Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Dotty about Kate


So unless you've been living in a hole for the last 9 months you'll be well aware that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, had a little baby boy and yesterday he was introduced to us all. I know a lot of people might have a problem with the royal family and people are welcome to their own political views. Personally, I like babies and I like an excuse to drink so the more royal babies the better!

In the grand scheme of things, how Kate looked is completely irrelevant. She, like so many first time mums, looked lovely. Glowing, happy with just a pinch of petrified! Her dress was lovely and is definitely going to inspire a resurgence of polka dots on the high street, so here's a couple of things I've picked out before all things dotty are gone...

Polka Dot Playsuit, New Look, £24.99, Blue Bird Maternity Dress, New Look, £29.99

Really liked this denim play suit. Play suits are massively in this summer so it's a perfect way to combine this trend with Kate's style. The dress on the right is actually a maternity dress from New Look, so if you're expecting your own lil' bundle of puke this is a great option! 

Motel Anya Maxi Dress, ASOS, £45, White flats, Dune, £13, White Court Shoe, Debenhams, £19.60, Polka Dot Skinnys, ASOS, £21.50

A maxi dress is such a summer staple and I really like the shapeless-ness of this one (if that makes sense at all). If you're looking for something a bit smarter these polka dot jeans might be a good option. I always think skinny jeans look nice with a pair of smart heels so these are perfect for adding a little royal to your office. Speaking of heels, Kate stepped out yesterday in a lovely pair of little wedges. I couldn't find anything very similar to them but there's a lot of lovely white and nude shade shoes on the highstreet at the moment.

Light Blue Polka Culottes, New Look, £9.99
This is my favourite thing I found. I absolutely love the style of these culottes, a really flattering cut. Plus I think colours like this look really good with a summer tan!

So, did you see the lil' bubba? What did ya think? Or do you just not care at all? 

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Little Mini Fragrance Direct Haul


So a couple of weeks ago I discovered Fragrance Direct, yeah I know a little late to the bandwagon but hey ho! I ordered a couple little things and they arrived a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to wait until I'd used them all before I wrote a post about them;

The first thing I bought were a few nail varnishes. I've never owned Essie nail polishes before and I've heard people raving about them so I picked up a couple of them. First colour I picked was "To Buy Or Not To Buy". I absolutely love this colour, it's a very pastel lilac with a blue glittery sheen to it. The next Essie polish I bought was in the shade "Mojito Madness". I really wanted a bright green nail varnish and this wasn't exactly the colour I wanted, I like the colour but it's not quite bright enough so I don't think I'll use it that often.

I also picked up Rimmel's Crack Your Colour in the shade 'Black Graffiti'. I've only used this once but it's good, similar to other cracked nail varnishes so nothing particularly special about it. It does the job!

My nails are really damaged at the moment and keep breaking and flaking, not a great look. I was going to buy the Sally Hansen nail treatment that everybody raves about but I opted for the slightly cheaper option of "Harder & Tuffer" from W7. So far I really like it, I've definitely noticed my nails feeling stronger and breaking less. If weak nails is something you suffer from I'd recommend this.

I also picked up a new powder because I smashed my old one to pieces. I bought Miss Sporty So Clear powder in "001 Transparent". The powder is nice, definitely finishes off my make up nicely, I've been applying it with my E.L.F full face brush. For some reason, I absolutely hate the packaging. I don't know why but for some reason it looks so cheap to me. The mirror is good but other than that I can't stand it. The actual product is really good though.

The final thing I bought was a new lipstick. I picked up a W7 lipstick in the shade 'Ruby Red'. I have kinda weird lips and sometimes I find it difficult to find a lipstick that will stay on my lips. I really like this one, it lasts a long time and it's really pigmented. The picture doesn't show it that well but it's a very rich red, just what I was looking for.

Overall, I really liked the products I picked up from Fragrance Direct. I would really recommend having a look on the website if you haven't already. My order arrived in a matter of days and it's so much cheaper than the highstreet.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

But baby it's BOILING outside


For me summer is definitely not the most attractive time of year. Yeah there's a slim chance you might look sun-kissed and glowing, but if you're anything like me you're more likely to look sweaty, covered in insect bites with really bad tan lines. Despite all this there's some things you just gotta have in your bathroom cupboard during summer time, so here's a couple of my summer essentials

Johnson's Body Care Holiday Skin - I'm a pretty pale gal so at the beginning of summer I sometimes struggle to get my legs out without fear of blinding everyone! I absolutely love these tanning moisturisers which are all over the place now. When I first used it I was left really streaky but I bought it for "fair skin" so once you've got a bit of natural tan, the fakeness fades easily.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash - Pretty sure I'm keeping Soap and Glory in business, almost everything I use is made by then because they're MA FAVES! I love this body wash it smells so fresh and crisp and really wakes me up in the morning. It also leaves my skin really soft which is top priority when you get your legs out.

Soltan SunCare Lotion SPF 50 - Up until last year I was one of those awful people who's too lazy to use suncream. Unfortunately, last year I had a medical disaster which means I now have to wear Factor 50 on my feet (I may one day write a cautionary post on this...) It's probably one of the best decisions that was ever forced upon me. Suncream is an absolute necessity in this hot weather, even if you don't wear extreme SPF 50 like me it's so easy to add into your routine in the morning and it will save you so much hassle in the future. If you buy one like this Soltan one it's a moisturiser so it leaves your skin feeling lovely as well as protecting you against all sort of skin nasties.

Soap & Glory Girligo - I've fallen in love with this recently. It's one of those very liquidy moisturisers, almost milk like. Just give yourself a spritz all over after your shower or bath and there you go. It also smells deeee-lish (as per with Soap & Glory

Face Wipes - I haven't actually used these Simple Spotless Skin wipes for a while but I used to use them regularly and loved them. During hot weather I just think face wipes are a must have, especially small packs which can fit in your handbag. Disgusting as it is, everything gets stickier in the summer you don't wanna get caught out.

Natural Collection Tinted Moisturiser - It's so hot at the moment and I am spectacularly lazy, this means I don't want to wear really heavy make up. I recently bought a Natural Collection Tinted Moisturiser to replace my full foundation and I really love it. It's light and gives great coverage. The only thing I would criticise it for is the colour...a little too orange.

Soap & Glory Mist You Madly - Told you I love Soap & Glory. This is my go to perfume this summer, mainly because it fits in my bag but also because it smells like angels! A really light floral fragrance, I keep shouting "It smells like sherbet love hearts" at people...for some reason my friends still don't wanna sniff me. Perfectly light scent for the sunshine!

So what products are you loving this summer? Is there anything you can't live without? Lemme know so I can spend all my money on them!!