Monday, 24 July 2017

Indeed Laboratories 

This month I've been trialling two products from Indeed Laboratories. Still a baby in the beauty world, Indeed Labs entered the scene in 2011 with their first flawless skin cream Nanoblur (more about this beauty to come later.) Thrown into the beauty scene by the idea of creating the ultimate secret selfie weapon, they worked to create a collection of high end products with quality ingredients at an affordable price.

Each of their products is targeted at a specific need. Aiming to address your skin woes with maximum results. I was lucky enough to get the chance to try two products from their range with varying results. 

Nanoblur 


Aimed at blurring imperfections and fine lines, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this selfie skin perfecting wonder cream. The formula promises to filter skin leaving you with a silky soft finish. The light diffusing formula creates an instant Matte finish for picture perfect skin, however this was wear my problem with the product lies. Although it does everything it offers on the "tin" I found that due to my dry skin, after one day wear I was crying out for some moisturisation, and so because of this I'd recommend this product for those with oily to combination skin who wish for an even Matte finish. 

Hydraluron 


This deep hydration and moisture boosting serum is the perfect kick for dry skin. It's lightweight formula allows it to penetrate beneath the skins surface so that you get enhanced hydration and a dewy glow. If you follow my blog you'll know I love nothing more than glowing dewy skin, so this product was great for me. Containing hyaloronic acid and marine algae the formula left my skin smoother, softer and more radiant, even gaining me more compliments than usual.

My verdict on Indeed Labs? The packaging is sleek and catches your attention as a brand with some serious know how. If you know your skin issues, then finding a product for you should be easy. 

Would I buy these products again? Yes and no. I'd definitely head down to my local boots for a top of the hydraluron serum when it runs out, but I do have to admit I won't be rushing to try out the Nanoblur again. 

The Indeed Labratories range is available from boots priced from £14.99-£29.99 

Until Next Time 

B x 

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Magnitone Wipeout Cloth 

Every now and again as a blogger, an item drops on your door mat and rocks your world. I hate to sound like one of those omg everything is amazing kind of people, but this product literally did blow my mind. 


With all the makeup I do, it's easy to see why this amazing Magnitone Wipe Out Cloth won me over, but incase you don't yet know about the hype, here's the lowdown. 


This fancy microfibre cloth removes your makeup with just water. Yep your heard me right, that's JUST water. I know, I didn't believe it at first either. 

Unlike traditional cleansing wipes or face cloths, Wipe Out microfibres swell up when wet, grab onto makeup and hold them within so makeup is removed in one sweep without the need to scrub. 


But after a few weeks of trying this beauty out, it's true love. It even removes tough makeup like face paint and waterproof mascara, without much hassle at all.


The perfect essential for all you festival go-ers, makeup lovers and lazy girls who love a good makeup wipe, this pack includes two microfibre cloths that can be thrown in with your washing at 30 degrees and last up to 1000 times. This little beauty seems like quite the bargain at £13.45 for two. 

This also offers the perfect option for those keen to cut their waste as personally I haven't touched a makeup wipe since this little beaut came into my life. 

You can find the Magnitone Wipe Out at Feel Unique here.

What product have you been loving recently? 

Until Next Time 

B x 


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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Blogging from your Phone 

My name is Bethany, I'm a blogger and I don't own a laptop. I know, madness right? Well the more I tell people the more I see that glazed look of but how? Whilst I'll admit my blog photos aren't the most perfect and my videos aren't the most magically edited 99.9% of my blog and videos are created, edited and posted from my phone. How you ask? Well it's all with the help of these handy little apps I'm about to tell you all about. 


The bonus of having no laptop, is that I can constantly blog on the move. It means my content can be more instantaneous and also means I can do things whenever the moment takes me. My phone is also light and it means that my writing and video editing is more carefree and can take place anywhere from the bath (just don't drop your phone in,) to the bus stop. So which apps do you need to get blog savvy on the move? Read on to see my faves... 

Staying Organised 

Notes

If you're like me and love nothing more than being oh so organised, the notes function on an iPhone is great. You will always have it with you when you have that lightbulb moment and it's easy to edit and add to on the move. Don't over look this little tool that the iPhone has to offer, it can be a great way to keep on top of your latest posts and upcoming collaborations. 

Photo Editing  

VSCO Cam 



Oh holy grail of all photo mobile apps. From planning my insta grid to adding the perfect filter, if you don't know about VCSO then do you even use filters? All those perfectly curated insta feeds use them, to make their colour theme just "so." I like to use VSCO for the finishing touches to my photos as well as seeing how my feed will pan out overall. 

PS Express 


My first port of call for editing pictures, this watered down, mobile version of photoshop is perfect for editing my pictures straight from my phone. Although it doesn't offer all of the features of photoshop, it has just the right amount of features that I need to get picture perfect. 

Uploading Images/Video 

SD card reader for iPhone 


If you own nothing else as a blogger, purchase one of these bad boys off eBay. For about £2.50 this little gem will upload your pictures from your DSLR memory card, TO YOUR PHONE! Less faff and better quality photos directly from your mobile on the move. It also means you can import videos straight into imovie on your phone, so all those hours spent travelling to and from events can be used to edit vlog footage straight away.

Have fun with photos 

Pic Collage 


Looking to have fun with your images or need to create that all important start screen for your YouTube? Then Pic Collage is a great tool for just that. With fun text, stickers and a cutting tool to edit your images, it's my go to anytime a picture needs something extra.

Video Editing 

imovie 



The perfect way to edit my videos on the move, imovie on my phone means I can be leaving an event and editing a vlog on the journey home meaning my followers get to the action quicker. A little less intense than the mac version, imovie on the iPhone has all the basics a budding vlogger could need. 

What are your tips for blogging and video editing on the move?

Until Next Time 

B x 

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Let's talk about kindness 

We all know the saying "if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all," but sometimes it seems this is forgotten. With all the negativity, I want to share some little stories about kindness. Personal stories about lovely kind things that people have done for me to help me on my blogging path. 


I have a camera. In fact I have a pretty amazing DSLR. The downside? It's too bulky to take anywhere so when I found myself lucky enough to be invited to an amazing L'Oréal event, I didn't want to have to carry it around as it meant something else to worry about. Sharing my worries with my friend, she ever so kindly lent me her bridge camera which was the perfect size to capture the days events. It was a small gesture, but I was overwhelmed that she would lend me a prized possession so I could get the all important blog and vlog footage I required. 

Another day, another blogger coffee meet, but this one was different. I won't name the blogger, because I feel this person would prefer not to be named. We chatted, had a lovely time and at the end of the coffees, the blogger handed me a box. Inside was lots of colourful makeup, that she had kindly boxed up for me as she no longer needed it and thought the shades were more me. A small gesture to most, but to me this meant the world. I hadn't been able to buy new makeup in a long while, due to having other things financially to think about and this box of goodies gave me a huge kick start and boost at creating new content. 

Both of these gestures, were small and yet so generous and touching and gave me the boost just when I needed it. 

I guess what I wanted this post to be a reminder of, is that we don't need grand gestures to make our day. That friend that lives alone? Ring them up, ask them how they are; you could be the first person they've spoken to all day. Haven't heard from a friend in a while? Check in, ask them if they're ok. 

Know a friend loves mail? Send them a postcard (Paperchase do great ones) letting them know how great they are! 

Not into mail? Support a friend by sharing their latest work. Sing their praises if you love their work. 

We could all be a little more kind. No one is a saint and just one small kind act could make all the difference to those around you. 

Until Next Time

B x  

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Friday, 7 July 2017

TILI Beauty Box Unboxing 

I don't know about you, but I love the excitement of a beauty box landing on my doorstep. It's something about the unknown and the idea of it almost being a gift you know nothing about. QVC's TILI box is now on its 4th edition and I can only see this box getting stronger. 

The box contains a selection of new launches and a carefully selected edit of products across beauty, skincare, makeup, bath & body so you can try products and possibly fall in love. 


Whilst the box I received contained no end of wonderful products, a few in this box are definite stand outs for me. 

Stand Out Products 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 

I have wanted to try this for as long as I can possibly remember. With a fresh and beautiful scent I can now see why so many shout about this product. The box contains a 30ml sample and its matching cleansing cloth which offer a promise of radiant skin. I'm only 2 weeks in to testing this little beauty, but a little goes a long way and I love how clean and fresh it leaves my skin. The scent is a mix of Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Chamomile, which aswell as smelling great, tone, soothe and purify to leave skin feeling comfortable, balanced and clean. 


O.P.I Nail Lacquer

One of the beautiful shades from the O.P.I Collection. This high gloss and shined grey shade is perfect. A new favourite in my nail collection, the shade lasts a good week before it starts to chip and offers application at lightening speed.


Benefit Roller Lash 

The perfect mini for your handbag, fluttery lashes are a given with Benefit Roller Lash mascara. The hook n roll brush grabs and separates lashes, whilst lifting and curling. I've been loving this for lifted fluttery lashes. 


My overall thoughts on the box is that it is the perfect way to try out some fantastic products and a great way to build up some holiday minis for this time of year. You can get the TILI box online at QVCUK.COM with no on going subscription required for just £20. 

Until Next Time 

B x 

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Festival Styling - The khaki jacket - AD

Festival season is well and truly upon us, with the biggest and best festivals on their way. 

When it comes to festival styling, I feel like there's two camps. The one I like to call mermaids, who are all glitter and sequins, and the laid back crew who don the "oh I just threw this on" and look so effortlessly stylish it hurts. 


For the latter bunch, it's all khaki jackets, ripped shorts and casual t's that make them look so chic. 

Mainiere De Voir offer stylish and unique khaki jackets with patches for that little bit of something extra to take your outfit from now to festival wow.

To me a great jacket is a festival essential, offering cover from the elements should it rain, whilst still keeping stylish. 

With an amazing collection of fashionable and unique pieces Mainiere De Voir hits the festival spot. See my festival style crushes below. 


Camouflage utility jacket - khaki 


Dreamer cropped T-Shirt 


Suede lace up mini skirt 

You can find their full collection plus this amazing jacket on their website. 

What's your ultimate festival style essential?

Until Next Time 

B x 

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Clive Christian Perfume Review - Ad 

I love nothing more than discovering a new perfume. To me scents are transformative and they take me to an exact moment in my life. 

When I smell the perfumes of my past I can tell you where I was when I wore it, the moment in my life I can pin point. Who and what it reminds me of and that is what is so special about perfume. It makes you feel good, but it also holds memories. 

Which brings me to the latest fruity perfumes to land on my doorstep from Clive Christian. 

The Story

With a background in luxury interiors spanning from the 1970s, Clive Christians pursuit of true luxury took another path when he stumbled upon a small perfume house in Mayfair, London. Upon discovering that this company had once been so noteable that Queen Victoria had granted the use of the image of her crown on the bottles, Clive Christian set to work to restore the perfume house to its former glory. 


The Noble Collection

Created in homage to the history and flora of a Queen Anne Garden, Noble VII combines the romance of traditional English gardens with rich and exotic flowers that were sought after by fashionable nobility of the time.

Rock Rose 


The powerfully fragrant Rock Rose has top notes of citrus, warmed with black pepper and blends with a base of amber, cocoa & patchouli.

The deep and masculine fragrant Rock Rose opens with its top notes of citrus combined with black pepper that is distinctly classic. A powerful fragrance in its own right, this scent is sure to impress for its unique and obvious quality, which it should for its £350 price tag. 

Cosmos Flower 


The sumptuous scent of cosmos flower blends with bittersweet cocoa, sensual jasmine and fruity plum giving depth & integrity to this modern gourmande.

A beautiful fragrance reminiscent of some of my favourite fragrances on the market, this strong feminine fragrance is sure to stand the test of time. Beautifully classic, it's the perfect sensual evening scent for the summer months ahead. 

Again with a £350 price tag it's a bit steep, but the quality ingredients and knowledge are plain to see and so I'm sure I'll be picking up the sample packs for my clutch bag again in the near future. 

Until Next Time 

B x 

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Addiction Collection Review & Swatches 

If you follow my blog, you'll know that back in February I was lucky enough to be part of the L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Matte Addiction Collection social campaign. It was when I got my first look at the collection and a few of the beautiful shades. Shortly after I treated myself to a few more colours as I loved the formula, so this week when a beautiful box filled with each shade from the collection landed on my doorstep I couldn't have been more excited. 

To me lipstick is my holy grail. When asked what one makeup item I couldn't give up, lipstick would win every time.
This beautiful collection of lipsticks offers 16 stunning moisturising shades perfect for any occasion.
Enriched with pure soft pigments, with jojoba and camellia oils the formula gives intense Matte colour without drying the lips.
My personal favourites from the collection have to be shades Hype, Brick Vintage and Moka Chic.

Swatches
As you can see from the swatches below there's quite the colour spectrum from delicate nudes, rosy pinks, radiant reds, deep purples and a striking midnight blue.

Shades left to right - 633 Moka chic, 640 Erotique, 636 Mahogany studs, 634 Greige perfecto, 103 Blush in a rush, 104 Strike a rose, 101 Candy stiletto, 241 Pink-a-porter. 


227 Hype, 346 Scarlet silhouette, 347 Haute rouge, 348 Brick vintage, 349 Paris cherry, 463 Plum Tuxedo, 430 Mon jules, 900 Midnight in Paris. 
Owning quite a few of the L'Oréal Color Riche collection already, these little beauties will sit more than comfortably in their new home and I can't wait to play with all the new shades!
Which is your favourite shade from the collection?
Until Next Time
B x

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Swimwear for a Bigger Bust 

I don't know about you, but whenever it comes time to buy new underwear or swimwear, it brings me out in a sweat. The panic of not finding my size or anything flattering with enough hold, is enough to put me in a bad shopping mood. It's been years since I've invested in some new swimwear, but my new love of swimming three times a week and my recent holiday meant it was time to look into some new pieces. Between tackling the high street and being gifted some lovely new pieces to review, I've found four perfect pieces of swimwear that took me through my holiday and beyond. 

Gottex Profile Marble Halter Neck Swimsuit

This stunning swimsuit offers everything for a day of activity. Worn to a swimming park, the suit offered all the support and coverage I could need to enjoy the day whilst looking chic and stylish. Whilst the swimsuit offers full coverage, it's flattering cut outs in sheer mesh give a modern twist to this costume which could otherwise have become quite frumpy in its style. This beauty is fairly pricey at £104 this swimsuit is a treat to most, but for its quality, if you're a regular swimmer, it's definitely worth the price tag. You can find this stunning costume online here.



Pour Moi Checkers Hidden Wire Halter Triangle Bikini Top & Bottoms


When you have a slightly larger bust and a smaller back it can be difficult to find bikini tops specific to your size. Queue badly tied and badly fitting triangle bikinis that do nothing for support. This beautiful vintage inspired bikini from Pour Moi made me feel feminine and happy to strut my stuff on the rocky beaches and beyond. You can find the top and bottom at UK Swimwear. 

Mermaid on Duty Swimsuit 



This tongue in cheek number is an absolute bargain at just £10 from Asda. With a gorgeous red colour, sure to make you stand out on the beach and the perfect slogan for all you undercover mermaids out there, it's hidden bust support gives that little extra coverage us girls on the top heavy side need. Get this little beauty here

Palm Tree Swimsuit 


Feeling cheeky? Then this little number is for you! With two perfectly placed bright pink palm trees this navy swimsuit offers all the coverage whilst being fun at the same time. At just £12 this is another perfect bargain for your holiday packing from Asda. You can find it in your local Asda or order it online here

Until Next Time 

B x 



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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Style your trench coat with Jack Wills - AD 

I don't know about you, but there is no better wardrobe staple than the classic Trench coat. Personally, I have three in various colours and I can't see my love for them disappearing any time soon. Classic and easy to wear, the trench offers an easy, stylish cover up for those days when you just don't want to go without a jacket. 


If you've ever wondered how best to wear your trench coat, then Jack Wills have come up with a handy guide on how to style a trench coat to help you look look chic from dawn to dusk.

Taking you through the trench coats history, back to the very start at its invention in the 1850s, the guide offers you a look into everything you could want to know about the timeless piece as well as guiding you through how to wear it with relevant fashions today.

A never ending classic, the trench coat can be worn in a multitude of ways from fresh and neutral tones to stunning pastels, the possibilities are endless. 

I love to style my own trench with tailoring and smart shoes for a chic and powerful everyday combination, but I also love that I can dress my trench up to keep the evening chill at bay when dressing up for special occasions. The perfect multi tasker the trench coat offers a world of choice. 

How do you wear yours? 

Until Next Time 

B x 


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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Cote Brasserie - Shrewsbury Loves 

This year, I've vowed to get back to the roots of What She Did and remember where all of this started, reviewing my favourite restaurants and checking out new places about town. Now in my fourth year, my blog has evolved and can lend itself to anything from the latest place to eat, to the best Mascara to buy, but I never want to forget where the blog has come from, so this week when I was invited to the launch of the new Cote Brasserie in town, it seemed only right to take a peek.

Having never eaten at Cote before, I was excited for one to finally land its foundations in Shrewsbury. Committed to producing authentic French classics the Cote menu uses ingredients of the highest quality.

As we all gathered for a night of champagne and canapés we were lucky enough to try some delights.


As well as getting to try some light bites from their menu I popped in a few days earlier to try their breakfast. Perfectly located within the quiet bustle of the square, the restaurant lends itself perfectly to lazy brunches and early evening pre cinema dinners. In the summer the outdoor area offers the perfect location to soak up the sun whilst enjoying a spot of people watching and it's laid back atmosphere means you can comfortably relax whether alone or accompanied by a group.

Whilst visiting for breakfast I tried the vegetarian breakfast, which had some of the tastiest veggie sausages I've tried. The menu is extensive and offers a wide selection of breakfast before 12pm, perfect for those lazy mornings.
I can't wait to get back to Cote and give their evening menu a whirl, but from what I've heard so far through word of mouth, I think it will firmly find it's place as a staple eatery in Shrewsbury in no time at all.
Until Next Time
B x

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Summer Days with L'occitaine - AD

The days are hotting up and I can't stop thinking about summer. The beauty of days spent encompassed in bright shimmering sunshine, laughing with friends and making holiday plans.
With my own holiday plans just around the corner, I've been making a wish list of the perfect beauty gift sets that i'd pack in my dream holiday suitcase and no beauty brand has me dreaming of the glorious days of summer more than L'occitaine. From stunning scents to the perfect treats for soft hands, L'occitaine has everything you need to get super smooth skin whilst smelling divine on holiday and beyond.
Delicious Almond Tin
With the mouthwatering scent of almond this delicious tin contains everything you could need for super soft skin to prep you for holiday from top to toe.
Divine UV Protection Eye & Skin Duo


For amazing skin paired with UV protection this incredible duo offers a unique botanical-7 Booster complex to visibly correct signs of ageing by protecting the skin from damaging UV rays for younger-looking skin. The kit contains a fresh gel cream to help relieve dark circles and puffiness and the Divine light cream SPF 20 is a light textured moisturiser to help fight the visible signs of ageing.
Must-Have Hand Cream Trio

The perfect handbag heroes, these mini must haves are the best way to soft hands. Combining a mix of the best selling Shea Butter and two signature scents these hand saving wonders are the perfect pre holiday fix.
Trio Cherry Blossom

A scent that takes me to summer fields filled with beautiful blooms, this scent is summer in a bottle and so this gift set has everything you could need to smell divine right through the summer days and beyond.
What's your favourite L'occitaine gift set?
Until Next Time
B x
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