Thursday, 25 June 2015

OOTD: Sure Know Something

I wore: 
Shirt- New Look
Jeans- H&M
Creepers- Glamourous
Duster Coat- Debenhams
Necklace- Debenhams

So I am in love with this duster coat, I fell for it as soon as it came into our store but I was trying not to spend so I just kept my eye on it for a couple of months and sure enough this month it went in the sale and I picked it up for £17.50. The sizing comes up quite small especially across the back so I picked it up in a size 14 and I've been wearing it pretty much constantly since I got it. 
I wore it with this new top I picked up in the New Look sale I did get it a size 18 as I wanted it be nice and floaty. I realised that this outfit was unintentionally monochrome so I popped on this cute yellow necklace to add a little bit of colour. I also thought I'd mention how much I've been loving Kerastase Spray A Porter which I shall be reviewing soon, it makes my hair go so wavy and it's left my hair looking much more smooth than usual.  

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Huge Lush Oxford Street Haul

So I finally got around to editing my Lush haul video, I'll admit I haven't really got the the whole vlogging thing down and the lighting was rather appalling but I just thought it would be better to show you all the wonderful things I bought in vlog form rather than a huge rambling blog post. 
I couldn't remember all the prices of things whilst I was filming so here's a list of the things I bought and their prices:
The Experimenter- £3.75
Intergalactic- £3.50
Frozen- £3.75
Pink Flamingo-£5.95
Milky Bath- £2.95
Big Bang- £3.75
Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment- £2
Lime Pastille- £2
Shark Infested Custard- £2
I Am A Radiant Being- £2
Rough With The Smooth- £4.95
Jersey Bounce Shampoo- £6.50
Sunny Day Hair Anti-static Hair Detangler- £9.95
Lord Of Misrule- £9.50
Respect Your Elders- £3.40 per 100g
Sea Salted Caramel Soap- £4.10 per 100g
Eye Jewel in Zealous- £10
Pumice Power Foot Soap- £3.10

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Dr.Pawpaw Original Balm

Dr.Pawpaw Original Balm review

I have a fair few multi purpose balms and I'm not often overly impressed with them as they're either too sticky or they feel really heavy on my skin but Dr.Pawpaw's original balm is the perfect texture, it's hydrating but also lightweight.
I've been using Dr.Pawpaw for over a week now, I mostly use it on my lips, I pop a generous layer on before I get into bed and I've noticed my usually dry lips looking much more smooth, this has a similar to texture to the much loved Dr Lipp Nipple Balm so it's thick enough to offer some serious hydration without the sticky greasy feeling of most balms. 
I've also tried using this to neaten up my brows, I normally use a little kit with a brow powder and balm in it but I've recently started just using a pencil so this has been on hand to tame my brows and lock down the pencil and it's actually pretty useful so I've popped it in my makeup bag. 
Dr.Pawpaw balm is packed with wonderful natural ingredients including Pawpaw, Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Gel, the fact that it has Aloe Vera Gel in it is a real bonus for me as I can imagine this being really soothing on sunburn especially if you're like me and despite covering yourself in factor 30 you always manage to miss a spot which for me usually results in burning the tops of my ears or even my parting. 
The last use I've found for it is as an intensive moisturiser I tend to get really dry patches on my elbows for some reason so I've been putting a little bit of this on in the evenings which has really sorted them out.
I'm really enjoying using this it's something I can chuck in my handbag and carry with me on holiday, I  also love the fact that it's in a tube as I hate using balms from pots they always end up looking a bit gross after a couple of weeks and I hate getting the balm stuck under my nails. I can see this tube lasting me a good while as a little goes a long way and I only need a tiny bit to keep my lips feeling soft and smooth but when this does run out I will be buying myself another one. 

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Birchbox- June 2015

This month Birchbox subscribers got the chance to pick the design of their box from three designs, I went for this beautiful floral design which is absolutely gorgeous. In terms of the content I'm generally pretty happy but there are a couple of bits I probably won't get much use of.

HIP Ultra Shine Shampoo 
HIP are a brand I've never heard of but I love any shampoo that promises shine and this smells fresh and minty so I'm looking forward to trying this. 

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain (Poppy)
I'm not really a fan of this type of lip product I'm much more of a lipstick type of girl so I probably won't use this and the colour is a little harsh against my skin, also I received something very similar from Mirenesse in my last Birchbox  and it was pretty much the same colour as well.

Premae Mild Pro Dermabrasion
The best part of the box in my opinion, this promises to be a gentle exfoliator aimed at blemish prone and dull lack lustre skin which definitely describes my skin right now so I'm really looking forward to trying this.

STYLondon Metallic Tattoos
Not really my kind of thing but I might use these on my nails over the summer. 

Cowshed Gorgeous Cow Blissful Body Lotion
I've had a couple of Cowshed body lotions in various beauty boxes and they do always smell incredible but I'm never that overly impressed by them and I much prefer The Body Shop's Body Butters.

Penhaligon’s Iris Prima Eau de Parfum
I don't mind receiving perfume samples in beauty boxes but this one just isn't my kind of scent so I'll probably pass this onto my mom.

You can sign up to birchbox here for £10 per month +p&p.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Lush- Creamy Candy Bubble Bar

Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar

One of my old Lush favourites, Creamy Candy is a delightfully sweet smelling bubble bar packed with almond oil and lumps of cocoa butter along with vanilla absolute which makes it smell just like sweeties. As it is packed with cocoa butter this is much more softening on skin than most of Lush's bubble bars and it also creates an impressive amount of bubbles as you can see below. It's probably Lush's most girly bubble bar and with it's pastel pink design topped with a little candy flower I think this makes a wonderful little gift. This is one of Lush's less expensive bath products at just £2.75 it's fairly small but I still manage to get at least three baths out of a bar.

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

L'Oreal Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss in Cherry Crop

L'Oreal Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss in Cherry Crop Review
L'Oreal Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss in Cherry Crop
L'Oreal Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss in Cherry Crop
L'Oreal Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss in Cherry Crop Review + Swatches
I'm not normally one for lipgloss but I picked this up as a very spur of the moment purchase when I was shopping with Pete's mom and I actually really like it. The shade I picked up is Cherry Crop which is a beautiful very intense cherry toned pink, the pigment is incredible and it lasts for ages, although the colour transfer is quite bad for a short while after you've applied it. The heart shaped wand makes it super easy to apply which is exactly what you want when applying such a bright colour. 
Now as I said I'm not a huge fan of lipglosses as I hate having sticky shiny lips and whilst this applies like a gloss, as shown in my photos, it dries to leave a velvety matte finish and after a few hours you're left with a stain of the shade. I absolutely love this, I'm always impressed with the quality of L'Oreal's makeup and I can see this being a staple of my makeup bag over the summer.

L'Oreal Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss in Cherry Crop Review + Swatches

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Friday, 5 June 2015

National Sun Safety Week- My Tips For Staying Safe In The Sun

This week is National Sun Safety Week and being ridiculously prone to sunburn I thought I'd share with you my tips for staying safe when you're out enjoying the sun hopefully coming our way sometime soon. This is an especially important issue to me as aside from being deathly pale I know how harmful the effects of the  sun can be, my dad actually had skin cancer years ago and had to have several melanomas removed. So if you do get a particularly bad sunburn keep an eye on any new moles or changes in size, shape or colour of any existing moles. Anyway here are my tips for staying safe in the sun. 
- Always wear sunscreen if you're planning on being out in the sun, I personally wear nothing less than factor 30 as I have been known to burn even when it's overcast but if you're not as deathly pale as me you could get away with factor 15.
- Don't forget your face, I hate putting sunscreen on my face, it's sticky and feels like I'm clogging my pores so if you can, find a foundation with built in spf, I use Dior's Diorskin Forever which is spf 25 to protect my face. Oh and don't forget little bits like the tips of your ears, the backs of your knees and even your scalp which is fairly painful to burn trust me and it looks pretty awful when it starts to peel. Also for the beauty conscious it's worth remembering that regular exposure to the sun prematurely ages the skin.
- If you can, try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun's rays are strongest and wear a huge floppy hat and sunglasses to keep yourself cool and looking fabulous obviously.
- Remember to reapply sunscreen regularly especially if you're at the beach or a pool and have been swimming or find a sunscreen that's waterproof.
- Skincare aside it's really important to stay hydrated in the sun especially if you're anything like me and spend a lot of your summer with some kind of alcoholic drink in hand, I seem to spend most of my holidays reminding Pete to drink lots of water. The first time we went away he got heat stroke and spent a lot of time feeling sick because he didn't keep himself hydrated. 
- To keep yourself cool you can pick up a nice cooling face mist pretty easily these days I like to keep a little Avene Face Mist in my handbag. 

I was asked to write about this topic by Oscar, a health insurance provider in New York and New Jersey in the United States. They have a trusted team of nurses and healthcare experts on call to answer any questions members may have. They will even answer questions on how to protect your skin so if you're interested in learning more, check them out. 
If you have any other tips for staying safe in the sun please let me know in the comments.

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