Sunday, July 27, 2014

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent | Review

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Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent, Estée Lauder (£47.00)



I first heard about Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess on beauty blogs about two years ago, and it's probably one of the few blog hype products I've bought in to. I'm not even usually a fan of Estée Lauder perfumes, I find them too "mature" for me, but the Bronze Goddess is an absolute winner. And thanks to beauty bloggers, I have fallen for it hook, line and sinker! 

I actually had my eye on this fragrance last year and wanted to buy it, but by the time I got round to it in early September, it was too late. You see, the elusive Bronze Goddess is in stores for a limited time of the year. It graces the beauty shelves only during the Summer months, so you've got to be quick because we all know how fast Summer comes and goes! 

There's a few products in this range (and I want them all!!) but for the one I've had my eye on for a while is the Eau Fraîche Skinscent fragrance spray. It is an really beautiful Summer scent, it's smells that Summery that it's feels like a the warmth of the sunshine sparkling on your skin! The scent definitely evokes memories of being on a beach holiday sipping pina colada under the palm trees... and that's a thought I always welcome! The first scent you'll pick up on this is a creamy coconut, followed by subtle sweet vanilla. It's also has bergamot, tiare flowers and amber to give it warmth. It's deliciousness is all packaged up in a minimal yet chic rectangular glass bottle in a rich golden colour. 

If you're looking for the ultimate fragrance for Summer, look no further because this is THE ONE! Mine was purchased from Duty Free so it was a little bit cheaper, but this Eau Fraîche Skinscent  is available in all department stores and retails for £47.00. 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

LUSH Sun Care Range | Protect Your Skin

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The Sunblock, £8.95
Sesame Suntan Lotion, £8.00 for 100g

All from LUSH Cosmetics*

The Sunblock (SPF 30):
This is a SPF 30 sunscreen block in solid form which you wash over your body when you're in the shower or bath. A very innovative product, this is a very easy way to ensure your skin is protected the first thing in the morning. Simply break a third of the bar off and the buttery block melts very quickly when massaged on your body over warm water. I really love this bar, anything that makes things more convenient and I'm on it like a car bonnet! When you first this, it's a bit of a weird sensation because it might appear messy and greasy, and feel like you're literally rubbing a block of butter over your skin. Nothing to be alarmed about though. You can apply a bit of shower gel to cleanse yourself afterwards and once you're out of the shower and have dried yourself off, your skin will feel back to normal after ten minutes leaving you with smooth, moisturised skin.This sunblock contains soothing calamine powder that's naturally rich in zinc oxide. It's also packed with sesame oil, cocoa butter, chamomile blue oil and rose absolute. These ingredients nourishes, calms and soothes skin. 

Sesame Suntan (SPF 10):
I have a 100g bottle of sunscreen lotion here which smells a lot like peanut butter! This is a fairly straight forward lotion, it smells and feels nice. It holds a very strong nutty scent as it is made of toasted organic sesame oil with walnut leaf infusion, aloe vera extract and columbian cocoa butter. It's a light lotion that's easy to distribute over your body without that typical chalky feeling you get with other sunscreen. If you've applied the sunblock in the shower, the Sesame Suntan lotion gives an extra protection, it even helps you tan! The low SPF factor makes it perfect for our fairly mild British Summer. This product is available in two sizes, 100g for £8 or 250g for £15. The smaller bottle is handy size for travelling, I'll be taking this around with me for the remainder of Summer.

Million Dollar Moisturiser (SPF 30):
This is a premium face protection from LUSH and it cost £32.50 for a 45g tub which is small. Initially, I couldn't believe that the small tub cost that much, and it was filled up to the top either. For that price, I do think there's better SPF facial moisturisers out there and I've been trying a lot of them this past 6 months, but if you are a hardcore LUSH fan, you might take a fancy to the Million Dollar Moisturiser. Made from a blend of sesame oil (to refract the sunlight), sesame seeds, oatmeal, primrose oil, Shea butter, honey, ground almonds and lavender oil to keep your complexion smooth, soft and hydrated. There is also a subtle shimmery flecks of gold in the cream which adds a healthy, illuminating glow. I personally don't like to use anything shimmery all over my face but this isn't too over the top. There is a slight grubby, chalky feeling after this has dried and if you're patient, that will disappear in 15-20 minutes whilst the moisturiser is absorbing. My favourite thing about this is the scent, it smells like toffee! 

LUSH does not test any products on animals. All three products are suitable for vegetarians. Both the Sesame Suntan Lotion and Million Dollar Moisturiser contain parabens. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Follow Friday #2 | UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog Recommendations

My blog recommendations for this week's #FollowFriday are fashion related with a good dose of lifestyle content in there too!

What shines through is that these three lovely ladies has their way of having a good balance of style and lifestyle posts, and they do it so well! They remind me of the good old days of blogging, so when I read their blog, it reminds me of the raw authenticity I know blogging can be again. There's something really special about these three:

Cat from Take Courage Blog
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Cat's blog is stunning from her writing to her photography. It's a really inspiring and gorgeous blog that I like to revisit to again and again. Her photography resembles those from a magazine, but it's all still very relatable. Sometimes when blogs look too much like a magazine, as much as I appreciate all the effort that goes in to it, I just can't connect with it. Take Courage is unique in that it still has that distinctive blog vibe, and that's why I love it. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it just has that wonderful modest old-style blogging from 'back in the day'. Cat actually hasn't blogged in a month and her last post really broke my heart, but we all need a break from blogging sometimes to clear our heads and put life in to perspective. Her blog posts are like precious gems, she pours 100% effort in to each one and I, for one, will be excited to see an new post from her pop up in my dashboard. Take a look at her archive of content, you are going to want to delve right in!


Rebecca from It's Cohen Blog
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I've had the pleasure of working with Rebecca for the day in London last year and she is just 100% LOVELY! I've actually been following her blog for about 3 years, maybe a little longer, and it was nice to be able to hang out with her even if it was brief. Rebecca mixes her outfit posts with photos of her surroundings like she has done here. It immerses you in to her day which keeps the post interesting. One of the first things I said to her in person (and in several comments I've left on her blog) was how much I adore her photos. Nowadays, everyone wants their photos pin sharp with a shallow depth of field, but it was actually her lo-fi photography that captured my attention. It makes me want to start using film cameras again. Photos like this reminds me of my childhood, and with the use of Instagram, we're ALL trying to create this effect. 


Katy from Little Winter
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Katy's blog never fails to make me smile. From what she wore, to what she saw - it's another blog that has a fantastic variety of content so it's always interesting to come back to. Katy and I have a similar sense of style so I like her outfit posts lots and lots, but my favourite posts from her are interior related, she has the most beautifully decorated house and got the best taste in homeware! I also LOVE her updates on her wee little cat too, you can't go wrong with the odd pet post! oh, and another thing you simply must to do is check out her Instagram, it's sooo dreamy!!

Who's blogs have you been loving? And who are your favourite bloggers of all time? 

I will be doing another Follow Friday post next week so hope you will come back for that! x

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Image Credit: These photos do not belong to me. Each photos is an original image taken by each the blogger.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How To Style: Tribal Print Trend This Summer

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 All from Very.co.uk* for Very.co.uk Magazine

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About 7 or 8 weeks ago, Very.co.uk sent me an email to ask if I would be up for a fashion blogger style challenge. Of course, I said, I love a good challenge! It seems that I always get given the tribal trend, but I do love it so no problems there! Tribal print is a nice and less-boring way to remain in monochrome mode during Summer. I also think it's one of those trends that you can combine a few prints together and get away with it!

As it was a feature for Very Magazine (which I blogged about yesterday) I had to choose a whole daytime outfit from Very that fit the Summer trend theme, so I thought this playsuit would be perfect for it. Can you believe it is only £12?! As you can see from my other outfit posts (I know there hasn't been many recently!) that I've been LOVING playsuits, so I was keen to add another one to the collection!

Alongside that, I picked some accessories to accompany the outfit. I kept it very simple, comfortable and realistic with a cute charm bracelet and a pair of flat sandals. One thing missing is a necklace, I did choose one but it broke when it arrived so I just sent it back and did without it.

You'd think I'd used to the whole style-blogging process by now but I just didn't feel like I was doing a good enough job here. Perhaps it was the pressure of knowing these photos will definitely end up printed in a magazine, loads of people outside the blogging world will see it and I wanted them to look perfect, but I couldn't really put my finger on why it wasn't going my way. Put it this way, when I'm posting outfit photos on my own blog or social media, I STILL get nervous about it before I post/upload it. It's a good kind of nervousness, a flutter of butterflies in my stomach but there's still a feeling of hesitation as I hover over the 'publish' button. Anyway - in regards to the magazine, I was happy to see that it all worked out!

I've done a few other tribal print outfit posts, click over to the link to see how I've styled tribal print trend in other ways!

What do you think of this trend for Summer? Are you lovin' or loathin' it?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In The Press: Very.co.uk Magazine

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Very Magazine (in a bundle pack with OK Magazine)

Just a very short and lazy blogpost today but hopefully you guys won't mind as I've been mostly rambling on and on in plenty of my posts lately! Chatty Sarah resumes tomorrow!

I popped to the shops yesterday to do buy something I very rarely buy these days...I bought a magazine! At the beginning of June, I did a little something for Very.co.uk Magazine (which comes with OK magazine) so I was very excited to see this in print, and that it got the full page!

I do have an outfit post for this coming up tomorrow so I'll say more about the challenge, the outfit and my overall thoughts, but for today I just wanted to do a quick, spontaneous post to show you this little feature! Will catch up with you guys tomorrow! x

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