Liz Earle

Hello and welcome to the blog. Today I am to be discussing one Skin Care brand that is a national treasure. This brand is none other than that of Liz Earle.

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My Liz Earle must haves

 

 

Liz Earle is a British beauty brand which was founded by friends Liz and Kim in 1995. Liz Earle originated from The Isle of Wight. Liz Earle is a daily beauty routine that uses natural and the best ingredients that nature must offer. Liz Earle pushes the importance of living well to help your skin to be at its best. They do stress that beauty is from deep within but from research with lots of women has revealed that having healthy and happy skin boosts our confidence and self-esteem.

It is important to add that this beauty brand is not expensive and is a great way to pamper yourself and give your skin the nutrients that it requires without breaking the bank. Not only does this brand do skin care products but the range has expanded and now includes body care, hair care and make up – so there will be something within the range that you will absolutely adore. As I have mentioned previously about the brand using only the best ingredients but these ingredients are active which is why the products work straight away. This brand caters for all skin types and ages which is great. They also have products that are just for men- no need for the men in your life to steal your products! Everyone of their products are fuss free which is beneficial since many of us live busy and sometimes complicated lives so at least our skin care regime doesn’t add to that.

Liz Earle has eight key factors which are very important to them: ingredients, responsible sourcing, our environment, animal testing- Liz Earle doesn’t test their products on animals at all. They are certified under the Humane Cosmetic Standard by Cruelty Free International. I strongly agree with their beliefs as in this day and age we surely have better ways to test our products rather than putting animals through unnecessary pain and suffering.  They also take this a step further and do not use any animal ingredients in their products. They do however, use animal friendly ingredients such as beeswax and manuka honey. One other important aspect to mention is that all their products are suitable for vegetarians. They use plant oils, extracts and preservatives -some formulas are completely free from preservatives all together whereas others have very little. Lastly, the packaging is very important, Liz Earle uses packaging that doesn’t damage our environment. Another great aspect of this company not only do they produce natural ingredients but they want to nourish our planet too.

As I have mentioned, Liz Earle likes to have a fuss-free skin care range and uses naturally active botanicals to leave your skin looking and feeling healthy. I am going to be taking you through a few of my skin care must have.

 

I was introduced to this brand back in July 2016. Previously to this I had never heard of this brand before and I am quite picky when it comes to my skin due to having sensitive skin and eczema. I was getting pretty fed up with the skin care regime that I had so was keen to try something new. Liz Earle offer complimentary treatments in stores that sell the brand. I feel that this is great service to offer as some people like myself are happier to try before they buy. I opted to have a facial. The Liz Earle employee made me to feel very relaxed and took a genuine interest in both myself and my skin. They went through the process with me and explained what would happen and what product to use when and what ones were suitable for my skin etc. I was given the full works of cleanse, tone and moisturiser.  The products were very light and did not cause any irritation in fact I felt a difference straight away with my skin. I could see a difference which was unbelievable. My skin was very smooth and felt so clean.

The product that caught my attention due to it be very different to anything I have used before was the cleanse and polish Hot Cloth cleanser. The awards that this product has won speaks for its results. This product has won one hundred and twenty-five to date and is still winning more! It has been described as the foundations to fabulous skin and the preparation for the next step in your beauty regime. Beauty experts from around the world love this product and I personally can see why. So, what is in this miracle product I hear you asking me? This product consists of cocoa butter to soften, smooth and moisturise, rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus to tone, sooth and purify. This product is suitable for all skin types. The cleanse and polish is a cream based formula which deeply cleanses to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make-up. This product is also great for removing fake tan. It is like a cloth eraser- it’s like the ultimate cloth defeating stubborn dirt super hero! After use your skin feels very comfortable, balanced and exceptionally clean. Your skin doesn’t feel that horrible tight and dry way that you get from other harsher face washes nor did mine have any redness. I was really impressed with the pure-cotton cloth that is used to exfoliate your skin. This technique lifts away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, clearer and bright-looking skin. It’s very easy to use you massage the cleanser onto your face and neck- no water is required at this stage, you then rinse the cloth under hand-hot water, rinse then wipe off the cream. It is that simple. The next step involves instant boost skin tonic.

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This tonic is non-drying and revitalises, soothes and brightens the skin. This product is so gentle and is also alcohol free. It also adds a layer of moisture to the skin. All that is required are two cotton wool pads and then sweep over the face and neck. If using cotton wool isn’t for you then there is the spritz spray version which you can spray directly onto the face. With the spritz spray you are also able to use this whenever you need it. It can even be used to cool you down. This is the option that I use. Again, this product is suitable for all skin types. I like how light and non-greasy this product is. It also smells so good.

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The last step is the moisturiser which has two choices: Skin repair or Super skin. For those of us who need more moisture or have aging skin then it is recommended to use superskin. I use skin repair as my skin can get oily therefore I don’t want heavy products that will clog my pores and cause more oil production. It is here to highlight that this cream comes in different skin type formulas E.G Normal /combination. Therefore, with this moisturiser it is full of naturally active avocado and borage plant oils which work alongside your skins essential oils and it also contains vitamin E. Which is really helpful in replacing moisture. From using this moisturiser, I don’t feel that my skin is every dry or too greasy. It sinks into my skin brilliantly and not just sitting on the surface. By following these three daily essentials day and night you and your skin will feel great.

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I have only touched the tip of the iceberg with all that Liz Earle has to offer but please do have a look for yourselves. There are so many helpful products that you will be spoilt for choice.

I have found more confidence in my skin and it’s all down to my new skincare regime. It has taken me years to find products that work for my skin and I am glad that I have.

 

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No make up on at all

If you have any questions or need advice regarding the range, please do not hesitate to get in contact with myself. I can easily pass you on to the Liz Earle team.

 

I would like to thank  Liz Earle for kindly sending out products and allowing me to promote this unique and effective brand.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed learning about this brand. I would appreciate any feedback and comments.

Liz Earle Homepage

Liz Earle Facebook Page

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Liz Earle Instagram

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Overgate Shopping Centre: Instagram Takeover

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Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am talking about my time taking over the Instagram account of the Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee.

When it comes to blogging there are so many opportunities which keeps it so exciting. As the saying goes every day is a school day – especially with blogging. When I was asked if I would be interested to do a Christmas gift idea take over on their Instagram account, I was over the moon!

The Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee is one of the coolest places for shopping and even although we only have a small selection of shops we certainly do have a good variety. The Overgate is the only single-sided shopping centre in Europe- that is quite remarkable! The Overgate Shopping Centre hasn’t always looked the way that we see it today due to the rebuild which took place from 1998 to 2000.

The Christmas period is a very stressful yet fun time of year. Shopping for presents for your loved ones is so exciting yet it can be very tiresome too. I always laugh when people say that they prefer shopping for themselves as they know what they like. It is a true saying and one that many can relate too. I often find myself becoming stuck in a rut when it comes to ideas for presents for loved ones and will go for the safest options instead of trying out new gift ideas. So when I was asked to give gift ideas I thought this will be a great challenge for me and to push me out of my comfort zone which is a refreshing thing to do from time to time.

When the day arrived I was so eager to get started. I honestly felt so excited and happy to be doing something different with my blogging. On arrival at the Overgate Centre I signed into their account on Instagram and firstly introduced myself, who I was and what I was to be doing today. It felt funny being on someone else’s account as I am so used to my own layout and contacts. Yet it was a challenge that I was happy to overcome and showed to me that I can be flexible and adaptable. The shopping centre was very busy with customers searching for the perfect gifts for their loved ones and there was a great buzz about the place.

At first I went to a few shops that I don’t normally go into, I thought this was a good idea as it would push me to try new things. I was pleasantly surprised and found so many possible gift ideas. I thought it would be a good idea to post a few of my favourite ideas up as not to overdo things and make people to feel overwhelmed. I made sure that I had a mixture of ideas for him/her and for the kids. I tried to take into account different price limits and to remember that different ages will be looking at what I posted up.

I really did enjoy visiting the shops and trying to come up with unusual gift ideas as well as the safer options too. There were a few customers who wondered what I was up to and kept watching me taking images of things which kept things interesting. As I posted my ideas on the Instagram page it was amazing to see how powerful the use of social media actually is. My posts were not up for long before there were “likes” and comments which was so inspiring and made me glad that my ideas were being accepted and hopefully, they were helping some people to find ideas of their own. I wanted to show that it is really the thought that counts instead of how much money you spend. After all, I feel we do get caught up in thinking that we need to spend so much on one another rather, than simply enjoying special moments together.

I have included some of the gift ideas that I came up with below:

 

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I would like to thank Metta for her continued support and for allowing me this fantastic opportunity. I look forward to working with her and the Overgate on future campaigns and projects.

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed reading. Please do get in touch/leave comments/share my posts .

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Environ

 

Hello and welcome to the blog. Today I will be writing about my skin care consultation with Gemma (IIAA) Aileen (The Vintage Beauty Box, St Andrews based in Sophie Butler Hairdressing).

First of all, I will be giving some information about a South African brand called Environ. There are so many skin care products out there and easily accessible but what makes Environ different from these?

Environ has been created through science, beauty and care. With the use of science, Environ have created products that do make a huge difference to our lives. Most importantly helping to keep skin looking at its healthiest. Environ aim to keep skin beautiful for life.

Since 1990 Environ has been developing scientific beauty solutions and now they have over 140 products that sell worldwide. Their innovation has led to recognition and recommendation by industry professionals, film stars and supermodels. For example, many members from The Only Way Is Essex trust and use these products.

Environ was founded by DR Des Fernandes a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh. He pioneered using vitamin A in cosmetic products to help counteract the harmful effects of the environment, pollution and stress. Vitamin A works to revitalise damaged or weaned skin giving a more healthier look. This development was discovered through extensive research.

Environ believes that skin has a life and in order for it to look beautiful and healthy it requires vitamin A. They have combined vitamin A with other essential skin nutrients such as antioxidants and peptides. This skin science helps your skin look and feel healthier.

In order to assist skin in becoming more comfortable with increased levels of vitamin A Environ created the vitamin step-up system. This is a gradual process where products with increasing amounts of vitamin A are used as the process progresses. Studies have shown that 98% of women in the United Kingdom are depleted in Vitamin A. Vitamin A also known as retinyl palmitate is essential for the growth of new and healthy skin cells.  Environ has been clinically proven to treat the epidermis to treat the living skin cells far deeper than ANY other cosmetic available on the high street.

Environ has a range of products for various requirements. The results from the skin care consultation are used to tailor the Environ products specifically required for the individual. In addition to the skin care products Environ has a range of instruments and devices that can be used in conjunction with the skin care products to further improve your skins overall look.

Through my modelling work I met Aileen Wallace-Edgar, a professional makeup artist and former trainer for the IIAA. She has worked within the beauty industry for over 10 years based within various salons and five star resorts. She has worked at London Fashion Week and at the BBC. She can now be found working in The Vintage Beauty Box located within Sophie Butler hairdressing, St Andrews. As you can see Aileen has a lot of valuable experience and insight knowledge of Environ having worked for the brand and also met the founder. Aileen personally invited me to come to the salon and experience the brand Environ. I honestly was so excited and really looked forward to embracing a new brand. This would also be my first time having a facial done with a machine! Various thoughts and feelings crept into my mind but all very positive ones.

When I arrived at the salon I was met by both Aileen and Gemma for my skin care consultation. Gemma and I had an informal chat about my skin and lifestyle to form part of the skin care analysis. This is an essential part of the process to gain and understanding of your skin.

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I was a little bit nervous about the next stage as it involved my skin being photographed in various ways. This included the three layers of the skin (The epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.The dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.The deeper subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) is made of fat and connective tissue).

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The Three layers of the skin.

The process itself was painless and involved me not having to move from the comfort of my seat. All I had to do was place my jaw on the jaw rest and make sure that my eyes remained closed (as there was a bright flash). It is also important to add that you are not allowed to wear any make up for this procedure. It was crucial for you to remain as still as possible only for a few seconds. Even although I was apprehensive as this procedure was new to me I did however find the technology very fascinating. Instantly the results were in and in front of me. Now my nerves were beginning to kick in- what were they going to find? Surprisingly I shouldn’t have been worried as my results came back better that I had expected. See images from my actual consultation below.

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Visia analysis in progress

 

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Texture: blue dots =dehydration   yellow dots:Oil

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Green lines= wrinkles

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UV Spots- Damage to the melanocyte cell from UV exposure resulting in pigmentation. Important note to add that it doesn’t take freckles into consideration.

 

I was also very lucky enough to be giving a mini facial taster session. Aileen was very patient with me and explained everything that was going to happen during the facial. As this was my first time having a mechanical facial I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Again, it was the fear of the unknown that took over me but as a beauty blogger I am always open to new products and techniques. In fact, I was really looking forward to it at the same time. As any facial goes you are lying down and made sure you are comfortable (Aileen has a heated bed – which was simply amazing). All the products that were recommended to me from the skin analysis were used. Aileen used the mechanical instruments to let me get a feel for how effective it was having the facial done this way. It was such a great experience and one that I would definitely do again. Once you have it done this way a normal manual facial just doesn’t have the same effect. You can really feel the products working and going deeper into your skin. I would also mention that it feels more clean as you aren’t getting someone else’s fingers all over your face. I liked the various sensations you felt with this type of facial. From using the mechanical equipment on my face there were moments where you could feel vibrations which didn’t hurt at all and another time when my eyes were closed I could see flashing lights that had a strobe effect. Again, it didn’t cause me any side effects or discomfort. Aileen also mentioned that I might get a metallic taste in my mouth which I never experienced. Throughout the whole facial I felt very relaxed and calm. Aileen is a true professional and made my time at her salon a great experience.

After the facial, Gemma kindly did the 1 minute make up challenge with me using products from Jane Iredale. She wanted to show me how quick and easy it is to apply this make up which doesn’t block pores. The coverage from the makeup was good and it felt so light weight on my skin. Right enough it didn’t take long at all to apply the mineral based products.

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Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics

 

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one minute make over

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I found the images from the Visia analysis quite astonishing. It gave me a clearer understanding of my skin. I would highly recommend you all to undertake and experience this revolutionary process. Not only does it give a very clear and non-biased view of your skin but it also highlights what products are required to help your skin become more healthy.

For further information or to request an appointment please feel free to get in contact with Aileen or Gemma through the links below. I have also included a price list of all treatments that Aileen specialises in via The Vintage Beauty Box links.

The Vintage Beauty Box Webpage

The Vintage Beauty Box Twitter

The Vintage Beauty Box Facebook Page

IIAA Website

Environ Webpage

Thanks to Aileen and Gemma for inviting me along to experience Environ. It really has been a great opportunity.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and learning about Environ. If you have any questions or would like to work with me please do get in contact.

 

 

Magnificent Mococo

Hello,

I would like to welcome you to Nic pick’n’mix. On the blog today I will be featuring Mococo.

Mococo was founded by Mr and Mrs Hooson way back in 2006 and has been growing ever since. Mococo features some of the very best jewellery and designers from around the world. Some of these brands include but not limited to Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Swarovski, Shaun Leane, Clogau and Chlobo. Mococo has most recently been highlighted as a “Retail Star” in the Professional Jeweller HOT 100. It is clear to see that they are taking the jewellery scene in the United Kingdom by storm.

Mococo’s ethos was to put the personal service back into jewellery purchasing. For every customers who sets foot in a Mococo store they are offered unrivalled customer service, from help with choosing the perfect item, right the way through to offering assistance and advice on looks, styles, fits and gift solutions. Another fantastic thing that this jewellery business has is the Mococo champagne bar which is a feature in several of the spectacular Mococo stores. Here the customers can have a cup of coffee or a glass of champagne while you shop the beautiful collections they have to offer.

This company caught my eye straight away for varying reasons but mainly because they were different from the other jewellery stores out there. I love the idea of having a glass of champagne whilst browsing so many beautiful jewellery brands. I like how easy the website is to use and the colour choices. There are so many brands for you to look at that you are almost spoilt for choice. Mococo’s ethos really does exist, the customer experience I received online via email communication was great. Clear and precise information and more than happy to answer any concerns or questions that you may have. You can sense how dedicated they are to making you feel valued.

From Mococo I received the most beautiful Swarovski bracelet that I have ever seen. The delivery was very quick and I was kept up to date with delivery information. I was very lucky to have been sent the Swarovski silver subtle bracelet, £99.00.  It is so delicate and just what I would have selected for myself. Mococo must really take an interest in their customers likes and dislikes as they got it spot on with myself. I do like silver jewellery and this bracelet was in silver. The Swarovski crystals catch the light and glisten away on your wrist.

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Swarovski Silver Subtle Bracelet, £99.00

 

The most impressive fastening I have ever seen was on this bracelet- it’s like a drawstring idea which for people with small wrists is a very clever idea. The bracelet sat perfectly on my wrist and didn’t slip at all which was just a relief. For years I have been struggling with bracelets always slipping off which doesn’t do for nights out. You are always trying to keep an eye on the bracelet in case you lose it. But with this new and very impressive fastening you will never have to worry about losing a bracelet every again. This bracelet will go with any outfit and will be a complimentary piece for any Christmas party that you have coming up.

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Drawstring fastening .

 

If you are like myself and enjoy loyalty programmes then Mococo have their own reward scheme. This loyalty programme entitles you to exclusive discounts on your favourite brands, monthly prize draws, free shipping within the UK on any online orders, exclusive pre-sale notice, early preview of latest collections and in store events for loyalty customers only. I think that is certainly work being a member of! All it takes to join is to provide them with your email address and to have purchased two items of your choice within a 12-month period. Go and join now!

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For more information on Mococo please see the below links:

Mococo Website

Mococo Facebook

Mococo Twitter

Mococo Instagram

I would like to thank Becky from Mococo for giving me the opportunity to work with such a fresh, dedicated and exciting new jewellery company. I hope to work with you again in the future.

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SixPlus cosmetics make up brushes

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am writing about Sixplus cosmetics make up brushes. This company provide make up lovers with good quality products at affordable prices.

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Sixplus 12 PCS Shining Handle Soft Horse Hair Eye Blue Makeup Brush Set: £35.99 Amazon

These brushes come in various sets and single options. Which is great if you are looking to try new brush options. They are not expensive yet the quality is of a high standard.  I like how there is a good selection to choose from. You can choose from various colours which I really do think works well. They are very professional looking and can easily be stored in the multipurpose make up bag which has individual spaces for each brush – perfect for storing.  The makeup bag is very sturdy yet is compact which is great for travelling. There are also instruction booklets in the makeup bag.

 

The brush sets are excellent value for money. In the twelve-piece eye blue brush set which I received includes:

Handle material: wooden handle +aluminium ferrule

Bristles material: horse hair +high quality synthetic hair

Brushes Length:15CM-18CM

Maintenance: after use, please make it clean and dry, can provide a better cosmetic effect.

  • Powder brush, apply with natural pressed powder products
  • Round foundation brush, apply with liquid foundation
  • Angled blush brush, apply with blush products
  • Highlight brush, apply products to eye or nose corner
  • Small highlight brush
  • Eyeshadow brush, with horse hair
  • Blending brush
  • Eyebrow brush, to have a tattoo eyebrow effect
  • Eyeliner brush, apply with cream eyeliner products
  • Lip brush, travel lip brush

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How the brushes are stored in the makeup case.

The box also shows you a diagram of what the brushes look like and are all numbered so that you can easily tell the brushes apart-great for those who are not familiar with the various brushes. There is also information on what each brush should be used for again this is really helpful and will allow those less experienced with make-up application to achieve the best results possible from using the correct products with the brushes. Each brush is very soft and does what it is designed to do. I felt that the application with these brushes was of a good standard and didn’t leave me with any brush marks like some brushes have done in the past. I felt that the finished outcome from using sixplus cosmetics brushes was really good and I have been using them ever since. They are my go to brushes and I feel they have made me to feel more confident in applying my makeup.

Another aspect that I am really happy with is the fact that the handles are not too chunky. I have very small hands and have found that some brush handles are far too chunky for me to get a good grip of but these brushes just fit my hands like a glove. The products look great and I like how they are kept very simple in terms of the logo. One thing that might be a good thing to add to them would be to have the number of the brush on the handle for those of us not so proficient with what brush does what area etc- again this is only a small thing I would add.

These brushes and all of the other brush set options can be purchased from eBay and Amazon. I would recommend that you give this company a try and I can honestly say that you will be very satisfied with the brushes. I was a bit hesitant at first as I do like my MAC brushes and Eco Tools but I love to try new companies and Sixplus Cosmetics have blown my away. I like how there is a good variety of brushes in each set and feel that they are a good investment to have.

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Finished result from using the SixPlus Cosmetics Brushes. 

 

To check out Sixplus Cosmetics please visit the following websites and Social media accounts:

SixPlus Cosmetics Website

SixPlus Cosmetics Facebook

SixPlus Cosmetics Twitter

SixPlus Cosmetics Youtube Channel

SixPlus Cosmetics Instagram

I would like to thank Brian at SixPlus Cosmetics for allowing me to review these brushes and for introducing them to me. I am very happy with them and can say that these are one of my favourite brushes that I have used.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog . I hope you enjoyed my post and I look forward to hearing from you.

Fortemsports

Hello, and welcome to my blog. Today I will be introducing you all to the sportswear brand Fortemsportswear. This company is based in the United Kingdom and specialises in both men’s and women’s gym and fitness gear. They take their inspiration from the American West Coast of dressing up but still having that laid back feel to the fashion. Fortem create, design and engineer a unique range of activewear, CrossFit and fitness lifestyle apparel and clothing. They aim to have ultimate comfort and truly limitless functionality. They also want you to feel able to do your best in the gear you are wearing and still look stylish.

 

I have been really impressed with this company –Kieran the founder behind the brand works extremely hard to promote his business. I found that his communication with myself was next to none and very quick. He was really happy to go out his way to help with any questions that you have regarding the gear. Which is brilliant from a customer’s point of view. Makes you really feel welcome and valued. You can really tell that he cares for his business and puts in the extra effort required to make it a success. And it makes me feel really privileged to be given the opportunity to promote this brand.

 

When the garments arrived I couldn’t have been happier with what was sent to me. Every item arrived just as described and really well wrapped. I was sent: Limitless 1/4 Zip Pullover – Black/Red, Pro Performance Racerback Tank – Black/Charcoal and Pro Performance Leggings – Charcoal. All of the outfit fitted me perfectly and it actually gave me a feeling of confidence to be wearing it. I felt that I was really smart and looked the part. Being petite I often find it hard to get sportswear to fit me and to look good on. I was really impressed with this brand. I liked the colours and the design of the gym gear. I also felt that the branding was just right – not too in your face yet you could really recognise where it was from. The quality of the material used in creating the products felt good and not cheap. I felt that I could go for a run or go to the gym wearing these pieces and not worry about it ripping or falling apart. I did feel free to move and not restricted at all in fact I could wear this brand all day every day.  When I was out wearing the pieces I could see people looking to see what the brand was and them taking a great interest. I like wearing brands other than the big names and feel that this brand will be one to watch out for in the future.

 

Here are some images showing the items I received.

 

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I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my blog post and I hope you enjoyed reading it. I would love to hear from you so please do get in touch. If you are a company who would be keen to collaborate please do get in touch.

 

A big thank you goes to Kieran at Fortemsportswear for giving me the opportunity and for introducing me to such a versatile brand. I am a new fan and I hope we can work together again soon.

 

Please have a look at the links and websites below:

Fortemsportswear website

Fortemsportswear facebook page

Fortemsportswear Twitter

Fortemsportswear Instagram

Blink Brow Bar

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I will be discussing the award winning business called Blink Brow Bar. I am so excited to be able to write about this fantastic business and introduce those of you who are not aware of it and to give you some information on a new line of eye brow products that I was very lucky to have sent to me to try and write about.

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Beautifully presented

 

Vanita Parti is the founder of the Brow Bar which has grown into a very successful business throughout the world. Vanita wanted to bring the ancient Indian technique of threading into the 21st century and it is now a very popular form of eye brow shaping technique. In 2004 saw the launch of the very first walk-in brow bar in the United Kingdom. Now in 2016 there are over twenty-five walk-in bars throughout the United Kingdom and another opening in SAKS in New York! This year also sees the launch of Blink Brow Bars own beauty products. The brand can be purchased in stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Topshop, John Lewis and SpaceNk. All the employees who work at Brow Bar are very passionate about their jobs and are very much perfectionists when it comes to creating the perfect eye brow looks. They keep up to date with all the beauty trends which is very important when the beauty industries styles change loads over the years.

 

I have been very lucky to try out their new beauty range (Brow Essentials Kit) which includes; 1x Brow Definer, 1x Clear Brow Gel and 1x Brow Highlighter. The Brow Definer comes in the following shades:

  • Mysore Sandalwood (light blonde)
  • Cinnamon Spice (dark blonde)
  • Indian Chocolate (brunette)
  • Jasmin Morga (ash black)
  • Cardamom Pod (black)

 

I like how there are a few options of shades to try and they are closely linked to as much as possible everyone’s hair shade which is great. I often do find it hard to find the perfect match for my eye brows due to the fact that I have dyed my hair quite a bit over the years and my eye brows are quite dark. I also have the problem that I sleep on my left side which has caused my eye brow to thin out, so again getting the correct shade is very important so that I don’t look silly. As beauty lovers we all know how important well-groomed brows are for framing our face, balancing our features and defining our eyes. This is why I was very interested to try and review Blink Brows new products as they are the experts with years of experience and work very closely with beauty treatments daily. The team at Blink were very keen to create products that allowed us to have beautiful brows quickly, simply and as naturally as possible which I feel is very important in this day and age. Time is precious for us as many of us don’t have much of it anymore from working long hours and commuting etc but we still want to look at our best.

I do love trying out new beauty and make up products but some days I just want to put on the bare essentials which for me is mascara and making sure my eye brows look on point so to speak. I chose shade Indian chocolate (I like how they have named the shades and not just went for light brown, dark brown etc). The products are beautifully presented with minimal illustrations or logos which I feel was the perfect branding option for these products as it allows the actual item to do the talking. Each item is clearly marked in purple text -again very eye catching and if in a makeup bag will be easily found. On the packaging there is also information telling you what to do with each item -again is a great idea. Many of those using these products will be familiar on how to use certain products and where to use them but it is handy for those of us who don’t.

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How the products are packaged.

 

The eye brow definer is a great shape and easy to hold -not too bulky which is good when wanting to get into the areas where little or no hair are. The tip of the eye brow definer is so soft and allows you to follow the shape of your eyebrows really well without it smudging or going out with your natural shape. The finish is matte which looks amazing and it really does keep your eye brows looking very natural but glamourous at the same time. The product is very easy to use and perfect for building up coverage without it looking over done! The highlighter is also very soft and easy to apply to the arch. And it gives such a beautiful glow to the look. This product does give the eyes an instant lift and compliments the definer really well. The product is dual-ended as it comes with a blending sponge that can be used to even out the application to create a soft and subtle glow to the eye. There is also a built in sharpener which is handy to have as it is sometimes really difficult to find a sharpener that fits most items. The highlighter is also water proof (great for our wet weather) and retractable. The clear gel has nourishing and strengthening ingredients (Panthenol -vitamin B5) so not only are you going to look and feel good so will your brows! That is a winning reason to use this brand. The Brow gel is great for keeping hairs in place and also it helps to define the eye brow shape and keeps the brows to look glossy.

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My finished look and the products used to achieve this look

 

When I used the above products I found them all very easy to apply to my eyebrows. I had no itching or allergic reactions to the products and enjoyed applying them. I felt like a professional and really did like the finished outcome. Yes, it was only three products for me to use which is nothing compared to some eye brow brands out there. I liked the fact that less was more. I felt that I was still myself with my eye brows on and not hiding behind a mass or products. The finished look really did look professionally done and natural which this company does aim to achieve. I feel that these products are really well designed and put together. I would urge you all to go and check them out and try for yourselves. It really is very easy to use and the results are instant. Once you try these products there will be no turning back. You will feel like a movie star (I know that I did).

 

Please go and check out this dedicated company through the links below:

Blink Brow Bar Website

Blink Brow Bar Facebook Page

Blink Brow Bar Twitter

Blink Brow Bar Instagram

 

I would like to thank all the team at Blink Beauty Bar for giving me this opportunity. I really have enjoyed learning about the company and the products and feel that I will be purchasing more from them in the future.

I do hope you have found this review post useful. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to work together.

 

 

Miss Vanilla

On the blog today I will be talking about my collaboration with Miss Vanilla. Miss Vanilla’s motto is that they believe girls should feel super-glam every day. They feel that they can achieve this through their hot trends at competitive prices throughout the UK and across the World. They specialise in celebrity inspired fashion trends.

The Miss Vanilla Website is very easy to navigate around and really simple layout which I feel is a good thing as you are left looking at the clothing rather than what else is happening. Everything is clearly marked out and accessible. I like how you can share the item(s) really easily with your friends across the social media platforms that you use. The images of the clothing are a good size and it allows you to really see what you are looking at -makes it easier to choose what size you will be and gives a good idea of what it actually looks like without having to enlarge the image or zoom in and out.

This company really do focus in on celebrity style, which is great for all us fashionistas who would like to dress like our idols, but may not be able to afford the price tag that goes with it. The items really are complete matches to the celebrities clothing. They have everything from the stars of TOWIE to Kylie Jenner. If you have a special occasion, there are plenty of dresses to choose from or playsuits. With Miss Vanilla you truly will be glamorous every day. If you are staying in at home, they have fantastic 2 piece sets or logo jumpers which are so cool.

The customer service is really good with Miss Vanilla. The company have great communication and you are kept up to date with how your order is coming along. This company even offer FREE UK delivery. They also have various options for making a payment which is great as there will be a preferred option for everyone.

I was very lucky enough to have been sent the Monochrome Cut Out Bodycon Dress which is inspired by the one and only fashion style Icon- Kylie Jenner. Monochrome Cut out Dress

I was over the moon to have been sent this beautiful piece as it is something that I wouldn’t have chosen myself and it shows that you really can dress to impress with this company for really good value for money.  The dress is one of those that you really can’t wait to wear and show off. The dress is really well made and fits perfectly. It shows of my figure really well and I felt very comfortable wearing it. It is a great length and flirty at the same time. The white sections of the dress are not see through at all which is great. I felt very sophisticated in this dress yet I also feel that it is a dress that can be worn to events or nights out.

Please see images below of how the dress looked on me.

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Photographer Claire Loftus ,Make up artist Naomi Ahmad, Dress Miss Vanilla £23.00

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Photographer Claire Loftus, Make up artist Naomi Ahmad, Dress Miss Vanilla

I cannot thank Miss Vanilla enough for allowing me this opportunity to work  with them. I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that this company is one to purchase from -you will not be disappointed. Instead I think you will be a match made in celebrity style. Go on and release that inner red carpet look lurking in you.

Please feel free to check this company out from the links below:

Miss Vanilla Website

Miss Vanilla Twitter

Miss Vanilla Facebook

Miss Vanilla Instagram

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I hope you enjoyed reading and I look forward to hearing from you all. Please do keep up to date with myself on my social media channels and here.

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The Bangle Bear (Bela Bracelets)

On the blog today will be featuring the very simple yet great idea, The Bangle Bear. The Bangle Bear’s creators are two sisters who are big fans of all things classy yet affordable.

Once in our lives we will all have made the mistake of putting a hair bobble on our wrist just in case we needed to put our hair up later on in the day. You may have also forgotten about having one bobble on your wrist and added more throughout the day making a collection on your arm. Or getting a photograph taken and later finding out that you had a bobble on your wrist the entire time and it doesn’t quite go with your outfit you had on at that time. Well fear not as The Bangle Bear has this covered. The Bangle Bear is an affordable solution to the above problems. They can be worn almost anywhere, at work or on a night out. They magically transform your hair bobble into a piece of jewellery which compliments your outfit.

I was very intrigued when I saw this company as I have never heard nor seen of anything like this over in the UK. I am always very interested to try new and exciting things and felt that this brand was right up my street. I got in contact with Bela Bracelets and expressed my interest in working with the company to promote them over in the UK. And with great delight they said yes! They very kindly sent me over a selection of bangle bear bracelets that will be featuring on various outfits over the next coming months.

 

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Cost £9.72 +Shipping (other offers available)

They come in various styles and colours which means that there will be a bangle bear bracelet to complement each and every outfit. There is gold, silver and rose gold options to choose from. The exciting thing is that you can mix and match your hair bobble with the bracelets as they come off. This is a great idea as you may have a little black dress on which means you could have a black hair bobble etc. Even without the hair bobble the bracelets look great and add simple detail to your outfit.

They are very easy to use once you get the hang of how the bobble goes on. The bracelets themselves are a u shape which means that they will fit everyone.

I have worn my Bangle Bear since the day they sent me them. I can’t leave the house without using it. Not only does it look better it also stops your arm from having the horrible marks left from the hair bobble or from feeling like the circulation is being cut off from the bobble being too tight.

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I would like to thank everyone at Bela Bracelets for allowing me to work with them. I really do enjoy wearing my bangle bear and I hope you all agree that it is a great idea.

Please check out their websites:

Bela Bracelets Website

Bela Bracelets Etsy Shop

Bela Bracelets Facebook Page

Bela Bracelets Instagram Page

I would like to thank you all for taking the time to read. Please do follow me/share my posts and most of all please do enjoy reading my work.

If you are a company looking to work with me please do get in touch via my accounts.

 

Hybrid

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am going to be talking about the fashion brand Hybrid.

Hybrid was first established in 2010 and since then has become a well renowned global fashion brand. Hybrid is known for its effortless, sophisticated and timeless designs. This fashion brand is driven by innovation and commitment to new and exciting ideas, and at the same time promotes affordable and luxurious collections that are inspired by the contemporary market. Hybrid uses fabrics that flatter the natural curves of the body. Hybrid currently sells to over three hundred independent boutiques as well as well-known department stores. If online shopping is your preference, they can be found on ASOS.

This company really do have a good selection of dresses, from bodycon dresses to skater dresses there really is a good option for every occasion. If you prefer simple colours or more out there adventurous designs, then this brand is for you.

As a petite female I find it very difficult getting clothing to fit me perfectly. I usually have to get them altered or put up with things not being quite right. It isn’t a great look and this is the area I am looking to try and tackle- petite clothing. I aim to try and find companies who actually DO cater for the smaller female.

Keeping this in mind when I looked at Hybrid’s dresses they do come with great measurement guides which is always a necessity when you have a small frame etc. Some designs look great but when they are put on myself it just drowns me. I am always scared to try new designs just for those reasons of it looking way too big for me or not fitting right.

However, I found great delight with Hybrid. The customer service is amazing and they go out of their way to try and help you. I found that their communication and updates with delivery were a great asset. I was able to achieve a new goal and try a new shape of dress on myself. I was a bit anxious. When the dress arrived it was very well presented. The quality of material used to make the dress was of a high standard as well. You can tell they are very well made. The dress I chose was the Hybrid Crissy Black Floral Printed Soft Crepe Dress, was £105.00 now £35.00. The detail and design are perfect. I was over the moon with this dress and felt that it was versatile and could be worn to many events and occasions that I have coming up. Every girl loves a little black dress and this one was my new favourite.

To show this fantastic dress off I decided to take it to the harbour over at Tayport, Fife. Here are the results, I think you’ll agree that this dress is a winner.

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Photography: Douglas Kerr, Hair and make up : Rachel Wilson, Dress: Hybrid

My worries about it being different to anything I have worn before were non-existent due to it being a very good fit. It was almost as if it were a glove that’s how well it felt on. I felt that the fabric did bring out my curves and it still looked very sophisticated. The dress was not too long on myself and I was able to move freely in it, the reason I mentioned this is, this dress is a pencil fit which usually restricts movement.

I cannot recommend Hybrid highly enough and feel that you all should check them out for yourselves. The moment you set eyes on the beautiful outfits you instantly fall in love.

Please follow the links to view this brand:

Hybrid Website

Hybrid Facebook page

Hybrid Twitter Page

Hybrid Instagram Page

 

 

 

I would like to give a big thank you to Damien and the team over at Hybrid for giving me this opportunity to work with yourselves. I hope we can work together in the future.

 

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog it really is a pleasure doing this pieces for you. If you have any questions/collaboration requests, please do get in touch.