Friday, 28 September 2012

Topshop Amelie Boots

Say Hello to my winter boot! Yesterday was my 20th birthday and with my birthday money I totted along to Topshop and treated myself to the Topshop Amelie boots.

Topshop Amelie boots: £75.00

I've been lusting after these boots since they were first released on the website and after the series of torrential rain and flooding, my studded loafers just wouldn't suffice and often found myself with a wet foot and soggy shoe.

These are gorgeous, of course Topshop isn't bargain prices but £80 for a pair of strong sturdy boots which are also leather is a pretty good price to me. The added bonus is that they're studded like everything else in my wardrobe at the moment. I can see these becoming my favourite shoes and I'm looking forward to pairing these with jeans and chunky knits - come at me winter!

I may have also made another cheeky Topshop boot order which I shall reveal when they're delivered - how naughty of me. Oh well, I have the excuse that it was my birthday ;)

Do you like Topshop footwear? What's your favourite pair of shoes?

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Essie Me Up

Essie polishes in Ballet Slippers, Muchi Muchi, Tour De Finance, Tarte Deco, Power Clutch: £1.99 each

Say Hello to my new collection of Essie polishes! I've become an Essie convert over the past month and when I saw that the polishes were on offer on Fragrance Direct, I had to make an order.

Tarte Deco wasn't included in the order because I got that from the defusion line in a local Boots. I was pleasantly surprised when I received my order and saw that 3/4 brushes in the polishes were the new brush.

I've swatched all of these polishes and really like them, the only niggle I do have is that Muchi Muchi and Ballet Slippers are a tad sheer for my liking but I thought I could pair them with my new Nars polish and they're great for french manicure so I'm sure I will get my use out of them.

Tour De Finance was the one I was most excited about, it's a gorgeous hot pink on the nail and is really eye-catching. I've been wearing this on my toes.

And finally is Power Clutch, a gorgeous grey which will be my staple winter polish!

Have you tried any Essie polishes? What's your favourite shade?

P.S I've also signed up to Bloglovin, I'm new to it so follow me on there too :)

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Bumble & Bumble Deeep Mask

As I write this, I am currently laid in bed with a horrible cold and the worst stomach infection ever. I've had to call in sick to work so decided to get up to date with some posts. I'm going to start doing a Currently Loving post maybe every 2-3 weeks or maybe more frequently depending on the products and after thoroughly using them.

First to start this off is the Bumble & Bumble Deeep mask. B&B are not a brand I'd heard of until I came across Anna in her blog posts and Youtube videos raving about their products so after my holiday and my trip to Space NK, I decided to make a purchase and seeing as my hair was in a horrible state, a mask was definitely what the doctor had ordered!

Bumble & Bumble Deeep mask: £21.50

I have to say, what I like most about this product is the packaging, it's a simple long tube with a twist end and you simply twist the end and squeeze the product out, then twist to lock again. I love the packaging of all B&B products and this looks so sleek sitting in the shower.

You get 150ml in the tube, I find that even though I have long hair, I don't need that much so this will go a long way. I squeeze a 50p size amount in to my hands and run it through the ends. I brush it through and leave for 20 minutes then rinse. I have used this as a overnight treatment and found that it worked just as well so if you're hair is extra dry and needing TLC, definitely try it overnight. I usually use this mask once a week and only through the ends of my hair because my roots can get quite oily.
The mask smells absolutely amazing and to me, smells just like holidays - you can imagine how much it depressed me when I smelt this after coming home from holiday, but it really is a gorgeous scent and leaves your hair smelling lovely.

B&B have other masks in their range but the sales assistant recommended this one for my hair as it was very dry. I wish I'd bought this before I went on holiday because it's perfect for "sun worshippers"! Oh well, there's always next year!

Bumble & Bumble Deeep mask is available online and in Space NK.

Have you tried any Bumble & Bumble products?

Saturday, 15 September 2012

A Touch of Gold

I know you're all going to be reading this and saying "SUMMER?!" and I agree but I just wanted to show you guys what's been on my nails during the summer!

Models Own Golden Peach: £5.00, Nars Arabesque: £14.00

When I came home, I ventured into my local Space NK and was instantly drawn to the Nars stand. I believe it was a investment but also a cheer-up purchase, I've just come off holiday remember? Minor seasonal effected disorder going on. So off I took out my card and purchased a Nars nail polish in shade Arabesque. The polish is a gorgeous pink glitter which I've noticed can look gold or silver on the nail depending on which polish it's worn with or on it's own.

The polish is quite sheer even with two coats so I've decided to wear it on top of another colour such as Models Own Golden Peach. These two colours created a rose gold colour in some lights (not in the photo - it looks too orange and excuse the awful dry cuticles) but I think this is a gorgeous combo for summer because they're bright colours.
The polish lasts quite well, my top coat at the moment is a Rimmel one which I really like and It's currently been on my nails for around 3 days without chipping. Saying that, it's really easy to remove for a glitter polish. The polish is a bit pricey, but I was down so I splurged - always a bad time for me to go shopping, and can be found at any Nars stand or online.

I'm doing absolutely everything I can to make sure my nails don't snap. I was currently using the Renunail but I've run out and heard amazing things about Nail Evny. Should I invest?

Thursday, 13 September 2012

How Much Is Your Face Worth?

I've seen this post floating around on many blogs and thought I'd join in. This is the make-up I tend to reach for on a day-to-day basis, it's still very bronzy because I refuse to come to terms that summer is over. During winter my make-up is usually slightly heavier and I'll add a blush.

MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC15 with pump: £24.00
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer: £4.19
YSL Touche Eclat in shade 01: £25.00
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent: £3.99
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess bronzer: £28.00
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle: £21.50
Revlon Grow Luscious mascara: £9.99
Topshop Lipstick in Secret Admirer: £8.00

Total: £124.67

I am quite shocked at how much my make-up is altogether. I have bought these items over a period of time and not all at once which makes the price seem justifiable but it's even more scary when I have a box of additional make-up I use and chop and change from which would increase the total price - ouch!

Have you done this? How much is your face worth?

Monday, 10 September 2012

Two Steps to Clearer Skin

Before my holiday, I randomly suffered with really bad skin. I will stress how this is an alien thing to me and I always pride myself on having clear skin. I couldn't pin point the culprit, I had recently bought a moisturiser from Boots which was a Nivea Pure & Simple and I'm sure I had a reaction to it. Me and Nivea products really don't seem to get on, I remember using the original Nivea cream in the blue tub and that sent me in a rash. So when I get bad skin, I go back to two trusty skincare products that help get my skin back to how it should be!
Neutrogena Spot Stress Facial Scrub: £4.79, Oil Free Moisturiser: £4.60

Aswell as using the Neutrogena Spot Stress facial scrub and the Oil Free Moisturiser, I applied Sudocrem to help clear any blemishes out. Now I don't have anything like the Clean and Clear spot gel or Origins Super Spot Remover so I opted for a cheap alternative. My regime was firstly, I cleansed my face using the scrub and very hot water to work it into the pores and unclog them and then apply the Sudocrem to the area where I have the blemishes for about 20 minutes just using a mask brush then washed off using a muslin cloth. After that, I apply the Oil Free Moisturiser. The moisturiser is really light and leaves a cooling feeling after I've applied it and I've found that especially for summer this has left my skin nicely hydrated.

I've definitely found a difference in my skin after using the Neutrogena products and also including the Sudocrem. I've noticed that blemishes are less red, decreased in size and aren't as painful.

What are your skincare regimes for blemishes?

Monday, 3 September 2012

Monthly Favourites: August

Hello there! I'm back albeit with a tan and serious Kavos depression, but here I am and it's time to get back into the swing of blogging. To kick it off, I have my August favourites, which aren't really from all of August but the ones I chose when I was away and for a week solid, so this is a special holiday edition favourites!
Garnier Holiday Skin moisturiser: £5.29, Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser: £4.60, Breo watch: £10.00, Essie Tarte Deco: £7.99, Mac blusher in Style: £17.50

001. Well the first is a bit of an obvious for me, I'm a big tan lover as soon as I hit the sun and during the first few days of my holiday when I was ghost, I applied this for a boost and it gave me a gorgeous golden tan. I'm currently using it now I'm home as well to maintain my tan. It'a really moisturising and has a lovely smell as well and you don't wake up in the morning smelling like a wotsit.

002. I have separate post about this moisturiser but before my holiday, I had such problem skin and whatever I put on my skin wasn't helping so I reverted back to two trusty products that always help balance my skin out. This leaves my skin nicely moisturised without being heavy and has a cooling sensation after application which I like. I won't ramble too much because there's a post to come!

003. Not a beauty favourite but I couldn't of lived without this watch while away. The Breo watches are waterproof and I wore this all throughout my holiday, it went in the shower, in the pool (2.8 metres too) and even washing up and still survived. It did have a bit of a mental episode where I thought it was broken but it came back to life. Plus side, I picked it up in my local Home Bargains last year for £3.99 when they usually retail for over £10!

004. Everyone who's a beauty lover has heard of Essie Tarte Deco doing the rounds on beauty blogs. I bought mine from a larger Boots away from home and I'm so glad I did, this is my first Essie polish but I will be investing in more. The colour looks like a coral in the bottle but turns into a bright creamy orange on the nail. I literally painted my nails with this the day before I was away and it lasted at least 5 days before it started to chip - amazing! And it's a perfect colour to wear with a tan.

005. There's a story behind this product to why I have it. Me and my friend ventured to Leeds to do some holiday shopping and after searching high and low and coming out with nothing, I ventured into Harvey Nichols to find happiness and relief my frustration. Of course I did and ended up with 3 items from MAC and my holiday clothes budget signifcantly smaller. I picked up this blush in Style which is a frost blush. It's a coral/peach blush with golden in it and found that this on my cheeks with some bronzer gave me a healthy glow. Thankfully, I did find clothes in the end.

I already have September favourites lined up and I can't wait to share them with you. What are your August favourites?
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