19 September 2014

Payday Spending Predictions.

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Topshop Black Ripped Joni JeansCharlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow TalkUrban Decay 24/7 Velvet Eyeliner in MinxUrban Decay Perversion Mascara and Subversion PrimerTopshop Concealer in LightRimmel Velvet Matte Nail Polish in Midnight KissGarnier Micellar WaterTopshop Tartan SkortTopshop Cropped Jumper.

It's that coveted time of the month again, payday. I think everyone can agree with me here that there's nothing more satisfying than looking at your bank balance and seeing a heck of a lot more money than the night before. To all those who don't have a bad spending habit, I envy you as I regularly seem to be wishing the month away for this day. I go on holiday tomorrow so I'm heading into Leeds today to get a few last minute bits and bobs (and maybe even a Pumpkin Spiced Latte!) so we shall see if I stick to this list or infamously impulse buy. I've mixed things up a little with my clothing as of late, and although everyone and they're gran seems to have a pair of those ripped jeans, I'm keen to jump on that bandwagon. As for the random Micellar water, I'm in dire need of a makeup remover after being stuck with one that struggles to remove makeup. I'm planning a followup post on this, so I'll be sure to keep you all posted on my lack of self-spending control.

What will you be buying this payday?

15 September 2014

A Walk On The Yorkshire Moors.

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One of the best things about living in Yorkshire is that the countryside is right on your doorstep. I live a convenient 6 miles from the city and a short 5 minute drive away from blissful views and sheep (you wouldn't believe the amount of sheep there is just strolling around on those dangerous country roads). It's so easy to neglect things like this by getting caught up in the day-to-day city life, but I can't explain how lovely it was to simply take off for a short drive with mum on one of the last sunny days of the year.

It was avery impromptu little trip, as we'd spent the morning lazing around doing very little. I had been planning on going over to M&S to have a little mosey around, but once we got ourselves in the car the weather was too nice to go shopping in. Luckily for us Ilkley is only a very short drive away from us, and I have very fond memories of when I was little going for walks on the Ilkley moors and having a picnic at the Cow and Calf Rocks (pictured above, although they don't look like a cow and calf so it's a slightly confusing name!). We took some scenic pictures, saw a dog that resembled a lion and I marvelled at the dare devil rock climbers on the Cow. After we finished our little jaunt, the original plan was to go to the Cow and Calf Pub just slightly up the road from the rocks, but alas I had to go to work (boo!) and so we settled down with surprisingly delicious cups of tea and scones, along with all the trimmings.

If you, like me, neglect the countryside that's right on your doorstep then I urge you to get yourselves off while the weather's still lovely. Next weekend I'm on holiday in North Yorkshire and really cannot wait for more of the fresh air and beautiful views. Where's your favourite bit of peace and quiet?

12 September 2014

The Luxury Beauty Edit.

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I'm always going to be a highstreet girl at heart, as I think that their products are just as good if not better than the more expensive end of the spectrum if you as me. But there's something exciting about popping into Harvey Nichols/Space NK/Debenhams with my bank card in hand and treating myself to something expensive. Most people like to save up their hard earned pennies, and I would love to be one of those people. But with products like these, that Marc Jacobs bag will never become mine.

We'll start with one of my favourite Lip product releases of the year: Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Reiuse. I've been embracing a more nude approach to my lips for the past few weeks, but if your after a super long-lasting lipgloss/balm/stick hybrid that looks stunning on the lips then look no further. It's a truly luxe product right down to the sleek packaging, and I always feel a little bit smug when I whip it out of my bag.

As for the eyes, NARS and Charlotte Tilbury are my absolute favourites for any occasion. If I had to pick one over the other then the CT Luxury Eye Palette in The Sophisticate wins hands down, purely because it's truly idiot proof with a simple four step process to fabulous eyeshadow. I have my eye on The Dolce Vita palette as my next investment, as I can't get enough of the super buttery formula of the eyeshadows. My NARS compact comes in the form of Kalahari, and was the only eyeshadow duo that I carted with me on holiday. The shadows are quite expensive for only two, but more than make up for it with how divine the shadows are.

If I had to pick just one eyeliner to use for the rest of my life, the choice would be easy: Urban Decay 247 eyeliner in Zero is by far my favourite liner. I've been using UD's liner since I was 16 and although there have been minor indiscretions with others, I always find myself crawling back to this. It's intensely pigmented and lasts all day (and night) long on the eyes. I've found myself eyeing up the new Velvet liners recently, so I'm sure it won't be long until they make their appearance on here.

Lastly we have a very expensive, but oh-so worth it highlight from Kevin Aucoin: The Celestial Powder in Candlelight. I picked this up last year when there was an enormous amount of hype surrounding it, and haven't strayed away since. Everything I've tried has been incomparable to KA's version, as this adds such a beautiful glow to the skin without any shimmer. I use this daily on my skin and it provides such a gorgeous and healthy sheen that looks super natural but glamorous too. The Celestial Powder may be £35 but it most certainly is worth it.

I could go on and on about these products because I truly love them that much, do you have any cult high end favourites?

9 September 2014

An Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Dupe?

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Ok so I must firstly confess, I've never actually tried the cult Brow Wiz. I know, how terrible of me. In my defence it isn't easy to get your hands on Anastasia Beverly Hills in the UK, and so it's always been one of those products that has a permanent place on my wish list. So you can imagine my excitement when I was strolling the aisles of Boots and stumbled across a sleek little pencil not unlike Anastasia's?

The dupe in question comes from Soap and Glory and I think it's a real winner. Named the Archery 2-in-1 Brow Pencil and Brush (quite a mouthful right?), I've been using it daily for the past two weeks and it truly seems to be an idiot proof brow filler-inner. Soap and Glory really have made the product quite comparable to the ABH version, right down to the tiny nib of the pencil. For a more easily accessible, budget friendly option I can see myself sticking with this over making the Brow Wiz plunge.

Here's a few things that makes the Archery pencil a whopper:
1. The super small pencil makes for an easy application.
2. The grey toned colours suits my cool complexion perfectly.
3. It has a proper spoolie, not one of those awful straight brushes.
4. It's super compact and easy to cart around.
5. It's only £8 (!)

What do you think, will you be trying this brow product out?