Thursday, November 27, 2014

My Favourite Brow Products

I know I'm not alone when I say that brows are one of the most important parts of my face routine everyday. Brows can seriously change the way your face looks and help make your eyes stand out in the process. But as a ginge, my brows are naturally very blonde. Not ideal! I would be lost without these four products....


30 day lash and brow tint

I would never do this on my lashes because I'm too clumsy to personally be using chemicals that close to my eyes but tinting the brows makes my makeup routine much simpler. The only colours they do are 'dark brown' and 'black and I have been known to leave this on too long and end up like Juno in Wild Child (whoops) but if I'm paying attention this helps to give my brows a more natural look and base for the next products.




Avon Glimmerstick

This has a super soft consistency; almost waxy. This means it glides on, is easily smudged away if mistakes are made and looks really natural.


Model Co More Brows
This lasts forever. I love the ashy tones to this particular colour which mean it isn't too harsh and the tiny brush is amazing for getting the outer points of the brows.


Maybelline Brow Drama
Lots of people moan about the shape of this brush but I think it's really easy to work with. The colour is a lot more intense than the 'Model co' colour which creates a harsher brow. If you're not in the strong brow game then this probably wouldn't be the product for you.


What products would you recommend for brows?
I'm currently debating whether or not to get the Mac Veluxe Brow Liner in 'Redhead'. Has anyone tried it?
Nikki x
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

MY THOUGHTS: TRESemme 2805U Volume Hair Curling Tong

I'm not going to lie, I've totally stolen this off my sister. She never uses it, it was feeling abandoned!

I love that the barrel is pink because I don't store these in a box so it makes it easy to spot in my appliance drawer.

I probably end up with an average of 20 curls as I find this holds best with smaller sections of hair. That being said, even on the highest heat (there are three settings), these curls don't last all day.
When using my Babyliss tong, I can usually get three days out of the curls. I, personally, don't get anywhere near that long with this. I find my hair starts dropping throughout the day no matter how much hairspray I pile on.
Also, this is pointless to do before bed as the curls will be non-existent the next morning.


This has a 32mm barrel and the large curl you get drops almost instantly to create natural looking waves.
This is perfect if you are going to an event that isn't necessarily to going to last all day, maybe an awards show or a concert.

Has anybody had a different experience with this product?
Nikki x
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

15 Festive Favourites

I stole this off a girl I follow on Tumblr ;)


1. Favourite festive food?

I don't know if these count but they're only out at Christmas so I'm going with it, Mr Kipling's Frosted Fancies. I eat those things by the box. My seasonal weight gain is all down to Mr Kipling and those yummy pieces of heaven.

2. Favourite reindeer?
Donner. All the other names are really random and then there's good ol' Donner.

3. Favourite day from '12 days of Christmas'?
5 Gold Rings because I like the way it's exaggerated and also, I'm a girl who loves jewellery.


4. Favourite Christmas song?

There's one about grandma being run over by a reindeer which I absolutely love. If we're sticking to chart ones then Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

5. Favourite Christmas present?
A few years ago a family friend took me and my sister to Disneyland Paris for the few days before Christmas and it was immense!


6. Favourite Christmas film?
Jingle All The Way

7. Favourite Christmas cracker toy?
Not a massive fan of toys, just a simple crown hat does me.

8. Favourite cracker joke?
I can't think off the top of my head but the worse, the better when it comes to Christmas.

9. Favourite Christmas decoration?
Tinsel. I just bloody love tinsel.


10. Favourite candle scent?

My favourite scent in life is Glade 'spiced apple and cinnamon'.

11. Favourite Christmas tv advert?
I like the Argos aliens who don't know how to work anything. Not sure if they're around this year.
I loved the Rosie one for M+S last year as well.

12. Favourite Christmas tradition?
I don't really have any traditions. The only consistent thing we do every year is go to my grandparents house at 11ish and stay until just before Doctor Who (not important any more). I tried to make going to the park to feed the ducks a tradition but it didn't really catch on. Oh and me and my sister have started tracking Santa through Christmas Eve which is fun but again not really a tradition.

13. Favourite place to spend christmas?
My grandparents house because they have all the foods ;)

14. Favourite Christmas fact?
I had to google this and I don't know if it's actually a 'fact' but I like it...
Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari), who lived during the fourth century. Born in Patara (in modern-day Turkey), he is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint, and artists have portrayed him more often than any other saint except Mary. He is the patron saint of banking, pawnbroking, pirating, butchery, sailing, thievery, orphans, royalty, and New York City
15. Favourite Snowman accessory?
Scarf.

Please join in on the festive fun and link me to your answers.
Nikki x

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My Top 5: Perfumes

I definitely have a distinct taste when it comes to perfumes and that is woody/musky scents so I thought this would be the perfect time of year to share my ultimate top 5 perfumes. These are staples in my collection and have been for some years now. I've gone through numerous bottles of each. There isn't a whole lot I can say about why they are my faves other than 'they smell nice' but here goes.
I've got one anomaly to the bunch and that's the one I shall start with....

1) Heiress by Paris Hilton *pauses for judgement*
Top Notes: Passion fruit, Orange, Peach Granita, Champagne Mimosa
Base Notes: Violet leaf, Vetiver, Tonka, Blonde Woods
Based on the base notes this doesnt seem out of place in my top five but for me this perfume doesn't get particularly musky no matter how long you wear it for. I find this remains fairly fruity smelling.

2) Chanel No.5
Top Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Neroli, Aldehydes
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vetiver
I used to steal my mum's about 10 years ago and it's been my absolute favourite ever since. It smells really sophisticated and expensive to me. There's a reason this is a cult classic. It's the ultimate scent.
PS. I'm absolutely obsessed with the new Gisele advert <3

3) Stella by Stella McCartney
Top Notes: Mandarin, Rose, Peony
Base Notes: Woody ambers
This is generally my go to scent for a night out. I get lots of compliments from girls on this one. I find this settles to the base notes really quickly and lasts for ages!

4) Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent
Top Notes: Cranberry, Blackberry
Base Notes: Patchouli, Vetiver, Musk, Sandalwood
This is generally my go to scent for daytime. I get more compliments from guys on this one. I don't find the top notes fully disappear with this one so it remains fairly fruity but it it still a very autumnal scent.

5) Red Door by Elizabeth Arden
Top Notes: Orange blossom, Plum, Peach, Anise
Base Notes: Heliotrope, Sandal, Cedar, Musk, Amber, Benzoin
This scent reminds me of East End ladies like Peggy Mitchell. Let me explain.....I'm obsessed with the ones who get up two hours early every morning to do a full face of makeup and go to the supermarket dressed to the nines and who only ever take taxis. They smell like Red Door to me. 


Do you have any musky favourites?

Nikki x
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Babyliss Wave Envy Hair Styler

I could not be more obsessed with this thing at the moment.


I used to wash my hair before bed and sleep with about a dozen plaits in to get this effect. The problem with that is that most of the time my hair would still be damp when I woke up. Thick hair curses! Thanks to this contraption, I don't have to do that anymore. Granted, this does take twice as long to do as it would to straighten or curl my hair but it takes a hell of a lot less time than it did to tightly plait all of my hair.

There are three heat settings but as with all hair appliances, I always go straight for the hottest. My hair is like a moody teenager so anything less than that won't work.

This probably takes about half an hour to complete all of my hair but the results last for days. Plus, I have a lot of hair. If you have a normal amount, it will take less time.


Crimping my hair may just have overtaken my love of curls!

I'd definitely recommend trying this out if you haven't.
Nikki x
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Quiet Place Project

The Quiet Place Project is something I think everybody needs to be aware of. It is a wesbite/app which allows you to escape from the stresses of life for as little as 90 seconds.
My mental state is something I struggle with on a regular basis and I find the music (especially) helpful. It allows me to switch my brain off and focus on my breathing.
If you ever feel like things are getting on top of you or you just need a timeout then I recommend checking this place out.

Nikki x
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