Talonted Lex

London beauty blogger.
Obsessed with make up, nail art & gin.

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Honeymoon beauty favourites

Yesterday I posted the first part of my wedding and honeymoon beauty favourites. Here is the second part, featuring nails, skincare and make up.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Lex

My wedding beauty favourites

I’ve just posted a video of my beauty favourites for the run up to the wedding and also the make up I used on my wedding day,

I hope you like it!

Lex

Our wedding: the venue and the speeches
This is the third instalment in the wedding blog series. You can see my Wedding Get Ready With Me HERE and the ceremony blog HERE. As with the others, this is pretty photo heavy so get a cup of tea and get comfy!
As with the other blogs, these photos are all by On Love And Photography who are INCREDIBLE. Let’s go!
Booze and hugs all round.


The wonderful Amy and Brad who performed amazingly beautiful songs while we got drunk in the glorious sunshine:

Can you sense the relief that we have the scary bit over and done with?

Table settings…

…including boozy party favours of course.

My dad’s speech swung wildly between saying lovely or humiliating things. I think this was the section on teen boyfriends…

Luckily the best man’s speech focused on embarrassing Aaron as much as possible so it all evened out.


There were a lot of heads in hands.





The cake was M&S with flowers from Fiona Hogg and twitter birds from Etsy as cake toppers.

The first dance was to ‘Hey Soul Sister’ by Train and included Aaron accidentally hitting me over the head with his elbow.

AWKWARD BUT ENTHUSIASTIC DANCING.


We made our own dressing up corner by buying tons of props and a cheap wooden picture frame for people to hold up. So much love for this idea!

Sorry for another ton of photos, I hope you’re still enjoying them. One more wedding blog to go and a honeymoon one and then I promise I will get back to beauty posts!
Lex

Our wedding: the venue and the speeches

This is the third instalment in the wedding blog series. You can see my Wedding Get Ready With Me HERE and the ceremony blog HERE. As with the others, this is pretty photo heavy so get a cup of tea and get comfy!

As with the other blogs, these photos are all by On Love And Photography who are INCREDIBLE. Let’s go!

Booze and hugs all round.

wedding bride and mother of the bride

Wedding party

The wonderful Amy and Brad who performed amazingly beautiful songs while we got drunk in the glorious sunshine:

Can you sense the relief that we have the scary bit over and done with?

Wedding bride and groom

Table settings…

wedding table settings

…including boozy party favours of course.

My dad’s speech swung wildly between saying lovely or humiliating things. I think this was the section on teen boyfriends…

wedding father of the bride speech

Luckily the best man’s speech focused on embarrassing Aaron as much as possible so it all evened out.

wedding best man speech

wedding best man speech

There were a lot of heads in hands.

wedding speeches

wedding speeches

wedding speeches

wedding speeches

wedding speeches

The cake was M&S with flowers from Fiona Hogg and twitter birds from Etsy as cake toppers.

wedding cake

The first dance was to ‘Hey Soul Sister’ by Train and included Aaron accidentally hitting me over the head with his elbow.

Wedding first dance bride and groom

AWKWARD BUT ENTHUSIASTIC DANCING.

wedding dancing

wedding dancing

We made our own dressing up corner by buying tons of props and a cheap wooden picture frame for people to hold up. So much love for this idea!

wedding bride and groom

Sorry for another ton of photos, I hope you’re still enjoying them. One more wedding blog to go and a honeymoon one and then I promise I will get back to beauty posts!

Lex

Our wedding: the ceremony
This is the second post in the blog series I’m doing on our wedding. Yesterday I did a Wedding Get Ready With Me which you can find HERE.
Today is all about the ceremony. A bit of background to the venue we chose first…
We picked the Royal York hotel as it was very convenient for guests to get to (being right next to the train station) while also being one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. We had looked at a lot of venues and hadn’t felt the little shiver of excitement…until we saw The Royal York. I emailed my mum saying ‘This is THE venue, do you like it…also it rings a bell for me, was I christened here?’ to which she replied saying ‘No, that’s where your dad and I got married!’ FATE. I don’t care if you don’t believe in fate. IT WAS FATE. It was meant to be.
We aren’t particularly religious so decided to have a civil ceremony in the venue to save the faffing around with cars and shuttling people around. We only had a small wedding of about 60 people and decided to have them all at the ceremony as we love them all and wanted them there for the whole thing. We chose two readings from our best friends: Olivia and Jenny read 'I Like You' By Sandol Stoddard Warburg and Dan and Tom read 'Oh The Places You'll Go' By Dr Seuss.
I can practically hear you shouting from here: Enough with the back story, GIVE US PHOTOS!! You asked for it…

My dad kept telling me to stop shaking. Surprisingly, that didn’t work.


Have you ever seen anyone look more nervous. I was late so I can’t really blame him.

I walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles. Hearing that song now makes my stomach flip over like I’m going to horf everywhere. But in a good way?

This was after we side-eyed the guests when the registrar asked if anyone had any reason why we shouldn’t get married!

Aaron was so stressed his hands swelled up which meant his ring would not go on!

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a Big Crier. And I mean BIG. I cry at everything. So it was a huge surprise to everyone that this was the first tear of the day, and it was only a little one. PROUDFACE.

OBLIGATORY SOPPY SHOTS.




And that’s it for the ceremony. I didn’t fall over or faint or weep loudly throughout the entire thing which was impressive I think!
On Saturday I will post the photos from the speeches which involve a lot of laughing, cringing and me with my head in my hands. I hope you’re enjoying these blog posts, it’s lovely for me to relive the day and I wanted to share as much of the day as I could with you all as so many of you have followed our relationship on Twitter and been very supportive over the past 3 years. So thank you!
Lex

Our wedding: the ceremony

This is the second post in the blog series I’m doing on our wedding. Yesterday I did a Wedding Get Ready With Me which you can find HERE.

Today is all about the ceremony. A bit of background to the venue we chose first…

We picked the Royal York hotel as it was very convenient for guests to get to (being right next to the train station) while also being one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. We had looked at a lot of venues and hadn’t felt the little shiver of excitement…until we saw The Royal York. I emailed my mum saying ‘This is THE venue, do you like it…also it rings a bell for me, was I christened here?’ to which she replied saying ‘No, that’s where your dad and I got married!’ FATE. I don’t care if you don’t believe in fate. IT WAS FATE. It was meant to be.

We aren’t particularly religious so decided to have a civil ceremony in the venue to save the faffing around with cars and shuttling people around. We only had a small wedding of about 60 people and decided to have them all at the ceremony as we love them all and wanted them there for the whole thing. We chose two readings from our best friends: Olivia and Jenny read 'I Like You' By Sandol Stoddard Warburg and Dan and Tom read 'Oh The Places You'll Go' By Dr Seuss.

I can practically hear you shouting from here: Enough with the back story, GIVE US PHOTOS!! You asked for it…

My dad kept telling me to stop shaking. Surprisingly, that didn’t work.

Wedding bride and father of the bride

wedding bride and father of the bride

Have you ever seen anyone look more nervous. I was late so I can’t really blame him.

wedding groom

I walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles. Hearing that song now makes my stomach flip over like I’m going to horf everywhere. But in a good way?

wedding walk down the aisle

This was after we side-eyed the guests when the registrar asked if anyone had any reason why we shouldn’t get married!

wedding bride and groom

Aaron was so stressed his hands swelled up which meant his ring would not go on!

wedding bride and groom

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a Big Crier. And I mean BIG. I cry at everything. So it was a huge surprise to everyone that this was the first tear of the day, and it was only a little one. PROUDFACE.

wedding bride and groom

OBLIGATORY SOPPY SHOTS.

wedding bride and groom kiss

wedding bride and groom

wedding bride and groom

wedding bride and groom

And that’s it for the ceremony. I didn’t fall over or faint or weep loudly throughout the entire thing which was impressive I think!

On Saturday I will post the photos from the speeches which involve a lot of laughing, cringing and me with my head in my hands. I hope you’re enjoying these blog posts, it’s lovely for me to relive the day and I wanted to share as much of the day as I could with you all as so many of you have followed our relationship on Twitter and been very supportive over the past 3 years. So thank you!

Lex

Our wedding: Getting ready
In case you don’t know, I got married on the 8th of June. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we have just got the photos back. There are so many that I’ve had to split the wedding blogs into a few instalments - sorry! This is going to be very photo heavy so I apologise in advance.
The first blog is me getting ready on the morning of the wedding. We decided to hire these particular photographers because they sent two people which meant one could follow me as I got ready and one could follow Aaron. The photographers were On Love And Photography who are based in Manchester and we are so thrilled with the results. They specialise in a reportage style which means there is minimum posing and awkwardness and they just capture the true essence of the day which I love. The photos are so natural and perfectly reflect our day. The photos below are of me getting ready before the wedding, if you want to see Aaron’s getting ready pictures you can have a look at his blog here.
So let’s get going with the photos!
My hair was done by Abi from Bang in York. She was really fun, friendly and my hair was beautiful. I knew I wanted something vintage inspired but not too fussy and this was ideal.

My corset was the Merry Widow from What Katie Did. I have never felt so glamorous in my life (although it did mean my sister had to put my tights on for me as I couldn’t really bend…)

The flowers were from Fiona Hogg who works just outside of York. I gave her a HUGE Pinterest board based on my complete lack of knowledge of flowers and she really went to town. I know I wanted peonies (my favourite) and thistles (to represent the Scottish element to the wedding). These are my Mum’s corsage and my Dad’s boutonniere.

My sister’s hair was also done by Abi from Bang and it was stunning: a loose braid round the back and then waves and curls to the side.

Obviously I was on hand to do my sister’s and mum’s make-up and nails…!


I decided to do my own make-up as I couldn’t find someone I trusted enough to deal with my rosacea. I’m going to do a separate blog on my wedding make-up so keep an eye out for that! It was a very classic winged eye with strong brows and deep red lips.


My sister, Tor, was my maid of honour and my best friend James was my man of honour. Not very traditional but who cares! My sister’s dress was from Coast.

My parents and sister:

My dress was from Elizabeth Avey. It was the first wedding dress I tried on and everything afterwards just looked like a bin bag!
It is based on a vintage pattern, was fully boned, with three layers of petticoat and finished with vintage French lace. I have never felt so beautiful, I want to wear it every single day. Forever. 


My wedding shoes were £20 from Amazon… I used this as a tool to convince Aaron we could definitely afford THE DRESS.




This is the moment they started talking me through the ceremony and I had to sit down as my legs no longer worked. No one tells you about that bit!


My mum’s whole outfit was from Phase Eight and she looked bloody ADORABLE. My dad looks pretty dapper too.

Phew! If you reached the end of this then well done, I applaud your stamina. Have a biscuit.
I’ll be uploading another blog post tomorrow with the ceremony pictures. I did warn you! There are A LOT.
Hope you enjoyed these. The day went by so quickly for me that I just love these pictures because they are my memories. I am still on a total wedding high, sorry if I’m making you want to barf like a spaniel.
Lex

Our wedding: Getting ready

In case you don’t know, I got married on the 8th of June. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we have just got the photos back. There are so many that I’ve had to split the wedding blogs into a few instalments - sorry! This is going to be very photo heavy so I apologise in advance.

The first blog is me getting ready on the morning of the wedding. We decided to hire these particular photographers because they sent two people which meant one could follow me as I got ready and one could follow Aaron. The photographers were On Love And Photography who are based in Manchester and we are so thrilled with the results. They specialise in a reportage style which means there is minimum posing and awkwardness and they just capture the true essence of the day which I love. The photos are so natural and perfectly reflect our day. The photos below are of me getting ready before the wedding, if you want to see Aaron’s getting ready pictures you can have a look at his blog here.

So let’s get going with the photos!

My hair was done by Abi from Bang in York. She was really fun, friendly and my hair was beautiful. I knew I wanted something vintage inspired but not too fussy and this was ideal.

Wedding Hair

My corset was the Merry Widow from What Katie Did. I have never felt so glamorous in my life (although it did mean my sister had to put my tights on for me as I couldn’t really bend…)

What Katie Did corset

The flowers were from Fiona Hogg who works just outside of York. I gave her a HUGE Pinterest board based on my complete lack of knowledge of flowers and she really went to town. I know I wanted peonies (my favourite) and thistles (to represent the Scottish element to the wedding). These are my Mum’s corsage and my Dad’s boutonniere.

Wedding flowers

My sister’s hair was also done by Abi from Bang and it was stunning: a loose braid round the back and then waves and curls to the side.

Maid of honour hair

Obviously I was on hand to do my sister’s and mum’s make-up and nails…!

wedding nails

wedding make up

I decided to do my own make-up as I couldn’t find someone I trusted enough to deal with my rosacea. I’m going to do a separate blog on my wedding make-up so keep an eye out for that! It was a very classic winged eye with strong brows and deep red lips.

Bridal make up

Bridal make up

My sister, Tor, was my maid of honour and my best friend James was my man of honour. Not very traditional but who cares! My sister’s dress was from Coast.

My parents and sister:

Wedding

My dress was from Elizabeth Avey. It was the first wedding dress I tried on and everything afterwards just looked like a bin bag!

It is based on a vintage pattern, was fully boned, with three layers of petticoat and finished with vintage French lace. I have never felt so beautiful, I want to wear it every single day. Forever. 

Wedding dress - Elizabeth Avey

Wedding dress - Elizabeth Avey

My wedding shoes were £20 from Amazon… I used this as a tool to convince Aaron we could definitely afford THE DRESS.

Wedding dress - Elizabeth Avey

Wedding shoes

Wedding dress - elizabeth avey

Wedding dress and bouquet

This is the moment they started talking me through the ceremony and I had to sit down as my legs no longer worked. No one tells you about that bit!

Wedding dress -elizabeth avey

Bride and maid of honour

My mum’s whole outfit was from Phase Eight and she looked bloody ADORABLE. My dad looks pretty dapper too.

Bride and parents

Phew! If you reached the end of this then well done, I applaud your stamina. Have a biscuit.

I’ll be uploading another blog post tomorrow with the ceremony pictures. I did warn you! There are A LOT.

Hope you enjoyed these. The day went by so quickly for me that I just love these pictures because they are my memories. I am still on a total wedding high, sorry if I’m making you want to barf like a spaniel.

Lex

The Sephora haul

The time has come! My Sephora haul arrived and it is GLORIOUS. Also I have purple hair now. SO MUCH EXCITEMENT.

Lex

What’s in my travel make up case?

I recorded a video on the skin care I took with me on the honeymoon to save my skin from dreaded Flight Face. I hope you guys like it!

Lex

MIA

Hello all!

Sorry it’s all a big quiet round here: I’m currently getting married and on my honeymoon! Eeee! I’ll be back soon with lots of pictures and stories for you 👰

Lex

Glitter nail varnish removal tutorial

I get a lot of questions about how to easily remove glitter nail varnish, so I thought I’d do a quick tutorial about it.

Let me know if this was helpful!

Lex

Sticky9 Instagram magnets* and competition

I often look through my Instagram pictures and think that I should really print some out and put them up around my flat. I take so many photos on my phone but never do anything with them which is a shame. So when Sticky9 asked me if I’d like to review their Instagram magnets I jumped at the chance.

It’s a very simple premise: you go to the website (Sticky9), log in to your Instagram account, select your favourite pictures and the size of your magnets and you are done! It is so simple and quick. My biggest problem was actually picking which photos to get!

The magnets arrived within a few days and I was really impressed with them: they are very good quality, not flimsy as I imagined they would be, and also matte which surprised me. The matte finish looks really good and shows off the photos well. One of the pictures I chose (the one of me and my sister) came out a little bit dark, so maybe try to pick photos that have good lighting if you’re worried about them coming out well. Sticky9 also do phone covers and tablet covers that you can customise with your Instagram photos which I think are really cute. 

A pack of 9 magnets starts at £9.99 which I think is very reasonable. And I have a pack to giveaway! Simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below and you could win a code to get your own pack of Instagram magnets. Only open to UK residents, sorry guys :(

Talonted Lex’s Sticky9 giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

Lex

*This product was provided to me for review. I have put a lot of time, effort and (most importantly) love into this blog. I would not review something that did not fit with my blog and I will always be honest with my opinions :)

Birchbox May box in association with Harper’s Bazaar*

When this arrived at work I did a full-on squeal of delight. My colleagues must think I’m insane. But LOOK AT IT. So pretty. I’ve spoken before about my love for packaging and how things are presented and this is no different.

For this month’s box, Birchbox teamed up with Harper’s Bazaar, which means that the contents were chosen by a team comprised of experts from the magazine and the usual excellent editors from Birchbox. And this is a really special box. The contents are pictured above but here’s some more detail:

  • Soigne nail varnish - a full size bottle from a new salon brand
  • Liz Early ‘Cleanse & Polish’ Hot cloth cleanser - This was the item I was most excited about. This is a cult beauty product, and with good reason: it has been announced this week that it has won 100 beauty awards. You can see why I was excited. I cannot wait to try this, and as the full size is not that cheap, it’s good to be able to try a sample size to see if it gets on with my sensitive skin. It comes with a little muslin cloth as well.
  • Aromatherapy Associates bath/shower oil - I ADORE AA products. They smell incredible and really do work. I had a sample of another from their oil range and it is really lovely added to a warm bath. The scent really lingers afterwards and makes your skin super smooth.
  • Imedeen supplements - Vitamin C and zinc supplements aimed at improving skin clarity and smoothness. I’m always a bit dubious about tablets like these but I will give them a go!
  • Philip Kingsley ‘One More Day’ dry shampoo - miniature. I love PK products, they smell lovely and the packaging feels very luxe. I’ve not tried the dry shampoo but I use Batiste nearly every day so this will be going straight in my drawer at work for emergency touch ups!
  • Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara - a miniature. You may have seen my review of this mascara: I wasn’t a fan. However, I will regift this to my mum as she travels a lot and could do with a travel size mascara.

This is a fantastic box and you can tell the team from Birchbox and Harper’s Bazaar really put a lot of thought into its curation.

This box will be sent to all Birchbox subscribers - it’s not an extra one and no separate payment is needed. What I also like about Birchbox is that if you like the look of this box, you can sign up to subscribe until the last day in May and still receive this box - there isn’t some silly rule about waiting a month for your subscription to kick in. 

I reviewed April’s box HERE where I also give more information about the subscription packages.

Are you tempted by a Birchbox subscription? I am definitely a convert!

Lex

*This product was provided to me for review. I have put a lot of time, effort and (most importantly) love into this blog. I would not review something that did not fit with my blog and I will always be honest with my opinions :)

Topshop ‘The Damned’ lipstick review with swatches

I’ve reviewed some of the Topshop lipbullets before so you will know that I have a lot of love for that formula and colour range. I’ve also got a few of the actual lipsticks which are on my ‘to blog’ pile (I am so far behind!) This particular lipstick called to me not only due to the great name but also the deep, burgundy colour of the lipstick in the bullet. I had been wanting some more dark colours for a while so when I saw this, I knew I needed it.

The other lipsticks I’ve tried by Topshop were matte so I was intrigued to see what their velvet formula offerings were like.

I am torn. On the one hand, this lipstick feels lovely to wear and looks wonderful. I posted photos with a flash and in natural (crap) light because it is a lot darker in real life than it looks here. In the top pictures it looks a lot more pink whereas in person it’s bit more vampy and dark. The formula is creamy and easy to apply although as it becomes more matte as time goes on it feels a bit drying. It’s also not as long lasting as the matte versions, but that’s to be expected I suppose.

The Topshop packaging is a definite thumbs up: matte, simple and instantly recognisable. Love it.

This is still one of my favourite darker lipstick shades and is apparently a pretty good dupe for MAC ‘Rebel’ (a lipstick that is definitely on my wishlist) I just wish it lasted a bit longer.

Which are your favourite Topshop lipsticks, I think I need more!

Lex

I’m getting married in 5 weeks! (Eep!)

If you follow me on Twitter (if not, why not?! Go now… @LexingtonSteel) then you may be aware that I am getting married in 5 weeks. That’s right. 5 weeks. Or 34 days if you really want to freak me out… *runs round living room screaming*

I have seen the #MarriedMay hashtag floating around on various social networks and thought I would have a go at it but combine a few days into single posts so my whole blog doesn’t become wedding focused.

The nails

One of the first questions I get from people when I talk about my wedding is “How on earth are you going to choose your nail varnish?” As a self confessed nail varnish addict and hoarder it was a tricky decision. I never have French manicured nails and I certainly wasn’t going to start on my wedding day. I believe that on your wedding day you should look like the best version of yourself: therefore I’m going for the above nails. Dark red half-moons and I’m keeping them fairly long. The wedding has a vague vintage theme and these nails are going to look amazing with my dress and bouquet.

The ring

I had absolutely no idea that Aaron was going to propose to me. Genuinely no clue. He found out my ring size in secret and arranged a jeweller in Dubai to make the ring from Aaron’s own drawings so that when we were in Dubai in September 2012 he could pick up the ring and surprise me with a proposal. The fact he designed this himself blows me away every time I think about it: the ring is stunning and something I could not have come up with myself. I love that it’s so unusual and striking. He did an amazing job.

The invitations

My friend James is my Man of Honour. We have been friends for years and he is a freelance illustrator by trade so this was a no brainer decision for us. James designed the invitations with minimal input from us and we ADORE them. They sum us up perfectly which is just what we wanted. Go pay him to draw stuff for you, you won’t regret it: http://jtwillustration.carbonmade.com/

The invitation detail

We have guests coming from all over the country and wanted to give them as much as information as possible so we included an information sheet with the invites. This included details about the timings, dress code, ideas for things to do in York, hotel recommendations and covered the (always awkward) question of +1s! Again, we wanted these to reflect us and our personalities so kept it quite informal.

I feel quite strange putting all this up on my blog, it feels very personal. That might seem strange as I put my face on here and what’s more personal than that? But I think a wedding is such an intimate thing and I feel quite nervous putting it up for people to judge… is that just me?

I hope you enjoyed having a nosey into a part of my wedding planning. I’m going to do a few more of these in the coming weeks and then do another one after the wedding with my dress, venue and honeymoon etc.

Lex

OPI ‘Polka.com’ nail varnish review with swatches

This beauty is from the 2013 ‘Euro Centrale’ collection which has some really lovely polishes. It’s rare that I swoon over more than 3 or 4 polishes in an OPI collection, but this one has some really nice polishes. I’ve already reviewed 'You're Such A Budapest''My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours', ’Eurso Euro’ and 'Vant To Bite My Neck?'. All beautiful.

Polka.com is a clear base polish with large blue, teal and fuchsia hex glitter, and circle glitter in the same colours. It’s not a particularly different glitter or one that stands out in my collection but I have a soft spot for it. The placement is great: no fishing for glitter pieces required and it dries smooth and quickly (with Seche Vite, of course).

The pictures show ‘Polka.com’ over Rimmel ‘Sweet As Sugar’.

And I still have ‘I Saw…You Saw…We Saw Warsaw’ to swatch from this collection so that’s 6 I own from the one collection. That might be a new record for me. Impressive work, OPI!

Lex

Accessorize lipstick ‘Lovestruck’ review with swatches

I’m not going to lie to you: I mainly bought this lipstick because of the packaging. I adore it. I am a total sucker for packaging, I’m a marketers dream. Anything pretty, bright or unusual… I’m in. So this caught my eye in Superdrug immediately. I picked a shade that I thought looked pretty and didn’t even try swatching it or looking at reviews. So it is a happy coincidence that I absolutely love this lipstick.

It is very buttery in its consistency, I don’t think I own another lip product that is as creamy. This makes it super easy to wear as it’s not drying and you can’t really tell you have it on which is always nice. However, it can smudge a bit and does get everywhere (on coffee cups, food, boyfriend’s face…)

As you can see from the pictures it’s ultra pink, almost neon, but in a very flattering and wearable way.

Have you tried any of the Accessorize lipsticks or other things from their range?

Lex

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