Thursday, 31 October 2013
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
It's that time of year when the winter blues starts to set in. I'm definitely a sun bunny. I love having a tan and wearing pretty dresses and clothes without having to team them with a hat, coat, scarf and gloves in order to keep warm. When it first gets colder it's a different story. I actually secretly enjoy getting out my winter wardrobe and re-discovering all the items I haven't seen for the past year. It's like shopping without having to spend any money! However, now the novelty is starting to wear off and I'm not enjoying the freezing cold mornings, dark nights and ghostly pale skin.
I naturally have olive skin so tan very well as you can see in the pictures above from my last holiday. I usually then use a little fake tan to maintain the tan a little longer or even just to give my skin a subtle bronzed glow, but what to do in Winter? I've never been a big fake tanner in Winter but I think this year that will change. I'm much paler than normal because I haven't actually been on holiday this year and I always feel much happier with a tan. It also dawned on me that fake tanning in Winter is actually probably the best time of the year to do it if you're trying out new products as it is so easy to cover up any mistakes or mishaps.
One range I was recently introduced to which is said to be a great fake tan with a professional finish is Kissed By Mii (what a cute brand name?!) and is one that I may well try out during these Winter months in time for when the party season starts. Some people make think it's odd to tan at this time of year but I'm looking forward to having a subtle glow and still having tanned legs when wearing those party dresses!
Click here to take a look at the 'Kissed by Mii' fake tan range.
Will you be fake tanning this Winter? Have you got the Winter blues?
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Quite some time ago, maybe around a year, when I visited the hair dressers for my usual trim I was introduced to a new hair product by Clynol called Wonder 10. I had never heard of this product before but was intrigued as soon as my hair dresser said it is a treatment that looks to benefit your hair in ten ways.
The 10 ways:
- Divine repair and nourishment
- Improved detangling
- Instant shine and smoothness
- UV and colour protection formula
- Banished static and frizz
- Reduced split ends
- Renewed bounce and vitality
- Easier blow drying
- Restores moisture balance
- Pure feather-light formula
I've been using Wonder 10 on and off since I bought it and I haven't been disappointed. I have naturally curly hair which is prone to frizzing and this product has helped no end. I use it on towel dried hair around once-twice a week in conjunction with most of the other hair products in my routine. After use, my hair is soft, smooth and looks healthy. It dries without frizzing, is bouncy, voluminous and shiny.
This product truly does work wonders for my hair and I love it. Even after the first use I noticed a big difference and whenever I use it I love the way my hair looks, it always turns out perfectly. It also has a gorgeous sweet, vanilla scent which I adore. This is an absolute must have product!
You can buy Clynol Wonder 10 from Amazon for £7.69.
Have you tried this product?
Monday, 28 October 2013
|Photo sourced from Sofia's post|
I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Award by the lovely Sofia at Sofia Dot - thanks so much lovely! This is a tag like post and more info can be seen below:
1) I have a first class honours degree
2) I've flown on Concorde
3) I love animals and have a dog, two hamsters and fish
4) I've been with my boyfriend for nearly 9 years
5) I have an obsession with candles and shoes
6) I love Ribena
7) I used to play the piano and flute
8) I've known some of my best friends since I was 4 years old
9) I'm a fan of Formula 1 and have been to the British Grand Prix a few times
10) I love eating out in restaurants
11) My star sign is Scorpio - It's my birthday soon, whoop!
- Everything happens for a reason
- My boyfriend
- MAC Rebel. It's perfect for Autumn.
- Cheesy answer but I'd say my dream job is the job I have now - A Business Analyst. At school my favourite subjects were Business Studies and IT and my job is the perfect mix of the two. I also enjoy the working environment, challenges and opportunities.
- A night person. I hate getting up early!
- Weirdly I can be both. When I'm going out clothes tend to go everywhere because I try on loads of things but then don't have time to tidy away before I leave. At the same time I hate having mess everywhere and it stresses me out a little! I much prefer it when things are clean and tidy but as a work really long hours sometimes it's not always easy to keep things that way all the time.
- Where I do now, surrounded by my family and friends <3
- Hmm this is tough because I really like my name. Maybe Holly...
- I'm not doing anything for Halloween this year.
- Gosh this is really difficult! I have no idea.. Any suggestions anyone?!
- My friends know who this is.. but I'm not saying on here hehehehe
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1) What is your dream holiday?
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3) What job did you want to do when you was little?
4) Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
5) What is your favourite thing about blogging?
6) What is your favourite food?
7) If you could be any animal what would it be?
8) What is your favourite weather?
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10) If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you take?
11) What is your mood right now?
Sunday, 27 October 2013
I recently attended a beauty bloggers meet up at Rush House of Hair where we were lucky enough to have an OPI or Essie manicure. The colours available varied between the two brands, OPI having a slightly more Autumnal feel so it was a pretty easy choice to go with one of their shades. One of the first ones I spotted was Every Day is Oktober Fest which is from the OPI Germany collection and it is the perfect Autumn shade.
Every Day is Oktober Fest is a gorgeous deep plum which had a subtle hint of red and shimmer. Depending on the light it can look a little more red or purple as seen in the pictures above but always looks gorgeous. Whilst wearing the polish, a countless number of people commented and it is definitely a shade I would like to add to my collection. It is perfect for Autumn and Winter due to the mixture of colours and this shade looks great when teamed with a variety of outfits whether it be for day or night.
The formulation seemed to be a reasonable consistency and with only two coats my nails had a flawless finish. However, it only lasted two days before chipping which is pretty poor, especially for such an expensive polish. I'm not sure what top coat was used but all of the OPI polishes in my collection have lasted longer than this without chipping so I like to think it may be down to the top coat that was combined with it rather than Oktober Fest
You can buy Every Day is Oktober Fest from Look Fantastic for £11.00. I would like to purchase this polish sometime in the near future and hope when teamed with a different top coat it will remain chip free for a lot longer *fingers crossed* because I love it.. I think it's a new favourite!
During the week I was lucky enough to attend the launch of a new TK Maxx store at Covent Garden with Zoe from Face Value Blog. We met up just before and headed to the event together where we were greeted by a red carpet. Once inside, we helped ourselves to a refreshing Mojito and had a little catch up before exploring the store.
The room was filled with a great atmosphere as Eliza Doolittle was djing, the drinks were flowing and there are was a great amount of people at the event. It was really nice to be able to have a stroll around and have a chance to look at a wide array of products ranging from make-up to clothes and shoes. It was actually a strange but great feeling shopping in a store that wasn't actually open to the public yet and being one of the first to view the products on offer.
Whilst at the event we were also able to have our photo taken by a professional photographer which was good fun as well as mingle with other bloggers. It was a lovely event and a nice highlight of my week.
Do you like TK Maxx?
Saturday, 26 October 2013
Any regular readers of my blog will know that I've been trying out different eye make-up removers lately as I am yet to find one I like. I've mentioned before about trying to the popular Bioderma but I haven't got around to ordering it yet so have been trying out different ones from the high street.
I have sensitive skin and often wear make-up that is hard to remove, in particular some of my mascara's are a little tricky so I need a remover that is strong enough to properly clean but not make my eyes sore and irritated. The Boots Botanics Eye Make-up remover seemed perfect. It is suitable for all skin types, is brightening and even claims to remove waterproof mascara.
Naturally, I had high hopes for this product and looked forward to trying it the same evening I had purchased it. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed. The Botanics eye make-up remover is oil based and as a result left my eyes feeling very greasy and slimy. I've used oil based removers in the past and if I'm honest I'm not a fan of them but usually they are just about bareable. This one, however, is not. I had trouble removing the residue and found that not all of my make-up had been taken off either. As a result, sadly this eye make-up remover isn't one I will be repurchasing, in fact, I haven't used it since. It's a real shame because it is a good price and readily available.
The Boots Botanics eye make-up remover can be purchased from Boots for £2.66.
Have you tried this remover?
Friday, 25 October 2013
The summer may be well and truly over and some people may think bronzer should only used in those months but it's actually a product that can be used all year around. Everyone in the blogging world including myself has raved about NARS Laguna bronzer and whilst that is my favourite, another which I enjoy using is Soap and Glory Solar Powder.
Soap and Glory Solar Powder is a product that has both pros and cons for me. Let's start with the latter. Whilst, I like the original shell shaped packaging I do find it annoying because it has no catch on it so it can literally just flap open. This makes this is a product I refuse to take in my make-up bag otherwise I end up in a big bronzer mess. It's such a shame because a mirror is also included in the lid of the packaging and it's one of those products which is always good to pop in your hand bag for use on the go but it's one thing that definitely does put me off using it on occasions.
Now the negatives are out of the way let's move onto the positives. Soap and Glory Solar Powder is actually two toned so you have a light beige which contains a subtle shimmer as well as a darker matte brown. You can easily use these colours separately but I tend to swirl my brush in the pan to get an even mixture of both as they work really well together. You get a huge amount of product so this bronzer will last a very long time as you only need to use very little and the embossed 'S&G' finishes off this product really nicely.
The formulation of the powder is very soft and blendable so it is very easy to use and it gives you a very natural sun-kissed look. As you can see in the swatch picture above the colour is very subtle so is perfect for people with pale skin or those who are new to using bronzer and don't want to use anything too heavy or risk looking orange.
Soap and Glory Solar Powder is a really great high street bronzer and available at Boots for £11.00.
What do you think of this bronzer?
Thursday, 24 October 2013
The three MUA powder blushes I have in my collection are shades 1, 2 and 4. It's a shame they don't have proper names because it is much easier to remember what ones you have and also adds a bit of fun to a product but I guess what really matters is the product itself. All three of these blushers are well pigmented and give a beautiful, natural flush of colour on the cheeks. Although the pigmentation is good, it isn't so overpowering that you find yourself getting into a mess by having too much on your brush so these blushers are perfect for people who want a no fuss blusher or are new to makeup.
The consistency of the MUA blushers are also impressive. They blend extremely well so are brilliant to work with and you get a huge amount of product in the pan so they last ages. The powder is soft and doesn't leave a chalky finish on the skin. I also find them long lasting although I have combination skin and my cheeks are on the normal-dry side so I never struggle keeping my blusher in place.
Let's talk a little more about each shade:
The only thing about the MUA blushers that I'm not so keen on is the basic packaging because it isn't particularly 'pretty' to look at and doesn't seem too sturdy either. I also struggle to open them using the catch at the front so instead I pop my nail underneath the corner (pray it doesn't break) and the lid easily prises open. Despite this, I love these blushers and will continue to use and buy them. They are brilliant value for money priced at only £1 each so who really cares about the packaging.. it's what's inside that counts!
You can pick up MUA blushers from superdrug.
What do you think of MUA blushers?