Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What I Wore To The Wedding: Warehouse & Flowers

In place of the normal "What I Wore To Work", today it's another "What I Wore To The Wedding" special! My gorgeous friends Jack & Olive got married last weekend and I was honoured to attend their beautiful celebrations. 

And what a wedding it was - I'm talking sweeping marble staircases, seven stunning bridesmaids, a performance by Burberry model Roo Panes and six REAL blossom trees brought into the church (I still haven't gotten over those) - I wouldn't expect any less from a Porter Magazine wedding!

So what did I wear?

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The Dress

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Day I Went To Boots Camp: Boots Summer Shop

Last week, I had a little trip into SUMMER! In conjunction with the recent sunshine, Boots were showcasing some of their summer items in a gorgeous sun-filled space in Central London. Lahvely.

As soon as I walked in, I felt like I was on holiday! Trying on sunglasses, the smell of suncream in the air, what bliss! Isn't sun-cream just the best scent ever?!? Its right up there with baby powder and fresh laundry for me.

Anyway, summer scents aside, here's my lowdown on the top tips and top products to keep you looking fabulous this summer.

 The two staples of Summer are SUN and SUN PROTECTION. I'm going to start with the more boring one, sun protection and then, my favourite - summer cosmetics to match your tan!

Monday, 14 April 2014

MONEY MONDAY: Nicer ISAs? What's a NISA?

So we are well into the new tax year and, as with all new years, I MUST have new year resolutions. Whether it's lists or notes, I love setting targets for myself - they keep me aiming forward and they make sure I'm on track with "THE PLAN" - oho how fun do I sound right now?! 

But in all seriousness, if you're going obsessively try and over-engineer anything, it may as well be your money. You've got way more control over it, plus it requires far less self-control than a diet! Also, I figured if I manage my money well, I can just buy lipo right? I'm kidding!! We all know I'd spend my well-managed money on Laduree Macarons and MORE makeup....

Moving on. One week into the new tax year and what's the plan Batman? The Budget told us some stuff about ISAs, some stuff about pensions and then there's general "must save money" on top of that. Where to begin?

 I've already talked a couple times about general spending such as choosing a credit card and curbing my shopaholic tendencies so today I'm going to cover savings.

 My last MoneyMonday- A Story About Tax got a huge standing ovation by way of exactly 5 tweets from other people ha, so today I'm going to put my accounting qualification to good use and do another one of these explaaaaaining posts. The subject? It's all about ISAs and the NEW ISA.

Come on dudes, I'll try and make it fun- let's go for it.

So ISAs.  Step 1 - the basics. What is an ISA?  If you already know all this business, you go right ahead and skip onto Step 3- WHATS NEW?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Dreaming of Summer: Model's Own Indian Ocean Nail Polish

It’s sunny, it’s glorious, it’s not really that warm but HEY. In my mind, summer is well on it’s way!! And with that thought, I’m dreaming of days spent on a sun-lounger, ripples in the pool, the sound of surf on the sand… What other way to channel this through my personal being than with beachy hair and mermaid makeup?

This week, I already released a tutorial about faking thebronze with the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (which I’m also giving away!)  – and today, we’re moving away from the face and hair. The destination? The hands! The gateway to making sandcastles and holding Mr Whippys, beautiful hands are just as important when it comes to summer makeup.

Today’s nails are just that – a beautiful mermaid-meets-swimming-pool shade, it’s the Indian Ocean nail polish from the Model’s Own Beetlejuice range.

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Isn’t it just sublime? Not quite blue, not quite pink pearl. Either way, it's a serious summer colour which will look SHEET HOT with a tan. 

Alternatively, if you’re going for a pale and interesting vibe, Indian Ocean will also complement pastel hair and pale skins with an ethereal glow.

Does it come out like it does on the bottle? Read on.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

First Proper YouTube Video (and Giveaway)

It's here!! Finally - it took me a whole week to edit it and work out what I was doing, but ITS BEEN UPLOADED!!!

My first "proper" YouTube Video which shows the many uses of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick - oh yeah, and you can win one too!

Check out my video below and let me know what you think!! I hate watching myself back, I look like such a nob but hey!

Also, I think it's a bit long - I'd separate the hair/makeup tutorial next time - what do you think? Do you want to see more of 'Face Value Beauty Vlog'?

Continue reading for HOW TO WIN! 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

MIZSPA GIVEAWAY! Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

With the sun very slowly making it’s way out, it’s time to start thinking about summer beauty essentials and bringing out the products which get pushed to the back of cabinet over winter - the most obvious of which begins with a B…and ends with RONZER. 

Yes yes, clever you for guessing, I’m talking about that ultimate shimmery hit of tan which indicates lots of time spent outdoors, doing something extravagantly healthy like volleyball or hiking in the country, or, if you’re less actively-inclined (like me), your tan is obviously gained by stylishly lazing on a nearby coast.

I actually tan quite evenly and easily – the only ever time I had sunburn, I genuinely thought that I’d just suffered an allergic reaction to something!! I kid you not.

Therefore, I’ve only really used matt bronzers before - y'know, for contouring and adding a bit of brahhn and colour to my otherwise uninteresting skin. However, the last winter has really been, what I like to call, an epiphany of glow! I’ve gone from a matte-finish fanatic to a dewy skin seeker. AND, if that wasn’t enough of a change – my promotion last year also means that I can finally treat myself to the occasional high end beauty product! Nice one.

With me so far? Cheap, matte bronzers 2013, fancy, glowy bronzers 2014! I feel like a beautiful bronzed butterfly emerging from the ashes. But what’s the product that I’ve gone for this time?

It’s only the infamous Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (complete with mini Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush) HIYA. 

And the good news is.... I'M GIVING ONE AWAY TOO!

Read on for details on HOW TO WIN.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Manuka Doctor Freebies: Mini Hero Starter Kit

Not entirely #MoneyMonday related – but thought I’d bash out this quick post as it will certainly save you some pennies and.... well who doesn't love a freebie?!

Manuka Doctor recently got in touch to let me know about a giveaway they’re running. No following required – it’s simply a free trial of their award-winning beauty products which contain Purified Bee Venom.

Yup = venom from bees, you heard me right! But Bee venom is apparently what Kate Middleton uses and if it’s good enough for the Duchess, it’s good enough for me! This stuff is Purified Bee Venom too, not just any old "sting me bee" stuff...

Manuka Doctor are giving away a Mini Hero Starter kit worth £12.99. It contains 3 samples of their most popular products. The ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask (7ml), the ApiClear Skin Treatment Serum (5ml)and the ApiRefine Targeted Wrinkle Filler (3ml).

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Glo Minerals : Pretty In Pink Makeup Look

As a big makeup fan, messing around with new makeup is always fun and when Glo Minerals asked me to create a "Pretty In Pink" look using their mineral-based makeup range, I was like ch-YEAH.

Glo Minerals then sent me three great products to use and I spent yesterday morning messing around with them. It's a bit like that round on Masterchef or Ready Steady Cook where the chefs are given some ingredients and expected to make a masterpiece. But was my look going to be Pretty Pinky or Pretty Stinky

Apologies, that was poor - moving on - these are the products I was sent!

glo minerals eyeshadow trio shimmer brick makeup review

What have we got and how did I use them??

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Mascara Myeh: Smooch Black Lash Mascara

So normally I like to blog about products I really love. I don't really want to slag off stuff on the internet but thinking about it, bad reviews are generally more fun to read. Not only do they prevent regrettable purchases and save pennies, they also fulfill that salacious need to discuss products behind their back. (5 years in an all-girl school provides me with quite excellent experience in this area...)

So for your entertainment purposes my dear readers, I had a think about some products I've tried which have simply fallen a little flat. But before I go all Regina George on today's product, I'd like to give a little plug to my YouTube channel which I have recently set up. SO. Subscribe to my YouTube channel today!

Advertising over - let's take a look at today's moan. Drum roll please, who's first in line for the firing squad? It's the Black Lash Mascara by Smooch Cosmetics

Mascara is one of those products which unfortunately requires a lot of frogs to be kissed before you meet the handsome prince. And, as you may have guessed - this Smooch Black Lash Mascara was one of the frogs.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Your Ideal Skin? Vichy Dermablend Launch

As a somewhat connoisseur of French pharmacy brands, think Bioderma, La Roche Posay etc, I am a bit of a Vichy fan. 

A) I've never found a French product that I didn't like
B) Anything that sounds French basically sounds awesome. (I am seriously easy to market to, non?)

This week I attended the launch of some new additions to the Vichy Dermablend range. For those of you who haven't heard of Dermablend, it's a super strength, high coverage range, ideal for covering acne scars, birthmarks, hyper pigmentation, all sorts of skin sins! 

The new Dermablend products are transfer resistant, waterproof, rub resistant and really gentle on sensitive skin - it's like The Flash of foundations (cue singing Flash! Aah-ahhhhhhhh! Saviour of the universe..)

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Enough singing now - time to tell you about Dermablend and the new products!

Take a look at these..

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