Friday, 25 July 2014

Designer and Beauty Shopping Haul

Today I wanted to share with you my final haul from my honeymoon to America and Barbados.  Hopefully by now you'll have seen all of my haul posts from my honeymoon trip but in case you haven't, I thought I'd compile all of the individual ones at the end of this post too.

It all started in the airport with a little duty free shopping...

I've been looking for a beautiful kimono for AGES and when I saw the Ameline Printed Kimono in Monsoon I just had to have.  The boho chic look is perfect for the summer months and looks great worn over a cami and jeans.  I love the print which features exotic florals and the bead and sequin detailing around the edge.  Its was a little more pricey than other kimonos I have seen but it is really gorgeous and so worth it.

Mr WLL and I saved up to purchase a new camera at the airport.  We have our DSLR but we wanted a little point and shoot to take on honeymoon with us as although a big fancy pants camera tends to take better photographs, it isn't the most practical for when you're out and about.  We went for the Cannon Powershot S120 with a 16GB memory card to store all of our honeymoon pics on and an Acne Made case in grey and coral to keep the camera well protected in our bag.  So that we could both listen to our iPod at the same time, we picked up one of the Proporta Stereo Splitters.  Next we headed to the beauty area and I bought one of my favourite holiday tan products- the Lancaster Tan Maximiser.  Its an after sun that aims to prolong the length of your tan which I am ALL FOR!  This is a travel exclusive size and was £21.50 so a great saving compared to buying it online and I used this SO much while we were away.

The last things I bought before we got on the plane were a couple of Chanel lipsticks.  The Rouge Coco Shine in the colour Boy which was £20.70 and the Rouge Allure in Supernante which was £21.35- both amazing savings off the usual prices so I'll definitely be picking Chanel lippies up from duty free in future.  I'll do a lip post soon and review both of these for you all.

The last thing that I bought in duty free was the Lalique Satine perfume.  I'd never heard of it until just before my honeymoon when my friend Geri was wearing it.  It smells gorgeous, quite mature and definitely a fragrance I'd wear at night I think.  I'll review this perfume once I've got over this sinusitis and can appreciate the scent of it lol!

Now moving onto the purchases that I made in America and Barbados.  You'll notice that a lot of my purchases are bags and accessories.  I'm not sure whether I've mentioned this before so pardon me if I am repeating myself but I'm trying to slowly whittle down the number of high street bags and accessories that I have in favour of replacing them with their designer counterparts.  Designer goodies are my vice in life (hey, it's better than alcohol isn't it... and probably just as damaging on the bank balance over time) and so rather than have six black clutches from Primark and New Look, I'd like to get to the point where I've just got one black designer clutch which is of superb quality that I can still use when I'm 35 as when I'm 25.  The same goes for other colours and for different accessories.

On that note, lets start with the bags and accessories before moving on to clothes and beauty bits...

Alexander Wang (from Nordstrom)

When I first booked my trip to America, I had my eyes on two things; a Rocco and a Rockie.  While these Alexander Wang bags are still expensive, they are a little bit cheaper in America than they are in the UK and I have wanted them the Rocco in particular for years.  The colours I was looking for was a coral in the Rockie and a lilac grey in the Rocco however the only store I could find to sell them was Nordstrom and even then they didn't have any in store and I had to order it in to that particular shop in the Florida Mall, which was a bit of a pain.

The only bag that they had in the colour that I wanted was the coral Rockie.  They had other coloured Rocco's but I didn't see the point in buying something if it wasn't completely what I wanted.  After a quick look on some of the UK sites, it looks as though I've missed the boat with the particular colour grey Rocco; perhaps it just wasn't meant to be.  The Rockie, however, was a different story and this beautiful baby became mine.

This is the Rockie in the colour soft nectar with pale gold hardware.  It can be worn over the shoulder as a mini duffle bag or across the body with the shoulder strap or it can be held with the handles on the top of the bag.  It zips round to open it and insider the lining is a beautiful soft grey.  There is plenty room inside to fit everything I need and there's some internal compartments too- two pouches to pop a phone and a lippy in and one zipped compartment.  On the side of the bag there is a zipped compartment too that would be great for popping my car keys or phone in so that I don't have to open the bag to get to them.  The soft coral colour is simply perfect for the spring and summer and I already know that I'm going to get so much wear out of it!

You can visit the Alexander Wang online store here and you can also shop on Nordstrom here both in the UK, USA and other countries.

Rebecca Minkoff

I had been looking for a bag to wear on my shoulder for a long time.  I'd seen the Rebecca Minkoff styles online and on other girls blogs but I was really reluctant to buy one without seeing them in the flesh first as I wasn't sure on how they would feel and how they would look against my frame.

While we were away, I went into Nordstrom to look for the AW Rockie and saw the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac bags on a stand.  It was love at first sight.

I bought the one on the left first which is in the colour Biscuit and it has rose gold hardware.  This is an ideal bag for day or evening use and it goes with so many different outfits.  The bag on the right is another Mini Mac in the colour Twilight Blue with gunmetal hardware.  This is a really out there colour for me and at first I just bought the biscuit bag but I got back to the hotel and kept lusting after the Twilight Blue colours so when we went back to Nordstrom, I decided to take the plunge and buy it.  I've worn it a few times since I got home and I love it.  I don't have that much that goes with it so if you know of any clothing, shoes or accessories you think would match the bag then PLEASE let me know in the comments!

These were $195 each, plus tax, which is just over £120... I think!  You can order them online from Nordstrom and have them shipped to the UK.  You can also get Rebecca Minkoff bags from Shopbop who offer free international shipping and Little Black Book of Style who are a UK based company.

Ralph Lauren

While we were in the Premium Outlet Mall in Florida, we headed into the Ralph Lauren Factory Store.  I'm a huge fan of Ralph Lauren and have been for years.  I use their polos for the gym and like to layer them up with their jumpers for uni.

We mostly went into Ralph Lauren to look for some clothes for Mr WLL however I spotted some of their socks and had to pick them up as they were a really good priced compared to the UK.  I guess some may think its a little excessive to buy these kinds of socks when we have Primark so cheaply in the UK.  Basically, I used to always buy socks in bulk from places like Matalan and Primark but I found that they wouldn't wash particularly well and I like my socks to be soft and flexible.
I started wearing Calvin Klein socks a couple of years ago and never looked back.  They're a little thicker than the socks I used to buy so they keep my feet warm in the winter but they don't make my feet over heat in the summer.  They feel soft and comfortable on my feet and wash incredibly well.  When I saw that Ralph Lauren had some similar, I invested in those too in lots of different colours.  I don't wear socks very often, only when I'm wearing boots in the winter or trainers throughout the year for the gym, so I don't mind investing in them as I know they'll last.

I bought three of the 3 packs for $11.50 each and one of the 4 packs for $11.50.

The last item I bought from Ralph Lauren was this gorgeous floppy sun hat.  I always think of Jennifer Lopez when I think of large hats like this... I'm not sure why, perhaps she wore one years ago.  I'll be wearing this hat this summer with dresses and cute summer outfits.  I love the white detailing and bamboo ring on the white band.  The hat was $39.99.

Michael Kors

To see my haul of Michael Kors accessories- bags, small leather goods, flip flops and sunglasses, click here.

Kate Spade

One shop that I was really happy to see while I was away was Kate Spade.  I'd heard a lot about Kate Spade online and everything that I'd seen from the shop looked so pretty.  When I went into the store, there was so many beautiful bags and accessories, all in really pretty spring colours like lavender and mint however it was the accessories that I was drawn to.

The Keri Cabana Tile Make Up Bag is an absolutely gorgeous make up bag, mainly because of its super colourful pattern.  I have quite a few large toiletry bags for travelling but I don't really have many make up bags as I don't tend to use them.  I bought this one to use when I carry a larger bag to keep the smaller items in my bag in because I'm sick of having to hunt in the bottom of my bag for headphones or some chewing gum!  This make up bag is really good quality, its like a saffiano leather style and the inside is wipe clean which is great for if any make up products leak in there.  It was $55 dollars from the Kate Spade shop at the Premium Outlets.

I also bought the Darla purse which was on offer for $45.90 down from $85.  This one has saffiano embossing which gives the leather a gorgeous texture.  It has a window on the back to put my driving license in and it opens with a popper closure to reveal a key ring, zipped coin pocket and space for cards and folded notes.  I thought that this would make the perfect purse to take with me on wild nights out as it keeps all of my essentials secure in one place... unless I happen to lose the purse in which case I've lost everything and it was a complete waste of time!

You can shop Kate Spade in the US here and in the UK here.

Louis Vuitton

When we were in Barbados we popped to the Lime Grove shopping centre to have a few drinks in some of the bars that were there.  We went into Louis Vuitton to check out the Neverfulls but I just couldn't choose between the different colour ways so I decided to take a rain check.  However I did pick up a Damier Azure Key Pouch which I've had my eye on for such a long time.  These are great because you can clip your keys on and clip it onto the D Ring of a Louis Vuitton bag.  Also, the pouch is large enough to fit a few cards in or coins.  Keeping your keys in something like this is good if you're using a bag that can be easily scratched as it will protect or if you're using a small clutch or shoulder bag and you need to seriously scale down the contents of your bag.


While in the Florida Mall, we headed into a plus size store called Torrid which is a shop that we don't have in the UK.  I found Torrid to be a pretty strange store in that their online shop is fabulous but the shop itself was so densely packed with clothes, it was hard to see what was available and everything didn't look as attractive as it did when it was organised on the website.  A bit like Yours Clothing in my opinion.  What I also found about Torrid is that it is actually a little overpriced for what it is, although they did have a buy one, get one 50% off deal on.

I bought the Colour Block Knit Maxi Dress which was $68.50 here.  Colour blocking is a huge trend and this one is a very bold but wearable piece.  I love the navy blue, turquoise and white colours which are a combination that I never really wear but really like.  It feels very soft against my skin although the material is very good quality, it doesn't feel too heavy to wear which is great with this hot weather we're having.

I then bought the Floral Chiffon Hi-Low Dress which was $64.50 here.  I've worn this loads since I bought it as I think it is a really different piece and it is great to wear to plus size events in the UK as wearing an American dress greatly reduces the chance of someone else wearing it at the same event.  It has a tank top in black with a high low chiffon skirt covered in gorgeous floral print.  This is probably my favourite dress in my wardrobe at the moment.


Next I headed to Aeropostale which is a shop I've heard a lot about online after vlogger Bethany Mota released a collection with them.  It was only when I came to writing this post that I realised that they now ship to the UK which is great as they had some GORGEOUS pieces in there.
The first item I picked up was actually from the Bethany Mota line and it was the Geo Print Kimono Top for $34.  I love the gorgeous muted colours that are incorporated into this kimono, which really reminds me of a kaleidoscope design and it looks great when worn over white, black or one of the colours that are in the kimono.  It is a really versatile piece that can be worn during the day, night or over swimwear.  I have worn this non stop since getting back from America and even wore it on the plane coming home on top of a pale pink ASOS midi skirt, flip flops and a black peplum cami.

The second item I bought was this Tiger Football Tee.  The sporty top reminded me of the American football style tops and I love the coral colour block detail.  It is 3/4 length with 3/4 length sleeves and made from a super soft terry fabric which is light but warm.  I bought this sporty style to throw on over a cami when I come out of a fitness class.

The last item I bought in Aeropostale was a small bottle of the Aero NYC 1987 fragrance.  What I love about this perfume is that is super light with notes of beach flower and strawberry but it has base notes of velvet musk and driftwood which give it the depth that I like in a fragrance.  It isn't the most long wearing of perfumes but its small size means that I can pop it in my bag and take it out and about with me.

Wet Seal

While we were in the Florida Mall, I spotted shop called Wet Seal who also stocked plus sizes.  I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you're in America as they had some gorgeous pieces.  To see what I picked up, check out my post here.


To see all of the beauty goodies I picked up, check out my Sephora haul in this bumper post here.


Check out my CVS drugstore beauty haul from CVS here.

Bath and Body Works

When you watch beauty girls on Youtube, it is very hard to not get sucked into wanting to visit Bath and Body Works.  I knew I was running out of space in my suitcase so I made a beeline for the candles and bought the two that most appealed to me.  If I visit America again, I'll definitely try out more of a variety of things from Bath and Body Works but for now I have the Mahogany Teakwood and the Watermelon Lemonade 3 wick candles to try out.  They were on offer- 2 for $22 which I think is a really good price given that they're so strongly fragranced and should last a long time.  The Mahogany Teakwood is often said to smell like Abercrombie and Fitch which I can't confirm nor deny but it does smell like a nice man... as strange as that sounds!  I picked it because of the smell but also because of the colour in that it will look really nice in my bedroom.  The Watermelon Lemonade candle smells AMAZING and as it is coral in colour, it will look fabulous in my home office.

Barbados Gift Shop

If you ever visit Barbados, I'd highly recommend the trip where you get to swim with the turtles.  You go out on a gorgeous boat, have lunch and drinks then you get to clamber down from the boat, snorkel and then swim with the turtles.  They're huge and for us it was really a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Before you get on the boat there is a little gift shop and I picked up these beautiful handmade earrings.  They were only cheap but they're well made and look so pretty.  I can't wait to wear them as I've been looking for some special earrings to wear during the day and these are them!

So that's it for my honeymoon America and Barbados haul and I think I can definitely say that this is the largest haul I'll ever do on my blog!

Do let me know what lovely things you've been buying recently, or if you're saving your money up like I am now, what are you saving towards?

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

It takes a lot for me to love a mascara.  I'm looking for super black, long lasting lashes, with lots of volume, length and a fanned out look grabbing all of my lashes and for a lot of mascaras, that is quite a lot to ask.  I find that I can sometimes tick a lot of my mascara boxes but not all.  However I have found the perfect mascara that ticks ALL of the boxes in the form of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Too Faced have featured heavily in my make up collection continuously for the last ten years.  I remember saving up my money to buy their eyeshadow palettes because they were so much better than anything else out there and that is a claim I still stand by today.  I've tried everything from Urban Decay to MAC but my favourite eyeshadows and palettes still come from Too Faced.  I've probably bought something from every different make up category from them in the past and if it hasn't been for me to use then it has been as a gift for a friend as I find their products to be pretty fail safe in that they do exactly what they will say they will.  That can also be said for the latest addition to my Too Faced make up collection...

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara*
The Better Than Sex Mascara caused a bit of a commotion with their mind blowing video starring style icon Jeannie Mai.  Its bold and attention grabbing just like the mascara so before I jump into the review, check out the video below.

So what is all the fuss about?  Well, the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is packed with collagen to give you larger than life, intense lashes that look defined and lengthened beyond belief.  Too Faced have conducted lots of clinical and customer studies and found that using this mascara gave 1944% more volume, 100% saw longer lashes, 100% saw dramatic volume and 93% saw base to tip curl.  Furthermore, 8 out of 10 said that it was the best mascara they had ever used and I totally second that.

Pretty big claims I'm sure you'd agree and I've made sure that I've given this mascara a thorough road test before blogging about it.  I've been using it solidly for the last two months and I absolutely love it.  It is definitely the best mascara I've ever used- above my previous favourites Clinique High Impact and YSL Faux Cils because it gives incredible volume, separation and length.

The wand is shaped like an hourglass so it is wider at the ends and thinner in the middle.  When you pull the wand out of the tube it looks as though it picks up a lot of product but this isn't overly dispersed onto the lashes, the wand literally evenly distributes just the right amount of product onto the lashes to create gorgeous lengthened, volumised eye lashes.  The brush is quite big as far as mascara wands go and I was worried that I would end up getting the product all over my lids.  However the Better Than Sex Mascara is actually very easy to apply to achieve a faultless application.

The bristles are quite sturdy and I find that the best way to use it is to start at the bottom of the lashes and wiggle upwards slightly as you go.  I start with the outside lashes first and work my way into the corner of my eye.  The packaging for the mascara recommends between one and three coats depending on the amount of fullness you'd like to achieve.  I actually find that I can achieve a gorgeous eye look with only one coat which is perfect for day to day use.  One coat really lengthens and separates the lashes whilst adding lots of volume, particularly at the root.  I find that a second coat adds a little more length and volume and a third increases the volume again.

My lashes without mascara
What you should probably know about my natural lashes is that they're pretty pathetic.  They're incredibly straight, very short and even with most mascaras, they look pretty non existent.

My lashes without mascara
For the first time, I've felt really confident in my lashes without extensions or falsies on and that's because of this mascara.  I find that it works best when I don't curl my lashes first which is good because it saves me even more time when I'm getting ready.  It creates a curl in my lashes that lasts all day.  When I read up about the mascara, I found that it has Acacia Senegal Tree Extract in it which helps to lock the curl in place as well as nourishing and thickening the lashes.  It definitely does keep the curl in place in my lashes and really gives that wide eyed look as the wand coats and curls all of the lashes.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara applied to one eye
Generally it wouldn't take me two months to review a mascara as I can usually see whether or not I am going to like it after a few applications but I've purposely waited this long because some YouTube reviews I'd watched online spoke about how the mascara was quite gloopy in formula and that they predicted it would dry out quickly as a result.  While the formula is a little thicker than other mascaras I've used, it hasn't dried out whatsoever and it hasn't become flaky, producing fall out, which are usually signs that a mascara is drying out.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara applied to one eye
The Better Than Sex Mascara creates gorgeous blacker than black lashes every time I've used it which really makes my eyes stand out.  The colour is very much a carbon black shade and the formula contains unique peptides that give it the deep, intense black look.  I found that I doesn't have any fall out or smudging either, even when used in very hot weather where sweating is likely.

One coat of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
I've just got back from a week in Turkey where I tried out this mascara to the max and for the first time in a years, I went on holiday without eyelash extensions because I knew that I could achieve a gorgeous minimal make up look with long, full lashes using this mascara alone.  I love the way the Better Than Sex Mascara made my eyelashes stand out and stay looking full, fanned out and curled all night, even though it was super hot.

One coat of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara does have a film-forming polymer that is designed to give smudge proof wear, all day wear and it really does work as if there was any time my mascara would smudge it would have been when I was on holiday!.  I don't know whether this would be different on other eye shapes, for example on those with hooded eyes, but on mine, this mascara doesn't smudge at all.

With one coat of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and without
The packaging of this mascara is really sturdy.  It comes in a quite a big, metallic pink tube that's easy to hold and use.  It feels really substantial and overall for the packaging and the product itself, I really think that it is worth the £19 price tag.  I wouldn't say that was expensive for a mascara anyway but is higher than a drugstore price... and rightly so as its better than anything else I've tried on the high street.

Two coats of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
You can buy it from Look FantasticDebenhams, Sephora and Beauty Bay in the UK and Sephora and Too Faced in America.

So, is it Better Than Sex?  I guess that depends on who your partner is but one thing is for certain, it is better than any other mascara I've ever tried.

Have you tried the Better Than Sex Mascara?  What is your favourite Too Faced product?
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Charles Worthington Mineral Hair Rescue Masque Review

For the first time in forever (there's a song in there somewhere...) I am not doing anything with my hair.  Nothing.  Nada.  Aside from really conditioning it and taking care of it with super masques like the Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque that I am going to review today.

Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque*
I had my Great Lengths hair extensions out just before my wedding and I had my hair highlighted and low lighted for the final time and after that I've really just left my hair.  My hair was left in super good condition when my extensions were taken out as my hair felt much longer and healthier than it was before I had my extensions put in.  The condition of my hair inspired me to leave my hair for the summer to see how much it would grow.  I have particularly oily roots but quite dry ends so I normally opt for a clarifying shampoo for my roots and a good conditioner for the ends but over the last few months I've been using any shampoo and conditioner that I can get my hands on that claims to help to get your hair into good condition, which in turn, should help it grow.

Alongside shampooing and conditioning my hair, I've been using lots of hair oils and treatment masques to deeply condition my hair and I've been really laying off the heat styling.  I've not been having my hair high or low lighted either as I intend to let it grow out and then go a little darker.  The summer is the perfect time to have such a hair overhaul because effortless beachy styles are really in during the warmer months so I can leave my hair to dry and then just pin back my fringe and leave my hair in whatever way it falls.  Ombre, sombre and balayage styles are really in at the moment too and I am really starting to love that out grown look so if I was going to leave my roots then this is definitely the time to do it, plus the sun naturally lightens my hair anyway.  Its a win win in my eyes!

Like I said, I've been treating my hair to a hair masque very frequently, at least two times a week, and I have been LOVING the results.  The most recent masque that I have been using is the Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque that you can get from Boots.  I'll just put this out there- I LOVE this masque and have already repurchased it so from the outset, you know that this review will be a rave.

The Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque is a one minute hair saver masque that contains argan oil to add and seal in moisture in the hair without weighting it down.  It makes my hair feel so soft and smooth and it even has a detangling effect which makes my hair so easy to maintain because I can get out of the shower and comb through it straight away with a wide tooth comb without tugging at my hair and damaging it.

The masque smells great too which is definitely something to take into account if you like to leave a masque on your hair for a while as you don't want to do that with something that smells awful.  This masque, along with the rest of the Charles Worthington Moisture Seal line, is fragranced with lime, mandarin and white florals so it smells fruity and floral at the same time.  It is a scent that lingers faintly on the hair after use until I put my other products on my hair which overpower the scent.

My hair after using the Mineral Hair Rescue Masque
I found that after using this masque, my hair was left feeling ridiculously soft and looking incredibly healthy and glossy.  My hair doesn't feel heavy or weighted down after using this masque and it doesn't get greasy or oily any quicker than it usually does.  The softness of my hair and the shine this masque creates in my hair, thanks to the injection of moisture, lasts in my hair until I next wash it which is great as theres nothing worse than spending time pampering yourself for you to wake up the next day without the glossy, soft locks you'd created the night before!

Generally, I use this masque two to three times per week but I recently took it on holiday with me to Turkey as I knew that the sun would be drying my hair out terribly.  I used it everyday after I had been in the sun after my shower and sometimes I'd wash it off straight away, other times I'd wander about the room with my hair wrapped up in a towel and then jump in the shower to cool off and wash it off an hour or so later.  My hair felt incredibly glossy and healthy the whole time I was away.

The photos I've included of my hair in this post were all taken on holiday and I didn't use any styling tools like straighteners on my hair or any oils or styling products before these photographs were taken so you can see how healthy the masque made my hair look (and feel) all on its own.  Hopefully you can see from the photos too that it the ends of my hair smooth and not frizzy in the slightest.  This is something that I usually struggle with- oily roots and dry ends and my hair is often quite brittle underneath at the back of my head whereas my full head of hair was soft and full of moisture after each application.

To use, I simply slather on the masque after I have shampooed and conditioned my hair and squeezed the excess water out of it.  You can leave it on for one minute as directed or you could leave it on your hair while your face mask gets to work as I sometimes have or you could even sleep in it and wash it off the next day.  It is entirely up to you.  I generally found that as long as I left it on for the one minute then it would work extremely effectively and I needn't leave it on for any longer as the results aren't really any different on the hair, although it may help you to feel more relaxed if you pop on your hair masque and soak for a good twenty minutes in the tub!  Primarily, the fact that this masque works very effectively in a super short amount of time is what I love about it.  I don't always have time to lie in the bath and soak or get out and wander about with a masque on so the fact that I can do this for only one minute and achieve super glossy, deep conditioned results that other masques would take fifteen minutes to achieve, makes this masque a winner in my eyes!

Now I know that packaging isn't everything in life but it does make life a little easier when you can quickly get into a product when you're in the bath or the shower without getting it everywhere.  This hair masque comes in a pot with a flip up lid.  I know, genius right?  Its amazing that something so simple can bring a lil ol' beauty blogger like me such happiness but its true.  The packaging of this masque means that I can keep it in the shower, pop the lid open easily with one hand, scoop out the amount I need and snap the lid shut without getting lots of excess water inside the pot.  It keeps my hair masque as good as new each time I go to use it and it also ensures that there's no waste left in the bottom of a squeezy tube.

The Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque ticks all the boxes for me and it does EXACTLY what it says on the pot so I cannot see how anyone could not like it.  It worked perfectly well on my super oily hair but I think that it would be even more incredible on dry hair.

You can buy yours here... oh and here's a heads up; there's a third off at the moment!

What are your favourite Charles Worthington products?  I'm looking for lots of recommendations as I want to pick up some more bits while theres a third off!

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

WhatLauraWore: Shopping my Simply Be Stash

In today's post, I'm actually wearing a dress that I bought from Simply Be earlier this year.  Its from their AX Paris concession and is a deep navy blue with a beautiful floral pattern on it.  I'm not sure if they still sell it but if they do, I would definitely recommend picking one up as its great to wear alone or with leggings for a more casual look.  It is the same style as the feather dress I wore in this post.

Floral AX Paris dress from Simply Be
Furla Candy Bag from House of Fraser
Gold Flip Flops from New Look
Feather earrings from New Look
My bracelet was received as a gift from an independent shop

What are you shopping from your stash at the moment?

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Friday, 18 July 2014

My Top 5 Tips for a Fresh Summer Bedroom

A few months ago I wrote a post about my top 10 tips for decorating your bedroom, you can read it here in case you missed it.  In that post I talked about being able to keep the same theme in your room but switching it round depending on the time of the year.  Its all about adding cosy features for the winter months and lighter features of the warmer months.  In today's post I'm going to show you how to update your bedroom for the spring and summer months and later in the year I'll do the colder months if you like this kind of post.

Duvet and pillow case sets from Next
1. Change your bedding

My first tip would be to switch up your bedding.  This means putting on your lower tog duvet and choosing a duvet cover and pillow cases that are lighter in colour and perhaps more vibrant.  I'd still recommend keeping a darker fitted sheet and darker bottom pillows you your bed so that if you sleep with fake tan on then you're able to limit the amount of visible transfer onto your bedding.  For your duvet cover and pillows, you could pick a colour that is a lighter shade of a colour that you already feature in your room, for example, if you have deep purple walls you could go for a lighter purple duvet cover to brighten up the room for the warmer months, or you could go for a contrasting shade that is bright and vibrant, for example lime green and white against pink walls.  I bought my bedding from Next last year and this year they have so many gorgeous bedding sets available.  My favourites are in the picture above.

Another alternative would be to opt for white.  This is the quickest and easiest way to breathe a bit of light into your room.  It'll reflect the summer light, keep your room cool and will instantly brighten the look of your room.

Throws from The Yorkshire Linen Co and Cushions from Debenhams

2. Switch up your throws and bedding accessories

After you've changed your bedding set, you can change up your bedding accessories to pull the main colour theme of your room together, so if you've opted for a white duvet but the majority of your room is teal then go for scatter cushions and a throw in a teal shade.  Alternatively you could opt for light, natural shades. Ideally the throw you choose should be of a lighter material than the one you have on your bed during the colder months.  For example, in the winter I have a thick fur throw but in the summer I have a very thin cable knit throw similar to those from the Yorkshire Linen Co.  That way, you can keep the same bedding look but without the bulk and weight that a thick throw gives.

The same goes for cushions.  Choose light weight fabrics and bright colours that compliment the colour scheme of your room.  This is your opportunity to add a pop of colour by mixing and matching plain light scatter cushions with bright patterned ones like these from Debenhams.

Seychelles Scent Diffuser, Three Wick Candle and Home Spray from The White Company

3. Bring a new scent to your room

A great way to let a little summer into your room is with a room fragrance.  Choose something fresh and summery with notes that evoke summer memories.  My choice would be the Seychelles line from The White Company.  The Seychelles scent has notes of fresh bergamot, orange and amber combined with warming coconut, vanilla and almond.  It reminds me of summer holidays abroad and evokes really calming, relaxing feelings for me.

Artwork available from John Lewis
4. Update your artwork

Updating your artwork can really bring the summer into your room and move the winter out.  John Lewis have some fantastic seaside, holiday and bright coloured prints to add to your room that would really bring a touch of sunshine into your space.  You can then rotate your prints throughout the year, keeping them in storage or in other rooms for different months.

Alternatively, if you didn't want to purchase new artwork, another option would be to change up the photographs that are in the frames in your room.  I have a selection of my favourite holiday snaps that I like to put in the photo frames in my bedroom during spring and summer and then I switch them for party photos when it comes to the colder months.

Flower string lights from Next, vases and artificial flowers from House of Fraser

5. Accessorize for the summertime

My last tip would be to add some summertime accessories to your bedroom.  Whether it be with some crisp white flower string lights from Next or a brightly coloured vase and artificial flowers from House of Fraser, you can easily add a pop of colour into your room with accessories as they're perfect during the summer months.

That's my top five tips to update your bedroom for summer.

What would your top tips be?

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