Sunday, 20 April 2014

ORIGINS MAKE A DIFFERENCE REJUVENATING HAND TREATMENT


Say hello to my new favourite hand cream. This little offering comes courtesy of Origins and is part of their Make a Difference + range.

Packed with natural ingredients and plant-extracts, this stuff smells delicious and works a treat on tired and dry worked hands. It melts into the skin in double-time and feels super nourishing. The consistency is thick without being too sticky or greasy, so there's no sliding around the keyboard post-application. A quick rub leaves my palms and digits silky soft and smooth. If you're already a fan of the Make a Difference + range, I highly recommend you give this a go, the scent is so fresh and natural and it does a lovely job. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

BUDGET BEAUTY

Sometimes, it's all about the little things and a bit of beauty indulgence never goes amiss!

I recently picked up these golden-packaged products in an effort to cheer myself up (and for under a tenner no less) I'm currently in the depths of completing my final project at university, cue lots of stress, terrible skin and misery. And so, I decided to snap up some treats, here's what I picked up:

First up is a bottle of the L'Oreal Color Riche in Opera Ballerina. I'd been lusting over the Chanel Ballerina shade for the longest time, and I thought this looked suitably similar, and for £4.99 I couldn't well say no could I? It makes for a perfect pink, neutral nude and it's so easy to apply and wear. The formula has proven to be fairy long-lasting and chip-proof to boot (YAY!). Plus I love the gold, miniature packaging.

To the right is the H&M Mini Kabuki Brush, which was around £2.99. It's an ideal size for travelling or to pop in your bag for touch-ups on the go, it's relatively tiny but the bristles are super soft and it works surprisingly well with powders for the price. An added bonus is the sleek design, which looks super pretty on display with my makeup.

If you've got any beauty budget suggestions, throw them my way! I suspect I'll be in need of another treat before this project is over x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

NAILS: ESSIE COCKTAIL BLING


Essie's Cocktail Bling is a chic, easy-to-wear, lilac grey lacquer that I've been lusting after for ages. I finally got around to snapping up a bottle and it hasn't left my talons since. The quality is tip-top as expected, and two coats make for an opaque nail. As with all Essie polishes, the fool-proof formula is chip-resistent and delivers a gorgeous glossy finish. I think this shade will look lovely for all-seasons, but I can't wait to sample it with sun-kissed skin in the summertime.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

LUSH LOVES

Confession: I only discovered my love for the glory of Lush a few months ago. The strong scent had always turned me away for years, out of fear of catching a head ache. Strong smells aside, when I finally stepped inside on a cold December day and got chatting to the lovely ladies inside, I fully embraced the glittery, fragrant world around me. I filled my basket with sparkled, bright soapy treats for some much-needed bubble baths at home over Christmas (FYI: my student house's bath is grey, stained and less than suitable for such an event).

After a multitude of magical baths, I returned to peruse the super-natural skincare offerings everybody goggles about. I made two practical purchases, which I've since re-snapped up for Spring.

The Tea Tree Water is my toner of the moment, at £3.95 for 100g it's seriously purse-friendly and contains just six ingredients. I love the spray pump action as it makes toning an easy, speedy step, plus you can keep spritzing throughout the day if need be. The anti-bacterial properties in the tea tree help to keep blemishes at bay and it feels really clean and refreshing on the skin. As with all Lush products, this product is best used fresh - it lasts around 3 months after its make date. Because of this, I tend to opt for the smaller bottle as I don't think I could use the larger 250g before its best-before date, but that all comes down to preference.

I also re-purchased the Popcorn Lip Scrub to exfoliate my pout and fight the flakes. It's an edible, salted caramel scrub I use as a pre-balm buff. It smells so buttery and delicious and really does the job well. You simply dab a little on your finger and rub along your lips, you can even lick off the excess. It's £5.50 for a little pot but it's worth noting that a little does go a long way with this.

While I was in store, I also picked up a Trial-Sized Charity Pot for a £1. It's a rich, all-round body lotion that doubles up as a good deed - all proceeds go to the grassroots charities Lush work with.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

BEAUTY: TOPSHOP WHIMSICAL


Topshop's lipstick offerings need no introduction, but this particular shade has been lapping up the love for a long time and I thought it deserved a bit of beauty buzz. 

Whimsical is a pinky peach nude in a cream matte formula. It's a dream to apply and compliments just about any makeup menu. If you're looking for a neutral staple to add to your stash, this makes a lovely addition. The colour has a subtle, velvety finish and for under a tenner, it's positively bargain-licious. Plus need I mention the super-cute stripy packaging? As with all matte lip products, exfoliation is key. It pays to make sure your lips are looking tip-top pre-application, otherwise things can get a bit flakey. 

What's your favourite Topshop lipstick?

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

NEW IN: NEW BALANCE 420s


Say hello to my new super sneaks. I've had my eye on these (always out of stock) New Balance 420s in black & grey for months. So when they popped up online a few weeks ago, I ordered them immediately. I was after a casual boot substitute for Spring and these are just the ticket. They're comfy, sturdy, and pair well with my skinny jean uniform. My feet are very happy indeed.

Friday, 14 March 2014

H&M SPRING SCARF

  Topshop Coat
H&M Sweater
Zara Bag

Spring is well on its way, and the cold sunshine and light bright evenings are making me super-duper excited for summertime, I can't wait to wear some (ugly) sandals and whack on a layer of faux-glow for the tangerine dream season ahead. As of now though, I'm wallowing in the depths of fiery final-project hell, sitting in a sad, grey library. Roll on May I say! In an attempt to brighten up my gloomy days, I picked up another tartan woollen - this one comes courtesy of H&M and was under £8, a savvy snap-up indeed considering it doubles up as a picnic blanket!