Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lemon Eau de Parfum by Mary Greenwell

Back in the day when Glossybox used to send subscribers real unique, luxury beauty samples, one of the best products I ever received was Mary Greenwell's Lemon Eau de Parfum. And I'm not ashamed to say I haven't stopped thinking about it since.

There's no two ways about it - I love zesty scents. Nothing is better than spritzing yourself with invigoration before you leave to go out to work in the morning, and throughout the day when you hit dips in your energy. 

Let's start with the 'hello yellow' box. I just love simplicity when it comes to fragrance packaging - of all the flowers, spikes and crystals you see on the department store shelves, what says lemon better than a bright yellow cube?

I think the contrast of the vivid box and the black capitals 'LEMON' really works here. As you can see, it's also divided by a pop of lime green, which adds another citrus-like dimension to the product.

The bottle is also pretty special. It feels very heavy at first with the stunning 22 carat gold plated stopper, but its weight makes it feel like an expensive product, which I personally love.

And then we have the best bit - the fragrance itself. Think afternoon cocktails in a hot city, an art gallery launch after party or a stroll through the cobbled streets of Capri. Infused with bergamot, lemon, bitter orange, lime and mandarin, Lemon screams summer elegance.

Overall, I adore Lemon. The only bug bear I have is the cost - it's a little on the expensive side at £60 for 50ml and £90 for 100ml, but I believe the price represents the quality. It's a luxury product that's worth its weight in 22 carat gold.

What's your favourite summer scent? xxx

*This is a PR sample. All views are my own

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Guest Post: Skin Care - Back to Basics

Skin care is an important step in anyone's routine, young or old. There are so many skincare products on the market that our skin doesn't know what to do with!

I have found myself countless times in a rut of having bad skin days - every single day, using every single skincare product possibly available to help clear up my skin. In fact, I was making my skin worse. It's hard to believe that, when there are so many mainstream products hitting the highstreet, you are lulled into thinking your skin needs to be cleansed with a mechanical tool, the latest technology and, as of late, cleansing brushes.

After some time, I took a step back and decided I was doing wrong to my skin. I will only have young, plump skin once in my life, and while I am deliberating whether to begin an anti-aging regimen at the grand age of 21, I want to take care of it best as possible, whilst being gentle and non-abrasive. Many a time, I have found myself scrubbing away at my skin, trying to exfoliate away dead skin cells, and clearing out my pores. Through trial and error, I began to remove skin care products from my routine, and replacing them with essentially nothing. Purely back to basics. 

My night time routine tends to be more concentrated, as you’re giving your skin plenty of time to appreciate the products, before interrupting it with makeup. I changed my regimen to one cleanser to remove all traces of makeup; this can be anything that works well with your skin. I found the No7 Foaming Cleanser worked well with my skin type. Secondly, I apply a swipe of Liz Earle Skin Tonic Toner, to completely remove all traces of makeup and cleanser from your skin. This will strip your skin of anything in sight, to give it the chance to breathe and not be suffocated by anything else. Lastly, I apply a night cream. I believe this is an important step, as this product will be soaking into your skin throughout the night, repairing dry skin, rebalancing your skin type, etc. I currently use Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream

I don’t use any extravagant brands of skin products. I don’t think it always does your skin any good. I found that it did more harm than good; various ingredients – sometimes unnecessary ingredients  – caused more hassle. Another note to be made aware of is your skin is a sensitive area, even if you are not prone to sensitive skin. It can take a while to adjust to various products, so you may find your skin does get better, before it gets worse.

I do swear by a back to basics routine. The fewer products that interfere with the natural oils in my skin, the better. This routine is also a lot quicker, so you will find you can spend more time relaxing or enjoying yourself than worrying about skincare routines!

Thanks for reading xxx
This post was written by Lucy from Lucee Loves, who won the second place prize in my guest post giveaway.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Beauty Looks A-Z: Neverland

For this week's beauty look post, I've been inspired by famous fairy Tinkerbell. Yes, you did read that right, Tinkerbell. You'd be amazed how many gorgeous baby pink and lime green products there are out there. 

Here's the products that made it onto my list:
Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer (£19.50, 15ml)
Moschino Pink Bouquet EDT (£29.50, 30ml)
Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Conditioner (£17, 250ml)
Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDP (£75, 100ml)
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub (£4.95, 150ml)
Barry M Nail Polish in Mint Green (£2.99, 10ml)
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Pale Green (£4.59)
Essie Nail Polish in Pink Diamond (£7.99, 15ml)
Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Shampoo (£0.99, 400ml)
L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream Anti-Redness (£9.99)
Lush Emotional Brilliance Lipstick in Charm (£14.50)
Bvlgari Omnia Green Jade EDT (£27.58, 25ml)

What do you think of this week's beauty look? xxx

A for Atomic
B for Burlesque
C for Caribbean
D for Dynamite
E for Enchantment
 F for Fantasia
G for Gatsby
H for Halo
I for Indigo
J for Jelly
K for Khaki
L for Lemon & Lime
M for Morello Cherry

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday Beauty Steal #12

You know when you see a brand floating around the blogosphere and you're instantly in love with it? Well, for me, Deborah Lippmann is high up there on my 'to try list', so I was pleasantly surprised to see bright and bronze nail lacquers on sale for £9.80 each down from £14 at House of Fraser. And the 20 colours up for grabs do not disappoint!

What is it?
Pictured above are my favourite lacquers of the 20 available for under £10 - On the Beach (left), No More Drama (middle) and Supermodel (right). Whereas No More Drama was created with none other than Mary J Blige, Supermodel was made with the help of catwalk queen Dree Hemingway, and On the Beach was inspired by Deborah's work with style icons such as SJP.

What do I like about it?
These blue, bronze and blood orange shades are a match made in beach beauty heaven. You could mix and match them, go bold with one block colour, or have a bronze accent nail. And there's no doubt that all three shades go with a tan.

Why is it a steal?
Deborah Lippmann is a superstar in the nail world - when it comes to colours and looks, she knows her stuff. The shades are spot on, ultra chic and super wearable. You get nearly £5 off each polish in the HOF sale for a product made by a woman who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham. I'm totally there.

What do you think of this week's beauty steal? xxx

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Best of the Beauty Sales: Very & John Lewis

When I say my spending ban is killing me, I mean it's calling out for a brutal beauty murder. I've lost count of the amazing beauty sales on at the moment - there's Selfridges, NEOM and Molton Brown, and that's before I even mention the temptress that is drugstore 3-for-2 offers. 

 But as all shopaholics say, a little window shopping never hurt anybody. I've had a look at what's on offer at Very and John Lewis and picked two of the best from each site. If I'm not spending, somebody has to!


First of all we have the United Colors of Benetton Unisex EDT (75ml), which is £14.50 down from £29. Although unisex fragrances are not usually my thing (I'm into fruity and sweet scents), I absolutely love the colour and simplicity of the packaging and wouldn't mind trying something new for less than a score. Plus you can't really go wrong with top notes of neroli and bergamot.

My second pick from the Very beauty sale is the Remington C19522 Pearl Pro Tong, which is £19 down from £29. I always turn my nose up at the 'classic' silvery metal curling tongs, but I've always found them quite rubbish and not as user-friendly as the new simple black ones that are swarming the marketplace. This looks really easy to use and I'm willing to pay under £20 for easy curls.


The first product I'm in lust with from the John Lewis beauty sale is the Rituals Dragon Mud Body Scrub, which only costs £5.75 down from £11.50 for 200ml. Such a bargain! All you have to do is put the words 'scrub' and 'mud' together and I know I'm in for a spa treat. I also love the oriental vibe of the product.

The scrub is made with volcanic clay and ultra-fine bamboo.

The second product from the John Lewis beauty sale is the Rituals Lip Shine in Winter Coral, which is now £6 down from £12. Let's face it, everyone loves coral lips and this one is super wearable. This one is likely to sell out pronto, so get your purses out and shop!

Have you bought anything good in the summer sales? xxx

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Guest Post: La Roche-Posay - Worth the Hype?

Like every other bloggger on the planet, I have been trying out the range from La Roche-Posay. If you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months, La Roche-Posay is a French brand that specialises in products for problem skin. And when I say problem skin, I mean dryness, dehydration, irritated and acne-prone skin.

After reading lots of reviews about the brand, I decided to purchase some bits and try them out. I have normal/combination skin - it's not dry and not overly oily. I do tend to get breakouts when I'm run down or it's a certain time of the month (you girls will know what I mean!), but I am conscious about enlarged pores on my cheeks and would love them to be minimised so that I can have a more even skin tone. The products I decided to go for were Effaclar Micro-Exfoliant Astringent Lotion and Effaclar Duo.


'Effaclar astringent micro-exfoliating lotion helps to instantly unblock and reduce pore size, due to the combination of cleansing agents, and micro-exfoliant LHA'

The exfoliating toner is clear (the bottle is blue) and has a strong alcohol and almost clinical smell to it. I thought that it was going to sting my face and leave it feeling tight like it does with other brands, but I was surprised that it did neither. It dries on your skin instantly without leaving it feeling tight.

This really feels like it is deep cleaning your face; all traces of make-up and excess oil are removed. It's really hard to explain, but my face felt dry in the sense that all the grease and oil had been extracted from my pores, leaving my skin feeling ultra clean and soft. This in my mind is the perfect surface to apply the Effaclar Duo to.


'Effaclar Duo is a complete skincare solution that combines 4 active ingredients to act on the 2 major signs of skin with imperfections: blackheads and red pimples'

The gel/cream formulation absorbs into the skin without leaving any oily residue, yet leaving your face feeling hydrated and nourished. I found it to be a perfect base for foundation, mainly because it wasn't greasy and I didn't have to wait ages for it to sink in.

During the first 2 weeks of using these products, I didn't really notice any difference and thought 'oh well that's another hyped up product'. That being said, I still continued to use it (only to use it up really) and by week 3 I started to notice that my skin felt smoother and looked fresher. I found myself constantly stroking my face, feeling for bumps and raised pores that used to be on my cheeks, only to find they had been evicted.

My pores were (in my mind) not as noticeable, and my make-up sat better and lasted a lot longer because my face wasn't getting greasy throughout the day. I have been using it every day now for 2 months and really like the results. Don't get me wrong - I still get the occasional spot, but I really feel it has made a difference and will continue to buy and use when I have run out.

If you have problematic skin, I would highly recommend trying out some products from the range. In fact, I recently bought another product for my husband - the Lipikar Baume AP Body Balm. He has been complaining of dry, itchy skin on his legs and arms, and me being me and loving the products from the range, I tooted off to Boots to find him something.


'Fragrance and paraben-free lipid replenishing care, formulated specifically for very dry, sensitive and irritated skin, prone to itching. Adapted to the skin of babies, children and adults'

My husband has been using this on and off for a week (I told him to use it every day, but you know what men are like!) and has already noticed a dramatic difference. He is not as itchy and his skin is less red and irritated than before. The balm is quite thick, but is absorbed straight away, leaving no oil or greasy residue. The thing I really like about this is that it is mild enough to use on babies and children, so is fab for any nappy rashes or skin irritation they might get.


La Roche-Posay gets a big thumbs up from me. In my opinion, the brand is fantastic and deserves the hype that surrounds it.

Thanks for reading! xxx

This post was written by Louise from Lou Loves Beauty, who won the first place prize in my guest post giveaway.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Travel Beauty Tuesday: Korres Holiday in Greece Gift Set

When it comes to beach holiday beauty, I've got two priorities - keeping my skin protected with SPF30+ and cooling off in the shower after a sweaty betty afternoon on the sun lounger. So the idea of a Korres' Holiday in Greece Gift Set, which is full of invigorating bath and body treats, was right up my beauty street.

The five-piece set includes:
(1) Basil Lemon Body Milk (40ml)
(2) Basil Lemon Shower Gel (40ml)

These smell divine and the formula of the body milk is really light and moisturising.

(3) Guava Body Butter (40ml)
(4) Guava Shower Gel (40ml)

These have more of a tropical feel and the body butter is great for that extra step of post-shower pampering.

(5) Aloe & Dittany Shampoo

This is my least favourite item in the gift set, but everyone needs an emergency shampoo on holiday, even if you just use it after a dip in the pool!

AND I have some good news - for the month of June, this set is on offer for £12.67 down from £19 on ASOS. You can thank me later ladies!

What's your travel beauty essential? xxx

*This post includes a PR Sample, but all thoughts are my own

Monday, June 17, 2013

Beauty Looks A-Z: Morello Cherry

Whether I'm spritzing myself with a scrumptious fragrance or sipping a fruity cocktail after dinner, cherry always tops my list of ingredients.

This week, I've searched the world wide web high and low for the best cherry can offer and found some delicious make-up and bath & body treats.

 Here's the products you need to pop your cherry:
L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel (£13, 250ml)
The Body Shop Wild Cherry Body Butter (£2, 50ml)
OPI Charged Up Cherry Nail Lacquer (£11.50, 15ml)
Carmex Tube - Cherry (£2.69)
Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo (£2.99, 200ml)
Shu Umera Gloss Unlimited in Wine (£18.50)
Essie Raspberry Nail Polish (£10.95)
Maybelline Color Sensational Popsticks in Cherry Pop (£7.19)
Escada Cherry in the Air (£24, 30ml)
Cartier Delices de Cartier EDT (£84.50, 100ml)
Nip + Fab Cherry Tarte (£7.95, 200ml)
Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Lip Balm (£4.95, 12.5ml)

What do you think of this week's beauty look? xxx

A for Atomic
B for Burlesque
C for Caribbean
D for Dynamite
E for Enchantment
 F for Fantasia
G for Gatsby
H for Halo
I for Indigo
J for Jelly
K for Khaki
L for Lemon & Lime

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday Beauty Steal #11

Thanks to Dr Hauschka's Lemon Lemongrass Body Milk, my skin has been feeling a lot softer lately. But it's also down to one of the most luxurious shower products I've ever used - L'Occitane's Ultra Rich Shower Cream.

For this week's beauty steal, I've found a fantastic offer on Debenhams' website - the L'Occitane Pampering Shea Butter Collection is now £25 down from £52.

Damn my spending ban!

What is it?
The five-piece L'Occitane Pampering Shea Butter Collection includes an Ultra Rich Hand & Body Wash (500ml), Shea Ultra Rich Shampoo (75ml), Shea Ultra Rich Conditioner (75ml), Shea Butter Verbena Shower Cream (75ml) and Shea Hand Cream (10ml).

What do I like about it?
With 5% shea milk, the Hand & Body Wash is a seriously creamy, moisturising product for your bath and body collection. Having recently used the brand's shower cream, I can confirm that it softens the skin and is a real joy to use, and so I'd love to try the Verbena one too. The rich-formula hand cream is also seen by beauty lovers as one of the best in the UK.

Why is it a steal?
Debehams has taken 51% off the original price, which is an incredible discount for such a coveted brand. The high shea milk content makes each product nourishing and soothing, and protects the skin from environmental damage. And all this for £25 - what a bargain buy!

You can buy the L'Occitane Pampering Shea Butter Collection here.

What do you think of this week's steal? xxx

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hair Hero: Dove Intensive Repair Leave-In Conditioning & Care Spray

When it comes to shopping for make-up and skin care, it's no secret that I prefer to spend my cash on high-end brands such as Guerlain and Givenchy. But, when it's time for me to stock up on hair care products, drugstore brands such as Herbal Essences and Aussie do it best.

I've been looking for a great leave-in conditioning spray for a while now, as my hair gets quite dry and tangly when wet, even if I've just conditioned it. However, the truth is that I started to give up - I'd had enough of spending on sprays with attractive packaging only to get a greasy finish when my hair was dry.

But after being lucky enough to attend the House of Dove event a few months back, I have fallen in love with the Dove Intensive Repair Leave-In Conditioning & Care Spray. What I love most about the spray is its versatility - you can use it on wet or dry hair, which makes it great for detangling and softening when wet and nourishing between washes when dry. It also smells like a luxurious creamy conditioner, which makes you feel like you are treating your tresses with a product that will care for it from root to tip.

Whenever I use the spray on wet hair, it always looks and feels as soft as silk when its dry. Because the spray is lightweight, my hair doesn't feel greasy or heavy post application, which I really love.

Have you tried any Dove hair care products? xxx

*This post contains a PR sample, but all views are my own

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yves Rocher - Retropical Collection Summer 2013

The Yves Rocher Retropical collection embodies everything I love about summer beauty - bronze, deep sea blue and aqua shimmer. It's one of the most beautiful make-up collections I have seen for this season, so I had to get some samples to share the products with you!

Above I have shown all three samples I received, but I wanted to focus on the two most interesting ones for this post - the Sunkissed Glow Cheek Stain and Deep Blue Crackle Nail Polish.

Just so you know, the Retropical collection also has a coloured mascara, eye trio, shower gel and shampoo, eau de toilette, eye pencil, illuminating pearls, nail polish and a lipgloss. 


The first thing I noticed about this cheek stain was how dark it looked in the bottle - however, when I shook it up it was full of gold shimmer and glitter, making it multidimensional.

One thing that surprised me was the lack of applicator inside the bottle, as it was just open to pour out. I think this is because you are meant to apply it as a stain to the cheeks using a cotton pad.

It's quite a matte formula with a smooth bronze finish and a few speckles of glitter. I think it would work best on those who have darker than fair and olive skin types.


Then we have the gorgeous laid-back cool Deep Blue Crackle Nail Polish. I tried this on both of my ring fingers last night, as I had a light blue shade on already and wanted to see if the look would work. I was really impressed with the finish and had to resist the temptation to apply the crackle polish to the rest of my nails! The formula was quite good too.

The only thing I'd ask for is a bigger bottle, but I do love the packaging and shape of the bottle, and I can't really complain given that it costs less than 3 quid!

What do you think of the Retropical Collection? xxx

*This post contains PR samples. All views are my own

Monday, June 10, 2013

Beauty Looks A-Z: Lemon & Lime

Given that the sun has had her wide-brimmed hat on, I've been so excited to do this week's beauty look on lemon and lime products for face, nails and hair.

It looks like Summer is finally here...

Here's the products that are giving me zest:
Nails Inc Mexican Lime Heel Balm (75ml, £11)
UKA 13:00 Mint and Lemon Nail Oil (5ml, £18)
Mavala Mini Colour Nail Polish in Lemon Cream (5ml, £4.50)
Benefit Lemon Aid Colour Correcting Eyelid Primer (£16.50)
Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolada Body Butter (200ml, £5.24)
LUSH Lemony Flutter (£6.25)
Ole Henrikson Lemon Strip Flash Peel (£35)
Mary Greenwell Lemon EDP (100ml, £90)
Essie Nail Polish in Mojito Maddness (£7.99)
Barry M Nail Paint in Lemon Ice Cream (£2.99)
NARS Cosmetics Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Celebrate (£18)
GHD Candy Collection GHD IV Lemon Styler (£110)

What do you think of this week's beauty look? xxx 

A for Atomic
B for Burlesque
C for Caribbean
D for Dynamite
E for Enchantment
 F for Fantasia
G for Gatsby
H for Halo
I for Indigo
J for Jelly
K for Khaki

Friday, June 7, 2013

May favourites: fragrance, skin and make-up

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've been on a spending ban for over a month now. That's a serious achievement for a beauty addict like me.

Luckily, during the last month, I've discovered some serious beauty staples in my existing collection. May was the time to use them to the max. 

Here's my recent fragrance, skin care and make-up favourites.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum
La Petite Robe Noire is sweet but sensual and I think it has become my signature scent. Guerlain is all about luxury and quality and I'm so impressed with this fragrance. The sad thing is that it has nearly run out! Will I be able to wait another month to get a replacement?

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel
Not only does the gel feel like heaven on the skin, it also warms up on application and then turns into an oil. This cleanser has the skin care X factor - it doesn't lather and turns into a soothing milky emulsion when rinsed off, leaving the skin silky smooth. I haven't been using this every day, but it's fab as an alternative cleanser for every other day.

Givenchy Prisme Blush
This is the first orange/coral blusher I ever bought and I didn't do it by halves when I went for the Givenchy Prisme. It has four different shades of orange and bronze and looks stunning in the palette and on the skin. It's such a beautiful blush for Spring/Summer.

Dr Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturizer
I'm still not sold on the seriously sweet smell of this Dr Hauschka body lotion, but the formula is incredible. It's not too thin and not too thick, it doesn't clog the skin and it spreads really well. When my spending ban is over, I'll be getting my hands on the lavender one! I can't wait.

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil
Knowing full well that I have oily skin, I was so scared to buy this product as I thought it would make it worse. But I was wrong - the Lotus oil is for oily/combination skin and balances it out. It smells amazing and it's great for an overnight skin care special treat. You only need a tiny amount per use, which makes it well worth the money. And as it's made by Clarins, it goes without saying that the quality is high.

What were your favourite products last month? xxx

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The skin care tag

Everyone who reads my blog will know that skin care is my favourite topic to cover, so big thanks goes out to the lovely Kat at Tales of a Pale Face for tagging me! You can check out her blog here and her tag post here too. 


Describe your skin care routine in 5 words
Cleanse, refresh, moisturise, nourish, protect

What's your skin type?
My skin type is oily/combination and prone to hormonal acne

What's your favourite skin care product?
At the moment, I'm absolutely loving La Roche-Posay's Effaclar H moisturiser. It's so soothing and hydrating, but my skin never feels clogged up by it. It just feels like silk on my skin and you don't need much per application. I really, really rate it.

Top blemish zapper
For me, the best blemish zapper is finding the best cleanser for your skin type and using it every day to get into a routine. I used to find the Freederm spot zapper quite good, but as I've got older I find all the textures quite sticky and invest more in cleansing. A cleansing brush also really helps - my skin has changed for the better after using the Philips VisaPure.

Face wipes yay or nay?
Absolutely nay. Think about a 2-in-1 product for your hair - does it ever feel moisturised and nourished? It doesn't for me, so why would I expect any different from my skin care? I'm a real believer in each component for itself, so no matter how great face wipes sound I know using thing separately gets better results.

High-end skin care or high-end make-up?
This is a difficult question, but if my skin wasn't in good condition I wouldn't see the value in buying high-end make-up, so I'd have to say high-end skin care. In the past, I've invested so much time and money in drugstore cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers and I've always been disappointed. The more you spend, the better for your skin (in my opinion anyway).

What's the most unusual skin care product you've tried?
I think there was a product I tried from the Rodial Snake range that had a really strange texture. It was quite thin but grainy and I couldn't work out if I liked it or not! 

You're in a french pharmacy and can only pick up one item - what is it?
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water - it's so refreshing and moisturising and since I've been using it I haven't looked back. For something that sounds like it is just water in a can, it's a skin care power tool in my eyes.

Tell us your top skin care tip
Decide on a routine and stick to it - if you chop and change your products, it's likely that you'll have to wait longer to see any results. Most products take months to make a real difference, so if you really like a product and don't think it's doing anything for your skin then give it another couple of weeks and see if you feel the same. Take a picture at the beginning and after 3 months to see if it has made a difference and you might just surprise yourself!


Hope you enjoyed the tag! xxx

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NOTD: Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not

Violet, lilac, mauve, amethyst and eggplant - you name it, purple's got it. So it comes as no surprise that OPI's Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not is rocking my nail world this week.

My nails have been breaking like crazy recently, so I had to schedule in a session to give them a file, buff and paint. This beaut of a shade looks great on my freshly square tiny tidy nails.

I think you'll find that's another brownie point for OPI.

What do you think of this NOTD? xxx

Other NOTDs
Mod Mermaid
The Truth Is, I'm Toxic
Iced Strawberry
Fiesta Sparkle
Coral Crush 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Beauty Looks A-Z: Khaki

When it comes to summer holidays, there's two dominant colours in my beauty collection - gold for the beach, and khaki green for the beach party.

Whereas gold screams sunshine, khaki has got an edgy sensuality to it. Like the nautical trend in the summer season, khaki will never go out of fashion. It's here to stay! 

Here's my edit of gorgeous green beauty buys:
Sol de Janeiro Posto Protect Green Mango Hair/Scalp Protector/Conditioner (£21, 150ml)
Clarins Ombre Minerale Collection Mineral Mono Eyeshadow in Silver Green (£17)
Molton Brown White Mulberry Hand Wash (£16, 300ml)
No.7 Colour Calming Primer Green (£10.50, 40ml)
GOSH Nail Lacquer in Lazy Green (£4.99)
Garden Hideaway Yankee Candle (Large) (£19.99)
Essie Reptile Crocadilly (£7.99)
Bumble & Bumble BB Seaweed Conditioner (£17, 250ml)
Noble Isle Sea of Green Hand Wash (£18, 250ml)
Laura Mercier Lustre Eye Colour in Sherazade (£18.50)
L'Oreal Color Riche Nails Rive Gauche Green (£4.99)
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Whopping Willow (£16)

What do you think of this week's beauty look? xxx

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Once Upon A Bathtime: Bomb Cosmetics' Appleberry Butter Burst Bath Blaster

You know those days where you can't think of anything better than having a long soak in the bath? Yep - that was my Friday.

Now that I'm on a spending ban, I've got a stash of bath and shower products to use and abuse. This week, I dug out my Appleberry Butter Burst Bath Blaster from Bomb Cosmetics. 

The Appleberry Butter Burst blaster is infused with a blend of summer strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, with a crisp, fresh green apple. Pink grapefruit and black pepper oils give it the zing factor, whereas caramel and vanilla sweeten the deal.

Those of you who have been following my Once Upon A Bathtime posts will know that I prefer colour and scent over any skin care benefits, so I loved that the water turned neon green. 

I don't know what's stranger - the fact the bath looked like a witch's brew or the fact I loved it because of that. The crisp scent of the blaster was invigorating but not too overpowering for an evening soak.

And it only costs £2.29, so why not?

Have you tried any bath blasters from Bomb Cosmetics? xxx

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