NOTD: Essie Not Just a Pretty Face

Everytime I go to the Essie stand (which seem to be popping up in just about every Boots nowadays) I practically stand there salivating. My collection of Essie nail varnishes is quite vast, to say the least, and I think I’m having some sort of internal competition with myself to try and own every single shade they make. Because of this battle I find it very hard to not put one of these in my basket on the sly as I’m preparing to pay for all my other “essentials”. Essie have the most amazing variety of light nail polishes, I mean how many shades of off-white/pink could they possibly have?! But ¬†There was something a little bit different about Not Just a Pretty Face which I couldn’t quite resist. Instead of just your standard pale pink, it had a bit of ‘muddiness’ to it. Now this doesn’t really sound too appealing, who wants their nails to look muddy? But for some reason I wanted something a little bit gritty, a not quite perfect pink. It has a lot more of a grey/salmon undertone than other brighter shades in their range such as a Fiji and is the kind of nail varnish that would look great in all seasons.
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Review: Dior Lip Glow & Rosy Glow Blush

Today I’m going to talk about two of my very favourite products amongst my makeup collection. The only two Dior items I own and they leave me wondering why I haven’t invested in more. To me there is something so high end about Dior. In my mind it is different to other high end cosmetic brands such as Bobbi Brown, NARS and Laura Mercier and I can’t really pinpoint why. Maybe it’s because it isn’t just a cosmetic brand, Chanel falling into the same category. But even if the pricing isn’t too much different, I always refrain from Dior and Chanel just because they seem so luxe. I got both of my Dior products for presents, chosen by me (of course) and although they are both expensive they are so worth the price because I have loved them ever since they entered my collection.

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What’s In My Makeup Bag #1

This summer I’ve had a lot of days just mooching around the flat, with the occasional pop to the shops and not enough dissertation writing. I like to wear makeup on these days, it makes me feel refreshed and ready for the day and my makeup bag reflects this minimalist look. Not quite ‘no makeup’ makeup but definitely light and summery. I used to be a little more adventurous, playing around with orange blush and bright lips but now I prefer to go for a youthful, fresh glow. Travelling between university, home and London has definitely encouraged me to refine my everyday makeup bag, choosing key staples which I know won’t let me down. There won’t be any clashing outfit to makeup combinations, these products are tried and tested reliable all rounders. Some are new additions whilst others I’ve stayed loyal to for a long time, but all are much loved products.
 

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The Most Overdue Blog Post

Deciding how to start this blog post has been wracking my brains for a while. Do I start with an explanation of where I’ve been? Talk about why I haven’t blogged? Or just start with why I’m back? There is never going to be an easy way to come strolling back into the blogging world after almost a year of absence, yes a year. I used to apologise when I hadn’t written a post in a fortnight, how did this possibly turn into almost 12 months? Something I absolutely loved doing, a hobby which allowed me to write and express myself whilst also speaking to people all over the world who shared my passion and interests. I have no idea why I stopped, I guess university took over. But I miss blogging, a lot and coming back to it has been on my mind for months. I haven’t stopped buying cosmetics (although my bank account wishes I had) and I certainly haven’t stopped having opinions on them, and opinions on just about everything. So I thought I would have another crack at it. I deliberated with a whole new blog look but this just held me back. It’s something I would like to look into in the future but for now I’m happy with my green. I’m hoping to just kick off from where I left off and enjoy my hobby once more.

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September Favourites

I can’t quite believe how quickly September has been and gone, and I know that people say this about every month but this one really has been action-packed and gone pretty damn speedily. Especially the last two weeks where I have been incredibly busy fitting back into the bubble of university life. I also started a new job which has pretty much eaten up my spare time and kept me occupied away from blogging. Although I’ve had a busy month, I have been a little more experimental with my makeup especially in the lip department, so expect some lip reviews coming up and no doubt featuring in next month’s favourites. Pretty sure I’ve found some gems in the last week. But let’s take one month at a time and zoom in to some of my most loved products of the beginning of Autumn.
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