Monday, 9 April 2012

Spring Pastels Haul!

I'm going on holiday soon *eeep!* so I popped along to the shops to get some summery bits to take away. I absolutely love all of the pastel tones that are around and I bought a few pieces.

This tunic top is from Monsoon, it's a light fabric and it's lower at the back so great for wearing with leggings. I thought I might wear this with my white linen trousers but it might look a bit frumpy, not sure yet haven't tried it out! I'll probably wear this with some blue leggings and a belt to make it a bit more fitted. I originally had my eye on the gorgeous lemon yellow version but my Mum thought it washed me out so I decided to get the minty green and put yellow with it.

Et Voila!
I couldn't resist this cute yellow satchel in Accessorize. I am OBsessed with anything yellow at the moment and although I already have my amazing yellow studded Tabitha bag, this is a completely different style. OMG, have you seen Kim Kardashians yellow Birkin? Dream bag or what?!!

I picked up this scarf in H&M I have seen this print on a couple of things in H&M and I love it but I couldn't pull of the clothing items in the style. I thought I could add the scarf to the bag or just wear it obviously!

Aaahh! I just love all those colours!

I picked out these adorable earrings in Accessorize too, I'd wear these if I wasn't wearing a scarf and since I've just had my hair cut pretty short these are longer that my hair when in my ears so they sparkle nicely and take the attention away from my rather short fringe! No face pics for a couple of weeks!

Finally these amazing bangles from H&M, I just love them stacked and I think the marbled design on the bottom one is gorgeous! They both have a gold edging which will go nicely with my little gold disc necklace that I wear all the time!

I can't wait for the weather to perk up so I can put this outfit together! I'm packing it all up now to take on holiday so hopefully I'll have an outfit of the day for you soon! 

Just think of all the gorgeous makeup I can put with it! My fave lipsticks, MAC Ever Hip and Ravishing will look stunning and pastel nails in any shade will be perfect! 


Monday, 2 April 2012

Antipodes Organic Skincare

Recently I had the pleasure of discovering a skincare brand that has made a real difference to my routine and a range that I am thoroughly enjoying using and keen to try more from them.

Antipodes is from New Zealand and uses all natural ingredients with many being organic.

I was first introduced to the brand by the fabulous ProductPixie when she gave a glowing review of the range on her blog. She very generously sent me a sample of the Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream to try myself and after two weeks of use I knew I wanted to try more and purchase my own,

The Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream is a light moisturising eye cream that has a slight gel like texture to it. Made with avocado oil, manuka flower and carrot seed this cream is wonderfully moisturising and I'm sure it has helped to brighten my under eye area although this is not a claim made by Antipodes. It also contains aloe which helps to cool and soothe skin. It's biggest claim is that the cream will help to stimulate collagen production by 82%. I can't comment on that yet, I've been using it for about six weeks now but I will continue to use the cream and keep an eye out.... ;) for any improvements!

This is my favourite product from the range. The Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream is an amazing product. Really. I have noticed the biggest improvement in my skin in the morning after using this luscious cream. My skin is smooth, moisturised and glowing. Honestly one of the most effective night creams I have ever used. Another product to heavily feature avocado oil it's hard not to see the virtues of this natural ingredient. The texture of the cream is velvety soft but not runny it's almost balmy. The night cream also has proven to improve collagen production by 92%!

The Divine Face Oil really lives up to it's name. Again featuring the wonderful avocado oil with rosehip this is a non greasy oil that sinks into my skin very easily and if I have enough time I often apply this before my makeup as I find it a little too rich when combined with the night cream. The oil is certified organic and as with the last two items can help to stimulate collagen production by 51%. It can also help to reduce acne scarring which I have found to be true on a stubborn spot I had for a few days I also find it helps to minimise pores. I would certainly by this again.

The final product I chose was the Aura Manuka Honey Mask. This mask is deeply hydrating and soothing thanks to the manuka honey. It smells literally delicious, like carrot cake! I do not suggest eating it but if you accidentally licked your face I think you would survive! The packaging suggests daily use but I don't have time and would find it unnecessary anyway so I choose to do this mask once or twice a week usually in the morning as it leave a fabulous base for applying makeup. I have enjoyed the mask and I will finish it off however I'm not sure I absolutely must own it all the time, I will probably buy again but not as an essential. 

I purchased the items in this post from but there are few other places to buy it, are offering a free Deliverance hand cream with two Antipodes items and offer 10% off your first order, so take your pick! They are in the higher price bracket I would say but nothing more than Elemis or Decleor.

I have really enjoyed discovering this brand and I feel I shall always use something from the range. I love that they are concious of the ingredients they are using and the sources they come from. My skin responds better to natural elements which is why I've had so much success. I'm keen to try more and I ordered a few more bits and pieces that arrived last week. I've only used them a couple of times and since this post is epically long I shall save them for another day!


Sunday, 1 April 2012

Dipped In Gold

This week I tried out a new nail look and I have absolutely loved it! I have had so many compliments!

I used Nails Inc Wellington Square with Sephora By OPI in Only Gold For Me as the Glitter. I just love the gold and peach together!

I was going for a glitter fade but I love that the nails look like I've dipped them into a pot of glitter. The glitter from the Sephora polish is so sparkly it really does look like little diamonds!

 The glitter tips also meant that the polish was extremely hard wearing and is still going strong after 5 days!!  I will certainly be re-creating this look with other colour combos this summer!