So here are are my initial views on ‘Pillow Talk’ – a lipstick I recently purchased from the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges, London.

First Impressions of Pillow Talk 

So I had tried it on in store and was happy to note that it is a very wearable colour. There seems to be so much out there now that isn’t! Out of all of the colours I tried, this appeared to be the nicest one on me. It is a muted pink and the rose gold packaging is so pretty.

On The Lips – Pillow Talk

It is a matte revolution lipstick so is supposed to make lips look fuller without the need for lots of extra steps i.e. line with lipliner etc. The first thing I was pleased to note was that it wasn’t as matte as some can be. Matte Mac lipsticks I find can be very drying on the lips. This one was far from drying and didn’t feel uncomfortable at all.  I would say it wore well for around 6 hours but fades well and evenly. My lips did not feel like they need a scrub with lip scrub which is usually the case after wearing matte lipstick.

I feel was very muted and more brown-pink on my skintone; which is very fair. The lightest in any foundation.

Claims – Pillow Talk

It contains papaya and orchid which I believe gives it that soft texture. It also contains 3D glowing pigments. I can’t say I noticed this but I will continue to try this on and see how it fares over time. The lipstick is £24.00 which is standard for high-end lipsticks. They also threw in some CT samples which was nice of them! The staff are also willing to wipe the lipsticks for you to try and recommend products. Hoping to grab one of the eye palettes next.

Is slightly easier to put on as it has the angled bullet. Mine tend to get a slant to them eventually so I think this being the case does make it easier to get in to the corner of my lips.

What do you think?

Before Application

Before Application

On the Lips

On the Lips

 

In my constant fervent attempts at bettering myself and basically because I love to be busy I constantly throw myself in to new and hopefully exciting projects.

This is just a bit of a ramble on what I am getting up to and what I have been doing.

I recently became social media editor at a fantastic brand called Ann-Celeste London. I met the creative director Celeste at a networking event and it started a few weeks later. It has been really interesting to see what the brand is about and hope to do a good job here. The brand was recently featured in Vogue also which is a massive honour for Celeste so early on. I may harp on about it for a while so best take a look at the brand now to save your ears!

I have also started contributing regularly to two new digital platforms. Be Your Own is an online publishing platform which is designed to inspire and guide women. The new site launches really soon and i’m writing furiously as I type here! Last Weekend is an online magazine which has again recently launched and covers festival news. All of the above are ways in which I can build upon my writing skills whilst doing something I love.

I have also written some guest posts for other blogs and some review posts which will be coming soon. I have reviewed some great books kindly sent to me by Carlton Books which I feature shortly together with some reviews of my own books.

Last week saw me at London Book Fair which is an annual trade show. This was a new experience for me, having spent years in the legal world, and I loved it. I came away with so much – tips, experiences, books, advice, magazines…a photo of Ruby Wax. I will be writing about that shortly too. Check out my Instagram which has loads of photos from the three days I was there (@snappablemusings).

In respect of events and networking I am always on the look out and always hoping to attend or be lucky enough to be invited; and now hopefully get Ann-Celeste an invite! I will be attending the Fashion Show MK SS17 organised by GM events. This is an opportunity for independent fashion designers to showcase their work and I am really looking forward to the same.

Other events I will be heading to this year are the House of Garrard Diamonds event in May which is a bridal fashion event, Be Your Own Magazine’s launch party in December, The London Accessories Show in July, The Homebuilding and Renovating Show next week (as I love interior design and am hoping to redecorate soon!) and hopefully a few others in the pipeline.

I also went to some pop up style vintage events recently where you can grab as many vintage clothes and accessories as you like and pay £15.00 per kilo. Many a vintage item was picked out by me and again I will shortly be showcasing what I bought.

I’ll update you again soon!

 

As Mother’s Day is around the corner I have rounded up a selection of gift ideas which I think are fun and pretty for your mums on this celebratory day.

  1. The Smile Parcel

This one is a fun one as it’s a monthly subscription box which is perfect as it contains a variety of gifts to make you smile. It is close to my heart as the idea behind it is to make someone smile, especially if they have been feeling down or suffer from mental health issues (which I have struggled with).

The contents, where possible, will be from small independent businesses and craftspeople so you can be sure that you will receive some well thought out lovely gifts for mum! You will not know what is in the box until it is received which I think is also fun.

Check out the website www.thesmileparcel.co.uk for more information on these boxes and the different subscription offers. The parcels are £18.00 for a one off parcel.

2. Comtoise Wall Clock in Decorated Tinplate by Studio JOB for Alessi

Alessi is a company who sell beautiful italian designed gifts. They sell a range of kitchenware, homeware and jewellery. I picked out this beautiful clock which is described as being a mixture of industrial and applied arts. I like the colour and the design but it’s so different. It also reminds me of Beauty and the Beast somehow which is particularly relevant at the moment! Check out www.alessi.com for this amazing clock priced at £65.00.

3. Alessi Circus Collection Jars in Glass with Hermetic Lid in Tinplate by Marcel Wanders for Alessi

Again I chose these just because of the cute theme! There are four different sizes and have a look at the site for the different ones but the prices start from £25.00. They are made from silk-screen glass and tin and think they would add a really pretty vintage theme to any kitchen.

4. Cactus Photo Frame in 18/10 Stainless Steel Mirror polished by LPWK and Marta Sansoni for Alessi

This pretty frame is designed by two women who have aptitudes for design, one being an architect and the other being a former meta-designer. By their very careers they seek to form structure and aesthetic focused on redefining a system. I think this has been achieved here in the frame made with laser-cut steel. Check out the site for this one priced at £85.00.

5. Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask, Super Facialist Prebiotic Micellar Cleansing Water and Opal London Eyezone Massager

There are lastly three little ones I wanted to throw in as everyone loves a beauty gift or three. I actually bought these from TKMaxx but Good Things and Una Brennan products can be purchased in Boots or Una Brennan products can also be purchased from http://superfacialist.co.uk/

The face mask has clay in which draws out impurities in the skin whilst the manuka honey provides the moisture. I liked the fact that these do not contain the nasties such as parabens, mineral oils or sodium laureth sulphate.

The micellar water is great as an all round gentle cleanser which can be used like my all time favourite Bioderma but slightly cheaper!

Finally, there is the eyezone massager which can be purchased from Amazon or www.findmeagift.co.uk although again I purchased this from TKMaxx. It is a battery operated eye massager which straps around the head like an eye mask and is flicked on by a switch at the bottom. The vibrations seek to massage and tone the delicate eye area. It was only £6.99 from TKMaxx.

Hope you like these!

Note – the photos of Alessi products and The Smile Box are copyrighted to the same and I have not been provided with these products or any payment for mentioning them. I have agreed to mention the same as I liked them.

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So today I wanted to round up my holy grail can’t live without products. The three basics.

1. Bioderma Hydrabio – literally pretty much the only cleanser I use. Removes make up and cleanses the  face. It’s a gentle alternative to most and has molecules in that is supposed to lock moisture in to the skin! Used it for around 5 years and used to buy from Feel Unique (amazing beauty site) but now Boots stock it! Yay. It’s not cheap at around £15.50 for 500ml but I wouldn’t be without it. Also check it out on EBay.

2. Mac Dame blush – amazing satin finish blush. It’s a picture perfect flush pink with a tiny hint of purple-ish sparkle. I don’t feel the sparkle translates on to the skin so it’s a perfect every day blush.  I think it would suit any skin tone. Around £18.50 from Mac or a Mac concession in Debenhams.

3. Chanel Inimitable Intense mascara in black – as I’m so pale I like to give my eyelashes a lift with this. Coming in at £26.00 it’s not a cheap mascara but I find high street mascaras so wet. This one is a slick waxy type mascara which gives amazing volume and lift. The colour is as intense as the name. Get through at least one every few months! You can grab a this at any Chanel concession or Boots.

What are your every day holy grail products?