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Monday, 24 April 2017

How to Style a Jumper Dress for Spring - Style Diary #20

How to Style the Jumper Dress for Spring
I must say I've been thoroughly enjoying all this warmer weather, lighter evenings and beautiful blooms we've been having this Spring. So much so I decided I would brave it and get my legs out finally after months of hibernation!

Now if you'd seen my Pay Day Lust List for April, you'll know I was feeling the Jumper Dress Vibes... Jumper Dresses are a great transition piece for Spring as they still keep you feeling warm but at the same time they expose the right amount of leg for this time of year.

Today I wanted to share with you how I'm styling this gorgeous blush pink jumper dress from Boohoo, along with a few other ways you can style up this piece for spring too here.
Sunglasses - Quay Australia
Jumper Dress - Bohoo (This comes in 13 different colours!)
Jacket - Topshop (Last season, but simular here)
Bag - River Island (Last season, but similar here)
Shoes - Converse


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Maybelline Baby Lips Crayon Review & Photos

Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon
As you know Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore brands as not only do they come out with some amazing launches, they also have the cutest packaging! The Baby Lips balms are always something I can't seem to get enough of and the colours, scent and the packaging win me over every time. This year Baby Lips expanded their line with the launch of the Color Balm Crayon, which is very similar to the popular Clinque Chubby Sticks. So here's my thoughts...
The crayon retails for £5.99 and comes in six mouth-watering shades including,
05 Candy Red
10 Sugary Orange
15 Strawberry Pop
20 Pink Crush
25 Playful Purple
30 Creamy Caramel

If you're in the US there is eight shades to choose from that all come in silver packaging and include,
05 Toasted Taupe
10 Blush Burst
15 Strawberry Pop
20 Creamy Coral
25 Refreshing Red
30 Sassy Scarlet
35 Pink Smooch
40 Playful Purple
The packaging is cute, fun and colourful and fits in perfectly with the Baby Lips line. The only difference with these is they come in a chubby crayon with a twist up top.
These apply so smoothly onto the lips and the crayon is also a great size for ease of application. The shades are pretty pigmented for a balm, but you can also smudge them out to more of a stain if you prefer. All of the shades are scented and have a glossy finish to them. I adore the smell of Strawberry Pop as it actually smells like Watermelon gum!
These don't last all day so re-application is needed, however because of the added moisturising oils they don't dry out the lips, which is always a bonus.

Overall Thoughts
Just like the original balms, I adore these as they are such a lovely addition to anyone's Spring and Summer lip wardrobe. Each shade is beautifully pigmented and moisturising, which makes them the perfect travel friendly balm also. My personal favourite is Creamy Caramel as it's such a great everyday shade to pop in your bag when your on the go, but I also love the fact that there is a great selection of brights shades to choose from, that are versatile too.

So overall if you're a Baby Lips fan then these already have your name on them, but if you're a girl on the go and you love a pop of colour on the lips, that's easy to apply and fuss free, then I definitely recommend giving one of these a try for the up and coming seasons.

I award the Maybelline Baby Lips Crayon a 4.6 out of 5

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Primark Straightener & Curler in 1?! Review & Photos

Primark 2 in 1 Straightener & Curler

No this is not a drill, Primark really are selling straightening irons now! But stop, these are not just any kind of straighteners, they actually double up as a curler too, so naturally I had to put them to the test for you guys and here's my thoughts...
The 2 in 1 Straighten and Curl Wand retails for a ridiculously affordable £10. There is also a mini straightener and seperate curling wand available too.
Packaging wise this comes in a rather appealing black and copper box, complete with instruction manual. The actual iron is pretty well made and again is coated in black and gold/copper accents.

On the box it states that the iron has ceramic coated plates, an on/off switch, a lockable handle and a swivel cord. It also heats up to 180ºC.
To use the straighteners all you do is plug them in, turn the switch on, wait a few minutes for them to heat up and then curl or straighten as desired. A red light will also indicate when they are on, but do be careful where you lay them as they do heat up pretty quickly.
I actually tested these out on one side of my head and on the other I used my trusty GHD's and Yogi Curling Wand. I had just washed my hair and roughly blow dried it, so you could see how my hair looked naturally, however I do recommend you watch my demo in the video linked above as you can see how they work better live.

Firstly I went in with the straighteners and the results were pretty impressive! I honestly couldn't tell the difference as they smoothed out my hair quickly and efficiently.

The only thing I would say is, because the plates go all the way round the wand, I would just be extra careful when using the iron towards the front of your face. Therefore I recommend just straightening upwards and out so your not going down near your face (you'll see what I mean in the demo). Also be sure to rest these on a towel or heat mat if you have one.
Next I went in with my favourite curlers on the side I used my GHD's with and then on the other I used the Primer version. To curl, all you do is lock the iron so that it forms the round barrel. 

I divided my hair up and picked up small sections of hair to curl, but do whatever you're used to doing when curling your own hair.
Again, I couldn't believe how nice the curls came out, the barrel gives you the most beautiful big, beachy waves.
Because of my squeaky clean hair the curls didn't last all day and so I did re-do them towards the end of the day, only this time I sealed them in with some hairspray too and this seemed to do the trick. As we all know curls do work better with slightly dirtier hair, but if you do have clean hair, then hairspray always helps to lock in the curls and I'm now on Day 3 of softer waves.
Overall Thoughts
Yes Primark you did it again! Gosh where do I start... Firstly this is such a great price point and the fact that you get a straightener and curler in one is amazing value for money. It's also accessible to anyone and everyone which makes it that little bit more appealing, as who doesn't love to pick up an instant steal! 

Performance wise I have to say I was impressed when comparing it to my regular hair tools as it actually did a pretty great job at both straightening and curling my hair, just make sure when straightening that you pull the tool away from your face. 

Overall I adore my GHD's and these are certainly not a replacement for them, however for the price, the Primark version are worth picking up if not just for a back up or to have as a handy travel pair.

I award the Primark 2 in 1 Straighten and Curl Iron a 4.5 out of 5

Saturday, 15 April 2017

5 of the Best Affordable Skincare Tools & Accessories

Skincare Tools & Accessories
While skincare plays a big part in my everyday routine, there is also a few beauty tools and accessories I use within my daily, weekly and monthly routine that accompany many of of my skincare loves. So today I wanted to share with you my top 5 favourites that I cannot live without.
1. Muji Cotton Pads £2.95 for a 120
I have to let you in on a secret... these are the most softest cotton pads I've ever used! They are also a great dupe for the Shu Uemura Cotton Pads as well. Usually I tend to gravitate towards the large baby cotton wool pads, however once I discovered these I could feel the difference instantly. The Muji cotton squares, are so soft and are ideal for using with a micellar water, glycolic acid or toner.

2. Primark Face Cloths £1.30 for 3
If you use a cleanser day and night then you'll most probably be following up with some kind of cloth to wipe the cleanser off with as well. Now don't get me wrong I love a muslin cloth to remove my cleanser, and quite a few hot cloth cleansers come with a complimentary one too. However just lately I've been enjoying a good old flannel to wipe away the day and Primark do the best ones at only £1.30 for three! The flannel for me has just felt that little bit softer on my skin recently and it's also a lovely size to help wipe away your cleanser easily and efficiently.

3. Sally's Mask Brush £2.99 
Sometimes it can get a little messy when it comes to applying a traditional face mask, but add a brush into the mix and you're set for life... The brush I use is from Sally's but you can also use a flat foundation brush too.

Using a brush not only helps speed up the application process, it also assists in helping you be more precise with your application.

4. The Body Shop Blackhead Remover £4 
If you suffer from blackheads or the occasional spot, then this is the tool for you. This tool helps assist in eliminating any nastiness from the problem area and is best used right out of the shower or after a facial steam when your pores are open. All you do is just press the tool over those pesky blackheads or spots with a slightly heavy hand, then just follow up with a toner afterwards to clean the area up.

5. The Body Shop Facial Massager £8 
This last tool is like having your own facialist at home (it's also cheaper!). I actually Picked this up years ago from The Body Shop and it really is such a great tool to have to hand if you feel stressed or you're skin is in need of a little pick me up. Use this dry or with an oil and massage away all over the face to help your face glow from within.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Maybelline Color Drama Lip Contour Palette Review & Photos

Maybelline Color Drama Lip Palette
Just lately I've seen an increasing number of brands releasing lip palette's. Now this is something I've always considered as a pro product, however many drugstore brands are now creating their own affordable versions too.

Maybelline recently released a little bit of a different take on this concept, in the form of the lip contour palette. The palette has everything you need to create and give you the illusion of a fuller lip, so here's my thoughts...
The Color Drama Lip Contour Palette retails for £9.99 and comes in two shades, Blushed Bombshell (a pink/brown mix) and Crimson Vixon (a red/plum mix).
The palette is simply packaged with a handy how to guide on the back. Both palette's include a lip primer, three matte lining shades, three matte colours, a highlighter and double-ended brush.
1. The first step is to apply the primer with your fingers. I really enjoyed using this primer as it did the perfect job of smoothing, mattifying and priming my lips.

 2. Next it is recommend you use the brush to line the lips with one of the liner shades.

3. You then can go in with any three of the slightly lighter shades to fill in the lips. I actually preferred using my fingers to apply these, but you can use whatever you feel works best for you.

4. Lastly you can use the highlighter on either the centre of the lips or on the cupids bow to give the illusion of a fuller lip.

I love the fact that this palette is also customisable, so you can mix the colours together to create your own personal shades too. Furthermore this is perfect for travel if you don't want to take your whole lipstick wardrobe away with you, as it's compact and has everything you need in one palette to go.
Although this primer does help the colour last that little bit longer, it does fade throughout the day, therefore re-application is recommended.
Overall Thoughts
Overall I love the concept of these, however they do take a little more time and effort if you're after the more fuller, contoured lip look. But hey, no worries if you're short for time, then these palette's are also versatile meaning you can easily mix the colours together with your fingers, to create your own custom shades in seconds.

Packaging wise these palette's are nice and compact and there's a great selection of shades in each to cater for both daytime and evening appropriate looks. But I think ultimately these are the most ideal for traveling and to pop in your handbag for on the go touch ups if you're not a fan of dragging many different lip products around...

I award the Maybelline Color Drama Lip Contour Palette a 4 out of 5

*This product was sent to me, but as always all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Product Empties & Products I Regret Buying Edit No16

Product Empties & Product Regrets
Today I wanted to share with you a whole load of new product empties, including a few products that I finally got around to using up from the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar, so here's my final thoughts on what was hot and what was not...
1. Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo - HOT
2. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour - NOT
3. Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk - HOT HOT!
4. MAC Brush Cleaner - HOT
5. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray - HOT
Urban Decay Dupes:
Barry M Setting Spray
Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go
6. Bare Minerals Bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation - NOT
7. Seventeen Skin WOW Concealer in Medium - HOT
8. Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil - HOT HOT!
9. Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner - HOT but NOT
10. Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunsheild - HOT
11. Ultra Sun Face SPF 30 - HOT
12. M&S Formula Ultimate Sleep Cream - HOT HOT!
13. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm - HOT
M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 
14. La Roche Pose Effaclar Duo - HOT
15. Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb - HOT

Incase you missed any of the others then I'll link them here.
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