Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wardrobe Wishlist | Autumn Edition


1) Cardigan - Topshop
2) Parka - Topshop
3) Bag - ASOS
4) Floppy Hat - Topshop
5) Boots - Matalan
6) Scarf - River Island
7) Belt - ASOS

As we're transitioning into Autumn, lately I've felt like adding a few new pieces to my wardrobe. For me, summer was all about brights and florals. But in Autumn, I prefer to wear blacks, reds and greens. And of course, because of the chilly weather Autumn brings, cosy and comfortable pieces are a must.

I love chunky knits and this jumper from Topshop will be perfect for keeping me warm on those cold, brisk days. I really like its patchwork cable detail and how super cosy it looks! At the moment, I'm on the hunt for the perfect Autumn/Winter boots and this Matalan pair looks ideal. The buckle detail looks great and I think it would be something I'd get a lot of wear out of! My favourite piece I've featured has to be the Topshop parka. It would be a fantastic piece to invest in as it's a great staple item to have; khaki parkas are always in style in Autumn and Winter. This topshop piece is padded with faux fur and has a slightly oversized fit - it's exactly what I'm looking for!

What will you be wearing in the new season?


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Looking After Big Hair | Guest Post

If you’ve been watching some of the red carpet action recently you must have noticed that big hair is definitely on its way back. To me, that’s great because it’s another way to play with fashion and just try out different identities and personalities; I love watching the old Dynasty and Dallas re-runs and some of those big styles are just amazing.

The trouble with those magnificent creations is that they need a lot of roller time to create the waves and curls that give body and, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t used a set of rollers for as long as I can remember. One thing I do remember though, after watching a video about Selena Gomez’s roller technique, is that rollers can do a lot of damage to our hair if we don’t use them carefully.

So before I start doing anything flamboyant with my treasured locks I thought I’d have a chat with my friends from The Chapel at their fabulous flagship salon in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. If anyone can guide me through the ‘roller’ coaster (sorry!), I know that Amanda and the team can.

The two big risks, it seems, are heat and tension. Too much tension, such as winding the hair too tight around the roller can weaken and even damage the roots. Too much heat can dry out your hair and even scorch it – ouch, I really don’t want to go there!

Bearing that in mind, heated rollers come in two sorts, dry heated on an electric base or steam, which has to dry off before you can use them but are better for thin or fine hair because they use moisture to create shape rather than dry heat. Both produce great curls and not much frizz and should be used with the hair dry and all the ends tucked in.

By the way, steam rollers
can be used with synthetic hairs extensions and wigs as well our own natural tresses.

Next we have rollers we can use with wet hair. Plastic mesh rollers are easy to use and very cheap to buy, but just be careful how tightly you wind them. I like the idea of big waves and curls so I would probably use the 70mm or 60mm sizes but they are available down to 18mm and come with matching pins to hold them in.

Velcro rollers are really good apparently because you shouldn’t need clips unless your hair is particularly long, thick or heavy, in which case they might need a little support, but the curls are wonderfully soft.

I’d never even heard of magnetic rollers and had visions of large lumps of metal weighing me down but Amanda at The Chapel assured me that they are actually just very light plastic rollers. Apparently wet hair seems to cling to them, a little like a magnet, shaping to the diameter while your hair dries.

The ones I really like the sound of, though, are the foam rollers because they are the most gentle on your hair. You can sleep in those quite comfortably so I’m told and, anyway, I just love the idea of waking up to a completely new style!

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

August Favourites

So somehow, we're already in September. I can't believe how quickly this year is going! Soon we'll all be wearing thick jumpers, drinking cups of hot chocolate and watching the leaves turn colour. Crazy!

The time has come yet again for a round-up of my monthly favourites. Here's what I've been loving recently...



Beauty




My first beauty favourite for the month of August is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Now, I haven't had this product for very long but I'm super impressed with it already. If you're skin tends to get oily throughout the day, then I'd definitely recommend giving this product a try. It controls shine excellently, is very long lasting and feels lightweight on the skin. I've also been loving the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This product makes under my eyes appear brighter and is also great at covering any darkness and imperfections. Because of how creamy the formula is, it doesn't make the skin look cakey at all, it looks natural and fresh - perfect! Next, I've enjoyed using the Sleek Shimmer Blush in the shade "Rose Gold." Due to the gold particles in this blusher, it gives your skin a radiant, illuminated glow. It's highly pigmented, long lasting and as it's under £5, I think it's a definite bargain!




When my skin needs a little pick me up, I've reached for the Avon Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask (which I've already reviewed here.) I can see the difference straight away after using this product. It really leaves your skin looking and feeling clean and fresh. My last beauty favourite is the Real Techniques Contour Brush from The Core Collection Set (which I've reviewed on my blog here.) This brush is perfect for applying bronzer and contouring; it's amazing at getting into the hollows of the cheeks! I find that it's a multipurpose brush as due to its size, it can be used for highlighting too.

Fashion

Fashion wise, I've loved wearing this floral headband from eBay. I love how feminine and boho it is! You can see more pictures of it in my latest outfit post here.

Apps




My next favourite is an app called "Stumbleupon," a brilliant tool that allows you to discover new websites about all of the things you are interested in. When you make a profile, you are asked to select all of your interests and then voila! You can start stumbling right away. Whether you're looking for quotes, recipes, or information about anything from beauty and fashion to the paranormal - you can be sure to stumble across something great!

That's all of my favourites for the month of August! What were you loving last month?


Sunday, 24 August 2014

New In | Real Techniques, Rimmel and Makeup Revolution

New In Haul - Real Techniques, Rimmel and Makeup Revolution
Every now and then I like to treat myself a little bit. Doesn't everyone?! So for today's post, I thought I'd share my latest beauty buys with you. I'll be sharing products from Real Techniques, Rimmel and Makeup Revolution. Here's what I picked up...

New In Haul - Real Techniques, Rimmel and Makeup Revolution


I'm a huge fan of Real Techniques brushes - so much so that I decided to add two more to my collection. If you're a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I loved both The Core Collection and The Eyes Starter Set. I find Real Techniques brushes so incredibly soft and easy to work with. When I first applied my makeup using their brushes, I was amazed at what a huge difference they make - they apply makeup flawlessly. And of course, they are such good value for money! My latest additions are the blush brush and the powder brush - I can't wait to try them out!

New In Haul - Real Techniques, Rimmel and Makeup Revolution


I purchased a few Rimmel London products. First up, I bought the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in the shade "Silky Beige." I know, I know, I'm super late to try this one out! Many have vowed this a must-have product, so seeing as I wanted to try out a new powder anyway, I thought it was about time I gave this one a go. I'll mainly use this product to set my makeup to avoid an oily T-Zone at the end of the day. I also bought a Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner in the shade "Sable Brown." I've wanted to try a brown eyeliner for ages for when I want to achieve a more natural and subtle eyeliner look - and this liner is the perfect shade.

New In Haul - Real Techniques, Rimmel and Makeup Revolution
I'm sure a lot of you have heard of Makeup Revolution; there's been quite a hype surrounding this brand recently, so I decided to give a few of their products a try for myself. The product I was most excited to get was the Ultra Blush Palette in "Sugar and Spice." It contains six shades that can be used for blusher, contouring and highlighting. I think the shades are beautiful and I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of this palette! Next, I purchased two eyeshadow palettes; The Iconic 1 and Acid Brights. I chose the Iconic 1 as it's the perfect everyday palette. As I want to experiment with colour a bit more and get out of my neutrals comfort zone when it comes to eyeshadow, I decided to add the Acid Brights palette to my basket.
  New In Haul - Real Techniques, Rimmel and Makeup Revolution






I'm definitely more of a nude/pink lipstick kind of girl, but I thought I'd try a red lipstick and purchased an Amazing lipstick in "Dare," a deep matte red. The next product I bought is a single powder blush in the shade "Now!" - a lovely pale pink that will be great for creating a natural glow. The last two products were bought on a whim (well, mainly because I needed a few more products to qualify for free delivery!). I got the Focus & Fix Eye Primer and the Eyebrow Kit in Light/Medium - I have high hopes for both of these products!

So those are my latest buys! I will be reviewing these products on the blog in the near future, so watch out for those posts if you're interested!

What products have you added to your collection lately? Have you tried any of these?

Monday, 18 August 2014

L'Oreal True Match Foundation | Review

L'Oreal True Match Foundation | Review

L'Oreal True Match Foundation


After reading tons of rave reviews about it, I decided to give the L'Oreal True Match Foundation a try. I'd been wanting to try a new foundation for a good while and its promise of natural looking, flawless skin drew me in.

The thing that makes this foundation stand out from all of the other drugstore foundations is its shade range. There's a huge selection of shades to choose from; 23 to be exact - which is amazing for the high street. True Match caters for warm, neutral and cool tones - so there's a shade for everyone. Usually, I have trouble when trying to match a foundation colour as I find that many foundations are too pink toned for me. However, I didn't have any problem whatsoever with this range. I went with the shade "W4" as I have warm, yellow undertones and it matches my summer tan perfectly.

True Match has a silky texture and feels super lightweight on the skin. It gives medium coverage that is buildable and blends beautifully. It covers any blemishes and redness effortlessly and doesn't cling to any dry patches. I would say that this foundation gives a satin finish as it's not a dewy or matte finish, rather it's somewhere in between. It offers a flawless yet natural, skin-like finish with a hint of radiance and a brightening effect to the skin. I find that this foundation is pretty long lasting with no need for touch-ups; it stays put until the end of the day with minimal shine. It contains SPF17 and comes in a 30ml glass bottle with an inbuilt pump.

My thoughts overall? I love this product and I'd happily recommend it to anyone! It's my current favourite highstreet/drugstore foundation and I think it will be for a long while!

The L'Oreal True Match foundation is priced at £9.99 - and I think it's worth every penny!
It's available to buy from: Boots | Superdrug | Feel Unique |

What's your current favourite foundation? Have you tried this one?

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