My New Fendi Sunglasses

Fendi Sunglasses

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Short post to share my lovely new sunglasses with you. I am off to Dubai and Abu Dhabi very soon (tres excited!). In preparation . I have always loved big sunglasses and this Fendi pair instantly caught my eye. The price stung a bit but I loved them and will wear them on ever holiday between now and……forever-ish! (Also, given that I need them to see, I figure this where I should invest my money.)

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I wear glasses everyday, so bought them at Duncan & Todd opticians so it was easy to have prescription lens put into the frames. I have needed new frames with an up-to-date lens for a long time now, but I really hate glasses shopping! Mainly as I can’t see properly when wearing the store frames so have to do endless nose to mirror peering, while getting my boyfriend/friend to take picture upon picture on my phone so I can put my own glasses back on (then off again, then on, then off again) to see how they look. Luckily, as I said I will be wearing this pair for a good while so won’t have to repeat the experience anytime soon.

What do you think?

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NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Review

NYX lipgloss

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I picked up this glossy Mega Shine trio when I was in New York last year and they are the only NYX product I have tried so far.  I love the simple packaging topped with a black bow on the lid. The creamy lip gloss glides on easily with a doe- foot applicator. They have a lovely sweet, sugary smell which can be enjoyed during application but doesn’t haunt you for the rest of the day. As far as that annoying lipgloss stickiness goes, these guys don’t have much of it yey!

From Top: Beige, Sugar Pie and Natural

From Top: Beige, Sugar Pie and Natural

The three colours are a great little trio as they are all quite different but all very wearable day-time appropriate with awesome shine. Beige is my favourite. Sugar Pie doesn’t give much colour but with the shine is enough to get noticed, it also works well over a matte lipstick. And Natural looks much better on than it does in the bottle, more red than brown tones when applied.

I have never seen NYX in the UK, but just learned while doing this post that they are stocked in Next! How did I miss this, will have to have  a look next time I am at the shops. What are you favourite NYX products? What should I try next?

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My Marc Jacobs Perfume Collection

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Marc Jacobs always draws me in with their lovely smell and gorgeous flower topped perfume bottles. I thought I would share with the Marc Jacobs Perfume Collection I have grown over the last couple years. I am not a huge fan of floral scents so love to the fresh, fruity notes of the Marc Jacobs range.

I have never had a talent for describing scents so have included the notes listed on  the Marc Jacobs website to hopefully give you a fuller appreciation of the smell than my skills would allow.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

This was the fragrance that started the collection, it was the first thing I bought myself when I was paid from my first ‘proper’ job.  As you can see it is well used. It has a lovely light, fresh and feminine scent which is perfect for everyday. It has a fruity feel without being too sweet.

Top Notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves
Mid Notes: Violet Petals, Jasmine Bouquet
Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla Infusion

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Lola

This was once described to to me as Daisy’s big sister and I think it is a perfect description. It reflects the fresh and fruity notes but is far more sophisticated. I reach for this for nights out and special occasion. It is also one of my favourite bottles, a beautiful slender purple glass topped with a massive flower.

Top Notes: Pink Peppercorn, Pear, Ruby Red Grapefruit
Mid Notes: Peony, Rose, Geranium
Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Musk

Oh, Lola!

A new take on their Lola fragrance, which I found described  as ‘burst open with a bright and whimsical effervescence’. Not sure if that’s what you are looking for in a perfume? It does have raspberry notes which tingle on the nose and make you  think of sunny days.

Top Notes: Pear, Effervescent Raspberry
Mid Notes: Peony, Magnolia, Cyclamen
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Vanilla

Oh Lola!, Sunsheer

This is a lighter version of Oh! Lola, but keeps  the same fruity and fresh  elements, another one perfect for daytime. The notes read almost identical  for Oh Lola! and this one but the fragrances are distinct from each other when sprayed.

Top Notes:  Raspberry, Pear and Wild Strawberry
Mid Notes: Magnolia, Peony and Cyclamen
Base Notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood and Tonka Bean.

DOT

This is my least favourite of all the scents. Love the bottle which has  the signature oversized cap. However, I think it has too much Vanilla for me and is heavier than the others in the range. Almost feel it is a little grown up for me, maybe I need to give it another go in the future.

Top Notes:  Red Berries, Dragonfruit, Honeysuckle
Mid Notes: Jasmine, Coconut Water, Orange Blossom
Base Notes:Vanilla, Driftwood, Musk

Marc Jacobs Honey

Honey

The latest addition to my collection- I wasn’t too sure about it to begin with but it has really grown on me. It is a sunny floral with enough of a fresh/fruity smell for me to love it. It does not smell heavily of honey which I had worried about! Another daytime favourite for me.

Top Note – Pear, Juicy Mandarin
Mid Note – Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot, Honeysuckle
Base Note – Honey, Golden Vanilla, Smooth Woods

Only negative of this range is that although the bottle of wonderful, they aren’t that great for travelling with the large floor head. But you can easily get around this by decanting some into a travel atomizer or similar. Also to give the bottles their due they are rather hardy- they sit on my chest of drawers and my cat has knocked more than one of them all the way to the wooden floor with thankfully not smashes. Not recommending you drop them but if you do might not be disaster!

Whats your favourite perfume?

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The Make-up Brands I Would Love to Try

 
Brands I would love to try

You may have gathered that I am a bit of a beauty addict and love to try new products. However, there are a number of brands that I have never tried first hand and am really lusting after at the moment. Here is a round of 9 beauty brands that are on my must try wishlist.

TopShop: I always stop by the make-up stand in-store but have yet to buy anything. Love the packaging of these products. My local store never has any testers open though which makes it harder to choose- holding out until I can swatch the colours before I purchase.

Sleek: A high street brand which has lots of interesting products, their blush in particular has attracted lots of positive chat on my Bloglovin feed and I really want to try it,

Dior: I have often stopped by  the Dior counter and am drawn to their eye shadow palettes and Dior Addict Lipgloss. However, other counters usually beckon me away before I part with my cash. (I’m looking at you Chanel counter!)

Tom Ford: A luxury brand that I haven’t had a chance to see up close but has some beautiful looking products, maybe one day?

MUA: I have never really paid much attention to this brand but have seen so many reviews recently of their amazingly prized products, I am now really intrigued. £1 for a lipstick is a bargain and will be picking one up soon to give it ago.

Models Own: Another drugstore brand, the launch of their Gel nail polishes has really peaked my interest and it competing with MUA for the first to be bought.

Hourglass: A brand which has recently come into my eye line, with all the buzz surrounding their new Ambient Lighting Blush. Unfortunately, it hasn’t made it this far north yet so not had a chance to swatch at a counter. Maybe its just me but if I am going to pay £30 for a blusher, I want to test it first to make sure I like it!

elf: I don’t know a huge amount about this brand but it keeps popping up with great looking products for not very much- a true Scottish lass- always drawn to a bargain!

Tarte: One that I haven’t been able  to get my hands on in the UK and have been wanting to try  their blushes for ages! They are now on their way to the UK via QVC so might soon be able to sample! Essie Button recently did a ‘Brand focus’ video on Tarte which is worth a look if you don’t know the brand

Have you tried any of these brands? What is your must try brand?

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OOTD- Date Night

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Valentines Day Outfit for dinner and drinks.

Thought I would share with you my outfit for my date with my boyfriend for Valentines.  We went out for dinner to  lovely little place  that does great food but is not super fancy so no black tie required!  I wanted something which was nice but not all out party dress. I had been trying to avoid red as hate a cliché but decided that I love this dress/wanted to wear it so who cares! 🙂

The dress was bought on sale in House of Fraser a month or so ago . It is one of those dresses that you instantly love when you try it on because it suits your body (well mine anyway) perfectly. I have also found it to  really versatile, it can be worn for drinks or teamed with leggings/boots & a cardigan for a casual afternoon in the pub.

On Friday, I added black tights and black Kurt Geiger heels to make it ready for a night out.  Hummed and hayed about the handbag- love my Mulberry Clutch holds everything you really need on a regular night out but it lacks the space for packing away winter warmers that are required at this time of year, but in the end style won over practical considerations!

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Finished the outfit with a necklace made from a Vinyl record that I picked up at a craft fair in Edinburgh. Added simple bracelets and  owl  stud earrings from Accessorize for a wee bit more bling. Included what I had on my nails in Sunday’s post if you are interested.

Had a wonderful evening, fab bottle of Merlot, yummy food at dinner and then a few drinks in the Irish bar. Only downside was the rain, hair was ruined travelling from  my flat to the restaurant! The perils of Scottish weather, oh to live in a sunnier climates!

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My Week Nailed: 3 nail polishes I loved this week.

Week in Nails

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I am a bit of a nail polish addict and thought I would give you a peak into my collection by sharing what I have been wearing on my nails this week.

First nail polish up, Wrapped in Rubies by Essie, this is a deep burgundy/bronze with a lovely gold shimmer undertone. It is one of those colours that I like better in the bottle than on the nail, although it is still very lovely on. It applies nicely and lasted okay- couple days of no chips without a topcoat.

Midweek, I switched to Seriously, It’s a Naan-issue, Sephora by OPI. It is a lovely deep slightly vampy purple with no shimmer but a wonderful shine in two coats. I also  just love its name- I always wonder who comes up with them would be an awesome job. If you were going to name a Nail Polish what would it be? I thought this one applied really well but didn’t last that great without a top coat. Was pretty cheap though and great colour so I can live with that.

Finally, for Valentines I went for  Animal-istic by OPI which paints on as a gorgeous bright red with an amazing gold shimmer. It really catches the eye and looked fab for date night. I think OPI nail polishes are brilliant, amazing colours and wear well- just wish they weren’t so expensive.

What have you been wearing on your nails this week? I usually share my nails of the day on instagram, also love checking out other people’s so if you are on Instagram let me know.

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Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss


Stellar Berry

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I picked up the Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss is a recent haul. I went for Stellar Berry (360) as I was attracted by its beautiful plum rich red colour. It is vibrant on the lips with a lovely shine.

This lipgloss smells amazing, a lovely clean fruity scent, which makes you want to taste it! It has a doe-foot applicator which glides the non-sticky gloss on nicely and without fuss. It contains honey nectar which means that it feels nourishing and doesn’t dry your lips.

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The packaging, is not innovative but it is slim and light which is what you really want for throwing in your clutch on a night out. The lid allows seems to fit on well and nice and tight- so leakage is hopefully unlikely!

I picked this up in Superdrug for £6.19 but while preparing this post I found it on sale at Fragrance Direct for £1.99, not used this website before though- have you? I have seen lots of other bloggers hauls from it recently.

I will  be picking up this lipgloss in another colour, just have to decide which one!

Any plans for Valentines tomorrow? I have a wee date with the boyfriend planned, dinner and hopefully a drinkies.

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