Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Fashion | Payday Wishlist October 2015

It's that time of the month again where I am pining for payday! I selected a few things I would like to buy after payday.

1. and 2. are phone cases from the same website, Skinny Dip London, I think these cases are so cute! I have selected these two which are my favourite, I particularly love the goggly eyes on the "angel cats" case. These cases are for the Iphone 5 or 5s. They are so fun and colourful, and at the moment I have a simple clear case for my Iphone and I would love to get one of these to brighten it up. The cat case is £15 and the heart macaroons are £12. Click here for the link.

3. I have selected this gorgeous comfy cardigan from Topshop for £45. As it is starting to get colder I love to snuggle up in a big comfy cardy, and if I nip out to the shops this is perfect at the moment rather than a coat. I love the colour of this cardigan its a terracotta orange shade, very autumnal, would look great with high knee boots. Click here for the link.

4. Next I really would like to purchase some high waited jeans, and the Super High Waisted Joni Jeans have been raved about in the past from Topshop. I think this pair of jeans will be a great staple for your wardrobe. They are £45, which is a standard price for a pair of jeans. I prefer this blue almost black colour of jeans rather than any other colour available. Click here for a link.

5. Finally I would love to buy a pair of slip on shoes from Topshop for £20. I would like a casual pair of shoes like this to wear instead of trainers. Something quick and easy to slip on my feet perfect for autumn. Click here for a link.

And thats my payday wishlist for this month, what are you hoping to purchase after payday?

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Beauty | My Bath Time Routine

I was thinking that I haven't done a routine post since my skincare routine back February, so I thought I would share with you what I use when it comes my relaxation session of bath times! This is my favourite time of the day, I especially enjoy it if I have had a long day and have gone for a long run. It's my reward!

I will start by explaining what I like to use on my face in the bath. I think it is really important to give your skin a deep cleanse when in the bath. I always start by taking a flannel soaked in the hot water of the bath and put it in my face to open my pores. Then I use Soap&Glory Peaches and Clean, Deep Cleansing Milk to cleanse and wash my skin. I love the smell of this product and it has something in it which tingles on the skin slightly. I love using it, it really feels like it is cleaning my skin. Click here for a link.

Once I have cleansed my skin I like to use a face mask to clear out my pores. I like to use Dirty Works Detox Mud Mask with Blueberry and Willow bark extract. I put this all over my skin and leave it to dry for 10 minutes. I have spoken about this face mask before in a previous post, the packing has changed recently. I love this face mask, it always helps when I am having a bit of a break out. I highly recommend this face mask, and I use it once or twice a week in the bath. Click here for a link.

My absolute favourite bubble bath to use in the bath is from the Bodyshop, Honeymania Bubble Bath Melt. This stuff is amazing, when I am in need of a very relaxing bath to destress I always use this. The smells is amazing and you don't even need to put that much in your bath. It is a very comforting smell of warm honey. This is £8 which is a great price, it is a great quality product to use in your bath and last for about two months! Click here for a link.

After I get out of the bath I like to use a body butter to deeply hydrate my skin. I have used a few different scents from the Bodyshop, in the picture is my next butter to start on which is Raspberry. I love the fruity scents to use after a bath. The Bodyshop body butters cost £14 which is a lot which is why I only use them after my baths about twice a week. This means they last for a long time and it is more of a treat. Click here for a link to all body butters available.

This is what I use when I want to have relaxing pamper session and I recommend of products mentioned. I would love to hear what kind products your like to use to relax, please leave a comment.

Thanks fro reading.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Skincare | Smoky Poppy, The Bodyshop

Today, I wanted to review the latest products I have bought and used from the Bodyshop. I recently purchased the Smoky Poppy Shower Gel and Body Lotion as they were in the sale. 

The smell of this collection is amazing, a beautiful floral scent with a hint of vanilla or cassis for a sweet edge. If you are not keen on the fruity scents from the Bodyshop this is a lovely alternative scent. I think this range was release for valentines day time and I would say it is a very romantic scent.

The body lotion is lovely to use everyday to keep your skin hydrated, I use it in the evenings before I go to bed. They last about a month and half to two if you use it everyday. The shower gel is lovely to use and you do not need to use too much at a time, so it lasts at least two to three months. I have sensitive skin and find that both these products do not affect it, so I would highly recommend if you have sensitive skin but want something that smells nice.

I love all the the Bodyshop shower gels and body lotions, I use them all the time and would recommend trying them out. The shower gels are priced at £4 and the body lotions are £8, which is very reasonable for quality products. I don't think the Smoky Poppy shower gel is available on the website but you can buy the body lotion and the body scrub. Click here for a link to the Smoky Poppy Collection from The Bodyshop.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Make Up | Tanya Burr Cosmetics

A few months ago I bought these two items from the new range of Tanya Burr Cosmetic which Tanya has recently released. She added three eyeshadow palettes and a brow palette. I think after these were released she also released face palettes for cheeks and contouring.

I went for the brow palette as I am a little obsessed with finding the best products to use on my eyebrows. It's a constant hunt! Applying eyebrows with shadows looks very natural. I love doing my brows with this palette it creates great definition. I mix two colours together, Pebble and Hot Cocoa as I find Chestnut is too warm toned for my brows. I would say that this isn't the quickest way to do my brows but it is the most natural way to define them.

I also use this palette on my eyes to create soft smokey brown eyes, it's amazing for that as well. It's an all in one palette. I haven't really used the brush or tweezers yet but they will be great when traveling as I do forget my tweezers sometimes! 

I have inserted a photo (below) to show the brow palette where I used it to defined by brow and created a smokey brown eye look. One of my favourite looks. 

Using the Brow Palette on Eyes and Brows - Amazing!

The second palette I purchased was the Hollywood Eyeshadow palette from Tanya's collection. I choose this palette as it has neutral colours as well as mixed matte and shimmer shades. They are classics shades which I know suit me and my blue eyes. The eyeshadows are so pigmented and last all day. This palette is great for travelling as it is small and compact with a mirror. What more could you want! Bookworm is my favourite to create warm definition through the eyelid crease. Enchanted is so glamourous and a shade for christmas and new year's parties!

I would recommend giving these products a go! I believe that Tanya has really worked hard and produced some amazing products which are at an affordable price.

Click Here to see the Tanya Burr Cosmetic's full collection on Superdrug's Website.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Make Up | Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Today, I want to review a new lip product I have recently bought. If you read my blog post on The Goodwood Revival you will have seen that I used this lipstick for my 1950's make up look.

This is the second red lipstick I own, I don't tend to wear dark lips or bright lips as they tend to be a lot of work to keep looking perfect all day long. I only wear red lipstick for special occasions.

Instagram photo: nic_beauty

This is a beautiful matte lipstick, I would recommend lining your lips to stop any bleeding round the edges. It did last all day quite well with just one re-application and that was only because I ate lunch. My verdict on it's staying power is pretty good. I do tend to use Lip Lock by Rimmel London to give that extra hold.

I would recommend these lipsticks for special occasion they are a lovely matte lipstick. However, if your lips are dry the lipstick will only emphasise this so make sure to moisturise before application.

Thanks for reading, I hope this post helps you if you are looking for a great, deep red, matte lipstick.

Click Here for a link to buy this lipstick from Boots.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Fashion | My Pick of Boots for this Autumn

Today I want to talk about my pick of footwear, specifically boots for this Autumn. I think boots are one of my favourite types of footwear, so this time of year I become very excited when I these beauties can be dug out of the wardrobe!

1. First up is this beautiful tan coloured pair of boots from H&M for £79.99. These boots are suede so definitely not a rainy day shoe, but a stylish pair of knee high boots to wear on a crisp day. I love them, its nice to have a couple of pairs of heeled boots in your boot collection.

2. Second are these lovely gelly style chelsea boots from ASOS called Gamble Wellies for £20. Number one they are a great price and two they are perfect for rainy days. They look nicer than the classic style of wellies. I also think they look a lot like Ted Baker shoes.

3. Next I have selected another pair from ASOS by London Rebel Chelsea Flats for £40. I like these boots because they are a petite style of the classic chelsea boots. They would be perfect for work or weekends, and black goes with everything. So all round a great pair of shoes.

4. Here are a lovely pair of Buckle Riding Boots from Marks & Spencers for £49.50. These are a casual style boot and would look great with jeans. Perfect for wintery or wet days, you can't go wrong with this style.

5. This pair of boots are a little different, I think I am becoming obsessed with patent shoes this year. These boots are from H&M called, Patent Ankle Boots £29.99, they are very stylish. Would be lovely for work and would go with most outfits. I think these boots would class up any outfits.

6. And lastly is a lovely beige pair of heeled chelsea boots. These boots are very different to the others, not an everyday boot. I love them, they would also class up any outfit. They are from ASOS by Daisy Street, Beige Chelsea Boot £34.99.

That was my pick of boots for this autumn, I hope this has given you some ideas.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Life | The Goodwood Revival

I recently got the opportunity to go to the Goodwood Revival event in Chichester, West Sussex. My lovely boyfriend lives in Chichester I have heard about the many events which happen at Goodwood and this year I finally got to go to one!

This event is all about vintage, vintage clothes and vintage cars. The main eras you can choose to dress as are 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. I am a lover of the 50's so it was a no brainer for me and the look I went for was an Audrey Hepburn inspired look.

The dress I am wearing is from Elsie's Attic, click here for the link . This site has many different styles of vintage dresses to choose from. I am also wearing an organza petty coat underneath to emphasise my skirt. Once I had chosen my dress for this event it was very easy to style my hair and make up around it.

The photographs below show a close up of my make up and I have photographed all the products I used that day to create my 1950's make up look.

A lot of the products you can see above are my staple items I have spoken about before. I wanted to create a clean and contoured look with highlights on the top of my cheeks. I also wanted to get my eyebrows just right as in the 1950's and especially for Hepburn, women loved to really emphasise the arch of their brows.

For this look it was all about the clean red vibrant lip and the striking eyes. I used L'oreal Super liner to create a very big flick on my lids, and then to emphasise my eyes even more I used Tanya Burr Cosmetic's Bambi Eyelashes. I also used Tanya Burr Cosmetic's Eyebrow kit as eyeshadow, to create definition in the crease of my lid before applying my eyeliner.

For my lips I used something new, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in shade 08 Grand Cru. This is a matte liquid lipstick, I lined my lips with my Barry M lipliner to make sure my red lips didn't bleed. Perfect lipstick for this look, it's a dark red which suits me better than an orange red. I will fully review this lip product in a future post.

The day was absolutely amazing, I was transported back in time. I would recommend going next year if you can!

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Fashion | Autumn 2015 Knitwear Pick

Hey guys, today I wanted to give you my autumn knitwear pick for this year. I love this time of year when it is time to get the jumpers out and snuggle indoors away from the cold!

1. The first jumper in my pick is this one from New Look for £14.99. It has a lovely drape detail and I think would look great with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans. It's a thin jumper so great for the early autumnal months.

2. This second jumper is from H&M and is a very casual oversized style. This is my favourite style of jumper to wear and it is 70% cotton so it will be beautifully soft. I have sensitive skin when it comes to wool or mohair, so I do prefer to buy jumpers made from cotton.

3. Next is this jumper from Topshop, I love this polo neck style. This jumper could be worn to work or at the weekend. It is the most expensive of my pick it is £39 but it has 13% wool and 20% mohair in the mix. I might find this a bit much for my skin but I love the style. 

4. This is another jumper from H&M, a lovely round necked jumper in the colour Mustard Marl. I love these colours in autumn and to wear them with black leggings or jeans. This jumper is £14.99 and has 15% wool in it.

5. This is a short sleeve alternative knit from New Look. This would look lovely over a long sleeved top. This jumper has 9% wool and is £19.99. I love the polo neck in combination with the short sleeves and think this is a big trend this year.

6. And finally another short sleeve alternative from Topshop. This is a knitted vest top and I think this would be great for work. It is 17% cotton and is £14. I think this is a lovely textured vest and would be warm for the autumn.

And thats my pick of knitwear for the autumn, I hope this has given you some ideas for what to wear this autumn!

Thanks for reading! :)