Nars // Velvet Lip Liner Collection

A nice little update on the new Nars Velvet Lip Liner Collection that's due to launch in September, there's twelve shades in this collection which are joining the permanent range and as usual each pencil has been formulated with a high level of pigmentation - each pencil offers a really rich colour that fills, defines and stays put without any pesky feathering or smudging. 

The twelve shades include... 

Anse Soleil // coral pink. 
Belle Mare // sangria 
Costa Smeralda // shocking pink. 
El Agua // lavender rose. 
Karekare // bright rose. 
Lanikai // burgundy. 
Medano Beach // spiced wine. 
Mirihi Island Beach // plum rose. 
Nihiwatu // cardinal red. 
Patong // pink rose. 
Playa Dorado // vibrant orange-red. 
Waimea // nude peachy-pink. 

Typically pencils don't excite me but I do always feel that little flurry in my tummy when it comes to Nars pencils, purely because they are so silky soft and really pigmented. I've recently taken to pencils being used as lipsticks due to their ability to stay put and how vibrant you can really get the shade - I definitely have El Agua and Waimea on my wishlist. Are there any that take your fancy? 
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Friday Finds // #2 Autumn Inspirations

I need to try and get a bit more regular with these Friday Finds posts. This week it's been all autumnal for me as we get closer and closer to the end of summer. I actually adore the change and the hussle and bussle that it brings - over the next few weeks I'll be unpacking my warmer clothes, deciding on what pieces I want to add to my autumn winter wardrobe and preparing for the dreaded frizz that comes with the autumn drizzle and wind *sigh* If you're feeling a bit sad about the sun going away I hope these 'finds' pep you back up. 

Pressed Flower Candles // The Free People blog is one of my favourite places to visit online and because it filled with the best features, photo's and DIY's. This pressed flower candle is just one of those crafty makes that stood out this week and can be altered to suit any season.  

Saigon Cinnamon Chocolate Pops // Oh yum! summer maybe nearing an end but these beautiful lollies break the normal seasonal rule. I also learnt that Saigon is Vietnamese cinnamon, who knew there was different types? As a cinnamon lover this leaves me both intrigued and excited and I'll have to get my hands on some for this tasty recipe. 

Apple & Peanut Butter Granola // I used to eat a lot of granola until I realised how bad it was for your health, these days I worry less purely because I make my own and know exactly what's in it - granola's a great food for snacking on, using in cakes, as toppings and as cereals. My sons love homemade granola in their packed lunch and this recipe which was found on The Kitchn blog is so tasty looking that I had to include it, I also love the photography on this blog you should really check it out. 

Autumn Bunting DIY // It's my favourite season so expect lots of autumn inspired posts. Typically the first things I change when we're heading into a new season is my home decor (cushions, ornaments, candles, bedding etc) and my wardrobe. I like to swap out shades and tones to make me feel happier and I really love how simple this DIY is but how effective it can look if done right. I've already bookmarked it as my sons want to get in on this action, your kids might love to get involved with your own DIY too. 

Gennine's Art Prints // I've followed Gennine for many years over on Etsy and Facebook and I'm always just so awe-inspired by her creativity and artwork. Of course this means that I love absolutely everything she creates but I really love her Three Little Birds print - I can totally imagine it on my wall for autumn (and beyond) and it just installs a sense of raw, bohemian calm when I look at it. Her prints are really affordable and are the type that just sit well in all decor styles. 

Re-purposing Sweaters DIY // Old sweaters turned into cosy house or welly socks? Yes please! I don't know where this image originally came from or if there's a tutorial so please let me know if you're aware of it but looking at the image, I do think it's pretty clear how it would work. Cut, sew the bottom together and then either just sew along the top to stop it fraying or add some elastic - fold over the top of the sleeve and hem (if you want a tighter top). I'll see if I can create my own version tutorial if anyone would like that. 

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Made.Com // Our New Red Doble Chair

I discussed earlier on this year that I'm avidly trying to get my house all unified and organised. I tend to feel so much better when everything has a place and the house is neat and tidy, I love it when you go into a home and it's not run of the mill - maybe they have a unique gallery wall, maybe it's their colour palette or the way they team ornaments or knick knacks together, regardless of what it is, it's something I've always strived for but never felt like I had accomplished. 

I'll admit that I have always had separate personalities in each room, this is something that's started to bug me over the last couple of years as I don't feel like my home flows all that well - it's this flow issue that lead me to want to change my decor and my goal is to have a home that's calming, filled with varied textures and has that unique feel I talked about earlier. So far we've stripped and neutralised the kitchen, we're just waiting to neutralise the bedroom and we finished the bathroom (well kind of). My hallway and living room were taken down a notch with more feminine wallpaper and a shabby beige rug. I still didn't feel that things were 'just so' and it's bugged me to no-end. got in touch and asked if I would like to review one of their pieces and of course I was in from the get-go. Pondering our decision my son and I (yup, my son helped me make this choice) eventually decided to choose the Doble Chair. 

We actually visited Ikea a few weeks back and I had been pondering purchasing an individual chairs because there's five of us in my household but we have a 3 seat and a 2 seat couch, for some reason children feel that the can't sit beside each other which means there's always one of them sitting on the fluffy rug. While at Ikea I figured a chair would enable one of them to always have a seat and the chair might just be the one piece that ties in the colour theme because we could always choose a colour - our couch is black leather so I did feel a fabric seat would give the room that bit of personality it was screaming for. The reason I did come away empty handed was because I didn't feel the chairs quality warranted their price tags. 

Call it fluke or call it irony but when got in touch and agreed to send me the Doble Chair I was overjoyed as it was exactly what I had envisaged in my living room, my youngest son Rome (who normally sits on the rug) actually pointed it out without me saying a word to him and he demanded that we opt for the red version rather than the grey or pistachio versions. 

The Doble Chair was designed by John Stefananidis and is made with a heavy duty mixed fabric seat on a solid dark wood base. It's very sturdy and I love that the legs have been designed to be off centred, because the edge is in view it really gives the chair a really modern look. 

At the moment our Cath Kidston-eque wallpaper has a light blue base with pink and red roses, we have neutral cushions and one's with a pop of colour but I really want to get some red or red and pink cushions of varied textures to bring the chair and wallpaper together. As for Rome he adores the chair and has claimed it as his chair - no-one is allowed to sit on it, he has ''his'' cushions also placed on the chair which aren't allowed to be moved - he's styled it himself and you know what, I actually really love those two cushions together. 

This is Rome ''chilling'' on his chair. He's now in Primary One and feels he's too mature to smile *sigh* You can see that the chair is actually larger than it looks in the first images and it's the perfect size for slouching and getting really comfortable without it looking really bulky in the room. 

This chair costs £169 from the website and I was so impressed with the service, super quick delivery (literally days) and the product itself that I now have a wishlist, I will be posting more on our home re-design so expect to see some of these featured - the wishlist includes...

Rochelle Dining Table // I decided in May that I had to have a circular dining table, I really feel that a circle table brings a family together and leaves a room feeling more roomy. I love it when random chairs are placed around a table giving the look a bit more of a quirky personality. 

Vernay Side Board // Perfect tones to go with my Doble, at the moment we have a light wood and cream side board which really doesn't fit in with our warmer wood Next TV unit. I adore the design of this and the amount of storage it holds. 

Finlay Double Bed // This utterly gorgeous bed also has storage! it's just so perfect for my need to be organised and it's feminine without being too feminine if that makes sense - I need this so badly in my life. 

Cohen Table Lamp // The wood, the classic design and that beautiful turquoise blue - it screams buy me and you know what I really feel I will do. 

Sense Bin // 50L kitchen bin, what's exciting about that? Well this bin actually opens and closes itself when your hand comes near it. If you have OCD or any form of germaphobia then you'll totally get why I adore this concept. Plus it looks so chic for a bin anyhow. 

Dexter Cream Rug // It's cream and super fluffy, this lightens up any room and I know from experience that kids love fluffy rugs. This would be especially fab for any AW14 decor too. 

Initially hubster freaked out about the price but once he saw the chair and sat in it he was really impressed with the quality and agrees that it looks really good in the living room, the wishlist above was also compiled with his ''wants'' he loves the table lamp and bed too. The hardest part for me is deciding which I should purchase first and which I should put on my Santa list, what do you reckon I should do? 

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MAC Cosmetics // A Novel Romance Collection

The MAC Novel Romance collection clearly needs no explaining as the name and the visuals speak a thousands words. Does anyone else think the guy looks slightly like Phil Plea from ANTM? You know the one they made over to resemble Jesus? The line up contains romantic tones such as purple, pinks, nudes and cooler gray toned shades which were all inspired by romantic novels rather than the candlelight and sky writing version of romance. 

Here's the line up... 

Electric Cool Eyeshadow // Highly Charged (rich purple & pink pearl), Switch to Blue (rich cobalt), Lower Power (soft rose shimmer), Pure Flash! (pale champagne), Coil (copper-bronze), Superwatt (light shimmering taupe), Blacklit (multi-dimensional black pearl) and Gilded Thrill (copper-gold with gold sparkle).

Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash // This is available in black only. 

Brushes // 213 Brush (natural fibre fluff brush), 224 Brush (natural fibre tapered blender) and 242 Brush (synthetic shader)

Studio Nail Lacquer // Before Dawn (cream green-grey), Sunset Sky (cream mid-tone crimson), Midnight Ocean (cream dark royal blue), Midnight Storm (cream deep magenta), Midnight Sky (cream deep charcoal), Midnight Strata (cream dark violet)

Lipstick // Myself (shimmery nude-beige lustre)Good Kisser (mid-tone matte fuchsia), Lingering Kiss (deep matte plum-red), Hearts Aflame (matte brick red), A Novel Romance (light but cool mid-toned cremesheen pink) and Yield to Love (online exclusive mid-toned rose cremesheen). 

Lipglass // Talk Sexy (dark purple), Pure Fiction (mid-tone violet-pink)Wanting More (washed out lavender), Reckless Desire (sheer pearlescent lavender grey) and Bared For You (soft rose gold). 

Powder Blush // Animal Instincts (shimmering plum frost) and Fun Ending (soft satin neutral-peach)

Fluidline Pencils // Black Brilliance (black), Deep Blue Sea (deep ocean blue), Earth Sign (deep brown), Atomic Ore (gold), Evil Twin (blue-purple), Metropolis (metal grey) and Water Willow (khaki green)

A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad // My Fantasy (pale veluxe pearl neutral olive) Dance in the Dark (matte deep black-brown) Fall in Lust Rising (mid-tone cool grey-mauve frost) Passions (velvet, green based charcoal with gold pearl pigment)

An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad // Black Tied (velvet black with silver sparkleBrawn (mid-toned satin plum-brownSable (gold-plum frost with bronze pearlSex & The Oyster (veluxe pearl mid-tone sea green)

A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad // Brazenly (veluxe pearl rich aubergineSerenade (veluxe pearl mid-tone orchid pink & blue pearlThe Wrong Man (satin cool mid-tone light pink) Stay sultry (deep satin violet-navy)

The collection drops in September and will be available at Debenhams. Do you think this is one that you'll be rushing out to buy or will you be waiting for the more seasonal autumn tones and party colours? 

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Lancome // French Idole AW14 Collection

Lancome are set to launch their French Idole Collection this month, the collection was inspired by rebellious but stylish Parisian women. I don't quite get that if I'm being honest as it looks to be more inspired by gemstones - the ruby shades, deep greens of malachite and emeralds and the rich purple tones of amethysts. 

Regardless of it's inspiration it's fair to say this is a very pretty collection that's straight to the point and so suited to this season, the warm tones and golds are my favourite, I just wished there was more or at least another palette or two. 

Hypnose Palette Intense Smokey Eyes // This is a new palette that contains the most gorgeous green and purple eyeshadows which were inspired by the deep shades of amethyst and malachite gemstones. 

Vernis In Love // Three shades which are Topaze Rose, Amethyste Brune and Tourmaline Noire. 

L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick // Rouge Agate Sheer is the only shade available. 

Precision 24H Liner // Three available shades in 01 Black Diamond, 051 Jade and 012 Chrome. 

Blush Subtil // Again one available shade which is called Figue Espiegle, what a fantastic name huh. 

The collection launches sometime this month and should be available at House of Fraser's, although it's very pretty I'm not sure I'll be lining up for it's release - the palette may make it's way onto the wishlist but I'm really in no hurry, I just can't see these tones working on my skin but they will look incredible on others. 

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Yankee Candle // Christmas Past & Present 2014 Holiday Collection

I recently blogged about the Yankee Candle Indian Summer collection (here) and now we're already nearing autumn and the festive season, of course this means that a new collection is set to drop soon and I have the deets below for you. 

In the Indian Summer I discussed the Votive Happiness boxes that they do, these boxes allow you to test out the fragrances in votive form ahead of the launch so you can decide which you love and hate. Yankee are doing it again with this collection *yay* here's the cuties... 

Candy Cane Lane // A favourite Christmas place where delicious dreams are made with tingly peppermint, sweet cookies and creamy vanilla icing. 

Christmas Garland // The season comes to life in this lush aroma of fresh-cut pine boughs and zesty cranberries. 

Angel's Wings // spirits rise on this beautiful, airy aroma of joyfully sweet spun sugar, heavenly sheer flower petals and divinely smooth vanilla.

Icicles // The crisp, winter forest scent of ice covered pine branches with tingly notes of spicy cinnamon.  

There will also be two limited edition candles called Bay Leaf Wreath and Silver Birch. 

Bay Leaf Wreath // An aromatic blend of bay leaves, orange and cedarwood. 

Silver Birch // The slight crispness of an early fall breeze mingles with the spicy dryness of just turning leaves. 

The collection is set to launch on the first of September and will be available over on the Yankee Candle website and good outlets. If you can't wait then you can purchase this votive set ahead of their release from the Yankee website for £6.99.  

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MAC Cosmetics // Artificially Wild Collection

The MAC Artificially Wild Collection is a welcome change from the usual brighter pops of colour and has been created with beautiful nudes and camouflage tones inspired by the jungle. It's not bright, vibrant or in your face at all, it's not filled with burnt umbers, golds and glitters like many autumn collections have but this collection, I have to say is so very pretty. I'm absolutely taken with every single product. 

Eyeshadow // Artificial Earth (soft satin mauve-nude), Stony (soft satin concrete grey), Marsh (satin dirty olive green) and Natural Wilderness (satin mustard golden nude). 

Cream Colour Base // Au Nature (dirty mustard-olive), Breaking Ground (iridescent mauve) and Shell (soft pink beige shimmer)

Powder Blush // Pink Cult (matte mid-tone dirty neutral pink), Next to Skin (soft matte beige) and Taupe (matte taupe).

Lipglass // Explicit (golden bronze & icy silver shimmer), De-Nude (mid-tone golden beige), Obviously Bare (light cream nude-grey) and Spite (muted plum-taupe). 

Lipstick // Colours include Siss (muted golden beige satin), Shitake (deep brown glaze), Yash (deep matte neutral), Photo (satin golden brown) and Icon (neutral beige frost). 

Lip Pencil // Cork (muted golden brown), Oak (soft beige-brown) and Stone (muted grey-taupe). 

The collections due to launch in September and should be available at House of Fraser and Debenhams. What do you think of this collection, I have to say nudes normally bore people but I'm really feeling this collection - I can't fault it at all.  

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