NIP+FAB Liquid Lipstick Review

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Happy hump day huns!

I know I haven’t posted anything in quite a while, so please forgive me.. I come baring gifts! And by gifts, I mean reviewing my new favourite items in my make up bag so that you can go purchase them and experience the amazing-ness!

I took a trip to TKMaxx yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to find Nip+Fab make up products, and I couldn’t resist! For only £4.99, I had to buy two of their liquid lipsticks in shades Brownie and Pink Lemonade.

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Colouring:

Firstly, the colours are both gorgeous! Pink Lemonade gives the same subtle, nude pink that Kylie Cosmetic’s Candy K offers, if not – nicer!

Brownie is a gorgeous deep brown – twinned with a simple winged eye look, it’s the perfect go-to!

Application:

Both apply beautifully, my only complaint would be they’re almost too ‘wet’ but as long as you don’t put too much on at once, you’re good to go!

Duration:

So pleased to say they last amazing-ly! I actually wore Pink Lemonade all day today, didn’t re-apply and it had barely moved. As if! I find a lot of liquid lipstick leave you in a battle – you need to apply more, but if you do, you end up feeling like you’ve got cement caked onto your lips.. Nip+Fab have somehow conquered this!

Overall, I am so impressed with these lipsticks! They feel love, not too dry and last all day – what more could a girl want?!

Nip+Fab – you’re doing amazing, sweetie!

Go grab one and see for yourself – and get down to TKMaxx if you can, £4.99 is unreal!

Happy Lip-Loving!

A x

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TMI Tag

It’s the weekend you lovely lot, and that calls for one thing – for me to give you all too much information about my life, in this TMI Tag!

I stole this post idea from Vintage Tea Rose – check out her blog, it’s beautiful!

Enjoy!

What are you currently wearing?

My dressing gown and pyjamas – lazy Saturday mornings are what I live for!

Have you ever been in love?

Yes – I am at the moment

Did you ever have a terrible breakup?

All breakups are terrible in my opinion, so yes I have.

How old are you?

22

How tall are you?

5”10

How much do you weigh?

Don’t know.. don’t want to know!

Do you have any piercings?

Yes, my ear lobes twice and my tragus

Do you have any tattoos?

Yes – I have ‘nobody’s perfect’ written at the top of my back, my boyfriend and I have matching king / queen of hearts tattoo’s on our wrists, and I have a diamond on my ankle.

What’s your favorite drink?

Squash or juice (yes, very boring!)

What’s your favorite song?

My favourite ever song is Footloose, it cheers me up so much

What’s your zodiac sign?

My birthday falls on an awkward date – sometimes I’m Sagittarius and sometimes I’m Scorpio!

How long does it take you to shower?

Normally like 10-15 minutes!

What’s your favorite show?

90210 or Gossip Girl

What’s your favorite band?

21 Pilots

Something you really miss?

Being young and not having to pay bills, and I really miss my Grandad

Where do you go when you are sad?

Normally wherever my boyfriend is, or the shower I find to be soothing place to be when I feel sad

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

It really depends on where I am going and how tired I am – normally for work it takes me about 40 minutes

Have you ever been in a physical fight?

Not really – I grew up with two brothers though, so I’ve had my fair share of bumps and bruises!

What turns you on?

My mum reads this blog so I’m not going to answer that haha

What turns you off?

Arrogance – I hate people that think they’re better than someone else

Quality you look for in a partner?

Humour, the ability to have fun, caring, considerate, loyal – and good hair

What’s your favorite color?

I don’t really have one, I’m normally wearing black though

Loud music or soft?

Depends where I am, what I’m doing etc.

Favorite quote?

I have loads but I’ve chosen the below one, I feel it’s quite fitting considering this week was the week we lost this incredible man, Stephen Hawking;

“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist.. without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.”

Favourite actor?

I have loads; Adam Sandler, Jonah Hill, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone – the list goes on..

Do you have any fears? What they are?

Yes I do, and my biggest fear is people finding out what my fears are! (Call me paranoid, but you shouldn’t reveal all your secrets)

What’s the last thing that made you cry?

A stressful day at work! – I cry SO easily about everything!

Meaning behind your blog name?

I wanted my blog to be a lifestyle blog, plus it’s a bit of a dream of mine to write for a living – so I just blended lifestyle and dream!

Last time you said you loved someone?

This morning 🙂

Last book you read?

Turtles All The Way Down – John Green. If you’ve never read any of his books, I’d really recommend them, he’s my all time favourite author!

The book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently not, although I’ve got a few to choose from!

Last show you watched?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Last place you were?

Sat on my sofa!

Last sport you played?

I don’t play sports.. at all

Who’s the last person you talked to?

My boyfriend

The last song you sang?

Fine Line – Mabel ft. Not3s

Favorite chat up line?

I don’t really know any chat up lines, the majority of my friendship group are boys so I feel like I should know some good ones but I really don’t!

Do you have a crush?

I crush on my boyfriend everrrryday

The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

Best friend

Favorite food?

Mac and cheese, or Fajitas

Place you want to visit?

It’s been my dream for as long as I can remember to go to California!

When was the last time you kissed someone?

This morning

Last time you were insulted?

Properly? A couple weeks ago, but jokingly? Last night

Favourite flavour of sweet?

Fruity or sour

What instrument do you play?

I don’t play one! I tried learning guitar but I’m far too impatient

Favorite piece of jewellery?

Too many bits of meaningful jewellery to choose!

Last time you hung out with someone?

Today

So.. now you all know way more about me than you probably should, but hey, we’re all friends here, right?!

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if we have any weird things in common!

Happy Saturday!

A x

What’s in my handbag?!

Happy Wednesday!

I keep seeing these ‘what’s in my handbag?’ posts and I LOVE them! If you read my Sunday Evening Rituals post, you’ll know an organised bag is quite important to me in order to feel like I can have a productive week!

So, let’s all have a nosey at what I need with me throughout my day-to-day life!

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My Diary – I fell in love with the design on this. It’s from Sainsbury’s and was only about £8, and now I won’t be caught without it! I’m your typical makes-plans-forgets-all-about-them kinda girl, so I really rely on my diary.. although I’m now a makes-plans-forgets-to-write-them-in-the-diary girl but hey, baby steps!

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My Purse – I’m a big fan of Kurt Geiger, not so much a fan of the price! I picked this little beauty up on Depop (seriously, check it out!) for £12, when it retailed for £40. Ya girl loves a bargain! Everything I need tends to be in my purse so I can’t go anywhere without it!

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Dry Shampoo – if you don’t own any of this, I’d strongly recommend it! My hair gets greasy quite easily (oh happy days) but as you’ll all know, washing it every single day isn’t the best option. Dry shampoo is such a saviour for this – plus it adds such a nice amount of volume to your hair so it’s a total win-win.

Aloe Vera Gel – I have this weird obsession with Aloe Vera, I bloody love it. Dry skin? Aloe Vera! Acne? Aloe Vera! Sun burn? Aloe Vera! Weight loss? Aloe Vera! Like seriously – the benefits are endless, so I always carry mine around with me.

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Tissues – I feel like an old woman with my tissues, but you never know when you’ll need them! Plus this packaging from Primark is super cute, 50p for a pack of tissues – go on then!

Nail Varnish – I always keep my favourite nail varnish with me, just in case (in case of what? I’m not really sure) but it’s good to have! This shade from BarryM is gorgeous and it dries so quickly!

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Headphones – Essential. I use them nearly every day and feel like crying when I forget to take them out with me!

Body Spray – I wish I could show you how amazing this smells, I get so many compliments on it and I kid you not – it’s a £1.50 bottle from Primark! Go get it, promise you won’t regret it!

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Carmex Lip Balm – My lips suffer massively in the winter months, I’m living in chap-city! I know there is the whole rumour that lip balm companies put shards of glass in their products (there’s a lil conspiracy theory for ya!) but this stuff saves me! Plus it’s vanilla flavour so it smells incredible.

Mac Prime + Prep – I discovered this product not so long ago and it’s amazing! You apply it before you put lipstick on and it stops the lipstick from drying out or chapping your lips – what a dream!

Mac Lipstick – I always have my favourite shade of Mac Lipstick with me – Viva Glam II. It’s a nude pink and is perfect for any occasion and applies so easily!

Colour Pop Liquid Lipstick – As you can see from the tube, I use this product quite a lot so you can’t actually tell it’s Colour Pop anymore! It’s in shade Baracuda and I’m obsessed.

So that’s whats in my handbag – I try to keep my bag to the bare minimum because 1, otherwise I end up with a load of useless junk but also 2, handbags get super heavy?!

Let me know if we have any of the same things or what you guys keep in your bags (purely because I’m super nosey)!

Happy Nosey-ing!

A x

My Oscar Awards 2018 best dressed women..

Another award ceremony, another day spent in awe at the Celebrity women of this world, absolutely slaying the red carpet!

Similar to my NTA award post, I wanted to put together who I thought were the best dressed women at the Oscar’s last night!

Without further ado, here you go!

5. Sandra Bullock  – I don’t know about you guys, but if I look anything like Sandra Bullock when I’m her age (53, like seriously?!) then it will be a bloody miracle. She looked stunning in this gorgeous gold Louis Vuitton dress, which complemented her figure perfectly.

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4. Margot Robbie – My boyfriend has the biggest crush on Margot Robbie and to be honest, I completely understand why. Floating around in this Chanel Haute Couture gown, she looked flawless. I mean, who else do you know that can wear that much white, with blonde hair and not looked completely flushed out?!

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3. Gina Rodriguez – I can’t get over this dress, it’s from Zuhair Murad’s spring couture collection and my god, it’s amazing. That, and the fact she’s gorgeous, meant Gina left all of us in total awe for the entire evening.

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2. Jennifer Garner – 13 going on 30, 30 going on fucking gorgeous! I can’t get over how much this Atelier Versace dress suited Jennifer Garner – blue is 100% her colour. What a queen!

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  1. Kelly Marie Tran – A clear winner for me, I’m so in love with this dress from Jenny Peckham’s spring collection. Kelly absolutely slayed last night in this gown – see for yourselves!

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There you have it – my top 5 best dressed women from the Oscar awards!

Let me whose dresses you fell in love with!

Happy dress-envy!

A x

Think piece – One for the people pleasers

So I’ve decided to include a segment in my blog of think pieces. I think a lot, like a lot. Writing it down seems to stop me from over-thinking (most of the time!). I do find myself rambling on at my boyfriend about all the things I’m passionate about, which I know he loves, but I wanted to share it all further than his ears.

So – here’s a shoutout to my people pleasers! 

Before I delve into the uncertain world of constantly pleasing people, I must admit this is one of my personal goals; to cut this toxic way of thinking out of my life. People pleasing is more of reflection on myself – if I’m proud of myself, who gives a shit what anyone else thinks?

People Pleaser: A People Pleaser is one of the nicest and most helpful people you know. They never say “no.” You can always count on them for a favour. In fact, they spend a great deal of time doing things for other people.

The definition above is spot on – we’re nice, helpful and we’ll never say ‘no’. Personality traits that anyone would be proud to have – except, I’m no longer proud. I’m no longer happy to be the ‘yes’ girl. Why? Because it’s inevitable that in a world filled with millions of humans, you’ll always come across one that you cannot please. You could be doing naked cartwheels whilst making a cheesecake and they still won’t be impressed. But why should we care?

The simple answer to that: we shouldn’t. There are a lot of things in life that we’re unsure of; what the weather will be like each day, will we get our hearts broken, where we’ll be in 10 years time. One thing we can always be sure of – not every single person within the universe is going to like you, and that’s ok. In fact, that’s more than ok, because I can sit here now and list off several people that I do not like, people I don’t want to associate with. It might be because they’re a Donald Trump supporter, it might be because they think Mayonnaise belongs in every single sandwich (which it most definitely doesn’t), it could be a number of reasons. I don’t have to like everyone I come across in my path, but it’s so important to remember that everyone is entitled to feel this way, which consequently means, not everyone is going to like me.

The easiest way to remind yourself of this way of life is to remember (repeat after me) – ‘your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life‘. Very wise words from Steve Jobs, and he’s rich and famous, so we could probably listen to what he says.

The above phrase is something to base your entire life on, because it’s frightening how true it is. Our time is limited, we get one go around this world and that’s it. So, you can spend it trying to please every fucker you meet (which, by the way, is totally impossible) or you can move on from the negative words some people may speak to you, and live for you.

Personality’s are an interesting thing and should always be judged with caution. If someone is continuously criticising you and saying negative things to you, it’s a reflection of themselves, not you. The only feedback you should be paying attention to is your own – be your harshest critic, take your own thoughts on board and improve things you want to improve on. Unless your boss is telling you to stop coming in late every day – listen to that feedback too!

It’s very easy to fall into the trap of people pleasing – of course you want to make people happy and help them when you can, but that’s where you draw the line. Don’t change your hairstyle because a girl in the club toilets makes a snide comment about it, laugh harder if someone tells you it’s an ugly laugh. Do what pleases you, not everyone else – don’t waste your one and only life living it for someone else.

So go be selfish, go shake what your mumma gave ya and ignore anyone who tells you not to!

Happy self-pleasing!

A x

Simple, effective, affordable skin care?!

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m really guilty of spending hours of my life watching Youtube videos, reading reviews, stalking Instagram accounts that all contain ‘the secret’ to great skincare. Except, after 2 hours of unhealthy research, I find out that these people are spending A LOT of money on their skin care products.. which is all well and good, if you have that type of money (FYI, I definitely do not have that type of money). Over the last few months, I’ve stuck to a skincare routine that really does work for me. The best part? It’s really simple and really affordable – result!

Therefore, I thought why not share it with you guys!

Please note – this works for my skin, we all have different skin types.. so please don’t hate me if you try theses tips and don’t get the results you want!

Biore Charcoal Cleanser – £5.19 (200ml) – Superdrug 

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I cannot express to you all how much this cleanser has helped my skin! It’s an absolute treasure. It’s made up of mainly Charcoal, which we all know, works wonders!

I struggled for a long time to find a cleanser that suits me – my skin is so oily yet really dry, it’s super sensitive, doesn’t break out often but is riddled with black heads.. I don’t even understand my skin type, let alone trying to find a cleanser that works for it!

I use this cleanser every single night. It really digs deep in your skin to pull out all the dirt and make up you may have missed, it’s reduced my black heads massively and it makes my skin so smooth (like SO smooth!). It’s also oil-free which helps hugely – I cannot recommend this enough!

Superdrug’s Owen Charcoal Face Mask – £3.29 (75ml) – Superdrug

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(Can you guys tell I really like Charcoal based products?!) But seriously, I picked this up as a total ‘it’s cheap, why not?’ buy and haven’t looked back since.

I use this after I’ve cleansed my face, but I don’t use it daily. I find face masks, for me anyway, tend to be more of when I feel I need to give my face a deep cleanse. If I use a face mask daily, my face feels too tight and unhealthy.

Normally I use this mask on a Sunday evening (to make myself feel better that it’s a Sunday evening!) and then again mid-week. It’s such a lovely mask though, it actually feels like it’s drawing out anything that could be clogging my pores and makes my skin feel silky – I cannot believe how cheap it is!

Jojoba Oil – £13 (100ml) – notonthehighstreet.com 

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I have, for years, had a problem with oily skin and it’s just the worst. Firstly, it’s embarrassing.. in the Winter, sat freezing cold bundled up in layer upon layer yet your face gives off the impression you’re sweating like it’s mid July! You can only imagine what the Summer months are like! Secondly, trying to find foundations and concealers that aren’t just going to slide off your face is a nightmare (all hail setting powder!)

Jojoba oil isn’t typically known to reduce oily skin, but for me it’s worked wonders! I apply a tiny amount to my face at the end of my skin routine before bed, and let it sink in over night. Then again before I apply my make up, but only a tiny amount!

It can be used on all skin types and it’s actually meant as a natural moisturiser, so perfect for those awful dry skin months when you’re living in skin-flake-city!

(FYI – put a little bit in your hair, it’ll feel amazing!)

But please don’t go spending a fortune on this oil, I’ve looked online and some companies try to sell this oil for like £30 – you don’t need to spend this much, check out the link above!

That’s it! 3 simple steps that seem to work beautifully, and all products combined for just over £20!

Let me know if you try any of these, would love to know if they work for you too!

Happy skin-loving!

A x

 

 

The boyfriend tag!

Happy Valentines Day you lovely lot!

In honour of the big day, I wanted to give a go at the boyfriend tag! If I’m being honest, I just wanted to quiz my boyfriend to see how well he actually knows me.. he did pretty well, brownie points to him!

Where did we meet?

New years eve, down an alley after a party – This sounds a lot weirder than it is, my friends and I were walking home and bumped into his friends, the rest is history!

Where was our first date?

Well if you count KFC..

What was your first impression of me?

Brilliant.. and beautiful

When did you meet the family?

A few days in I met your mum and stepdad!

Do I have any weird obsessions- if so, what?

Handbags!

How long have we been together?

4 years

Do we have a tradition?

I buy you toy penguins every time we see one!

What was our first road trip?

The zoo!

What was the first thing you noticed about me?

Your eyes, I like your eyes because they are so brown you could fall into them.

What is my favourite restaurant?

That’s a tricky one.. TGI Fridays!

What do we agree about the most?

Weird people.. we always give each other a look when we find things weird or people weird!

Who wears the pants in our relationship?

You! (HA!)

If I am watching TV, what am I watching?

Gossip Girl.. or Friends

What is one food I don’t like?

Spaghetti Carbonara

What drink do I order when we go out to eat?

Prosecco.. or Coke if you’re driving

What size shoe do I wear?

6

What is my favourite kind of sandwich?

You don’t like sandwiches

What is one talent I have?

Singing.. it’s a hidden talent

What would I eat everyday if I could?

Hmm.. pizza.. no no, mac’n’cheese of course

What is my favourite cereal?

Probably that stuff in the cupboard.. Granola

What is my favourite music? (band, singer etc.) 

Twenty One Pilots!

What is my favourite sports team?

Arsenal, because it was your Grandad’s team

What is my eye colour?

Brown

Who is my best friend?

No comment! – (I have 4 best friends and he refused to choose one!)

What is something you do that I wish you didn’t?

Pick my nose.. or fart

Where am I from?

Chinnor (a tiny village in England)

What kind of cake would you bake me on my birthday?

Oooh.. chocolate, you don’t really like cake

Do I play any sports?

No

What can I spend hours doing?

Watching TV

If I could live anywhere, where would it be?

California

There you have it! Whether you’re happily single and rocking the independence, or blissfully settled down with your soul mate – I wish you a very happy valentines day!

Happy loving!

A x