May 2014 Favourites

Hello Snowdroplets!

Now, I realise that it is now half way through June, but I thought, hey, better late than never! There were quite a few bits which I’ve been loving last month which I wanted to share with you, so without further ado…

Beauty Favourites

Beauty Favourites

 

Nivea Soft 75ml – £2.49

I’m fairly sure I featured a Nivea skincare product in my last favourites post, but  I just think that they’re great! This has a lovely light texture and really helped to smooth out the crazy dry patches I get on my nose and forehead, better than any other moisturiser I have tried. Not to mention, it is very affordable as mine lasted ages – I’ve only just run out.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - £3.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99

Nearly all my friends own this now upon my recommendation as I think it is perfect for just swooshing (technical term) onto your skin after applying foundation or even just moisturiser for an even, airbrushed finish. It doesn’t work any miracles, but for £3.99 I love it for just adding a little extra coverage and zapping away any shine; as you can see, I’ve made a bit of a dent in mine now. Love it.

Models Own Indian Ocean Topcoat - £5

Models Own Indian Ocean Topcoat – £5

I’ve already done a full post to express my ultimate adoration for this product which you can check out here: http://10simonsv.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/current-nail-favourite-models-own-indian-ocean/ Therefore, I will keep this short and sweet: this stuff = glittery, shimmery, mermaid-esque magic in a bottle.

Avon Speed Dry+ in Ballerina - £2 (in clearance)

Avon Speed Dry+ in Ballerina – £2 (in clearance)

Finally. My search is over. For months I have been trying to uncover the perfect neutral and here it is for y’all. I’m not a fan of the ‘foundation nails’, where your nail varnish is meant to be a similar shade to your foundation as I find that just looks like you have no nails, just bizarre fleshy claw type things. Then again, when I’ve tried shades like this one promising to be the perfect nude, I’ve found that they just come out clear with next to none colour, creating a plastic-y, clingfilm-wrapped-around-your-nails-look. Not cute. But, this, is perfect. It’s not a pastel pink, but it’s not a peach, it’s that lovely, natural, happy medium which I reckon I could get away with at school. Oh, and I adore the Avon Speed Dry range – I also own their shade ‘Sprightly Mint’ and they literally dry in 30 seconds. Amazing.

Beautyuk Posh Pout Moisturising Tinted Lip Balm - £2.99

Beautyuk Posh Pout Moisturising Tinted Lip Balm – £2.99

Yeah… I have no idea what I have done to the top of this, I definitely wasn’t like that when I bought it? Ahh well! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this due to it only being £2.99 but I’d heard great things about them so thought, meh, I’ll give it go. But, wow, I am impressed! Mine is in the shade ‘power to the purple’, though I’m not sure why, as it isn’t purple at all but a bright, bold pink colour which is really fun for Summer and lasts, literally, for hours.  What I was especially surprised about was how moisturising it was. Being a sufferer of very dry lips, I nearly always use a lip balm before applying any lipstick, but for this I don’t need to! Yes, it is that good. Unfortunately, the colour range is a bit limited, but I strongly suggest you check these out.

Gilly Hicks Body Lotion in Loring Aster - £2

Gilly Hicks Body Lotion in Loring Aster – £2 (in the clearance)

I think these are normally between £8-10 so couldn’t resist ordering one for only £2. I’ve never tried anything from the Gilly Hicks or Hollister (the brands are fairly similar) body range before, so I was pretty excited to try this one. First off, boy, does this smell delicious! It is fairly moisturising, but I’m not gonna lie this is mainly just in my favourites because of the amazing fresh, fruity and slightly perfume-y scent. The smell also lingers on the skin for a couple of hours after using it which is a definite positive as it smells so good.

And now onto my Random Favourites…

Handmade Scrunchie

Handmade Scrunchie

I’ve been really enjoying whacking on a scrunchie to either jazz up a ponytail or a bun, as I just think they add a cute and casual layer of whimsy and 90s nostalgia to a look. This one, I actually made myself with the guidance of my lovely cousin, so if any of you would like a tutorial post on how to whip one up yourself, do let me know in the comments. Scrunchies are definitely having a comeback, they seem to be popping up in shops everywhere – and I love it!

Kleeneze Soothing Gel Eye Mask - recieved as a gift

Kleeneze Soothing Gel Eye Mask – recieved as a gift

This surprises me by how soothing and lovely it feels every time I use it, and that’s saying something, because recently I have been using it a lot. All you have to do is leave the gel insert in the fridge for about 30mins, slide it into the flap at the back and sit and relax with it on for as long as you like; the gel usually stays cool for a maximum of about 40mins. Lately, I’ve been using this in the bath which has been the perfect end to a stressful day of exams, but you could use it in bed before going to sleep or just as a break for tired eyes during revision (though I’ve finally finished my exams now – huzzah!).

Primark Wire Heart Fairy Lights - £6

Primark Wire Heart Fairy Lights – £6

I’d been looking for some pretty fairy lights for looping around my bed for ages but they were all around £20, so when I saw some adorable heart ones in Primark for only £6(!!) I couldn’t believe my luck! In the evening when I’m getting ready for bed, I close my curtains, light some candles and flip these on and feel like I’m in a beautiful, magical fairy castle… um, no hate, guys. Every female deserves fairy lights.

So there you have it, my belated May favourites. I hope you have enjoyed it and perhaps I have inspired some of you to try a few of these items yourself.

Thank you so much for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

 

Current Nail Favourite: Model’s Own Indian Ocean

Hello Snowdroplets!

This stuff, as the title suggests, is definitely my new favourite nail varnish – let me try to explain why…

First off, I bought this bottle of nail varnish inside a bottle of nail varnish. Oh yes, you read that right. Model’s Own pop-up type shop is in the shape of a cute bubbly nail varnish bottle with pink ‘varnish’ spilling out – I mean how frickin’ awesome?! What I especially loved was how the staff spoke about The Bottle as if it was some kind of alternate dimension where nails were worshiped like Gods and nothing bad… like, dare I say, bare or chipped nails… existed. It was a little slice of girly, beauty heaven!

Anyway, onto the actual nail varnish. Normally £5 (but I bought mine with two others so it was cheaper), this is a gorgeous shimmery top coat. In the bottle, it looks like a combination of turquoise and pink swirls with tiny glitter particles, but on the nails these colours do not show so much. It lets the base coat colour shine through, simply providing a gorgeous sheen and subtly picking out the pinks and blues of the shade and letting those parts beautifully catch the light.

I’ve used Indian Ocean over two different base colours to give you an idea of it’s appearance:

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I’m not sure these pictures quite do justice to this topcoat. Also, I have no idea what that black mark on my little finger is is the last picture?! Ahh well ;-). The base colour in the first look is Avon’s Speed Dry in Sprightly Mint, a gorgeous fresh mint green for Spring/ Summer and the base coat for the second look is another Model’s Own nail varnish from their scented range (though I have never noticed a scent at all) in Grape Juice.

 

What do you think of this nail varnish? The only negative thing I can say about it is that it does take a while to dry, definitely at least 5 mintutes. But once it is on, it certainly seems to stay on and not chip – which is a must for me!

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

Trend I’m Loving: Slogan Tees

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‘Celfie’ T-shirt – Bank £10

‘When the going gets tough, the tough gets going’ T-shirt – Bank £12

Authentic’ Crop Vest – Forever 21 £9.75

‘You and Me’  T-shirt – New Look £12.99

‘Be Young Forever’ T-shirt – New Look £9.99

‘N.Y’  T-shirt – Topshop £18

‘Blondes have more F.U.N’  T-shirt – Boohoo £12

‘I woke up like this’  T-shirt – In Love with Fashion £12.99

‘Love’  Triangle T-shirt – Boohoo £10

 

Hello Snowdroplets!

Lately I’ve been seeing loads of these slogan t-shirts around, with often ironic or fun statements scrawled across them – and I love them! I think they’re really cool, casual and can help express your personality, so I’ve picked out a few of my favourites I have seen on the highstreet. Which ones are your favourites? I really like all of them but the one for me would have to be the Boohoo ‘Blondes have more F.U.N’ one, as being blonde I feel this one fits me best and I love it’s quirkiness! The ‘Love’ triangle one from Boohoo is really cute as well though and I really like the slouchy ‘boyfriend’ style shape of that one.

What do you think of this trend? Will you be giving it a go?

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

Spring Highstreet Fashion Wishlist 2014

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The weather woman on Look North has just informed me that we’ve got another warmer week ahead and I’m taking that as certified permission to start getting overly excited about the new Spring/Summer lines appearing on the highstreet. Everything just seems to be so cute! Here are some of the items I am totally lusting over this season…

MOTO Light Grey Leigh Jeans – Topshop £38.00

I’ve never really gone for grey jeans before, but I thought these ones were really sweet! The shade is just perfect in my opinion; light enough to look really pretty with pastels but dark enough to also look really cool and edgy with monochromes. Oh, and the fit and shape of all Topshop jeans is just perfect. Sadly, no matter how much I try, I really can’t justify the £38.00 though.

Love Bird Cross Stitch Dotty Across Body Bag – Accessorize £25.00

This. This is just beautiful. The boho feel of the embroidery style detailing on the flap, the gorgeous fun, fresh colours, the practical size – for me, this looks like the perfect Spring and Summer bag. It is just SO pretty, I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere and it’s not too expensive… I just love this!

Lace Back Playsuit – Topshop £48.00

Aww, this is soo pretty and cute but elegant and sophisticated at the same time! I have hopelessly fallen in love with the mint green trend which is still definitely going strong, and playsuits are one of my favourite things to wear in Summer as they are really comfy and airy! Unfortunately, the price is waaay out of my budget but it’s free to look isn’t it? And drool? And gawk at every couple of days on the website to see if it’s gone in the sale like a mad woman? Tell me I’m not the only person who does that…

Spot Lilly Shirt – Topshop £35.00

Topshop again, what can I say? Again, I think this is really unique and stunning. It kind of reminds me of Japanese cherry blossom trees and exotic beaches… I love it so much, but hate the price. Topshop,why so expensive? :(. I think I’ d wear this with highwaisted shorts, or, come to think of it, it would look gorgeous with the Topshop jeans!

Navy Polka Dot Tea Dress – River Island £25.00

Don’t even try to tell me this is more of a Autumn item, it won’t deter me, I’m already way too in love with this. I can not get enough of these t-shirt dresses at the moment! I love wearing dresses as I always feel feminine and pretty in them but live in fear of looking like I’ve tried too hard or am overdressed. Therefore, these are the perfect solution! I especially love this cute polka dot one with the bold white spikey collar.

Coral Quilted Rucksack – River Island £30.00

This bag just took my breath away when I saw it – it is the ultimate power bag. The colour is just so bold and… KAPOW!! Know what I mean? I love the fact that other than the trendy quilted texture there is no decoration on the bag to distract from the awesome colour, making it look even more unapologetic and empowering. I need this is my life.

Cara Camera Across Body Bag – Accessorize £25.00

I think for the £25 I would probably prefer the other Accessorize bag but this one is really cute and quirky! I mean…IT’S A CAMERA?! HOW fun and cutsie?! I love the fact that being gold it adds some bling to your outfit and it would also go with everything. Cute, but not quite worth the money methinks.

Jardin Supersoft Sweat – Topshop £24.00

I’m not even sure why I like this so much, but I do! I’m head over heels! I love statement t-shirts and sweatshirts but find some of the slogans just a bit… odd? But this I thought was quite sweet and a bit more feminine – and basically just really cute for Spring! Also, I thought the £24 was very reasonable for Topshop.

Crop Pocket Vest – Topshop £8.00

I’ve only just realised how practically everything is from Topshop… oops! This is a perfect little basic for throwing on over shorts or jeans and just looking effortlessly pretty. The colour, I find, is ideal for Spring and I think loose crop tops are so much more casual and flattering than the tight ones which I tend to feel a bit uncomfortable and self-conscious in.

Well, there you have it! If you don’t take anything else from this post, you have definitely learned that I have a real Topshop obsession… it’s becoming a problem. Which online shops do you always find yourself browsing through?

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

February 2014 Beauty and Fashion Favourites

Hello my Snowdroplets!!

This is my first ever monthly favourite post and I don’t know if I try enough products to do one each month, but I found this one fun to do so who knows? I will warn you though, it has turned into a bit of a mammoth post so you may want to grab a nice hot chocolate/coffee/tea before you begin! In other news, I was thrilled when I logged onto my blog this morning to find that I have just surpassed the 1000 views milestone, I now feel like a true blogger. Anyway, without further ado I shall begin this post…

My Beauty Favourites

My Beauty Favourites

Impulse Loving Words - £0.97 at Superdrug

Impulse Loving Words – £0.97 at Superdrug

I have tried quite a few Impulse body sprays now, whether they be mine or a friends, and so I think myself justified to declare this one my favourite! The fragrance is very fruity and fresh and making it distinctly feminine and for only £0.97 I don’t really think you can go wrong. I also love the packaging; it slots into my school bag perfectly for a sneaky spritz after PE.

Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream 30ml - £1.50 at Superdrug

Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream 30ml – £1.50 at Superdrug

This has been my saviour. For some reason my hands have really been taking a battering this year from the weather and I ended up with the skin between my fingers being terribly dry. My friend kindly gave me this in a gift set for my birthday and after using it daily before bed my hands have felt much smoother, softer and the dryness has almost gone. It doesn’t feel greasy when you put it on and has an instant and lasting effect. The only perhaps downside is that it has quite a strong smell, but personally, I quite like it.

Rimmel London Hide the Blemish Concealer - £3.99 at Superdrug

Rimmel London Hide the Blemish Concealer – £3.99 at Superdrug

I have started using this for my dark circles which have been pretty shocking at the moment, admittedly only I am to blame for this though! Initially I had wanted to get the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer as I thought a liquid one might have more coverage but I couldn’t find one in my shade ANYWHERE so my friend recommended this. I have found it to be good, providing a smooth, light coverage which has been nice when I didn’t want to look ‘made-up’, but I think I probably will still be keeping an eye out for the Collection concealer.

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose - £1.50 at Superdrug

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose – £1.50 at Superdrug

This. This is just amazing. Forget your Vaselines, Baby Lips and all the rest of it, this is what you need in your life. It has made my lips the softest I think they have ever been and this smells soo fruity and sweet and GOOD!! I also own the original one which is great as well, but I just prefer the smell of this one. The packaging is really cute as well, the little tin is really slim so I barely feel it slotted into my school blazer pocket. Snowdrop highly recommends.

Eos Lip Balm in Sweet Mint - £4.99 at naturisimo.com

Eos Lip Balm in Sweet Mint – £4.99 at naturisimo.com

Now, I realise I have effectively just labelled the Nivea Lip Butters the best lip balms ever, but… I think the Eos lip balms are a VERY close second! The smell (and taste… don’t judge me) of these are unbeatable – this sweet mint one literally smells like the best mint chocolate icecream ever. These are 95% organic and 100% natural and how cool is the packaging?! All you have to do is pucker up and smooth it on, though I must confess the shape is a little inconvenient. But unfortunately, I don’t think these are quite as moisturising as the Nivea Lip Butters, they are great, don’t get me wrong, but now I have experienced the Nivea ones, I don’t think anything can compare!

Maybelline Falsies Volum' Express Mascara - £7.99 at Superdrug

Maybelline Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara – £7.99 at Superdrug

This is pretty awesome. At first it scared me a bit because it came out way clumpier than my previous mascara, but it was probably just because I’d had to coat my lashes with the other one to achieve the desired amount of volume whereas with this you just slick it on and you’re done! It creates so much volume with such little product; it’s amazing! So while it was a bit of an investment for me, I think it will definitely last me and save me plenty of time. Happy customer.

My Fashion Favourites

My Fashion Favourites

Primark Jumper - £14

Primark Jumper – £14

This jumper has quickly turned into one of my favourites (… hence why it’s now in my favourites post, what a stupid thing to say -.-). I thought it was a bit expensive for Primark at first but I fell in love with the combination of the quirky and retro, yet still girly, floral pattern and the edgy monochrome colour scheme which seems to be really popular at the moment. I also love the way it sits, nice and loose but with a bit of gathering at the bottom so that it doesn’t just hang. Not to mention, the quality feels quite good for Primark as well – I’m so glad I bought this! It adds interest and fun to any casual outfit.

Topshop Mini Satchel Bag - £15 in the sale

Topshop Mini Satchel Bag – £15 in the sale

I spent SO much time deliberating as to whether to buy this or not as I have acquired rather an abundance of bags over the years, but I am so glad that I did! These satchel style bags seem to be the perfect size for me, I hope they stay ‘in’ for a while yet. I have used this bag so much already and I still get as excited about using it as I did when I first got it, which is always a good sign. I reckon it’s perfect for this time of year, as it adds a splash of Spring to any outfit when it’s still too cold to wear Spring/Summer clothes – the colour is surprising easy to match as well! I will probably be using this all the way through Spring and Summer so it was a real bargain if you look at it that way.

Gilly Hicks Medium Wash Jeggings - £11.90 in the sale

Gilly Hicks Medium Wash Jeggings – £11.90 in the sale

 

I don’t even know how to start describing to you how much I love these. I had had my eye on some Topshop jeans almost identical to these for a while, but they were around £38 which there was no way I could justify paying. Then, I found these. Originally £34 (I think) these are SO soft and comfortable it’s like wearing super comfy leggings – that look GOOD!!? I was a bit worried that they might be thin legging-esque material though as they were labelled as jeggings, but they are effectively just ultra comfy and soft jeans. I especially love the colour, just that bit faded but not too pale, meaning I could make them work in Winter or Summer and the fact they are slightly highwaisted is great too, meaning I could wear them with crop tops if I wanted. They also fit PERFECTLY.

 

Thank you for making it through this fairly hefty post! Did you enjoy my first ever favourites post? It was certainly fun getting together everything I’ve been loving this month.

 

Simplistic beauty xx

 

Fashion At Your Fingertips: Accent Nails

Accent nails. Some of you may be well acquainted with this term by now, if you are passionate about nail trends, however, I’m sure there are still a lot of you who, like my dear mother, are wondering with bemused curiosity why I have only added glitter to one of my nails. Did I get bored and give up? Run out of glitter? Or perhaps I was just trying out a new nail varnish? Nope, not quite, and no again, I was in fact experimenting with the fun new phenomena that is: accent nails, the trend taking the high street by storm!

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So what is an accent nail? Basically, it can be defined as a single nail (typically the ring finger) painted with a different design to the other nails, but using complimentary or the same colour/s. I kept it simple and merely added a gold glitter topcoat to my base colour, but you can use your imagination and put your own stamp on this trend. I’ve even seen people paint, for example, a floral design on all but the ring finger nail, leaving the accent nail as a plain block colour. The options are endless!

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The nail varnishes I used were Barry M’s Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Green Berry 350 for the base coat, and a mini glitter polish by Jessica which came in a gorgeous set I was lucky enough to receive for my birthday for the accent nail.

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I think this is such a fun and creative trend which I can’t wait to play around with more! What do you think?

Thank you for reading,

Simplistic beauty xx

Review: Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer by Maybelline

Ok, I know. I am a terrible blogger. It has been a shocking… 3 months since my last post. And I have definitely missed it, but was sadly up to my eyes with GCSEs, but am here now to make amends and that’s all the matters, right? RIGHT? Good :).

I thought I would return with a little review on what is proving to be a highly controversial little product: the Baby Skin Primer by Maybelline New York. What with the ground-breaking success of their Baby Lips range, this primer was awaited with eager anticipation and excitement before it launched in the UK about January time. Not being able to resist trying it for myself, and having been impressed by the tester, I picked one up a couple of weeks ago.

(Picture from Google Images, WordPress isn’t letting me upload mine :( )

Some people have hated it, saying it has left their skin greasy or hasn’t made a difference; others have loved it saying it made their skin super soft and filled in blemishes. I’m loving it! For me, it did exactly what it said on the tube, and effectively gave me my skin but better, which as I don’t especially have problem skin was exactly what I wanted. What I especially loved was how it didn’t clog up in dry patches, it completely smooths over them , making them soft and if you wished, the perfect base for foundation – but I have actually been loving wearing this by itself. As for poreless skin, it definitely seems to reduce shine, redness and in a way the appearance of blemishes, but I am not convinced that it works any miracles. If you want coverage, I would steer you away from this and perhaps suggest a BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead.

There have been comparisons between this product and Benefit’s Porefessional, but having not tried the latter I cannot comment on this. However, as they are priced at £24.50 per tube, far dearer than the £7.99 I paid for Baby Skin, I am more than satisfied with Maybelline’s version for the time being. ;). Only a small dollop of this silky, clear gel is required, making it quite reasonable in my opinion.

Overall, I am a very happy customer and highly recommend this product!

Thank you for reading,

Simplistic beauty xx