Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Embroidered Denim Jacket

For the last week we've actually had a bit of a summer although now it is very grey and miserable. These pictures were taken last week hence the beautiful sunshine!

This lace crochet insert dress is from Topshop and looks effortlessly boho. I teamed it with my new denim jacket from Primark which I'm in love with! It's got very cute embroidered flowers on the shoulders which just adds some fine details to the outfit. The Birkenstock-esque sandals are also Topshop with the Quay Australia dupe sunglasses (see blog post here) being from the children's section in Primark!

I hope you all had a good weekend, I'm just settling down to Jumanji and a cottage pie - perfect Sunday!

Ellé x

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Holland & Barrett 'More' Store Opening in Plymouth

On Thursday I was kindly invited to Holland & Barrett's brand new 'More' store opening at Drake Circus, which is one the first of its kind in the South West! I think when most people think of Holland & Barrett's they think of vitamins, but it really is much more than that and I am really excited about this new concept store.

When I first arrived all of the staff were so welcoming and then I was introduced to Jo who is the founder of the Beauty Kitchen (one of my favourite parts of the store!).  Within seconds Jo had me dropping my bags and jumping onto a bike to mix my very own Body Scrub followed by a 60 second manicure as a special treat which also left my hands feeling super soft. The Beauty Kitchen have created a 100% natural everyday luxury beauty products which all smell and look amazing.

You can pick up 'make your own' kits for lip balms and bath bombs which would make great gift sets for birthday's and Christmas. I already have in mind who I want to give one to. You can also get crafty in the store as they have a station in which you can personalise your own Body Scrub to suit your skin type/needs.

Now for all the foodies - H&B have you covered. I am currently coming onto week 7 of my Results With Lucy New Beginnings plan (post coming soon) and really struggle to find decent healthy snacks in Plymouth which isn't just a vegetable and actually tastes nice. H&B have a HUGE variety of healthy snacks which I'm dying to try from well known brands as well as an Olive Bar, Oil and Vinegar stand and a Pick n Mix station with no fizzy cola bottles in sight! Instead you can stock up on delicious fruits, nuts and snacks for a healthy treat. I can tell this is something I'm going to get carried away with.

For all the vegetarians and vegans they even have a fridge/freezer section which contains 'free from' products to make your life a bit easier.

Then for all the fitness fans, they cover a wide range of protein powders and have trained staff on hand to carry out Body Analysis, which includes measuring your BMI and hydration levels to help you improve your fitness or reach your desired goal.

To round off an already fabulous afternoon their lovely PR team kindly gifted me with some goodies to try out, which I'm so grateful for!

I hope you all had a good weekend and if you're from or near Plymouth I'd definitely recommend popping in and exploring the new store and all of the fantastic products. There's something for everyone in there.

Ellé x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Sephora Haul

Uh oh... a Sephora haul.

My mum and dad recently went to Dubai and as soon as I knew there was a Sephora over there I had to give them my shopping list! So here's what I got with my first thoughts and opinions...

  • Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer - this is the first product I have ever tried from Make Up For Ever. It is silicon based and really helps smooth out the skin ready for application of foundation. I have noticed this helps the longevity of my makeup and prevents creasing, which I usually get from talking/smiling.
  • Gucci Lustrous Glow Foundation in 090 - this foundation feels beautiful on the skin and very lightweight whilst still giving a medium coverage and a glow within as the name suggests. This has to be one of my favourite foundations yet. The only thing is it has a rose scent which I'm not usually a big fan of but I'll let it slide on this occasion!
  • Gucci Luxe Finishing Powder in 050 - I'm not usually a person for powders and normally avoid using them as I always worry it'll look too matte and cakey, but this product avoids this. Again it feels very light and silky on the skin. I use it to set my concealer under my eyes and then my chin which tends to get a bit greasey throughout the day.
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin in Light Warm -  I use this for under my eyes, it has very good coverage and doesn't crease under the eyes.
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill in Champagne Pop - this has been on my list for ages now after seeing everyone and their dogs rant and rave about it - it doesn't let me down! This highlighter is absolutely gorgeous, so soft to touch and gives the most beautiful glow on the cheek bones.
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper - this eyeliner is the biz. It stays put, is easy to use and is a deep black. I don't usually like pen liquid eyeliners as I find the nibs a bit stiff and if you use them with eyeshadow then it sticks to the nib then the pigment is useless, but you don't get any of those issues with this eyeliner.
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex (Love) Waterproof Mascara - this was another cult product I've been wanting to try for a while; because I got it from Dubai it is actually called Better Than Love. This mascara gives lovely thick and fluttery lashes. I will warn you though if you get waterproof you need some really good eye make up remover - it does not budge!
  • Sephora Pro Airbrush 55 - I've been using this one for my powder and setting my makeup. Very soft and good quality.
  • Sephora Multitasker Blush Brush 54 - I've been using this for highlighting my cheek bones. Same as above, the brush is very soft and good quality. I love Sephora brushes and can't fault either of these brushes.
I hope you all had a good weekend. Don't forget to leave a link in the comments to your blogs as well if you have one!

Ellé x

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Makeup Revolution Highlight Palette

For a while I've been wanting to try the Makeup Revolution highlighter in Golden Lights but was having no luck with finding it in my local Superdrug. What they did have though was their Highlighter Palette which contains 3 highlighters and I believe one of them is Golden Lights, although the palette doesn't actually come with any names.

The highlighters are very pigmented but I feel as if the colour of the highlighter stands out more on the skin than the actual glow of it. As I have a tan from my recent trip to Thailand, I felt the gold shade suited me more and looked better on my skin. The pink and lilac shades really stand out but are a bit to light for me. I think this palette would suit people with fairer skin tones more.

Overall for £8 I do think it is a good palette, and once the highlighters are applied with a light hand and blended well, they can leave a really beautiful sheen to the cheeks.

I hope you all had a good weekend.

Ellé x

Monday, 30 May 2016

The Black Playsuit

It was a really dark outfit to wear on such a beautiful day but hey ho! This culotte playsuit is from River Island which I absolutely adore. It is so easy and comfortable to wear and makes you look as if you've made an effort. I teamed it with my River Island leather jacket, Steve Madden faux pony hair shoes and my Michael Kors handbag. On the lips is MAC Rubywoo.

Hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

Ellé x
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