Friday, 27 February 2015

Lee Stafford My Big Fat Tong

I've never really been one for hair curlers, I've always preferred to just use my straighteners to create a relaxed, wavy look. That is, until I tried these, the 'My Big Fat Tong' by Lee Stafford. It's amazingly ease to use, heats up quickly and is great for creating more of a retro curl look. 

After blowdrying my hair I just divided it into sections and curled it around the barrel, I set the look with a bit of hairspray and the curls lasted a good few days! It's definitely a look I'll go back to again and again when I want to feel a bit dressed up!

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Bedside Beauty

I always like to have a few beauty bits on my bedside table and as I thought it was looking rather pretty at the moment I thought I'd do a post on it! The stand out product by far is the Diptyque Rosafolia Candle, which I received for Valentine's day after a few not-so-subtle hints. The jar is just so beautiful and it smells divine, a blend of rose, geranium and ivy. As you can see, I've yet to light it,  but the scent still manages to fill the room!

Soap & Glory Hand Food is probably my all time favourite hand cream, it smells amazing, is incredibly moisturising but still sinks in and doesn't leave a greasy residue. I have the larger size as it comes with a handy pump and I seem to go through it very quickly. 

Caudalie Divine Oil is another long term favourite, it's just such a great multi-tasker, I use it on cuticles, dry patches and the ends of my hair before bed and any dryness is solved come morning! 

Of course I have to have a lip balm on there and at the moment it's the Shea Lip Butter from The Body Shop, not my favourite as it does tend to leave lips with pale cast but it is very moisturising and I'm trying to use it up! 

What's on your bedside table?

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Evening Skincare Routine

I made a video all about my morning skincare routine a while ago and here I am with the promised Evening Skincare Routine to carry on from where I last left off. I hope you enjoy watching it, all products are linked over on on youtube, don't forget to like and subscribe if you haven't already!

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Guide - For Her

Kate Spade - Cedar Lane Lacey Wallet

Both pretty and practical. 

Jo Malone - Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense 

Fragrance always goes down well on valentine's day, wether it's an old favourite or something new and exciting. 

Diptyque - Rosafolia Candle

I know I've mentioned this candle before but I couldn't help mentioning it again! It smells amazing and comes in the prettiest jar that will be useful long after the wax has burnt away.

Rosie for Autograph - Beau Silk Lace Underwear Set

By far my favourite set from the collection.


Or any flower that she loves, tulips are a great option at this time of year. Stick to single flower bouquets for a more modern feel.(image from pintrest) 

Nars - Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

If she's a makeup lover, I guarantee this is on her wish list! It contains a great range of versatile wet and dry eye shadows. 

Monica Vinader - Riva Rose Gold Plated Diamond Ring

A beautiful ring in a timeless design that will work well on it's own as well as layered with other jewellery.

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Project Use Up

I mentioned in my recent haul post that after having a bit of a clear out I've decided to try and use up a few things before buying any similar items. I seem to have some hoarder like tendencies and am starting to struggle with storage space!

First up is the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser Sunscreen which I mentioned recently in my Morning Skincare Routine Video. If there's one product from this line up that's least likely to actually get used up it's this one. I just haven't enjoyed using it at all, in the winter it's just about ok but in the summer it's just too greasy. I'm determined to finish it though as I bought a 125ml bottle and don't want to waste it!

Next up a couple of products from The Body Shop's Extra Virgin Minerals range. The Liquid Foundation and Loose Powder Foundation. I don't actually dislike these two, I just don't think there's anything very great about them either. I just seem to find myself reaching for other bases over them. The liquid foundation has a bit of a heavy feeling on the skin which I'm not a fan of but I'm trying to use it up before buying any of the foundations that are currently on my wishlist! 

The only other makeup item on my list is the Sleek Face Form Palette in Light, which I absolutely love. I use this endlessly and it always goes traveling with me because it conveniently contains a contour shade, blusher and highlighter. Unfortunately the lid broke off recently so I can't take it anywhere without making a complete mess! I'm determined to use more of it up before buying another one!

Lastly, a couple of products from Avon, their Blackhead Clearing Mask, is just ok. If I'm going to the effort of doing a face mask I need it to be more than ok! I seem to have accumulated quite a few masks lately so as this is my least favourite it's just going to have to go! I've also decided to try and use up my Rare Gold perfume, I do love it but as with the other products I have so many and this one only has a little bit left in it anyway!

Are you trying to use up any products at the moment?

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Favourites

It's favourites time again, but for the first time ever, I'm going to talk you through them in a video. I'm so excited to now be doing my favourites posts as videos so I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed filming them! You can also check out my last video, my Morning Skincare Routine, here and don't forget to subscribe to my channel over on YouTube!

Products mentioned:

Nars Narssist Palette

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Stay on Shadow Paint in Chained

MAC Select Cover Up in NC45

Nars Multiple in South Beach

By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur in 3. Cherry Bomb and 4.Bloom Berry

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Soap & Glory Archery Pencil in Hot Chocolate 

Friday, 30 January 2015

Cold Weather Skin Saviours

If ever there's a time when my skin feels a bit dry, dehydrated and lacklustre it's at this time of year. The bitingly cold weather and central heating are recking havoc on my skin not to mention the after effects of one too many late nights in December. My skin has a tendency to get very sensitive in the cold but over the last few years I've managed to come up with an arsenal of products to keep it in tip top condition. 

Cleansing is so important in the cold, anything foaming will just strip the small amount of moisture there is in the skin. I've been using the Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil in the evenings and the Aurelia Miracle Cleanser in the mornings and as a second cleanse at night. The combination of the two have left my skin feeling fresh and clean but still plumped up, nourished and soft. 

The Clarins Special Eye Contour Balm is one I seem to come back to every winter, I spoke about it more in my Morning Skincare Routine Video which you can see here. It's rich and moisturising but still sinks in easily and sits well under makeup. I've also upped my usage of Time Bomb's Youth Juice Secret Oil from a couple of times a week to 3 or 4, I've also been piling it on on at-home, no makeup days. It too sinks in easily and the lovely scent makes it such a pleasure to use. 

I generally moisturise my body all year round but in winter I love an oil or a super rich body butter. The Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter is so thick it's almost solid, it takes a bit of rubbing in to get it to sink in but boy is it worth it! I've been quickly working my way through this deluxe sample tube but a full size purchase may be in order! 

Two things I definitely couldn't forgo are hand cream and lip balm, Soap & Glory Hand Food is everyones favourite for a reason, it smells lovely, is lastingly moisturising and most importantly doesn't leave a reside on the hands. The Body Shop's Coconut Lip Butter is thick and moisturising enough to heal even the most cracked lips but unfortunately does leave a bit of a pale cast on the lips. For that reason, I reserve it for overnight use and I always have super soft lips come morning!

What are your favourite cold weather products?

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