’ vibe.



nyx liquid suede nyx swatches

NYX Liquid Suede £6.50 each

Ooh, isn’t that title misleading…

My point is, in short, that these are my alternative to paying ££ plus ££ postage and potential ££ customs charge for a Kylie lip kit, when I can, essentially achieve the same look with these beauties.

So I’ve added to my NYX liquid suede collection, and as expected i’m far from disappointed with my new picks. I opted for Soft Spoken and Tea & Cookies to add to Sandstorm (which is at my mums and therefore unable to feature in this post, but you can see it switched in this post) and with just these three I feel like I’ve got all bases covered, though I do really want the red.

Tea & Cookies is my ideal everyday shade, with a bit more pink than usual. I’d probably not have gone for this one if I hadn’t seen that Sammi from Sammi Maria (or Beautycrush if you’re OT) has it, she is literal goals and I basically buy anything she does. Fangirl, not bovd. 

Soft Spoken is more of a middle shade which bridges the gap between T&C and Sandstorm. Where T&C is pink and Sandstorm is brown, Soft Spoken is pink brown. What more could a girl need?

There is absolutely no variation in the quality of these lip colours between shades, they all apply opaque with just one swipe and are ridiculously long lasting. They dry down matte and are completely transfer proof if you want to be smoochin’ or drinking vino (more likely the latter).

So, to conclude, I’ll not be on Kylie’s website at 3pm PST. At least not today.

I’m not even sure brown lips can be considered a trend anymore, more a revolution. Either way, I’ve picked out my top four products to get you that nineties pout, with something to suit all styles. And yes, I do desperately want a Kylie Lip Kit, let’s not talk about it.

Probably the closest to a Kylie Jenner is the NYX Liquid Suede Liquid Lipstick in 07 Sandstorm. I’ve seen mixed reviews of the liquid suede formula however I’m a big fan and I’m looking to expand my collection before doing a full review on here. Until then, it’s an easy application, dries completely matte and fails to budge. This is a wearable brown shade which doesn’t look like you’ve smeared chocolate on your face, my favourite type.

For something more everyday office appropriate the Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 728 Honey Beige is a good shout. I love this paired with the Rimmel Cappuccino Lip Liner which just so happens to be next in the firing line. I’ll let the swatches do the talking…

Finally, MAC Whirl is one of those colour everyone’s got in either the pencil or lipstick formula, and is the epitome of nineties brown shades. This does drag the lips a little more than a liquid formula like the NYX however isn’t a shade I find to be particularly drying with occasional balm between applications, it does, however show flaky bits and so for best results use post scrub.

Do you wear brown lipstick?

There’s no denying Highlight is having a moment, and having been a fan of the shimmery stuff since I first got into makeup I’m more excited than a child at Christmas about the copious amounts of new releases surrounding my favourite face product.

I’m not one for a subtle glow, I’m more the shine like a beacon hope you can see my disco face from several miles away type and I’m not even ashamed of it. If I could, I would dip my entire face in highlight every morning, but that would defeat the object, so I refrain.

Today’s post is to share with you four of my current favourites, and boy was it a tough decision. I had a good rummage through my collection and daydreamed about what would fill the (very small) spaces in the drawers, and after much distraction, I picked out these four.

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Topshop Powder Highlight in Crescent Moon (£10, Topshop) – This comes and goes out of the core collection, at the moment it’s not online but I have spied it in a few stores. It’s slightly rose gold in tone but a tad more peach than rose and on the skin its a beautiful glowy shimmer, as opposed to some of my glittery offerings. The formula of this one is an absolute dream; it’s so soft and buttery and goes onto the skin as if it’s a cream. OH it might just be my favourite.

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle (£24 , MAC UK)– This is a bit of a cult classic as highlighters go, and is one I’m sure 99% of bloggers own. This is a soft focus shimmer product which offers a subtle (ish) sheen with one swipe but can be built up to something quite spectacular. This looks best applied with a fan brush and I personally love it over a cream highlight for maximum impact.

Topshop Chameleon Highlight in Mother of Pearl (£12.50, Topshop) – This one is definitely the most out there in my collection, and the one I wear when I’m feeling particularly brave. I like this with matte eyes and lips so that it’s the only sheeny shiny bit on my face and really stands out. It’s a duo-chrome effect combining magenta and orange and I can imagine it would look amazing on all skin tones. If you’re into highlight, you NEED this.

MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl (£16, MAC UK) – This is another cult product for bloggers, and one which is suitable for highlight noobs or those who do prefer a subtle look. It’s also great for layering to make powders pop. I like this with a super dewy skin look, where it looks fresh and healthy without a shimmer in sight.

Hurrah! A beauty post! June Favourites already… I can’t quite believe it.

As I mentioned in my last post many moons ago, I’ve been on the move a fair amount this month and so my makeup bag has been packed full of firm favourites, and these are a few things that made the cut.

First up is my new scent of choice which comes in the form of Jimmy Choo EDP (£41 30ml, Selfridges). This is sweet while also being slightly sensual (ha!) which makes it suitable for both day and night.

Next up and possibly the most exciting is one of the many new brow launches from Benefit. They’ve literally gone brow crazy and have released a boat load of new bits all in this swish silver packaging. I managed to nab a copy of Elle which held a Pre-release of the Goof Proof Brow Pencil (£18.50 full size, Benefit) before it came out on counters and to say i’m suitably impressed would be an understatement. This is waxy enough to stay in place while smooth enough so that it doesn’t feel as though you might give yourself a face lift while dragging it across. Shade 2 just happens to be the perfect shade for my blonde hair dark brow combination. I’m feeling pretty smug about the whole thing.

I was having a dig around in my collection and rediscovered my old fave Burberry’s Eyeshadow in Pale Barley (£23, Burberry) and now I wonder how it got to the back of my drawer and how I lived without it for a few months. The formula is outstanding; buttery soft but not powdery and it packs a real punch in terms of pigment. My favourite way to apply this is with a MAC 217 brush in a wishy washy motion. The brush does the work for you making the 7am smoky eye a breeze.

For nourishment, shine and colour on the lips there’s no better thing than the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (£18, Boots) I’d recommend picking this up in Duty Free for a two for one type deal. They’re great for no makeup days and for pairing with a full face. I’ll probably pick up another when I’m off on my jollys.

Roller Lash (£19.50, Benefit) is my favourite mascara ever. There, I said it. Yes, I’ve dabbled with others but nothing compares to the curling and lengthening that this tube delivers. One coat works wonders but if you’ve time for a second the difference is almost unbelievable. I usually go for a waterproof formula but this stays put all day and doesn’t end up in my eyebrows like others. It’s stubborn to remove but worth it for the look and longevity.

Finally the Collection Speedy Highlight (£3.99, Boots) has changed the way I glow. Alone, this is fine for a super subtle sheen however as a base for a powder highlight this is AMAZING. I use it for the latter because I like to resemble a lightbulb and this with a sweep of MAC soft and gentle leaves me shining like a beacon. In a good way, obv.


Finishing uni is fun and exciting, until you realise you’re probably moving away from your friends, your social life and you’ll probably spend a good few months skint and stroppy.

I’ve done it, I’ve finished. God knows how I’ve done but I couldn’t wait for it to be over and now that it is i’d quite like to start it all again. Uni for me was so great, I moaned my way through final year but looking back I’d take it over job seeking any day of the week.

As well as that, I’ve turned 21! I honestly had the best weekend ever of celebrating with all of my favourite people. We hired out a private terrace in Manchester overlooking the city, I created an A* playlist and drunkenly danced the night away. I wore a cute white frock from Zara because I figured there’s no point only wearing white on your wedding day – 21st birthday celebrations are equally as princessy.

I was spoilt rotten and recieved some lovely gifts and some very generous donations to the bank of Abbie and my unhealthy Topshop addiction. It’s very much all gone now but I doubt those who gave it to me wanted it saved for a rainy day… at least I hope not…

I’ve been very much on the move and haven’t actually had an empty suitcase for well over a month now, it’s been packed, unpacked and repacked more times than I care to count and while I moan about the tedious train journeys, I’d moan more if I was sat on my backside doing nothing. I’ve also moved out of my precious flat and I miss it so much! I bid it a fond farewell and was picked up by the mother who helped me stuff my entire life into a Mini. Note to all: Mini’s are not big enough for moving house, I have to go back for the rest of it at some point.

I’ve mentioned this in the last few posts but I’m very much into clothes at the moment, and beauty is taking a bit of a backseat (emphasis on the bit, I’m still more obsessed than is socially acceptable). I’ve also got a strong feeling of wanderlust and in some ways wish I’d saved to have a month or so of travelling before I enter the big wide world, but I didn’t and so that little daydream will have to go on hold. I’m going to put more of a fashion focus on this blog and also perhaps talk a little more about food; another thing I’ve grown more and more fond of. (She says, while setting up a flat lay of makeup… Old dogs etc etc) We’ll see how it goes…

spring style list 16Me and clothes are having a moment. I’ve been uninspired by my wardrobe for months and since my Topshop Style experience which I mentioned here, I’m overwhelmed with a love for fashion and a desire to shop until I drop. Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to do this right now and so a wishlist is the best I can do.

There’s a definite theme in the types of things I’m after, it’s basically denim and leather. I’m on the lookout for the perfect blazer too, something smart casual in a lightweight fabric. I also can’t get enough of shoes and handbags, which is so not like me. I used to be the type of girl who wore the same pair of shoes until they got a hole in and then I’d buy another – either loafers or ankle boots depending on the season.

I’m getting brave and lusting after double denim looks and daytime heels, I’m taking a lot of inspiration from blogs but i’m also starting to feel comfortable with my own choices. Does that make me an adult?

I’ve just written all of that, uploaded the picture and realised that the shoes are still ankle boots and loafers; some things never change…

I’m making a conscious effort to step away from the spray on skinnys, and let my legs breathe a little. There’s nothing worse than having to sit for half an hour after every meal with your trousers undone and so I’m opting for something a little more spacious and a little more stylish. I’m into MOM jeans, Boyfriend jeans and Girlfriend jeans. Pictured are the Topshop MOM jeans in collaboration with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer which makes them an even more worthy investment, also the Topshop Lucas jeans, which I tried on and LOVED.

Sticking with denim, denim shirts with denim jeans is a look which I love, I really like this two toned one from Zara which would go with a few different jean shades and the one from Topshop with the frilly collar, though this might be a bit to warm for the summer months.

There’s a definite lack of jackets in my wardrobe and after selling my old faux leather piece I’m looking to invest in something which will stand the test of time. I love the texture of the Topshop Boutique Ultimate Biker Jacket, now I just need to find the $$$.

Shoes wise I’m after some fresh new loafers now that mine are literally unwearable and smell horrific (tmi?), and think that a black and nude pair are compulsory. I’m also lusting after the Topshop Music bone heeled ankle boots, which I think would look so chic with girlfriend or boyfriend jeans.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do want a pair of Stan Smiths. Am I a bad person? I love how these look with a smarter outfit and I’ve been wearing my Nike Trainers to death in this way. Plus I have tiny feet so can pay child’s price. Justified.

Finally, until I can get a designer bag (literally scrolling Selfridges every day), I’m opting for this fancy little number from Zara. Chanel-esque with a moc-croc style and chain handle? Oh go on then!