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Saturday, 18 October 2014

POPPY LUX AT SUGARHILL BOUTIQUE WISH LIST

Hi all. I hope you are having a very lovely Saturday. I have been here and there this morning running errands and now I am living the glamorous life that I do by washing our clothes. What exciting things are you up to right now?

After browsing the SUGARHILL BOUTIQUE website I noticed that most of the items I like are from their sister brand POPPY LUX so I thought why not share my favourites with you.



This is a great A/W floral piece that could be worn in many ways. I am imagining long socks, brogues, a satchel bag and a wide brimmed hat. A gem necklace and a cardigan with a skinny belt over the top would complete the look.



A great alternative to the skort for those wanting more length in an asymmetric design. A chunky neon knit in yellow or green would be a great colour pop to add with this smart/casual skirt.



I like to think of this item as milk maid chic. It would look fab with an off the shoulder bodycon top or a cut out shoulder shirt. Add some chunky ankle boots and you are good to go.

Let me know your favourites from SUGARHILL BOUTIQUE in the comments below.

Images not my own.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

VICHY IDELIA EYES & LIFE SERUM

I'm back again with another review today, but this time skincare. I was asked if I would like to test and review the new VICHY IDELIA EYES and was kindly sent the VICHY IDELIA LIFE SERUM too.


Said to be the perfect partner to the VICHY IDELIA LIFE SERUM which I have previously spoken about in my FACIAL SKINCARE REVIEWS post.

VICHY IDELIA EYES has been formulated to re-awaken tired looking eyes allowing your natural radiance to show through while smoothing and reducing fine lines. The eye contour feels softer, hydrated and more supple. Dark circles are brightened with an illuminating effect. The silicone applicator has been designed for precision in application with the soft touch feel of a brush. A hygienic applicator.

Both products offer a dewy, youthful appearance to the skin. The serum is great for a light reflecting inner glow. It has a fab scent and feels very fresh. Once full make-up is applied however the glow I think is harder to notice.

The eye cream is great for those wanting to give new life to the under eye area. It really does brighten and deflect shadows. No I do not have terrible dark under eye circles, but if I can see a difference then hopefully those who do have them will really benefit from using this product as it really does even out skin tone. My eyes look more wide awake and less dull. 

The caffeine in this product is great also to reduce puffiness with its draining and decongesting effects. The applicator does help to spread the product under the eyes, but I think it could work easily without it as I end up using my fingers to pat it in anyway.

VICHY IDELIA EYES is a real 'eye opener' if you will. Perfect for many reasons.

Please let me know your favourite Vichy products with reasons why in the comments below.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

L'OREAL PROFESSIONEL PARIS NEXT DAY HAIR & FIX DESIGN

Hi lovelies. Did you get up to much this weekend? I have had a pretty lazy one getting bits and bobs done including renewing my driving licence. I am not driving at the moment, but I am hoping to change that very soon :)

I have two L'oreal Professionel Paris hair products to review that were very kindly gifted to me at the BLOGGERS LOVE LFW GIFTING LOUNGE By RUSH HAIR & BEAUTY.


L'OREAL PROFESSIONEL PARIS WILD STYLERS TECNI.ART NEXT DAY HAIR

A micro-propelled texturizing powder for an instant tousled-dishevelled matte effect without a rough touch. Limitless layering. Shake well between applications spraying onto mid-lengths and ends. Brush out with fingers if desired. 

For a volume boost this is great. It is definitely a matte effect product as the powder adds texture to your hair by literally changing the texture of your hair fibres. The strands cling to each other, but not in a tacky way. The hair still feels lightweight, but with real oomph perfect for adding volume to styles and also next day hair. If too much product is used there is a slight white powder residue so perhaps this product is slightly better for blonde's if layering up applications is required.

L'OREAL PROFESSIONEL PARIS TECNI.ART FIX DESIGN

A strong hold directional fixing spray.

I could not get this to work at first, but following the instructions I ran the pump under hot water and pressed down. It soon came to life and has worked fine since. This is another lightweight product that is a spray rather than a mist as traditional hairsprays are. It does work well enough, but I would say it's better for up do's as the hold doesn't appear as strong as expected. Although you do have to press down on the pump to spray I think this could be a problem if you were to travel with it as there is no cap.

What are your texturising, volumising and dry shampoo recommendations as well as hairsprays? Let me know with reasons why in the comments below.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

Friday, 10 October 2014

DRESS ME BETTY PANACHE PENDANT

Hi lovelies! If you are in the UK at the moment this weather is crazy right? Rain, wind, sunshine, thunder, lightening, hot, cold. Changing by the minute it's hard to know what to wear. One thing that the weather can never spoil is our choice of fashion jewellery though. 

Today I want to share with you a fabulous piece from DRESS ME BETTY that I met recently at the BLOGGERS LOVE LFW GIFTING LOUNGE.



This pendant comes in a different style of green, yellow or pink. This style however is the multi with a more flared out design. The chain is adjustable in length and is a gunmetal shade. The pendant itself has silver gems with a pale pink stone at its heart. Decorated with coloured accents of salmon pink, sky blue, pistachio green, lilac and bright yellow. This is a gorgeous statement piece that is very lightweight. Perfect to wear under a collar, over a plain tee or with a strapless dress.

DRESS ME BETTY have many fabulous pieces at affordable prices that are great for any time of year, but especially perfect for festive events and as gifts this A/W season.

This was a gift from DRESS ME BETTY that I wanted to share with you.

Let me know your favourites from their collection in the comments below.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

Friday, 3 October 2014

PRIMARK HAUL BARGAINS

Hey there gorgeous people. I popped into Primark a few days ago as it was payday and I wanted to pick up a new winter coat. I am not fooled by the odd sunny moments we are having in the UK (ha ha). I always have a warm coat with a hoodie for winter as I travel by public transport a lot and hate being cold. As well as picking up a coat I also got some great sale bargains. Yes SALE so read on so that you can run out and get them too :)


YELLOW SKORT

This is my very first skort. I never knew if I would ever pick one of these up, but the neon yellow and floral print of this little number had me hooked. If you are unaware a skort are shorts with a wrap front to make it look like a skirt so that your modesty is in tact. These have a zip back and side pockets. I got them in a size 10 and they are perfect with just a little room so that I don't feel they are riding up. They are quite see through, but I would only wear them over tights or leggings anyway. You will never believe that they were reduced from £7 to just £1.


BLACK & GREY SLEEVE SKIRTS

The sleeve wrap on dresses and skirts is more of an up to date trend that I have been wanting to get on board with. Yes you can just wrap something like a jumper or shirt around your waist, but if you don't want bulk at the back and you want the sleeves to be the same as the skirt you are wearing these are perfect. I got them in a size 10 also. They were reduced from £5 to £2 each.


PINK FLOWER TOP KNOTS (X2)

These pretty neon pink hair accessories are so cute. I am actually going to be styling them in a very different way so let me know if you want to see how in an outfit post? They were £1.50 each. They also came in a peachy shade and a wine red shade.

BLACK V NECK TEE DRESS

This is a great piece to have for days when you just don't know what to wear. The roll up hems on the sleeves are a subtle touch, but something more than just plain sleeves. I got this in a size 6 and on average I am a size 10. There is still plenty of room in this for me so bear that in mind if you do pick this up as I would say it is still a bit oversized. This was reduced from £5 to £2. It did come in white, but it was a bit see through. I wish I had got it now as I would have worn it for bed at least. This is a staple piece that I will wear all year on it's own or over leggings.


NAVY NYLON FUR PARKA

Finally the item that I went shopping for I found. This navy parka has detachable fur on the hood which has a gorgeously soft fleece lining. It has a front zip with poppers and two front pockets that have buttons (sorry not shown as undone). The waist has a drawstring with fasteners to keep it where you want it. I bought this in a size 12 because I wanted to wear extra thick jumpers underneath and I think that would have been a struggle on the arms. I did fit into a size 8 comfortably and as previously mentioned I usually buy a 10. As the waist is adjustable it doesn't look excessively big. The bottom part of this parka does stick out a bit like a tu tu which I would prefer it to lie flatter, but I can live with it. This also came in grey and I think Khaki and black. This parka cost £25.

So that's my haul. I think I got some great finds here which were very affordable. Let me know your Primark bargains in the comments below along with your favourites from my haul.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

Thursday, 2 October 2014

MAX FACTOR GEL SHINE LACQUERS

Hi once again today cherubs. I have been testing out for the last few weeks the MAX FACTOR GEL SHINE LACQUERS which were very kindly sent to me to review. I have four of the nine available shades and here they are.


L-R: SPARKLING BERRY (55), GLAZED COBALT (40), SHEEN MERLOT (60) & LACQUERED VIOLET (35)

Stated to be high gloss, high intensity, high impact gel-effect shine finish nail lacquers that last up to 7 days. With a self-levelling formula to minimise streaks and brush marks. A rich, thick consistency that is easy to apply.

So what are my thoughts?

I have never tried gel nails so to have the at home experience was a great way for me to see if I liked the effect on my nails.

The first shade I tried was Sparkling Berry. It was a lovely shade that to me looked more raspberry red than the colour swatch shown on the Max Factor website which shows this as a more purple almost deep taupe based shade. It doesn't appear sparkling as the name suggests either. My nails were glossy and the application was seamless with no streaks or brush marks. I applied two coats over a base coat followed by a nail spray as I wanted the gel-effect to show through and not be masked by a top coat that actually provides the shine. This was a big mistake. The review of that nail spray is here. I did not like the nail spray, but I do not think that my disappointment was all down to the type of nail spray used as my nails chipped about four times within 24 hours. I had to keep reapplying the nail lacquer as I was going to an event, but on the final chip just as I was leaving I had to go and just live with it.

The next shade I tried was Glazed Cobalt. This is a bold mid-toned blue which is gorgeous. I applied a top coat this time which obviously gave me a gloss effect, but kind of made the point of applying a gel-effect nail lacquer a bit pointless. I do however think the formula of these polishes are fantastic. With two coats they are seamless and look very polished indeed. These lasted about four day before any chipping and it wasn't terrible. They chipped more over the following days, but four days wear for a nail lacquer at the price they are is pretty good I think.


Here are the shades Sheen Merlot and Lacquered Violet that I applied today with a top coat. 

Sheen Merlot is a gorgeous colour for winter. It's a deep wine, blood red with a brown base that has a lovely shimmer almost duo-chrome effect that shows up under artificial lights.

Lacquered Violet looks different depending on the lighting. It's a gorgeous shade that sometimes looks more blue or purple.

I would highly recommend these as nail lacquers for the formula alone. The shades I have tried are gorgeous and there are other beautiful ones to check out. If however you are wanting to try these for the gel-effect aspect without a top coat I would say you won't be very happy as the long lasting effect without a top coat for me is not there.

If you have tried at home gel nail lacquers please let me know your experience of them along with the brand. Also please say if you use a top coat or use some sort of drying regime to set the lacquer.

You can pick these up at Boots where they are on 3 for 2 or at Superdrug where they are selling at a reduced price.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

HOUSE OF TRENDELLA WISH LIST

Hey everyone. It's almost the weekend so yay for that. After meeting loads of great brands recently at the BLOGGERS LOVE LFW GIFTING LOUNGE I of course checked them all out and discovered a great site that hosts lots of great brands and pieces all under one fashion roof. Welcome to HOUSE OF TRENDELLA.



Combing warmth and pretty floral features on a black background. A very different way of adding winter florals to your wardrobe with this great transitional piece. It kind of reminds me of the skull candy designs that I love too.



I don't actually own any unicorn items as yet which I am surprised at. I love this grown up take on the trend as most unicorn fashion I have seen is very bright and colourful. The dipped hem gives it that something more too. I would love layering this over a white shirt with jeans.



I saw this piece at the Bloggers Love event and fell in love with it instantly. The HOT site says it can be worn in many ways. It's great for those who want a 2 in 1 dress as it has a plunging v neck on the back. Shown above it's fab as there is so much sparkle, but for full on glamour I would reverse it adding a statement neck piece that doesn't come lower than the v.



One last casual piece for you. White is also a great colour to wear in winter I think as it reminds me of snowy scenes. I again do not own any galaxy print items. Where have I been? This is a nice way to wear the galaxy theme in a more relaxed way while sporting the House Of Trendella brand.

I hope you found at least one item here that you favour as much as I do. Don't forget that there are many other great pieces that you need to check out on HOUSE OF TRENDELLA!

Images not my own.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

Monday, 29 September 2014

NAILS: POLISH REMOVAL & SETTING SPRAY

Hi everyone. I know it's Monday, but chin up cherubs. I have two products to talk about today for your nails.


PRIMARK BEAUTY NAIL POLISH REMOVER WIPES

I was given a few pots of these nail polish remover wipes one year at Xmas and I had forgotten I had them. Rediscovering these beauties has made nail polish removal less of a task. They are so quick to use compared to tipping polish remover onto a cotton pad and I do use less pads even with bold reds that I find spread everywhere when removing. These wipes do not stop the polish spreading, but the formula which feels like it has a slightly oil base means this method is easy, quick and almost conditioning. I find the scent of them quite addictive too. The handy pot they come in would be perfect for travel as they are a 2 in 1 compact product with no spillage disasters. I could not tell you if these are still available, but if they are I would definitely recommend.


I usually use the Elegant Touch Rapid Dry Spray if I am not painting on a top coat, but I was in Poundland one day and thought for £1.00 this would be worth a try. First off let me say that although not totally unpleasant the scent of this product is pretty potent. The mist from the spray spreads quite a bit too so either be near a window or go outside to use this. So does it work? My nails are less tacky than before using it, but not completely dry. This spray says it's suitable for most types of nail varnish so I am not sure what types they are? I have used this on many brands, but the result is always the same. Within a day or two the chipping starts. Although generally speaking I think most varnish top coats will make your polish last longer than a nail drying spray, but I definitely would recommend the Elegant Touch Rapid Dry Spray over this. I have reviewed that product here.

If you have any favourite nail polish top coats, bases, setting sprays or anything else then let me know with reasons why in the comments below. Also if you have any tips for yellow stained nails let me know that too as I always wear a base coat or leave my nails without any polish at all for weeks on end and they are still yellow :(



Love to you all



Vicky xx

Sunday, 28 September 2014

LILY LULU AUTUMN WINTER WISH LIST

Hi all and welcome. With the change of seasons it's hard to know what to wear most of the time and if you are like me you love snuggly winter knits, but hate the cold weather. I have found a couple of items on the LILY LULU site that are great for this time of year.



A perfect cover up that comes in one size so as it gets colder there is still room to add more layers underneath due to it's oversized style. The faux leather piping is a nice addition. I would also tie different belts around this when I wanted a more fitted look.



I love, love, love the ripped vintage style of these denim beauties. They are a nice length as I hate wearing short shorts. I would wear them with tights and boots, a tee and actually the jacket above.

What are your favourite fashion seasons? Let me know your tips for transitioning into the new season with your favourite style pieces.

Images not my own.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

LIMITED EDITION KAREN MILLEN LONDON SKYLINE GLOSSYBOX

Hi beauties. I hope you are having a great Sunday so far. I recently received my limited edition Karen Millen London Skyline GlossyBox which is a beautiful design. So here are my first impressions.



This product contains hair-like particles to give the appearance of fuller, thicker looking brows with it's quick dry gel formula. Remove excess from the brush and apply in short upward strokes. Use the tip to mould into shape. Dries to a natural finish in 60 seconds. Also available in a light/medium shade.

I haven't opened this yet as I am near to finishing off another product for my brows and don't want this to dry out. I have never used a product with hair-like fibres on my brows so this will be interesting to try. Apparantly Binky Felstead from Made In Chelsea is a fan.


A lightweight oil to pamper and care for all hair types. Leaving hair shiny, nourished and supple. Apply before blow drying to sections of the hair avoiding the roots.

I like the scent of this product. It feels really nice rubbing it into my hands so I am sure it will feel just as nourishing on my hair. This bottle came with a pump dispenser.


A gently exfoliating product to target dark spots, soften and brighten the skin. Apply a small amount to a damp face, neck or body. Massage in for 1-2 minutes. Leave on for another 1-2 minutes then rinse off. Use up to twice a week.

There are 2 samples of this in my GlossyBox so I guess enough for two uses. I have never used a peel only regular exfoliating products to remove dead skin cells and dirt so I will hopefully see even better results.


With anti-oxidant ingredients to boost collagen in the delicate under eye area. Hydrating dry areas by restoring lost moisture and activating blood circulation. Apply a small amount under the eyes. Gently massage around the orbital bone with the applicator until eye bags and puffiness are reduced in under 3 minutes. Can be refrigerated for a cooling effect. Apply day and night to reduce the appearance of bags, dark eye circles and improve skin tone.

There was no applicator with this product so I will just use my fingers. Hopefully this will work well as a part of my skincare regime.


Paint one coat on for a smooth matte finish.

I like how the bottle has a matte almost frosted look to match it's description. The lid on my bottle seems to stick out a little at the bottom edge as if it's a bit too big. Usually my Nails Inc. polishes have been flush with the line of the bottle. The lid also feels a little more cheaply made and is slightly chipped on the edge which is not good for a polish that costs £12.00. Other than these packaging flaws I hope the matte effect works well on top of my nail polishes.


A cocktail of 20 anti-aging power plants for younger looking skin. In just 2 weeks the product is meant to reduce lines and wrinkles. With continued use it will help to lift, plump up and firm the skin. Apply AM and PM to cleansed skin.

This sounds great so lets hope it works. I have never tried any Origins products so I am glad to be able to sample this brand.

For more information on the UK GlossyBox click here and for the US GlossyBox click here.

Let me know in the comments below your favourite products from this months GlossyBox with reasons why.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

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