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6.19.2017

FIRST IMPRESSIONS | TOOFACED NATURAL LOVE PALETTE

Hello everyone and happy Monday! I hope you guys have all been enjoying the lovely hot weather we've been having these past few days in the UK. 
On hot days, neutral and more minimal makeup looks are a go to from both a practical and aesthetic level for a lot of makeup wearers. With that in mind, I thought I'd post a first impressions on a eyeshadow palette that's all about that neutral eye look: TooFaced's Natural Love Palette.


6.08.2017

REVIEW | ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS MODERN RENAISSANCE PALETTE

Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing well today. I thought I'd bring you a review of a palette that I have had in my possession for a while now. It is none other than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.
  Spoiler Alert: I love this palette so much and in today's post, I'm going to explain to you why.


5.08.2017

COLLECTIVE BEAUTY HAUL | STILA, TOOFACED, LAURA GELLAR

Hello everyone and happy Monday! I hope you've all had a good weekend and that despite it being Monday (boo), your day is going / goes well. Over the past few weeks I have accrued some fabulous beauty bits that I thought I'd compile for you into a collective haul post. Expect reviews to proceed this post as I get to know these products a little better and collect my thoughts on them!

5.02.2017

REVIEW | PIXI GLOW TONIC

Hello, world! Long time no blog post, I know. But today, I'm back and with the review that I promised a few weeks ago Pixi's Glow Tonic.

Pixi Glow Tonic is a toner containing 5% glycolic acid. Whilst it's a toner by name, it can be considered more of a treatment in my eyes due to the fact that it contains the AHA that is glycolic acid. As mentioned in my more detailed post on AHA's, glycolic acid is one of strongest and most popular in the world of skincare. Glyolic acid has the smallest molecular structure of the AHA's and therefore is considered the most effective at penetrating and renewing skin on a deeper level. AHA's in their use as chemical exfoliants help to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and dullness in the skin over long term use and are an amazing addition to your skincare routine.


On to Pixi's Glow Tonic specifically, 5% is a fairly low percentage of glycolic acid but as it is considered a toner for everyday use, it is not really intended to be too concentrated. For skin that is not used to the addition of acids, 5% will definitely do something more for you in comparison to those whose skin is more used to them. It therefore makes for an ideal introduction into using acids as part of an everyday routine.


In terms of my overall thoughts on the product, I definitely saw results from use. The tonic definitely helped renew my dead skin quicker and I also saw a fairly instant change in the brightness of my skin. What I will say however is that for me and therefore perhaps for all with sensitive skin, it's not ideal for everyday use and I would personally suggest using it once every other day initially. This may be because as aforementioned, newbies to chemical exfoliants such as myself have built up no tolerance to them and so they can be quite potent on the skin - especially if it's already sensitive. It's important to build up a tolerance so as to not have adverse results.


When applying the toner, you do feel some slight tingling - and some very intense stinging if applied to any irritated areas of the skin so definitely avoid that! Otherwise though, this tingling is not uncomfortable and as mentioned on the packaging itself, is to be expected. There is a slightly "chemically" smell but for the most part, I find the scent to be quite pleasant and definitely not off putting. Due to it's liquidly formula, I also find it to go a long way and not much is needed to cover your whole face. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product. During my initial use of this tonic, I received a lot of compliments on my bright and glowy complexion and I definitely consider this to be one of the reasons. I think this makes a great introduction to chemical exfoliations for those of you with younger skin who may not need more concentrated products as well as for those of you who are simply just new to them in general. 

Have you tried Pixi Glow Tonic? What are your thoughts on acids and chemical exfoliants?

Levinia
x


4.17.2017

GET A CLUE

Periods. For most women that experience them, they are annoying, painful and for quite a lot of us, they are often hard to track too. This can make for some unwanted surprises when P-day finally comes around. Some women do find it easy to track their periods and find themselves to be fairly regular each month - I, however happen to be one of those women who are irregular in their menstrual cycles.

Why exactly irregularity occurs has several answers. The answer for me and the answer too for a lot of women is stress. Stress can not only be an emotional affliction but it can manifest itself in physical ways as well - such as causing late and subdued periods. So, I recently decided that I wanted to look into better understanding my cycle and I came across an app called Clue. When I looked into its purpose and what it allowed you to do, I thought it was an amazing idea and just what I needed. 


Clue allows you to input as much or as little data about your cycle as you wish. This includes variables such as emotions, food cravings, sexual activity and sleep. The more you record, the more accurate Clue is at predicting elements of your cycle. The app also provides helpful "Insights" along the way as you use the app which provide interesting pieces of information about elements of the menstrual cycle.

Whether you're having trouble tracking your period or not, Clue is a fabulous tool to allow you to better understand not only your period but your body and its inner workings too which I think is awesome. It serves not only as a useful tracking tool but as something that educates and informs its consumers.

 And even better? It's totally free to download from your phone's app store.

4.07.2017

Friday Feelings | Being Where You're Supposed To Be

At the age of 22 - as a University graduate, there comes to be a kind of silent (and sometimes not so silent) expectation from the world that I should now know what I want to do and how I'm going to get there.

Unfortunately, life is not quite as easy nor as a clear as that and it's very easy to become disillusioned and disheartened with your life if you're not where you expected yourself to be. The bottom line is, not everyone realises their dreams or goals straight away, sometimes there's a lot of short term things and diversions in the road to realisation - and that's okay.

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Don't compare your progress to others. Stop thinking that you have failed because you're not in the same place as your peers are. Keep trying, keep learning and keep working hard and you will know eventually where it is you need and want to be. It's very easy to compare you progress to others and to feel disappointed if you don't appear to be progressing as fast as everyone else. But life isn't a competition - nor is it a race with others.

4.05.2017

AHA's and BHA's and why you should be using them

Hello everyone! I hope you're all having a good day today. In today's blog post, I'm going to be discussing chemical exfoliation and AHA's and BHA's. This post can be considered a pre-cursor to a review on a beloved skincare favourite in the beauty community - Pixi Glow Tonic.

A key ingredient in Pixi's Glow Tonic is glycolic acid - which falls under the category of an "AHA" - also known as an "Alpha Hydroxy Acid". In simple terms, AHA's are great at detaching dead skin - they help to loosen up the dead cells of the skin allowing them to fall away revealing brighter, healthier and plumper skin. This helpful subreddit explains the main AHA's and the uses and purposes of each. As an ingredient in skincare, due to their focus on the renewal of dead skin, AHA's are popular for those of us who have drier skin types.

You may also be thinking of other acids that have not been mentioned above such as salicylic acid. Well, that falls under the term of a BHA instead. Unlike AHA's, BHA's focus more on purifying the skin and deeply penetrating and cleaning out the pores. Due to this, BHA's and salicylic acid as an ingredient is very popular with acne, oily and blemish prone skin types and it will often be an ingredient found in skincare products used to treat these skin issues. BHA's however are well known to dry out the skin which is why adding moisture back into the skin is important in order to prevent skin from once again overproducing oil and breaking out. Again, this subreddit contains more information on BHA's and their uses.

4.03.2017

COLOURPOP HAUL

I love lipsticks - especially liquid lipsticks. They're long lasting, highly pigmented and most of them are pretty comfortable too. So, being a product that I love so much, it's safe to say that I'm always in the market to buy and find more! ColourPop has been a brand that I have seen around social media for quite some time and for a while now, I have been wanting to try their products. An indie brand however, Colourpop is fairly difficult to get in the UK - at least it was before I discovered the site Glammua which stock a lot of difficult to find, independent beauty brands.

3.31.2017

OOTD | ALL BLACK EVERYTHING

Happy Friday guys! We made it. In today's post, I bring you a recent outfit of the day in which I went to watch Kong: Skull Island at the cinemas. I really enjoyed the movie and have to credit it for it's awesome CGI. It was scripted really well in parts and it had a nice balance of humour as well as some very nasty death scenes which of course is always popular with a horror fan like me!

As the title suggests, I went for a classic all black (well nearly) ensemble today. It's kind of difficult for me to steer away from the shade as for me, it's so wearable and timeless. I teamed the look with my beloved Dr Martens and ended up with a rather androgynous look which I really liked. I absolutely adore Dr Martens and I love teaming them with a more "feminine" aesthetic to create an edgy, unique outfit.


WHAT I'M WEARING

Bomber Jacket | Newlook
Cami | Newlook
Jeans | ASOS
Dr Martens | Schuh

3.29.2017

POST WASH HAIRCARE FAVOURITES

As a serial hair dyer, haircare has always been a very important and necessary step for me. Damage is of course inevitable when dying the hair and whilst it can't really ever be prevented, it can be managed and proteins and nutrients can be added back into the hair to at least partly restore it back to health. 
Whilst trimming and the removal of dead ends is an important step in keeping hair healthy, I have also found some great products that I found to be effective (at least aesthetically). In todays post, I'm going to show you these products and tell you why I love them so much!



AUSSIE Miracle Hair Insurance Conditioning Spray

This is essentially a leave in conditioner - it can applied to either damp or dry hair and should be sprayed evenly throughout and combed through. I always apply this on my hair when it's damp as I personally prefer the results. I find this to not only be conditioning, but it also adds some much needed shine to my hair too once it's dry. It's great for detangling as well which I find can sometimes be an issue on my finer, long hair. I've repurchased this several times and it's definitely a cult favourite for me!

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Leave in Treatment

Whilst this product is meant to stimulate hair growth, I use it mainly as a source of nourishment and conditioning for the hair. It contains nutrients and proteins which I have found at least from an aesthetic standpoint have improved how my hair looks and feels. Does it promote hair growth? I can't really be sure but I have noticed steady, consistent growth in my hair and am continuing to do so.

Joico K-Pak Colour Therapy Restorative Styling Oil 

I love oils for my hair as moisture and a lack of it can be an issue when using colourants. The problem is, with locks on the finer side, certain oils and products in general can be far too heavy. This oil however is not and I find it to be easy to apply and weightless even in my hair. As with all oils, I keep this applied to the mid-lengths and ends - where the hair is driest and in need of moisture the most. I do find that this product locks into the hair well and it does help to define my colour and add a lovely shine too.

MoroccanOil Treatment - Light

The benefits of Moroccan Oil are well known and this is probably my favourite oil product for the hair. It has a wonderful smell to it that lasts throughout the day and I really find that it penetrates the hair follicle and provides my hair with moisture and visible shine. As with the oil above, I apply this to damp hair focusing on the mid lengths and ends but I do also occasionally also like to finish off a style with this too by applying a tiny amount all over. This product comes in two variations depending on your hair type - a normal formula for thicker hair and a light formula for finer hair making it an accessible and versatile product for everyone. 

There you have my current favourite post wash haircare products. 
Are any of these in your favourites?


Levinia, x

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3.27.2017

NOTD | FIJI

Hello everyone! Happy Monday - I hope you have all had a very chilled and relaxed weekend. I can't lie; it's been so nice to do nothing this weekend after a stressful few weeks in the wonderful world of full time retail work. This week I am also on holiday from my job so I plan to get my blog into gear and get it back on track in terms of organisation and production of content. Today I'm keeping it simple and sharing a nail of the day post with you on a colour I wore a few weeks back.

The colour is called Fiji and it's from the brand Essie. I can't say I reach for this colour too much but I was in the mood for a simple, plain colour and when I picked this up it suited the criteria! This was surprisingly opaque for such a pale, creamy colour and I would say it was fully covered in two coats. 


As always, for a gel-like shine I used my beloved Seche Vite top coat - if you don't own this top coat you need to! It's amazing and I recommend it to everyone. 


PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Essie | Fiji
Seche Vite Top Coat 

  


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3.15.2017

OOTD | PINK LADY

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a good week so far and today, I'm bringing you an outfit post. I recently went to the cinema - something I haven't done in far too long to watch the movie Logan. I really enjoyed the film and as a massive superhero fan, it was an emotional movie that really had a different feel than that of most Marvel productions. As Hugh Jackman's last appearance as the iconic mutant Wolverine, Logan was an awesome farewell to the actor 17 year portrayal of the superhero. Definitely give it a watch if you're heading to the cinema in the next few weeks.


On to the outfit; I gave myself Grease / pink lady vibes in this ensemble. I'm wearing a pink Zara jacket that I purchased a few months ago and had yet to wear - it's really comfortable and slightly oversized which is always something I appreciate. I'm also wearing a simple white came from TopShop along with one of my favourite pairs of skinny blue jeans. Lastly but not least, I'm wearing my newest pair of shoes - these beautiful Vans slip on plimsolls in a beautiful pink-nude shade. Whilst these aren't a typical style that I'd do for in shoes or trainers, when I saw these on ASOS I fell in love and had to get them.


WHAT I'M WEARING

Bomber | Zara Basics
Cami | Topshop
Skinny Jeans | Miss Selfridge
Shoes | Vans (from ASOS)

3.06.2017

FACE OF THE DAY | RED VELVET

Hello everyone and happy Monday! Today I have a face of the day for you featuring my current favourite eyeshadow; TooFaced's Sweet Peach palette as well as a new liquid lipstick purchase from LimeCrime.


As with my Lady Danger look, I didn't want my eye look too be too overpowering but I did want to keep it warm and a little smokey with the more peachy tones of the Sweet Peach palette. I love a matte lip and a shimmery eye look so I utilised the shimmer shades in the palette as well as some of matte brows for a defined yet soft eye look. 


PRODUCTS USED

FACE

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation | Vanilla
L'Oreal True Match Concealer | Ivory Beige
Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder | Translucent
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Milani Baked Blusher | Luminous
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed | Moonstone

EYES

TooFaced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer
TooFaced Sweet Peach Palette
TooFaced Better Than Sex Mascara
Eye of Horus Brow Define | Dynasty
Maybelline Brow Drama | Medium Brown

LIPS

Limecrime Velvetine Liquid Lipstick | Red Velvet

3.03.2017

COLLECTIVE BEAUTY HAUL

Happy Friday! I hope you've all had a good week so far. Today I'm bringing you a collective beauty haul featuring some of the recent purchases I've made over the past couple of weeks. Most of these items are things I've been eyeing up for a while and finally decided to purchase.


Firstly, I purchased a 115ml bottle of the Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray  - I'm very into hydrating facial sprays at the moment and use them mainly to refresh my makeup. An avid fan of MAC's Fix +, I'm always looking for sprays that give me the same or similar results to that. This one is infused with aloe, herbs and rosewater and has a distinct yet pleasant rose scent. 

Next I purchased my first Zoya nail polish in the shade "Brigette" - a beautiful mauve-nude. On the subject of nudes, I bought another Jeffree Starr lipstick this time in the shade "Doll Parts". It's a beautiful mauve-pink shade - it's very flattering and super wearable. 

I also purchased an Eye Of Horus brow pencil - it's packaging and design is very similar to that of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil. I'm particularly excited to try this product and see how it performs! Last but not least, I got the above MakeUP Geek duo chrome eyeshadow in Mai Tai. It's a beautiful rose gold with a lilac sheen.


And that's my collective haul - look out for reviews on some the products above in future posts!

2.26.2017

FIRST IMPRESSIONS | TOOFACED PEACH PALETTE

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Today I bring you a first impressions of a beauty product that is currently taking the community by storm; TooFaced's Peach Palette. I was gifted this palette by my beautiful friend Heather (I know, what a great friend right?) and since receiving it, I have absolutely fallen in love with it.


This particular palette was actually released back in early 2016 and was re-released later that year in December. This re-release was when the palette and it's subsequent collection really took off in the beauty community and created a huge buzz. As mentioned, with the palette's release, a whole collection of other products were created too included blushes, a glow palette and lip oils. 

Palette Overview

The palette contains 18 shades ranging from matte finishes to satin and metallic. There's a huge variety in colours within these shades too - all of which though are of course on the warmer side to fit into the overall peach theme. TooFaced say this about it:

Be sweet as a peach with these fresh-picked shades infused with the juicy scent and antioxidant-rich essence of peach. Create endless looks with 18 shades of peachy pinks, corals, bronzes, and pops of purples that will have you looking summer-fresh year-round. Includes our signature Glamour Guide with three looks to get your started.
So, the shades themselves are as follows:


Row 1:
White Peach: Matte. Light beige, yellow undertones. 
Luscious: Metallic. Medium golden brown, copper undertones.
Just Peachy: Satin. Bright, medium pink w/ gold undertones.
Bless Her Heart: Muted olive green w/ warm undertones.
Tempting: Strong deep brown w/ a black base.
Charmed I'm Sure: Matte. Medium-dark brown.


Row 2:
Nectar: Shimmer / frost. Light-medium yellow.
Cobbler: Satin. Medium brown w/ red undertones.
Candied Peach: Matte. Bright, medium coral. 
Bellini: Muted rose gold w/ a pink base.
Peach Pit: Deep brown.
Delectable: Matte w/ micro sparkle. Medium-dark plum. 


 Row 3:
 Peaches N' Cream: Matte. Light-medium yellowed peach. 
Georgia: Matte. Muted medium coral.
Caramelized: Medium, golden bronze.
Puree: Medium dark brown w/ caramel undertones.
Summer Yum: Matte. Dark, red brown.
Talk Derby To Me: Deep, blackened purple. 

Initial Thoughts:

My overall opinions on this palette are very positive. Whilst at first I didn't really get the hype surrounding this palette, since receiving and using it, I already know it's going to be one of my all time favourites. The colour collection is so versatile - there's a look for any occasion within it and you can easily go from natural to glamourous. As with most TooFaced shadows, I find these shades to be pigmented, buttery and easily bendable - they do work best with a primer and certain colours reach their full potential on a white base. As a girl with a warmer skin tone, I love how these colours look on me and I find them really flattering and wearable. If you're a TooFaced fan or just looking for a new eyeshadow palette to add to your collection, I think this is one you should definitely consider. And yes, it totally smells of peach!

You can get this palette in the UK from Debenhams or the TooFaced website, it retails at £39.00.

Do you have this palette / do you plan on getting it? What are your thoughts on it?

2.21.2017

FOTD | Just Peachy

Hey! Today's post is another face of the day - this time featuring my current makeup obsession; the TooFaced Peach Palette. I was gifted this palette by my beautiful friend Heather and I have to say it's easily one of the best palettes I have ever owned. The colours for me are so flattering and so versatile and they really work well for my skin tone and eye colours - I think as a palette it's also one that can work for a lot of other people as well. Look out for a first impressions / review of this palette later on as well in another blog post!


So as this is of course a Peach Palette, it's safe to say that the peachy shimmers and browns have been my go to lately. I went for a smokey look with the matte browns and then added a pop of peachy shimmer to the center of the lids for a beautiful glow. I wanted to make the main focus in this look the eyes so opted for a peachy blush and pink lip to really compliment the shades on my eyes. As always, I need my fix of highlight so I went all out with Becca's Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector on the high points of my face.

I adore this look and have been wearing pretty routinely for the past 2-3 weeks. I've had lots of compliments specifically on the eyes so it's safe to say that the Peach Palette is a winner for me!

THE LOOK:

FACE

Benefit That Gal Primer
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation | Vanilla
Pixi Peach Corrector Concealer
Milani Baked Blush | Luminoso
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed | Moonstone
Rommel Match Perfection Loose Powder
Urban Decay De-Slick

EYES

TooFaced Shadow Insurance Primer
TooFaced Peach Palette
Still Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
MAC Gigablack Lash Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brow Pencil | Soft Brown
Benefit Gimme Brow | No. 3

LIPS

NYX Matte Lipstick | Tea Rose
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner | East End Snob


2.15.2017

LUSH FOCUS | MAGIC WAND

Hey guys! Today's post is yet another Lush focus in which I review a specific goodie from Lush and tell you all about it. On the blog today is Magic Wand - a reusable, candy scented Christmas bubble bar, enjoy!


Here's what Lush has to say about this product:
Conjure up candy suds. Close your eyes, swish your Magic Wand in the tub as it fills, and your wish for mounds of sweet cotton candy-scented bubbles will be granted! There’s enough magic in this wand for several baths full of candy-scented bubbles and sweet pink waters, so pop it on the side of your tub for the next time you need a magical bathtime escape.

As the description states, Magic Wand is a reusable bubble bar - the bubbles themselves are created by swishing the bubble bar in running water until satisfied. The scent of the bar is much like that of the much loved Snow Fairy and this factor definitely makes it one of my favourite Christmas products from Lush. I'd say you can get around 3-5 baths from it making it also one of most cost effective bubble bars in the range which is always something that I look for!

The design of this bubble bar is also super cute with the glitter coating and the pretty little silver bow wrapped around the handle with a bell attached - it's festive yet still girly and cute which I love!

2.13.2017

#FOTD | Lady Danger

Hey everyone, happy Monday! Today I have a face of the day post for you featuring the makeup look below. I decided to go for something simple yet with a pop of colour in the form of a bright lipstick - my favourite.


The lipstick I'm wearing is MAC's Lady Danger - a beautiful, orange based red with a matte finish. I'm in love with this colour and when wearing it, I received lots of compliments - it's certainly a striking colour that's bound to get attention. I teamed this red with a subtle, softly smoked out eye with plenty of mascara - this is my favourite way to wear a red (other than with a classic cat eyeliner of course). To match the orange base of the red, I went for a soft peach blush and as usual, plenty of highlight for that must have glow.

THE PRODUCTS

FACE

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation | Ivory Beige
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer | Light
Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder | Translucent 
Milani Baked Blush | Luminous
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed | Moonstone
NYX Blush | Taupe
Benefit Bronzer | Hoola
Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray

EYES

TooFaced Shadow Insurance Eyelid Primer
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Still Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz | Soft Brown
Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Mascara | Dark Brown

LIPS

MAC Lipstick | Lady Danger

2.06.2017

LUSH FOCUS | THE COMFORTER

Happy Wednesday! I hope you guys are all having a wonderful week so far! Today's post is going to be a continuation of my Lush series in which I focus on a particular product from them and give you a short and sweet review - today we're looking at an old favourite: The Comforter bubble bar!


A berry scented supersize bubble bar, this is what Lush themselves say about The Comforter:

Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world. This bar is supersized, so you’ll only need to crumble half a bar under your tap to make enough bubbles for a long, comforting soak. Cassis absolute gives a distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note.

Ingredients:

    • Sodium Bicarbonate
    •  
    • Cream of Tartar
    •  
    • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
    •  
    • Lauryl Betaine
    •  
    • Perfume
    •  
    • Titanium Dioxide
    •  
    • Bergamot Oil
    •  
    • Cassis Absolute
    •  
    • Cypress Oil
    •  
    • *Limonene
    •  
    • *Linalool
    •  
    • Colour 45410
    •  
    • Colour 17200
    *occurs naturally in essential oils.
This is easily one of my favourite bubble bars from Lush. The reason for this is not only does it smell great, but it lasts too. Due to the sheer size of this bar, you can easily get anything from 4-8 baths out of it if you break up the bar and use it piece by piece. This is my favourite way to use The Comforter because it's formula is so concentred that even using a piece of it still allows you to get amazing bubbles! The scent is gentle yet still really pleasant - it has a subtle but sweet blackcurrant scent which I personally really enjoy. In terms of it's ingredients, I wouldn't really say this bubble bar is overly moisturising but it certainly doesn't dry out the skin either - for that reason you would want to moisturise your skin afterwards. Overall, I think this bubble bar is one that you definitely need to try and it's easily one of the best priced products that Lush sell. The Comforter is available all year round and it retails for for £4.95!

1.31.2017

STUD STYLE

When it comes to jewellery, I like to keep it simple and low maintenance. Whilst I do enjoy a statement piece now and then, generally I like my fashion and makeup to do the talking. Even so, it's nice to still have nice some accessories that you can utilise to complete your outfit. One of my favourite pieces of jewellery to wear are earrings - in today's post I thought I'd go through the Ted Baker studs I recently purchased to add to my accessory collection.

The studs I purchased are all the same style - the "Eisley Enamel Mini" and I have three colour variations to share with you. The earrings are simple and minimal in a button style design - they come in silver, gold and rose gold colour ways with the middle of the stud available in a range of different colours too.

The first pair I have are these rose gold and baby pink studs. As you can see, the outer rim of the stud is a plated rose gold and the middle of it is a beautiful baby pink shade. These earrings are cute and girly yet still chic and sophisticated! 


Next I have a pair that are a little more shall we say, special? They are a beautiful gold and have a lovely sparkly glitter center. These studs have the most beautiful shine to them when hit by the light and are still perfect for everyday wear but will also be great for a special occasion and when you want to wear something with an added sparkle. These are easily one of my favourite pairs of earrings!


Finally, I have this rose gold and black pair. I love the contrast between the two colours on these earrings and the black colour adds an "edgier" feel to the studs and your outfit. 

Overall, I love these studs and think I'll definitely be collecting more colours. They're minimal yet make a great addition to your look. They're really nice quality for costume jewellery and definitely feel on the higher end scale.


These earrings generally retail for £29.00 each and can be found from various retailers such as John Lewis, House and Frasier and Goldsmiths.

1.23.2017

Getting the Glow

My current favourite makeup product has to be the highlighter. I love adding a pop of glow to my makeup look and I really love the difference that it makes. It's safe to say then that I'm a fan of shopping around for highlighters too and one brand in particular that can always be heard of when doing so is BECCA. 


1.17.2017

LUSH FOCUS | PEEPING SANTA

If you don't already know, I love Lush products. I especially love their bath bombs and melts - they are one of my favourite ways to relax and pamper myself. So in a new series of posts, I thought I'd feature different products from Lush (mainly their bath products) and give you a short breakdown and review of each of them.  Today's post is going to focus on a Christmas bubble bar - Peeping Santa.


A Christmas favourite, Peeping Santa is a bubble bar containing ingredients such as: shea butter, bergamot oil, geranium oil and olibanum oil. Lush's official description of the product is:

Santa may use his dairy-free chocolate eyes to see who's been naughty or nice come Christmas, but, at this time of year, he also looks out for the perfect batch of hand-churned shea butter. Nipping over to Ghana, he visits the Ojoba women's cooperative, who crack and churn the shea pods into a rich, chocolatey butter. Blended with Fair Trade, organic cocoa butter, this indulgent combination is sandwiched between fragrant bergamot and geranium oils. Crumble under running water for sack loads of fruity bubbles.
Ingredients:

  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  •  
  • Cream of Tartar
  •  
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
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  • Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter
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  • Lauryl Betaine
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  • Cornflour
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  • Laureth 4
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  • Bergamot Oil
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  • Olibanum Oil
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  • Geranium Oil
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  • Fair Trade Shea Butter
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  • Benzyl Alcohol
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  • Hexyl Cinnamal
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  • *Linalool
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  • Colour 14700
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  • Colour 45380:3
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  • Dark Chocolate

*occurs naturally in essential oils.

I love the cute design of this bar and especially this chocolate eyes which is a cute little detail. The scent is mild and pleasant - mainly smelling of both the shea and cocoa butter. Being a melt, I find this bar to also be fairly moisturising - though not as much so as something like Butterbear / Ball. It's definitely moisturising enough however that you feel it and don't necessarily need to moisturise after if you don't want to. This bubble bar definitely does go a long way - I decided to use half but I think you could certainly use a quarter and still get the same results. Overall, this is a lovely, relaxing and moisturising bubble bar that I'd definitely recommend you pick up around Christmas time!

1.14.2017

2017 READING CHALLENGE

As a child, reading was easily my biggest passion. I loved to write but I especially loved to read. I would visit my school library and hire out several books each week and spend all of my free time lost in a new fictional world. As an adult, I haven't lost that passion for reading, I've simply lost the time for it. At least that's what I tell myself. So, for 2017 I'm setting myself a goal to get myself back on track to reading regularly again. I'm going to compile a list of books I want to read / re-read and I have until December 2017 to complete that list so wish me luck! I've decided on a modest goal of 25 books - a number that I'll hopefully exceed.

Yeah.. I have a Kindle. I know some avid readers are quite against e-readers but for me and my current limited space, real tactile books just aren't practical - whilst I do own a few and nothing quite beats a real book in your hand, my Kindle has been my main literary outlet and I love it!
Here's my list:

1. The Lord of The Rings Trilogy (All 3 Volumes) By J.R.R Tolkien

2. 1984 by George Orwell

3. Never Let Me Go by Kashuo Ishiguro

4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harpee Lee

5. The Stranger by Albert Camus

6. Forty Years of Murder by Prof. Keith Simpson

7. Crash by JG Ballard

1.12.2017

MAC LIPSTICK COLLECTION

For a lot of people, MAC has always been a go to brand for transitioning your makeup collection into higher end, more "professional" products. Whilst I have always loved and always will love drugstore makeup, as my interest and collections have grown, I have wanted to delve more into higher end brands. The first brand that I delved into was MAC and it all started with a red lipstick. Since then, I have discovered an abundance of high end and independent brands that I have fallen in love with but MAC lippies have always had a special place in my makeup-loving heart.  So, since getting that very first lipstick a few years ago, I have slowly worked up my collection and I thought I'd share it with you all today, enjoy!


Russian Red



Matte finish. Intense-blush red. 
This was my first ever MAC lipstick and is still one of my favourites. It's a classic, universal red shade and it's perfect for a go-to retro glamour look. A red lipstick is a must have in a makeup collection for me and I love this one.

1.11.2017

KEEPING ORGANISED WITH BAN.DO

I'm a sucker for organisation. I love planning and above all, I just love lists. Perhaps it's my tendency to worry that is so influential on my need to plan things but all I know is that I don't really feel like me if I'm not able to organise what I'm doing. One of the things I love that helps to keep me in check is my Ban.do diary. I first got a diary from Ban.do in 2016 when I spotted the one that my beautiful friend Tanith of ThingsTanithDid was using in University one day. She had shown me through hers and other than how beautiful it was to look at, I loved how it was laid out and organised and knew I wanted one. I swiftly went on to ASOS where I knew Ban.do organisers were sold and I bought myself the same one. I used my diary throughout 2016 and I absolutely loved it so I knew I'd want one for 2017 which is why I asked for one for Christmas! I was lucky enough to get one so in today's post I thought I'd show you through it and tell you why I like it so much.


Both the 2016 and 2017 versions of the diary are pretty much the same in terms of what they include internally. The only key differences that the 2017 version has is the size and layout of these sections. For starters, the 2017 diary is much wider and contains fewer pages. This does mean that the diary is a little bit on the bigger side so it isn't going to necessarily fit in a bag as easily as the narrower 2016 one did. I don't mind this too much however as I find it fits easily into near enough all the bags that I use including my current one. The diary also has a beautiful floral design just as last years did except this one is designed using more muted, pastel colours which I really love.



Inside of the diary there's a handy pocket for documents containing a cute little slip which details the diary's "Secret Code" - symbols that are scattered around the pages of the diary and which are encoded messages that you can decode in your spare time. The diary also has within in two full pages of adorable little stickers - I especially love this little novelty addition to the diary as it allows you to really personalise it.



As you enter the actual pages of the diary itself, you firstly find a layout of the year showing you all the days of each month from January 2017 on to December 2018. Then, there's also a page allowing you to write down some notes or "Reasons to Party" for each month of 2017 as well as a neat little list of the nation holidays of the year too.


As we get into the pages for every month, each section is divided with a handy side tab meaning you can easily flick between months to find a specific date or page. The first page of each month shows you a layout of each day of the said month giving you room to write down a small note or two. Whilst the 2016 Ban.do diary also had a section for each day of each week of every month, the 2017 version has downsized on this and decided to simply divide each bit of its pages into weekly sections. I like this change as when I finished University in particular, I didn't feel that I needed room for each day of the week for note taking and so that left a lot of blank space in my diary. Having sections for each week of the month rather than each day for me means i'm more likely to utilise all of the space in the diary - there is also a small notes section provided on each month page for any extra things that you may need to jot down too!


As well as novel little additions like the secret code on certain pages of the diary, there's also motivational sayings and messages of encouragement too. I think this is a lovely addition to the diary and it's nice to be able read a comforting and feel good message now and then! Finally, at the very end of the diary there's a super large section of pages for notes - always handy as you never know when you may need to write something down.


Overall, I think this is an awesome diary - from it's layout to its design, I'm really impressed with how it's been produced and I know I'll definitely get a lot of use out of it just as I did with last years. Organisation is something that is important for me and having such a useful, handy diary like this one means that planning is so much easier. If you're on the look out for a good planner, I'd certainly recommend this one!

As mentioned above, you can get Ban.do diaries from ASOS as well as from retails such as John Lewis and Selfridges


1.02.2017

What I Got For Christmas: Beauty Edition

Hello everyone and happy 2017! It's weird to say that but it's also exciting to be at the start of another year. In this post, I thought I'd reflect on and share with you some of the items I received for Christmas. This isn't everything - certain things I'm going to leave for reviews / focused posts but it's most of the beauty type gifts I was lucky enough to receive from friends and family members. 

Whilst I'd like to hope most people would already know this, this post isn't to brag about the things I received. I'm an inherently nosey individual and I love seeing the lovely things people buy and receive be it at Christmas, birthdays or as part of a haul, so I thought I'd also create my own "What I Got for Christmas" post too. Needless to say I'm so grateful for receiving the presents that I did and even more importantly than that, I feel blessed to have such wonderful, caring and loving people in my life. Soppiness over with, let's jump right in!

I received three perfumes in total this year from my friends and family - a fact a perfume junkie like me is more than excited about. I've really been getting into fragrance this past year so it's safe to say I was really happy to receive some this year for Christmas. The scents I got were Olympea by Paco Robanne, Bon Bon by Viktor & Rolf and finally Gucci Bamboo by Gucci. I'll list the scent notes in the captions of the perfumes' photo just incase you're interested too! I'd been lusting over all three of these scents for quite a while - particularly Bon Bon so I'm really excited to start wearing them all.

Scent Notes:
Gucci Bamboo by Gucci: Top - Bergamot, Heart - Ylang-Ylang & Orange Blossom, Base - Amber & Sandalwood
Bon Bon by Viktor & Rolf: Top - Mandarin & Peach, Heart - Caramel, Base - Amber, Sandalwood & Cedar
Olympea by Paco Roxanne: Top - Green Mandarin & Jasmine, Heart - Vanilla, Base - Cashmere Wood & Sandalwood
Next off I got these stunning brushes from Zoeva. As a makeup lover and wearer, new beauty tools always come in handy and it's a bonus when they're as pretty as these ones are. I loved the Zoeva brushes I had previously but had never delved much into their facial brushes and had only really tried their eye ones. I'm really excited to have a play around with all of the brushes in this collection - I can see all of them being staples that I'll be using regularly.

Zoeva Rose Gold Collection Brush Set Volume 2
Let's also just take a moment to appreciate the beautiful design of these brushes as well as that gorgeous rose gold bag too!


Next off I got this MAC palette - it features 9 purple toned shades and I absolutely love it. Purple is my favourite colour and I love how it looks on my blue eyes. I've never tried any MAC shadows before so I'll be looking forward to testing out this palette.


This palette also has a great range of light to dark shades so I feel as if there's a lot of opportunity for a multitude of different looks. As you can see there is also a lot of different finishes in these shadows from mattes, to shimmers to satins.

MAC Purple x 9 Palette
The final beauty item I received for Christmas that I wanted to share with you is this Natural Eyes palette from TooFaced. I am a massive TooFaced fan - especially when it comes to their palettes. I think they have amazing pigmentation and such buttery formulas. I'd been eyeing up this palette for quite a while mainly for it's beautiful shimmer shades. I think a neutral palette is always so versatile in a makeup collection and I can't wait to use this one.

TooFaced Natural Eyes Palette

And there you have my Christmas beauty haul featuring most of the beauty products I was lucky to get for Christmas this year. As I mentioned before, there are some beauty products I got that aren't included in this post and that's because I wanted to feature them in posts of their own. I also got some fashion pieces that I'll be showcasing in some upcoming posts soon too so please do stay tuned for that if you're interested.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year and I'd to see your Christmas haul posts if you've written any too so please do send the link for them my way! As always, thanks so much for reading and have a happy Monday.


Levinia,
 xo

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