Two New Looks For Spring…

Posted on February 26, 2015

Hi Guys!

I absolutely love fashion, and I’m now trying to add more fashion type posts to my blog – the thing I’m having a problem with though is the fact that I can’t take photos of myself! I don’t have anyone around that can take photos for me, so I need to look into a remote for my camera, and get a tripod! (If anyone can recommend a remote, please let me know) In the mean time I quite like putting looks and outfits together – on my kitchen floor for the time being! :) Here are a couple I’ve done with some of the awesome new things I’ve acquired lately, I’ve put together one casual look and one for evening!

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I bought this lovely top in the F&F sale at Christmas, it was reduced to £6 or something and I wear it all the time, it’s slightly baggy so it covers everything up and I love the gold shoulder detail, it also has an exposed zip detail at the back. Wins all round!! I’m also obsessed with necklaces, and I love this pretty triangle stone necklace which I bought from Topshop ages ago, and I happened to recently stumble across in a drawer so I haven’t actually worn yet. For a toned down casual look I’ve started to wear these gorgeous Safari Boots from Calzados Victoria – they have the softest furry lining and I definitely prefer wearing them folded down rather than laced up to the top for a more relaxed look. I’m also part of Access All ASOS, they set up a secret santa blogger gift swap at Christmas, where they gave everyone involved a £15 voucher to spend on the site to buy gifts for someone else, what a lovely idea! Except my parcel never arrived :( so they kindly gave me the voucher to buy something for myself, they’re good guys at ASOS! I treated myself to these awesome Cat Eye Sunglasses, a bargain at a tenner, and the scarf in the below pic :) The pink and blue scarf is also from ASOS a looong time ago.

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And this is my going out look! I’m in love with these amazing Cassie Cut out Ankle Boots from Online Avenue, they literally tick all the boxes for me – gold details, cut outs and a platform, check, check and check, and they’re a complete bargain at just over £20 too! I bought the Pieces Jine Oversized Floral Scarf from ASOS as it just has such a lovely pattern. I literally live in scarves most of the year! I also included this pretty Crackle Stone & Rope Chain Necklace from New Look (sorry it’s not available any more) and if you look closely you’ll see it’s missing a stone, arrgh!! I always manage to damage or break my necklaces!

And lastly, I had to include my gorgeous new Ingrid Medium Leather Bag from Baginc, ahh I can’t get enough of it! It’s pretty much a spot on dupe for the Chanel Boy which I’ve needed in my life and desperately lusted after for a long time now, but unfortunately my budget doesn’t quite fit with the £2.6k price tag, ouch! The beautiful Ingrid bag is made of real leather and apart from the lack of branding, which I really don’t mind (it also means it’s not a copy or fake) it’s SO similar to the Chanel. I think I can live without the designer version now, I can’t wait to take my Ingrid out!

I’d love to hear what you think of my two looks? And I promise I’ll have some full outfit posts coming up soon! xxx

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Five Things I’m Loving Right Now…

Posted on February 25, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I was in two minds about waiting to put together an end of month favourites, or whether to share some things that I’m currently loving today – but I thought where’s the fun in waiting!? So I’ve put together five things I’ve been really loving lately…

Flamingo Candles Rose & Marshmallow scented candle – £12.00. I LOVE Flamingo Candles, after stocking up on their winter scents in the sale – and I still have a couple of those candles left – I was completely ready for some fresh new spring scents, and then Flamingo happen to announce their brand new Spring collection, perfect timing! There are six fresh new scents availing now ranging from Raspberry & Salted Caramel to Green Apples – and I have Rose & Marshmallow, which is a beautiful light and sweet scent. I can imagine it won’t last me very long!

Lime Crime Velvetine Liquid Lipstick in Cashmere. I’ve been a big fan of Lime Crime’s Velvetines since they were released many moons ago (You can see my very old review of Pink Velvet here) Cashmere happens to be the shade on everyone’s want list at the moment though, it’s kind of a beige with a hint of grey – greige maybe? Anyway, I thought it was either going to look awesome, or give me ‘dead’ lips. Either way I really wanted it and ended up paying over the odds on ebay as it’s constantly sold out. (Also, there have been quite a few problems with Lime Crime lately, you should read about the recent hacking scandal if you haven’t already) So I wouldn’t have bought from their site anyway. So, it turns out Cashmere is actually an awesome colour, it’s really unusual and didn’t give me dead lips after all! I’ll have a full post coming up on it shortly.

Benefit Roller Lash – £19.50. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that Roller Lash is Benefit’s latest hyped up product to hit the shelves, and I told myself I wasn’t going to buy in to the hype. I said I WOULD NOT BUY IT. But then… my family were all poorly, and on the way back from taking Fred to the out of hours doctors we stopped at the supermarket and there it was, free with Elle magazine, I was weak and in need of a treat, so I bought it. And I’m actually really glad I did. This mascara is perfect for my super short lashes, in both the formula and the size / shape of the wand, yippee! (Elle, on the other hand, was quite a let down, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many adverts in one mag)

BD Trade Secrets Flawless Primer – £9.99. BD Trade Secrets is the brand new and re-vamped Barbara Daly range which is exclusive to Tesco. To be honest, ‘Barbara Daly’ wasn’t that appealing as a brand, but BD, along with the name has also had a formula re-vamp across the range. I’ve tried a few BD products out and so far and the stand out one for me has definitely been the Flawless Primer. It has a thick silicone gel type texture and does a fantastic job of ‘filling in’ my face and creating a super smooth makeup base.

And lastly, Pretty Honest By Sali Hughes – £14.96. I got this book for Christmas, and I’m sad to say that I’ve just been so busy, I haven’t had time to just sit down and read it properly. But the good thing about this book, is it’s super easy to pick up and read snippets and sections whenever you feel like it, which is exactly what I’ve been doing. Sali is just the most amazing beauty guru, there isn’t anything she doesn’t know and it’s all in this book. If you’re a makeup, skincare or general beauty fanatic like me, this is your bible and you need to purchase a copy now!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? Or what you’ve been loving lately?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My First Experience of Inika Cosmetics

Posted on February 24, 2015

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Hi Guys!

You know me, nothing excites me more than trying out new makeup brands, and that’s exactly what I’m doing today! Inika Cosmetics is brand I’d previously heard of, but I hadn’t had the chance to get my hands on their products until now!

Inika is all about high quality, natural cosmetics, and they want to prove to the world that natural make-up doesn’t have to compromise on performance or style. Their range now boasts over 35 awards for product excellence and innovation, it’s 100% natural and ethical, and they are committed to maintaining their Certified Organic, Cruelty-Free, Halal and Vegan status.

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Ok so I know this is a super long list, but I really wanted to include it just so you can see how committed they are to keeping their products completely natural. They guarantee their products are free of the following ingredients:

  • No petrochemicals, synthetic substances or mineral oils
  • No ingredients of animal origin
  • No talc or bismuth oxychloride
  • No parabens (Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben and Propylparaben)
  • No harmful fillers
  • No genetically modified ingredients
  • No fragrances or colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin
  • No anti-microbial agents produced from non-organic sources
  • No chelating agents based on EDTA and its salts
  • No fatty chain source material of petrochemical origin
  • No sulphonation, ethoxylation or propoxylation
  • No alkyl sulphates (eg. sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium coco sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate)
  • No alkyl ether sulphates (eg. sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate)
  • No polyethylene glycol (PEGS)
  • No polysorbates (eg. polysorbate 20)
  • No ethanolamides (eg. cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA)
  • No chemically synthesized sunscreens
  • No potentially harmful preservatives such as parabens and sodium benzoate
  • No gluten or lactose

So yeah, pretty impressive right! Now let’s take a look at the products…

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Firstly I tried the Certified Organic Lip Liner in 02 Moroccan Rose (13.50)

This lip liner is a rather beautiful frosted rose / coral shade, which catches the light and gives a lovely almost iridescent look. Although this colour is pretty unusual and awesome, I appreciate it may not be everybody’s cup of tea as it’s quite an out there shade (my swatch below really doesn’t do it justice unfortunately). Also, you’d either need to find a lipstick to match which may prove difficult (Inika do sell a range of lipsticks, but I’m unsure if any of them match with this pencil) or wear carefully over your lips. This pencil does glide on easily though, whilst staying put and has a handy sharpener on the lid. It also comes in two other shades, Safari and Sugar Plum.

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Next is the Truly Organic Perfection Concealer in Light (£21.00)

I really wanted to like this but no matter how I attempted to use it, I just felt like it didn’t quite do the job. I tried it on my under eyes first, where I pretty much always have dark bags, and this just didn’t give me the coverage I needed. I appreciate that sometimes the under eye area requires more coverage than other areas (mine does anyway) so I also tried it to cover a couple of spots, but again the formula didn’t seem pigmented enough. This was just too sheer for me unfortunately. The only plus side is the finish – where other concealers can appear cakey and crack, this doesn’t at all and has a very natural looking finish.

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Next is the Mineral Eyeshadow in Honeycomb 17 (£14.50)

This dinky pot of loose eyeshadow, is definitely a winner on the other hand! You get 1.2g of product (I said it was dinky) and the formula really is silky smooth. The Honeycomb shade is the perfect base shade for me as I’m super pale, I used this all over the lid and it gives a very light and sheer, velvety soft finish.

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And lastly the Mineral Blusher Puff Pot in Rosy Glow (£17.00)

Now I love the look of this! The Blusher Puff Pot contains loose powder blush in the bottom chamber, which then seeps through the super soft puff which is fixed on top. You just pat the puff on your face to apply, and there’s a handy mini mirror on the top of the lid too. Ok so I love the packaging, it’s too cute, and I have to say I quite like the blush shade too. Rosy Glow is a muted pink with a delicate hint of sparkle, it has quite a sheer formula but it can be easily built up if required.

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So there we have it for Inika Cosmetics! I love the fact that the products are completely natural, and ethical, and I understand that it must be a pretty difficult job for Inika to create high quality products whilst sticking to their ethics. So overall I’m actually pretty impressed with these products – apart from the concealer (maybe it’s just my skin, I don’t know but I couldn’t get on with it) I would be interested to try a few other products out such as their foundations and lipsticks as I’ve heard these are great products too!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Inika cosmetics before? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Goldfaden MD Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Facial Oil

Posted on February 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday!! Today I’ve got an amazing product to share with you – Goldfaden MD’s Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Facial Oil, what a mouthful! :D

This is my first experience of Goldfaden MD products, so I’ll give you a bit of background info – Goldfaden MD are the first guys on the block to offer a physician strength, dermatologist developed, natural skincare line in the skincare industry. Their skincare solutions utilize state-of-the-art technologies with active plant cells and anti-oxidant rich botanicals to offer problem-solving remedies that target a range of specific skin concerns.

I must admit, I was a bit wary of this product, simply because it’s an oil. I have used an oil on my skin before quite a while ago now, and it left a greasy feeling that I just couldn’t get on with. Fleuressence Cell Oil, on the other hand, is something very different, it’s completely non greasy and it also smells divine. It’s been developed specifically to replenish hydration, improve skin colour and tone and boost radiance. These are all things my skin really needs a hand with right now!

Fleuressence Cell Oil contains a blend of 100% pure active botanicals, fruit extracts and natural oil to deliver powerful vitamins and nutrients deep into the skin to boost moisture levels and skin cell revitalisation. Here’s some in depth info about the amazing ingredients -

  • Baobab Oil: This is a rich, golden oil that improves skin elasticity, encourages quick regeneration of skin cells and epithelial tissues, and improves skin tone without clogging pores. It’s a natural source of vitamins A and F, and actively supports rejuvenating and renewing cell membranes.
  • Kalahari Oil: Provides abundant essential fatty acids to moisturise, regenerate and restructure the skin.
  • Marula Oil: This is packed with omega-9 fatty acid vitamin E and flavonoids. Essential fatty acids and powerful antioxidants, particularly the high levels of oleic acid, help maintain the skin’s moisture barrier, provide long lasting hydration and protect against environmental aggressors.
  • Mongongo Oil: Excels as a protective agent for skin with hydrating, regenerating and restructuring properties.
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil: This is a unique nutrient profile that includes Vitamins A (Retinol), C and E, in conjunction with Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids. Together, they work to regenerate skin cells, reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles, and improve skin colour and tone.

The botanical actives work to diminish the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, inflammation, and reduce pore size. And the powerful oils – Kalahari Oil, Mongongo Oil and Baobab Oil – protect and shield the skin against environmental stresses, support the rejuvenation and renewing of skin cells, improve skin elasticity and promote accelerated skin cell turnover.

It’s really quick and easy to use, too, you just apply 2 drops to face morning and night or you can also mix it with your moisturizer or foundation to give your complexion a lovely luminous glow.

I can’t tell you how amazing this stuff is, after one use, my skin felt amazingly soft and glowing, and I’ve now been using it on and off for a couple of weeks and I’m beyond impressed with the effect it’s had – my complexion seems cleaner and brighter, my skin feels plumper and overall it’s just more radiant!

Goldfaden MD Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Facial Oil is exclusive to Space NK at £105. Yes it’s pricey, but worth every penny in my book.

I’d love to hear if you use a facial oil? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx



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More Gorgeous Products from Glo & Ray…

Posted on February 20, 2015

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Hi Guys!

In case you don’t know I’m a massive fan of Glo & Ray makeup, I’ve tried a few bits from them over the last few months and I’ve always been wowed, and now I have some more lovely items to try out and show you! I have a great range including an eyeshadow quad, lipgloss, eyebrow pencil and single mousse eyeshadow. Let’s get stuck in!

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First up is the gorgeous Mariposa Eyeshadow Quartet in Liquid Metal 405 (£12.50). I was instantly attracted to this palette as the colours just looked amazing.

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I’ve tried many Glo & Ray products without a negative word or comment, but I’m afraid this is where my first not so glowing review comes in. I love love LOVE the colours, there’s no doubt about that, they’re gorgeous, but I’d be lying if I said I was thrilled with the formula. It took a lot of work to create the arm swatches above. I had to keep going over and over the shadows, they felt really stiff and hard to work with, and I’m guessing they were either just pressed too hard (is that even a thing?) or it was the actual formula that was the problem, either way I just couldn’t work with them. In the end the three darker shades did come out pretty well, after a lot of work, but the fourth and lightest shade did not want to co-operate – hence why you can’t see it on my arm.

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Apologies for the slightly negative start, but I’ve got to be honest. On the plus side it’s all positive from here! So now on to a much much better product – the Wonderland Hydrating Lip Gloss in Pink Pearl 701 (£10.00). To be honest I’ve actually gone of glosses a bit in favour of lipsticks lately, but I do occasionally reach for one, especially on the days my lips are too dry for lipstick, and this gloss has definitely been on my grab list! It has a lovely hydrating formula, and it’s smooth and non sticky. Pink Pearl is a sheer medium pink with tiny gold sparkles that look fantastic when they catch the light.

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Next is the Fumo Silky Eyebrow Pencil in Terra Brown 21 (£5.50). I instantly thought this shade might be too much of a light warm brown for me, but actually it didn’t look out of place on my medium brown brows. I’d say this colour would suit blondes more though, and that’s my only complaint – there’s this shade and only one more available, which looks very dark, so it would have been nice to see maybe three or four different shades really. Anyway, the Fumo Eyebrow Pencil formula kind of reminded of G&R’s eyeliners; it was definitely silky soft as advertised, and really easy to use. This gets a thumbs up from me.

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And lastly the Mirage Mousse Eyeshadow in Clematis (£11.00). These eyeshadows are formulated with the revolutionary Multi Silky-Wax Complex™ which provides a silky texture with a hint of shimmer. I love that these mousse shadows can be worn very sheerly, so you just get a pretty veil of sparkle over the lid, or you can easily build them up for a more intense look. They’re really versatile and the mousse formula feels light and comfortable to wear. Unfortunately my arm swatch below doesn’t do this shade justice, it’s a beautiful warm grey packed with sparkle.

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Overall I just can’t get enough of Glo & Ray’s cosmetics, I know I wasn’t keen on the eyeshadow palette, which is a shame as the colours were gorgeous (please guys, just fix the formula then we can enjoy these gorgeous looking palettes!) but I’m still really impressed with the rest of the product range – I’ve tried most of it now so I can definitely say that! I’ve linked my previous reviews below -

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Glo & Ray cosmetics before? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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NEW Bourjois Colorband 2-in-1 Eyeshadow and Liner Pencils

Posted on February 19, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I was so excited last week to receive an unexpected parcel, inside was a pretty mesh bag containing the latest gorgeous offerings from one of my favourite makeup brands – Bourjois!

I thought I’d start off by showing you Bourjois’ new Colorband 2-in-1 Eyeshadow and Liner chunky pencils. They come in six lovely shades, and I have four of them -

  • Noir Abstrait (black)
  • Beige Minimal (champagne gold)
  • Mauve (Metallic mauve)
  • Grid Graffiti (Metallic grey)

The Colorband 2-in-1 Eyeshadow and Liners offer high pigmented colour that apparently lasts for an impressive 24 hours. Personally I’m not sure who would wear makeup for a whole 24 hours, but I definitely believe Bourjois when they say this stuff is super long lasting. The below arm swatches WOULD NOT COME OFF. I rubbed my arm till it was going red (admittedly I wasn’t at home so I was just using a baby wipe!) and there were still visible faint marks. This is kind of a good thing but if you’re wanting to try the darker shades of these pencils I’d highly recommend you have an awesome eye makeup remover at hand!

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Anyway! These pencils really are beautiful. Apart from the stunning colour pallet, which has Spring written all over it, Bourjois have included some easy to wear shades such as Beige Minimal, a gorgeous shimmery champagne gold – which looks fantastic on blue eyes, and Mauve, which is almost a shimmery muted rose, it’s so pretty!

If you’d prefer a more intense look, Bourjois have thrown in a metallic grey shade, and the deepest blackest black you could ever ask for. As I said, the black shade is still clearly on my arm from where I swatched it (the mark of a beauty blogger!) but I haven’t tried this one on my eyes yet – I’ll be honest, I am a bit scared!! At this point I should also tell you, that out of everything I could have dropped on my cream carpet, I dropped the Noir Abstrait (black) Colorband Pencil – point down. GENIUS. I now have a big black mark on the carpet under my desk, which I’ve rubbed and managed to spread, and it looks like even Vanish won’t get it off, arrrgh! So yeah, just be warned that this pencil is super black and super long lasting!

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Ok so I hope I haven’t put you off? I have tried the other shades on my eyes and I have to say that these pencils really are superb! They have a gorgeously soft and creamy texture that glides on like a dream. They’re really easy to use, and are ultra long lasting and waterproof too.

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Just look at the swatches! How gorgeous are these colours!? I think it you’re a fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows, or W7 Chunky Eyes Pencils you’ll really like these. They both have similar highly pigmented, metallic finishes to these pencils. I’m definitely going to try the black out soon on my eyes, wish me luck! :D

The Bourjois Colorband 2-in-1Eyeshadow & Liners are £5.99 each at Boots.

So what do you think? I’d love to hear if you have any favourite Bourjois products? I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx

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The Beauty At Tesco Secret Project Has Launched!

Posted on February 18, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Finally the day has come that I can tell you all about the amazing Beauty at Tesco top secret project! I gave you a little hint a few days ago, but now I can finally fill you in on all the details!

So, myself and a team of eight other lovely bloggers will be working with Beauty at Tesco, offering live video chat sessions to everyone and anyone that’s looking for information, advice, or just to chat about beauty! We’re covering hair, skincare, makeup, nails, and anything else you can think of that falls under the category of beauty. Each blogger has their own speciality – so lipstick and eyeliner are my thing, but if you have a skincare concern, I’d recommend you have a chat with Ambarina or Hayley. You can read a bit of information about each blogger on the booking page to help you decide who to choose.

The process is really simple too, you just go to the booking page on the Tesco Living site, choose who you want to talk to, book in your time slot, then add some details explaining what you want to chat about. We’ll then be sitting in our homes, ready and prepared, waiting for you at the time you booked!

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In case you were wondering exactly how it works. The process takes place via Google hangouts, which is really simple and straightforward to use. You’ll receive instructions when you book on how to download and use it. And the best thing is, Beauty at Tesco are offering this amazing new service completely for free!

So if you’d like to chat about makeup with me – maybe you’d like me to recommend a lipstick? Or talk about my favourite eyeliners and how to use them? Or maybe you’d like to learn how to contour? Just book in with me here or click on the big button (image above so you’ll know what it will look like) which will appear shortly in my sidebar and I’ll be more than happy to chat with you! This week I’m available Thursday lunch time, so please do book in if you’d like to chat!

I hope you enjoyed my post, and I’d love to hear what you think about this new service? xxx



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