Tuesday, 3 February 2015

January Favourites 2015

Hey guys!

So it's monthly favourites time, and I've been eagerly waiting to share with you what I've been absolutely loving this month. January is probably the worst month of the year for me: cold weather, post-christmas blues and now the daunting thought of how it's my last term at uni/in education ever! Plus...I just generally miss hot sunny weather!

I've also been trying to organise myself more with my dissertation deadline approaching, writing a planner and trying to find motivation. I want to get back into the heath and fitness hype that I was on before Christmas too, so I think I need to purchase some new gym kit (loving the look of Boohoo Fit and Missguided Active range) and get back on it. I'm currently trying to go to the gym as much as possible (I've got a spinning class on Wednesday and oh my god I hate spinning), looking into Protein World, Lucy Meck's new book and Pinteresting loads of yummy healthy recipes.
Meanwhile, I've got a number of favourites for this month including some new discoveries! So lets get into it...

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo- Mega Instant. This was a spur of the moment purchase whilst in Newcastle as my old dry shampoo had run out and my hair was looking a bit crap. I've got to say, this has to be one of the best dry shampoos i've tried. I love the scent firstly, and how light it feels on my hair. It also doesn't leave any grey patches like the Batiste ones sometimes do! It's so good for adding some instant volume and keeps my hair nice and soft.

Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15- Super Facialist by Una Brennan. This was another new discovery this month but has become a solid part of my everyday morning routine. It's a beautiful scented moisturiser that's kind to the skin and also helps protect against sun damage/anti ageing. It makes my skin super soft and radiant and I'm pretty sure it's helped clear my skin up too!

MAC Pure Zen/Shy Girl and MAC Whirl Lipliner. I'm basically so on the Kylie Jenner hype it's unreal and I think I'm pretty lucky to have Whirl lipliner because apparently it's still out of stock?! But it makes my lips look fuller and I just looove it. I'm also into my peachy creamy nudes coming up to spring and I've just purchased my second tube of Shy Girl as I went through the last one far too quickly!

Chanel Soleil Tan Bronze Universel. I've had this now for 2 years and I'm so close to running out I want to cry! This is not cheap to repurchase on a whim (£32) but it's the nicest multi-use product! I personally use a large powder brush to apply it to my face after moisturising and it basically acts as a bronzed base, warming up my currently very pale winter skin. Some people also use this as a bronzer and/or contour, so it really does have so many uses. Because it's so creamy it's also very blendable and wears well on the skin.

Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque. Obviously this cold weather does nothing for the condition of our hair, so I've been applying this hair mask once a week, and sometimes I leave it on overnight for maximum results. It seriously makes my hair so soft, shiny and strong and I need it to be in good condition so it'll grow faster! (250ml is currently £15 on Amazon, down from £26)

Seven Seas Radiant You Capsules. Another product that I attribute to my hair growth is definitely these babies. You can get them in Boots and they're not very expensive! I got a month's supply and I found my skin, hair and nails all improved in condition. My mum got them for me originally after talking to her friends at work who are Doctors and they all recommended them- now I've got my housemate on them so hopefully she'll have good hair growth progress too!

Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade. This has transformed my eyebrow life. Anastasia you are the queen of the brows and I love you. I actually get complimented on my eyebrows now...(this is huge for me ok)
You should see my eyebrows like a year ago. Now I just spend a few minutes in the morning with just an angled brush and some of this stuff (I have the shade 'dark brown'). I do actually think I should have got the 'chocolate' shade instead but it's okay because I just apply it with an extra light hand. I do actually really want to go get my eyebrows 'done' in Harvey Nicks or something but I just can't justify it at the moment financially, and I almost don't need to now I have this in my life! 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes <33333
Aaaaaaah I can't even. This book is the best book I have ever read. Ever. If you like books, or if you don't- you need to read it! I couldn't actually get over it for a few days and I tweeted the author and she tweeted back telling me I had a 'book hangover' !! haha. What a babe. It's basically a love story in my opinion but some people don't think it's a love story...just a story of two people who change each others lives, but it's so inspirational and has actually changed the way I think about some things in life. I'm now reading her newest book called 'The One Plus One' which is also very good.

Thanks for reading! Hope you feel inspired by some of the things I've mentioned!

Let me know what you've been loving this month?
lots of love,

January Favourites 2015

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Pinterest Obsessions

A snapshot of my Pinterest...

So, I'm going though a phase of being absolutely addicted to Pinterest. I love it so much for inspiration- food recipes, travel destinations, makeup looks, hair, interior design, quotes. Obsessed. 
I've recently just ordered some cute polaroid photos that I hope to put up above my desk when they arrive- full of funny/motivational quotes, style and beauty pictures that I've got off Pinterest and the odd one of me and my loved ones in there too, so I can't wait to show you guys!

At the moment I'm loving healthy, delicious recipes, and quotes that keep me motivated to work out, do work, and stick to my new year's resolutions. I'm loving fairylights, candles, and all things cosy in terms of interior design. I literally can't wait until I have my own home and can decorate it exactly how I like and have the comfiest sofa ever (these sofas in student houses just don't hack it!). Creams and neutral shades and soft fabrics are my current faves. I'm also a little bored of my hair so I'm looking at different pretty styles.
On the fashion side of things, I'm loving black, black, black. Black ripped jeans and long black boots. Also, high-neck jumpers, and grey marl tops and chunky cardigans. Makeup looks I'm loving include fresh dewy skin, winged eyeliner, and tutorials on how to make your eyebrows look unreal. 2015 IS the year every woman wants their eyebrows to look unreal ok (it's not just me).

I'm going to start using Pinterest more for my blog, as a lot of bloggers have boards full of tips, tricks, blog design help etc and even blog post ideas!
If you have Pinterest and want to follow me I'd love it!

Pinterest Obsessions

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

REVIEW: Lancôme Grandiose- Best Mascara Ever?

Hey everyone! Hope you're well and sorry it's been a little while. I've been so busy!
Whilst I have been away though, I've welcomed a new love into my life...I literally have found the best mascara ever. Lancôme
's Grandiose Mascara.
I would go as far as to say that it is my holy grail mascara, and that's saying a lot.
I'm sure we are all guilty of using the mascara living in the bottom of our bags...the dried out flaky one circa 2013 (I'm looking at you Benefit's They're Real) because we just couldn't let them go. But if we're going to spend money on a new mascara, it needs to be good...

The mascara itself is from my favourite mascara brand Lancôme, who have previously won me over with their Hypnose line: Doll Eyes, Drama, Star, I couldn't wait to try this one.

Grandiose is their new 'reinvention' of mascara, with a 'patent-pending' Swan Neck. This is designed to create full, even, fanned out lashes from corner to corner, adapting to all different eye shapes. It claims to capture even the tiniest inner corner lashes and creates a wide angled fan effect on the lashes, with the brush designed to follow the eye's natural shape, and the wand angled to follow the cheekbone and facial contours. Ooer.

So here's why I love it:The bottle is GORGEOUS, like literally can we appreciate the glass and the flower? It's definitely elegant and looks great on your dressing table. But then there's the wand. My Mum actually asked the woman at the counter 'is the wand meant to look like that?!' because we've never seen one like this before. The woman at the counter told us that it's great because the mascara doesn't dry out easily, which is all to do with the movement of air that gets inside the tube when you remove the wand (and why they say you shouldn't ever pump your mascara or it'll dry out super quickly). So this mascara is actually lasting me so much longer than others. Every time you unscrew the bottle, it mixes the formula too so it won't be clumpy and stays fresh.
The shape of the wand means that when you apply the mascara crossing over your face, you don't smudge any on your nose. 
They really have thought of everything with the design of this mascara it would seem.
I've found the design of the wand means it does actually get every single lash and I've noticed it's especially good on my bottom lashes as it gets to them all without smudging the underneath of my eye. The wand really separates and lengthens the lashes and when you apply a second coat it adds a lot of volume as it's very buildable.
The mascara itself is made from the blackest pigment possible to give you an intense dark eye in just one coat, and the formula is said to be 'innovative' containing Lancôme's exclusive 'Rose-Cell Extract' which condition your lashes, giving them some TLC and helping them grow longer. 

Lastly, I have to mention the staying power of this mascara. It's easier to get off than Benefit's They're Real, but lasts ALL DAY (and night) with no flakiness.

Fundamentally I love this mascara, and I would compare the overall effect and staying power to that of Benefit's They're Real, but it doesn't dry out nearly as quickly and it is easier to remove. It's by far the best mascara I think I've ever tried.
It's definitely not cheap at £24.50 but the staying power and long-lasting formula means it is worth it, but I won't be purchasing this again until payday or my student loan comes in!

'Captivating, eyes are simply Grandiose.' - Lancôme.

Excuse the poor quality of these photos! Better camera coming soon :)

You can buy it from Boots here and also read instructions on 'how to use' haha (cute).

As ever thanks for reading guys and please subscribe on Bloglovin, would literally make my day :) 

REVIEW: Lancôme Grandiose- Best Mascara Ever?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Body Shop Haul

I love The Body Shop. Always have done since I was addicted to their Body Butters, Colour Crush lipsticks, and Hemp Hand Cream! I love how their make-up isn't tested on animals and for me the products are a nice bridge between drugstore and high-end.
It's 3 for 2 at the moment in there, so I went a little crazy! I did actually pick up 2 bottles of the Instablur primer as well, but I'm going to do a separate post on that as I didn't get on with it at all (how annoying I bought 2 bottles...)

The four products I've bought and love are: All-In-One Blush in 01 Macaroon, All-In-One BB Cream in 02, Honeycomb Bronzer in 03, and Lightening Touch in 03

Macaroon Blush (01). I first read about this blush on EmTalks' blog where she says it is her favourite blush and used in her everyday makeup routine. I'm so not a blush girl myself, I'm all about bronzer. However, I wanted to try this a lot and I took the plunge and I love it! I now use it every day on the apple of my cheeks and blend it into my bronzer.
The Honeycomb Bronzer (03) was something I originally went to pick up in a search for a replacement of my Benefit Hoola (which I do love but it's expensive and running out!). This bronzer comes in 4 different shades so I had to swatch a few but I decided 03 was the most similar to Hoola and would create the nicest contour look with my skintone. You can see I've used this but brand new it has a full honeycomb pattern to it which is really pretty. It's actually so nice to use as a contour as well as an overall face bronzer, and doesn't apply too much product at once- but not too little either. Very buildable and lasts a good amount of time, plus I love the fact it comes with quite a large mirror and it's over £10 cheaper than Hoola.
The Lightening Touch Touche Lumiere (03) In the shop this is labelled as a 'cult product' so I really wanted to try it. I've been after the YSL Touche Eclait or the Mac Prep+Prime highlighter pen in Light Boost for ages, but thought this could be a cheaper dupe. Adding this on top of a creamy undereye concealer (like Collection's) in a downward triangle shape further rids any bags and illuminates the area leaving you with glowy skin that looks like Kimmy K. 
All-In-One BB Cream (02) I genuinely love this, it feels so much lighter and makes my skin look more glowy and fresh than any other BB cream I've tried. It's quite a weird product considering it comes out looking like a white/greyish cream but when you rub it in, the tiny particles in it break down and it colour matches exactly to your skin tone. I thought I'd be the shade 03 but when I tried the tester it came out a bit orangey whereas 02 was more subtle! Love this for good skin days and it's perfect for summer.

Thanks for reading and please subscribe to Bloglovin :) Disappointing products review coming up soon, including Body Shop's Instablur!

The Body Shop Haul

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sunday, 3 August 2014

REVIEW: The Glamour Beauty Edit: Latest In Beauty

Hey everyone! First of all so sorry about the lateness of my blog posts, I've been so busy with my job this past week and worked evenings too so haven't had a real spare moment! I've finished work now though for the rest of summer so regular blogs shall now continue.
I also was trying to get some really good photos for this post but my iPhone doesn't allow that, so again I apologise! Tomorrow I'm actually going to go look at DSLR's with my Dad in the hope I can get one for my 21st in a few months eeek :) Anyway, onto the review...

I was sooo excited when this Latest In Beauty, Glamour Beauty Edit box arrived! I'd placed a cheeky order after reading about this box on various blogs as I couldn't resist. 

There are plenty of beauty boxes around and the idea is you pay a certain amount a month (usually between £10-£15) and a box of beauty goodies will arrive full of some high-end products in smaller sizes and lots of samples, etc. Some of them are really hit and miss but that's the chance you take and it is quite exciting not knowing exactly what you'll recieve. You would usually be paying around £10 a month + P+P for a box like Glossybox or Birchbox but I've never actually taken the plunge as financially I couldn't justify it...but this box was different.

Can we literally take a second to appreciate how much is packed in that little box?! The Beauty Director of Glamour Mag, Alessandra Steinherr, went and picked the 9 products she is obsessing over this summer, and I have to say I love basically every single product. The entire contents of this box is worth £86.15 and this costs £16.95 with free P+P. While that may sound steep compared to other boxes, the Illamasqua lipstick in this box retails at £18.50 alone so you've already got a bargain!

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick Firstly, we have the Illamasqua Lipstick in the shade 'Naked' but in your box you could receive one of seven nude shades. I was  SO excited to receive this as this new collection of lipsticks has been raved about and highly anticipated in the blogasphere. I was very impressed with how creamy and amazingly pigmented this was and I personally was so happy with this colour as a corally/warm toned nude. The photo above-right shows this lipstick to be almost orange but as you can see from the swatch, it's not like that when applied! The guidance with this product is it's best when applied with a brush which is probably due to how pigmented and creamy it is. 5 stars!

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector Next in the box is the Rimmel 'Instant Tan BB Skin Perfection' in the shade Light Matte. As a wash-off fake tan designed for up to 24 hours of wear as well as a 9 in 1 product, it's claiming a lot! I wasn't as excited about this product as others in the box as I thought 'meh, Rimmel', but it's a lovely moisturising matte colour which actually smells amazing!? Not like biscuits like other fake tans. It also did make my skin look pretty flawless and I love having a more tanned face, as my body always stays more tanned than my face and i'm sure this is the case with most people. All in all I'll be repurchasing this instead of my instant Fake Bake stuff for sure!

You also receive a fake tanning mitt in the box which you can use to apply this or any fake-tan you have. It's pretty standard so didn't feel the need to write it's own mini section on it :)

Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF 30, 100ml This suncream is actually really nice in terms of making your skin really moisturised and radiant. Nothing else more to say about this but it smells lovely and applies nicely, also it's one of my favourite sun protection brands and worth £6.99 so 100ml of this was a nice addition to this summer-themed box.

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail LacquerHope you can't tell I'm trying to hide my shameful nails in these photos! Really need them done soon. Anyway, this nail vanish was a BIT of a disappoint to me as I love red nail polish and in the box you could receive either red or this baby pink shade, however, the brand Crabtree and Evelyn is famous and quite expensive so this will be a nice quality nail vanish and a very pretty summer shade. It also claims to be non-toxic and shock resistant (plus I didn't really need another red in my vanish collection anyway...)

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil  Firstly I'm going to have to say I am very afraid of face oils, I keep thinking I'm going to break out! I have combination skin anyway but this product is meant to be amazing to provide hydration to the skin and apparently won't break you out...(I'm still skeptical). The size of this product is small and cute anyway so would be perfect for travelling and I thought if you had a long flight it could be amazing to save your skin from getting dried out and dull as can happen on planes. This is an example of why I love beauty boxes though- I could end up absolutely adoring this product and it's something I would have never gone out and purchased myself.

Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip, 90ml You receive a full sized TonI and Guy hair product in this box which I think is amazing and I was really excited to try this. As you might know, I'm always on the hunt for products which will give my hair volume and look like it's been professionally blow dried, so this product seems perfect! I've only used this once as like i've mentioned in my Hair Growth post, I am trying to restrict all heat on my hair including blow-drying unless I'm going out or it's an occasion. I do really like it though and it's given me shiny hair with some body. 

Bourjois Little Cream Blush I thought this blush was really cute, and I'm not really a blusher girl. Having owned only one cream-blush before I don't know why I don't have more because when I tried this I found it left a really subtle pretty colour on my cheeks which blended really easily! I got the shade 3 but you could have received one of three shades, ranging from peachy toned to pink.

Magnifibres Brush-On False Lashes: Alright, so here I am saving my favourite until last! I had the biggest smile on my face when I saw you got the full sized product of this in the box. It's worth £20.00 if you buy it by itself so the fact it's included in this box is amazing. It claims to provide you with the length of false lashes, with manufacturers stating: 'Magnifibres is the perfect solution for those who love long, big, captivating eye lashes but don't like the hassle of false lashes'. All you need to do is apply your first coat of mascara, then apply this which adds fibres to your lashes, and then apply some more mascara. It's actually really good- I'm not blown away, but it does make a difference and giiirl you know I love my lashes to be bigger as I think it instantly makes a face more attractive and feminine.

All in all I think this is an amazing deal and the best beauty box around. I'll definitely be looking out for more of these. Let me know what you think and if you've got this box or are tempted to get it! Get yours from the Latest In Beauty site here

REVIEW: The Glamour Beauty Edit: Latest In Beauty

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

A Wishlist...

A Wishlist...

Hey guys, today I thought I'd share with you my current wishlist. 
As you can see there's many things I would love but just can't afford, but I can dream!


Firstly with the beauty/make-up items, I really want to try a new foundation and I feel like an awful beauty blogger having not tried out Nars Sheer Glow or Estee Lauder Double Wear! After I'm done with my beloved No7 foundation in Honey (I love you.) I'm going to have to splurge on one of these, and it'll probably be the Nars first, leaving the slightly heavier coverage Estee Lauder for the winter.

Also from Nars, I want one of their 'Multiples. The Matte Multiple is a multi-purpose makeup stick that can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks. Beautycrush on Youtube recently stated how she loves this product and uses it everyday for contouring and it blends so naturally into the cheekbones. It's expensive at £30 but my Hoola bronzer has almost run out so I might just have an excuse to get this one on payday!

I also really want a MAC lipstick and lipliner. After reading Beauty and the Blog's new post she's got me lusting after MAC Whirl lipliner and MAC Yash lipstick and wearing them together. Yash is a matte nude colour, while Whirl is a slightly richer 'your lips but better' colour. Also, Kylie Jenner recently revealed on twitter the lip product she uses on her lips is Mac's Whirl *cue product selling out everywhere*

Finally, I am dying to try out the widely loved YSL Shocking mascara after hearing such good things about it. It's in stiff competition with my Lancome Hypnose Star Eyes and Benefit's They're Real though!


I've been wanting a pair of Rayban Aviators for so long now but can't get myself to spend the £100+ to get them. I'm so afriad I'll either lose them or sit on them or something and at the end of the day you pay so much for the little white scribble in the corner of the lense. However, I'm in love with them. I think they're effortless chic and just overall suit my face so much more than the other styles.

A Michael Kors bag is also on the wishlist. I love this bag in any colour and think it'll be so nice with the Rayban's, a pair of ripped jeans and a nice jumper (or any outfit at that matter).

As a new blogger, I'm taking all my photos using my iPhone. This is fine but I get major blog envy of those amazing visual blogs with high definition pictures and I think make-up tutorials will be way more effective if I used a DSLR camera. I've actually wanted one for ages as I can also take photos of whenever I go travelling too! In an ideal world I would love the Cannon 700D as it has a little flip out screen so you can see what you're recording if the camera is pointing at you. This IS pricey though at about £550 and other models come a bit cheaper such as the Cannon 100D and Cannon1200D (more around the £350 mark).

 Above is the Cannon 100D, also know as the worlds smallest DSLR, apparently it's an amazing camera, small, light and it's touch screen too. I also am obsessed with the floral camera strap from Etsy.

Lastly, and probably for absolutely no reason, I want an Ipad. An Ipad Air (or Mini) would be a lovely addition to the Apple family and I can imagine it being so much easier to travel with, or just sit on the sofa or train with than a laptop. This is definitely not the top of my priority list though as having an iPhone and a laptop I don't need one at all, but it would be nice!

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave any comments below on what would be on  your wishlist!

*All photos from Polyvore and Pinterest.

A Wishlist...

Friday, 18 July 2014

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