Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Caudalie Vinosource Range & Launch.

Caudalie Vinosource range. Moisturising Sorbet for Sensitive Skin, Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin,Moisture Recovery Cream for Dry Skin, Intense Moisture Rescue Cream for Very Dry Skin.
Caudalie Vinosource range.
 Caudalie have launched their new Vinosource range! Last week I was very luck to attend the Vinosource launch in London and I am very excited to talk about the moisturisers from the range. There are 4 moisturisers, the Moisturising Sorbet for Sensitive Skin, the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin, the Moisture Recovery Cream for Dry Skin and the Intense Moisture Rescue Cream for Very Dry Skin. All of which are now out in store and online.

Caudalie Blogging Event, Vinosource Launch Party.
Such a beautiful party, roses, cotton candy & cocktails! Shame my camera died after about 10 minutes...
The range uses grape water, to sooth and hydrate skin, whilst strengthen and nourishing. It is also free from parabans, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate and animal ingredients. I have been using the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid and have been seeing some great results from it.

I have a bit of a tricky relationship with moisturisers, my skin is combination, with very oily areas but it's also very sensitive. I suffer with acne, scarring and a lot of redness, means I have to be super careful with what I use lest I face the consequences. Having such oily patches, means my makeup also likes to slide of my skin, landslide style, after only a few hours. Whilst dryness is never an issue, redness and sensitivity really are, meaning my skin does need looking after and soothing.

Caudalie Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin.
Caudalie Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin.
I give you this, rather unpleasant sounding, analysis of my skin just to demonstrate how gentle the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid really is. It is an oil free formula that helps mattify the skin but still hydrates it. I have noticed my makeup has been staying on longer since using it and also applying really smoothly. My skin has also been feeling softer and I have noticed an improvement in it's overall texture. It hasn't triggered any breakouts since using it and it has also helped keep my redness a little under control. It's also great as a little goes a long way, spreading and absorbing really nicely into the skin.


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Sunday, 17 April 2016

5 Amazing Vegetarian & Vegan Blogs.

The Tofu Diaries, Sprouted Kitchen, Oh She Glows, The Post Punk Kitchen
Clockwise: The Tofu Diaries, Sprouted Kitchen, Oh She Glows, The Post Punk Kitchen x 2.
I am a vegetarian but eat about a 90% vegan diet. I love to cook, but I'm super lazy. I am also really fussy about what I eat and am very indecisive. This makes dinner time somewhat... challenging. In order to make life a little easier I have a stash of amazing vegetarian and vegan blogs that I turn too when nothing is taking my fancy and I need some inspiration!

The PPK/The Post Punk Kitchen -  Run by the wonderful Isa Chandra-Moskowitz, really is the vegan holy grail. I have all of her books and I reach for them constantly! The PPK is amazing because it has hundreds and hundreds of recipes, all different cuisines, but all equally delicious. I have been so inspired by all of Isa's recipes over the years with some of my favourites being Everyday Pad Thai & Black Bean & Quinoa Soup If you are looking to impress, then this is the place for you! Isa also writes amazing cookbooks and even though I love going online for recipes, these are worth having a hard copy of!

The Tofu Diaries/Natalie Tamara - Natalie is a gifted food photographer who makes really tasty but really healthy recipes that seriously give me the hunger. Her recipes are so easy to follow and she uses a lot of really basic ingredients that are readily available. Although simple her recipes are still inventive and I really look forward to cooking them! Natalie also writes about other things too like Travel and her site is a lovely place to spend an hour!

Oh She Glows - Oh she Glows has been a favourite of mine for a while now. Angela creates such delicious recipes that are super healthy but also manage to feel really indulgent at the same time. Angela started Oh She Glows as a way to record her recovery from an eating disorder and show the impact that food has on our lives. As someone who has been through something similar I really relate to not only her story but also her focus on feeding to body and nutrition but still enjoying the process and feeling healthy and nourished. Just take a look at her Next Level Vegan Enchiladas and try and tell me your not hungry.

Sprouted Kitchen - Two words. Food Porn. Sprouted Kitchen both makes me hungry and envious. It is such a beautiful blog, simple, clean and so well crafted! It's a vegetarian blog but they also have loads of great vegan recipes that are really veg focussed, healthy and nutritious. What I love about Sprouted Kitchen is that everything is just a little bit fancy and special but still relatively simple to cook using pretty basic ingredients!

Buzzfeed - It sounds weird but Buzzfeed are actually a deep well of Vegetarian and Vegan knowledge! They're more of a place to find other peoples recipes, rather than their own but I have found so many new blogs to follow through them! They write great themed lists, like 41 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes (not so relevant in the UK, but still delicious) and its great if you wanna try out some new recipes.

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Monday, 4 April 2016

NYX Lip Lingerie.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Lace Detail and Bedroom Flirt.
NYX Lip Lingerie in Lace Detail and Bedroom Flirt.
The past few weeks I have been wearing the NYX Lip Lingerie, every, damn, day. I had been eyeing them up for a while but only got around to ordering them recently. I have been curious to try NYX out for a while, ever since they landed on Boots online. After being tempted by everyone on Instagram, looking so great in the Lip Lingerie, I decided that is where I would start. At only 6.99 each I thought I couldn't go too wrong, so after some pretty intense research (about an hours Instagram spree) I chose the shades Lace Detail and Bedroom Flirt.

The formula is lovely. Very matte but applies smoothly, evenly and is really easy to work with. I find that I don't even really need a lipliner for everyday, making them very quick and perfect for busy mornings. The staying power is amazing. I go most of the day without any reapplication, even after eating a giant burger (Sunday proved this) which means they are super low maintenance. I am terrible with touching up my make up throughout the day and generally rather lazy, so they are an all round winner for me. The staying power however does also mean that they can be a little tricky to remove without the right stuff but anything oil based works a dream!

A slight (but expected) downside is that being so matte, means they are a bit drying. I am someone who suffers with unusually dry lips so I have a bit of a battle wearing any lipstick on a regular basis (it doesn't stop me, of course!) but even I didn't find them any worse than any other matte lip colour, possibly even a little better. As long as I maintain my lips with balm and a lip scrub, like the Lush ones, I am fine, even with my sandpaper lips. God, I am such a catch?!

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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Jewellery Favourites!

H&M Crystal Ring and Bracelet Set, Orelia Mini Peace Ring & Cut Out Star band Set, Wolf & Moon 'Ripple Necklace' in Mint.
Clockwise: H&M Crystal Ring and Bracelet Set, Orelia Mini Peace Ring & Cut Out Star band Set, Wolf & Moon 'Ripple Necklace' in Mint.

I have recently been buying a lot more jewellery and I have found some really great pieces. I am a bit of a jewellery obsessive, and have always been known amongst my friends for it. I thought I may as well put my obsession to good use and show you guys what I have been wearing recently and the kinds of things I love! Most of this jewellery, although a bit of a luxury for me, is reasonably priced and pretty affordable and I have got a ton of use out of all of it!

Wolf & Moon 'Ripple Necklace' in Mint.
Wolf & Moon 'Ripple Necklace' in Mint.

Wolf & Moon are a brand I think are amazing. This necklace above is from their Fjordland collection, which is my favourite of theirs but I would happily wear anything they make! I have been wearing this necklace for a few months now and have yet to get tired of it. They also sell some of their designs through ASOS, which is very convenient but for their fun collection check out their website!

Orelia Mini Peace Ring & Cut Out Star Band Set.
Orelia Mini Peace Ring & Cut Out Star Band Set.

The four rings in the picture above are all made by another brand I love, Orelia. I actually bought these from Topshop but first Orelia on ASOS a few months back and have loved their designs ever since. These were a little bit of an impulse buy for me. The Mini Peace Ring was £10 and the Cut Out Star Band Set was £22 so it was kind of a luxury for me and I probably should have, but I am so glad I did! I have been wearing them everyday. The Mini Peace Ring is my favourite but I am really glad I got the set as well as they are great for stacking. The colour of the jewels is also lovely for spring and they really just finish off an outfit nicely.

H&M Crystal Jewellery Set.
H&M Crystal Jewellery Set.
The three rings above and the two crystal bracelets in the background all came together as one set from H&M. At only £12.99 I could not resist as I thought they were such a good price and so pretty. I have  loved this kind of crystal, simple gold set, jewellery for a while now but they are always so expensive  and no matter how beautiful I just can't pay it! So when I found this set I would over the moon! Sure, unclose they do look very plastic and fake but from a few feet away no one would know the difference! Whilst the rings are a little on the large side for me, the bracelets are so delicate but really stunning.

Fair Trade 'House' Earrings.
Fair Trade 'House' Earrings. 

Finally these little guys definitely deserve a mention as I have been wearing them everyday since christmas. My sister bought me these after seeing them in Oklahoma in Manchester. Sadly, I don't think they are available anymore, but there are some similar umbrella versions here, from they same brand. They are really cute and easy to wear and I am so glad to have them as my everyday. go to earrings!

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