Friday, 31 October 2014

Guest Post - My Clutch Bag Essentials

My Clutch Essentials

While I'm away, I've rounded up a few of my lovely blogger friends to keep you in the know about various beauty must-haves and tricks! Todays post comes from the wonderful Tamira from The Guilty Girl who talks about the essential products to pop in your clutch from day to day.

As we get closer to Christmas party season, I thought it was about time I upped my 'going out' game. Long evenings in pubs I can do, but it's been quite some time since I put on my highest of high heels and gladrags to paint the town red, know what I mean? Mid-twenties, there's really no excuse and - enter my beautiful new lilac Whistles leather clutch - I'm now making a conscious effort to be party ready at the drop of a hat. You're only young once, right?

This clutch is just about big enough for my iPhone, debit cards, ID and a little loose change along with a very select few products, so making the cut is a pretty big deal. For any base top ups or mishaps, I've stashed my Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, which is my holy grail for unsightly bags or blemishes, whatever the damage. I've also popped in my Hourglass Brow Arch Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette because those babies need to stay in check - nothing spoils a selfie quicker than a dishevelled brow. For eyeliner emergency touch-ups I've picked out the Eyeko Skinny Liner in Black which takes any guesswork out of lining my eyes - when it comes to this stuff, I am pretty much a n00b. Rounding off the pack is the brilliant Chantecaille Faux-Ils Mascara, a mascara so good that I couldn't decide if I wanted to blog about it or not, maybe just keep this one to myself a little... I think the tweet I posted immediately after first application of this was something along the lines of 'my eyelashes look like they just had sex with a rock star'. If that doesn't tell you what you need to know…

I like a little metallic shimmer on the eyes for Autumn, and nothing makes me quite as happy as the L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush - this stuff is effortless, glowy, beautiful. It'll make your eyes pop, and instantly brightens up the whole area and makes you look more awake. No complaints here! Finishing up, the Revlon Lip Butter formulas are second to none in terms of pigment and moisture, and nobody has time for cracked, high-maintenance lips at the office party. I've opted for Raspberry Pie which has that whole juicy berry shade thing down. Another essential? Rollerball perfume. The sooner England twigs on to this American revelation the better. I've gone for Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, because it's feminine, sexy, with a beautiful musk base note which makes it nice and light - an easy wear. This is also really lovely to layer with Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, but that's a story for another night and another handbag.

What are your clutch bag essentials?

Adrienne |

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Beauty Products for your Carryon

Beauty Products for your Carryon

Packing 2 weeks of your life up into a suitcase that can barely fit your socks and curling iron In can be quite daunting. But when you've successfully managed to get all your clothes in order, what about your beauty stash? 100ml limits and scarily small clear bags make the average beauty obsessive want to run for the hills! Fear not, I've got some handy packing tips to make your security nightmares a thing of the past.

The tinted lip balm 
Keeping your lips moisturised while adding a hint of colour means you'll be able to double your efforts for daytime looks. This is an essential when you're up in the skies and your lips are feeling like the Sahara desert.

The styling saviour
I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to be doing when I'm on holiday is spending hours trying to sort my hair. Enter a solid sea salt spray (my personal preference being Bleach Swamp Spritz) and you can jump out of the shower, spray a few times and let the great outdoors give you natural waves without the effort.

The liner hack
This is a tip I picked up on quite recently but has been a lifesaver on more than one occasion. As you have to pack your mascara in your clear bag, why waste space on eye liner when it can double up as one? Simply load up a liner brush, apply a deft cat flick and revel in the long-lasting and pigmented multitasker!

The power powders
Firstly, try and take as many powder based products as you possibly can as these aren't included in your restricted items. Substitute liquid foundation for mineral, and try to leave your favourite cream blush behind in favour of a box blush. Best of all? Mix a touch of powder blush with moisturiser to create a custom lip colour.

The perfect base
If at all possible try and bring along cosmetics that double up in use. I'm all about CC creams as it's a moisturiser, primer, foundation and concealer all in one and I can even apply it with my fingers saving on the extra brush space.

The familiar scent
Want to take your trusty bottle of Chloé but don't have the space? Invest in a travel atomiser or two and you can mix up the perfumes you love to wear but just can't afford to have confiscated at security. Another handy alternative is rollerball versions of your favourite brands, easy for popping in your handbag once you reach your destination for a subtle refresh at the arrivals gate.

The balanced palette
MAC quads can be the perfect accompaniment to your makeup bag at the best of times, but they really shine when you have to travel. Mix and match a couple neutral colours with a few brights to take a daytime look to through to the evening.

The multifunctional product
If you're not staying anywhere that will provide shampoo and conditioner, you'll most likely be bringing both along. Cleaning your hair is one thing, but you can use your conditioner as a substitute for shaving cream. Smooth pins, extra bag space. Bonus points if you opt for solid bars that, again, don't have to be placed in your clear bag!

Adrienne |

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Guest Post - Day to Night Makeup

Day to Night Makeup

Hi everyone! I'm Ana Leote from Meet Me @ 2AM and today I'm guest posting for Adrienne while she's in California! I'm bringing you an easy day to night makeup look for those days when your mum is screaming at you to move fast or for when you oversleep!  All you need is your favourite makeup items that you carry around in your bag.

Keep things as easy and natural possible. You don't have a lot of time to do eyeliner, eyeshadow and lipstick so focus on your best feature and start creating. I like to draw all the attention to my eyes. With a few coats of mascara, a bit of bronzer on the crease and a highlighting eyeshadow on the lower lash line and inner corner, you create a simple and complementing eye look. Blush is a must to complete and if you can, choose a creamy one. It's easy to apply, you can just use your fingers! For the lips, choose a shade similar to your natural lip colour and dab it in using your fingers again. To finish the look, powder the T-Zone and you're ready to face the day!

For the night out, and imagining the only time you have is to change outfits, grab your make up bag and use what you have there. The Naked Basics Palette from Urban Decay is one of those items we all should carry around in our purses. It's so functional and I used it to create both looks. Again, focus on your best feature, since you already did that in the morning 50% of the job is already done. Start by applying the darkest shade you have on the crease, outer corner and lower lash line, smoking it a bit to make it more intense. Then, apply  the same shade used on the inner corner, all over the lid. The same bronzer used on the crease can be applied to the hollows of the cheeks. Keep the same lipstick because you're probably going to be eating and drinking and after a long day, you don't really want to worry about smudging it.

How do you take a look from day to night?

Adrienne |

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Eye of Horus Scarab Sapphire Goddess Eye Pencil


Forget black, this season is all about Indigo! I've been obsessed with this colour recently, and when Eye of Horus released their stunning new eye pencil, I couldn't wait to try it out. The latest edition to their range of Goddess Eye Pencils is in the shade Scarab Sapphire, a truly sumptuous blue liner that doubles up as an eyeshadow. I love these pencils, and find myself reaching for them time and time again. This new addition is no exception; with a subtle satin finish and long lasting, vibrant colour, this is
the hue to wear for the A/W14 season.

Adrienne |

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Winter Saviours


Waking up in darkness and getting home to the same can mean only one thing in my book. It's time to look to my winter saviours for a bit of a pamper and ensure that getting out of bed in the mornings isn't as big of a challenge. Let's face it, when your bed is THAT comfy, who would ever want to leave?

First things first would be to light my favourite candle. Although the Diptyque Mimosa Candle isn't typically something I'd want for a winter scent, I've come to enjoy the slightly summery fragrance that reminds me that summer is always around the corner! Then it's time to look to my body and combat the cold with a tube of Lotil Dry Skin Lotion. This has a slightly medicinal smell to it, but this fades sin enough and can be easily masked with a spritz of perfume. I've not come across anything that keeps my skin as nourished as this, and paired with the Lotil Lip Balm, I've covered all my bases. The lip balm takes a little getting used to we it's not heavily fragranced, tinted or overly malleable but once you realise just how soft your lips get you can't help but carry it with you everywhere!

A product I picked up when it was first released but haven't gushed about yet is the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly. The packaging isn't the nicest to pop on my dressing table, but one pump of this in the AM and PM makes a noticeable difference to the quality of my skin. Using this before applying makeup has been a dream; no dry patches, just wonderfully supple skin. I can't have a post about my winter saviours without including something that incorporates my colour for Autumn/Winter 2014. I'm slightly obsessed with burgundy as it's not bright, goes with all my black, white and grey clothes, and brings out the blonde in my hair. So the NYX Eye Crayon in Rust compliments my fashion choices to the letter. I tend to concentrate application to the centre of the lid and smudge outward for a smokey effect. It doesn't budge and brightens the green in my eyes.

Lastly, my hair is always a point of contention, so my wonder duo have been making my life that bit more manageable. Applying Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme to damp hair, I can tame my thirsty, frizzy mane and a blast with the hair dryer leaves it wonderfully soft and open to being styled. You only need the tiniest amount, so great for the penny pincher in all of us. As my hair is chemically coloured, I try to be as gentle as possible so reach for my Denman Tangle Smoother Hairbrush to tease any knots out without yanking a chunk of hair from my scalp. I love how this brush just glides through my thick and long hair with ease.

What do you turn to when the weather is as grim as your mood?

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Adrienne |

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Friday, 17 October 2014

October Birchbox 2014


Birchbox have teamed up with charity Coppafeel for this months beauty-filled box of delight. After my own scare I've been meticulous at checking each month and Birchbox have even included a handy guide on what to look out for. The theme for the box is "Work It!", keeping us motivated through our 9-5 and helping us accomplish our goals through to the festive season when we'll be looking at the year ahead. There's even a little checklist planner that had some inspiring tasks to accomplish over 14 days, perfect for the eternal procrastinator. And Birchbox didn't stop there when it comes to organisation as there's even a cute miniature lipstick pen that's ever so handbag friendly for your to-do list.

What could be more appropriate in my box this month than a sample of KMS California? As I'm off to the Golden State, the Free Shape Hot Flex Creme will be the ideal travel companion for my unruly, flyaway hair. I've already been going through this like there's no tomorrow as it really smooths out my fizzy locks after a cool blow-dry to minimise damage. Balance Me make an appearance this time round too, in the form of their Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. I'll be taking this gentle and creamy exfoliator to slough off the day and leave my skin refreshed and hydrated. A product I found to be the most interesting was Shaveworks The Cool Fix. Use after waxing or shaving to calm angry, irritated skin and prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Great for those last minute shaving disasters when you want to be fuzz free but have little time to get the right technique down.

Another apt product was the Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum, developed by Dr. Sebagh and Cindy Crawford. If you spied my Impulse 90s Challenge earlier in the year then you'll know my intense girl crush can't be paralleled. An anti-aging product applied in the morning before your usual moisturiser, it works to create a smooth and radiant base. The lips haven't been neglected either, Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry was my little treat and it's taken pride of place in my handbag. Colour can be built up gradually and combats even the worst of dehydrated pouts.

If you want to get your hands on this months offering, I've got an extra special £5 off voucher when you subscribe. Simply enter the code BBXLATENIGHT5 at the checkout up until the 27th of October, and save money to invest in a full size beauty bargain from the Birchbox Shop!

Adrienne |

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Fashion Haul - intu Merry Hill

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Sometimes it's nice to get out of my usual shopping comfort zone and venture further afield. This Saturday gone I was invited along to intu Merry Hill's A/W Fashion Weekend to experience the live fashion pods and 20% discount at selected stores. I'd never been shopping here before and was blown away with the amount of stores ready to deck me out for my Californian getaway. Armed with a Polyvore collage and checklist of items I needed to pick up, I got stuck into the culture at Merry Hill.

Scattered around the shopping mall were stages poised for models to strut their collective stuff with the latest trends of the season. The best thing about this was that everything was available to pick up in store, so there was ample opportunity to grab a bargain!

I went a little mad in H&M, opting for a few key dresses I could pair with jumpers and multiple textures to combat the famous San Francisco weather. A basic palette of black, white, grey and burgundy meant that I had so many options to choose from. Picking up key accessories like a fur stole in New Look and a floppy Fedora in Topshop meant I could mix and match my outfits to full effect. I've become an outfit planning goddess recently, and highly recommend this sort of layering for the colder months.

Adrienne |

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Friday, 10 October 2014

Religion Sunglasses

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Sunglasses are my absolute staple on an everyday basis. I own more pairs than I could count and the obsession is only set to grow with some of the on trend styles we've seen the high street replicating over the summer. Currently I'm crushing over my Religion frames that give a subtle nod to tradition British style. I wasn't 100% on the shape working with my face at first, but these beauties haven't left my head in about a month! I wore them to Fashion Week, they've been on gig outings, and I'll be making the most of them before the last of that sun is replaced with overcast skies and heavy downpour. I adore the way they sit on the face (although I had to adjust the feet to get them to work on me as they protruded a little too far for my taste) and the keyhole bridge for the nose gets constant praise. I feel like an old school mod rocker when I have these on if I'm dressed I down in my tshirt and jeans, but can also pull off high fashion with ease. Stylish yet practical, these sunnies have been stopping my squinting and preventing those crows feet rearing their ugly head while blocking out the UV rays from my sensitive eye area.

I love ordering from because everything is handled with such ease and in such a shirt period of time, my glasses are on my doormat. Definitely a staple for my trip to America at the end of the month. I'm already eyeing up a few more pairs of prescription glasses, so my collection is set to grow!

What do you think of this retro style?

Adrienne |

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2014

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Never one to promote Christmas before we've even seen the back of Halloween, I have to break my traditions at least once. This is for good cause though! The Body Shop release their advent calendar in select stores from today. You can get your hands on £83 worth of TBS goodness for a mere £50 that includes a donation that goes to War Child, a charity that helps war torn children attend school.

As usual, you can expect some truly luxurious goodies behind each numbered window. There's products from the Vitamin E range, classics such as the Shea Body Butter to the new heroes of skin-saving like the Wild Argan Oil and the brand new Special Edition Glazed Apple products. It's one of the best gifts you can get, giving a true Body Shop lover a chance to re-live their favourites or a complete virgin the chance to sample all the wares.

I bought every Christmas present for my family from The Body Shop last year and it doesn't look like I'll be stopping that anytime soon! What do you like most from the range?

Adrienne |

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Fresh Faced and Ready For Action


Having turned 27 last month, I'm beginning to notice all the anti-aging lotions and potions on the shelves. I don't have wrinkles or sagging skin just yet, but it's better to be prepared for those inevitabilities of growing older and combat them for as long as possible. It's with this in mind that I've taken to a little routine with my makeup and skincare products that I thought I'd share with you all.

After applying my moisturiser of choice (I'm quite partial to the new offering from Hydraluron at the moment), I've been reaching for The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver*. This not only smells like freshly squeezed oranges, but works to enhance your natural skin. Containing Community Fair Trade Brazilnut Oil, the nourishing benefits can be felt from the smallest 5p sized amount. It feels so smoothing that I tend to use this as a primer, letting my skin do the work for once. To perk up my tired and heavy eyes! the Vichy Idealia Eyes* is so easy to apply and sinks in with no problems at all. Paired with the Vichy Idealia Serum and you have a very powerful twosome! This has been a real lifesaver, especially as I've been going out on more than a few school nights recently, and I certainly don't want it to show. The application is unlike most I've seen, and comes out a padded foot that's a breeze to smooth all over the sensitive skin under your eyes.

I can't truly achieve a youthful look without a decent CC cream, and I've been trialling Supergoop for size. The colour correction from the tube to blending is quite impressive and really hides any discolouring and problem areas that I want to disguise. My trusty Dior Glow Maximiser makes a fairly recurrent appearance here. A dab along the cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my cuspids bow and I tend to look much more alert. I like to keep my eye makeup minimal when I'm cheating my age, so I pair Benefit Stay Don't Stray with Lush Dynamic Liquid Eyeliner* for staying power and just a hint if peachy shine. I blend with my fingers for imperfect perfection and light apply a little mascara. Eyeliner need not apply! To complete the look, I feel nude lips can look beautiful if treated correctly. So a generous helping of Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm* perks them up, removing any flakiness and plumping them out.

All of this in about 5 minutes too, so a few extra snoozes of the alarm in the morning. That'll certainly help improve your inner glow!

Adrienne |

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Friday, 3 October 2014

Stealing Summer Sun

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Autumn is well and truly with us, and the time spent sunning it up all seem but a distant memory now. Fear not! I have a few sure fire ways to bring the sunshine back into our lives and make your colleagues wonder if you've been jetting off to warmer climes on your weekends.

After a good exfoliating session, a spray with Fake Bake Faux Glo leaves a very natural and healthy golden colour. I'm not exactly the best at applying fake tan, and prefer to look like Morticia Addams over a Californian beach bunny, but even this I can get to grips with. The ease of a spray can with the staying power of a foam, and you can even turn the can 350 degrees to get those hard to reach areas without fear of it clogging up. I've been attempting this wash out tan on my legs at every given opportunity. And this is where a little prep to the face can work wonders. Time Bomb Cosmetics Holiday in a Bottle pumps out a fairly unusual grey mix that, once blended, releases colour gradually and evenly, making for the ideal base to set your makeup on. I can't help but quickly buff this in every morning and trick myself that it's warmer outside than it is! Then, no post-holiday skin would be complete without a little of The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil for Body & Hair. After every application I'm searching for my piña colada!

For a glowing complexion, I've been turning to Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation. This doesn't cling to any dry patches and lets the tanner shine through without fear of undoing all my hard work. The staying power is my biggest bugbear with foundations, and this passes with flying colours. Lastly, a dusting of The Body Shop Honey Bronze Brilliance Powder adds a shimmer to the hollows of the cheeks. I love the no mess tube with attached brush, making it so simple to pop in my bag for touch ups.

What are your top tips for keeping a glow all year round?

Adrienne |

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Impulse Rock & Love

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Those who know me have witnessed my fairly alternative sense of style. I'm never very often without a leather jacket and a pair of chucks, so when Rock & Love launched I was giddy with anticipation that it would be the scent for me. It's a very oriental mix of fruity and fresh tones, including amber and orange blossom which lingers on the skin for hours due to the real perfume oils present in the can. I can't get enough of this particular fragrance, which was reformulated by the likes of Dior and Calvin Klein. At £1.99 and available exclusively from Superdrug, it's the ideal portable scent-refresher! I've been pairing mine with lots of black clothing and my current red lip obsession.

Adrienne |

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Lip Product Addict Tag


I've missed doing tag videos, and the gorgeous Tamira from The Guilty Girl saves the day by tagging me to do The Lip Product Addict Tag. It was quite hard to narrow my selections from my stash. I'm not completely happy with my setup still since moving house, so bear with my while I work out these teething problems. If you liked it, please like, subscribe and share as it would make my day. Also, what would you like to see from me next?

1. What's your favourite lip balm and treatment?
2. Most eye-catching red?
3. What is your favourite high-end & drugstore lip product?
4. What is your favourite MAC lipstick?
5. Most disappointing lip product?
6. Something extra?

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm, MAC M.A.C Red, Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang, Maybelline Super, Stay 24hr Color in Red Passion, Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Berry, Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude, MAC Viva Glam Nicki, Bobbi Brown Rich Color Gloss in Melon 2, Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in Stay with me Coral, Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss in Electric Orange, Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss in Glorious Grapefruit

Adrienne |

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