Thursday, 2 July 2015

New Look Fashion Flashback 70's Wishlist

I've got the shopping bug at the minute. I'm putting it down to all my last minute fear buying for Glastonbury last week and my Graduation thats coming up and it's only made me want to buy more. I swear it either makes you want to keep on spending, or it does the complete opposite and gets rid of that feeling. But as you can tell, this time it's definitely not done the latter and I have been enjoying putting together wishlist posts more than you can even know (I'm currently watching Extreme Couponing as we speak, gimme those deals!)

New Look is on point at the minute and I love their current items throwing back to past era's and today post is all about my love of their 70's inspired summer range. It's so blooming cool and right up my street and you know, I need them all. I think it's the sun coming out that's made me change my thoughts towards anything other than my usual theory of all black everything... It's too hot and I can't handle it so these 70's inspired items are perfect. 

I love all of these Bardot style tops but only have a plain black one so this First & I Cream Crochet Frill Trim Bardot Neck Top would make a nice addition for summer. I'd love to wear this with a denim skirt, it'd be so cute!

Fringing became my best friend while I was at Glastonbury and this Black Fringed Bag is an awesome addition to add a little fringe into my day to day wardrobe as I just can't see me feeling comfortable wearing a super long fringed top in my day to day life. 

Suede skirts have been everywhere and I've been so in love with them but for one reason or another I've not managed to pick one up yet. It's either been the fact that they don't have my size in stock or that the shape isn't quite right or its way too expensive. If I'm going to spend my money on something I want to be deeply in love with it and for it to be completely right. This Suedette Button Front Pencil Skirt looks exactly like the one I've been dreaming about. I love the button detailing and the shape and shade looks perfect, it's a total bargain too! 

I've gone off shorter skirts lately and it's all about the midi for me at the minute. As soon as I spied this Pink Ethnic Print Keyhole Front Midi Dress I fell in love. It's completely gorgeous and if there's only one thing I end up picking up from this wishlist it'll definitely be it. It can be dressed up for the evening, smartened up for work or dressed down for the day time. I love it and need it in my life more than I can even explain. 

I am all about the denim dungaree pinafore style at the minute, just like I mentioned in this Fashion and Beauty Summer Wishlist and although I've got a couple of styles of dungarees/dresses, I've still not picked up one like this Blue Denim Pinafore Dress and as this one's in the sale, I have an inkling that it might make the cut and become the latest addition into my dungaree collection. 

I really need to pick up some new sandals and shoes as I've got too many closed shoes and am needing some open sandals to work alongside the heat! These Black Croc Chunky Black Heels look perfect and again like the Midi Dress, they can be dressed up or down and I love it when items are versatile as you know you'll get more wear out of them. 

I've been looking for a vintage styled belt like the Tan Western Jeans Belt like this for a while and I've not found one I like as much as this one. It would look so nice with denim and for under £5 you really can't go wrong! 

There's so many great things in New Look at the minute and I'm so excited about it. I lost love for them for a little while but looking at this range has gotten me so excited about their fashion again. I'm planning a trip this weekend and am too excited to go! *Post in collaboration with New Look

What is your favourite flashback era? 

Lorna x


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Relaxing in London: Privet Body

London Spa Privet Body

London Spa Privet Body

With the hustle and bustle of the city and you know, just general life it's so easy to forget to give yourself a bit of 'me time'. I am the worst for this but it's only when I pop in to places like this is when I realise how important it actually is. But I guess, not going to a spa often can make it that bit more special. I don't often go, in fact I actually had my first facial at the Agua Spa in the Sanderson recently and spa all over body treatment before that, and it only egged me on to wanting to go that step further and try out somewhere else. 

I headed to Privet Body in Notting Hill* just after I'd handed in my last ever assignment at University. If I didn't need it then, then I just don't know when I could say I would! I don't really know what to call Privet but I'd say it's a mixture of a salon and a spa that's great for just about anyone to go to. It's not one of those spa's that leave you feeling uncomfortable as it's something your not used to, which essentially ruins the whole experience as you're left thinking about it the whole time. Like I said before, I've not been to many things like this before so am only just getting used to what happens for each treatment so when a company makes you feel as at home and comfortable as Privet does then you know your in for a good time. 

Pre-treatment, I got chatting with the owner and couldn't stop expressing my love of the decor of the place. It's so cool, and the log cabin vibes are so unusual and I fell so in love with it. Like I mentioned before, this decor runs along with the whole feeling of being totally at home. It's not poncy, its not uncomfortable, it literally just feel natural for you to be in there and relaxing and it made so much sense as to why the lovely owner started it. He said he wanted to create a place where males would feel comfortable to come, because you know, as much as they might say they don't like a face mask, pedicure or massage, trust me, they like it as much as the rest of us! I love this idea and I can totally see how the decor fits with that. But don't worry ladies, it doesn't single out us. It works perfectly for both, so it'd be the perfect place to take your boyfriend along to dip their toe in the whole spa/salon scene. 

I opted for the Blooming Marvellous Full Body Massage and spoiler, it was incredible! I can't compare it with anything but I was left feeling so relaxed and all of the knots had disappeared. It felt like such a treat and I didn't ever want to leave the haven of Privet. I honestly couldn't recommend this spot enough. It's perfect if you're looking to try out a treatment and your not sure what to expect, if you're in the area, if you want to take a special man in your life but want them to feel comfortable or basically, you know, for anything. Just go here, trust me, you won't regret it!

Lorna x

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Pick Of The Summer Sales

It's one of those points in the year when nothing can stop all of us shopping addicts from well, doing just that, shopping. With discounts flying around left, right and centre, the summer sales is something I look forward to but at the same time dread - all of the sake of my bank balance... but you know, if there's no getting away from it then we might as well just embrace it, right?

I've rounded up a few bits that are my picks of this years sale, that I am more than tempted in picking up myself and thought maybe you would be too... 

First up, is this gorgeous midi navy dress. My graduation is coming up and I can't even explain how difficult it has been to find a dress. There are so many things to contend with - the awkward colour of the sash, the all black gown that'll cover up the dress all alongside wearing the right hight of shoes and not being terrified of tripping over at that all important moment up on the stage. It's a blooming nightmare and with 2 weeks to go I've had to make a bulk ASOS order to try on a tonne of options and hopefully find the one. This Y.A.S Feline Navy Dress from ASOS is gorgeous and although I don't know if it'll be the one I go for, it was too great not to add to the order. 

Topshop have got some incredible shoes in their sale at amazing prices that I just can't quite get over. These FLOW Cleated Silver Sandals are beautiful and although not something I'd usually buy and completely not in my black only shoe rule, but they are incredible and I can't help but have fallen in love with them. Black sandals are a necessity and with a little bit of height, these HYPNOTIC Cleated Sandals are just something else and for £15, why wouldn't you want to add them to your shoe collection? These would go with just about anything and they look super comfy and that's always a bonus in my books. 

It's the summer and sunglasses are always a necessity. I'm currently sitting at home, post-Glastonbury looking out at the sun and thinking about how I just couldn't have gotten away with not having a pair with me, even if it did hurt a lot when they were resting on my head and someone smacked them into my scalp. But you know, it's gotta be done right? I've always been one for buying super cheap sunglasses as I always would break or lose them, but when these sunglasses came into my life, that all changed. Buying a pair of high end sunglasses is all about the investment. They will last you so much longer, look so much better and feel so much more comfortable on. I've fallen in love with the Chopard SCH 110S Sunglasses from SCLO. They're not my usual style, I usually go for wayfarers but after finding a different style pair in my room from god knows how long ago, that's all changed and I've realised that other styles do suit me... These are super glam, and I'm eyeing them up to finish off my graduation outfit as a bit of a treat and well done gift to me. If I can't for graduation, then when can I? Plus I've kept my other high end sunnies in tact, so I know that I'll be able to manage it with these too. 

I'm usually an all black everything kinda gal, but with the sun coming out I've felt like changing things up a bit. This Textile Federation Orchids Playsuit from Urban Outfitters is stunning. I'm obsessed with the pattern and want to buy all the pieces from the range as it really is that gorgeous. Plus you know, the fit of the playsuit is perfect for the summer. 

I've not worn earrings in god knows how long. They used to always irritate my ears but after the ear piercing stand at the event recently, it's got me back to thinking about wearing some again and at the bargain price of £3, these Arrow Stud Earrings from Urban Outfitters are more than tempting. 

I love love love the Urban Outfitters home section and when sale time comes around I always find myself having a browse. It's usually well overpriced and the sale makes things so much better and easier to justify. I've fallen in love with this gorgeous Vegan Leather Water Bottle, it would be perfect for a festival!

Last but not least, probably the most sparkly and glam thing on this list and is something SO different to what I'd usually go for and if I knew where I'd wear it, I would have snapped it up already. The Topshop Striped Sequin Shift Dress is beautiful but obviously not one of those dresses that you could get away with wearing on a day to day basis... but I really would want to find an excuse. The colours are gorgeous and who doesn't love sequins? 

Summer sales are one of the best in the year and I never fail to be more than tempted, but for now after my massive spend on the hunt for the perfect Graduation dress I think any more spending will have to wait until after I've had the chance to return the rest of them. 

What are your favourite summer sale stores? 

Lorna x

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

An Ode To The Urban Decay Naked Palettes

The Urban Decay Naked Palettes... I've always put off writing a post about my love for these as it seems everyone knows about them already and I just wondered if there was any point, but the time has come and I just couldn't hold my love and feelings in any more and I just NEED to tell you about my all time favourite eye shadow palettes. Yep, I'm saying big things but these are incredible and I ALWAYS go back to them. 

These are the most wearable palettes I've honestly ever come across and you can always tell that when another brand brings out another nude-y brown palette that their just trying to compare with these beauties, hence why there are so many dupes around. These palettes are so sought after that everyone wants to be like them, and honestly, I can totally see why. Not only are the shades amazing - there's always a shade or palette that everyone will like better, but that's the beauty of it, they can still try out the other shades and get away with them because they are incredible for just about anyone. But the pigmentation, lasting power and blend-ability is all something I've just not fallen for like I have with these. Of course some of it is total hype. I've turned into one of those, and I NEED to collect them all. I guess it happened after I got Naked 2, and then needed Naked 3 and by the time the ads came out for Naked Smoky, well to say the least I was a little bit excited and was virtually ripping at the screen to pull it out. I need it to complete the collection and I just know it will be as incredible as the other three. 

These shadows can be worn day to night. A natural nude, maybe mostly matte with a subtle shimmer for work in the day and then smoked up with some of the darker and more smokey shades in the evening. It looks great with any outfit as it's nude and brown so you need not worry about that. Great with glasses - especially the beauties from optical express, or without. Like I said before, these palettes work well for everyone and I can't express that enough. 

I honestly have nothing bad to say about these. I mean maybe I have a few grievances about the packaging, but trust me, it's not worth mentioning as what's inside is REALLY what counts here and it makes up for all of those mistakes and more. I feel like I'm writing a post about someone I love, but trust me here, these meet up and are really that close. 

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Palettes? 

Lorna x

Monday, 22 June 2015

Skincare Essentials for Dry Skin

I was talking about how to cover up dry skin and the perfect bases to use yesterday, so it only felt fitting to discuss the skincare essentials you need in your life to help you along the way, because you know there's only so much that good makeup can do to help you out. 

The Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer* is perfect for adding a bit of hydration to your skin while using a toner. The spritz bottle is so easy to use, you literally just spritz and go. It's so refreshing and it also works amazingly to refresh your makeup if you're finding your dry skin is getting a bit too much. My tip for this though would definitely be to pop it in the fridge, it's incredible in the warmer weather and with the muggy heat lately this has been a god send. 

I've become obsessed with the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum* ever since I first tried it. It's incredible for hydrating your skin pre-moisturiser and I've not found anything to work quite like it. Plus, the bottle is just gorgeous and I love having this on my dressing table. 

Another great product that works similarly to the Vichy Serum is the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster*. I got my hands on this after heading to one of their stores for a face mapping and to discuss ways to keep the skin hydrated. They looked at my skin and told me about what would work specifically for my skin and what my problem areas were. They were spot on and recommended this beauty alongside a tonne of other products, but do you know what their top tip was? To drink more water. I know this is the reason I have dry/dehydrated skin but I'm just so forgetful when it comes to drink water. Its not that I don't like it, more often than not it's my drink of choice but I'm just blooming forgetful. They kindly gave me a Soda Stream Source Machine* to help me with that and suggested putting fruit in the glass of water to add a little bit of flavour to it and making it not feel so 'water like' - this is genius and I know the novelty of making the water in the machine will get me drinking it more. I'll make sure the glass is constantly attached to my hand and I'll be left with no choice. If you're not sure about your skin type though, I couldn't recommend popping into a Dermalogica store or heading to a counter and asking to be face mapped. With a little help from their nifty machines, they were spot on with my skin and I'm sure they will be with yours too. 

I think something we can all agree that we may forget to use is an eye cream and this too is so important to helping your skin stay hydrated. Your eye area is so delicate and you really want to make sure it stays hydrated to make sure you prevent problems there in the future. The Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair* is perfect for this and it is just that, intensive. 

For moisturiser, I've fallen in love with the new addition to the Liz Earle range and I'm talking the Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser with Natural Neroli*. This is an updated version of the Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser with a much nicer scent. Don't worry though, it's not overpowering as it's the kind of scent that you would associate with a Liz Earle product that we already know works amazingly. This products is so hydrating and it feels great on the skin. 

If that all doesn't help completely and your perhaps a bit short of time, then a moisture mask is always perfect for a quick fix and the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque* is a great addition to my ever growing moisture mask collection. Much like with moist moisture masks, you can dab this off after a while or you can leave on over night for a more intensive treatment. I usually find I do the latter and use moisture masks as a more intense and hydrating moisturiser but I just find that that's what works best for my skin. 

These products help me so much alongside my skincare routine and alongside the addition of water, it's all been helping me enormously. 

What are your dry skin saviours? 

Lorna x

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A Hydrating Base for Dry Skin

Girls with dry skin, you'll know how I'm feeling. It can be so difficult to find a perfect base that often it just looks better to go without, right? Sometimes whatever I put on my skin can just make it look worse than I've ever seen before. I usually can't bare it so I have to take it off. Not great if your in a rush... So I narrowed down the bits that make sure this don't happen, alongside a great skincare routine. 

My go-to product to make any base look 100x better is always the Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer*. This product is a god send if you have dry skin as trust me, it makes you look and feel like you don't. And bonus, it makes your makeup last a whole lot longer too! 

For the base, I've got a couple that are perfect for even when your skin really is at its driest. The Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint SPF 15* and the Manuka Doctor CC Cream SPF 20* are both super hydrating while giving you a bit of coverage from the sun. Good ol' SPF and all that. These are perfect for day to day use, though the Liz Earle one is a bit better if your looking for a slight bit more coverage. 

On top of that base though, I will always use a good concealer and the most hydrating I've come across is the Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Concealer*. This stuff is so moisturising and easy to blend, its gorgeous! 

Powder can be something that you might want to steer clear of if you've got dry skin, but it really does help to set all of your makeup in place so you really don't want to miss out on that longevity. The Claudia Louch Mineral Loose Powder* is so silky you can't even tell that you're wearing it. It sets your base in place and gives a gorgeous finish. 

These products are my got-to for when I need a bit of help in the dry skin department and just help to cover it all up. You'd never know! 

What are your go-to base products? 

Lorna x

Friday, 19 June 2015

Festival Beauty Essentials

5 days. In a massive field lacking in washing facilities. Lots of music. Lots of fun. What do you take with you? Yep, that's right. That's the question I've been asking too - what do you take to a festival? 

I couldn't think of a better time to write this post. I'm heading to Glastonbury Festival next week for fun, probs not sun, and lots and lots of music. I'm so so excited, don't get me wrong! But the whole I've never camped before thing is looming over me like those rainy clouds will most likely be doing in a few days. I'm probably imagining the worst, but I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. At least I'll be prepared right? I've been reading up A LOT on what to expect, what I should take to a festival, festival checklists and everything under the sun Glastonbury related. Like I said, I want to be prepared right? Six Out Of Ten posted an article based around why festivals aren't for them, and you know what, I've started wondering the same. They mentioned about Pryers Solicitors looking into how dangerous festivals can actually be, but I guess that's just a risk I'm going to have to take. I love a good ol' day festival but that's a completely different kettle of fish. You get to enjoy the day, the music, the food and of course the drink but still have the luxury of going back home at the end of it all to your comfy bed and a nice hot shower. What's not to love about that? But you know, on the weekend festival front, I'll have to get back to you that. I'm torn, I just can't decide whether I'm going to love it or not. I guess we'll just have to see. 

The one thing that's keeping me going however is deciding what to take. Packing for a festival is SO fun and you get so many opportunities to wear different things and use different beauty products that you wouldn't usually be giving a go. And as you can see from the picture above, things are looking a whole lot brighter than I'd usually opt for. 

When it comes to beauty for festivals, you may as well try out that bright eye shadow or nail polish you've been wanting to give ago but always wondered if it would be too much. Trust me, it won't be. It's a festival and there will always be someone dressed a whole lot more crazily than you are. Just give it a go! 

Obviously there's some necessities that we should probably get out of the way and the biggest one and probably the most essential is of course dry shampoo. My favourite at the minute is the amazing John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo. Honestly, this thing is incredible and is the best dry shampoo I've ever tried. It gives you that refreshed look, you feel a whole lot fresher and the best bit? It doesn't weigh your hair down one bit. None of that white sprayed hair look. You genuinely can't even tell you've used it and I often find myself loving unwashed hair that little bit more. I'm a serial hair washer but this has been holding my hand through training my hair pre-Glastonbury and all I can say is I can see it being my bestie for a long long time. I love this so much that this is the second, in like a month, and I used to never use dry shampoo. I just didn't get it, but this is game changing and you need to try it! 

Other essentials include: face wipes, anti-bacterial hand gel (I've got the Carex Hand Gel Sensitive), deodorant - your favourite but in a smaller size, body spray (the So...? one's are great for festivals, super cheap and they do the job really well. I'll be taking the So...? Paris Body Spray* scent with me), and sun cream (I've got the Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser in SPF 25* for face and the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion in SPF 30 for body because it works a treat and smells incredible!). For perfume, I love the Travalo* as it allows me to take my favourite Liz Earle scent but without the hassle of taking the whole bottle - genius!

When you're thinking about beauty I guess you've got to think about space savers and multi use products, products with an easy application and those that really are going to last you all day and night because who's really got time to head back to their tent for a makeup touch up? I don't want to miss my bands so I know I won't be! Touch up on the go it is for me... 

To make my eyeshadow last all day I've got the NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base* and trust me, it really does make your shadow last! We definitely don't want any creases mid-day. For shadow, I would have loved to have taken my go-to Urban Decay Naked Palettes, but you know, space is a massive issue so the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kalahari* is the perfect alternative. Beautiful cocoa brown taupe-y shades that will give me a gorgeous smokey eye that works for both day and night. Eye shadow sticks also work amazingly for this. Easy application, they last for ages and they don't take up much space. My favourites are the Bourjois Colourband Eyeshadow Sticks in Rose Fauviste* and Beige Minimal* and the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Golden Quartz* and Amber Haze*. Highlight and blush helps to brighten up your face and trust me, you'll be needing it after a few days lacking in sleep and washing... The NARS Multiple in Orgasm* and Copacabana* are perfect for this. You can use them as blush and highlights but you can also use them as eye shadows too. For lips, bright is always best and it can make you look a million dollars, even if your not feeling it. Bold lips always make it look like you've made more effort and that's how you want to feel when perhaps your not feeling the best in other ways. Though saying that, you want to make it last as long as you can as you won't be wanting to re-apply every 5 seconds so long lasting lipsticks are a necessity. The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella* is perfect for this, they are great for easy application and lasting a whole lot longer than other lippies I've tried! I picked this up for a friend a while ago and I was so excited to get my hands on one myself as it was a little bit more than difficult handing it over. However, if you're looking for something a little more on the purple side, and a little more budget friendly that you maybe don't mind misplacing then the KIKO Smart Lip Pencil in 710 Rouge Noir is perfect. It's bold, it lasts ages and its a total bargain. 

The fun bits though that I just had to mention, aren't potentially essentials  but you know, it's a festival and when else will you get to pop on a tonne of glitter and colour your hair of the rainbow? The Models Own Festival Collection is a necessity that you need to check out if you're heading to a muddy field this summer. It's got everything you could need. My favourite out of the bunch though? The Models Own Festival Collection Coloured Hairsprays in Neon Violet, Neon Orange, Neon Pink and Neon Blue*. These are incredible. They are so easy to apply and you instantly get brightly coloured hair! I've only given it a quick test but I was stunned to see how easy and pigmented it was. A quick spritz and your on your way to having my little pony hair but without it being permanent! For nails, the brighter the better and of course Models Own released some beauties into this collection, that is what their known for right? The Models Own Festival Collection nail polishes in Blue Skies, Green Fields and Colour Explosion* are perfect. We're talking the brightest of the brights and the glitter-iest of the glitters, love! Onto something maybe you wouldn't use everyday but we're talking face paints and they've added a few into the Festival Collection that you can't over look due to their amazing pigmentation. I'm talking the Models Own Festival Collection face paints in neon yellow, neon orange, neon pink, silver and gold* and these beauties are incredible. The pigmentation is something so special and that's totally what your after if you're wanting your paints to be neon, and boy these definitely are. But the ones from this range I fell so deeply in love with was the gold and silvers. These are beautiful. Again with incredible pigmentation but also the glitter/metallic finish is just gorgeous. I can't want to crack all of these out! Excited doesn't quite come close... 

Onto glitter and I didn't want to go too crazy with this but I fell in love with the Topshop Glitter Pot in Periwrinkle and I just had to get it. It's gorgeous! Perfect for those that don't want to shove a tonne of coloured glitter on their face but can still have a more subtle effect with this pearl effect glitter. Of course I had to pick up the Topshop Facial Glue alongside it as like I mentioned before, longevity is key and we want it to last all day, all night and into the early hours of the morning.  

I'm so excited to give all of this ago and put it to the real test when I get into those muddy fields. I mean, I'm not saying I'm going to take ALL of this along with me, space wouldn't really let me have that opportunity but you know, I'm going to give it a good try and I'll let you know in my Glastonbury Vlog on my YouTube channel what makes the cut. It'll be an interesting one for sure... 

What beauty essentials do you always take with you to a festival? 

Lorna x