The Balm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Devoted.

As someone who has been obsessed with The Balm Cosmetics ever since discovering The Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter, it is with shock that I admit this is the first product I have ever owned from, let’s face it – basically my dream Makeup Brand!

The Balm is a must buy for any Vintage Girl out there – it’s up there with, Besamé and Benefit Cosmetics – beyond aesthetically appealing with it’s retro, old soul vibe and ultimately – authentic! Therefore, when I finally came to face to face with this beyond gorgeous brand for the first time, I simply had to purchase one of their beautiful products! Thanks to the modern world of technology, I had already discovered their beautiful liquid lipsticks and as this is my favourite beauty product, we all know which item I was going to buy.

After procrastinating between three shades; Devoted, Sentimental and Loyal – I decided to go with my first instinct and chose the original choice, Devoted. This colour is once again,  my signature favourite shade to wear which is a deep, vibrant, blue toned ruby red and I can one hundred percent confirm, this colour does not disappoint! This is the first time I have worn the lipstick and I can honestly say I will probably be applying this all week. The shade looks exactly as advertised and I feel like I’ve stepped out of a 1950s Technicolour Movie.

If you’re not really a red lipstick kinda girl,  you’ll be happy to know that The Balm have just released six, yes, six, (!) new liquid lipstick shades so you now have eighteen colours to choose from! Just promise me one thing, if you do end up buying them all then please, try not to blame me.

When applying the lipstick I noticed a unique mint scent coming from the product and honestly, it was quite refreshing to smell something different! Don’t get me wrong, I adore the sweet ingredients that are often used in lipsticks, but this fragrance further contributes to The Balm’s products standing out and being memorable. Plus, if you don’t like the mint aroma, there’s really no need to be put off from buying them, as it fades once it’s dried!

Furthermore, the packaging is so detailed and unique! I really appreciate when Brands take the time to not only make a good quality product but, also create something beautiful and classy, which you want to have pride of place on your Vanity Table. I think the majority of makeup lovers would agree that The Balm have truly outdone themselves with packaging and they definitely stand out from other Brands. I think the whole concept behind the product is so witty, very eye catching and most importantly – something different!

Cost wise, The Balm Cosmetics products are in the mid price range, with their liquid lipsticks being, £13.49 in stores and £14.99 online – strange, right? I’ve found that it’s usually the other way around, so I don’t really know why this is the case however, there is a silver lining! Superdrug currently have a 3 for 2 on a lot of their Brands in stores, (I’m not sure about online sadly) and The Balm is one of them, so remember that when you’re next browsing.

The only downside I can think of with The Balm Cosmetics is they are not stocked in every Superdrug, I’ve not yet to come across one in my hometown, (holds back the tears) so, if you’re someone who likes to buy beauty products in store only, this could be a problem. However, as I said previously, the products are just like advertised, so fear not! Debenhams also stock The Balm Cosmetics, so if you’re lucky your local store may have one and if not, it’s only a click away online.

I simply can’t emphasize enough how in love I am with this Brand, all of the products are so beautiful and are pretty much works of art and not just the liquid lipsticks – literally every single item! I can assure you when the sad day comes and my liquid lipstick runs out, I will most definitely be keeping the packaging and yes, maybe that’s too much, but for me? I think not. I may have waited years to finally own something from The Balm – but they most definitely met my dream expectations!

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MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Lipstick.

The best thing about having a Mum who loves Make Up as much as you do is definitely sharing  and swapping products! Therefore, I was very happy to hear that my favourite lady had purchased Ariana Grande’s New Viva Glam Lipstick entitled, Viva Glam Ariana II” and I could try it myself. Of course, I did not turn the offer down!

The lipstick is described as a, “Deep Cool Matte Orchid Pink” however, as soon as I saw it I straight away thought of MAC’S, “Up The Amp” which is described as a, “Lavender Violet” – this description definitely sounded more accurate in my opinion. Although, both products vary with their finishes – the first being matte and the latter being amplified creme. However, I must add that when I tried on Ariana’s second Viva Glam Lipstick I noticed that it was much lighter than Up The Amp and did have an almost pink tint to the shade.

As with all MAC Lipsticks, the formula of each product is amazing and the matte finish is definitely the best for a long lasting stay power. I feel I judged this shade far too quickly in comparing it to Up The Amp and it truly is a unique shade like no other. This shade is universal with all skin tones and I think anyone who likes a bolder lipstick can definitely pull this off. If you’re used to wearing lighter nude shades than this probably isn’t the lipstick for you. However, in Ariana’s Collection there is also a lipglass in a, “Nude Neutral Pink” – so perfect for fans of a more subtle look than can be worn everyday.

At £15.50, this lipstick is in the mid to high price range but I can definitely say that you get your moneys worth with a quality long lasting product. Therefore, compared to a cheaper product this is worth the money if you ultimately want to spend less over time. Plus, with each Viva Glam product 100% of the purchase price goes towards The MAC Aids Fund which has raised over $400 million dollars towards fighting this awful disease.

If you’ve bought a Viva Glam lipstick before you’ll know that the packaging is slightly different compared to the usual design. As Ariana is the current Viva Glam Girl, the box and product itself features her Signature on a beautiful red metallic background. In my opinion, this is definitely a lot more aesthetically pleasing compared to the standard packaging – although that itself is still very iconic.

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in Beso and Patina.

Before I start reviewing these amazing liquid lipsticks, I have to thank my gorgeous Sophie for introducing me to Stila by buying these two products for me for my Birthday! Stila first came to my attention a few weeks previously when I saw Sophie frequently wear one of their liquid lipsticks called, “Patina” and she couldn’t say enough positive things about it – that’s when I knew it was a must have purchase!

The shades I received from Sophie was her favourite, “Patina” and my go to colour, (red – what else?), “Beso” and I was instantly in love with them. I’m especially glad that one of the shades she bought me was, “Patina” as I doubt I would have bought it for myself as I would assume it wouldn’t suit me. Surprisingly – I was so wrong! Patina is a beautiful mauve nude pink, a really unique colour that is bold and such a lovely shade to wear. I can definitely see why it’s Sophie’s favourite and I’m happy to say it’s one of mine too! Beso is a stunning bold true blue red, the ultimate vintage bombshell shade and a must have in my old soul opinion. I really don’t think you can go wrong with red lipstick, it’s just such a classic and timeless look.

There are so many liquid lipsticks out there now and sadly so many have a lot of flaws and don’t quite match the hype they are given. However, I can without a doubt say that the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are the best I have ever used! They stay on for hours and do not feeling uncomfortable or drying on your lips as the formula includes avocado oil and Vitamin E. 

Not only is the product beautiful but the packaging is absolutely stunning, featuring a gorgeous bold gold colour for the wand and the font. At £16, the lipsticks are at the mid price range but in my opinion are definitely worth the money. The product is a decent size so should last quite a while and you only need a small amount of lipstick because it’s so pigmented. Furthermore, the wand brush is flexible which makes it a lot easier to apply the lipstick and contour the shape of your lips. In my opinion, this is incredibly important for a liquid lipstick to have as a hard wand brush can make it extremely hard to apply nicely if you don’t own a lipstick brush.

It’s fascinating applying the lipstick and watching it dry from a glossy formula to a matte finish in a matter of seconds! Unlike some liquid lipsticks this dries completely, staying incredibly well and not rubbing off easily like some others sadly do. I absolutely adore these lipsticks and can’t wait to try more from their collection, I can’t thank Sophie enough for introducing me to Stila!

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Younique Lipstick.

As you have probably guessed by now, I adore make up and as a huge lipstick lover I’m forever trying different shades and brands. Therefore, I was thrilled to be contacted by a lovely presenter from the make up brand Younique; Lizzie, asking me if I would be happy to test out one of their lipsticks. Yes, I’m pretty sure you can all guess what my answer was!

I was sent a link to the website so I could view all of the lipsticks and there were so many beautiful shades! The lipstick I was sent is called a Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick and the shade is Pretentious. When I first saw it I knew straight away that I would adore it, it’s such a vibrant fuschia pink and looks exactly like the picture on the website, which is very important!

I think my favourite thing about the lipstick would have the be the glitter pigments, I’ve had many lipsticks and lip glosses over the years that look glittery but produce no glitter when applied – which is very frustrating! However, the glitter in Pretentious was fully apparent when I applied the shade this morning, I felt it made my lips look 3D. Plus, for all Marilyn/Old Hollywood fans, the texture created reminded me of Marilyn’s iconic lips in Niagara (1953), the only difference being the shade. What could be better?

The lipstick was easy to apply and perfect for shaping the contours of my lips and creating a glossy look without feeling sticky or clumpy. Therefore there’s no need to apply any separate gloss over the lipstick! There are two finishes available in the Moodstruck lipsticks; Matte and Pearl and Pretentious has a pearl finish, which I personally prefer.

I also think it’s wonderful how there is a whole page to show you how to use the Moodstruck Opulence Lipsticks, all of the different shades by colour and finish and the science and ingredients behind the product. As a vintage girl at heart, I’m really loving the reds, Vain and Stinkin’ Rich!

Not only is the lipstick a beautiful colour, but the packaging of the product is so pretty! The black container is so elegant and is finished with a lovely pattern on the top of the product and on the inside too. Younique pride themselves on quality make up and the website has lots of details about how their brands aim is to enrich and nourish the skin with their goal being to provide healthy, clean and pure cosmetics. I for one, definitely think they succeed!

I can’t wait to try more of Younique’s products in the future, there are so many to choose from, I really could spend hours browsing through their website! You can also find them on, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!

Thank you to Lizzie for introducing me to this wonderful brand, I will definitely go back for more products!

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Cath Kidston Love.

If there’s a shop I’ve always adored from afar it would definitely be, Cath Kidston. My earliest memory of this beautiful store is from when Nokia collaborated with the brand and released limited edition versions of their 6111 phone, so yes – a long time ago! Over the years I’ve had a number of their products, but I’ve never bought any clothes from them before, to be honest I didn’t really know clothes were available!

However, all of that changed when I walked past their beautiful shop yesterday and spotted a lovely floral dress in the window. As someone who adores all things vintage and especially floral patterns, this is practically my dream place to shop! What’s even better is the products are inspired by actual vintage patterns, so they feel even more authentic! I ended up trying on four (!) of their dresses but, managed to control myself and just buy one.

The dress I chose to buy is slightly different from my usual choices, apart from being blue of course! It has long sleeves , a V neck and a ruched in waist which contrasts with the loose fitted bust. I get a very 1960s boho chic vibe with this, I feel like it’s something Brigitte Bardot would have worn in her heyday and I absolutely love it! It’s also lovely to have one with long sleeves, I have no problem with sleeves – I just rarely seem to find any dresses with them!

At £65 it wasn’t the cheapest dress you’d find, but from the quality you can definitely tell it’s worth it and will last for a long time! This is from their new Spring/Summer Collection and I will definitely be back in there to have a browse! The shop is just so aesthetically pleasing and beautifully set out, I would love to work there! Also, the staff were lovely and very helpful, I felt like they were almost my friends, you really can’t beat the little things.

My dress was wrapped in pretty floral gift paper which I shall definitely be keeping! Before today I’d not even been on their website, I’d not even realized they would have a shop online actually, how silly of me! However, it’s just wonderful and I know I’m going to have to stop myself from buying the whole store!

Out of the four I tried, I was so tempted to buy another, but sadly it was far too revealing on the bust. Therefore, I tried a size up but it was too loose on my shoulders, I’m so happy I had the chance to try it on though.

To sum this post up, if you love the classic vintage style and patterns, Cath Kidston is the shop for you! 

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Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground Lipstick.

There’s nothing I love more than a beautiful lipstick and with Charlotte Tilbury’s products, that’s definitely what you get! I picked up this beauty yesterday after spotting it a few weeks before Christmas, when I fell in love with Lost Cherry.

It’s a slightly different style to Lost Cherry which is from the Matte Revolution range, whereas Velvet Underground is part of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection. The first thing that caught my attention was the shade of the lipstick, a vibrant fuchsia pink! Although I adore the colour pink, I tend to wear red lipsticks a lot more, I’m not really sure why, I guess I just feel they suit me better.

However, something about this pink felt a bit different to me, almost quite daring compared to the warm barbie shades I’m used to. I was pretty sure that I didn’t have another lipstick like it, however, I did realize a few hours later that this sadly wasn’t the case. When you have as many lipsticks as I do, this happens quite often, but fear not, Velvet Underground has a more glossy fuchsia finish compared to my other hot pink matte shade from Rimmel.

Charlotte Tilbury is quickly becoming one of my favourite make up brands, although I’ve only tried their lipsticks so far, they are so aesthetically pleasing and such good quality! I look forward to trying all of their other products one day too. Compared to the Matte Revolution collection, the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection have a normal shaped lipstick tip, but still apply wonderfully.  There are currently 10 other shades available, my most wanted being of course, So Marilyn – need I even explain why?

Another lipstick on my wish list has to be Amazing Grace, I actually tested it the same day I bought Velvet Underground and it looked like a beautiful rusty red shade. I’ve said this before in previous posts and I’ll say it again, what I love about this brand is the lipsticks are so clearly inspired by so many Old Hollywood Beauties. That’s not just me assuming either, it’s stated on the website!

I decided to wear my new skater dress I bought in the January Sales on Very from South, for just £15 (!), it’s now gone down to £12.99 and is also available in black and pink as well a my colour, cobalt blue. I absolutely adore dresses that are modern but look like they’re from the 1940s and 1950s and this one is just that.

The lace detail creates such a classic vintage feel and it also goes in at the waist – a must for vintage lovers. It’s the rare combination of fairly fitted but comfy, personally, I wish it was slightly tighter on the waist but a belt shall fix that. However, for such a bargain price I really can’t complain! I absolutely love the simple button detail on the back of the dress, the littlest things definitely make the most difference.

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Flower Fever.

Happy  New Year lovely readers! I hope you all had a wonderful time, I myself had a very uneventful evening – but Silver Linings Playbook was on the TV, so that kept me very entertained. I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved it’s 2016, 2015 for me was a strange year – it started off pretty good but, the second half of the year couldn’t have been much worse, alas, that’s another story.

This year I’m definitely going to try and start putting myself first, I’m really working hard to beat my OCD and Intrusive Thoughts and I’m also trying to be kinder to myself. I need to start treating me like how I treat other people and stop putting myself down all of the time.

I thought I’d write an outfit post today as I think lipsticks especially are starting to take over my blog, not that it’s a bad thing, but it’s nice to change it up! 

Today I wore a fairly new dress, it’s by a Brand called South and from Very and I’m pretty sure I bought it in the sale. Speaking of sales, I’ve just checked the website now and found at least two of my other dresses in the sale for around £8.40, now that’s a bargain!

What I love about this dress is it’s fitted around the bust and waist, but it’s comfy – that’s the perfect thing about Skater Dresses! What could be better? It’s such a lovely fit and perfect for Summer or Winter, just add a cardigan! The pattern is so lovely too, often you’ve got to be careful with prints as they can sometimes overwhelm an outfit, but I think it’s done very tastefully and has such a Spring feel to it. I teamed the dress with a simple black cardigan to match, I really don’t think you can go wrong with the colour black, it’s so flattering and really does go with everything!

As for my hair and make up I decided to return to my favourite look – the 1950s! The past couple of times I’ve washed my hair I haven’t bothered to pin curl it, I thought I should give it a bit of a break. Therefore, the past week I’ve been plaiting my hair after washing it which creates a mermaid look, think Daryl Hannah in Splash. However, my hair is no way near as beautiful as hers, but I try to work with what I have!

It’s refreshing to currently have pin curled hair again, although it can look pretty short on the first day, it often drops and I can end up creating a variety of curls within the space of just a few days! Today I decided to brush each curl after I unpinned it, in doing that it makes my hair look a lot thicker and loosens up the curls a bit, think Jayne Mansfield Curls in Kiss Them For Me (1957) – well, that was my inspiration any way.

I completed my everyday make up with my current favourite lipstick, L’absolu Rouge in Rouge Rayonnant in 47. I realized after blogging my latest post I forgot to take pictures of me wearing it – eek! Therefore, I’ve worn it today so you all can see the actual shade.

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! The last couple of days have been unusually busy for me, hence the late post – so I do apologize! It’s so surreal to think in just a couple of days we will be starting a new year! Time is flying so fast, this year has definitely been a mix of emotions for me, the first half was pretty good  and the second half, well not so good. Therefore, I’m hoping that next year shall be a lot kinder.

I got a beautiful dress from the Myleene Klass Very Collection to wear for Christmas Day and I absolutely love it. It’s very 1950s and floral – definitely my favourite style! It’s now in the sale for just £41.50.

I was very lucky to receive such lovely presents this year and straight away I took photos of my new make up as I simply had to share them with you all! I actually chose the lipsticks a couple of weeks ago with my mum, but this was the first time I was going to see them properly and try them out – what could be better?!

The two lipsticks I got are by brands I’ve not used before, Charlotte Tilbury and Lancome and they are absolutely beautiful!

After creating one of my favourite colours, a rusty red, by mixing a coral red and brown/nude lipstick together I was determined to find an actual lipstick similar to that shade. The shade I thought came closest was L’absolu Rouge in Rouge Rayonnant in 47.

What I especially love about this lipstick is the shape of the lipstick, I’ve not got any like it! It’s a distinct oval shape which is perfect for defining your lips and the quality of the lipstick is so smooth and hydrating! I actually felt if I wanted I could apply the lipstick without a lip brush due to it’s shape. The colour is a glossy vibrant rusty red and perfect for all vintage lovers, it’s definitely one of my favourites – I’ve worn it twice already!

I also adore the packaging, you truly do get your moneys worth with quality products, that definitely cannot be denied. The black and gold packaging is so complimentary and gives the lipstick such a classic feel, it also looks extra lovely with the silver covering box. I definitely can’t wait to purchase more products from Lancome, especially their Doll Eyes Mascara – I’ve wanted to try it for so long!

The second lipstick I got was Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in Lost Cherry, which is a beautiful matte redish pink, another classic colour for vintage lovers. I actually stumbled across this lipstick unintentionally, as soon as I walked past the make up stand I was in complete awe! This brand has such an Old Hollywood vibe to it, with lots of references to stars, one lipstick was even called So Marilyn – which is on my wish list!

The packaging is simply stunning, I feel like I’ve just picked up the lipstick out of a 1950s boudoir! You can’t really tell in the photos, but the container is tinted a beautiful shiny pink, so unique! The shape of the lipstick is even more unusual, I love trying different styles of lipsticks and this is definitely a must because the square tip is such a good idea! What’s even more amazing about the lipstick is the texture is matte, but your lips feel so hydrated and it glides on so smoothly. I look forward to posting about more Charlotte Tilbury products in the future!

I also got a No.7 Lash Impact Mascara and I cannot get enough of the packaging! For the last couple of years this seems to be available at Boots near the cash counters at Christmas and I’ve always loved it because of the vibrant glittery red  colour – it’s so unique! Although I wasn’t as impressed by this mascara as Benefit’s Roller Lash, it’s great for the price and I really like to use it on my lower lashes.

Lastly I got a new bottle of my favourite perfume – Chanel No.5! It’s such an iconic perfume and obviously incredibly popular because of a certain someone called Marilyn. Although it’s not for everyone, it’s definitely for vintage lovers and definitely makes me feel closer to my favourite star! Plus it’s my favourite number! It’s very expensive though, definitely one to get for your Birthday or Christmas or in the January Sales!

Speaking of Chanel, I just have to take a moment to say how much I adore the new No.5 advert! It’s directed by one of my favourites, Baz Lurhmann and I think the cover of You’re The One That I Want by Lo-Fang is just stunning.

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L’Oreal Color Riche Matte 131 Mistinguette Lipstick.

What could be better than receiving a surprise gift in the mail from a beautiful friend!? Well, that’s what happened to me yesterday and not only did I get a beautiful Postcard, I got an absolutely stunning lipstick! I knew straight away that I had to share this with you all!

The lipstick itself is a L’Oreal Color Riche Matte called Mistinguette in 131, it’s truly a unique colour – I’ve not got another lipstick like it! It’s a warm hot pink almost coral shade and it’s absolutely stunning.  Not only is the shade beautiful, but the lipstick itself goes on so smoothly, it’s a matte finish but almost has a glossy texture – just wonderful and long lasting!

To me it’s simply classic colour and perfect to wear for any occasion. A lot of the lipsticks worn in the 1950s were actually a pinkish shade as that was the only way for the shade to look red on Technicolor. Red wasn’t the only shade to wear, stars like Diana Dors and Jayne Mansfield often wore pink! It actually reminds me of the lipstick Elizabeth Taylor wears in her Oscar Winning Role, BUtterfield 8 in 1960.


I absolutely adore the gold packaging too, I’m such a fan of gold cased lipsticks as they remind me of the vintage ones from the 1940s and 1950s! Plus, it sure makes the product stand out and is very complimentary to the shade of lipstick. I’ve always thought L’Oreal was a wonderful brand, I’ve got quite a few of their products and I definitely intend to get more!

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MAC Dita Von Teese Lipstick.

If I had to choose a favourite Make Up Brand for Lipsticks and Lip Pencils, it would without a doubt be MAC. I’ve been using their lipsticks for years and I absolutely adore them. To be fair, the normal packaging isn’t the most glamorous  but, the quality of their lipsticks are absolutely wonderful and the sleek classic container is pretty iconic. All of their lipsticks have a variety of finishes; matte, satin, frost and amplified to name a few. Also, MAC often collaborate with celebrities and bring out beautiful collections such as MAC Viva Glam, which donate their proceeds to the MAC Aids Fund.

Therefore, I may have almost cried with joy when I saw on Dita Von Teese’s Instagram that she was collaborating with MAC to celebrate the release of her new beauty book; Your Beauty Mark. Dita is a huge fan of Old Hollywood like myself and so there was no doubt what shade her lipstick was going to be – red!

The lipstick is a blue tone red with a matte finish and Dita’s signature adorned onto the package as well as stamped onto the actual lipstick! It truly is a one of a kind and a classic red lipstick like no other! Furthermore, if you think the lipstick itself is beautiful – just wait until you see packaging! A stunning photo of Dita wearing the lipstick is imprinted onto the cover, unlike any of the other MAC lipstick packages which are usually sleek and simple. This is one case I intend to keep forever and ever!

Like all MAC lipsticks, the product goes on smooth and produces a lovely matte but vibrant finish, I didn’t even have to use a lip pencil before I applied it as it lasted for hours. Actually, as I’m writing this it’s still on now! Granted, it’s far from perfect as I’ve eaten a lot but, everyone would realize I was wearing red lipstick!

Sadly, with all MAC products and especially special collections, they sell out – and fast! I’ve just checked the UK website and the lipstick is sold out on there. However, considering it’s been such a success I wouldn’t be surprised if they restocked in time for Christmas and I’m sure they will pop up on ebay, so fear not!

I recommend this to all lipstick lovers, anyone who wants to stand out and step out of their comfort zone and to all modern day vintage girls like myself! I really hope MAC continue to work with Dita, she is an absolute Beauty Icon!

As for my outfit today I decided to go for an oldie but goodie, a River Island dress I got off my mum for my 20th Birthday! I hadn’t worn it for quite a while, as you can probably guess – it’s not a day to day kind of dress. But I love the velour material, it almost looks like the dress is metallic, I haven’t got any other clothes like it! My favourite thing about the dress is the wrap effect detail, it’s such a simple but beautiful touch!

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