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23 Apr 2014

Zara Wish List

Have you taken a browse of the Zara website lately? There are some absolute gems on there as per usual therefore I thought I would share with you some of my favourite items that I've being looking at recently.

A blazer should be in every woman's wardrobe as far as I'm concerned, they are a staple item and can finish off an outfit perfectly therefore I picked out a grey one for the spring as it is a bit more relaxed compared to a plain black one. The white faux leather skirt is probably my favourite item off the wish list as well as the black bag, you simply cannot go wrong with classic colours.

The first three items I've picked out don't exactly scream out spring and summer clothing no matter how much I like them; however I did manage to find a few colourful items that jumped out at me. The mint green wedges are super nice and would work really well with some white denim jeans; I personally really do like wedges and find them much more comfortable and more importantly easier to walk in compared to other types of high heels.

One of the more unusual items I've chosen is a scarf which in itself isn't an out of the ordinary purchase for me as I own far too many however the design on this is what makes it so quirky. Upon seeing this design I immediately thought of Picasso and was whipped right back to GCSE art class; those were great days that's for sure.

21 Apr 2014

REN Rose Centifolia / V-Cense 1 Minute Facial

REN has fast become one of the skincare brands that I turn to in order to solve my skin troubles. I have in the past been super impressed by the products I have tried therefore it may come as no surprise to you that I have today two more products to share with you. The REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser* has been a new recent addition to my evening skincare routine along with implementation of a new skincare treatment; the REN V-Cense Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial*.

The Rose Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser was something that I was extremely looking forward to trying as cleansing it one of my favourite parts of my skincare routine. Upon first use I could tell instantly that this was something I was going to enjoy using as it left my skin feeling so soft, nourished and clean. The product itself is a white cream which isn't as thick as say the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. If you have tried the No7 version I would say it leans more towards that thinner type of texture which I really like. It smells really light and gentle with subtle hints of rose coming through, in my opinion it isn't overpowering in the slightest as I would be the first person to say so considering that rose scents are often something that I struggle with.

Along with the cleanser there is a little cloth that comes with it so you're ready to start your new cleansing routine right from the start. I do find this cleanser to be really soothing and look forward to using it when I get home from work as there is nothing quite like taking your make up off when it has been on since 7am. In regards to removing make up I think that this cleanser achieves this pretty well however please note that I do tend to use a micellar water before hand on my eyes in order to lift up pesky eye liner and mascara; I'm not a fan of using a cream product over my eyes no matter what it is. For a total of £16 I do think you're getting a decent product here for your money, particularly since it works so well and will last you quite a while too; I know that I will definitely consider purchasing this for myself once I have used this up.

For a little treat to my skin I have also road tested a few samples of the REN V-Cense Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial which is a yet to be released product from the brand. It is essentially a gel that aims to revitalise and rejuvenate the skin of which I would argue that it does this pretty well. I've only been able to test it twice and deep down I must admit that I would have liked to try it for a longer period of time however my first impressions have been pretty positive. To use it you simply rub the gel onto your skin and then by using a bit of water on top this supposedly activates vitamin C which helps to remove that 'urban grey' look as well as black heads and dead skin cells. The texture is quite light and has a very slight grainy feeling to it, it's also a mint green colour which is a little bit different. 

Upon using this my skin at the time felt no different as there was no tingling or anything to suggest that it was working however once I removed it with warm water I could clearly see that my skin looked clearer and brighter. I'm extremely curious about this product and I cannot lie that I would like to try this again when it is released later this year.

*PR Samples.
REN is a cruelty free brand.

19 Apr 2014

Easter Nails

Any occasion such as Easter, Christmas and Halloween calls for obligatory nail art posts therefore Easter 2014 is of no exception. This afternoon after taking a few outfit snaps for some upcoming blog posts I decided to sit down and put together a few nail art designs that were Easter inspired. A few little chocolate eggs later and a accidental nail polish spillage I finally ended up with some designs that were somewhat passable.

So I hope you're all having a great Easter weekend so far and that you're making the most of the sunshine; it never seems to last for every long here in the UK. Enjoy the chocolate tomorrow and if you fancy winning a pair of Vans trainers be to enter my vans give away that ends this weekend.

15 Apr 2014

MAC All Fired Up Lipstick

A little while ago I was extremely lucky and won give away held by the lovely Julie over at Raining Cake, thank you so much Julie! One of the items I received was a MAC Lipstick in the shade 'All Fired Up' which at the time was one that I hadn't really heard much about. Being still quite a novice to MAC I was extremely excited and couldn't wait to try it out, particularly because it was a matte finish which was one of the finishes by MAC that I was really quite keen on trying having only ever really delved into lustre finishes.

All Fired Up is a retro matte finish and is described as a bright fuchsia which I think fits it perfectly. In the image above the exact brightness of this shade has failed to come across a bit which is a shame however there is nothing to stop you swatching this in store to see just how bright and indeed beautiful it is. I would say that All Fired Up leans towards a more red tone fuchsia rather than a blue tone which adds some overall warmth to my complexion. For me because this is a matte lipstick I had to exfoliate my lips and prep them with a bit of lip balm beforehand because my lips are always a bit on the dry side. In terms of longevity I found that this lipstick remained in place for a good number of hours, I'd say roughly four or so and even then there was a stain left behind which seemed to wear relatively evenly.

This lipstick is slightly drying but it's something that I can more than cope with and like I said before with a bit of lip balm beforehand you're pretty much covered. I'll be honest and say that deep down this would not have been a shade I would have picked for myself (because I'm a complete wuss and pick safe shades) however I'm super glad that I was able to try it as I'm so incredibly fond of it and now find myself wanting to try a few more matte shades from MAC; any recommendations?

Once again thank you so much to Julie for this lipstick! If you haven't checked out her blog before then do so, it is lovely!

MAC is not a cruelty free brand.

12 Apr 2014

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins

For the best part of two years one moisturiser in particular had been on my list to try, that being Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins. For a rather long time I had read numerous good things about this particular night cream therefore just after Christmas I decided to purchase it within the Origins 24 Hour Glow Set with some money that I had received as a gift. Ever since the beginning of January I have being using this of an evening therefore felt it was the perfect time to share with you my thoughts.

First of all the packaging as I have previously mentioned when sharing my thoughts on Origins GinZing isn't one that I'm particularly fond of. Visually I really do like it however my main gripe purely boils down to hygiene; it isn't the most hygienic packaging for a moisturiser that you're using every evening on freshly cleansed skin therefore try to ensure that you're hands are clean before using it.

The texture of this moisturiser is really nice, I find it thicker than my daytime one which is to be expected however it isn't too heavy or greasy at all, in fact it is a pure delight to use and smells wonderful. For £34 I'm the first to admit that it is quite expensive, this is the main reason why it took me so long to buy it and when I think back I only purchased it because of how good the offer was with the set at the time in which it was included. Having now used this product I can say that I wouldn't want to be without it, it's lasting me such a long time as nearly three and a half months in I've not made much a dent into it; a little goes quite a long way in my opinion.

I generally use this on top of Hydraluron or most recently Effaclar Duo + which has being working sheer magic on my skin as of late. In the mornings I can tell when I have used this because my skin really does look more refreshed and brighter; it also feels incredibly soft and supple. I have to admit that the claims from Origins do ring true with this particular product because I really can see a visible difference when I don't use it of an evening.

Personally I cannot recommend this enough, for reference my skin is oily/combination where this is recommended for those with combination to dry however this has not been a hindrance to me at all; in fact it has worked so incredibly well that I know I will be repurchasing this in the future. I'm aware that when it comes to Origins there is a bit of concern over the ingredients and indeed the brand name which I do feel can be a bit misleading. Having said that so far everything that I have tried from the brand has worked really well for me and has left me feeling quite positive about the products and indeed the results; for me they have worked so why fix something if it isn't broke? I'd really like to hear your views on Origins below if you have something to share or if indeed you've maybe found something even better.

Have you tried High-Potency Night-A-Mins? 
Origins is not a cruelty free brand.

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