Friday, 27 February 2015

OOTD - Hobbs NW3

Next month I get to go to London to pick up my Jewellery Education Diploma at Goldsmiths hall. I needed a nice dress for the occasion and so I knew it was best to head to my favourite go to shop for smart casual dresses, Hobbs. 

I'd already bought one dress and when I was just about to leave this beauty caught my eye in their Cheshire oaks outlet store. At only £49 I couldn't walk away from it. I already own two hobbs dresses and so I couldn't wait to add a few more to my collection. 

I love the fabric on their clothes and the craftsmanship of all their pieces. Whilst other dresses in my work wardrobe have fallen apart at the hem and picked at the seams, my beautiful Hobbs dresses have always stood the test of time. 


As a girl with a small waist and large bust I also always struggle to find dresses that fit in all the right places, this is where Hobbs gets another tick. 


Now onto the dress itself, with a beautiful swallow design and a deep blue, chambray style fabric and a lovely lining this dress is great for day to evening glamour. To dress it down I'll pair it with tan sandals in the summer and for evenings I'll keep it glam it up with these M&S heels. 

All I can say is that this dress has me jumping for joy... 


Whilst the dress is not available online anymore, you may find it in their outlet stores or there is a very similar dress which you can find here.

Until Next Time 

B x 
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

My top 5 Red Lipsticks

If you read my blog, you'll know that most of my Beauty posts involve a red lipstick. It's my favourite beauty staple and the perfect pick me up for those days where I'm feeling a bit pale and need a pop of colour. 

I wanted to start a new series with my top 5's in the beauty world. So expect to see everything from my top 5 mascaras to my top 5 tans over the next few months! I plan to post these every Wednesday, so keep an eye out if you're after some new goodies, or if you just want the justification that your new £20 tan was definitely worth it. 

Now onto the lipsticks. 



L'oreal Colour Riche collection exclusive Pure Reds - Blake: 


I've featured this gorgeous lipstick on my blog before, but I just can't get enough of it. It's such a beautiful colour and so bright. I love how the packaging is luxurious but it's still a budget buy at only £6.99. 

Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick 107: 

 

This is one of my fave reds for when I want to out my inner 'rock goddess' even if only in my mind! I'll usually pair this with favourite leather jacket and lashings of attitude. Not as matte as it says on the tin, but I don't mind as it doesn't dry out my lips. A go to winter shade, not a bad little gem for only £5.49. 

Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick 110:


Rimmel strikes again with this bright coral red. It's a great spring lipstick. I like to pair this with a blue eyeliner for a bright colour clash, or keep it simple with rosey cheeks and barely there mascara. RRP £5.49.

Daniel Sandler Micro-Bubble Micro Red: 


I'd heard a lot about Daniel Sandler, the british makeup artist through Twitter and other beauty bloggers so I was keen to give some of his highly regarded products a go. This is a super bright pillar box red with a smooth texture and super staying power. This often comes with me as a clutch bag staple on girls nights out. Purchased for £11.92 at hairtrade.com 

MUA LUXE Velvet Lips Reckless:

Ok so it's not technically a lipstick...but it would be stupid of me not to include the cheapest of the bunch at only £3. Simply a bargain, this velvety textured matte look lip laquer is simply beautiful. Swipe on once and it will pretty much last you all night with the odd touch up if you're drinking! 

I'm sorry that I haven't been able to include lip swatches in this post as I know how people loathe wrist swatches, but sadly when I wanted to post this, a huge spot decided it wanted to reside on my face, right by my lips for the near future and I'm not a huge fan of photo shop when you're trying to show off a product, so without further adieu: 


From Left to right: 
- MUA LUXE Velvet lips 
-  L'oreal Colour Riche collection exclusive Pure Reds
- Daniel Sandler Micro-Bubble 
- Rimmel Kate matte lipstick 110
- Rimmel Kate matte lipstick 107

I hope you've enjoyed my first Top 5 post! 

What's your favourite red lipstick? 

Until Next Time 

B x 



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Monday, 23 February 2015

Chocolate No Bakes Recipe

If you're trying to eat healthy, I suggest strongly that you look away now! 

I'm trying something new on the blog today with a little recipe post. My all time favourite treats require very little effort, very few ingredients and very little time. A perfect solution for those of you who aren't big bakers, these sweet treats are bound to get you requests from friends and family a like. 


Ingredients

- Half pack of Digestive biscuits
- 2 table spoons Golden syrup
- 2 table spoons butter 
- One large bar of milk chocolate 
- Treats for your topping e.g mini eggs. 

Method

First crush your digestives in a sandwich bag until you create a fairly fine digestive powder. Don't worry if you have a few chunks left, occasionally I think it's quite nice. These no-bakes aren't meant to be perfect, so don't worry if they're a little rough and ready! 

Next Melt butter & chocolate and add syrup on a low heat in a pan until you create a chocolate sauce. 

Pour the sauce over the crushed digestives until you get a sloppy digestive goo.

This is starting to sound yummy and it's making me hungry! 

Next pop the ingredients into a baking tray, or I like to use a soft plastic cake tray as they tend to be easier to get the finished product out of. If you insist on putting them into a baking tray, make sure you line it with grease proof paper or that you grease it before you pop your mix in.

When your mixture is level, score lines in squares or triangles using a sharp knife. This will make it easier to cut later on. 

The final step is to add your topping and put them in a fridge for a few hours. When you're few hours is up, pop them out of the fridge and dig in!

Easy, peasy, and no oven in sight.  


Let me know if you give these a go! 

Until Next Time 
B x 









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Monday, 16 February 2015

Zuzka Natural Beauty

This week I am so excited to share with you a new discovery I was lucky enough to try through The Bloggers Hub! Before spotting this brand in the gifting area, I had never come across the brand Zuzka and it intrigued me with the idea of natural beauty. 


I am a massive skincare fan, and in recent times I must admit that I am becoming a bigger fan of skincare products than I actually am of makeup (but shh I didn't tell you that!) As I am getting older, I have become a hoarder of moisturiser, serums and every other skincare product inbetween, happily filling drawers with more products than any person can put on their face at any one time. 

I wanted to try this cleanser for a few weeks, because I wanted to give a fully honest opinion on how it made my skin look and feel. I don't want to be the kind of blogger that opens a product, tries it on my faces and tells you it's great without even a second glance, this isn't a first look at a product, it's a tried and tested review. 

If you want to know a little bit about Zuzka as a brand, then let me fill you in a little. Susan Kohutova is a qualified beauty specialist and registered herbalist, who saw a need for a range of products for extremely sensitive and allergy prone skin. 

I myself suffer from extremely dry skin at times and so the idea of a product that would soothe my skin was perfect. 

The product I was sent was the Rose Petal Cleansing Milk which is a light textured skin conditioning cleanser & makeup remover. It contains organic rose essential oils and is super soothing to the skin. 


My verdict on this little beauty is that I am in love. I don't often like to shout about a product, but this is a serious game changer. I have received a lot of compliments about my skin in the last week or so and I've been that confident that I've happily gone makeup free without any worries at all. I think I'll definitely have to pick up a full set when I next have some money to treat myself! 

If you want to get your hands on some you can buy a full bottle of Rose Petal Cleansing Milk for £20 or you can buy it as part of the Botanicals Argenine Hydroxy 5 Step Beauty Pack for only £30 from zuzkanaturalbeauty.co.uk 

Until Next Time

B x 

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Beauty Products I use daily

As bloggers, we're often guilty of saying products are amazing, sensational and that we haven't stopped using them, but when it comes down to it, which products do we use every single day or at least for the majority of the week.

Whether you're just feeling a bit nosey or looking for some new staple products, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of items I use about 6 days out of 7. Everyone has those days where we think it's time to try something new, but these are my daily staples. 

Skin care: 


Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 cleanser. 
I got this cleanser in a recent beauty box purchase and I have actually used it none stop since I've had it. A little goes a long way and so this teeny tiny bottle is lasting me longer than I expected. It has a creamy texture and is fab for removing stubborn makeup. I have to admit when it comes to skincare, I am a nightmare and rarely stay with one brand, always keen to try the next thing that comes along, although my all time love is Clarins, I try to be sparing and use up samples daily so that my expensive buys last that little bit longer. 

Protect and perfect Intense Day Cream - If you got the No7 advent calender last year then I'm sure this is a staple in your makeup drawer too. I'm actually loving this and it's matching eye cream so much that I might have to just invest in the full size. Again with this cream a little goes a long way, but it works perfectly on  moisturising my dry patches on my combination skin, without giving way to floods of oil. 

Base: 


Nars Sheer glow - Mont Blanc.
Beauty bloggers everywhere, I thank you, for introducing me to the beauty that is Nars. Without your endless going on about it, I must admit I would never have taken a second look only to miss out on the foundation of my dreams (and I'm not even exaggerating.) Although it's a little pricey at around £35 a pop, I must admit my first bottle lasted me 6 months even with every day wear, meaning it runs out just in time for my birthday and Christmas wish list every time. 

Nars loose powder - Snow £26.50 
Without discovering sheer glow, I wouldn't have landed on to this next beauty. It sets my makeup, so it doesn't look too matte and cakey, because the powder is so great, a little goes a long way with this product too and although it's expensive, it's the product that keeps on giving. 

Lips: 


Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream lip protectant. 
A super covenient way to apply my favourite lipbalm. I can stick it in my handbag and re apply all day long. It's not at all sticky to wear like some thicker balms can be, so is a perfect base before you pucker up this Valentine's Day. 

Essence Lipstick - 53 All about Cupcake 
I love this lipstick. I fell in love with this after I was sent it by essence to review. I use it every single day for work as it's the perfect nude lip. 

What are your go to everyday products?

Until Next Time 

B x 











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