Saturday, 29 March 2014

March Favourites:


Clueless:
I recently signed up to Netflix and as a result, i've been watching a lot of 90s films. I love the fashion, the music, everything. So I had to include my favourite line from my favourite film, Clueless. Cher is still such an icon. Sassy, intelligent and still fashionable 20 years later. What a girl. 




Half up Hair: 
Although I sort of went off this style when I realized Harry Styles had been copying me, it's so easy and gets my new, annoying fringe out of my face. I like to wear it like a true 90s baby and have the front bit worn really high with some strands around my face, but for work, I wear it as pictured- further back and minus the annoying strands. Now I just need a bunch of scrunchies in a rainbow of colours and i'm set!





The Birthday Princess:
My beautiful, hilarious, endlessly entertaining baby niece turned the big 4 this month! I bought her a little mermaid costume and we ate lots of cake to celebrate. She is just my favourite little person ever and gets more fashionable (wardrobe envy alert!) and gorgeous everyday. What a doll. 



I absolutely love this song. This and F for you by Discloure have become my favourite running songs and make me so excited for summer! Kiesza has such an amazing voice and it's so refreshing to see a girl doing so well in much a male saturated genre of music. 




I normally end up with a range of charity badges and pins because I can't resist a cute old man or lady with a bucket in the supermarkets but these Marie Curie ones are my absolute favourites. Daffodils are one of my favourite flowers and this pin is such a splash of colour. It's also for such a good cause I can't help but include it. 



And speaking of charity, I was a little skeptical of the 'no make up selfies' that started doing the rounds on Facebook. I didn't really see the point and can't bear being without my 'brows. However, when Cancer Research announced the selfies had helped them raise a huge £1 million pounds in a DAY I just had to get involved and do my bit. 


What have been your favourites this month?


G

Saturday, 22 March 2014

REVIEW: Lacura Coconut Body Butter






Lacura Body Butter:
On a trip to Aldi this week I couldn't resist this Coconut Body Butter.
As i'm sure you're all aware, i'm a staunch lover of The Body Shop's Cocoa Butter but for only £1.99 I couldn't resist this dupe. If i'm really honest, I bought this body butter because I love the packaging and it smells fantastic- it's quite a synthetic coconut smell but not overly fake.. it reminds me of Bounty bars and coconut scented candles so it's just 
delicious. 

I was really pleasantly surprised by the actual product: it's really thick and creamy but it works into the skin really well and leaves me feeling hydrated and silky smooth while smelling like a bounty bar. My only criticism would be that it takes forever for the butter to sink in- it spreads out and works in beautifully but then it just sort of takes on my skin for a little while before finally absorbing. I've noticed this mostly on my hands: I take the body butter to work with me and use it intermittently throughout the day to keep my hands soft and the butter seems to just form a thin layer on my skin and stay there. 

Apart from the time it takes to work in, there is literally nothing I dislike about this butter. Sure it isn't quite as moisturizing or as effective as the Body Shop's butter but for £10 less, you get a really effective body butter that's ideal for all skin types (it didn't irritate my dry skin which is always a bonus). I'll definitely be back to purchase this butter in 'Shea' and Aldi also sell a Raspberry Body Butter. Trying this body butter has made me really curious about the rest of Aldi's body and skin care, are there any other bargain buys I should look out for? What are your favourite Aldi buys?


Thursday, 20 March 2014

HUGE MARCH HAUL

It's been a while since I did a haul post due to an impromptu spending ban. I did also pick up these gorgeous sandals which I felt deserved a post unto themselves but other than that, i've been absolutely angelic with my spending so, obviously, when I recieved my first full time wage I had to go a little crazy.. 
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Topshop Embellished Dress:
Dresses like this are why I love instore shopping! An oddment, it was in the Topshop sale for a bargain £15. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it and the colour and detailing is so unusual. I can't wait to wear it in the summer.






Primark Ring:
I'm not usually a fan of Primarks jewellery as i'm a bit of a costume jewellery snob. However, this ring feels really well made, sturdy and is really unusual. 





Primark suede slipper shoes:
I love when Primark do bargain basics like this! I picked up these shoes for only £4 and I know they come in a range of colours. They're so comfortable and the perfect everyday shoes. Slightly boring but definitely a wardrobe staple. 





Black Chelsea Boots- Primark (similar here):
Another bargain, these were in the sale for only £6! I've not had flat boots in a few years, preferring ones with a slight heel, but for the price I couldn't resist picking these up as everyday shoes throughout spring when the weather is still slightly temperamental as I was sick of my feet getting wet! They're also ridiculously comfy- I didn't even have to wear them in before wearing them all day. If you can track them down, i'd definitely recommend buying a pair. 





Embellished shorts- Internationale:
I actually bought these shorts from the kids section where I pick up a lot of my clothes. They're elasticated at the top so they're seriously comfy (hello food baby!) and made of a really light, chiffon material with rose gold/ silver sequin detailing. They're the perfect holiday shorts (wishful thinking!) although i'm now left hunting down things to wear them with- can anyone recommend anywhere I can pick up a good quality black crop top from? 





Oasis gingham sun dress (similar here): 
I got this beautiful dress, originally from Oasis, from a charity shop after spending a week admiring it in the window, trying it on leaving it then going back the next day after deciding I couldn't live without it! It's truly beautiful- it's button up with a matching fabric belt and made of a strange, thick sort of Mac (?) material. I've never seen anything quite like it and I just couldn't resist it's vintagey charm. 




Boohoo.com Playsuit via Next2Nowt (similar here) : 
I'm not normally one for loud patterns or bright colours but this play suit was only £6 in the sale on next2nowt so I figured I could be brave and not worry too much if I hated it. I was completely surprised when it arrived- it's made of a really light, thin cotton material and is a beautiful fit- it tucks in perfectly at my waist and isn't too long. A pleasant surprise! 




I've been after a black kimono for what feels like forever but they're just so expensive for what is essentially a big scarf and I just couldn't justify spending £40 on one. Another n2n sale buy, this was only £9! It's absolutely perfect for me- with tasseled 3/4 sleeves that aren't too long or fussy and a really interesting sheer pattern at the back. 




Aren't these just the cutest? They're basically just athletic shorts with a really intense leopard print. I bought them for when I go running in the summer and for relaxing days on holiday. 




Gold ballet flats - Topshop (similar here and :
For some reason, although I fully intended on buying lots of practical, work clothes, I somehow ended up with lots of summer clothes..? I originally went to Topshop to take back a wooly scarf and ended up smitten with these gold, sparkly chunky ballet pumps. I love how 'party shoe' they are and  they were the last ones, in my size for a bargain £7; how could I say no?






 And finally.. 

Topshop satchel via Next2Nowt (similar here and here): 
I've been after a petite, brightly coloured satchel for ages after deciding impulsively I definitely absolutely needed one for spring and after seeing this river island one. However the river island one was a little out of my price range and I couldn't find any in a colour I liked in my price range. So, the second i spotted this beauty I had to have it! It was only £7 and it's just beautiful. It's neon pink and bigger than I was expecting- it's probably just slightly smaller than your average satchel- and it makes such a statement. I took the long strap off (it was a little too schoolgirl chic for me!) and have been carrying it using the small handle. It fits the bill perfectly and is so well made and colourful! 



Shameful admitance now... This actually isn't the only haul I have.. I managed to call into my local ASDA the night the sale started (don't you love it when that happens?) and got some more serious bargains but I figured i'd save that for another day.
Thanks for sticking with me if you did!
Any more next2nowt fans out there? Any sale buys you had to have? 



Monday, 17 March 2014

REVIEW: Arbonne Clear Control Skincare




First of all, I just want to apologize for my serious absence. I've recently found full time work and also suffered a bout of the flu which hasn't made for much productivity.
However, i've settled into my job and seem to be recovering ok so i'm back!

I was given this 'Clarifying Set' mid January and have been using it since. The set contains a clarifying blemish face wash (103ml), clarifying blemish toner (118), clarifying blemish lotion (50ml) and (are you sensing a pattern?) the clarifying blemish cream (12ml). 
 I hadn't previously heard of Arbonne, who as a brand are vegan and all about purity etc., so I was a little skeptical at first. The list of ingredients in all these products was extensive and as someone with excessively sensitive, dry skin, I tend to avoid over complicated things that may aggravate my skin. However, as you can see by the pictures, this stuff really works.. Before I started using the Arbonne I had begun having very severe, bright red clusters of spots breaking out, especially around my forehead. I managed to track down the cause to my pill, which I can't change, so I thought I was stuck and began to feel really down and self conscious about it. I'm not a skin/biology expert but I was also a little worried about how skincare could really work when the problem is essentially in my body.  However I noticed an immediate difference (i'm talking within 3 days) and as you can see from the picture, within a week my skin was totally cleared. 

I honestly don't have any criticisms of these products: there is a good range, from a facewash to an amazing toner, which I apply before my makeup, a face lotion for everyday use which I apply every other night and the Blemish Cream which clears up infected or really big spots within days. As i've said in this post and on my blog previously, I suffer really bad with dry skin: my skin often blisters and cracks from dryness and normally I can only use Cocoa Butter on my face, especially when it is as irritated as it was from acne, but to my surprise and delight these products didn't dry out or irritate my skin at all which is amazing, especially for such hardworking products. Even after almost 3 months of use, my skin still gets along really well with all of these products with no drying out or irritation. 

When I first started using the set I would use the facewash, then toner, then lotion and then apply a thin layer of the cream over the worst effected areas. I think this was best for badly effected skin: it combated the issue quickly and effectively and surprisingly, didn't use up the products as quickly as I was expected; as cliche as it sounds, you really do only have to use a little of these products to see a difference. Now that my skin and I are beginning to get used to the products, i've changed and lowered my usage to what suits me. Although the products are expensive- the set is £54 on the Arbonne website- I genuinely think it is worth it if you're suffering really badly with your skin. This stuff really works and contains everything you need. Although it sounds a lot I can say hand on heart, I have probably spent over £50 on various treatments, facewashes etc that haven't worked in the last 6 months before I got this set which looks set to last me at least 4/5 months hopefully even longer making it value for money for me. 

I absolutely could not recommend these products anymore: most importantly they work and they're suitable for all skin types, even extreme ones. You can purchase Arbonne goods from the website or you may know a representative who could give you advice and potentially testers etc. to try to see what suits you.

Have you tried any Arbonne products before? 


G

*Disclaimer: I was given this product to review but all opinions are my own.



Sunday, 2 March 2014

River Island Sandals:







Hi world!
Sorry for my absence. I've recently started full time work and had a couple of hectic weekends so have shamefully been neglecting my blog. However i'm back and decided to devote a full post to these absolutely delightful shoes I recently picked up in River Island. I saw them online and tried to talk myself out of them... I didn't need them, when would I wear them?... However once I saw them in store I just couldn't resist. 

They're platform sandals with a really thick ankle strap and gorgeous strap detailing. They feel really retro and 70's. I love their versatility: they could easily be going out shoes or everyday sandals. If they're comfy enough (which they seem to be so far) I will happily wear these shoes everyday of summer. 

I felt a little extravagant spending £50 on a pair of what are essentially sandals but who can resist when they're this stunning? 
Have you picked up any summer buys yet? Anyone else purchased these beautys? 


G