Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Style | Daisy Dixon Gracie Watch

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

It's no secret that I'm a hoarder of watches. I tend to prefer affordable, simple designs which I can mix and match with my outfits easily and this has led to me building up quite a large collection of wrist candy. My latest watch is from Daisy Dixon, a British brand with a huge variety of 'trend-led' timepieces. The brand reached out to me at the beginning of the month to try one of their styles and I couldn't resist this 'Gracie' Watch (£55)*.


Despite the array of colourful pieces available, black and gold has always been my favourite combination for accessories so this was easy choice for me. This Gracie style features a super skinny leather strap and matte black dial - it's the daintiest watch I own and feels so light on the wrist. I've had so many compliments on how cute it is! It feels decent quality too for the £55 retail price and it's survived a couple of knocks and scrapes over the past few weeks (in case you hadn't guessed I'm pretty clumsy). 


You can grab this style from the Daisy Dixon website here or you can find their watches in Topshop, ASOS and HSamuel.  

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

What watch brands do you like?

Lesley x

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Sep 2016

Tuesday, 13 September 2016
It's that time again as another month of 2016 is down already! For September's edition Look Fantastic are celebrating two years since the launch of their beauty box and inside are items geared towards getting into the 'party spirit'.


(left to right clockwise) bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Get Ready (full size £17), Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo (full size £28), Lord & Berry Strobing Pencil in #1153 (full size £?), Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter (£20.50), Gatineau Collagne Expert Eye Pads (£36), Argan Liquid Gold BB Cream (full size £70)*

I've not had a chance to really get to grips with this box yet but I love the range of products included. A lot of items are quite pricey and aren't what I would normally go for so it's great to give them a try. My favourite here already is of course the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick (you all know by now how much I love a lip product). The lipstick is a beautiful pink that would flatter a range of skintones and is well pigmented too. The sample is so tiny that this is great for carrying on-the-go, especially if you're lacking space in your handbag!

The Lord & Berry Strobing Stick makes adding highlight to small areas like a cupid's bow and inner corner of the eyes a dream as it's a pencil. It blends beautifully and gives a natural-looking highlight. This is definitely something I would buy to use alongside my other highlighters (as it's better for details rather than applying to larger areas of the skin) but I couldn't find this on the Look Fantastic or Lord & Berry websites. It might be a new product coming soon so I'll have to keep an eye out for it.



I did try the Gatineau Eye pads but I couldn't apply them for the full 10 minutes suggested as I felt a slight stinging sensation on the skin. I'm not sure if that's normal (as it didn't hurt) or if it was a reaction to the cleanser I had just used (which has glycolic acid in) before applying but either way I decided that it was best to remove them.

I haven't tried the rest of the products here yet but I know the travel-sized Christophe Robin shampoo, Argan Liquid Gold Multi-Tone BB Cream and Bliss Lemon + Sage Body butter will come in handy for weekends away from home. I thought the Argan Liquid Gold BB cream would be too light for me initially (see swatch below) but it's intended to be for all skintones. I blended the swatch into my arm and the colour disappeared without leaving an ashy cast so it'll be interesting to see how well this works on my face.

(left to right) Lord & Berry Strobing Pencil in #1153, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Get Ready & Argan Liquid Gold BB Cream

As ever if you're interested in this box you can grab it from Look Fantastic for £15 here

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried a beauty box?

Lesley x

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Style | Religion Shirt Dress

Sunday, 4 September 2016

If my last style posts have indicated anything it's that I've been more comfortable in dresses lately than anything else. My latest purchase is this leaf print dress from Religion Clothing. It was a last-minute, payday-fuelled purchase but I absolutely love it. It's a little too big for me so I may have to give it a little nip and tuck but the oversized style has been helping me keep cool in the heat. I did initially buy this from ASOS (shocker) but it's since disappeared off the site and the only place I've seen it still in stock is here. It's new for AW 2016 so it should pop up on a few other retailers soon!

Dress - Religion Clothing | Shoes - Dorothy Perkins | Watch (Men's) - Ben Sherman | Choker - Missguided 


What have you been wearing lately?

Lesley x

Saturday, 3 September 2016

It's My Hair Tag collab with Kay Amoah [Video]

Saturday, 3 September 2016


It's been a while since I did a tag and I think it's such a good way to know a little about me without me rambling on randomly in a video or post. I usually get a lot of questions about my 'hair journey' so the 'it's my hair tag' which was circling a couple of years ago seemed a natural fit. This video is also my first collab with Kay (find her channel here). We've become friends recently and I just love her energy and warmth so we're planning to make videos together in future.

The Video

Lesley x

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Style | Another ASOS Floral Dress

Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Can you tell I have a thing for florals currently? I'm usually a monochrome kind of girl but this summer has me wearing all sorts of prints and patterns. This is yet another dress from ASOS which I bought a couple of months ago. It's so easy to dress up and down though I've mostly been wearing it casually with a denim jacket.

This dress has seen a lot of wear as my wardrobe is still fairly small after my big purge at the beginning of year. I've not been buying that many clothes (like I used to) but to make my (working) life easier I've been pretty much getting most of my new fashion buys from ASOS, so expect a lot more ASOS-related posts in future! When I'm not posting here you can see a lot of what I'm wearing/buying/using here.

Dress, Jacket, Shoes, Watch, Bracelet & Filigree Cross Rings - ASOS | Bag - Boopacks | Choker - Regal Rose | Twin Bar Ring - Rebecca Gladstone


*sample - read my disclaimer here.

What have you been wearing lately?

Lesley x

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Nudestix Magnetic Eye Pencils

Sunday, 28 August 2016

I blogged about a few Nudestix pencils I received from Look Fantastic last month here and since Nudestix sent over more from their range including 10 shades from their Magnetic Eye collection. Ideal for oily lids, the Magnetic Eye pencils are stated to provide intense colour and prime the lids for all day wear. It's quite a claim but when I first received these I quickly swatched a few of them (here) and was stunned when the shades wouldn't budge at all when I tried to rub them off with my finger. I haven't worn them all yet, but I have been playing around with a couple of simple eye looks to get a feel for these.

Satin shades - Queen Olive, Twilight, Rustique, Copper Foil, Angel & Gilt

The Magnetic Eye pencils now come in two finishes - satin and matte - with the matte range newly launched across the pond in Sephora this month. Each pencil comes in an individual tin with a built-in mirror and a pencil sharpener. As mentioned in my last review, the brand's whole concept is using makeup to enhance rather than cover up your natural beauty and the crayons are intended to be foolproof - so you don't need to be a makeup pro to use these. I'm trying to experiment more with makeup in general but I always find blending eyeshadow shades tricky. I find powders in particular difficult to work with and I don't have the patience to take my time when applying eyeshadow.

Matte shades - Chocolate, Fig, Army & Taupe

Usually eye pencil products of this type tend to slip and slide around on my oily skin but, like the swatches I made on my arm, these colours don't budge once on my lids. They are so easy to use too. I was a bit dubious at first at whether I'd get the hang of these, but all I've been doing is scribbling the colour onto my lids and blending in with my fingertip or a brush. The result looks like I've put in far more work and the pigmentation of the shades are stunning. All of the colours I have could flatter a wide range of skintones and work great mixed together too. These pencils work as an eyeshadow, eyeliner and lid primer. The satin finishes have a metallic feel to them too so also double as a highlighter. Win.



The Magnetic Eye pencils are available for £24* from a few places in the UK like Look Fantastic, Cult Beauty and Space NK. The matte finishes are currently only available in the US so if you're lucky enough to live in the states you can grab them at Sephora.

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Nudestix pencils before?

Lesley x

Monday, 22 August 2016

Summer Beauty

Monday, 22 August 2016

This Summer I've been hauling like crazy. I mean really crazy. I actually like having a small makeup collection but working in beauty has given me an excuse to buy excessive amounts of makeup (and it's actively encouraged). It's also made me experiment more as until recently I bought and used mostly MAC makeup. I've now changed almost every item I rely on daily so I thought I'd share some of the products I've been reaching for most this summer.


Bases & Primers 
Priming my skin is now an essential step for me and I've been using Illamasqua's Hydra Veil most*. It's super hydrating which in all honestly I don't totally need (as I have naturally oily skin) but I'm less fussed about having a super matte face recently. I also made the switch to NARS foundation after pretty much only using MAC bases for years. MAC has just been far too pink for my skin recently (even though the same shades used to match perfectly before), which means I constantly have to adjust the tone (see here for how). I'm used to foundations not matching straight out of the bottle so I wasn't expecting much but I'm using the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona and it's perfect. I also grabbed the radiant creamy concealer in Ginger as so many of you have recommended this concealer to me. I love the texture and have been using it to brighten my under-eye area.


Highlighters
A few months ago I didn't own a single highlighter. I now have 10. It's excessive and unnecessary but I've become obsessed with having glowy-looking skin. My favourites are the Becca Glow on the Go Minis I shared with you back in May (here) and the NARS Illuminator in Super Orgasm (I probably won't get over that name, it literally makes me blush). They're all richly pigmented so you barely need to use any to get beautiful glowy skin. I might actually get another of the NARS Illuminators but in a different tone. I love it but Super Orgasm is a peach/pink shade, so I prefer to use this on my cheeks only whereas the Becca minis look more natural applied anywhere.


Liquid lipstick 
I rarely reach for actual lipsticks anymore and instead liquid or glosses are the products I use most. There's a few brands I've been buying but I have bought more NYX lip colours than any other recently. They're so affordable (well they are until you buy loads at once) and I just love the colour range. I have a few of the Lip Lingerie shades and the Soft Matte Lip Creams but the Intense Butter Glosses are my go-to currently. The wear isn't amazing but the colour pay-off is absolutely gorgeous.

I've changed a lot of other aspects of my makeup routine (like how I do my brows) but I'll save the details for another post.

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

What beauty products have you been using this summer?

Lesley x

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