Monday, 14 April 2014

A Lazy Sunday




My parents have gone away for the week, so while I'm home from Uni for Easter I've been keeping my little sister entertained. Yesterday the weather was gorgeous so we took our dog, Troy, for a long walk before enjoying cake and hot chocolate at a local cafe. I'm glad I remembered to grab my camera on the way out, although it always takes me forever to get a decent picture of Troy. He's constantly turning away or bounding off - such a diva! 

It's so nice to have a bit of a break from Uni and enjoy being home for a few weeks. I always miss being able to blog regularly when I'm in Southampton; I have a lot more time to do it here when I'm not surrounded by the stress of work and lectures. Hopefully I'll be taking many long walks and eating more cake while I'm home, too - it's the perfect way to spend a Sunday :)


Hope you're all fab x

Friday, 21 March 2014

Maylash Natural Eyelash Serum



I was never blessed with naturally long, beautiful lashes, so when MayBeauty offered me the opportunity to try their eyelash serum I jumped at the chance. Maylash promises longer, denser and fuller eyelashes within 2-4 months - all you need to do is draw a thin line of serum along your lash line every day and wait for the magic to happen. I've been using it religiously for the past week or so before I go to bed, and apart from making my eye lid tickle a little, I haven't experienced any side effects or irritation. I can't wait to see results - hopefully it'll make a difference to my short, stubby lashes! 

A bit of info from the website: 
  • Maylash can also be used on the lower lashes and the eyebrows. 
  • It can still be used along with contacts and eyelash extensions. It can also be worn under makeup.
  • The product has in no way been tested on animals. 
  • Most people begin to see results within 2-8 weeks. 
  • Results last 1-3 months after you stop using Maylash. They then return to their normal length. 
  • All natural ingredients! 

I've already taken a few 'before' snaps of my lashes so I can compare the difference when I reach the end of my trial. I'll obviously be posting an update in a few months time where I'll be reviewing the product in full detail - until then, you can view a before and after picture from the website here.

Maylash seems like the perfect product for brides, women preparing for a beach holiday or for those who simply lack skill when it comes to applying falsies (me).  Hopefully it will live up to my expectations - I'll keep you posted! 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring Wishlist

  


  • Michael Kors Selma satchel. I've been in love with this bag ever since I spotted it on the shelf in my local John Lewis. It's the perfect size, shape and colour - great for any outfit. I might have to start saving for this beauty as it's definitely on the pricy side, but I've decided I certainly need want it in my life!
  • Calf-length skirt, H&M. How pretty is this skirt? I'm a big lover of anything midi or maxi for the warmer months, and I think this would look great with a pair of heeled boots, a white crop top and a leather jacket.
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil. I'm an avid fan of the moisturiser from The Body Shop's Vitamin E range, so the recent launch of this serum/oil definitely got me interested. I think it would be perfect for my dry skin. Love the packaging, too!
  • Whittards Alice in Wonderland mug. I would definitely enjoy a cup of tea from this mug - I've a bit of an obsession with anything related to Alice, and Whittard's Wonderland collection always catches my eye. Check out the rest of the range here.
  • Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Gold set. A girl can never have too many make-up brushes, right? I was first introduced to Zoeva late last year when I received their Grand Stippling brush at a blogging event. I've been using it constantly ever since, and I'm eager to try more from the brand. This set is nice and affordable and I love the rose gold design. 

What's on your wishlist for Spring?

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Next Eau Nude: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Dupe

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I'm a huge fan of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance, but due to its hefty price tag, it's usually one for my birthday/Christmas list which is then saved for special occasions. As you can see, my bottle couldn't get any emptier, therefore you can imagine my excitement when I discovered this exact dupe from Next. I first came across it when my housemate sprayed some before a night out, and when I asked if she was wearing Chanel, she presented her little bottle of Eau Nude. Needless to say I rushed out to purchase one myself the next time I was in town - I couldn't believe the resemblance!

After buying my bottle I did a bit of research online and found the notes in both fragrances to be very similar:

CHANEL 
Top notes: Bergamot, grapefruit, orange Middle notes: Jasmine, rose, litchi Base notes: Vanilla, patchouli, musk, vetiver 

NEXT 
Top notes: Raspberry, bergamot Middle notes: Rose, jasmine Base notes: Tonka bean, patchouli 

When I compare both scents side by side, I find Coco Mademoiselle smells slightly muskier, but other than that I really can't tell much difference between the two. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Eau Nude also comes in Eau De Parfum rather than toilette, meaning that it lasts longer on the skin that most high-street fragrances. I picked up my 30ml bottle for £7.50 (a whopping £40 cheaper than 35ml of Coco) but it's available in a range of sizes. I think the packaging is super pretty too and this looks nice and girly sitting on my dressing table!

I'd recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Coco Mademoiselle yet would prefer to try something slightly easier on their bank balance. I'll definitely be repurchasing!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

O.P.I: Pack The Essentials

     
From left to right: Lincoln Park After Dark, Big Apple Red, My Favourite Ornament, Tickle My France-y, Bubble Bath


I received this limited edition set as a Christmas present from my sister, and I've used nothing else on my nails since. It boats such a gorgeous collection of shades, I'm often spoilt for choice when I come to give myself a manicure. I'd never tried O.P.I polishes before, and aside from the stunning colours, I've been very impressed with the super smooth finish and longevity - every colour applies beautifully and stays put until my nails begin to split (no thanks to the horrendous weather!) or until I remove it. Lincoln Park After Dark and Big Apple Red have been seeing my through the remainder of winter, while My Favourite Ornament makes a really pretty accent nail. Tickle My France-y is the shade I get complimented on the most - it looks so luxe and goes great with any outfit. Finally, I've found Bubble Bath is perfect for a French manicure - I apply one coat for subtle colour, or two if I want my nails to look slightly more opaque. 

The kit also comes with a Start-to-Finish Base/Top coat which claims to strengthen nails. I've not had chance to put this to the test yet as I love my No7 Base and Top coat, but I'll be sure to try O.P.I's version once these run out. Overall, I'm completely in love with this little pack - there isn't one shade I dislike and I'll definitely enjoy using them up. I'll be sure to try out a few more O.P.I colours in the near future, too!  


What's your favourite O.P.I shade? I'd love to hear your recommendations!