Sunday, 18 March 2012

New Project!

Ladies and gents, I am so happy to announce my new project - Beautifully Independent.
If you enjoyed reading Nikki Nakki Lou and you want to read more, please check it out.
I'm also on Facebook and twitter.

Hope to see you all there!
Nikki x

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Bye Bye xxx

Hi guys. This is a post to say goodbye to you all.

I have been debating whether or not to carry on with the blog and I have decided that it's ran it's course. I feel that I can't give 100% to the blog anymore and it's something that I can't do if I can't give it my all.

The last two years have been amazing and I have learned a lot and met a lot of fabulous people, some of whom will be friends for life.

Thank you so much for all your support, and if you want to stay in touch, you can find me lurking on twitter @Nikki_Lou_ 

Lot's of Love

Nikki xxx

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Rockalily Lipstick - Roulette Red

I am a firm believer that word of mouth recommendations are always worth listening to. So when I noticed people in my twitter feed and blogs that I read raving about Rockalily Lipstick I had to investigate. I had been searching for a great lipstick for a long time, and whilst I found some that I liked I was yet to find the one for me. 

After checking out the Rockalily website, I was impressed with the care that had gone into everything. The site is more than just a run of the mill shop site and the accompanying blog is a fantastic read.

I was also pleased when I discovered that Rockalilly is an independent business, set up when owner Ree Ree found she was dissatisfied with what the market had to offer her. 

There are four beautiful core shades in the range to choose from - Rockette Red, Hot Rod Red, Roulette Red and Pompadour Pink.
As well as the core range, there is also a limited edition range (with equally fabulous shades and names) which I advise to snap up when they're available because they're really popular!

You can see the dilemma I had with such lovely shades on offer. So I found Rockalily on twitter (@RockalilyLondon) and sent a tweet asking for advice. Ree Ree was incredibly helpful and after seeing a pic of me, recommended trying Roulette Red first. I took her advice and placed my order. 

The order arrived quickly* and packaged really well. Opening such a lovely parcel made me feel special!

*I had problems with the post (nothing to do with Rockalily, problems with Royal Mail) and my order didn't turn up. Ree Ree was super helpful and arranged a second delivery which arrived really quickly.





This Picture was taken after using because the original unused picture disappeared off my camera!
Verdict after using:

The first time I used the lipstick I was really impressed. It went on with ease and the colour was gorgeous and vibrant. When applying, it didn't feel greasy like some lipsticks do and I didn't need lip liner (which is great for glamour in a hurry!). 
The staying power is absolutely fantastic, I only had to give a slight touch up the first day I wore it (and that was because I had eaten a toasted ciabatta!) and there was no bleeding, smudging or embarrassing lipstick on teeth incidents. I also found that I didn't have my usual problem of it drying out my lips, as promised on the site (the lipsticks contain moisturising vitamin E). 

Rockalily has won me over, and I will definitely be buying another. Since getting the lipstick I have actually started wearing it in the day (which is something I have never done before) because of how long it lasts and how good it makes me feel. 

Ladies, I think I may have found 'the one'

Rockalily Lipsticks available at http://www.rockalily.com/

Me before

Me with my Rockalily lips

Monday, 16 January 2012

Outfit Pick N Mix - The Golden Globes 2012

I have to admit that I wasn't hardcore enough to watch the Golden Globes coverage last night but thanks to Sky+ I watched the red carpet coverage today. I'd already seen some comments on my timeline about which dresses people loved, and the ones they hated on my twitter timeline but I tried to watch without pre-conceived ideas.

It was a pretty tame, with a lot of people opting for monochrome or nude gowns. But personally I like the people who opt for something a little bit different. So for the return of Outfit Pick N Mix, I wanted to share with you my favourite dresses of the night. 

For more pics of the dresses check out my Facebook page and let me know which ones you loved and which you thought were a miss.



Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci - Image from Suicide Blonde Tumblr
Dianna Agron in Giles Deacon - Image from Celebrity Gossip.net
Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackerman - Image from Mirror.co.uk
Kelly Macdonald in Lorena Sarbu - Image from InStyle


Emma Stone in Lanvin - Image from Just Jared
Salma Hayek in Gucci - Image from Glamour
Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci - Image from Glamour
Laura Dern in Andrew GW - Image from Holy Moly

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Beautiful Bras for Busty Girls

The past couple of weeks I have been suffering from an unfortunate plight that some of you may have experienced - my bras are trying to kill me. 
I hate to admit it in public but I have put on weight (job loss + festive period = new dress size) and as a result my current bras are digging into me something rotten. 
Whilst I have every intention of shifting my weight gain it is not going to happen overnight and I my poor body cannot take the discomfort of my bras much longer. I am also a big advocate of women making sure that they have the correct bra size after being really bad at it for so long.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Take 5 - Leopard Print Bags

You may have noticed a few changes sneaking in with the blog and I hope that you like them. I wanted to shake things up a little for 2012 and move things forward. This includes one or two new features, as well as tweaking some of the old favourites. Throughout January I will be working hard to update the blog as well as keeping the posting up so stick with me if I can't post every day.

One new feature I have decided to include is 'Take 5'. Each week I will share with you five great items I have found from around the internet for your viewing (and shopping) pleasure. To kick things off I have found five fabulous leopard print bags...


Leopard Print Bowling Bag, £19.99 - Quirky Boutique

Available in three colours (natural, red and pink) this cute bowling bag is a great every day bag for those who can't get enough leopard print in their life (like me!).



Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy 2012!

I just wanted to say 'Happy 2012' to everyone who reads my blog and to all the lovely people who have supported me this past year and since I started blogging. Everything is still a learning curve for me and I am hoping that 2012 will be a great year for the blog. I wouldn't have got this far without you all and I hope you stick with me on my adventure.

Love N Hugs
Nikki xxx

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