Thursday, 8 October 2015

H&M Beauty

The new H&M beauty range has been all over beauty blogs the last month so naturally I had to try a few products out for myself and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality, price and colour selection of all the products. I decided to apply all the products on video, share my thoughts and a bit of a haul. Let me know if you've tried the H&M beauty range in the comments!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

5 Product Picks

I've been struggling a little with blog post ideas this week so I thought that I would share with you some of the products I have been loving over the last couple of days. I love these sort of posts as they're a nice way to talk about a range of products that I've really been loving.

Last week I met with two of the Murad girls, I think sometimes I need to feel someones love and passion for a brand before I too can get into it, especially with a brand that's more science than luxury. I've used items from Murad before but their AHA/BHA Cleanser scared me a little as it sounds quite intense but after hearing the girls talk about it I literally got home removed all my makeup and used this. It's a little different to most other cleansers I love, it's an exfoliating cleanser with Jojoba beads, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid so it's definitely not one to be used to remove eye makeup and instead more of a second cleanse. Since my first use I have been using this every 2/3 days and really fallen it love, it really helps get rid of that dull look my skin gets every so often and leaves it smoother and healthier looking. I've also tried using this as a quick face mask and left it on for a couple of minutes, it's not really what it's recommended for but works beautifully at waking up the skin. I would say that it may not work for people with sensitive skin but I've fallen in love with it quite quickly.

I had a beautiful pale pink gel polish applied about ten days ago but last night I really had the urge to paint them a darker more autumnal colour. I've never painted over gels but it worked surprisingly well! I didn't want the normal burgundy wine autumn shade and therefore was automatically drawn to this Soigne shade in Mysterieuse. I love khaki nails as an alternative to more traditional autumn shades and this one in particular is just perfect as it has a hint of grey.

The Sisley So Intense Eyeliner is one of the most expensive eyeliners I own and I know that it isn't for anyone but it's by far the best liner I have tried in years. This is one of the first time Sisley has made liners but they've done it so well! It's a super intense black felt tip, with a sturdy nip and packaging too. Although I think there isn't often a huge difference between liners there are some awful ones and some great ones with this being the best of the best. It's easy to apply and lasts all day without any movement which is exactly what I want. If you're a Tom Ford Eyeliner lover I would highly recommend swapping over to this one as it really outshines the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.

Another recent discover is black toothpaste, Curaprox makes Black is White toothpaste designed to whiten the teeth which is black in colour. Admittedly it is very strange to brush your teeth with a black paste and almost looks like coal but I've actually been really enjoying it. It came with a great toothbrush which has it's own little lid which I love and I've actually found my teeth to be a little whiter, not anything drastic but I haven't been using it for very long but I will update in a few weeks time.

My current favourite fragrance which was also in my September favourites  is the Jimmy Choo Illicit Fragrance, I'm awful at describing scents but I think it's a floral/sweet scent which I find really comforting for Autumn/Winter. If you're looking for a new fragrance than I would recommend checking this one out, I've hardly been wearing anything else!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Over The Knee

Over the knee boots seem to be everywhere and although I really love the look of them they aren't really a timeless piece, therefore I really didn't want to invest too much money in them. I picked these up from Public Desire and was actually very impressed with their selection, there were a few I really liked. I decided to go for the Janine Over the Knee Boots as I like the heel but it isn't too high or thin making these quite comfortable.

I thought these would be quite easy to style but I actually found them to be a little tricky especially as I have rather generous thighs, everything I tried on with them other than trousers ended up looking a little more Pretty Woman than I had hoped but I soon discovered that the trick is to keep it quite loose up top. The colour and shape of this dress may not be to everyones taste but I think it works really well with these boots.

I've also been getting lots of wear from my Daniel Wellington watch, they're the perfect timeless piece, use discount code DWSabrina for 15% off all their watches.

It's getting a little colder now though so I suspect I'll be layering up the coats in my next outfit...

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Glowy Skin in Autumn

Now that it is officially autumn I find that my skin just needs a little more TLC and requires a little more work to achieve a healthy glow. I think good makeup however starts with good skin, therefore I've added the Witch Skincare Gentle Exfoliating Facial Wash to my daily routine as I find it helps add a lovely healthy glow to my skin. I've also really been loving the The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer for a really easy glow, it's a really finely milled highlighter perfect for cheek bones, inner corner and brow highlighting.

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Friday, 2 October 2015

A Little Darker

At the end of last month I booked to get my hair fully dyed dark, I scheduled it for a months time and decided that I'd be ready then to face autumn and winter with darker hair. However, I was wrong!

When I got to Gro Hampstead, Serafina and I agreed that instead of going dark all over she'd instead darken my roots and blend it with my lighter ends. I've been getting my hair cut & coloured with Serafina at Gro Hampstead for the past year and would highly recommend her if you're London based and looking for a hairdresser. We've changed it a fair bit over the last year from Balayage to dark brown and back again but she always gives me exactly what I ask for and I always leave really happy.

My hair now is a little darker on the top which I love but Serafina also used a darker and warmer toner on the ends too, it's a little more autumnal but I'm so happy to still have the gradation in colour. The cut is really anything different but she kindly curled it too with a medium tong which I think works particularly well with any sort of balayage/ombre.

I was so worried about going dark and really though I would miss the lighter but I'm so happy with the current shade that I haven't missed it at all. I've booked to go a little darker again but I'm so in love with this shade that I'm not too sure I will...

If you are looking for a London hairdresser Serafina is amazing and based in Hampstead but I've heard generally great things from lots of my friends about Gro London as a whole and they're quite reasonably priced too.

Will you be going darker for the colder months?

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