Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday Wishlist #6

Wednesday Wishlist #6

There are so many things on my wishlist at the moment that I had a hard time picking them out for a WW post, so I thought I'd just throw together an outfit with a few of the things I've been lusting after the most.
I have actually already purchased the New Look jeans and the Hot Tools curling iron (my bad), but neither of them have arrived yet so I thought I'd add them in!

I'm off to New York (aaaah) in 6 weeks, so will have lots of wishlists coming for the things that I'm going to be getting while I'm out there - but these are a few pieces that I've been looking at to keep myself occupied in the mean time!

Whats on your wishlist this month?

All the love.
Alice x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

MAC Blushbaby

MAC Blushbaby is a pale dusty rose coloured, sheer tone blush. It looks pretty standard and uninteresting at first glance, but it transfers beautifully on the skin and has been my go-to blush for a couple of months now. 

If you're a pale girl like myself, you will know how frustrating it is trying to find blushers that don't make you look like you've been slapped in the face. This is the perfect solution to that, giving just the right balance between adding a hint of colour and warmth to the complexion, without actually looking like you've got anything on. It's got a slight sheen to it, but nothing glittery or particularly noticeable - just enough to illuminate your face and not make you look too 'flat'. 
The sheer tone formula means the colour pay off isn't too over the top, and you can be fairly heavy handed with it without risk of looking permanently embarrassed or like you've been for a run (which is always a bonus, obviously).

It's pretty difficult to go wrong with, so if you're new to makeup or aren't a massive blush wearer, this might be one for you. It's also a pretty universal colour, so if you're looking for a present for someone and aren't sure what would suit them, I'd say this was a safe bet.

You can pick it up for £18 here.

What are your go to products at the moment?

All the loves.
Alice x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Autumn Tag 2014

I saw this tag floating around on the blogosphere, so thought I'd jump on the bandwagon! 

Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I'm a sucker for anything gingerbread flavoured so Starbucks Gingerbread Latte's are right up my street. And last year I think it was Costa that did a white chocolate hot chocolate, which was amazing, so probably that too.

Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
Definitely boots, big chunky scarves, and occasionally a bobble hat!

Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I wouldn't say my music tastes change during autumn but there are definitely some artists or songs that I listen to less because they just feel more summery to me, and around October I always redownload Christmas songs so I can get in the spirit (I'm not even ashamed) in the build up to Christmas!  

Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
My favourite perfume for this time of year is definitely Chanel Madamoiselle. I've been given a bottle of it for Christmas pretty much every year for the last 8 or 9 years because I just seem to go through so much of it, so it's one that always reminds me of the colder months!

Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
Anything cinnamon or spiced apple scented goes down well in our house, so most likely something along those lines!  

What do you love most about Autumn?
Autumn fashion, wrapping up warm, the build up to my birthday (december) and christmas, the weather getting a bit colder.. 

Favourite make up look?
Anything with vampy lips. I'm drawn to dark reds/ purples and berry colours all year round but they never seem appropriate to wear! So Autumn is my favourite because I get to use my extensive collection of almost-identical vampy colours... hahaha.

What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
SO MUCH. Halloween, obvs. And my boyfriend and I are going to New York in the middle of December, so the next couple of months are all going to be preparing/ saving/ gazing longingly on the Sephora website for that! There are also loads of birthdays coming up for close family and friends, so lots of parties to look forward to, and there are a couple of gigs I'm planning on going to also, which should be good! 

I tag anyone that hasn't done it yet! xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Emma Hardie 'Amazing Face' Moringa Cleansing Balm

If you read a lot of blogs, this cleanser will need no introduction and this post is probably well overdue, but I thought I'd add my 2 cents on the marvel that is Emma Hardie's 'Amazing Face' Moringa Cleansing Balm. All hail the wonder product.

This product was one that popped up numerous times in various magazines and blog posts over the last couple of years, but I never took much notice of. I was happy (or so I thought) with my skincare routine, so the idea of changing it wasn't particularly appealing after taking a long time to find things that worked for me in the first place.
However about a year ago, after a well timed tax rebate, a discount code on and a few very persuasive blog posts... I finally caved. And I'm so glad I did.

Firstly, the smell of this stuff is amazing. Its fresh, citrusy, refreshing and earthy. At risk of sounding a bit weird, it smells like its going to do good things for your skin... if thats even possible. The morning cleanse with this is always my favourite because its so revitalising & does wonders at waking me up a bit when I'm feeling groggy in the early hours.
It works best for me when applied to dampened skin, so I run a flannel under hot water for a bit, ring it out so its barely holding any water, and lay it onto my face for a bit to open up pores. I then massage the balm into the skin for a minute or so and soak off with a warm, damp flannel.

After first use I was pleasantly surprised that my skin was left soft and smooth, without feeling tight or dried out. After another couple of weeks of using it morning and night, blackheads were significantly reduced, my skin tone seemed to have evened out a bit and my complexion was brighter overall.

I do take off my eye makeup beforehand with Garnier Micellar Solution (identical to Bioderma Sensibio H2O but for a fraction of the price), just to make sure that I'm not having to scrub at my eyes with a flannel.
In the evenings, I generally follow the EH cleansing balm with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, just to make sure every trace of dirt/ makeup/ whatever else is well and truly gone. Although it sounds like a lot of effort, double cleansing really has done miracles for my skin and I'd highly recommend you try it.

At £36 for 100ml it is on the expensive side, but a little goes a long way & the tub lasts a long time, so you end up with quite a good deal for the price tag. FeelUnique also regularly give out discount codes, so sign up to their website and email alerts to make sure you're first in line for any offers they have on. I managed to get this for about £25 including postage.

Do you have a favourite cleanser?

Alice x