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29 Jul 2014

Outfit Post: Rosey skirt for summery days

I love the summer! I've been bursting to get out every day, even just in the garden, to sit in the sun and eat ice lollies!

My summery outfit today is a floral midi skirt in rose print from ASOS - £30, black short sleeve crop top from New Look - £6.99, and sandals from Accessorize. The lollies are Waitrose Valencia orange and they are amazing! What a treat at £2.49 for 4


27 Jul 2014

Rhodesian Handbag Competition for Charity

A little while ago I blogged about a Charity 10k walk I'm doing with my Mum in 2 weeks for Marie Curie. Mum lost both her parents (my nanny and poppa) to cancer recently and Marie Curie was amazing at caring for them and helping the whole family through a really painful and challenging time. 

The gorgeous ladies at Rhodesian of Edinburgh caught wind of this and being incredibly generous, they have offered one of their beautiful satchels for a reader to win with proceeds going to Marie Curie for our charity walk! 

This satchel is the Jasmine in pale blue. It's a beautiful small satchel, perfect for the summer. Made by artisan leather crafters, this British-made satchel is unique in that it is wider than a traditional satchel, meaning you can store more suncream, lippies and other things in your bag whilst you go for your travels. It's worth over £100! 

Recognise the model too? This is beautiful Bethany Townsend, the model who became famous recently for posting a bikini photo wearing her colostomy bags, modelling the actual satchel you could win! 

So how can you win this beautiful, unique, £100 designer satchel? We're holding a raffle! 

What you need to do it head over to the Rhodesian of Edinburgh website and click collection. At the bottom of the page is the link to the raffle (or click here for a shortcut). All you do is buy a raffle ticket for £2.50 with all the money going to Marie Curie, and you will get a strip of 5 raffle numbers emailed to you by the Rhodesian team. Entries close at midnight on Friday 8th August, and the winner will be announced on Saturday 9th August, the day of my walk! That means for only £2.50 you have the chance to win yourself a Rhodesian of Edinburgh satchel! You can also enter as many times as you like to increase your chances of winning! 

Please note, you must be within the UK to enter or you will be charged a postage fee by the site automatically. 

Here's my Teddy sitting in my Rhodesian to tempt you! Good luck ladies and please dig deep to help me with my charity walk and to potentially win a beautiful handbag! 


Outfit of the day: Coral Shorts

It's been super hot and sunny! After spending a week in a hot office, I've been dreaming of going out in shorts. Thank god for ASOS's next day delivery! 

I'm wearing meadow flower lace hem shell top from Topshop £36, Coral Tailored shorts from ASOS £18 and some old, gold flip flops from Peacocks! 

Obviously Tiny Teddy need to get in on the action 

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15 Jul 2014

Review: BIC Soleil Secret Shaver and Trimmer

Shaving - it's not really a glam topic for a fashion and beauty blog is it? But as much as many of us want to spread the rumour that we naturally have smooth legs and underarms (as well as the rumour that we don't sweat, and yes we naturally are this blonde and tanned... ignore the biscuit smell), it's a fact of life that many of us spend hours of our lives shaving away unwanted hair. So... with that in mind, here's a review of a razor. 

This is the BIC Soleil Secret shaver and trimmer - a normal razor but with a graded bikini trimming attachment. Now I feel very awkward reviewing a razor which is designed for bikini lines so bear with me if that comes across! 

In the pack, you get two normal disposable razors in a beautiful glittery pink, and a trimmer attachment which slides over the normal shaving head. 

The razors are standardly good for BIC Soleil range - I have always enjoyed using these razors and find they never cut me (unlike the cheapies) as they have three blades in a head that moves with your body rather than a really mean rusty blade which hacks into your legs. There is also a strip infused with vitamin E to reduce irritation

The attachment when used trims hair down to 2mm, using a guide like men's electric shavers. This means it neatens up hairs in the bikini area ready for bikini season, allowing you to "sculpt" your hair into whatever daring or conservative style you want! 

Overall, if you're prepping for holiday or love swimming every week and you're looking for a good razor with a bikini line trimming option, this is something to definitely look into. Also for lovers of waxing, this could get you through the in-between waxing growth stage. (That's the awkward bit done I think).

These are normally £3.99, but at the moment they are on offer in Boots for £1.99 so snap some up for your holidays! 

10 Jul 2014

Review: Ayurveda Pura skincare

This is a long delayed post! Apologies.

A long while ago, I was sent some samples of Ayurveda Pura skincare. A bit of history: Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system which holistically promoted health and wellbeing through yoga, meditation and alternative medicine. In line with this, initially you fill in a questionnaire to find out what your "type" is and then choose the skincare that matches. 

I tried the Daily Replenish Face Cream which is from the "Pitta" range for normal/sensitive skin.

The moisturiser contains Aloe Vera, Almond, Peach and Essential Oils of Rose, Neroli and Orange and states it is completely natural and handmade. This means it has quite a strong smell, but not overpowering. It reminded me of the smell of being at a spa, which must be a lovely reminder if you go to the Ayurveda spa. 

The moisturiser was really thick but sunk in very quickly. I found myself applying more than normal as my skin absorbed it so quickly. I found later in the day however, my makeup was slipping down and gathering around my nose which isn't usual so I wonder if it didn't react well to my oily skin. 

Overall, this moisturiser is really lovely for people who want natural skin products and maybe particularly for people who don't wear foundation as it gives a nice level of moisture without looking greasy. It's available for £29.13.

I also tried the Revitalising Body Lotion  for all skin types

This body lotion contains mandarin, juniper berry and lavender. It helps keep skin moisturised and toned and does sink in really nicely into my hands and legs. For me, again the smell was quite strong and I had to wash my hands after a while, but the formula was nice and if you like natural products but miss them having a smell this could be a good product for you. This cream is £16.63

9 Jul 2014

Teddy the Puppy

The last weekend of June, Sam and I brought home our little puppy Teddy! Teddy is a miniature pinscher and he's absolutely adorable. You'll probably be bored of him if you're on my instagram.

He's gorgeous, a complete handful, and I'm exhausted but in love. I am also looking forwards to when he gets the hang of house training.


8 Jul 2014

Review: Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup Foundation

Last week I was out shopping with my Mum and she took me to the Clinique lady in John Lewis. She was buying all her favourite products when I mentioned I'd like a new foundation. At this point, the sales person whisked me up into a chair, allowed me to complain about my skin and what I would want from my ideal foundation, and then pulled out this product

This is Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, a gel-textured foundation created for combination to very oily skin which gives a sheer to moderate finish. There are a huge range of colours (around 20) and the one I chose was "2 - alabaster" which is in the "very fair" range. Even with my super-pale skintone this blends in really well

The foundation is packaged in a squeezy tube so it's easy to get the perfect amount (compared to a pump) and doesn't get all germy. I applied a small dot to my hand and then used a foundation brush to apply on recommendation from the Clinique lady. 

I chose to apply it quite thin - I prefer a sheer look. This is the result without any extra concealer. As you can see it makes my skin look really fresh but not very chalky matte like other matte foundations I have tried . It feels very light compared to other foundations and hasn't caused me to have a breakout with daily use. 

I didn't find it clung to any dry patches, although it did still melt around the creases by my nose by the end of the day so I had to re-apply for a night out after work.

The overall verdict - really impressed. I haven't tried a mattefying foundation which gives such a lovely glow and I haven't broken out because of it which is also something I've never experienced (hence why I did this disgusting and horribly embarrassing blog post about giving up foundation for 2 weeks around 2 years ago). This foundation is £22.50 from Clinique which seems like a good price for a lovely product  and I will definitely buy hundreds more! 


7 Jul 2014

Sponsored Video: Benefit "They're Real" Push Up Liner

As you can probably work out from the posts and hundreds of photos, I'm a huge fan of liquid eyeliner and love trying out new brands, formulas and innovative applicators.

Recently Benefit created They're Real! push up liner which is a matte, gel eyeliner which applies to hug your lashes and create an easy cat eye flick

In the video above, it shows a girl arrested and applying it using handcuffs in the back of a police car - I guess demonstrating how easy it is to apply!

So what's special about this eyeliner? It's longwearing, waterproof, and the shape of the nib means it hugs the lash line to give a really neat effect, with a flat tip to draw on a flick easily and symmetrically. The gel comes out the middle of the liner pen and you twist it to get the gel out. 

It looks really easy to use for even liquid eyeliner novices and I'm really interested to try one. 

This launch goes with the Benefit They're Real mascara which is a hugely lengthening and volumising mascara. Teamed together to create super impact eyes, this liner is set to be as bold and best selling as the They're Real mascara. 

If you then head to the facebook page you can enter a competition to win a stay in an old prison and loads of freebies from Benefit! I entered here and you have to follow a quick game to be in with a chance of winning.

and you can join too

This video was sponsored but I think it's an awesome new product to try!

6 Jul 2014

Review: Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Skincare. Cleanser, Moisturizer and Eye Cream

A few weeks ago I was sent some items from the Perricone MD range for sensitive skin. This hypoallergenic range promises lovely skincare without the fear of breakouts and rashes for those of us who tend to suffer

In this review, I will be discussing the Gentle Cleaner, Firming Eye Cream and Nourishing Moisturizer.

The Perricone MD Gentle Cleanser is a mild face wash without the detergents that sensitive skin is normally allergic too (you know the ones, that make your face feel really tight and hot after washing).

Firstly, the packaging. This cleaner comes in a beautiful glass bottle with pump lid. The cleaner has no special smell, but looks and smells a little like olive oil. This is probably because it's made from olive polyphenols and gently removes makeup and dirt. 

The product applies nicely and is quite unusual in the gel-consistency. You dampen your face, then massage the gel in. As you add water and massage, the gel turns cloudy white but doesn't foam in the traditional sense. Then wash it off thoroughly and unveil clear skin without redness. 

It doesn't contain any parabens or nasties to be allergic to. I know it's really challenging for people who have sensitive skin to swap and use something new so I was very scared when I tried this but I haven't had any reaction and have noticed my skin is makeup free and feels nourished after washing. 

This product is £35 which may seem quite a lot, but this product is really lovely and will last a long time. I only need 1-2 pumps in the morning and evening. It's available from Perricone MD

The Perricone MD Nourishing Moisturizer is another item in the hypoallergenic range. It is created to sooth angry skin, reduce wrinkles and plump

Again the moisturizer comes in a glass container, but this time it's a jar. I'm not normally ok with jars as I don't like dipping my fingers in to products as it could spread bacteria, but this comes with a little spatula allowing you to scoop the right amount out. 

The product goes a long way, I need a tiny pea size to cover my whole face and neck. The product itself is very thick and rich which initially put me off as I have oily skin already. I applied it the first time and freaked out at how shiny my skin looked, but after a couple of minutes it had sunk in really well and I had dewy, glowing skin. It was a big step away from my normal oil-minimising moisturizers which mattify, but after reading how much Caroline Hirons dislikes them and that they actually cause drying and distressed skin, I thought I would give it a chance. 

Throughout the day, my skin remained dewy but didn't slip into greasy and frightening. My skin felt very smooth and I haven't had any signs of allergy. It costs a huge amount of money (think anywhere between £40 to £60 from my googling) but it you are at your wits end with your sensitive skin I think this is an amazing investment. I know when I buy my next jar I will definitely not be confessing to anyone how much it costs, but it will last long enough for you to save for it!)

Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream - this eye cream promises to be gentle enough to use even after cosmetic surgery and to sooth eyes it uses olive polyphenols and neuropeptides (unsure how to explain this one, and I have a degree in neuroscience...) 

This product didn't get me as excited as the others. I don't seem to struggle with sensitivity around the eyes though and can use any old eye cream so that might bias me. This cream feels very similar to the moisturizer but in a smaller jar. It again has a little spatula to scoop with and a tiny bit goes a huge way. In my opinion, for the price of £53, this is not a product I would buy. 

Overall - I absolutely love the moisturizer and the cleanser. The products may seem pricey to you, but for people with sensitive skin these are a brilliant investment. My skin is so clear and smooth at the moment and I can see old scars fading away thanks to the injection of gentle moisture. My skin under my foundation is really glowing and I would definitely buy these (but then hide the receipt from my boyfriend). A big treat but very worth it


4 Jul 2014

Personal Post: Walking for Marie Curie

This is a strange and personal post but I would love your support which is why I am sharing. I know it is not in my usual style so I hope I don't offend anyone.

In the last 2 years I lost my maternal grandparents - Nanny and Poppa - who my family miss dearly. My Poppa died last month, and the help of Macmillan, Marie Curie and Weldmar Hospices allowed both their last days to be full of love, support and surrounded by family. 

In honour of them, my mum and I are doing the Hampshire Walk Ten - a 10km walk in the New Forest for Marie Curie who care for people at the end of their lives. I am hoping to raise £180 to pay for a full shift for a nurse caring for someone in need.

So please, if you have any money and are feeling generous, donate something to my Just Giving Page. Maybe donate the cost of your sandwich, the amount you were going to spend on a mascara or something? I know walking 10k isn't a huge mission but for my Mum and I it will be a huge experience and we really hope to make a difference. There is also a link in my sidebar. Please help me support Marie Curie to give families the peace and care we got. 

1 Jul 2014

Review: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Like many of you, I got this month's Glamour magazine and was drawn in by the freebie - an Eyeko skinny eyeliner. Eyeko are a brand I haven't used in a long time since their pink packaging days so I was interested to try this felt-tip pen/eyeliner. 

As the eyeliner has the felt tip nib, it made applying eyeliner really easy in a variety of widths. The colour was great - it gives a really bold line without any fading as I have experienced previously with a Bourjois eyeliner

The result

This eyeliner gave a really lovely dark, crisp line and made application really easy. I've been using it recently as my go-to eyeliner and application has been much quicker in the mornings than with a gel eyeliner. Flicks are more easily drawn on so good for those who find symmetry challenging and the colour lasts all day without flaking or going dry. It does tend to get a "dull" look which you don't get with a more glossy gel eyeliner so will look quite dry towards the end of the day.

The eyeliner is definitely worth buying Glamour for, and it comes in Navy blue. If you have missed all the magazines, they are also available from Eyeko for £12.
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