Category: Beauty

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

March Faves 2018 - Beauty

 

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 💋

February Favourites

Hi my beauty’s, hope all is well. February was my birthday month, so I got some new additions to my ever growing beauty collection. I’m a hoarder and running out of room. So I decided it’s time instead of buying the same products time and time again when I have draws full of similar products to use the products I already have. I’m also the type to run out of a mascara then have to buy 2 or 3 new mascaras to replace that 1 mascara even though I have loads already. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.

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Beauty Favourites

February Faves - Makeup

 

Zoeva Rose Golden Eye Palette

This palette was a gift from my sister for my birthday. I love the packaging of this cute palette. It features 10 high pigmented shades in a range of matte, metallic and satin finishes. I love the colours as I love creating a rose gold/copper smokey eye. The eyeshadows are easy to blend and last all day. I will definitely be looking into buying more zoeva products.

Avon Big & Daring Mascara

After seeing all the hype about the Benefit Bad Gal Bang mascara and reading the mixed reviews. I decided against buying it as I couldn’t justify to myself spending that much money on a mascara when I have a drawer full of mascaras already. After seeing the pictures of people’s full eyelashes using the Bad Gal Bang mascara. I decided to try out a more voluminous mascara so I reached for this one. This mascara definitely delivers on the va-va volume aspect. My eyelashes were longer and thicker than when using my normal mascara. Avon claims this mascara is clump free however it does clump but I like that look, plus my mascara has dried out a bit so that might be why. Looking at pictures of others wearing the bad gal Bang mascara i can see that this mascara gives similar results however I can’t say for sure as I’ve not tried the bad gal bang yet.

February Faves- Beauty

 

Johnson’s Baby Lotion

In my opinion, this moisturiser is quite underrated as a beauty product. Before I got into proper skincare, I used to use this to take off my makeup like my mum and nannan have done for years. It’s effective at even removing waterproof mascara and doesn’t hurt the eyes like some products can do. It leaves skin as soft as a baby’s bottom. Recently I’ve been using this for a morning on the days when I can’t be bothered to do a full-on skincare routine. Which ill be honest is a lot recently. My skin looks better using and feels more moisturised than when I’ve used some of my more expensive products.

Palmer’s Rosehip Skin Therapy Oil

After running out of my beloved coconut oil and on a quest to work my way through my drawers full of skincare products that I’ve been hoarding, I decided to try this. This oil is said to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry damaged skin and uneven skin tone. I used this daily after my shower on my stretch marks. I can’t see much of a difference in the appearance of them but I don’t think I ever will unless anyone knows of a miracle stretch mark remover. My skin feels softer and looks smoother though. The only downside thing about this was that I didn’t get the pump dispenser which would have saved product and a lot of mess.

 

Fashion Favourites

February Faves - Fashion

Zara corduroy Nautical Cap

Another month another new hat. It wouldn’t be a monthly favourite without one. After dropping hints to my other half everytime I watched the Havana music video by Camila Cabello about how much I wanted a red baker boy cap and a mustard one. The boy did good and got me this beauty for my birthday. If I could have a baker boy hat in every colour and style I think I’d be very happy. #hatgoals

Zara Fringed flower Earrings

Another present from the other half, the boy knows me better than I know myself. I love statement earrings at the moment and these beauties certainly make a statement. These are actually comfortable to wear and don’t drag down the ears like you would think.

Lifestyle Favourites

February Faves - Lifestyle

Gordons Pink Gin

Towards the end of last year I rediscovered gin and fell in love. It no longer tasted like perfume like it did when I was 15 when I raided the house alcohol cupboard and poured half a bottle of gin and a dash of whatever you could find, (Disclaimer I don’t condone underage drinking and you should definitely not try it unless you want to be ill with a hangover for days). Thankfully my drink making days have come a long way and now my gin and tonics don’t taste like pure perfume especially with this new pink version. It’s so nice if you like gin you should deffo try it. It has a subtle taste of strawberries and raspberries. Plus it makes your drink look all pretty and pink.

Youtube

Last month I fell back in love with watching my favourite bloggers on YouTube. I love relaxing after having a bath and doing a mini self-care session just watching YouTube.

Below are some of my favourite YouTubers

Inthefrow

Icovetthee

Hellooctober

Patricia Bright

What were your February favourites? Comment below some more YouTubers for me to watch.

Thanks for Reading

Nicolle 💋

January Favourites

It’s finally February and end of what felt like the longest month ever. January was a busy month for me as I started a new job, I felt I wasn’t right for the job role so I found a new job and handed my notice in. I now have all of February to concentrate on family life and the blog before I start my new job. Without further ado here’s what I loved in January and helped with my January blues.

Beauty Favourites

Hand Cream

Working in a school kitchen washing what felt like a thousand pots, left my hands feeling very dry and sore. So hand cream became my saviour and after every shift and before bed I made sure to religiously apply hand cream to make them softer and not as sore.

Bayliss & Harding sweet mandarin and Grapefruit Shower Cream.

I’m on my second bottle of this shower gel/cream. It lathers up nicely, leaving a nice smelling citrus smell (Fruity smells are my favourite). It leaves skin feeling soft and clean. I can’t say how long the smell lasts after the shower as I religiously apply body moisturisers and oils after my shower.

Lush Dream Cream

This moisturiser has been a life saver this past month because the cold weather and central heating have wreaked havoc on my skin turning what normally is soft as a baby’s bottom skin into a dry rough mess. After applying this cream after a shower it returns my skin back to its former glory. A little goes a long way with this cream so a tub will last you a while. The cream is non-greasy and applies like a dream (see what I did there), as it’s fast absorbing. The only downside is it’s not the nicest smelling moisturiser out there.

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in Earthquake & Deja-Blue

I received these two highliners complimentary from Influenster and John Lewis in exchange for an honest review. I’m a huge eyeliner fan and wear eyeliner on a daily basis so I was excited to receive these two beauties. Earthquake is a dark brown shade which is also the perfect shade for my eyebrows so I sometimes use this highliner to fill them in. I love a multi-use product. The Deja blue is a pale sky blue. The formula of these products is so creamy and applies like a dream it makes applying eyeliner so easy even for a makeup novice like me. It’s long lasting, smudge proof even on the rainiest of days. The colour payoff of these eyeliners is intense. I would definitely buy these highliners in the future in different colours.

Fashion Favourites

Dune Rose Embroidered bag

My other half bought me this bag for Christmas after me subtly dropping hints about what I wanted for Christmas and telling him to read my gift guide. The boy did good and managed to get me this beauty. This bag is now my everyday bag as it’s big enough to carry my everyday essentials in, looks stylish, and goes with most of my outfits.

Frends Layla Headphones in oil slick

I got these headphones three years ago for Christmas from my other half, little did I know that when I asked for them we were expecting a little bundle of joy and the need for headphones would be made redundant. Fast forward to this month and I’ve loved using these again, especially for the commute to work. These headphones not only look stylish but the quality of sound is really good and they fit my tiny ears perfectly without hurting my ears.

Hell Bunny Elvira Coat in Burgundy

This coat has been a godsend this month with sub-zero temperatures, rain, hail, sleet and snow. This coat kept me warm whilst making sure I still stood out from the crowd.

Lifestyle Favourites

The End of The F***ing world

Last month me and my partner binge watched this short series in a day. It’s a dark indie comedy that follows two 17-year-old outsiders embark on a road trip that makes them seem like the modern day Bonnie & Clyde. Each episode is only 20 minutes long but it has you laughing, cringing and even crying. I also loved the music and fashion in the series. It’s a must-see, it’s available on Netflix and All4.

The Misadventures of Catie Bloom – Brooke Stanton.

Sticking to my goals for 2018 of trying to read more books I read this little gem. It’s a lighthearted book that tells the story of a renowned lifestyle blogger Catie Bloom. The only thing is she’s told a few white lies about her lifestyle and how domesticated she really is. Is she about to get found out? Will people cover for her and will she find love? I enjoyed reading this book as it was lighthearted, heartwarming and funny and easy to read plus had a good storyline that left you to want to keep reading.

What were your January Favourites and do you have any book recommendations let me know in the comments?

Thanks for Reading

Nicolle💋