30 November 2015

Make Up Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette: The Review plus *GIVEAWAY* (CLOSED)

Make up Revolution has quickly become one of my favourite make up brands. The quality is outstanding and their affordability blows me away.

My latest acquisition is the New-Trals vs Neutrals (£6.99) eye shadow palette and it provides an autumn twist on the standard neutral palette. The bottom row is full of gorgeous taupe's, pinks and browns, whilst the top row is alive with warm salmon shades, red's and terracotta's.

The eye shadow's are highly pigmented whilst remaining easy to blend. I also love that Make up Revolution have added matte shadows into this palette as well as satin and shimmer ones. It makes this palette hugely versatile and a great Autumn/ Winter travelling companion.

(Top Row)

(Bottom Row)

I own a lot of eye shadow palettes (beauty blogger issues...), but I can honestly say that this is a complete stand-out in my collection and I own no other palettes contain shades even remotely similar to any featured here, I absolutely love it!

To celebrate Lippy In The City reaching 100 Bloglovin followers I am giving away one of these gorgeous palettes to one reader as a thank you for following me on my blogging journey so far.
To think that 100 people regularly read my blog honestly means the world to me and definitely brightens my day, so thank you!

Giveaway Rules
- Please use the below Rafflecopter widget to enter this giveaway.
- To qualify you MUST follow Lippy In The City via Bloglovin, which is the first option on the widget.
- Unfortunately this is a UK giveaway ONLY.
- Giveaway prize will be posted within 7 days of announcing the winner.

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The giveaway will be running until Christmas eve 2015 - Good luck, and thank you again! Here's to the next 100 :)



26 November 2015

Current Favourite Skin Care Products

I'll be honest, skin care doesn't excite me quite like make up does. Removing my make up in the evening can feel like a chore. When choosing new products I tend to gravitate towards anything quick, easy, multi purpose and hydrating. My skin type is combination to oily but can feel dehydrated so I love a good scrub and moisturiser.

My skin care routine starts every morning in the shower with Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser (£4.99). This is my face wash of choice in the Autumn and its readily available at most drugstores and supermarkets, I grab mine at ASDA. I find this cleanser gentle and moisturising, it almost feels like I'm massaging a luxurious lotion all over. It doesn't foam up like a lot of cleansers, but it still manages to remove any remaining traces of last nights make up with ease.

I use Origins Modern Friction face scrub (£33.00 for 125ml) in conjunction with my cleanser twice a week. I cleanse first, then massage a pea size amount of this all over my face and neck, being careful to avoid the eyes. I have talked about this scrub before and I honestly can't get enough of it. Its gentle, yet effective and I will always have one of these in my skin care collection.

As soon as I'm out of the shower I apply as small amount of Clean and Clear Blackhead Clearing Cleanser (£4.20) to a cotton pad and sweep it all over my face and neck. I use this in place of a regular tonner and I find it so refreshing. It keeps oil at bay throughout the day without drying my skin out. I definitely think this helps if I'm breaking out around 'that time of the month' too.

Nivea soft moisturising lotion (£2.45 for 75ml) is a classic that I come back to time and time again. It's super cheap and a fantastic handbag essential. I love Nivea Crème in the winter months too, but it can be a little heavy as a day cream so I'd recommend keeping this one as a night cream.

In the evening I use Garnier Micellar Cleaning Water (£1.99) to remove all of my make up on about 3 separate cotton pads. If I've had particularly heavy make up on that day I like to second cleanse with my Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser. I also repeat my toning step with Clean and Clear Blackhead Clearing Cleanser before finally moisturising.

My skin care is simple, fuss free and it works for me. I'd love to know what skin care products are part of your daily routine?


24 November 2015

'Brows on Fleek'... Or Something Like That

I'm a huge fan of Instagram brows, I really am, but can I achieve them on myself? That would be a no... And that's ok.

What I have discovered though is Lancôme's Sourcils Gel Eyebrow Pot in 03 Taupe. One word - amazing! This little pot of awesome-ness is waterproof and long lasting. It's easy to apply and hard to mess up. You can apply as little or as much as you want and you still won't look like you've been attacked with a Crayola by a 3 year old.

This is available in 6 shades natural looking shades from Blonde to Black. At £19.50 it's a little pricer than it's Anastasia Beverly Hills counter part, but much easier to get a hold of.

I apply it in small strokes through my brows, concentrating on the sparser areas. Because the gel is quite a hard consistency, I like to apply it with a stiff angled brush. This also helps with precision. After I've applied it, I run a clear brow setting gel through my brows and comb them out with a spoolie. 'My brows but better' is the look I like to go for.

I have been using this daily for just over 2 months and you can see how little I've actually had to use. I think it's well worth the money and I wouldn't be without it in my make up bag now.

What brow products can't you live without? xoxo


22 November 2015

Lately on Instagram #7

I hope everyone has had a fantastic and productive week. I'm enjoying a lush relaxing Sunday with my boyfriend Garrad and puppy Oscar. Here are a few snippets from my last week on Instagram...

Until next week... xoxo

17 November 2015

What's On My Face: Normal Working Day Edition

Today I needed makeup that would be hard core and stick with me through a long ass day! These lucky few made the cut...

For my base I reached for Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation in 1 Porcelain (£5.99). This foundation is super long wearing on my combination skin and I could still see it a full 12 hours later. Its medium to full coverage and a little goes a long way. I personally like to set this foundation so I used MAC Studio Fix Powder in NW20 (£22.00).

Today's blusher and highlighter were my 'go to's' of the moment. Make Up Revolutions I Want Candy Blush in Blushing (£2.99) and VIVID Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights (£3.00). This combo is just perfect if you're fair skinned like me. I'm loving matte blushers paired with a subtle highlighter currently as I like to tone down the shimmer in the cooler months.

I'm the first to admit that I'm no makeup artist with it comes to my brows. They are honestly not Instagram ready in any way shape or form (Though I desperately wish they were!). My daily aim is to just leave the house with them looking groomed and neat. I love using Lancome Sourcils Gel in 03 Taupe (£19.50) with an angled brush through my brows just to fill in any sparse areas and give slight definition. 03 Taupe is a light to mid brown with neutral undertones. I don't find it too grey or red, it's fab!

Now, I'll be honest, I'm probably the world's biggest mascara lover, I can't leave the house without it... Ever. I reviewed this Dior mascara a few weeks ago and I have been reaching for it on the daily. You can check out my review of it here! If you afford to splurge on a mascara this Christmas, this is the one to go for.

Lastly I went for an old favourite on the lips that I have spoken about numerous times before, L'Oreal Paris Infallible Gloss in Flash Dance 208 (£6.99). This is one of my favourite shades for autumn. It's rich and deep, whilst still being neutral enough to wear for work.

I love my morning ritual of applying makeup before I go to work. For me it sets a standard and makes me feel confident. I know people will say 'You should feel confident without the need for make up' but each to their own. I'm not shy to admit that adding a little lip gloss always made me stand a bit taller going into a meeting :)



14 November 2015

Meat@Celtic: The Review

This week I was fortunate enough through work to attend the preview night of  Meat@Celtic, the taster to The Celtic Manor's seventh restaurant Steak on Six. My friend India (The Jewel Beauty) and I were so excited, we could hardly contain ourselves all week.

We were greeted on arrival by a rather indulgent 'Brecon Bramble' cocktail. The 'Brecon Bramble' is a welsh homage to the original Bramble cocktail created by Dick Bradsell in the 1980's. This includes dry gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and crème de mûre and blackberries to garnish - My idea of cocktail heaven! 

To start with I went for the Welsh Smoked Salmon cured with Halen Mon Sea Salt and lavabread, smoked with Carmarthen oak. This was carved at our table, and served with mini blinis and a creme fraiche and dill dip. It was delicately flavoured and extremely tasty. I'm a huge smoked salmon fan so this was right up my street.

India opted for the Waldorf Salad that featured apple, celeriac, candied walnuts, créme fraiche and truffle. The presentation was beautiful and it made for a fantastic starter before a heavy meal. I believe the candied walnuts were the stand out item on this dish.

The show stopper of the evening for me was my main course, the Steak on the Tile. 

This featured 20oz of 28 day matured British steaks, cooked medium-rare served on a Terracotta tile with homemade herb butter. This was for two to share, so India and I went halves. This was served with chunky chips and baby carrots.

The steak was cooked perfectly to my liking, but if you prefer your steak a little more well-done you can leave it on the hot tile to sizzle for a little longer.

#Posers... We couldn't resist!

India opted for the chocolate, orange and whisky mousse served with orange sauce and chocolate powder for dessert. This was a chocoholics dessert heaven and tasted incredible, whilst also looking incredibly haute nouvelle. 

I went for the classic Bourbon vanilla creme brulee with shortbread. This arrived at the table flaming which was unexpected but awesome! The creme brulee was light and creamy with a crispy sugar top. It was simple and delicious.

For bookings and information contact The Celtic Manor's  Reservations Team on +44 (0)1633 410262 or check out Steak on Six click here.

I'd love you to take a look at my Instagram and Bloglovin if you fancy staying up to date with my daily musings.



12 November 2015

Smelling Sweet... Be Delicious

Perfumes are one of very few beauty items that I don't hoard. Rare, I know! I like to use one up before purchasing another. I really enjoy having that signature scent for a few months.

This month though I have been scraping the barrel with my J'adore and thought it was about time I bit the bullet and treated myself to something new.

I love floral scents, but I need to have a bit of sophistication with them, I'm not a fan of anything too sweet. Shopping around I saw that DKNY had added a new scent to their Be Delicious range called Fresh Blossom, and I knew this was one I had to try.

 'DKNY Be Delicious Women Fresh Blossom Eau de Parfum Spray is a radiant fragrance that marries freshness, vibrancy and feminity. A blend of sparkling grapefruit, casses and sun-kissed apricot meets a blooming floral heart of sheer muguet and petally rose, wrapped in luminous jasmine. Finish the apple sensation with a body lingering base of blond woods and smooth skin accords.'

I find this to be fresh and feminine with an elegant undertone. I don't find this too dissimilar to Dior's J'adore but with a more floral undertone. I'd describe this as 'old enough to know better, but young enough to do it anyway...' and it's absolutely gorgeous, I'm definitely glad I branched out and tried something new.

If you're a fan of the Be Delicious range let me know if you've tried the Fresh Blossom edition, and if I should try any others?



09 November 2015

So, we got a fur Baby...

Last Wednesday my boyfriend and I collected this little bundle of joy...

Meet Oscar, our nine week old West Highland Terrier!

He's keeping us on our toes to say the least but he's doing amazingly well!

I'm planning on doing monthly updates on him for the first few months so you can see how he's progressing and growing. I'd love to know if you have any puppy training tips that we could make use of in the meantime?

We hope you all had a fantastic weekend! xoxo


05 November 2015

The Grill at the Celtic Manor Clubhouse: The Review

My boyfriend and I love eating out, and it's no secret that we're massive foodie's. Last month we were lucky enough to go for dinner at The Grill in the Celtic Manor Clubhouse.

The Grill has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere that's open to residents and non-residents alike. Their private sun terrace overlooks the Roman Road golf course that's perfect for '#Golfie' watching with a glass of Prosecco in the Summer. Or if you just fancy a coffee, there's plenty of log fires to cosy up next to in the cooler weather.

The Grill describes their restaurant as 'Relaxed informal dining, with honest and simple food.' 
The menu is made up of steaks, salads, burgers and pasta. I could happily have eaten my way through the whole menu, everything was right up my street.

After we were seated we were brought freshly baked bread rolls with unsalted butter and rock salt with chili powder. This was a tasty added touch whilst we were browsing the menu.

To start with I went for Potted Duck Rillettes with piccalilli, and crusty bread (£8.55) This was very moreish and a great cold starter. My boyfriend went for the 8 Chicken Wings, coated in house rub, served with herb crème fraiche £6.95. These were unbelievable! I unashamedly helped him finish these...

For my main course I went for The 8oz Beef Fillet Steak (£34.00). All of their steaks are cooked on a lava stone grill and served with fries, red onion and watercress salad. The steaks are 28 day aged from British-reared cattle. I asked for mine to be cooked medium-rare, and of course I had to order a side of peppercorn sauce too.

This was hands down the best steak I've ever had and it was cooked to my taste perfectly.
Garrad went for the 8oz Welsh Lamb Rump (£22.00) which looked pretty impressive too. 
To be honest though, I was so absorbed in my own meal, I barely noticed his... Ooops!

After two delicious courses each we were too full to manage dessert. Instead I opted for a Liqueur Coffee with Tia Maria. You don't often see 'Floater Coffee's' on menus these days but I love them. It was a lovely way to end a superb meal.

If you haven't eaten at The Grill yet then you really must. The food is incredible and the atmosphere is lovely. It's the perfect mid-week date night.

For bookings and information contact The Celtic Manor's  Reservations Team on +44 (0)1633 410262 or check out the Menu here.


03 November 2015

If I could only wear one nail polish for the rest of my life...

I have officially become Autumn obsessed. I have been finding any excuse to wear anything burgundy lately, including nail polish.

Before I went on holiday last week I painted my nails in Nails Inc Nail Kale in shade Victoria, and I decided that if I could only wear one polish for the rest of my life, than this would be it.

It's the perfect deep, dark, vampy shade that looks gorgeous in the fall. Nails inc describe it as a 'Deep Cherry nail polish, supercharged with Kale extract that is deeply nourishing and protects against breakage and splitting'.

It lasted 5 days on me before chipping slightly at the edges. I applied a base coat, and two coats of polish. I don't normally apply a top coat... (naughty)

Nails Inc are my go to nail polish brand as I love how easy they are to apply. The brush is wide and flat, and they have the perfect consistency. Two coats gives a smooth, opaque finish and I can usually get away with 4 - 5 days wear without chips. At a RRP of £14.00 they are on the pricier side, but I think it's so worth it.

What polish would you choose if you could only wear one for the rest of your life? xoxo

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