Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Weekly Top 5 #8

Posted on May 31, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend? Today’s weekly top 5 is a little different to usual, basically I was supposed to put together an outfit post showing you what I wore for the wedding I went to last Friday, but after a series of unfortunate events including forgetting my camera when we went to the wedding, then being really ill – which still hasn’t gone away properly, so I’m just not up to having my taken right now, I’ve decided to include my outfit in today’s post instead!

I’m a massive fan of vintage clothes (I actually used to run a vintage clothing store a few years ago) and my favourite eras are definitely the 50’s and 80’s. From the 50’s I love pretty prom style dresses with full circle skirts and petticoats, and I love anything loud and brash from the 80’s like bright prints and gold jewellery – I also collect 80’s jewellery too 🙂

So for the wedding I went with this beautiful Lindy Bop Ella dress from Lucy Loves Vintage. This style of dress really suits my shape as I have a larger bottom half, so it skims over that and emphasises my smaller waist which is ideal! The Ella dress comes in plus sizes too which is fantastic, and it’s also available in a range of different colours. I went for this gorgeous turquoise / teal shade (called slate) which I obviously have a thing for as my mum pointed out it’s the exact same shade as the vintage dress I wore for my wedding reception (you can check that out here)

I wore a plain black Short Sleeve Shrug (£15) over the top to cover my shoulders and arms, and for undies, I wore some big pants to suck everything in, and this super pretty Heidi Klum Intimates Amelia Underwired Bra, which is currently in the sale at House of Fraser. It was £38, and is now £30.40.

I’ve slightly embellished in this post because I don’t actually have the gorgeous shoes and bag I’ve included. I just wore some very non-exciting plain black shoes, and ended up taking a big ‘practical’ bag for all Fred’s necessities like wipes, toys and juice. If I had my way though I’d definitely wear these beautiful Lotus Isabelle Peep Toe Heels (was £59.99, now £41.99) partly because they’re so pretty and a great alternative to black shoes, but also because Lotus offer half sizes, which is perfect for me as I’m dead on a 5.5! I also included this stunning Phase Eight Rita Jewelled Box Clutch (was £79, now £63.20) just because it’s so pretty and finishes off the outfit really well!

I’d love to hear what you think of my outfit? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Hi Guys!

I’ve had three lovely bloggers advertising with me this month, please check out their blogs below –

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I’d like to welcome you all to my beloved Blog, Ginger Mum.  Just a collection of my musings as a mother, wife, woman and workhorse! I’m an old blogger (literally – 40 again!) with a new blog, striking out on my own after blogging for other people for too long. Whatever takes my fancy is what I now write about, and I’m super excited to unveil the blog’s long-awaited new look next week, watch this space! When time allows, I award a Ginger Mum product of the week, which honours my must-have #lusthave of the moment. This could be anything from the newest kids gadget, to the latest pair of Chanel sunnies, you just never know! Thats the beauty of writing what I would want to read myself, and hopefully all of you will too. Every week, I honour one of my fellow bloggers with the Ginger blogger award, and that spreads the writings of some of the fabulous talented bloggers out there who otherwise may struggle to be heard above the crowd.  I have lots of exciting products and topics to cover in the blog, and that unveiling to come over the next few weeks, so watch this space, I look forward to seeing you there…..

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Hi! I’m Leah and I run the Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog; Devoted To Pink. If you love makeup, beauty products, handbags and candles as much as me, then come and take a peek! As you can probably tell I love the colour pink and have a weakness for life’s luxuries – you only live once, right!?  I’m a newbie to the blogging world, so I would love to hear from you and make new blogger friends – come and say Hi!

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Hello! I’m Lucy, a 22 year old lipstick, cocktail and puppy lover from the North West of England! On Lucy Loves Beauty, you’ll find tons of skincare and makeup reviews, as well as beauty lust lists, makeup looks and weight loss features – as well as the odd bit about fitness, interiors and fashion. I fill my little space on the internet with things I love, and if I can offer some good advice or recommendations too then I’m a happy girl! Feel free to stop by and see what I’m loving lately! Lucy xx

I still have advertising spaces available for June, which include an ad space in my sidebar, social media mentions and much more – please do check the details out here and if you’re interested drop me a line at tsncblog@hotmail.co.uk to book in xxx

My House of Fraser Top Sale Picks!

Posted on May 27, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve just got a short and sweet post for you tonight because I had to share some amazing offers with you! If you’re signed up for their emails, you may have noticed that House of Fraser have just started a massive sale, covering items across the store with up to 40% off! I’ve been doing a bit of window shopping over the last few hours and thought I’d share my favourite sale picks with you…

  1. Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette – was £37, now only £25.
  2. Baylis & Harding Strawberry & Pomegranate Candle – was £14, now £7.00.
  3. Ziba Calanthia Statement Necklace – reduced from £125 down to £30!
  4. Michael Kors Selma Pink Small Cross Body Bag – was £195, now £156.
  5. Karen Millen Chain & Acrylic Cuff – was £75, now £60.
  6. Phase Eight Chantay Rose Dress – was £120, now £96.
  7. Mary Portas Faux Leather Waterfall Jacket – was £59, now £35.40.
  8. Aldo Welari Pointy Toe Slip On Flat Shoes – was £50, now £37.50.
  9. Dorothy Perkins Leather Flat Sandals – was £35, now £24.50.

There really are so many amazing deals to be had, and if you’re a fan of statement necklaces like I am, be sure to check out Ziba for some insane reductions (like a £95 necklace down to £10!) There’s also some fantastic savings to be had across the whole of Michael Kors, so if you fancy treating yourself, now’s definitely the time!

I hope you enjoyed my post! Let me know if you snap anything up! xxx

My Top 5 Budget Beauty Products Under £10.00

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Hi Guys!

As you probably know by now, I do feature quite a lot of high end brands – and I should admit I’m a complete sucker for a fancy brand with pretty packaging. But what about high street cosmetics? There’s actually quite a few high street products that I use on a regular basis, so with that in mind I decided to rummage through my makeup bag and pick out my top 5 budget beauty buys under £10.00!

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1. Seventeen Phwoarr Paint (£5.49) After using up my beloved Benefit Boi-ing Concealer which I feel like I’ve had for a lifetime, rather than forking out £17.50 for a new one, I asked the good people of Twitter for their recommendations for a budget alternative, and Seventeen’s Phwoarr Paint was suggested. At almost a third of the price of Benefit, I thought this was definitely worth a try, and it really is fantastic! This is a great highly pigmented creamy concealer that’s perfect for covering under eye dark circles – which is what I mostly use it for.

2. Sleek True Colour Lipsticks (£4.99) Sleek are officially my favourite budget lipstick brand, with my go-to shade being Liqueur, which is the perfect every day nude shade. I also love their fantastic selection of brights. The creamy yet highly pigmented finish is a fantastic dupe for MAC’s Amplified lipsticks, and at only £4.99 for a lippie, you’d be mad not to try them out!

3. Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner (£4.99) I can’t live without eyeliner, and I’ve tried a fair few in my time. I always end up going back to my trusty Contour Clubbing pencils though. My long-term favourite has to be Bleu Neon, an intense electric blue shade. I love that Bourjois have introduced a mass of different shades including blues, greens, purples and even a pink so you can experiment with eyeliner looks without breaking the bank.

4. Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette (£6.99) Makeup Revolution have really upped their game with their new Iconic 1 & 2 Eyeshadow Palettes, they have an updated and much improved eyeshadow formula which is just fantastic, and I’ve found myself going back to my Iconic 2 Palette time and time again. This palette contains the perfect selection of shades to take you from day to night, as well as a large mirror and ‘Pro‘ double ended brush for easy application. These eyeshadows are amazingly well pigmented as well as being easy to apply and blend.

5. Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (£9.99) Yes another Bourjois product! Their relatively new 1 Seconde Mascara is surprisingly one of my favourite mascaras – I say surprisingly because I usually shy away from large mascara wands as my lashes are super short so I often end up making a mess! I love the formula of 1 Seconde though, it does wonders for my stumpy lashes giving length as well as volume, and long lasting curl. This will definitely be re-purchased once it runs out!

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear what your favourite budget beauty buys are? xxx

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Introducing: The Libbie Club

Posted on May 25, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Today I want to tell you all about a brand new beauty box – with a difference! Latest in Beauty has just launched The Libbie Club – a community of influential beauty fans who are rewarded for reviewing, sharing and referring beauty products. And the best part is, it’s totally free!

Basically, every month members of The Libbie Club are sent a free of charge bundle of full sized beauty products to try out, you then write your honest reviews on their site and if anyone makes a purchase via any of your recommendations, you will then be sent another box the next month to review again. May’s box contained some pretty awesome products (worth over £100) including –

Magnitone Lucid (£70.00) – Give your face an invigorating clean and exfoliation with Magnitone Lucid Facial Brush. Featuring two cleansing modes, you can use the facial brush with your existing cleanser for better absorption of nutrients and moisture. Ideal for use on sensitive or allergic skin types, the soft and gentle brush has over 10,000 rotation-oscillations per minute to clean and exfoliate. More gentle & effective at cleansing than hand washing, Magnitone promise you’ll see and feel the difference in just 7 days with skin that is softer, brighter and smoother. 

Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel (£22.00) – This gel works by specifically targeting the cornified skin layer, dissolving and removing the dead skin cells on the top most epidermis layer. Use on DRY face with DRY fingers. Squeeze a sufficient amount and dot on forehead, cheeks, chin, nose and neck. Massage for about one minute. Rise off with water / facial cleanser after use.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil (£15.00) – Balance Me’s multi-award winning Radiance Face Oil is perfect for transforming dull, dehydrated skin into a radiant, dewy and glowing complexion, plus creating a perfectly even tone by calming areas prone to redness. Designed to improve the skin’s natural lustre and restore its radiance, this skincare hero contains eight hand-picked oil extracts to reduce redness, address uneven skin tone and minimise the visible signs of ageing and scarring. Apply two drops to clean skin or beneath moisturiser for an extra hit of hydration. It perfects all skin types, so don’t be afraid to try if your skin is oily!

You can read my individual reviews on these products on my profile page, where you can also see that each of these products comes with its own special offer –

  • Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush: Save £20, now only £50.00.
  • Ginvera Exfoliating Marvel Gel: Save 20%, now only £17.60.
  • Free Balance Me Radiance Face Mask worth £12 when you purchase the Radiance Face Oil for £15.00

Each of these offers run for a limited time and has limited stock, so be sure to snap them up if you’re interested!

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products and what you think of this concept? xxx

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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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