Beauty · Fashion

July Favourites

Hi,  hope you all enjoyed the month of July.




fashion favourites



Black Polka Dot Print Frill Tea Dress – Missguided


Black Polka Dot Print Frill Tea Dress

This dress from Missguided fits nicely and accentuates my figure as it’s a good quality material that clings to the body. This dress is a great transitional piece as its great to wear for the rest of summer with sandals and you can also wear it with boots and tights come colder weather. This Dress is the right length on me and im under 5ft, so bear that in mind when buying this dress if your tall.

Red Beret – Missguided

This red beret adds instant chicness to any outfit and completes any outfit. This hat from missguided is of good quality and well made.

Mermaid Holographic Shell Bag – Home Bargains.

This bag is a decent size and holds a medium-sized purse, a passport, phone and a lipstick. This novelty bag adds quirkiness to any outfit and I’m obsessed with mermaid and Metallics this Summer.

Beauty Favourites


Rimmel Insta Contour Crayon -Medium

This Contour crayon is a Handbag essential as it’s a double ended contour crayon with a contour shade at one end and a highlighter at the other. This crayon makes creating a basic contour look easy and is great for when in a hurry.  The formulas of these crayons are high pigmented and easy to blend. However if you use too much of the contour shade it can look a little harsh.

B. Blending Sponge – Superdrug

After losing my previous blending sponge for the billionth time, and been without one for a few months. I finally give in again and bought another as I missed how the blending sponge blended in my liquid concealer compared to a brush. The results of using a beauty sponge are the results are more flawless and the makeup looks less cakey.  I just wish they didn’t roll away.

Bondi Sands Self tanning Foam Dark

This fake tan is easy to apply, has the most amazing coconut smell as you apply, this tends to fade as the tan develops and has a faint fake tan smell but the odour isn’t as strong as some of the other tans on the market. The tan develops to build a natural looking tan that fades after about a week that doesn’t leave you looking like a Zebra. The only negative side is the tan doesnt develop as dark as I would have liked but its more natural looking than some of the tans that i have used.  The bottle does recommend applying a second coat after 30 minutes for a darker tan, however I’ve not tried this yet. (if you would like a full review of this Product let me know).

What were your July Favourites and if you’ve tried any of these products what did you think ? let me know in the comments.

*All opinions about the products used are completely my own.

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OOTN- fifty Shades Of Pink 

Hi, hope you’ve all had a good weekend. This weekend I celebrated my daughters first Birthday (it only seems two minutes ago since I give birth), and had a day out in Leeds. What did you guys do?

Outfit details

For tonight’s post it features this dress in the it colour of the season again PINK!! I know I’m obsessed with this colour lately I think being a mum to a little girl has made me want to act like a princess again.  This eye-catching pink silk slip dress with matching Choker from Glitterbox clothing.  Fits the body nicely to accentuate your curves. I paired this dress with my fluffy pink heels. For accessories I wore rose gold jewellery and for the pictures a sparkly pink champagne glass was mandatory (if you don’t, can you even call yourself a blogger…).

For the makeup I wore a bronze gold smokey eye and nude lips. For the hair I curled it using my corkscrew curlers for the extra glamorous look.

I also feel this dress would look easily as good with a pair of white trainers and a denim jacket and white backpack for a laid back sports Luxe look. (Think Baby Spice from the Spice Girls).

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Nicolle 💋




My Top 10 Under 10 – Beauty 

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Hi, hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. So for today’s post I’ll be talking about my top ten beauty products and the best thing is there all under ten pounds, because who doesn’t like a top ten and a bargain right.

Makeup 💄

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Pallete – £9.99

This pallete is the best budget buy highlighter I have used, with its rose gold packaging and four colors, one cream and 3 powders with a mixture of both matte and shimmer effect, it definitely looks more expensive than its £9.99 price tag. This pallete adds a luminous finish and a radiant glow to skin. It’s easy to wear as it suits most skin tones, its blendable and buildable to create a finish that’s right for you. You can also wear each shade as an eyeshadow or I use the purple shade to mattify my lipstick and it creates a Unicorn effect.

Sleek Lip V.I.P Semi-Matte Lipsticks -£5.49 

Sleek lipsticks are fast becoming my favourite budget lipstick as its high pigmented colour stands out and is available in a range of colours. The semi-matte formula doesn’t dry out your lips, like some matte lipsticks can do. It also stays put and doesn’t smudge and lasts all day. Being a busy mum this lipstick is ideal as I don’t have the time to be topping up my lipstick all day and worrying that im walking round looking like the Joker.

Sleek Face Form Kit – £9.99

This face form kit makes contouring easy on the go with three shades in a small handy mirrored pallete. The kit contains three shades a sculpting powder to contour, a gold shimmer shade to highlight and a bronzer shade to add warmth.  The shades are high pigmented and easy to blend. The colors are a natural shade, so you don’t look like You’ve been tangoed. I use this pallete daily.

I Heart Chocolate Eyeshadow Salted Caramel pallete – £7.99

This Budget Eyeshadow pallete featuring sixteen shades with a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes. For the price the eyeshadow’s are well pigmented,and durable. this eyeshadow pallete is a great dupe for the two-faced semi-sweet chocolate pallete.

L’Oréal  24H Infallible Foundation -£10.99

I was really impressed with this foundation after buying it after seeing a fellow blogger recommend it after saying it was a good dupe for the MAC Studio Finish Foundation as it has a yellowish tint. Its high coverage, easy to blend, lasts up to 7 hours and doesn’t dry out my skin. It’s lasted over a year as one or two pumps goes a long way

* When I purchased this foundation it was on offer and under £10.

Maybelline Age Rewind Eye  Concealer – £8.99

This Concealer is the best one i have used and have just recently purchased my second one. This concealer is easy to apply as it comes with a built-in sponge applicator and is easy to blend. It provides great coverage as it brightens the under eye area making this concealer good for highlighting. I’ve also found that this concealer doesnt dry and look cakey as i have found that to be the case with my Rimmel wake me up concealer.

To see how i use these products check out my GRWM-Makeup Routine .


Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil – £6.99 

I was impressed with how easily this oil removed my waterproof makeup. I didnt have to scrub to remove my makeup which meant my skin wasnt as irritated. When washed off and used with another cleanser for double cleansing, It leaves skin looking radiant as it hydrates skin and leaves behind no sticky or oily residue.

Garnier Moisture bomb  Hydrating Moisturiser Night Cream – £7.99

This moisturiser is perfect for his time of year as it is lightweight with a gel like consistency, which leaves skin looking radiant, and plumper. After using this night cream my skin feels smooth and not as dry. It doesn’t leave my skin oily like the thicker moisturisers can do at this time of year.

Vaseline Spray & Go Aloe Fresh – £5.99

This spray on moisturiser is easy to apply and time-saving as it drys quicker than other moisturisers and isn’t sticky or oily meaning you can get dressed quicker. It also has a lovely fragrance. This moisturiser leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft and has helped with my dry skin.

Fudge Urban Crisp Pear & Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo – £5.24

This dry Shampoo has a sweet-smelling fragrance that will leave you wanting to sniff your hair. It leaves hair feeling refreshed without a chalky feel. I end to use this as a volume spray as its great at adding volume to my roots.

If your stuck on what dry shampoo would be best for your hair type and to meet your needs the team at have done the leg work for you to determine the best dry shampoo on the market that delivers fresh hair without a full wash. Click here for the review. The best dry shampoos all in one place so you don’t need to spend your precious time trawling the internet looking for reviews.

Tip – don’t spray too close as you will end up with white hair.

* Prices are correct at the time of posting and as always all views and opinions are completely my own.

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OOTD – Life Is A Flower 🌺 

Hi, Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.

This weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to an evening wedding reception at Wortley Hall. The grounds and the building was breathtakingly stunning, so not one to miss out on a photo opportunity, I took some pictures of my outfit to share with you.

Outfit Details

This outfit centres around this eye-catching lilac/grey floral print culotte jumpsuit with Bardot detailing. I’ve been impressed with Primark lately they’ve really upped their style game. When I first laid eyes on this jumpsuit I loved it but nearly didn’t buy it as jumpsuits and culottes don’t normally suit me as I’m petite. However I’m glad I took the risk as I feel this really suits me, judge for yourself. I then paired this with items in the colour of the season millennial pink.  The oversised blazer with ruched detailing on the arm also from primark, a pink shoulder bag with circle Buckle details also from primark and pink fluffy court shoes. For the accessories I wore minimal silver jewellery and for makeup I wore a purple and pink smokey eye and a bright pink lip (also known as my Nicki Minaj lipstick).  Yes I did reference the 90s song by ace of base in my title.


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Nicolle x

Beauty · Fashion · Lifestyle

June Favourites 

Hi, hope you all had a lovely June. First of all I’d like to apologise for the lack of posting new material. These last few months have seen lots of changes in every aspect of my life. At the end of May, me and my former partner of 6 years and father of our 11 month old daughter decided to call it quits. So I’m back like living with my parents with a baby.

First night back at home I remember feeling upset and down about the thought of moving back home and been a single parent. I suppose it’s the stigma attached to the single parent status and being 25 theirs that added pressure that you should have a career, be settled down and moving out and here I was doing it all opposite. But then came on the news about the terrorist attack in Manchester, where 22 innocent people lost their lives many of them young children. I spent most of the night crying for those people and their families. Being a new mum one of my biggest fears is anything happening to my child or anything happening to me what prevents me from taking care of my child. As I kissed my child goodnight that night I realised I was blessed and we all are blessed for every moment we get to share and spend with our loved ones. It completely put things Into perspective for me no matter what happens in your life as long as the people who matter to you are alive and healthy, does anything else really matter that much?

Fashion Favourites

Pink Oversized Tailored Blazer with Ruched Detailing on Arms – Primark

The “IT” colour of the season is Millennial Pink. A few year ago if people would have said that I would even buy pink items yet alone love wearing them, and feature them in a favourites, I would have said shuuuutttupp (in my best Essex accent). This blazer instantly brightens up any outfit and makes it look put together with the blazers tailoring and detailing on the sleeves. You can wear this jacket with jeans, dresses, wear it at the office, and on a night out. It’s also lightweight for this seasons weather.

Pink Circle Buckle Shoulder Bag – Primark

Shock horror! Another item in the “IT” season of the colour. This bag definitely looks more expensive than its £7 price tag, with the bird detailing on the buckle. It’s also a great size for carrying my handbag essentials.

Gingham Black & White Checked Crop Top – Boohoo

This top has become my go to when in doubt on what to wear. It looks great on, fits like a glove, comfortable to wear, and is made from good quality material. I’ve been wearing this top with everything from jeans, shorts and skirts. I’ve also dressed it down in the day with a pair of flared hem jeans, and dressed it up at night with a pair of suede black lace up shorts.

Beauty Favourites 

Sleek lipstick in VIP night spot shade red 

I’ve been wearing this red lipstick for the last month. A bright red lipstick instantly brightens up any look and can take you from day to-night. I love this colour on me as before I bought this lipstick I would never have worn a red lipstick but I feel this colour suits me. It’s a long-lasting bright matte lip colour that’s not too drying. I will definitely be purchasing more sleek lipsticks in a variety of different colours.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Very Black

This mascara is a firm favourite of mine I try others but always try this one again and fall back in love. The formula of the mascara is dark and covers all my lashes it makes them look longer without clumps and doesn’t dry and flake throughout the day. The tiny brush also coats all the lashes and separates them. This mascara also doesn’t irritate my eyes like some other mascaras can do.

Nip & Fab  Dragons Blood Serum 

This serum makes my skin feel so moisturised and dehydrated. I definitely feels that it plumps up my skin, calms any redness and stops it from looking dull and dry.  I use this serum in an evening after cleansing and before I use my moisturiser.

Lifestyle Favourites

Feast Of Fools – The Morganville Vampires book 4 – Rachel Caine 

I love all things supernatural so after reading and watching vampire diaries, twilight and Harry Potter I needed something else, that’s when I discovered the Morganville book series.  The morganville book series revolve around a group of friends trying to stay alive in a town where no ones what their seem especially after dark. I’d definitely give this a read if you liked the vampire diary’s.

Pukka Night-time Tea 

This tea is the perfect drink to have before bed as it’s caffeine free, contains lavender and chamomile both known for their calming effects on the body. I dunno how to describe the taste of this tea but when I drink it, I just feel calm and de-stressed and all cozy and ready for bed.

*all thoughts and opinions on products used in this post are completely my own. 

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Nicolle 💋



OOTD – That 70’s Show.


Hope you’ve all had a lovely week & looking forward to a nice rest this weekend I know i am.

The Trend Behind the Outfit

This Outfit was inspired by the 70’s Era. This era is one of my most-loved in terms of fashion. 70’s fashion is hard to describe in one word as it was just as easy-going and natural as it was vibrant and flamboyant (which pretty much sums me up). I love how the 70’s brought about the hippie and Bohemian movement. If living in the 70’s you got to dress like you was going to a festival everyday I would have been in my element and was definitely born in the wrong era. This look featured on this post however is a bit more conservative and has serious Jackie O vibes. Has it features a tan-colored two-piece suit which when worn together looks like a trench coat.

Outfit Details

This look centers around this Two piece Suit, featuring a Tan cropped Trench Jacket and the Tan Trench Mini-Skirt to match, both from Missguided. You can wear either piece on its own or together like I have done.  I wore just a basic black  choker neck t-shirt from NewLook (similar here). I love this t-shirt as it can be paired with almost anything.  To Complete the outfit I wore some Black Platform Over the Knee Chunky Boots from H&M (similar here)

For the Accessories I wore my Black Embroidered Chain Bag, Black Baker Boy Hat, and my Jackie O Sunglasses, all from NewLook (all sold out).

What is your favorite Fashion Era?

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OOTD -Ahoy There Sailor!


Hope you all had a lovely weekend, Is it me or does the weekend go way too fast, before you know it its Monday again.

The Trend Behind The Outfit

Today’s outfit for me is quite a casual look (well it is for me anyways). This look is a Nautical look as it features a Monochrome color scheme and contains stripes. The Nautical trend is always available on the High Street in Spring as it is a timeless trend that never goes out of style and is perfect for transitioning from the colder to the hopefully warmer weather.

Outfit Details

I styled this outfit around this Red & white Statement Shirt from Zara, (Also featured in my April Favorites). It’s such a stand out piece the rest of the outfit needed to be quite plain and I stuck to just one color White. I paired the top with these Skinny White Jeans also from Zara. For a Jacket I wore a Long White Waistcoat from NewLook (Similar Here), and for the Shoes I wore these White Court Heeled Shoes.

I completed the look with minimum accessories & jewelry. I completed the look with a large white laser-cut handbag, which I bought while holidaying in Croatia. The White Cat-Eye sunglasses are from a vintage market. The Large Pearl Choker is from Primark.

To complete the look I just wore my hair natural and slicked back at one side. For makeup i wore a gold/bronze smokey eye & on the lips i wore a bright orange colour.


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OOTD – Sex & The City 


Hope you’ve all had a good week, I’m so glad it’s finally Friday, is it me or has this week dragged?

This look features the Misspap Choker T-shirt Dress (also featured on My April Favourites). I then styled this dress with a pair of Misspap large diamond Fishnet Tights. I then wore these Missguided Over The Knee Denim Boots (Sold out Similar Here). To complete the look I wore my trusty Denim Jacket ( see how I previously have styled it here & here). I then added to the edgiest of this outfit my adding a diamonte choker & a Missguided Pom-Pom beanie with veil (Sold out Similar Here), and a black stud clutch bag.

I love how versatile this T-shirt dress is. You can style it with a pair of trainers for a laid back sports luxe look, or dress it up with a pair of heels for a night-time look. You can also wear it as a t.shirt by tucking into shorts and skirts. How would you style yours?

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Nicolle X


OOTD – I’m With The Band.


Hope you all had a lovely weekend. This look is centered around this seasons wardrobe staple the Band T-Shirt. The Band T-shirt was everywhere last season from the Gucci catwalk, to the high street, from celebs to bloggers. This Trend shows no signs of going anywhere soon. As a fan of the humble band T-shirt, I own quite a collection of band t-shirts and memorabilia. I am not always the biggest fan of some of the band t-shirts I own, but who cares as long as it looks good.  I’m a Huge fan of this trend because you can style a band t-shirt with just about anything, plus it looks even better if you pinch your mans t-shirt. Today I’m Wearing a Blondie t-shirt, she was the epitome of rock chick cool and was a style icon.


To complete this look I wore a Smokey black eye (which i call the Taylor Momsen). On the lips i wore a dark vampy lip color.

Outfit Details;

Topshop Quilted Faux Leather Biker Jacket

Matalan Blondie Oversized Band T-shirt (sold out similar here)

Matalan Burgundy leather Look Skirt (sold out similar here)

Primark Fish-Net Socks

Boohoo Spiked Wedge Boots (sold Out).

* Thanks to my other half for taking my pictures & supporting me with my blog (instagram @scanny8).

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Beauty · Fashion

April Favorites!


Hope you all had a lovely April. As April came to an end, so did my maternity leave. Where have the past 9 months gone and my little baby. I just seemed to blink and bamm, she can now crawl & say her name. It doesn’t seem two minutes ago since I first went on maternity leave, in the last 9 months, I’ve become a mummy, gone from being a girl to a woman and decided to start this blog something I’ve been wanting to do for years.

Here are a few of the things ive been enjoying this month.



Fashion Favorites


New Look Frayed Hem Skinny Jeans

I bought these jeans spontaneously, as most jeans apart from high-waisted skinny jeans suit my shape. However I’m glad i took the risk and bought these jeans, because these are fast becoming my go-to wardrobe staple, to looking fashion forward and stylish, plus they flatter my figure. Click on this link to see how i previously styled these jeans.

Zara Striped Off The Shoulder Blouse

This top was my recent buy from Zara. I always see fashion bloggers wearing Zara, but whenever I visit the store, nothing ever seems to catch my eyes (apart from the Skorts that sold out a few years ago). As soon as i entered the shop, i loved this top and had to buy it. I’m looking forward to styling this top in so many ways. From wearing it with jeans, shorts and skirts. The possibilities are endless. Keep an eye out for future posts featuring this top.

MissPap Choker T-Shirt Dress

I love how many ways i can style this t-shirt dress from wearing it with a denim jacket and trainers for a laid back style or you can dress it up with thigh high denim boots and fish net tights for an edgy look.

Beauty Favorites


Rimmel Self-Tan Mousse Dark Matte

Here in the UK, were now officially in Spring, so it should mean that i can wear skirts without tights, but the weather has other idea’s. One day it’s Summer weather, the next you need to wrap up in hat, scarves and gloves. If i use this fake tan once a week it means I’m always prepared for when the warmer weather makes an appearance. This tan gives you a really nice brown natural looking color, not too orange or fake looking. This tan also fades gradually so it doesn’t look unnatural. Its fast drying, the smell is not too bad (still looking for a tan that doesn’t smell of digestive biscuits). It also doesn’t leave my skin too dry which other tans that I’ve used, have done.

Nivea Tinted Moisturising Day Cream.

The last month I fell back in love with this tinted moisturiser, As a teenager i never really wore foundation so this moisturiser was my go-to. It provides a medium coverage, gives skin a dewy color, & suits most skin colors. This moisturiser also provides a SPF.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Dynamic


This Lipstick is the perfect ever day nude/pink lipstick. This lipstick will suit most skin colors, is not drying, is a high pigmented color, long-lasting and has a nice sheen. I definitely would repurchase Estee Lauder lipsticks n the future.

Guerlain Insolence Perfume

This perfume is my all time favorite. It’s a long-lasting smelling perfume but not too over empowering. It smells of Parma -Violets sweets so brings back childhood memories.

Various nail varnishes


On the Ring finger I’m wearing a limited edition Kate Spade for Nails Inc this is a lovely metallic Goldish color, I then added a top color The Ted Baker Gold Glitter Nail Varnish.  This glitter nail varnish is the best I’ve used as it only requires one coat to get enough glitter to cover the nail. On the other nails i am wearing Avon’s Gel Nail Varnish in Barely There. This color is the perfect nude color and has a Gel effect. It also lasts longer than other nail varnishes 3 – 4 days without chipping.

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Nicolle X