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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

"Let's paint the town RED" ¦ Current red lipsticks

Red is such a powerful colour. Not only does it make a statement but it instantly boosts the complexion or outfit one decides to wear. 

Red is a shade that I am definitely attracted to, I have a few red garments I like to wear when the mood strikes but I fail in wearing a red lipstick, in fact, the only time I wore a red lip last year was on my birthday! 

Now, that is something I would like to change. Why are we so afraid of donning a brighter lip shade? Is it the looks you feel you receive when doing so, or is it were afraid of appearing confident? Either way, since its 2018 and enough is enough, it's about time I made that change! I am encouraging myself whenever there is an evening function to wear a red lip, starting this Thursday. (baby steps first guys lol!)

Anyway, enough of my own life story, I thought I'd share a few red lipsticks I possess and which ones I would advise for and against. I have also taken quite a pathetic image of my lipstick swatches, I will improve haha! The first shade is Mac, "Ruby Woo", my first ever red lipstick and a cult classic. A matte finish which I would highly recommend when it comes to bold shades as there is less worry of whether or not it's smeared etc. It is of a blue undertone so allows for the teeth to appear whiter and a nice red lipstick to start with.

Secondly, is Tom Ford "Flame", (pictured below), a stunning orange red that has a matte finish and one of my favourite lipsticks (admittedly never worn). I'm saving this and telling myself I MUST wear this on my next holiday as it has sadly sat in my drawer for over a year!  

Thirdly, is the Givenchy lip liner in '5'. A bright red that is creamy and great to pair with all of the above, and its waterproof!

Next is one which blows them all out of the water, the Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in 'Uncensored', is a liquid lipstick that is so opaque yet so thin in consistency and such a true red that as soon as I applied it, I didn't want to take it off! A must purchase and it's housed in such luxe packaging!

Lastly, is the Dior Rouge Liquid in '999 Matte', this is definitely slightly pinkier than the Fenty lipstick and a lot mouse-ier in texture. It's also not as opaque and requires a few coats so I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one and instead advise the former lipstick.

Tom Ford 'Flame'

What's your favourite red lipstick? 


Saturday, 13 January 2018

New¦ Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau De Parfum

Baccarat Rouge 540 is the most expensive scent you'll ever have graced your nose the pleasure to smell. It's sweet without being too heavy, sexy without being over powering and rich enough to leave a presence.

The first time I smelt this on a colleague I actually followed him into the staff locker room like a mad stalker and since then I was hooked! A little goes a long way and two sprays is all I need and I kid you not, it lasts for weeks! 

It's packaged in a dinky bottle but houses 70ml of product which is impressive as I'm familiar with 50ml starting fragrances. The bottle is also nothing short of luxury and is definitely a treat purchase but one in which is justifiable for myself as fragrance is such a personal subject and one which magically captures memories. This fragrance is my new obsession!


Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum was born from the encounter between Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Baccarat, as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the iconic crystal house.
Luminous and sophisticated, Baccarat Rouge 540 lays on the skin like an amber floral and woody breeze. A poetic alchemy composed by Francis Kurkdjian, where the aerial notes of jasmine and the radiance of saffron carry mineral facets of ambergris and woody tones of a freshly cut cedar wood. A graphic and highly condensed signature.

P.S . This lipstick is one which I purchased the beginning of 2017 and I've still not worn it on in fear of it not suiting my complexion, looking too extreme and all of the other foolish things we stress over when in reality they're all excuses, so 2018 , we're going to be trying all new things, discovering new adventures and visiting new horizons.

Link to purchase here :)

By the way, if you haven't you must try this next time your in Harvey Nichols or Selfridges!



Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Girl About Town ¦ OOTD

One of my 2018 resolutions was to create fashion related content on my blog. Since I am off work for two weeks I decided to drive out and take a few pics, what do you think?

Scarf: Inayah
Blazer: (old) Zara
Jumper: (old) H&M
Jeans: Zara
Boots :(old) Office
Bag: Aspinal of London


Sunday, 7 January 2018

Current Skincare Routine¦ Acne, Scarring, Dehydrated Skin

Skin is such a personal topic if you have problematic skin and if you've been a reader of mine for a while, you'll know maintaining clear, blemish free skin is always my aim.

I've been using these products since September / October 2017 and so far they haven't caused any new breakouts and are helping control and reduce my pigmentation that has been left from breakouts.

I start the day with the Dermaquest 'Essential Daily' Cleanser, I was advised by the staff at Destination Skin to use this as it would help with any treatments I was to have with them i.e. Blue Radiance Peel. However, I found that when I started using this after my trip from Dubai last year my skin did start to clear so I have gone back to this and my skin has started to clear up considerably. This cleanser contains Aloe Vera Leaf to calm the skin, Grape seed, Pineapple and Papaya extract to help exfoliate.

After this I pat my skin with a tissue and apply the Creme De La Mer Treatment Lotion, this lotion has helped my skin incredibly through intensely hydrating my skin without being sticky and feeling heavy as it is of a water texture. This product maintains it helps with texture but I think it's properties of hydrating ranks higher as I haven't experienced the former. It is on the pricey side but I have had it over a year and I'm not even half way through! The bottle is also very luxurious but I wouldn't expect any thing less from CDLM!

Once the CDLM is absorbed, I pat in The Ordinary 2% + B5. It is of a very thin gel like consistency and is perfect before make up. I find it so effective and is one of those products that does what it says! It's cheap as chips and I actually need to repurchase this but I'm thinking of trying their Niacinamide serum?

I then apply SkinCeuticals SPF 30 religiously every time I leave the house, it's moisturising without leaving a white cast or without being overly greasy. I'm on my second tube so I must love it lol, they also have a matte version which I'd like to try as well.

Now, onto my evening skincare!

I wash my face with the same cleanser as above, and remove my mascara and face base with the Nivea make up remover.

I then go over my skin with a cotton pad soaked in the The Ordinary Glycolic 7% Toning Solution, this has helped the texture of my skin incredibly. It slightly tingles but I find it removes the remaining make up I have left as well as exfoliating my skin.

After this is thoroughly absorbed, I apply the SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector, this is my hero product! Not only does it help to remove stubborn acne marks but also prevent breakouts. It genuinely works and don't want it to finish!

Finally once all of the above is applied, I dab in my favourite eye cream, the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye cream, I've been using this for years but I think I'm finally ready to try a new eye cream. Any recommendations?


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Best of Beauty 2017¦ Skincare + MakeUp

It feels too real now, life is fleeting by and the years are creeping up and along we seem to float on, nevertheless, each year comes with its ups and downs and this year had a mixture of the both but I'm glad its over and we can start afresh.

2017 was a year of being stuck in a rut, I stuck to products I knew worked, wouldn't cause any further havoc than the havoc that already existed on my face and I didn't really venture out with my make up but I did dabble with a few skin care bits which I'll discuss further below.

Firstly, without trying to mention all time favourites and instead mention products I actually came to love and discover in 2017, the Dior Forever Flawless Concealer is one I am still obsessed with. It is full coverage, matte and long lasting. It also brightens without looking ghastly and does not budge! I have a full detailed post dedicated to it without boring you!

My second favourite make up item was the L'oreal True Match, a creamier, dewier and glowier concealer packed with hydration, I also have a dedicated post on this too.

Thirdly and lastly for make up, my favourite finishing powder of 2017 was the Mac Mineralize Skin Finish, a natural satin finish powder that leaves baby soft skin and is perfect with and without foundation.

Skincare was a big one for me, my acne played up majorly, during my trip to Dubai and Barcelona, and constantly from October till about 4 days ago I have been breaking out every day (post coming soon on this and what's helping clear the acne scarring).

The Ordinary was a game changing brand which launched in 2017 and rightly so as it allowed the average novice skincare consumer to question why such key skincare ingredients were priced so high compared to the drugstore equivalent.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid made me view moisturiser so differently and made me realise I don't need thick moisturisers to nourish my skin, it's light weight, thin in consistency but moisturises my oily combination skin so well.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toner is amazing! It exfoliates, SOFTENS and helped my acne scarred skin so much. It contains 2% more Glycolic than the Pixi Glow toner and I prefer it so much more despite being hooked on to the latter in 2016. Definitely a must try!

Skin Ceuticals was also a brand I fell in love with. After my skin consultations at 'Destination Skin' in Birmingham (they have stores all over the UK), I was introduced to this brand. I was advised on the SPF 30 for every day use and it is incredible. I've worn it all of 2017 without fail under my make up and on top of the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid and it's a nice base for my make up as well. It's not greasy at all which is a concern for me when it comes to SPF and this doesn't leave a sticky residue at all.

Lastly, the SkinCeutical Advanced Pigment Corrector is something I had to purchase following my skin catastrophe from October. This product single handedly has reduced my dark spots and my skin is a lot even and clearer from this product.

These are my 2017 favourites and hopefully I'll have more by the end of 2017 haha!


Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Marriott Hotel ¦ Spa REVIEW

I was lucky enough to be taken to the Marriott Hotel Spa to continue my birthday celebrations. My friends and I trotted down on a blistering snowy day but with bellyful laughs and giggling fits the whole way we were excited for our winding down, relaxation spa day.

The Marriott Hotel is a stunning and regal looking building which is located just behind 5 ways roundabout in Birmingham.

Upon entrance, the reception we were greeted by the hotel staff very politely and directed towards the health and beauty salon. The reception had a traditional feel which was accompanied with brown chestnut decor and high ceiling and doors to match.

When taken downstairs we were given an option of several treatments of which I chose a full body massage which was beautifully done with Decleor products. Following from this I rested in the Jacuzzi and steam rooms to rest as well as the swimming area.

Needless to say I had such a relaxed day spent with amazing friends at a beautiful spa and would highly recommend visiting!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

My Tom Ford Lipstick Collection

Working for To Ford has its perks,namely, Tom Ford Lipsticks! They are sophisticated, sleek and classy. Not only that but they are all hydrating and long lasting formulas which are worth the luxe price label. Below I have listed all my Tom Ford lipsticks :)

Pink Dusk
Temptation Waits (White Packaging)
Velvet Violet
So Vain
Warm Sable
Sable Smoke

Lips & Boys

Mini Lipsticks

Pink Dusk
Spanish Pink
Cherry Lush
Smoke Red

And I still want moreee!!!

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