Wednesday, December 23, 2015

You should go to Specsavers | Max & Co


A great pair of glasses can really add so much to your outfit. Such a great accessory that I find can actually compliment a make up look, instead of covering it up. Some girls I've spoken to about glasses and how they feel wearing them have said that they'd never dream of wearing them on a night out or at an occasion. I'm definitely the opposite end. I love to wear my glasses out, kind of like my alter ego. 

I've gone to Specsavers my whole life and have only ever got my eyes tested and bought glasses from them, so when Specsavers asked if I wanted to get some new frames and share my choice with you I jumped at the chance. 




After trying on pair after pair I started going back to these Max and Co frames. Something a little different to any others I own. I love the way they slightly flick on the outer edges and the legs are a lovely baby pink, almost pearlescent effect that makes the black stand out. Of course the quality is spot on and feel very sturdy and comes in a good, hard wearing case. Not to mention the lovely Ferne McCann had these on in the jungle! (She most definitely copied me) hehe. 



I was always used to getting my face and frames measured by putting on countless pairs of those strange frames and the assistant measuring across my face. Now things are a little different. You pop on the frames you've chosen and they take a picture of you on an iPad and it does it all for you! It's so clever. The man was so nice and even when I asked to take a picture of the iPad he showed no judgement regarding my strange request and just said 'of course no problem'. Such lovely people in Specsavers as always and are so helpful with anything. 


Do you wear glasses? Do you own these frames yourself? I totally recommend Specsavers as their range is so large.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve
xoxo




Monday, December 14, 2015

Skincare: The one with the clay mask


Those times when your skin's crying out for some TLC, I like to mix up my skincare routine to try and accommodate its needs. This particular day my skin was tired, dull and felt like blemishes were brewing ready to unleash themselves. With this in mind I pulled out my ultimate favourites for those key things my skin needed help with.

My evening cleanser won't change until someone lets me in on something that's better than the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It does what you need it to do, but does it in a way thats calming yet invigorating, and really does seem to help with regard to dull looking skin. Having combination skin and a very oily T-Zone the cleansing gel also helps to even out my skin and the dry sections are becoming more normal than flakey dry. 

I like to use a deep cleansing mask on a Sunday and Wednesday. Today is a Sunday, and I went for the Super Facialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask as my lady time is up and knowing my body I was waiting for the moment when all of the impurities were going to surface and say a big and bold hello. The mask contains Salicylic acid which helps to unclog congested skin and does that in the nicest most gentle way. Being a clay mask it tightens when left on the skin, just for five minutes. When wiped off with a damp and warm flannel, it reveals a smooth and clear complexion. 

Not sure where to being with this product, but it's certainly one that everyone should have. Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner that helps to remove dead skin to leave a much brighter looking complexion. I've included this in some previous posts so wont bore you with the same information, however this most definitely helps towards preventing breakouts. By using this every day really does help to keep the monthly imperfections at bay. 

For the past couple of months I've been using the La Roche-Posay Serozinc spray as a nice calming step in my skincare. Recently I found the Clarins Toning Lotion for oily combination skin and thought I might as well give it a try. As my routine is pretty solid now and everything seems to be working well for my skin I can't really see if this helps or not. I can say that it's really nice to use and is just a nice extra step in my routine with a product that can hopefully help with my oily T-Zone. 

I'm someone who really suffers with dark circles under my eyes. I can sometimes have issues with sleep, but in general have around 7 hours a night on average. Even when I sleep a good amount of hours my eye bags are still there with vengeance. Skin Pep Dark Circle Eraser is a product I've used for a while now and still enjoy using it every night. I wake up looking brighter under my eyes and definitely not as dark as how I went to bed. I can sometimes get a little dry under my eyes however this helps to treat that and soften up the under eye skin. 

The day my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair ran out I must admit I was crying inside. This may sound a little over the top, but this is the product I most enjoy using. Mostly because of how amazing my skin feels but also because of the price tag and knowing I will need to buy a new one because I can't live without it. Thank goodness I had this sample size to tied me over but this stuff is just amazingness in a bottle. My skin drinks this stuff up and leaves my skin feeling so loved and hydrated. I flit between a couple of different serums but this one is up there with the miracle workers. 

Lastly theres the moisturiser step where Elemis Marine Cream comes into play. I use this on my mask routine nights as it's so thick and instantly hydrating after using a deep clay treatment. Being so pricey I actually got super sad when I realised how little I had left. It really helps to lock in hydration and especially in the colder months, this would be your bestie. Of course it has the anti-wrinkle and ageing benefits, but those that I won't be able to see the positives until I grow old. For now, its just a beaut to use. 


Friday, December 11, 2015

December reds for all your party occasions


Its standard to sport a red lip during the month of December to turn an average make up look, into a festive beaut. I've got quite a large collection of reds as its just classic and you can't go wrong, but these are my go to for the range of occasions the party seasons throws at you.

Popping into town red: I don't know about you but this year I'm quite behind with my Christmas shopping and popping into town every now and again is becoming a frequent occurrence. Because of this I need something thats quick and even something I can pop on in my car mirror or as I'm walking to grab a coffee. For this I head for the Revlon balm stain in Rendezvous. So easy to apply and gives a lovely red sheen to the lips. 

Social gathering red: Whether it be for a coffee or for one or two drinks with friends, I always go for something with a bit of pop and something that will stick around whilst sipping on a continuous string of decaf almond lattes. Beet from MAC is one that I love to wear when out with friends as its quite long lasting (being a lip pencil and all) but also is such a transition shade that if you went to a gathering and fancied heading out after, then Beet will be there for you. If I fancied something brighter and more of a classic red, then Maybelline Colour drama in Fab Orange if my grab and go. Acts as a lip pencil and all over colour in one, which sticks around through cocktail after cocktail, or coffee after coffee. It's a lovely shade which I can imagine suits a lot of skin tones. 

Night out red: Now this is where is gets to the big boys. My top pick of the three is my Nars Audacious lipstick in Grace. Although is more of a pinky red its just beautiful and definitely gives off a Christmassy vibe. Its super soft to apply and stays around for hours! Perfect to apply at 7pm and forgetting about it till early hours of the morning. Rimmel Apoccalips in Apocoliptic is a liquid lip lacquer. Once dry this does not budge......seriously! Really affordable dupe for the YSL ones. Juliannes red by Loreal is very similar in shade with the NARS lipstick (more of a pinky red) and is a real stunner. It has a slightly more matte formula which means that the laster power is actually better than NARS, meaning it doesn't leave you with bare patches on your lips. 

Whats your go to red for these occasions?
xoxo

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Aldi cream I've added to my skincare routine


A bright sunny Sunday morning, 10:05am exactly I turned up at my local Aldi to a que of cars having to fight for a parking space (which is never normally the case). My friend at work had mentioned about Aldis Lacura caviar cream which was being compared to La Prairie which is sold in places like Harrods for £292 for 50ml! Us knowing Aldi it wasn't going to be near that price, and instead was asking for prices around the £7.99 mark. So, back to me setting the scene. By the time I got into Aldi all of the locals had gotten in and had all of the evening creams so I was left stretching over a crowd to get to the left overs. I managed a day cream, peel and intensive sets. This meant that my local Aldi sold out of all of their caviar products in about 15 minutes flat (but don't worry as they are back in stores on 17th December). 


Day cream

I've been using these products for weeks now and I'm happy to have tried them out but without trying out the expensive one, I can't really compare the two. However I can comment on the Lacura Caviar moisturiser and what I think. Where do I start? I've never really been bothered about what moisturiser I use, as long as it provides my skin with moisture and softens and smooths my dry patches, I'm happy. This cream is very thick and most definitely leaves my skin feeling nice and smooth. Not sure if all of the hype around this product is worth it as I've not been amazed by it. 

Cell renewal peel
The 3 minute skin re-newel peel mask is an interesting one and something I haven't really used before. You apply it straight to the skin after cleansing and leave on for three minutes before washing it off. After using this for a couple of weeks I can honestly say that my skin felt amazing! Super soft, refreshed and glowing. I don't use it too much as I wouldn't want it to irritate my overly sensitive skin but certainly one I reach for on my face mask Sunday nights. 

Will you be running out to Aldi on the 17th December to nab yourself some of these hyped up creams? They do offer a night cream and gift sets however I was too slow for those.

Have you tried these or something similar?
xoxo

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Batiste to the rescue! Just in time for party season



Washing my hair is a chore that I'm most definitely not a fan of and would rather put it off until my hair is super greasy. I like to wash it every three days but depending on going to the gym or evening commitments it can vary. Dry shampoo has always been a staple for me because of how lazy I am with washing my hair and can act as a styling product at the same time, and Batiste is a brand that I've used for years.

As you can see there a vast range (which not all have been included here) and you might be wondering 'What one should you use?'. Well, your standard dry shampoo that comes with different scents (floral, blush ,cherry and bloom) which  come out white and our able to dry out and sign of grease and get your hair looking fresh. I must admit, it took me a little while to get used to the distance to hold the can from your head to prevent turning into a grey haired granny. When you have the nack all is good and you'll end up relying on having a can at home.

Batiste have evolved so much over time and now have some different products as well as dry shampoo. My favourite out of the styling lines is the XXL volume one, as my hair is so long and heavy, meaning it goes flat and just hangs down. When spraying this into my roots (still from a distance) mattes my hair and once rubbed in gives a sort of back combed effect, which can be easily brushed out at the end of the day/night. On the other hand there's a conditioning spray which smooths the hair and is great for when you have small hairs that fancy going awol. All products have a lovely fresh scent that sticks around for ages after the initial spray.

Even though there are many different brands now offering dry shampoo, I still fins myself going back to Batiste time and time again. They have a wide range of scents and styling versions to choose from depending your need. I never get let down by them and highly recommend you getting yourself a can to try out, ready for party season.

xoxo