When A Lipstick Is More Than Just Another Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour

When Bobbi Brown stepped down from her self-named brand at the start of the year, I did a little whimper to myself. I’ve met her a couple of times over the years and she’s one of the most warm-hearted and inspirational women I’ve ever come across, all packaged up in a miniature frame that you just know has made her even more determined to get out there and prove her worth. Considering she committed over two decades of her life to the brand, it was a real shame (and a bit of a shock) to see her depart – but with a new chapter brings new possibilities. I was incredibly intrigued to see what would happen to the Bobbi Brown range during this new phase of life, and if the newest launch is anything to go by it’s set only to get bigger and better. The new Crushed Lip Colour is undoubtedly the best thing I’ve seen from the brand in a long time!

Available in twenty shades that take you from the most understated nudes to the most powerful reds, berries and corals, this is a collection that’s sure to appeal to every age of lipstick wearer. The texture is like a semi-sheer balm, providing great colour with a touch of subtle shine that leaves lips looking full and healthy; I thought these would be matte from the bullet, but when they apply the result is a lot more modern and wearable – almost like a lipstick has been airbrushed on to your pout. Thanks to the inclusion of beeswax, plus Vitamins E and C, the lipsticks apply beautifully and are incredibly comfortable; there’s no problem re-applying them either, unlike many other ranges I’ve tried that leave lips feeling parched and patchy.

The only downside is that these don’t last that long; the texture means there’s natural transference and wear (despite the claim that they last all day – probably only if you don’t eat, drink or talk for the duration!) but it doesn’t bother me at all to have to re-apply. They fade evenly, so you’re not left with that god-awful line around the edge of your pout that looks like you’ve forgotten to fill in your liner either. My fave shades include Lilac (a mauve-brown shade that’s a great autumn nude update,) Crush (a bright but wearable pink) and Ruby (a rich and deep berry shade of red,) but with twenty to choose from you’re sure to find one that works for you… Although a word of warning: the packs make the shades look a lot brighter than they are inside, so swatch or do your research rather than picking the colour you *think* you want. Overall, a great range of lipsticks that would be a fab little beauty wardrobe update for a new season.

The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour is available in 20 shades, priced £24.00 each.

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The £6 Foundation with a Waiting List

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review Swatch Swatches

Like all good things in life, this review will be part of a saga mostly because each of the foundations in The Ordinary range deserve their own stand alone review – that and I’m a little lazy and have yet to actually try The Ordinary Coverage Foundation. I have however been wearing The Ordinary Serum Foundation, daily for over a fortnight and truthfully there is nothing I don’t love about it. If this is the future of affordable but high quality make-up consider me sold on the spot.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review Swatch Swatches

The only real surprise in regards to either of The Ordinary foundations is their diminutive size; photographs can be deceiving, so trust me when I say the bottles are fairly dinky in the flesh and hold 30ml of product. However at just £5.90 a bottle it would be greedy to expect more and on the plus side the bottles are both perfectly proportioned and designed for travel – they feature an in-built, lockable foundation pump so you don’t have to worry about leaks, spills or generally dispensing too much product. As a side note, you can also purchase a glass dropper via the brand should that be your more preferred method of application.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review Swatch Swatches

All things considered, The Ordinary Serum Foundation is a budget buy and yet both the ingredient line up and shade range, far exceed anything else around with such a light price tag. With no less than 20 tones for all complexions including warm, neutral, cool and yellow undertones, ranging from extremely pale to very deep – this may just be the most inclusive foundation launch we have seen in a long, long while. For those of a similar skin tone to myself, I bought the shade 1.2P (one of the deeper pale shades with a pink undertone), at the moment it is a little light but due to the fluid texture of the base, it is pretty adaptable – that and a little bronzer never goes a miss. If you are struggling to settle on a shade, this chart may come in helpful – link.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review Swatch Swatches

I think most of us are over the term dupe and I don’t think that the The Ordinary Serum Foundation has been created to mimic any other existing foundation but comparison does make reviews a little easier to digest, so for that reason alone I will say that in terms of texture – and to an extent finish – this is somewhat similar to MAC Face and Body Foundation and Glossier Skin Tint. The main differences – in my opinion – are that this is has considerably more coverage than the aforementioned base products, lacks the tacky-come-sticky dry down (here’s looking at you MAC Face and Body) and of course more skin and allergen friendly. That’s right, The Ordinary Serum Foundation is free from alcohol, oil, gluten, soy, nuts and is both completely cruelty free and vegan. If a relatively new beauty brand can do this – with what I am assuming is a fairly restrictive budget – then why can’t others follow suit? I should also mention that both foundations within the range contain an SPF 15 – a great additional bonus but I still recommend using a standalone sunscreen alongside this and any other foundation for that matter.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review Swatch Swatches
The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review Swatch Swatches
The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review Swatch Swatches
Above:
Photo 1 – to show foundation shade
Photo 2 – to show foundation consistency
Photo 3 – to show coverage, I’ve included my mole in each photo so you can gauge how well it covers.

Best described: The Ordinary Serum Foundation is a step up from a tinted moisturiser – it will offer you a little coverage, as in it will even and to some extent prefect the skin but a masking, high coverage foundation this is not. If like myself you have grown to resent the feeling of make-up on your skin this is the foundation for you; likewise if you are craving a base product that looks entirely natural and yet has some perfecting qualities. In terms of wear – as this is fairly sheer – it doesn’t tend to separate (great for those with dry skin) but if you have an oily complexion you may find you need to powder down your t-zone throughout the day, but other than that it is a foundation that most skin types will find agreeable.

It is not often I get to say this but The Ordinary Serum Foundation (30ml/£5.90) is entirely worthy of all the current surrounding hype (and waiting lists), it more than lives up to expectations and is easily one of the best lightweight based products around – price element aside.

The good news is that there is no longer a waiting list and as of today, it does seem that the entire spectrum of shades are in stock here – link.

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OOTD: That Last Summer Hoorah (And A Self Portrait Copy)

Despite my best efforts, so many cute summer dresses are hanging unworn (most still with labels on) in my wardrobe thanks to the fact that the season has been and gone. I’ve been more likely to have worn jeans and a tee than a sassy summery number – and I’m already in jackets and jumpers, whether I like it or not. During an especially treacherous day last week, I thought ‘screw it’ to myself and popped on one of the dresses I was saving for a special occasion anyway; it may have been chucking it down most of the day, but it didn’t stopping me from getting one last summer hoorah. It did, however, leave my hair looking like a mess and most of the waves limply hanging by the side of my ears wondering what on earth was going on. In the words of Monica from Friends: “It’s the humidity!” So please excuse the random shape my barnet is making… Sometimes a girl has just got to look for the rainbow and ignore the clouds.

THE SELF PORTRAIT TRIBUTE

Ever since I first saw the Self Portrait dresses pop up on Instagram, I was utterly in love. Way back before they became mainstream I wondered whether I could justify the price tag, and spent far to long theoretically picking out the one I wanted; when they all of a sudden became seen on every celebrity and every blogger, they lost their shine a little – you don’t want what everyone else has, you know? This lemon number from Joanie takes all the elements I love from Self Portrait (the lace-inspired material, elegant length, simple lines) but wraps them up in a £45.00 alternative that’s far easier to swallow! It’s really comfy, easy to dress up or down, and looks far more expensive than it is. The only downside is the fact it doesn’t accommodate big boobs very well, thanks to the random detail right across the breasticle area… But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, i.e. put up with it. Unfortunately there was a lot of little threads popping out and random bits of lace that hadn’t been finished, so if you’re unlucky you may have to get happy with a pair of scissors and a needle, but because of the style you can’t even tell from a distance.

THE OVERSIZED TRENCH

When the weather is like it is (one minute super sunny and the next there’s a torrential downpour) there’s only one jacket that will do: a classic trench coat. I’ve had my trench coat for quite a few years, which I love popped over anything from a fancy dress to a jeans-and-tee combo, but I kept getting frustrated that I couldn’t really do it up as soon as I wanted to wear a big chunky jumper in the winter. Step in an oversized and almost full length number I picked up in Next during their latest sale, which is so roomy that I could comfortably wear two jumpers and a scarf and still get all the buttons done up! It almost goes round twice, which is just what you need when covering up from the wind and rain, and even has room in the arms for a chunky knit – something that I often struggle with, when the arms are so skinny I can barely fit a naked one down there. Hoorah for trench coats!


THE CLASSIC YSL BAG

Nearly a year later and I’m still utterly obsessed with my cream YSL bag. It’s the biggest amount of money I’ve ever spent on a singular item (car and wedding excluded!) but seeing as the price has already increased by nearly 20% since I bought it it’s definitely been a wise purchase. The classic shape, style and shade ensure it goes with everything and will never go out of style, while the chain detail allows you to wear it cross-body or doubled up on the shoulder. It’s super roomy but also quite lightweight considering, plus it takes a cracking photo. There’s something about carrying this that instantly makes me feel special, and I’ve no doubt I’ll love it until I’m old and grey.

THE ROSE GOLD ACCESSORIES

‘When will your thirst for rose gold ever end?’ I hear you ask… I really don’t know, but right now I still can’t get enough. Ballet flats should be a fundamental part of any wardrobe, and these rose gold slippers from Office have been such a handy pair of shoes to have over the summer and into autumn. They’re so blooming comfy and keep out the puddles (which seemed to be everywhere this day,) without looking too chunky or out of place with a delicate outfit. Paired with pinky toned shades from Quay Australia (seven pairs and counting!) and my usual rose gold jewellery, including a new ring and necklace from the Accessorize ‘Z’ range (every time I pop in for a look I come out with at least three things) and it’s a rose gold party for one! I finished the look off with my new fave pearl drop earrings from ASOS which make a statement without being too much, and an Olivia Burton watch that’s so pretty I’ve barely taken it off… And yes, those are little bees inside that move around with your arm movements! So unnecessary, but so cute.

Joanie Kezzy Lace Dress | £45.00 | LINK
Next Trench Coat | £48.00 | SIMILAR HERE
Office Rose Gold Ballerina Flats | (WERE £58.00) NOW £35.00 | LINK
ASOS Pearl Drop Earrings | £10.00 | LINK
Quay Pink Sunglasses | £40.00 | LINK
Pandora Rose Gold Bracelet & Charms | From £35.00 | LINK
Olivia Burton Busy Bees Grey & Rose Gold Watch | £200.00 | LINK
Saint Laurent Bag | £1495.00 | SIMILAR HERE
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Thanks to Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch for the photos!
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Jo Malone Autumn 2017

Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne Review

As a lover of Autumn, I need little persuasion to try a new and warming fragrance that encapsulates and celebrates the richest season of all. Answering my call for a warming yet refined, ready-to-wear scent is one of the two new Jo Malone colognes – Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant.

Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne Review

I’m a city girl but come September my head is filled with the thoughts and aromas of leaves crunching under foot, ripe berries and generally the rich, delectable foods of harvest. As much as I enjoy burning Pumpkin tinged scented products (and who doesn’t), it’s not a fragrance I’m overly keen to mist onto my person, and yet there is certainly an Autumn shaped gap in my fragrance collection. Up until now I relied upon two other iconic Jo Malone colognes: Pomegranate Noir and Blackberry & Bay – both are delectable but a little too fruit based for my current needs.

Then came along Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant…

Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne Review

Yes it’s bold, full bodied and has a red, almost tangy note but it is unlike anything else on the Jo Malone repertoire. It’s soft, cosy and crisp like the first day of November thanks to the unforgettable notes of roasted oak and rose, then of course there is the sweet uplifting note of juicy redcurrant, that injects both a warm and playful whimsy twist into the scent. Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant cologne begs to be worn with a large cable knit, cream sweater and your favourite scarf, whilst you go scavenging for chestnuts…or wait for the bus, whatever is more realistic.

Autumn has been bottled and boy does it smell great.

Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne £88/£44 – link.

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My Harry Potter Art Print Wall

I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I adore Harry Potter. The books, and later the films, have played such a huge role in the last two decades and I can clearly associate years of my life or huge experience by the Harry Potter release that was looming around the same time. I’ve been to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour eight times and I’m still not bored of it (I blogged my Christmas trip here if you fancy having a gander before Hogwarts In The Snow launches again!) and we even flew all the way to Florida to visit Hogwarts in all its glory – my only regret is not taking that many photos. Fly me back please! We’ve got Potter books, figures, merchandise and prints all over our flat, but I wanted to create a little areas that was dedicated to our love for the book and film franchise that we could add to over the coming months and years. In our entrance hallway there’s a very large bland white space that wasn’t being used for anything, so after deciding upon making the most of it and spending hours searching through Etsy for the perfect pictures, our Harry Potter art print wall was born!

The wall behind the prints is that god awful woodchip stuff, so what better way to distract from it than with some blooming awesome HP orginal artwork that will leave a smile upon the face of everyone that steps through the door. I didn’t want it to be literal pictures of the Potter cast or even the posters we know so well, but something a little more ‘mature’ and homely. I instagrammed the collection the other day and the response was incredible, so I thought I’d show you more detail and let you know where I picked up each of the six prints…

The Knight Bus One (£15.00)
Possibly my favourite, thanks to the quirky vintage feel and almost ‘this could have been in the movie’ design, this looks so good on the wall and really brings together all the different elements. The print was a slightly bigger size than I anticipated so we had to fold over the top and lose a fraction of the artwork to get it in the frame, but it’s totally worth it. All aboard!

The Dobby One (£11.00)
My favourite character (I even dressed up as him, with sock and Tom Riddle’s diary as props, for ComicCon!) Dobby is just so iconic. I adore this original artwork because it brings to life Dobby’s fragility and mortality, while keeping the expression one we’re so familiar with. Dobby is a free elf…

The Hogwarts Castle One (£9.95)
I really wanted a Hogwarts artwork, but most are literal sketches or a bit too old school for my liking; this one is modern, clean, fresh and has the same tones as the other pictures – so bringing it all together and reminding us of where it all started. I don’t think it would’ve been a Harry Potter wall without some element of Hogwarts either!

The ‘Turn On The Light’ One (£7.00)
A favourite quote of mine from the film, I really liked how it’s been made into something very modern and on-trend right now (those lights wouldn’t look out of place in Elle Home) while maintaining a sprinkling of magic.

The Albus Quote One (£9.55)
Another of my favourite quotes, this is a mantra I live my life by and think it’s appropriate to most of us in more ways than we care to imagine. The oversized handwriting text keep it fresh and modern too. There are so many amazing quote prints on Etsy, so if you have a fave one do have a look and there’s sure to be a plethora of choice.

The 9 & 3/4 One (£15.00)
So simple, yet so incredibly iconic. Platform 9 3/4 has a special place in my heart, and the sign a special place in my home – we have a cushion that sits proudly on the sofa too! I really liked how the designer changed up the tones and made it more suited to a modern home, and it worked perfectly with the purple of the Knight Bus.

So there you have it! Have you spotted any other awesome Harry Potter artwork on Etsy that you think I should add to the wall? Let me know!

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