What's In My Handbag?

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Louis Vuitton Speedy 250 Hey Lovelies,
Hope you're all having a nice day. Last week I had the week of work and went to Westfield in White City for a very exciting handbag purchase. I've always loved Louis Vuitton and have had my eye on one of their Speedy bags for quite some time now. Seeing as we don't have to pay council tax in February and March, I have a bit of spare cash at the moment and decided it's finally time to treat myself to the bag I've been lusting after for many months. All I can say is I couldn't be happier with the latest addition to my handbag collection!
The LV Speedy bags come in different sizes and styles. I'm 5'1 so the Speedy Bandouliere 25 is the perfect size for me. It fits everything I carry around with me really well without looking too big on my rather petite frame haha. The bag also comes with an adjustable strap so you can wear it over your shoulder or across your body. It's available in 3 diffrent canvases, I chose the Damier Ebene canvas which is the original LV canvas.
What's In Your Handbag
I try not to carry around too much junk with me. I live in England so an umbrella is pretty much an essential item in anyone's handbag. Hopefully I will be able to replace the umbrella with my sunglasses when summer finally arrives! Obviously i never leave my house without my house keys or my phone which is the iPhone 5C in white for anyone that's interested. I also keep my headphones in my handbag so I can drown out the rest of the world while I'm on the train/tube/bus. Living in London means I use my Oyster card to get about. I've also got my wallet with me at all times, which is also from Louis Vuitton. Can you tell I love the brand haha!
The final item in my handbag is my Vicky's Secrets make up bag that I got from one of my friends as a birthday present a few years ago. 
In my make up bag I keep hand cream and hand sanitiser. Both are from Bath and Body Works. I also carry around with me 2 lipglosses, 5 lipsticks, a Victoria's Secret body spray, some Lucas Paw Paw Ointment (which is basically Australia's version of Vaseline), a make up brush, a mirror and  a pressed powder. 
So as you can see, the Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 25 fits quite a lot and I am so pleased with my purchase.
What's in your handbag?

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Smashbox Be Legendary Mandarin Lipstick

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Smashbox Be Legendary Mandarin Lipstick 
Hello Lovelies,
My lipstick collection pretty much consists of nudes, more nudes, pinks, and a couple more pinks. I was just never able to find a red lipstick that I like and that I felt suited me. Then, a few weeks ago I was introduced to the Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Mandarin and instantly fell in love with it!
Smashbox Be Legendary Mandarin Lipstick
The Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Mandarin is perhaps not the most traditional of red lipsticks and it certainly has orange tones running through it, but it's definitely still a gorgeous colour that's more red than anything else I've ever worn. The pigmentation is amazing and what I also love about this lipstick is that it doesn't bleed. So many other reds I've tried always bleed on my lips, even if I wear lip liner. I've not had this problem with my Smashbox Mandarin lipstick which makes me even more happy with it!
The formula of this lipstick is very creamy. It contains Vitamins C and E as well as shea butter and feels extremely moisturising on the lips. It's also very long wearing and I can go well over 3 hours before I need to reapply it.
Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Mandarin  is also the perfect colour for spring and summer which is almost around the corner now!
Smashbox Be Legendary Mandarin Lipstick
Now I have to admit I'm usually a MAC girl when it comes to lipsticks, but it's nice to try something different every once in a while and the Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Mandarin certainly ticks all the boxes for me!
I'm definitely going to be branching out and adding some more reds to my collection, so please let me know if you have any recommendations or favourites I need to check out!
You can purchase the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick online or at your nearest Smashbox counter. It retails for £15.50.
I hope you've enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading!

Nuala xxx
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NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo

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NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo
Hey Lovelies,
Hope you're all well and having a good week! I'm off work this week but haven't gone away anywhere. Sometimes it's nice to relax at home rather than travel which is exactly what I'm doing. It's also a great opportunity to write up a couple of blog posts, especially seeing as I've done a bit of shopping lately haha! One of the make up counters I went to on my latest shopping trip was NARS. I don't know about you, but when I go to a make up counter I can rarely buy just one thing, and more often than not end up leaving with 3 or 4 items rather than just the one I originally wanted to purchase. 
NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo
Seeing as I'm starting to develop a bit of an obsession with NARS eyeshadows, it should come as no surprise that I ended up treating myself to the NARS Tzarine eyeshadow duo.
The main reason why I am loving NARS eyeshadow duos is because they are so easy to apply and wear. If you are anything like me, you probably own far to many eyeshadows and eyeshadow pallets. Sometimes I just want a really simple eye make up look that's quick to do and does not involve using 4 or more different eyeshadows. That's what makes the NARS eyeshadow duos so perfect. They consist of 2 colours. So in the morning, you don't end up spending ages deciding which colours to use! They also don't take up too much space in your make up back, making them the perfect item to take away with you if you are going away somewhere.
NARS Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo
As you can see, the first colour in the NARS Tzarine eyeshadow duo is a lovely champagne colour. The second shade is an almost blue toned silver/grey colour which looks gorgeous, especially on brown or hazel eyes. Both colours have a sheen to them. The pigmentation is also amazing as you can see in the swatch below.
I like using the lighter colour on the lid and the darker colour blended through the crease and outer corner of my eyes. Both shades are soft, creamy and very easy to blend. However I have found I need to use an eyeshadow primer such as a MAC paint pot or the Urban Decay Primer Potion to make sure that the colours stay on all day. 
You can buy NARS Tzarine online or at your nearest NARS counter. It retails for £25.00.
I am pretty sure I will be investing in a few more NARS eyeshadow duos in the future so I'd love to hear your recommendations.
I hope you've enjoyed this post lovelies! Thanks for reading.
Nuala xxx
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1000 Follower NARS Giveaway - CLOSED

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Hello Lovelies,
Last week was a very exciting week for me and my little blog because I reached 1000 followers on Bloglovin'. I can't tell you how much this means to me, I still can't quite believe it! When I first started my blog in August 2012, I never thought I'd reach 100 followers let alone 1000!
To celebrate this milestone I am giving away this gorgeous limited edition NARS Guy Bourdin Crime of Passion Eye, Lip and Cheek palette to one lucky winner.

The palette contains 3 NARS eyeshadows, 2 NARS lipglosses as well as the iconic NARS Deep Throat blush and NARS Laguna bronzer. 
I chose this prize because I am currently loving NARS products and thought this cute palette would make a lovely addition to my lucky winners make up collection.
This giveaway is international and if you are under 16 please make sure you have permission from a parent or guardian to enter. You must be following my blog on Bloglovin to enter, however make sure you check out the Rafflecopter widget because there are many other ways to gain additional entries. The more you enter, the higher your chance of winning! As usual, entries from giveaway blogs and Twitter accounts will not be counted. 
This giveaway is open one month from today and closes at midnight on the 11th of March 2014. 


Good luck everyone!
Nuala xxx

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Miss Dior Eau de Parfum Review

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Christian Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum Hello Lovelies,
I hope you're all well and had a great weekend! I worked this weekend but I've got the next 2 days off which I am planning on using productively by going down the gym and writing up one or 2 blog posts for you. 
I've never done a fragrance review on my blog before, mainly because I find it incredibly difficult describing perfumes. I usually just smell them in the shop and go yes I like this or no, this is horrible. I suppose that wouldn't be very helpful in a blog post haha! One amazing scent I definitely want to share with you lovelies though is Christian Dior's Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. This is my all time favourite perfume and one I have been wearing for many years. It was first released in 2005 and used to be known as Miss Dior Cherie, but recently Dior have renamed it Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. I always have to have a bottle of this in my perfume collection and can rarely walk past a Dior counter without a spritz or 2 of this lovely scent!
Christian Dior have several fragrances in the Miss Dior range, all packaged in a gorgeous square glass bottle with a super cute silver bow on it. My favourite is their Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. It's a beautiful floral fragrance that's not too sweet and definitely my favourite perfume of all time!
Now I've said I'm completely rubbish at describing scents, but I've found this on the Selfridges website if you are interested in an actual description of the scent: 
Bold and elegant, Miss Dior eau de parfum by Dior reveals the timeless chic of Dior in a sensual floral chypre fragrance. Sicilian Mandarin, Blood Orange and Bergamot form a captivating combination. The floral and feminine heart beats with a blend of Indian and Egyptian Jasmine Absolute combined with Essence of Damask Rose and Tunisian Orange Blossom Absolute. The modern and regal Essence of Indonesian Patchouli gives the fragrance an utterly contemporary level of sophistication. Finally, the woody base notes of Indian Sandalwood and Vetiver give off warm and sensual accords.
I know it's a bit of a cop out to just copy and paste something from a website into a blog post (sorry!), but I wouldn't know how else to describe the Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. If you've not smelt it before, I highly recommend having a little sniff next time you are at a Dior counter. Let me know if you love it just as much as I do!
At the moment Dior are even giving away these 7ml sample nail polishes in Boots when you purchase a Dior fragrance, just in time for Valentine's Day!
Both colours are stunning and a very welcome glamorous addition to my nail polish collection!
Here's the price list if you are thinking of treating yourself, (or asking your other half to treat you haha) to this lovely perfume: 
 Miss Dior Eau de Parfum 30ml RRP £47.00
Miss Dior Eau de Parfum 50ml RRP £66.00
Miss Dior Eau de Parfum 100ml RRP £93.00 
I would definitely recommend shopping around though because many stores often have fragrances on offer, especially around Valentine's Day, so you'll rarely end up having to pay the full price. I paid £58.50 when I bought my 50ml bottle in Boots last week and got the 2 nail polishes as my free gift with purchase.
Do you have an all time favourite perfume that you always have to have a bottle of in your collection? Which one is it?
I hope you've enjoyed this post and thanks for reading!
Nuala xxx
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Back to MAC

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Hey Lovelies,
I finally managed to use up another 6 MAC products, and this week I took my empties back to the MAC counter to exchange them for a free lipstick, so I thought I'd do a little post for you showing you what I've used up and which lipstick I chose. Enjoy!
Back to MAC
MAC Brush Cleanser, 235ml RRP £10.00 (LINK)
I've been using this brush cleanser for years. It does an amazing job at cleaning, disinfecting and conditioning my make up brushes. No matter which other brush cleansers I try, I always go back to MAC's Brush Cleanser. That the empty bottle counts towards your Back to MAC empties is another huge incentive to keep repurchasing it haha.  
MAC Fix+, 100ML RRP £14.50 (LINK)
I think this is one of MAC's most misunderstood products. There's a bit of a myth that Fix+ will make your make up stay on longer, and I've found that it doesn't really do that. However I love using my Fix+ spray to freshen up my make up throughout the day. This fancy water is infused with green tea, chamomile and cucumber, making it great for your skin!
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation, 40ml, RRP £25.00 (LINK)
This is probably my favourite MAC foundation, and I've repurchased it quite a few times already. It's a gel based foundation that gives medium-full coverage and has a dewy finish that looks great in pictures!
MAC Bronzing Powder in Bronze, 10g, RRP £20.00 (LINK)
I used this powder to contour and bronze. It blends really well and doesn't look orange which is pretty much what you need from a bronzer.
MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder, 10g, RRP £20.00 (LINK)
As the name suggests, MAC's Studio Careblend Pressed Powder is a powder you use to set your make up. It comes in 8 different shades. Even though I enjoyed using this product, I won't be repurchasing it at the moment as I do prefer my MAC Mineralise Skinfinishes or their Studio Fix powder to set my make up.  
MAC Cherish Lipstick, RRP £15.00 (LINK)
MAC describe their Cherish lipstick as a soft muted peachy beige. It has a satin finish. This lipstick was very pigmented and long wearing, but I did find it to be slightly drying on my lips so I am in no hurry to replace it in my collection.
MAC Impassioned Lipstick
Originally I had planned to get Vegas Volt, but then I tried both Vegas Volt and Impassioned at the MAC counter and decided to go with Impassioned. I think MAC's Impassioned is one of those iconic MAC lipsticks everyone should own! It has an amplified finish. Amplifed finsihes are probably my favourites becaucse they are long wearing and very moisturising. I think that Impassioned is the perfect colour for spring and summer which is almost around the corner now. Here's a swatch for all of you who love a good swatch!
MAC Impassioned on lips
So as you can see, Impassioned is a lovely bright pink shade which MAC describe as an amped up fuchsia.
I hope you've enjoyed this post and if you've got any MAC lipstick recommendations for me please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!
Nuala xxx
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