Thursday, 31 July 2014

Monthly Favourites | 5 Beauty Products

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kiehl's bath foam, sanctuary spa smoothing silk polish
bee good vanilla and honey lip balm

Monthly Favourites For July

This is my very first product from Kiehl's and surprisingly, it's not a skincare product! It's a lavender scented bath foam with sea salts and aloe vera - all of which has soothing and relaxing properties. Anything with lavender in makes me feel very sleepy! The aloe vera in this keeps your skin in a nice condition too. This doesn't bubble up as much as I'd like it to but it just adds a bit of luxury to your relaxing evening bath time. 

I got one of these in April (which I reviewed here), and have repurchased a second tube of it. I am a night owl so have troubles drifting off at bed time. My mind seems to be the most active at midnight! I have tried lots of pampering products that prepare you for a good night sleep and anything with lavender in really helps me. This one from Sanctuary Spa has been a firm favourite for three months, it's a smooth, buttery smoothing polish for your body that is calm and clarifying. It relaxes me and within an hour of using this, my eyes get really heavy and I start falling asleep - definitely not one to use in the morning!!

Claudia Louch Face Cream*
I've been using this on-off for 12 weeks because I don't need this on a daily basis. It is a really rich, gorgeous and hydrating non-comedogenic face cream suitable for normal to dry skin and it's made from a natural blend of five oils, exotic mango and shea butter to ease dryness. It restores the elasticity in the skin which makes it appear younger and more youthful. It is 94% natural and contains hyaluronic acid which eases fine lines with a gentle plumping action. There is a hint of mangoes in the scent of this cream which is lovely and calming. The packaging is really unusual for a face cream, and I love anything that stands out on my dresser. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask*
My skin isn't dry but it is dehydrated so I LOVE the Clinique Moisture Surge range. I used to use the day cream from this range which I highly recommend but I've not repurchased because I want to use up all the face creams I've already got. The overnight mask is basically a night cream that you apply before bed. At first, I thought it was a face mask which you leave on and rinse off, but you just massaged this in until absorbed. It helps replenish moisture so you wake up with lovely, supple skin. I have had this by my bed side since it arrived in to my life, just so that I definitely don't forget to use it before I get too comfortably tucked in!

Bee Good Lip Balm*
I've finally used up one of my many lip balms that I carry! I have been obsessed with the Crazy Rumors lip balm but I've not been able to find this at any of the local Holland & Barratts stores! BeeGood has come to my rescue with this Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm which is very nourishing and softens chapped lips. It smells really nice too - just as you'd imagine a vanilla and honey lip balm to smell like. It is sweet but not overpowering. It's also more of a gloss than it is a balm but it leaves a nice sheen to your lips that's not sticky or greasy at all.

What has been your favourite beauty products to use this month?

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Life in July | Catch Up

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How do we make time slow down? Because I'm not liking how quickly Summer is going! I feel like it's only just started! This seems like another very quick month and yet again, a few things are a bit rushed as we're coming towards the end of July. I've planned a monthly favourites tomorrow which is why I'm posting this Instagram round up now! I've blogged almost every day this month - apart from the two days that I was very unorganised! I don't know whether my hard work has paid off or whether I should just slow the pace down a little. It doesn't help that my general thoughts towards blogging/youtube/general social media has changed a lot over the past 6 months. It's something that I need to sit down and think about.

I had an unintentional break from it all at the beginning of the month because I went back to my parent's home to look after the little pets while the rest of the family went to Turkey. I had blogposts scheduled to go live during the time I was there so it didn't disrupt the flow of things! I was so excited when I found out I'd be spending a full week with them. I was nervous at first because I know the dog needs constant care and attention, unlike the cat who prefers to be left to his independent ways! I managed fine though, I love Bonnie and Oscar so much, they are both so well behaved and did a good job with entertaining us (well, Bonnie did, anyway!).

I'm going to try and make the most of the Summer and what's left of it! I've not done anything all that interesting in July apart from work this month, so maybe a little road trip is in order for August!

Before I go, here are some links to my favourite blogposts this month:

Blogging Tips | 5 apps to edit your photos for blog and Instagram

Things I Miss | A brief flash back to a time before blogging

This Time, Last Year | A year since my sister got married

Being Featured In A Magazine | Have been waiting for this for weeks!

New Shoes | Who doesn't love a new pair of shoes!


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Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint | Review

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Instaglam Skin Tint* with SPF 30 from Rodial

I'm always on the search for the perfect base products and as you can see from this blogpost here where I've recommended my favourites, there isn't a shortage of them in my make-up collection! I guess I'm not too attached to a particular one these days because you never know when they'll discontinue so it's always best to have a "back up". Except I may have gone a bit overboard and have accumulated several back ups now! I also don't often stick to a certain base product because I like to use a different one depending on what weather it is and the condition of my skin. I like to go for a medium coverage matte look but can only pull it off when I'm having a good skin day. If it's hot and my skin feels a bit dry, I'll go for a lightweight BB cream or a tinted moisturiser, followed by a translucent powder to eliminate the shine.

For the past 4 weeks, I've been trialing the Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint. Available in 4 shades, I have it in shade Hamptons which is for medium toned skin and it is a perfect match for me, it blends in so well. It says on the website that it's medium coverage but I only apply one layer of this for a bit of light coverage which makes it nice for Summer if you don't want to apply anything too heavy - and it contains SPF 30 too. It has been a trial and error experience with this product but here's what I've noticed about it: It's important to let your moisturiser settle before applying the Skin Tint, and use a brush instead of your fingers, otherwise you may experience clumping and curling which may result in patchiness. To eliminate the issues, applying with a brush and buff it in to your skin and let it settle for a couple of minutes before putting anything else on.

The thing that caught my attention was that this Instaglam Skin Tint contains hyaluronic acid which gives it a unique, long lasting hydration. It is the very key ingredient in one of the most hyped up products of the past 12 months, Hydraluron! Hyaluronic Acid has properties to boost and lock in moisture as well as plump up skin. It is what keeps your skin hydrated and moisturised when using Instaglam Skin Tint.

So is it worth £45? Probably not due to the experience I've had with it clumping up underneath my finger tips. You'd expect a product like this to be perfect at the price it cost. However, I really like how this product makes my skin look, but I'm far too aware of the price and I'm trying not to get too attached to it due to the price. I'm using it sparingly because I am not going to be able to afford to repurchase this again and again. Because it's not thick or paste-y, it's easy to blend in to skin using a brush. It makes my skin look hydrated and flawless.

What is the best skin tint you've ever used?

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

#SpiritOfSummer with Rekorderlig

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#SpiritOfSummer with Rekorderlig


Monday, 28 July 2014

At The Weekend: Being Pineapple Dorks

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My outfit: Pineapple Playsuit from Rare* / See my full Pineapple Playsuit outfit post  

Not quite my usual format when it comes to outfit post but I was at my sister's house for a barbecue over the weekend and I got a few snaps off my iphone. I also did a very short video of the day too and I have to warn you, it's not as sharp and clear as YouTube videos that you are used to! I've started using the VideofyMe app again this weekend and shot some clips off my phone and put them together in to a short 53 second video. I have tried to go for that "lo-fi" quality but between my phone and the laptop, it seems to have been compressed, making it more lo-fi than initially intended! Anyway - hope you still like it regardless of the horrendous quality! There's not a lot of my YouTube channel but I'm working on it!

So, on to the outfits! I don't think we would go out in public wearing co-ordinating outfits like this and I don't know what possessed us to do it, but wearing matching pineapple prints (and the same sunglasses) is pretty dorky, right?! It is definitely dorky! Niki wanted to wear one of his fruit print t-shirts and I thought "oh, me too! I want to wear something pineapple-y as well!". So, I went for the ONLY pineapple print garment that I own and that's the awesome playsuit from Rare London which I blogged about last month. The playsuit fits that well that my mum and sister thought it was custom-made specifically for me! I highly recommend it if you're in to that fashion trend at the moment!

What did you guys get up to this weekend? Are you enjoying the super hot weather we're getting? I AM! ♥︎ I don't want it to end!

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Perfume | Review

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A review of bronze goddess perfume by Estee Lauder

Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent, Estée Lauder (£47.00)

I first heard about Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess on beauty blogs about two years ago, and it's probably one of the few blog hype products I've bought in to. The hype is still going strong as Bronze Goddess Collection still gets a lot buzz! 

Admittedly, I'm not even usually a fan of Estée Lauder perfumes, I find them too "mature" for me, but the Bronze Goddess is an absolute winner. And thanks to beauty bloggers, I have fallen for it hook, line and sinker!

I actually had my eye on the Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent perfume last year and wanted to buy it, but by the time I got round to it in early September, it was too late.

You see, the elusive Bronze Goddess is in stores for a limited time of the year. It graces the beauty shelves during the Summer months, so you've got to be quick because we all know how fast Summer comes and goes! 

There's a few products in this range (and I want them all!!) but for the one I really wanted was the Eau Fraîche Skinscent fragrance spray. It is truly beautiful Summer scent, you can almost feel like a the warmth of the sunshine sparkling on your skin!

The fragrance definitely evokes memories of being on a beach holiday sipping pina colada under the palm trees... and that's a thought I always welcome! The first note you'll pick up on is a creamy coconut, followed by subtle sweet vanilla. It also has bergamot, tiare flowers and amber to give the perfume it's warmth. It's deliciousness is all packaged up in a minimal yet chic rectangular glass bottle in a rich and shiny gold (which, by the way, is the hardest thing to photograph!!) but they redesign the bottle every year.

If you're looking for the ultimate fragrance for Summer, look no further because this is THE ONE! It's pretty perfect! Mine was purchased from Duty Free so it was a little bit cheaper, but this Eau Fraîche Skinscent (£47) and the other products from the Bronze Goddess Collection are available in House Of Fraser, Selfridges and Feel Unique. 


Saturday, 26 July 2014

LUSH Sun Care Range | Protect Your Skin

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The Sunblock, £8.95
Sesame Suntan Lotion, £8.00 for 100g

All from LUSH Cosmetics*

The Sunblock (SPF 30):
This is a SPF 30 sunscreen block in solid form which you wash over your body when you're in the shower or bath. A very innovative product, this is a very easy way to ensure your skin is protected the first thing in the morning. Simply break a third of the bar off and the buttery block melts very quickly when massaged on your body over warm water. I really love this bar, anything that makes things more convenient and I'm on it like a car bonnet! When you first this, it's a bit of a weird sensation because it might appear messy and greasy, and feel like you're literally rubbing a block of butter over your skin. Nothing to be alarmed about though. You can apply a bit of shower gel to cleanse yourself afterwards and once you're out of the shower and have dried yourself off, your skin will feel back to normal after ten minutes leaving you with smooth, moisturised skin.This sunblock contains soothing calamine powder that's naturally rich in zinc oxide. It's also packed with sesame oil, cocoa butter, chamomile blue oil and rose absolute. These ingredients nourishes, calms and soothes skin. 

Sesame Suntan (SPF 10):
I have a 100g bottle of sunscreen lotion here which smells a lot like peanut butter! If you're not keen on nuts, you won't like this. This is a fairly straight forward lotion, it smells and feels nice. It holds a very strong nutty scent as it is made of toasted organic sesame oil with walnut leaf infusion, aloe vera extract and columbian cocoa butter. It's a light lotion that's easy to distribute over your body without that typical chalky feeling you get with other sunscreen. If you've applied the sunblock in the shower, the Sesame Suntan lotion gives an extra protection, it even helps you tan! The low SPF factor makes it perfect for our fairly mild British Summer. This product is available in two sizes, 100g for £8 or 250g for £15. The smaller bottle is handy size for travelling, I'll be taking this around with me for the remainder of Summer.

Million Dollar Moisturiser (SPF 30):
This is a premium face protection from LUSH and it cost £32.50 for a 45g tub which is small. Initially, I couldn't believe that the small tub cost that much, and it was filled up to the top either. For that price, I do think there's better SPF facial moisturisers out there and I've been trying a lot of them this past 6 months, but if you are a hardcore LUSH fan, you might take a fancy to the Million Dollar Moisturiser. Made from a blend of sesame oil (to refract the sunlight), sesame seeds, oatmeal, primrose oil, Shea butter, honey, ground almonds and lavender oil to keep your complexion smooth, soft and hydrated. There is also a subtle shimmery flecks of gold in the cream which adds a healthy, illuminating glow. I personally don't like to use anything shimmery all over my face but this isn't too over the top. There is a slight grubby, chalky feeling after this has dried and if you're patient, that will disappear in 15-20 minutes whilst the moisturiser is absorbing. My favourite thing about this is the scent, it smells like toffee! 

LUSH does not test any products on animals. All three products are suitable for vegetarians. Both the Sesame Suntan Lotion and Million Dollar Moisturiser contain parabens. 

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Follow Friday #2 | UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog Recommendations

My blog recommendations for this week's #FollowFriday are fashion related with a good dose of lifestyle content in there too!

What shines through is that these three lovely ladies has their way of having a good balance of style and lifestyle posts, and they do it so well! They remind me of the good old days of blogging, so when I read their blog, it reminds me of the raw authenticity I know blogging can be again. There's something really special about these three:

Cat from Take Courage Blog
uk fashion and lifestyle blogger, london lifestyle blogger

Cat's blog is stunning from her writing to her photography. It's a really inspiring and gorgeous blog that I like to revisit to again and again. Her photography resembles those from a magazine, but it's all still very relatable. Sometimes when blogs look too much like a magazine, as much as I appreciate all the effort that goes in to it, I just can't connect with it. Take Courage is unique in that it still has that distinctive blog vibe, and that's why I love it. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it just has that wonderful modest old-style blogging from 'back in the day'. Cat actually hasn't blogged in a month and her last post really broke my heart, but we all need a break from blogging sometimes to clear our heads and put life in to perspective. Her blog posts are like precious gems, she pours 100% effort in to each one and I, for one, will be excited to see an new post from her pop up in my dashboard. Take a look at her archive of content, you are going to want to delve right in!

Rebecca from It's Cohen Blog
uk fashion blogger, british style blogger

I've had the pleasure of working with Rebecca for the day in London last year and she is just 100% LOVELY! I've actually been following her blog for about 3 years, maybe a little longer, and it was nice to be able to hang out with her even if it was brief. Rebecca mixes her outfit posts with photos of her surroundings like she has done here. It immerses you in to her day which keeps the post interesting. One of the first things I said to her in person (and in several comments I've left on her blog) was how much I adore her photos. Nowadays, everyone wants their photos pin sharp with a shallow depth of field, but it was actually her lo-fi photography that captured my attention. It makes me want to start using film cameras again. Photos like this reminds me of my childhood, and with the use of Instagram, we're ALL trying to create this effect. 

Katy from Little Winter
little winter, uk fashion and lifestyle blog

Katy's blog never fails to make me smile. From what she wore, to what she saw - it's another blog that has a fantastic variety of content so it's always interesting to come back to. Katy and I have a similar sense of style so I like her outfit posts lots and lots, but my favourite posts from her are interior related, she has the most beautifully decorated house and got the best taste in homeware! I also LOVE her updates on her wee little cat too, you can't go wrong with the odd pet post! oh, and another thing you simply must to do is check out her Instagram, it's sooo dreamy!!

Who's blogs have you been loving? And who are your favourite bloggers of all time? 

I will be doing another Follow Friday post next week so hope you will come back for that! x

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