Tuesday, 30 December 2014

the little black dress ♥

I don't think you can go wrong with a little black dress, if I had to have one piece of clothing in my wardrobe it would definitely be this dress. I was lucky enough to have the lovely team at Eles Clothing send me this beautiful outfit* - it is classic, smart and can be dressed up with some nice heels. I love the detailing of this dress, it has a slight twist in the middle so it is perfect for giving the illusion of a slimmer waist - perfect after all of the Christmas food this month! I have paired quite a few gold jewellery pieces with this dress to add a bit more glamour to it, I think this dress would be ideal for any upcoming work parties or a dinner date with the girls. You could also add tights and heels for an everyday work outfit! For my make-up I have paired a classic red lipstick to add a dash of colour and I wanted to keep my hair quite simply. Overall,  the styling options are endless with a dress like this because this look is timeless. What outfit do you always reach for when you have an event or date? You can order this dress here (Note - this dress is from a wholesale website, they provide outfits to stores) 

Sunday, 28 December 2014

the downward spiral ♥

I'm doing a slightly different blog post today - yes, I still love my beauty and fashion but when this amazing Christmas gift arrived I had to put a review together! With all the Christmas food I've had over the past few days, I am way overdue for a healthy detox - that's where the Nutribullet steps in. I have honestly been wanting a Nutribullet for over a year now, so I was thrilled when my mum and dad bought me one for Christmas! :) So let's start with the basics - what exactly is a Nutribullet? You can read the full FAQ section on the US website here but it basically allows you to have fruit and vegetables in liquid form, you can put whatever fruit or vegetables into the cup (making sure you remove any apple cores or banana skin etc.) and then you simply add water (or juice) and it makes a healthy drink. You know exactly what goes into your drink and it allows you to have all the goodness that vegetables and fruit provide without any added sugars or preservatives that most smoothies/juices have in supermarkets. It is fresh, healthy and is perfect if you want to lose weight and have more energy! 

I'm currently using the Nutribullet as a way to detox and get rid of my Christmas binge - I have already noticed my energy levels improving and I am starting to feel less bloated. Of course the Nutribullet will only work if you maintain a healthy balanced diet and exercise but it really does allow fast and easy access to vegetables and fruit! I am already addicted to using this machine, it is easy to wash up and it literally involves preparing your ingredients, adding them to the cup and adding water then placing it on the top of the Nutribullet then twisting. There are a lot of recipes available online, you can see one I made today. I cannot recommend the Nutribullet enough, it is super easy to use and clean, I will keep you all posted on the other recipes I use, have you got a Nutribullet or blender? What top tips do you have? You can order the Nutribullet here or visit John Lewis, Currys or Selfridges - happy shopping! 10/10 

Monday, 22 December 2014

let her go today ♥

I don't know about you but I am obsessed with skin care products that feel silky smooth - you can see how beneficial it is for your skin! I have been using the new Advanced Skin Refinisher by Artistry Intensive Skincare*, although the name is a mouthful this product is heaven in a bottle. The best way I can describe the Refinisher is a skin pick me up, as we all know your skin can go through a lot with pollution, ageing and stress so I think this product will really make a difference. Straight away after using this product, your skin feels matte and smooth - the Java Tea extract in the formula controls the oil that your skin produces, so if you have oily skin like me, this product is for you! Overall, I cannot fault the Refinisher at all, the packaging is beautiful and the difference I have noticed in my skin is incredible. Yes, it is slightly on the pricey side for £53.35 but for skin care, I think it is worth the investment. No matter what age you are, it is so important to look after your skin because as we get older it definitely reflects over time! You can find out more about the Artistry range here - have you tried any products from the Artistry Intensive Skincare range? 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

winter wonderland ♥

Happy December everyone! I will be honest and admit that I am a total Christmas Scrooge but, I do love reading blog posts on Christmas gift guides! I will be doing two separate posts about this, one will be purely on stocking fillers and this post will be my wish list for Christmas this year! I have been looking for a really nice bag, I bought a bag from Aldo a few weeks ago and the straps have already started to tear - I'm not a happy bunny...so I am now on the look out for a plain, black tote bag. Make-up wise, I am really loving gold, shimmery eyeshadows at the moment. I just think it adds to the Christmas season and the Bobbi Brown palette looks amazing! I also featured the Real Technique brushes - for £20 this set incredible, Superdrug have done very well with this offer! I have also been lusting after a nude pair of sandal shoes, I saw these Dolce and Gabbana heeled sandals and fell in love! What is on your Christmas wish list this year? Do you prefer your presents being beauty based or clothes? Have a lovely weekend girls! :)  

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

happy nude year ♥

It is always a high point when your favourite lip range has a new shade added to its collection - yes, Bourjois have a new member for the Rouge Edition Velvet family. Happy Nude Year* is a beautiful, nude lipstick that can be your best friend for everyday wear. It has an slight pink tone which makes the overall appearance warmer, meaning that your skin won't looked washed out. I know people can be quite cautious when they hear the word "nude lipstick" but because this particular nude shade has a warmer base, it really does suit everyone. As I've said in previous posts, the Rouge Edition lipsticks have an amazing formula and the staying power is incredible. I really can't recommend this shade enough, in case you found the other shades too daring, Happy Nude Year is the perfect medium - it adds a beautiful pop of colour without being too overbearing. Superdrug are currently offering 3 for 2 in store or online for Bourjois products, and the good part is, you will also receive their famous 1 Seconde Nail Polish for free! Not too shabby when Christmas is around the corner ;) What is your favourite shade from the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet range? 10/10

Monday, 1 December 2014

sheer fantasy ♥

With Christmas parties slowly approaching, now is the perfect time to find sparkly party make-up! For me, I think parties in the winter are all about the shimmer and glitter - the Sheer Fantasy collection by Bio Sculpture is pretty much a party in a bottle. This collection will have you covered for all your nail needs, they really are such gorgeous shades! The shades include 189 Wish Upon a Star, 192 Dreams are Forever, 193 Truth of a Fairytale and the two shades I have featured in today's post - 190 Free Imagination and 191 Treasure Chest*. My first thoughts about these shades were how quickly they dried - I was really impressed with the pigmentation of Free Imagination and Treasure Chest, and best of all I only did three coats! What party shades have you been eyeing up recently? Let me know what you think of Bio Sculpture nail polishes - you can read my other review of another set of Bio Sculpture shades here. To see where you can purchase Bio Sculpture nail polishes, you can visit their website 10/10 

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