Sunday, 20 April 2014

Birthday Bumps // Spring Midi Skirt

Jacket - Primark
Top - Primark
Skirt - Great Plains*
Shoes - JuJu
Bracelet - Thomas Sabo
Earrings - Accessorize
Sunglasses - Dolce & Gabbana

Heres an outfit I wore on Friday, my 25th Birthday! It looked bright and shiny outdoors, so I reached for a bit of colour, my favourite way to reflect spring! This light and flowy midi skirt is pretty much the perfect spring projection, being coral and all, and its left me wanting more midi skirts - I didn't think this would ever happen. Unfortunately, it was actually pretty chilly, but we were inside most of the day anyway, so hey-ho! Dan and I went for breakfast followed by a touch of birthday shopping (got to fill his belly to beat off the boy-shopping-moans), and then headed to meet my family for a little engagement celebration. Then we headed back home to chill out with Penny and start easter overindulgence with a mini chocolate birthday cake that Bakers Day very kindly sent over, nom! 

Happy Easter! 
What have you been up to?
S xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Liz Earle // Colour Make Up Look





Signature Foundation - Porcelain 01
Powder - Sheer Ivory 02
Cream Blush - Nectar 06*
Lash Definition Smudge Proof Mascara - Black 01*
Nars Eyeshadow - Argentina
Eyeshadow - Bronze 05*
Eyeliner - Golden Bronze 03*
Eyebrow Pencil - Fair 01
Signature Lipstick - Blossom 14

Ah Liz Earle, a brand that caught my attention years ago, and made me fall totally in love with them when they released their colour range two or so years ago. Time has passed, and the products are still simply packaged in boring blue casing, but actually, this, alongside minimal scent and natural ingredients, is beautifully synonymous with the simple Liz Earle brand. Heres what I'm wearing for a Liz Earle 'look.' Well, with a little bit of Nars snuck in ;)

Natural finish, more on the matte side. Not my favourite foundation and it needs a good primer, but one I'd repurchase for the colour match alone. It covers most imperfections, and with a touch of concealer its pretty perfect after a few minutes 'sinking' time. Why does this happen with some foundations?

First off, I'll make a note that I'm not keen on the eyeliner. It glides nicely, but the colour payoff for this shade isn't the best, and its not particularly a colour I'd go for, either. If you're looking for a more natural look though, a golden brown shade like this is one to consider. I'm pretty sure that the eyebrow pencil speaks for itself, and I love it. The only problem I have is how soft it is, I can see this disappearing far too quickly! 
The mascara and eyeshadows are lovely though, and although I tend to avoid single eyeshadows, this is a gorgeous khaki shade that I love to smudge into my lid crease. The mascara, really is smudge proof, and one coat adds an impressive amount of definition in the blackest of black colours that I insist on. 

I've talked about the formula of Liz Earles cream blush before here, and these are what transformed me into a cream blush lover, having turned my nose up at all others I'd tried thanks to a streaky application or a quick fade. This bright pink shade translates into a warm rosy blush on the cheeks, and only the tiniest amount is needed on the end of my Elf mini-stippling brush. 

Straight to the top 3 of my favourite all time lipstick formulas ever, is this. It glides on smoothly and feels super moisturising, enriched with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil (I have the driest lips ever, too). A buildable pale peach shade with a semi-sheer finish, that lasts about 3-4 hours. 

What do you think?
Have you tried Liz Earle make up?
S xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

What I Wore // Royalty Red

Dress - ChiChi*
Jacket - Fashion Union
Shoes - Topshop

A super rushed photo moment, on the way to a wedding fair! We were exhibiting Dans photography, complete with camera shaped lollipops, and I threw this dress on in a rush. It obviously requires no effort at all, thanks to its bright colour, super detailed shoulders and a bit of inbuilt shaping. I will say that I usually love ChiChi's shapely designs and simple support, but this dress has odd triangle pads that just don't sit right on my boobs, and once I noticed it I was conscious of it, hmm! I suppose the awesome shoulder beading is a suitable distraction from this... T'was odd being at a wedding fair with a completely different point of view now, we can look around properly, although out of everything, I made an appointment about braces - Of all things! 

Hope you're all having a good weekend! 
S xx

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Giveaway // AirWick Smellies

Over the last few years, I've developed a nose for the more sophisticated scent, something that a supermarket brand like Airwick has never been able to satisfy with its like sickly artificial scents and dust gathering. My love for expensive candles and reed diffusers has had to stop though, whilst we're saving for a house deposit and a wedding, but I still like the place to smell half decent - I live with 3 boys and a dog, its impossible to keep on top of, so a purse friendly alternative is appreciated, and I'm especially glad to say that Airwick have improved vastly! 

My favourite of the lot is this reed diffuser. I have the scent 'purple blackberry fig,' and its a lot less synthetic than I remember Airwick scents being. I couldn't say it smells exactly like blackberries and figs, but thats by no doubt a hindrance, because it smells delicious, and it lasts just as long as those four times the price. It also reminds me of bubble tea, and of course, I couldn't resist squishing one of the balls to see what its like. I'm known to do this with Guerlain meteorites and similar products too - Its far too tempting! 
I'm also a fan of the gel 'crystal air.' Now, I'm not usually a fan of this type of air freshener. They remind me of the horrible pine gel 'fresheners' that would sit in the work toilet collecting dust and germs. This seems to kick a lot more scent though, and is actually pretty decent looking - and the scent range is nice and refreshing (even if the Natural Parks range are all quite similar somehow).

Don't take my word for it though - These are often on offer in Supermarkets, and Airwick have given me one of the reed diffusers to giveaway to one of you lovely lot, too! There are no compulsory options, so just pick one (or two, or however many you want) and good luck! 

S xx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Beauty Blog Sale

Here are a few things I've not used for a while, that could do with a loving home. Postage prices are disgustingly high these days as you probably know, and postage will be £3.80, and just a little extra if you'd like more than one item. If you fancy any of these, just comment below with some contact details so I can get back to you and send over my PayPal address! 

Naked 3 Palette - A couple of shades swatched once, no brush - £26 SOLD

Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner 'Infinity/Black' - Tested 2-3 times - £12

Elf HD Blush - Used once - £1

Illamasqua 'Sophie' Blush - Usage Shown - £11 SOLD

Body Shop Shimmer Waves '02 Blush' - Usage shown - £6

MUA Undress your skin highlighter - Usage shown - £1.50

Apocalips 'Stellar' - Swatched once - £3.50
Apocalips 'Celestial' - Swatched once - £3.50
Apocalips 'Apocalyptic' - Swatched once - £3.50
Rimmel Vinyl Gloss 'Snog' - Swatched once - £1.50
No7 High Shine 'Happy' - Used a few times - £1
Loreal Caresse '101' - Used a few times - £1.50

YSL Touche Brilliance '3' - Used a few times - £8 SOLD
YSL Gloss 'Golden Gloss' - Swatched twice - £7 SOLD
Mac Dazzleglass 'Rags to Riches' - Swatched twice - £5
Mac Cremesheen Glass 'Loud & Lovely' - Used 3-4 times - £5 SOLD

No7 Liplicious 'Marshmallow' - Approx 2/3 left - £1
No7 Nourishing Lip Shine 'Peach' - Used 3-4 times - £1
Lancome full size Juicy Tubes 'Marshmallow Electro' - Brand new - £6

Nars Velvet Lip Pencil 'Cruella' 1.8g - Used once and sharpened - £6 SOLD

Clarins Crystal Balm '07 plum' - Used 2-3 times and broken at the base. Okay if not opened fully - £5

Shu Uemura Nobaru Foundation Compact '564 medium/fair' - Swatched 2-3 times - £5

Rimmel Wake me up - Used 3-4 times max - £3
Bourjois 123 Perfect - Used 4-5 times max - £3

Mac '187' Duo Fibre Stippling Brush - Used, good, clean condition - £12

Avene UVA/UVB SPF 50. Tested once - £3.50
Avene Soothing Moisture Mask - At least half left - £3 SOLD
Avene Cleanance K Cream Gel (Glycolic moisturiser) - £4

S xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Favourites // Mini-Reviews // April 2014

Lancome Teint Vissionnaire Foundation £37 //
For the last 2-3 years, I've been adament that there is no foundation out there that would match Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra, but alas, Lancome have done it again. I don't believe that it has any skin benefit, being infused with the Vissionnaire serum. In fact, I think its b*llocks, and its made no change to my skin a whole bottle later. I do hate having to pay a premium for an 'extra concealer' and these 'skin benefits,' when actually I just wanted a foundation, but its worth the price tag alone, somehow. Its a bit thinner than Teint Idole Ultra, so the coverage isn't as thick,  but it blends effortlessly and looks super natural with a dewy finish, but still lasting all day on my combination skin. Lancome truly are top of the game when it comes to foundation.

Illamasqua Cream Pigment - Emerge £18 //
Having forgotten about this for a while, I recently rediscovered it amongst my make up storage and wonder why I ever pushed it aside. Its not the easiest to blend, but the colour is a perfect apricot colour and neutralises under eye circles nicely, underneath concealer. Cream pigment is a pretty versatile colour, but I find that this only works for my under eyes, so I'm pretty sure its going to last forever and dry out before I ever have chance to finish it! 

Katherine Daniels Micellar Make-Up Remover*  £19 //
This isn't just an ordinary Micellar, and it doesn't just remove make up impeccably - Its replaced Bioderma . It smells delicious, and somehow leaves the skin feeling fresh and moisturised, too. Its very similar, if not better, to the Dior Micellar, though the prices are similarly expensive. Part of me feels like I can't possibly spend £19 on a glorified make up remover, but it really is so much more than that, and I'm sure I'll miss it too much when its empty. 

Healgel Face £48 // 
I've mentioned Healgel Face previously, and its been an integral part of my morning and evening skincare routine since the very day it landed on my doorstep. Its light and refreshing to apply, sinks instantly and leaves no tackiness whatsoever. That, and my skin is lapping it up. A definite repurchase, and one of my all time favourite brands now! 

Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Mask £110* // 
Sigh, where do I even start with this beautiful wonder product? I reviewed the Omorovicza mask not too long ago, and I'm still in love with it and terrified of it running out. Yes, its ridiculously expensive, so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for this being on sale, because I need to stock up. I've already decided that this is an absolute must on the morning of my wedding, put it that way! 

BB Thickening Spray £22 //
After avoiding the hype for ages, I gave in and bought it in Paris as 'holiday money' doesn't feel like real money, (anyone else)? I must admit that I do love the results. Although subtle, it adds a touch of life to my fine, limp hair, and its much appreciated. It adds a nice amount of texture without weighing the hair down, in fact doing the opposite! Although I think its overpriced, its something I'll buy again if its on offer as its effortless! 

Nina Ricci La Temptation Le Ricci £35* //
One of my most reached for perfumes recently with a light sweetness, but mostly a sophisticated scent. And check out that gorgeous bottle! This is my first Nina Ricci perfume, and now I'm dying to try the rest too. I've mentioned this before here too.

You can read a bunch of my past favourites, empties, and 'mini-reviews' here!
What are you loving at the moment?
S xx

Friday, 4 April 2014

Most Wanted // Supermarket Bargains

Trousers £14
Sunglasses £3.50
Yellow Dress £16 
Shoes £14
Jacquard Dress £18
Top £8
Maxi Skirt £14
(All from George at Asda)!

Whilst trying to save money for a house deposit and a wedding, I've been on a bit of a spending ban. I've so far done amazingly well at getting my habit under control, but after two months of not buying a single 'luxury' item for myself, I'm starting to itch, and I'm feeling the urge to buy something. I've decided that I can treat myself to a few little bits, what with my birthday coming up, but I have to compromise and keep costs down! 
Whilst doing our weekly shop, I'm known to be pulled into the clothing aisles - And I suppose its much better than heading into a shopping centre and 'accidentally' spending hundreds, and still curbs the itch a little! George at Asda actually have some awesome things in at the moment, and most of it is comparable to the high street brands we all love. I'm lusting over the dresses, mainly, but there are plenty of trousers I'm trying to muster up the bravery for, and these shoes are a definite must have, I reckon!

Have you bought clothes from supermarkets?
What do you think of these picks? 

Enjoy your weekend!
S xx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

What I Wore // Daisy Duke







Dress - Glamorous*
Clutch - Next
Shoes - Glamorous*
Sunglasses - Primark
Watch - Swatch

This mothers day, I wore an outfit that I know for sure would have my mum marvelling that the youngsters of today are wearing exactly what she wore at that age. Questionable platform shoes that are so unlike anything else I own that they're incredible, and a double daisy whammy. Together with some lolita-esque sunglasses and my cars modern take on the 50's, I'm channelling some serious Brigitte Bardot vibes. Or not!
This outfit is ridiculously comfortable, and I'm all for that. The shoes are super light - Like Crocs but without the dodgy look, and the dress is obviously as all swing dresses are. What food baby? ;)

We spent the day at Dan's mums house, and we both prepared a bit of an afternoon spread for her. Penny wasn't quite so loving though, and instead preceded to destroy her entire garden. Groan, puppy love?! She's getting so big now, time flies so fast! 

What do you think of this outfit?
What have you been up to recently?
S xx