Sunday, June 24, 2012

My First Outfit Of The Day

I was going out with some friends to a wedding fare in Glasgow today. One of my best friends is engaged and so we go in search of some inspiration for her big day! I liked my outfit and thought I would blog about it on here for the first time. Apologies for one or two photos are abit blurry. I recently cleared out my wardrobe and vowed to get more wear out of the things I rarely wear or try to 'keep good'. I have owned each piece of the outfit for at least a few months and for that reason I'm not sure on prices but hopefully this post will make you have a rummage in your wardrobe before buying something new next time.


The turqiouse shirt is from H&M and I also have this in leopard print. The bright colour made me feel quite summery today and this style of shirt in a pastel shade would be bang on trend for this season. The dark navy trousers are from Miss Selfridges and although I don't wear them reguarily, they have lasted me a long time and haven't stretched yet! The loafers are from Primark and look/feel better quality than their usual dolly shoes but they won't be much use if I get caught in the rain! Finally, my jewellery. The necklace was a gift from my best friend mentioned earlier and the LOVE ring is from Topshop.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June 2012 Glossybox

I signed up for Glossybox this month. For those of you who don't know, when you sign up to GlossyBox they send out a box of 5 miniture goodies in the second half of each month. When you register you also fill in a beauty profile so that you receive products that suit you. Its a great way to sample products, the packaging is simple but beautiful and its something fun to look forward to in the post! Each Glossybox is £10 per month plus p&p and can be cancelled really easily at any time. Although the products are not always full sized, £10 is great value for money and the products are always of high quality. This is only my second Glossybox but I would recommend it to anyone! The brand have recently started doing GlossyBox for men which I think would be ideal for a gift too! So onto this months GlossyBox....

 As this is the June GlossyBox, the brand are helping everyone gear up for summer . In the UK this will probably involve buying a new umbrella and some wellies but I'm going to remain hopefully that we will get at least a few days of sunshine! Green People Sun Lotion will be perfect if my positivity is rewarded. The sun lotion is organic and contains tan accelerator. Its SPF15 which wouldn't be enough protection for my fair skin in the sunshine but could possibly wear it under make up for day to day use when the sun is not as strong. As mentioned above this is the beauty of GlossyBox because if I like the product I can simply buy the full size but in a higher SPF. The lotion feels and smells more like a moisturiser than a sun lotion which I like as sun lotion can often feel sticky. It also contains avocado and aloe vera which is soothing for the skin.This tube is 20ml and is perfect size to keep in my bag. I wasn't aware of the Green People brand before now but will definitely be having a wee browse on their website.

BM Beauty Summer Warmth Bronzer is perfect for creating a summer glow with or without the sunshine! I'm more of a blusher girl but when we had a mini heat wave a few weeks ago here in Scotland I switched to my No 17 Instant Glow Bronzing Pearls and received a few compliments. The BM beauty bronzer is more shimmery but easily blends into the skin and is oil free so won't clog my pores. The bronzer usually comes in 4g sifter jars but as I don't use bronzer often this 1g pot is great for me.

Next up is the Serie Exclusiv Pro Beauty Brush. The brush is made from goat hair which actually kinda freaked me out but its so soft! I don't tend to spend alot of money on make-up brushes, usually opting for the lower price range but this will make me think twice when purchasing brushes in future. Not only does it feel soft on my skin but applies blusher evenly over my cheeks. The usually price for this brush is £15 which even though I like it, is still quite pricey. However, I will continue to use it as my main blusher brush and if I grow to love it I may part with my cash.

I've heard quite alot about HD Brows recently but don't actually know anyone that has had anything done. As I have blonde hair/fair skin I also have blonde eyebrows and from far away they are pretty much invisible. I've only recently started to get them waxed which works well for me (apart from the pain!) and I rarely have to pluck them. The HD Brows Precision Tweezers look much more professional than the ones I currently use and also look like they could do more damage! The matte feel to them allows better grip but other than that I don't feel they are much better than my current tweezers. The fullsize price is £19.95 and although they look quite professional, I wouldn't purchase them at that price. Mainly because I wouldn't use them that often but I also feel you are paying for the name.

Finally, the Vichy Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Foundation Cream Stick. When I saw this in the box I got quite excited as I suffer from hormonal break outs around my chin and this is for minor to severe skin flaws. The product wasn't a stick but came in a started kit allowing you to try shades to see which suited. It also claims to have 16 hour coverage and the before and after photos inside the kit were pretty impressive. Unfortunately I was disappointed with this product. It looks caked on my face and leaves my skin looking quite dried out. I applied the product from the started kit with my finger which is what is advised but I just feel it didn't blend into my skin in the way I had expected. I have only used the kit once so will give it another go in a few days and see how it goes then!

So my June GlossyBox has left me with mixed feelings! I'm pleased with three of the product but the last two just weren't for me. The not knowing whats coming is all part of the fun and its good to try new things even if you don't continue with them. I would still recommend GlossyBox to anyone, even just to make you aware of other brands that are out there!

What did you think of your GlossyBox this month?
Also, what do you guys do with your Glossybox's? Its too pretty to throw away!?


Monday, June 18, 2012

The Angels' Share

So this late night post is going to seem abit random as its not beauty/fashion related but I'm just home from a spontaneous trip to the cinema to see the The Angels' Share and wanted to share my thoughts!

The story line is based around new dad Robbie who, at the beginning of the film, avoids jail by the skin of his teeth. He then vows to turn over a new leaf and make a better life for his girlfriend and new born son. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires Robbie and soon, joined by his friends, comes up with a plan that could potentially offer a chance to escape their hopeless lives.

The film is set in Scotland, (so I guess I'm slightly biased) mainly around Glasgow and Edinburgh. Paul Brannigan who plays Robbie and John Henshaw who plays social worker Harry are the two stand out performances for me and the main reason I wanted to blog about the film.

 In the film Harry took the time to look out for Robbie, showed him kindness and gave him opportunities to better himself even though he was aware of his difficult and violent past because he believed that Robbie wanted to turn his life around. If I took anything away from the film its that a little kindess goes a long way and how people can be encouraged by your faith in them. As cheesy as it sounds, I honestly think if their was more kindess and love shown amongst us then the world would be a better and more hopeful place.

Quite deep for a Monday night but hopefully made you think! Would definitely recommend The Angels' Share,typical Scottish spirit and humour with lots of Irn Bru!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Glamour Mag Freebies - The Porefessional

I spotted on twitter recently that this months issue of Glamour magazine featured a free sample size of three seperate benefit products. I buy Glamour magazine every few months and this was definitely too good to miss! The three Benefit freebie products up for grabs is The Porefessional, Bad Gal Lash and That Gal. By the time myself and my best friend/fellow blogger fairytotheworld had the opportunity to pick up a copy the only freebie left was the porefessional balm which actually suited me fine.

The product is descriped as a translucent balm that can be applied under or over make up to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. I find the balm a really nice consistency and it feels like silk on my skin. This however could be a downfall of the product. Its hard to tell how much you need or how much you should use because it blends into the skin so easily and feels so smooth you just want to keep applying! The first time I used it I didn't really see much of a difference but after a few more goes, allowing some time for it to sink into the skin, it makes my skin appear more even when foundation is applied. The Porefessional also acts as a primer helping my make up stay on for longer and reducing shine in oily areas.

I like Benefit's packaging and fun approach to make up. I have used quite a few of their products but haven't purchased anything from the Benefit counter for a while. This fab freebie has reminded me of all the things I use to love about the brand.

Has anyone else picked up this months Glamour mag?


Friday, June 15, 2012

The Body Shop Vitamin E Trio

Yesterday I was shopping in Glasgow and spotted that The Body Shop had a 50% sale. This is perfect for someone like me who loves a bargain and often finds it hard to justify spending a fortune on expensive beauty products. The Body Shop has been on the high street for as long as I can remember but I am by no means a regular body shop customer. However, the big red sale sign was all it took to get me in store this time round. I wasn't looking for anything in particular but after looking at a few products I spotted this little packaged trio!

The Products are from the 'Vitamin E' range (which has been around since 1977!) and includes a moisture cream, nourishing night cream and an eye cream. The little package cost me £19.50 with the label claiming the contents are worth £28.50 so I saved ten smackers! (which I then spent in Nandos!) On many of The Body Shop's products is the 'Made With Pass!on' story which explains a little bit about the brands work in Ghana. Find out more here:

My skin is combination as I usually have an oily T-zone but dry else where. I am also prone to break outs around my chin so need something that is hydrating, soothing but not too thick/rich. The three products are for all skin types and claim to have 'antioxidant protection to promote a healthy looking complexion'. I have only used the products a few times so far but I am already in love!

I tend to use the moisture cream in the morning after I have cleansed my face. It provides a lightweight, smooth coverage and leaves my skin feeling hydated. Perfect start to the day and base for make-up.

The nourishing night cream is similar to the moisture cream and I apply it at night before bed. The cream does exactly what it says on the tin - nourishes. Both creams are quite thin which is good for summer time. A little goes a long way but it absorbs into the skin so quickly that a second layer could easily be applied if needed. The two products have a subtle rose scent which I really like.

I am always slightly wary of eye creams or putting products near my eyes as this area is so sensitive. The Vitamin E eye cream doesn't have much of a scent so it won't irrate the eyes and so far it seems to be quite soothing, reducing puffyness. It hasn't reduced the appearance of lines or dark circles as it claims to do but further time will tell. 

These three products feature as 'best sellers' on The Body Shop website and I can see why. Although I wouldn't normally have bought all three products at once at normal price, I will definitely consider repurchasing in the future and trying out more products from this range.