31 January 2014

Accessorize Spring Summer 2014

Whilst at university I was blessed with having an Accessorize store just ten minutes away from my flat. It was so nice to be able to pop in and have a browse whilst on my lunch break of a weekend or in between lectures during the week when in all honesty I probably should have been in the library.

I'm a huge fan of this high street retailer store and find myself so keen to hit the store whenever I'm close by. Of course with each new season there is an on surge of new collections hitting the high street left right and centre, with Accessorize being no exception. Check out this little insider video to get a glimpse at some of the new items; prepare yourself for beautiful designs and oodles of jewellery....my favourite!

For me I associate Accessorize with gorgeous scarves, amazing bags and even more beautiful jewellery. I'm not joking when I say I could easily spend a good hour in there just looking at the items that adorn the walls; the shops are always so beautifully decorated too, has anyone else noticed that?

Having watched the video promoting the new collection I have to say my eye is most firmly on those Perspex statement necklaces, the one below in particular is stunning and would look fantastic against a simple white t-shirt with a nice pastel skirt to offset the neon jewels.

If you're off on holiday this summer then why not check out Accessorize, they have some really nice flip flops for by the pool as well as some gorgeous designs on their beach bags, after all, you need somewhere to keep your sun tan lotion, glasses and that random book you picked up from the travel WHSmiths in the airport. 

This bright and fun collection looks wonderful to me and I really can't wait to see some of these items in store. This collection looks perfect for this coming spring and summer, let's hope we get some nice sunshine to boot!

**Sponsored Post - All opinions and reasoning are my own.

29 January 2014

January Favourites 2014

January seems to have come and gone in a flash, almost so quickly that I found myself rather unprepared for the obligatory 'January Favourites' posts down my bloglovin feed this morning. I have to admit these types of posts are some of my favourites to read as I like to think that the products or items that reach the monthly round up are that extra bit special.

First of all I'm going to start with the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins night cream from Origins. I picked this up at the end of December after I had received some money for Christmas; it was part of a gift set which you can see a brief low down of here. This night cream has so far being working really well for my skin, it smells wonderful and leaves my skin feeling really nice, I particularly notice the effects of this in the morning when I wake up with really soft skin. I plan to do a full review on this in the next month or so.

An old favourite of mine has to be the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. I've recently being using this a bit more than anything else as it has just reached its expiry date; I've had it roughly one year now and seeing as I hate to waste products I decided to put other things aside whilst I used up the remainder of this foundation. This was a firm favourite of mine until I discovered the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation which I must admit I do prefer ever so slightly more.

The Max Factor Mascara has been the mascara I have reached for ever since I was kindly sent it by Layla; I did a mini review of this here. With this being brown/black as opposed to my usual black mascara I was a little dubious however my eyes have literally been opened up with trying something different as it has softened the appearance of any eye look I have created; the perfect mascara for day time.

Quite possibly one of my favourite lip products has to be the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains with the shade 'honey' being my all-time favourite. I've being keeping this in my bag whilst at work and it has been my go to lip colour this month, I simply adore it. All of the writing has completely come off mine now which is a slight shame however it will definitely be one I re-buy. This says a lot for me as I hardly ever re-buy lip products, do you?

My super bright neon pink Filofax just had to be featured this month; oh how I love this item of stationary! I purchased this before Christmas when it was on offer on the WHSmiths website. To be honest it is very expensive in my opinion being priced at £80, I luckily didn't pay that as it was reduced down to £60 and I had a voucher to use too which took it down to £50. Having said that I still think £50 is pretty expensive for a diary type product, I guess it all depends on how much use you will get out of something like this. I've used mine every day so far and I know I will continue to do so; I'm very old fashioned when it comes to being organised and like to have everything that's going on written down. I'm certainly not one of those that can plan things in their phones, it seems so unnatural!

28 January 2014

LUSH Tisty Tosty

Just before Christmas I went into LUSH and treated myself to a few things. As well as picking up the Christmas Penguin I also finally purchased the Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb. This bath bomb had caught my eye on a number of occasions; therefore I thought it was high time I picked it up. Out of all the products LUSH produce this has to be one of the prettiest for me, it is so feminine with the added touch of real rose buds finishing off the product beautifully.

I personally don't think that this is overpowering in anyway, if you're not a fan of rose I still recommend having a look at this in your local store as you may be pleasantly surprised. I've read that this can be a little bland when used in the bath as it doesn't create many bubbles or change the water colour in anyway, yet to me this isn't something that I'm too fussed about. I think this bath bomb has a slightly more 'mature' feeling towards it compared to the more crazy coloured ones which you can pick up. I'm all for crazy colours though, Fizzbanger and Lord of Misrule are most certainly on my wish list.

At £3.25 it's quite pricey, this does make me want to break it up to get more than one bath out of it, however unlike the Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar this is a bath bomb. Do you think this matters as such?

EDIT: Having now used this bath bomb here are my thoughts. As pretty as it looks I think this is something to maybe skip out on, unless you're really keen to try it. It is true that no bubbles are produced; it fizzes into nothing extremely quick and leaves behind a few sorry rose buds floating around. I didn't find it overly moisturising to be honest so again this is something I have to consider when I'm spending £3.25. This did however smell really nice and like I had said before it wasn't over powering in the slightest. Would I re-buy? Sadly not.

LUSH is a cruelty free brand.

Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Seven Rosebuds (Rosa centifolia) , Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia) ,Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum) , Orris Root Powder (Iris florentina) ,Benzyl Salicylate , Geraniol , Citronellol , *Eugenol ,*Linalool , *Limonene , Perfume 

*occurs naturally in essential oils

27 January 2014

Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion From Monsoon

Despite it still feeling -20°C outside (to me anyway), one must remember that after the freezing months of winter pass spring and more importantly summer are soon to follow. I know I'm looking forward to daffodils and bluebells springing up, along with that warm breeze on my cheeks and eating ice cream in the park. 

In order to help you visualise that image as I know it is quite hard at the moment whilst it is still miserable outside, take a look at the new collection from Monsoon for this coming spring and summer; there really are some gorgeous pieces that will help brighten up your wardrobe in the next few months.

Monsoon has always been one of my favourite shops to go in purely to look at pretty clothes. The designs that you find on their garments are exquisite, making them stand out so much on the high street. This year the new collection is centred on two themes, the first being tribal which is full of bright colours and strong cut out patterns, I expect this range will be a big hit during the summer in particular. The skirt in the image below really caught my eye as it reminded me of an art project I did back in GCSE that was centred on an African tribal theme. 

The second range personally appeals to me more as this is centered on the theme of romance, with pretty pastels and delicate embroidery confirming that this would be the range for me. The occasion wear in particular is beautiful, I'd certainly recommend checking it out if you have any special events coming up such as christenings or weddings.

What is your impression of the new Monsoon S/S 2014 Collection? I personally really do like it and cannot wait to see some of the items in store, despite the romantic range being my preference I can't help but keep looking at the tribal skirt featured above, it is so pretty.

I now have just three questions to ask you:

Travel light or Pack Everything?
Beach or Festival?
Delicate Pieces or Vibrant Statement?

**Sponsored Post - All opinions and reasoning are my own.

24 January 2014

Nigella Lawson Chocolate and Pear Pudding

I'm most certainly no Delia in the kitchen I can assure you so upon those rare instances when I fancy putting something together I tend to resort to recipes online; I could never in a million years put together one myself. Seeing as this is a beauty and fashion blog which also claims to provide lifestyle posts as well I did feel as though I was lacking in that area therefore I wanted to try and balance it out a bit. I hope nobody minds reading something a little bit different here today, I promise normal business will be resumed soon.

Back in August last year (yes it has taken me this long to put this post up) I decided to bake a cake, that cake for my once in a year adventure in the kitchen was the Nigella Lawson Chocolate and Pear Pudding. The gorgeous Nigella calls it a pudding which I guess strictly speaking it is however I'll be calling it a cake throughout this post because that's how I roll.

For this you will need:

 830 grams pear halves in juice (2 cans)
  • 125 grams plain flour
  • 25 grams cocoa powder
  • 125 grams caster sugar
  • 150 grams soft butter (plus extra for greasing)
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • large eggs
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
All you need to do is firstly preheat your oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6/400ºF and then grease an oven proof tin with some butter. The instructions said a 22cm tin but to be honest I didn't even check and just used what I had to hand. Like I said, I'm no cook!

Next I had to drain the pears out of the juice and then place them onto the now prepared tin. You can see above I placed them with various spaces in between. Once all the ingredients have been mixed together either by hand or with a food processor it can then be poured onto the top of the pears. Try to ensure that the mixture on top is relatively even so that you get an even bake across.

Once that is done just pop it into the oven for 30 minutes, once cooked leave it to stand for five minutes. Turning it upside down will reveal all of the pear pieces in the cake, I quite like this effect but you don't have to do that bit. Once the cake has cooled you can then proceed to cut it into as many pieces as you like, this particular recipe serves nine. You can serve this with a variety of things such as chocolate sauce, ice cream perhaps? I chose to put a few simple raspberries with mine as it was still summer time when I made this and they were super tasty.

This is such a quick and easy cake to make as it takes only 30 minutes in the oven and has very little preparation involved. It tasted divine it really did, I'm already wanting to make it again now I've got to the end of this post. I have to say from somebody who hardly ever cooks things from scratch I was super pleased with this; it really has made me want to start making more things like this by myself.

Seeing as I made this over four months ago please forgive me for lack of detail, the full low down on how to make it is on the link above which is also where I gained instruction from in order to make it myself.

Please note that this was not my recipe, it was put together by the wonderful Nigella Lawson. Let me know if you would like to see more of these types of posts in the future.


Origins 24 Hour Glow Set

Shortly after Christmas I made an Origins purchase with some money that I had been given from some of my family members. Having wanted to try a few more products from the brand for such a long time I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity. 

Upon having a browse online I stumbled across the Origins 24 Hour Glow Set on the Origins website, this lovely selection of products included High Potency Night-A-Mins (full size), GinZing Energy-boosting moisturiser 15 ml and the Checks & Balances Frothy face wash 30ml. The price of this set was £34 which is the total price of Night-A-Mins alone. I personally thought this was a very good deal indeed and proceeded to order it after reading just a few more reviews on Night-A-Mins before I clicked confirmation.

The High Potency Night-A-Mins had been a night cream upon my wish list for a very long time having read so many positive blog reviews in the past, therefore this seemed the perfect time to pick it up and also benefit from some extra added products. I can't fail to acknowledge the cute little cosmetic bag that came with it which I think is lovely; I really like the illustrations on it and I know it will come in handy in the future on more than one occasion. 

This is not a review on any of the products at the moment as I really haven't had long enough to use the night cream to be able to write my conclusion on it, however so far so good. The GinZing moisturiser is already a favourite of mine and I have done a review on this not so long back, you can read that here if you like.

Seeing that I purchased this from the Origins website I also qualified for a couple of samples at the checkout. I'm rather partial to a sample or two so I was super pleased about this. At the checkout I chose two eye creams, GinZing and Plantscription. It would have been nice if the GinZing eye cream sample had been in a little tube like the latter as I believe more product is in that and it also saves having a little packet open which can be messy at times. (Upon reading this back I had to get the samples out to check and yes I was correct, the GinZing sample contains 1.5ml and the Plantscription sample contains 5ml).

I'll be back with a full review of the products I've picked up within this set at a later date however seeing that it is still available to buy at the moment I wanted to feature this as soon as possible as I'm not sure how much longer it will be around for. This has already been removed from the Origins web page but it is still available at Debenhams and House of Fraser. There are also some similar sets floating around which are made up of different products but the same cosmetic bag, the Dr Weil set really appeals to me.

21 January 2014

Mozimo Guest Post

Tonight's post is a rather quick one just to let you know that I have written a post for the Mozimo Blog. I have really enjoyed working with Mozimo on this and would thoroughly recommend checking out the website if you're into your handbags and shoes.

Let me know what you think in the comments section, I would love to hear your feedback. Also, just in case you're interested in this yourself you too could be involved with something similar, check out the feature to find out more.

*Please note that this wasn't a sponsored post or anything of that kind, I just wanted to be involved and to do something a little different.

20 January 2014

LUSH Snow Fairy

During the run up to Christmas I entered a give away held by Helena from The Edge of Beauty. You know how it is, you enter a give away here and there but never expect to win so when I found the email sitting in my inbox from Helena informing me that I had won the Snow Fairy Gift Box from LUSH I was thrilled! Having never tried Snow Fairy before I was genuinely so excited as I had heard such great things about this product. Thank you Helena :) 

Snow Fairy is a limited edition shower gel that is released each Christmas, from what I can tell you have to snap this up fast if you want some as it sells out rather quick. To me this smells of bubble gum which I must admit is a scent I really do like, it makes me think of my childhood and being at school so it's quite nice simply for the memories it makes me think of. LUSH describe the scent as candy floss and pear drops, I personally can't pick up the pear drops but I can pick up candy floss.

Within the Snow Fairy Gift Box there is a bottle of the famous Snow Fairy Shower Gel 100g, a Shimmery Shimmery Massage Bar and Angel's Delight Soap 70g in the form of a star. I think this is a fantastic little selection of products to try, especially when you're so new to the brand like me.

You can't buy this set now and I should imagine Snow Fairy is long sold out in stores but I wanted to get my two cents up as I bet so many people have this sitting in their bathrooms at the moment. 

I find that the Snow Fairy Shower Gel lathers up quite nicely and leaves your skin smelling super sweet and sugary; the scent also remains on my skin for an hour or so which is pretty nice. If you're not a fan of overly sweet smells then I'm afraid this will not be for you, however I still think it is worth trying next Christmas just in case; I know I certainly will be buying some next year.

Both the Angel's Delight Soap and the Shimmery Shimmery Massage Bar are available throughout the year so you can easily get your hands on them. I'll be using those for the first time this week, to say I'm excited would be an understatement.

*LUSH are a cruelty free brand.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume,Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Musk, *Lactic Acid,Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Polyester-3, Methyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Colour 45410, Colour 45380,Methylparaben

Angel's Delight Soap

Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,Perfume, Tangerine Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 14700,Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 60725, Colour 15510, Colour 42090, Silver and Golden Edible Stars, Edible Golden Agar Glitter (Agar, Mica Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide), Silver Lustre

Shimmery Shimmery Massage Bar

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate and Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, *Linalool,Coumarin

*occurs naturally in essential oils

18 January 2014

ASOS Wish List

ASOS is one of my favourite online haunts. I will not lie that I often tot up an insane amount of money in my virtual basket whilst I'm browsing through the various clothes and beauty products that the site has to offer.

I've decided to do an ASOS wish list each month as a bit of a series as the site has so many things t to offer, therefore here are my top picks for January.

Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Purifying Facial Mask: I've read such fantastic things about this brand that it is high time I tried something. At £28 this isn't cheap so unfortunately I'll be waiting a little longer to try this face mask out.

Cambridge Satchel Company Matte Leather Pink 11" Satchel: Having had numerous satchels before I have to say I really would like the real deal, this gorgeous pink satchel is exclusive to ASOS and is currently in the sale.

Lavish Alice Shirt: Lavish Alice shirts are amazing in my opinion and one day I will finally buy one. This one will be perfect as we head into spring, having said that I'm rather keen on the giraffe one too.

Kate Space Gramercy Silver Watch: Just last week I was shocked to find Kate Spade watches on ASOS. I've no idea how long they have being been sold on there as they're either new additions to the site or I have just been oblivious for a very long time. Either way I'm very much in love with this watch and the cute little spade symbol at the top; I'm now torn between this and my most longed for Marc Jacobs watch.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blush: I cannot lie, just the look of this product makes me want to try it.

Paul and Joe Face Powder: Paul and Joe is a brand that I think really stands out in the UK market at the moment. The packaging design is really unique and pretty without being too 'young' in my opinion. Having never tried this brand I would be reluctant to buy this on a whim however I thought I would include it here anyway as it is so pretty. This face powder is exclusive to ASOS and retails at £25.

Ted Baker Purse: I saved the best until last here whereby I've included a purse that I have had my eye on now for over three months. Having waited to see if it would go into the Christmas sale (it didn't) I have so far had to resist buying it as it is so darn expensive! Knowing my luck it will go out of stock before I can afford it.

17 January 2014

The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag!

I was recently tagged by the lovely Danniella over at Famous in Japan and Brittany at Life Set Sail to take part in 'The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag'. This tag was originally created by Danniella and I have to say it's pretty darn good, I know I certainly have been influenced by all the beauty bloggers out there; have you?

Who are your most influential bloggers?  Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?

There are many blogs that I read however there are two in particular which I always find myself going back to in order to see good swatches of products and to read honest opinions, these are Sleep and Water and The Sunday Girl. If you haven't already had the pleasure of reading these two blogs then I thoroughly recommend checking them out.

Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?

I always look for more than one review on something as what may work for one person may not work for others. It is good to build up a general consensus of a product before you spend your money as here in the UK we can't take things back. The only time I've ever caved and purchased something without reading further reviews was when Essiebutton spoke about the nail polish 'Rose Libertine'. I went out and picked that up pretty soon after as it looked gorgeous and I can assure you it was. 

What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

I would of here said the Naked 2 palette however that was technically a gift so it wasn't something I spent my own money on. Therefore I would have to go with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish for this question, I love it!

What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

My least favourite product I have purchased would have to be the Bourjois Liner Feutre Liquid Eye Liner. I had seen this achieve a few positive reviews in the past so once I had to buy a new liquid liner this was the one I went for. I was left incredibly disappointed with this product as it was such poor quality, it was patchy and hardly any of the product came out of the nib so to speak. This was a complete waste of money and I would definitely not buy it again.

Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.

Recently? This will have to span back a few months as I haven't purchased that much to be honest. I picked up the Origins Night A Mins at the very end of December as I had read so much about this night cream. Just before Christmas I purchased the LUSH Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar after seeing the numerous blog posts about him. Back in August I purchased the Origins GinZing moisturiser due to all the hype, I'm so glad I picked it up as it is a lovely daytime moisturiser. I've also picked up the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Paints and the Lemonade Lanolips during autumn 2013.

Have you ever given into blogger hype?  If so, which hype?

Yes....all I will say is Maybelline Baby Lips.

Have you ever avoided blogger hype?  If so, which hype?

Yep, I have so far refrained from buying the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette as whilst it looks super lovely I can't quite justify it as I think I prefer the colours in the Naked 2.

Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?

I read many more reviews now before I buy anything however I do sometimes purchase things on a whim...what a rebel!

That's all folks!

I tag Kirsty, Jennie, Celina, Adrienne, Jess and anybody else that would like to take part.

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