Sunday, 28 June 2015

ORANGE LIPSTICKS FOR SUMMER

orange lipstick
For me, summer brings peach, coral and orange hues. Bronzed skin paired with golden eyeshadow and coral orange lips is one of my favourite looks for summer, these are a few of my most loved orange lipstick shades:

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti: Although sometimes prone to melting in the tube on hot summer days, Revlon Tutti Frutti is one of my most worn lipsticks during the warmer months. It's a hybrid between a lipstick and balm and so is lightly moisturising on the lips. It's a pretty, brightening and creamy orange that can be worn as a sheer, subtle tint or built up to a glossy orange lip. See it swatched here.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Iberico: This works so well paired with a striped tee and a pretty gold necklace (like this one). Nars Iberico is a beautiful, bold orange red (swatched here) that lasts well on the lips. I love the formula of Nars lip pencils as they are pigmented, creamy and long lasting - one of the best formula's of lip pencils that I've tried!

Revlon Matte Balm in Audacious: The perfect summer shade, Audacious is a bold, creamy coral that really works well with bronze and gold hues. The crayon applicator makes it so easy to apply or to pop in your bag for application on the go. It's matte and so is fairly long lasting, around 2-3 hours on the lips, see me wearing it here .

Topshop Infrared: There's something about the combination of winged liner and a bold orange lip that I really love. Topshop Infrared (swatched here) is a great, bright summer lipstick with a slight red tone to it making it a great alternative to a red lip.

What is your favourite orange lipstick?
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Friday, 26 June 2015

SUMMER WISHLIST

Summer Wishlist

This should probably be called 'my only-slightly-summery/english-weather-appropriate-wishlist', I'm really more of an autumn/winter girl at heart and as much as I try to embrace summer, I always lean towards monochrome, subtler shades and autumn hues!

River Island Cami's: I love the look of this Cream Lace Cami, I can imagine that it would look so pretty paired with a long floaty skirt. I also really love this plum V-Neck Cami, I'm tempted by the black version too!

Essie Petal Pushers: A pretty slate grey polish with blue undertones, this looks like a great alternative to brights for summer.

Monica Vinader Riva Ring: This 18ct rose gold dainty ring has been on my wishlist for the longest time now. It's so beautiful and has little pave diamonds scattered around it.

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne: Whilst visiting a Jo Malone counter, I spritzed wood sage and sea salt on me to see how the scent developed and how well it would last. It's a really nice, fresh summery scent that's unlike any other perfume that I own.

Olivia Burton Winter Floral Watch: I love Olivia Burton watches and I think this beautiful floral design would work well throughout all the seasons.

Emma Bridgewater Large Breakfast Cup: This looks like the perfect morning mug for a cup of tea. I'm really trying to make sure I drink a cup of herbal tea every morning as the warm water helps to prepare your digestive system for the day, this would be a great motivator for me to stick to it!

What's on your wishlist for summer?
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

TOPSHOP 5 YEARS OF BEAUTY - TOPSHOP BEGUILED

topshop beguiled
topshop beguiled lipstick
First I found my perfect pair of Ash style autumn boots in spring and now I've found the perfect winter lipstick in summer!

Topshop Beguiled is a beautiful deep berry red lipstick with slight glitter undertones. It has a smooth, velvety formula that applies like a dream for a deep shade and lasts well on the lips (4 hours with no touch up's needed!). I've read reviews that the satin/matte formula can sometimes appear streaky on the lips but I'm yet to experience any issues with mine.

Although it may look a little intimidating in the tube it's so flattering on the lips. Beguiled applies quite a bit lighter and can be worn dabbed on as a stain, straight from the bullet as a wash of colour or built up to a vampy berry red lip. The glitter undertones are stunning, subtle flecks of deep red, fuchsia and copper glitter catch the light to give extra dimension to the shade. 

I love wearing it paired with MAC All That Glitters on the eyes, a shimmery highlighter and plenty of mascara. It's already become one of my all time favourite lipsticks and I will be getting plenty of wear from it on stormy summer day's and all throughout autumn & winter.

Have you tried Topshop Beguiled?
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Sunday, 21 June 2015

NARS OUTER LIMITS - AN AFFORDABLE DUPE

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nars christopher kane dupe
nars outer limits eyeshadow dupe

I've noticed that Nars Christopher Kane Outer Limits eyeshadow has flown off the shelves already. It's a beautiful, sparkly, rose gold eyeshadow that's perfect for special occasions and will be amazing for Christmas and the festive period, I've recently written a full review on it here.

Topshop Chameleon Glow in Shuffle the Cards is practically identical to Nars Outer Limits, the main and only noticeable difference is that the glitter particles in Shuffle the Cards are a lot smaller making the texture smoother and more buttery.

Both Nars Outer Limits and Topshop Shuffle the Cards have a pretty peach toned base with flecks of the exact same rose pink glitter/sparkles running through it. Nars' offering weighs in at 2.2g and Topshop's at 2.4g, although still quite pricey for an eyeshadow, the Topshop version is just half the price of the Nars eyeshadow. I'm always so happy to find dupes for limited edition shades, shuffle the cards is more accessible and hopefully will be available for a while!

nars dupe
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Friday, 19 June 2015

A FEW THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

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Make a cream cheese bagel topped with strawberries & blueberries for brunch.

Scroll through the Primark hashtag #PrimarkAW15 for copper, beautiful dresses & pom pom shoes (so cute!) or the Cath Kidston A/W15 hashtag on instagram (#CKAW15) for sausage dogs, autumn leaves & pretty, festive prints!

Stroll around the farmers markets, buy fresh peonies.

Pull out your favourite bright lipsticks ready for summer.

Browse the sales - Topshop and Zara sales have just started and they're both looking so good!

Re-read the Harry Potter series, with snippets of information about Fantastic Beasts being released, it's the perfect time to delve back into the magical world.

Buy pretty cards to frame from Paperchase.

Have a little Lush shopping spree followed by a pampering afternoon with a long bath, fresh pjs and Netflix.

Make a Summer berry & Cashew Cream Pie, it's healthy, raw, vegan and delicious - recipe here

Get a little green fingered and re-pot your plants, it's best to do before summer and then you can pop them in pretty ikea pots!
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