If I Could Only Pick One…


If I were to go on vacation somewhere exotic these items are the ones certain to make it onto the trip.

Bow Trim Wash Bag Ted Baker

Base / Foundation Vitalumiere Aqua CHANEL

Radiant Creamy Concealer NARS


Bronzer Matte Bronze M.A.C

Blush Diorskin Rosy Glow Dior

The Ted Baker makeup bags not only look exceptional on your bathroom shelf, they are waterproof, roomy and remain in their rigid shape, fantastic for keeping your makeup in tact. I have this smaller pink and gold number as well as the larger version which I use to hold my deodorant and skin care. They are 9 months old and look brand new so I would defiantly recommend them.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua has cult rave reviews, and rightly so. The luminous, dewy, finish and light to medium build-able coverage makes this a fuss free and reliable holiday option. The truly second skin look and feel of this foundation are perfect for achieving a fresh and glowing base. The low spf of 15 does not create too bad of a flash back for an evening, and for day time you could mix this with a higher sunscreen for better sun protection.

Nars Creamy Concealer and I have had a love hate relationship. I would not bandy about the word creamy when in my opinion it is in-fact an incredibly thick and dry consistency. It always creased on me no matter how I applied it or what I set it with but as it was not cheap I persevered and have found a way to get on with it. I apply this slightly below the socket of my eye, a few tiny dabs and then over extremely thick moisturiser buff in the concealer with my real techniques setting brush. With the lightest hand imaginable I hover a tiny amount of my hourglass ambient lighting powder over it and voila. For hot weather when the skin is effervescent shall we say it will work even better and the coverage is amazing so you really can achieve a flawless base with this product.

Bobbi Brown NUDE ON NUDE Palette is a real golden goddess eye shadow option. I did a swatch post on this palette at the weekend if you fancy a more in-depth look at it. A beautiful and incredibly holiday appropriate must have.

A bronzer that flatters your skin tone is a must. Especially if like me, you have been diligently wearing a hat and factor 50 to avoid further wrinkles and sun damaged skin and as a result your face is now a wildly different colour to the rest of your body ( I’m not alone here… ??) I always come back to M.A.C bronzer, I use it to bronze, contour my face, as an eye shadow and to slim my nose, it is well loved.

Healthy Glow Booster Blush is designed to universally suit all skin tones. It reacts to the moisture in the skin to custom develop and create a naturally flattering shade custom fit to each wearer. Now that is some blush if you ask me. It is easy to apply a light natural flush of colour and it can also be built up be for an evening for a more intense pop of colour.

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The next items are hypnose Mascara Lancome

Addict Lip gloss in Sparkle 2015 Holiday Limited Addition Dior

Creme Cup Lipstick M.A.C

Prep and Prime Fix + Spray M.A.C

Prep and Prime Highlighter Radiant Rose M.A.C

Hypnose mascara is one of those ‘why did I never try this before now??!’ items. One layer of this defines, separates and coats each lash for a fluttery look, another coat and you have full on false lash effect. It never looks clumpy, never gives me panda eyes and apart from when I’m running close to the expiration date does not flake.

M.A.C Creme Cup is my holy grail lipstick. I adore it. I’ve been wearing this for years and I love the look and feel of it on my lips. It is a cremesheen finish, and a blue based pink. I have blue eyes and a cool undertone and I think this suits me all year round, but especially with a tan.

Fix + is just fantastic for all stages of makeup application. My favourite use is as a spritz at the end of a full face to dial things back and tie everything together. I do have quite the heavy hand when it comes to contour blush and highlight and a few pumps of this blends everything together.

Radiant Rose has a salmon pink colour which counteracts dark circles as well as adding a highlighted effect under the eyes, on top of cheek bones and down the nose. This has more coverage than touche éclat, which makes it more versatile and if I had children that slept through the night this would be the only concealing product I would use.

I hope you liked this little product review post and if you have any holy grail products I’d love to hear about them.

Thanks for reading gorgeous people, as always Nicola x


When M.U.A’s Play…


I’m a big fan of natural makeup, but sometimes it’s nice to glam things up, just because it’s a Thursday
– or just because you went to see Rihanna and now feel every bit the empowered siren!
It’s so easy to get stuck in a makeup rut, wearing the same shades and tones,
(I am a naked basics girl 90% of the time)
However I thought I would share this look that a M.U.A friend of mine did for me.

@ came round and we had a fab girly day
Involving hot chocolate, online shopping, more coffee than should really be consumed and make overs
The resulting look a beautiful, but more importantly wearable orange eye and flawless skin.


Starting with M.A.C Paint Pot in Painterly as a base all over the lid
then going straight in with a vibrant orange from Sleek I-DIVINE EYESHADOW PALETTE IN ULTRA MATTES V1 over the top, patting, blending, repeat until the colour popped
The same shade was taken under the lid for balance
The rest of the eye is exactly the same as I usually wear
A warm toned brown above the crease, I love my M.A.C Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze for this
M.A.C Pro Long wear Eyeshadow in Make Your Mark in the crease as well as the outer corners
Then finished with a liquid liner and black mascara
My base is Chanel Vitalumiere
With M.A.C Select Coverup Concealer under my eyes, blended well
To contour Shauna used M.A.C Select Cover-up concealer 2 shades darker than my skin tone which gave such a subtle blend-able contour that looks incredibly natural
Finishing off with M.A.C Mineralise Skin Finish in Light under eye and through the T zone and then M.A.C Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Plus over the contour and around the perimeters of the face.
I absolutely love the finished look and think the orange works wonders with my blue eyes.



Acid Wash Joni Jeans TOPSHOP
White Frill Detail Top H&M
White ‘Aubrey’ Fred Perry Plimsoles Schuh
Bracelet Pandora