31 July 2015


collection eyebrow kits
I never thought eyebrows would be so important to me. When I meet new people I always noticed their eyebrows first. The brow obsession doesn't appear to be fading any time soon with statement brows dominating A/W15 catwalks. The newest additions to my brow stash are the COLLECTION Eyebrow kits. Available in two shades, these handy palettes house a trio of natural-looking brow powders, a slanted brush and clear brow gel.

I've been reaching for the 'Brunette' palette daily as the lightest shade matches my eyebrows perfectly. The powders have a chalky texture and blend in seamlessly. I like to use the lightest shade on the inner corner of my brows and place the darker shade towards the end for definition. The 'Blonde' version would be ideal for those with fair hair as the lightest shade is extremely subtle. The compact kits also have a built-in mirror making them great for brow touch ups on-the-go!

COLLECTION Eyebrow Kit* £2.99 available from Boots and Superdrug. 

Further reading: What's in my summer makeup bag..

28 July 2015

My First & Other Stories Beauty Haul

and other stories bath
Whenever I'm in London I always make an effort to visit & other stories. I adore their cool clothing which looks so different from anything else on the highstreet. The beauty department is also something special with its simplistic packaging and affordable prices. I've been indulging in a couple of bath and body products from the brand and let me tell you the experience was just as dreamy as the delightful packaging.

With prices starting from £4 there really is no reason not to try the & Other Stories beauty range. I've been testing out the body scrub and souffle from the Floral Memento collection. The scent is romantically described as "Dusty violets settling among bergamot trees and peony dreams...". Both products have delicate floral notes alongside a light musky scent. The range contains natural oils and waxes providing excellent moisturisation and leaving a gentle, cushiony feel. I love how the simple packaging looks so elegant in my bathroom.

The body souffle has a soft pink tint and a gentle floral fragrance; delicate notes of violets and peonies inspire day dreaming. Despite having a rich formula, the whipped body cream absorbs into skin quickly and leaves it feeling soft and supple. The pretty floral scent lingers on skin throughout the day. The body scrub is equally as exquisite. I prefer to use this on dry skin concentrating on areas such as elbows and feet. Once the product comes into contact with water it turns into a creamy lotion, soothing the skin and leaving behind a delicate fragrant veil.

& Other Stories Body Scrub £7 and Body Souffle £10 

26 July 2015

Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning Shower Gel

It's Sunday. It's been a long week and I just want to chill and indulge in a little summer pamper. With no plans for today I intend on doing just that. When it comes to the warmer months I like to switch up my pamper routine and opt for refreshing, invigorating products. I hit the jack pot when I came across this delight from Treacle Moon.

One Ginger Morning is a generously sized bath and shower gel perfect for balmy evenings. Don't be put off by its kermit green hue - this smells beyond delicious. It's a great waker-upper if you're feeling groggy or a bit hot and sweaty. It has a very sweet, citrus fragrance with a hint of ginger. The texture is very gloopy but creates a gorgeous lather. This is the perfect affordable treat whether you're a bath or shower kinda gal.

Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning* £2.99 available from Tesco and Waitrose

22 July 2015

Dove #100colours Challenge - Festival

dove 100 colours challenge
The third instalment in my Dove #100colours challenge has a festival theme. If you missed the previous posts (catch up here!) the #100colours challenge is a campaign designed to help women embrace a brighter wardrobe. A recent poll commissioned by Dove revealed that two thirds of British women would choose a LBD for an event because of its reputation as a timeless classic. Body confidence is also cited as a key factor steering women away from wearing colourful clothes. I've teamed up with Dove to ditch the dark shades with a little help from their Invisible Dry Deodorant which is proven to leave no white marks on 100 colours!

Last week I hopped on the train to London to attend Lovebox festival with some fellow bloggers. I embraced the event in true festival spirit by dancing the afternoon away in a psychedelic print dress. I wouldn't usually have the confidence to wear such a statement piece but using Invisible Dry Deodorant has boosted my self-esteem and made me feel happier about swapping 'safe' shades for something bolder. The floor skimming, figure-hugging maxi didn't look out of place at Lovebox. The festival was awash with a rainbow of bright hues and the Bohemian theme added to the chilled out atmosphere. 

If you're feeling inspired by the Dove #100colours campaign and want to embrace some more colour into your wardrobe, why not start off with an accessory? Fashion stylist Alex Longmore who is collaborating with Dove recommends either investing in a bright scarf or handbag. "This is a great way to inject colour in your wardrobe, plus it's fun for summer and colour always get compliments. A little colour goes a long way so it will instantly brighten your outfit and you will feel the colourful benefits without a complete wardrobe overhaul."

Will you be swapping your LBD for a LCD?

Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant is available at Boots stores nationwide, priced at £3.50.

20 July 2015

Lovebox with COLLECTION

Last week I travelled up to London to attend Lovebox with COLLECTION. I got to spend the day dancing away with a bunch lovely bloggers and saw a sneak preview of some snazzy new makeup launches.

The day started with a scrummy breakfast at the ever so trendy London Grind. When in the company of fellow beauty bloggers chat inevitably turned towards makeup as we delved into our handbags to share our beauty faves. After enjoying a catch up we got to see a few new product launches from COLLECTION (you guys are in for a real treat!). We were then whisked away to Lovebox to indulge in an afternoon of cider and COLLECTION make up. Kopparberg in hand, we weaved through the crowd to dance to some reggae music. All of the bloggers I met were really lovely and super friendly. It's so odd to meet someone for the first time even though you've been following them for years and know so much about them! The night wrapped up with Rudimental which was the perfect end to a perfect day. I feel very grateful that I get to go to these kind of events and get to mingle with so many inspiring ladies - thank you COLLECTION!

14 July 2015

Dove #100colours Challenge - Graduation

dove 100 colours
dove 100 colours challenge

To celebrate their #100colours campaign Dove has challenged me to embrace a brighter wardrobe this summer with the help of Dove Invisible Dry. The deodorant has been proven to leave no white marks on an impressive 100 colours. I'll be putting the deodorant to the test and exploring the possibilities that come with ditching dark shades.

Last week I attended my boyfriends' graduation ceremony and opted to wear this colourful coral dress from New Look. The scattering of stripes were a refreshing change from all the black dresses that surrounded me and added some fluorescently charged femininity to the occasion. I adore the shape and style of this dress; the fit and colour were extremely flattering and made me feel super summery. It's incredible how a splash of colour can alter your outlook and boost your confidence.

Embracing colour has given me so much more confidence to be braver with my style and with a spray of Dove Invisible Dry those pesky white marks won't be an issue. I've often lusted after brightly coloured clothing but haven't felt confident enough to wear them myself. I'll no longer be admiring bold pieces from a distance, instead I'll be taking on colour and making a style statement. I found wearing colour really lifted my mood and made me maintain a positive outlook. Don't get me wrong, I love a LBD but isn't it time to try something a little different?

Will you be swapping your LBD for a LCD?

Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant available from Boots nationwide.

13 July 2015

Fading Blemish Scars

Those pesky blemish scars that are left behind are almost worst then the spots themselves. I suffer from blemish scars quite badly, especially around the chin area. They will stick around for months after the spot has gone so I'm constantly having to conceal them. I have spent the last few months testing my way through products aimed at banishing scars and tackling post-breakout issues. Here are a few products I've been trying and my thoughts on the results.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+
Every blogger and their mum has reviewed this but I wanted to share my experience of it. I like to apply this not all over, but just to the areas that need it. The lightweight gel texture absorbs really quickly and a little bit goes a long way. Used religiously this stuff works wonders. I've been concentrating this on my scars and after a months use I have noticed the redness on my chin has reduced greatly, although not completely gone it is a lot fainter. This also helps prevent future blemishes from scaring.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum*
I usually get on well with Vichy skincare and the latest product on trial didn't disappoint. This super hydrating serum is like an injection of moisture for skin. It's really lightweight and fluid - my skin instantly drinks it up and looks all the better for it. Another great way to combat scarring is to ensure skin is hydrated and I'm yet to find a product that does a better job than this.
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL*
One thing I've found to improve my blemish scars greatly is to wear a high SPF. If you suffer from blemish prone skin not doubt you'll know that SPF can cause spots, especially if not removed properly. However this one from LRP is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free so perfect for sensitive or blemish-prone skin. This allows your scars to heal without incurring further damage.
Remescar Stick*
This is a solid silicone stick which you apply 2-3 times a day reduce the appearance of old and new scars. The stick is very small but you hardly have to use any. It is white in colour but looks very discreet and can be worn under makeup. I've been using this for two months now and have noticed it helps heal my scars, although they haven't gone completely I'll continue to use this in the hope it will fade them further.
Trilogy Rosehip Oil
I'm a huge fan of facial oils and this one from Trilogy has to be in my top 3 favourites. Rosehip Oil is a natural scar-healer and often used in hospitals. I'll apply this all over in the evening to calm and soothe my skin. In the morning my complexion has a subtle glow and looks plumped up.

I'd love to know what products you use to fade blemish scars, and if you have any questions - ask away! 

Further reading: Say Bye Bye to 'Bacne'

10 July 2015

New Klorane Dry Shampoo in Natural tint

Another new dry shampoo launch that has caught my eye this month. This time it's the cult classic French beauty brand Klorane with a new twist on their best seller. 

Keeping the same oat formula as the original, the latest offering has a natural tint designed for those with darker hair. The beige mineral pigment is the perfect shade for my light brunette locks. Once rubbed into roots it leaves hair looking naturally fresh without any of that grey residue often associated with dry shampoo. Not only does my hair look fresher it actually feels cleaner too. The lightweight powder absorbs oil almost instantly and helps add volume. I think I prefer this to the original version - good work Klorane! 

Klorane Dry Shampoo in Natural tint* £8.00 Escentual.com 

6 July 2015

Dove #100colours Challenge - Holiday

As the weather warms up in the UK I embrace a brighter, bolder wardrobe. The dark, winter shades are put aside and out come a riot of rainbow hues all with delicious anticipation of what summer will bring. There's something about slipping on a colourful dress which just lifts your mood and makes you stand a little taller. Dove are encouraging women this summer to ditch the LBD and swap it for a LCD (little colourful dress). The #100colours challenge comes after the Dove Colour Confidence poll revealed that two thirds of British women would choose a LBD for an event because of its timeless reputation as a timeless classic. Body confidence is also cited as a key factor steering women away from wearing colourful clothes. I think it's time for a refresh of our attitudes, and our wardrobes.

Commenting on the research findings, Pantone Color Institute Director, Leatrice Eiseman says: "choosing colour can make women feel more energised and so wearing red on a Monday gives us great a great start to the week. As an alternative to black, women could incorporate the colour purple as it has a dominant blue undertone and can release tension-fighting endorphins to combat stress. If you're feeling particularly bold - why not break the mould with a vibrant yellow? It stimulates the brain, heightening awareness and making us feel more focused and decisive."

Fashion stylist Alex Longmore continues: "For so long we've seen women choose the LBD because it is seen as the safe option.. it's time we change that! Colour is a chic asset to any wardrobe, especially as we come into summer. Wearing the right tone and shape is very important when wearing colour. I think it is best to always opt for block colours, especially when choosing a little colourful dress. Ladies lets ditch the dull and bring brights to your wardrobe!" 

Her top tip for embracing colour this summer is to introduce it to your wardrobe gradually by investing in an accessory such as a bright handbag, pair of shoes or scarf. "This is a great way to inject colour in your wardrobe, plus it's fun for summer and colour always get compliments. A little colour goes a long way so it will instantly brighten your outfit and you will feel the colourful benefits without a complete wardrobe overhaul."

To celebrate the campaign Dove has challenged me to pick out an array of colourful dresses to get me through the summer months and explore the possibilities that come with embracing colour. My first attempt of defying conventional style and ditching the LBD was during a balmy summer evening on holiday with my boyfriend. I opted for this bright blue maxi dress with an exotic red and yellow floral print. Unlike dark colours, this bold statement dress kept me effortlessly cool in the smouldering heat. It is the perfect piece for taking away on holiday; whether you are floating through morning markets or strolling on sunset shores. I would usually opt for a black dress in the evening but it felt refreshing (and a little scary at first) to go for something bolder. Embracing colour with the help of Dove Invisible Dry made me feel flirty and feminine. The deodorant has given me the confidence to be much more braver with my style choices and as it leaves no white marks at all; the colour possibilities are endless. Dove Invisible Dry has ensured I'll have the most radiant summer ever. Now I have returned from my holiday I'll be sure to keep up this trend as a splash of colour is really uplifting and helps motivate you for the day. 

Will you be embracing a little colour this summer? 

Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant is available at Boots stores nationwide, priced at £3.50.
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