17 August 2016

Style // Smart Casual

Nobody's Child Culottes
Workwear is wierd isn't it? It never feels as fun as normal clothes and yet it is what I spend the vast majority of my days in. I think I'm finally heading towards being an adult, because I'm finally beginning to truly invest in my work wardrobe and accept it is really my main wardrobe

 I work in a fairly relaxed office but still, wearing things that are smart but have some personality makes me feel a little bit more confident and capable. It all feels a little more serious than my usal style but I think I'm finding a balance.

Culottes are my favourite right now thanks to how damn comfortable they are whilst looking smart and way less dull than plain black trousers. Somehow these even make wearing a cropped strip top acceptable! Jumpsuits and midi skirts have also become regular must-haves. Even if the dungarees still creep in on Fridays!

Do you have any workwear style staples? Fill me in!
Work Wear Culottes Culottes and stripes
Wearing- Jacket Topshop; Stripe Top and Culottes: Nobody's Child; Shoes: Topshop via eBay

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07 August 2016

The #LFBESTOFBRITISH Beauty Box

LFBESTOFBRITISH August Beauty Box Review Lookfantastic LFBEAUTYBOX Magazine and Packaging LFBESTOFBRITISH
So I am one happy bean after opening up this month's Lookfantastic Beauty Box. Not only is the packaging ridiculously cute, but it is packed with british beauty brands and some products I totally love.
After flick through of the magazine, I got stuck into to trying the brands. Something I've found is that lots of British beauty brands are experts at natural skincare/ They are doing things a little differently and it is great to be able to try a few things out. Here's what's inside this month's box:Bee Good Honey and Vanilla Lip Balm
This smells amazing and I love that it is made with British wildflower honey- Bee Good work hard at helping to protect and nurture British bees, who have been in decline over the last few years It is a lovely way to do a little good with your beauty choices. Balance Me Congested Skin Serum
I've used this Balance Me Congested Skin serum before and I love it. It does help calm and heal any breakouts, without leaving your skin dry at all. Plus, I find the scent kind of addictive. This has already been put in my travel bag for on the go. Blossom and Bloom Revitalising Face Spritz
I will never say no to a facial mist. I love them. I tend to use one to set my makeup and always have one in my handbag for refreshing my makeup and cooling myself down on those muggy days. This one from Blossom and Bloom smells amazing and it is great to see that it is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women too.REN Flash Defence Anti Pollution Face Mist
So recently at work I've been researching and writing a little about Pollution and Skincare. I've been on board with SPF everyday for a while now but the research on pollution is that is can harm as much as UV rays. It seems to be a bit of a buzz topic but what I've read seems legit. Antioxidant rich skincare is the key and this spritz I've seen applauded all over the place so I am loving using it and feeling like I'm protecting my skin. Percy and Reed Wonder Balm
An anti-frizz balm is always a necessity in my world so I'm always happy to see one. The texture of this is perfect, but I just can't get on board with the scent. It is what all the Percy & Read products smell like and for some reason, I just don;t like it despite so many people loving it. At least my sister likes it!RENU SKIN Lip and Eye Lift
This is a little bit of a standout product for me- I love the RENUSKIN Flash lift mask so I was excited to see this. It feels very smooth on the skin and just seems to lighten and brighten everything around the eyes.Lookfantastic LFBEAUTYBOX
Have you tried this month's box? What did you think?

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*PR Sample but all thoughts are my own*

27 July 2016

Beauty // Recently Tried

Despite the fact that I talk about beauty all day every day, I still usually can't resist trying out new bits and pieces. I'm a total magpie for beauty things! Instead of giving them each a post, I thought I'd bundle them all together and let you know what I think.


H&M Facemask Pods

H&M Beauty Face mask Pods Review
H&M beauty have really upped their game havI'm a total sucker for cute packaging and face masks so absolutely no surprise that I picked up a few of these little face masks pods. Thoughts? Hit and miss. I loved the clay one (it smelt great, wasn't drying and left my skin feeling good) but the peel off ones? No, no, no. I think I am sensitive to alcohol in face masks and they made me go bright red and made my face sting so much I had to wash them off, take antihistamines and slather my face in unscented hypoallergenic moisturiser. So... choose your masks carefully! But at £3.99 per pod, alls well that ends well. It was worth an experiment! 

& Other Stories Fig Fiction Bodyspray and Highlighter

& Other Stories Fig Fiction Bodyspray and Radiance Cream Highlighter Review I could NOT resist this when I headed to the opening of the Manchester & Other Stories. This is one of my all time favourite scents. I love fig scents anyway but this one is so fresh and sweet. It smells like pure Summer to me and it is perfect. The opening was just before I nipped out to Cyprus so I was  very happy to see this little travel size body spritz. I've been using it every day since and I am very tempted to go and get the perfume...
As for the highlighter? Oh be still my beating heart. This is ridiculously beautiful. It adds such radiance and glow. I've used it all over under foundation, mixed into foundation and on top of my makeup and it works for all 3, ramping up the glow as you go. It works really well for boosting more matte foundations (which I really like to do in the summer) but I tend to dab it over the cheekbones before applying any powder. I really want the other shade already...

bareMinerals Skinsorials*

bareMinerals Skinsorials review
I do like a bit of bareMinerals so when their skincare range came out I really wanted to see what it was all about. Add in the rose gold and white packaging and I was in love. The textures of all of these are so good, from teh cleanser that turns white from red as you massage it onto your face, to the solid gel texture moisturiser and silky serum. Unfortunately, they did not agree with my skin and I broke out almost instantly and horrible. Don't you hate it when you really want to love something but it doesn't work out? 
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RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer Review
RMS are one of those brands I've seen on instagram and american blogs for an age, especially after Miranda Kerr talked about them a lot at one point. The makeup products all use natural ingredients like Coconut Oil and Mica and I was really intrigued by the textures. This one I love. It sort of melts onto the skin and gives a gorgeous dewy bronze. I've been putting it along my cheekbones just below my highlighter and loving it. 


Lancer Lift & Plump Sheet Mask*

Lancer Lift & Plump Sheet Mask Review I do love a sheet mask. Not only do they have the benefit of freaking out my husband, but  I find them so soothing and hydrating on the skin. I loved the Sephora sheet masks but this is a different league of premium beauty. It smelt so good and I spent a whole evening just letting the serum soak into my skin. It left everything feeling so plump and hydrated. Love! If only I could afford one of these each week...

Have you been trying out any new bits and pieces recently? Any new favourites to share?

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*PR Samples but my opinions are all my own.