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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Eve: #MOTD & Happy Holidays!

It was Christmas eve, babe...

Probably one of my favourite days of the year! I usually go for brunch, take a walk, ensure I've watched the best festive films (Home Alone and Elf) and then go to a carol service in the evening. I thought I'd share a quick snippet of my day so far as I have the chance and it felt weird to just leave my blog over the next few days without wishing you guys a happy holiday! (with a bit of makeup involved, obviously.)

Christmas time calls for red lips. I recently got my hands on this Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in Dahlia. It's a gel formula that tastes delicious and gives a really strong but glossy berry colour. I love it!(excuse the awkward hand, it always creeps into selfies these days...)

Anyone else get excited about choosing their Christmas nails? This combo of Barry M Black Cherry under Amethyst Glitter is giving me serious life.

And here you go, have a few festive snaps (including my favourite place for brunch, my mum choosing coffee over pictures, a creepy nativity and an awesome card made by my sister). Remember to follow me on Instagram (@gettingtonomi & @naomiaupton) for more!

Happy holidays!

Til next time... xo

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Review: Sleek Limited Edition 'Glitter Me' Lip Glosses

If there's ever a time for sparkly lips, it's during the run up to Chistmas! Sleek kindly sent me all three of their aptly named 'Glitter Me' glosses from their limited edition 24K Gold collection*, and I put them to the test!
Let's talk packaging. I have never purchased anything from Sleek before, but let's just say: it's pretty darn sleek. The smooth black accents are perfection! Here we have a really sophisticated looking product that looks beautiful in a makeup stand. These babies retail for £4.99 each but I reckon they definitely look worth a lot more than the price tag.

The shades I'm trying out (top to bottom in the above image) are:
Money Talks: Nude
Uptown Girl: Pink
Private Jet: Red

Let's talk formula. The thought of glitter lip glosses from glitter lip gloss past kind of makes me feel a bit sick. That sickly sweet scent, tacky formula and chunks of glitter big enough to taste remind me of primary school discos and the pain of clip-on earrings. I have never really opted for glitter lip gloss since, but gloss seems to be back in at the minute!

Hallelujah. This formula is very comfortable to wear. It has no scent at all which is brilliant and the glitter is so subtle you barely notice it on your lips. In terms of wear time, obviously, it's gloss: it's not going to properly withstand eating, drinking or kissing under the mistletoe. Nevertheless, I would say this stuff lasts up to two hours (if not met with any of the aforementioned activites) and if you need to touch up it doesn't crumble or look patchy. It's a great formula!
Here are how each of the shades look on my lips and my thoughts on them individually! Excuse the pasty shade of white I'm flaunting right now, my camera was washing me out even further which doesn't help. From left to right...
Money Talks is a nude-ish shade with gorgeous gold sparkle. I imagine this would look stunning on someone with dark skin, but it does wash me out a little. It's a really beautiful gloss, but if you're fair, it might not be the one for you.

Uptown Girl is again another beautiful gloss, but I'm not really a bright pink lips kinda gal! It's got amazing pigmentation and creates the most solid colour out of the three. I would certainly wear this in summer on the beach with a bright bikini and a tan. If you're a fan of bright pink all year round you will love this.

Private Jet has to be my favourite! You can really build this up to achieve a strong berry red colour. Red gloss can be difficult to wear simply because it can look a bit worse for wear if not touched up, but if you're willing to keep tabs on your lips, this is the perfect party colour.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know your thoughts! xo

*These tems were gifted to me by the brand or company mentioned. All views are my own.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

1709 Brasserie & Yankee Candle Heaven: I'm Home For Christmas!

I love the magic of coming home for Christmas. My family and I went for a day out in Lichfield, a parish in Staffordshire that I love to visit. It's an extremely cute place with lots of independent shops and there's also a cathedral which is pretty magnificent. I didn't stop by on this ocassion but a spot of coffee, shopping and general Christmas cheer was very much needed.
I've eaten at the 1709 brasserie before, but never at this time of year when they bring out their Christmas menu. It's such a quaint little place but still stylish and cosy: the building is medieval, with squeaky floors and wooden beams, but complete with big antique mirrors and a plush red carpeted staircase.
Braised blade of beef followed by Christmas pud and brandy sauce...delicious! I basically want to return and work my way down that dessert menu. Anyone?

We had to make a trip to 'Smart Ideas'- it may just be the world's crappest name for a shop but seriously, this place is heaven! I've never seen such a large range of Yankee candles in one store (I can imagine it's a completely different story in the US!), but we eventually settled on Sparkling Cinnamon. So many Christmassy feels...
Absolutely spoilt for choice!

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Til next time... xo

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

#OOTD & Exploring the Nottingham Christmas Market

It's my last week in Nottingham before I head home for the holidays, so I obviously had to head down to the market for a proper festive evening before returning (oh wait, Birmingham has the largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria, but hey).
After indulging in some (20) buffalo wings (I know I'm excessive but they're so good) at one of my favourite Nottingham restaurant/bars, Bunk, we headed on down to the Christmas market. I'd passed through it a few times already but hadn't taken the time to look around or take any pictures, so I made sure I had time for it in my week before heading home. We had intended to go ice-skating but were pushed for time as we were going to a jazz concert and incredibly full after eating enough chicken to feed a few small families. Story of my life.
Yes, every Christmas market in the UK is pretty similar, but the Nottingham one is my favourite out of those I've visited. By the 8th of the festive month it's already quietened down enough to properly enjoy it! (the same cannot be said for the Birmingham one.) I just love the feel of them: the creepy but cheerful carousel music, the smell of Bratwurst and the rows and rows of tiny cabins selling all sorts of goodies. If you're not feeling festive yet, a market is definitely the way to remedy that!
There are so many treats to enjoy and gifts to buy, I was essentially spoilt for choice. Look at these beautiful marshmallow cake pops! I swear I'll try something that's actually German when I'm home...
After having the compulsory selfie, we found this little guy...cue the Elf quotes! #sonofanutcracker. I would like one of these for Christmas please, just to stand next to the tree. Thanks Santa.
Seeing as it's getting pretty chilly now, I decided it was definitely hat weather. I found this cute beige bobble hat in Primark for the ridiculously cheap price of £2.50! I usually opt for a big faux fur number but decided I had to have a bobble hat this year for some reason. This cape is featured in my Winter Warmer Challenge post : if you haven't read it yet, follow the link!
Hat: Primark
Cape: Boohoo
Bag: New Look
Leggings: Next
Boots: Primark
Lipstick: No7 Stay Perfect Matte in Brick Red

Heading away from the market we bumped into this wonderful creature. It's so beautiful! Who knew a gigantic sparkling reindeer would essentially make my Christmas. 
That's all for now folks! Let me know if you want to see more lifestyle posts, because I enjoy doing them! I hope you're having a lovely December. Product reviews coming next week (if the stuff I've ordered has arrived safely to greet me when I get home!)... xo

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Why I've Had The Best Term Yet

It's the final autumn term of university for me. Ever. I'm trying not to dwell too much on the reality of that (god knows what I'll be doing this time next year) but upon reflection, this term has arguably been better than any term I've ever spent at uni. For all those freshers feeling like you're still not settled, this one's for you! (it only gets better, trust me.)
1. I've looked after myself. 
I used to think looking after myself was taking an afternoon to do nothing: watch Nashville, eat chocolate, ignore responsibilities. But most of those things aren't particularly helpful. This year I've learnt that looking after yourself is yes, taking time out, but taking time out to do beneficial things (it's only taken me this long, I know). I cook a good meal most nights and actually enjoy doing so- I've found the love of cooking, hurrah! I haven't seen a ready meal or even a pizza in a long long time, just because the fourty minutes I take out most days to make myself something nourishing is a time I value and enjoy. I take an hour out to put on a face mask, do my nails, pluck my eyebrows: you might say this isn't beneficial, but I know that I'll feel so much more confident and put-together if I do. It's all about finding what you need to feel good (and no one really needs takeaway to feel good)- clean your room, dye your hair, wash your clothes so that you can wear something interesting to brighten your day. Thinking ahead- looking after your current self and your future self- has worked wonders for me.

2. I've been more involved
In all aspects of uni life. Editing a magazine, helping start up a blog society, going to see student theatre productions almost weekly...I finally feel like part of a community, which is something that can be hard to find in a space full of so many people. Honestly, as many times as you've heard it before: it's never ever too late to get involved.

3. My attendance has been so much better
Just going in to uni and being there has made me feel so much more confident about my work. As an English student, whilst seminars are useful, lectures are generally an hour of context that can be learnt via a little internet research from the comfort of your bed. As tempting as it is to do so, being up and out and in that lecture theatre has been nothing but helpful.

 4. I've worked out how to work
This. This this this. I never actually knew how I worked best until this term: should I go to the library? Shall I work in the morning or at night? If you honestly don't know how you work best, track how you progress with that piece of coursework over the space of a week. Where were you when you did the most? What time of day was it? Did drink coke or water? Sounds mad, but seriously, find that perfect environment. I now know that I work best when I'm not trying to work (and I definitely work worst at the library!). I need a supply of good food, juice, perfect quiet and no expectation to do a certain amount by a certain time. I've done the best and most work when I'm midway through a movie at 9pm- and I don't even realise I've done it til it's done. Embrace the unorthodoxy and don't be afraid if the way you work isn't like everyone else.

5. Because of all this, good things have come to me
Not exactly in a karmic way, but just by putting myself out there and being more healthy and confident I've had more opportunities come my way. It's just logical. I've put more effort into all aspects of life and good things have obviously happened because of it. I've modelled for a makeup line, I've done my first blogging collaboration, I've run a magazine, made new friends and learnt new skills, all in a few months!
On the train up to Nottingham in September I doodled this quote on a post-it. I saw it on Pinterest and honestly couldn't stop thinking about it as I went to start my final year. Everything you want is on the other side of fear. I found this when cleaning my desk up the other day. I honestly do think fear stops lots of us from doing what we really want to do and living the way we really want to live. I'm not saying I'm not scared of anything (the opposite, actually), but knowing that the things you want can be found if you have a little faith in yourself is extremely important.

These words have been my absolute motto these past few months and it's so sweet to stumble upon on this memo again, knowing that when I scribbled it down I was so so nervous that this term would see me struggle and feel unfulfilled, again- yet the confidence these words gave me encouraged me to change things up a bit and make this the best one yet.

Thanks for reading, xo

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Review: Superdrug Mud Masks

I'm always on a mission to get great skin (aren't we all?), though I've never been a massive user of face masks. To ease me into it I purchased these two Superdrug mud masks: namely the de-stressing and detoxifying ones. Let's see how I got on...
 Let's talk packaging one second: wow! I think they look a lil more pricey than Superdrug. There's deffo some L'Occitane/Neal's Yard inspo going on here, and I like it.

First off, I went for the Detoxifying mask. It claims to remove impurities and generally clear your skin of any nasties: obviously it was my first choice!
Application & first impressions:
I always smell a product first. This, my friends, smells like aftershave. I've read other reviews on this product that have said the same thing so this immediately instilled some serious fear into me- sensitive skin and aftershave? Oh lawd.

The formula itself is a grey colour and not as thick as you'd expect for a mud mask. Nevertheless, this means that it's very easy to apply. As you apply it to the skin, there is certainly a tingle. I will later learn that I really should have washed some of this off, but let me get to that...

The formula dries pretty quickly into a pale green (be prepared for 'camo face' as it begins to dry) and really settles around your pores as though it's cleaning them out properly. It's not too tricky to wash off, but a muslin cloth comes in handy.

Final thoughts:
This mask left my skin feeling super clean, but it also irritated the sensitive patches of my face (undeneath my eyes and the apples of my cheeks)- my trusty avene water certainly came in handy (an absolute must-have for sensitive skin). This mask did however leave my shiny t-zone looking tight and gave my skin a great, glowy appearance. If you have sensitive skin or an oily T-zone, avoid the central parts of your face and instead apply this only to the nose, forehead and chin- the effects are great!
Now for the aloe vera de-stressing mask!

Application & first impressions:
This mask smells a lot more neutral than the detoxifying one! It is a green colour and applies easily, drying exactly the same way as the first mask and leaving a tingle, but one that doesn't feel as harsh as the dead sea formula.

Final thoughts: 
This leaves my skin feeling super clean but I'm not so sure of the destressing factor. Whilst it's more pleasant to use, it didn't really calm the redness in my skin down and actually aggravated a few patches. I'm going to give this one a miss!
I definitely rate the detoxifying dead sea mask for oily t-zones, to use perhaps on a weekly basis for a really deep cleanse, but I wouldn't repurchase the destressing aloe vera mask again.

Do you have any face mask recommendations? Let me know! xo


Friday, 13 November 2015

Winter Warmer Challenge With

The winter chill may well have settled in, but that doesn't mean to say I'm willing to bundle myself into a parka (yet). The lovely people at Boohoo invited me to raid their winter closet and challenged me to pick out an outfit that I think is going to take you stylishly into the holiday season. Plus, head to toe = less than £50. Hallelujah!
Boots: Primark (current season)
Yes, every girl and her dog will probably be wearing these come the end of 2015, but cape coats are so very in right now. If I'm honest, I don't object to following any trend if it means being this cosy. I had been looking for one of these without a fringe (why do they all have stupid fringes?!) so when I spied this in Boohoo's winter collection, I knew I just had to have it. It's like wearing a blanket, just...outdoors. Anyone who knows me will confirm that I'm a massive pjs girl (you will never see me at home in jeans) so this thing is essentially the dream.
Tartan skirts may well remind you of your school uniform, but I am totally in love with them. This Clueless-esque A-line skirt is the perfect blend of preppy and stylish thanks to the zip detail.
Finally, I have been obsessed with turtlenecks this past year, so this charcoal number is a welcome addition to my wardrobe. This top is the sort of thing that can be dressed up with a statement necklace or worn more casually under a jacket, coat or cape like this.
Finally, big shoutout to the lippy of the moment: No7 Match Made in Brick Red. I hope you're enjoying the season as much as I am. Enjoy wrapping up!
*Items were gifted by the brand or company mentioned. This post is in collaboration with

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Review: Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour & Highlight

Hoola bronzer will always be bae when it comes to contour, but I had been meaning to scout out a more affordable contour product for a while. Maybelline always has deals on (buy one get one half price, hello) so when I saw this I was pretty intrigued. The contour shade looked so similar to Hoola that I clicked add to basket without a second thought: for £6.99, you can't really complain. Today I'm talking about the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour & Highlight kit.
The packaging looks pretty nice, and gets pretty fun when you open it up. The pan itself lifts up to reveal a mirror and a space containing a thin contour brush. I think this is pretty neat but at the same time, a little deceiving: you don't actually get that much of the product itself. It also seems to suggest that 'contouring on the go' is a thing. Is it? If I'm contouring, I require a full sized mirror, natural light and a bit of time on my hands...not an on-the-go kind of situation. Who knows how the rest of the world goes about it eh? The packaging also seems to feel not so durable, and very plasticky to touch. I hope it holds up...
 (As you can see above, the texture of the contour section may have got a little funny... I hadn't dried my brush properly on my first use so it went a bit weird! It still works though!) 

For the product itself, I chose the Light/Medium option seeing as I'm currently very pale. The other option, Medium/Dark, doesn't actually appear to be much darker though, simply a different tone.

I tried the brush provided for my first trial with this product, but found it to be scratchy and unpleasant. There goes the purpose for the cool(ish) under-pan section. Switching it up for my trusty Real Techniques contour brush, I found the product applies beautifully. It's got an almost satin finish, which glides on smoothly and doesn't cake up. I am super happy with the tone of this contour product- not too orange and cool enough to look perfect against my skin. I'm currently obsessed with the shade Buff in the Revlon Colorstay range: if anyone uses this foundation, this contour colour compliments it perfectly.

Happy with my contour, I had a play around with the highlighter. Usually with kits like this, reviewers shun the highlighter (never tried it, but the Bourjous Délice de Poudre contour/highlight palette seems to have had unanimously crappy highlighter reviews). This is amazing! It's a beautiful gold toned shade but still extremely suitable for paler skin tones. It also isn't like lots of drugstore highlighters I've tried, in that it doesn't leave you with a streak of warpaint-esque shimmer. Instead, it's subtle but buildable, making it perfect for everyday use.

The packaging gets a thumbs down from me, but I love this product. I think it's good value and a great choice for paler people looking to get their contour on without fear of orangeness/streaky sparkly cheekbones.

Have you tried this? Let me know! xo

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Review: Le Volume De Chanel Ultra Black Mascara

Today I'm reviewing a relatively new addition to Chanel's mascara range, the 'ultra-noir' factor being the new spin on the classic volumising mascara: say hello to Le Volume De Chanel Ultra-Noir!* Ultra-black is definitely the thang in regard to lashes recently- this sample size was sent to me to try out and review.
I've tested this product out for a fortnight and here's what I think!

What I love:
- The wand. It's the back-in-trend rubber comb, and it does an excellent job of separating your lashes. It's very 'roller lash-esque' but much thicker. You don't get any clumps with this wand which is pretty amazing.
- It is indeed, super black. You might not register this until you actually take it off: the jet black smears on your makeup wipe let you know that your lashes have been seriously dark today. 
- The intensity of the colour and volume combined almost give the appearance of tightly lined upper lids.
- This mascara does not fade, crumble or lose its volume throughout the day. Your lashes look the same as when you applied the product at 7am.
- Those lashes being long, separated, dark and beautiful, with no 'crispy' ends and edges. They literally look soft to touch!

What I don't love so much:
- It takes forever to dry. I find myself watching the time tick by as this stuff lingers, smudgable and dangerous. Not very practical.
And finally, THE BIGGEST PEEVE when it comes to this mascara...
- Lower lashes are a no no with this. So many mascaras look great on the top lashes but make you look like a crazy smudgy manga cartoon gone wrong in regard to the other set of lashes we all possess. This mascara looks apalling on my lower lashes so I have had to use my Max Factor 2000 Calorie instead (flawless lower lashes every time- click the link to read my review!)
 Excuse foundation lips, but you really can see how hard this mascara works! (top lash only)

As much as I'm loving the way this performs on my top lashes, for £25, I would want this mascara to be a bit more practical to use and a lot more wearable if I was going to purchase. I won't be buying it for myself any time soon, but I will definitely use this on my upper lashes...I'm kind of addicted to it in that sense. If your lower lashes are quite strong, you'll probably be just fine with this- but steer clear if you have more delicate ones.

Have you tried this mascara? Let me know your thoughts! xo

*This product was gifted to me by the brand/company mentioned.
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