Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Big Haul | Birthday Presents & More!

Olivia Burton Big Dial Leather Strap Watch | Dorothy Perkins Necklace

Lemon Bon-Bon Beauty Trio | The White Company Seychelles Bath & Body Set | MAC Pro Palette  | Dorothy Perkins Silver Necklace Trio
Primark Gold Detail Clutch

It's been a while since I have done a haul post so as it was my birthday a few weeks ago and I have also done a bit of shopping I thought that it was high time I featured one!

I have been lusting after an Olivia Burton watch for an eternity and after a brief encounter with the Midi Dial size (I decided it was too small)  I finally settled on the Big Dial in black and gold. I was worried that it was going to be too big but the size is actually perfect and works very well on a day to basis. 

After working my way through two pairs of the Primark Birkenstock style sandals this Summer I was over the moon to receive my very own pair of the real deal for my birthday. I chose the Madrid style rather than the ever popular Arizona's as I actually prefer the single strap on my feet. With the nice weather that we have been having lately I have got quite a bit of wear out of them already and I will definitely be taking them on holiday with me next month.

I have been looking for a perfect biker jacket for a long time and surprisingly came across this one in M&S so my Dad bought it for my birthday. I have worn it loads already along with the ever versatile blacked checked Zara shirt. I love them! Although pretty boring to photograph I thought the jeans were worth a quick mention too! I live in skinny's and these jeans from Next are among the comfiest I have ever tried. Like the Topshop Leigh jeans but just a bit sturdier and a fraction of the price.

I will let the photos do the talking for the rest of the lovely things and I will be sure to pop up a post on my new MAC quad very soon. 

PS. How cute is that bee mug?!

What have you been buying recently?

Have a great week!

XxX





Saturday, 20 September 2014

September Birchbox


Here's a summary of everything I received in the 'Happy Days' themed September offering from Birchbox...

  • Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream - I really enjoy receiving eye cream samples as they generally last such a long time as only a tiny amount is needed. I did try this at a friends and wasn't actually wowed by it but I am hoping after using it continuously for a while my opinion will change. Cute little pot though.
  • Model Co Lip Lacquer in Viva - This month Birchbox sent an email round asking you to choose one of three Model Co products for their September box. I quite liked this little touch and I chose this gloss in Viva as I was attracted to the pretty peachy pink colour. I like the fruity smell of this and after a quick try the formula doesn't feel too sticky. Yet another lip product to pop in my handbag.
  • Korres Citrus Shower Gel - Although I actually prefer creamy body washes this smells really fresh and I will definitely take it away on holiday with me next month along will the complementing Korres Body Milk I received a couple of months ago.
  • Skin & Co Truffle Therapy Serum - This smells amazing and just like coconut so that's a good sign. I am interested to try it out soon but with serum samples it's the remembering to use them that is the hard part...
  • Agave Healing Oil Treatment - I use hair oil daily so this little bottle is a welcome addition. My hair is heavily highlighted so I always use a good oil to give the ends some life and movement so I'm hoping this one does the trick.
  • Urban Fruit Magnificent Mango & Happy Days Photo Clip - I wasn't sure about the baked mango but it was delicious! Anything healthy that tastes like sweets is a winner in my book. As for the photo clip, I can remember having these in my bedroom as a teen so I will probably get rid.
I really like this box and can't say I am disappointed with any of the products but I must remember to use them...

What did you think of this months Birchbox? Did you get anything different?

XxX



Monday, 15 September 2014

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade


This Summer I started adding to my collection of highlighters in a bid to get a healthy subtle glow and this began with MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade. 

Lightscapade is a baked pressed powder and my version is housed in the new packaging which is still the classic black and clear plastic but now with a smaller circle window offset in the lid. I feel that it is a lot sturdier but still prefer the appearance of the old packaging. Lightscapade is described by MAC as a "soft candlelight beige with multi-dimensional shimmer" and I along with others agree that this is the perfect highlight for paler skin. Each product is individually veined with blue, subtle coral and pale pink set in an overall light gold beige base that when swirled together creates a beautiful neutral glow to the skin. I like to use the Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply it to the top of my cheekbones and use the excess lightly on the centre of my nose and chin. The powder feels smooth to apply and is finely milled, without any prominent chunks of glitter. I do like to go in quite light handed though as I do feel it could be quite easily overdone. The wear time on me is a few hours but I really think this would depend on your base and skin type, mine has been quite oily over the Summer months.

I really do enjoy Lightscapade but think it will be a better highlight for me in the Winter months when I am a lot paler as I feel it will sit a lot better with my colouring. It is a truly gorgeous product to add to your collection though and I know that it will last me for a long time.

Have you tried Lightscapade? What is your favourite highlight?

XxX

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Essie | Bachelorette Bash


As a rule I am not usually into pink nails but when I saw Bachelorette Bash on the Essie stand I was drawn to it as I thought it would be the perfect pedicure colour for the last of the sandal season. Bachelorette Bash is a creamy fuchsia and as I predicted it looks striking on the toes as well as fingers. The formula is excellent too and if placed well you can really just get away with just the one coat if in a rush. Always a bonus!
This has probably been my most reached for bright polish over the warmer months. An ideal hot pink for Summer, lets hope we have a bit more of this season to come!

What is your favourite bright pink?

XxX

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

August Birchbox

Another month, another Birchbox! Having being very impressed with the last few months I didn't expect the August offering to be as good but once again I'm a happy subscriber as there are some exciting new brands and products to try. The theme for this months box is 'Away we go' which celebrates everything that makes Summer getaways magical. All of the products arrived in a cute hand luggage ready clear bag but I did forget to photograph this, sorry!

  • Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect - Actually couldn't have arrived at a better time as I have just run out of my current heat protectant. This leave-in conditioner has a built in heat defence but I am hoping it is a lightweight formula as my fine hair gets weighed down very easily.
  • Wild About Beauty Creme Eyeshadow in Buster - I love using creme shadows as a base for powder so I can't wait to try this one out. The shimmering copper colour is also perfect and one that I would have chosen myself.
  • Nude Progenius Omega Treatment Oil - I have never actually used a face oil before so this is a new concept for me and again I'm intrigued to try it out. I dispensed a small amount on to the back of my hand and it felt surprisingly light and nourishing.
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator - I love receiving sample sized skincare products as they always go into storage to take away on future holidays. Vasanti is a brand I have never tried before and on first impressions I like the look of this exfoliator as the tiny crystals seem to be gentle and in a mild formula.
  • Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream - There is nothing better than trying out new make up items and as I really enjoy a light coverage, on first swatch I think this is going to be something I like. I received the Light to Medium shade which I hope is going to be fair enough for my skin.
  • The Proposal by Tasmina Perry - The lifestyle extra this month is one chapter of a romantic novel. A great way to try a book before you buy.
Another outstanding box in my eyes and none of these products will go to waste as long as they agree with me.

Did you get the same?

XxX

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Life Lately | July

First time Prezzo | Postcard Art | Finally bought the sharpener | Naughty MAC purchase 
Long day at the office | Tiny treats | Happy package | Fancy
Mmmm | Lovely Harrogate | New denim | Tour de France tree carving

All in all July was a lovely, sunny and relaxing month after a busy June. Here's hoping for a similar August, I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer just yet...

XxX



Friday, 8 August 2014

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Mutine


I picked up my first Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick as a little treat while I was holiday. Three shops later and numerous swatches I had settled on the shade Mutine which unbeknown to me is limited edition. Mutine is a neutral rose pink with a subtle silver shimmer running through it making it one of the most wearable lipsticks in my collection. The sheer formula is lightweight and nourishing while still being suprisingly pigmented. The wear time isn't long but you would never expect it to be for this kind of formula and as it's so easy to apply touch ups are never a chore. This is a truly luxurious lipstick but one that I have decided is certainly worth the money!

Do you own any Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks? 

XxX

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