The latest lip foil product I am loving by Lottie London

Lottie London is a new brand that I have recently discovered. I was browsing around the make up counters in Superdrug (I know, I have an addiction!) and this particular stand really caught my attention as I walked past. I decided to try out two shades of the iridescent lip foil toppers and I am excited to share my thoughts on them!

How to wear them

These are perfect to use as part of your every day make up, but I think they would be amazing for creating a super glam look, especially for an event like a festival. It is not easy to find a lip shade that works with a festival eye as at the moment, the festival make up trend for 2018 is a super sparkly style using stick on jewels around the eyes and forehead, chunky glitter, full feathery lashes – the works! These lip foils were exactly what I was looking for to wear to Made festival at the weekend and it completed the look I was after. These lip foils would also be so nice to use on holiday – I’m picturing a nice tan combined with the shimmer of these shades which would be gorgeous.

The lip foil tube is transparent so you can see the colour of the product inside which is really handy and although they come unboxed, I really love the holographic silver stars on the side of the tubes which are a pretty addition to the packaging and these look great in your makeup bag or on your dressing table.

Shade Range

I hadn’t actually heard of lip foils before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but when I first swatched these I was impressed at the bright pigmented colours and was so excited to test these out.

There are four shades to choose from and I am loving the sassy names which are ‘U Wish’, ‘Drop Out’, ‘Sinner’ and ‘Over it’. I think my favourite shade is ‘U Wish’ which looks like a glittery white shade at first until it interacts with your skin when it turns into a shimmery holographic pink sheen. I would say that each of the colour options available would suit a variety of skin shades also which is great.

Wearing the shade ‘Sinner’

wearing the shade ‘U Wish’

image: Lottie London

Formula and finish

Formula wise this glided onto the lips like a dream and I was surprised at how pigmented they are as the consistency is shimmery and semi-sheer. I also like the fact that they feel smooth and silky, with no thick stickiness which I really don’t like with lip products and try to avoid. It took seconds to dry down and after one coat and you’re good to go! When the light catches on these lip toppers they look so pretty and add such a nice finishing touch.

Worth the money?

At £5.95 for a tube, you really cannot go wrong. Drug store make up is really having a moment and I am finding that you don’t always need to spend a fortune on top end designer make up brands. You can equally get a fabulous product for more than half the price and often just as good! I would say that for this price, these lip toppers are a good deal. They probably are not something that you would choose to wear every day, but they would be a great addition to your lip product collection.

You can purchase the Lottie London lip foil range here or you will find the brand is stocked in most Superdrug stores.

I hope you enjoyed hearing my thoughts on the Lottie London lip foils. As you can probably tell I’m so impressed.. if you love shimmery lip glosses that are not sticky as much as I do, then I definitely recommend giving these a try. Let me know if you’ve tried anything from Lottie London before and what you think about their products.

Online shopping – is it worth the money or is the high street better?

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In the last few years online shopping for clothes has really boomed. I remember when Asos first launched and they were actually called ‘As seen on screen’, selling clothes that were inspired by what celebrities had been spotted wearing. Now days they are a multi-billion pound global success selling womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery, beauty products and a huge range of well-known brands. They continue to grow every year and since then there has been a surge in other online fashion sites such as Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, Missguided, and Misspap which are also following the same pattern of success.  

The appeal of these sites is mainly for the price which tends to be a lot cheaper than the high street stores such as Topshop and they are also very trend led, leading the way with the latest fast fashion styles and marketed in a way that make you want to spend your money with them. They often send out discount codes, newsletters and emails on a daily basis to get you back on their site looking at what’s new. It certainly works for me so they are doing something right in keeping hold of our attention!

These online fashion companies have grown with the help of celebrity collaborations such as Paris Hilton, Kourtney Kardashian and Pia Mia, as well as social media platforms such as Instagram. The rise of the influencer on social media has also really boosted the popularity of these online retailers. Pretty Little thing have even started selling clothing covered with their own brand name which has been selling really well for them.

Image: Pretty Little Thing

However, with the plus points there are also the negatives. Personally, I have been really disappointed with shopping online lately and I have sent back 90% of what I have ordered. This is what inspired me to write this blog post as it makes me wonder if everyone else is experiencing the same as me? Is everyone else spending hours queuing in the post office returning their online purchases or are the clothes working for everyone else and it’s just me finding it a palaver? Here are a few of my biggest nightmares with online shopping:

The quality

A lot of the items ordered online seem to be of a lower standard in terms of quality. You can tell as soon as you touch it that the fabric is not going to last long and doesn’t always look or feel the nicest to wear in real life. I find a lot of the white clothing, particularly trousers tend to be transparent and no one wants to walk around with their pants on show – that’s an outfit killer right there!

The item doesn’t match the image online

OK, so I know that the models are there to make the clothes look the best that they possibly can, but so often I see an outfit online that looks incredible and as soon as I try it on it looks nothing like how I imagined which is so disappointing. This can be anything from the colour not matching how you hoped or the fabric being too thick/thin/stiff etc. When you shop in a high street store, though you have the chance to try the clothes on and test them before you buy to see if you look good in them which saves you so much time and money, which leads me onto point 3.

The fit

I have literally given up ordering trousers online now as I am not blessed with the longest of legs, but the length of some of these trousers makes me wonder who all these tall people are as I never seem to see them walking around!  Also, I find that I can be a size 8 with some items right up to a 12. This is because the clothes are cheaply made and from a variety of factories so the standard of sizing is usually all over the place and often hard to judge.

Waiting 

If you are impatient like I am, when I buy something new I like to take it home with me straight away. Deliveries have improved for a lot with the bigger named online retailers, and they often offer free next day delivery deals, but even still, you need to wait and if you are not home when the delivery man arrives, this could also mean an extra trip to the post office. I think I am on first name terms with my postman and local post office now!

Returns and refunds

This is one of my biggest hater points of online shopping. You might get a good deal with free postage when you place that order, but you will have to pay to return items the majority of the time – apart from ASOS who have a fabulous 28 day return policy for absolutely free.

I also find the length of time you have to wait to get your money back can be frustrating and you could easily forget if you are due a refund if you have had to send a few things back in the month. This makes me wonder how high the return rate is for some of these online retailers. I know that a lot of YouTubers that film fashion hauls do not keep all of the items they order online, and a lot of people are starting to do these type of videos.  I personally love watching them and often get really good inspiration for outfit styling watching these.

Talking of YouTube, a lot of the well-known influencers are gifted the items that they show and haven’t had to pay for them. This could also be the reason why they speak so highly of everything they show usually and I would love to know if they really love the items they have received as much as they say that they have.

The high street stores have really been suffering in the UK over the last few years and many have been going out of business which is a real shame. I really enjoy shopping in stores and would hate for that to disappear completely and everything to become purely focused on online shopping.

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What are your thoughts about shopping online? Do you prefer it to shopping on the high street now? What do you think about the quality and service you are getting from online retailers?  I would love to know your thoughts on this!

The latest Urban Decay eye pallet – ‘Born to Run’

The ‘Born to Run’ collection is probably one of the biggest launches of the year for Urban Decay and after the huge hype around this I cannot tell you how excited I was to get my hands on one of these eye pallets myself!

Urban Decay already have a great track record of bringing us fabulous eye shadow combinations such as the best selling neutrals from the Naked pallet range but they have really stepped up their game with this latest collection and this is a guaranteed sell out product this Summer. The Born to Run eye shadow pallet is a gorgeous mix of neutrals, rich metallics and sultry deep jewel tones. There are 21 shades to play with in this kit and you can easily create a natural day time look right through to a dramatic evening eye and I am obsessed with the selection of colours available in this range.

Packaging and overall feel

My first impression of this pallet was that the packaging not only looks great but it instantly felt a like a really high end quality product as soon as I picked it up. The box is strong and sturdy and includes a really good full length mirror inside the lid. The theme behind this collection is all to do with adventure, exploring, travel and being on the go, and the case is decorated in a selection a Instagram style photograph snaps of holiday destinations such as Las Vegas, Santorini and London.

The individual shades are not the largest, but you will definitely get a lot of use out of them as a little goes a long way due to how pigmented these shades are. This kit is priced at £39.50 which is towards a higher end price point but this is fair once you get to see and feel the quality of it.

Pigment and texture

The pigment is extremely rich, particularly the metallics and I feel these colours would work well on all skin tones beautifully. The thing I love the most abut Urban Decay eye shadows is how good they are for blending with minimal fall out. The texture of these is velvety and there is no crumbling or creasing with these eye shadows, allowing you to build up a fabulous rich colour quickly and easily.

Colour Range

I love a metallic eyeshadow for day or night and was instantly drawn to the pale rose gold shade ‘stranded’ which I have been blending with the rich brown shade ‘punk’ and this has been a gorgeous mix. However, since using this pallet I have found myself experimenting with colour combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of doing before. My surprise favourite has been using a metallic rose golden tone ‘ignite’ with a dark jewel green metallic ‘wanderlust’ and the result of these blended together is so chic and perfect for a dark smoky eye that is a bit different.

All of the shadows in this kit can be used wet or dry and you could even use them as an eyeliner or the use lighter shimmery shades as a face highlighter.

 

This kit truly is a beauty addict’s pick and mix heaven. Here is a list of the full range of colours:

BREAKAWAY (warm ivory shimmer)
STRANDED (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer)
BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift)
WEEKENDER (light neutral beige matte)
STILL SHOT (bright peach)
RIFF (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle)
GOOD AS GONE (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
HELL RIDE (deep fuchsia matte)
BAJA (burnt orange matte)
ACCELERATE (reddish copper metallic)
GUILT TRIP (smoky purple shimmer)

IGNITE (rose gold metallic)
SMOG (deep coppery bronze shimmer)
WANDERLUST (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
WILDHEART (bright fuchsia)
PUNK (red-brown matte)
DOUBLE LIFE (metallic rust)
JET (black with deep shimmering purple shift)
DRIFT (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle)
RADIO (deep emerald satin)
BIG SKY (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)

Additional items available

This eye pallet is part of the Born to Run collection which also includes an all night setting spray, eye pencils in 44 different shades and 3 lipstick colours.

You can view the whole range here at the Urban Decay website.

Image: Urban Decay

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Urban Decay Born to Run eye pallet. Have you used this yet? Let me know your thoughts on it and what your favourite colours are!

The latest gel nail polish range from Nails Inc

A lady once told me that your hands and nails are one of the first things that people notice when they meet you and that has stuck in my head ever since. If you follow me on Instagram (and if you are not already, then why not? haha!) then you will know that I always make sure that I look after my hands and keep my nail extensions in tiptop condition.

I have acrylic nail extensions and have infills every 2 weeks with either regular polish or gels and although I have my usual favourite go to brands, I always like to try new products that become available on the market.

Nails Inc have always been a big name in the nail product industry. They continue to evolve and move forward with the latest trends and are always at the forefront of new innovating ideas, so when I discovered their new gel polish range, which is exclusive to Marks & Spencer stores at the moment, I just had to try this out for myself.

Usually with gel polish you need a couple of coats and the use of a UV lamp to set the formula onto your nails. You also need to have this soaked off professionally if the polish has been applied directly onto the natural nail. This new range from Nails Inc, claims that you only need the one coat and it will dry without the use of a UV lamp and that no soak off is necessary! Sounds good right?! This grabbed my attention immediately as the thought of being able to produce a salon quality finish at home myself was too good an opportunity to miss!

Shade Range

Considering this is new to the market, I was impressed by the selection of colours that are available. There are 64 options to choose from and I think they all look gorgeous, particularly the iridescent shimmery shades. They are all named after places in London as per the usual Nails Inc range which I really like. For this blog post, I have been trying out two of the shades: Cambridge Passage and Portobello Mews which are both so pretty for the Spring/Summer months.

Portobello Mews is the darker pink shade of the two that I tried and when its applied to the nails it has a slight lilac tint to it and looks so gorgeous with a tan. I have this on my toes at the moment and have been receiving compliments on the colour. It’s been so hot here in the UK lately so its been nice to finally be able to wear sandals for once!

Cambridge Passage is the lighter shade and is a really more of a subtle colour with a gorgeous shimmer undertone. I personally wouldn’t wear this on my toes as I prefer to have a darker colour on them, but it looks really chic on the hands, so if you are looking for a shade that will go with any outfit and add a classy touch, then this would be a good one to go with.

Portobello Mews

Cambridge Passage

Formula and Finish

Nails Inc say the following about this range:

Promotes a natural, barely there, flawless nail look. Enriched with Goji Berry extract known for nail protection, this range also has complementary light reflecting Blur Pearls means nails will look luminous and glossy.

This is important and I feel that more nail product brands need to pay attention to the ingredients that they use in their polishes and that they also help to keep the quality of your nails strong and nourished after using them. Some of the cheaper, drug store polishes available can be really drying on the nails and can cause them to weaken and chip easily, so it is better to invest in a higher quality product to try and avoid this if you can.

I have used Nail Inc products a lot over the years and I have to say this is probably one of my favourite ranges they have brought out. I was dubious about the claim that you would only need one coat, but was really impressed to find that this was true – one coat gave me a gorgeous glossy finish with a deep colour that was true to the bottle. There is nothing worse than choosing a nail colour and it looking nothing like what you had expected once it’s been applied! So overall, the pigment of these is rich and they have an excellent consistency and quality.

As well as the finish, I found these were really easy to apply onto the nails with a one stroke glide application also. I didn’t apply a top coat to these as was happy with the overall outcome without feeling like I needed to add this, plus I wanted to test how long lasting these would be without a topcoat being included.

Are they long lasting?

Both shades lasted me really well without chipping for around 8-10 days which would be perfect for going on holiday which I think was really impressive. Considering there was no need to use a UV lamp and how quick they naturally dried, I wasn’t expecting these to last as long as they did so I would definitely recommend this range for home use.

Worth the money?

The polishes retail at £11 for a 10ml bottle and I feel this is at a great price point for the quality and considering how little you need to use to do a full set of nails. These really are true to the ‘one coat’ statement and so the bottle will last you a long time.

You can purchase this range from the majority of Marks & Spencer stores or online here

View the rest of the Nails Inc collection via their website here

I hope you enjoyed hearing my thoughts on the one coat gel nail polish range by Nails Inc. I think this is a great collection with a nice assortment of colours. Let me know if you have tried any products from Nails Inc and what your thoughts were.

 

Tonight Josephine – the cocktail bar of the moment

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Tonight Josephine is THE cocktail bar of the moment that’s got everyone in London talking and for all the right reasons. If you haven’t heard of this little gem, it’s a short distance from Waterloo station, which is particularly handy as you will definitely be indulging in more than one cocktail when you see how many fabulous choices are on the menu!

Boujee Decor

The décor is the first main feature that will grab your attention and it’s an Instagrammers absolute dream photo opportunity. From the iridescent walls, to the rose covered ceiling ‘lady garden’ area, to the toilets which have celebrity mug shots on the doors such as Paris Hilton and Justin Beiber. Whoever designed this bar was a real genius as I have never seen anything quite like it before and is such good fun.  As soon as you walk through the door you are greeted by large pink neon installations and a gorgeous sweet smell in the air. The bar seating area is the prettiest I have probably ever come across and is a girly heaven with a real 80s Miami Vice vibe.

image: Tonight Josephine

    

Cocktails galore!

Décor aside, the main reason you go to a cocktail bar usually is for the drinks themselves and you will not be disappointed in the selection here that’s for sure. There is also a slight French theme running throughout this bar. The staff have cute French slogans on their shirts and the reservation cards on the tables are decorated in sassy French phrases and quirky captions. Also, there is a fabulous cocktail called ‘No time for Napoleon’ which is topped with a French macaron which is a really nice touch.

One of my favourite cocktails though was the ‘Violet Femme’ which is a Bombay Sapphire gin, with violet liqueur, fresh lemon juice and Parma Violet sweets which I absolutely love!

Price wise you are looking at around £10 a drink but if you get there early enough they offer a 2 for the price of one happy hour every day of the week between 5-7pm.

Tonight Josephine is fabulously pink and feminine and I definitely recommend visiting – just make sure to get there fairly early. Not just for the great happy hour deals, but to be able to find a table area, as after around 8pm they start to get really busy. It is not the largest of bars but this is a great place for pre-drinks before heading off to a night out in London.

      

Let me know in the comments if you have been to Tonight Josephine before and what your favourite cocktail was.

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