Sunday, 26 April 2015

Five Favourites

Ok so it's been while. I can never seem to commit to a regular monthly favourites post so this theme seems to fit. I have loved some of these products for a long time and others are new discoveries that I thought I would share.

  • Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette is my absolute best brow product to date and the one I keep going back to. The flat wide nib makes easy work of filling in brows and I like the fool proof concept of it. I have read reviews where people have not recommended it for sparse/thin brows, which I have both unfortunately, but for me this is the only brow pencil I have found that can make them look decent. I draw a light line to accentuate underneath the brows (where I have the least hair), carefully do the same on top, lightly fill in the middle bit and use the spoolie to brush through and remove any excess colour. Voila, natural looking eyebrows with minimum effort. Soft Brunette is a light ashy brown so no pesky redness is present here either. Love.
  • Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette made it's way into my Boots basket before my holiday earlier this month. As someone who usually lugs at least one Naked Palette on holiday I felt inspired to travel a little lighter. The shadows apply buttery smooth and are easy to blend with little to no fallout. Also they shimmer without the glitter which is always good. They are some of the best I have come across from the drugstore and I especially like the shades that are second and third from the left as they really remind me of two of my fave Urban Decay shadows, Suspect and Half Baked. The cardboard packaging is nothing to write home about but this is what makes them such a lightweight little gem for travelling. I enjoyed using them so much that I went back and purchased the Nude version which is also slightly more matte.
  • Lancome Grandiose Mascara was an impromptu duty free purchase a few months ago. I used it a few times initially and then kind of forgot about it and it's only when I got it out for the second time around that I really felt wowed by it. The brush head is plastic with staggered spiky bristles of varying lengths which enables all of the lashes to be grabbed and coated easily. The swan-neck shaped wand seemed a bit gimmicky but it somehow helps you to get in closer with the brush head and the whole angle of it just seems to ease the process. My lashes lack in both the length and thickness department and I have never come across a mascara that is speedier at creating both with minimal effort and more importantly, no clumping. The colour is the blackest black and it stays put throughout the day without flaking or transferring. Definitely one to try if you like dramatic black lashes.
  • MAC Creme Cup Lipstick is an all time love but I have found myself reaching for it more this Spring. This pinky light nude just adds that certain something without being too stark. I like to dab it on lightly to finish any natural daytime look or it looks equally great paired with smoky eyes on a night out. The formula feels moisturising and creamy but still manages to pack a decent amount of wear time.
  • L'Oreal True Match Foundation is probably my most favourite 'favourite' of the bunch and a base that I will continue to buy time and time again. Up until the end of last year I never really wore foundation much but now I have built up quite the little wardrobe and this is my most worn of them all. The fine creme like texture is extremely blendable and I find it much easier to get a seamless look with this than any other I have tried. With one application I would say that the coverage is medium but this non caking formula makes it very easy to build up. And the most important thing is that it lasts throughout the day. It's slightly glowy so if you like a completely matte finish this may not be the one. A lovely all occasion foundation that comes in a wide range of shades so there should be something for everyone.
I already have quite a few treats in mind so will try to keep these a monthly fixture as I have enjoyed getting back into it.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Life Lately | January

The only way to store your makeup | Burrito pup | Pancakes | January Birchbox
Tarte goodness | Chicken kiev burger | Munchkin | Lovely hotel

January went by in a rather quick blur and although I didn't get up to much here are a few of my favourite photos. 

We had a little snow here in North Yorkshire so I couldn't resist tempting Evie out with some chicken to take a few snaps of her lovely little face. It's safe to say she wasn't a fan, she had the chicken and legged it back into the house!

At the end of the month I had a work function at Ramside Hall Hotel on the outskirts of Durham where I stayed for one night. The room was spacious and so comfortable and with a Spa planned to be opened later this year it would be the perfect weekend getaway. I could have stayed longer...

What did you get up to in January?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC's Plumful slipped into my mitts late last Summer when I was looking to add a little colour into my more or less nude collection. It was only when the weather started to cool down that it really came into it's own and I therefore fancied a swipe of  shiny berry on my lips. Plumful is described as a 'Blossoming Rose-plum' by MAC and I find that this sits quite well with my pale yet warm toned skin. As it is a Lustre finish it does apply quite sheer but can easily be built up for a more opaque and intense colour. Due to the finish the wear time isn't too great and there is no way it lasts through a few drinks or a meal but it does leave a pretty berry stain that can easily be topped up after.
This is about as bold as it gets on an everyday basis for me and when I don't feel like donning the nudes I have always been reaching for Plumful.

Do you own this?


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Life Lately | December

Little treats | Lots of lights | Pizza time | Epic hot chocolate
All the Paddington Bears | First Ben's | Giant Jo Malone | Pretty London sky
Shake Shacking | New addition to the Muji storage | Covent Garden tree | Party time
Christmas Day | Lots of lovely presents | Yum yum yum | Does this work?

Happy New Year! My first post of 2015 is going to be a recap on the wonderful month of December. I love the lead up to Christmas as much as the the day itself so I always take some holiday in December to revel in all things festive. That basically means eating, shopping and wrapping lots of presents. I visited Harrogate with a friend for a day of shopping and we visited LMDC Espresso Bar for a pit stop, I'm not usually one for hot chocolate but when my friend ordered this luxury version I followed suit. Amazing!

The Saturday before Christmas we visited London for a day of festiveness and wandering about. Were we mad? Yes probably! As expected the streets were crammed with people but it was still a great day where I managed to sample my first Ben's cookie followed by a customary visit to Shake Shack later on. My favourite shop in the world is Selfridges and I managed to while away a good couple of hours looking at all the makeup, clothes and food. Heaven.

Christmas Day was lovely and we had a gorgeous lunch at my brothers, yum! I was lucky enough to receive some beautiful presents. My favourites included the Tarte Bon Voyage gift set, Zara ankle boots and a festive onesie! 

I'm sad to say goodbye to Christmas as always but on the plus side, only another 354 sleeps...

What did you get up to in December?


Saturday, 27 December 2014

London Haul

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat | Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil | Primark Statement Necklace | Forever 21 Grey & Black Scarf | Forever 21 Black Cutout Gloves | Forever 21 Reindeer Socks | Oliver Bonas Hanging Heart Frame | Urban Outfitters Stud Earrings | Urban Outfitters Popcorn Nail Polish | Muji Acrylic flip top single drawer

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas! Last Saturday I went on a little festive shopping trip to London and thought I would share the things I got. We started our day in Selfridges (my favourite shop) where I picked up a couple of treats at the Charlotte Tilbury counter. I have been really wanting to get something from this amazing brand for ages and nothing beats the excitement of buying it in store. I picked up a Lip Cheat and Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil. I won't reveal anymore as I plan to do a review on both. I then purchased this beautiful statement necklace from the Primark concession. It's so beautiful that it's hard to believe it was just £8. We passed through Forever 21 where I bought the scarf, socks and gloves. The quality feels pretty good and I particular like the scarf and have been wearing it constantly. We made our way through the massive crowds to Covent Garden where I invested in another Muji drawer to stack on top of the two drawer unit I already have. Finally we had a quick browse in Urban Outfitters where I picked up these dinky little stud earrings and glittery nail polish. This was then all rounded off with a tasty burger from Shake Shack before heading back to Kings Cross to catch the train home. Phew! A tiring but great day!

Have you been to London lately?


Thursday, 18 December 2014

December Birchbox

Decemeber is the time when all the subscription boxes really go 'all out' so for that reason alone I was really looking forward to receiving this months Birchbox. The theme for December is 'Put On Your Party Shoes' and it contains lots of handy products to add that much needed glitz to get you through the party season. Birchbox have collaborated with accessories designer Sophia Webster this month and the box alone is a work of art, emblazoned with pretty multicoloured jewels.

So here's what is inside...

  • Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream - I was about to crack open a new day cream on the day this arrived so decided to give this a go instead. The cream feels quite thick and luxurious on application and I was worried that it may be a bit rich for my combination skin but it sinks straight in and leaves a smooth finish. I have been using this for over a week now and I am happy with the results.
  • Electric Hair Electric Hydrate Shampoo - Although I tend to use shampoos that are designed for greasy hair I will pop this in with my other samples and take it away with me on a trip or something.
  • Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Smoke - I will probably use this smudged along my lash line rather than as an all over colour as it is just a little too dark for my liking. Saying that though I imaging it would look great blended out to create a simple smoky eye. 
  • Benefit Christmas Cracker | High Beam -  I love little gimmicky things like this and I was pleased to see that my box contained it. I have used High Beam and enjoyed it so I am happy to have a little sample size for the party season.
  • Models Own Nail Polish in Absinthe - Birchbox sent an email round to all their subscribers last month asking if you would like to pick from four different shades of this Models Own polish. I chose Absinthe which is a beautiful sparkly green. I am planning on trying this out over the weekend so I'll report back.
  •  English Laundry Signature For Her - I like receiving mini perfume sprays as they are an ideal space saver in your bag on a night out. This scent is inspired by an English country garden and it smells lovely.
  • Sophia Webster Purse - The lifestyle extra this month is this gorgeous coin purse, I adore the design and colours!
Once again I'm very happy with the contents of my monthly Birchbox. I especially love the Eslor moisturiser and the Models Own nail polish.

What did you get in yours? 


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Life Lately | November

Beach | Sundown | Happy Holiday Face | Blue skies, blue sea
Mmm nachos | Evie & I | Favourite snacks | Finally caved
Christmas tree | Mince pies | Buddies | Feeling festive

I thought that I had better get this post up before November becomes a distant memory. The month started with a wonderful five night break in Spain and although I expected unsettled weather it decided to wow us with temperatures in the mid twenties. It was such a nice break especially when it was so cold and grey back home. The days were spent walking the local area and making the most of the sun. Oh yeah, that's when I wasn't buying up half of Zara...

For a snack I have been loving Bear Yoyo's! Yes I know they are aimed at kids but they taste just like sweets and are 100% fruit. You must try them! I also sampled my first mince pie of the season from Betty's in Harrogate. Seriously the best you can get. 

Towards the end of the month things started getting a bit festive and I managed to finish most of my Christmas shopping. Only a couple of gifts left to but now which still stresses me so I am glad I have the rest in the bag.

How early do you start your Christmas shopping?

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