Wednesday, 30 March 2016

My Lipstick Collection

I currently own about 15 lipsticks, which in my opinion is woeful.  I'm planning on buying a few more over the next few months, which I'll make a haul post about when I do.  For now though, here are my lipsticks!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 359 Naturally Nude

GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Kitsch

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Rose Tea

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in 06 Roomiest Rose

Loreal Infallible in Intensely Mauve

Rimmell Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 107

Rimmell Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 30

Rimmell Moisture Renew Lipstick in 380 Dark Night Waterl-oops!

I rarely wear the two Kate Moss Rimmell ones as they are a little dark for my complexion, but they smell divine. I'm not even kidding when I tell you that they smell like the most delicious cherries I've ever tasted. Seriously, go sniff some of these. 

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Salmon

GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Exotic

Lush Liquid Lipstick in Strong

MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Orange

Lush Liquid Lipstick in Power

MAC Satin Lipstick in Red

My absolute favourite lipstick is (perhaps predicatably) MAC's Chili.  For a long time it was Bobbi Brown's Orange, but the formula is quite drying and overall I found Chili to be a more flattering colour.

If you've never tried GOSH, Superdrug's own brand, I recommend it as a cheap, moisturising lipstick.  My favourite colour, Kitsch, is a good everyday lipstick, but unfortunately that shade is discontinued. The closest colour I have found is the Estee Lauder Rose Tea.

Do you have any lipstick recommendations for me before I go shopping?


Off the Shoulder Tops - and the bras to go with them!

I am loving the off the shoulder trend at the moment; very Brigitte Bardot.  If you're well endowed like me though, you know that strapless bras are the enemy, and a top like this is ordinarily out of the question.  

I've put together a few of my favourite off the shoulder tops from this season, along with some strapless bras I know will do the trick and keep your boobs where they should be!

 Wonderbra Refined Glamour Ultimate Strapless, 32A-36G, £38, House of Fraser /// Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless, 28/30DD-J, 32DD-HH, 34DD-H, 36DD-GG, 38DD-38G, £32, Bravissimo /// Panache Evie Strapless, 28E-H, 30D-38H, £27, Bravissimo ///

 New Look Petite Mid Pink Ribbed Bardot Top, £14.99 /// Topshop Bardot Stripe Top, £20 /// Topshop Lace Bardot Top, £28 /// Whistles Long Sleeve Top with Bardot Neckline, £50 /// ASOS Petite Top with Bardot Neck and 3/4 Sleeves, £12 /// Topshop Structured Bardot Top, £32 ///

What are your thoughts on the off the shoulder trend?

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I mentioned Uprooted by Naomi Novik in my March Favourites post, as I absolutely adored it.  As you can see from the pictures, the dustjacket has become slightly battered while it lived in my handbag for several weeks.  I first read it all in one sitting, forgoing several precious hours of sleep, then went back to read it slowly and gradually drink it all in.

I read some of Novik's Temeraire series a few years ago, which are an alternate history; essentially it's the Napoleonic Wars except there are dragons and they're like massive flying ships with crews and riggings and...I could go on for some time talking about how cool that idea is.  They're very different in tone to Uprooted, but I recommend them!

Uprooted is entirely original yet speaks to the childhood folk stories we all know but aren't quite sure how.  It is witches in the woods, wizards in stone towers and the folly of blind love.  More than anything this book is about truth, and acknowledging the ugly parts of yourself and others, and knowing that although they exist, they are far outweighed by the good.  

This book is a subtle examination of the selfishness of humanity combined with the unknowable aspects of nature that for a long time were a central part of our lives.  Uprooted speaks to an older part of our minds, the part that fears the dark and the cold.  I cannot recommend this book more.  It doesn't read as pretentious in the way that so much fantasy does these days, instead it is friendly, easy to read and worth every second you'll spend on it.  It will draw you in, and you won't want to leave, even if you know you should.

You should check out some of my other book reviews if you enjoyed this one!


March Favourites

I felt a favourites post would be the most appropriate first post on this blog, as it has a little bit of all of me.

This month I have six favourites; my Kiehls' Ultra Facial Cream, Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara mini and Makeup Applicator Sponge from the March My Little Box, the Hozier album, Uprooted by Naomi Novik and Trevor the Cactus.

I won't say too much about Uprooted, as there's a whole post coming about it.  Needless to say, it was fantastic and I read it in one sitting, then read it again.

I went skiing in Cervinia last month and my already dry skin suffered horribly.  Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream has restored it to normality!  I wear it slapped all over my face every night and keeps my skin under control. I am still on the hunt for a mask that can alleviate my major dryness once and for all, and this cream is too heavy for day wear, so I'm experimenting at the moment!

I had just cancelled my My Little Box subscription when the March My Little Box arrived, containing these two little gems.  The sponge is good quality and makes blending even on dry skin a breeze.  The mascara is a treat, wickedly black (I usually wear brown) and brilliant at catching those corner lashes.  I am a very big fan and will likely buy the full size version at some point.  I haven't renewed my subscription however, as I wanted to try other boxes and I'm not made of money! 

I don't have a picture of the Hozier album as I'm one of those cheapskates that just streams it through Youtube (that's right, I'm too cheap to even pay for Spotify).  Hozier is deeply soulful, uplifting with occasionally an uncomfortable realism to his songs.  Cherry Wine is about abuse (see the video with Saiorse Ronan), In A Week (possibly my favourite track) is about dead bodies found in the Wicklow Hills in Ireland, and we've all heard Take Me To Church by now.  I saw him live in February, despite not actually knowing much of his music.  I think I fell in love a little bit.

Trevor the Cactus has survived six years in my company but was sadly abandoned at my old flat during my gradual moving out but we are finally reunited.  He's lethal and drew blood twice on the journey from one side of Manchester to the other.

That's all for now, keep your eyes peeled for that Uprooted post!
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