Friday, 18 April 2014

James Bond Inspired Looks This Spring*

James Bond may now have gone through almost as many incarnations as Doctor Who, but unlike the good Doc, 007 has a very definite 'wow' factor with the ladies, and that's one thing that never changes.
Starting with Ursula Andress, who famously strolled from the Caribbean Sea in Dr No wearing that bikini, Bond has had more than his fair share of lovely ladies – and they always seem to share one thing in common. When it comes to glamour, every Bond girl knows how to turn heads.
If you fancy turning a few heads yourself, why not create your own Bond-inspired look this spring? Here are a few ideas you might consider.

In Goldfinger, Honor Blackman played the girl with the double-entendre name that was about as subtle as a punch in the face – Pussy Galore. Whilst you may feel her mauve wrap shirt is a little bit 1960s, it did come a full decade before Diane von Furstenberg first unveiled her famous wrap dress. Von Furstenburg's designs are timeless, so you'll look great wherever you go, or you can adopt the Galore glam-look with a simple wrap shirt and matching skirt.

The name of Carey Lowell does not really trip off the tongue when it comes to famous Bond girls, but she certainly wowed audiences as Pam Bouvier alongside Timothy Dalton's version of Bond in 1999's License to Kill. She never looked more sultry than the scenes in the casino, where she sipped her martini whilst wearing a simple, black sequinned gown. The casino-look is one you can adopt for any kind of night out (especially if you're sitting down for a few hands of Texas Hold'em!), and is sure to gather plenty of positive glances. The key is to keep it simple – just one piece of jewellery (perhaps diamond earrings) and one matching accessory, say, a clutch-bag.

Proving that Bond does seem to attract ladies with silly names, the latest Bond, Daniel Craig, found Strawberry Fields, played by Gemma Arterton, much to his liking in A Quantum of Solace. In her most memorable scene, Gemma wore a plain black dress with a large but stylish necklace and matching belt. There was a definite resemblance to Audrey Hepburn, complete with a very Hepburn-esque bob.

Bond always managed to get the girl, although more often than not the girl would come to an unfortunate sticky end. If you're going to adopt your own Bond-themed look, then you're really on your way to looking both fashionable and fantastic – just keep one eye out for those super-rich villainous megalomaniacs!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter Review

As summer approaches I'm back to loving sun kissed, glowy skin. A good moisturiser is essential for maintaining a fake tanned look and this Soap and Glory moisturiser is my absolute favourite.

This product smells divine. It's such a gorgeous citrus scent thanks to the lime oil and cocoa nut balm. The smell transfers well onto my skin and lingers for a couple of hours. Very handy for combatting the fake tan biscuit smell.

This body butter cream is really rich but, unlike other body butters that I've tried, it sinks in quickly so there's no awkward standing about before getting wrapped back up in my dressing gown. Although it frustrates me when the cream gets stuck underneath my nails, it only takes a couple of scoops to moisturise my whole body so this tub is going to last a while! 

For such a yummy smelling, hard working Body Butter £10.50 isn't too expensive for 350ml. Soap and Glory is quite often on 3 for 2 so you can save yourself some pennies (whilst trying out even more of the Soap and Glory family).

Which Soap and Glory products should I try next?
Which Soap and Glory scents are your favourite?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Sunday Essentials

Since working full time I've started to set aside a Sunday night for a good ol' pamper and I thought I'd share with you the products that have become my Sunday Essentials. There's a whole mixture of products but basically they all help refresh and revitalise my skin ready for another week of work.

I always start off my pamper with the Borghese mud face mask and 10 minutes to relax. This gives my face a proper deep cleanse without aggravating my dry skin. Then it's onto exfoliating and blemish control. I use a sugar scrub from Soap and Glory on my body to get rid of any dry elbows or knees and give me super soft skin.Whether my skin is breaking out or not I wipe the Skinetica toner all over my face to combat any troubling areas.
As for moisturising, I use Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask on my face whilst I slather on the yummy scented sugar crush.
To finish it all off, I've been kicking off my week with a bit of colour and using the Lauren's Way tanning lotion. After using my Soap and Glory duo this has been giving me a lovely even glow and helping me prepare for the sunnier weather.

Do you set aside 'me time' for pampering?
What are your Sunday Essentials?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tangle Teezer Compact Review

My long hair can get in a bit of a tangle especially if I've been out and about in the blustery Scottish winds. On my wee trip to Orkney recently, I left the hotel with sleek straight hair and after a little wander around the Ring of Brogdar I returned to the car with knots and tangles galore. Thankfully I'd packed my handy dandy compact Tangle Teezer.

The Compact Styler is similar to the original Tangle Teezer but it's slightly smaller (smaller than my phone in fact) and has a cover to prevent it from getting damaged inside a handbag.
The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler works in exactly the same way to gently detangle dry or wet hair, using it's plastic teeth to prevent pulling and breaking. 
It's a wee bit expensive for a brush that you'd use strictly for on the go but there's nothing stopping you using a compact styler for everyday styling, especially if your hair isn't too long.

Do you keep a hair brush in your handbag?