Life Lately #11

So apologies in advance...most of this week has been pretty yawnsome and boring (and that's not even an understatement!) and consequently a lot of thinking / reflecting / pondering has been done and this is the outcome! 

1. Tom Ford Bronzer - I have been using this a lot this week, mainly because I've been feeling so drab and lack-lustre (you know the feeling you get when your hair needs cutting, your eyebrows are a mess and you desperately need a tan, plus you're suffering the consequences of the eating enough food to feed a small village the weekend before - yeah, that!) now I'm not saying the Tom Ford Bronzer solves all of these 'problems' however there is just something so satisfying about pulling out this bronzer, swirling a huge brush into it and applying liberally all over the face! It's a great bronzer despite being slightly glittery and I've loved using it this week. 

2. Trans-seasonal Cardigan - well, that's a mouthful isn't it?! The weather over the last week in the UK has been our first taste of 'Autumn' (having said that today has been gloriously sunny - UK weather is more confusing than a woman with PMT at the moment!).  It's been quite chilly so this little cardigan I picked up in the sale at Hallhuber (in House of Fraser - link HERE) has been really useful, it's a great little shape (shortish with three quarter length sleeves) and made of really fine wool.  It's great for throwing on over little tops or dresses for work.  The brand, although pricey, has some great pieces for Autumn too - think an upper class Zara! 

3. An Oldie - I walked into a trainer shop recently and they were playing this song that I instantly recognised as something I listened to when I was at Secondary School and it really took me back.  I used Shazam to find out what it was because I couldn't remember (and if you don't have the Shazam app on your phone - hello? where have you been for the last couple of years?!) and it turns out it was Souls of Mischief - 93 'til Infinity  As many of you will know, I like all types of music but this falls into the rap / hip hop genre and has such a great Summer chilled out vibe to it.  I can't wait to the play this in the car! 

4.  Weather - I'm British.  I talk about the Weather, it effects my mood. And what?! lol So as I've already mentioned (I did warn you that not a lot had happened this week!) the temperature this week has dropped quite considerably and during the week it did feel like winter to the point that I revived my old slipper boots from the Winter and snuggled under a blanket to watch TV.  Have to say though, there is something so satisfying about this and I am quite excited now for Autumn Winter type clothes and the nights drawing in. 

5. Return of the XFactor - I love the XFactor and I'm not ashamed to admit it. For me, it's yet another sign that Winter is on it's way (sorry!).  I know a lot of people dislike this show and I do understand why, however I love a bit of trash TV and the fact that both Cheryl and Simon are back in it has made me more excited to watch it! 

6. A Tipsy Train Journey - myself and my partner in crime, Sian, hopped on a train this weekend to visit another one of my friends for her Birthday (more about that coming up!) Whilst waiting for the train to arrive we did a little refreshment shopping at Marks & Spencers and came up with these delights! It was a really funny train ride and I don't think I've laughed so much for a long time! Those little cocktails in cans were actually very good too!

7. Birthday Celebrations - My friend Lian turned 30 this weekend and to celebrate we all went up to Gloucester for drinks and food.  It was a great night and I also got to meet her gorgeous little baby, Sonny for a cuddle before we went out :) Happy Belated Birthday Lian! :) x 

8. Getting Excited - so this week I'm officially getting excited for an upcoming trip to Las Vegas and New York.  Las Vegas for a few days and a big Birthday celebration and then a week in New York.  I'm starting to research good restaurants, bars, shopping and things to do (and buy!) so any recommendations are more than welcome, please pop in the comments box below! :) 

And that's it folks! haul post is still on it's way soon, I promise! 

Lis x 

Life Lately #10 - The London Edition

Firstly, let me apologise for the sheer lateness of this post, which normally wings it's way to you on a Sunday! As you may have gathered from the title, I have been venturing away from my normal Cardiff haunts and spent a couple of days in London over the weekend.  

I also want to put a special mention in for my Mum who I know reads my blog regularly! I had planned to pop a little photo of her at her Birthday meal on here (23rd August and she loves a photo - NOT!) however I've realised just now that we had such a lovely time on Saturday evening I forgot to take any photos! Lucky escape Mum! 

So anyway, let's get on with things shall we?

1. Obligatory Car Selfie - Yes, I was excited to be going to London and bored sat on a long car I need any other excuse?!! :) Tom Ford shades in the model 'Racquel' in case anyone wants to know!

2. Cookies - have you ever stayed in a hotel where you get a warm cookie handed to you at the check in desk? No, nor had I until last weekend! We stayed in Chelsea in the New Double Tree by Hilton hotel and I was seriously impressed.  The rooms, albeit not huge, were very modern and clean with really comfy pillows and beds.  For anyone looking for a hotel with a great location (right next to an Overground station that links to the London Underground) I can definitely recommend this one. We drove into London and there's a car park right next to it too.  Check it out HERE

3. Shake Shack - This was my first cheeseburger of the weekend (yes, things got progressively worse on the healthy eating front but I'll go into that later!)  My first experience of Shake Shack was in Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates and to be honest I'm pretty glad there isn't one in Cardiff because the food is so incredibly naughty but so incredibly good.   It was insanely busy here (based in Covent Garden so hardly surprising - once we had eaten we got the hell out of there - I'm not good in touristy spots with too many people!!) 

4. Shopping - Selfridges, the Kings Road and Westfield satisfied my shopping urges. Greatly! Haul post will follow soon but here is a little snippet of what I bought.  Charlotte Tilbury goodies from Selfridges, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Highlighter from SpaceNK (aka Mecca!) Chelsea boots from Mango and some Nike Air Max 90's (I have a bit of an obsession with these that started when I was 11 and never really faded away!) in black that I want to rock with a sort of smart casual look for Autumn and Winter.  

5. Underground - Whenever I go to London I'm always both fascinated and disgusted by the London Underground! Some of the escalators are so high you can't even see right the top! And to think I used to have a phobia of getting onto escalators when I was little! 

6. Ping Pong - if you love Dim Sum, you'll love Ping Pong! :) On Sunday evening I booked a table at the Soho Ping Pong for us.  I love the simplicity of this place and the great cocktails (my favourite is Lychee and Roses!) you are given a long menu with tick boxes on it and just tick what dishes you want, and can keep ordering dishes.  If you haven't been here I can highly recommend it. The food is fantastic, good service, great cocktails and nice atmosphere (dimly lit, house music, busy atmosphere, uber trendy - my kinda thing!) LINK

7.  Made In Chelsea - Ahhh the Bluebird Cafe! A trip to London for me isn't complete without a trip to the famous Bluebird for breakfast.  Those of you who are avid Made In Chelsea fans will know of this haunt, mainly because it used to be featured a lot on the show (before the show was full of morons - in my humble opinion!)  The food here is great and even though it's nicer to eat outside we still had a great breakfast here. LINK

8. Five Guys - ok, so here was the icing on the cake of my naughty food weekend.  I forgot to mention that on Friday night after a work leaving do night out I had a sneaky little McDonalds on the way home.  On Monday whilst traipsing around Westfield shopping centre we stumbled across the American burger/hotdog chain Five Guys where I had my THIRD cheeseburger and half a hot dog.  How I managed to make it back through my front door on Monday evening I do not know! This place was awesome though, the best part was watching your food being made, so organised!

And that's it, I will be back soon with a shopping post for you! :)

Lis x 

Saturday Night OOTD and FOTD

A few weeks ago I posted a few pictures on Instagram and also on a "Life Lately" post of my outfit and make up I wore when I went out for "drinks" with friends (well that's a very civilised way of putting it isn't it?!)

Anyways, quite a few of you requested the make up look and asked where I got the dress from so I thought a little blogpost was in order.  I'm going to try and remember now what I slapped onto my face that night. Bare with!

I'd prepared for the evening by using the St Tropez Express Tan the day before (which I love and highly recommend by the way - regular readers will have heard me waffle on about how great this stuff is numerous times!) and then painted my nails with Tom Ford Sugar Dune.  This is limited edition but you might still be able to get it at the counters, if you're lucky! Gorgeous shade, although not a great deal different to Essie Topless and Barefoot to be honest if you're after a dupe for this hideously expensive nail polish!

Now on to the face.  Lots of products here so prepare yourselves!  I wanted to go for something a little bit different to my normal make up look.  Something a little more dramatic in the eye area.  I'd come across a great mini-tutorial video on Instagram a few weeks ago and recreated this look, using a silvery eyeshadow. Yes, you heard right, something very unusual for me but I liked the finished look a lot.

So here we go...

Foundation - Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cashew Beige (flawless looking skin in a tube Under eye Concealer - Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla (meh!)
Contour #1 - Soleil Tan de Chanel
Concealer - Diorskin Nude Concealer
Powder - Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Diffused Light
Bronzer - Tom Ford Bronzer in Gold Dust
Contour #2 - Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
Highlight - Dior Amber Diamond (discontinued - sorry!)
Blush - Sleek Blush in Flamingo

Base - Nars Eyeshadow base
Lid - All over lid and into crease, then blended up. - MAC Texture
Lid - Inner and outer corner then blended a little into crease - MAC Carbon
Lid - Patted on into centre of eye - Verve from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette
Under lower lash line - MAC Texture, followed by MAC Carbon
Eyeliner - upper lash Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick
Waterline - MAC Smolder pencil eyeliner
Mascara - Givenchy Noir Couture
Brows - Make Up Revolution Brow palette

Chantecaille Lipgloss in 'Lucky'

And here is the finished result complete with pout and obligatory miserable face! (sorry Mum!) 

Last but not least, let's talk clothes and accessories (or lack of them in this case!!)

The dress was a complete and utter shameless copy of the Victoria Beckham one that Amanda Holden wore on Britain's Got Talent in the UK (google Amanda Holden and Victoria Beckham dress and you'll see her wearing it, I think VB herself was also papped in this dress!) I bought it on eBay and there are literally hundreds of them on there in a few different colour ways. 

Here's a link to the search I did - they vary in price but I got mine for £11.99.  Yes, £11.99 ladies!!!! 

I paired it with some plain black super high stilettos from Office and my Alexander Wang Prism Clutch (not photographed!) 

It was such a simple look but I felt really chic and got a lot of compliments on the dress from random strangers in the ladies toilet! 

Hope you're all well and enjoying your week!

Lis x 

Life Lately #9

Firstly, just need to apologise for the lack of blogposts this week, I had so much planned but just ran out of time! I'll hopefully get a few of those planned posts up this week! 

1.  Takeaway - well this goes hand in hand with the introduction really doesn't it!? This week has been a particularly busy and stressful one at work and when I'm in that state of mind,  I feel less like cooking! I am somewhat obsessed by a little noodle place we have in Cardiff called 'Noodlebox', if you live in Cardiff and you're reading this, get involved.  They deliver, do great healthy (and some not so healthy!) options and are really reasonably priced.  Can I also hang my head in shame and say I order from Noodlebox at least once a week! #sorrynotsorry :)

2. More Barry M - I could feature a new one of these every week couldn't I? Obsessed is not the word.  Making the most of the last of this Summery weather before we hit Autumn (return of the berry / grey / burgundy shades!) I painted my nails with Barry M Gelly Shine Nail Varnish in 'Pomegranate'.  Gorgeously bright and a real statement colour.  Probably not suitable for work, but I'm wearing it tomorrow anyway! What the hell! 

3. Blush Revival - I've been wearing this blush non-stop for the last week and re-loving it all over again.  It's the Sleek blush in 'Flamingo' and its super bright.  You don't need a lot of it at all because it's very very pigmented (go heavy handed and you'll resemble something similar to Aunt Sally - older readers will know exactly what I'm talking about!)  however, if you're careful when applying it, it creates the most gorgeous flush on the cheeks and paired with a great highlighter it looks very pretty.  Very cheap too. Go and buy it!

4. Over-played Track - now I'm not a Maroon 5 fan at all, I'd go as far to say that I find most of their music pretty horrific. However. This track I really love, and I'm ashamed to say it - hell, I don't even know why I'm admitting it!  It's got a bit of an 80's sort of vibe and I do quite like this guys voice, it's catchy.  Yep, I love it.  It's called 'It Was Always You'.  My music taste is eclectic, can you tell?! 

5. Zara Shopping - Ok, I have a problem and it involves this shop.  I should stay away, I really should....but I can't.  I picked up this jacket on the weekend (HERE).  I also got a T-shirt that I'm sure will be coming to a OOTD post near you soon! 

6. OITNB - so I'm on that bandwagon now too and I'm loving it! (Orange Is The New Black for those of you living in a cave for the last year!)  Funny, addictive and a little bit eye opening! I'm only on series one at the moment but if you haven't got into it yet, I'd recommend it! 

7. Finally - they started stocking the new Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadows at my local NARS counter in  John Lewis (still no SpaceNK in Cardiff - what is THAT about?!) I could have bought some online a few weeks ago however I like to have a little play around with the colours before I buy and I'm glad I did in this case because the one I thought I wanted to get didn't look so great in the store.  I opted for Himalia (HERE) They're worth the hype, very pigmented and buttery soft.  I want to get a couple more now, 'Subra' looks gorgeous and I think I need 'Dione' too. 

8. Sunday Evening - nothing better than spending time with my parents on a Sunday evening, great food (Mum did Pulled Pork this weekend - sooooo yummy!)  great company and I love nothing better than sitting in their lounge and chilling out, it makes me feel like I'm about 12 again. :) It's not something I do very often but when I do, I really enjoy it :) and it was a lovely way to end the weekend. 

See you in the week! 

Lis x 

Life Lately #8

I'm feeling a little worse for wear today (all alcohol related so I deserve no sympathy!) so apologies in advance for any waffling!

1. Sandwich On A Stick -  the week started with a lovely lunch outside with one of my work colleagues (and friend!) Emma.   The office has been like a sweat box in this warm weather so it was really nice to get out of the office and sit in the sun for a bit.  The sandwich when it arrived was oddly stacked on a skewer and I was also naughty and had chips with it! It did make Monday a lot more bearable though!

2. Making Salads - I have literally been trying to make every single salad recipe I can find in all my cookbooks at the moment! When its warm I'm less inclined to slave over a hot oven and much prefer throwing great ingredients together to make something tasty.  This week I made an unusual Orange, Beetroot and Feta salad that sounds a bit odd but tasted really good.  If anyone has any good salad recipes send them my way please!

3. Guest Post - A few weeks ago I mentioned my blogger friend Stacey who has recently discovered she has cervical cancer.  Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie kindly offered to arrange for a few bloggers to guest post for her blog whilst she recovers from her surgery and I was more than happy to help :) there are some great guest posts on there not to mention a whole load of other lovely posts from Stacey herself, go check out her blog HERE

4. Tom Ford - Swoon! I've been lusting after this nail varnish (Sugar Dune) for quite some time, and randomly came across a great deal on eBay last week so bit the bullet and purchased it. So glad I did, it's a gorgeous shade (not dissimilar to Essie Topless and Barefoot to be honest however you can never have too many nude nail varnishes, right?!) It went perfectly with the dress I wore out on Saturday night.

5. Healthy Pancakes - these were a Saturday morning treat to myself, there were also super healthy! I made them with Cottage Cheese, Eggs, Oats and an overripe banana with a bit of cinnamon. Soooo yummy!

6. Girls Night Out - Firstly let's talk about my bargain Victoria Beckham rip off dress that I got on eBay for £12....yes, £12!!! and it's not at all different from the one from her collection which I'm betting costs nearly 100 times more than that.  I love the elegant shape of this dress and the simplicity.  I am only going to be wearing this on my 'feeling thin' days, that's for sure!  We had a great night out, that girl never fails to make me smile :)

7. Return of Made In Chelsea -  New York.  Now, I'm hoping that this is going to be better than the last series of the normal Made In Chelsea because to be honest, that was rather lack-lustre and definitely not as good as previous series (please bring back Millie and the original crew!) I'm hoping to get some good ideas for places to go when I visit New York in October too!

8. More Barry M - I love these nail varnishes and this week was a particularly good one on the nail front.  I've been doing a nail conditioning treatment on my nails for the past few weeks so have had no colour on my nails for nearly 4 weeks! Sunday was the end of the treatment and me and the nail varnishes have been reunited (hence the heavily nail orientated post this week!) I chose Coconut Grove from Barry M to get me back into the swing of things and I adore it, it's a sort of off white that looks good with everything. Love.

See you all in the week!

Lis x

The £4 Foundation

I have recently made a very purse-friendly discovery, enter Make Up Revolution. 

Now I love a high end beauty product as much as the next cosmetics buff,  and yes, I am often guilty of turning up my nose at the cheapo brands - you know the ones I mean! However I'd started to hear some pretty good things about this brand via some other bloggers and I was somewhat inquisitive. 

So off I trotted to Superdrug Beauty last week and came back with a couple of products to try.  I bought a little eyebrow kit (also very very good if you're interested!) but this foundation was the standout product for me.  It's called the Ultra Face Base Foundation and I got it in the 'yellow tone' FB06 shade.  There are 11 shades in total, so a pretty good selection. 

The consistency is thick and it can be applied with both the fingers or a buffing brush (I like to use a combination of both - fingers then brush).  The finish is superb and some of you are going to be shocked when I say this but I find it very comparable to the Chantecaille Just Skin.  Yes, you read correctly, this product (at just £4!) is of similar quality to a tinted moisturiser that costs £57!!!!!! 

When you first apply it, it appears quite dewy.  I've been using a very light dusting of setting powder over the top and this stuff LASTS and looks better and better throughout the day, providing a lovely natural, very slightly dewy finish.  I am seriously seriously impressed!!! People have commented on how great my skin looks and that hasn't happened for a while! 

So, I urge you to go out and try this for yourself.   I'm eager to try more products from their range especially since everything is so damn cheap and such great quality! Makeup Revolution, you have a new fan!

Back tomorrow with some more Life Lately for you!

Lis x 

Another Topshop Chambray Shirt...

So remember when I told you all in my last post about the search for the perfect white casual shirt? And that I also bought it in blue because I loved it that much? Well here it is, the blue version of the Topshop Chambray shirt. 

On Sunday I wanted something comfortable and casual for a trip to the shops and this is what I opted for.  Ok, so the skirt is a tad on the short side and yes it did annoyingly keep riding up as I walked (we can blame my larger than the average bum for that!) and yes I did spend half the day yanking it back down again to a more respectable length, but that aside it did tick all the boxes for comfortable. 

I actually wore my Birkenstocks for something other than dog walking, something I vowed not to do when I bought them but they're just so damn easy to wear and I think they (sort of) work with this kind of outfit! I broke my own fashion rules! shock horror! :) 

And here's the bit where I bang on about how great these shirts again.... if you are in the market for something like this I can't recommend these Topshop versions enough.  Light, airy and can be dressed up or down, in my eyes these are a real wardrobe staple.  

And well, Rayban Aviators were the obvious choice for this outfit weren't they? :)

And whilst we're here, this was the perfect outfit for Tom Ford 'Sweet Spot' to make an outing too.  A lipstick that I now call my 'Stacey' lipstick (she forced me to buy it! ha!).  If you haven't checked out her blog you should HERE.

Shop the look....

Sunglasses - Rayban - Large Aviators (available widely)

Shirt - Topshop - buy HERE

Skirt - Topshop - bought many moons ago!

Birkenstocks - Madrid style - available widely

Bag - Mulberry - postman's satchel in pebble beige - past season. 

And that's all until tomorrow, where I'll be reviewing some very good budget buys! 

Hope you're all having a good week

Lis x 

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