Review of the Origins Original Skin Range

While I was shopping in John Lewis in Newcastle upon Tyne a couple of weeks ago I visited the Origins stand to enquire about what exfoliator they would recommend for someone who has combination skin. They suggested I try their new micro-dermabrasion exfoliator (a review on this will be coming soon) and I asked for a sample as I would want to try it before I went ahead and bought the full size item just in case my skin reacted to it.

Whilst there I booked in for a quick facial and the lady who did my facial was fantastic. She used their new Original Skin range and the new exfoliator and I will admit I was sceptical about the exfoliator as my skin at the moment is not at its best!!! I was pleasantly surprised that the exfoliator didn’t irritate my skin and it felt so soft and clean afterwards. The item I was really impressed with however was the new Makeup primer (yes Origins is delving into the makeup industry!!).

The primer is fantastic is keeping my oily T-Zone under control. Normally as I walk around Newcastle I tend to get very oily in my T-Zone and when I wear make up it appears to slide off by the time I get home which is usually 1 – 2 hours after I have left the house. However, this primer kept my oils at bay all day (I didn’t have any make up on that day but it still worked as a moisturiser).

The one thing I will warn you is that if you are not expecting a cooling primer then be prepared as this is has a cooling sensation which for first thing in the morning will be more than welcome!

The primer contains Willowherb which is used for reduction of redness. This is a brilliant product which does come out slightly tinted but you will not able to see it on the skin. It also has the consistency of a mousse which is gorgeous and light. My only complaint about the product is that after I bought it and took it home I was only able to get one swatch out of it before the pump broke (this is an aerosol can so be warned). However, when I took it back to John Lewis yesterday I made sure that I had the receipt and the lady at the Origins stand was really helpful and immediately replaced it for me. So thumbs up to John Lewis and Origins for fantastic customer services!!!!!

This is what the bottle looks like and I will let you guys know how it keeps my makeup looking for more than two hours (I will be giving it a good six hours of wear time on Thursday as I will be attending an event so you can expect a good six hours of wear).

Hope you guys like this review and expect more reviews in the future as there will be probably be lots of new releases coming out in the next few months.

Happy reading guys and remember to comment below what blogs you want to see in the future.


Lizanne-style xoxo

Review of Nars at Fenwick, Newcastle upon Tyne

As everyone knows I love Nars skincare and make up and that any weekend you can guarantee I will be checking out what is new on the stand. Now the one thing I of all people missed was the expansion into Fenwick in Newcastle upon Tyne (how the hell did I miss that one!)

As an avid Nars purchaser I did go and visit the new stand at Fenwick and it is brilliant. The girls who work there are very welcoming, friendly and know their stuff!! If you don’t have access to Fenwick you don’t need to panic as they are still available in John Lewis.

The stand is set out brilliantly with all the foundations and concealers and powders in the centre and all the lipstick collections set out around the sides in their shades (Nudes, Pinks and bolds). If you go and want to try out their foundations then I would strongly suggest getting the girls to colour match you. When you get colour matched don’t think about getting the wrong colour because I can guarantee you won’t!!

All the Nars foundations are designed to be applied with your fingers and that is how the girls apply it. If that is not how you normally apply your foundation don’t worry as they can be applied with a brush or beauty sponge.

If you do go and visit then I can promise you you will not regret it!!!!

I hope you enjoy this blog and please comment below and let me know what blog posts you would like to see in the future as I promise I will be better at posting on time this year!!

Enjoy guys

Lizanne-style xoxo

Levoi Champagne Nail Bar Review

As it fast approaching Christmas (which is my favourite time of the year) I decided to get my nails done.  I will admit I was not sure what to do as I had had a bad experience in the past with acrylic nails. So I was checking out the internet and came across the website for Levoi Champagne Nail Bar.  After doing some research (checking out their channel on YouTube, the reviews and their Instagram account) I decided to book an appointment (best decision I ever made).

Even though I arrived early Anne was very welcoming and offered me something to drink and I opted for a glass of Prosecco (well why not!).  Before Anne started doing my nails we had a consultation where I explained about my previous experience with acrylic nails. Immediately she put my mind at rest and as my nails were in such a bad state (thin and constantly breaking) I decided to go for it. I decided to go for acrylic nails with gel and the colour scheme I went with was black and gold. This is how they turned out.

Now I will admit that even though I am a trained nail technician I had been neglecting my cuticles which meant that they were in a really bad state. I bought their cuticle oil and I now apply it all the time (it never leaves my handbag except to apply it).

One MASSIVE bonus point for me is that I did not see an e-file.  In my opinion I would rather file acrylics and gel by hand As there is less danger of filing your client’s skin and damaging their nails.

When it comes time to get them unfilled, which will probably be in the new year I will definitely be returning to Levoi Champagne Nail Bar. 

If you are ever in Newcastle upon Tyne and are looking for somewhere to get your nails done I would highly recommend checking out Levoi Champagne Nail Bar. 

The price for acrylics is £38 and gel is an extra £10 but the price is worth it for a stunning set of nails that still look good 2 weeks’ in.  I have had so many compliments from colleagues and they have all asked if I had done them myself and my answer to both questions is “I had them done at Levoi Champagne Nail Bar”.

Hope you enjoy reading this blog review and thank you to Anne and Levoi Champagne Nail Bar for doing my nails (I 100% love them) and also for allowing me to do this blog review.

Hope you all have a fantastic and here’s to more blogs in 2018.

Lizanne-style xoxo

What music and playlists I am listening to at the moment

Hey guys

As it is approaching that time of year where everyone seems to feel like a big kid (yeah I mean CHRISTMAS!!!!) I figured that I would let you guys know what music I am listening to and also what playlists I am listening to and created on Spotify (no this is not sponsored by them!!!!).

I will admit the choices are quite eclectic ranging from Country music to Pop but I figured what the hell this is what I enjoy listening to.  So here goes:-

Country Music

I am absolutely loving listening to country music at the minute especially on my way into work and the music ranges from Blake Shelton to Kelsea Ballerini.  My favourite Country song at the minute has to be by Jason Aldean called “Burnin’ it Down”.  I think it is quite a sexy song and I absolutely love listening to it.

Pop Music

There are really only two people (one is a group) that I am currently listening to and they are Little Mix and Olly Murs.  I think they are absolutely brilliant and the Little Mix albums definitely get you in a frame of mind where you can conquer absolutely anything especially the song “Power”.

Now getting onto Spotify.  I have created a number of playlists on here which as you can probably tell from above are mainly country music.  However I have created a couple of playlists that are not 100% country and they are:-

Packing for vacation

Tidying playlist

RnB Mix

Morning Routine


Alesha (purely because I think she is fantastic)

Sleep Playlist

Winter Morning Routine

Ariane Winter (Ok I admit it I like Ariane Grande – more since what she did for Manchester!!)

Christmas (this was a given as I couldn’t find an excuse to constantly Jon Bon Jovi – Please Come Home For Christmas at any other time)

I hope you like the music and also I hope you are enjoying the blogs so far!

Happy reading peeps and let me know what you think of the playlists (once again I am not sponsored by Spotify – if I was you guys know I would tell you!)

Love ya!!

Lizanne-style xoxo

November Favourites

Hey peeps.

I haven’t done a favourites since I started this blog so I decided to do one now.

A lot of my favourites for November are not make-up related but there is still some make-up that I have loved using in November.

Make-up Favourites

NYX Total Drops Foundation

I have been using this the whole month of November and am absolutely loving it.  It has been fantastic for my skin and used in conjunction with my other favourite make-up product of this month my foundation looks flawless all day.

Too faced Hydrating Primer

I use this in conjunction with the Make Up Forever Mattifying primer to control an oily T-Zone.  I find that this primer also acts as a very lightweight moisturiser and ensures that my foundation (high-end or drugstore) always looks flawless.

Make Up Forever Eyeshadow

The Make Up Forever Eyeshadows are in my opinion the best that I have tried so far.  There is virtually no kickback when you pick up shadow on your brush and virtually no fall out even from the gold shadow which contains a small amount of glitter.  They are easy to blend and do not lose their pigmentation and the shimmery shades are easily intensified by using MAC Fix +.  I would recommend these shadows to anyone, however, as they are high-end I would recommend getting the refill plans and making your own palette.

I cannot do a monthly favourites without mentioning my favourite make-up brand which is Nars Cosmetics.  It may not please everyone that I like Nars make-up but it is my personal opinion that they have a very good selection of make up ranging from primers to liquid lipsticks etc.

My non-make-up favourites

Primark clothing

What can I say except Yay!!!!!

The jeans are the softest and most comfortable jeans every and for between £9.00 to £10.00 you cannot go wrong.  I will keep buying these as even when washed they still retain their shape more than other brands I have tried.

Their cardigans are the best and for £8.00 I had to buy 2.  They are perfect for travelling and layering as they can be easily worn under a leather jacket if you get too cold.

As I was going on a weeks’ holiday at the end of September I decided that I needed a small backpack and as I was already shopping in Primark I decided to have a look and see what they had.  I was going to have a look at their shoes department and had to walk past the bags.  I then spotted their small backpacks and decided to have a look.  I was thinking there was nothing there when I saw a blue backpack with a lot of bright coloured embroidery on it.  I decided that it would be perfect and it is!!! For £9.00 it is well worth the money and has been my go to bag ever since I came back from holiday.

I will admit I did buy some gym wear in Primark but as I have not worn it apart from the trainers which I will say are the comfiest trainers I have ever wore (memory foam inner sole) and for £10.00 I was very pleasantly surprised.

I apologise that all the non-make-up favourites are from Primark but what can I say they are fantastic from price and quality.  Although the clothes tend to cost from between £8.00 to £20.00 the quality is as good as something that costs £50.

Hope you enjoy the blog!!!!

Happy reading peeps

Lizanne-style xoxo


Morning Skincare Routine

Hi guys

This is the skin care routine I use in the morning.  Some of the items are drugstore and some are high-end but all the products have been bought by me.

Here we go.

This first thing I do in the morning is wash my face using the Nivea Face Wash Gel which I love.


Once I have patted my face dry (I never rub my face dry!) I go to my dressing table and use my favourite toner which is the Pixi Glow Tonic.


Then it depends on how my skin feels as to whether I use a serum or not (I always use on in the evening) but I always use an eye cream and moisturizer.  The ones I am currently using at the moment and absolutely loving are the Bobbie Brown Eye Repair Cream and the Bobbie Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base.  The face base moisturiser is certainly one that I love using in the morning as it wakes me up with the citrus scent.


If I do use a serum the one I use the first thing in the morning is the Bobbie Brown Remedies Skin Moisture Solution No 86 as my skin gets very dehydrated during the day and this seems to keep it moisturised under the makeup.


Hope you enjoy this blog and find it helpful.

Love you guys and thanks for the support since starting this blog.

Lizanne-Style xoxo

Fudget Budget App Review

Hey Peeps.

I use this app everyday to help me budget and it really works.  I wish I had discovered this app ages ago!!!

This app is free on iTunes and Android phones but it does have in-app purchases (these are upgrades).  If you are not sure then I would suggest trying the free version first for a few months to see how you find it.  Admittedly I have only been using it for a month but I love it!!!!

Everytime I want to buy something I check my phone and see what my balance is and if it is below a certain amount I walk away.  The best rule I have ever come across is if you see something you like think a) what do I have that will go with it, b) will I use it more than once and c) am I able to pay cash if not walk away.

Now I will admit that I am not the best with money but this app has helped loads.  As soon as I see that I am getting to a certain level on my balance I know that I can’t spend anymore.  I also try and stick to a budget of about £300 per month which has to pay for day to day living.

I am also considering getting an app to help with keeping track of my budget.  I will see what’s out there and review it later for you guys.

Happy reading & hope you find this helpful.

Lizanne-style xoxo