Saturday, 18 April 2015

I find Spring such an exciting time for nail polish releases! The high street is rocking colour at the moment and Rimmel London is no exception. The latest from Rimmel is the Colourfest Collection, featuring a whole host of gorgeous nail shades. The polishes come in the standard Rimmel 60 Second packaging, but with a flower decal to the lid.

In a recent trip to Superdrug I picked up two shades from the collection 'Rain Rain Go Away' and 'Go Wild-er-ness'. Rain Rain Go Away is a gorgeous taupe shade, which is actually different to anything else in my collection. Go Wild-er-ness is a stunning pastel purple lilac shade, which is a colour I cannot get enough of at the moment.  

The formula of these is beautiful, they have the fabulous Rimmel flat brush which makes the application dreamy. They dry quickly and they are opaque in one coat! They last well on the nails too, they do not chip easy and they don't flake. All-in-all for £2.99, these polishes are gorgeous! 

  Hope, Freedom, Love

Friday, 17 April 2015

For a long time I've hated moisturisers, they are just too sticky and too much fuss for my liking. However, over the last few months I've found three products that make moisturising a breeze! Each of these have different qualities that I like and I use them for all different purposes.

The One For When I'm In A Rush
The Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser hasn't been short of coverage in the bloggersphere and it's no surprise why! This moisturiser is the simplest of formulas, you just spray it all over your body and rub it in. It disappears instantly, yet it still supplies a whole load of moisture. These moisturisers come in a few different scents including Cocoa which makes you smell like chocolate! It retails for £5, but is often on offer for £3, (buy here) which makes it a high street bargain! 

The One For When I Want To Smell Beautiful
This is the one that gets the most use out of all three featured here. I've featured the Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Body Lotion* before and it's still a firm favourite in my collection. It comes in a handy pump bottle and it's much thicker in texture. It still soaks into the skin quickly, but it leaves behind the most beautiful scent, which really lingers! If fig isn't your thing, there are a few other scents you can choose from. This retails for £13 (buy here), which makes it more expensive than the others, but its oh so worth it! 

The One For Dry Spots
The Body Shop Body Butter has been on the market for longer than I can remember and it's a favourite of many worldwide. I find this far too thick to use all over my body, it just takes too long to soak in! However, I use this on all the spots that are prone to being a little too dry. It injects your skin with buckets of moisture and they come in a variety of scents. I'm currently using Honeymania, which is a sweet floral and honey scent, which is lovely for summer. This one retails for £13 (buy here) for 200ml and it lasts forever! 

Hope, Freedom, Love

Thursday, 16 April 2015

I'm not joking when I say that as SOON as these dropped, I added them to my wish list. I've wanted to try a Bobbi Brown blusher for so long, so three in one handy palette was heaven to me. This is officially called The Cheek Palette and it was released in three different shade combinations. 

I had a House of Fraser gift card to spend, so I ended up ordering this beauty from there! I actually wanted the Berry combination, but when that one was out of stock, I opted for Pink. Inside the standard Bobbi Brown black sleek packaging, you get two powder blushers and a powder highlighter. The palette also houses a huge mirror, which makes it good for travelling or for your handbag for when you're on-the-go. 

You can see by the swatch below that these are very sheer in one wash. I've been using this with my Real Techniques Cheek Brush and slowly building up the coverage to my desired effect. You can barely see any difference in the swatch of the two pink shades, however, the left one is slightly more berry-toned. I've been using the highlighter shade with my Real Techniques Contour Brush. Again it's pretty sheer, but it creates a 'glowing from within' look which I think is gorgeous for spring time! 

The Cheek Palette retails for £34, which is pretty good value when you consider one shade from Bobbi Brown is £19. These flew off the shelves like hot cakes, but the Cheek Palette in Pink is still available here on the Bobbi Brown website.

Hope, Freedom, Love

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder Natural Powder for Oily Skin
My oily complexion means that I can never really get away without powdering. Luckily there are some pretty beautiful powders available these days; Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder is certainly one of them. I personally like a bit of extra coverage from powders, so I was happy to see that Bourjois made one for me that was a perfect colour match. Although there are actually only four shades available, which is not the best selection. I'm very pale and I use 'Vanilla' which is the same shade that I wear in Bourjois foundations.

The ingredients inside Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder, include 'Yuzu' for anti-shine and Sharon Fruit' for Hydration. What I personally like about this powder is that it's incredibly fine milled, so it does not feel heavy at all. Yet, it still gives coverage, sets makeup and keeps shine at bay all day long. Some powders can feel quite drying on the skin, but this is really comfortable. It also comes in a really sleek and small compact; with a good size mirror too, which makes it perfect for chucking in your handbag. It's rare that you find a powder which has a mirror inside, yet is not too bulky for travel, this is perfect.

At £8.99 the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder is in the middle price range for high street powders. It's not as cheap as Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder but nowhere near as expensive as the Revlon alternative. I'm really happy with this purchase, I think I might go as far as to give it holy grail status! You can pick it up from Superdrug here

Hope, freedom & love.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Remember when I said I had a phone case obsession? Well I've been at it again - this time it's pug themed. My sister actually surprised me with a pug phone case a few weeks ago, but she bought it for the wrong phone. I was gutted and it sparked an obsessed Stephanie, I had to have a pug phone case! 

I searched eBay for a good couple of hours and I finally settled on this Pug Hard Case by Head Case, isn't he cute? This case only cost £5 and I'm always worried about what the quality will be like when they arrive. This particular case is fantastic! The case is made from good quality materials, which means it hasn't cracked or broken. Not to mention, the image is crisp and clear which means it looks a lot more expensive than it is.

I'm really impressed with my latest phone case, I think he'll be sticking around for a while, he's too cute to replace! 

Hope, Freedom, Love

Monday, 13 April 2015

Vichy is a brand that I haven't had a chance to really explore in much detail. So when I was offered to try Aqualia Thermal, I jumped at the chance. Aqualia Thermal offers everything my skin craves in the Spring time; a shot of moisture to hydrate and make the skin look plump.

Vichy was created in 1931 and since that time, they have constantly strived to be at the breaking edge of cosmetics. Recently they introduced a whole range of products to add 'dynamic hydration'. The new products are all under the Aqualia Thermal line and there are three products. Here I have the Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power Serum*, what a name! It's concentrated with Thermal Spa Water and enriched with Hyaluronic Acid with allows to soothe, protect and hydrate all in one handy serum. 

So science and ingredients aside, what did I think of it? Well lets start with the shallow stuff; I love the bottle. It feels lovely to hold and feels expensive (which I expect for £17). The formula itself is a lot runnier than over serums I've tried, which makes it incredibly light on the skin. It's really cooling on the skin, which I love, there's nothing nicer than a cooling serum first thing in the morning! 

I apply to the skin after cleansing and it just takes a couple of minutes to absorb in. It really injects lots of hydration into the skin, which means it makes a great base for makeup. I've found that normally my foundation clings to my dry patches, but this hasn't happened with Aqualia Thermal in my routine. The one thing I don't like is that the product is quite scented! This normally puts me off, but I've been ignoring it as I find this has been doing wonders for my skin. 

So far I'm really enjoying this Aqualia Thermal Serum, I can see why it's called the 'Power Serum'. I've packed this in my suitcase this week as I'm heading to Santa Cruz, which involves a 12-hour plane journey! I'm hoping this is going to rescue my skin both during and after the flight!

You can pick up the Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power Serum from Escentual (buy here) and Boots (buy here) for £17. 

Hope, Freedom, Love

Sunday, 12 April 2015

When the sun starts to shine, I quickly switch to my light airy scents! I thought it was time to share with you some of my favourites!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
This is the strongest of all three scents! To write this post I've sprayed them all on a piece of paper in front of me and this is the only one I can smell. To me it has a very clean scent which has floral base. I'm talking a clean cotton which has been paired with daisies. As it settles it leaves a musky scent which has a strong scent of coconut, which happens to be my favourite scent of all time! I wore this a lot last summer and it reminds me of holidays by the beach. Being Marc Jacobs, it has the most beautiful bottle too, I think it's my favourite packaging of all the Marc Jacobs scents! 

See By Chloe
This is the latest addition to my perfume collection and I've been obsessed with wearing it recently. To me this smells the most floral but it's not got that sharp base that you get with some floral scents. Instead it's incredibly wearable, it settles with a woody vanilla scent but with the floral scents still coming through. This perfume is packaged in a gorgeous bird cage bottle which has a pretty silver lid, so pretty! 

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier*
This one isn't actually a perfume, instead it's described as a 'Fragrant Water'. So you can imagine that it's the lightest of the three. It's also the sweetest of the three and instead of being floral, it's fruity. It's rare for me to like a fruity scent in perfume, so this is pretty unique for my collection! Obviously the main ingredient of this is fig pulp which smells beautiful, but it's just got a real sweetness about it. It reminds me of a particular sweet, but I cannot but my finger on what it actually is. Being a fragrant water it's obviously the cheapest of the three, but it's also the one that needs reapplying through the day.

What scents do you like to wear in Spring?

Hope, Freedom, Love

Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Benefit Of Glass Nail Files - Dr Lewinn's Review

I'm quickly coming round to the idea of using glass nail files. I used to be a huge fan of the normal 'classic' emery boards, but there are actually lots of advantages to using glass. 

They Leave Your Nails In A Better Condition
Emery boards are designed to be used only in one direction, but most people ignore this. They leave your nails quite brittle and damaged. However, glass files your nails a little differently! They are not as harsh as sandpaper, and instead of tearing the nail, the glass fuses the ends of your nails together. This in turn makes them stronger and stops them from breaking and chipping. Glass files also tend to be sharper which means that they leave a nice smooth finish. 

No Sound & No Mess
To me emery boards sound horrible! They have a sawing effect which to me sounds like nails on a chalk board - yuck! Glass files are smooth and delicate, so they actually make no sound at all! Which if you're sensitive to sounds like me, is a huge bonus! They also make a LOT less mess than your classic emery board. Both of these factors makes them easier to use whilst on-the-go!

Long Life
Another huge bonus is that they last longer! A normal emery board can go blunt very quickly, perhaps in two/three uses. However, glass files last a lot longer, in fact many files promise a 'lifetime'! If they don't promise a lifetime, you can normally get at least a years worth of use from one file!

They Are Washable
This tends to be a benefit for the professional beauticians amongst us, but glass files are actually washable. This means they can be sterilised after each use; you just wash them with soap and water and spray them with antiseptic spray. Some people actually put their glass nail files in the dishwasher!  

There are loads of glass files on the market, but the one I'm currently using is one by Dr Lewinn's*. It's double sided and it is pointed at one end which allows you to be more precise. Like most glass files, the Dr Lewinn's Glass Nail File, also comes with a little white pouch which protects it (and your other belongings) when it's rattling around your handbag. 

Hope, Freedom, Love
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