Current Favourite Lip Combo

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I’ll admit, a little bit Kylie Jenner inspired but I am loving this current MAC lip combo – MAC lip liner in Nice and Spice with MAC lipstick in Velvet Teddy.

I found the lip liner whilst doing my usual browse of the lip counter in the MAC shop in Brighton (you know, the usual Saturday afternoon) and after speaking to one of the make-up artists she suggested trying it with MAC’s Velvet Teddy lipstick. Well you don’t have to tell me twice! I picked up both and having been wearing them nearly every day to work since December.

It’s a gorgeous nude brown that looks really natural and perfect for the office. I hadn’t been the biggest fan on lip liners, apart from wearing a bold red lip but it’s made me really see the benefit in a lip liner. Not only does it make my lips look more defined, but layering the liner as a base really holds my lipstick in place for the majority of the day. I tend to only need to reapply after eating lunch at midday, or I perhaps need a quick touch up before going to a meeting.

Have tried MAC’s Nice and Spice Liner or Velvet Teddy lipstick? What’s your favourite nude lip combo?

Kiko Haul

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about Kiko Cosmetics and as we now have a store in Brighton I thought I would pick up some pieces up to try out. Here is what I picked up this weekend –

Velvet Touch Cream Blush Stick in 01 (£7.90) – these reminded me of the Nars multiples which I’ve always wanted to try so thought I would give this go. The picture above show me trying this for the first time and I really liked it. It’s quite shimmery in person so maybe would be a little to much for a daytime look but I thought the colour was really nice.

Kiss Balm Lipstick in Blackberry (£5.90) – I think you can always find out the most about a beauty range by their lipstick offering. Rather testing something bright and bold I wanted something I could wear and reapply during my day at work . On first application (as shown by photo above) there is a slightly colour tint which is perfect for the office and its really moisturising on the lips too!

Make Up Blender (£6.90) – I love a beauty blenders so I was intrigued to test out how to Kiko’s beauty blender compares to others I’ve tried. I’ll let you know how I get on with it!

Blotting Papers (£3.40) – Blotting papers are always something I wanted to try to be honest. I’ve notice my skin getting slightly oily recently so thought I’d try them out.

I wanted to pick up some more of their makeup range to test out like their foundations however I couldn’t find the right colour match plus I went in on a Saturday so it was a little manic and difficult to have a proper browse of everything that was offer. I shall definitely be doing my research and testing some more Kiko soon!

Have you tried Kiko? What would you recommend me trying next?

Breakfast Club – Brighton

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One of my favourite places for breakfast in Brighton!

They first opened in Soho back in 2005 and since then have gone on to open several cafes across London, and more recently  in Brighton. I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Breakfast Club – the queues every weekend to get in speak for themselves! Thankfully in Brighton the restaurant is bigger compared to Soho, so less queues to worry about it.

Their menu is great! For breakfast they serve a range of the classics such as eggs in all sorts of styles, full English breakfasts and my favourite – pancakes! And for lunch/dinner they serve burgers, tacos, salads and of course – the late late breakfast! My personal favourite because I have such a big sweet-tooth is the ‘pancakes and berries’. Four fluffy pancakes topped with maple syrup, vanilla cream and berries (strawberries, raspberries and blackberries). The other photo you will see above is my fiancé’s favourite which is the All American Pancakes – two fluffy pancakes with everything you expect to find in a full English breakfast – what a piggy, but oh so tasty! Their pancake portions are huge, so make sure you take your appetite.

The atmosphere is great too! Of course based on the film classic – The Breakfast Club, their deco follows an 80’s theme which make is really fun. I am in love with their mugs too, which are available to buy.

If you are in Brighton or London (or visiting soon) I would definitely recommend checking out The Breakfast Club!

Have you been to The Breakfast Club yet? What’s your favourite?

 

My Best Friend – Seche Vite

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The one product I cannot live without is – Seche Vite!

It’s a popular product among the beauty blogging-sphere and it’s totally worth the hype! So much so that I have since brought 5x bottles as gifts for my family and friends because I told them they need to try it, and they are since converted too. Seche Vite is marketed to be a fast-drying top coat, drying your newly painted nails in a matter of seconds – and that it does!

The time I usually remember to paint my nails is just before I go to bed. This would typically leave me painting my nails late at night, flapping them around in the air for half an hour, to then go to bed thinking they were dry and wake up the following morning to find great big dents in across the polish -FAIL!

And then I used Seche Vite and my life was changed (you know what say, little things…and all that). I can paint my nails half an hour before going to bed and one coat of Seche Vite over the top of my new freshly painted nails  and my nailed are touch dry within a minute or two! It leaves a gorgeous shiny look to my nails and I also find it does make my polish last that little bit longer.

One thing to bear in mind is to make sure when painting your nails before the top coat is to paint to the very edges on your nails/end of your nails. It seems the formula of Seche Vite does shrike your polish a little when drying quickly which could leave you with top of polish falling slightly lower on the nails than you excepted.

All and all though it’s something I don’t think I can live without now in my nail routine.

Have you tried Seche Vite? What is your favourite top coat?