Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Holiday Guest Blogger: Imogen!

When Char asked for guest bloggers I knew I wanted to do it. She's been kind enough to write a brilliant post over on my blog and I wanted to write something to do her justice. So why not my favourite type of post? I've been doing 'Finished products' over on my blog for a year and a half and I love writing them and reading others so it seemed to fit.
June for me was Skincare! Skincare! Skincare! I started using some interesting new things that I can't wait to blog about but I'm keeping quiet until I've perfected my routine. Unfortunately this meant I didn't finish off a huge amount, only 4 products.

Lush's Let the Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser, No longer Available.
I've given this a full review over on my blog here [Link: http://imogenrosebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/let-good-times-roll.html ] but to put if simply this is love. I'm really sad that this is no longer being sold by Lush and I'm tempted just to try and mix some myself as the ingredients, in line with Lush's ethos are all natural and fairly easy to come by but I know I probably won't just out of pure laziness!
Repurchase? Prayer circle for this to come back please!

17's Peep Show Mascara, £6.29
This mascara really impressed me! My lashes were lengthened, I found that I got a lot of volume with this which I love and it only got better as it started to dry a little. It was definitely the mascara I've reached for the past few months and I'm sad to see the end of it but I just have so many mascaras. The only problem I had with it is it did clump occasionally and I needed to pull out a clean mascara wand to brush them out but this wasn't a regular occurrence.
Repurchase? I'm still on the search for Holy Grail but I may come back to this.

Boots Expert Nail Strength Solution, 8ml - £4.20.
You know how everyone loves the O.P.I Nail Envy? This is it, cheaper and packaged differently. I've used this on one hand and O.P.I on the other hand and seen exactly the same results. This really protects my nails from splitting and peeling and makes a great base coat. An all round great product that really impressed me and I've bought again and again!
Repurchase? Heck yes!

Benefit's "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer, 11ml - £22.50.

Yikes, I didn't notice that price per ml when I bought this, that's over £2 per ml. Anyway, it's money spent. This had a very fruity smell that I found pleasant but very strong, even when I rubbed it in I could still smell it. It was a nice base for my make-up and worked well with my dry skin to smooth out any un-even texture and dry patches but I never really reached for it as a necessary thing to apply pre-foundation so it clearly didn't impress me much. There are a lot of better primers for a much more reasonable price.
Repurchase? No, I don't buy Benefit products anymore.

What did you use up this month?

* Thank You Imogen! If you aren't already following Imogen's blog then why the hell not!? She is one of the sweetest girls I've had the pleasure of tweeting. Go now, Go Go Go!! 

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Monday, 22 July 2013

What's In My Holiday Carry On?

I actually used my gym bag as my carry on, luckily I emptied it out of all the used gym clothes!
So we have.. 
My Ipad / Phone / Camera / Camera charger / Phone&Ipad Charger/ Purse / Book / Magazine / Lip balm / Hairbrush / Spare pair of socks / Sunglasses / Baby wipes / Travel sickness bands (review soon) / Notebook and pen. 

Other than the above of course I will have my passport (not at my house at the time of prepping) some water and something to nibble on in the event of me actually getting hungry (I get weird travel sickness nerves and don't tend to eat until the flight is over.. 14 hours later..) I also take a little white bear called 'Percil' as my travel companion. 

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Whats In My Holiday Beach Bag?

Cover up dress/ Towel (mine is actually pink but I couldn't find it when prepping this post) / Baby wipes/ Sunglasses
Sun cream / Hydrating spray for my hair / Hydrating spray for my face / Company Magazine / My current favourite book
My Camera / More sun cream / Lip Balm with SPF / Note pad and pen

As you read this is am probably laying out by the pool indulging in a book or listening to my ipod. Hope its raining in the UK! (kidding)

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Friday, 19 July 2013

Holiday Guest Blogger: Sylvia


Hello fellow bloggers! My name is Sylvia of 'Sylvie-ah'and I'm here while Char is away (lucky!)
I thought I would tell you about Benefit as I recently had my makeup done there for prom(!)

For just £10 i was given a full face make over and i found their service to be wonderful. The beauty artist i has was so lovely and friendly, and i loved that she told me what she was doing even though i was in control of what she was doing. 
I found that their products to be amazing quality and they lasted for so long! I had my make up done at 1 and it was still intact at half four the next morning! 
I have a few of their products at home but not for a whole face.
                           I was lucky enough to win a competition to win the majority of these products!

                                                           This is, without a doubt the best product they have by far!

They started off cleansing my face and then used moisturiser and primer. Then from there there were so many options! 
I went for a basic look but for any event or evening or whatever, the Benefit service is a wonderful and affordable choice! 

I hope you enjoyed this post, it was very different to what I normally do but I was in a prommy mood! 
Make sure to check out my blog for other prom posts! and if you're not already, follow this blog! 

Have a lovely day!
Sylvia, xx

* Thank You to the ever so lovely Sylvia! Everyone needs to go and check out her blog because its such a good read. She's just fabulous in general! 

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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Whats In My Holiday Make Up Bag?

 L-R: MAC 'Creme Cup' / Rimmel '101' / MAC 'Shy Girl' 
Top - Bottom: MAC 'Boy Bait' / TopShop 'Bubblegum' / Collection 2000 'Cotton Candy'
Urban Decay 'The Feminine Pallet' / Collection 2000 'Cookie Dough'
Barry M 'Lash Vegas' / Sigma E25 brush / MAC 275SE brush / MAC 266SE brush

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Holiday Guest Blogger: Morgan!

Money-Saving Perks for Fashion and Every Day

You probably already know that money doesn’t grow on trees. Even if it did, it wouldn’t help much due to basic economic principles. You can, however, find ways to save without compromising on the quality of your life. First, identify some of the areas where you spend a lot of money. Then follow these tips for saving wherever you spend.

Many fashionable women find it tempting to spend a lot of money on accessories. While many expensive options exist, there are some money-saving alternatives.

Personally, I love the hot trend of vintage jewelry. Rather than buy expensive vintage looks, I enjoy getting older pieces from garage sales and flea markets. These cute pieces often provide the perfect finishing touch for a new outfit I just purchased or one of my wardrobe favorites.

I absolutely must have a trendy pair of sunglasses to wear this spring, and I can now that I have discovered Warby Parker. Here you can pick up eyewear for a fraction of the cost without sacrificing quality! Ever order something off line that you loved on the screen, but got the product and ended up disappointed because it didn’t fit you quite right? Warby Parker offers a Home Try-on Program at no cost to you. You can choose up to 5 frames and try them in the comfort of your own home for 5 days!

Beauty products also tend to eat up a large portion of my discretionary income. Fortunately, many of my favorite brands have great customer-loyalty programs. At Sephora, I receive great products for free on my birthday as well as other perks throughout the year as a member of their Beauty Insiders program. I also receive regular coupons and discounts on my favorite products from Victoria’s Secret as a member of their mailing list.

The ways to save money are about as numerous as the ways to spend it. In order to stretch my money, I look for money-saving resources everywhere.

One of my biggest weaknesses is a fashion magazine. After falling prey to these in the checkout line over and over again, I realized that purchasing a subscription is actually cheaper than buying only three of them from the newsstand. To save even more money, I search online for discounts at places such as Thriftymags.com or Discountmags.com.

Like most fashion-conscious women, I also find it easy to spend too much money on clothes. I’ve heard over and over that I should shop my own closet, but that can be difficult. Recently, however, I downloaded a mobile phone app called Stylebook that lets me take photos of wardrobe items and then mix and match for great looks I hadn’t yet discovered.

Post written by Morgan. 

* Thank you so much Morgan for writing this fabulous post! Stay tuned for another guest blogger over the next couple of days.. 

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Whats In My Holiday Wash Bag?

Baby wipes/ Baby powder/ Disposable razors/ Deodorant 
After sun (and sun lotion, which is not pictured because I was using it for a different post) / Sun, Swim & Gym hair and body wash (review soon)
Victoria Secret PINK body spray/ Hair pins/ Tweezers/ Toothbrush/ Toothpaste 

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Thursday, 4 July 2013

CNL: Champagne & Glitter

This is the first time in a long time that I've actually been into boots, picked out some nail varnish that isn't a bright or bold colour and actually gone "yeah, I really like these, I'm going to wear them.. A lot" That was my exact feeling after I picked out 'Silver Kisses' and 'Darling' from the new and improved Seventeen counter. They are both from the lasting fix nail colour range which boasts a quick dry and perfect colour from just one coat, costing just £2.99, its a surprisingly good result. 
Well done Seventeen, you will be seeing me again soon!

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

CNL: GreenBerry!

I've seen this polish floating around numerous blogs over the past month or so and every time I looked at it I had to add it to my collection. Eventually I "dragged" myself into boots and picked up the infamous 'GreenBerry' by Barry M. It is such a nice green, I have other greens that wash my hands out but this is one of those polishes that will look great with a tan and that is always a winner in my eyes! 

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