Friday, 27 March 2015

Fragrance | Jimmy Choo Flash


It's great when you find a perfume that you can wear no matter what your mood is or what time of day it is! For me, Flash by Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum is the perfect fragrance for both day and night. It's a very comfortable fragrance and once soaked into your skin, it smells so fresh and floral.

The bottle itself gives you an indication of the glamour and sparkle associated with this perfume. I received this as a gift set along with the fragranced body lotion, which also smells amazing and is great when you're going out somewhere special as you can massage it into the skin.

Flash is a great fragrance for treating yourself or even as a gift. An added bonus is that the perfume bottle looks gorgeous on my dressing table along with my other perfumes, so I would recommend this if you like pretty perfume bottles as decoration!

Another important thing to mention is that I always buy Eau De Parfum (EDP) no matter what fragrance I'm purchasing. It lasts longer and has a stronger effect on the skin. I absolutely loved the original and first Jimmy Choo perfume so when I was introduced to Flash by Jimmy Choo, I knew that I would love this fragrance too.

Top Notes: Strawberry, Pink Pepper, Tangerine
Heart Notes: Tuberose, Jasmine, White Lily
Base Notes: Woody, Heliotrope

Have you tried any of the Jimmy Choo perfumes yet? What do you think of the Flash fragrance?

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The perfect combination for lips


I've recently been experimenting with lipsticks, glosses and balms and I've tried them on their own as well as by mixing different colours together to create a unique colour. I really like wearing a dark coloured lipstick (such as dark red) with a pink lipgloss over it as it helps the colour to stand out so much more.

However my absolute favourite has to be using the L'oreal GlamShine lipgloss in the shade 'Mercury Crystal'. The sparkle in the gloss gives the effect of plumper lips and product isn't sticky like other lipglosses. To create the perfect colour combination, I use a small amount of Carmex lip balm first on dry lips. This helps to keep them moisturised through the day and stops them from looking dry when you've applied lipstick.

Secondly I like to use the Revlon Matte Balm in the shade 'Standout'. This is quite a striking colour but I like to make the whole look extra glam using the L'oreal GlamShine gloss over the Revlon Matte Balm. The finished look is a unique and stunning lip colour.

Do you have any lip combinations that you like to use? What are your favourites?


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Favourites | February 2015



As it's already nearly the middle of March, I thought it was about time that I should share with you my February favourites! Each month this will be a summary of anything that I was particularly fond of in the previous month. This could be anything from TV programmes, beauty products, clothes or even food and drinks! Expect randomness for the monthly favourites blogs. For February, the focus is on beauty products as I have been trying a few new ones recently. Enjoy :)

L'Occitane Repairing Shampoo for Dry & Damaged Hair http://tinyurl.com/nt47y5h

At £21.50 this is the most expensive shampoo I have ever bought so far, but it's great for your hair (especially if you straighten your hair a lot like I do) as it helps to soften your hair and is extremely fragrant with 5 essential oils.

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo http://tidd.ly/176ea83d

Having tried a couple of leading dry shampoo brands, the Aussie version is by far the best. It smells so good and leaves your hair smelling freshly washed all day. I currently wash my hair every other day and I'm really trying to wash my hair less so this dry shampoo is great to use in between washes.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette http://tinyurl.com/k3kd25n

I feel that all I need to say about this is WOW! I received this for Christmas and since then I have been able to try so many different types of eyeshadow looks and I've taught myself how to blend and even how to master the smokey eye look! These are the best eyeshadows I have ever used and they last all day and night which is great.

Sephora Matifying Pressed Powder

Whilst on holiday in Thailand over December I discovered the make up brand Sephora. It's not available in the UK which is disappointing but I bought some pressed powder to set my foundation with whilst I was there. I've now used it for about two months and it's made so much difference to my make up and actually helps it last longer. Thank you to Sephora for introducing me to pressed powder :)

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm - Standout http://tidd.ly/b465cdc7

I have been searching for a long lasting red lipstick and have finally found one - in the form of a balm! Although this range is called 'matte balm' they are pretty much lipsticks. My favourite is the red shade called 'Standout 250'.

Carmex Lip Balm http://tidd.ly/26781fcc

It was so cold in February so I invested in a good moisturising lip balm that I can carry in my handbag at all times!

No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser http://tidd.ly/afc9146c 

This is the first hot cloth cleanser I have ever tried and I love it! It's a really good treat for your face once or twice a week and helps to remove any excess make up. I'm very quickly getting through the bottle so I'm sure I'll be getting another one soon.

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Although I got this perfume for Christmas, I used it a lot during February. I love the smell and the pretty perfume bottle on my dressing table.

Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Wild Strawberry
Mid Notes: Jasmine, Rose
Base: Oak Moss, Patchouli, Amber

Have you seen the latest Miss Dior TV commercial with Natalie Portman? Watch it here:



What have you been loving this February?

Saturday, 14 March 2015

London Fashion Weekend - Part Three featuring Finchittida Finch


My final blog on London Fashion Weekend coverage is around jewellery and accessories. As mentioned in my first LFW blog, the accessories showcased at this year's event stood out for me more than the clothes. There's so much that can be done with accessories to add to any outfit including hair accessories, jewellery, handbags and shoes.

My favourite brand from this category for LFW has to be Finchittida Finch, which is a jewellery brand based in London. Owned by twin sisters Lisa and Tida Finch, this jewellery label is described as for those who are 'risk takers & trailblazers'. I viewed their whole collection which I thought was absolutely stunning. The designs are very distinctive, chic and edgy at the same time. I've never seen any jewellery like it before and there's a lot of variety in their collection - from earrings to to body chains and chokers. I even got to try on one of the gorgeous body chains in the collection. They are great as they can transform any outfit, whether in the day or at night.

Wearing the Empress Body Chain



I even got to meet and speak with the twin sisters, Lisa and Tida, and found out more about what the brand does. The jewellery label has a mission to help with clearing bombs from Laos and every piece of Finchittida Finch jewellery purchased helps with this. This makes the brand even more respectable as you know that your purchase of jewellery is helping towards a good cause.

Me with Lisa and Tida Finch at London Fashion Weekend

Finally, after browsing through all the jewellery showcased at London Fashion Weekend I managed to decide which piece I wanted to purchase. I bought the Mini Bodhi Silver Earrings in pink as shown below. They look heavy but they are actually very light when worn as the charms are made from mirror-acrylic (a lightweight fashion forward material) with the FF patterns engraved across the surface. These earrings will go with any outfit and can be worn during the day or night which is what I really like about them. All purchases also come in a lovely gift box!

I'm sure I will be purchasing more jewellery from the Finchittida range in the future and I'm so glad that I've discovered this amazing and inspirational brand. Looking forward to seeing how the twin sisters go on to develop it in the future! Find out more about Finchittida Finch at their website - www.finchittida.com.


Mini Bodhi Silver Earrings in Pink


Monday, 9 March 2015

London Fashion Weekend - Part Two featuring label.m haircare



I always say that fashion is about so much more than just what you wear - it's how you wear it, and that includes your hair. Toni&Guy were one of the official sponsors of London Fashion Weekend this February as their stylists designed the official runway looks for the whole event.

During my visit to London Fashion Weekend, I visited the Toni&Guy pop-up hair salon where the famous label.m products were available to buy. The label.m brand was the official haircare product of the London Fashion Week and was used to style the models who appeared on the runway. The range has been developed my stylists led by Toni Mascolo & Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck. The professional label.m products are usually only available to buy in Toni&Guy salons or online.

I was lucky enough to get to try one of the official runway hair styles. Back-combed hair styles with plenty of volume were a recurring theme throughout the shows and I also love curls as they add elegance to any look. My stylist for the day, Holly Meehan from Toni&Guy in Chester did a fantastic job with styling my hair for LFW. See the amazing looks below using label.m products.


I really liked this hair style as it was almost a 1960's look with the volume at the top and the twist of the hair in the middle was very elegant. Thank you Holly :)

With my stylist, Holly Meehan


The products used on my hair included the Curl Spray and also the Smoothing Cream. These helped to hold my hair in place and kept it looking healthy. As there was a special promotion at LFW I decided to treat myself and pick up a couple of label.m products to take home! I like to use hair straighteners a lot so I'm always looking for products to help soothe and protect my hair from the heat. I thought it would be good to try a hair mask so I bought the label.m Intensive Mask which can be used once or twice a week to help with detangling your hair after washing and protection against heat styling. I also invested in the Sleek Blow Out Cream which can be applied to damp hair before styling. This again helps with protecting against heat styling. I've only been using the products for just over a week but they are already working really well for my hair!

Products used on my hair at LFW and the products I bought: 

label.m Sleek Blow Out Cream http://bit.ly/1aXXzrF
label.m Intensive Mask http://bit.ly/1NBgx6f

label.m Curl Spray http://bit.ly/1A9Pk0d
label.m Smoothing Cream http://bit.ly/1KMz294

Thursday, 5 March 2015

London Fashion Weekend - Part One featuring Amanda Wakeley



I was lucky enough to be invited to this year's London Fashion Weekend that took place last week from Thursday 28 February until Sunday 1 March. I would like to start my blog by thanking the organisers of LFWend for inviting me to the event as I had an amazing time. The 4 day event took place at the iconic Somerset House in London and it was a great fashion showcase!

I went to the event on the Saturday and having never been to a fashion event like this before, I must say that I had the best time! I learnt so much about up and coming designers, make up techniques, hair care and the latest catwalk styles and also got the chance to purchase exclusive items and newly launched designs.

 


Fashion is about so much more than just clothes; it's about how you wear your items. From the event, my favourite aspects were surprisingly jewellery & accessories, hair styling and the Maybelline make up masterclass.

Overall the whole London Fashion Weekend was very busy but well worth it. As there is so much to cover from this event, I decided to do a three part blog of my favourites from the whole event. I'm going to start with my favourite designer from London Fashion Week which is Amanda Wakeley.

  
Photo credits: londonfashionweek.co.uk


I absolutely love the 'clean glam' style that Amanda Wakeley's designs have. It's so sexy but chic and effortless at the same time. There was an 80's influence with the SS15 designs that were showcased but these every day pieces had that powerful female look. Similarly, the AW15 designs are also stunning. Below you can watch the video from last week's London Fashion Week showcasing the autumn looks for this year.