Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Vaseline Queen Bee

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It's coming round to Christmas and that means the release of another Vaseline lip balm, so when I saw the limited edition bee themed packaging I was instantly drawn into parting ways with my cash and giving Vaseline's Queen Bee a whirl. Vaseline is one of those products that I don't recall a time not having one of their signature tins sitting on my bedside table, and let's face it the little tins soon mount up.

Vaseline's limited edition Queen Bee lip therapy keeps the same formula of the original petroleum jelly teamed with a delicious honey scent to care for dry lips and leave a light glossy sheen. The traditional tin has had a bee makeover, and is what honestly drew me in instantly. Featuring black and gold stripes this will sit pride of place above my other tins on my bedside drawer. 

While Vaseline doesn't directly hydrate the lips, instead it acts as a barrier to prevent any additional moisture loss I can't stop using it. I find however this is great for on the go during the colder months - battling the wind, rain and anything else that comes your way, and can make a great topcoat for lipsticks if you are after a super glossy finish. Not only that but I find that is that lovely familiar feeling with twisting your finger around the tin and then dabbing your lips - yes I have flashbacks to carrying a handy tin in my blazer back in my school days.

The limited edition lip balm retails for £3.99 which I think is a fab price, considering Vaseline tins last me forever (and when I say forever I did have one all the way back from 2 years ago which I have safely thrown out today). 

I'd love to know which is your go to Vaseline?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Time Bomb Powerball Intensive Moisturiser

Time Bomb Powerball Intensive Moisturiser £36* - Link

Moisturiser is a staple piece to my skincare routine, and is always something I will make sure I religiously apply twice a day. So when I received Time Bomb's Powerball moisturiser I was instantly interested in this spheric moisturiser and couldn't wait to try this out. 

The Powerball moisturiser is described as a hydrating moisturiser that helps defeat acute and chronic sky dehydration. Whilst hydrating the skin this moisturiser helps restore soft, smooth and moist texture to dry and crinkled skin leaving it plump and healthy. The Powerball Moisturiser contains 21 hydrating ingredients including Ectoin, which is a moisture grabbing protein which helps provide intense moisture to the skin. 

This is technically an anti-ageing product but I have heard it's never too early to start using these types of products, and lets face it I'm helping my skin in the long run. Once applied this feels so lightweight, and I instantly feel my skin becoming hydrated. Now I was a little worried to begin with as I do have an oily complexion, however this never looks oily once it has sunk into the skin. Despite its hydrating properties I never find the formula greasy, which is a major bonus for me. 

I think we need to take a minute to discuss the packaging! I absolutely adore the ball shape and it's one of those products that stands out amongst others on my dresser. Despite being a higher end product I love the fact that the housing is plastic because sometimes these odd shapes can be a bugger to hold, which can sometimes resort to dropping (Lancome I'm looking at you!) so kudos for that. As this opens to a pot I find it a lot easier to access product as I prefer sweeping my finger around the top as I often know how much product I will need, and means I won't waste as much. 

This is a little on the pricier side of £36 but I don't mind as I think this is a fabulous product. Personally for me I don't mind the additional splurge when it comes to skincare if it works. And boy does this, I've been using this daily for the past couple of months and I haven't even hit a quarter of the way through the pot so I know that this will last a good while, making a great investment. 

Overall this is one of those moisturisers which is perfect for the colder months, when skin needs that hydration boost. I love to apply this on a nighttime to give my skin the moisture that it needs, and you can tell the difference in a morning, my skin looks a lot more revitalised and healthy. This is a very rich moisturiser which can leave your skin healthy for the day ahead. 

What is your go to moisturiser during the winter?

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Pixi Glow Tonic

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Pixi Glow Tonic £18 - Link

I will admit it, I'm an avid bandwagon jumper, especially when it comes to beauty and skincare products. So when I was in need of a new toner I took to the internet so see what I could try next, after seeing rave reviews of the Pixi Glow Tonic I couldn't wait to pick this up at the Carnaby Store a few weeks ago. Since using this in my daily routine I can see why there are so many positive reviews and its given holy grail status.

Described as an oxygenating and exfoliating facial glow tonic, this toner contains ginseng and fructose to help firm, tone and tighten the skin. The exfoliating properties mean that you can use this toner twice a day to exfoliate your skin, helping to remove dead skin sells and reducing the appearance of fine lines. The more I looked into this product the more I saw the ingredient Glycolic Acid, and found that this is sort of a miracle ingredient in the sense that it helps exfoliate the dead skin cells without those small beads you find in traditional exfoliator products. 

I like to apply this using a cotton wool pad and it instantly feels like it's cleaning my skin, and picking up the dirt that my cleanser doesn't always get. I have been using this quite generously on the pad and have noticed that in fact I haven't used as much as I thought so I can see this lasting a good few months. 

I will admit it toning is sometimes the one step that I miss out when it comes to my skincare regime, and you can tell the difference in my skin. The days where I skip toner my skin can become blemish prone and dull. However since using this daily I have noticed a significant change in the condition of my skin, it now feels brighter and full of life. Whilst my breakouts haven't completely stopped yet (darn you health) they heal quickly and aren't as harsh. Now don't expect results overnight because I find that this is one of those products that leads your skin to getting worse before it gets better, however you will be grateful of the results. 

The Pixi Glow Tonic will set you back £18.00 which isn't too bad to be honest, as that's what I normally fork out for my Clinique one. However this is a bit tricky to get a hold of if you aren't local to London, otherwise it's an online splurge that will be needed.

What's your go to tonic?

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Day to Night: Bags


Admit it, you’re the queen of multitasking. Waking up before the sun, you conquer your workout class, and still look great after. Not to mention the half-hour commute, which, unlike the boys, you do in platform heels. By the time you make it through meetings, emails, and whatever tasks are thrown you’re way, it’s 18:00. You’ve, once again, conquered the workday. Time to celebrate at happy hour with your friends. Eventually you head home to relax, catch up on your latest read, and make yourself dinner. Tomorrow you’ll wake up and repeat. 

And that’s just assuming you don’t have kids. 

Throughout the chaos and stress, it is important for the confident career woman to remain classy and polished, no matter where she is. This can be tricky when carrying a dull, one-dimensional briefcase. You’ve already sacrificed so much to become a high achieving woman, why sacrifice your style too? By choosing the right handbag, you can confidently go from work to evening without having to stress about it’s functionality or on staying trendy. 

The hip bamboo leather clutch is a great bag to get you through your hectic schedule. The dark brown leather is great from going to a casual lunch meeting to a more nighttime look for dinner at that new restaurant. What makes this bag great is the pocket for your smart phone, helping you stay connected to all aspects of your life. With this stylish clutch, picking out your handbag is one less thing you have to worry about. 

Rosalina Nacken’s stylish Italian leather handbag is another great clutch for the stylish go-getter. The Shelle Classica was designed with the modern woman in mind. With the built in iPad case/ clutch, traveling to and from work has never looked trendier. This clutch is a must have for the ambitious woman, looking to better balance work and leisure. The royal blue is a great way to add color to your office while still maintaining an elegant evening look. Even better, the Shelle Classica comes with a dainty gold chain, giving the clutch a whole new look. 

If consolidating your life into a convenient clutch is not happening, try a nice leather satchel instead. The Lola Avenue Rollins satchel, by Kate Spade, is great for carrying all of your daily needs. Created for the office, this bag is made of a fine pebble leather, with elegant gold details. A beautiful bag, the Lola comes in a crisp white, casual brown, and fun dark green, giving you the unique look you crave.


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Thursday, 30 October 2014

MAC Viva Glam 2015: Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus for Mac Viva Glam 2015

Love her or hate her, I have to admit I was a little excited to hear that MAC are teaming up with Miley Cyrus to be the face of the 2015 Viva Glam collection. Over the past few years I have really got behind the Viva Glam cause, not only because there are some stunning lipsticks in the collection but because they help a really good cause. 

Normally I don't blog about new product releases unless they really excite me, and I have to say this does! It's the perfect pink dream, and I think a great shade to represent Miley. As someone who is a fan of bright lipsticks, I'm hoping that this won't disappoint. 

The duo will consist of a hot pink lipstick, the rumour mill is saying that this will be an amplified lipstick and a matching lipgloss. This hot duo is set to launch on 22nd January in America and 12th February internationally.

Are you looking forward to the latest Viva Glam collaboration?