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Budget Beauty #2 – Argan Oil Hair Mask

9 Sep

Hello again lovelies!

I am back again, bringing you another cheap and cheerful product review! Since I decided to start the ‘Budget Beauty’ post series my thrifty side has been in her element, constantly keeping her eye out for that potential fantastic bargain. If you missed my last post check out the fabulous Natural Collection Blusher review here.

This time i’m reviewing a hair product, which is a little odd for me as some of you may know that I am very low maintenance with my tresses. However since having my hair ombred I heard so many  horror stories about the ends turning like straw because of the bleach so I really wanted to be a little more conscious of my hair and it’s condition.

Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask

I discovered this little treasure in the aisles of ASDA at the amazing price of £1.00. Immediately this grabbed my full attention, I mean how could it not?

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Moroccan Argan Oil has been cropping up everywhere lately in hair products through to body oils, it’s for sale in your high end hair salons and even in Primark, but what exactly is it?

Argan Oil is derived from Argan trees which are primarily found in southwestern Morocco, it is highly valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. In cosmetics Argan Oil is used for it’s moisturising and nourishing properties, our hair mask claims to be –

Enriched with proteins and Keratin and infused with Argan Oil. It helps rebuild strength and restore elasticity. Argan Oil hair mask is specifically formulated to help improve texture and manageability, leaving hair looking healthy and shiny. For all hair types. 

Sounds too good to be true for a little tub that cost a quid? Well I have been putting it to the test!

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The hair mask has quite a thick consistency and feels really creamy which is certainly a plus. It doesn’t have a particular scent to it apart from the classic whiff of the argan oil but it’s not off putting by any means.

You need to apply it to your hair after you’ve shampoo’d and ideally your hair shouldn’t be too damp, it does say to towel dry your hair to take out most of the moisture before you apply this, however I just gave my hair a good ringing out and I felt this was adequate.

Applying this was rather easy and even though my hair is rather long I didn’t have to use a lot of product to ensure my hair was coated evenly. It’s recommended to allow it 7-10 minutes to sink in and work it’s magic so continue with your shower/bathing routine and forget about it for awhile.

After a good rinsing my hair felt soft and nourished, it then recommends you can go on to condition your hair but personally unless your hair is like a scarecrow’s I would leave it at that. I personally didn’t continue on to condition, after my hair was dry it was soft, manageable and had some degree of shine to it, there was no overbearing fragrance which I find a positive and to top it all off the effects of this hair mask continued for a couple of days after use.

Even after a couple of days I still felt my hair was more manageable and softer then usual.

I am very happy with this discovery and have even bought another to give as a gift. If you’re looking for an affordable way to treat your hair then look no further!

Have you tried this product?

Much Love x

Embracing Autumn

3 Sep

Hello wonderful readers. Are you in as much shock as me? It’s September already!! I will say in total cliché style that I don’t know where the year has gone. We’ve had a lovely summer and us English roses were very fortunate to have a heat wave in July.

Speaking of waves, it’s now time to start waving goodbye to our summer wardrobes, unless you’re jetting off in the next couple of months for a last ditch week of sunshine you lucky beggars! 

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This summer was all about embracing the new; pastels, prints, brights, and well colour… to my mono-boring clothing collection. I very happily adopted lots of new make-up, nail polishes, clothes, accessories and two kittens. Now it’s getting colder my mind is shifting to; snoods, boots, hot chocolate, coats and everything else in the quest for warmth.

However I still want to add some new so this is all about embracing Autumn.

I usually love wines, plums, warm greys and blacks and I picked a few items to mirror this in an outfit i’d wear back to college or university.

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My essentials clothing wise is the ability to layer clothes. Wearing some black ‘boyfriend jeans’, a short sleeved wine jumper with a ‘peter pan’ collar and warm grey ‘waterfall’ cardigan. I like to turn to warmer, richer colours and these reflect some items that would turn my head in a shop. The Jeans are multifunctional as is the cardigan.

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Teaming with some classic Doc Martin boots and a novelty bobble hat. I love my hats, I have a small knitted horde of them they’re cute, comfy and practical in the colder months which is perfect for me as I get ear ache very easily. The boots will be a great companion for my warm tootsies all I need is some fluffy thermal socks!

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Keeping all your supplies handy in a black leather crossover bag, lets face it us girls like to carry around a lot of crap. Double that if you’re going to college or university as you have books and supplies and all sorts! A big bag for me is a necessity and I really like this one as it plays on the school satchel style. As far as the ring goes, who doesn’t like a statement pieces of jewellery.

My make-up palette will consist of browns, coppers, plums, berry reds and blacks. Here is some of my wishlist items.

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I really want to pick up the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk, followed by the infamous Kate Moss Lipsticks in the shades 107 & 111, I will be purchasing the MUA Chocolate Box shadow trio and the Sugar Plum Kohl Liner by Sleek – look at the swatch! So pretty!

What are your autumn essentials this year?

Much Love x

 

Guest Post – Fashion On A Budget: Forever 21 Jewellery

24 Aug

Hello everyone. My name is Hayley and I normally blog at Water Painted Dreams but today I’m writing a little guest post to introduce you to my new love: Forever 21. I know that there isn’t a Forever 21 in every city but one opened quite recently in Glasgow and it’s my new love. Even if there isn’t one near you then they have a website where you can shop online! I was impressed by the sheer size of the Glasgow store, never mind the items. It’s 3 massive stories of just clothes, shoes, and jewellery.

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Now I’m more of a beauty blogger but I do try my hardest to put together nice outfits. But one thing that I really struggle with is jewellery. The trends in jewellery change more often than with clothes, and a necklace from Topshop can cost a small fortune. I also think that Primark jewellery isn’t worth the low prices because they break and often look quite tacky. Enter Forever 21.

Both of these items were £3.15 which I would say is a middle ground on the price. And yet they’re extremely well made. I really love the earrings because they look really classy and the white ones go with just about everything. This set also came in white, red and black which would be great for a/w. But my favourite piece has to be the joy necklace. I love the aqua colour of the lettering and it’s a great reminder to appreciate the smaller things in life(even if it does look like ‘you’ if you look at it in the mirror). The jewellery starts from about £1.50 for smaller pieces and granted more ‘statement’ pieces get a lot more expensive but I feel that they are very good quality for money. I’ll definitely be back.

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Date Night Collaboration – The Outfit

28 Jul

Ladies and Gents, I am here to proudly present a blog collaboration first. Hot date coming up? Sit back and relax because we’ve got it covered right here. Allow me to introduce my fellow blog collaborators and hot date gurus…

Get your complexion as bright as a button with Lilliwhiterose and her hot date skincare tips over on http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=1357611019&group=0&frame_type=b&blog=8272145&link=aHR0cDovL2xpdHRsZXJlZDI2LndvcmRwcmVzcy5jb20vMjAxMy8wNy8yOC9kYXRlLW5pZ2h0LWNvbGxhYm9yYXRpb24v&frame=1&click=0&user=0

Don’t have a meltdown over your manicure! Let Katie calm your nerves over on http://curledfantasies.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/first-date-collaboration-the-nails/comment-page-1/#comment-124

For a masterclass in hot date makeup let me direct you to Amy over on http://amysannex.blogspot.ie/2013/07/date-night-collaboration.html

Tame your tresses and style it up with Megan over on http://www.littlemissaverage.com/2013/07/late-night-date-night-collaboration.html

If you’re looking for inspiration for the perfect outfit, look no further. I have searched high and low for ideas to bring together, if the outfit is not completely to your taste I hope it will spark ideas on how to adapt it and style it your own way.

Lots of trends have been seen this year and I have been loving all things nautical and monochrome. These trends are incredibly versatile and I have personally several pieces in my wardrobe that I can dress up or down for the office or for the weekends. Slowly i’ve been trying to introduce bright colours into my black and white land so I hope you enjoy what i’ve put together for you.

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As you can see i’ve gone for a nautical monochrome mix with the dress. This particular one can be picked up from Missguided  at the  bargain price of £19.99. I personally love the versatility of this dress, great for casual days with cute sandals and a tote bag and of course the mandatory oversized sunnies or in this case, dressed up with heals and pretty accessories for the wowza impact on your hot date!

I have opted for a biker style gilet as I think it’s nice and edgy against the heals and dress! I always worry about taking something to wear for extra warmth, this could easily be tucked in your bag or worn open. This particular gilet is from Miss Selfridge and can be picked up here .

I  have paired this combo with some simple peep toe shoes. Not too high but enough to make your legs and butt an eye magnet! I have opted for a pop of colour to break up the black and white theme. You could swap these for any colour of your choice, pink, red even pastel shades would work great! These particular shoes are from the brand Bata and can be purchased here!

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To emphasis the colour I have opted for turquoise accessories! If you’ve read my other accessories post you’ll see that turquoise and me are very good friends!  The collar necklaces seem to be a good statement piece one that would sit lovely atop the dress above. I personally don’t like to overkill on jewellery! I think it’s nice to follow the whole less is more saying. I have just opted for a leather bracelet and collar necklace. If you’re interested in the collar necklace check out this link! The leather bracelet is simple but cute, check it out here. 

Last but not least! A girl can never have too many handbags, I have searched high and low for one that would match, da dudu da!

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Beautiful. After finding this I have purchased one myself as I love it! I found it here , dressy but practical it’s big enough for all your clobber but smart enough to sit under your arm. Your date will be bowled over, he won’t know what hit him. I hope you’ve enjoyed our collaboration!

From each of us, much love to you all x

The magic of micellar water

8 Jul

I have accepted that I am very much behind the times. I live my life in a happy little daze, but when I discover something so monumental and I had no idea it even existed I really wonder where on earth my head is…

There is a science geek hiding on the skincare shelves mixed in with the beauty creams, but shhhhh don’t tell. I have heard the excited calls of fellow beauty bloggers raving madly about their Micellar water, I was curious I had to find out what it was.

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I was very excited to use this as I heard it was just like water on your face but a really good makeup remover too. It was true to it’s word and removed my makeup with ease without any irritation but it gets better….

Micellar has a special molecule in the water that attracts oil, so when you’re using it on your cotton pad it’s acting like a magnet and taking all your oil and gunky yukky stuff with it. Clever huh?

Here is my cheesy Mr Miceller molecule sketches!

Picture 550Picture 551Picture 552 As you can see…he’ll attract all the oil and dirt, wash him off with water or a swipe of your cotton pad (this might look cheesy, but he’s kinda cute!)…

Since using this and as you can see it’s only been a tiny bit! I have noticed my blackheads which have been an absolute nightmare to get rid of are coming to the surface of my skin, which although sounds disgusting is actually great because all it is going to take it a couple of hot cloth cleansings to send them packing!

I find it does a grand job at removing my makeup including my mascara, what I love is I don’t have to rub or pull at my eyes to help get it off! It leaves my skin soft and feeling really clean.

I really can’t believe I lived without this before! This will be my staple makeup remover from here on out, I cannot recommend this enough!.

If you’ve tried this, let me know what you thought! Also give me a thumbs up for the cinema glasses and white shirt labcoat scientist look – oh yeah! x

The hunt is on – Accessories.

5 Jul

What girl doesn’t love to accessorise? The maker or breaker of an outfit, the icing on the cake…choosing the right accessories is no small feat. My indecisiveness is my Achilles’s Heal. I love too many of my beaded beauties, each uniquely different and each bringing their own element and edge to an outfit.

The only saving grace in this dilemma is the defined colour palette i’m dealing with, everything in my collection that isn’t Silver, Turquoise, Teal or Pearls is out of the question for actual day, but for the rest of the days either side of the wedding I am sure one or two more will slip into the suitcase…

So now I am officially on wedding countdown… I have until July 29th to get every little detail perfected, without further adieu here is my selection of accessories to choose from.

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Normally I like to stay rather minimal with jewellery. I will go with a necklace alone or an earring/bracelet combo. Even though the occasion calls for a casual edge I still want to look my best. I am very into my ‘ethnic and tribal style’ jewellery when it comes to the turquoise scene. Having said that I love the delicate and dainty too! I adore these pieces that I have purchased over the years, memories attached to each of them. My eye is always on the lookout for a bit of sparkle..must be the magpie in me (I blame my mum for that)…

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My little genuine Turquoise beads, bought from a boutique jewellers in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on my twentieth birthday, I do not wear these as much as i’d like. This costume jewellery cuff with filigree detailing and teal enameling is right up my street and was a treasured discovery from a car boot sale. I am a sucker for second hand shops and car boot sales for bargins, the thrify side to me!

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A genuine Turquoise pendant on  a round silver wire I think is beautifully elegant and simplistic which I bought from Woolacome in Devon in a pasty shop believe it or not. The handmade spiral bead necklace is a casual piece I love, a little wooden button to clasp it and all for £1 at a local market.

Below are some potential accessory combinations, let me know what you prefer! Help me pick!

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Necklace & Drop Earrings

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Drop Earrings & Bracelet Cuff

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Silver Bangles & Necklace

 

If you have any combination suggestions, please do leave your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Much Love x

Avon Haul – Review

1 Jul

Such fond memories fill my head when I think of Avon. Sitting with my mum as she opened her Avon purchases and feeling grown up flipping through the scented pages of the catalogue. It’s no secret that I love their Supershock Gel Eyeliner which I raved about in my last review.

I was so excited to get some new bits and pieces from Avon as I always love trying new things, I think my boyfriend and I might need to get a bigger house soon to accomodate my ever growing makeup, hair and beauty collection – oopsie!

I love nail polishes and anything nail care and i’m desperately trying to wear brighter colours this year!

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This nail polish comes from their Nailwear Pro+ range and is in the shade Inspire (*). It’s a wonderful summery yellow with a cool undertone that would give a great pop of colour to your outfit. I find with nail polish I am an impatient cow, I want it on my nails and dry within minutes because as soon as the first drop hits there is a million and one things I want to do. I mean come on, who hasn’t had the worst urge to go to the toilet as soon as you’ve painted your nails…it’s definitely sods law.

I anticipated this would take a good few coats to get a good colour payoff so I started applying it a bit on the thicker side to try speed things up, mistake that was! The polish only needed 2 decent coats to give a nice opaque colour which pleased me lots, it looks really pleasant but only lasted on my nails a matter of hours before the first sizeable chip…doh silly me forgot to put a top coat on!

This isn’t a colour I would normally purchase, it’s one of those brights that intimidate me, but we’re all about embracing change aren’t we?

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I also got this blush in the colour Russett (*), on Avon’s website there are nothing but great reviews about this blush range so I was eager to try it for myself. When you look at the picture I hope you share this first impression, you don’t get a lot of product do you? A lovely compact with a mirror and brush but actual product for your money, hmmph maybe that’s just me.

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I thought i’d give the free brush that came with it a go, which immediately got thrown over my shoulder in the direction of the bin. It literally gave my cheek a pinky red ‘go faster’ stripe – not attractive… Undeterred however I picked up my trusty blush brush and picked up a small amount of product to apply. It applied on the bright side, I quickly learnt it’s a very pigmented blush and I needed to go over the top with my foundation brush to tone it down to my taste.

This isn’t a blush colour I think overly suits me, instead of a healthy rosy cheek I just look….embarrassed. This would look lovely on a darker skin tone I think, but as for pale and interesting here, it didn’t cut the mustard – Sorry Avon!

Moving swiftly on, the last product I received was another liner! Hurray! Avon Gilmmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner in the colour Twilight (*). This is a beautiful sparkly blue liner and again like its Supershock cousin glided on to give a smooth application. I was super surprised that I didn’t have to do a couple of strokes to get a decent colour payoff – once again Avon delivered with a one stroke wonder. I applied this on my lower lash line and married it with a few coats of my favourite mascara, the pop of colour lasted all day and several people commented on how it caught the light.

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So pleased with this little beauty, this is definitely finding a home in my everyday makeup bag. I am buzzing with ideas of making a navy sparkly smokey eye or smudging the liner for a more sultry look.

Please don’t take my words as gospel, if you like the look of any of these products then do feel free to try them out yourself! Just because they might not have been right for me, doesn’t mean they won’t be wonderful on you. One thing I can safely say across the board with everything i’ve tried here – they are FANTASTIC quality for money.

I would love to hear your thoughts, have you tried any of these products? Let me know what your opinions!

Much Love x

The hunt is on – The shoes

28 Jun

With the hunt for the dress done and the first item clearly scratched off the itinerary we move onto the second item in question – shoes.

If you’ve followed my previous posts in this little blog series you’ll know that my dress is by the brand Minimum and is an unusual mint green/pastel blue shade titled ‘mink’…(?!)

th41368612500Minimum DAKSHA frnt oil blueMy dilemma for shoes is that the majority of the wedding celebrations will be outside so that means no stiletto heels as i’ll just sink in the grass and i’ll need something I won’t mind wearing on the beach…

I obviously want something to go with the colour of the dress and thought something turquoise would be rather nice!

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Turquoise Cross Strap Peeptoe Wedge Heels – Newlook £27.99

These are stunning and such a beautiful colour, but as i’m rather tall anyway wearing something this high would cause the maxi dress to not reach the floor and start to bash the ankles..(not so elegant!)..

Looking to something more on the flat side of things I found these lovely little things.

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Turquoise Stud Strap Sandal – Newlook £15.99

I definitely think something along these lines would be more appropriate to wear but I wanted something slightly more smart looking to wear.

This is when I found these beauties..

Picture 515Turquoise Leather Sandals – Primark £12.00

Not only the colour I wanted but also a bargin at £12.00! The padding on the sole of the sandal gives that extra comfort whilst wearing which is a bonus! Here is a closer photo at the intricate detailing.

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The layers of beads in turquoise, yellow and amber along with the wood give them a real ethnic tribal feel which I adore. Definitely smart enough for my summer wedding, along with the practicality of flats.

Definitely a happy girl! Things are starting to come together!

Next on the list… Accessories! more on the Silver & Turquoise scale I think!

What do you think? xx

The Week #3

25 Jun


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Left to  Right – Natural Nails obsessed…// A pile of new stuff with one nosy dog// Retail therapy! best cure for a week at work// Winged Eyeliner Practice with a new liner from Topshop// Wild Flowers on our dog walk route no filter photos// Morning Sunshine early bird// Lunchtime Lipstick Swatches a trip to Boots and a gander at Rimmel// Puppy cuddles at work best day of the week by far!!…

For anyone who’s interested the swatch photo is as follows (top to bottom) –

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110 Vibrant Coral (Kate Moss Range)

101 Soft Pink Matte (Kate Moss Range)

600 Soft Coral

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210 Coral in Gold

066 Heather Shimmer (on the side – can’t believe this still make this one!)

Feel free to share anything about your week..

Much Love x

Shopping haul #1

23 Jun

As the title says I went shopping! Hurrah!

Picture 501Behold the haul of goodies! My shopping trip included – Topshop, Bank, Pilot, Primark & Millie’s Cookies (naughty I know – guilty pleasure!). 

Here’s a picture of my nosy dog investigating my purchases, she always has to see if i’ve brought anything home for her!

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Anyway onto the actual haul! 

Picture 504Left to Right – Primark  dusky pink delicate knit cardigan// Bank coral peeptoe flats// Primark light grey cardigan// Topshop magic liner in black// Lips by Topshop Beatnik dirty pink nude//  Primark natural look false lashes//. 

If you want to see what I purchased from Pilot check out my The hunt is on – Summer wedding dress post.

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I always pop into Primark when I go shopping simply because it’s great to see what bargins they have. The stock changes in there so quickly that nothing ever seems to be the same when I go. I wanted a light grey cardigan that was light, covered by bum but wasn’t a waterfall style. They had quite a selection and I opted for this one.

Picture 507Sums up pretty much everything I wanted! awesome. Also ended up leaving with this one as it’s beautiful and I love it!

Picture 508This photo does make it look more purple then pink but it’s a really soft vintage pink colour and it’s super comfy to wear! Both of these cardigans were £10.00 from Primark which lets face it, is an absolute steal!. I also picked up some false lashes to wear to the wedding i’m going to next month. I have used these before and for what they are you can’t go wrong for a £1.00! They do 3 different styles but the natural effect are the ones I prefer.

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I went in to check out their makeup range as I have been dying to see what the fuss is about. I have heard so much about their range I decided to pick up a couple of bits.

20E14CBLK_normalI have always been dubious about these ‘magic liners’ I have always struggled with a good liner flick but this wasn’t too far on the pricey scale, so I decided to give it a shot! – Not a bad first attempt eh?!

Picture 510I also purchased my second… Lips by Topshop in the colour Beatnik (also pictured above). I am all about dirty pink nudes and this is no exception to the love affair. Take a look at my Product picks for summer post for a more detailed review of this lippy.

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And a swatch..

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Bank

I don’t often get to go in this shop as it’s not in my local town but I couldn’t resist on this occasion! Which leads me to my next purchase.

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These are stunning and perfect for adding a pop of colour to your outfit this summer. I took it as an omen that these were the only pair left and they were in my size. I hardly needed anymore convincing then that. £10.00 in the sale ❤

Right that’s the lot apart from the Pilot purchase but you have to check out my Summer Wedding Dress post for that one!

Much Love x