Thursday, 24 April 2014

Monthly Favourites | April

It might be a little premature to be cracking out the monthly favourites but I've been loving the majority of these products since the middle of March so I thought it could be an exception.

Lets talk about the L'Oreal kids Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer, I'm pretty sure the majority of people will remember this from their childhood, I seem to remember it being a staple for my mum when we went abroad and with good reason! I know this is targeted at kids (why do they get the best of everything!?) but it actually works and makes your hair smell like pears at the same time, no complaints here. I finally took the plunge and bought the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser and I'm so pissed that I didn't buy it sooner, I'm not sure what I was expecting but it definitely wasn't this - it's beyond perfect. The coverage is fairly sheer but buildable, it offers a healthy glow without being greasy and best of all it lasts the whole day, this little tube of awesomeness is definitely going to be an expensive habit. My favourite eyeshadow of the month comes from MAC and is in the shade Antiqued, a beautiful reddish copper shade that looks perfect teamed with my statutory browns - you can find lots of swatches online.

I think the product I'm most surprised with is the Garnier Oil Beauty Nourishing Lotion and not because I thought it would be crap but because I didn't expect it to be any different to my other gazillion moisturisers, I was wrong. It makes my skin look so healthy, I even got a compliment on how good my legs looked and I put it all down to this. My one gripe is that it takes a little while to sink into the skin so definitely bear that in mind if you're in a rush. I picked up the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Brownie Points after reading countless rave reviews and so far I'm really impressed. It took a little while to get used to as I've always been a powder girl but the results are really natural and long-lasting. The Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter was an impulse buy whilst bored snooping around Boots. Personally, I would only use this for the one purpose I bought it and that's as a typical liquid highlighter. It's fairly iridescent so I can't see how it would disguise pores as a primer, as a highlighter however and used sparingly, it really does look lovely.

Finally, my most worn perfume of the month is the Thierry Mugler Alien EDT it's definitely an acquired scent but if you find the original version a little much then this try this one as it's a tad lighter. The nail polish of the month comes from the Barry M Gelly line in the shade Huckleberry, pastels for spring... ground-breaking I know. I've spoken about the Caudalie Beauty Elixr before so I won't go into it in detail. I only use this when my skins looking particularly dull for a little pick me up, unfortunately I can't use this on the daily as my skin would have a meltdown - it's strongly fragranced so beware of that if like me, you have sensitive skin.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Brand Focus | Sundried

Sundried was not a brand I was familiar with until very recently when I was kindly contacted by them, as soon as I read into the brand a little more I knew that it was something I wanted to get behind and share with you guys. Founded by a lone surfer on a beach in Peru whilst waiting for the sun to rise to dry his body after an epic surf, the name came to him - Sundried. Since then the brand has gone from strength to strength providing products for the beach, bar, street, swell and even the skatepark.

The thing I love most about Sundried is that they really care about charity work and the environment. Not only do they support local surfers, bars, shops and schools but they also sponsor Surfers Against Sewage - an environmental charity protecting UK waves, oceans and beaches. Coming from a seaside town this is really important to me and I'm sure so many other people. They also help people out who are just starting out in outdoor activities and encourage people to get in touch with them if they do require that help. 

On top of all of this the clothing and accessories are pretty damn sweet - you really get a feel for the organic process within which the brand was born. I love the outdoors so Sundried really speaks out to me but it goes without saying that you don't have to be into skating or surfing to wear their clothing. I just think it's amazing that a brand share so much of their success by helping people and creating success for others - it's a rarity and I can't praise them enough. 

You can pick up some free stickers from their website too if you want to share the love - I've picked some up for my longboard which I can't wait to show off! I hope you all take a minute to check out this awesome brand and enjoy them as much as I do. Seriously, how nice are those sunglasses?!

Monday, 17 March 2014

What's On My Face | Spring Edition

The sun has finally made an appearance in the UK and it's beginning to feel like Spring at last. My routine doesn't change a great deal with the differing seasons, I'm pretty boring all year round with my make up but I do have a few new additions which have made their way into my make up bag. 

My current base is the Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation, this is a super lightweight water-based foundation, similar in texture to the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation but with much less coverage. I would probably go as far as to put this in the tinted moisturiser category. The finish is fresh and luminous and just the all round perfect spring base. The only problem I have with this is the smell - it's not something I can really describe but I just find it strange. I'm now on my second tube of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and I'm running out fast. This is extremely anti-fatigue as the name might suggest and really does brighten and lift the under eye, it's also brilliant for concealing any redness. 

On a weekday I don't tend to wear any eyeshadow or eyeliners simply because I'm too lazy and I'm at work all day so I really don't care. On the rare occasion that I do make an effort I will always go for a bronzey brown messy lived in type of thaaaanng. This chick ain't got no time for smokey eyes. My go to products for this are; MAC's Soba (left in the quad), Elf Shimmering Eyeliner Pencil in Boldly Bronze and the GOSH Intense Eyeliner Pen in Brown. This lovely little trio creates a pretty bronzed goddess type of eye look, you can find swatches for all of them online. My current favourite mascara has to be the Origins Ginzing Mascara, not only is this mascara lengthening and lifting but it's also good for your lashes! It's not the most voluminous of mascara's but for everyday use I really love it. 

I picked up the Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Power in the shade 03 Medium Matte around a month ago after hearing Estee from Essie Button rave about it. Boy was she right! This is by far the best bronzer I have ever tried, it's matte and extremely natural so gives you a beautiful sun kissed look. For lips I've been using my all time favourite lipstick, MAC Myth. I know so many lipsticks are claimed to be the 'perfect nude' but this really really is the perfect nude. It's so creamy and the prettiest milky pink nude shade, I urge you to look out for this when you are next at a MAC counter. What are your make up picks for Spring?

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Wishlist | February


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Can we start by admiring how crazy beautiful the Jens Pirate Booty Tunic is.. I've definitely mentioned this brand before and they will be featured fully in one of my upcoming brand focus posts *watch this space* but honestly they just kill it every time. If you're a lover of bohemian fashion then I demand that you go to their website immediately. Be assured, you will weep. 

Billabong also seem to be nailing it in the dress department recently. I love the 4th and Bleeker collection and in particular the white sweetest sea dress, it's so simple yet so beautiful. It really wouldn't be a wishlist if I didn't include some Free People bits and as usual I want everyyyttthiinnnggg, especially that beautiful feather hair halo. Another thing I realised I didn't own but desperately needed is a fedora style hat. I found this one on eBay for under a tenner so I'm fairly pleased with myself.

I'm also clearly loving the colour orange, someone's dreaming of summer...

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Bedroom Decor | Inspiration

I'm decorating my bedroom this weekend and I thought I would share with you my inspiration for it. I love the ethnic bohemian style and I really wanted to incorporate that into my bedroom. All of the pictures are sourced from Pinterest which by the way I spend way to much time browsing. You can follow me here if you like. I will be sharing pictures on my Instagram if you're interested in seeing the finished result.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Morning After | Hangover Face

So it's the morning after the night before. Your hair looks like you slept in a tree - you have remnants of kebab/chilli sauce all over the clothes that you slept in and your face looks like you haven't washed it in a decade. We've all been here right? Admittedly I'm quite obsessive about washing my face and I do usually manage to get the majority of my make up off even in a drunken stupor. Clean face or not - I still manage to wake up looking like the back end of a horse. Thanks alcohol. 

If I have to leave the house the next day (somewhere further than Burger King) then I try to keep my make up minimal and easy but with maximum effect. I'm in love with the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint - I bought a sample of four from Cult Beauty to try out before I picked up the full size and I have to say it's one of the loveliest bases I've tried in a long time. I wouldn't place it in the tinted moisturiser category but somewhere in between a light to medium coverage foundation without actually looking like a foundation. As the name suggests it's super luminizing and really lifts your face when it's not looking it's brightest. For those pesky dark circles I've really been loving the Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer in the shade Light 1. This is probably the most brightening concealer I own which also provides a high amount of coverage. I also use this on the tops of my cheekbones for a subtle highlight. If I want something a bit more shimmery I tend to use my MAC Cream Colour Base in the shade Pearl. 

When it comes to eyes and in particular eyes that are looking tired, I would always recommend staying away from anything heavy or full on. My eye routine is simple - I use my eyelash curlers to open up the eyes and then apply lashings and lashings of Benefit They're Real! Mascara. Say hello to awakened eyes ladies.

My current favourite blusher has to be the B.Cheeky Blusher in the shade Sherbet. Unfortunately the lighting really doesn't do this shade justice but be assured that it is the prettiest peachy pink with tiny flecks of silver and gold shimmer running through it. For me the most important element of this look is the bold lip. It makes you look like you've made a real effort and brightens up your skin and face in an instant. The Rimmel Apocolips are brilliant because they take less than 30 seconds to apply and last really well throughout the day. The shade I have here is Stellar. It really doesn't matter what products you use but just keep to the 'minimal effort - maximum effect' rule and you won't go wrong. Less is definitely more when you're suffering from hangover face and yes that is a technical term. Happy partying! 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wishlist | January

Wishlist 15/01/2014
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I think the only way to start is by expressing my undying love for Free People. It's my favourite brand in the whole wide world and I honestly think I would sell a family member to own some of their stuff. If your a fan of the boho/gypsy look then be prepared to fall in love... and cry... because your poor like me. The shoes are actually a collaboration with Jeffrey Campbell and I'm literally counting down the days until I get paid so I can snap these babies up. I'm also developing an unhealthy obsession with Jacquie Aiche jewellery, in particular the double horn necklace I've featured here. OH and did I mention it costs thousands. Marvy.  

I had no intention of including so many pastel shaded products in this post but I think it's a natural step for me after winter to want something a bit different and so I look to spring shades. I really wanted to pick up the Nars Highlighter in Adelaide from the Final Cut Collection but I'm fairly sure it's sold out - I'm still keeping my eyes peeled though, just in case. I think everyone in the world wants to try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - I think the price is pretty outrageous but I'm a sucker for the hype so I'm bound to end up buying it. Ah the perils of a poor beauty blogger*

*poor because I spend my money on all of the above. Damn it.