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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Hot Lips

When it comes to daytime make-up, although my look is less dramatic than at the night, I'm not one to shy away from experimentation. In regards to eye make-up I tend to go for the same colours, but when it comes to lipstick and gloss I like to mix it up playing with different hues and finishes. Here are my favourite daytime lip products from my collection...

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 'Tantalizing Taupe'.

This is the newest lipstick to my collection. The colour is very natural and low-key for daytime, yet the shimmery, matte finish gives a touch of sophistication. I prefer to team this nude colour with quite dark eye make-up, so to allow this to take focal point, whilst still having a subtle flush of colour.

Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in 'Plushest Punch'.

This bright, fuchsia shade is probably the most vibrant of my selected daytime colours. The best thing about this product is it's versatile; you can build up the colour to create an intense look, or dab the chubby stick lightly on the lips for a more toned-down look. Plus the balm has moisturising properties, meaning it's a great product to use for the long term.

Seventeen Lip Lustre in 'Talk That Talk'.

This lip gloss offers a peachy shimmer to lips, making them seem more voluminous. It can be a little sticky, but as an inexpensive gloss it's a great product. I often layer this over matte lipstick to give a hint of gloss.

Rimmel Kate Lipstick in '16'.

This is by far one of my favourite lip colours yet. I actually bought this by accident, mistaking it for another colour, and I can honestly say I'm so glad I did. The colour is a pink shade, with coral undertones that is perfect for spring and summer months! The texture is very creamy and this lipstick works well with many different make-up looks.

Rimmel Apocolips in 'Luna'.

It's the colour of this lip gloss that has won me over. It's a highly-pigmented, peachy shade that brings a brings a fresh, unexpected twist when adding colour into your 'daytime' make-up collection. I also love the glossy finish.

What are your go-to products for daytime?

NG <3

Thursday, 20 March 2014


When I saw the first 'nominations' I was very sceptical as to whether not this overnight trend was actually helping at all. I should probably explain before I go further. In the UK, many women are taking selfies of themselves with no makeup on, and posting the pictures on social media sites. Why? It's all for charity. Originally my thoughts were 'surely they're not getting people to sponsor them' and 'how exactly is this helping?', but as the phenomenon has increased, so too have my positive perceptions of the campaign. The idea is that when you get 'nominated', and post your picture online, you are responsible for donating the small amount of £3 to Cancer Research UK via text. This does not seem like a lot of money, but when you consider that over £1 million was raised in 24 hours due to these text donations, it is an astonishingly successful campaign.

You may ask 'why not just donate the money anyway?' but the #nomakeupselfie hashtag is getting people talking, and is partly a reason why this has become so successful. Whilst going make-up free is hardly an amazing feat, it's something that catches your eye when scrolling through a generic series of posts on your news feed. It's something that every woman can do, and the fact that you donate yourself and it's not a sponsorship means not having to rely on others for their donations, making this a much more quicker and easy way to give to charity.

I can understand people's criticism regarding this trend, but surely anything that spreads awareness and raises money for a good cause is a positive thing, no matter how small the effort or donation. I've bared all-now it's your turn!

NG <3

Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Search for a Spring Jacket

The course of finding the perfect Spring jacket never did run smoothly. This is a very hard lesson I am currently learning. I feel like I should invest (if you can consider a £30 coat and investment) in a new key item for Spring; the jacket. If there is one thing I should advise it is don't have anything in mind. Now I just need to learn to take my own advice...

This Topshop biker jacket (left, £60) is a beauty. I can't resist a bit of shearling and the effortless, laid-back cut of the collar is perfect for a spot of nonchalance edge, yet the indigo wash gives it a bit of a Spring update. The problem? The price.

Again this ASOS trench coat (centre, £60) is perfect on paper; the tan colour, the sixties inspired cut, the lightweight material but it's double my budget. It's just so pretty though, I mean, do I really need that Shakespeare textbook...

This go-with-everything number from Boohoo (right, £40) is slightly more on budget. I love the relaxed style and the navy colour as an alternative to black. I must say I do love the shirt and jumper combo underneath though, maybe it's a sign this jacket is for me...

Help me out please guys; which one is your favourite?

NG <3

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Crazy for you

Is it really possible to beat such a wonderful item as a multi-seasonal piece? When taking these shots I originally thought that I had not posted this playsuit on the blog before but I was wrong, I actually did last July, during a heatwave. I've swapped the wedges for brogues and bare legs for tights.

 I'm wearing a New Look coat, brogues and bag, H! by Henry Holland playsuit and Primark tights.
Sorry I haven't posted much lately, I left my camera at home which was really annoying (these pictures were even taken on an iPhone!) but now I've retrieved it so expect more outfit posts coming your way!
NG <3

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