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Friday, 22 August 2014

The Friday Face #2

Welcome back to the second instalment of The Friday Face. 

If you missed my first post (check it out here), The Friday Face is all about what make-up look I have chosen that day and the products I used to create it - a pretty simple concept but nonetheless, a very interesting one I hope! 

I love make-up and creating new looks with the products I have. So actually seeing how certain things are used either on their own or with another product can often give me new ideas.

Tweet/Instagram me photos of your Friday Face and the make-up items you used! Use the hashtag #GRNTFridayFace so I can retweet and share the best ones! 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

New Obsession - Nirvana Black by Elizabeth and James

I was obsessed with Mary-Kate and Ashley when I was younger and I am still just as obsessed today, although for very different reasons. The Olsen twins took over the TV during my childhood and now they are all grown up and taking over the catwalk... and the shelves of Sephora it would appear.  

Multi-talented, as the twins are, they have two clothing lines - The Row (inspired by the iconic tailoring of Savile Row) and Elizabeth and James (named after their brother and sister). I love both lines and am in love with almost everything that comes out of The Row especially with many pieces featuring in my With Upon A... posts.

However, this time it is Elizabeth and James that is catching my eye - or should I say my nose... The girls have brought out two fragrances which are sold exclusively at Sephora - Nirvana White (for daytime) and Nirvana Black (for evening). I instantly fell in love in love with Nirvana Black and knew I had to bring it back to the UK with me. 

The best thing about this perfume is that it smells almost exactly like Tom Ford Black Orchid which like everything else Tom Ford, is rather pricey. Sephora describe the perfume as an addictive blend of alluring violet, sensual sandalwood and rich vanilla. In my words, it smells of sexy, mysterious and masculine warmth. This isn't a girly sweet scent and definitely one more suited to wearing at night. I think it's really grown up and mature and I am absolutely addicted. So addicted though that I'm scared to use it and savouring every drop. 

As the perfumes from Elizabeth and James are only available from Sephora, they cannot be purchased in the UK (weep). HOWEVER. Sephora now ships to the UK (hallelujah) so you can still get your hands on a bottle (click here). And as amazing as Sephora is, many of their perfumes (this one included) can be purchased in rollerball form which is super handy for putting in a clutch bag on a night out. 

I will definitely be re-purchasing this perfume which is very rare thing for me as I usually don't ever buy myself perfume, especially the same one twice. If you want to try this perfume out but live in the UK I would recommend going into a department store and spraying some of Tom Ford's Black Orchid. If you like it then I can guarantee Nirvana Black will not disappoint... and your bank balance will also be much more appreciative.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried either Nirvana White or Nirvana Black from Elizabeth and James. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Greatest Combination - Maybelline Falsies Mascara + Eyelash Curlers

I have finally found it. My perfect mascara. 

Woah I know, that's a pretty bold claim but one that's very true. 

Although I had heard the hype surrounding Maybelline's Falsies Mascara I had never actually tried it until very recently when I lost my own mascara and had to borrow a friend's - yes I know, sharing mascara's is unhygienic but it was clearly meant to be...

I was completely amazed by how it transformed my eyelashes and I went straight out to the closest drugstore to buy my own! My eyelashes are not naturally long and curly and tend to need a lot of help from mascara to get them looking half decent so when a mascara accentuates my lashes this much, I know I'm onto a good thing. 

However, who knew my lashes could look even better with a 10 second hold of my MAC eyelash curlers! These curlers have lay at the bottom of my make-up draw for over 2 years and only now I am realising their magic abilities! The mascara is impressive without curling my lashes but using my curlers really helps the mascara to hold my lashes in place whilst creating more of an upright curl (if that makes sense). Basically, what I am trying to say is that this pair are a match made in heaven and the perfect components to long, thick and well defined lashes. 

The mascara is one of those products that really does do what it says by giving the much desired false lash effect. I now reach for this mascara for every make-up look I create, whether that be natural, glamourous or anything in between and I am completely hooked! 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

US Clothes Haul

If you have read any of my most recent posts you will know that I was in California over the summer... And I may have got a little excited about: a) the huge range of products and clothing brands we don't have in the UK and b) almost everything that you can buy in the UK is cheaper in the US! 

Check out my rather large beauty haul here which is mainly made up of Sephora purchases! 

Watch my video below to see what clothing and other random purchases I splurged on when I was in LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Diego! It includes pieces from Victoria's Secret, Gap, Zara, Banana Republic and many more... Let me know in the comments below which stores you head straight to when your in America!

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Saturday, 16 August 2014


California is one of the most beautiful places on earth and is packed full of things to do and places to see. Check out my previous two posts here where I give tips on organising a road trip and talk about the best sights in California and Las Vegas!

Known as the sunshine state, there was lots of opportunity to wear pieces from my summer wardrobe. Below is a selection of my favourite outfits from the 4 weeks I spent across the pond.  

Outfit 1 - LA
Top: Topshop
Denim Shorts: Zara
Rucksack: Asos
Sandals: Topshop
Sunglasses: Asos

Outfit 2 - Las Vegas
Dress: Zara
Bag: Warehouse
Shoes: Topshop
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Banana Republic

Outfit 3 - Las Vegas
Top: Topshop
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Warehouse
Watch: Michael Kors

Outfit 4 - San Diego
Top: Urban Outfitters
Skort: Topshop
Sandals: Zara
Bag: Warehouse
Necklace: Boutique in LA

Outfit 5 - San Diego
Top: Zara
Skirt: Zara
Sandals: Zara
Bag: Warehouse
Necklace: Boutique in LA

Outfit 6 - Malibu
Bikini (in first photo): Asos
Cover up: River Island
Mint bikini and bag: Triangl Swimwear
Sunglasses: Asos

Outfit 7 - Laguna Beach
Playsuit: Topshop
Rucksack: Asos
Sunglasses: Asos
Necklace: Boutique in LA

Outfit 8 - LA
Jumper: Zara
Shorts: Zara
Shoes: Topshop