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Monday, April 21

Cloud Nine- The O

Previously to getting my hands on Cloud Nines 'The O' Heated Rollers*, they were a concept that I had been very intrigued by- in fact, I still am. They're pretty magic in how they work and in my opinion, are an amazing hair styling tool.

 A go-to for volume and bounce, I tend to use these when my hair is at its flattest or when I haven't blow dried it properly and need my hair to be styled as quick and as easily as possible and I find they work absolutely brilliantly. I particularly enjoy using the 40mm and 50mm Rollers through my parting and along my hairline and find that after about 20 minutes of having them in, although the longer the better, my hair is quickly transformed. 

I've been using The O for a few months now, but having let my hair get ever so slightly out of control with length, it's only now that I've had some layers put in, that I'm seeing the best results.
Although I've been using them for a while, I'm still not quite sure how The O actually works, but I do know that the system does a brilliant job. 

Each roller is heated in a minimal few seconds, by placing them into the pod where they are individually charged with heat, heating from the core outwards, giving you the 'ready' indication when they're each charged, making them a "burn safe" and time efficient way of styling your hair. 

With three different sized rollers to choose from in the set, there's the opportunity to style your hair in various ways including volumised curls, roots and bounce to suit all different hair lengths, which is fab.

Having tried traditional rollers, various heated rollers and now The O, I'm definitely sold on these and have been recommending the set to so many people, including my friends and family who have been blown away by the results on trying them.

This set is The O Ultimate Set, and comes with:
The O Pod
4 x 30mm The O Rollers
4 x 40mm The O Rollers
4 x 50mm The O Rollers
12 x The O Clips
Amplify Spray
Luxury Black Carry Case

Costing £199.95, it's really great value in comparison to buying The O Pod and Rollers separately and is available to buy on Look Fantastic, HQ Hair and Beauty Bay.


Sunday, April 20

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Collection 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, then you will have seen that I was invited to a rather special lunch in the sun last week, where I was given the opportunity to swoon over this years Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess collection. 

Bronze Goddess is a collection that I look forward to every year and last year, the limited edition and extremely popular fragrance Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche SkinScent was by far my favourite product of the Summer. 

Consisting of a huge twenty-one products, Bronze Goddess is the perfect Summer collection that for me, will be pretty hard to beat. 

NEW Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Eight Color Eyeshadow Palette RRP £40.00
Sumptuous Waterproof Mascara in Black RRP £20.50
Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black RRP £22.00
Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara in Extreme Black RRP £22.00

NEW Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Cheek Glow RRP £25.00

NEW Limited Edition Pure Color LipShine in Mandarine RRP £18.00
NEW Limited Edition Pure Color LipShine in Luscious Plum RRP £18:00

NEW Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Bare RRP £14.50
NEW Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Buffed RRP £14.50
NEW Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Burnished Nude RRP £14.50
NEW Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Lust RRP £14.50
NEW Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Scorpion RRP £14.50

Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer RRP £28.00
Bronze Goddess Powder in Light RRP £30.00
Bronze Goddess Powder in Medium RRP £30.00
Bronze Goddess Powder in Medium Deep RRP £30.00
Bronze Goddess Powder in Deep RRP £30.00

Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent 100 ml RRP £47.00
Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Body Splash 240ml RRP £56.00
Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil Spray 50ml RRP £29.00
Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Crème 200ml RRP £29.00

The Bronze Goddess fragrance collection is an all time favourite of mine and I'm so pleased that the cult favourite Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche SkinScent* has been re-released for yet another year. With notes of Amber, Coconut Milk, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Mandarin, Orange, Lemon, Jasmine and Lavender, it is the most stunning Summer fragrance and can only be described as smelling like a Summer holiday with cocktails and suntan lotion and it honestly is so incredibly dreamy and well worth stocking up on.

The three new fragrance products that have graced this years collection are the Body Splash*, which comes in the most divine looking of bottles, the Shimmer Body Oil, which offers the fragrance as well as a shimmering and soft effect on the skin and a new favourite of mine, the Whipped Body Creme which smells incredible, lingers beautifully and keeps your skin perfectly moisturised throughout the day.

For nails, Estée Lauder have created five new Pure Color Nail Lacquers* in the most delightful of shades each to suit the amazingly designed bottles. Of course, being the Nude loving girl that I am, Bare immediately caught my eye and I've been wearing it every day for the past week, with a huge amount of love and lots of compliments. I imagine come the Summer time, Buffed, Burnished Nude and Lust are going to be very popular shades, particularly for the toes.

There is only one product needed for Cheeks where Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess is concerned, and this is in the form of a Cheek Glow*. Providing a healthy, sunkissed touch of Coral colour to the cheeks, it's perfectly blendable for a more subtle colour and equally buildable for those who want something a little more dramatic. It's the perfect cream formula for an illuminating Summer product and even without the sun, has already become a go-to for me. 

For Skin, the Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer* will I'm sure, be an extremely popular summertime product. Providing the perfect luminous finish, it works as a natural-looking reflective base that will be dreamy in the sun. Very minimal amount of product is needed and I personally think I'll be using this in extremely small quantities to create a pearlized highlight to my cheekbones for the sunkissed look. 
For those of you that prefer a powder bronzer, the Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer is here to stay. An all year product, this has been a go-to for me on many occasions since last summer and available in four shades, it has tones to suit all. Packaged in a huge compact and designed in the delightful Bronze Goddess Tortoise Shell design, you can read all about in my post from last year. 

For lips, Estée Lauder have created two new limited edition Pure Colour LipShines that follow the balm, crayon-like trend, that although they apply incredibly sheer at first, offer a buildable finish too, to create more of a bold look. Formulated with Mango and Shea Butter for soft and moisturising results, these are available in two shades, Mandarin and Luscious Plum* and look subtly glossy on the lips, perfect for the beach.

I'm sure you can imagine how much my eyes lit up at the sight of the new Nudes Eyeshadow Palette*, and something tells me I won't be the only one that will find themselves swooning over the 8 Eyeshadow beauty over and over again. Created with 5 matte finish Nudes to enhance the eyes and 3 high-intensity gelee metallics to dramatize, I'm all over this palette and personally find the shade range to be just perfect. I can imagine that some people won't be as impressed by the intensity or colour range of the mattes, but I think they're stunning and such easy to wear "second skin" shades, making them winners in my opinion. The three metallics are just as fabulous and highly pigmented with multidimensional colour, could create the most stunning of looks. 
The palettes double ended brush applicator doesn't wow me as much as other palettes have recently, but I've been told that the sponge tip used wet on the metallic eyeshadows creates an incredible finish. This is something I'll definitely have to put to the test, so watch this space. 

To finish the Bronze Goddess Colour collection and complete the look when it comes to eyes, Estée Lauder have launched their Sumptuous and Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascaras into the collection in two shades and being waterproof, will work with the entire collection perfectly for big bold lashes on summer days out and holidays. 

As I'm sure you can tell, once again, I'm sold on the Estée Lauder Bronze Collection and if you're just as excited as me, you'll be able to get your hands on it at Estée Lauder counters in Debenhams, Selfridges and House of Fraser on May 1st.

See last years posts on Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer in Medium here and the delightful Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche SkinScent here.  

Monday, April 14

L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Colour- How Romantic

Back at Christmas time when I was in New York, it seems that pastel nails were at the top of my list of things to buy and this L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Colour in the shade How Romantic has surprisingly been one of my favourite American beauty buys.

The softest pale Pink, aimed towards more of a sheer natural look, this is very much in the Essie Ballet Slippers family and I find it's prettiest applied with a few coats, to a slightly more opaque tone and think it's such a pretty shade for all year round.

The formula isn't amazing, it is extremely sheer and so for the kind of finish pictured above, you're looking at 3-4 coats, which I know, most people would find ridiculous. I personally don't mind spending time building it up, as I really like the finish and shade you eventually reach, and I don't find that it ends up chipping any more than you would expect a polish to anyway.

I'm not sure if these are available in the UK, I know I personally haven't seen them, but I do hope that they do reach drugstores here shortly, as I remember having my eye on a few more of the L'Oréal shades.

Costing around the $5 mark, I picked this up in Walgreens although I'm sure it's available in the likes of Target and Ulta too.


Sunday, April 13

Pregnancy Update #5: Week 26 Update

Last week I uploaded my 25 Week Update and another baby haul to my YouTube Channel and now at the beginning of Week 27, I thought it was about time to give you a little update into how things are going for bump and I.

Other than at the beginning of my first trimester, when things were a little hard and a bit of a shock to the system (see here and here), my pregnancy journey so far has been pretty, dare I say it, easy. That is, until week 26, when my growing baby bump really started to take its toll on my body.

Being out of breath was something I had got used to because when you really think about how much space my baby boy is taking up in there, it's all pretty relative but the weight strain on my body, particularly on my back, is something I'm beginning to really struggle with. 
I don't have the best posture as it is *slaps wrists*, but I feel like my body is being thrown completely out of sync and whether I'm standing up, laying down or sitting, I feel so uncomfortable. 
Many a night has been spent sobbing myself to sleep in discomfort or tossing and turning until the early hours to the dismay of my boyfriend Mike and although it's not helping as much as I wish it would, I don't go anywhere without my V shaped pillow. It's not as firm as I would like, which I feel would possibly help a little more, and knowing that with 13 weeks still to go, this is just the start of the third trimester joys, if you have any recommendations for pregnancy pillows/wedges, I'd love to hear them!

Updating my bra collection, from what was quite the feminine, dainty and pretty collection to the more practical side of things, has helped massively and although I never thought I'd say it, I can't get enough of a good old comfort bra with lots of stretch, no underwire and well, designs that before, I probably would have mocked. I've been wearing a few different ones, but my standout go-to bra is a Silk Seamless number from Bravado*, which is a dream to wear and will come in perfectly when I start breastfeeding.

I have a very active baby on my hands and I'm not bored of feeling his kicks in the slightest. He's a cheeky little thing, in that he will only kick for Mike and I and any sign of anyone elses hands, means he hides away and goes back to sleep but each and every movement is honestly absolutely incredible and I cherish even the biggest of somersaults into my bladder or ribs (ish). 

I have my next midwife appointment in a couple of weeks, which although I've been made aware to expect blood tests, I'm actually really looking forward to. I'm going to put together a list of questions to put to her, which will range from the more personal of questions to more general things like weight, growth and birth plans- eek!

Moaning aside, I'm really enjoying pregnancy and although it is extremely exhausting, I wouldn't change it for the world. I have thirteen weeks left until my due date, which on one hand seems like it's just around the corner but on the other, seems so far away. I'm so excited to meet our little boy and so we're breaking the remaining time with a special little scan and I'm extremely excited to say, we'll be taking you and the camera along with us!

 I'm going to try and get a few posts up shortly of the beauty products that I've been using to keep my bump soft and supple and fingers crossed free from stretch marks, and I'll be sure to keep you updated on my YouTube Channel.

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Tuesday, April 8

Billion Dollar Brows

Last week I was invited down to Rush Hair & Beauty, where I was treated to my first ever Billion Dollar Brows treatment. 

I'm all about brows and in the past have had various brow treatments, but I must say, this eyebrow designing treatment is up there as one of the best, if not the best, I have experienced thus far.

Using the Brow Buddy, which is used to work out the perfect eyebrow shape for your face, along with the Brow Buddy Pencil, your brows are cut, waxed and plucked to perfection. 

Not compulsory with the treatment, for those that want a more natural look, tinting is offered but there was no way I was going to turn it down. I like quite a strong brow and wanted to brows to be tinted so I could go without make up, so decided on a Brown tint with ever such a touch of Black and I'm so pleased with the outcome.

After around thirty minutes in the chair, my brows were given the A-List treatment and I'm honestly so impressed with how they look. As opposed to other treatments I have had in the past, Billion Dollar Brows don't offer threading, which I must admit I had wondered whether I would miss, but surprisingly, I don't. Tinting, waxing, cutting and plucking worked a small miracle and I love my new and improved shape. 

To finish the treatment, the brows are filled where they are naturally sparse with the Brow Powder (Taupe was used on me), highlighted and shaded with their Brow Duo Pencil and once that step it complete, you're good to go. 

Having this treatment has drastically decreased my make up application time as I've had no need to fill them in and so I'll be going back in about six weeks for another treatment for sure.

Billion Dollar Brows cost £35 and I had my Billion Dollar Brow treatment done in Rush Croydon, by Sam who I would highly recommend.

Have you had Billion Dollar Brows? I'd absolutely love to hear your experiences. 

Thursday, April 3

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek- Rose Frivole & Corail Affranchi

Back in February I attended a rather fabulous event held by YSL, where they were showcasing their upcoming launches and these YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek duos were the stand out products in my opinion.

From afar, I assumed they were nail polishes but up close, when I realised just what they were, I was absolutely thrilled. 

Teaming up as both a blush and a liquid lipstick, the ultra soft formula works beautifully with the little brush and works as the perfect mix and match product. Providing a really lovely matte finish, they apply creamy to the lips and almost like a cream to powder product on the cheeks. 

I quite like cheeks and lips to match, although I'm fully aware that sometimes it can look a little bit over the top, but find 2 Rose Frivole* on the lips and 7 Corail Affranchi* on the cheeks actually works well together, despite being completely different tones that I wouldn't normally pair with each other. I like to use the applicator to apply to the lips for the cleanest most opaque finish and I normally find myself blending out the cheeks with a stippling brush for the most natural look.

Available in 12 shades, some of which can be seen over on my Instagram, they cost £27 and are currently a web exclusive available to buy here

What do you think of these Kiss & Blush? Will they be gracing your make up collection anytime soon?

Wednesday, April 2

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Stylo Gel Eyeliners

There are some brands that just do some things best and when on the market for a new eyeliner, I can't recommend Bobbi Brown highly enough. In my opinion, their Gel Liners are the best there are and already a fan of their Gel Liner in Black Ink and Dark Chocolate Ink, their newly launched Perfectly Defined Stylo Gel Eyeliners very much appealed to me.

Available in six shades; Chocolate Truffle- a rich Brown, Pitch Black*- the Blackest of Blacks, Sapphire*- a rich Navy Blue, Scotch- a Gold Bronze with shimmer, Steel Grey- a Grey with subtle shimmer and Violet Night- a Black Purple, all offer incredible pigmentation in a sweat and humidity-resistant formula that is combined with a mixture of both waxes and emollients, making it long lasting with intense colour.

Super easy to apply, these can be used as faintly or as intense as you wish and the built in sharpener helps make for a really easy precise line, with no need for any pull or drag.

I have been wearing Pitch Black closely along my top lash line ever so slightly winged out and find it sticks around for hours, with no need for any attention. Removal can be a bit of a work, which is always a good sign, but a good oily eye make up remover does the job well.

Available to buy now in Bobbi Brown stores and counters in Selfridges, Debenhams and House of Fraser each of these Perfectly Defined Stylo Gel Eyeliners costs £18.


Tuesday, April 1

The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks

Back in August, I was left absolutely thrilled with The Body Shops Colour Crush Lipsticks and I'm equally impressed with their newest launch to the Colour Crush family- their Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks.

Launching with these three shades- Fuchsia Flirt*, Magenta Be Rouge* and Sunset Romance* are sheerly pigmented and made up of a formula that consists of Fair Trade Marula Oil and Cherry-Seed Oil which provide a glossy effect and suppleness to the lips. 

Very much like a balm on application, these apply with ease and offer three stunning shades that like the original Colour Crush lipsticks, feel incredibly light and comfortable on the lips- fading nicely and not needing too much attention.

Launching on April 15th, these will cost £10 each and will be available to buy in The Body Shop and online

Do you like the look of these lipsticks? Which shade is your favourite?