Saturday, 30 August 2014

Nail Wax Strips With Argan Oil

Evening all! I'm back from my holiday (*sigh*) with a review, this time it's for Nair's new wax strips enriched with Argan Oil. As far as I'm concerned, stick argan oil in anything and I want it, hair products, moisturisers and now wax strips of all things.

Let me tell you, that I have never been one for waxing my legs... like ever. That being said, the BF and I finally  booked a holiday (I know, about time!) so i've got my mind working overtime thinking of all the things I need. I decided to invest in some wax strips because I hate shaving my legs while I'm on holiday. I want my break to be relaxed as far as beauty is concerned so I picked these badboys up.

When I tell you that I'm a complete novice when it comes to waxing, believe me. I've never used them as I've always been too scared of the pain. But I reasoned that they couldn't be that bad or else no one would do it! With this kit, it comes with "pre-wax" wipes and "post-wax" wipes, which I'm not sure is a regular occurrence with other waxing kits but a nice surprise nonetheless.

I began by reading and re-reading the instructions which advise you to begin washing your legs, followed by the wipe. Then warm the wax strips between your hands and wax away. Considering the pain I'd built myself up for, the pain wasn't anywhere near as bad as I was expecting. My leg hairs were around 1.5mm which the pack said it could still remove but I found there were still a few hairs not picked up. You can however re-use the strips to get all the little hairs you missed. In total I used 4 strips for both legs (1 strip parts into 2 halves, so 8 in total). There were still 6 strips in the box so you can use each box for hair removals on the legs.

My legs did go very red afterwards but looking at them now (some 5 hours later) they're absolutely fine and show no evidence of the torture they endured. Overall, I'm very happy with these wax strips. To top it off, the post-wax wipes felt really moisturising so a great touch to the set. I bought these for just £2.99 from Savers so would say they are well worth the money. If you've tried them, let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Elie Saab: Fairytale Runway Dresses of 2014

Hello all, I've been doing some research for a "Trends for Autumn-Winter" post which I've been wanting to do for a while when I stumbled upon the pictures from the Elie Saab runway. I was blown away by how beautiful the dresses were so I just had to blog about them. These eight were only some of my favourites, especially that last number, absolutely stunning. Elie Saab has it spot on when it comes to designing fairytale dresses, these bunch are no exception. If you want to see the runway show for yourself, head over to the Elie Saab website here, but prepare yourself for a lot of glitter and lust.

I've never been one to be obsessed with the runway but recently, I've found myself looking at them more and more. So no promises, but this may be the start of new fashion based posts from now on. Until next times my loves!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wilkinson's, the new stop for beauty?

You can imagine my surprise when I walked into Wilkinson's to buy my usual Shampoo to find a whole new beauty section. Needless to say, I was attracted to it like a Bee to flowers so I buzzed over there right away. Among the various eyelash curlers and assorted goodies, Wilkinsons has brought out what I can only assume is supposed to be a dupe of the Real Tecniques brushes (as shown in my first picture) which on first glance look pretty good. I've had my brushes for a few months and I still stand by them and say to anyone who will listen that they are worth the money. But, when these dupes are just £3 they're worth trying out and after a quick feel, they feel like the real thing too. 

Now as I mentioned, I already own the RT brushes so there was no point me buying the dupes. But, being the makeup lover I am I couldn't walk away without anything, so I picked up this lovely little makeup sponge. I am not too proud to say that I haven't got the first clue about makeup sponges. I've never used one before so it was all very new to me. After watching a few YT vids, I decided to get stuck in.

In my last post, I mentioned my Estee Lauder foundation (which I still adore) and I'm pleased to say that with my foundation, this sponge works a dream! I simply wet it with a little water till it grows in size, squeeze out the excess and then just put a blob (very technical) on the sponge and swipe it all over my face. Its amazing how different a finish you can achieve just by using a brush or a sponge. My RT brush provides an even all over cover but is a heavier application. The sponge gives a very light layer of foundation and once set with powder, I don't feel like I have any on but everything is still covered nicely. The sponge itself feels amazing and is so refreshing to apply makeup in the morning. 

Overall, I am VERY impressed with this little sponge. Is it potentially a dupe of the Beauty Blender? Who knows, and frankly who cares when this one is this good. And it costs a laughable £3. I can guarentee I will be returning to wilkinsons to try out some other goodies soon. Is it the new stop for beauty? Well, you're going to have to go and explore and see for yourself but for me, colour me impressed. Until next time lovelies! 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation

Hello my muffins! Back again and it's review time and one this is longg  overdue. I've heard the term "Holy-grail" foundation for a while but never thought I'd hear myself saying it. Well, you know where this is going... I've been known to flirt with many foundations over the years but I can say I've finally found the one.Yep, Estee Lauder has got me to settle down with this little beauty.

To begin with, I'll say that Estee Lauder has never struck me as brand aimed towards the younger generations in the same way Mac and Urban Decay are. However, my sister showed me the light after raving about this foundation, I flirted with it a little in college but with the £29.50 price tag, it was an affair just for Christmas. However, now I've began what i'd consider a full time job, for the first time in my life I've had money to indulge. For me, if there's something in your makeup bag you invest a little more in, it's foundation. I can happily say this one is worth it.

After applying with my Real Techniques Foundation brush, this badboy gives a natural finish, not completely matte but not dewy either, perfect for everyday. I've been known to have an oily T-zone but this beauty keeps it at bay all day with just one dusting of powder. During a shift at work, my makeup is subjected to an unnaturally hot working environment, me sweating my butt off and also a face full of steam when I open the glass washer. Even with all these "anti-makeup activities", it's still in place at the end of the day. Yes, this baby is that good.

Usually to buy this I'd head to my nearest Debenhams, but recently I found that I'd ran out before I could get to a store. So, I turned to the Estee Lauder website. It's free delivery and they sent me several sample goodies and a voucher for nameday delivery. The packing it comes in isn't really important, but I felt extra special unpacking the glitzy royal blue packaging.  Overall, everything from buying to using this product is luxury. If you want to begin a lifelong love affair, head over the the Estee Lauder website here.

That's it for me for tonight, I'm going to go rub the bottle all over myself and whisper sweet nothings and maybe get a life while I'm at it. Until next time my fellow makeup worshipers...

Friday, 8 August 2014

Summer Picks/ Cute Crops

Hello all! I'm in a dreamy summery mood from having a BBQ in my garden all day. It's got me in the holiday mood and prompted me to do more research on my holiday with the BF, which we still haven't booked. We have however, narrowed down our search to Fuerteventura so fingers crossed. In the run up to my holiday, I've been window shopping none stop and I couldn't help but notice all of the adorable crop tops. Missguided has especially pulled out all the stops, here are just four of my picks from their collection.

Crochet is one of the trends this summer that I'm just in love with and this crop top is no exception. I already own a peach maxi skirt which I think would really go with this top. It would also look oh so cute with a cute skirt or floral shorts. 


Oh my, if there's one thing I can't resist, it's the matched-separate. Don't even ask me why, it's just the same as a dress but the fact it's a crop and a skirt throws me, even I don't know. That being said, I don't think they come cuter than this. Just like, the crop above, it comes with the oh so fashionable V neckline but the print is just adorable. I need it in my life, like right away. 


Another matched-seperate, lord help my bank account. This time, it's in monochrome (another trend, check) and palm print of all things. The best thing about something like this, is you can wear it as a matched seperate or make a new outfit with black or white bottoms, either skirt or trousers. That's what we love, an item that keeps on giving!

I love the neckline on this crop top as I think it's really unusual and flattering. The peach colour is just a bonus as summer is all about pastels, neons and bright floral prints. Team this with a white skirt have you have an on point summery outfit. 

So there are my four picks out of millions. Far too many cute clothes for my bank account! Have you found any cute summer outfits, let me know in the comments below! 

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