Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Beauty | Autumn Lips

Following on from my Autumn Nails post, I wanted to talk to you guys about my fave lipstick choices for the season. I don't know about you, but I always think nail & lip colours alter dramatically as the seasons change, for me it's one of the first things I notice. I'm even thinking of doing a quarterly post, one for how lips & one for how nail colours change... So watch this space!

The first colour that springs to mind as soon as Autumn comes around is a deep, dark, vampy purple... And you don't get much purpler than Makeup Revolutions' Make It Right! I absolutely adore this shade, and surprisingly it gets better the longer it's worn. On application Make It Right is a very intense, dramatic purple however as the day goes on, it wears off slightly to reveal a gorgeous, subtle mauve shade. Makeup Revolution have seriously upped their game when it comes to their lipsticks formula, and at only £1 I think this product is absolutely amazing! 

Again going down the vampy route is Maybellines' Superstay 10hr Tint Gloss in the shade Timeless Plum. The tint gloss provides (as the name suggests) a beautiful sheen of colour to the lips which has amazingly fantastic staying power! The doe foot applicator is super easy to use, one quick swish over the lips and your makeup look can be totally transformed. Out of all the five colours today, I want to say that this one is my favourite... Burt I can't decide!

Something a little easier to wear is Revlons' Colorburst Matte Balms & I have the shade Sultry, a rosey mauve colour. I love the simplistic chubby stick style applicator because it makes the application process super duper easy. The colour is amazing too, it's a very versataille shade and can easily be worn during the day or for evenings out. The formula is very creamy & feels super nourishing on the lips which is exactly what you want at this time of year. 

Okay, so maybe this one's my favourite? I really can't decide. I've used these Mabelline Superstay 24hr Lip Colours for years now... I want to say over a decade? But that makes me feel really old. I love the way the matte formula looks on the lips and it's true what they say about this one, the colour literally doesnt budge all day! The product is dual ended, so one side holds the colour & the other has a nourishing balm to finish the look. 

Something a little higher end is Macs' Syrup. We all know that Mac lipsticks are amazing don't we & this lustre shade is of no exception. I'd class Syrup as a nude lipstick however because it has a deeper mauve undertone I think it's really wearable and absolutely perfect for Autumn. I find a lot of nude lipsticks don't compliment my skin tine that well, but I really do like this one! 

What do you think of my five Autumn lip shades? Have you got somehting you'd really recommend?... I'm looking to expand my lipstick collection, not that I need any excuses.

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Monday, 26 October 2015

Event | Denham. The Truth Is In The Details.

Welcome to Denham, the newest denim store to hit Leeds city centre created by the rather appropriately named Jason Denham! I honestly thought the stores name was just a play on words, but hearing that the founders name was actually Denham pretty much blew my mind... It's the little things right!
The Denham brand was founded in 2008 with its' first store opening in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, however it's only in the last couple of months when the brand has ventured over to Leeds. I've witnessed the shop going up over the last half a year however haven't actually had chance to pop my head in so when my inbox pinged with an invitation to their event at the weekend, I knew I had to get myself there.

On arrival I was gifted with a much appreciated black coffee and ushered downstairs to take a peak at Denhams' ladieswear collection. I was expecting the store to be packed to the rafters with denim so I was pleasantly surprised by how large the rest of the range is. Denham have the most beautiful coats and knitwear selection. Granted they are more 'treat items' for me because of their price tags but I'd be a very happy lady in pretty much all of their clothes. It's true what they say in that you get what you pay for, and let me tell you that the quality of Denhams' garments are second to none! Denham are really particular about where they purchase their materials from as well as what products they put out there to the public. Denhams' denim (get it?) is purely sourced from either Italy or Japan, ensuring the best quality materials are used to make each of their beautiful jeans. Each jean is also hand washed so if you want to see what the denim looked like before any treatments, you should take a peak in the pockets, the difference is amazing! The Denham logo is also stitched into each item too using a grand total of 691 stitches, how crazy is that. I'd love to know how long it takes somebody just to stitch in the scissor logo. I bet it's a freakin long time. As you can see, there's a lot of effort that goes into each individual Denham garment & you definitely get a sense of that while  in store - There's a fab aptmosphere there & you can definitely sense that it's something special!

After spending a bit of time lusting after Denhams' clothing range, we were kindly invited upstairs to their Private Wardrobe... Ooooh!! What's a private wardrobe I hear you ask, well think having a personal shopper, only on a way more personal & luxurious level. Denham play host to individulas or groups of people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the shop floor. I don't know about you but for me trying on clothes is such a pain in the arse. I hate cramming myself into a teeny tiny changing room with only a curtain of material to hide my dignity. The idea of having a full room to myself along with all clothes available in my size at my disposal very much interests me greatly!.. It's not just that the changing room is designed around a wardrobe, but yes that does help! Upstairs carries on the modern mashed up interiors of rustic industrial furniture and white washed walls. It's such a beautiful space to be in & I'm pretty sure that if I ever were to design a shop interior (you never know it may happen) it would look exactly like this one!

Jason Denhams' passions don't just lie with denim, he's an avid collector of scissors and you 100% get a sense of that in store. The shops' interior is kitted out with scissor hangers, the brands logo is a set of scissors & probably the most fun (if you like this sort of thing) is that each jean is named after a part of a scissor for example the denim range included pieces such as the Razors, Bolts & Drills. I love little trivia things like this as I think it brings the brand together & it's fabulous knowing & being a part of the founders passions. 

I'd just like to say a massive thank you to Jade for inviting me to the event. I had an absolutely amazing time & learnt a hell of a lot about denim!!

Thank you for reading. Lots of love | xclaireabella

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Beauty | Revlon Colourburst Lip Butters

I've got a list as long as my arm of beauty products I'm wanting to buy & something that's been on there for a while now are the Revlon colourburst lip butters. I know they've been out for about a million years now & I've heard so many people raving about them, but for some reason I've just never gotten round to buying them. A few weeks ago I bought myself a couple more acrylic lipstick holders (because clearly one was never going to be enough - blogger problems) and now I have all this extra space to fill so it's spurred me on to buy some more lippies. Wahoo!!

I chose the shades Peach Parfait & Sugar Plum, two gorgeous autumnal colours which both apply with a really subtle amount of pigment to the lips. They apply with a sheen rather than an opaque look, which I really like & is something that is quite different for me as I'm normally a bold lip kinda gal. The Colourburst Lip Butters are perfect for wearing during the day, in fact I've been wearing them for work most days to add a subtle hint of colour to my normally natural makeup look. 
This is the perfect time of year for indulging in a lip butter & these Revlon products are absolutely beautiful. As well as being a fabulous pop of colour these Lip Butters add moisture & nourishment back into the lips which is perfect for me, as when it gets chillier, my lips are always the first place that I feel it. I find myself reapplying the product every four hours or so which I deem as pretty average for lippies and if I'm honest, I really don't mind - I love the feeling of these butters on my lips.
Packaging wise, I'm not overly sold on the quilted design. I think the plastic casing makes the product look a little cheap, obviously it's what's inside that counts, but I can't help but wish the packaging was sleeker. I do however like how the packaging reflects the Lip Butter shade, it makes it so much easier when selecting a colour shade rather than routing around opening each lippie to find the hue that you're after.

Have you tried these products before? I'm sure you have, as I'm waaay behind with this bandwagon. What shades should I be buying?

Lots of love | xclaireabella.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Beauty | Manuka Doctor Apirefine Lip Enhancer

It seems like years ago now, but a few months back I attended #TheCityGirls event in Leeds, where I was gifted with the most amazing goodie bag. One of the treats inside was the Manuka Doctor Apirefine Lip Enhancer.
If I'm honest, this is a product that I would never in a million years would I have picked up... Not only does the idea of plumping my lips freak me out a little, but doing so with bee venom didn't sit quite right with me & because of this it's taken me a little while to test the product. It's been sat in my bottom drawer for the last few months however after reading rave reviews of the product, my intrigue got the better of me!

Initially I thought because the product is made up of purified bee venom & manuka honey, the application process was going to feel a million tiny bees stinging your lips! Eeek! Even though it is very tingly, it isn't half as bad ass as I thought it was going to be... Imagine Soap & Glorys' Sexy Motherpucker only on a slightly more tingly scale.
The bee venom encourages the lips natural collagen formation and plumps the lips in only a couple of minutes. The difference it makes to my lips is just the right amount, I think if they were to increase in size any more I'd look out of proportion, but I quite like how my lips look with the Lip Enhancer on. I've been using the enhancer before applying glosses as I think it looks best with a sheen to the lips, my favourites at the moment are those from Tanya Burr & New Cid Cosmetics - I think the paring of the two products works absolutely fantastically & you deffinitely get the full effect of the Lip Enhancer.
The solution is very liquidy (if that's a word) and feels quite loose on the lips so instead of applying the product straight from the tube I've been dabbing a bit of the product onto my finger, and then sweeping it across the lips. I find this works better and I'm able to get a much more defined look.

Even though the product works really well, I think it's going to be one of those cosmetic items for special occasions. I do like that it makes my lips look a lot fuller, however as an everyday look, I think it may be a bit much, especially if I'm having more of a natural makeup look.

Have you ever tried anything like this before? Or like me have you been nervous about trying something you later really liked?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Monday, 19 October 2015

Event | The Powder Room, Lambert's Yard.

Last week I was a lucky little duck & got myself invited to indulge in a little bit of luxury down at Lamberts Yard in Leeds. After finishing work & coming home to the usual monotonous household chores, an event like this was just what the doctor ordered. Now, pass me the cocktails!

After a warm welcome from SLB, Bridie, Deimante & myself found ourselves doing what every self respected blogger does, and we gravitated towards the bar! The Botanist were on hand offering their signature 'The Botanist' cocktail, a delicious mix of Green Mark Vodca, Havana 3 Rum & Elder flower liquor. I'm glad I got the chance to taste 'The Botanist' as it isn't normally a cocktail I'd go for, I'm a complete cocktail bore to be honest, I like my Strawberry Daiquiris' and that's literally about it. So thank you to The Botanist for opening my eyes to the world of delicious cocktails. 

I found myself wandering past the Wood Wood display on several occasions, gazing longingly at all the beautiful sunglasses. Now let's get one thing straight first, sunglasses & handbags are my weakness! I'm more than happy buying the majority of my clothes from Primark, but when it comes to sunglasses & handbags I want something a little more luxe. Something that surprised me with these Wood Wood offerings is that price wise, they aren't actually too bad!... That's what I'm telling myself anyway! I've got my eye on the Virgos', (bottom picture top right) they're just stunning & at £100 a pair I think they're great.

The star of the show at Lambert's Yard was the sneaky preview of the new Resort collection from Issa. Personally Issa isn't a brand I'd heard of however after hearing they were a favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge, I knew they'd be something pretty special! After having a good old feel (as you do) of the collection my thoughts were proven correct. The thickness of the materiel used scream premium to me, and even though some of the pieces weren't exactly to my taste (monochrome queen over here) I can definitely see why they're so popular.

Other pieces which caught my eye included the gorgeously bright, yellow Ilse Jacobsen rain cape. I love the silhouette a cape gives you & wearing this would certainly make going out in the rain that bit more fun. I've also fallen absolutely hook line & sinker in love with the Williams British handmade handbags!! I love the shapes used to create the handbags, they're so unusual & I particularly love this elongated satchel. It's just stunning!! Something a bit more fun are the Joanna Pybus furry clutch bags. Granted, they're not something I'd grab on a day to day basis but they're really fun & definitely a conversation starter.

Thank you to SLB, I had a fab evening exploring some premium brands at The Powder Room, Lambert's Yard event... Now I just need a lottery win!

Thank you so much for reading.
Lots of love | xclaireabella
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