Clarins Double Serum

I read somewhere that the Clarins Double Serum is currently one of the best selling serums out there – (£55-69). Well given that kind of hype, I was intrigued. Not just because it sounds amazing, but because my skin has been unusually dry and sensitive this winter and I have run out of ideas of how to fix it!

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I got the 100ml £55 option which on the one hand sounds expensive but on the other hand should last a while as I am only using a single pump for each application. The product is two different serums that you mix in your hand, one water based and one oil based. A single pump dispenses a perfect little blob of these two liquids. It looks like liquid gold (not kidding!). I thien mix them together and apply in patting motion to clean skin both morning and evening before moisturising.

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This stuff smells heavenly. If you have a look at the list of ingredients it is an amazing mix of loads of different natural ingredients like Cangzhu extract (specifically developed for Clarins) rosehip oil, green tea, quinoa etc. etc.!

I am going to totally agree with the hype. After just TWO days my eczema disappeared (after 2 months of trying all sorts!), my skin was calm and balanced and happy! I am using this twice a day for now but may switch to just the morning once I think my skin is totally back to normal.

Perfect Skirt for Spring/Summer?

I spotted this skirt on Asos and was smitten! I love the colours, the quilted texture, the fact that its the perfect above the knee length and it is a flattering a-line shape! It was also reduced to £22.50. Swiftly in my basket and in my wardrobe in a mere two days! What more could you want from a spring/summer skirt?!

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Worn with my Whistles Kir Royale Ankle Boots, t-shirt from H&M (top) and sweatshirt from Primark (bottom).

Zara – Major Haul

I have had a MAJOR Zara haul, I mean MAJOR! This was not done in one hit but more like 3 or 4 separate shops over a couple of months. Nonetheless I did buy A LOT, but I feel like I got a nice mix of things to take me through the Spring-Summer months!

To start with I picked up this simple black top (£17.99). I love the mix of textures of t-shirt material on the back and silky front. It comes in blush and grey too which is tempting! I am wearing this top throughout the pictures below.

Next I got a couple of skinny trousers. Zara trousers are so well cut for me (I get a size 12). They sit well on my lower waist, are very skinny and stop just above the ankle.

So first I got these Coated Skinny Trousers in Taupe Grey (£35.99).

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And the Skinny Trousers in Navy Blue (£35.99).

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I then also picked up this top with sheer panels for £19.99

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I also picked up this amazing necklace for £19.99. I love the spring colours and the contrast between the grey and coral.

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Next I got two skirts both short and both patterned. For me these work with simple tops and are very easy to wear.

First is this grogeous Blue Jacquard Mini Skirt with Zip (£25.99).

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Next I got this very lovely spring-coloured Floral Jacquard Skirt (£29.99).

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Lastly I couldn’t resist this daffodil yellow Suede Shopper (£39.99). I love the cross-body straps and the large size of this bag. This will definitely be a regular favourite from here on!

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For shoes I am wearing my Whistles Kir Royale Ankle boots in dark grey an old pair of  New Look flats and my New Look Chelsea Boots.

L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick

L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick by Color Riche is L’Oreal’s new “lip colour for high shine and intense colour”. According to L’Oreal it has “luxurious micro-oils infused with rich pigments” which gives you the:
1) Colour intensity of a lipstick.
2) Magnifying shine of a gloss.
3) Softness of a balm.

I love any lip product that is more balm than gloss so this appealed instantly. There are nine shades and to be honest only two attracted me – 201 Rose Symphony (top two pictures below) and and 500 Molto Mauve (£8.99 each).

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The texture of these is lovely and balmy. The colour is quite strong (for Rose Symphony) and very glossy. I do really like these and wished there were more colours that I liked and suited my skin tone.

Victoria Beckham on the High Street?!

You remember the picture – the one where Victoria Beckham steps out wearing a grey quilted dress that is LOOSE and flowing and just quite gorgeous?! Well I do and I have looked at that picture of her “oversized skirt dress” so many times and wondered if I could part with loads of money for it. Victoria Beckham claimed this was her favourite piece of her Victoria Victoria Beckham Spring Summer 2014 collection. I know a lot of people hated that dress but for me it was perfection!

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Of course I dont have £855 to spare so you can imagine my absolute delight when Marks and Spencer (YES) brought out a copy of this dress for £39.50! I couldn’t have clicked on the purchase button faster! I knew I would keep this dress (even if I looked like like a grey pumpkin in it) because to me this dress is high street fashion at its very best.

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Not only did the dress meet my expectations it exceeded them. The material is lovely and quilted, the colour a lovely dove grey with a hint of metallic, the drop waist perfectly placed and at the just above the knee it is a great transitional piece from spring into summer. Also I got it with 20% so it was only £31.20!

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I am more than thrilled with my VB copy and will be getting a lot of wear out of it in the coming months, hopefully not looking like a grey pumpkin!

Seventeen Lip Crayons

I love lip crayons, who doesn’t? They are easy to use and carry and come in a massive range of brands, colours and textures. The ones I have been using recently are from Seventeen from Boots (£4.99 each). The two colours I went for are Heartbreaker (left) and Knockout (right).

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The texture is really smooth and glossy and the colour pay off is excellent. I find it lasts really well and doesn’t dry my lips. Overall I am very impressed.

Knockout on left and Heartbreaker on right.

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Knockout below.

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Heartbreaker below.

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