An Introduction to Illamasqua

Monday, 30 September 2013

Illamasqua is a brand that I've always admired from afar. I adore their concept, have swooned over their new releases countless times, and think their imagery is simply stunning. However, I've never really delved into the world of Illamasqua before. I own a lipstick I bought in a sale online, as well as a couple of bits and pieces I picked up whilst interning, but I've never really invested in the brand before. This is probably because there are literally no counters near me and I really like to touch and feel makeup before making a purchase.

However, at the beginning of the month Company magazine hosted their Beauty Week, with events all over the country celebrating beauty. An event that particularly caught my eye was the Illamasqua Makeup Masterclass in Leeds, and I promptly ordered me and my sister some tickets. The event was limited but completely free and so when the day came we jumped in the car, travelled an hour and a bit down the road and we were in the glorious Leeds.

I love Leeds as a city, and we had a fab time looking in the shops before we made our way to the Illamasqua store. We sat and watched whilst the lovely Lina worked her magic, transforming one of the other girls with the wonders of Illamasqua makeup. It was amazing for getting to know the brand and we could pass round the product and really get a feel for what they were like. Lina created the most amazing smokey eye that had everyone in a spin, as well as showing us how to apply lashes, contour and highlight, leaving us with a gorgeous finished look. We then spent the rest of the time poring over the products, and I think everyone at the event went away having purchased something. There were literally so many things I could have bought but I restrained myself and opted for two things; a Pure Pigment in Ore, and the product Lina used to highlight with, the Skin Base Lift Concealer in White Light. We also received a goodie bag full to the brim with bits and pieces from Company, along with two products from Illamasqua. Said products were a gorgeous shimmery polish called Pink Raindrops, and an amazing in-you-face red lippy called Liable.

Whilst I'm still testing out the products, so far I am really impressed. The pigment in Ore is by far my favourite; it is SO pigmented and shimmery, looks amazing on the lids and is just a stunning product to use. I'm still getting to grips with White Light - I'm not a pro when it comes to contouring and I find my foundation is really high coverage which tends to mean I have to apply the highlight on top, and then blend in. It definitely makes a difference though and I'm sure with practice I'll get the hang of it. I'm yet to try the nail polish or the lippy but I can definitely see me wearing the lipstick a lot over A/W!

I had an amazing time at the Illamasqua Masterclass and I would definitely recommend it. I feel like I've had a proper introduction to the brand and I'm really impressed with the products I got. I can see this definitely being the beginning of a beautiful love affair!

A Cheap Alternative to the HD Brow Palette

Sunday, 29 September 2013
W7 Browbar Eyebrow Stencil Kit - Amazon

I love eyebrows. I think they're so important in shaping a face and really bringing out your features. Over-plucked, sparse brows are not my forte - I like 'em big, arched and thick. Think 50s glamour puss eyebrows - they're the type I have in mind when I paint my face in the morning.

For years I'd been using a run-of-the-mill brow pencil to fill in my eyebrows, but a few years ago Glossybox featured the HD Brow palette and I was hooked. I'd been using it ever since to fill in my brows, and found it worked amazingly well. Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end and about a month ago my HD Brow palette was no more. I debated repurchasing it, but the savvy shopper in me wanted to see if I could hunt out a bargain first. And voila - I stumbled across a supposed 'dupe' on Amazon. 

For £4 I couldn't resist ordering the W7 Browbar Eyebrow Stencil Kit. To be honest, I didn't really read much about it but saw a wealth of dazzling reviews so promptly clicked purchase. I was expecting a parcel containing just the palette, but it actually came as a kit, including stencils and brushes. Whilst I'm not one for using eyebrow stencils, the brushes that come in the set are actually pretty decent and will definitely be put to use. Now, onto the palette itself. I really, really like this palette. I find it so similar to HD, the number '2' pan is the one I use to draw my brows on and it's the perfect colour for me. The highlighter colour is also really nice, although I tend to prefer shimmery highlighters to highlight my brow bone. Yes, there are a couple of colours in the palette that I will probably never use, but for £4 I am really, really impressed. 

Now, I'm not saying this is as good as the HD Brow palette - it isn't - but it's definitely a close second. For the price I can't fault it and it does the job it's supposed to do, and the colour stays on all day. Once I run out of this I'll definitely be clicking purchase again, as £4 with free delivery is too good an offer to miss. 

I've noticed there's only a few left in stock from where I bought mine on Amazon, but I've seen Xtras do them for a few pence more with free delivery here

What do you use to do your brows? Are you a fan of HD or have you found a cheaper alternative? 

My Current Nighttime Skincare Favourites

Saturday, 28 September 2013

I've been getting really into fine-tuning my nighttime skincare routine lately, ever since actually making an effort to look after my skin past six pm. And you know what?! I've noticed such a difference. It's so tempting to just reach for the (dreaded) makeup wipes to magic away the day's makeup, but I know it won't do my skin any good. I'm also really beginning to understand the importance of moisturising my oily skin at night, as well as making sure I apply eye cream. So, I thought I'd run through the products that are helping me achieve Sleeping Beauty status!

First up, my new favourite cleanser, the REN Rosa Centifolia No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm* is incredible. No word of a lie, I am in love with this stuff, and will be prompting repurchasing it once it runs out. I've always wanted to get on with cleansing balms (I'm looking at you Liz Earle), but we've just never clicked. Previous balms have only lead me to break out, which had put me off them completely. However, I've been having a love affair with REN skincare lately and so I put my trust in the fact that their products deliver results, and I'm so glad I did. This balm is amazing. I could literally gush about it all day long. It smells amazing, feels amazing on my skin, and I love taking the time out at night to really pamper my skin. I massage the balm in for a few minutes, adding a bit of water to lather things up and rinse off my eye makeup, and my skin is left feeling so smooth and beautiful afterwards. The fab thing about this product is it's for all skin types, and it works a treat on my oily skin. I love it so much, and taking my makeup off at night has no longer become a chore - hoorah! 

Another new product I've become a big fan of has got to be the heavily gushed-over Healgel Eye*. I was sent this a little while ago and I've been using it on a nightly basis since, although I should probably use it in the morning too. It's supposed to soften fine lines, as well as brightening and depuffing the skin, and although I hopefully don't have too many fine lines just yet, I find it works really well at brightening my skin and getting rid of puffiness and dark circles. I really need to get into the habit of applying it in the morning as I can imagine the cooling sensation application gives would really help to wake me up! 

Something I've always been a huge fan of, but have recently begin to realise just how much I rely on it, has got to be Origin's Super Spot Remover*. Seriously, if you suffer with acne or even occasional breakouts and you haven't tried this yet, TRY IT. Seriously, I call it my 'magic spot gel' as it works so amazingly quickly at getting rid of spots. You feel it working as soon as you apply it (yes, it stings), and in the morning the results will speak for themselves. 

Another product I'm loving from Origins, their Oil-Free High Potency Night-A-Mins* is the first night cream I've really gotten on with. I've tried other night creams in the past but I've never really found one that gives me results, feels nice on my skin and doesn't break me out. I've also never found one that specifically targets oily skin - which means as soon as I heard about the oil-free version I was hooked. This moisturiser smells amazingly zingy and orangey (rather like the GinZing moisturiser), feels gorgeous on my skin and has now become a staple in my routine. 

What are your current favourite nighttime skincare products? Let me know! 

Holiday Essentials

Friday, 27 September 2013

Today I'm travelling to the airport ready for my flight tomorrow morning, as I'll be going away for a week in the sunshine with my boyfriend. I am so excited about going away - I literally haven't been on a proper sunshine holiday in years so it's long overdue. 

I've been meaning to put a few posts together leading up to going away, but things have been ridiculously manic lately that I haven't had a chance. Having said that, I put aside some time at the weekend to sort through some of the 'essentials' I'll be taking on holiday with me and I thought I would talk you through them all. I find holiday packing ridiculously stressful, and pretty much always feel like I've forgotten something. I tend to over-pack when it comes to outfits and beauty products so I've attempted to keep things minimal this holiday. 

In terms of skincare, I'll obviously be taking all the usual essentials, including sun cream and after sun. Whilst I find these products a bit of a boring one to talk about (although very important), I actually got quite excited when I purchased Hawaiian Tropic's Silk Hydration Sun Lotion. Whilst I have oily skin on my face, my body can get pretty dry so this sounds like the perfect sun cream for me. It has 'hydrating ribbons' throughout to keep my skin nice and nourished as well as protecting it from the sun's harsh rays. I got it in SPF 30 as that's pretty much what I always wear on holiday. 

Speaking of moisturisation, I also popped in Amie's Skin Shield* in SPF 15 to pop on in the morning before my sunscreen, just to give my skin a little added protection. I love all of Amie's products and this one is nice and light on my skin whilst 'shielding' it from the sun. It also protects your skin from premature ageing, which is something I am always concerned about! To keep the rest of my skin nicely moisturised I'll also be taking Elemis' Tan Accelerator, which is basically a glorified moisturiser, that's meant to prep your skin for the sun. You're actually meant to use it two weeks before going away and whilst you're out there, but me being me have left things to the last minute so I'll just be taking it out there with me to keep my skin topped up with moisture. 

Before going away I always like to apply a bit of fake tan so I'm not looking ghostly white on the beach, and this means I need to take a decent exfoliator with me. I'm loving St Moriz's Exfoliating Body Scrub* at the minute and have dispensed some into a little tub to take with me, as I have the 100ml version. Finally for skin, instead of using a liquid sun screen on my face, I'm going to be using Jane Iredale's SPF 30 Powder Sun Screen to save my skin from getting even oilier on holiday. I'm really hoping this will work some wonders as I absolutely hate using sun cream on my face - fingers crossed this does the trick! 

In terms of hair, I like to keep it fairly simple on holiday. I've got a trusty little pack of mini Label M products*, complete with shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and blow out spray with UV protection, meaning I have pretty much all I need to keep my hair looking good whilst I'm away. Of course, I'll be taking a stack load of hair bands and bobby pins with me to restyle my hair, and of course I couldn't be without my Moroccanoil*, which I'll be taking in this cute little bottle to keep my hair nice and nourished. I've debated taking some salt spray with me but I figure there isn't much point as I'll be in the sea getting the natural salt anyway! 

What are your hair and skincare essentials when you go away? Let me know! 

Toni&Guy HairMeetWardrobe with Lulu Kennedy

Thursday, 26 September 2013

*Sponsored Post*

If you're a big fan of fashion and beauty, then you're pretty much guaranteed to fall in love with the new Limited Edition range of key products from Toni&Guy, designed by Lulu Kennedy. If you're fond of funky packaging (just like me) then you will love how amazing these packaging designs are, and better still, just how fantastic the products are. 

I am completely in love with the concept surrounding this collaboration; Toni&Guy and Lulu Kennedy have joined forces to create a range of products that are each tailored to a different style of fashion. I don't know about you, but I often have days when I think 'What should I do with my hair for this outfit?', as in my opinion an outfit just isn't an outfit without a gorgeous 'do to go with it. That's where this amazing collection comes in. Thinking of keeping it casual? Then the Sea Salt Texturising Spray is for you. Maybe you'd prefer to glam things up a bit? Then try the Volume Plumping Whip. There's also the Stick it Up Gum if you're feeling creative, or for a classic look opt for the Shine Gloss Serum. So there are no excuses not to match your hairstyle with your outfit! 

Over the past few days I've been trialing these products and I'm suitably impressed. The 'Casual' Sea Salt Texturising Spray is perfect if you're a fan of those mussed up beachy waves, smells amazing and does a brilliant job at making my hair look all beachy and tousled, as well as adding serious texture and making my hair smell amazing. It also adds a lot of volume, which is always a plus in my book! The 'Classic' Shine Gloss Serum is ideal if you have split ends like me, or suffer with frizzy or dry hair. What I love about it is that you can use it on dry hair to really tame frizz and achieve a much sleeker look, without weighing hair down.

Next up is the Stick it Up Gum, for those 'Creative' types. I'll admit, I was a bit apprehensive about using this, but I actually really love it. I never usually use gums in my hair but I found this worked amazingly well at holding my style and giving it some attitude. I found it worked a bit like a hairspray in that it kept my hair in place, which I think would be amazing for shorter styles in particular. Finally, my absolute favourite of the bunch, the 'Glam' Volume Plumping Whip. If you know me, you'll know I love volume, and this product is fantastic at giving my hair the oompth that it really needs. A little goes a long way with this so I can see it lasting me a while. It's great for creating the really glam big beehive hairstyles that I love, and its definitely become a staple in my hair routine. 

Overall I am really impressed with the Toni&Guy HairMeetWardrobe range. I adore the concept, love the packaging and all of the products are really fantastic.

'Dress from the head down with TONI&GUY HairMeetWardrobe. Create your look with the exclusive TONI&GUY Limited Edition products designed by Lulu Kennedy'

*Disclosure: Compensation was provided by TONI&GUY via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are  not indicative of the opinions or positions of TONI&GUY.*

My Favourite MAC Lipsticks

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
L-R: Please Me, Costa Chic, Heartless, Morange, Candy Yum Yum, Viva Glam Nicki

When it comes to lipsticks, I think we all know that MAC rule the roost. With a massive selection of shades, tonnes of different finishes and new limited edition lippies being released all the time, I really don't think you can go wrong with MAC lipsticks. Over the years I've built up quite a collection and I thought it was about time I showed you my favourites! 

Please Me
First up - Please Me. One of the few nude lipsticks I own from MAC, it's the one I've repurchased countless times and absolutely love. The perfect matte nude pink, it's perfect for wearing in the day or at night with a smokey eye. It's a tad on the dry side, but I love the colour so much it doesn't bother me. 

Costa Chic
Another long-time favourite of mine from MAC, Costa Chic is one of the first MAC lipsticks I bought and I've loved it ever since. A beautiful bright, creamy coral, it's a big favourite of mine during the summer months, and I love how it really makes my eyes pop. It's a Frost finish which suits this shade completely and it's definitely a colour I always go back to. 

I didn't really want to include any Limited Edition colours in this post, as obviously you won't be able to get hold of them anymore, however I couldn't resist putting in one from the amazing Venomous Villains collection MAC did with Disney a while ago. This shade is called Heartless and it is a stunning, ruby red that is an Amplified finish, making it pack a serious punch. I adore wearing this shade during the winter at parties as I feel like it's that perfect, Taylor Swift-esque red. 

Another bold shade from MAC, Morange is one of my more recent purchases and it's such an amazing shade I can't believe I didn't invest in it earlier. It's a stunning bright orange, creamy in texture and really moisturising on the lips. I love wearing this shade with a plain black dress to add a bit of oompth. 

Candy Yum Yum
Most definitely one of my all-time favourite lipsticks, Candy Yum Yum was Limited Edition until MAC thought better of it and released it permanently. A beautiful matte, almost fluorescent bright pink shade that definitely isn't for the faint-hearted, Candy Yum Yum is definitely a statement lippy but in all honesty I think it would suit everyone. I love wearing this with a thick slick of liner and falsies for a really glam look. 

Viva Glam Nicki
Another fairly recent(ish) addition to my collection of MAC lippies, Viva Glam Nicki is definitely up there with my favourites. A beautiful bright peachy coral pink, it's another really creamy formula that feels really nourishing on the lips. It's quite similar to Costa Chic, although it's a lot more pink-toned. It also looks incredible with a tan! 

So there you go - all my favourite MAC lipsticks. I thought I'd show them on to give you a better idea of what they look like if you're thinking of investing. Let me know which MAC lipsticks are your favourites - I'm always looking for more to add to my collection! 

Technology Wishlist

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
1. Nikon D3200 Camera - Amazon
2. iPad Mini - Apple / iPad Mini Case - Accessorize
3. Roberts Cath Kidston Radio - Very
4. Xbox 360 - Amazon / Pink Controller - Amazon
5. iMac - Apple

I thought it was about time I did a technology-themed wishlist. Okay, I know it's not exactly beauty or fashion related, but truth be told I am really into my gadgets, am a bit of a tomboy at heart (despite my love for all things girly, pink and floral) and lately have been in one of those endless 'I want this, I need that' frame-of-minds, about technology bits and pieces in particular. So, I thought I'd put together a list to give me something to aim for, as I'm getting into saving up now and not being so frivolous with my spending. I find putting together these wishlist posts really therapeutic and it actually makes me question whether I really need the thing I'm lusting after. So, without further ado, here are the technology gadgets I'm wanting to get my hands on at the minute. 

First up, a new DSLR. As much as I love my Nikon D3000, I've had it for quite a few years now and it's starting to lag behind the newer models. I have thought about getting a lens to keep me quiet for a bit, and I probably will, but the ultimate aim is to upgrade to a Nikon D3200 or similar, mainly due to the fact it has so many more MP than my current camera, so is guaranteed to take much better pictures. I love my D3000 but I feel like I've got as far as I can with it now, if that makes sense? 

The second thing on my list has got to be the blogger's favourite, an iPad Mini. Whilst I debated investing in the original iPad, the price range put me off as well as the size, so when the iPad Mini was released it went straight to the top of my wishlist. I'm secretly hoping Santa will get me a beautiful white one for Christmas, so that I can Pinterest to my heart's content and blog more on-the-go, but for now I'll just have to keep dreaming about this gorgeous little gadget. Of course, an iPad wouldn't be an iPad without a pretty case, and I've had my eye on this floral beauty from Accessorize for ages. Want. 

Ever since I was little and I saw the cute retro Roberts radios in Harrods gadgety bit I have always wanted one. Originally I wanted a pastel pink one, but when I learnt Cath Kidston do a couple of designs I was completely sold. I can't quite justify getting one of these just yet, although the Very 'Take 3' offer (paying a third of the price over three months) is very tempting to soften the blow! 

Okay, so you probably wouldn't think this about me, but I really love gaming and growing up I always had the latest gaming console. My personal favourites to play on were Spyro and Tomb Raider, but since getting older my consoles have been gathering dust at the back of the cupboard and I'm definitely in need of an upgrade. I won't lie, the recent hysteria over GTA V has definitely kicked off me thinking of investing in an Xbox, but we'll have to wait and see. I wish it was still acceptable for me to ask Santa for one. I may see how much I can get for my old consoles on Music Magpie or Ebay or something and sell them in the hope of being able to afford a shiny new Xbox. We shall see! Of course, I need the pink controller to go with it. Naturally.

Finally, the last and biggest item on this wishlist is by far the one I want the most. As much as I love my trusty Sony Vaio, I think it's time to invest in a desktop computer and for years I have wanted to get my hands on an iMac. I just think they look so stunning, are ridiculously powerful and will be perfect for blogging, YouTubeing and writing on, and will prevent me from living in my bed (which having a laptop makes a regular occurrance). The only reason I've put off getting one is, of course, the price, which is over a whopping £1,000 and means I'll probably be saving for quite some time. I have debated doing one of those buy now pay later things but I'm not sure whether it's a bit risky - it's something I'll have to think seriously about! 

So there you go, my current technology wishlist. Let me know what gadgets you're lusting after at the minute, and if you have any of the ones I've listed let me know what they're like and if they're worth the pricetag! 

Flower's Fabulous Fudge

Monday, 23 September 2013

I've always been a big fan of baking, and when the weather starts to turn cooler and autumn wings its way towards us I always relish getting out my baking bits and getting stuck in. I love making cupcakes especially (see my awesome Halloween cupcakes and biscuits post here), but I also really like to experiment and try new recipes whenever I can.

I've recently started collecting the new 'Disney Bakes and Sweets' magazines and I am literally in love with them. Baking + Disney = my ultimate heaven so you can imagine my delight when I found out these were coming out. I hot-footed it down to my local newsagents and picked up the first two copies, and I'm eagerly awaiting getting issue 3 on Thursday (I can see this becoming an expensive habit, but I don't care!) The magazines basically feature Disney-themed recipes, and come with cute Disney bits to help bake with. The first issue included some Winnie the Pooh cupcake stencils along with a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter/embosser, and the second issue came with some Winnie the Pooh moulds for making icing/chocolate characters. I'm actually debating subscribing to the magazines as I know I'll be buying one every week, but I'll have to assess my money situation before I do!

Anyway, this weekend me and my boyfriend decided to have a flick through my two magazines to see if anything took our fancy. I really wanted to make the Mickey Mouse biscuits but fancied a bit of a challenge, so instead we opted for Flower's Fabulous Fudge. I've never made fudge before but I'm a big fan of it so was really excited to give it a go. It involved a lot of patience as it takes a long while to boil all the ingredients together, as well as waiting an age for the fudge to actually set, but once done and decorated (and eaten) I was really impressed with our efforts. Whilst the fudge isn't the usual smooth fudge texture, it tastes absolutely delicious and so moreish. My dad is a big fan and the tin we had full to the brim with cubes of fudge is now significantly lower, so they've definitely been a hit! They're really soft and yummy and for a first attempt I think they're amazing. The only thing I'm now regretting is making them a week before I go on holiday - bye bye bikini body!

Have any of you been buying the new Disney Bakes and Sweets magazines? Let me know what you've been baking!

Little Things #2

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Do you remember, absolutely ages ago, I did a post titled 'Little Things', featuring all the things I'm loving/that are making me happy at the minute. I haven't done one since but I've really wanted to, so here are the things making me happy at the minute...

1. Victoria's Secret Body Spray - A few weeks ago I hotfooted it to Leeds for a beauty event, and of course, ending up stumbling across the new Victoria's Secret store. Now, if you follow me on Twitter you'll probably know that I have wanted to go to a Victoria's Secret shop for absolutely ages now, desperately trying (and failing) to hunt it down in London, so you can imagine my happiness when I finally found one. The shop was absolutely amazing and I honestly could have spent hours in there. We were a little pushed for time so I spritzed away at the body mists and chose the beautiful smelling Wild Strawberries and Champagne one - it kind of has a rosey scent to it, which I love, and it looks so pretty on my shelf. I can definitely see me collecting these gorgeous sprays! 

2. Mary Jane Fashion Boots* - I've wanted some boots like this for ages now - whilst I have some Chelsea boots they don't have much of a heel, whereas these have some serious height and a whopping platform to them. They're absolutely gorgeous and I feel a million dollars wearing them, even if I struggle to walk in them a little bit (I'm terrible in high heels, I've come to realise). I wore them last weekend and I honestly would wear these constantly if I could get away with it! 

3. Blog Inc. - Another thing I've wanted to get my paws on for ages now, the book every blogger and their mother has; Blog Inc. My blog is really important to me and seeing how much it's grown over the past few years has made me want to push and make it even better, so I thought this book was a sensible buy. It's really great at giving you ideas and I think it's fab if you feel like you're in a bit of a blogging rut. There's information on starting a blog, to making it your career, so it's ideal if you're established or just starting out in the blogging world. I haven't finished it yet but I'm loving it so far! 

4. Urban Outfitters Photoframe - As soon as I saw this on the Urban Outfitters website I knew it had to be mine, so luckily when I was in Leeds I also managed to get hold of this. It's such a cute quirky photo frame, filled with sparkly sequins and unicorns, and whilst I don't have an image to fill it just yet, it still looks super pretty on my shelves. Love it! PS - there's 15% off online at Urban Outfitters with the code 'NEWSEASON'

5. Katy Perry The Movie - Finally, last night I watched Katy Perry The Movie: Part of Me after wanting to see it for so long and it completely blew me away. I've been a big fan of Katy since the beginning, but this film just cemented my love for her even more. Unfortunately I never got to see her California Dreams tour but this film gives you a huge insight into just how phenomenal it was, as well as seeing behind the scenes. The film shows how amazingly hard-working and dedicated to her fans she is and I really couldn't fault it. I think it's a great watch even if you don't know that much about Katy as it's a real eye-opener. 100% recommend! 

Clinique SuperPrimer Face Primer

Friday, 20 September 2013

*Sponsored Post*

If there is one thing I can't live without when it comes to makeup, it has got to be a primer. I always look on in horror when I see people skipping priming their face when applying makeup - it is an absolute must in my book. I actually remember once redoing my entire face of makeup because I'd forgotten to put my primer on - yes, that is just how important it is to me. 

So, when I heard Clinique were releasing a selection of 'SuperPrimers', I was most definitely intrigued. Available in six different formulas; one universal and five tinted for different skin types and needs, there literally is a primer for everyone. I've heard a lot of fantastic things about Clinique's skincare and makeup, so I was really excited to try one of their new primers. Over the past few weeks I've been trialing the 'Universal Face Primer', which is suitable for all skin types. I have to say - I'm really, really impressed. I love how the Universal Primer goes on un-tinted, so you could literally just be applying your moisturiser, but leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft and velvety. I find some primers a little greasy upon application but this one is a treat to apply, and melts into my skin beautifully.  

Once on my skin, the primer feels incredible and it makes applying my foundation a dream. Ever struggled with foundation application? One of the reasons I love this primer so much is because it makes applying my foundation totally flawless and fuss-free, without any patchiness. Another reason is because it makes my foundation last so much better than it would on its own, with no shininess or oil showing through as the day goes on. Before I discovered primers I would always have to patch up my makeup during the day but this primer means that that just isn't necessary. 

I adore this primer and it is definitely a new staple in my makeup bag. I literally do not ever wear foundation without applying primer first and this one is a total treat to use - it works completely in sync with my foundation, making the perfect pairing for flawless skin. 

NEW Clinique Superprimer Face Primers are available in one universal formula and five tinted formulas designed for specific skin care needs. 30ml RRP £20.00 / €27.00

Shop now at or visit a Clinique counter to discover your skin type. Ask for a foundation fitting and you will receive a complimentary 5-day sample of your chosen formula.

*Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clinique via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clinique*

My First Kipling Bag

Thursday, 19 September 2013

I don't know about you, but I'm definitely a bag person, and one of the bag brands I have always been fond of has got to be Kipling. Ever since I was a little girl I always cooed and sighed over these pretty bags, desperately wanting to get my hands on one. I remember my big sister having a black backpack-type Kipling bag, and I always thought she was so cool with it, and the cute furry gorilla that dangled off. I was insanely jealous of 'the' bag and even saved up my pocket money so I could buy myself the little furry gorilla keyring, to give me a taste of the Kipling magic (I still have said keyring). 

So, when I was approached by Bagable to see if I wanted to review a Kipling bag, I jumped at the chance. They've always been on my 'to buy' list, but being a perfectionist I could honestly spend hours debating over which one I wanted. So, when I was approached I forced myself into a decision and received the beautiful Fairfax bag in lilac. 

In short; I love it. It is amazing quality, a beautiful colour, and despite looking on the small side, it actually fits a heck of a lot in. There are dozens of different compartments in this bag, which is great if you like to pretend to be organised like me. There are so many different pockets on this bag I've actually lost track, but I think it makes a brilliant every day bag. I'm also really impressed with the prices on Bagable - I hadn't previously heard of it but it is ideal if you're looking for a Kipling bag but aren't so keen on paying full whack. I'm in love with my Kipling and hope to add many more to my collection - I'm still lusting after the backpack my sister had! 

Are you a fan of Kipling bags? Let me know what you think! 

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Range

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Lately I've been having a love affair with Bumble and Bumble products. If you saw my last post on the brand, you'll know I was swooning over how fabulous their Surf range is. However, when it comes to hair, I always believe the bigger the better, so in terms of ranges that were pretty much designed for me, Bumble and Bumble's Thickening range is most definitely the one. I first tried it when I was having a blow dry at the Queen Bee salon I reviewed a while back, and I was so impressed and went away wanting absolutely everything she used. Which, coincidentally, was the Thickening range. 

A while ago I was sent the shampoo, conditioner, hairspray and serum, all from the fabulous Bumble and Bumble Thickening range. I like my hair big, so I knew this range would be for me. After seeing the results these products achieved in the salon I knew to expect big things from this range, and I wasn't disappointed. The shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling super bouncy and big, and beautifully conditioned. I love the volume and hold the hairspray gives, although I will say it does leave my hair feeling a tad greasy, but this could just be due to me being a little overzealous with it. The serum is another brilliant product that just adds to the volume in my hair, which you apply at night to really add oompth to your hair. I've definitely noticed a difference using it and I'm going to be really sad when it runs out! 

Overall I am so impressed with Bumble and Bumble's Thickening range of products, they are perfect for anyone looking for big, beautiful bouncy hair. Whilst they're not the cheapest range of products, the quality is second to none and if I could afford to splash out on these products all the time, I most definitely would. 

Have you tried Bumble and Bumble's Thickening range? What did you think to it?

Limited Edition Nivea Soft Moisturiser Review

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

I'm pretty terrible when it comes to moisturising, but this recent addition to my dressing table has meant moisturising has become a regular part of my routine. Believe it or not, I've never actually tried Nivea's Soft Moisturiser before now, and I'm so glad I've finally given it a go as I am in love with this moisturiser.

I was recently sent the limited edition Giles Deacon version of Nivea's infamous Soft Moisturiser, in celebration of fashion week. There are three designs to collect and my version looks really cute sitting on my dressing table. The moisturiser can be used on hands, body and face and whilst I prefer to use it on my hands and body, I don't doubt it would be ideal for drier skin types to use on their face. 

This moisturiser is completely fuss-free and leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth. My favourite thing about the moisturiser, however, is how utterly amazing it smells. It's a classic smell - kind of a mix between baby oil and sun lotion, or, as my boyfriend suggested 'kids sun lotion', and as bizarre as it sounds I can't stop smelling it. It contains Jojoba and Vitamin E, perfect for banishing scars and stretch marks, and doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky but instead sinks into my skin beautifully. 

In celebration of fashion week, Nivea Soft has launched a competition to showcase the best 'outfit of the days', in which sixty winners will be chosen to win on-the-spot prizes, with one overall winner. To be in with a chance of winning a limited edition Nivea Soft Pot, a luxurious Giles Deacon handbag or the top prize of being styled by Giles, with a stay in London and £200, all you have to do is tweet or Instagram your outfit with the hashtags #OOTD and #NIVEASOFT.

I'm definitely going to be entering as I love a good competition and this one is so simple to enter! I haven't been paid to post about this by the way I just think competitions are fab and you've got to be in it to win it! Will you be entering? It closes on 25th September. 
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