30 August 2013

Topshop Glow in Polished | Review





Topshop Glow in Polished - £9

Topshop Glow is a lovely cream-based highlighter. 'Polished' appears to be a pale gold/white shade, which is different to other highlighters I own (which tend to be more pink).

It adds a gorgeous shimmer and is very pigmented - I only need to use a tiny amount on my cheekbones to achieve my desired look and for it to catch the light. It's easy to apply as it blends in well on top of your foundation. However, it's a bit messy to apply with your fingertips (and I can only imagine how much of a nightmare it will be to get the product out of the pot once it's running low)!

I love this highlighter, and I think it will work really well when I'm (hopefully) nice and tanned next month due to the shade of it! It lasts most of the day too, which is perfect. I'm just not looking forward to when I have to struggle to get the last bit of product out of the pot!

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27 August 2013

If the feeling’s right, then raise your glass | Outfit






Kimono: Primark | Bandeau top: New Look | Shorts: Topshop | Shoes: Office | Hat: Urban Outfitters

I'm not one for kimonos, but after spotting the Baroque print on this colourful Primark number, I needed to have it. It's very light to wear and has been perfect to wear during the warm evenings when a cardigan isn't too thick to wear. It's great to add a splash of colour to an otherwise dull outfit.

I dug out these electric blue Office shoes out of my wardrobe to match. I should really wear these more often. I love the small block heel and the colour of them. They're so comfortable too!

This week is going to be quite a busy one for me, as I'll be off to The Big Feastival in the Cotswold at the weekend to social media it up. I wouldn't mind this week being so busy, but I've managed to get a cold during the bank holiday weekend (thank god I spent most of the time relaxing, which is just what I needed) and now I feel so rough. Day Nurse to the rescue!

Anyone else going to The Big Feastival at the weekend? :)



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23 August 2013

MAC Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush | Review






MAC Mineralize Blush in Ring of Saturn - £20

My first ever MAC blush, Ring of Saturn is a gorgeous mix of terracotta, plum and gold. All swirled together and it creates a a lovely rosy/burnt orange tinge to your cheeks. It's not too heavy on your face to begin with, so it still looks quite natural on your complexion. The colour can be easily built on as it's very light to apply. The pigmentation is great and it lasts a good few hours before fading.

For the standard MAC price, I'd say it is worth the money. The shade is not too strong and gives a lovely flushed finish. I love baked blushes as you can buy just the right shade for your skin tone, and this one would match a lot of skin tones.

The Ring of Saturn mineralize blush is part of the Heavenly Creature collection, so unfortunately it's unavailable to buy now (or at least it's sold out at the moment). However, if you ever go to an outlet (such as the one in Bicester Village), this may be available in there one day and I'd highly recommend getting it if you can :)

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20 August 2013

I thought I saw you leaving carrying your shoes | Outfit




Dress: Primark | Shoes: Keds

After seeing Milly wear this dress on Instagram, I fell in love with it and knew I had to have it in my life. When I found out it was from Primark, I was pretty amazed as the print is so summery and colourful. It kind of reminds me of the 60s era, which is one of my favourites. The dress fits really well, but the floaty skirt is too dangerous when it's windy outside. You can't avoid pulling a Marilyn in this!

I'm trying to keep as much energy as possible, and that means I'm trying to unwind, switch off and do the best part of nothing during my evenings... Apart from writing blog posts, that is. It's quite difficult to do that though, and I'm struggling to sit down and not think about checking social media, checking emails and every other day-to-day things I tend to do. How on earth do we switch off nowadays?

This is why I'm literally counting down to my holiday next month. I haven't been on a proper holiday in over 2 years, so I'm very excited. I also know that I will be able to leave this world behind and relax for an entire week without a care. Pure bliss. In the meantime... I still need to find bloomin' summer clothes to take with me, even though stores are now selling autumn/winter stuff. WHAAAT. It's only August.

What brands or stores do you tend to go in to find your summer essentials?



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17 August 2013

Photoblog: August 2013 (Part 1)





1. Rave Brunch. | 2. Cup holder fun. | 3. Raspberry & Baileys cheesecake. | 4. Cornflake cake goodness. | 5. FOTD. | 6. Bella cuddles. | 7. Best thing to come home to. | 8. New pretty things. | 9. FOTD.

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16 August 2013

MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter | Review




MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter - £3

When my friend Scarlet told me that this was the best drugstore highlighter she's ever used, I had to buy it to see what all the fuss was about.

MUA (Make Up Academy) isn't a brand I tend to go for, mainly judged by the price (I know, I know. BAD BLOGGER). However, I was pleasantly surprised by it! It's a powder based highlighter with a lovely pink/beige shimmer to it, but does appear a much lighter colour than it first looks. It's quite a weird texture as it's dry, but once applied it was quite silky to the touch.

It's easy to apply and lasts a good few hours (but not long enough for the day). It also looks really nice as a highlighter under your brows, as long as you don't apply too much as it's very shimmery.

My skin is quite sensitive, and I'm always worried about using cheap products just in case it makes my skin break out or become irritated, but I've had no reaction to this product at all.

For £3, it definitely does the job and, for that, you can't exactly complain! It's a great little highlighter, and versatile to create both day and night time looks. It would be good to have different shades to choose from, but this one is perfect for me right now. This definitely has a firm place in my makeup bag for the time being :)

Have you used any MUA products? What's your favourite highlighter?

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10 August 2013

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No100 | Review



Liz Earle Botanical Essence* (50ml - £47)

I've never tried a fragrance by Liz Earle before, but I was excited to give this a try as I love most of the skincare products available. The Botanical Essence No100 is a new fragrance made

This has such a mixture of scents, including Indian Jasmine, Orange Flower, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood (12 in total) so, in my honest opinion, it's quite overpowering. It's fresh and floral, but wow it's strong and the scent doesn't calm down quick!

I'm not one for overly floral scents, so this fragrance isn't for me. I'm disappointed really, but not surprised by the route Liz Earle went down to create this. If you do like floral scents, then give this a whirl and see what you think. I'm not saying it's horrid, just my sense of smell isn't too keen on being overwhelmed with flowers!

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08 August 2013

You only give loveless lust | Outfit




Bralet: Topshop | Skirt: Primark | Sandals: ALDO (DIY) | Bag: H&M

It's quite difficult to look smart and comfortable in the heatwave we had... But I think I pulled it off with this combo. I still adore this bralet, even though I don't wear it that much. It's definitely a night time top, and because I don't go out much anymore, it stays firmly in the wardrobe. I need dig it out more, and maybe wear it with a shirt or cardigan on top, just to tone it down.

I decided to dress down a little bit with my midi skirt that I tend to wear during the day (plus I felt more comfortable in this as I was more covered up). This clutch bag was only £7 from H&M which was a bargain in my eyes and will go with pretty much every outfit. It's a great size and fits in all the essentials!

Can anyone believe that we're in August now? This whole year is flying by, and it still amazes me how much my life has changed and how much I've achieved (granted, not THAT much) in the last 8 months. I'm very excited about what's next to come. One thing I really want to do this year is to finally attend a blogger event. I've been wanting to go to one for ages, but I'm either busy or I bail out due to nerves. Maybe I should make this my goal for the rest of the year (:



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05 August 2013

Benefit Hervana | Review




Benefit Hervana - £23.50

Benefit Hervana could well be the perfect everyday blush. I haven't stopped using it during the last couple of months, I absolutely love it compared to most of the blushes I own.

It's not very pigmented, which is why I think it's great for an everyday look. It creates a subtle peach/rose tone to your cheeks, especially when you swirl all the colours together. I don't tend to try and use one colour in the palette as there's just no need. It suits my skin tone and it's not too harsh on my cheeks. You can apply more product if you wish so the colour is slightly stronger, but it's still not going to be a striking shade.

The packaging is cute but quite bulky - the standard Benefit blusher packaging! It's a shame that the box is so big as it's not very handbag friendly. With it being my everyday blush, I'm not able to take it with me everywhere I go! Quite annoying, but I can overlook that.

It's not cheap, but it's a pretty standard price for Benefit. Like I said, I've used it everyday and yet there's no real signs of use so far, so I'm hoping it will last a while longer! When the time comes, I will definitely buy this product again as I haven't used a blush like this before and I can't see myself using any other blush (so significantly as this one) for a very long time!

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03 August 2013

Photoblog: July 2013 (Part 2)





1. OOTD. | 2. Ice cream by the river. | 3. Cheer up flowers. | 4. Irregular Choice love. | 5. Wedding OOTD. | 6. Millward love. | 7. The bride's Converse and flowers. | 8. Looking dapper. | 9. Rolo the Polo.

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