Friday, 10 October 2014

REVIEW: Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleansing Balm

Hi everyone!

This product featured in my recent September favorites but I thought I'd go into a bit more detail about it because it really is fab. I went to a Lush party recently where you basically learn more about the products and you go home having made your own face mask. It really was so much fun and this was one of the products we used to remove our make-up before sampling some of the masks. 

I like to take a small amount a dot is all over my face, and with gentle circular movements break down my make-up. I was so impressed with how well this worked on removing my Benefit They're Real Mascara, a product which is notoriously stubborn to remove. Once i look sufficiently like a panda I get a damp muslin cloth and remove the excess oil and the result is clean and hydrated skin. I find the hydration part really important as a lot of cleansers can be really stripping. 

I'd consider my skin to be pretty normal to combination so I don't feel really greasy after using the product. I can imagine if you are very oily that maybe you should steer clear of this product and use a gel or cream cleanser as it does leave a bit of a residue.

This product has become a firm favorite in my routine now as it works wonders with removing my make-up and has really no scent at all- I'm sure I'll keep repurchasing. 

What do you think of this product?

Ellie xx

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Make-up Revelation: The Double Cleanse

Hi Everyone!

As a product fanatic I am always looking to give my skin a good clean in the morning and evening for many reasons, prevent clogged pores, break-outs .. You get the drill.

I was doing a big of research into enhancing my skin care routine where I came across the concept of double cleansing. At first I was thinking, hang on this is a waste of product but upon trying it out for my self it has been quite a revelation. 

Even after cleansing once that there may be a bit of make-up or residue left on the skin, therefore cleansing twice insures optimal cleansed skin. I have been using a oil based cleanser such as the Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser followed by my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and I have really noticed a difference in how clean my skin looks and feels. 

Why don't you give it ago?

Ellie xx

Friday, 3 October 2014

September 2014 Beauty and Random Favorites

Hello Everyone! Here are some items I have been enjoying throughout the month of September.

1. Essie Nail Varnish in Luxedo

This is such a gorgeous shade! A really deep cherry red, which in some lights looks black. I'm sure I'll continue loving this shade as we move into the winter months.

2. Lush Instablur Cleanser

This cleanser has become a staple in my night time routine because it is so nourishing. I massage the balm to remove my make-up- even tough mascara is no problem. I then wipe it off with a muslin cloth and wet my face slightly to remove any remaining oil.

3. The Body Shop Mango Body Wash

I cannot get enough of the smell of this body wash. I love it when you use a shower gel/ body wash which has a lasting scent, especially one as delicious as this.

4. MAC Lipstick in Peach Blossom 

I have been on a search for my perfect nude and I think I may have found in in peach blossom. Funnily enough I wouldn't say this wasn't a peach but more of a slightly brown toned pink.  It's SO beautiful.

5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I won't go on about this one because there must be thousands of reviews about this product. Believe it or not I've never actually owed a concealer because I don't really have problem skin but I have started getting a few spots recently and decided to take action. I've really been enjoying using this and setting it with my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and I know it won't budge.

6. The Divergent Trilogy

These books were recommended to me by a friend as I really enjoyed the Hunger Games Trilogy. The second book was by far my favorite and I really enjoyed these action packed stories.I didn't have the 'I can't bare to put this book down' phase which I did with the Hunger Games Trilogy but for lovers of that series I think this trilogy will attempt to fill the void left on completion of the Hunger Games.

7. Topshop Mom Jeans in Black

A classic, flattering shape which is quite simply an everyday favorite.

8. Sam Smith 'In The Lonely Hour' CD

I don't think this CD is a 'monthly favorite' more a 'life favorite', I adore Sam Smith. In this album I have found near perfection. My only one issue with the album is that my favorite song called Nirvana is not included! Such a shame because the rest of the album is SO amazing.

9. Waitrose Homous

A bit of a weird one but I thought why not! I adore this stuff and it is THE nicest homous around and I feel I can say that because I have tried a lot.

10. Cinnamon and Rasin Bagel

My family have never actually been bagel people but these were quite a revelation. They are so delicious for breakfast with a light spread of butter. I love anything cinnamony so these are right up my street.

I hope you enjoyed this post :)

Ellie xx

Saturday, 27 September 2014

REVIEW: Empress Nails

Hello! I picked these nails up in my local Boots because I adored the pattern. I had never worn fake nails before because I have never seen the point really especially when I enjoy painting my own nails.

With an antiseptic wipe included and easy peel off backs application was very easy. However, I have quite small hands which meant that I didn't use the biggest nail size because it looked ridiculous.

-This was taken after a few days of wear hence why the nails tips are turning white-

I put the nails on and proceeded to cut them down as they were way too long. I cut the nails down to pretty much my natural length leaving them to look like nail stickers rather than fake nails which suited me more.

What I have found difficult is doing anything with my hair as it gets caught in gaps around the edges of the nails. Maybe this is because I didn't stick them down properly? But I can imagine them being a bit impractical.

Having worn them for a few days I have received many compliments on them and I do really enjoy the look of them but it is difficult to find outfits to go with them because they are so bold!

Have you tried these nails before?

Ellie xx

LFWEND Day 1+4 AW14

Hello! Here are my Days 1 and 4 of London Fashion Weekend. I can't remember if I said but I wasn't able to attend all the days due to work commitments but I had a great time nonetheless.

For those of you who don't know London Fashion Weekend is an opportunity for the public to get a taste of what it would be like to experience London Fashion Week. When you buy your ticket it usually encompasses three things; a tote bag, shopping and a catwalk show. Having been for two years the tote bags are honestly SO worth it and the catwalk and shopping are something special.

Arriving at London Victoria..

I began each day looking around the shopping areas. There were some beautiful pieces, in particular the Celine leather and Vivienne Westwood scarves really caught my eye..

As mentioned above the beautiful Celine leather pieces..

Burberry Trench *swoon*

I had never heard of this designer before but the collection was made up of some amazing, glamorous evening wear such as the lazer cut piece seen below

I fell in love with this shark tooth ring and may have made a purchase..

These flower garlands were so pretty for a festival or garden party. The traders are always really knowledgeable and were showing people how to do some really chic hairstyles with the bands.

Jeans- Topshop
Shoes-Birkenstocks (obviously)
Sunglasses- Topshop

(Sorry no outfit post for the other day but I wore pattern trousers from Mango, Birkenstocks, an over-sized white shirt from ASOS, pink coat as seen above from Next and a Vivienne Westwood necklace)

On Sunday I went to the Trend Catwalk show which was really great. The show was split into four trends; One and Only, Candy Crush, Jungle Fever and Fairy Tale Ending. I particularly enjoyed Jungle Fever with its palette of greens and and animal prints.

To finish a very exciting day I headed to Starbucks for an Iced Mocha.

I had a really great time at London Fashion Weekend. The whole event is such an enjoyable experience, I'll booking a ticket for next season!

Ellie xx 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

REVIEW: Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser (Normal/Combination)

As you know from my other Liz Earle review, I am a huge fan of the cleanse and polish. Because of this, I had high expectations for this product. Unfortunately I was left quite disappointed. This one was specifically for normal/combination skin- brilliant I thought, this is the exact category my skin falls under. I found this product didn't skin into my skin very well and was far to rich to go under make-up.

I tried applying at at night, but when I woke up my skin just felt really greasy. Strange when this is mean to be for combination skin. Also I'm not a huge fan of the smell so that has kind of put me off this even more.

Sorry Liz Earle, I am a lover of the cleanse and polish but sadly this product just didn't do it for me.

Have you tried this product? What do you think?

Ellie xx

Friday, 19 September 2014

REVIEW: Pitcairn, Chichester Festival Theatre

I was given the opportunity to go and see Pitcairn and review the show at Chichester Festival Theatre. I love Chichester as a town for super shopping but also love the theatre and I have seen many great shows there.

Pitcairn was in the Minerva Theatre, which is smaller and more intimate than the main theatre. The show portrays the colonisation of a remote island called Pitcarin by a group of mutineers lead by Fletcher Christian. Their aim was to escape capture by the British Navy and to establish a new utopian society based on the ideology of their leader that all men are equals. The play is a grown up Lord of The Flies, and because of this the outcome didn't really shock me.

The men were not alone on the island. They had brought over five Fijian women, which made for crude comments and sexual references throughout. I'm not a prude by any means but I don't think these references added to the plot.

Chichester Festival Theatre is right to push theatrical boundaries, but it has to be with a play worthy of this. I think it is encouraging to see more abstract theatre being performed, but I did get the sense that the plot had sort of run away with the sexual references which is a shame as the story is so famous. I always enjoy the experience of going to the theatre, the atmosphere and the staff are always so welcoming. It's just a shame the show didn't quite live up to my high expectations.

Ellie xx

P.S. The ice-cream at Chichester Festival Theatre is so yummy- the coffee flavour is just perfection.