Alice-Christina | Twenty Five | North East Fashion & lifestyle blogger.

24 November 2016

My Five Favourite Everyday Lipsticks

Only You, Cannes, Mehr, Nude-ist, Tea Rose

When it comes to lipsticks I seem to be all or nothing, its either vibrant reds, deep maroons or nude and natural, I tend not to stray in between. I like what I like and I stick with what I know. So today I thought I'd share with you my five favourite lipsticks for everyday wear. As you can see theres a common colour running through these five, but I've finally found a nude colour that suits me as my lips are naturally quite pigmented so typical 'nudes' make me look ill.

Although each of these lipsticks are similar shades they all wear quite differently. First Only You, which is part of the Ellie Goulding range from Mac, is a cream-sheen so is quite subtle in colour and quite nourishing on the lips. I tend to reach for this one when my lips are on the drier side and I want a quick swipe of colour without too much upkeep. I admit it doesn't last that long but its handy for those days when you haven't got the time to faff on worrying about how your lipstick looks and touching it up, it just wears off gracefully.

These three shades are probably the three I reach for the most. Since NYX finally arrived in Newcastle I've been a little obsessed with their matte lip creams. The first one I tried was Cannes which is my perfect 'your lip but better' shade - yeah I said it. Out of all the liquid lipsticks I've found so far these have my favourite formula. They're soft and nourishing and wear off really nicely, I've tried a few that when you re-apply them they become a little crumbly but this just glide on perfectly. Next I have Mac's Mehr which I often describe as my '90's mom' shade, this one is a little more grey if that makes sense? It adds a more grungy feel compared to the others which are a little more pink toned. I think this is my way of justifying why I have so many similar shades. 

If I remember correctly I think Nude-ist was the first lipstick of this shade I tried, it was the first liquid lipstick I tried too. That quickly resulted in a liquid lipstick obsession, so this one its a little nostalgic shade for me. Out of the liquid lipsticks I have I think I prefer the NYX formula over this one, plus this is a little bit more expensive. But that doesn't mean I don't love it, I think this one takes a little longer to dry, but that gives me a little longer to perfect my pout.

Finally I have the NYX matte lipstick in Tea Rose, after the success of the matte lip creams I decided it was time to try one of their other lipsticks. This one I tend to reach for if I'm in more of a hurry, for some reason I seem to take longer to perfect the application of liquid lipsticks, so having one like this helps for those days when I just don't have the time.

I'd love to know what your favourite lipstick shades are, because you can never have too many in your collection right?


20 November 2016

What I've Read Recently

It’s been a while since I last featured any books on here, and seeing as I’ve just completed my Goodreads 2016 reading challenge, I thought I’d share some of the books I’ve enjoyed recently. You're going to see quite a trend when it comes to my reading tastes it is very much based in the young adult fiction section of Waterstones


This wasn't a book I'd ever really heard of before, however I was lucky enough to win a copy via Maximumpop via one of their many book giveaways they host. As soon as the book arrived I started reading it the story sounded quite similar to "The art of being normal" which I read a few weeks beforehand and I adored! This is another beautifully written young adult novel that focuses the story on a character who is transgender and dealing with relationships. I raced through this book in only a few days and I couldn't recommend it enough. 


This is a book that I'd seen mentioned a lot on Youtube and the suchlike, so decided to finally pick it up and give it a read. At times this was a little predictable, but I think that is something I quite like in a book like this. They're really easy to read in a few days and theres just something comforting about the story when you're reading it. This follows the life of Lara-Jean who has a box of love letters she's written to every guy she has ever loved, from her summer-camp crush, to her first kiss, she's written to them all. Yet somehow these letters end up being posted out to them and leads to an interesting turn of events.


This was another book I was lucky enough to win from Fiona and it arrived with a lovely little note from her about how this book was more inspiring than our university course ever was. This automatically made me super excited to read this as we both have shared a similar opinion on our shared university degree. The book itself follows the story of Jude and her twin brother Noah, who as children are inseparable but after their mothers death they start drifting apart. Noah begins to fall in love with a new boy who moved in next door and is magically inspired by the world around him., whilst Jude begins to rebel until she ends up working alongside a grumpy old sculptor and his beautiful assistant,  which in an unusual way brings the twins back together again. Theres just something magical and inspiring about this story and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. The way its written is really inventive and I love all the little illustrative mark making that flows along with the story.


I don't know what has taken me so long to read this book as I remember hearing about this when I was a teenager. But here I am at nearly 25 and I've only just read it this year. The story follows Eleanor, a redheaded misfit who shuffles along through life trying her best to remain undetected. Then one day she sits next to a boy on the bus called Park and the rest is history. Things are a little frosty at first, but slowly over time the awkwardness melts away and reveals a sweet teenage love story. Theres a nice naivety about their relationship that reminds me so much of high school crushes. Its a sweet story that'll melt the heart of anybody, romantic or not.


As children Cath and Ren are the best of friends, growing up they share a love for fictional character Simon Snow.  As they head off to college Ren wants to do her own thing, and for the first time ever Cath is on her own. Ren's grows out of her Simon Snow phase but Cath refuses to let it go. This pushes them further apart as the differenced in them become even more clear. There is just something so relatable about this story that makes it really magical. That time in your life when you move away from home and you have to fend for yourself and you really find out who you are in the world. Fangirl captures that beautifully, albeit in a little predictable way at times, but its a book you can't help but love.


I bought this a while ago in a charity shop after Amy ordered me to do so, I think this was around the time the film came out so that probably had its input too. I left this to sit on my bookshelf for a while until I finally picked it up this month. Its been one of those books where I've heard a few people talking about it (both good things and bad) so I kind of had some expectations before I even started. The story follows Louise, a fairly ordinary girl living in a fairly ordinary town. Its not until she loses her job at a local cafe and starts working as an assistant for a guy called Will, who after a traffic accident lost the use of his body from the chest down. In the beginning Will is rude, quite moody and doesn't really talk to her much, but as time goes on he soon starts to warm to her bubbly personality. I don't want to spoil the story too much, providing you don't know it already. But Lou begins on a mission to try and show Will a world to prove to him his life is still worth living. I'll warn you now, you're probably going to need a box of tissues for this one.


18 November 2016

Leopard Loving and My Ever-Growing Coat Collection.

Coat: Primark  Top: Primark Skirt: Anita and Green Bag: Primark Shoes: Vagabond  
📷 Yasmina

As soon as I saw this coat on the Primark press photos I knew I wouldn't be able to rest until it was mine. Everytime I stepped foot in my local store I would hunt around the coat section hoping it would be there without any luck for weeks. Then low and behold on my last trip to the store I saw two women trying the coat on right there in front of me and I knew the time had come. So I raced up to the first floor and practically sprinted towards it, I don't think I've ever been so excited about a coat before and its finally mine!

In recent years I've really become a coat person. I remember years ago basically having one winter coat that lasted me 3-4 years at a time and I wore with every outfit regardless of if it went together or not. But all of a sudden more and more coats and jackets began creeping into my wardrobe and now I'm struggling to fit them all in - hello coat rail I've got my eye on you. I think coats are one of the main reasons why I love Autumn and Winter so much as I get to unbox all my favourites, and I generally feel more comfortable with a coat on than I do a summery outfit.

These photos we're taken on a lovely little day out I had with Yasmina, where we mooched about Jesmond and I introduced her to my favourite street where we had loads of fun taking these photos. I'm actually really happy with how these have turned out, and I'm finally in a place where I feel confident enough to take outfit photos and I really look forward to shooting them! I really want to get into the habit of taking outfit photos once a week (providing the weather and my work schedule allows me) as I've these posts seem to have gone down really well with you guys. 

After our little photoshoot we headed on into the city centre and treated ourselves to a lunch at Yo Sushi, one of my favourite places to eat. I'm ashamed to say I did spend a fair bit on my lunch but it was totally worth it! If I had to choose one variety of food to eat for the rest of my life asian cuisine would always be my top choice. Its just nice to be able to eat somewhere that doesn't have everything served with fries, smothered in mayo and you don't feel guilty afterwards.

I couldn't help but include this photo, I love outtakes. 

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16 November 2016

Urban Decay Masterclass

At the beginning of the month I was invited down to Debenhams to a Urban Decay masterclass event hosted by Ellefluence. I was really excited about this as I've never had a chance to really try any Urban Decay products, but they've always been something I've lusted towards. So this gave me the perfect opportunity to learn more about their products - and get some ideas on what to pop onto my Christmas list.

The main purpose of the evening was for the Urban Decay Newcastle staff to show us how they would take a day time look into the evening, which is perfect for all those work christmas parties coming up over the next month or so. The ladies, and one gentleman, talked us through the products as they were using them and were happy to answer any questions we had as they went along. 

As the demonstration was going on, Michael explained to us a few key products from Urban Decay and what they were used for. This included the All-nighter foundation, the infamous Primer potion, Naked Skin Correcting Fluids and of course the All Nighter Setting Spray. We also learned that the Urban Decay make-up brushes are made out of recycled plastic bottles - fancy that!

Part way through the demonstration we tucked into a few treats from Rub Smokehouse, including ribs, pulled pork sliders and pigs in blankets. The food was really tasty, however was very meat based, so no options for the vegetarian and vegan guests. The only downside was the food was quite messy and I spent more time trying not to cover myself in food and to clean myself up when I did, than I did watching the demonstration. 

After the masterclass we were all invited down to the shop floor to have a browse at the products and buy anything if we wished. Sadly I didn't buy anything myself as my money at the moment is all going towards christmas presents, but I did manage to find a couple of products I'd really like to try such as the Naked Ultimate Basics Palette and the All Nighter Foundation.

We were lucky enough to be given a little goodie bag with a few mini samples in of Primer potion,  and the All nighter make up setting spray- both of which I've tried and so far I'm really impressed. This event was a lot of fun and I finally got to experience Urban decay and see what all the fuss was about.



10 November 2016

Getting Back into a Fitness Routine

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Up until maybe 4 years ago I never had any issues with my weight or my body, I was quite happily a size 10 and didn't worry too much about what food I was putting into my body. However being at University, cooking for myself and drinking more than I ever had, I started added on the pounds and gained about half a stone or so. At that point I was suddenly aware of how my body had changed, especially given an incident with a nurse who made me feel I had a weight problem when she went to consult with another doctor about if my BMI would allow me to take a certain contraception - NB it was 22 which is right in the middle of healthy so I had nothing to worry about.

Fast forward another few years and I'm a stone heavier than I was then and kicking myself for being so hard on myself when I'd quite happily be that weight again. I was forever attempting to eat healthy and cutting out all the typical student food of pizza, chow mein and biscuits. But I was always failing because I was putting too much pressure on myself to do too much in one go, and I always fell off the wagon.

Earlier this year Lee and myself decided to join our local gym to get ourselves moving more. We had a good routine going of going around three times a week alongside with a friend of mine. However I because we were working out more than we previously had done, we found ourselves justifying unhealthy food choices with the fact we went to the gym. Which did not help one bit, and we probably ended up just putting more weight on. As much as I'd like to think it was just me gaining muscle, but I highly doubt that was the case.

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One of the biggest issues was the location of my gym, having to travel home from work and then find the motivation to get ready and head back out again just wasn't working very well. So I have since joined a gym in the city centre which is half the price of my previous one, plus its closer to work so less hassle to travel to in the evenings. I'm definitely enjoying this gym a lot more as its easier to get to, and I'm always in the city centre so can easily pop my kit on and head on into town on my days off.

I'm also trying to plan meals a lot better, so theres no temptation of getting home after the gym and ordering a pizza because I can't be bothered to cook. I've also worked out that on gym days, if I prep a meal alongside my lunch that I eat just before I head to the gym, I have the energy for the gym and I'm not getting home at 8pm and eating then. These meals usually consist of leftovers from the night before, a chicken meal with quinoa, couscous or brown rice or a random mix of salads I've prepped on a Sunday evening.

Im hoping little changes like working out, watching portion sizes, making smarter choices when out, and not restricting myself of everything that I enjoy. I'll soon be back down to a weight where I don't worry constantly about how my thighs and ass looks in clothes.

03 November 2016

Getting Autumn Ready With Zaful.

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As I've mentioned before I'm a huge fan of Autumn fashion, so when Zaful contacted me asking if I'd like to review some of their clothes I knew this was a perfect opportunity for me to update my wardrobe for the new season ahead. After packing up my summer wardrobe and bringing out all my knitwear I realised there was a lack of autumn dresses in my wardrobe, as most of my dresses now are sleeveless. Does anybody else find it hard to get dresses that have sleeves these days?  So when I spotted this leaf print dress I knew it would fit perfectly in my autumnal wardrobe and would go with a lot of other items I already own.

The dress itself is quite good quality material. It feels quite heavy is lined so is good for keeping you warm during chilly autumn days and it hangs really well. On the downside one button did fall off when I first put it on, which I think it quite common with mass produced clothing these days, but that was easily fixed with a little needle and thread #adultskills 

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A lot of the handbags I own are black but sometimes you just want something a little different, so I decided to pick up this little navy cross body bag to go alongside the dress. I was really impressed with the quality handbag and its the perfect size to fit your everyday essentials in. Theres a handy little zipped section in the centre of the bag to keep your keys in, and ample room for your purse, lip balm and your mobile phone. 

I did pick up two jewellery pieces including this cat face watch alongside a little velvet choker. The quality of these two were a little more disappointing as both of them broke as soon as I put them on. The choker luckily is easily fixed once I dig out my old jewellery making equipment and replace the jump ring with a slightly stronger one. The watch however, as soon as I put it on the crown went across my bedroom. So I'm just not able to change the time anymore, however given the fact the watch has no numbers on it I wasn't really planning on using it to tell the time much anyway.

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Overall I was fairly impressed with the quality of the items from Zaful, but I feel like many similar brands that are based in Asia I think this can sometimes be hit and miss, but you sometimes can end up with some really amazing pieces. The items of mine that did fall apart were pretty easy to fix so I wasn't really that bothered about it. It gave me a chance to refine my sewing skills and finally learn at the age of nearly 25 of how to sew on a button.

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