Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Top 10 Mascaras Under £10

Yesterday I uploaded a new video in my 'Top 10 Under £10' series. This time I'm talking about my favourite affordable mascaras!


What's your favourite mascara under £10?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Italian Weekend Away & Outfit of The Day

This weekend I was lucky enough to fly out to Sorrento with three of my oldest school friends. I love the parts of Italy that I've seen before but I was especially taken in by the Sorrento area. It's a simply beautiful place to visit. We took a day trip to Pompeii, got a ferry over to the island of Capri and wondered the streets of old Sorrento taking in the sights and stopping every few hours for some fresh pasta, gelato or a glass of wine. Absolute bliss. 
While I was out there, New Look also challenged me to put together an outfit using some items from their new 'Tropical Surf' range... 


It was the perfect opportunity to embrace summer a little earlier than normal in the UK! As it was still quite chilly (Sorrento sits on the cliffs above the sea, so it's quite windy!) I decided to layer up a little acid wash denim dress with a tropical palm tree shirt. 
I'm not normally one for double denim, but I've been obsessed with this dark wash denim jacket since I got it last week, so I popped that on to fight off the breeze! Topped off with a bright necklace and some chunky heels (much better than stilettos on the Italian cobblestones!) all from New Look.
 
Visiting Pompeii





More Pompeii
One of many ancient Fiat 500's, inhabited by a very grumpy looking stray cat!
Tourist shops in the backstreets of Sorrento
The gorge in the centre of Sorrento
My favourite meal of the holiday
Old Sorrento
Capri Harbour
More food!
Lemons for sale in Pompeii
The incredible view of Mount Vesuvius from our balcony
I absolutely loved our weekend trip. Sadly we didn't get time to visit Amalfi or Positano, but I hope one day I'll get to go back and explore a little more!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Skincare Routine

Due to lots of requests via Twitter and YouTube, I made a new video all about my current skincare routine. You can check it out below... I hope you enjoy it!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Battle of The Cleansing Balms (Part 2!)

For Part 1 click HERE (Includes Emma Hardie, The Body Shop, Balance Me, RMK, Eve Lom, Elemis, Ren & Monu)

Since writing my original 'Battle of the Cleansing Balm' post a few months ago, I've tried a couple more cleansing balms (one of which was highly requested) so I thought I would make a part two to update you with my new discoveries...


First up is a product that a lot of you suggested I try, or requested that I review:

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

Packaging: Standard, purple plastic with silver lid.
Ingredients: Doesn't have a base of essential oils like many other balms. No mineral oil, fragrance or anything offensive.
Performance: It's unscented, as with all Clinique products, and that paired with the fact that this felt quite greasy in texture, put me off this balm a little. It's effective, gentle and more affordable than many of the others, but it's not a pleasure to use, and for me that knocked it back from being up there with Emma Hardie, Monu and Sarah Chapman's Ultimate Cleanse (below). If you are allergic to essential oils or sensitive to fragrance, this could be a good one to try.
Price: £21 for £125ml, available from Selfridges online here or on Clinique counters.
Overall: 6/10

Su-Man Purifying Cleansing Gel-Oil

Packaging: Nice, matte finish tube. I found the twist open/close cap a little annoying.
Ingredients: A base of sunflower seed oil, with apricot and sandalwood oils and raspberry and wintergreen leaf extracts. The ingredients read quite differently to the majority of the other balms, as the texture of the product is a gel-oil rather than a conventional balm.
Performance: I liked the different texture of this product. It's much lighter than some of the more oil-based balms and emulsifies better with warm water. It doesn't strip the skin, but it also doesn't leave any oily residue at all. I think this would be well suited to those who are worried about cleansing balms being too heavy or rich for their skin. This effectively removed all of my makeup and the squeezable tube is practical for travel too.
Price: £40 for 125ml available online from cultbeauty.co.uk
Overall: 7/10

Sarah Chapman 'Skinesis' Ultimate Cleanse

Packaging: Pretty cheap looking considering the price, it's the same type of packaging as the Liz Earle cleanser, but with a cheaper finish.
Ingredients: Very heavy on the scent front, the ingredients list has a fair few synthetics combined with a long list of oils including baobab, borage, melon, rosehip, jojoba and meadowfoam seed, combined with vitamins A & E. Free from mineral oil, parabens etc.
Performance: This was an 'instant wow' product for me. The texture is super smooth (even smoother than Emma Hardie) The pump dispenses the exact right amount of product to cleanse your face. It's an utter pleasure to use and removes every scrap of makeup from my face. It took me a while to get used to the smell, but I can honestly say this is the best cleanser I've ever used. Hands down. Although the ingredients list isn't 100% natural, this product performs beautifully. The only other balm cleanser I've tried that comes close to it is Emma Hardie's, and I have to say I prefer this. The price and the packaging are the only downsides to this product for me.
Price: £40 for 100ml, available from SpaceNK here.
Overall: 10/10

Friday, April 4, 2014

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet: Review!

I got the chance to try out the new Chanel foundation ahead of it's launch next week... Check out my review video below!


It's available from 11th April, priced at £33, from Chanel counters nationwide.

Blogosphere

If you don't follow me on Twitter, you may not have seen that something amazing happened this month... I was on my very first magazine cover! Such exciting news. What's even more exciting, is that the magazine is written for bloggers, by bloggers.

I'd heard a few things here and there about new blogging mag 'Blogosphere' from my blogger friends, but it wasn't until I was kindly invited to be on the cover of their latest issue that I actually got my hands on a copy and had a read. I have to say I was truly impressed. The content, design and print quality of this magazine are simply beautiful. The people who run it are lovely and it is a great resource for all things blogging, be it about food, beauty, fashion, lifestyle or photography.

I know that a large proportion of my readers are bloggers, and whether you're an old timer like me, or just starting a new blog, there's something in there for everyone. I found all three issues that have been published so far a great source of inspiration and information. They are also a great way to discover awesome new blogs that you might not be reading yet, and there are some really useful features on things like how to deal with brand opportunities and legal tips for bloggers.

Another thing I love is that they also give 10% of their profits to charity, and as I was on the cover this month, they let me choose a charity (Dogs Trust). A nice little touch.

You can pick up a copy of Blogosphere in Foyles book stores, or you can order hard copies (£4) or digital copies (£2) online here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NEW Ole Henriksen Wipes!

Exciting news for any Ole Henriksen fans out there (you can read about my addiction to his face wipes here) - The eccentric skin care specialist has introduced two new varieties of cleansing cloth to his product range AND they've dropped the price of the wipes from £15 to £12 for a pack of 30. Still expensive, but definitely good news!

I don't use wipes all the time, but when I'm travelling I take these as a little treat for my skin on flights or for late nights! They are the best face wipes I've ever tried, hands down...


My beloved 'Truth To Go' wipes have been repackaged as 'The Clean Truth'. These are identical to the originals, with vitamin C and Ole's delicious, signature orange-vanilla scent. They easily remove all of my makeup and leave my skin feeling soft and happy.

They've also introduced the 'Grease Relief' exfoliating cloths that contain AHA's, are oil free and feel deliciously cooling on the skin thanks to eucalyptus (though they are textured for exfoliating, so I would avoid these for your eye area) - a great alternative for those who suffer with oily skin or enlarged pores.

If you're looking for something to remove your stubborn (or waterproof) eye makeup, the third variety are 'Nurture Me'. A totally smooth cloth that is soap & alcohol free, they effectively remove all of your makeup while not stripping the skin or pulling on your delicate eye area.

The new cloths are available now from lookfantastic.com (Although they don't currently have the newly packaged originals in stock... they DO have the bumper 100 packs on half price sale for £25 here) They will also be available in John Lewis, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges later this month.

Have any of you tried the Ole Henriksen cleansing cloths?