Sunday, 29 December 2013

DUSTING: TOPSHOP CRESCENT MOON HIGHLIGHTER

    Crescent Moon Highlighter for face & body | £10 Topshop

I'm an absolute magpie for highlighters, a gleaming collar bone never fails to excite. I picked up this pearly offering at Topshop after I became addicted to its glow pot sister. Essentially, this is the powdered version. The colour is a peachy pink, champagne gold with a subtle shimmer. It's super smooth and applies like a dream, I like to use the Real Techniques blush brush to dust it lightly over my collar bone and cheek bones. It adds a natural radiance without being too glittery and I can't recommend it enough. I still love the glow pot for precision highlighting but this makes a lovely powdered addition. Plus, I've been using mine for ages and I'm still a long way off hitting the pan, so you get a lot of powder for your pennies. 

What's your favourite drugstore highlighter?  

Sunday, 15 December 2013

RIMMEL LONDON STAY MATTE POWDER

        Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder | £3.99 Boots

I'm ashamed to admit that until recently, I had never tried this product. The drugstore price tag and plastic packaging made me foolishly pass it by. Not to mention my skin's dislike to powders. That said, towards the end of each and every day a moon shine shimmer would be living it up on my forehead. Nice. So in an attempt to fix up my luminous face, I decided to pick this up and see what all the fuss was about....

My conclusion? It's the best darn' drugstore powder you will ever apply. It does exactly what it says on the plastic lid. It fixes up make-up seamlessly with a smooth matte finish and keeps shine at bay without a trace. I'm not sure if it quite lives up to its 12-hour promise but it does last 9-5 and with a quick re-application you're good to go again. I opted for the translucent shade but there's a range of colours to suit everyone. Oh and did I mention it's under £4? Bargain-licious. 

Have you tried Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder? 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

CLARINS MINIS

   
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover | £13.60 (125ml) Escentual 
I've tried a fair few eye-makeup removers in my time, both drug store and high-end and this tried and tested hero reigns supreme. It's a clarifying, kind and gentle lotion packed with translucent oils. To apply, simply shake it up, soak up a cotton pad and place, wipe or fold over the eye and let the liquid work its magic. Shadow, liner, and mascara melt away in seconds and it budges even the most stubborn waterproof wonders.  I like to follow it up with a spot of Bioderma to wipe away any excess to ensure my lids are left clean and clear. Although it's a bit pricey it's so worth the extra cash if you're a full eye make-up kinda' gal - it's such a delicate luxe product. Ideal for lazy days and drunk post-party, half-attempt removals with no rubbing or effort necessary. 


Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment |  £17.60 (125ml) Escentual
 I do love a good foot cream and this one is particularly lovely. It's packed full of goodies to nourish and soothe stressed out feet. Shea butter, arnica and kashew nut oil make for a rich cream that absorbs easily into the skin. I like to give my tootsies a quick scrub, slather this on and pop on a pair of cotton socks over the top and sleep in.

Monday, 9 December 2013

CLARINS INSTANT LIGHT NATURAL LIP PERFECTOR

        Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Petal Shimmer | £13.60 Escentual

This little pucker perfecter is my favourite lip service. If you've read the raves, believe them. One quick slick makes for your-lips-but-better. The multi-tasking mini acts as a balm, a gloss and a tint, providing a hint of colour with a whole lotta 'moisture. Did I mention it tastes and smells delicious? The soft textured gel is super-easy to apply with it's spongy applicator and a little goes a long way; I've had mine since June and it's still going strong. This shade in particular is beautifully subtle with a pinky peach hue but there are a range of different shades available if you fancy a bit more pigmentation. Also it's important to note that this product does NOT do that windy-hair-stick stuff, which only makes it all the more perfect.

Have you tried the Clarins Lip Perfector? 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

WRAPPING UP WITH H&M

Coat | H&M
Scarf | H&M
Bag | H&M
  Jeans | Topshop
Boots | Deena & Ozzy at Urban Outfitters
Watch | Casio
Hat | Primark

I've been working this trusty combo in an attempt to stay toasty and beat the arctic air, it's been so so cold here.  Winter wardrobe-wise, wooly wrap have been my current go-to. Most of mine come courtesy of H&M, This coat was under £35 - it's light, layer friendly and I love it. As for the scarf, I snapped this up way back in June after trying it on in the sweltering heat,  I've finally been able to lug it out of my drawers and whack it on,  it's so snug and HUGE, it doubles up as a both throw and a picnic blanket - a worthy investment in my eyes.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

NAILS: ESSIE VS CHANEL

                                         
Essie Midnight Cami | Superdrug £7.99
Chanel Blue Satin | Boots £17.50

 Listen up lacquer lovers, I think I may have found the ultimate, fool-proof dupe for Chanel's Blue Satin number. Essie's Midnight Cami polish is an identical twilight navy with that gorgeous, glossy sheen finish, and dare I say it, I think the formula might actually be better. It stays put for longer, doesn't chip as easily and at over £9.50 cheaper it's a bargain-busting beauty.

Have you tried Blue Satin or/and Midnight Cami? Which do you prefer?  

Sunday, 17 November 2013

NEW IN: OFFICE BOOTS

Black Leather Boots | Office

Meet my new loves,  I snapped up this glorious pair at Office. I'd been lusting over a pair of Vegabonds for ages and waiting in vain for the River Island super dupes to come back in stock, alas they did not appear and I was left with cold toes. Then I strolled into Office and clapped eyes on these bad boys, they're almost identical to the Vegabonds I was after (and £20 cheaper at that) and the leather is more of a muted, charcoal black - which I actually prefer. After numerous treks, daytime adventures and running for the bus, I can confirm that these feel like a pair of very comfortable, short wellingtons? Sort of clumpy but easy and cosy. Definitely my new A/W staple shoe.

What is your ultimate winter boot? 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

WEARING: ANOTHER KIMONO

 Kimono | Topshop
Cami | Topshop
Joni Jeans | Topshop
Boots | Deena & Ozzy at Urban Outfitters
Watch | River Island (Similar here)
Hat | Primark 

This floral newbie was an early Christmas gift from my lovely sister and I absolutely adore it! I'm not usually one for tassels but when I spotted this floating in Topshop I just had to have it, it's barely left my back since. The silky texture is super light and I'm in love with the beautiful oriental print and  Stevie Nicks vibe it has going on.  I chose the petite version as I preferred the smaller fit, but there's a tall offering available too. It's the perfect cover-up to throw over a simple lazy look and I've just been chucking it over jeans & camis.  I can't wait for the sun to come out again, I can see this being a staple piece for festival sunshine garb. Also, apologies for my chunky moon face and the awkward  expression. 

Friday, 8 November 2013

LATHERING: L'OREAL EVER RICHE HAIRCARE


 This triumphant trio has received a fair bit of blog lovin' lately, so when I spotted a glorious 3 for £12 sign in the boots hair care aisle, I made a speedy b-line for L'Oreal. 

Ever Riche Shampoo & Conditioner - Nourishing & Flowing £5.99 each | Boots
This duo is designed to care for dry, fine hair, and that it certainly does. The formula is enriched with botanical oils without any sulphate nasties - which is always a plus. The squeezy packaging makes for  super easy application and a little goes a long way. The lather feels luxurious and the scent is gorgeous, expect fresh tones of vanilla and coconut. In terms of results, these got on happily with my dry, unruly, colour treated hair. My locks didn't feel coated or weighed down, but much softer and easier to manage, perhaps even a little glossier? (in the right light)  


After using the Ever Riche' shampoo & conditioner, I usually whack this stuff on. The Oil Preciux is essentially a leave-in conditioner spray, as well as my tangle teezer's new BFF. It's designed to nourish over processed hair to provide a weightless, shiny feel.  It diffuses a fine mist with a spray applicator and I comb it through my soggy tresses with my trusty teezer, is makes for a darn' good detangling spray and makes post-shower hair care a 20 second affair. It has an oriental scent of jasmine - which is just lovely. After use, my locks are left soft, shiny and ready to style. 

If you fancy treating your tresses to something new, I'd really recommend Ever Riche's offerings. 

Have you tried these products? 

Monday, 4 November 2013

WEARING: BRETON STRIPES & TWEED



Joni Jeans | Topshop 
Petite Breton Tee | Topshop 
Jacket | H&M 
Bag | H&M
Shoes | Topshop (Similar here)
Bag | H&M
Watch | Casio
Bracelet | H&M
Hat | Primark

All hail the Breton stripe tee, oh how I love thee - I actually snapped this one up over Summer, it was the last one lurking in the tiny welsh Topshop and it was a  petite size 4 - which turned out to be a happy accidental crop instead. Today's look was a simple one and I like to think a tad french (maybe)
 I recently picked up this little wool-blend jacket at H&M too for just under £35 which is actually rather warm, I wish I could say the same for my T-bar geek shoes, I need to embrace frilly socks or store them away for the  warmer months... before my toes turn blue for good. 

Monday, 28 October 2013

WEARING: BERRIES & CAMEL



Coat | Topshop (Old)
Denim Shirt | Topshop (Old)
Jumper | Hearts & Bows at Ark (Old)
Joni Jeans | Topshop £36
Boots | Deena & Ozzy (Old)
Bag | Zara £49.99
Watch | River Island £20 (Similar here)
Fedora | Primark £8

This weekend I was re-united with my Winter BFF a.k.a my last-year coat - the boyfriend camel.  I carelessly left it in my wardrobe at home before travelling back to uni, but I missed my Grandad gem and yearned for its furry texture, It's happily back on my back now and I'm nice and warm. Also making a comeback is this salt & pepper cropped jumper, I always layer it up with my denim shirt and find the combo works perfectly with berry shades and rose gold accessories. Plus, this Primark fedora has been snapping up compliments since I bought it and is impressively sturdy. This ensemble is somewhat of an Autumn staple for me, oh and a pair of boots never go a miss to make me feel like a baby giraffe. 

What are your Autumn staples? 




Monday, 14 October 2013

WEARING: CHLOE


           Chloe Eau De Parfum  | £42.00 - £72.00

I do love a good spritz.  Chanel's offerings are my ultimate favourites. However, this Autumn I've been reaching for something a little more subtle and I'm loving Chloe's old classic. With tones of warm amber, honey and cedarwood with some roses thrown in for good measure, this stuff is the epitome of feminine scents. 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

THE SCRUNCHIE


So, I snapped up a scrunchie. The 90s trend just keeps on giving and I will continue to follow suit. I'd been lusting after a brightly coloured scrunch for ages and so I finally decided to invest. I love to go out dancing and usually wear my hair up so I'm planning to wear this in a half-up-half-down hair affair, possibly with this AA dress.. swoon! I'm going to whack some madge on and dance around my room now.

Are you a fan of the scrunchie or would you rather die?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

BACK TO SCHOOL


     Blazer | River Island (Old)
Cami | Topshop £18
     Watch | Casio
     Joni Jeans | Topshop £36
     Sandals | H&M £7 (Sale)
     Bag | Zara £49.99
     Fedora | Topshop £25 

And so my third and final uni year begins, argh! I whipped out my comfy combo' of the moment: my Topshop Joni's & Cami, teaming them with my trusty RI blazer and a fedora. The weather in the UK is bizarre at the moment this outfit felt far too warm at lunch time, but I was freezing by 4, my sandal gamble sadly didn't pay off. Also apologies for the terrible quality of these photo's the one on the left has been cropped as there isn't much blank space to use as a backdrop in my postage-stamp room, sorry if it's making you dizzy!


Monday, 23 September 2013

The Body Shop: Hemp Hand Protector

   
             Hemp Hand Protector (30ml) | The Body Shop £5

Oh I do love a good hand cream, it's my luxe pre sleep pamper as well as a daily handbag essential. So when my fruity favourite hand food from Soap and Glory started running low, I began searching for a richer alternative for the winter months ahead.

I settled on this hemp hand protector for very dry skin. I've been using this stuff for a few days now and my mitts are loving it. The formula is a rich, creamy clay texture with a mild natural hemp fragrance. It sinks into the skin in seconds, leaving your hands silky smooth, minus any sticky situations or waiting around. It feels really luxe on the skin and lasts all day too - I'm very tempted to try it on my feet with some socks overnight as I think it will work wonders there too!

The best bit? This happy hemp formula is a purse friendly £5 - or FREE with the voucher.co.uk app, simply download the app, pop into your nearest branch and redeem your voucher. But get your savvy skates on, this offer ends on the 29/09/13.

Have you tried The Body Shop's hand creams? What did you think of them?

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Can't live without: Bioderma

             Bioderma | Escentual £4.50 - £14.50 

Believe the hype ladies, this stuff is the holy grail in make-up removal. Say goodbye to facial wipes and get a cotton pad full of this, it's as gentle as water and will take off your slap in one smooth swoop, leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O is part of a new wave of make-up removers known as 'micellar solutions' that are made up of oils held in water molecules, which means all the goodness of an oil based make-up remover with the gentleness of water. Bioderma is a super mild, non-rinse cleanser/make-up remover. After my first 250ml bottle, I repurchased the larger 500ml bottle as well as the 100ml travel bottle. It's safe to say I'm converted, forever. Bioderma is a french cosmetic product so unfortunately it's not readily available in UK drugstores, but it's fairly easy to get hold of online, stay savvy and check out AmazonEscentual and Ebay for the cheapest deals.

Friday, 20 September 2013

MANGO

      Kimono | Mango £39.99
      Cami | Topshop £18
      Office Bag | Zara £49.99 
      Joni Jeans | Topshop £36
      Shoes | Topshop £32

A speedy outfit post - I picked up this kimono recently at Mango and it hasn't left my back since, I think it's the perfect transitional piece to throw on as it gets colder and it has a gorgeous light silky feel to it. I've just started uni again and I'm loving my Zara city office bag to carry around all my daily essentials. 

xx

Monday, 2 September 2013

Estee Lauder Tinted Moisturiser Day Wear



This stuff is the perfect balance between make-up and skincare. On first application, the moisturiser comes out in a greyish colour - but worry not, the formula contains little bronzing beads that release a subtle bronzed colour when blended. In terms of coverage, it's very light, but great for disguised no-makeup days and summer weather when foundation isn't comfortable, or to boost your tan on a good skin day! It also contains an SPF 15 which is always a bonus and it also doubles up as a liquid bronzer too. Although it's pricey, a little does go a long way and you can usually find it a lot cheaper on Ebay, my only concern with this product is the blending - You have to be quite careful to use a small amount and blend it in thoroughly to avoid any colour build-up - less is definitely more.

Have you tried this tinted moisturiser? Which one would you recommend? 


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Newspaper Nail Art: How To


I spotted a tutorial for this on Pinterest a few months ago and couldn't wait to try it out! This is tried and tested fool proof nail art. It may be a little time consuming but it's super easy with amazing results. 
So I thought I would share the tricks & tips..


     All you need for nails like journo'Jill is:
  • Strong alcohol
  • White nail polish
  • A top coat
  • Newspaper/magazine cut outs
           Step One
    Paint nails with white nail polish (or a pale nail colour of your choice) 
    Step Two
Once the nails are dry, dip a nail into the alcohol for a few seconds
Step Three
Once you take the nail out of the alcohol, place a paper cut-out over the nail and press on it for around 30 seconds, then gently peel it off. 
       Step Four
        Repeat step two and three until all nails are done. Then follow up with a top coat, Don't worry if the transferred print looks a little faded at first - the top coat brings out the outline.
   And Voi La!

Please let me know if you enjoyed this post :)
xx

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Clinique: Mini Reviews

   
I recently wondered innocently towards the Clinique counter, only to be seduced by 'Bonus Time'. For those of you who don't know: When you purchase two or more Clinique products during 'Bonus Time' you receive a free tin/makeup bag/holder of some sort.. full of miniature treats. This offer is super handy if you're looking to try out some new products or fancy some travel sized goodies.

I do love a bit of Clinique skincare. It's simple, unfragranced and it works (well, it certainly does for me). So without further or do, here's some mini review's for the mini's:

L-R
7 Day Scrub Cream
This scrub is super gentle, the beads are teeny tiny so it doesn't feel harsh on the skin like some exfoliators do. I use this by rubbing it in circular motions before wiping it off with a hot flannel. This works really well and removes any dry patches after just one use and so I'll definitely be re-purchasing in the future. 

Moisture Surge
This stuff is tip top and has been my go-to night time moisturiser for some time now. The formula itself is a cream gel. I like to slather it on just before bed. It feels really hydrating and smooth on the skin, sinks in quickly and leaves you with smooth, supple skin in the morning.

 Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion
This little lotion makes a great day time moisturiser. The formula is light and feel's fresh on the skin. It's important to mention however, that this isn't a winner with oily skin and better suited to dry or normal/combination. 

Take The Day Off Makeup Remover
This is an oil-based product that needs a good shake before use. It's designed to remove even stubborn makeup from the lashes, lids and lips. I didn't love this. I used a cotton pad and folded it over my lashes, and placed it on my lids. Although it removed all of my eye makeup successfully, it took quite a long time and left an oily residue around my eyes, so sadly this one wasn't a winner for me.

  High Impact Mascara
I've been using Cliniques' mascara's for years now, this one is particularly good for volume, which you can build up to the amount you like. I personally like to tar it on, but if you're just after a little enhancement, two coats easily provide natural, long-looking lashes.

Are you a fan of Clinique? What are your favourite products?

x

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Skinny Love


      Heels | £12 Primark 

I picked up these skinny two-strap classics a few weeks ago for just £12. Primarni strikes again. These are a fool proof dupe for the Zara leather sandals - Tried and tested as I actually wore these out & about on the town and a lovely lady complimented me on my "Zara" heels! (YES!!) I let her in on the secret though! I was rather sceptical about this style of heels at first, as I thought they weren't high enough. I am now in love, these elongate the leg amazingly and look so simple and classic with everything and for £12 who could say no? 

Are you a fan of the barely there heel?
x



Friday, 31 May 2013

Topshop Glow Highlighter In Polish

 Glow Highlighter in 'Polish' | £9 Topshop

 So for my first post I thought I'd share with you my current favourite highlighter. I picked this up on a whim and I am now happily on to my second pot... 

Glow highlighter in 'Polish' is a pinky toned, creamy highlighter. I tend to use it on my upper cheekbones and brow bones, its quick and easy to blend and has good staying power. My only gripe is that the pot is rather small for £9, that said, a little does go a long way! It's also really lovely mixed in with a little foundation for a subtle glow and works well as an eyeshadow base too.



Have you tried this highlighter? 

x