Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout

Monday, 13 October 2014

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I've had these photos on my laptop for yonks (hence the long hair) but for some reason have never actually gotten round to blogging about the greatness that is the Revlon Matte Balms. It wasn't until I used them last week that I thought I best get my blogown and do a post.

So the Revlon Matte balms came out at the beginning of the year and there was major hype about them, in my eyes the hype was justified as these are the only products specified as "matte" that haven't made my lips look all crumbly and gross.

Jumping slightly on the chubby stick bandwagon, Revlon provided us with a matte alternative for those who prefer higher pigmentation and longer staying power. But halt. Not only are the colours vibrant and eye-catching, they also contain Shea, Mango, and coconut butter to keep your lips hydrated along the way. Wins all round.

I reckon the reason I fell surprisingly in love with a matte product was because they're not entirely matte, it actually applies quite creamy but dries to a lovely velvety texture which does an ok job of hiding dry lips!

With the onset of dreary (barlow) weather in the uk I can tell Standout is going to be one of my best buds, the gorgeous deep red colour comes off as a berry tone against my fair skin, and who doesn't love berrys in the winter? Especially if they're in a pie. With custard. And a fire. Mmmmm.

YSL Touche Éclat: 01 Luminous Radiance

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

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Tom actually bought this for me on the way back from Mexico, and it's only recently that I've started to use it more regularly. Probably because I'm not one for highlighters in the summer, why make you skin look even more dewy in the clammy heat?
Anyway I'll admit, this was purchased purely for the hype, I hadn't ever tried it out but really wanted to own the sleek golden tube with the oh so satisfying click.

A second admission, I originally thought this was a concealer. I reckon I'm not the only one as a quick google for the product brings up numerous detailed reviews of how it combats eye circles. It doesn't. If you suffer from dark circles you're going to need a heavy duty concealer (I recommend Benefit's erase paste or Collection's lasting perfection) to hide them before using this product to highlight the area around the circles - taking the attention away from the pesky bags.

The YSL Touche Éclat is actually a luminizer, a highlight without too much shimmer but packed with   tiny particles that'll help you look all glowy and radiant. It can be applied down the centre of the nose to make it appear smaller, to inner eye corners to make you look awake, on the brow bone to make a smoky eye "pop", and to the cupids bow - and that's just a few ways to use it!

I have the shade 01 which I think is the original shade, it's perfect for me as I've got pinky undertones to my skin so it blends in really well. I know I'm supposed to go for yellowy shades to counteract the pink, but I do all that that with a primer.

As a highlight it has a sheer finish and I wouldn't say it lasts very long, so it's definitely one to take out with you if you have a busy day planned for regular touch ups!

How do you use your Touche Éclat?

Hi Impact Brow Palette

Sunday, 5 October 2014

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A while back I was asked if I wanted to try out the Hi Impact Brow Palette, I'd been using the Benefit Brow Zings loyally for over a year so was intrigued to find out if something could better did.

The Hi Imact Brow Palette contains four shades of brow shadow that can be used to create the perfect shapely brow or a matte smoky eye. I haven't tried the latter yet but I've been told they can be used as eyeshadows so will be giving that a go later. The shadows are really pigmented and leave your brows looking defined all day - I apply makeup at the hideous hour of 7am and I'm still looking David Browey at 7pm!
It's a universal palette for all hair and brow colours and I'm pretty impressed with it's ashiness. I've found that the cheaper brow kids (elf, sleek) tend to lean towards the orangey side and I can't say I've noticed many orange arches in my time. I've been using the second darkest shade as I prefer to go quite dark, and it's this shade that beats my brow zings hands down.

It's also got a mirror for on the go application and the brush it comes with isn't half bad either! As brow brushes go it's pretty dense and it's big enough to get a decent grip which sets it ahead of any other palettes I've tried.

At £18.99 it's not the cheapest of brow kits but it's cheaper than the HD brow offerings and I'd deffs opt for this over brow zings which is £24.50.

Pre Christmas Mini Break

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Me and Thomas have visited London for a pre christmas mini break on many an occasion. For some reason the hectic atmosphere and crowds don't bother me in November/December, they're overpowered by Christmas cheer and festive spirit and a rainy day Oxford Street is turned into a winter wonderland with the abundance of christmas displays and flurries of fake snow. Last year we went all out and headed to New York for Thanksgiving which was such an incredible experience, Miracle on 34th Street is one of my favourite Christmas films so seeing Macy's all lit up and watching the inflatable turkey first hand made me feel all tingly inside

This year we've got nothing planned so I'm trying to think of something a little different that won't leave us penniless. I want shopping, culture, and the odd event, and ideally I want something close by too. So I'm thinking Edinburgh as it's got tonnes of culture as well as gorgeous historical buildings. I've already had a look on Hotel Direct and there's some gorgeous hotels in the city centre that'd be perfect and cosy after a day bracing the cold!

I've been having a peek at what's on in the city too and there seems to be so much going on! I don't know if I'd be able to drag Thomas along but Harvey Nichols are holding a fashion show at the end of the month, I've also had a nose at the Pout Edinburgh event which looks pretty fab - it's basically a massive fashion/beauty event with drinks, music, and a fashion show. It's also helping smaller independent designers get there name out there which I'm a massive supporter of.

If I go a little later there's some pretty good indie circa 2007 bands playing but it'd mean making a decision between The Subways and the Rifles....something the 17 year old inside me refuses to do.

Or I could just go for pure festivities and wait for the Christmas Markets, I've gone to the Birmingham one a few times but I'm guessing the gorgeous Edinburgh setting will make it all feel extra special. I think they have one of those extra high swing chair things that I've always wanted to go on too! Plus ice skating with the Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop would make for some sweet photos. I've been nosing online at other blog posts and I hadn't realised here's an old and new part of town either so I'm going to have the camera permanently glued to me!

So I think I'm sold on Edinburgh, now to get saving! Are you going anywhere for a pre christmas break this year? I've also been looking at Iceland purely for the Northern lights but I reckon that's going to have to wait 'till 2015....

Hair Trade I&K clip in extensions

Sunday, 28 September 2014

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I've dabbled with hair extensions before but I always face the same two problems. 1 - My hair is an array of ashy blonde tones and I can never find anything that matches, 2 - They never stay in. I had some put in for my wedding which did manage to last the whole day but I had a host of hairdressers and around 3 cans of hairspray to make that happen!

So when I was asked if I wanted to try out some extensions from Hairtrade I'll admit, I was a little apprehensive at first, but I've recently cut a load of hair off and was missing my longer tresses so I thought I'd give them a go. I went with the shade P18/613 in 14 inch which do look a bit stripy on the website but they're honestly really blendable in real life and I was rather chuffed with the colour match.
So onto my next problem, how to stop the clips from falling halfway down my head within five minutes. Google gave a simple answer which proved easy and effective - backcombing. Lots and lots of back coming. I parted the back of my hair into sections and on the top inch of each section went mental with my Denman dress out brush which matted my hair enough to sink the clips in and hold them into place.

So this is the final result! I'm actually really happy with how they look, I've had clip in extensions before that have looked really wiry and fake, but these are so darn soft and silky. They come as straight extensions but I've always found that curling them makes it less obvious to see where your hair ends and the extensions begin, I just did my usual with ghds to get these waves.

Do you use clip ins? If so let me know any more tricks for styling/keeping them in place!

What I wear to the office

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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I started working in an office straight out of uni at the spritely age of 23 and I remember panicking on my first day and not having a clue what to wear. I think I opted for a play it safe pair of black skinnies and a blouse - very daring!
I worked with a lot of elderly folk and got into such a rut with office wear, I ended up donning the same uniform of black trousers and a 3/4 length top for a good 3 years until I moved jobs and started to work around people my own age. The olds used to notice everything and would make a massive deal if you turned up to work in a pair of heels or something,  ("ooh look at you in your new shoes, going somewhere special?") so I just stopped bothering.

So yeah when I finally changed jobs It was such a relief to be around people who still watched Hollyoaks and Xfactor, and wouldn't bat an eyelid if you turned up to work flashing a bit o'leg or a bare shoulder. It was like a whole new shiny world of office wear had been revealed to me and I couldn't wait to go dress shopping.

That was nearly 2 years ago and I'm still going strong with the dresses, why pay money for trousers and a top when you can get a dress for half the price? I've recently gone cray (maybs it's a midlife crisis) and have started wearing heels too; it started off with chelsea boots but now I've gone the whole hog with full on courts! So when Clarks asked me if I wanted to pick a pair of their shoes I couldn't resist and opted for these gorgeous and insanely comfortable oxblood Mary Janes. To be honest I usually just opt for Primark shoes for work but after trying these on that will be achangin'! I don't know if you can make out in the last picture but they've got this built in cloud of softness for your feet which really makes a difference if you're going to be wearing them all day, and due to the ultimate comf it really doesn't feel like you're wearing heels at all. I now want them in black, sigh.

Do you work in an office? Where do you go for your work duds?

When I go to Lidl I sing "Lidl by lidlll" thanks to my Dad

Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Top: c/o Sugarhill Boutique
Skirt: Topshop (old)
Boots: Ebay

I was kindly sent this top from the lovely folk at Sugarhill Boutique and I reckon I've worn it over five times already. I love that it's kind of gaudy but still wearable, and I'm always up for a floral print!

Tis a short one from me today as I'm celebrating my Birthday two days early by coat shopping  followed by stuffing my face with Mexican food at Las Iguanas. Hope everyone's having a great weekend and all that jazz!