Saturday, 23 December 2017

sparkle and bright.

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some would say i'm a magpie, anything shiny (normally gold) i'm there for it. 
layered necklaces and hoops are my current jam and i'm always on the hunt to add to my ring collection. topshop and accessorize have been my faves recently for picking up little additions to my collections, i'm pretty keen to add some missoma pieces soon as i've had my eye on them for a wee while now.

i've managed to sneak in a little look at my new bedroom (we've lived her 3 months but you know...) you would be correct in thinking that i am sitting on a wash basket with a fluffy blanket on top, because i'm an adult but not a proper one...

photographs by jay khatri 
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

from edinburgh with love.

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this post is mainly a photographic dedication to edinburgh and how bloody beautiful it is. 
on a slightly whirlwind trip for 72 hours i managed to walk many a mile (with two hung over twenty year olds on one of the days) 
i will say the wind there is something else, i had to make an emergency cashmere jumper and hat purchase (second hand and under £30 for the two!) i recommend a trip to one the armstrong's vintage shops for great reasonably priced vintage (i have spent too long in brick lane clearly) 
another recommendation for a walk around is dean village, it basically makes you feel like you are in hazza p which is all i could ever ask for really
basically, edinburgh i love you but wish that you were a few degrees warmer (maybe i've lived in warm london too long?)
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Sunday, 3 December 2017

blue velvet.

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dress | new look
bag | similar
boots | similar 

please let me take a second to introduce you to my new favourite shoes, is there anything more dreamy the a pair of velvet heeled boots (you're probably thinking yes and its very likely your life is v much more exciting than mine) i snapped up these bad boys at biecster village (v worth a visit) in the clarks shop for under £30, so they kind of feel like a sensible purchase... 
but they are now my shoe of choice and surprisingly go with a large amount of my wardrobe, it is worthing noting my wardrobe is predominately blue though
one thing i have been embracing this winter is a lower dernier tight (bringing you such exciting chat this post i know!) i have through and through been a 100 or more kinda gal but this winter i've thrown caution to the wind (and embraced the wind) and tried very hard to not ladder them as soon as i leave the house.
photographs by jay khatri 
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Sunday, 19 November 2017

into the gloss.


like everyone with an equal love millennial pink and skin care/make up i was poised and ready to make a glossier order when it was announced that UK shipping 
having read many a review i decided on the phase 1 and phase 2 sets to give myself an all round experience of their products that included a few cult favourites like the balm dotcom, milky jelly cleanser and boy brow (to name a few) overall i would say all the products are for low key ladies (oh hai) and the brand really aims to embrace the natural look which is right up my street. 

if you want to join the gang you can get 10% off using this link, plus they have free shipping over £25 which is easily done on the site...  

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a similar idea to the elizabeth arden 8 hour cream, this 'universal salve' can be used on dry cuticles to if you've got a cold that gives your nose that delightful dry red texture its pretty neat for soothing that area. it comes in a variety of favours/scents but being a creature of habit i chose coconut. this guys has fast become a handbag staple for me and i would says its worth the £10 price tag.

it took me a little while to get on with the cleanser, i really wanted to love it from the get go but i think i had to find the right way to incorporate it into my routine. i found that once i had taken my make up off using a more exfoliative face wash first and then used this guy to work my skin rather than get everything off i came to get on with it much better. as a regular double cleanser i now use it everyday and get the hype. one that you many need to play round with to fall in love with it.

out of the whole set this is the product i have used the least, i wasn't blown away by it and from reading the reviews on the website i've seen that quite a few people agree. as the tube is only 50ml its quite good for travelling but i don't think i would order it again as there are better products for a smaller price tag. 


now my brows are minimal effort kinda brows, they do get a shampoo and condition and sometimes a bit of oil now and then but the most tlc they have is a little brush in the morning (espesh if i've slept with my face in my pillow, think the gruffalo vibezzz) if it is particularly windy ect they can go a little crazy hence my interest in this nifty little product. i went to for clear because it many be impossible for me to have darker brows, however pals of mine who use the tinted say it is fab for an even build of cover. it keeps my brows in place without making them feel sticky or crunchy which is all i could ever ask for really.

i am loyal collection lasting perfection concealer which could be described as the OG of the concealer world. i would say that although i like this concealer it does not come close to the collection one, i'm not sure if its because its in a pot that i don't really enjoy using it that way? i feel like it doesn't cover my redness as much as i would like, however i do like the formula once its on the skin, so i reach for it once and a while rather than an everyday kinda love.

the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about this lipstick is it reminds me of a crayola crayon, its mainly that waxy smell that takes me back to my childhood. it is v v sheer, i like to combine a couple layers of it it with my charlotte tilbury pillow talk to give my lips a more natural/nude colour with a slight hint of pink. i've got zip in my dights to try next as a keen red lip wearer, its deffs a lipstick for the low key kinda lady.  

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

china town.

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hat | similar
coat | similar

there are few things i like doing more than aimlessly walking round london, if i'm not exploring with jay i like to pop on a podcast and see where my feet take me. 
our recent trip was to china town, somewhere i haven't spent much time during my life as a londoner, two seconds from leicester square's bustling streets you follow the red lanterns and find yourself in, well just as busy streets! 
like fools we had eaten before we arrived the all the restaurants and bakeries smell incred!
we popped in and out of a few shops and supermarkets being drawn in by green tea and crazy looking snacks (i was v restrained, mainly because i have to translate all the ingredients to check if i can eat them) but its just a great place to have a little walk, get some pictures and maybe give into something deep fried and covered in sugar!

photographs by jay khatri 
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Sunday, 22 October 2017

botanical beauty.

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now i have reached the grand old age of twenty four (i know you're all thinking, but liv you look like you did your GCSE's last week) i'm thinking about keeping my baby face, well a baby face with some help from a little anti ageing products. 
clearly my pals at botanics were thinking i'm getting on a bit two as they have sent me a few products that fight the first sings of ageing (those sneaky eye wrinkles creep up on you let me tell you) they come in at under a tenner each which isn't too shabby if you ask me
if any of the products catch your eye i have a little discount for you, use BOTANICS25 at the checkout and watch the discount roll in...or just appear on your total...whatever way you want to look at it pals...
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recently i have found getting up a bit of a bitch, i blame the change in weather (a classic excuse my friends) and have noticed is mainly taken its toll on my ol' eye balls (and the rest of that area) where are i look like i have tiny shrimps for eyes until they have decided its time from them to wake up. this little roll on beauty is delightfully cool and refreshing on my tired eyes and helps them give them the metaphorical 'kick up the bum' that they need in the morning. 
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one thing i do like in my beauty regime is a face scrub, there is nothing quite like getting that london grime off your face, or whatever city you live in. t
his once weekly scrub basically takes off how much you've aged in a week (last week it felt like ten years of ageing, nothing like feeling like a grandma) and makes you all shiny and new, or in my case, v shiny (its a special look/skill) 
the scrub has extract of the ginkgo plant it will have you looking your usual baby faced self in no time, so nine ninety nine well spent eh!

the post is collaboration with botanics but all anti ageing fighting enthusiasm is my own

Sunday, 8 October 2017

smooth transitions.

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top | shein* 
jeans | topshop
necklace | orelia
shoes | similar 

there a few things that make you feel sassier than a larger than average sleeve. fact.
this little number combines my two favourite things at the moment, wrap (anything) and sleevage (technical term my friends) i'm not quite sure how i got so late onto the wrap top game considering i regularly announce my undying love for wrap dresses on the reg round here? 
combine this with my 'must never leave my body jeans' and a little autumnal coloured pair of shoes (that aren't trainers or boots, madness i hear you cry!) i did also have a jacket out of sight as i'm a nana who will carry a coat even in 30 degrees because 'what if'
i feel like i have this trans-seasonal dressing ddowwwnnn (or as much as i get any kind of dressing down...)
photographs by jay khatri 
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Sunday, 1 October 2017

the plant one.

oh hi pals!
guess whos back with a skin care related post, yes you would be correct it is indeed liv newman your local slight skin care novice but gives it a good old go gal!
the beauties at botanics have asked me to team up with them as one of their #theplanttone ambassadors to share their plant based goodness products with you, so lets get started...
oh but first i have a little discount code should my great beauty reviewing skills make you want to try some of these little numbers so head on over to their website and enter BOTANICS25 at the checkout for a little something something off (basically treat yo self)
as sufferer of skin that easily gets dehydrated this guy is right up my street, its great for giving you a little glow when you pop in on in the mornings. plus it has SPF 15 which is v useful if you are naughty and forget to restock your SPF  like me (must go and by that...)

if  you prefer a more nourishing formula over a glowly kinda vibe then i v recommend giving this a whirl, its great to know that everything organic and that extract of rosehip with keep you hydrated all day loonnggg
living in london my face gets exposed to lots of pollution, dirt ect on a daily basis so i was v pleased this scrub cleans out all the rubbish but also leaves you glowy like its day cream buddy. the packaging also looks super pretty in my bathroom (now i live with two boys gotta get that millennial pink in where i can)

ah rosewater, my first skincare love. this spritz is great as all other rosewater products i have used i had to put on a cotton pad (which i feel like i need to buy shares in?!)is there something that eats them in the night..) so you can just spray a little on (or allot, whatever floats your boat) before carrying on with the rest of your routine. 

the post is collaboration with botanics but all skin brightening goodness lovin' is my own

Sunday, 17 September 2017

tokyo travels.

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ah tokyo, never did i expect to love a city as much as i did you.
as ever this is more of a photo diary that a big long post as you know thats my sweet sweet style.
i do have a few recommendations up my sleeve;

kaikaya by the Sea
the best place i ate at the whole week (so much so i ate there twice), they have two parts to restaurant one cosy and loud and the other a bit more chilled out. fun fact alfie allen walked in when we were eating, i tried to act cool (v unnatural for me but i think i pulled it off)

cycling in kamakura
if you have a spare few hours you can hire bikes and cycle to the temples round kamakura, the bamboo temple and the small quiet garden temple are super beautiful! you don't have to be the best cyclist (i am not) but there are a few hills that your thighs should be prepared for

karaoke and arcade games
both things are readily available anywhere in tokyo and also v v fun, i was much better at one than the other (i'll let you guess on where my skill sets are...)

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