Thursday, 29 September 2016

September Favourites

September Favourites
So long, farewell to yet another month honestly I could have sworn I was only writing my August Favourites last week. So as we say goodbye to another month we are finally saying farewell to summer and hello to autumn. I love the weather change it excites me as I can finally start digging out my knits and stock up on LUSH bath products. I decided to conclude September with a favourites post on all the bits and pieces I have been enjoying recently and why.

LUSH Big Sea Salt Shampoo - My hair desperately needs cut so to prevent paying £30+ for a trim I decided to pick up a volume shampoo from LUSH in the hope it will give my hair some temp-life (until payday). I surprisingly love this shampoo I mean, the salt grains did freak me out a bit but once rubbed into your scalp it's quite relaxing. This leaves my hair smelling amazing and really helps restore some life to my hair without having to blow-dry upside down for volume. I actually really like this shampoo so I will definitely be checking LUSH's hair care range out more in the future!

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation - I mentioned in my Drugstore Makeup Tryouts post (here) that I was starting to not see the benefits of Double Wear foundation so I opted for a cheaper alternative. I've never tried L'Oreal foundation before and since purchasing it I have been wearing this on my face almost every day since, it is amazing. This gives you a medium coverage with a light finish that doesn't melt off throughout the day. I love how light and healthy this feels on my skin, it has really made me think twice about splurging on high-end foundations as often.

Gold Makeup Brushes - I discovered these Zoeva dupe type brushes here on Aliexpress and decided to try them out. I never thought I would like them as much as I did but they are amazing! I find my eyeshadows blend in so nicely and there are so many brushes to play around with. I have been using some for highlight, powder all sorts! They are so inexpensive as well I think its £2.50 for like 12 or something.

St Tropez Instant Tan - I think I got this in a magazine one time and only now have I started to really get into it. I have been applying this tan all over my body for that instant tanned look. It is very blendable, natural and builds up so nicely, I am never left with any streaks, orange patches and when it washes off in the shower it all washes off nicely. I really like this tan and I can definitely see me purchasing the large version.

Nivea Micellar Water - Every time I look up micellar waters this one is always recommended, I have tried pretty much most of the drugstore brands apart from this one so I decided to give it a try. This takes my makeup off so much better than other brands I have tried, it definitely gets the job done quicker. I do find I go through this bottle a lot faster than the likes of Garnier but, it does leave my skin super hydrated and clean. I really like this product it doesn't dry my skin out and gets the job done fast.

Other Random Bits - Other things I've been loving this month includes chokers I am really digging that 90s vibe at the moment. I think they are so trendy and really help bring together a simple outfit. I've also been enjoying a documentary on Netflix called 72 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia, I've really been getting into that and discovering stories behind each animal.

What have you been loving this month??

Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Top 3 La Roche-Posay Products

My Top 3 La Roche-Posay Products
When this skincare brand first came about the beauty fanatic that I am was all for trying the oily to spot prone skincare range out. Some of the range has really made a difference to my skin over the years and some of it I still use in my daily routine to this day. La Roche-Posay have recently launched the Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant Light* which is a blemish control efficacy with sheer coverage, proven to reduce the appearance of imperfections and unclog pores. I have been trialling this out and already I absolutely love it, so I've decided to write what my top 3 LRP products are.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant (light) | 
I was really unsure about this product when it popped into my letterbox, a tinted product that also controls imperfections? Hmm. This little beauty not only helps diminish the appearance of imperfections, redness etc like the original Effaclar Duo does, but it also adds a tint of colour to your skin too. I have been applying this on those days where I want to let my skin breathe but, want something on my face if I leave the house for a bit. I've also been wearing this occasionally to the gym if my face is feeling a little rough. I apply this with my fingers like I would with the Duo and it blends into my skin instantly, the colour is perfect for my skin too. It definitely helps reduce the appearance of imperfections, I've noticed any spots or redness isn't as noticeable when I wear this. Overall this is an amazing invention and exactly what I've been looking for!

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Mist | Full Review here
Having mentioned this before I won't go into too much detail but basically this is a mist that you spray onto your face if you have oily to blemish skin. I absolutely love this and I am always spritzing this on my face to freshen up with. It has definitely helped calm any access oiliness that my skin my have down and kept my spots at bay. I love this mini bottle that has been launched too, it is perfect for travelling or popping into your bag especially if its really hot and your skin is feeling this humid weather the UK has suffered with recently. Overall I would recommend this mist if you have oily to spot prone skin as it definitely makes a difference plus it's a lot quicker to apply than creams and oils.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo | 
I am sure you, your mam, your grandma and everyone else you know is using this product by now it has definitely been raved about on social media over the years. When this first got launched I was obsessed with it, I was seeing results after day one and it definitely helped with my scars. I still to this day like to use this whenever I have a bad breakout or any redness/scars that a previous blemish might have left me with. This is basically the Unifiant Duo but without the tint so you can imagine how good the tinted version is. Overall I would definitely say everyone should have a tube of this in their skincare cabinet if you suffer with the occasional breakout as it does wonders.

What is your favourite LRP Product??

Monday, 19 September 2016

Brand Focus: Benecos Makeup

Beneco makeup
I mean, who doesn't absolutely love a budget friendly, au natural makeup brand right? I was kindly sent a lovely surprise package from Benecos filled with stunning makeup products to try out. I have heard and mentioned Benecos in a blog post before so I was so excited to try more of their range out.

This is a natural cosmetics beauty brand that is animal friendly, BDIB certified and have a colourless eco look. If I'm being honest when I read the term 'natural' I do sometimes make quick judgement and assume they won't be as wonderful as some brands, but this really made me think differently.

Bronzing Duo £4.15 | Link
This bronzing duo did take me back a little since I am quite pale and this doesn't look like my shade. However that didn't stop me trying it out, it reminds me of Solar Powder by S&G in the sense it blends in so nicely to how you want it to look. That rose hues shade with the warm brown gives you a lovely sun-glow effect perfect for a sunny holiday.

Natural Lipstick 'First Love' £3.90 | Link
This lipstick really excited me as the shade is something I tend to reach out for quite often. These wonderfully creamy lipsticks nourish, protect and soften your lips with active ingredients including jojoba, sunflower oil and organic beeswax. This lipstick shade really matches my skin tone well which makes it the perfect everyday lip.

Natural Lip Gloss 'Natural Glam' £3.73 | Link 
Not the biggest of fans of lip glosses but this shade really struck me to give them a try more. These are wonderfully nourishing lip glosses that gives your lips a berry-tone gloss and don't leave you with a sticky texture. I think this is perfect for those 'no makeup' days or over a nude lip, I really love this gloss!

Mono Eye Shadow 'Forget Me Not', 'Apricot Glow' and 'Soft Vanilla' £2.49 Each | Link
I think out of everything the eye shadows were what I was skeptical about since I've found a lot inexpensive shadows tend to not be as pigmented or stay in place for long. These softly shimmering eye shadows are the perfect subtle shades for a natural look. These are very powdery and go onto my lids so easily without having to reapply. I love the soft vanilla shade as a base eye shadow I use this all the time now and it just stays in place all day. I can see these being a staple in my everyday makeup routine.

Nail Polish 'Hot Summer' £3.23 | Link
The nail polishes are not a natural cosmetic product from Benecos but that didn't stop me from trying it out. This shade is perfect for summer! The shade is very rich and looks lovely on my nails, it somehow makes them look healthy. It dries fairly quickly and stays in place for a few days without chipping.

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*PR Sample/gift.
Have you tried Benecos out yet??

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Top 10 Fashion Hacks

Top 10 Fashion Hacks
I am always on the lookout for simpler solutions to everyday things whether that's beauty, fashion or even health related. When it comes to beauty I've pretty much hit the nail on the head for conquering those crafty little hacks so I decided to take my hacking brain elsewhere and move onto the world of fashion. 

I have found these hacks online, in books or word of mouth.

1. Blow-dry Tight Shoes
This is a hack I've picked up from working in fashion and it's such a good tip to know for breaking in those shoes. If you pop fluffy socks on and blow-dry your new shoes this helps stretch out any tight shoes. So always go small never big on shoes!

2. Spray Hairspray On Tights
Nothing more irritating than discovering you have a ladder going up your leg and nothing to fix it with. Spray your tights with some hairspray especially the areas prone to rips, I am sure nail polish does this hack too.

3. Pretty Tights Under Ripped Jeans
I haven't tried this hack myself but I think this would look so pretty when the weather gets chilly. Some lace tights under a pair of ripped jeans sounds quite stylish and unique!

4. White Wine To Remove Red
This is a classic hack every girl probably already knows if they love wine and have experienced a spillage on their favourite dress. If you spill red wine onto your clothes try applying a bit of white wine to neutralize the colour and stop it from absorbing. Happy drinking!

5. Nail Polish Stains
So you have some lovely silver rings that are starting to rust, pop some nail polish on the inside of your rings to stop them from turning green.

6. Hide Your Bra With Clips
Triangle bras are bang on trend at the moment so why not paperclip the back of your bra straps together to create the illusion of a stylish bra, also this just helps disguise the bra straps.

7. Pop Your Necklaces Through A Straw
Despite this looking absolutely hilarious and random if you pop your necklace through a straw it stops it from getting tangles which is such a pain!

8. Razor Those Bobbles
Wanting to wear your favourite jumper this winter but it is covered on bobbly bits? Not to worry just grab your razor they will remove all the bobbly bits!

9. Shaving Cream Removes Makeup Stains
Nothing worse than wearing a clean white blouse and by the end of the day you find makeup stains all over. Apply shaving cream to the makeup stains and it'll help shift them!

10. Heel Blisters
Apply clear deodorant to your heel if you ever feel as though you are going to get a blister!

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What fashion hacks do you swear by??

Monday, 12 September 2016

My Hair Styling Routine

My Hair Styling Routine
My Hair Styling Routine
When it comes to hair I am pretty much lazy with it 90% of the time, it's either shoved in a high ponytail out of my face or down straight. It's only recently I've decided to be a bit more spontaneous with it and try different things. I've been trying lots of new products recently and decided to write an updated hair styling routine.

I have been washing my hair with the OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner for just over 3 weeks now and absolutely love it. Firstly it smells delicious, secondly it leaves my hair feeling great and thirdly my hair doesn't need washed as often. I got the travel size to trial out and I am definitely picking up the full size soon! If I don't use the OGX Conditioner I will pop on the HIF Colour Support Hair Mask*. This smells amazing and I just love how soft it makes my hair feel! Literally one of the best hair masks I have ever tried for keeping my colour in shape.

Once my hair is damp dried I like to take the Toni & Guy Radiating Elixir* and rub it into the ends of my hair. This is basically a hair oil that enhances natural movement and shine. I love the smell of this (I promise I am not using these just for the amazing smell!) and I love how shiny my ends look.

I mostly wash my hair in the evenings so the next day I will pop some of the H&M Dry Shampoo onto my roots to add some volume and then style my hair with one of Toni & Guys new Style Fix Collection stylers*. The style fix collection consists of three compact stylers including straighteners, curling tong and a deep waver, all perfect for on the go. I took the straightening iron with me to London and it definitely is great for travel. The waver is my favourite I have been using this the most for smart/casual outings, the straighteners for everyday wear and the curling tong for nice occasions. They are super cute and easy to pack. I don't like to use heat on my hair all of the time but when I do these are what I've been reaching out for!

*PR Sample/gift.

What is your hair styling gem??

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Girl Tries Nivea Men's Shaving Balm

Girl Tries Men's Shaving Balm
Never thought I'd see the day where I try out a Shaving Balm for men I mean, I'll use my boyfriends Nivea Face Wash if I stay at his but other then that I stick to my own facial products. After reading so many great reviews on Nivea Men's Shaving Balm for keeping your makeup in place all day as a primer, I finally decided to see what the hype was about and put this balm to the test.

I haven't grown a beard, yet.

You can pick this balm up pretty much in any drugstore or supermarket for around five pounds so not at all expensive or difficult to find. I decided to trial this product out on a day I was off from work but still went out as I wasn't sure how my skin would react to it. Once moisturized, I went ahead and applied this all over my face and down my neck. It has a creamy white, almost runny consistency and the scent isn't the best, it definitely has that manly scent to it which I'd usually like but it also smelt a little bit sickly as well. It blended into my skin very quick and didn't leave me with any sticky or tacky finish which I was expecting. It doesn't reduce the appearance of imperfections or pores like most of my primers do so I was skeptical on how my makeup was going to look during the day.

I went ahead and applied the rest of my makeup and I must admit my foundation glided on so much nicer and effortlessly than normal. When all my makeup was applied I did notice my skin had a little bit of a healthy glow to it, I have oily skin anyways but this balm gave me a little healthy glow where the sun naturally hits my face. Once ready I went out and got on with my day keeping tab on how my makeup was holding up throughout.

4 Hours Update
Once I checked my makeup I noticed my face looked a lot more dewy than normal. Usually I go all matte with my makeup but this balm has definitely made me think twice on embracing more of a oily, dewy look. I really like how my makeup has that healthy glow to it. However it did feel as though it would get a little bit more shiny during the day so I popped a bit of powder onto my forehead and chin.

7 Hours Update
By this point I did notice the tip of my nose was starting to melt, but this was the only area on my face that looked as though it was melting off. Therefore this could have been my own fault not the balm as I may have missed applying it to the tip of my nose as everywhere else looked fine.

9/10 Hours Update
As I was taking my makeup off I definitely noticed my makeup was still pretty much in place and nothing had budged since the last time I checked. I am really quite impressed with how this product has turned out. However I did find once I removed my makeup my skin felt a little bit greasy so I am worried that maybe this could make my skin more oily if I was to use it all the time and maybe even spotty.

Overall though I am really impressed with this balm it definitely kept my makeup in place all day and I only touched it up once. I loved how it gave my face a dewy, healthy glow it's definitely made me rethink how I'd like my makeup to look. I would definitely use this again on those days I know I will be wearing makeup for a long time, but I don't think I'd wear it every single day purely because I think it will make my skin more oily than good.

Have you tried this balm out yet??

Sunday, 4 September 2016

5 Reasons To Buy Flowers & Giveaway!

Candyfloss Carnations | Blossoming Gifts
Candyfloss Carnations | Blossoming Gifts
I am such a typical girl when it comes to surprises and to be honest I partly blame my boyfriend, since he's surprised me so many times over the years with lovely flowers and even went to the extent of having the courage to surprise me on my 18th birthday with a bouquet of roses in front of a whole bar full of strangers and my family. I don't know what it is about flowers but they can really lift my mood and put a smile on my face.

I was kindly sent these Candyfloss Carnations from Blossoming Gifts* and they have got me smitten. These handmade stunning flowers are a traditional favourite of beautiful pink and white carnations with a twist of daisy, lovely for any occasion. These really brightened up my room and instantly lifted my mood. After a week of having them I went to London for 3 days and I was tempted to depot them since I figured they'd be dead when I got back, n'uh these little beauties stayed alive for just over 2 weeks which is amazing for flowers. Just goes to show not all flowers die instantly! I wanted to write a little post on 5 reasons to buy flowers as I personally think they make a great gift and I also have a beautiful bouquet to give out to one of you too!

1. Mood Booster - Freshly cut, bright flowers instantly can improve your mood. You could come home from a bad day at work and instantly feel less stressed or if you have just passed your university degree flowers can make you feel like you've achieved something.

2. Great Home Pieces - Buying a bouquet of flowers and spreading them around your house can really make a house feel more like a home, especially if they smell lovely and look eye catching.

3. Create Memories - Flowers can not only create new memories but let you relive ones that have already happened before. For example if I was to buy daffodils it would instantly remind me of spring and nice weather.

4. They Keep The Peace - Had a fight? Flowers can really help keep the peace or break the ice with your partner or a loved one.

5. They Smell Welcoming - A fresh bouquet of flowers have a lovely floral scent to it and it's really welcoming/relaxing to have that smell to come home to.

There are lots of other reasons why buying flowers is worth it but those are what stand out most for me. Blossoming Gifts have kindly giving me the opportunity to host a giveaway where one of you could win a bouquet of up to £35 of your choice from their website.
Giveaway Rules!
  • UK Giveaway only
  • The giveaway ends on the 19th of September giving you just over 2 weeks to enter
  • The winner will be notified via Twitter or Email and must respond within 3 days of being notified - if not it will be given to another entry
  • Please don't follow and then unfollow I am aware of how common this is so I will be keeping an eye out for any funny business!
  • The more media you follow the more chance you are to winning!
  • And lastly good luck!


Thursday, 1 September 2016

What I've Loved In August

What I've Loved In August
I'm going to say what everyone else is thinking where the fudge has August went?! Like I am already starting to think autumn thoughts now and scrap summer since September is here. Despite August absolutely flying over my eyes so quick I have had a really good, busy month so I wanted to wrap the month up with a good'ol favourites.

Me and my boyfriend took a holiday off work and decided to take a trip down to London (post) for a few days where we did lots of site seeing, went to the zoo, stuffed our faces with food and shopping (haul). This was definitely my favourite moment of the month we got so much done in 72 hours and I'm already planning my next trip back. One of the things I bought in London was the Zoeva Buffing Brush and I absolutely love it. I use this brush to buff in my foundation and it just gives me such a flawless base and blends my foundation is so much better than any other brush. These have always been my favourite brushes for when it comes to foundation.

I've mentioned in a blog post lately that I am getting a little bored of my everyday makeup so I've been changing it up a bit with some new/old products. I recently picked up the Rosie Autograph Eye Palette in 'Copper Gold Rush' which is one of the most stunning palettes I own. I have been wearing this palette none stop during the day, the shadows are so pigmented and creamy. I can see this palette being a staple in the colder months as they have a lovely shimmery finish to them. My brows have been a little untameable lately purely because they need waxed but I keep forgetting to get them done. So in the mean time I've been using the NYX Control Freak Brow Gel to keep my brows in shape as much as possible. This product is great for keeping them under control and giving you a little bit more shape.

Whenever I have a sister in town or in better terms an angry spot on my face I like to pop on the REN Replenishing Gel just before I go to sleep. This gel helps calm down my angry spots and replenishes my skin by the morning. It's not the best spot treatment I've tried but it definitely helps keep my skin looking more clear. I love Impulse Body Sprays there is always one in my bag somewhere as they all smell so good. I've really been enjoying Impulse Why Not by Charli X* this smells like nothing I've smelt before, very fresh and florally perfect for this time of year. The scent stays with you for a good few hours too which is great!

My phone was due an upgrade at the end of August so I upgraded to the Samsung S7 in rose gold which I absolutely love. It is a tiny bit bigger than my old phone which was the S4 but the camera quality is even better than the S4 and I love the rose gold options on phones!

What have you loved in August??


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