Thursday, 27 August 2015

New Warehouse Arrivals!

Warehouse has always been one of my favourite high-street fashion brands as it offers affordable but well-made everyday staples. With so many new arrivals on their website I thought I would share what I am lusting after for upcoming Autumn/Winter season!

Border Print Kimono Cardigan - £42
I love a nice light-weight cardigan to transition between Summer and Autumn and I think the print on this one is gorgeous! Styled with a simple white or navy t-shirt I think this would be a perfect go-to option during the day.

Grey Studded Jumper - £40
This is a very simple pale grey short sleeve jumper with studded detail around the neckline and hem. It seems very light-weight so perhaps one for the slighter warmer Autumnal days but styled with black jeans and some cute Chelsea boots ... another easy everyday look!

Brushstoke Print Midi Dress - £85
I think this dress would be perfect for my birthday night out at the beginning of October. Now I'm quickly approaching 30 I don't do super short for a night out anymore so I think this length is a good compromise :)

Colourblock Leather Sandal - £55
I know that brown and black together are a real fashion faux pas for some but I personally love the combination especially in heels :) The slightly thicker block heel made these look super comfortable for dressing up a simple pair of black skinny jeans.

Cloudy Stone Statement Necklace - £20
My love for a statement necklace knows no bounds and this gold cloudy piece is right up my street! I love to dress up a simple t-shirt with a piece like this and I think something like this would be very versatile.

Much love ... Lyndsey xx

This is NOT a sponsored post. I have never accepted money in return for a review on my blog.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Nail Focus: Nails Inc Aldwych

I know a lot of people instantly think Christmas when they think of red nails but I personally think a bright, orange-toned red looks amazing during the Summer months as well! Today's Nail Focus is the Nails Inc Nail Polish in Aldwych which has been one of my go-to colours this Summer! Unfortunately Aldwych is no longer available to buy individually which makes me so sad but I have seen it on Amazon or eBay if you do want to pick it up.

On the nails, Aldwych is a bright coral toned red with micro-fine shimmer through it. The shimmer isn't noticeable unless the sunlight catches it so if you don't like super shimmery nails don't let this put you off! Also, the shimmer makes it a much more forgiving formula on the nails if you have any ridges or unevenness :) I think it is the perfect Summer red nail colour, it comes off slightly more red than what is shown in the picture but that coral undertone is definitely present. It's vibrant and eye-catching without being neon so this makes it a lot more versatile and not at all age restricted. While I have been wearing it a lot on my fingernails I also think it looks great on toes too!

This polish applies very easily and builds up to full opacity in 2 coats (as shown in the picture). I find that it dries quickly and while I always apply a glossy topcoat, this does have a good amount of shine on it's own. I think this looks great on both fair and dark skin tones so a red option for all :) As with all Nails Inc polishes, I get a good 4 or 5 days without any chipping so while these polishes a bit more expensive, I think they are well worth it :)

Much love ... Lyndsey xx

This item was purchased by me with my own money, this is NOT a sponsored post. I have never accepted money in return for a review on my blog.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Save or Splurge: Nude Lipsticks

The nude lip trend is having its moment in the makeup spotlight right now and with various brands bringing out dedicated collections solely focused on nude lip colours, it looks like it's here to stay for a while longer yet! These 'nude' collections aim to offer up various shades so that each and every skin tone can find their perfect nude :) I personally love nude lip colours as they allow a fuss free everyday look that's still polished and pulled together but also usually very easy maintained during the day. The two collections I'm pitting against each other in today's Save or Splurge are the Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lipsticks and the Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Nude Lipsticks.

The splurge option for today's post are the Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lipsticks which come in 7 different shades, I have Strange Magic and Eat Cake. At £26 a lipstick these are the most luxurious lip products I own but I think they are stunning in every way and for me, are the epitome of luxury makeup! Plus, they have a magnetic closure so the lids will never pop open in your handbag and keep the lipstick bullet secure .. Win! 

These lipsticks have a gel-like formula so they glide onto the lips super easily with absolutely no tugging. Plus they are also infused with monoi butter which helps to deliver a lot more moisture than your average lipstick. They really aren't the most long lasting of lipsticks, I get a few hours before I need to reapply, but due to the moisture content this isn't really that surprising. Strange Magic is a very pale pink that I think a lot of people will find difficult to wear. Worn alone it washes my lips out giving me that 'concealer lips' effect that I'm not personally a big fan of. So I tend to use this with a mid-tone pink lip liner and pop this over the top which gives a really nice look. Eat Cake is a much more universal colour and my personal favourite of all 4 that I'm talking about today :) It is a warm pinky toned nude with a nice amount of shine and because of the colour intensity I don't usually need to pair this with a liner or a gloss and I think this kind of colour is pretty perfect for everyday wear!

The save option for today is Rimmel's new Kate Moss Lasting Finish Nude Lipsticks. There are 5 shades to choose from and much like the Marc Jacobs collection, they range from a very pale milky nude to a dark almost chocolate brown. You can see instantly that the packaging on these is much more basic than the Marc Jacobs option which you would expect for the lower price tag, these usually retail for £5.49 each. The have a cream coloured plastic bullet much the same as the rest of the Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipsticks.

The two shades I have are #42 and #45 (I hate that the Kate Moss lipsticks are numbered rather than named!) which are really quite similar and because of that I definitely wouldn't recommend buying both of these! Both are warm rosy toned nudes with #42 being ever so slightly warmer on me and #45 leaning a little more mauve on me. Both lipsticks very moisturising on the lips and have a good colour pay off but much like the Marc Jacobs ones, they don't last overly long before fading. They give a nice amount of shine when first applied and a nice, but not overpowering, vanilla based scent. When they do wear off, it is usually pretty even so they don't leave that horrible lip liner effect round the outside of the lips!

So would I save or splurge on today's nude lipstick trend ... I would SPLURGE! Marc Jacobs is not available anywhere in store in Northern Ireland as yet, both the lipsticks I got were from Sephora visits (Eat Cake came all the way from Orlando when a friend was there on holiday!) Since I began writing this post my fiancĂ© was in Boston and I got him to pick me up another one (I know I hang my head in shame!) so I guess that speaks volumes. While I know these are super high end lip products these are just the kind of shades that I wear everyday so if I'm wearing them regularly I can justify the higher price tag then if I only wore them once or twice a year. I do think the Rimmel ones are great and if you can't get your hands on Marc Jacobs or don't love pinky nude colours quite as much as I do, I think the Rimmel ones will still give you what you're looking for at a much lower cost.

Much love ... Lyndsey xx

All items were purchased by me with my own money, this is NOT a sponsored post. I have never accepted money in return for a review on my blog.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

A Little L'Oreal Haul

L'Oreal really is one of my favourite makeup stands in the drugstore, I know it's a little more expensive so when there's a 3 for 2 offer I can't resist picking up a few things! I got the Le Blush in Nectarine, the Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Lipstick in Julianne's Nude and the Brow Artist Genius Kit in Medium/Dark. One of my all time favourite lipsticks is the Collection Exclusive Lipstick in Cheryl's Nude and it's all but disappeared from the shelves! It wasn't meant to be limited edition and I don't think it would have been so unpopular that they had to discontinue it so I was hoping that Julianne's Nude would be a similar option. My first impression is that it might be a little more pink but it's very very pretty ... Perfect light pink for Spring!

I finished my beloved Smashbox Brow Tech and while it's been a long time since I've used powder products on my brows I thought this little kit containing a powder, a wax, a little pair of tweezers and a dual ended spoolie/angled brush looked like a good one to try :)

Finally, the Le Blush in Nectarine was a purchase inspired by Estee from EssieButton. She mentioned it recently in a video about her favourite drugstore products of the moment and I thought it looked absolutely beautiful when I seen it in store, it does look incredibly bright so I'm hoping that it sheers out!! I think this is the one I'm most looking forward to using ... Likely tomorrow morning!

Much love ... Lyndsey xx

These items was purchased by me with my own money, this is NOT a sponsored post. I have never accepted money in return for a review on my blog.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Collection Deluxe Lipstick in Talullah

don't own very much from the Collection range as, honestly, I always thought it to be a cheap option for teenage girls who didn't have the money to splurge on high-end makeup. When I was in Boots picking up the Nude Eyeshadow Palette that I had seen Fleur de Force raving about, I seen these Deluxe Lipsticks sitting alongside and this little one found it's way into my basket! I picked up the shade Talullah, there are only 5 shades in total, which I think is a bit limited, that include a bright red and a Kylie Jenner inspired mauve/nude. These usually retail for £3.99 but at the moment they are reduced to £2.99 :) The lipsticks are enriched with Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Vitamin E so they are packed full of good-for-your-lips ingredients that allow a super soft and creamy application.

Packaging is fairly basic, a plastic bullet that twists up from the bottom but there is a little clear section at the bottom of the bullet so you can see the colour of the lipstick without having to take the top off ... Handy if you have a very unorganised lipstick collection!

This particular shade Talullah is, for me, a perfect 'my lips but better' colour, a milky nude/pink that will go with any type of look. The pigmentation is very good for such a budget friendly brand, one swipe gives me a very natural finish but this also builds up easily for a more intense colour and finish.

Because these lipsticks are so creamy in texture they aren't going to last an entire day without having to be reapplied. If I'm not eating or drinking, this colour lasted about 2 hours but it did wear off evenly without leaving the dreaded lip-liner look! My lips did feel nicely moisturised while this was on but it certainly didn't have any lasting effect once it had worn off.

Overall, I think this lipstick was a real winner and I will definitely be going back to try some of the other shades while they are still on offer. I haven't tried any of the regular line to know if these are more 'deluxe' but I was very pleasantly surprised with the pigmentation and ease of application. It isn't a product that looks so beautiful I want to display it out on my vanity for all to see but it is a great everyday staple that will be in my handbag for a long while to come!

Much love ... Lyndsey xx

Friday, 27 February 2015

Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in Enchanted

About a year ago I went through a stage of buying something from Revlon every single time I was in Boots ... I know it was completely unnecessary but somehow I justified it at the time! So I ended up with a bunch of the Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quads and they have remained pretty much ignored in my collection since then :( I made a commitment to work my way through them and today I want to talk about this particular quad in Enchanted. These eyeshadow quads usually retail for £7.99 so they're expensive enough for drugstore products but Revlon do tend to have some of the best quality products in this price range.

Firstly, the packaging is very standard, a simple black plastic case with a clear window in the front to allow you to see the shadows inside. It's pretty light-weight so it would be good for travelling but because of that, it's also not that sturdy so this might not withstand being thrown in a daily makeup bag!

The back of the packaging has a handy guide if you're not too sure what to do with the shadows but don't feel restricted to only use them as suggested!

The pans on the right hand side (shade numbers 1 & 3) are larger in size which I personally like as these are the colours I'm likely to use more of being the lighter shades :) Here are the swatches as numbered on the back of the packaging without any primer:

Shade 1 is a light dusty pink colour which could be used as an all over base colour or a brow highlight. I think this definitely needs a paint pot or colour tattoo to boost the colour as it can be a bit sheer without it.

Shade 2 is a light grey/taupe colour that I like to use in the crease to give a bit more depth to the look. 

Shade 3 is warm bronze colour which like shade 1 is on the sheer side. However, it can be built up easily enough to give a really nice one shadow look or used with shade 2 to deepen it up. It's my favourite colour of the quad :)

Shade 4 is actually a deep forest green colour with very fine flecks of gold shimmer. I know it doesn't swatch green nor does it apply green, to me it comes off more of a dark grey. I personally don't mind this as I think it sits with the palette better than if it were a true green shade!

All in all, while I do like this palette and the looks I've created with it, it's not anything new or unique and the 2 shades that I gravitate towards most (shades 1 & 3) I have duplicated in many other palettes. This is definitely going to be better suited to those of you who prefer very natural looks and with so many other (and unfortunately better) palettes in my collection, I think I will be passing this one on to someone who will get more use of it than me.

Much love ... Lyndsey xx

This item was purchased by me with my own money, this is NOT a sponsored post. I have never accepted money in return for a review on my blog.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Nail Focus: Revlon Nail Art Sun Candy Nail Polish in Solar Flare

I spotted these Revlon Nail Art duos on a recent trip to Boots and couldn't resist picking up this very Spring appropriate offering! These nail art duos contain a solid colour nail polish on one end and a sparkly topcoat on the other which means you can create a variety of different looks depending on how you use the topcoat. There are several different sections within the Nail Art line itself and the Sun Candy section contains 10 very bright and vibrant colours perfect for the upcoming warmer months :)

This duo in Solar Flare contains a beautiful milky peach on one side and a mix of really fine gold & rose gold glitter on the other. As you can see from the picture the glittery topcoat (on my ring finger) isn't super noticeable on one accent nail but when it catches the light it gives such a pretty effect :)  

The solid peach colour built up easily in 2 coats and wasn't streaky or difficult to apply. You could definitely build the glitter topcoat up if you wanted it to be more intense but I personally like it a bit more subtle. The peach shade is not quite neon but it's a LOT brighter than what it appears in the tube! The main issue with this entire line of polish is that it can be a bit uncomfortable to use. Due to the dual nature of the product it can feel very top heavy when applying the polish. I got used to it quickly enough but it is something to mention.

Overall, despite the awkward application I do really like both of the colours in this duo. The packaging is very travel friendly and for £7.99 I personally think it's good value for money. This will definitely be something I'll be reaching for regularly in the coming months and will be sure to have a closer at the the other colours in the Sun Candy line on my next trip to Boots :)

Much love ... Lyndsey xx

This item was purchased by me with my own money, this is NOT a sponsored post. I have never accepted money in return for a review on my blog.