Thursday, 29 November 2012


sleek truly mattely deeply soul

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i like matte lips but...

I knew this lipgloss was going to be vom when I bought it but hey, You live and you learn. Or you live and you waste money in my case. Sleek Truly Mattely Deeply is a peptobismal blue toned milky pink lipstick. Part of this years PPQ x Sleek Makeup collection this is a super matte lipgloss with a chalky dry down. It enhances every single imperfection on your lips as well as just generally being a unflattering colour on my olive toned skin. It doesn't work for me and the formula is just oh-so wrong. It feels like I've coated my lips in soft chalk and I felt like I immediately had to wipe it off as my lips were suffocating. It does have a very 60's old fashioned matte lip vibe to it but I really cant see how it would be suitable to wear out. Maybe if I decided to dress up as Nicki Minaj it might just work, but for now… back to the depths of my lipstick collection!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


river island spring summer 2013

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river island up's its game...

First thing I have to mention about the River Island SS13 collection is just how different it is from anything else I've seen on the press day circuit so far this year. No ghastly neons, no overuse of the nautical trend, no extreme boho looks or ridiculous uber girly pastels and best of all no horrible granny florals. I've been disappointed with the previous River Island Spring/Summer collections and talked about them in posts before. I always think their Autumn Winter stuff is amazing but come spring it just falls flat. I feel this season they very much focused more on a more fashion forward look rather than sticking to those same trends that come round every year. It's refreshing and I really do think they've done so well. I can also see a lot of catwalk influence in these collections, especially shows that I saw while I was at London Fashion Week. I've really seen River Island evolve over the past few years into a shop I used to think was full of tat to one of my favourite shops. Every season I'm surprised and impressed with what they have to offer and they show no signs of slowing down.

I've made a video of when I was there to go alongside this post which you can see above or on my Youtube Channel!

The collections for River Island Spring Summer are:

Road Trip: This collection embraces the wild west with a fusion of buttery leathers, suedes and fringing. Key to this look is heavy layering but in soft, sheer and romantic fabrics and then toughened up with harsher materials to finish. Think fringed kimonos chucked over sheer maxi's, oversized embroidered lightweight scarves. The key colours include creams, blacks, tans and flashes of ochre and red to give pops of colour. Prints within the trend seem to have a heavy Western feel.

Denim Couture: This collection presents the mixture of textures and fabric in cool colour palettes of blue and white to give it a fresh, ultramodern feel. Super soft jersey and denim are combined to create reworked jeans, skirts and jackets. River Island has mixed their core denim range with embellished tops, heavily beaded skirts and jumpsuits.

Army Lux: This trend focuses on the outdoors with a fashion forward modern luxe feel. Classic jumpsuits are given an urban edge in oriental patterns. Khaki satin shorts are mixed with metallic to create a modern twist on military. While subtle trims, snakeskin and embellishment all add to the glamourous feel to create more evening looks.

Retro: Inspired by the 50's and 60's this look is ladylike, soft and heavily influenced by the popularity of vintage fashion. Here the trend mixes 50's inspired skirts and leather jackets to bring a futuristic vintage vibe to the looks. This trend focuses a lot on pastel colours (think fondant pink, soft blues and creamy violets), embellished dresses, adorned clutches, decorative hats and block heels.

Space Mono: This is my favourite collection that brings together sportswear mixed with sharp tailoring. Very minimalist in its approach, the looks are controlled but also feminine in a variety of textures and fabrics. The collection is predominantly black and white with hints of neon popping through in places. The trend has a 90's street style vibe going through it with cropped sports tops and baggy trousers and high top trainers. Accessories for this look include trainers, baseball caps and oversized clutches.
What are your thoughts on the collection? Yes, or No? Or is it just too soon to be thinking about S/S!


Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy

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fresh & floral

I'm finally coming to the end of a long term favourite perfume of mine Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy. It's been my signature scent for a few years and always had that place in my heart as a go-to perfume. It's cheery, playful and princessy. Very youthful and pretty while being very light on the skin. Although this is a firm Spring Summer favourite I have been more and more drawn to this over the last few weeks. This might be too sweet for some with notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin, heart notes of honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine and finishing off with amber, caramel and vanilla. When I smell it I mainly get notes of caramel, vanilla and honeysuckle. Overal it's a very fruity, floral, sweet fragrance which might not appeal to everyone. The packaging is among my all time favourite perfume bottles and I cant see myself throwing it out once I've hit my last pump. I highly recommend this, although the lasting power is very poor on average 1-3 hours which is a shame as it's a really pretty scent! But for the price… I think it should last a lot longer!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


Revlon Quick Dry Top & Base Coat

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nail prep

While I've always been very conscious about using a topcoat I've never really though about using a base coat. I thought it was one of those silly steps people try to sell to you. However since getting the Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat I've realised how important of a step it is within a nail care routine. I find my poslishes flake off less and don't stain my nails. Colours like blue, green and anything dark seems to stain my natural nail and then I cant for the life of me remove the colour from the nail. A huge pain when you want to swap to a lighter colour. The Quick dry Top Coat is quick drying and perfect for getting that sleek glossy finish on the nails with minimal effort. It's not my favourite top coat of all time but I do really enjoy using it as it's perfect for finishing off a nail colour. While I'm not a huge fan of the brushes on either of these polishes as they are the long thing type, however the formula is excellent and really do help polish last for a while. For those conscious of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde polishes, these are completely free of the big three!

Monday, 26 November 2012


SP Luxe Oil

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SP Luxe Oil: £16.95*
almond hair oil

Recently I went to a press show and came across this Luxe Oil by System Professional. Designed for dry and damaged hair this "reconstructor elixir" has been developed to transform the hair over time and keep it up to 10 times smoother. Luxe Oil contains Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil and Almond Oil. The smell of almonds is very predominant and really leaves the hair smooth, sweet smelling and super soft. I really do enjoy using this hair oil and it has to be up there with the ones that I like the most.

It's one of the most lightweight hair oil's I've used, as it doesn't weigh my hair down at all or feel greasy if you over pump it. My hair is fairly porous so I do use quite a lot of oil on it to keep it in good condition. I apply this to towel dried hair after washing or apply a pump to smooth down any frizziness or damage at the ends.  It comes in quite a large bottle and I predict it would last a good while, It's more of an investment item for your hair but I cant stress how much using hair oils has changed my hair in the past year or so!

Saturday, 24 November 2012


Topshop Panther Nail Polish

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dark side of nude

A recent launch from Topshop is their Dark Side of Nude collection. The collection ins inspired by gothic glamour. Panther is a fast drying, extra long wear with lasting glossy glitter polish. The base is a clear polish with small holographic and matte black particles in. It's fairly unique to my glitter collection as I don't own anything like this and I own a lot of glitter polishes. It's perfect for layering over other colours rather than wearing it alone as I dont think it would build up to an opaque coat. Topshop have recently launched a ton of glitter polishes which I cant wait to get my hands on!

Friday, 23 November 2012


Cowshed Cracking Cow

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This is part of a series of gift ideas. For more on gift guides, gift ideas and christmas gift reviews check here
moody cow

This cracker boasts two luxurious little treats from Cowshed - a 30ml Wild Cow Invigorating Bath & Shower Gel and a 30ml Knackered Cow Relaxing Body Lotion.  Wild Cow Invigorating Bath & Shower Gel is is a revlitalising body wash packed full of essential oils like lemongrass, ginger and rosemary. This leaves the mind revitalised, the body fresh and sharpens the mind. Knackered Cow Relaxing Body Lotion is a herby blend of lavender and eucalyptus. This works to slow the mind down, helps you unwind and restores harmony.  Combined these two are the perfect mini's to help unwind, pamper and relax. This would make a cute secret santa gift or even a stocking stuffer. It's a nice introduction to the Cowshed brand without breaking the bank!

Thursday, 22 November 2012


currently in my shower

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Products: Original Source Mint and Walnut Shower Scrub, Garnier Sugar Scrub, Philosophy Señorita Margarita*, Lush Big Shampoo & Conditioner, Pro:voke Touch Of Silver Shampoo, VO5 Moisture Soak Elixir, REN No1. Purity Cleansing Balm, Gillete Venus Breeze Razor's
I currently live in a house with 6 girls and we have one bathroom (although we have two loo's thankfully!) So we all try and keep a minimal amount of products in the bathroom as we can to prevent over crowding. I keep most of mine in this black box which I bought from Aldi about a year ago. It's the perfect size to store a few key products that I like to use on a regular basis. I do chop and change whats in here a lot, especially haircare. However these are my current in shower items! Reading my thoughts on them I don't actually love most of them! Maybe I need a shower refresh!

Original Source Mint and Walnut Shower Scrub: Possibly my favourite shower gel of the moment. It's super refreshing, uplifting and perfect for those days where dragging yourself to the shower is the biggest chore in the world. I love minty scented body products for that "tingly" feeling and this is no exception!

Garnier Sugar Scrub: I picked this up on a whim one day when I was in Bodycare and I've only recently started using it as my usual body exfoliator has run out. I do really enjoy it as it's very gentle and soft on the skin. Its great for daily use or getting a good scrub before applying fake tan.

Philosophy Señorita Margarita*: This is a multi use product and can be used in either the shower or the bath. It's currently my bubble bath of choice even though it doesn't foam all that much when put in the bath. I can sort of smell the salt and the tequila notes too, but lime is the most prominent. Although I wouldn't say its too sickly sweet!

Lush Big Shampoo & Conditioner: I've reviewed Big shampoo in full here but I recently purchased the solid conditioner to go along side it. Honestly Im not overly impressed with it as I find it hard to actually massage into my hair. However I'm going to keep using it as it does leave my hair feeling nice. Big is a pure salt shampoo which is quite weird to get used to at first but surprisingly it leaves my hair feeling soft, squeaky clean and soft.

Pro:voke Touch Of Silver Shampoo: This is a silver toning shampoo for blonde hair, although I've been using this for ages including when I had Ombre hair. This is perfect for those who are trying and rid their hair of pesky orange tones from lightening it. I use this twice a week for about 5-10 minutes and then wash it out like a normal shampoo. It removes some of the brassiness from my hair as well as enhancing the blonder tones in my hair.

VO5 Moisture Soak Elixir: I always bang on about this but I absolutely love using this as my in shower treatment. It leaves my hair feeling super soft, nourished and easier to manage. All you need to do is apply this to the ends of your hair, keep it out of the direct stream of water for about a minuite then rinse out and apply shampoo and conditioner as usual.

REN No1. Purity Cleansing Balm: While I'm not the biggest fan of this but I have been using it recently to remove my makeup so it's in my bathroom most of the time. It's not gentle enough to use on the eyes as it stings quite a bit if you get it directly in them. I'm determined to use it up though as it was quite pricey! If I remember I do try and take my eye makeup off with Bioderma or something and just use this on my face.

Gillete Venus Breeze: I love these Venus Breeze razors as they have the built in shave gel which if so convenient and takes up less space. I think Razor's are the thing I hate buying the most as they always go blunt so quickly and are SO overpriced! But unless I want my underarms to look like I have stuck a small rodent under there I have pay the price!

Fashionista Juicy Apricot

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CURRENT FAVOURITE BLUSH

I've sung the praises for Fashonista Juicy Apricot a few times before but never actually dedicated a whole post to this peachy pink beauty. Fashionista Juicy Apricot is one of my favourite blushes. Despite the cringe worthy brand name, Most of the Fashionista products I have tried are pretty good quality. This works a dream on my warm skin tone as it seems to compliment and add a soft peachy glow. The blush does have glitter running through it but it's not overly noticeable once applied. I actually thought it was a matte shade until I repurchased it after an unfortunate accident on a night out! While I do think it's slightly chalky, but I do feel that it has good pigmentation and the formula is average considering the price point. Although the pretty colour is enough for me and I honestly adore this shade.

Their pan system is similar to MAC or Inglot, where you can buy a 4 or a 6 pan palette and then customise it to your own taste. Within the blush collection there are currently 12 permanent shades, and retail for £4. But you can pay £10 for four pan refills (either eyeshadows or lips) and a palette which I think is an absolute steal. They have a huge shade range so there is bound to be a fair few shades to suit all tastes. Fashionista is stocked in Superdrug but most of the stands I seem to come across have very little stock left and are always super messy which is a real shame! I'd recommend ordering online to make sure you do get the ones you want if you're struggling!

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