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Friday, 31 August 2012

Friday Fancies...Zara

I never particularly paid much attention to Zara until my housemate introduced me to their jeans a good year ago (the only jeans i swear by) but since then, i hadn't set foot in a Zara until a few weeks back when i decided to take a nosey at what they had to offer during their summer sale, and managed to walk out with all the tops i tried on (this never happens to me). Since then i have been hooked, so much so that i have been admiring their offerings on a frequent basis.

Although a simple t shirt i think the neckline gives it a little extra, and i can imagine wearing this with a baggy cardigan 

i have admired this beauty and resisted purchasing it quite a few times, it looks pretty sturdy, big enough to throw everything but the kitchen sink (call me Mary Poppins), and i think its reasonably inexpensive for how gorgeous it looks, so its not really surprising that its caused a stir with celebrities and bloggers alike, including myself ha

I absolutely love this dress, its the type that goes with everything. I can imagine wearing it during the day time with leggings/tights and boots with a waist belt and slouchy cardi. It could also be dressed up with a bit of bling and a pair of killer heels 

Im ridiculously fussy when it comes to boots, but i think i may have found the ones in these. I think they would go with most looks and as for the studs, aaah its love ;)..just need to find £70 to purchase them (anyone? ha) 

i think its self explanatory why i am lusting after this, but costing nearly £30 i think i may just keep lusting ha 

Have you been lusting over anything from Zara lately?? 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Bumble&Bumble Sunday Shampoo // Review

Seeing as though i have been using this religiously for the past month or so, i thought it was about time i gave my two cents on the very much talked about Bumble&Bumble Sunday Shampoo. I have rather oily prone hair which in all honesty is a total nuisance, so after hearing such great reviews i was eager to try what could potentially become my holy grail shampoo. Bumble&Bumble claim that the Sunday Shampoo sets out to remove the hair of product residue and excess oil, which sounds excellent for someone with grease prone hair, right? 
The first time I used this i was ridiculously happy with it, the Sunday shampoo left my hair feeling squeaky clean, and with the help of my beloved batiste, my hair looked fresh and glossy for a good three days before my locks had that oh so familiar greasy look (boo). The second time i used it i was less than impressed as i found myself having to wash my hair the following morning, however since that day my hair has reacted ridiculously well to the Sunday shampoo, and has lessened the washing of my locks to every other day (a plus in my books). 
As the Sunday Shampoo is classified as a clarifying shampoo, it is recommended that it should be used once a week, however as my hair has reacted so well to this i have been using it twice weekly.
Although the Sunday shampoo is pretty hefty at a whopping £15 a bottle, a little goes a long way as a little splodge is more than enough to create a reasonable lather. 
All in all i would definitively recommend the Bumble&Bumble Sunday Shampoo!!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Physicians Formula.. Rose Happy Booster Blush

When i wrote my wishlist many moons ago on what i wanted to get my mitts on whilst in the big apple, this blush from Physicians Formula was high up on the list, after hearing rave reviews i had high hopes for this 'happy boosting blush', and although its nice i would not say its the best blush ive ever tried. 

 So what does Physicians Formula have to say?..:

  • Ultra-soft and blendable blushing powder features a fresh and vibrant mix of blushing tones infused with a pop of color to create a healthy glow.
  • Multi-reflective pearls provide a soft iridescence to highlight contour and add radiance to cheeks.
  • Infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress.
  • The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.
In the pan, this blush looks gorgeous with 3d hearts in an array of pinks, my biggest gripe is that the colour pay off isint that great, the picture above is after heavily swatching a few of the shades within the pan, however that said once swirled together and applied it leaves a lovely natural look.
So Physicians formula claim that this blush is meant to create a happy effect!! i cant really say ive noticed any of this, but if anyone else had had any 'happy' effects i would love to know. However i suppose looking at a pretty blush leaves us make up addicts feeling happy, right? ha

I absolutely love the packaging for this blush, yeah okay it might be metallic and pink, but to be perfectly honest tackiness aside, i love it. The blush lifts up to reveal a mirror and brush underneath which i think is a brilliant touch. Yeah okay the brush isint the best but its cute none the less. And to top it all off the blush smells nice. 
So altogether, although a nice blush, its not anything amazing, but a cute little addition to my collection none the less. I paid $14 for this, however it can be picked up from the likes of amazon and eBay.

Have you tried anything from physicians formula?? if so what did you purchase, and what did you think?? 

Friday, 10 August 2012

EOS Lipbalms

 So I think that its probably safe to suggest that EOS lip balms are a lusted after beauty product for most, and with Britain getting an alternative in the form of Balmi Lip Balms i thought id give my two cents on the real deal that is the EOS lip balms.  
Whilst hitting the american drugstores during my time in New York, the one item that i was desperate to tick off my list was the EOS lip balms (i wanted it so bad, even my boyfriend searched for it in Duane reade ha). In all honesty i think the novelty was what persuaded me the most. The Lipbalm itself has a pretty much unique packaging, which could only be described as somewhat egg shaped. 
However after using these babies for the past month or so i can definitely say that the hype should certainly go past the packaging as the formula of the product itself is brilliant. Containing natural ingredients including Shea butter, vitamin E aswell as SPF whats not to love. Whilst in america i picked up summer fruits and sweet mint. Both smell absolutely amazing, and leave my lips feeling nourished. What i love the most is that due to the size of the balm itself it can easily be applied to the lips without the need for messy fingers, like conventional lip balms.
 You can pick up an EOS Lipbalm for around $4,so they definitely dont break the bank, however they sadly are not readily available here in the UK. So i will definitely be excitedly awaiting the Balmi lip balms to see whether they pack a punch aswell. 
Have you tried EOS Lipbalms?? do you agree with the hype?? 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Mulberry Locked Cosmetic Purse

Hello lovelies, i hope your all well. So every once in a while every girl must completely spoil themselves right? After graduating a few weeks ago, i have been searching for that special something as a treat to myself for all the hard work over the past three years which was finally made worth it!!.. I have admired Mulberry for a long time with their gorgeous classic designs. But not having the money to splurge on an £800 bag, i just admired everything from afar. However whilst browsing through Tanya Burrs 'whats in my makeup bag' page in elle magazine, her cosmetic bag of choice immediately caught my eye. So off i popped onto the mulberry website and completely fell in love with this pink locked cosmetic purse.
What i love about Mulberry is that you definitely get the quality that you pay for and if theres problems the customer care team are more than happy to do their utmost to help (check my post here). The purse itself came incased in a sturdy box within a lovely bag with a gorgeous black bow and a monster on the front (hes pretty cute in a weird kinda way).
The purse itself is beautiful, i keep finding myself admiring it with all its pretty details. The cosmetic purse itself is big enough to fit all the makeup essentials needed, however it could also be used as a large purse or clutch bag for nights out, i seriously love how versatile it is, and all though it has a whopping £150 price tag, it is definitely worth it (its love i tell you), and a perfect treat to myself which i will always  link back to my graduation. 
 Are you a lover of mulberry?? ..what would be your perfect graduation treat??

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Impress Nails by Broadway...Review

Hello lovelies, So il start this post by saying that i usually despise of fake nails, often finding them awkward to apply, annoying to wear, and find myself ripping them off after mere hours of wearing them. The only time i will endure them is special occasions as although annoying, do add a sophisticated touch to an outfit. I purchased impress nails by Broadway for my graduation, as the press on idea applied to my lazy nature, however with many mixed reviews, with many stating that theirs popped off after five minutes of application, its safe to say i didn't have the highest hopes, however i absolutely loved them. I applied them whilst sat in the car (dont worry i wasn't driving ha), and almost immediately after they were put to the test as i went bowling (surely if they can survive that they can survive anything?) They were short enough to not be annoying and roll on three days later and none of them had popped off (waheey no awkward grad moments)..
Longevity-Broadway claim that the impress nails will last up to a week and i would definitely agree with this, however i peeled mine off after three to four days (they are seriously easy to remove aswell) 
How easy are they to apply?- these are ridiculously easy to apply, just find the nail that fits peel off the sticker on the back of the nail and press on, definitely alot more easier than conventional fake nails.
Packaging- i love the packaging of these, cased inside what looks like a nail polish bottle,its something quirky, different and easy to store. 
Price- the price of the impress nails vary, but these particular ones cost £7.99, which is quite pricey, but i think they are worth it.

Have you tried Impress Nails?? what did you think??  

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Bumble&Bumble Surf Spray review

Hello lovelies, during my recent bumble and bumble haul, i purchased the surf spray pretty much on a whim. Not wanting to splurge £20 on something i may not like i opted for the 50ml bottle which was still pretty hefty at £8 but a little more purse friendly. After using this for the past week or so i can safely say that i would have now quite happily paid the full amount for this. 
Bumble and Bumble Surf spray does exactly what it says on the bottle, it gives a lovely beachy windswept style. I already have pretty much natural waves but usually cannot do anything with it and opt for straightening it in frustration. I have been applying this after my hair has dried naturally, scrunching it up as i spray it, and above is the finished effect, and i must say im pretty dam impressed with it. Its definitely an easier and better option for my hair than continually straightening the life out of it, and the results are pretty long lasting.
The only qualm with this is that it leaves your hair feeling somewhat dry, but for my grease prone hair i suppose its a blessing in disguise. 
price- the price for the surf spray is pretty steep but it does do exactly what it says on the tin. A 50ml bottle will set you back £8.50 with the bigger bottle around the £20 mark
packaging- I must admit i was expecting the bottle to be a frosty glass, instead its a sturdy black plastic bottle with a rubberish effect!! however it is nice nonetheless.
Have you tired the bumble and bumble surf spray?? what were your thoughts??

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