January Favourites

I for one cannot believe that it is already the last day of January, this year is already going so fast! But to sum up my first month of 2015 i’ve selected a few of my favourite products that i’ve been using this month.

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Picking my favourite products of this month hasn’t been too hard, as I always stick to the same brands because I have such faith in them (but also because i’m a creature of habit!)

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My first favourite of the month is the Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream. I use this under my makeup or alone on the days when I’m giving my face a break. It’s a lovely hydrating moisturiser that contains multi-vitamins, light reflecting minerals and an SPF15. I think it gives my face a perfect base but is also super good for my skin and makes it feel really smooth.

The second and third favourites are also both made by the Simple company. I use the Revitalising eye roll on with my moisturiser in the morning to de-puff and wake up my eyes. The other Simple product is the Eye Make-up remover, I use this along side the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water when removing my make-up. I use the eye make-up remover on my eye make-up (duhhh), it works really well even on waterproof eye make-up and the Micellar Cleansing Water to remove the rest of my makeup and cleanse my skin at the same time. Both work really well with sensitive skin too!

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Tangle Teasers are now a common sight in any womans handbag and so it has to be part of my favourites because I use it so much. I think it handles my hair so much better than most brushes and never pulls or rips my hair.

The Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes were on my list to try out for so long, so with my Christmas money I decided to give them a try and am now converted. I love them so much and think that they are the perfect balance between natural and obviously fake (weird combo I know, but I only wear eyelashes on nights out or special occasions so want them to be dark and thicker, but not like the hideous spider legs some people wear!!) I bought the Ardell strip lash glue as well because I think it is really strong and long lasting.

I am a big believer of you get what you pay for with some make-up however, without a lot of numbers in the bank, it’s often really difficult to obtain these lovely expensive products, so I have to do with drugstore versions (but these are sometimes just as good!) The only product that I fork out for on a regular basis is my foundation. I use Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Ecru 1N2, it is quite expensive but I really think it’s worth it! I often describe this foundation as ALMOST waterproof, it lasts so long and doesn’t smudge or come off on clothes either!

I also use the 17 Phwoarr Paint in Fair, a heavy duty under eye concealer. I believe this to be a perfect drug store version of the Benefit Boi-ing concealer. I team this with the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer in Light (I forgot to photograph this). I kept seeing this product being featured on loads of blogs so decided to try it out for myself and haven’t put it down yet! Teamed with the 17 Phwoarr Paint it gives the perfect coverage and finish on the days after a late night.

To apply my foundation, concealers and any other cream or liquid make-up I love to use sponge applicators. At the moment I use the Nanshy 4-in-1 Marvel make-up sponge (which I reviewed here) and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge as well. I now use these instead of brushes where I can, as I believe they give a much more flawless finish.

For my eyebrows this month I am using the Maybelline Browsatin pencil in medium brown. It has a pencil on one end and a sponge with powder on the other. It allows you to outline the perfect shape with the pencil and fill in with the powder to give a very natural look.

Finally, on my lips I am currently obsessed with the No7 Precision lip pencil in Nude. To me it’s the perfect nude shade but is slightly darker then a normal nude. I feel it suits my colouring a lot better then a lighter nude.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my current favourite products. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to leave me a comment, thanks for reading x

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Nanshy Marvel Makeup Sponge – Review*

After taking part in the #BHTwitterParty a couple of weeks ago, I have been talking to Nanshy who kindly sent me this lovely makeup sponge to review on my blog. For those of you that have never heard of Nanshy, they are a UK based beauty brand producing high quality makeup tools that are always 100% cruelty free (great in anyones books!)

I received this lovely 4 in 1 makeup blending sponge. As a girl that try’s to never touch my face with my fingers (I know thats weird..) I was more than happy when I received this little one in the post.

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At first glances this looks like any other makeup sponge available on the market at the moment (popular choices being the classic Beauty Blender or Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge). However, the Nanshy makeup sponge dons 4 in 1 features on the one sponge (1 more than the others on the market!) It has a pointed tip, which is perfected for getting the smaller, harder to reach areas but is also good for blending in corners. The second point is the flat edge, which is perfect when used for wide-flat stippling and is great for the contours around the eyes and nose. A third point is the waist that makes the sponge very easy to hold. The last feature is the rounded bottom, this makes blending in large areas a lot easier.

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The sponge is very soft and remains lightweight, even when wet. It has a micro-pore formulation, that allows the sponge to remain damp throughout the application, and stops the sponge picking up too much product and wasting it (something that I was first worried about before using this sponge). Not only does this Nanshy sponge have so many other features but it is also latex free, odour free and also non-allergenic.

How to use the Nanshy sponge –

1. Firstly place the sponge under running water or submerge in water.

2. Squeeze out the sponge to release any excess water, but remains damp.

3. Either place foundation on the back of your hand or take straight from the pot (whatever your preference) and dab the sponge into the foundation and apply to face. I think it creates a much better finish if you use a stippling motion to apply the foundation.

You do not however have to stick to just using the sponge to apply foundation. I also use it to blend concealer, and also cream or liquid highlighters, bronzers and blushes.

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This makeup sponge leaves a lovely flawless finish, better then many of the brushes I have used before. This is now going to be something that I use with my everyday makeup routine. It costs only £5.95 (wow!!!) and can be bought from Nanshy.com.

Thanks for reading x

OOTD #9

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Im not a big fan of the weather at the moment. One second its all beautiful sunshine, and the next its pouring with rain (Not good for those of us with curly/frizzy hair!!!) Which makes planning to take photos for my blog extremely difficult at this time of year. So I apologise for the lack of and randomness of the timings of my blog posts, but I’m currently working on making that better!

Longline cardigans are good for any weather and are a great transition piece to take us from winter into spring. I absolutely love faux leather in any shape or form, so this dusty pink skirt is perfect for me. As always I’ve incorporated certain items that I wear all the time, like my ALDO backpack and my Forever21 flats.

Longline Cardigan – TK Maxx

Top – F&F at Tesco

Skirt – River Island

Scarf – Warehouse

Shoes – Forever21

Bag – ALDO

Necklace – H&M

Rings – H&M and Pandora

Thanks for reading x

Dauphines of New York – Review*

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Hello everyone,

A couple of days ago I received a lovely package from Dauphines of New York. For those of you who haven’t heard of the brand, they are a company that stock luxury statement hair accessories. I received the ‘Front Row Darling’ hairband, which consists of a strand of clear crystals, a thin faux leather band and a strand of gunmetal chain. Each strand compliments each other, and looks really great. The hairband can be dressed up or down and worn with many combinations of hair styles for any occasion.

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Now these hairbands are AMAZING! Not only do they come in various designs but each one has an elasticated band that can be made bigger or smaller to fit the head. I have always had a problems with buying other headbands as they are usually too small and ping off my head after wearing for a few minutes! However, with the Dauphines of New York bands you can place them on your head and then adjust so they fit perfectly and stay on comfortably all evening (even with those drunk dance moves 😉 )

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There are so many ways that you can style these gorgeous bands. They can be worn with elegant hairstyles both up and down, or they look great with an everyday messy bun. I will definitely be reaching for this beautiful band when styling my hair in the future. I can’t wait to get some extra spare cash to purchase some more styles.

All of the Dauphines of New York hairbands can be purchased here.

Thanks for reading x

Zuzka – Product Review*

Recently in the blogging world I have been hearing a lot about the brand Zuzka. Which has made me really want to try their products out. Zuzka Natural Beauty is a company that sells hand made natural cosmetics made from organic herbs and flowers. They stock everything from facial creams, masks and serums to body scrubs, lotions and shower gels, as well as 100%pure mineral makeup that even provides SPF15! DSC_0380 I think this is such an exciting brand not only because of the variety of products they sell but also because of the ethical considerations they take when manufacturing their products. They provide products that suit all skin types including: Acne prone skin, Oily/ problematic skin, Sensitive skin and Mature and Allergy Prone Skin. They show they go to great lengths to make sure their products are skin friendly by using organic ingredients sourced from the UK. Zuzka are against animal testing and ensure their suppliers conform to this as well. They also consider the environment by using minimal packaging. I have been in contact with Susan from Zuzka who sent me some trial size products to try out. I received a trial size Royal Gold Nourishing Day Cream for mature/ dry skin and a trail size Caffeine and Keratin Stimulating Conditioner for fine/ falling hair. To begin with I tried out the Royal Gold Nourishing Day Cream. Now this product states that it is for mature/ dry skin. Throughout the summer months of the year my skin is not very dry. However, when the winter months kick in, the wind tends to blow the moisture out my skin, leaving it quite dry, so this product is perfect for me at this time of year. It has a lovely clean smell with a hint of something sweet. I first tried it out on freshly washed skin, it has a light texture so sinks in quickly and doesn’t sit on the skin or leave a greasy finish like a cheap moisturiser. DSC_0456 I then tried it another day but this time applying it before my makeup routine. I always make sure to give my moisturiser a few minutes to sink in before applying my makeup because i feel that it sits a lot better. I noticed that my skin does look a lot less dry with this even with makeup on top. Next I tried the Caffeine and Keratin Stimulating Conditioner. This is for fine/ falling hair, now i don’t have fine hair (in fact its super thick) but my hair is lacking in shine, can look really dull and is quite damaged after years of heat application to my hair. Having caffeine and keratin both in a conditioner makes me really excited and I already know its going to do my hair wonders! Again it has another fresh, clean scent with a touch of a floral scent, I love it! It says on the bottle that it contains a strong herbal infusion to stimulate hair growth. Brightens and leaves the hair incredibly soft, now I love the sound of that! Anything that helps my hair grow, makes it shiny and soft is right up my street! DSC_0450 The instructions say to apply after washing and to massage small amounts into every inch of your hair and rinse well. Now usually I try not to put conditioner on the roots of my hair as I feel it plays a part in making my hair greasy quickly. However, I stuck to the instructions and did exactly as I was told. And I am amazed! It is a light conditioner but I can almost feel it working while its on. It has made my hair feel really moisturised and silky smooth and left a lovely smell in my hair. I feel that because it is such a light conditioner it hasn’t made my hair feel greasy at all! Overall, I am so pleased with the products I have tried by Zuzka and will definitely be purchasing more products from them in the future. I am most interested in their makeup and makeup brushes which I am planning to try next. You can purchase all products at: zuzkanaturalbeauty.co.uk Thanks for reading, and as always feel free to comment or make any suggestions. x

HELLO 2015! OOTD #8

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope everyone had a lovely New Years Eve and brought in the new year with the people you love and didn’t get too merry (I know I did!) Feels nice to begin fresh with another year knowing that I have so much to look forward to.

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I went for a lovely meal and drinks with my boyfriend, Lewis and his sister and her boyfriend. We then went back to Lewis’s house and had a few more drinks and brought the new year in with his family.

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I wore a lovely dress that my boyfriend bought me for Christmas, paired it with my new black clutch (another Christmas present) and my black and gold wedges.

Dress – Topshop

Clutch – MissSelfridge

Shoes – Newlook (Had them a while, hence the scratches haha)

2014 has been a great year with lots of interesting things happening:

  • I turned 18 at the beginning of the year
  • Passed my driving test (third time lucky) and bought my first car
  • I went on an all girls holiday to Tenerife
  • I got into university and have already met some amazing people that I know will be in my life forever
  • I did my first Tough Mudder and helped raise £1500 for Diabetes UK!!
  • I also took part in a 5k ‘Santa Dash’ for charity
  • Started my blog!

Every year I always think of a million and one resolutions for the new year and never end up sticking to any of them! However, this time I’m determined to succeed. My resolutions are:

  • Get back into going to the gym (and go frequently!) and get that bikini body I need for my month holiday to Florida in July
  • Begin to eat A LOT more healthy
  • Save money
  • Blog more
  • Live life to the full (cheesy I know!)

I wish everyone a lovely new year and hope 2015 is good to you all!

Thanks for reading x