Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Nuxellence Eye Contour | Review

I'm sure everyone can remember how the entire blogosphere went into meltdown a few years ago for the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm. To this day, it is still one of my favourite lip balms, there's nothing else like it around the same price point! Moving on from that, I started using the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse maybe a year ago now and, this is no exaggeration, I've used it every day since! Needless to say, Nuxe is a brand I fully trust so when I was given the opportunity to try out their new eye cream, I couldn't believe my luck!

Say hello to one of the newest additions to the Nuxe family! An eye cream isn't really something I've ever given much thought to in the past. I didn't even have one in my routine before trying this one! When I first opened it and saw the funny looking applicator, my mind immediately went "GIMMICK!". And it might be to some, but I'm telling you, don't knock it 'till you've tried it! I have applied this with my fingers and it just doesn't glide on as well or feel as nice. It's got a small hole on the back which you use to squeeze the cream out and apply it and the you use the metal applicator to spread the cream all around the under eye area. I've got to say, this is one gimmick I have fully adhered to, the applicator is brilliant!

In my skincare routine, I always tended to just apply whatever face moisturizer I was using to my under eye area and call it a day. When trying this, though, I can definitely feel the difference it makes to the area, it feels so comfortable, silky smooth and moisturized, I can see how it could help prevent wrinkles from that alone! However, as with any other anti ageing product, it's impossible to tell if such claims are true or not in the short term.

All in all, this gets a thumbs up from me! I like the way this makes my under eye area feel, I like the process of applying it and I like saying I now wear and eye cream! ...feel so grown up!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Repurchased Products Vol 2.

Getting your hands on a brand new launch is always very exciting, but we all have those products we have been using for years and maybe sometimes don't even realize it! It's those products you pick up every time you're in Boots and reached a "cannot live without" level, the ones you've lost count of how many times you've repurchased, they're always my favourite ones to hear about from other people. Below are some of of mine. I always keep back ups of two of them, since I do use them every day and running out just fills me with dread! Here are my most repurchased products:

Indeed Labs Retinol Reface: I thought jumping on the anti age bandwagon ASAP was a good idea since I'm in my mid 20s (soon to be late 20s after my next birthday, oh dear!). I did a bit of research and initially picked up the La Roche Posay offering. It was good enough, but since I didn't really feel a massive difference on my skin with it, I decided to try a different one when it ran out. The Indeed Labs stood at a much friendlier price point and it works so, so well! I can always feel the difference in the morning after I've used it. It makes my skin feel so smooth and plumped, just what I want! If you're going to start using retinols, don't forget to also invest in a really good SPF, you don't wanna be playing around with these guys!

Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser: One of the first posts on this blog is about the time I bought every product in this range (which at the time only consisted of 3 products!). That was all the way back in 2012 and I've been using this cleanser ever since! It's really crazy to think I've been using the same product for almost 5 years now, but it is THAT good! It is absolutely unbeatable at it's price point. If you're looking for a basic, creamy cleanser that will hydrate your skin and leave it feel supple and moisturized, you cannot go wrong with this one!

L'Oreal Micellar Water: This blog post has been in the works for a while (well, when I say "in the works" I mean I took the pictures and never gave the blog post another thought until now!) so I've actually repurchased this guy AGAIN and they've changed the packaging! I have lost count of how many bottles of this I've gone through now. I first picked it up after the Bioderma madness that engrossed the blogging community a few years ago. Back then it was SUPER hard to ge ahold of Bioderma in the UK and after I ran out of my 500ml bottle, I didn't really think it was THAT different to anything else I could just pick up at Boots. I've stuck with this L'Oreal on ever since. I've also tried the Garnier and the La Roche Posay offerings, but keep coming back to this one!

Now I want to hear from you: what are your most repurchased products??

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Battling the Grey

Surely I'm not the only one who is fed up with this weather? I feel like I haven't seen the sun in months! Considering my wardrobe is made up of black, white and grey you'd think I wouldn't mind this so much, but that couldn't be further from the truth! I'm all about a sunny Summer's day, spent in my black skinny jeans and stripey long sleeve top!

All joking aside though, I've been relying on my outfit to keep me positive. I can't say there's a lot of variety in my closet (hence the scarce OOTD posts on here!), but I certainly have my favourites! When it's so cold outside, it's easy to drown ourselves in layer upon layer, but I don't like how easy that makes it to lose out silloute. I'll always choose this sleeker leather jacket from Mango to throw on as my top layer to try and counteract that! I've had this jacket for about three years and I still love the way it looks. It is only faux leather, but the quality is immense. It is so heavy and looks so real, I love it!

And of course, my Acne Studios scarf has been another staple lately. It's so incredibly soft and warm, it helps keep the chilly winds at bay without bulking up my silhouette too much. I also thinks it adds instant "cool" to any outfit in seconds. I like to feel like a cool Scandinavian fashion blogger when I throw this on. Hey, fake it 'till you make it, right? haha

Now, how easy is it to tell I'm a newbie at OOTD posts? Any tips on stopping the posing are welcome! haha

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Acne Studios Canada Virgin Wool Scarf from Net a Porter

I've made a decision at the end of last year to start investing more in my wardrobe and in the quality of the items I buy.

Don't get me wrong, I don't have the biggest of budgets but I've come to dread how wasteful my clothing buying habits are. I'm tired of buy lots of cheap things (which, when you add them all up, don't come out that cheap at all) which don't last very long due the poor quality, only to have the cycle repeat itself in a few months time anyway! I'm making a conscious decision to buy less but buy quality. 

 This scarf is my first ever luxury purchase. I got it for Christmas from my lovely (and generous!) husband and I'm so glad I asked for it to be put under our tree! Plus, the Net a Porter box looks so nice! I asked Joe to not let me open it before Christmas day and he stood strong despite me later on begging him to open it before! Opening this beautiful box on Christmas day was really special.

The Acne scarf is made out of 100% virgin wool, which I've recently learn means it's wool made from a lambs's first shearing! It feels extremely soft and warm and the quality is exceptional. The thing I was looking forward to the most was having a scarf that doesn't shed. With my old Primark ones, I'd always end up finding bits of fibre in mouth if I maybe had a drink or a coffee while wearing it. I'm very happy to say, this scarf does not shed!

All in all, I'm super happy with this purchase. If you're thinking about getting this scarf, the only thing I will say about it is: go for a dark colour! I got make up on it the very first time I wore it (and instantly panicked, of course, it was expensive!). Luckily one of my co-workers knows what she's doing around wool and knits and got it off by simply rubbing the stain with a dry bit of tissue. It worked perfectly but it is a bit annoying having to think about it constantly. No fault of the scarf, though!


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

What I Picked Up From Charlotte Tilbury

I feel like the Charlotte Tilbury store in Covent Garden has become a bit of a Mecca for beauty addicts who flock down to London! When I was the last month, of course I had to pay a visit and I can tell you right now, it is every bit as gorgeous as I'd imagined it! Everything looks quite pristine and don't even get me started on the sales associates! They all had amazing make up and were actually really friendly and made you feel comfortable having a browse, which is always important.

I've been looking at Charlotter Tilbury's products for ages now. It's no secret they've used the power of social media to make the products even more popular and it's worked quite well. How can anyone help but to covet this gorgeous packaging? I was still to find out if the quality of the products matched the hype, though. These are the first bit from the brand I've ever tried and, I gotta say, I have not been left disappointed! I picked up a lip liner and one of the lipsticks, here are my thoughts:

Charlotte Tilbury Lip cheat in "Iconic Nude"
I've been a fan of lip liners for a long, long time now so my expectations every time I try a new one are always very high! I'm forever mixing different lip liners and lipsticks trying to achieve what I feel like is the perfect colour, but I can never find it in one single product. Guess what? Here it is! The Iconic Nude shade is the first one I've found that matches my natural lip colour almost exactly, but then gives me that "my lips but better" look. I love that it is a true nude on me, not a pinky or peachy nude, but just perfectly neutral. And the formula is absolutely spot on: it doesn't feel drying or tight and looks like you've got nothing on but at the same time it stays put all day. Bold statement here, but I think I found the perfect lip liner!

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in "Hepburn Honey" 
Now, this was something of an impulse purchased. I'd sat my sights on the lip liner and when they asked me if I'd liked to try anything else.... I just couldn't resist! I ask the sales assistant which lipstick would go with the lip liner so she showed me this. I immediately LOVED the name and also fell in love with the neutral nude shade instantly. The formula of these original lipsticks is ever so comfortable and they have a slight sheen to the finish, which I think looks very classic. The staying power is nothing to speak of unfortunately, but that's the only downside. Plus, because I actually enjoy reapplying my make up, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.

Have you guys tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury? What are your favourite bits? x

Saturday, 1 October 2016

What I Wore to London Fashio Week SS17

The title of this post might be a little bit misleading. I'm not going to dozens of shows in a season, so this "What I Wore to Fashion Week" is really just the outfit I wore to the N&S Gaia show! #KeepingItReal, right??

Sneakers were a huge trend this season and there were lots of bloggers wearing trainers to the shows. It was the perfect excuse for me to wear my trusty Converses. They are my favourite shoes, I've always got them on during the weekend and I was so pleased to wear them because who knew you could this comfy at a fashion show!?

I just fell in love with this top from Zara and I built my whole outfit around it. Black will always be my comfort zone but something see-through like this most definitely is NOT! I felt good about wearing something I normally wouldn't and it made me realize it's great to be thrown into situations like this which make you reevaluate your own normal. I paired it with a lacy bralette from TopShop. I've been looking for something like this for yonks and could never find the right style so I was super happy when I found this in TopShop!

As for the pair of jeans, they're the good old, trusty Leigh jeans from TopShop again. I feel like everyone and their mothers have this style of jeans nowadays. I hadn't even tried them on before as I don't normally shop there. I do really love the shape of these, tucking a shirt into a slight high waist like this just makes for instant cool and I loved it! The necklace and the bag I also picked up at TopShop.

My lip colour is MAC's Cherry lip liner topped with the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw.

(I was a bad, bad blogger that day and left my camera at home so excuse the iPhone snaps!)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

N&S Gaia SS 2017 // Fashion Scout LFW

London Fashion week is well and truly over now and the eyes of the world are now turning to Milan. Am I the only one who feels quite sad when fashion week is over? haha Especially this year as this was the first year I was invited to a show and it was an amazing experience. I had the privilege to watch the N&S Gaia show during this year's Fashion Scout event. It took place in the Freemanson's Hll in the heart of Covent Garden and the venue couldn't have been more amazing.

The SS '17 collection was compromised mostly of dresses and skirts, but the pieces that really caught my eye were really the long and flowy capes the girls are seen wearing here with these swimsuits. How fantastically glamorous would you feel wearing these poolside? Or even as a statement over a simple outfit of boyfriend jeans and a tshirt? I just love it!

photo credit to Erol Birsen
photo credit to Erol Birsen
photo credit to Erol Birsen

The brand are known for their use of ethically sourced and eco fabrics and materials. To be completely honest, whenever I hear of brands like that, my head immediately goes to bland, white and beige designs and I can't help but yawn. That is most definitely NOT the case with N&S Gaia, how wonderfully and delightfully colourful are these designs?! I love all the embroidery work going on too, some of the pieces had lovely sparkle and shine to the details. It was a true delight to see.

Unfortunately, being a fashion week newbie, I did myself the disservice of forgetting my camera at home! You live you learn, right? It's more likely to all of yours benefit, as these pictures look stunning and you can truly appreciate the designs! 

Thank you very much to N&S Gaia and Yannis Sioudan from Interference Press for this opportunity. Believe me, it was not taken lightly and I can't thank you enough for giving me this opportunity. :)



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