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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Maybelline Forever Strong Mint For Life

Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish in Mint For Life: £4.09

On a recent hunt for a nail polish in & Other Stories last week, I failed miserably at tracking down my out of stock must-have (and they don't sell their nail polish range online- boo!). More on that later, but naturally I had to get my fix elsewhere. I made my journey home shortly after, new bottle of pastel lacquer in tow. Enter Maybelline's Forever Strong polish in Mint For Life; another pale green to add to my line-up of vernis vert, but a very welcome and totally justifiable addition in my books.

I've got another shade from this range, Ceramic Blue, which I reviewed here. At first I thought this was a new range but upon further investigation it looks to me like they're just changing the packaging. I also noticed on the display that they didn't have a lot of the colours I'd seen before, so maybe they're phasing it all out and repackaging the entire shade range.

Onto talking about the actual polish in question, Mint For Life is a total beaut. The formula is thick and creamy, and with this shade I found the first coat a little streaky but it's spot on after a second. Application is a dream thanks to the brush which is tapered for effortless precision around the nail bed, and most importantly I can't stop staring at my hands! In terms of dupes, I expected this to be identical to Essie's Mint Candy Apple but I'm happy to report that it's ever so slightly lighter.. and I don't know how controversial this is going to sound, but I think I actually prefer this one to the cult favourite shade. Gasp! Shock! My mani is still looking perfect after typing for hours on end amongst other daily tasks, but wear time is incredibly subjective if you ask me and can depend on personal routines and nail care, which is why I rarely comment on that aspect.

I'm totally head over heels for this one and can't recommend the range enough. From the two I've tried, I'm completely won over and have my eye on a few more as we speak. I think the price is outstanding for such a well performing product, and hopefully as the new packaging rolls out we will get to see some more beautiful shades. What are your thoughts?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Here, There & Everywhere

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Macarons from Ladurée in Paris // outfit for dinner & massive hotel bed (full post for both in the works!) // the most dreamy breakfast // paid Brighton a little trip on the way home // fish & chips by the sea // playing Pizza Express chefs with Snooksy // my beautiful (healthy) creation- insanely delicious, filling and under 500 calories! // finally got around to spending a voucher and it felt gooooood // saw Iron Man 3 and completely lost it. If you haven't seen it, GO NOW (and you better wait till after the credits..) // no words // fit my big ass into a size 8 pair of dungarees! GO TEAM. Outfit post once I alter them!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Genius Billionaire Playboy Philanthropist


tee: Topshop
jacket: Zara
necklace: ASOS
jeans: Topshop
watch: Michael Kors
lips: Lime Crime Velvetines Red Velvet
nails: Rococo T-Cup*

I've had this tee for months now and haven't got around to featuring it.. until now! I seem to have good timing since I'm actually going to see Iron Man 3 tonight and could not be more excited! Part of me was considering going to see it on my own (for maximum concentration.. or something like that), but I think my boyfriend has decided to suck up being jealous over my infatuation with RDJ and just secretly wishes that I never get to meet him now. As sad as it sounds I'm also really looking forward to a massive bucket of popcorn as I've hardly eaten today!

Talking about my outfit- the white tee seems to be out of stock online (although I've seen it in store recently), but I spotted in the 'new in' section that it also comes in black too- also out of stock, but if it's new it's sure to be easy to get a hold of in store. Joni jeans are still going strong, although they have stretched a teensy bit which is disappointing! I picked this little silky satin bomber jacket up in the Zara sale after Christmas, and while I haven't managed to get much wear out of it just yet, it looks like the ideal thing to chuck on now that the weather is finally getting warmer. Topped it all off with my usual of chunky gold jewellery, and then a pair of white Converse.. not pictured but I'm sure you know what they look like!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

NEOM Real Luxury Organic Body Scrub

NEOM Real Luxury Organic Body Scrub (332g/300ml): £32*

There's not much that makes me feel more pampered and soothed than a good exfoliating session. Hot bubble bath- check. Candles- check. Glass of wine- hic! And last but absolutely by no means least.. a good body scrub. NEOM's Real Luxury Organic Body Scrub has somewhat of a cult status, and is often touted as one of the brand's hero products.

Containing a whopping 97% in organic ingredients, the scrub promises to improve circulation and remove dead skin cells to make your skin smoother and amp up the glow factor, and also enveloping the senses with its relaxing scent of lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood. The Real Luxury fragrance is referred to as NEOM's 'cashmere blanket' scent, which gives you an idea of how lovely and comforting it is. The uplifting, feel-good scent lingers for a good while both on the skin and in the bathroom after you're done, and almost transports you into a daze of relaxation.

The scrub has a sugar base, mixed with fine oils such as safflower and jojoba, and also contains vitamin E for baby soft results. The texture is rather gritty but slippery at the same time if that makes sense, and I like to mix it up with my hands inside the pot to ensure I have an even amount of both types of ingredients to really get the best result from the product. Sometimes 'harder' scrubs can leave your skin sore, but the natural oils prevent this from being too harsh on the skin. Despite this, it's not actually greasy either (although I do have dry skin)- I can certainly feel that it's left on the skin, but it saves time on moisturising post shower/bath, so this is a huge plus for me.

The price definitely doesn't leave this as the cheapest scrub I've ever seen, but when you narrow it down to cost-per-use it's much easier to justify. Saying that, I don't use this every single time I exfoliate as I like to 'save it for best' - but when I run out, I'll definitely be looking out to replace it as it's so luxurious to use. Being somewhat of a tanning addict, skipping exfoliation in my skincare routine simply isn't an option, so there's all the more reason for me to love it as I see the difference when I need to shift my old tan! Of course it's a very indulgent treat, but for me it blows any cheaper scrubs right out of the water with its simultaneous dead-skin-removing and moisturising properties. The pot is also absolutely HUGE so is bound to last quite a while (I've had it for a couple of months and have about a quarter left). Soft & nourished thumbs up from me!

Have you ever tried this or anything else from NEOM? What's your favourite body scrub?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover

Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover (125ml): £17

Recently featured in my March Favourites video, the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover has quickly reached must-have status for me. It's a bi-phase lotion, which means it's part liquid, part oil and needs shaking up. Once activated, this makes removing even the most stubborn waterproof mascara an absolute breeze.

I use around a £2 coin sized amount on a cotton pad for each eye, and hold it firmly over the area for about 10-20 seconds before gently wiping away any makeup. It does take a few minutes to get everything off properly but it's so much easier and definitely a lot less harsh on my skin than other cleansers as it's oil based. It's not exactly cheap by almost hitting the £20 mark, and I've used a bottle up in around 6 weeks, but I can't see myself buying anything else as I've enjoyed using this so much. I've currently run out of the stuff so I'm desperate to take a trip to my nearest Clarins counter to pick up a replacement! I do only use this on the eye area because of the price, and since I have other cleansers for elsewhere on my face which work fine. This is just so effortless and makes removing my makeup just as therapeutic as I find applying it.

All in all I can't recommend this enough- it doesn't irritate the eye but is so impressive in its makeup removal. Another factor I really like (which could just be down to the oil in the product) is that my lashes feel so nice and silky when I use this, so it actually seems like it's helping them look better even without any mascara. Absolutely huge thumbs up for this, and it's something I can honestly see myself buying again, and again, and again..

Have you ever tried the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover? Are you a fan of the brand?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shark Tooth


dress: Fashion Union*
necklace: Black Tied*
watch: Michael Kors
bracelet: Black Tied*

This is the sequel to my outfit post with the peach coat! I've been loving wearing this black dress with cut out sections way too much recently. I wasn't sure what I thought about this style of clothing for a while but now I've tried it I really like it. The waist is quite loose as the dress is smock style (something else I'm all over recently!) but I can wear it with a skinny belt to cinch it in which is a nice option! It's just so easy to throw on and looks dressed up but casual at the same time I think. It's also nice to be able to wear black in a more summery way with some skin on show without baring all! Black and gold is one of my favourite colour combinations, so I've kept it simple with some beautiful pieces from Black Tied and my trusty MK.

I'm currently away from home again, this time in a place called Arundel in West Sussex. More on that later though! I've also got a few events and press days this week which I'm looking forward to, so it looks like another busy week ahead. Part of me just wants to sleep forever, but as the saying goes, the show must go on! (Zzz..)

Monday, April 22, 2013

NYX Cosmetics Orange Concealer Jar

NYX Cosmetics Concealer Jar in C13 Orange: £5

As a sufferer or dire dark circles under my eyes, standard concealers just don't cut it where I'm concerned. What makes you look tired isn't just darker skin under the eye, but it's - at least for me - the veins that show through the very thin skin underneath your eyes. Mine are quite blue toned, so in terms of balancing this back out I need to use orange based concealers, or in this case, correcting concealers. This bright orange concealer by NYX certainly caught my attention!

It does look pretty scary in the jar, and it is VERY pigmented so you only need the tiniest amount. I apply this after primer and before any foundation or concealers so that I don't end up with an orange tint, but a more balanced skin tone for a fresher, healthier appearance. As stated on the product, I haven't experienced any creasing- although I do prevent this with powders and use multiple concealers in the area so I guess I'll never be testing out that factor completely due to my routine! The texture is creamy but ever so slightly stiff, but despite this it blends well and I haven't felt that the formula tugs on my skin in the slightest. I apply this with my ring finger (it's more gentle than your other digits) with, like I said, literally the smallest amount and blend gently. I can't say it's my favourite corrector out of the ones I've tried, but for the price (I got it a little bit cheaper as I bought it at the UMA Expo a few weeks back) it's worth the extra effort of using another regular concealer on top to cover up the vividness, but also does a pretty neat job of helping counteract any blueness.

What do you think of products like this? Have you ever felt the need to use one, and are there any that you'd recommend?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Genie At The Bottom

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Everyday Hairstyle video // miniature 'what's in my bag' // went panting running // Minnie mental // Beigel in a panic, watching his toys being washed // dippy egg & soldiers // Beigel opening his birthday presents and slutty brownies- more on that here! // March Favourites // elephant print trousers (Primark) // Clarins Splendours collection - review here // en route to Paris // the city at dusk // Eiffel Tower // sleepy kitties in a Parisian pet shop // Moulin Rouge // puppy pile // French pharmacy buys // Mona Lisa // sipping on a frapp in the sun, outside the Louvre // walking along the Seine // Notre Dame // pretty Paris all lit up at night // Ladurée cakes // Patty & Bun - amazing! I had the Smokey Robinson // praising filters and makeup on a bad skin day // Moomin pyjamas from Primark // new shoes.. again Primark! // Beigel sunbathing in the garden.

Haven't done one of these in a few weeks so here's a long one including some snippets into posts and videos I've done recently, as well as a look into my visit to Paris earlier in the week! I'll be posting about it properly when I get around to editing all the photos! I hope everyone's well, I for one am pretty hungover from Lily's birthday celebrations, so am nursing myself slowly back to health with comfort food and a face mask. Everything a Sunday should be, right?!
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