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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Bourjois Aqua Blush Range


L - R: Inge Nude, Cocoricorail, Berry Nice, Pink Twice

I normally like to consider myself as someone whose quite up to date with the latest beauty releases, however I think being absorbed in my new job recently has meant that I missed the memo when Bourjois released their 12 hr Aqua Blush range.

The Aqua Blush* range has been designed to boost the skin's natural radiance with sheer, fresh colour. The blushes are made from a water-light gel formula which leaves skin with a refreshed bare skin sensation that provides an all-day (12 hour) glow. The range comes in 4 beautiful sorbet shades that differ in brightness but are all subtle, buildable colours - Inge Nude, Cocoricorail, Pink Twice and Berry Nice. These blushes are light in texture and the shades are all a little paler than they seem from the packaging, which is something worth knowing if you're looking to purchase.

Recommended use is to apply a small amount onto cheeks using your finger, then spread the product out and tap to bring out the colour. The blushes blend beautifully onto the skin and add such a fresh, radiant and best of all natural colour to the cheeks. At a recent Bourjois event, the makeup artist told me that it can also look pretty to pop some of their powder blush over the top too.

I've never been one for cream or liquid blushes, so it speaks volumes that I'm a fan of these. Their wear time is decent, although it's not quite 12 hours and not as good as powder blushes, but rather than just turning patchy on my skin like so many cream blushes have in the past, these gel based blushes simply just disappear over time meaning it's easy to touch up later in the day.

I'm delighted with this range and would definitely recommend checking them out - they'd be perfect on holiday with a tan to add a natural, radiant glow. They're currently on offer at Boots for 3 for 2 at £8.99 each.

Have you tried any of the Bourjois Aqua Blush range?

Monday, 20 July 2015

Latest in Beauty - Get The Gloss Summer It Kit Box



I've always been a little on the fence when it comes to beauty subscription boxes - I had a couple of attempts in the past but inevitably always cancelled after my second or third box as the contents were never consistently that good.

However,  Latest in Beauty recently got in touch to see if I'd like to review their recent beauty box*, and as their service is subscription-free I decided to get back on the wagon and see if my opinions on beauty boxes could be changed. Their current box is the result of a collaboration with Get The Gloss, and together they've created a box that's full of must-have products to get you through the summer.

Philip Kingsley Swimcap
I'm already a big fan of the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, so was delighted to find a bottle of his Swimcap cream inside to try. Swimcap is a protective cream that protects the hair from chlorinated water or salt water which can dry it out. As an added bonus, it also contains sun screen which helps to prolong the life of colour treated hair. Whilst I'm not sure I'll be heading off on holiday till much later this year, I'll definitely be putting it to use as soon as I can get myself near some sunshine and a pool.

Bourjois Aqua Blush - 03 Pink Twice
This is my favourite product in the box as I had my eyes on trying one of Bourjois' new fresh-effect blushes for a little while. Aqua Blush is an ultra-fluid gel that applies really well and gives the skin a gorgeous radiance. Pink Twice is a super pretty pink shade that's very buildable and adds a gorgeous pop of colour to the apples of my cheeks.

Elemental Herbology Cell Pumping Facial Hydrator
This was probably the least exciting item in the box for me, although I'll still probably make use of it. It's a lightweight, daily moisturiser that's full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and ultra-hydrating botanicals which sounds intriguing but I'm not a massive fan of the smell. Although it's a little on the small size, it will be handy for travelling.

Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm
This is a product I've not used before but I'm really looking forward to giving it a try so feel it's a great addition to the box. It's a multifunctional product, that can either be used as an instant exfoliator, or as an enzyme mask if left on for longer. It's apparently a cult favourite at Get The Gloss due to it's reenergising properties, so I'm hopeful that I'll be a fan of it too.

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish - Regent's Place
Another product I was delighted to find inside was this gorgeous powder blue polish from Nails Inc. I've long been a fan of the brand as their polishes have great long lasting quality. The Gel Effect range are incredibly high gloss and contain Plasticiser Technology, meaning no UV lamp is needed.

NUXE Huile Prodigiuese
I've received this product in countless beauty boxes, and whilst on paper it sounds ideal, it's just something I've never really got on with. I do like NUXE as a brand, I just wish we'd see a bit of variation product wise in beauty boxes, I'm a huge fan of their Reve De Miel lip balm, so I'm hoping that might make it's way into a box soon!

Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube
I love the sound of this product. I don't suffer with permanent eye bags, but occasionally after a rough night sleep my peepers are definitely in need of a pick me up. These freezer stored ice cubes are designed to target puffiness and dark circles, and contain hyaluronic acid and spring water which work to cool and refresh tired looking eyes.

Salon Science Aqua-Cacteen Hydrasoothe Cooling Spray
Last but not least comes a cooling spray with a difference - one for the scalp. I'm used to seeing cooling sprays around, but this is the first I've come across that's not used for the face. It's infused with extracts of rare cactus and works to rehydrate parched hair and soothe the scalp. It's not a product I can imagine myself using regularly as I'm unlikely to carry it in my bag and probably won't use it much at home, however I can imagine it being a dream when on holiday when the sun and sea dry out my hair and my scalp gets a little burnt too!

All in all I was really pleased with my Latest in Beauty box. Although there were a couple of products that I could take or leave, the majority I was really pleased with - it was great to see a mixture of well known, and lesser known brands too. Best of all, Latest in Beauty offer a service which allows you to Build You Own Box - which means you can't receive anything you're not interested in if you picked it yourself! If you're looking to try a beauty box I'd definitely recommend taking a look at the Latest in Beauty site.

Do you like beauty boxes? 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate


If there's one thing I've harped on a lot about over the last few months, it's my love for Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This is the one skincare product that I can't live without, so if you'd like to read my raving review you can do so here. As I'm such a big fan, you can imagine my delight when a bottle and some news simultaneously dropped through my letterbox - the team at Kiehls have created a new daytime concentrate to aid the skin's fight against daily aggressors.

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate* is designed to reduce the daily attack from environmental nasties and oxidisation that the skin so regularly suffers from. It's formulated to offer the skin it's own defence system to revitalise and help reduce the signs of skin fatigue, resulting in skin that's strengthened, smooth and healthy all day long. Unlike the Midnight Recovery Concentrate which sets to work over night, the Daily Reviving Concentrate is for use in the morning and protects the skin during the day. It's ingredients which are a highly concentrated blend of naturally derived ingredients include:

Ginger Root Oil - an essential oil which is known for it's anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and protect skin.

Sunflower Seed Oil - a botanical oil which has been shown to increase skin hydration and improve skin smoothness.

Tamunu Oil - a botanical oil which brings emollient properties to lock moisture into the skin.

To ensure optimal results, Kiehls have selected a formula that's designed to mirror the way the skin defends itself: during the day the skin produces sebum which contains lipids that create a protective barrier, help to seal in moisture and replenish dehydrated skin.

As I only received this a little over a week ago, I haven't been able to test it for a full month yet, however I will say that first impressions are good - the formula is super lightweight and quickly absorbing and leaves me feeling fresh and moisturised. I'll be reviewing it in full in the next few weeks, so if you're a fan of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate stay tuned! The Daily Reviving Concentrate will be available from September from www.kiehls.co.uk for £36.

Are you excited for this launch? What's your favourite Kiehls product?

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Perfume On The Go: Travalo Classic




If you love perfume as much as me, then you'll want the scent of your chosen fragrance to last the duration of the day. Sadly for me, living in London means that the smell from a packed tube can soon dilute the fragrance I put on in the morning. If you want to smell less like your morning commute, and a little more like you again - I have just the product!

For a long time, I've taken rollerball perfumes in my handbag. They're super lightweight and absolutely perfect for on the go, the only trouble is that very few brands create perfumes in this form, and those that do are generally only available in the US. When Travalo got in touch with me to see if I'd like to try one of their Classic Atomisers, I immediately agreed - it was the perfect opportunity to take my favourite perfume out with me on a day to day basis.

The Travalo Classic* has become an essential for me. It's shatterproof, leak proof and incredibly easy to use. It holds 5ml of perfume which is more than enough to have with you on the go (officially, it works out as 65 sprays of perfume). As they're so small and lightweight, they fit into even the smallest of bags or pockets so are perfect for carrying around daily. I've had mine with me ever since I got it, filled with my perfume of the moment - Jo Malone's Peony & Blush Suede.

These nifty products come in a choice of 10 colours (gold and pink are my personal favourites). At £12.50 each cost per use is great - I'd definitely recommend picking one up as they'd be perfect for festivals and holidays too. The Travalo Classic is available online at www.travalo.com or from Debenhams.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Giveaway!


This blog is my little outlet, and I love writing it more and more each day. I've hit a few milestones since my last giveaway in January, and as always I wanted to say thank you by offering the chance to win some amazing bits!

To Win:

  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera (in a colour of your choice - the one pictured is mine!)
  • Wet & Wild Palette - The Naked Truth
  • Milani Blush - Dolce Pink 
  • Disney Spellbound Beauty Sponge
As ever, to be in with the chance of winning, all you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as many entries as you wish (some are mandatory). 

Rules:
  • This is an international giveaway - I will post the prize anywhere. 
  • The giveaway will run for 1 month. 
  • The winner will be contacted within 24 hours of the giveaway closing and if I have no response within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. 
  • All prized have been bought with my own money. 
Good Luck!

Summer Picnic








When I think about the British Summer, a few things usually spring to mind - Pimms, Wimbledon, beer gardens and picnics.

As we've been having amazing weather recently, my boyfriend and I decided to have a little picnic, and despite it starting to rain mere moments after sitting down, we powered through as true Brits do. My picnic basket* is positively adorable - it's small and simple, but just the right size for two people to have a low key picnic with all the essentials (booze and food). We had gorgeous punnets of strawberries and raspberries, as well as cheese, crackers, olives and prosecco. How cute is my little cream jug* for the strawberries?

Despite the weather not being quite as we hoped, thankfully the rain didn't last long and we were able to enjoy the last of the weekend's sunshine. I'm in love with my picnic basket and hope the weather in the UK stays as good as it has so that I can enjoy it again and again this summer!

What did you get up to this weekend?

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Matalan Festival Fashion







Matalan recently got in touch with me to see if I'd like to take part in their Festival Fashion campaign, where they asked bloggers to pick some festival inspired pieces from their range to style into an outfit. Despite not attending any festivals this year (although Glastonbury looks amazing at the moment), I do think that the festival look can be worn at any point in the summer (minus the wellies).

I decided to focus my outfit on picking simple basics that could be styled with lots of different outfits. When you have to pack everything into a small rucksack, you want to pack light, so having staple pieces that can be mixed and matched is definitely a good idea. My first pick was a simple white t-shirt as I knew I could pair it with whatever bottoms I wanted. For my lower half, I picked these gorgeous high waisted black shorts with lace trim, although mine were sadly too big for me, hence why I'm wearing a non-Matalan kimono over the top (sorry guys!).

To accessorise the look, I chose this beautiful long chain aztec style necklace as I think the combination of gold and turquoise is really pretty and works well against the simple black and white outfit. I also chose this black suede bag which incorporates one of festival's most famous trends - fringing. Leaving the best till last, I picked these tortoiseshell round glass which I think are just gorgeous - I've been wearing them non-stop.

If you're heading to a festival this year, or simply just looking to pick up some extra bits for your summer holiday, I'd urge you to pop onto Matalan's site, they've got some lovely pieces that are insanely cheap - this whole outfit cost just £50.

Are you heading to any festivals this summer? What do you think of my festival look? 

*Items kindly sent c/o Matalan Fashion.

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