BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE BLOG

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Get Bronzed Before Summer


I have been looking for the perfect summer glow and I have been hunting for beauty products that can help me achieve this. I wanted to share them with you today. 



The Body Shop - Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil is one of my favourite products. It not only smells beautiful, but it also provides an all body summer glow. It's soft on your skin and shimmers so elegantly. Definitely worth £16. 


L'Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Eau De Soleil. This particular product is for your face only, it is great to combine this with The Body Shop Honey Bronze shimmer oil. Especially if you want to become that bronze beauty!


St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil is great to build a natural summer glow. It creates a  nourishing and healthy look with only 2 small drops. Definitely worth checking out if you're a regular self tanner. 

Combining these wonderful tanning products with your bronzing makeup can really create that stunning holiday summer look. Remember to use products that match your skin tone and don't overuse the bronzing oils as they can be quite greasy if you overdo it. 

What's your favourite bronzing product? 
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Monday, 30 March 2015

Sleek makeup pout paint


Within this months GlossyBox I received the Sleek Makeup Pout Paint lip-stain which at first I must admit I was a little apprehensive about because it looks extremely bright in the tube. I love bright colours but when it's a lip-stain that you're working with you have to be so careful applying it as they dry quickly and last for hours (so if you accidentally go wrong, it is difficult to correct). 


I was feeling brave and decided to just go for it, and honestly it's beautiful. It looks luminous at first and overpowering on the lips. But if you use a lip brush and blend it in, it is beautiful. I found that it appeared like a tango red on my lips. It really compliments my skin tone and I can imagine it's perfect for the summer. 

Long lasting and good for money. By far the best product within this months Glossybox.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

I love... Bath & Body Products

I am very fortunate to receive a variety of products from brands every now and again. I know that this is a privilege and it's one that I appreciate. Recently I was sent some wonderful bath and body products from I love... Cosmetics and I wanted to share them with you all today. 



PRODUCTS
I Love... Lots Of Bubbles Collection - Bath & Shower
I Love... Peachy Passionfruit Body Butter
I Love... Mango & Papaya Shower Gel
I Love... Coconut & Cream Ex-foliating Body Scrub

All of these products smell amazing and they are great value for money. The body butter is the perfect alternative to a Bodyshop body butter. It smells amazing and it's a lot cheaper. 

Check out the I Love...Cosmetics website and I would recommend trying their charity ranges as they are not only excellent for money, a percentage goes to a good cause. 

http://www.ilovecosmetics.eu/ 

You can also see my reveal video
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Summer Tan with St.Tropez

I have been speaking to the beauty team at St Tropez for quite some time now, and I don't know if you're all aware but I am on their VIP Beauty Panel and have been for over a year. Now, some St.Tropez products are wasted on me, I have natural olive skin so I do not regularly use tanning products to enhance my already natural tan. 

Saying than, I do review their products, I have a number of friends that love and swear by their products and my mum also uses them. I do love their tanning oils and find that they are wonderful for all types of skin tones. Whether you are already tanned in skin, their oils can help to nourish and hydrate as well and boost your tan making you have more of that sun-kissed glow. 

Recently, they sent me a new product. They do not send me products frequently because of course they have many beauty panellists so they tend to send me products they think that I would love and they hit the nail on the head with this one. 

Introducing their new facial tanning oil - Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil

To help prepare my skin for summer, I have been using more bronzing creams and oils to give me that glow that I have been longing for all winter. Like many women, I feel more attractive when my skin is glowing and tanned. Yes, yes I have olive skin but I am sure I can speak for many olive skinned ladies out there.. we have pale days too. 


I do not like fake tan, and I have made that clear so many times. It isn't the concept that I am against, although I should argue that we all should love ourselves for how we look (easier said than done). But it is the smell. I cannot stand the scent that fake tan gives off, its an awful biscuit scent that really isn't pleasant, sorry girls! 


However, this new product from St.Tropez doesn't give off that scent because it's an oil. It's really smooth on your skin and definitely hydrating. I would recommend only just 2 drops and make sure you wash your hands after! 


Definitely one of St.Tropez better products and one that I would buy again.


What are your thoughts on fake tan? And what is your favourite product?

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Friday, 27 March 2015

L'Oreal Paris

You cannot imagine my face when I received these treats in the post from L'Oreal. I completed two of their surveys online to potentially received a sample of these products. To be honest, I didn't expect to receive anything because lets face it, there are so many entries!
I like offering my opinion about beauty products... obviously and when a beauty brand asks me to fill in a survey about their products I tend to complete them. *I know how sad! Where I get the time from I do not know, and I usually fill out the surveys via my phone so it's usually when I am on the go. 

Anyway, I am rambling on.. I wanted to show you what they have sent me and I will be doing a video on these products to show you the quality. 


PRODUCTS

L'OrĂ©al Paris Glam Bronze Eau de Soleil Complexion 

L'Oreal true match foundation beige dore golden

I am very excited to use the complexion bronzer. I already have an olive complexion, but I think this will really give me that summer glow all year round. I really needed a new foundation, I am running low on my Bourjois Healthy Mix but I have been considering branching out and trying a different foundation. Now I have the chance to do so. 

I will let you know what my thoughts are in the upcoming video! 

Let me know what your favourite L'Oreal Paris product is in the comment box below! xo
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

March glossybox unwrapped

You all know of my love for GlossyBox. It has got to be the best subscription box I have had. When my GlossyBox arrived this month, I was excited to see what it contained and what I could recommend to you all. This months box I think is definitely the most diverse out of all the boxes I have received. 


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Sunday, 15 March 2015

The life of a foodie


Starting from tomorrow, I will be keeping a food diary on Sprucenews! This will consist of daily posts where I will share with you all my daily meals and drinks. I have always loved my food, I am a foodie and very open about it. However, those around me also know that I am very conscious of my weight. Now, you may all think she is a size 8 why is she bothering! 

Honestly, I expect many angry, negative and selfish comments. So let me clarify what I am doing. First of all, you do not have to be over-weight to be unhealthy. I make wrong decisions when it comes down to food and I eat the wrong thing. I love chocolate, I love lemonade and if you offer my a pastry I am not going to say no. 

I may not look over-weight on the outside, but I feel disgusting on the inside. This is what I want to change. I want to change how I feel about myself, and I want to do it by changing the way I eat. 
I want to feel every bit as beautiful as I should feel, as everyone should feel. I want to appreciate my body now, while I am young and able to do all the things I have dreamed of doing! I do not think I am fat, I am not hysterical and constantly looking in the mirror and crying saying and I quote white chicks here *look at my predonkey...


But I am conscious that the older I get, I will start to see changes in my body that I haven't been expecting. So there isn't a better time to get started really. I would love to hear what you all do to keep in shape and healthy. 

The main things I want to cut down is fizzy beverages and chocolate/sweets. 
I want to eat more salads, vegetables and fish. I want to cut down on the carbs and what carbs I choose to eat will be paired with veg or salad. I also want to save money in the process, which is why I will be putting aside the money that I usually spend on food at lunch time and all those snacks I can't help but purchase. At the end of the year I will open the tub and let you all know what I have saved by making my own food and leading a healthier life. 

I hope you enjoy these posts and I cannot wait to hear your advice on healthy meals to try and what you do to keep in shape.

Remember... YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE.
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Friday, 13 March 2015

10 things that annoy me

I wanted to write a personal/ fun post on Sprucenews today. I wanted it to be different from the usual and perhaps share a little more of who I am and my personality. 

It's call 10 things that annoy me, but some of these actually really gross me out! We all have pet peeves, things that can really grind our gears and push us the wrong way. It's just a natural thing, I think everyone has them. OK some of us may react in a slightly more hysterical (over the top) way, but regardless.. we all have things that annoy us. 

10 THINGS THAT ANNOY ME

1. SPITTING - This is one of those more disgusting habits that I cannot stand! I understand that sometimes it is necessary... but if you choose to just spit for no reason whatsoever just URGH! 

2. FEET - Okay this is more of a personal thing, I don't like my own feet.. I don't find them attractive! But, maybe that's more of a personal self hate of mine. I have long toes that my brothers and boyfriend call fingers to wind me up! It's funny.. but secretly I hate it. 

3. SMOKING - I think I speak for many of the non-smokers out there... It's just a smelly, harmful habit that causes not only life threatening illnesses, but also litter! THROW YOUR CIGARETTE BUDS IN THE BIN PLEASE. Oh and I would rather not have your passive smoke which could potentially harm my lungs and give me cancer one day. Thanks.

4. PEOPLE DRIVING CLOSE BEHIND YOU - Okay, so if you're a driver you know that this is 1) NOT SAFE and 2) highly irritating. Why are you so close to my car?? *This is where road rage kicks in!

5. PEOPLE WHO EAT WITH THEIR MOUTH OPEN - This could potentially be one of the most disgusting things ever.. Do I need to see your food on your plate and then in your mouth? NO! 


6. LEAVING A TISSUE IN YOUR POCKET AND PUTTING IT IN THE WASHING MACHINE - I don't know about you, but this is one of the most annoying things I have done. Not only can you never get the bits of tissue out of your pocket, the tissue sticks to other clothes. 


7. TREADING IN DOG POO - This is both gross and annoying - not only does it smell but you have to clean your shoes.. or bin them! If you have a dog and it poos in public CLEAN IT UP! 


8. TEXT TALK - I used text talk when I was about 15! Now, 10 years on I find it so irritating. Why not just spell the entire word? I don't know if this is just a pet peeve of mine or other people agree with me. But, I get so annoyed. *Maybe I am just not cool any more. I don't understand what half of the words mean any more and I think this could have potentially been part of the reason my writing skills weren't very good in school. 


9. RUDE SHOP ASSISTANTS - I had to include this in my top 10. It doesn't take much to smile, be polite and get on with your day. When a shop assistant is rude and unhelpful it looks bad on the company they work for and themselves. 


10. STUBBING YOUR TOE - There is nothing worse and it is always when you forget your slippers! 


What is on your top 10 annoying things list?
 
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Friday, 6 March 2015

Seventeen define and contour

Contouring is all the range! Everyone is doing it, I have tried but honestly I am not all that great. It's probably one of the biggest beauty trends right now so finding the right contour kit is essential if you're planning to jump on the bandwagon. 
There are so many contouring beauty products around that it's hard to choose out of them. However, I recently picked up the Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit from Boots for £5.99. Not only is it affordable in price, it is also very good quality. 
You can choose which colour suits you the best, I purchased medium as I have a more olive complexion. 
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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Maybelline New York makeup haul

London Fashion Weekend was an experience that all fashion lovers find incredible! This year, it was a great event for beauty bloggers as well! Not only to see the beauty looks on the catwalk, but to also purchase the beauty products they used on the models. 

This year, Maybelline New York sponsored the event, and of course they had a stand ready and available for you to purchase some of their cosmetics. 

I love Maybelline New York. I have quite a few of their products in my collection and stand by them as a brand. I recently went on a mini shopping spree at their stand and wanted to share with you all what I purchased. 

The first product I picked up was the Colour 24hr Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in the colour On & On bronze. I forgot to take a picture of this for you, but you can see the colour in the video below! It's a stunning bronze which is perfect for the summertime to enhance my summer glow.



The next products that I picked up are the colour sensational lipsticks in the shades 418 Peach Poppy and 538 Ravishing Rose. Both colours are beautiful, bright and perfect for spring summer. They have a slight shine and provide a lot of moisture to the lips. They are very pigmented and last around 4 hours. I would recommend these if you're looking for affordable, great quality lipsticks that you can wear on a daily basis. 


When I saw these Colordrama lip pencils I just had to buy them. The thickness of the nib and the shades on offer were just lovely. The two colours that I picked up are 510 Red Essential and 410 Fab Orange. I have a big love for red lipsticks and I wanted to add these to my collection because they are so awesome. The thickness of the pencil means you can alternatively use these just as your lipstick. They are long lasting and honestly one of my favourite products made by Maybelline NY. 



And finally, the  Colossal Volume Express Mascara which was actually a freebie in the London Fashion Week Tote bag. The brush is curved quite similar to the RollerLash mascara by Benefit Cosmetics and could possibly be a cheaper alternative if you can't afford to buy the Benefit mascara. It's an intense black and combs through your lashes rather well. I have only used this once and I was quite impressed. I prefer their Great Lash mascara but this is also good for the money and good quality.

If you want to see these products up close and see what the Colour 24hr Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow looks like, check out the video below.


VIDEO


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Sunday, 1 March 2015

10 reasons to love March


March is one of the best times of the year, it's the start of spring and the sun starts shining that little bit extra. There are so many reasons to love March, but I wanted a share a few of the reasons why March is a great month for me. 
  1. Easter goodies are on point of sale.. chocolate in the shape of an egg! 
  2. More daylight! I don't know about you, but I don't really like driving in the dark, I just like to see where I am going more clearly! Safety first people.
  3. My parents wedding anniversary! The will be married 32 years this year! The have been together for 37 years! TRUE LOVE :) 
  4. It's Gary's birthday! Which means... presents, cake, alcohol and a good night out! 
  5. Spring/summer clothes can start making their way back into my wardrobe! Bye hats and boots... until October
  6. Flowers blooming.. I love how pretty spring is when all the flowers start blooming
  7. St Patrick's Day! Although I don't celebrate this day, I know many of you do! So hello beer and the colour green!
  8. Mothers Day! I love my mum, and I like that there is one day dedicated to her greatness!
  9. The last day of London Fashion Weekend! Sad to see it go but so happy to be apart of it!
  10. Getting my March GlossyBox! It's always one of the best things that happen every month, but March GlossyBox is dedicated to mothers day! 
That's my 10 reasons to love March.. What is yours? 
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