Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

I thought it’d be nice to share a few things I’ve been loving and enjoying recently! As well as beauty products, I’ve got a few more ‘lifestyle’ things to share too. Let’s start of with the beauty bits first though!

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance palette boots botanics radiance balm the body shop honey bronzer collection lasting perfection concealer b clean melting gel cleanser

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette (£41) (read my dedicated review and see swatches of it here)

I’m so happy that I don’t regret purchasing this! With the high price-tag I was worried it wouldn’t be worth it but it really is a gorgeous palette and I reach for it a lot whenever I’m wearing makeup that day. I’d say my most used shades are Buon Fresco, Raw Sienna and Warm Taupe.

Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm (£2.50)

I bought this stuff on a bit of a whim as I had an offer on my Boots Advantage card for triple points on a purchase from the Botanics range. This was super affordable and I had read a couple of positive comments about it on other girls’ blogs. I really like this stuff! It’s very fluid so you only need the tiniest bit to cover your entire face. Lately I’ve been using it on no makeup days for some extra hydration or as a primer under makeup to likewise add some hydration but also some glow! It feels very cooling on the skin and for the price I think it’s a lovely product to use.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer Bronzing Powder 01 (£14)

This is such a beautiful bronzer! My Nars Laguna bronzing powder (which is gorgeous) is running low so I wanted something in stock ready for whenever that runs out. However rather than using up Laguna first like I intended I keep reaching for this Body Shop one instead! I was worried it would be too light and unnoticeable on my skin as I chose to buy the lightest shade but it turned out to be just what I hoped. I don’t really like a super deep, orangey bronze on me, especially when I’m pale after Winter so this is a perfect shade that just gives me some colour and definition without being too much. A separate review and swatch is on my to-do list!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair 1 (£4.19)

I still love this concealer so much! I’ve tried the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer and I still prefer this one over both of them! It does have similarities with the Nars one but considering the price difference I still have to say I prefer Collection’s. I use this under my eyes, down the nose, on my chin and on the centre of my forehead and blend it in with a damp Beauty Blender.

B. Clean Melting Gel Cleanser (£6.99)

I bought this when it was on offer for a crazy good price to use as my next makeup removing cleanser once the current one was finished. I am loving formulas like this at the moment! I remove my eye makeup separately and then use this to remove my base by applying some to my dry face and massaging it all over to melt away the makeup and remove any leftover traces of eye makeup. I then wipe it off with a damp cloth or flannel and it works brilliantly! I’ll then proceed on with a second cleanse with a different product. I wouldn’t use this as my ‘proper’ cleanse, only to remove makeup.

That’s it for beauty products, now a few other favourites!

Chinti & Parker (clothing brand)

This is more of an inspirational favourite as I don’t own or plan to buy anything from this brand. I came across them numerous times on Instagram and I just love their designs, particularly the jumpers! They’re a premium brand that are way out of my price range but I love browsing their Instagram. 🙂

Yoga with Adriene (YouTube Channel)

I have fallen in love with this woman! She’s so soothing and seems to have a wonderful personality. I bought a yoga mat a few months ago but only recently got around to actually using it! I searched ‘yoga’ on YouTube and Adriene’s channel was the first listing so I tried out one of her videos. I’ve now done some yoga every day for the past week and I’m really enjoying it which I must credit partly to Adriene. She has dedicated videos for beginners so there’s no excuse not to give it a try if you’ve ever contemplated taking up yoga. I think it’s going to have a really positive effect on my mental heath too – I hope so anyway!

Mikey Pearce (YouTube Channel)

I bloody love Mikey! I’m an avid viewer of YouTube and came to know Mikey through his cameos in Joe Sugg’s videos. When he made his own channel I had to subscribe because I absolutely loved his personality. He’s so funny and quirky with his ‘posh’  sounding accent and constant exclamations of ‘Corrr’! I think he just comes across very sweet and genuine. My favourite videos are his skits or comedy sketches; they have me laughing out loud. He’s also openly talked about his body insecurities and how he’s trying to work on getting fitter which is very endearing, bless him. I think we often forget about men when we talk about body confidence etc!

And thus ends this post! Thank you for reading and if you have any recommendations or suggestions you think I might like after reading this, please let me know! 🙂

Love Nicole xxxx

What I Got for My Birthday 2016

Following on from my What I Got for Christmas post, here is a ‘What I Got for My Birthday’ post! My birthday falls on Boxing Day (26th December) so this festive time of year is, understandably, my favourite. Similarly to Christmas, I chose my main presents from my parents and bought them during Black Friday weekend, as well as gifts from my sister and brother lol, so there weren’t too many surprises. Nonetheless, that means I absolutely love everything.

My boyfriend kindly got me these Pink Velvet Boots from Zara that I told him I absolutely loved. They are so beautiful. My brother gave me an Ohh Deer Rose Gold Marble Notebook; Ohh Deer do the most gorgeous designs for stationery. My sister got me this Sass and Belle Copper Jewellery Holder that I wanted and I can’t wait to hang it up somewhere and organise my necklaces. A cute, funny gift from my parents was the How it Works: The Cat (Ladybird for Grown-Ups) Book; one page in particular, which is about food, is so relevant to my little angel cat, Princess (the little diva).

I got some Black Micro Stud Boots from Next as my main present from my parents, along with an amazing Aldo Greenwald bag which really reminded me of something Chanel might design.

I got a The Body Shop Green Tea & Lemon Candle and Room Spray which smells really refreshing and uplifting! I also got a mini Absolut Raspberry Vodka which is kind of funny because I don’t really drink much alcohol anymore so this probably won’t get drunk for some while, when the next rare occasion I go out is!

My boyfriend chose me this book – Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller – which sounds pretty good from reading the blurb! And lastly, he got me such a cute and thoughtful gift which just made me LOL when I unwrapped them – framed pictures of my cat, Princess! I’m ashamed I didn’t have any framed pictures of her already so this was perfect. She is just uh, everything to me ❤ .

I was also completely spoilt by the rest of my extended family in terms of money so I will definitely enjoy spending a bit of that on some bits that I can blog about in future 🙂 .

So that’s my gifts received for another year! It’s annoying waiting for Christmas and Birthday to come around but when December hits I know it’s a double whammy ;).

Have a happy and safe New Year whatever you’re doing.

Love Nicole xxxx

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What I Got for Christmas 2016

I’m still not sure exactly where I stand with these ‘What I got for Christmas’ posts and videos; I get that they are self-indulgent, could come across as boastful and that they fuel the materialism and consumerism of Christmas… All that being said I cannot deny that I do quite enjoy having a nosy at what other people received. As long as you stay grounded and grateful for everything you have yourself and don’t feel inadequate or jealous of everything you see and remember it is just ‘stuff’, then there’s not much harm.

Here’s what I was lucky enough to unwrap this year (a lot of it however wasn’t a surprise as I chose things for my parents to give me xD )!

From my sister I got the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette which I am so delighted to own. So many YouTubers I love (like Jaclyn Hill) really love this palette so I was desperate to try it. I have used the two baked powder shades from the palette so far and, boy, they give some bam highlight! I got two Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks in the shades Kim KW and Very Victoria; I haven’t tried them yet but these will be the first Charlotte Tilbury products I’ve tried. I’m sure I’ll do a blog post on them with some swatches in the New Year. I also got The Body Shop Shower Gel in Pink Grapefruit which smells divine and the Pacifica Island Vanilla Perfume – I really needed to start searching out some cruelty free perfumes so I’m happy I can now try this.

My family knows how much I adore Bambi so my Mum found this gorgeous pair of Bambi PJs from George at Asda! ❤ I had wanted a card holder for ages so my brother gave me this amazing pink, shiny, iridescent Monki Cardholder! It’s so pretty, it just makes me think of unicorns. I got some cosy Primark socks and the Sanctuary Spa Candle in Black Rose & Cassis – this one smells just like Diptyque Baies!

As is traditional every year, I got a 2017 Cat Calendar! I am such a cat lady. I also got a Ted Baker Mini Must Haves Set, a variety of delicious smelling Yankee candles and a gorgeous Sass and Belle Double Photo Frame. My Mum also got me the Mindfulness Colouring Book! I’ve said for years I should start doing colouring to help with my mind and anxiety so this was a lovely gift.

My main present was this amazing Olive Green Wool Peacoat from Marks and Spencer. It’s such a lovely fit and just feels so nicely made – I love it. It’s such a good style too, timeless and smart.

Lastly, I got chocolate in abundance to keep me going well into the New Year!

I hope you all had wonderful Christmases and Holidays! I’ll be back soon with a ‘What I Got for My Birthday’!

Love Nicole xxxx

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My Personal & Blog Instagram – Follow Me on Both (if you want)

Just a quick post today to say I think it’d be great if you were to follow me on Instagram 🙂 I have my blog Instagram linked up on this website however I do not have any signpost for my personal Instagram which you might also want to follow. On that one I post day to day things I’ve seen or am doing that is not beauty/fashion related so does not fit on my ‘blog’ Instagram. I have two so as not to spam people I know in real life who follow me with pictures of makeup and clothes hahah, which many of them would probably not be interested in. Not that I post 5 times a day or anything, I’d just rather separate my blog ‘hobby’ from more general things. I love being able to just post whatever on my personal one and it not feel out of place! 🙂 It’d basically just give you more idea of who I am and what I’m doing.

Personal account – @nikkibayz

Blog account – @nicolelauraxo

Also, if you’re a cat lover, you might enjoy the account me and my sister set up featuring my cat, Princess, and her cat, Milly. That one is @MillyandPrincess.

Follow my personal account – @nikkibayz
My blog account – @nicolelauraxo

Thank you if you do follow all, or any, of my accounts and please feel free to leave your Instagram handle below in the comments and I will take a look 😀

Love Nicole xxxxx

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My Signature Jewellery

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty low key when it comes to jewellery. I love it, but I don’t change it up very much or buy jewellery very often. I like having quality, reliable pieces that I can wear whatever the outfit, whatever the occasion. Just like you might have a signature scent, I have signature jewellery. If I’m wearing something other than my silver Tiffany pendant then you know some serious outfit planning has happened because usually another necklace doesn’t even come into consideration. I received it from my grandparents for my 18th birthday.

The other piece lives on my wrist permanently and I received it for my 21st birthday from my parents. 🙂 I don’t know if a watch technically counts as ‘jewellery’ but for the sake of this post, it does. It is from Olivia Burton and I still love it so much. It never clashes with anything and it’s just so pretty and classy. I would love to build up a watch collection as I literally wear this one every day, but that could get expensive and this one does perfectly anyway. If I’m not wearing it for some reason there will be countless times I lift my arm and glance at my wrist only to realise doh, it’s not there. Yes, I am a definite ‘watch person’ now.


If I don’t wear either of these things now I almost feel semi-naked! Like I said, I’m forever looking at my wrist for the watch and I also grab the pendant around my neck and run it along the chain. It’s like a comfort thing, something to do with my hands. So I feel very lost without them!

I don’t wear rings and I’ve never had my ears pierced so I guess I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to jewellery! I would like a nice bracelet though, they’re more up my alley. I did have one that I wore all the time like these two but it broke. 😥

Do you have ‘signature jewellery’?

Love Nicole xxxx

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