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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Beauty Review : Botanics

Hello . .x
So for a long time I was using the soap&glory peaches and clean 3-in-1 cleanser and I really loved the product: the smell, texture and results. So when I had ran out I was just going into my local boots to restock. Whilst browsing the aisles, I came across the Botanics products. Id never used this brand before but my friend, who has really gorgeous skin, uses a lot of products from this range so I decided to purchase the Botanics cleanser rather than my soap&glory.
After a week of using the cleanser, I was sold. I loved how it felt on my skin and my skin would feel clean, refreshed and smooth afterwards. It didn't feel tight or dry (which I sometimes experienced from using soap and glory).
About 2 weeks after purchasing the cleanser, I was at my friends house and she was using the Botanics radiance balm. Like I said she has really lovely skin which always looks hydrated, smooth and fresh, so I really wanted to know what she was using !
I tested the radiance balm on my face, after applying my moisturiser and I honestly seen a difference straight away. The dullness around my eyes had disappeared and there was a healthy glow with a hint of shimmer to my skin.
Again I was sold so on the very same day I went straight to my local boots and picked up the radiance balm which was on offer for £2.99 !
Product summaries
Gentle Cleansing cream
Ultra calm with calming marshmallow
''removes make-up and impurities for sensitive skin''
***** my skin feels smooth, fresh and clean after every use. Great for sensitive skin due to the calming properties that help reduce the redness
Radiance balm
All bright with brightening hibiscus
'' softens, brightens for instantly radiant skin for all skin types ''
***** my skin looks and feels more radiant. I use this everyday after moisturising, usually under my Rimmel BB cream but some days on its own with a small amount of blusher. Be careful when opening as the product comes out very fast.

After using a small amount of the radiance balm on my hand. 


Monday, 8 June 2015

How to wear summer brights on wintery nights .x

Hello . .

The title of this post is 'How to wear summer brights on wintery nights'

For it being June and now Summer, the weather hasn't been sunny yet and usually on a night out it is raining and very cold, so rather than reverting back to our wintery wardrobe, im writing this post to show how you can wear summer colours but still remain warm and comfortable . x

I added colour to this outfit with patterned trousers, bright orange heels with a coral bag. I added warmth to my outfit by wearing these ankle grazer bottoms and a mid length jacket (although not shown in the picture).
I added colour to this outfit by wearing a long brightly coloured maxi skirt that provided some warmth, teamed with my bright orange heels and coral bag. Because the skirt is very patterned, I opted for a plain white cropped, off the shoulder top.

In both these outfits I opted for crop tops to create a more 'summery' look.  

This is a day time look that I wore recently on a day trip out to a park. It was quite cold that day but the sun was shinning so I wanted to look summery whilst being warm so I opted for a colour block look, adding the floral shirt to help break the block.

If a full colour block outfit isn't you, then choose one item of bold clothing. This could be a brightly coloured bag, brightly coloured shoes, multi-coloured jewellery or even a colour pop lipstick !

I hope these tips have helped and hopefully soon we will get our sunny summer


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

What im wearing : Crop top x

. . Hello x
So a few weeks ago I took part in my first ever triathlon, which I absolutely loved and I feel motivated and inspired to do more in the future.
So to celebrate, I went out for the night and seen some Jazz festival. I decided that I didn't really want to get overly done up because I was tired. Therefore I opted for a casual crop top paired with these black ankle grazers.
To add some colour to the outfit I added my turquoise feathered necklace paired with my turquoise/silver blingy ring and silver sparkly heels.
I wore my hair wavy and clipped back to one side with a smoky eye and pink lippie.
Im always wearing brightly coloured lipsticks because a) I love them and b) they make teeth appear whiter !
I got this crop top from H&M Foyleside Buy here'at such a bargain price £3.99 !! I thought for the price that was great and the crop top has a really nice shape to it and the material is also quite nice.
I know in this outfit im showing some tummy skin, which I was never confident about doing before until I began getting into fitness. Therefore if your wanting to wear this top or any crop top, without showing skin follow my top tips.
Wear with highwaisted bottoms or skirts
Wear top over a plain maxi or midi dress to give the appearance of a skirt and top outfit
Wear a longer top underneath to add length
And lastly, always have confidence in yourself and what you wear

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Beauty review : Rimmel 9 in 1 BB cream

.  .Hello x
Im here to review my latest beauty must have at the minute: the Rimmel 9 in 1 BB cream.
What is a BB cream? (in my experience)
Through my own experience and definition of a BB or Beauty Balm: a lightweight product, that allows skin to breath, with a more watery consistency than an average foundation - which is a plus as a little goes a long way!!
So a few weeks back I came to the conclusion that my day time make-up was seeming to appear 'too much' for day. As a result I decided to research BB creams and CC creams as well as face tanners. After testing out a few on the inside of my wrist **, I decided that maybe the Rimmel 9 in 1 BB cream would be worth a go, especially as it has a built in SPF 15. 
The product offers to minimise appearance of pores, even skin tone, control shine all day, offer smoothness, soothe sensitive skin, conceal dark circles, help prevent blemishes and provides all day coverage.
In my opinion I feel the product does a lot of what it says on the tin. I apply the product at 8.30am each morning and usually remove the product around 9 or 10 pm, which is over 12 hours wear. At this point there isn't much left on my skin but I would agree that it last through-out the day as it covers my sensitive rosy cheeks all day and helps to combat my oily t-zone !
My tips:
Which colour for me? There are only two colours to choose from : Light and Medium. I chose light as I have a more pale complexion.
TIP apply product to the inside of your wrist and blend in, the colour that fades best into your skin is the correct colour for you.
Application - Use fingertip to dot onto the face (only taking a small amount) and blend in using a foundation brush
Price range £6.99 - At local Medicare, Boots and Superdrug

Saturday, 9 May 2015

What im wearing: Culottes x

. . Hello
The 60s / 70s fashion have always been my favourite fashion eras as I love the faux fur, flared jeans, colourful make-up and wavy hair. .
Recently ive been really loving Culottes because they are a good transition piece from Winter - Spring - Summer.
For example the culottes im wearing are very bright and colourful but cover a good bit of leg to keep me warm during the spring when the weather is still a bit cold but looks really sunny. .
Here is a selection of some culottes that are available to purchase online.  .
New Look

Click here
Forever 21

Here are a few of my tips on wearing culottes . .
Wear a fitted top or shirt to provide shape
When wearing patterned culottes, stay with minimum accessories and a plain top with minimal jewellery
When wearing a culottes jumpsuit, wear a thin belt to help break the look and emphasise your waist

Saturday, 25 April 2015

What im wearing: Black & White zebra print

. . Hello . .x
I recently went on a night and decided that I wanted to wear my hair up as I usually wear it down either wavy or curly. So I opted for a braided updo, with big earrings and a more dramatic make-up look.
I chose to wear this figure hugging dress to make the look more 'done-up' because of the casual hair. With my hair out of my face, I went for a smoky eye (using purples, greys and blacks) paired with a subtle pink lip. I love experimenting with my make-up and each time I always change up the colours either with eyeliner, eye shadow, blusher or lippie..


A tip that I learnt by doing this look: Line lower lash line with a nude pencil rather than a white pencil. I found my eyes appeared a lot more brighter and fresh using the nude opposed to a white pencil . .

Thursday, 16 April 2015

How to : Braided updo !

. . Hello . x

Im a big Game of Thrones fan and the gripping storylines aren't the only reason im a big fan.
I really love the fashion and styles shown through-out the show and one of my favourite looks is the braids the female actresses wear.

For a really long time now ive always been braiding my own hair. At first I thought I was doing a French braid until a girl I know told me that my braid was actually a Dutch braid, which means I do it opposite to a French braid, which results in my braid sitting on top on the head rather in through the head.

To create this look . .
Step 1 - brush hair through and create a middle parting from the beginning of the hairline to the neck
Step 2 - take three sections of hair from the beginning of the middle parting on one side and begin to braid, ensuring to bring in strands from the sides as you go along
Step 3 - when both braids are secured with an elastic band, take them together and tie them in a knot.
Step 4 - position the end of the braids under the braids on the head and secure out of sight using hair clips
Step 5 - when the look is complete, shake your head for security and apply from hairspray !

I hope these steps are easy to follow and please don't hesitate to ask any questions regarding hairstyles or braids as im more than happy to help !