Shine Police

Friday, 15 March 2013

I was completely blown away by the gorgeous packaging of Sisley's Phyto-poudre Compacte. I wanted to make sure that the product lived up to the packaging before I wrote a review. I was ecstatic to find out, it really does. 

I have been using this product for a couple of months now and it's become a handbag essential for me. It's a light weight powder that is perfect for my pale sensitive skin. It comes in 3 different shades. The shade I have been using is N2.

I'm not normally a big fan of pressed powders. I often find them heavy, a little drying and itchy. However, this power is light and truly feels like soft velvet on the skin. It glides on really smoothly to give a soft natural finish (when used sparingly). 

I have real issues with powders and normally avoid anything like this on my temperamental skin. But, used lightly on my t-zone I've had no issues thus far.

The powder contains Camellia extract that helps control shine. I normally only wear a tinted moisturiser, currently Bobbi Brown's in extra light tint, but when I'm out for the day, or in need of some extra coverage, I opt for Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua cream foundation in Beige 10. Both of these give me heaps of moisture - which I love. My skin literally drinks it up. The only down side is that sometimes these can leave my skin a little shiny, this is where powder comes to the rescue.

I like to use a powder to set my make up and to take any shine away. I have found many powders to be too dark in pigment or irritating to my skin. They can feel heavy and clogging. Unlike this wonderful Sisley powder that is just fab. A tiny pat on my nose, and temples, and I have a healthy matte finish that is light and airy.  

I seriously love the packaging of Sisley's Phyto-poudre Compacte. It's a really fun animal print compact. With a good sized mirror - it is perfect to pop in your handbag. I must admit, I use my powder brush to apply the powder in the mornings as I feel it gives a lighter application. The powder pad, that's included, is perfect for little touch ups on the go.

The powder is available to buy online at House of Fraser and I've seen it in store at Harvey Nichols. It's not cheap at £58, but it is so worth the splurge.


My Wish List - In Love with Fashion

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

I am entering my very first blogger competition - Eeek exciting! (Click here if you want to enter too)

I have been musing over pretty blues and teals in the last couple of weeks. Maybe it's down to a lack of sunshine and a unconscious desire to be sipping cocktails near a teal ocean. I really don't remember spring being soo grey, was it always this grey?

Well to help push these grey-spring blues away, I have made a wish list for the wonderful website This website has lots of pretty spring/summer pieces in light and bright colours. 

All we need now is some warm weather to put these sunny clothes to good work.

My Wish List:
  1. LOVE Green long sleeve wrap dress £32 
  2. LOVE Beige Sunray Pleat Skirt £28 
  3. ILWF Green Gold Stud High Top Trainer £34 
  4. LOVE White Floral Print Bomber Jacket £48 
  5. Barry M Blueberry Nail Polish £3 
Click here to visit the site: In Love With Fashion


Your Shoes Will Guide You..

Saturday, 9 March 2013

It's been almost 6 months since I left Korea now, but It feels like a life time ago. Someday's I miss it more than others. There is, however, one thing I miss everyday - the good friends I made. 

The Korean co-teachers I was lucky enough to work with will always be held fondly in my mind. Their kindness and generosity was second to none. Moving five and a half thousand miles away would have been a lot harder, and lonelier, without their support and friendship. 

On leaving Korea I was overwhelmed with well wishes and gifts. 

My wonderful co-teacher Joanne treated me to a manicure; regrettably I can't fine the picture I took. I opted for fuchsia pink tips that faded softly down my nails - with, of course, some sparkle. 

I have already blogged about the Union Jack bracelet the lovely Tina made for me, and have been meaning to blog about these since then.. 

The lovely Julia, Rebecca, and Jessie treated me to a gorgeous pair of red shoes. 

I thought their words would be the perfect way to end this post. To give an insight into the kindness of these wonderful friends I have left behind...

'...First of all, we wish you good luck. In Korea, people believe nice shoes will guide someone in a good way! Wherever you're headed, you will have a great future..."



Thursday, 7 March 2013

I go through a t-shirt overhaul twice yearly. A white t-shirt is undoubtedly one of the most wearable items of clothing. As I wasn't short changed in the chest department, t-shirts are great as they tend to fit better than shirts. 

I have spent countless hours trying on white shirts - and these hours were generally followed by hours of grumping and complaining. I am yet to find a good white shirt that doesn't gape across the bust or hang like a tent. Seriously, any help here would be great, I can't be the only one??

So, I've half given up trying to get a white shirt and have been sticking to t-shirts. My wardrobe essential is a clean-cut smart white, or cream, t-shirt. I find them so versatile. I like to tuck them into cute skirts or chuck them on with some skinny jeans. I love them. You can wear a sparkly, or loud printed, skirt or trousers and, by adding a simple t-shirt, you can dress it down. Thus making sequins skirts an acceptable day outfit - although I have yet to convinced the boyfriend on this matter.

Whist hunting through my local H&M I happened upon these two cute t-shirts (sorry about the bad pics). You can buy them online here. They are clean cut, and have a feminine yet simple silhouette. They have a smarter, more tailored, edge with their sheer top and zipped back. They are loose fitting and very soft. Perfect to dress up or down.

I bought a cream one and a soft pink one. I'm sure I will end up buying another one in another colour - i'm a complete sucker for that (and I was eyeing up the electric blue one). Mind you, at £7.99 a pop, I say fill your boots! Although, if you are like me, you'll probably end up buying a new pair of boots to fill, which I must confess I did.. post to come soon.


25% off at H&M

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

I don't know about you, but I always spend ages looking online in the vain hope of a discount code when making an online purchase. Well, H&M kindly emailed me this fab offer: 25% off an item of your choice! 

Here is the code - sharing is caring after all...

*This offer is only valid on new orders at  It can not be combined with any other offers or discounts and does not apply to items with reduced or campaign prices.
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