29/07/2014

Staycation Makeup with Nikki + Things

Hello! I’m Nikki from Nikki and Things and I’m now at the end of my guest post series where I’ve been going through my makeup essentials for some different holiday destinations. Albertine will be back in the sunny UK soon, so to finish off I thought I’d show you some of my staycation essentials. There are so many things to do in the UK. I’m from just outside Glasgow and it always amazes me just how much there is to do in my own home town. Whether it’s walks to the park, visiting museums and local restaurants or just spending an evening in the garden with some friends, there will be plenty to do this summer. I thought for this selection I’d show you some of my favourite products for a light, natural look which wouldn’t look out of place on the local beach or at a friend’s BBQ. 



For a base, I love Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream. It has slightly more coverage than a tinted moisturiser but this one also has all of the moisturising properties that comes along with the original Daywear moisturiser. And it smells delish! I’ve already mentioned my love for Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks  in my beach holiday post, but again, for colour pay off, finish and staying power, these can do no wrong. For a light, natural look I’ve went for Pale Pink, which is a lovely pastel pink colour. To finish everything off, a light dusting of Bobbi Brown Brightening Nudes Finishing Powder will keep everything in place while giving your skin that added glow. And just look at the pretty packaging!

As for eyes, I’ve raided my Mac palette for a natural brown look. Naked Lunch is pretty over the lid with Era blended in the crease. Cork is great for giving your brows a bit of definition as well as being used as a liner along the last line and under the lower lash line. To finish off, Lancome Hypnose Mascara  is my favourite for every day wear. It separates, lengthens and volumises leaving a wide eyed look.

As for lips, Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector  in Rose Shimmer is perfect for glossy but not too glossy finish. It smells AMAZING and leave your lips feeling so soft. If you wanted a touch more colour, just dab Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge on the lips then finish with the Lip Perfector. And there we go, a pretty natural look in record time!


Thank you all so much for reading, and of course, a massive thank you to Albertine for giving me this great opportunity! Hope you had a great holiday and can’t wait to hear all about it! 

28/07/2014

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
Swimsuit-Primark
Sandals-Office


Top-Forever 21
Shorts-H&M
Shoes-Office


Vest-H&M
Trousers-Thrifted



Skirt-Primark


27/07/2014

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.

26/07/2014

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!