28 October 2013

Easy Halloween Nail Art

I've been really loving the L'Oreal Confetti Top Coat recently and I think when added to certain colours it makes the most perfect Halloween inspired nail art. For these three looks I used MUA All Nude, Essie Meet Me At The Sunset and Nails Inc Green Victoria Street then applied one coat of the confetti top coat to give a spotty look which would work perfectly with any Halloween outfit for those who aren't too handy with nail art pens! 

23 October 2013

New Things: The Home Edition

At the weekend I went home to see my parents for my mums early birthday and we managed to do quite a lot of homely shopping! I get a little carried away when I'm in any kind of home ware or craft shop as I just can't help but pick up little trinkety bits (even though I have a million heart shaped ornaments in my room). I've been wanting a vintage glass jar for my cotton wool pads to remove my make-up for a while now, so when I saw this one for only £2 it went straight in my basket. It's probably fair to say that I have somewhat of a candle obsession, especially seasonal ones so I picked up another winter spiced scented candle- in my defence I didn't have a mulled wine scented candle yet, so this is totally fine. I also bought two beautiful Christmas candle holders which have a lovely little tree pattern on them that light up when they have tea lights in them (it's completely irrelevant that I'm away for the whole of December). Lastly I bought this pretty white wicker heart basket to tidy up all my beauty products on my bedside table. I think these are almost all justified purchases as lets face it, you can never have enough candles right, right? 


19 October 2013

Wild About Beauty AW13

A few weeks ago I was invited to an evening at House of Fraser (yes this post is very overdue) for a preview and chat about the AW13 Wild About Beauty collection from the lovely Louise Redknapp and her make-up artist Kim Jacob. I'll admit that I'm a sucker for old beauty favourites, but one of the things I love most about blogging is finding out about new and exciting beauty brands. Wild About Beauty was created to give the everyday woman an affordable, high performing make-up brand that contains nourishing and benefiting ingredients to really work on improving your overall complexion.  
The new collection contains a whole host of eye popping lip colours, polishes and my personal favourite, the shadow sticks. The collection was inspired from the polished, timeless elegance of the catwalks with an aim to talk you from natural beauty to night-time glamour. 

I've been lucky enough to try some of the products from Wild About Beauty and I have to say, I've been really impressed with the overall quality of the products and I absolutely love the packaging. One of their best sellers is the Botanical Skin Prep Serum- £22* and I can definitely see why- its packed full of skin care ingredients to nourish and rejuvenate whilst priming your skin to create a great base for make-up. You can use it as a moisturiser or on top of your moisturiser (which I do) before applying your foundation to create an overall smooth finish. 

Another favourite of both Louise and Kim is the Smooth Cover Concealer Kit- £19.50*, which contains a duo concealer on the top level and then HD setting powder on the bottom. The idea of the HD powder is to set the concealer so that it doesn't budge all day, but I tend to use it on my T-Zone too to keep shine at bay. 

Moving on to my favourite product from their range is their Eyeshadow Pencil Duo- £14.50* from the Midnight Lux collection. I think these shadow sticks are incredible, they're really well pigmented so give the perfect pop of colour in the day, which can then be built up to something a little more of a dramatic look for evening wear.

Lastly the nail polishes- again, I was so impressed with these too. When we were sat chatting with the girls I quickly applying the grey colour (Harry) without any base coat or top coat and it lasted without chips for 2-3 days! The colours I have here are from both the Signature and Seasonal collection- The grey colour is called Harry*, which I would describe as a perfect elephant grey and then the black colour is called Michael*- both £9.00.

I'm totally sold on this brand because lets face it, if we can improve the overall quality of our skin whilst wearing make-up then it's a definite winner in my eyes.


17 October 2013

MUA Autumn nails

I'm having a little bit of a love affair with MUA at the moment, I just think they produce such high quality products for hardly any money at all. I've been particularly loving their nail varnishes which only cost £1, yes, £1 and they last so well without chipping. The colour I seem to be applying over and over again is Plum Noir, which is a perfect plum colour for Autumn.
The brush isn't amazing and it requires 2/3 coats to achieve an all over even finish but for £1 you really can't complain.
What's your favourite MUA colour?

13 October 2013

Autumn Wishlist

Skirt- Red or Dead

Red is definitely the colour of Autumn and I've absolutely fallen head over heels for this deep red Zara coat- I think it's the perfect pop of colour for cold dull mornings and brightens up any outfit especially teamed with this bright red Topshop lipstick! As we're moving closer towards the festive season we're going to be surrounded by lots of sparkle and I think this glittery Butter London polish is perfect for A/W nails. Since using a mini sample of the Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia body cream I've become absolutely obsessed with this scent and have my eye on both the cologne and candle- you will be mine! And finally, I noticed that I've been buying a number of different clothing items with leather trim recently on and this Red of Dead skirt is definitely right up my street. 

What's on your wishlist this Autumn?

The Sunday Post- South London Brunch

Yesterday my boyfriend and I spent the day flat/house hunting around south London for when we finally live together next year. We stopped off at a little cafe for a spot of breakfast/brunch where they have the cutest selection of cakes and patisseries ever. Sometimes it's nice to have quite weekend where you just laze around and recharge your batteries for the next week, especially when the weather is as grotty as it is today.
 I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

10 October 2013

Falling for Fall

We’re starting to enter my favourite time of the year, today was the first day that it felt truly Autumnal- I love it when the leaves start falling, the air’s getting a little crisper and knitwear is becoming a staple day to day item. I’m feeling particularly cosy today as I burnt my first festive cinnamon candle last night, all wrapped up in my duvet. This post is a little different as I thought  I would put together an Autumn/Winter mood board to really get us in the Fall spirit. As I’m going to be away for almost the whole of December I really need to stop buying so many warm clothes and start buying summer clothes for Thailand, but I can’t help myself- I just love a good snuggly, knit!
*All images taken from Pinterest


8 October 2013

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Cleanser

I’ve recently discovered another beautiful product from Jurlique- the Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cleanser* with rosehip oil and an antioxidant complex. The benefits of this cleanser are said to gently dissolve dirt and impurities whilst enhancing cell turnover, provide immediate and lasting hydration and improve the overall skin texture.
The cleanser is described as a foaming cleanser but it’s not at all, it has a lovely whipped consistency that smoothly rubs into the skin removing all traces of make-up.  When squeezed out of the tube it has a beautiful shimmery/ pearly glow that comes from the tiny micro-beads which very gently exfoliates the skin. As is it a very lightly exfoliator it is gentle enough to use every day without being too harsh- it was also perfectly fine with my sensitive skin.
Overall I really enjoy using this cleanser and it has the delicious Jurlique rose scent that comes with all of the Rose Moisture Plus line, leaving you with a truly pampered feeling every day.  
*PR sample sent for consideration


7 October 2013

Bumble & bumble Pro Thickening Range Review

As you know, I'm always on the look out for volumising products that manage to give my hair some lift without weighing it down. So far I've been pretty impressed with Bumble & bumble as a brand as all of their products feel really high quality and do exactly what they say on the tin. I've been trying out some of the Pro Thickening products for about a month now and I can safely say that this range delivers just as well as the others. Out of the two products my favourite is the Creme Contour *balm- £21.50 as you only need that smallest amount to create natural texture. I rub my fingers on top of the balm a few times collecting a small amount of product, warm it up in my hands and then pop it through my hair. It doesn't leave any kind of sticky residue in your hair and sinks straight in- this product smells delicious and has slowly been working its way into my daily hair routine. The second product I've been trying is the Pro Thickening Mousse*-£21.50, which I apply to my hair when damp to add a bit of oomph before blow drying. Although I do like the mousee I didn't find it made as much of a difference as the creme contour did, so I probably wouldn't recommend it over the balm.

*PR sample


2 October 2013

Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Scrub

As the weather is getting a little colder I've noticed that my skin is starting to get a few more dry patches than it did a few months ago, and although I love my Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life and the new Honeymania scrub (full review here) I just felt like I needed something to really get in there and buff away any dead skin. The Elemis Spa Home Skin Nourishing Body Scrub isn't really like any other scrub I've used before, as it contains rice, bamboo and bora bora sand it's really quite a deep cleaning scrub and works really hard at buffing your skin. You'd expect that such a gritty scrub would be harsh on sensitive skin but as it contains a milk base protein rich in vitamins and organic oat extracts it really counter balances the buffing with a soothing milky moisturiser for the skin. All in all if your looking for a body scrub that's going to buff away that flakey winter skin I'd recommend giving this a go- and it smells pretty delicious too!


1 October 2013

September Favourites

I feel like I say this at the end of each month but I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by, I’m starting to think that I should start doing a bit of Christmas shopping as I was told it’s only 12 weekends left! My September favourites for this post contain a mixture of new products I’ve been loving but also some bits I’ve been using for a while and still love.

At the start of this month I purchased my most loved pink lipstick to date- Chanel Charme (full review here). I’m constantly on the lookout for the perfect nudey/pink colour as I think it’s such a staple for any girls make-up collection and I think it’s so hard to find a colour that isn’t too nude or too bright pink for an every day look. As Charme has quite a sheer finish it leaves the perfect amount of colour on the lips without being too much. I’ve worn this almost every day since I bought it and I can see it staying in my make-up bag for quite a while. Another lip product I’ve been loving this month is the Bourjois chubby stick in Red Sunrise. I think the formulation of these are really great- they’re super pigmented so you can either go for a full on coloured lip or a light stain, they’re also really moisturizing so don’t give a cracked lip effect, which I hate!

Maybelline Colour Tattoos were quite rightly hyped up in the blogging world over the summer as I think this was the first time a drug store brand had made something similar to the high end paint pots by the likes of Bobbie Brown and MAC. Like most people I have been a huge fan of the On and On Bronze colour (full review here) as I really love that you can use it as a simple swipe of colour or build it up for a more intense look. I’ve been wearing this almost every day to add a little bit of colour to my lids.

A make-up product that I’ve rediscovered is the SEVENTEEN blush in First Kiss. Over the summer I became a little obsessed with cream blushes, the Max Factor ones to be precise (full review here) and kind of forgot how much I love the satin finish of a really good powder blush. As a brand I really rate SEVENTEEN as I think they have a a great selection of products and they’re super cheap.

A skincare product that I’ve been using for a few months and recently repurchased (good sign!) is the 3 in 1 micellar water from L’Oreal. I’ve been an avid user of the Bioderma micellar water for a while now but I thought I’d give L’Oreal’s micellar water a go as it is so much cheaper and much easier to get hold of than Bioderma. As I don’t use waterproof mascara because non-waterproof mascara seems to last well on me, I don’t really need a ‘hard working’ make-up remover, I do however need a skincare product that works with sensitive skin and L’Oreal get a big thumbs up on this front!
Lastly, I’ve been using the Body Creme in English Pear & Freesia from Jo Malone religiously for the past few weeks and been absolutely loving it. I love their body crèmes as they’re so strongly scented that they could be worn as an alternative to perfume. The English Pear and Freesia is such an elegant sweet, floral scent that I feel can be worn both S/S and A/W. I keep hinting (asking) at my boyfriend to buy me the perfume in this scent as I’m so in love with it, so fingers crossed I’ll have both of these soon.
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