Tuesday, 26 May 2015

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

Over the last couple of months, I've been trying out some makeup products from MeMeMe Cosmetics and they've really become part of my daily makeup routine.  Over the next few weeks, I'm going to start to put together some reviews of these products for you all and share my thoughts on them.

MeMeMe Cosmetics are a drugstore brand that ship internationally from their website.  I do believe that they were stocked in Superdrug at one point but now everything is house on their website which is so easy to navigate, luxe looking and I really like that you can use PayPal to shop their pretty pieces.  It just makes everything so much easier and the whole shopping experience much more enjoyable!

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

As the summer is fast approaching, I have been trying to adopt a more dewy makeup look.  The trouble is that I've got really oily skin so I do need to wear a mattifying base in order to stop myself from looking far too shiny by the end of the day and my makeup practically sliding off my lunchtime.

However I have discovered something that works really well for me and that's applying my usual foundation, the Chanel Perfection Lumiere which is a good foundation for oily skin because it leaves a matte but natural finish, and then adding a liquid highlighter to my skin.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

The liquid highlighter that I have been using is the MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues highlighter and complexion illuminator.  It isn't tested on animals which I'm sure many of you will be very pleased to read.

It is available in two different shades, Oyster Gold which is a warm toned, champagne shade and Pearl Pink which is a cool toned, silvery pink shade.  Both of these are best-selling hero products from MeMeMe.

I have the Pearl Pink shade and I really think that it suits the cooler undertones in my skintone.  That being said, what I really like about this highlighter is that it can lend itself so well to a cool or warm toned makeup look.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

Beat the Blues* is a skin illuminator and complexion highlighter.  It can be used to create a youthful dewy finish to your makeup look all year round but don't misunderstand that as being shiny or glittery.  It has a subtle and buildable formula that you can really adapt to suit the look that you're going for.  This is ideal for me as I'm not a fan of very in your face highlighted looks.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

There's a couple of different uses for this highlighter.  You can either use the attached brush to dot the product along the points of your face that you want to highlight and accentuate or you can mix it in with your foundation for an all over shimmery glow.

I personally find mixing it in with my foundation doesn't work for me, I'm assuming thats because I do have oily skin and my foundation works to mattify the skin so essentially the two products would be working against one another.

However I have found that dotting it along my cheek bones, on my brow bone, down the centre of my nose, on my cupids bow and the centre of my chin works really well.  I find that the highlighter blends effortlessly with my fingers or with a brush, which is my preferred method, and it doesn't move my other makeup around underneath.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

I love the subtle but buildable effect that it has on the skin and it catches the light beautifully.  It looks very natural and really enhances the complexion in a lightly illuminated way.

In the past, I have always used powder highlighting products but since trying Beat the Blues, my eyes have really been opened to liquid highlighters and I'll definitely continue using this. 

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink Review

Beat the Blues comes in packaging that is reminiscent of nail polish in that it has a glass bottle with a screw lid with a brush attached.  In fact, it does remind me of the Benefit High Beam style packaging and to be honest, the highlighter itself is very similar.

If you were to ask me to choose between the two, I'd definitely recommend the MeMeMe Cosmetics one over the Benefit highlighter as it is almost one third of the price and works equally as well, if not better.

You can buy Beat the Blues and find out more about MeMeMe Cosmetics here.

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Fudge Urban Crisp Pear and Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo

Fudge Urban Dry Shampoo Review

My favourite type of hair product has to be dry shampoo, mostly because I use it the most frequently out of all of the products that I own.

Before I discovered dry shampoo, I used to have to wash my hair every single day because it is so fine and oily that it gets greasy incredibly quickly.  I've tried so many dry shampoos over the years that I really know what I'm looking for when I'm trying a new one.

The latest dry shampoo to be put through its paces by my greasy locks is the Fudge Urban Crisp Pear and Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo.  I have heard so many great things about this product and have really wanted to try it for a very long time... let's just say, it certainly didn't disappoint.

The first thing that I noticed about the Fudge Urban Dry Shampoo, aside from the gorgeous packaging, is the beautiful scent.  While it doesn't linger in the hair for too long, it does smell sweet and fruity but not artificial or sickly.

I use this dry shampoo on my second and third day hair in the same way that I would use other dry shampoos; spray into the roots from a distance, leave for a few moments and then brush through.  This product does a great job at soaking up the excess oils in my hair and transforming it from a greasy slick mess to refreshed and volumised.  It also stopped my root area from looking too dark without leaving a white cast in my hair.

While this dry shampoo isn't designed to give any hold, I actually found it to have a slight hairspray type texture in that it did seem to leave my hair a little textured and it held my style.  I really like this as when my hair is greasy, it is often quite flat and natural volume is hard to revive in my hair whereas this dry shampoo gives it a helping hand.

Fudge Urban Dry Shampoo Review

My hair feels natural, refreshed and volumised after use.  I love this dry shampoo and would definitely recommend it!

You can purchase the Fudge Urban Crisp Pear and Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo* from here.

What are your favourite Fudge Urban products?

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Selfridges Exchange Square | Stunning Shoe Department

If you've visited the Selfridges Exchange Square store in Manchester recently then you may have noticed that their women's floor has been undergoing a significant transformation and let me tell you, its drool worthy.

Earlier this year, Selfridges launched two new boutiques at the department store.  These were CĂ©line and Balenciaga and now they have unveiled what is undoubtedly the most exciting part of the £3 million transformation, the shoe department.

The new shoe department has brought some new brands to the Manchester store including Aquazzura, Givenchy, Pedro Garcia and Victoria Beckham.  These luxury brands join a vast selection of the world's leading designer shoe brands and international fashion houses.  Think Charlotte Olympia, Gucci, Isabel Marant, Prada, Saint Laurent, Sophia Webster and many many more.  In total, there are 990 different choices of shoes across 30 brands which is pretty amazing stuff.

As soon as I saw the images of the new floor, my eyes were out on stalks.  Out of all of the Selfridges, the Exchange Square store has to be my favourite and the one that I visit most regularly.  Whenever I invest in my favourite designer pieces, this is the department store that I go to over all others because the layout is fabulous, everything is set out really well with so much choice and the staff are incredibly helpful and they are not pretentious or unapproachable in the slightest.

When I have lusted after and decided to purchase a designer item, I want buying it to be an experience.  I want to feel comfortable asking lots of questions and trying on different styles before I make my commitment to purchasing that item and the staff at the Exchange Square Selfridges make buying a dream as they're so easy to work with to find your perfect item.  I can't wait until I'm next in Manchester so that I can go and have a look around the womenswear department when it is completely finished in July.

The new womenswear layout also includes new boutiques from Givenchy, Valentino and Jimmy Choo as well as an exclusive 'World of Louboutin' boutique that includes both men's and women's fashion as well as shoes and beauty.

The shoe area is the largest in the country outside of Selfridges in Oxford Street, London and is sure to attract shoeaholics from miles around.  I'm currently saving up for some Valentino Rockstud Flats and when I've got enough I'll definitely be heading to this store to make my purchase.  There's just something special about it and that's all part of the shopping experience.

Selfridges have even given their in-store personal shopping service a dramatic makeover with a new, dedicated luxurious space that will house VIP events and other exclusive activity which is pretty exciting for a luxury lover like me.

It is fabulous to see that the Selfridges luxury department store brand have invested and demonstrated so much commitment to retail and fashion outside of London.  There is such a strong focus on offering the best brands in the world alongside the best in-store experience possible and I can't wait for it to be completed!

What do you love about Selfridges?  What designer items are you lusting after?

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

The Most Comfortable Walking Shoes | Sketchers Go Walk

The Most Comfortable Shoes for Walking Sketchers Go Walk

Since I had an accident a couple of years ago, I've been unable to do as much exercise as I used to and for a very, very long time, I couldn't do anything at all.  However this year I have been trying my very best to get back into moving more not only for my health but just for my general well being.

While I wouldn't say that I am at the point where I could call myself an active person, as I do deal with a lot of pain that can hinder the amount of activity that I can do, I am starting to move more now than I have over the last couple of years.

One of the things that I have been trying to do is to go on short walks or walk on a treadmill for a short amount of time.  Before my accident, I used to be able to walk at a fast pace on a high incline however I can't achieve that at the moment so I walk at a steady pace on the flat level but even doing a small amount there is better than nothing.

I wanted to show you the shoes that I have been wearing for my walks because they have proven to be very comfortable.  In fact, they are definitely the most comfortable shoes that I have ever worn to walk around in.

These are the Sketchers Go Walk shoes.  They have three different models and I believe these are the Sketchers Go Walk 2 although I can't be certain.  I have them in the bright coral colour but they are available in a whole array of different colours, patterns and styles.  They're available for women, men and children.

I bought mine from Brantano for just under £50 and its the best money I've ever spent.  Before I had these, I would always find that I would get a lot of pain in my feet and legs when walking or running (pre accident) and my shoes would often rub my feet causing blisters.  This has never happened with these shoes and they're so easy to put on as they literally slip on.  You can wear them with or without socks and the great thing about them is that you can pop them in the washing machine and they don't change shape, colour or lose their support.

Speaking of support, these trainers feel so secure on my feet.  They hold them really well, are very true to size and my feet don't flop around in them.  They have an anti-microbial sockliner to help to prevent odour and slippage.  They are INCREDIBLY light weight and are made to actually mimic a natural walking experience, as though you're not wearing shoes at all.  They are extremely flexible and are made to flex and twist to allow your foot to move around naturally.

Regardless of what surface I am walking on, they absorb impact extremely well, better than any other shoe I have worn which enables me to continue walking further should I feel that I am able to.  Since they are so comfortable to wear, I really feel as though they have helped to encourage me to keep going to try to build up my activity because they don't hinder me in any way.  If you're someone who is struggling to find shoes that are comfortable to walk in or perhaps you're wanting to start to become more active yourself then I would HIGHLY recommend the Sketchers Go Walk shoes.

Obviously because of my injuries, I cannot do anything that is particularly high impact or fast paced so I can't say whether these would be any good for running or doing a body combat style class but if you're wanting to get into walking then these are FABULOUS.

I would also suggest that a plain black pair like these would be ideal for if you have a job where you need to stand on your feet for a lot of the day.  Often ballet flats have such thin soles where if you're standing on a hard floor for a long time, they can really start to hurt your feet but I'm sure that these wouldn't be nearly as bad so definitely check those out if that applies to you.

The Sketchers Go Walk trainers are available from so many different retailers, such as SchuhMarisota, the Sketchers website and Debenhams.  There are plenty more websites that stock them so have a little google if you can but these are just the places that I have ordered from before so can recommend their service.


What are your favourite shoes for walking?

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Friday, 22 May 2015

Summer Holiday Shopping | Primark, Boohoo and ASOS Haul

Summer Holiday Shopping Simply Be, Primark, Boohoo and ASOS Haul

My holiday is fast approaching and over this last week, I have been buying the last clothing pieces for my holiday.  I don't always buy lots of clothes before I go on away and I do have some clothes in my wardrobe already that I'd consider to be my holiday clothes but as I went on holiday quite often in quick succession of one another last year, I wanted to update my suitcase with some new pieces for my trips this summer.

You can see all of these pieces in my new video and you can read on to find out more about them!

The first place that I headed to was Primark because it is affordable, cheerful and great for trend led pieces.  I only bought two clothing pieces as I've been in there a lot recently and I couldn't find much else that I wanted.

Primark Black Maxi Skirt with side splits lime swimsuit cover up

The first item that I bought was this black maxi skirt that has a split up either side.  I thought that this would be light and airy which is important for me as when I checked the temperature in Morocco yesterday, it was 35 degrees Celsius.  I think that this will be nice to wear at night with a cami or during the day with a long top and a kimono.  We'll see!

The other clothing piece that I bought was this lime top from the swimwear section.  it has a deep v at the front and back and cinches in under the bust with a tie that has little gold toggles on the end.

Primark Gold and Silver Bangles

I also picked up some bangles in this gorgeous mixed metal colour palette.  I really like these because they'll be able to go with so many different outfits and I can mix and match my other jewellery with them easily.

Primark Large Sunglasses

I also bought some huge sunglasses for only £1.  I wanted some cheapies that I could just throw in my bag and not worry about and these are definitely them but they feel substantial and look very chic too!

After my Primark trip, I thought that it was really about time that I started trying to put my outfits together and decide what I need and what I already have enough of.  I like to shop online mostly so it didn't take me long to search out the pieces that I needed.  I headed straight to ASOS.

ASOS Lace Legging Shorts

I purchased a shirt that I intend to wear on holiday as a dress, like in this post, and knew that I needed something to go underneath it.  The ASOS lace trim leggings were perfect for this.  I had to buy mine a few sizes smaller as they were low on stock but they fit perfectly as they're very stretchy.  They've now completely gone out of stock but I do hope they bring them back so that you can all have a chance to get them if you wish as they're so handy.

2 pack of vintage style skinny belts plus size asos

To go with the same outfit, I bought a 2 pack of vintage style skinny belts.  The black one looks great with my shirt dress and the tan coloured one will go with so many of my casual dresses this summer.

ASOS Curve Exclusive Culotte Jersey Shorts

I also bought a pair of the ASOS Curve Exclusive Culotte Jersey Shorts to wear as I thought that they would be a different option for while I'm away, other than a dress, and also something different that I could wear back in the UK too once the weather warms up a bit.  I do need to still have a look to see which tops I have that would go with these though as I'm unsure as to what I'd wear with them.

ASOS Wifey T Shirt

As many of you know, it was my first wedding anniversary this month and when I saw the Wifey  top on ASOS, I knew that I had to have it to wear on the day.  I'm not sure whether I'll be taking this on holiday with me but I did enjoy wearing it on our anniversary.

New Look Fringe Clutch Bag

The last thing that I bought from ASOS was this AMAZING New Look Fringe Clutch Bag.  I have lusted after this bag for so long but didn't want to buy it as we all know how much of a fan I am of my designer pieces, sad but true.  However I figured, I have only just started to like the fringe trend and I don't know whether this will continue, so I'd rather save my money and buy a more affordable one than splurge on a designer piece that I might not like in the future.

This bag is literally everything.  I love it.  The tan colour is gorgeous, I can wear it across my body, over my shoulder or as a clutch if I remove the long strap and I think it will be perfect to wear all summer!

Plus Size Swimwear from Simply Be

Then I headed over to Simply Be to place an order for some swimwear and nightwear.  I always get these from Simply Be because they have the best selection and on the whole, the fit is very good.  I bought two swim dresses from the Liz McClarnon range, a coral and white spot one and a watermelon swimdress and I also bought the Magisculpt 'The Wonderpiece'.  I love that each of these pieces will look great with my new coral flip flops from this haul.

Tutti Fruitti PJs from Simply Be

The PJs that I got came in a pack of two with one tutti fruitti pair and one 'pick me' floral pair.  They're called the Pretty Secrets Pack of 2 Shortie Pyjamas and what I loved about them is that they're a vest top and shorts; I haven't worn PJs like this in a long time!

Pick Me Flower PJs from Simply Be

Lastly, I paid a visit to what is probably my favourite place to shop online at the moment and that's Boohoo.  Their plus size range is just killing it and every time I'm on there I'm filled with heart eyed emojis.

Boohoo BoohooPLUS Laura Neon Maxi Dress

The first thing that I bought from BoohooPLUS had my name all over it, literally.  The Laura Neon Printed Maxi Dress looked bold and bright online and when it arrived, I loved it even more.  I knew it would be a good fit as I've bought similar maxi dresses from Boohoo in the past but there is something about this dress that makes it even more special.  The print and the colours in it are so lovely and they don't look particularly over whelming when you're wearing it.  I cannot wait to wear this dress on holiday.

Boohoo BoohooPLUS Katie Neon Paisley Swing Dress

Another bright dress that caught my eye was the Katie Neon Paisley Swing Dress which combines a bright yellow with a deep purple in a colour combination that I have never tried out before.  I love the bold, unusual paisley print on the dress too.  I think that this piece would be great for a relaxed, casual evening but also good for throwing on over my swim suit during the day as it is a very relaxed, comfortable fit.

There was also another paisley style that caught my eye, the Isabelle Printed Skater Dress which is an orange dress with a beautiful intricate design on it.  I will be wearing this at night when on holiday but I think that it would be a great day dress with some leggings when I'm back in the UK too.

BoohooPLUS Boohoo Tammy Floral Printed Skater Dress

The last piece that I bought from Boohoo is the most stunning floral dress.  The Tammy Floral Printed Skater Dress is a perfect addition to my summer wardrobe with its white backdrop and colourful flower patterns, I just know that its going to look lovely with a suntan.  The material of this one is a little thicker, almost like a scuba material so I'm really hoping that it isn't too hot for me while I'm away.

I hope that you find something amongst these pieces to inspire your wardrobe this summer.  Please head over to watch my video and give it a thumbs up!


Are you off on holiday this summer, where are you going?

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