Monday, 4 May 2015

Chilled Spring Dressing with Blue Vanilla

With the weather turning a bit miserable over the past few days, suddenly switching sandals for winter boots was a bit of a shock as i've been living in sandals recently. Having said that it finally gave me chance to wear a piece that i've been dying to wear but it's just been too warm.
Blue Vanilla are an amazing yet affordable online brand that stocks some of the beautiful and fashionable pieces that you usually wouldn't find on the highstreet and when this top landed on my doorstep I was in awe at how lovely it was.

I wore this Blue Vanilla Alexandra Pink Panel Top* (£18) on Friday as the weather was so miserable and the office was so cold but not cold enough for a thick knitted jumper. I love the paneled detailing to this top, on the tops of the shoulders and also at the bottom, where it looks like another top undermeath. I also really like the colour, which is a surprise as pink doesn't always suit me but the textured detail to the fabric is also what makes it interesting.

I paired this with my trusty Topshop Liegh Jeans (£38), which I haven't worn in a while but they are so comfy! I then threw on some old ASOS boots as it definitrly wasn't sandal weather and a necklace from the H&M Loves Coachella 6-pack Necklace (£9.99). I really liked my outfit on Friday as it looked like i'd made an effort, when really I hadn't.

Have you picked up anything from Blue Vanilla recently?

Friday, 1 May 2015

Brands I Want To Try More From

What I love about being a blogger is getting the opportunity to not only try out new brands, but also being in the know of what brands are releasing new products, which brands receive good reviews and just generally lusting over products that I will probably never be able to afford. I thought today I talk about a few brands that i've not really tried that many products from, but have impressed me enough to want to try more from.
If it wasn't for blogging then these brands that i'm featuring probably would have never made it onto my radar, as my love and knowledge for beauty products has grown so much through blogging.

MeMeMe Cosmetics: This brand is one that i've only just recently been introduced to but has impressed me so much so far. Their products are new and innovative but still stay affordable and are easily accessible to most as they are available online pretty much worldwide. Also the packaging of their products I find so classy and elegant, and the names of their products are different to other brands out there as they not only explain the product but also stay within the brand aesthetic. The quality of their products are by far up there with higher end, high street brands and so I cannot wait to get my hands on more products from them. 
Products I want to try: Goddess Rocks (£12.95), Shimmer Stack (£9.25), Longwear Satin Lip Cream (£8.95).

Benefit: Now you're probably thinking that this one i've got wrong, but I really haven't tried that many products from Benefit and I only own 3 full size Benefit products, the rest have been samples of which have all highly impressed me. Benefit is brand that is loved by pretty much all beauty bloggers, through their quirky packaging and innovative yet sometimes provocative products names they've pretty much got it sold, but the quality of their products is what brings it all together. Although I do find Benefit somewhat overpriced sometimes, you can really tell a lot of time and attention goes into the making of these products. 
Products I want to try: Hoola Bronzer (£23.50), Hervana Blush (£23.50), Watts Up Highlighter (£24.50).

Milani: This brand I was introduced to from a lot of American/Canadian bloggers who were raving about how good their products were, but we can't really get Milani here in the UK unless you purchase it on Amazon. Alexandra from The A Style was kind enough to send me a Milani Baked Blush when we did a beauty swap and this one product has sold me on the brand. First off, the packing is so pretty but the quality of this blush is just outstanding and I do love a baked blush. I've read so many review about their products and if/when I ever go to America or Canada I will be stocking up!
Products I want to try: Baked Bronzer (£5.39), Rose Blush (£5.99), Shadow Eyez Pencil (£3.79).

YSL: A brand that bloggers also seem to love and the only reason why I haven't is because I cannot afford to splash out on high end brands constantly. I only own two products from them, a lipstick and an eyeliner but again these two products have completely got me wanting more. The packaging is enough to make any girl swoon and some of their products are just too die for. I see so many bloggers raving and lusting over this brand, and one day I will give myself a little splurge.
Products I want to try: YSL Youth Liberator Foundation (£38), Radiance Blush (£32), Shocking Mascara (£25).

Kiko Cosmetics: A brand that I was first introduced to literally last week and already I want to try more. Kiko is a brand that i've wanted to try out for such a long time, but i'm not a huge fan of ordering makeup online and with there not being many stores in the UK i've never had the opportunity to try out their products. I was very kindly sent a few products from a new collection, which I will be reviewing very soon but the quality of these few products has impressed me so much and the packaging is beautiful.
Products I want to try: Perfect Gel Duo (£7.90), Modern Tribes Essential Bronzer (£17.90), Glow2 Blush & Highlighter (£8.90).

So those are a few brands that I want to try more products from. If you have tried any of these products that i've mentioned, then please let me know all about them!

What brands do you want to try more from?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

April Favourites

I genuinly cannot believe how quickly this month has passed by, as it's been a busy and packed month of which i've enjoyed immensely! This month I haven't really been loving all that much this month and it was quite hard for me to pull out products but i've pulled together a few products that i've raved about previously and have impressed me over the past few months.
With the transition into Spring, these products are definitely evidence of me switching up things especially when it comes to my skincare and also my choice in summery pinks, opting for lighter moisturisers and also shades that i've not really worn previously.

Starting with skincare, these past few weeks i've been neglecting my skincare routine especially when it comes to serums as I just can't seem to find any that are working for me at the moment but i've found some amazing moisturising products that my skin has been loving. The Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Radiance Day Cream* (£21) is honestly the nicest day cream that i've ever used. It's great for giving my skin the hydration and nourishment it needs throughout the day but it's also so lightweight that it sinks right in meaning it's great when you're in a rush. Another skincare product i've been loving is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask* (£23), which i've been using 3-4 times a week overnight ot give my skin some TLC as it tends to really dry out overnight, so using this has really been helping my skin and i've really noticed a different.

Onto the beauty bits and as I mentioned i've really been embracing the summery pink shades as i've never really thought that they suited me but apparently they do. Starting with the cheeks and the L'oreal Nude Maqigue BB Blush (£7.99) has been my go to blush these past few weeks. It's like no other blush that i've used before as it's like a cream/silicone blush that comes out clear but blends to a lovely pink pop of colour. Moving onto the lips and a lip pencil i've loving is the MeMeMe Cosmetics 'English Rose' Lip Glide* (£6.95). The velvet finish to this is really lovely and isn't drying at all, which is great as love a matte finish but I cannot stand how drying they can be. The shade of this is also lovely and good option for a light pink that isn't too nude.

A couple of random beauty favourites that I thought i'd throw in as they've really impressed me over the past few months. A mascara that i've really been enjoying is the MeMeMe Cosmetics Dark & Divine Mascara* (£8) as it is amazing at lengthening thr lashes but also giving them some a,azimg definitiom. The wand is a plastic wand so it really grips the lashes and just works wonders. Last random favourite comes from Claudia Louch, a brand that has really impressed me and the Mineral Compact Pressed Powder* (£52.50) has replaced my trusty Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder. Now I know this is pricey but coming from a skin expert, you know you can trust it. The powder itself is a lovely pressed powder that sets my makeup like no other and I don't find having to repowder throughout the day as it really works to soak up any oil and reduces shine throughout the day. Also this is available im a wide range of different shades, which is always a good thing as it can work for anyone.

So those are the products that have really impressed me over the past cuple of months!

What products have you been loving this past month?

Monday, 27 April 2015

Getting Summer Ready with Yves Rocher

With the Spring weather fully settled in not only are we switching our chunky sweaters for strappy tops, but we're also switching up the hair and body products ready for Summer. Yves Rocher is a brand that I have been loving over the last few months and their hair/body products are perfect for getting us girls ready for summer. 
Hair and body care has always been an important part of my beauty regime, but is something I also can slack on quite easily especially when it comes to hair styling products and body butters, some of us just don't have the time but with the help of these Yves Rocher products, they make tedious beauty regimes a thing of the past.

Starting with hair care, something that I don't share enough of even though i'm constantly trying out new products but i'm always on the hunt for a good shampoo that just cleans the hair and removes any product build up. The Yves Rocher Delicate Cleansing Cream* (£6.90) is an amazing shampoo that leaves my hair feeling not only clean, but also soft and silky. Usually cleansing shampoos are quite foaming, meaning that they dry out the hair but the formula of this is non foaming, which is an added bonus as it doesn't leave my hair feeling stripped or dry.

Following on from the cleansing cream i've been following up with the Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar* (£11.30), which I know doesn't sound very pleasant but this raspberry scented vingar is amazing for giving the hair that shine it often lacks. Now i've only used this a couple of times, but it is really gentle on the hair and leaves it looking shing and healthy.

Now these next two products can be used on both the body and the hair, which are great as multi tasking products are always life savers, especially when you have a busy schedule like me. The Yves Rocher Lagoon Hair & Body Wash* (£3.20) is a lovely yet gentle aloe infused product that is great for cleansing the hair but also lovely on the skin, leaving it feeling soft and clean. This is also great for travelling and i'll for sure be taking this on holiday with me. 

Lastly is a product that I have absolutely loved and is one that i've not used anything like before. The Yves Rocher Monoi Precious Dry Oil* (£14.90) is a lovely summery scented dry oil that i've been using on the ends of my hair to help eith my split ends, but it's also great for topping up and maintaining a tan. I've not had chance to test out how well this helps with a tan but the I can imagine the shimmer pigments really make a tan glow.

So those are a few products that i've been loving recently from Yves Rocher!

What products are getting you summer ready?

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