Yardley Uplifting Daisy Collection

Now first up, I must admit that I chose these based on the fact they were all about the daisy! I love daisies, the flowers, and the name Daisy, my little cat is called Daisy and I’m pretty sure that if she could talk she would say how fabulous her name is.

 

Yardley is a brand that has been around as long as I can remember, my Mum used to use their moisturising lotion. I believe that if a brand has been around a while, then you know its good enough to last the ever-changing beauty world.

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The Uplifting Daisy scent is a really pretty modern floral scent, a really fresh fragrance, that bursts with fresh green leaves and apple, with a floral heart of hyacinth and white rose blended with base notes of warm sandalwood and musk, therefore it is not too pinch-your-nose floral, but a warmer floral scent.

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Both the Hydrating & Enriching Body Lotion and the Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream contain Q10, Vitamin E, shea butter and sweet almond oil which are all fabulous ingredients for the skin. The texture of both products is luxuriously thick and smooth but melts into the skin instantly, with no greasy residue.

 

The Yardley Uplifting Daisy range is available from www.yardleylondon.co.uk where you can purchase the Hydrating & Enriching Body Lotion for £3.99 and the Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream for just £2.99. Other fragrances in this stunning range include Energising Peony and Invigorating Blue Orchid.

 

Love,

Kathryn xxx

Lipcote

Here’s Debbie’s thoughts on Lipcote.

 

I remember seeing this when I was younger and thinking what a great idea it would be to be able to snog the face of boys all night and then still look gorgeous when the lights came on!

 

Well, my snogging days are long gone but I am still in search of the elusive Holy Grail – lipstick that lasts longer than Carly Rae Jepson’s fame.

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The packaging is simple – almost vintage looking – but that, to my mind makes it more attractive.

 

It is a small bottle but I don’t suppose you would need to use very much and it has a brush the same as a nail varnish.

 

I tried it on a day I really needed my lipstick to stay put all day. I brushed it on and the first thing that hit me was the taste. I expected it to taste minty and pleasant but it really doesn’t, it tastes – well, like you would expect nail varnish to taste! It felt very alien because of this and felt as though I had put something onto my lips that shouldn’t have been there.

 

It felt very wet and I wondered how on earth it was going to seal my lips if it didn’t dry quickly – I would say it took a good 2 minutes for my lips to feel tacky to the touch.

 

I set off on my journey hoping that my lipstick was going to last as I wasn’t going to be in a position to retouch for a few hours. My lips felt coated and uncomfortable then got drier and drier.

 

In the end I had to pull my car over as I felt like I had a face pack on my lips that had “cracked”. It was a horrible feeling and I had to take all of it off with a tissue and reapply my lipstick without the sealant.

 

I would not use this product again. I’m sorry but it gets the Kat’s Claws from me.

 

Debbie xx

 

 

Bulldog Skincare For Men

Here is another post from Debbie, with a little help from her son Ciaran and husband Paul.

 

Our Story

Bulldog was created for men who wanted straightforward skincare products packed with natural ingredients.

Purpose Built For Men

Men’s skin is different from women’s. Bulldog has been designed by men for men to get the job done hassle free.

Animal Friendly

All our products are certified Cruelty Free and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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These are three of the claims made by Bulldog about their range of skincare for men. Given that I am the only female in our family (even our dog is a boy) I enlisted the help of my husband and teenage son.

 

My husband is about as far from metrosexual as you can get so he took some convincing to use the products but I think the no-nonsense “manly” packaging appeals to someone like him – the nearest he ever gets to skincare is when he puts Swarfega on his hands!

 

My teenage son is a bit more accepting of male grooming but I had concerns as he is prone to breakouts because of his age and I didn’t want them getting worse, so the fact that Bulldog use all-natural ingredients was important to me. It is important to my son that any products aren’t tested on animals so all of our boxes were ticked.

 

They have been using the products for around one month now.

 

My husband uses the moisturiser and although he says he hasn’t noticed any difference in his skin he continues to use it. He also remarked that he likes the fact it doesn’t smell “girly”.

 

My son has used the scrub and facial wash and I have to say that I think his skin has improved. He thinks it’s “fine” which, believe me, from him is a ringing endorsment.

 

I think the fact that they both tried the product and carried on using it speaks volumes. The company have got the right idea with the packaging and the branding – even a “man’s man” can use this without fear of ridicule in the changing room and for that, I – as a mum and wife – am thankful! I couldn’t get either of them to try the body moisturiser though – that was just a step too far…..

Debbie xx

 

 

Lizi’s Granola

Today we have a few guest posts written by Debbie Lightowler, who has a blog over at http://www.beebeesplace.com – we met through work, at the Press Association, also where me and Emily met and we have been great friends ever since.

Love,

Kathryn

Let me start off by admitting that I’m not a cereal person, it would never be my breakfast choice so I’m perhaps not their target market.

However, I am all for time-saving short cuts and this is a good one.

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It comes in a cute little pouch with a spoon attached. It’s a granola and milk powder mix (lactose free) and all you do is add 3 spoons of water and hey presto, breakfast is ready!

The 47g pack is easy to open and has comprehensive instructions on the back. It has a long shelf life which is another advantage.

I added 3 teaspoons of water but nothing really changed. In reality it took about double that before the ingredients became a wet, breakfasty mix.

It tasted fine, if you like that sort of thing, I tried the original which was not too sweet. My son had the treacle and pecan mix which he enjoyed but the sweetness of that set my teeth on edge.

This is a great idea for camping, festivals, long car journeys and to have as a standby in your office drawer.

Debbie xx

Primark Holiday Haul!

So yesterday, I went into Primark to pick up a few cheap bits and bobs for my holiday in two weeks time…

I LOVE Primark, but it is hot, it is stressful, people get in your way and I always, without fail, manage to trip over a pram. I once even turned around and sent a child flying with my handbag. It wasn’t my finest hour, but his mother found it funny… (If it was my child, I wouldn’t have found that funny. But I also wouldn’t let it run through Primark unattended. That place is dangerous!)

I once read a list of 22 stages every girl goes through on a trip to Primark which I found hilarious. I go through almost all of these stages every time I visit!

Here’s the link! Have a read once you’ve read this post and let me know your funny Primark experiences too!

http://m.sofeminine.co.uk/fashion-trends/22-stages-every-girl-goes-through-in-primark-s365338.html

I previously said a few ‘cheap’ bits and bobs… My goodness did this lot add up but I hope you enjoy the post!

Kimonos

I love this trend at the minute! Kimonos are so easy to throw on over dresses, bikinis or camis and jeans and I love the way they look!

However, I only own one! Therefore, I decided this needed changing and picked up these to wear both in England and I’m Greece on an evening or as a throw over to go from the beach to the bar!

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1) This kimono has orange, brown, yellow, black, grey and cream stripes and Aztec print with black tassels along the hem and sleeves. I was slightly unsure at first whether I could pull this off but thought I’d regret it if I didn’t snap it up. It was the most expensive thing I bought too at £13 but you’d pay a lot more in Topshop or River Island!

2 & 3) These two are pretty similar with really lovely floral prints. They’re slightly dressier than the first, and you could definitely dress these up with a LBD and heels or down with jeans and sandals. I couldn’t decided between the black and white so just bought them both! They were £10 each.

Dresses

My main reason for the Primark trip was to grab a few cheap dresses to wear on the nights on holiday. I always make the mistake of spending a fortune on holiday clothes, then wear them once on holiday, don’t look at them for the rest of the year as they’re not weather appropriate, dig them out for my next holiday the following year and decide I hate them all! Therefore, Primark is my saviour!

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1) Black: This black dress with Aztec embellishment caught my eye as I thought it would be perfect both for holiday and for the hot weather we’re having at home at the minute! It was from the beach section, yet is quite a thick cotton so can be worn wherever you please. It was a steal at £5!

2) Pineapple: This was another item I thought I would probably not pull off but bought anyway. It’s pink with a pineapple pattern. I really love the higher neckline on this but it is VERY long! It goes just past my knee so I wrapped a belt around my waist when trying it on and pulled it over to create a layered effect, which I thought looked quite nice. One let down… I got it home to find the button on the back missing! However I’ll probably just sew another on to save rooting around Primark for a replacement. This was £8.

3) Aztec: I love Aztec print and think it’s perfect for holiday. This dress has buttons right down the front and is in bright colours and I really like it! Another bargain at £7!

4) Floral: I also love floral print so snapped this up. It’s just a very simple jersey skater dress but at £5 I couldn’t resist!

Jewellery

I really love looking at Primark jewellery and ALWAYS manage to find a few bits that I like. I always lose necklaces somehow, so I don’t like spending too much on them. I also find I don’t wear them enough to spend £20 or £30 a pop. These two caught my eye as they’re so pretty and I’ll definitely team them with a few outfits! My only issue is that they’re quite heavy… These maybe a hand luggage job!

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Shoes

I was really let down in the shoe department yesterday, as Hull’s store seemed to have been absolutely wiped out of sandals! There was one stand with about 4 pairs of sandals all in size 3, which wasn’t ideal.
I did however pick these tan shoes up. I did already have these but have worn them to death. I actually almost fell down the stairs in them the other day at work, as the sole had come off and I didn’t realise when I put them on that morning! Myself and my almost broken limbs were happy to find a replacement!

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Miscellaneous

I love that you can buy almost anything in Primark so had a wonder around the toiletries section as they’ve started stocking really good brands such as Cocoa Brown tan for much less than the price they are in Boots or Superdrug!

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I got some Gilette Satin Care shaving foam for £1 and some Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for £2.90 to take away with me.

I also got a sponge, because everyone needs to keep clean! That was only £1 as were the TWO packets of make up wipes. I go through wipes like there’s no tomorrow on holiday so thought I was as well get two packs for a lot less than what you’d normally pay for one pack. I have tried Primark face wipes when I was at Univeristy and scraping up coppers to buy a tin of beans, and I think they’re really good for the price!

I also bought a cute floral make up bag, as I don’t want to lug my entire collection to another country with me! This one was only £4.

Overall I’m pretty pleased with my purchases! I also got a few basics such as plain black and white vests, but didn’t want to bore you with all that malarky!

Have you bought a bargain in Primark recently that you’re in love with? Also, have you ever done any of the Primark stages in the link above? Let me know!

Love,
One extremely excitable Emily, who only has 9 days left at work before she jets off!! xxx

TONIC Clothing Summer Soiree

On the 26th June, TONIC Clothing teamed up with Street Hub, inviting members from the press, customers, fashion bloggers and members of the public to TONIC’s shop on Fulham Road, London to celebrate summer.

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For three hours that evening guests had the opportunity to grasp a better understanding of TONIC’S philosophy and discover the dynamic and multicultural brands that blend together to create its unique identity.

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There were videos, music, drinks supplied from Blue Nun wines and Van Bulk beers, Italian canapes and a presentation of TONIC’s new brands along with a 20% discount on all items in the shop. Summer-inspired goody bags were offered to guests upon arrival and there was also a nail bar provided by iZBeauty.

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The goody bags included;

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* A pair of BLEND male reversible swimshorts

* A Streethub shopper bag

* A Silvian Heach neck warmer

* The largest mug I have ever seen from The Pure Package

* A cord bracelet from Coster Copenhagen

* Nail Wraps from iZBeauty

* A £10 Bounce Minicab App Giftcard

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With TONIC’s recent 1st Birthday, this event was to bring together those who were or weren’t familiar with the shop to introduce and remind them of who TONIC is and to celebrate the start of summer.

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Founded in 2013 TONIC Clothing is a multi-brand fashion shop based in the area of Chelsea, London with over 10 different European brands coming from Italy, France and Denmark.

Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush Balm

Does anyone else pop into Boots and before you know it you’ve spent £30 on things you definitely don’t need but my goodness there’s absolutely no chance you’re not going to buy them?

It happens ALL the time for me, which isn’t great on the bank balance, but excellent for my make up bag!

I popped in a couple of weeks ago to buy face wipes and ended up picking up a Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush Balm in the colour Viva Violet.

It wasn’t the first time I’ve tried these out, I already have it in The Redder The Better, but I wanted a deep pinky purple to go with an outfit I was planning to wear that night.

It wasn’t a necessity but I just couldn’t resist!

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It’s a really lovely deep pink, which isn’t as dark as some of the others that are quite fashionable at the minute. I was slightly apprehensive to try out this colour as it’s quite a statement but this one is really nice as a first step into really dark lip colours!

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I love the fact it has a pointed nib end as it’s so easy to use. I use the tip as a sort of lip liner that helps to keep it all in place, then the side of the point to fill in my lips.

The balmy consistency is so moisturising and it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing lipstick, yet has the colour intensity of one.

The smell is so lovely too! It’s quite a chocolatey sent which makes you want to lick your lips! I hate when lipsticks smell chemically.

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The colour lasts such a long time too, which is brilliant. I obviously applied it a couple of times throughout the evening, but woke up with still a bit of colour on my lips!

The Lasting Colour Rush Balm is only £5.99, and everyone needs to try it out! I love them!

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Emily x