Monday, 24 February 2014

Huge Fashion Wishlist

Sheer Cutouts
cami dress - miss selfridge // cut out boots - river island // socks - topshop // shorts - miss selfridge
jacket - topshop // hat - miss selfridge // sunglasses - taylor morris // tights - jonathan aston // lipgloss - topshop
top - topshop

Silver and Holographic
holographic jacket - unif at glamorous // ring - dixi // skirt - topshop 
shoes - jeffrey campbell at nasty gal // ring - dixi // belt - asos // backpack - motel
leather jacket - river island // clutch bag - somewhere nowhere // skirt - motel

Sugary Sweet Pastels
blue jacket - river island // pink jacket - river island // hat - river island // sandals - the whitepepper // ring - dixi scrunchie - topshop // coat - topshop // jumper - topshop // crown - regal rose // unicorn clutch - the whitepepper
boots - river island // blue skirt - missguided // lipstick - topshop // rings - dixi // pink skirt - topshop

Spellbinding Prints
jacket - river island // long sleeved dress - dahlia // kimono - glamorous // rings - dixi // hat - miss selfridge
necklaces - dixi // playsuit - motel // sleeveless dress - river island // strappy dress - topshop

Blacker than Black
jacket - the whitepepper // boots - the whitepepper // boots - the whitepepper // skirt - topshop
hat - river island // ring - regal rose // dungarees - topshop // backpack - dahlia // jeans - topshop
unicorn clutch - the whitepepper // kimono - glamorous // crown - regal rose

Ok so this wishlist isn't very realistic unless I can come up with £500,000,000,000 . . . and so on . . .  from somewhere! 
But still, they're pretty to look at and it's good to have something to aim for :)

Which style do you find yourself lusting after? What are your favourite picks?


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Evening Skincare Routine

I recently posted my Morning Skincare Routine so check that out if you haven't already :) There is also lots of information on there about my skin in general . . . skin-type and problems I've had in the past etc if you're interested!
As a follow on from that here is my Evening skincare routine and the products I've been relying on for the past few months for an overnight pick-me-up.

Eye Make Up Remover: I've been using Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover for as long as I can remember. I've always preferred to remove all my mascara/eye-shadow/eye liner etc, before tackling the rest of my face, I just find it less messy. This simple water removes everything effortlessly without any irritation whatsoever which I have found is a common problem for any product going near the eye area. I just saturate a cotton pad with this stuff, hold it over each eye for a few seconds and wipe away! A massive staple in my evening routine.

Cleanse: I purchased the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm at the end of September so I've given it a pretty good go, it can't have much more than a months left in it sadly. I massage it into my face every evening to remove my make up and give a thorough deep down cleanse. When I remove it (I like to use a flannel) my skin feels so clean and refreshed! This is actually the first cleansing balm I've tried despite the hype of others . . . (Emma Hardie anyone?) so I can't say how it compares, but I think it's a great cleansing balm to try on a budget (ish!)

Tone: I've tried the ever so famous Alpha-H Liquid Gold and it wasn't for me (no major issues but I just didn't see any benefits or even any changes in my skin) so I thought I would give the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner a go - a similar concept in the way that it aims to chemically exfoliate the skin and slough away dead skin cells. I absolutely loved this product at first, it feels as if it is really cleaning the skin as in I can feel it working, and it did help to brighten my skin. It all seemed so hopeful - however . . . I have been suffering from breakouts with continuous use and I'm convinced it's down to this product, and for that reason I've been backing off using it recently. I can see why people have got on with this product but I just feel like it is too much for my skin, whether it's too harsh or I'm disagreeing with an ingredient I just don't know. It's a shame as I love Clarins as a brand and normally their products are winners but I just don't trust this one. Maybe I should just steer away from chemical exfoliators! Although I can't help but want to try the Pixi Glow Tonic, another much raved about product which I doubt I'll be able to resist for much longer!

Serum: Love, love, love this product! After seeing Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair cropping up in every top magazines 'best beauty buy's' (and rightly so) I just had to see what all the fuss was about! I massage 4 drops of this wonder product into my skin each evening and look forward to waking up to fresh, luminous, clear skin :) I couldn't recommend this enough. I have a fairly normal skin type but I could see this suiting everyone from dry to oily skin as the consistency is just perfect - it leaves skin feeling moisturised yet it absorbs almost immediately and doesn't leave any of that annoying oily residue. It's as if you haven't even put it on yet you know its already down in your skin cells getting to work. haha. Definitely my top night time product at the moment.

Moisturise: I tend to alternate between 2 Origins goodies when it comes to my night time moisturiser. The Origins Night-A-Mins (I went for the oil-free version) is a lightweight gel which my skin just adores. I use this most nights and always wake up to silky smooth, supple skin. Also I have to mention the fruity smell which is just divine! 
If I'm after an extra moisture boost I will reach for the Origins Night Health Bedtime Face Cream. I only use this a couple of times a week as it is so rich but it's been ideal over the winter months to add some much needed moisture back into my skin. I wouldn't recommend using this every evening as it is so heavy it is verging on greasy. This isn't a problem for me as it has all soaked in to my skin come morning and my face thanks me for it - I like to think of it as an indulgent treat.

Do you use any of these products? What have your experiences been with exfoliating toners?

*also I don't currently have an evening eye cream but I'm on the lookout for one so send any recommendations my way please :) I'm using up a sample sized Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream which seems o.k but how can you even tell if an eye cream is working until years down the line?!*

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