Saturday, 12 August 2017

Style | Logo Tee & raw hem denim

I'm an explorer at heart but in lieu of a holiday abroad I've been roaming a lot around London. Despite living here my whole life there's just so much I haven't seen and one thing I love about London is there's such a clash of cultures and architecture that so many parts that feel like you're in a different country or era entirely. The backdrop for these photos is one of those spots and for roaming I keep it simple (as with most of what I do), so a tee and denim skirt was a natural fit.

Top - Lee* | Skirt - Topshop | Shoes - Converse | Watch - Timex* | Bag - Monki (old)

Photography - Mike Burchardt | @burchardtlens

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Lesley x

Monday, 7 August 2017

Nudestix #BABEBOSS Faves Box

I've been obsessed with Nudestix's easy to apply makeup crayons since last year and they recently released the limited edition #BABEBOSS Faves Box (£59/$59)*. It contains a mix of 6 full size bold and nude lip pencils curated by Nudestix Co-Founders (and sisters) Ally and Taylor Frankel with 5 Nudestix 'Babebosses'. If you're a Nudestix fan or want to try the pencils at a slice of the usual RRP this kit has got you. 

As I've posted about a number of Nudestix makeup crayons already here, here and here, I'm only loosely reviewing these shades in this post, focusing on swatches so you can get an idea of how these look on medium skin. 

The basics
1 13x10cm tin with a built in mirror, 6 lip pencils and 1 sharpener

The shades
Purity Intense Matte Lip + Cheek (soft matte nude) picked by Jalessa Moses @saythelees
Pulse Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm (glossy nude) picked by Samantha Ravndahl @ssssamanthaa
Sin Lip + Cheek Cream (buttery pink) picked by Ally & Taylor Frankel
Boho Magnetic Matte Lip Color (matte brown) picked by Lynette CenĂ©e @lynettecenee
Burgundy Magnetic Matte Lip Color (matte red/purple) picked by Cydnee Black @cydbee
Stiletto Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Color (soft matte red) picked by Karen Yeung @iamkareno

Lip Swatches 

Shades top to bottom: Purity, Pulse, Sin, Boho, Burgundy and Stiletto 

Arm Swatches 

Shades left to right: Purity, Pulse, Sin, Boho, Burgundy and Stiletto 

The Tea

There's a real mix of shades and finishes including Magnetic Matte, Intense Matte, Gel Color and Cream so if you've not tried Nudestix before and love pink/red tones this is a great tin to start with. I love all of the finishes though I'd say the Intense Matte finish is the most versatile as it's long-wearing, feels moisturising and can be used as a blush too. Consequently the Intense Matte pencils are my favourite Nudestix lip pencils to wear and I've reviewed them more in depth here. The Magnetic Matte finishes last a lot longer but are more on the dry side which you'll be able to tell from the swatches as I didn't apply any balm underneath the lip colour to give a true reflection of the finish. The gel color has more of a wet, glossy look whereas the cream lip + cheek pencils apply more like your standard buttery lipstick. All of shades are very pigmented and can be worn on medium skin, though I would say Boho can make me look a little washed out now that my skin has tanned a little. Most Nudestix lip pencils retail at £24/$24 each so at £59/$59 for 6 full size pencils this is one of only a couple of their kits which gives you the most bang for your buck.

It's a limited edition so you can get it whilst stocks last directly from Cult Beauty if you're in the UK or Nudestix (the code 'FRESHLENGTHS10' gives you 10% off orders) and Sephora if you're in the US.

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Nudestix?

Lesley x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Style | ASOS AW17 Preview

In April global fashion retailer ASOS showcased their collection for the AW17 season in Fitzrovia, London and whilst I'm always excited for new clothes I've been sitting on this preview post for a few months. I definitely wasn't ready to let go of Summer before it had even really begun but somehow we're already in August. So with Autumn right around the corner, expect a season with ruffles, florals, tartan and 80s tailoring firmly on the fashion menu.

I didn't document everything here as the ASOS AW17 collection is so huge I focused on the pieces I've got my eye on or may be popular pieces for this season. The vintage washed denim mini skirt will be the first item I'll be picking up when it's available as it's one of those all-rounders that'll work with a lot of what I have already. The gold caged bag, studded boots and green wide leg trousers with taped detail are also earmarked for my wardrobe and I'm in love with the the neutral colour palette of the menswear pieces.



Shoes & Accessories

As you'd expect, a few AW17 pieces have already started dropping on the ASOS website but most will be available from September to December.

Lesley x