Wednesday, 24 September 2014


I personally am one of those people that wears whatever makeup they fancy at all points in the year - I'm not very seasonal about it. But I can appreciate that some of do like switching it up when it comes to the colder months, and today's post is all about some great products that'll see you well through Autumn and Winter.

First up is my new lipstick love, the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey. It took its sweet time getting to me thanks to a Space NK stock problem but it was well worth the wait. It's a beautiful "almost red - but not quite" shade with berry undertones. The pigmentation is unbelievable, providing full opaque coverage in one swipe, and an even stain remains on your lips after it's worn off. The packaging is impressive too; it's chunkier than your average lipstick but it contains a very satisfying magnetic closure with sleek, matte black casing. If there's one product that deserves its hype, it's this.

I recently added some long awaited eyeshadows to my MAC quad. Patina and Satin Taupe have been sitting in there for almost a year now and I thought it was high time I completed it - with Haux and Blackberry. Haux is a rosy brown and combined with Blackberry, a burgundy plum with brown undertones, it's a match made in heaven.

Tarte's Exposed blusher is the perfect neutral. It allows you to go as light or as heavy handed as you like to build up the colour, and it creates a lovely natural hue on the cheeks. Exposed is a well known dupe for NARS Doeceur, however I think the wear time and pigmentation are slightly more superior. This is all dependent on how you like your blusher though!

What are your favourite transitional products?

Monday, 22 September 2014

One for Your Travels | UGOT, Newcastle

Next time you're travelling to or from Central Station in Newcastle, make UGOT the place to refuel. Many train stations have a lack of choice when it comes to food and drink, particularly if you have a dietary requirement. However UGOT provide a great selection of fresh & "free from" food such as salads, pasta pots, sandwiches & sweet treats.

We headed down there just over a week ago to sample what they had to offer. I opted for a pesto pasta pot with feta and sundried tomatoes, and a TDH (Tall, Dark & Handsome) smoothie to wash it down. Lewis opted for a chicken & cous cous sandwich with a hot chocolate. All were delicious and full of flavour, which is something that can often be compromised with cafes that sell healthier options. 

My favourite though was the gluten free banana and chocolate muffin. I tend to avoid muffins because I find them overly rich but this was perfect - soft and fluffy with a crispy top. It was a great end to our visit!