No7 High Shine Lip Crayon

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No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in 'Tickle' £9

No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in ‘Tickle’ £9


With the Spring season fully underway, there’s no better time to add a splash of colour to your makeup look. Being obsessed with lip colours, it didn’t take me long to spot the new High Shine Lip Crayon range by No7. Upon inspection, I noticed that these lip crayons are really similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks and at less than half the price, I’d say they’re a pretty good dupe. I think that the concept of a retractable crayon places a quirky and fun twist onto an ordinary lipstick.
After umming and ahhing for what seemed like an eternity, I finally decided on the shade ‘Tickle’ – a bright coral, perfect for the current bouts of sunshine that we are so luckily having! The crayon is really simple to apply and feels lightweight on the lip. The shade is also quite subtle, making it ideal for daytime wear. The high shine effect provides a gloss finish and is a nice substitute for a lip balm; it gives a moisturising feel so no need to worry about dryness or cracking. I definitely recommend this product if you’re searching for that pop of colour without the ‘heaviness’ of a lipstick. I’m looking forward to trying out the other shades in the collection!
What are your thoughts on lip crayons?

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Shay & Blue – Atropa Belladonna

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Atropa Belladonna £30*

Atropa Belladonna 30ml £30*


Shay & Blue is a boutique perfumery, established in London in 2012. Their aim is to place an innovative twist on to traditional fine fragrances, handcrafted using real flowers, fruit and natural spices. The intoxicating, Atropa Belladonna, Italian for ‘Beautiful Lady’ provides a decadent scent that will truly ignite your senses. The top note of dark cassis berries is the most prominent and on a first impression reminded me of ‘parma violets’ sweets. This is blended together with the rich scent of white narcissus and jasmine flowers, and the subtle aroma of bourbon vanilla which creates the base note. I would say that Atropa Belladonna is not for the faint-hearted; its scent is extremely deep and rich – I find that one or two spritz’s is just enough. I prefer to use a lighter fragrance in the day and something a bit more ‘heavy’ at night, so I would only ever reach for this before going out in the evening.
Although, the design of the bottle is kept simple, I love the nautical-esque theme of the packaging. The compact shape of the bottle makes it portable and is the perfect size for a small handbag or clutch.
This perfume really captures the essence of an authentic, traditional scent, standing in its own league as a unique and individual product.
Are you familiar with Shay & Blue? What are your thoughts?

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Zara Office City Bag

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Zara £49.99

Zara £49.99


Behold the beauty of the office city bag – from none other than the fashion genie that is, Zara. Wonderful don’t you think? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. Since I am a frequent Virgin trains customer (Richard Branson, look out), hopping from the North to the South and back again can really take its toll, especially when I’m carrying what seems like my entire life around with me. I decided that it was time to ditch the multiple bags/suitcases and search for something that could be deemed more travel worthy. It didn’t take me long to spot and fall in love with the city bag – it fit the description perfectly. The sleek design and the maroon interior really caught my attention, but it was the padded laptop compartment in the centre that really won me over. This bag has it all – five spacious compartments, card and phone holder, room for a laptop and a large inside zip pocket. It also comes complete with an attachable over-arm strap in case you don’t fancy holding it in the crook of your arm. The exterior is waterproof too, so I don’t have to worry about it getting ruined by the rain. Not only that, but it looks super chic as well! With a £50 price tag, this bag really is worth every penny.
So now I have the bag, I just need to land myself a job in the big city. With graduation just round the corner, it won’t be too long until I do – fingers (and toes) crossed!
What do you think of the office city bag?

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Mini Bourjois Haul

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Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara in Noir £7 Bourjois Blusher in Golden Rose £7.49* Bourjois Liner Feature Eyeliner in Noir £7

Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara in Noir £7
Bourjois Blusher in Golden Rose £7.49*
Bourjois Liner Feature Eyeliner in Noir £7


As always, a recent shopping trip to Boots resulted in spending copious amounts of money that I should really be saving. However, I was in need (yes, need) of a new eyeliner pen and mascara. I noticed that Bourjois had a promo offer, whereby if you purchased two full-priced products then you receive a complimentary blusher – perfect. Without any hesitation, I snapped up the Volume Glamour mascara and the Liner Feature pen. When it comes to mascara, I always choose a volumising rather than lengthening one, simply because I think that my lashes are quite naturally long. The Volume Glamour brush isn’t as thick as I’d usually prefer, but I decided to give it a go since it claims to ‘double eyelash volume’. I’m actually pretty pleased with the results as I found that it added length to my lashes too.
Since using Maybeline’s Master Precise eyeliner pen, I would never go back to a liquid liner. Luckily, Bourjois also have their own version so I thought that I would purchase it in order to receive the blusher. The nib reminds me of a felt tip pen and it is SO much easier to use than a liquid or gel based liner. A cat eye flick is my signature, everyday makeup look and I find that the eyeliner pen is the perfect tool to master this. I’d say that the Bourjois Liner Feature is just as good as the Master Precise version. I have also tried Collection 2000’s ‘Extreme 24hr Felt Tip Liner’ but found that it didn’t provide a smooth application. With the Bourjois, I just glide the pen across my lid – smudge and hassle free.
I love the packaging of the blusher. The French design reminds me of being in Paris and even though it’s so small, it still has a little compact mirror and brush so it saves having to carry all three separately! The shade is number 34, Golden Rose which combines a dusky pink tone with shimmering flecks of gold. Applying it lightly to the apples of your cheeks gives a lovely rosy glow. It also has a really nice fragrance which is unusual for a blusher – it smells really sweet and flowery!

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OOTD – Neon & Stripes

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Shirt - Topshop Blazer - H&M Neclace - New Look Leggings - River Island Shoes - New Look

Shirt – Topshop
Blazer – H&M
Neclace – New Look
Leggings – River Island
Shoes – New Look


This is the outfit I wore to an event this week, hosted by Cosmopolitan magazine. Since being well-presented is key to making a good first impression, I thought that the shirt-blazer combo epitomised the ‘smart-cas’ look which I wanted to acheive and with neon being one of my favourite trends this season, the New Look necklace proved to be a zesty addition to my outfit. I’m a huge fan of New Look at the moment; it’s certainly raised the fashion bar in my eyes. Whenever I visit, there’s always such a huge range of jewellery at such reasonable prices – definitely worth a visit!
The H&M blazer is an old purchase, but I think that blazers are a classic garment that can be worn again and again without looking outdated. It even caused two girls to come over to me and ask where it was from – point proven!
My favourite part of my outfit are most definitely the leggings, I can’t get enough of monochrome right now. I’m fairly positive that 90% of my wardrobe consists of black and white. I keep telling myself that I need to be more adventurous with my colour choices but it’s as though I have a strictly monochrome magnet attached to me *hands over eyes*.
I’m off out this evening and I’m running rather late, so apologies for the short but sweet post!

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Models Own & Golden Rose

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L-R: Sally Hansen 'Hard as nails' £4.75, Models Own 'Disco Inferno' £5, Golden Rose

L-R: Sally Hansen ‘Hard as nails’ £4.75, Models Own ‘Disco Inferno’ £5, Golden Rose


You guessed it, I’ve painted my nails again. I’ve grown so accustomed to wearing polish that my nails just feel so strange without any on. I decided to delve in to the bottom of my plentiful supply and dig out two of my ‘older’ polishes. I know that I said in my last nail post that I’d overdone the whole glitter trend, but when it comes to anything that sparkles, I’m like a magpie in a Swarovski store. So of course, I couldn’t resist temptation and found no better option than to return to the Models Own ‘mirrorball’ polish in Disco Inferno. I absolutely love this polish, which combines glitter pieces of different shapes and sizes to create a disco or mirrorball effect. I decided to paint it over the Golden Rose polish which, unfortunately is only available overseas – I got mine when I was in Turkey last Summer! Also, I couldn’t find the name of it anywhere so I’m guessing it must have rubbed off the bottle (not surprising seeing as it’s been hiding beneath all my other polishes!), so I apologise if you’re curious to find out what it’s called *sobs*. However, I think the combination of the two looks pretty!

Whenever I paint my nails, the Sally Hansen ‘Hard as nails’ strengthening polish is an essential. I use it first as a base coat and then as a top coat after my colour polish has dried. Although my nails are still under repair due to them being ruined by acrylics, the Sally Hansen has really helped to restore the top layer. It’s also made them a lot stronger than they were and they don’t ‘bend’ from being so weak. It’s taken almost a month to get to where they are, but my nails feel and look a lot healthier now – I don’t think I’ll be heading down the acrylics road any time soon! Hope you like them and sorry again for not having more info about the GR polish.

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Products I’ve used up 1

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L-R: St Moriz Instant Self-tanning Mist £3, Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan £6, Sally Hansen Airbush Tan £10, Simple Replenishing Moisturiser £4, Neutrogena Oil-free Facial Wash £4.50, Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzing Powder £5.50, Soap & Glory Righteous Butter £2.50, Clarins Daily Energizer Cream £21*

As a self-proclaimed beauty junkie, I tend to go through products like there’s no tomorrow. Here are just some of the products I’ve used up over the past couple of months:
1. St Moriz Instant Self-tanning Mist- Ahh St Moriz, yep it’s the high-street sister of St Tropez. Considering this is a dupe, I’d say it’s just as good as the high-end. I normally use the mousse version, but discovered that I much prefer the spray. I apply it to a mitt and then tan away. It’s instant and streak-free. The colour also lasts a few days, simply fading after each wash. This saves reapplying, unless you want a darker tan, but I find that it lasts at least 5 days before I have to apply more. A downside is that it can give a ‘dirty’ effect if you apply too much and can turn patchy after a couple of days – so moisturising is essential!

2. Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Wash Off Tan- You really can’t go wrong with this tan, it’s one of those products that I always find myself going back to. It really does everything it says on the bottle – easy to apply (remember to use a mitt!) and easy to wash off. I used the matte version but there’s also a shimmer one which contains tiny flecks of gold. The colour can look a bit daunting when you first squeeze it out, but don’t be perturbed because it evens out nicely once you begin to apply!

3. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Instant Tan- I actually adore this tan. It provides your skin with a flawless finish and is also effective at concealing scars or blemishes. I do find that it’s slightly stiffer to blend than the other tans so I use extra moisturiser beforehand. It’s water resistant too, but easily washes off after a gentle exfoliation.

4. Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser- I’ve been using this moisturiser before my primer and foundation. I prefer a slightly thick moisturiser, but there’s also a ‘light’ version of this too. I don’t think I can fault this product. I love how it doesn’t make your foundation look greasy or oily and it drys quickly on to the skin without feeling ‘sticky’.

5. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-free Facial Wash- I’ve never really tried many Neutrogena products before, but there was a period when I suffered from an oily T-zone so I picked up this product on a whim. Although I would say that it leaves my skin looking less oily, I’m not a big fan of the texture, it’s sort of like a gel. I find that it doesn’t really produce a lather and slides off the wet skin. I have to rub it together in my hands first to produce any soap!

6. Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzing Compact Powder- Another product from Rimmel’s Sunshimmer range. I really like this bronzer, it gives the skin a nice glow without looking cakey. I used the matte version, but like the tan, this also comes in a shimmer effect. I’d recommend this if you don’t fancy splurging on a high-end bronzer. Overall, it’s a great drugstore product.

7. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter- I love Soap & Glory products. One of my favourites has got to be the Righteous Butter. The one I used is the mini version so that it’s easier to pop in to my handbag, but I’m definitely going to get the bigger tub next. It smells absolutely delicious and makes your skin super soft. The consistency is nice and rich too to provide your skin with that extra fresh and healthy feel.

8. Clarins Daily Energizer Cream- I received this moisturiser along with two other products from the Daily Energizer range and it was the first time I’d ever used anything from the Clarins brand. The range is recommended for use in the morning to give a sort of ‘wake me up’ feel. I really enjoyed using this cream – it’s highly moisturising, thick and has a really pleasant, fresh smell. It also brightens your skin – useful for those ‘panda-eye’ mornings to keep the pesky dark circles at bay!

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OOTD – Dr. Martens & Leather

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Top: New Look
Skirt: Republic
Tights: Primark
Necklace: Topshop
Boots: Dr. Martens


Yes, another ootd post – anything to get me out of writing essays all day! It feels like I haven’t left the house or worn make-up in forever, so it was nice to have a break and take some photos for my blog at the same time. I wore this top and skirt combo to LFW so I thought I’d recreate the look, this time adding a few new additions. The top is an easy throw-on garment. It’s actually quite long so I had to tuck it in, but it looks good over a pair of jeans or trousers too. I purchased the Dr. Martens on a whim when I was out shopping a few weeks ago. In the past, DM boots have never really tickled my fancy. I used to associate them with ‘scene’ style kids which I can safely say, I have never been a part of! But for some strange reason, I was really drawn to these. I think the floral pattern on black looks really cute and can really liven up a simple, casual outfit. I’ve only worn them a handful of times so far and they are so so comfy, due to the air-cushioned ‘bouncing’ soles (really putting a spring in your step!).

The pleather skirt from Republic has been my go-to piece as of late. I love the schoolgirl-esque pleats and the nipped in elasticated waist. It’s so easy to wear and can be dressed up or down according to your preference. I also like how it doesn’t have that tacky looking texture that a lot of synthetic leathers have. Unfortunately, Republic went in to administration this year so I’m pretty lucky that I managed to snap this up just in time. I’ve found a similar one by Missguided and it’s in the sale too so hurry if you want to buy one!

And of course, I couldn’t go without a spiked statement necklace – I just can’t get enough of these. I love how the spikes have a sort of ombre/dip-dyed effect too!

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Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award
This week, I was very excited and also touched to receive the Liebster Blog Award – my very first award! (feeling somewhat like a proud parent). My blog was so kindly nominated by playingwithfashion – a really lovely blog, so make sure you pay a visit!

What is the Liebster Blog Award?
“.. The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”

What are the rules?
1. Thank and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
2. List 11 random facts about yourself
3. Answer 11 random questions
4. Create 11 random questions for your nominees. You can use the same questions as mine, or choose your own.
5. Present/nominate a Liebster Blog Award to more newbie bloggers!

Random Facts About Me
1. I have an obsession with M.A.C make-up.
2. My favourite TV series is Desperate Housewives (if you’ve never watched it – do).
3. I’m 1/2 Iranian, 1/4 Nigerian, 1/4 English.
4. I am an aspiring fashion journalist/future Vogue EIC.
5. I have an irrational dislike for people touching me with their bare feet.
6. I want to move to New York at some point in my life.
7. I love eating lemons (hence, my blog’s name).
8. I’m a neat freak – my bedroom has to be spotless & anything out of place frustrates me (mild OCD perhaps?).
9. I have a tendency to choose outfits based around my lipstick colour.
10. When food shopping, if there’s a ‘light’ version of something I’ll pick it up.
11. I’m in love with Boo the dog.

Questions asked by playingwithfashion
1. What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever done? London Fashion Week and Disneyland.
2. What are the best 5 words that describe you? Strong-minded, determined, laidback, optimistic, happy.
3. What is your favorite line from a movie and why? In Despicable Me, when Agnes says ‘It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!!’ – simply because she’s too cute and funny.
4. How many blogposts do you read per day? Too many I can’t keep count!
5. Imagine you have to choose only 1 of these 4 items for a whole month. Which would you choose and why? Lipstick|High Heels|Accessories|Pop of Color Lipstick, hands down.
6. Name your favorite book? I have so many, but my favourite recently read book is ‘Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet’ by Jamie Ford.
7. Twitter|Instagram|Blogs|Facebook In what order would you find them the easiest to do without? Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs.
8. Do you know anyone who actually (really) believed that the world was going to end in Dec.21,2012? Haha, no!
9. If you could be a famous person for a day, who would you be and why? Anna Wintour, because she has everything I aspire to.
10. If you could go on vacation anywhere right now where would you go? Somewhere extremely hot, peaceful and beautiful like the Maldives.
11. What’s your guilty pleasure? Online shopping.

My questions to my nominees
1. What is your favourite food?
2. What can’t you leave the house without?
3. If you had to choose between being boiling hot or freezing cold, which would you rather be?
4. What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
5. Do you have any pets?
6. What is you favourite fashion item?
7. If you could be in any place in the world, where would you be and why?
8. Would you/have you ever skydived?
9. What is your worst fear?
10. How would your best friend describe you?
11. What is your favourite beauty product?

Recipients of the Liebster Blog Award presented by Lemons are sweet (in no particular order)
1. Cosmetics Obsession (http://cosmeticsobsession.wordpress.com)
2. Little piece of beauty (http://littlepieceofbeauty.blogspot.com)
3. Farrah Molane (http://farrahmolane.wordpress.com)
4. Small town gals (http://smalltowngals.wordpress.com)
5. Maggies true obsession (http://maggiestrueobsession.wordpress.com)
6. The fierceness (http://thefierceness.com)
7. Why buy it diy it (http://whybuyitdiyit.wordpress.com)
8. Omg Emily (http://omgemily.wordpress.com/)
9. You only live once (http://saragyllenhammar.wordpress.com/)
10. Heels and peplum (http://heelsandpeplum.wordpress.com)
11. Dolce Vita (http://365annual.wordpress.com)

Come back and share your Liebster Blog Award post with me!

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Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips

Dr Lipp Nipple Balm £11.50

Dr Lipp Nipple Balm £11.50


I really cannot rave about this enough! I first heard about it from Lily and after that I knew I had to test it out myself. Ultimately, this has to be the Queen of all lipbalms. The balm is so thick (I struggled to get it out the tube at first!) that it really feels like a protective seal when applied to cracked lips. The secret of the product is that it contains the ingredient Lanolin – natural oil and wax produced from sheep’s wool (yes, you heard correctly SHEEP!). The raw Lanolin is extracted from the wool and then goes through a thorough cleaning process to remove any harmful, industrialised pollutants – so it’s 100% natural and safe to use. Historically, Lanolin was a solution to soothing sore nipples as a result of breastfeeding – hence how it came to be named ‘Nipple Balm’ . Pretty weird in a cool sort of way?! It spreads easily over the lips and a little really does go a long way. The product is supposedly odourless. However, I find that it has a slightly odd scent that I just can’t put my finger on. Since using Dr Lipp Nipple Balm, my lips have become much softer and less chapped. It can also be used on other dry areas including elbows and feet. Professional make-up artists have acclaimed the product and it has been branded as a ‘miracle’ of the beauty world. I highly recommend this product to you all – it really does put an end to dry lip woes!

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