Thursday, 28 February 2013

Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Raspberry Tarte

Etude House  Lovely Cookie Blusher in Raspberry Tarte

I mentioned in my Valentine's Day Photo Diary post that I got more Korean products from my husband the next day. They arrived late, but I was very happy to receive them :) 

One of the gifts was the Etude House  Lovely Cookie Blusher in Raspberry Tarte. 
It is such a gorgeous shade- a bright fuchsia pink with delicate shimmer. It is highly pigmented and blends beautifully. You can see the colour payoff in the swatch below. It looks quite scary on the puff, doesn't it? 

A Classic Holiday Look

I always struggle to find comfortable and flattering swimwear, but I think that I finally have a solution. I found some gorgeous swimdresses for women  and I can't believe now that I didn’t think about getting a couple of them last summer.

The polka dot swim dress I found is from BonmarchĂ©, the UK’s largest womenswear value retailer catering for women over 50 years. You might ask... why is a 25 year old looking at a website aimed at more mature ladies? Well... finding clothes and swimwear isn’t that easy when you are a size 20 as I am at the moment.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Review: Aromatherapy Associates Essential Bath & Shower Oils

Aromatherapy Associates Essential Bath & Shower Oils

"The ultimate collection of multi award winning bath and shower oils has been incorporated in this sumptuous trio containing 7.5 ml bottles, each allowing for up to three unique bath or shower experiences of Deep Relax, De-Stress Mind and Revive Morning to relax, de-stress and revive your spirits. "

Guest post: Caring for your clothes correctly


"London’s biggest fashion and style extravaganza, the first 2013 London Fashion Week is over. It was a chance for the world’s best designers and up-and-coming stylists to showcase their work, what you don’t see are the people backstage frantically caring for the clothes, ironing and making last minute alterations.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Topshop bargain- Louise Gray Wave Machine Eye Cream Duo


"Cream eyeshadows. Blend onto eyelid. Build for more dramatic colour."

Ok, so I ordered this bargain from Topshop during my spending ban, but it was reduced to £1, so I just couldn't resist it. They had free delivery that day  as well :) Bargain! This duo is from the Louise Gray collection and the packaging really caught my eye. I've heard from other bloggers that the full Louise Gray range is reduced to £1-£3 in Topshop at the moment, so make sure to check it out if you get a chance. 

Review: Organic Surge Million Dollar Brown Sugar Body Polish


"Organic brown sugar crystals polish away dead or dry skin cells while our super-blend of natural and organic oils lock in moisture to revive and invigorate, leaving your skin glowing with health. Buff your skin to glowing perfection! Organic Surge will donate $1 for every Million Dollar product sold"

Monday, 25 February 2013

More Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks

I reviewed six  Bourjois lipsticks from the Rouge Edition Collection last month (here) and I am still in love with the formula. Today I have four more shades swatched: two nudes, a peachy pink and a bright fuchsia. 

Neom Contentment Candle review


"Contentment: A familiar blackcurrant scent that in fact comes from part of the fragrant South African buchu plant. This is combined with spicy nutmeg and warming ginger that works in rain or shine to make you feel simply content.A moment of contentment, of something that feels familiar and reassuring. A comforting scent to surround yourself with if you're feeling tired, overworked or just overawed. A scent that makes you feel you're home."

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Simple eye makeup look with Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette


I like to keep my eye makeup simple most of the time and the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette is perfect  for it! I created this simple look, using three shades from the palette and it took me a couple of minutes.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Review: Liz Earle Signature Eye Colour in shade 14- Chestnut

Liz Earle Signature Eye Colour - Chestnut £13.50

"Create strikingly beautiful eyes. Our lightweight formula has a natural skin affinity, making it easy to blend for a smooth, even finish that stays true and lasts. Enriched with our own natural source vitamin E. Available in 20 shades."
I got this gorgeous eye shadow with my Glamour magazine subscription. Well... I got the subscription, especially to get two Liz Earle products :) It was such a bargain. You know how much I love Liz Earle skincare and makeup. 

Friday, 22 February 2013

Etude House Princess Etoinette Crystal Shine Lipstick


"This smooth and creamy lips tick delivers a surge of moisture and a soft shimmering flush, 
giving your lips a gorgeous, healthy look"

This lipstick is officially the most beautiful one in my collection! Forget YSL Rouge Volupte. The Etude House Etoinette Crystal Shine Lipstick is just gorgeous. It is a Korean product and it is available to buy from yesstyle.com or ebay. I got mine as a present for Valentine's Day and I am in love with it.  I also got the Etoinette blusher and I will be reviewing it soon too.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Review


I've never tried an Urban Decay base, so I was very excited to give the Naked Skin Beauty Balm a go. I like the packaging and it reminds me of the Naked Basics palette. It comes in a 35ml tube and it is easy to use. It is designed for "zero rub-off" and to create an illusion of being invisible on the skin.  It also claims to "give you a natural naked-looking skin that keeps getting better every week". I am not sure about that yet, because I have been using it for just over a week. 

Guest Post: How to achieve Jennifer Lawrence's fresh-faced look this Spring



Just when you thought cinema was running low on strong, female protagonists, Jennifer Lawrence’s star role as Katniss Everdeen, in the exceptionally popular movie, Hunger Games, really did it for the girls.

Not only is she a trend-setter on the screen, but she’s a true star when it comes to style. Famously, she told Marie Claire magazine that she’d rather appear chubby in films and stay a healthy weight in real life. Also, before the 2011 Academy Awards, she admitted to red carpet reporters that she ate a slice of cheesecake on the journey over.
What a hero!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

FOTD: Full Coverage and minimal eye makeup


I know, I know... Another neutral look... I apologize, but I really wanted to mention my Holy Grail Full Coverage Foundation. I can't imagine my life without it! It is the amazing Vichy Dermablend!!! I have been using it for over 6 years and it always saves me when I have problems with nasty breakouts. It gives the best coverage I could ask for and it is just incredible. I will dedicate a full review to it soon (and the Vichy Dermablend powder), but today you can see a little preview of the product on my face. Due to lots of stress, I got a new wave of breakouts on my neck and jawline again and it is driving me crazy!!! Without this corrective foundation I wouldn't be able to go out of the house. If you suffer from acne- you will LOVE it and it will change your life. It covers everything, without clogging your pores and looking cakey! 

Korres Lip Butters: Wild Rose, Guava and Mango


Korres Lip Butters / Wild Rose, Mango, Guava  £6-£7 via www.feelunique.com

"A buttery lip balm that melts on the lips and offers a shiny, tinted finish. The combination of Shea butter and Rice wax offers deep hydration and softness. Ideal for chapped lips."

I adore Korres lip butters and they quickly became my favourite lip balms. I love everything about them!
I actually reviewed the Mango one previously, but I wanted to share my little "collection" with you and swatched them all as well :) Let's start with the packaging. It is very simple and every pot has a different lid colour to match the shade of the lip butter inside :)  It really helps if you have more than one.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

February Advertisers


Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed the sunshine today :) The weather was absolutely beautiful in Scotland and if it is still warm at the weekend, we are planning to go camping :) Yay!

It is now time to introduce you to my lovely February advertisers :) 

This month in my sidebar, I have lovely Louise, Lynn, Laura, Kate, Danielle and Jassy  and you can find out more about their blogs below.  

Monday, 18 February 2013

The easiest way of removing glitter nail polish - Innisfree Peel Off Base Coat Review


 I love glitter on my nails, but I really can't be bothered with removing it. It is so much hassle! I actually stopped using glitter nail polishes, until I read Amelia's post about the Innisfree Peel Off Base Coat. She has a little shop (here) with loads of Korean Beauty products and stunning jewellery and that's where I bought the Innisfree Base Coat from. It arrived really quickly, wrapped in gorgeous paper, with a cute note inside :) I also have to mention, that Amelia has a fabulous blog and if you are not following it already, you will fall in love! I promise! 

James Bond Edition


As per usual, I am late to the party, but I have an excuse. I attempted to watch Skyfall ages ago and something always got in the way. I finally got a chance to see it last week and I really liked it. I love when brands release limited edition products based on movies and I got the 18K Gold Leaf Top Coat  named The Man With The Golden Gun last year :)
It is a beaut!I adore the full Skyfall Collection by OPI. The colours are gorgeous!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Photo diary: Valentine's Day Pretties :)


Hi everyone!  It is never to late to share some pretty pictures. I took all of them on Valentine's Day.
You might have seen some snaps of all the gorgeous presents I received on Instagram and Vine.
It was a lovely day. I got beautiful flowers, chocolates and loads of makeup I have been dreaming about, including a Chanel blusher, Etude House blusher and lipstick and a YSL lipstick.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Nude and elegant :)



I wasn't sure about the title of this post, but I might get some serious traffic thanks to it :) haha. I love nude nail polish, I love nude shoes and accessories and I am always trying to add more nude pieces to my wardrobe. 
It is such an elegant colour and perfect for any occasion.

Red accents


Hi everyone. 
I hope you are having a great weekend. I promised to add more OOTD posts and to be honest, I really enjoy preparing them. Let me know if you want it to become a regular weekend thing :)
I based the outfit around the red Smile Tote bag*  from www.bagbooth.co.uk.
It is a bargain-only £25! Obviously, I wish I could own the Celine Smile Tote, but it ain't gonna happen :)

Friday, 15 February 2013

Review: Balance Me Super Toning Body Oil


"A super effective daily moisturising body oil to improve skin tone, soften and smooth skin and encourage good circulation thanks to a unique blend of active ingredients found in juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender."

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentines Day Outfit





Hi everyone. Happy Valentines Day! I hope you are having a lovely day and have lots of fun planned for tonight. 
I decided to prepare an imaginary outfit post for the occasion :) I based the whole look around a Purple Dress from By Zoe clothing , which is available to buy from brandboudoir.com for £49.50. If you like online outlet shopping , you should check it out for some designer bargains. I love purple and according to my husband, it really suits me :) What would I wear the dress with? First of all, it needs a belt and a gold one would be perfect.

Review: ORTIGIA FICO D'INDIA EDP

Ortigia Fico D'India EDP* £55.00 via www.sugarbirdboutique.co.uk

"The most loved Ortigia Perfume – powdery fig & cedar. The famous exotic Fico India cactus with amazing orange flowers grows huge & wild in Sicily."

I received this gorgeous scent from the SUGARBIRD Lifestyle Boutique and since I discovered their website, I keep browsing it, looking at all the beautiful, unique products they offer. I was instantly drawn to the beauty section and I have to admit- I am now lusting after all Ortigia bath and body treats :)

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Review: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate


"This is a Dr.Hauschka 2013 Hero product. Hero products are all highly-revered, award-winning products that produce brilliant, beautiful skin. Translucent Bronze Concentrate can be applied either on top of your usual moisturiser or mixed in, to help even out skin tones, soften blemishes and give a sun-kissed look. It can also be mixed with Quince Body Moisturiser and applied to the body to give a more bronzed hue."

I really like Dr.Hauschka skincare products and the Translucent Bronze Concentrate is the newest addition to my beauty stash. It is a multipurpose wonder in a bottle! It slotted into my skincare/makeup routine easily and I now use it every single day!  

Rose Tea with Balance Me


I couldn't resist sharing some photos of this lovely little parcel from Balance Me, along with a quick review of the rose scented products I have been trying out. I would like to add that I am not a fan of ordinary biscuits, but the lip and lip balm shaped Biscuiteers ones were absolutely delicious!!! *orders more*. 
I also really enjoyed the Rose Garden Tea by Twinings- yummy!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Review: JARDINS D'EDEN Indulge Dead Sea Bath Soak


JARDINS D'EDEN Indulge Dead Sea Bath Soak* 400ml £16.00

"An indulging floral aroma of Geranium, Palmarosa, and Petitgrain to help balance body and mind. Our  Salts are harvested from the Dead Sea in Jordan using traditional methods. Dead sea salts are renowned for their healing and rejuvenating qualities. They are mineral-rich which help regulate moisture level, promote healing to the skin, relax the muscles and relieve skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. To use add two handfuls to running warm water."

New Look Plus Size Picks + Accessories

When I pick my outfits, I always put comfort first. I hate feeling uncomfortable. That's why my wishlist always looks the same- jumpers, oversized tops and dresses, denim shirts, leggings. 
If you had a chance to see any of my outfits, you will know that I live in massive jumpers :) haha

This spring, I am planning to experiment with colours and instead of getting a black jacket I will go for something different. I really like the Blue Boucle jacket and I am thinking about buying it. It looks smart but casual and I suppose that the shape would look flattering on me. 

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Lazy Sunday :)

Review: One of the best lip products ever - Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer



"The intense rich colour of a lipstick, enhanced by a satin smooth shine.The earth-shattering lip lacquer from Rimmel London"

Another review of Rimmel Apocalips??? Sorry, It has to be done :) I really want to show you swatches of my favourite shades and apparently, many of you find my reviews very helpful and love seeing my photos of products and the way they look on the lips etc. 

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Naked 2 dupe (?) MUA Undress Me Too Palette + review


I should have seen this one coming :) haha.  MUA released a palette called Undress Me Too and it is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I am actually happy about that, because not everybody can afford the UD one for £36.00. The MUA dupe comes at a fraction of the price- a mere £4.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Spring lingerie shopping

I mentioned before that I buy many new lingerie sets for every season. There is so many pretty designs out there and I just can't resist picking up some new pretty pieces. Designer Lingerie  is something every woman loves, isn't it? I also buy far too many pyjama sets and I should definitely sort out my little collection. My wardrobe is getting out of control! I think that replacing  older sets with brand new ones is the answer :) 

Review: Aromatherapy Associates Deep Cleanse Face Mask



"A treatment mask to draw out impurities, and refresh and revitalise your complexion. Particularly effective for deep cleansing the pores, anti-bacterial lavender and ginger are combined with natural clay and silt to absorb excess oils and replenish vital minerals. "

Thursday, 7 February 2013

NYX makeup


Hi everyone. 
I received a couple of NYX products from 123hairandbeauty.co.uk  recently and I have been experimenting with the glitter cream palettes quite a lot. I created an extremely glittery look to show you the colour payoff  of the creams, but... I have been adding a touch of glitter to most of my makeup looks for an extra bit sparkle as well. 

Guest Post: Make-up Styles that Compliment the Types of Shirts You Wear



Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Bourjois Total Look


Hi everyone. You all know how much I love Bourjois, right? Well... It turns out that I have just the right amount (and more) of Bourjois products to create a total makeup look, without reaching for other brands :) 
I went through my makeup stash and got all the bits together when I was swatching the Aristo Clash Collection, so you might have seen a sneak peek of the eye makeup look already.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Review: Neal's Yard Remedies Lipstick in shade Lychee


"Not so much a lipstick as a lip treat, this rich, lasting lipstick contains 16% natural mineral colour blended with 77% organic ingredients to moisturise, nourish and protect while adding stunning colour.
Ingredients include our omega 3:6:9 essential fatty acid-rich Organic Beauty Oil, antioxidant white tea, skin-nourishing organic argan oil, pomegranate oil and shea butter, with conditioning organic beeswax and our signature tasty organic sweet orange oil for lasting colour that cares."

Sunday, 3 February 2013

A girl can dream :)


The title of this post couldn't be more perfect. I girl can dream, right? :) I am sure that many of you can relate to this, if not - you can consider yourself very lucky... :)  I have been lusting after the black Miu Miu bag for ages and I am hoping to buy it one day :) It costs over £800, so it is very expensive, but I really like it. The pink one is gorgeous as well and I would love to have it in my handbag collection. Miu Miu have such beautiful designs!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Review: Lanolips Lip Ointment With Colour SPF 15: - Rhubarb and Apples


"It's got the looks and the brains, combining Lanolips™ signature. Ultra Pure Grade Lanolin with pure pigment and SPF 15. Available in five must-have shades: Rhubarb, Rose, Apples, Sunshine and Dark Honey; Lanolips™ Lip Ointment with Colour SPF15 is a very rich combination of naturally glossy, non-sticky & super hydration, with the added benefit of SPF 15. Contains only the world's finest lanolin. Dermatalogically tested. All Lanolips products are animal cruelty free."

Friday, 1 February 2013

Get Fit, Feel Epic Winner!



Hi everyone! It is finally time to announce the winner of the Get Fit, Feel Epic Competition.
First of all, I would like to thank you all for entering and for taking your time to write your amazing, inspiring posts. I really enjoyed reading all of them. I didn't expect so many lovely ladies to enter, therefore I had a hard time picking one winning post. I read all posts a couple of times and making the final decision was really hard! I would love everybody to win, but unfortunately there is only one prize.

Neve Cosmetics Pastello Lip Pencils and Neve Giveaway



"With the intensity of a lipstick and the precision of a lip pencil these lip pencils from Neve Cosmetics contain precious oils and waxes to provide full colour, high definition and protection for your lips. Use to line and then fill in your entire lips. Vegan friendly formulation. Available colours: Mauve, Pink, Rose, Scarlet, Crimson, Fuchsia, Burgundy, Peach"
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