Saturday, September 27, 2014

Poppy Lux Giselle Top

Hi guys! Today's post is about a brand called Poppy Lux and the gorgeous Giselle Top* which they were kind enough to send to me. 

It took me a while to style this top because I didn't want to create a look which was too smart and wanted something that could be worn around town / a day out but could also be worn in the evening, depending on what you feel comfortable wearing where. Personally, this is something I would wear during the day time.

When I first received the top I thought it might be the type of thing that couldn't really be worn as something casual because of the fabric and the sequinned sleeves but actually I think it could look good with a pair of high waisted jeans or something. Even though I like it as a casual piece, I'm definitely going to wear it out tonight as it's still Freshers week so I'm going out every night and it is a challenge to find enough outfits for that.

It's made from what feels like a good quality fabric which won't stretch or ruin quickly which makes it well worth the £29.99 price tag (it's currently on sale for £20.00).

Top: Poppy Lux*
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: T K Maxx
Necklace: Past Times

Let me know what you think of the outfit in the comments and be sure to go check out Poppy Lux!<3

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Magnitone Lucid Daily Cleansing & Exfoliation Brush Review

Hi guys! So this post has been a long time coming and I've had it waiting for me to do for a while now but with moving to uni and my parents moving house, I haven't really had the time! I'm so happy to be at uni though and may do a little post on my room at uni, I'm not sure yet.

Anyway, back to the point! A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a competition with Magnitone to win two tickets to V Festival and two of the Magnitone Lucid Daily Cleansing & Exfoliation Brushes*. I'm so grateful to Magnitone for sending me these things as V festival was amazing and the Cleansing Brush has become a part of my daily routine and I feel it's really improved my skincare routine.

The brushes came all packaged up in ribbons and looking beautiful. I should have photographed them when they arrived really - regrets! I love the packaging of the brushes too as I just think it's so simple and pretty. The colours are absolutely gorgeous. I took the pink one for myself and gave the green one to my mum who is also loving it.

With the brush you get a charger, a manual, a travel charger, the brush, and a travel case for taking it around with you. The charger and the brush fit perfectly into the case and not just the brush which is good as I'm always getting my wires tangled up. The travel charger is that little white part attached to the bottom of the brush in the picture above. I find it truly magnificent as you just pop the magnetic charger onto it and it charges - you don't plug it into the brush or anything. I feel like I'm in the future.

The idea of the brush is that you run it over your face daily but don't scrub it and it gets deep into your pores to give them a thorough cleanse. I've been using it on the sensitive mode but think I might use the normal mode now as my skin is adapting to it and also because Freshers week is not doing good things to my skin. You use the brush with your normal cleanser (I've been using the MAC green gel cleanser*) and moisturise afterwards and it should result in improved skin in 7 days.  

Here's some pictures of the differences in my skin from day one to seven. Sorry that the pictures aren't great and I look disgusting in most of them - I had a lazy week and obviously I couldn't wear makeup. My spots definitely improved and they were absolutely awful because I'd just got back from reading festival. I also think that using the Magnitone Lucid resulted in less oily skin for me which is brilliant because I struggle a lot with oily skin. It retails at £69.99 but is currently £49.99 at Superdrug so it might be worth getting it soon so you can get the discount. I think it's definitely worth the money and it's cheaper than competitors such as the Clarisonic cleansing brush.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Smart Tiger Dress From Sugarhill Boutique

Ah! Back to fashion posts again! Sorry there have been so few lately but what with working in a uniform every day and moving house and uni and everything, I haven't really had the time or opportunity! But I've got a few coming up very soon, and the first is featuring this amazing Smart Tiger Dress* from Sugarhill Boutique

I think that this dress is perfect for the colder months and also as a transition piece as we move into Autumn. It was really hot the day I took the photographs so I've paired it with a fedora from H&M and some cutout shoes from River Island, but on colder days I think it would be great with a pair of tights and a black or grey jacket as well. I'm really into boyfriend style coats right now and really need to get my hands on one!

I really like the length of this dress as it's not too short but still above the knee so it makes a good casual piece but it could also be made to look smart with a necklace and maybe some little heels. It's got a lot of shape to it and I think it would be good for a lot of body shapes. I know some people with big boobs are reluctant to wear high-necked clothing but I think this would definitely suit bustier girls because of the way it's cut. Sugarhill have definitely done well with this piece as it feels really good quality; it's not some horrible fabric that will stretch and fall apart, it's feels strong and like it will last a long time.

So there you have it - the Smart Tiger Dress* from Sugarhill Boutique which you can pick up for £49 to stock up on your AW14 wardrobe! 

I go away to uni tomorrow so who knows what posting will be like! I've got a few posts planned so hopefully things will continue as normal (whatever normal is these days). Let me know your opinions on this dress in the comments, as always! <3 P.S. I look properly dodgy in that last picture, only just realise. Going to leave it there anyway. :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo And Conditioner Review

Some of you might know that I went to Reading Festival this year and so, trying to keep the weight of my bag to a minimum (it was still SO heavy), I purchased miniatures of everything I could. I headed down to Tesco in search of travel-sized shampoo and conditioner and returned with these. Travel-sized shampoos are all the same price there (around £2, I think), so I felt I could choose any brand I wanted and not worry about which is cheapest. So I decided on Aussie which I used to use before I was really into hair products and selected products based on smell alone. I fancied giving Aussie a go again as I've heard a lot of good things about the brand.

The Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner are designed for hair that's 'dry / damaged / a bit unhappy' which I think my hair certainly fits under. It contains Australian Macadamia Nut Oil which I'm sure we all know has many benefits for the hair from all of the hype it got a while back.

Trying it for the first time, I fell in love. They smell so strongly of bubblegum and that smell lasts. I found myself sniffing my hair not only the day after washing but also the day after that. That is definitely something I want out of a product since I always want my hair to smell good! Not only does it smell amazing, but it also genuinely makes my hair feel soft. There are very few products that do that! It's not amazingly soft since my hair is never amazingly soft, but it's just softer and I wanted to run my hands through it. I also really like that the conditioner seems to sink in rather than just sit on the hair and it doesn't feel greasy.

All in all, these are amazing products and the full sized (300ml) products are available at Boots for £4.46 so they're not going to break the bank! I also did not actually use these at reading festival, if you're wondering, as a 2 hour wait for the shower seemed rather excessive to me. Dry shampoo and baby wipes were my best friends.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 Review

Hi guys! You may or may not know that I recently moved house and that, because of this, everything is in a huge clutter and on top of that I'm getting my things ready to go off to uni soon. I feel like with the new house, it was time to change my room up a bit. Plus, I wanted to buy some bits for my university room like cushions which could also decorate my bedroom and home while I'm there. The first step to a prettier room was to get a new desk! I've wanted a white desk for the longest time so was so happy when offered to send me this one*. If I had it my way, all of the furniture in my room would be white because I just think it looks so much nicer than anything else.

The desk arrived about a week ago and my father kindly assembled it for me. When I got home from work and saw it waiting for me I was so happy with it. It's really transformed my desk area into something I love looking at and can feel happy about rather than what it was before.
It's a really nice size for a desk - a little larger than my previous one. I love that I can have my computer on the left hand side and some makeup bits on the right which I couldn't really with my other desk. So it's great that it's big enough for that. It also has the little shelf at the back on the right which is convenient if I want to put something on my desk like my camera but don't want it in the way, or just for putting decorations on as I have at the moment. My mum bought me flowers for my birthday and I obviously had to display them so they're currently there with a few candles to accompany them.

I also really love the shape of it. It's a little different to your average desk and I just think it looks really simple but with the shelf and drawer giving it that touch. The angled legs which are in a sort of arch shape on either side also make it a little different to your average desk. It is made out of wood and you can see that by looking at it, with some bits of the original wooden colour shining through ever so slightly. I actually love this about it since it's not as plain as something made out of plastic and it doesn't look cheap or tacky like other materials might.

It also has some storage with the drawer and shelf which are both handy. I'm using the drawer to keep my many cables and a spare mouse in so i can have them handy, but this may change eventually and there will probably be multiple sheets of paper I deem 'important' inside and never look at again. The only trouble with the drawer is that I keep on hitting my legs on it. I usually sit in strange positions and wriggle about a lot so it's taking a bit of getting used to but you could always sit on the other side which I think I may do.

I am so so happy with this desk even if it does require a bit more cleaning than my previous desk because of its white colour. That's no trouble for me since I love it so much and it is easy to clean so it's not too out of my way.

If you're interested in buying this, you can order it on for £279 - its RRP is £499 so it's a great deal. I found the delivery to be very fast and efficient and was kept well informed about when it would arrive. It also comes with a matching chair. I would definitely recommend having a nose around on the website if you're looking for furniture since they've got an absolutely amazing range of things. If I had a house of my own and wasn't going to be living at university for the next three or four years, I would definitely grab a bookshelf or coffee table from there. Truly gorgeous!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

My Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick Collection

Hi guys! So the other day I went into Superdrug and a certain lipstick by Rimmel was calling out to be and I ended up buying it. I then went home and added it to the lipstick section of my makeup drawer and remembered the other two lipsticks I have from the Kate collection and decided to do a little post reviewing the colours that I have.

Left to right: 04, 107, 006, 113.

The first I have is 113, and orangey / brownish nude. I'm not sure if this suits me. I don't really think that it does and I can't remember why I bought it. I think it was from the days when I feared lipstick and thought that nude was the only way forward. Or perhaps it was from the days when I wanted to be Eleanor Calder and decided a nude lip was the next step. Now this colour is creamy and applies well and it is a great nude if you like that sort of colour, but for me, I'm not a huge fan. What do you think about it on me?

I've just looked at this lipstick properly and realised it's not from the Kate collection but I'm including it anyway. It's 006 Pink Blush and it's just a simple pink. I thought this might look a little darker on than it does but I still like it. I am a huge fan of lipsticks like this for the everyday. All of these lipsticks have the same sort of creamy feel on the lips but are also slightly drying in formula. They also all smell like gardens.

This one is my absolutely favourite and many other peoples' favourites, I'm sure. It is 107 - a blue-toned red which I absolutely adore. I'm sure this would make your teeth look very white however I think my teeth are a lost cause in that respect. I think this is the perfect Autumn shade for every day or for going out. I think I'm just going to wear this all of the time from this point onwards. The only problem is that I found it smudged a bit. But that was maybe just because I'm careless. And again, the drying problem. I really like the finish of this lipstick as it's not quite matte but it's also not glossy or satin or anything else.

And the final is my first ever lipstick from the range in 04. I was bought this by my friends for one birthday when I was in my 'I will only wear black or purple lipstick' phase. I haven't worn it since that phase but I think I'm going to start again as I do love it. I remember hating it at the time because it bled out into my skin but when I applied it again recently I didn't have that problem at all, so maybe I was doing something wrong before? Perhaps wearing a lip balm underneath helped. I don't expect there are a lot of people who would wear a lipstick like this but I really like it and I think it's sort of edgy and the type that people would look at you and think you look awful but others would love it. It all depends how much you care about what everyone will think of you. I personally don't care too much when it comes to makeup and clothing!

And that's my four Rimmel Kate lipsticks. I previously hated these lipsticks but suddenly I've found a place for them in my heart. I definitely think the last two look best on me, but give me your opinions below!

Friday, September 05, 2014

August Favourites: MAC, Simple, Rimmel, YSL, Maybelline

Hi guys! So this month I've had a lot of favourites. At the beginning of the month I was dead set on specific products to be in my favourites and by the end of it, a million other products had joined the pile and I was left wondering which products were the ones I'd truly been loving. So it took a lot but I've managed to narrow it down.

The first product was an easy decision for me. It's the Rimmel Kate lipstick in 107. I actually only bought this a couple of days before the end of the month but I fell so in love with it that I couldn't not mention it. I am absolutely going to be wearing this ALL THE TIME during Autumn. It is the best red shade I have found so far and I think it would be perfect for any skin tone honestly.

I had to include a cream eyeshadow product because I use them so frequently. Two I've been loving are the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe and a Mac Paint Pot in Bare Study. Permanent Taupe is one of those shades you can throw on and have a darker lid that looks sort of like you've made an effort. it's also great for putting under colours when you want a darker look or more of a smoky eye. I love that it's matte as it can work with basically any eyeshadow. Bare Study is amazingly long-wearing and crease-proof and it is very translucent-looking on my lids at least so it's the perfect natural colour to give a slight shimmer to an everyday look. I often wear both bare Study and Permanent Taupe on their own and both look gorgeous.

Another favourite in the taupey range is Mac's Satin Taupe eyeshadow. I've never before had that much affection for this product. I basically bought it because I wanted to start out my collection and after a little research found that it was a favourite of many people, particularly Tanya Burr. For a good six months I think I must have only used it twice and then one day I got bored of the usual rosey / goldy shades I would usually wear and decided to opt for a dusting of satin taupe all over my lids. And in that exact moment I fell in love and ever since I've been wearing much more taupe and stepping out of my usual palette.

Mac is always a winner for me. I am so in love with all of the Mac products I own and I don't think there is ever a day when I'm not wearing at least something from Mac. I got this blush in Well Dressed* this month and it was love at first sight. It's a very pale sort of shimmery blush and the pale nature of it makes it great for fair skinned people such as myself. I adore the sort of satin finish it has and how subtle it looks. I got it about half way through the month and have worn it nearly every day since.

Having never owned anything from YSL, I decided I needed a lipstick from the range in my life. Naturally, I went up to the counter, saw Touche Eclat and realised it was definitely a product I needed. It was tax free that day so I felt it was fate and purchased it immediately. I absolutely love the natural look it gives to the under eyes. I can't say I enjoy using it as a highlighting product much but I haven't experimented with it much in that sense. I'm too scared to use it too much, however, as I've heard it can run out quickly and I don't want that day to ever come!

And to end on something simple, quite literally simple as it's from the brand Simple, it's their kind to skin protecting moisturiser. My skin has become ever so slightly more dry lately so I've been needing that little extra to make me feel comfortable, and this is my moisturiser of choice. I basically love any moisturiser from Simple, but this one is one of my favourites for a heavier moisturiser (not that it is that heavy - just heavier than some of the others I use). I loved this particularly while I was at Reading festival as my skin was NOT having a good time that week.

And that is it for my favourites this month. Please do let me know your opinions of any of these products in the comments -  love to know what other people think of the things I enjoy! And as always, I'd love to heard your recommendations for products you think I might like. I hope you have a great day!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy Review

Hi guys! After Reading Festival my skin and hair felt like it could do with a good pick me up. How opportune that at the same moment Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy* came through the mail, just begging to be reviewed! It is a nourishing blend of 5 oils to improve the condition of and strengthen your hair from within. Sounds great so far.

I can't resist a good hair oil or something that is going to replenish my hair COMPLETELY NATURALLY. I absolutely adore natural products and I sort of wish I knew of more all natural products that I could use, but I'll stick to what I've got for now. 

The Grapefruit Hair Remedy contains five ingredients and five ingredients ONLY: Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Almond Oil and Grapefruit White Essential Oil. The fact it is free of all of those ingredients with strange names I don't understand makes me trust its power right off the bat. 

A little about castor oil: it stimulates the circulation of nutrient rich blood around the scalp which combats hair loss and stimulate hair growth, it treats scalp infection, it reduces split ends and breakage, it conditions and moisturises hair and helps get rid of dry scalp. It is also great for hair shine and thickness, especially in dark hair!

A little about coconut oil: it prevents hair loss and hair damage and is great for conditioning the hair and retaining moisture. It's also great for preventing greying and balding. I'm sure we've all heard a lot about the vast uses and benefits of coconut oil!

A little about avocado oil: the saturated fats are great for penetrating the hair cuticle so provide strength from within and will also retain moisture. It's easily absorbed by the scalp so can help with dandruff and scalp problems. It also stimulates growth and helps unclog blocked follicles.

A little about almond oil: reduces split ends, particularly when combined with castor oil. Leaves hair shiny and soft. It also treats dandruff and helps reduce scalp inflammation.

A little about grapefruit white essential oil: it promotes hair growth and keeps the hair and scalp clean.

So you've got all of those benefits in one product! I think it's great that it's combined so many oils because you're going to be getting so much more than if you were just to use each product individually. It's sort of like a time saver. They also combine to have a really, really sweet citrusy scent. It sort of reminds me of Christmas and orange-flavoured chocolates. The smell sticks around for a while too so if you like your hair to smell good I would recommend!

I tried this as a treatment for my hair. I applied it from the tips upwards, avoiding my scalp, though it can be used on scalps. I didn't want to put it on my scalp just yet as my hair can get oily quite quickly so I might save it for a dryer time. I left it on for an hour or so and then washed it off with my usual routine, as directed by the product. It really did make my hair feel very soft and it wasn't at all as difficult to wash off as other oils such as coconut oil are, which is a huge benefit for lazy people such as myself.

It is no miracle product where you get out of the shower and your hair suddenly feels like a ball of fluff. I wouldn't expect or want that from any product, let alone an all natural product. All it is is great for your hair and scalp and it gives an amazing shine, feel, and smell to your hair. It can also get a bit messy as it is an oil but any oil is going to be like that! Just be careful with it.

I would recommend this to anybody who likes a good hair treatment, as this can be used as a treatment before you shower, an overnight treatment, or as an oil applied to damp hair to cut back on flyaways. Oh, and it's great for every hair type!

You can buy this product from their website for £17.99 and find a little more information there if you want!