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Saturday, 22 October 2016

the curaprox teeth whitening event ♥

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Curaprox toothpaste event at the Curaden Dental Clinic on New Bond street. The Swiss brand has a pretty incredible approach to keeping teeth bright and pearly by including carbon activated charcoal in the toothpaste formula so I was very excited to find out more. When I made my way to the clinic I was greeted by Abbie, a lovely PR who offered me a selection of gorgeous breakfast options and introduced me to the new face of Curaprox - Toff from Made in Chelsea. They explained to me how the Curaprox charcoal based toothpastes work and why they are so beneficial for your teeth. Black toothpaste sounds quite unique so I was really surprised to find out how it whitens your teeth even though the paste is black! 

I was lucky enough to sit down with Toff and find out exactly why she loved the unique black toothpaste. “I couldn’t believe the colour of this toothpaste when I first saw it. I never would have thought black toothpaste would be something I’d use, but the effects are amazing! I love the pearly shine this toothpaste creates! My teeth feel so much healthier since I started using it.” Toff was absolutely lovely and I was so impressed how much she knew about the brand. I will be doing a separate post about my review on the two different toothpastes so keep checking my blog for more information! 

Friday, 21 October 2016

dr.pawpaw - the multipurpose balm ♥

I am officially cold. Walking through the busy London streets during the autumn and winter season can be pretty chilly and quite harsh on your skin and lips. I have a very bad habit of biting my lips so as you can imagine my lips have been suffering. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to try the Dr.PAWPAW* range which has been praised for the soft and smoothing results. The multipurpose balms include papaya as the main ingredient and it is available in three different shades including the original balm, a clear shade, peach, a tinted peach pink shade and red, a bold cherry shade. You can apply the balm to your lips, cuticles, cheeks and the balm can even be used to smooth frizzy hair! I have been using the original balm pretty much everyday for the past few weeks. 

I usually want to try a product for a few weeks to see the results but a day after using the balm on my lips I noticed the difference right away! I found that the tinted balms provided gorgeous colour without looking too heavy or greasy and I even added the red balm to my cheeks. Overall I have noticed such a difference simply by applying the balm onto my lips every few hours. They feel incredibly smooth and I have lost the urge to bite my lip because they are no longer dry and cracked! You can get so many different uses from the balms without carrying around seven different products in your bag! If you are a fan of multipurpose products I definitely recommend the range. What do you think of the Dr.PAWPAW range, what shade would you pick? You can find Dr.PAWPAW in quite a few shops including Superdrug and Topshop. 10/10 

Friday, 14 October 2016

yankee candle christmas showcase ♥

Yesterday morning I popped up to London to visit the lovely ladies at Yankee Candle for the Christmas showcase event. The entire collection was displayed in a beautifully decorated Christmas dining room setting and the products included five new Christmas scents including Macaron Treats, a sweet candy scent, Festive Candy, a berry and pine scent, All is Bright, a musky citrus scent and Star Anise and Orange, a warm orange scent. All is Bright is definitely a festive favourite for me, the large jar will make a perfect addition to my dressing table. After seeing the key new scents, I was offered a selection of macaroons and fresh spicy orange juice and I was introduced to the new gift boxes and advent calendars. 

There is something about Yankee Candle that reminds me of Christmas and I think this year they have really gone above and beyond, it has really made me excited! I was lucky enough to receive a Christmas pillar candle so I'll be doing a separate review on this gift but I thought you would all like to see how beautiful the event was yesterday and the exciting new launches for winter. I had such a lovely time seeing the new candles so I wanted to say a big thank you to the Yankee Candle team for inviting me! What do you think of the new Yankee Candle Christmas collection? Is there a particular product that you would add to your Christmas list? You can find the new candle collection here. Have a lovely evening girls and don't forget to follow me on Instagram for event updates. 

Thursday, 13 October 2016

seanhanna hair salon review ♥

There is no question that your hair makes an instant impact when you walk through the door. I really do believe that your hair should reflect your style and taste but lately I've been having a real love/hate relationship with my hair. I was lucky enough to be booked in for a hair appointment at the seanhanna salon*, located on the busy Putney high street and as soon as I walked through the door, I was impressed with the glamorous yet edgy interior. I was greeted with biscuits and a drink by the lovely Lloyd, (you can see his Instagram here), he is known as one of the best hair colourists in the UK. He sat me down and spent time discussing what my hair needed and what my hair history was like. My hair has been looking really flat lately so we decided a bold balayage would be a great treatment to lift my hair up and warm my skin tone. 

My hair is painfully thin so Lloyd was extra careful about what products he used on me to make sure nothing damaged my hair. To start with, my hair was brushed through and sectioned and the colour was applied and sealed with cling film. Once the colour was left on my hair for 30 minutes, Lloyd began washing my hair and then he applied a hair treatment. The chair included a massage option so as you can imagine, having your head massaged while the latest Ariana album playing in the background was literally my dream morning. When Lloyd began to lightly cut my hair, he made sure that he didn't take away any length but he just focused on getting rid of the damage. After applying the L'Oreal Constructor spray, he was able to build volume and really create a flawless blow dry. He then began to curl my hair with the GHD curling tongs and finally he brushed out the curls and set my hair with hairspray.

As you can see from the before and after photos the results are pretty incredible. Even though the before photo is how my hair looks naturally (and it was kept in a bun - hence the few tangles), my hair was quite damaged and dull! I cannot express how amazing my experience was with Lloyd and the rest of the seanhanna team, everyone was so friendly and welcoming and Ariana's album was even played throughout my entire visit! I really do think the before and after photos say 1000 words, my hair has never looked this good and I cannot explain how happy I am with my hair. I cannot recommend Lloyd and the seanhanna salon enough. I love how LLoyd took the time to find out what I wanted and how to create my dream hairstyle. Have you visited the seanhanna salon before? You can find the complete details about the different branches here 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

the aspire drink range ♥

After recently joining the gym I am really trying to pay attention to what I am eating and drinking. I want to make sure I feel confident, happy and healthy and your diet certainly plays a big part in this. Luckily Aspire Drinks* kindly offered me a tasty solution for providing a healthy fitness boost. I was lucky enough to try the three lightly carbonated drinks in the flavours Mango Lemonade, Cranberry and Apple and Acai. The drink contains green tea extract, guarana and vitamin B which gives you energy without using unhealthy sugars. If you aren't too worried about the healthy fitness part, the drinks can also make great cocktail mixers, I added a touch of vodka to the mango lemonade flaovour and it tasted delicious! 

My favourite flavour is certainly Apple and Acai, it's fresh and light without tasting too sugary, I definitely recommend keeping the cans in the fridge and adding ice! I've never been a fan of carbonated drinks but the Aspire range is definitely a healthier alternative if you are a fizzy drink addict. You can find the Aspire range in Tesco's and Holland & Barrett so let me know what you think. Have you tried the Aspire range before? What cocktails would you create? Have a lovely evening girls and let me know what flavour you would pick! 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

my relaxing bath routine ♥

I have been feeling quite under the weather this week, so I have been spending my time with Lemsips and tissues. I always feel better after a hot, hot bath so I gathered up my favourite bath products and I thought I would share with you how I unwind when I am feeling poorly. To start with I fill up my bath with lots of bubble bath and I usually bring a few magazines to read while I wait. After putting my hair back, I will make sure all my make-up is removed and I usually start with a toner to prep my skin. Once I am in the bath I usually put on a relaxing face mask, today I used the Montagne Jeunesse Cucumber Peel Off face masque and it was so easy to use. I left the masque on for 25 minutes and I then carefully peeled it off.

My skin really does feel soft and fresh after using the face masque and for £1, you can't go wrong! When I am shaving my legs I like to rub in a Nivea shower creme too, I just find the texture of Nivea shower products so creamy and smooth and the scents are gorgeous! After shaving my legs and using the face masque I usually empty the bath and apply a moisturiser on my face and I add a small dab of the Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter, I have the mini version here but you can find a bigger version in Boots. The ingredients include aloe vera and shea butter so it is super soft for your skin! What tips do you have for running a relaxing bath? Let me know in the comments below! Have a lovely afternoon girls 

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

get the look - jessica alba ♥

Jessica Alba has been a long time girl crush of mine. Her style is flawless and I cannot fault her make-up. While attending Paris Fashion Week, Jessica was spotted wearing a red kaftan gown at the Valentino after party combined with a subtle make-up look. Now after looking at a few photos, I think a few lash extensions would be a safe bet for creating this look, I have read such lovely reviews on the Kiss Haute Couture lash extensions and the set of three lashes will really make your eyes pop like Jessica's. For the lips, I think a base is really important, her lips appear quite matte so I would recommend using the original Dr.PAWPAW and mixing this balm with a nude lipstick to create a natural nude look. 

For hair, I would simply curl small sections then brush out using your fingertips. To protect your hair against heat, the Lee Stafford ARGANOIL Morocco Pre Shampoo treatment can be your product saviour. So what do you think of this make-up look? You can definitely use a dash of bronzer and blusher to add extra glamour to the make-up and the natural eye shadow shades makes this make-up look a perfect everyday favourite! Let me know if there are any other celebrity photos you want me to recreate! Have a lovely afternoon girls 

Monday, 3 October 2016

norvell spray tan ♥

I 100% feel my best when I am tanned. A summer glow just adds warmth to my complexion and I really think fake tanning is the ultimate pick me up. I was recently invited down to the Cucumba salon near Oxford Circus to experience a Norvell spray tan* and I have been bombarded with lovely complements about my tan ever since! As I made my way to the Cucumba salon on Portland Street, I was instantly impressed with the fresh and spacious interior. With two floors, I was taken downstairs and the prep work for the Norvell spray tan began. After the barrier cream was applied to my nails and hands the Norvell spray tan solution was emptied into the spray gun and a fine mist was applied to my body. Quick and easy, the spray tan was completed in a few minutes.

With all spray tans, I definitely suggest wearing loose clothing and skipping any face make-up although I was wearing a small amount of concealer and the Norvell formula still managed to give my skin an even glow. After protecting my bed sheets with a towel, I went to bed and the following morning I quickly jumped into the shower and I gently patted my skin dry. After looking in the mirror, I instantly saw the results, the formula looked even and bronzed without a strong tanning smell! I cannot fault the Norvell spray tan at all, I am so amazed at the lovely bronzed colour and if you are looking for an Autumn pick me up, look no further! What do you think of spray tans? I will also be posting a review of the Norvell tanning products next week so keep your eyes on my Instagram and Twitter for updates. Have a lovely afternoon girls 

Friday, 23 September 2016

autumn wish list ♥

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Hi girls, I haven't made a general wish list post in a while so I thought today would be a great day to start. Apparently yesterday was officially the first day of autumn, this makes me quite sad because I cannot stand cold weather but I will be looking in Zara as my go to wardrobe helper, they always get it right - especially when it comes to shoes! I am loving the tanned suede boots, they look would look great with denim jeans or leather trousers. Now when I saw the black Topshop skirt, I had to include it, yes the design is very bold but I am loving the style! Although I don't have a mac laptop, I've really been considering buying one and I am obsessed with the pretty marble covers - I am really looking for a marble background for my Instagram page too.

For bags, I have been lusting over this Louis Vuitton bag for years now, I love the iconic design and the thin straps. For beauty products and autumn weather in full swing I still want to feel bronzed and I have been hearing such amazing reviews about the Norvell tanning range, I have picked a selection of products from the website, I'm so impressed with the edgy packaging and especially the different application methods available! For make-up, the Joan Collins range looks flawless, I am obsessed with the packaging! You can see her full range here. What are your top picks for autumn? Don't forget to leave your blog links below 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

what's in my make-up bag ♥

Hi girls for today's post I wanted to talk about my new Ted Baker make-up bag and the essential products that I keep in there. My boyfriends family bought me the Ted Baker bag for my birthday earlier this year and I cannot be happier with the design and style of the bag. You can find a similar design here. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I have quite a few make-up products in my room so I love to have a big make-up bag when I want to grab products if I'm running out of the house. The bag is super easy to keep clean especially if you give the outside a quick wipe with a baby wipe! When it comes to packing my bag, my must have products usually include:

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer: This foundation is my one true love, it provides flawless coverage on my skin and I love quite a heavy base so this works perfectly. The foundation actually comes with a concealer and applicator too. Even though the foundation is thick, it doesn't feel cakey or heavy!

Primark eyeliner: Personally I don't think you need to spend a fortune on black eyeliner. This particular eyeliner is easy to use on your waterline and the lid includes a nifty sharpener.

Urban Decay Primer Potion: My eyeshadows really don't sit well without a good primer, I bought this particular primer in New York earlier this year and I love how easy it is to apply the product. The wand is soft and flexible and you can really control how much product you apply onto your eyes.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara: One of my favourite mascaras, the brush catches all of my short lashes and you can really create and intense or subtle look onto your lashes.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer: This concealer is probably my favourite beauty product, purely because I buy this again and again and I use it for concealing the bags under my eyes and even as a highlighter. The formula is creamy and easy to blend and the sponge applicator is super easy to use!

MAC lipstick in Hug Me: I always reach for this lipstick because it is the perfect shade to warm your skin tone up. For an intense look I usually apply the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 45 before to add extra depth to my lips.

Sleek MakeUp Face Contour Kit*: Although I use the Maybelline contour stick, I do love using this Sleek kit if I am in a rush, the matte powder creates perfect definition without looking oily or cakey. I definitely recommend this kit if you are just starting to contour, the powders are super easy to blend into your skin.

What essential products do you keep in your make-up bag? ♥

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

l'oreal vs ysl - lip gloss ♥

Don't get me wrong, I would love to spend my salary on make-up products covered in gold packaging but the sad reality is, I can't afford to spend £26 on one lip gloss. If you are a serial product junkie like myself, one shade of lip gloss just isn't enough and finding a cheaper alternative is a main goal in life. Luckily for you I think I've found a cheaper version of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain (try saying that three times...). I have been using the L'Oreal Paris Color Riche L'Extraordinaire lipsticks for almost a year now, I have purchased quite a few colours including the shades 601 Nude Ballet, 500 Molto Mauve and 401 Fuchsia Dream so I thought I would compare my YSL glossy stains and see how they matched up. The YSL shades include 17, a deep pink 14, a light rose and 11, a deep red shade.

Although the L'Oreal packaging is not as glam as YSL, paying £8 compared to £26 definitely ticks the right box for me, I don't mind throwing the packaging design out of the window if the quality of the product is worth it. Now when it came to swatching the L'Oreal Fuchsia Dream (left) and YSL 14 (right) on my hand, I was impressed to see the pigmentation and thickness of the L'Oreal shade. I have never actually compared the two shades side by side before and as you can see from the photo, the L'Oreal results are impressive! If you have tried the YSL glossy stains then you will know the formula is not supposed to be incredibly thick so I definitely recommend YSL for a night out or a special occasion but the L'Oreal lip products are definitely perfect for everyday wear. Overall I am really impressed with the packaging of YSL but L'Oreal match up by providing thick coverage and great shade options. 10/10 ♥

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

wedding guest outfit - lavish alice ♥

After recently coming back from a wedding this week, I wanted to do a short and sweet post about what I wore. Although I knew the big day was arriving, I had never been to a wedding before so I was quite worried about finding the right dress. With the wedding based in Spain, this did give me more options to reach for bright and bolder colours but either way, I learnt a few tips and tricks when I started my big dress hunt! To start with I made a list of every shop I could think of: Reiss, ASOS, Phase Eight, Chi Chi London, Lipsy and Karen Millen. I gave myself months to begin looking at what style of dress I wanted and what would suit my body shape. 

I ordered quite a few different styles from ASOS because my original idea of wearing a fitted bardot dress didn't feel dressy enough when I tried them on. Luckily I found this fire engine red midi dress from Lavish Alice on ASOS and I fell in love instantly, the material was light and perfect in the hot Spanish sun. The tie up back was slightly tricky but luckily the boyfriend and the best friend were close by to help with that department. I paired the dress with my favourite gold Zara heels and a small black and gold clutch bag from Primark. My best tip would be to definitely try on dresses outside of your original idea and comfort zone, I ended up finding a perfect choice and I couldn't be happier! What tips do you have for bridal shopping? You can find more Lavish Alice outfits here
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