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Guess what finally came in the mail today....

The NUXE skincare bits that I ordered have finally arrived! Last weekend Nouveau Cheap made a post about all NUXE products being 20% off with free shipping as well, so obviously I had to make my first NUXE purchase of life. I'll have more news and reviews about the products in a few weeks after I use them for a while, but I was so excited to get them I had to make post about them immediately (call me a tease if you'd like). Since I am a NUXE virgin, I decided to keep the purchases to a minimum and got the Reve de Miel Lip Balm, which EVERYONE in Youtube land has been raving about 
(I bought mine because of Estee of Essiebutton), and the Rose Petals Micellar Cleansing water.

I'll let you know how I get on with these soon so stay tuned kids!

xx Sam

Small MAC Haul

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Welcome to my first post on this blog! I've been purchasing a lot of beauty items lately, so I thought it appropriate to post a beauty haul as a little "hello!"

(L-R) es in Woodwinked, blush in Gingerly, Studio Finish Concealer in NC42
swatches: (L) Woodwinked, (R) Gingerly

A few weeks ago I bought a few things from MAC as a little treat. Recently I’ve been gravitating towards the look of using brown-y colored blushed since I feel they looks more natural on me. I was definitely also swayed by seeing pictures of the beautiful Celia floating around Tumblr (She uses an orangey bronzer as a blush which looks stunning on her!) So, hot off of my obsessive fawning over these, these, and these pink-less cheeks I headed over to the nearest MAC and was recommended/persuaded to buy Gingerly, which is a reddened clay colored blush. Now, I know “clay” doesn’t sound like the most flattering descriptor out there for a face product, but let me just tell you that I am in love with my new “un-flushed” cheeks! The blush has just enough of a peachy tone that I look warm and healthy without having to have little rosy cheeks.

Another thing I love about this blush is that it doesn’t compete with my eye and lip makeup like I feel pink or rosy blushes do. So feel free to wear you bright pink lippy or a blue smoky eye (I don’t know, man) this blush won’t compete, but will still look amazeballs with your look.

Now, let me tell you, I did not use to be a big “neutral colors” girl. Last summer I would have gladly done, say, a blue smokey eye, than a neutral makeup look any day of the week. Chalk it up to my advancing age, or just an shift in taste (probably this), but I just think neutral colors look really nice on me, so I’ve been starting to mould my collection around my new found love of “non-color” colors. Recently, I’ve been obsessed with simple eyeshadow looks (we’re talking one main color on the lid and I’m done). I’ve had my eye on MAC’s Woodwinked for a while now but for some reason had never taken the plunge and bought it. Let me just tell you, I’ve been wearing Woodwinked pretty much every day since I got it.  It’s just so effortless and blends really nicely over the eyelid into the crease. Just get it.

Lastly, I got myself another Studio Fix concealer. The first one I bought about a year ago hadn’t been getting much action because it was cool toned instead of warm toned, which just didn’t match my skin tone at all (and I’ll mention it was too light). I blame the MAC saleswoman, but hey, lets not point fingers. Anyways, I got mine in the color NC42 which I’m happy to report, works 1000 times better!

So that’s it! Talk to you soon!

xx Sam

Times they are a' changing

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Hello there.
It's been a while since I have posted anything and I think this blog isn't going in the direction I want it to. 
I took some time to think about my blog as a whole and what I would want in a blog and what I have created is nothing like what I want. 

What I want in a blog is to provide all of you readers with a service. I want to be a go-to guide for people who need ideas for adding great style into their everyday lives. I want to be able to inform girls and women  in a useful way that isn't limited by style taste or clothing you love having a hefty price tag. 

Therefore, I am going to completely revamp this blog and create a space for my readers who have style or want to have style and want to learn about fashion and want to be informed about products and places, but don't have the big bucks to spend on designer pieces.

Hopefully, you will all love what I do here, and find what I have in store to be helpful and a lot of fun to read!