Wednesday, 23 July 2014

BRITISH SUMMER ESSENTIALS WITH FOLLI FOLLIE*










Hi lovelies! Well, do I have a exciting post to share with you guys today? Recently, I was in touch with the lovely people at Folli Follie, who offered to send me some 'Summer Essentials' for the British Summer, I of course said a huge, yes and was thrilled to receive all these gorgeous summer goodies in the post a few days later. I thought that was amazing enough, so you can imagine my shock when this gorgeous Heart To Heart Bag and beautiful sunglasses showed up in the post a couple of days later! I was completely not expecting it and was thrilled to open the huge parcel to find these gorgeous summery goodies inside - needless to say they will be coming on holiday with me!

As you can see, the products I have been sent all fall under the 'British Summer Essentials' category. There's a fake tan, incase we don't get any real sun over here, a facial SPF, because premature ageing is not on my summer wishlist, dry shampoo, because sun + sweat = greasy hair, gross but true, an EOS lip balm, to soothe lips damaged by the sun and finally a giant umbrella, because let's face it, the UK's weather is highly unpredictable. I've actually managed to try all the products and will be reviewing them all individually, but I'll give you my first impressions of them in this post, because I'm nice like that!

As I'm going away at the end of this week, I was trying not to fake tan, as I feel like going away with a fake tan means I come home the same colour, or lighter than the day I went away! However, I used this on Monday and as I'm not going away until Sunday, I figured it would fade just enough to give me a very light hint of colour by the time I go, but not so much that I won't notice my real tan coming along! Well, I'm pleased to report that after applying this and leaving it on overnight, I was left with a gorgeous, deep tan. It did cling to some dry patches, but that was my fault as I didn't exfoliate properly beforehand - oops! The Shiseido facial SPF was a product and brand I'd never tried before so I was excited to give this a go. It's also a tanning cream, so it gives a slight colour to the face, which I love as tans always fade quicker on the face. It feels more like a moisturiser when you put it on and doesn't leave a greasy suncream feeling either, so that's fab!

The Batiste dry shampoo was of course something I'd tried before and absolutely love, but the floral scent was new to me, as I usually go for Tropical or Blush. Well, this one may just be my new fave! It's a light and delicate floral scent. It's super pretty and makes your hair smell really clean, with just the right amount of girliness! The can is also very cute, which helps it take the new favourite crown. I'm saving the rest of this one to take on Holiday with me, but dry shampoo is must for me in the British Summer too, as the random weather can play havoc with my hair, so washing it less is something I try to do to keep the condition as nice as possible. Finally, another old favourite, a trust EOS lip balm. I love these because they're pretty, they're cute and quirky, they smell fab and best of all, they work. Dry lips are something I tend to suffer with all year round and this little cutie keeps that at bay. And of course, I've had to use the big umbrella on a few occasions already, but at least I can look somewhat cute in the rain with this pretty pink brolly!

Fortunately, as I said, I will be jetting off on a sunny holiday (in just four days, eek!) so many of these gorgeous items will be coming along with me. The facial sunscreen is going to be a summer staple here and abroad along with the dry shampoo and lip balm and of course the stunning handbag and sunnies! The quality of the Folli Follie items I was sent is just inredible, the bag feels super sturdy and it came in it's very own dust bag to protect it. The colour of the bag and sunglasses case is fab for a holiday abroad, but will also brighten up the British Summer time - particularly on a rainy day! What I love about the orange colour is that it will easily carry me through to the autumn, (which tends to come quite early here in the UK!) as it's lovely and bright for the summer, but then will go with the darker, autumn shades too.

If you fancy a treat this summer, I'd thoroughly recommend Folli Follie as a brand, the quality and design of the items I was sent is just incredible. The attention to detail on the bag alone completely blew me away. The Heart to Heart bag comes in many colours, but they also have lots of other designs too which you can see here. They also have some gorgeous jewellery, watches and other accessories, so I definitely recommend the site.

Let me know what you think. Is this stunning statement bag something you'd love on your arm this summer?
What are your Summer essentials?

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Monday, 21 July 2014

PEACHES AND CREAM



shoes - primark
bag - unknown (aka borrowed from my mum!!)

Hey beauts! As you may have noticed, today I'm sharing with you all another gorgeous Miss Selfridge slip dress. I absolutely love Miss Selfridge right now. It may be a bit of a controversial thing to say, but they really do get it right for smaller sized girls. I often go into stores and see lots that I like, but can't always find my size. However, in Miss Selfridge, you can almost always guarantee that there'll be a size 6 and I love that.

This beautiful peach slip dress is one of my favourite things in my summer holiday wardrobe right now, as it's a really light material, so perfect for super hot weather. I love the frill detail and if you click the link above to the Miss Selfridge site, you can see that the back has a cute, subtle cut out detail too, which I, stupidly forgot to get a photo of! The colour is gorgeous and the photos seriously don't do it justice. It's a beautiful light peachy coral colour, fab for the time of year and I can imagine it's gonna look great with a tan!

I paired this with my trust chunky white heels from Primark and this super cute white studded clutch bag that I borrowed from my very stylish Mum! I think the white accessories are great as they look gorgeous with the colour of the dress, but don't distract from the dress itself.

What do you think? What's your favourite thing in your summer wardrobe?

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

MARK HILL MIRACOILICIOUS, 2 MINUTE INTENSIVE TREATMENT REVIEW*




Hi lovelies! If you know me at all, you'll know that I absolutely love the summer, I love hot weather,  love going on holiday, I love wearing pretty, light clothes and going out without a coat on, but the one thing I don't love is what summer does to my hair. Yes, I love that the sun is basically like a free trip to the salon with all the natural highlights I get in my hair, but I don't love how much the heat dries out my poor, thirsty locks! I love a good deep conditioning treatment at the best of times, but when summer rolls around that's when I get serious about finding 'the one' and I think for this summer, this little beauty may be just what I've been looking for.

I bought this simply because it was on offer in Boots, I needed a treatment mask, so of course the one that was on offer looked the most appealing and as it was Mark Hill, I figured it was going to be slightly better quality than some of the cheaper brands. Anyway, lucky for me, this is absolutely fab! I had high hopes, as it has argan oil in it, hence the name 'MiracOILicious'. As well as the argan oil, something else that caught my eye when buying this, was the fact that it says 'made without parabens'. I don't specifically buy products without parabens, but it's definitely a bonus if products are free from them, as any reduced damage is a bonus!

The conditioner itself is really thick and feels super luxurious when you put it on. It contains lots of different things including Moroccan Argan Oil, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Sage, Sandlewood, Spearmint, Castor, Palmarosa, Orange, Patchouli, Clove, Artemisia Pallens Flower and White Birch. These ingredients give it a strong scent that I'm honestly not too sure about. It's kind of a citrussy, woody scent and I can definitely detect the patchouli, which isn't a note I love, but hey, it's a conditioner, not a perfume! I don't actually dislike the scent, but it's quite powerful, particularly while the product is on your hair. It lingers after rinsing and drying too, but it's more subtle and a bit fresher and nicer, so it doesn't bother me so much.

After rinsing and drying my hair the first time, I noticed my hair was softer and looked quite smooth and shiny, which is a definitely improvement from it's usual straw like state that it's cursed with at this time of year! Now though, after a few uses, I've seen the full potential of this little gem. After using this several times over a couple of weeks, I've noticed a huge improvement in my hair, it's smoother, softer and there's much less breakage when I brush my hair. I've been using this every other wash and my hair remains soft and smooth between washes and when I wash without it, which to me, suggests that this is improving the condition of my hair, rather than just making it feel nicer. I suppose I'll see properly in the long run, but I have high hopes for this!

Obviously, I'd totally recommend this if you fancy a treat for your hair. As I said, it's on offer at Boots right now, so if you fancy it, it's worth snapping it up sooner rather than later!

What do you think? What's your favourite hair product right now?

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

SLIP



shoes - new look

Hi lovelies! Another outfit post for you all today. I know it won't be for everyone, but I love that this beautiful slip dress kind of looks like lingerie/ sleepwear. The best part? I got it for £10 in the Miss Selfridge sale! It's not available on the website any more, but it's definitely worth checking your local Miss Selfridge if you like it, for £10 how could you not? I'm super excited to wear this dress on holiday, probably for a night out in the evening. It's perfect for taking away with you, as it's so light, like seriously weightless, making it fab for warm evenings. The floral print is lovely, the colours make it quite subtle, which I think is really feminine and elegant.I love the lace trim too, it finishes off the dress beautifully.

As I felt like this dress was pretty enough on it's own, I just paired it with these simple shell pink peep toes from New Look. They tie in with the subtle hints of pink within the dress and I think they finish the look off perfectly. I think this dress would also have looked fab with some black wedges, but the pale, nudey pink colour of the shoes keeps the focus on the dress itself, which is exactly what I wanted. There's a link to the shoes above and I'd totally recommend them if they're your kind of thing. As you'll be able to tell from my last OOTD, chunky, blocky peep toe heels are my favourites at the moment. They look fab but they're so comfy, so you can wear them all day (or all night!) long without ending up walking home carrying your shoes. You know you've been there.

What do you think? Do you like slip dresses like this, or would you feel like

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

THINGS I LIKE


These gorgeous flip flops* were gifted to me by House of Fraser and I am absolutely in love with them! Ted Baker flip flops are my absolute favourites for this time of year and I wear them all the time. As a Beauty Therapist and freelance MUA, comfortable footwear is essential as you're on your feet a lot and I wear a pair of these almost every day to work. I thought these nude pink ones were just stunning and fab for every day. The jelly look is super on trend for right now and despite doubts from almost everyone who asks me about them, yes, they are very comfy! The material also makes them fab for the beach as sand can simply be brushed off and they can be wiped dry with a towel really easily too. No more squelchy feet!! I love the rose gold hardware on this particular pair, as I wear a lot of rose gold jewellery, so these tie in beautifully with that. They're slightly pricey for flip flops but 100% worth it!

Meet my new favourite skincare product, 'Rapid Facial' from Skin Chemists*. This is a kind of mask/ peel product that you apply like a mask, leave on for 15 minutes or so, then sort of rub off for an exfoliating 'peel'. It uses a product called Glycolic acid, which works by 'breaking down substances that bond dead skin cells trapped underneath the top layer of skin. These dead cells, which contribute to clogged pores and dull skin, can then be rinsed away.' After just one use (and even better after a few!) my skin was more even, brighter and super soft and smooth. I have fairly normal skin, but it can be more combination this time of year and this works fabulously on me, however I'm sure it would also work amazingly on any skin type, be it dry, dehydrated or oily as it's hydrating, exfoliating and very gentle too. This is very pricey, but if you fancy a real treat for your skin, this definitely a good choice.


This stunning iPad mini case was a little surprise gift from my boyfriend and I am in love with it. It's from New Look, but it really reminds me of the floral print Ted Baker have on some of their products, which I love. I love the pretty, pastel shades on this and the gold on the inside gives it an absolutely stunning finish. I really like foldover cases like this as it protects my iPad when I throw it in my bag for work. If like me, you use a tablet or iPad a lot, it becomes kind of an accessory and as with any other accessory, I want it to look fab at all times! So, for a well dresses iPad without making your bank account cry, definitely get yourself down to New Look.

This gorgeous little Estella Bartlett Rose Gold Anchor necklace was a surprise in the post from my twin sister a few weeks ago after I started my new job. As I said, I wear a lot of rose gold, so this is just perfect. I love anchors, as Darren has an anchor tattoo and I kind of like to match! Sad but true. This is super delicate and pretty, making it perfect for everyday wear. I like to have a little necklace like this for casual days, or even just wearing to work, as it adds a little extra something, without being too full on for every day. Twin points to Hannah!

What have you been loving lately?

*Starred items were gifted by PR companies. Not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

BOOM CLAP


playsuit - missguided
bag - tk maxx
shoes - primark

Hi lovelies! I hope you're all doing good! What? What's this..? Yes, that's right, I am actually doing an outfit post. I'm always way more in the mood to these posts during the summer when the weather's nice (and when I have a wardrobe full of new summery clothes to wear!). So, you lucky old things, here I am, wearing some clothes to share with you all.

I absolutely love this outfit. Playsuits are one of my favourite things to wear in the summer, despite the inevitable issues when you find yourself needing to wee. TMI maybe? #girlproblems. They're fab on holiday or in the UK, as they're cute, comfy and let's face it, you don't have to worry about sudden gusts of wind forcing you into a much less sexy Marilyn pose. The print on this is super perfect for holidays as it's really bright and so pretty. I also like that your shoulders are really exposed in it, because who doesn't love tanned shoulders?

Side note, I recently got these white heels in Primark for only £12 and whoever you are, you need them. They're wide fit, so they're super comfy but not so wide that they slip about when you're wearing them. They've got a bit of padding at the ball of your foot making them the comfiest heels ever, despite the lack of platform. They also come in black, which I'm fairly sure I'll be adding to my collection soon, but I thought the white were just perfect for the time of year. If I bring only one pair of heels on holiday (damn you luggage restrictions), it'll definitely be these. Also, you may have spotted this gorgeous jelly bag in a previous post, but seriously how cool is it? This was a TK Maxx find (so I can't tell you where you can get one, sorry!!) and I'm in love. It's such a statement, but kind of versatile in that it can be used day or night. It's tacky and a bit barbie, but I don't care, it's my baby.

What do you think of my outfit? Let me know if you'd like to see more outfit posts, I forgot how much I love doing them!

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Friday, 11 July 2014

EUCERIN DERMATOCLEAN MICELLAR CLEANSING FLUID REVIEW*



Hi lovelies! I don't know about you guys, but I have absolutely no idea what I did before I discovered Micellar cleansing waters. They are definitely my absolute favourite way of removing makeup as they're so quick and easy and much more thorough than a face wipe! They're also perfect for me as a beauty therapist and makeup artist as they're fab for quick cleansing or tiny touch ups.

So, when I was given the opportunity to review this one from french skincare brand Eucerin, I was absolutely thrilled! This particular cleansing water is fab because it not only does exactly what it says on the tin, (or rather, plastic bottle) but it's also fragrance, alcohol and paraben free, so if you've got sensitive skin this will be perfect for you. It's 3 in 1 because not only does the product break down and remove makeup, but it also has natural ingredients that soothe and moisturise the skin, meaning it's not drying like other cleansers can be and your skin isn't left with that tight feeling you sometimes get after washing your face.

As with all cleansing waters, this is not a replacement for washing your face, it just removes makeup. While you should always give your face a proper wash after using a cleansing water, this does actually remove all makeup very effectively and I'll be honest, on a few lazy nights, I've used this alone with absolutely no other products and my skin hasn't been affected in any way. Obviously I'm not condoning ditching your entire skincare routine in place of a single cleansing water - but it's definitely better than a face wipe (aka alcohol cloth) after a night out!

Overall, I'd thoroughly recommend this cleansing water, particularly if you have sensitive skin. While I do think a lot of micellar waters work in a very similar way, but this is the only one I've tried that does actually make my skin feel soothed and hydrated afterwards, so if that's something that interests you it's definitely worth a go.

Eucerin Dermatoclean is available to buy from escentual.com here.

Let me know your thoughts, do you like micellar waters or do you have another fave make up remover that I need to know about? Comment below and let me know!

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