23 October 2015

That Winter Coat.

We all have one. That one trusty coat that we have to take us through the cold and brittle weather that is the Winter season.

My last winter coat from Topshop has lasted me a solid 3 years but I've worn it so much that it just looks battered and worn out now, not a good look! So I went on the hunt to find myself the perfect new winter coat and I'm so pleased with what I found!

Since my last coat from Topshop served me so well, I decided it was probably a good idea to start there in my search. Little did I know that my search would only go as far as that!

As soon as I walked in my eyes fell on this beauty and as soon as I tried it on I knew I just had to have it!

It's double-lined meaning that it will keep me super warm when I'm waiting in cold train stations going to and from Uni. It's also got the cosiest hood! Seriously, I could probably use it as a pillow, I love it!

You can detach the fur if you want but I think I'll be keeping it on most the time, even if it does fall over my face sometimes!

I also love that it's got the fur lining at the sides but not all the way round. Don't get me wrong I don't like being cold but I think if the fur was all over the inside I would just get too warm.

This coat ticks all the boxes for me. It's khaki so it will go with pretty much everything, I adore the fur detail, it's got huge pockets (that will probably soon be filled with random junk, oopsie!) and the main thing is that it's honestly just soo comfy! When I first got it I just sat in my room with it on for hours because I found it so cosy.

I'm also so pleased to be getting some high quality photo's up on this blog, it's about time right? All credit goes to my friend Ross who took them all and who also showed me this cute little park in Newcastle. It's such a hidden gem and a lovely place to walk about, like a smaller version of central park!

Sorry if I look a bit moody in these pictures, I'm still getting used to the whole 'blogger's pose' thing! There are a few of me laughing but only because the wind was blowing my hair everywhere! Haha. Girls with long hair will understand my pain when the weather's slightly windy!

However, even if I am a bit awkward in front of the camera, I'm still so glad that I've gotten round to doing an 'OOTD' style post. I've been meaning to do more posts like this but student life has hit hard so no new clothes for me for a while! *thumbs down emoji*

But at least that's my winter coat sorted! It was £98 which I think is quite a lot to splash out on but if you get the use out of it then it's definitely worth it! Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/coats-4680353/premium-faux-fur-lined-parka-4657272?bi=0&ps=20

What about you? What's your trusty winter coat like?

Lucy x


21 October 2015

Middlesbrough No7 Blogger's Event

On Friday I was very kindly invited to attend a Blogger's Event held by the lovely ladies at No7 in Boots. I was excited for this event as I'd heard the previous one was fab, and I was definitely not let down!

On arrival we were introduced to our three hosts from the No7 counter and were offered a selection of cakes and drinks including tea, coffee and juice. 

We were then presented No7's latest body care collection. I'd already tried their 'Beautiful Skin' moisturiser before and loved it, so I was excited to see what this collection included as it is part of their 'Beautiful Skin' range.

They had a mixture of moisturisers, scrubs and even a milk which apparently is something No7 have never done before! The products all hold a gorgeous smell which is sweet and floral yet subtle. I think that's great because if a smell is too overpowering it sometimes puts me off the product.

No7 have also gone for some new branding techniques including their fab new packaging designs. 

They've gone for the neutral colours of grey and lemon meaning that it will look more appealing to a wider range of customers.

This is also a point that our hosts made was that the beauty brand are working their way towards reaching a younger audience as well as their more mature customer. They want people to see that there is something for everyone at No7!

One thing that I'd heard about and had always wanted to try was the colour match service that they offer, so of course I jumped at the chance to get it done on Friday!

Although I already have my holy grail foundation (Revlon Colourstay) I am always open to trying new foundations out so I decided to give the Airbrush Away Foundation a go.

The machine matched my skin tone to the foundation shade 'calicco' which was of course the lightest shade (#ghostforever) and then told me which colour blushers I should use. There were about 3 colours which were all quite bright pink's. I've always thought that I suit bright pink blush's the best so I was glad the machine agreed with me!

I think this piece of technology is brilliant, it can tell you which colour foundation, blusher and even lipstick you should be wearing. Genius!

Another part of the event was being shown all the sparkly Christmas stuff that is now out from No7. There was a whole counter full of Christmas gifts that come with a 3 for 2 deal.

 I feel like the No7 Christmas gifts are definitely good value for money. We got shown that you don't pay extra for the packaging. For example, you can get a Nail Varnish in a sparkly star-shaped box (that you could then use as a cute little trinket box after) for just £6 which is the Nail Varnish's original price.

And then, there's one of No7's most anticipated products, their beauty advent calendar! I'd personally only started hearing about beauty advent calendars last year so I've never really come across this but it's won many awards for being the number 1 beauty calendar! It retails at a price of just £38 and holds products that all together are worth £148. That's such a huge discount and it's so popular that there's even a waiting list, so if you want one then get in there quick!

Just before leaving I was given a a goodie bag which included a few samples and even some little treats like an Essie nail varnish! 

We were also given the chance to choose any full sized product of our choice. Trust me, it took me a while to decide! But in the end I chose to go with the Hydration Mask from the Beautiful Skin range. I might do a review on that one so keep your eyes peeled.

Over all I absolutely loved my first No7 event at Boots and it's always good to catch up with some of the gorgeous north east bloggers! Thanks again to the ladies at No7 for hosting a fab event!

Have you ever tried anything from No7? If so, what did you think?

Lucy x


4 October 2015

Review | Cohorted Beauty Box

I'd seen bloggers raving about beauty boxes but I never really saw the big fuss as I just thought to myself 'what's the point in buying random make up I don't need and didn't even pick out myself'. However, when I discovered Cohorted's Beauty Box, everything changed.

First of all, I loved the fact that they included high-end beauty brands in their boxes such as Nars, Urban Decay, Gucci and Bare Minerals to name a few. Another thing that drew me in was the price.

When I opened my box I was presented with a sheet saying that the products in the box had a value of over £70 all together and what did I pay? Just over £20! Amazing!

The first thing that caught my eye was the Nars lip pencil. I've never had a product by Nars before but have wanted something for so long after hearing so many good reviews about their products! Plus, I don't really know anywhere in my area that sells Nars, so I was so pleased!

This is the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, shade - Walkyrie.

The pencil is so pigmented and applies like a dream, love love love!

Two little bottles were also included which were a Molton Brown bath and shower gel and a Gucci shower gel. I can't wait to use these and be smelling lovely all day.

Saving the best till last, I also got these two beauties!

I've never heard of 'The Balm' before but when I got the 'Nude'Tude' eyeshadow palette I did recognise the packaging so I must have seen it on Instagram or something somewhere!

I love that you get an eye primer included and the eyeshadow colours are absolutely gorgeous!

There's a mix of mattes and metallics and I just adore the packaging, it's vintage but modern at the same time.

Overall, I've loved my first cohorted box, so much so that I've pre-ordered October's! If you'd like to check out the beauty boxes yourself and grab one then here's the website - https://www.cohorted.co.uk/beautybox

I can't wait to see what next month's box brings! What about you? Do you get any beauty boxes? Let me know in the comments, I always love to check new things out.

Lucy x
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