31 May 2015

May Beauty Favourites

May Beauty Favourites
Now if ever there has been a month that has passed in the blink of an eye then it would most certainly be this one. What with eight exams to revise for, work, my blog and a few beauty events squeezed in for good measure it is safe to say that I'm exhausted. Luckily I've not long to go now until the exams come to an end, whether I have passed is another question entirely but for now all I can say is that I cannot wait until the 15th June.

There have been quite a lot of new products to me this month when it comes to beauty; however I haven't had much chance to test out most of them due to one thing and another. Despite this though there have been a few things which have slipped into my make up and skincare routine that I have not stop using since I first got them.
May Beauty Favourites

Starting off with skincare I was recently sent out the La Roche-Posay Make Up Remover Micellar Water Gel* which may sound like an odd concept yet it is really just a twist to our favourite micellar waters. This is essentially gel based micellar water which is simply applied to a damp face in order to help remove your make up. I have found this to be really quite good for me in terms of removing my base make up and even found it to be really good for removing my eye make up too which is notorious for being that little more stubborn. I was unsure at first if I would like this around the eye area as I only ever used cotton pads and micellar water however it really did surprise me. This is something that I would be happy to use instead of micellar water because for me it felt just as comfortable to use; it did not sting at all and had the same results. I also like the fact that I don't have to use cotton pads with this which means I'm not having to bin loads of them each week; I'd love to not use them at all as I do think they create a lot of waste over time.

I've also being trying to ensure I start to use up my fragrances as I'm aware that I have had a few for a little while now. Glorious Gardenia by Gucci was a fragrance I had off my Dad a few years ago now where to this day I still adore it. Moving onto make up, this month I have continued to enjoy using the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in the shade 'Nude Mauve'. This is a product that has re-affirmed to me that the high street can produce some really incredible products. It goes without saying that this is a product that I will repurchase as soon as the need arises as it creates the most gorgeous flush to the skin; in fact I love it so much that I haven't even picked up any of my NARS blushes since I got it.

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laques have seemed to have a bit of a mixed rate of reviews as of late yet I have to say I have really liked them so far. Having said that I do only own one of the shades therefore I can only speak for 'Rose on the Rocks' which is a soft mauve toned pink in my eyes which really adds a beautiful hint of rose to the lips. Whilst they're not the most long lasting lip product I have tried they are one of the most comfortable which for me is something I'd rather have over longevity.

Finally my last favourite comes in the form of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in the shade 'Bronze Moon'. Without a doubt this has to be one of the most, if not the most gorgeous bronze eye shadow shade I have ever used which is why I'm featuring it here today, however I do find myself slightly torn over this product in general. My reason for the slight apprehension comes down to the price because these are not budget friendly in the slightest. When I ordered this a few weeks back there happened to be a Groupon voucher for Feel Unique at the time which is why I decided to get it, otherwise I'd still be sat here wondering what they were like. Whilst I absolutely adore the texture of this as well as the colour I have sadly found myself slightly disappointed in the fact that after a few hours it does start to crease a little. Of course that factor is a more than disappointing when you consider the price of the product although I can't deny that every time I use it the shade and texture of it wins me over every single time.

I know that there was a dupe floating around of this by No7 which of course I had to try for myself. Whilst I don't think I have the exact dupe shade for Bronze Moon I do happen to have one of the others and can honestly say that the texture is not at all similar, the No7 one in my experience drags on the eye lid and has much poorer pay off in terms of pigmentation; for the record I have 'Cool Mink' which is pretty in its own right however I wouldn't be inclined to buy another. 

29 May 2015

Topshop Beauty | Five Years

Topshop Make Up It is hard to believe that Topshop Beauty turned five this month, it honestly only seems like yesterday when I first very first discovered it. From the vast array of nail polishes to the awesome cream blushes it is safe to say that Topshop Beauty has been one of my favourite discoveries in the time that I have being blogging. 

Last year I dedicated a whole post aptly named Topshop Make Up in which I shared with you a few of my favourite products from the range. To this day I still think that Topshop Beauty is great value for money, the packaging is also incredibly sweet and what with the added rose gold detail for the five year celebration who wouldn't want a little something from the collection.

In order to kick off the five years of the Topshop Beauty line they have re-released their best selling products in limited edition rose gold packaging, which I have to say looks absolutely beautiful! There are a grand total of fifteen products within the limited edition collection which consists of five lipsticks, five nail polishes, a liquid liner, glow highlighter and a lovely cream blush. My local Topshop did seem a little sparse on the lipstick front as only Innocent and Nevada was available at the time however I would have loved to have picked up Beguiled whilst I was there.
Topshop Make Up
To this day I still enjoy using the Topshop nail polishes in particular as I find the formula to be pretty fantastic, especially considering they only cost £6. They're often just as good, if not better than other brands that I have tried which have been more expensive. It goes without saying that I had to pick a nail polish up therefore I decided to go with 'Green Room' as I don't own a shade like this at all, the only similar one I have tried is from Models Own and that technically does belong to my sister. 

I also decided to pick up one of the lipsticks in the shade 'innocent' which in the bullet looks like a warm toned pink yet when applied does come across a little bit cooler than you would have initially thought. Nevertheless I think it is a really pretty colour that will be really lovely to wear throughout the remainder of spring and as we head into summer. The last time I purchased a lipstick from Topshop I must admit that I do remember being a little underwhelmed in regards to the formula, however I'm all for giving products a second chance so hopefully this time round I have a much better experience.

Topshop packaging has always been a hit with me, I think it is fun and cute yet in the same breath it wouldn't see any of us feeling slightly daft pulling it out of our handbags. I really do love it and will continue to browse those nail polish stands for a long time to come yet. Now if only they would bring back the highlighter in 'crescent moon' then I would be quite literally over the moon!

27 May 2015

Things I do When I Want To Feel Good

Things I do When I Want To Feel Good
It's ironic that as I type this post I'm sitting in mismatched pyjamas with an oversize cardigan that could easily pass as my Nan's. However this post is one that I have being looking forward to writing for a little while so I'll try to ignore that fact whilst I type. Recently I have being trying to re-evaluate a few things in regards to my personal life, I've being trying to decipher what actually makes me happy and what makes me feel good as I haven't felt that way for a while. It's a working progress for sure however I've started off with a few simple things.

Whilst I have being studying for what feels like an age I've found myself in somewhat of a rut. I have been at home a lot when I haven't been at work and had found myself starting to feel as though I had 'let myself go'. Staying in your pyjamas all day is perfectly OK on your day off yet I honestly felt as though I was living in mine. This had become more of a routine rather than a 'lazy day treat' which I knew I needed to nip in the bud pronto. By making the effort to pick out something nice to wear for the day and even wearing a little bit of make up, regardless of whether I was actually going out or not I noticed in myself that I immediately felt more motivated and more on top of things. Have you ever had a telephone interview and been given advice to be dressed as if you were having a physical face to face interview? I guess it's the same principle that I'm trying to get across in my own roundabout way as by being physically prepared you are often more mentally prepared too.

This got me thinking about those little things that I do in my daily routines to make myself feel more confident and in some circumstances more motivated. There are a many things that I could include within the topic of making yourself feel more confident and indeed happier within yourself however considering this is a beauty blog primarily I thought I'd focus on a few of my favourite things within that realm for today. Whilst not for one minute would I ever suggest you need make up, or pretty clothes to feel good I know that deep down these do add to my own confidence. I don't feel ashamed to say that.

Things I do When I Want To Feel Good

I don't know about you but no matter what anybody says I do find that having pretty lingerie always makes me feel good, even if I'm having one of those dreaded 'I hate my thighs' days. There's just something incredibly satisfying about nice lingerie in my eyes, especially these days when there are so many different designs, colours and styles available. The One Jessie Bra* along with the many available within the lingerie range at House of Fraser is so beautiful, it is sophisticated and dare I say sexy, yet it is not over the top and comes in the most beautiful emerald green. 

Painting my nails is always an instant moral boost for me, mainly because it shows I have achieved something by actually letting them reach a length which is suitable for painting. Picking out a nail polish and doing an at home manicure always makes me feel good, I cannot lie that having painted nails makes me feel really feminine but that might be purely because I tend to have rather short stubby nails 99% of the time. Recently I have being opting for more nude shades and have avoided the typical spring pastel trend; Essie Ballet Slippers has been a favourite for a while and continues to be just that.

Both lipstick and fragrance are my final things that add the finishing touches (clearly I've skipped a few steps here), there's nothing like popping on your lipstick and spritzing on your favourite fragrance before you head out of the door. The NARS Audcacious Lipstick in the shade Anna was a shade that I had wanted since Christmas therefore it goes without saying that this is currently my shade of choice, whereas without fail when it comes to fragrance I always go for Stella by Stella McCartney; it's a classic.

Obviously there are heaps more things you can do in order to make yourself feel more motivated and energised. I could list so many things right now such as exercising, eating more healthy, taking up a new hobby or going out and meeting new people. For now I've stuck to beauty however I'd love to explore this type of post further, I think it is good to address the things that make us feel good so that we know what they are so that we are able to stick to them more.

If all else fails ladies and I really just cannot be bothered with all of the above then I'll always turn to a good old book; it's a fail-safe which more often than not cannot be beaten. Currently I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert because it has been on my to read list for about three years now. I think it will be good although it's too early to tell just yet, although whilst wrapped up in this cardigan I'm sure I'll fly through it, it's so cosy!

25 May 2015

Make Up and Things

Make Up and Things
Over the last few weeks I have managed to pick up a few things that I'd had my eye on for a while. I'd love to say that it was a well-earned shopping trip after exams but I'll be honest with you, it was more procrastination shopping in town when I should have been revising if truth be told. Nevertheless, here I am with a little post rounding up a few of my most recent purchases. 

Make Up and Things
For a while now I have adored the brand that is Rifle Paper and Co. From the elegant yet not strict drawings, full of both bright colours and pastels I think it is a brand that appeals to many. After what felt like defeat in trying to pick up this set of notebooks I happened to find them when I popped into Waterstones whilst waiting for my train last week. Whilst browsing the stationary section rather thoroughly (if you haven't had a look before then I seriously recommend checking it out) I couldn't quite believe it when I saw these shoved to the one side of the book shelf. At £9.99 they're not the most affordable notebooks, however I do think paying that price is justified when you find something you really do like. All three are lined and have the word 'notebook' printed across the front in gold lettering, they really are very beautiful and you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into them.

I've also recently had a new iPhone case from the lovely team at Iconemesis. The Cat Sims Feather* iPhone 5s case has made a nice change to my bright blue one that I had previously. It's a beautifully designed case that features light blue delicate feathers all over, I think it's super pretty! It also fits my phone perfectly and is really sturdy too which is a huge bonus, as aside from the fact you want your phone protected I have in the past had phone cases which have been of poor quality, this however is great! At the moment it is in the sale for £5 which I think is an utter bargain, it's well worth checking out the other cases that they have too.

Make Up and Things

Whilst in Primark I stumbled across this rather cute mint green make up bag which cost me all of the £3. It's incredibly spacious yet not too big, however this will strictly be a bag that I use at home because I do think that it is a little too big for my handbag. Normally I wouldn't have picked out something as large as this however the mint design which has little white triangles dotted all over it really did catch my eye, I also liked the fact that it had 'make up' written across it in gold letters. 

From the super affordable to the somewhat eye watering I have finally made an investment by purchasing the Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad in Cocoa Mirage. We all know I adore my make up and do believe in spending more where it is warranted, eye shadow being just one of them. In particular here I draw attention solely to powder eye shadow because I never find the high street to do those very well at all, whereas in comparison they really do nail cream eye shadows. Despite this I was reluctant to go through with this purchase however I did and that's pretty much the end of that. As of yet I haven't used it, blame exams, no time and having not photographed it until today however I will be back with a review as soon as I have tried it out because I'm incredibly keen to assure myself and you that this was money well spent.

Wishing everyone an amazing week and good luck to those of you with exams still, may the odds be ever in your favour! 

23 May 2015

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette

The Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette was my very first foray into the brand, in which since that time I have found myself falling hook line and sinker for the rose gold packaging and beautiful thought out hues. I've three of these palettes now and each one is incredibly unique, offering me something different depending on the colours and indeed looks that I want to create that day. I've already popped up a review of the Fallen Angel Palette which is not just stunning but is also one of my most used palettes to date, despite the pain it caused me to finally wear down those embossed stars.

In contrast to the Fallen Angel Palette we have The Dolce Vita which is much more warmed tone in nature. Like all of Charlotte Tilbury's Eye Shadow Quads they are all set out step by step on the back of the quad which enables you to create your own smoky eye. That is great of course if you want that type of look however for every day I do find that it can be a little much, therefore I just tend to use what I fancy, although for those who are a little unsure of where to use what shades and what type of eye shadow then it's a great little feature to be included.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eye Shadow Palette

The Dolce Vita consists of four eye shadows, the first being step one which is the prime shade. This is shade that I found a little difficult to describe, however in conclusion I opted for it being a light peach which almost verges on champagne. This is a shimmer and offers not just a perfect shadow as your starting point but also an ideal one for highlighting the inner corner and brow bone. Step two involved enhancing the look of which by using the rich rust toned brown you're able to create definition around the eye and within the socket. 

Moving onto step three which involves a bit more blending you want to smoke out the eye shadow. This shade is perhaps more accustomed to the usual types of shades I go for as it's more of a traditional brown of which when paired up with the rust toned shade they truly do work beautifully together. On a side note I'd like to add that whilst all the shades have generally photographed pretty well here I do think that this one has come out a little flat on camera, it is actually very pretty when you see it for yourself. Finally to add a little extra dimension to the look you have step four which is pop! This gold glitter shade is one of the prettiest I have seen yet I think it's hard to overdo it as it is so pretty and delicate. In order to apply this I'd advise using your finger to gently dab it on where you want it as I think it is much easier in comparison to using a brush.

I think this little quad offers quite a diverse range of looks for both day and night, in fact I think this applies to all of the Charlotte Tilbury quads as they truly are fantastic. In terms of pigmentation I have yet to be disappointed as they are one of the best I own in terms of this. Creasing is very minimal in my experience; although I'm yet to find powder eye shadows that do not crease at all however using an eye shadow primer will help with this greatly.

Overall once again Charlotte Tilbury make up ticks all of the boxes. I think that it's needless to say that I'm really looking forward to the release of her summer collection in a few month's time.

19 May 2015

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

If there has ever been a product review that has been a long time coming then it is this one. The Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado had been a product that I had wanted to try for a very long time. I know that when I first started blogging this was a product that was floating around yet the price had always put me off. I wasn't quite ready to drop the pennies back then, yet these days I'm not too worried about paying a little more, especially if it's backed up by great reviews over a long period of time.

It wasn't until I was watching a video by Lisa Eldridge early last year where she featured this that I finally decided to pick it up. First and foremost I wasn't actually aware that it comes in two sizes which of course has a reflection on the price. When I asked for this product at my local Kiehl's counter I was immediately given the full size which now in hindsight if I had been offered the smaller one I would have opted for that, especially seeing as I had never tried it before. The smaller tub of this costs £20 whereas the larger comes in at £33 therefore there's quite a price difference although when looking at the amount of product you get it is better value for money to buy the larger size.
 Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

The product itself is light yellow in colour, almost verging on green which is something that I quite like. Upon application this colour does not show up at all, in fact it immediately starts to melt into the skin creating a lovely texture to work with. Having tried a few eye creams in the past I would say that by far this is the thickest in texture yet this is something I really do like in an eye cream as I like to feel as though it is doing something for me. Despite it being a thick cream it does not feel heavy around my eyes at all which again is an added bonus. 

I must admit that I do suffer from dehydration around my eyes quite a lot and whilst I don't think that this completely eradicates that I do feel that it helps improve things for longer. Where other products in the past have helped me in this area I don't feel as though they have given me the results that this has which makes this product a firm staple for me within my skincare routine. This product is something that I'm happy to use both morning and night where of an evening it is extremely satisfying to pop on once I've cleansed my face.  I also find that for me it works great under my make up yet I do know that others find it a little too thick for day time use however do bear in mind my issue with dehydration. 

Whilst here I will address the issue of dark circles as they are indeed an issue I suffer with as well as dehydration. This product as far as I understand is not marketed towards combating dark circles so I will not judge it in that way. I do think that it improves them to a very mild extent although it's nothing to write home about, although if I'm honest I think making myself drink more water and achieving a decent amount of hours of sleep at night would improve them far more than any cream on the market.

The non-migrating formula is enriched with avocado oil this is extremely moisturising oil and is a natural source of Amino Acids, Vitamins A, D and E. Shea Butter is also present which is renowned for its moisturising properties, there's also Beta-Carotene which is a new one to me, this is a natural antioxidant and is often found in carrots, hence the name.

Have you tried the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado? 


17 May 2015

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Collection

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Collection
There's nothing quite like a new seasonal make up launch to get me excited, especially when it comes from one of my favourite brands. To me there are not many brands that do both skincare and make up well; it tends to be one or the other in my experience however I really do feel that Clarins manage to pull off both very well indeed. Their latest launch looks at summer where of course most of us will be hoping to achieve a nice warm glow to our complexion without the dreaded hue of orange creeping in.

The Clarins Aquatic Treasures Collection has recently been released by which there are a number of products which have stood out to me, firstly the two Ombre Iridescent Eye Shadows look absolutely beautiful. I should imagine that they will be really quite lovely for both day and night with Aquatic Rose being more suited for a day time look and Aquatic Grey being used to create a soft smoky eye for an evening. There's also the Clarins Fix Makeup Refreshing Mist which you can use to mist lightly over your make up in order to prolong it, as well as this it also provides your skin with hydration. This is a product that has actually caught my eye as it comes in a nice slim bottle and is said to smell of roses; I've made a mental note to check that out myself next time I pop by a counter.

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Collection
The two items I have to share with you are probably my favourites from the whole collection and that's because they're a little out of my comfort zone. I'm quite a pale person myself and have always found myself shying away from products that aim to warm the complexion up such as a bronzer, as well as those that aim to provide a glow to the skin. Having said that this year I really want to embrace that sun kissed look, therefore both the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base* in the shade Apricot, along with the Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzer* will allow me to do just that.

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Collection
The Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base* is a product that already exists however two new shades have been added with the release of this collection. Apricot is the shade I have here which aims to add warmth with a subtle hint of glow for those with fair skins, for darker skin tones there is also the shade Golden Bronze. When I first tried Apricot I was a little dubious as I thought it would be much too dark for me, having said that once blended out with a drop of moisturiser I can get away with it. I'm not too worried about this because come summer time when I naturally pick up a slight tan anyway I think I'll be able to wear this without any concern. Under foundation this does help to provide a more fresh and healthy appearance and is now something that I find myself wanting to use all of the time whereas before I did not even have a product like this within my routine. I'm also very aware that within the normal range there are some lighter shades which I'll be having a close look at very soon in store, rose in particular sounds perfect.

I think without a doubt the star of this collection is the Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzing Compact* which is not just strikingly beautiful but also provides an extremely flattering warmth to the skin without being too much; naturally of course this does depend on how much you use. Within the compact there are four universal matte shades which can be used individually or together to create a nice radiant glow, all housed within a stunning compact this is for me a sure favourite for this summer. I like the fact that this product is matte as whilst I do like to use a highlight I prefer the rest of my make up to be as shine free as possible. In terms of pigmentation it is very well pigmented meaning you do need a light hand with this as it is very easy to go over the top; a light dusting is all you need.

Overall this collection is absolutely stunning, not just in terms of presentation but also because the products that I have tried achieve what they set out to do; as I said before I'm wary of warming things up so to speak but I found myself very comfortable with these products. I'm hoping to pop up a look using these once my exams are over in a few week's time so stay tuned for that.

Have you tried anything from Clarins recently? 

15 May 2015

Selfridges Work It!

Selfridges Work It
When it comes to Selfridges I always get a little bit excited, it's like Toys 'R' Us only for adults. From the vast array of clothing, accessories, gadgets, amazing food and of course make up it is without doubt one of my favourite places to shop. 

Being situated in the heart of Birmingham Selfridges is surrounded by not just shoppers browsing the city but also by the hustle and bustle of those commuting to and from work. That's why they're kicking off next week with a fortnightly series of events for workers to take part in. The majority of them are designed to fit around the lunch hour so you won't be back late however you can also pop along after work in order to see what's going on.

From Monday 18th May until Sunday 31st May in collaboration with a range of local businesses and food vendors there will be 30 minute activities starting from 12pm which include learning Spanish, yoga and salsa as well as fashion and beauty tips, all of which will be led by industry experts in bite sized tutorials. There are also specialist talks taking place to help you get your head around Linked In, as well as this there are CV workshops and talks from Nick Holzherr, Birmingham's very own Apprentice star. 

Selfridges Work ItThere are loads of activities to get involved with so if you can make it so why not check out the list of Work It Events where I'm sure you'll find something to tickle your fancy. I'll give you a heads up with the first week of events but be sure to check the link to find out is what happening throughout the whole campaign. Some of these events are ticketed so be sure to check beforehand.

13 May 2015

Dixi Jewellery

Dixi Sterling Silver Rings
Back when I was younger I always used to wear rings, yet in the last five years or so, in fact maybe more I suddenly realised that I had stopped wearing them altogether and that I had done for a rather long time. There was no real reason for this other than the fact that the one ring I did wear every single day sadly broke. I to this day have never got around to getting it fixed at the jewellers which had up until now resulted in me never replacing it.

For a little while now I had being looking at purchasing some new jewellery that I could wear regularly that didn't break the bank yet would be durable and would also of course look pretty, all whilst being sterling silver. Whilst looking for bohemian themed jewellery a few years ago now I stumbled across Dixi and made a purchase of an amethyst necklace which to this day is one of my favourite pieces; you can find that in my Jewellery Collection post from last April. Ever since then the brand has always remained firmly in my mind, therefore it was only natural for me to return in order to purchase some of their rings.

Dixi Sterling Silver Rings

The first two rings I picked up were the most extravagant of the four as they have a little bit more going on in comparison to the others. Firstly the Supernova Burst Rainbow Moonstone Ring is without doubt the most striking yet is one I feel that I can't wear all of the time, mainly because I'm worried I may catch it on something. Despite that one factor it is a ring that I absolutely adore and is one that I enjoy wearing when I'm going out. It is for me a statement piece as my jewellery is generally very reserved yet this is the one item I own that has a little something extra about it; it's certainly eye catching and quite mysterious in its own charming way.

Secondly I have what I think is probably my favourite out of all of them which is the Arya Black Onyx Ring. This is one that I wear almost all of the time as it is incredibly unique as well as being small enough to wear every day. Originally I purchased this in moonstone I believe however because I got the sizes wrong by the time I returned it the moonstone version had sadly gone out of stock. However I truly believe that was fate because I do actually prefer the black onyx version even more so than the one I originally ordered therefore I'm extremely lucky that I now have this within my collection. 

Dixi Sterling Silver Rings

To replace a much beloved thumb ring I decided to order the City Beneath Ring which again is one that I wear alongside the Arya Black Onyx Ring. It's discreet and simple yet with the intricate little design on I think it adds something extra as opposed to a plain silver band; having said that I still do want a simple silver band at some point as they look gorgeous. My most recent purchase is the Amitah Ring which comes from the most recent Dixi collection, that being the Warrior collection. This is so beautiful; in fact it was the first item that stood immediately out to me when the collection was first released. I really like the fact that it is chunkier in comparison to my other rings from Dixi, of which despite this I still think that it is really feminine and that it offered something very different to what I owned up until I purchased it. I have found though, that despite it being the same size as the others (barring the thumb ring) that it is a little tighter when putting it over the knuckle area. I'm putting that down to the fact that it is just a thicker ring therefore there is a little less manoeuvring available when putting it on.

Dixi Sterling Silver Rings

Overall I have to say that my first ring purchases with Dixi have been fantastic. It took me a few attempts to get my ring size right as having not purchased a ring for a long time and of course having not tried any of them from Dixi before it was always going to be a bit difficult to gauge it correctly at first. Therefore after a few returns and excellent customer service from the team at Dixi I now have a few rings that I can wear alone or together so that once again I'm sporting jewellery that I absolutely adore.

Have you checked out Dixi?

11 May 2015

Carrera Aviator Sunglasses

Carrera Crsytal Orange Sunglasses

As I write this you'll just have to trust me and take my word for it that we did indeed had some sunshine in the UK recently, although where it has gone now I do not know. When the sun eventually does come back out to play I'll be the first reaching for the SPF, ice creams and maxi skirts along with the Carrera 82 Sunglasses* which have recently found their way into my life courtesy of The Sunglasses Shop.

Carerra first launched in 1956 and has since recently re-launched at The Sunglasses Shop therefore it's the perfect opportunity to share with you this brand and in particular this design. Carrera sunglasses are iconic although I'll be straight with you that I had not heard of them before. Despite that I have over time seen various music videos from Lady Gaga and Rihanna of who were all found to be sporting the iconic Carrera Champion Aviator sunglasses in them.

Carrera Sunglasses

The new look for Carrera in 2015 sees an appeal to a more contemporary style with the 'out there' tagline which will see discreet branding, clean lines and innovative concepts. Carrera have recently redesigned their most famous models which include the Champion Aviator and the Panamerika frames so they're well worth checking out if you fancy something new for your wardrobe this year. They have also released the very first range of sunglasses with an interchangeable front allowing you to customise your sunglasses to suit your mood or indeed your outfit. Examples of these include the Carrera 5022S which you can see has different designs available, I've linked them so you can see what I'm referring to here as the pair I have do not have this feature. 

The Carrera 82 in crystal orange from the Carrera Muses collection was for me my favourite design and that's not just because they're pink. Inspired by the original designs I would never have dreamed that I would like a pair of pink sunglasses yet they instantly jumped out to me; they could not represent summer any better if they tried!

Carrera Sunglasses

The pink detail is balanced nicely alongside crystal peach frames and silver sides of which you will find the brand name discreetly engraved into the temples and the very top where the bridge of the frame is present. The multi layered mirror finish is extremely eye catching and certainly makes them stand out in the crowd. I've never had a pair of sunglasses as unique as these therefore I really cannot wait to start wearing them more regularly. I've found them to be extremely light and comfortable to wear which is something I do look out for with sunglasses, nobody wants those dreaded marks left in their nose after wearing them for a while; they're also 100% UV protective which is of course crucial if you want to protect your eyes from the sun.

Carrera Crystal Orange Sunglasses

Before I round the post up here make sure you keep an eye out for the Carrera bucket list giveaway which is in partnership with The Sunglasses Shop. As part of Carreras 'Out There' campaign they want to hear what's on your bucket list whether that be a sky dive, deep sea diving or swimming with dolphins, you name it! Keep your eye out for that soon because it sounds simply too good to miss!

9 May 2015

The Muji Files | Part 6

The Muji Files Part 6
After starting this series back in October last year I've finally found myself drawing it to a conclusion with The Muji Files Part 6. I sure hope that everyone has enjoyed this series as much as I have, it has been fun sharing with you all my make up collection and hearing your thoughts on what I have shared; thank you all so much for such positive feedback! 

For the final instalment I have here the lipstick overflow which is basically where I store some of my most worn lipsticks on the top of my Muji storage in a little acrylic lipstick holder. I picked mine up off eBay a while back now for something like £6, it matches the storage I have already which is great and it holds twelve lipsticks which I is a relatively nice number. It offers me a lot of choice without it being too overwhelming and allows me to keep my lipsticks on rotation so that I use them all frequently.

I tend to keep my MAC Lipsticks on the very top as they're probably my most worn aside from my lip crayons (which incidentally don't fit), my favourites are Plumful and Patisserie. Both of those shades are utterly beautiful and are so comfortable to wear too which is why they'll both be repurchases in the future. Whilst I tend to find myself picking up Plumful more in the autumn time I do find that Patisserie is a shade that I reach for almost every single time, it's my go to nude and has been for a while now.

The Revlon Lip Butters are an old favourite of mine and will always remain so, they will always remind me of when I first starting blogging when everybody went crazy for them. Out of the shades I own it is Juicy Papaya that I wear the most as it is a beautiful soft orange with a hint of coral making it absolutely perfect for the summer. It makes me sad to think that actually these are getting a little bit old now so I should probably consider throwing them out at the end of this year; it's high time I started to use these up! Who else can find themselves a little bit too attached to certain make up items? I know I sure can.

Other notable mentions go out to my only Bobbi Brown Lipstick in the shade 'Pink Flush' which was part of the Nude Glow limited edition collection released last year. Out of all the collections that I have so far seen the Nude Glow collection had to be one of my favourites, if not the favourite as for me it ticked all the boxes, the shades were so elegant and natural all whilst packaged up in simple yet stunning silver packaging. If there is one brand I'd like to try more from this year then it would be Bobbi Brown, the skincare in particular.

Do you have one too many lipsticks? It's funny as I never used to wear them at all, tinted lip balm was as far as I would ever go; who would have thought it!

If you missed them or are new to The Muji Files then feel free to check out the other parts in the series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

6 May 2015

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Hair Care

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Hair Care Review
When it comes to hair I'll be the first one to hold my hands up and state that I have no idea what I'm doing; washing and conditioning my hair is pretty much as far as I will go. I was never that girl who was into curling their hair and creating different looks, mainly because I could never quite get the hang of it. Even now I'm still very much the same and tend to leave my hair to its own devices however these days I'm much more clued up on what shampoos and conditioners actually leave my hair looking and feeling good as opposed to great on the first day and one sad droopy mess the next. 

Paul Mitchell is one such brand that I'm growing to really quite like at the moment as their products seem to just work for me. Having already purchased the Super Strong shampoo and conditioner at the beginning of the year I found myself being given the opportunity to try out the Paul Mitchell Smoothing* range which was one I was looking forward to trying knowing that I already liked the brand.

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Hair Care Review

Currently the Smoothing range consists of a few products where today I have a few to share with you. All three of the products have the same lovely fresh scent which immediately makes me think of granny smith apples; delicious! The Super Skinny Daily Shampoo* has been a really nice gentle shampoo that has helped to not only tame any unruly hair but has also ensured that it feels soft and clean without being stripped of natural oils. Whilst the shampoo does have sulphates I haven't found it to cause any problems for me at all, in fact I have noticed that it doesn't seem to lather up as much as other shampoos I have used which is either a good or bad thing depending on which way you look at it. 

The Super Skinny Daily Treatment* is quite simply a conditioner which again like the shampoo does not disappoint as this has honestly left my hair feeling so incredibly soft. When I use this I somehow get the whole 'being at a salon' feel to my hair which is remarkable considering I'm at home in my own shower. Of course like all good hair conditioners this also helps to repair damaged hair and to prevent further damage such as that caused through using heat appliances. 

Both the shampoo and conditioner in conjunction have left my hair feeling so good recently and that's honestly not a claim I can make very often when it comes to hair care products. I've being letting my hair dry naturally a lot in the last year or so which I think has improved the condition of my hair quite a lot anyway yet by incorporating both of these into my routine I feel as though it has had a bit of kick start which was long overdue after a period of simply using whatever I had in the bathroom.

Finally we have here the Super Skinny Serum* which was a product that if I'm honest with you I wasn't all that fussed about initially because like I said at the very beginning of this post, I literally wash my hair and condition it and therefore rarely bother with much else. Having now used this product for myself I can safely say that I think I've found a keeper here as by using just a small pump of this through the ends of my hair after I have washed it I have found that it really has helped to keep my hair more manageable and less frizzy. I'm always worried with this type of product as so often in the past I have used things which have led to my hair feeling weighed down or looking crispy or greasy yet this product causes none of that. Upon reading more about this product in particular I discovered that it had won several beauty awards over the last few years which I think really backed up my thoughts on this.

Overall I think all three of these products together have worked incredibly well and have left me with hair that has actually made me feel nice in the weeks that I have being using them instead of it looking and feeling like a constant battle.

Paul Mitchell products can be purchased from HQHair where you will find a variety of the different range available.

4 May 2015

The Alice Boutique

The Alice Boutique Tea Party, Stationary and Home Wear
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending at very last minute the launch of the Alice Boutique collection. If like me at the time you have never heard of the Alice Boutique then you're in for a little treat as it boasts an array of china tea sets, dinnerware, stationary and interior decorations all based around the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland. Back when I was in primary school our traditional year 6 play was actually Alice in Wonderland so this instantly brought back so many memories for me. Here's a random fact for you whilst on the topic of the school play, I played the Knave who stole the tarts where I have to say that whilst on trial I held my own very, very well!
The Alice Boutique Tea Party, Stationary and Home Wear

Slipping down the rabbit hole into the launch of the new collection was exciting as I didn't know what to expect. As someone who is fascinated by design and illustrations anyway this was something that I was extremely interested in seeing. Tracie Bedwood, the founder of the Alice Boutique designs the majority of the range herself as well as handpicking designers to be featured. Inspired by the original illustrations by John Tennial the Alice Boutique range consists of tea cups, saucers, plates, tea posts, stationary and home interiors which feature characters such as Alice herself, the Mad Hatter, Tweddledee and Tweedledum and of course the White Rabbit. 

The Alice Boutique Tea Party, Stationary and Home Wear The Alice Boutique Tea Party, Stationary and Home Wear
There's also a variety of stationary on offer ranging from gift tags, cards, notebooks and wrapping paper of which I think the gift tags have to be my favourite, although I don't think I can bring myself to use them actually as they are so unique and are pieces of art in themselves. Aside from stationary there is also a range of interior items such as pillows and wall art which would make for interesting pieces for your home, I particularly like the pillows and can envisage these upon an old antique wooden chair; I think they would look great! 

The Alice Boutique Tea Party, Stationary and Home Wear

The above fine bone china Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Set is probably my favourite from the whole collection as I really like the vibrant colours used, especially on the Queen of Hearts herself and the roses around the outside. There is however the Monochrome Alice set which is also extremely beautiful, it is in my opinion more reserved yet it is in no way less elegant therefore there's a bit of flexibility there when choosing what would suit your preferences more. Overall it is such a beautiful collection and is one that I wouldn't mind selecting a few pieces from myself when I get my own place.

My favourite item would have to be the Alice in Wonderland Tea Cup Candle as I adore my candles anyway and think that it truly looks fantastic. Clearly once it has been used you then have your very own tea cup and saucer too making it an even more worthwhile purchase. I really do think that this item in particular would be the perfect introduction to the Alice Boutique range, so much so that I may just have to order one for myself.

What's your favourite piece from the Alice Boutique Collection?

2 May 2015

April Beauty Favourites

April Beauty Favourites

Another month has come and gone and here I am feeling a little overwhelmed at just how fast this year seems to be going. I know that's a cliché guys, trust me I know but crikey, I could do with things slowing down just a little bit so that I can catch my breath. Whilst everything around me seems to be moving at lightening pace I've generally been quite safe with my favourites this month as I've being using some old favourites along with two products that I have never mentioned on here before.

One of those products is the Dior Addict Lip Glow which was a purchase I made at the beginning of the year. Looking back in my archives this has been a product that has been featured in at least three wish lists so I think it was an entirely justifiable purchase. Whilst I do think it is a little over priced for what it does I can't help but still love it. It is a catch 22 as the expense is certainly something to consider yet it is one of those products that a lot of people seem to really like so naturally curiosity can often get the better of you; it sure did me. Having said that it is a beautiful little product that helps to keep my lips nicely hydrated all whilst providing a nice pop of colour. Application is effortless and the packaging is beautiful too, however what more could you expect from a brand such as Dior.

The Av√®ne Cleanance Expert Emulsion* is one of my most recent skincare products that I have being testing yet it has already become quite firmly established within my routine. Essentially I think it's a similar type of product to the much hyped La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +, yet I do find this version to be more like a cream in texture as opposed to a gel like consistency. I also think that it is more gentle too as I over time Effaclar Duo + can be a relatively strong product to use on a regular basis (in my experience). At the moment I'm only using this in areas which I feel need it which once again happens to be my jaw line. I'm suffering from quite a few break outs at the moment and I literally have no idea as to why. Whilst this isn't a miracle worker I do like the fact that it is helping to calm break outs down and is making a notable difference to my skin through regular use. If you're looking for an acne/blemish treatment yet suffer from sensitive skin I really do think that this would be a product worth reading into further. 

Currently I'm using two products from Kiehl's that I'm really enjoying using, in fact so much so that I cannot see them falling out of my routine any time soon. The Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate* was a product I purchased back in June at the Birmingham Blogger Meet Up event that I attended and has since been a product that I have been kindly sent to feature. This is such a lovely serum to use of an evening as it is light weight, easy to apply and does not leave my skin feeling greasy in the slightest. Overnight it seems to almost wave its magic wand as by morning my skin looks so soothed and fresh even if I've only managed to get five hours sleep. Like most Kiehl's products this isn't cheap however it truly will last you a long time as you need only a few drops a night. Sticking with Kiehl's for one more moment I also have here the Creamy Eye Treatment with Advocado which has to be so far my favourite eye cream to date. This is quite a thick eye cream yet that does not affect the application of it as I find that it somehow seems to melt into the skin once in contact with it, I also find it to be incredibly hydrating which makes for the perfect base when considering concealer. In the time that I have being blogging I have tried a few eye creams, yet this is the only one that I know I would repurchase in an instant. 

Finally I have dug out an old favourite here which is Hugo Boss Orange. I've worn this for a while now on and off yet it always seems to come out of my draw around this time of year as it is a lovely light fragrance for spring and indeed summer. I say draw because I have always been told to never display fragrances in the open as the sunlight will ruin them, therefore currently all of my fragrances are stored away in my desk. Is this true or have I been misled all of this time? 

What are your April Favourites?

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