Saturday, 19 April 2014

5 Things to do this Weekend #9

I haven't done one of these posts in a little while, since last month but since it's a long weekend
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1) Bake a cake
Since it's a four day weekend take the time to bake a cake, check out all the Easter Recipes which I found on the Baking Mad Website.
2) Wear Pastels
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3) Eat lots of chocolate with Family & Friends
4) Buy some flowers
Nothing says spring like a punch of beautiful flowers.
5) Try some fun spring Nail art
There are so many fabulous ideas on Pinterest or check out my creation

Check out my other '5 Things to do this Weekend' posts here

Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend and enjoy your Easter! I'd love to know what you have planned in the comments.

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Friday, 18 April 2014

April BirchBox and Free Box Offer


As so many of you seem to love finding out what's in my monthly BirchBox today I bring to you Aprils Box which is 'Good Enough to Eat' which is inspired by food markets and eateries so everything has either an amazing scent or some sort of food element (so it says on the website)
The first thing I noticed was the 'lifestyle extra' which was the Propercorn in Sweet Coconut and Vanilla which I'm excited to try and is a nice extra. There are also some Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes, although I don't use wipes daily or even weekly they can come in handy and I'll be saving these for any plane trips or outings where wipes will come in handy. I haven't tried them but they smell amazing and very refreshing, perfect for the warmer months. I'm not too sure how these relate to food but there is also a Color Club nail polish and Lord & Berry eye Pencil. I am not a huge fan of the Nail polish as the colour is very shimmery and not really my cup of tea. Although the liner is small I know its a great one as I've used it in the past. The box also features a The Balm Cosmetics Cheek & lip tint which is super cute but if I am honest I am not too sure I would use very often. I was most excited about the Laura Mercier Body Souffle which is quite an expensive product that I've wanted to try for a while.

As I was only disappointed with one product (the nail polish colour which wasn't my shade) I would say this box was actually quite a successful one.
I am very excited to share that BirchBox will kindly be offering my readers the chance to gift their friends a FREE box with the code
'BBXFREE4FRIEND'
when you purchase this months April box for yourself.
Offer ends 30th April and friend will not receive this months box but one next months after the offer has ended. It would even make a fabulous Easter present, even if your friend will have to wait a few weeks.

What do you think of this months BirchBox? Will you be purchasing this box?

For more information check out the Birchbox Website

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Spring Dotty Nails


Earlier in the week I decided I wanted my nails to be fun and bright for the spring/Easter but I didn't want anything too difficult. Of course it had to include the Models Own Polish For Tan as I am currently in love with all the shades and I went for simple dots simply to make life easy for myself but I still love the results!

I started with my favourite white which is by Morgan Taylor as it opaque and streak-free in just two coats. I reached for Model's Own Sun Hat, Beach Bag and Bikini (swatches and review here) but felt I wanted a less neon colour to contrast so decided on Diego Dalla Palma in Night Blue which is beautiful bright royal blue. I used the Bourjois Dotting tool and tried to very the size of the dots. I'm really happy with the finished results; they're bright and fun but not too in your face (in my opinion, of course).
What do you think of these nails? Have you tried any Spring/Easter inspired nail art?
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Favourite Fake Tan's & Tips

Fake tan can often be quite scary as we are bombarded with fake tan mishaps in magazines and websites. However I absolutely love fake tan and really don't think it need as be even half as scary as people think it is. With a little bit of practice, some tips and tricks, you will be able to get an even head to toe tan without any problems.

Pre-fake tan- Before fake tanning make sure you exfoliate and shave. I like to do this the day before and my favourite body scrub is the Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub, it's quite abrasive but I think that's what you need on your body to remove any old tan and dead skin. If you don't feel like purchasing a body scrub I also think exfoliation gloves are great just teamed up with any shower gel you may be using. Also don't forget to remove any deodorant/perfume you may be wearing.

Fake Tanning- If you're a newbie practice on your legs as you can easily cover this up if you do happy to go a little streaky. You also want to work in sections, for example your lower leg and then your thigh, it just makes it easier. Fake tan your hands last and make sure you don't get any water on your tan. I'd highly recommend sleeping in your tan as this way you are far more likely to be streak-free as you won't be dealing with water or anything else. Most products take 4-8 hours to develop before you can wash it out which is another reason why sleeping in it is a great idea.

Post Fake Tan- After your fake tan is on for the given amount of time you will need to wash it off and should be left with an even colour. To prolong the tan you should avoid hot baths, moisturise regularly but also every few days to insure that the tan fades evenly.

Check out the video to find out all about my favourite fake tans and more tips and tricks. It is a long one but hopefully it's got all you need to know.



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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Affordable & Easy Spring Makeup Look

In the past orange and coral tones use to scare me a little but now that the sun is out and I've lightened my hair a little it seems like the perfect spring time look. However if it isn't a look you've ever tried I put together a look using my favourite affordable makeup items so you can give it a go with no huge commitments.
I obviously started with my L'Oreal True Match Foundation, at the moment I can't get enough of this foundation and love applying it with a damp sponge followed by my Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer. Eyebrows and liner were done like usual using Soap & Glory Brow Archery and Topshop liner and mascara.

 I then had the task of finding the perfect affordable peach lip and cheek. I had a beautiful Sleek Blush however it was a little too orange for me and instead when for a more subtle but equally as beautiful The Body Shop Blush in Macaron over Bourjois Cream Blush in 02. I then wanted to add a little of a summer glow and reached for the Revlon Photoready Skinlights as a highlighter (shade Bare Light) which I love as it's a cream and super easy to apply.

To finish I applied The Body Shop Colour Crush in 18. Sunset Romance underneath No7 BB Lips in Blush Coral. The look is still quite natural but just a little more summery. I love how quick this look is and have been recreating it daily.
What look have you been going to this spring?

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Models Own Polish For Tan

In the summer I am constantly looking for white based fun nail polishes to enhance my tan so I was so excited to hear about the new Models Own Polish designed for tanned skin. There are 5 neon shades which help warm up pale skin and perfect tanned skin.
 My favourite colour has to be Beach Bag, it's just perfect. It stands out without being overly in your face and just looks beautiful against my skin tone. They are a little thick compared to most other polishes which means you need to carefully apply them to get a streak-free result. That said they actually dry quite quickly to a semi-matte finish.
Left to Right
Sun Hat, Shades, Beach Bag, Bikini and Flip Flop.

(Please note neons are very hard to photograph so the swatches are a little off particularly with the ones on the left which are lighter than they appear)

I'm really struggling to use anything else as I love them all so much and are currently my favourite launches of the spring/summer.

Which colour is your favourite?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

£100 ASOS Giveaway // Colgate MaxWhite ONE Optic

We're all on a hunt for the perfect product to get our teeth whiter but waiting for gradual treatments can often be a little... well, boring. Colgate MaxWhite ONE Optic is a new product which claims to get teeth looking instantly whiter*. It is the only toothpaste in the UK to use optical Brightening technology helping achieve an instantly brighter smile*.

This new toothpaste is part of the popular Colgate MaxWhite ONE Range, to find out more info check out www.colgatemaxwhite.co.uk

To celebrate the launch, Colgate are offering my reader the chance to win £100 of ASOS vouchers to treat themselves to a new outfit to match their smile.

To enter simply follow the RaffleCopter below...
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Good Luck!

*The formula contains clinically proven optic brighteners that provide a temporary effect


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