29/09/2014

Beauty Wishlist #2

I'm actually very surprised that there hasn't been more of these posts because I'm constantly lusting after products on a near enough daily basis, I have a feeling I might even opened my previous Beauty Wishlist with the same line!

Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Mascara
This is all down to Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup (as usual). I watched her September favourites and she completely sold this mascara to me. The brush is so bizarre but from what I've read elsewhere, it is supposedly made so that it captures every single lash which is great because I really struggle to get the inner lashes and they're usually left half coated in whatever eyeshadow on that day because I can't reach them. The brush looks slightly tapered at the tip as well which makes me wonder that because it's a Japanese brand, the creator has catered to the hooded eye which I have semi have.

LORAC Pro Palette
Another VDM and in fact most of the beauty blogger community's fault for me wanting needing this. I am an absolute sucker for a neutrals palette, but aren't we all in reality? I can't be the only one who apparently collects them! Although funnily enough the Lorac Pro appears to have some shades that I actually don't own! I haven't heard anything but raves about this product which is why I regret it big time not trying hard enough to find it whilst I was in New York!

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Perfume
This is the latest release from Jo Malone and boy is it a good one! I'm not actually a massive fan of the Jo Malone fragrances in general. I have the Blackberry and Bay fragrance and it's just too strong and it makes me feel a little queasy after a while. I'm the same with the Diptyque fragrances, they're all a bit overpowering and granny-ish for my liking. This one however falls under the 'Woody' scents category and I've developed a love for anything wood scented. My mum has the Tom Ford 'Oud Wood' perfume and it is to.die.for. This perfume seems a little more focused towards a younger audience as it's not as mature smelling. Definitely give it a sniff if you're ever near a Jo Malone counter!

Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Colour Duo 'Softcore'
The more I look at this, the more I NEED it. It is absolutely stunning. Both the highlight and the contour shade are indescribable. To me, it looks as if the contour shade is a plummy shade which is different to what I'm used to contouring with, however I think it will be nicely season appropriate! The website states that it has rich emollients in it give a cream finish feeling on the skin which I love, I definitely prefer a cream product over a powder anyday! You can always have faith in a Tom Ford product anyway so I have no doubts that I'll love it to pieces.

Zoella Beauty Fizz Bar
I think the range that Zoe has brought out is absolutely adorable and I think she's done everything right from the products to the pricing. However the thing I'm most intrigued about is the 'Fizz Bar'! It's no secret that I'm a bath person and I just think the idea is really great, sometimes I don't want to use a whole bath bomb or when it comes to the bubble bars from Lush, they just get a bit messy and no one wants that!

What beauty products are on your wishlist at the moment?

17/09/2014

My Little Box Launches In The UK! *





It's already a Parisian phenomenon and on the 3rd of September My Little Box launched in the UK! They are themed boxes that once you subscribe, will receive every month. 'So what comes in the boxes', I hear you cry! Well I can tell you!

  • Must-have travel sized samples from their partnered brands (of which are absolutely amazeballs) Kiehls and Laura Mercier to name a few! See them here to get an idea of what to expect: http://www.mylittlebox.co.uk/brands
  • A beauty product from their own in-house beauty range called 'My Little Beauty'
  • Fashion and lifestyle accessories 
  • A magazine called 'My Little World' which is written by bloggers from all over the world
  • Cute illustrated extras from their extremely talented illustrator Kanako, who I had the pleasure of meeting and she makes it all look so easy!

How much will it cost you a month? £11 a month + £3.95 P&P and you can cancel whenever suits you. You can also treat a friend and pay for a set amount of months, which I think would make a great gift, especially with Christmas coming up! 

I think they're great little boxes and don't you think it would be lovely to receive something so cute in the post each month?! I used to be a subscriber of Joliebox and Glossybox but the samples were so hit and miss, absolutely tiny and definitely not worth the money that they said they were. Whereas with My Little Box, I really feel as if you're really getting your money's worth! 

Find out more about them and how to subscribe on their website here: http://www.mylittlebox.co.uk/home

Will you be subscribing? 

15/09/2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Varnish


Having become a recent Body Shop addict, I was absolutely buzzing to find out they were launching a nail varnish range, I mean, why not? They have skincare, body care and make up, so it would only make sense for them to bring out nail varnishes. There are 26 shades which are all very wearable ranging from summery colours to the deep autumn/winter colours, so I definitely think they've ticked every box so far. So while I was having a browse, the saleswoman suggested the navy because it was her favourite, she was actually wearing 'The Body Shop Green' which as you can imagine is their signature green colour used in their logo. I have recently become rather obsessed with navy shades and I think navy maybe the new black for Autumn, so I bought the shade 'Crazy For Blue'.

The saleswoman also told me that the nail varnishes have actually been a long time in the making as they've been trying to make them absolutely perfect. Apparently they've made them so they don't stain your nails which is one of my biggest insecurities. I can't let my nails breathe because they're stained so I cover them with nail varnish which stains them... It's a vicious cycle. So when she told me that they made them so they don't stain nails, it was like music to my ears!

They are very pigmented and you could easily get away with one coat, but obviously to be safe I always do two. They dry quite quickly and shiny also. I had a bit of a strange experience with them actually, the first time I tried it, it stayed for a good 4-5 days, but once I'd reapplied it, it just about lasted a day. I don't think I did anything different application wise but it was very strange. They are £5 so not bank breaking and definitely on par with normal drugstore prices. I will be looking into investing in some more for sure!

Will you be heading to your nearest Body Shop to pick up one of these?


13/09/2014

Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner by OGX


OGX, formerley Organix (which personally I think looks and sounds better than OGX) brought out possibly the most perfect sounding shampoo and conditioner ever. I LIVE for anything coconut scented or tasting,but funnily enough I detest coconut water itself. However while I was in New York and I saw these, I could help but grab the bottle and give it a sniff and my god do these smell insanely good enough to eat! I've actually now finished both bottles *cries* there was some serious, serious rationing going on! 

Not to brag, but in general my hair is in pretty good condition so shampoos and conditioners don't really show much difference in my hair anyway. If you're looking for a bit of haircare that makes your hair feel really soft and smell like a tropical island then these are your guys. 

I like the variety that OGX produce, I used to be obsessed with their Argan Oil products and to substitute the coconut water range, because they don't actually sell it in the UK at the moment, I went ahead and got the next best thing which was the Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner. I think they're a cheap and cheerful brand that get the job done and I think I will always return to their products.

Have you got any haircare recommendations that you think I should try?


12/09/2014

The Body Shop Aqua Boost Sorbet




I'm already a massive fan of the Body Shop's Vitamin E range, in particular the Serum-In-Oil (which I mentioned in my 'Updated: Skincare Routine' blogpost, so with the launch of this bizarre yet fascinating sounding product, I just had to try it out as I'm always on the lookout for a new moisturiser.

LOVE the smell, but as for the texture, I can't quite put my finger on it. When you apply it to your skin it feels really bitty and slightly strange. I only use this in the daytime before I apply my make up and the bitty-ness doesn't seem to affect the application of my make up at all, so all is forgiven. I really appreciated using this a couple of weeks ago when it was boiling hot as the 'sorbet' aspect of the cream, well it's more like a gel, just felt so refreshing after a shower. It's super cooling however if that sounds unappealing to you, it only lasts a mere couple seconds so no biggie.

As for it's moisturising ability, I would say that it is moisturising but it's not the best that I've tried. It does sort the tightness I get in my skin after showering but I've not noticed any 'aqua boosting' or a sudden moisture surge after using it. It promises a 24 hour moisture quench, which I suppose I could agree with but my skin is pretty normal so I don't think I'd notice any dryness throughout the day anyway. Maybe if I had severely dry skin, it would have more of an effect on me. It's a good product, but I wouldn't be in any rush to purchase it again, I don't think.

Does anyone with dry skin find this helps? I'd be really interested to know!


10/09/2014

Tanya Burr's Style Picks with VERY.CO.UK



I was extremely lucky to be able to attend the Very VIP event which featured Tanya Burr's picks from their Autumn Collection. The event itself was impeccably done, there was a photo booth, rails upon rails of Tanya's picks which were available for you to drool over at your leisure, cocktails that tasted like cupcakes, and cupcakes that tasted like cocktails and of course the beautiful Tanya Burr herself, who was absolutely rocking a jumpsuit from the collection.

Having religiously watched Tanya for just over 3 years now, I think it's safe to say that the items that she chose are indeed 'very Tanya'. There are some printed dresses which suit her amazing figure gorgeously (pictured above) but there are also a handful to suit a number of figures as well. It was nice to see some autumnal florals featured in there. Most of the collection is very versatile as a lot of the pieces are easily transitioned from day to night, which I think perfectly shadows Tanya's lifestyle which I thought was a nice personal touch.

Some of my favourites pieces which you can view on the website here, have to be:

We were luckily gifted any of the items on the rails so I picked two of the bags , that yes, are exactly the same in different colours, but there was something very CĂ©line about them and I cannot get enough, I'm especially obsessed with the camel and navy bag which are two of my favourite colours together and so autumnal. 



Overall I think she's picked out some stunning and on trend pieces, so well done Tanya! 

Shop or browse Tanya's Picks here!


With the lovely lady herself and her the just as lovely Jim Chapman! 


09/09/2014

NEW PRODUCT ALERT! Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet Mattes!

 Top : Atomic Rose | Bottom: Meteoric Matte



You must be bored to death of me reviewing liquid lipsticks but I am, if you couldn't already tell, smitten. If you know me even the smallest amount you will know that I love the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets more than life itself, and when I saw this new launch from Rimmel in Superdrug I thought they could have been were a potential competitor. I felt kind of 'meh' towards the original Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers however I thought these may have been the products to change my mind.

There are 5 shades in this collection and I would happily use every single one of them. I did want the orange one 'Orange-ology' but I decided on the nude (for everyday use) and the plum shade (season friendly). Rimmel describe these as 'weightless liquid colour with a velvety smooth finish, which I must agree with. They feel very 'movementy' on the lips if that makes sense, they don't feel like they are going to set which of course does not guarantee staying power. I must say while I was taking the above photos and I had drawn slightly over my lip line, I used a tissue to wipe away the excess and it came straight off which was of course great in that situation but probably not great for everyday wear. But then again, although it is nice that the Bourjois ones last forever, they are a massive bitch to get off! They are extremely pigmented though, I'll give them that. One downside to them is that don't smell or taste pleasant AT ALL. It actually made me feel a little ill. They taste a little grandma-y (don't ask how I know that!) I wouldn't say they were completely matte either.

However if you're looking for a semi-matte, pigmented, not so long lasting, odd tasting lip colour then they are the ones for you. But if you're looking for a pigmented, extremely long lasting, completely matte, better tasting lip colour then the Bourjois ones are definitely the better option.


07/09/2014

Autumn Lookbook 2014 : What I'll be Wearing This Season!












I put together a couple of outfit ideas and I know that I'll be wearing these non-stop this Autumn as well. I think my favourite has to be the second look, if you watch my videos you'll know I am a massive fan of the masculine/androgynous look at the moment and I'm completely obsessed with the Primark coat, it's so snuggly and so warm.  The bags that I'm wearing in the first and third outfits I was luckily gifted at the Very VIP event with Tanya Burr as their new ambassador. They were part of her picks and I absolutely adore the colours of them, especially the camel and navy colours, they just scream Autumn to me!

Which is your favourite?

|OUTFIT ONE|
Sunglasses- H&M
Watch - http://bit.ly/1oO9sPS
Nails - http://bit.ly/1rguAjw
Duster Coat - http://bit.ly/1CzKMVH (the tall version is half price!)
T-Shirt - http://bit.ly/1xmOXnI
Jeans - http://bit.ly/1u7Ns92
Shoes - http://bit.ly/WqtSI3
Bag - Tanya Burr's Very.co.uk picks (not online yet, luckily gifted)

|OUTFIT TWO|
Sunglasses - http://bit.ly/1rJaoum
Shirt - http://bit.ly/1oOdkR5
Jumper - http://bit.ly/1qCOEig
Coat - Primark
Jeans - http://bit.ly/1vYtsI7
Bag - 'Chanel'
Shoes - Primark

|OUTFIT THREE|
Scarf - http://bit.ly/1xmSlij
Jacket - http://bit.ly/1nBghFi
T-shirt - ASOS
Jeans - http://bit.ly/1vYtsI7
Shoes - Primark
Bag - Tanya Burr's Very.co.uk picks (not online yet, luckily gifted)