Tuesday, 27 October 2015

My Perfect Autumn Fashion Wishlist// Banggood Clothing & Makeup

Autumn Fashion Wishlist

Hello lovelies! Autumn for me is all about layering, oversized coats, textures and a whole lot of burgundy. Ok... and a little bit of mustard too. It's the perfect time to shake up our wardrobes and release our inner goth by digging out that dark lippy and donning our best Wednesday Adams inspired attire. I'm definitely feeling that Autumnal vibe at the moment so a wishlist was the perfect excuse to do a spot of online window shopping. I'm not going to lie, I've actually spent the last three hours looking at clothes and makeup. Wishlists get me everytime...

You all know how much I love finding a good bargain so this wishlist consists of products from a company called Banggood. Banggood sell a huge range of products from homeware, technology, cheap clothes and makeup. Basically, all your shopping in one place making it perfect for submerging yourself into a wishlist black hole like I've just done. Let's take a look shall we?

1. Women's Houndstooth Tweed Long Sleeve Coat (£18.95)
Houndstooth is one of those patterns that seems to never go out of fashion. I've actually wanted a coat like this for a while now, they just looks so classy. I'm a bit of a coat hoarder. I seem to have nothing to wear during Spring but have a large selection of winter coats. That's what happens when you're that person who is constantly cold. Finding a decent yet stylish coat can be difficult and lets not forget how expensive they can be. To find a cheap coat like this is a rare occurrence so I'd be interested in seeing how it looks on.

2. Women's Fashion Zipper PU Leather Stitching Skirt (£10.20)
Who said that skirts were only meant to be worn in Summer? With a little help from a pair of tights, you can still brave the cold. This skirt actually reminds me of one I spotted in Topshop but at just a fraction of the cost. Everyone has been going crazy for leather skirts and who hasn't considered buying a tan skirt this year? The fact that this skirt has both makes me a teensy bit excited. The leather just adds a bit of texture to an outfit and the tan really ties into that autumnal feel. Perfect!

3. Women's Leopard Print Color Block Shoulder Bag (£15.43) 
Can we just have a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this bag is?! It was one of those products that you scroll past then have to go back to look for it because you realise you've fallen in love. I'm a secret lover of leopard print and the dark leather really complements the design. I tend to acquire a lot of bag junk during the colder months. Mainly receipts (it must be all those pumpkin spiced lattes). This bag looks roomy enough for essentials yet but not big enough to get carried away. Where's that heart eyed emoji when you need it?

4. Pointed Toe High Heel Ankle Women's Boots Oxfords With Lace (£12.23)
These shoes were another instant love. Of course the burgundy did influence me... I don't know if you guys remember my burgundy shoes from Topshop but it's almost time to throw them out. Ok, when I say throw out I mean keep at the bottom of the shoe rack as I'm too emotionally tied to them to say goodbye. I'm actually considering buying a pair of these Oxfords to replace them. For £12.23, they're such a bargain! I think they'd go perfectly with a dark berry lip which leads me nicely onto the next thing on my autumn fashion wishlist.

5. Sugarbox Lipstick Crayon Pen Vitamin E Lip Tint Makeup Cosmetics (£2.23)
Bangood have such an amazing range of makeup. I couldn't resist having a browse... I even spotted a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette which is one of my favs and I got sucked in from there. No autumnal outfit is complete without a dark berry lip so for £2.23, I'd love to see how this one applies. Plus the vitamin E sounds so dreamy as my lips tend to dry out rapidly during the colder months.

So that was my autumn fashion wishlist. Everything is linked if you fancy having a browse! What's your favourite piece? Do you have any autumn essentials?

*This post was sponsored by Banggood.com


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

New// Yankee Candle Carousel Advent Calendar Preview

Yankee Candle Carousel Advent Calendar
Yankee Candle Carousel Advent Calendar
Yankee Candle Carousel Advent Calendar
Yankee Candle Carousel Advent Calendar
Yankee Candle Carousel Advent Calendar

Hello lovelies! I'm sorry to use the c word so early but lets just get it out of the way. Christmas. There, I've said it! Some people like to do their Christmas shopping early so I thought I'd post this in advance for all you early birds. I'm not going to lie, I'm a last minute shopper ... as in Christmas Eve although I'm hoping to be a little more prepared this time round (fingers crossed). Since trying my first non chocolate related advent calendar last year, I'm always on the look out for a new one to try.

It was like Christmas came early when I was kindly sent the Yankee Candle Carousel Advent Calendar* to have a sniff of. The carousel advent calendar is new to Yankee Candle and contains a mix of votives and tealights with a few new festive scents thrown into the mix.

Warning! Spoilers ahead although I won't tell you what order they come in as I can't remember myself!

Once Christmas comes, I fill every corner, table, shelf (you name it) with Yankee Candles. I'm OBSESSED. I know I'm not the only one either. Yankee Candle are renowned for bringing true to life scents straight into our homes. Scents not only help us to set the mood but they can also remind us of times past which make Yankee candle so special to many. Let's have a peak inside shall we?

The scents included in the tea light selection are: Candy Cane Lane, Icicles, Spiced Orange, Snowflake Cookie and Winter Glow.

The scents included in the votive selection are: Berry Trifle, Bundle Up, Cosy By The Fire and Winter Glow.

I just love the tradition of burning a candle for each day of advent. I obviously had a good sniff of all the candles and I have to say that Cosy By The Fire is my favourite out of the set. It smells ... well, just like sitting by an open fire and I can't wait to burn it! This advent calendar retails at £31.99 which isn't too bad compared to some of the advent calendars I've seen around. Now I guess it's time for me to put the Christmas decorations back away however tempting it is to leave them out...

Have you tried any Yankee Candle Advent Calendars before? If not, what's your favourite calendar?


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Review// Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer Pen
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer Pen
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer Pen

Hello lovelies! The past few years have all been about the concealer, the highlighter and the contour. Those three things are what I change the most out of my makeup routine. I've been testing out a few concealers lately. Concealers to cover blemishes, concealers for dark circles and finally concealers to highlight and brighten. That's a whole lot of concealer to think about. I want to keep it simple, I don't have the time to be applying three different products especially under my eye area so I thought I'd give Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch (£6.99) a go as it is meant to highlight and conceal in one making it perfect for under eyes (and for time saving). I've heard it's also a drugstore dupe for YSL's Touche Eclat which is a beauty favourite amongst many so I thought why not.

I'm in love with the packaging. For aesthetical purposes, the rose gold definitely helped my decision in buying this. The pen is one of those twisty clickers (we'll just pretend that is a technical term) that gradually release concealer when you turn it and the brush tip is extremely soft (it was white but I couldn't wait to try it before I took photos). My main issue with concealer pens is that a lot of product goes to waste so I'd just advise being light handed when giving it a twist. Ok, so it took me a while to notice this ... the tube looks like it has a lot of product in right? Well, it doesn't. Can you see where the beginning of the brush end starts. The liquid only goes up to the T in touch. What's in the rest of the pen?!

Dream Lumi Touch is supposed to be used as a highlighting concealer so what I'm looking for is something that conceals that extra baggage under my eyes whilst distracting from the mess with it's brightening effect. Not much to ask for right? Did it concealer? Yes it did. I'm not going to lie, it isn't as high coverage as I probably need but it covers the main dark areas when I'm wearing foundation underneath. Dream Lumi feels very light weight which means I'm not creasing around the eye area or feeling like my eye bags are being pulled further down. Did it highlight? Yes it did. Dream Lumi definitely gave my eyes a lovely light reflecting glow. It actually looked quite dewy which I really liked. My only issue with the concealer itself is that I chose the lightest shade (ivory) but it still comes out very orange. I'm used to concealers being a little too dark but this is so orange I thought that I'd picked up the wrong shade. It doesn't look horrendous when it's blended but I do have to wear my darker/heavier foundations underneath.

This concealer probably would be perfect for those of you who have a darker complexion than me but it's a lot of effort to make it work with my pale skin. I probably wouldn't purchase again unless they added a few extra shades into the mix for paler girls. Dream Lumi actually does a nice job of highlighting but the amount of product you actually get is disappointing so I'm on the fence. I know a lot of people like this so I'll let you be the judge of it.

Have you tried this before? What highlighting concealers would you recommend?

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Natural Skincare: Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask

Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask
Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask
Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask
Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask
Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask

Hello lovelies! Today I'm back with a post for all you natural skincare lovers. I love the idea of natural ingredients in skincare but it can be difficult to get your hands on products that don't have the odd sneaky ingredient thrown in. To be honest, this should have gone in my Four Face Masks/ Four Skin Problems post but I wasn't sure if I was going to like this or not at first. The product I'm talking about is this Ancient Clay Facial Mask* from Maple Holistics. Maple Holistics are a brand from the USA who are sponsored by edumuch.com. They focus on high quality ingredients to maximise the therapeutical potential of each product. I could really do with some therapeutic pampering right now so let's see how I got on shall we?

They Say:
"Ancient Clay utilizes a timeless blend of 100% Pure, straight-from-the-source clays for impeccable facial skin health. Combination of authentic clays include French Green Clay, Bentonite Clay, and Fuller’s Earth (Multanni Mitti), each with their own therapeutic benefits for the skin
French Green Clay absorbs and removes impurities from the skin – Bentonite Clay revitalizes skin and softly extracts toxins – Fuller’s Earth helps to clear blackheads and whiteheads while hydrating the skin for glowing, radiant skin."

The Ingredients:
French Green Clay
Bentonite Clay
Fuller's Earth (Multanni Mitti)

Isn't it refreshing to only see three ingredients in a face mask and all of which come directly from the earth itself?

Ok, so this ancient clay facial mask comes in powdered form. Initially I did a mental "uh oh" as I had never used a face mask like this before. The instructions were pretty simple though. The tub comes with two scoops which I was secretly over the moon with (you all know I love a quirky skincare tool to fiddle about with). All you have to do is use one scoop of clay to two scoops of water, then you mix it all together into a paste. I just used the lid as a dish to mix it all together (anything to avoid extra washing up). Mixing this together is my favourite part of the whole process as it just feels very natural making the mask myself. I think it adds to the whole experience. What I have noticed is that one scoop of clay is way too much for me. I have a smallish face (I think I do anyways) so half a scoop tends to do the trick. At least it saves on product! The clay is obviously very wet when applied but does begin to harden the longer you leave it on. What I will say is that after washing it off, it does leave quite a mess behind so I'd advise applying it in the bath.

I love clay masks as they are perfect for oily skin due to them absorbing all the toxins and dirt left behind. As someone who can get sloppy with their skincare routine, I'm all over this when I've had a heavy makeup day. Everytime I wash my hair, I just pop this clay mask on to work its magic whilst I'm waiting for everything to sink in. My previous experience with all natural face masks is that you have to keep them in the fridge and they go all gunky after a month or so (aint nobody got time for that) but as this is a clay mask, you don't get that problem. As the ingredients are natural, I don't feel any irritation or dryness after it has been removed which is always good. My skin feels clean and fresh after use and my blemished areas look a lot calmer. My only issue with this product is again, the mess that it leaves behind in the bath tub. It does make me step up my bathroom cleaning game though so I think I can handle it.

Maple Holistics don't just focus on face masks, they also specialise in natural skincare, bath, body and hair care so if you'd like to have a peruse click here. I'm laughing at myself because I managed to use the word peruse... simple things ey. They're also running a promotion to receive a free product through Amazon so if you'd like to check that out I'll leave the link here

Let me know if you have any natural beauty/skincare favs!

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