Sunday, 31 August 2014

One Love Organics | Review

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I mentioned on my blog a few weeks ago that I had the pleasure of being invited to the Mad Hatters' Tea party with US organic skincare brand One Love Organics. After exclusively using the products for about 3 weeks now, I think it's pretty safe to share my findings with you guys and tell you what's what. 

So first, a little background on the brand. One Love Organics is a brand which uses very simple and organic ingredients (which are preservative-free) within their products; with their approach being that one can achieve so much more with less. I've always been a big believer in the 'more is less' approach to skincare; If I can't eat/digest it in some way, shape or form, then I don't want it going on my face - luckily, One Love share this same sentiment. 

I was kindly given a few of their most popular products to try. Note that all of the products in the range are available in a mini 'discovery' size, which I think is really good for those who want to get to try the products, but don't want to shell out coins on the full sized item just yet.  

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Let me also state that the packaging is simply adorable! I'm getting an ethereal, shabby chic/retro vibe due to the medicinal brown jars, pastel colours and handwritten fonts. It looks so pretty on a dressing table too! 

Skin Saviour Waterless Beauty Balm
I've never used any sort of beauty balm previous to this so I didn't know what to expect. This balm can be used one of three ways; as a cleanser, moisturiser and also as a custom treatment foundation. 

Notable ingredients: Virgin coconut oil, sweet soy seed oil, beeswax, mango butter, chia seed extract, orange peel wax, vitamin E oil and oat extract.

I've always preferred water-based cleansers as I don't like feeling an oily based residue on my skin, so I did find the balm a bit heavy and hard to take off at times. I much prefer using it as a moisturiser; I use it on top of the Morning Glory serum at night and in the morning, my face is extremely soft. I think in the future I will figure out a way to use the balm as a cleanser, but for the moment, it is a tad bit too rich for me. I reckon it'll be great for those with extremely dry and dehydrated skin.  | Full size: £52, Discover size: £27.00 |

Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster
This little serum is the standout star for me within the range. I love this stuff! I'm actually trying to ration it out so that come Winter when my complexion goes a bit dull, I can use some of this to brighten it up. Think of it as 'caffeine for skin'; it contains Raspberry leaf which is full of polypeptides and niacin and they work to stimulate, tighten and tone the skin. It also contains Omega 3 oils which help smooth the appearance of fine lines and help shield the skin from everyday environmental damage. 

Notable ingredients: Ylang Ylang, peppermint, organic lemon balm, organic sweet mint, organic raspberry leaf. 

I've seen physical changes in my skin since using this; this is a big thing for me as previous to this, I only really used either rosehip oil or my beloved avocado and rosehip oil by Antipodes.  
My skin looks a lot brighter and feels a lot more hydrated - thumbs up from me!
| Full size: £37.00 | Discover size: £22.00 |


Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque
I always tended to avoid products with the name 'microderma' in it, as it drums up images of scratched and inflammed skin, redness and chemicals, however I was pleasantly surprised when I started using this a the powder granules are very fine and reminds me of the consistency of flour. You can use it as either a scrub or a mask; it all depends on how much water you add to the mixture.

Notable ingredients:  Corn starch, sweet pea flour, pineapple fruit extract.

As a mask, it's lovely. I leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing off and my face feels very clean and fresh. It's also pretty nifty as a scrub too and is gentle enough to be used everyday. It also smells like sherbet, which is a plus in my book! | Full size: £34.00 | Discover size: £9.00 |

The prices start from around £9.00 for the discover versions - on a whole, it is pretty pricey but you really do get what you pay for. I'm generally a frugal person, but I will always invest heavily on things that improve my well being; skin included. The quality of ingredients included are awesome and I only wished I'd done a before and after pic so you guys could really see the changes in my skin. 


Thumbs up!






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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Style | A-Line.

I did a bit of a Forever 21 binge while at the Stratford branch of Westfield a few weeks ago and among them, this faux leather A-line skirt. I thought i'd try something new and purchase this as I had previously never been the biggest fan of leather skirts; I paired it with a black peplum top, also from Forever 21. Normally I would never wear peplum over a full skirt as it can tend to make you look bigger, however meh. Rules are made to be broken, right? I finished the look with my go-to duster jacket of the Summer, from Simply Be. 

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Faux Leather A-Line Skirt - Forever 21+
Peplum top - Forever 21+
Printed Duster Jacket - Simply Be
Bucket Bag - Old Season Zara
Necklace - Dorothy Perkins
Heels - Primark!

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Monday, 25 August 2014

I Am in LOVE with GOSH Crazy Volume Mascara!

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GUYSGUYSGUYS *rings klaxon*.

GUYS.

I think...I have found my new favourite mascara. Of all time. Ever. Of evers. The worst part though? I don't think that the photos below even do it justice. 

I have always had the worst brows of all time; short, stubby and thin, I've always had a bit of trouble finding mascaras that promise to extend and fill out my lashes. I mean I've tried some decent ones in the past, don't get me wrong, but with each one, there's always been at least 2 things that I seem to find a bit dodgy and to be honest, being the stingy ole git that I am I don't want to keep shelling out major coins on premium brands that turn out to be mediocre at best.

Enter GOSH
I've always loved me a bit of GOSH, they do incredibly pigmented and long lasting lipsticks and so I had high expectations when I received this mascara. I'm so used to using comb wand mascaras that the size of this tube (due to the fibre brush) threw me right off for a bit! I'm not crazy about the hot pink packaging, but that's something that can definitely be overlooked in the grand scheme of things.

The chunky fibre brush is supposed to add dramatic volume and extreme length to the lashes, without the clumping or flaking. I've been using it nearly every day now and I must say that Stephie is a really happy bunny! The fibre wand is huge, but it's nimble enough for precise application. It catches and coats each lash separately and dries pretty quickly. Since using this mascara, I've received so many kind compliments about my eyes/lashes, so it's pretty safe to say that i'll be stocking up on this baby. I love the volume; it's not bold 'in-your-face-spider-lash', it gives off more of an overall fullness - very Kim Kardashiany, if you will. 

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Volume = 8/10
Length = 10/10

Like I said above, apologies for the rubbish photos - I know they don't do the mascara justice, but trust me - I virtually had NO eyelashes before and now i'm walking around with centipedes on my eyelids. Love it and can't recommend it enough. 

Unfortunately, you can't buy the GOSH mascara from the main site and I can't seem to find it anywhere on the Superdrug website. HOWEVER it is currently available in all Superdrug stores nationwide from £6.00.

 


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Sunday, 17 August 2014

#Fatkini Files | Gabifresh x Swimsuits For All Review

First off, please let me apologise for a couple of things; 1) the shitty iphone quality of the photos and; 2) mirror stains! Now that we've got that out the way;

Me. In a bikini. LAWLZ. My reaction to the thought of me in a bikini over the last several years. Oh but no more my friends! Recently there has been a surge in plus size bloggers and non-bloggers taking to social media to show off their bikini bodies - a movement that I have been inspired by and what better way to contribute to the cause than to do so in a gorgeous midkini designed by my absolute favourite blogger of all time, Gabifresh?!

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I'd been tinkering with the idea of buying this set from Swimsuits for All for a while, so when payday rolled around last month, I bit the bullet and purchased it. Note that there IS a customs charge of about £12.80, however I managed to avoid this due to a mix up with the postman. The bottoms were out of stock in my size at the time unfortunately, but I believe they are restocked now. This bikini top is GORGEOUS. Amazing print, and although the camera quality doesn't pick it up, the colours are extremely vibrant - almost neon bright. The design reminds me of the opening credits of all 90's teen sitcoms and has underwired cups to help with the boob support. 

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The bra straps are detachable which is great if you prefer the racer-back style like moi. The clips have a tendency to be a bit loose and randomly detach after a while, so i've taken to bending the metal clasps a bit closer together so it stays on. 

I purchased a US size 16 (which is a UK 18 on the site), and it almost fits to size, however I do find the cups a little bit roomy and the 'longline' part of the bikini is pretty big, so I would recommend sizing down for a bit more of a snug fit. 

You know what? I'll probably use this top as a crop top too - the print is so versatile that I think I MAY be able to pull it off. I'll let you guys know my findings a bit later. :) 

Gabifresh x Swimsuits for All Midkini - Swimsuits for All / High Waisted Bikini Bottoms - Simply Be / Low Waited Bikini Bottoms - Simply Be

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Style | Lady Sings the Blues.

Greetings and salutations to all. I apologise for the lack of posts over the past couple of weeks; I have been going through a series of unfortunate personal events and when in certain moods, I have absolutely no motivation to do anything, let alone post. Adding to how I already feel, the recent news reports of the Police brutality and racism currently going on in the town of Ferguson, Missouri and the tragic news of world favourite Robin Williams, the last couple of weeks have been really emotionally shitty for me, but hears hoping that I come out of my funk soon!
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I love a good short, body con dress once in a while however due to some recent weight gain, I've sorta retreated back to the good old jeans/nice top combo while I work out how to lose this stone! O_O. 
This (could you call it a body con?) tulip wrap dress with 3/4 sleeves from Pink Clove is so flattening. The V-neck front leading into the empire line really flattens the bust line and makes the waist look a tad smaller; and I do love a good tulip hem! I do have to take care when sitting down though, as the slit at the front can sometimes gape if i'm not careful but overall, it's a lovely dress that I think is classically sexy. Oo-er!
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Printed wrap dress - Pink Clove  / Wedges - Primark
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

A Mad Hatter's Tea Party with one love organics.

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A couple of Saturdays ago saw me live out my childhood dream of attending the Mad Hatter's Tea Party (I am only the hugest Alice in Wonderland fan of all time...) along with a few other blogger girlies and U.S One Love Organics. 
One Love Organics are a natural and ethical skincare brand whose products are all hand made and poured by hand using the highest grade of ethically sourced raw materials. All of the products are organic and preservative free, which is right up my street!
 Their motto is: 'If you wouldn't put it inside your body, why would you put it on your face?' and some of their ingredients include apple seed oil, coconut oil, chia seeds, oat extract and mango seed butter (see more ingredients here)

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The Tea Party was amazing! Cheesecake slices with runny mango syrup 'yolk', meringue carrots, sweet flavoured tea (I had chocolate and mint), 'Drink Me' potions, scones and yummy sandwiches galore, it was an amazing and whimsical spread and I definitely recommend going if you're after a fun day out!
On the day, we learnt how each product within the brand is hand made with love and only uses ingredients that would be beneficial to your skin. The packaging is incredibly adorable and would look great on a dressing table. I plan to do a more thorough review of the products I was kindly given as I'm still using them at the moment, so look out for it very soon!
Overall I had an amazing day and would love to thank One Love Organics and Octane PR for such an amazing experience! 
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