31/05/2013

WHAT I WORE TODAY: galaxy print leggings and neon yellow clutch


top - ASOS, leggings - Topshop, shoes* - New Look, necklace - H&M, bracelets - Primark, earrings - Swarovski, bag - H&M,
sunglasses - Ray Ban  

To celebrate warm weather over the weekend I wore my New Look sandals which are one of my best buys lately - their nude colour goes with literally everything. I teamed them up with galaxy print leggings from Topshop which I got last year and this season's neon yellow studded clutch from H&M. I've spent the entire day in Hyde Park in this relaxed look and it was so good to wind down.

New Bath and Body duo-products (& Other Stories, L'Occitane, Soap & Glory)

New shower and body duo-products (& Other Stories, L'Occitane, Soap & Glory) & Other Stories Body Wash Lemon Daydream  & Other Stories Hand Lotion Lemon Daydream L'Occitane Shower Oil with Almond Oil*  L'Occitane Milk Veil with Almond Milk Soap & Glory Clean On Me  Soap & Glory Smoothie Star
New shower and body duo-products (& Other Stories, L'Occitane, Soap & Glory) & Other Stories Body Wash Lemon Daydream  & Other Stories Hand Lotion Lemon Daydream L'Occitane Shower Oil with Almond Oil*  L'Occitane Milk Veil with Almond Milk Soap & Glory Clean On Me  Soap & Glory Smoothie Star

& Other Stories Body Wash Lemon Daydream
& Other Stories Hand Lotion Lemon Daydream
When I smelled this range in shop I was hooked. This time I venture out of the make up counter at & Other Stories and go into skincare, which I must say feels luxurious at a fraction of a price. The bath and shower gel leaves the skin feeling smooth, clean and fresh while the hand cream keeps hands soft and beautifully scented. I love how sleek and simple both products look and that they have high pumps, which make them easy to use. I cannot wait to try other products (like body lotion and peeling) from this and other ranges. I think they can make a nice gift for a friend who looks for something new in terms of bodycare. 

L'Occitane Shower Oil with Almond Oil*
L'Occitane Milk Veil with Almond Milk*
This was kindly sent to me for a review and I cannot be grateful enough. I heard great things about this Shower Oil, so I was eager to test it. Sadly, when in the shower, the oil foams only very lightly, so it is not my cup of tea (I like big foam - the bigger - the better). However, it can be also used as a shaving base to help razor glide easily over legs and sensitive areas, so that's will be my main use of this product from now on. The scent is very elusive and although some people love it, I must say that I like other almond-infused products better.
The ultimate star product has to be the Milk Veil body milk. It combines almond oil, milk and micro-pearls that illuminate and smooth the skin. I was amazed not to find many reviews of this lotion, because it is something so luxurious and beautiful I think everyone should have in their bathroom. I honestly felt like a movie start about to walk on the red carpet when I saw how beautifully illuminated my skin was - it's still a subtle and soft shine, perfect for a night out, date or a special occasion. The lotion absorbs quickly too and even after spending a night in PJs I still had a glowing skin in the morning.

Soap & Glory Clean On Me
Soap & Glory Smoothie Star
These are one of the most amazing products I have ever came across. No wonder majority of blogging community raves about them. The shower gel has a very sweet and invigorating scent, which both calms me down in the evening and wakes me up in the morning. Two or three pumps of the creamy formula gives a luxurious lather and natural mandarin peel extract with built-in body lotion makes your skin feeling soft. The body lotion has a very thick formula and the smell is to die for - can you imagine fresh baked cookies made of brown sugar, almonds and honey spread on your skin? I love the designs of the packages and the fact that they come with the pumps. Also, expiry date of both products is 24 months - that's plenty of time to keep coming back for some pamper. 

30/05/2013

Collection summer releases

I always liked browsing the Collection range in shops and I think they have some star products like Lasting Perfection Concealer. For summer, Collection is releasing five new products* for a freshness and to look "as bold and bright as the sunshine".

Collection summer releases Collection, beauty, review, make up, nail polish, nails, lip gloss, pink, metallic, mascara, Hot Looks Nail Polishes in Desert Rose, Aztec Gold and Scorched Colour Pro Lip Lacquer Rebel (1)  Show Off (2)  It Girl (3) Prom Queen (4) No Clumps Definition Mascara

First are the Hot Looks Nail Polishes in Desert Rose, Aztec Gold and Scorched. I love the metallic finish to these and the unusual shades - it is quite different to the usual pastels and neons everywhere! As you can see, they have a good coverage - I used three coats on the Desert Rose as it was quite sheer, but for the others, two coats were enough. I love the names and the fact that they are very easy to apply - all thanks to the flat brush which covers the nail perfectly.
(RRP £1.99 available from 5th June)

Collection summer releases Collection, beauty, review, make up, nail polish, nails, lip gloss, pink, metallic, mascara, Hot Looks Nail Polishes in Desert Rose, Aztec Gold and Scorched Colour Pro Lip Lacquer Rebel (1)  Show Off (2)  It Girl (3) Prom Queen (4) No Clumps Definition Mascara
Collection summer releases Collection, beauty, review, make up, nail polish, nails, lip gloss, pink, metallic, mascara, Hot Looks Nail Polishes in Desert Rose, Aztec Gold and Scorched Colour Pro Lip Lacquer Rebel (1)  Show Off (2)  It Girl (3) Prom Queen (4) No Clumps Definition Mascara
Collection summer releases Collection, beauty, review, make up, nail polish, nails, lip gloss, pink, metallic, mascara, Hot Looks Nail Polishes in Desert Rose, Aztec Gold and Scorched Colour Pro Lip Lacquer Rebel (1)  Show Off (2)  It Girl (3) Prom Queen (4) No Clumps Definition Mascara
Collection summer releases Collection, beauty, review, make up, nail polish, nails, lip gloss, pink, metallic, mascara, Hot Looks Nail Polishes in Desert Rose, Aztec Gold and Scorched Colour Pro Lip Lacquer Rebel (1)  Show Off (2)  It Girl (3) Prom Queen (4) No Clumps Definition Mascara

Colour Pro Lip Lacquer is available in four shades varying from pink, red and nude. It is a high shine lip gloss which has a lot of pigment and can give a beautiful finish to the lipsticks. Sleek shades and generous 6ml package will be perfect for everyone. Rebel (1) is a hot pink and very opaque shade and is one of my favourites. Show Off (2) is a muted red colour which will look great with some tan. It Girl (3) and Prom Queen (4) and more sheer and I think they can compliment nude and pale pink lipsticks beautifully. Once again, I love the names of the shades and the applicator that is slightly flattened and slides on the lips easily.
(RRP £4.19 available from 5th June)

Collection summer releases Collection, beauty, review, make up, nail polish, nails, lip gloss, pink, metallic, mascara, Hot Looks Nail Polishes in Desert Rose, Aztec Gold and Scorched Colour Pro Lip Lacquer Rebel (1)  Show Off (2)  It Girl (3) Prom Queen (4) No Clumps Definition Mascara

No Clumps Definition Mascara available in Black and Ultra Black promises to deliver defined and clump-free eyelashes. I am not a fan of rubberized comb brushes, but this is actually first one I really liked. It gives a fast and mess-free application and I avoided having spidery lashes or glueing them together. I strongly recommend trying it out if you're looking for a mascara on a budget.
(RRP £2.99 available from 3rd July)

In addition, there are Lasting Gel Colour Nail Polishes in 15 shades and available on the counter now (RRP £3.19). These have a gel based formula and wide brush applicatior to deliver a perfect manicure. Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencils (available from 3rd July, RRP £3.19) are going to available in six shades: Vanilla Sky, Gunmetal Glitz, Vintage Blush, Hot Chocolate, Midnight Glam and Denim Diva and promise blendable eyeshadow and long-last finish. 

Caudalíe Divine Range Reviews


For summer, beautiful French brand Caudalíe has released a brand new collection* Divine which consists of tinted body lotion, moisturising oil, body scrub and a scented candle. The whole collection has honey-tinted packages which feel and look very luxurious. I especially how it all goes together and you can use the whole collection for the ultimate pamper and SPA-at-home experience. Just light up the candle, use the body scrub, put on some tinted moisturiser and spritz yourself with the oil to look and feel like a movie star!


Divine Legs is a tinted body lotion with extracts of grape oil and carob fruit. It is an amazing product and I expect it to be a sell-out. If you are looking for a fast solution to get yourself a self-tan with just right amount of colour and some extra glow, look no further. This light texture and sun-free natural tan gives you sun-kissed body in a matter of seconds and the shade is universal to all skin colours. Dries very quickly and rinses off with water (so be careful not to put it on a day when it may rain!).

 
Divine Oil which moisturises and nourishes, contains grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan oils - a lot of goodness to your skin! The best feature is that it is a dry oil which gives the most fabulous glow to the skin without being wet or sticky. It absorbs really quickly, so you can get dressed immediately after application. A subtle floral scent with wooden notes is simply an icing on a cake. (Support the Coeur de Fôret Association by getting hooked on Divine Oil. By the end of 2012, 150,000 trees will have been planted in the Amazon.)

Divine Scrub is packed with brown sugar, grape, argan, hibiscus and sesame plant oils. The texture is very delicate, yet it leaves the skin looking soft and supple. I love its scent and the fact that it the formulation is 97% natural origin. The whole pot will last a really long time too, so you can get your value for money. 
 
Premier Cru The Cream is not a part of the Divine range, but I was lucky to get it for review purposes. Its texture leaves the skin velvety smooth and hydrates the deep layers, so you can wake up feeling refreshed and regenerated. I like the pump and the luxurious package and although the consistency may be too runny for me (I am used to thick creams), I like how it absorbs quickly.

Caudalíe is against animal testing and all  the products can be purchased from http://uk.caudalie.com.

29/05/2013

My birthday presents and purchases

My birthday presents and purchases haul
My birthday presents and purchases haul
My birthday presents and purchases haul

There is one day of the year when it is celebration all over the world and you can feel like a Princess and be treated and spoiled like one without feeling guilty. It's your birthday! I celebrated it yesterday at home and on an amazing photoshoot (details coming soon) wearing make up and strolling around English mansion house like a character in a Jane Austen novel. I loved it. 

Thank you again for all the lovely messages and wishes yesterday and I leave you with my birthday presents and some haul items I got (just because it's my special day!). I love to read posts like this, so I thought a little bit of self-indulgence won't hurt anyone.

26/05/2013

WHAT I WORE TODAY: Lana Del Rey's concert


shirt* - F&F, leggings - Topshop, shoes - Topshop,
necklace - River Island, ring - ASOS
headband - Crown & Glory

I am a huge fan of Lana Del Rey - her music, her style and her presence is just captivating. For months I was counting the days to her concert and I knew that she won't disappoint. She didn't! And my only con is that I wish that the concert would be few songs longer. I also managed to get the signed copy of the limited edition of Born To Die - The Paradise Edition album and I am extremely happy about that!

For the concert I wore my Crown & Glory rose headband, to mimic Lana's style. There were actually many girls wearing similar headbands, so I guess I am not the only one loving this flower trend! I also wore Bad necklace and triple gold ring from ASOS which has become my wardrobe staple now. I've teamed everything with Alvin Topshop boots which I love more and more every day, they just suit every occasion.

Clayspray White Clay Mask

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SKINCARE: Clayspray White Clay Mask face, face masks, review, skincare,
SKINCARE: Clayspray White Clay Mask face, face masks, review, skincare,

Clayspray is an innovative brand that produces clay emulsion face masks in spray, by combining pure clay with natural ingredients and spring water. Clay has been used for centuries in beauty rituals, even by Cleopatra, so I was eager to find out how beneficial this mask can be. The Pore Refining White Clay Masque* contains minerals typical for white clay: potassium, calcium and silica for moisturising and anti-aging benefits.

This mask is best suited for normal/combination skin. I have normal/prone to dryness skin and my pores are not very visible, so I applied only a thin layer. Firstly, I have prepared my skin by spritzing the mineral rich water on my face. Then, I gently applied the mask on my face and neck and left it until it was completely dry. I washed it off with warm water. The mask dries quickly and in the process made my face very itchy - I wanted to scratch it off as soon as it began to settle, but it's obviously clay getting dry. When you rinse it off, you can feel tiny clay particles, so I guess you can double it as a face mask/exfoliator. I am glad I only used thin layer, because I had to slap extra moisturiser before bed, but I am confident that those for oily skin will love it.

It is also worth noting that Clayspray products are free of preservatives, parabens and perfumes and the company does not test on animals.

Clayspray products can be purchased on www.clayspray.com and www.feelunique.com and each 125ml mask provides approximately 17 facials.

25/05/2013

HAIR: KMS California Tame Frizz Range

HAIR: KMS California Tame Frizz Range beauty, beauty regime, hair, KMS California, review,
HAIR: KMS California Tame Frizz Range beauty, beauty regime, hair, KMS California, review,

Tame Frizz range* is a new addition to the KMS California family. So far I have owned and tested only one product - Style Boost  - which improves performance of styling products, so style lasts up to 3 times longer - and I swear by this, saving it up for special occasions only. That is why I was very excited to try some products from the new range. 

Tame Frizz products aim to instantly reduce the frizz and control the humidity, so hair is smooth and more manageable to style. I am sure that all of us experienced a frizz days in our hair diaries, when the hair just cannot be tamed and we want to give up after few attempts of styling it (and getting some sore arms in the process). The secret calming ingredients are Pequi Oil is (antioxidant-rich Brazilian fruit, high in vitamin A and E which is known for taming frizz) and Acacia (tree rich in sugar and having moisturising properties, known for smoothing). It's also worthy to note that all products are paraben free.

Tame Frizz line consists of shampoo, conditioner, smoothing lotion, taming creme and de-frizz oil. Shampoo is the first step for frizz control. It smells very nice, vanilla-like and rinses easily. The conditioner detangles and aids smoothing and frizz reduction process. It has the same nice scent. My only con about these products is the bottle design. KMS California is following Pantone colour trends closely and for this season they have designed darker and more muted bottles and packages. I liked them better when they were white and bright - for me this looks like a range for men and I wouldn't look more closely at the product if I saw it in shop. Another con are the caps on the shampoo and conditioner bottles - they may follow a smooth and sleek design, but they are impossible to keep clean and a lot of product simply runs down the package if you want to squeeze it out. I have received tester versions of smoothing lotion and taming creme and I can say that they also smell very nice and do a proper job by smoothing and detangling the hair. The star product from the range is de-frizz oil which is very fast absorbing, not greasy and can calm your hair down whether you use it on towel-dried or completely dry hair. 

After using the range I've noticed that my hair has calmed down and I didn't have fly-aways after a session with a hairdryer. My hair is not that frizzy in the first place, but I think those who suffer can really benefit from this line.

Tame Frizz line will ba available in hair salons (June 1) and on-line (July 1). 
Shampoo (RRP £12.70), conditioner (RRP £13.50), smoothing lotion (RRP £14.95), taming creme (RRP £14.50) and de-frizz oil (RRP £14.50). 
Exclusive kit reviewed here containing shampoo, conditioner and de-frizz oil, plus a wide-toothed comb and sachets of smoothing lotion and taming creme is RRP £29.50.

24/05/2013

NAILS: Perfect neon orange - Models OWN Hedonist

NAILS: Perfect neon orange - Models OWN Hedonist nails, nail polish, neon, ModelsOWN, NOTD, review,

I needed a big injection of the colour to these gloomy and grey London days and the Models OWN special edition Hed Kandi nail polish named Hedonist turned out to be a perfect choice! I got a lot of compliments on it, so I guess neons on the nails are still going strong in the upcoming season. I painted two coats here and it dried pretty quickly. I sealed it off with a Seventeen top coat and these photos were taken 3 days after my manicure. Next time I'm painting my toes with it and hoping to show them off in sandals and on a very tanned feet.

Penhaligon's Iris Prima Perfume

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Penhaligon's Iris Prima Perfume review perfume fragrance launch ballet dancer
Penhaligon's Iris Prima Perfume review perfume fragrance launch ballet dancer

Iris Prima is the new scent from British fragrance house Penhaligon’s. It is an unique partnership with English National Ballet, so the fragrance was created with the intention to capture the essence of ballet in a beautiful bottle. Head notes in the fragrance are Bergamot, Green Amber and Pink Pepper, while heart notes like Iris and Jasmine compliment each other with the base notes of Vanilla and Sandalwood. Effortlessly elegant Iris Prima offers a fascinating glimpse into the secluded yet magical world of the ballet. The fragrance is very delicate yet grown-up and I think it is perfect to spritz yourself before a date night.

I was lucky to come to the launch of the fragrance and as you can see the whole setting was simply breathtaking. I adore ballet and I can never get enough of watching amazing performances of graceful ballet dancers in The Nutcracker or Swan Lake. Also, not so coincidentally, ethereal paintings by Edgar Degas are also my firm favourites.

Iris Prima will launch in the UK at Penhaligon’s boutiques, online at www.penhaligons.com and selected department stores on 9th September 2013. 
Iris Prima 100ml Eau de Parfum £120, Iris Prima 50ml Eau de Parfum £85

23/05/2013

WHAT I WORE TODAY: neon yellow jumper

 
jumper - H&M, jeans - Primark, shoes - ASOS,
necklace - Primark, ring (yellow) - Primark, rings (pink) - River Island,

I wore this beautiful neon yellow jumper from H&M last week for a couple of press days and it is very comfy and a nice statement piece. I like wearing neons in summer, especially when the days are gloomy and dark (London summer at its best...) and yellow neon is one of my favourites. I've teamed the jumper with my acid was jeans from Primark and some sturdy boots from ASOS - I wore them to death during the winter and they're still going strong. Do you wear any particular colour to cheer yourself up?

Once again, big thank you to Julie for my outfit photos!

22/05/2013

MUA Pretty Pastels Palette


One of the prettiest eyeshadow palettes I own has to be this MUA gem under the name of Pretty Pastels. I am in love with all of the pastel shades but especially mint and purple have a special place in my heart. This beautiful palette comes with 12 pastel shades which can create a variety of looks. They 're all soft, rather pigmented, blend and glide easily. It's a perfect choice for summer for those not brave enough for a bold and statement look and the pearly finish is like an icing on a cake. As always, the £4 price tag can compensate the lack of a sturdy and nicely finished package. A true pastel gem and worthy of trying out.


Perfect bag for a plane

Perfect bag for a plane
One of the things I hate doing is packing for a holiday. I always make a list, but still forget something which turns out to be an essential. Packing for a plane is another issue. You need to take all the necessities and still not go overboard with the size and weight of the luggage. Personally, I like to take big bags on a plane that can carry all the items much needed on the plane: my passport, documents, wallet, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Kindle, camera, sunglasses and make up bag. This beautiful bag from Next (£32) will easily hold all of these items and more! It is ideal to carry all travelling essentials and the colour goes with everything. Lots of space, long and smaller handles, extra pockets for some sneaky duty-free purchases... Perfection! What is your perfect bag to take on a plane?

This post is in collaboration with Next.

21/05/2013

No 7 BB Lips in Blush Coral, Ballerina, Blush Pink and Berry Rose

No 7 BB Lips in Blush Coral, Ballerina, Blush Pink and Berry Rose No 7, lip balm, lipstick, beauty, review, swatches
No 7 BB Lips in Blush Coral, Ballerina, Blush Pink and Berry Rose No 7, lip balm, lipstick, beauty, review, swatches
No 7 BB Lips in Blush Coral, Ballerina, Blush Pink and Berry Rose No 7, lip balm, lipstick, beauty, review, swatches

Together with the amazing CC Cream, No 7 released brand new BB Lips* for summer. These are Beauty Balms for the lips serving three purposes: giving hint of colour, nourishing the lips and protecting with SPF 15. They have a very creamy formula which makes them similar to a thick tinted lip gloss and there are six easily wearable shades. The applicator is a squeeze tube, perfect for a touch up on the go. Although they didn't stay put for long (with the exception of Berry Rose which is my favourite shade), they are still good at moisturising. My only wish is that the colours would be more pigmented, but I know that muted shades like this are appealing to some. Each BB Lips Balm costs £8.50 and there are two more pink shades available: Belle Pink and Blink Pink in Boots stores at the moment.

20/05/2013

Miss Selfridge summer dresses


I made a bad move going to the Miss Selfridge site and look around some amazing dresses. I want them all and I want them now. So beautiful, delicate and floaty... I just can't get enough! My only wish is that they would be less pricey. Which one is your favourite?

Clockwise:
3D Flower Mesh Dress £65
Feather Sequin Dress £159
Embellished Flapper Dress £129
Mint Midsummer Smock Dress £69
Petites Embellished  Tea Dress £69
Embroidered Floral Dress £59

18/05/2013

WHAT I WORE TODAY: Wildfox Love Potion


parka - River Island, jumper - Wildfox, jeans - Dorothy Perkins, shoes - H&M,
bag - H&M, ring - eBay

It seems there is no summer in London and almost everyday for the past eight months I've been wearing the same parka. I am so fed up, especially since I hear (and see) on Skype that there is beautiful hot summer in Poland. To cheer myself up, for a cinema date (new Star Trek movie - it was awesome!) I wore my Love Potion jumper from Wildfox, which is oversized, but in a good way. I also took my new H&M clutch bag. I've been fan of recent 50% off H&M online sales and I've managed to grab few bargains. This time I've bought two bags, pair of trousers and some quirky flats. I've also managed to grab few bargains in yesterday's Illamasqua sale - I still couldn't believe they've offered 50% off - squeal!