Saturday, 6 December 2014

WINTER LIPSTICK PICKS

















I feel like we’ve been somewhat lucky this year and that it’s only really within the last week or so that the cold weather has really begun to hit. I’m not complaining though, I’m much more of a winter kinda gal. The colder months may mean chapped lips but despite this I love going for the darker hues. Obviously I can’t say I’ve been too original with this list, it really is hard to steer away from the plummy purple tones this time of year, but I tried guys!

My number one choice for festive parties is undoubtedly Revlon’s ‘Wild Orchid.’ This is a gorgeous pinky purple shade with blue undertones and a slight shimmer, sounds like a recipe for disaster but it really is flattering on all skin tones and is a really unique colour. I feel like I don’t often recommend Revlon lip products on the blog but they are fab so I would check them out if you haven’t already.

Obviously a winter lipstick post wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the classic Rimmel 107. This lipstick doesn’t really need a long description as I’m sure you’ve heard it all before but I always feel v.proud of the fact that I’ve managed to get all my girl pals to buy it.

Now let’s take a break from the purples and go for a nude. My favourite is another Rimmel one this time in the shade ‘Asia.’ This is a bit Kylie Jenner-esque but slightly more flattering for the average Joe. I purchased this in a bargain bin during my first year and it’s been pulled out each winter ever since.

Finally is a shade I’ve spoken about many times (full review here) but this definitely needs a nod for the party season. Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams are some of my favourites, and its longevity is the perfect compliment to a few glasses of wine during Christmas parties.

What are your favourite winter lipsticks?

* Just a quick note to say I’m sorry for the lack of posts over the past month. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know my computer died and due to my finances I could not afford one until now, hopefully this, coupled with the Christmas holidays ahead means I’ll be getting back into blogging!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

SKINCARE SAVIOURS



When it comes to skincare I like to keep things simple.  I’m not gunna lie if I had all the money in the world I’d definitely be splashing out on Oskia cleansers and By Terry Lip Balms but for the time being my student budget, even with a whopping great overdraft, doesn’t allow such luxuries. I’m also a bit of a lazy one, c b a getting out of bed ten minutes earlier to do an elaborate routine; so here’s my quick and easy one which also seems to be pretty effective…

First things first is make-up removal, the one step I will always do thoroughly no matter what state I’m in (waking up with last nights make-up and a hangover has got to be one of the worst feelings in the world.) I’m a waterproof mascara lover so I need something pretty tough, luckily Botanics All Bright Eye Make-up Remover does a brilliant job without leaving that greasy residue. Then for the rest of the face it’s obviously Bioderma Micellar Water, I stocked up enough of this on my year abroad to last me a lifetime but I don’t know what I’ll do if my current stash did ever run out. It removes make-up even quicker than a face wipe.

For cleanser I’m a big fan of No7, my current favourite is their Melting Gel Cleanser that comes out like a gel then melts into an oil on the skin, which I then remove with a wet muslin cloth. It’s really good at removing any residue from the Bioderma whilst leaving my skin feeling really soft.

Moisturiser is again a No7 love that I’ve previously reviewed here, so I won’t go to too much into detail about this. I keep my skincare the same day and night but I do like to put a little more of this on at night than in the morning so it really penetrates all the layers of my skin. I’ll also use a bit of Carmex on the lips.

Finally I like to exfoliate a couple of times a week with this Bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Treatment* that doubles up as an excellent facemask. This removes all the dead skin cells without that drying effect many exfoliators often do.


What are your favourite skincare products?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

TV & FILM STYLE ICONS



I have a confession. I’m a bit of a Netflix-a-holic. There’s nothing I love more than wasting hours watching my favourite TV shows and films.  Whilst I prefer good characters and plotlines to fashion (I’m more into Breaking Bad than Sex and the City) the announcement of Twin Peaks rebooting got me girl crushin’ on Audrey Horne’s wardrobe all over again. So I thought I’d do my favourite film and TV style icons for today’s post.

Obviously number one mention goes to Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl (guess I may have slipped earlier when I said I don’t care too much about fashion in TV…) Does she ever look anything less than impeccable? The headbands, cute bow collars and my favourite look that is the Marc Jacobs smock dress pictured above just seals her status as Queen Bee of the TV fashion ranks.

Next up is the inspiration behind this post; Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks. If you haven’t seen the show already and love overdramatic nineties murder mysteries with the hint of the supernatural I’d definitely recommend it (it does go a bit rubbish mid season 2 though unfortunately) She’s got that 50’s vibe going on and is probably the reason why I went and bought 5 midi skirts in town the other day…

Finally is the girl we probably all aspired to be when we were 10, Cher Horowitz. How can anyone forget that AMAZING yellow tartan suit?! I’m still on the look out for one to this day.  Nineties fashion nostalgia seems to be everywhere at the minute, and this gal is definitely the style icon to all the Manchester students at Warehouse on a Friday night with their scrunchies and tartan mini skirts.


Who are your TV and film style icons?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

5 MINUTE DRUGSTORE MAKE-UP





My mornings are a constant battle between wanting to stay in bed and attempting to get up earlier so I look half decent for the uni day ahead. Unfortunately, usually the former wins, however I’m beginning to compromise between the two and get that five minute effortless routine perfected. I still miss out a few steps that some would consider vital, and by 5 o’clock I’m still groaning that I look a mess, but we’re definitely getting there slowly.

I keep my base really simple with my Bourjois CC Cream, this is a bit of a staple when it comes to make-up posts on my blog but I genuinely don’t think I could live without it. It provides enough coverage that I don’t need to spend a good ten minutes blending and concealing, so the Lasting Perfection is kept in the drawer in the morning. I finish off with a light swish of Sleek Blush in ‘Rose Gold’ which adds a nice rosy glow.

Next up are brows, my constant battle in life (thanks Dad for their sparseness) I usually can’t be bothered pencilling them in the mornings so I just brush them through with my Rimmel ‘Brow this Way’ in Light Blonde. I hated this when I first bought it as the brush is waaay too big for my little brows, but now I’ve learnt just to wipe off excess it’s a real saviour in the morning. For eyes is another Rimmel product, this time it’s a shadow in the shade ‘Smokey Quartz.’ It’s not the most pigmented eye shadow in the world, which would usually get a thumbs down in my books, but for everyday wear a subtle bit of colour is just what you want. For mascara it’s obviously going to be my holy grail Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof ; one coat usually suffices for everyday, natural looking lashes.

Finally is my current favourite lip colour Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in ‘Birthday Suit’ it’s the ultimate Kylie Jenner/90’s brown which is really at the moment. I’m still not entirely sure it suits me but who cares? I’m too in love with the shade. If you would like a more in depth review on these lip creams, click here.





Monday, 6 October 2014

OUTFITS OF THE WEEK #1


Seeing as I started my final (!!) year of university a couple of weeks back I thought I’d do my first outfit post documenting some of the things I like to wear for class. As you can probably tell I love monochrome right now. I never used to make an effort for lectures because I’m a humanities student and usually only had an hour or so a day and then I’d come straight home, however as this year is really important I’m trying to make an effort be in at least 10-5 so my outfit choices are a little more jazzier, whilst still remaining comfortable. I’ve downsized my wardrobe a lot so I tend to ‘recycle’ key pieces for that perfect ‘capsule wardrobe’ effect. Not sure I’ve quite nailed it yet though!

Outfit 1: Primark Hoodie// Hearts and Bows via Ark smock dress//Nike Internationalist Trainers

Outfit 2: Primark Duster Cardigan // H&M T-shirt// Topshop Jamie Jeans// Primark Shoes//Primark Necklace

Outfit 3: Primark Coat// Select Jumper//Primark Necklace//Topshop Jamie Jeans//Nike Internationalist Trainers

Outfit 4: Primark Duster Cardigan// H&M T-shirt//Topshop Jamie Jeans//Primark Shoes

Monday, 22 September 2014

A HAIR CHANGE

























New term, new me.  It’s something most of us students tell ourselves every September.  This year is my fourth and final year of university, so I’m *hoping* I can stick to it. First step was my biannual haircut…

Sunday, 31 August 2014

AUGUST FAVOURITES

































Today I’m finally joining the monthly favourites bandwagon! Truth be told I don’t have a ton of products to show as I tend to use the same things over and over again and I just couldn’t be assed with make-up when I was travelling earlier in the month. However I have found some new gems and a couple of oldies so thought I’d share.