Rebecca

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.

BEAUTY HAUL

- John Frieda - Sheer Blonde Hair Repair Conditioning Treatment (£5.99)

- Rimmel 60 Seconds - 873 Breakfast in Bed (£3.69)

- Seventeen Stay Pout lipstick - Man Hunt (£4.49)

- Seventeen Skin Tan Liquid Glow (£5.99)

BEAUTY PURCHASES
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair 1 - £3.99 - Summary: full coverage concealer in a handy tube with applicator. Rating: 8/10
Vo5 Plump It Up - £3.75 - Summary: a light spray which can be used instead of mousse before hairdrying/styling. Rating: 6.5/10
Mitchum deodorant - 2 for £4 - Summary: normal deodorant, lightly scented (although not the yummiest scent I’ve experienced!). Rating: 9.5/10
Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser - £7.50 - Summary: a primer to be used under make-up or on its own; blurs pores making makeup look more airbrushed. Rating: 7/10

BEAUTY PURCHASES

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair 1 - £3.99 - Summary: full coverage concealer in a handy tube with applicator. Rating: 8/10

Vo5 Plump It Up - £3.75 - Summary: a light spray which can be used instead of mousse before hairdrying/styling. Rating: 6.5/10

Mitchum deodorant - 2 for £4 - Summary: normal deodorant, lightly scented (although not the yummiest scent I’ve experienced!). Rating: 9.5/10

Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser - £7.50 - Summary: a primer to be used under make-up or on its own; blurs pores making makeup look more airbrushed. Rating: 7/10

MY SPRING/SUMMER ESSENTIALS

DRESSES:
- Tartan, orange floral, black floral (all Newlook)

SHORTS:
- Faux leather - River Island
- Floral - H&M
- Spotty - H&M
- Blue denim - vintage Levi
- Black denim - vintage Levi

CROPTOPS:
- White - ASOS
- Black - H&M
- Spotty - Newlook

PASTELS:
- White linen shorts - ASOS
- Blue shorts - charity shop
- Lace top - H&M
- White floral dress - Bay
- Pink top - Newlook

Would you rather… TAG

MAKE-UP BRUSH STORAGE

Glass pot - Dunelm £4.99

For a while I’ve been wanting a pot to keep my make-up brushes in because my brush bag has got too full and I wanted a quick and easy way to access my brushes.

I had a browse online for proper brush storage pots but they were either pricey or ugly! In the end I found this gorgeous detailed glass pot from Dunelm. It’s actually classed as a vase and was in their wedding section but that didn’t matter to me!

I love the look of it and the way it matches my room perfectly. It’s also a great size for my brushes and there is plenty of room for me to expand my brush collection in the future! For £4.99 this pot was an absolute bargain :D

March & April 2014 Favourites

LAZY CLOTHES!

Most of the time when I’m at home I like to chill in my pjs (such a guilty pleasure!) but when I occasionally do feel like wearing regular clothes, this is just one outfit I love to throw on!

Paisley trousers - Primark
Silver jumper - H&M

Combining a pattern like paisley with a glittery jumper seems like a bit of a dramatic fashion statement and is probably a style I would never sport in public! But when I’m at home I don’t see why not :)

I love this outfit as the satin-feel trousers are mega lightweight and comfy whilst the jumper keeps me warm on those nippy evenings!

Time to light a few candles, make a cuppa and put a good boxset on!

HOW I GET SUMMER GORGEOUS LEGS (good for sensitive skin)

Products:
- Razor (any is fine, I use disposable)
- Coconut oil
- Round exfoliating brush, Body Shop
- No7 Pampering Dry Oil 

The first step is obviously to shave your legs. I use coconut oil as an alternative to shaving cream because it’s natural so it won’t have a bad reaction on my skin (unlike many perfumed shaving creams), oil resists water which means you only need to apply once no matter how wet your legs get, and it moisturises my legs at the same time. A tub of coconut oil costs around £2.50 online and will last for ages! 

Once your legs are smooth you might find that a few of the cut hairs are stuck to the oil on your legs, just use a flannel to brush these off. Then grab your exfoliating brush and give your legs a good scrub to remove any unevenness or dry skin. I love this circular brush as the bristles are really strong and powerful but you could use exfoliating gloves or anything else you have. If your skin is very sensitive you might want to skip this step or use a gentle exfoliating body wash. 

Last I apply the dry oil to my legs. The No7 one costs around £12 but lasts for ages and makes your skin feel like silk! Any other brand of body oil is fine, I also recommend The Body Shop Beautifying Oil. If you have really sensitive skin, just apply more coconut oil for moisture and shine!

HOW I GET SUMMER GORGEOUS LEGS (good for sensitive skin)

Products:
- Razor (any is fine, I use disposable)
- Coconut oil
- Round exfoliating brush, Body Shop
- No7 Pampering Dry Oil

The first step is obviously to shave your legs. I use coconut oil as an alternative to shaving cream because it’s natural so it won’t have a bad reaction on my skin (unlike many perfumed shaving creams), oil resists water which means you only need to apply once no matter how wet your legs get, and it moisturises my legs at the same time. A tub of coconut oil costs around £2.50 online and will last for ages!

Once your legs are smooth you might find that a few of the cut hairs are stuck to the oil on your legs, just use a flannel to brush these off. Then grab your exfoliating brush and give your legs a good scrub to remove any unevenness or dry skin. I love this circular brush as the bristles are really strong and powerful but you could use exfoliating gloves or anything else you have. If your skin is very sensitive you might want to skip this step or use a gentle exfoliating body wash.

Last I apply the dry oil to my legs. The No7 one costs around £12 but lasts for ages and makes your skin feel like silk! Any other brand of body oil is fine, I also recommend The Body Shop Beautifying Oil. If you have really sensitive skin, just apply more coconut oil for moisture and shine!

What’s inside my make-up bag?

RETURN OF THE JELLY SHOE!

So the jelly shoe is making a come back on the high street! Shops are stocking up on jelly shoes - allowing those of us who were born in the 90s to reminisce about running around on the beach aged 5 sporting these glittery shiny beauties!

However, the shoes have proved to be highly controversial - you either love them or you hate them. I initially had doubts about a grown woman wearing what are essentially children’s shoes (!!) but after trying a pair on I am utterly convinced that they are as comfortable and magical as I remembered!

So here are the newest addition to my wardrobe and my little guilty pleasure - no matter how much my boyfriend might hate them! For £4 (Primark) these are a bargain, even if they don’t get too much wear!

Highlighters: YSL Touche Eclat vs Collection2000 Illuminating Touch - Product Reviews

YSL Touché Éclat product review

So, I should probably confess now I’ve been a total slave to beauty peer pressure and have joined what many call the Touché Éclat cult!

After spending weeks on the hunt for the perfect highlighter for my eyes, I found myself constantly looking for dupes of the YSL (which is known for being the no1 seller of the highlighter pen). Which made me question why I didn’t just go ahead and buy it rather than wasting time and money trying to find a similar product.

At £25 the Touché Éclat is extravagant and pricey but there is a reason why everyone is trying to dupe it - the product really does work!

To release the product you simply click on the end as many times as desired (the more clicks, the more product).

YSL estimate that there are 200 clicks worth of product inside this magical gold tube. I used two or three clicks for my whole face (see above) which created the perfect base. The product can be used under or over foundation and is perfect for hiding redness or dark circles.

The brush applicator makes the Touché Éclat so easy to use and it gives out the perfect amount of fluid so none is wasted - this is one of the flaws of the cheaper products such as the MAC Prep and Prime (£18).

This product originally came in just one colour for all skin tones (number 1), however YSL have recently released different shades. As number 1 is very pink in it’s undertones, I decided to opt for number 2 which has slightly more yellow undertones - better suited to those who are fair but not extremely pale.

This is not a concealer and should not be used on spots (it’s main function is to brighten the face). I used around my eyes, eyebrows, nose and lips. I am told you can also use the product as a base for lipstick.

So is it worth the money? I think so (although admittedly I have not tried any other comparable products). If you are looking for a cheaper alternative you might want to try No7 or The Body Shop (which retail for around £10-£15), however if you shop around online you can find the YSL Touché Éclat for under £20!

Here is a link to a website I found which sells it at a reduced price: http://www.evesbeautyparadise.co.uk/yves-saint-laurent-touche-eclat-luminous-radiance-02-141-p.asp?gclid=CN3a3cq7rr0CFe3ItAodijwALQ

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE LUTON HOO

If you’re anything like me, a spot of afternoon tea with your girlfriends is your version of absolute luxury!

This week one of my gorgeous friends turned 22 so we headed to Luton Hoo to celebrate her birth over sandwiches, deserts, scones and copious amounts of tea!

Luton Hoo is stunning and I can’t recommend the venue highly enough. The decor is very grand and traditional with huge comfy sofas and big open fireplaces. The gardens provide a great opportunity for photos or a little walk after you’ve eaten, all of which adds to the experience. For £27.50 each I think it was totally worth it.

Stuck for a Mothers Day idea or a special birthday treat? This place is definitely worth a visit!

5 AFFORDABLE LIPSTICKS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

1) No7 Stay Perfect 15 Nude (£9) - this lipstick is a great neutral and perfect when you want to look professional. I spent my teen years putting foundation on my lips to lighten them - if only I had known about this lipstick! Looks fantastic with lipgloss over it. As it’s from the Stay Perfect collection it is more matte than many of the other No7 ranges, so make sure you apply a good lip balm first to prevent your lips cracking! Haven’t found a better nude tone in any other makeup range.


2) MAC Matte Please Me (£15) - this is my absolutely favourite lipstick of all time! If you suit pink tones, you must purchase this item!! It’s worth every penny and lasts for such a long time. The colour is wearable for professional occasions and nights out. I couldn’t be without it and will repurchase it until they discontinue! Again, as it’s matte you will need lip balm underneath to avoid cracking.

3) No7 Stay Perfect 35 Grace (£9) - this lipstick is a deep red/purple colour. Whilst too dramatic to be an everyday colour, it’s great for creating a strong look on special occasions.

4) Collection 2000 Lasting Colour 11 Orange Punch (£3) - this is probably my second most-worn lipstick of all time (you can see how little I have left!) and is such a great lipstick for the price. It really does last and wears off really well to leave a subtle orange colour on the lips so it doesn’t matter too much if you forget to reapply throughout the day! I haven’t tried any other colours from this range but I’m so impressed with the quality of the product for just £3 I will definitely be trying out other shades.

5) MAC Matte Russian Red (£15) - if you dare to wear red, you must go MAC. No other make-up range has produced anything even close unless you’re prepared to pay £20+. I wear this colour because the deeper red tones suit my blonde hair (I’m trying to avoid the bimbo look!). If you’re looking for something brighter, try Ruby Woo. The matte range does need lip balm under it but this colour will last most of the day! For best result apply with a lip liner (any of the high street brands are fine).

TMI (Too Much Information) - 50 questions