Coming this February, Clarins have just the thing for those tired eyes. January is a tough month for everyone, the days are cold, money is tight and the bags under our eyes, well let's not go there so the new Multi Active Eye is a product we could all probably do with welcoming into our skincare routine. Inspired by the latest technological advances in plant power, this new product will help counteract the effects of a stressful lifestyle.
Monday, 30 January 2017
Sunday, 29 January 2017
I wouldn't even know where to start with the last year, to say it has been a challenge would be an understatement. My life has changed dramatically, I've learnt a lot about myself and who was worth keeping in my life. The last bit sounds harsh but I'm at the age now where I can see a toxic person from a mile off and that shit needs to be cut away.
Friday, 27 January 2017
Earlier on in the month I shared the makeup brushes I've been reaching for most from Crown Brushes and the little lovelies don't just specialise in brushes, turns out they have a pretty fabulous makeup range too. I had the 35 Colour Nude Eye Palette* fall into my beauty loving paws towards the end of last year and I've been giving it a good going over before telling you exactly what I thought.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Last week, a group of us descended on the newly opened The Real Greek* restaurant to try all our stomachs could fit. The Real Greek has recently opened in the new West Quay Watermark development in the centre of Southampton. The restaurant serves a delicious selection of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine full of flavour and variety. This is a place that was very much needed in the city and boy, am I glad it's here.
Monday, 23 January 2017
And so the adventure begins... This months tagline from the Look Fantastic Beauty Box couldn't be more apt for me as this is my very first box. I've admired the boxes from afar for sometime but as I have a couple of subscriptions already and my beauty collection is bursting I thought I'd be sensible and not add another to my direct debit. Turns out it's pretty fab and I shouldn't of held off for so long.
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Every now and then an eye shadow palette you never knew you needed comes along and wows you. That is exactly what happened with the Kat Von D Shade & Light palette. I've read rave reviews on the contour palettes, eyeliners and lip products but not much on this so it never really found its way onto my wishlist. My fave blogging gals then surprised me with this for my birthday and I've used it more or less every day in January.
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Southampton has fast become a foodie hub, the city is developing at rapid speed and businesses are flocking to be a part of it. West Quay South opened its doors early December, becoming the home of many a new restaurant, one of which was CAU Restaurants* that we visited recently. CAU brings a taste of Buenos Aires to the UK with succulent steaks as well as a sprinkle of Spanish and Italian inspired dishes. It was good, really good.
Friday, 20 January 2017
Thursday, 19 January 2017
For someone that absolutely despises washing her hair, I have a weird hair care collecting addiction. If I see new hair products or something promising to deliver a treatment like no other, I have to try it and that is why my bathroom is over-run with bottles of shampoo and conditioner. So with Noughty Haircare launching instores towards the end of last year, it was only right I added some new additions to my bathroom.
Monday, 16 January 2017
Kat Von D... This has been a long time coming and with the launch of the famed beauty range launching on our side of the Atlantic in October, it was only right I bought something to try when I was in London recently. Fast forward two months later and I have four more shades to show you. This is a long one but you'll enjoy it, trust me.
I shared the two shades I bought first back in November - Bow n Arrow & Exorcism and since Christmas and my birthday has been and gone, I've been able to add another four shades to the ol' collection. When falling in love with a lipstick formula, I like my shades to be quite varied so I have some nudes, a pink, two reds and two beautiful vampy shades.
The Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula has fast become a favourite and more often than not, that is what will be on my lips. I've lost count how many times I've been asked what I'm wearing in my Twitter profile photo and it's one of these beauties, Exorcism to be precise. I find the doe foot applicator a dream to use although you need to work quick as this stuff dries fast. The tubes are long and slim making storage easy and they take up no space whatsoever in your bag.
My sister and my fave blogging girls bought my latest shades and then I treated myself to a hot red with my Debenhams beauty points. Kat Von D then announced 25 new shades which will be dropping throughout this year and I already have seven on my list to buy. Can you tell I love 'em?
All the shades I have are swatched above on my arm and are as follows:
Bow n Arrow -
This is a beautiful fawn brown shade. This is the last colour I would usually go for but as soon as I swatched it, I needed it. I tend to use this as an everyday shade and always keep it in my bag. It applies beautifully but doesn't last as long as some of the darker shades. If you're into your nudes and browns then this is one to add to the collection.
Double Dare -
I really wasn't sure on this shade at first because it's a warm coral and I'm not a pinky coral fan but my sister bought this for herself and I obviously tried it on. Fast forward to me opening this on Christmas day and falling in love with its pinky hues. I already know this is going to be my go to Spring shade.
If I had to choose my fail safe lip shade and I had a gun to my head it would always be a red. Nosferatu is described as a blood crimson, a deep medium red which looks fabulous on cool toned gals. This applies perfectly although you do need a few coats for a full opaque finish but once it's on, it's on. This shade makes me feel like I can take on anything.
Santa Sangre -
I bought this shade purely because it has orange undertones and I LOVE a red orange based lip shade. It's described as a poison apple red but I don't see that at all. When I think poison apple, I think of the beautiful red one in Snow White whereas this is a beautiful orange babe. It's popping, sexy and incredibly gorgeous.
This is my favourite one of all. I love really dark, severe lip shades and this ticks all the boxes. If I need my game face on, I wear Exorcism. Described as a deep blackberry, it's more a burgundy with a seductive undertone. I also get so many compliments when I wear this shade so that is testament enough for me. It does start to look a bit crap after six hours of wear but with a quick tidy up and re-application it looks good as new again, if you can be bothered that is.
Described as a black cherry, Vampira is Exorcism's darker sister. I struggle with this the same way I struggle with Nosferatu, I can only get an opaque colour after a few coats but once it's on, it looks incredible if I do say so myself. This also wears like Exorcism, you get six hours of wear before needing a tidy up but I really don't mind. If a lip formula allows me to drink multiple coffees and stuff my face with food without smudging on to my chin, I will proclaim my undying love to them.
So there you have it, my full Everlasting Liquid Lipstick collection and you can bet as soon as the new shades drop I'll be updating this bad boy.
Have you tried these liquid lips before? Whatcha think?
Sunday, 15 January 2017
Watermark West Quay opened its doors before December much to the delight of foodies everywhere. The new development showcases the best in new restaurants, diners and pop ups including Dumpling Dumpling, the go to place for Jiaozi or more commonly known, Chinese dumplings. After spending just over two years teaching English in China, Dan & Nat came back to the Isle of Wight and after struggling to get their dumpling fix, Dumpling Dumping was born.
Friday, 13 January 2017
The secret to perfectly applied make up is in the brushes you use. My brush collection has grown substantially over the years and now brush washing day is my idea of hell. Some of my favourites range from the eye blending brushes from The Body Shop, the blush and contour brushes from Spectrum Collection and the most recent brushes to my collection designed by Crown Brushes*. Manufactured for more than thirty years, Crown know a thing or two about brushes and I'm sharing my faves with you.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
I've tried samples of Jurlique products over the years and one of my favourites has been the Rosewater Balancing Mist so I felt it was about time to try some more products from the range and really give my skin a pamper. Jurlique have always worked to the dream of connecting their customers to nature which reflects beautifully into their products. I loved reading the story of the brand and how it was created so much that I couldn't not share it with you too.
Monday, 9 January 2017
There are what seems like millions of subscription boxes available now and to be completely honest, I'm a bit bored. It's the same people, same boxes and the same brands. No one was bringing anything new to the table, that was until Witwoo Box came along and it was like all my subscription box dreams had been answered, especially as Witwoo Box is a wedding subscription box.
Sunday, 8 January 2017
It's here! Clarins finally launch their very first contour palette and boy is it worth the wait. Available from today for £36, the limited edition palette comes in their signature gold packaging with three skincare enriched powders, a mirror and a curved brush to allow applying even easier than with an ordinary brush. I hope you're already writing this on your wishlist.
Thursday, 5 January 2017
On new years eve, I turned the ripe old age of 27. It was a age I was kind of dreading but I didn't have a breakdown or cry on my birthday so I feel like it's going okay so far. Everyone always assumes having a December birthday can really suck with it being so close to Christmas but thankfully, my birthday is always just my birthday. Celebrations, presents and cards are always separate which I'm very grateful for. I was incredibly spoilt by my nearest and dearest so I'm going to show you.
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
So you guys are really liking my In My Mailbox series so I'm going to keep it going for a while. I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube and seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. I do unbox all my parcels on Snapchat (Alicea89) so make sure you're following me there too. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more like a quick and nosy post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I've received everything in this post the last couple of weeks so stay put and grab a cuppa...
Monday, 2 January 2017
Sunday, 1 January 2017
When I started my little old blog, I didn't realise my hobby to occupy me in the dark evenings would turn into much more than that. Annie Writes Beauty was started from a love of beauty and writing, it was a hobby, something for me to do in my spare time and it's quickly turned into so much more than that.
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