It was my birthday a week and a bit ago, so I decided to treat myself to a Mulberry bag from the outlet at Bicester Village in Oxford. I bought my first Mulberry bag two years ago at Bicester, and the post I did on that - Mulberry Outlet Bicester Village Review- still gets loads of views even now, so I thought I'd share some snaps of my new dream bag, and tell you about what kind of stock the Bicester outlet has lately.
31 Mar 2015
27 Mar 2015
As you all know by now, I'm an every day hair washer, and with long hair to boot, getting my hair dry is the bane of my life, so I'm always keen to try a new hairdryer and put it through its paces! This time around it's the Braun Satin Hair 7 Sensodryer that I've been sent to put to the test.
24 Mar 2015
Following on from my post on the Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro palette review and swatches - the amazing dupe for the Lorac Pro, I knew it wouldn't be long before I'd give in and order the sister palette, Iconic Pro 2, which is a dupe for the Lorac Pro 2. I'd been thinking about how to get my hands on the second Lorac palette for a while, as I loved the look of the shades, so it was a no brainer to pick up the much more easily available and far cheaper Makeup Revolution version.
23 Mar 2015
It's been a while since I last updated you on my skincare routine, and everything's changed and moved on a lot since then, so I felt it was time to talk about it, and I've gone on quite the ramble, so grab a cup of tea and get comfy! As you'll notice, there's a bit of a Kiehl's frenzy going on here - I only opened my eyes to the world of Kiehl's at the end of last year, and I simply haven't looked back. I'll talk you through what I've tried so far and why I like the products, but suffice to say I've found a couple of serious staples and back ups have already been purchased!
19 Mar 2015
Brows are such a big thing nowadays aren't they? I shudder when I think back to the time when I didn't even shape my brows, let alone fill them in. I feel like I've been on such a major brow journey in my life already - quite literally through thick and thin and back again! Bigger, bolder, more defined brows have been in for a long time now, and whilst I am very much on board with that look, achieving it doesn't come easy to me and my naturally wonky, unruly, brows, so I'm always up for trying new products which will give me a helping hand. I flit between using pencils / crayons, powder and gel / liquid products on my brows as they all give a different finish and look, and vary in their application complexity. Gels tend to be best for a more defined, stay-all-day brow, and until now the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade has been the only one I've tried. Illamasqua have brought out a similar looking product called Precision Brow Gel, so I thought I get my brows on and do some comparisons.
17 Mar 2015
I'm a big fan of the Indeed Labs skincare line, and several of their products are regulars in my collection, especially their hydraluron range, so I've been particularly interested to try out their newest moisturiser - fillume. fillume is a volumising moisturiser which is designed to plump up the skin, targeting volume loss that can happen as we get older, offering fullness and smoothness. Personally I don't look at my face generally and feel it lacks volume as such (I look at it and think it's chubby!), but where I really need a bit of plumping and smoothing is in the areas where lines have crept in, which is my forehead, and around my eyes and mouth.
16 Mar 2015
12 Mar 2015
My hair's naturally straight (aside from the odd, random kink when left to dry naturally), but it's fluffy and a bit frizzy, so I like to use straighteners to get it closer to that perfect sleek and smooth look. The new Babyliss Diamond Straighteners promise shiny, frizz-free, flawless hair, which is exactly what I'm after, so I couldn't resist giving them a go.
11 Mar 2015
I can never resist a limited edition Lush collection, so despite the fact that my Mum doesn't use Lush, and I'm certainly not a Mother myself, I still ran out to grab all of the bath bombs and bubble bars in this collection! Sadly there are no Unicorn Horns here, and there's nothing quite as amazing at that, it's still a really fun, cute collection with a couple of products that I've be grabbing in duplicate for backups.
9 Mar 2015
Generally I really rate a lot of 'drugstore' mascaras, and I don't think you necessarily need to spend a lot on a good one, the problem is more the trial and error you tend to go through to find the one that suits your lashes and the look you want - lengthened, volumised, defined etc. Plenty of times I've bought a high end mascara and have been left disappointed, as I have very short stumpy lashes, and some mascaras just can't do much for them. But, I'm pleased to say that the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara has been far from disappointing - it addresses all of my lash concerns and gives my feeble little hairs some serious va-va-voom!
4 Mar 2015
3 Mar 2015
As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I absolutely love rose gold jewellery, but it can be really hard to track down nice pieces. So often I spot something I like that only comes in silver or yellow gold, and I sulk about how much nicer it would be if only they made it in rose gold too! Recently I was introduced to Jewel Street and asked if I'd like to pick out a piece of jewellery to feature, so of course I headed straight for the rose gold section, which to my surprise, was pretty massive!
2 Mar 2015
27 Feb 2015
If you're on instagram, you'll probably have come across the brand Your Tea before. They make a series of different teas with various health benefits - Tiny Tea helps with things like bloating, indigestion and claims to encourage weight loss, so it's certainly something I've been tempted to try! Your Tea have now turned their tea making skills to skincare, and have brought out a face mask called Tea Face which is made from - you guessed it - tea!
26 Feb 2015
24 Feb 2015
New Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts swatches in summer of love, peachy pink kisses and goddess of faith
Makeup Revolution have brought out six new shades in their Blushing Hearts range with three new blush shades, a new bronzer and two new high-lighters. At £4.99 each you get a huge amount of product, and the packaging's super cute, so they look lovely on my dressing table!
I have three of the new shades to show you, which are the hot summer of love triple baked bronzer, peachy pink kisses triple baked blusher and goddess of faith triple baked highlighter.
20 Feb 2015
In a concerted effort to improve the texture and appearance of my skin this year, I've become pretty much obsessed with skincare. We're only into February and my morning and evening skincare routines have already evolved several times, not to mention having vastly grown in terms of the number of steps and time involved. But I'm starting to see some improvements, and that's what matters!
In honour of my new skincare addiction, I was excited to go along and hear about a fairly new skincare brand to the UK which mixes the experience and expertise of both French and Korean skincare. It's called Erborian (which translates to 'herbs of the Orient') and it's part of the L'Occitane group. Although some of its product have already been available in the UK for a while, I'd not heard of the brand before, but they're launching tonnes of new products to their UK line at the moment, including some really unique gems that I can't wait to get my hands on.
18 Feb 2015
17 Feb 2015
16 Feb 2015
There's no doubt that Makeup Revolution have completely changed the affordable makeup landscape recently. Their range is massive, and they have a cheaper alternative for just about every product you might want. You'll notice when you wander around their site that a lot of the makeup looks familiar and is often 'inspired' by a high end product. But their latest palette, the Iconic Pro, is an out and out copy of the Lorac Pro palette right down to every last shade and even the slightly rubbery matte packaging, and I'm not sure how I feel about that.