Thursday, 27 November 2014

Winter Hands? | Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Moisturising Hand & Body Cream

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Next to chapped lips, having dry hands is one of the worst and most annoying things about Winter. Due to the nature of my job, all the bathrooms are fitted with extremely hard water which strips my hands of all moisture (and probably skin while it's at it!), and it can be pretty time consuming/frustrating having to use a hand cream up to 15 times a day because of it's lack of moisturizing properties.

Here's where the Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream comes in. Containing ingredients like Kiwi seed oil, Wild blackcurrant, Avocado oil and omegas 3, 6 and 9, the cream provides healthy doses of vitamins A, C and E and is especially effective on those with the driest of skin.
The texture is the cream is pretty rich; which I'm not surprised about seeing as it can also be used on other parts of the body, and has a pleasant, light fig scent. So far, I've only been using this cream on average perhaps twice, maybe three times during the day/night; it's THAT effective. The cream is rich without being greasy and quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving it feeling nourished.

Being a mahoosive fan of Antipodes already (see previous posts here!), my expectations were through the roof and I'm happy to report that I have not been disappointed! My hands are officially back on fleek and I can't be happier. The price point is on the premium side, but you're getting a lot from it in return.

What are your favourite hand creams? 

Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream // £26.99 // Available at Selfridges and online

*Sample



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Saturday, 22 November 2014

STYLE | The Little Black Dress

Legs out in Winter; why not? I was debating whether to wear these with tights or leggings, however I've never been one to miss the opportunity of getting the legs out so I thought I'd bare it with some trainers. The T-Shirt dress is my first purchase from Boohoo's plus size range and I will say I am impressed with the fit/sizing; obviously I would need to buy more items in order to reach a general consensus (any excuse to shop really!). I bought this dress in my size and found it to be comfortable and easy enough to move around in without it stretching/gathering etc.

Because I'm not completely crazy and immune to the cold, I paired the dress with this gorgeous longline duster coat from Simply Be that literally goes with ANYTHING, along with their tartan chunky scarf, which seems to be all the rage this season. I feel that the coat adds a casual-chic element to the otherwise tomboy-ish style. 

After a long year of wearing nothing but ankle boots, flat pumps and sandals, I can definitely see myself kitting out with trainers for the next 4-5 months; so comfy! In general, I love this look; casual/sporty, comfortable and very versatile. Next time I may add some leggings or jeans depending on the weather!

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T Shirt Dress // Boohoo
Longline Duster Coat // Simply Be
Tartan Scarf // Simply Be (bought in-store)
Nike Air 1 Essentials // Office
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Saturday, 15 November 2014

STYLE | The Prom Skirt

Yes, I still continue to wear crop tops and skirts in Winter, because why not? For some reason, I never really get that cold while outside during the frosty months (however I end up freezing while inside without the heating on - strange!), so in turn this allows me to still dress like it's 30 degrees and somehow get away with it. This Scarlett & Jo Floral Prom Skirt has been on my wishlist for the last 3 months (and is currently on sale) and I absolutely adore it!
I feel like an extra in some cheesy 70's high school B-movie and I'm digging it. The skirt has a black elasticated band at the top which is amazing for holding everything in, as well as a light mesh petticoat underneath the skirt which gives it a bit of flare. 

I combined the skirt + crop top with this chunky knit cardigan from Simply Be which is incredibly warm and VERY soft!

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Crop Top // Primark (similar here)
Platform heels (worn with socks) // Simply Be
Cardigan // Simply Be
Bowler bag // Vintage
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Coating the 'gams with #24HrShoes!

Despite my issues with certain parts of my body, one feature I've always liked and am never (and I mean NEVER) afraid of getting out are my legs. I think I have what I like to call, 'blegs'; legs that look nice in boots, Chelsea, ankle, UGGS or platform, I'll wear them all. However when it comes to calf/knee boots, I've always tended to avoid them as I assume that they would be a tad uncomfortable to walk in due to restricted calf space.

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Here's where the Evans #24hshoes campaign comes in. The campaign is designed to show how comfortable and versatile and well structured their shoes and boots are; so much so that they can be worn for 24 hours a day.

*CHALLENGE ACCEPTED*

Since it's beginning to get a bit nippy out, I opted for the over the knee riding boots   - I am a big fan of jockey style boots and what's great about these boots is that you can get them either in a standard calf width or extra wide if your calves are a tad bigger. I believe I got mine in extra wide, however as you can see from the photo above I probably could have done with the standard size as it can be rather roomy in there - however I do like the sorta of 'baggy' look and it is anything but a hindrance to the overall comfort of the boot, which also has a stretchy back panel for a better fit.

The longest I've worn these so far has been 15 hours and I can happily say that they caused no discomfort whatsoever. Amazing!

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I paired the boots with these black pear skinny jeans which are incredibly comfortable and have a good amount of stretch to them - I'm not pear shaped, however I do have thighs for days which is why I opted for this specific cut. 

Finishing off the look is the warmest coat I think i've ever owned, the two tone parka. I'm really happy that I chose to size up with this one as is means that I can wear cardigans and knitwear underneath and not feel like something out of Robot Wars. The coat is very cosy and for the first time ever - the hoot ACTUALLY covers the whole of my head. I've never had a hood do that before, mainly because I have a big ass cone head. :P. 

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Two tone Parka // c/o Evans
Over the knee boots // c/o Evans
Denim shirt // Simply Be
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Thursday, 6 November 2014

L'Oreal Colour Riche Exclusive Reds - Liya

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I've been wearing a lot more red in my selfies than normal. The reason? This baby right here. I've found my winter red y'all. 

Released earlier this Summer, the Exclusive Reds collection comes in four different shades of red that are supposed to match all, if not most, skintones, depending on the celebrity whose skin tone it is. I picked up Liya's shade; a somewhat matte cherry red with a creamy/velvet finish. Up until now, I firmly believed that only blue based reds would suit my skintone, however I've been pleasantly surprised by how intense the pigmentation is, as well as how well it compliments my skin! 

I've found that the shade lasts about a good 4-5 hours before reapplication. Even though it's labelled as matte, I would compare it more to a MAC creamsheen than anything as it does have that slight glossy edge to it.


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The L'Oreal Colour Rich Lipsticks are available online and in Boots now!

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

AVON Luxe Collection Eyeshadow Palette

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I've always been a fan of Avon's eyeshadows; intense, finely milled with long lasting colour, you can't really go wrong - especially for the price. Avon have release new shades within their Luxe collection, and would you look at the packaging! After admiring the case for about 10 minutes (being careful not to leave any fingerprints), I notice that it reminded me of the Clarins and Mark Jacobs palette casing; perhaps they all use the same manufacturer?

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The two shades released are named 'Stone Chic' (pictured above) and 'Luxorious Nudes' and are both available on the Avon site now. 

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