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Matthew David Bespoke Hairdressing Mayfair London

When it comes to pampering there's nothing better than getting your hair done. I don't splash out on manicures or tans as I can do it all myself but there's nothing more amazing than having a few hours to relax and have your hair transformed.
Back in April during my weekend trip to London I was lucky enough to visit an amazing salon in the heart of Mayfair and the man behind the bespoke, prestigious salon - Matthew David. Just the fact that Matthew David's Bespoke Hairdressing salon is located in one of London's most desirable areas suggests just how luxurious the salon experience is going to be. 

The gorgeous decor adds to the five star experience, along with the expertise of the amazing team. A popular salon with professionals and celebrities it's the ultimate pampering location! But the personal touch isn't lost at the Mayfair salon. The consultations are thorough, the team - from reception to stylists - are friendly and happy to help, and the team are all highly trained with perfection in mind. 

With luxury standards in a contemporary location Matthew David Bespoke Hairdressing really is a premier salon but the little touches aren't lost. Unlike other Mayfair salons consultations, fringe trims, drinks and conditioning treatments are all contemporary meaning the experience doesn't cost more than it's worth.

Why not keep up to date with Matthew David and the team on twitter (@Dukestmayfair) , facebook (Matthewdavid bespoke hairdressing) and their website (

When it comes to paying for pampering and relaxation where do you head to?

Peachy Perfect Fresh Skin by Elemis - First Impressions

I've tried a few Elemis products and always been impressed by the quality but with a student budget I hadn't been able to try out many products until now. This Fresh Skin Peachy Perfect set is designed for teens to twenties and meets their budget really well.
I've not had the chance to try out all the products over a long period of time so full reviews aren't possible right now but I had to share my first impressions.

- Elemis FreshSkin Super Boost Moisturising Serum 30ml

The lightly textured serum combines a specially selected blend of natural hydrators, ideal for when your skin is looking dull and lifeless and in need of a moisture boost. Maintaining your skin’s natural moisture levels and preventing further dehydration. Ceramides and hyaluronic acid work together in synergy with softening plum oil, and vitamin E to energise your skin, boosting radiance and revealing a natural, healthy glowing skin. 

Moisturisers are the most important skincare product for me as my skin is both dry and dehydrated so this was the first product that caught my eye. With words like super boost and intensive hydrating I had high expectations. It feels quite light and creamy which I didn't expect with it being a serum but it's definitely super moisturising - and smells delicious!

- Elemis FreshSkin Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash 100ml

Hydrating chicory extract, conditioning elderflower and skin-awakening lemon, leave the complexion beautifully soft and glowing. Elemis FreshSkin Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash is suitable for all skin types.

I tend not to use face washes that aren't exfoliating but this seems quite nice. It's quite a rich gel and smells lovely. With it claiming to be hydrating I'm definitely going to put it to the test as my skin doesn't always agree with these type of face washes.

- Elemis FreshSkin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash 100ml

With a deep pore cleansing action, Elemis FreshSkin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash contains cherry powder and jojoba beads to gently polish and help refine skin texture. Enriched with mandarin and aniseed to soften and condition, leaving skin clean, brighter and more radiant.

This face wash is more up my street. There seems to be plenty of exfoliating beads and the face wash is similar to the other face wash but is a lot more creamy. The tube is quite a good size so seems like it will last for a while. As long as this isn't too harsh on my skin I think this might be a firm newbie in my skincare routine.

- Elemis FreshSkin Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser 15ml

Enriched with seaweed extract, this light and non-greasy Elemis FreshSkin Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser helps protect and moisturise. Rosehip seed oil and sweet almond oil deliver soothing and softening qualities ensuring the skin receives an instant hydrating boost. Skin is left revitalised and more radiant.

This moisturiser is teeny tiny and I'm gutted! It smells great, feels lovely on my skin and is definitely a non-greasy moisturiser that works well before applying makeup in the morning. 

- Elemis FreshSkin Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser 3ml
Specially formulated with a powerful liposome complex of vitamins A, C and E, this intensely hydrating Elemis FreshSkin Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser improves skin radiance whilst you sleep. Blackcurrant seed oil and barley extract help to further refine skin texture and increase skin smoothness.

It's a shame this is only a sample sachet but it's understandable. Night-time moisturiser isn't as important for teen skin as it is for older skin but it's nice to have the chance to try it out and decide whether a different cream for day and night is necessary for you. Because this sachet will only last for one or two applications I'm saving it for a night that my skin is crying out for help.

Have you tried any of the new Elemis range? 
Do you prefer trying out skin care in sets like these or just buying individual products?

Kodak Catch-Up #11

Dentist appointments, clean brushes, finding out about probationary year, a bouqet of daisies from a primary 2 pupil, cenic journey to Edinburgh, Forth Road Bridge

Essential trip to Ikea, A look at the animals in Pets at Home, Nandos, Bare room - moving out of Edinburgh, Snow on the mountains, Long journey home.

Herbalife Radiant C Facial Scrub Cleanser Review

Radiant C Daily Facial Scrub Cleanser
£17.65 (150ml)*

Along with moisturiser I rely on exfoliating cleansers to keep my dry skin at bay but with sensitive skin I have to be careful what products I try. ImmediatePR were kind enough to send me the Herbalife Radiant C Daily Facial Scrub Cleanser. I was totally up for trying it out after I read that this "daily facial cleanser is gentle enough for all skin types." It also claimed to "polish and scrub skin clean for a picture perfect complexion." After the stress of dissertation a picture perfect complexion was something I was desperate to have back. 

I was really impressed by the scent and the texture of the scrub. You only need to open the lid to notice the orange scent. The citrusy scent is even more lovely on the skin and really helps to wake up and refresh your skin. The scrub is quite thick and gel-like which I really like and made a little go a long way. I also really liked that the exfoliating element was beady rather than grainy.

I avoid using it daily to stop it drying my skin it but I think it'd be a great daily scrub for people with oily skin and works great as weekly exfoliator for my dry skin. I love the scent and the fresh feeling my skin has after using it. I'm not sure if I've quite achieved a picture perfect complexion yet but it's not caused any problems!

Have you tried any skincare products from Herbalife?
What's your favourite scent for skincare?

Workout Wishlist - Sheactive and Sportsshoes

You might have noticed if you follow me on twitter or read my weekly updates that I've been getting into running. I've never been a runner but with my holiday fast approaching I thought it was worth a go to get me moving and help get me bikini ready. I think my mum was surprised when I managed to get past the first couch to 5k session but I'm really enjoying it and have started looking at workout clothes a lot more. Obviously pink is my favourite colour and I love how girly these workout clothes are.

What do you wear when you workout?
Are you on a beach body mission?

Primark Spring/Summer Haul

Monochrome stripe vest top £4
Tribal pattern skater dress £13
Mint 3 Quarter Length Sleeved Cardigan £4.90
Lace back dress £5
Textured white skater dress £13
Envelope Clutch Bag £6, Bikini Top £8, Bikini Bottoms £4, Sandals £5, Snood £4

Anything catching your eye?
Have you got any recent Primark haul posts?

Kodak Catch-Up #10

Playing the kinect, Kinect adventures, Half healthy option, Trusty Lauren's Way tan, Giving Hot Pants a run for their money, Creating logos.

Winning Maria's Shade Station giveaway, Saturday night prep with Sleep in Rollers, Saturday night hair and makeup, Dress from Miss Selfridge with shoes and belt from New Look, Bride & Bridesmaids, Birthday girl and me.

Beauty Crush: Mollie King

Not long ago I did a post dedicated to Mollie King's style. Not only do I lust after her girly, effortless wardrobe I love her makeup. Though my skin tone is slightly lighter and pinker I love her combination of smokey eyes and nude lips. As a fellow blondey I love her use of browns in her eye makeup and am inspired by the red lip.

Which is your favourite look?
Whose your current beauty crush? 

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover Dupe

I bought this Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover style product from Bodycare for 3 reasons:


Last summer the magic nail varnish remover in a pot was all over the place but I refused to pay £4.99 for something that I could get for a lot cheaper. When I spotted the Twist and Out in Bodycare for 99p I snapped it up. I didn't have any nail varnish remover in Edinburgh and this saved me having to buy a huge bottle and cotton pads to go with it. It also gave me a chance to see if this style of removing nail varnish really was all that amazing.
In case you don't know you're meant to be able to put your finger inside the sponge which is soaked with nail varnish remover, give it a twist and your nail varnish should be gone.
It's a cool concept which is quite convenient for on the go and works a lot lot quicker than using multiple cotton pads. It even managed to impress me when taking glitter polish off. 
So quite rightly so, this product is advertised as being Quick, Compact and No Fuss, but thankfully you could add Cheap onto that list too.
My only bug bear about this product is that it seems to leak if it's not kept up right. This is probably down to the quality of the container and the lid. There's actually quite a lot of nail varnish remover inside the sponge and pot so I have to make sure this doesn't fall onto it's side or else it can ruin surfaces.

Have you tried any Magic Nail Polish remover dupes or do you think the real deal is worth the money?

Throwback Thursday Spring/Summer Picks

There are some definite themes throughout these SS13 picks - nude and skater style- but I can't help be drawn in by the girly colours and shapes. The wet look skater skirt is one of the most affordable I've found without looking super cheap. I love the added sparkle to the blouse, as well as the peter pan colour. Shelikes has loads of different style of wedges but these stood out to me as being most wearable for the summer. Lastly the dress is a flattering shape and one that's easily styled with different bags, shoes and jackets.

Have you bought anything from Shelikes recently?

Livingston Haul: Ted Baker, New Look, Boots

For any one that doesn't know Livingston has an amazing shopping centre, packed full of High Street stores and designer outlets. Even my boyfriend likes a day trip through to Livingston to get a bargain in the Adidas store. So a Saturday in Livingston was definitely on the cards after my spending ban was up. 

My favourite purchase of the day was in Ted Baker. I cannot resist buying a handbag but since getting my Michael Kors bag in December I'm not as tempted to upgrade my daily handbag. So instead I used becoming a teacher as an excuse. I needed a bag that would be a good size for carrying all the paperwork, jotters and resource books and didn't want to settle for a boring looking one. Ted Baker has gorgeous, girly bags which are amazing quality. I loved this shopper bag with the classic Ted Baker bow, it was the perfect size and had a nice wee saving with it being an outlet store.
£24 instead of £39

More teachery stuff. I'm going to be a teacher at 21 and want to look smart without adding on 10 years. I bought these two dresses from New Look as they seemed to fit the bill, thought the pink one is a bit more dressy so I might save it for out of school.

Since buying my leather jacket from Miss Selfridge in September I've worn it almost daily and as the weather doesn't look like it's going to get much better I wanted to get an alternative leather jacket. This blush pink jacket with rose gold hardwear seemed perfect for keeping warm in the spring and summer.

Getting prepared for my summer holidays with a bikini from Asda.

I couldn't resist this gorgeous pink scarf from a boutique called La Boutique for £6.

Twist and Out Nail Polish Remover 99p from Bodycare

Have you ever visited Livingston shopping centre?
What's the best bargain you've ever got from an outlet store?