Lets Talk Mascara

Lancome Extreme, Maybelline The Falsies, YSL Volume Effect Cils, L’Oreal Telescopic.

Lets talk mascara, right? I think us ladies are all on a voyage to find ‘The One’. Unfortunately, I am still searching and I think that search will never end. On the plus I have tried and tested insane amounts of mascara and what I can tell you, there is hope!

I have around five mascaras on rotation; usually a couple of high end and a couple of drug store. At the minute my top high end mascara’s are YSL Volume Effects Cils followed by Lancome L’Extreme. 

I’ve long been a fan of YSL Volume Effects Cils mascara; its beautifully packaged and feels luxurious. You can really pile on the layers, so your lashes are left thick and  ultra plush. The down side, it dries fast; so no pump-pumpy action (that is the in and out pumping action=air in the tube=VERY DRY MASCARA!) and make sure you twist it tight when you’ve finished using it! Thats you told!

Lancome, lancome, lancome, how I loved your Hypnose mascara; I can’t say the same for L’Extreme. The instant lash drama just isn’t there and for £22.00, I expected more. My lashes were left limp, stubby and wet, something that you’d expect from a cheaper mascara.

Now as cheaper mascaras go, I’ve been juggling Maybellines ‘The Falsies and L’Oreals Telescopic. The Falsies made famous by Tanya Burr has lived up to the hype. I use this as my go-to mascara, its great for work but really build-able if you want high impact. A definite repurchase for 2014. As for Telescopic, made famous by Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup. Although Anna is a fave of mine, this mascara isn’t. It just didn’t work for me. It left my lashes really wet and straight, with no lift what-so-ever. The only positive; lash seperation.

Although I am impressed with what the beauty world is offering, I still feel that there is room for a stand out, AMAZING mascara. All I want is lift, volume, length, longevity, no flaking, no clumps and no drying out; is that too much to ask? hmmm maybe. 

Until then, the crown goes to The Falsies, isn.


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Fragrance LOVIN’!



Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia.
Tom Ford Black Orchid
Narcisco Rodriguez For Her

I love perfume, although, I do get bored and end up having a few on rotation, which is not so great for my bank balance but at least I smell nice 🙂

At the minute, these three have been my go to fragrances and I must say that I’m not getting bored of any. Through the day I wear a lot of English Pear and Freesia, it’s super fresh yet has a floral note with the freesia. The only downside is that it doesn’t last very long and for the hefty price, you’d think otherwise, so I end up carrying a mini decanter in my handbag; problem solved!

If I’m in the mood for something more deeper, more heavier, more night time-y, I grab Black Orchid by Tom Ford. This is AMAAAZE. I managed to grab this during the Debenhams pre -xmas fragrance sale, which meant it was a tad cheaper, but still, I could only afford 30mls!! Literally though, you need one squirt; it’s pretty heavy, last AGES and develops beautifully as the night goes on!

Finally, a newbie to my continuously extending collection is For Her by Narciso Rodriguez. I would say this  perfume that sits perfectly between Black Orchid and English Pear and Freesia; meaning not too light nor too heavy. This also wears beautifully and get lots of comments when I’m wearing it.  Now, when you first smell it, don’t be put off as it comes across quite floral, but trust me, it’s a complete grower and you’ll be glad you read this post telling you to give it a whirl!

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Tom Ford Black Orchid, Narciso Rodriguez, Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia.


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The BEST Laura Mercier Dupe!


So I’ve been up and down to London over the passed month but I ALWAYS try and stop by at & Other Stories.

So, I was sauntered around the beauty section; which if you have checked out, it’s amazing! And came across this scrummy treat…. Punk Bouquet Body Mist. It’s part of their own bath and body range and is described as frothy vanilla soda and rebellious rise bouquet. Well, I think it’s a massive Laura Mercier dupe of their Ambre Vanilla range. I have the Ambre soufflé body creme, which you can checked out my review for herehttps://lady4nnie.wordpress.com/?s=Laura+mercier&submit=Search

But your looking at paying 20-40 quid plus for the Laura Mercier range. This body mist sets you back £12! And they have a range of products like scrubs, lotions and washes to choose from. Now, longevity wise, unsure, but I think it’s the best dupe I’ve found in a LONG time, very close to identical!

L.A. Xxx

My Skincare Routine

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Blog posts have been on the back burner recently 😦 I promise the pace will pick back up and I’ll tell you allll about the exciting things that have been preoccupying my time! Any way, I’m always super noisy with what people are using in their skincare routine so I thought I’d expose mine. I always struggle with cleansers and moisturisers. I get bored very easily and they are never quite perfect! Plus, I think your skin is constantly changing whether it be stress or the environment.

So currently I’m cleansing with Origins Clean Energy; it’s an oil based formula that changes to a milky consistency when wet. You apply it to a dry face and then wet your hands and do another little rub around, then rinse. I really like it, I don’t think its perfect but its good at getting off makeup and rivals Shu Uemura‘s cleansing oil! My skins feels cleansed without feeling tight or over washed.

I then use Pixi’s Glow Tonic on a cotton pad and sweep around my chops. This stuff is ahmaaazing! I’d never really heard of these exfoliating toners before, except when I used to use Cliniques 3 step majiggy one and my skin felt all dry and scared! But this actually gives super; I get dry patches around my nose and it really helps to get rid of any dead skin leaving you with smooooth, supple, glowing skin. The only problem is that you have buy it from the Pixi shop in London, but, online its says it coming soon! YEY! Check out Caroline Hirons blog, she inspired this purchase.

I then, another Hirons inspiration, use Hydraluron. This wonder product you can buy from Boots and its superb! It basically acts as a magnet, so any moisterisers/products you put on after will stay there so your skin hold the goodness of your product. I think it really makes a difference and I can tell when I haven’t been using it. Finally, I use Dermalogica Active Moist. I’ve used this on and off for years and always come back to it. It’s not too heavy or too light, it smells nice and my skin feel hydrated! I like it and yet to find anything comparable!

Much Love! Follow me on twitter and let me know your skincare faves!


Lip Conditioners: Sleek Pout Polish and Rimmel London Colour Rush


20131019-181314.jpgI bought these two beauties in London at the weekend. They were impulse purchases, which I think are generally the best!

I’m always drawn to Sleek products because they are soooo pigmented and have some incredible Mac dupes. This lip pot reminds me of a lip conditioner I had years ago from Mac, for some reason they even sell them anymore, but they were pretty much the same.

These Sleek Pout Polish come in 12 shades and every single one I swatched in Superdrug was loooovely. But, seen as though its Autumn, I went for the Perfect Plum shade. Although it’s classed as a lip conditioner, it is not a balm; its super glossy but not sticky like a lip gloss. I’ve worn it on couple of occasions and you have to keep reapplying.  You also need to apply it with a lip brush; you can’t just slap it on your lips or clown comes to mind… 😉 20131022-095833.jpg

20131022-095844.jpgThen, I picked up this Rimmel London Colour Rush Balm in Drive Me Nude. I think there a copy of the Cliniques’ chubby sticks but for a third of the price. I’ve never had a chubby stick but I’ve heard great reports saying there amaaze! So, I probably should pick one up!

Over the past couple of days I’ve been wearing this and found it to be more drying to say it’s a balm. I’m still not won over by the formula but I’ll keep going with it. The colour has a reddish undertone and very build-able for a nude shade which makes it incredibly wearable. It comes in 7 shades.

Made in Chelsea Style!

I love Made in Chelsea and  it will be back on our screens before we know it! YEY!

I especially love Rosie Fortescue and Millie Mackintosh and a little riffle through their wardrobes would be treat! Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen 😦 dooouche! So instead, I thought I’d pull a few ideas together to help achieve that MIC look for the everyday lovely lady.

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Rosie Fortescue by lady4nnie featuring a white crop shirt
Rosie (Sourced Glamour.com)
Rosie (Sourced Glamour.com)

Millie Makintosh Style

You never see them without polished  locks, usually, that just stepped out of the salon blow dry. Now if its a special occasion you may want to check out Hershesons Blow Dry Bar, it’s AMAZE! I visited for my bday, check out my blog post BLOW! Or you could try yourself by checking out my recent blow dry post here.  

To finish off that Chelsea look, check out these makeup tutorials by my fave YouTube blogger Tanya Burr. Step by step she talks you through how to create Millie’s makeup;  modeled by Millie Mackintosh herself!




Both Rose and Millie are bloggers too, its mainly fashion and style related but sometimes they post diet and fitness too. Give them a whirl, see what you think…



Tally hooo!

Autum Haul

Hey Ladies!

Just a few bits and bobs I’ve bought recently…

Sally Hanson: Pumice Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro: Purple Rain

These beauts were from Poundland!!! Check it out as I believe people have dropped on Stila!

Maybelline Brow Drama: Dark Blonde

Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Blonde; £4.99 at Boots… There’s buy one, get on half price at the mo, so I also bought L’oreal Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe.

The latter is great, does exactly what you expect and lives up to the hype! This one is matte and stays all day with no dreaded crease line! I love this colour too, very wearable…

But I’m sorry brow drama… I’m disappointed; it says it has a no streak, no clump formula, yes it may, but the product application is inconsistent, leaving you with patchy eyebrows. I think you may as well use something like Brow Beater by HD Brows which is more or less a clear mascara…


Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tatto 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow

The beautiful Two Sided Soft Scarf by Zara,  well more blanket then scarf…

Its dog tooth on one side and tartan on the reverse; it’s very oversized, which I love (minus the neck ache) and extremely comfy. I can’t wait to wear this over the chilly months! It costs £19.99 but well worth it.


H&M Biker Jacket was a steal at £34.99 and there doing a £5.00 off voucher when you buy in store. I’ve been looking for a jacket for this in between weather and I’d seen something similar in Topshop for like 80 quid, so when I saw this it ticked all the boxes. It has a detachable fur cover which, I think looks a bit cheap and nasty so I took it off. Check it out online here. 

Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm

I think I’ve blogged about this before; this arrived in my Glossy Box a few months ago and since I’ve been addicted. I use it for work instead of foundation; as I hate looking too dolled up, especially for work, therefore a great happy medium.  At the minute there is a 1/3 off at Boots. It says it’s suitable for 30+ but I don’t think it matters, its packed with the good stuff, its spf40 and I.LOVE.IT.

Primark Brush Holder

Primmie brush holder; I think this was about £3.00?! Not sure, I was unsure when I bought it, I think it was the black and gold combo but, I took a chance and intend to use it for travelling.  I also bought some midi rings for a pound…

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1536"]20130919-234337.jpg L’Oreal Hair Expertise EverRiche Nourishing & Taming Shampoo and Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Conditioner

Last, but not least, I succumbed to Boots 3 for 2 deal and purchased these.

I’d heard a few raves on various blogs about the EverRiche range and being a hair snob sticking to either Joico or Sebastian. I was sceptical.  I’ve not properly used them yet to give an honest review, but I know L’Oreal own Kerastase so hoepfully it’ll compare. I did used to use the pink Elvive and loved it, until someone told me it put a plastic like coating on your hair so that you thought it felt health but really it was’nt 😦 … sad times…