Saturday, 22 February 2014

Recently Bought #4

As mentioned I am moving to London next month to start my new job (eek). They wear casual clothes in the office, so obviously I have been picking up some new bits and pieces. Here's what I have so far (I say so far because it is only going to get worse)...

This top from ASOS is so cool. They didn't have a size 10 left and I didn't want to get an 8 in case it was too tight, so this is actually from the maternity section ha. It fits really well though, just hope I haven't pre-empted anything there!

I loveee berry knitwear and to date have been stealing my sisters jumper, which is very similar to this. This one fits snuggly on the arms and then flows down nice and flattering on your body. It's also not to thick that you need to remove all your clothes when you get in the building after racing to work. 

I'm one of those people. This is a Ramones band t-shirt and I don't really listen to the Ramones. Kill me now huh? I didn't know it was until I got it as I just hurled it in the basket as a throw over jeans t-shirt. It's cool though and I'll learn a few songs for when people ask me. 

Bah, this is so creased! Also, I clearly can't hang clothes straight. This was a bargain and looks so good underneath the berry jumper. 

Still not sure about the back flaps on this Warehouse jumper haha but it fits really well and looks pretty cool. It's a thin knit with leather piping, which gives it a bit of somethin-somethin. Obviously not enough for the designers though "This jumper is missing something.... What about some flaps/wings?! Genius"

Oversized t-shirts are the bomb aren't they? They just go with everything! Leggings, jeans, jeggings and all kinds of other cross-bred clothing options. This is a coffee-nude colour, which really drew me in. Already had lots of compliments and I look cooler than I actually am.

My camera hates this print, it's freaking my eyes out. These are from H&M and they are so flattering! I wore them to a few interviews as I was going for marketing/creative jobs and I didn't want to look to suited up, yet still smart. I will deffo be rocking these on a night out with some chunky heels v.soon.

You're eyes are not playing tricks, this is the same jumper as the berry one, but in navy. I got this one first and loved it. I'm really into navy at the moment as an alternative to black, especially as I feel like all I wear is black sometimes. 

Creased, again. This Illustrated People sweatshirt is just too cute. It has a fleece lining too, so it is super cosy and again means I'm not always wearing black!

Hope you liked this clothing haul, I'm sure there is more to come. Let me know if you have posted any hauls or have any lust posts, as I am still looking out for some new clothes!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Review: Haircare Empties

If you read my blog normally then you will know that I am forever wishing my hair was Serena Van Der Woodsen long (I'm currently watching Gossip Girl), but alas I'm stuck with mid-length locks. Here's some of the products I have been testing out and if they get a yay or nay from me...

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chroma Riche Shampoo. I decided to splash out on some expensive shampoo and conditioner as a treat and picked up this shampoo and the Kerastase Cristalliste Conditioner. I really enjoyed using these as they are super light and left my hair feeling very soft and well looked after. However, would I purchase again? I'm not sure because the hugh street now have some great options like L'Oreal and The Body Shop own, so maybe just as a treat. 

L'Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing & Flowing Shampoo & Conditioner. It was really hard to locate the links for this particular pair from the range and they are always hard to find in store, bizarre. Anyway, these are a prime example of the high street doing its thang well. These are both great and this range is on offer at Boots right now my UK friends. 

Gliss Liquid Silk Gloss Hair Express-Repair Conditioner.  This is a re-purchase for me time and time again. I have the kind of hair that post-wash you could probably get about five hairbrushes wedged in there. A few sprays of this and my hairbrush slides right through. It's super cheap and lasts ages as well, which is perfect for a daily use product in my opinion. 

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Tropical.  To date I still think Batiste hold the title for the best dry shampoo. It has enough grit to it to really add some volume as well as eliminate any grease. I've kinda gone off all the scents though and am enjoying the original at the mo. 

TREsemme Extra Hold Hairspray.  I'm not a huge hairspray user to be honest. I hate the way that your hair can get crispy and look really over-worked, so I tend to only use it sparingly to keep in curls or waves. I like this hairspray, it seems to have a good formula and my hair doesn't feel really dry afterwards.

Lee Stafford Hair Mask.  Ok, so this mask smells really good and does leave your hair nice and soft, but I'm not convinced. I don't think my hair was in better condition and it hasn't grown like it suggests (not that I thought it would to be fair). Not a re-purchase for me!

Do you have any hair saviours right now?

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Review: Estee Lauder Daywear Cream

First off, sorry for the lack of posts guys. Life just got hectic! I can share some pretty sweet news though, I have landed myself a really exciting Social Media job in London which I start mid March. So that is why I have been away, do forgive me.

This post isn't too exciting to be fair, unless you are after a new face cream... Stick with me though because I have some interesting posts planned, including some hauls, lifestyle, beauty and fashion. I also have a few advice/discussion posts planned and I am thinking of blogging my whole London move and adventure too.

Onto the cream! My mate gave me this because she hates the smell of cucumber and got this in a gift set - winning for me. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I am really impressed. I have fairly oily skin (this has been formulated for normal/combination), so some creams really do not work. However, my skin has been loving this! It leaves a beautiful glow to the skin and actually gives me quite a radiant complexion underneath my foundation without causing it to slip and slide.

I think it smells fresh and has just the right amount of richness to it that works, but isn't too heavy for the daytime. Downside? It's £40 for a 50ml tub, which is pretty pricey. You can get it in lots of sets though and a little does go a long way. I'm starting to really up my skincare regime and spend a bit more money on that rather than add to my overflowing makeup collection!

Have you tried this cream? Do you have any other recommendations? 

Monday, 3 February 2014

January Favourites

It's the end of January already and I feel like this month absolutely flew by. Sometimes, I start to worry that I'll blink and be 80 years old! Anyway, here's what I have been loving this month...

I won't bang on about these two too much as I did a post 'Get ready with Revlon' here, which is worth checking out if you're thinking of picking up a few of their products.

I got a subtle grown out roots/dipdye this month and a bit of a chop. My hair is in such better condition after having an inch off, so I have been purchasing hair goodies to help it look tip-top. First up, this banana conditioner from The Body Shop (haul here) is so lovely! My hair feels super nourished and I love the scent. When they finally get the shampoo back in stock I will be grabbing one for double banana time.

The second hair product I picked up was an Amelia Liana induced purchase and it's really good. The Charles Worthington Texturizing Spray has great hold and actually makes your hair bigger and better. There is no way I am spending billions on the Orbe dry texturing spray and this is much better than the Bumble & Bumble one too, as well as being wayyyy cheaper.

I'm not hugely into baths, but I have really enjoyed them of late, thanks to the Therapie Himalayan Bath Salts. The smell of these are incredible and instantly relaxing. I keep sniffing them whenever I walk past the pot, weird huh? I am intending to check out my local health shop ones though, in case they are a more affordable dupe!

My skin has been breaking out and being a bit temperamental, so I've been using lots of skincare products. I've really been enjoying the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer after I have cleansed. It leaves you skin feeling fresh and revitalised and I think it's helped to calm my skin down and get it looking a bit less stressed out.

Link me your favs below, I'm always on the look out! 

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Get ready with Revlon

When I think of Revlon, I don’t really picture my age group. I remember one of my friends recently saying she might have a look at the Revlon counter because she needed a gift for her 80+ year old nan (sorry, Revlon). However, on the hunt for a new high street foundation, I found myself checking out their array of products and feeling pleasantly surprised. Here’s what I picked up…

Revlon Photoready Foundation in Shell
This foundation has some shimmer to it, but in a illuminating way rather than a glitter. It’s oil free and gives a really lovely build-able coverage. I really like the finish of this foundation and rate it much higher (it’s much less glittery) than the Rimmel Wake Me Up. They also have a pretty extensive colour range, which can be a problem on the high street sometimes. Highly recommend!

Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Light Medium
Not a fan of this at all. I’ve used quite a few BB creams now, with my favorites being Dior’s NudeSkin and 17’s BB Cream. First up, the colour of light medium is quite orange which doesn’t look good on me at all. Considering there are only 3 colour options, it limited my choice and I knew the light was far too fair. Also, the finish of this product was really disappointing. It doesn’t blend well and the shimmer is almost pearlescent on top of the skin, so not on the re-purchase list for me. 

Revlon ColorStay Concealer in Light Pale 
In the past months I have used Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and Collection 2000 Concealer, which are good, but I find that Rimmel’s isn’t that high coverage and Collection’s is a little drying. I am so pleased I picked up this Revlon ColorStay Concealer, as it seems to be a bit of an in-between of the two! It works well under the eyes and also on blemishes, lasts for ages and blends well. 

I will definitely be checking out their range the next time I am in Boots. I already have my eyes on the Colorstay Foundation, which I have heard is very good. Will you be reaching for Revlon this month?

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