Monday, 15 December 2014

Layer Up

Leather Jacket: French Connection
Scarf: Mango
Tights: My Tights
Boots: Matalan
Clutch: Primark

It's been so cold for the past few days, I honestly think it's going to snow soon, which I'm kind of dreading because driving in it terrifies me... I do kind of like making snowmen though!

Nothing is keeping me warmer than this amazing blanket scarf at the moment, it's absolutely huge and wraps round my head about three times. So cozy, just what I need... I've been wearing it with literally every outfit for the past few weeks. 
In this outfit I clashed the prints of my scarf and my tights, which I just love... I thought they might be fattening, but am I right in thinking they actually slim my legs down?! You really can't go wrong with something slimming in the wardrobe, and the print is so cute and quirky, they're definitely a welcome addition to my tights collection!

With everything else I went quite simple just to balance out the prints and wore my beloved Matalan boots to smarten up the look a little bit. 

Are you all sorted for Christmas?.. Elodie keeps reminding me that it's only a week away, which is stressing me out! I still have to wrap everything!! Let's hope if the snow does come, it's for Christmas Day only!
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Saturday, 13 December 2014

N Spa Instant Blur Primer

N Spa Instant Blur Primer


If you're on the hunt for a Porefessional dupe, then look no further ladies!

N Spa are a brand I have never tried before, so when they sponsored the FABB Event in Birmingham, I was really excited to try something from their range, and even more excited when they supplied us with these primers for the goody bags.

Products which blur out imperfections have been all the rage this year, and although I have experimented slightly with a few serums and creams, this is the first product of it's kind to really catch my attention. Not only it is a skin corrector, it's a primer too, and everyone knows I love a good two-in-one product!

Firstly, the packaging is really pretty and girly, so even just for the aesthetics of this looking beautiful on your dressing table or in a cheeky Instagram snap, it ticks the boxes.
The dispenser is also a real plus point to the product, it's so tiny, which makes it really easy to squeeze out the desired amount of primer, no wastage needed.

On the skin, this is really lightweight, and it applies smoothly while instantly sinking into the skin. Much like the finish to Porefessional, this leaves a velvet like finish to the face... it's silky and smooth, a perfect base for applying makeup.
I find that it evens my skin tone slightly by neutralising my red patches on my cheeks and chin, although I still like to be doubly sure by concealing these areas also. This primer claims to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, which is quite a big claim... I'm not sure if this is even possible, but it does seem as though the primer kind of fills out the lines, if that makes sense? It's no instant anti wrinkle product, but it makes somewhat of a temporary difference.

Most importantly my makeup lasts all day with this as it's base, I'm finding that touchups aren't necessary and I haven't even been using as much powder to set my concealer and foundation, just a light dusting and I'm done.
It's also really gentle, and doesn't break out or affect my sensitive skin at all.
I'll definitely be repurchasing this when I run out... it's a real bargain (only £7) and I've even been told it's often on offer in Tesco and Adsa.

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Neal's Yard Blogger Event - Newcastle



 
A couple of weeks ago I attended a Neal's Yard bloggers event in their Central Arcade store in Newcastle. I was really intrigued to learn more about a brand I didn't really know much about, and really excited to have a catch up with some local bloggers. 

The store is really cute and packed full of beautiful products... it's like an Aladdin's Cave for beauty bloggers! The store has been open for 17 years, and they have recently opened a new one in Eldon Square. If you're looking for a really nice shopping experience with helpful and very knowledgable staff I can't recommend the Central Arcade shop enough, there's such a nice authentic feel to it.

Neal's Yard are a British brand who believe that health and beauty products should be natural and the ingredients should be organic and ethically sourced. They say that by living a natural, holistic, healthy way of life, your life can be transformed, and their products really represent that.
The product range was something that really surprised me; there was an array of skincare, bath products, hair care, aromatherapy oils , all of which I was expecting, but there were also men's products, herbal remedies and makeup, plus some lovely gift sets with candles, incense and more - ideal for Christmas!
The makeup range was something I had no idea about, but definitely want to try out some of the products The lipsticks really caught my eye, especially the 'Blackberry' shade and the brushes looked and felt lovely too.

We were all told a bit about the brand and pointed in the right direction of some products that would work for our own skin types whilst we mingled and sipped fresh fruit juices, champagne and nibbled on mince pies and mini cakes.
If you ever get the chance to attend a Neal's Yard event, or even just visit your local store, I really recommend you do.
I'll be featuring some products that I picked up at the event on here really soon.

You can watch my vlog from the event below.
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