Frolics & Fashion

MAC LIPSTICK IN MOCHA

Mac mocha lipstick in the bullet
mac mocha lipstick swatched
mac mocha lipstick on lips

Another week, another browny coloured lipstick. Actually that's a lie, I got Mac Mocha ages ago from Duty Free in America, I'd just been saving it so I could snap it looking all nice and unused.

Mocha is a peachy coloured brown lipstick that looks quite dark against my pale skin tone. I've read some reviews where people refer to it as pink, but I guess how it turns out is all in the base - it actually looks quite orangey swatched so it's definitely one to try before you buy.

It's a satin finish so it gives quite a high colour pay off while still keeping a moisturising texture, and applying it is so much easier than a matte or retro matte lipstick.

As with all mac lipsticks it's a little on the pricey side if you can't get to a Duty Free, as the cost of one of these bad boys has risen to a somewhat large £16.50 which puts it up there with high end lipsticks.

So if you're after something a little more dramatic than Velvet Teddy then I'd definitely recommend Mocha, it'll adapt to any skin tone and has great staying power. You also don't need to apply a lot to get a highly pigmented finish, so it'll last a while and make the £16.50 a littler more bareable!

FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE


floral 60s style shift shirt dress with bright heels

Floral Shirt Dress - Boohoo
Coral Heels - Asos

I've linked this dress above and as you can see, the boohoo model makes it look far less frumpier than I do. To be honest as I'm writing this I don't even know if I'll set this post live, because whilst taking the photos and editing them, I just felt uncomfortable.

I know I'm not a real fashion blogger, I'll never look effortlessly cool outside some gorgeous city backdrop and I don't know any photographers who can capture a good angle. It's just me, a tripod, and my phone which I use as a remote. Now that's always been fine with me, I quite like reading those types of blogs anyway, but lately I've had a crisis of confidence and it's down to two shallow reasons. 1. My weight. 2. My hair.

I did a post a few months ago on my hair extensions and how in love with them I was, I'd wanted long hair for yonks and I finally had lots of it. Well. If you watched my vlog you'll have seen the disaster that followed - after a painful removal experience I was left with uneven, thin and damaged locks. It was so bad that I had to get my hair stylist (she didn't put the extensions in) to cut even more off so I could start again. So i'm now left with a short brown barnet and without makeup I look like Professor Snape.

I wont go on about my weight too much, but in a year I've put on over a stone and I'm determined to shift it this autumn. So on a more positive note I plan to get healthier, hit the gym, and start running again.

So that's why I've been a bit awol, I know this post has been one big woe is me BUT it does feel rather therapeutic to bash out my worries onto the keyboard.

In other news I've finally found a new series to watch, the new season of Dance Moms starts soon AND I've spotted a dreamy pair of flats in Clarks. Wins.

ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR IN ECRU

Estee Lauder Double Wear Ecru
Estee Lauder Double Wear Ecru Swatched Pale Skin
Estee Lauder Double Wear Ecru Swatched Pale Skin
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Ecru Before and After Pale Skin Freckles
Estee Lauder Double Wear Ecru Before and After Pale Skin Freckles

I have actually done a review of Estee Lauder's Double Wear before, and that also included before and after pictures, but alas Photobucket decided to be little scamps and start charging for hosing, so that blog post is no more.

So here's Estee Lauder Double Wear in Ecru in all it's glory, please excuse the hideous eyebrows, lack of eye makeup, and my grubby pyjama top, but I wanted to show in the pictures how well this foundation covers freckles and I think it does a pretty good job of doing so.

Without a doubt Double Wear is my favourite foundation ever. It's heavy duty, it doesn't cake, it covers everything, and lasts all day. What more could you want in a foundation? Only downside is it's a wince worthy £32.50, but some stores have it on offer occasionally so there's a slight upside.

With my skin being slightly pink, I used to always buy Double Wear in the shade Cool Bone which also veers on the rosier side and it matched my skin pretty well. It wasn't until I ventured into Debenhams to buy this bottle, that the matcher upper lady told me a yellower shade would neutralise my redness. Wins.

She matched me up with Ecru and it's been somewhat of a love affair ever since. I use an ancient Mac foundation pump so as not to waste these extortionate drops of goodness and that has faired really well, the foundation has actually lasted yonks so I suppose there's another plus to parting with all that cash.

So yes, I love this foundation and haven't ever found another like it. If you have then let me know!



CLEANER TEETH WITH ORAL B & PURE SMILES

Oral B Pro 2500
toothcare flatlay oral b
oral b pro 2500 pink
oral b pro 2500

For the longest time (29 years, eesh!) I've been adamant that a regular ol' manual toothbrush was good enough for me. It wasn't until I had my teeth whitened recently(ish) that I started to become a bit obsessive over how my teeth look and feel. To start with I just drank my tea through a straw, used a tonne of whitening toothpaste, and contemplated trying one of those portable blue-light whiteners.

Then I visited the dentist....

Although a lovely chap, I did feel a bit of distain for him when he told me that alas, I had to have another filling - I'm not a huge fan of being in "the chair" and the last filling I had fell out 3 times, so having one on the other side of my mouth isn't the best thing to happen to my mush.

Soooo a week later, when Pure Smiles emailed and asked if I wanted to give the Oral B Pro 2500 a go, I'd have been silly to have said no.

Turns out I've been silly for 29 years, the Oral B Pro not only polishes your teeth making them whiter, but it Oscilates, Rotates, and pulses for a deeper clean, and really gets deep in between the teeth where a regular toothbrush wouldn't. There's also a handy 2 minute timer on it which is a great reminder that brushing your teeth should be a lengthier process. Probs a feature for children but I find it pretty helpful!
For sensitive soles, there's a pressure sensor that lights up if you're brushing too hard AND there's a massage mode for your gums.

I've been using this bad boy for about a month now, alongside the Oral B dental floss and a max whitening toothpaste, and have really seen a difference. I'm due another dentist visit at the end of August so fingers crossed he'll notice the difference too!


CHLOBO MINI STAR BRACELET

Chlobo jewellery
chlobo mini star bracelet
chlobo jewellery mini star bracelet

I hadn't heard of the brand ChloBo before, but when an oh so kind email appeared in my inbox asking me if I wanted to try something, I had a peep at their website, saw ALL THE PRETTY JEWELLERY and obvz said yes.

After much deliberation over all the rather lovely rose gold bracelets, I ended up going for the mini star bracelet, just because I'm wild and like to mix metals - plus silver goes with anything right? I actually wore this on an impromptu night out-out on Saturday and it looked rather nice with my out-out-fit (which I forgot to snap but was an oh so basic jeans and black top).

Hope everyone has has a fabulous bank holiday. Mine has consisted of a bit too much shopping so I'm thinking of filming a wee haul over on my youtube channel, too much chocolate, too much tv, and a mammoth cleaning spree.

Annnnnd in other news I'm starting my new job next Monday, nervous!


ESPRIT WISHLIST

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6


Ah I do love a good ol'fashioned wishlist. I always seem to do them when I'm skint, then when I actually have money I can never find anything I like. 

These dresses are all from Esprit, an online store I hadn't heard about until recently, but perusing through the dresses section I found SO MANY good ones. As you can probably see, I'm in a bit of a denim phase at the moment. Denim and embroidery. Oh and pinafores (I know that ship sailed months ago but I'm clinging on). 
My favourite has to be number six. It's everything I want in a dress. Smock? Check. Denim? Check. Embroidery? Check. A non bum flashing length? Al the checks! I'm also wishing I had a wedding or some sort of family occasion to go to so I can wear number four and flounce around pretending I'm in the Marc Jacobs daisy advert.

In other non wishlist related news I finally finished 13 Reasons Why and was left with all the feelz, I've been for two runs this week and realised I'm no where near as fit as I used to be, I had my daith pierced and contemplated whether the migraine rumours were true, AND I got a new job! 

Back to the dresses. Which is your favourite? 


ODE TO THE WET BRUSH

The Wet Brush
Brand New Wet Brush
Wet brush close up

This may look like an average brush, the bristles may look like average bristles, and the shape may not look like anything out of the ordinary. But alas. This brush is incredible and I wonder why it took so long to join up with my tangled barnet.
But I already have a tangle teezer! I hear you cry. That was my thought for yonks, but after shelling out £10 on this carefully disguised masterpiece I've turned my back on the 'teezers for good.

But it's only for wet hair! I also hear you cry. Nope. This is the perfect brush for all occasions and it's the perfect handbag size.

So what Im saying is that I'm sort of in love. With a hairbrush. But you probably already know that from the title of this post. And if you don't already own one of these little wonders then I'd highly recommend one. Hashtag not a spon.


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