Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Style | Black and Blue


I've pretty much been wearing the same pieces on rotation recently. I always have a habit of wearing things to death despite having an overwhelming feeling that I need to 'mix it up'. I'm very rarely daring with my style and being immersed in the social media world makes me feel silly for dressing so ordinary or for liking such a random mix of things that at times my style comes across as confused.


This year I've been making peace with that feeling though, I'm accepting that it doesn't matter that I'm still wearing the same colours and shapes I did two years ago. Maybe it means I'm more settled on what my style is than I realised?

Currently I'm wearing a lot of black and blue (and grey but we'll save that for another post). It's not even intentional, they're just always the colours I buy and pick out to wear. Perhaps I'll gravitate towards a different colour palette at some point but for now it's what I'm most comfortable in.

Top, jacket & bag - ASOS | Trousers - eBay (unbranded) | Shoes - Converse Scarf - Pieces

What do you like wearing? 

Lesley x

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Andre Walker Hair Launch


Last month Andre Walker, the man behind Oprah's locks, launched his haircare line in the UK. As I've already tried and love the Andre Walker Hair TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner (reviewed briefly here) I've been keen to get to know the rest of the range which is pretty streamlined. The Andre Walker Hair line contains simply a shampoo, a deep conditioner, a hair oil and a leave-in each for curly, kinky and straight-styled hair which all retail from £10.99 each*. When it comes to styling Andre's products are designed to be used alone (with a philosophy of no more 'cocktailing').


Prior to the launch event I was styled by Andre himself, starting with a thorough cleanse with the Ultimate Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo and conditioning with the TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner. The conditioner was rinsed completely from my hair and Andre applied the Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee and a little of the Quench-Essential Oil. Having my hair styled by Andre was absolute pleasure. He was so welcoming and he gave me lots of tips and tricks on styling and caring for my hair. He also advised me that my hair was more on the kinky side and suggested it was type 4 of his hair typing system (see his hair typing chart here).

(left to right) Ebony modelling styled Type 3 hair, Kiyarni modelling straight styled hair, Andre Walker and me. 
Photos provided by Glen Nuñez, Bad Branding Creative Agency

I've tried to stick to just using this line for the past few weeks to get an idea on how the products work for me so far. I still absolutely love the TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner (£15.99) and I'm now on my second tub. It contains Aloe Vera, Keratin and oils such as argan, avocado and mongongo. This Conditioner does also contain dimethicone but I've never really had an issue with 'cones' so this is definitely at the top of my list to purchase when it's finished. I have so many shampoos on hand that the Ultimate Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo (£10.99) comes up against some pretty stiff competition. It is gentle but I have far gentler shampoos which cleanse just as well.


With styling I found that the Beautiful Curls Styling Crème (£15.99) works well for me, despite it being designed for type 2 and type 3 hair. It's a smooth consistency that's just so light it moisturises without weighing down my low porosity hair. Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee (£15.99), which is designed for type 4 hair, is much creamier and thicker in consistency and it gives my curls a lot more hold than Beautiful Curls. Both products are conditioning but are very different in terms of the main ingredients. Beautiful Curls has Aloe Vera, Ginger, Sea Kelp and Acai Fruit Extract whilst Beautiful Kinks contains Shea Butter, Avocado oil, and Jojoba oil. The products are designed to be used alone depending on your curl type, which I've tried, but I actually prefer using them together. I concentrate Beautiful Curls on the looser areas of my hair at the bottom and Beautiful Kinks towards my crown and edges where my curls are much tighter. I have a habit of layering product and I'd say that hasn't really changed though if I had to I could just use Beautiful Kinks by itself. Each time I've styled my hair with these products my hair has been staying moisturised and defined for at least 2 days before I need to rewet my hair and add a little more product.


I've not used a lot of the Quench-Essential Oil (£15.99) but it looks and feels very similar to a serum with cyclomethicone and dimethicone as the main ingredients. It also contains Mongongo and Argain oil and my hair feels smooth and less frizzy when I use this. I very rarely use heat anymore so I haven't tested out the Get It Straight Styling Crème (£15.99) yet but I scanned the ingredients on the bottle (twice) and they are listed exactly the same as the Beautiful Curls product. The same is true of the ingredients listed individually on the brand's website. It could be a misprint, but both products look and smell the same. The only physical difference from what I can tell so far is the packaging. I'll be using both together soon to see if there really is a difference.

Overall I love the simplicity of this line as I am trying to generally use less on my hair but I haven't quite given up 'cocktailing' yet.

Andre Walker Hair products are currently only available through Spell Beauty in the UK and from the brand's website or Target in the US. 

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Andre Walker Hair products?

Lesley x

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Sara Hill Makeup | Pink Opal Collection


I blogged about a few Sara Hill goodies I received back in May here and since the brand has been back in touch. I've dying to try the Pink Opal Collection released recently and kindly it was sent over for me to try a few weeks ago.


The Pink Opal Collection (£40)* is a set of four stunning highlighters containing Sara Hill's best-selling pigment Pink Opal alongside the shades Cosmos, Moon Dust and Rose Quartz. Pink Opal is the only pigment which can be purchased individually so the other 3 shades are currently exclusive to this collection. The Pink Opal Collection is described on the Sara Hill website as 'intergalactic loose pigment highlighters for your inner alien' and I couldn't agree more. All of the colours have a metallic feel to them and whilst I've built up quite a collection of highlighters this year, nothing I have is even remotely like these. It's like a glitter and a highlight had a beautiful (shiny) baby.

Each pigment is smooth and easy to work with and it's so finely milled you almost don't realise there's tiny specks of glitter running through them. A little really goes a long way with these too. The dull winter light has made capturing the true beauty of these pigments difficult but in person they swatch metallic, rather than chalky.

Swatches top to bottom: Cosmos, Moon Dust, Pink Opal and Rose Quartz 

Moon Dust has to be my favourite of the four. I'm always attracted to warm shades and this pigment has a distinct gold tone whilst Cosmos is silver. Pink Opal also looks like a white highlight but when swatched has a very strong, magenta tone to it. Rose Quartz is a deceptively baby pink powder but produces a silver tone with pink running through it when swatched. I've preferred to wear the pinker tones as eyeshadows or dabbed onto the inner corner of my eyes but they look beautiful dotted on the cheekbones, cupid's bow and brow bone too.

As they're quite metallic, to make them more wearable for daytime makeup looks I've been applying them after mixing with a little of Inglot's infamous Duraline. If you haven't tried Duraline yet, a dot of this product turns powders into a waterproof liquid and breathes life into dried out gel makeup. A little duraline makes the metallic nature of the pigments more visible and it allows it to melt into the skin a little more seamlessly.

Overall this is a beautiful collection and as I need to use so little these pigments will last me a long time. You can get the Pink Opal Collection from the Sara Hill website here.

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Which highlighters do you like?

Lesley x

Friday, 9 December 2016

Style | Puma Basket Heart Launch


I'm definitely more into sportswear than ever and Puma is really changing the game by creating classic trainers with a feminine edge. The Basket Heart trainers are one of the latest in a wave of new launches from Puma this year aiming to deliver both on style and comfort. They launched late last month but held an event to celebrate yesterday evening.


The Basket Heart trainers come with two lace options (chunky and satin) and feature a glossy patent finish. They're available in black and white for adult women and there's also toddler and infant versions. The Basket Hearts are definitely the cutest pair of trainers I own (thanks to Puma) and I'm definitely looking to expand my trainer collection (I need those new burgandy Fenty Creepers which sold out almost instantly yesterday!)

Trainers aside Puma are also aiming to inspire women with their 'Do You' campaign with Cara Delevingne as their newest brand ambassador. At the launch guests were told a little more about their campaign and the idea is to encourage women to accept who they are, to be happy just being themselves and you can't argue with that message.


If you're interested you can get the Basket Heart trainers from most sportwear retailers or through Puma's website here

Which sports brands do you wear?

Lesley x

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Dec 2016


With every new month comes the Look Fantastic Beauty box and of course this month's edition features products to keep you looking gorgeous throughout the party season.


Inside this box are 6 producs - Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer (full size £32), Skin Republic Caviar and CoQ10 Face Mask (£4.99) and Mellow Cosmetics Madness Lipstick (£? $13)*, Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash (full size £16), Bubble T Bath Bomb (£3) and Philip Kingsley Elasticizer (£17).

This may be my favourite Look Fantastic beauty box yet, mostly as I'm familiar with a couple of the products inside. I've already gushed about the Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer here and here but in short this provides an ultra-moisturising base ready for foundation. My makeup always looks so smooth with this applied first and the colder temperatures has already started making my skin dry so I know I'll be reaching for this often. This mini version is the perfect size for a weekend away I have planned for New Year's Eve too.

I'll also be taking the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer away with me and this was THE pre shampoo treatment I always relied on when my hair was relaxed. Actually most of the time I used it post-shampoo and I also had the 'extreme' version ideal for afro hair. It's pricey but if your hair is dry or damaged the elasticizer really helps it bounce back.

You can never go wrong with a red lipstick this time of year so the Mellow Cosmetics Lipstick in Madness - a ruby red - is a nice touch. The formula is matte but is still quite moisturising so it feels comfortable on the lips. It seems fairly long-wearing too so it goes the distance. I couldn't find this brand available on Look Fantastic currently hence the confusion on how much this retails for in the UK but it's designed and tested (cruelty-free) in New Zealand and the brand's website ships internationally.


I very rarely have a bath (I'm more of a shower person) but the fragrance of the Bubble T Bath Bomb is beautiful. The brand describes it as a 'wild strawberry fragrance' and it's infused with sweet orange essential oil and Goji Berry. Simply drop into running water and allow to steep whilst you bathe.

The August edition of Look Fantastic's Beauty Box featured a Balance Me Congested Skin Serum and I've been so impressed with it I've just purchased the full size (see here). I haven't tried the Pure Skin Face Wash yet, but like the serum, it's ideal for blemish-prone skin and contains grapefruit oil to gently cleanse and brighten the skin. There's also the Skin Republic Face Mask which contains a blend of Witch Hazel, Vitamin E and CoQ10 (which is found naturally within cells in the body and functions like an anti-oxidant). I'm a massive fan of sheet masks so I'll give this a try at some point soon.



You can get this month's edition from the Look Fantastic website. 

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried a beauty box? Which is your favourite?

Lesley x

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils


Nudestix pencils have been a regular feature of my makeup routine for the past 6 months. I've already posted about the eye pencils and some of the first shades I received from Look Fantastic here and here so I'll try not to repeat myself too much in this post. 



The brand's whole ethos is about easy-to-use, fun barely-there makeup which will give you a pop of colour without covering up your natural beauty. I'm definitely embracing more natural makeup looks lately and this brand just nails it with creating products for 'no makeup makeup'. Their pencils are created with skin-loving ingredients like Shea Butter, are fragrance free and are not tested on animals. Each pencil also comes in it's own tin with built in mirror and sharpener which doubles as a pencil cap.

I've mentioned a couple of the Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils (£24 each)* before but I now have 11 of the 12 shades, some of which are newly released to the US only currently. The colours range from nude pinks to deep reds. Vintage, Icon, Retro and Pixi are the newest shades to the Intense Matte collection. These are dual-use products to add some colour to your pout and cheekbones. The pencil works as a liner too so you just draw around your lips and fill in.

(shades left to right) Icon, Vintage, Retro, Raven, Royal, Stiletto, Kiss, Belle, Entice, Purity and Pixi 

The pencils are all very pigmented and the texture is creamy but it dries matte. As with most matte lip colours these look much better applied to exfoliated lips but these are more moisturising than some other similar products I've tried. Initially I loved these more as just a lip product but I have been using them more recently as a blush too. There's something really pretty about having your lips and cheek match and it adds to that effortless beauty look. When I'm wearing these on the cheeks I tend to keep my base/foundation to a minimum as these work beautifully when buffed into bare skin. I've found the red tones work better as blushes for my skintone and I tend to reach for the shade Retro most.

(shades top to bottom) Stiletto, Royal, Raven, Retro, Icon, Vintage 


(shades left to right) Pixi, Purity, Entice, Belle and Kiss

The main drawback of these pencils is that they are a little pricey and with every sharpen you do lose a bit of product. I absolutely love these though and I will pick up a few of the shades I'm missing from the other collections. There's also dual-ended lip colours available in the US which I think give a bit more bang for your buck.

You can grab most of these from Cult Beauty here and the newest shades if you're in the US directly from the brand's website here. You can also use the code 'FRESHLENGTHS10' for 10% off orders on the brand's website.

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Nudestix?

Lesley x

Monday, 28 November 2016

Skincare | Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra Removal 2016


Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra, often shortened to DPN, is the appearance of small mole-like lumps on the skin. I've had DPN appear on various parts of my body since being a teen and whilst they cause no known medical problems I've had them removed from my face (twice) as I just don't like how they look.


I've spoken about DPN previously on my blog (here) but as I've had my second treatment to remove them recently I thought explain the process in more detail in a video. I really hope this helps anyone considering the treatment as when I was first looking for a solution for DPN a lot of clinics I went to didn't know or understand what it was. My skin isn't totally clear (I still get mild acne and I have some DPN left) but I am so much happier with how my skin looks now. The treatment was definitely worth it for me and I would go back again for a third time.

The Video 

As ever, if you have any questions let me know in the comments

Have you heard of DPN before? 

Lesley x

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Beauty | NARS Cosmetics Faves


I first dipped my toe into the world of NARS at the beginning of the Summer and now they're my go-to brand. Over the last few months I've amassed a few favourites I've gushed about already on my Instagram account but I thought I'd share them here.



NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint (£30) 
I love this foundation which is strangely described as a tint. This is more than just a tinted moisturiser and the coverage is absolutely beautiful. It's not full coverage but medium and buildable giving a really skin-like finish. The finish is matte enough that I barely have to use any powder afterwards too. This is a winner for my oily skin and whilst I still love the Sheer Glow Foundation (mentioned here) this is definitely my favourite out of the two. You also get 50ml of product in this tube so it goes a lot further than other foundations I've tried.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush (£30) 
I have two shades of the Dual Intensity Blushes - Frenzy (Gold/Orange) and Panic (Fuschia/Pink) and they're like no other blush product I own. You can use them wet or dry and the formula holds up well used either way. They swatch beautifully pigmented from the pan onto my fingers but when applied to the cheeks with a brush the colour comes out very sheer. It's definitely not what I'm used to as it's hard to use too much product with these. None of the makeup brushes I had really worked with this product how I liked so I ended up grabbing the brush NARS created for this product (#23 Wet/Dry Blush Brush). For full colour used dry I find I have to pack the product onto my brush for it to come out as pigmented as I want on the skin. Wet the colour sort of washes over the skin. This blush has a luminous feel and it looks so beautiful as it almost behaves like a stain. The highlight in the Frenzy compact is just so beautiful too. This is one of those products that isn't for everyone but now I know how to use it I couldn't be without it.


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22.50)
In one of my videos I asked people to recommend concealers to try and so many of you told me to get this concealer I finally did a few months ago. The formula is so easy to blend and I just need the tiniest amount to cover up any dark spots or redness. I originally got this to conceal/brighten my under eye area but no matter what I do every product I use creases like crazy, including this. I probably need to work on my technique or try a different primer under my eyes but when I figure it out I'm hoping I can minimise the look of my dark circles better. Otherwise this concealer is perfect and I rely on this most when I don't want to wear foundation.

Have you tried anything by NARS? 

Lesley x

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Review | Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Conditioners


I've always had such good success with the Shea Moisture conditioners I've tried so I've been itching to get my hands on the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil line. I couldn't find it in a lot of the shops I usually buy Shea Moisture products from but it is stocked in a few places online. I picked up the Intense Hydration Conditioner and Masque from Beauty By Zara back in September and I'm in love.


There's only 4 products available in the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil line - a shampoo, conditioner, masque and a treatment oil. I have so many shampoos and oils on hand currently I only really needed the conditioners. As you can probably guess from the name the star ingredients in this line are Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil which both help keep the hair hydrated. Mafura Oil has long been used to nourish the skin and hair in Africa but I haven't seen it used in many hair products available here. Other ingredients include Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, African Rock Fig, Baobab Oil and Rice Protein. Like a lot of the Shea Moisture line these conditioners are also formulated without sulphates, parabens and mineral oil. With such an impressive ingredients list it was hard not to have high hopes for these products.

Both of these conditioners really deliver on injecting moisture into dry strands and I've had consistent results with each use. My hair is prone to (a lot of) tangling too and lately these are amongst only a few products which I can rely on to melt away the knots. I tend to use the conditioner as a co-wash and the masque with a steamer after shampooing. I found these products really similar to the Superfruit Complex line (conditioners reviewed here) in terms of the scent, texture and ingredients but I find these slightly more moisturising. There's not much between them though and I'll probably continue to buy from both lines. Overall these are definitely winners for me. It's a shame there aren't any Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil styling products as I would definitely buy these too.

Have you tried anything by Shea Moisture?

Lesley x

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Oct 2016


Last month's Look Fantastic Beauty Box was the pamper edition. I had every intention of getting to the items in the box but so far I've only been able to test out a couple. This post is up a little later than I expected as October seemed to slip by!

Inside is Oskia London Renaissance Mask (full size £49.50), Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak (full size £26), Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Treatment (full size £26.95), Polaar The Genuine Lapland Cream (regular size £7.26), Murad Intensize-C Radiance Peel (full size £49.50) and Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner in Cabernet, Claret or Mauve (£14)*


I've been focusing more skincare recently (after a bad breakout last month) so welcomed the two intensive treatments from Oskia and Murad. Both are pretty pricey so it'll be great to see if these are worth the extra investment. So far I've only used the Oskia Renaissance Mask (once). I've never used a mask like it, the consistency is quite thick. A little is massaged into the skin for a few seconds to 'activate' the formula's blend of fruit acids, enzymes and AHA's and you leave it on for 10-20 minutes. I only left it on for 10 minutes and my skin was incredibly smooth after using though I haven't seen any visible differences yet. I'd definitely need to give this a few more tries to see if it's a winner for my skin. The Murad product seems very similar to other masks I've tried (and loved) in the past so fingers crossed this a winner too.

I always love trying lip products so I couldn't help applying some of the Polaar lip balm as soon as I got this box. It makes my lips feel soft and it's free of parabens, fragrance and colour so this is one for anyone with sensitive lips. I haven't tried the Laura Geller Lip Liner yet mostly as I never use a liner but I'll give this a whirl at some point. I also haven't tried the Mio Liquid Yoga bath soak either as baths are something I rarely have currently. This product has such a strong scent of Lavender, I can imagine this would make for a relaxing soak before bed!

The Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Treatment is basically my ideal product. It's a pre-shampoo treatment designed to boost moisture in very dry coarse hair. The sample here is 25ml so I've only applied this to my ends to see how it works. My hair does feel a lot softer afterwards but it's tricky to tell having only applied such a small amount. The full size is a bit pricey for me as I know it wouldn't last long but this could be a good product for those of you with less dense or shorter hair.

As usual if you're interested in the Look Fantastic beauty boxes you can grab them from their website here

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried a beauty box?

Lesley x

Monday, 31 October 2016

Hair | Keash Braids


It's been a while since I switched up my style so on Saturday I had my hair braided in two simple cornrows with ombre extensions added at the Keash Braids pop up in Hackney (London). I love this style so much and it's great to have a bit of variety from my usual messy bun. I really need to learn how to cornrow properly myself so I can try this more often!


*complementary hairstyle received - read my disclaimer here.

What styles have you been doing lately?

Lesley x

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Update | Laser Hair Removal at the Pulse Light Clinic


For the past 6 months I've been receiving laser hair removal on my underarms at the Pulse Light Clinic* (see my initial post here). It's something I've been wanting to do for years as I've always had trouble removing the hair on my underarms and have had to resort to shaving every day. My skin hated me for it and it was so discoloured and dry from the constant shaving. I've now had 4 sessions (spaced roughly 6 weeks apart) and I rarely reach for my razor anymore.
 

The Pulse Light Clinic have two bases in central London and I've been receiving my treatments at the Percy Street clinic. It's so easy for me to get to and it's just off Tottenham Court Road so it's a great excuse to mooch around the shops afterwards.

The laser process itself can feel a little uncomfortable, it's like having a pin prick on the skin, but the good thing is it's over so quickly. My underarms can feel a little sore after the treatment but again this doesn't last long and a little Aloe Vera gel is usually applied which helps soothe the skin.

With my first treatment I saw such a dramatic difference - the hair was very slow to grow back in some areas and was much finer in the others. Since then the results of the other treatments haven't seemed as dramatic though the hair is definitely more patchy. My underarm skin feels so much smoother and doesn't look discoloured anymore as I'm not having to shave as often.

As I'm not quite hair-free yet I'm hoping to have a few more treatments and hopefully I'll see the results I'm looking for. If I do I might get other areas of my body lasered though I would say this is definitely not a quick fix. It has taken time to see a change but not having to shave as often has made worth it for me so far.

If you have any questions about my treatment let me know. If you're interested in knowing more about laser hair removal from the Pulse Light Clinic they have details on their website here.

*complementary treatment received - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried laser hair removal?

Lesley x

Monday, 17 October 2016

Glowwbox | October 2016


It's been a minute since I reviewed a box from beauty subscription service Glowwbox so I thought I'd share what's inside October's 'Dark and Mysterious' edition (£15+P&P)*.

Inside this box are two new launches to the UK - the Andre Walker Hair TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner (£14.99) and the Mixed Chicks in the Mix Dual Quick Stick Foundation (£16.99). Also inside is Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil in Scarab Sapphire (£15), Lucy Annabella Date Night Organic Bath Milk (full size £43) and Saturated Colour Multitasker in Seductive Damson (£3.50) and there's one of three products - Benecos Natural Quattro Eyeshadow in Beautiful Eyes (£6.95), PHB Ethical Brightening Moisturiser and Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula (£18.95). In my box was the Benecos eyeshadow palette.


The star of this box for me is the Andre Walker Hair TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner which launches officially in the UK next month. Creator Andre Walker was Oprah's personal stylist for over 25 years, styled Michelle Obama and created Halle Berry's signature pixie cut. I received the TKO Conditioner from Glowwbox a few weeks ago and I just love it. Deep conditioners are my favourite hair products to use and this is up there with my all time favourites. It has a really thick texture, actually the consistency is probably the thickest I've come across and it's quite hard to spread at first but once it's applied it melts into the hair and makes it feel so hydrated. It's made with Mongongo, Argan and Avocado oils as well as Aloe Vera and keratin. I've been using this product both as a deep conditioner and a styler. I usually apply to damp strands after shampooing, leave in for 20-30 minutes and then lightly rinse it out so there's still a little left in my hair. My hair feels gorgeous when I use this and seems to stay moisturised for longer. I can't wait for this to launch officially but it's available exclusively from Glowwbox until the end of the month.


I was also sent a few of the Mixed Chicks In the Mix Quick Sticks to try. It's a dual ended product with a cream foundation on one end and a bronzer on the other. There's 5 shades altogether and one shade is included in this month's box. Since I last reviewed Glowwbox they've introduced a way of tailoring the box to you as you can now fill in a profile which takes a few details about your skintone, skin type, hair type and the kind of products you like. Glowwbox will try to select the best shade for you based on your profile details. There are only 5 shades however which is pretty limited but Mixed Chicks state that you can mix and match between the shades to get your perfect tone. For years I've had to mix foundations together to try and get them to work for my skintone and I think the brand has missed a trick by creating such a small range of shades, especially as the lightest shade Sultry Sand (which has been created for fair to light complexions) is too dark and quite orange for me. Perhaps they'll add more shades a later stage but as they didn't work for me I gave the shades I had to my mum (who is much darker than me) and she absolutely loves the dual function of the sticks. The shade Timeless Tawny (created for fair to light complexions with a golden undertone) is pictured as I didn't have the other shades available when taking these photos but hopefully the swatch can give you an idea on whether this shade would work for you.

I've not yet tested out the other products included in this month's box but have included swatches here of the cosmetic products. I very rarely take the time to indulge with a nice bath but I'll reach for the included sample of Lucy Ananabella Bath Milk when I do. It seems quite luxurious and you can really smell the essential oils in this product.

(swatches top to bottom) Saturated Colour Multitasker in Seductive Damson, Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil in Scarab Sapphire, Benecos Natural Quattro Eyeshadow in Beautiful Eyes and Mixed Chicks in the Mix Dual Quick Stick Foundation in Timeless Tawny (bronzer and foundation)

You can join Glowwbox here and if you're interested code 'FRESHL' gets you the October edition and 2 lace chokers like the one below (whilst stocks last) 


*sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried a beauty box subscription?

Lesley x

Friday, 14 October 2016

New In | Ciaté London Chloe Morello Beauty Haul


How is it October? Winter is drawing closer and whilst I'm still pouting over the lack of sun I am looking forward to the festive beauty sets which pop up this time of year. Ciaté has a few offerings for this Christmas (it definitely feels too early to say the C word but lets go with it), one being the Chloe Morello Beauty Haul (£45)*. This is a limited edition set which has been curated personally by beauty YouTuber Chloe Morello. It includes an eyeshadow palette, mini liquid velvet lipstick, mini wonderland mascara which all slot nicely into the included faux leather makeup pouch.


Ciaté is well known for their quality nail polishes but also have a line of colour cosmetics which I've become pretty familiar with recently. My favourite of their products has to be the Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slicks and a mini version of their best selling shade 'Pin Up' is included in this set. The matte texture is really comfortable to wear, lasts well and is so pigmented. The formula includes Hyaluronic Acid which is supposed to give the appearance of smoother, fuller lips. I have quite full lips naturally so it's hard to tell how much this actually does for me but I will say that it's a really comfortable matte lip to wear and it doesn't feel drying. The other mini is the Wonderland Mascara which Ciaté claims it's a long-lasting, no-clump mascara which gives a false lash effect.


The 'pretty, fun and fearless' eyeshadow palette contains 15 shades (9 matte and 6 shimmer) and it's love at first swatch. The shadows are well pigmented and there's a good range of warm and cool tones to suit different skintones. I'm naturally drawn to the warmer colours at the top of the palette, 'shine bright' in particular is just beautiful. I love the cooler purple tones too which are perfect to wear this time of year. Some of these shades are new and unique to this palette.


Overall it's a great set for any Ciaté fans and the star of the collection is definitely the eyeshadow palette. There's so many shades to play with and this kit is ultra-portable making it the ideal set for travel. This is a limited edition collection so if you want it you'll have to grab it quick. The only place I've seen it available in the UK currently is ASOS (for US try Sephora). Find it here and the full details about the set can be found here on Ciaté's website.  


*sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Ciaté beauty?

Lesley x

Monday, 10 October 2016

Style | The Harrington Jacket


Recently I've only been buying a lot of jackets and one of my latest purchases is this Harrington Jacket from Gone Retro. You'll know by now that I have a no-fuss approach to styling and this jacket goes with the bulk of my wardrobe. The check lining also adds a bit more visual interest whilst still keeping a look pretty minimal. Here I'm wearing all black, which happens more often than not recently, especially now it's getting colder.

Jacket - Gone Retro | Dress & Watch - ASOS | Shoes - Lacoste | Choker - Regal Rose 

What have you been wearing lately?

Lesley x