Monday, 21 April 2014

Benefit: They're Real

Since its release this mascara has been on so many beauty blogs I've lost count. After reading copious reviews claiming how brilliant it is, I finally caved and decided to give it a go myself. For many years now I've been faithful to my Diorshow Blackout mascara, but recently I've been itching to try something new. Since the Benefit mascara is currently the nations favourite, it seemed silly not to try it out. The packaging is simple and clean looking which I love and is most likely what drew me in. The wand itself I found a little scary to begin with as it's quite slim and rubber (I've poked myself in the eye before with such wands) but once I used it I was pleasantly surprised as it glided on smoothly. I have naturally long lashes so I wasn't expecting a dramatic change, but I was a little disappointed with the end result. I had to build on it quite a bit to get the look I wanted which can be time consuming. The one difference I did see is that it gives my lashes a more separated, defined look. It also lasts all day and doesn't flake which is a bonus. In terms of making your lashes visibly longer and thicker however, I don't see much difference between this and my old mascara. 

Nina Francesca x 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition

Yesterday my mum and I decided to check out the current Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition being held at The Barbican Centre in London. The show spans over two floors and is decorated with photography, garments and mannequins wearing classic pieces from the collections throughout the years. As you can imagine the displays on offer were somewhat eccentric and quirky, reflecting Gaultier's individual style. The exhibition showcased various pieces from different eras of his career. Creepy life-like mannequins with animated faces (they actually moved) were lined up displaying his work, while sporadically singing and speaking in French. Many iconic pieces were on show such as the famous cone bra that was sported by Madonna in the 80's. I'd definitely recommend checking this out if you're a fan of his work or just take an interest in fashion. The exhibition is running until late August, you can purchase tickets here or just turn up like we did. Happy Easter!

Nina Francesca x

Saturday, 19 April 2014


Top & Skirt - H&M // Jacket - Diesel // Chain - Accessorize // Backpack - Marks & Spencer

It wasn't quite warm enough to rock bare legs today but I did it anyway because I'm brave, and also happen to be really sick of wearing tights! This denim jacket belonged to my mum many years ago and I've certainly been getting good wear out of it since she passed it down to me. Converse are my saviours when it comes to walking, I honestly don't know what I put on my feet before I had them. My mum and I were out and about in London today so I wanted to be comfortable. I love dressing up but sometimes casual outfits like this are much more my thing, especially when you're busy running around town. I hope you're all enjoying this fantastic four day weekend!

Nina Francesca x