Friday, 22 August 2014

Lightening Print | Naomi Barker Photography

A random and different kind of post today but I recently won this print in a Facebook competition and it's so beautiful that I just had to share it. I went to school with Naomi and ever since she added me on Facebook and I came aware of her photography page, I've been hooked. I show Brent all of the newborn pictures she takes and also the wedding ones and we're in agreement that we want to book her when the time comes.

The shot I won is so beautiful. I love watching thunder storms, and extreme weather photography is just breathtaking, I'm obsessed, seriously, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it! I love how the light illuminates the trees, the rolling clouds in the sky, it such a stunning shot, captured perfectly! I need to find somewhere to hang it now, I'm thinking above my make-up area so it's in view as you walk into my bedroom. Can't wait to hang it in my first home though.

Naomi's photography is just amazing, her shots of newborns are so adorable and wedding day photographs just capture the day beautifully. If you're looking for a photographer for either wedding, photographing your new bundles of joy or any family portrait, you should totally check out her Facebook page - Naomi Barker Photography and also her website here.

I just want to say Naomi didn't ask me to write this, I just wanted to share her amazing talent around as she 100% deserves huge recognition!

What do you think of the lightening shot? 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Maybelline SuperStay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour | Hot Salsa

You must all know by now how much I love these polishes. After wearing these in different colours for the past two months, I decided to try an old favourite Barry M's Greenberry and it chipped almost immediately whereas before, they never seemed to chip on me. It's strange but I can honestly say, these are the best high-street nail polishes I have tried. So far I have reviewed Uptown Blue - a gorgeous vibrant cream blue and Orange Punch - a bold pumpkin orange shade, and have loved them both. In one of the comments on the Orange Punch post, a reader named Millie said that the shade Hot Salsa was her favourite and I went straight out to buy it.

Hot Salsa from the SuperStay 7 Day Gel Nail Polish range is a vibrant pink toned red. In the bottle it appears more on the coral side but on my nails it looked more red. It's a very pretty shade and a nice change from my usual pastel colours or nude. Application was easy as the formula was very pigmented, after 2 coats I was good to go and there wasn't any streaks. Wear time was very good, as always. I wore this shade whilst I went camping for 3 days in the New Forest and although it chipped on the very ends, it wasn't noticeable. I had already been wearing the shade for about 4 days before I went and so far, every shade I have tried, the colours have lasted 7 days. The polish dries so quickly and looks super glossy and shiny, I never need to apply a top coat to add shine.

Everything about these polishes are fab, the formula, longevity, colour range, it's all great. I'm slowly purchasing new shades when I can, I recently picked up Mint for Life with my Boots points, I love that card! If you're in the mood to try a new nail polish brand, I would 100% recommend this range, hands down, the best I've tried.

Have you tried this nail polish line? What are your thoughts on them?

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Disappointing Products #3

I haven't been disappointed with many products, this is the thirst post of it's kind so far which is a good sign. However, I was going through my stash the other day and came across a couple of products that I hardly used because they didn't impress me and one that I loved at first but changed my mind. 

Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Face Wash - Simple is a brand specifically made for sensitive skin, I've used their moisturiser when I was younger and also have used some of their face wipes over the years. I bought this travel size face wash for a trip, I think maybe for Rome last year but stopped using it because it was awful. I then tried it a couple more times recently and actually tweeted about how bad it was. It made my face bright red and had a horrible burning sensation. My skin felt incredibly dry and tight as well. I have to say, the experience has made me never want to use Simple again but I do want to try their new skin illuminator, however I just don't think I trust the products. I can't believe a brand that's targeted at sensitive skin caused that reaction, I don't even have sensitive skin it's just dry.

Burt's Bee's Beeswax Lipbalm - I bought this last year and was so excited for it to come. When it arrived it took me about 15 minutes to get the darn thing open, the lid is so stiff! I tried to use it but barely any product comes off when you rub your finger in it to apply. I've hoped that over time it's melted a bit but it's still bad. I have to rub my finger in the pot at least 10 times just to get enough lipbalm on to one lip let alone both. It also isn't that moisturising and it doesn't last very long on the lips either. I think I will definitely be sticking to my Maybelline Babylips and Korres lip butters in the future.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum - When I first started using it, I really loved it. It made my skin feel really soft and smooth and my moisturiser and make-up all sat on top of it really well. Then I started using the Avené Soothing Hydrating Serum and came to realise that this one wasn't actually anything special. For a fraction of the price I actually prefer the Avené one as it left my skin feeling hydrated all throughout the day whereas this one was more, "once applied it's smooth but that's your lot" type thing, it didn't have any long term benefits. You also need a lot if you want to do all your face and neck properly so this small 15ml didn't last long at all, I just don't think it's worth the price when you can buy the Avené one for less and achieve more. I still really want to try the Youth Liberator foundation though!

Have you tried any of these items? What were your thoughts on them?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Perricone MD - No Foundation Foundaion | Review & Swatches

I've written about Perricone MD products before and thoroughly enjoyed a couple of items I have tried so far, especially the Intensive Pore Minimizer. I've been testing out the No Foundation Foundation* for a while now and at first was a little baffled with the concept. A translucent coverage that evens out skin tone and boosts hydration throughout the day, I had no idea how this could possibly work! That's not all though, it contains SPF 30 - finally, an SPF higher than 10 - and also doesn't contain any nasty parabens, sounds good yes?

Packaging is always fancy with this brand and comes in lovely frosted brown glass with cream labels. I said it before but it really reminds me of old Victorian style packaging, so cute! It comes with a pump and also with a pump stopper so that no nasty business happens when you're travelling etcetera.

When I first applied it, I was all "Oh my goodness I'm ORANGE" but left it on anyway. About 2 hours later I thought, "Wow this looks good!" It's described as a translucent coverage but I'm convinced that it colour corrects to the skin after a little time out in the open. I went from an orange umpa-lumpa, to smooth glowing coverage that matched my skin tone exactly. Such a natural finish, it really is perfect for the "no make-up" make-up look.

It doesn't provide the best coverage but it is supposed to be just a light layer. I use it all over the skin and just apply concealer wherever it's needed, apply a little powder to set it and I'm good to go. Before powdering, it leaves a gorgeous dewy finish that blends into the skin really well. Don't fear though oily skin types, this bad boy is good for all skin types! It didn't sit in any of my dry patches and lasted very well throughout the day. I wore it on some of the hottest days we had this summer and it didn't slip of my face or appear patchy in places.

Downside? It has a funky plant smell to it but it's not noticeable once it's applied. It's also £48.00 for 30ml of product *insert wide-eyed emoji* I know, super pricey for a foundation but it does do a great job at leaving a clear, even natural base for a long duration of time. If you fancy giving this a whirl, you can find it here and also here.

Would you buy this foundation? Have you tried it before?

*PR sample

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Outfit Post | Next, Boohoo & H&M

Top - - link
Shorts - H&M - link
Sandals - Next - link 
Necklace - Matalan - link (pink version)

I know, my last two of three fashion posts have just been crop tops but when I said I was obsessed I wasn't kidding. I bought so many that I've just been dying to wear them all...not at once, that would be weird. I did buy a lovely stripped Topshop one that I haven't worn yet and haven't really got anything that it goes with sadly. But never mind, here's today's outfit post.

I was a bit nervous going out in public in this for the first time as the crop top is on the shorter side and the shorts are tight. I love the outfit together though. The black really makes the flower detailing on the shorts pop and the necklace adds a bit of jazziness to the look. I would totally wear this out for drinks, even with the sandals. I love that this necklace can be worn with any style of outfit as well, it's really versatile. I picked it up from Matalan in their recent sale, bargain! But can only find the pink one online for you, sorry!

I hope you've all had a lovely week so far! 
Have you picked up any sale bargains?

Lots of love,


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