My Designer Wish List!

Hey Dolls,

This week I thought I’d share with you my dream designer purchases, they aren’t in any particular order but these are the things I would love to buy in the future.

First up is the classic Chanel bag, I’m not sure what size I would like but I have always wanted to own one. An iconic bag, perfect for any outfit!chanel bag

Staying with bags, I have always loved Louis Vuitton and from a very young age have dreamed of owning Louis Vuitton luggage in particular the Keepall 60. I don’t want a suitcase as I would be worried about it being damaged at airports!

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My final bag I would love to own is the Prada Galleria bag, another classic, which I would use as my work bag (when I graduate and get a job!)

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Onto shoes, I have 3 pairs of designer shoes I would love to own and the brands they are from are Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

From Jimmy Choo I would love a nude pair of Romy 85’s, a sensible height and classic style!

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From Christian Louboutin, Fifi Patent 100, again classic and perfect for every outfit from day to night!

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A less practical shoe but there was a reason Carrie Bradshaw loves them, Manolo Blahnik create classic styles with added bling, basically my dream shoe! The style I love is Olek in black- simple, classy and elegant!

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Let me know what your dream purchases are!

Ciao Bellas,

S

xxx

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Summer Sight Seeing in the City!

Hey Dolls,

So a couple of weeks ago my bestie from Wales came to visit for a week and I took her into London for a day of sightseeing, here’s what we got up to!

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We started on by visiting Madame Tussauds, were we took a tonne of selfies with celebs!

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Then we hopped on a tube to Bucking Palace to meet the Queen (as if! but she was in), as it was a super hot day we then decided to walk to South Bank.

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Along the way we saw Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey!

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Next up it was time for a fuel stop, we went to the Riverfront and shared nachos and meatballs (they were so yummy) as well as a bottle of Rose!

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Then it was time for the London Eye, one of the best ways to see a lot of London (we pre-booked tickets and got a combo to include our Madame Tussauds ticket)

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As it was so hot we grabbed a slushy and watch a street performer before heading to Covent Garden for dinner.

After a yummy dinner in Browns, we went to my family’s favourite wine bar in St Martin’s Courtyard, Dalla Terra for Bellini’s!

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We had a super busy day, but it was so much fun!

Ciao Bellas,

S

xxx

All about: Nails!

Hey Dolls,

This post is the first in the series of posts in which I speak to industry professionals about a range of topics!

First up is Nails, I spoke to the lovely Tanith from The Beauty Yard in Chelmsford!

I always have my nails done here so I asked Tanith for her top 5 nail tips, and here they are:

  1. Always use a base and top coat- not only will it prolong the nail varnish it will prevent your nails getting stained. You can get a variety to suit different needs for example nail strengthening
  2. Use Cuticle Oil- using cuticle oil regularly will keep both your cuticle and nails healthy
  3. Don’t over buff- overbuffing your nails removes layers of your nail and causes damage to your nail beds
  4. No picking!- Don’t pick your gel nails, nails or skin around the nail as it will cause damage
  5. Moisturise your nails and hands daily- moisturising daily will keep your hands and nails healthy!

Thats all for this week, also in the series I will be talking to hair stylists, makeup artists and more beauty experts!

Ciao Bellas,

S

xxx

 

GRWM: Summer Wedding Guest

Hey Dolls,

This week I’m going to take you through getting ready for a family friend’s wedding from hair to shoes, lets go!

First up was hair, me being me no way was I having the stress of doing it myself so the lovely stylist Maria came to my rescue! I went for a up do with on trend braiding and a few loose pieces.

Usually for an event I would have my makeup done professionally, but unfortunately my usual artist was already fully booked (she’s fab so I understand why!) so it was down to me!

As I was wearing a pink and cream outfit I wanted the makeup to compliment it so decided for a pink/champagne eye with a pink gloss (easier maintance). I started with eyes and to achieve the look I wanted had to use an array of shadows and some blushes! Here’s the shadow list not in order: Makeup Geek – peach smoothie, whimsical, MG Blush- head over heels, romance, Too Faced- Strawberry Bon Bon, Tartelette- caregiver, wanderer, Bobbi Brown blush in 41. For glitter I used Too faced glitter glue as a base with Barry M snowglobe. Liner was brown as softer and L’Oréal infallible finishing with Eyelure Luxe Lashes in Trinket!

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On my brows I used Benefit precisely brow in shade 3, ABH clear brow gel and the light shade in sleek contour palette to carve out.

For base I used my trusty old faves! Primer- Too faced hangover, Foundation- Chanel perfection lumiere velvet(50), Concealer- Nars creamy in custard and vanilla, Bake- Laura Mercier loose powder, Powder- Rimmel stay Matte, Contour- NYX powder kit, Bronzer- Nars Laguna, Blush- Makeup Geek Romance, Highlight- ABH x Nicole palette Kitty Kat and day dream, Setting spray- Urban Decay all nighter!

Onto lips: Liner- Charlotte Tilbury pink Venus, NYX butter gloss in vanilla cream pie!

Nails- The Beauty Yard (all about nails blog coming soon!)

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Finally it was outfit time! Dress- New look (alterations by The Dressmaker), Jacket- Zara, Shoes- ASOS, Facinator- The Dressmaker!

It was a great day and I had an amazing time!

Ciao Bellas

S

xxx

Review: Rimmel Eyeshadow Palette!

Hey Dolls,

This week is a review of Rimmel Magnificent Eyes Shadow Palette in the shade London  Nudes Calling.

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The reason I picked up this palette was because it had several pinky shades and from the packaging a lot of them looked Matte, and for £7.99 I thought I’d give it a go as I normally love Rimmel Products.

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On closer inspection there are only 2 Matte shades, a pink and black/brown. The pink shade is not very pigmented and hardly shows up whilst the other Matte shade is chalky and doesn’t blend that well.

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The shimmers on the other hand are all very pretty, the second half of the palette and the darker shades being much more pigmented. The first 6 shades I have to build up in order to get the desired finish.

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Unfortunately I was disappointed by this palette and don’t feel it matches up to the quality of Rimmels other products which I love, I haven’t found myself reaching for this palette as it’s hard to create looks as I like my crease colours to be Matte, if you love shimmer all over the lid or a drugstore shimmer palette I would recommend but as an alrounder I wouldn’t recommend which is a shame as it is a perfect travel size palette.

Ciao Bella’s,

S

xxx

Clothing Haul: SALES!

Hey Dolls,

Last week I took a trip to Bluewater and found some great items in the sale, take a look at what I found!

First up Zara, I prefer buying things from Zara in the sale as the majority of their stock eventually goes into sale so here’s what I got: This lovely grey light weight knit dress with a ruffle on the sleeve (£12.99), Cream Blazer with split sleeves (£19.99) and a rusty orange asymmetric dress (£17.99)

Bluewater now holds the 2md Misguided store and I was super excited to see what was inside, I wasn’t disappointed! I found a lovely white loose fitting top with a ruffle neck line (£10.50), a pair of ruffle trousers in my favourite mint green (£12.50) and a necklace for the bargain price of (£3.50)

In need of some new gym wear I decided to see what House of Fraser had to offer (after browsing the whole store, I love HoF!) I found some hidden gems. First up a grey longline Calvin Klein vest (£17), to match the top I also got a pair of grey crop leggings with Tiffany blue accents from label lab (£12). Then onto the blue outfit, the top is from Biba and has a split open back (£12) but my biggest bargain of the day was the bottoms which I got from Victoria’s Secret, these blue knockout capris were reduced from £60 to £13.50!!!!

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My final item was one I ordered from ASOS, these baby pink wedges to wear to a wedding I am going to later this month, they are super comfy (I had to wear them in) and match perfectly with my dress (summer wedding guest GRWM coming soon!) and they were reduced to £25.

Some sales are still on so go and see if you can bag a bargain!

Ciao Bellas,

S

xxx

Lush Event: Diamonds in the Rough

Hey Dolls,

On Sunday my friend Sophie and I were lucky enough to attend a Lush event where we were pampered for the morning. The staff were fantastic and we had a fantastic time, so let’s get started!

This event was all about show casing the products that sometimes get forgotten about, starting off with shower gel we sampled “Plum Rain” and “Wash that man right out” which both smelt amazing.

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Next up was scrubs and oh my life “Life’s a beach” powdered body scrub is amazing and smells like the Caribbean, it left our hands feeling super silky. This was followed by “African Paradise” body conditioner which added to the softness off our skin.

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Then it was time for treatments, I had a Foot treatment using “Pumice Power” , “Volcano”, “Go faster feet” and “Twinkle Toes”. After my feet felt amazing! Sophie had an arm massage using a massage bar!

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Our second treatment was a Hot Oil hair treatment using “Tangled” and “Damaged”. The oils were melted down, left to cool then applied to our hair like a hair mask and left for 20 minutes. They were then washed off and our hair was dried leaving our hair feeling silky and soft!

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Finally we had a play with some face masks and skincare products, we sampled both fresh and potted face masks, toners and moisturises.

We had a great time and got a fantastic goody bag filled with a variety of treats!

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Head down to your local Lush store and try some different products, you won’t be disappointed!

Ciao Bellas,

S

xxx

 

 

10 Most used Holiday Beauty Products!

Hey Dolls,

After returning from Spain I thought I’d give you a run down of the products I used the most.

First up skincare: After a long day in the sun its important to rehydrate your skin and for the past 2 years I’ve been loving the ‘Garnier Amber Solaire After Sun with Aloe Vera’. Its super cooling and dries quickly but leaves your skin feeling hydrated and it also helps prevent peeling and prolonging your tan.

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The second product I have recently discovered has very quickly become one of my favourites. On holiday I always get dry feet due to the heat and the cream I have been loving is ‘L’Occitane Creme Pieds dry skin Foot Cream’. It has Shea butter in which helps to keep your feet soft and hydrated. I definitely think this was worth the luxury price tag.

My final most used skin care product is a cult classic that I never travel without and that is the ‘Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream’. This is the only think that stops my lips drying out and is also great for dry hands, definitely should be a staple in everyones suitcase!

Next up Makeup Face Base: Holiday or no holiday the one primer that comes with me wherever I go is of course ‘Too Faced Hangover’ you guys know how much I love this product so I’m not going to go on about it haha!

Another favourite of mine is the ‘Garnier BB Cream’, I much prefer using a BB cream on holiday than foundation as it is much lighter and foundation is just too much when its 30+ degrees! This BB cream gives just the right amount of coverage and a lovely natural finish.

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An oldie but a goodie is ‘Benefit Hello Flawless Powder’ it adds a lovely bit of extra coverage without turning your face super matte which I definitely don’t want on holiday.

Final product is a new one, ‘Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter in Soho Glow’ this highlight gives a lovely bronze glow to the cheeks and is also great to mix into primer or my BB cream for that extra summer glow.

Finally is eyes and lips: I took the ‘Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette’ as it has a lovely range of mattes and shimmers and I always go for warm eyes on holiday and this pallette has some lovely warm browns, definitely a cult classic.

My second product in this category is ‘Tom Ford Lip Colour in 22 Patrick’. Ok I know this is definitely a luxury splurge product but oh my god I adore this colour and the formula and just everything about it! Tom Ford definitely knows how to create summer lip colours.

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My final product which has to go on holiday is ‘Urban Decay All Nighter Spray’ no make up is gonna move from your face once you’ve sprayed this all over it!

Ciao Bellas,

S

xxx

My Holiday Washbag!

Hey Dolls,

This week I thought I’d tell you what I take in my holiday wash bag to help you guys out if you have a holiday coming up!

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Right lets start with with facial skincare:face

I took minis of all my usual Liz Earle skin care which was great as it saved space and made packing what I needed super easy. I also took a mini Micellar water to remove my makeup and clean my face at the end of each day to freshen up as I find makeup wipes dry out my skin. To keep my lips from cracking in the heat I took my lush lip scrub in mint julips which I use all the time and love it! My eyes also get dry after flying so I always take an eye spray.

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Next onto hair! As well as what is pictured above I took a bottle of Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner. Back to what actually was still in the wash bag! Everyone knows if you have long hair the sun and heat makes it so dry! To solve this one I took one of my fave brands Mark Hills Miracoilous Moroccan Argan Oil, smells amazing and works a treat.

Next up is Charles Worthington Sunshine Protector Salt Spray, this was great for leaving my hair to dry naturally into beachy waves and it also has some protection for your hair against sun damage.

Two Tresemme products were in my case, the mini heat protection spray which I used when I wanted to curl my hair. The second was the mini hairspray, I have always loved this hairspray as it gives great hold and brushes out easily without leaving your hair feeling sticky.

Finally for hair was my new favourite Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo, love this product! Well worth the hype and is fab for the in between hair wash freshen up!

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The final few bits in my washbag are a bit random! Toothpaste obviously an essential, some Voltarol because its always good to have a Venus Snap razor perfect for travelling as it keeps it clean and stops the moisture bars getting stuck to everything else in your bag! The final thing is the Sonic electric toothbrush which is so good and perfect for travelling!

Hope this helps you when packing!

Ciao Bellas,

S

xxx

My ‘Go to’ Glam Outfits!

Hey Dolls,

This week I’m gonna tell you what my 4 go to glam outfits are that make me feel fab!

First up is this Khaki Midi dress from Misguided! I love this dress because it isn’t revealing but is still super flattering due to the criss cross detail on the top. I also love the suede effect fabric!

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My second go to should be a wardrobe staple for any girl! I absolutely adore this black jumpsuit its so comfy and super flattering/easy to wear! This outfit is also from Misguided and paired with statement heels is the perfect night out outfit.

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Third choice is this dress from Ralph Lauren, this dress is perfect for a more formal occasion like a christening as its definitely more sophisticated. I can say this dress was well worth what I paid for it as I have worn it loads!

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My final go to is this orangey red dress from Coast, I had this dress for my 16th Birthday and over the 3 years I’ve had it I’ve worn it lots! This has been another dress I have that has been well worth the price tag!

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Ciao Bellas,

S

xxx