30 May 2013

Vintage Summer Glamour.

A few weeks ago, I found out that a new boutique will be launching with vintage print/look dresses and I was really happy when I was asked if I wanted to review a dress. I had no idea on the fabric (I chose the Hawaiian Pin Up fabric!) or the style of the dress, so I waiting in desperation to see what it would looks like. When the dress arrived, I was really impressed with the packaging - the package was sealed with a little rope which had mini keys hanging off it! This might sound sad, but I am a sucker for good wrapping. To me presentation starts from the beginning, so massive thumbs up!
I fell in love with the print on the dress straight away - it has such a nice summery vintage feel to it! I love how bright it is, and the pattern is quite loud so it's a perfect dress to wear on it's own with minimal accessories.

I styled it with the 40's in mind, I am so excited to wear it to a Vintage Independence Day event I will be attending in July, styled just like this! And when it gets warmer (because I don't think this dress would suit opaque tights, the summer pattern looks best with bare legs) I will wear it casually with sandals, oversized sunglasses and a straw trilby!

Uncommon Nonsense stock a number of dresses with different fabric, one of my favourites is the teapot dress! I can't wait to see what they bring out next as this dress is comfortable, flattering and the fabric is just awesome!


29 May 2013

May Glossybox.

1. Beautiful Movements Cosmetics Prime & Create Mixing Medium (£20): Formerly known as BM Beauty, Beautiful Movement Cosmetics have launched a new range of makeup with the help of Kimberly Wyatt (ex Pussycat Doll) and this is one of the pieces. It's a primer which you can mix with your foundation to create a matte and shine free base, mix with powder blushes and bronzers for a creamy colour or with eye shadows for a DIY liquid eyeliner. Containing aloe vera, this primer is suitable for most skin tones and is very gentle.
I enjoyed using this product, but it's not the best primer I have ever used and it just didn't "wow" me. It does what it says, but for £20 I'm expecting a truly flawless finish.


2. Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner (£2.99): I had really high hopes for this bargain eyeliner, for such a small price it promises easy application, long lasting and waterproof which sounds perfect for long summer days. I found the handle a little stiff and uncomfortable to use (maybe because I'm just used to a very thin brush...) but the liquid itself was great - lasted me a long time and didn't smudge much at all.


3. Headline Colors Nail Polish (£9): Um, OK this part of the review is going to confuse you because the mark I am giving this product is solemnly on the colour. This new range of nail colours has a UV absorbent formula so it chips less and stays on for longer - what a great concept! That is, if you live in a country where sun actually makes an appearance for longer than a weekend, but that's a separate moan. The polish is also free from toxins which helps your nails stay strong and healthy.
But I hate this colour for the summer. I will probably love it in the Autumn/Winter months, but last thing I want to see this month is even more grey.


4. Jelly Pong Pong Fairly Lashes Mascara (£15): Jelly Pong Pong previously had me impressed with some of their products which always come in pretty packages, smell nice and do their job. This mascara is no different - it creates long and curled lashes without weighing them down, has a long wearing and waterproof formula and looks natural. I am going to wear it for trips to the beach when I want a more natural, sun kissed look. But the price is a little much for this mascara as there are just as good, cheaper alternatives on the high street.


5. Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray (£18.95): Oh my god, since I first tried the Awapuhi Wild Ginger (read about it here) I have been in love with this ridiculously expensive brand. This shine spray smells delicious, works wonders by making your hair shiny and healthy and not making hair greasy at all! Thumbs up, I would recommend this brand and it's products to anyone. It does come with a hefty price tag but for me it has been worth every penny.


As a little extra, Glossybox chucked in some mini nail files which are really handy to carry around in your bag, in case of a manicure emergence, and a little chocolate! This box contained 4 full sized products, and the only product I'm disappointed about is the nail polish and that is purely because I don't really like the colour.

Did you get the Birthday Edition Glossybox this month? What products did you get?


28 May 2013

Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream Review.

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Docteur Renaud, cream, moisturiser, raspberry, hydrating cream, beauty, skincare

Docteur Renaud, cream, moisturiser, raspberry, hydrating cream, beauty, skincare

Moisturising my face is like a MUST DO for my skin - if I don't do it my skin gets dull, dry and spotty. So I have acquired a long list of moisturisers that I have tried and this Docteur Renaud cream is one of my favourites.I received it in my February Glossybox (you can read the review here) and it smelt to good and felt so creamy and light, I really hoped the results would be good too as I felt like I could really fall in love with this cream.

It smells like raspberries and it's quite a strong but pleasant scent when you first apply the cream, which then eventually disappears after a couple of minutes. The texture is very light and soft, almost like a meringue but as a moisturiser... I've been craving a meringue for a little while now, I feel like it's all I can think about. Like those Krispy Kreme Lemon Meringue doughnuts are amazing... Anyway, the cream! Thankfully it was as effective as I'd hoped because it left my skin feeling smooth and soft, maybe a little brighter too.

It's not a miracle cream so if you're looking for something that will reduce wrinkles whilst brightening your skin and get rid of uneven skin tone AND reduce spots you should probably try a different moituriser. But as a fresh, summer moisturiser I'm really happy with it, especially as the smells good enough to eat.


26 May 2013

Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask

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REN, beauty, skincare, face mask, REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Mask

REN, beauty, skincare, face mask, REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Mask

For the last couple of weeks, my skin has been acting like it's 2004 and I'm a greasy teenager again, with breakouts, oily skin and red patches all over my face. I'm trying to keep on top of it, but I think it's just my body being absolutely exhausted from working a lot and not having any time to relax, so I've made a point to try and chill out this bank holiday weekend and even thought I'm getting up at stupid o'clock in the morning anyway, at least I'll stay in bed and watch a couple of episodes of Supernatural. It's my down time, let it go...

Anyway, as part of my SOS (Save Our Skin) routine, I've been using the REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask which the lovely REN sent me a sample of. I'm a fan of the brand, I think they're products work well and last for a long time. This mask is to be used once a week and has been designed specifically for clogged pores, dull or mature skin as it has Glycolic Acid which gently cleanser and dissolves dirt, whilst breaking bonds with old skin cells which allows your skin to renew and be brighter.

It was probably after the second try that I really noticed the difference in my skin tone which looked even, and just the way my skin felt - really fresh and clean. It's become my must have Sunday evening pamper item, and I'm definitely going to purchase the full size once my sample runs out.

Have you tried the Glycolactic Peel Mask? What did you think?


23 May 2013

Real Techniques.

It was only a matter of time before I gave into the hype and invested in a set of Real Techniques brushes. The amount of praise I have heard from vloggers, read reviews online and been bombarded by tweets, I was  interested to see what set these brushes apart from every other brand. I have used makeup brushes for years now, and my collection was mixed from value brushes from H&M more upmarket and animal friendly ones from The Body Shop, and they did a pretty good job. So, what made such a difference between a brush for £2.99 vs a brush at £12?

I bought the Core Collection set which comes with 4 brushes and a travel case which easily transforms into a stand (handy!). The brushes make up everything you would need to create the perfect base: pointed foundation brush, buffing brush, contour brush and detailer brush. The foundation brush is perfect for applying liquid foundation which is what I would normally use and it has ultra soft bristles. I have used it several times and I would rate the application of the foundation more or less the same as my other brushes, however the soft bristles make such a huge difference in the way the brush feels, it didn't irritate or prod my skin at all. Because it's quite small and pointed, the brush gets into the corners of your nose and other hard to reach areas easily, which gives it a thumbs up! I then use the detailer brush for my concealer, because it's so tiny and easy to use - it can also be used to apply lipstick for a better finish and long lasting results. But my most favourite experience was the buffing brush: use it to apply powder and also mineral foundation. I used it with my powder and I was quite amazed with the results - flawless, soft, even coverage. It made my skin look really soft too, and almost airbrushed. This by far was the best brush for me, it is now my holy grail of brushes and I swear by it. Even if my foundation looks dull and uneven, enter the Buffing Brush and suddenly it's all glowing and even! I then finish with the contour brush which is used for highlighters, the pointed and rounded shape of this brush makes it perfect for applying the product onto your cheekbones and on the arch of your brow.

I also bought the stippling brush which has been reviewed by some of my favourite bloggers. I watched the video by Samantha Chapman, the creator of Real Techniques, and it truly is the one brush you do need as it applies everything from liquid foundation to powder blushes. It's easy to use, soft on the skin and creates a flawless, airbrushed finish.

The verdict? I'd recommend the brushes to anyone who asks. It's a small investment into your skin and a promise to look the best you can look, with the added benefit of quick and mess free makeup application.


22 May 2013

Benefit Full Finish Lipstick.

Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in No Competition £13

Last winter, I have been looking around for a nice plum colour to wear and I came pretty close with a Bloom lipstick (which later on was not that great as the colour faded quite quickly) and a Models Own (which was great but very, very dark). I know it's not the trendiest lip colour going at the moment, but I think plums will be making a comeback so for any of you who are thinking of grabbing a darker lip colour, look no further than this.

At Christmas (I know, months ago!) I got this lipstick as a present and prior to that I've only tried Benefit lipglosses, so I was really intrigued.

I loved how soft and creamy the Full Finish lipsticks are, they colour in your lips and keep them nourished without having to apply the lipstick over and over again in the space of an hour. Even though the shade is quite dark for me, I think it suits my paler complection and I like that it's creamy, so you can just dab it on the lips for a softer look.

I have to confess that this lipstick might end up in my drawer for a little while as I'm loving my corals at the moment, but I am looking forward to wearing it again once A/W 2013 happens.


20 May 2013

Late Night.

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Zara, outfit, summer style, 70's style, denim jacket, fashionfake, jumpsuit, Zara jumpsuit, printed floral jumpsuit

Zara, outfit, summer style, 70's style, denim jacket, fashionfake, jumpsuit, Zara jumpsuit, printed floral jumpsuit

Zara, outfit, summer style, 70's style, denim jacket, fashionfake, jumpsuit, Zara jumpsuit, printed floral jumpsuit

accessories, jewellery, rings, Topshop rings, Rock n Rose collar, Rock n Rose necklace

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Zara, shoes, high heels, Zara shoes, suede shoes,
playsuit Zara // denim jacket Warehouse // belt River Island // shoes Zara // silver collar Rock n Rose // rings Topshop

I know it's been a while since I last posted and I feel like I've been competely out of the loop in the world of bloggin for the past couple of weeks, but I'm back now and look forward to catching up with everyone!
I've just started a new job, which I'm really loving and it looks to be just the right daily challenge that I need so it's been keeping me on my toes in the best possible way. I've also been travelling around the south of England for work / play and I loved every second of it, but it does mean that I had little or no time at all to indulge in my little blog. Now that I'm getting used to my new routine, I'm back on track and full of new ideas! 

This outfit is currently one of my favourites and I wore it out on Saturday night (sorry about the chaos going on in the background, I've started a DIY project which makes that corner a temporary mess!) and I really loved it. I'm not the kind of girl to have 10 same style bodycon mini dresses in different colours, because that is the dress code of every girl in the town I currently live in, and I guess I just like to stand out in my outfits especially if we're on a girly night out!

I bought this jumpsuit from the Zara sale, and it is my favourite item in my wardrobe - it looks great paired with heels on a night out or with wedges and a big hat on sunny Saturdays. And I'm even thinking of teaming it with a blazer and black open toe courts to wear to the office. The best thing is that it's so comfortable and stylish, with the added 70's vibe which is perfect for the hot weather! Which we will have this summer, I've stopped taking no as an answer. 


14 May 2013

Models Own "Apple Pie" Fruit Pastel Polish.

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Models Own, Models Own nail polish, Apple Pie, Fruit Pastel Collection, Models Own Fruit Pastel

Models Own, Models Own nail polish, Apple Pie, Fruit Pastel Collection, Models Own Fruit Pastel

I jumped on the band wagon on pastel mint nails this spring, and my pick was the Models Own polish which intrigued me for ages, as it is "scented". I was really curious to see how this would work and if the quality of the polish would suffer at all, so I picked up the mint coloured "Apple Pie".

I love the colour, I think a pastel mint is so pretty and is right on trend this season, so thumbs up immediately. I think the Models Own polishes are very well priced at £5, the quality is great and they last me quite a while, and don't chip as easily as some other brands. Now, let's get to the "scented" part.

You can scratch and sniff the sticker on top of the polish, and this one is a very zingy apple scent, really fresh. This is the part you are free to laugh at: I thought the polish would be scented from the beginning as in you open the bottle and the fresh aroma of apples would drift out. When that didn't happen, I attempted to sniff the actual polish which did nothing more than leave me slightly light headed. So disheartened I started to paint my nails. The colour turned out great and after two coats I was pleased with it, and after finishing with a clear topcoat my nails were ready.

The next day, just as I gave up on the polish being scented, I brought my hand up close to my nose whilst snacking and I caught a fresh scent of apples. Stupid over here didn't realise that the scent comes after you paint your nails and I have to say it stayed there for a good 3-4 days after! I was so happy and pleased with my purchase after that :) So there, a little story of my scented nail polish crusade!

Have you tried the Models Own scented range? What did you think?

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