So July has rolled around and brought with it a crazy heatwave here in London. I’m currently off work with a stinking summer cold so the crazy temperatures are not helping! But it’s time for one of my favourite blog posts: monthly favourites! What have I been loving this month…

June '15 Beauty And Lifestyle Favourites
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I have had some beautiful art images pinned to my nail art inspiration Pinterest board for ages. But I was totally bowled over by Ashley Goldberg – she does some stunning work and these nails are a very poor imitation – so go have a look at her stuff and swoon! I hope you like my abstract nail art inspired by the incredible Ashley Goldberg.

I did this manicure freehand with my trusty teeny tiny paintbrush and a lot of different colours, I can give you specifics if you want to know a shade name. Just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Abstract Nail Art Inspired By Ashley Goldberg

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I feel quite proud of myself when I manage to finish a product. I have so many products on the go that it’s a small miracle that I ever finish anything! Some of these have been waiting for a mini review for a while but let’s dive into the empty product bag and see what I thought.

Re Buy or Bye Bye Empties Mini Review

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I love reading empties blog posts: I really like seeing what products people manage to finish and whether they can’t live without them or if they never want to see it ever again.

So the title says ‘monthly empties’ but I have an enormous bag in my bedroom FULL of empties so it’s been going on for longer than a month. But nevermind. Let’s go!

Re Buy Or Bye Bye Monthly Empties Mini Review

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Rimmel 704 Sweet As Sugar

Rimmel 704 Sweet As Sugar

Occasionally I find myself wandering the aisles in Boots or Superdrug and I knowing that I want something but I also knowing I won’t wear it very often. This is what happened with this nail varnish. I knew I wanted a baby blue polish but also knew that I’m not a huge fan of blue on me so wanted something good quality but cheap enough that it wouldn’t matter if I only wore it a handful of times. In those situations I usually go for Rimmel: their nail varnishes are great quality – long wearing, shiny, easy to apply, good brushes, plus they’re usually under a fiver. Perfect.

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Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Dark Night Waterloops

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Dark Night Waterloops

I had heard good things about the new Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks and when I saw ‘Dark Night Waterl-oops!’ I knew I had to have it: a dark wine / purple creamy lipstick that is perfect for this cold, miserable weather. It’s apparently a fairly good dupe for MAC’s ‘Rebel’… I do love a good dupe!

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Bronzer 101

I don’t wear bronzer, which may shock some of you. So I have asked my lovely friend Jen (@twopinkpeonies) to write a guest blog for me this week. I am trying to badger her into starting a beauty blog – go and tell her she should do it!!

Over to you Jen:

I’ve never met a bronzer I didn’t like: Light ones, dark ones, orange ones, brown ones, cheap ones, expensive ones, shimmery ones, matte ones; it doesn’t matter to me, just get it on my face; my ears; my neck; my décolletage; my shoulders; even my feet. Yes, even my feet, but that’s a story for another day.

Bronzer is one of those magical products that has the power to make me feel a foot taller and a stone slimmer. A little more the girl from Ipanema and a little less Jenny from Enfield. I like to use it to add some dimension to the round face my parents kindly bestowed upon me. It adds definition where I don’t have any and really lifts my complexion.

I started dabbling with bronzer at quite a young age, brushing it manically all over my face whilst of course forgetting to colour match my ears and neck; that look was all the rage in Southgate in the early noughties dontcha know! I wish someone would have told me how to apply bronzer “correctly” when I was a teen, dusting bronzer over the forehead, temples, cheeks and jawline in the shape of a number 3 each side, so I could have been a sophisticated teen rather than looking like I’d spent 8 weeks in the Costa del Sol. The only thing is, I know that now at the ripe old age of 27 and yet, some days my fingers still get possessed by the spirit of the Costa’s (mainly Anthony Costa) and I leave the house somewhat overly bronzed.

There is a bronzer to suit everybody, whether you’re an English Rose or a Scottish Thistle (that’s not really a thing, is it?). I would urge anyone taking their first steps into the wonderful world of bronze to purchase a light, matte bronzer as it will be far more forgiving as you practice and I urge anyone at any level of makeupdom knowledge to steer clear of using bronzers containing shimmer on your face because looking like you’ve fallen asleep head first in a strippers cleavage is never a good look.

Am I saying that you need to be tanned to be beautiful? Absolutely not! The author of this very blog, the lovely Lex, doesn’t wear bronzer and she is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen in real life. Bronzer isn’t for everyone, but give it a go and see what you think. What’s the worst that can happen?

I suppose I had better recommend some bronzers while I’m here, then, eh?

Rimmel Natural Bronzer £5.99 HERE

MAC Bronzing Powder £20 HERE

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder £6.99 HERE

NARS Bronzing Powder £26 HERE

Go forth & bronze.

Jen x


Thank you so much for guesting on my blog, Jen. I loved your post! It has maybe tempted me into trying some bronzer. Next time I see you, bronze me up!

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