Thursday, May 29, 2014
I'm a Pop Basic Ambassador, I have loved Pop Basic for a while and now I can share my love for them with my followers and readers! Pop Basic is an online shop which creates micro collections which are limited edition and high quality. They have free shipping worldwide which I think is amazing. The latest collection is the 'Paloma' collection.
The Paloma collection features a basic white tee, leather clutch and grey striped infinity scarf. I love the simple outfits/collections - they make such gorgeous outfit combinations that are amazing worn together, on their own or with other pieces. You can sign up to the mailing list to be notified when new limited edition collections are released. For more information on the items in the Paloma collection, click here. The Paloma collection is now available to buy!
I have a invite for you all to get $15 to spend on Pop Basic, click here to take advantage of this offer. You can take part in this offer even if you are already signed up.
Have you bought anything from Pop Basic before? What do you think of the upcoming Paloma collection?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I was very kindly sent this fragrance to review from Baobella, click here to check out their site. I have loved Yves Rocher for years but I wish they had stores or concessions here! I did have a couple of their fragrances two/three of years ago called Peach and also Flower Party both of which I really liked, especially the latter.
I have the *Yves Rocher L'eau Moment de Bonheur (50ml, EDT, £38). Firstly, the packaging is just gorgeous - so simple, clean and fresh, perfect for the time of the year. The bottle is pretty too as well as being simple and practical. However, one thing about the packaging that I don't like is the green writing on top of the green liquid. The fragrance comes in a 50ml size and also a 15ml purse spray (£13) which sounds so convenient and handy for travelling.
The fragrance notes are as follows: centifolia rose, sweet apple and virginia cedar essence. Individually all of the notes sound just gorgeous, especially the rose and unusual sweet apple. The notes combine beautifully to create a gorgeous floral, fresh, crisp scent that does have a slight musk towards the end of the wear of the fragrance but it still remains very light and refreshing. The scent is almost an instant pick me up, it is so refreshing - perfect for spring/summer.
The longevity of the fragrance is good, on clothing it lasts for around four hours on me and on my skin it lasts for around five hours which I think is very good overall - however everyones skin 'chemistry' is different so fragrances may last longer on some people when compared to others. Considering this fragrance is an eau de toilette, it is not expected to be amazingly long lasting anyway. Tip: applying a unscented body lotion before using a fragrance may make it last longer!
Overall, I love the packaging and the fragrance - it smells like spring/summer in a bottle to me. It is very uplifting, refreshing and light. The longevity is very good, although not amazing on me personally. I am very happy with the fragrance and I would definitely recommend Yves Rocher perfumes. ★★★★★, 5/5 from me!
Have you tried any fragrances from Yves Rocher?
Monday, May 26, 2014
Pin Point Clothing is a new clothing company based in London, they have a range of gorgeous dresses online currently that would make beautiful prom/formal dresses! Prom season is nearly here and I think these dresses would be great for your prom or any other formal occasion.
1. Embellished Evening Dress (Pink, £74.99): How gorgeous is this dress! I love long flowing dresses but sadly as I am tiny, I don't think I could pull it off. I love the embellished detailing on this dress around the neck line and waist, I think it works well with the subtle pinky/peachy colour of the dress. I think this dress would be great for prom, wedding or sweet 16 party!
2. Embellished Evening Dress (Black, £74.99): This dress is the same as the previous one but it is in black. I love black dresses as they are so easy and they go with any accessories or heels! If you are unsure what to wear for your prom or a formal occasion you really cannot go wrong with a classic black dress. This dress also comes in white and turquoise.
3. Embellished Evening Prom Prom Style Dress (Black, £59.99): A bit of a cheaper option with this simple black dress with gorgeous embellishments on the waist. The neckline is just gorgeous on this dress it looks like a subtle sweetheart necklace. The dress has adjustable straps which is great as I find dress necklines fall very low on me but with this dress you don't have to worry about that. This dress would be so pretty with black patent heels and silver accessories/jewellery. This dress also comes in pink and red.
4. Beige Dress (£19.99): Here is an even more affordable dress, the dress has a shift style shape with gorgeous beige sequins. It looks like a great gatsby, flapper style dress from the 1920's, so gorgeous! This dress would look amazing with a tan to show of your pins! Team the dress with nude heels, a golden clutch and you are ready to go! Great for parties or as a more daring prom dress. This dress also comes in chic black, blue and a stunning coral colour.
5. Bow Top and Dress (2 in 1, Taupe/Mink, £18.99): Here is a bit more of a girly, subdued option for those girls that don't really like dressing up in sequins and flowing ball gowns. I love the cute crocket/lace top and bow. The white and taupe/mink colour combination is so pretty and chic! I didn't go to my high school prom, as I was too nervous, but I probably would have picked a dress like this.
Pin Point Clothing offer delivery within one day, free delivery on orders over £100 and sizes range from 10-18. For more information on their prom/formal dresses, click here.
What do you think of these dresses? What did you wear to your prom?
*this is a sponsored post*
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Bloggers Lounge are currently running a competition (which ends on the 31st May) where you can win a £100 fashion shopping voucher. All you have to do is create a blog post about your road trip style based on one of the amazing fly drive adventures Round the World Experts have on offer on their site. For more information about entering, click here. I choose the Coastal California holiday as inspiration for my style collage. I have always wanted to go to California but for now, California style is the closest I can get!
Here is my entry, all of the pieces are from Topshop as they have an amazing summer range! The road trip sign image is from Google. I was inspired by the gorgeous California sunshine to create this outfit and makeup collage toad trip outfit.
1. Topshop White Broderie Suntop (£28): How cute is this sun top, I love the breezy look and the crocket detailing adds a really nice details to a fairly plain top. I also love the simple frills at the hem. I love white tops in the summer, they just go with everything.
2. Topshop Facated Stone Necklace (£6.50): There are so many gorgeous necklaces on topshop that would go with this outfit such as the white tusk necklace, the green ovals necklace or the turquoise stone collar necklace. I chose this necklace as the stone looks so beautiful, like the water around the California coastline - so blue and inviting. The necklace is such bargain too, I am definitely going to get this necklace for summer!
3. Topshop Sheer Lips in 'play wit fire' (£8): Coral/orange lips are a big trend this summer and this shade looks perfect! I love sheer lipsticks, especially during the summer, as they are so quick, easy, fuss free and you don't have to worry about them. I am a fan of the Topshop lipsticks, I definitely need more in my collection. The Topshop mermaid/holographic makeup bags also look amazing, great for travelling.
4. Topshop Naive Cross Through Sandals (£45): Oh how I wish I didn't have teeny tiny feet! These heeled sandals are just perfection! *cries* I love the colours, tan sandals always remind me of summer holidays and the chunky heels means that they will be easier to walk in. I think these sandals really compliment the rest for the outfit.
5. Topshop Moto Bleached Ripped Mom Shorts (£32): I have had a few pairs of Topshop shorts in the past and they have been amazing. This pair looks gorgeous, especially with the rips. Denim shorts just make me think of America for some reason, they would look great with the sandals and a California sun kissed tan!
6. Topshop Vintage Tan Alba Hobo Bag (£60): I am a bit of a bag lady, I love bags and this one is so gorgeous. I really don't have enough tan bags in my life...I love the slouchy look of the bag with its vintage washed leather and unstructured shape. I think it works well with the outfit.
There you have my California road trip style outfit inspired by the California coast! If you want to enter this competition check out the link at the top of this post. I tag @monpetitbillet, @lovesprettywildthings and @missmakeupmagpie to do this competition if they want to - if you enter this competition leave your post link below.
What do you think of my outfit?
Thursday, May 22, 2014
As of this month I have been a vegetarian for 10 years (well I did eat fish but I stopped that after about three weeks of becoming a veggie). I wanted to talk about my experiences of being a vegetarian, how to deal with the drastic change in diet and what I eat - I am not trying to make anyone become a vegetarian or feel guilty about eating meat, this is just my experiences and my opinions. Also this week 19th - 25th May is national vegetarian week!
|All images above are from Google|
Firstly, I became a vegetarian as I saw a video online (I think it was on Viva's website) about how some animals are being killed and also I think it was just a realisation of were the meat I was eating actually comes from. My family have been very supportive over the years, making meals specifically for me although I think it was a bit of a shock at first - and a bit worrying for a girl who was almost 12 years old to stop eating protein. Apart from me, there isn't another vegetarian in my family (or my friends) that I know of but my grandad is a pescatarian so he hasn't eaten meat for about forty years but he does eat fish. I understand eating fish for health reasons as it does contain good nutrients but I am fully vegetarian for moral reasons, I don't eat meat, fish or meat products because I personally think it is wrong to eat meat. Animals do not need to die for me to live.
I personally found the change from eating meat, fish and gelatine based sweets (such as Haribo) really quite easy, I would miss certain meals that I liked which contained meat but on the whole it was easy for me. There are a lot of meat free alternative such as store own meat free products and Quorn. My favourite Quorn product is definitely the 'bacon' as it is really nice with pasta. I don't know if it tastes like meat because I do not remember what any meat or fish tastes like.
Some of my favourite veggie meals include pasta, I make a lot of vegetable pasta dishes. I just cook whatever pasta I want and I then lightly pan fry kale, broccoli, celery, pine nuts, green beans and samphire which is a gorgeous combination along with some cream alternative (a less fatty version of single cream) and herbs - heaven! I also love roasted artichoke, homemade Quorn coconut curry, Quorn burgers, mushroom and cheese pizza and risotto. I do eat milk, cheese and eggs as I am not a vegan. Nuts, seeds, pulses and meat alternative are good sources of protein. I also take vitamin/mineral tablets when I remember.
There are some difficulties being a vegetarian, for example, I did become anaemic (lack of iron in the blood which causes tiredness, fatigue and reduced concentration) while I was in high school/college which may have been because I wasn't eating enough meat free protein sources. I did have to have ferrous fumerate liquid which tasted like blood/rust from my doctor. Also while eating in restaurants it can be difficult as there are usually only one or two veggie options or I would be unsure if it is completely vegetarian as the stock or cheese used may not be suitable for vegetarians. Also I have to check food packaging a lot to see if it suitable for vegetarians which can be annoying, I am definitely looking into ordering occasionally from solely vegetarian food websites - any suggestions?
I am so glad I became a vegetarian and I think it is a good achievement to make it to 10 years meat free - if you are interested in becoming a vegetarian check out the Vegetarian Society website, here. I only have one vegetarian healthy recipe on my blog currently, you can see it here and I am thinking of starting a vegetarian blog, would anyone be interested in recipes etc?
If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments below or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
I re-subscribe to Birchbox every so often if a box looks pretty good or it is a collaboration with another company. A couple of years ago I was subscribed to both Birchbox and Glossybox but I cancelled both subscriptions as I wasn't receiving another good. However, I noticed a code on the blog A Little Obsessed for a free May Birchbox, if you bought the April one so two boxes for the price of one seemed like a great deal.
April Birchbox (£12.95): I was excited to try a few things from this box (although I didn't get the Laura Mercier lotion I wanted). I wanted to try the Yes To Cucumbers wipes as I have been interested in this range for a while; also the TheBalm Lip & Cheek Colour looks so cute! I was disappointed with the wipes as they did irritate my skin but I will use them to remove swatches. I have heard other people with sensitive skin saying that these wipes irritated their skin too. I sold the eyeliner, lotion and nail polish. The amazing product was the lip/cheek colour, firstly the packaging is pretty amazing....and the product is great too - I am not a cheek colour kind of girl but I loved the rosy flush this gave. Overall, the box was quite poor in my opinion - ★★☆☆☆, 2/5.
May Birchbox - Harpers Bazar (£12.95): This box is a collaboration with the magazine Harpers Bazar and the box is very colourful and cute. The box contains some positives and some negatives overall for me. I am happy with the Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oil and I will definitely try out the shampoo and conditioner travel sizes from Beauty Protection. Also the nail polish came in the most luxe packaging ever but sadly the shade doesn't suit my skin tone. I do not like the Benefit They're Real Mascara *I'm the only one who doesn't love it* and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish irritates my skin sadly as I did love it a few years ago but then my eczema started and I haven't been able to use it since. I will keep the mascara and cleanser packaged up for a giveaway in August! Overall, this box was a good mix but I'm not very impressed - ★★★☆☆, 3/5.
*The code wasn't explained well on their blog post so you don't get your May box free but you get two May boxes, the second one is free - I haven't received my second box yet (v. disappointed that the code wasn't explained, I probably wouldn't have resubscribed)*
Did you received either of these boxes, if so, what did you think?
Monday, May 19, 2014
I have a whole series of 'initial impressions' blog posts coming soon with multiple products in each post but for today I thought I would share my opinions and initial impressions of the new Chanel Les beiges Health Glow Multi-Colour (SPF15 PA++) (£39). This is my very first Chanel purchase!
I bought this product from House of Fraser as soon as I saw it as I think it is going to be a sell out product this summer! I bought the shade 'No 1 Light Harmony' which is the lightest shade of two. With the compact you receive a pouch (very fancy) and a semi circular brush which is fantastic! The powder consists of a top highlight layer, followed by a bronzer and finally a blusher. The highlighter does have fine shimmer in it and the bronzer/blusher also have shimmer in them but it is very very fine, it is hardly noticeable in the compact.
Can we just have a moments silence for the packaging....how gorgeous, luxe and freakin beautiful is this compact - even the brush and powder have 'chanel' written on them. Usually I throw away brushes but as this is Chanel there is no way this brush is going in the bin - and the brush is fantastic! The brush is super smooth, soft and effective for the highlight, bronzer and blusher. The brush is big but thin so it is great for contouring when used on its side and when used flat it is great for sweeping the product over the high points of the face that would catch the sun.
Now onto the powders, the highlighter is a soft creamy champagne colour with noticeable fine shimmer. It is a super soft powder that is very easy to apply and blend. The shimmer isn't really noticeable on the skin, it just gives a subtle, lit from within glow *most used phrase in blogging ever*. I expected the pigmentation to be a little better as I do like a strong highlighter (such as TheBalm's Mary Loumanizer) but it is nice to have a more subtle sophisticated glow.
Secondly the bronzer, I have only recently started to get into bronzer fully and I am loving the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer. I was slightly concerned while buying this compact that the bronzer would be too strong, dark or orange on my super pale skin but it isn't. As you can see from the swatches above, the bronzer as well as the other powders isn't very pigmented which may be a negative for some people but for me it is great as it means I will not look like a muddy, orange tangoed mess! It does not look orange or dark on my skin, it blends so well that it looks very natural. I like the subtle glow the bronzer gives and it is fantastic for contouring - it is not shimmery at all so it is nice for a bronzy summer contour.
Lastly the blush, if you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I am definitely not a blusher kind of girl but since using TheBalm's How 'Bout Them Apples Lip & Cheek Colour, I am a convert! I use the same Chanel brush for all of the powders and it works well. The blusher is the most pigmented when swatched but on the skin it is just like the highlighter and bronzer - subtle but gorgeous. I can easily get away with swirling the brush through all three powders then dusting it on the high points of the face for a lovely subtle, healthy glow - hence the name.
Overall, I adore the packaging and the compact. I am very happy with my first Chanel purchase. All three powders are beautiful to use and give a lovely, subtle and glowing radiance to the skin. It would be great for travelling as you have three products (well five in one, if you count the mirror and brush) together. Some people will be disappointed with the subtle pigmentation but I love it, it is perfect for my very pale skin. I am knocking one star off for the price and the scent of the powders (which is nice and floral but I would have preferred it to be unscented). I will definitely get a lot of use out of this compact, I hope it isn't limited edition! ★★★★☆, 4/5 (almost 5/5).
What was your first Chanel purchase? Will this highlighter/bronzer/blusher compact be on your summer beauty wish list?
Check out my international blog giveaway ft. Tom Ford and Benefit Cosmetics but HURRY it ends in less than 11 hours!!
Check out my international blog giveaway ft. Tom Ford and Benefit Cosmetics but HURRY it ends in less than 11 hours!!
Saturday, May 17, 2014
I was kindly sent this necklace to review from a Manchester based Etsy shop called A Curious Fairytale a few weeks ago; I am always happy to support local companies. Honesty as always, to read my disclaimer, click here.
I have the *A Curious Fairytale Daisy Choker Necklace (£5) which consists of a daisy pendant on a 16 inch choker length gold tone chain. Firstly, the packaging is so cute and well presented; it would make a lovely gift! The necklace itself is equally cute, adorable and perfect for spring. I do not normally (or ever) wear gold or gold toned jewellery as I don't think it suits me at all - and to be honest I think it looks cheap on the whole. However, I do like the gold chain paired with a cute daisy but I would like it to be silver which actually is now available!!
I have been wearing the necklace with my Topshop petite baby pink knitted jumper (which is the softest jumper ever) as I think the cute daisy looks pretty on a baby pink background - along with topshop jeans and grey ballet flats. The chain length is quite short as it is a choker length chain but I like that as I hate very long necklaces. It is light, comfortable to wear and it looks very cute.
Overall, I am very happy with the necklace and the cute packaging which again would make it a fantastic gift. The necklace is so inexpensive too at only £5 and there are lots of other necklaces to choose from. For more information about A Curious Fairytale, click here.
What do you think of this necklace? Have you bought anything from A Curious Fairytale?
Friday, May 16, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I won a £250 Topshop voucher from Instyle magazine on Twitter (I'm ofbeautyand on Twitter). I made this order which also included a coat but it was massive on me so I have bought some other items with the rest of the money. Here is my Topshop haul!
Clothing: Firstly, I bought some underwear/knickers as Topshop always have a running offer where selected underwear are 3 for £10. I picked an American flag, aloha and galaxy print pair. I picked up two pairs of Topshop Moto Petite Blue Vintage Wash Jamie Jeans (£40, W28L28), one pair for me and the other for my sister. I haven't bought any new Topshop jeans for years and I LOVE this pair. You will see them in an upcoming recent buys look book post. I also bought a tee that I have wanted for ages, it is the cute Stripe Cat Tee (£16, size 10) that would look great with the jeans. I bought the Petite Knitted Pale Pink Ribbed Jumper (£38) which has to be the softest, comfiest jumper ever made! Also the coat I bought that had to be returned was the Double Breasted Pea Coat (£95, size 8) which is great in terms of length and style but it is a tent on me!
Beauty: I haven't tried any Topshop makeup until now (except their nail polish which I HATE). I chose the lipstick in Innocent (£8) and I love the formula but I don't like the shade so I sold it on ebay. I bought another lip product, the Gloss Ink in Sugar Rush (£8) which is a bright rosy pink and I love it. Topshop have started to sell branded makeup and skincare (its under the Beautymart section) which is fantastic so I bought two Revlon Colorstay polishes in Provence and Buttercup (£8 each). As well as a nail art duo that was in the sale for £2 and the French pharmacy skin balm Homeoplasmine (£12.50). The last beauty buy was a mascara that I have been wanting for years (since Missglamourazzi talked about it), it is the Fairydrops Waterproof Mascara (£18.50) - it is difficult to find in the UK as it is a Japanese makeup brand but so far so good with this mascara.
Miscellaneous: Finally, I bought a pair of Grey Plait Ankle Socks (£3.50) and something I haven't seen before - Edible Cupcake Toppers (£4) which is just edible paper with designs on that you can stick on top of cupcakes or muffins to make them look fancy.
What do you think of the items I picked? Have you bought anything from Topshop recently?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Anjolee is a diamond and gemstone jewellery manufacturer based in San Diego County, CA and was founded in 1977. Anjolee has an extensive collection of wedding, engagement and anniversary rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, mens jewellery and more. Anjolee manufacturers all of the jewellery designs featured on their website. The jewellery offered is available in a range of sizes, carat weight and some items are customisable, such as the wedding rings. Here are my top picks from the website!
1. Perfect Diamond Strand Necklace (from $4938.48): How gorgeous is this necklace! The above necklace features between 93 and 136 diamonds, depending on the necklace length you choose. It is available in white gold and yellow gold (carat weight options are available) and also platinum. I adore white gold and platinum jewellery! I would style this elegant necklace with an equally elegant simple little black dress. I think this necklace would make a perfect present for a special birthday!
2. Classic Four Prong Diamond Studs (from $308.47): I was very kindly gifted a pair of diamond earrings from one of my aunties for my 21st birthday last year and I adore them so I think this pretty pair would make an equally lovely, special gift. I think diamond earrings look stunning and can really make you feel a million dollars!
3. Off Center Diamond Circle Pendant (from $713.75): I own quite a few necklaces but very few pendants, I think they can look gorgeous as this one does. I love the unique design, I haven't seen anything like it before. The fine chain complements the larger circles nicely and it looks beautiful. The necklace comes in a range of carat weights, chain lengths and metal types.
4. Alternating Diamond Drop Bracelet (from $1150.15): I have included two photographs of this bracelet to show the metal types for this item. While I do not personally like yellow gold jewellery on myself I think it can look beautiful on others. This bracelet again comes in a range of metal types, carat weights (2.00 ct, for example) and lengths. I know my mum would adore these bracelets, it would make an unforgettable mothers day or birthday gift, in my opinion.
5. Princess Cut Diamond Allure Earrings (from $1962.41): I fell in love with these drop earrings as soon as I saw them on the website. The design is just gorgeous, simple and elegant - quite 1920's and vintage in my opinion. The earrings look so sparkly but not overly so and again this item comes in a range of metal types, carat weights and also diamond quality. I think these earrings would be a lovely gift and would look amazing paired with a simple formal dress or a wedding dress!
6. Delightful Diamond Eternity Ring (from $1783.69): I think this diamond ring is so unique! I love the arrangement of the diamonds, it looks simple but very beautiful. Out of all of the wedding, engagement and anniversary rings available on the website, this is definitely my favourite! In my opinion this is a stunning diamond engagement ring.
What do you think of the diamond jewellery pieces featured?
*this is a sponsored blog post*
What do you think of the diamond jewellery pieces featured?
*this is a sponsored blog post*
Friday, May 09, 2014
How time flies, my blog is 2 years old today! I didn't really think I would get to this stage with my blog as I never thought I would ever have as many followers and readers as I do now! I am so grateful for the comments, page views and reads. A big thank you to every single person that follows my blog! To celebrate my two year blog birthday I have a very exciting giveaway!!
The prize for this giveaway is a Tom Ford Cheek Color in the shade '01 Love Lust' - it is brand new, never used with it's box and suede pouch. I won this product along with three others from the wonderful Hannah georgina on Youtube. I love all of the other three products I won but I never wear blusher/cheek color so I am giving this Tom Ford Cheek Color away to one lucky follower who will hopefully be able to give it a loving home.
Also I am giving away a runner up prize too - the runner up prize is a brand new Benefit They're Real Mascara (the box is squashed thanks to the postman!). So there will be two winners. To enter just fill out the Rafflecopter - it is open internationally!! You must compete the mandatory entries to win (you must be following my blog on GFC and Bloglovin and follow me on twitter).
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
I have wanted to try sleep in rollers are a while and I have tried the Primark versions which are around £2 which I didn't like as they didn't stick in my hair. I was kindly sent the original sleep in rollers by Beau Boutique, however my opinions are my own, to read my disclaimer, click here.
|No photos of the effects sadly as I am full of a cold and hay fever - I will update this post when I have shorter hair|
I have the *Velcro Sleep In Rollers Set (£10, sale - RRP £16.50) which includes two sets of the sleep in roller so you have 20 rollers in total. Also they came in a cute pink bag which I will definitely re-use. I'm not sure what size these are but they are fairly big - I'm going to get my hair cut into a bob shortly so I might have to buy the ones for shorter hair.
Now, the first time I tried these rollers, it wasn't a success, if I'm honest - the rollers were fairly quick and easy to put in and they did stay in my dry hair well, especially when compared to the Primark versions. Although it was a bit downhill from there - the rollers were not super comfortable to sleep on, they all moved around my face and I couldn't sleep on my side. I had to take them out my hair at about 2am which was a bit annoying! However, I tried another day when my hair was slightly damp in the morning (I usually sleep with my hair wet) and it was so much easier! I know they are 'sleep in rollers' but sadly I just can't sleep with them in, I am sure most people would be able too but I do have trouble sleeping sometimes.
If like me you can't sleep with them in then use them in the morning when you are applying your makeup and getting ready - it works well, especially when you spray a small amount of water onto the hair as when the water slowly evaporates it seems to lock in the volume and wave that the rollers provide. Also blasting your hair with a hairdryer while the rollers are in then letting your hair cool completely will also help the volume and wave lock into the hair. Tip: Make sure the hair is brushed well first and sectioning the hair makes the processes quicker, easier and neater.
Overall, I love the packaging and the cute bag, the rollers are quick and easy to put in and they stay in well. They give good volume and a nice relaxed wave to the hair because the rollers are quite big; they work well when used during the day on dry or very slightly damp hair. However, I personally cannot sleep with them in - I will try again when I have shorter hair (as mine is really quite long again now). I would recommend them at the sale price they are now, ★★★★☆, 4/5.
Monday, May 05, 2014
I was very kindly allowed to pick an item from the lovely people at Jana Reinhardt Jewellery a couple of weeks ago, for more information on my disclaimer, click here, honesty as always. It was difficult to choose one item, there were quite a lot of gorgeous items to choose from and I had my eye on a number of pieces! I decided on the adorable sleepy fox necklace.
I have the *Jana Reinhardt Sleepy Fox Necklace in Sterling Silver (£145). I first heard of Jana Reinhardt through EtailPR, then through Twitter and the media/press. They were finalists in the UK Jewellery Awards 2013 as well as gaining a silver award at the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards, among other achievements! I was so excited when my Jana Reinhardt necklace arrived, I knew it would be very special!
Firstly, the packaging and presentation. The box is white and very clean/simple which I love. The packaging is gorgeous and I think it would make a very nicely presented gift for anyone. I chose the Sleepy Fox Necklace (sterling silver, 45cm) as I do not own anything like it, it is so adorable and in my opinion perfect for spring/summer. I love dainty silver jewellery, it is the only jewellery I wear (although I am kind of lusting after rose gold pieces too at the moment). The silver is flawless and there is a green sapphire set into the necklace where the chain meets the fox. The chain is dainty and it doesn't look or feel heavy while wearing the necklace, it is quite light overall so it is comfortable to wear all day. The necklace is sterling silver although it doesn't have a hallmark as it weighs less than the required amount for hallmarking. Although, it is still very luxe and special and it should as each item is made by hand!
I cannot describe adequately how adorable this little guy is and how much I love this necklace! The detail on the fox is fantastic, from the eyes to the tiny ears. I have been wearing it non stop pretty much since I received it and I can't stop showing everyone. I have been wearing this necklace with stripy tops, skinny jeans and wedges. Although it would look equally as amazing with a simple dress and heels for a special occasion. It is a versatile, comfortable, simple necklace that is made to a very high standard which is bound to make the wearer feel very special!
Overall, I am so impressed by the presentation, quality, design and versatility of this adorable necklace from Jana Reinhardt. I am glad I chose this design, it is too cute - all of Jana Reinhardt's jewellery is so sweet and simple! You will see this neclace in quite a few OOTD's and lookbooks. The other items I had my eye on include the Wing Necklace, the Sparrow Charm Necklace and the cute Duckling Necklace. Free worldwide delivery is offered at Jana Reinhardt, for more information on Jana Reinhardt Jewellery, click here.
Have you bought anything from Jana Reinhardt? What do you think of this adorable sleepy fox necklace?
Sunday, May 04, 2014
I have already posted a spring beauty wish list, which you can see, here and a spring fashion wish list, here. It is such a nice time of year although right now it is still a bit cold (welcome to England) but we can dream of brighter, sunny days! I am drooling over a lot of homeware recently as my bedroom is going to be redecorated soon and I am getting a new wardrobe (too many clothes not enough space....there is no such thing as too many clothes) which is why a lot of the items are bedroom decor related. Here are my current spring homeware picks!
1. Yankee Candle Bunny Cake Large Jar Candle (£19.99): Oh my, oh my, how cute is this candle! I think it is a limited edition scent for easter. As you can see from the items I am a bit obsessed with cream, grey, aqua and baby pink....I love candles and Yankee Candle is one of my favourite brands. This candle is supposed to smell like sugary coconut, creamy vanilla and bright citrus - so delicious!
2. Debenhams Ben De Lisi Grey Signs Felt Cushion (£35): As soon as I saw this I fell in love not only does it incorporate all of my current favourite colours but the design is just amazing, I love it! I think it would look great in my new bedroom design I have planned.
3. Asda George Home Mint Wall Clock (£10): This makes me think of american diners in the 50's for some reason, I love it and it is mint green/aqua! I think it would look great as a pop of colour (I hate that expression) on a creamy coloured wall.
4. Asda Pink Glass Soda Jug (£5): I can imagine a hot summer day (unlikely in England but work with me), the birds are singing, children are having water fights and there is an abundance of fresh watermelon and strawberries - that is the scene I imagine using this soda jug in - a bit far fetched I know but it just screams spring/summer.
5. Monsoon Home Slate Heart Coasters (£9): How adorable are these slate coasters . They look great and they would make a fantastic gift, in my opinion. I have never had slate coasters but I imagine they are really durable and they look quite expensive.
6. Zara Home Coloured Handle Fork/Spoon (£3.99 each): I am really quite picky about cutlery (strange I know) but these look right up my alley. I love the shape of them both and the coloured handle. They come in different colours too. I don't visit Zara Home as often as I should, they have amazing and very unique homeware!
7. Zara Home Bubble Vase (£19.99): I am going to have to make an order on Zara Home soon, so many beautiful things, I cannot possess them all (points to you if you know who said that). I have recently started to buy flowers - I guess it is the typical blogger thing to have in the background of photos so I thought I would try it and this vase looks perfect.
8. Asda Eiffel Tower Lamp (£20): How unique is this lamp, I have never seen any lamp like this - it is part lamp, part mini eiffel tower... So cute, I think it is a nice statement lamp that isn't too crazy, I think it would look great in my bedroom or study/office.
There is my rather massive homeware wish list, I could go on but it is quite long already! What is on your spring homeware wish list?
Saturday, May 03, 2014
I have already reviewed two items from the brand Wild Olive, a gorgeous floral candle, click here and a cute bath sundae in the scent 'peony', click here. Before trying these products I hadn't really heard of Wild Olive but it is a fantastic brand - all items are handmade in the UK. To check out my disclaimer, click here.
I have the *Wild Olive Bath Sundae in 'Vanilla' (£2.25). As with the 'peony' bath melt/sundae the packaging is just adorable! The cute little ice cream sundae shaped bath melts are just the cutest things ever! They would make gorgeous gifts, in my opinion. The scent of this one is vanilla although initially it doesn't really smell like vanilla to me personally. It smells like a gorgeous musky, warm fragrance that is really nice but I don't think it smells like vanilla on its own, in my opinion. However the longer you smell it the more vanilla you start to smell, it is a strange one but I really like it.
It seems a shame to put these little guys in water, they are so cute! The bath melt does fizzle and it takes a while to dissolve which is great if you are having a long relaxing bath. I find these, along with the bomb cosmetics bath melts, to be super long lasting. You could get two baths easily out of one bath melt, next time I would probably crush the bath melt, then I could get multiple baths from one melt. The scent is really nice while it is in the water, a musky warm vanilla scent. It is definitely not a typical vanilla scent though, there is practically no sweetness in the scent.
The melt leaves my skin slightly scented, smooth and moisturised as it does contain shea butter which is amazing for adding moisture to the skin. This bath melt doesn't irritate my skin and it is just so nice to use. Overall, an adorable bath melt for those long bath kind of days! ★★★★☆, 4/5.
Have you tried anything from Wild Olive? What is your favourite bath bomb or bath melt brand?
Friday, May 02, 2014
I cannot believe it is May already! The year seems to be flying by so quickly. For me April has consisted of: winning even more competitions, visiting a castle, spending lots of time with family & friends, being ill, gardening, testing lots of products, blog sales, getting a new sofa from Ikea, redecorating and going to the theatre!
Firstly, the very good news! I won a Topshop £250 gift card from Instyle UK Magazine on Twitter last week and I have spent it already, I have 80p left on it! I will show the items in a haul when they arrive. I also won £50 worth of Makeup Revolution makeup which I will be sharing as a giveaway prize in August. I received my GHD Lavender styler prize this month that I won from GHD for their pin to win pinterest competition. I also won a Ciate dolls house set from Cohorted and other prizes from Facebook competitions. I am very lucky winning a lot of competitions (especially the three shopping sprees/gift cards in the past two/three months). I will share some of my prizes with my followers in giveaways throughout the year, so stay tuned!
I have also been testing products, I feel like I have been bombarding you with product reviews (sorry). I have had a lot of review blog posts due at the same time! April has been a month of great skincare finds from Avene, Green People and Pai. I have also been testing hair accessories from Xtras Online, Wheatgrass from Geco and cosmetics from the lovely people at Marie Natie. There will be more reviews coming soon ft. Wild Olive, Jana Reinhardt and more.
This month has also been about family and as the easter holidays (approx 2/3 weeks long in the UK) were in April - we went to visit the gorgeous Skipton Castle, you can see my post here. Also as an easter present myself and one of my best friends went to watch The Perfect Murder at the Manchester Opera House on the first day it opened in Manchester. The play was amazing and I saw Roy Cropper and other actors from Coronation Street and Freddie Flintoff in the audience with us! #fangirlmoment
Also we have been redecorating, painting and getting a new sofa this month which is exciting if you are a home ware nerd as I am! And I had some extra money from my blog sale (which is still running now) so I treated myself to some makeup I have wanted to try for ages from Hourglass and Kevin Aucoin. Has anyone else been entering the Barry M #BMSELFIE competition on Facebook - I have been entering everyday and it seems like the stupidest and most ridiculous entry wins! Rant over.
Are there any PR or Intern jobs in Northern England, all of them seem to be in London sadly, leave a link to any pr/intern job websites if you can, it would be greatly appreciated. Finally, today I received a Benefit They're Real Macara in the post as a prize for voting in The Sunday Times beauty awards which was a nice surprise - I will be giving it away to one lucky follower next week!
That was my month, I have probably missed a lot out! My blog will turn two years old on the 9th May and I will be hosting an international giveaway to celebrate, hint = Benefit and Tom Ford...