Non Beauty Favourites

A rather late Non Beauty Favourites for February went up my my channel on Tuesday! From the iPad edition of Stylist and a rather swish little notebook to the Wild Mint White Company candle and a few style favourites. Oh, not to mention my current food obsession...

Let me know if you like these kind of videos as I'd love to start making this a monthly thing. Let's face it, with the copious amounts of Netflix I watch, I need an outlet for my TV chatter!

The One Worth Waiting For: Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson

Okay, so chances are you've already seen this collection land on a few of your favourite websites already, but don't click disappear on me just yet! Makeup bags and exclusive collectors boxes are being pushed aside today, because as exciting as they are, it's the products that have really wowed me here.

Before we get started, it's very rare that I like everything from a new collection, especially a summer one as there is always something totally unwearable and in your face. It's even more rare that I LOVE the majority of a collection too (some call me fussy, I'm not totally sure why). But the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collection is incredible. I've separated my loves and likes below, because otherwise choosing a must buy could get real difficult!

LOVES: If you buy one thing... the COLOUR OF YOUTH LIP & CHEEK GLOW is my favourite of the bunch. A creamy blush formula that glides over the skin, with a super bright peachy pink pigment that means you only need a dab on each cheek. Not only does it look beautiful blended over cheeks for a dewy flush, it sits so comfortably on the lips too. Add a dab of highlight to the cupids bow and centre of the lower lip and things start to look a lot more plump! Could it get better? Oh yes, it smells like a MAC lipstick which makes application ten times more dreamy. However, if cheek products aren't your thing, two new MATTE REVOLUTION LIPSTICK's will be showing their faces this summer, and both are beauts! Miss Kensington is a warm nude (see it here), whilst 1975 Red is a beautiful coral/orange/pink/red. A lot of colours rolled in to one lipstick and the result is a universally flattering red. I'm hooked.

LIKES: The DREAMY GLOW HIGHLIGHTER and FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW are two that I like, but can't quite pin point as a "must buy". If you already own the original bronze and glow, a purchase of it's new cream counterpart may border on excessive and despite being an eternal lover of cream products I still prefer the original as it's bronzing properties are much better (however the cream version is much better for contouring). Following on from that the Dreamy Glow is a more subtle and rosy highlighter in comparison to the Filmstar Bronze & Glows, it's stunning and much more appropriate for everyday wear. Although I really like it, I can't quite pin it down as a "must have" in my makeup bag. But go, swatch, make your own mind up!

LOOK OUT FOR: Yes, there are a few new treats not party to the CT x NP collection that are rather fancy. The EYES TO MESMERISE are creamy, mousse pots of eyeshadow goodness. There are a few similar versions by other brands (including Maxfactor) so if you're on the hunt for something a little more purse friendly you are in luck! But then we have SOMETHING SECRET that I can't really talk about other than the fact that it is a truly stunning base product. EYES PEELED LADIES. EYES PEELED.


When The Coats Come Off...

The weather on the coast has been a little crazy recently. From ice cold mornings and occasional hail storms to the incredibly hot. I don't have a clue what to wear when I wake up in the morning. Luckily the early morning outings with the dog are the perfect tester for a weather appropriate outfit, and last weekend this were pretty warm. Unseasonably so.

After picking up a new playsuit from ASOS I knew exactly what I wanted to work my outfit around. Despite the difficulty they cause in some aspects of your life, they make dressing pretty darn quick and fuss free. Add tights, boots and a jacket and you're good to go. Unless in my case it's so warm than you end up ditching the jacket for most of the day. Side note: I lived and worked in two very cold buildings for over two years - I'm pretty hardy to the cold so 15 degrees is warm for me. 

But I can't be the only one who felt this way as what felt like the majority of the Brighton population were out in the streets and queue for the local gelato shop was longggg. It may have only lasted for a maximum of twelve hours but it was glorious and I can't wait for our next round of sunshine. So much so in fact, I feel like a little holiday is in order - anyone with me?


The New Zara Bag

The new season bag selection in Zara will always have my heart, each and every time I start thinking about making a bigger, more pricy purchase, they release at least three bags which I fall in love with, can't get out of my head and swiftly purchase in good old supermarket sweep fashion. You know, the run and grab pre-apocalypse kind of purchase.

We're a few days in to Spring and this may have already happened twice so far. Oops. The Zara Soft Shopper being the most recent and wearable of the two. It's got the whole Prada-esque excess straps around the body and a little extra slouch that gives it a casual vibe, whilst the sheen of the faux leather gives it a more polished look - making it appropriate for so many different occasions. The silver buckle and stud details are a winner in my eyes too, giving it a more minimal look - something I haven't seen in a while since the black and gold trend truly moved in and made itself at home.

But what' in the bag? Well, I thought I'd leave that for you to find out. *SPOILER ALERT* Contains lipsticks and chocolate. Who'd have known...


The Sunday Post: An Afternoon With Charlotte Tilbury

I mentioned last week that I've been back and forth to London at lot recently for lots of different reasons - one of them being Charlotte Tilbury's new offerings - and I couldn't hint at getting a peek at them without fully taking you along with me now, could I?

It's no secret that summer collections will always have my heart above anything else, so when you mix being in a room with CT herself and getting a preview of an incredible collection, you have my full attention.

The CT X Norman Parkinson collection was the highlight of the afternoon, with cream blushes, highlighters and contours on hand to swatch and snap as we pleased. NP's artwork hung on the walls and made our idyllic Piccadilly location that little bit more dreamy. Charlotte's team of makeup artists were on hand to apply some of the new offerings to our very excited faces - of course I was straight in line for a seat! I pretty much had the whole collection applied on my face, along with the Eyes To Mesmerise, the new creamy eyeshadows launching in May - heads up, they're super swoony.

Once my makeup was finished, Alix took a seat in the chair whilst I snapped away for my Instagram and Snapchat (duhh). During this time the windows to the balcony were opened and I couldn't quite resist jumping out to get a view of Piccadilly and a few photos of my finished makeup.

I'll be going through the whole collection in detail later this week - sorry if you get sick of reading about it - I'm well aware it's been reviewed everywhere already but you know I love to put my two cents in!

P.S There's also a vlog of this day HERE if you want to see it!

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Review & Giveaway!

Earlier this week something very special dropped in to my hands (thank you Mr Postman). The Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette launched on February 1st and, like most Nars products, I was itching to get my hands on it. Limited edition, with a super slick mirrored casing that houses a variety of eight beautiful dual intensity eyeshadows - sounds good right? (PSSTTTT - if you want one for yourself then keep on reading)

The Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are a wonderful creamy consistency and can give a gorgeous sheen when used dry or super metallic finish if applied with a wet brush. They're long lasting, non creasy (well, not on me anyway) and very pigmented. The shadows in the palette range from peachy pink and subtle shimmery bronze to deep, rich purple and intense black. There's a little something for everyone, but enough consistency between shades on each row to be able to work for a majority of beauty lovers, whether you love a neutral or bold eye.

The top row is my daily go-to, containing: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major and Subra. Whilst the bottom row is a cool blue lovers dream with Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove and Sycorax.

The good news for Nars fans is that the price of the palette is £45 - much more affordable than some past Nars palettes and a brilliant saving when you compare to purchasing the individual shadows. It also comes with the specially designed wet/dry eyeshadow brush that was released along with the individual shadows last summer. (It's a good'un, trust me!)

The even better news is that to celebrate the launch of the palette Nars are running a UK giveaway using facebook via instagram, giving away palettes every day!

From Friday 20th March (TODAY!!!) to Monday 24th March 2015, Nars are encouraging their UK NARSissists to tag their friends in a group photo via instagram and tell them the best part about being a #NARSissist for a chance to win a palette for you and up to five of your friends.

 From Friday 20th March 2015, NARS are asking UK Nars lovers to take a group photo with their friends, post it to Instagram and tell them why they are Narsissists in the caption and using the hashtag #NARSissistUK. Finally making sure to tag your friends in the picture for a chance to win palettes for yourself and up to five friends. 

 * Download the Instagram App

 * Upload the photo onto Instagram tagging Nars and your group of friends with the hashtag #NARSissistUK and a sentence on what makes you a Narsissist(just like the entry below!)

 * Make sure the hashtag #NARSissistUK is included in the photo description 

*Make sure to post the photo to Facebook as well as the winner be be notified via Facebook message.

 * NARS will select the most creative submission each day to win Narsissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palettes for you and up to five of your friends. 
**Contest runs 20th – 24th March 2015, on 

One entry per Facebook follower per day. For more details, visit the NARS Exclusives Tab and click here for terms and conditions.

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