The surprise trip to Nottingham this past weekend was a massive success. After a night of partying on the Friday (and dancing around like a madwoman to that ‘WTF’ song), me and my old Uni friends chilled out with some serious XFactor time on Saturday, before I trekked back down south on Sunday – A-mazing! And I have to say that for once I packed extremely light for my weekend away! I took my usual Benefit Gabbi bag and filled it with the minimum amount of makeup that was acceptable for a beauty blogger ;) And that meant that I wore the same makeup 3 days in a row – shocking I know!

I have been changing up my foundation recently, the Chanel Mat Lumieré will always be a favourite, along with the Guerlain Lingerie De Peau but I have been leaning towards a new coverage and so dug out MAC Face + Body out of the archives. I have the shade N3 which is probably a little dark for my skintone at the moment, but as it is so sheer it just adds the perfect amount of colour to my face. And it doesn’t contain SPF so is great for night-times where that dreaded flash photography will no doubt be used. For concealing my awful under eye circle, I have been reaching for the fantastic Bobbi Brown Corrector and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer combination that I would highly recommend for anyone suffering with tired eyes too! As I’ve said before I haven’t been using powder recently, but I did bring my MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural with me just so I could pop a dusting over my face before I entered the sweaty club ;) I’m also having an ‘anti-blusher’ phase, which makes me feel a bit sick when I think of my blusher collection, whoops! So on the cheeks I just attempted to chisel in some cheekbones all weekend with the Sleek Face Contour Kit, I know this is a really over-hyped product, but rightly so! It adds a nice dimension to the face and stops your base looking so flat.

When it comes to eyes I have been layering on some of the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre cream eyeshadow in Emerviellé that I have been raving about. I have found the best way to apply it is definitely by patting it on gently with my fingers. Of course for ultimate eyelash perfection, I curled my lashes with the Shu Uemura curlers and then layered on a few coats of the L’oreal Telescopic Waterproof mascara. There is a new product that I have been using on my brows actually which I have yet to show you, but I’m sure you have already seen on numerous other blogs! It is the HD Brow Set* which came in September’s GlossyBox – it is fantastic! I have been using one of the shades to fill in the ends of my brows, I will pop up a full review soon if you fancy it? For lips I kept it simple with the YSL Rouge Volupte in #30 Fabourg Peach – which is just the perfect everyday colour for me. A slightly nuded peach, which is natural looking and leaves a glossy sheen – beaut!

Wow that was a bit of a makeup ramble! But I really just wanted to take a pretty picture of some makeup ;) Hope everybody had a lovely weekend! If any of you guys have any posts or videos that you would like me to do then let me know, I promise reviews on so many things I forget, so give my a gentle reminder and I’ll be on it!

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  • Milly (pearls & poodles) :)

    You seem to wear very similar colours/products to me. I enjoyed reading this post. I clearly do need YSL Fabourg Peach – it looks lovely. xx

    • Vivianna

      Oh Milly, you would love it! Such a pretty everyday colour xx

    • Vivianna

      Oh Millie, you would love it! Such a nice everyday colour xx

  • Rachel

    I am loving the Weekend makeup. So glad you had a fabulous time hun!

    • Vivianna

      Thank you sweets xx

  • Raquel

    LOVED the picture… it IS indeed pretty ;)
    I’d love to see a video tuturial on a look wearing those products… how lovely what that be? :)
    cheers!! x

    • Vivianna

      Haha thanks hun ;) Great idea, I’ve added it to the list xx

  • Rebeca Lemos

    I so want that YSL lipstick, the colour is gorgeous!

    • Vivianna

      It is sooooo pretty! xx

  • Anonymous

    I always find it so hard to pack lightly for weekends away too. And when I do try to pack lightly, I forget something! Typical! I need that YSL lipstick in my life so bad. Definitely on my list of things to buy next! xxx xxx

    • Vivianna

      Oh yes, it is a seriously gorgeous colour xx


    Wow you’ve really dug up some treasures there! I’m keen on the foundations from mac, always wanting more!!! one can never get too many foundations huh!

    • Vivianna

      I totally agree, foundations are where it is at! xx

  • Kimberley Kemp

    The YSL lippie looks lovely. I really want to try MAC Face & Body, I’ll have to invest methinks :) My nearest Sleek counter is always out of the Contour Kit. I reckon I’ll have to brave their website to order xx

    • Vivianna

      Oh yes, I highly recommend it! xx

  • Charlotte

    I wish I could pack light! I never end up wearing the majority of it but I still hate the though that I haven’t packed enough! You’re really making me jel about the Chanel cream eyeshadow now.. it looks amazing!! xxx

    • Vivianna

      Haha, the Chanel shadow is such a beaut! xx

  • Alex

    You have such great taste in make up and colours! I love everything you took. Would really love an updated hair care routine, skin care routine and what’s in your bag. Loved your old ones : ) xx

    • Vivianna

      Thank you hun! Great recommendations, I am uploading a haircare routine as we speak xx

  • Afroditi Rou

    i love your photos !i guess it ‘s the new background with your parfum collection that makes the difference!  whenever i see it, it reminds me that i have never found a fragrance that i absolutely love (apart from a limited edition  escada :(   that everyone else seemed to hate it  :D ) Please do a video with your fragrance collection!

    • Vivianna

      Great recommendation hun! I have added it to my list :) xx

  • Jennifer Fitzgerald

    Great products! I Love your blog so much!! 
    xo Jenn

    • Vivianna

      Thank you hun! xx

  • Carla

    I’ve ordered Chanel Illusoire this week can’t wait for it to arrive :) ))

    • Vivianna

      Oooo it’s such a beaut! xx

  • Anonymous

    i really think i need that rouge volupte in my life :D xx

    • Vivianna

      You do – it’s beautiful! xx

  • Toni Hewitt

    I love the photo x

    • Vivianna

      Thanks hun xx

  • princesselfy

    As I said before, the photography is gorgeous. I really need to get my mitts on the Bobbi Brown Corrector – have serious tired eyes going on!

    • Vivianna

      Thank you hun! Ah the Bobbi Brown Corrector is my early morning saviour! xx

  • Jenny Evans

    I really love reading your blog… always inspires me to start my own – that goes for your youtube videos as well! Definitely decided that i need the YSL rouge volupte in my life! xx