Saturday, 30 April 2016

MONTHLY BEAUTY FAVOURITES: APRIL 2016


Products i've been loving in the month of April...

H A I R C A R E: I've long since been a fan of the 'Argan Oil' range that you can get your mitts on in the likes of Bodycare, Superdrug or Home Bargains. It's incredible purse friendly and extremely effective. I have been using the oil hair treatment infused with Moroccan Argan oil extract. It is intended to repair and rejuvenate damaged hair, tackling frizz and fuzz which on my frazzled locks it really does make a difference. I apply a few pumps of the oil through damp hair before blowdrying or run a little bit of the product through my ends if it is feeling dry ahead of a wash.

I have also been diggin' on intensive hair masques, my current favourite is the Trevor Sorbie 'Brunette' masque which I have raved about previously here. The brand is favourite of total beauty babe Sali Hughes so I knew it was going to be no less than fantastic. The formula is a little like a body butter and leaves your hair feeling thoroughly nourished, but without being heavy.


N A I L S: An old favourite that I have revisited this month is the 'Rainbow Color Flip' polish from ORLY. It is a truly beautiful multi tonal shade that looks magical on the nails. The staying power is pretty awesome too, read a full review of it here if you're interested.


E Y E S: You know when you discover a product that just works and makes applying your make-up truly awesome? That's how I feel about the w7 'Chunky Eyes' crayons. I have the colours 'Coffee' and 'Mocha' and both are super creamy, blend-able shades, perfect for everyday make-up. Here's the look I wear daily using the creamy eye pens.

L I P S: I wrote in the front of my 2016 'Wear more bright lipstick' as a little prompt to dabble with pops of colour on my lips. Afterall, I think my face which is quite washed out and pale naturally, really benefits from it. There are two lip products that I have been loving this month and pretty much wearing non stop. The first is the infamous Juicy Shaker from Lancome which I have in the shade 'Berry Tale.' It is honestly one of the most moisturising formulas ever, here's a full review.

The second lip product I have been wearing pretty much every other day is the L'Oreal Color Rich lipsticks for brunettes in the shade: '288 Intense Fuchsia.' It is a gorgeous pop of bright pink that looks beautiful with a simple winged liner. The formula is incredibly moisturising and stays put on your lips for a good 5 hours without re-touchups and that's even on days where a lot of tea has been consumed.

Which beauty products have you been loving in the month of April?


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Thursday, 28 April 2016

IN BEAUTY: w7 CHUNKY EYE STICKS FOR GIRLS IN A RUSH




To me, eye make-up is everything. It is my favourite area to make-up whether I have time to create something sassy or in a rush on an early morning. With regards to the latter, I like to spend no more than 2-3 minutes on my peepers before i'm outta the door. I recently found the w7 'Chunky eye sticks' which are a pearl, cream formula that sit beautifully on the eyelids, giving them an instant refreshed look.

I apply the lighter of the two shades 'coffee' all over my lid and blend with my finger before using 'Mocha' through the crease and under my lower lash line. The shades are highly pigmented and look absolutely gorgeous together. The cream base formula also makes my eyes look far more bright eyes and busy tailed...especially after a cocktail or 2.

What do you think of cream eye shadows?

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

FOOD: NEW REVOLUTION ALBERT DOCK BREAKFAST MENU









I've told you before about my little soft spot for Revolution perched on Liverpool's infamous Albert Dock. I can be found in there pretty often chowing down on a dish (usually a pizza) from their delicious food menu, or slurping on a funky cocktail. (Usually something coco-nutty.) 

I've shared with you my thoughts on their main food and drink offerings in this post which I urge you not to read if you are feeling particularly peckish. 

Last Sunday I was very kindly invited back down to 'Revs on the docks' to try their brand new breakfast menu*, totally exclusive to Revolution on the Albert Dock. Of course, as a regular I was delighted and brought along my oldest pal of 17 years who lives out of town, along for the ride.

The breakfast menu is served between 10am and 12pm and is inspired by a relaxed, sharing style of dining as seen in the New York and San Fransisco food scenes. The selection is pretty mouthwatering if I do say so myself and is inclusive of everything from traditional full english' to more elaborately flavoured breakfast Bennies and of course, pancakes. 

We settled in with a few early morning brews of tea for my friend and cappuccino for me. We'd had devoured a few cocktails the night before so a strong, hot coffee and a pot of tea was just the ticket on a rainy Sunday morning and a slightly sore head. 

For breakfast I chose the: 'Mushroom, spinach and halloumi Bennie' which is made up of garlic and thyme mushrooms with spinach, pan fried halloumi, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Truly scrumptious and not at all heavy. The mushrooms were my favourite part, super sweet and garlicky. My friend Charlotte opted for 'The bacon Bennie' which was similar to my dish but with rashes of crispy bacon. The portion sizes are just nicely sized not leaving you feeling overfull and certainly not too small.

If you're in Liverpool and looking for somewhere to grab a delicious breakfast cheaply and stylishly, I really recommend giving Revolution Albert Dock a try.

Where is your favourite place for breakfast?




* Our breakfast was complimentary, but as always my opinions are completely my own.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

IN BEAUTY: CONTOUR STIX REVIEW


I have to admit that I am seriously late on the whole 'contouring' hype. The closest i've gotten is probably sucking my cheeks in like a fish and popping a dusting of bronzer in the hollows. I've never tried the 'baking effect' and messing about trying to make face look thinner seems like too much hard work for a day in the office. 

I stumbled across the Technik 'Conour Stix' in a discounted beauty store in Liverpool, a pack of three sticks was £2.99 and I must say I was pretty intrigued to see what they could achieve for me. The box comes with a guide on where to use each stick on the face but generally the darker bronze stick is used for the areas you'd like to create a shadow and 'chisel,' the cream stick is for brightening and accentuating areas such as the under eyes, chin and nose and the pinkier stick is for highlight. 

I applied the super creamy, contour stix using the guide and blending with a MAC 130 'Stippling brush.' I have to say, I noticed a result on the photos i'd taken but not when looking in the mirror and I really, really like the results. These sticks are ridiculously easy to blend and super light on the skin, no cakey skin to be seen here!

Not that i've incorporated the cream sticks into my everyday routine, I swerve concealer and bronzing powder, I must prefer the dewy look that these beauties give me. 

Which products do you use to contour?
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

IN BEAUTY: MY CURRENT FAVOURITE NAIL POLISHES


When it comes to nail polish suitable for the season, i'm not particularly tied to picking pastels for spring or berry tones for autumn. I just wear whatever the hell I like, when I like because in my opinion life really is too short. It's now a few weeks into springtime (supposedly) and my current favourite picks of polish are (surprise, surprise) all dark shades.

I'm fairly brand loyal when it comes to nail polish, with Nails Inc probably being my favourite and the most populous in my collection. I wrote a full Nails Inc collection blog here, if you're interested.

I am currently digging on three shades from the Nails Inc brand. The first is an electric blue shade which as you can see is in the old packaging. The shade is 'Baker Street' and looks especially fab on toes. Also housed in old brand packaging, is 'St Martin's lane' a gorgeous, gorgeous damask purple which is my go to polish when I can't decide what else to rock. In the new Nails Inc packaging is 'Ruby Night Sky' - a beautiful deep burgundy shade from the Alice + Olivia collab. I love to wear this one when my nails are slightly shorter and it looks gorgeous when teamed with an LBD.

I have been rocking my most treasured nail polish recently, re-applying every week because the shade is just SO darn pretty. It is 'Copper Chameleon' by HEMA cosmetics, a gorgeous multi tonal gold with flecks of turquoise running through.  Magnifique!

Which shade is your favourite?



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Thursday, 14 April 2016

IN BEAUTY: LANCOME JUICY SHAKER IN 'BERRY TALE'




It's not often that a new beauty release gets me terribly excited, don't get me wrong I LOVE make-up but more often than not, the shiny glossy releases are well out of my price bracket and I have to wait for them to become less popular OR find a drugstore dupe.

The new Juicy Shakers from Lancome were the only releases so far this year that really interested me when I saw them popping up on beauty blogs. Perhaps its my adoration for Lisa Eldridge, the new Lancome creative director of make-up, or the truly wonderful vintage looking packaging in the shape of a cocktail shaker? I'm not sure, but I love the concept. 

A few weeks ago I had won a competition to try a a juicy shaker but unfortunately it never arrived *le sigh* i'm hoping it wasn't just a marketing stunt to widen the Lancome email database however, my chance to own a juicy shaker was to be successful. Recently, my lovely landlord and friend Jody had left me something in my pigeon hole to try that she thought might be useful for this very blog. Little did I know it was a juicy shaker!

I have the shade 'Berry Tale' which is a gorgeous, punchy pink. I've read that most of the Juicy Shakers are pretty indifferent when it comes to shade variation but they are incredibly moisturising and lovely to wear on the lips. They aren't gloopy, or sticky, and despite being part oil based, they don't make your lips feel greasy, they are just comfortable and dare I say create the illusion of, your lips but better. 

The cushion applicator is pretty lovely too. Ruth Crilly of 'A Model Recommends' describes it as like applying the formula with "a teddy bears nose or a marshmallow" which is SO true and makes applying your gloss super lovely.

To purchase they are £18 which I wouldn't normally pay for a lipgloss / lipbalm hybrid however, I do think that I would have invested in a Juicy Shaker, had I not received one for free, as I love everything about them. 

Have you tried a Lancome Juicy Shaker?


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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

IN STYLE: THE GRAND NATIONAL, AINTREE WHAT I WORE



On Saturday I found myself watching The Grand National at Aintree racecourse, having lived in Liverpool for coming up to almost 4 years now (eeep!) it is one of those staple things to do if you live in the area and I figured it was about time that I attended. 



Now, I have no interest in betting and the idea of horses jumping fences makes me feel slightly uncomfortable, but I instead went for the spectacle of the event and of course, an excuse to dress up fancy. The weather wasn't too great sadly and we were treated to a lot of wind, rain and even hail. By the end of the day I was freezing and wished I had gone for a pair of Primark wooly tights.

[ d r e s s ]

I didn't want to buy a brand new outfit specifically for the day as I always buy dresses and never find the occasion to wear them again. Serious old grandma here who would rather go for cocktails in a pair of skinny jeans and a leather jacket than a dress. For the races I did decide I would channel my inner girly-girl and opted to wear a cream dress from Primark that I bought years and years ago for a sports ball when I was still at university. It's a plain little number featuring a fitted upper body and a more flared skirt. It also features a front zip which is hand for gals like me who live alone and have nobody to help zip up your dress! 

[ j a c k e t] 

As it is April and notorious here in the UK for having such unpredictable weather, I paired my dress with a faux fur bomber jacket from TDS. I talked about it in more detail here, if you're interested. It's super fluffy, and warm which is essential and whilst it's oversized, it still makes my outfit look a little more dressy and put together.


[ s h o e s +  b a g ]

My heels are from Office @ Topshop and are quite possible the comfiest heels i've ever owned. All hail the platform wedge! Yes, they are a little clumsy looking but so am I. Incase my feet decided to cave after a few hours stood in high heels, I packed my glittery, gold Spanish sandals which are soooo darn comfy. I lasted around 4 hours in heels before whacking out the comfies for the walk back to the train station.My bag is of course my ever trusty, Just Cavalli number, perfect for storing my lipstick, essentials as well as my sandals and of course a brolly for those April showers.

Have you ever been to the races?

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Thursday, 7 April 2016

IN STYLE: FOUR DAYS, FOUR OUTFITS #18


Outfits i've been wearing recently...

O U T F I T  1

On a lazy weekend I love nothing more than wearing comfy clothes. I have on a pair of plain, black Topshop Jamie jeans which I find to be the most comfortable as they're sooo stretchy. I paired this with a barely there cami from Primark and a beautiful paisley kimono (From the Primark beachwear section) which I layered over the top for a spring, boho feel. My necklace is from Oxford flea market and is an 'ohm' symbol on a long chain.

O U T F I T  2
My absolute go to outfit that sums up my style, I am again wearing my trusty Topshop Jamie jeans but this time paired with an oversized Rolling Stones band tee and my new favourite coat, a leopard print number from Mango. My 'ohm' necklace has made another appearance and my faithful red lippy is 'Russian Red' by MAC.

O U T F I T  3
All black errrrythaang going on here. Here i'm wearing a bodycon skirt with tights layered under a super floaty top from Zara and my trusty embellished waistcoat (also from Zara) that is years and years old but I still LOVE it. My rings are an assortment from Topshop and Primark and oh look, that 'ohm' necklace is back.

O U T F I T  4
On this particular day I was feeling adventurous, i'm wearing a polka dot dress that i've had years, it was from a cheapy throw-away fashion store and i'm wearing it with black tights and a white crochet cardigan. My coral, statement necklace is from The Happiness Boutique and adds an extra pop of colour to the full outfit.
Which outfit is your favourite?


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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

IN STYLE: HAULIN' - PRIMARK, MANGO + TK MAXX


When payday rolled around I figured that having spent more than enough pennies on things going wrong on my car for the past few months, it was time to treat myself to some pretty things. Most of this stuff was bought in a few trips to the shops but altogether I am really pleased with what I managed to find.

[M A N G O]


I have been after a leopard print coat for some time now and whilst I have coats with a leopardy trim or lining, I didn't actually own a full flown Bet Lynch number. Having been inspired by the likes of LLYMLRS working a cute ASOS leopard jacket I hopped onto ASOS to seek my own. I wanted a lighter jacket, not a full blown winter affair, something to tide me through spring and autumn, snug enough but not too thick. I found this jacket in Mango and they had ONE left, in the sale and  in my size, it must have been meant to be.

[ P R I M A R K  +  T K  M A X X]

I love paisley print, anything with a wild print in bold colours is right up my street. I found this long kimono in the Primark beach section, it's a beach cover up but I knew it would work snazzily as a cardigan of sorts for the spring. If you want to see it on, head over to this picture from Instagram. I love that it is a perfectly transitional piece that I hope to wear both on and off the beach this year.


The Primark candle section is just a wonder, the brand have really stepped up their candle game with some really interesting and beautifully packaged candles. I found this pack of jewelled tea light holders for a bargainous £3. I love the coloured glass and the embellishment, they make for a really lovely addition to my windowsill. 

The make-up bag is from TK Maxx and I found it in the clearance section, I love the print and the cut little tassel, it fits in all of my daily face and room for a few extra cheeky lippies.


Ooh sparkle! I had seen a black pair of these beauties in TK Maxx a while ago however, they were sadly just a little too big for me. :( Some weeks later I spotted the gold pair and whilst they aren't quite as cool as the black pair, they will look super lovely in the summer or paired with skinny jeans and an oversized tee. They're a traditional menorcan sandal and are made in Spain by Avarcas, I hope to browse online for similar pairs to take on holiday with me as they are oh so comfy!

Which piece is your favourite?




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