Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Swatches – Kim KW & Very Victoria

I got these lipsticks for either Christmas or my birthday – it’s hard to remember which when your birthday is on Boxing Day! I thought I’d do some swatches and share my thoughts on them in case you were interested in purchasing them for yourself, or like me, you just love lipstick.

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These lipsticks come in gorgeous, vintage-style rose gold packaging and feel very luxurious in your hand. The lipsticks themselves are slightly different to your standard lipstick because of the squared off tip. I’m not convinced this makes a dramatic improvement to application though so it makes no difference to me.

The two shades I have here are Very Victoria, which is in the Matte Revolution formula, and Kim KW, which was part of the Hot Lips collection and I believe is in the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula. I hadn’t seen these in person before I got them so I had to go off pictures I found online. Luckily I was happy with the colours – they are beautiful. I was hoping Very Victoria would be a shade close to MAC’s Velvet Teddy and it’s not too far off.

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Kim KW is such a gorgeous, pale, pinky-peach nude! It’s probably not to everyone’s taste but I love it and it’s certainly the kind of shade that Kim Kardashian-West became known for.

The finish of this lipstick is quite high-shine and glossy which is a nice change when you’ve been wearing matte lips a lot. I will say that I occasionally find the formula a bit gloopy so it definitely looks best if applied to freshly exfoliated lips otherwise you could become victim to the dreaded inner lips lipstick line. It does feel lovely on the lips though, you can feel it there but not in a bad way and it does help hydrate. Despite being fairly glossy it’s not sticky and it lasts rather well! I love this one and it’s my favourite of the two.

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Very Victoria is a hard to describe shade, I’d say it’s kind of a brown-pink nude. It has a matte finish but not the kind of matte you get from a liquid lipstick. It’s still got that tiny bit of sheen that allows it to still be hydrating and non-drying.

I like this lipstick but I don’t love it. There’s something about the pigmentation and application that just didn’t wow me – and you kind of want to be wowed with a price of £24. It could partly be to do with the fact this colour is fairly similar to my natural lip colour. Without trying another colour lipstick in this Matte Revolution formula I can’t say for sure. It is however a nice enough lipstick that feels good on the lips and lasts a reasonable amount of time. A lack of creaminess and super amazingly intense pigment just makes me question whether at £24 it’s really worth it. I think I need to try it with a lip liner and see if that changes anything! I’m still on the fence with this one.

So, a quick re-cap. I love the Kim KW shade and am not head over heels for Very Victoria. I’m not convinced these lipsticks are all they’re raved up to be for £24 either. As much as I love Kim KW, it’s more the shade than the formula that wins me over. I also think the photographs on the Charlotte Tilbury website are inaccurate! Maybe it’s just my screen resolution but when I look at these shades on the screen and in real life they just don’t look the same – studio lighting does not give the truest representation so I hope I’ve helped someone with my natural light photos haha.

Charlotte Tilbury is widely available now in John Lewis and House of Fraser, and online at, Feelunique and CultBeauty.

Love Nicole xxxx

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KIKO Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara Review

I bought the KIKO Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara (£8.90) when I was in need of a new one after hearing the beautiful KathleenLights rave about it in her YouTube videos. It was pretty affordable at £8.90 (I paid full price but it’s often on offer for £3.90) and she made it sound so amazing and as good if not better than high end alternatives! Thus naturally, it was an obvious choice when I was in need of a new mascara.

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I understand KIKO is not the most accessible brand in the UK but it is getting more and more so. Stores are popping up over the country and it’s easy to order online if there’s not one near you – I had a very good experience ordering from their website.

The packaging of this mascara is a bit bulky in my opinion and it’s not my favourite! I do prefer a more simple, round tube but having said that this angular shape makes it a hell of a lot easier to take photographs of, ha!

The effect this mascara gives is wonderful! I certainly agree that it’s a volumising mascara and I didn’t find it clumpy – I don’t mind a bit of a clumpy look anyway! It held the curl I achieved with my eyelash curlers well and it didn’t smudge or run despite me being prone to watery eyes. It did however flake a bit but it was nothing of major concern to me.

Despite really liking the look it gives I do find you have to work for it. This is because of the rather giant brush. I like the shape of it and I do think this helps with reaching the corners of the lashes however I tended to make a right mess when I used this mascara! I like to really get in there and coat everything multiple times as I like my lashes as big as possible (without looking like spider legs though) and I found I got it everywhere. The bristles are very dense and don’t really envelope the lashes very well so you do need to repeat a lot to get into everything nook and cranny leading to, for me anyway, a bit of a clean up job with a cotton bud after. The brush definitely took me some getting used to but I did get better with it and gradually made less of a mess each time I used it. If you’re more into a quick coat of mascara and are not all that bothered about drenching your lashes in the stuff like I am then I think you’d be really happy with the quick volumising effect it gives!

Overall, it really is a great mascara and offers good value especially if you buy it when it’s on offer for £3.90. I don’t completely love it because of the clunky brush and the mess I make with it but I would buy it again!

Love Nicole xxxx

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Gosh X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in Porcelain Review

Foundations are one of my favourite type of products to try so I have to hold myself back from buying loads of different ones! I try not to have more than 5 at any one time so that I can make sure I can use them all up before they go past their best. I do love trying affordable foundations but now that I try to buy products only from cruelty free brands my options are more limited. I bought the Gosh X-Ceptional Wear Foundation (£7.99) last year to try and now I’ve used it all up I can share my thoughts on it!

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The foundation comes in a tube and is nothing fancy but this does mean that it’s hygienic and easy to travel with. I chose the colour Porcelain which was probably slightly too pale for me but I was a bit concerned that the next shade, Natural, would be too orange for me. When this is the case I would always suggest going for the paler option and make it work by bronzing your face up afterwards! Other than that, the shade Porcelain is very nice and seemed to have the right sort of undertone for me and wasn’t too yellow.

I used a Beauty Blender to apply this (as I do with most of my foundations, I’ve completely gone off foundation brushes) and it gave a very nice, natural looking finish that didn’t settle in my rather large pores and wasn’t at all patchy. The formula of this foundation is quite thick and creamy but I didn’t find it heavy on the skin. On the back of the tube, Gosh describe it as a matte finish however I wouldn’t really say it was an exceptionally matte finish, it still looked healthy and natural.

As for coverage, it wasn’t as full coverage as I ideally like from a foundation. Even after applying many layers I still couldn’t completely camouflage all trace of the red marks on my cheeks and chin. It definitely did a good job of evening out my skin tone in general though so I would say it gives a medium sort of coverage. With my loose powder on top I was still happy enough with the coverage to go out and about without extra concealer so it really isn’t bad. 🙂

I don’t recall having any complaints about the longevity of this foundation. However, I do always use a primer and set with a loose powder so that of course helps!

Overall, I’m a bit on the fence about whether I’d buy this again. For the price, it really isn’t half bad. However, I do really love trying new foundations so I have to be truly wowed to buy the same one twice. If I did buy it again, I would possibly risk trying the next shade up, Natural, and seeing if it was a better match or too orange like I feared!

Love Nicole xxxx

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Social Anxiety & Me

This post has been in the pipeline for months but I’ve kept putting it off. I just really didn’t (and still don’t) know where to begin. I’ll probably do a few different posts on this topic as there are so many elements and things affected by it.


Back in Autumn 2016 I was finally officially diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, also sometimes called Social Phobia – looking back, I believe I have had it most of my life, probably since starting school as a small child. I had suspected for a couple of years prior to being diagnosed that I might have it and had researched and done various self-diagnosis tests which all said I did have quite a severe case of it. I didn’t want to be one of those ‘self-diagnosed hypochondriacs’ though so I just kept it to myself and carried on as I was, getting on with my course at university and, as I now realise, avoiding as many things as I possibly could that triggered my anxiety.

The catalyst to finally getting help and seeking a diagnosis was a conversation with my mum. She found me in my room crying after my sister, who didn’t mean any malice by it, asked why I was getting a lift to my friend’s house rather than driving myself. It was a good question. I passed my driving test first time in September 2012 but didn’t drive again for 4 years whilst I was at university. I started driving again once I’d left university in June 2016 and by September I had been practising my driving with my parents (with P plates on the car) but had yet to drive anywhere on my own. There was more to it than just a case of needing to get a feel for it again. I was very anxious before every drive and the thought of driving alone terrified me. A small part of it was fearing I might crash or hurt someone else but the thing that bothered me most was what other people were thinking of me. Did they think I was a good driver? What if I made a mistake, will they be angry at me? Will they beep at me? What if I panic and don’t know where I’m going and that annoys someone? Am I going too slow for them? I felt extremely self-conscious when I could see the driver behind me in my mirror – what were they thinking, was I doing anything wrong?

I have since learned that these thoughts are all classic Social Anxiety.

I was also struggling with searching for jobs, I was so picky of anything that sounded too high pressure or would require lots of social interaction (unfortunately for me a lot of jobs do) and just the thought of scrolling through career sites and reading job descriptions was enough to get my heart racing, temperature up and lose my appetite (it still does and I’m still not working but I’m hoping to start some volunteering next week). My mum encouraged me to get in contact with IAPT, where you can self-refer yourself without going through your GP. I might talk about the process of that and how I’m getting on with it in another post – please let me know if that’s something you’d be interested to read!

Rather than explain myself what Social Anxiety is and why anxiety happens, here are a couple of really helpful sheets that the therapist gave me. The one which talks about Social Anxiety I found incredibly relatable and it was quite a relief to know it wasn’t just me! The other sheet explains the Fight or Flight Response which is essentially what our body is going through when we experience anxiety in response to a perceived danger. So for people with anxiety disorders, they are experiencing exactly the same feelings when they face their trigger as they would if face to face with a tiger or bear.

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Info sheet – The Fight or Flight Response

It’s important to remember that absolutely everyone with an anxiety disorder experiences it differently as we all have different triggers and thought processes. It’s also important, especially for those without an anxiety disorder, to know that yes, we all do experience anxiety in life but having an actual disorder is different. Getting nervous before an interview or exam does not mean you can relate to someone with an anxiety disorder. As supportive as my friends and family have been, sometimes when I talk about things that make me incredibly fearful and they respond with “oh yeah, I get like that sometimes too” it can feel incredibly devaluing and like my anxieties are being trivialised. So, if someone does open up about their anxiety disorder please be mindful not to invalidate their struggles by trying too much to relate or empathise with them. The worst thing is feeling like you’re making a big fuss out of nothing and that everyone else in the world is just getting on with it and you’re not trying hard enough – that’s how I’ve felt for years.

I’ll touch upon some of my particular triggers. I could never possibly pin point or describe them all but I can think of some: being the centre of attention, being watched while I do something, meeting new people, talking to or being around authority figures, answering or making telephone calls, driving somewhere new by myself, bumping into someone and having to make small talk etc etc. The thoughts behind the situations that make me anxious tend to revolve around what other people think about me. I worry I might embarrass myself or make a mistake. I’m also very preoccupied with being liked and not being thought of in a negative way so I exhaust myself trying to keep up appearances and make sure everyone around me is happy and couldn’t possibly have anything bad to say about me. Constantly smiling and laughing is tiring when you’d rather be alone in bed with your cat.

I thought about going through all the stages of my life and writing about everything I struggled with throughout school, sixth form, employment and university up to now. That could be another post entirely though so please let me know if you’d find it helpful and/or interesting to read that too. It’d probably be interesting to write tbh because there’s probably a lot of things I did/avoided that at the time I didn’t realise was because of this disorder I had.

I’m still coming to terms with the whole ‘disorder’ thing! I don’t like thinking there’s something ‘wrong’ with me, as far as I’m concerned this is just me and this perspective is all I’ve ever known, and now apparently a lot of it is warped and wrong and unhelpful. But it’s held me back enough in my life so far so I guess the sooner I can overcome it the better. At this stage I’m not confident I’ll ever be ‘cured’ as such, but I do think I can learn to deal with it and slowly push myself, as I have already been doing.

Please let me know if you’d like a post on my therapy experience with IAPT and how it all works. And also if you’d like to read about my specific experiences and struggles from childhood up to now before I knew I ‘officially’ was a socially anxious human.

Love Nicole xxxx

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Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

I thought it’d be nice to share a few things I’ve been loving and enjoying recently! As well as beauty products, I’ve got a few more ‘lifestyle’ things to share too. Let’s start of with the beauty bits first though!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette (£41) (read my dedicated review and see swatches of it here)

I’m so happy that I don’t regret purchasing this! With the high price-tag I was worried it wouldn’t be worth it but it really is a gorgeous palette and I reach for it a lot whenever I’m wearing makeup that day. I’d say my most used shades are Buon Fresco, Raw Sienna and Warm Taupe.

Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm (£2.50)

I bought this stuff on a bit of a whim as I had an offer on my Boots Advantage card for triple points on a purchase from the Botanics range. This was super affordable and I had read a couple of positive comments about it on other girls’ blogs. I really like this stuff! It’s very fluid so you only need the tiniest bit to cover your entire face. Lately I’ve been using it on no makeup days for some extra hydration or as a primer under makeup to likewise add some hydration but also some glow! It feels very cooling on the skin and for the price I think it’s a lovely product to use.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer Bronzing Powder 01 (£14)

This is such a beautiful bronzer! My Nars Laguna bronzing powder (which is gorgeous) is running low so I wanted something in stock ready for whenever that runs out. However rather than using up Laguna first like I intended I keep reaching for this Body Shop one instead! I was worried it would be too light and unnoticeable on my skin as I chose to buy the lightest shade but it turned out to be just what I hoped. I don’t really like a super deep, orangey bronze on me, especially when I’m pale after Winter so this is a perfect shade that just gives me some colour and definition without being too much. A separate review and swatch is on my to-do list!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair 1 (£4.19)

I still love this concealer so much! I’ve tried the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer and I still prefer this one over both of them! It does have similarities with the Nars one but considering the price difference I still have to say I prefer Collection’s. I use this under my eyes, down the nose, on my chin and on the centre of my forehead and blend it in with a damp Beauty Blender.

B. Clean Melting Gel Cleanser (£6.99)

I bought this when it was on offer for a crazy good price to use as my next makeup removing cleanser once the current one was finished. I am loving formulas like this at the moment! I remove my eye makeup separately and then use this to remove my base by applying some to my dry face and massaging it all over to melt away the makeup and remove any leftover traces of eye makeup. I then wipe it off with a damp cloth or flannel and it works brilliantly! I’ll then proceed on with a second cleanse with a different product. I wouldn’t use this as my ‘proper’ cleanse, only to remove makeup.

That’s it for beauty products, now a few other favourites!

Chinti & Parker (clothing brand)

This is more of an inspirational favourite as I don’t own or plan to buy anything from this brand. I came across them numerous times on Instagram and I just love their designs, particularly the jumpers! They’re a premium brand that are way out of my price range but I love browsing their Instagram. 🙂

Yoga with Adriene (YouTube Channel)

I have fallen in love with this woman! She’s so soothing and seems to have a wonderful personality. I bought a yoga mat a few months ago but only recently got around to actually using it! I searched ‘yoga’ on YouTube and Adriene’s channel was the first listing so I tried out one of her videos. I’ve now done some yoga every day for the past week and I’m really enjoying it which I must credit partly to Adriene. She has dedicated videos for beginners so there’s no excuse not to give it a try if you’ve ever contemplated taking up yoga. I think it’s going to have a really positive effect on my mental heath too – I hope so anyway!

Mikey Pearce (YouTube Channel)

I bloody love Mikey! I’m an avid viewer of YouTube and came to know Mikey through his cameos in Joe Sugg’s videos. When he made his own channel I had to subscribe because I absolutely loved his personality. He’s so funny and quirky with his ‘posh’  sounding accent and constant exclamations of ‘Corrr’! I think he just comes across very sweet and genuine. My favourite videos are his skits or comedy sketches; they have me laughing out loud. He’s also openly talked about his body insecurities and how he’s trying to work on getting fitter which is very endearing, bless him. I think we often forget about men when we talk about body confidence etc!

And thus ends this post! Thank you for reading and if you have any recommendations or suggestions you think I might like after reading this, please let me know! 🙂

Love Nicole xxxx

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Spring and Summer ASOS Haul

A cheeky 20% student discount cropped up on ASOS last week so as always, that’s my cue to go and purchase many of the things lurking in my ‘Saved for Later’ section.

The majority of the pieces I would say are more Spring/Summer appropriate. Despite probably preferring Autumn/Winter fashion slightly more, it is nice to not have to wear a coat every day once summer hits! I have a new thing where I always check what fabrics clothing is made from when I consider purchasing. Especially for summer clothes I’m trying to avoid things like polyester and go for things made out of cotton! Cotton is a breathable fabric as it’s natural so I’m hoping to have as much cotton in my summer wardrobe as possible.

I was so happy to finally find an amazing pair of denim shorts! I’ve always loved them on other people but I’ve never felt comfortable in them myself. I don’t love my legs, I feel my thighs are pretty chunky and wobbly, so denim shorts have been tricky. However, I found an amazing pair from Noisy May’s Tall range! Because they’re from the tall range they’re a much better length in my opinion! Partly why I tend to feel uncomfortable in denim shorts is because they’re generally so short! Also, they’re not turned up at the end or anything, they’re just loosely cut off so they’re not tight against your thigh. I find this so much more flattering on me and I love them. I’m definitely planning on purchasing them in black. Purchasing shorts from the Tall range is definitely a winner for me.

ASOS One Shoulder Top in Cotton Bandanna Print (£28)
ASOS Jumper In Pointelle Stitch With V Neck (£25)
Levi’s Orange Tab 70s Stripe T-Shirt (£30)
Summer ASOS haul
Noisy May Tall Washed Denim Shorts (£25)
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ASOS Gingham Culotte Shorts (£22)
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ASOS PETITE Linen Culotte Trousers (£25)
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Pull&Bear Circle Detail Cross Body Bag (£18.99)
Summer ASOS haul3
Hollister Cold Shoulder V-Neck Jumper (£29)
ASOS Off Shoulder Sundress in Stripe (£30)

I forgot to photograph this gorgeous stripy sundress but you can see how nice it is from the ASOS website image anyway. 100% cotton too! 😉 <3

I was so happy with everything – kind of annoyed I didn’t want to send anything back because I spent way too much but I guess I probably would’ve ended up buying these things at some point anyway so it’s good I got them with the 20% discount!

I hope you liked what I picked out! Anything catch your eye?

Love Nicole xxxx

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits: Prosecco Pop and Amaretto

In January I snapped up one of these Champagne Splits from Becca’s collaboration with Jaclyn Hill. There was a choice of four split pans containing one highlighter and one blusher. I wanted to get the ‘Amaretto/Prosecco Pop’ split as I really liked the look of the blush colour ‘Amaretto! Plus, I hadn’t treated myself to a new blush in a loooong time.

I know I’m a bit late posting about this as it was Limited Edition, however, Becca have recently introduced ‘Prosecco Pop’ into their permanent collection so it’s still worth showing a swatch! Who knows, maybe even ‘Amaretto’ will be released as a separate, permanent blush in future.

Firstly, the packaging is gorgeous. It’s in Becca’s signature little ‘spaceship’ compact as I like to call it, but this time the outside is gold! How beautiful?! <3

Whilst this little duo swatched nicely, I’m sad to say they didn’t really impress me on the face.

Regarding ‘Prosecco Pop’, the highlight shade, I think it’s mostly a case of the shade just not really suiting my complexion! This is a true gold and I think it could look very pretty on medium-darker skintones but on my skin it doesn’t really show up much. It mainly looks like I’ve just got some glitter on my cheeks because, as with most Becca pressed highlighters, it’s pretty sparkly! However, I wasn’t really expecting to love ‘Prosecco Pop’ and I mainly purchased this product to try out the cheek colour – ‘Amaretto’. I do love their ‘Champagne Pop’ highlighter shade though which was Jaclyn Hill’s first release with Becca – that one suits me much better!

Unfortunately, I haven’t fallen in love with ‘Amaretto’. Whilst I do love the colour, it’s a kind of terracotta shade, I’ve found it quite hard to work with. It is highly pigmented so it’s best to use a light hand and build it up slowly to ensure you don’t go overboard – especially on paler skins! I also found it quite difficult to blend which means if you do go a bit over the top and apply too much, it’s not the easiest to blend out to tone down. It just seems quite dry and heavy! I think this shade will be pretty in summer when I’ll hopefully catch some sun. I’ll continue to use it of course but it’s not left me excited to try any other Becca blushes.

Love Nicole xxxx

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Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette – Swatches & Review

I’ve had this palette since Christmas so I’ve had enough opportunity to test it out and gather my thoughts. This is the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette (£9.99) that you can buy from various retailers like Superdrug, Boots and Feel Unique. It contains two baked powders, one cream formula and one shimmer powder.

I love all the shades but I must admit I’ve not actually used the cream formula on my face yet. Creams are not really something I reach for on a daily basis but it swatched nicely so I might get around to using it one day! My favourite is probably Subsolar (the shimmery, yellow shade) closely followed by Hemisphere (the pinky shade). I’ve found that they last well on my face.

As you can see in the swatches, this palette has some pretty intense colour payoff! However, the swatches are with my finger so of course this is not the effect you get on your face when you use a makeup brush. I use a fan brush from EcoTools to apply these highlighters and I find that works really well and picks up enough pigment to still deliver a very intense highlight but not leave a ‘stripe’ of product. I’m sure some people would find it too much but for me I love the finish!

The highlighters are encased in a beautiful gold case which is quite unusual and luxurious for an affordable, ‘drugstore’ brand! Yes, it may be prone to finger prints but it’ll look beautiful on your Instagram feed. 😉 Speaking of which, follow me @nicolelauraxo!

If you want an intense highlight for an affordable price and that is easy to get hold of in the UK, then you can’t really go far wrong with this palette from Sleek.

Love Nicole xxxx

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Amazing Shampoo For Dry/Itchy Scalp – Dead Sea Spa Magik Mineral Shampoo

It may not be very hot or glamorous to admit but I am quite prone to an itchy scalp and a case of dandruff. At least, I was until I started using this Dead Sea Spa Magik Mineral Shampoo! It has not given me complete immunity but I definitely think it has helped to improve my scalp condition and itchiness. I’m now onto my second bottle!

When I was looking for a shampoo I was looking out for formulas aimed at dry/itchy scalps, that weren’t drying and that didn’t contain SLS. This fit the bill so I went for it and I struck gold! It does everything I wanted and is so gentle and smells great. When I bought my first bottle I was just sat sniffing it every few minutes – I can’t really describe it but I think it smells very spa-like! I feel like my scalp is inevitably going to get a bit itchy between washes considering I wash my hair every 4-5 days, which is quite a while, however I do think this has dramatically reduced the feelings of itchiness and has made my scalp a lot happier. The product itself is a pale blue colour and lathers up nicely – I personally find that one wash is enough and I don’t need to repeat. The bottle lasted me ages as it’s a very generous size compared to the standard 200/250ml.

If you’d like to read more about my hair care routine I did a post on it a while ago which you can read here. Some of the products may have changed but the general routine is still the same.

I bought this product from Look Fantastic (£8.50) where you can often get a 15-20% discount. 😉

Love Nicole xxxx

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Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Skinny Dip

I wanted to share this absolutely gorgeous shade of liquid lipstick. It is one of the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£11.50) and is in the shade ‘Skinny Dip’. I don’t know exactly how to describe the shade, it’s a nude that leans towards pink and brown but I feel like there’s a hint of mauve too. Whatever it is, I think it’s one of my favourite shades!

The formula of these is really nice. It’s not at all drying for a liquid lipstick. The application is lovely; it’s creamy and opaque and you can do your entire lips with one dip. It takes a few minutes to dry down to a matte finish. When it does it gives a velvety, plush appearance and I find it doesn’t enhance the lines on my lips as much as some other liquid lipsticks. It’s not completely faultless, I have had a few incidences where it’s broken apart slightly or formed that weird white line around the inside of your lips, but this isn’t the norm and is probably caused by me not exfoliating my lips beforehand or eating something! So I wouldn’t let that put you off and I say definitely give them a go if you love the matte lip look. It is a very nice formula and not too expensive. The frosted glass packaging is also a nice touch. 😉

What do you think of the colour? If you have any questions on the formula, please feel free to ask me in the comments!

Love Nicole xxxx

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