03 March 2014
28 February 2014
This product for me has been a prime example of one of those that you use at first and think it’s good, but you don’t actually realise just how good it is until you rediscover it a few months down the line! As my skincare routine is always switching up, it can be difficult to identify exactly which products are responsible for my bad/ good skin days. I get by this by only introducing one new product at a time but can often get too excited with an array of new products to try so just go for them all (we all do it... don’t we?!).
I’m a big fan of The Body Shop and love and use so many products from their various ranges. The vitamin E range has been one of my firm favourites, although I’ve found a few of their products to be a little too heavy for my combination skin and can make it overly oily. I picked up this Vitamin E moisture serum last Summer, but it hasn’t really stood out until now, when I found it whilst packing up my beauty bits (the big move to London is on Sunday!!). I’ve used it again for the past three days now and my skin is just so smooth. Not only does it feel a lot smoother, but it also looks smoother which has consequently left my foundation looking a lot more even than usual with pretty much a flawless finish - I’m so happy about this!
It’s designed for use under a moisturiser day and night, to provide intensive, continuous hydration and protection whilst immediately smoothing skin. I completely agree with everything it ‘promises’! Saying this, I’ve been using it alone without an added moisturiser on top and it works amazingly. It’s just the right amount of moisture for my combination skin and it’s really light too so doesn’t create that awful greasy/ oily residue. Instead, a nourished, velvety smooth finish. It is one of the very few products I’ve used that really does seem to balance out my entire complexion and seems to be doing my skin wonders in terms of condition and appearance. If like me, you have combination skin then I’d really recommend using this product alone, or if you’ve got dryer skin then it’ll be great to add another layer of moisture as it advices.
I’m definitely going to be stocking up on this serum, it’s now a staple in my skincare routine! The Body Shop always has offers and promotions online, often something around 40% so it’s worth keeping an eye out! Have you tried this serum before? What are your thoughts?
24 February 2014
Everyone loves a beautiful co-ord and with Spring on it’s way (it is, isn’t it?!.. *wishful thinking*) more than ever, the high street is crammed with matching seperates. Putting on a co-ord instantly makes you feel ’together’ and it’s a bit of a fail-safe option that requires minimal thought yet delivers maximum impact. What’s more to love?! With all of the different cuts and styles to choose from, there’s one that's appropriate for every single occasion- now everyday can be a co-ord day...
I’ve written little tags above with where I’d wear each of them and it’s got me thinking how much I need more co-ords in my wardrobe! One of each of these would do me nicely:). I also love that the majority of them can be dressed up or dressed down and you’re guaranteed a chic yet cute outfit making them perfect for a quick on the go day-to-night transition.
Will you be stocking up on co-ords this Spring too? Which is your favourite? I know that the mock croc midi skirt and organza top combo is next on my list ♥..
21 February 2014
Top- £10 Primark Missguided Jacket- £32 Primark (last season) Shoes- £19.99 Zara (similar here and here) Clutch- £12.99 New Look (plain black in store)Skirt- £19.99
I’d been dying to get my hands on this mocha PVC beaut for absolutely ages with the intention of pairing it with a fluffy knit. The contrast between textures is something I absolutely adore, that’s not to mention the strawberry cheesecake-esque colour pallet I appear to have compiled too! The skirt itself is so flattering, the size 8 fits me like a glove and it’s the perfect midi length for my 5’7 self.
Fluffy knits have been one of my weaknesses this season and I’ve consequently ended up with an array of styles and colours that I’ve been loving teaming with my high waisted jeans/trousers/skirts/shorts/everything. This one’s a turtle neck as you can see and has a midi arm length as well as the midi body, and best of all it was only £10! I actually picked up a pink one from Primark too that was marked down to just £5, so it’s definitely worth a rummage through their sale.
Lastly, that oversized blush pink Primark coat. It’s the one that we all spent half of our Autumn’s waiting for after spotting it in a mag and it doing it’s rounds on twitter and blogs. I was so chuffed to get my hands on it although I have only actually worn in out twice! I do love it and think it’s such amazing quality for Primark, but they really weren’t messing around when the stated it's oversized. Even though I bagged one of the last size 8’s (after trawling around five different Primark branches) I think it’s still a bit too big for me, so am consequently selling it. If you happen to be interested, do drop me a tweet/email and we’ll sort it out via paypal. Else it’ll be going on eBay once I get around to listing my enormous ‘eBay pile’!
I think this outfit minus the coat would look so cute for a night out too, with an added vamp lip and killer heels.. I can’t wait to wear it out out!
19 February 2014
I’ve got to admit, It’s quite rare for me to purchase new cosmetics without having previously read reviews or been given a recommendation. I think reading blogs/ watching youtube videos beforehand is half of the fun of a beauty purchase anyway and my beauty wish list continues to grow and grow! Loreal is
Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess
I saw this advertised a while back but had actually completely forgotten about it! I opted for the noir excess extra black one which is now the second release within the million lashes range. As with anyone that’s used Benefit’s they’re real mascara, I’m left with really high expectations of a mascara and want both the brush and the formula to be close to perfection. Firstly, the brush on this million lashes wand is absolutely amazing, it’s perfectly shaped, with so many little plastic bristles that ensure every single lash is coated. It also says it’s a new ‘anti-clump' brush shape, which I’d definitely agree with! It’s left my lashes as long and as thick as I’ve seen them and I really think this it’s on par with my previous holy grail, Benefit’s they’re real. In fact as it’s available in the extra black option it may just be my new favourite and there’s the appealing factor that it’s pretty much half the price of They’re real!
Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer
My skin has been looking a bit dull and desperately in need of a bit of an extra glow. As I love the dewy look that I’ve been desperately lacking I thought thought this lumi maqigue might give me a little helping hand (I’ve got to admit the pretty sounding name dragged me in too!). It can be used as a primer alone or underneath foundation and can also be used as a highlighter on your cheekbones and brow bone. I’ve tried it out both ways and I’ve actually really been liking using a small amount underneath my light coverage foundation, to give my face a healthy glow! Some days I’ve applied it twice and put it onto my cheekbones on top of my foundation too and it works really well as a light, subtle highlighter that’s perfect for the daytime. It hasn’t effected the staying power of my foundation which I was a bit worried about and it isn’t shimmery (more of pearlescent finish) so I’m thankfully not left looking like a disco ball. If you’re after a bit of a healthy glow then I’d really recommend this, I have a feeling it will work really well come Summer too as it’s not too heavy!
Nude Magique BB Powder
Powder-wise I always use Mac’s mineral skinfinish and I absolutely love it, although lately I’ve needed something a little more mattifying on my t-zone areas. This caught my eye because it’s designed to mimic the ‘5 dimensions of velvety nude skin’ with no shine, a smooth resurfaced finish, undetectable coverage, fresh look, 8 hour matte complexion and a durable lightweight coverage. That’s pretty much anything you could ever want from a powder and it’s been doing the job of keeping the shine at bay whilst looking natural. Although it won’t be completely taking over from my beloved Mac powder, it is a really good alternative for those that have combination/oily skin.
Overall it was three very successful spontaneous picks! Have you tried any of these products?
17 February 2014
As usual, the array of ensembles that swept down the red carpet last night captured my attention over and above the ceremony itself. Fashion over films and tv any day! I also love scouring twitter the following day to see who’s made who’s best and worst dressed lists, it’s like a whole other set of awards whilst every stitch, cut and style is being scrutinised. Read on to find out who won the ‘belle of the
ball Bafta’s’ awards in my eyes...
I absolutely love the shade of emerald green that Lupita Nyong’o opted for. Teamed with a chunky gold belt and bangles, the contrast is so beautiful yet uncomplicated with simple, clean cut lines. I usually dislike this satin material but it clings to Lupita’s figure in all the right places and with the larger flowing skirt it definitely seems to work.
I think Olga Kurylenko may have stolen the show! In terms of complete look that is anyway. The beautiful Burberry gown looks as though it was made for the red carpet, as the glistening tones compliment the carpet itself. It showcases her brunette locks and glowing skin perfectly and that’s not to mention how amazing her figure looks. She’s been transformed into a beautiful mermaid with the clingy fit of the skirt along with the individual shimmery sections that resemble a mermaids tail- now, that’s every girls dream come true!
Continuing with the mermaid theme, Ruth Wilson steps out in this iridescent ensemble. I always like to see a trouser suit on the red carpet, breaking up the flowing gowns and bringing a bit of attitude to the carpet. I’m ever so excited to see that the iridescent trend is here to stay too, as this suit is in fact from the Antonio Berardi pre-autumn/winter 2014 collection.
Yet again, Fearne Cotton hasn’t disappointed with her red carpet choices. It’s high necked, it’s heavily embellished and most importantly, it’s vintage. The 1980’s Scaasi gown is absolutely beautiful and out of them all, if I could wear one it would without a doubt be this one! The dress itself is perfect in every way but I can’t help but think it would be better suited on a brunette, the contrast between the golden tones and her bleached hair isn’t doing it for me.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my picks?
12 February 2014
Today happened to be one of those dreaded days where every single one of my current favourite bottoms were in the wash. You know those days when all you want to do is slip on your trusty favourites and be done with it? I’m sure we all do it, but I tend to get attached to a few pairs of jeans and bottoms and wear them to death, so maybe it was a blessing in disguise to get me to venture further into my wardrobe. So in I dived... and I came out with these beauts!
When mom jeans first landed in Topshop last March, I instantly loved them and ran to purchase this pair straight away. I then lived in them through pretty much the whole of Spring and probably a fair bit of Summer (remembering the sort of ‘Summer weather’ we get here in the UK!). I also wrote this post on the trend if you want to have a read!
Mom jeans have remained a bit of a bit of a love/ hate garment and whilst I get they’re not for everyone, I simply love the relaxed high waisted fit pulled in with a belt. I think the rolled up cuffs look really cute with chunky cut out boots and chunky sandals too, or even with a dainty pair of strappy heels to dress them up a bit. Since rediscovering them this morning, I’ve been searching online and have found so many variations (including mom shorts!) that I can’t help but get excited by! I’m also happy to see that other high street stores have ventured into the ‘Mom jean’ label.
Above are my picks out of the mom jean bunch and I’m particularly loving the embellished ones. I can just imagine them paired with a fluffy cropped jumper/ top and white cleated sole sandals to toughen the look up a bit! Are any of these catching your eye too?