Friday, 12 September 2014

Things I'm loving #2

I've been trying lots of new things recently (a result of pay day and blogger perks...) so I thought it was time to do a new 'lovin' post! There's some real gems in this little lot, with some I'll definitely add into the can't-live-without category.

L'OREAL ELVIVE EXTRAORDINARY OIL, £9.99 I bought this as my other bottle of hair oil was running out, and I am so obsessed with it already. I've been using it for a week and my hair is loving it. You can use it on wet or dry hair for a real nourishing boost. My hair is in quite good condition at the moment but this just assists in maintaining that, especially after a trip to the hairdressers for my blond-ing! This contains flower oils as opposed to argan, but this makes it a little more budget friendly and I think it's one of the best oils on the high street.

REVLON COLORSTAY GEL ENVY NAIL POLISH, £6.99 There's finally a long lasting polish that lives up to claims... This is a brand new range from Revlon which offers the intense colours and wear that the gel manicures are famous for but with the option to chop and change your colours more often. This the shade 'Pocket Aces' and I have a few more from the collection but this is a gorgeous summer colour (still clinging on to the sun!) I wore this for five days and there was very minor tip wear, with a shine and finish still as fresh as the day I painted my digits. I LOVE the formula. It's worth picking up the diamond top coat with these too, as it's specially formulated and assists in stopping those chips!

REVLON COLORSTAY MOISTURE STAIN, £7.99 I reviewed these beautiful lip products the other week, and the shade 'Miami Fever' has become a little love of mine! It's a beautiful bright orange-red that looks so slick and glamorous on. Bonus that it matches the nail polish too... Revlon you are on fire right now.

THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN C MICRODERMABRASION SCRUB, £14.00 I was in dire need of a new face scrub that wasn't drying or stripped the hell out of my skin. After a bit of bloggy research I came across this from TBS, which is actually one of their best sellers, so I decided to give it a whirl. You use it only twice a week, as it's quite rough. It has a gorgeous zesty scent and you can really feel it scrubbing away as you gently work a little amount into your skin. My skin feels amazing afterwards. SO soft, so clean, so FRESH. My blackheads also retreat when I use this. Definite skincare staple.

THE BODY SHOP BRUSH ON RADIANCE*, £14.00 If you're a 'glow-getter' (he he he) then this is definitely for you! AH it's like potted sunshine. A selection of coloured pearls with light diffusing particles this gives the most gorgeous glow to cheek bones and anywhere you brush it - without making you look like a walking glitter ball. LOVE. IT.

THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN E AQUA SORBET, £12.00 Another Body Shop product worth mentioning that I am obsessed with is this lovely moisturiser. I like a light moisturiser for my combination skin that still hydrates, but this combo can often be hard to stumble upon. This is your answer! It's light and fresh but still hydrates the skin all day. It also leaves the skin nicely matte which allows a great base for make up, especially on warmer days. It also smells really pretty AND it's pink. Enough said.

*Sent for review.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Leather Look

H&M Leather Look Skirt
H&M Coral Jumper
Topshop Croc skater shoes
Zara Bag
Ray Ban Erika Sunglasses*

I'm having a moment with leather skirts at the moment. I found this simple but gorgeous one in
H&M. They're surprisingly versatile and add a touch of lux to any outfit! I love how it contrasts with this bright coral jumper, which has a lovely back detail. The croc skaters from Topshop are a new addition to my shoe-drobe nd are one of the 'trends' I really rate at the moment. They look so cool on, and go with jeans and skirts for a laid back look. Super comfy too! (Note: leather skirts aren't too great for beach wear... wear for outfit post purposes only)

Harry took these for me when we were away at his beach house last week. It was such a perfect week and the weather was amazing, (as you can see!) It was also lovely because I pretty much kept myself off Twitter and Facebook all week, so I came back pretty chilled. However, I have hit the ground running a little bit because I didn't have any blog content for this week, and I'm packing ready to move back up to Birmingham before term starts again!!

Hope you're all having a lovely week xo

Monday, 8 September 2014

The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Face Wash & Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask

I've been testing out two of The Body Shop's best selling skincare products - their Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash and the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask. The Body Shop's products are cruelty free and ingredients are derived from natural sources making them a perfect option for troublesome skin. The seaweed range is aimed at combination/oily skin and contains bladderwack seaweed to help deep clean the skin from impurities that may cause blemishes. I've fallen a little bit in love with these two products and can see why they are best sellers!

 The Seaweed Deep Cleansing Face Wash is a gel cleanser. It's easy to dispense from the squeezy tube. I use this in the morning - you need a very small amount to cover your whole face. The scent is very refreshing and it gives a little cool tingling sensation as you use it on your face which is perfect for mornings which are usually a struggle... I have combination skin and this leaves it looking nicely refreshed, clean and with minimised shine. The ingredients absorb the oil rather than stripping it off the skin, so it's a lot more gentle and I haven't found it to make my face produce more oil. I hope he doesn't mind me saying this, but my boyfriend has also purchased a tube of this after trying mine out! He loves it, and is amazed at how little you need to cover your face. It's a unisex product, so if there's a boy in your life that's struggling with oily skin, perhaps suggest this to him! At £8.50 a pop, this will last you a while and is a great if you're on a budget!

I love face masks as much as the next girl! What I really love is a good clay mask, and The Body Shop's best selling mask is their Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask. Like the rest of the range, it's aimed at oily skin. This mask claims to control excess oil and draw out impurities. It has a very fresh, zesty scent and a very thick consistency. I've used this twice a week and have noticed a difference after use. My skin is smooth and looks more awake. It has quite a tingly sensation when it's on your face as it dries, but it isn't unbearable. It's cooling and soothing on the face whilst drawing out any grime. My blackheads have retreated after blitzing it with this for ten minutes at a time! Definitely one for a post-festival pamper. It's £13.00 a tub but as it's so thick you don't end up using as much, so a tub will last you a while. It works out a lot cheaper than buying sachets of masks, plus it makes you feel like you're in your very own spa...

The Body Shop Seaweed range is available online or in store.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Fluffin' hell

Primark fluffy jumper
Topshop Biker Jacket
Primark jeans
Forever 21 necklace
White leather Converse (Schuh)
Fiorelli Bag (John Lewis)

Uh, hey summer, where did you get to? I'm wearing a jumper, help. However, it's a beautiful jumper and I wanna wear it forever. I bought two fluffy jumpers like this from Primark last year and they were so perfect for the winter. They have some more colours in this year and I love the baby blue! (I featured this in my haul post!) They're very easy to chuck on over shirts, but I'll save that combo for when it is a lot colder... I love the bright pink necklace against this, it adds such a pretty pop of colour! 

I'm away with Harry for a week at the moment so if I'm a little quiet on social media it's because I want a little break from it (thank you HootSuite for all your wondrous scheduling!!) The weather is improving which I AM SO HAPPY about, especially as we're by the sea!! 

Hope you're having a lovely week! xoxo

Monday, 1 September 2014

What's on my face #17: Vivid Violet eyes

 Avon True Colour palette in Vivid Violet; Avon Super-shock gel eye liner;
Avon Super-shock mascara.

I thought I'd do a post on this set I got for my birthday - perfect excuse to try it out for a what's on my face post! The palette has four True Colour eye shadows in it; a silver, matte lilac, medium purple with a subtle shimmer and a shimmery navy. They all contrast and compliment each other really well to create some very pretty looks! They are soft and pigmented, blending into each other really easily. The set also came with a black Super-shock eye liner. I think I may be in love with this formula! It's gel in pencil form and glides on effortlessly, creating an opaque black line. The Super-shock mascara is also brilliant with a big chunky plastic brush to coat all the lashes and create length and volume. 

I love adding a little bit of colour into my make up now and again, and a deep navy is a great way to do this subtly. I patted the silver eye shadow all over my eye lid then blended the navy into the crease and outer corner. I used the darker purple to add a little tint over the top. I finished off with eye liner and mascara and a nude lip from Rimmel (Coral Britannia). 

Do you enjoy injecting colour into your smokey eye?