I Went Back for More Ri

I did a post a few weeks back on my recent River Island purchases – well I had to go back for more!

I absolutely loved my asymmetric knit so much I got this one too – slight difference is that this one has a tie waist (£32) which I think makes it even more versatile and flattering.

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Great with jeans (also River Island) and even these faux leather culottes from Zara.

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I also got this beautiful a-line leopard print, zip front skirt (£35) which looks great with the knit too.

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Budget Foundation – Dark Skin

Being someone of darker skin, high street / drugstore foundations can often be challenging. This is of course frustrating as I don’t always want to spend loads on foundation.

However, I have found two that are almost identical and suit my skin perfectly.They are Revlon Colorstay in Caramel (£12.99) and Rimmel Match Perfection in Mocha (£7.99).

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Both have got medium to full coverage and are a really good match for me. As you can see below you can barely tell them apart (Revlon on top).

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On my skin they are hard to tell apart so I have only taken a photo of the Revlon – but trust me even I can’t tell the difference! This is just the foundation with some blush, eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick, no concealed or powder.

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Apologies for the errant hair from my makeup brush on my forehead!!

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I love the finish of these two foundations and their lasting power is pretty good too. Very happy with these drugstore options for darker skin.

 

 

“A Fragrant Retreat..”

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I recently stumbled across Lola’s Apothecary whilst looking for some new bath oils. I have a bath every night – I really mean every night. I adore my baths and they have to be fragrant and candle lit! I was looking for a potent bath oil that would help ease a cold and thats when I found the Restorative Winter Clarifying Bath & Shower Oil (£30) from Lola’s Apothecary.

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I was immediately drawn to the beautiful packaging and natural ingredients. The Winter bath and shower oil has “a powerfully medicinal scent with Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Sweet Marjoram at its herbaceous core, uplifted by the freshness of Peppermint and Lemon”. It is definitely powerful in a good way and certainly helped me through my last winter cold.

Intrigued I decided I wanted to try the Bathing Rituals Travel Set (£40). This set contains five bath and shower oils:

– Delicate Romance Balancing Bath & Shower Oil 30ml
– Tranquil Isle Relaxing Bath & Shower Oil 30ml
– Restorative Winter Clarifying Bath & Shower Oil 30ml
– Orange Patisserie Warming Bath & Shower Oil 30ml
– Sweet Lullaby Soothing Bath & Shower Oil 30ml
And it also came with a Rainbows & Whirlwinds Tea Mini Pack.

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I am totally obsessed with these bath oils. They are so strong and last for ages and smell utterly heavenly. A must have for the ultimate indulgent bathing experience!

Scent with Benefits

I am sure most of you will have heard of Clarins Eau Dynamisante as I guess that was the original “Treatment Fragrance”. I only recently realised there were other fragrances in the range and I fell in love with this one – Eau Ressourcante (£32).

This fragrance is a blend of essential oils of Basil, Iris, Cedarwood and Sarsaparilla. It is meant to promote a feeling of total relaxation while providing scented moisture. It is also a non-photosensitising formula which is safe enough to wear in the sun.

This was my holiday fragrance when I went to Cyprus in the summer. It was fresh and perfect in the heat, and because it is a treatment fragrance my skin felt moisturised after spraying this, so I even took it to the beach with me!

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Although I thought this would just be a summer fragrance I have found myself using it quite often this autumn. I think its because it has quite a spicy element to it, so perfect all year round.

Sequins are Hip

I think sequins can be made to look cool and not too overdressed. I particularly love a good sequin skirt and found these two on Asos whilst browsing for an evening wedding reception outfit.

The first is actually a dress but looks like a skirt and top – this works really well as the top is simple and subtle and really balances out the sequins on the skirt. It’s the TFNC Midi Dress With Sequin Leaf Wrap Skirt (£25 reduced from £50).

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Second is this absolutely stunning Rock & Religion Mermaid Sequin Midi Skirt (£29 reduced from £47.50). I love the combination of the simple black polo neck and the very glam skirt.

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And finally an old sequin skirt from New Look paired with an assymetric knit from River Island.

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I am definitely ready for Christmas party season now!

 

Not a Dry Shampoo in Sight

Batiste have expanded beyond the dry shampoo realm to bring a range of styling products. The one that immediately caught my attention was the Heat and Shine Spray (£4.49). Finally a dry heat protection spray!

I use curlers on my hair almost everyday to refresh my style and this spray is perfect for that. I just lightly spray my hair all over and its instantly ready to be curled. Most hair protection sprays make your hair wet so you have to wait for it to dry before you can get on with whatever heat styler you use. This cuts out all that and you can spray and style! It genuinely saves me a good 5-10 minutes of hanging around on a busy work morning which for me is genius.

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The second one I grabbed was the Frizz Tamer – a lightweight dry frizz spray (£4.49). It also has Keratin and Inca Inchi oil which helps to protect and nourish. This is really easy to use and doesn’t weigh my hair down and it most definitely works.

Oh and these both smell gorgeous – not like hair spray at all, more fruity and fresh!