Sunday, 23 February 2014

Weekly Loves #2

This week i finally got my hands on the Topshop All Sorts boots. I've had my eyes on them for a while, but resisted due to having purchased a fair few pairs of chunky black boots throughout the season. But my willpower diminished and they ended up coming home with me. I've worn them a couple of times already, and they go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe so i know i'll be getting a lot of wear out of them!

Lush is a dangerous shop, you can enter with no intention of buying anything, yet leave with a bag full of goodies. Well this time i didn't end up with a bag full of products which is quite an achievement, it was just the Ocean Salt Scrub that ended up in my basket. I think i have a decent selection of most skincare products, but a face scrub is something i was lacking, which is why this caught my eye! Firstly it smells AMAZING, it's so fresh and citrusy as it contains lime and grapefruit. You only need to apply the tiniest amount to your skin, and the salt gradually dissolves into an ultra moisturising cream leaving your face feel clean, yet not dried out.

I have a candle obsession. I have so many in my room, and even spare ones stashed away that i couldn't resist buying, but have no where to display them! I love the smell of Yankee Candles but they're pretty pricey, and i can't always justify spending £20 on one. I recently discovered the Yankee Candle oil burners which you use to burn their oil tarts. You place the tart in the top dish, and light a tealight underneath which gradually melts the tart, filling the room with an amazing scent. I've discovered you only need to break of a small piece of the tart as a little goes a long way, which means they last a really long time, and they are so cheap to buy. The same amazing Yankee Candle scents at a much cheaper price!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

The faces of Fashion Week

When it comes to Fashion Week it's not just the clothes that get attention and make headlines, the models are also highly anticipated and everyone is on the look out for who could become the next big runway sensation. 

Cara Delevingne is currently one of the biggest faces in fashion. She fronts designer campaigns, graces best selling magazine covers and of course hits the catwalk during Fashion Week. This season her Fashion Week status reached a new level when she fronted the Mulberry show launching the Cara Delevingne collection, also making her the latest addition to the celebrity inspired Mulberry bags including the Alexa, and the Del Rey.

Next up is Jourdan Dunn who was famously scouted whilst shopping in Primark. From watching interviews with her she seems so down to earth and a natural London girl, which is really refreshing when so many models who reach 'celebrity status' get caught up in the hysteria of fame. I think Jourdan has one of the most striking faces ever, how is it fair for one woman to have so many amazing features?! I'm obviously not jealous at all... This season she walked in shows including Giles Deacon and Topshop Unique, as pictured above.

A slightly more recent face to Fashion Week is Suki Waterhouse, firstly how amazing is that name! I'm not quite sure when she first came onto the scene but i've noticed her quite a lot just recently, i'm not too sure if that's because of her amazing doll-like face, or the fact she's dating Bradley Cooper... Once again, obviously so not jealous. As the face of Burberry's campaign she unsurprisingly hit the catwalk this season, so as a fairly new addition does she have what it takes to become the next big modelling sensation?

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Weekly Loves #1

I thought i'd add something a little different to the blog today, something that makes a change from my ramblings about clothes and beauty, although i'm sure those topics will sneak there way into these posts too! When i go through my phone i constantly find saved images and Instagram screenshots (is anyone else bad for that?), so i thought i'd share my weekly interests with you on here. Although you may not find them particularly interesting, i seem to hoard a worrying amount of photos of food, highly coveted clothes and funny memes... no wonder i got an email today saying my iCloud space was full!!

I found this coat on Boohoo which is a great dupe for the Topshop boyfriend coat that's now out of stock. I missed out on the Topshop original due my indecisiveness, so got a bit over excited when i spotted this at half the price and instantly added it to my online shopping bag. As i was about to check out it went out of stock- SO FREAKIN' ANNOYING, when will i learn to buy things when i first see them?

Totally random, but these cookies are so good i've eaten nearly two packets this week, oops. As if a cookie isn't good enough on its own, these have a soft centre which tastes just like Nutella- what a dream. You'll be thanking me when you try them!

I've been obsessing over Kylie Jenner's short hair for a couple of weeks, it's making me think about getting mine cut shorter again, and it makes me miss my ombre colour. Infact i just want to look like her in general- i'll look into the plastic surgery once i've had my hair done!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Kendall Jenner walks for Marc Jacobs

Today London Fashion Week has kicked off in the big city. Paris and New York have already shown many collections over the last couple of weeks, and now the spotlight is on London to showcase some of the big AW14 trends.

But anyway, onto the exciting stuff! On Thursday Marc Jacobs' show bought an end to NYFW with an unexpected face on the catwalk, KENDALL JENNER! As a self confessed Kardashian/ Jenner fan i found this totally exciting (yes i'm aware how lame this actually sounds), but walking the Marc Jacobs runway is pretty major, right?! There's already backlash surrounding her appearing in the show, with people slating her for showing her boobs, and speculation over whether it's another publicity stunt for the Kardashian brand. Anyway, i think she looks pretty major and definitely pulls off the look of a Marc Jacobs model, and as for the lack of top; she's 18 years old, and if there was ever a good cause to get your boobs out for the world to see, i think a world famous designer catwalk could just be it! 

Monday, 10 February 2014

The Body Shop haul

I know there's been a bit of a haul overload over the past week or so, i obviously got a bit carried away with my spending. This parcel actually arrived over a week ago so i'm a bit behind with this one, but i got some total bargains so had to post about it!

The Body Shop had 40% off everything online and instore, and before i knew what was happening i'd made a cheeky little online order. I'd had my eye on a couple of products for a while, but was planning to wait until i'd used up my current skincare stash before purchasing, but how could i not make use of 40% off?! So this happened...

Clockwise from top left- Camomile silky cleansing oil | Camomile sumptuous cleansing butter | Coconut beautifying oil | Muslin cloth
Camomile silky cleansing oil- I decided to give this a go as i'd been intrigued by the Mac cleanse off oil for a while, and felt i needed to experience what it was like to remove makeup with an oil- something i found quite a weird concept at first. The camomile range is fairly new and when i spotted this i thought it was a good way to experiment with a cleansing oil, especially at its bargain price!

Camomile sumptuous cleansing butter- Along with the cleansing oil this is a product that had been on my radar for a while, so it had to be added to the basket on this order. Once again i haven't used a butter as a makeup remover, and i've read this is actually more like a balm texture so thought it would make a nice change to my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. It has a really gentle and natural scent, so i'm hoping it will be nice and soothing, and effective, on my skin.

Coconut beautifying oil- All i can say about this purchase is: Who doesn't want to smother there body in coconut oil?! The smell instantly makes me think about the summer and being on holiday, so i'm hoping this will bring a little bit of summertime happiness to my life when i'm using it.

Muslin cloth- This was £1.50 with the 40% off, and you can never have to many muslin cloths. My Liz Earle ones are starting to look a little bit sad and it's always good to have a spare stash of these!

I got all of these products for around £20 which would have cost me roughly £37 full price, so all in all i think this was a pretty successful haul, do you?

Friday, 7 February 2014

Today I'm Wearing | Topshop gingham dress

Dress | Topshop
Leather jacket | All Saints
Scarf | Zara
Hat | River Island
Boots | New Look
Bag | Michael Kors

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Mini beauty haul

As i said at the end of my previous clothes haul post, i also picked up a few beauty pieces, so i thought i'd share them with you here!

Clockwise from top right: Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack, Body shop Vitamin E overnight serum-in-oil,  Body shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream, Dr Bronner's Magic Soap

Soap & Glory Puff Eye Attack- An eye-cream had been on my list of things to buy for a while and this one from Soap & Glory is the one that made the cut. I'm using the Origins Gin-Zing eye product also, but as it leaves a shimmer effect on the skin and is supposed to brighten the eyes, it's not a product i wanted to use at night. The Puff Eye Attack claims to help dark circles, and puffy-ness- something i'm not going to turn my nose up to! The product is a gel-like formula which can be used day and night and so far i'm getting on well with it, but time will tell if it really does what it says on the box.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil- Firstly, oh my god what a mouth full, certainly not the most concise name! I've been wanting to try a face oil for quite some time but have been dubious about doing so, something about putting oil on my face makes me a bit nervous, i have visions of horrible breakouts and super slick skin! But i bit the bullet and decided to give it a go. I came across this in The Body Shop on the day of its release and thought it would be a good product to ease me into the world of face oils, without paying the high end prices of the famous Kiehl's and Estee Lauder leading face oils. A couple of drops of this sink into my skin nicely, without leaving the oily residue i was worried about and in the morning my skin does feel super soft and replenished.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream- This product came with the face oil as an introductory offer, i'm not sure how much use i'll get out of this as i'm happy with my current Origins moisturisers, but i'm not one to turn down a freebie! I have only tried it once on a no makeup day and although it felt very moisturising i won't be opting to use it over my favourites- but it will remain as a back-up in my product stash.

Dr Bronner's Magic Soap- Ok this was a total impulse buy as i'd read a lot about these soaps and was pretty intrigued by them, i went for the scent eucalyptus as i think it smells very natural- almost like tea tree. I've no idea what i'm going to use this for as quite frankly the insane list of things you can use this product for overwhelms, AND slightly concerns me. Putting it on my face, body and hair i can accept, but brushing teeth, washing dishes, pest control (what?!) and window cleaning leave me a little confused. The soap is fair trade and is made from organic oils but i'm yet to decide what i'm brave enough to use it for- maybe it can be my make-up brush cleaner?!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Fashion haul

So when i was in London last week i might have done a bit of shopping, in fact quite a lot of shopping. But i've found two ways to justify it to make myself feel a bit better about the amount of stuff i brought home: Number 1- my Dad was feeling rather generous so very kindly treated me to a lot of the clothes, and number 2- i thought the Christmas sales were really rubbish, so now i'm making up for it!

So i thought i'd do a brief haul of everything that ended up in my shopping bags. First up is Zara where i stocked up on basic tops that i think i'll get a lot of use out of, and EVERYTHING i got was from the sale, and were major bargains. I paid between £3.99-£9.99 for each of these pieces- what a steal?!

Next up is Topshop, i went to the Oxford Circus flagship which was surprisingly bearable to shop in, i usually get stressed out in there after about five minutes. I desperately needed some basic blue jeans so opted for a pair of Jamie's, and also found the Joni jeans in olive green which is a shade i'd not seen before. Joni's are my favourite fit, they're super skinny and high-waisted so i know i'll wear these alot.

And lastly are some random pieces i picked up on my travels. The striped jeans are from Pull & Bear which isn't somewhere i usually buy from but i decided to pop in as i was passing the door, and i spotted these. They were reduced from £29.99 to £9.99, and when i see a good reduction things seem to end up coming home with me. They're something a bit different for me so i thought i'd give them a go. Finally are some socks, because you can never have too many, right? I got the Topshop pairs to wear with black cut out boots as i love a bit of tartan at the minute, and as for the animal ones, who doesn't want cats on their socks?

I also got a few beauty products but i will feature those on a separate haul as i fear this one will turn into a bit of an essay...

And finalyyy, weather permitting i'm thinking of doing some look book pictures featuring some of the new things i've got, so keep an eye out for that!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Micellar cleansing water reviews

I was quite late getting on the Bioderma bandwagon, I purchased my first bottle only a few months ago. I’d seen all the reviews claiming the Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution was like cleansing your skin with water whilst removing all traces of makeup, even stubborn eye makeup. So naturally I needed to give it a go.

After using my Bioderma for a few weeks I decided a micellar cleansing water was something I needed to incorporate into my skincare routine, I personally like to use it to remove the majority of my makeup at night before using my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, and I also use it as part of my morning routine. I purchased my Bioderma online as it isn’t easily available in stores where I live, although I have spotted it in some independent London stores- you lucky Londoners!

As I was getting through Bioderma pretty quickly I decided to go on the hunt for a drugstore alternative, something more readily available, and preferably cheaper than the £10ish price tag. There were two products that I decided to try that I’ve been using for a about six weeks, so after giving them a fair trial I decided to review them, and see if anything can rival the holy grail Bioderma.

Bioderma: I hadn’t used a product like this before and was a little dubious about its claims to ‘Cleanse, remove makeup and sooth’ sensitive skin. I had visions of the water-like product smearing my makeup all over my face rather than removing it, but oh how wrong was I! With the sweep of a cotton pad your makeup is effortlessly removed, and your skin is left feeling clean, refreshed and not sore- which I sometimes find with using other liquid cleansing products. It really is like washing your face with water, except this really does the job!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water- I spotted this in Savers, somewhere I often forget about when looking for beauty products, but it’s worth a look as they have most drugstore brands but at even lower prices. I picked this up for £2.99 and it’s a 400ml bottle, so a total bargain! As Savers don’t have a website I'll link you to Boots where you can also get your hands on it. This product makes the same claims as Bioderma- ‘Removes makeup + cleanses + soothes’ and can be used with sensitive skin on the face, eyes and lips. Overall I’m really happy with this product, it removes my makeup well and feels very natural on the skin- no fragranced scent or oily residue. I also don’t need to use a lot of product to get the job done, a couple of cotton wool pads clears my face.

L’OREAL Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution- This is another skincare bargain I picked up in Savers for £2.99, I’d seen it in Boots for £4.99 and was happy to buy it at that price, but not one to turn down an offer I obviously brought the cheapest I found! Once again it has the same claims as the previous products so I thought it was worth a try. This product does the job, but there’s something about it that doesn’t quite work for me, I find it slightly soapy on my skin. It doesn’t feel as pure and natural as the other waters, my face almost feels as if it needs washing after using this. I also noticed that if the bottle gets shaken up, soap-like bubbles appear at the top (does that make any sense?!), something that doesn’t happen with the Bioderma or Garnier, which makes me think the solution has some kind of nasty extra added in.

Overall if I had to rate these cleaning waters I would put Bioderma in 1st place, Garnier in 2nd, and L’OREAL 3rd. I’m still happy to use the L’OREAL product but wouldn’t repurchase it, but for me the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a great alternative to the Bioderma, and I would happily repurchase as a budget dupe for the famous French brand. Have you tried any of these products, or found any other dupes?