Monday, 18 August 2014

Top Picks From Miss Selfridge:

When I get the time I love to head on over to the Miss Selfridge website (or my nearest store) and fill my basket with a few items from the ‘New In’ section. Unfortunately my finances don’t always allow me to do this so this month, instead of filling my basket I browsed and window shopped until my heart just couldn’t take it anymore and these are the pieces that I am loving from Miss Selfridge at the moment.

This jumpsuit seriously gives me the urge to jump on the next plane to somewhere sunny and spend my evenings sipping cocktails and listening to music. I love the halter neck back and the open v-neck and the pop of purple flowers contrast beautifully against the bright white background.

Knitwear? In Summer? Yep, whatever the weather I am always partial to a bit of knitwear and this pretty pastel blue jumper is no exception. The cropped, scalloped hem is different to anything else in my wardrobe and the lightweight fabric make this the perfect transition piece from Summer to Autumn.

Is it me or does this bag look way more expensive than it is? To me, it screams designer but the high street £29.00 price tag won’t break the bank. It can either be used with the centre handle for an evening out or dinner date and or the cross body strap for lugging round all the essentials on a girly shopping trip, it looks like the perfect size for me.

If you’re like me then you will go through pumps like they’re going out of fashion. Come rain or shine you will most likely see me in a pair of pumps, preferably black but now that we are in the midst of Summer, a nice red pair may be more apt!

In all honesty, I’m not a huge jewellery person. Taking the time to put on a watch is often a huge effort for me however this gorgeous gold and pastel necklace could be the exception. The rhinestones and pastel coloured stones would look beautiful underneath a crisp, white shirt collar or with a black playsuit or jumpsuit for an evening look.

Style and comfort? What more could you want? These trousers are made up of 96% viscose and 4% elastane so they can either be worn as with a strappy black cami for a night out of for a comfy (but still chic) shopping trip with the girls.

What do you think of my picks?

Take care x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

This Or That Beauty Tag:

Another beauty tag for you today! I must admit tags are amongst one of my favourite posts to read and the ‘This or That Beauty Tag’ is no exception. Let’s get right into it:

*photo taken from Tumblr

Blush or Bronzer?
Definitely bronzer. I’ve mentioned previously that I much prefer warm, bronze toned blushes over any pink or peachy shades and I’m yet to change my mind. I often go without blush and just apply a little bronzer to add warmth to my face and I’m ready to head out the door.

Lip Gloss or Lipstick?
In my school days I would definitely have said lip gloss. There wasn’t a day that went by when I wouldn’t turn up to school with a pink or nude lip shimmering lip gloss but these days, whilst Iip gloss still has a solid place in my heart, lipstick is definitely my product of choice.

Chapstick or Lip butter?
For an evening of pampering or as an intensive overnight treatment I would have to go for lip butters, but for day to day I would have to go with chapstick, tinted chapstick that is!

Matte or Sparkle Eyeshadow?
Matte for the transition shade and brow bone highlight but for everything else I’m all about the shimmer shadows.

Gel, Liquid, Cream or Pencil Liner?
Liquid all day every day. You will all know by now that I am a huge fan of the cat eye flick and I just can’t seem to achieve the point and precision that I want with anything other than a liquid liner, the L’Oreal Super Liner to be precise.

Foundation or Concealer?
Concealer without foundation looks hideous on me so, to save myself from looking utterly ridiculous, I would say foundation.

Liquid or Powder Foundation?
I have never ever tried powder foundation. Every time I walk past a Bare Minerals stand I am always tempted to make a purchase (I’ve heard amazing things about their original powder foundation) but having dry skin makes powder foundations a huge turn off for me.

Neutral or Statement eye?
Statement. Always.

Pressed or Loose shadows?
Pressed shadows without a doubt. I’m a naturally messy person so I definitely do not need loose powder shadows making more anymore chaos on my already untidy dressing table.

Waterproof or Non Waterproof?
Non waterproof! I have only owned one waterproof mascara and it put me off for life! I just can’t be dealing with having to spend hours scrubbing at my eyes when it comes to taking my makeup. Non waterproof all the way!

Brushes, Sponges or Fingers?
For foundation: sponges, for eyes: brushes, and for dabbing in my under eye concealer: fingers. Due to my messy nature I like to use as many tools as possible when it comes to applying even the smallest amount of makeup.

Powder, Cream or Liquid Highlighters?
I’m not a huge fan of cream products, so I would have to go with either powder or liquid highlighters. I tend to reach for powder highlights over anything else, my favourite at the moment being Soft & Gentle by MAC.

I tag everyone to do the This or That Beauty Tag!

Take care x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water:

So after raving about the L’Oreal 3 in 1 Micellar Solution in my Winter Skincare Saviours post back in March it would appear, that after much persistence, this stuff was the cause of numerous breakouts. It pains me to say it but once I realised that this was the repeat offender, it went straight in the bin – ain’t nobody got time for breakouts these days! Since then it’s been a struggle to find a decent cleansing water at a decent price that caters to my ever expanding list of needs, however I think I have found a winner in the form of the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.

This cleansing water is an absolute miracle worker when it comes to removing even the most stubborn makeup, waterproof mascara included. I simply soak a cotton pad with this cleanser and place it over my eye for a few moments, allowing the product to gently dissolve my makeup, and then wipe away. The majority of my eye makeup is removed after one swipe and there’s no need for any aggressive rubbing or pulling on the eye to get good results. The same goes for my face makeup, just 1 to 2 cotton pads will be enough to completely remove all of my foundation, blush and bronzer, leaving no greasy residue, and I even have a little bit left to take down my neck.

If you’re like me, and worry about new products irritating your eyes (especially makeup removers) then there is no need to fear here. I have stupidly sensitive eyes (I have struggled with eye infections for the past 6 months) but this cleansing water has had no adverse effect on them whatsoever, in fact I’ve found that this is much more tender and even calming on my eyes as opposed to my usual makeup remover; the Simple cleansing wipes. What’s more, I have had no experience of breakouts or troublesome redness with this cleanser (which is a miracle considering my sensitive skin) and my dry skin is not left feeling tight or stripped of moisture after use.

But does it compare to the Bioderma I hear you ask? In my opinion, yes it does! Both work at cleansing and removing my makeup beautifully and, to be honest, I can’t find any difference between the two, both have performed exactly the same for me. The only real difference is the price: the Garnier Miceller Cleansing Water is currently on offer for £3.99 in Boots (usually £4.99) for 400ml of product whereas 500ml of Bioderma will set you back £14.71 here or £15.99 here. I know how much I would rather pay!

Have you tried this cleansing water? How do you think it compares?

Take care x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Messy Makeup Is Ok Too:

Normally I am all about the on point liquid liner, the neat lashes and the well blended shadow but sometimes, messy makeup can be just as cute and it's always fun to step outside your comfort zone.  Here are the steps I took to create a messy, but wearable eye makeup look:

Step 1:
No matter what, eye primer is always key. Even if your going for the un-done  look you're still going to want your shadow to stay put throughout your day or evening and it's always best to try and create that clean, bare canvas where possible. 

Step 2:
Now it's straight onto shadow and this step is super simple. Just take any matte brown eye shadow of your and whack it all over the lid and then apply the smallest amount of a darker shadow through the crease. Run the lid shade along the lash line and link it up with the top lid. Take a clean blending brush and lightly blend out the shadow, the main word here being lightly!! We want it to look messy remember.

Step 3:
Apply a matte brow bone highlight and a shimmer inner corner highlight. Next, run a black or brown liquid liner or pencil (I chose a mixture of black pencil and liquid liner) along the top lash line and then run a black pencil along the water line and tight line. 

Step 4:
Apply as many coats of mascara as  possible to your top and bottom lashes and your done!

You can fill in your brows and apply your foundation, blush and contour however you wish but I tried to go for a flawless base to contrast and make the messy eyes really stand out. 

What do you guys think? Are you a fan of the messy look?

Take care x

Monday, 11 August 2014

August Beauty Wish List:

I have to say that I have been very good these past few months. I haven’t purchased any new beauty products at all; in fact I can’t remember the last makeup item that I bought! With that said, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been lusting over a few things from Cult Beauty and Feel Unique and I hope to make these products mine oh mine as soon as possible!

GlamGlow Youthmud Mud Mask: To be honest I’m currently coveting all of the GlamGlow products but the prices are a complete turn off, £24.99 for 15ml...I don’t think so! Having said that there has been so much hype around their products and with celebrities like Mila Kunis, Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman reportedly huge fans it may just be worth saving up for a tub or two.

Elizabeth Arden’s EightHour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 Sheer Tint: This has my name all over it. Eight Hour Cream in lip tint form? Yes please! I have recently run out of my original Eight Hour Cream (I love masking my lips in it during the day and night) and I’m always on the lookout for new pretty pink lip shades to try so this seems like the perfect combination of the two to keep my lips hydrated, but with that added pop of colour.

Stila In The Garden EyeShadow Palette: I am a huge fan of the Stila ‘In The Light’ palette from the pigmentation, the formulation to the colour selection, its a great palette to have in the collection and the In The Garden palette looks just as beautiful. The addition of the green, purple and blue shadow makes this palette perfect for those with brown eyes and the standard neutral shades allow you to create something natual as well as a few exotic looks.

Paco Rabanne Lady MillionEau De Parfum: This has got to be amongst my top five favourite fragrances. I first purchased this around three years ago, used it up within about a month and have missed it ever since. It screams elegance and glamour and is perfect for an evening out with friends or a dinner date night, I especially love the notes of amber, patchouli and Arabian jasmine.

Yes To Cucumbers SoothingBody Wash: Despite having sensitive skin and occasionally suffering from a little bit of eczema, I have been experimenting with a few different soaps and body washes over the past few weeks. It’s now safe to say that my obsession for all things body has got a little out of hand and this Yes To Cucumbers Body Wash seems like the perfect addition to my body wash collection. Soothing tea tree and cucumber (obviously!) are the main ingredients here to comfort and relax the skin plus it’s targeted towards sensitive skin, sounds good right!?

Kent Angled Eyebrow Brush: My two current eyebrow brushes have definitely seen better days and I am desparately trying to find one that ticks all my boxes. I’m not too fussed about it having a spoolie at one end, but it does need to be soft, good quality and long lasting and, even though I have never heard of this particular brand before, the price of this eyebrow brush makes it hard to ignore.

YSL Touche Eclat: I tried this product years ago but completely dismissed it because of its lack of coverage however, in the warmer month it’s a minimal, light coverage that I desire and paired with its stunning highlighting properties and rave reviews, I can’t help but want to try this again.

Kerastase Nutritive NectarThermique Nourishing Care for Dry Hair: Well that name is a mouthful! This product has been on my radar ever since I started watching Fleur De Force on YouTube a long time ago. I’m always looking for new products to add a burst of moisture to my dry hair and if it makes my hair easier to manage (which this claims to do) then I’ll be all over it.

What products are on your wish list this month?

Take care x

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Seascape Soothe Body Butter:

On the odd occasion that I get a moment to myself, I love nothing more than a full on pamper session. I’m talking hot bath, candles, face mask and A LOT of body moisturiser to keep my skin looking supple. However, having sensitive skin means I often have to be careful what lotions and potions I apply to my body; I need something gentle, hydrating and something that won’t irritate or aggravate any active eczema I may have at the time and the Seascape Soothe Body Butter* does just the trick.

Seascape Soothe Body Butter

This must be one of the most luxurious body butters I have ever tried, and boy have I tried a lot! It’s incredibly thick in consistency but that is exactly what I love about it. Just scoop a small amount of product onto your finger, let the natural warmth of your hand melt the butter slightly and then begin applying it to the desired areas. Once warmed up the body butter spreads across the skin beautifully, wrapping it in a layer of soft, soothing butter that dries almost instantly, leaving no greasy or sticky residue. It contains Jersey beeswax, shea butter and is rich in Omega 3 and 6 as well as vitamin E to soothe, calm and rejuvenate the skin; ingredients that my sensitive, dry skin loves. All these ingredients work together as an amazing aid to heal and reduce stretch marks too; unfortunately I have a couple of stretch marks in a few different places and this has worked wonders at reducing the size a general appearance of these marks in a matter of weeks. Speaking of stretch marks, if you happen to be pregnant this body butter is perfectly harmless as all the essential oils within the formula are ‘pregnancy safe.’

Seascape Soothe Body Butter

As soon as you take off the lid you are greeted with the elusive scent of lavender and 100% natural essential oils which, paired with the other ingredients, not only helps to nourish the skin, but relax the mind too. I like to apply this body butter in both the morning and just before I go to bed as the deeply moisturising formula keeps my skin feeling soft, supple and comfortable throughout the day and night.

Seascape Soothe Body Butter

Seascape Soothe Body Butter

I just can't recommend this product enough! Have you tried this body butter or any other products from Seascape?

Take care x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

L’Oreal Elvive Full Restore 5 Conditioning Spray:

Having long hair can be a struggle at the best of times and trying to find products to properly manage and tame my hair can take weeks of trial and error testing. However, after discovering the L’Oreal Elvive Full Restore 5 Conditioning Spray it was love at first spritz and has transformed my hair like no other.

After towel drying my hair I like to spray this budget friendly product sparingly through the lengths and ends of my hair (despite the lightweight formula I am still conscious about too much product build up) steering clear of the roots and crown as this is where my hair tends to show signs of greasy-ness first. I then like to leave the product so sink in for a few moments whilst I moisturise or rummage around my draws for my brush and then comb through my hair to evenly distribute the product. This product does a fantastic job at detangling my unruly hair, for some reason it has become extremely knotty lately, and once my hair is dry it’s not left feeling weighed down or like it’s packed with product.

Even after only two weeks of use the results are clear to see. Once dry and styled my hair feels incredibly soft and silky and the majority of my split ends are completely cured.  The addition of Pro Keratin in the formula helps to reinstate my damaged and weakened hair and adds structure, strength and shine. Pair that with the Ceramide ingredient that helps to restore the natural properties of your hair and help prevent breakage and you've got a winning recipe.

If I’m in a hurry I will happily just shampoo my hair and use this spray as a substitute for a normal conditioner or treatment and the results are just as good. What’s more, this product smells amazing. Its light, luxurious scent smells like you’ve just stepped out of a professional hair salon and the handy spray/pump and sturdy packaging makes this great product for travelling and keeping your hair healthy on holiday.

Have you tried this leave in conditioner?

Take care x