ROXANNE CAMBELL WINTER COLLECTION*





It's been a while, I know. Our first show is opening in two weeks and we're in full rehearsal mode and all I can think about is dark oohs and triple wing time steps. However, recently I've received the Roxanne Cambell Winter Collection and I needed to share it with you.


Firstly, if you're wondering who Roxanne Cambell is, she's a nail professional to countless A-listers and has worked backstage at many London and New York fashion weeks - so yeah, she knows her stuff. 



These polishes are a one coat wonder and dry quickly, perfect for busy-bodies or for the impatient (I am both). The formula is opaque and easy to apply too.



Let's talk shades. As soon as September hits I am packing all the summer pastels and hot fiery reds away and instead reaching for dark berries and neutrals. This collection features a rich burgundy, a deep purple and a soft grey, so it covers all bases. I have been wearing these on rotation since I received them.



The winter collection retails at £30. However, they can be purchased individually for £10 - an absolute steal for the quality. They can be purchased at www.roxannecambell.com

These would make a great Christmas present to the nail polish lover in your life. 



*PR sample however all opinions are my own.




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AUTUMN SKINCARE PICKS*



*Sponsored post.


With Autumn being my favourite time of year, I've decided to do a three-part series consisting of skincare, make up and fashion picks that I've been loving since we kissed summer goodbye. Kicking things off with skincare...


My skin gets super dry this time of year, so I like to start by cleansing using a creamy, nourishing cleanser like the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. It removes dirt and make up leaving your skin clean but not stripped. If you suffer with dry skin and want extra exfoliation try using it with a facial cleansing brush like Panasonic 3-in1 Micro Foaming Facial Cleansing brush. The combination of the two will leave your skin soft and clean.

Next up I like to go in with an oil, my favourite for a while has been the Sukin Rose hip Oil. It's super hydrating and leaves my skin feeling baby soft. Rose hip has lots of skincare benefits such as anti-aging properties, reduces scarring as well as improving skin texture and tone. As it is quite oily, it's not ideal for just before make up, so I opt for something lighter like the Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, it's a zero fuss moisturiser that acts as a great base for make up. It has no scent and doesn't claim to work miracles, I think that's why I love it so much - it's affordable and does the job. 

As well as manual exfoliation, I once a week use the Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. You leave it on for ten minutes and it helps remove any dead skin cells and visibly brightens the skin.  

Lastly, my lips always need some TLC this time of year. Berry liquid lipsticks and the cold weather plus the classic freshers flu wreak havoc on my lips, so I've been slathering on lip balm. My favourite at the minute is the Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom, it smells like cake and it even has tiny little specks of glitter in it! 

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AUTUMNAL LIP PICKS 2017






I've said this a million and one times before, Autumn is my favourite season for beauty and fashion trends. I love gravitating to warm, orange, fallen-leaves inspired tones on eyes, lips and even cheeks. Naturally, the first post in this series is a lip post. I find lips the easiest to do when it comes to following trends so here are a selection that I've been swearing by:


1. Barry M Matte Me Up - Go To
I've done a full review of the Barry M Matte Me up's a while back but they continue to be one of the best formula of liquid lipsticks on the high street. This shade is a lovely warm brown, that gives a look of something on the lips without being too in-your-face. Paired with a matte brown shadow and you've got an everyday monochromatic look. 



A cult favourite in the beauty world, this shade is slightly redder in tone but still pulls quite brown. In Terms of longevity, this is not the best formula - you will need to re-apply every couple of hours. However the colour is super flattering on most skin tones.


3. NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick - Exotic 
I've been after a rusty/brick red for a while and this one from NYX has hit the nail on the head. I often get asked what lipstick I'm wearing when I'm sporting this. It's a red without being as high-maintanence as a true red. I've been pairing this with a rich warm, coppery eye.


Something slightly cooler in tone but still has an autumn vibe about it. When I think of this shade I instantly imagine a high neck, over-sized knit jumper, top knot and minimal make up. It's interesting and unexpected, which is why it made it onto my Autumn picks. 

TOP-BOTTOM: Cashmire, Exotic, Lolita, Go-to.


What are your ride-or-die autumnal lip colours?

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IT Cosmetics CC Cream review





I must have missed the memo that IT Cosmetics had landed in Selfridges London because I genuinely lost my shit when I saw the counter. I'd seen so much about the brand and as far as I was aware, the only place I could purchase it from was QVC. I'm never one for guessing my shades online and purchasing on a whim, if I'm spending that much on something I want to know what I'm getting, so ultimately I never bought anything. 

One stand out product that gets a stupid amount of attention online is the CC Cream, not to be confused with those light-weight, sheer coverage, tinted moisturiser-esque products that brands released a couple of years a go. Oh no. This packs some serious full coverage punch, whilst being SPF50(!!) AND also contains anti-aging and super hydrating properties. 

I have been reaching for daily. It's super easy to throw on and I don't have to worry about sunscreen and moisturiser, I can save time in the morning because it's all included. I usually go for more of a medium coverage for every day, one pump of this is more than enough so I know I wont be going through the 32ml very quickly.

I'm using the shade light, despite the lightest shade they do actually matches me perfectly because I am partial to a bit of fake tan, so I opted for the darker shade to make sure my neck matched my body. 

In all honesty, the finish doesn't blow me away. Not in a Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation/Nars Sheer Glow kinda way. It's just pretty average, ideal for everyday wear but you'd need another foundation if you wanted a more flawless evening finish. Perhaps it's my stressed, shitty skin at the minute but I don't love it, I'm just reaching for it because it's there.

Would I repurchase? Probably not and now that I've mentioned it, I think I might repurchase the CT one. 


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Life + Blog Update...





Lets just say coming back to university has been the biggest shock to the system since, well, birth.

I'm talking 8am till 8pm days rammed full of rehearsals and assessment classes. Of course, I wouldn't change it for the world and I bloody love my course,  but I definitely appreciate the weekend a lot more now than I ever have in my life. 

My mind is full of ballet and tap routines, audition routines, audition songs, monologues, duologues leaving little room for my beloved blog. However, I'm determined to keep this going as much as possible! My blog is my little escape and it's definitely not getting tossed aside, it's simply taking a back seat. My aim is at least one blogpost and one video a week, unless I find time or inspiration for more. 

My new schedule will be Saturdays for blog posts and I will continue posting videos on Sundays over on my youtube channel.

A massive thank you to everyone who follows and reads my posts and I can't wait to continue improving my content! Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see from me.

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TRIED + TESTED | Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum*




The very lovely lot over at Skinkissed got into contact with me a couple of weeks ago, to see if I wanted to try their Vitamin C serum and of course I jumped at the opportunity. The serum is designed to hydrate with hyaluronic acid, reduce signs of aging with collagen and to brighten and reduce the appearence of acne scarring using Vitamin C. All of these things are what I look for in skincare products and I couldn't wait to see if this lived up to the buzz I had been seeing online.

Firstly, the packaging is simple yet practical - the pipet is very satisfying. The product itself has no nasty perfumes or fragrances so it wont irritate sensitive skins (although I'd always advice patch testing) although it does mean the product has a 'natural' scent which disappears once the product is massaged in. 

I apply three-four drops over my skin after cleansing before my make up and massage in using my finger tips. It absorbs super quick meaning you don't have to wait around before applying foundation.

After using this for a couple of weeks I have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin. It's plump and hydrated and I'm having fewer breakouts. Although I haven't noticed much in the way of fading acne scarring however I'm sure that's something that would be more visible with prolonged usage. 
I will continue to use it and check back in in a couple of months on my Insta Stories to see if it makes a difference. 

You can purchase the Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum on Amazon

I now have a discount code for you lovely lot! If you want 20% off your entire order at skinkissed.co by using the code 'lv_blackwell-20' !!


*this product was sent to me however all opinions are my own.

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#FASHIONFRIDAYS | Pinterest Made Me Do It




I could spend hours and hours scrolling, pinning and getting an enormous amount of inspiration from Pinterest. Initially, I couldn't understand it so I left it for ages but I've come back to it this year and it's slowly become an obsession. 

I pin a lot of 'style' images for outfit ideas, I honestly thing it's entirely to blame for my addiction to buying clothes. Instead of lobbing everything onto the ever-growing board, I've started a seasonal style board - Autumnal Style

Without realising I've been pinning essentially the same image over and over, perhaps with different camis and different cardigans but it's the same combination. 

I always gravitate towards cardigans during autumn, they're great to throw on over the top of a summery outfit to give it a transitional feel. Plus they're cosy, comfy and all round fab. This god awful weather we've had this summer has made my craving for autumnal clothes come slightly early and so I picked up this £13 cardigan from Primark this week, in a size large for extra cosy-ness.




Camis are standard in most peoples wardrobe, I wanted something a little more summery/feminine with the lace to contrast the chunky knit. This was £3 in Primark - sorry everything in my wardrobe is suddenly primark, it appears my on and off love affair with it is well and truly on at the mo.

In a lot of the images the girls are wearing lots of jewellery but I've tried it with layered necklaces but the tangling of them all stresses me out, so I kept things simple with this delicate wishbone necklace from H&M.

My skinny jeans are Topshop Jamie Jeans, they're my all time favourite jeans. Super comfortable, high waisted and finish just above the ankle. I've had these for years! I definitely want to repurchase some without the rips in the knees though.




Pair this look with your favourite heeled boots and you've got a cute autumnal, every-day look. I think this would look perfect for uni/sixth form. 


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L'OREAL PARADISE EXTATIC MASCARA




I may have mentioned, in my June Favourites, that I had found my holy grail mascara, nothing else compared, I was never going to buy a different one again etc. etc. Well I was all about that until L'Oreal Launched a mascara in rose gold packaging and like the cliche blogger that I am, I needed to buy it. 

The Paradise Extatic mascara promises to give you voluminous lashes with a feather-soft feel. I love a thick spidery lash and always have done. I will never be one of these one-swipe-and-I'm-done sorts, I'm all about layering and layering. I love any mascara that can layer without being overly clumpy or go flakey throughout the day. Paradise Extatic ticks all the boxes with regards to layering and achieving a full lash look.



The brush is thicker, with soft bristles that coat the lashes well. I must say, the shape does make it slightly more difficult to coat the shorter lashes in the inner corner.




It's been compared to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, however in my opinion, it's waaaay better. I loved the finish and formula of the BTS but it melted down my face and smudged every where. The L'oreal offering gives a very similar finish without the smudgy mess! It does still transfer to my upper lid, but in my 21 years of make up loving, oily skin, hooded eye life I'm still yet to find a mascara that doesn't. 

I can't wait for them to release a waterproof formula for this range, so I can have all the benefits of this full lash look but with a curl too!

Just as a heads up, I'd get this mascara whilst it's on an introductory price of £9.99 instead of £11.99 full price - which is very pricey for a drugstore mascara I must say.
 
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My Go-to Primers




Up until a couple of months ago, primers were not a regular feature in my make up routine. Now, I can't imagine doing my make up without them. I've been alternating between three depending on how my skin is feeling/looking and what I'm doing that day.

For days where I'm not doing anything exciting, so probably just staying in all day - I'll opt for the Primark Primer Water. It's alcohol free, oil free and silicone free so doesn't upset the skin, instead it just gives the complexion some extra hydration to make foundation glide on over the top. It's an absolute steal for £2 and has really impressed me. 

If my skin is looking a little sallow, dehydrated and in need of a drink asap then I reach for the Too Faced Hangover Primer. Infused with coconut water, this quenches thirsty skin and gives a light luminosity back into the complexion, leaving the skin plump and hydrated. This definitely extends the longevity of my foundation too, ideal for long days after too many late nights. 

I have recently posted about The Ordinary High-spreadability fluid primer and how much it has changed my mind about silicone based primers. I hate the texture still, that probably wont change, but  the finish is smooth, pore-less and flawless and I find it makes my foundation go further as theres a barrier between the skin and foundation, my skin doesn't just drink it up. What it does in term of priming can help me look past the slimy feel. 

I'm keen to try more, send your recommendations this way!

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#FASHIONFRIDAYS | The Boyfriend







If you'd have told me three years ago that I'd be wearing something other than super tight skinny jeans, I would have laughed in your face. They were my staple, my go-to and the only thing that didn't make me feel like a beached whale.

Flash forward three years, and to a time of better mental health, and I'm buying straight leg and even boyfriend fit jeans. Not only that, I'm actually liking them and opting to wear them over my beloved skinnies. 

This style are from primark and were an absolute steel at £13! I love that they're fitted at the top but maintain that width all the way down so they don't cling to my calf and ankles. However they're very flattering around the bum and waist whilst still being comfortable enough to wear for every day. 

I'm not usually a fan of Primark jeans, I used to be between sizes and they'd never quite look right but my recent weight loss has meant these size 8 ones fit like a dream. It's made both me and my purse v happy. 

I've styled them for more of a casual look in todays post, opting for a deep purple cami from New Look tucked in and my beautiful lilac vans - which I'm sure people are getting very sick of seeing on my Instagram. It's a look very much inspired by Lizzy Hadfield (ShotFromTheStreet) - I'm obsessed with her blog and youtube and her styling is just a dream.

 Did you catch last weeks #FashionFridays? - The Midi Dress

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MY HAIR ROUTINE | My Signature Curls




I have two go-to hair looks - straight & curled. Then from there it's either having a good hair day and staying down or it's not co-operating and it's going straight up into a bun/ponytail. 

Here's a little background to my hair type - it's thick, curly, frizzy and dry, so all in all a complete pleasure to style.. not. Oh and I have a seriously sensitive scalp that cannot handle product build up.

I start by washing it, using Herbal Essences Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner, I have been using this combination for years! I love the smell and my hair always feels super soft afterwards.

Before I dry it I spritz on the OGX Coconut Water, this adds hydration and smells bloody beautiful! I then blow dry my hair as straight as possible, which of course is impossible but hey I try. Then if it's the night before I want to style, I run the straighteners over it to take away the frizz and fluffiness. If it's the morning I roughly do that then go straight in with my Tresemme curlers (these aren't my exact ones but they're similar) on the hottest setting, it's the only way my curls will hold.

When curling I have two different routes. For a more messy look I alternate the way I curl each section so one towards the face and one away. For a more sleek defined look I do it all one way - away from the face. 

To stop it from looking so polished I spray the 
Charles Worthington Volume&Bounce Texturising Spray, honestly this stuff smells amazing and does such an incredible shop of adding that lived in look without weighing the hair down.

To refresh the look the next day I run the curlers over any sections that have obviously dropped and then spritz in some of the COLAB Dry Shampoo - I love the Paradise fragrance, it smells like summer in a bottle.

For a treatment I sometimes coat my hair in coconut oil over night if I can be bothered, I definitely should do this more often but I'm seriously lazy when it comes to my hair. If there's also a lot of product build up or I have a bit of time to spare before I shower then I use the Lush Superbalm


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#FASHIONFRIDAYS | The Jersey Midi Dress






A brand spanking new shopping complex has opened up in my town. It's both a blessing and a curse - I mean, there's H&M, New look, Primark & more right on my door step, however the horrendous traffic means I can't drive out of my town without queueing for hours so yeah, not fun.  

So I decided to stroll up on a Sunday morning to see what the fuss was about, it's only half finished and there's still more shops to open but I picked up some bits from Primark including this bargain £6 jersey midi dress. 

I love a good midi dress, they can be dressed up for evening but also toned down for the day time. This one is in a navy shade and the jersey material makes it super comfortable to wear and is incredibly flattering without being too clingy. I love that it's also got a slit up the back to make it easier to move in. 

Hopefully we do get another batch of sunshine in August before summer is officially over so I can wear this out to shop and to get coffee or drinks. Although it can transition into the cooler months by throwing a t-shirt underneath or a cropped knit jumper over the top. 

I also keep featuring these shoes in a lot of my #fashionfridays posts, they're honestly the best heels I've ever purchased. They're from Matalan but I did buy them a good 4 years ago!



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Trying The Ordinary



You can spot the simplistic packaging from The
Ordinary a mile off - probably because you've seen it all over Instagram and your favourite blogs. Their part of the Deciem umbrella and focus on giving good quality skincare without the expensive price tag. You can read the
full ethos on their website, where they explain it a little better than I can.

It's stocked on both Beautybay.com and Asos.com, along with many more, but if you want student discount (10% off) then I'd say purchase from ASOS. Although, neither have the full range available due to it's popularity it's regularly going out of stock but keep checking!

I decided to try two products to start with. The first being the High Fluidity Spreadability Primer, which is a silicone based primer aimed to smooth the surface of the skin ensuring foundation glides over and blends well. I clearly didn't read the description very well because I've mentioned before my not-so-loving attitude towards silicone based primers, the feeling makes my skin crawl. But I spent money on it so I was determined to give it a proper test. 

It definitely smooths the skin out and my foundation glides over the top for a pore-less finish. I even find my foundation goes further, my skin doesn't soak it up and as a result I'm using less. It definitely makes my foundation last longer, usually my skin eats away at it around my mouth and jaw but it still looked intact after a sweaty five hours at work. Despite the initial gross, slimy feeling, I have been thoroughly impressed by the primer and will continue to use it.

Next up is the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution aimed at blemish-prone skin. You apply it directly onto a blemish both AM and PM and let me tell you this - it works wonders. I was apprehensive with my history of allergic reactions to spot gels but this didn't sting or have any adverse effects. It has helped to clear up some seriously painful under the skin spots that were brewing in a matter of days. It's now a staple in my skincare routine.

All in all, I am super impressed with these two products and I definitely want to try more from the range - especially for how much they cost! 


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IT'S A NO FROM ME




Sometimes, even if you really really want to love a product, you just can't. 

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser since it's launch and honestly the idea alone got me all excited. The price, however, did not. I'm stingy with body care, especially anything fake tan related, for example the only tan I use is St.Moritz and I get it from Bodycare where it only costs £2.99 - it's cheap & it does the job well. So for me to spend £14.99 to remove it I was like hell noooo, I was also shocked to see there was no introductory price which is odd for a new hyped up product on the market. 

So I patiently waited till it was on offer for £9.99 - less than a tenner I can cope with especially when I'd read so many rave reviews. Unfortunately, it didn't not live up to said reviews and turned out to be a waste of money - thank god I didn't spend fifteen quid on it!

It says to apply before shower, liberally, all over the body and wait 5 mins. Which I did. It's also noted that it's not to be used on tan any earlier than three days old, mine was six. Then, step 3 is to hop into a warm shower and use a wet face cloth to buff away the product and the tan. It literally did nothing. didily squat. zilch. nada. It states 'for more stubborn areas use an exfoliating mitt' - my whole body was apparently a stubborn area. I moisturise every day so there was no areas of skin aside from my ankles (my tan bloody loves my ankles, they're married) that tan was going to cling onto for dear life and if I'm going to spend money on a product that claims to remove product I don't want to then have to go in with another product to actually remove it.

Ok, rant over. But if you thought this product was too good to be true, it's because it kinda is. I guess that's why there's not already a product like it on the market. 

If you're having a tan disaster or need to get it off the old bits to apply a new coat, you're better off sticking to a good old fashioned exfoliating glove - you can get a pack of two from Primark for about £2. 

In the words of Simon Cowell - 'It's a no from me.'

However, I'm still keen to try their actual fake tan, I haven't written Bondi Sands off completely. 

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#FASHIONFRIDAYS | New In





I haven't been shopping much as of late because I had no source of income and was living out of the remains of my student loan. However, I'm back at work and after my first payday I did a spot of spending because I have an addiction and I know, I need help...but it felt so good. 

The first thing I picked up was this Topshop Denim skirt. I feel like denim jeans and skirts never really go 'out of style'. I don't mind spending a bit more on a good quality one that fits nicely because I'll know I can wear it in summer, or throw on some thick tights and some knitwear with it in winter. I love the fit of this one, it's figure hugging but still gives me room to breathe and move, although it is quite short so if I drop something you can bet your ass I ain't picking it up.

Next is this Bardot black crop top from Ebay. I've seen Chiara Ferragni sporting one of these on instagram on a few occasions and I've been after one since, however nowhere seems to be selling them or at least in black - that's usually when I hop on over to Ebay. I actually love this, it's so simple yet looks so good paired with basically anything high-waisted as it just gives a peak of midriff. I love the fact it's long sleeved, I hate my arms and much prefer having them covered. Tempted to pick it up in a white shade too. 

The other bits I've ordered are either beauty related and you'll see them either on the blog or my youtube at some point. I also purchased a baby blue jumper like Olivias off Love Island because I'm obsessed and still not okay with it being over. 

Unfortunately Maisy wasn't around to be my personal photographer this week so I resorted to a tripod and remote aha, hope you didn't mind!

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