Friday, 31 August 2012

August Favourites!

(1) L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil - £9.99 - Review here.
(2) Etat Pur Express Purifying Mask - £7.50 - Review here.
(3) Bourjois Paris French Manicure - £9.99 - Review here.
(4) Mac Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel - £26 - Review here.

Previous Favourites:

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Bourjois Paris French Manucure


Everyone wants to be able to give themselves a french manicure at home. Unfortunately it seems to be one of the hardest effects to achieve. You want the white tips to be neat otherwise it doesn't look very professional. However no tips, tricks, tape or guidelines have helped me so far.

This is why I was drawn to this french manicure set by Bourjois. At first glance it is not very different from any other set. It has your white for the tip, your pink for the nail, and a clear sealant topcoat.

But no. The secret to this type of french manicure is in the brush. As you can see from the top picture on the right hand side, the brush is curved at the end so that it fits the shape of your nail. Now all you need to do is paint one half, and then flip the brush over and paint the other half of the nail. It's that simple.

This sounded like great idea to me. And to be honest it probably still is one of the best, but unfortunately it just isn't as simple as it looks. It's very hard to get the polish to lay even. Furthermore you have to apply more than one coat to get an opaque tip. This is very difficult to do without the end getting a bit lumpy in places.

However I did manage it. Low and behold the picture above. What I must say is don't start again if you think you have made a mess of your nails. I thought that I had but as soon as I brushed the pink polish over the top, it almost blurred the line between the pink and white and made my nails look a lot better than they did before.

In the end, it takes a lot of time and patience to create a great french manicure. It doesn't matter what method you use, it applies to all. Mine were slightly rushed as I am terrible when it comes for waiting for polish to dry. But in my opinion, if you want to do a french manicure in your own home, this is the best way I have found to do it so far.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

JolieBox Review - Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Dry Shampoo

This product was always going to have a battle on its hands. Finding a dry shampoo that I like better than my Batiste one is no easy mission. Batiste just does the job and afterwards you can't even tell that you used dry shampoo. What more could you ask for from this sort of product.

Everyone knows what this product is for. If you don't have time to wash your hair, it gives your locks the pick-me-up they need to help them look freshly washed and bouncy again. It is a lifesaver for anyone with a fast-paced life, or even for just girls that are lazy and lets face it, we all have some of those days.

You are meant to spray it on your roots 20cm's away and then massage in thoroughly. But this is where it falls down. It comes out white and I have brown hair. If I was a blonde then maybe I could get away with it, but there was no amount of massaging I could do to get rid of the greying effect it left behind.

It smells amazing. And I won't lie, when I started shaking the tin I nearly jumped out of my skin when it made a right old racket. The Batiste product is just a liquid that you shake. However this product has a metal ball inside which mixes everything together. When you spray it, it almost has a fizz to it, as if it is more gassy than the Batiste. It fizzes a bit on the hair and I have realised that the longer you leave it before massaging, the more grey you will become.

Overall this does a great job of getting rid of your greasy roots. There is no denying that. Perhaps if it was a brown colour it could even rival my Batiste obsession. If anyone has tried this and has blonde hair, please comment below and let me know how it works for you.

Monday, 27 August 2012

OOTD - 27/8/12





Asos Top - £25 - Buy one here.
Hollister Jeggings - £40 - As seen in my previous OOTD.
Marks and Spencer Boots - £39.50 - Buy them here.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Book Worm #6 - I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk

We have come to the end of the journey with this I Heart series and I am both happy and sad. Happy... because I enjoyed the story and now I get to move on to find more new and interesting books. Sad.. because Angela is just too entertaining and Lindsey Kelk writes these books in a great way. You almost feel like you are a passer by - part of every chapter.

I know that she has written another book called The To Do List but I have heard that it isn't necessarily as good as these I Heart books. Therefore I think I will wait it out and then read her next book when it comes out. She is pretty much on par with my favourite female author, Jane Costello. I have read all of her books and I still wait with eager anticipation for the next one to come out.

I have to thank my friend Becky for introducing me to this book series. It's made learning shorthand enjoyable as well as searching for a job :P

Angela is in the final stage of her final journey. She's getting married and she is going home! Two things she never thought would happen in a million years.. Or at least the two years she has been living in NY. She has managed to settle down, find a man, become the writer she always wanted to be, out a celebrity, have a dozen cat fights and nearly get deported. She is one of a kind. But when her mum's birthday is rearing its ugly head, Angela is ordered back home to introduce Alex to the family at the party. Little does she know that when she gets there, she will also be getting wed on her mothers birthday. This is Anglea, and nothing ever goes to plan. But will she get her happy ever after or not?..

This book was somewhat predictable like a few of the others, but what you can not predict is what will happen in the meantime. Never could I ever imagine that she would be pushed off the top of a bar and faceplant the ground with a royal thud, ending up in hospital with yet another black eye and another embarrassing story to avoid revealing to her mother. Like her, I would also send my boyfriend down in the morning to reveal the previous nights antics without having to face the world.

Angela is a trooper. She has been through thick and thin, but in honesty, if I had half the journey she had I would be blissfully happy. It was great to go along with her and I hope that you will enjoy doing so too.

Pick up the book now! You won't regret it.

Coming up next - 50 Shades of Grey.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

August JolieBox!!

My August JolieBox arrived yesterday, quite late in the evening and I was really suprised to see it. I only got my dispatch email earlier that morning so I was thrilled to have received it already. As usual I ripped open the box in excitement and yet again JolieBox did not disappoint. This really does have to be my favourite monthly subscription beauty box to date as I never get something that I wouldn't like to try - it never feels like i've wasted my money. I love it!

For August JolieBox decided to create special edition summer boxes. There were 5 different varieties this month and I'm definitely pleased with mine. So let's check out what I got!...

(1) Dr Bronner's - Pure-Castile Soap 'pillows' - These magic all-in-one soaps loved by the A-list cleans and revives from head to toe.

My Opinion - I am a little confused as to what this is. Obviously I know it's a soap and I am presuming it's a liquid. But I don't know if it mimics a shower gel or if you can use it as shampoo as well? I have tried to do some research online but the Dr Bronner's website itself was of no help. I think I will try these out just as body washes in the shower and see how I go. Other than that I can not mention anything else as I have no idea what they smell like because I haven't opened one yet. They do look very intriguing so I am looking forward to trying them out. Review coming soon.

(2) Phil Smith Be Gorgeous - Dry Clean Revitalising Dry Shampoo - This dry shampoo blitzes oily roots and leaves hair feeling fresh and clean.

My Opinion - I've seen this brand in Boots and Sainsbury's quite a bit so I feel familiar with it even thought I have never tried any Phil Smith products before. I usually use my Batiste Coloured Dry Shampoo so it will be interesting to see how this compares. It would have to be really good to make me want to go back to using a white dry shampoo. I have brunette hair and it can sometimes be difficult to massage it in enough so I don't end up looking grey!

(3) So Susan Cosmetics - Lip Cushion - A sheer gloss to tint and moisturise chapped lips.

My Opinion - I love lip balms which is what I would call this. It's isn't really a lip gloss per say. It smells quite nice - like strawberry - but it does seem to have a plasticy background to it. There is also glitter in it which I am unsure about as it makes me feel like I am 6 again. The consistency is quite thin but so far it is doing a great job of keeping my lips hydrated. The product isn't tested on animals and has an integrity commitment whereby it doesn't contain harmful chemicals  so I am intrigued to find out more. One thing I would say is that the box is a little unnecessary as the balm is so small.

(4) So Susan Cosmetics - Wide Awake Face Palette - A palette of skin enhancing colour tools to give you a summer glow

My Opinion - This is what excited me the most... until I smashed it :( Yes my heart dropped, so this goes out as a warning to anyone else who received the palette.. One drop and you can say bye bye to the eyebrow powders! I honestly don't know how I will use the palette now without completely getting rid of the powder as they have shattered completely and keep falling out. I didn't even drop it from a great height! Anyways, the palette includes a cream highlighter, illuminator, eyebrow powders, tweezers and a brush. Overall I like this, but I will have to investigate into how good it is by using it further.

(5) JolieBox - Leather Hair Styling Lace - A leather lace to create endless updo's.

My Opinion - This is intriguing. I honestly don't have a clue how to use it but JolieBox mentioned in their note that they will be creating some YouTube videos to teach you how to use it which will be good. So far it's just a leather lace... haha!

Overall, I am happy with what I have received. There is nothing that I wouldn't use and that's the main thing for me. It's nice to discover some new brands and hopefully grow to love them.

For enlarged pictures of all products please see below.

Friday, 24 August 2012

My August Favourites (Guest Post by The Treasure Chest)

Hey lovely readers! My name is Joanna and I run a little blog over at The Treasure Chest where I write about everything beauty related. I love doing tutorials and sometimes throw in some yummy recipes too.
Helena was so sweet to let me do a post, so today I will be showing you some favourites from this past month. Hope you will like it!

It’s been ridiculously warm for the whole summer here, so that meant that less has definitely been more!

Catrice – 070 Mr Copper’s Fields Eyeshadow

Summer is all about the glow, and this eyeshadow is exactly what I’ve been looking for! It gives a subtle glow that looks gorgeous on tanned skin and just as great on skin that hasn’t been so sun kissed. Light, pretty and perfect!
Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm

A favourite of mine for almost a year now! The sun is known for not being so kind to your skin, especially when it’s burning hot. Your lips react the same. They need moisturising and protection from dehydration. I’m sure I’m not the first to tell you that you should drink 2 litres of water a day to have beautiful skin and a happy body, but even if you do that, your lips might still need some pampering. This is where the Strawberry Lip Balm saves the day.
I’m completely in love with it as it needs to be reapplied only…well almost never and you can feel the difference on your lips from the first use. Definitely a keeper.

Rimmel Bright Back At You Nail Polish

This seems like the perfect summer colour to me and I had been on the hunt for my ideal turquoise for a while, so this is the 2 in 1 solution to my quest. 

If you’re curious about what it looks like on my nails, you can check out the swatches I did a while back here.
So those have been my top 3 Summer products. I hope you liked them and maybe I gave you some new ideas! I’m definitely curious about what your favourites are, so let us know!

You can always find me over at The Treasure Chest or on Twitter under @TreasureChestt. I’m always happy to talk to fellow Beauty Bloggers and check out their own blogs!
Blogging has been one of the most awesome journeys so far and I’m glad I’ve gotten to meet some lovely people, like Helena.

Stay frosty, Joanna x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Japonesque Pro Angled Foundation Brush

This is unfortunate to say but I am not this brush's biggest fan.

The Japonesque Pro Angled Foundation Brush* (314) aims to give greater precision with its distinctive tapered edge, whilst minimising facial pores and fine lines.

Well, first things first, the brush is made very well. The handle is lovely and reminds me of a Mac style brush. I have had no problems with bristles falling out. It keeps its shape and generally feels like a high quality brush.

But when it comes to applying my foundation I just don't like it. Personally, I much prefer my Sigma F80 as I like to buff my foundation in to get a flawless finish.

When I first started applying liquid foundations I used the Mac 190 which is very similar to this but without the tapered edge. I loved it for a while but my face always looked cakey. I went to look into why this may be and changed numerous different things about the way I applied the liquid. Ultimately it was when I changed my brush to a buffing brush that things improved. I am not a fan of the flat foundation brushes in general, so it's not just this one I don't get along with. I think it depends on what you are comfortable with and this brush could work well for someone who likes this style. After all the quality is great, but at the end of the day it just isn't for me.

I also found the angled edge as a bit of a hindrance. I think it takes a while to learn the techniques of how to use this brush effectively. The concept of it is great, but when you find something that works for you, you generally stick to it and therefore I think I'll stick to my Sigma.

How do you apply your foundation? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

ASOS Sale!

Asos are having a massive sale at the moment with many items up to 50% off.  They are also giving an extra 10% off all sale items with discount code EXTRA10. I ploughed through all of the tops, dress and playsuits to find you the best picks. Took absolutely AGES but here we are :)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Bourjois Chocolate Bronzing Powder


Although I only picked up this bronzer recently, I have had knowledge of it for a while. It was only when Bourjois changed the packaging for it that it caught my eye in Boots whilst I was browsing. Ironically I bought the old packaging because I think the new design is a little bit tacky. I'm not even a massive fan of this packaging either to be honest.

Another thing I noticed was that the old packaging and the new packaging hold different shades of bronzer. I presume that they are meant to be the same but you can definitely tell the difference. The new packaging holds are darker shade whereas this product is slightly lighter. 

I did have a worry that when I swatched this it looked a bit orange. However, I had heard great things about the product and decided to buy it regardless.

It is strongly perfumed and is meant to smell of chocolate. On the contrary, you can make out a faint smell of chocolate but for the majority it just smells like strong perfume. Putting perfumed products on your skin is often not adviced but I must admit that I've never had a problem with it.

On a whole I actually like it. The colour works well on my fair skin (I'm NC20 for reference) and doesn't look orange or muddy. There are meant to be glints of shimmer in the bronzer which I tend to avoid as I have an oily skin type but the shimmer isn't over powering at all. When I'm wearing the bronzer I can't really make out the shimmer at all. It's great to warm up my complextion and what I am most pleased about is that it looks quite natural on. Being so pale I struggle to find a bronzer I am really happy with but this one is nice.

Comparing it to other products, I would still pick my Sleek Contour Kit bronzer over this one, but if you're in the market for trying something new, this could be your baby.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Roger & Gallet Bois D'Orange Crème Sublime



When I heard about this product, all I could think about was how great it would have been to use on holiday this summer as a moisturiser in the evening. Thankfully I had my St Tropez Aftersun which smelt great and gave me an extra golden tan. However this product creates a slightly different look but smells just as amazing at the same time.

Crème Sublime Or* (£13.50) is a body cream with little flecks of glitter in which give you a shimmering golden shine on your skin. Enriched with 6 different oils including Argon, Macadamia and Almond, it aims to soften your skin and give you long lasting comfort.

When I thought about this product having glitter in it, all I could imagine was my 8 year old self, smothering body glitter all over my arms and legs before a school disco. It's safe to say it is not a look I wish to relive. Having said that, this product couldn't be further away from my 90's s-club, disco-bobbing self. The shimmer that it gives you is so subtle that it really gives of an elegant air.

I have included a picture of the cream massaged in in the last photo to demonstrate how subtle the shimmer really is, as well as how amazing the cream soaks in. There is no greasy residue left, no sticky unpleasantness, just a great perfume and shimmer so subtle it hasn't really shown up. The longer the cream soaks in, the more shimmer pay off you receive. Don't by any means think that you won't get what you pay for. The shimmer is there but it is in micro pieces that glint when the sun hits your skin in a certain way. It reminded me of Twilight, and the vampires shimmering skin, just perhaps not so overly powering!

The perfume is meant to smell of oranges and I guess it does. But personally, I find that it smells like more of a really expensive perfume I'd like to own! I can not express how good it smells and it's definitely one that lingers strongly on the skin, so if you don't like that type of product then perhaps this one isn't for you.

Overall I really do like it. My only regret is not getting my hands on it earlier when I was fresh off holiday with a golden tan and ready to flaunt it.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil

I think that I can pretty much conclude that when you buy L'Oreal Paris products, you cannot go wrong no matter what it is.

L'Oreal's Elvive Extraordinary Oil aims to give you sumptuous softness and luminous shine. It is made from 6 different flower extracts, all of which aim to nourish the hair back to full health. 

I'm sure we all know about the different hair oils on the market. When they first started appearing I wasn't particularly interested in trying them out. I associate the word oil with greasy hair and who wants to walk around looking like that?! However Moroccan Oil (£30.45 per 100ml) burst onto the scene and after trying it once at my hair salon, I fell in love with it. I have never owned a bottle of Moroccan Oil, but I would argue that this product is just as good and a lot cheaper (£9.99 per 100ml). The only other hair oil I have tried is the Nuxe Dry oil for skin and hair. I received that one in one of my beautyboxes and think it's amazing, but on my trip back from university I lost it in all of the packing. This is when I went out and bought this product.

It comes in a glass bottle which I really love. It gives it more of an expensive feel and ultimately makes it feel like you have bought a luxurious product. I know.. I am a sucker for some good packaging.

You can use it three ways:
Before your shower for deep nourishment,
After your shower to help heat protect transform your hair,
As a finishing touch to add softness and shine.

I have tried all of these processes and loved them all. My hair felt so much softer when I was washing it after applying the oil. You could feel the nourishment of the oil working away at every follicle. Then adding it to my damp hair instantly made it cashmere soft and helped my hair to dry much quicker than usual. Finally, I ran two pumps (amount shown in picture above) of the oil through the lengths and ends of my hair and it gave it a glossy, glamorous finish. I had curled my hair and the style looked perfect. They sell a similar version of this oil with a UV filter which is suitable for coloured hair which I thought was a clever idea as they are now catering to everyone.

I would recommend this to everyone. I hope you all love it as much as I do. This is definitely something I would repurchase time and time again.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Cleaning out my Closet (Guest post by Lilmisschickas)

Whenever I think of the words 'cleaning out my closet' I sing them like Eminiem.  Of course this post is about cleaning out your actual closet and not metaphorical one we all have.  Every so often I have the urge to clear out my wardrobe to make space for new purchases and also because for me a tidy wardrobe equals a tidy mind.  There is nothing I hate more than my floordrobe although I'll be the first to admit that it is a regular occurance.

So how do I go about getting my zen back in the wardrobe area?  Firstly I'm ruthless!  It is something I have had to train myself to be.  Back in the day I use to look at an item and think "Oh I 'll get around to wearing that again..." and you can probably guess that I never did.  Now I look at an item and if I haven't worn it in the last 6 months it goes.  It's probably worth mentioning that my wardrobe is co-ordinated by season and that I tuck out of season clothing away until I need them.  So don't worry I don't suddenly in the middle of winter have the urge to rid myself of all my summer dresses.  They just go in boxes until they become more weather appropriate.

So what do I do with the items that I no longer need.  I have a four stage process: Ebay, Family, Charity Shop and Bin.


 I start the pile off with considering if they will be good to sell on ebay. Anything branded usually ends up on ebay and a couple of other things too. I don't think it is unreasonable to try to gain money back for branded clothing that are still in good condition. I'm always very careful about how I list them, detailing and photgraphing any imperfections they may have. Yes I know that ebay and paypal can charge extortinate fees but I appreciate anything I can get back. It usally ends up being spent on other clothes or make up thus continuing the cycle.


 The next step after ebay is to see if any family members want any of the items. I have a teenage cousion who is constantly eyeing up my wears. It's not that I am particualrly stylish, far from it actually, I think she just sees me as being a little bit cool (oh if everybody was like her...).  My Autie usually eyes up my jeans. We are of similar height and weight and she likes some of the cuts that I no longer wear.

 Charity Shops

After my family have finished looting my stash, I give anything that is still wearable to the charity shop. My mum was always a fan of charity bags that came around. I'm a big believer that you should aways try to give something to the charity shop, especially if you buy from there. It's called clothing karma baby and if people don't donate then we would never find anything in there would we?

 The Bin

 The bin is only reserved for unwearable items that cannot be passed on to others. This includes underwear, clothes with holes in or permenetaly stained items. I would never dream of stuffing these in the charity bag. A big no no!!

 So that is it. Thats how I sort of the items I no longer want. I think cleaning out your wardrobe from time to time can only be a good thing. It creates space and you really can do something positive with them, whether that is earning some extra pennies for yourself or doing your good deed for the day. How ofton do you clean out your wardrobe?

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Book Worm #5 - I Heart Vegas by Lindsey Kelk

I have literally just put down this book after finishing it. I decided when I woke up this morning that I would make an effort to get to the end today as I haven't posted a Book Worm in a little while. To be honest with you I just loved reading this one and it is by far my favourite out of the whole series. Do I say that about them all?? Oopsies.

Although I knew what would happen in this book from the ending of Paris and the title of this one, it was still intriguing to see how it would all pan out. The ending was a bit predictable in my eyes but the middle was enjoyable and I definitely couldn't guess or make up some of the antics that Angela got up to in this latest novel.

Angela is getting deported. There's no way to beat about the bush. D-day is coming and there is absolutely no way for her to get out of it. Or is there?? After trying to get a job in every publishing house on gods earth and accepting a slightly dodgy job offer from her best friend for an evening, she received a much better proposition. Vegas, baby! A place to forget all of the trouble from New York and go and have some wild, crazy, girl's holiday fun. But this is Angela, and problems are never too far away. Whether she takes them with her or creates them as she goes along. Every day is a struggle to come up with a plan to avoid heading home to her mother in the UK. It turns out that the only advice she needed to take was to listen to her gut.

Now I don't know what is kosher in Vegas because I have never been, but I would not imagine overdosing on caffeine pills, downing tequila shots and then ending up in a strippers elf costume to be how it generally goes down on a night out.... Well perhaps the first two, but really?!

This girl never ceases to amaze me and it always makes me wonder what kind of research Lindsey Kelk undertook to create these books. Did she head out to these city's herself and pull the book from her own personal experiences or does she just have one amazingly hilarious and creative imagination?!

Either way, this is another addition to the series of seriously amazing books.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

OOTD - 14/8/12 (Girlfriend and Boyfriend)


Zara Black Blazer - £49.99
River Island T-shirt - £15.99
Hollister Jeggings - £50
Toms - £34.99

Tommy Hilfiger Hooded Blazer - £149
Allsaints T-shirt - £35
Hollister Shorts - £35
Vans - £45
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