Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring beauty with HQHair

There really is nothing better than Spring, it means that we have left behind the cold winter and we can finally see summer on the horizon, yippee. As well as the beautiful blossom, balmy evenings (still waiting for this..) and pretty wisteria I love the new beauty products that come onto the market and that the brighter and bolder makeup colours and sun kissed skin comes out to play! HQHair have 100% satisfied my beauty needs this spring and sent me a fab bundle of products to get me ready for spring. They have everything covered from my hair, right down to my toes! You'll be spring ready in no time at all with these products to help you on your way...
I absolutely love trying out new haircare ranges on my long hair and as I'm sure most girls can relate to,dry and tangly hair is a common problem. It tends to dry out a lot from the winter weather and from constant abuse from the chlorine in the pool so any type of conditioning treatment is warmly welcomed by my hair. This is a Paul Mitchell conditioning set that comes in the nicest packaging! They are salon size products so you definitely get what you pay for with these, as they are typically seen in salons too you know they are going to be a good set of products.
I have been using the shampoo and conditioner together for the majority of my washes over the past 3 weeks and I love how it has made my hair feel. The conditioner is super conditioning and I have been leaving it on my ends for a few minutes before washing it off. The detangling agent in it also provides UV protection which will make it an instant addition to my wash bag for holiday as I always wonder how best to protect your hair from the sun, as although the blonde highlights are nice it's incredibly damaging for your hair. I'm still working on finding a cream to protect my scalp though as it always burns, any recommendations? The sculpting foam isn't something I use in my every day routine, but if you have curly hair, or want to create beachy waves for the summer then this is your answer. If you're curling your hair with a wand you can apply the foam beforehand as it really helps to hold your curl for longer, long hair is a nightmare as it never stays curly for long as it just drops out, so sculpting foam will be the way forward for me if I want to achieve lovely curls. As it is also conditioning it helps to add the moisture back in, I would also recommend using a heat defense spray too! I think this is a great little set for spring/summer as it's when your hair really does need the most conditioning, all that sun, sea and chlorine really does take its toll in the end. 
When it comes to lipsticks I'm not that adventurous and generally stick to nudes, but in the summer I do like to add a pop of colour to my lips to complement my tan (if I have one..). The new Bourjois Aqua Laque lipsticks are applied like a lip gloss and the formula is super shiny and glossy and gives your lips hydration for up to 10 hours!
It is soo easy to apply and is just like any other lip gloss really, it gives a much thicker coverage than a standard lip gloss though which is why it's also a bit like a lipstick. They come in 8 gorgeous shades, all perfect for spring and summer! I have spotted a nude/pinkish Aqua Laque called rose on the rocks that I am definitely going to have to purchase..
Nars is such a beautiful brand with amazing quality, my first experience with Nars was using my friends bronzer at camp in the US where I had brought very little makeup with me. I always remember how amazing it had been and how beautifully sun kissed my skin looked after many weeks of abusing my skin in the sun. Since then Nars has become massively popular with bloggers as has the well known Nars Laguna bronzer. I jumped with joy when HQHair sent over the Tahiti Bronzer Laguna to try out! 
This bronzer can be used for your face and body and it also comes with a mirror and the cutest brush, making it perfect for on the go touch ups and for travelling.
As you can see the bronzer is very fair, light coloured brown but it has a great pay off of colour. It has been fantastic for contouring my cheeks and the colour will suit all skin types as it's not too dark, there is nothing worse than bronzers that give you a dirty look. I use it on my cheek bones, around my hair line, down the sides of my nose and jaw line for that chiseled look. It has become my favourite bronzer and will be using it all the way through spring and summer!
I love this little eye duo from Pixi by Petra as you can intensify and brighten your eyes at the same time, giving you a much more dramatic eye look! As if it's not good enough it's also waterproof so will be perfect for the beach, swimming in the sea and shedding tears over how fantastic the summer has been (heres to hoping!).
The pencils have a really good colour pay off and are super easy to apply, just like you would with any other eye pencil. The colour lasts all day and I didn't even notice any of those annoying smudges you get at the corners of your eyes. I have been using this by applying the black liner to trace the above lashline and the bottom line and then highlighting the inner and outer corners with the lighter shade. As with any highlighter product they always help to brighten up the specific area and won't be far from this product this spring.
It's no secret that I am obsessed with nail varnishes, and will often end up buying another one or two when I'm passing boots or superdrug. Pixi have some great nail varnishes in their range and this colour could not be more suited for spring. The varnish super shiny and on the nail wheel the colour was with only one coat! When I wore it on my nails I used two as my nails are always partial to a chip, I was so impressed as they lasted almost a week without chipping. As the colour is so eye catching I got lots of compliments on my nails, so thanks Pixi!
This leads us on to the final area of beauty to get us ready for spring, the tan! When I have fake tanned in the past I've always wondered, do I use it on my face too? With makeup usually making your face look more darker anyway I have usually skipped it. But if you want those days when your skin looks more natural without makeup then you do need to invest in a tanning serum specifically for your face. I've never come across Madame La La before, they are a brand which specialise in self tanning products, I absolutely love the packaging of it and this facial bronzing serum aims to deliver sun kissed skin which contains vitamin c and coco water and green tea to help hydrate your skin.
The instructions for self tan are pretty self explanatory but it's great that the bottle provides you with a quick guide on how to achieve the best look.
The tan comes out of the bottle really easily, as demonstrated above. I must admit I was quite startled at how dark the tan came out of the bottle as my skin is quite fair during the winter.  I decided to test it on my hand first as I didn't want to end up looking ridiculous for work the next day. It is also a very liquidy formula, for some reason I was expecting it to be foam. As it is liquid you really need to ensure that you have covered your face evenly with it, I would also strongly recommend using a mitt or gloves as it does stain your hands. The product itself does not have much of a smell to it which is a bonus with any fake tan product, unfortunately it is just far too dark for my skin at the moment but if I do a dark fake tan on my body for a night out, the facial serum will be a brilliant match for it. I will also use it once I have a natural tan from my holidays in the summer to help the tan stay for longer! Well, life really does seem better with a tan in my opinion anyway, roll on the summer sun so I can start using this properly!
Woah..there was a lot of amazing products right?! HQHair have some amazing beauty products, fragrances, skincare, basically everything a girl could ever need and want! I would definitely recommend having a browse on there as you're bound to find something you like. As for the products I tried out I really did like everything, however the stand out for me was definitely the Nars bronzer as it has got to be the best bronzer I have ever used for contouring, I fear that this may have started a new found addiction for Nars, luckily HQHair stock lots of other Nars products so you may see a haul very soon...

What do you think of these products? What would you like to try? Have you bought anything from HQhair before?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Cleansing with the Foreo Luna Mini | Review

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The whole skincare regime, double cleansing and hot muslin cloths still does phase me, I only learnt the true importance of a proper skin care routine once I had acne which was duly caused by not cleaning and looking after my skin properly. I think I've come a long way since back then, but I still do suffer from regular break outs and live in fear that my acne will one day return, so I'm constantly looking for more ways to improve my skin. I have heard a lot about facial cleansers from other bloggers so when Look Fantastic sent me the Magenta Foreo Luna Mini* RRP £99 (exclusive to Lookfantastic) to try out I couldn't let my skin miss out on this fabulous looking device. They also come in 4 other gorgeous colours, the pastel blue and pink Luna Minis are to die for!
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So what exactly is the Foreo Luna Mini and how is it different to other facial cleansers? The Foreo Luna Mini is a smaller version of the original, and it is a T sonic facial cleansing and and ageing device which promises a mini facial with every use. It aims to cleanse much more efficiently than by hand, remove 99.5% of dirt, oil and makeup residue, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help to achieve smoother looking and more radiant skin. The reason that this is different to others on the market is that NO replacement brushes are needed, it's ultra hygienic and it is waterproof, it only needs to be charged once every 7 months and because it's mini you can have a facial wherever you travel to! It all sounds pretty amazing right?! 
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Step by step cleansing instructions, if  you're anything like me you'll always pick the simpler version with pictures. But there is a full sized instruction booklet included too if you want to learn the ins and outs of the device.
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How do you use the Foreo Luna Mini? The Luna Mini is incredibly easy to use, once you've charged it up you don't need to worry about it for another 7 months, I actually charged it by the USB port on my laptop! You simply press the middle power button on the device and away you go, it's that easy. The little instruction booklet is incredibly helpful as it outlines how many seconds you should be cleansing each area, the pulses then take a quick pause every 15 seconds as an indicator of when to move onto the next area so you don't over cleanse a specific part of your face. It pauses 3 times when you've reached one minute of cleansing your entire face, it's truly ground breaking stuff! As I mentioned before there are two sides to the device, but the cleaning brush surface is the most technical if you like..The silicone brushes don't collect dirt like normal bristles so its super easy to clean. The device can be used for all skin types too, the top bristles are for those with more sensitive skin whilst the smaller/finer looking ones are perfect for use on oily/combination skin. After cleansing your skin you simply wash your face with water and pat dry.
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So what is the Foreo Luna Mini actually like? I am always 100% honest in my posts regardless of whether something has been gifted to me or not, as you'll know from the Click N Curl review.. But I cannot imagine my life without my Luna Mini now, it has truly changed my skin care regime. Before I began using it I was dubious, as I know from other devices on the market that people had said they are too harsh, caused break outs and even broken capillaries. But, comparing this between another market leader I can see why it could cause that and these two devices couldn't be more different. The Foreo is so gentle and it charges up to 8,000 pulsations per minute which are very gentle, nothing harsh here. I have been taking my makeup off first with the above cleanser with a muslim cloth and hot water. I then massage another layer of cleanser on and let the Luna Mini do the rest. I haven't used the anti ageing side as I'm focusing more on getting clearer skin but have been using this twice a day in conjunction with the new cleanser Cetaphil as used by Amanda Holden, I started using it with the Luna Mini and have been so impressed by it too, it's great for those with sensitive and spot prone skin. I have been using it for almost a month now and although I haven't had ground breaking results yet in the skin department my skin is no worse and it is definitely a lot smoother. I have had a few spots pop up here and there but I always do anyway, it seems to be clearing out the rubbish in my skin first which will hopefully lead to better, more clearer skin in the future. Just by adding it into my skincare routine I feel like my skin is so much cleaner after taking my makeup off for the day and it really does feel like a mini facial in a minute. For that reason I could not stop using this device now as my face would just feel too dirty without it! However, I do feel that I need to use this for a few more months to get a more accurate picture as to how much it's helped my skin, but the first month has been fabulous and I cant bear to live life without it again.
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There really are far too many amazing benefits to this product, even more than I can write on this blog post, I think you would be reading it for a day! The battery life is a big winner for me as is the fact that as it's a mini size it can be taken away with me on holiday, this will probably be the first year that I don't use face wipes whilst I'm away, a massive improvement! As it's also waterproof it offers the ultimate convenience, no excuses for not having time to properly look after my skin anymore as I can just jump in the shower or bath with it and cleanse away! Now we just need an Iphone to be designed that only needs one charge for every 7 months, then we'll be talking...

Have you used the Foreo Luna Mini? Do you use facial cleansers? Would you like to add this into your skin care regime? Whats your favourite cleanser?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

OOTD | Camel

Top - H&M
Boots - H&M
Bag - Topshop
Hat - Primark

Last year this location of my photos was probably one of my favourite, but due to it being a blossom tree it only looks nice for about 2 weeks whilst it's in bloom, its just started blossoming again so it only felt right to go back and get some outfit pictures here, it was also ridiculously windy on this day and a hat really wasn't a good idea!

I have seen a few bloggers recently wearing this exact same New Look skirt and it was obvious that I was going to have to follow in suit as I absolutely love camel anything and as I've written in previous posts New Look are killing it at the moment and have got some great stock in for the summer. I love the shape of the skirt and the zip down the middle makes it a bit different to your normal mini skirt, they also do some really nice suede camel skirts in this style. I think stripes and dark denim go really well with camel and my options are endless for wearing this skirt! The rest of my outfit is all old stuff from last year which I'm quite glad that I'm getting a bit more wear out of them as I am far too complacent with my clothes and usually only wear some items once, oops...

What do you think of this outfit? Do you like camel coloured clothing? Anyone else guilty of only wearing some clothes once?

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

#DPDressesTheNation - Plymouth!

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I was recently asked to be part of Dorothy Perkins #DPDressesTheNation campaign which leads them on a quest to discover the nations favourite dresses, with the help of fashion bloggers across the UK, and by showcasing their cities must have dress! Needless to say I jumped at the chance of representing my home town Plymouth! My cities must wear dress is a cami dress, I honestly think this style of dress is perfect for day to night wear and the floaty nature of cami dresses mean they aren't restrictive in any way, and would suit every body shape. I didn't even need to think what location I would shoot my pictures in as when I think of Plymouth I instantly think of being by the sea. This little beach is in a place called the Hoe which is where I spend a lot of my time in the summer, basking in the rays and eating plenty of ice creams with my friends!
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I absolutely love this little cami dress, it's not the normal style of dress that I would wear but I think that it's such a lovely floaty style for the sun and beachy holidays, which makes it clear as to why it's a must wear dress in Plymouth. Teamed with a denim jacket or waterfall coat and sandals for the day, it can be quickly glammed up in the evening with heels and some chunky jeweley. These DP heels are absolutely gorgeous too, I love the block pastel colours on the straps and the toned down pinks look perfect against the bright florals on the dress. I think this location was perfect for the DP campaign, Plymouth is such a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year though and even after living here for 22 years (minus my university years) I could never call anywhere else home. I would always miss being so close to the sea and also being a short drive from Dartmoor. This city really does have so much to offer with new restaurants, cafes and bars popping up all the time. I promise I'm not biased in anyway, it really is a beautiful place to live and to represent my home town in this campaign was a fantastic opportunity to showcase my city and DP cami dress in my favourite location!  If you want to see how dresses were styled in your home town or closest city you can find it on the #DPDressesTheNation interactive map.

It doesnt stop there, Dorothy Perkins want to get everyone involved with this campaign and are giving you the chance to win yourself a years supply of Dorothy Perkins dresses (Yes please!) by taking a picture of yourself in your favourite DP dress and by tagging @official_dorothyperkins on Instagram and by hashtagging #DPDressesTheNation it's as easy as that! Best of luck, and be sure to let me know if you enter!

What do you think of the #DPDressesTheNation campaign? Do you like this style of dress? Will you be entering this competition?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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