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Review // The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream

Wednesday, 10 September 2014



This year I celebrated my 27th birthday, and although I am by no means old, it got me thinking about anti-aging.

When should we start thinking about this?

I think it's important to start thinking about anti-aging before it happens - prevention is better than cure after all!

I have heard people say you should start wearing anti-aging products in your early twenties - which I definitely didn't do! I have been careful to limit my sun exposure, I don't smoke and I rarely drink - all things renowned to aggravate the aging process.

Hitting 27, and my skin having started to settle, I thought it was about time I at least gave it a thought. Until recently I was still looking for anti-blemish over anti-ageing - so I didn't really pay that much attention to anti-aging products! One thing that has always worried me about anti-aging skin care is the richness of the creams. For someone like me, who has suffered from blemish prone skin, I am always cautious about what I put on my face through fear of provoking breakouts. Heavy oily creams have always been a no no.

Having done my research, it became apparent that the delicate skin around the eyes was one of the most noticeable areas of facial aging. I starting looking into anti-aging eye creams, and oh boy there are a lot out there!

I ended up purchasing The Body Shop's Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream at £14. It was by chance that I ended up seeing this product - I was given a £10 off a £20 spend voucher and thought i'd stock up on some bits. I will add here that I am really glad I did find this cream, I love it and will be replacing it when it runs out.

The cream is not designed to just 'reduce the appearance of fine lines' - which so many products claim to do, instead it is designed for the first signs of aging. It soothes the eye area leaving it soft and supple without being heavy or sticky. Keeping the eye area well hydrated is key to reducing the onset of wrinkles. The cream's ingredients are 99% of natural origin - which is always a plus.

My eyes feel fresher, and my make-up applies really well over this product. I don't actually have any fine lines around my eyes - so I cannot comment on that. But I have seen an improvement in the appearance of my under eye skin.  I would recommend this product for anyone in their twenties as a fab first eye cream.

Fingers crossed it will be a while before I have to up my anti-aging game!

What anti-aging skin care do you use?



Beau Jardin Luxury Hand Creams

Monday, 1 September 2014

I have a 'thing' for all things floral and/or vintage inspired - and this doesn't stop when it comes to buying beauty products.

Beau Jardin from Heathcote & Ivory make the most gorgeous toiletry products. All their packaging has been beautifully created in a vintage French style. Seriously, vintage and French - does it get much better???

I've had the pleasure of trialing their Shea Butter Hand Creams in all three of their wonderful scents. These scents were inspired by the tradition of mixing and blending home grown herbs and floral essences.  The Beau Jardin range is packed with lovely ingredients like Shea butter, vitamin E, oat bran, almond oil and contains no parabens or sulphates.

The three different scents include; Citrus Grove, Rose and Geranium, and Lavender and Jasmine. They are really light, and pretty, floral scents - quite traditional but not so traditional they smell like old lady perfume.

I love their little motto - “a treat for today springing from the wisdom of yesterday”

The hand cream is lovely and rich. It soaks into the skin to leave your hands silky smooth. The tube does take a little warming up to help get the cream out easier – if you don’t you’ll be squeezing for some time as it is quite a thick cream. But don’t let its thickness put you off, when  it warms into the skin it’s pure luxury.

I have really enjoyed using the creams; they keep my hands soft and smell great – a really top product all round and not too badly priced at £8 for the set of three! They are small so good to keep in your handbag - and I like to swap and change depending on my mood. Overall I would recommend them and their packaging means they also make great gifts. You can buy these pretty potions from the Heathcote and Ivy website here.

p.s - there is an offer at the mo if you spend over £15, see below..
















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Life // A New Spring in My Step and Bath in Fashion

Saturday, 26 April 2014




April so far has been just incredible! After a lot of hard work and dedication, and an absolute refusal to give up, I am pleased to announce I have started a brand spanking-new job. I am now - drum roll please - a Digital Content Editor for the for the amazing Total Guide to Ltd.

I studied English at uni, but never really knew what I wanted to do. It was 6 years ago when I graduated, and it was only in the last 2/3 years that I realised I wanted to work in the media. Not being fresh out of Uni, I thought I would find a lot of obstacles in pursuing a career change to this industry. Luckily for me, my commitment and passion, and a whole lot of freelancing has paid off. 

So far my month has been jam packed full. My first week started with Coba Cocktail Ice Lollies and ended with my, extremely well deserving, boss the stunning Liz Ledger (who I am hoping will inspire my waist line not just my career) winning Business Person of the Year after a champagne reception at the glitzy Wiltshire Business Awards.

I have honestly had such an amazing first few weeks and I couldn't of ask for lovelier work colleagues.

But, little did I know the best was yet to come. Bath in Fashion, now that's what I'm talking about!

I am so excited to be going along to some of the events to cover them for our Bath site. With the likes of Barbara Hulanicki (the brains behind the iconic brand BIBA), Mary Homer of Topshop, Vogue on Vivienne Westwood, Makeup Masterclasses, catwalks and much much more Bath in Fashion 2014 looks to be a huge success - and I can't wait!

You can check out our coverage and details of all the events here at Total Guide to Bath's Bath in Fashion Guide.

I'd love to know if you are going to any of the events or have been in previous years?

Hopefully, I'll see some of you there!



Vintage and Retro Festival

Friday, 28 March 2014



A few weekends ago I went along to the Brunel Swindon's first ever Vintage and Retro festival with the lovely Stephanie from Stephanie Dreams and Jess from Total Guide.

The festival took place over the weekend with lots of locals getting involved. The Brunel's own vintage shops Carry on Vintage and Miche Niche styled the catwalk - with wonderful vintage hair styled by the lovely Sass's Hair and Beauty. There was also a fab make-up demonstration from the students of Swindon College (which is where I did my makeup course!). They were kindly gifted make-up products from the Boots No 7 brand - which believe it or not, was first launched in 1935!

One of the highlights for me was a lesson in 1940's fashion from the wonderful Biltz Buddies group. They are a group of friends who all share a love of the Blitz era. They had the most incredible clothes - including original pieces as well as beautifully crafted reproductions. They even had an infamous hard wearing CC14 coat and a parachute silk dress - and let's not gloss over their very own Captain Mainwaring!

The event also had vintage cars, music, dancing and a vintage market. Over all I really enjoyed the day - it was a welcome change for my little home town and I am looking forward to seeing what the next one has in store!

Here are some snaps of the day:







 














Feature // AW13 Beauty Trends

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

http://www.totalswindon.com/lifestyle/womens-autumnwinter-beauty-trends-13/

This is another quick post, Red and Black nails have been dominating the seasons trends. You can read my article on AW13 Beauty Trends over on Total Guide to!
 
PS - my current fav nail colour is Essie in Thigh High - review to come soon.
 
What is your current favourite nail colour?



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Review // Wrappz iPhone 5s Case

Friday, 8 November 2013



I was recently contacted by the lovely people from Wrappz.com and asked if I'd like to pick a product to review. After having a browse online, and seeing how amazing the quality of their products were, I was quick to say yes!

Review // Jaino Nail and Beauty Gelish Manicure

Tuesday, 22 October 2013



I popped over the the lovely Jaino Nail and Beauty Salon to have a gorgeous Gelish 21 day manicure for tried and tested over at Total Guide to. Sharon was my nail technician and she was brilliant. She seriously has the most amazing collection of colours and designs - more than I have ever seen anywhere!

Beauty // Boots No7 Haul and Makeup Class Bits

Monday, 14 October 2013


No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser.

Review // The Royale Beautique

Sunday, 13 October 2013




I had a fabulous experience at the Royale Beautique when I reviewed the salon for Total Guide To's 'Tried and Tested'.

Makeup // Fashion and Photographic Makeup Course

Wednesday, 9 October 2013



Sorry I have been neglecting my blog of late, but once again life has taken over most of my time. I have so many draft posts I need to finish and put live - which I will hopefully get done this weakened! (Fingers crossed as we've just finished decorating our bedroom!).

Apart from the usual, and all the DIY that comes with a new house, I have just started a new evening course. I'm so excited about the course and I can't wait to start sharing with you what I learn.

What's In My New Steve Madden Bowling Bag?

Monday, 13 May 2013












On a recent trip into TKMaxx, I purchased this cute cream bowling bag by Steve Madden for about £30. I wanted a medium sized bag that I could use for work. I commute to and from work on the train, it's about an hour each way so I needed a bag big enough to carry some supplies - but not soo big that I would take my kitchen sink to work everyday. I'm one of those bag people that will always fill their bag to bursting.

I really liked this bag for a couple of reason. The first, It's a great in-between size. It's big enough to put a book or bottle of water in - even a small pair of ballerinas - but it's not big enough to put an entire outfit, a 3 course meal and a hair dryer.. not that I would ordinarily try and put these things in my bag. It's also got a zip compartment for personals or valuables and two pockets on the opposite side - perfect for keeping my train pass in. 

The secondly reason is I loved the off-cream colour. It's a soft patent and isn't too stiff or ridged. It has a lovely blue and cream lining which I also love. This will work wonderfully with cute tea dresses and other spring clothing delights.

The final thing that drew me to part with my money was the handles. It has both a detectable shoulder strap and carry handles. This comes in very handy when one is running to catch a train- in a rather un-lady-like fashion.. 

I thought I would also give you a little insight to the content of my new bag. These are the essentials of what I take with me - I wonder how long it will stay this organised...   

What's in my bag 
  1. Metallic Pouch (H&M) - I use this to keep my headphones, charger cables and my portable wifi 'thing'organised.
  2. Carex Hand Anti-Bac Hand Gel 
  3. Beau Jardin Rose and Geranium hand cream  (Heathcote and Ivory) This smells divine and is a fab product.  
  4. My Makeup Bag - The bag is just a cheap one from from Primark - I just loved the design.
  5. Chanel Reading/Driving glasses - so I can see!
  6. Galaxy Tab 2 7inch - I use this tablet for internet browsing and watching TV shows or movies whilst on the train. It isn't 3G so I have to use my Three Wifi 'thing' to connect on the go.
  7. PEPPERSMITH Mints (Sainsbury's)- so I'm always minty fresh! 
  8. Pocket Tissues - I'm not sure where these were from - they were a gift from a friend.
  9. Nail File - You'd be surprised how many times people ask to borrow this.
  10. Pink Accessorize Purse - I've had this for years, it was a present from my boyfriend.
I'd love to know what you keep in your bags?



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Topshop Lip Fest

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

I recently had a little lip-splurge in Topshop. I purchased two lovely lip colours and a pink lip liner.

I'd read about Topshop's lipstick in Macaroon on a blog and absolutely loved the colour. It's a brighter more coral toned pink than I would normally go for. You can wear it as a sheer colour or, with a couple of extra sweeps, you can intensify the colour nicely to fit your mood. It's a real winner for me and the candy-macaroon-ness of the colour is just delicious. 

The lipstick itself glides on the lips very smoothly and feels comfortable and moisturising. The colour also wears really well and, as I mentioned, can be built up for desired intensity. I prefer a more sheer look with this one - but like to glam it up with a bit of gloss for that extra shine. 

Innocent is another colour from the Topshop lipstick line. It's my current favourite. It's a more lilac-rose pink than Macaroon. It's very soft, pretty and elegant. It's not as deep as it looks - even if you build the colour up. It's just an all-round fab lip colour.

In my eyes you need a good lip liner to compliment your lipstick. I picked up this lovely pink lip liner in Fearless - my last purchase in my Topshop lip-splurge. It's a really versatile colour. I can wear it with both my Topshop lipsticks, simply, by building the colour up when needed or applying softly for a more subtle colour. I think lip liner adds that extra touch to lipstick, it's well worth the extra time to apply to give that perfect finish. 

The Topshop makeup line gets my thumbs up when it comes to lip colour. What Topshop products have you tried?

Topshop lipsticks are available in store or online for £8 each or £5 for the lip liners.

Topshop lip products

Topshop lipstick in Macaroon//Topshop lipstick in Innocent

Topshop lipstick in Innocent

Topshop lipstick in Macaroon

Topshop lipstick in Macaroon//Topshop lipstick in Innocent


Topshop Lip-liner in Fearless

Topshop Lip-liner in Fearless

 Topshop lip-liner in Fearless//Topshop lipstick in Macaroon//Topshop lipstick in Innocent







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