Rebecca

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

Reblogged from Ellie: The Friendship Test!

TIP FOR AMAZING SKIN:

Combine tea tree oil (as pure as you can get) with your usual night moisturiser on the back of your hand. Apply to your face as normal. 

Tea tree is known for having properties which are great for your skin - a real life saver when you have a break out! However, using pure tea tree can be very drying, not to mention difficult to apply! Using a good moisturiser before bed is essential for keeping your skin healthy, hydrated and wrinkle-free. This amazing combination gives you the best of both worlds, so that whilst you sleep your skin is being looked after and hydrated - almost like an overnight face mask. 

Although this little bottle costs around £7, only a few drops of oil are required so it really will last you ages!

TIP FOR AMAZING SKIN:

Combine tea tree oil (as pure as you can get) with your usual night moisturiser on the back of your hand. Apply to your face as normal.

Tea tree is known for having properties which are great for your skin - a real life saver when you have a break out! However, using pure tea tree can be very drying, not to mention difficult to apply! Using a good moisturiser before bed is essential for keeping your skin healthy, hydrated and wrinkle-free. This amazing combination gives you the best of both worlds, so that whilst you sleep your skin is being looked after and hydrated - almost like an overnight face mask.

Although this little bottle costs around £7, only a few drops of oil are required so it really will last you ages!

EASTER SUNDAY OUTFIT

- Black vest - Primark
- Yellow skirt - charity shop (adjusted by hand from a size 14 calf-length skirt to a size 6 mini skirt!)
- Black tights - Newlook
- Knitted blazer - H&M
- Belt - charity shop
- Necklace - cubic zirconia (part of a set)
- Watch - Michael Kors

Yellow is such a vibrant colour and not a shade I usually wear but as it’s Easter Sunday I couldn’t resist! My usual style contains lots of black so this outfit stays true to my classic look whist combining a pop of colour!

To upcycle this skirt (big thanks to mummy!) I had tucks put in waistband to fit my waist in a high-waisted style, and had the length cut to 15inches (waist band to bottom seam). The skirt was then hemmed by folding the bottom edge up and sewing along with small hand stitches (although this could have been done on a sewing machine!) The lining underneath was also cut and hemmed to match the length of the skirt.

EASTER SUNDAY OUTFIT

- Black vest - Primark
- Yellow skirt - charity shop (adjusted by hand from a size 14 calf-length skirt to a size 6 mini skirt!)
- Black tights - Newlook
- Knitted blazer - H&M
- Belt - charity shop
- Necklace - cubic zirconia (part of a set)
- Watch - Michael Kors

Yellow is such a vibrant colour and not a shade I usually wear but as it’s Easter Sunday I couldn’t resist! My usual style contains lots of black so this outfit stays true to my classic look whist combining a pop of colour!

To upcycle this skirt (big thanks to mummy!) I had tucks put in waistband to fit my waist in a high-waisted style, and had the length cut to 15inches (waist band to bottom seam). The skirt was then hemmed by folding the bottom edge up and sewing along with small hand stitches (although this could have been done on a sewing machine!) The lining underneath was also cut and hemmed to match the length of the skirt.

BEAUTY HAUL

- John Frieda - Sheer Blonde Hair Repair Conditioning Treatment (£5.99) - Summary: a deep conditioning cream, left on for 15 minutes for beautiful hair. Rating: 8/10

- Rimmel 60 Seconds - 873 Breakfast in Bed (£3.69) - Summary: soft mint coloured nail varnish perfect for Spring and Summer. Rating: 8.5/10

- Seventeen Stay Pout lipstick - Man Hunt (£4.49) - Summary: an orange lipstick with pink undertones and a light shimmer. Rating: 6/10

- Seventeen Skin Tan Liquid Glow (£5.99) - Summary: a highlighter and bronzer in liquid form, best used mixed with foundation for an all over glow. Rating: 9/10

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

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