Thursday, 31 July 2014

HAUL: The Body Shop

The other day my mother and I decided to head to our local Body Shop to get some much deserved treats for a pamper session later on that evening! We actually ended up getting a lot more that what we initially thought we were going to get as there were a few good offers on for Love Your Body Card holders. 

The first thing I picked up was right at the front of the store as it is a brand new product. I got so excited when I put the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet on my hand that I just had to buy it! It felt so cooling on my skin that I can only imagine the wonders it will work on my face after a day of sunbathing! It is supposed to really sink into the skin and give it a much needed moisture boost so I will very much be packing this when I go away in 3 weeks time! Another new product which I was excited to try was the Fijan Water Lotus Scent, and whilst my mum opted for the full sized perfume I decided to go with the small and handy size as I thought it would be good to have some kind of perfume to take on the plane with me so I can still smell fresh after a four and a half hour flight.

I also bought a miniature Moringa Body Butter to take on holiday with me, which is the scent I have been completely obsessed with ever since my friends bought me the fragrance mist for my birthday. It just smells so fresh and wonderful! Now I probably have about a million half used body butters from The Body Shop lying around my room and bathroom, but I thought this was the perfect size to pop in my holiday toiletries bag! I also decided I wanted to try the new Body Souffle in Moringa as they are supposed to absorb into the skin a lot quicker than the body butters and have a lovely fresh cooling sensation. So, off I went to the till point to buy my goodies.When I got to the till point I saw that they were selling little face masks for about £2 so I decided I wanted to try the Vitamin C Microdermabrasion Exfoliator, and popped that in with my other items. 

Now because I spent over a certain amount (£20) I got a free gift which is apparently up to the value of £30! In my little gift I got a Vitamin E Moisture Cream, Miniature Pink Grapefruit Body Butter and Body Scrub, and a Black Kohl Eyeliner. I can't wait to try all of these things! Love how generous The Body Shop can be sometimes! I have used the eyeliner before and it is definitely one of the best around so even if the other things are nice holiday extras I feel as though I have done extremely well. Who doesn't love a good freebie?

Have any of you been to The Body Shop recently? What did you buy? 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July Empties

Normally I would exclaim at the start of an empties post how the month has just flew by but actually July has been so long! But maybe that's just because I don't get paid until the 30th, and I have been counting down the days let me tell you...

This month I've somehow used up not one but two mattifying primers. The first is the Smashbox Colour Correct Photo Finish, which I really loved using and will definitely be buying again soon when I have the cash as its a little expensive. This primer really did a great job of hiding any redness from blemishes, and unlike The Porefessional it did all this without provoking breakouts. Yaaaay! I also used up the more budget friendly Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, which wasn't anything particularly special, but it definitely did the job of keeping my make up on all day! I actually did a giveaway featuring this primer earlier on in the year!

Now onto the product that I am gutted to have used up which is my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I adore this foundation when I'm having a good skin day, and although I put off buying this for years-because I didn't think it would work with oily skin-it's actually now one of my favourite bases. Although this is a little on the pricey side you definitely get what you pay for as it gives your skin a gorgeous radiant look, and ladies don;'t be put off by the word sheer as its actually more of a medium coverage foundation. I think I'm going to go and get more of this before I go on holiday, but I will definitely be needing a few shades darker as I got this one in March so its a little pale for me now.

Last but not least, I am also saying goodbye to two of my closest shower buddies...although hopefully not for long. I have really loved using the Nspa Melting Cleansing Gel and it is such a savior if you have oily or spot prone skin, it also keeps your skin hydrated with grape seed oil unlike some other gel products which can really dry it out. So sad this is gone but will definitely be repurchasing as I seem to remember it being a bit of a bargain from Asda. I've also used up every last drop of my Body Shop Coconut Scrub! I love the coconut scent, and have really enjoyed how sweet it makes me smell as it really does linger on the skin. It's also not as harsh on the skin as some of the other body exfoliators out there so as usual I will continue to buy this probably forever. Thank you to The Body Shop for helping me to smell so good all of the time!

Which of these products have you guys tried? Is there anything on your empties list that you are gutted about? 

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Scent of Summer: Nina Ricci L'a Tentation de Nina

I've already admitted or here before that my perfume collection is pretty impressive. I always have around 20 bottles on the go at once, but after a little while I do tend to get bored with my current collection, and decide that I want to smell a little different for a change. Luckily my boyfriends mum guessed this and got me this beautiful limited edition perfume for my birthday. Now I know I say this all the time, but I don't see myself getting bored of this smell anytime soon!

First off, can we please take a few seconds to admire the most magnificent perfume bottle I have probably ever owned. Hot pink and gold...hell I'm not sure I even care what this perfume smells like, because I've already been won over by the packaging. Well okay not quite...and it does smell amazing, but it's pretty convenient to have something that looks beautiful sitting proudly on your dresser. It looks so expensive, but actually it is reasonably well priced, and I don't really mind paying good money for a perfume I love. 

The perfume itself  just oozes summer (hence why i am referring to it in the title as the scent of summer). It's so fresh and crisp that I can't imagine how I ever called another perfume summery before. While you all know that I'm probably not the best person to describe perfume scents I can tell you that it contains top notes of bergamot, a bourbon, vanilla, white musk and sandalwood base, AND under notes of almond, raspberry, lemon and Bulgarian rose absolute. Well there you have a rather complex mix of scents and if that doesn't excite you I really don't know what will. Almond, vanilla, and raspberry in one perfume?! It's probably like nothing my little nose has ever encountered before. I don't know whether I can smell all of these things or not, but if I had to describe a scent as tremendously alluring then this would be it! 

Last but not least folks, you can be safe in the knowledge that the scent really does linger on the skin, and smells gorgeous from the minute you dance about in its glorious mist in your underwear until you get home from work and put your comfies on. It remains quite sweet and fruity as well as I hate when my perfume fades to a faint whiff of musk! Yup, this one is a winner!

You can purchase it here with 20% off RRP! But hurry as its apparently a limited edition! 

Do any of you own this? Do you love it as much as I do? And how pretty is the bottle?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sorry Not Sorry: I'm Suffering from Blogger Depression

*Image from Pinterest

For a while recently I had been really loving blogging and everything it had to offer me. In fact you could say that I was blissfully unaware that there was anything other than good which could come from it. It is afterall a hobby, and hobbies are there to be enjoyed. I was enjoying watching my followers grow in number, and for a while it actually felt like nothing could go wrong; the only way was up, and I would stop at nothing to create the most beautiful, inspiring and creative content for my readers. Yes, I was truly living the dream. That was until reality hit me hard and I sunk into such a deep depression that I would despair over the slightest thing: 'One of the words on my moisturizer is out of focus in my photo! I would proclaim, and then burst into tears. This has been happening for a good few weeks, and you probably wouldn't believe it if I told you that sometimes I felt the cold hands of despair resting on me to the point where I became a little dysfunctional. Obviously my friends wouldn't understand: 'They don't have a blog! How could they possibly know why I am miserable?!' You see now it does seem a little ridiculous, but I think I was suffering from something that I have labeled The bloggers depression.

I have no idea how I went from being on top of the world one minute to completely broken the next. I just suddenly and all at once came to the realization that in the grand scheme of things my blog is probably not that important to anyone other than myself. After this thought I felt so uninspired by everything that the blogging world had to offer, and spent ALOT of time crying my eyes out. These thoughts seemed to propel me into a strange world where I was beginning to question why I even started blogging in the first place. You see a few weeks ago I tried to set a day aside to get all my blog things done. You know the drill; respond to emails, take a sh*t load of photographs, and brainstorm like mad. Well this particular day I was having a bit of a nightmare. None of my photos were were turning out right and everything in my head was just coming out all wrong. I had this picture in my head of the type of content I really wanted to produce compared to the kind I was actually producing, and it was driving me insane. So, obviously being a melodramatic queen, and feeling ridiculously sorry for myself I just burst into tears, started looking through all of my old posts and trying to find reasons as to why they just weren't good enough. 

I started to notice that my blog design was pretty basic and simple compared to the array of artistic spledour, which I am constantly greeted by on other people's blogs. I assumed that every blogger in the world was probably prettier than me, and just generally got so worked up into a frenzy that I actually rendered myself completely incapable of writing a decent post for about a week, and for all you stat consious bloggers let me tell you my page views definitely suffered. I actually started to panic at this point thinking that my blogger journey would be coming to a very abrupt end if I didn't do something about it...and soon.

A few days went by and I started to notice how a place (bloggersphere) that once felt warm and welcoming was now becoming a little intimidating for those of us who mabye aren't so confident, and all I could see on twitter were little groups of bloggers who all appeared to be laughing at some shared inside joke. I longed to be part of it. I longed to find a way to bond with not just other bloggers but my other readers who mabye don't blog themselves, but like to read all the little thoughts we have out loud here on the world wide web. That was then I got the most horrible fleeting feeling that all my readers probably hated me by now because I hadn't written a decent post in a week, and seemed to be ignoring the world of blogging entirely. I actually panicked when I started to imagine writing posts every week and getting literally not one page view, not even from myself because they were so bad even I didn't want to read my own work. 

After this I took my anger out on the PR's who don't always have bloggers best interests. The ones who emailed me last week using the wrong blog name, and yet wanted me to work for them. It saddened me to think that some of them suggested working with me yet knew very little about me, or my blog. It was even worse when some of the better ones failed to fullfill their promises even though I had dedicated so much time into contacting, and responding to their requests. Don't get me wrong the very honest nature of my blog seems to attract the nicest and most genuine PR's out there, but unfortunately last week was a bit of a nightmare. I guess I just wasn't ready to believe that professionals who actually get paid for what they do (unlike most bloggers) would take advantage of  those of us who just don't know how to value our worth. It then got me thinking about why I first started blogging and while I do still want it to help me careerwise I have to admit the experiences I've had so far have been some of the best moments of my life. I'm finally glad I got to let my creative soul run wild and free on the internet, and be damned anyone who wants to judge me for it. 

So, although I have had the toughest few weeks of my life since I stated blogging it wasn't all bad as at least I now know I'm doing for the right reasons. I'm glad to be getting this off my chest and I really do hope that noone hates me after this somewhat unapologetic confession, but I had to share this with those of you who do actually want to hear from me. To those of you who like reading everything I write about no matter how sh*t my photos are or how bad my layout sucks; thank you. Thank you all for reading my rather small and insignificant blog which will likely never change the world, but it has gone a long way in changing me for the better and of that you can be sure.

Have any of you guys ever felt like this? Like its all or nothing with blogging?


Friday, 25 July 2014

The Skincare Products I Couldn't Live Without

Morning everyone! I hope you are all getting the lovely sunshine that I have been loving for the past few days! I don't think I have ever done a proper skin care post before even though I probably moan about the condition of my skin every few posts so I thought I'd change that and go through some of the products that I am forever repurchasing. 

I use different products on my skin depending on what mood I am in, how much make up I have on or whether I am in the bath or the shower, but there are three things I use to take my make up off on a regular basis. If I've been having a casual no make up day I usually just need some Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to get rid of the days dirt and impurities. I honestly love this stuff! The huge bottle lasts me a good few months, it is as gentle on my skin as water, and yet it removes eye make efficiently and without all that scrubbing nonsense. You can usually find this on offer for less than a fiver in the drugstore and I definitely recommend. If my skin has been producing a little more oil than usual or I can feel a break out coming on I use The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, which actually does a good job of calming my skin down and absorbing excess oils. Weird, since I was always too scared of using an oil on my already oily skin, but it really does wonders for me. The third cleanser is one that I use when I feel as though my skin is a little dry or lacking in radiance, and that is the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser. This stuff is so nourishing and luxurious! It contains shea butter to really lock in moisture and kiwi extract to help brighten my skin giving it that 'glow from within' look. I really notice the difference if I don't use this as my skin looks a bit on the dull side, and I've also heard that it is a good dupe for the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, which unfortunately doesn't work well with my skin type. 

I make it no secret here on the internet that my skin can be a little problematic, and if I neglect it or reach for the make up wipes for so much as a day it starts to break out in all sorts of under the skin devils. To help clear up these kinds of break outs as fast as possible I exfoliate my skin twice a week with the No7 Total Renewal Microdermabrasion Exfoliator, which leaves my skin brighter, tighter, and incredibly smooth. The one thing I would say is that this scrub can be a little harsh and scratchy and will leave the skin slightly red so if you have sensitive skin its probably not for you! I also like to do a weekly face mask to help pry out all the nasty impurities and dirt from my pores. My all time fave is Soap and Glory's No Clogs Allowed (see review here) which is a self heating mask, and leaves my skin feeling clean as a whistle and ready to soak up my moisturizer. The last product on the HG list is something I have been singing praises about ever since I first discovered it, and that is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +, which I apply to spot prone and oily areas of my face before moisturizing. It really keeps oil and bay and has been keeping my skin clear as ever these days; its rare for me to have more than one pimple at a time now. On top of this it also fights against marks and seeing as I have a little acne scarring on my chin its pretty much an SOS product for me. 

What skincare products could you guys not live without? Do you use any of the products I have mentioned? 

Monday, 21 July 2014

MeMeMe Beat the Blues Highlighter

Well, first off I just wanted to say that my little product here looks awfully scruffy, and there is a good reason for that. I don't remember buying this product, but around a month ago I was going through my make up collection when I came across it. By the looks of it I probably bought it some time ago and I'm not even sure my local Superdrug sells MeMeMe products anymore! Naturally I was curious and since it looked like a good dupe for Benefit's Highbeam, I did decide to put it to the test. 

I don't really use a highlighter on a regular basis so I was a little confused about which parts of my face to highlight, but in the end I settled for my cheekbones, brow bones and the end of my nose. I have to say it did enhance my features a little especially my brow bone, and I loved the gorgeous pearlescent glow it added to my cheekbones. It also seemed to last all day long, which was a huge bonus! The effect wasn't drastic so I think I will stick to using this on nights out for now rather than every day, but nevertheless it is well priced at just over a fiver and if you use Benefit's offering you may save yourself some dollah by swapping!

You can buy this from the website here!

Do any of you use a highlighter? If so which one do you use?

Friday, 18 July 2014

MAC Rebel

I've always been a huge fan of a purple lip. For as long as I can remember I have been drawn in by berry shades and plum hues; I love how versatile it can be, how edgy it can look with the right outfit, but yet still it looks super girly. Perrie from Little Mix gets it pretty spot on when it comes to the purple lip, and can you imagine my luck when she came into my work to go to the MAC counter? A little birdy told me that she had purchased the shade Rebel and I immediately wanted it.

You can probably guess how ecstatic I was when a month later my friends got me that very lipstick for my birthday! I was so excited and trust my best buddies to know how much I wanted it!

So have I been wearing this to death yet? You betcha! On the lips this looks amazing, the formula is satin so it gives off just the right amount of sheen, but doesn't look glossy; the perfect way to do a purple lip in my opinion. This is also quite similar to Topshop's Inhibition, which is another one of my favourites, however, this one has a slight pink undertone which I very much enjoy.

As you can all imagine since this is a MAC lip product the longevity is incredible, and I've had so so many people ask me what I'm wearing on my lips. It's just blooming lovely and everyone should have it in their lipstick collection. This is a great shade for both everyday wear and for something a little more special. It makes a real statement! I only own two of these lipsticks, but I think I'll be purchasing a lot more in the future! Thanks MAC

Do any of you own Mac Rebel? What kind of purple lip do you go for?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Top T in the Park Moments!

Just in case you didn't already know...I went to T in the Park at the weekend! It was probably one of the best weekends of my life, and I was so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people, and see so many of my favorite bands!! Lets round up all the highlights that made it so bloody special shall we...

1. Arctic Monkeys in general. The chance to see one of the best and most modern British bands doesn't come around all too often. Obviously I got a little too excited when Fluorescent Adolescent came on and it reminded me of being 18 again, and going out clubbing 4 nights a week! Oh how the times have changed! 

2. Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro holding up a YES flag at the end of his performance. Whether you are voting for independence or not I think you will all agree that this was an absolutely phenomenal thing to do, especially when your every move is being watched by the BBC. Wonder if he got a slap on the wrist for that one...

3. Getting so drunk with my bestie Lauren on the Saturday that we skipped a Pharell performance to go on the waltzers! We then lost each other among all the hilarity, resulting in me missing Calvin Harris, which I actually wasn't that bothered about until I saw that Will Smith ended up introducing him. Woe is me.

4. The glorious Scottish sunshine. Now that's not a phrase you hear very often. But, apart from the Saturday night, the weather was pretty amazing. I think I saw more sunburn than I've ever saw in my life. I've actually come home with a better tan than I come back from my holidays with! 

5. Bonding with Lewis like we have never bonded before. Apparently Lewis thought I would be too high maintenance to camp at a festival without access to showers or a decent toilet for a few days, but actually I did pretty good. He's obviously incredibly proud, and now he knows that we will be able to go to many a festival together in the future! 

I had an absolutely amazing weekend and who knows maybe I will even return next year! Anyone that thinks they can't do the camping thing needs to give it a try at least once. I promise you it will be a weekend of memories you will never ever forget! 

Where any of you at T in the park? Or any other festivals for that matter?


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Newbies #4

The other day I spontaneously ordered a few things from Feel Unique, which my bank balance is not happy about! I think I might have a genuine shopping addiction, I honestly can't resist a bargain!

The first thing I popped into my online basket was this Blue and Pink Tangle Teezer. I've never had a genuine Tangle Teezer before; I used to have an eBay replica, but unfortunately it got lost when I went on holiday last year *sad face*. My hair has been quite well behaved recently, but it's so thick that it is impossible for it not to get tangled and matted throughout the day. I really like the idea of using something that won't damage or break my hair, and I just love the colour of this one!

I also ordered the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, which is technically not a newbie as I have had it before, but its one of my favourite brushes for creating a gorgeous flawless look with foundation. I still have a few of the other brushes in the range that I got over a year ago, which are still in amazing condition, so they are definitely brushes worth adding to your collection in my opinion. 

Lastly, I decided to buy this Carmex Moisture Plus Lipbalm in Peach, which I've wanted for ages because of the SPF and the tint. Last year I arrived home from Ibiza with the sorest and driest lips ever and I have no intention of letting that happen again. I love that this gives the lips a slight colour, but its so natural that you wouldn't even notice. I can't wait to wear this around the pool in Turkey! 

Have any of you ever used any of these before? What did you think? 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Festival Wardrobe Sorted

Hello lovelies, created a couple of festival looks for you all to look at. I do seem to be coming across a little awkward in outfit photographs, but I promise I'm working on it:)

Leather jacket collar popped like antennae, never knowing when to stop.

Gingham Shirt: New Look
Denim Shorts: Levi's
Wellies: Cotsworld
Scrunchie: New Look
Sunglasses: Primark

Crazy as it sounds, you won't feel as low as you feel right now, at least that's what I've been told by everyone.

Dress: New Look
Sunglasses: H&M
Flower: Vintage

Once again I do apologize for how uncomfortable and awkward I seem to be in these photos. I do not like getting photographed on my own, but I really wanted to start doing some more fashion focused posts! Hope this gives you all a little inspiration for summer festivals and the likes. I love this new dress its so comfortable! 

Is anyone else attending any festivals this year? If so which ones? 

Monday, 7 July 2014

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation

I recently posted a Boots and Feel Unique Haul here on the blog and within it was this beautiful foundation! Now I make it no secret that I don't have very good skin. In fact, it's pretty much the bane of my life! Oily T-zone and dry patches on my cheeks. Acne scarring on my chin, and sun wrinkles around my eyes and forehead. Dull complexion, but yet a little too oily. It has always been a huge dream of mine to be the kind of girl who can pop to the gym or to the shops with zero face make up on, but sadly this has never been the case. I usually wear quite heavy foundations, which cover up rather than enhance my own skin, but I've always wanted to be able to switch to a lighter base. I kept seeing this one on blogs and on shopping trips, but I was just a little too scared to try it. I literally kept telling myself that drugstore foundations don't work on my rubbish skin; until finally I caved and bought it.

The Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation has three pigments which help to correct different skin problems. The yellow helps to correct dark circles, the mauve brightens the complexion, and the green pigments help with any redness, which in my case would be acne scarring. I was a little skeptical when I first tried this thinking that there is no way this is going to be on the right side of the coverage scale for me; I've owned quite a few Bourjois foundations and they are always quite light. When I put this on the colour Vanilla was the perfect match for my skin tone, but like I thought it was quite sheer in coverage. I was immediately worried about going out wearing this thinking that all my imperfections would show through, but actually after I popped on some concealer my skin looked very flawless indeed. 

I'm not sure if this helped with my dark circles, but my skin definitely looked more radiant, and my acne scars where minimized. The texture of this is beautiful and it does blend really well into the skin making you look as though you are wearing hardly any base make up. It also contains SPF 10 which is useful if you rely on your foundation for sun protection, and as always the packaging from Bourjois is beautiful, and it comes with a very handy and very hygienic pump.

The one thing I would say is that this got a little cakey around my eyebrows and nose or even seemed to clog up in those areas, but this could be down to how I applied it; it will be interesting to see if a beauty blender application can help matters. It also states on the bottom of the bottle that the foundation gives up to 16hrs of wear. I would not agree with this, but realistically I don't think there are many foundations that would last this long, so this actually doesn't put me off. Also, my oily skin seemed to seep through around noon, and I found I had to powder quite a few times throughout the day when wearing this, so if you have oily skin you might have to work a little harder to get this foundation to work for you.

Overall though it was rather lovely, and its given me the confidence to start trying more drugstore foundations. I would probably only wear this if I was going out for dinner or something as I don't think it would last the whole working day, but it was around the ten pound mark which is about a third of what I normally pay for base make up so I really can't complain. Another thumbs up to Bourjois!

Have any of you ever tried this or any other Bourjois foundations? What did you think of them?

Friday, 4 July 2014

HAUL: Boots and Feel Unique.

Oh dear look who has been naughty again! I'm supposedly on an unofficial spending ban, with T in the Park next weekend costing me a small fortune, my upcoming holiday in August with the boy, and my driving test in about 5 weeks it means I can't really afford to splurge on myself. But guys I have an excuse! I got some vouchers and money for my birthday so yesterday I went to get some holiday clothes and you 'essentials'.

I recently noticed that Feel Unique had up to 30% off on French skincare, and I just had to get my all time favorite skincare product. I don't have to go into too much detail with this one as I'm pretty certain you all know how much I love the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo since I'm always raving about it on here. I also ordered the La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water, which is a refreshing spray that soothes and cools the skin! I thought it would be perfect for the sunny weather, but yeah that disappeared quickly didn't it Glasgow? Oh well maybe I can take it to TITP or on holiday with me. 

I then went a bit crazy yesterday in Boots, but I had a gift card to spend so you can hardly blame me! I picked up the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, which is one of my holy grail skincare products. I'd ran out so I really wanted to repurchase; this stuff is like air to me! This huge bottle lasts ages as well so its well worth it! I also got the Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun! Admittedly, I probably won't need to use this much since summer in Glasgow seems to have evaporated in the space of a few days, but I can stow it away for Turkey! It gets a good rep from all the beauty bloggers, which is why I purchased it, so I'll be blaming you lot if I'm not still a bronzed goddess in October! 

I then went to the travel section and picked up a few miniature Batiste Dry Shampoos for T in the Park. I might hate dry shampoo normally, but 4 days worth of unwashed hair isn't so attractive! I also got a mini pack of my favorite face wipes, which are the Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes. I know that face wipes aren't supposed to be very good for your skin, but these ones have no alcohol or harsh ingredients, and they are so soft and moist (ew I hate that word). Obviously it's going to be hard to take proper care of my skin at a festival, especially since my routine becomes less extensive the more alcohol I drink, but these will make sure I don't fall asleep with a full face of slap on! 

Moving onto make up (the best part)! I got a few things I have been wanting to try for absolutely ages. I went to Bourjois and immediately picked up the Healthy Balance Powder. It smells just like the Healthy Mix Foundation - you know...fruity? It's so soft and comes with a huge mirror, and since I'm a fan of doing my make up on the train - or you know extra sleep - I knew I needed this in my life! I also got the 1 2 3 Perfect Foundation, which I have on today, and am loving it! The system is supposed to colour correct signs of fatigue, redness and dullness, which is perfect for me as I suffer from all three and find it hard to find a primer to help with all of them! I also decided to try the Eco Tools Skin Perfecting Brush, as my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush has been leaving my foundation a little streaky recently! This brush is amazingly soft and its shape means it gets right into those hard to reach areas. Supposedly its designed to give a really flawless finish, and after a little practice this morning I can definitely agree. 

So this is what I've been spending my pennies on this week! I think I did quite well, do you? 


Thursday, 3 July 2014

OOTD: Wedding Attire

Hello lovelies! So as I have been saying for the past few weeks; Saturday was my cousins wedding!! I was panicking about what to wear and ended up buying this purple dress from Asos! It was in the sale for half price and I absolutely love it! Its very 50's and summery, but the backless detail adds just the right amount of glamour. My chunky heels are from Topshop, but unfortunately I purchased them a good while ago so I can't find them on the website! Sorry! I got lots of compliments on how pretty my dress was and believe it or not everyone kept going on about how tall I was (my mothers side of the family are lucky if any of them are bigger than 5ft and that's including the boys haha)! 

Overall, I had a fantastic evening, which included lots of drinking and dancing! My whole family were a little too tipsy, which is strange because I thought Lewis and I would be the tipsy ones but it seems compared to some we were actually really well behaved (there's always a bit of scandal at a wedding)! The Bride looked stunning and I must admit I did get a little teary when the Bride and Groom had their first dance; much to the horror of Lewis and my brother. At the end we got a small wedding favor which was this little breast cancer badge. My cousin lost a friend to the horrible illness a few years ago and it was very touching to see that she dedicated this little gesture to her. I like to think that her friend got to see her special day from up above :)

What do you guys think of my outfit? Do you have any weddings over the summer? 


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

June Favorites

Well it wouldn't be the end of the month if I wasn't sitting on my laptop discussing with you lovelies the products that I have been reaching for most this month! 

The first one is a little random, and I normally would never included such a boring every day product in my favorites, but I have to say I have really enjoyed using Nivea Dry Confidence Roll-on Deodorant! I never use spray deodorant as it never does a very good job of keeping you dry, and can actually make your sweat smell worse. Even though this was white it doesn't get on any of my black work clothes, and it literally keeps me bone dry; even when I'm running around in work! I also have the Jimmy Choo Flash perfume included this month, because its the perfume I've been reaching for most on nights out or even going for a few cocktails with the girls. (Ps there seems to be a little theme with these first two products, but I promise I don't smell bad!). 

Moving onto make up there's a few new things in here. Firstly, I have been using the L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim, which is an absolute god send on mornings where I have to do my make up on the train to work! The slim tip makes it so easy to do winged liner even when in a hurry! I also bought Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation recently and so far I am absolutely loving it! I normally reach for full coverage foundations so it was a little daunting for me to choose something so sheer and natural, but the finish is so beautiful! I feel like this make up really lets my skin breathe and the SPF is always beneficial! I've also been reaching for my Benefit Boi-ing Concealer as I've been out drinking quite a lot this month so its been much needed for those horrid dark under eye circles, which brings me onto Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment; which I've been loving for pretty much the same reason. You can see my full review on that here. I've also found myself wearing eye shadow a lot this month with all of these nights out, so its not surprising that I have been relying on Urban Decay Primer Potion, which is without a doubt the best on the market. I've tried many eye shadow bases and this one will always come out tops! 

Many of you will already know that I lack enthusiasm when it comes to taking care of my hands, so its quite surprising that I have two hand and nail products on the list. This Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment has been accompanying me in my handbag quite a lot this month, and it smells amazing. My hands are definitely feeling a little softer so I will try as hard as possible to keep using it although I'm a nightmare when it comes to hand creams; I always just get bored.I'm also including the Collection 2 in 1 Nail Strengthener, which was something I randomly picked up in a hurry, but I have to say its actually really good. My nails are usually in a bit of a state since I'm a devoted nail nibbler, not to mention my love of a shellac manicure every now and then. This definitely makes my nails a lot whiter and stronger!

That's everything i have been loving this month! Are any of you in love with any of these products?
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