Saturday, 30 June 2012

Daisy Print Dress

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Daisy print dress* - AX Paris / Bag TopShop / Sunnies RayBan

After a few stormy days, the weather has cleared up and I decided to venture out earlier today before it starts to rain again! It sure is grim up north! I am so eager for this month to be over, it hasn't been a good one for me - I really need to get back on track in my work and personal life so I am really looking forward to July for a fresh and positive start! (There I go... wishing time away again!) Hopefully this navy daisy print dress from AX Paris will help me brighten up my mood! It's got a shirred elasticated detailing on a large part of the dress, so it accentuates and gives the illusion of a nipped-in waist. 

After checking out a few website last night, I treated myself to some new clothes and a new pair of shoes! I think I will buy a new bag as well, because this brown one is on it's last legs. I wear it all the time and the buckle broke ages ago but I love the bag so much that I decided to keep it in hope I will be able to fix it. It seems like it's due to bad manufacturing because the customers who left reviews on the TopShop website all complaining about the same buckle fault. It's really annoying because their bags don't come cheap! 

I just want to say THANK YOU so much to everyone who left me advice on how to clean out the nail polish stain out of my dress. Lots of methods to try - I will give the hairspray and warm water one a go. I have the BEST blog friends! :) 

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Friday, 29 June 2012

Liz Earle | Sheer Skin Tint Review

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Sheer Skin Tint* from Liz Earle - RRP £21.00

When I heard that Liz Earle was launching a make up range, I was very excited because as I have said before, it is a brand that you can trust in. They believe in the finest ingredients to bring us the best quality products. I was very excited to try the Sheer Skin Tint (in beige) because I am in a bit of an experimental stage with high street and high end foundations and BB creams. I have always stuck to one foundation, which was the MAC Select SPF 15, but as my skin was going through changes with a new skin care routine, it was time to try something new. I have purchased a mixture of 6 different foundations and BB creams in the past 2 months and I had yet to find that perfect product for my skin. 

Sheer Skin Tint is what can be described as a tinted moisturiser, and the quality relates more closely to BB cream rather than a foundation. It's a lot lighter than the BB creams I have tried and it does the job of evening out skintone, getting rid of red blotches, and giving your face a lovely healthy, dewy glow. When you squeeze it out of the tube, the product looks quite rich and heavy but it is such a light and silky consistency when applied on to the skin. As pictured above, I applied the Sheer Skin Tint with a foundation brush to roughly blend it into cheeks, chin and forehead and then I buff it in using the Real Techniques stippling brush. You can apply and blend with fingers, but I personally prefer to use brushes. Sheer Skin Tint contains SPF 15 and is such a long lasting moisturising formula that offers a light-medium coverage, and it promises to work on all skin types. It retails at £21.00 for a 40ml tube, it is available in 4 shades and can be bought from Liz Earle website. I highly recommend this product if you were seeking for something a bit lighter than foundation and I will definitely be repurchasing this time and time again - I don't have much experience in foundation products but I have become a big fan of Liz Earle and I really like this product.

A small side note for those who are thinking of purchasing some Liz Earle products soon, they have a few offers on for July. The first offer is that the cleanser, toner and moisturiser can be purchased in a bundle for a special price of £41.00 and as an extra, you will receive a 200ml bottle shampoo and 50ml conditioner as a complementary gift! Plus free delivery! All orders over £60.00 will receive an exclusive summer bag worth £25! Temptations, temptations! 

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Pink Pleated Chiffon Dress

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Pleated Chiffon Dress* from Glamorous / Jewellery T:S / Nail Polish Risky Red from 17Cosmetics

I absolutely love pleats, and floaty fabrics, so I fell in love with the dress straight away! It is such a good fit, and perfect length for me. The pink colour is super gorgeous too! Unfortunately, I have only worn it twice until I clumsily spilt red nail varnish on it! I was in a rush over the weekend, and I wanted to top up my chipped nails with a fresh coat of red before I went out but the nail polish brush slipped out of my hand and landed on the skirt part! Of course, I rushed to dab it with water, and then again with nail polish remover, thinking it would miraculously wipe away and disappear, but it just made the stain 100 times worst! I'm so gutted about it and I rushed to the Glamorous website to see if there was anymore in stock so I could make a quick purchase and have this dress in my life again! I was not in luck, as the dress has sold out. It does come in red but I do prefer it in the pink. I can't believe how clumsy I was though! Does anyone have any magical advice as to how I can remove the stain out of my dress? The big red patch currently looks like blood! :(

There's not long until voting closes for the Cosmo Blog Awards, so I just want to give it a final push. If you have a spare moment, and if you like what I do on this blog, then I would love for you to nominate me at the Cosmopolitan Voting page! I would be eternally grateful! x

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Peacock Print Tea Dress from Glamorous

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Peacock Print Dress* from Glamorous

Have had some excitement today as the Olympic torch came in to town. The weather was so nice for it so everyone was in extra good community spirit! It was a nice occasion but it happened so quickly! I guess I expected that but it was constant "Woop woop wooooooooooop" for an hour and then all of a sudden it was like "Oh, it's time to go back to work now..." I think everyone just wanted to stay in the street and party more! I was stood next to one of the torch bearers' family and they were so proud when they saw their dad run through! It was such a nice moment for them. I am getting really excited for the Olympics now, not so much for the sports itself - although gymnastics is my favourite - but just for the whole nation to come together and be proud of something. 

I was wearing this today but these photos were taken a couple of weeks ago when my laptop busted, but then I got changed in to this outfit later on because I thought that if the jumper has holes in that I might feel a bit "breezier"?! I was wrong. I was boiling in it! I didn't take a bag out with me because we were only going down the road to watch the Olympic Torch go by, so I just grabbed my phone, keys and a bottle of water. The peacock print tea dress is from Glamorous, which is a new find! I am loving their website, there's a lot to choose from and I have my eye on a few things when payday arrives soon! 

A quick note to say that the winners from the Rekorderlig competition should all have their prizes by now, but if not, please email me and I will chase it up. Originally, I thought that the winners would be receiving a crate of 8 bottles, but Rekorderlig have kindly sent out crates of 15! They will be having a very happy Rekorderlig summer!!

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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Oscar Instagram Pics

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Find me and Oscar on Instagram! Our username on Instagram is TempSec


Oscar wants to say HELLO! 

I am reunited with my beloved laptop and now I have the task of putting hundreds of gigabyte of work on to the external hard drive! Not a job that I am looking forward to because everything is all over the place and once it's on the hard drive, I'll be spending ages on tidying it up and organize things in to folders - but I have learnt my lesson... ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR WORK before technology fails you! I best get on with doing that before I do anything else! So sorry to everyone who is waiting for an email reply or blog post from me but I will definitely be in touch with you during the week! x

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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Review | Burt's Bees Orange Essence Cleanser

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Without beauty bloggers recommendations, I wouldn't have bought half the products that I've got in my make up bag. I often need that bit of a persuasive push when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, I NEED to know that it's worth spending money on. Recently, I've succumbed to the blogger hypes of Real Technique make-up brushes, Essie nail polishes, Liz Earle skin care range, various BB creams, and Revlon Lip Butters but one brand that I've always wanted to try but haven't read much about is Burt's Bees. I know it is a popular brand due to it's natural ingredients but I was never too sure whether it was reliable - especially when there isn't a specific counter that you can ask like a Clarins counter or a Dior one - but I haven't heard anything bad about Burt's Bees products, so no news is good news? With that in mind, I wanted to tell you about these products that I bought and I hope you find it useful.

I didn't know whether to review everything at once but I've not had the chance to try it all - I'm still finishing up some old toner and exfoliator products - so I'll review as I go along. This Burt's Bee's Orange Essence cleanser is 100% natural and it is a great alternative to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, which some people have had a slight reaction to. It definitely smells much nicer with the citrus scent - it smells a lot like Sunny D or a Haliborange liquid Vitamin C! The consistency of this cleanser is like a soft gel which is really interesting because with most brands, it is usually a cleansing cream or foam. It doesn't feel as light as a cream cleanser but it works in to the skin really well with a tiny bit of water. You massage it into your face and wipe off with a warm damp cloth. When I'm using it, I do think to myself that it's one of the best cleansers I have used and it removes make up and dirt, leaving my skin feeling really soft, like it has really done it's job of cleansing the surface with the orangey goodness - but I have to admit, that I've gone back to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser purely because it removes away eye make up aswell as cleansing my face. I sometimes forget to keep the Burt's Bees cleanser away from my eyes area but I've got in to the habit of rubbing cleanser around my eyes and they end up stinging quite bad! I use both products for a month now just to mix things up a bit because it feels that my skin can get too used to one product and start acting up! Stinging eyes aside, Burts Bees Orange Essence cleanser is really pleasant to use. It runs out quite quickly but I will be repurchasing! I bought mine from Boots and it retails at £10.99 for 4.34 oz (123g) but only larger stores stock them, however, it is available to buy on the Boots website but other stockists includes John Lewis and the Burt's Bees website.

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