GRWM – A Festive Makeup & Outfit

Hi, my beauties hope all is well and you all had a nice Christmas. With less than a week to New Year’s Eve, the time of year where it’s totally acceptable to go over the top and wear sparkles head to toe. In today’s post, I’ll show you my go-to outfit and makeup look for the festive period.

Makeup

List of Products

The Base
The Eyes
The Lips

The Base

  • Before I apply any makeup I prep my skin following this routine that you can read here.
  • First of all, I applied two pumps of the Rimmel Long-lasting Foundation in 201 Classic Beige to the back of my hand and then using the MORPHE M439 Buffing Brush buffed the foundation into my face and neck.
  • I then applied the Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer in shade C6.5 to my eyelids, a triangle under my eyes, down the centre of my nose, and on my chin.
  • I then set this using the Revolution luxury Powder in Banana using a damp beauty blender.
  • I then contoured my face using the L’Oreal Stick Foundation In 201 Cappuccino to the hollow of my cheeks, forehead and down the sides of my nose. I then buffed this into my skin with circular motions using my Real Techniques Contour Brush. I then do the same with the contour powder Can’t deal from the Revolution Imogenation Highlight to the Moon Palette.
  • I then applied the I heart Makeup blushing hearts blush to the apple of my cheeks using a No7 blusher Brush.
  • Finally, I applied the highlighter shades Limited Edition and Angelface from the Revolution Imogenation highlight to the moon palette to the cheekbones, browbones, centre of the nose and the Cupid’s bow using a fan brush.

The Eyes.

  • first I apply the NYX eyeshadow base in white all over my eyelid using my fingers.
  • I then applied the darkest grey shade out of the Barry M Smokin’ Hot shadow & blush palette to the crease of my eye using an angled eyeshadow brush.
  • I then applied the Black glitter shade from the same eyeshadow palette to the outer corner creating a slight wing and the crease of my eye using a Real Techniques definer Brush. I then line half of the lower eyelid using the same shade and brush.
  • I then applied the white shade from the Barry M eyeshadow palette and limited edition from the Revolution Imogenation highlight to the moon palette to my eyelid using my finger.
  • I then lined my upper eyelid and give it a slight wing using the NYX Epic Ink Liner.
  • Finally, I applied two coats of Barry M’s Feature-Length Mascara to my upper and lower eyelashes.

Lips

  • I applied Sleek lipstick in Night spot a perfect festive red shade and added the Estée Lauder Pure colour envy lipgloss in flirtatious Magenta. The perfect red gloss lip combo.

And Voila!!

The outfit

The festive period is an excuse to get dressed up and go OTT with your outfit. So when I saw this sparkly flared jumpsuit I knew I had to try it on. I was a bit scared at first as I was worried Camille the camel toe might make an appearance as in some jumpsuits they can be unflattering in that area but this jumpsuit was not one of those. It flattered my figure and wasn’t too long considering I’m only 4″11. I paired it with glitter boots and a black fur coat for full-on glamour.

All the Best for 2019

Thanks for Reading

Nicolle 💋

OOTD – How To Style A Checked Coat

Hi, my beauties hope all is well. The nights are longer, the mornings are frosty and it’s nearly Christmas. So it only means one thing it’s time to warn Ned Stark that Winter is coming and it’s time for your big coat. I’ve recently added a few coats to my wardrobe this year a faux fur number and this statement check coat that is featured and was a steal at just £20. I only popped in for a sandwich honestly. In this post, I will hopefully provide you with inspiration on how to wear a checked coat a casual look and one look that would be at home on the set of gossip girl or a Girl Boss.

The Statement Check Coat

Check coats are everywhere, at the moment all over the high street, on the gram and your favourite bloggers. The great thing about a checked coat is it looks great with anything and makes any outfit stand out, Whether you pair it with your basics or other statement items. The Images below are from Pinterest you can follow me here 

My Checked Coat

I’d been after a checked coat or blazer for a while but wasn’t sure if it suited me and didn’t want to pay a fortune for a coat I wasn’t sure I was gonna wear. However when I saw this little-checked longline blazer/coat in a black and white check with mustard hues woven through. I knew I had to try it on and buy it. It was a steal at £20. It’s a mid-weight jacket so not the warmest coat but was perfect in the Autumn weather. However, it is Slightly slouchy now its winter you can wear jumpers underneath and still be able to move freely unlike some of my other coats. Unfortunately my coat is out of stock (fast fashion for you). But here are my picks from the highstreet.

1. Warehouse Checked Midi Coat 2. RI checked Avaitor Jacket 3. NL checked longline jacket

OOTD 1 – The weekend Look (casual)

This outfit of the day is just a casual look that’s perfect for those family walks and downtime at the weekend. In this outfit, I’m wearing dark denim jeans, a ribbed bodysuit, platform boots and a checked Baker boy hat. As the weathers got colder I would layer a thicker jumper underneath and layer a checked scarf and a beanie hat. In the warmer months, I would wear band t-shirts, denim jeans or skirt and trainers, sandals or ankle boots.

Checked Coat Casual

Checked Coat - Casual

Outfit Details 

OOTD 2 – The Girl Boss Look

Now, this outfit is not something I would normally wear as its very Gossip Girl or Girl Boss. But I think it might just be one of my favourite looks. It’s a look you could wear to work minus the boots maybe with tights and boots or loafers instead.

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Outfit Details

  • Black Checked Coat – Asda
  • White Shirt
  • Black Dropped Waist frilled Hem Pinafore Dress – New Look (similar here)
  • Platform Over The knee Boots – H&M
  • Black Baker boy Hat – New Look
  • Skinny Velvet Tie – Nasty Gal
  • Black Floral embroidered Handbag – Dune

Which was your favourite outfit? We’re you, Team Serena or Team Blair?? Let me know.

Thanks for Reading

Nicolle💋

GRWM – An Everyday Grunge Makeup Look

Hi, my beauty’s, hope all is well can you believe it’s nearly December which means we can start talking about the C word. No, not that C word I mean Christmas. Are you prepared for Christmas or are you like me leave it all to the last minute? Today’s post is all about my favourite go-to makeup look on the days when I can be bothered to make a bit of effort and wear something a bit more than concealer (that doesn’t even cover the bags anymore 😩) and some mascara.

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List of Products

Base Products

Eye Products

Lips

The Brushes

GRWM- An Everyday Grunge Makeup look brushes

The Base

GRWM - An Everyday Grunge Makeup look Fcae products

  • First of all, I prepped my skin following my skincare routine which you can read here.
  • I then applied a couple of pumps of the Rimmel Lasting Finish with Comfort Serum Foundation in 201 Classic Beige and buffed into my face and neck using the MORPHE M439 Buffing Brush.

GRWM - An Everyday Makeup Look face palettes

  • I then applied the lightest shade of concealer from the Revolution Protection Palette using my finger (as it warms up the cream making it easier to apply and blend), to my eyelid and under the eyes in a triangle, down the centre of my nose and on my chin.
  • I then set this using a damp beauty blender and the powder from the Revolution Protection Pallete.
  • I then contour my face using the Benefit Hoola Bronzing stick, I apply this in the hollows of my cheeks, and on my forehead, I then buff this into my skin with circular motions using the real techniques contour brush. I then do the same with the contour powder from the Revolution Protection Pallet to set the cream contour.
  • I then applied blush from the Revolution ultra Blush Sugar & Spice Palette to the apple of my cheeks using the No7 blush. I have to be careful when applying this blusher as it is highly pigmented and you can end up looking like coco the clown, so I tend to dust the brush off on the back of my hand before applying.
  • Finally, I apply all the 3 powder highlighters from the Sleek Solstice palette using a fan brush to my cheekbones, browbone, Cupid’s bow and bridge of the nose.

The Eyes

GRWM- A Everyday Grunge Makeup look eye Products

  • First I applied the burgundy shade from the Barry M Fall In Love Pallete to the crease of my eyelids using an angled eyeshadow brush and buffed it In.
  • Secondly, I applied the Darkest shade from the same palette using the Real Techniques accent brush to the crease, outer corners and to line the outer lower lash line. I then buffed it in using the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush.
  • I then used the same colour that I used as blush and using my finger I applied this to my eyelid.
  • I then lined my upper and lower lash lines using the Marc Jacobs Highliner.
  • I then lined my upper eyelid and give it a slight wing using the NYX Epic Ink Liner.
  • Finally, I applied a coat of the Barry M’s Feature length Mascara to my upper and bottom eyelashes.

GRWM - A Everyday Grunge Makeup Look

The Lips

GRWM - An Everday Grunge Makeup Look lips

  • First of all, I line my lips with the Model Co’s lip enhancer Illusion lip liner. it’s a nude colour so literally goes with any lipstick shade even the vampy ones.
  • I then applied the Rimmel Kate Lipstick shade In 30 its a burgundy shade and compliments the pink of the eyeshadow.

and voila the finished product!!

Thanks For Reading

Nicolle 💋

OOTD – How To Style Leopard Print Part 1

Hi, my beauty’s hope all is well. I love leopard Print and love to wear it. However, I know for most people this trend and the thought of wearing it fills them with dread as they don’t want to look like the Iconic but sadly bad dressed Kat Slater. In this post, I will share with you my Five tips on how to wear this trend without channelling your inner Kat Slater (unless you want to of course). You can now read part 2 here

Kat Slater (leopard print)
OOTD


Outfit Details

  • Leopard Print Midi Wrap Dress – Primark
  • Black Faux Fur Collar Leather Jacket – New Look
  • Mustard Bell Sleeve Jumper – Primark
  • Black Embroidered Ankle Boots – Primark
  • Black Embroidered Hand Bag – Dune
  • Black Bowler Hat – H&M

For more of my outfits featuring leopard print click here & here.
1. Leopard Print + Denim = Killer Outfit.

Take any outfit from drab to fab by following this essential combo. Team a leopard shirt/top together with denim shorts or skirt in summer and wear with denim jeans in the cooler months.


Get The Look

Boohoo Leopard Print Shirt
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Boohoo Leopard Print Shirt
2. Leopard Print Accessories Will Make Any Outfit Pop.

Is your outfit feeling like its missing that certain Jen Ne Sais Quois? just add leopard print accessories to really make your outfit pop. As leopard print is a neutral it literally goes with anything and adds that extra edge. if you’re not brave enough to wear head to toe leopard print by adding leopard accessories be it in the form of a belt. sunglasses, scarf or headwear it’s the easiest way to wear this year’s biggest trend and incorporate into your wardrobe.


Get The Look

  1. Stradivarius Leopard Print Faux Fur Bag 2. ASOS Design Leopard Print Headscarf 3. PLT Leopard Print Baker Boy Hat

3. Leopard Print Shoes/Boots are the easiest way to wear leopard print.

One of the easiest ways to wear this biggest trend is to invest in leopard footwear be in the form of loafers, ballet pumps, heels or boots. these shoes look great when paired with the majority of outfits.


Get The Look

  1. RAID Leopard Print Patent Shoes 2. ASOS Design Leopard Print Loafers 3. New Look Heeled Sandals

4. Avoid Wearing Bodycon leopard print.

The main way to avoid the Kat Slater look is to avoid wearing anything Tight fitting and instead choose to wear loose-fitting garments with feminine details. The easiest way to wear is to invest in a flowing wrap dress, a slip skirt or a slip dress.


Get The Look

1. Glamorous Pleated Midi Skirt In Leopard Print 2. New Look Leopard Print Tea Dress
5. Wear with Monochrome or Add a Pop of Bold colour.

Adding leopard print to an otherwise monochromatic outfit will really make the leopard print pop in form of accessories. Leopard print also looks great when paired with bolder colours like mustards, reds.


Thanks for Reading

Nicolle 💋

OOTD – How To Wear Leopard Print Part 2

Hi, my beauties hope all is well. Hopefully, your love for leopard print is still going strong & you haven’t grown tiresome of it yet as it’s still set to be big for spring & summer & was seen on the Catwalks at Burberry, Tom Ford & Saint Laurent. For Spring Summer it gets more feminine with flowing silhouettes & paired with girly colours or textures. This post hopefully will provide you with five more tips on how to wear leopard print you can read part 1 here.

OOTD

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Outfit Details

6. Don’t be Afraid to wear leopard print With Classic Patterns.

As leopard print is a neutral print it works really well with other classic prints such as stripes, plaid, florals & polka dots. A simple way to clash prints is by wearing a leopard print coat with denim & a striped tee.

Get The Look

  1. Monki Knitted Jumper in Mixed Animal Print 2. PLT Frill Wrap Mixed Animal Print Dress

7. Don’t be afraid to wear Leopard Print Head to Toe.

Don’t be afraid to wear leopard print head to toe like seen on the catwalks at D&G and Max Mara. The simple way to wear this trend right now is a leopard print suit and in summer a leopard print dress with accessories to match.

Get The Look

Liquor N Poker Leopard Print Denim 3 Piece Co- Ord

Liqour N Poker Denim Midi Skirt

8. Dare to Wear Leopard Print Trousers.

Statement trousers are everywhere at the moment. Leopard print trousers are surprisingly easy to wear & come in a range of styles. Wear the printed trousers with a statement tee for the model off duty look.

Get The Look

1. Catwalk leopard print wide-legged trousers. 2. New Look leopard print jeans 3. PLT Leopard print Cargo trousers.

9. A Leopard Print Coat Is Always A Good Idea.

I love my leopard print fur coat as it adds instant Rock N Roll glamour to any outfit. Wear a leopard print coat with denim or leather trousers for the ultimate rock n roll style.

Get The Look

10. Pair leopard print with Menswear Inspired Tailoring

By pairing leopard print with menswear-inspired tailoring you get a look that’s feminine & sexy without being too girly. An easy way to wear this is to wear a suit in any colour & wear either a leopard print bralette or shirt underneath. If your feeling more adventurous rock a leopard print suit.

Thanks for Reading

Nicolle 💋

Product Empties – AKA Rubbish Hoarding

Hi, my beauties, hope all is well. Can you believe we’re in February nearly, January’s been a whirlwind of a month & next month is set to be even busier as we are finally moving House. This post is all about products that I’ve used and are empty or products that didn’t work as well as I would have liked. Carrying on from last year instead of using loads of products at once and wasting them. I am trying to use a product till its empty, minimising waste and saving me money. This is a couple months of trash hoarding so in this post I will be focusing on skincare & makeup. Haircare and shower and body will hopefully be up soon.

Skin care

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil

I love this product and has changed the way I take my makeup off. I no longer spend hours rubbing my face with cotton pads as this oil melts my makeup off even waterproof mascara. It leaves my skin feeling soft & clean & looking radiant. It doesn’t dry out skin like foam cleansers can do. You only need one to two drops so it lasts for ages.

Repurchase: Already have done.

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser

I used this moisturiser in the morning daily in the colder months, it left skin feeling soft & moisturised. It has a lightweight texture so wasn’t greasy & absorbed into the skin quickly meaning I could apply my makeup quicker, therefore, saving me time meaning I could spend a few extra minutes in bed.

Repurchase: No just for the reason I prefer the Garnier Moisture Bomb 3in1 Day cream as it leaves my skin more glowy.

Garnier Moisture Bomb 3in1 Day Cream Moisturiser

I loved using this moisturiser in the summer months it left my skin looking glowy & radiant, feeling hydrated & smoother. This moisturiser had a ultra fine texture which left behind no residue, meaning you could apply makeup straight after. It also has an SPF 10 saving on products.

Repurchase: Yes I probably will especially in the summer months as I loved how radiant it made my skin look.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Gel Cream Night.

I loved using this moisturiser in summer as its lightweight gel consistency left my skin feeling cool without leaving behind a sticky or oily residue. It left my skin looking visibly softer, radiant & plumper.

Repurchase: Yes I probably will for the warmer months as i liked how radiant it made my skin look.

Nip & Fab Dragons Blood Fix Plumping Serum

I bought this product over a year ago and have only just run out as you only need one pump it lasts ages & is worth the money. It left my skin feeling moisturised, dehydrated. It also left my skin looking visibly plumper & less red. This serum also doubles up as a primer for makeup.

Repurchase: Yes

Makeup

MUA Ultra Fine loose Setting Powder

I didn’t get on well with the product at all as i found the texture reminded me of talcum powder and when applied to my face it looked cakey & made my skin dry.

Repurchase: No!!

Collection Extreme 24HR Felt Tip Liner

This eyeliner was easy to apply with the felt tip nib. However, i found that on my hooded eyes the product smudged & didn’t last all day & i ended up looking like a Panda.

Repurchase: No!! As it smudged & i ended up with Panda Eyes.

Stila Smudgestick in Lionfish

I loved using this eyeliner as it was a high pigmented brown shimmery shade. It had a twisted up mechanism so there was no need for a sharpener.

Repurchase: Yes

Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara.

This mascara was Just ok i was either underwhelmed or overwhelmed by it. It separated each lash but didn’t provide them with a lot of volume. It didn’t dry out as i had this mascara quite long.

Repurchase: No as it has been discontinued.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara In Very Black.

One of my all time favourites, its a bargain buy as it covers all lashes & adds length without being clumpy. For the price, it’s a bargain.

Repurchase: Yes i will.

Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Mascara

This mascara added volume & length to each of my lashes without being clumpy. It was very black.

Repurchase: No just for the reason that theirs better out there on the market.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in Black/Brown

I didn’t like this product as for the price it left me underwhelmed. It didn’t give me the false lash effect like I would have hoped. It also dried up pretty quick.

Repurchase: No!!

Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer

This concealer had great coverage even covering up my eye bags which is no easy task. It’s also great for using as a highlighter without looking dry or cakey. The built-in sponge made it easy to apply & it was easy to blend.

Repurchase: Yes I probably will.

* All opinions on products were my own and just because some of them didn’t work for me doesn’t mean they won’t work for you.

Thanks For Reading

Nicolle

A Reflection of 2018 & My Goals For 2019

Hi my beauties, hope all is well. Can you believe we’re halfway through January already? In today’s post I’m going to look back at my 2018, the good the bad & the ugly, what lessons 2018 taught me, & my new goals that I hope to achieve in 2019.

The Highs Of 2018

I know it’s gonna sound cliche but one of the biggest highs of 2018 and every day, since she was born, was watching my daughter grow & develop into this tiny little human with a huge personality. Another highlight of 2018 was that I got a job that fits around my family & it has also enabled me to save money each month. I was also more sociable this year & made new friends which have helped me gain my confidence back.

The Lows Of 2018

2018 dealt me one of the biggest blows that it possibly could, the death of a loved one. On the 4th August, the day after my daughters 2nd Birthday came the phone call I’d been fearing there was nothing more the hospital could do for my uncle & we should prepare to say our goodbyes. Sadly he passed away before I got chance. I was really close to my Uncle as he was more like a big brother to me & was always there in my life when I needed him. I miss him every day I’ve never experienced the feeling of grief before. It’s a weird feeling grief and one you can’t really put into words how your feeling as you can be fine one minute & then blam it suddenly hits you that they are really gone. At the beginning of January, I started a new job which I felt I wasn’t the right fit for, I used to wake up each morning full of anxiety & hated going to work. I’d be in tears, luckily for me, my old company was hiring so I was able to quit and walk into a job I knew I enjoyed.

What 2018 taught me

That life is really too short & no one is promised tomorrow. This is probably one of the biggest things 2018 taught me. It’s definitely changed my outlook on life, I don’t sweat the small stuff as long as me & my family are healthy then everything else in comparison is not that important it’s just materialistic. It’s also taught me to make time for family & friends because you never know what is around that corner and that phone call you ignored could be the last time you got to hear their voice.

2018 taught me its OK to quit & accept defeat if you know that somethings not right for you & it’s affecting you physically and mentally.

I’ve always suffered from Anxiety & Panic attacks since I was a teenager, but it wasn’t till this year I realised that’s exactly what that feeling was. For me its an overwhelming sense of fear or sadness, then my heart beats really fast and I feel like I can’t breathe. For me, Alcohol makes my anxiety worse especially the days after. Rushing also causes my anxiety as I panic that I’ve forgotten to do something important like turn oven off or lock the door. This year was the worse as I had separation anxiety about being away from my little girl. A strange trigger for me is Cats so don’t expect to see me in a cat Cafe anytime soon.

Not to compare myself to others, I covered this in more depth here.

Goals for 2018 I Met

  • Be More Positive – I’d definitely say I was a more positive person in 2018 as I learnt to distance myself away from toxic people & Energy. I now don’t tolerate peoples BS or Fakeness & say Thank-you Next
  • Be more Social – I was more sociable in 2018 & went out at least once a week and made some new friends.
  • Healthy lifestyle – I say I have quite a healthy lifestyle as I don’t eat takeaways a lot or processed food and I upped my daily water intake & walk most places as I don’t drive.
  • Get a job that fits around my family. – For the most part, my job fits around us I’m at home for tea & putting her to bed.
  • Save money monthly. My main reason for getting a job other than for my mentality was to have that extra income to be able to save a little bit of money monthly and I have been able to do this, it might not be a lot but every little help.

Goals I didn’t meet in 2018

  • Yoga & Meditation – I tried Yoga & Meditation & didn’t enjoy them I found it boring I need something more upbeat like running & dancing. Being an over-thinker & analyzer I didn’t find meditation relaxing.
  • Read more books – I read about 5 books last year & I was aiming for 12. I enjoy reading so I’m going to start reading before bed instead of scrolling down my phone.
  • Personal stylist course – I decided not to do this course as it was a lot of money & being a Personal stylist is not a reliable source of income.
  • Blogging goals – I didn’t meet my blogging goals in terms of numbers or sticking to a schedule but I have learnt that numbers don’t matter as long as I’m still passionate & enjoy what I’m writing about that’s all that matters.
  • Move out – we didn’t manage to move out in 2018 we viewed a couple of property’s but there had similar issues to our circumstances now or were smaller. so in 2019, we will continue our search.

My Goals for 2019

  • Healthy Lifestyle – I always think in terms of being healthy theirs always room for improvement, in 2019 I hope to exercise 3 times a week with a mixture of cardio & strength, eat more healthy by adding more fruit & vegetables to my diet. more homemade food not out of jars and drink more water.
  • Meat-free once a week – In terms of diet I do eat a lot of meat-based produce & in 2019 I would like to not eat meat based produce at least once a week. if you have any recipes let me know.
  • Eco-friendly- toward the end of 2018 I became more conscious of the vast amounts of waste that we were throwing away & the damage it doing to our planet. In 2019 I hope to consume less plastic where possible & always recycle, use reusable straws & coffee cups, slowly introduce more Eco -friendly makeup and skincare products into my routine.
  • Travel more – in 2019 I would like to travel more, I don’t mean travel the world as my budget won’t allow that but just get a train or bus to a different city or village and explore new areas.
  • Build a business – in 2019 I’m hoping to go self- employed and set up my own business.
  • Continue saving – in 2019 I would like to continue saving money either for a deposit or emergency funds.
  • Move out – I’m hoping 2019 will be the year we finally move out to a house that’s big enough, has a garden, & more importantly no damp issues.
  • Make time for my partner more – Having a young child its very rare that we get time together and if we do theirs always a million and 1 other things to do like, cleaning, blogging etc. So hopefully in 2019, I plant to make time just for us two whether it’s cuddling up on the sofa watching ghost adventures, pub or the cinema or a romantic meal.

Blogging Goals

  • Be more sociable – In 2019 I want to make blogging friends, maybe attend events and just be more sociable on all social networks participating in more chats & conversations with others.
  • Share more – In 2019 I want it to be the year I share more of my life & personality with you the readers.
  • Become more comfortable talking to the camera – I would love to become more comfortable talking to the camera & filming hauls, talking about my makeup & OOTD’s
  • Be more Organised – I would love it in 2019 could stick to a schedule and have a blog post planned and scheduled in advance rather than just posting as and when.

Thanks For Reading

Nicole 💋