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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bourjois Magic Polish Remover for Hands & Feet

Bourjois Magic 1 Second Nail Polish Remover for Hands & Feet: £6*

The Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover is a thing of beauty. Dip, twist and any existing polish is no more - and it even smells good. I've gone through no less than five pots of the stuff now but something was.. missing. I can basically hear all the lazy beauty-loving girls breathing a sigh of relief as Bourjois have reinvented the idea, this time with a sponge attached to the lid to remove polish on your toes without ruining your manicure. Genius!

With the same acetone-free, sweet almond oil formula and vanilla & red fruit fragrance we all know and love, this has been an absolute staple in recent weeks. Too tired to remove polish? No problem. In a rush? Two minutes and you're done. There's not really much to say other than it's just so easy to use and something I'd rather not live without.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Schmooze #013


I feel like I say the same thing every single week, but I honestly don't have a clue where the last seven days have gotten to. It's as if a black hole has crept up into my life and gobbled everything up. Or maybe the fact that it's a bank holiday weekend means I'm overthinking. Because I never do that.. so without further ado, what have I actually been up to?

To make a Good Friday even better, I tried my hand at a Victoria Sponge cake. I swapped white flour for wholemeal - I say swapped, but we only had plain white in anyway - and I must say it doesn't make for quite the light sponge I was hoping for. Yummy but a bit too filling to be honest. Perfect for a carrot cake or something along those lines though, and I love it for pancakes too. Ideas and cake-takers welcome as a good half is still sitting in the fridge!


On Wednesday, some of my favourite blogger girls - Lily, Katie, Zoe & Laura - and I went to The Boundary in Shoreditch for a rooftop lunch with Estée Lauder to chat all things Bronze Goddess. It was such a beautiful day; great food, beautiful weather and excellent company. The collection itself looks amazing and I've done a 'sneak peek' post of sorts here.


Back to the Easter theme, I had a bit of a seasonal pamper session this weekend with the Models Own Speckled Egg Nail Polishes - from thumb to pinky finger I'm wearing Goose, Duck, Magpie, Dove and Swan. In terms of favourites I would probably reverse these, starting with Swan, as Goose was quite streaky and the colour unflattering on my skin tone. Such an easy look to create though with no effort required. I also had a bath using the Bunny Bubble Bar from Lush - and lush indeed it was! My water was turned into a pretty pastel lilac, and the sweet, powdery vanilla fragrance filled every room upstairs. Once the bar dissolves it leaves lots of little blue cornflower petals in the water which was so pretty. Definitely want to get my hands on a few more before they're all gone! Hope you're enjoying your Easter weekend?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Return of Bronze Goddess

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess 2014: Release date 1st May

The highlight of summer beauty releases is making a comeback for 2014 - dubbed best as 'holiday in a bottle' by many and a collection that always has me abusing the heart-eyed emoji. Enter Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess. With the Bronze Goddess fragrance being the staple of the collection, there's also a luxurious body cream, shimmery oil, body splash and a whole host of beauty gems housed in tortoiseshell. This is just a sneak peek for now as I haven't properly road tested the products yet - all in good time! I'm particularly enamoured by the cream blush and super beautiful eyeshadow palette on first impressions though, as well as the fragrance - a 'can't get enough' blend of mandarin, coconut and woody notes - which goes without saying. It just transports you to lounging on a beach; salty skin and cocktail in hand. There isn't long to wait now and if you're anything like me you're already counting down the days till May 1st..

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chasing Summer with New Look

It's funny how a little sunshine can spread so much happiness. Spring has sprung up on us so quickly - at least that's how it feels for me! - and I couldn't be more pleased, but I'm really looking forward to summer. Longer evenings, lighter clothes, eating al fresco, a legit excuse to wear sunglasses constantly.. I can't wait. New Look have got all your transitional wardrobe needs covered right now and I've been styling out some of the Tropical Surf collection.

You know me; black and white never goes out of style, and with the corals and oranges filtered through the outfit it's a summer hit in my books. Starting with the main component of the look, the Palm Tree Print Shirt, I added a simple pair of black skinnies - they're the Supersoft Super Skinny Jeans and are seriously comfy - which I rolled up because I'm short but more importantly to bear a little ankle and keep it seasonal, then went for the Cut Out Block Heel Ankle Boots as they're both durable and brilliantly easy to throw on with anything, and the cut-out gives a nod to warmer days. Lastly, I threw on a trusty black fedora and the Brown Animal Print Half Frame Sunglasses. Like I said, I like to wear variations of black and white at the moment with a colour running through, so I went for the Coral Structured Metal Plate Satchel along with matching lips & tips - and I was good to go!

Considering I usually take all my own photos, I roped my brother into playing the part of personal paparazzi for the afternoon during a dog walk - and I think he did pretty well for a first-timer! Beigel's not so impressed - but look at the matching poses in the last snap. Sassy. Perhaps there's a palm tree print harness out there..

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Schmooze #012

Today it's Beigel's birthday so prepare yourselves for a little ode to my furry little baby. We were up bright and early to socialise and have a kick around, have eaten a big roast and dessert, have ripped open presents and popped balloons. I'm over the moon to have such a little bundle of joy in my life but it makes me so so sad that he's already six years old. I remember a saying once read, that went something like so.. 'People have long lives so they can learn about how to love and live a good life. Dogs already know how to do that, so they don't need to stay here as long' - I think I have something in my eye but I could be wrong. I sound like a crazy dog lady but I don't really care. It's bizarre that an animal makes me want to burst with joy. I feel like I could eat him up sometimes or squash him with love till he'd explode. AAAH.

I think I'll leave it there for now as I have an ice queen reputation to keep up (who am I kidding?). The only other things I've been up to really have been sorting through old clothes and obsessing over IKEA and Zara home offerings. Please help by checking out my blog sale and Depop in the meantime as I REALLY need the space!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Models Own Polish for Tans

Models Own Polish for Tans: £5 each*
(L-R): Sun Hat, Bikini, Beach Bag, Flip Flop, Shades

It's been a while since I really paid attention to a Models Own collection, but in time for the brighter, warmer summer months, the Polish for Tans are here. Models Own have created a five-piece collection designed to complement and enhance tanned skins, be it faux or the real thing. A hybrid of neon and pastel, the five shades have been mixed with white pigment for a more flattering finish and to bring down the intensity of a true neon a notch or two. If anything I've decided more than ever that I desperately need to book a summer holiday..

Sun Hat is a neon pastel hot pink - pretty self explanatory, but it's the most 'Barbie' of the bunch. Bikini is a neon pastel yellow and the shade I liked a lot better than I expected I would. It's a classic highlighter yellow that's impossibly hard to photograph but actually looks beautiful on! Beach Bag is described as a neon pastel orange while I would say it leans a little more peach-coral than just orange. Possibly my favourite and maybe even the safest of the bunch. Flip Flop is a neon pastel green, which is very vibrant and almost toxic-looking in terms of intensity. This will be an acquired taste but also a great seller as these kinds of acid greens aren't so easy to come by. Finally, Shades is a neon pastel pink - another great all-rounder that lies somewhere between hot pink and coral. Very easy to wear and will look great with denim.

Considering I don't even have the slightest hint of a tan right now - I'm desperate to bronze up but am not yet allowed, doctors orders! - I do think the contrast of the shades against the skin makes it appear a lot more sunkissed, so I can only imagine how stunning these are going to look against tanned skins! Seen here are three coats for all shades, some I could have got away with two but there's nothing like consistency! The formula dries matte so depending on your preferences they can be kept so or made glossy with a top coat. The Models Own Polish for Tans are available online, in the Models Own Bottlestops and in Superdrug now, and arrive in Boots next week. Now where's my passport?

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