Friday, 11 April 2014

All That Time, Wasted... I Wish I Was A Little More Delicate

Clementine - Sarah Jaffe

 Hello everyone. So, as promised, I am here with a fashion post - they are still here! I was with my friend Z (again(!) ... I hope she isn't getting sick of me haha), so we obviously wanted to take a few snaps. I felt like being a little bit grungier with my outfit this time around. I've been dressing very girly lately (queue pastels, florals etc) which I love now that spring is here, however, anytime I dress in a certain way for more than a week or so, I start itching for a change again. I still wanted to keep some of the elements quite feminine and springy, whilst incorporating a little bit more edge. I won't go on too much but I hope you like it, let me know what you think. I've left a handy list of where everything is from just below. See you next time! Bye!

Flower crown - festival, T-shirt - H&M, Necklace - Primark, Skirt - Car boot for £3(!) originally from H&M, Boots - New Look

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Product Loves

 (Clockwise from left: L'oreal True Match Foundation in N1, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Light, Maybelline master drama kohl, Eyeko skinny mini liquid liner, Sleek blush in rose gold, Rimmel lasting finish lipstick in Heart Breaker 016, Sleek ink pot gel liner, Ecotools Custom Coverage Buffing brush)

 Hi everyone. Today I wanted to show you some of the products I've been using and loving recently. Sorry if these posts are boring you a bit, I really hope not. In all honesty, I've been leaning more towards lifestyle/beauty posts recently, for many reasons; the most prominent being my lack of places to shoot, and my lack of a good camera. I am currently in the process of saving up for a Canon (if any of you have any recommendations as to what type would be best, please tell me! I'm a bit of a DSLR newbie haha), but despite both these things, there will be more fashion posts coming. Its just a lot of work at the moment. Everytime I get a set of shots, they're never to my satisfaction. The angles aren't right, the quality isn't good enough... blogs are increasingly becoming more and more editorial, more like the new generation of online magazines, and less like where they all started - just of couple of folks uploading whatever came into their heads onto the internet, as a way of expressing themselves, and connecting with others. I'm not saying that spirit is totally diminished, and I'm also not saying that this change is a bad thing, it just makes it a little hard to keep up, that's all.

Anyway, excuse my rambling. So let's talk products; as the more beady eyed viewers will notice, Mr Sleek has crept his way back into my favourites post, for reasons mentioned in this post here. I just love the brand as a whole and I've been using these two goodies a lot. If you know me, you'll be aware of my quest to find the perfect foundation. I'm not saying that this is it, but L'oreal True Match is one of the best so far. You can bulid the coverage from medium to full if desired, and you can also use a thin layer all overfor a more natural, no-makeup finish. It also has an amazing shade range - the shade I have is N1. Another cult classic next, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. This is my second or so tube of this stuff, and I really like it, I think it works particularly well on spots and blemishes.

I also noticed that this post is very eyeliner heavy - these two, Maybelline Master Drama kohl pencil & Eyeko Skinny Brush felt tip liner, really take the biscuit. The Maybelline one is super black and creamy, which means the lightest touch will apply more than enough product (say goodbye to dragging on your eyes, yay!) and the Eyeko liner is great for clumsy handed gals like me, it makes winged liner a walk in the park. I've also been loving my EcoTools Custom Coverage Buffing Brush, which has been my favourite way of blending in my foundation. It gives a really nice smooth, flawless finish. The last favourite is my Rimmel Lasting finish lipstick in Heart Breaker, 016. It leaves the lips a lovely pinkish berry colour - very sophisticated and lovely for all year round.

(Body Shop Shea Butter lip balm, Witch Blemish stick, Aqua Di Parma Blu Mediterranean Arancia di Capri Eau de Toilette, No7 beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser, L'oreal Skin perfection miracle cleansing oil, No7 Essential Moisture day fluid)

I've been trying to take much better care of my skin lately, and all these products, bar one, are my valiant attempt. I went into boots and stocked up on some lovely skin care bits, to help maintain my skin's condition. The first thing I got was a repurchase of the No7 Hot cloth cleanser, which is a gorgeous, rich cream you slather onto your face to remove every last trace of makeup (even waterproof), as well as giving your skin a spa-like pamper at the same time. this is my second bottle, and though I use it almost every night, it lasts me ages. On the subject of cleansers, I've literally only just discovered this L'oreal cleansing oil. I purchased this about two weeks ago, so I did wonder whether to put this in, but I'd fallen so head over heels in love with it I thought it would only be fair. I'm totally new to oil cleansers in general, but after this I will definitely be trying out some more. Firstly, it smells absolutely divine. Secondly, it removes the most stubborn of makeup so easily, without any scrubbing and in no time at all. It just dissolves instantly and your face feels amazingly clean after use - not greasy in the slightest. I've also loved the No7 Day Fluid moisturiser - it gives lovely rick hydration without feeling to heavy, or clogging up my pores. I'd say this was good on dry to normal skins, but if you're really oily you might not like this as much.

I've also loved applying the Body Shop shea butter lip balm before bed, it gives my lips a great boost, as well as smelling great. I've also been loving to use Witch blemish stick on any spots anytime I think of it. This is my second tube and I really notice a difference when I use this, more so than with any other spot treatment. Plus, it's really cheap so it's never a worry when I run out. My last favourite is this fragrance from Aqua Di Parma. I wasn't really very familiar this brand before, but oh blimey, I wish I'd found it sooner. This scents just screams Mediterranean holiday to me, the perfect quintessential summer fragrance. I'm terrible at describing scents, so you can check out the product description on the website, here, instead. It is quite pricey but it's a very generous bottle, and the scent lasts for ages, so a little goes a long way. I loves it.
I hope you enjoyed that guys, love you, byeee! xoxo

There's A feeling In The Air, There's Something All Around

Hi everyone, it's that time of year again, where everything feels fresh and renewed (cheesy), and I was in a *puts on terrible West Country accent* right good mood for takin' some pretty flower pictures. For a belated Mother's Day treat, we took my Gran out to a lovely spot out of the city, Mydyllton House, a stately home surrounded by these amazing grounds. I thought I'd take the opportunity to take some pictures while I was there, just to get a bit more into the spring spirit (not that I haven't already been since January). I did a post last year (!) very similar to this one, here, so you can check that out too if the urge takes you. I hope you're all having a lovely time enjoying the sunshine. Love you xoxo

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Screaming For What Was To Come, Now I'm dreaming 'Bout The Way I Was

Haim - Don't save me

Hi everyone! Sorry there was no post last weekend, I was really busy. This weekend, however, I'm going to attempt a few posts in one day which I'll put at various points during the week to make it up to you. I thought I'd get things rolling with an outfit post, I put this together totally on the spot with my friend, but I think it turned out alright. I just wanted a post which included a slightly more springy piece (hence the blue polka dot shorts which really need ironing - sorry) because now the weather's so lovely, I thought I should start making the most of it, mainly by leaving some of the head-to-toe black outfits behind for a while. Also, the quality of these photos might be a little different, they were taken on my iPod (which has a pretty decent camera actually), rather than my other camera that I usually use. It's got a bit of a software fault at the moment I need to get fixed, and besides, I'm not sure the quality's much better than the iPod. I do want a Canon relatively soon, but that'll take me some serious saving up. So, for the time being, I think the iPod is the route I'll have to go down. I hope you don't mind. Let me know what you've been up to recently down below, as well as what you think of the outfit. Love you all, and I'll talk to you very soon, byeeeee! xoxo

Sunday, 9 March 2014

You Try Chasing Dreams, Man It's Harder Than It Seems

The 1975 - Woman

Hello everyone, I hope you're all well. I certainly am. I have some very exciting news (for me anyway), this Easter I am collecting up my suitcases and heading across the pond - I'm going to New York! I'm so excited - New York has long been on my list of cities to visit, alongside Paris (check), Milan (check), Venice (check) and Tokyo (maybe next year? :D) Do any of you live in New York? Or have ever been to visit? If so, I'd love to hear your recommendations of the best places to visit - at the moment I'm totally clueless, I've never even been to America before, let alone New York. So please let me know down in the comments! 

Today the weather was nice and bright, so I thought it was a perfect time to show you some outfit pictures, because I haven't done an outfit post in a while. It's a pretty cheap and cheerful one (as are most this time of year, thanks Christmas), but I hope you like it. Let me know what you think! :) 
Lots of love, Gwen xoxo

P.S. Ooh this is exciting isn't it? A little post-script... I just wanted to let you guys know that we are officially going to do a 'Bloopers' post when we hit 50 followers, a milestone we a creeping ever closer to. When I say bloopers, I don't just mean a few of the shots we thought weren't quite as flattering, or quite as effective. Hell no. I mean the shots that went HORRIBLY wrong -  the hideous faces, the contorted poses, the disgusting super-zoomed-in-eyes-going-slightly-different-directions-in-a-weird-phsycotic-kind-of-way photos. Yes, prepare for us to look very. stupid. indeed. You have been warned. So, if that sounds like something you'd like to see, click that follow button if you haven't already. Thanks so much guys, byeee...

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Telephone Wires Above

 Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness

Hi guys! We are on a roll with these posts lately! Yesterday night we were both round our very good chummy Z's house for a girly sleepover. She loves photography, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to take some snaps for you. We were looking through our previous posts, and we realised that we'd never really done a proper post with both of us in it. This, we decided, had to change, and because it was so lovely and sunny outside, we could think of no better time to do a nice springy post together. We really hope you like this lighter, less serious kind of post, we actually love some of these photos, and it didn't feel like work at all. We had so much fun making this, I hope you have just as much fun reading it. We love you very very very much, and we'll see you very soon! Byeee! 
Gwen & Elena xoxo

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Spring Must-Haves

Skin Care Must-Haves...

 KORRES Lemon & Guava Shower Gel...
Recently I've been loving more refreshing shower scents. It's been out with the heavy, sugary winter smells and in with the floral, fruity, zingy fragrances for spring time. These fit the bill perfectly. They leave my skin nice and clean without being too harsh, and they're great for a pep-me-up in the morning.

Pure Instant Radince Hot Cloth Cleanser...
This has been my go to throughout the winter, and it will stay that way well into spring. I will put my hand on my heart and say that this is the best hot cloth cleanser I've ever tried. It gets off every trace of stubborn makeup with one smooth application, the packaging is nice, it was totally affordable and it gives the skin a really deep clean. Highly Recommend.

B. Refined Exfoliating Cleanser... 
The tiny particles in this cleanser provide the perfect level of exfoliation. They leave skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth without feeling too abrasive. I've felt that it also helps with breakouts and blackheads, and it really brightens up my skin. Love, love, love. 
 Pond's Institute Cold Cream...
For an even more luxurious cleanse, I will always turn to this. The concept is kind of weird, you take a blob on your fingers (it feels like a very rich, stiff body butter) and smear it straight on to your dry, makeup face. Weird? I thought so to. But as you massage it into the skin, it turns into a sort of oil on your face, and it just dissolves every scrap of makeup, leaving your skin super clean. The next weird bit is in the removal - instead of water or a damp cloth, you use a dry cloth or cotton ball to wipe it off your face. Because it's oil based, water will not remove it. After this step,  I like to follow up will a face wash or exfoliant of some sort to give my skin a really fresh feel.

Hair Care Must-Haves...
 Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructure Deep Conditioner...
Wow, that was a mouthful. This is my tippity-top favourite hairmask ever, especially when I've re-ombred my hair. (Would anyone like to see a more in-depth hair care routine for dyed/ombred/highlighted hair? I'd love to do one!) I leave this on in the shower once a week for, well, three minutes, and then rinse. My hair is left super soft and smelling amazing.

 Aussie Dual Personality Colour Hair Protectant + Shine Serum...
I use this oil on the bleached ends of my hair, and I feel like it's one of the best remedies I've found for split ends and breakages. You have to be careful with the oils you use on dyed blonde hair, because most oils have a slight tint, which, after a while, can show up on your hair. This one however is completely clear, and helps to keep my hair nice and blonde.

Morrocan Oil...
If you have never tried this product, you are seriously missing out. This my favourite hair product of ALL TIME EVER. This is my third bottle I think, and I've been using it for years. This smells like heaven in a bottle, and nourishes your hair amazingly, leaving it beautifully shiny and glossy. Yes, it is pricey, but in my opinion, totally worth it. As I said before, it lasts forever. It is essentially Argan oil, which will slightly darken dyed blonde hair, so I just use a small amount of this on the brunette portion of my hair to tame frizz and add shine.

 Beauty Favourites...

 Lush Sweet Lips Lip Scrub in Chocolate...
I love lips scrubs in the colder months (in England that includes the spring O.O), and this is just perfect. It tastes amazing, smells amazing, and it leaves lips super soft.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream...
I tend to favour a much lighter coverage in spring, but I still want to even out any uneven skin tone or blemishes I might have. This contains three pigments to combat redness, fatigue an dark spots. It gives me just what I want in a CC/BB cream - fresh looking skin, even skin tone, and a natural, dewy finish. I love it.

Pixi Lip Tint in Petal...
This is the perfect lip product for spring - it moisturises the lips, and gives them a nice, subtle pop of spring colour. I love coral shades for spring and summer, so this will definitely going into my makeup bag for the months to come.

Random Must-Haves...

 Primark Statement Pearl Necklace...
This is my new obsession. If you know me, you'll know that I love a good statement necklace. This one is the perfect necklace for spring, and it totally transforms any outfit from a bit naff to something really special. And all a mere snip at £4 (?!), it's the bargain of the century. It definitely doesn't look like Primark quality, it has this really nice, rustic, antique look which I just love. In fact, I'd highly recommend a trip to the Primark jewellery section at the moment, they have some great stuff in.

 Pukka Herbal Teas...
I'm not usually a big tea drinker, but when it comes to fruit/herbal teas, it's a different story. These are full of flavour and I love to have one in the morning or before I go to bed - they're so nice and soothing. These are my two favourite types: the harmonise tea, containing organic rose, hibiscus and sweet vanilla (yummy or what?) and the green chai tea containing organic green tea, cinnamon and star anise.
 Scented Candles...
In particular, these two. One is from Bomb cosmetics, in Nature's Candy, and the other is from a local boutique, Hamiltons, in Wild Fig & Grape, but you might be able to get your hands on it online. Candles are perfect for a relaxing bath, or simply for adding a nice fragrance to your room (or your whole house!) I also love the packaging of the Bomb cosmetics candle, it's very spring appropriate.

Company Magazine...
This is my favourite magazine of the moment. I used to be a Vogue/Bazaar/Instyle kind of a gal, but there were always a lot of features I wasn't really interested in. Not with these however. I will read every page and find it interesting and inspiring. There are more fashion pages in these (as it seems to me anyway) than in any of the above. I also love the more quirky, youthful edge that Company has. And, they're perfect handbag size. I would highly recommend you give these a go, that is, if you weren't already one over by the gorgeous cover designs.

That's the lot. I really hope you enjoyed reading, tell me if you'd like to see that hair post in the comments below. Let me know if you've tried any of these products, or saw anything that took your fancy. I'll see you again in a couple of days with an outfit post. Byee! xoxo