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Orange crush


Brighter weather mens brighter colours. I'm never going to be a bright clothes kind of girl (*black/navy uniform all year*) but I love bright lipsticks & accessories for spring. My one big love apart from red lipstick has always been orange/coral lipsticks. My mum's best friend is tan with brown eyes & blonde hair - orange has always been her signature lipstick colour. I've found four orange lipsticks too suit all budgets & skin tones. I adore all of them!

This lipstick is a great foray into the world of orange lipsticks. This is a more pink toned coral and like all Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, it's a great texture. It's really easy to wear - from work to a few drinks in the sun, Coachella Coral is a great colour for all skin tones. 

This is one of my all time favourite lipsticks and it's certainly not for the faint hearted. A true orange, this is my ultimate holiday lipstick. I love nothing more than a tan, a cocktail in my hand and this lippy. This is the perfect shade for darker skin tones. 

A recent discovery, Hype is an orange with red undertones. As this is a matte lipstick, I find it takes a few more coats to male the colour really strong but it means you can wear less during the day & build it up for night. I think this lipstick definitely needs a lipliner to help it last. However, this is a great & very flattering colour for all skin tones. 

Another new discovery, this red/orange shade is similar to Morange. A creamy texture, this formula is easy to apply and is great for paler skin tones for that English rose look. I can't wait to rock this all summer long.

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Love with hindsight


Friendship is the most amazing thing in the world. It's incredible to meet someone and develop such a bond with them. I have friends I've known for over 20 years and friends who I've met last year but, I love them all the same. 

I think friendship is much like a romantic relationship - sometimes you just have this amazing spark from outset and you know it's BFFs from here on in. Friendship is fantastic- find someone amazing & you will always feel loved, uplifted and supported. Friendship can be so intimate and heart-wrenching, to the point you feel the other's pain just by looking in their eyes. 

The side of friendship that no one talks about however is the loss. When you've been to such high heights of an amazing friendship, when things go pear shaped it's hard to figure out where things go to. Where does the love, the adoration, the laughs and most of all, the memories go to? This is something I've really struggled with over the past year. 

When a friendship has been so full of great times, when things turn sour there's no way to deal with it in a graceful manner. Believe me, I've tried. Unlike breaking up with a significant other, it feels completely different. In my experience, friendship breakups don't have the same bitterness as romantic ones - just sheer heartache. 

I've broken up with friends I never thought I would for senseless reasons and with hindsight, probably the friendship breakups could have been preventable if communication was better. 

Not every friend I've broken up with makes me feel like my heart has been torn out. I'm grateful for what I learned from some friendships. Some I just grew apart from and moved in a different direction and some, quite frankly I was glad to be rid of - that toxic kind that you never quite knew how to say goodbye to. 

The kind of friendship breakup I'm talking about in this post is the kind that still sometimes makes you sad. I genuinely would say I've had to grieve for friendships - loosing a piece of your life that was always there is no mean feat. Sometimes I see ex-friends on Facebook or hear through other friends about their life and I feel sad that I'm not part of that anymore. If you loved someone so deeply, I don't know if that ever goes away. It's that horrendous feeling of bumping into an ex-friend. I've done it - passed myself with lots of smiles & "my life is great" but you know the other person knows you are lying because they've seen the real you. The same encounters have usually ended in a tear stained car journey home. 

I don't think that love ever truly disappears. It's other worldly. But loving an ex-friend with hindsight is a big hurdle to get over. In the end, the breakup doesn't matter - if you still look at someone and wish them the best & want all the success in the world for them, then some love remains there. Even though the friendship might be long gone, it's a great feeling to know you were part of someone's journey and them of yours.