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Outfits of the Week: April #2

Dress: Primark
Scarf: Primark
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Primark

Blouse: Primark
Vest Top: Forever 21
Cardigan: Primark
Trousers: H&M
Shoes: Primark

Dress: Primark
Cardigan: Primark
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Watch: ASOS
Bracelet: Pandora

Friday (on a PE course... not my usual attire!)
Vest Top: H&M
Hoodie: New Look
Trousers: New Look
Plimsols: Primark

Interior Inspiration

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil Review

The thought of rubbing an oil all over my face is pretty scary. But with dry, dehydrated skin a cleansing oil might actually be one of the best things for my skin.
The Miracle Cleansing Oil claims to help re-balance the natural oil production, restoring optimum levels of hydration, rather than stripping away the natural essential oils when removing makeup. 

I've used this in two different ways - rubbed into the skin then removed with warm water or removed with a micellar water. Both ways remove every last trace of makeup and both leave my skin feeling soft and healthy. I can't quite decide which I prefer, though the instructions do say use warm water and the oil does become milkier when using water so probably achieves a deeper cleanse. 

The oil is quite light and (for being an oil) doesn't feel too greasy. A couple of small pumps give enough product to remove a full face of makeup and it doesn't take much rubbing to dissolve even the strongest of mascaras. A bit more pricey than the L'Oreal Micellar water at £7.99 but it seems like it'd last a lot longer, and is still a cheaper alternative to the high end versions. The only problem here is the mineral oil content (which I'm not too clued up on yet).

Though it's suitable for all skin types I can only really comment on dry or dehydrated skin. I'd recommend it for removing waterproof eye makeup, and thick layers of face makeup. I'm still a bit too scared to use this everyday but I'd highly recommend adding this into your skin care routine a few times a week to help rebalance the skin. My skin hasn't had any bad reactions which is always a good sign.

Have you used any cleansing oils?

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!

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?

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?

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?

Primark Haul: April 2014

Peter Pan Collar Dress

Crocheted Neck Floral Dress

Gingham Jersey Dress

Daisy Print Skater Dress

Printed Blouse

Bikini Bandeau Top
Bikini Bottoms

Daisy Print Snood

Polka Dot Bows

Daisy Top Knot Band

Colgate ProClinical A1500 Electric Toothbrush Review

For the past few weeks I've been trying out the fanciest toothbrush I've ever seen/heard/felt. I upgraded my good old standard manual toothbrush about 2 years ago and noticed a big difference in how clean my teeth were. I never could have thought that just a different toothbrush alone could make even more improvements. 

The Colgate ProClinical A1500 doesn't just have a long scary name, it's the first electric toothbrush in the UK to automatically adjust. This means depending on where the toothbrush is cleaning it adjusts it's speeds and motions. So instead of the same speed and movements for the front teeth and molars this fancy dancey toothbrush increases or decreases the strokes to suit. You can't particularly feel the difference in your mouth but you certainly can hear it. Within a couple of seconds of moving the toothbrush from the teeth surface to the gum line you can hear the pace change. I have to say when I first turned the toothbrush on I nearly ran I mile, it sounded like a tool the dentist would use but that's not a surprise considering it does 32,500 stokes a minute!

The brush uses sensitive side to side strokes for the teeth, mid-speed in and out massaging strokes for the gum line and fast, up and down strokes for the molars. With all 3 areas needing a different style for optimum cleaning it's a good job this toothbrush knows that to do! Whilst you can't choose how the toothbrush moves, you can choose from 3 modes: auto, optimum and deep clean which show up on the little LED display. 

I'll be the first to admit, without realising it, I wasn't brushing my teeth for long enough. It's easy to race around your mouth as long as each area gets cleaned. However, this toothbrush has a two-minute timer which is the time recommended by dental professionals for optimum oral health. The toothbrush automatically turns off after the two minutes so it's a precise guide for knowing how long to brush. Along with a timer the toothbrush has a 30 second pacer to let you know when to move to another area of your mouth. This is something I found hard to use to begin with my I'm starting to adapt to the little pause every 30seconds. 

The toothbrush aims to achieve healthier teeth and gums by cleaning deep in-between, removing plaque with superior surface cleaning and polishing and improving gum health. Just across the past few weeks I've definitely noticed a difference in my teeth! I've not touched the floss and between my teeth are cleaner, my gums feel fine and my teeth look whiter and feel cleaner all day. 

This clever little toothbrush has really impressed me and I've been more than happy to pack it up in the little travel case and show it off to other people. Good work Colgate.

Clynol Moisture Dream Review

Recently I've had a bit of a struggle with my hair when I come out of the shower. If I use a conditioner at my roots my tangle teezer glides through but my hair gets greasy by the second day. If I don't use a conditioner near my roots it takes me a good 10 minutes to untangle the birds nest of knots that my hair seems to resemble. I thought a leave in conditioner would be the key to solving my problems and Laura at suggested the Clynol Moisture Dream. Just reading the 1st 3 sentences in the product description I knew I had to give it a go.

When your hair has got really thirsty, it starts to behave badly. You’ve all seen the signs – unruly, unmanageable and limp to the point of downright sulky. But like anyone else, dry hair cheers up if you offer it a cocktail. 

Who doesn't want a cocktails for their hair?! The two important ingredients are wheat protein and bamboo milk which work together and claim to nuture, moisturise and smooth each strand of hair. I fancied having super shiny, hydrated and manageable hair so this Salon Exclusive Bi-Phase conditioner was definitely for me.

One of the first things I notice when I try out a new product is the scent. This smells lovely and fresh, I reckon the bamboo milk is the thank for that one. The next test was whether I could pull my brush through my hair after washing it and not using conditioner further up than my ears. I was pretty impressed which how quickly my hair was detangled, smooth and manageable. The spray is easy to use and made sure there wasn't too much product in one place (or horrible sticky hands afterwards).

I'd highly recommend this conditioner spray for anyone who needs a bit more moisture and hydration without using a heavy product which might cause build up.

Do you struggle with the conditioner dilemma?

The City Rack Wishlist

Following The City Rack on Instagram seems to have turned a bit dangerous. Seeing their selection of beautiful new clothing has made me dream up a bit of a wishlist. I love how fashionable yet classy this handbag and dresses are. 
Navy has suddenly become a must have colour for me this year and so the Navy Embellished Dress is pretty much essential for my wardrobe. You can never go wrong with a little black dress and I think The City Rack have done well with this sophisticated looking Black Cowl Neck Dress. Another cut out style dress without the garish cut outs is this Floral Skater Dress which doesn't show too much flesh and is a lovely mix of colours. Last up is a Chic Black Bag that is one of many that I've been eyeing up on their website.

What online clothes sites have you been loving lately?