Monday, 15 December 2014

Winter Nails

I know I’m all about the nude colours on the lips at the moment (not very autumnal of me) but I am loving the dark vampy nail polishes - case in point: The Chanel polish in Rouge Noir! It’s just so pretty! And it being Chanel makes it that much better! Am I right ladies?!

It’s a gorgeous dark dark red that in some lights looks almost black and in others looks like a very deep cherry red, I just love it! You know when you have a specific shade in mind you want for your nails but sometimes you just can’t seem to find it – well I found mine!

It look about 2 coats to get it looking how I wanted it and of course a top coat was needed – any woman who has owned a Chanel nail polish knows that the lasting power of these is pretty much non-existent without a good topcoat! I definitely recommend giving this a little swatch (or purchase?!) the next time you're near a Chanel counter.

There’s just something about nude lips with dark nails I just can’t get enough of lately! But if darker shades aren’t really your thang (yes I just went there) I spy that Chanel have now bought out their holiday collection and there are some gorgeous brighter red polishes in there! Go go go...

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Nude Lip Lovin'

I don’t know what or why it is, but this season I’m obsessed with nude lips! I’m usually all over the vampy dark red lips bang waggon, but not this year! There’s just something about a darker eye with nude lips and vampy nails that I’ve been loving lately.

I’ve been expanding my nude lipstick collection the past month or so and these are my favourites that I’ve been crushing on (pretty hard!)…

01.  Chanel Lipstick in Voltage  //  A gorgeous nude that came out in Chanel's Christmas 2014 Collection.  I got my hands on this gem at the airport on my way to Berlin...what's a holiday without a little airport shopping?! It's a gorgeous pinky nude with just a tiney tiny hint of shimmer to it, if you have dry lips the colour of this may highlight that fact so I always put a lip balm on first.  I'm also completely obsessed with the packaging! Its the whole click it in and then it pops out thing that Chanel has got going on lately, I love it!

02.  Chanel Lipstick in Boy  //  This is a beautiful "my lips but better with a bit of a sheen" type shade – I’ve done a post on this thing of beauty, you can find that here.

03.  Mac Lipstick in Hue  //  This is a light pinky nude, again, it’s a barely there shade and it is quite matt on the lips, I do put a lip balm on my lips before applying this, but I do find this lipstick lasts a good while on the lips. For these nights where you want to rock a smokey eye and want something neutral on this lips - this is the lipstick to go for!

04.  Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk  //  I've recently just purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk (as you would have seen in my last post). I haven't had a chance to properly test it out yet but I know this is a winner and a must for any nude lip lover! I filled my lips in with this beauty the first day I got it to see what it was like and I'm majorly impressed!

05.  Clarins Lip Perfector in [02]  //  I couldn’t do a nude lip post without mentioning this. I’ve had this for a while and I’m pretty sure these lip products did the rounds this past spring/summer. This is an all round “nude lip winner” for me. Its moisturising on the lips, and gives just a hint of pinky nudey goodness and I’m always carrying this round with me – the boyfriend also approves of this particular product, he says it tastes like vanilla *wink wink!

06.  and a drug store offering in the form of the Maybelline Lipgloss in Cashmere Rose //  This is another one that did the rounds this spring/summer and with good reason too! It’s one of those throw on and go lip products, very similar to the Clarins but a slightly different shade of nude and of course is way more glossy on the lips and has a tiny hint of shimmer to it. If you’re looking for a drugstore lip gloss of the nude variety, I would highly recommend this shade! (ps. this also tastes rather nice!)

I’ve got my eye on a few other nude-y shades that I want to add my collection. I’m slightly in love with Tom Ford’s Nude Vanille lipstick and I NEED Mac’s Crème D’Nude (obvs!). If there are any other nude lip offerings out there, recommendations would be greatly appreciated! xo

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A little "pick me up" haul...

I was sat at home the other evening feeling lonely and a bit from sorry for myself so thought I would treat myself to some little pretties from Selfridges.  I know I said I wouldn’t shop there again after I had a rather unpleasant experience the first time I stepped foot into their London flagship store (to buy my Michael Kors Bag – post on that here)… but it was 20% off! I just couldn’t resist!

I’ve been pining over the Diptyque candles for forever, so when the opportunity came up that I could buy one with 20% off, I needed no more persuading! I went for the Baise scent as people have been banging on about this one for a while now so I though it must be a pretty good one.  I do like the scent, it’s a tad bit rose-y for me, I’m not a fan of rose-y scents, but there’s just something different about this candle, I can’t not like it. It will look gorgeous in my room too!

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Charlotte Tilbury lip products and when HelloOctober mentioned the lip cheat in ‘Pillow Talk’ in one of her YouTube videos, I wanted needed it! Also this nude lip pencil will come in extremely handy as I’m currently suffering from a nude lipstick obsession! The packaging of all the Charlotte Tilbury products is to die for, very Great Gatsby I think!

Lastly I picked up another tube of my Holy Grail concealer, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. I’ve rinsed my last one and have been meaning to get another - it just so happened that lady luck was on my side and I was able to get it with discount! Let’s face it, this concealer isn’t the cheapest concealer out there, but then again for a product like this, it’s worth saving those pennies for!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Tips for studying at home!

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I’m currently studying for a CILEx Legal Secretary Level 3 Diploma – it’s a home study course. I’ve not done anything like this before and the last time I did any studying, revision or coursework was when I was at college, and that’s going back a few years!

I decided that I wanted to go further in my career and decided that this course would be a good first step! I’m already a legal secretary but I wanted the qualification too, so I got off my butt and did something about it! 7 months later here we are and I’m right in the middle of my course. I’ve just handed in a beast of an assignment and now have one more assignment and one exam to go!

The great thing about this course is that you can go at your own pace and you can request when you want to start your assignment or when you want to take an exam, you have total control! – You just have to make sure that you finish the course within 15 months.

Studying at home can be difficult, especially if you have a full time job and any other commitments at home. There are some days where I’ve had a really long and stressful day at work and the last thing I want to do when I come home is studying, revising or working on that assignment! So… here are my tips for studying at home:

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Berlin November 2014 // Photo Diary

I jetted off to Berlin the last weekend of November (as I kept banging on about in nearly every post before I went lol!) Heres a little photo diary of my time there ...

Saturday, 6 December 2014

December/Christmas Wish List...

01. Tom Ford Lipstick in Black Dahlia // Tom Ford Lipsticks, where do I even start with these! I’m completely in love them; from the packaging – it’s my life ambition to have a row of this beauties on my dresser/shelf – to the formula! They are beautiful! This is one of the limited edition shades and as Tom Ford lipsticks are quite expensive (an eye watering £37 each!), when better to ask for one than at Christmas?!

02.  Nars Blush in Douceur // Ever since I’ve heard that they might be discontinuing this shade, I just had to have it! You know when you can’t get something, you want it more? Yeah, it’s like that! Also this is a beautiful everyday shade that will go with every look!

03.  Diptyque Candle in Vanille // I bought my first Diptyque candle a few days ago in the Selfridges sale and became obsessed from first whiff! I just love the chic packaging and these candles make a gorgeous feature in any room! Vanilla scents are my favourite so I just can’t resist putting this on my Christmas wish list!

04.  Pandora Ring // Who doesn’t love a bit jewellery for Christmas?! And Pandora is just so pretty and delicate. I spotted this on the website and fell in love!

05.  Mac Lipstick in Crème D’Nude // I’m on a mission to hunt down every gorgeous nude shade of lipstick, I just can’t get enough of them lately, which is odd because everyone is usually in to their vampy reds this time of year! I NEED this lipstick in my nude collection!

06.  Whistles Croc Embossed Leather Pouch // I‘ve been after a chic black clutch bag for a while and upon browsing Selfridges the other day I spotted this beauty and fell in love with it! It’s simple, classic and chic, everything I look for in a bag! And the croc print gives it that little something extra. It’s not something that I would necessarily go out and buy myself, which makes it perfect to put on a Christmas wish list!

07.  Zoeva Rose Gold Brush set // I’m on the hunt for new brushes and I love rose gold – this is a match made in heaven! When you work out the cost of the set compared to how many brushes you get, it works out at a pretty great deal! Also, they’re just so pretty! *insert that heart eyed emoji times 1,000! I’ve also heard the quality of these brushes is up there with the likes of Mac and Bobbi Brown!

If there's anything you think I need to add my December/Christmas wish list, let me know! :) xo

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

November Favorites

I dont know about anyone else but, I can't believe just how quick this year is flying by! I honestly can't wrap my had around the fact that we are in the last ever month of 2014! It's kinda sad! Anyways, moving on from the sadness, these are a few of the things I've been loving this month...

01.  Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer //  This is just a travel size version, it came in the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil set thing that everyone was banging on about a while back - I have to say i've been loving this! I'm actually contemplating buying the full size when I run out, my hair feels super soft and hasn't felt this hydrated in... forever!! If you can get your hands on this, try it! I can't really comment on the scent, I wouldn't know where to begin describing it, but I can tell you I got a compliment the other day on how nice my hair smelt! Result!

02.  Rimmel Blush in "Santa Rose" // This is my perfect everyday blush, its nothing too out there or OTT, just nice and natural. This works well with pretty much any makeup look, whether you're rocking a smokey eye or bold ass lips, this is the blush I would recommend reaching for. I think I actually mentioned this in my October favourites! 

03.  Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque // I think this is another favourite that was featured in my October favourites...and for good reason too! I've been sporting some pretty serious dark under eye circles lately! If it wasn't for this, I would be walking around looking more zombie than human! I turned a friend on to this the other week, she doesn't know what she'd do without it now. I swear, the Bobbi Brown Correctors have magical eye awakening powers!

04.  Omorovicza Cleansing Foam // This is another travel size and another travel product that accompanied me to Berlin.  I don't usually have much time for foam cleansers, they dry my skin out and just generally don't agree with me...however, for this foaming cleanser I have all the time in the world! This literally takes off every last scrap of makeup/dirt/daily grime on my skin, it even removes the toughest waterproof mascara like its nothing! When you squeeze this out, the product inside is blue, I actually really like the colour! To me, this smells quite medicinal but then again I'm rubbish with describing scents.  I got this in the Omorovicza Introductory Set from Cult Beauty, I've done a post on this beauty here.

05.  Chanel Lipstick in "Boy" // I dedicated a whole post to this thing of beauty the other day (you can see that here) so I won't go on too much about it, but I will say this,!

06.  Mac Lipstick in Hue // Im OBSESSED with nude lips at the moment and besides the Chanel lipstick this is the other nude lip product that i've been constantly reaching for!  Its a beautiful nudey pink, theres no other way I can describe it! This is a must have for nude lip lovers I tell ya! - the next nude lipstick on my hit list... Creme D'Nude (obvs!).

07.  Benefit's Pore-fessional Primer // This stuff truly is magic - and like gold dust to get hold of! If you can get your hands on a tube, grab it and never let it go! This is a seriously heavy duty primer, so good in fact that after a night of partying, I come home and completely zonk out and forget to take my makeup off, I wake up the next morning, my foundation hasn't budged an inch, not one! I wouldn't even think of using any other primer!

08.  Topshop Boots //  These boots are seriously the most comfortable shoes from Topshop I have ever owned! Seriously, I have not had one single tiny blister from these and I wore these every day all day (and night) in Berlin! I'm just in love with them! I love the cut out detailing, I love the gold hardware and for Topshop, they weren't that pricey! If you spy these in a Topshop in your size, get them! or at least try them on! 

My last obsession this month has been Pinterest, I just can't get enough, I pretty much stalk through it on a daily basis! I use if for inspiration or just to have a general nosy in to other people's worlds! Some of the images, especially the landscape scenes, are just breath taking - the photography skills are incredible!  You can follow my Pinterest here if ya fancy have a look through some of my favourite imagines, or should I say, my "pins"!

Hope all you lovelies have had a great November and I wish you a very happy and Christmassy December! xo

Monday, 1 December 2014

It's all about the "Boy"

I’m completely lusting over nude/“my lips but better” lipsticks lately and this is one of my crushes… the Chanel “Boy” Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick. Isn’t it beautiful?

The packaging is just as gorgeous and chic as ever, I do love those double C’s, but then again, what woman doesn’t?! It looks like quite a dark plum in the bullet, but don’t let that fool you, it’s actually very sheer on the lips and leaves a lovely pinky glossy sheen – so sheer that I don’t actually need a mirror to apply it. It’s also incredibly hydrating - perfect for this winter weather that's rolling in and if you want a little something more on your lips than just a plain lip balm!

The one downside to this beauty though… its lasting power, it’s pretty much zero! For me this lasts around about 1 – 2 hours on my lips before it disappears. Not great for the price tag, but then again this is one of their Hydrating Sheer Lip Shine lipsticks, so the giveaway is kinda in the name!

I hear this is one of Chanel’s most purchased lipsticks and is named after “the boy” Ms Coco fell in love with! Oh la la!

This was in fact my first lipstick purchase from Chanel and I think I picked a pretty good starter! I wanted something that wouldn’t just sit in my collection collecting dust, I wanted to actually be able to wear this lipstick day to day and this certainly fills all my requirements! SO, if you’re looking to dip your toes in the Chanel lipstick pool, but aren’t quite sure which shade to go for… I’d start with this one!

Side note: If you're feeling super generous, this would also make a great Christmas present for any woman in your family whether it be your mumsie, an aunt, a sister even a girlfriend! Who wouldn't love a bit of Chanel for Christmas?!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

It's just, a little haul...

I seem to have neglected my little space on the internet the past week or so, that’s mainly because I’ve had exams and course work on the agenda! But I went shopping with the boyf a few weeks back (he loves it when I drag him round the shops really! Lol) and these are the bits and pieces I picked up…

01. Batman Top // This was one of those moments where you know you don’t really need it but it’s kinda cool, so you want it! Again, for Primark, the quality of the fabric is quite good and I really do need to start stocking my wardrobe with warmer clothes! It’s going to be a struggle to stop wearing my camis, I pretty much live in camis!

02. Primark PJ’s // When Winter rolls around you know it’s time for a new pair of PJ’s and Primark is usually the place to go! I went for these navy PJ bottoms with a deer print and the red bow at the front is just so cute! They’re super soft and oh so warm, perfect!

03. Topshop cut-out boots // These we’re from my payday wish list (you can see that post here), I saw them, tried them on and for Topshop they were actually quite comfy on first wear so I knew they were coming home with me! Plus I kinda justified the price as I had taken an item back and I do get student discount! I already know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of these! I especially love the touch of gold hardware.

04. Benefit Pore-fessional Primer // I walked in the Debenhams and was asked by a lovely woman at the Benefit counter if I wanted my makeup done, I threw caution to the wind (I don’t usually like other people doing my makeup!) and decided why the hell not! She used this product and made me remember that I had actually run out of the sample size of this I had… so I decided to snap the full size up. I’ve heard great things from so many people about this primer. I know the full size will last me a good while!

05. Chanel Nail Polish in Rouge Noir // Another payday wish list want, I have been lusting after this polish since last Christmas, I decided enough was enough, it was high time I took the plunge and just bought it! I’m so glad I did! I can’t wait to get this on my nails!

06. Mac Hue Lipstick // This was another one of my payday wishes. I’m completely obsessed with Nude lips at the moment, I don’t really know what’s going on with me. Suzie from Hello October used this in a recent YouTube video – I instantly fell in love with it and knew it had to be mine!

I told you it was only a mini haul, I didn’t go too crazy this time, I could have done a lot more damage but my poor bank account wouldn’t allow it!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

October Favourites

01.  Berlin Street Style Book // I mentioned this book in a post a few weeks back (post here) and I still can’t put this down (mainly because I’m actually going to Berlin soon!). I won’t bore you with the deets, you can check out my post for that, but this book is such an interesting read and the photography in the book is just beautiful! A firm favourite this month and a recommended read from me!

02.  Omorovicza Queen of Hungry Mist // The quote “Oh how I love thee, let me count the ways” comes to mind whenever I think of this product. It’s simply beautiful! I love the smell, I love the feeling it gives to my skin, I love everything about this product and may have to invest in the full size! (sorry bank account!) This is a (rather generous) travel size version I got in the Omorovicza Introductory Set I purchased a few weeks back.  You can see my post on that here.

03.  Omorovicza Face cream // Another one of the travel size products I got in the Omorovicza Intro set.  This product hasn’t irritated my skin or broke me out at all and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and (I think) gives it that glow factor!  Another beautiful product that I’m considering investing in getting the full size!

04.  Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk // Hands down, THE best dry shampoo I’ve come across so far! I’m a definite dry shampoo lover; it’s my second day hair saviour.  I hold my hands up and admit that I’m quite lazy when it comes to hair maintenance but armed with this, I can drag out the ol’ wash, condition and blow-dry routine for at least a good 3 days! This does leave a slight white residue when first sprayed on to the hair, but I tend to spray this on, leave it for a few minutes while I busy myself with my skincare routine, rub it in, et voila! The white residue disappears and I’m left fresh feeling locks! I’ve even got a friend in to this who is an avid “I wash my hair everyday” kinda woman! And that’s saying something!

05.  Chanel Boy lipstick // I’m really into my nude lips this season, preferring them over the vampy reds that everyone bangs on about as soon as we hit Autumn/Winter time! There’s just something about a Chanel lipstick that screams sophistication and chic-ness isn't there?! I love whipping this out of my bag! This really is one of those “my lips but better” shades with a slight gloss about it and leaves my lips feeling really moisturised! I will say that this doesn’t stick around long and I find myself topping this up constantly throughout the day – but I don’t mind, it means that I get to whip it out more often! ;)

06.  Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector // I’m all about the dewy complexion this time of year and found this in the depths of my collection towards the end of August; I haven’t been able to stop using it since! I put this on after my moisturiser as use it as a sort of primer - I wack this all over my face if I’m going out, or for day time I use it where I want a little extra glow.  It gives my skin that extra oomph and a dewy look! I think Clarins have re-branded this and have now called it the Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base and now comes in a variety of shades. I would definitely recommend giving this a swatch when your next walking past a Clarins counter!

I know everyone says this at the end of a monthly favourites post but I honestly can’t believe how quick October has gone by! I remember feeling excited about Halloween costumes and pumpkins then BANG, Halloweens over before we knew it and its now November! Although I’m secretly glad we’re in November – only 3 more weeks till Berlin!! 

Anyways... Hope all you lovelies had a amazing October and had a crazy scary Halloween! I left my costume rather later this year so decided it was cat or nothing, what do you think?  I made the ears myself! *gives self pat on the back lol! xo

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Aesop Anti- Oxidant Facial Hydrator

As I'm pretty sure I've said before, I work in a pretty heavily air-conditioned office; it literally sucks the life out of my skin! So when it comes to my moisturiser I need some pretty heavy duty hydration!

I already use the Aesop Parsley seed cleansing masque, which gets on pretty well with my skin, so thought I’d try out one of their moisturisers.  When I saw the word “Hydrator” in the name I was sold and £43 later I came away with this beaut!

My skin was so dehydrated that I was getting pesky dry patches (not through lack of water, I try and drink at least 3lts a day!).  I needed something that could sort this and asap!  I can honestly say since using this moisturiser, no dry patches, anywhere on my face, what so ever!

I find this sinks in to my skin quickly, which is always a plus when you’re in a rush in the morning! & you really only do need one pump, so I've found this has lasted me quite a while so far, which is a good thing as this product is a little on the pricey side! It does have a bit of a scent to it but I can’t quite put my finger on it, it smells almost herbal like, I do quite like the smell though. This doesn’t irritate my skin at all and hasn’t broken me out.  I would definitely recommend this product if you have dry to normal skin, I think this product could be a little too full on for oilier skin tones as I do tend to get an oiler forehead when using this particular moisturiser.

Aesop Antioxidant Hydrator Moisturiser £43 – find it here on the Cult Beauty website.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Payday Wish List!

You know when you can just smell your payday getting closer closer? I don't know about anyone else but, I start to make a list in my head of things that I'm just dying to buy!  Well, here's the list thats currently burning a hole in my bank card...

01.  Topshop Fluffy Crew Neck Jumpers (in Burgundy & Brown)  //  My wardrobe is in desperate need of some winter essentials (especially as I'm off to Berlin in about 4 weeks!) and I think these jumpers are perfect! I spotted these in my local Topshop and I just fell in love with how soft they are!

02.  H&M Long Sleeve Fine Knit in stripped  //  I spotted this whilst browsing around on my lunch break.  I though this would be perfect for one of those "I'm not quite sure what to wear days"! Throw this on with a pair of ripped jeans and a chunky scarf and your good to go!

03.  Topshop Bounty Cutout Boots  //  I'm also in need of more black boots and these just happen to the boots de jour that I'm lusting after! I love the gold hard wear and for Topshop, their not too badly priced!

04.  Topshop Moto Ripped Leigh Jeans  //  Who gives a crap about cold knees, ripped jeans seem to be everywhere at the moment! I need to add a pair (or 2) to my wardrobe! 

05.  Nars Sheer Glow Foundation  //  I've heard this is one heck of a foundation for gals that like a dewy base and if this is anywhere near as good as their creamy concealer, then I'm all over it!  I've not tried any Nars foundations before, but my makeup collection is always open to additions! 

06. & 07.  Mac Hue Lipstick & Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk  //  Suzie from Hello October used this nude lip combo in one of her recent "Get Ready With My" videos and I fell in love! I'm starting to get in to my nude lips lately so these two will be a must when I get paid!!

08.  Chanel Nail Polish in Rouge Noir  //  The perfect fall/winter nail polish colour?  It is in my eyes! I love dark vampy nails in the fall/winter time and this shade is beautiful, plus, it's Chanel! There is nothing not to love!

09.  Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set  //  Another Hello October enabled want! These brushes not only look beautiful but are apparently rather awesome! I need a change up with my brushes and I think these might just be the ones to fill all my brush needs! I just hope they don't sell out!

If theres anything that you think is missing from my wish list that just screams "buy me!" let me know ;) I love getting product recommendations! Hope all you lovelies are having a great weekend!  xo