Monday, 26 January 2015


Let's just put a little disclaimer out there to begin with - Oh, Hi there Fun Police, nice to see you already! - I am well aware that nobody needs pink lipsticks. They're not oxygen, they're not water, they don't 'give you life' - or so I've heard, in all honesty I beg to differ... - so for anyone out there questioning my priorities in life, don't worry girl, I've got them in check. This post is simply about a girl who is obsessed with pink lipstick, to the point of having over 33 in my main makeup collection alone (not including the 15 or so completely necessary options I have in my handbag) who has decided to divulge which ones I would say are completely necessary to live a happy life, to live a complete life, to get the best out of life, to live like Blair Waldorf for your makeup collection.

It was tough. I mean, surely the only thing to rival this kind of operation would be having to pick your favourite child, right? But I battled through - No, no, save the round of applause - and here are my final picks. The elite 5. The spec... 

Shut the hell up and get on with the post, you say? You're right, here goes...

The Luxe Pink
Tom Ford Spanish Pink - this was by far the easiest pick for me. Not only is it by far the most luxurious lipstick I own - at £37 a pop I should bloody well hope so too ;) - but it also extremely unique to my collection. A light, natural peachy pink colour that does the most fantastic job of completely lifting the face and making me look more alive. (No Caspar/Corpse-like looking face for me on a Monday morning, #Winning) Check out my full review here.

The More 'Natural' Bright Pink
Rimmel Oxford Street Fuchsia - I think this is probably the most underrated and least spoken about lipstick across the Blogophere* I struggled to find many reviews and swatches - because I am that sad girl that googles the lipstick whilst in the store - and it really does deserve more hype. It is a beautiful medium/bright bubblegum colour pink (And the award for the worst descriptive skills in existence go to... thank you, thank you very much!) that is as moisturising as it is long-lasting (which is a lot) I think it would suit so many skin tones too, so I highly recommend this shade.

*I may have written the most cringeworthy word in existence in a post again so of course, if you ever see me in real life, you are more than welcome to punch me in the face ;)

The Bold Matte
Sephora Matte lip cream - Strawberry kisses. This choice was incredibly easy for me (and not just because I am an absolute pussy wimp and only own a handful of bright lipsticks) It is by far the best formulation for a matte lip I have ever owned. Moisturising, completey non-drying, lasts all day... and let's just talk about the colour for a moment shall we? A bright, in your face raspberry pink/red shade that I just find flattering on my skin tone. It is a lip colour for the brave - which I am definitely not, but I'm getting there. And hey, I may even wear it outside of the house soon ;) - but I would highly recommend for anyone in the market for a bright matte lip.

The everyday, "My lips but better"
Mac Faux - Now this one was heart-wrenchingly hard. (Yep, you heard that right. Choosing a favourite nude pink was heat wrenching, I am totally aware of how appropriate #FirstWorldProblems is for me right now) It was between Faux and Angel, both by Mac, and in all honesty, I love them both. Angel for me will always hold a sentimental place as the first ever Mac lipstick I purchased, however Faux has had more use in the last few months. If I were to be totally honest, Faux probably just inched it because it has more of lipstick left in the the tube and looks prettier - Beauty Blogger issues! - but we'll ignore that fact for a second. I reviewed Faux here and here (yep, told you I liked it) but in short, it is the perfect natural nude pink, very "my lips but better", and it's just an easy go-to lipstick that goes with all makeup looks. Love!

 The Glossy Nude
Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Chic - Again, I have reviewed this gloss here so I won't bore you all to death - although that may have already happened by now, whoops... - essentially, it is a beautiful nude pink gloss, extremely glossy, extremely moisturising and extremely natural. (I am not being sponsored to say the word 'extremely' as many times as humanly possible) Perfect for an everyday look, or paired with a dramatic smokey eye. Tanya girl, you did so well with this one!

So, pink lipstick rave over - I do apologise if it gets a bit lengthy now and again, I get passionate about all the superficial, sartorial, ridiculous important things, such as lipstick, obviously... - but what I would love to know is;  What are your must have pink lipsticks?  If you had to narrow it down to 5, what would they be? I absolutely love hearing your thoughts :)

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post :)


Friday, 23 January 2015


Some 'things' - products, places, restaurants etc. are just made for certain people. Or even stereotypes, I hasten to add. You know, that Juice shop down the road that would be right up those healthy types at the gyms' street. Nando's, perfect for a group of teens, or students on a budget. (Well, let's be real here, Nando's is perfect for pretty much everyone right?) Which is why when I heard of the place we're visiting in this blog post today - You know, because I take you with me (vicariously through my camera) everywhere, I knew this was the for bloggers.

At least the bloggers that I follow - and stalk their social media profiles 24/7 - anyway.

In short, the Cereal Killer Cafe is a cafe that serves purely cereal. And when I heard of it, I just could not get my favourite bloggers and their declaration of love for Lucky Charms out of my head. So ladies, blogger ladies, this one's for you...
Surely a place that sells only cereal must be pretty boring and lacking in choice, right? Wrong! The Cereal Killer cafe serves a whopping 120+ varieties of cereal, alongside 30 different types of milk and 20 different toppings. I know, my mind is blown just as much as yours.

After an embarrassingly long time deciding which cereal to go for - from what I could see, there were around 6/7 Gluten-free options (I know, and it still took me at least 10 minutes [insert "I'm an absolute twat" emoji here]...there is one of those, right?) but I finally plucked for Vanilla Chex, Coconut milk and Strawberries to top it off. And it was bloody delicious. And I bloody demolished it.

... And I am also aware that my English teacher would be so proud of my constant use of And to start a sentence. It adds to the drama, what can I say? (Nothing, I'll just stop talking)
Vanilla Chex and Lucky Charms - boyfriend's choice, how original? ;) - down, it's time to explore the cafe. 
10 points to they guys at The Cereal Killer cafe for possessing all - literally, all!! - the cereal memorabilia in the world. In terms of the layout, the cafe is pretty small, there are a few tables upstairs and a fair few set up downstairs. Luckily, I dragged myself out of bed screaming got up early and avoided queuing, however I have walked passed the cafe twice previously and seen the queue - just to get in - go at least 10metres down the road. So a tip for anyone who despises queuing as much as I do, head there early, and on a week day if possible. [insert "I got you, ladies" ladies emoji here]

Last but not least, it wouldn't be a "The Elle Next Door" post without including a little OOTD (side note: has anyone else ever said the abbreviation "OOTD" out loud to non-bloggers, and also felt like a complete and utter tit? Just me?) I would say that I opted to go Monochromatic to clash with the colourful streets of Shoreditch, however we all know I'm a boring bitch neutral girl at heart. A cosy, white sweater and an asymmetric, monochrome skirt and glasses to hide my extreme under eye bags (that are definitely not courtesy of Chanel) was the way forward today.
So that's about it for today. I know these kinds of places can often become a little "trendy", a bit of a bandwagon in the long run, but I have to say - I really enjoyed my morning spent at The Cereal Killer cafe. It has a great atmosphere, extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff and every cereal you can possibly imagine making it different from anything else out there at the moment (to my knowledge anyway) and I'm all for supporting creative, forward thinking people. You go Glen Coco Cereal Killer cafe!

What's the verdict - would you ever visit the Cereal Killer cafe? Have you ever visited, and if so, what did you think? As always, I love to hear your thoughts and comments :)

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post!


Monday, 19 January 2015


Turtle necks, roll necks, suffocate yourself/a claustrophobic's nightmare's neck... call them what you want, but these little item's of clothing are going absolutely nowhere in my life. (Well, apart from repeatedly on myself and then in the washing machine... and then back on myself a day later) They're cosy, they're comfy [insert your own choice of cosy synonym here because I cannot be arsed to check in with my online thesaurus] they're basically the perfect item to throw on on a cold winter's day, when you want to feel chic, but warm. 

This idea would've worked really well for me, if it wasn't for the fact that I really wanted to pair said turtleneck with a - ridiculously thin - midi bandage skirt. Oh, and scrappy heels.

So whilst my neck and upper body were smugly loving life, the rest of my body was suffering from serious "Oh my god, it's so f**king cold, I want to die" syndrome. Frozen toes tale over, I'll leave you to enjoy - or at least try to - the rest of this post. *Googles "Onset of frost bite symptoms"...
If you've read my blog for a little while now - Oi, Mum, this is your cue again - then you'll know that I always like to throw in a little extra something, something to my posts rather than just a "Hi guys, here's what I wore, enjoy my awkward as fuck hell, let me just put my hands in my hair, look the other way and pretend to be natural photo's" so here's a couple of things that I've been having a moment with over the last few days.
This bag. It was purchased from Zara a couple of days ago in the sale and was reduced from £80 to £30. It took every fibre of my being to not fist pump in the middle of the store - a packed Oxford Street store may I add - It's a quilted black bag with a chain strap and beautiful furry lining inside. It's slightly Chanel-esque - which isn't actually why I got it - I just really love the design. 

I was actually thinking of doing a "What's in my bag?" post - you know, because obviously your life isn't complete without seeing my Nando's receipts and Quality Street wrappers - is that something that anybody would be interested in? Let me know! 
And last but most definitely not least - Well, on second thoughts, it probably is least as that bag is receiving all my loving right now. Sorry, sorry... I'll get on with it now - is an old favourite. It's that lipstick that your grandparents will be so disappointed that you spent £37 of your well earned money on... It's Tom Ford Spanish Pink. Worn in the pictures above, it really is the perfect brightening, uplifting, face perker upper - would you check those Literary skills right there, my English teacher would be so proud - peachy/pink nude that I love. Even if it is eye-wateringly expensive!

So, now that my toes are finally regaining feeling - I would love to know what you think about turtlenecks/roll necks. Are you as much of a fan as me, or are they not really your thing

And how about sale purchases - what has been your biggest bargain recently? I love reading your comments so don't forget to let me know :)

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

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