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Recent Purchases // Fiorelli Nikki Black Tote

Fiorelli NiKki Tote - £29
Faux Fur Raccoon Tail - Missguided
I've bought a new bag! And I think it deserves its own post. I haven't bought a new handbag in ages (years in fact) so I think I deserve this little treat to myself.

I have been using my Alexander Wang Rocco look-a-like bag for a good few years now. It's been going strong up until a few days ago when the strap broke which made me sad as I loved that bag so much! I was really pleased with the quality of it actually. Considering I bought it on eBay a good few years ago, I expected it to have broken or fallen apart well before now. My sister has bought numerous handbags from New Look, River Island and even Zara which have all fallen apart over the time I have used my trusty faux Rocco. If you ever have any worries about buying cheapy bags off eBay then you needn't. (You can read my post about it here.)

Whilst mourning my loss, I happened to walk past Fiorelli whilst on my way to work and managed to fall in love with a handbag that looked a hell of a lot like the Givenchy Santiago. I thought about it all day whilst at work and decided to treat myself on my way home. As I picked it up and headed for the till, I spotted another bag that caught my eye. This one resembling the Zara Office City Bag or even the Prada Saffiano. I was torn. Givenchy or Prada? Givenchy or Prada? I went Prada!

The handbag I bought was the Fiorelli Nikki Tote in Black. It is available in Tan too, which is just as divine. In fact, I am debating about buying the Tan version aswell. Well, for £29 (down from £69) it would be pretty disgraceful not to! 

What Fiorelli say about their Nikki Tote:
"The luxurious textured finish of our Nikki tote makes for a premium feel. Embodying a classic silhouette with sleek double shoulder handles for timeless appeal. 
The important bits:
Fiorelli branded hardware; Double shoulder handles; Top zip closure; Three zipped compartments; Back zip pocket, Interior zip pockets, Interior slip pockets; Synthetic material."

Isn't it just lovely? It looks much more expensive than £69 - even better that it is currently £29. You will definitely be seeing this on my arm or slung over my shoulder for the next good few years!

Review // L'oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Cafe St Germain

L'oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow - £5.49
No-one knows my make-up preferences better than my sister so when I received this little beauty at Christmas time, I was more than happy. Whilst I am trying to mix up my everyday make-up in hope that I don't get stuck in a routine, every now and then I do love to go back to my beloved smokey taupe eyeshadow.

My sister bought me the L'oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Cafe St Germain which is a beautiful metallic taupe. I love this eyeshadow on it's own as well as paired with the MAC Paint Pot in Frozen Violet which I have reviewed here.

What L'oreal say about their Color Riche Eyeshadows:
"Color Riche Eyeshadow offers a uniquely rich choice of colours in irresistibly attractive packages. Black and gold come together for high-fashion cases - the ultimate in chic - that you'll want to take with you everywhere.

Intensified colours: Thanks to the expertise of L'oreal Paris Laboratories, raw materials (pigments & mixed pearlescents) were skillfully selected to offer intense and bright colour payoff. 

A sensorial texture: Color Riche eye shadows reveal a creamy and smooth texture which transforms the make-up gesture into a precise and comfortable sensory application."

When I wear Cafe St Germain on it's own, I apply it on top of the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly to keep it in place all day. I apply it with a fluffy ELF eyeshadow brush which works wonderfully with it. There is a little bit of glitter fallout but not too much to whinge about. When I wear it with Frozen Violet, I apply Frozen Violet as a base with my ring finger then pat Cafe St Germain on top with the same ELF brush. The results are beautiful. I get a wonderful frozen, frosted metallic taupe with a hint of violet which a lot of people have complimented me on which is rather lovely!

I love MAC eyeshadows and often thought you couldn't compare them to anything else but I think the L'oreal Color Riche Mono Eyeshadows more than hold their own against them, for more than half the price with the same level of pigmentation. I haven't tried any of the other Color Riche Eyeshadows but I definitely will be now!

(In the photo above; Cafe St Germain, Frozen Violet, Frozen Violet with Cafe St Germain on top.)

Review // Bourjois Paris So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Varnish in Beige Glamour

Before Christmas I spent £15 on Bourjois products so I received this cute little box filled with Bourjois goodies for free. In it was a lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara and nail varnish. So far I have used the lipstick which is completely amazing; the colour is a beautiful muted beige which is the best I can get to nude lips without looking a bit like a corpse due to my pale skin. I will definitely review it soon but for now, the nail varnish.

The nail varnish is the Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Varnish in Beige Glamour. Like the lipstick, it is a beautiful muted, rosy beige which is the most perfect warm nude shade. I haven't used Bourjois nail varnish before so wasn't sure what to expect regarding the brush, consistency or drying time.

What Bourjois say about their So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Varnish:
"Bourjois So Laque! Ultra Shine Nail Varnish gives twice as much vinyl for twice as much shine, lasting up to 7 days."

I used the Bourjois So Perfect Correcting Base Coat first then applied Beige Glamour on top. I was really impressed with the brush as it was quite thick and coated the nails with ease. I was also super impressed with Beige Glamour as it was so opaque, I could have easily left it at one coat but applied two coats out of habit. I have been wearing Beige Glamour with no top coat for 4 days now and I am yet to get any chipping at all. Very impressive.

It is such a beautiful, understated colour on the nails. Sometimes I overlook nude shades in favour of brighter, glitzier shades but I definitely think I need to start wearing nude shades more often.