3 September 2015

Video: August Favourites

Here is a little round up of everything I completely loved during August. In this video I mainly talk about beauty and skincare products I'm currently obsessed with as I didn't have any new favourite fashion pieces. 


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2 September 2015

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I’m very picky when it comes to mascara’s, it very rare that I actually find something that can rival my beloved Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. There’s been a lot of hype around the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and having completely fallen in love with it over the past month (as featured in my August Favourites) I can say it’s totally justified and worth the hype. The packaging is beautiful, it’s a metallic pale pink casing that feels really weighty and high end. The brush is hourglass in shape with fibre bristles which I prefer to plastic wands as I think they really grab the lashes. 

The reason I love this mascara over others I tried is in one application it gives super long, thick black lashes. I’m a big fan of big lashes, I think they really complete my make up and I hate when you have to apply over 3 coats to achieve that kind of end result. I would suggest using a light hand and the formula can be quite gloopy but if applied barely you can be left with almost fake looking lashes (in a good way) with minimal effort. 

Given that the formula gives such black and thick lashes you would expect a lot of flaking throughout the day but I haven’t found this at all and I’ve also found that since being in Greece I don’t see any transfer under the eyes. 

If you're on the hunt for a new mascara and love getting thick, long lashes within seconds then I definitely recommend trying out the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara!

28 August 2015

Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne

The latest addition to the Jo Malone family is their new Mimosa and Cardamom cologne, which I think is the perfect scent for transitioning from Summer to Autumn. Mimosa and Cardamom is described as the perfect bohemian fragrance so think magical Marrakech souks with the added sweetness of honey from the dates and pears in the tagines. The top note is cardamom, which gives the fragrance a bit of spice, heart notes of golden mimosa and a base of tonic bean which balances both the spice and sweetness out to give a final lingering creamy and powdery scent. 

There are also an element of floral scents with this fragrance but they're very faint making it perfect for those who love deeper more sophisticated musky scents. For this reason I think as a fragrance this can be worn by both men and women as the spice of the cardamom makes it manly enough for a guy to wear but the mimosa makes it sweet enough for a woman. I also have the candle in the new fragrance and as with any Jo Malone candles the scent almost becomes something completely difference once lit. I love the smell that fills the room when this is lit as it's such a stunning and unusual scent like no other candle I own. 

The campaign surrounding the fragrance is so beautiful and if you’ve been to Marrakech you’ll be instantly transported back to the markets filled with an array of multicoloured rugs and stunning stained glass lanterns. As part of the launch Jo Malone have also created a page on their site where you can make your own Bohemian coloured tiles to use as phone and laptop backgrounds. 


26 August 2015

Video: Products I've Used Up

I've been saving up all the products I've used up over the past few months and I wanted to run through why I loved everything so much and why I would recommend them to you. Being a beauty blogger means I'm constantly trying out new products so for me to actually use something up means that I really did love it and think it's worth the money. Let me know if there's anything you you and think I should try out.

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24 August 2015

West London Weekends

As London is currently experiencing the kind of weather that can't decide if it's hot or cold, my recent go to outfit it a summer dress, boots and a leather jacket. I find that this look covers all basis as I can take the jacket off if I'm cold but it also works well when the temperature drops. This outfit it one of my particular favourites as I think the colours go beautifully together and I think it works really well with my latest Chloe Drew dupe.

I wore my current go to mauve/rust coloured strap dress from Forever 21, which is super comfortable and I think the colour really suits my skin tone. I wore this with my very well loved black leather jacket from Topshop and incredibly comfortable black tassel boots. The thing that I think really pulls this outfit together is my beloved new Chloe Drew dupe from Jessica Burrman. I ordered it a few weeks ago for less than £60 and I'm blown away with the quality and how real it looks. Now that I know how great their bags are I think I may have to place a few more orders!


19 August 2015

Seventeen Summer

As you all probably know, my favourite kind of make up look is glowing and bronzed skin, and I think summer is the best time to wear this look. Seventeen is probably one of the first brands that I ever tried from the drug store, it's insanely affordable but also really great quality. They recently sent over a bunch of their make up for me to try out and having had a play with everything over the past few days, I'm genuinely so impressed. I like to think that I would never recommend a high end product if I didn't think it was worth the money, but likewise I would never recommend affordable products that weren't amazing just because they're cheap.

Seventeen have launched their #SeventeenSummer campaign, which is all based around how you would use their products on a summer holiday. I'm flying to Greece at the end of this month for 2 weeks and I can't wait to properly try everything out for hot summer days and nights. I'm going to be popping up another post after my holiday to show you how I used the products to create a golden goddess look with lovely affordable products. 

If you like the look of all the products in this post then I had some good news, I'm going to be giving away 5 sets of everything shown in the images above to 5 lovely readers. All you need to do is follow me on twitter and tweet me with the hashtag #SeventeenSummer. I will pick 5 winners at random on Wednesday 26th August.

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18 August 2015

Video: Summer Sales Haul & Trying On

So I might have bought a few things in the summer sales, but I am going away shortly so I think it's entirely justified! I think a lot of these pieces are transitional so will hopefully last me through part of Autumn too. Make sure you're subscribed subscribed to my channel Gemmalondonlife to see new videos!

Items mentioned:

Denim jacket: http://bit.ly/1HOdQro
Black dress: http://bit.ly/1LcrBoy
Tan tote-  sold out but similar here: http://bit.ly/1HOebui
Floral dress: http://bit.ly/1EuJc6g
White Shirt: http://bit.ly/1Ps5Suh
Embroidered top- sold out but similar here: http://bit.ly/1hF3IfF
Stipe off the shoulder top: http://bit.ly/1LctIbT
White dress- sold out but similar here: http://bit.ly/1Ps70xY
Navy Jumpsuit: http://bit.ly/1PsI0H9
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