Saturday, 30 June 2012

The return of the orange blazer

This is another outfit I wore on holiday ( excuse the weird pose/face my boyfriend was doing something silly out of camera view) I picked up this black and white aztec dress in the sale at new look Its quite short and not something I would wear bare legged in the uk, but like everyone I go crazy in the sunshine! I not only love the print of this dress but it also has 3/4 sleeves which is awesome as I am not a fan of the tops of my arms. I thought I would pair it with my orange blazer, that despite me ironing is still wrinkly! to add a bit of colour. I actually loved how this outfit turned out and it would certainly be one I would wear again.

Meg x

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Holiday maxi dress

So after a long time of thinking I was too short and not slim enough for a maxi dress I have found the perfect style for me. I bought this dress from glamorousuk and I love it! It fits me perfectly despite the usual trouble I have being short and having a... err 'ample chest' and the elasticated waist really flatters my figure. The springs around the straps can be moved up or down to change the neckline which I also love, I wore this on an evening during my holiday and accesorised it with an old gold chain belt and gold drop leaf earrings from republic and old tan strappy small heeled sandals. The only downside I found with this dress is I couldn't wear underwear, major vpl! though now I am back home I can dig around and find some good seamless nude pants and all should be sorted. I have been converted! so much so that I bought another maxi, this time more loud and printed while I was on holiday!

how do you feel about maxis?

Meg x

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

On holiday I eat Mainely lobster....

Hey guys! I am back from sunny Gran Canaria now and back in rainy england, though I have welcomed the drop in heat! I thought I would show you my nails that I got done the day before I left in order to have lovely hands and sandal ready toes. On my nails I got a coloured gel, I chose a  pale coral colour with a silver sparkle top coat. I loved it! the colour was lovely and it felt so smooth, best of all when i took the nails off my real talons underneath were stronger than they'd ever been thanks to being hidden from the harsh elements! I got this done via my bfs sister so I don't actually know how much it would cost, but I definitely rate gel nails, longer lasting than polish and less damaging than acrylics!.
Although I haven't got a picture my toe nails were adorned with OPI's I Eat Mainely Lobster, a lovely reddy coral, darker than that on my nails, which when in the bottle shows a subtle pink-gold glitter but this hardly transfers to the nail at all. Like all OPI's I've tried it applied like a dream

do you guys have any nail treats you love?

Meg x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Sanctuary trim and tone body wrap review

trim and tone body wrap pack
instructions+measurement recorder, bandages, tape measure, body clay, exfoliating mitt
soaking the bandages
left over body clay

 I bough this wrap in a I-must-get-holiday-ready splurge. I remember it being in the sale for around 16-17 pound I think. It came in a nice pack with a useful clear bag which will no doubt be re-used as a make up or toiletry bag. 

Step 1: Measure. Measure the circumference of the area you are treating in 4 different places a couple of centimeters apart before you begin and record measurements on chart.

This was a little bit tricky with one person on areas such as arms and making sure the tape is not twisted etc, a friend would be helpful! although it says to measure 4x I only did once to save time. 

Step 2: Prepare. Remove bandages from plastic wrappers and place in sink with warm water, do not unroll. allow them to warm while you prepare your skin. Exfoliate the treatment area using the dry loofah mitt. Rub the loofah on clean, dry skin in circular movements until skin is flushed,this stimulates circulation and allows the clay to penetrate more effectively.

The loofah I found very abrasive and a bit too rough on my delicate skin, although it was effective I would have preferred something a bit less harsh.

Step 3: Apply. Smooth clay in a thin even layer over treatment area. Keeping bandage rolled squeeze out as much water as possible, begin to wrap starting from lowest point upwards.

This was again a step where a friend would have been appreciated. The bandages are very long ( I cut one in half so I could do both my thighs, tummy and arms in one application as I only originally had 4 bandages) and it was a bit fiddly to get them wrapped in a nice even pressure without flicking clay everywhere. 

Step 4: Relax. Wrap your body in a warm towel or loose clothing. Stay warm and relax for a minimum of 60 minutes. At the end of the treatment time remove the bandages and rinse or flannel off any remaining clay and pat dry.

This was the easiest part! I snuggled in my boyfriends dressing gown and watched tv for a blissful hour.


After washing the clay off I did feel slightly firmer, but I knew that was probably just in my head and the proof would be in the measurements.  

arms: 0.8 inch total loss
thighs: 2 inch total loss
stomach: 0 inch total loss

Although it is not the most dramatic loss, and these measurements can't even be completely credible as I went by memory on where I last measured and the trickiness of one person tape measuring. However My skin felt very soft and the loss did make me feel very good about myself.  I doubt that I would purchase this if it was not on sale however I am happy with the price I bought it for as I have enough clay for more applications and it offers me a nice few hours of relaxation if nothing else. 

Meg x

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Holiday lips

top-bottom: Rimmel- Coral queen, L'oreal colour riche- nude, all No 7 liplicious- cherry kiss - tangerine twist-  caramel- angel cake

So I tried to cut down my make up bag for holiday to leave more room for other items ( I didn't do that much of a good job!) however I did manage to trim it down somewhat and these are the lip products which made the cut; 
First the lipsticks, I have one neutral nude-y shade and one bright. I love the formulations of both these lipsticks, very moisturising and glossy, the nude shade is not really my perfect match but it will do untill I find another. The coral shade is definitely not for the faint hearted, if i'm not feeling to bold it looks great just dabbed on as a subtle stain as well as straight from the tube. 
Then the lipglosses, these are actually a very recent addition to my lip product collection, my flat mate was having a clear out before we move into our new house next year and she offered these too me. I'm not normally a lipgloss fan at all, I find it too sticky, but these aren't as sticky as others I have tried and with a lovely colour range I am happy to give them a space in my make up bag :) Of course I will be taking some standard lipbalms as well.

do you have any holiday lip product staples?

Meg x

Monday, 11 June 2012

catch up: jubilee nails

Yes, Yes I know the Jubilee has been and gone but due ti technological problems and immense bad luck I had no access to my laptop or internet. Here is my first attempt at nail art, it wasn't the best but for my first go I think it went quite well. The flag I made out of painting nail varnish onto sellotape and  then layering them on my nails before finishing with a top coat. This definitely needs some nimble fingers in order to avoid smudges and get clean lines, something that unfortunately I am not blessed with! However with some practice this technique can be used to create all sorts of nail art, I will definitely be giving it another go in the future.

Did anyone else grace some nail art for the jubilee?

Meg x

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Broken laptop D:

Due to my clumsy nature and heavy handedness I have broken my laptop, hopefully I will get my old one back soon and will be able to catch up on all I have missed!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Bioderma Crealine H2O

This has been doing the blogging rounds for a while now and I was intrigued when I kept hearing about it. I have fairly sensitive skin and one too many times I reach for scented baby wipes to take my make up off quickly and easily. I liked the idea of something which is predominantly water but still claims to rid my face of all it's slap. My first problem arose before I even tried the product and that was actually getting it. Although I had heard of places available on ebay etc they were quite expensive for what could have just been a glorified bottle of water. Luckily I have a Grandad who lives in france where it is marginally cheaper and he kindly sent me 2 bottles. I got the sensitive skin variation, here is what the  bioderma website says;

"At the cutting edge of innovation, BIODERMA has pioneered micellar solutions. Specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, the Sensibio H2O micelle solution gently cleanses face and eyes. It removes water-resistant make-up.
The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH)."

When I used this I was pleasantly surprised, it was quick and easy to just squirt on a cotton pad and wipe all over my face. It removed my make up with ease though I would need more than one cotton pad for a thorough cleanse over a full face. Even if I had been wearing no make up that day the used cotton pad would show the dirt and grime of everyday life. I got a very slight stinging in my eyes if I had used to much product but this was quickly rectified by a lighter hand when pouring. I haven't really seen much of an improvement in my skin as such but it feels nice to know I am not putting harsh scents and chemicals on it.

I have 100 ml of this product and whilst I do really it I cannot justify the price tag to buy it via ebay. So whether I will be repurchasing will depend on my next visit to France or my granddads generosity

have you tried any bioderma solutions? what did you think?

Meg x