French Riviera Lookbook

Last week I was in the South of France for a nice, week-long holiday.  Being a typical blogger, I brought an unreasonable amount of clothes with me, and so I thought I would share with you guys some of the outfits I wore when I was away!

Bikini top-H&M

Sunglasses-River Island

Top-Forever 21




Party Holiday Makeup with Nikki + Things

Hello! I’m Nikki from Nikki and Things and I’m now half way through my little guest post series for the lovely Albertine while she’s off on holiday. If you’ve missed my last posts, I’ve already spoke about my beach holiday makeup essentials and my city break makeup essentials and today I’m going to show you what I would take on a party holiday. For a clubbing holiday, it’s all about night time. Chances are you’ll spend your day lazing by the pool (possibly hungover), then be off to get down with your bad self at night (I’m sorry, I just at myself too). With the heat, humidity and all the boogying you’ll be doing, I think the key will be a combination of products that will see you through the early hours, so hopefully my selection of long wearing products will help!

For base, I’ve went with something with a little more coverage than my previous posts. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Light is a gorgeous medium coverage foundation which will help brighten and even out skin tone to keep you looking fresh every night and with that little bit more coverage you’re covered it you get a booze fuelled break out. Although the foundation does have an SPF, it’s photo stable so you won’t end up looking like a ghost in photos. And of course, the Double Wear range is known for it’s amazing staying power. For cheeks, I’d take Estee Lauder’s Star Bronzer. The one I have was from a couple of years ago, but they bring out a similar type of product every year. This is perfect for adding a bit of definition to the cheeks or to add some warmth all over. 

To maximise dancing time, a smokey eye will be cause less drama than a bold lip. No need to worry about touching up after all those cocktails. To keep everything bright and to make everything last that bit longer, Nars Eyeshadow Primer  is my lid base of choice. This is amazing, it’s the only eyeshadow primer that actually makes a difference on my oily lids. Benefit’s Smoking Eyes kit is a great all-in-one product as it has all you need for a simple grey smokey eye as well as a brow wax and a milky pink gel for keeping those eyes looking bright. The instructions that come with the product are great - all you do is use the light pink on the brow bone, cover the lid with the medium grey, then line with the black. Or if you like something a bit more dramatic you could dap your brush into the grey and the black to mix then blend into the crease. To finish off the eyes, Lancome Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara  is perfect. It gives a gorgeous wide eyed look and the waterproof formula means you won’t need to worry about panda eyes. Even after a foam party.

To finish everything off, pop on a light peachy pink lipstick or gloss. I love Estee Lauder’s Hint of Peach. It’s a gorgeous creamy texture which hydrates the lips and the colour is such a pretty peach colour. Perfect to balance out that smokey eye. 

Do you have any other party holiday suggestions? 

I’ll be back with my for my final post, I’ll be taking about my staycation makeup essentials.


Praries de la Mer||Part 2

Here's part two of my France vlogs (luckily I managed to edit it all down to just two videos, pat on the back for me there!).  I hope you've enjoyed watching the clips I did manage to get together, I'm sorry I didn't manage to film more!  I'm off to America tomorrow, so once again I'll be back to attempting to vlog daily!


Essie||The Summer Edit

£7.99 each from Boots

L-R: Avenue Maintain, Spin The Bottle, Ruffles and feathers, Urban Jungle

I'm only really loyal to one nail polish brand, and it's Essie, so I thought I should do a quick round up of some of their shades I've bought as a little Summer nail polish edit!  I've stuck to very muted, neutral tones this year, mainly because these go really well with basically all (and any) of the statement pieces of clothing I've bought for this Summer.

The two neutrals I'm rocking are Spin The Bottle-which I like to describe as a dirty nude, and Urban Jungle-a creamy grey concrete colour!  If I just want my nails to look 'polished' I go for Spin The Bottle, but for a more striking, close to white, colour I opt for Urban Jungle.

For my two colours, I went for my favourite shades, a warm, sea green (Ruffles and Feathers) and a cool mid-tone blue (Avenue Maintain).  I usually wear blues, purples, greys or pinks, so these two shades fit in perfectly with my colour palette!  These are great for a pop of colour, especially as an accent nail if I want to wear a more neutral colour across my other nails.