Saturday, 9 May 2015

All aboard Bessie The Bus!

This (very wet and rainy) morning, Fiona and I were welcomed aboard Bessie, the Oasis fashion bus, by the most stylish bus attendants you ever will see. You see, Bessie is no ordinary bus. She's been transformed from a drab old mobile library, into a pink, glamorous Oasis on wheels (complete with pink eyelashes on her headlights!). 

On board, Bessie's rails are crammed with the latest Oasis SS15 collections and her retro kitchen has all the essentials - frilly socks hanging above the hob, saucepans full of jewellery, and bags and shoes neatly stored inside the beautiful pink SMEG fridge. And incase you do get hungry, there's an endless supply of pink sweeties. I want to emulate Bessie's kitchen in my own house, I've always wanted a SMEG fridge and the 'Nice Buns' cooker knobs are brilliant! 


We had SO much fun exploring Bessie. Every nook and cranny held a gorgeous surprise! After taking some serious style tips from on board Oasis Personal Stylist Kellie, we headed to the fitting room, entering via a wooden folding door with a quintessential vintage camper van vibe. No detail has been spared on Bessie The Bus! 

An hour and a mountain of clothes later, we had to decide which items were coming home with us. Naturally I loved everything I tried on (and since getting home have already added them to my online basket for later purchasing) but eventually Fiona decided on a longline duster coat, and I on a monochrome cami playsuit (it has lilac detailing on the white) and a black embroidered kimono. LOVE.

Bessie the Bus is travelling up and down the country and stopped for a weekend in Brighton. If you're local, she's in Jubilee Square tomorrow (Sunday) and if not, check her timetable to find out when she's due to stop near you!

Friday, 8 May 2015

MAC Honeylove Matte Lipstick

Let me introduce you to my go-to lipstick of the moment. It’s a matte finish from MAC, in the shade ‘Honeylove’. I showed it to you in my Spring make-up bag, but thought we should take a bit of a closer look, don’t you think? Initially I was after Velvet Teddy, the brownish nude matte of Kylie Jenner fame, though of course it was sold out. So Honeylove was the closest match and – as it turns out – a much better choice for my pale skin tone. I’d describe the colour as a very light brownish beige with a hint of pinky-peach.

This is my first experience with a matte lipstick (not counting the Collection Cream Puffs that I was obsessed with a few years ago and were more of a paint than a lipstick) and it’s a pleasant one. I was expecting it to be quite dry, but it’s actually a lovely creamy consistency that glides across the lips and gives an almost airbrushed finish. On the downside though, it does tend to show up any dry patches on the lips so an exfoliate before applying is a good idea.

I love the versatility of this shade. I tend to dab it on in the daytime for a polished, natural look, teamed with bronzed cheekbones and neutral eyeshadow. But at night-time, with heavy eye make up, it gives a really glamorous sultry look. I'm loving the matte finish that's so on trend at the moment, but when I do fancy a bit of a sheen, I've been applying the gorgeous Lanolips Banana Balm over the top.

(Also, just a quick shout out to the MAC Customer Services team here! The lipstick I bought in store snapped and fell out onto the carpet after just ten days - total devastation! But just a quick email to MAC and they sent me a replacement straight away - no fuss, no hassle. Best customer service I've had in a while!)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Olivia Burton Hackney watch

My gorgeous, wonderful, lovely boyfriend treated me to an absolutely beautiful watch for my birthday, and it's just too pretty not to share. I'd somehow overlooked Olivia Burton before, and it was only a few days before my 24th, I discovered the brand on Instagram. A cheeky hint of a heart-eye emoji comment on one of the pictures, and next thing I knew, I'm unwrapping one! What a babe.

Mine's the Hackney watch in mink and rose gold. It's got quite a smaller face than lots of the other Olivia Burton watches, which I love as it's very dainty and feminine. The rose gold hardware is just beautiful - rose gold is my favourite metal - and the soft leather strap in a creamy mink colour will go with absolutely everything, dressed up or down. Initially it was the lovely candy coloured straps on the Olivia Burton Instagram feed (a MUST follow, by the way) that drew me in, but I'm so pleased I ended up with a neutral colour - although, I am scared of getting it dirty! It's a very classic, elegant design that I can imagine wearing for years to come. 

One last thing I must mention, is how affordable these watches are. I was expecting them to be way over the £100 mark, but ranging between £60-£80, I think it's incredible value for such a high quality watch that looks and feels designer. 



Friday, 27 March 2015

Manuka Doctor Replenishing Facial Oil

Until a month ago, I was yet to try a facial oil. Despite them being all over my favourite beauty blogs, I viewed them as an extra step in my skincare routine, and didn't think my normal skin type was in need of such excessive sounding hydration - surely a greasy oil was only suitable only to remedy those with really dry skin? But upon receiving a sample of Manuka Doctor Replenishing Facial Oil*, I decided I may as well give it a go and see what all the fuss what about.

Manuka Doctor Replenishing Facial Oil is a concoction of 17 different types of oils; rose hip oil, Argan oil, avocado oil and the brands signature hero ingredient, Manuka oil, to name just a few. This complex recipe is said to result in a brighter, fresher and more youthful looking complexion and to provide anti-aging properties. Without any greasy side effects. Sounds good to me. 

Dispensed from its generously sized glass jar with a pipette, a few drops applied to my skin feels velvety smooth. It's luxurious and relaxing to gently massage the oil into my skin- a lovely way to wind down before bed. 

At first I really wasn't at all a fan of the smell. I've come round to it now, but it took some getting used to considering it had replaced a beautifully rose-scented serum in my skincare routine. With all the different types of oils in there, it's quite a bizarre mix of all those ingredients, and for some reason reminded me of the smell of play-doh! It's not particularly unbearable mind you, just... odd. 

Skipping morning application (for fear of it sending my make-up slipping southwards throughout the day) I've been using the Replenishing Oil most nights for the past month. At first, as sometimes happens with new skincare, I noticed some tiny spots around my mouth (though this could have been down to feeling unwell and/or comfort eating junk food). But since they've cleared up, I've definitely noticed a more luminous natural glow, and softer skin . The sore, dry skin around my nose, the result of my cold, cleared up almost instantly and I'm left with an even complexion. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

My Spring Make-Up Bag

On my journey to work each day, I've been enjoying watching the flowers slowly rising out of the ground. Now, the bus drives alongside a verge of irises and daffodils - which can only mean that Spring has sprung. Which of course can only mean that a make-up bag revival has happened. So without further ado, here are some of my favourite cosmetics that I'll be using over the next few months. 

I'd been on the hunt for a perfect bronzer  for ages, and I've found it in Soap & Glory's Solar Powder. Two matte shades that compliment my skin tone and add a bit of colour and definition to my face. I'll often wear the bronzer alone for a healthy glow, but when I fancy a pop of colour on my cheeks I've been reaching for my old faithful Springtime blush - glo cosmetics blush in the shade Papaya*. Such a beautiful peachy coral. 

When wearing a bit of Papaya blush on my cheeks, I'll tone down on the lippy and put on my absolute new favourite Mac lipstick, Honey Love. A matte nude with a hint of peach in a gloriously velvety matte finish. But when I'm just using a touch of bronzer on my cheeks, I'll pop colour on my lips, and have been loving lip crayons. I have a few, but my absolute favourite and go-to for a splash of colour is the Revlon Colourburst Lip in 015 Cherish. It's a really pretty and feminine, yet quite bright and bold candy pink. 

I've been receiving lots of lovely comments on my brows recently (the ultimate compliment) and it's down to the Sleek Brow Perfector Gel. On first use, I hated this product - it was too bold and left my brows feeling crispy - but with practise and perservence, it's made its way into my daily routine. I'm still not keen on the feel of it on my brows, but with a light handed application it makes my brows look full and shapely, yet still very natural looking. 

On the eyes, I've been loving the Bourjois Colorband Crayons* (which I wrote about in detail here) with my ultimate holy grail mascara - Maybelline Sensational Lash. See my rave review for picture proof of how ace it is. I've quite been enjoying a fresh faced look without any eyeliner, but when a cat-flick is just necessary, the Bourjois Liner Princeau* has been my weapon of choice. It's got a slim, high precision brush which means I can keep my look minimal with a thin line tight to the lashline. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Love Me Knot... Corioliss Detangling Brush

I've been a Tangle Teezer convert for a good few years now, due to their magical ability to turn my chaotic knotted mane into smooth and shiny locks. But I've always struggled with the lack of a handle - countless times its slipped out of my hand and gone flying across the room. The solution? The Corioliss Detangle Brush. It's like a Tangle Teezer, with a handle! My prayers have been answered. 

So as you can see, the design is pretty ace. I'm a sucker for anything nautical, so this, with the nautical rope knots and navy and gold, was an instant hit with me. Much better than a boring old black hairbrush. 

But how does it perform? Well, the bristles themselves look and feel identical to those of a T.T, so expect the detangling to be quick, effective and pain-free. The Love Me Knot brush easily glides through the hair, tackling any knots and tangles as it goes, without dragging or getting stuck in the knots. 

But what has made me rank the Corioliss Detangling Brush above the trusty T.T, (aside from the pattern that I am totally smitten with) is the chunky, ergonomic handle that makes brushing even easier, and significantly reduces the risk of hairbrushes flying across the room and having to get up to fetch it (or, think "that'll do" and leaving my hair half brushed). It's also slightly cheaper in comparison, which is a bonus, and Corioliss is a Brighton born and based brand, which gets them extra brownie points from me. 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Bloggers, Bubbles & Blowdrys at Forde Hair, Brighton

When an invitation to an event named 'Bloggers, Bubbles & Blowdrys' drops into your inbox, you know it's bound to be a good one.

Brighton's most flamboyant and brightly-coloured hair salon, Forde Hair, sure know how to treat a girl! The pink prosecco was flowing, freshly baked cupcakes from my faaaavourite bakery were eaten, golden goody bags (with a unicorn on!) were given and my hair was transformed into pretty princess curls to make me look how I was made to feel - like a princess! As Forde Hair is an official salon of Corioliss electrial hair products, she created my natural-yet-glamorous curls using their titanium plate stylers (pink ones, I might add). They're totally revolutionary (compared to my 2004 ghd's anyway) and we were very generously given one in our goody bags! So, a review on those to come.

After we were all suitably glamorous, a raffle was drawn, and I only went and won a voucher for a pair of Irregular Choice shoes! I have my eye on these ones

I'll be honest - I'd shied away from Forde Hair in the past. Their bright purple and gold shop front, pink leopard print walls and baroque mirrors called out to me many a time as I passed by - but at the same time, gave me the preconception that this was a salon for those who favoured crazy hair colours and edgy cuts... not particularly the natural look I like. But, more fool me for knockin' it before I tried it. Yes, it's true that Forde is the place to go for rainbow pixie crops or purple betty bangs, but within minutes of talking to both the stylist and colourist about my style, I'd have felt confident putting my hair in their hands. I had a little consultation with the senior colourist, telling him that I want to go blonder for Spring, and he suggested I maintain the natural-looking ombre with some lighter blonde balayage around my face and mid-lengths. With a really afforable price-list, I think I'll be booking in very soon.