Wednesday, 20 August 2014

21st Celebrations PART 2

Im a bad blogger. A very very bad blogger.
This post is way overdue and I don't even have a legitimate excuse other than perhaps a little lac in motivation these days. But hey, Im just gonna crack on.

So in my previous post, I was halfway through my London haul, so here's the second half.

Clarins is a brand Ive recently been getting in to and so far Ive really enjoyed using some of their skincare products recommended to me. So whilst I was in London I decided to indulge in some of their make up offerings. Clarins True Radiance Foundation SPF 15 (£27.00) is a lightweight foundation, which is generally unusual for me as I tend to go for heavy duty coverage when it comes to foundation. I tried this at the counter and the reason I was so taken with it was the fresh dewy finish it creates. i find that it gives enough coverage to cover any imperfections whilst also hydrating my skin and adding a radiance you rarely get with heavier foundations.
Along with this I also purchased Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose. This product I simpy adore. It is the most heavenly tone of pearlescent rose gold. I love using this as a primer, focused in areas id like a little extra highlight. The formula is lightweight and once applied leave the skin feeling hydrated and looking rather illuminated.
With these purchases I received a really cute and quite reasonably sized cosmetic bag which I think is super cute and actually much more accommodating than what I had previously.

On our last day in london we headed to Shepherds Bush to visit Westfield's Shopping Centre, which houses basically everything you could possibly want under one roof. Not to mention, the excellent selection of eateries!

I was delighted to be able to visit the Model's Own Bottleshop, which stocks their full range of nail polish, make up and accessories. They had a pretty awesome deal on which was any 6 polishes for £20, which works out pretty good considering they retail about £5 per polish in most stores. So with this is mind it was basically a Nail Polish pick 'n' mix. Very hard to decide on my colours, but eventually I picked up a few colours from their new Hypergel range as well as a couple colours that just took my fancy. In the end I picked up the following tones Ibiza Mix - Head Kandi Collection, Banana Split - Fruit Pastel Collection, Summer Solstice, Turquoise Gloss, Lilac Sheen and Naked Glow all from the Hypergel series (RRP £4.99).

And finally we come to perhaps the most comfortable and stylish pair of shoes Ive ever owned. These River Island Black cross cleated sandals (£40.00) are so comfy and add a little extra style to the simplest of summer outfits. I adore the fact that they give me some extra height without killing my feet.

So that finally concludes my London round-up! Im absolutely awful with taking pictures on my travels, but i thought id leave you with the few I actually did manage to take.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

21st Birthday celebrations (&HAUL) Part 1

Hi there!
Apologies first for my prolonged absence, it has been quite a busy couple of weeks in-between birthday shenanigans, work and lots of other things. But Im back, with a very exciting post about what I've been getting up to over the last week or so surrounding my 21st.

Id been planning my birthday celebrations for quite a few months so when it finally came round to it, I went all out! Got my hair done, nails, basically the whole works. I celebrated my actual birthday with friends and family and received some truly lovely things. The following week me and mum stayed in London and enjoyed a weekend of shopping, eating, drinking and most exciting of all... I finally got to see Wicked, a musical Ive been dying to see for about 6 years.

Over the course of the weekend I treated myself to quite a few things Ive had my eye on for a while.

Our first day in London was dedicated to Oxford Street and the surrounding area where I picked up the above lovelies. The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (£37.50) is an item Ive coveted since its release earlier this year. I haven't had much of a chance to play with it yet but just looking at it makes me drool, it's just so beautiful.

Later in the afternoon, the pull to visit Liberty was just too strong and the idea that i'd almost definitely be able to pick my next item was too much to resist. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (£38.00) in Ambient Lighting is a pressed powder that captures, diffuses and softens the way light is reflected on the skin. What Ive found I like most about this product is how it sets my liquid foundations with the right amount of coverage whilst adding a flawless glow. 

Other items I acquired that afternoon included Bumble & bumble Pret a Powder (£21.50), River Island La Vie Belle tank top (£14.00) as well as MAC lipstick in Pink Nouveau and Flamingo (£15.50 each).

Stay tuned for Part 2!

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