SERIES | We Go Together Like...(#1)

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So I thought I would try something new(ish) and start a new series on the blog every Wednesday entitled 'We Go Together Like...' (which may or may not have been inspired by a certain 70s cult musical CLASSIC). The premise of the series is for me to pair different items together which I think fit, or....'go together (etc)'. It will be anything from my favourite lipstick and liner duo, to items of clothing, layering fragrances or even food or music choices. Fun right?! Yes. Yes it is.

So without further ado, I'll be starting off with a lipstick/liner combination that I recently started doing that I think is pretty cool: 

MAC REBEL x NIGHTMOTH
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The perfect plum pair in my opinion (YASSS for alliteration!). Rebel is one of those shades that suits EVERYBODY and has such an intense pigmentation. I've found that paired with Nightmoth, another deeply intense shade, it kind of makes the lips look a tad smaller as well as more plump if that makes any sense whatsoever.

Rebel's longevity is brilliant; with an average lasting time of about 6 hours. I normally find that I never normally need to re-apply as the Nightmoth does well at holding the lipstick in place. To achieve the sorta-kinda Ombre look, I applied Nightmoth to the perimeter of my lips, as well as slightly filling in the bottom. I then applied Rebel in blots, blotting my lips as I went so as to blend the lippie into the liner. I think the result is quite pretty, don't you think?

Rebel on its' own is a pretty intense colour, however adding the even MORE intense Nightmoth underneath catapults this look to mega-vamp status. 

What do you guys think?
Do they go together?
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Losing My Benefit-ginity with World Duty Free

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I've always had a bit of a wavering relationship with Benefit; on one hand, I do adore their kitsch packaging and unique marketing campaigns and on the hand,  just can't find anything from the brand that matches my skin tone! Quite annoying really.

On the way to Italy, I stopped by World Duty Free at Gatwick Airport and had a little wander of the beauty isles when this little travel set caught my eye. It contains six of some of Benefit's best selling products and so I thought to make a cheeky purchase seeing as it allows me to test some of their most loved products and that it was tax free!

The pack contains;


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Now I've heard great things about them all from other bloggers, however whether they will work for me is another story. I can already tell that Dandelion may not be dark-skin friendly (first swatch) as it shows up pretty chalky and dusty on my skin when applied very lightly, which is a shame.

I think my favourite of the bunch may be Watts Up! (third swatch from the left); I'm really into highlighters and bronzers at the moment and this colour applies really well, has a light, airy texture and the champagne pigment seems to suit my skintone nicely!
As for the primers, I think I'm going to try and work with them a bit more before posting my final opinion however on first impressions, I am really liking the texture of That Gal. The texture of POREfessional has a lovely velvet finish, however leaves a slightly white, chalky residue on the face which can quickly be hidden with foundation. 

Overall I am pretty excited to be trialing the products and upon first impression, I am impressed as I honestly believed none of the products would ever work with my skin type or colour. Only time will tell!

Are you a Benefit fan?
What is your favourite product?
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Travel: Pompeii, Italy (Part 2)

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Hey guys! So today I'll be writing about our short trip to the City of Pompeii, in Naples. If you'd like to see what else we got up to while in Italy, feel free to check out part one of my Italy post!
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Products I Regret Buying

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It's all well and good waxing lyrical about my favourite products and what-not, however I feel that I would be remiss in my duties as an authentic and unbiased blogger if I didn't talk about products that may have not worked out for me in the past too! So without further ado, let's get straight into it. Please remember to bear in mind that I chose the products above as they do not necessarily work for me, however they may do for you!

1) Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher - Rose D'or: I'm generally a fan of Bourjois, however for some reason I just don't seem to get on with their blushes. It's not so much the lack of pigmentation, it's more the chalky texture that I don't like. I think the brush that comes with it is pretty bad and the blush has no longevity whatsoever, which is a shame as the colour is pretty! (link here

2) MAC Eyeshadow - Vibrant Grape: As with the blush above, I find the texture of MAC shadows a problem. I'm not a huge eye shadow wearer in general so it's probably something I'm not used to, but I find the shadow incredibly chalky, with no pigmentation whatsoever. This will be the first and last shadow by MAC I own. (link here

3) Maybelline ColourSensational Nude Lipstick - Coffee Craze: This purchase was probably my fault as I failed to swatch on my arm before buying. I thought this nude would compliment my skintone, however the contrast was pretty bad; the colour was far too bright on me and gave me a 'Dawn of the Dead' type look. No bueno! (link here

4) GOSH Giant Blush: *sigh* I don't get on with cream blushers; so I don't know what made me think this would go well for me either. It's a VERY creamy blush - so if you're into that sort of thing, I would say go for it! The blush ended up mixing with my liquid foundation and became all gross so it's a no for me too. (link here)

5) Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour - Peach: At first, I did love this blush, I really did. Aside from the somewhat shoddy brush included, the actual pigment was pretty nice, however as time went by, I realised that I could only use the deeper colour in the palette as the lighter 'peach' colour (which was more a dusty pink) was a bit too light on me and came off as slightly ashy. Not the best on darker skin but I think it would look amazing on pale skin tones. (link here)

6) Nivea Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream - All I can say about this product is 'meh'. To be fair, it does what it says on the tin, however during the middle of the day my skin starts to feel a tad dry and sallow again. Perhaps this cream would be better suited towards those with oily skin methinks? My skin needs a lot more richness and sadly, this doesn't cut it for me. (link here)

7) YSL Shocking Mascara - I know, I know...this is a cult product for some, however it doesn't quite float my boat to be honest and I'll tell you why; the CLUMPING. I have never known a mascara to clump as much and as badly as this one. I refuse to believe I received a bad batch as this is my 3rd one (with my first 2 being gifts) and it clumps up on the 6th or 7th use! My lashes feel sticky and dry at the same time, with a few even dropping out during the course of wearing it! No thanks! (link here)


Have you guys anything above that you find works for you? Let me know in the comments below!
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Travel: Naples, Italy (Part 1)

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Italy has always been on my list of top 10 places I've wanted to visit so when I found out that British Airways were offering great deals on trips to Naples, you better believe I snapped it up!
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Simply Be Denim - I'm a #LucyJeansGirl (WIN)

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Hey hey guys - exciting blog post today as I can finally show you guys the final photos and videos from the Simply Be #SBDenim campaign! If you'll remember, In February, myself along with Hollie from Pretty Big Butterflies, Becky from Mrs Bebe Blog, Shali from Shali Selva, Kathryn from Miss Kathryn's Mistakes, Steph from Stephanie Dreams and Em from Terrible Tumbles  were all invited to Plan B studios up in Manchester to take part in an awesome video and photoshoot to promote the new denim range from Simply Be.


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All of us were allocated a cut/style of denim, and knowing that I have a huge love for the skinnies, I was styled in the Ultra High Waisted Super Skinny Lucy jeans, which I absolutely adore! The denim is incredibly soft and stretchy and molds to the legs nicely without and sagginess around the knees, which I sometimes find I get with skinny jeans. The jeans also hold their shape pretty well and are just so darn comfortable and true to size (the jeans start from a size 12). I'm 5'7 and I found the jeans to be a perfect fit for me; I also wonder whether the inner-thigh area is reinforced with heavy duty denim as they have not succumb to the chafing splits yet, LOL! 

On the day we each filmed videos and had a right old laugh on set; you can view my video below:


Simply Be are offering one of you the chance to win your favourite style of Jeans, so if you like the look of the jeans I'm wearing, make sure you tweet @SimplyBeUK with the hashtag #LucyJeansGirl to win!

Now, for more photos! I had such an amazing day on set with the rest of the blog babes, Charlotte and Sarah from Simply Be and everyone at Plan Pictures; a huge thank you to all!

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