The Weekly Top 5 #7

Posted on May 24, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend? You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet for the last couple of days, we’ll I’ve had two days off – and by ‘off’ I mean pretty much no social media and no blogging. It’s been rather nice not being glued to the laptop actually, but now I have a zillion emails to catch up with and just as many blog posts to plan – that’ll teach me for having a break hey! We went to a friends wedding on Friday and stayed over, then had to come home in the morning for a quick freshen up and to drop Freddy off with his grandparents before zipping off to Radio One’s One Big Weekend yesterday. Both days were fantastic and I’m officially knackered and coming down with a nasty cold now, meh! Here are the things I’ve been loving this week –

Radio One’s Big Weekend – Of course! I’d been looking forward to this ever since it was first announced, and when I managed to get hold of a pair of Saturday tickets I was over the moon! Unfortunately we got stuck in traffic and missed the first couple of acts, one being Snoop Dogg who I’m told was amazing. I also heard on the grapevine that he was a complete diva with his demands at the hotel he was staying at in Norwich, how funny! Anyway the weather was perfect – warm but not too hot and I was so excited to finally see two of my favourite bands, Years and Years and Rudimental. We really had the best day and even though I wasn’t drinking I actually feel like I’m hung over today because I’m so tired and full of cold!

Victor & Rolf Bon Bon Fragrance – I bought this in a blog sale about a month or so ago and I’ve just got round to using it. Bon Bon has the sweetest prettiest scent, it’s very girly with top notes of mandarin, orange and peach, heart notes of caramel, jasmine and orange blossom, and base notes of cedarwood, guaiac wood, sandalwood and amber. It’s the perfect summer evening fragrance.

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Hand & Nail Balm (£6.00) – Admittedly I’m not usually one for hand cream, as I don’t suffer with dry hands or have any other hand issues that might need cream, but I have found myself reaching for this Hand & Nail Balm this week just because it smells beautiful and makes my hands feel soft and supple and just nice! This balm contains shea butter, aloe vera and fig extract, to nourish and protect dry hands, whilst offering long lasting hydration and a mattifying finish on the skin.

Foreo Luna For All Skin Types (£149) – I’ve only just started using the Luna For All Skin Types so I won’t go into too much detail as I’ll be writing up a full review shortly. The Foreo Luna is a soft silicone brush that deeply cleanses skin whilst reducing signs of ageing, it uses T-Sonic technology to thoroughly cleanse by channelling sonic pulsations across the skin’s surface to unblock pores and remove impurities. It’s completely water proof, easy to clean, and rechargeable. So far I’m really impressed with this product but keep you eye out for my full review coming soon.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer (£14.00) – I’m instantly attracted to any product that promises to make my complexion ‘glow’ be more ‘radiant’ or more ‘healthy’ – seriously if I see any of these buzz words on a product I’ll want to try it!! The Body Shop’s Instant Glow Enhancer is basically a tinted moisturiser in their Vitamin C group of products. It’s perfect for giving a hint of glow to the complexion – I have very fair skin and it just makes me look a bit healthier and more alive! It’s also a great multi tasker that can be used on it’s own for a natural look or under foundation as a primer.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been loving this week? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Templespa Skin Truffle Total Face Rejuvenation Cream

Posted on May 21, 2015

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Hi Guys!

You know I’m a big fan of luxury products, and when it comes to skincare I really think it can pay to get the best you can afford. So with that in mind, today I’m talking about the award winning Temple Spa Skin Truffle Total Face Rejuvenation Cream. This stuff is packed full of amazing ingredients including gold and silk actives, diamond powder and black truffles – ooh err!

Arriving in a bronze box, this cream really is the height of luxury. Opening the lid reveals a decent sized (50ml) jar of pale truffle coloured cream – as well as a handy plastic spatula and instructions. The cream itself is beautifully thick and and rich, with the very slightest hint of shimmer and a light pleasant scent.

Described as happiness in a jar this wonder cream has been five years in the making by Templespa’s team of top skincare specialists. Incorperating a unique patented formula that utilises the very latest in nano and peptide technology, along with a fusion of natural actives, Templespa promises seriously impressive results including –

  • Instant radiance, lustre and clarity
  • Long term anti-ageing
  • Reviving tired, dull skin
  • Regulating moisture levels
  • Protection from age spots and hyper-pigmentation

Impressively, when tested, 80% of users declared increased radiance and reduced dullness upon immediate application. 100% said fine lines were visibly reduced and 100% said their skin hydration levels improved immediately.

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Let’s take a look at some of the amazing sounding ingredients –

  • HappyBelle-PE: This is the breakthrough phyto-endorphin complex, that mimics the endorphin effect on the complexion, it gives the ‘I’ve just had good news’ glow.
  • Syn-Col: This pro-collagen peptide aids collagen production, it’s deeply penetrating with anti-wrinkle properties.
  • Black Truffles: These brighten the skin tone, acts as a natural antioxidant, and firms and smoothes the skin.
  • Cocoa Butter: Softens and lubricates the skin.
  • Grape Seed Champagne: Another natural antioxidant, this fights free radicals and regenerates skin.
  • Strawberry Extract: Rich in nutrients this is a natural beauty food, used to tone, purify and freshen.
  • Gold & Silk Actives: Free radicals protect against skin stress, as well as being moisturising and antibacterial.
  • Diamond Powder: Used to illuminate the skin, giving an instant glow.

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After using this product only a few times, I can already see why it’s won an award and received the highest ever Beauty Bible Anti-Ageing Award score. I must admit I initially thought it may be too rich for my skin, but even though it has a thick texture it melts into the skin and is absorbed really quickly, leaving no residue or greasiness, just a healthy looking complexion. My skin definitely felt plumper and more radiant after only a couple of uses, and I think with continued use the results will be even more impressive. I know this isn’t a cheap product by anyone’s standards, but it’s definitely worth the money if you fancy splashing out on payday!

Templespa Skin Truffle Total Face Rejuvenation Cream is £85 for 50ml from Templespa.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any Templespa products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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10 Lip Products To Try This Spring

Posted on May 19, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I thought it was about time I gave you the lowdown on some gorgeous new lip products I’ve been trying out lately. I’ve actually put together a mixture of new releases as well as slightly older favourites here, included balms, glosses and lipsticks. There should be something here to suit all budgets, tastes and styles. Enjoy!

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So let’s start with the balms! Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in 03 My Pink (£18.00) is the product that I’ve been using the most this week. I’ve been loving this so much since it arrived – this is a hydrating lip balm that gives a beautiful soft iridescence to the lips. I also love the casing on this balm, it’s weighty and feels expensive and well made. This is definitely a makeup bag staple for me.

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If you don’t fancy splashing the cash this Sleek Pout Polish Lip Balm in 962 Frosting (£4.49) is a fantastic budget alternative. I love Sleek for lip products an this handy little pot acts as a balm as well as giving a tint of colour to the lips. Frosting is a gorgeous barbie pink shade which I love!

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Then we have Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Liquid Lipstick in 08 Babe Idole (£8.99) This is somewhere between a gloss and a balm in terms of how it feels on the lips. I’m in love with the new Aqua Laque formula, it’s super silky and smooth feeling, giving a dose of hydration as well as a decent pop of colour. It’s not the longest lasting product but it really does soften your lips – mine are usually dry, which is why I love this so much.

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If you fancy trying out a new gloss, I highly recommend trying Lancome Lip Lover in 337 (£18.50) This is easily one of the best glosses I’ve ever used. It’s completely non-sticky, it feels silky and smooth and lasts longer than expected before you need to re-apply. The packaging is also rather special, you have to click a button to make the wand pop up, I love it!

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Moving on to the lipsticks, Too Faced Melted Metal Liquid Lipstick in Melted Metallic Tutu (£15) is fantastic if you’re looking for something a little different. I’m a big fan of the original Melted Lipsticks so I couldn’t wait to try out the new Melted Metals range. There are eight shades available and I have Tutu, which is a beautiful bright pink / coral shade. It has an amazing high shimmer, almost pearlised finish and lasts for a good few hours before you need to re-apply.

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Every girl should own a red lipstick, and Lancome L’ Absoulu Rouge in 132 Caprice (£23.50) really is the most beautiful true red. It has a luxuriously creamy formula that’s long lasting and comfortable to wear, and because it’s a ‘true’ red (i.e. not pink or orange toned) it should suit all skin tones. The packaging is also super luxurious with a magnetic lid – I love the feel and click of a magnetic lid closing!

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If you’re a fan of intense lip shades, you should definitely check out Sleek True colour Lipstick in 773 Candy Cane (£4.99) Sleek is easily my favourite budget brand for lipsticks, and they have some gorgeous bright colours available that are perfect for summer. Candy Cane is an intense coral / red shade that’s definitely not for the faint hearted. The formula is spot on too, it’s creamy, easy to apply and lasts!

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For those that prefer a more subtle lip, RMK Irresistible Lips B lipstick in 02 (£19.00) would be the perfect choice. I’ve only recently started trying out RMK products and I’m loving everything I’ve managed to get my hands on so far! This Irresistble Lipstick is perfect for every day wear, giving a sheer slick of colour that feels creamy and hydrating.

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The Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Golden Peach (£22.00) has to be the most interesting product out of the bunch. This Paint Wash Lip colour actually feels (and this shade looks) more like a highlighter that a gloss! It has a high pigmented high shimmer finish that really is something special, and it feels amazingly silky to apply. I don’t actually think I’ve seen a lip product like this before!

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And lastly the Bourjois ColorBoost Lip Crayon in 07 Proudly Naked (£7.99). Another winner from Bourjois, this Lip Crayon is another great product for every day wear, giving a sheer veil of colour and a satiny shine.

So there we have it! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My Little Box – Provence Edition

Posted on May 18, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve seen My Little Box feature in plenty of blog reviews lately and I’ve always thought what a fantastic subscription box it is. If you haven’t heard of it, My Little Box is basically France’s offering into the world of beauty boxes, with the added touch of lifestyle too. As well as beauty products, My Little Box also includes fashion and lifestyle accessories plus some extra illustrated goodies. Each monthly box has a theme too, and this month’s theme is Provence. I’m also really excited as My Little Box has teamed up with with L’Occitane on this box too – what a perfect collaboration!

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So this month’s box is jam packed full of interesting things, including an illustrated card, a mini magazine, fridge magnets, a DIY bracelet and a bag full of mini L’Occitane products!

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The magazine opens up to reveal an article on fab beauty blogger Really Ree, and more information on the L’Occitane brand and it’s products. There’s also a large L’Occitane poster on the back of the mag.

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My Little Box usually contains at least one jewellery item, and I love the idea of this bracelet! It’s a really heavy, quality feeling gold tone cuff bracelet, with punched holes across the centre. You’re also provided with two shades of blue thread so you can make your own DIY bracelet! There’s a handy article in the magazine showing you how to stitch the cuff.

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And lastly the best bit – the beauty products! There are four mini L’Occitane products included in the bag, and one makeup item by My Little Beauty which is My Little Boxs’ own beauty brand.

This is what’s included –

  • Mer & Mistral Shower Gel (50ml) – This is a lovely fresh and aquatic unisex scented shower gel. I think my other half would love this!
  • Roses et Reines Hand and Nail Cream (10ml) – Enriched with shea butter and vitamin E, this light cream helps nourish, soften and protect the hands while helping to strengthen the nails. It has a lovely delicate scent with the velvety, floral fragrance of Roses et Reines.
  • The Amazing Pencil – This is a fantastic little brown shimmer eye pencil. It’s chunky enough to be used all over the lid as a shadow, but can also be used as an eyeliner too. It has a smooth creamy formula that doesn’t tug at the skin at all, and I must admit it’s surprisingly good!
  • Verbena Leaf Soap (25g) – Crushed verbena leaves gently exfoliate as you wash or shower. This rich and creamy bar won’t dry your skin out, and has a light citrus scent.
  • Verena Body Lotion (30ml) – Enriched with organic Verbena extract and grape seed oil, this body light lotion gently moisturises, nourishes and softens the skin, leaving it delicately fragranced with a uplifting zesty aroma.

My Little Box is £11.00 per month plus £3.95 shipping – as this is shipped from France, £3.95 isn’t actually that bad at all!

Have you tried My Little Box before? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Weekly Top 5 #6

Posted on May 17, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Sunday! Today I’m mostly to be found tidying, cleaning and planning blog posts for the next few weeks. I’ve gotten pretty behind this week due to not being very well, I’m starting to feel better now though so onwards and upwards! This week I’ve started trying out some Salon Science Proaccelerant Products (from £17.00) including a shampoo, conditioner and treatment. These products are formulated with AnaGain, an Organic Pea Sprout extract that is rich in restorative proteins, starch and fibres. These rebalancing phytonutrients combined with caffeine agents stimulate blood circulation to help encourage the growth of hair at the root. The advanced formulation helps strengthen, add volume, moisturise and protect, making hair more resistant to everyday damage. These products are supped to give denser, thicker, fuller hair in 3 months, so fingers crossed they’ll work. I’ll have a full review done in three months time!

I’ve also found myself reaching for my Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Balm Perfector (£18.00) this week. I can’t get enough of Clarins’ products at the moment but this has definitely got the most use since it arrived. I frequently suffer with dry lips so this tinted balm has been fantastic to help heal as well as giving a tint of colour.

I also may have treated myself to some gorgeous new shoes from Schuh, as I managed to ruin my previous favourite shoes a few weeks ago in the boggy mud at Redgrave Fen. I bought those ones a couple of years ago so I was pretty upset that they’re not available any more. Then when browsing the Schuh site I noticed the shoes are still on sale, but with a different pattern. Cue new summer shoes, yay!

I also ordered a few vest tops (which I pretty much live in) as well as lightweight summer cardigans and accessories from H&M. I actually love H&M for jewellery and I picked up these unsupposing Jelly Bracelets with my order. I remember wearing these in the early 90’s but apart from taking me back to my youth, I’ve found myself constantly twisting and knotting and playing with them. I think this helps relieve my anxiety.

I’m still watching Skins on Netflix (and I’m up to season 4) but I’ve also been browsing Youtube for new music and came across FKA Twigs. This girl really is something special, her music and videos are both complex and mesmerising. If you’ve heard her music you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s very ‘marmite’ – you’ll either love it or you’ll just not get it. Try watching and listening to Two Weeks, Papi Pacify and How’s That with headphones on. Let me know what you think.

I also thought I’d include an overview of my posts from the last week in case you missed anything…

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GLOSSYBOX MAY | REVIEW

Posted on May 16, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a good weekend? I must admit I haven’t been having the best week so far. For some reason my anxiety has gone through the roof, and I unfortunately ended up in tears in a public place yesterday. It seems as though I’m fine until I have to do something outside of my comfort zone, then I fall apart. As soon as I was out of the situation though and got home I felt so much calmer, and as an added bonus the the latest Glossybox had also arrived. This was a welcome distraction so I got stuck in with trying out this months’ products…

So what’s inside the box?

  • MeMeMe Enchanted Eyes Dual Ended Eye Wand in Midnight Storm. Full size worth £6.95
  • Etre Belle Aloe Vera Ultra Moisturising Gel, 40ml full size worth £15.93
  • Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam, 70ml sample size worth £3.09
  • Sass Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate, sample size 30ml worth £3.60
  • Collection Cosmetics Lipstick in Field Day, full size worth £2.99

Total value of box = £32.56.

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First up is the MeMeMe Enchanted Eyes Pencil. This is a double ended eye crayon and the shade Midnight Storm has one midnight blue shimmer end, and one bright turquoise shimmer end. As well as being two products in one, this crayon also doubles up as eye liner and eye shadow, so it’s a complete multi-tasker! The shades are both easily blendable over the lid for a wash of colour, and also work really well as eyeliners too. I love the turquoise shade, I’ll definitely get a lot of use out of this!

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Etra Belle is a brand I haven’t heard of before, they’re a German cosmetic company offering a selection of cosmetics and what seems to be a massive range of skincare. The Aloe Vera Ultra Moisturising Gel is a lightweight floral scented gel that’s formulated to cool and hydrate the skin. I think this would be perfect kept in the fridge and used for after sun.

The Sass Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate is a bit of an interesting one. This is basically to prevent ingrown hairs when shaving your undercarriage 😀 It also acts as a post-shave soothing cream, and it reduces hair re-growth too. The exfoliating Salicyclic Acid and the Fruit Enzymes help prevent ingrown hairs, the Aloe Vera soothes and hydrates, and the Kelisoft helps to minimise hair regrowth.

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The Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam definitely caught my eye as one of the most interesting sounding products in the box. I’m a big fan of dry shampoos for those days in-between washing my hair but I haven’t come across anything like this before. This product is described as ‘the next generation of dry shampoo’ – allowing you to wash your hair without water. The product itself is a light and fluffy foam, which you massage in at the roots, and you towel dry your hair after. No water required! It’s also supposed to remove products including hairspray and hair chalk. Luckily enough for this review, I was due to wash my hair as it was looking pretty greasy! I applied a few squirts of this and massaged it into my scalp. It left my hair feeling really wet, like I’d just washed it, and the product also had a lovely fresh citrus scent too. It did make my hair feel cleaner and fresher, and got rid of most of the grease but not quite all of it. Maybe I should have used more product? I think this would be a great product to take to festivals to use between showers.

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And lastly the Collection Cosmetics Lipstick in Field Day. I have to say I haven’t used Collection products in years, so this was definitely a welcome addition to the box. Field Day is a beautiful vibrant peach shade with a semi matte finish. This is the sort of colour that’s perfect for summer, and it would look gorgeous with a tan too. The only thing I will say though – as with most matte shades, is you’ll need your lips to be in tip top condition to wear this lipstick as it does tend to emphasise any dry areas.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Designer Spotlight: Alice McCall

Posted on May 14, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Many moons ago, I decided it would be nice to put together a monthly ‘Designer Spotlight’ post where I could tell you all about my latest designer covetings – but despite my good intentions, it didn’t really end up happening regularly. I have so many gorgeous designer pieces on my fantasy wish list right now though, so I’ve decided to start the series again! The most amazing designer Alice McCall has recently been brought to my attention so I thought I’d take the opportunity today to tell you a bit about her and why I love her clothing so much.

Alice McCall’s pieces are just stunning and instantly recognisable – I love how she uses striking organic patterns and prints throughout her collections, with bold block colours and black linear graphic details. McCall has come a long way from originally selling her one-off silk pieces at London markets, and after quickly establishing a fan base her first line was born in 2004, with her fashion label being launched at Australian Fashion Week.

Over the past 10 years she has also collaborated with some major retailers including Topshop and Target. My favourite collaboration was definitely with Nasty Gal (this is also one of my all time favourite stores) I’ve Included the amazing green ‘Quartz’ dress from Nasty Gal in the image above.

‘Alice McCall’s signature style takes its inspiration from bohemian, folky subcultures and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle – resulting in daringly girlish silhouettes detailed with frills, scalloping, and lots of striking colour.’ Fun and playful is definitely the name of the game here, and I love how she incorporates so much unique detail and craftsmanship into her pieces, keeping them edgy yet very feminine.

It’s definitely my goal to own one of her dresses one day when my budget allows it! I’d love to hear what you think of Alice McCall’s designs and who your favourite designers are?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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