Monday, 31 December 2012

2013 Beauty Resolutions

Who'd believe it was only a day away to 2013?! This year has gone by so fast and I have to say its been a hard year. With break ups and jobs, holidays and growing up, this year has been one where I've learnt a lot about myself and changed as a person.

I'm not going to write lots of resolutions I won't stick to, my main one is to get in shape but I've also made some beauty resolutions to help me feel better, relax and get myself into some routine... So here they are...

001. Dye my hair a different colour and have a good cut. My hair is so drab and boring, I'm thinking of going along the blonde route again and getting a different hairstyle. In general I need to look after my hair better, invest in quality products and use hair masks once a week.

002. Moisturiser, exfoliate and repeat many many times! I have the driest skin ever and I need to stop being lazy when I get out of the shower and slap on the moisturiser.

003. No technology in the bedroom. I know we're all slaves to our iPhone and iPads but I'm making it my aim to create a more relaxed atmosphere in my room with candles and dull lights. I already have trouble sleeping and being on YouTube till 2am isn't helping.

004. Eat well and drink more water. I think the main factor to my lack lustre skin is lack of water and too much caffeine. I am also starting slimming world and purchasing an exercise bike to get my bikini body for summer!

005. Look after my feet a bit more and by that I mean foot masks, scrubs, regular treatments - the whole shebang! I'm on my feet all day every weekday so I really need to get them in tip top shape! Everyone neglects their feet but they're just the same as hands and need TLC!

So there we have it, my resolutions for 2013. I'm well on my way with relaxing in my bedroom seeing as I'm redecorating and turning it into a very girly sanctuary. Hopefully I can stick to the rest. Watch this space!

What are your 2013 resolutions, beauty or otherwise?

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Zaggora HotTop and Flares

Hello dolls! A bit of a different post on the blog today, and its all about fitness. Bad time of year and one too many mince pies have left me feeling a bit poop and I've put on some pounds which I'm dying to shift so when the lovely Dinah from Zaggora offered to send me some new gym stuff, I have no excuse to not exercise.

Zaggora HotTop: £50*, Flares: £70*

I'm working full time now so I'm not gym mad, hate it infact but I've found myself doing the odd bit and using my at-home kits to help me get more active.

Onto the clothes... Lets start with the top. First of all, I will say THESE MAKE YOU SWEAT and A LOT. The HotTop is the style of top you see avid runners wearing around town while you guzzle your full fat hot chocolate and pain au chocolate. I opted for the pink for a bit of brightness.
Once I tried it on, I knew it wasn't for me. I'm terribly body conscious and find this style unsuitable for someone who is "bigger", the material is tight and clings to every lump and bump so if you are that way inclined, you'd probably feel the same.

And now the Flares. These are probably my favourite out of the two. They're full length (legs are my concern, I will have Nadine Coyles legs - google if you don't know who I mean) and fit really well. These get so warm and even when trying them on and walking around the house they were getting hot. They're flattering but they're SO LOUD. The material is kind of like wetsuit material so when your legs move, they make such a racket - definitely can't slip in and out of the gym unnoticed in these bad boys.

Now do they work? Zaggora claim that wearing their clothes during exercise will increase body temperate meaning you sweat more and lose more inches. I personally found that they didn't work especially after I exercised and drank more water, the lost inches were just replaced with the water I drank. I didn't find any improvement on cellulite either.

All in all, the clothes are great quality, well made and look very stylish at the gym, so if you're wanting to look smokin', head down to, but for weight loss? Maybe stick to your yoga pants and M&S tee!

*PR Sample


Thursday, 27 December 2012

DKNY Rose Gold Watch

Hello you lovely bloggers, I can't believe Christmas has been and gone already! I hope you all had a lovely day and got what you wished for, ate far too much (and drank) and spent time with your loved ones! I've had a great Christmas but its back to work for me and back to reality.

I just wanted to show you one of my favourite Christmas presents I received from my dad. I've been lusting after a watch for so long and I can't tell you how much of a struggle it's been trying to choose which one I wanted until I stepped into Ernest Jones and saw this DKNY beauty.

If you saw my wishlist a while back, you'd have seen that originally I wanted a Michael Kors rose gold one but after trying them on, and my mum calling them "man watches" as well as the fact that EVERY girl this side of the planet has one, I decided to rebel against the trend and opted for the DKNY watch.

The watch is simple, I'm not into the whole 4 clocks in one, I just like to be able to tell the time, I'm not bothered about the date or any other gimmick. It's rose gold, diamanté stones which makes it look girly and a mother of pearl face. It's also a perfect size, not huge but not tiny either. It's perfect and I'm so happy with it.

So there we go, that was just one among many, others were my iPad, an electric toothbrush (weird I know but I asked for it), Cath Kidston bedding and some home made Cath Kidston bits for my room, pjs and money. I was well and truely spoilt this year. So a huge thank you to my family.

I hope you all have a great new year. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you all got for Christmas :)

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

YSL Shocking Mascara

Another make up product from my favourites collection. I'm a big mascara girl, I love long voluminous spider lashes (only the top - obviously) and here is my latest go to lash product... YSL Shocking mascara.

YSL Shocking Mascara: £23

I know I raved about the Revlon Grow Luscious mascara (review here) and said it was the best mascara of all time, don't get my wrong, it's still up there with the best and my lashes look super long and healthy when I wear it but it was missing the volume factor, and this is where YSL Shocking comes in.

I love this mascara A LOT. It's a firm favourite and big in the beauty blogosphere so as you can imagine, money in the bank and in need to curb my spending habit, an order on Feel Unique was made. My morning routine is simply curl my lashes and apply two lashings of this and voila, super long black eyelashes are mine. The longevity of this is amazing, it lasts all day, doesn't smudge under my eyes or flake.

As always YSL pull it out of the bag and produce super sleek packaging which looks beautiful on your dressing table or in your make-up bag. Don't know about you other beauty bloggers but I love a bit of expensive luxurious beauty in my collection!

Have you tried this mascara before?

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Origins High Potency Night-a-Mins

I hear the angels sing, and what are they singing? *Ahhhhhh Origins Night-A-Mins*

Origins Night-A-Mins: £33

I've had some mixed opinions on Origins skin care, after the GinZing mishap and my love for Checks & Balances, I've been on the fence about their products... Until now.

Dry skin? Check. Tight feeling? Check. Uneven lack lustre skin tone? Check.

I'll throw my hands up immediately and say I slack in my skin care and one product I was desperate for was a night cream. I searched all over the blogosphere and up popped this baby!

The cream is thick, white and smells citrusy. I find a little goes a long way and the scent is subtle. The only gripe I have with this is that it leaves my skin a bit greasy but in the morning, I'm super moisturised and no grease in sight.

Now onto the samples... I got 4!!! One even a deluxe which I chose as an extra pot of the Origins Night-A-Mins, and 3 mini samples which include the Clear Up charcoal mask, Drink Up mask and Modern Friction face scrub.

The Clear Up mask is great, I slap this on a pesky spot to draw it out or down my t-zone to reduce to look of blackheads. All I all, this is good and I'll be purchasing full size.

The Drink Up mask? It's a bit hit and miss in my opinion, not something I found worked that well. On terms of hydration, I say the No.7 Hydration Mask is better.

And finally the scrub, great formulation and abrasive - what I like in a scrub! I'd purchase full size but the price puts me off! It's a strain on the purse strings but a little goes a long way - all swings and roundabouts!

Overall, my experience with Origins has been a bit mixed but more successful than last time.

Have you tried Origins? Do you like any of their products?

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Nails Inc Baker Street

It's that time again... Bring out the winter nail and instead of sticking to the norm (I.e plums, nudes or greys) I've leaped out of the box and I'm screaming bright!

Nails Inc Baker Street has been doing the rounds on blogs since summer and I've only just got my paws on it, one things for sure, this is an all-rounder. Perfect formulation, stand out colour and great with any outfit.

Aside from the odd days when I'm not at work, I layer Dr Lewinns Renunail on! This stuff is a saviour and trumps any nail strengthener out there *yes I'm looking at you Opi Nail Envy*. This stuff gives rock hard nails and super strength!

And lastly, the skin saviour (review here), nourished hands are mine. This L'Occitane discovery is the best by far, I've got tubes loitered everywhere.

Now, I'm feeling a pamper session coming on...


Sunday, 9 December 2012

No.7 Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm

If you ladies are regulars, you'll know I strive to remove my dark circles. No matter what I use, those pesky shadows still appear every morning so I will try anything I can get my hands on. Enter the new addition... No.7 Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm.

No.7 Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm: £12.00

On a morning (I know it says night but I need all the help I can get) and evening, I apply this, let it sink in and then follow with my skincare regime. The gel is cooling and I find that a pea size smoothed around the eye is enough. It sinks in quickly and doesn't leave any sticky or greasy residue.

Now, does it work? I have to say I'm not quite sure, I've noticed under my eyes definitely look brighter but the tell-tale shadows are still there and reeking havoc on my clear complexion. I think this is nice to use on a morning as it's cooling and wakes me up. But long-lasting effects? I don't think so... And the quest continues...

Have you tried this before? What eye creams would you recommend?

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Monthly Favourites: November

December has crept upon us and that means one thing... November Favourites! During November I've not really had much money to spend on myself and invest in new things so I've been shopping my stash and here's the things I've been really enjoying!
No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser: £9.95, No.7 Hydration Mask: £12.50, L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream: £18.50, Real Techniques Contour brush: £21.99 part of Core Collection

001. I won't go into too much detail about this cleanser, I've done a review here. I use this every day and it makes taking off make-up so easy and it's actually enjoyable. I feel like the cleanser is thoroughly cleaning my face. The bottle has last for ages, much longer than my bottle of Liz Earle C+P.

002. I picked the Hydration Mask up in a 3 for 2 and it's quickly become my go-to mask when my skin is dry. With the weather turning bitterly cold and my skin become lack lustre, this hydrates and leaves my skin silky smooth.

003. I also did a review of the L'occitane hand cream here. It's been my saviour. Because it's been so cold and constantly washing my hands, they've just become so dry and sore. On an night before bed, I apply a thick generous layer of this and wake up with nourished hands.

004. The Real Techniques Contour brush has become my favourite for concealer and highlighter. I apply a highlighting concealer under my eyes and on top of my cheekbones and use this brush to blend, it's the perfect size to get under the eyes and into the corners. It's also great for apply concealer around the nose and onto any blemishes.

What are your November favourties?
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