Saturday, 27 May 2017

Spring Wedding Guest Outfit: New Look Lace Panel Wrap Dress And MAC Lady Danger Lipstick!

Hi loves,

I hope you're all really well and enjoying the spring weather!

I recently attended the wedding of two of my close friends in Bournemouth and I loved getting dressed up for the very special occasion. 

Here's what I wore...

FASHION:
Dress - New Look (O/S but some sizes available on Zalando)
Heels - Very.co.uk (O/S but similar styles available on ASOS and New Look)

I was really pleased with how this dress fitted - although I had to pin it around the bust area (story of my life) as it was VERY booby. Bust-aside, the material of the dress was almost crepe-like and felt very comfortable when it was on. Plus it allowed me to graze on the wedding buffet with ease thanks to the flattering/forgiving wrap design! Also, the shoulders, sleeves and back of the dress were made of a floral lace pattern which I thought added a really pretty touch.

I thought the gold heels added a bit of pizzazz to my outfit - you can't see in the pic but I've got some sparkly earrings on too. The shoes were also really comfortable - the heel itself was tiny (a really small box heel) so it meant I could hit the dance floor with no worries. Are you sending a theme here? I'm all about the comfort these days... #granny

Make-up wise, I went for a bold lip and lots of bronzer...

BEAUTY:
FACE: Benefit That Gal Primer all over face as base, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in #1 under eyes, MAC Studio Finish Concealer on spots/blemishes, Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation buffed in with Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Bare Minerals Pressed Powder for shine, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator in 02 Peach to highlight, Urban Decay V6 Spray to set.

EYES: Urban Decay e/s Primer Potion, Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (shades Naked, Buck and Smog), L'Oreal Super Liner Black Lacquer, Benefit They're Real mascara.

EYEBROWS: Filled in with MAC Omega and Charcoal Brown e/s, using MAC 208 Brush. Set using No7 Brow Gel.

LIPS: LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub and Dr Organic Organic Coconut Oil Lip Balm (LOVE THIS) to prep lips, filled in with Urban Decay Lip Liner in Bang, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick.

HAIR: I curled my hair using the original GHD straightening irons, tied it up in a bun while I did my make-up, brushed the curls through and then sprayed my hair all over with L'Oreal Very Volume hairspray. I added a little bit of Paul Mitchell Super Skinny serum to the ends because they were a bit frizzy.

Oh and if you're wondering if that golden glow is natural, I can assure you it's completely fake and you can't quite see from the pics but it's really patchy too! I used the Garnier mist and made a right mess with it - I had patches all over my arms, body and legs! My boyfriend had to fill in all the white patches with instant tan a few hours before the wedding. Total disaster. The truth behind the glossy Insta pics, eh!

What's your wedding guest style inspo?

Love,

Sophia x

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Bargain Beauty Alert: Benefit Girlesque Gift Set!

Hi girls,

I hope you're all well!

Recently I picked up a MASSIVE beauty bargain that I had to share with you - anyone that knows me will know that I'm obsessed with money-saving; I don't buy anything without a promo code, go out for dinner without a discount code or buy anything without shopping around to find if I can find it cheaper elsewhere. Money-saving is legit one of my true passions so this money-saving bargain was too good to miss...

I was on the hunt for a new Benefit Hoola bronzer because mine had run out. I tend to buy drugstore everything these days (make-up/skincare) but I said to myself that if I could find Hoola on the cheap, I'd invest. The problem is, there are so many fakes flying around on Depop/eBay that it's almost not worth looking for a bargain online because you're likely to be buying a counterfeit which is a total waste of money and time full stop.

Then I came across THIS amazing Benefit Girlesque gift set on ASOS - 

This is what it contained:

Benetint Medium | 4.0 mL


Hoola Bronzer | 8.0 g (RRP £24.50)




The POREfessional | 22.0 mL (RRP £26.00)





They’re Real! Mascara | 8.5 g (RRP £20.50)


The RRP of the Girlesque gift set was £44.50, but it was on offer in the ASOS sale for £29.66. 

ALL of the products included are full-size except for the mini Benetint and I've listed the RRP of the individual products above, so the total value of the products in the gift set (excluding the metal container) is £71.00. 

I GOT THE WHOLE LOT FOR LESS THAN 30 QUID. HOW AMAZING IS THAT!?! 

Especially considering I was only looking for the bronzer which is worth nearly £25.00 on its own - I basically got the other beauty products included in the gift set for free. Now THAT, people, is a bargain. In fact I already own Porefessional so I've listed it on Depop already and made a profit :)

Have you picked up any amazing beauty bargains recently?

Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sophia xo

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Boots No7 Voucher Haul Including Michelle Keegan's Wedding Lip Gloss!

Hey loves,

I don't know about you but the brand No7 holds a special place in my heart - I've used it for years and I've always found the products to perform as well (if not better) than some of the premium brands on the market - at a much more affordable price point.

In fact, just having a scroll through some of my old blog posts, it looks like I've done a fair few No7 hauls in my time... here and here in fact. Funnily enough, I've just re-purchased two of the items that I bought in my 2010 and 2011 hauls without realising! They MUST be good.

So when the £5 off skincare/£3 off make-up vouchers started flying around at the start of 2017, it made sense to stock up on some of my faves. 

Here's what I hauled this time...

Clockwise from L-R:

No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Face Exfoliator - £11.00 (£6 with £5 off voucher) - Boots


Described as 'a tried and tested dermatological technique' by No7, this facial exfoliator contains tiny micro crystals - which feel like sand when massaged onto the skin - and leaves skin 'softer, silky to touch and more refined.' I have to admit, this is a re-purchase of mine as I've been really impressed with it in the past - it leaves my skin feeling soft and clear and definitely helps blemishes/dark spots fade. I'd 100% recommend this!


No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask - £12.50 (£7.50 with £5 off voucher) - Boots

This is another product that I first bought many years ago but unfortunately, it looks like they've changed the formula since I last stocked up? This time, it feels thick and gloopy - last time around it was rich and creamy, but not like this. If you're reading this No7, why'd you change it???

No7 BB Lips in Ballerina - £9.00 (£6 with £3 off voucher) - Boots

I first came across this product after stalking make-up artist Krystal Dawn's Instagram - she's the MUA who did Michelle Keegan's wedding make-up (anyone who knows me will know that she is my absolute idol in life). I had to pick this up when I received my voucher - anything to be one step closer to my girl Mich. I wore this for an evening meal out recently and it's just lovely - it's a gorgeous pinky nude shade, perfect for popping in your handbag! Now I want to stock up on some more shades if you guys have any recommendations...

No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes - £7.00 (£2 with £5 off voucher) - Boots

I must have re-purchased these wipes about 20 times - I use them when I go away/go home and need something quick to remove my make-up, or to take off my make-up before I go to the gym. I try to avoid using face wipes but these are just fab for on-the-go jobbies. They're lovely and soft, full of moisture. Plus for £2.00 you can't really go wrong!

TOTAL SAVED: £18.00!

What are your fave No7 products? Which should I pick up next time there's a voucher?

Love,

Sophia xo

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Christmas 2016 Festive Memories...

Hi lovelies,

I love looking back at my festive memories every year - it makes me feel all warm and cosy, plus I get very excited about my next Christmas!

Here are my best memories from Christmas 2016 (all taken from my Instagram @smoir90)...

Jourdan Dunn unveiling the Tiffany's Christmas windows in Mayfair...

Matching my nails to the Costa Christmas coffee cups...

Feeling all kinds of cosy with my winter Kringle Candle haul (the Hot Chocolate one is AMAZING)...

Winter's walk through Richmond Park...

Feeling festive at the Regent's Street Christmas lights switch on...

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with cuz... 

Love Actually at the Backyard Cinema...

Hogwarts In The Snow at the Harry Potter Studio Tour...

Christmas Starbs (EVERY YEAR!)...

More Hogwarts In The Snow...

Christmassy glitter nails...

Mulled cider at the Rekorderlig Cider Lounge...

MATILDA!...

Radio Times bumper edition (naturally)...

Putting the Christmas tree up at home...

Covent Garden Christmas lights...

The stunning York Minster during weekend break to York for the world-famous Christmas markets...

Visiting my baby sis in Norwich...

Beautiful carol service at St James's Church on Piccadilly...

Reunited with the SISTAHS... 

Christmas Eve watching my fave Xmas film - The Santa Clause...

New reddish hair for Christmas...

Christmas Day with mumma...

Christmas prezzies galore...

Wow, what an amazing festive season! Bring on Christmas 2016 I say...

You can check out my 2015 festive memories here.

Love,

Sophia xo

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Christmas 2016 Gifts: Lots Of Lovely Beauty Treats From Pixi, Elemis, Lush And Eve Lom!

Hey lovely ladies,

After Christmas, I like to have a little snoop to see what people got for Christmas, whether it's on Instagram, blogs or YouTube. I'm just inherently nosy - I can't lie!

In light of that, I thought I'd share with you all a couple of beauty bits I got for Christmas so that you can have a little snoop if you like (no judgment here...)
Clockwise from L-R:

Pixi Glow Tonic
I've seen this on COUNTLESS beauty blogs, plus it comes recommended by Caroline Hirons AKA the Skincare Guru. She was the person who taught me to have a proper skincare routine - starting with an oil or cream-based cleanser, double toning and then specific skincare oils/serums. I'm really looking forward to trying this - I'm just finishing off my Botanics toner at the moment and then I'll move straight onto this. 

Elemis Gentle Foaming Face Wash
My lovely friend Lucy gifted me this - I have to say I'm not one to spend a lot on skincare products as I've found in the past that you can get the same results using drugstore brands. But Elemis is a real luxury skincare brand that I would never splash out on myself so I'm glad I get to try this. It always brings back memories of spa treatments because that's the brand a lot of the spas I've been to use in their facials! #dreamy

LUSH Golden Wonder Gift Set
I have to admit, this is one present that I made use of immediately - I'm a complete Lush addict and I go through bath bombs and bubble bars in no time at all! This gift set contained the Golden Wonder and Star Dust bath bombs - both were delightful but Golden Wonder notably so as it's encased in a gold bath bomb however when it reaches the water it turns a magnificent green shade. I was in heaven!

Heyland & Whittle Bath Set
I hadn't heard of this brand before but it's actually a quality soap/bath brand selling hand-made products. My lovely gift set contained four luxury bath melts and a soap - all of which smelled delightful. They made my bath feel like a real treat! 

Eve Lom Lip Balm And Cleanser 
As mentioned earlier, I don't tend to spend a lot of money on skincare so Eve Lom is a brand that I've been lusting after for a long while but yet to try out myself... until Christmas that is! I was amazed to receive not one, but two Eve Lom treats this year - I can't wait to try these out! I'm sure they will both be AMAZING.

L'Occitane Gift Set
This gift set contained a mini bath melt and shea butter hand cream - well I've tried the bath melt and it was lovely and the hand cream is perfect for popping in your handbag too. It smells lovely and creamy too. Such a lovely gift!

Coco Loco Coconut Spritz
I'm pretty loyal to my Aussie Leave-In Conditioner spray but when I saw countless positive reviews of this, I thought I had to try it. A part of me wants to save this until my holiday because the smell of coconut always reminds me of holidays! We shall see, either way I'm hoping it will leave my locks feeling soft and silky...

What did you get for Christmas this year?

Love,

Sophia xo

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Summer Wedding Guest Outfit: Oasis Pleated Floral Skater Dress And L’Oreal Colour Riche Lippie

Hey loves,

I hope you're all well!

I recently attended the wedding of one of my boyfriend's close friends and as you would expect, I spent months planning my outfit. What can I say? I'm one of those people!

Here's what I wore...

FASHION:
Dress - Oasis
Strappy heels - Next

I spent AGES trying on dresses - literally I must have ordered about 10-15 and I was taking photos of myself in every single dress, each time wearing heels then not heels, wearing a belt and then not wearing a belt... I must have sent my boyfriend and sisters about 50 pics for them to have a look at! 

In the end, I didn't go for any of the dresses I ordered (soz guys who had to trawl through all those pics!) - instead I spotted this dress in Oasis just off Oxford Street and fell in love with it straight away. If you can't make out from the photo, the lower half of the dress is pleated which I think is really pretty, while the high-neck, fitted style on the top half is flattering on my bust. I'd definitely recommend Oasis for this sort of occasion dress. 

BEAUTY:
BASE: Benefit That Gal primer, YSL Touche Eclat under eyes, MAC Studio Finish concealer on blemishes, NARS Sheer Glow foundation (buffed in with Real Techniques Buffing Brush), Bare Minerals pressed powder, NARS Laguna bronzer and Orgasm blush, Benefit High Beam to highlight (obsessed!), Urban Decay setting spray. 

EYES: Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, Urban Decay Naked 1 palette (Buck, Smog and Darkhorse), L'Oreal Paris Superliner waterproof liner, Benefit They're Real mascara.

BROWS: MAC Omega eyeshadow (applied with MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush), set with No7 Clear Brow gel.

LIPS: Lush Bubblegum lip scrub, L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Rose Symphony.

Classic, indecisive me also spent bloody AGES choosing my lip colour - I must have taken 20-30 photos of different lip colours and sent them all to my sisters for approval lol. From bold orange (MAC Lady Danger) to vampy red and matte nude, I really couldn't decide what lip colour to go for...

In the end, I had a little rummage through my mum's make-up drawer and found this L'Oreal lippie - I knew it was the perfect colour straight away! It complemented the colours of the flowers on the dress and finished off my look without overpowering the dress.

By the way guys, while I'm on the topic - those L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire hippies are in TK Maxx at the moment - I picked up the coral shade in Balham for about 3 quid! They're amazing if you want a pretty pop of coloured gloss! They're not sticky at all either. I must have at least 3 or 4 shades...

Have you got any weddings coming up? What do you plan to wear?

Love,

Sophia xo

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Friday, 29 July 2016

June Empties: Avene, BareMinerals, La Roche-Posay, Origins, Avon and TRESemme

Hey gals!

So it's been a while since I've done an empties post, but that doesn't mean I haven't used up a LOT of beauty products in that time (obvs).

Here are the beauty buys I finished up in June...



Clockwise from L-R:

TRESemme Restructuring Deep Conditioning Treatment RRP £4.99

I try and use an intensive conditioning masque on my hair at least once a week, favouring Aussie's 3 Miracle Miracle and L'Oreal's Intensive Masques after years of trying different ones. I picked this one up because it was on offer in Superdrug and I'm always after a bargain, me! Unfortunately it was quite difficult to wash out and I found I still had residue in my hair after spending a LOT of time washing it out. As a result, it made my hair look greasy. Not a fan, sorry TRESemme :(

Avene Cleanance Expert RRP £15.00

I wasn't sure about this at first, but continued using it as I'd heard loads of bloggers and press raving about it. I used it after cleansing and toning, but before moisturising, twice a day. I found it really helped to clear up my skin - especially on my forehead and chin, where I tend to get hormonal-related blemishes. I would definitely repurchase!

Avene Micellar Lotion RRP £16.00

I actually bought this in France in an *amazing* pharmacy and it was SO cheap for a massive bottle. Readers of this blog will know that I'm a loyal fan of Avene skincare, after I visited the Avene Hydrotherapy Centre in actual Avene! I tend to use the Cleanance range as my skin is oily/blemish-prone, but I really liked this from the 'regular' range because it felt like I was applying water to my skin. It had a mild, fresh scent and removed every trace of make-up. Love it!

Avon Clearskin Blackhead Clearing Daily Astringent RRP £4.00

I used this when my skin was REALLY bad because it's quite intense and makes my skin sting a bit. It worked to clear it up though, it's just very, very strong, so not ideal for sensitive skin types.

Cien Madame Glamour Hand Cream RRP £1.85

Absolutely blimmin' loved this. In case you didn't know, Cien is one of Lidl's own-brand beauty ranges and the 'Madame Glamour' branded-products smell just like Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle. Total barg. Pick some up next time you're in Lidl for sure.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser RRP £15.00 (for 150ml)

I started using Origins after reading Michelle Keegan's blog and she raves about it. I've written a mini-review of this particular product here but in a nutshell, I really liked it. It left my skin feeling clean and refreshed, plus it smells amazing. YAY!

Dolce and Gabbana Dolce EDP RRP £49.00

I don't really have a 'signature' scent - I used to wear Miss Dior Cherie religiously at uni but it was a) really expensive and b) discontinued, so that was the end of that one (luckily for my purse). Since then I tend to just wear whatever I reach for in the morning! I think I received this one from a press event but it's lovely and light, perfect for summer. Sorry, I'm rubbish at describing fragrances. I would suggest going to Boots and giving yourself a spritz of this :)

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Dry Shampoo RRP £5.89

Nah, not a fan. It didn't make my hair feel cleaner/less greasy, nor did it give it any volume. No wonder it's been discontinued... Soz, John Frieda :(

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + RRP £15.50

This is really similar to the Avene Cleanance Expert, and to be honest I couldn't choose the better one out of the two. They're even the same price! I suppose the La Roche-Posay has more blogger/press hype surrounding it, but at the end of the day they work the same. I would repurchase this too. Really great product for clearing up breakouts.

BareMinerals Stoke Of Light Eye Brightener RRP £22.00

I don't really wear heavy foundation these days and when I do, I lean towards mineral foundations from brands such as BareMinerals. I just don't like the feel of thick, heavy make-up on my skin, especially when it melts off in the sun... This eye brightener was fab at removing dark circles under my eyes, and concealing blemishes, although I found I needed a second concealer (such as MAC Studio Finish) on top of it to completely cover blemishes. 

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild RRP £16.50 (for 200ml)
It does what it says on the tin really - cleans your face :) not a lot to say about that other than it leaves your skin feeling squeaky-clean. You can't go wrong!

What did you use up this month?

Love,

Sophia xo

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