Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Holland & Barrett - Good Life MOT!

This is super geeky, but I admit it, I love Holland and Barrett (who doesn't love nuts & healthy beauty products all in one shop?).  Going into their stores is always a fun whilst out shopping and I have been known to spend far too long browsing their aisles for healthy treats.

They have recently launched their 'Good Life MOT' - you can pop into their stores and see one of their team who will then run your through a little survey to discuss your needs, lifestyle, diet and recommend you some ways to tackle any issues such as tiredness, headaches or even tips on healthy snacks.

I filled out the survery online and was sent this package of goodies based on my results.  After experimenting with the products I thought I'd let you know my thoughts!


It's quite obvious from the products they sent me that I'm a very tired person; it's one of my main annoyances and downfalls.  I am constantly tired no matter how much sleep I get which must have been apparent from my answers as I was sent a couple of lavender products to help aid sleep.

The Miaroma Lavender Massage Oil and Essential Oil have joined my nighttime regime to help relax me.  I add a few drops of the essential oil to my bath or on my duvet sheets to calm me right down, or manage to convince Andrew to give me a massage.

I am a nut fiend so I was happy to find almonds in the package.  I try to snack on nuts as much as possible throughout the day instead of chocolate and biscuits as they keep me full and make me feel so much healthier, ha.

I was given two tubs of vitamins which I've researched thoroughly.  Vitamin B-Complex helps your metabolism as well as reducing tiredness and fatigue (LOVE) and 1-lysine 1000mg are incredible if you're run down; they help incredibly well with ulcers and also help improve hair, skin and nails.  Now these would be incredible but I have a bit of a thing with swallowing pills and they are both hefty buggers which means I have to bite them in bits in order to swallow them.  If anyone knows of any vitamins which are good for people who can't swallow tablets - let me know!

Finally in the package was Dr Organic Vitamin E Pure Oil which I think was including as I suffer from eczema and dry skin.  This can be used anywhere on the body and helps to soothe dry skin, as well as wrinkles, scars and stretch marks!

You can read more about Holland and Barrett's Good Life MOT here.  I think it's a great idea if you're on a health kick and have some problems which you would like to try natural, herbal remedies for!

What are your favourite treats from Holland and Barrett? Do you suffer from tiredness and fatigue too?


Monday, 7 April 2014

REVIEW: La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +

After all the buzz about Effaclar Duo last year, La Roche-Posay are back with Effaclar Duo +, containing all the benefits of the original plus more.
I'm sure you've heard all about this wonder product already but one more review doesn't hurt, right?

What I think: As well as targeting blemished and oily skin, Effaclar Duo + also helps to banish the dark marks that are left behind after a breakout.  The scarring that acne leavers behind is sometime worse than the actual spot myself in my opinion; Whilst spots usually last for a week, my scars can last up to two months which makes the skin look worse than it actually is and they are also sometimes hard to cover.
It's fab that they've catered for this skincare problem in an acne cream as sometimes this is forgotten about.  I've been using this morning and evening for a couple of weeks now and really like it.
After the initial breakout (which normally happens once I try new products) my skin is settling down and I have noticeably less visible red marks now which means it's a thumbs up from me.

This retails for £15.50, slightly more expensive than the original and is available in Boots stores now!  Will you be trying it?

Have you tried Effaclar Duo +?  What are your favourite products for blemished skin?


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Sneak Peek: TRIANGL underwear

This isn't something I've ever posted on my blog before but I couldn't not share this beauty of an underwear set!  Triangl are becoming one of the most talked about bikini & underwear brands on social at the moment and it's no surprise, their products are stunning.

I was asked if I wanted set and after browsing their gorgeous products I obviously said yes!  I wasn't sure how to show these off on my blog and after photographing them on my bed, I decided to just photograph them on so you can see their full potential.

I hope these aren't too raunchy!!  Andrew got a little snap happy whilst taking these photographs (he loves them too) but we went for a voyeristic feel to make the pictures less revealing.

This set is the Lucie range in Champagne Coral - all of the Lucie range is available in bright neon shades (I'm also eyeing up their Spearmint set).  It retails for 55USD which works out to be around £33 for the two, which I think is pretty perfect for a gorgeous underwear set.

In terms of sizing, I went for XS (I'm a 32B & size 8 pants for reference) and they fit perfectly, so size down!  You can see the full range here.

I can't wait to build up my Triangl collection and might also invest in some bikini's of theirs too for the summer months!

What's your favourite underwear range?  What colour would you go for?


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Outfit of the day: Monochrome.

I dragged my gorgeous workmate, Fran, outside of our office whilst at work this week and asked her to take a few pictures of my outfit (thanks gurllll)!  I had a couple of meetings and so tried to dress a little more 'smart' than I usually do.

Leather jacket - Choies, White Top - H&M, Black Vest - Primark, Leggings - American Apparel, Boots - New Look, Three Zipper Bag - Nelly.

Most of my wardrobe is pretty much black, grey and white and so this outfit was easy to throw on and also super comfy (I'm definitely a comfort over style kinda girl).  I'm obsessed with this leather jacket from Choies at the moment - (available here).  It's perfect for dressing both up and down and also looks quite expensive when it was in fact only £27.

I threw it on top of a white long top and black vest (I love vests and layering) and with my American Apparel Shiny Black Leggings on bottom.  I purchased these as I wanted a pair of disco type pants without the tightness around the waist (surely not the only girl who feels like this) which I can throw on under any long top.  I adore them and practically live in them.  My boots are from New Look (available here) and they're ridiculously comfortable and are easy to walk in even with a bit of height.

Also want to mention my bag - I saw it on one of my favourite swedish fashion blogs and purchased it straight away.  It's compact and has three zip compartments which means I can find things easily.  I can just about fit my Acer Tablet in it too which means I can carry my books around with me. It was only around £27 too which I thought was pretty good - available here.

I've managed to make Fran agree to taking an outfit picture of me each week so I have many more of these type of posts coming up which I'm really excited about!

Do you prefer comfort or style?


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Mother's Day Gift Ideas!

I was asking the girls in the office this morning what they have got their Mum's for Mother's Day and I was left looking at a sea (okay a row) of worried faces.  So I've decided to put together a little Mother's Day Gift guide on some bits you could treat your Mum to on Sunday, if you've left it a little late!

Skin Doctors Instant Facelift: Now I'm not saying my Mum needs a facelift in any shape or form but she sometimes gets down about her appearance and she likes beauty products and so this is a smart little treat.  This is a serum which tightens, smooths and firms the skin in just 5 minutes, perfect for an alternative to drastic surgery measures.  This retails at around £30 which is pricey but if your mum is conscious about her wrinkles and wants them vanished then this is for her!  Available here!

Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream: Molton Brown is my mum's absolute favourite bath & body range - she adores the stuff and our bathroom is littered with it (it's the only soap we have in the house)!  They recently launched a brand new 'Rhubarb & Rose' range which is perfect for mums; smelling sweet and floral at the same time.  I'm hoping she'll keep this little beauty of a handcream in her bag to pamper her hands throughout the day. Available for £10 here.

The Body Shop LE English Dawn White Gardenia Range: My mum has definite favourite perfumes (whilst growing up it was Dior's Poison, and the last 10 years or so it has been Thierry Mugler's Angel) but I'm pushing her to try something new.  Enter this new Limited Edition range from The Body Shop. It contains notes of tuberose, bergamot, sandalwood and White Gardenia for a beautiful light, floral scent perfect for summer.  There's a body lotion, mist and EDT in the range which makes a lovely little set.  Plus TBS do gorgeous free gift wrapping ;)! Available here.

Extras: I've bought my bought a few other bits too (although I can't mention them now in case she reads this posts) but wine, flowers and charms for jewellery are always good calls - as is multiple cups of tea, breakfast in bed and a nice meal out to make her feel just as special as she is to me!

What are you getting your Mum this Mother's Day? Any beauty products?


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

THE BEST: Hair Texturizing Products!

Hair texturisers are all the rage at the moment with many gal’s wanting effortlessly, thick, voluminous locks.  There have been loads of texturizing products popping up on the market in the last year and so I thought I’d pop the ones I own together into a post for comparison!

VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder: This is an odd little product; a powder which almost turns to liquid once you touch it, before adding a powdered texture.  I sprinkle this into my roots and then massage in for a bit of volume.  It’s okay, smells great, but does feel rather odd and takes getting used to.

VO5 Plump Me Up Dry Shampoo: As well as being a great texturizer, this also doubles up as a dry shampoo which I adore.  Again, as with all VO5 products this smells incredible.  

VO5 Plump Me Up Dry Backcomb Spray: If your hair is limp and needs some more volume without the damaging action of backcombing, this is for you!  Smells great and once worked into the roots it does what it says on the tin.

L’Oreal #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray: I’m going to say now this is my favourite out of the bunch.  It’s the newest out of the lot but I’ve found it does the best job of adding height and volume to my thick and heavy hair.  After spraying underneath sections of my roots, I massage this in for a great bed-head look.  Also smells great - would repurchase over and over.

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish:  You can see my full review of this product here!  I wasn’t too keen on it at first as I wasn’t sure it did anything much for my hair but I do like this spray.

TRESemme Texture Style Divine Definition Spray: I've used TRESemme for years but mainly for their shampoo and conditioners which are super affordable, smell so good and do a good job of cleaning and conditioning my hair.  I think this was one of the first styling products I'd used from TRESemme and it's actually quite good!  It's really similar to the VO5 Dry Backcomb spray but with a different scent.  You wouldn't need them both.

TRESemme Texture Style Backcomb Dust: Again, this is really similar to the VO5 Oomph powder, sprinkle into roots, massage and scrunch and you are left with texture and volume to play around with.  Great for updos.

There we have it.  As I said, quite a few of these products are similar to each other (especially the Unilever brands).  My favourite by far is the L'Oreal Volume Spray for it's ability to add volume and texture into my long hair without leaving it feeling and looking dirty - it's super affordable too.

What are your favourite texturising sprays?  


Thursday, 20 March 2014

REVIEW: Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

I've mentioned a lot on this blog about the fact that I have and still do suffer with acne and it honestly has the ability to completely ruin days, weeks, special occasions and events for me.  No matter how many good things I've got going on around me, if I have bad skin, my confidence is completely low and diminished and I find it really difficult to snap out of that low mood.

I have beaten acne a few times in the past with antibiotics but I'm also always on the look out for products to clear my skin and leave me feeling happy and confident again.

Clinique have just bought out a brand new product; the Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel - a little tub of wonder!  Read on to see what I think of it.

What I think: The gel is 4-in-1 product which helps treat and prevents future breakouts, as well as exfoliating dead skin cells to help unclog pores, whilst also reducing surface oil.  It contains Salicyclic Acid (a wonder ingredient in my opinion, my skin works really well with this stuff) which helps to exfoliate.  This also contains Sea Whip Extract (something I hadn't heard of before) which calms and soothes skin, whilst reducing redness.

Clinique recommend applying a thin layer of this gel all over your face after cleansing if suffering from bad acne (however not with other leave on acne treatments and please, please make sure you apply moisturiser over the top to stay hydrated as this could dry your skin out) but I've been using it as a spot treatment applying it directly to the blemishes before bed time.  They recommend using it alongside a 3-Step Skincare System if used this way, so I've already had a play around with the Anti-Blemish Solution range.

I've been using the gel for a couple of weeks now and I already like it a lot.  I've had terrible skin whilst trying it out and it seems to be finally calming down now

It's only until I've had bad skin and overcome it, that I really appreciate how clear skin makes me feel.  It sounds pathetic for something so little to make me feel so small but it's true!

The Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel is available nationwide from 21st March (today!) at www.clinique.co.uk.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clinique via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clinique.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Outfit Of The Day: Leather & Lace!

I've always been a girl to splurge on beauty products and makeup more than anything else, but recently I've developed a bit of an online clothes shopping addiction!  It's terrible because I spend large amounts of money in chunks but I just can't stop!

I've decided to try and start doing some outfit posts so show off my new purchases.  I went out to Burghley Manor House in a beautiful town called Stamford last weekend, with my boyfriend Andrew and his parents and I took along my camera (and my new lens) with me.  Here are some snaps!

My clothes: Lace Top - New Look, Leather Trousers - River Island, Fluffy Cardigan - Primark, Sunglasses - Dorothy Perkins.

The sun was shining so we made our way through the houses's sculpture garden and 'the garden of surprises' which was full of interactive water features, mazes and mirrors, before settling down in the orangery for tea and cake.  We also spotted some deer and imitated them (as you do).

I found out about these leather trousers after reading about them on Anna's blog and I purchased straight away.  They are a good length once folded up at the bottom (I'm ridiculously short so this is normal for me) but are a little tight around the waistband which means I have to regularly unbuckle!  I wasn't actually going to keep the lace top (I feel guilty for buying too much and try to take something back) but teamed with the leather it looks okkaay so I kept it!

I hope you liked this post and something a little different!  Let me know if you would like to see more!

Would you like to see more of my outfits?