Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Favourites

There haven't been a whole lot of products that I've been crazy about this month.  I struggled to make this list up to 10.....

1) Plush Therapy Mild Dermabrasion Face and Body Scrub
For some reason, whilst the rest of my face is unseasonably oily, my nose is still super dry. I apply this at the same time as my moisturiser in the morning to prevent my foundation caking. The beads are the perfect size for the face but I can't imagine it would be very effective on the body.

2) Nails Inc Matte Top Coat in Westminster
Love it! I'm a matte junkie so this was a dream product for me. I've had it partnered with a navy L'Oreal polish for the majority of the month and I'm obsessed.

3) Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain
Who knew someone as pale as me could get even paler in the colder months? This is the perfect shade for me when I haven't tanned and has good lasting power.

4) NYX Lip Liner in Nude Pink
Obsessed! I wear this all over my lips with a balm on top  for work. It's a 'your lips but better colour'. My lips don't naturally have much pigmentation but I can pull this off as a super natural look and it lasts really well as well. I get close to the 4 hour mark.

5) Natural Collection Cream Blusher in Naked Glow
This is a blusher that I bought ages ago and wasn't blown away by but I've recently been giving it another go and I'm seriously impressed by the staying power. They last forever!

6) Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown
My brows are naturally super blonde and one of them will not dye beyond the arch which is a royal pain in the backside so I desperately need for my brow products to last all day. This stuff is long-lasting and really natural looking.

7) Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse
I've tried loads of tanning products in the past but I've always been disappointed....until now! To look less corpse-like I leave it on for 1 hour and to look like I've been in actual sun I leave it on for 2. This doesn't even streak on a novice like myself.

8) Costa 'Hot Spiced Apple'
If any of you follow me on twitter you may have seen my new obsession. I'm averaging about 5 of these a week. It's essentially a hot apple juice with cinnamon and fig but it smells like my favourite Glade candle. I'm going to be heartbroken when the seasons change and they stop doing them!

9) Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Swiftie for life but I'm not going to lie, this new album isn't my favourite. I think most of the songs are going to be growers for me. However, I've had Blank Space on repeat almost constantly since I first heard it. I absolutely love it! Definitely my favourite song on 1989.

10) Speed The Plow
More specifically Lindsay Lohan in Speed The Plow. She is one of my absolute favourite famous' so I booked a spontaneous overnight trip (two days in advance) at the beginning of the month and have been on cloud nine (and seriously skint) ever since. I'm not just saying this because I could fangirl about her all day but she was seriously amazing.

Nikki x
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MY THOUGHTS: Cattier Paris Argile Rose Clay Mask (sensitive skin)

Contains pink clay and aloe vera. A mild and purifying treatment specially suited for sensitive skin. This mask clarifies the skin and provides it with important nutrients. 

I've never found a face mask that I thought was worth bothering with. My usual experience is that they just don't live up to the claims. Until now. I really enjoyed using this mask.

This product dried super quickly when on the skin. I applied it fairly liberally so I had serious struggles trying to talk with it on (probably not a bad thing for my family).


I found it easiest filling the sink with medium/hot water and using cotton pads in a circular motion to remove.

Something I'm currently using is causing me breakouts and I've currently got spots, blemishes and some scarring. This mask seems to be doing a brilliant job at calming any redness, taking any inflammation from the skin.
One thing I'm not the biggest fan of is the smell but I'm willing to put up with it for up to half an hour a week for these results.

I've obviously only used it for the length of the samples. I got 5 masks out of the two sachets so I'm not the biggest expert but
I'll definitely be purchasing the full size and giving a longer trial for only £4.25!

Have any of you tried this product? Thoughts?
Nikki x
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Christmas Wishlist: Style Edition

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Monday, October 27, 2014

MY THOUGHTS: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Colour in 542 Cherry Pie

As a starting point, it might be worth noting that I don't actually use the balm end of this product. I use the colour/gloss end by itself. 
This colour is a true fire engine red.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette - Ultra Matte V2

I received this palette in a beauty subscription box a while ago and immediately gave it to my sister as I wasn't blown away by the colours. However, I recently borrowed it to do a halloween look and thought I'd write a super quick post about it.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

MY THOUGHTS: Nivea Sensitive 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water (Sensitive Skin)

Up until I received this in my September Glossybox, I was a complete virgin when it came to these waters. Over the past year or two I'd obviously heard the world, her dog and their groomer talking about (mainly) the Bioderma version but I'm always super cautious about adding new things to my face routine due to overly sensitive skin. Anything new makes me break out like crazy. Usually. I figured with it specifying it was for sensitive skin that the least I could do was trial it.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

MY THOUGHTS: Seventeen 'Miracle Matte' skin primer

Seventeen has a huge section in my Boots but I tend to stick to familiar brands (something I'm trying to get out of the habit of doing) but I decided it was time to try a primer. I'd just always accepted that my makeup was going to get crappier looking as the day went on. Why? I wish I'd listened to all the bloggers and vloggers earlier.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Autumn Tag 2014

1. Favourite thing about Autumn?
I made a whole blog post dedicated to my love of Autumn 'Oh Autumn, How I Love Thee' so I'll just let you all go and look at my list :)

2. Favourite drink
I've made a new drink discovery this year. Not i the sense that it was secret, I just didn;t know it existed. The 'Hot Spiced Apple' from Costa is Autumn in a cup. I've lost count of how many I've already had this year and they've only been out a few weeks. I'd definitely recommend trying it if you haven't yet.

3. Favourite scent/candle
My favourite candle is and always has been the Glade 'spiced apple and cinnamon' (the original, they seem to have changed it this year and I'm not a fan) but I'm currently cheating on that one with a Yankee Candle 'Christmas Memories'. I'm not fussy about seasonal scents, I literally burn my Glade ones all year.

4. Best lipstick?
I'm usually a deep red kind of girl in the autumn but this year I seem to have developed an obsession with purples. This one is the MUA Luxe Velvet lip lacquer in Kooky.
















5. Go to moisturiser?
Anothew new addition for this year. My favourite moisturiser is the Vaseline Spray and Go. I've never used another which comes anywhere close to being as effective as this one.

6. Go to colours for the eyes?
I'm a fan of a brown smoky eye all year around but in Autumn it's nice to be able to go a little darker with the tones. 

7. Favourite music or band/singer to listen to?
I don't particularly have a band/ singer that makes my feel Autumnal. I've just posted my iTunes  'Top 25 Most Played' for the last couple of months.

8. Favourite outfit to wear (i.e. boots & a scarf combo)?
Anything with a polo neck.

9. Autumn treat?
Chocolate apples. 

10. Favourite place to be?
In bed. Or at work watching all of the Christmas gifts coming through the tills. Lets face it, It's October and our Christmas displays are already going up. I hate Christmas but I love tinsel, Christmas music and gift sets so working in retail is ideal this time of year.

I tag anyone who wants to do this. Leave me a link to your answers :)
Nikki x
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Top 25 most played (August-October)

Music is such a big part of my day. I decided that I wanted to do a music feature of some sort on this blog and the best idea I could come up with was to feature my top 25 played every 2/3 months. That way we all get to see what I'm actually loving without me sitting trying to wrack my brain and just listing songs/artists off.
I reset my itunes play count towards the end of August, so the time has come to see what I've been loving.


There may be songs you haven't heard which my play count can recommend and you can also let me know any songs you think I should have had on repeat which aren't featured.
I'm the sort of person who listens to a new song on repeat until I hear a different one I like and then do the same with that one. Anybody else do that?
Nikki x
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fashion Flashback Friday - SAG Awards 2011


Nicole Kidman in Nina Ricci. I'm not 100% why this is one of my top looks - it looks like something you'd see on a widow in a hollywood movie funeral. Something about it just works though. Maybe I've taken it out of 'red carpet' context and just love the look. The hair up and subtle makeup gives the look more elegance.

Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta. Doing this feature, I was surprised how often Lea cropped up. She isn't somebody I recall discussing much during red carpets but on reflection always falls in my top looks. I love the shape of this dress and how sophisticated it looks with the simple hair and makeup.

Jayma Mays in Jenny Packham. As a fellow redhead, this is not a colour I would touch with a barge pole. Maybe Jayma has just taught me something. It actually looks really nice. The slit breaks the silhouette up as I don't think the dress is as form fitting as it could be above the waist.

Who were you loving at the 2011 SAG Awards?
Nikki x
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Monday, October 13, 2014

What's in my travel makeup bag?

I'm not a massive one for spontaneity but I recently took an overnight impulsive trip to London. The reason for my visit? To see the original 'Queen Ginge' on the West End. Lindsay Lohan has been my favourite celebrity for years. I adore the woman! And let's face it, what other chance am I going to get to see her? So I booked on the Wednesday night and by Friday I was sat in the theatre pinching myself. I'm still not convinced it actually happened but let's move on.

I only went overnight (I was there less than 24 hours) so my makeup bag wasn't drastically different to my everyday bag but I thought I'd share what I packed into my absolute favourite Cath Kidston.



  1. Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner
  2. Avon Glimmerstick Brow Definer in Blonde
  3. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair
  4. Model Co More Brows in Light/ Medium
  5. Carmex Moisture Plus
  6. Manhattan Soft Mat Lipcream in 56K
  7. Essence I <3 Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara in Black
  8. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain
  9. nail clipper
  10. spoolie
Nikki x
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Fashion Flashback Friday - Golden Globes 2013


Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli. I love Hayden. Personally, I don't think we see enough of her at events like this. This subtle pink dress is super girly and not at all overpowering on her tiny frame. I love the simple necklace and fun clutch as well, to finish off the look.

Lea Michele in Ellie Saab. This look is seriously on point. Lea never (that I can think of) fails to impress me with her red carpet style. This is the perfect shade dress to compliment her tanned skin and the shoes are delicate enough to not throw the look off. I love it.

Adele in Burberry. I only usually like this much black if it's on Daisy Lowe but this is a super flattering dress for Adele. It just works. She looks really sophisticated.

Who were your best dressed from the 2013 Golden Globes?
Nikki x
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Makeup of the Day (10/10/2014)



        


Foundation - L'Oreal True Match Foundation in C1 Rose Ivory.
Concealer - Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair 1.
Powder - Collection Sheer Loose Powder in 2 Translucent.
Blush - Sleek Blusher in Pixie Pink.
Contour - Sleek Face Contour Kit in 884 Light.
Eyebrows - Avon Glimmerstick Brow Definer in Blonde and Model Co More Brows in Light/Medium.
Eyeliner - Maybelline Master Precise Liquid eyeliner in Noir.
Eyeshadow - Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze.
Mascara - Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara.
Lips - Barry M Lip Gloss in 2.

I love the way my skin looks so I had to document it.
Nikki x
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Makeup of the day (6/10/2014)



Primer - Seventeen Miracle Matte Skin Primer.
Foundation - Rimmel Match Perfection in 010 Light Porcelain.
Concealer - Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair 1.
Powder - Collection Sheer Loose Powder in 2 Translucent.
Blush - Natural Collection Cream Blusher in Apricot Blush.
Contour - Sleek Face Contour Kit in 884 Light.
Eyebrows - Avon Glimmerstick Brow Definer in Blonde and Model Co More Brows in Light/Medium.
Eyeliner - Maybelline Master Precise Liquid eyeliner in Noir.
Mascara - Essence I <3 Extreme Crazy Volume in Black.
Lips - Manhattan Soft Mat Lipcream in 56K.

I'm also wearing Ardell Glamour Wispies in Black.
(This was their test drive out of the house as I hadn't worn them before but I'm really liking them so far)


I decided strength in numbers was my best hope against this mornings weather! Who knew it took so many products to create such a natural look?



Nikki x
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Essentials: Public Transport (London Edition)

I have just got back from London and I thought I'd share my absolute essentials for public transport.

Hygiene 
Confined spaces with other folk, handrails, dirty seats. The travel throughout London is convenience at it's best but can be personal hygiene at its worst.
I always keep hand sanitiser and/or wetwipes in my bag for after I get off the tube or bus. You don't think about what you are holding on to and how many germs are around at the time.

Have ways to keep yourself entertained
99% of my visits to London include a hotel which is a 15 minute bus journey followed by a 40 minute tube journey into Central. This can get pretty boring. Keeping yourself occupied is an absolute must.
It's hard these days to enter a carriage at rush hour and not see at least one kindle. People who have to commute every day must get through an awful lot of books. Jealous!
I tend to make sure I grab whichever free paper is there and listen to music - through earphones of course. There aren't many things worse than having (usually dance) music blaring throughout the bus or carriage.
If you're with somebody play the 'job game'. Try and guess what various people sat around you do for a living. Obviously being very quiet whilst doing so. You may never actually find out but it's funny coming up with different scenarios - at least that's what me and my sister like to do.

Have your Oyster/Travel card to hand
Don't be the annoying one who waits until they get to the gate to fish around in their bag for their oyster or travel card. You're just holding people up. Stand out of the way until you physically have hold of you card.

Sensible Footwear
Comfortable shoes are a must. The tube system itself requires a lot of walking and often standing, there's no guarantee of a seat.
When I'm going for a night out in Central London, I always make sure that my bag is big enough to house a pair of flat compact shoes. My uni trick was to wear my flat shoes, carrying my heels, until I got to my stop and then stick the heels on and the flats in my bag. This reduces the length of time you end up wearing the uncomfortable pair and delays the inevitable moaning that your feet hurt.

Is there anything vital you think I've missed off?
Nikki x
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Fashion Flashback Friday - Oscars 2011


Cate Blanchett in Givenchy. She got a lot of stick for this look but I love it. The dress is amazing and Cate has the perfect level of sophistication and elegance to pull it off for me. I love the simplicity of everything else, how the dress is the central focus of the look. Big thumbs up from me.

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier. This oozes class (unlike the word oozes!) She looks like a star is this sparkly princess dress. A real red carpet moment for Mandy.

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott. I'm running out of amazing things to say about Amy. You all get it by this point, I absolutely love her. This is one of my all time favourite Amy looks. I adore the way the blue compliments her hair perfectly.

What were your favourite looks from the 2011 Oscars?
Nikki x
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Biography/Autobiography Book Shelf

I think you can probably tell a lot about a person by the people they like to read about. It definitely has to highlight certain aspects of their personality.
So, in the interest of letting you guys know a bit more about myself, I thought I'd share my 'biography/autobiography shelf'.



  1. David S Gill 'Nine Lives' 
  2. John Barrowman 'I Am What I Am'
  3. Russell Brand 'Booky Wook 2' 
  4. Alfie Boe 'Alfie: My Story'
  5. Scott Mills 'Love You Bye'
  6. Jessica Ennis 'Unbelievable'
  7. Victoria Pendleton 'Between The Lines'
  8. Michael Phelps 'Beneath The Surface'
  9. Michael Phelps 'No Limits'
  10. Kristin Chenoweth 'A Little Bit Wicked'
  11. Lauren Conrad 'L.A Candy' 
  12. Alexa Chung 'It'
  13. 'Kate Moss' by Laura Collins
  14. 'Linda McCartney' by Danny Fields
  15. Kelly Osbourne 'Fierce'
  16. Scrapbook
  17. Sadie Frost 'Crazy Days'
  18. Sam and Richard Branson 'Arctic Diary'
  19. 'Heavier Than Heaven' The Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross
I'm not sure what this list says about me but I'll let you make your own mind up. 
Do you have any biographies/autobiographies you think would help people understand your personality?
Nikki x
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