Rosie for Autograph Lipstick

Hi everyone!

This is my first post for a while as I’ve been super busy and not found time to take, let alone edit my photos!

For me, Marks and Spencer growing up was the place my grandma bought her clothes, my Mum happily shopped for herself, and I was happy enough to wear the children’s clothing lines! It was a brand built on trust, a family business that generations remained loyal to.

Since those days it has constantly been shifting and changing to adapt to the times – I’ve been a HUGE fan of their Limited Collection (now rebranded to Limited Edition) for some years now, the younger, edgier sub-label of M&S. I’ve grown to love Autograph and it’s tailoring, though not necessarily it’s price tag! It’s a place where I go when I need a staple item I know will last and won’t cost the earth.

They’ve made huge leaps too in their beauty ranges, expanding stores to include almost John Lewis-esque skincare and makeup stands. I was wandering through the other day, actually on the hunt for a decent pair of stockings, when I found Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s beauty range, Rosie for Autograph.

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I was stalled by the Chanel-style packaging, glossy black with Rose Gold (I scorn Mac’s matte black and silver for this!) with a solid rose gold bullet for the lipstick tube itself. I immediately reached for Lady Rose, a neutral, brown-toned tea rose shade. It glided smoothly on the back of my palm, and a testy sniff revealed the same tell-tale scent of Mini eggs as Soap and Glory’s lipstick range.

If I had to wear one shade for the rest of my life, it would definitely be this.

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It wears well, applies smoothly, and I feel as if my lips are being nourished by the formula.

The one thing I would mark it down on, is the price. £14 to Soap & Glory’s £9-10 per lipstick (even that is a bit steep). I noted that in the range there are a number of other products, for lips, eyes and face! My positive experience with this lipstick means I’ll definitely be interested checking out the other items, namely the blushers and eyeshadow pallettes, encased in the lovely rose gold metal. Shop the collection on the M&S Website!

Because I would never review a lipstick without posting a photo of me wearing it, here you go! What do you think?

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me in Rosie for Autograph Lady Rose lipstick

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ignore my weird lip shape – you’re here for the damn colour!!!!
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Gig Review : Cattle & Cane at Gulliver’s Mcr

This is something I normally post about, but actually I don’t care! It’s my blog (ner ner!)

Cattle & Cane were a band that I had been peripherally aware of for a number of years, but had never, for whatever reason, explored in any great detail. Purchasing three tickets was a reaction to finding their gig pop up into my email account from a music events round up mailing list, and with it being close to Christmas. The tickets were for my Dad, you see, as a gift!

I’d plonk them into the folk camp (if forced to by my own self-inflicted rigid Spotify categorisation laws) though that in itself would be a gross misjustice. They’re so much more than that.

The band is made up entirely of the Hammill siblings (except the drummer) and their close ties as a family drives perfect synchronous harmonies across tracks like ‘We were Children’ and ‘Home’ and the off-album track ‘Infant Hercules‘, penned about the industrial rise and fall of Teeside (their home county).

Their debut album ‘Home’ contains a mixture of uplifting and foot-stomping tracks that will have you imagining you were driving along a dusty track road in central America, not Teeside or Manchester!

Cattle & Cane were captivating, energetic and perfect in their harmonies, comfortable on stage and engaging with their very close knit fan-base (it seemed many had followed them from Teeside to Manchester!).

The venue was Gulliver’s, on Oldham Street, a renowned indie venue in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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Top marks, I look forward to tracking this band and watching them perform again soon. Learn more about them here.

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Pinterest Favourites!

Good morning!

Hope that you are all motivated and prepared for the week ahead!

I thought I would write a post to give a little bit of indulgence to one of my favourite tools – Pinterest. I love Pinterest! What’s not to love? It’s the perfect way to capture all of your mood boards, wishlists, makeup and fashion ideas and inspiration in the one place.

Colour

I have about 5 colour boards on the go, with one of my favourites being the mint colour board – featuring beautiful images themed around mint, duck egg, turqouise and Aqua!

Doors

What’s not to love about a beautiful front door? I always love to see a brightly painted door or an ornate glass window, and even pretty door knockers! They imply entrance to a place of intrigue and adventure, and some imaged I’ve found look as if the door could transport back in time!

Tea

I am throroughly British, and enjoy a good cup of tea. The finer the china, the finer the experience! I’ve got serious envy over some of these teacups and teapots – Mad Hatter eat your heart out.

Bees

As a bit of a nature nut, and a proud Manchester-dweller, I’ve taken on the bee as a sort of moniker and symbol of hard work and pride. Bee’s are beautiful and are suffused in imagery around not only Manchester, but the world around us.

Amazing Humanity

Sometimes we forget, in the midst of all the horrible things than are going on in the world, that there is some good in it, too. I created this board to remind me of that, and from time to time I do go on here and I smile and sometimes get a little teary, because Humanity can be beautiful.

I have many other boards as well, so fee free to come and check those out.

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