Monday, 30 March 2015

Stella by Stella McCartney

I don't feature fragrance on my blog very often as I'm really sensitive to it. Anything too strong makes me feel sick in a matter of minutes! 

Although I don't wear perfume everyday, being fragrance sensitive can pose a problem especially when going out as a spritz of something makes you feel complete.

I adore Gucci II and Chanel Chance Eau Tendre as they settle down really quickly, but I am always on the hunt for something lighter that I can wear all the time. This is where Stella comes in. I read a lot of reviews that said it was light and floral which sounded exactly what I was after. 

So on a rare shopping day I found a counter and tried it out and fell in love with it instantly. The fragrance is inspired by the English Rose in an English country garden, cute right?

Immediately after spraying I thought I smelt citrus which turns out to be right as the Top note is Mandarine Essence. The Heart notes are English Rose and the Base notes Amber, combined they create something really light and very floral, but also fresh and I don't find it overly sweet. it is the perfect light floral fragrance to wear everyday and i'm really pleased I found it.

If you fancy trying this for yourself you can pick it up at Boots, Debenhams or Escentual 

Are any of you fragrance sensitive like me and have you tried this yet? 

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Where do these companies get their product names from! I'm quite sure there is no mascara, anywhere, that can really claim to be better than sex!

Anyway, aside from the rubbish name, from all the reviews of it being a 'great' mascara I decided to give it a go.

The packaging is lovely and the wand is pretty unique being the shape of an hourglass and all (maybe that's where the name idea came from? womanly figure and all that). Anyway, it's not the biggest i've seen, but it's above average... (sorry, I couldn't resist)

The formula is designed to hold a curl, give length, volume and be smudge proof all day.

I can tell you it does 2 out of 4 for me. It gives length and holds a curl but I don't find it very volumising and worst of all it flakes! I end up with black spots under my eyes and on my cheeks and that's only with an hour or so wear.

For me a mascara needs to be smudge proof and this was not so it won't be on my repurchase list. However if you think this something you might like then you can get it here.

Have you tried this mascara yet and what did you think?
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Great Cleansing Trio...

Anyone who is remotely interested in Skincare knows that cleansing (cleaning) your skin is quite possibly the most important step in any routine.

On any regular day I will do a double cleanse in the evenings and then follow up with a single cleanse in the mornings.

On the days I wear make-up I rely on a 3 step cleanse to make sure I get rid of every last bit of mascara and and make-up that might be clogging up my pores.

I start with an oil based cleanser like The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and go straight for the eyes to break down whatever mascara is gracing my lashes. I spend about a minute working the oil in and then remove the cleanser with a flannel/wash-cloth rinsed under warm running water.

Next I will go in with my favourite cleanser Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and work it into my skin to lift any foundation left over and then go over the eyes again to make sure all that mascara is removed, especially from the base of the lashes where it tends to gather and gives you panda eyes in the morning. I spend the most amount of time on this cleanse and even do a bit of facial massage.

Lastly I go in with a cream cleanser, and a clean flannel, to remove any last bits of residue left on my skin. I love the Pai Camelia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser it feels like i'm working a moisturiser into my skin and it's ideal for sensitive skin.

A tad excessive you might think but it works for me and my skin never feels stripped of moisture. I always follow up with my normal night time routine too.

What do you do to ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed?
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Monday, 23 March 2015

The Dream Box #3 (British Beauty Blogger)

I have made my love of the subscription beauty box 'My Little Box' well known on this blog of mine and it just so happens I have another love to add to this.

If you don't already know Jane (British Beauty Blogger) then you won't know that she wanted to get behind the beauty box concept and see what was involved and she has ended up releasing 5 boxes in total (from memory, 6 if you include the Givenchy box), 3 of which are collaborations with Latest in Beauty

I have been lucky enough to secure all 5 boxes which sold out in record time and I have loved each and every one! Although I think 1 & 2 are my favourites.

These boxes are not monthly subscription boxes, they are released twice a year which is why they're so sought after. For the first time, luckily for you, there seems to be some boxes left so how could I not share this amazing opportunity with you! 

All these boxes are put together by Jane who has worked in the industry for years so she knows her stuff and only products she loves make the boxes.

There are 16 products this time around, worth over £110 in total and they are as follows:

You can buy the box here for £21.95 with free P&P

Happy shopping! Let me know if you decide to get yourself one of these amazing boxes.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Spring Fashion Wishlist

So i've had my eye on a few bits to freshen up my wardrobe for spring time and thought i'd share them with you.

Spring Fashion Wishlist

Top Row Left to Right:

1. Oversized Waffle Knit Jumper (New Look @ Asos) here.

2. ASOS Forever T-Shirt here.

3. New Look Striped T-Shirt here.

4. ASOS T-Shirt with Crochet Neck Trim here.

Middle Row: 

Next Suede Point Court Shoes in Grey here.

Bottom Row Left to Right:

1. ASOS Off Shoulder Sweatshirt here.

2. ASOS Drape Front Blouse here.

3. ASOS Long Sleeve Forever T-Shirt here.

4. ASOS Knitted Cape in Stripe with Fringing here.

So what do you think of my picks? Anything here take your fancy?

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Monday, 16 March 2015

My High End Lipsticks

Following on from my MAC Lipsticks post and my Bite Beauty Lipsticks post this is the final installment of my higher end lipstick collection.

I thought I would put the rest of the lipsticks into 1 post as I don't have enough of each of them to warrant a post of their own.

L-R Peach Passion, Pink in Paris, Pink Dusk, Mutine, Satisfaction

First up I have 2 YSL lipsticks, can we just take a moment to admire the stunning packaging of beautiful!

YSL Rouge Volupte in #13 Peach Passion is exactly as you would expect it to be from the name a bright, but light peach shade, beautiful in the summertime.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #13 Pink in Paris is a mid pinky shade, not too bright and not too barbie like, very easy to wear and again great for spring/summer. 

Tom Ford Lip Colour in 07 Pink Dusk is a goregous nude pink shade, I adore this. it applies easily and sticks around for a good while too. These lipsticks are extremely high in price and as much as i'd love to own more shades I think it'll be a while before I purchase another one.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 90 Mutine is a very sheer light pink shade and it has a gold shimmer to it. It's a bit like a sheer lip balm but you can build it up enough to notice it on your lips.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 89 Satisfaction is a nude shade with hints of peach to it, a lovely easy shade to wear and much more opaque than Mutine. (I am not sure if this is still available, it was out of stock everywhere so I have linked the Chanel eu page)

L-R Peach Passion, Pink in Paris, Pink Dusk, Mutine, Satisfaction

So that's it for my higher end lipsticks, let me know if you have any of these and don't forget to check out my last 2 lipstick collection posts and be on the lookout for my drugstore collection coming soon...

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Friday, 13 March 2015

My Little 'Super' Box

So today's post bought with it the latest instalment of my subscription box from My Little Box. This month it's the My Little Superbox!

As usual it comes with the My Little World magazine and this months other offerings, which are some 'Wonder Woman' themed stickers and a T-shirt with the quote 'I believe I CAN fly' written on it. Very cute but not much good for the curvier lady! (It comes in one size)

There are 3 beauty bits and this month they are as follows:

Garnier's Miracle Sleeping Cream (£12.99 here) which claims to combat signs of fatigue and ageing while you sleep. I will keep you posted as my current night cream is coming to an end and this could be a nice affordable replacement!

Kerastase Cristalliste Lait Cristal Luminous Perfecting Conditioner (£15.75 here), this is a lightweight conditioner that has a liquid light complex to leave hair looking luminous, soft and supple. You run this through the ends of your hair, leave for 2 minutes and rinse.

Lastly My Little Beauty's offering of a Lip Nourishing Stick, basically a lip balm but if you like vanilla you will Love this! Vanilla scented goodness in a tube!

In my opinion My Little Box have done it again and I am really impressed with this months box.

You can subscribe to the box here for £14.99 including P&P.

Have you subscribed to this box yet and what do you think?
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