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23 Aug 2011

Guest Post: Current Favourites

Hey ladies!


I'm honoured to be guest blogging for Lauren Loves Blog today :) Today I'll be running down my top 10 fashion and beauty items of the month - don't forget to check out my blog if you like what you read!


Floral playsuits


I'm addicted to these! I seem to buy a new floral playsuit every summer! I bought this ditsy printed one from Apricot at New Look (LOVE that brand!) for under £20 recently. Here I've teamed mine with a tan satchel, tan gladiators and tortoiseshell wayfarers but I think they look really cute with a denim jacket as well :)


Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzer in Shade 51


I purchased this bronzer a couple of months ago after reading about it on loads of beauty blogs! Everyone raved about it as a Nars Laguna dupe and it certainly doesn't disappoint!


It's a very simple matte bronzer, but it's perfect for contouring! It suits my NC15 (aka very pale!) complexion seamlessly.


As you can see, it makes me look lovely and bronzed :) I chose the lighter shade, 51, as shade 52 looked slightly muddy and not something I could wear during the day. However, if you've got a darker complexion than me i.e. olive skin I would probably get shade 52 as it's more suited to you!


Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover


I might finally have found my holy grail eye make-up remover! As a contact lens wearer, and someone who wears a helluva lot of eye make-up, I've binned bottles and bottles of hopeless eye make-up remover! I have to choose something that's suitable for sensitive eyes as if I wake up with bits of eye-make still in my eyes it can rub off onto my contact lenses and cause them to sting! Ouch!


I've tried No7 (too greasy) and the Body Shop (stung my eyes) but this one appears to be top. You simply give it a good shake, pour some onto a cotton pad and wipe it over your eyes. It really does remove every last trace! I'd definitely give it a go if you haven't already :)


The Body Shop Cucumber Cleansing Milk



Speaking of removing make-up, I bought this cleansing milk back in May in my new skincare regime haul. What I'm most impressed with is how long it's lasted. I'm about half way through the bottle and it's now August, so I can imagine you will only need to buy this twice a year. It retails at £4 which is cheap enough as it is! It's such a bargain!


Now onto the product... I was worried it wouldn't suit my oily/combination skin as it's not oil-free, but it's lovely and soft and doesn't make my skin greasy AT ALL! It's got the mild scent of fresh cucumber but it just does the job so well, again with a little squirt onto a cotton pad. I'm so pleased I found this product as it saves me SO much money! I've heard the Body Shop are discontinuing their Anita's Favourite range so I'll definitely be stocking up on this item!


Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation


I bought this foundation at the same time as the bronzer (above) as Bourjois was on a 3 for 2 offer in Superdrug! I'm soo glad I did! I read rave reviews about it on one of my fave bloggers' website, Bubblegarm, & as Muhsine is so beautiful I hoped the foundation would do the same for


Well, it's perfect. I bought it in the shade 72 Rose Clair which is the 2nd lightest shade. It's so light, fresh and buildable - it's the easiest foundation to apply in a rush!


It leaves you with a lovely, dewy glow! Perfect for the summer months, though I expect I'll need something a little heavier with the colder months approaching!


Jergens Aloe Soothing Body Moisturiser


I was lucky enough to win this in one of London Beauty Queen's competitions, but I would absolutely purchase it again! It's so light and refreshing, I use it especially before I apply self-tan as it's so quick to absorb! It moisturises your skin for the whole day, I love it!


Avon Planet Spa Dead Sea Minerals face mask


As I mentioned earlier, my skin is oily/combination... prone to spots basically! This face mask is a god send for me. It draws out all the dirt and impurities from my skin and leaves it feeling properly cleansed. I find mud masks work best on my skin and I really want to try the Sanctuary Spa one! I'll use this once a week, usually on Sunday when I've got some spare time :)


OPI Nail Envy base coat and Sally Hansen Diamond Shine top coat combo!


Now this is one of my ultimate favourite combinations EVER! I use it every time I paint my nails (which is very often!) The OPI Nail Envy (Original) is pretty pricey but lasts for AGES and it's the perfect base coat. It leaves your nails with a lovely shine as well so I often wear it on its own to give my nails a breather. It's available from ASOS!


The Sally Hansen top coat was a STEAL from Fragrance Direct but it's now unavailable so I get it from eBay instead! It's just amazing, it leaves your nails with a glossy shine and prevents them from chipping for AGES (3-4 days on average!) I don't know where I'd be without this nail combo!


Primark white linen blazer


Such a versatile item, I can throw this blazer on and feel 'done' :) It smartens up any outfit and goes with everything! It especially suits little playsuits and dresses! Now all I need is a pair of smart white linen shorts and I've got the short suit trend nailed!


and finally...


Green & Black's



Strictly not a fashion or beauty related item but as it contributes to my general overall well-being I'm sure Lauren won't mind ;)


I'm absolutely in love with this stuff (the dark chocolate variety only, mind) - it's perfect for an evening chocolate craving. Which, believe me, is most evenings!


I've just bought the Cherry and Hazelnut & Currant variations and they are DIVINE! :) stock up people!


That's it for this time, don't forget to check out my blog, Style by Sophia :)


Thanks Lauren!





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