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Have I ever told you that I suffer from a weird phobia of getting my hair cut? Well basically I dread going to get my hair cut or trimmed because I am worried they will just put the scissors in it and I will lose a huge chunk of length. My hair actually grows soooooo slooooow and that’s why I just never want to cut too much off. Silly I know, because trimming your hair regularly keeps it healthier and probably will make it grow longer (as dead ends won’t keep snapping off). Anyway, recently I decided to face the facts that I really did need a haircut as my ends were looking awful.
I was recommended to visit the Neville Hair and Beauty salon in Belgravia/Knightsbridge so I booked myself in for an appointment to see Reece for a cut and blow-dry. And oh boy, am I glad that I did. The salon is well established and seems to be very popular amongst models and celebs in London. Hey what’s good enough for them, is good enough for me!
The interior is clean and modern and service is effecient and offered with a smile. You can order a range of drinks and even anything to eat from breakfast through to afternoon tea. Also you can immediately tell that the stylist that work here know what they are talking about. Reece and I discussed my fear of haircuts and he quickly made me feel at ease and offered some suggestions, after I showed him some photos of a more layered hairstyle. He said I would actually suit a more straight cut at the back (that way keeping my length) and for a change, as this doesn’t happen often, I felt I could trust him and he would make my hair look great – without losing too much of my precious long hair! After cutting my hair he blow dried it into gorgeous wavy bouncy curls. The did this with a round brush – a technique I’d never seen before and I loved the result. Insert quick mirror selfie ;)
I would definitely go back to Neville Hair & Beauty to get my hair cut or get it styled for a special event. Reece was great and we even talked about our joint love for a textured long bob (also called the ‘lob’) hairstyle but don’t think I am that brave just yet – baby steps, baby steps ;)
White low V Neck Jumper from H&M (link) // Plaid scarf from ZARA (similar HERE) // Wool with leather trim jacket from ZARA // Gorgeous wavy curls by Neville Hair and Beauty Salon // CatEye Sunglasses by Bailey Nelson London (link)
A week later and I am still loving my haircut, it feels less heavy and looks so much healthier. Do you ever get scared of cutting your hair like me or am I the only weirdo that feels that way? ;)
Neville Hair and Beauty
5 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ
Phone: 020 7235 3654
Burberry is one of those brands that produce high quality in whatever they do, and that includes their make up. Their textures and applications are always brilliant and the packaging super luxurious. I recently got some new Burberry Beauty items and wanted to share the love.
Firstly they have their Winter Glow collection which was inspired by the soft light of winter, and this this festive make-up collection features glowing, luminescent skin with seasonal hues of oxblood and gold.
I’m loving the Oxblood Lip Mist (#214 – link) which gives a sheer illuminating finish with a hint of colour. Because Oxblood is quite a deep shade it means it’s actually not that sheer but it’s smooth, lightweight and glides on effortlessly. You can apply lightly with your fingers for a more natural look or you can also build it up for a stronger colour. Another item in the collection is the Lip Glow in Gold (#25 – link) which is limited edition. Love the gorgeous packaging and this light reflecting gloss is stunning on its on or on top of any lipstick for a pretty gold shimmery finish!
Next up is the Burberry Eyes collection which includes new mascaras, liners and brow definers. Their new mascaras are Effortless, Bold Lash and Curve Lash. I got Bold Lash in Ebony (#1 – link) which is for intensely volumised lashes. It has a creamy and highly pigmented formula and the brush easily allows you to cover every lash from root to tip to give you a long lasting rich and bold look.
Burberry Eyes also includes new eye liners and brow definers. I especially love the Effortless Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black (#1 – link). It has an ultra-thin tip applicator so you can apply this rich liquid liner with precision and the rubber grip design also helps to give you more control. There is also the Effortless Eyebrow definer (link) for creating that signature Burberry brow (think à la Cara Delevingne) and the Effortless Kohl Eyeliner (link) which is designed to outline eyes with long-lasting definition and intensity, or to use on the inner lash line for a softer look. Looks great smudged for a smokey look! It has a waterproof and highly pigmented formula and comes with a retractable tip and built-in sharpener. Available in four shades: Jet Black, Chestnut Brown, Storm Grey and Pale Grape.
What do you think of these Burberry Beauty items, spot anything you are lusting after this winter?
I thought it was about time for another product love post! As a bit of a beauty addict and through having this blog, I get exposed to a lot of different products. Some I love, and others not so much. I’ve said before that I like to use this platform for sharing positive and not negative experiences, therefore mainly blogging about things, places and recipes I enjoy and love instead of ranting about something I don’t like. So, on that note, here are a couple of products I am loving at the moment.
Urban Decay NAKED Flushed Palette // Hermes Perfume in Jour d’Hermes Absolu // Clinique Smart Custom Serum // Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup // Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation // Paula’s Choice Soft Cream Concealer // Clinique Smart Custom Serum // Maybelline Big Eyes Volume Express Waterproof Mascara // Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
First up foundations – Even though I have my favourite go-to foundations, I still love trying out new ones. From recent foundations I have tried I was really impressed with the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup (LINK). I use shade 2C3 in Fresco, which works well for my colouring. Perfectionist Foundation has a satin finish, neither too greasy/dewy or matte. It has a super silky (because it’s infused with an age-defying serum to reduce the look of lines) texture which makes it a dream to apply and blend. The coverage is more light to medium, but is easily buildable if you prefer full cover. When wearing this foundation, I feel it gives my face a nice glow and it lasts well throughout the day. It’s kind of like my skin but better because it looks natural but gives me that extra cover to give me a ‘perfectionist’ look!
Now, Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation is an ‘oldie’ but a goodie. I’ve always been a fan of this foundation but recently recovered my love for it after having not used it for a while. You can read my old review on the blog HERE. I really think this is one of my favourite drugstore foundations and for £10.99 it really is a bargain!
The Urban Decay Naked FLUSHED Palette (£22 LINK). This little beauty contains a silky bronzer, highlighter and blusher designed to add a radiant glow to all skin types. You can use the pressed powders individually or blend them together depending on the effect you want. The UD Naked Flushed Palette is packaged neatly in a sleek case with an easy-open yet secure magnetic closure and full compact mirror; perfect for touch-ups. It’s so handy to have a compact with all these three products in one, it’s my go-to travel face palette at the moment.
Urban Decay Naked FLUSHED comes in four shades; Naked (medium pink), Streak (medium peach), Native (light pink) and Strip (dusty mauve). I have the shade Native and I love its super pigmented – so go easy on this one – matte pink blush, illuminating bronzer and shimmery highlighter. The highlighter is fab to enhance your facial features like cheekbones, brow bone and even cupids bow.
Jour d’Hermès Absolu Perfume (LINK) – This fragrance is just divine. There’s something I love about the big bold bottle and it just smells so sophisticated and expensive. Jour d’Hermès Absolu is all about ‘expressing the essence of femininity with flowers and nothing but flowers’. It has notes of Gardenia, Sambac Jasmine and Apricot Flower. It’s floral but smooth, sensual and complex at the same time. I am wearing it day and night and just can’t get enough of it. Jour d`Hermes Absolu is available as 30, 50 and 85ml EDP
Paula’s Choice Soft Cream Concealer – I’ve been enjoying using this creamy product. It provides medium to full coverage without caking or looking dry. Its smooth, easy to blend formula covers dark circles, redness and minor imperfections. Comes in two shades; Soft Ivory and Soft Neutral (I use the latter) and is £12.95 per compact (LINK).
Clinique Smart Custom Serum (LINK) - I’ve been applying this twice a day (morning and evening) and really like how it makes my skin look and feel. Clinique says “Clinique Smart Smart Custom-Repair Serum contains calming ingredients that help deliver targeted repair – as needed, where needed. Recommended for all skin types, ages, and ethnicities, it visibly addresses uneven skintone, lines, and wrinkles for visibly firmer, more radiant, and more youthful-looking skin”. After applying it my face feels super soft and my makeup also applies more smoothly.
Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (LINK) – I am already a big fan of the Clinique Chubby Sticks (normal and intense version) so was intrigued when I learned they now also had a baby tint range. What this means? “A bit of colour but a hefty helping of moisture”. The Clinique Baby Tint Chubby Stucks comes as a collection of 4 sheer shades; Poppin Poppy (orange), Coming up Rosie (red), Budding Blossom (pink) and Flowering Freesia (violet). Because these sheer sticks ‘bloom’ on contact with your lips to bring out your natural lip tone – which is different for everyone – I do recommend you test the shades before purchasing since there’s no easy way to tell what the colours will actually turn out like until you try them. I have Poppin Poppy and Coming up Rosie and love the bright but sheer effect they give. Plus they are they are infused with Vitamin C, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil, for juicy, soft and supple lips.
Maybelline Big Eyes Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara – Been loving this drugstore Mascara. Maybelline is known for their fab mascaras and this is another winner in my books. Get this if you want the look of false lashes without the time-consuming, gluey process of the real thing ;) Also handy is that it has a duel-sided component; one brush for the upper lashes and one for the lower lashes. It quickly lengthens and thickens my lashes for dramatic results and doesn’t leave any lumps. I find when I use this mascara my eyes just look so open and bright and it lasts all day, and night without flaking! Great value product at only £8.99 (LINK)
A little tip for you on how to apply mascara to your bottom lashes: after applying mascara to your top lashes, look straight ahead and hold your mascara horizontally across your bottom lashes and blink! (if necessary repeat a couple of times across your lash line) I find this works perfectly for me every time!
Have you tried any of these products before or are now curious to?
In September FENDI introduced a new fragrance to their range; Furiosa! They say the scent is an ode to the elegance of the House’s iconic furs and a tribute to the FENDI’s woman’s wild yet sophisticated femininity.
“The new FENDI fragrance is a supreme tribute to the heart of FENDI’s unique universe where women are not only magnificent but mostly powerful, impacting on the world with an inimitable grace” Plus Furiosa actually means “furious” and “feisty” in Italian so its going to be punchy.
First up, how gorgeous is the bottle of Furiosa? It was designed by jewellery designer Delfina Dellettrez and who is in the fourth generation of family FENDI.
The scent is intense, slightly mysterious and luxuriously elegant! It contains notes of Calabrian bergamot in the top, wallflower (violaciocca) at the heart and amber in the base. When I first smelled this fragrance I wasn’t so sure on it, but it’s totally grown on me. It’s a lovely warm and spicy scent, with depth and flowers in the background. It’s definitely very interesting, classy, the scent lasts all day and I think it’s a great fragrance for the autumn autumn/winter season. I’ve been wearing it a bit recently when out and have received lots of lovely comments so think it’s a winner for when you’re looking to leave a (lovely smelling) impression!
Furiosa FENDI is available exclusively at Harrods for £63 for 50ml and £88 for 100ml (EDP).
Do you like the sound, eh smell, of this fragrance? ;)
Hello, I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was really good but as usual it flew by too quickly. On Saturday night I had a friends leaving party so got glammed up a bit – it had actually been a while since I’d done a smokey eye so thought I’d quickly share my smokey eye makeup look of the night. Sorry just iPhone pictures as was in a rush to get out of the door for dinner!
Products used – Face: NARS Oil-Free Pro Prime, Pore Refining Primer // MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC20 // Estee Lauder Perfectionist Foundation in 2C3 Fresco – it’s new and I am loving it, the formula is so silky and smooth // Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer (review here) – still my everyday go-to bronzer, my pan is almost empty so I better repurchase it again soon // NARS Orgasm Blush, applied to apples of my cheeks.
Eyes: Nicka K NewYork Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer (as found in my July GlossyBox) // MAC Paintpot in blackground, applied with my fingers as a base to my eyelid // MAC Club eyeshadow, applied all over my lid and blended into the crease. Club is such an amazing green/brown eye shadow and is perfect for creating a simple smokey eye. I did a video tutorial on a very similar look a few years ago actually, you can see that HERE // MAC Dazzlelight eyeshadow, applied to tear duct and underneath the brow bone as a highlight // Lined my waterline with Estee Lauder Pure Color Kajal Eyeliner in blackened black and then smudged it out along the lower lash line with more MAC Club eyeshadow // L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim – Black Intense, applied to upper lash line // Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara applied after curling eyelashes with MAC lash curler.