Saturday, 25 October 2014

I recently found this top at Zara and I absolutely love it. I needed something a bit smarter but comfortable at the same time. It's loose fitting but because of the slight peplum shape it's flattering too! I like that there's a large, exposed zip at the back and the sleeves are slightly longer. 

It's coming up to Halloween and it got me thinking about Halloween as a kid. Most years were spent trick or treating, usually dressed in a black bin liner and covered in fake cobwebs. I remember my area being rubbish for treats and coming home with oranges and occasionally pound coins (on a good night!). Every year was pretty average, but one year when I was around 9 (the year of the photo above) I was invited to Ozzy Osbourne's Halloween party!! My auntie was working for him at the time and she took me and my cousin with, although now thinking back that probably wasn't the best idea given our age. Ozzy Osbourne is (was) scary enough at the best of times, but at Halloween? Terrifying. His London house was decorated top to toe and I remember seeing Kelly dressed up as an angel with huge white wings. My sister did my makeup and although most of the night is a distant, blurry memory, it's one I'll never forget! 

You know when it gets to around four o'clock and you get that sweet craving? Well I've found something that works as the perfect substitute! I've loved the Tea Pigs Liquorice & Peppermint tea for ages now. I really, really hate liquorice though so don't be put off by the name. It tastes like a fresh mint tea but the sweetness comes in right at the end and you can almost feel it on the sides of your tongue. It's definitely my favourite non-English Breakfast type tea and I can't get enough! 

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Now that LUSH season is upon us and the temptation to sit in the bath for hours every night is strong, I've been noticing a few comments here and there by people who don't have a bath and would like some shower-approriate posts as well. Baths aren't for everyone, so I thought I'd put together a little post about the luxury products that can be used in the shower during a pamper session. 

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Luxe Cream Wash Shower Butter //
If you like the smell of marzipan, you'll love this pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla scented shower butter. It's called a butter instead of a gel because of it's thick, creamy texture. It feels almost like you're applying a body lotion in the shower and you're left with super soft, sweet smelling skin. 

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel //
Traditionally Argan oil is used in hair products but it's nourishing and moisturising qualities work great on the body too. The Body Shop have an entire range based on argan oil, an ingredient that has been used in Morocco for centuries. This shower gel smells divine and feels great on the skin, leaving it very moisturised. 

LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner // 
Another Argan based product but this time from LUSH. It's one of their slightly more expensive products and for good reason too! Using it as a body conditioner in the shower will soften and smooth your skin but this dreamy smelling cream can also be used as a hair mask or shaving cream. It's thick and intense but oh so luxurious. 

The Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Moisture Shower Oil //
You must know about my obsession with bath oils by now but you don't hear me talk about shower oils quite as much. This is because this is the first one i've come across and I think it's such a great idea! I pour a small amount into my hands and feels great on the skin, locking in all the moisture. I think this product is quite unique and definitely an essential for a pamper routine. 

So if you don't like baths or a shower is all you have available then hopefully this post helped you find some luxurious products to help with your next pamper evening. What's your favourite shower product? 
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Usually when I write comparison posts it's simple and one product always stands out over the other, but this time it's different. I've been picking these products apart to try and find the difference but they are remarkably similar! 

The products in question are the Anastasia Brow Wiz and the Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow filling pencil and brush. After this post I realised that I had fully been converted to the Brow Wiz and put down my Hourglass brow pencil after months of using it.

I'd wanted to try the Soap & Glory version for a while but it's incredibly hard to get hold of and alway seems to be sold out. I finally found one in my local Boots and even on first impressions I was baffled by it's similarity to the Brow Wiz. 

I've now been using both for weeks, maybe even a month and thanks to these twins I've been super happy with my brows. I call them twins because they really are. The packaging is identical with a small brush on one end and a temperamental twisty pencil on the other (ironically the more expensive one broke first for me!). There's absolutely no difference in packaging, both are equally handy, thin and easy to use. 

In terms of formula I find them to be very similar too! They both have a very solid, waxy formula that with little strokes looks very natural. If I had to be really picky I'd say the Soap & Glory one is slightly more likely to smudge but depending on how heavy you fill in your brows, it's unnoticeable. 

So really the only difference here is shade options and price. The Anastasia Brow Wiz is £15.50 and the Soap & Glory Archery is £8, so around half the price. Anastasia specialises in brows though, so there are 12 shades available all catered to different skin and hair tones. This table on Cult Beauty makes it really easy to pick a shade and there's no denying it if it's the perfect shade you're after, get the Brow Wiz. The Soap & Glory Archery only comes in two shades and the brunette shade 'Hot Chocolate' is pretty warm toned. I can get away with it as I don't have much to fill in, but if you really need to draw in your brows, go for the Brow Wiz.

I hope this comparison has been helpful and let me know which one you prefer?  
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

It's been a couple of weeks since my last weekly vlog, but it's back once again and full of random shenanigans. It's starts off with a hair cut and colour, a quick fashion party, a Friday night gig and then Saturday fun in London with Rich.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

In the beauty industry we start talking about Christmas in July... it's madness! But this year I didn't want to wish my year away so quickly so I've held out for long enough and I'm now ready (and excited) to let the Christmas cheer seep in.

One thing the beauty world does so well at Christmas is eyeshadow palettes and the first one to make my beauty addict ears perk up is the Clarins 'The Essentials' mineral eye make-up palette

Bulky and slightly disappointing packaging aside, this palette has some beautiful shades inside. There are 10 eyeshadows ranging from a smokey Winter grey to a vibrant gold flake. There are mattes, satins and pearls that can be used wet or dry depending on how intense you want them to look. 

The middle four shades are my favourite and despite being initially weary of the gold, I absolutely love it! You can use your finger to lightly press it on the lids and it leaves a subtle but pretty twinkle. 

At £35 this is a seriously strong competitor to the Naked palette and I think this Christmas, this is going to be the one I reach for most. 
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