Serious About Studs

Monday, 20 February 2017

Givenchy Inspired Boots
So I found the best studded biker boots.  Beautiful, studded, soft leather, strappy perfection.  The only problem is that they are the Givenchy Studded Leather Ankle Boots and are €1,045...  Now, while I can justify any skincare/beauty/makeup purchase (I only have one face!) and I do have a handful (literally, one hand!) of designer/high end handbags and accessories, these are just too expensive for me!  If I ever pay that much for boots, it'll be for the Chloe Susannas with gold hardware!  If they aren't too pricey for you, run they are in stock on Net a Porter and in Brown Thomas now.  

I actually picked them up and had serious notions but came to my senses and put them back before I completely lost the run of myself and found myself asking for my size!  So I needed to find dupes to feel the little Givenchy shaped hole in my heart.  I'm really sorry to do this but the ones I have seem to be sold out on the River Island website!  Maybe you'll be able to find them in stores!  Topshop had the Amy style boots which were the best dupe I've seen.  They completely sold out and there's now the Topshop Amy2 Studded Boots which doesn't have the stuffing around the bottom.  Or there are these the Office Lock Down Buckle Boots which are a great version too.

Statement boots that you can soften up the look of with a floral dress or toughen up with jeans and a leather jacket.  As they're flat, they are seriously comfortable too.  Yep, I think I've found the perfect biker boot.

NARS Kiss Me Stupid Lipstick Review

Friday, 17 February 2017

NARS Kiss Me Stupid Lipstick Review Photos and Swatches
Today on LLA, I bring you my debrief on NARS Kiss Me Stupid Lipstick.  If you're looking to overhaul your lipstick wardrobe or update it for Spring, this may provide some welcome inspo.  

NARS Kiss Me Stupid looks like a medium brown in the bullet.  Think 90s browns! Yet it becomes a terracotta with warm, peach undertones once applied.  The perfect balance between peach and brown. Posts like this NARS one show how I'm forever on an eternal search for the perfect neutral peachy hued lipstick!  It leaves a satin finish.  Effortless and foolproof, it applies evenly and smoothly.  It has a semi opaque finish.  It wears well, lasting up to 3 hours, fades nicely without leaving a tell-tale line and is comfortable on the lips.  This is the perfect colour for finishing off a day time look, warming up the complexion or it worn at night, as it doesn't distract from a bold eye look. I imagine this working well with all skin tones.  

NARS Kiss Me Stupid Satin Lipstick has been my most worn shade, it hasn't left my makeup bag all month!  It's limited edition so run, run, run!

*PR sample

Chanel Le Vernis #504 Organdi

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Chanel Le Vernis #504 Organdi Review & Swatches
Another day, another neutral nail post!  I'm just too emotionally invested in a nude nail.  After the dark shades, reds and metallics of Christmas, I really want to wear clean, polished neutral nail hues.  The newest added to the collection curation is Chanel Le Vernis Longwear #504 Organdi.

A cool toned neutral slightly dusky, salmon-y pink.  I thought that this might be one of the sheerer polishes but it provides full coverage.  It applies beautifully, glides on with ease, not streaky in the slightest.  Glossy opaqueness in two coats.  You could get away with one layer but I always apply two.  It isn't too cool that it washes you out.  A classic, polished manicure colour.

Formulated without any nasties, the reformulation remains 5 free.  The name is no longer printed on the front of the bottle and now appears at the back.  The new brush is slightly wider and fans out ever so slightly at the end.  I was a fan of the original thin brush which allowed for more precise application but the new one only differs slightly so there is no issue with application.  As I've said before in previous posts like this one - my thoughts on the new Chanel reformulation, I’m impressed with the new versions, although, I was/am a huge fan of the original too which I found to last well on me.  

What colours are you loving at the moment?