With so many blogs out there and Youtube channels to explore, you can see why it's easy to fall for the hype when products are splashed across our news feeds. This was the case with the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in 107 around this time last year. I bought it.... and unlike many others I hated it. 
I don't really go for a bold dark lip. I've mentioned before I usually go for peachy pinks, so this was way out of my comfort zone. At the time of purchasing I had a different hair colour. Really dark brown... pair that with a dark lip and I felt I looked a bit gothic. Therefore the 107 lipstick got stashed away in a drawer and forgotten about. Fast forward nearly a year and I've dug it out of the depths again to give it a another try.. and the verdict? I love it! 

With my lighter hair colour I am able to wear this lipstick with a little more confidence than before. I also changed the way I apply it, which I feel makes a big difference. This lipstick is quite messy to apply straight from the bullet, so a lip brush is necessary. Instead of packing the colour on so it's quite heavy, I use just enough to ensure I have a good coverage of the berry shade on my lips. Blot with a tissue and then with a light hand, go over it again. This results in the look above. An obvious bold lip without being too striking.  

It just shows that sometimes there are products out there that deserve a second chance. Whether it be a change in hair colour, or perhaps you aren't as religious with your fake tanning regime anymore. Try it again and it may work for you. If it doesnt, pass it on to someone who may appreciate it more or sell in a blog sale.

Are there any products you've revisited & managed to make it work for you?

Much Love, 

It’s around this time of the year that people like to start switching things up a bit. Be it their in their home with the decor, their wardrobe or even their jobs. With this in mind I thought it would be a great time to share with you The Novella Collection from Lacquer lab. Put down your summer shades and say hello to these beautiful A/W hues for the upcoming months.

I was fortunate enough to be sent 3 of the 6 polishes available in the collection.'Lover at the Ritz', an autumnal plum/brown shade, which if I am honest is a standard shade that appears in most A/W collections. However it's always a nice shade to have for this time of year. 'The Wonderous' which has to be my new favourite pinky nude, I love this shade for a simple manicure without the hassle of going French. Finally, 'Pocket full of Jewels' which is a gorgeous gold glitter top coat with a few opalescent flakes thrown in for good measure. This is a great one for when the party season gets into full swing a bit later in the year. 
Other shades in the collection include 'Lady's confession', a deep blood red shade which oozes glamour. 'Cigarillo' which is  classic caramel shade and finally 'Story Teller', a icy blue which just screams winter at me (Or Disneys Frozen!). These Lacquer Lab polishes retail for £9 each which isn't too bad, If you like the look of the whole collection you can order it for £36 making you a bit of a saving. Performance wise, I only had to apply two coats of each shade to get a opaque colour payoff. I add a slick of Sally Hansen Insta Dry on top, however the pollishes do give a nice glossy finish on their own. If you are pressed for time you could always skip the top coat and still be left with a lovley looking manicure. 

The Novella Collection is a great allrounder which provides shades for all occasions. It would be a welcome addition to anyones nail polish collection. You've got the shades perfect for everyday wear like The Wonderous, Cigarillo & Lover at the Ritz. Then  if you need to up your game for a particular event, you can opt for some of the more colourful shades with a top coat of Pocket full of Jewels.  

Have you tried any polishes from Lacquer Lab before? 

Much love.
We all have those days where we aren't really sure what to do with ourselves so we delve into our makeup collection & have a little play. I'm no make-up artist so most of the time I just wing it and hope for the best. I recently bought myself a Mac Holiday 2013 set from my local CCO and I really wanted to play around with the colours.

These are just a few of the looks I've created, which I thought I would share with you.

This is a very Autumnal look, which would also be very fitting for halloween. Can I say I was channeling Pumpkin glamour? I used a  mixture of 'Naked', 'Buck' & 'DarkHorse' from the Urban Decay Naked Palette plus the Mac Copper Sparkle Pigment from the set. I think what makes this look in particular is having the copper pigment along the lower lashline. To line the eyes I used Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner along with a mixture of Barry M lash Vegas & Lancome Hypnose mascara. On my lips I have Beauty UK Gloss in Coffee Cake, which is the perfect nude lip and such a bargain at only a few pounds!  

The pigment 'Museum Bronze' is the most pigmented of the bunch, so a little went a long way. I packed the colour all over my lids, Then used a bit of Nars Laguna to blend it out a little along the crease. To deepen it up a bit and create more of a smokey look I added Creep from the Original Naked palette into the outer v and through the crease ever so lightly. Just like the previous look I used the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner  with Lancome Hypnose Mascara. Finally I dug out my Mac lipstick in Lazy Day and lightly applied this to my lips.

 It's probably a bit early for Christmas looks, but I couldn't resist having a little play when I saw the  gorgeous gold glitter pigment staring at me! I knew exactly what I wanted to create using it. I dug out my Nars Ride up to the moon palette for the base of this look.I used the shade Agentina all over the lid, which is a shimmery light gold shade. Followed by Cordura in the outer V and through the crease. Using eyelash glue, I applied the gold glitter pigment over the majority of the lid. Finished off a little bit of Rimmel Scandal Eyes liner and Lancome mascara. I kinda followed this tutorial by Shannon to create this look if I am honest! Finally I used the MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer in Reckless on my lips!

It's quite fun having a play around seeing what different looks you can create. I will admit I tend to stick to the same look on a day to day basis so it was nice to have a play around & create something different. Especially when I didn't have any time restrictions! I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments which is your favourite!

  • Much love, 

Introducing Chroma Stationery

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Notebooks are my thang. When I was at school, I would go on a school trip and return with a notepad and pen EVERYTIME. As a blogger I am always writing lists, jotting down ideas or just doodling while trying to be productive. Today I want to introduce to you a new company that produces personalised notebooks for a really reasonable price. Say hello to Chroma Stationery

The brainchild behind it all is Gabi, after spending too much time looking for a good quality notebook, in the exact colour she wanted, which wouldn't cost the earth, she took matters into her own hands and created Chromas Stationery. The range is all about colour & the way colour effects our emotions. playing host to 20 different options you are bound to find one to suit you. 
Each shade is named after someone important in her life. I chose 'Doris' which is named after her Nan ; Being a fan of the colour lilac it was only fitting! If you look on Chroma's homepage you will see all the names and explanations behind each one.  

Each notebook retails for £7.50, which included in the price you can also have personalised. As you can see I opted to have my post signature put onto the front in Gold. You have the option of either Gold or Silver embossing. Whether it be your initials, your blog name, a slogan or even a logo. You can have it embossed on the front of your notebook. This is why I really wanted to share this brand with you as I know us bloggers do love a bit of personalisation, especially when it comes to our stationery!

When you receive your notebook in the post, it comes gift wrapped up in white tissue paper & a branded sticker holding everything in place. Along with a hand written postcard. This is a really nice touch, as it's always nice to feel like you are getting something special when you order something online! This also works particularly well if you want to buy a Chroma Stationery notebook as a gift for someone and have it delivered directly to their house! With Christmas coming up it could make the perfect gift for a blogging pal, friend or family member!

So what are you waiting for, get onto their website.. workout which colour you are going to go for and get one ordered! Let me know in the comments what colour you would choose & what you would have embossed on the front.

You can follow Chroma Stationery on Twitter here.

Much love, 


Currently Loving : Plaid & Stripes

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Plaid and stripes wishlist.
 Shirt | Scarf | Top | Dress | Cape | Boots 

If you spend a considerable amount of time browsing boards on pinterest, it's a given that you will start putting together a bit of a wishlist of items you would like. It happens to all of us! After having a look for some A/W style inspiration, it became apparent that combining stripes and plaid was a combination I quite liked! My wardrobe is quite plain at the moment, I went through a phase of only purchasing the basics. Which even though makes everything pretty versatile it means I cant really experiment too much. I've had a little bit of a browse online and found a few items which I think would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe to channel my Plaid & stripes vision!

Plaid and stripes wishlist.

The most popular arrangement seems to be stripes as a base, and then adding the plaid pieces on top when layering. I do love dressing for this time of year over S/S because Layering is my friend! Even  though this would probably be the way I would introduce this style to my wardrobe, it would be interesting to see if  the patterns reversed would work as well.  There's something about this combination that makes the outfits look put together and polished with that hint of laid back effort. 

Are you a fan of the Plaid and Stripes combination?

Much Love,