Sunday, 16 July 2017

Beauty : Glossybox July 2017


It's that time of month again, when I share my latest finds in the forms of my Glossybox haul! These types of post are honestly one of my favourites to write, and I love discovering the new products that are included each month! So lets take a look inside...

This months July box was themed around summer holidays, and products that you can pack light but pack clever. The box itself is the first of the summer collector's edition boxes and is absolutely beautiful! I love the gold foil 'Hello Summer' box lid, and I am obsessed with the matching white ribbon and printed detailing on the inside. The sneak peek of next months box looks equally as impressive, so I can't wait to get my hands on that as well! 













Bellapierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder - RRP £25 | Full Sized Product
This product alone made me so excited to receive this months box. I have heard so many people talk about this setting powder so I can't wait to give it a try for myself. I have only recently began joining in with the 'baking' makeup trend, so am interested to see whether this meets all of its claims of 'counteracting redness, blemishes and discolouration'. My first impression/swatch of this product is that I love it, so hopefully it will look great on my skin! 

 Spectrum Cosmetics Small Fan A10 brush - RRP £4.99 | Full Sized Product
I am a big fan of Spectrum Cosmetics and already own a couple of their makeup brushes from this same colour collection. I was excited to see in last months box that we would be getting this brush and I can't wait to use it with my highlight to give my skin a little glow. 

MONUspa Soothing After Sun Lotion - RRP £19.95
Although this product itself isn't full sized, the sample we have been given is so generous and will last me the whole two weeks of my summer holiday! After sun is always the product that most people forget to use when being out in the sun all day, so I love that Glossy have included this in the box this month. This product can be applied to the face and body and contains Aloe Vera which cools and hydrates the skin. The perfect product to be in this months box! 

Cute Balms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry - RRP £5.99 | Full Sized Product
Another full sized product in this months box is this gorgeous lip balm in a crushed berry colour and scent. I love the cute gimmicky packaging and the smell of this product is something else! This product can also be used on both the cheeks and lips which makes it the best multi tasking item! 

Papanga Spiral Hairbands - RRP £4.99 | Full Sized Product
The final product in this months box are these two spiral hairbands. I am a big fan of hairbands with this sort of design as elastics can be so uncomfortable. As someone with long hair, I spend a lot of the summer with my hair up out of my face, so love that these have been included in the box. These hairbands also claim to prevent breakage and split ends, so I hope that is true! I love the little packaging it comes in as well!

So that is everything in this month's box. If I am being completely honest, and I am not being paid to say this, this month's box is the best one that I have received in ages! All of the products apart from one are full sized, and they are all something that I would probably genuinely go out and repurchase myself. 

Are you a Glossybox subscriber? What did your receive in your box this month? 
Until next time, 



Sunday, 9 July 2017

Fashion : The Red Gingham dress of dreams


Two OOTD posts in the space of one week? Am I finally turning myself into a proper fashion blogger?! I bet you can tell that with university finally being over I suddenly have a lot of free time on my hands!

Anyway, I am feeling all kinds of picnic vibes with this dress, but you know what, I just love it! Talking of fashion bloggers, I am finally jumping onto the gingham print trend. Emma (my brothers girlfriend) spotted this dress in the Zara sale for me and I knew instantly that I needed to get it. I had actually spotted a couple of bloggers raving about this particular dress in the blue so was pleased to finally have found it in red! (Side note, Emma actually bought the blue version!).  Another deciding factor on getting this dress, despite the £19.99 sale price, was how easy it is to dress up or down depending on the occasion. This makes it the most perfect holiday wardrobe essential as it looks just as nice with a pair of brown gladiator sandals. 

Dress: Zara, Shoes: New Look, Glasses: Ray Ban. 





I am so happy with how this dress looks when being worn, I love when an outfit looks as nice as you imagine it to be. I know that I will be getting a lot of use out of it this summer as well thanks to the fabric being lightweight too.  

Have you got any 'dream' dresses in your wardrobe that are perfect for any occasion? Let me know! 

Until next time! 



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Fashion : Van Dal Shoes!*

Van Dal Shoes
Last week a very exciting parcel arrived that I just couldn't wait to share. Anyone that knows me, knows how addicted I am to a pair of shoes. Personally I think that you can never have too many, and I just love having the option to change up a look with a pair of cute shoes! So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked if I wanted a pair of shoes from Van Dal as a gift to coincide with the new store launching in the Quadrant Department Store, Chelmsford, Essex. Now I will be honest, I had never heard of Van Dal shoes before being contacted, but I was so surprised at the variety of styles that they have to offer and looking on the website really made me feel spoilt for choice. I did however fall in love with the 'Bowen' style of shoe, which I was told was so popular they didn't have any of my size left in. I was offered a similar style from the 'Alberta' range which are more of a high top trainer which I decided to go with. 


 The shoes I was sent were the Alberta High Top Trainers in Garnet Reptile Print. I have never owned a burgundy/blood colour of shoe before and thought they would look lovely in all seasons with a pair of jeans. I also liked the exposed zip fastening on the side and the soft leather. I did notice that as I was trying them on I needed to loosen up the laces on the front slightly to make them comfortable, but I love how the shoe looks when worn in more of a relaxed fashion. 











I have already worn these out a couple of times and love how comfortable they are to wear. I know that they will be getting a lot of use in the next couple of months. A big thank you to Van Dal shoes for sending me these trainers to try out, they are gorgeous! Congratulations with your new store launch, I can't wait to visit!

What do you think about the style of these Van Dal shoes? Is it something you would wear?
Check out these exact shoes HERE!



*The items mentioned in this post were kindly sent to me by Van Dal shoes. As always all opinions, photographs and words are by me and are always 100% honest. 


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Fashion : Zara sale OOTD!


I can't be the only one who gets excited when they hear/read the words Zara sale right? Out of all the sales that happen around this time of year Zara are always the shop which, in my opinion, come out on top! The discounts are always incredible, and it's probably one of the only times I have a proper look around and shop there. 

I went into my local store last week and spotted this dress when shopping with Emma (my brother's girlfriend). After trying it on knew I needed it in my life! The dress cost £17.99 and is completely different to anything I have ever bought before, albeit extremely daring for me! I love the layered ruffles and off shoulder detailing, as well as the cute waist tie and ruffled hem. My favourite part about the dress is the nude coloured slip underneath which makes the yellow laced fabric hang gorgeously on the body when worn. As an added bonus, this dress makes me feel amazing too! This dress is so versatile and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion! I've already decided that it will be coming away with me when I go on holiday next month. 



Dress: Zara
Bag: Zara
Shoes: New Look
Glasses: Ray Ban





To match the gorgeous dress, I also decided to do a yellow/gold eye look which turned out a lot better than I thought it would! 

What do you think of the dress? Have you got anything in the Zara sale yet? Let me know! 

Until next time, 


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Beauty : D-I-Y at home gel glitter nails!

Sensationail

Last week I uploaded a photograph of my nails to Instagram and it seemed to get a great response, so I thought I would share how I did it! I love having my nails done professionally in the salon, but as the appointments can get quite expensive, my salon being £30 a time, I love having the option to do them nicely myself at home too. 

I have written about my love for the Sensationail brand in the past, but the more I use it the better it is. This at home gel nail kit is so easy to use and it leaves you with salon finished nails from the comfort of your own home. The lasting time isn't as long as it is when having them done professionally, but it still out runs that of a normal nail polish. Building up the basic collection can be quite expensive to begin with, but as soon as you have a few colours and the top/base coat you are pretty much good to go! I have about 5 colours now which I alternate with and still find it more cost effective than going to the salon monthly. Lets get started...

Sensationail

Sensationail

To create the nail look this is what you need:
  • Gel cleansing wipe
  • Gel primer
  • Gel base and top coat
  • Gel coloured polish (I used the shade Mauve It or Lose It)
  • Glitter
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer
  • Cotton wool pads
  • Stick 
  • Sensationail UV lamp

Sensationail

Sensationail

To start you need to prepare your nails for the products that you will be applying. I purchased this prep and wipe cleansing liquid from Amazon cheaply and find it works a lot better than the expensive ones you can get in Boots. Cleaning your nails with this product after filing and shaping, makes the surface of the nail smooth and clean which also makes it easier to apply the gel primer onto!
  
Sensationail

Sensationail

Next I applied the Sensationail gel primer to my nails and waited for them to dry naturally. This primer helps the gel base coat to set nicely on top of your nails. It also protects the nails from the different layers of polish and UV light. 

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

After the primer was dry I applied the Sensationail clear transparent base and top coat smoothly onto the nail. I find that a little goes a long way when applying this product so I try and spread it as evenly as possible on the nail working from the cuticle to the top. I also apply a little bit of the polish to the top of my nail on the underside to secure everything in. This is a tip I do whenever I apply any kind of polishes to my nails as it truly helps any manicure not to chip as quickly! I then put this under the Sensationail lamp for 60 seconds! 

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Next I applied the colour polish to my nails making sure I spread this as evenly as the base, including applying to the underside of the nail too. I put my nails under the lamp again for another 60 seconds. 

Sensationail

Sensationail

Then I apply the second and final coat of the coloured polish. I love how solid the colours are with the Sensationail polishes. Two coats are pigmented enough to work perfectly. I then put my nails under the UV lamp for a further 60 seconds. 

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Before applying the glitter to my nails I applied another layer of the clear transparent polish. This gives the glitter something to stick too, and also makes the finish of the glitter smoother. I then used the glitter straight from the bottle and applied to the nails that I wanted. Personally I love having the index and ring finger's as the accent nails. For this design I applied the glitter solidly to the ring finger. For the index finger I applied the glitter in a gradient style starting from the nail bed upwards (I find it easier to tap this on with my finger!). To finish off the nail look, I applied the transparent polish once again over each of my nails. I put this under the UV lamp for a final 60 seconds. 

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Finally I used the gel cleansing liquid to clean the nails and to wipe away any of the leftover polish and glitter.

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Sensationail

Overall I love the look of the finished nail look! I love how chic it appears, and how versatile it is to use with other coloured polishes too. I couldn't recommend the Sensational kit enough! 

Have you tried any of the Sensationail gel polishes before? Are there any shades that you think I would love? Let me know in the comments below! 

Until next time,

Sensationail


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