September 18, 2014

Topshop Skin Glow in Ignite

Hello beauties! 

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine on this fine Thursday afternoon. 

I bought Topshop's Skin Glow in 'Ignite' the other day and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

 I was feeling pale... and my foundation wasn't doing me any favours. I wanted some lift and life in my complexion, so I browsed my local Topshop's make-up counter and found this beauty! 

I mixed a pea sized amount of this shiny- goo in with my foundation and applied as normal. I was pleasantly surprised to find it didn't make my skin greasy at all - just added a slight shimmer to my skin, adding a 'tanned' glow. Lovely lightweight consistency and real staying power. It was £10...which compared to the more up-market brands is pretty darn good for a big tube of highlighter - wouldn't you say?

I suppose the message from this review is 'it's fab, buy it, try it, tell me how you find it'!

*Also available in a pearlescent shade 'spectrum' if you just want a slight glow without the tanned effect.

September 11, 2014

Thank You Skinny Boo

Hello my darlings! 

It's Thursday, which means only one thing... one more day until it's officially the weekend! Hurrah!
What are you all getting up to this weekend? If you're looking for date ideas for you and a friend or a partner, you may get some inspiration from my post 'Dating on a Budget' - give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

Now onto today's post. I received a package last week from the lovely people at Skinny Boo. I saw a tweet from Skinny Boo and read that they sell what they call 'skinny tea' - I was of course intrigued. 

The tea is packaged in a resealable pouch holding 30 pyramids of detox tea. The idea is to drink two a day for 15 days to cleanse your digestive system and aid weight loss (as part of a calorie controlled diet of course, we aren't working miracles here ladies). The tea claims to make you feel energised and motivated to reach your goals - which makes sense if you're swapping your usual milky morning cuppa for...well... a cuppa without milk.

Skinny Boo

The bags contain oolong tea which increases your metabolism and promotes the burning of fats for energy, cinnamon which calms indigestion and improves energy levels, lemon myrtle (I know this sounds like a character from Harry Potter) which is high in antioxidants, boosting the immune system, mate green, also rich in antioxidants, and ginger, which aids gastrointestinal distress. 

I've been drinking the tea twice a day for 6 days now and I must say I feel great. I feel lighter and definitely more determined to make wise choices throughout the day in terms of food/drink. I add a squeeze of lemon to my tea in the morning (as lemon tea is supposed to gently awaken your digestive system) and it tastes de-lish. There's definitely an element of comfort in drinking something warm first thing in the morning and knowing it is doing nothing but good for your body does make you feel slightly angelic. I was also pleasantly surprised to notice my skin becoming clearer after the 4th day of drinking the tea - which makes this product a holy grail if you ask me!

I love the cute packaging and am actually proud to have it sit on my desk at work.

Want to try some for yourself? You can order a 15 day detox pouch for £29.99 on the website - give it a go.

September 10, 2014

Benefit 'They're Real' Dupe

Benefit They're Real Dupe

Hi darlings, 

It's rare that I will find a mascara and stick to it as I'm always on the lookout for something better. As a general rule of thumb I go for Benefit or Mac mascaras as I find the brushes to be far superior in terms of defining the lashes and coating the entire lash with one stroke.

 I decided however to try a mascara from Sleek (Fat Lash Black) as I love their blusher palettes and was feeling adventurous. I was so impressed with how similar it is to the Benefit 'They're Real' mascara - defining the lashes and extending with minimal effort. 

The Benefit dupe costs just £6.99 from Boots whereas Benefit's 'They're Real' will set you back £19.50 - a welcome saving of £12.51. So you could buy three Sleek Fat Lash mascaras for the price of one Benefit 'They're Real' - now if that isn't being savvy with your hard earned cash, I don't know what is. The only downside to the Sleek Fat Lash mascara is that it is quite difficult to remove. It's by no means as bad as a waterproof mascara *shaky fist* but if you forget to remove with eye makeup remover and just dive into the shower, you will have blobs of mascara on your face when you resurface. Not a mega downside, just a little annoying but still well worth a try.


September 08, 2014

Fragrances of the Moment

Hello my darlings.

I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite fragrances of the moment. They all seem to be running out at once *sadface*, which is always the way, so if anyone has any recommendations of fragrances to try next, please comment below.

perfume blog post

The first in the above collage of fragrances is the Crabtree & Evelyn hydrating body mist in 'Nantucket Briar'. Whilst not a standard 'perfume' this mist is divine and lingers on your skin all day. I get wafts of this gorgeous scent all day long and with baby powder-esq notes, it makes me feel oh so clean. 

The second scent is Daisy by Marc Jacobs. I'm sure many of you have smelt this perfume, or indeed own it and good on you. I love this fragrance. There's a definite sense of luxury when wearing this scent, there's just something about it that is de-lish. 

The third is PINK by Victoria Secret's 'fresh and clean' body mist. I bought this in Las Vegas in March and it is still going strong despite my spraying it almost every day. This scent is sweeter than my usual go to's but its very fresh and perfect for those moments when you need a quick freshen up. 

The fourth and final scent in today's fragrance post is the Calvin Klein CKIN2U for her. I have bought this perfume over and over again and it never gets old. This scent reminds me of beach days and dress up nights and is a lightweight perfume. I do feel the scent disappears relatively quickly, however this may be because my nose is desensitised to it now!

What do you recommend I go for next?

September 02, 2014

USA Make-Up Social App

Hi darlings! 

I wanted to let you all know about a new Beauty App which I've been loving lately.

The app is called 'Makeupsocial' and the feed is available to view online here: The App is USA based, which for a UK gal is actually quite interesting. 

Whilst living in Los Angeles last year, I tried a lot of beauty products exclusive to the US and loved the majority.  I still search for the latest US beauty buys and order via the internet from the UK but there is the added risk that buying the product incurs hefty delivery charges, so I want to be sure about a product before I commit to purchase. There is something exciting about trying something not available on the high street in the UK, so its truly handy to have all the beauty reviews you could ask for in one easy to use app available for free from the app store. 

What's more is you can request advice on certain products so there is true community feel to this application - which as a blogger is a major plus. 

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! 

makeup social

makeup social

makeup social

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