Friday, 18 April 2014

Brighton rocks

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Kimono | H&M
Lace top | Primark
MOM jeans | Topshop
Boots | H&M
Sunglasses | Topshop
Bag | LV Speedy 35

Just a little outfit post from my day out in Brighton today. Rob and I drove down to the coast to spend the day rummaging for trinkets in The Lanes, eating stacks of pancakes at Bill's and generally enjoying the sea breeze and rows of pastel-coloured houses along the seafront. I wore my MOM jeans from Topshop which have been my failsafe trouser option ever since I got them last year and slung on my kimono (from a while ago) and my ever so comfy boots also from H&M, to set me up for a day of strolling and sight-seeing. It was a jolly good way to spend our Bank Holiday and I cannot recommend a trip down to Brighton enough if you are after some unique fashion and homeware shops and some glorious vegetarian eateries - Terre a Terre is the best!

I hope you have all had a lovely Bank Holiday and are looking forward to an eggs-cellent Easter... (sorry, couldn't resist!)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara

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Bourjois 1 seconde volume mascara, £9.99
available from mid May 2014

Next month Bourjois have an exciting new launch that promises to give your lashes impeccable volume from all angles and get them ready to flutter with up to 16 hours hold. The new 1 seconde volume mascara, available in intense black and intense black waterproof, boasts a smart new brush inspired by professional round hairbrushes to comb through each lash and create instant volume. The clever brush has alternate straight bristles and small wraparound spheres that envelopes the whole lash to coat and define without causing any clumping and giving you a super-glamorous flutter.

I firstly love the packaging of these new mascaras from Bourjois with the striking shiny chrome tube with the sorbet-coloured branding keeping it sweet and elegant - an image that Bourjois delivers so well with their beauty products. The formula is rich and intense and the brush really grabs each lash and coats them from root to tip. After one coat it gave me lovely length and separation for quite a subtle, light look but after a few more coats the volume can be built up giving you an intense, false lash effect, clump-free and easily removed also! Definitely a good little mascara to check out if you are after a new addition to your makeup bag with a purse-friendly price point to boot!

Will you be trying the 1 seconde volume mascara when it is released next month?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine lipsticks

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the body shop lipsticks
14. Magenta be Rouge | 15.  Fuchsia Flirt | 18. Sunset Romance

The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine lipsticks, £10
available online and in stores

Hot pinks, bright corals and pops of magenta on the lips is the order of the day this Summer and with the arrival of these three new Colour Crush Shine shades from The Body Shop, brightening up your makeup has never been easier. These new lipsticks have a waxy, sheer texture that glides on beautifully and gives your lips a surprisingly intense and vibrant colour payoff with a glossy-shine finish. The formula is packed full of luscious cherry-seed oil and Fair Trade marula oil which helps condition the lips whilst keeping the pretty finish fresh and lustrous throughout the day.

The formula of these rose-scented lipsticks remind me slightly of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable lip stains and the Bourjois Colour Boost lip crayons yet give you slightly more pigmentation and are a little easier to apply. I really love these new additions and think there is definitely a shade to suit everyone this Summer. My personal favourite? Definitely the peachy-prettiness of Sunset Romance. Which is yours?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Mellow Yellow

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Jumper - Topshop
Floral skirt - Topshop
 Boots - Primark
Bag - Louis Vuitton Speedy 35

Today Rob and I went up to watch the London Marathon to support a few friends and cheer on the thousand of other runners all valiantly completing the 26.2 miles and inspiring many others along the way. I am fortunate enough to have run the London Marathon before and it really is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced and watching the masses filter down the Embankment towards the finish today really made me want to run it all again. So tomorrow morning I will be signing up one more time for a place in 2015 (fingers crossed!) I wore my new floral skirt from Topshop which works perfectly with tights on breezy days like today but will be great with bare legs and heels for hazy Summer evenings too. This cropped sherbet-lemon jumper has been a favourite of mine ever since I got it a few weeks ago - ideal for adding a pop of colour to any outfit and looking super cute with high-waisted jeans and skirts. I think they also had it in baby blue and pink so I might have to add a few other shades to my wardrobe...

I hope you have all had lovely Sundays and congratulations to anyone who ran or knew someone who was running in the London Marathon today!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

MAC haul - A Fantasy of Flowers

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Lipsticks in Sunny Seoul (not from the Fantasy of Flowers collection) Snapdragon and Fleur D'Coral
Mineralise Skinfinish in Stereo Rose and Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralise Blush
Pink Sensibilities Mineralise Eye Shadow Quad

In my early days of blogging I had a serious MAC Cosmetics obsession and as far as their lipsticks are concerned, I still have! But I remember I use to covet every single new launch and collection that graced the MAC website and would feel the need to own every new MSF or blusher and I was at their mercy when it came to limited edition packaging! Things have definitely changed over the years but every now and then out comes a new collection which makes me weak at the knees and compels me to venture in store to take a closer look. I don't know if it was the soft petal hues or shimmery finishes but MAC's A Fantasy of Flowers limited edition collection meant that a harmless perusal in the Spitalfields store last week swiftly led to a few new purchases.

The new lipsticks capture all the prettiness and lightness of Spring with their sugary-sweet shades and lustre finish on the lips and are completely gorgeous paired with bronzed skin and shimmery eyelids. The two new cheek products I picked up were completely unnecessary but when I saw the much sought-after Stereo Rose MSF, which has been re-promoted, sitting pretty in store I couldn't leave without it. Stereo Rose is coppery coral-bronze blush with gold veins running through it which gives your cheeks a beautiful warm flush and shimmery glow. Azalea in the Afternoon mineralise blush is a mid-tone cool pink powder with a frosty finish so highlights and colours your cheeks in one loving sweep of your blush brush. Finally I wanted to try one of MAC's mineralise eye shadow quads for the first time so picked up Pink Sensibilities which looked like my perfect combination of colours to highlight and define my eyes. The frosty pinks are perfect for highlighting and adding a touch of shimmer to your brow bone and inner corner and the two shades of brown, one pinky-brown, one chocolate brown) work really nicely together to colour and define the crease. The pigmentation of these shadows is really good despite rumours that they would be a little powdery and it is definitely a product I will get lots of use out of over the coming months.

Have you splurged on anything from the new A Fantasy of Flowers collection? Are there any particular products you would like to see a review of?

Monday, 7 April 2014

Meet me in Paris

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Boucle jacket - Miss Selfridge
Tee - Topshop
Jeans - GAP
Boots - H&M
Bag - Louis Vuitton Speedy 35
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Just a quick outfit post from my weekend away in Paris. My mum and I travelled to the French capital to support my little brother, Freddie, and Rob in the Paris marathon which they ran on Sunday and both did amazingly well in. I felt so proud of them as they completed the tough 26.2 miles along the cobbled streets and tree-lined paths of Paris and felt so happy to be back in this gorgeous city to support them whilst taking full advantage of the cafe culture at the same time! The weather was absolutely glorious over the weekend so was lucky enough to get by with just a simple tee and light jacket during the day. I saw this boucle jacket in Miss Selfridge last week and instantly knew I needed it (and the matching shorts) for my trip to Paris. Well, if you can't wear a Chanel-esque jacket whilst in Paris then when can you?!

I hope you are all well and had lovely weekends too.

Friday, 4 April 2014

NARS Matte Multiples

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Contour shades: Cappadoce, Altai, Vientiane | Cheek shades: Anguilla, Laos, Siam, Exumas

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wearing Anguilla on my cheeks and lips and Copacabana Multiple as a highlight shade

New NARS Cosmetics Matte Multiples £30, exclusively available online from Space NK 
Launching nationwide on NARS counters from May 2014

The original NARS multiples have become quite the cult product over the past couple of years and one of the more coveted items in any beauty enthusiast's makeup bag. The likes of Orgasm as a cheek colour and Copacabana as a highlight shade have become classic additions to my makeup routine and the Multiple formula is a firm favourite of mine due to its shimmering, sheer finish and creamy texture.

This week however, NARS have released a whole new range of their classic Multiples with a brand new matte formula that can be used dry for a soft yet vibrant effect or wet for a vivid finish that melts into the skin. These seven new multiples are broken down into three contour/bronzing shades and four bright cheek colours and, as the swatches suggest, they all have a very strong pigmentation and a velvety texture to apply. I know some of you might think their intense colour and matte finish might be a little scary initially (this was my initial thoughts also) but I was lucky enough to speak with Jane Richardson, NARS' International Lead Stylist, who was able to dispel my original fears. Jane offered me some top tips and techniques to share with my readers to ensure you get the most out of the new matte multiples whether you want a vibrant pop of colour or a more sheer wash and lit-from-within finish. She has also included some great tricks on using the new matte multiples in unison with some of the original multiple classics to combine colour and highlight.

The Matte Multiple can be used wet & dry:
Simply wet the surface and in circular motions move your fingers over the surface to pick up the product. If using for the first time try on the back of your hand so you can see how much water to use to get the look you require. Using wet allows for a sheer veil of colour either on key areas of the face to warm (3 bronze shades) or over the cheek area for a gentle flush. Use dry to create more depth or if you prefer a matte finish. Simple use your finger or apply straight from the stick and blend.

The difference between the matte multiple vs original multiple:
The matte multiples are a long lasting formula for the cheeks and the lips only and can deliver a matte or sheer finish depending on how you use it. The Original Multiple is for the cheeks, eyes, and lips, feels creamier and delivers a shimmer finish depending on which shade you select. 

How to contour with the matte multiple:
First feel your cheek area and take a moment to move along the cheekbone, feeling its high and low points. Use your finger, pick up the product dry and push in and up underneath the bone in a flicking motion. This allows you to get the best application that suits your own face. Depending on how your face is you might find it more flattering to start where the cheekbone hooks on your cheek and work back to the ear or the ear working inwards. Try both ways and see the difference. Blend. 

How to use as a pop of colour (sheer or bold)
Try using the Matte multiples wet for a sheer wash and apply to the cheek area after you have applied your foundation and before you powder for an almost lit from within feel. Use matte for more of a brightening and lifting effect. If you want to give the feeling of lifting try applying the colour a little higher than you would normally.

How to use with the matte multiple together and layered with the original multiple:
Apply the new Matte Multiple wet or dry depending on the finish and use the reflective Original Multiples to highlight (Copacabana or Luxor) areas such as the top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupids bow and chin.

I absolutely love the versatility of these new matte multiples, cheeks and lips sorted in one portable product, and particularly rate the bronzing trio as a contour stick to define and sculpt the face. Bronzing powders can only do so much but there is something so natural and effective when using a cream product to contour your face and the consistency blends so easily into the skin, the finish is absolutely flawless. The cheek colours are so fun to use and I love the fact that you can alter the intensity ever so slightly by using them wet or build them up when dry to give your cheeks or lips a true pop of colour. Unsurprisingly Anguilla is my absolute favourite shade from this new collection - a warm pink that looks equally pretty on the cheeks and lips and works beautifully when used with Copacabana highlighter for a pink, champagne-shimmer.

If I haven't convinced you by now to head straight to Space NK and spoil yourself with a weekend treat then you could get your hands on a whole set of the new matte multiples just by entering the interactive Instagram challenge hosted on the NARS Facebook competitionOpen now until Monday night, NARS invites all its UK fans to pick a shade from the NARS Facebook page which inspires them the most and then share an Instagram of colour that exudes in their everyday life, using the hashtag #NARSMULTIPLE. NARS will select the most creative submission each day as the winner so best get instagramming girls!

What do you think about the new Matte Multiples? What shades are you most excited about?


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