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Wedding Wednesday: The Engagement Party

Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...


L’Occitane 100% Shea Butter

LOccitane 100 percent shea butter
LOccitane 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
LOccitane 100 percent Pure Shea Butter (2)
100% Pure Shea Butter – 8ml - £6
Like the other L’Occitane Shea Butter products that I have mentioned, the primary aim of the 100% Shea Butter is to protect. In particular to protect against environmental damage. The natural properties that Shea butter has leave skin soft, supple and feeling nourished. Shea butter is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
This handy tin of pure Shea butter is perfect to keep in your handbag/pencil case (where I’ve been keeping mine!). It has all the benefits of Shea butter in one small practical tin.
It can be used for a number of things, a lip balm to soothe and protect sore lips, a lip base – to nourish lips before applying lippie, or as a soothing balm to apply to super dry areas of the face – particularly useful for any drying out spots.
The 100% Shea butter does not have a strong scent or flavour so is perfect for all you sensitive skinned folks, it also makes the product unisex which is always a bonus. The product can also be use on children.
I would highly recommend this product, since I received it I’ve used it every day – would be lost without it now. You can buy it from the L’Occitane website and also in store.


The Body Shop Chocomania Collection

Chocomania group
First off, let’s talk about the scent of these products. THEY SMELL AMAZING! And I don’t even like chocolate…

I got a sample of the body scrub and the body lotion in my local store last week and I can’t wait to go back in and buy something from the collection!

I used the body scrub on my arms in the shower last night and it’s amazing. It’s really fine and sugary and exfoliates brilliantly. My arms felt really smooth after I’d used it. It also smells lovely, so sweet and chocolatey – addictive.

I’ve been carrying my little pot of body lotion around with me all week as I just like to sniff it sometimes! It’s also great for dry hands, makes them smell good enough to eat! I have also been using this on my elbows which are quite dry and it’s really effective at relieving the dryness.

I think I will have to go and buy the body butter as they are my favourite product from The Body Shop, I have quite a collection!

Have you checked out the Chocomania collection yet? You must go and smell it if you haven’t already!


FOTD: Navy Liner

Well that last picture only highlights the fact that I need to wax lol, beautiful.
Liner: Collection 2000 Extreme Liquid Liner – Navy
Mascara: MAC Haute & Naughty
Lips: Collection 2000 Cream Puff – Cotton Candy
I hope that you all had a good weekend, what did you get up to?



I have been a fan of Lara’s handmade jewellery creations for quite a few months now, after connecting with her via twitter. ditzymakesjewellery is an etsy store which is full of delightfully whimsical jewels that anyone would like! There really is something for everyone, and everything is really fairly priced (£4-16) with shipping being reasonable too.
Lara has just launched her new collection and it is amazing, she offered to send me a couple of pieces to try out, she sent me a necklace and bracelet:

They are lovely and I love the bird theme, I love animal themed jewellery! The quality is excellent, I’ve worn the bracelet all week and it still looks as good as new! The necklace is the perfect length (44 inches) on me, mid chest (just above the boobs… I’m always losing necklaces in my cleavage!), and it will be perfect for work too as I have to wear a silly lanyard and longer necklaces get tangled in it.
I thought that I’d show you some of my favourite pieces from the new collection, that I will definitely be purchasing come pay day!ditzymakesjewellery
What do you think? I love everything!

Follow Lara’s blog here
Her twitter here
Her Facebook here
Her tumblr here
And definitely go and check out her etsy store too!

Garnier Nutrisse Crème and my Return to the Blonde?


me3_thumb[2] I mentioned in my hair history post a few weeks ago that I am a natural blonde, for some of you this might be pretty hard to believe (my eyebrows are a tell tale sign though – they’re almost non-existent!) but up until I was about 14 I was a blonde! Ever since I started dying my hair dark I have regretted that first chocolate brown dye I popped upon my head as it’s so tricky to return to blonde after being a brunette / redhead/ pinkhead/ greenhead…
The only hair friendly option is growing it out, and that is not an option I want to consider – far too timely! So a dye it is, Garnier Nutrisse have just launched their  ‘British Blondes’ collection with dyes that have been tested on British women and have been developed to work with their skin tone, lifestyle and fashion sense.

blondey-yellow-hairWhen I finally get brave enough to return to my roots (apologies for the pun!) I will need to consider my options very carefully, as we know there are many shades of blonde and getting the right match for your skin tone can make the difference between being a blonde bombshell and a brassy lassie (Also excuse that bit of rhyming lol).
Just like with make up there are warm, cool and neutral shades of hair colour and these compliment certain skin tones better than others, if you have a warm undertone to your skin a cool or neutral shade of blonde will enhance and compliment it better than a warm tone. A cool toned dye will also help to neutralise any brassiness that might be a problem, this has been a problem for me in the past, remember this picture (right).
The shade of your hair also affects how jewellery and certain colours of clothing look on you so choosing the right shade is a really important step that I admit I’ve overlooked before. Since listening to the information given by Garnier I will definitely be considering the shade I’m dying my hair in the future and not just picking up the box with the prettiest lady on it…
The video below goes into much more detail about choosing the right shade of blonde for you and is definitely worth a watch if you’re considering going blonde:

I hope that you learned something from the video, I certainly did!
Have you ever considered going blonde?


Smoky Purple - Bourjois Light Shadow Look

I thought I’d create a make-up look featuring one of the Bourjois Light eye shadow’s that I mentioned earlier in the week. I used Shade 03 for this look, which is the pinky, purple greyish shade. The shadow is quite shimmery so I’d say this look is probably not for every day, but would be perfect for a lovely meal out or something. I will include details of what I did after the photos below.

1. Apply a base all over the lid, I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and blend this up towards the brow bone.
2. With a flat shader brush apply Bourjois Light Shadow – Shade 03 all over the lid, stopping at the crease.
3. Apply a purple/brown/grey shade, I used MAC Memorabilia, into the crease and blend the edges of the lighter shade. Blend this up towards the brow bone.
4. Deepen the socket by applying a darker purple shade to the outer ‘v’, I used MAC Sketch. Blend this a little and bring it down under the lower lashes.
5. Apply some more of the Bourjois Light Shadow to the inner corner of the eye and also on to the brow bone, to highlight.
6. Curl lashes and apply mascara.

What do you think?


Review: Nouveau Lashes Noir Mascara

Nouveau Lashes Mascara (1)
Nouveau Lashes Mascara (3)
Nouveau Lashes Mascara (7)
Nouveau Lashes Mascara (8)
RRP £14.99
I received this product in my December Glossy Box and was pretty impressed as it’s a full size product! The first thing that I noticed about it is the weight of the product – it is very heavy for a mascara! This is a good thing though, it makes it feel expensive and luxurious. It also came in a box, how swish! (I’ve since lost the box though!)
What They Say
Quick drying, flake-free formula, dramatic volume from just one application, excellent staying power. Suitable for use alone or with Nouveau Lashes eyelash extensions. [short and sweet!]
Noir Mascara gives you gorgeous, jet black, luscious lashes in no time. Just one coat of the new waterproof and quick-drying formula is enough for a fantastic false lash effect. And once you've achieved your perfect lashes, they stay perfect—all day long. [This was from the Glossy Box description of the product]
What I Thought
  • I love the packaging, it’s sleek and understated.
  • The brush is nice and small – perfect for my short lashes
  • The colour is really black, not greyish or greenish like some ‘black’ mascaras
  • One coat gives quite a natural look
  • Every lash is coated and defined
  • I wouldn’t say that the mascara gives ‘dramatic volume’ though
  • It did dry really quickly, without that brittle feeling some mascaras have
  • It adds a lot of length, with two coats this is even more noticeable
  • Because of it’s quick drying I think that this mascara would be perfect for the bottom lashes
Would I Repurchase?
I probably wouldn’t repurchase this mascara as it’s quite pricey, I’m a high street girl at heart.
You can purchase the mascara here
Have you tried this mascara? What did you think?


Bourjois Little Round Pot LIGHT Eye Shadow

Whilst I was shopping with my best friend a couple of weeks ago we spied these beauties nestled amongst the ‘little round pots’ on the Bourjois stand in Boots, what first caught my eye was the holographic text on the front of the pot (magpie…) and then after reading that they were in fact special reflective highlighting shadows I was sold.
They contain mother of pearl pigments and are highly pigmented, they claim to be 2 times as luminous as a classic Bourjois eye shadow. They are very reflective and catch the light beautifully, the mother of pearl in them gives a lovely iridescence and kind of makes them glow almost.
Bourjois suggest that these can be used in a number of different ways:
  • Applied all over the lid for a subtle shimmery look
  • Layered over other eyeshadows to add some shimmer
  • Applied with a wet brush to bring out the pearl effect more
I’ve mostly been using mine for inner corner highlights and on the brow bone, but I have used them all over the lid and they look lovely when they catch the light. I also used the white one as a cheekbone highlight but they are a little glittery for this, maybe for night time only! Unless you like glitter!
There are 3 shades:
01 – A shimmery golden white
02 – A frosted sky blue
03 – A powdery greyish pink
They cost £6.99 each and are available from Boots and Superdrug. They’re on 3 for 2 in Boots at the momento too.
[Shade 03]
[Shade 02]
Shade 02 (top) and Shade 03 (bottom)
[Shade 01]
My swatches aren’t great really, they don’t show the true beauty of these shadows! I’ve done a few make up looks with them that will hopefully show them better. I’ll be posting those over the next few weeks I think.
Have you checked these out yet?


L’Occitane Shea Butter Collection–Ultra Gentle Moisturiser

LOccitane Ultra Gentle Moisturiser 8 percent Shea Butter
LOccitane Ultra Gentle Moisturiser 8 percent Shea Butter (1)
L’Occitane Ultra Gentle Moisturiser - £24*
This moisturiser is also from the Shea Butter Skincare collection that I mentioned last week (here), and was kindly sent to me for review. This moisturiser is formulated with 8% Shea butter so is targeted towards people with normal or dry skin, it’s also perfect for sensitive skin types.
This moisturiser is much lighter than the Ultra Rich moisturiser that L’Occitane also have in the range, it is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free too. The product does have a scent though, it smells warm and a little sweet, but it doesn’t linger and it’s not strong at all.
The moisturiser sinks into the skin quickly and leaves a smooth even finish to the skin that is the perfect base for make-up, it revitalises any dry patches and doesn’t add to any oiliness. The ultra gentle formula soothes dryness and any reactions to climatic change that might appear on the skin with ease, the light formula does not feel too heavy on the skin either.
The moisturiser contains liquorice extract and alpha bisabolol extracted from candeia oil, which are ingredients that soothe the skin and give it extra gentle care. Meaning that the skin’s natural defences are boosted, leaving the skin stronger and more resilient.
I’ve been using the moisturiser most mornings under my make-up and I have not broken out once, with my oily skin I am always weary to try new moisturisers as I am prone to breakouts. But this has left my skin feeling lovely, and looking better too.
The packaging is really lovely, it’s a glass bottle that has nice weight to it (makes it feel expensive) and it also has a pump dispenser so you don’t use too much product, brilliant. I also like the simple navy text on the bottle, it looks classy; and I think this would make a great gift because of this.
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with normal/combination skin.
Have you tried any skincare from L’Occitane?

*I was sent this product to review, as always all opinions are my own.


Sunday Sounds #8

Two songs that I’ve had stuck in my head all week! A newbie and one of my all time faves!
Which do you prefer?

Gotta Get Thru This – Daniel Bedingfield


Face of the Day feat. Barry M Dazzle Dust–Gold Iridescent

On my post about this Dazzle Dust (Number 27) there were some comments requesting a ‘FOTD’ with it, here you go! I wanted to use it in an every day look – not that anyone would have the time or patience to faff about with a loose eyeshadow on a daily basis (well I wouldn’t anyway!). But it does look pretty with neutral eye shadows, doesn’t it? Definitely a wearable shadow, but it can also be glammed up for a night out, perhaps I will do a night time look with it too.
1. Apply a base all over the eyelid, I used Painterly Paint Pot by MAC.
2. With a flat shader brush pat the Barry M Dazzle Dust – Gold Iridescent on the inner part of the eye, to about half way.
3. Blend the edges of this with a fluffy brush.
4. In the crease place a medium warm toned brown shadow, I used Milk Chocolate by Natural Collection, blend this out. Apply more and repeat until you like the effect of this.
5. With a smaller crease brush apply a darker brown shadow in the outer ‘v’ of the eye, I used Crushed Walnut by Natural Collection, blend and repeat until it looks good.
6. Take a little bit of the darker brown shadow along the lower lash line and smudge this into the lashes.
7. If required, pat on a little more of the Dazzle Dust and bring this right into the inner corner.
8. Apply mascara.

Hope you like this look! Let me know if you give it a go : )


NOTW–No 7 Violetta

As usual, do excuse the shoddy paintjob! One day I will surprise you with a perfectly neat manicure, it may not be anytime soon though!


Holo Glitter Polish for 33p?

I picked these sets up in the 99p shop when I was shopping for my Valentines gift, as I couldn’t resist the glitteriness, especially for only 99p! They probably have a bad formula but generally glitter polishes are difficult to work with anyway so I thought, why not?
I’ve swatched them over a dark polish so you can see their true potential! The formula is very liquidy so it’s a little hard to get a good coating of glitter without getting too much clear nail varnish on your nails. Maybe I could try and pour some of the base out?
They dry pretty quickly considering the super thick and gloopy formula, and I suppose as a topcoat some of the shades aren’t too bad. The best ones in my opinion are the turquoise, the multi pink and the cloudy looking one as these seem to distribute the glitter more evenly than the others. Not bad for 33p each!
At least they’ll look pretty on my nail varnish shelves!
This is one of the best of the bunch, it has smaller glitter as well as the large hexagonal pieces. This gives a lovely multi-dimensional look to the nail, almost galactic. The large glitter is also holographic. Win.
In the bottle, this is one of the prettiest polishes. On the nail, not so much. The glitter doesn’t spread evenly leaving a lot of empty space on the nail, it is holo glitter though which does win it some brownie points!
Another disappointing one, the base of this polish is a sheer black colour meaning the pieces of striped black glitter get lost. If the base was a silver or something this could be amazing! I’ve never seen stripy black glitter before.
This is one of the best polishes, it spread evenly over the nail, I think this is because the glitter is smaller than in the other polishes. Loving the random silver hex pieces too – a nod to the OPI Muppets polishes?
I love this one, it has teeny tiny glitter in the base which is surrounded by the larger hex pieces. I love the shades in this one, pinks mixed in with the holo glitter is amazing! Also how cool would it be to get one of the little stars on your nails!
This one isn’t bad either, pretty even glitter distribution. This might be good layered over a red glitter polish for a little bit of added depth.
So, I would recommend a few of the shades but some of them are a bit of a waste. Definitely have a look in your 99p shop though as what else can you do with a pound nowadays?
What do you think?