Friday, 25 July 2014

What I Wore In California / My Holiday In Cali

Hi guys! No idea how I'm still getting blog posts out of my holiday which was ages ago now, it seems. But I am! And since today I have had absolutely nothing to do, I figured I'd do an extra post (even though today's post was already and extra post. So this is an extra extra post.) It's sort of a mixture between a fashion post and lifestyle, since I wanted to show some of the outfits I wore but I also wanted to write about my holiday for my own enjoyment and possibly it will interest some of you as well.

I still haven't done the fashion haul from California, which is going to be another post coming up soon but some of these pictures show some of the things I bought anyway.

I went to Hollywood one day which I thought was super exciting and I wore this dress from Primark (£14ish) with a pair of shoes from Shoe Zone (£10ish*), a bag from Primark which didn't really match (£4ish) and sunglasses from Topshop (£18ish). 

Hollywood wasn't quite as exciting as I was expecting but it was fun to see some of the names on the ground. I was desperate to find something Harry Potter-related but had no luck. James Franco was about the most interesting I found. They also had a picture of Eminem in a sweet shop made out of M&Ms which I greatly appreciated.

That is me in Hollywood again with a sign that says my name. :--) The perfect height for a picture. Well not really but we got it in.

I also forced my family to go to Disneyland which was as amazing as Disneyland ever is. I've never come across the Matterhorn in any other Disneyland parks so it was fun to give that a go even though it was the most painful ride of my life. And they had Splash Mountain which they don't have in the Disneyland in Paris so I basically cried with happiness and died right there. 

My Disneyland outfit wasn't very nice. I was in a rush and just wanted to slip something on which would mean I wouldn't get too hot and also wouldn't sunburn. The top is from Primark (£4). I promise Primark isn't all I wear. The skirt is from H&M (£7ish) and I'm wearing Topshop socks (£4ish) and Converse. I wish I'd managed to put together an outfit I liked more but life goes on.

I also went to Balboa Park in San Diego which is basically just a pretty place with a load of museums and stuff and San Diego zoo is also in it, though I didn't go there. I went to an art gallery and they had some great pieces there - I always get excited when gallerys have famous artists' work in there and I believe there was some Frans Hals and possibly Renoir, I can't remember now. I look so grumpy in this picture! The top is from the Kendall & Kylie collection in Pacsun and the shorts are also from Pacsun.

This was the pool I spent basically a whole week in when we stayed in Temecula. The house was in the middle of the desert so it was absolutely boiling and I was so afraid of getting sunburn that I sat in the shade the entire time. I encountered many lizards while staying here. The sunglasses are Topshop again, the shorts are Pacsun, and the bandeau is from Victoria's Secret.

And this is the amazing sunset I got to watch every single night from the garden. I was here for July 4th so I got to watch a load of fireworks that night too. They were tiny because they were so far in the distance but it was still amazing to watch.

And this is the beach by the other house we stayed in in Laguna Beach. We found a little tunnel thing (I can't remember the actual name for them...) and some rock pools with little crabs in. They were adorable. I loved Laguna Beach but every day started off so grey and it didn't get bright until around midday whereas Temecula was bright from early on. The top in the picture is from Boohoo and the shorts are from Topshop. The flipflops I'm holding are from Ipanema*. I have a giveaway of Ipanema which ends tomorrow and a review of their flip flops here.

I had a lot of fun and enjoyed some great and some awful meals. Just to say now that KFC in America is the most awful place I've ever been to. I also hate Taco Bell with a passion. And they need to get better cheese that you don't have to hunt for hours for. I don't think I could live in America simply for the lack of nice cheese.

This is quite different to my usual posts but I hope you enjoyed reading it or at least looking at some of the pictures!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Micellar Cleansing Fluid Review

Hey guys! Today I have got a review of the Eucerin Miceallar Cleansing Fluid* which is currently available on sale on Escentual for £7.19.

This is described as 'convenient facial cleanser, eye makeup-up remover and toner in one product. It contains a very effective yet mild cleansing complex and nature-derived actives.' It is also free of fragrance, parabens, alcohol and colours which is amazing since it means it's not going to be doing nasty things to your skin like a lot of other products, particularly many face wipes, would do. Clinical & opthalmological studies have proven it's suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive skin. It's nice to have it say it's actually suitable rather than just it 'has been tested' which many products do lately and i think is really misleading.

The Cotton Pad Test:

I've been applying this with a cotton pad as is recommended. A good test I like to do is how many cotton pads does it use. The fewer the better. I usually get away with one for each eye and two to three for the face and neck with this, which I'd say is the same for most good products I use. So it's passed the first test. 

The Eye Pain Test:

I have eyes which do not enjoy many things in and around their general area. So if a product irritates my eyes then it's just going straight away. I can confirm that this did not irritate my eyes. When I first used it I kind of thought that it did but ever since then it hasn't. I think it's because it was insanely hot outside or something. Who knows, maybe I was just having a bad eye day.

The Smell Test:

Something having a smell I dislike will definitely put me off it. This has a really faint smell which I actually don't particularly like. It definitely has more of a smell than other cleansing waters I've encountered but really it's hardly noticeable and I haven't stopped using this and don't notice it when I'm not specifically trying to find a smell for review purposes.

The 'How Clean Is My Flannel' Test:

Okay this title is weird but I consider it highly valid. I tend to follow up cleaners such as this with a cleansing oil which I then wash off with a flannel. If it comes off with a load of makeup on the flannel I am not going to be a happy bunny. There was still some foundation on the flannel as is expected but nothing too bad. About the same as other products I use. I don't consider this a bad thing since I would never normally only using a cleansing water anyway and wouldn't recommend it since it may not remove all of the dirt.

The Spots Test:

Did I get spots from this product? The answer is no. I don't know if it's due to a change in other products, a change in cleanser, or simply my skin's natural course but I actually have less spots now.

Okay I've given up on the whole 'test' thing now. I thought this was a good product all in all. It removed my makeup well and can be used on the eyes as well as the face which is a huge plus for me. The only negative point about it is that it left my skin feeling a little sticky afterwards. Since I wouldn't use this alone anyway this isn't a huge negative since the stickiness went away as soon as I'd used a cleansing oil over the top. Having said that, since it left a stickiness I probably wouldn't use it in my morning skincare routine since for that all I really want is something to quickly swipe over my skin and not have to worry about.

The bottle is 200ml so I think you'd get around 100 uses from this. It does normally cost £9 which, when compared to other cleansing water I prefer, is more. For example, the Garnier Micellar Water is around £5 and contains 400ml so is much better value. The Garnier Water didn't have any effect on reducing my spots, however, which this may have done, so it really depends what you're looking for in the product.

If you're interested in purchasing this, get it from Escentual while it's on sale since it's currently cheaper there than Boots and other places. Let me know if you've tried this product and what you think, or just tell me your favourite product for removing makeup in the comments! I always love recommendations.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

OOTD / Ipanema Flip Flops Giveaway!

Hello, and welcome to another fashion post! I do love a good outfit of the day but it's finding the people to take the pictures that makes it a bit of a task. But anyway, I've managed it! (Applause welcomed.) OH, and to make this post more exciting for YOU, I've got a sneaky giveaway for you hosted by my favourite place for all things sandal-related - Ipanema!

You might recall a previous post of mine in which I discussed ROSAvelt. Well they were so kind as to send me these printed glitter shorts* which I am so in love with. They're SO sparkly and shiny and amazing. I was amazed that the glitter didn't fall off everywhere either. First glittery item of clothing that hasn't turned me into a disco ball, I think.

I was really feeling the black and gold vibes, as you can probably tell. I love that black top so much and wear it at pretty much every opportunity. I got it from Topshop last year but you can get a similar one from boohoo and probably a lot of other places. I also wear the fedora at every opportunity. I honestly just think that hats like this make an outfit look so much nicer. I think I'm feeling some heavy Harry Styles / Perrie Edwards influence here. The hat is from H&M and I think I've linked you to the right one there! It's hard to tell in the picture.

It greatly excites me that the shoes match so well too in terms of colours. I think that there's a lot of different shoes you could wear with this look depending on where you're going but since it's been absolutely BOILING lately there was no way I was going to wear socks which most shoes require. These shoes from Ipanema* were perfect for the weather and the outfit because they're super sparkly too and tied in with the black and gold. Give this blog post a little read if you want some in-depth information about the flip flops since, to me, they're not just your average flip flop (hence why I got another pair).

Okay, so enough raving about my love for glitter and shiny things and onto the giveaway. Ipanema have kindly offered to give a pair of flip flops worth £50 to the winner! I wish I was the one winning them! Just enter below to be in with a chance and I'll contact you via twitter once the winner has been selected!

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

American Beauty Haul: Mac, Nars, Tarte, Nyx, Eyeko, Wet N Wild, And More!

Hi guys! While I was in California I allocated myself a certain amount of money to spend purely on cosmetics and clothing and, of course, I had to spend every last penny. I tried to get things either that we don't have in the UK or I can't get near me in the UK, or things I knew I was going to inevitably buy in the future anyway since this felt like guilty free purchasing to me since I was on holiday.

These first two things aren't really things I'm excited about. I just went into the airport and my mum bought a magazine which just happened to come with this mascara and I then saw a magazine with a free Eyeko eyeliner and couldn't help but buy it since the RRP is like £22 and I basically got it for £2. Admittedly, the Company mascara isn't good. I doubt I'll ever use it except perhaps on top of another mascara. I like mascara to give me lots of volume and this mascara didn't do that at all. The eyeliner is in the shade Navy which I mistakingly got thinking it was going to be black, but I'm not too fussed since I haven't got a navy eyeliner but I've got plenty of black ones. I've worn this a couple of times and I can't say it's any match for my L'Oreal eyeliner which I mention here if you want to read more about it.

I had a bit of trouble with the old burning of the lips which was TRAUMATIC for me so I got my beloved father to purchase some Blistex Moisture Melt protecting lip balm because it had an SPF of 15. I did not want to sunburn ANY MORE and I didn't which was great. I also hopped on down to CVS, thinking they were going to sell Sonia Kashuk which they did not. Great. Thanks CVS. But instead, I bought some of the things they did have which was a L'Oreal balm stick thing, a Revlon sparkly balm stick thing, a Nyx butter gloss, a Nyx butter lipstick and a Wet N Wild Palette. If you want to know what these are ACTUALLY called, you're going to have to watch my Youtube video because my feels are telling me not to stand up and look right now. You can probably guess anyway - they're the chubby sticks.

This palette was amazing when I was in California. I only used the left hand side but I thought it was really great to get a look suitable for day and night and I was SO lazy with makeup so that was a real saviour.

And THE MOST EXCITING PART is the high end stuff I got. I had a list of things I wanted to buy while I was there. Admittedly, I didn't get everything on that list but I got things which I think will love just as much. Probably more, really. 

Firstly, I walked into Sephora and had to resist all of the many displays, but there was one display I couldn't resist and that was the Anastasia Brow Wiz. I don't regret buying this - it's much easier to use than some of my other eyebrow pencils or using a powder. I also bought a Nars blush because I don't own any which is one of life's struggles. I got it in the shade 'Super Orgasm' because I figured I wouldn't just go for straight up 'Orgasm' and be a bit different. I do regret this decision now as Super Orgasm is REALLY sparkly but I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of it anyway.

Then I walked into another Sephora (there seems to be a lot of them around...) and spent a good half hour looking at the Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation before deciding I didn't NEED another foundation and especially not for that money. So instead I bought an Amazonian Clay blush in the shade 'Blissful'. I wish I'd got one which was more red in colour now since I don't have any red blushers but I've got plenty in this sort of pink.

And finally, I had a fair few dollars left and I wanted to spend them so I found my way to a Mac Store and decided to just get two cult favourites I'd been dying to try, and I got a Mineralise Skin Finish in 'Soft & Gentle' and a lipstick in 'Creme Cup'. I'm loving Soft & Gentle since I don't have a powder highlighter (I actually can never find any??? recommend some to me if you know of any), and Creme Cup is also such a nice colour. It's really subtle which is what I want out of a lipstick.

And that, my friends, is it! If you want reviews of any of these products feel free to request, and I shall provide. And make sure to watch my Youtube video which will be up on my channel very soon! Subscribe to me or follow my twitter to see when it's up. Also comment telling me your opinions of these products or any recommendations of things you think I'd like!

Monday, 14 July 2014

OOTD: California Pacsun / Kendall & Kylie Collection And Shoe Zone (Again)

Okay so I've been stressing out about how gross my blog looks right now so yes, I am posting twice in one day. I truly cannot stand it any longer.

So anyway, I went to California as I've said about 800 times and I bought many an item. I will be doing a post and (hopefully) a video up about everything but for now, here's a little teaser with with two of the items I bought from Pacsun.

It was super hot in California since I was staying in the desert so most of the time I lived in a bikini but the times I went out for a meal or shopping I had to put on actual clothes and I was so in love with this top, I wanted to wear it every day since buying it.

I can't find the shorts or the top on the Pacsun website - I think they might not be selling the shorts anymore. There was a huge sale on though so they weren't much at all. The top is from the Kendall & Kylie collection <3

Oh, and I'm wearing my Shoe Zone shoes* again which I lived in for the entire holiday, though I managed to cover them in sun cream and have been too lazy to wash it off since. I'm loving the sliders trend so much, I think they look great with almost any outfit.

Look how beautiful the view from the garden of the house I was staying in is though! I was there for July 4th and at night time there were fireworks all over the lit up city, it was amazing. The sunset every day was so beautiful too.

Oh and look how pretty the back of this shirt is. And the phone in my pocket...

Anyway that's it for my outfit post! I'm relieved to have it on my blog to make it look a little nicer again. It has been getting to me for a while now.