Saturday, 29 June 2013

Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream


Another great product from Clarins! This fake tan goes on smoothly, never streaks and actually smells really nice!

The difference between this fake tan and other fake tans that I've tried is that this one has cocoa butter in it so I actually like the smell of it on my skin. This also makes it moisturising and so your skin feels hydrated and soft after applying it. It's not greasy at all and also contains Aloe Vera which makes your skin feel lovely.

It's easy to apply because it is a tinted colour so you can see where you have applied it. It sinks in really quickly and soon goes transparent on your skin. Best of all, when applied with a mit (as all fake tans should be to obtain the best results) it does not leave any streaks at all! The tan develops fairly quickly: when I apply it in the morning it is always developed for the evening- which is great because usually I have to do it the night before I'm going out and I always forget! 

It looks natural and even on; I look healthy and slightly tanned rather than a hideous and obviously fake orange colour! I am quite pale and this is the perfect shade for me, and you have the option to make it darker if you apply another layer. I will definitely be repurchasing this fake tan :) At the moment you can buy it in a kit with the Clarins Cellulite Gel and Body Exfoliating Scrub in it at Debenhams too!

Has anyone else tried this Clarins fake tan? Or any other Clarins fake tans? What did you think? 

Price: £22
Rosy x



Friday, 28 June 2013

OOTD: The Mulberry and the Blazers


Jacket: Firetrap
Top: Topshop
Trousers: Next
Belt: Topshop
Trainers: Nike Blazers from getthelabel.com*
Bag: Mulberry

This is my normal shopping-day outfit. I wore it whilst walking around and exploring Oxford last week. For a long day on your feet, comfy (and of course stylish!) footwear is essential. These High-top Nike Blazers are the perfect solution. They look great with any skinny jeans and leggings/ disco pants, and with their beige suede material, bring a whole new smart level to the sporty-chic trend. The Mulberry bag is my favourite item in my whole wardrobe. This one goes with everything and always makes me feel a bit special when I have it on my arm :)


Thursday, 27 June 2013

Book Review: 'I've Got Your Number' - Sophie Kinsella



Another complete joy to read from Sophie Kinsella! Light, funny and entertaining, I couldn't put this book down!

I'm a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella's books, each book of hers makes me laugh and is always a page turner. I have yet to find one of her books that I haven’t enjoyed. Some are better than others, (the original 'Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic' and 'Can You Keep a Secret?' were particularly brilliant) and this one is now a favourite of mine too. The plot is about a woman (Poppy) who manages to lose her priceless engagement ring (a family heirloom) and her mobile phone at the same time. While frantically stressing about trying to find her engagement ring, she finds a mobile phone in a bin. It turns out that the mobile phone is actually that of a PA's to a rich and sexy businessman, Sam, who is very professional but lacks the art of small talk and any real emotions. As Poppy needs the new phone as she's given out the number to people to ring if they find her engagement ring, she bargains with Sam to let her keep it temporarily on the condition that she will forward all his emails and texts to him. So, they end up sharing an inbox and ultimately have opinions on each other's lives....

It's a great tale and it was gripping seeing how it developed. I liked the heroine, Poppy, she was funny, normal and a nice person that I felt like I could relate to. Being a PhD student myself, the portrayal of her very academic and bookish parents-in-law-to-be made me laugh as I could totally see some of the academic professors being like that at home! My only problem with the book was that the ending was a little far-fetched, but not enough for this to ruin the book for me.

I really enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't put it down in places and it took me less than two days to finish it! It was such an easy and pleasant read, I would highly recommend it. If you're going on holiday this summer, buy it and put it in your suitcase now!

Has anyone else read this book?
Rosy x

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Paul Mitchell Spray Wax


I have always had long hair up until a year ago when I decided to take the plunge and chop it all off, much to the shock of everyone that knew me! As a result, I had never 'styled' my hair as such, just straightened it or put it up. So, short hair provided a new challenge and has allowed me to explore different types of products. Spray wax was something that the hairdressers used when styling my hair and so I decided to give this Paul Mitchell one a try. 

The hold is brilliant: strong enough for it to stay in all day and shape your hair but not too strong so that your hair feels hard or sticky. You only need to use a little bit for it to be effective which means it lasts for quite a long time and you do get your money's worth.

How to use: I simply lift up the top layer of my hair and spray the wax underneath from about 10-20cm away. This ensures that I will have lots of volume and umph on the roots and from underneath, but the top layer covers it to make sure there are no bits of wax that show. I then scrunch up my hair with my fingers and rub it all together.

This spray wax is brilliant for short hair, I use it nearly every day and will be buying it again when it runs out. 

Does anyone else have any product recommendations for short hair? What other Paul Mitchell products have you tried/ loved?

Price: £13.95 (Available at www.lookfantastic.com )

Thursday, 20 June 2013

L'Occitane Protective Lip Gloss


I love all L'Occitane handcreams and any products that they do for the body, so I was quite excited to use this lip gloss as I expected it to be amazingly moisturising for my lips.

The Pros: It is really moisturising, my lips feel really soft and nourished after applying it. I really like that it has an SPF 15 in it as well. It also looks nice on, not too shiny, just a simple light gloss on your lips.

The Cons: It tastes horrible! It's like that chemical taste, you know if you kiss someone where their perfume/ aftershave is and get that nasty taste? That's what it tastes like and I can't help but get that taste in my mouth! It really puts me off the product and I won't be repurchasing it because of this.

So, overall, this lip gloss is great for the lips, making them soft and shiny, but, personally I can't stand the taste. L'Occitane: please make it taste nice and then you will have a perfect product!

Has anyone else tried any L'Occitane's lip glosses or balms? What did you think? Does anyone have any other recommendations for good lip glosses or balms?

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

OOTD: Summer and the Skort






Top: Warehouse
Skort: Missbehaver
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: Fiorelli

Aah finally the sun has come back! I hadn't packed away my shorts/ skorts just yet and so was quick to put them back on! This outfit is a summer staple for me. It's cool and comfy; everything you want for a hot day. I love skorts! They look like a skirt but save the embarrassing moments of a breeze blowing it around (sadly I've had a few Marilyn moments in recent weeks)! These ones from Missbehaver.com go with everything and add a slight 60s twist to the outfit. The top is from Warehouse and, again, goes with everything. I love the simple yet detailedness of it. The shoes are from Topshop and are classic wedges that are very comfy and dress up any summer outfit outfit. Finally, the bag is from Fiorelli and I love the colour of it. I'm a big fan of Fiorelli bags, their designs are always lovely, the colours practical and the prices not TOO bad for a bag queen like me!

Is anyone else fan of skorts? What are your summer staples?

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

HD Brows Eyebrow Palette In Foxy





A person's eyebrows make such a big difference to their overall appearance. Eyebrows are so underrated; not much attention seems to be paid to them when discussing makeup (I guess they aren't the most exciting part of your makeup routine or collection) but their importance should never be overlooked. I must admit I only started bothering to fill my eyebrows in about a year ago, but now I always do it as I've noticed the difference it makes to my face.

This palette from HD Brows* can be used as a powder for your eyebrows or for eyeshadow. The packaging is really sleek and looks really expensive. It comes with a little brush which is angled at one end and is handy for applying the powder to your brows. You can get a palette to suit you hair colour: I have got Foxy as I'm brunette, but there's also Bombshell for blondes (I think this one would be fine for red heads too) and Vamp for dark hair. 

I simply sweep the powder along my eyebrows using the angled brush, concentrating more on the inner corners and only lightly dusting the outer areas to look as natural as possible. I then set my eyebrows with an eyebrow gel (I'm currently using the Urban Decay one which is good- full review here) to ensure that they stay in place all day. 

As you can see from the photo, the powder looks really natural on my eyebrows. There's nothing I hate more that when it's obvious that you've pencilled in your brows- this powder ensures that the tacky/ drag queen look will never happen! It stays on all day and it doesn't smudge at all.

The palette can also be used as eyeshadow, which I have done here in the photo. It makes doing your eye makeup very easy and quick, and the colours are very natural and matte for daytime.

I would definitely recommend this eyebrow palette as a great alternative to eyebrow pencils, it looks very natural and makes a huge difference to your overall face!

Price: £20* (Available to buy here)


Monday, 17 June 2013

A Cheeky Little Haul!








Here are a few of items that I've bought over the last month (not all at once thankfully!):

Books
Dan Brown's 'Inferno' and Susan Ee's 'Angelfall' are two books that I've heard lots of good things about. My sister, who works in a bookshop and so clearly knows her stuff, recommended 'Angelfall', saying it was the best book she'd ever read and so I had to buy it after that recommendation! 'Inferno' also looks good and has good reviews on Amazon. I enjoyed Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons' (although not 'The Lost Symbol' I must admit) so thought this would be a nice summer read.  

Beauty
I've read lots of reviews and articles in magazines featuring these Babyliss Curling Tongues and so decided to give them a go. I've never had or used curling tongues before and quite fancy a change, plus, at this price (£18), I think they're a bargain!

I also had a little trip to the MAC counter! I've never tried a MAC blusher before and so I'm quite excited about this one! The colour is Fleur Power, it's a peachy-pink colour that looked really good on my skin tone when I tried it in the shop; I can't wait to wear it! I also couldn't resist this MAC Lipstick. The colour is Creme Cup and it's a really pretty pink which looks quite girly but very natural on.

Accessories
I fell in love with this neon Biba Handbag when I saw it. Neon adds a real pop of colour to every outfit but this bag does not look tacky at all. You can feel and see the quality close up, and it's a good size too. The Bohemia Satchell is also a bit of a naughty purchase, but the quality and the colour, as well as the practical nature of it (it's perfect for carrying papers and books in for uni) made it a justified one.

The Neon Necklace is from Primark and is a great little accessory to have as it ties in with all the neon bags/ shoes/ nail varnishes that I have been buying recently. The Orange Necklace is from a little stall at Portobello Market that I visited while in London for the Company Awards a few weeks ago. I love statement jewellery, it adds a fashionable touch to any outfit, and this orange one is a bit different. 

Clothes
I think it's fairly obvious from this post that I'm loving mint green at the moment! The Peplum Top is from Primark and was an absolute steal. As all peplum tops are, this one is really flattering on. The Comic Strip Crop Top is also from Primark. It'll look cute teamed with a maxi/ midi skirt, or some disco pants and high wedge trainers. The Black Beaded Crop Top is from Miss Selfridge. The detail and embellishments in this top are gorgeous, very 1920s; I feel very elegant wearing it. I have a lace midi skirt from Topshop that will go really well with it.

Being only 5 ft 1" I find Cropped Jeans hard to come by (most normal cropped jeans are full length on me!) and so these mint green ones in Next's petite range were a real find :) Finally, this Mint Green Skater Skirt from Primark was another bargain and will look gorgeous teamed wth a printed t-shirt and pumps.

What do you think of my purchases? What have you been buying recently? 
 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors




This Clarins lip gloss is absolutely gorgeous, I think it may be my favourite lip gloss of all time, I love it so much!

For starters it tastes and smells lovely- always important to me when I'm putting something on my lips. It is really moisturising and makes your lips feel really soft and smooth. The nib is like a fuzzy towel and so this may have something to do with how smooth it makes your lips look. It contains extracts of shea butter and mango, which explains why it is so moisturising and tastes so good!

This shade, Petal Shimmer, adds a touch of pink but in a very natural way, making your lips look fuller and generally nicer. It has a slight shine but it is not too shiny- some lipglosses can look a bit tacky if they are really shiny- this one looks natural and makes you look like you have soft, full lips. It is not sticky either so my hair never gets caught in it- another pet hate of mine! It also stays on your lips for absolutely ages and so only requires top ups ever hour or so, which means this tube will last a long time.

I am in love with this pink shade (Petal Shimmer) but it does come in other shades as well, such as Candy Shimmer (a deeper pink) and Rosewood Shimmer (a nude colour) if you prefer.

Overall, I can't receommend this lip gloss highly enough, when this one runs out I will be purchasing a replacement straight away.

What do you think? 

Price: £17*
Rosy x

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Review: Dermalogica Active Moist



Dermalogica is a company that I had not heard of until recently. It is an American company that specialises in skin care, and their products are made by specialist professional skin care therapists. Their products do not contain any cheap chemicals, and are all free of anything artificial. The prices reflect how good the products are for your skin, and, as you only get one face, I personally think it's really important to invest in it.

Dermalogica Active Moist won the Instyle Magazine award for best moisturiser for oily skin, and, as I was not 100% happy with other moisturisers that I’d tried, I thought I would give this one a go.

The down side to this product is the smell. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, but it smells a bit like watered down TCP- a bit medicinal. I don't really mind this though, because it's not a smell that lasts on my skin, and I'm more bothered about how the product works than about what it smells like. 

As I said earilier, it contains no artificial fragrances or colours, which really appeals to me; I prefer to put natural products on my skin. It's very light, it sinks in very quickly and doesn't make my face feel at all greasy. It really does make a huge difference to my oily/combination skin; it doesn't go shiny throughout the day now.

I use this in the morning for the day ahead, but I use a heavier (yet oil free moisturiser) at night as I think this one works better as a day moisturiser. I'm currently using Origins Night-a-Mins in the evenings, but it's only been a few weeks so it's too early to judge it yet!

I would definitely recommend Dermalogica Active Moist to anyone with oily skin, it really does make a difference and is 100% worth it's price tag. I will definitely be repurchasing it and I'm over the moon to have finally found a moisturiser that is kind to my skin, hydrates it but also combats the oil and shine effectively- hallelujah!

Price: £30 for 50 ml or £43 for 100ml available to buy here.

Has anyone else tried Dermalogica Active Moist? 
What other products would you recommend for oily/combination skin?

Rosy x

Saturday, 8 June 2013

OOTD: Black and Neon


Dress: Getthelabel.com*
Necklace: Primark
Bag: Biba
Shoes: Getthelabel.com*

Every girl should own an LBD, it is an unwritten rule in life. This one from GetTheLabel is gorgeously flattering, and a really nice length. It's comfy and elegant, I know I will be wearing it a lot this summer. The beauty of the LBD is that you can style it with whatever you want, hence the loud and flowery shoes! Statement shoes are a great way to make any outfit exciting, interesting and fashionable. These shoes from GetTheLabel are so girly and perfect for the current summery weather, I absolutely love them. They have so many different colours on them that it is easy to match a variety of bags to them as well, making them very versatile for such jazzy shoes. I picked out the neon shade in them to match to my bag necklace.

The bag is a little special, I'm in love with all things neon at the moment and so when I saw this Biba bag in House of Fraser the other week I just couldn't resist, and decided I deserved a little treat :) I teamed it with this neon necklace from Primark, which instantly makes it look like it's more expensive than it was. Primark have got some great little accessories in at the moment, it's well worth a trip. 

What do you think? Is anyone else loving neon at the moment?

Rosy x

Friday, 7 June 2013

Empties





This month's empties include:

Clinique Super Powder Double Face Powder
This powder is a product that I have been using for nearly ten years now. It gives a great level of coverage and the colour (matte neutral) suits my skin tone perfectly. I always have this Clinique powder in my handbag and use it for touch-ups during the day/ night. Full review here.
Price: £21
Repurchase? Yes definitely.

Clinique Blusher in Precious Posy
I love this colour blusher, its so girly and summery. It's quite a bright pink so really adds a pop of colour to your cheeks, and you don't need to use much at all. I received it as part of the free gift in Clinique Bonus Time ages ago (it's lasted so long!) and will now be purchasing the full size version of it. Full review here.
Price:£21
Repurchase? Yes.

Dior Forever Foundation
I liked this foundation. It smells gorgeous for starters, and it does provide a good level of coverage- not too heavy but not too light either, a perfect in-between. It makes your skin look smooth, even and soft, plus the colour (010) is very natural. However, I have quite oily skin and it does not last all day on my skin without getting slightly patchy- but it will probably work better on other skin types. Full review here.
Price: £31 
Repurchase? Maybe.

Estee Lauder Take It Away Makeup Remover
I received this as part of the free gift when purchasing two Estee Lauder products at Debenhams a while back. It is a makeup remover that you apply to your dry skin and then wash off with water. It did not remove my eye makeup at all really and I had to use another makeup remover after it. So, I used this as a first step in my makeup removal routine until it had finished, but will not be purchasing the full size product as it doesn't really work for me. I will be using Shu Uemura oil cleanser instead as this removes all my makeup effectively.
Price: £21
Repurchase? No.

Clinique Eye Makeup Remover
This is the best eye makeup remover that I have ever used. It is gentle, does not sting at all, and removes all my eye makeup easily (including the tough Benefit They're Real masacara!). I cannot recommend this highly enough. Full review here.
Price: £16 
Repurchase? Yes definitely!

Clarins Blemish Control Stick
These little blemish control sticks have been great for clearing up my spots. They instantly bring down the redness of the blemishes and speed up the time it takes for my spots to disappear. Full review here.
Price: £18.50 for two
Repurchase? Yes.

Origins Spot Remover Pads
I bought these spot remover pads in the hope that they would clear up my skin. I have noticed a considerable difference after using them for the last two months. I use them every night in the place of toner and my skin is clearer and brighter. Full review here.
Price:£22 for 60 pads
Repurchase? Yes definitely!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Shu Uemura Fresh High Performance Cleansing Oil

 
This cleanser is literally a miracle product. I know it sounds slightly ridiculous to be so excited by a cleanser but this truly is AMAZING. Literally, strong words cannot do this product justice, it is now my holy grail skincare product. I wear a lot of eye makeup on nights out, and one wash with this gets it all off- no eye makeup remover required. Amazing.

I discovered this cleanser when reading Instyle magazine, as it was awarded the best cleanser/ makeup remover award by the beauty team. I have since read other articles raving about it, including one by Lady Gaga's makeup artist who says she uses it on her every night to get rid of all her stage makeup- now do you believe me when I say how effective this is?! 

I must admit I was sceptical at first, for two main reasons: 1. I did not think a cleanser would be able to remove my eye makeup completely, and 2. I thought, surely it would sting a little when it gets in my eyes? It does remove all my makeup- including Benefit They're Real mascara (renound for being hard to get off) and black eyeliner- completely, and it does not sting at all, even when rubbing it on my lower lash line. When it gets in your eyes all that happens is it goes slightly cloudy for a second, but you cannot feel anything. 

The Brand: Shu Uemura is a Japanese skincare brand. Their oil-based cleanser is their bestselling product, and became famous as it was used on film stars to remove heavy stage makeup in the 1950s.  

What it is: An oil-based cleanser that removes make-up and impurities inside pores while keeping skin moisturised. I have oily skin and so was slightly worried that it would make my skin even oilier but it doesn't at all, it is lightweight and my skin feels clean and soft after using it. One of the best things about this cleanser is that you can buy the one to suit your skin type. Like I said, I have oily skin so the pink one suits my skin, but there is also one for dry skin, dull skin, normal skin and ageing concerns. Although it is pricey for a cleanser, you are getting two products in one as it is a makeup remover as well, and it does last ages so I think it's worth it.

How it works: Simply squirt one or two pumps into your (clean) hands, rub them together and then rub all over your dry face, massaging it in everywhere including your eyes. Splash your face with water and keep rubbing it in, as your face gets wet the cleanser starts working. Wash your face as normal. So easy and quick! I use my toner and moisturiser after it as normal.

All that remains to be said is that this Shu Uemura cleanser is one of the best things I've ever bought and I will be buying it again and again. Try it, you'll be amazed.

Has anyone else tried this? If anyone fancies buying it/ does buy it now please let me know, I love talking about it!

Price: £29.50 for 150ml or £59 for 450ml (Available online at www.shuuemura.co.uk, www.houseoffraser.co.uk, www.selfridges.com and in-store at Harvey Nichols and Harrods).

Monday, 3 June 2013

The Company Style Blogger Awards 2013

Me and my gorgeous Sister Caroline, who came to support me

Me and Victoria White, the editor of Company Magazine

Me and Victoria from IntheFrow, who won Best Personal Style-Newcomer
 
Me and Anna from AngelInTheNorth
Me on Company's Website!

My outfit:
Dress: Mango via Asos
Shoes: New Look

As I'm sure regular readers already know, I was shortlisted for the Company Magazine's Style Blogger Awards 2013, for Best Fashion Blog- Newcomer. All the bloggers that were shortlisted for an award were invited to the awards ceremony in London last week. I had a great night and felt so honoured to be in the top 10 in the country, it really is a huge achievement for me.

There were cocktails and champagne and lots of little activities, such as customising a pair of sunglasses- the result of which clearly indicates the amount of champagne drunk by me at this stage rather than any design talent! I met some lovely people, especially Anna and Dawn, and enjoyed going to the big city. My mum and sister came down to London with me and we made it into a little holiday, with lots of shopping and cocktails all around. I am so grateful to have such a supportive family- don't know what I'd do without them!

Overall, I had a great time and feel so lucky to have been shortlisted for the Best Fashion Blog- Newcomer award. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me, you made me feel very special :)
 


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