10 November 2018

The Body Shop 'Matte Lip Liquid' Swatches

November 10, 2018 0 Comments
When I was a consultant for The Body Shop at Home, I added all twelve (at the time) of their 'Matte Lip Liquids' to my collection to show to my customers. This is my favourite liquid lipstick formula - it dries down to a beautiful matte finish but it's not overly drying so it's comfortable to wear. I also think all of the shades are really pretty, although some suit me more than others! For a while now, I've wanted to show off these lipsticks in this sort of post for you to see the shades on to see what you thought!

Windsor Rose
This is a cool-toned nude shade, and it's honestly really gorgeous. It's more brown than pink, which I like, since most 'nude' lipsticks look more pink to me. This shade applies really evenly and is totally opaque with just one layer in my experience.

Crete Carnation
Crete Carnation is similar to Windsor Rose in my opinion, but it's more pink than brown, and I'd say it's not as cool-toned. Like Windsor Rose though, it applies evenly and smoothly with just one application, and it's a shade I really enjoy wearing with both dramatic and natural eye looks!

Tapei Orchid
This shade is a delicate, natural pink shade. It's slightly cool-toned, and honestly I'm not convinced that it suits me as my skin tone is so pink as well. It applies ever so slightly patchy, but after a second layer it is perfectly opaque.

Nairobi Camellia
This is one of my absolute favourite shades. It's a warm-toned deep nude shade, and I personally think it suits me a lot (in fact I think it suits everyone I've seen wearing it). It's really wearable, applies evenly with one layer, and goes with both dramatic and natural looks; it's a shade that I'd recommend picking up.

Cali Gerbera
Cali Gerbera is a true orange shade, and it's the first shade that I picked up from this range! I can't decide whether I like this shade or not to be honest. It's slightly pastel, rather than a vibrant orange, and I personally think that makes it appear slightly strange on me. It doesn't not suit me, but I don't think it's my perfect shade. However, it applies very evenly and is pigmented.

Paris Peony
I'd call both this shade and the following shade a 'Barbie Pink', but this is the more warm-toned of the two. It applies nice and evenly, but I never wear it because I don't think that it suits me much. If you like pinks, it's a nice lipstick. If you don't, skip it.

Tokyo Lotus
This is another 'Barbie Pink' shade, I think with a bit more blue than the previous shade. Personally, I think that this suits me more than 'Paris Peony' but it doesn't really go with many of the eye looks that I do (the neutral one that you see in this post is rare for me). Nonetheless, it applies very nicely, so I would recommend it if you enjoy wearing pink lipsticks.

Goa Magnolia
This is a deep pink shade. I personally found that it applied rather patchy, even after a second layer. This is a shame because, in my opinion, the shade is really pretty, but you can sort of see in the pictures I took that it doesn't apply particularly evenly!

Sydney Amaryllis
This is another one of my favourite shades from this range. It's a bright orangey-red shade that is really unique in my opinion - it's not a shade I've really seen before. At first, it doesn't apply with a lot of pigment, but after a second layer it gives good coverage and looks very even.

Tahiti Hibiscus
Next up is another one of my favourite shades: 'Tahiti Hibiscus'. It applies really nicely; it's even and pigmented, but you can layer it up for even more pigment without it looking cakey and ridiculous. The bright true red shade suits everyone I've seen wearing it, and I think it looks beautiful with both dramatic and more neutral eye looks.

Mauritius Dahlia
This deep red shade is really pretty, but unfortunately it's another one that is rather patchy. Even with a second layer, it's not completely smooth and even, which is disappointing because this gorgeous shade wants showing off! You could potentially apply a third layer to stop it being patchy, but that would most likely make the lipstick appear rather cakey. It's not awful, but it could be better. (It does look good with my hair tho)

Sicily Iris
This is the darkest shade in the range, and is a deep plummy red. I love the colour, but again it appears rather patchy. My main issue with this shade is that it rubs off really unevenly when you eat. Most lipsticks leave you with what looks like lip liner, and it's really easy just to fill it in when you've finished munching, but this one rubs off in a really patchy way that is then really difficult to cover up. If you plan on eating or drinking while you've got this lipstick on, either bring makeup remover to remove it thoroughly and reapplying, or just go with a different lipstick because it does make it look awful. When you're just wearing it without eating or drinking though, it's a really lovely shade.

And with that, there are twelve matte liquid lipsticks from The Body Shop swatched. Let me tell you, when I finished doing the pictures for this post, my lips were sore. All that lipstick took its toll! Which shade is your favourite?

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3 November 2018

Deep Floral OOTD

November 03, 2018 0 Comments


A couple of months ago, I was perusing the Lindybop sale section and came across this beautiful dress. It's got a print of autumnal toned flowers on a dark background, and is made of a stretchy material so you don't have to wrestle with a zip to wear it. In case you can't guess, I love it, and I thought it would be perfect to finish off my series of 'Outfit of the Day posts'!


The dress itself originally came with a belt, but I very rarely use those to be honest. They can be a nice way of accentuating your waist if you want to wear them, but most swing and circle dresses cinch in your waist anyway.


In my opinion the dress runs quite large, and is rather stretchy as well. I'm a UK size 14 and picked up a size 14, and it's rather roomy. If you'd prefer not to have it as loose, I'd recommend sizing down.


My cardigan is from Sea Salt, and I absolutely love it. It looks like it was designed to go with this dress, since the orange in the flowers match the orange in the cardigan perfectly. The style of the cardigan is also cropped, but cropped in a flattering way, not a muffin-top-exposing-stop-calling-me-out-I-like-chocolate way. It's also made from really high quality material and is really soft.


For shoes, I once again wore my grey Primark T-bars. I've said in other posts that they're comfortable and go with a lot of things, and I think they're really worth picking up if you like them.


I think that this is a look that would be perfect for Autumn, and you definitely wouldn't look out of place posing in front of an orange, autumnal tree wearing this! I hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you'd like to see similar posts in the future, please follow me on social media using the links in my sidebar for updates when I post!

27 October 2018

Blue Dress OOTD

October 27, 2018 0 Comments

On Tuesday I shared a post featuring my 'Cruise' skirt from Lindybop. I thought I would continue the series with a look at this blue dress from Joanie. I saw Louise Pentland wearing the red version of this dress (which I also bought at the same time as this one hahahahaha someone stop me) and thought it looked gorgeous so I decided to pick it up!

The style is a basic shirt dress with tied sleeves and a ditsy floral pattern. It feels really lightweight and flowy which I love! I do find the collar sometimes flips out (it's got a trim that's supposed to go on the inside) but if I iron it down a bit that's not as much of a problem.

The dress itself comes up pretty small. I'm a UK dress size 14 and picked this up in a 14 and I find that there is quite a bit of gaping around the buttons, particularly in the chest area (granted, I'm well-endowed, but I've got other shirt dresses that don't have the same problem). For that reason, I'd recommend purchasing this in one size bigger than your usual size for the best fit.

It was a little bit chilly when I was taking the pictures for this post, so I threw on cardigan from Primark. I bought this last year but they've probably got some similar in at the moment! This is really cosy, and I think it doesn't look bad at all with this dress!

For shoes, I wore my grey Primark T-bar flats. They go really nicely with my cardigan, and match the pale cool tones in my dress as well.

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