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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

NARS Halloween Smokey Red Eye Makeup Look - and NARS freebies!

With only one month left to go until Halloween, I wanted to share a makeup look by NARS which was demonstrated at their latest blogger event. NARS always incorporates a pop of colour into each and every makeup look, and this time it was RED! A colour that has to be very carefully mastered in order to pull it off without looking like you have woken up from a heavy night with no sleep! 

The lovely and very talented NARS makeup artists from Selfridges Exchange Square in Manchester used red in this makeup look which I thought could be a great way to incorporate red into a subtle Halloween Makeup Look.

Of course, like all the blogger events they hold, we were spoilt with unlimited Prosecco and free NARS makeup! The sample sized make up products we were lucky to receive included:
- NARS Blush in Orgasm
- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita
- NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
- NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Black
- NARS Lipgloss in Orgasm
- NARS Skin Optimal Brightening Concentrate 

I also treated myself to a limited edition 'Blame It On NARS' cheek palette, complete with the infamous ITA Kabuki Makeup brush - the brush alone is priced at £41. So for the palette to cost £45 it was well worth the investment. The colours included within the palette are Bronzing Powder in Casino; Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love; Blush in Day Dream; Blush in New Attitude.

Lastly, I am yet to find a red lipstick that works well for my skin tone...until now! The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is the perfect deep red and long-lasting lipstick that does not budge! I'm really impressed with it and so glad I found it. Priced at just £19, I feel this will last me a long time and well worth the investment!

What's your favourite NARS product? 

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Beauty Tag by Freya Farrington


Beauty tag Question 1 - How many times do you wash your face daily?
Twice. Once in the morning and once at night.

Beauty tag Question 2 - What skin type do you have? 
I'd say combination.

 Beauty tag Question 3 - What is your current facial wash?
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Cleansing Scrub

Beauty tag Question 4 - Do you exfoliate?
Yes about 2-3 times a week. 

Beauty tag Question 5 - What brand do you use?
My favourite facial exfoliator is the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with orange extract.

Beauty tag Question 6 - What moisturizer do you use?
The Kiehls Brand is a new favourite of mine, I am trying out different moistuisers from their range to find which one best suits me.

Beauty tag Question 7 - Do you have freckles?
Not one, but I love freckles!

Beauty tag Question 8 - Do you use eye cream?
Not regularly, I like to try out lots of sample eye creams (I have lots from Clarins and Lancome) but I am yet to find one I love.

Beauty tag Question 9 - Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
I had bad skin during my teenage years but that cleared up after the age of 16/17.

Beauty tag Question 10 - Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
I used the acne-free brand when I lived in America - loved it!


Beauty tag Question 11 - What foundation do you use?
NARS Sheer Glow in Light 4

Beauty tag Question 12 - How about concealer?
Collection (2000) is a favourite of mine

Beauty tag Question 13 - Do you know your undertone color?
Definitely more yellowy tones

Beauty tag Question 14 - What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I use natural looking eyelash extensions sometimes on a night out - Younique 3D Fibre Lash does the trick - see my review on it here

Beauty tag Question 15 - Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?

Beauty tag Question 16 - What brand of mascara do you use?
I have always loved Lancome Hypnose or Benefit They're Real for everyday, but a recent find, the 3D Fibre Lash Mascara by Younique

Beauty tag Question 17 - Sephora or MAC?

Beauty tag Question 18 - Do you have a MAC Pro-card?

Beauty tag Question 19 - What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Always Makeup brushes, sometimes a beauty blender and rarely eyelash curlers

Beauty tag Question 20 - Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Yes, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden or MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre

Beauty tag Question 21 - For the face?
Clarins Beauty Balm or Clarins BB Cream

Beauty tag Question 22 - What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
I love Snakebite in the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

Beauty tag Question 23 - Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?

Beauty tag Question 24 - How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

Beauty tag Question 25 - What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
LOVE - always with MAC fix+

Beauty tag Question 26 - Do you use mineral makeup?

Beauty tag Question 27 - What is your favorite lipstick?
MAC Hue or Rimmel Kate Moss in 03.

Beauty tag Question 28 - How about lipgloss?
Too Faced lip injection extreme

Beauty tag Question 29 - What is your favorite blush to use?
NARS Orgasm.

Beauty tag Question 30 - Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
Nope. Be careful of fakes!

Beauty tag Question 31 - Do you like drugstore makeup?
Of course! - my all time favourite bronzer is £1 from MUA

Beauty tag Question 32 - Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
Yes :)

Beauty tag Question 33 - Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
That's what Youtube is for right?

Beauty tag Question 34 - Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
No I'm too obsessed and always make time for my makeup application, favourite part of getting ready!

Beauty tag Question 35 - Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Heavily drawn on eyebrows

Beauty tag Question 36 - Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I prefer more neutral, earthy shades but a bright lip and very little eye makeup I think can be very classy.

Beauty tag Question 37 - Which celebrity always has great make up?
Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely or Candice Swanepoel 

Beauty tag Question 38 - If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?
This is tough...Mascara probably

Beauty tag Question 39 - Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes, but only more recently.

Beauty tag Question 40 - Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I feel better with it on...

Beauty tag Question 41 - In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
Probably Chanel, if money was no object, I think it is timeless.

Beauty tag Question 42 - What do you think of Makeup??
It's definitely a passion of mine!

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Jessica Bakes Well Triple Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar

Feeling peckish? I certainly am whilst writing this blogpost! Manchester often has food festivals with a variety of stalls with foods of all kinds. This is one of my favourite ways to eat as you get the opportunity to try lots of different things and at almost every stall you can try a bite before you buy. What's more, all the companies have a story behind the brand; family owned, freshly baked this morning etc etc etc...

One stall in particular, is perfectly suited to someone like myself; like the idea of baking, hate the mess and clean-up. Well this company do it for you. With a wide range of recipes, and all the ingredients pre-measured, all you need to do is mix!

Here are some pictures from our experience of baking with Jessica's Triple Chocolate Cookies in a Jar...

No chocolate for dogs! Sorry Ralph!

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Wood Watches by JORD - A Review

JORD wooden watches are a brand I have come across scrolling through my instagram and the cool, quirky idea of wearing wood on your wrist is such a great and original concept. I love the brand image and customer service that I experienced throughout my personal experience of JORD watches and I wanted to share this watch brand with you. 

They have a wide variety of wood types, colour combinations and face designs for you to choose from, all complete with FREE worldwide Shipping. Bear in mind when you place your order to allow 10-15 days for delivery depending on where you live as they are made in USA. Although having said that I tracked mine each day and it had arrived within a week!

The wooden timepiece I selected is the Zebrawood & Maple watch from the Fieldcrest Series. Priced at $120, the equivalent to around £77, I loved the stripped back, simple design - the perfect addition to a smart casual, white jeans, heels and casual grey top outfit.

Scratch-rsistant mineral glass
Deployment buckle with push buttons
Case width: 39mm
Case thickness: 11mm
Lug ends: 49mm
Band thickness: 20mm
Band length: 205mm

To purchase your very own JORD Zebrawood & Maple watch like mine click here or browse the full JORD wooden watch collection at and don't forget follow JORD on Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter - Use the hashtag #jordwatch to showcase your look!

JORD - Hand-crafted wood timepieces that tell a story. Start the conversation.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Freya Farrington - The Girl Behind the Camera


As I am still a fairly new blogger with the freya farrington blog having been live for just shy of 4 months, I thought it would be quite nice to share a bit more about me, so here is the 25 Questions Tag! Of course if you have any other questions, please feel free to comment or tweet me @freyafarrington.

What is your middle name?: Freya is actually my middle name, my first name is Lauren but I go by either name!
What was your favourite subject at school?: Maths - I preferred numbers to words!
What is your favourite drink?: An expensive coffee, or margaritas ;) depending on the time of day
What is your favourite song at the moment?: I swap and change my preferred music all the time, but currently I am loving The Weekend Can't Feel My Face
What is your favourite food?: Popcorn, you can't go wrong, if you are feeling sweet or savoury popcorn offers both!
What is the last thing you bought?: A re-purchse, the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in shade Light 4 - see a review here!
Favourite book of all time?: A recent find - Girl on the Train - I'm more of a magazine than book reader simply due to lack of time...but on a recent holiday to crete, I could not put this book down!
Favourite Colour?: Monochrome, i.e. I don't tend to go for colour!
Do you have any pets?: Nope (unless you count my cuddly toy lion, Simba)
Favourite Perfume?: A new find, thanks to my lovely boyfriend - Acqua Di Parma Mandorlo di Sicilia
Favourite Holiday?: I have always said my favourite holiday was to South Africa - It was so long ago, that I am definitely due to re-visit!
Are you married?: Nope, in a great relationship though :)
Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: Yes, I have lived in both America and France and travelled to many other countries
Do you speak any other language?: Yes, I can speak French & a tiny bit of Mandarin Chinese!
How many siblings do you have?: One brother
What is your favourite shop?: Zara
Favourite restaurant?: I like Gusto in Manchester
When was the last time you cried?: All the time - I'm far too emotional, I cry watching X Factor!
Favourite Blog?: Always loved Beauty Crush
Favourite Movie?: All time... either Titanic, Matilda or Lion King
Favourite TV show?: The Vampire Diaries or Revenge
PC or Mac?: Mac
What phone do you have?: White iPhone 5
How tall are you?: 5ft 6
Can you cook?: No comment...

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Batiste Stylist New Collection Review

I first discovered Batiste's Dry Shampoo when I was in school at about age 16. Ever since then, I start to panic when I have no spare cans in my possession. That's how obsessed I am with it! Since they first brought out the original, many varieties have been released, most of which I have tried. When I realised the new collection of hair products to complement their vast dry shampoo range this summer, of course I wanted to give them a go! 

Batiste have released 5 new products, exclusive to Boots, at £4.49 each. I bought mine from Boots store on Market Street in Manchester at an introductory offer of £2 each however Boots are always offering discounts such as 3 for 2 so keep your eye out!

The new 5 piece range consists of:
1) Batiste Stylist Smooth It Frizz Tamer (200ml)
2) Batiste Stylist Hold Me Hairspray (300ml)
3) Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray (200ml)
4) Batiste Stylist Shield My Locks Heat & Shine Spray (200ml)
5) Batiste Stylist Texture Me Texturizing Spray (200ml)

Here's my view...

The Batiste Stylist Shield My Locks Heat & Shine Spray was ideal for protection from both the sun as well as my curlers/straighteners on a recent trip away to Crete. I would only recommend putting the products primarily on the ends.  

The Batiste Stylist Texture Me Texturizing Spray was also another great addition to my hair product collection for holiday. I took this with me each to the beach to lightly spray on my hair to finish that 'beach wave' look. However I would use the product on my hair in the evenings after washing my hair as the feel of it wasn't that great. It definitely made a difference to the beach look during the day. I feel this product would also last a while.

The Batiste Stylist Hold Me Hairspray was great for evenings after styling my hair. I also forgot to take my makeup setting spray so also used it to lightly set my makeup in the evenings. However as far as hairsprays go, it's hard to compare as there is so much competition. 

All in all, I am impressed, especially with the texturizing spray, but its still the original Dry Shampoo that will remain the holy grail product in my product collection.

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

NARS Autumn Makeup Look Demonstration in Selfridges Manchester

It's no surprise that one of the great perks of blogging is getting invited to makeup events. NARS is fast becoming, if not already, one of my favourite makeup brands. Therefore I was delighted when they invited me to their Autumn/Winter 2015 makeup look demonstration complete with champagne and free makeup and of course, blogger socialising! 

The look featured a brown and burnt orange smokey eye complete with a deep vampy lip. The contour was not too intense but more bronzed and highlighted with the main focus being all about the eyes. I love this eye look, it is my 'go to' look for a night out in Manchester as the colours complement blue eyes to make them pop. If the deep brown lip is too intense, the NARS makeup artists recommend a nude lip but either way, trends say to keep it matte. This is exactly what their Matte Lip collection aim to achieve.

The free goody bag included a mini 'Pricilla' Lip Gloss and a mini 'Orgasm' blush. If you have any other questions regarding the products used, please feel free to ask!

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