20 January 2015

Favourites 2014 | Body Care

Body Care Favourites
Yep! I have another favourites post for you all today, and this time I'm focusing on body care. I've got a fair few of these to get through over the next couple of weeks, including hair, skincare, nails and more, so look out for those! In the meantime here's some of my fave body products from 2014:

Shower Gel | Radox | Coconut Kiss | Link
I've been lucky enough to try out many of the shower gels in the Radox Fresh and Fruity range, and so far I like them all. The two that I love the most are Passion Fruit Splash (which I got at the Cosmo Blog Awards), and more recently, Coconut Kiss. They're just so refreshing, and using them first thing in the morning is the perfect way to start the day.

Deodorant | Garnier | Link
There's nothing worse than deodorant stains, so thank goodness I've discovered Garnier Mineral Invisible Spray. Since using this little beaut, I find my clothes are no longer ruined with awful white marks. Even the black ones. It smells really yummy, dries quickly, and is said to last around 48 hours (I've not tested this though, as I shower every day!).

Body Lotion | Champneys | Citrus Blush | Link
Oh my goodness. I absolutely love this light textured body lotion. It has the most scrummy citrus smell, and is full of lemon oil, mandarin, cardamom, almond oil and vitamin E. Once used, my skin is left feeling soft and revitalised. It's enough to make me want to get in the car and drive to Champneys spa right now! And I've never even been there - can you believe that? (I shall add it to my list of things to do in 2015!). 

Bath Oil | Grahams | Natural Bath/Shower Oil* Link
Grahams skincare is a new brand to me, and has only just been released in the UK. Their bath and shower oil is the first of their's I've tried, and let me tell you - it's pretty cool. Over the months since using it, I've discovered that it's a multi-purpose product. As well using it in the bath and shower, I've been using it as a sort of intense moisturiser too! I think it would be perfect for people with hyper-sensitive skin, due to it's all natural ingredients that include honey and olive, manuka, almond, emu, apricot kernel and vitamin E oils. 

Self Tanner | St Tropez Mousse | SHADE | Link
I don't know what it is with St Tropez mousse, but despite trying loads of other self tanners, I always end up going back to this as my all time favourite. When faced with several important events in 2014, this was the one I reached for, so I guess you can say it's still got holy grail status with me. Lots come close, but there really is only one St Tropez!

Perfume | Juicy Couture | Viva La Juicy* | Link
Viva La Juicy ended up being my top perfume of 2014, and when Vivabox kindly sent me a voucher to choose any perfume of my choice, this is the one I picked. Aside from it's gorgeous fruity smell, I've always loved the Juicy Couture brand, and just look at how adorable that bottle is. It looks so cute on my dressing table!

Wash Off Tan | St Tropez | Link
So I used to be a Rimmel Sun Shimmer kind of girl (literally for years), then along came this. The St Tropez Instant Tan Face & Body Lotion is really easy to use, gives a natural looking colour, and best of all it doesn't stain your hands! (Unlike Sun Shimmer! Does it still do that? Ugh! So annoying). So, sorry Rimmel, St Tropez it is. 

Body Spray | Esthe | Floral Dream* | Link
I got this Korean body spray in a Memebox, and I'm a massive fan of it's fruity/citrus scent. It's my everyday go to spritzer, and I'll be sorry when it's all gone. Because it's not a full on perfume, the smell is fairly light, but sometimes that's all I need.

What were your favourite body care products in 2014? Did you try any of these?

13 January 2015

Fake It Till You Make It! | Why Bloggers Buy Followers

Why buy fake followers
A while ago I was reading one of the blogs I follow, when I suddenly realised their Bloglovin followers had shot up, from hundreds, to literally thousands overnight. I was pretty shocked. Not because I wasn't aware that fake followers could be purchased, but because I trusted this this bloggers views and opinions. In a way, I felt a bit cheated. Did this person think their readers were so dumb they wouldn't notice? I remember wondering if it was even possible for someone as popular as Zoella to grow their following to that amount, in such a short space of time. This kind of stuff goes on in the online world all the time, and since this happened, I've seen a fair few bloggers do the same. The question is - why do bloggers buy fake followers?

From a business point of view, it's likely that the blogger is trying to enhance their blogging career, by making their stats look much higher than they really are. Having good blog stats can lead to the blogger getting lots of sponsorship opportunities, free goods, and all sorts of other paid work. Opinion leader bloggers are like gold to brands and agents. When a blogger has the ability to reach, and influence a large target audience, brands are keen to get them to promote their products or services, in a bid to generate more sales. But if the followers are fake, there's no-one to influence.... right?

Well, yes that's true, which is why it takes more than thousands of Bloglovin and Twitter followers to convince any brand or agent worth their salt to work with a blogger. That's where unique users come in. This is the amount of new visitors a blog gets on it's site in a set period of time. Most brands and agents ask for evidence of this, and that's something no amount of fake followers can give you. So now you might be thinking that purchasing them isn't going to enhance anyones blogging career. But sadly it's probably not the truth.

How many times have you clicked on a blog, seen they have thousands of followers and decided that their content is probably quite good because there's so many? Next you've probably hit the follow button, so you can read their posts on a regular basis, and perhaps decide for yourself? Imagine all the other people that are doing the same thing. Suddenly the blog with all the fake followers now has a whole load more real followers, people who are probably reading the blog, and giving them the real stats they need. These bloggers literally fake it till they make it.

It sucks, but that's the reality of the blogging world. If you're someone that's considering buying fake followers, my advice is don't do it! You may not realise, but the blogosphere is a very tight knit community, especially in the world of beauty bloggers. When someones stats shoot up to crazily high amounts over night, it sticks out like a sore thumb! Suddenly they're a top blogger on Bloglovin, and everyone knows they probably bought a load of followers. Fellow bloggers and brands alike will lose respect for you and your blog, and when social media sites delete fake accounts (as they do every now and again), your stats will drop again, exposing what you've done even more! The same goes for people that set up new blogs, and buy a load of followers at the same time. It's really obvious, because they were nowhere to be seen in the blogging world before!

I have to admit, I don't always unfollow people if it becomes evident that they may have purchased a few fake accounts. There was a case recently, where it may or may have not happened, but I love the blog so much that it would take more than a silly mistake to stop me from following. I'm kinda nice like that, and when someone does something daft, I tend to think they probably had their reasons. Who am I to judge what anyone else does, anyway?

Personally, the most important thing to me is that my readers can trust my opinion. Without that there wouldn't be much point in me writing this blog. When you're trying out and reviewing lots of beauty products like I do, it's really important that everything written is true to what I believe. That's why I would never purchase fake followers. Surely it's just a one way ticket to losing everyones trust?

What do you guys think about buying fake followers? Do you have any tips on how to spot them?

11 January 2015

Simon & Tom Soft Peeling Gel | Review & Giveaway

Simon & Tom's Soft Peeling Gel* is an Argan Oil based facial exfoliator for all skin types. It's designed to cleanse, remove dead skin cells, and tighten pores. It's recommended that it's used twice a week for optimum results, and I was lucky enough to try it out for myself! Here's what I thought:

Packaging
Soft Peeling Gel comes in a classy looking pearlescent jar, with a silver band around the middle and gold writing. The product itself is quite heavy, very well made, and of high-end quality. The top half of the pearl unscrews to reveal the gel that's inside. 

Smell

It smells really fresh, and I'm guessing that's because it contains Vitamin E, along with lots of other lovely ingredients, such as Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Lead Juice, cucumber, pomegranate and orange - just to name a few!

Product
The gel itself is fairly thick. To give you an idea - I was able to turn the jar upside down without any falling out. As I previously stated, the key ingredient is Argan Oil (as are all Simon & Tom products), and I noticed that it also contains Papaya. If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know how I get excited about Papaya, and it's ability to dissolve dead skin cells with minimal effort. Best of all, this is a product that's been formulated without Formalin, Parabens, Phthalates, Petro-chemicals, GMO and Tricosan.

Application

There's probably many ways that you can apply this product, but personally I choose to take a small amount out using a spatula (a little goes a long way - so you don't need much!), and then I'll put it on the back of my hand to warm it up a little. I use my finger tips to apply it to the skin on my face, massage it in for a couple of minutes, and wash it off using a muslin cloth or sponge. As the name suggests, it then peels away, taking all those horrible dead skin cells with it.

Results

Once removed, Soft Peeling Gel leaves my skin feeling really smooth, super soft, and it looks extra clean! The gel not only dissolves dead skin cells, but it removes everyday dirt, and debris that gets trapped in my pores. My skin feels refreshed and rehydrated, and when used twice a week the benefits are maintained. Having a smoother base, means that my face looks a lot more radiant, and make-up seems to glide on. My moisturiser is also now absorbed by the newer layers of skin, rather than wasted on dead, dull skin cells. In fact, by using this gel on a regular basis, any product I use works far more effectively. 

Conclusion
Overall, Soft Peeling Gel gets the thumbs up from me. I love the packaging, it smells divine, and it's easy to apply. The results are instantly visible, and the more I use it, the better my skin looks. I even got Ollie to try it (the benefits of being with a beauty blogger, huh?!), and we could see massive results with his skin too. Previous to using this gel, I had never heard of the Simon & Tom skincare brand before, but now I'm hooked and can't wait to try more!


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Have you ever used any products by Simon & Tom before? What do you recommend I try next?

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8 January 2015

Favourites 2014 | Everyday Make-up

Favourites 2014

As another year has gone by it's time to have a look at my make-up, and see what products I've been using everyday in 2014. As you guys will see, there's a mixture of old faithfuls, and a fair few new ones too. Even though I try a lot of make-up, the basics don't tend to get replaced unless something really 'wows' me. Here's what I've been loving over the past 12 months:

Primer | Benefit POREfessional PRO Balm | Link
The POREfessional PRO Balm is an amazing primer that seems to create a second skin. It sits across the top of my pores, leaving them looking way smaller than they were previously. A little goes a long way, and as I mainly use this on my t-section, the tube I have seems to be lasting forever!

Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter | YSL Touch Eclat | 2 - Fair Complexion | Link
A holy grail product of mine, YSL Touch Eclat is used under my eyes on a daily basis. The key ingredient is it's light reflecting pigments, which give the look of radiance and youth. It's multifunctional though, so I sometimes use it as a highlighter, or a primer for my eye make-up. 

Concealer | Collection Lasting Perfection | Fair | Link
Collection Lasting Perfection is my number one concealer for covering spots and blemishes. It's doe foot applicator makes it really easy to apply, and I find the formula just the right consistency. It's not too dry, and you can build it up if needed. 

Foundation (medium - full coverage) | Revlon Colorstay | 180 - Sand Beige | Link
Another holy grail product of mine, Revlon Colorstay is lightweight, yet gives really good coverage, which I would say is medium to full. It lasts for hours, and has never let me down, even on the craziest of nights out. (You know, the ones where you don't get in until 6am the next day!). 

Foundation (light coverage) | Chanel Vitalumiere | 10 - Beige | Link
This foundation is very light in texture, and is great for everyday use. I think it's more like a tinted moisturiser in some ways, but seems to cover imperfections rather well. I would say it's more moisturising than Revlon Colorstay, but still suits my combination skin.

Powder | No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder | 05 Translucent | Link
About six months ago I set myself the challenge of finding a face powder better than No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder, but nothing compares. It's perfect for setting my foundation and helping it to last all day. I don't think there's another one out there that's such good quality and value for money too. Please enlighten me if you think there is - because I can't find it.

Blusher | No7 Natural Blush Tint | Honey | Link
As you guys can probably see, I'm really pale, and this blusher is the perfect shade for me. It's buildable, blendable, and looks really natural. I use it as part of my everyday contour routine, along with my bronzer and highlighter.

Bronzer | Benefit | Hoola | Link
I love Hoola because it's a bronzer that can be built up into as much, or as little colour required. For me that's really important, because when you have such fair skin you can easily end up looking like a clown caked in make-up! I usually apply one layer, then blend it a bit using a brush.

Highlighter | Soap & Glory Glow All Out | Link
Soap & Glory Glow All Out is the perfect highlighter for drawing attention to all the areas you want to look bigger. Used everyday, as part of my contouring routine, I apply this above my blusher and bronzer to make my cheekbones stand out, and on my brow bones to make my eyes pop, and appear more lifted. 

Lipstick | Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker | Nudist | Link
I've recently got to the end of this lipstick and I'm going to have to replace it! It's not just the natural colour that I adore, but the smell of marshmallows. It's to die for. I apply this just for the sake of applying it, because I want to inhale the scent! Ridiculous I know, but it's seriously lush.

Eyeshadow Pallette | Urban Decay | Naked Basics | Link
Naked Basics has been the perfect neutral eyeshadow palette for everyday wear over the past year. As you can see, I hit pan with WOS. It's one of those colours that lifts, and for me is the perfect shade to apply just under my brows. 

Eyeliner | Maybelline | Big Eyes - White/Black | Link
This super cool eyeliner has everything I need to make my eyes really stand out. I'm back to applying white on my waterline, just like I did when I was a teenager to fake those 'I've had loads of sleep' days, and I use the black in the outer corners of my eyes (top and bottom in a 'V' shape). 

Mascara | Benefit | They're Real | Link
Oh my goodness. I can't believe I haven't reviewed this mascara on here yet! It's one of the best I've ever tried, and quite frankly I don't really want to use anything else. It seems to give my lashes loads of volume, without clumping, and there's a sort of ball with spikes on the end of wand that coats all the little lashes that you never knew you had. Love it.

Eyebrow Definer | Benefit Gimme Brow | Light/Medium | Link
Another godsend from Benefit, Gimme Brow is a product that I always wondered why no-one had invented. I've always used clear mascara on my brows to keep them looking slick and in place, but the colour was always missing. Boom! Then Gimme Brow was created, and thus I have the perfect eyebrow product. It keeps my eyebrows looking defined by filling in all those little gaps with brush-like strokes of colour. Benefit have got it spot on here. 


What was your favourite make-up products of 2014? Have you got any recommendations that I might like?

5 January 2015

Memebox | Review

Memebox Review
Recently I was lucky enough to be introduced to Memebox, beauty boxes that contain 4-7 Korean products and samples, for a fraction of the cost you would pay for the full sized versions. Each box has a theme, and you don't have take out any subscriptions. They're all individually priced, and examples include Foot Therapy, Winter Essential Masks and Hair Salon. I received Scentbox #4 Floral*, which is perfect for me due to my love of floral scented perfumes.

Memebox











The first product I tried from my box was the Esthe Shower Cologne in Floral Dream. This is actually a body spray (not a shower gel as the name suggests!), and it has the most gorgeous fruity and citrus smell. I get loads of compliments when I wear this scent, so I know it's not just me that thinks it's lovely. This was my favourite product of them all.

Sally's box




Next up was the Sally's box Cherry Blossom Hand Mask. This was a much welcomed edition into my life, with it being winter, and my ridiculous love of cleaning. My hands have been getting a little sore, and I needed something to sort them out. These come in the form of gloves, and are really easy to use. I put them on, and rubbed my hands together, paying special attention to my knuckles, as these were particularly dry, then left them for 15 minutes. They smelt absolutely yummy, like shea butter, and as the name suggests, cherry blossom. Once removed, my hands felt super soft.

L'Ocean


The third product in the box was L'Ocean's Feromonika Perfume. This cute little spritzer is thought to be a 'pocket perfume', and fits perfectly in to the smallest of handbags. It's got a really nice scent, and is rather refreshing, but I wouldn't say I love it quite as much as Floral Dream. 

Secret Key


Last, but by no means least, was the Secret Key Hand Cream. This has been kept in my bag ever since I got it. The smell reminds me of baby lotion, and it's the perfect everyday salvage for my hands. It absorbs quickly, so I can apply it and carry on with whatever I'm doing straight away.

What do you think of this Memebox? Is there anything in it you would like to try?

Memebox are currently offering a couple of promotions for January:

Get $5 off if you purchase 3 or more boxes (use code MEMEBUNDLE3), and get $8 off if you purchase 4 or more boxes (use code MEMEBUNDLE4). Just click here!

2 January 2015

RAVPOWER Luster Series Power Bank Giveaway

The lovely people at RAVPOWER have decided to give one of my lucky readers the chance to win this Luster Series Power Bank!

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1 January 2015

Winter Boots Haul

Winter Boots



Good morning everyone. Today it's Tuesday, and we're still in 2014, but by the time you read this it will be 1st January 2015 (or after!), so Happy New Year! I hope you all had an amazing time last night. 


Brrr! It's so cold outside right now. Just look at all that frost! I have to admit, there's not much I like about winter, but the one thing that does make me happy, is that I get to wear my winter boots. Yay! I've made a few purchases over the past few months, so I thought why not get up early, go outside, set up my camera and tripod etc, and show you guys what I've been buying! So here it goes...



New Look Boots



Triple Buckle Block Heel Boots | New Look £24.99 | Link 

Next Thigh Boots


Microsuede Thigh Boots | Next | £60.00 | Link 

Snow Boots





Snow Boots | Jones Boot Maker | £100.00 | Link

Faux Fur Boots
Faux Fur Strappy Shoe Boots | New Look | £34.99 Now only £20.00! | Link

As you can see, I'm loving chunky gold buckles right now, and the block boots are sporting three of those bad boys. The heel isn't very big, so they're super comfy to wear. Thigh boots are one of this season's hottest trends, and these look great with skinny jeans, or a sweater dress. My snow boots are like a god send, and I can't get enough of these. They seem to be able to tackle all kinds of weather (think jumping in puddles just like you did as a kid!), and my feet and lower legs never get wet. You can't go wrong with a bit of faux fur to keep those tootsies nice and snug (as a bug in a rug!), and that's why I love my strappy shoe boots. Not only that, despite having massive heels, they are incredibly easy to wear. In fact I can't believe they are now only £20.00 in the sales. What a bargain.

Do you love winter boots as much as me?


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