The make up of dreams: it’s a Winky World of wonder!

Makeup is certainly one of the keys to my heart, up there with food and shoes. As a lover of all things pretty, I would obviously fall head over heels for Winky Lux, a gorgeous free from parabens, sulfates, gluten, phthalates, animal testing and any cruelty brand from NY, that lives up to their “addictive beauty” strapline.

I went to their magical event that gave me not only unicorn lattes, flower explosion and cuddles with their mascot, but also (and best part) exposure to their fabulously extensive range of downright pretty and excellent makeup.

It is hard to pick my favourite from the items I brought home, but I will start with one of their best sellers, the only one on this post that is not a launch: the Flower Balm, which is clear on the bullet, and works with your won pH levels to create the perfect-for-you lip stain.

To top off the prettiness, there is a real chrysanthemum inside, in different colours, and coconut scent. No wonder I love it! It’s so lovely to wear and gives lips that very healthy colour and a boost of

Brand new is the Watermelon Jelly Balm, a pretty translucent pink bullet and pretty watermelon seed packaging. Smells and tastes watermelon, so a delight for the summer.

And, as the Flower Balm, it is pH activated, so it creates the perfect pink for you.

My love of glitter is never ending, so I was happy to see the Disco Gloss (£13) in my little bag. I got the Foxy shade which leans towards orange-gold iridescent glitter.

Winky Lux Flower Balm, Watermelon Balm and Disco Gloss in Foxy tested However, as another pH activated product, the base turns into a darker shade of pink just like that. And it not sticky or gritty! I was very surprised at how much I love this gloss!

Another launch is the Matcha Lip Treatment (£13), with real green tea powder and food grade vanilla, as well as coconut and avocado oils, vitamin C and caffeine.

It is clear and works to soften, repair and protect lips. Smells good enough to eat and applies so well, giving the lips a very soft sheen.

The Pucker Up lip plumper in lemon cake (£17) is a very light gloss that delivers a light pink sheen and slight tingle for that extra plumping.

Finally, a non-lip product, equally pretty: the White Tea Tinted Veil (RRP £19). A very light tinted moisturiser, it is infused with calming white tea and contains pomegranate extract and vitamins A and E which together help protect and nourish skin.

And the best thing about it: it has that very important SPF 30. A downside is that it’s only available in 5 shades. I have medium-deep which is ok for me when tanned, but I suspect usually I’d be bang in the middle medium.

Also, if you are not a fan of scented makeup products, this might not be for you. As for me, I love the delicious smell. Texture is light, it applies very well and sits nicely on the skin, with average durability if not set with a powder.

For a light coverage product, I feel it offers decent evening out of colour and cover, especially bearing in mind I am a full coverage foundation person. Thumbs up!

Winky Lux Flower Balm, Watermelon Balm, and Disco Gloss in FoxyI need to point out that packaging is absolute stunning – I live the lip balm/lipstick bullets, and the outer packaging is a work of art in every product.

A must see is their eye palettes and powders – I cannot wait to get my hands on them! And it does not stop there; for example, their Steal My Heart lipstick pills and highlighters are gorgeous. This selection is such a tiny dent in the Winky World of Wonders!

I love that they are trendy and indulgent, but use luxurious, interesting ingredients, the design across every single product is fabulous and the price point, in my view, fair. I am now a confessed Winky Lux fan – it does seem It’s a Winky World indeed!

And you can get Winky Lux products at Boots (including in-stores), FeelUnique, ASOS and Harvey Nichols. Also worth checking their website to see how much amazing stuff they have!

written by Dani

 

The Christmas jumper edition 2016

I’ve been a total bah-humbug this season; I love Christmas but many factors in my life this year somehow don’t make me feel like being suuuuuper festive.

Yeah, well done universe from stripping the Christmas spirit from one of the biggest Christmas lover.

Having said that, I cannot resist a good Xmas jumper, so here is my selection, just in time for the last leg of office parties and of course, Christmas jumper day, the 16th December.

primark-treePrimark always delivers on the Christmas jumper (and great price tag) front. Although there are many great ones (even a little santa/elf dress), I have to go for this little black jumper. With a Christmas tree. WHICH LIGHTS UP. £16.

topshopTopshop keeps it stylish with this pretty metallic star jumper which won’t look out of place after Christmas. £55.

missguidedI love a naughty jumper and Missguided always have one. This is £18.

The selection at Boohoo is fabulous – from naughty to nice and going through the quirky, I could not just pick one – so here is this adorable reindeer (£15), the loved up emoji (£12) and Festive AF (£15).

asos-kissA few cute ones over at ASOS, including pretty pastel plus size ones. My pick goes to the mistletoe (£18 on sale).

nextIf you are looking for classy Xmas jumpers, head to next; I picked this Christmas pudding (£26) one, which is just too adorable!

river-islandTalking about classy ones, how about this polar bear (£25) number from River Island in non-christmassy black grey and pink? So cute!

F&F for Tesco has jumpers for the whole family, and the prices are good too. My pick? This #Elfie (£14) that comes with a headband, pointy ears and all. Had to be done.

matalanLove? I’ll have my share in wine, thank you very much. Matalan (£15) said it!

peacocksThis Peacocks number is telling us exactly what we want to hear: calories don’t count at Christmas (£22). It is a long line jumper so can double up as a dress.

And conceal the bulge from the multiples Xmas meals and drinks. Just saying.

amazonI could not resist adding this pretty nerdy fox one from Whispering Smith & Bravesoul at Amazon (£18.50-20).

newlookAlso too cute too pass is this loved up reindeer jumper from New Look (14.99). Everyone: aaaaaw <3.

asdaFinally, George at Asda has come up with this sparkly fairy festive jumper (£12). So popular that is only available is larger sizes now, but I would probably buy and wear oversized!

Personally, although the options are very lovely, I think last year’s Christmas jumper game was stronger….

What about you? Found any Xmas jumper you love?

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My pick of Christmas jumpers

christmas_jumper_selectionOnly recently the air started smelling like Christmas. This is a weird time of the year for me. I love Christmas, but I grew up having tropical Christmas: super hot with thunderstorms. And I miss my family.

Thirteen years on, I find comfort in the smell that winter brings, that cold air that fills your lungs and announces that my favourite time of the year is coming.

It’s December and we are allowed. Grab your mulled wine, create a Christmas playlist on Spotify and cosy up with one of my picks of Christmas jumpers, also handy to dazzle at that Christmas lunch, Jumper Day at the office or just putting your tree up!

missguided_xmas_jumperShake your tinsel, Missguided, £22

My kind of Christmas jumper. Off the shoulder: check. Cheeky message: check. Worn as a dress: check.

What’s not to like? And of you are looking for cheeky, sexy jumper, Missguided is the place to find them – their selection is fab.

asos_xmas_jumperHappy Pug-Mas, ASOS, £20

This Missguided jumper is perfect for dog lovers. Cute.

boohoo_cat_xmas_jumperElla Meowy, Boohoo, £15

Now for cat lovers. with this one, you are guaranteed a happy Cat-mas (sorry!).

 

asos_vintage_xmas_jumperVintage ski pattern, ASOS, £38

I love the vintage pattern on this jumper. Discreet and rather elegant, is perfect for the more demure Xmas jumper wearer.

boohoo_reindeer_xmas_jumperReindeer, Boohoo, £15

More traditional with Rudolph and a bobble red nose. Also available in black and navy.

primark_robin_xmas_jumperRobin, Primark, £12

A cute seasonal robin with super fluffy wings. What’s not to love?

topshop_cracker_xmas_jumperCracker, Topshop, £38

I love this sparkly sequin explosive cracker.

peacocks_reindeer_xmas_jumperReindeer, Peacocks, £18 (now £14.40)

Another reindeer, but this one lights up! The Christmas lights tangled up on its antlers come on. And there is pattern on the back too, so there’s no mistake it’s a festive jumper!

hm_elfie_xmas_jumperElfie Selfie, H&M, £14.99

H&M went all out for Christmas, bringing no one less than Katy Perry to be their Christmas fairy. This lovely jumper is sold out online, but maybe you are lucky to find it in-store.

matalan_snowman_xmas_jumperSnowman, Matalan, £20

Became a snowgirl with this Matalan jumper. Complete with pink tie-up scarf, which is my favourite part of this one! Oh, it plays music too!

primark_gingerbread_xmas_jumperGingerbread man, Primark, £14

Very delicate, super wearable and only £14. Yes, Get it. Primark has a great affordable selection of festive jumpers, sweats and t-shirts.

matalan_elf_xmas_jumperElf, Matalan, £20

Your head becomes this lovely elf’s when you are wearing it. Plus, it is musical.

Christmas jumpers are bigger every year. There are so many around and there are lots of lovely ones I missed.

Have you find your for this season?

Happy Christmas!

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Trends: what I’ll be wearing for spring/summer 2015

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The sun is teasing us – it is actually making appearances but the super chill in the air means my body is still in a wintery mood.

However, my mind is saying GO! to spring!

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Christmas beauty stocking fillers under £10

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This year I am feeling super Christmassy, I am not sure why, but I want to have my tree up NOW. No joke.

With so many lovely options out there, I decided to handpick a few affordable one to pack  that stocking up the the brim with beautiful and useful gifts.

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Handpicked 2014 Christmas jumpers selection

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I must admit that it took me a while to warm up to Christmas jumpers – in Brazil, where Christmas is in late spring and it is usually boiling, there’s no surprise jumpers are not very popular…

However, given the amazing selection I have found in the past years, in 2013 I bought my first one, and loved wearing it.

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AW14: The fur coat edit

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In a way, writing about coat saddens and excites me in equal measure, as the winter is absolutely not my favourite time of the year – but the prospect of a new coat is, well, rather exciting.

As an imminent necessity that is going to be with you for a very long time *sigh*, you might as well just love the one you have, and wear it with gusto.

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The wedding dilemma

The sold out fascinator I fell in love with, from 2adorn

No, I am not getting married!

When an occasion arises on my social calendar, my very first thought is: what should I wear?

From there, I start looking for the dress, which should be a starting point. However, I do have a tendency to get side tracked – I start looking at what I call “secondaries” –  shoes, bags,  jewellery and hair pieces to go with a dress I haven’t found.

Then I do the wrong thing – fall in love with a secondary. So I start looking for the perfect dress for my fascinator. Or shoes.

So this time, for and August wedding, I knew I wanted red. To go with my Louboutin soles. So I found a red/black fascinator, which was sold out. So I trawled the internet looking for the same materials to make myself a fascinator that looked like the one I fell in love with. Then I finally found a dress. it looked like my plan got together, 4 months before the wedding.

Needless to say, I was very happy with my outfit.  But then tragedy stroke. I heard that the wedding was to be way more informal than I thought. My perfect outfit was so fitting anymore.

Shock. Panic. Horror.

I decided I needed a new dress! And this time it came naturally. During a casual stroll I found a lovely coral dress and bought it.

Now, that caused me another problem the shoes and fascinator, but that’s another matter altogether…