Monday, 16 May 2016

30th Birthday Wishlist


Hey my Lovelies! So I turn 30 on the 6th of June and if you have been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I post wishlistd for my birthday and Christmas, mainly because my family and friends say that I'm really hard to buy for and this gives them some ideas. Hopefully this post will give you some inspo if you have a birthday coming up too or you fancy treating yourself.

RIVER ISLAND Leather Look Whipstitch Jacket £60.00 | I've been wanting a new leather jacket for a good while now, I own a waterfall style one but really wanted a biker. I love the whipstitch range from River Island and you may have spotted some white whipstitch trainers I bought from them on my Instagram. 

TOO FACED Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette £39.00 | This beauty has been on prety much every blog and YouTube channel I love since it launched and I need it now!  

MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Snail Gel Sheet Mask £4.75 | I've been dying to try out the sheet masks trend and really intrigued by Korean brand Missha.. two birds one stone. 

OLIVER BONAS Tea Light Holder £7.50 | I found this for my Blogger Photo Props post a couple of weks ago and now I really want 2 or 3 for my makeup brushes. Sooooo pretty. 

TIMBERLAND BOOTS £159.99 | You may have spotted these on my Instagram, I regrammed them from Foot Asylum and as my last pair of Timberlands went to shoe heaven last year I deserve a new pair right? 

TORY BURCH Robinson Coin Purse £105 | I'm using my purse much less now as I rarely have cash on me so thought it was time to switch to a coin purse and card holder. Love the colour of this one. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream £5.50 | Think I am the only beauty blogger on the planet to have not tried these yet, Loving the look of Antwerp, Buenos Aires, Milan and Morocco.
 


FOXYLOCKS CLIP IN HAIR EXTENSIONS £75.00 | I follow Imogen the creator of Foxy Locks on Instagram and I'm obsessed... I need these Cocoa 18" Remy Extensions like now.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS GLOW KIT £39.00 | Another one I've seen everywhere and now need in my life the ABH Glow Kit in That Glow looks incredible. 

HUDA BEAUTY Lashes in Farah £18.00 | These faux mink, fluttery gorgeous things need to join my collection. 

BOURJOIS Healthy Mix Foundation £9.99 | I've just ran out of this and love the dewy, lightweight finish so could do with some more in Vanilla and Light Beige. 

ASOS Cat Eye Sunglasses £10 | Spotted these on a recent mooch around asos and I really like the frosted pink look of them. 

MICHAEL KORS Card Holder £40 |  Like I said I rarely carry cash so think it's time to switch to a card holder and I love the quality of Michael Kors 

VANITY PLANET Spin for Perfect Skin £30 | I saw this cleansing brush on both Nikkie Tutorials and Patricia Brights Youtube channels recently and its look like a great, cheaper alternative to a clarisonic. 

And that's your lot lovelies... what would you pick out of these bits and pieces? Leave me a comment with what's on your BDay wishlist! 

Love 

Lucy 

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Orange Bag Edit

Orange is a key colour this season and whether its high end or high street there's tangerines, peaches and neons everywhere! Here's the PLT round up of some of the best orange bags on the net and I've linked them all for you, just click the prices.

DKNY Bryant Park Crossbody £129.00
ALDO Delafield Bag £39.98
CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA Bogart from THE OUTNET £897.75
NEW LOOK Orange Tassel Bag £15.99
DUNE Enid Raffia Mix Envelope Clutch £50.00

MARC B Karlie Saddle Bag from TOPSHOP £49.00
REBECCA MINKOFF Adeline Tote from MYBAG £104.00 (Get 15% with NEWMB)
DUNE Double Pouch Clutch £35.00
ZARA Crossbody Bag £39.99
WHISTLES Foldover Leather Clutch from SELFRIDGES £95.00
PAULS BOUTIQUE Bathany Snake Bag £70.00

REISS Pinky Bow Crossbody from VERY Exclusive £120.00
WHISTLES Mini Verity Backpack £180.00
NEW LOOK Block Colour Purse £8.99
CALL IT SPRING Return Crossbody from DEBENHAMS £20.00
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Gallery Bitsy Crossbody from MATCHES £90.00


ANYA HINDMARCH Hubba Bubba Imperial Elaphe Clutch from THE OUTNET £497.50
ZARA Metal Bamboo Crossbody £19.99
ALDO Kassler Bag £45.00
RIVER ISLAND Orange Patchwork Clutch £18.00
ASPINAL OF LONDON Letterbox Saddle from MYBAG £350.00 (Get 15% with NEWMB)

There's the line up lovelies.. are you more of peach, coral or red / orange kinda girl? Which is your favourite and have I tempted you to try orange? Leave me a comment.

Happy Shopping!

Love 

Lucy 

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Maybelline Must Haves


Maybelline Must Haves

I'm a huge fan of Maybelline products and have been for years, a drugstore brand that knows how to do great lasting formulas is always a winner. Here's a run down of my favourite Maybelline products and why I think you should be picking them up on your next trip to Boots. 

Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencil

The Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils have been around for a couple of years now and I own quite a few colours. Soft and creamy formula which lasts really well without dsrying out the lips. These chunky lip pencils are a great dupe for the NARS Lip Pencils at less that half the price. This particular one is In With Coral and I can see this being my go to Summer Lip colour.

Maybelline Gel Polish

A new bottle design for the Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colour, but still that same amazing formula. This is my 2nd bottle of the Rose Poudre colour as its the perfect everyday nude / pink... I love it. I also have 3 other of Gel Nail Colours from Maybelline and they are all lovely. Slightly thinner in formula than the Barry M Gelly Polishes but still super long lasting. I can get a good 5 days out of these without any chips but the thing I love the most is the thick, flat brush. Not a bad colour in the range either, just wish there were a few more brights.

Maybelline Lash SENSATIONAL

The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is defintely a blogger fave, often compared to Benefit Rollerlash. For me personally I do prefer Benefit as I think it holds a curl slightly better but they don't do a waterproof (which is bloody annoying). If you're looking for a waterproof mascara that thickens, seperates, gets every lash and holds curl without getting transfer this is a fab option.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow

I'm a big fan of a cream eyeshadow as a base or a shimmer one for a pop of colour and Maybelline do this amazingly well with the Colour Tattoo 24h. Again I have 3 of these and love them all, great for bases and similar consistency to MAC Paintpots but pretty much all shimmers like this Pink Gold. They however, perfect to add something special to an eye look. I love this particular one in the inner corner and have even used it as a cream highlight. Gotta love a multi-use product but Maybelline if you're reading bring is some matte, neutral options please.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner

Last but certainly not least the Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner, this stuff does not budge. They do have a few colours but the black is pretty incredible for the price, super black, super matte and gives you time to work it before is dries. I'd even go so far as to say I prefer this formula to my Illamasqua which is twice the price. It does come with a little double ended brush with sponge for smudging which is surprisingly good if you're using it as a base for smokey eye. 

So there you have it lovelies my hero products from Maybelline... bonus the're currently on buy one get one half price at Boots! Oh and you may also want to check out my brows post as there's my fave Maybelline Brow Product in that one here.

Happy Shopping and Saving!

Love 

Lucy 

xxx

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Friday, 6 May 2016

22 Blog Photography Prop Ideas

Blog Photography props
We all love a good photo background or prop, whether you're a fan of the flat lay or not here's a few ideas for you. 

1 - Bloggers Journal - £15,00 at Paperchase
2 - Letter Mug - £7,00 at Paperchase - perfect for makeup brushes
3 - Marble Clock - £19,99 at Homebase - a twist on the usual marble flatlay
4 - Artificial Flowers - From £1 at IKEA
5 - Hot Air Balloon Print - £3.99 from Homebase - I regularly take the art off my walls for photos
6 - Geometric Napkins - £1,99 from H&M - Great for small items like jewellery

Blog Photography props

6 - Spotty Wrapping Paper - £3.50 from Paperchase
7 - Camera Money Box - £8,00 from George at ASDA
8 - Water Lily Candle - 1,99 from H&M
9 - Embellished Notebook - £8,00 from Paperchase
10 - Retro Clock - £7,93 from Homebase
11 - Tropical Placemats from H&M
Blog Photography props

12 - Wooden Chopping Board - £21,00 from Noble Express
13 - Fairy Lights - £8.99 from Lights4Fun
14 - Peacock Tea Towel - £6.99 from H&M
15 - Copper Candle Holder - £7,50 from Oliver Bonas - Another one good for Makeup Brushes
16 - Slate Heart Chopping Board - £9.60 from Debenhams - Great for writting on

Blog Photography props
17 - Striped Bedding - £14,99 from H&M - I use my bedding lots of OOTD or beauty shots
18 - Name Makeup Bag - £16 from NOTHS - Get your blog name on one?
19 - Poppy Lap Tray - £6.99 from Dunelm - I use my lap tray LOADS
20 - Heart Sunglasses - £10 from ASOS - Great for Summer posts
21 - Zoeva Makeup Brushes - £65,00 from Beauty Bay
22 - Fashion Coffee Table Book - Amazon

By no means am I the best at photography composition but hopefully this post will give you some inspo. Not only go and buy things to pep up your pics but to look around your house and see what you already have, I'm sure its more that you think. 

Happy Snapping!

Love

Lucy

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Best Drugstore Foundation?

L'Oreal Infallible Matte

Happy Saturday Lovelies! Hope you're all having a fabulous Bank Holiday Weekend so far! Today I'm championing a bloggers fave and if you haven't already purchased this one, I highly recommend you do. This is my 3rd, yes you read that right.. 3rd purchase of the L'Oreal Infallible 24h Matte Foundation. I absolutely love it! A creamy formula that's thick but not cakey, a medium to full coverage that doesn't feel heavy and a matte formula that doesn't dry out my dehydrated skin. The L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation doesn't budge, even on my chin and cheeks where I usually lose the most throughout a day, I can even get away without setting it! 

L'Oreal Infallible Matte
L'Oreal Infallible Matte
L'Oreal Infallible Matte

I also love the nozzle on the tube as it means I can be more precise with how much I use as a little goes a long way too. I find it applies much better with my flat Daniel Sandler Foundation brush than my beauty blender or a buffing brush on my dry skin but I've used it with a beauty blender on oily skin and it went on a dream. I can't tell you how much I love this one, for an under £10 Foundation you can buy in your local supermarket or drugstore it's an absolute winner! 





Love 

Lucy 

P.s L'Oreal if you're reading this.. A couple of yellow toned options and more spaces on your makeup stands please! 




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Friday, 15 April 2016

The Perfect Nude from Tom Ford

Tom Ford Nude Vanille

Happy Friday Lovelies! Hope you've got somethinf fabulous planned for weekend. Today I'm crushing on the latest addition to my lipstick collection and oh my is it s stunner. The boyfriend recently went all for work and he's definitely a keeper because he came back with this beauty. Tom Ford Nude Vanille Lipstick.... oh YES!

Tom Ford Nude Vanille
Tom Ford Nude Vanille
Tom Ford Nude Vanille

I can't recommend Tom Ford Lipsticks enough.. if you're looking to splurge they formula of them all is bloody amazing... creamy, long lasting and so pigmented, plus just look how pretty they are! One of the lightest shades of the huge Tom Ford collection Nude Vanille is definitely a throw on an go colour. It's perfect for an off duty makeup look, a pinky undertoned nude which is slightly peachy ... think pale salmon. If you're looking for more pink toned version of MAC Myth then this is the one for you. If you're a nude lip kinda girl then investing in the Tom Ford Nude Vanille is a decision you won't regret not only for the amazing colour and pretty packaging but the rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oi.

Tom Ford Nude Vanille Swatch

Tom Ford First Time on the top which a darker, more coral undertoned nude and Tom Ford Nude Vanille onthe bottom, much lighter yet equally beautiful. Shop the Nude Vanille for £38 at Selfridges here and check out my other 2 Tom Ford on First Time & Flamingo.

What's you're favourite Tom Ford shade.. or your favourite nude? 


Happy Nuding! 

Love 

Lucy 


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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Prime & Fix with KIKO


KIKO Primer & Makeup Fixer

On a recent trip to The Trafford Centre I couldn't resist popping into the KIKO store and was instantly impressed with range... It's much bigger than you think. Two of the bits I picked up are the KIKO Skin Tone Correcting Primer in Green and the KIKO Face Makeup Fixer. 
 
KIKO Skin Tone Corrector
KIKO Skin Tone Corrector
KIKO Skin Tone Corrector
First up, the Skin Tone Correcting Primer. I had a play with this store before buying it and was really surprised by the consistency. After seeing a million and one YouTube and Instagram vids of thick green colour correctors that's what I was expecting. The KIKO primer is definitely not a creamy product, it's more like a serum, light and smoothing without the clogging or heavy feeling. I was also really intrigued by the Diamond Powder in it, which KIKO says captures light and delicately reflects it. So does it work? If you're looking for an illuminating primer which is dewy, lightweight and smoothing, absolutely. If you like me have pretty bad Rosacea then this will definitely help to even skin tone and keep your makeup on which covers it but won't completely conceal it. So, if you're looking for something heavy duty to cover redness... This one isn't for you. Overall though, I've used it most days and it gives me a healthy glow, improves the longevity of my makeup and feels lovely on the skin and has definitely helped smooth and even out my skin. The Colour Correcting Primer is also available in Violet & Peach, shop them all here for £9.90.
 
KIKo Face Makeup Fixer
KIKO Face Makeup Fixer
KIKO Face Makeup Fixer

I also picked up the KIKO Face Makeup Fixer on the same trip hoping for an alternative to the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I didn't open the packaging with this one before I bought it otherwise I'd have realised its an aerosol unlike the UD. I'm not disappointed though! I actually really like the super fine mist you get with it. Much more like a hairspray for your face without the stickiness or the smell as the Makeup Fixer has Chamomile Extract and smells amazing! Does it keep your face on though? Yes it does... Don't get my wrong it's definitely not as hardcore as some other setting sprays I've tried but it's not got crusty feeling at all which others do. I even left my makeup on overnight to test this out and you know what, it was pretty much in tact the next morning. Well apart from a bit of panda eyes. The thing I really like about this is that it's so fine it doesn't budge all your hard work and takes away any powderyness (not a real word I know). Overall, would I repurchase... Definitely. Shop the Face Makeup Fixer here for £7.90.

What about you lovelies... Have tried either of these and what do you recommend I buy from KIKO next? 

Happy Priming & Fixing! 


Love 

Lucy
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