More Non-Neutral Nails

Wednesday, 20 August 2014























Proving if only to myself, that I don't always lacquer on nude and neutral nail colours.  I have taken a break from applying and reapplying shades from my go-to medley of nude/taupe/greige/beige collection and have actually been wearing brights and thoroughly enjoying it!  Here are my faves...

Essie Lilacism fits the creamy lilac bill.  Two coats and it's opaque!  As with all Essie offerings, longevity is great and the new diffusion line brush means that application is pretty darn good too.  It could have applied itself.

Dior #504 Waterlily a true green with a subtle shimmer.  This supposedly has a rose scent but if it does, it's masked by the top coat.  While I like nail polishes with wider brushes, this is so wide that precision can be a little tricky but nevertheless it is stunning.

Nails Inc. Portobello beautiful with a tan and when, okay if, the sun decides to make an appearance.  It just makes me feel Summery and happy.  This is a gorgeous creamy neon.  I keep catching myself stare at my fingers when I wear this.

Chanel #535 May I can't pen a nail polish post and not include one from Chanel.  A more muted baby pink toned shade.  I've been wearing this for weeks now.

I don't know who I am anymore!  Although I've been recently lusting after the Tom Ford nail polish in Mink Brule, so I suppose some things never change...

A JO Malone Moment

Monday, 18 August 2014


You may have seen this, not so secret splurge make an appearance in my recent Shower Staples post. JO Malone Peony & Blush Suede Body & Hand Wash I know, a ridiculously spendy splurge on a bloomin' body wash that is literally going down the drain. Honestly more often than not, I happily lather up with something from Boots but I had loyalty points to spend and well, this happened...

I don't normally gravitate towards floral scents but peonies are one of my favourite flowers so I really wanted to try this range.  It smells absolutely incredible.  The addition of blush suede sounded really interesting to me and means that it isn't overly floral or sweet.  It is heavenly to use. It lathers up well and leaves my skin feeling soft and imparts a subtle scent.  I know, is there any purchase I can't justify but you know when it is early and you don't want to get out of bed for work, it just makes that 5.30am shower a little less dreary and more luxurious.

I'm pretty sure the candle version will find its way onto my dressing table soon enough...

Shower Staples

Friday, 15 August 2014




























Being a beauty blogger ahem, no stranger to Space NK and generally a skincare addict, I often switch up the products I'm using, so in today's post I share my current shower staples.

JO Malone Peony & Blush Suede Body & Hand Wash yes, I know what you're thinking, I paid how much for body wash.  I do more often than not lather up with something from Boots but well, I'm Michelle and I'm a suckerrrr and it smells heavenly.  Those scrubby gloves (perhaps not the correct name) are what I've been using to exfoliate because I haven't completely lost the run of myself and put down the JO Malone Vitamin E Body Scrub I so desperately wanted to buy.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo/Conditioner are old favourites that I've been (re)loving recently.  I have been a bit of a floozy and have been off gallivanting with offerings from Oribe but I really love this combo from Bumble.  The shampoo is a great cleanser, it leaves my scalp and hair feeling super clean and the conditioner works well considering it is so light and doesn't weigh my hair down.  These are my go-to for that undone, I've just spent the day at the beach look, when reality I have spent several hours at my desk.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser long time LLA readers will know that I adore this.  I have several cleansers in rotation, depending on how my skin is but this is my current go-to.  I use this in the evenings as my second cleanse and will pop a full post up on this shortly.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

Wednesday, 13 August 2014














Besides the By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Balm that I shudder to think of how many I have repurchased and the By Terry Touche Veloutee, I had never tried anything else from the brand until I found myself making a lunchtime trip to Space NK (that happens far too often these days) and I bought the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder.  

It had been on my wish list for quite some time.  I remember reading some reviews on it and putting it mentally on my wish list but then forgetting about it, so I'm glad that I finally picked it up and so is my skin!  Initially I didn't think it would work with my oily skin but somehow it does!  It is expensive for such a small pot and looks like a crazy bright white powder in the post but it is colour less, so no white cast and absolutely beautiful on. When I wear this, my skin feels smooth and this controls oil like no other.  I use this in the morning to set my makeup, it gives a natural finish, almost blurring blemishes and it lasts literally ALL day.  It keeps my makeup looking matte and oil free without looking dry or cake-y.

My only issue is with the packaging, I feel like every time I open the post, I waste some of the product but other than that, I'm loving this so far!  Apparently you can apply this over skincare and prior to applying makeup or use it at night for its skincare benefits but so far I have only used it as a setting powder.  Have you worn it alone?