November 19, 2014

Autumn Beauty Haul

The last month has been a good one for beauty buys - from a trip to the Burberry store in Covent Garden to browsing the aisles of boots (can't beat a 3 for 2!) and today I'm showing you what's made it into my shopping basket. I've gone a little mad on the lip pencil front, found a concealer that might just replace my beloved Origins Plantscription and stocked up on bath goodies for some cosy Autumn soaks!

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November 15, 2014

A New Shorter Do

My hair has been long overdue a chop for a while now. After skimming through a few old Vlogmas videos from last December it dawned on me that it's been almost a year since I last sat down in the chair for a trim. Perhaps having the most length chopped off in my entire hair history on said occasion was my reason for avoiding getting it cut again for so long, but after one too many frustrating moments trying to style it (particularly my over-long curtains - growing out a fringe isn't an easy process) and an abundance of split ends I decided it was time for a change.

For those local to the South I went to Josh at Regis in Fareham and honestly have never trusted a hairdresser so much before. We barely need to discuss what I'm going for - he just gets it. I knew I wanted it short - around shoulder length, so he gave me a blunt cut with a few long layers to take out the bulk at the ends and added in some subtle highlights to give my usual messy style more definition.

If you'd told me two years ago that I'd be embracing short hair I wouldn't have believed you, but I now absolutely love it. Styling is a breeze - I can get away with a quick ten minute shampoo and blow dry in the morning and still look presentable and even adding in a few curls takes half the time. Since my appointment on Tuesday I've also been glued to the 'Hair' page on Feel Unique and have a few new bits in the post as we speak (new hair, new products - am I right?) so expect an updated hair routine of sorts to be making it's way to you soon!

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November 10, 2014

October Favourites

As sad as it was to see October go by so quickly I'm incredibly excited that we're now in November and Christmas is just around the corner! This month the beauty picks we're a little scarce - I'm still sticking firm with the products from September's video and loving them, so as well as a handful of October's beauty essentials I've added in a few fashion and lifestyle favourites for a change. Warning - things get very festive towards the end!

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November 09, 2014

This Week: Feeling Festive in Guilford

The last three months of the year are always the best in my eyes. October is when Autumn really begins, November has Bonfire Night and fireworks and you can't even say December without thinking about Christmas. One of my favourite things to do on the weekends is wrap up warm and spend the afternoon wandering around new cities - anywhere with cobbled streets are a must, darting in and out of shops and trying to find the cosiest place with coffee and cake on the menu.

After tucking ourselves away in Coffee Culture in Guilford for an hour last week with a latte the size of my head and a gluten free lemon muffin, we hit the shops which already seem to be stocked with festive goodies - I may have gotten slightly carried away in the Lush Christmas section, but more of that to come next week! The High Street itself is definitely one for beauty lovers and with boutiques from the likes of Jo Malone, Kiehl's, Neal's Yard and Liz Earle it's almost impossible not to visit every one. I know I'll be coming back when it's time to start thinking about the daunting task of Christmas shopping!

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November 08, 2014

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils: A Budget Dupe

If I were writing a list of my all time most used and most loved make up products there's no doubt the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils would rank highly (I now own a eye watering six of them, but who's counting?). As a lover of a bold lip there's nothing more convenient than a liner, colour and long lasting formula all in one and these pencils boast just that as well as an amazing range of colours and finishes. The one problem is the not so friendly price tag - at £18 each they may not be the most expensive lip products out there but they're certainly not the cheapest.

While the packaging may not be quite as swish, the Maybelline Colour Drama Lipsticks do look undeniably similar to the NARS Pencils. In the last year alone there have been an abundance of lip crayon launches from nearly every high street brand, most along the lines of a twist up glossy formula with little colour pay off - not exactly my cup of tea. I didn't expect Maybelline's newest offering to be much different but surprisingly they're just as good, if not better than their high end counterparts. The formulas are just as pigmented, go on smoothly and in my opinion feel far more comfortable to wear than the NARS pencils which can lean on the dry side a few hours post-application.

The two shades I picked up are also incredibly similar to two of my favourites from NARS - Fab Orange being a perfect dupe for Red Square, my go-to orangey toned red and Red Essential matching up identically to Cruella, a rich Autumnal burgundy. Although ultimately the NARS Lip Pencils win in terms of colour range these high street alternatives have become a firm favourite for an easy bold lip and at less than a third of the price what's not to love! The Colour Drama Lipsticks also have a good set of nude options - one of which I'm sure has the potential to be a Kylie Jenner type shade and there's also a fluorescent pink I've got my eye on for a future trip to Boots.. Hooray for budget finds!

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October 27, 2014

Autumn Skincare Favourites With Suzie!

Last weekend two ridiculously exciting things happened. Not only did I get to meet the adorable little Nala but also filmed a few videos with my favourite girl on the internet, Suzie from Hello October! You should be pretty familiar with Suzie after my mentioning her in countless videos - the girl is one master enabler, so it seemed only right to finally get together in front of the camera and talk all things beauty for you! Autumn favourites were on the cards for the day and we filmed a skincare video which you can see above (unsurprisingly we turned up with identical products) and a make up version which you can find on Suzie's channel. All in all a day well spent, and there we're crepes too - perfection!

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