The Perfect Nude Lip With Lord & Berry (*)

I was previously introduced to Lord & Berry makeup products a while back after receiving a lip crayon in my monthly Birch Box (which I sadly miss and need to sign back up to again!). I was completely obsessed with it, wore it all the time, lost it and as always totally forgot about it… typical.

So when I received a little email from a PR company asking if I’d like to collaborate I was more than happy to say yes (as I lusted over my long, lost lip crayon).

Nude lip shades have always been a pain in the arse too find. Am I right ladies? They’re either too brown, too pink or not nude enough, so when these little babies were posted through the door I was dubious. However as soon as I popped on the Lord & Berry Lip Crayon in shade Intimacy, I did a little happy dance. I’d finally found the perfect nude lip that goes with my new (ish) ash blonde hair and light-medium toned skin (that’s obviously not ‘new’).

The perfect semi matte nude lip

To create this I used the lip liner pencil in shade ‘Bare’ to outline my lips and prime the base. I probably could have left it at that as the liner is highly pigmented, has a creamy texture and nicely sets on the lips without being too comfortable. But I didn’t want that full matte look so I popped on the nude lip crayon in shade ‘Intimacy’. This has an incredible creamy texture which when first applied appears ‘wet’ but soon settles nicely on the lips (without sitting in the creases) creating a more plump, semi matte finish.

What I love most about this lip crayon is not only the fact it’s easy to use in a rush or if you just want to quickly top up without the use of a mirror but the longevity is pretty impressive for a crayon. After eating or drinking it does begin to fade but does so evenly without leaving that awkward patchy look.

The glossy nude lip

Again with this one I used the same nude liner to line and prime my lips. I then swiped on the highly pigmented gloss in shade ‘Tan Nude’. The gloss itself has a creamy, non-sticky texture that again lasts quite a while even for a gloss. After eating/ drinking it does begin to fade but with a quick ‘lip smack’ it becomes evenly applied just a little lighter.

I’d describe these shades as a nude base with mainly brown undertones with a hint of rose pink. Even though the shades are named differently they appear (when swatched) to be the same shade just in different forms.

I think it's safe to say that I'll now be starting my collection of Lord & Berry lip products!

Beki Xo

(*) Disclaimer: I was sent the Lord & Berry lip products in exchange for a review however all opinions are my own

Bag - Marc B (*) , Dress - Newlook, T-shirt - H&M, Shoes - Topshop, Watch, Newlook, Hat - Dorothy Perkins, Necklace - Primark OOTD ft MarcB Bags + Life Update

The Button Down Dress ft Marc B + Life Update 

So, this month has been a little crazy. I’ve been moving into my new house and so blogging took a bit back seat whilst I ticked off house work, recharged my batteries and waiting for the Wi-Fi to be installed. To be honest, although having no Wi-Fi was a little inconvenient (especially as we have no TV) it was nice to have limited access to a world I get sucked into on a daily basis.

I managed to take a good week or so off, although after then I was itching to get back into my blogging routine. So I wrote down my ideas, took some photos and started planning a handful of up and coming posts. On one occasion (throughout these past few weeks) = I did manage to upload a blog post as I took full advantage of free Wi-Fi in the infamous Yard & Coop restaurant in Manchester. Even though I did feel a bit of a d**k whipping out my laptop straight after a lady recognised me from my blog…

But now I’m settled into my home and I have a connection to the internet, I’m feeling incredible inspired to change my style of writing on the blog. I want to make it more ‘me’ and stop overthinking my punctuation and grammar because I’m a blogger not a writer and I prefer to read things in the style of how a person speaks, so why am I not doing that?

On a side note of buying my first home, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying scrolling to death through Pinterest, buying all the home furnishings and generally creating the home I’ve always wanted. We’ve also been spending more time exploring, going on spontaneous walks and finally managing to grab an opportunity for an outfit post!

I’ve been wearing this button down maxi dress to death. It’s so damn comfortable and paired with a t-shirt looks effortless as I throw on boots, sandals or flats (although I’ve begun to realise that flat shoes aren’t the most comfortable for my arched feet).

We were popping into town and as the weather couldn’t make its mind up what it was doing, so I needed a bag that I could throw everything into. I remembered I had the Marc B Angel Pebble Grey shopper bag which I was kindly gifted by Marc B and thought that it was the perfect opportunity to for its first outing.

The bag itself is incredible spacious as I filled it with my regular items plus sunglasses, a light jacket, an umbrella and a parcel I needed to pop to the post office for! But the size isn’t too bulky and structured enough to keep its shape. Just like every Marc B bag the inside is lined with the infamous leopard print material, 1 zip pocket, 2 slip pockets for your mobile phone and an additional outer zip pocket. My favourite feature about this bad is the length of the straps, they're not that awkwardly short length that means passers by become victim to your elbow as it protrudes outwards.They sit comfortable half way down the ribs to give you enough space to swing your arm in and the strap over your shoulder with out a struggle. The outside of the bag itself has a washed out pebble grey appearance which I first fell in love with. I’ve never owned a grey bag as I typically opt for black or brown with the odd autumnal colour in between so I’m pretty excited I now have this in my collection!

Beki Xo

(*) Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted a bag by Marc B to review however all opinions are my own. 
Sukin: Super Greens For Your Skin (*)

We’re constantly been told that super greens are incredibly nutritional for our body and the higher the intake the more benefits we will gain. But as well as consuming those small group of greens from the algae and cereal grass family, what about applying it?

Sukin Skincare has been my favourite natural, cruelty free, carbon neutral, chemical free, vegan skincare brand *intake of breath* ever since I discovered their natural range over a year ago. Their products have always agreed with my skin, helping to clear and alkaline the surface. So when the Sukin team told me they have a new range, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it!

Their super green skincare range contains natural ingredients such as acai, goji berry, liquorice extract and baobab. The nutrient dense product aids the promotion of healthy skin by helping to brighten and plump the skins surface as well as leave it feeling fresh with a hint of cranberry. 

Detoxifying Facial Scrub
The scrub contains natural micro jojoba beads and ground bamboo to offer skin a gentle but deep polish to remove dirt and impurities. It isn’t too harsh on the skin but still offers a penetrative scrub that removes dead skin and helps to smooth the surface. The product contains a blend of kale, spirulina, chlorella and parsley to detox whilst pineapple, licorice and lime help promote a clear complexion. Although the scrub contains a rainbow of vitamins and minerals the burst of cranberry provides a more refreshing scent. I’ve been using the scrub on a daily basis and it’s perfect to give your skin a burst of energy in the morning, leaving it feeling detoxed and smooth.

Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser
Similar to the whole range, this product has a refreshing cranberry scent but offers a more nourishing set of antioxidants to moisturise the skin. With added ingredients such as goji berries, rosehip and avocado the facial moisturiser helps to promote a brighter, healthy looking complexion. My favourite benefit about this moisturiser is that it is crammed full of raw nutrients that my skin instantly drinks up upon application. It also leaves the surface of my skin incredibly smooth and fresh without any extra oils or grease, so it’s perfect for priming my skin before makeup.

Detoxifying Clay Masque

The product itself contains kale, spirulina, parsley and chlorella to offer a super green blend of ingredients that help to detox the skin and provide a healthy glow whilst avocado, baobab and goji berry aid in penetrating deep into the skin to nourish and hydrate. The clay has a thick texture that upon application spreads out evenly and comfortably sits on top of the skin. What I love most about this product is not only does it leave my skin feeling more plump but it’s also non-drying to it’s not only great for sensitive skin but it’s super (green) easy to remove!

Nourishing Chia Seed Oil
We’ve all heard the great benefits of popping a sprinkling of chia seeds in a smoothie, on some yoghurt or over your salad but this little bottle of oil reaps all the benefits for your skin. Containing a natural source of omega 3 and 6, antioxidants, phytonutrients (plant chemicals that benefit human health) and amino acids, chia seed oil is the richest botanical source of natural fatty acids. Providing a punch of energy boosting power, chia seed oil helps to prevent premature skin aging by speeding up the skin’s natural repair system. You can use the oil twice a day and it doesn’t leave a greasy feel however I prefer to use it as overnight face oil, simply because it can get to work on my skin overnight and I’m left with baby soft skin in the morning. It also comes with a pipette applicator so there's no product waste or messy skincare use!

Beki Xo
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