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Monki Mini Haul

Monki card label

When I saw the Monki shop on Carnaby Street I had to go in – it’s so vibrant and eye catching. I was really pleased that the prices of the clothes and accessories were reasonable too! I did not have long to look around, but a few things caught my eye. As well as lots of on trend pieces in pastel colours and denims, Monki also has a range of slightly quirkier things, like the tshirt I picked up with a design featuring the little black blob characters:
Graphic design on a white tshirt

Detail of tshirt motif

Detail of tshirt

Tshirt detail

Tshirt being worn

Along with the cute tshirt I also bought a new purse with lots of useful compartments, and a necklace with a pair of scissors on it. All were very reasonable, I think all three items came to about £20, not bad at all!

I loved the little characters and detailing on everything in the shop – the little characters even appear on the back of the receipt. Have you been to Monki? What did you think?

A very cute journal

Cover of a journal with illustrations of mountains and flowers

I picked up this very cute journal at Shipshape Studio in London last week. It’s made by Chronical Books, who seem to be making a lot of very lovely stationary and craft books these days. This particular journal is designed by Mike Lowery and features some beautiful illustrations and detail on every single page:

Paper printed with bird design

Illustration of a house

Illustration of two birds

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Pixi Glow Fairy Face Palette & Nail Polish

Pretty yellow box with a picture of Tinkerbell and roses

I bought these on my trip to the Pixi flagship store in London at the weekend, after several weeks of lusting after them. The packaging and the idea of the products just captured my attention in an uncharacteristic way. I have to say, Pixi get top marks for making their products feel special and who can complain about an item adding a bit of specialness to your daily routine?

The ‘Fairy Face Palette’ is beautifully presented in a lovely yellow box, decorated with the special Tinkerbell illustration. There are no names for the products within the face palette included, it just shows a diagram of the colours that are contained in the palette. I don’t think the products within the palette are available separately so I guess Pixi decided not to name them. So when the palette is used up, its gone!

Pixi Face palette lid design featuring an illustrated Tinkerbell

The design of the palette is very cute, and of course, features Tinkerbell on the case top. Inside the palette contains five neutral eyeshadows and five pink lip sticks in pans with brushes. It has a second layer that is hidden below these that contains three blushers and a blusher brush.

Open palette showing five eyeshadows and five lip sticks

Open palette showing three blushers and a blusher brush

I really like the mint green box – it reminds me of Clinique make up and its nice to have something that isn’t boring and black. Plus the range of shades included are perfectly wearable and I’d expect they would suit almost anyone. I can see myself using all of the pans in the palette which makes it good value, where as in most sets there are only ever one or two colours I use a lot and ignore the rest!

The palette cost £32 (gulp). It may not be expensive in the beauty addict world, but for me, that’s a hefty wad. I don’t normally buy these sorts of things, but this was a special treat after several weeks of difficult times at home with the family so I refuse to feel too guilty about the splurge – we all need a pick me up sometimes!

Pixi Glow Nail Polish

Pixi glow nail polish nestled in Primroses

I had to get this bright almost-neon pink polish! The colour is adorable and wonderfully bright. The consistency of the polish is a let down though, its a bit like painting with thick PVA glue. Its very tricky to get a thin coat, and the gloopyness drags when you need to go over an area. I found this to be really disappointing as the polish cost £8 (I think that’s right…) and I expect a bit more from nail polishes in this price range. It does wear well though and lasted a good three days without a top coat before any chips appeared.

Pixi Beauty Flagship Store

I have been very wistful seeing the new make up range developed between Pixi and Disney, so when I had the chance to visit Pixi’s flagship store in London, I knew I had to pop in! I’d like to note as well, that I am not into Disney stuff at all as I usually find it far too sickly, however this collaboration looked so charming I felt differently. In fact, I think I became a little obsessed with this range and its packaging, I love that it is so different from the shelves of ‘boring’ black cosmetic packaging out there.

I was so eager to have a closer look at the Pixi Glow range that I arrived before the shop actually opened:

Window display with a large drawing of a fairy

The illustration of Tinkerbell was done in collaboration between Pixi and Disney’s artists to create a new look that would fit together with Pixi’s approach to natural beauty. This Tinkerbell is definitely more grown-up, but still cute.

Once the shop opened, I pretty much felt as happy as this cat:

Animated cat wearing a red cloak and carrying a basket

Here is the Pixi Glow display stand, showcasing the small, but perfectly formed collection:

Display stand of Pixi Glow products

The little shop is nestled just off Carnaby Street, behind Liberty’s, and when I say little, I do mean it: there is no room to swing a cat in there! The shop is lovely though, and it showcases Pixi products beautifully. It made me want to buy everything in there, especially their nail polishes which are all perfect colours. I don’t think they have one colour I’d not be happy to wear:

Pixi nail polishes in a range of colours

Yep, I wanted to buy all of them. Pixi also stocks some Pop Beauty products too, including their awesome nail polishes (check out the pink, black and silver glitter one!):

Display stand of pop beauty nail polish

More things to lust after:

Cosmetics arranged on shelves in neat rows

At the back of the shop by the counter there is a little table with sale items, most of which are priced at £5. When I visited they had a selection of reduced Lip Treat lipsticks, some foundation and glitter pots, so its worth having a rummage.

I managed to exercise some restraint and only came away with a few items (including the Pixi Glow Fairy Face Pallette) which I will review separately. It’s a good job there isn’t a Pixi store in Bristol or I would be addicted!