31/07/2014

JULY FAVOURITES



A few of these products I've had for a while which are rediscovers and others are brand new which i can't get enough of.

FACE
I've had this blush palette in my collection for ages now and i still love it just as much as when i first bought it. It's one of those products which i always go back to because it's just so versatile. You have a mixture of shimmer, matte and every shade is suitable to any kind of look you're rocking. I highly recommend this palette, and what's even better is the tiny price tag of £3.99. For the past year or so I've been reaching for my Chanel Tan De Soleil as my every day bronzer which i think is brilliant. But after trying out Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess it's become my new favourite, you've probably hard a lot about it already but it's light oil free texture creates a natural glow without being over powering. I've been using this with my body shop BB cream from last months favourites and it works beautifully, it gives me such a natural look which has been mistaken for a holiday tan. Love love love! Oh my, girls you need this Camomile Waterproof Make Up Remover from The Body Shop. It is incredible! I swear by Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and although that product is worth the hype, this one from TBS is just something else. It takes off all my make up off within minutes, it's so quick and easy to use and it removes everything. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated as well, not drying like some products I've tried. I do find i use quite a bit when i use it though, so it may not last that long. But it really is brilliant and i urge everyone to get their paws on it! 


EYES
Tingle (which i think is now static) pigment by Illamsaqua has been a lovely product I've been using on the inner corner of my eyes this month. I like to put it on top of NYX Milk as it really opens up my eyes. It's very fiddly to use as it is a very fine pigment and the tinest amount goes a long way, but i feel like it's made such a difference to how my eyes look. After doing a brand focus post on tarte cosmetics early in the month, i rediscovered the Lights, Camera, Action Mascara. Like i said in the post, It's perfect for volume and giving me thick but natural looking lashes. It's has a really expensive feel too! It's nice to have a mascara packaged in something other than plastic.


LIPS
This Barry M Coral Lipgloss has always been my absolute favourite lipgloss, i think i'm on my 5th one now! With just a slight hint of colour, it keeps your lips looking natural but with a bit of shine. It's quite thick but not sticky and lasts for quite a while. It has a very sweet scent which might not be for everyone but i personally love it! I can't see myself giving up this lip gloss just yet. Although this is a pretty new product to me having just received it at the weekend, I've used it every day since then and i love it. ELF 'Party In The Buff' moisturising lipstick is exactly that, moisursing. It's a neutral shade so it's suitable for every day wear and i find it makes my lips look fuller which is always a bonus. I have quite a few ELF cosmetics in my collection and i highly rate them. Although this has a slight plasticy scent, it is a nice product and works really well with the Barry M lipgloss. 

HAIR & BODY
Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner has been perfect to use after i get back from my runs. It's full of all that good stuff for your skin too, such as argan, brazil & almond oils and coca and shea butter. Which leaves my skin back to being hydrated and incredibly soft. This is my second pot of this and although the rose scent isn't my favourite, the benefits out way that minor bad point so i'll continue to re purchase. With the humid weather we've been having recently I've been making more of an effort to tame my mane with frizz diffusing products and I've been really like this Keratin Blow Dry Smoothing Spray by Lee Stafford. It's been keeping my natural waves under control and gives a really sleek shine to my locks. I like to keep all my sample perfumes in this really cute love hearts tin. I tend to stick to the same perfumes every day but this month i wanted to try some others, and so these samples were the perfect way to do this. One i really did love (as you can) is the Versace Vanitas. Notes include, tiare flower, black tea, cedar wood and Tonka bean. I now have a full size of this beauty on my wish list! 

What were you loving in July?

 
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30/07/2014

BRAND SPOTLIGHT - SWEATY BETTY


I must admit work out gear isn't anything I've ever thought twice about, cute tops and patterned leggings will get a glance over in the shop but that'll be it. But oh how times have changed! Instead of lusting after the latest £60 dress, I find myself browsing websites for running shorts, sports bras and the best headband for keeping sweat from pouring down my face (lovely image huh?!) and Sweaty Betty is one of those sites.

There's no elegant way to write this (I've tried to type this four times now) but here goes, ok, so I have a fairly decent size chest, 34 e to be exact. So I know how important it is to keep yourself supported when it comes to working out. I've noticed this more than ever now I’m racking in some serious running miles a week and to be honest, my fairly basic one isn't cutting it any more so the Victory Run Bra has caught my eye, with it's padding, mesh panels for breathing and made from quick drying fabric this is the perfect bra for sticky summer days. Back to the image of sweat down my face (sorry!) a decent headband is another item I’ve found myself needing to update. As well as running, I’ve been doing the 30 day shred. Now if you've done this, you'll know how sweaty level 2 is. I mean, it's actually insane. So rocking a decent headband is a necessity, here's the Anna headband available for £10.

Although cardio is crucial to shifting weight effectively and quickly, I want to gain strength and tone up too. Yoga is something I’ve considered for a long time now and it's something I’ve started to seriously look in to. There's plenty of videos on youtube to follow which are brilliant, in fact you can follow a 'how to' youtube video for pretty much anything now! But obviously, I need to get the right equipment first before I start getting myself in to some questionable shapes, starting with the Eco Yoga Mat which comes in 3 colours, I love the purple one!

 I love the selection of work out items available at Sweaty Betty and it really does keep me motivated with my fitness journey! I'll be doing a series about what I'm doing, food, work outs, progress etc. so come back if you're looking for some inspiration!
 
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28/07/2014

WHAT I WORE


Top: Dawson D Rose | Dress: ASOS | Shoes: Primark  | Bag: Marrakesh  | Necklace & Earrings: Dorothy Perkins
 
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27/07/2014

WISHLIST... EBAY BASKET #103



JACKET // SUNGLASSES // BAG // NECKLACE // SANDALS // SKORT // EARRINGS 

Are you a Disney fan? Check out this eBay wishlist post!

 
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25/07/2014

WHAT I WORE


Top: Topshop Trousers: Forever21 | Shoes: New Look (similar here)  
Watch: Marc Jacobs | BraceleteBay | Rings: eBay 

I picked up these trousers when i was in New York last year but I've only just managed to fit in them, hurrah! They're actually neon green too, but neon is a really difficult colour to photograph so they've come out yellow instead. You can see the true colour a little bit better on Instagram though! I really like this outfit, it'll be nice to wear it in the winter months to add a pop of colour too!

How glorious is this sunshine we've had recently? I was feeling a bit sad about not going on holiday this year, choosing to re do the front garden instead but i mist admit I've managed to enjoy quite a bit of here in England. I'm going to grab a few magazines and spend sometime catching some rays out there this afternoon! I've had a pretty boring week so far, my other half is away up in Scotland for a few days and seeing as though hiking isn't really my thing, i decided to stay here instead. Although, he's been sending me some beautiful scenery photos and with a lake just at the bottom of their cottage i must say i'm pretty jealous! By the time he's back it'll be the longest we've ever been apart since we first met. Don't tell him, but it's only two days and i'm missing him like crazy already. Only 3 days to go... 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you're up to! I'm off to my parents tomorrow night for a BBQ and some drinks, seeing as though I've been SO good recently i'm looking forward to a cheeky vodka or 7! 

 
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