Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pocket Essentials

Sometimes you get buried in delivery, sometimes you get stuck on the till for hours, sometimes you're short staffed and somebody would actually notice if you left the shop floor for two minutes, so I always like to make sure I have a pocket full of 'essentials'. Luckily, my uniform pockets are like Mary Poppins bag so I can pack quite a lot.  

1. Nail clippers are an absolute must for me. I don't think I go through a shift recently without breaking a nail. We've all been there, when your nail snaps and it's a sharp jagged mess. Not brill at the best of times, never mind when you're working with clothes.

2. Chewing gum. I get so paranoid about bad breath. Like, ten minutes after I've brushed my teeth I will be convinced that my breath smells. I actually hate chewing, I hate seeing it but if I'm stuck in a corner of the store tidying and there's nobody around then I'll always be chewing on something minty. School rules still apply though, don't tell anybody you've got it or you'll have none left.

3. Bach Rescue Pastilles. There are moments at work when I literally feel panic start to build. I feel like a fish out of water in social situations and I work in retail.....go figure! I can't explain exactly how these help but they definitely seem to.

4. Lip balm. A lot of my job involves talking to the public and I'm a nightmare for biting my lips. Cue, they're often dry and pretty chapped....not hot!! This Dr Bronner lip balm is my current fave. It actually makes my lips super soft and I don't have to constantly reapply it.

5. Concealer. To be fair, I don't know the last time I actually reapplied concealer at work. I think it must have been Christmas time. That being said, I always feel more comfortable knowing I have it one me. 

What are your work essentials? 
Nikki x

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Everyday Face (Six Products)

I think it's down to laziness more than anything but I haven't been wearing much makeup recently. I'm at a stage where I can't really justify (boring!) buying more makeup without finishing some of the products I already have. Does anybody else use a product for a couple of months and then move on to something else and forget about the half used stash? I know I can't be alone. Here are the products I'm currently using when I leave myself 10 minutes to do my makeup (basically everyday).

I've shunned my beloved matte foundations recently in favour of this face combo. I love how the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and Clarins Powder look together. They are the perfect shade for my skin, which is something I've been able to say less than a handful of times in my life. You can't tell there is anything on the skin but the foundation definitely delivers on the 'visibly perfected skin' claim. I personally find that this foundation works best blending with my fingers and I use a sponge to press the powder on....A whole new routine!

I buy a lot of different concealers but I will always go back to the Collection Lasting Perfection one. There's a reason everybody loves it so much. It's thick enough to provide amazing coverage without being cakey. I do have to be careful about not using too much though because even shade 1 can end up looking orange on me.

I'm not a massive lover of the They're Real mascara from Benefit. If I'm honest, it hurts my eyes. Like I said, I am trying to clear out some of my stash and this is the one I'm currently on. I do really like that it last all day and doesn't transfer (even on my crazy oily lids). I won't be repurchasing this when it's gone though.

Maybelline Brow Satin is another product I'm not crazy about. It's ok and would probably work a lot better if you had more to your brows than I do. It's got a weird sponge applicator which is convenient but I find it really difficult to create a precise shape. I haven't bothered trying the pencil end on my brows because I can tell from trying to swatch it on my hand that it is way too hard to be scratching on my face.

I've had Kat Von D - Lolita for two months and it has essentially become my 'holy grail' lip product. I think I could quite happily wear this everyday for the rest of my life. Seriously though, how pretty is it??

Nikki x


Sunday, June 5, 2016

May Favourites

I spent about a week sneakily using my sister's Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation before I decided it was time to buy my own. Claiming to be 'invisible coverage' with 'pore blurring effect' I definitely think it delivers on both. It's medium coverage; it evens out the skin tone but I still need concealer for the under eye area. It truly is my skin but (a lot) better.

A friend gave me this Clarins Powder Compact years ago and I've literally only just finished it. I'm not a massive fan of powders because I generally wear a matte foundation and don't find that I need any. Since I've started wearing match perfection I've been needing to powder throughout the day and this has been my favourite by far. I'm in Ivory Beige and it has absolutely no colour that I can make out and doesn't oxidise. It seems to have been repackaged since I got this and I'm kinda scared the formula won't be the same. 

I didn't wear a lot of makeup through May, a lot of the time I didn't even bother with contour or eyeliner. I've been obsessed with lip products, though.
GOSH Velvet Touch Lipliner in Antique Rose is a mauve toned pink and it's literally the liner I put under 90% of my lipsticks, regardless of colour. I have a nude lip obsession at the moment but I sometimes forget how pale I am and so some of my nude shades can make me look ill. This is the perfect liner to add a bit of colour whilst maintaining the general nude vibe.

If I could only own one lip product for the rest of time then it would definitely be Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita. My sister recently went to New York and I knew I wanted something Kat Von D but there's so much to choose from. There's a reason that Lolita is the cult shade! I honestly think it suits everybody. It's kind of a brown/mauve shade on me but when you look up swatches on google, it really does look different shades on different skin tones.  

I didn't own any Lime Crime Velvetines until this month and I already own six. Salem has been my go to for days when I'm not wearing Lolita. I don't know when I'll ever get to a Sephora so I'm only trying to use that 2/3 days so try and make it last as long as possible. I'm loving the formula of the velvetines. They are easily the most long wearing lip products I've ever tried. They're up there with the lacquers from Makeup Revolution. I literally have to scrub (and scrub) to get these off. I definitely didn't think I'd get any wear out of Salem when I first unboxed it but I actually love it. It's a milk chocolate shade which I can see suiting a lot of people.

My perfume of the month has been Incredible Things by Taylor Swift. I'm trying to use up a few of my perfumes to justify buying some more and this has been the one I've used almost everyday this month.
Fragrantica is telling me that this is supposed to be a musky perfume. I would definitely still check this out if you don't normally like musky scents because that wouldn't be a word I'd use for it. On the other hand, if you don't like vanilla then you won't like this because that it the overpowering note. This is going to sound really strange.....and disgusting....but I get vanilla/vodka/passion fruits whilst being kind of talc(y) smelling. I've really been enjoying wearing it even if that sounds like the most horrendous smell ever. I'm really bad at describing things!!

Sorry for such a long absence, I've been having laptop issues. Hopefully they're all fixed now and normal service will resume :)
Nikki x

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