Monday, 29 December 2014

FOTN | New Years Eve Makeup Look

Monday, 29 December 2014


New Year's Eve is almost here and, scarily, 2015 is just around the corner. My New Year's Eve is going to be pretty low-key but I plan to add a little glamour with my makeup. I got the Smashbox On The Rocks Palette (£29) for Christmas - it's a limited edition palette with 12 of their Photo Op Eye Shadows. 

I've loved wearing a lot of green hues this season so naturally I was drawn towards the 'Midnight Emerald' shade from this palette and it's the main feature of this look. Green can seem like a scary shade to wear but I think it can suit such a wide variety of skintones and it works so beautifully with brown eyes. Applying eyeshadow is not my forte so I stuck to keeping it simple so this look is easy to duplicate. I kept the rest of my makeup muted, opting for a nude (ish) brown lipstick which only softly veils my natural lip colour. I then dabbed some brown shimmery gloss over the top to add a little more glitter. 



Face
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)
Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Banana)
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick (55)

Eyes 
Rimmel London Glam' Eyes Liquid Eye Liner (001 Black Glamour)
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)
Smashbox On the Rocks Eye Shadow Palette (Vanilla, Midnight Emerald & Bourbon)

Brows
Sleek Makeup Brow Kit (Extra Dark)
Rimmel London Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Cheeks 
Sleek Makeup Blush (934 Sahara)

Contour
Sleek Makeup Face Form (373 Light)

Lips
L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick (231 Sepia)
Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss (Jewel)


What makeup look will you be rocking this NYE?

Lesley x

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Haul | Black Friday Missguided Buys

Sunday, 28 December 2014


This year on 28th November was the first that 'Black Friday' really had an impact in the UK. Shops everywhere were discounting stock and I was inundated with emails from places I'd forgotten I'd even subscribed to. The bulk of my purchases were from Missguided who dropped several deals over 'Black Friday weekend'. I didn't go too crazy with my purchases as I haven't ordered much from Missguided before but I love everything I bought which has slotted into my current wardrobe perfectly.


Dorothie Floral Print Cigarette Trousers (£24.99 £5)
These trousers are so well put together which I wasn't expecting as the photo on the website doesn't do it justice. I would totally pay full price for these and I feel a little like I've robbed Missguided of these by only getting them for a fiver. I've got a slouchy cream jumper that I love wearing these with and I often opt for these black brogues for a more casual look.

Alison Floral Racer Bodycon Dress (£9.99 £5)
I've been hoarding bodycons this season which is a welcome change from wearing swing and shift dresses. I love the floral pattern on this one. The racer style top makes hiding my bra straps a little awkward but I recently got a very simple but neat tool to tuck my bra straps in which Shirley talks about in her video here.

Beatrina Contrast Collar Playsuit (£24.99 £5)
I'm in love with tailored pieces and anything monochrome so this playsuit is perfect for me. I found my size of this particular playsuit quite restrictive (length wise) so I opted for a bigger size this time which is the slightest bit too big. It's not noticeable when I accessorise this playsuit with a belt but I may have to give it a little nip and tuck with my sewing machine.


Kimberley Waterfall Coat (£59.99 £35)
I had to spend so long refreshing my internet browser to get this coat as the website kept crashing, presumably as all coats dropped to half price on Black Friday. It feels very luxurious and this coat has been keeping me warm on those icy cold days. I've mostly been pairing this coat with midi dresses and heeled boots but much to my surprise it seems to go with everything.

Carly Crepe Check Playsuit (£24.99 £5)
I've been eyeing up this playsuit for some time and I couldn't quite believe it was going so cheap which is why I snapped it up pretty sharpish. It's too cold now to wear this bare-legged so black tights, the cosy knit I'm wearing here and the lace-up platform boots I'm wearing in this old OOTD are my go-to items to make this item work for this season.

What fashion purchases have you made recently? 

Lesley x

Sunday, 21 December 2014

FOTN | Festive Makeup Look with Yves Rocher

Sunday, 21 December 2014


A red lip is my go-to for my evening makeup looks this time of year, though I tend to wear either dark red or berry tones. This year botanical beauty brand Yves Rocher have opened me up to trying something new by sending me a few items to help me get ready this season including their Moisturizing Cream Lipstick in Orange Muscade (£15)*. The lipstick is a bright orange-red hue but it's so soft and flattering I've been reaching for this shade the most recently.


I generally like my lips to stand out from the rest of my makeup so I used only a little gold eye shadow from Bourjois Smoky Eye Trio in Brun Wood to add some glamour and slightly smoked Black Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon around the lash line. To finish my eyes I added Yves Rocher Lash Plumping Mascara in Waterproof Black (£18.50)* which has the perfect wand for grabbing and coating each lash with mascara without overloading it with product. 

To finish off my preparations for a night out I used Yves Rocher Flower Party By Night Fragrance (£26)* - a 'spicy' version of their original floral perfume. It smells gorgeously sweet and distinctly of vanilla and almond.

Full face details: 

Face
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)
Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Banana)

Eyes 
Bourjois Smoky Eye Trio (13 Brun Wood) 
Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon (No.1 Black)
Yves Rocher Lash Plumping Mascara (Waterproof Black)* 

Brows
Sleek Makeup Brow Kit (Extra Dark)
Rimmel London Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Cheeks 
Sleek Makeup Blush (934 Sahara)
Sleek Makeup Face Form (373 Light)

Lips 
Yves Rocher Moisturizing Cream Lipstick (43 Orange Muscade)* 

*sample. You can read my disclaimer here.


What makeup looks will you be creating this season? 


Lesley x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Realash Eyelash Enhancer

Monday, 15 December 2014

Longer, thicker eyelashes is something many women crave, but is it possible to improve the look of your own lashes without mascara or falsies? REALASH contacted me some time ago about road-testing their Eyelash Enhancer (£49)* and I couldn't help be curious as to whether there was actually a product which could make your real lashes longer.


The product is only 3ml and comes with a hefty price tag for the size but it's packed with all sorts of lash-loving ingredients and is stated to last for 4-5 months. Only a small amount is needed and you apply it like an eyeliner to the roots of your lashes each night post-cleansing. REALASH claims that with continuous use for 8-12 weeks there will be a significant improvement in the length and thickness of your eyelashes. I usually struggle to be consistent with products but I will be using this every night for the next 3 months to see if there really is any difference in the look of my eyelashes.


This is what my lashes look like currently with absolutely no eye makeup above (I'm wearing makeup on the rest of my face). There's also a shot of my lashes with mascara below (it was taken on a different day).


I'll be reporting my results of using this product in a month's time. In the meantime you can see some before and after shots on the company's website here.

*sample. You can read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Realash or any eyelash enhancers before?

Lesley x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Review | Glowwbox December 2014

Sunday, 14 December 2014

There's various subscription beauty boxes on the market currently (like Glossybox, Birchbox and Jolie Box) and though I'm a self-confessed beauty lover they're pretty uncharted territory for me. I was contacted by Glowwbox, a monthly beauty subscription service for women with darker skin tones, and I was excited to be sent December's box - the 'Party Season' Edition*.


Inside this month's box is Mehron Black Mascara (£7.31), two Motions products I received Motions Natural Textures Deep Conditioning Mask (approx £5) and Motions Natural Textures Moisturising Cleanser (approx £4), Bellapierre Mineral Eyeshadow in Celebration (£12.99), Inlight Face Glove (£4.50), Inlight Super-food Face Mask (full size £44) and Lord & Berry Absolute Intensity Lipstick in Raspberry (£12).

The subscription costs £10 per month plus £3.95 postage and packaging, so you get quite a lot for the price. Glowwbox is a UK company but also ships to Ireland and EU companies at an extra cost. At least 5 products are included in each box which can be a variety of sizes including sample, trial and full size. In this particular box I received 7 items and the only product which wasn't full size was the Inlight Super-food Face Mask.


You can tell by the product selection in this box that it's all about the prep that goes into a big night out. The Lord & Berry Lipstick is my favourite item included. The shade I received - Raspberry - is richly pigmented and leaves a smooth buttery finish. The lipstick fits into my makeup collection perfectly and is definitely something I would personally buy. Another favourite from the box is the Bellapierrre Eyeshadow in Celebration, a shimmery gold mineral eyeshadow. I'm a bit of an eyeshadow novice but the colour is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly apt for the makeup looks I'll be donning this season. I'll be pairing the mineral shadow with the Mehron Black Mascara also included in the box which claims to thicken lashes without dreaded clumping.

2 Motions Hair products from their Natural Textures range are also included in the box out of 4 options - the Deep Conditioning Mask, the Gloss Serum, the Smoothing Conditioner or the Moisturising Cleanser. It was really hard to find accurate pricing for these products online in the UK but generally the Motions Hair products retail for between £2 and £8. I've been familiar with the brand for years but I've never really been interested in using their products until recently as the brand has finally stepped up it's game with a recent packing revamp and more of their products now contain decent ingredients. I've not yet tried the Natural Textures Deep Conditioning Mask or the Moisturising Cleanser so I was excited to see that the full-sized products were included in this box, especially as I get through so much product due to the length and thickness of my hair.


I'm also excited to try the products by British organic skincare brand Inlight. I've had so much success using the Bravura London Dermaflannel I'm curious to see how the Inlight Face Glove, which helps gently exfoliate the skin, will compare. The Super-food mask boasts a pretty impressive ingredients list too so I'm hoping this will give my winter-beaten skin the pick-me-up it needs, though it's a shame the sample sachet wasn't a little bit bigger.

Overall, I'm really impressed with the contents of this particular box as the product selection was well thought out and good value for money. I love that Glowwbox seeks to cater for women of colour as this really sets it apart from the plethora of beauty boxes on the market currently. If every box was like this I would definitely get myself a subscription. My only criticism would be that this box aims to please all women with darker skintones 'whether you're Black, Asian, Mixed or another beautiful brown hue' - a great concept but very difficult to deliver on. With this particular box for example I think the Motions hair products, which are marketed towards women with Afro-Caribben hair, won't appeal to many asian women with fine or straight hair. Beauty box subscription services in general need to offer more options to tailor the products included as it's impossible to appeal to everyone, regardless of skin colour. It looks like Glowwbox are working on 'a feature' to help better tailor each box to the buyer which makes the subscription service more appealing to me, though I have to admit it is exciting to try products I wouldn't ordinarily pick for myself.

*Sample. See my disclaimer here.


Have you tried Glowwbox or other Beauty Box Subscription services?

Lesley x

Sunday, 7 December 2014

My Top 5 Glitter Nail Polishes

Sunday, 7 December 2014

I'm not much of a glitter fan, but this time of year it's hard not to get caught up in the festive spirit and paint my talons with a little sparkle. These are my favourite polishes for this season:

(from left to right) L.A. COLORS Color Craze Nail polish in Aqua Crystals | Barry M Nail Paint in 343 (Ltd Edition) | L.A. COLORS Color Craze Nail polish in Goddess | Look Beauty Nail Pop in Sequin Effect 24 | H&M Nail polish in Just Blue Much

I mostly love wearing glitter polishes as a top coat and as a result most of the shimmery polishes I have are subtle and sheer. I have a few L.A Colours nail polishes in varying glitter tones but Goddess and Aqua Crystals are my go-to varnishes to finishing off my mani. I also love using Look Beauty's Nail Pop in Sequin Effect as a top coat as it's packed with fine metallic flakes, leaving a gorgeous lasting shimmer on my nails.

The other two shades shown are for when I really want my nails to stand out. The Barry M Nail Paint in 343 is a limited edition polish I picked up in Boots last year which screams Christmas to me. The effect isn't strictly 'glitter' in the traditional sense and instead rather reminiscent of strips of tinsel. This particular polish takes a lot of layering if you want to get the full effect but it's so worth the results. H&M's glitter polish is the latest addition to my collection and feels just a festive. I love the multi-coloured specks of glitter running throughout a cool blue base and the polish can be layered to create an ombre effect.

Tips for wearing glitter polish:

- Wear a good base coat, preferably one that peels off, as glitter nail polish is notoriously difficult to remove.
- Try glitter nail tips if you don't fancy full-on sparkle. This is one of my favourite ways to wear glitter nail polish.
- Make your glitter polish a feature by painting just one nail from each hand with a glitter polish and using a plain shade for your other nails.
- Use sheer glitter polishes as a top coat to give your favourite year round shades a festive twist.

Do you wear glitter nail polish?

Lesley x

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