The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturise Lotion Review

It's come to that time of year again when my skin gets ridiculously dry. I have been making sure to make changes and try to get my skin in the best condition it can be this winter.

Starting with a good moisturiser. I don't have many big shops where I live, which means I don't have a big choice in beauty counters for me to pop in and ask questions. The first one that sprung to mind was The Body Shop, something that I have used before and loved and I'm also more than happy to use because of their ethical background.

I ended up buying the Vitamin E Moisturise Lotion SPF 15. Vitamin E has many benefits for the skin including; protection from environmental pollution, protection against UV radiation, it works as a power anti-inflammatory and has excellent wound healing properties.


This has been a great edition to my skincare routine. It has a really smooth texture and you only need a little, so this isn't going to run out any time soon. The lotion does sink into my skin really quickly too, unlike any moisturiser I've had before.

It retails at £13 which made me really reconsider my purchase, but I've needed something like this for a long time and looking after your skin really is important. I'm very glad I took the plunge and I'll definitely be looking more at The Body Shop more in the future.

Thanks for reading,

Chapped Lips - The Worse Part Of Winter

I dread winter because my lips become a sore mess. It's not pleasant and we can all experience it for different reasons.

I've spent years looking for a great lip balm and I've never come across one that has done the job. Until now... although let me warn you it's not a lip balm.


Yeah, weird right?
Well I never knew what this was until a couple of months ago, I had a scab/burn that wouldn't heal and this worked wonders over night. I grew up using Sudocreme and I find this to be a stronger version.


The instructions say that it can be used for "chapped or rough skin". I did a quick Google search and people have recommended this for chapped lips to others elsewhere, so my idea wasn't completely bonkers.

It's quite a tacky consistency but is easy to rub into the lips. It dries quickly but if you apply too much it can be a bit tacky, but it still absorbs after a while.


This works wonders.

I've never been so happy to find a product that works. My lips have never stayed soft for so long and you only need to apply a little to revive them.

Germolene retails for £2.19 and the tube makes it a great on the go product.
I cannot recommend this enough!

What is your go to lip balm?

What's In My Handbag? Autumn 2015

Hello, 
today I thought I would do a pretty generic blog post because I just enjoy being a little nosey.... sometimes.


Bag - I love this bag because it's slouchy. But I never realised it would be so ridiculous to photograph. Saying that it has been my go to since I bought it a couple of months back. It's the Asos Leather Shopper Bag with Skinny Straps. When I was looking for a bag I wanted something brown. This was ideal and the fact its real leather should mean it's pretty hard wearing. 


Ted Baker Purse (black Titiana patent wallet) - Let's just say I'm in love. I've wanted a black Ted Baker purse for a while now and I could never find something that was just right.. until I saw this. A patent black purse with rose gold detail and a French bulldog print interior. I bought this on Depop for £25, what a bargain! 

Bottle of water - I try to carry a bottle with my at all times. I am really trying to keep hydrated, thus to keep my skin clear. 

Silver iPhone 6s - I got a new phone and it is so handy, the bigger screen makes a huge difference compared to my iPhone 5s. I grabbed the case in TK Maxx the day I bought it just to keep it safe, its a champagne colour on the back and black around the edges.

Diary - I have been trying to keep myself organised by buying a diary and I'm kind of getting the hang of it. Anyway this beauty is the PaperBlanks Alhoa Laulima, I love the paperblank diaries for the layout plus the little pocket at the back.

Glasses -  Boring but true. I'm blind (aka short sighted). I need these for driving mainly or watching movies.

Lip combination - I always keep my current lipstick in my bag so I can top up if need be. At the moment I've been loving the Lime Crime Velvetine in Riot with a Primark lip liner in Dark Pink.

I hope you've enjoyed todays post,
What are your bag necessities?





Primark False Nail Review

Hello!

I cannot believe I am only just writing this review. It feels like I should of been writing this a lifetime ago.  To me the Primark beauty section is totally underrated, can you tell I'm excited to talk about these? 

First of all I have tiny hands so therefore I have tiny itty bitty nails. I can very rarely find false nails that go small enough for me. The Primark ones do however go small enough and have larger ones too (which I normally give to my mum). I don't rate the glue highly but I just buy the Elegant Touch Nail Glue which is about £2.59, it dries super quick, sticks well and a little goes a long way so it lasts forever. These nails can last anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks on me.


They retail at £1 - £1.50 and if I ever see any I like I always stock up. They are my go to nails and if you are into more high end nails I would definitely urge you to check them out!


I also bite my nails and the skin around them, too much info? When I start to realise it's getting bad I always stick these on and it totally stops me from doing it.

Thanks for reading,

My Current Blog Design - Elora

Hello!

Today I just wanted to mention my new blog theme. Boy does it look pretty!

I have played around with editing, adding widgets, changing this and that on my blog from day one but it just never looked how I expected it too. It never looked finished.

Whilst online reading blogs I realised how a lot of people had bought their designs online. To be quite honest I didn't even know this was an option. I had a look around and I think Etsy really has a great selection, I spent ages looking for one that was right for me. I was looking for something sleek, that looked semi professional, which I could also add aspects of my style within it. 

I came across a shop called Best For Bloggers, it has so many beautiful designs.


I decided on a design named Elora
When choosing a design there is a link to a live demo blog, where you can open the page as if it were a real page so you can see how it works. I find this really helped me decide which one was right for me. 



The design I chose was £3.23 
Yes, I know.  So cheap. I was so happy and I personally think my blog has never looked better. I'm now happy with how it looks and I cannot wait to share my posts online.

I hope you have found this post of some use.

Thanks for reading,



What I've Been Up To - October 2015

Hey,
here is another overview of my month!


I went home from maybe the 8th to the 11th, I can't really remember. I had a lovely time at home, here you can see when I went out for lunch with my dad and boyfriend. It was in a local cafe called Petit Fi,  I chose the red pepper and butternut squash filo tart and boy was I impressed! Whilst I was at home I also purchased a new camera, it's the Canon EOS 5d mark ii. I'm still yet to seriously play with it but I've been loving it so far.


Rob came down for a few days, yet again I cannot remember the exact dates. But on the 15th he took me on a date night. We started at Revolution which is a restaurant and vodka bar, luckily we were there for the happy hour. It absolutely blew my mind, to start with Rob had a burger with wotsits in and it was surprisingly tasty. Plus the cocktails were to die for. 


On the 17th I went to Sprinkles with a uni friend, which is a dessert restaurant if that makes any sense!? I had a crepe with crushed oreos, bananas, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. So tasty but so sickly.

Then from the 20th to the 25th I went back home again. On the 20th I carved pumpkins with my mum and Rob. Then on the 21st we used the leftover innards to make soup, which was actually so much yummier than I expected.



The 21st was continued with cuddles with baby Gus Gus (kitten on the far left) and a takeaway pizza. This pizza is from Pizzarelli and is the best pizza I have tasted (in my home town) besides Pizza Express.

On the 23rd my family and I went to pizza express, where I had the carbonara pizza (one of my favourites). After that my dad and I headed out for cocktails, then Rob met us after work. It was so nice to be home and to be relaxed.

Then on the 24th my parents and I decided to sit down for a board game. Which was rudely interrupted by our cat Bailey.


Rob came to visit me on the 28th with flowers, my favourite chocolate and wine!

I then persuaded Rob to try out Sprinkles for dinner on the 29th, he isn't always the dessert kind but he did enjoy it. This time around I had a crepe with strawberries, chocolate sauce and chocolate ice cream. It wasn't as sickly because of the strawberries, so I managed to eat the whole thing.


Can you tell I like food? On the 31st (Halloween) we decided to go out for dinner at Nandos. I have been once and Rob was a Nandos virgin. We had a lovely time, then we went home to watch Netfilx and have a few drinks. I am currently hooked on a series called Reign, all about Mary, Queen of Scots.

We are going to go over into November a little but oh well. Then on the 1st Rob cooked up an amazing Sunday roast, followed by mince pies. The mention of Christmas is never too soon in my world. All followed by more Netflix in bed, listening to the rain outside.

This month couldn't sum me up more. Food, cocktails and cats.

I hope you enjoyed the insight, 










What Is The John Lewis Advert Really Advertising? #ManOnTheMoon

The Man On The Moon Advert doesn't advertise much. Not anything materialistic anyway. 



By midday on the day of release #ManOnTheMoon had already had 42,000 mentions across social media.

The song is a 2 minute acoustic cover of Oasis's "Half The World Away", performed by a 19 year old Norwegian singer Aurora Asknes. With lyrics such as "My body feels young but my mind is very old", I can't help but think this was a perfect match.

The scientific aspects of the advert may not be so technical, who needs oxygen? But this is a Christmas advert, its all about the magic. I get the impression the John Lewis advert doesn't need to shove their products in our faces. They want us to feel and not forget. Which is what I sure did!

The loneliness presented in the advert is there to move you. It's all about a gift that keeps on giving. A connection for lonely people, who need love the most. The familiarity also brings the audience closer. What stood out for me were the bright balloons which we commonly associate with children's parties, when they are delivered to the old man they so beautifully contrast against the dull moon.

An advert that is beautifully shot, emotionally binding and attached to a heart warming song is one thing I'm sure to remember.

What has your favourite John Lewis advert been?





Essena O'Neill: Revealing The 'Truth' Behind Being Instafamous

 Essena O'Neill was an Australian Teenager with over 612,000 followers on instagram. This week she has blown up the internet by revealing a video explaining how her instagram does not portray 'real life'.

She gave up her instagram as she believed she was false advertising. Her 17 minute video told her viewers how all of her images were constructed to make her life seem beautiful and care free, when in fact her life was the opposite. 

Essena deleted around 2000 photographs across her social media platforms, changing their caption to 'expose the harsh and often humorous reality being the instafamous culture'. 


She has been applauded by a wide audience for her video, many admiring her bravery and honesty

I feel that Essena was a big part of the Vegan community, I am not a Vegan but I do love when someone stands for what they believe in. Unfortunately through this the Vegan community has lost her, this is also something that has hardly been mentioned. Her diet was something positive and she deleted most of that to focus on the negatives.

Social media has a huge impact on everyone but this is solely down to how you use and abuse it. To me her issues started when she was young, posting revealing images to receive positive re-enforcement. This should have been more prominent in the media, how she was so young and vulnerable to be posting such things online. The internet is used to show only the highlights of our lives and to prove we are worthy. Something that can become poison if you then start comparing yourself to one another.

I understand social media isn't always real. People do this as their job and of course will persuade us things are great, so we buy them. That's advertising for you. Essena to me was warped and let her fame get the better of her then staying authentic to her followers. The media for personal use is meant to be positive, expressing yourself and what you want to be. It's a creative outlet to inspire one another.

Essena is young and it is admirable to see her understand her problems and take a step back. A lot of her statements are generalized and may only be of her own experience. To me switching off our tech more regularly and being present is the way forward.






Autumn Wishlist 2015

Autumn Wishlist 2015

Hello, 


Today I thought I would do a post I haven't done in a while which is my autumn wishlist, I love reading other peoples and also they are so fun to make!

  1. This is a bit peculiar for me. It is Benefits new-ish 'Theyr're Real! Push Up Liner' in purple. I have wanted to try colourful eyeliner for ages which started with LLYMLRS rocking a coloured eye, Then I watched a video where Hello October used a navy eyeliner to contrast her orange lip and I was in love.

    I love dark purples and cranberry shades around this time of year and seeing as I have green eyes I feel a purple liner would be perfect for me!
  2.  I have been lusting over these Topshop black dungarees for what seems like months now. They just look some comfy.
  3. I have noticed that the eyebrow makeup I've been using lately is just the drips and drabs of what I have previously chucked back into my make up draw. After asking a mua friend they mentioned the ELF eyebrow kit to me, which I have previously owned and loved. Plus it's just so cheap for only £3
  4. I was nervous to mention this product and to purchase it, all because of the Limecrime scandal. However it seems to have all died down now and also this colour just looks perfect for me. I've wanted to try a velvetine for a long time and when I came along this colour 'riot'.... well I just don't think I can resist.
  5. At this time of year all I think about is cuddling up in a blanket, fresh pjs and some comfy socks. Which brings me too pyjamas. I've been looking around for some for a while and I can't seem to find the right ones. These Chelsea Peers pyjamas are quite pricey but don't they just look dreamy?
  6. I know I know, Halloween is over. But this will never stop me from loving pumpkins; the taste, the colour, the smell. These pumpkin earrings just look perfect and cute.
  7. I understand, these pom pom keyrings are just everywhere. This is just one fad I cannot resist, I also love adding texture to items in my bag so I know what I'm searching for. I think this dark green pom pom is the perfect autumn colour.
  8. Last but not least phone cases. I have wanted to have a new case for my phone for a while now as any I have either look too childish or are falling apart. I've seen Skinndip raved about so many times and I think it might be time to take the plunge. I really love the look of the Dinosaur or Krusty Print iPhone 5 cases. So cute.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post, 
bye for now!



Halloween DIY #1 - Easy Cat Makeup

Hello!

Today I wanted to try an easy go-to Halloween makeup look. A cat. It's ideal for a last minute party or if you're on a budget. I would pair this with messy hair, which I create using salt spray, back combing and maybe some dry shampoo. Plus a black outfit, or to jazz it up you could add some leopard print!


I did my base like normal then did my eyebrows roughly, it doesn't matter if they are messy. I then used loads of bronzer just to warm up my face and add some colour. For my eyes I used a liquid eyeliner, and mascara. I bought the eyeliner down in the inner corners to elongate them even further. 

The rest of the look was done with pencil eyeliner. I did a major boo boo by drawing my spots first,as I later smudged them... I'll know for next time. For my bottom lip I used a pink lipstick to add colour.

Pair it with some ears of your choice and voilĂ !  

Thanks for reading, 



Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes



Hi, 

I bet you've all heard about the new Real Techniques Bold Metals and like the rest of you I fell in love. Here I have the (left) 301 flat contour brush and (right) the 200 oval shadow brush.

First of all I just want to clear up my thoughts on the price. I have only ever bought high street make up brushes and was very thrown aback by the price when I first saw it. However after owning these and feeling them, I completely understand why. I also understand that from the business point of view this is their 'luxury line', not their affordable line.

The flat contour brush had mixed reviews when I had a look on YouTube but I loved the look and definition so much I just had to try it. I think this is a really good and dense brush for the contouring areas, especially for me as I only really concentrate on my cheekbones. It picks up and applies a lot of colour but it also does a good job of blending it all out too. I have used this on an every day basis since purchasing this and it makes my routine a lot quicker as I'm only using one brush for the job.

My eyes are probably my favourite part of my make up so I just had to have an eye related brush from the bold metals line. I use this to pack on a base colour or a bold colour, but it also fits well in my crease. I use this a lot and I absolutely love it, it is soft and doesn't drag on my skin.

If you're thinking of taking the plunge, do it.

Thank you for reading,





What I've Been Up To - September 2015

Hi, 

I love reading blogs and watching YouTube accounts over viewing what they've been up to. So I thought I'd give it a go myself.

On the 4th of September my Dad and I spent the day shopping in Brighton. I had a handful of things I was yet to buy before uni and Brighton always has the best range to pick from. We ended up in wagamamas for dinner, which is always a good choice.


September for me was a lot of goodbyes and new beginnings. I was off to uni. My moving day was the 12th, knowing this I spent the first couple of weeks hanging around with those I knew I would miss.


My boyfriends birthday was just the day before which wasn't the nicest thing, seeing as I would be moving 4 hours away the next morning. We spent the day going out for lunch at a local diner then relaxing all night. With lots of cake.


Then the days all get a bit muddled but since I've been in Bournemouth. But I have fallen in love with the sea, all over again.


I also feel like I have very quickly learnt to appreciate the little things in life. Whether it's cooking myself a meal, getting treated to my favourite flowers or just simply having some company.


I hope you've all had a great September and continue to have a great October!
Thanks for reading,



Beauty On A Budget #1


Hi,

Anyway if you've ever been on the blogging world you would have heard of the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover (£4.99). To set the line straight its a sponge in a bottle soaked in nail polish remover, which has a 'nourishing sweet almond oil' and a 'red fruit and vanilla fragrance'. This is great. I was very adamant to spend five pounds on a nail polish remover but I love it. Its so handy and makes your fingers feel and smell great after! 

However a few months ago I was in Primark and I was desperate to check out their new P.S. Love line. When I was at the beauty section I noticed this 'P.S. Love Your Nails Nail Polish Twist Pot'. This is the same thing, minus the smell and oil. But for one or maybe two pounds this does just the trick, It still take your polish off super quick and is the same size so great for travelling. It is definitely a dupe and a great one at half the price!

Thanks for reading,
Poppy x 

I'm a Uni Student!



Hey!

So you've probably wondering what I've been up to. It's been a while, again. As you can probably guess from the title, I am now a uni student, studying BA (hons) Commercial Photography at Arts University Bournemouth. 

The university is approximately 3.4 hours from I live, so it's not too bad. I have nothing much too add as I've only been enrolled for 2 weeks so far, the majority being inductions.

Bournemouth is absolutely lovely. When choosing my choice for uni I new I wanted to be near a beach, which I think I did a pretty good job of.


I wasn't worried about too much when coming to uni, but cooking was no. 1. I think I've done a pretty good job so far. Still basic, but I'm okay with that!


So far so good. I hope everyone else starting university is settling in well to!
Pops xx

Valentines Day Makeup Look 2015 - Idea No.2


Hi!

Today I'm going to talk you through a look I have created inspired by valentines day. Most of my products are high street so this is really affordable and you can always swap colours/brands for alternative ones. I did my base normally and my eyebrows, my eyebrows are all kinds of messy which I am very sorry about! 

I started on my eyes using the Maybelline Color 24hour tattoo in Pink Gold. I then added my Kiko pigment loose shadow (shade 10) and pressed that all over my eyelid. I then used two Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadows (pictured below) the lighter shade I used in my crease and then added the darker shade for depth and natural contour. Unfortunately when I depotted these I didn't write the colours down anywhere, but these eyeshadows are very pigmented and only £1.99 each.






I used the colour 'nooner' from the Naked 3 palette on the outer V of my eyelid and underneath my waterline then blended it out to create further depth. I wanted to use pink and purple as my base colours as these are the colours I think of around Valentines day, plus I have green eyes so it helps to bring the colour out. I then grabbed this PS. I Love 'Night' palette (which is from Primark) and used the purple to create the final touch. I think this just adds another level of colour and really brings the whole look together. 

I then used the Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in black to create a small and thin cat eye. I then applied Eylure Naturalites False Eyelashes and voila!


I then created this lip colour using a Topshop Lip Paint in Reminisce and a Rimmel London Lipstick on 077 Asia. I really like this lip look as it isn't too bright but definitely brings attention to your lips.



I have recently had my hair cut short and I find it really hard to style, but just for ideas I added this cute bandanna. 



I hope you enjoyed this look and thank you for reading,

Pops xx