MONTHLY BEAUTY + LIFESTYLE FAVOURITES: NOVEMBER 2017


Life. TV. Music + More...

November 29th marked my 24th birthday and it really is starting to dawn on me that I haven't actually been 'messing about' for a while now. I have an interesting and varied job, Adam and I are waiting for the keys to our new house and I always remember to use SPF. Lol. Who am I kidding? 10 years ago, I thought i'd be married with 3 kids and a cat by now. Maybe in another decade eh?

Listening to: I have a reasonable commute to work and so this makes for the perfect time to enjoy devouring my podcast list. Every week I get super giddy for the latest instalment of 'Femme' by Daisy Lowe.  I really appreciate the way Daisy conducts and produces her podcast. My favourite episode this month has to be the interview with her mum, Pearl Lowe. I love Pearl's voice - is that weird? I love her style and i've read her book 'All that glitters' - I found it so frustrating as Lowe outlines, warts and all, her tempestuous battle with Heroin addiction - however, I am glad to hear in the podcast she is something like, 12 years sober! If you want a different guest to listen to, give Mel C's episode a whirl, Mel had me adding 'Never be the same again' to my Autumn playlist and revisiting my favourite Spice Girl songs.

In other podcast recommendations, try Sara Tasker's offering: 'Hashtag Authentic' I recently listened to the episode with writer, Laura Jane Williams. I don't normally really resonate with Laura however, she did share some valuable nuggets of wisdom in her episode that had me nodding along. Yes, I found her a bit OTT, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed her episode. Definitely, check out other episodes in Sara's catalogue, they're must listens for any creative soul.

Watching: If like me, you also find Grace Coddington to be not only an enigma, but also a legend then watch this video she did for British Vogue. You'll see Grace wandering through a leafy, British setting bathed in Autumn light. In a candid discussion with Michael Roberts, he and Grace talk about everything from couture to her vivid orange hair.

I also LOVED Charlotte Tilbury's live stream with the Pixiwoo sisters. I have long since admired Sam and Nic and I find Charlotte Tilbury such a hurricane of energry that I could only long to exhume myself - what a sales woman too! Anyway, Charlotte did Sam and Nic's makeup whilst in conversation and you can catch it here.

If you have Netflix, give the Joan Didion documentary 'The centre will not hold' a watch, particularly if you are interested in her work. The Guardian sums it up better than I could: "The documentary is arranged around Didion’s best-known writing. There are segments devoted to her reporting from the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in the late 1960s, as well as Didion’s political journalism from the 90s, her essay on the Central Park Five, the screenplay Panic in Needle Park, and her later autobiographical works."

Reading: I know, i'm sorry but what kind of favourites round-up would it be without an ode to Sali Hughes? It's coming up to a year since I met her at a book signing and I still think she's fabulous. Sali recently wrote for The Pool discussing how clothes evoke memories. I particularly loved the part where Sali shares that yeah, it's okay to keep things and no you don't HAVE to throw things away, especially if they mean a lot to you - just don't have them out. You can revisit them in their box at a later date and feel all the feels associated with them all over again.

A mention of the Daily Mail here, sorry. I really, really enjoyed their nostalgic examination of popular fragrances through the decades. I am a perfume hoarder and I love knowing what was popular for Christmas gifting at a particular period in time. If you love fragrance, I recommend giving it a read, if for no other reason than to pour over the perfume bottle porn alone!


Writing: I've had my pen and paper out again this month. Having seen a tweet that Lily Pebbles shared about the term 'Influencer' it inspired me to investigate why: 'The term influencer has become a dirty word' - For my sins, I have a content and influencer marketing manager by day and of course, I muse on this very blog by night. As I see both sides of the coin, it's very interesting to think about the needs of both the 'influencer' and the brand you represent. And if you've read it already, thankyou! And finally, if you want to have a nosey at a piece my boyfriend, Adam wrote about transitioning from a designer to a business owner, he has shared his thoughts in this very honest piece.

Beauty products I've been coveting in the month of November...



Eyes: It's not very often that I stumble across a large palette of eye shadows that caters to every colour I love to wear / experiment with, is excellent in formula/pigmentation and doesn't cost the earth. Well, that's what you get when you're not paying for a big brand name. Step forward the City Eyes palette from Miss G Couture. I mentioned it a while ago in its own, dedicated post and since then I have almost run the burnt orange shades down to pan. Such buttery, opaque shades that last all day long on the lids.


This month, I also dabbled with Natural Collection cosmetics again. They seriously are underrated in this weird place called the Bloggersphere. Super cheap, we're talking under £3 here, great quality and easily replaceable. I have recently been using the 'Definition' mascara which features a long, bristley brush for amping up volume and definition. My only qualm? The formula is a little runny and wet for the first few applications. I unscrewed the lid a little to let some air get to the formula and since then, it's been stella.


BrowsI know what you're thinking. I moaned about the 'Boy Brow' brow mascara from Glossier and for seriously questioning the size of the product against the cost, I have no regrets. It is however, a lovely product that can be called upon for effortless, groomed and no fuss brows. I use a brow pencil from HD brows to fill in any sparse areas, before stroking the Boy Brow wand up and through the hairs to thicken them out and set them in place.

Skin: Clarins are one of the most trustworthy beauty brands around, in my opinion. Their Beauty Flash Balm is certainly a firm favourite amongst many people. I use it everyday to give my just-woken-up-skin a boost and to create the perfect canvas for applying my make-up. If you're looking for a priming, moisturising hybrid that will give dull skin a new lease of life (especially after a few Aperol Spritz') - give it a go.


Lips: My lips have really taken a beating this Autumn, in-particular the corners of my mouth. Super cracked and sore. Whilst this doesn't look very nice at the best of times, it certainly doesn't look very nice when sporting one of my signature bold lip looks. I've been using the Glossier 'Birthday Balm' which is an oil based salve that smells so distinctly of birthday cake! It's really nice too, super moisturising and gives a new lease of life to dry lips. I'd quite like to give the tinted, red version a whirl too! 


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BEAUTY: MY HONEST THOUGHTS ON BOY BROW, HALOSCOPE HIGHLIGHTER + BALM DOT COM FROM GLOSSIER



So Glossier happened here in the UK. With millennial pink branding, a social media led marketing strategy and a capsule collection of minimal, no fuss beauty products all spearheaded by Girlboss, Emily Weiss, it's no surprise we've all gone bonkers for it!

I've been holding out on trying the products as I put a few Glossier bits and pieces on my birthday present wish list, but couldn't resist splurging on 1 or 2 just to see what the hype was all about. I bought the Boy Brow and Haloscope duo in brown and 'Quartz' respectively as well as a Balm Dot Com in the flavour 'Birthday' - sure, it was the holographic sparkle that did it.
Me, not covered in slap for once, here i'm rocking the 'Glossier' look with Boy Brow on my eyebrows,  Birthday balm on my lips and the Quartz Haloscope on my cheeks

First and foremost, Glossier isn't that cheap, all 3 of these products racked up to around £34 quid (Would have been £38 without the 10% introductory discount!) and thank god for the free shipping on orders over £25. The products are teeny tiny, genuinely, I was so surprised at how small they were when they arrived. The Boy Brow reminded me of something that my old Barbie doll would come with!

So the brow and highlighter duo is £28 and in my option, both aren't worth that kind of cash due to the size of them and the nature of the product. The Boy brow is nice, not at all gloopy, not sticky and glides through the brows nicely for an uber natural, polished look. However, you can totally achieve the same look with a clear mascara and a bit of pencil as the formulation is so subtle. 

The same goes for the Haloscope highlighter, I had high hopes for this balm infused glow and yes, the formulation is dreamy and creamy, but again the payoff is very very subtle. On the pic above, i've swatched one of my least 'out there' highlighter sticks from Natural Collection against the 'Quartz' shade from Glossier, you can still visibly see the NC product, but Quartz is super faint. 

Finally, the Balm Dot Com in the shade/formulation 'Birthday' - I admit, I bought this for the hype, Youtube made me do it kind of thing...It's not worth a tenner but it is nice, not too glossy, very moisturising and smells like birthday cake, to me it's nice...but nothing to call home about.


I am open to trying more from Glossier to give more of the range a chance, (I REALLY like the Glossier 'You' Fragrance) and I am especially interested in the skincare. However, on first impressions from the 3 products I did buy, yep it's really nice but that's about it, I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again but would be extremely grateful if I received it as a gift as it is spenny!

I understand this might be an unpopular opinion as the blogger-sphere has waxed lyrical about Glossier per say, but you know me, gotta say it how I see it. I understand the concept, I understand the digital commerce strategy, just make yo' products bigger Glossier!  Ps. loved the stickers.

Have you tried anything from Glossier?

What did you think?

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STYLE: FESTIVE FEELINGS WITH ROKIT VINTAGE

Oh hello there, my ugly mug and my actual body are making a rare appearance over here as i'd like to tell you about my latest wardrobe addition that I kid you not, has not left my shoulders since I received it a week ago.

With the dark nights drawing in at 3pm and a very distinct nip in the air now we are passed Halloween and Bonfire Night, I am starting to feel a little swirl of excitement for the pending festive season! The end of November marks my 24th birthday and following that, the Christmas tree will be up and i'll be in full on Chrimbo mode!

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas!


It occurred to me the other day, following a conversation about our office Christmas party that I don't actually own a Christmas jumper, usually I rock a red lip and a bit of glitter but that's no fun is it? So when the team at Rokit Vintage contacted me to see if i'd like to have a look at their Christmas jumper collection I bit their hand off!

I've collected vintage treasures from Rokit over the last 5 years and it is one of my genuine go-to stops whenever i'm down in London (Camden shop specifically!) to scour for something unique and sassy.
If you're not familiar with Rokit Vintage yourself, since 1986 they have channeled their passion for awesome clothing into sourcing hundreds and hundreds of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces before repairing and laundering them ready to be loved again. Suitably, they started off in Camden market before expanding out further into London and of course online!
History lesson done, I want to show you my new, festive winter cardigan from Rokit! I found it in the Christmas section of the site which is home to loads and loads of vintage Christmas jumpers from the twee, to the classic. They regularly update the section too so you'll be sure to find something you're looking for and every piece is one of a kind, so there will be no worries of your colleague turning up in the same jumper on Xmas jumper day at work!

Now, you might be wondering why I didn't choose a classically tacky awesome Xmas jumper and the simple answer was, I was sad that I could only wear it for a few weeks of the year! So instead, I went for a more versatile, festive winter cardigan that features sprigs and spruces of Christmas tree on it! This uber cute and very comfortable box cardigan is from the 90s, and as a 90s kid I like that it's been around as long as I have! I have to tell you though, it doesn't smell like it is, if you're concerned about that 'preloved' scent, I can assure you Rokit's clothing doesn't have it. Though, for me there is something a little endearing about the foisty, musky scent of vintage clothes

One thing I must also mention is that Rokit's delivery is super, super speedy and their products are packaged beautifully and inclusive of a free printed tote bag! Always handy if you ask me!

Looking for an awesome Christmas jumper? 

Check out Rokit Vintage's Christmas collection


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BEAUTY: ALL NEW NOW FROM THE COMPLEXIONS RANGE AT MISS G COUTURE



A little while ago I introduced you all to the Complexions makeup line from the fashion e-tailer Miss G Couture. I hinted that more exciting products were due to launch from the line, extending the collection to cater for lips and eyes as well as base. The Complexions collection is now much more established, bringing a range of awesome quality products for a premium drugstore price point. No breaking the bank here, but the quality is far from sub-par. In-fact, it rivals some high end products that I use.


Complexions cosmetics part 2...

My favourite piece from the extended collection is the City Eyes 35 shade eyeshadow palette as pictured above. Never before have I come across a large palette that includes not one shade that I wouldn't wear, usually you have one or two shades that just don't work for you, but that is not the case here.

This £20 palette  is totally in keeping with the warm-toned hues that are not only bang on trend right now (hello Naked Heat!) but also are my favourite shades to wear on my bluey/grey/greeny eyes. The shades are a mix of matte and shimmery and are so heavily pigmented, you won't find any wishy-washy chalky shadows here, only buttery, blend-able neutral and bold colours that stick around all day and look seriously striking.

Back in the day, the more layers of gloopy lipgloss I could smear on my lips, the better. I haven't really touched gloss since I was around 15 and I must admit, I am always sceptical of any kind of gloss product. Complexions have launched their Model Behaviour Lip Collection which comprises of 4 highly pigmented glosses for £12. These lipglosses are so smooth to apply and are velvety in texture with a high shine finish. Absolutely not sticky in the slightest and stay put on the lips without moving around or feathering. My favourites shade is surprisingly 'Demure' a brown toned nude that is perfect for everyday.






Two new highlighter palettes have also launched in the new collection for £15 each and are much more up my alley than Complexions' original offering which tended to be a little warm for me. The formulation of the highlighters is velvety and buttery without producing any fall out. No shimmery mess to be seen here. Just a sassy glow fo' sure.


For those who like to get experimental with their highlighter, the Fearless Glow Collection features 6 unique highlighting shades that are suitable for a range of skintones. The pigmentation of this formula is next level and a little certainly goes a long, long way. My favourite shade to wear is the rose gold hue.

If you're looking for more of a natural highlight, I recommend you start off by trying the Natural Glow Highlighter palette, made up of 6 really wearable neutral hues you can play with the pigments on both your cheeks and your eyes. My favourite shade is the icey/pearl shade which is my go to hue most days.


One product I was most excited about is the Universal Bronze and Glow duo palette which you can buy for £10. One one side you get a lovely mid-tone matte baked bronzer and on the other a duo brick featuring a highlighter/bronzer shimmery duo. Both are lovely and work well against my pale skin. I'd advise applying the shimmery side liberally, as is the case with the highlighting palettes a little really does go a long way.



What do you think of the newly extended Complexions range?

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