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ALL THAT GLITTERS: 2015 holiday beauty

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It’s December, it’s finally acceptable to have tinsel EVERYWHERE, and all the beauty brands have their holiday collections out by now. Being achingly far from my next student loan installment and having a huge list of gifts that I need to be buying other people before myself, I’ll be waiting for the January sales before there’s a possibility of picking up a few treats, but I’ve compiled a list of my top holiday beauty picks if you were looking for gift inspiration, or simply planning to indulge yourself!

1. Tom Ford Lash Tips Mascara in Burnished gold, £35 /// Gold mascara. GOLD. MASCARA. Technically it’s just for the ends of your lashes but the possibilities are endless with this one – gold lower lashes, a bright streak on the outer edges, total lash gilding? This has you covered.

2. Ladurée Les Merveilleuses Pressed Cheek Colour /// Okay, I couldn’t find a price, this techically isn’t from a holiday collection, and I suspect it’s only available instore in Japan, but would this not make the perfect Secret Santa present? The whole line looks like it came straight from Marie Antoinette’s vanity table, and there’s a whole twenty shades to choose from! I’m not sure what I’d do with the yellow one, but I’d love no.10 or 11 in my collection.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms, £29 /// Three mini lipsticks in wearable shades, all in Charlotte Tilbury’s gorgeous signature Art Deco-inspired packaging. I’d be thrilled to wake up to these on Christmas morning.

4. Dior Diorific State of Gold nail polish, £20.50 /// I’m sure you could maybe probably definitely get a very similar polish at the fraction of the price, but the orb-shaped bottle would make a lovely gift and a very pretty addition to any vanity table. Glitter nail polish is an absolute must for December.

5. Chanel Long Wear Cream Eye Shadow in Rouge Noir, £25 /// For this season, Chanel has based its holiday collection around its iconic Rouge Noir, and the Eye shadow looks abolutey divine. I sampled a few of the other products instore and really liked the rouge noir eye pencil, and am seriously considering the gold eye crayon. The mascara from this collection has sold out on Boots online, so I’d suggest acting fast for one of these limited edition pieces!

What’s on your Christmas list?

– Niko

LIPCOTE: beauty’s worst-kept secret

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I feel like this product is seriously underrated, and since I arrived back at university without it, I’ve just felt lost! Lipcote is a lipstick sealer that prevents smudging, feathering and fading, and is an absolute life saver!

I think a lot of people who have heard of it have been put off by the previous formulation, which had a strong chemical smell and stung while it dried on the lips, but it’s back with a vanilla flavour and none of the sting, a welcome improvement.  Simply apply lipstick, blot, then paint a thin layer of the product on your lips and let it dry. Your lipstick will become unbudgeable and withstand everything from eating to regular everyday wear, no reapplication needed.

It works best for matte lipsticks and simply won’t work on anything really glossy, so if you want that look, I’d recommend applying Lipcote and putting gloss over the top, but for strong colours in matte and cream formulations, this is perfect.

I’m glad Lipcote and I have been reunited, this time with prettier packaging and more lip-friendly!

– Niko

DETAILS: pompon

pomponThat’s French for ‘pompom’.

You know when you keep seeing something everywhere, then you can’t stop thinking about it? That’s heppening for my with pompoms. A little bit theatrical, a little bit retro, and the perfect way to add a bit of fun to an outfit, they’re like polka dots that came to life. I’ve got pompoms on the brain! Here’s a mini edit if you’re looking to add something to your own collection – I’ve already bought the bag charms to satisfy my craving…

  1. Grey rabbit fur bag charm, £1 /// 2. Peach rabbit fur bag charm, £2 /// 3. Claire’s black plush pom pom ears headband, £5 /// 4. Next black pom pom point shoes, £28 /// 5. Boohoo glitter pom pom clutch bag, £14 /// 6. River Island black pom pom heeled sandals, £70.

– Niko

STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING: 8 twinkly necklaces for layering

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I’m a big fan of layering up pendants, I love subtle flashes of gold rather than oversized statement pieces, and I think it’s a great way to give an insight into one’s personality without revealing too much. This is my current setup.

If you’re thinking about making a few dainty additions to your own collection, I’ve compiled together some of the prettiest pieces around, in a celestiallly-themed list, inspired by nights spent at sea, gazing at constellations. Everything here is either gold or gold-plated, because it doesn’t go gross like base metal or tarnish like silver. You’re welcome.

1. Eclectic Eccentricity Lunar Locket Necklace, £22.50 /// 2. Alex Monroe Big Sailing Ship Necklace, £150 /// 3. Alex Monroe Enchanted Twig Number 3 Necklace, £375 /// 4. Chupi Sagittarius Necklace, £119 (other star signs available) /// 5. JulenJewel Mini Star Necklace, £8 /// 6. J&S Gemstone Triangle Pendant Necklace, £25 /// 7. JulenJewel Small Crescent Moon Necklace, £8 /// 8. Z for Accessorize Shooting Star Pendant Necklace, £12 ///

– Niko

PS: You see more of what inspires me on my pinterest board ‘2’, here.

PUMPKIN SPICE LIFE: an october wishlist

autumnwishlistoct2015IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. Honestly, I consider September-December the Christmas period, where everything gets sparklier and comfier, I can layer up in as much knitwear as my heart desires, and I don’t have to pretend to care about salads anymore. As much as I love summer, I feel like this is my time of year. The shops are brimming with new stock, I’m being increasingly surrounded by warm, spiced aromas, and ‘gathering nuts and seeds for my impending hibernation’ is the new ‘beach ready’. I am SO all about this.

Like, yeah I’m totally writing this from bed, swigging cough medicine from the bottle like some kind of diseased pirate, but let’s look at what I would be buying if I wasn’t too busy hacking up a lung (and also rich):

1. H&M cotton cardigan, £10 /// Okay, I already have two of these (green and navy) but they’re so cheap and versatile, I feel like the burgundy needs to join my collection to add a bit of autumnal colour to my wardrobe. I’ve been wearing them as shirts, like Sienna Miller, and the fact that they’re cotton means that they’re never too hot, perfect for transitioning between seasons.

2. Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette, £15 /// I’ve been eyeing this pretty much since it was released earlier this year, but now feels like the time I would really get some wear out of it. A warm-toned palette with a selection of mattes and shimmers inspired by a box of chocolates, I would get so much wear out of these colours – not too neutral, not too extravagant. And £15? Even the price is heavenly…

3. Sophie Hulme Albion leather tote, £750 /// OH GOD, if money was no object, this would have been on my arm years ago. I love the simple design and the bold hardware, and it’s spacious enough to carry all the non-necessities that I like to drag around with me (in case of emergency). It’s the epitome of easy chic, and I NEED IT. A girl can dream, I suppose.

4. New Look black check pattern shirt dress, £20 /// Talk about a mixture of high end and high street. I love this charcoal grey shirt dress, it’s a great base for adding colourful accessories, without the severity that black often brings. It’s such an easy style, great for lounging around, but totally dress-uppable should I eventually peel myself from bed and out the door. Plus that check pattern makes for a nice nod to that whole New England prep look.

5. Alex Monroe pomegranate & garnet cluster necklace, £180 /// Ugh, Alex Monroe makes THE most beautiful, ethereal jewellery ever. This charm is so pretty and dainty, yet brings a subversive quality with the mythical meaning attached to pomegranates. Perfect for people like me, who like to bring a little bit of Queen of the Underworld style to their wardrobe.

What about you? What are you lusting after this season?

– Niko