Autumn Wishlist

Autumn-Wishlist

I’m not really sure why I’m making this wish list seeing as I just had my birthday so was given lots of lovely new goodies to play with. But since I am on a self imposed spending ban I thought I would have a little fun window shopping. These are the bits I would be picking up for myself as we move into autumn if money were no object.

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ASOS Navy Cashmere Jumper, I feel like I navy is going to be my colour for a/w 14 and I love nothing more than snuggling up in a big cashmere jumper, this would look amazing with back skinnies and leather jacket combo or thrown over a summer dress to bring into the new season.

Maggie 5 Drawer Wooden Jewellery Box,  My jewellery collection has grown quite a lot over the past year and I need something to store my dainty necklaces better so they don’t get tangled up. This would also look chic in a living room when I have my own place (ie 2000 and dream on)

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, I used this all up a few winters ago and my skin LOVED it. I hear they have re-formulated and made it even better so I think this might actually be slipping into my boots basket next time I’m popping in for toothpaste.

Theodora Warre Ruby Corundum Triple Band Ring,  Because I need to fill that jewellery box up with something right?

Celine Trio Bag in Red, OK now we are really getting into fantasy land! But just imagine how chic this pop of red would look next to all the navy I’m gonna be wearing.

ASOS Floral Cardigan with Kimono Sleves, A fantastic transitional piece to wear over tees and jeans to jazz them up a bit.

Do any of these bits grab your fancy? What’s on your wishlist at the mo?

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Foxlow, Farringdon

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This Saturday was my birthday and for a surprise Tom took me to the latest baby from the Hawksmoor emporium Foxlow in Clerkenwell. Now I’ve never been to Hawksmoor but am told the two are very comparable, both focusing on a meaty, hearty menu and unusual cocktails. Where they differ though is the price (Foxlow is much more reasonable) and the decor and atmosphere. Foxlow is cool, laidback and unfussy. It’s not a grandiose steakhouse trying to impress but rather it tries to appear as laid-back and neighborhood friendly as possible. Ignoring the fact that no one actually lives in Farringdon it does a good job of achieving this. For example the restaurant is cleverly split up into three mail dining areas mostly out of view from each other; I only saw the third area on my way to the toilets. This gives you the impression you are in a much smaller restaurant then you actually are making the whole vibe more intimate.

What I wore.

What I wore.

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Dress – Urban Outfitters, Belt – Vintage, Kimono – The Velvet Kimono Company, Bag – Mulberry, Boots – Ash

It took a while to get served we had to flag down a waitress after 20 minutes although once we did she was very friendly and knowledgeable about both the drinks and food menu. To start she helped me choose the St John’s Cocktail for me which was both sweet and sour my perfect combo, Tom was impressed with the choice of beers and had a Fruh Kölsch.

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To start I had the Brixham Crab with Sriracha Mayonnaise which was lovely and fresh although a little lacking in oomph the sauce gave a nice tang. Tom had the Smokehouse Rilletes which was incredible, like a pulled pork pate served with sourdough bread creamy and smoky and very rich; in a tomato-ey mushroom-ey sauce which the fat has melted into this really is something special.

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To follow I had what is commonly thought of as the main event the Short Rib with Kimichi, a melt in your mouth ‘OMG’ moment of rich earthy meaty flavour balanced by the crunchy tangy spice of the kimchi made this a dish I would go back for. Tom ended up plumping for the Foxlow Fried Chicken with Habanero Vinegar which was served hipster style in a wire basket with the vinegar in an old fashioned ‘fish & chip’ glass shaker.  The chicken pieces were huge and juicy and not at all greasy and the spicy vinegar was a fun and useful edition, but after all it was ‘just’ fried chicken and unless you are a huge fan I would recommend something more unusual on the menu. We accompanied our mains with the Skin on Fries with Chicken Salt which were perfectly crisp and thin and the chicken salt provided the extra flavour undoing the need for a condiment, and Wild Lettuce and Peas, which didn’t really make-up for the total carb and meat feast we were devouring. For wine we went red with the Hacienda Grimon; a Rioja that was smooth, creamy and went down a little too easily!

I was ready to skip pud but the staff very sweetly bought over a lemon cheesecake with the little candle in it, cheesecake is my favourite dessert and it was a nice touch for them to ask Tom what pudding I would prefer whilst I was away from the table. All in all I would recommend Foxlow if you are after a hearty meal in a cool environment with friendly staff especially as it’s the exact type of food I want to eat as the months get colder.

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The Lipstick Tag

Lipstick Obsessed!

Lipstick Obsessed!

Now I know this post is kinda old now but I just couldn’t not jump on the bandwagon. A tag all about lipsticks is too good to resist, brace yourselves its a long one!

Favourite Balm: This was a tough one as I love lip balms of all shapes and sizes, and price points! But the one residing in my handbag at the moment is the Lanolips Lemon. I love this as it has all the moisturising properties if the original lanolips balms but with added lemon, which helps to gently exfoliate your lips. It sounds a little gimmicky but I promise this makes a real difference to the texture of your lips.

Favourite Red: I love all tones of red liptick, I have even done a whole top five reds post here. A red lip can really transform anyones look. On blondes red lips look cool, on brunettes even effortless but on a redhead its dramatic and sexy. Although I do love a darker red like Rimels 107 my most used would have to be MAC’s So Chaud a orange based red that looks great with a fresh face and a tan.

Wearing MAC's So Chaud in Ibiza last summer

Wearing MAC’s So Chaud in Ibiza last summer

Best Luxury & Drugstore:

Luxury: Phew this is a hard one!! For best Luxury I really had to way up several factors, formula, packaging and the unique in shades. I think anyone can find a decent red or ‘my lips but better’ on the high st but, its all those in-between shades that the more expensive luxury market offers. The perfect nude or the mauvey berry that’s not ‘too’ in your face. I did cheat a little on this one choosing between my luxury lippies is like choosing between my children!! (I imagine) So in joint first; Tom Ford for the pure indulgence of spending £40 on a lipstick and the creamy smooth formula, and Dior Diorific 001 for the outrageous packaging and perfect bitten lip red colour.

Drugstore: I actually found this the easiest question to answer as looking at my lipstick stash there is only one drugstore lipstick formula that I have more than one of and have even used whole tubes up! That’s the Revlon lipbutters, I have the shades, berry smoothy, candy apple and tutti fruity. These deliver excellent pigmentation for such a balmy formula feeling lovely and smooth on the lips.

Favourite MAC Lipstick: I think this is such a hard one as for most of us beauty junkies MAC was really where it all started, spending Saturday afternoons swatching lipstick after lipstick trying to find THAT perfect nude for you out of the 50 on offer. Although nowadays MAC don’t make my favourite formulas you can’t deny that shade selection is unbeatable and very very tempting! I have so many sentimental ties with my MAC lipsticks from the first one I ever bought (Modesty) to gifts from friends and family. I think the one I think the most fondly of is Shy Girl. A suit everyone peachy nude that introduced me to the world of nude lips that didn’t make me look dead.

Favourite Spring/Summer Shade: Being a bit of a pasty ginger I just can’t get away with my favourite summer shade on others which is bright neon orange, however I do love a pinky coral in the summer time. My current love is Shocking Coral which is also a good dupe for MAC Impassioned.

Favourite Autumn/Winter Shade: Now we’re coming up to A/W I am so excited to bust out those berries!! I think my top pick of the bunch would be NARS Tran Blue, talking about making a statement its the darkest lip I ever really seen let alone own. As with all of Nars’ velvet matte lip pencils you can trust this to be comfortable and hang around all day with minimal fading.

Diorific 001, NARS Train Bleu, Revlon Tutti Frutti, Maybelline Shocking Coral & MAC Shy Girl.

Diorific 001, NARS Train Bleu, Revlon Tutti Frutti, Maybelline Shocking Coral & MAC Shy Girl.

Liner Yes OR No: Currently lipliner is back in fashion with a force! Perhaps it has something to do with a certain junior member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan! I am not complaining for one! I love liner I think it can really bring a whole look together in fact I am currently looking to add a few more to my collection, any suggestions welcome!

PHEW what an essay sorry guys but really what na emotional post to write… I mean asking to choose a beauty blogger what their favourite lipsticks are is just cruel! If you’ve done this tag please leave a link below would love to read them.

 

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My Travel Make-Up Bag – Berlin Edition

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As I packed up my make-up bag for my city break in Berlin last night I thought I would quickly snap the contents so I could show you all what’s coming with me. As you can probably tell I am not a light packer! A few space saving tips I do have though is to decant all foundations into little tubs so although I photographed the whole bottles to better show you what I am bringing I did pump out enough for the five days afterwards. I always keep the little pots foundation samples come in but you can also buy little plastic tubs from Boots or Muji.

Face Products.

Face Products.

Face: Giorgio Armani Luminous Skin in shade 4.0, for nights as it gives a flawless finish. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance* again I use this at night under the LS for a glowing finish. Becca Luminous Skin Foundation in Tan & Cashmere* for the day time this is lovely and light with SPF 25 annoyingly I am between the two shades so have to bring both. Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector in Light Bisque, for under my eyes, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC2, for any redness.

Cheek Products

Cheek Products

Cheeks: Tarte Blush in Tipsy*, a great bright coral, Nars Blush in Luster, love this for more of a bronzey look, Nars Laguna Bronzer*, Benefit Moonbeam*, for bit of glow.

Eyes & Brows

Eyes & Brows

Eyes: MAC 15 pan eyeshadow pallete, has everything I could possibly need shades and swatches here, Clinique Bottom Last Mascara, I am planning to buy a new mascara at the airport! Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshow Base,  because my eyeshadow wouldn’t last ten minutes without it, review here, MAC Eyeliner in Teddy, Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Black & Nude.

Brows: Nars Eyeshadow in Coconut Grove, a deep dark brown that’s perfect for my brows, MAC Eyebrow Gel in Clear, a good standard non crispy eyebrow gel.

Lips.

Lips.

Lips: Dior Creme De Rose Balm*, Mac Lipliner in Redd*, seems to go with a variety of reds, Mac Lipstick in So Chaud, a bright matte orange red one of my favs, Rimmel Lipstick in 107, a lovely wine red for the evening, Hourglass Nude Lip Stylo in No. 2, a great creamy nude similar to Mac shygirl, Wild About Beauty Nutrigloss in Jojo*, a lovely non sticky lipgloss in a neautral pink, I’ll be popping this in my handbag for a bit of colour during the day.

So what do you think? A bit much for 5 days?! ; D Maybe but I love make-up and enjoy having the extra time to play around with it on holiday. Are you going anywhere over the long weekend?

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All Day, All Night, What Da OOTD?

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I think we’ve all had on of those weekends where you feel like you need a weekend afterwards to recover. This Saturday I had to forgo my usual lie in to get up at 8 to go get my hair cut then run around London like a crazy person seeing friends and getting things organised before my trip to Berlin this week. I knew I would be on my feet all day so I wore my air max nikes which are truly like walking on air!

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Jumper  – whistles (old), Trousers – American Apparel, Bag – Urban Outfitters (old), Trainers – Nike, Sunglasses – Spektre.

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I didn’t have much time to get change before meeting friends for drinks and dins so I threw on a little black cami & changed my shoes. I didn’t have time to re-do any make-up so I just powdered my existing over what I already had on and threw on a red lip. I then shoved the essentials into my mulberry lily and I was ready to go.

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Trousers as before, Cami – Topshop, Jacket – Religion (old), Shoes – Office (old), Bag- Mulberry, Lipstick – Rimmel 107

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend, what did you get up to?

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Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Mask – Review

Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Mask

Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Mask

Long term readers of my blog will know my love and loyalty to the Aesop Camilla Nut Face Cream, as I knew I liked both the products and packaging of the brand I was keen to try what else they has to offer. So when my sister gave me the Aesop Primrose Cleansing Facial Mask I was really excited to try it. I always think masks are a good way to test out a brand as they are the only skincare product you can really expect to see immediate results from.

The mask comes in the same beautiful apothecary style glass tub as the Camilla nut face cream, which although look great is a little unpractical once you start getting half way through the tub you really have to dig in! A tube, like the one the more well known parsley seed mask comes in would have been better, but perhaps the clay is too thick to be able to go in a tube.

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The product itself looks like a typical greenish clay mask, thick and creamy and smelling very ‘earthy’. On first application it tingles a little, but rather than finding this irritating I actually really enjoy the sensation as it cools and calms my skin. After waiting the allotted ten minutes one of the first things I noticed and one that in my mind really sets this apart from other clay based masks is the fact that even when well and truly ‘set’ it doesn’t feel tight or hard  & uncomfortable on the skin. Once removed with a wet flannel I really get an immediate wow factor, my skin not only feels amazing; smooth and cleansed; but it also looks great. Redness is reduced and pores are less visible. As the mask also contains vitamin e it leaves my skin feeling and looking really hydrated and plump. All in all I thoroughly enjoy using this mask as a weekly treat not only does it deep cleanse and exfoliates but it hydrates as well, once again Aesop has left me wanting to try more of their products.

Do you have any Aesop recommendations for me?

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Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

To say that the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30/PA+++ has been on my horizon for a while is a pretty big understatement. Since the TM first started generating hype in spring 2012, I’ve been reading every review and swatching it at every Nars counter I’ve come across. So why has it taken me so long to bit the bullet and part with my money for it? Two reasons; firstly the colour match I’ve tried Nars Sheer Glow and their concealers in the past and have never been able to find a shade that suited me. They were all too dark, too porcelain or far far too yellow-toned. The second was my love for both the Laura Mercier TM and the Becca Sheer Skin Perfecter. I have always had a tube of both in my collection and I could never justify spending almost £30 on another TM. So, when my latest tube of Laura Mercier TM bit the dust, and with a new shade, Terre Neuvea light pink toned colour realised I skipped to my nearest Space NK to test it out.

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Firstly, to my surprise, I was actually colour matched to the now second lightest shade in the range Finland as Terre Neuvea turned out to be a tad too light for me. Despite it being a bit more yellow toned then I normally go for, it works and I think it will keep working for me going into summer. So is the NPRTM worth the hype? In my eyes, yes, for the most part. First off it’s a lot thicker in consistency then other TMs I have owned, which I like as it’s easier to blend with a brush (my application method of choice). In terms of coverage it’s good, a lot better than the Laura Mercier for example, I don’t feel the need to amp it up round my red nose with extra concealer. It evened out my skintone whilst letting my freckles show through, it wouldn’t cover any angry red spots, but I would prefer to target them with a concealer anyway so that is not a problem for me. The finish is a lot less ‘wet’ feeling than other TMs I have tried, less dewy and more of a satin, skin-like finish, which I found strange given the word ‘radiant’ in the name. Personally, I don’t feel the need to powder this until around late afternoon where I can get a bit ‘glowy’ round my nose. It did cling to some dry patches around my temples but nothing too noticeable. Lastly, the main draw that will keep me wearing this all summer is the SPF 30/PA+++. As a redhead with fair skin, sun-care is important to me and the fact that I know I can slap this on in the morning and my sun-care is taken care of does give me peace of mind, although please bear in mind I live in the UK and it never gets that hot! I would still recommend adding a separate factor 50 in your routine when going on holiday or if you live in sunnier climate. All in all I really like this tinted moisturiser, it lasts well throughout the day keeps my skin look natural and not too made up and provides good coverage.

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Finland

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Finland

Have you tried the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser?

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