Dreaming Over A Spot of Lunch


 I love finding unique coffee shops, I get a bit fed up of going to the same places week in week out so to find hidden gems like this place gets me very excited. I randomly stumbled across Mr and Mrs C's when shopping in my local town and immediately knew I would become such a huge fan of it, just look at how amazing the decor is, so vintage, chic and extremely relaxing and calming. Anything with fairly lights, bronze accessories and palettes as furniture has me sealed! 

The cafe is owned by a young couple who have obviously wanted to take a bit of a risk and a new journey and it has certainly paid off. There is a fantastic choice of food all made from fresh and the drinks are just spot on! I'd love to find more places like this, especially if they serve afternoon tea!

Alice xxx

Dupe Alert: Freedom Eyebrow Pomade

 
(p.s. please excuse the look of the Anastasia product, I have used this on my brows a lot recently!!)

This weekend I stumbled across a very exciting and mahoosive dupe and I could not wait to share it with you all!! 

Whilst I was browsing the beauty stands in my local Superdrug I came across the brand Freedom Make Up which I had never heard of before but it looked very interesting. It was situated next to Make Up Revolution and MUA so I instantly got excited about finding another cheaper beauty brand to try out. 

My eyes were then instantly drawn in to this one particular product and couldn't believe my luck, staring right at me was this Eyebrow Pomade which was packaged extremely like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. At just £5 I had to purchase it to give it a whirl and boy am I glad I did, it is absolutely fantastic!! 

The Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade has been on my list for some time, and back in January I finally got around to buying one, it has a fairly hefty price tag at £15 but a little of the product goes an extremely long way. It is a highly pigmented and has a creamy formula, a little too soft for me as when I dip my angled brow brush into the pomade it collects far too much product which I have to wipe on the back of my hand before applying to my brow - the only negative!

Now onto the Eyebrow Pomade from Freedom, the packaging is exactly the same, if it didn't have any branding on you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The pomade itself is once again highly pigmented, fairly creamy but is a bit more of a firmer gel consistency as you don't need to wipe off the excess on your hands before applying. 

As you can see to the swatches on my arm they are slightly different shades, the darker shade is the Freedom Eyebrow Pomade in Ash Brown, the Medium Brown seemed to be a little dark for my brows. This product is available in eleven shades so there really is one suitable for everyone!!! 

I would definitely recommend the Freedom Eyebrow Pomade to anyone, it is a fantastic brow product and one that I know I will re purchase and at more than half the price to the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade it really wont break the bank!! 

Have you seen this product on the shelves yet? I'd love to hear what you think of this product!! 

Alice xxx

A Khaki Dream


This outfit contains two of my favourite things in fashion and both feature in just the one item in this post; a fedora and the colour khaki. I absolutely love fedoras but it is not something you will see me in often, not sure on the reason why but I tend to forget that they are sitting there in my wardrobe.

Fedora's are a great staple piece, they can tie an outfit together whatever the season is especially coming in the vast range of colours. Last weekend I took a trip shopping and the weather was hurrendous, but I didn't fancy wearing a knitted hat or a practical coat with a hood so I chose to wear my fedora; stylish but kept my hair dry from the rain - perfect!! 


Alice xxx

Be Bold This Valentines Day


Valentines Day is just around the corner, so I thought it would be the perfect time to have a play with my make up and create a look based around a red lip, something girly, sophisticated but glamorous, you are heading on a date after all. When can you get away with wearing dramatic lashes with a bold red lip?!

If your not into the mushy love stuff then you could rock this red lip and cat flick eyeliner on a girls night drinking cocktails and dancing the night away.


I really wanted to focus on a look that was a mix of day to night, if you were heading on a date to the cinema, meal or just lounging at home watching a film whilst stuffing your face with your body weight in food then you could rock this make up look with a pair of jeans a t-shirt, or you could dress it up with curls and a little black dress for a night on the town.

 

Just look at that glow on the cheekbone!! 

As I am struggling with fairly bad break outs I reached for a longer wearing and a higher coverage foundation, Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation is my go to base product when I have something important to attend, being gel based it sticks to the skin better and you can build it up as much as you like. 

The Seventeen Phwoarr Paint Concealer is fantastic if you have a lot of redness and spots, it is extremely heavy duty and very creamy so blends perfectly over the troubled areas. Plus it i great for those dark bags under your eyes (mine are that crazy, nothing will conceal them!)

My eyes were the main focus alongside my lips, I'm not one for wearing a lot of eye liner, this is partly down to the fact that I am not good at applying it at all, it just become extremely messy and results in bad make up days. I created a very thick winged liner (not that you can tell with these lashes) using a cheap liquid liner from W7. I then used a little bit of the Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara to add some length to my top and bottom lashes before adding the Tanya Burr False Eyelashes, I'm not too sure which ones they were as I got them in her advent calendar. For my brows I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Promade in Ash Brown. 

Recently I picked up the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder from Boots, for some reason it was part of the 3 for 2 Skincare which is still happening!! I love this powder, it is great to put under my eyes and troubled areas to lock in my foundation and concealer. 

I contoured my face using the L'Oreal Glam Bronze Duo Sun Powder in Bronze just under my cheekbones and around the top of my forehead to add a bit of colour and shape to my face. Then I popped a bit of the contour onto the highest point of my cheekbones before going over this with my Make Up Revolution Highlight Palette. 
 
Finally on my lips I used the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, it is such a beautiful warm red with slight purple undertones. It has to be one of my favourite lip products I have ever owned, I just never find the right time to wear it. 

I'd love to hear what you think to this look? Have you created a look for Valentines Day?

Alice xxx 
  

January Beauty Favourites


These six products are the ones I have been reaching for pretty much every single day in January, they have certainly become the main part of my beauty routine every morning. It was a little tricky to whittle it down to just six products, I could have bombarded you will a million products but after putting a bit of thought into it, these have to be my absolutely favourites.


Next Just Pink Perfume -I previously owned this perfume many moons ago, but rediscovered it this Christmas thanks to my mum who bought me it as a present. It's a beautiful light floral, fresh scent something that I tend to go for a lot. The price is fantastic at only being £8 for the 30ml and is perfect for everyday wear.

L'Oreal Paris, Blusher & Bronzer Duo - I'm such a huge fan of bronzer, as I have very pale skin it adds that bit of much needed warmth - plus it has a mini highlight section too!!! Finding the correct shade is difficult when you have such pale skin as they can have too much of an orange undertone so could look a little grubby. It just blends beautifully!!

Rimmel French Manicure Nail Polish -  I don't normally wear clear or a very pale pink nail polish, I much prefer to wear beautiful pale shades or switch it up to gorgeous deep autumnal colours. You would never find me wearing a clear or a very pale pink shade, but this is 2016 and for some reason this has been my go to nail polish, plus it stops me from biting them too!!

I love how it brings that bit of shine and life to my nails, especially when you have grown and shaped them to actually look ok which really doesn't normally happen. 

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara - This is another Christmas present but has shot straight into my January favourites, I love it!!! For me a mascara has to add a lot of length and thickness to my lashes and this mascara just ticks all the boxes and it does not clump which is a bonus.

If you know me you will realise that I don't use just the one mascara, depending on my mood I mix it up and use a couple if not three different ones to try and get the best out of my barely there lashes. 

Kiko Unlimited Foundation - Yes, I have fallen in love with a foundation and have used this every single day since purchasing it in December. At the moment I am suffering with horrendous break outs, I could literally sit there and cry over my face right now, however this product is a life saver, being a thick consistency it tones down the redness really well and with a bit of primer underneath the coverage lasts all day!!

Benefit Browzings in Medium - I have to admit it, I do have a love-hate relationship with this brow product, as you have gathered from the name of this post I am loving it. I'm not really sure what is going on with my brows at the moment they are a little unruly, but this is product tames them extremely well. With a thin angled brush I use the wax section first, it helps to define the brows and shape them before adding the powder to add the colour. However the wax is fairly pigmented so you can get away with just using the wax on its own. 

I'd love to hear what your favourite products were in January and if any of these were included!!

Alice xxx