Friday, 23 October 2015

Liz Earle October Skincare Essentials Offer

I love Liz Earle. I've been an avid fan now for quite a few years although I do tend to swap and change quite frequently and what with being a beauty blogger I'm sure it comes with the role, doesn't it? However, I started college last month (I know at the grand old age of 26!) where I am training to be a beauty therapist. We have the most wonderful tutor who has worked in the industry for years and also manages a salon herself so is definitely in the know when it comes to skincare. We treat her words as gospel and each week make mental notes of skincare do's and don't s  We have spent the past few weeks giving and receiving full dermalogica facials which has given me the opportunity to fully understand my skin type and what products I should, and also shouldn't be using on my skin. However, dermalogica doesn't really seem to be agreeing with my skin at all! 

Our tutor, Julie is a fan herself of the Liz Earle range, especially the cleanse & polish (Holy grail! Do people still use that term?!) and to cut a long story short, I decided to repurchase the full routine again for myself. Best. Decision. Ever.

I opted (as the title suggests) for the October skincare essentials set, so for £45 received a large size cleanse and polish, 2 muslin cloths, a 200ml skin tonic, a 50ml skin repair moisturiser and a complimentary sheer skin tint and perfume sample, as well as free delivery. What a mouth ful and absolute bargain for £45? Altogether its worth over £87 so its already giving you a saving of £42.
All the products compliment themselves so nicely and feel like such a treat for what seems like minimal effort. I will definitely be treating myself to more products soon, the gentle exfoliator and a face mask are on my wishlist. I have even got some of the girls on my course ordering too! 

This offer runs out on the 28th October so you have 5 days to take advantage!

You can get yours here.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Easton West?!

Working with children, I always contemplate what I would call my children if I were to ever have any (hopefully one or two one day) however with most names I always seem to associate with someone I know or a child I have taught! 

I am a huge fan of Kim Kardashian and all the Kardashian clan and as many await the arrival of the second Kardashian-West baby many speculate which name Kim Kardashian and her husband will choose for her second child, a leading UK bingo company has released a book of the UK’s top baby names.

Whilst celebrities such as Fearne Cotton have recently chosen names such as Honey, the nation’s parents have been opting for traditional options like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Which trend will Kim K and Kanye West follow?

During the first few months of their second pregnancy announcement, Kim denied the couple will be naming their little one after a direction (South). However, since then there has been multiple reports from a source close to the family that the little boy will be named in Kimye’s family theme and be called Easton West.

Should the family decide on a more traditional, literary name like Oliver, they’ll be in good company as the boy's name has been at the top of the Office for National Statistics list since 2013. Another choice could be Jack - often considered to be the name of eccentric, rebellious yet charming individuals, the little boys name could link to some of Kanye’s famous traits.

Who knows! What do you think they will choose? Theres not much longer until we find out and I for one can't wait to see which name-route they take!
Parents to be can see the full list of top 10 names including origins, meanings and facts at:**

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

8 Accessories To Transform Any Outfit

The secret weapon to stellar style is having an arsenal of statement accessories. Accessories have the power to drastically change any ensemble, and a woman who knows how to pair statement pieces with any kind of outfit is a fashion force to be reckoned with. The thought that you must go shopping all the time in order to obtain a fresh look is simply not true. All you need are some truly transforming necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and maybe even a nose ring. Then, to make an old outfit new again, simply slip on one piece of statement jewellery.

Some women make the mistake of wearing too much jewellery at one time. Quoted in Harper's Bazaar, Coco Chanel gives some of the best accessory advice to date: "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory." Her words have never been truer. To give some examples, I’ve rounded up the ultimate outfit-altering accessories that don’t require the support of other jewellery. With these pieces, only wearing one is plenty!

Add-On Ornate
Embellish a plain top with the addition of a statement choker necklace. Ornate and eye-catching, a piece like this will instantly add flair to any solid colour top or dress. Draw attention when hailing a black cab or holding your tea with a thick, bejewelled cuff on your wrist. It provides just enough chunkiness and a stylish pop of colour.
Go Glam
Looking to turn an old outfit into a head-turner? Something as simple as glamourous cuff could be all you need to “update your look,” a goal that Lyst advocates when browsing their jewellery collection. Big things sometimes come in small packages. Try a pair of pearl studs with mink post detail in the back to put a luxurious spin on your night out look. When your hair is up, you’re sure to turn heads.

Find Your Edge
Rocker chic chokers reminiscent of the ‘90s are back and bolder than ever. Get your grunge on with a cool choker, perfect for adding a little spice your sweet style. You don’t need your nose pierced to try a septum ring. With faux options hitting the scene, this unexpected trend is a great way to embellish a “sleek black slip or shift dress" for evenings, as explained in a how-to-wear guide on Glamour.
Theme Pieces
Try on a new vibe with a necklace inspired by nature’s finest. A themed piece is one of the easiest ways to change the look of an outfit without much planning, so why not channel the great outdoors? If sweet is what you aim for, a charm necklace with darling details is a fun way to get playful with your style. Charm necklaces are also ideal for letting your personality shine through.
There are plenty of statement jewellery pieces that can stand alone and still take your outfit to the next level. Look for unique, bold accessories just a tad outside of your comfort zone, and you just might find your favourite new way to dress up a tired look.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Skincare Wishlist

Happy Saturday lovelies!
As much as I love beauty and make up, I should probably invest more time, effort and money into skincare products as much as that pains me to admit. I have never really had a fully fledged skincare routine. The salon I go to to have my lashes and shellac pedicure done specialises in Dermalogica products and having used them on my skin during facials I feel like it is time to fully invest.

I do love a good face exfoliator and this claims to instantly leave skin feeling smoother and brighter, perfect! I'm intrigued as it is essentially a powder that activates on contact with water and is gentle enough to use everyday. This retails for £36.75 for 75g.

Currently I do not have a staple, go to moisturiser. I am a bit of a floozy and pretty much reach for anything and everything. I am not fully committed to one. The Dermalogica active moist moistruser is described as a light weight, oil free moisturiser that absorbs into the skin to prevent moisture loss. It is suitable to normal to dry skin. This retails for £39.95 but the tube is a whopping 100ml. 
I do love using a toner, I think its pretty much the ease. This contains aloe, lavender and mint which sounds like such a soothing, refreshing blend to me and I can imagine it smelling beautiful. This 250ml bottle retails for £24.50.

Have you tried any of these products? What skincare products are in your current routine?
I would love to know!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Review: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette & Swatches

Hello lovelies, 

Urban Decay launched their newest addition to the Naked collection in the form of the Smoky palette*. It was released on the 30th July in the UK so is available to buy now! 
The palette is packed with twelve smoky and sultry shades, which includes 9 brand new, never before seen shades and 3 exclusive shades, all perfect for the ultimate smoky eye. 

I am already a huge fan of Urban Decay, especially their naked and naked basic palettes, they are my day to day go to products so this is right up my street. It includes a good selection of shimmer, matte and satin shades. As with the other Naked palettes, it also includes a dual ended eyeshadow brush, with a fluffy end and also a pencil brush for more precision. 
As to be expected with a smoky palette, there are quite a few dark, grey-black shades that I personally wouldn't reach for that often, however perfect for a smoky eye, which this palette is intended for however it also includes pale shimmer and matte shades for a everyday make up look. 
The packaging is slightly different to the other 3 naked palettes. This time it is plastic and has like a grey and black smoked, marble effect which I personally love and think it compliments it perfectly.  It is also held together with a magnetic closure and includes a mirror. 
They are not arranged by colour in the palette but from most shimmery to least shimmery i.e matte and the darkest shades are situated in the middle. 
My favourite shades are High, which is a champagne shimmer shade and also Combust, which is a sandy, cream matte shade similar to my skin tone. There is a mixture of both warm and cool shades. They are velvety and soft to touch and blend beautifully  Urban Decay say that 'Each shade features our pigment infusion system, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich colour, serious staying power and blendability. 
The Urban Decay Smoky palette is available to buy now for £38.

Is this something you will try and get your hands on?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The City Girls Leeds Blogger Event #TheCityGirls

Hello ladies,

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Leeds City Girls event by two beaut bloggers Lorna and Holly-Lucy who together are The City Girls. Following their ever so successful first blogging event in Sheffield, the girls headed west and came to Leeds and boy we were treated to a day of cocktails, cupcakes and goodies! 

I met up with my lovely friend Jo, who I hadn't seen for quite a few years so we had lots of catching up to do, in Trinity and headed over to the event together. The City Girls event was held in The Liquorist on Greek Street that was once The Living Room. I passed it the other week and was in awe at how amazing it looked and believe me it didn't disappoint.
As we arrived there was lots of bloggers already outside and me and Jo headed in. Of course we went straight to the bar and ummed and ahhed whether or not it was okay to purchase alcohol when it hadn't even hit lunchtime yet. As they say its always 5 oclock somewhere (or something along those lines?). The Liquorist offers an extensive cocktail list and after perusing the menu I opted for a large glass of white. All the girls mingled downstairs together for a while, chatted and popped on a name badge. 

Lorna then came down and we all headed upstairs for a brief introduction from the girls, what the day entailed, their vision and what brands were present. Their passion for blogging and bringing brands and bloggers together really shone through and really did reignite my love and passion for blogging and the community. 
Afterwards, Suzie from Leeds Womens Aid the supporting charity of the day, told us a little about the charity and that it aims to protect and support women in Leeds who have been domestically abused, an extremely worthwhile cause that had us all digging into our purses and pockets to purchase raffle tickets. We managed to raise £240 that was then matched by Aviva so in total £480 for Leeds Womens Aid on the day which is incredible! 
We were then let loose and free to roam the room by ourselves. Lots of stalls were set out and goodies that we could take as we went around, as well as brands to chat to. Brands on the day included Voss water, Manuka Doctor, Kendelle, Angelica Nails, The Body Shop, Bubbleology, Nails by Ivy, BenefitVirtue Drinks and many many more. 
As a huge Benefit fan, this was my first port of call and they were showcasing the new They're real colour mascaras and push up liners. Even though I already had a full face of make up, Melissa tried the brown mascara and the blue push up liner on me which I loved. Subtle but natural and complimented my face. Nearing to the end of the event and after one too many glasses of wine (hiccup!) we were treated to the most delicious tray of brownie goodness from Brown and Blond. I opted for a peanut butter one and boy it was incredible! 
I just want to end this post by saying such a huge thank you to Lorna and Holly-Lucy who organised the most perfect event. Everything from the venue, the goodies, to the bloggers that were invited just made for such a wonderful event. One that I feel ever so lucky to have been invited to! Well done ladies! 
Picture kindly taken from Lornas blog
To the girls that I met on the day, thank you for your chats and smiley faces. It was lovely meeting you all! You can find a full list of all the lovelies in attendance here. Ensure you check out #TheCityGirls hashtag out on both instagram and twitter as we managed to get trending in Leeds! The power of bloggers hey! 

So if you ever get the opportunity to attend a City Girls event, jump at the chance!

Benefit They're Real Mascara & Push Up Liner Killer Colours

Hello lovelies, 

Benefit They're Real mascara is my ultimate holy grail (do bloggers still use this term?) when it comes to mascaras. I have gone through countless tubes of this stuff and even though I try to find alternatives nothing ever matches up to this. I am also a fan of the push up liner and my mum even swears by it! 

As some of you may already be aware of, Benefit have launched They're Real mascara and Push Up Liner in a range of shades. Alongside beyond black, Benefit have launched brown and blue they're real mascaras and the push up liner in blue, purple, green and brown. This was definitely a range that I was excited for and boy it didn't disappoint! 

I recently attended The City Girls event in Leeds (there is a post to come on this!) and was introduced to the new They're Real range of colour liners and mascaras and tried the push up liner in blue, alongside the brown mascara. The result was subtle but definitely made my eyes pop. My other half even noticed and loved it also!  
Fear not, this range isn't half as scary as the 90s craze of colour hair and eye mascaras and is much more wearable and a way to switch up your usual beauty routine as they aren't too vibrant and much more natural than I was expecting. 

Packaging wise the tubes of mascara and push up liner are exactly the same as the black if you are familiar with the usual packaging, however the lids of the colour push up liners are the shade colour and the whole tube of the mascara has changed to either blue or brown. The outer packaging has also stayed the same. 

Both products are available to buy now from Benefit counters or from the Benefit Cosmetics website.

The mascara is £19.50 and the push up liner £18.50.

Grab yours now!

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