Thursday, 26 February 2015

Home Decor Lusting

I don't know about you, but I feel that I hit a certain age in my life and suddenly home furnishing and decor is all I think about, from browsing the web to wondering around countless shops, IKEA mainly, just lusting over things I would put in my own home. (I still live with my parents)

Little fact about me is that I was meant to go to Uni to study Architecture & Interior Design, I was offering a place on the spot, but decided last minute, it really wasn't me, it wasn't what I wanted. So I decided to an Open Course in Interior Design from home alongside working. The has been and will continue to be that one day I will design & build my own home and its something I feel passionate about. So from time to time I make little interior mood boards or wish lists and today's is no exception, I have put together pieces from places such as IKEA, Debenhams, Oliver Bonas & H&M Home. 

The LIATORP Console Table from IKEA is absolutely stunning, especially in the grey and the Oliver Bonas Copper & Glass Votive Lantern would look amazing placed on top filled with some unlit candles but having the Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Room Diffuser there too, to kick of a scent, and these seriously fill a room. 

Fake flowers are always a great little touch too, I have a few in my bedroom but I really want to add more, it just makes it a bit more fresh and girly without having to replace fresh flowers every week which can get expensive, you can pick these up dead cheap in IKEA. 

Grey is still going to be an on going trend this year for the home, alongside white and cool tones. Sounds pretty perfect to me.

What is on your home decor wish list? What colour schemes do you like?

Friday, 13 February 2015

Unglamorous But Essential Beauty Haul

Chemist Direct

As the title of this post suggests its a very unglamorous haul! But sometimes we need to rein ourselves in and just buy them things that we actually need rather than 5 lipsticks that you already have 10 of in similar shades! I also don't know about you, but when it comes to essentials, such as Razors and Tooth Brush Heads, I like a bargain, so I do tend to shop around.

So when I was browsing the Chemist Direct website, I took full advantages of their offers, picking up some extra items that I've wanted to try out, not essential but still needed.

The two main things are really needed was a new razor and some tooth brush heads, as they always so expensive to buy in places such as Boots! The Gillette Venus Breeze Razor, which is one of my favourites to use was only £7.69 which is still pricey but better than paying a tenner right?! The other being the always expensive replacement Oral B Brush Heads, which are down to £12.29 on the website! 

I really like my sleep but after having a pretty stressful time at work lately, I feel my eyes look really dull, so I thought I would give the Optrex Brightening Eye Drops a go. I will report back on if they make a difference. A very unglamorous product is the Skin Doctors Ingrown Go solution, I have suffered with little razor bumps for a while now and I've tried quite a few different products, so why not add another to the list. 

The last item I added to my shopping basket was the Vichy DermaBlend Stick Corrector in the colour Opal, sometimes I just like that little extra bit of coverage on my blemishes, especially the ones that have left a dark mark. Though I think this shade may be a little dark for me, but I'm sure I can make it work with some killer blending.

What things are on your essentials list? Have you ever shopped on the Chemist Direct website?

Monday, 9 February 2015

Fashion | Roll Neck Loving

I never thought that I would be a person that could pull of a roll neck and I've only ever owned one before, which must be years old...well that was until this Roll Neck Jumper by Simply Be @ 

The material is super soft and doesn't irritate your neck, which is something that usually bothers me, I don't like anything to tight around my neck, it creeps me out, but this sits perfectly and it's so cosy! I also love that it has a completely wearable pattern on the front but yet the back is a solid black colour. Its also very versatile, as you can dress it up with skinny black jeans & heels or sloucy jeans and converse for a more relaxed look. 

It's the perfect length for my long body too. Being 5"11 I find that tops and jumpers come up short but this is perfect. It's a size 16/18 and still has plenty of room, so you could definitely size down! I'm a Roll Neck Jumper lover now! 

What is your favourite style of jumper? 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

NEW: Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer

Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer
Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer

I am a bit of a floozy when it comes to Foundation, I'm loyal for a month or so and then move on but from the moment I popped this onto my face, I just knew it was a gooden!

I have oily-combination skin, so I love me some full coverage, but I would say if you have very dry, dehydrated skin this may not be the one for you, but definitely head over to a Clinique counter and ask for a 'Foundation Fitting' and they will give you a 5 day sample. 

Before I let you know my honest thoughts on it, lets chat about the deets. The Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer comes in 21 shades, it contains a wand, the magic wand, to allow all over application and spot concealing as well as use under the eyes. It's completely oil-free and of course like all Clinique products is Allergy Tested and 100% Fragrance Free. 

Now for my deets...visually its wonderful, its in a large tall glass bottle, bit pants for travel though, and the wand is such an usual twist but I get it. I use two dips of the wand to get the right amount of product I need for my face.

If you use your hands to smooth this over the skin you get the fullest most flawless coverage from it but my preferred method is using a brush, not as full coverage but still pretty flawless and you know what, its completely light-weight and breathable on the skin, especially for such a high coverage. Nobody likes to feel suffocated in their make up right?

I am seriously impressed with this new launch. From the upcoming launches for the rest of the year that I've seen, Clinique are hitting the ground running, expect to see more amazing things from them and on TLOABA!

The new Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer launches in stores 6th February! 
RRP: £25

What is your current favourite foundation? What coverage do you tend to prefer?