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A Few New Make Up Goodies

Throughout my teenage years, you would always find me at the make up counters. It was something that I would live for when Saturday rolled around however as I got older I lost my love for make up. I tent to now stick to what I know and brands that I have used for years.

After a lovely trip into London with one of my girlies (she loves her make up, so I knew we would end up at the make up contours) and a few glasses of bubbles over lunch we had a mooch around Covent Garden.

We were both looking for certain things, she was after an good night out foundation and myself was after some new bits to change up my normal make up bag.

After failing to find anything we loved in Nars and Urban Decay. We headed into Kilko and Charlotte Tibury.

I did pick up a lot of lip products in Kilko. I have been really enjoying dark berry lips  and wanted to add to my collection.

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First thing I picked up was the 3D Hydra Lipgloss in colour 30, this is a gorgeous dark purple with a high shine 3D effect, this will be very buildable and can’t wait to see what the lasting power is! Secondly I went for Unlimited Lipstick in 19, again this is a red/purple very buildable. It claims to be a long lasting creamy lipstick, so we will see how well it does last!

The last two lip products I picked up was a Coloured Balm in colour 07 Blueberry, a coloured balm is perfect for a no make up, make up day!! and a Start Fusion Lip Pencil which was something I needed in my collection.

I did also pick up the Definition Eyeliner, I love a good eyeliner and always happy to try new ones!

Moving onto what I picked up in Charlotte Tilbury. I don’t think I have been so excited for new products before like I am for Charlotte Tibury. I have lusted over these products for such a long time and after a good look, very helpful staff I went for the splurge.

IMG_5457I finally have my hands on the Magic Foundation, this is a flawless long-lasting coverage. This foundation is enriched with hyaluronic acid, laricyl and vitamin C.  This foundation claims the skin will be moisturised, dewy and the pores are minimised. This already sounds amazing to me, so I am very excited to try this but I already have a feeling that I will love it and it may even be my summer foundation. I got the shade pale 3.

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To finish on is probably the most exciting two products that I got my hands on. Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk. I am so happy to finally have my hands on theses and I will for sure be doing a make up look..

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I had such a lovely day in London and I am so glad that I picked up some new pieces for my collection. I really forgot how getting new makeup really makes you feel. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see some looks using these products as wells other little lifestyle and beauty!

Much love

Alice xx

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24 Hours In Cambride

LITTLE NOTE

This post is from September 2017, I had written it and must have completely forgotten about it. I was struggling to find something to write about and as I found this I thought that I would post it. It has to be one of the best weekends I have spend with my boyfriend and something I really want to cherish. I hope you enjoy!!

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Cambridge is gorgeous with its cobbled streets, historical buildings and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is just the perfect place to escape and surround yourself with history and that’s exactly what we did.

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First Day 

First stop breakfast, there are some gorgeous independent places to eat. However hunger got the better of us and we ended up in Bills for pancakes!!

Once we were all fuelled up for the day we headed down to the river. The streets and bridges that surround the river are gorgeous, you can see a lot more from on the river so we decided to go punting. We hired a private chauffeured punt, which gave us a very interesting guided tour of all the colleges that are either side of the river as well as the bridges that cross it.

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For the rest of the afternoon we just explored: We discovered the most cutest bakery (which we ended up having afternoon tea on the last day). We had a wander around the market, enjoying all of what Cambridge had to offer. After a few hours of wandering we headed back to our apartment.

We headed out for dinner and drinks at Cambridge Chop House. The atmosphere in here was amazing, very cosy with small candle lit tables, perfect for a romantic date night. Being a steak restaurant I obviously went for the fish – lol!! My boyfriend did however have the steak and he said it was amazing… so i will take his word for it. After a bottle of wine and some cocktails we called it a night.

Second Day

As always hunger got the better of us and we ended up in Cote for breakfast.

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I really wanted to spend the day going to the colleges we had seen on the river the previous day and that is what we ended up doing. We visited St Johns College and Trinity College and they were both beautiful, the architecture was to die for. Whilst visiting Trinity College we had a look around Wren Library, which is well worth a visit!

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Once we had explored every little last bit of the colleges and bridges, it was time for a well deserved afternoon tea. We decided to head back to Fitzbillies (the gorgeous bakery from yesterday) and had the most wonderful champagne afternoon tea. This was the perfect way to end a perfect weekend away.

Much Love

Alice xx

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Everyday Winter Make-Up

My make up tends to stay the same throughout the year. I know what I like and I stick to that. However the one thing that does change are my lips, whether it’s from a classic nude to a dark berry, its something I love to swap out depending on the season or the mood I am in.

I love the classic natural make up look with a solid wing liner and a good lip colour. This post is to bring you up to date on what products I have been using lately and to show off the most gorgeous berry colour that I have been loving over the colder months.

Before we get into the application of make up and what I have been using, I need to talk about the base. For me a good skin routine will make every make up glow and look flawless. You do not need a full on 10 step routine to do AM and PM but a good basic routine will work wonders (if you do want a full on 10 steps routine that is also amazing).

Once I have cleansed and toned (I will do a full Winter routine very soon) I have been moistursing with the Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream, this product does what it says on the tin. Its a gorgeous product that helps to hydrate the skin so your make up sits lovely on the skin.

After this I do use a primer this again is from Elemis. Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, this is a perfect 3 in 1, you can use it as a stand alone mositurser, primer for make up or an illuminating balm if you’re not wearing anything on the face.

I love this product as a primer, as it has the added radiance its brillaint under foundation for that glow!!

Now my skin is all hydrated and radiant, I will go in with my everyday makeup. Its super quick and easy. I can do this in about 10 minutes so perfect for before work. I do tend to stick to the same sort of finish throughout the year. I will just swap in diferent foundation and products as the year goes by.

What am I wearing currently on my face?

Estēe Lauder The Illuminator

Estēe Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Ivory Nude

Estēe Lauder Double Wear Concealer – Light

L’oral Paris True Match Concealer – Ivory

L’oral Paris Brow Artist

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder – Translucent

Estēe Lauder Bronze Goddess – Light

Nars Blusher – Orgasm

Nars Bord De Plage Pallete – Rivage

L’oral Paris Gel Eyeliner – Black

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – Black

The lipstick I have been obsessing over the last few months is the Bare Minerals Lipstick in Colour Queen. The reason why I love this colour is that it is so buildable and has staying power! I need more Bare Minerals lipstick in my collection.

I hope you have enjoyed this little post. Be sure to keep updated on my social media, I tend to post alot on there throughout the week. There will be posts up every Tuesday.

Till then….

Much love xx

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Élan Cafe – Girlie London Trip

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Catching up with my favourite girlie is one of the best things I do each month. Nothing beats enjoying a coffee over a girlie conversion. I can tell you it gets about 100% better when these conversion are over a marble table, surrounded by pink rose, cute little fireplaces and a flower wall… I repeat a FLOWER WALL!!!

May I introduce you to (probably) my new favourite place Élan Cafe. I can not take all the credit for this find as this gorgeous little place was on my friends Instagram.

Taking shelter from the rain, as you walk through the door you are welcomed with the smell of coffee and the sweetest from the cakes. There is so much to take in from the most specular cakes, to the flowers hanging from the ceilings, to the marble tables, finally the mint and pink suede chairs, are all the die for!!

We were shown to our seats, which was a quiet spot in front of a FLOWER WALL!!!!! (I still can’t get over the excited from this and have decided I want one in my house) The menu is pink and covers everything and anything your heart desires. From purple chia porridge with cashew milk, to sharing boards to middle-easten inspired lunches and of course bright colours lattes.

The whole place is any girls dream, it is a paradise.

After a lovely catch up over great food in a gorgeous place, we decide to finish up and head to the theatre. However on the way out we got majorly distracted by the cakes and pastries. We both knew that they also sold cakes but neither of us were expecting what we saw.

These cakes are out of this world and look incredible, we will be back for tea and cake very very soon.

Élan Cafe is by far my new favourite place in London. It is worth a visit if you are in the area, they have two branches one on Brompton Road and the other Park Lane.

It is very girls dream!

Till next time

Much love xx

 

 

 

 

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January Favourites

img_2759January has been a very excited month for me, this month I finalised a lot of exciting this that will be happening over the next few months. It’s also been the month where I have been able to discover new products, to which I have fallen in love.

I tend to stick with what I know and never seem to change anything, however this year I want to change that. I want to try out more products whether that be skin care, beauty or hair.

This month the morning have been fall of frost and ice, and i have noticed the dryness on my skin swell. A lot of the products that I’ve fallen in love with this month have helped to battle the cold and I truly love them.

My skin care routine hasn’t changed much over the months (or years to be honest) but one this that has made a massive impact is the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser. This cleaner is a life saver for the colder months, it’s a gorgeous luxurious deep cleansing cream. Containing anti-oxidnets that help to battle against daily pollutions, plant extract to purify and rich moisturizer. I have been using this in both morning and evening, as it’s a gorgeous cleanser for dissolving make up. I must have for the colder months.

One product I have been paring with Pro-Radaince Cleansing, is a device that I got in the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar, The Luna Play. Over the last year that have ben so many different versions of the cleaning brush from Clarisonic to Clinique and No7. Honestly I have never seen or given into the hype with these products however when I received the Luna Play, I was very intrigued. What I love about this product is the fact it’s a travel size and can fit perfectly into any wash bag, take it whenever you go. It also deep cleansing for the skin perfect for when the skin need a pick me up.

As its been so cold over the last month, I have been having a lot more baths. I also think its got to do with how many Lush bath bombs I received over Christmas. Nothing beats a good bath with a Lush bath bomb. Another bath product that I love after a hard week is the Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak, this products is perfect for relaxing the body and mind. Also make you have an amazing night sleep to!!

Another product that I’ve been loving is another one from the Look Fantastic Advert Calendar. Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream, I have the scent organic rice milk & cherry blossom which smells gorgeous. I love to apply this both morning and evening, its a gorgeous rich nourishing cream and has definitely been helping my skin through the coldness.

A lot of new discoveries for me this month so hopefully this will contain over the year. If you have any suggestions on any skin care, beauty that I would love to know.

Much Love

Alice

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My Top 5 Foundations

A good base is very important to me, it is the foundation to your make up. There is so many different types of foundations on the market from a matte finish to dewy to light coverage to heavy. Finding the right one for you can take a lot of Saturday afternoons wondering around Boot, Space NK.

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Over the last year, I have found 5 foundation that are always my go to and the ones I will always repurchase without a second thought. I love everything from the finish of them to how they can take me from day to night.

Starting with my number 5 is the Rimmel Match Perfection. I have loved this foundation for years. It was one of the first i tried when I started discovery make up. It bends lovely into the skin, last all days and gives that perfect flawless look to the skin. I tend to use this  on days where I’m not wanting a wear a full face.

Another favourite of mine is L’oréal Paris True Match Foundation. This is a foundation again I have repurchased for years and years. I love this foundation for when I’m on holidays. It is very light and blends gorgeous into the skin, leaving again a flawless base all day.

These next two foundations are newer discoveries, both from Nars. I have always heard a lot of people talk about Nars Sheer Glow and honestly it look me while to jump on the bandwagon!

Nars Sheer Glow is beyond gorgeous from the texture, the way to applies and lasts for ever. This foundation is without a doubt my summer base. It is a lot lighter and has that dewiness to it, perfect for summer days.

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is the newest foundation in my collection and it didnt take long to become one of my favourites. I would say this one is a little heavier and it does take longer to blend into the skin however the finish and long lasting was a win for me. It’s perfect for the days out that turn into evening out!

My number one favourite foundation has got the be Estēe Lauder Double Wear Foundation. This foundation does not move one bit through out the day because of this it is slightly heavier on the skin and does give the perfect full coverage. I love this foundation during the winter months.

What are your favourite foundations? I am wanting to try  out different foundation from defiant brands so if you have any recommendation do let me know!

 Much Love

Alice

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Everyday Make Up

Whether I’m in a rush, on my way to work or just having a relaxed morning. My make up routine will pretty much aways be the same for months and never change, I tend to stick to what I like.

Today I thought I would share with you my current routine, which is super quick and easy. Perfect for everyday and every situation.

In My Make Up Bag

Monuskin Illuminating Primer SPF15

Estēe Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Ivory Nude

Estēe Lauder Double Wear Concealer – Light

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder – Translucent

Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y Brow Bar

Benefit Gimme Brow – Light/Medium

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Revlon Colourstay Skinny – Black Out

Benefit High Brow

Max Factor False Lash Effect – Black

Benefit Dandelion Blusher

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Eylure Lengthening False Lashes

Much Love

Alice

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A New Beginning

We can all get stuck in a rut, no matter what we do or think or try we always go back to the same place as we were to start. We all have these big dreams and ideas that come through like speed of light but then slow right down till your back in your rut.

This has been me for a lot of last year, having massive ideas about how I want certain things to look and come across and when it came to it, I either couldn’t be bothered or it just didn’t work how I wanted it too.

A new beginning to start a fresh, away from the old and into the new.

This year I have decide to start fresh, have a clean slate to work with and with that comes new inspiration. For any of you who have followed me to this new pretty blog, thank you for staying with me and the newbies ‘hello’ I hope we can all grow and make this into a happy little place for us all not just me.

I plan to upload twice a week Monday and Thursday. I have lots of exciting things happening in the next couple of months so look out for all that.

Here are too new beginning!

Much Love

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