Monday, 25 August 2014

Fashion Wish List

Fashion Wish List

Recently I have been wearing my checked shirt from New Look non-stop! I have definitely gotten my money's worth even though it was rather inexpensive. I am always on the hunt for some new ones and this one from H&M looks like it fits the bill. There are lots of different colour choices to choose from too.
Again from H&M is the other shirt featured here. I find shirts so easy to wear as they instantly smarted up what could be a casual outfit. I really like the deep V plunge. 
Topshop jeans will always have a space in my heart. The joni jeans are by far my favourite but I've always been keen to try the Jamie versions. They are still high waisted but not too much. Again something that I would want to try is this ripped jean look. I think I would have to try before I buy as its going to be a bit of a marmite thing for me. 
Mulberry is a brand that both me and my family are slightly obsessed with. Out of all the beautiful bags that they sell, the 'Hobo' bag has always been the first one that I want (first one meaning that there will be many bought in my life time!) 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Express Remover | Review

I never used to be into nail polish as much as I am now. Switching up my nail polish shade was not on the top of my priority list however, now the table have turned. I love changing my nail posh and I feel like it is another part of my outfit that I can change up. With changing your nail polish comes the lengthy task of removing it and applying base coats etc. If there is anything that will speed up this process then I am all for it!

I have tried the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, which if you don't know, it is a pot that has a huge sponge inside where you put your finger in, swish it around and pull it out and your nail polish is no more! Quick, convenient and affordable! When I heard about something similar being brought out by Maybelline but with some added improvements, I obviously had to give it a go.

The basic idea is the same; dunk your finger into a nail polish remover soaked sponge, wiggle it around and pull it out to find a clear nail. However after using it for some time now, I am struggling to find many drastic differences. From reading other peoples reviews about the Bourjois Remover, there were a lot of comments regarding the smell and the oily layer that was left on your hands. I personally never really found a problem with the smell from this one. For me it was not a particularly strong nail polish remover scent however there are obvious undertones. Alongside those smells there is a fruity element to it as well which is quite pleasant. Regarding the oily layer that is left, there is no denying that the Bourjois remover does leave a residue on your hands. It is easily removed by washing your hands but for me, that defeats the point of it being portable and convenient. The Maybelline remover does not leave half as much residue on your hands however if you were being particularly picky, you can still feel a tiny amount left on your hands.

They are both the same price so I guess it would be up to you which one you bought without cost being a leverage. I would say that if you don't want oily residue or something that might smell a little over powering then definitely go for the Maybelline option

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Long Hair Care

For me, my hair is something that I am most grateful for. I know that sounds a little vain but I'm sure everyone likes something or is grateful for at least something on their body. I have always had long hair and the shortest it has ever been was just below my shoulders. If you asked my friends and family I'm sure they would say that I hide behind my hair and I can't lie on that one. My hair acts like a safety barrier for me which is for a reason I'm not quite ready to share to the world. I feel better when my hair is down and I can feel it around my neck and shoulders.

Having long hair is no easy task. Trying to keep it in tip top condition is like another regime that you need to schedule just as much as your skin care. Hope fully some of my tips will help you fellow long locked gals maintain healthy looking hair. Just a little disclaimer, I am not a professional, these are just my personal thoughts based on my experience in looking after long hair. 

1. Try to avoid washing your hair every day - I used to be the number one culprit for this. From having dance lessons essentially every night of the week, my hair became home to an abundance of hair sprays and gels that couldn't be left in the next day to go to school without looking like I had dunked my head in a chip pan. During my final year at Uni I decided to try and space out washing my hair as much as I could stand it. I can tell you it wasn't pretty and I owe many thanks to Batiste for getting my through the tough days but I have come out the other side and I am finally reaping the rewards. My hair feels so much softer and looks even glossier than before. 

2. Don't use every product under the sun - I guess this one is similar to my theory on skin care, don't pile on a load of lotions and potions that you don't need. Things like clarifying shampoos and heavy treatment hair masks are all well and good in moderation. Clarifying shampoo is recommending to use about once a week, from experience I have found better results if I left it a total of two weeks between clarifying washes and the same goes for hair masks. Another thing that some people are guilty of, applying way too many after wash products. My hair dresser told me that if I really had to wash my hair evey day then to only use a serum or oil on the ends of my hair every other day if not every three washes. This is just so your hairs natural oils and shine can develope naturally by itself. 

3. Protect your hair - When using heat appliances it is vital that you should use a product that has some element of heat protection in before drying/straightening/curling your hair 

4. Don't pick split ends. Everyone is guilty of doing this at some point in their life. It is possibly one of bye worst things you could do to your hair as it essentially just lengthens the split ends further up the stand of hair. 

5. Adjust your pony height - if you like to wear your hair in a pint tail on a regular basis then a good tip would be to try and experiment with the height of your pony tail. This will prevent repetitive damage to the same part of your hair and hopefully prevent it from breaking.

These are some of the products that I am using at the moment and would seriously recommend!

In the shower….

Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo & Conditioner - for mid to long hair with split ends 
Garnier Ultimate Blends 1 Minute Treatment - Dry, frizzy hair 
This range of hair care is brilliant. They leave my hair feeling soft and nourished without weighing it down too much as other brands have done. It also smells amazing!! I wash my hair every other day and use the mask about once every 2 weeks in replacement of the conditioner.

After the shower - before drying hair…. 

Elnett Heat protect styling spray
Macadamia Healing Oil Tretment - I only apply a tiny amount of this to the ends of my hair as it sometimes makes my hair look a bit greasy
The Wet Brush - Is it better than the tangle teaser?? Review coming soon! 

I hope these little tips and tricks have helped. If you have any other advice then leave a comment below and share it with everyone :) 

Monday, 18 August 2014

* BONUS * High End Make-up Haul

Here it is as promised. My high end 'feeling spendy' haul. I am so excited that I finally have these products as they have been on my wish list for what feels like forever! I bought these in the beauty hall of Harvey Nichols in London which is one of my favourite beauty halls - with the exception of Selfridges of course! There will be reviews in the very near future but for now take a look at the reason for why I am now on a spending ban. 

M.A.C 217 & 219 brushes 

M.A.C Teddy Eye Pencil 

Nars Laguna Bronzer 

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Yippie!! 

* BONUS * Drugstore Haul

Recently I have defenetly been feeling a bit spendy, which needs to stop asap to save my poor bank account! I thought I would show you some of the things that I have picked up from Boots. This collection was bought over four trips to Boots, not one great big one! If they are new purchases then no doubt that there will be a review of them coming up very soon!

Trip One

Cosmetic Oval Pads 
Botanics Mattifying Face Wash
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 'In Love With Ginger' - FINALLY!! 
Rimmel Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Lipliner 
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3, Combination Oily
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Combination Oily
(In Boots at the moment, they have an offer on Clinique products which gets you a little makeup bag filled with mini goodies!)
No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes (Tip: You know those No7 vouchers that you get and have no idea what to spend it on, well use the skin care voucher to get these face wipes. It brings the price down to £2!! They are my favourite face wipes!!) 

Trip 2 

Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Razor Heads - My favourite ones!
Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask - I was going to buy the full size but couldn't remember if I had tried it or not. These little samples are really useful, especially with face masks! 
Max Factor Max Effect Nail Polish Shade 14 - Mermaid nails!! 

Trip 3

Vaseline Moisturiser - My favourite!! 
Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil
Sanex Sensitive Deodorant - My favourite! 
Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo & Conditioner 

Trip 4 - (TkMaxx rather than Boots)

This Works Deep Sleep Shower Gel - It came with a mini Deep Sleep Stress Less roller ball! Cute and a bargain! 

Stay tuned to see another haul (told you I was feeling spendy) but this time a high end one with some exciting new purchases.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Beauty Wish List

Beauty Wish List

Today I am sharing with you some of the beauty products that I am lusting after. 

I can't remember how many times I have mentioned wanting the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and the Laguna Bronzer. I searched high and low for it whilst shopping one day during the weekend, and believe it or not but none of the department stores I went in had a Nars concession! So it'll have to wait until I pop into another shopping centre or when I next go into London. 

Bumble and Bumble have been a brand that I have always enjoyed using in my hair. My hair salon use their products and not only do they smell great but they make my hair feel amazing! They have just brought out another great sample size, travel kit which follows on from their 'Invisible Oil' range. I have  briefly tried the invisible oil and it is brilliant so that is also something I want to invest in!

The makeup brush is again something that I have been on the hunt for. It is the super foundation brush by Louise Young. If you are a viewer of Anna over on VDM then you will know all about this 'super' make up brush and understand my need to own it!

If you have not heard the hype about the Sanctuary Spa 5 Min Detox Mask then where have you been hiding? Every man and his wife has been going on about this and as I am always on the hunt for a effective and affordable face mask, I am eager to give this a try. 

Whilst shopping in Boots the other day around the Clinique counter, I noticed a few new products around the 'Take The Day Off' range. I think they are new as I have never seen them before. They are basically either the oil or lotion version of the balm. I would choose the oil as I like to take the majority of my make up off with an oil/water based product and then use a lotion after to help soothe and moisturise. The fact that this is in a pump form makes this even more lust worthy as that is the only down fall of the balm equivalent, is that it is rather awkward to get out of the pot.

What is on your beauty wish list this month? Anything I should add to mine?? 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Celebrate with me! - GIVEAWAY ENDED

So I have finally graduated from University and I am so happy to be out of education. That being said I think University was a great choice for me and I was thinking of doing a blog post/video talking about my experience at uni including topics like ; choosing a uni, choosing a course, being an art student, money worries, missing home, making friends etc. If this is something you would like to see then let me know :)

Anyway I digress! I have also been blogging for a fair while now and I have to say I am so glad I decided to start my own blog. I feel that I have gained so much knowledge and experience especially with my writing skills and also talking to all of you guys in the blogging community. With this in mind I wanted to celebrate with you and do my first giveaway! I know these can be seen as controversial but I wanted to say thank you to people/readers who have stuck by me and supported me from the start.

I decided to use products that I have tried and tested and really loved using. If you are the lucky winner you will get; Mark Hill Fabulous Finish Hairspray and Quick Fix Dry Shampoo (great little additions for your handbag!), A travel size Argania Hair Oil, Real Techniques Miricle Complexion Sponge and a Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturiser in the Aloe Vera scent.

All you need to do is follow my blog of GFC and Bloglovin' and leave a comment saying what is you favourite beauty item this summer, and leave your email address as this is how I will be contacting the winner. I will also be announcing the winner via twitter so it may be worth keeping an eye on my account there. This is a UK only giveaway I'm afraid, I'm hoping to be able to do an international one if/when my subbies have gone up

Good Luck!

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