Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A New £1 Shower Gel Range from Nspa: Dolly's Mixtures

Dolly's Mixtures shower gel*: Bubble Gum and Strawberry Daiquiri- £1 each from Asda

I've mentioned before on this blog how much I like shower gel, I know it's a product that most people find boring or bog standard but I love trying out new ones! It's probably a mixture of the fact that I'm addicted to gorgeous scents and that I loooove baths, but I get a bit excited when it comes to body wash type products; I always spend time opening various bottles in shops and giving them sniff before deciding on one. Over the last couple of weeks I've been testing out two scents from a new range called 'Dolly's Mixtures' and I'm well and truly hooked, everything about them is so nice. Cute packaging, inexpensive and a selection of fun scents that are a bit different to what you'd normally find on the shelves. I'll take them all please!

The two scents I've been rotating between are 'Bubble Gum' and 'Strawberry Daiquiri', and I kid you not they both smell exactly like the label suggests. They've totally nailed that recognisable bubble gum smell that takes you right back to childhood, and Strawberry Daiquiri is exactly like the sweet smelling cocktail. Who wouldn't want to bath in that? It sounds like heaven to me. Both are incredibly strong smelling which I really love and the quality is great, they foam up nicely and so you're not having to squeeze half the bottle out to get clean. While I was using these I kept thinking they reminded me a lot of Nspa products, it turns out that they're actually made by Nspa which would explain it wouldn't it! Other scents in the range include: Pina Colada, Bucks Fizz, Lime Mojito, Vanilla Cupcake, Lemon Bon Bon, Rhubarb and Custard, Red Velvet Cupcake and Candy Floss. Seriously, there's not one scent there that I wouldn't want to try I think they sound amazing. They're only £1 each so will definitely be picking up some of the others.

Dare I mention Christmas in September, but I think these would be perfect stocking fillers- especially if the person's favourite scent or cocktail is included in the range. And so if you're super organised and already starting to put lists together, these are well worth bearing in mind! I love how these look stood in my bathroom, the Benefit/ Soap and Glory style packaging is really pretty and they're just lovely little additions to any bathroom.

Have you spotted these in your local Asda yet?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Laura from Lola and Behold

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Adapting an Outfit: How to Change Up Your Look From Daytime to Evening

As nice as it would be to be able to spend hours getting ready for every occasion, well... sometimes it's just not possible. Whether it's meeting friends for drinks straight after work, or heading out for a meal after spending the day shopping- sometimes you've just gotta make it work. If you know you're going to have a day like this and getting home to completely change isn't going to be possible, then it makes sense to be a bit clever with your clothing choices. Fashion World (known for their ‘Clever Clothing’) have picked up on these daily outfit stresses, and put together this handy guide to help people transform an outfit for some common scenarios. One scenario was going straight from work to a dinner date, and I have to admit this is a bit of a tricky one. Transforming a smart/ conservative work wear outfit into something casual yet dressy can have you wondering where to start! Here's Fashion World's take on it:

Stylist Zoe Pennick says: 
To create this look you need to think about layers. Underneath the cardigan for work we hid a statement t-shirt. This was practical for working and once on full display with this stunning skirt created that fun, flirty look for date night! Best of all no one at the office is any wiser!

I think the easiest way to do this is by starting with a plain 'staple' piece: a skirt, pair of trousers or dress. They're all work appropriate items that can easily be dressed up or down, and look completely different depending on the other things you have on. Fashion World's guide states you should always keep one clothing item the same and have that as your statement piece, and so something that's versatile and can be worn in lots of different ways is going to be your best bet. I've had a go at creating my own 'day to evening' look below using a plain black skirt and white vest top as my starting point.

For my daytime work wear look, I've put black skirt and white vest combo with a chiffon long sleeve blouse which is very office appropriate. Some black tights, flats and natural makeup give it a professional/ conservative look. For the evening you could simply take off the blouse and tights and dress up the cute monochrome outfit with some heels and accessories. Easy! Of course amping up your makeup and sprucing up your hair with a bit of dry shampoo will immediately make you look a bit more dressy too. A tip from Fashion World's guide is to keep a clutch bag inside your regular bag which I think is such a good idea!

How would you change up an outfit for the evening?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Laura from Lola and Behold

*collaboration with Fashion World

Friday, 12 September 2014

Model's Own Diamond Luxe Nail Polishes- Containing Real Diamond Dust!

Model's Own Diamond Luxe nail polishes: £4.99 each* | available from Superdrug 24th September

Nail polish containing diamond dust? Model's Own, you do know how to make a girl happy- I don't think you can get more luxurious than that! Ten stunning new shades all containing real diamond dust will be hitting Model's Own stands later this month and I couldn't be more excited, the lineup of colours is absolutely gorgeous with something suitable for all year round.

The polishes are housed within Model's Own's cute round packaging that we all know and love, but feature a brand new shiny gold lid. They have a very fine sparkle running through (which makes sense, I think having big chunky diamond particles in would bump up the price a bit!) Model's Own describes them as 'grown up glam' which I completely agree with, as much as I love an OTT glittery polish they can definitely look a bit tacky- these are much more subtle. I did find the application to be slightly trickier than standard nail polish as the formula is quite thick, I applied two coats as thinly as possible (making sure it was completely dry between coats) which gave a nice smooth finish. They're very fast drying and hardwearing too, I've had three full days of wear from my current manicure and have no noticable chips yet.

You might expect a nail polish containing real diamond dust to be ridiculously expensive, but you'll be pleased to know these cost the same £4.99 as all Model's Own nail polishes which is just amazing! I think this is a really fun and novel idea, they really do make you feel glam and it's something a bit different than anything else I've ever heard of.

Which shades do you have your eye on from this collection?
My Platinum advertiser is Laura from Lola and Behold

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

MeMeMe Coral Blossom Review

I think when it comes to these liquid 'lip and cheek stains' it's a love or hate situation with most people. On the plus side they're long lasting and nice and light on the skin, but there's no denying that they're a bit more difficult to work with than standard powder or creams. Personally I like this format a lot, I own quite a few tints like this and always go for them when I mean business and really want my makeup to stay put. The latest little lip and cheek tint I've been trying out is called Coral Blossom by MeMeMe; this is a new shade in their best selling range of tints, and is a pretty peachy colour that gives a sheer wash of colour to the skin.

 If you've ever used these type of tints before you might know that they can sometimes be very watery and difficult to work with, so I was really happy when I opened this up and saw the thick, almost creamy consistency as it makes it a LOT easier to apply. Watery tints can have  disasterous consequences when you're not used to them (helloooo clown cheeks!) but this is completely fine. It's also quite sheer and doesn't stain the skin on contact either, so you get a few seconds to buff it in to achieve the look you're after. I use the brush to dab a couple of tiny dots onto my cheeks then buff it out with a buffing brush, the product looks quite orange in the jar but it sheers out to a pretty natural peachy flush. Once it's set it's stays put for the rest of the day which I love- it even lasted on the hottest days in the summer after power walking my dogs through fields (it's fair to say most other blushes would have quite literally melted off!)

If you're new to these types of blushes I think this is a great one to go for, the creamy consistency means it's easy to work with and the colour is light and natural and so it's difficult to overdo it. You will need to own a buffing or stippling brush to apply this properly, but aside from that it's a great long lasting product for all year round. You can use code 'mememe15' until 30th September to get 15% off the full Mememe range!

Do you use liquid blushes/ tints like this? Is Coral Blossom a product you'd go for?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Laura from Lola and Behold

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Royal Ascot: Ladies Day and Crazy Hats

Guest Post by David Jones

On the back of the traditional Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, Doncaster will this month play host to some of horse racing's most glamorous fans when the season comes to an end at the St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse. Along with the horse racing and betting fans, the festival will be attended by some of the fashionistas that have long given the sport a glamorous image. There will be hats from the sublime to the ridiculous (the pictures above show some of the choices you can spot at the Royal Ascot!), especially on Thursday which is Ladies Day at the racecourse. It's little surprise to see so much excitement building in the area in the run-up to the festival, women from around the world will be looking to walk away with the DFS Best Dressed Lady crown - a title which will earns the winner a place in the final of Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady 2014. Of course there has been much emphasis been placed on headwear, and milliners across the region have been bombarded with orders from clients looking to steal the show and walk away with the best dressed crown.

With almost 300,000 people attending the event during the week, including a bumper crowd on Ladies' Day, this year's Royal Ascot proved that horse racing is now as popular as it has been in many years. The Royal theme was consistent throughout the week, The Queen and Prince Phillip joined the thousands to witness the Gold Cup, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were among the 80,000 who turned up on the fifth day of the event. While The Queen looked fantastic in pink, the young Princesses went for more modern looks than their grandmother, with Beatrice opting to following in Gran's footsteps by opting for a pink number alongside her gold head-dress. 

The Queen herself is an avid racing fan and horse owner, and was greeted with sensational sunshine on the fourth day of the event this summer. Her horses 'Estimate' and 'Bold Sniper' (the firm favourite) both finished second place in their races. While she wasn't able to replicate her 2012 achievement of owning a winning horse, The Queen will have surely been one of many happy punters heading home smiling at the end of another incredible week of action. It's fair to say that the event made the headlines for the quality of the fashion on display, as much as the actual horseracing!

What's the most elaborate hat you've ever seen at the Royal Ascot?
This month's Platinum advertiser is Laura from Lola and Behold
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