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So I thought today that I would start a mini series, where I share with you every section of my makeup collection and my favourite bits from each, of course starting with Lipstick.

Lipstick and me are good pals, it’s something which I feel no guilt in buying another. I’ve actually recently downsized my collection to the best of the bunch and so picking favourites was quite difficult because in reality I love them all.

I love lipstick in any formula, feel and shade but my go to’s are something creamy for a nude, and matte for a bold and I’m happy to mix and match with those inbetweeny shades. Here are my picks…

IMG_0288Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Penelope Pink – this is my go to nude and has a lovely creamy yet opaque formula. It lends it’s self to a more pinky tone but I’d describe it as a true beige shade. Perfecto! (I’ll probably say that about them all)IMG_0289

CHANEL Rouge Coco lipstick in Adrienne – are you sick of me talking about this one? This was my go to nude until it melted on a hot day in my handbag. This is quite like Penelope Pink but a little bit darker and not quite so beige. It’s a pinky peach YLBB shade which I imagine would suit everyone.

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CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink liquid lipstick in Amoreux – a fairly obvious choice following my recent songs of praise here and here.

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By Terry Balme De Rose – Aaah I’m not sure of the official name of this but it was a Christmas limited edition formula in a lip gloss style and I have to say it’s fabulous. It’s nourishing and non sticky while providing a sweet smelling shiny finish in a wearable shade. When this runs out I’m getting the pot.

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MAC Mehr – I haven’t worn this lipstick in such a long time but I couldn’t not pick it as a favourite. It’s my current fave MAC lippy (shout out to shy girl my old sweetheart) and an easy go to for pairing with any eye look or when you don’t know what to go for. The matte formula stays put without being drying and glides on easily. A true winner.
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Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in So Marilyn – Named after the queen of the red lip herself, this is a great staple shade. It’s ever so slightly deeper than a ‘true’ red and lends it’s self to a blue undertone. It’s a creamy formula which I don’t usually choose in a bold lip option but I opt to wear it with a lot of liner or layered over my next and final favourite…

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MAC Ruby Woo – I feel like everyone has a place in their heart Ruby Woo, it’s a cult classic in any makeup bag or collection. It’s a retro-matte formula which means you need an entire tub of lip balm and a strong hand for application as it is still, it does drag and it is drying. It’s such a great shade and does not budge at all, one for special occasions due to the chapped lips post event but a firm favourite nonetheless.

Let me know your fave lip shades over on Twitter and be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ if you haven’t already! (links on words)

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2016 faves

Following on from yesterday’s post all about my new year goals, today I’m taking a step back and looking at the creme de la creme of 2016 in terms of beauty products. Now, I could have done a product for each category, but I thought it would be more meaningful to share with you instead the things which I really really loved.

I’ll attempt to do this in some chronological order, and so one of my top top top products (emphasis on top) of the year had to be Pixi’s Glow Tonic which I’ve had in previous years however rediscovered this year when I spotted it in Marks & Spencer. This is a great chemical exfoliating toner, which sounds scary if you’ve never used one but it’s incredibly gentle and simply removes dead skin cells without the need for a constant scrub with a manual beady exfoliator. I tend to use this in an evening as opposed to morning and find that come the following AM I’m looking polished and rejuvenated.

Following on from waking up looking fabulous, I have been slathering my face in the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, which is a bit of a cult product in the industry. This is a fantastic hydrating day cream which claims to provide 24hr moisturisation, and I imagine that if I didn’t pile on the makeup and then remove it all that it would provide enough moisture for 24 hours. It’s not got a scent to it and instead is a really nice day cream which isn’t to light or too thick. It also works well under makeup. I loooove it.

My foundation of the year and my entire life has to be NARS Sheer Glow, which I finally bought as opposed to having samples of in 2016. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s definitely not sheer, nor is it that glowy – it’s more of a medium coverage satin finish foundation, but I suppose that doesn’t have the same ring to it. This has become my go-to for both daytime and evening, and it can easily be layered up for a full coverage flawless face for a night out (because I go on soooo many of those…not). If you haven’t already, I’d 100% recommend giving this a go or picking up a sample/ being colour matched. An honorable mention has to go to my BAE the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser which is a close second place (hehe).

It would seem this was the year of me buying things I’d wanted for a long time, and next on the love list is the Soleil Tan De Chanel, or Bronze Universal if you’re OT. This was a highly rated product when I first started reading blogs many many moons ago, and was virtually impossible to get hold of. Fast forward a few (or SEVEN) years and it’s not so highly spoken of. However I finally picked it up and I have to say it’s fantastic for me. I’ve given it some thought and I don’t think that this is a universal product, and the shade wont suit everyone, but for me it’s a great everyday cream/gel bronzer. It’s quite an orange colour so not for contouring however with my yellow toned light/medium complexion it works a treat. It also smells like summer which I am SO ok with.

Sticking with creamy cheeks, I’ve also loved the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge Lip & Cheek Colour in Uber Beige which I can’t show you the inside of because it’s really quite embarrassing. Why do cream products do that?! This is a really lovely pinky brown shade which when worn quite far back on the cheek acts as a bronzer blusher hybrid – perfect for those lazy days or for makeup on the tube. It’s also a really nice shade on the lips too and the formula does actually work for both. C’est fantastique.

My eyeshadow of the year goes to the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Dolce Vita, which is an absolute dream. I received this from Santa for Christmas 2015 and used it at least once per week for all of 2016. For an evening I wear all of the shades and for daytime the shimmery champagne is my go to, sometimes with either of the darker shades blended into the outer corner for a subtle smoke. The pressed glitter is everything I could ever want and if it was office appropriate I would wear it every day. Which quad should I get next?

Finally and potentially my PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2016 (ooohhhh) is the Chanel Rouge Allure Ink in Amoureux. I’ve already raved about this and I do feel a little sneaky because these we’re released towards the end of the year but oh myyyy this is amazing. If you want a long lasting non-drying lipstick in an everyday shade then get this. Forget all of the others and get this. For my full rave see this post.

And that’s it! Adios 2016 you were an odd one.

 

this-is-yor-yearOoh look at this; another new year round up post!

Hello to you and a very happy new year! I’m back on the blog with a boat load more free time so do expect to hear a lot more from me. I felt as though the only way to begin a new year is to look back and reflect on the old one, and then state all of the things i’m going to do to make me a better person this time around (ha!).

I have a lot of hope for 2017, and there are a lot of things I’d like to do and so for the purpose of your entertainment and my personal records I thought I’d put pen to paper/ finger to keyboard and list right here my goals for 2017…

  1. Be the best version of me. This year I want to achieve my personal best and be the fittest I’ve ever been, the happiest I’ve ever been and just generally the best I’ve ever been or ever felt.
  2. Nail down a skincare routine. I am a hypocrite, I tell people to avoid face wipes like the plague and then totter home and use them myself! I feel as though I’ve found a good few products, but am yet to find things to fill the gaps in my routine, do let me know of any firm favourites in your collection… I’m all ears on this one!
  3. Read more books. I am constantly scrolling on my damn iPhone or staring at a computer screen – I’m not even sure I know what paper is… I also think it’s great to escape the real world and enter into a story. aah… bliss. Would you be interested in book reviews?
  4. Don’t buy a new foundation until I’ve used up at least one. One person with one face does not need SEVEN foundations on the go at any one time. Period.
  5. Travel more. Now, don’t get me wrong I’ve done some miles this past year, but i’d really like to see more of the world this year. I already have a trip to Rome in the diary at the end of this month which I’m SO excited about and I’d also like to go to Iceland, and maybe the Caribbean. I’d also really like to have a trip to New York at least booked in by the end of this year. If only flights were free eh?
  6. Grow my hair. I’ve been having my hair chopped up to my collarbone for well over a year now, and I think it’s time I let it grow a little. If all goes to plan I’ll be a mermaid by December.
  7. Be more adult. This year I need to get a good, solid job settled down and sort myself out somewhere to live. This is all very exciting and I am pinning every velvet sofa I see, but I need to be more adult in my approach to these things and remember that the sofa of dreams isn’t the priority. Quite sad really.
  8. Be a better blogger. Let’s face it, I could win an award for being the more inconsistent blogger. I do really enjoy getting my thoughts and feelings out there but always think it takes longer than it actually does. I’ll try to find the time to do two posts per week. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for reading NN, happy new year and lots of love. A x

 

Harcourt London is an exciting new watch company set up between friends over a kitchen table. The unlikely design trio wanted to create their own watch, something with which to make a statement and something they knew their friends would buy – Harcourt London was born and its slim-line classic watches are ready to wear.

Whether stacked with delicate gold chains or worn alone with tanned limbs, the luxe, monochrome watch has been a staple of enviable Instagram accounts for a while now. The watches are all unisex and come in two face sizes (36mm and 40mm).

Being the swish little lady that I am, I popped along to the press day for SS17 and had to give one of the timepieces a try. I really like the look of a large watch face on a small wrist and always go for a classic look when choosing my wrist wear. The gold and black one is a classic with a modern twist and I love the contrast of colours. I also think they’d make a great gift for someone you really like this Christmas…

(pictured on me: The Dunmore – RRP £150.00)

Which would you pick?

 

Now you can call me ignorant, but Rodial wasn’t a brand which had ever really taken my fancy nor heard that much about in regards to make-up. Recently my eyes were opened into the true beauty of the brand and to cut a long story (we all know i’m good at telling those) short, it’s blooming marvellous!

From the things I’ve tried out, the real stand out product for me is the eyeshadow palette, which I think is a fairly new release. This particular one comes with a beautifully thought out mixture of cool neutral shades, with the second and third colours even giving a subtle nod to my favourite warm hues. Now, I know you’re all looking at that shimmery shade and yes, it’s everything you’re hoping and then some; these shadows are unbelievably pigmented and work well both blended out softly or packed on for a more intense look. My current go to is the second shade through the socket and the shimmery shade on the mobile lid (ha! mobile lid… I heard Pixiwoo say that once) and it gives a quick and easy everyday eye with a little somethin’ somethin’ your colleagues will be sure to notice.

I’ve also got the contour compact which is a pretty big deal for the packaging alone, before you’ve even touched the product it houses. This is weighty and feels as luxurious as its £52 price tag *gulp*, it’s not one for the faint hearted and does a pretty serious job of chiselling out cheekbones on even the most moon shaped of heads… a winner in my eyes.

Have you tried anything from Rodial?

Now I’ve never watched Parks & Recreation, but I’m more than familiar with the phrase ‘Treat yo’ self”.

So, these purchases happened within a week of each other, and would have happened at the same time had the lip shade not been impossible to get hold of. That very day I had cleared out my makeup in view of a more minimal approach, I’d told myself that I only had one face, and therefore only needed one bronzer, one brow product, one mascara etc etc (was a lot more lenient on lipsticks) and then, as if that very conversation had never happened in my mind, I walked in to Boots, headed to the Chanel counter and bought another bronzer.

I’m kind of letting myself off because I didn’t already have a cream bronzer in my collection, and that’s generally a formula I prefer – that and I have wanted this damn bronzer since it was called Bronze Universal circa 2009. It seems that everyone in the industry has tried this bronzer, and put it aside to gather dust, but I can’t seem to understand why?! For me, this is a game changer; I can often go too heavy on the old powder product but this is quite sheer meaning it’s almost impossible to go overboard. I can also apply it on the tube without fear of it cracking into one million pieces (unlike the most feeble of bronzers, NARS Laguna) and also, dare I suggest it, without a mirror. Also, it smells like holidays. Win win.

My next purchase, only a few days later came in the form of the newly released Rouge Allure Ink lip lacquer in Amoreux. This was one of those things I wasn’t that bothered about (another liquid lipstick… yada yada yada) however when I discovered it was out of stock I quite literally became possessed and had to have it if it was the last thing I ever held. Now, these are actually quite different to other liquid lipsticks and I have come across quite mixed reviews, but I’m in the love camp. This is sheerer and a lot more comfortable than, for example, the NYX liquid suedes. It goes on in exactly the same way and the wand is practically identical, the finish is matte but there’s just something quite different which I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s more of a stain product than a lacquer, which also means it layers in a lot less of a cakey way. I’m definitely in the market for another shade (or six).

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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.

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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.