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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

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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 Kiko Cosmetics? 

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!?

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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….

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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…

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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!

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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!

Have you tried Pretty Zombie Cosmetics yet? 

What’s your favourite matte lip colour? 

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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…

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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.

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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.

Have you tried Grow Gorgeous? 

What do you think of the idea of a cleansing conditioner? 

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#SayYestoSummer Lactofree Smoothies and Shakes

It’s time for my second blog post as part of the Lactofree #SayYestoSummer campaign, you can read my first post which was all about making lactose free Wimbledon inspired cupcakes here. This time, it’s about high Summer and enjoying delicious smoothies and milkshakes without lactose.

This month’s gift included an awesome cool bag, new Breville blender (I needed one since my old housemates wrecked my Kenwood one, bastards), cute milk bottles, stripey straws, some Lactofree milk and bananas, I hate bananas so I’ve replaced them with delicious raspberries for this blog post. Any other banana haters out there?

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The beauty of this new Breville smoothie maker is that it’s super fast to use and can crush even ice in a matter of seconds, so with speed in mind I’ve kept my recipes simple for you today (as well as the fact that I’m ridiculously busy at the moment and don’t have much time on my hands). I’ve done two versions of a raspberry smoothie/milkshake today, one was just raspberries and Lactofree dairy drink and the other I added a dash of cocoa powder to make it a chocolate and raspberry drink.

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I think the challenging thing with making smoothies without a recipe is getting the consistency to your liking, for this I used a full punnet of raspberries and it definitely made it more like a smoothie than a milkshake, perhaps too thick for some people. If you have this problem you can easily improve things by adding a dash more liquid, in this case a little more Lactofree.

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To sweeten this simple raspberry smoothie or to add more flavour you can add a dash of honey or cocoa powder, super easy and something you’re likely to have knocking about anyway.

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If you’d like more inspiration on recipes using Lactofree and your chance to win some lovely foodie prizes, head to their facebook page! You can also find more Lactofree recipes and food inspiration over on their #SayYestoSummer website.

What flavour smoothies should I try next? 

What do you think of Lactofree dairy drink?

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Outfit Post: Vans, Beyond Retro and Lulu Guiness x Uniqlo

Another outfit post! Wow, you’d think I was a real fashion blogger or something. However, unlike a real fashion blogger, I’m not wearing any current season stuff and the lighting isn’t great. Last week, Miz and I had a proper day off together for the first time in ages, we headed to Brighton Pier for the first time since we’ve lived here and played arcade games and had a wander, on the hottest day of the year! Seriously, never been so hot, especially not in this country.

Anyway, here’s what I wore…

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So sad that I killed my short dungarees this month through a bizarre accident with a door handle, luckily an afternoon with fellow Brighton Blogger, Jennie from Hooting Miss Owl lead to a trawl through Beyond Retro (the Brighton one is far less pretentious than the London ones by the way!) and I picked up this cute dungaree dress for under £30. They are a good fit and I love the striped braces on them. The bag is my beloved Fox/Owl satchel which you can pick up all over the internet for not very much money.

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I wore a Lulu Guiness x Uniqlo top underneath, which is still going strong and accessorized with my Tatty Devine sample sale lolly pop necklace, a Lazy Oaf badge and my epic glitter shades from ASOS. Check out the view of the beach behind me, can you believe that’s just little old Britain? Love living here.

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My new shoes are star printed, blue, classic Vans lace ups, they are higher cut than the lace ups that you see most girls wearing, more the shape of a skate trainer than a plimsol, I picked them up in the ASOS sale for about £30. My socks are Primark specials, only £1.50. The trainers are awesome, I love how they look, but they are in severe need of wearing in at the moment. Here’s to more sunny weather and more outfit photos! Thanks as always goes to Miz for taking the photos for me.

What do you think of dungarees? 

What’s your latest shoe purchase? 

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Coggings & Co Burgers, Dyke Road, Brighton

So, we moved to Brighton about a month ago now, we were bound to start a Brighton burger adventure as soon as we could, right? Yea, of course! That’s why our first meal out in Brighton since moving here was a burger. Coggings & Co is about ten minutes walk from Brighton train station and a mere five minutes from a house, so it was a natural choice for our first Brighton burger noms.

The unique thing about Coggings & Co is that they only use brands and ingredients sourced locally, from the Sussex county, so you’re going to get the best Sussex has to offer and because of that, super freshness and British food. It’s not an original USP but it’s something awesome to see in a independent restaurant for sure, great to see how they are support their community of growers and makers.

To drink I went for Wobblegate Pink Cider, partly because of the name, it made me smile. It’s pink because it contains crushed berries and you get a massive bottle for your money, which is also a bonus. Delighted to see it presented with a frosted glass and plenty of ice too, a nice touch, although a bit dodgy for my poor sensitive teeth. Anyway, the cider was still, which I’m not used to, so although it was good I don’t think it’s a texture I’d choose again. It’s always fun to try a new brand though!

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The burger menu is simple, just lots of strong classics using Sussex sourced ingredients and each burger comes with a side of triple cooked chips, which you can choose to be cooked in dripping or vegetable oil, which I thought was a nice touch. Naturally, we went for the dripping option! I went for their take on a the cheese burger: 6oz beef, coastal cheddar, dry-cured honey-glazed streaky bacon, mustard mayonnaise, salad. And here’s what it looked like, totally impressed with the impeccable presentation.

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For £10.95 you get the perfect amount of food. The patty is juicy and the perfect size and all the toppings taste and look amazing. They’ve stuck to their own vibe, bringing together a very British take on the burger, rather than going for the dirty American style burger that is so popular at the moment. I’d have to say this is up there as one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

The venue is simple, clean and bright, a little out of the way if you’re visiting Brighton but awesome if you’re local and looking for somewhere different and off the usual tracks, being out of town it’s not heaving but has a good atmosphere. The staff were super happy and helpful and more than happy to answer questions. Very happy to have this as our local burger joint and would definitely recommend a visit for anyone in the Brighton area. Next time, I’m having dessert!

Where do you think the best burger in Brighton is? 

What tops your burger list? 

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#IndieLove: Birchwood Lolly Pops from Little Papa

Independent designers and makers were one of my core focuses when I started blogging in 2009 and although I’m still a massive fan of discovering new brands, ingenious designs and adorable crafts online it’s not often that I share them, so I thought I’d start a series of them, introducing the first one of my Indie Love series.

Yes, the high street is cheap and convienient, but isn’t is far more satisfying finding something unique, made with love and created by a true artist? Let’s make more of an effort to support those awesome little businesses that are hiding around the interwebs and filling Folksy and Etsy up with so much awesome.

Today, I want to share with you this Brighton based find, Little Papa. They’ve got a whole range of cute laser cut wooden items and printed tees, mainly aimed at children, but it’s these adorable ice cream items that I have caught my eye and at just £8 for a necklace or ring and only £4 for a brooch, it’s not only more awesome than the high street, it’s also more budget friendly too.

If these creations made you smile too, give Little Papa a follow on Twitter or check out their website here. And from me, Little Papa I salute you for being awesome, creating beauties that put a smile on my face and things that look good enough to lick. Good job and keep at it!

Have you spotted a indie brand that deserves some love? 

What crafty finds have made you smile? 

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Vintage Style Hair Cut at Betty Lou, Preston Road, Brighton

So, I’ve been living in Brighton for about a month now, pretty much as soon as I got here I knew I needed to find a hairdresser pronto! Although I’ve gotten quite confident at trimming my own Bettie bangs with Miz’s clippers, the ends of my hair were starting to look quite ratty and although the temptation was there to just trim it myself, I thought it best to get off my ass and find a new salon locally that weren’t afraid of my Bettie bangs and didn’t make me feel super awkward whilst I was there.

I hit Twitter to ask the Brighton community where the would suggest I visited and the most recommended place for vintage style cuts in Brighton was Betty Lou on Preston St, to make matters even better, it’s super easy to get to from my house, pretty much a straight line from my road, awesome.

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I booked in online, via Wahanda and got a great deal on a bundle that included a cut and blow dry as well as a gel manicure for only £42. Amazing right? I’m told you can get the same deals by calling the salon direct and they can create packages to your needs to, so you can get all your beauty needs in one go at an awesome price.

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I was delighted to be able to meet the owner, Liz and have her cut my hair. She was amazingly lovely, down to earth and I loved hearing her story about how she came to be a salon owner after years of various different jobs. Definitely someone I had an instant connection with, which is always nice and particularly nice since I’m new to the area and don’t know many people.

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The salon styling is very cute, rockabilly inspired. It’s not perfect because it’s all been done on shoestring and a lot if DIY by the salon staff, but I don’t mind that, it adds to the indie charm of the place. It’s about the service and the results that are the most important things and all boxes were ticked on that front. Liz did an awesome job on my hair, really very happy with it and loved how she finished it with mermaid style curls.

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I had a gel manicure for the first time afterwards, I didn’t take photos of it stupidly, but the manicure, again was very well done and the girl was lovely. It was my first gel manicure and unfortunately for me, it’s not something I’d do again, too much time and faffing and considering I change my nail polish at least once a week the longevity bonus of it isn’t really something I need. I did paint over it and it worked well, but heck, trying to DIY remove gel polish, that’s not fun. Don’t do it.

Overall, really happy with the place and would definitely go back. If you want a non pretentious, chilled out salon handy to the centre of Brighton that doesn’t charge a fortune, definitely check out Betty Lou’s.

Where would you recommend I check out in Brighton? 

What do you think of the finished look? 

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Blog Tips: A Checklist for Bloggers

Today I’ve been updating a beauty blogger list as part of my freelance work, it was awesome to find so many new ones and rediscover old favourites via searching and shouting out on Twitter for help. However, it also brought up a whole bunch of things that from a brand point of view make it difficult to select bloggers or to even be able to contact you. I’ve written similar posts before which you can find in my Blog Tips category, but I thought I’d make another in a simpler format.

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Here’s my top 10 list of things that every serious blogger should check on a regular basis in order to optimise their site for working with brands and agencies, as well as just general good housekeeping in order to keep your blog slick and easy to navigate. It’s all based on stuff I’ve noticed when I’ve been trying to find bloggers for brands to work with and I’m sure there are more, let me know if you think of any and add them in the comments below!

  1. Do all your links on your site  work and go to the right place? E.g. does your Twitter icon link to the correct Twitter account?
  2. Do you have your email address in an obvious place? Ideally on the homepage or contact us page?
  3. Do you mention where in the country you are based? It could be by city or county, but will help PRs identify if you fit certain bills.
  4. Do you have links to all of your social media on your homepage?
  5. Is your social media information up to date? Do you post regularly?
  6. Are you easy to find on social media? Do you have a username and/or description that relates to your blog?
  7. Is your email address and social media name easy to spell? Will it be easy to typo?
  8. Do all the images and graphics on your site load? Is the font easy to read?
  9. Does you site load on different browsers correctly? Does it work on mobile?
  10. Is it easy to people to comment or share your posts?

Just a quickie on this one, but I hope some of you find it useful/interesting.

Is there anything else you’d add to this list? 

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Outfit Post: Star Wars Vans and Illustrated People Han Solo T-Shirt

This morning, Miz and I headed to the skate park in Brighton so that Miz could get some practise in after a very long break of not skating. I unintentionally went dressed like a Star Wars themed skater girl, hopefully with a lot more originality that the Avril Lavigne type and with my super colourful, freshly dyed hair, thanks to Miz!

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The Star Wars, Han Solo/ David Bowie Aladdin Sane mashup t-shirt is by Illustrated People, which you can pick up in ladies and mens sizes from the awesome website, Truffle Shuffle. I love this top, it’s geeky, but classy too. I teamed it with my Celia Birdwell x Uniqlo cropped trousers, which I’ve had for over a year, but am only wearing in public for the first time today. Being a tall girl, I’ve always been conscious that cropped trousers can look a little like I’ve just found pants that are too short for me, so I added turn ups to make them more obviously cropped.

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The sunglasses are another pair of ASOS bargains, these ones were only £3 when I purchased them in the sale in the Winter. My necklace is my current favourite from my little collection from Sugar & Vice. The bag was also a sale bargain, from Accessorize about a year ago.

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And quite possibly one of the best pair of shoes that I’ve ever owned? My Star Wars x Vans slip ons, that are incredibly still available now. It’s the first time I’ve purchased Vans slip ons, they are incredibly comfortable and for anyone with a geek side, this design is just pretty darn special. Miz, also got a pair, but the more pared down design of Yoda hiding amongst hibiscus flowers. If you haven’t seen the collection yet, you need to check it out!

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Miz dyed my hair for my last night, he helped choose the shades and then I just let him loose on my hair and this is the result. It’s the second time he’s dyed it for me and he’s done another smashing job. Unfortunately my natural coloured roots are making an appearance now, so the dye didn’t cling to those so well to them, but until I can get a professional to work magic, I’m pretty pleased.

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The blue is Directions La Riche Atlantic Blue and I’ve got purple streaks from La Riche Directions Plum and the underneath is Directions Apple Green. All of these shades were applied over the top of a faded blue and purple base and have taken very well. Next time, I’m going to try for a brighter colour on top of a bleached base for the first time ever, more on that very soon.

Are you a Star Wars fan? 

What do you think of my new hair colour? 

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