Monday, May 25, 2015

Best Dressed: Cannes 2015

  • Li Bingbing in Zuhair Murad
  • Poppy Delevingne in Burberry Prorsum
  • Naomi Watts in Ellie Saab Couture

  • Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé
  • Lily Donaldson in Saint Laurent
  • Julianne Moore in Armani Privé

Queen Sienna of Cannes

L-R: Gucci, Valentino Couture, Lanvin

Who were your best dressed this year?
Nikki x

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Netflix Movies #2

A Long Way Down

Four people meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives. Source

My favourite book was turned into a film and it took me way too long to watch it! I was scared it wouldn't do the book justice but I needn't have worried as it's rocketed to the top of my favourite films list. I wasn't aware of Imogen Poots before watching it but she is incredible as Jess. Despite being about depression, this is a brilliantly real, uplifting film.

Wreck-It Ralph

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. Source

This is a genius concept for a movie. It's kind of an anti fate kind of thing. Ralph doesn't want to be the bad guy and quite literally goes about changing his 'destiny'. Vanellope Von Schweetz is potentially the cutest character ever created! I fully intend to recommend this to everybody I know who hasn't seen it. Such a feel good film!

Iron Man 3

When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. Source

I'm not sure I've seen the 2nd movie but you really don't need to have. This is set after the first Avengers movie so he's still dealing with that. It's kind of about how the past can come back to haunt you whilst also being about the strength of friendship. Iron Man is one of my fave heroes because of how sassy he is. 

I'm slowly making my way through the movies on Netflix. Have you seen any of these? What were your thoughts?
Nikki x

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Magnitone Lucid

For the past couple of months I've really been suffering with my skin. None of my makeup was sitting right and it soon dawned on me that the problem was my skincare routine. It all comes down to skincare. 
Enter Magnitone.

 Given that my skin is sensitive and super easily irritated, I'd never taken the plunge on a cleansing brush purely because £69.99 isn't a price I could justify if I was only going to get a couple of uses out of it. When I heard Magnitone were taking part in the Bloggers Hub Twitter party I was excited. I didn't know what a 'Twitter party' entailed but I set an alarm so I was sure to be there on time and it turned out to be a chat between bloggers and brands. Bonus...brands were also giving away certain numbers of their products.
Magnitone very kindly sent me one of their Lucid exfoliating brushes to try out and I could not be more grateful. 

There are two modes to this brush - deep clean and sensitive. I was worried about the bristles being too harsh against my skin but that isn't the case at all. For the first couple of days I used the sensitive mode but I soon moved onto the deep clean setting and I haven't had any problems.

With claims of 'softer, brighter, smoother skin' in just 7 days I was skeptical. How much of a difference could just a week make. As it turns out....a lot!

Within two days of using this I noticed an improvement in my skin. I was so impressed that I was keen to post a review there and then. Obviously that isn't realistic when it comes to forming thoughts on skincare items so I held off until the end of the 7 days and I love it more everyday. I wouldn't say I'm getting fewer spots but they are definitely a lot less red and they aren't typically painful any more. My skintone is a lot more even since starting using this. I generally have quite a lot of redness but my skin has calmed down a lot and most of that damage has faded.

My sister commented after only a couple of days that my makeup looked a lot nicer than it usually does and the reason was that my skin was a lot calmer underneath. By the time I saw her, late afternoon, my makeup looked just as good as it had when I applied it 8 hours earlier. You know you're onto a good thing when other people are noticing a difference and commenting.

The Lucid is smaller than my hand and comes with a travel charger, perfectly compact for those of you who are lucky enough to travel a bit. 
It is also fully waterproof for those of you who like to do your skincare stuff in the shower. 
I honestly can't see an excuse not to give this a go.

I can't see myself ever going back to a routine that doesn't involve this handy device. If you fancy trying one out for yourself, the lovely lot at Magnitone are offering 20% off the Lucid cleansing and exfoliating brush with the code 'Nikki20' which is available here.

Have you tried a cleansing/exfoliating brush before? Are you a fan?
Nikki x

Whilst the Magitone Lucid was very kindly sent to me, my thoughts are 100% my own.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Best Dressed - Met Gala 2015

The Met Gala is notoriously one of the more extravagant nights in the fashion calender.
I struggled for a stand out but whilst I was narrowing down my best dressed, I couldn't get any further than these five.

L-R: Sienna Miller, Imogen Poots, Emma Roberts

Sienna Miller in Thakoon. Sienna is always towards the top of my best dressed lists. I wish I had her eye for style. This two piece is gorgeous.

Imogen Poots in Alberta Ferretti. Imogen has only recently been on my radar but she was definitely one of my stand outs from the Met Gala. This dress reminds me of something that Daisy Lowe would wear which is always a massive bonus in my book.

Emma Roberts in Ralph Lauren. I like to think if I did my prom all over again, now that I'm more comfortable with fashion, that I would wear something along these lines. I adore the colour. She looks seriously sophisticated and I love everything about it.

Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa. This looks seriously high fashion. She always manages to look like she's walked straight off the runway. I love how simple she's kept her hair and makeup, letting the dress do the talking.

Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi. Zendaya was one of my best dressed from last year. I love how she takes risks and how different this is from everything else we saw on the carpet the night. She was also one of a handful of people who seem to have got the memo on the theme.

Who were your favourites from this year's Met Gala? Any unexpected stand outs?
Nikki x


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

April Favourites

My go to lip combo for this month and I imagine for the foreseeable future is the Essence lip liner and matching stick in 'In The Nude'. I've finally found my perfect nude! I wear them solo as well but they last a hella long time together!

I feel like I have a new lip balm on an almost weekly basis but for work purposes this Burts Bees Rhubarb balm has been my go to for a little while now. I have found with this that I don't even need it in my pocket to reapply, it lasts almost long enough for my four hour shift. I love how it isn't as sheer as you'd expect a lip balm to be.

I've decided I'm going to treat myself and get my lips done for my birthday in July. I've wanted it doing for years, I just need to find where I want to go. Until then I've been using this DuWop Lip Venom to create the illusion of fuller lips. I love this stuff. It tingles when you apply it so you can feel it working and it lasts a good cuple of hours. If only this was a permanent fix.

I've been powdering more consistently recently. I generally suffer with dry patches so powder isn't something I veer towards but I've been applying it with this Wilko Face Brush and my makeup has been lasting so much longer. This brush is sooo soft and the size means it gets the job done in seconds.

My uniform is a bloody nightmare for deodorant marks, even when the deodorant claims to be anti white marks. I'm running out of deodorants that I haven't already tried but this one from Mitchum was recently on offer in Boots so I picked a couple up. The yellow one is my favourite as it smells super fresh and clean. Bonus - no white marks!!

I recently ran out of my Frizz Ease serum and, as I'm on a spending ban, I had a route around in my stash and came across the KMS Tame Frizz. I really like this. It's quite sticky but  you don't need a lot of it and it's perfect for taming flyaways without looking greasy.

The L'oreal Paris Triple Protection Moisturiser has changed my skin completely. I was suffering from major dry patches but since using this they've all but disappeared. Also, big plus- it hasn't made me break out!

I've used every other Pearl Drops variation and never thought they were anything special but I've already seen a massive difference in my teeth from using the Ultimate Whitening version for just one week. I'm excited to see the difference in the coming weeks!

I've been fake tanning quite a bit recently. Obviously, tanning comes with the dreaded orange elbows if you don't exfoliate properly and I've been loving this Sugar Crush from Soap and Glory for that. It smells super sweet which isn't something I normally go for but it isn't overpowering and is the best exfoliator I've used. 

What were you loving through April?
Nikki x

Friday, May 1, 2015

My Top 10 under £10

I'm a big lover of the high street. The most expensive makeup items I own are a couple of Benefit mascaras. Being a youtube lover, it's become apparent that most high end products have a high street dupe so I keep an eye on those videos to save myself some money. A lot of these products are under £5 but I really love them and I repurchase them time and again.

L'oreal True Match Foundation
My holy grail foundation. I really like branching out to try and find alternatives but due to my aversion to high end prices and the high streets aversion to actual pale shades, I always end up back at True Match. It doesn't cling to my dry patches which I'm definitely loving right now. I set this with the Collection powder and it lasts flawlessly all day.

Essence Lip Liners
I can't get over the fact that these are only £1!I get a four/five hours without needing touchups and that's more than I'd expect for such a cheap price. I find that these are perfect with or without lipstick on the top, usually I wear these alone.

Essence I <3 Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara
I love this mascara for a more clumpy 'I've had this on for four days' look. It's super cheap but has amazing colour payoff and lasting power. It does take a while to dry because of the amount of product the wand picks up but I personally don't mind that because of the results I get.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes
I love this mascara. It lengthens and defines whilst also being super black. This dries pretty quickly so I can apply it on the go or if I'm in a hurry.

Collection Lasting Pefection Concealer
Who doesn't own this? It's super affordable and easily the best concealer I've tried. It helps that it's a perfect shade match for me :)

Collection Sheer Loose Powder
This powder is such a bargain. It's the best powder I've tried in terms of being long wearing and not oxidising. I wasn't a massiv fan of this when I first got it but recently I've been loving it. My makeup looks the same when I get home from work as it does when I set off.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour
Granted I do only own one of these. Three guesses for which one? The consistency is super easy to blend, very pigmented and impressively long lasting. I'm currently on a spending ban but I'll definitely be looking at picking up a couple more of these sometime soon.

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder - auburn/red
This is the first 'ginger' eyebrow product I've tried. Not sure why it's taken me so long given my obvious need for one. I actually prefer the darker shade of this but as my hair gets lighter with the sun, I'll definitely be reaching for the lighter shade a lot more. I don't really notice a difference in the staying power between when I use the gel and when I don't so I tend to just use the powder on its own. I would definitely recommend this product to anybody who prefers (or just generally likes) a powder brow.

Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes
These are so affordable for what you actually get - 16 highly pigmented shades. They have so many palettes available as well so there is something for everybody whether you like neons, pastels or nudes.

Barry M Nail Polishes
Barry does my favourite nail products. They have every colour you could ever need in every finish you could ever want and they're only £3.99.

What are your makeup essentials for a tight budget?
Nikki x
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