Matte Lips

I'm not into shimmer or sparkle, there I said it (unless it's on my nails). I like a more natural and down to earth make up look, so as a rule, I generally avoid anything glossy like the plague. It just doesn't do it for me.

I want to talk about a few matte lip products that I'm enjoying, but mainly because of this little beauty:

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking Spectaculaire. It was a whimsical buy, I must admit but boy am I glad I did so. I tried it this morning for the first time and hold the phone, I've found a matte lip product that is not only creamy on initial application, but also doesn't dry my lips out. I've always thought the balm crayons (can we call them crayons?) were a little light on the colour department whenever I swatched them in the pharmacy; but I was wrong. Colour O' Plenty could be another name for this product.

Although the other products I'm comparing this to, aren't balms or 'crayons' (yep, I'm going for it), they are matte and they do the same job by colouring my lips.

First off I'd like to start with my most recent purchase, the Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Party Pink. This is a stand alone product: it's affordable, the colour payoff is great and it is LONG lasting, and I really mean long. It also does exactly what it says on the tin, it is matte, through and through. However, I don't know if anyone else feels like this but when I wear this, I feel like I have eaten a donut or drunk a can of coke or basically smothered sugar all over my lips because they are sticky. Very, very sticky. Which I don't like.

The other product is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in shade 107 (which doesn't necessarily claim to be matte but I'm including it). I adore this lipstick. This colour is what I have been searching, nay, yearning for, for a number of years. A dark red, that is actually red, not purple or pink, and doesn't wash the colour out of your face. In fact, I've had a number of compliments when wearing this lipstick. Again the colour pay off is great and yep, you guessed it, it's matte, but this lipstick, this amazing lovely lipstick, dries out my lips better than the burning sun itself. And after a whole day, you can see every imperfection and flake of skin going. Not a good look.

My point is, I think Revlon have cracked it here. Everyone knows the glory of the Lip Butters and their lipsticks are a contender for sure, but spare a thought for the Matte Balm, much more forgiving and dare I say flattering product (for me) than the shine of a glossy lipstick. And as we all know, sometimes you really don't fancy wearing a bright lip colour, but I really think this could carry you easily from day to night for some cheeky after work drinks.

Have any of you tried the Matte Balm? What are your favourite matte lip products?

Broadway Market

On Saturday, a friend and I popped along to Broadway Market in East London. It was such a glorious day thankfully, as we had been planning to go all week after staying on Friday night drinking wine, and eating pizza. Dreamy.

The market is predominantly a food market, which I indulged in myself after walking past a stall that had various types of ready to eat food stuffs. The dill and garlic marinaded mushrooms really took my fancy, which I didn't realise until I took them home to my parents that they were traditional polish style mushrooms. I should have realised because the stall was also selling hot Gołąbki (or Golumpki) which are cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and pork mince, covered in tomato sauce - my little Polish belly is rumbling just thinking about it.

I picked up an amazing bargain as well, a vintage 90s shirt, which I originally picked up with the boy in mind but quickly realised that it will have to be something we can share... :) I wore it to work today, it's so good.

I thoroughly suggest a visit to this market, not only are there plenty of food stalls to make you want to create another meal time for, there's a great buzz. Maybe it was the sun beaming down, making us wish we'd come out with sunglasses (in February WHAT?), but there was a really nice atmosphere with everyone milling around, soaking up the first of spring. Just lovely.

Gorgeous lovely flowers. 

Annoying bit of glare.

Delicious bread. 

Origami accessories, cool, slightly overpriced, but definitely cool.

That Rock & Roll, It Just Won't Go Away

"That rock and roll - it just won't go away. It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp.

"I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules, but it's always waiting there just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever.

"Yeah, that rock and roll, it seems like its fading away sometimes, but it will never die.

"And there's nothing you can do about it."

Well said, you wonderful man.


I'm sure every man and his dog has heard about MEATMarket and it's sister restaurants but just incase you haven't I'll give you the low down.

Tonight I went to MEATMarket, the Covent Garden arm of a chain of restaurants, for dinner and a catch up with a good friend. And I have to say, even after having eaten about three hours ago, I'm still full. Thinking back, I felt like this when I went to MEATMission in East London back in September. 

So you've probably guessed by now that the theme of this restaurant is meat. I would consider this place a modern day diner serving up fancy, yet dirty burgers, made only to serve the most advanced, junkiest appetites going. Having been written about in TimeOut magazine every week it seems, I was expecting the place to be rammed, and as there are no reservations, I was preparing for a good wait. But to my surprise, my friend and I waltzed in and ordered a cocktail. Well, it would be rude not to.

The cocktails are quirky, charming and nothing I've ever experienced before; they come in slushy form, in a plastic cup and certainly with no pretence. I was shocked at first (ever so slightly at the £7 price tag) but I found it endearing. Plus it tasted goooooooooood.

We were told to grab a seat then when we were ready, to come up and order, canteen style. The menu is on the wall, literally, so we got up, chose our food, paid, sat back down and waited excitedly.

The part of the experience I kind of loved the most was that when your food is ready, they call your name... Through a tanoy!!! Much unlike Starbucks though, cooler and less contrived. It is what it is.

So onto the food, I had the 'dead hippie burger' and ordered some chilli cheese fries and battered pickles for us to share, accompanied by my 'Miami Nice' cocktail.

There's one thing you certainly can say about MEATMarket and it's that their food is jam packed with flavour. I was on a bit of a mission to decipher the flavour of the 'dead hippie' sauce, but all I can really say it was damn good. The bun was unassuming but perfect and the two (yes, two) beef patties were juicy and flavoursome. I have to admit though, I had previously been told the battered pickles were the best thing since sliced bread, and as a third generation Pole I can certainly appreciate a gherkin, but unfortunately they just didn't cut it for me. There was too much batter and not enough gherkin, the accompanying blue cheese sauce however was boom.

The star of the show for me though, was without doubt the chilli cheese fries. Oh me, oh my, they are everything and more I could have wanted. I'm just going to leave it at that.

We ended off the night by stumbling across Adventure Bar, a low key cocktail bar, playing great song after great song, but not too loud enough to stifle a conversation.

Overall a great night and I would thoroughly recommend MEATMarket, if you're ever around Covent Garden and don't fancy something you can get on every other street in London.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

I've been using MAC foundations since, well, I first properly started using makeup at the tender age of 15.

First studio fix, then the lighter version, then studio sculpt, which I have religiously been wearing for the last two years almost. Wow.

What I love about studio sculpt is that, it's not a liquid, it's a gel based formula, which for me seems to cover really well. And I always thought that the NC colour palette suited me so well as pretty much all the shades from brands sold in pharmacies were way to orange against my skin, but I'm probably just a bit crud at matching my skin properly.

Anyway, as pretty much every blogger raves about the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, I thought I'd give it a go.

My initial reaction when being matched in Space NK was that the match was flawless, the foundation was literally the colour of my skin; I don't like to look like I'm wearing a lot of makeup so this is perfect for me. And it didn't feel greasy or overly heavy on my skin, which is always nice.

I've worn the foundation a couple of times since purchase on Friday last week and I'm literally loving how healthy and natural it makes my skin look, I guess this is why everyone has been raving about this foundation for so long. I was also told that this foundation will be much better for my skin than anything from MAC, so I'll be interested to see the results. I love that it's a liquid and I love the medium to full coverage it gives without me feeling like I've caked the makeup on.

It's not the cheapest at over £30 but to be honest, it doesn't bother me because I love the quality of this product and I will pay the money for something that matches. If you haven't already tried this product I would strongly recommend it, it is wonderful.

Nail of the Week

I like to paint my nails a lot, well, I'd pretty much do it every day if I had the time or patience.

I'm very much one for a bright or sparkly, or just in-your-face nail colour, so when I saw Essie's 'Peach Daiquiri' staring at me from it's little shelf, I had to have it.

And, surprise surprise, I love it. I adore corals and peachy tones, and this shade is a lovely balance of what would be a bright candy pink, ever so slightly muted by the coral creeping through.

You probably can't really tell from my badly lit picture but, it's gorgeous. I've worn this colour twice over the last three weeks, now that's saying something.

Hooray for spring-ready nail colours to brighten up the last of winter.

Payday Wishlist February 2014

Umm... so I should probably stop doing these because I end up buying 70% of what is on these lists. Woops.

Here's what I'm lusting over for when that magical day comes...

1. Hush Puppies Black Farland Ankle Boot - £49.99, So I already have these in brown... But they're on sale now and they're super comfortable and real leather. Whenever I see 'real leather' it's like a stamp of justification. Done.
2. Red Stone Midi Ring - £5, Just look at it.
3. 'Overgrown', James Blake - £7.99, I've known of James Blake for a long time but it wasn't until seeing him on Jools Holland a few months back that I woke up and paid some attention, I'm looking forward to listening to this album the whole way through.
4. River Island Dark Beige Drawn Wool-Blend Oversized Coat - £80, Everybody stop. I've found the world's nicest coat. I really don't need another coat but umm, I can't help it. It's so luxurious and will be perfect for the weird wintery/spring period we're just about to enter into.
5. Pantone Travel Card Holder - £5, How lovely is this?! Very. My Cath Kidston travel card holder is looking a bit worse for wear now so it's time to re-invest.
6. Dove Hair Nourishing Oil Care Repair Mask - £4.59, After seeing this on a few blogs, and looking at the state of my hair I think it's time to indulge in a hair mask.
7. Maybelline Baby Lips - £2.99, I love the packaging of this and Vaseline just doesn't really do it for me. I love anything cherry scented so this will be added to the many many lip products in my bag.

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I'm not talking about that lovely cooked meat or even the place in Surrey.

I'm talking about HAM, the print designer.

I just wanted to dedicate a little post to this amazing artist, whose prints are cute but also insanely cool at the same time, what a balance to strike.

I bought the bouncing bunny print (pictured below) for my friend for her birthday, but to be honest, I'm thinking of buying one myself as I love all the designs so much. At just shy of thirty good English pounds, they're a steal and the print turned up two days after I ordered - very admirable.

Go and see how amazing these prints are; there's no need to thank me!

One Direction: This Is Us

Yeah I watched it, twice, in 3D.

And it was so so so good.

It's reconfirmed a few things for me;
1. I love Niall
2. I love Niall