29 November 2013

What's In My Makeup Bag: A Weekend Away




As some of you who follow me on Twitter will know, I've been away on a very long weekend away to Scotland and I've just got back from it! I asked you on Twitter if you guys would like to see what makeup and skincare products I will take with me on the trip and so many of you said yes - so here are my favourite picks!

This was my first weekend away with the new man in my life so as much as I wanted my skin to relax and get clearer in the fresh air, I also wanted it to look good. In my previous posts I mentioned that I'm really paranoid about my skin as I used to suffer with really aggressive acne when I was a little teen so any blemish or spot can now push me over the edge and make me really miserable. So, I picked natural and pure products to get the best of both worlds - allow my skin to breathe and get the smooth coverage which will make me feel happy and confident.

I'm absolutely in love with the Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment and I know it's got mixed reviews as a lot of people raise concerns over coverage during the night BUT it's an absolute treat and doesn't damage my skin or clog my pores in any way. I love the fact that I can still have a little bit of coverage after taking my makeup off which is a massive bonus to anyone who is a little self conscious. To carry on with the mineral makeup theme, I took my Bare Mineral Original Foundation with me as it's a very light foundation which allows skin to breathe and doesn't clog up pores, as well as providing an almost airbrushed coverage. It's so quick and easy to apply, just buff it on with a brush (I use my Sigma F82 Round Kabuki*) and voila! Use a little bit of blusher on top, or if you're out walking all day just count on your cheeks getting rosy the natural way.

I think good and clear skin is the most important when going for the natural, minimal makeup look so once you've got that down it's up to you if you want to top up with mascara/lip stain or anything else. I used Premae Harmony Smoothie Serum as a moisturiser and primer as I find it's really good for my skin, creates a good base for foundations/BB's and smells delicious. To depuff my in-front-of-the-computer eyes I used Origins GinZing eye cream which is good, but I wouldn't rate it top of my eye cream list - it's quite shiny so it helps make eyes look brighter but to me it doesn't necessarily depuff eyes. But I'm using it at the moment anyway! And finish creating the bright eyed look by Phwoarr Paint - the holy grail of under eye concealer. For the price of your weekday lunch, this product is an absolute winner and I will recommend it to anyone.

I finished off the look with a coat of mascara just to elongate the lashes and I was happy that this makeup look will take me through the entire day. If you are planning a weekend away in the countryside, there is nothing better than having minimal makeup and also in a number of weather conditions the last thing you want is a face full of makeup which will make you look like a distressed panda by the end of the day.

What are your must have items for a weekend away? Is there a cult product you have to take every time?



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19 November 2013

Panache Sports Bra Review

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In this weeks Lazy Girls Guide To Getting and Staying Fit I wanted to talk to you guys about the right support when exercising on land (we covered swimming last week). I have worked in a luxury underwear store just after uni, so I know that right support is really important day to day, and when it comes to exercising. I have been ridiculous before and wore my daily bras to go running in and OK, lets face it I'm not exactly the shape of a Page 3 model - it's only recently I started looking more like a woman than a teenage boy in terms of my body shape! So I can get away with wearing less coverage items, however I am now converted to sports bras for exercise.

I really wanted to do this fitness thing properly and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Panache Sport bra which is what celebs like Abbey Clancey and Deborah Meaden wore during this seasons Strictly Come Dancing. The sport bras looked really comfy and stylish, there's a whole range of colours to choose from so you can ensure it goes well with your gym kit! The sizes come in a range of B to H cups, so if you've been blessed with a bigger bust you can get a pick too! I know a lot of bras stop at a certain size, mainly a DD and when I worked for the lingerie retailer I always had comments from ladies who couldn't find their size - I even had to get in touch with head office once to let them know of the huge demand for bigger sizes!

I was really looking forward to trying out the product and seeing if it makes a difference in comfort so during my next run I got my Panache on! At first it felt more like a sports top as it feels like a lot more coverage than my usual CK under garments so already I felt more comfortable to move around and not accidentally pop out. Of course I layered up to go out as I like running in the country side and enjoying the scenery (catch my running post next week in my series of Lazy Girls Guide To Getting and Staying Fit!), but I would have styled this bra (yes, you can still look stylish whilst getting fit) with a baggy vest top to keep you cool and covered. You can also do exercise which requires you to be upside down like pole fitness or gymnastics (I'm not a pro of either but I was curios so I did a headstand to see how the bra would feel) and it will keep your shape!

The Panache Sport bra gives you a great deal of support in terms of moving around and stops you from bouncing: does exactly what it says on the label really! I felt very comfortable whilst running and stretching about - but never restricted. The verdict on this product is that this is your best friend when it comes to exercising: in a variety of colours to choose from and technically adequate gives the Panache Sport bra major kudos from someone who wants to feel comfy and look good whilst working out. I also have to admit, I end up wearing it whilst I'm lounging around the house before going out running or popping to the gym!

Do you have a favourite brand of sport wear that you swear by for comfort and style?


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17 November 2013

Hair Extensions at Pauls Hair World

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When I was 17, I had the most unfortunate incident at a famous hair salon where my pride and joy, my long blonde locks, got chopped into a rather hideous bob after asking to have a "trim". My hair went from reaching my belly to barely touching my shoulders - can you imagine the horror, the tears and the pure rage I experience when the stylist decided to experiment with my hair and the first strand was chopped... It was horrifying. Just horrifying. So I absolutely had to get my hair back and the only way to do so was to embrace hair extensions. Ever since my first set of extensions, I have loved the concept - there are so many colours and styles to choose from, and if done properly or if you just fancy clip in extensions there is no damage to your hair.

I love finding out about the latest hair products and companies which offer solutions to different hair types and I was made aware of easy to use clip in hair extensions from Pauls Hair World. Clip in extensions are so easy to use and can be  worn when you need them like events and nights out and keep for ages because you don't have to constantly wash, condition and treat them. I have actually been thinking of investing in some clip in extensions because for some reason my hair has decided it will now stop growing, and I would like it to be a little longer than what it is now.

Another item which has been a hit in the hair world are the funky, dip dye hair extensions which match to your own hair and are perfect because a lot of people I know have opted for the dip dye trend which of course then limited them to buying hair extensions. Celebrities like Lauren Conrad, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore and Ciara have all jumped on the band wagon, as well as bloggers and trend watchers/enthusiasts.

Hair extensions are constantly on a fine line of looking amazing and tacky so take care when buying extensions and I would suggest invest in a good and trusted brand of fake hair to ensure you are looking more red carpet than road kill. Take care of your extensions and ensure they look healthy and nourished, and invest in a new pair if they start too look like rat tails.

What do you guys think of hair extensions? Would you wear them or do you prefer to go natural?

*This was a kindly sponsored post.


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Fudge Urban Hair Chalk Review

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Fudge Urban hair chalks in Purple and White, both £5.99

I have always wanted to test out different hair colours like pastel pinks and purples, but never had the guts to try out dye as well as worrying about how a semi permanent bright hair colour would go down with the agency I worked with. I have thought about hair chalks for a while, but some of them come with warning that the chalks might stain light hair, so again I was a little bit of a coward when it came to trying them out. But when I spotted these Fudge Urban hair chalks in Superdrug, I decided to give them a go as hair chalks sounded like a perfect temporary solution.

The Fudge Urban hair chalks are easy to apply and when you get a bright colour, you can turn it into pastel by using the white chalk - so I picked up the purple and white chalks to create a pastel purple colour. After washing and styling hair how you want it, simply rub the chalk into strands of hair and rub in using fingertips. Remember to place a towel on your shoulders so the chalk that's flaking doesn't land on your clothes. I started with the purple and concentrated on the ombre in my hair, then I rubbed in the white chalk but left some strands brighter than the others to create different shades. Then spray some hairspray to lock in the chalk and you're ready! The colour lasts all night/day and doesn't come off if you sleep with the colour after you've locked it in with hairspray, however I haven't been caught in the rain with it yet so I cannot comment on that!

It's a great way to experiment with different hair colours and there are a variety of different chalks to choose from including pink, blue and red so everyone can have a pick. I really recommend this if you have a job which restricts you to how you look but you would like a more daring hair style for the weekend/festival or if you're not ready to commit to a brighter semi permanent hair colour.

Have you tried hair chalks before? What did you guys think?

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11 November 2013

Healthy Self: Swimming

Lazy Girl Guide To Getting Fit: Swimming
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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned on Twitter that I had this idea of doing a series of posts on how to get fit  and keep fit on a budget and if you're a little bit like me - prefer to take easy ways out, especially when it comes to workouts. Although I am naturally slim (god bless fast metabolism) I would like to add some tone and definition to my body because I know it has the potential to be athletic if I just put the work in, and actually I feel really great after a hardcore workout, I just have troubles leaving the couch behind (especially during winter). So every Monday for the next three months I will be gracing you with a fitness related post whether it is an exercise post, a recipe or an accessory!

I'll start with something that everyone can enjoy in any weather without breaking the bank. We can already eliminate one excuse from indulging in this activity and that is weather. Most sport centers will have an indoor swimming pool and a sauna/steam room to enjoy after your workout. We can also push away the excuse of not having any "equipment" as the only things you'll need will be a swimming costume, a towel, a pair of goggles and if you have luscious locks - a swimming cap. Chlorine can damage hair by drying it out, and also turn your beautiful dye job into a rainbow from a horror film if you're a regular swimmer, so just make sure you protect your hair and wash it after a swimming session. You can wear any type of swimwear for a swimming session, but I would advise getting a well fitted swimming costume to avoid any "slips" or other mishaps - there is a great range of swimming costumes from Zoggs where you can find a style that you will like and that suits your body shape.

Anyone can enjoy swimming, from youngsters to the more mature populations and it doesn't matter if you're a beginner at water fitness or a pro swimmer because there's areas for everyone - just please stick to the shallow end if you're not a confident swimmer! I'm not great mainly because I hate putting my head underwater so I do laps but I stick my head up, don't question it - I've worked out how to do it! So just swim how you're comfortable swimming, or join a swimming group for beginners to get skills and confidence. There's a variety  of swimming groups like mother and baby, mature groups, beginners and different ability groups and it's a great way to get social as well as fit!

The NHS says that a 30 minute of moderate to intense swimming activity on 1+ days a week will count towards you recommended weekly activity, as well as having a number of benefits which includes not only getting toned but also general health like reducing the risk of a heart attack, stroke or type 2 diabetes.

Pros +: Swimming is a great way to tone every part of your body. When I do laps, I feel the burn in my stomach, legs and arms which are all parts of my body I want to concentrate on. It's great to do on a budget because a session costs around £3-4 and I am doing 2 sessions a week so that works out to £8, depending on your gym it might be more or less. Weather is not an excuse as most sport  centers will have an indoor swimming pool. It's also enjoyable with friends, a little bit of healthy competition and you can push each other to do better, then relax and have a catch up in the sauna!

Cons - : It can damage you hair unless you gear up with a swimming cap and conditioner, and unless you swimming costume covers the majority of your body you need to get prepped for a swimming session i.e ensure you're not channeling a gorilla before you turn up to the pool. Also, it still costs something so it could be beaten by other, free, activities.

Verdict: There's definitely more pros than cons for this fitness activity and in the winter the fact this activity is not weather dependent is a massive pro! I'll be doing 2 swimming sessions a week, are you guys on board? Did you enjoy my first post of the Lazy Girls Guide To Getting and Staying Fit series?




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10 November 2013

Unhappily Ever After: Wonsuponatime Halloween Party

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Last week me and my friend Mickey attended the Wonsuponatime Unhappily Ever After party in Leicester Square. I was really excited to see the girls again, and meet more of the talented designers who make up the Wonsuponatime family, so we got our costumes together (it was also my main Halloween event as I was having a quiet movie night on the 31st so I really wanted to dress up): Mickey went as a dead Little Red Riding Hood and I portrayed the hunter who unfortunately couldn't save the day and got shredded to pieces.
The event was full of excitement - I caught up with the gorgeous Sarah and Emily from Wonsuponatime, Mickey got her makeup done like a dead doll, and whilst waiting for her I met the lovely Seraphina from Little Miss Lifestyle! It was great to chat about blogging and find out about her blog and what  inspired her. We then enjoyed a DJ set by Zoe from The London Lipgloss who was really chatty and lovely! It was really great to meet a blogger who I have been following for ages, and talking of bloggers who I've met I also bumped into Ella Masters and Jayme OC for the second event in a row and they are just the best! I've been following their blogs for absolute ages and they're such fun and lovely girls.
The jewellery displays of delicate and stunning pieces from the latest collections of the designers were beautiful! Here are some of my favourite designers, collections and pieces from Wonsuponatime:

Annabelle Lucilla displayed her delicate oriental inspired design, with the key piece for me being the peacock earrings which are absolutely incredible! Annabelle takes her illustrations and turns them into detailed designs so what you see has been carefully drawn by the designer herself, and then transferred into metallic jewellery.

It was great to catch up with the beautiful Yasmin Everley, who was dressed as a skeleton and with a full face of paint it took me a little while to recognize her! (I'm such a bright spark, I know...) I admired the stunning spider ring and beetle cocktail rings. Yasmin also had these lollies which entrapped real life scorpions and ants, of course all edible! I still have my scorpion lolly, which I really want to try and I will soon! I've never eaten bugs before. It was great to catch up with her!

Rosie Sanders was an absolute sweetheart to meet and I loved hearing about her latest collection as the renaissance theme stood out. The delicate Neoclassical Couture pieces have got the attention of celebrities such as Nicole Scherzinger and Jessie J and will be seen gracing the bodies of smart, strong business minded women (at least how I see the collection worn) not to exclude the beautiful ladies who lunch. I adore the Harlequin ring from the Renaissance Rebel Pt One collection which is inspired by the first It Girl, Madame de Pompadour, it would look beautiful worn with a bodycon LBD and voluminous sleek hair do.

I also met Momo of Momocreatura who was absolutely lovely! I first saw her collection at LFW and quickly became intrigued by what inspired Momo to create beautiful, yet controversial pieces. She told us that her current collection was like a trip to the forest - when you glance around everything looks cute and fluffy, but if you look closely these things can turn out to be dark and gory. She also gave me a little dead bunny ornament which I have put on a chain and wear as a necklace! I was absolutely over the moon :)

Only Child creates beautiful, space inspired pieces adored by celebrities such as Cara Delevigne and Jaime Winston. Her asteroid bracelets and necklaces are truly out of this world pieces, and would look amazing with a cocktail dress as well as dressed down with skinny jeans and a t-shirt! It might seem like a splurge, but it's really an investment into jewellery future.

One of my favourite pieces came from Reo Jewels: the feather necklace held together by delicate claws. The designer was inspired by the cycle of birth, survival and death which can be seen in the enchanting, wildlife inspired collection.

I'll wrap this mega post up by saying it was a wonderful and educating event to attend, by meeting the designers you get to know the jewellery you buy and hear about the story you're wearing.


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7 November 2013

Rimmel Stay Blushed! Review

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 I am obsessed with blushers. I cannot not wear blusher, I think it adds life to your face and brings out the other colours you have applied, and the colour of your eyes is enhanced by the right blusher – a makeup look can be as simple as dewy skin and a slight blush.
I got this Rimmel Stay Blushed! Cheek tint from a recent Glossybox which I get delivered every month, seriously one of the best ways to discover new brands and products and ensure your makeup drawer is never empty. This colour is the Stay Blushed cheek tint in 004 Sunkissed Cherry and it’s a nice coral/orange hue. I usually prefer blushers like these in the summer with a light tan but I found that this works in the colder months too as it flushes cheeks in a strong contrast.
This is a cream tint so don’t go over the top with application as it can be rather bright and bold – instead slowly build it up with a good application brush (I use Real Techniques Stippling Brush). This cheek tint brings out the colour in green eyes, I line mine with a dark brown liner to really exaggerate the colour of mine.
I found the Rimmel Stay Blushed! cheek tint has good pigmentation, lasts a long time and is easy to use as you can build up how strong you want the colour to be. Once in a while Rimmel bring out a winning product – my favourite will always be the Apocalipse glosses – but this isn’t far behind.
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5 November 2013

House of Holland Nails Review

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I first came across these House of Holland nail art application kits in the Style Lounge at London Fashion Week and shamefully my nails were looking a little chipped that day so I perched with one of the Elegant Touch assistants to get my nails looking geek chic (you can see the photos of my geeky cartoon nails on my Instagram). I absolutely loved the quirky design and how quickly and easily she applied them, so I took note of the product and went on a hunt.
I actually stumbled across the application kits in Boots and you always find great offers in there, plus the points on a Boots card add up! So I picked up the Classy Nude kit which is perfect for a subtle, everyday look especially if you have to keep your hands looking neat, however I have to warn you that the nails are mega long. Like Lana Del Rey style long, so you might have to file them down to be a little more "hands on". The second kit is called Get Nailed and it comes with stick on letters so you can create your own hashtags and sayings, well of course that will be within a 10 character limit!
The nails were really easy to apply. the glue holds them on your nails for about 7 days, and then they start to come off, so it might be worth to either remove them all or carry the glue with you for a quick fix.

I really like the kits because of how easy it is to apply the nails, they last a while and come in an array of designs. They don't damage the nails like some other nail kits do, which is a big bonus. I'd recommend the kits to anyone who isn't 100% confident with nail application kits, the way they are cut fits most nail sizes too.
Have any of you tried the House of Holland nail kits? What did you think?


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3 November 2013

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint Review


Some of the more affordable high street makeup brands have been bringing out absolute gems over the last few months – or maybe they’ve been there all along and we just haven’t noticed? Whatever the case is, a couple of months ago I fell in love with Collections Lasting Performance Concealer (review of which you can read here) and recently I tried Seventeens Phwoar Paint Under Eye Concealer which is just awesome. It’s a rather thick concealer and it aimed specifically to cover the dark circles and shadows which are common for us hard workers or hardcore partyers - if you’re both, I salute you. I get them quite bad because I predominantly work with a computer and am on electronics most of the day and night, so for me a decent cover up is essential. I have tried some more expensive concealers from well known brands but they didn’t do much for me, and at a bargain £5.49 this bad boy is like Superman coming to save the day.
Because of the thick coverage, apply Phwoar Paint with a brush and build up the desired coverage. I find that after about an hour it does clump under my eye in that silly little line, but once I buff that in, I don’t tend to have any issues throughout the day. Although I’ve only had it a week or so, I can see this tub lasting quite a while because you really don’t need to apply a lot – it’s high coverage enough as it is!
I do prefer this bargain buy to some of the more expensive ones I’ve tried in the recent weeks which for me just proves that just because a beauty brand has a big name and reputation, it doesn’t make it the best. Phwoar Paint concealer is just over £5 and for me does everything I want it to do – winner!
PS sorry about my thumb print in the concealer image, I couldn’t resist giving it a go! J

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