More By Terry Ombre Blackstar Buying

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

It was bound to happen, inevitable really, I knew at the first swatch it was love so it was only a matter of time before I found myself in (my happy place) Space NK once more and left clutching a small bag which contained another By Terry Ombre Blackstar eye shadow.

Already the owner of the shade Misty Rock, this time I went for the lighter hue of Blond Opal. This is a gorgeous shimmery, subtle golden champagne colour.  This also works as a very beautiful highlight. I think that this looks just as good worn as a sheer wash of colour during the day or built up, blended and smudged out for night time.  I love, love, luurve these.  They are just so easy to wear.  Swipe on over the lid and/or lower lash line and then blend into the crease with my finger.  I have quite oily prone skin, especially during the warmer Summer months and this doesn't crease on me at all.  I do find, however, that I need to blend quickly with these.  I recently wore this to a wedding without a primer and it lasted all day/night/far too early into the following morning without creasing, transferring or fading!!!  Not cheap but for their beautiful rich colours, smooth texture and lasting power, I think they are worth the price.

I'm already eyeing up my next By Terry Ombre Blackstar buy, Beyond Gold I'm coming for you! Crayons for grown ups, I may never reach for my powder eye shadows again!

Jo Malone Vanilla Anise

Monday, 29 June 2015

Jo Malone Vanilla Anise

















Probably not the most timely of posts or the most Summer appropriate scent but I recently found myself at a Jo Malone counter (of course I did, I only ran out to grab lunch!) and bought another one of their perfumes.  I picked up the Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise fragrance.

You'll know from past perfume posts that I am hopeless at describing scents so if you are near a Jo Malone store, I urge you to go and give this a sniff.  I love vanilla scents like this one but am not a fan of fennel or anise but this won me over.  It was love at first spritz.  It is sweet but not overly sweet and sickly.  I promise you, even my untrained nose can guarantee that you will not smell of Sambuca (eew) and that no one is going to turn around to you in the office and ask where the cookies are!  I get compliments each time I wear this.  A subtle clean yet inviting warm fragrance, the addition of anise makes it richer, stops it from becoming overly floral and more musky.

This lasts about four hours on me.  I adore this worn alone or layered.  Probably not one it typically pairs with but I've been wearing this with the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne as a base and really like this combination on me.  

Current Balm Cleanser: Clinique

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review













Cheating on my 7,3214 other cleansers with Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and loving it!  My skin hasn't always had the best results with Clinique, 3 Step System I'm looking at you! But I've been using this for weeks now and my skin and I are very happy.

This is a very lightweight white coloured balm that once massaged into the skin transforms into an oil and then with contact with water becomes a milk which melts away all traces of makeup.  Sunscreen, mascara and even heavy duty, fuller coverage foundation is dissolved effortlessly without any dragging or tugging of the skin.  I remove this with a muslin cloth.  It is so light that it doesn't leave any greasy or sticky residue behind, just soft clean skin.  For all skin types.  As it's fragrance free, it doesn't aggravate any sensitivity.  It is slightly moisturising so doesn't leave my skin feeling tight.  I'm super cautious about what I put on my face but thankfully, I haven't had any breakouts while using this.  

You'll know from posts like this that cleansing is probably my favourite step of my skincare routine.  Well, cleansers don't get much dreamier than this.  I love using this as part of my evening skincare routine. It's nice too massage this in and have a bit of a pamper, such a joy to use.  A fuss free product that works and works well, I love it!

Stepping into Summer

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Tan Coloured Loafer Shoes from Topshop

















Long time readers of LLA will know that I'm no stranger to Space NK, what can I say skincare is my thing I enjoy buying nothing more than skincare.  Recently, however, I've been cheating on skincare and beauty with fashion and style pieces.

As the weather is finally getting warmer, I've put away (hopefully not prematurely) my chunky ankle boots and have swapped them for sandals, ballet pumps and these the Topshop Lincoln Loafers. Oh, let me count the way in which I love these shoes.  They aren't too casual so I've been wearing them to work during the week and dressing them down with skinny jeans at the weekend.  They are 100% leather and the suede is so soft.  As this are so comfortable, I really have to stop myself from wearing them daily!  I was originally going to pick up the black ones but I have Russell and Bromley Chester loafers in black so thought that the tan colour would be more appropriate or Summer.

I've been wearing these at the weekend with a more relaxed, casual look, paired with blue skinny jeans and a COS shirt.  I've had so many compliments on these.  Would I be terrible if I bought the black ones too?