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Monday, 25 May 2015

Review | Charles Worthington Shine Booster All Over Gloss Spray


Charles Worthington Shine Booster All Over Gloss Spray
Charles Worthington Shine Booster All Over Gloss Spray
Charles Worthington Shine Booster All Over Gloss Spray

I love having glossy hair because the shine makes it look and feel healthy. It's something I've looked to achieve with my hair for years and have found a variety of products to help with this, some of which I have loved and others I haven't but my latest find is a good one.

The *Charles Worthington Shine Booster All Over Gloss Spray doesn't look like much in it's simple packaging but it definitely shouldn't be overlooked. This product is amazing. Not only does it smell gorgeous but without fail every time I use this product my Fiance comments on how shiny my hair looks.

This product is the perfect way to finish any hair style and I could easily get through bottles of it however it does have one down side. I find the spray is a little too direct so you often get a lot of product concentrated in one place rather than an even coverage all over. It's not ideal but as the product is so good it doesn't put me off... you just need to be careful you don't go overboard with the application and ensure you have the bottle far away from your hair so it doesn't get a soaking!

Overall, this is a really lovely product and I have already recommended it to some friends and family who are also going to give it a try!

If you want to try this Charles Worthington Gloss you can buy it from Boots for just £5.99

What do you think of this product? What are your tips for glossy hair?

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Friday, 22 May 2015

Wish List | My Current Beauty Wish List


Beauty Wish List Feat Real Techniques, Makeup Revolution, Bourjois, Too Faced and Fake Bake


Too Faced is a brand I love and I always enjoy discovering more of their products. One I have had my eye on for a while are the Melted Lipsticks. They look like a combination between a lipstick and a gloss and super saturated so hopefully they would be long lasting. They also have a variety of shades available that look perfect for Spring and Summer. The one pictured above is called Peony which sounds lovely but the others look very tempting too.



Next is a drugstore foundation I have heard a lot of people rave about and is Bourqois Healthy Mix. I like trying out new foundations occasionally and as this is one a lot of people seem to love I think it would be a good choice.



Makeup Revolution is a really lovely makeup brand as they offer such a huge range of products. I've tried a lot of them and have always been impressed by the selection and quality. A product I've seen popping up on lots of blogs recently are the Blush Hearts and the one that stands out for me is Peachy Keen as the colour combination looks lovely. The packaging is adorable and these pretty blushes also have some shimmer. I'd love to try them.



I seem to be forever washing my makeup brushes so I could really do with expanding my collection so they don't get dirty quite as quickly. I'd like to add some more Real Techniques to my selection as they are good quality, reasonably priced and readily available. The one pictured here is the powder brush but I'd also like to get a foundation brush as well as some for my eye makeup.



I hate being pale and I've completely run out of fake tan so I could really do with some more! Lately I've been sticking to my trusty St Tropez which I do still love but I fancy trying the Fake Bake self tanning lotion as I've had spray tans with this in the past and really liked the natural long lasting finish.



My hair has been feeling a little dry lately so I want to invest in a good shampoo and conditioner to help with this. I've been recommended Ojon in the past but never tried any of their products so I'm intrigued to see what they are like.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Wedding: 4 Months to Go - What is Left to Plan?


Wedding What is Left to Plan

With just four months to go until our wedding day we are well on our to having everything finalised. This has suprised a lot of people but I guess the combination of us having a good idea of what we want plus being organised and proactive has meant we are ahead of the game. Don't get me wrong, I expect closer to the time most of our weekends will be taken up with sorting out the final details as around the 2 month mark almost everyone wants confirmation of various things but for now things have definitely calmed down. Here is a check list of what we have and haven't done yet:

Check List: Done

  • Date, Timings, Venue's and Guest List
  • Flowers
  • Brides dress, accessories and shoes
  • Makeup and Hair trials
  • Bridesmaid and flower girl dresses
  • Venue decoration 
  • Grooms outfit
  • Entertainment for day and evening
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Wedding Breakfast
  • Cake
  • Save the Dates and invitations
  • Gifts
  • Register our intent to marry
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding car
  • Wedding rings


Check List: To Do

  • Flower girl shoes
  • Evening food
  • Finalise hymns and readings
  • Seating plan
  • Wedding rings
  • Finalise timings for the day
  • Hen and Stag do's
  • Dress fittings
  • Arrangements for the card table
  • Hotel for the wedding night 
  • Send out evening invitations
  • Book rehearsals
  • Choose our first dance song
  • Make Favours

Although there are still a number of things on our to do list they are items we have already started looking into and need to finalise or are the finer details so we have plenty of time to sort out. It feels good to have made so much progress and to have most of the big items ticked off our list so now we can do the other bits and pieces more spread out over the next few months.

If you would like blog posts on any of the items above (or any others) leave a comment below and let me know.

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Review | Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow Pencil


Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow Pencil
One part of a make-up routine that is often forgotten about is shaping of the eyebrows and if I'm honest it's only something I started doing myself around three years ago. My eyebrows aren't perfect but they aren't particularly patchy so I guess it's just something I didn't think of until I got more into the blogging world and started to thread my brows rather than pluck them.

Shaping and filling in your brows is more important than you think. It can completely change your makeup look as it lifts and defines the face. No make-up look is complete without your beautiful eyes being framed but the perfect brows.

I've tried a multitude of different products on my brows to help define them a little including pencils, powder and tinted gel but my two favourite's are the Universal Brow Pencil by Billion Dollar Brows and the Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow pencil. Both are pretty similar to each other and I use them interchangeably. 

I discovered the Charlotte Tilbury three way shape, lift and shade tool after a trip around the Selfridges beauty hall and the lovely ladies at the counter trying out some products on me. It's not often you find your perfect eyebrow shade so when I did it was a must have. 

Two shades are available in this eyebrow pencil and unfortunately I can't tell which one I have as it doesn't say it on the packaging but if you go to the counter you will be able to be matched to the correct one. As a rough idea you should match your eyebrow pencil to your hair colour unless you want a slightly softer look in which case you should go a shade lighter.

The Charlotte Tilbury eyebrow product is hard enough so you get a sharp natural 'hair like' affect but equally soft and creamy so the product easily transfers onto the skin. The shape is also great as is it narrow and slanted like a triangle to it's easier than your average pencil to get the desired affect without your brows looking too over done and heavy.

As well as the brow product itself, as the name suggests you get two other things with this eyebrow pencil. You get a brush which is perfect for grooming the hairs before application so everything is in position but also after as it softens the product, blends it into the hair and makes the final look more natural as it removed additional product. 

There is also a sponge hidden in the center of the pencil when it is pulled apart which is a very clever extra touch. This is a highlighter and can be used under the arch of the brows to give you a gorgeous natural glow and instant brow lift. It is very pretty and a lovely unique surprise.

I really love this eyebrow pencil because not only is the shade perfect for me but the formula replicates hairs perfectly so I can achieve a natural finish. It is also long lasting so I don't need to worry about the product smudging over my face during the day. It's a little on the pricey side but the quality is brilliant plus you get three for one with the brush and highlighter too. I cannot fault this product and it will definitely be a staple in my make-up bag for years to come.

If you are looking for some application tips here is what I do below:

1) Brush the hairs upwards so you can find your brows natural shape before smoothing them over a little so the hairs are all in shape
2) Depending on the style you are looking for either use the fatter end of the product to fill in your brows for a softer look or for more definition use the thinner side. Either way use soft, short strokes to mimic hairs. Take your time over this and don't rush so you get a more natural finish.
3) Brush through the hairs in the same way as number 1
4) Add a little highlighter under the arch of your brow
5) Comb through your brows with gel to keep them in place. I use the clear brow set by MAC.

If you want to buy the Charlotte Tilbury eyebrow pencil you can purchase it in Selfridges for £22.50.  It is also paraben free.

What do you think of the Charlotte Tilbury eyebrow pencil? What do you use for your brows?
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Wedding: My Favourite Thing's About Wedding Planning


Wedding My Favourite Things About Wedding Planning

Since getting engaged last September I have really enjoyed wedding planning and although some of it hasn't been quite as I expected (see my 10 Truths About Wedding Planning Post) I will really miss it when it is all done. This thought inspired me to write today's blog post and think about my favourite parts of wedding planning:

Bringing Friends and Family Together

Firstly, I have loved that wedding planning has brought our families and friends closer together. They have been a massive part of every step as we have wanted to include our families as much as possible and it has been really lovely to share this experience with them. My two Maids of Honour have also been involved from the beginning which has been great too. We've all known each other since we were 4 years old so it is very special for them to be part of my big day.


Pieces of a Puzzle

Wedding planning is like having a puzzle in front of you and not necessarily having a full picture in mind but slowly you put the pieces together and you begin to have a final vision of what it will be like. At the start it's pretty daunting but as you book more things and decide on a theme it becomes pretty easy to make most decisions as you know what you are looking for.

When researching weddings I've found ideas and that suppliers specialise in a particular area or theme so if yours doesn't match that it's simple to discount them. For example my theme isn't modern or vintage instead I'm looking for something that is traditional but with a fairytale twist so I'm looking to add hints of that where I can.


Dreams

Everyone thinks about what there dream wedding would be like and being able to make that a reality is amazing. I have been lucky to be able to put this in place to create my 'fairytale' wedding and I've taken it as an opportunity to do things that you never could again. For example, when else will you have a multi-tier cake and book a castle as your reception venue?!


Wedding Fairs

Wedding Fairs are a lot of fun no matter what stage in the planning process as long as you manage your expectations. By this I mean, if you go to wedding fairs when you have recently got engaged you are likely to get a lot out of them because chances are you haven't booked very much if anything. Therefore it's great to speak to different suppliers whether it's to find someone to book or to get ideas and advice. If you go to a wedding fair later in the process you won't get as much out of it as you won't need to look at many of the stalls but the experience is different. I've found it more relaxed when I can casually look around and maybe identify stalls with unique ideas I could add into the wedding rather than trying to pin point the major things such as photographers.


Wedding Magazines and Pinterest

Wedding research is a lot of fun whether it be looking at online websites, Pinterest, forums or magazines. I've seen a lot people say they get bored but I could easily look at them all day every day. I want to make the most of every second because I don't plan on doing it again and I don't want to regret not doing more or missing out on things.


Appointments

Attending appointments with your suppliers is a lot of fun because it's one of the only times you can happily speak about the wedding without thinking you are giving too much away. We want to share some parts of our day with closer friends and family but we also want some suprises for them too so it's really nice to be able to share lots of aspects of our special day with other people. 

Of course the appointments themselves are also a lot of fun because it's another aspect of your wedding you are looking into. For example, taste caking is a lot of fun as well as trying on dresses.


What is/would be your favourite thing about wedding planning?
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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Wedding | Save The Dates

Wedding Save The Dates
Wedding Save The Dates

The latest trend when it comes to weddings is to send out save the dates several months before your invites so everyone knows about the up and coming wedding. I think this is a really great idea particularly if you are intending to have a week day wedding or one during summer holidays because it's nice to give your guests a heads up so they can make arrangements as early on as possible.

We sent out our save the dates a while ago but I completely forgot to show you which is why I've added this extra post in this week. When hunting for the perfect save the dates I really struggled. I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted but when trawling the internet but I was sure about what I didn't want.

We knew our theme was going to be pink early on but the fairytale element didn't really come into it until we booked our reception venue which is a castle. The two combined seem perfect and suits my personalityas well as our relationship as we are childhood sweethearts and people often comment it's like a fairytale.

After trawling the internet for weeks and attending wedding fairs I eventually came across a couple of designs I liked. The first was a paper one that looked similar to an invite which was traditional and girly but instead of just being one sided you opened it. It's this part which put me off them because personally I wanted something simpler and didn't plan to include a lot of information. 

Luckily just as time was running out to get the save the dates sent out I came across the heart magnets pictured above. They are all individually handmade and I loved that they could be placed somewhere in people's home rather than possibly getting lost among other papers. They suit the theme perfectly and I love that they are a little different to the norm without being too out there.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Review | Stunning Twin Circle Drop Pendant by Jewel Street


Jewel Street Necklace
Jewel Street Necklace
Jewel Street Necklace

In today's post I have a stunning necklace to share with you which is from a company named Jewel Street which I recently discovered. It is a global marketplace for professional jewellery which provides not only a huge variety of products but also at a great price too. They look to source beautiful jewellery from high quality independent suppliers whilst still keeping their prices as low as possible.

Jewel Street offer a huge range of jewellery so no matter what your style there is definitely something for everyone. When I looked online I was stunned by the gorgeous selection and large price ranges available (-£20 - £5000+) and I spent quite some time searching through the pages on their user friendly website and lusting over some of the wonderful items. They have everything you can imagine, from rose gold bangles for women to white gold cufflinks for men and pearls for children too.

I also love that this website offers an alternative which I've never seen before on a jewellers website and that is to chat directly with staff who can help find what you are looking for. I can imagine this will be particularly useful if you need some guidance on what to buy, have specific questions or are looking for gifts for loved ones.

The unique twin circle drop *pendant I have is by Georgini and is a sterling silver necklace with cubic zirconia. The design is beautiful and I've had several comments from friends and family asking where it is from on several occasions when I have worn it so they obviously like it just as much as I do! I love the delicate, feminine design as it reminds me of some of the collections by Tiffany and Co and it goes with a multitude of outfits for both the day and evening due to it's pretty and simplistic design. The quality is also very good and from what I have seen so far cannot be faulted. 

In my experience Jewel Street is a reliable company and I have found myself often looking back at their website to see what new and exciting items have been added to their stock. I'm even thinking about possibly buying some jewellery from here for my wedding day! 

If you want to purchase this beautiful necklace it is available on the Jewel Street website for £95. They also have some other stunning jewellery so if you are looking for something new for your collection or as a gift I'd definitely recommend taking a look.

What do you think of this Jewel Street necklace?
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Wedding: Bridesmaids, Flower Girls and Page Boys

Wedding Bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys

Over the last few weeks I have been very busy wedding planning and now we have finalised almost all of the major parts of the wedding as well as some of them finer details too. During that time we have spent the most time putting together outfits for some of our wedding party which was definitely easier said than done!

I started by doing a lot of research online, looking at what different styles are available to try and get an idea of what I wanted. I knew I wanted a floaty material like organza rather than satin as it is ideal for our theme but I wasn't too sure about the style. I spent a lot of time in Pinterest which was helpful to some extent but what really mattered was what was available on the market to buy.

Looking at the high street as a starting point I was very disappointed to find there wasn't anywhere that had any dresses in a style or colour I liked for my Maids of Honour. I wanted to start with their dresses first so I could choose a style for my bridesmaids/flower girls that would compliment them rather than clash if the colours were very different. Due to this I then started looking at bridal boutiques which have bridesmaid dresses and we had a fun outing to one of them where my two besties tried on lots of different dresses. By the end we had a favourite but there were still a few things niggling at me about it plus they took three long months to arrive before any alterations which was pretty tight so was making me feel uneasy. The hunt continued.

A few people had recommended a shop which specialises in prom and bridesmaid dresses and one of my Maids of Honour actually got hers from there. I've found with wedding planning it is always better to go with a recommendation as there are so many companies out there it can be a bit risky going with one you haven't heard of before so I booked an appointment.

As soon as we entered the shop this store was much better. The staff were friendly and the layout of the dresses were far better as you could easily see the individual styles. They also had several huge swatch books so you could look for the perfect colour to match your theme. I brought my invitation along and this really helped a lot because there was a particular shade I was looking for.. it actually turned out to be far easier to find than I had expected!

The girls, my mum and I spent some time searching the racks of dresses and after choosing a handful the girls began trying them on. There were some styles we quickly rules out and others we loved and slowly we worked ourselves through the pile with only 3 favourites remaining. The final style we decided on is one that everyone loved and we couldn't fault. It looks very pretty, fits the theme and is different to what any of our friends has had before which I like. It's actually a completely different style to what any of us had in mind oriinally but I love it!

Next it was the turn of the bridesmaids/flower girls who if I'm honest I thought would be very easy to buy for. I wanted to have a traditional style dress for them so again started my hunt on the highstreet but had also found some beautiful dresses at the bridal shop I had visited with my Maids of Honour. There were a lot of styles available but as my flower girls are aged 9 and 11 plus differ in size a lot I was restricted because of the age limits. It soon become a big challenge to find a dress we liked which suited both girls and was available in a size big enough for them both but after spending many hours searching I found four styles I wanted them to try.

Originally we wanted to take a fun shopping trip with the girls to see the dresses but unfortunately that was proving impossible because they just didn't have what we needed in stock so instead I ended up buying them all online so they could try them on together at home. This actually worked perfectly because the girls found it fun and they didn't have to trawl around the shops! Two out of the four styles I loved but the final choice is one that goes very well with the Maids of Honour dresses and made the girls feel like 'princesses'. It was definitely the one! Now I just need to get some sashes made to make them perfect!

Last but not least, we have a page boy who was the easiest to find an outfit for. From the start we had decided we wanted him to match Simon, the groom and we can't wait to see him in his outfit!


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Monday, 4 May 2015

Review | Neal's Yard Lavender Bath Salts


Neals Yard Lavender Bath Salts
Neals Yard Lavender Bath Salts
Neals Yard Lavender Bath Salts

I'm a big fan of lavender and I'm always drawn to products that have this as a fragrance, no matter what it is. This is actually what made me look twice at these bath salts by Neal's Yard.

Lavender is a sweet, calming fragrance and is the most versatile and widely used of all the essential oils. It is great for a number of things including repairing and protecting the skin (ideal for sun burn), calming inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis and also soften, soothe and tone the skin. It is great to use on acne prone skin due to it's antiseptic properties as well as cuts, scrapes, insect bites and stings plus, lavender is calming, relaxing and just smells lovely. It is one of my favourite frgrances and it has many other uses than the ones I have listed here.

The Neal's Yard French lavender bath salts are stored in a medium sized blue tub and come with a little plastic scoop so it is easy to get the quantity you want. I usually use 2-3 heaped scoops in my bath and not only is it relaxing but my skin feels nourished and the bathroom smells amazing. I have also been known to simply sit with the tub and smell the bath salts as they are so relaxing and calming although they are pretty strong!

I love these bath salts so much I even bought these for my mum recently for her birthday who is also a big fan of lavender. I think this product is something everyone should have on the side of their bath for those days when you really need some relaxation and pampering.

Would you try Neal's Yard Lavender Bath Salts?
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