Erika's. (plus giveaway of up to £110)

14 September 2014 · 68 Comments



It may seem like a bit of an odd post, as we rapidly approach winter time, to be posting about sunglasses but the truth is that it is important to look after your eyes all year round, not only in summer when the threat seems the most obvious, and if you can look stylish whilst doing it then all the better. Plus, with all the mood swings the weather has been having recently, who knows if we are forecast another summer or not! 

That's where I come in. The Sunglasses Shop, who you may remember I collaborated with at the beginning of the summer have offered me another pair of sunglasses, and the chance for one of you lucky people to win one too! Of course I leapt at the chance to give something back to all of you, you support me with everything that I do, and I honestly can't tell you how much it means to be, so anything that I can do for you is a lovely feeling. 

The pair of glasses that I chose for myself are the Rayban Erika's in Matte Black, which I love because they looked really classic, with an almost wayfarer shape, which I love, but with a more feminine twist and I love that not everyone has them. They go with literally everything and I feel a bit like Audrey Hepburn every time I wear them, it's love! As usual, the customer service that you get from the Sunglasses Shop was on point, and for anyone looking to invest in a good quality pair of sunglasses I would definitely recommend them. They arrived by the next day, packaged really well and complete with ray ban case and cleaning cloth. 

To win a pair of Rayban sunglasses of your choice for yourself (of value up to £110), enter using the rafflecopter widget below. This competition is open internationally and to all age ranges. Good luck! 

Blushing.

11 September 2014 · 30 Comments


As well documented on this here blog, blush and I have a very complicated relationship with each other. With naturally pink (read RED) cheeks, it can be hard to pull off, and I don't often feel like adding to the flushed look, but when my skin is behaving itself, it's nice to give the apples a pop of colour for a more rounded off and polished makeup look. As you may have guessed, I'm going through the luuurrrvvve stage with the stuff at the moment, so I thought that I would share with you my pick of the bunch. 

For a pinky peach blush that you can't go wrong with, I really rate the BornPretty blush in the shade #1.  You can read the full review here, but here's the basic run down: a gorgeous naturally blushed shade with shimmer shot through, this reminds me of NARS Orgasm (or how I imagine it to be as I don't actually own it, haha!) it completely negates the need for a highlight as well and has become on of my everyday staples. Another shimmery blush that I have absolutely been loving recently is the MeMeMe blusher in Pink. This reminds me a lot of the benefit boxed blushes, and the pretty wash of pink colour flecked with gold provides a lit from within look that would suit just about anyone. And another one worth a little mention for anyone with a darker skin tone is the Makeup Revolution Baked Blush in All I Think About is You

For days where I want to push the boat out, and go for a colour a bit more out of my comfort zone, my eBay blush palette comes in really handy. With a range of 12 colours and incredible pigmentation and formula for the price, this is definitely worth a go for anyone wanting to experiment a bit more with the colours adorning their cheeks. And finally, the black sheep among the crowd, the Bobbi Brown Cream Blush in Raspberry - a dewy finish cream blush which blends like a dream to create a gorgeous natural glow with an almost berry colour perfect for this time of year. Also worth mentioning that it makes a gorgeous stain on the lips too.

That's probably all the blushers that one girl needs, right? But I don't think I will be stopping there. Any recommendations for me? 

New Nail Favourites.

09 September 2014 · 23 Comments


It's not often that a new nail product will break its way into my favourites, I tend to stick with the products that I know and love, Seche Vite I'm looking at you, but I seem to have been finding quite a few recently that are making their way to the top of my stash and changing up my routine completely. 

Firstly, this Leighton Denny glass nail file, which I have been lusting after forever from Leighton Denny. I don't take the best care of my nails, all too often the moisturisers and cuticles are forgotten but the thing that I really neglect is filing. Both the sound of nails being filed and the feeling make my blood run cold, so anything that gets the job done quicker is a winner in my books. I have to say, every now and then it does squeak across the nail *cringe* but apart from that it really has no faults. It feels more gentle on the nails than a typical nail file, files quicker as you can go in both directions and not damage the nail - I don't think I will ever be going back. Plus, with the lifetime guarantee that comes on these things, I don't think I will ever need to! 

Next, some polish recommendations. Ever since the news that NARS were teaming up with Philip Lim to create a limited edition collection of nail polishes I had been itching to try them out, so when I managed to land a bottle of the shade Wrong Turn, I was over the moon. With trademark high quality formulas and a gorgeous gunmetal, metallic grey finish, this colour is a stunner and I can already tell will become one of my autumn staples. To finish off, I have been loving Orly's Glosser, which is a top coat designed to add shine to your mani, and boy does it deliver. I've had several people ask me if my nails are gel after using this and it really does make your nails appear as if they have been coated in a thin layer of glass or something, it's that good. My only gripe with it would be that it doesn't cut down the drying time as much as Seche Vite does, so it's reserved only for when I have a long time to do my nails perfectly, and not for when I am trying to rush out the door! 

So, those are my nail favourites as of late, and I think it just goes to show how important it is to break out of your rut and try something different. Have you discovered any great products recently? 

Bathory.

07 September 2014 · 11 Comments



No sooner as I saw these little tubs of goodness pop up all over the blogosphere, I knew I had to have one. With all number of unused salts and potions adorning my shelves already, something really has to be good to get that level of enthusiasm for me. And no sooner than it had arrived, I jumped into the tub, ready to give you all the rundown on 'the best bath of my life'. 

The Bathory is a relatively new company that seeks to give its customers full control over the scent and style of their salts - they know how important a good bath is to us. With the incredibly efficient website you can choose your base (from detox, soothe or classic) each for a different effect, and then choose three enticingly named scents to go with it. Everything is labeled, so don't fear if you're not sure what kind of blend to go for, and it's only delicately fragranced, so I think that you would be pretty hard pushed to create something that you didn't like. From there, your unique blend is whipped up and sent to you, arriving within 24hours if you are a UK resident - pretty impressive stuff, huh? 

For my tub, I chose 'Detox' - Epsom Salts and Rhassoul clay to draw out toxins - as I thought that it would be a really great one to relax in and destress with after school. I was also really tempted by 'Soothe' as well, which has honey and buttermilk in it to nourish the skin, but wasn't sure how well this would go with the more citrusy scents that I had chosen. For my essential oils I went for Bergamot, Eucalyptus and Grapefruit, an amazingly uplifting combination that really energises me before starting on my evenings work. It would have been nice to see a little more control in the choices, such as having a double or triple scent to increase the intensity, as I can see that this would be really great for a more heady and sleep inducing bath - but for me, I don't think I could have been happier with my choice. 

The box and brown paper bag that it comes packaged in are truly Pinterest worthy, although I was a little underwhelmed by the size of the 200g size, especially for £18 - this is only for treats or luxurious gifts ladies and gentlemen. A whopping 100% of the jar is recommended for the best soak of your life, but I've decided to spread mine out a little more and savour it for that bit longer, and I reckon I will probably be able to stretch it out to 5 baths. It was still one of the best baths of my life, in fact I almost fell asleep in it, and afterwards I slept better than I have done for ages. A truly miracle like product. 

Definitely a brand that I will revisit, I can wait to purchase my next Bathory product, what about you? 

Crochet Dress.

04 September 2014 · 36 Comments


The weather's turned pretty bad recently, so I doubt that I'm going to be able to crack out many more outfits like this this year, bared legs and all, but none the less I thought that I would share this one with you. It's no secret that I love the boho style, just take one look at my Pinterest boards for confirmation, so easy to through on, whilst still looking like you have made an effort, and makes you feel so cool you should be wandering around Coachella, so when I clapped my eyes on this crochet dress I knew I had to have it. 

Unfortunately when it arrived it was a little short, but I easily rectified it with a cami slip dress from Primark, which nicely covers the gaps under the crochet making it appropriate for everyday wear and not just the beach! The shape is gorgeous, quite smocky so very flattering and it's become my go-to for hot days in the summer. Unfortunately, its not available anymore, I got mine from a shop online, but you can find dresses in similar styles all over the place, particular favourites of mine being Saboskirt and Everours

Just pair with boots (or bare feet) and some dainty rings and you are ready to go! What is your favourite outfit to wear in warm weather? 

Lipgloss Loving.

02 September 2014 · 21 Comments


Lipglosses and me haven't always got on, but since the introduction of the Maybelline Colour Sensationals into my life, I can't get enough of them. An easy way to finish of a look, they give a hint of colour shine, and even moisture in just one swipe. For el veryday wear, there's nothing easier. 

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipgloss - these are the ones that I fully blame for the lipgloss obsession that has taken over my life recently. A sheeny offering that imparts just enough colour and sheen, these are ideal for a low maintenance and non-sticky lip choice. Colour favourites from the range would have to be Cashmere Rose and Glorious Grapefruit. 

RMK Creamy Lipgloss - A recent find, but a good'un none the less, these lipgloss promises a punch full of colour with less glossy finish than the others. They smell amazing, are made with all natural ingredients (nice to know when you are putting something all over your lips) and last for a surprisingly good amount of time too. The shade 03 is a gorgeous nudey shade, perfect for layering over lipsticks or wearing on its own for a my lips but better kind of look, it's coming out in a couple of weeks time so keep your eyes peeled!. 

MeMeMe Light Me Up Lipgloss - A little bit of a stickier find, however not so much that if the wind blew your hair would be stuck all over them, but this just helps them to stick around for a while longer. Comprise is good right? The light up lid is a bit of a gimmicky touch, although good if you need to touch up in a dark setting, such as on a night out, and the mirror on the side certainly comes in very handy. Lustre is good for those who like peachy orange lips, or want to experiment a bit more with the colour, but for a more neutral option Luminous is the one. 

theBalm Plump your Pucker Lipgloss in Water my Melon - Finally, my favourite of the bunch, a tingling lip gloss that feels so amazingly cooling and refreshing on the lips you will want to be topping this one up all the time. The shade is nothing to write home about, a pretty pink that lends a nice wash of colour to the lips, but really with this one, the formula is everything. The perfect companion for layering over a lipstick. 

Slick on, smack those lips and you're ready to go. What are your favourite lip glosses?