Thursday, 17 July 2014

Loving Lately

Seeing as things got a little crazy around the end of June (read: exams, moving house and no internet), I never managed to get around to compiling my usual monthly favourites round-up. In it's absence today I'm coming at you with a slightly trimmed down edit of all things I've been loving lately.

On the complexion front I've finally found a little routine I'm fairly happy with. No, my skin hasn't suddenly decided to behave itself (unfortunately), but I have discovered a little trio that helps me fake it (fake it 'til you make it, right?). I've been getting a little mix-y, mix-y in the foundation department with Estée Lauder's Double Wear and Rimmel's Match Perfection (see this post for all the deets) and have rekindled my love for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light- why did I ever put this stuff down?! Sets everything in place with a red-reducing, 'I'm literally glowing from within' finish- could you need more?

I'm way too late to the party with this next one but it has finely made it's way to the checkout at instead of hanging back in my basket like it has for way too long. A neutral eye gal's dream I'm of course talking about Urban Decay's original Naked palette. It really is worth the crazy amount of hype it receives. Every shade you'd ever need (well, if you're a normal, non-beauty obsessed, non-must-try-every-neutral-palette-under-the-sun kinda girl). The only addition I'd probably make would be a shade like Foxy from UD's Naked Basics Palette, just because sometimes I find I need a light matte base and the included matte brown is just tad too dark. Apart from that, the array of colours is pretty fab, plenty of one-wash wonders (Half Baked and Toasted to name a few) and some deeper shades to smoke things up. If you've put off purchasing for as long as I have, maybe it's time to give in?

On to a fashion favourite and this ASOS Mint Bikers Jacket has really been floating my boat. I must've been feeling particular ballsy during this ASOS perusal to leave with such a non-monochrome shade. After much umm-ing and ahh-ing, and 'are you sure it suits me?' questions being fired at just about anyone who will listen, I've fallen in love. Paired with black jeans and a plain white tee, it adds colour but without being anything crazy. I now wear it at every opportunity I get and am so glad I took a step out of my comfort zone.

My final love hasn't just been lately but I thought it deserved a mention somewhere. Today actually marks 3 years of being with my boyfriend Kieron, I'm sure you've heard his name mentioned around these parts once or twice. Don't worry, I'm not going to get all soppy on you, I just wanted to share that little personal snippet with you all. We've not got anything crazy planned, just a little trip out to lunch. I'm sure there will be a snap or two over on my Instagram if you're interested.

Would you prefer to see these little Loving Lately posts dotted throughout the month or would you rather one monthly favourites post? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. Ooh I love this post! The naked palette is still so amazing. That ASOS bikers jacket is gorgeous!! I would fall in love too.

    The Sunday Chapter
    Angela xo

  2. LOVE that mint biker jacket!

  3. Love the Estee Lauder double wear, my HG foundation, x


  4. Aw thanks Angela, I managed to pick the jacket up half price so am super happy! x

  5. Thank you! x

  6. It really is amazing, one I'll definitely be repurchasing x

  7. I still haven't got any Naked palettes sadly, but I do love Rimmel Match Perfection and have done for months!

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