Thursday, 25 September 2014

Review | Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick

My love for lipstick is well documented on this blog and recently I've been buying so many lip products I've run out of places to stash them (I clearly have a problem).

One of my recent buys was Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Grand Cru - a beautiful red with strong pink undertones. It's one of 8 shades in total and was only £5 from Superdrug (it usually retails for £8.99). I'm not sure what attracted me to this lipstick masquerading as as gloss (the cost may have had a tiny bit to do with it) but it's full of a few welcome surprises.

It applies much like a gloss but the texture is like cake frosting - very light and airy - and it dries as a lipstick. The finish is matte but the lipstick formula is so smooth it doesn't crumble or dry out your lips. I love the staying power particularly which lasts really well throughout the day, though admittedly I have to really scrub my lips with makeup remover to eliminate all traces when I'm ready to take it off.

I struggle to get a defined lip-line with the gloss-style applicator and I found the edges of the lipstick feathered quite easily once on. As a result I prefer to use a liner with this lipstick and I've mostly been reaching for Barry M Lip Liner in 3, which I already had in my makeup stash and matches the colour of this lipstick perfectly. You can see how the lipstick looks without any lip liner below.

As you can see the result is quite soft around the edges but an intense pop of colour. The product is rather reminiscent of Lancome L'Absolu Velours (known as Creme de Mat in the US), which is similar in terms of texture and finish, but Bourjois' version is a fraction of the cost. I haven't been able to find much fault with this product so it's a great buy for me and in typical fashion I have a strong urge to buy the other 7 shades.

Have you tried Bourjois makeup?

Lesley x

Monday, 22 September 2014

Haul | Autumn 2014

Despite all my pouting over the end of summer I've begrudgingly accepted that it's autumn and with that cue shorter hours of daylight and a significant drop in temperature. Seriously though, why is it so grey and gloomy already?
I've already cleansed my wardrobe of summer clothes in favour of knits and denim. In the same vein I've made a few season-related purchases too - it's hard not to with every high street shop in autumn/winter mode since August. I've not gone too crazy, just a few new pieces to make that transition...

River Island Black Rolled Brim Bowler Hat
I'm not sure if the shape of my face or the fact that I wear my hair up a lot but I always end up avoiding buying hats. I thought it was time I at least got one hat this autumn as I often feel like my outfit needs an extra something. Though fedora's have been popular this summer, I thought a bowler hat was probably more 'me' and would work more with my outfits in the autumn.

MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Double Shot
This is my second ever MAC lipstick which I purchased along with VIVA Glam V. My lips are naturally dark brown so this lipstick is only a touch darker than a 'nude' shade for me. I love the texture which glides on smoothly and stays put for much longer than some of my favourite drugstore lippies.

River Island Dark Green Check Bodycon Dress 
Check and tartan patterns are my favourite trend for this season and this dress makes putting a casual outfit together effortless. I've mostly been wearing this dress with black platform boots and a duster coat. I'm slowly adding more pieces to my wardrobe which 'hug' (rather than drape over) my figure and this dress is surprisingly flattering.

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Espresso & Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Cocoa 
I love the new shades of 'Gelly' nail effects from Barry M for this season, which are the kind of hues you'd expect to see in autumn. It was hard to choose between their mustard yellow, deep orange and chilli red nail polishes but I eventually restrained my purchase to this chocolate brown (Cocoa) which looks so gorgeous on. I tend to wear a lot of dark attire this time of year so I picked up this black matte nail paint as it was one of the few shades I don't have already which will suit most of my autumn wardrobe.

French Connection 100 Glasses 
I don't think I've ever posted a picture of myself wearing my specs on this blog, partly because I live in contact lenses and also as I've never found glasses that actually suit me. I've always loved the look of tortoiseshell glasses but always resigned to buying thick square black frames as I assumed these would compliment my face shape the most. FYI the ones I own don't, but I rarely wear my glasses out of the house anyway so finally took a punt on a style I wouldn't usually go for. I love these enough to actually wear them in public.

Have you made any autumn-related purchases recently?

Lesley x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Black Beauty & Hair Aug/Sept 2014

The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair actually came out a little while ago but where I took a small step back from blogging recently I didn't get around to posting about it until now. The issue came out in the height of summer and as a result this issue is jam packed with tips on keeping your holiday hair in shape, how to battle cellulite and as ever hundreds of hairstyles to try. This issue also focuses on natural hair so whether you're thinking about transitioning or just need a few tips on how to care for your 'fro check it out.

My article this issue was on keeping your hair happy during the summer - and if you're lucky enough to still have some sun where you are there's loads of tips on how to keep a cool head. There's a sneak peek of my article below.

Have you got your copy?

Lesley x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Review | GOSH Multi Colour Blush Bronzing Pie

I've been on the hunt for a new blusher for a while and I ended up purchasing this GOSH Multi Colour Blush Bronzing Pie in Bronze (£7.99) a few weeks back. I don't own many GOSH products but I fell in love with their Velvet Touch Lipstick in Boheme giving me high hopes for their other products.

The best thing about this product the pigmentation. I have to be careful not to pick up too much product as the colour comes out so well on my skintone. I tend to swirl my blush brush around the pan lightly and sweep this across my cheeks 1-2 times to get the result seen below. Despite the light application, this blusher is one of the few areas of my makeup that lasts until the end of the day.

I tend to favour multi-use products so this bronzing pie was the perfect choice for me. I love peachy or amber tones for my checks so I mostly pick up those shades from the pan, however I like that there's a range of shades and a highlighter included in the compact should I want to switch it up or add a subtle glow to my complexion. This makes the product a great all-rounder for on-the-go application and I try to carry this around with me when I can fit it in my makeup bag (I tend to stuff a lot of items into my makeup bag as you can see from this post). The only thing that would make this product better is if it had a mirror inside the compact.

Overall it's a great little product for the price and it's definitely convinced me to try a few more products from the brand GOSH (which is sold exclusively by Superdrug in the UK). I've got my eye on their liquid liner next.

Have you tried anything by GOSH?

Lesley x

Friday, 12 September 2014

What I Wore | ASOS Black Floral Shorts

This is another outfit from my trip to Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago (previous here). The temperature has dropped recently and sadly I've already gone back to wearing jeans and jumper combos!

I always say my style is minimalist but having barely any room in my cabin bag to fit many clothes meant I really had to strip down to the bare essentials when I went away. All of the outfits I took to Scotland had to be easy to wear and this Forever 21 blouse goes with virtually everything. I ended up pairing it with these ASOS floral shorts which are an old purchase. The shorts are part of a cute co-ord set (now in the ASOS sale section) and I wish I snapped up the top too when I had the chance but my wardrobe contains so much black, white and grey I knew these shorts would work with most of what I had already. If the temperature doesn't drop too much more I'm definitely going to have a break from living in my jeans and try mixing up these shorts with some other pieces in my wardrobe.

Blouse - Forever 21 | Shorts - ASOS | Necklace - H&M | Rings - Primark | Watch - Olivia Burton | Bag - Mango

What have you been wearing lately?

Lesley x

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Hairstyle | Side Front Twist & Braid

Side twists and braids are naturally my go-to option when I don't feel like bunning or using my hot tools and I came to rely on these hairstyles a lot whilst I was in Scotland last weekend.

To do this particular hairstyle I sectioned off the front portion of my hair, placing a rough parting about 2cm behind my ear on each side. I then split the front section into two, parting it on the side in line with the arch of my right eyebrow. I twisted both sections around my head before pulling them together on one side into a ponytail. I then braided the ponytail loosely, leaving out any short pieces of hair. After I reached the bottom I secured the braid with a hair tie and wrapped the short pieces of hair I left out earlier around the base of the ponytail to finish.

This hairstyle didn't take long to do and you don't need to be any good at braiding to try it either. I always find with braids and twists that the messier they are the better. 

What hairstyles have you tried lately?

Lesley x

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Style | Top Knot Head Wrap

I've always been in love with how head wraps look on other people but I've found it hard to be comfortable with how they look on me. Seeing Kiyana Wraps at Africa Fashion Week London last month however really made me want to try wearing a head wrap at least once.

Shamefully I'm pretty clueless on the various ways to tie a head wrap so I took to Youtube to find styles to try. This Headscarf tutorial by Fiona from Love Your Tresses gave me plenty of ideas and I ended up trying style 2 - the 'top knot turban'. This video is great for anyone that's a head wrap novice like me. My silk scarf (which is from H&M) is a little on the small side so I didn't get a big 'knot' at the top like I was hoping but I thought the result was still cute.

Admittedly I only wore my head wrap to the local shops to test the waters but I was really comfortable in a wrap and wearing one meant I didn't have to worry about styling my hair for once. I would definitely wear a head wrap again, though I may have to invest in a bigger scarf first!

Do you wear a head wrap/scarf?

Lesley x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

What I Wore | Primark Black Playsuit

It's already September and I'm sad to see that summer is well and truly over. I didn't have much of a holiday this year but I was able to spend a lovely long weekend in Edinburgh in Scotland at the end of August. It was nice to have a break and I haven't posted much recently as I took an unintended step back from blogging. I think I lost my motivation a little but blogging is something I still enjoy so I'm hoping to post more regularly again soon.

I always want to do more outfit posts on my blog as these are one of my favourite types of posts to see on the blogs I follow. I didn't plan to take pictures of my outfit whilst on holiday but as I had my camera with me I thought it was a good chance to share a little of what I wore in Scotland. 

Packing holiday clothes which are the perfect balance between fashionable and practical can be a tricky task for me, especially when having to fit various outfit options into a cabin-friendly suitcase. I was expecting Scotland to be cold but instead of packing knitwear I stuck to taking one fleece-lined parka to instantly make my outfits, like this black playsuit, more weather-proof. Luckily it was fairly warm (for Scotland) during my stay and I didn't really need such a big coat. This parka was a nice shield against the Scottish wind though and I know it will come in handy when winter kicks in.

This black playsuit from Primark is easy to wear and effortless to dress up or down. As I was wearing this whilst exploring the streets of Edinburgh I wanted to be as comfortable as possible and went for a very casual look. I wore this playsuit with simple accessories and some canvas shoes. 

Playsuit & Belt - Primark | Necklace - Dorothy Perkins | Coat - ASOS | Bag - Mango | Shoes - H&M 

What have you been wearing lately?

Lesley x