19 October 2014

Beauty | London Luxury Beauty Haul

A couple of weeks ago when I ventured down to London for a few days, I ended up shopping in the 'Mothership'; A.K.A. Selfridges. I hadn't been to Selfridges for about four years and now that I've been positively obsessed with make-up for the past three, I thought that it was about time that I set my sights on their Beauty Hall. It's fair to say that I was more than impressed and spent a good hour in there ogling all the lipsticks, eyeshadows and general make-up goodness. I came out with three things and I am super happy with my purchases.

The first stop was the Giorgio Armani counter for their well-known and well-loved Luminous Silk Foundation (£35.50). I've lusted after this for the longest time but I've wanted to get shade matched so that I didn't waste any pennies on the wrong shade. The gentleman who shade matched me was super lovely and didn't force me on to trying anything else - just the type of service I like on makeup counters. Whilst sitting getting matched, I spied the Charlotte Tilbury counter sitting there in all it's glory and I knew that was my next stop. I was desperate to get my hands on one of her Luxury Palettes (£38) and after swatching and debating, I opted for The Dolce Vita due to how sultry and stunning the shades are. My last stop was the NARS counter, where unfortunately the girl did not seem interested at all. A moody face and attitude, tut-tut. I asked to get shade matched to their Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22) as every beauty-lover and their dog raves about it. Boy, is that stuff creamy!

There's a little round-up of what luxurious items I picked up on my latest London venture. Let me know if you would like any in-depth reviews of the products once I've had a little play with them. What luxury products are you after? It's nice to spoil yourselves sometimes! Let me know in the comments, thanks for reading!

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17 October 2014

BLOGGING | 10 Things people don't realise about blogging

1 | It can be a 24/7 job. My mind is forever ticking over, even when I'm not physically sat down blogging.
2 | Taking pretty, cute photos is only the beginning; the hard work comes after.
3 | We don't accept everything we're offered. Although some of us may seem like we get tons of freebies thrown at us all the time, we don't accept everything as a lot of stuff won't 'fit' within our blog genre.
4 | Speaking of freebies, everything isn't handed to us on a plate. It takes a hell of a lot of hard work, dedication, time and determination to get somewhere in this profession.
5 | We aren't just 'bloggers'. We're writers, photographers, social media co-ordinators, editors, personal assistants, sometimes technicians (I wish) and the occasional accountants.
6 | Blogging is definitely not the most glamorous job. Most of my time is spent on my bed in my onesie.
7 | We DO pay for stuff ourselves! PR Samples and Gifts only account for a small amount of products we feature on our blogs, we like to shop as much as the next person (possibly a bit more if I'm honest!).
8 | Yes we have internet friends, and yes, we love them! Sometimes meeting people on the internet is a bit hard to understand for some, but the blogging community are top notch people.
9 | We're not all vain. Yes, we post numerous pictures of our faces or outfits all over our social media, but this certainly doesn't mean we're vain. In fact, you'll find that we have insecurities just as much as the next person.
10 | Blogging can become a full time job with a good income. I know a fair few of people who have worked their way up to this stage, and that's what I would like to do. What's better than doing something you love for a living?

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15 October 2014

BEAUTY | Shopping online with Cohorted

I don't know of anyone who doesn't like to get something for just that little bit cheaper. We all do, right? Whenever I'm buying something that is stocked on various websites, I'll always look around to see where I can find the best price. I remember Lucy mentioning the Cohorted website in one of her videos, and from then on I was nothing but intrigued. Numerous tweets later I decided to take a look and see what the website is all about...

Cohorted is a beauty 'group buying' website that aims to give you amazing products for a fraction cheaper than the usual retailing price. As a little round up, Cohorted launches four products every Monday at 6pm that all start at the usual RRP. The more people that join the cohort, the cheaper the product becomes. The products do have a limit of how low the price can go, but you can get some pretty amazing deals on there, from 18% off to 50%. There are only a limited number of products so you do have to be super speedy, especially if it's a popular product. If you have any more questions about how it works, you can find the answers here:

I recently bought the new Naked Basics 2 palette for £15.40 instead of the standard £22 and I was super impressed with the service. They keep you updated at every stage and their delivery (once the cohort has closed) is quick too. I received my item within 5 days and I'm so happy with it. If you'd like to see a review of the palette, make sure you let me know! Would you consider shopping via Cohorted?

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13 October 2014

HAIR | Creating Cloud Nine Curls

Sorry for the alliteration, but sometimes it's just necessary... and kind of coincidental in this case! Today I'm talking about creating curls using my brand new Cloud Nine Wand*, a much more luxurious (and certainly not cheap!) alternative to my usual Babyliss offering. I've been curling my hair for as long as I can remember, you'd never really guess that my natural hair is poker straight now, would you? (See photo above - no straightening included!)

I love anything that saves a bit of time and this is definitely a wand that can do that. The tool heats up within a minute, regardless of what heat setting you chose. Warning however, this wand can get very hot indeed; It's rather handy that a heat-proof mat and glove are included as the tool can burn if you're not careful. One of the negatives I found was that the top of the barrel where you grip can also get really warm, which can possibly cause injury too. The three-stage heat settings do tailor to what look you're trying to achieve with your hair, whether it's tight curls or soft, loose ones. This is great because sometimes I like to switch up what kind of look I'm going for depending on the occasion. After the wand is used there is a protective heat guard which clips on to the wand to protect the wand, and any surfaces you may put it on. Brilliant if you're in a rush like I sometimes am!

A lot of people ask me how I create my curls and it's really simple! I usually create tight curls followed by tieing my hair up in a messy bun and leaving it over night, this helps to keep the curls  for longer. In the morning I'll then brush my curls out to create a more voluminous look. Voila! Done!

Are you a curler or a straightener? I wish I was born with curly hair so I didn't have to curl it every few days, it would save me a lot of time as my hair just keeps growing! Let me know what brand you head for when you need to buy new hair tools. Cloud Nine have been circulating the beauty world as far as I'm aware! Thanks for reading.

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