Monday, 7 October 2013

Birthday 2013: Beauty presents!

Hey peoples!
How is it Monday again?! I hope you've had an amazing weekend :-)
Now I love reading these kinds of posts so I hope you'll enjoy mine. Here's what I got for my birthday... YAY!
The Sanctuary Spa Me Time Spa Treats
I've never actually visited the Sanctuary Spa *hint* but I am in love with their beauty products! This is such a cute little gift set and contains minis, perfect for travelling - which I do, A LOT of.
Lauren Conrad - Beauty book
I've always had a girl crush on LC- I love pretty much everything about her! That also includes our mutual disdain for Stephanie Pratt. I can't wait to find out her beauty secrets and I'm going to buy her Style book next.
Real Techniques Starter Kit (Eyes)
I've already got the Core Collection and I bloody love it so I'm trying to build up my Real Techniques collection at the moment! They're so cheap and easily available but amazing quality.
Yankee Candle Waikiki Melon
There's nothing I love more than cosying up at the end of a long day with the Made in Chelsea box set and a scented candle. Yankee Candle Pink Sands and Clean Cotton are my fave scents but I thought it was time to try something new and this smells LOVELY.
Barry M Gelly Shine Nail Paint
I have a couple of these Barry M Nail Paints already and they're really awesome. These pretty pastel shades are right up my street, they're super glossy and last ages as well so it's a win win situation.
MUA Nail Constellation
I like to give my nails a bit of TLC (usually on a Friday night!) so I can't wait to settle in and give this a go! Has anyone tried it? Is it easy to use?
They're the main presents I got for my bday, what are you lot asking for this year?!
Love,
Sophia
xo

 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Summer fashion: Birthday outfits from Topshop, Primark, River Island, New Look and Warehouse

Hey ladies!
I hope you're all well and looking forward to autumn. Just a little flashback this morning to some of the summer outfits I wore for my birthday :-)
These are three main outfits I wore for my 23rd birthday. The first I wore out for lunch with friends, the second I wore for a girly meal out and the third I wore for my family party.
Outfit one:
Crop top - Topshop
Maxi skirt - Primark
On the day before my birthday, I went to a lovely pub called The Hornbrook with three of my friends. I wore this loose, casual outfit as I didn't want anything too tight when we were going out to eat! You can probably tell I had to roll up the skirt as I'm a short ass and it was too long... *sigh*
Outfit two:

Red cami top - Topshop
Skirt - River Island
Heels - New Look
Nude bag - River Island
On the night of my birthday, I went out for a dinner at a restaurant called The Comodor with some of my best friends. I went absolutely mental for Aztec / tribal print during the summer, as seen here! I also wore these little Topshop cami tops religiously as they were super flattering. I love those New Look strappy heels too, they're so versatile.
Outfit three:
Dress - Warehouse
Belt - H&M
My final outfit was a floral summer dress that I wore for my family birthday party. I picked this up on a whim from ASOS as it was half price - I wouldn't normally fork out for Warehouse otherwise. But I just fell in love with it, it was so flattering! I'm also a sucker for ditsy florals so that definitely helped. I cinched it in at the waist with a skinny white belt and added a tomato red lip to complement the red flowers in the dress.
Do you make an extra special effort with your birthday?
Let me know in the comments!
Love,
Sophia
xo

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

September 2013 empties: Avene, Caudalie, Bioderma, Moroccanoil, Aussie, Sanctuary Spa

Hey loves!
I hope you're well and having a lovely day :-)
Continuing with my attempt to catch up on empties posts, here are the products I used up in September...
Skincare:

Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-up Remover
I must sound like a broken record here because this ALWAYS features in my empties posts but that's because I seriously get through so much of this. Hands down, best drugstore eye make-up remover on the market.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
This is pretty over-hyped in my opinion. It smells nice but I don't really feel like it's doing anything to my skin. I prefer to use MAC Fix+ or the Avene water spray - they're both cheaper and do the same time thing.
Avene Cleanance Toner
I actually really liked this! I would definitely say the Avene Cleanance range helped to clear up my skin when I had a breakout. I know a lot of people don't use toner but I do find it makes a big difference and my skin gets really grimy if I don't use it.
Bioderma Sebium Micellar Water
This is specially formulated for oily skin but I wouldn't say it felt any different to the regular Bioderma at all. My fave micellar water so far is still the Caudalie one though.
Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water
Loved this in the summer! It gave my skin a quick refresh when it needed it and made it look more awake and dewy. Would definitely recommend you investing in one of these for your handbag.

Haircare:
Creightons Sunshine Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner
Another repeat empties post offender, I swear by this to keep my locks bright and blonde in the summer.
Moroccanoil Oil Treatment
I know people rave about this stuff but I can't say it made a huge difference to my hair this time. I prefer the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.
Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Intensive Conditioner
I wasn't expecting to like this but I actually really did! It makes your hair really soft and silky. I'm using the Bee Honey one at the moment and I love the scent of that too.
TRESemme Restructuring Deep Conditioner
Another one of my all-time faves, this is perfect for a real, deep condition. I like to use it when my hair hasn't been washed for a few days and it could do with a thorough cleanse.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour Deep Treatment
I normally use the Aussie Luscious Long 3 Minute Miracle but they were out of stock of that so I picked this up instead. I can't say it made much of a difference to the colour of my hair so I'll be sticking to LL in future!
Bodycare and other:
Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub
I absolutely adore Sanctuary Spa products! I love the scent and find using the products so blissful and relaxing. I really want to visit the spa in Covent Garden too.
Kim Kardashian - Gold fragrance
I am pretty biased as I'm the biggest Kim K fan but I love this fragrance! I prefer it to her first one... Yes, I have them both. Give it a whiff when you're next in Debenhams.
What did you use up this month?
Love,
Sophia
xo