Kiko Cosmetics Ace of Diamonds Lipstick and Lip Pencil Colour 27 Review

Ohhh how I love Kiko Cosmetics, everything I’ve ever tried is amazing and this is no exception. The latest collection from Kiko is inspired by Casino’s and Bond girls, which is reflected in the femme fatale shades and the playing card inspired packaging. Today, I’m reviewing my new favourite lipstick combo. I’m excited for Autumn because it means darker, sumptuous, richer shades are more acceptable and easier to pick up, whereas wearing these shades in the sun has the effect of looking goth, which is fine by me, it isn’t for everyone.

First off, check out the packaging, isn’t it pretty?


The packaging inside is significantly less exciting but for an affordable it doesn’t bother me. They have the playing card references on the pack but it’s nothing ground breaking or swishy, but that doesn’t really matter, because the product inside is what really matters.


These colours are such luscious, deep, dark berry shades I adore them! It’s burgundy in my mind. Both have a creamy texture which easily glides on without the need of a brush. It’s really comfortable to wear and the colour lasts really well. Isn’t it a gorgeous shade!? The pencil and lipstick are very close in textures, although I’d say the pencil has a more matte finish and the lipstick is more of a creamy finish, as a pairing they are long lasting and really pop!


I’ve worn this tons and I absolutely love it, a great shade for the Autumn and I’ve been wearing it casually and for the evening. Here’s a couple of Instagram looks in which I wore this shade so you can get a better idea.



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Lucky Beach Burger, Brighton

So as you know since we’ve moved to Brighton we’ve been on the hunt for a burger that can beat some of our favourite places in London (namely MEATmission, Lucky Chip and Burger Bear), so far it seems that the Brighton trend is much more about local ingredients and having a British take on things, but we hadn’t found a good, juicy, dirty burger like we were used to in London until now.

This weekend, after continued research into the Best Burger in Brighton we were prompted to visit Lucky Beach, which is on the beach, believe it or not! A first glance it doesn’t look like much, you wouldn’t think it was much of a restaurant as it looks much like many of the bars that are in the arches along the main straight of Brighton beach.

However, we were pretty darn happy with the food discovery! Not only did we get to sit on the flipping beach to eat, we were greeted with just the sort of burger we’ve been looking for: juicy, messy to eat and crammed full of flavour and toppings.



I went for the El Diablo, because I just can’t resist a chilli burger. On this beauty you get two patties with their extra hot chilli butter, which was delicious. Not as spicy as the MEATmission Green Chilli Burger, but very tasty. Plenty of cheese and veg too, but the tastiest thing in this creation was the demi-brioche bun dotted with poppy seeds, it’s super soft but not soggy, just the right amount of sweet and just perfect. My only complaint is that my burgers weren’t big enough to fill the whole bun which meant I ended up with lots of spare bread. I think this was just testament to the fact that it’s all hand made though, as Miz’s burger didn’t have the same problem.



Oh man! The chips were just perfect, skin on fries with smoked aoioli, and a really decent portion for your money. Everything was tasty and the beach side location is a mega bonus. Everything came in good time, with excellent and friendly service and you can each for about £10 each, which is awesome. Drinks wise there isn’t the best selection of beer (we like craft beer and apparently this hasn’t caught on in a big way in Brighton just yet) but they do have a lovely selection of classic and original cocktails which are always a good alternative. Overall, I think we have another contender for the Best Burger in Brighton.

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Where’s the best burger in Brighton?

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Pizza Express, Jubilee Place, Brighton Review

Pizza Express used to be my go to restaurant for an affordable and pleasant meal out, especially when I was an extremely fussy eater who was a bit difficult to cater to. Chain restaurants were my safety net, as once I’d been to one I always knew what to expect and what I would order on the menu. However, since branching out with my food I’ve not been to as many chain restaurants and mixed things up a bit and since Pizza Express was always such a safety blanket, I’ve not really been back since branching out, so when they invited me and Miz down to one of their Brighton restaurants I was excited to see how to performed now.

First up, we tried their Hugo cocktail, a blend of Prosecco, Elderflower, lime and mint, totally lush. I can’t really deal with Prosecco on its own, but this blend is lovely and refreshing and perfect for the Summer, I’d definitely recommend grabbing one whilst they are still on the menu.


My old choice of meal would be dough balls, followed by a pepperoni pizza and then and ice cream, but with the new, broader menu I thought I’d branch out. Me and Miz can’t resist a good tapas style sharing platter so we went for their Anti Pasti sharing starter and we were super impressed. Seriously, look at how delish this looks!

Sundried tomato’s, peppers, olives, mozzarella, warm garlic oil doused bread sticks and a selection of meat piled onto of a little rocket salad. Nom, nom, nom. Such good value too and mega tasty. Lovely shared between two, but would also work well with a larger group too. Just looking at this photo is making me want to return for this platter alone.


Main course? Well, Pizza of course! Although, you’re not limited to pizza there’s a good selection of salad, pasta and calzones too as well as three choices of pizza base now as well. I went for Fiorentina with spinach, black olives and a fried egg and Miz went for American Hot with pepperoni and hot green peppers (you can choose what sort of peppers you’d like). My pizza was the classic base, which is my preference it’s a good size and a slightly chunkier base, Miz had the Romana which is a super thin crispy base. Hungry yet?



Miraculously we managed to save room for dessert! Again, the menu has a good selection including the new Dolcetti desserts which are mini desserts served as a side to your choice of coffee or tea, that’s what Miz opted for alongside a Lemon Tart, which was essentially a mini Lemon Meringue Pie. I was greedy and had the Toffee Fudge Glory, which I’ve had many times before and now it’s even bigger!



Overall, mega impressed! Although I’d always rather support a local business or small brand, Pizza Express definitely has a lot to offer and if you want somewhere safe and perfect for a large group or family, I’d definitely recommend it. Plus, if you’re doing Orange Wednesday you can now get 2 for 1 at Pizza Express with the same code, so that’s an ideal way to make the most of that offer.

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Where’s your go to easy food place? 

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Introducing Peppermint Puff Jewellery

One of the things that I love about the internet is the way that you can easily find the niche community that suits your fancy, it’s through one of these communities (Black Milk Clothing) that I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Cassia, who recently launched her own jewellery brand, Peppermint Puff. The minute I saw her original website I was impressed, she’s done a super job of creating something slick and professional without much resource.

So, here’s a little something that Cassia gave to me that I wanted to share. First off, check out how adorable the gift wrapping is!


Here’s the super cute chunky, beaded necklace that Cassia made for me. I love it so much, nice bright colours and simple shapes look awesome with everything. The quality is superb and the presentation is just lovely. I’m seriously impressed. This girl has a bright future with her crafting I’m sure of it!


The rest of the Peppermint Puff collection is heavily inspired by Fairy Kei and Kawaii styles inspired by Japanese fashion. There’s tons of pastel shades and fruit, very cute and pretty. With each item being handmade you know you’re getting something unique each time. Here’s one of my fave things from her site at the moment…


So, if you’re looking for a new indie brand to support, check out the Peppermint Puff website and enjoy!

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What’s your favourite indie brand find lately? 

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Outfit Post: New Look Watermelon Crop Top and Beyond Retro Dungarees

Do you want to know another awesome thing about Brighton? They build playgrounds knowing that adults will want to play on them too. I swear this playground near our house is way bigger than it actually needs to be for children and naturally, we had to investigate! In the name of fashion blogging, of course.

You know I’ve got a thing for watermelon things at the moment, right? Well, here’s the latest ensemble to combine my most favourite fruity items in the wardrobe and I hope you’ll enjoy it. Read on to find out what I’m wearing.


The watermelon crop top is from the SS14 New Look collection, they did a number of pieces in this print and this is my favourite, although I’m feeling a tad podgy to wear crop tops with my midriff showing at the moment, I’m loving them underneath dungarees and dresses or with some high waisted.


The dungarees are a vintage find from Beyond Retro and have been my favourite purchase in a very, very long time. Unfortunately they recently encountered a bizarre door handle collision accident which has resulted in a most giant injury on their ass, I’m not sure if they’ll survive the surgery, so feeling a bit sad as this may be the last outfit post featuring them.

The tights are House of Holland for Pretty Polly, picked up from TK Maxx and the watermelon beanie is from the ASOS sale last year. I’ve worn them with an Accessorize bag and burgundy Converse. The necklace is my beloved watermelon from Lucie Ellen.


And here’s a bonus picture to show you that adults can even use the slide in this Brighton playground. And back to the point, I love this outfit as a versatile combo that I would wear just out and about the shops or to a pub/bar in the evening. Let me know what you think of it and thanks as always to Miz for taking the snaps.


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Gelato Burger at Gelato Gusto

Two things that I really love are really good ice cream and burgers, so when me and Miz spotted a Gelato Burger advertised at Gelato Gusto on Gardner Street in Brighton, as you’d expect we couldn’t really resist trying it out. This place it always busy and looks flawless, they’ve got a mega range of ice cream and sorbet in all sorts of flavours. Toblerone, Nutella, Sea Salt Caramel and Cookies and Cream to name a few that caught my attention. 20140820_135552


You can get cones and cups of the delicious soft, creamy gelato or if you’re feeling greedy/adventurous they do what they call a Gelato Burger, which is your choice of ice cream with sauce sealed inside a warm brioche bun with a special gadget that keeps the bun warm and the ice cream frozen. The gadget looks a bit like a toastie maker, but round to fit the bun in and it neatly seals the edges like a toastie too. Here it is in all it’s glory…


Take a bit and you get that awesome mix of super soft, sweet, warm brioche bread with a core of cold creamy gelato. We went for Chocolate Hazelnut flavour with chocolate sauce. The dough of the bread is very much like biting into a pain au chocolat if you don’t know the wonders of brioche yet. It’s pretty damn amazing, I’m not sure I could eat a full one to myself very well (especially with sensitive teeth), but it’s definitely something I’d have again and would recommend anyone passing by in Brighton to give it a go!


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Ever had a Gelato Burger?

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Lactofree Cheeseburgers for #SayYesToSummer

This month’s Lactofree challenge was to create a recipe using one of the Lactofree cheese products. I had the cream cheese and their mature cheddar to try. Since it’s nearing the end of the Summer we thought we’d go with a BBQ vibe and make some mega burgers, you know how much we love burgers, so it was the obvious choice! Here’s my recipe and my thoughts on the Lactofree cheese. These were the toppings that I went for: Lactofree Mature Cheddar, red and green chillies and little cherry tomatoes.

Lactofree Mature Cheddar Recipe Chilli Cheeseburgers

Whilst the burgers were grilling I melted a little bit of butter in a frying pan and then fried the chillies and sliced tomatoes, this softens them up and helps the chilli hotness come out.


Once the burgers were almost finished, I popped on slices of Lactofree Mature Cheddar, I had no idea how this was going to perform and was pleased to see that it melted normally and as quickly as a regular cheese would. I finished the burgers but topping them with the chillies and tomatoes and a couple of rashers of fried streaky bacon, ketchup and French’s mustard.


The cheese was just as tasty as any mature cheddar that you’d buy on the high street and was just as easy to cook with, so overall you’ll not loosing anything by going Lactofree with it.

If you want to discover more about Lactofree and their recipes, check out their website.

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Kiko Cosmetics Poker Nail Lacquer in Shades 79 & 80

If you’re looking for a brand that delivers professional results but at a fraction of the price, Kiko never fails to impress. Many of their items have made it into my everyday routine and I love their creative (if somewhat random) approach to new collections. For AW14 they are inspired by the Bond girl and the casino. Today I’m reviewing two of their Poker Nail Lacquers in shade 79 and 80


I love the casino dice inspired packaging, it’s simple, functional but with a playful side too, the cap is printed with dice numbers and slips off for a simple rounded brush handle which makes paint application a breeze. These shades are a deep, very dark burgundy and a classic, gothic black. Inspired by the gel nail trend, these shades produce a thick, smooth and super shiny finish without a top coat. I popped on Models Own Hypergel Top Coat out of habit and was really happy with the results. 20140818_115420

It’s weird wearing black nail polish again, I haven’t worn it since I was 16, when it was a permanent part of my beauty routine in the form of Stargazer or Barry M blacks. The Kiko one is much more chic with it’s glossy finish and long lasting formula. The rest of the collection is looking equally awesome, watch this space for more review of this fun, sexy collection.


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What do you think of the new collection? 

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Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Review: Zombettie, Blue Moon and Purple Poison

It’s been a while since I found a new beauty brand that I have gotten really excited about, Pretty Zombie Cosmetics are one of them. I stumbled upon them on Instagram a few months ago as an alternative model I followed had snapped herself wearing one of the more outlandish colours, I was pretty excited when I found this brand of epic lip colours! They’ve just landed on my beloved CutECOsmetics website in the UK, the first place in the UK to stock this brand, so now that they are easy to get hold of I was excited to give these three shades a whirl.

20140710_160951For a small, independent brand it’s not a surprise to see that the packaging is simple and feels very handmade. It’s a classic lipgloss type tube with a doe foot applicator which for some mental reason I haven’t photographed, bad beauty blogger. Each is stickered with the little pin up zombie girl logo and the colour name in horror inspired font. They aren’t perfectly packaged but that adds to the charm for me.

How exciting are these colours!?


Here they are swatched on my hand I adore every single shade, they are just gorgeous! The application is very similar to Lime Crime Velvetines and other liquid to matte lip paints that are knocking about now. The doe foot applicator is just fine for applying with but you might want to use a lip brush to be more precise. Cue shitty looking beauty blogger fist shot….


But really, you want to see what they look like on my actual face, cue slightly weird lighting mobile phone selfies. I know, I’m a bad blogger, I ain’t got time for anything more swish right now. Oh well. The weird natural light has done something weird with my face, I need a Instagram filter to sort this lot out, but for now, have a peek…


Purple Poison is my favourite from this selection, it reminds me of Illamasqua ESP but much more vibrant and more matte. Unfortunately wasn’t very food or kiss proof when I tested it and ended up looking like I had mauled a blackberry bush with my mouth. I need to investigate some methods to make this stay in play. The colour does stain the lips and for most things it would stay put, but if you’re planning on eating pizza and/or snogging maybe use with caution.20140722_162813

Zombettie is their classic, vintage red it’s darker than Lime Crime Red Velvet and I love the shade, it’s warm and gorgeous. This one hasn’t have the eating/kissing test yet, wish me luck!


Blue Moon is one of the more risque shades from the line up, but I think I can pull it off with my hair colour and the rest of my make up simple, again this one needs smooch testing, I wonder if Miz will be ready for that one?

Overall, I love them, I’m a bit sad that the purple didn’t stay put during eating, but I think I might be able to solve that with some powdering and lip pencil adjustments, I’ll update you when I’ve tried it. At £13.50 at CutECOsmetics I think that’s reasonable and you get plenty of product for your money, definitely worth a try!

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Grow Gorgeous 11-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner Review

I don’t ever get that excited about shampoos or conditioners, it’s something that I don’t experiment with much as if I find something that works I generally just stick with it, but when I heard about the science behind Deciem’s hair creation, Grow Gorgeous I couldn’t help but be intrigued by it, wondering if something with some awesome claims could actually work for me.

Hello Gorgeous is a cleansing conditioner, something I’ve never heard of before! And it looks pretty sexy too.

20140801_162401With 11 amazing benefits outlined in one cute bottle, it’s pretty difficult to imagine that this one product could really deliver the awesome things it promises. On pack it claims the following…


So basically, everything you could possibly want from a shampoo and conditioner, but squished into just one product. The texture of the product is very much like a traditional conditioner, it doesn’t foam, which feels a bit odd for washing your hair in, but once you suss out the best way to apply you’ll be winning quickly. Instead of harsh chemicals that conventional hair cleansing products use, this baby uses a blend of lovely oils and some clever science to remove dirt and revive hair and without the need of sulphates, parabens or harsh detergents.

I’d definitely say that I’m impressed, it delivers everything it claims and although it’s difficult to get used to, once you start seeing the improvement in your hair you’ll quickly be sold. Even on my coloured hair (blue and purple at the moment) it’s gentle enough to not impact the colour, I get hardly any colour rinse out when I use this and my hair looks smooth and healthy.


At £17.99 for the regular formula or just under £20 for a coloured version (which works to enhance your natural hair colour, they don’t do a blue one) it seems steep, but since you only need one product instead of two, it’s not so bad. The bottle is a generous size and I’m still going two months in I’ve used less than half the tube. So, even though it seems pricey at first, it’s totally worth it.

Love the branding and the packaging too, I’m definitely a fan of this beauty and it will definitely something I will buy when I’ve used up this bottle.

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