Thursday, 20 November 2014

Current Favourites: Bourjois Rouge Velvets

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Grand-Cru / Nude-ist / Frambourjoise 

I’ve had Bourjois Rouge Velvets for quite a while now but I’ve never blogged about them. They were covered pretty well by most blogs on their launch and have gone on to become a firm beauty favourite. I really get why. They’re easy to apply and last for absolutely ages. Nude-ist is the perfect nude for my lips, it’s just a shade darker than my natural lip colour, and it’s perfect. It’s definitely one of my favourite lip products that I’ll definitely repurchase. Frambourjoise is a beautiful red-pink and again I absolutely love this. It really helps brightens up my complexion. And finally is Grand-Cru, unfortunately it doesn’t swatch brilliantly but it looks amazing on the lips, it’s a stunning cool toned burgundy, the perfect winter shade. 

The only problem some might have with these is that they’re a bit drying on the lips as they set to a matte finish when dry. But if you can handle this type of product on your lips I HIGHLY recommend them. These are great lip products for a very reasonable price. Bourjois Rouge Velvets are very similar to Guerlain Rouge L'Extrait but MUCH cheaper.



Sunday, 16 November 2014

Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Slowly but surely I'm starting to find my way back into the world. Giving birth almost 10 months ago really had knocked me for six. I've only recently started to feel like myself. It's taken longer than normal because I have a disability and we went through a traumatic labour. I have blogged about Edinburgh Farmers' Market before, but not framed by these circumstances.

The farmers' market is located in the shadow of the castle ( did you know Edinburgh castle is built on an extinct volcano?). It's at an ideal location for someone with walking difficulties as there's a car park right next to it. This is a God send in Edinburgh with all its winding, cobbled streets and surprise inclines. It really is a difficult city to navigate if you're disabled and the parking is extortionate. So the market is perfect for a little day out. It has an array of food and drink stalls, and other assorted goods such as handmade soaps. I bought ginormous meringues, brownies ( double chocolate, they defeated me) and feta cheese tarts. It's not the cheapest but it is always good.

The last photo is of what I wore. The jumper is from fashion union, under it is a mock shirt from Cos.

Oh and it isn't long until the Christmas markets start, woo!

Have you got a favourite market to go to?


Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Edinburgh at Christmas 


Friday, 14 November 2014

Makeup Autumn/Winter Buys From Topshop


I first saw Topshop's new A/W collection in their magazine and loved this look here

On the cheeks is cheek jelly in Sibling and on the lips is lip polish in Twin. It's such a great winter look. Sibling and Twin are part of Topshop's new gel based cosmetics and I really like them. Although Sibling looks a bit overpowering in the pot it goes on sheer, but buildable, to give a beautiful flush of berry. I think this would work well on paler complexions but if you build it up I reckon it'd work on darker skin. The texture is a delight, firm but a bit squishy. It applies beautifully and lasts well throughout the day.  To be honest you could probably get away with just buying the cheek jelly as it works well as a lip product too. The lip polish in Twin goes perfectly with Sibling but is more pigmented. It smells of vanilla, the nice kind of vanilla scent, it's gorgeous. Handily it's also quite moisturising making it even more perfect for winter months.

I also purchased nail polish in a Exhibit, a dark blood red. This isn't part of their new collection but I thought it would work well with the other colours. I love Topshop's nail polishes. I find them easy to apply and they're generally long wearing. This is no exception. I'm happy with all of these products but the cheek jelly is by far my favourite. It's a little bit different from other products in my collection.

Have you bought any winter makeup recently? 




Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Oh So Special

Oh So Special is my second Sleek eyeshadow palette. Oh So Special is a nice balance of mattes and shimmers. What initially drew me to this palette was the matte pink shades. I was looking for something to brighten up my eyes while remaining natural, God knows I need it. Unfortunately the mattes are a bit of a let down. They’re still workable though and some, especially the lightest bone shade Bow; needs a primer, I wasn’t able to get a good swatch on my arm of this shade at all.

The main problems with the mattes are chalkiness and fallout. The easiest way to deal with this is to build up colour slowly, this prevents too much mess. Thankfully, there’s no problem with the shimmers, they’re absolutely beautiful. The texture is slightly creamy, they’re deeply pigmented and blend easily. Wear-time is also really good, even without primer.

The sponge applicator that comes with this palette is useable but I’d recommend sticking with your own brushes. This palette should suit most skin tones, you get 12 different eyeshadows for £7.99 which I think is pretty damn good.

Have you tried this palette or any of the other Sleek palettes?



Sunday, 9 November 2014

First Art Gallery Visit

(Jacket from Weekday / Top from & Other Stories / Jeans Asos)

Yesterday was Lewis’s first trip to an art gallery. We went to Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. It’s an impressive and varied overview of artists work over a quarter of a century. Identity was a strong theme, and the media rich and complex. I really enjoyed it, it’s exciting to see what artists are currently (or recently) producing in your own country.

Lewis thoroughly enjoyed himself too. The gallery attendants made a big fuss over him which of course he loved. Moar art for him in the future.

For more info about the exhibition see the links below:


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Makeup Revolution - I ♡ Makeup Eyeliner

Eyeliner is the mainstay of my makeup routine. I've worn it all kinds of different ways from the incredibly smudged grunge look (yes, I am that old) to a sleek, defined cats' eye. I wear eyeliner most everyday and lately I've been finding it really difficult finding one that doesn't smudge or fade throughout the day. I'm actually going to put a post together showing you all the different liners I've been trying.

Anyway, this post is about, the quite frankly amazing, I ♡ makeup all day and night eyeliner pencil. I have Channeling My Inner ( bit of a typo on their packaging, oops). This is a beautiful rusty brown pencil that glides on easily, is soft enough to blend out but once it sets that's it, it really doesn't budge.

I've slept in it, had weepy eyes, and had a baby run his hands all over my face and it still didn't smudge or fade. And it's only £1.99! In fact it's a brilliant dupe for the much more pricey Urban Decay pencils.

I'm so impressed with these that I've just purchased a couple more. A great product for a budget price. *Thumbs up*

Have you tried these? Are you impressed with Makeup Revolution/ I ♡ makeup? 

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