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Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday Motivation #1

Every Monday I'm going to throw out something inspiring and motivational for the week ahead. I know this is a beauty related blog but I believe inner beauty is important too and staying happy and inspired is all part of that. Anyway I'm going off on a tangin but you know what I mean...:)

This quote was something that really grabbed me and inspired me to write a series for my blog.
You really can do anything you want to do if you have the attitude to do it. Nobody can control you. You are your own best friend.

What will you change in order to be happy this week?
Mine will be concentrating on being happy & healthy.


P.S Sorry for the deep post ;)


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday Wishin'... #1

Every now and again we all have those moments when we're trawling through magazines or the internet and wish pay day would come that little bit quicker or perhaps bring along millions of pounds too. Today has been one of those days & I've spent this morning doing just that. These are some of the bits I've found by internet shopping & reading blog posts.

These baby's aren't the pair of shoes I'd usually go for but I'm feeling as though as we're going into Autumn/Winter it's always a good time to change up your style. I'd style these with my my light blue skinny jeans and my faux fur Jack Wills coats in the winter. They retail at £50.00 which isn't bad for River Island boots. They will be something i'll pick up with next months wages!

This is certainly something I've wanted for a long time and a luxury I eventually earn myself if I save. They are just so god damn expensive! 

This morning I was browsing the Mulberry website for a new purse when I came across Cara delevingnes' new collection and I've definately found my favourite. It has lion rivets!!! It's a gorgeous bag and you can style it in so many different ways and the strap can be changed in different ways, it's a neutral colour too and would go with quite alot of colours and outfits. However this isn't something i'll get this season unfortunately what with the hefty price tag of £1,600! :(

The packaging of this gorgeous contour and highlighter is absolutely luxury and I can only assume the product itself will be too with it retailing at £56.00 definately added to my christmas list! 

I've heard so much about this in the blogasphere and the fact it's called 'magic cream' intices me by itself. Anything that is magic sounds more than amazing! Charlotte claims it's her secret weapon she has been using for over 20 years! However as its £70.00 I'll have to have a longer think about it as it's a lot of money to spend on something I'm not even sure if I'll like.. Maybe if i could try before I buy.

Again, these are something I wouldn't usually wear but I think they are so perfect for Autumn/Winter. With these seasons clothes they are often seen to be dull and dark but the floral print livens it up a bit. These retail at £40.00.

Whats on your Wishlist at the moment? Anything here you're loving too?




Thursday, 21 August 2014

Products Not Worth The Hype...

Recently I've been using a lot more products that I wouldn't usually buy mainly because I've been reading a lot of blogs and I'm easily swayed ;) I'm a massive impulse buyer.

However we don't always talk about products that disappoint us and these are one of the posts I enjoy reading the most because you know that they are the most honest...

Here are a couple of products recently that haven't made it to the favourite list.

Vaseline Spray & Go body moisturiser

This product is one that all I've heard about the hype, so a lot of people are going to disagree with me here. Out of the three scents avaliable I chose this one for the following reasons.. I don't like aloe vera, and I don't enjoy smelling like cocoa butter although I adore the smell, kinda weird huh? I didn't feel as though this moisturised me in any way. It sunk in straight away and don't get me wrong it's super handy but for the simple reason it didn't leave feeling nice and moisturised and do as as it said on the can I found this quite disappointing. :(

Bioderma crealine H20

This is the second time I've repurchased this make-up remover so you're probably wondering why after this time I've included it in to my disappointing products list well I've realised there are just as good products out there for a much much cheaper price, for example the new Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which I spoke about here. I think Bioderma is a perfect makeup remover but I feel at £15.99 it's to much when I can pop down to boots and pay 4.99.

Do you agree/disagree with either of these?

Let me know what you aren't enjoying at the moment 


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

My Current Skincare Routine

We're in the middle of summer! So I thought what better time to show you my skincare routine/favourites.

First off I always use a cleansing water to take my make-up off as opposed to make-up wipes, I feel as though cleansing water is a lot more gentle on my skin and wipes can be a bit rough around my eye area. At the moment I'm loving the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. The first main advantage of it is its £4.99 at boots and works just as well as Bioderma! It's very soothing and removes every bit of make-up easily. All I really want from a make-up remover.

After removing my make-up I'll use the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I just use this to make sure every bit of make-up is off and it feels like a dream when your using the warm cloth against your skin, it's all natural too! For this I use it morning & evening all over my face and neck.

So, I've made sure all of my make-up is off so next is time for exfoliating. I won't do this everyday as I think it can be a bit rough against my skin, although this is the most gentle one I've used yet. It doesn't seem like exfoliators like me? This is another product from Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator.

Now I've exfoliated my face its time to put some radiance into my skin with the REN radiance perfection serum, I love this serum, it was a present last Christmas and definitely now something I couldn't live without. I put this on morning and evening, It's made such a difference on my skin, I apply a small amount on the back of my hand and apply it all over my face and neck.

So now on to moisturising, which is my favourite part. I use the Murad Ultimate Moisture For Eyes I love this eye cream & instantly became a holy grail. I apply underneath my eye and all over my lid up to my brow morning & evening. It leaves me hydrated straight away. When I apply it in the morning I find my concealer looks so much better with it. It's quite an expensive product at £57.00 but you literally need the tiniest amount and it goes a long way. 

Finally I put my all over face moisturiser. For this, my evening time moisturiser of choice is the Soap & Glory Night & Flight Hydrant Moisturiser. This is amazing and the reason i only use this in the evening is because it's quite thick. In the morning I'll use Simple day cream as this is a lot lighter for me to then put my makeup on. The Soap & Glory moisturiser leaves me instantly hydrated and smells beautiful too, like citrusy? The next morning I'll wake up with baby skin, yay!

What's your favourite morning & evening skincare products? Can you recommend me any other exfolaitors?

Amelia xxx

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