Found: Your Super Model Smile

I don’t often write about make up because in all honesty, I don’t mess with mine much. I’m seriously loyal when I find something I like, and don’t get the time I would like to play with my look or get dressed up so much these days. Quelle Surprise.

However, what I do like, is beauty that works hard for me. I’m lazy and leave the same item in my bag for the school run, lunch with a friend and (once in a blue moon,) date night. And if it’s not too much to ask I want that product to function as a lip balm too, because despite owning about 500 Burts bees lip balms, I can’t ever quite manage to keep one to hand. So the good news is I have found a serious wonder product that I want to share with you all, because I think it suits EVERYONE.

It’s actually a product that came in the (2016) M&S Beauty Advent Calendar, the Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy. There are a few colours but the one to go for is Supermodel Smile. It’s an amazing glossy nude that looks incredibly natural. (I should add it’s nowhere near as pink as it looks here.) The colour seems to work just as well slicked on when I’m casting about in my bag for something to moisturise on a cold sprint to nursery first thing in the morning, as it does with a smokey eye for an evening out. It’s a gorgeous moisturising formula and a really soft smooth texture. Yet it doesn’t just slip off and disappear instantly.

It’s £12.50 and you need one in your life. You can thank me later. ;) And if you’d like to see more I’ll do a little video on stories of me applying and wearing it. Follow me on Instagram here!

Have a great weekend!
Rebecca

Triple Temptation: Berry Lips


Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain in Cherry £16 // Albeit lipstick in Plum £14 // Marquisette Rouge – & Other Stories £12

Now the mercury has dipped to freezing I’m thinking about pink cheeks and berry lips for a festive look. Equally good for a trip to the Christmas Markets in the day time or brought out for a Christmas get together. I actually purchased the & Other Stories shade in London last week and can vouch for the creamy texture and berry-perfect shade. I also own the Stila lip glaze and was inspired to get it out after seeing Bella wear it a couple of weekends ago (in another shade) but it remains less moisturising than the creamy texture of the lipstick.

Now, what I’d like to know is if you guys can recommend any other brands or shades for a berry pout this winter? Have you tried a berry lip?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Monday Must Have: Old Hollywood

Before we go any further, can we just take a moment to note how fabulous Katie Holmes looks in the Bobbi Brown Christmas campaign: Old Hollywood.

There are very few things in life that make me feel better than a bright pout. Regardless of how tired I’m feeling, or dispirited with my wardrobe choices or weight or whatever, it’s a failsafe pick me up. Bobbi’s look for Christmas demonstrates the power of the pout nicely, I think.

This year my wardrobe for the festive season is likely to be severely limited by budget and although I may stretch to a single party dress, I’m thinking that a mega watt smile in Holiday red would probably do the trick for festive cheer this year.

On saturday whilst trawling the shops for a cheap and cheerful wardrobe update, I came across the Old Hollywood collection and instantly coveted the lot. I’m sure many of you already own a red lipstick, but the nail shades were fab too (and inspired me to paint mine gold for this week,) and the cream shadow stick glided onto the back of my hand like silk, blending beautifully. If not for a little mid-month pick me up, how about putting one on the Christmas list?

Happy Monday readers,
Rebecca
xo

Found: BITE Beauty

It’s not infrequent now that I get offered something free to review for Florence Finds. What doesn’t happen often is that I actually say yes. I have quite strict mental criteria for accepting complimentary products or hotel stays for example. It has to be something that I like first and foremost, because I frankly don’t have time to spend somewhere I don’t want to be, in the case of a hotel. And secondly because I don’t have room for mountains of free but not-to-my-taste items. Secondly and of equal importance is that I have to think at least a particular group of my readers will be interested in the review. It has to be something I can see you buying, wearing or enjoying. Lastly I can’t take the ethical guilt of accepting ‘stuff’ I don’t like (and therefore won’t review) which just ends up in the bin.

When I was contacted about Bite Beauty and it was suggested I might like to try out their new range of lipsticks, exclusive to Cocosa (the online luxury discount destination for flash sales,) who have recently introduced beauty products to their range, my attention was seized immediately. (You know I love a great lip colour!) That developed into a curiosity about their claims to be antioxidant, age defying and Good enough to Eat.

I don’t know if it has ever crossed your mind, but I once read that the average woman eats, or ingests accidentally by way of lipstick coming off on your teeth, tongue and food, 8 lipsticks per year. I don’t know if that’s true but given the unimaginable amount of chemicals I suspect goes in to the average lipstick, Bite’s claims of ‘food grade’ lipsticks made me think that they may just have something with an idea like that.

Second thought? Surely it’s a bit of a gimmick?

The parcel arrived last week. Sexy packaging? Check. Shaped ‘in four different moulds to reflect how each different Bite woman applies her lipstick’ in case you’re interested. Vibrant colours? Check. Lovely smell? Check again…

I was sent 4 products and got stuck right in with the High Pigment Pencil which I suspected might be a bit dry… it wasn’t, gliding on smoothly and giving a really nice sheen with punchy dense colour. (This is what I’m wearing in the photo’s.) Each product reportedly has the same antioxidant found in red wine and is full of fruit butters, essential oils and jojoba beads for hydration.

Next up was the Lush Lip Tint in Lychee, (the product you can see here with a central moisturising ‘core’ in the shape of a B.) Although I’m quite new to nudes, I loved this shade for work and it was beautifully moisturising.

Lastly, I ventured into the Luminous Creme Lipsticks and found once again a silky texture, great depth of colour and hydrating formulas that last. That is always my main gripe with lipstick, the trade off between lasting formulas and the drying effects that requires. No such problem here.

I loved them, freebie or not and have used them non-stop since unwrapping the package. I’ll definitely be looking to replenish my collection when they run out – no gimmicks, great texture and losing that niggling thought about those 8 lipsticks a year is only a bonus… ;)

Have you heard of Bite Beauty?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Bite Beauty made it’s UK debut online at Cocosa Beauty and is also available in select Sephora stores or at www.sephora.com internationally.

Disclaimer: Rebecca received samples of BITE products to review from Cocosa.com but if she wouldn’t recommend it to a friend, you wouldn’t be hearing about it here. This is not a sponsored post.

Saturday Survey

Happy Weekend readers!

This weekend I’m getting away for some R&R with Pete for the start of his 30th birthday celebrations next week. While I’m away, I hope you guys will get a moment to comment on the Survey series I started last week. This week we’re focusing on fashion and don’t forget this is your chance to have your say and tell me what you would like to see here on Florence Finds. Thank you so much for stopping to fill it in and I hope you enjoy my five things this week :)

Five things:

Firstly, a new addition to the site… the subscribe button in the right hand side bar. Here’s where you can sign up to receive a weekly round up email into your inbox once a week (we won’t bombard you with email junk I promise!) and keep up to date with all of Florence’s posts. Gemma’s going to be taking care of this and let me tell you, the draft round up she prepared was brilliant – don’t miss out on exclusive Florence news and firsts, sign up today :)

My two latest lipstick purchases – Mac’s ‘Lady Danger’ (matte orange-red) and ‘Impassioned’ (intense neon coral pink)

I found a new online magazine to fall in love with… 91 Magazine. There seem to be more and more online mags popping up but what I loved about this one was its heavy lean towards interior style and the crafting theme throughout. This is no glossy full of aspirational style, but affordable, DIY and achievable inspiration. Go take a look!

Started a bit of new season wardrobe reassessment and was pleased to find how much nude and faded neon I had ready to wear!

Did you enter the Mr & Mrs Smith Giveaway yet? Entries close at Midnight on Sunday – look out for the winner on Monday!

Five Questions:

  1. Within the Fashion category (in the menu above) which is your favourite type of post? (i.e. New collections from individual designers or shops; The Fash Flash – round ups of pieces for a specific trend or Outfits?)
  2. How much would you normally spend on clothes in a month?
  3. Quality or quantity? (Do you prefer trend led disposable fashion at lower prices or classic well made pieces and fewer of them? Do you ever splurge on designer/higher end goods?)
  4. Have you bought anything featured on Florence Finds?
  5. Would you want to hear about discounts and offers (and if so how – on the blog/twitter/facebook/emails?)

Just copy and paste these five questions into the comments box and add your responses. Thanks so much in advance!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Love,
Rebecca
xo