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When I was at university, the dream of owning a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes clouded my brain on an hourly basis. I guess that’s the result of attending a fashion uni. Obviously, this wasn’t attainable and even if it were, I’d never be able to physically walk in ‘em anyway. Heels and me? Not a match made in heaven, and that’s putting it lightly. Despite Jimmy not owning my walk, the brand is definitely owning my scent right now. Ok, that sounded weird, but what I am talking about is my love for the new Jimmy Choo L’Eau Fragrance, which will be hitting stockists nationwide from 30 January.

an image of Jimmy Choo L’Eau FragranceJimmy Choo L’Eau is said to embody the expression of a glowing sensuality, comprising top notes of bergamot (always a fave of mine!) combined with the acidulous facet of hibiscus flower. The fragrance is also pretty fruity, with notes of juicy nectarine and enhanced with floral notes of rose and peony before trailing off at the base with notes of cedarwood.

an image of the Jimmy Choo L’Eau Fragrance
Obviously, this is more marketed to spring/summer, but it’s not overtly seasonal and I have been more than happy to spritz day-to-day in the autumn/winter. Jimmy Choo L’Eau is priced at £36 (40ml), £47 (60ml) and £63 (90ml).

*this post contains PR samples*

Scented Luxury // Jimmy Choo L’Eau Fragrance

When I was at university, the dream of owning a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes clouded my brain on an hourly basis. I guess that’s the result of attending a fashion uni. Obviously, this wasn’t attainable and even if it were, I’d never be able to physically walk in ‘em anyway. Heels and me? Not a match made in heaven, and that’s putting it lightly. Despite Jimmy not owning my walk, the brand is definitely owning my scent right now. Ok, that sounded weird, but what I am talking about is my love for the new Jimmy Choo L’Eau Fragrance, which will be hitting stockists nationwide from 30 January.

an image of Jimmy Choo L’Eau FragranceJimmy Choo L’Eau is said to embody the expression of a glowing sensuality, comprising top notes of bergamot (always a fave of mine!) combined with the acidulous facet of hibiscus flower. The fragrance is also pretty fruity, with notes of juicy nectarine and enhanced with floral notes of rose and peony before trailing off at the base with notes of cedarwood.

an image of the Jimmy Choo L’Eau Fragrance
Obviously, this is more marketed to spring/summer, but it’s not overtly seasonal and I have been more than happy to spritz day-to-day in the autumn/winter. Jimmy Choo L’Eau is priced at £36 (40ml), £47 (60ml) and £63 (90ml).

*this post contains PR samples*

When it comes to hair, with an exception of colour, I am pretty unadventurous. I still haven't mastered the perfect curl, or elegant chignon; I can only about master the art of straightening. When the babes over at ghd tasked me with creating a glam look as part of the brand's #GlitzTheSeason campaign, I was a little bit like whaaaaaaat me? I used it as a great excuse to practise doing something different with my hair as opposed to the usual straightened look, and without tooting my own horn, I was quite happy with how it turned out. I was sent an amazing gift full of copper luxe goodies, including glitzy rose gold hair accessories, the Copper Luxe Platinum Styler, ghd hair products, and some matching Nails inc nail polishes (you can purchase the styler and nail polishes as a festive gift). I'd never used the platinum styler before, only the classic ghds, and I must say that these are so much nicer to use, especially for curling.

an image of the ghd copper luxe gift for the #GlitzTheSeason campaign
The ghd Platinum Styler features copper sparkly floating plates and matching wishbone hinge for greater control. Each styler contains the brand's patented tri-zone technology, which uses three sensors in each plate to maintain a safer-for-hair heat - I love them! 

I decided to do a half up half down look, putting the top half into a bun. I then curled the bottom section with the straighteners after using the ghd Curl Hold Spray and ghd Heat Protect Spray. The only annoying thing is my hair doesn't hold a curl very well, which I think is down to the excess dying, but I kind of liked how they dropped out into loose waves. 

an image of a festive party hair look with ghd
I then added some glitter to the bun and added this gorgeous rose gold and pearl embellished head band. I am not sure if this was meant to be worn the other way around, but I kinda quite like it like this. I'd definitely recreate this for a Christmas/festive party. The only thing to watch out for with headbands like this is that my hair got so tangled in all the little leaves. I got myself in a little bit of trouble trying to take this out aha! Just imagine the headband hanging from one side of my head ;)

an image of a party hair do with glitter bun
image of ghd copper luxe platinum styler

So I task you to glitz the season and glam up a look of your own with a hint of sparkle, or a lot of embellishment with hair accessories. If you fancy winning a glitzy gift from ghd, share a photo of your festive hair using metallic accessories or hair embellishments using the hashtag #GlitzTheSeason to be in with the chance of winning limited edition copper luxe gifts. A winner will be selected every Saturday until 7 January. You might even get to see yourself on the ghd hub area!

*this post contains PR samples*

Festive Hair with ghd // #GlitzTheSeason

When it comes to hair, with an exception of colour, I am pretty unadventurous. I still haven't mastered the perfect curl, or elegant chignon; I can only about master the art of straightening. When the babes over at ghd tasked me with creating a glam look as part of the brand's #GlitzTheSeason campaign, I was a little bit like whaaaaaaat me? I used it as a great excuse to practise doing something different with my hair as opposed to the usual straightened look, and without tooting my own horn, I was quite happy with how it turned out. I was sent an amazing gift full of copper luxe goodies, including glitzy rose gold hair accessories, the Copper Luxe Platinum Styler, ghd hair products, and some matching Nails inc nail polishes (you can purchase the styler and nail polishes as a festive gift). I'd never used the platinum styler before, only the classic ghds, and I must say that these are so much nicer to use, especially for curling.

an image of the ghd copper luxe gift for the #GlitzTheSeason campaign
The ghd Platinum Styler features copper sparkly floating plates and matching wishbone hinge for greater control. Each styler contains the brand's patented tri-zone technology, which uses three sensors in each plate to maintain a safer-for-hair heat - I love them! 

I decided to do a half up half down look, putting the top half into a bun. I then curled the bottom section with the straighteners after using the ghd Curl Hold Spray and ghd Heat Protect Spray. The only annoying thing is my hair doesn't hold a curl very well, which I think is down to the excess dying, but I kind of liked how they dropped out into loose waves. 

an image of a festive party hair look with ghd
I then added some glitter to the bun and added this gorgeous rose gold and pearl embellished head band. I am not sure if this was meant to be worn the other way around, but I kinda quite like it like this. I'd definitely recreate this for a Christmas/festive party. The only thing to watch out for with headbands like this is that my hair got so tangled in all the little leaves. I got myself in a little bit of trouble trying to take this out aha! Just imagine the headband hanging from one side of my head ;)

an image of a party hair do with glitter bun
image of ghd copper luxe platinum styler

So I task you to glitz the season and glam up a look of your own with a hint of sparkle, or a lot of embellishment with hair accessories. If you fancy winning a glitzy gift from ghd, share a photo of your festive hair using metallic accessories or hair embellishments using the hashtag #GlitzTheSeason to be in with the chance of winning limited edition copper luxe gifts. A winner will be selected every Saturday until 7 January. You might even get to see yourself on the ghd hub area!

*this post contains PR samples*

Whatever your age, I wholeheartedly believe that stockings should be mandatory. As I get older I feel like I have to fight for the right to a stocking from my Mum and convince her that you are never too old. For me, it's one of my favourite things about Christmas; waking up in the morning to a stocking - the same one I've had since I was a youngen - full of treats. Our stockings at home are always fully of great, random little bits and I love it. Even the printed pack of tissues I seem to get year in year out. Stockings don't have to be expensive, they're just fun and bring joy to Christmas morning. For my last Christmas Gift Guide of 2016, I have put together a few bits I would love to find in my stocking that I am sure others would love too. Stockings are great for when you don't want to get someone a large present as you can just fill them with a ton of cute bits to prolong the present opening; I think I may even try to do one for my Mum this year too.

Christmas Gift Guide // Stocking FillersStockings are all about quirky gifts and the Unicorn Tape Dispenser is something fun that will bring joy to unicorn lovers everywhere, or even those simply obsessed with quirky stationery. Whether you’re a big kid or little kid, we all need a reminder that unicorns are real and what better way than having one permanently stare at you at your desk? Let’s get tape happy and rainbow everything! £9.99, thepresentfinder.co.uk.

an image of a unicorn tape dispenser
A stocking would not be complete (or Christmas for that matter) without a few make-up bits, especially for the avid beauty lover. It’s even better when you find cute make-up gifts that are simply a bargain. The award this year definitely has to go to the Sleek Say The Magic Word gift, which includes four mini Sleek Matte Me liquid lipsticks. This was a hard one to track down, because at £5 (boots.com), everyone wanted to snap it up and it sold out online super quick.

Soap & Glory were also bringing the make-up gift offering up a notch with the Khol-Eyed Kaleidoscope, an actual sparkly kaleidoscope that includes three kohl eyeliners (smoulder, foil in love and what a night). This is a really fun gift, which continues the entertainment even after the liners have been removed. £10, boots.com.

A stocking would not be a stocking if it didn’t include a lip balm; that’s a mandatory inclusion, surely? When it comes to lip balm, you need to spice it up a bit to make it a wee bit more exciting. This is where the queens of the balm, Burt’s Bees, swarm in with its cute bauble gifts. The one featured is the Burt’s Bees Classic Pomegranate Gift Set, which includes the much loved 100% natural pomegranate lip balm and classic lemon butter cuticle cream. You can even hang the bauble on the tree - result! £6.99, burtsbees.co.uk.
image of 2016 makeup gift sets
If you don’t get LUSH for Christmas, did Christmas even happen? This is another mandatory thing for me every single year. LUSH = Christmas. Plus, when these bad boys are in your stocking it makes it smell incredible! Two of my picks for stockings (but let’s be honest, any LUSH will do), are the Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar (£5.95), because uhmmm SNOW FAIRY SCENT, pinkness and bubbles suitable for all snow fairy princesses; and the Luxury Lush Pud (£4.25), because it makes your baths look so colourful and awesome, uk.lush.com.

an image of the LUSH magic wand bubble bar and luxury lush pud
Random little essentials are the best kind of stocking fillers. These again fit in more for make-up category, but are too cute not to include. I really love the idea of the L.A.B.2 Lash Out Loud Mascara Wands (£5.50, thisisbeautymart.com) for when you love a mascara formula but hate the wand it comes with. These include 12 disposable wands with four different brush styles.

For the younger make-up lover, the Superdrug Flutter Makeup Sponge (£1) is ideal and comes in the cutest packaging, while the Lip Balm (£1) from the Flutter range would be great for the slightly younger gift receiver too (available in dog and cat designs for animal lovers). There are also some really affordable make-up bits from MUA. Y’all can’t go wrong with these, superdrug.com.

an image of stocking fillers from Superdrug
Is it really a stocking if it doesn’t have hand cream in it? My pick this year? The KORRES Bergamot Pear Hand Cream, which combines the scent of bergamot blossom and sweet pear in a hydrating, non-oily, light textured hand cream ideal for everyday use. £7.65, johnlewis.com. Other great things to include are: The Vintage Cosmetic Company Makeup Headband (£5.95, thevintagecosmeticcompany.com); Weleda Skin Food (£6.95, weleda.co.uk); and the Smith & Cult Tainted Lip Stain (£24, spacenk.com)

an image of stocking filler ideas
And ultimately, no stocking would be complete without sweet treats, would it? Refreshers take me back to my childhood and I found this tube in Wilko. I always get a tube of sweets in my stocking, it’s always been somewhat a tradition with my Mum. I’m also partial to a chocolate Santa, or six. Chocolate coins, again mandatory in my eyes. How cute are the pudding coins I found? Also from good old Wilkos, I would definitely say check in-store if you have one near because the Christmas offering is pretty awesome, wilko.com

For the more sophisticated food gifting, I’d suggest turning to Crabtree & Evelyn. The Festive Spiced Tea (£8.50) is such a festive treat; while the selection of biscuits, Including these All Butter Spiced Ginger Biscuits (£5), are to die for, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk.

an image of Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas food

*this post contains PR samples*

Christmas Gift Guide // Stocking Fillers

Whatever your age, I wholeheartedly believe that stockings should be mandatory. As I get older I feel like I have to fight for the right to a stocking from my Mum and convince her that you are never too old. For me, it's one of my favourite things about Christmas; waking up in the morning to a stocking - the same one I've had since I was a youngen - full of treats. Our stockings at home are always fully of great, random little bits and I love it. Even the printed pack of tissues I seem to get year in year out. Stockings don't have to be expensive, they're just fun and bring joy to Christmas morning. For my last Christmas Gift Guide of 2016, I have put together a few bits I would love to find in my stocking that I am sure others would love too. Stockings are great for when you don't want to get someone a large present as you can just fill them with a ton of cute bits to prolong the present opening; I think I may even try to do one for my Mum this year too.

Christmas Gift Guide // Stocking FillersStockings are all about quirky gifts and the Unicorn Tape Dispenser is something fun that will bring joy to unicorn lovers everywhere, or even those simply obsessed with quirky stationery. Whether you’re a big kid or little kid, we all need a reminder that unicorns are real and what better way than having one permanently stare at you at your desk? Let’s get tape happy and rainbow everything! £9.99, thepresentfinder.co.uk.

an image of a unicorn tape dispenser
A stocking would not be complete (or Christmas for that matter) without a few make-up bits, especially for the avid beauty lover. It’s even better when you find cute make-up gifts that are simply a bargain. The award this year definitely has to go to the Sleek Say The Magic Word gift, which includes four mini Sleek Matte Me liquid lipsticks. This was a hard one to track down, because at £5 (boots.com), everyone wanted to snap it up and it sold out online super quick.

Soap & Glory were also bringing the make-up gift offering up a notch with the Khol-Eyed Kaleidoscope, an actual sparkly kaleidoscope that includes three kohl eyeliners (smoulder, foil in love and what a night). This is a really fun gift, which continues the entertainment even after the liners have been removed. £10, boots.com.

A stocking would not be a stocking if it didn’t include a lip balm; that’s a mandatory inclusion, surely? When it comes to lip balm, you need to spice it up a bit to make it a wee bit more exciting. This is where the queens of the balm, Burt’s Bees, swarm in with its cute bauble gifts. The one featured is the Burt’s Bees Classic Pomegranate Gift Set, which includes the much loved 100% natural pomegranate lip balm and classic lemon butter cuticle cream. You can even hang the bauble on the tree - result! £6.99, burtsbees.co.uk.
image of 2016 makeup gift sets
If you don’t get LUSH for Christmas, did Christmas even happen? This is another mandatory thing for me every single year. LUSH = Christmas. Plus, when these bad boys are in your stocking it makes it smell incredible! Two of my picks for stockings (but let’s be honest, any LUSH will do), are the Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar (£5.95), because uhmmm SNOW FAIRY SCENT, pinkness and bubbles suitable for all snow fairy princesses; and the Luxury Lush Pud (£4.25), because it makes your baths look so colourful and awesome, uk.lush.com.

an image of the LUSH magic wand bubble bar and luxury lush pud
Random little essentials are the best kind of stocking fillers. These again fit in more for make-up category, but are too cute not to include. I really love the idea of the L.A.B.2 Lash Out Loud Mascara Wands (£5.50, thisisbeautymart.com) for when you love a mascara formula but hate the wand it comes with. These include 12 disposable wands with four different brush styles.

For the younger make-up lover, the Superdrug Flutter Makeup Sponge (£1) is ideal and comes in the cutest packaging, while the Lip Balm (£1) from the Flutter range would be great for the slightly younger gift receiver too (available in dog and cat designs for animal lovers). There are also some really affordable make-up bits from MUA. Y’all can’t go wrong with these, superdrug.com.

an image of stocking fillers from Superdrug
Is it really a stocking if it doesn’t have hand cream in it? My pick this year? The KORRES Bergamot Pear Hand Cream, which combines the scent of bergamot blossom and sweet pear in a hydrating, non-oily, light textured hand cream ideal for everyday use. £7.65, johnlewis.com. Other great things to include are: The Vintage Cosmetic Company Makeup Headband (£5.95, thevintagecosmeticcompany.com); Weleda Skin Food (£6.95, weleda.co.uk); and the Smith & Cult Tainted Lip Stain (£24, spacenk.com)

an image of stocking filler ideas
And ultimately, no stocking would be complete without sweet treats, would it? Refreshers take me back to my childhood and I found this tube in Wilko. I always get a tube of sweets in my stocking, it’s always been somewhat a tradition with my Mum. I’m also partial to a chocolate Santa, or six. Chocolate coins, again mandatory in my eyes. How cute are the pudding coins I found? Also from good old Wilkos, I would definitely say check in-store if you have one near because the Christmas offering is pretty awesome, wilko.com

For the more sophisticated food gifting, I’d suggest turning to Crabtree & Evelyn. The Festive Spiced Tea (£8.50) is such a festive treat; while the selection of biscuits, Including these All Butter Spiced Ginger Biscuits (£5), are to die for, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk.

an image of Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas food

*this post contains PR samples*
YAY IT'S DECEMBER. Officially on the 24 day countdown to Christmas - I am so excited! I can't believe I missed my October favourites. To be fair though, my Macbook went to Apple heaven and I was poorly for the duration of the month. Not even kidding, I was poorly for a whole month, what the hell? But now I am back and I have tried to make my images more festive to make up for the lack of posts. I had so many favourites in November that it was hard to whittle down to six, but after a lot of debating, I've chosen! So, without further ado, here are the beauty products that made November beauty on-point! The make-up bag isn't necessarily included in the line-up, but look how cute it is! Superdrug sent me it as a gift and it makes the perfect prop for photos; so bright, fun and colourful. Jemma in a make-up pouch I'd say; love it.

November Beauty FavouritesFairydrops Quattro Mascara - I have been reintroduced to this mascara over the past month after not having it in my life for several months. I forgot how good it is. I love fibre mascaras and this one is a dream to use; pigmented, lengthening, non-smudging and as they say, like a push-up bra for lashes. The formula has been reformulated slightly I believe, however the brush still features the four lash-curling bobbles for ultimate lift. You need to try this if you haven’t already. £18.50, thisisbeautymart.com.

Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts - OMG YES, THIS. I have wanted this shade for SO long, I am not even kidding. It’s always out of stock when I go to purchase it, but when I met Jeffree a couple of months ago, he personally gave me this. I honestly squealed I was so happy. This is my ideal shade. The perfect dusty, cool-toned pink that will make you want to build your own Barbie Dream House. $18, beautylish.com.

Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick in High Flyer - Yes, another lip product, but November was full of great lip shades that it was hard not to include them all. These lipsticks marry pigmented matte lip colours with moisture, comfort and staying power, they’re great! High Flyer is a really wearable everyday shade that I have been reaching for a lot lately. It’s one of those you can wear and just not worry about it half rubbing off and ending up down your chin and for me, that’s all I want day-to-day. It’s actually very similar to Doll Parts, just in bullet form. What can I say? I am a creature of habit. £6.99, boots.com.

November Beauty Favourites

Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer - Now I plan on doing a full post on Nude by Nature, but I couldn’t not include this in my favourites. This is quite a thick, but very creamy concealer that I find works best under the eyes. It successfully covers dark circles without creasing and is also pretty hydrating so thankfully it doesn’t flake throughout the day. Obvs being the ghost I am, I wear the lightest shade, 01 Ivory. £20, debenhams.com.

Manny MUA x Makeup Geek Palette - Holy shit. I swear I have banged on and on about this recently, but it’s my most worn palette over the last couple of months. It’s perfect. It has everything you need to go from day-to-night and contains a gorgeous selection of autumnal hues. if you want to read more about this palette and see swatches, you can do so in this post. £56, beautybay.com.

Gucci Bamboo EDP - I have honestly worn this every single day since I got it. What’s better is that it also has my name on it. It’s a gorgeous combination of notes, including Italian bergamot, casablanca, lily, ylang ylang, extra comoros and sandalwood. This has the right balance of soft and intense and is definitely a feminine scent with a slight hint of sex appeal. I love it. £58 (50ml), boots.com.

*this post contains PR samples*

Monthly Beauty Favourites // November

YAY IT'S DECEMBER. Officially on the 24 day countdown to Christmas - I am so excited! I can't believe I missed my October favourites. To be fair though, my Macbook went to Apple heaven and I was poorly for the duration of the month. Not even kidding, I was poorly for a whole month, what the hell? But now I am back and I have tried to make my images more festive to make up for the lack of posts. I had so many favourites in November that it was hard to whittle down to six, but after a lot of debating, I've chosen! So, without further ado, here are the beauty products that made November beauty on-point! The make-up bag isn't necessarily included in the line-up, but look how cute it is! Superdrug sent me it as a gift and it makes the perfect prop for photos; so bright, fun and colourful. Jemma in a make-up pouch I'd say; love it.

November Beauty FavouritesFairydrops Quattro Mascara - I have been reintroduced to this mascara over the past month after not having it in my life for several months. I forgot how good it is. I love fibre mascaras and this one is a dream to use; pigmented, lengthening, non-smudging and as they say, like a push-up bra for lashes. The formula has been reformulated slightly I believe, however the brush still features the four lash-curling bobbles for ultimate lift. You need to try this if you haven’t already. £18.50, thisisbeautymart.com.

Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts - OMG YES, THIS. I have wanted this shade for SO long, I am not even kidding. It’s always out of stock when I go to purchase it, but when I met Jeffree a couple of months ago, he personally gave me this. I honestly squealed I was so happy. This is my ideal shade. The perfect dusty, cool-toned pink that will make you want to build your own Barbie Dream House. $18, beautylish.com.

Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick in High Flyer - Yes, another lip product, but November was full of great lip shades that it was hard not to include them all. These lipsticks marry pigmented matte lip colours with moisture, comfort and staying power, they’re great! High Flyer is a really wearable everyday shade that I have been reaching for a lot lately. It’s one of those you can wear and just not worry about it half rubbing off and ending up down your chin and for me, that’s all I want day-to-day. It’s actually very similar to Doll Parts, just in bullet form. What can I say? I am a creature of habit. £6.99, boots.com.

November Beauty Favourites

Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer - Now I plan on doing a full post on Nude by Nature, but I couldn’t not include this in my favourites. This is quite a thick, but very creamy concealer that I find works best under the eyes. It successfully covers dark circles without creasing and is also pretty hydrating so thankfully it doesn’t flake throughout the day. Obvs being the ghost I am, I wear the lightest shade, 01 Ivory. £20, debenhams.com.

Manny MUA x Makeup Geek Palette - Holy shit. I swear I have banged on and on about this recently, but it’s my most worn palette over the last couple of months. It’s perfect. It has everything you need to go from day-to-night and contains a gorgeous selection of autumnal hues. if you want to read more about this palette and see swatches, you can do so in this post. £56, beautybay.com.

Gucci Bamboo EDP - I have honestly worn this every single day since I got it. What’s better is that it also has my name on it. It’s a gorgeous combination of notes, including Italian bergamot, casablanca, lily, ylang ylang, extra comoros and sandalwood. This has the right balance of soft and intense and is definitely a feminine scent with a slight hint of sex appeal. I love it. £58 (50ml), boots.com.

*this post contains PR samples*
A few weeks ago I attended an exclusive event at ibis London City to celebrate its new Ibis Lates Gig Series in partnership with the Roundhouse. The event I went to marked the first of a series of ibis Lates sessions taking place in ibis Hotels throughout the UK, and I was invited by the babes at Talented Talkers, which was super lovely and I met so many fantastic vloggers, bloggers and new pals.

ibis Lates London City
We got to indulge in live music from artists such as Estee Blu, Jay Johnson and Soma, as well as an amazing late night DJ set from Nikita Chauhan, which saw us boogie on down until the early hours. My night was made when she played my requested tune - Eve, Who’s That Girl - which prompted many, rather embarrassing, Instagram stories! The free drinks were flowing, and I’m not ashamed to say I got absolutely sloshed and dragged my pal Jodie onto the dance floor. We had the BEST time; it was a really well thought out night and we didn’t stop drinking and dancing until we were suitably ending the night in the ladies loos fully immersed in a number of DMCs (deep meaning convos obvs!). I think the latter is a sign of a good alcohol-fuelled night with good friends, for sure!

image of Jemma & Jodes
After the music drew to a close, we headed upstairs where we both had our own hotel rooms! This was my first stay in a hotel in a long time and I must say, considering ibis is a budget hotel, the rooms were awesome. Those beds though!! SOOOO comfy. There were even biscuits and chocolates in the room, which let’s be honest, is the way to my heart.

an image of ibis london city hotel room
I woke up the next morning very worse for wear, which is always a sign of a good night. Sadly I had to head to work in this state, but not before taking a shower in the very large shower in my room and feeding my hangover with the treat that is an ibis hotel breakie. I’m talking a full blown buffet offering hot fried food (yes please!) continental healthier options (with this hangover? nah!) and a plethora of juices and smoothies. I must admit I felt so rotten I had to take the pastries with me to work, but nevertheless, I was well fed.

ibis lates on tour
Guests across the UK will have a chance to enjoy the new initiative as ibis Lates will be touring to ibis Hotels in Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.

ibis hotel breakfast
Thank you so much for Jodie’s pal Marie who was there on hand with her camera, aren’t the photos of me and Jodes gorge? Love that girl.

*this hotel stay was complimentary but all opinions are honest and my own*

Time to Party // ibis Lates London

A few weeks ago I attended an exclusive event at ibis London City to celebrate its new Ibis Lates Gig Series in partnership with the Roundhouse. The event I went to marked the first of a series of ibis Lates sessions taking place in ibis Hotels throughout the UK, and I was invited by the babes at Talented Talkers, which was super lovely and I met so many fantastic vloggers, bloggers and new pals.

ibis Lates London City
We got to indulge in live music from artists such as Estee Blu, Jay Johnson and Soma, as well as an amazing late night DJ set from Nikita Chauhan, which saw us boogie on down until the early hours. My night was made when she played my requested tune - Eve, Who’s That Girl - which prompted many, rather embarrassing, Instagram stories! The free drinks were flowing, and I’m not ashamed to say I got absolutely sloshed and dragged my pal Jodie onto the dance floor. We had the BEST time; it was a really well thought out night and we didn’t stop drinking and dancing until we were suitably ending the night in the ladies loos fully immersed in a number of DMCs (deep meaning convos obvs!). I think the latter is a sign of a good alcohol-fuelled night with good friends, for sure!

image of Jemma & Jodes
After the music drew to a close, we headed upstairs where we both had our own hotel rooms! This was my first stay in a hotel in a long time and I must say, considering ibis is a budget hotel, the rooms were awesome. Those beds though!! SOOOO comfy. There were even biscuits and chocolates in the room, which let’s be honest, is the way to my heart.

an image of ibis london city hotel room
I woke up the next morning very worse for wear, which is always a sign of a good night. Sadly I had to head to work in this state, but not before taking a shower in the very large shower in my room and feeding my hangover with the treat that is an ibis hotel breakie. I’m talking a full blown buffet offering hot fried food (yes please!) continental healthier options (with this hangover? nah!) and a plethora of juices and smoothies. I must admit I felt so rotten I had to take the pastries with me to work, but nevertheless, I was well fed.

ibis lates on tour
Guests across the UK will have a chance to enjoy the new initiative as ibis Lates will be touring to ibis Hotels in Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.

ibis hotel breakfast
Thank you so much for Jodie’s pal Marie who was there on hand with her camera, aren’t the photos of me and Jodes gorge? Love that girl.

*this hotel stay was complimentary but all opinions are honest and my own*
Buying for men at Christmas is, for me, akin to deciding what chocolate bar to buy; a bloody hard decision. I have put together a few ideas below, one's that I have chosen for my own family. I can't say they are totes original, but they get the job of present buying for men done, relatively stress free. So here's my 2016 Christmas Gift Guide for Men. Next Sunday will showcase my final guide, Stocking Fillers so stay tuned!

When thinking what presents to get men, I always think the shaving arena is a good place to start. Having a good razor is somewhat a necessity for most men, but do they actually purchase a good one themselves all year round? The Philips OneBlade is a new hybrid trimmer that's proven to trim, edge and shave any length of hair. Although great for everybody, what drew my attention to this one was that it's ideal for younger guys who are experimenting with facial hair for the first time, so if you have a young Brother like me, this is a winner. £34.99, boots.com, amazon.co.uk.

image of Philips OneBlade
And the perfect accompaniment? The Bulldog Skincare For Men Shaving Kit, which contains Bulldog Original Shave Cream and Original After Shave Balm, accompanied by a white shaving bowl with brown rim, as well as a white branded shave brush to help deliver a close and smooth shave. £15, boots.com.

image of Bulldog Skincare Shaving Kit
Socks. Can you really go wrong? It's almost a tradition now for me to get my Dad socks for Christmas as you'd be surprised how many times I catch him wearing holey ones. There are so many great and affordable socks for Christmas - last year I got him some funky ones from Happy Socks, but this year I found these bad boys in Primark. How cool are they? I think I would pinch them to wear myself on cold winter days, not going to lie. £5, primark.com.

image of primark funky socks for men
One thing the men in my family tend to do is buy whatever body wash and toiletries are on offer in the supermarket. At Christmas I like to treat them to, let's say, slightly more luxurious smellys. The KORRES Men's Kit has taken all the trouble of attaining separate products and put together all that a man needs in one little gift set. In the box you'll find mini shower gels, a mini shampoo, shave cream and aftershave balm. Cute, right? £19, feelunique.com.

image of KORRES Men's Kit
image of KORRES Vetiver Root, Green Tea and Cedarwood EDT
Equally, fragrance is an obvious Christmas choice for men. It may not be an original gift idea, but in my opinion, it is fail safe. I've picked out two this year, including the KORRES Vetiver Root, Green Tea and Cedarwood EDT (£29, amazon.co.uk) and the Jaguar Pace EDT (£39, qvcuk.com), ideal for car lovers as it imposes the appearance of the new Jaguar car.

image of Jaguar Pace EDT
Oh and for those boyfriends with grizzly beards? The Brisk Beard Oil is a good shout! The citrus oil blends natural and essential oils and is fast absorbing, ultra light and coats and softens beard hair. £6.99, boots.com.

image of Brisk Beard Oil

*this post contains PR samples*

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 // For Him

Buying for men at Christmas is, for me, akin to deciding what chocolate bar to buy; a bloody hard decision. I have put together a few ideas below, one's that I have chosen for my own family. I can't say they are totes original, but they get the job of present buying for men done, relatively stress free. So here's my 2016 Christmas Gift Guide for Men. Next Sunday will showcase my final guide, Stocking Fillers so stay tuned!

When thinking what presents to get men, I always think the shaving arena is a good place to start. Having a good razor is somewhat a necessity for most men, but do they actually purchase a good one themselves all year round? The Philips OneBlade is a new hybrid trimmer that's proven to trim, edge and shave any length of hair. Although great for everybody, what drew my attention to this one was that it's ideal for younger guys who are experimenting with facial hair for the first time, so if you have a young Brother like me, this is a winner. £34.99, boots.com, amazon.co.uk.

image of Philips OneBlade
And the perfect accompaniment? The Bulldog Skincare For Men Shaving Kit, which contains Bulldog Original Shave Cream and Original After Shave Balm, accompanied by a white shaving bowl with brown rim, as well as a white branded shave brush to help deliver a close and smooth shave. £15, boots.com.

image of Bulldog Skincare Shaving Kit
Socks. Can you really go wrong? It's almost a tradition now for me to get my Dad socks for Christmas as you'd be surprised how many times I catch him wearing holey ones. There are so many great and affordable socks for Christmas - last year I got him some funky ones from Happy Socks, but this year I found these bad boys in Primark. How cool are they? I think I would pinch them to wear myself on cold winter days, not going to lie. £5, primark.com.

image of primark funky socks for men
One thing the men in my family tend to do is buy whatever body wash and toiletries are on offer in the supermarket. At Christmas I like to treat them to, let's say, slightly more luxurious smellys. The KORRES Men's Kit has taken all the trouble of attaining separate products and put together all that a man needs in one little gift set. In the box you'll find mini shower gels, a mini shampoo, shave cream and aftershave balm. Cute, right? £19, feelunique.com.

image of KORRES Men's Kit
image of KORRES Vetiver Root, Green Tea and Cedarwood EDT
Equally, fragrance is an obvious Christmas choice for men. It may not be an original gift idea, but in my opinion, it is fail safe. I've picked out two this year, including the KORRES Vetiver Root, Green Tea and Cedarwood EDT (£29, amazon.co.uk) and the Jaguar Pace EDT (£39, qvcuk.com), ideal for car lovers as it imposes the appearance of the new Jaguar car.

image of Jaguar Pace EDT
Oh and for those boyfriends with grizzly beards? The Brisk Beard Oil is a good shout! The citrus oil blends natural and essential oils and is fast absorbing, ultra light and coats and softens beard hair. £6.99, boots.com.

image of Brisk Beard Oil

*this post contains PR samples*
Another year nearly gone, and my favourite holiday is upon us. I love Christmas, I really do, but I vow every year to be more prepared than the last and very rarely follow through. I just don't know where time goes y'know? I always feel like I have no time to do all the Christmas themed posts I would like, or drink all the festive hot chocolates from the Costa menu, but nevertheless I do love Christmas. First world problems ey? I love buying gifts for people especially; choosing what to get my family and friends brings me so much joy. Of course receiving presents is lovely, but I do prefer giving them I must say. This year's first Christmas Gift Guide is 'For Her' and is aimed at any woman in your family or friends circle and showcases so many amazing brands that are sure to bring nothing but smiles come Christmas morning. I hope this gives you some ideas for when you're present buying, however each one would make lovely gifts for yourself when you wanna treat yo'self too, cus who doesn't from time to time/ always. Let me know if any if these are on your Christmas list and what you're hoping for this year... Next Sunday's Christmas Gift Guide will be 'For Him'.

Christmas gift guide for her
a photo of nude by nature makeup products
I say every year I do not need any more makeup, yet when the opportunity of the Christmas list presents itself, makeup is at the forefront. Nude by Nature is a gorgeous line of natural, professional quality makeup that is not only offering fail proof formulas that are good for the skin, but rose gold packaging too. Need I say more? As much as I love makeup gift sets, sometimes I love to purchase items individually so that they suit the person I'm buying for, and then housing them in a cute makeup bag. Nude by Nature's products are free from harmful toxins and chemicals, parabens, silicone, sulphates and siloxanes and hails from Australia. I especially love the Nude by Nature Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation and Light Pressed Illuminator. Prices start from £14, feelunique.com/brands/nude-by-nature.

an image of ghd holiday copper luxe set
Who doesn't want a bit of ghd under their tree at Christmas? More so when the brand has given its products a copper overhaul. I would never be without my ghds - they are the only straighteners worth the dollar imo - and I'm sure every girl needs a bit of copper luxe to spice up their electricals drawer. The ghd elite dry & style copper luxe gift set comes beautifully boxed and ensures party-worthy hair over the festive period. Bag the set for £195, ghdhair.com.

an image of primark cat pyjamas
If you didn't get pyjamas at Christmas, did Christmas even happen? I don't know why, but flannel pyjamas epitomise cold winter nights for me, and there are so many styles for every gal. These bad boys are literally the cats pyjamas ;) and we're a steal at £8 from Primark. Lots of other patterns too if the person isn't a cat lover (if that's even a thing...), primark.com

an image of soap and glory christmas 2016 sets
Another staple gift category for Christmas is bath & body and the gifting collection from Soap & Glory this year is on point (well, it's always on point but yknow what I'm saying). My picks have to be Soap & Glory Pink Pamper (£15), which contains a range of mini body products and one facial wash; Soap & Glory Girl-o-Whirl (£12), which is not only totes fun to play with by twisting to create different soaper girls, but includes four cute minis; and Soap & Glory She's The Gloss (£14), including four mini Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Glosses. The brand is offering a good split between bath and body and makeup (see it snuck in again), but is especially winning in the bath department. As someone with only a shower, baths are a very special part of my Christmas. Also, the packaging, they pull it out the bag ever year. Merry Glitzmas! Get these gifts on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots while stocks last, boots.com.

an image of korres 2016 christmas gift sets
Also winning on the bath and body (and skincare) front is KORRES, one of my ultimate treats for shower time. Their gift offering this year is rather extensive so you're sure to find something for the women in your life. KORRES is such a lovely brand and it's one you simply cannot go wrong with. All of the scents smell divine and are not like the usual synthetically scented products; for the price I think the products are gorgeous. My top picks are the KORRES Almond Cherry Collection (£18), KORRES The Absolute Japanese Rose Collection (£22) and KORRES Vanilla, Freesia and Lychee Eau de Toilette (£29), korres.com.

an image of crabtree & evelyn festive food cracker
Food. The epitome of Christmas wouldn't you say? Food, like baths, is always high on my agenda. All year round, but especially at Christmas. Crabtree & Evelyn are not only great at hand creams you know, their food offering is also top notch. This Festive Cracker is filled with festive delights, including handmade Christmas Spiced Fudge, Pink & White Coconut Ice and English Butter Toffee. And again, a winner on packaging; you wouldn't need to wrap this, it looks super chic under the tree as it is. £12, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk.

an image of a gin and tonic candle from the present finder
Let's face it, a gin and tonic can solve most problems, and even in candle form it will bring a smile to a gin lover's face. Home fragrance is a really great category to delve into for Christmas, especially when you're buying for a particularly difficult person. You can't go wrong with candles and you can grab this Gin & Tonic Scented Candle from The Present Finder, which offers a vast array of quirky products suitable for all loved ones. At £14.99 it's a good choice. But then again, gin is always a good choice, thepresentfinder.co.uk.

an image of an engraved Gucci Bamboo perfume
Fragrance is always a nice luxury to receive at Christmas as I always find them too expensive to buy for myself. A scent I believe many gals will like is Gucci Bamboo, which is now available as an EDT in addition to the EDP. What's extra great is that at Boots Emporium stores, fragrances can be engraved (for a £3 additional fee) so that you know you're giving someone a truly personal gift. Can't get more personal than fragrance sometimes, can you? £58 (50ml), boots.com.

o&m original mineral holiday 2016 packWhat I do think is nice at Christmas is receiving something that would usually be a mundane every day purchase, but is much more luxurious than what the person would buy. This is when a haircare set like the O&M Three to One Holiday Pack is ideal. We all have to buy shampoo and conditioner on the regular, but if you're anything like me, you'll usually go for what ever is on offer. A person is very unlikely to purchase high end haircare on the regular, especially if they don't have the disposable income to do so, so receiving a luxury set is sure to put a smile on the receiver's face. Christmas isn't a time for bad hair is it? The O&M Holiday packs bring a little bit of Australian luxury to hair and contain three products, each in a different variation depending on hair type. This one is perfect for anyone who suffers with dry and damaged hair as it contains the Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo & Conditioner, along with the Frizzy Logic Shine Serum. £65, originalmineral.com

an image of the jeffree star beauty killer palette
Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette is something for the make-up junkie who loves US beauty products. Landed straight from the US to Beauty Bay, this palette is not for the faint hearted. If they love make-up, pigmented eyeshadows, and sugary sweet packaging, this is for them. £40, beautybay.com.

*this post contains PR samples*

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 // For Her

Another year nearly gone, and my favourite holiday is upon us. I love Christmas, I really do, but I vow every year to be more prepared than the last and very rarely follow through. I just don't know where time goes y'know? I always feel like I have no time to do all the Christmas themed posts I would like, or drink all the festive hot chocolates from the Costa menu, but nevertheless I do love Christmas. First world problems ey? I love buying gifts for people especially; choosing what to get my family and friends brings me so much joy. Of course receiving presents is lovely, but I do prefer giving them I must say. This year's first Christmas Gift Guide is 'For Her' and is aimed at any woman in your family or friends circle and showcases so many amazing brands that are sure to bring nothing but smiles come Christmas morning. I hope this gives you some ideas for when you're present buying, however each one would make lovely gifts for yourself when you wanna treat yo'self too, cus who doesn't from time to time/ always. Let me know if any if these are on your Christmas list and what you're hoping for this year... Next Sunday's Christmas Gift Guide will be 'For Him'.

Christmas gift guide for her
a photo of nude by nature makeup products
I say every year I do not need any more makeup, yet when the opportunity of the Christmas list presents itself, makeup is at the forefront. Nude by Nature is a gorgeous line of natural, professional quality makeup that is not only offering fail proof formulas that are good for the skin, but rose gold packaging too. Need I say more? As much as I love makeup gift sets, sometimes I love to purchase items individually so that they suit the person I'm buying for, and then housing them in a cute makeup bag. Nude by Nature's products are free from harmful toxins and chemicals, parabens, silicone, sulphates and siloxanes and hails from Australia. I especially love the Nude by Nature Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation and Light Pressed Illuminator. Prices start from £14, feelunique.com/brands/nude-by-nature.

an image of ghd holiday copper luxe set
Who doesn't want a bit of ghd under their tree at Christmas? More so when the brand has given its products a copper overhaul. I would never be without my ghds - they are the only straighteners worth the dollar imo - and I'm sure every girl needs a bit of copper luxe to spice up their electricals drawer. The ghd elite dry & style copper luxe gift set comes beautifully boxed and ensures party-worthy hair over the festive period. Bag the set for £195, ghdhair.com.

an image of primark cat pyjamas
If you didn't get pyjamas at Christmas, did Christmas even happen? I don't know why, but flannel pyjamas epitomise cold winter nights for me, and there are so many styles for every gal. These bad boys are literally the cats pyjamas ;) and we're a steal at £8 from Primark. Lots of other patterns too if the person isn't a cat lover (if that's even a thing...), primark.com

an image of soap and glory christmas 2016 sets
Another staple gift category for Christmas is bath & body and the gifting collection from Soap & Glory this year is on point (well, it's always on point but yknow what I'm saying). My picks have to be Soap & Glory Pink Pamper (£15), which contains a range of mini body products and one facial wash; Soap & Glory Girl-o-Whirl (£12), which is not only totes fun to play with by twisting to create different soaper girls, but includes four cute minis; and Soap & Glory She's The Gloss (£14), including four mini Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Glosses. The brand is offering a good split between bath and body and makeup (see it snuck in again), but is especially winning in the bath department. As someone with only a shower, baths are a very special part of my Christmas. Also, the packaging, they pull it out the bag ever year. Merry Glitzmas! Get these gifts on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots while stocks last, boots.com.

an image of korres 2016 christmas gift sets
Also winning on the bath and body (and skincare) front is KORRES, one of my ultimate treats for shower time. Their gift offering this year is rather extensive so you're sure to find something for the women in your life. KORRES is such a lovely brand and it's one you simply cannot go wrong with. All of the scents smell divine and are not like the usual synthetically scented products; for the price I think the products are gorgeous. My top picks are the KORRES Almond Cherry Collection (£18), KORRES The Absolute Japanese Rose Collection (£22) and KORRES Vanilla, Freesia and Lychee Eau de Toilette (£29), korres.com.

an image of crabtree & evelyn festive food cracker
Food. The epitome of Christmas wouldn't you say? Food, like baths, is always high on my agenda. All year round, but especially at Christmas. Crabtree & Evelyn are not only great at hand creams you know, their food offering is also top notch. This Festive Cracker is filled with festive delights, including handmade Christmas Spiced Fudge, Pink & White Coconut Ice and English Butter Toffee. And again, a winner on packaging; you wouldn't need to wrap this, it looks super chic under the tree as it is. £12, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk.

an image of a gin and tonic candle from the present finder
Let's face it, a gin and tonic can solve most problems, and even in candle form it will bring a smile to a gin lover's face. Home fragrance is a really great category to delve into for Christmas, especially when you're buying for a particularly difficult person. You can't go wrong with candles and you can grab this Gin & Tonic Scented Candle from The Present Finder, which offers a vast array of quirky products suitable for all loved ones. At £14.99 it's a good choice. But then again, gin is always a good choice, thepresentfinder.co.uk.

an image of an engraved Gucci Bamboo perfume
Fragrance is always a nice luxury to receive at Christmas as I always find them too expensive to buy for myself. A scent I believe many gals will like is Gucci Bamboo, which is now available as an EDT in addition to the EDP. What's extra great is that at Boots Emporium stores, fragrances can be engraved (for a £3 additional fee) so that you know you're giving someone a truly personal gift. Can't get more personal than fragrance sometimes, can you? £58 (50ml), boots.com.

o&m original mineral holiday 2016 packWhat I do think is nice at Christmas is receiving something that would usually be a mundane every day purchase, but is much more luxurious than what the person would buy. This is when a haircare set like the O&M Three to One Holiday Pack is ideal. We all have to buy shampoo and conditioner on the regular, but if you're anything like me, you'll usually go for what ever is on offer. A person is very unlikely to purchase high end haircare on the regular, especially if they don't have the disposable income to do so, so receiving a luxury set is sure to put a smile on the receiver's face. Christmas isn't a time for bad hair is it? The O&M Holiday packs bring a little bit of Australian luxury to hair and contain three products, each in a different variation depending on hair type. This one is perfect for anyone who suffers with dry and damaged hair as it contains the Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo & Conditioner, along with the Frizzy Logic Shine Serum. £65, originalmineral.com

an image of the jeffree star beauty killer palette
Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette is something for the make-up junkie who loves US beauty products. Landed straight from the US to Beauty Bay, this palette is not for the faint hearted. If they love make-up, pigmented eyeshadows, and sugary sweet packaging, this is for them. £40, beautybay.com.

*this post contains PR samples*
I find it a little ironic that 'the one' in my life happens to be lipstick. This make-up item may not be the one for late night spooning, but it sure as hell helps me look better. And if that's not a credential for being 'the one', I don't know what is. My latest lipstick love affair is with the Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick (£6.99)*. Rimmel has a lot to answer for when addressing how obsessed I am with lipstick; it was the first brand I ever bought a lipstick from way back when I was a rebellious high school *let's break all the make-up rules* student. Rimmel has got my back when it comes to lipstick; their lipsticks are top notch quality and particularly purse friendly. My purse doesn't cry when I hit the Rimmel stand, because let me tell you, it throws a tantrum when I am lingering around the MAC counter.



Image of Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick
Rimmel have only gone and sent me the full range of Only 1 Matte lipstick to make me happy this month *grins like the cheshire cat*. I cannot express the shear delight I felt when this package landed on my doorstep. No, seriously, I was beaming. The Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick represents a new generation of matte lip colour, offering a non-drying formula that is actually comfortable to wear. I genuinely love the formula of these, they glide on and last for a really good length of time. I only tend to top up after I have eaten my lunch and then it lasts for the remainder of the afternoon. The thing I really don't like? The scent. These are scented with what I believe to be, a really strong scent of watermelon and I despise watermelon. At first I also really struggled with the non-traditional bullet; kinda rounded and hard to get definition. After a while though I got used to it and worked out how best to use it, and now it's actually really easy. The scent also doesn't linger, so that's a plus for me.

Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick
The shades are super pigmented and bold, which are key things I look for in a lipstick, especially when I am going for a statement lip. Saying that though, the nude shades are also really strong in colour. There are nine shades in the range (pictured below left to right): 110 Leader Of The Pink, 120 Call The Shots, 200 Salute, 500 Take The Stage, 610 High Flyer, 700 Trendsetter, 750 Look Who's Talking, 800 Run The Show and 810 The Matte Factor. 

photo of nine swatches of Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick
My most worn shades so far have been High Flyer, Trend Setter and Run The Show - they're constantly in my make-up bag. What shade would you add to your #LibLibrary? For £6.99 I'd suggest bagging 'em all.


Finding 'the one' // Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick

I find it a little ironic that 'the one' in my life happens to be lipstick. This make-up item may not be the one for late night spooning, but it sure as hell helps me look better. And if that's not a credential for being 'the one', I don't know what is. My latest lipstick love affair is with the Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick (£6.99)*. Rimmel has a lot to answer for when addressing how obsessed I am with lipstick; it was the first brand I ever bought a lipstick from way back when I was a rebellious high school *let's break all the make-up rules* student. Rimmel has got my back when it comes to lipstick; their lipsticks are top notch quality and particularly purse friendly. My purse doesn't cry when I hit the Rimmel stand, because let me tell you, it throws a tantrum when I am lingering around the MAC counter.



Image of Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick
Rimmel have only gone and sent me the full range of Only 1 Matte lipstick to make me happy this month *grins like the cheshire cat*. I cannot express the shear delight I felt when this package landed on my doorstep. No, seriously, I was beaming. The Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick represents a new generation of matte lip colour, offering a non-drying formula that is actually comfortable to wear. I genuinely love the formula of these, they glide on and last for a really good length of time. I only tend to top up after I have eaten my lunch and then it lasts for the remainder of the afternoon. The thing I really don't like? The scent. These are scented with what I believe to be, a really strong scent of watermelon and I despise watermelon. At first I also really struggled with the non-traditional bullet; kinda rounded and hard to get definition. After a while though I got used to it and worked out how best to use it, and now it's actually really easy. The scent also doesn't linger, so that's a plus for me.

Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick
The shades are super pigmented and bold, which are key things I look for in a lipstick, especially when I am going for a statement lip. Saying that though, the nude shades are also really strong in colour. There are nine shades in the range (pictured below left to right): 110 Leader Of The Pink, 120 Call The Shots, 200 Salute, 500 Take The Stage, 610 High Flyer, 700 Trendsetter, 750 Look Who's Talking, 800 Run The Show and 810 The Matte Factor. 

photo of nine swatches of Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick
My most worn shades so far have been High Flyer, Trend Setter and Run The Show - they're constantly in my make-up bag. What shade would you add to your #LibLibrary? For £6.99 I'd suggest bagging 'em all.


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