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Monday, September 1, 2014

Primark Autumn/Winter 2014

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All from Primark Autumn Winter 2014 Range

Are we all ready for Autumn? After quite a chilly Summer, the transition shouldn't be too difficult because I haven't been attached to my Summer clothes because I've not had the chance to wear much of it! When it comes to new clothes for Autumn/Winter, Primark is one of the first places I go to for bits like long sleeved tops, knit wear and cosy leggings (oh, and tights! Especially the thermal ones!). 

I always wonder what the "IT" dress from Primark will be each season. You know what I mean... THE MUST-HAVE dress that sells out in just a few hours, the one every fashion blogger will be trying to get their hands on come what may! Last year, it was the tartan shift dresses with the cute peter pan collars which I managed to bag in the green colour. I featured it on my blog and also made one of my first Outfit Of The Video on YouTube with it! 

Regardless to what the hyped up, must-have item will be, I've already made my A/W wishlist of all the things I want from Primark. I've also got some lookbook images which I will post later on in the week which shows you the kind of trends Primark is going for this season. If you think we're going to see the end of co-ords, you'll be in for a nice surprise. Co-ords are staying with us for a bit longer, except in the colder months, you can expect them in darker shades and muted prints and thicker fabric.

Tartan will be back (did it ever go away?) and there's going to be a lot of wooly, mohair-textured jumpers, cropped-sweaters and coats! And from what I can gather, the pink coat is back once again with a boxy, oversized and masculine look! 

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Little Catch Up | Goodbye Summer!

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August started off with a brand new dress (of course!) and a trip to Manchester. It had been ages since we went on a road trip and we hadn't visited Manchester in years! We walked around in Arndale, and had a mooch about at The Northern Quarter and had cakes a-plenty! We ordered rainbow cake and the pistachio cake at Teacups&Cake (overused the word "cake" there!) which was a lovely place to chill out! We are going back to Manchester for work in the middle of September to a photoshoot which is really exciting. The planning stage always makes me nervous but I'm sure everything will be fine on the day...! I can't wait to see more of the city!

Between getting very distracted from watching friend's and family's ALS Ic Bucket Challenge and looking after little pets, I also got back in to the swing of outfit/personal style blogging. I decided to swallow my pride and make things easier for myself by taking outfit photos indoors using the tripod and remote again (as you've probably have noticed already!) which means that every day out, family occasion and road trip, I can just relax. I can experience these occasions without stressing about blogging, and enjoy spending time the people around me instead of constantly having my blog at the back of my mind, scouting for backdrops, and being the annoying one who lags behind to get a few outfit snaps. I'm not going to be doing daily outfits any time soon (I never have done) but I'm pleased to get a routine going, one where I don't have to rely on anyone else to take my photos for me. I wrote more about my current thoughts on blogging and have loved all of your comments. 

All in all, it has been a fairly chilled August, it's always a very quiet time of year. Admittedly, it isn't my favourite month as I know Summer is coming to an end but I am ready for Autumn though! I remember how much I enjoyed Autumn last year, it's a beautiful time of year. September looks to be a fun month ahead, I have the photoshoot coming up as mentioned (I'll be behind the camera), a 30th birthday party and a reunion with my uni friends! Then after that, I'm going to start saving up for Christmas! Ugh! 

Rounding this up with a few of my favourite blogposts this month:

Blogging Discussion: Back To The Good Old Days | Putting pressure on ourselves is not fun. I lost my way a bit and decided to gain control of the situation

Adding Personality To Your Home | Giant Biscuits, Mean Girls Doormat and Pinapple Wallpaper!

Outfit: Pugsley Addams | Can't go wrong with breton stripes!

Beauty On A Budget | Want to know where to buy hairspray for 89p? Or perfume for £3.99? 

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Monthly Favourites | August 2014

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I've been spritzing away with this Super Tonic Fragrance ever since I got it! If you like their Orangeasm range then you'll love this spray. The scent doesn't last long on the skin (about an hour or so) but I like that it's light and fresh. It is really cooling, as it has mint in it and like I said, I've been using this quite a lot over the past two months and I still have over half a bottle left. I hope they release other Super Tonic fragrances! I would love to see a Sugar Crush one! I'd snap that right up! More on the Soap&Glory's Orangeasm range here.

Bria Organic Body Butter*
Bria is a very small brand that specialises in organic oils and balms that is gentle enough to use on babies skin. Good enough for baby, good enough for me! If you suffer from eczema or have sensitive skin, you might be interested in Bria! Their products are natural, free from synthetics and artificial fragrances. The ingredients are chosen for their soothing, moisturising and calming properties. I've been trying the Bria Organic Body Butter and Repair Replenish Balm. The latter (shown in the last picture below) is odourless and works well to sooth itching, chapped skin, burns and scalds, but the body butter contains May Chang and Lemongrass (which is my favourite out of the two) is extremely moisturising on skin. I use this on my hands, cuticles, feet, legs, and arms. Both can be purchased from the Bria website

I have loads of these! I've already blogged about these EOS lip balm spheres a couple of years ago and I'm going to be doing a blogpost on natural lip balms so I'll save my natter for that! The EOS lip balm spheres are one of my favourites and the lemon one has been by side throughout August!

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Whenever someone is new to Balance Me and asks what product to try, I always say their Radiance Face Mask. It's a face scrub, cleanse and face scrub all in one! This multi-tasker buffs and polishes, unclogs pores and ensures your face looks radiant, plump and hydrated with immediate results. I first used it last year and have gone through two tubes of it (the one pictured being my third) and I've recently re-discovered it.

If I could, I would feature this in every single monthly favourites! I blogged about it last week so hop over here if you'd like to read the full review! The formula is the same as the original (with the addition of the new scent) but unfortunately, this has now been discontinued. Fret not! It won't be long until the next limited edition bottle!

best shampoo for dry hair, bumble and bumble creme de coco

This is the shampoo I've been using all Summer. It is expensive but it has lasted me the whole season and I reckon I can get 5 or 6 washes from what is left in the bottle. It has been a great product to use as it has kept my hair light, shiny whilst taming frizz without making my hair limp and flat. With so many choices in the Bumble&bumble range and with lots of new releases, I am keen to try something else, but I'll get another bottle of Creme De Coco when Summer comes round again. (Read full review here)

LUSH D'fluff, strawberry shaving soap

I've enjoyed using this little tub of strawberry shaving soap, which I first blogged about in this LUSH haul. Almost half of it is gone already but I'll be repurchasing once the tub has emptied! D'fluff is from LUSH and is a great alternative to shaving gel, which can sometimes feel quite drying on my legs. In fact, anything that foams up tends to dry my skin out and I end up trying to "fix" it with lotion, so I'm delighted that LUSH have come up with a substitute. This scent is a lot nicer and stronger when applied to skin, it smells so good but that's no surprise as it is made from fresh strawberries, golden syrup, egg whites, coconut oil and cocoa butter. Lovely and moisturising!

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A bit of a random one to round up this post, but my non-beauty favourite of this month is Walker's pulled pork crisps!

What products have you been loving this month? 

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rodial Super Acids Skincare | Review

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Rodial Super Acids Range

It's a little scary to use skincare product that has the words "SUPER ACIDS" on the packaging but there's nothing harmful in these so we can breathe a sigh of relief! First of all, it's hard to ignore the lovely bright green and silver packaging which screams "use me, use me!" every time I look in my box of beauty products (yes, it is now a box as I have no more room in my drawer for them all). In general, I think Rodial packaging is pretty awesome but how does the products match up? I've been using these for a month now on and here is how I got on!

I like the name of this! It makes it sound like it's going to work miracles on your skin after a heavy night of partying! It is a fairly straight forward face scrub, and not abrasive at all. You apply a small amount to your skin and gently massage for about one minute. The 3-in-1 micro polish is formulated to refine, brighten and renew the appearance of skin with immediate results. The micro-beads buffs away dead skin cells and unclogs pores. After the first use, my skin looked more radiant, it gave me a rather healthy dewy glow! This contains glycolic and salicylic acid, vitamin E, shea butter and probiotic technology to strengthen and protect. I use this once or twice a week along with the face mask.

Always apply a face mask right after using a scrub or exfoliator, this reduces the risk of a breakout. Exfoliators unclogs pores and therefore opens them so if you don't treat the new surface of skin, you may see a few spots and pimples rear it's head. This one is obviously made to be used together with the After-Party Scrub but it doesn't always have to be matching products. The X-treme Hangover Mask is a resurfacing clay mask that deeply cleanses, and restores your skin to a youthful, healthy-looking complexion. There are lots of fancy ingredients in this like pronalen fruit acids, laracare, argireline and hexapeptide which decongest, tones, revitalises and improve the look of skin. 

You apply a thin layer of this and then rub the residue off with your fingers but I found it quite difficult to do because they clay was resisting to come off. It was like it's stuck there. It ended up chafing the skin on my face (not good if you have sensitive skin) so I found that wiping this away with a muslin cloth was much quicker and easier. 

Not to be mistaken for make-up remover face wipes (those really messes up the balance of my skin), the Rodial cleansing pads are made to remove grime, oil and dirt whilst reducing the appearance of large pores. Unlike the cheap face wipes you get in Boots or Superdrug, these pads are hydrating, refreshing and actually cleanses (and so it should, for £38 a tub). It does say on the website that you can remove make up with these pads but I wouldn't recommend it as the pads are really thin and is just about enough to cleanse your whole face. If you're thinking of using these are a make-up remover,  you'll probably find the pot half empty once you've finished - there are only 50 little sheets. I think it's better to use cleansing wipes on clean skin as I don't like the thought of make-up being spread across my face this way. I've been using this on the days I've gone make-up free and don't require a heavy skincare routine. 

In the UK, Rodial Skincare is available from their website, Marks and Spencer, ASOS, Selfridges, Space NK, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. To find a stockist in your country, visit their website for more information.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Beauty On A Budget: The 5 Best Lidl Beauty Products

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All products* pictured are from Lidl stores

I feel like the only person in the world who wasn't aware that Lidl sold beauty products! (I know, where have I been?!). I'm all up for beauty on a budget, especially if it performs just as well as any other brand! It's a win-win situation, right?

I read blogs for my fix of the very latest beauty news and I can't say that I have read about it on the beauty blogs - not any that I can recall, but I haven't got the best memory! After a quick search on Google, results came up for articles about Lidl's budget range on sites like Daily Mail, Reveal and The Independent - all raving about how quickly the beauty products have sold out and how people just can't get enough of it!

The only times I go to Lidl is when I'm stocking up chocolate biscuits and Haribo sweets for trick or treaters at Halloween (I also LOVE the Morello cherries that comes in a big jar!) but I never walk around long enough to notice beauty and toiletries. This is true to all supermarkets I go to, though. I like to stick to my shopping list because I have such a limited budget for grocery. Anyway - I digress! I can reveal that Lidl is launching a very exciting product in mid Sept (and there's a very sneaky peak of it on my Instagram but I can't say any thing else at the moment... more on this in the next fortnight! But what I can talk about is all of the things I've been trying lately! 

Cien Lipstick - £2 each
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I was given three shades to try out and again, another pleasant surprise! From left to right, the shades are Light Coral, Vintage Mauve and Spicy Red. I have dry lips so in general, I find that high end lipsticks apply better, is more moisturising and last longer on lips. Two out of the three lipsticks I've got from the Lidl's Cien range are extremely pigmented, full coverage and provides intense colour and glides over your lips without dragging. It comes out with a subtle sheen so it doesn't cling to dry skin but that gloss fades and you end up with a wearable matte finish. I don't think I've ever encountered a cheap lippy that is so easy to use, it's hard to believe that it only cost £2! In all this time of searching for the perfect red lipstick, I think I've found it! Spicy Red is a gorgeous shade whist Vintage Mauve is a beautiful plum that is dupe of the much raved about MAC Plumful! The only shade I'm not crazy about is Light Coral! The colour itself isn't bad but the formula isn't the same as the two red shades; it is a frost lipstick that comes out nude on my lips which doesn't suit me. It also doesn't go on as consistently as the other two. As far as I know, there are eight shades in the Cien range so there's something for everyone!

Suddenly Diamonds Eau De Parfum - £3.99
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I've got to admit, when I heard about this perfume, I wasn't expecting great things. I've bought cheap perfume in the past and the lingering smell can induce a headache. It can hit the back of your throat and make you feel sick. HOWEVER, I remained open minded with Lidl's Suddenly Diamonds and I was actually pleasantly surprised! It smells good and if you were to do a perfume test between this one and an expensive one, I swear you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. It took Lidl two years to develop this perfume so even though this is at a budget price, the groundwork has been put in to ensure this is still a nice, wearable fragrance. It lasts on your skin for up to six hours and the word on the street is that this is a dupe for Hugo Boss Orange which I've yet to check out before but here are the fragrance notes for Suddenly Diamonds: Top notes of apples, mid notes orange blossom and jasmine with a subtle base of sandalwood and cinnamon. I'd liken it to the "So...? Fragrances" in that it is affordable, great value, and non-offensive scent. 

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Cien Classic Hairspray - 89p
This one is a medium hold which comes in a huge can! At 89p, this is the ultimate bargain! The packaging isn't bad either - more effort has gone in to this than the supermarket's value brand which I personally think is a psychological marketing tactic more cutting cost of production. As I'm not picky with hairsprays (because I don't use them often) this can from Lidl will serve me well and will probably last me the whole year! I only use hairsprays when I'm back-combing or styling an up-do like a beehive or french twist, but as you've noticed, that's very rare as I hate faffing about with my hair, I am rubbish at it! If you're a dancer or a cheerleader like my little sister, you are probably going through cans of hairspray like no tomorrow so head to nearest Lidl and stock up this!

Cien Hand Cream - £1.25
A hydrating hand cream that contains almond oil and shea butter, and you get a huge tube for the price of £1.25! A nice alternative to the big brands and it does it's job by keeping your hands soft and moisturised. The smell is not too bad, and as pleasant as it is, I find it a tad too strong but the cream itself sinks in to skin fairly quickly and the smell fades along with it. 

Cien Liftan Complete Moisturising Cream - approx £2
This offers 24 hour protection, if you can believe it. It's a good face cream but I'm not sure about the 24 hour claim but I am someone who doesn't drink enough water, so no matter how optomistic a product sounds, I'm not going to benefit from it until I change my ways. Liftan Complete contains Q10 to regenerate skin cells, and caffeine which provides your skin an energy boost in the morning. The Vitamin E in it helps you prevent premature skin ageing while hyaluronic acid works to plump skin and minimise the appearance of wrinkles. The jar is made of glass that's packaged in a lovely pink and white cardboard box, and it feels like it cost more than £2. This contains parabens.

Have you tried beauty products from Lidl before? Would you be interested in trying any of the ones I've mentioned?

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