Month: April 2018

OOTD – Spring Staples Part 1

Hi my beauty’s, hope all is well. Well, its official spring is here in the UK and after last months snow, I’ve finally decided enough’s enough of winter clothes don’t get me wrong I love snuggling up in warm coats and jumpers but I’m now ready for dresses and bright colours and finally transitioned my wardrobe into spring/summer. In this post, I will be talking through my Spring Wardrobe staples that for me make that transition from colder weather into hopefully warmer weather easier.

Outfit Details

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Outfit Details 

  • Missguided Mauve Pink Sleeveless Tie-Waist Duster Jacket
  • Select Knitted Round Neck Choker Bodysuit
  •  Primark Nude Tie Waist Culottes  (Similar Here)
  • Primark Silver Glitter Boots (Similar Here)
  • Tabbitha Webb Grey HandBag
  • Tabbitha Webb Pink Zebra Satin Scarf
  • Primark Pink Square Shades
  • Primark Pom- Pom Earrings

My Spring Fashion Essentials

Duster Jacket

A Duster jacket for me is a Spring essential as there are lightweight and are perfect for layering. There are also a really versatile piece and can really elevate an outfit. Dusters if fitted correctly can also make you appear taller which is a win-win for petite girls like me. For this outfit, I styled this sleeveless Mauve pink duster jacket with a grey knitted choker neck bodysuit as it still isn’t quite warm enough in the UK to not wear a layer under a sleeveless coat. I also think the grey is a perfect colour combination with the pink of the duster jacket.

My Top Duster Jackets of the High Street 

1. Boohoo Waterfall Grey Duster  2. RI Pink Bird Jacquard Duster 3. Missguided Black waterfall duster  4. Missguided Pink Waterfall duster 

Basic Bodysuits 

Basic bodysuits like this grey knit ribbed choker bodysuit that I’m wearing in this picture are a spring wardrobe essential. Bodysuits are a versatile piece and can be paired with anything and are great for layering as they come in a range of styles and colours.  

My Top Basic Bodysuits from The High Street

  1. PLT Set of two basic racer back bodysuits  2. New Look Slogan Striped Vest Bodysuit  3. Missguided Long Sleeved V neck Bodysuit

Culottes 

I love culottes I wasn’t sure about them at first as been petite anything that’s cropped can be tricky to wear as it can make me look shorter. However, I purchased these culottes from Primark and another printed pair and I love them. Culottes are another versatile piece as you can dress them up for a night out with a dressy top and heels or dress them down with trainers and a basic tee. I paired mine with Silver glitter ankle boots as the weathers still not warm enough to have your feet out. That’s why I like culottes you can wear with boots when the weathers cold and with sandals or trainers when the weathers warmer.

My Top Culotte Picks From The High Street.

1.Topshop Gingham Print Culottes.   2. Missguided Orange Floral Print Culottes. 3. Boohoo Pink Pleated Wide Leg Culottes

Large Bag 

A large bag in Spring is essential as here in the UK we never know what the weathers gonna be like it can be sunny one minute and cold the next and we never know when we’re gonna get a rain shower. So a larger bag comes in handy for carrying around an umbrella, shades and extra layers of clothing that you may need.

My Top Large Bag Picks From The High Street

  1. New Look Red Tote Bag 2. New Look Camel Wing Tote Bag 3. RI White Laser Cut Tote Bag 4. RI Black Studded Slouch Bag  5. Ted Baker Large Pink Shopper Bag

Ankle Boots 

Even in the warmer months, my go-to shoe of choice is a heeled ankle boot, id even wear them on the beach if I could.  For me, an ankle boot is comfy to wear as you can wear socks so you don’t get blisters and are easier to walk in. There are also such a versatile piece and look great when paired with jeans, shorts and summer tea dresses. In spring I like to wear girly tea dresses but then wear with ankle boots and a biker or denim jacket to add edge to an outfit.

My Top Ankle Boot Picks From The High Street

1. ASOS White Embellished Buckle Ankle Boot.  2. Missguided Black Cut Out Studded Boots. 3. ASOS Silver Glitter Ankle Boots

Sunglasses

Its finally shade weather here in the UK, I just love a good pair of shades they just add an extra element to an outfit and can make it go from drab to fab. They also hide a multitude of sins if you didn’t have time to wear makeup or get much sleep pop on a pair of shades and no one will know. I just Love Shades.

My Top Shade Picks From The High Street

  1. ASOS Tortoise Shell Cat Eye Shades 2. ASOS Oversized Square Shades 3. ASOS Oval Red Shades 4. RI Ombre Lense Aviator Shades 

What are your Spring Staples?

Thanks For Reading

Nicolle 💋

My Skincare Routine

Hi, my beauty’s hope all is well, today’s post is all about my Facial skincare routine. I will be sharing my morning and night time routine that helps my skin stay soft and glowing and removes all traces of makeup. I’m quite lucky in that I have normal/combination skin and rarely suffer from breakouts unless it’s the time of the month and even then they not bad. But in typical fashion, because I’ve planned to do a skincare post my skin is suffering from a few breakouts but I think this is due to fake tan. Does anyone else have this problem when they use fake tan on their face?

Skincare Routine all products used

Products used

My Morning Routine

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  1. First thing I do when starting my skincare routine is to take back my hair by either tying my hair back or wearing a headband. At the moment I’m using this cute bunny ears headband from Primark.
  2. After I have no stray hairs on my face, I then apply a few drops of the micellar water to a cosmetic pad. I then take the pad and apply to the face and in circular motions move the pad around the face, being especially gentle around the eye area. The micellar water is great for use in the morning as it is gentle on my skin and removes any traces of makeup and sweat easily. It’s also a timesaver as it requires no rinsing which is perfect for in a morning as I’m normally short on time. Skincare Routine Cleansing
  3. After I have cleansed my face I then pump a pea-sized amount of the Nip&Fabs Dragon Blood Serum on the back of my hand. I then add a dot of it to both my cheeks, forehead and chin and rub into the skin in upwards and outwards motions. This product enhances moisturisation and plumps up the skin. This Serum is also ideal to use as a primer.
  4. I then apply the Simple Kind To Skin Revitalising Eye Roll-on to under my eyes in light circular movements and pat any remaining liquid into the skin gently with my fingertips. This product in a morning wakes up tired eyes and cools the eye area as it contains cucumber. Skincare Routine - Eye Roll On.jpg
  5. And last but not least I pump a pea-sized of the Garnier Moisture Bomb 3in1 Day Cream moisturiser to the back of my clean hand. I then apply all over my face and neck in upwards and outwards movements. This skin makes my skin feel moisturised all day and provides skin with an instant radiant look and contains UVA protection. As this moisturiser doesn’t make your skin sticky you can apply makeup soon after which is a timesaver in the morning. Skincare Routine - After Morning Routine

My Night Time Routine

My night time routine is effective at removing all traces of makeup and providing the skin with Moisture.Skincare Routine Nighttime Routine Products

  1. Like in the morning routine the first thing that I do is take my hair back off my face by either tying my hair back or wearing a headband. This is especially important in my evening routine as it contains oil and no one wants greasy hair.
  2. In the evening I like to use not one but two cleansers to make sure I remove all traces of makeup even waterproof mascara. So the first cleanser that I use is the Simple kind to skin hydrating cleansing oil. I first apply a few drops of this into the palm of clean hands and then massage into my face. I then rinse my face and hands with warm water, and then remove any traces of oil with a warm damp flannel. This oil makes removing makeup even waterproof makeup easy as it just melts it off. It leaves skin feeling soft and glowy. Skincare Routine Nightime Cleansing Oil
  3. For my second cleanser, I use the simple kind to skin Purifying cleansing lotion. I apply the cleanser to my hands and rub it gently into my face, to remove the cleanser I take one large oval cosmetic pad and wet it with warm water and then remove the cleanser off my face using the pad. When all the cleanser is removed I pat my face dry with a towel. Skincare Routine - Nightime routine
  4. After I have cleansed my face I then pump a pea-sized amount of the Nip&Fabs Dragon Blood Serum on the back of my hand. I then add a dot of it to both my cheeks, forehead and chin and rub into the skin in upwards and outwards motions. This product enhances moisturisation and plumps up the skin
  5. After applying the serum I then use my night time eye cream which is the Simple kind to eyes soothing eye balm. I apply a tiny amount to the back of my hand and dot a tiny amount under each eye and then gently pat the balm into my skin. The eye balm reduces puffiness and provides moisturisation for the delicate eye area.
  6. And last but not least is my night time moisturiser which is the Garnier moisture bomb hydrating night cream. I apply a pea-sized amount to the back of my hand and then apply it to my forehead, both cheeks and chin and then massage into the skin using upward and outward movements. This moisturiser has a gel-like consistency and is perfect for this time of year. It leaves skin feeling smooth and plumper and not as dry. This night cream also doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily like some thicker consistency moisturisers can do especially at this time of year.Skincare Routine Selfie after Nightime routine

And there you have my skincare routine that seems to work for my skin type. I’m now ready to enjoy my evening in my jim-jams probably binge-watching something on Netflix or youtube.

Thanks for reading

Nicolle 💋

March Favourites

Hi my beauty’s, hope all is well. Can you believe we’re already a quarter of a way through the year and it’s finally Spring even though someone really needs to notify the sun as we had lots of snow in March. March has been a busy month for me, as I started a new job role, and at the moment it is fitting around me and my family well and I do enjoy it. Also, March was the month I finally got my 20-month-old into her own bedroom and mostly sleeping through till morning. If you’re a parent you’ll know how much of a big achievement this is. Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in me mentioning in my monthly favourites, things that I helped find make parenting easier. Without further ado here are my monthly favourites.

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Beauty Favourites

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L’Oréal Infailable Shaping Sticks

 

I picked up these three shaping sticks from boots at the beginning of the month as they were on offer for 3 for 2 and came with a free L’Oréal beauty blender. Since purchasing these 3 shaping sticks I have used them every day since. I have not used the blender however as I dislike using them (I know shock horror right, Please tell me I’m not the only one who doesn’t get the hype). I picked up two of the foundation sticks a light one in 120 vanilla rose for the base and to conceal, and the darker one in 210 Cappuccino to contour and add definition. I then bought the strobing stick in 501 Oh My Jewels.

I actually picked up the lighter shade thinking it was going to be a lot lighter and more of a highlight/concealer shade. This shades, however, is a perfect match for my skin tone as a foundation. The foundations easy to apply and blends into the skin like a dream due to its creamy formula. It provides medium coverage so concealer is needed for the areas where more coverage is needed.

The contour shade is rather warm toned so a light hand is needed when applying otherwise you can look rather orange. It blends into the skin so easily and is really pigmented so a little goes a long way and definitely does add warmth and definition to my face.

The strobing stick is easy to blend and provides a nice natural glow to the skin. Overall I love how these sticks work together to create a nice natural look for everyday makeup and make getting ready easier.

March Faves - Loreal Infallible sticks

Nivea Lip Care Pearly Shine

March was a seriously cold month with what the beast from the east not just striking once but three times so wearing lip balm was essential to keep dry cracked lips at bay. This lip balm is perfect as it keeps lips feeling smooth and soft as it provides the delicate lip area with moisturiser and SPF protection and also provides lips with a subtle pearly shine great for wearing alone or with other lipsticks. The packagings also cute.

Too faced la Creme Colour Drenched Lipstick in Razzle Dazzle Rose.

I was shopping at TK Maxx when I discovered this little gem for £7.99, I mean I’ve heard all about two-faced beauty products and well being too much of a cheapskate I would never buy one of their lipsticks at full price I mean I’m not made of money. That was however until I tried this lipstick I mean I’m sold, it’s one of the nicest feeling lipsticks I have ever had on my lips. It makes them feel so soft and hydrated. The colour is the perfect pink for me and it’s super pigmented and has a nice shine effect to it. The colour lasts a few hours.

Fashion Favourites

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Checked Baker Boy Cap

Another month another new hat to add to my hat collection. I swear at this rate I’m going to need another room just for my hats. I was in TK Maxx and saw this beauty and tried it on and it matched my outfit perfectly so I had to buy it. I love checks and plan on adding more of them to my wardrobe.

Sunglasses

Somewhere in between the rain and snow, March did surprise us with the odd sunny day in which I decided to bring out the shades. Sunglasses are one of my favourite things about Spring/summer. They hide a multitude of sins and you can fall asleep on your commute without anybody knowing. I also love how they make an outfit feel complete.

Lifestyle Favourites

March Faves 2018 - Lifestyle

Nescafé Gold Instant Coffee Sachets

This is not a sponsored post by Nescafé or anything I just really loved their flavoured coffee sachets this month. Every Monday I’d pop into my local ASDA and pick up a new flavour of coffee to try that week. I’d look forward to waking up in a morning to the taste of these delicious coffees. It really is the small things in life for me. My favourite is definitely the toffee nut, and white chocolate and pistachio mocha.

Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson

A month ago I went into my mum’s loft and came across a box of treasures including photos, magazines, MP3 players and this book. Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author as a child and teenager. I read and loved all of her books as a youngster especially this one and the girls series. Rereading this book again was very nostalgic and reminded me of being 14 and having a crush on a teacher I mean haven’t we all. This book is about a teenage girl and her sister who’s dad is very controlling and home schools them and keeps them away from normality. When suddenly her dad’s taken ill the girls are thrown in at the deep end and sent back to school. The only person one of the girls can relate to is the handsome art teacher and develops a crush, he couldn’t possibly feel the same way, could he. ‘re reading this as an adult it has slightly a darker feel to it than reading it the first time.

What were your monthly favourites?

Thanks for reading

Nicolle 💋