Thursday, 30 May 2013

Origins GinZing Range

Origins is a brand name you will have no doubt seen gracing the beauty counters.

Combining nature and science, using only the kindest and purest ingredients really sets this brand apart from any other.
I don't mind paying for products that really work, and deliver results that you can really see and feel.

I know a few girlies who are huge fans of Origins and I have always looked past it, I have been using the GinZing Range of products recently* the face moisturiser, eye cream & mascara.

GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser instantly hydrates and revs up radiance.
This lightweight, oil-free, skin energy drink, fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean, jumpstarts hydration levels. Lacklustre-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalised to create a healthy, vibrant glow.
A little goes a long way, and the cooling sensation on application is really nice too.
£23 for 50ml

GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to brighten & depuff helps to reduce the look of dark circles.
Unsightly bags and puffiness seem less visible.
When you first look at the cream it looks pink and very shimmery, but you cannot tell once its been applied to the eye area, it really does magically diffuse the light to get rid of those pesky shadows.
Origins proprietary complex of Caffeine from Coffee bean, Panax Ginseng, Magnolia Extract and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes and restores radiance to tired eyes.
Safe for even the most sensitive peepers!
£21 for 15ml

GinZing brightening mascara to lengthen & lift. Boost in the appearance of lushness & lift
In an instant, the mega-plush brush sweeps up & fans out. The wand is chunky and the brush is really thick, which I really like on a mascara, and the style of the brush really grabs onto every little lash. 

The result: soft, long, lush lashes that never look spiky, brittle or clumpy, and this stuff does not budge even after a whole day of work & a gym session, you do not get any sign of panda eyes with this stuff.
£17 for a 14ml tube.

I really like the packaging on these Origins products, and I would happily have them on display on my dresser.

For those of you who really struggle with sensitive skin or make up woes then have a look at
Origins Online shop you'll definitely find something to suit you.

Are you an Origins fan? Let me know your thoughts.....


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

2True Fast Dry Colour Quick Nail Polish

2 True Cosmetics are affordable, yet bang on trend when it comes to whats hot right now.
Check out these gorgeous new spring/summer hues that'll look great with that holiday tan, or faux glow if your staying here in the not so sunny UK.

These polishes retail at just £1.99 each, so you can so afford to stock up.
Personally I love the pastel coral shade (17) it's so hot right now and I am so into coral its lush.

These colours compliment each other so well, so if like me you cant decide on just one, then be brave and mix them up.

These polishes dry in less than a minute and the swatches I have done above are without topcoat, so the colours are super glossy.

Have you tried 2True Polishes? 
Shop online right here they're exclusivley avaliable in Superdrug, it's worth checking out the rest of the range too as you can often pick up 3 items for just £5!


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Face B4 Skincare Update & Giveaway!

I recently reviewed the new skincare range from FaceB4, it's a revolutionary 2 step skincare system targeting blemish prone skin, if you missed my first thoughts on it catch up here 

I have been using FaceB4 for 6 weeks now & to say I am impressed with the results is an understatement. I'm not going to promise you that you'll never see a spot again, but you can expect to see a reduction in pore size, as well as clearer skin in general and a much faster clear up time if you do the occasional breakout & it tackles blackheads.

I wanted to show you the difference in my skin's appearance after 6 weeks use, so here is my comparison:

This is me on the 1st day of my holiday a few weeks ago, make up free!

I have been able to skip the primer in my usual make up routine and wear less make up in general, I have never had skin confidence before and although scary, I like it.
The results I have in just 6 weeks are fantastic so in time this should only get better and better. 

My top tip for the face wash would be to invest in a muslin cloth or a flannel and use it to wipe the face wash off, this helps to remove any traces of make up not removed from the washing process.

The moisturiser is so beautifully absorbed into the skin and is the perfect base for make up, it really does give it staying power all day.

Here is my face with make up on...

and with a tan...

I have one set of FaceB4 to giveaway to one lucky winner, the face wash & moisturiser worth over £25!!
To be in with a chance of winning please follow the instructions in the widget below....

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Have you tried the FaceB4 Skincare range yet? 

Giveaway open to UK residents only, one prize of 1x FaceB4 Facewash & Serum rrp £30. 
Winner will be contacted by email no later than the 10th of June. 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Products I Will Always Buy...The Hair & Body Post

As a beauty blogger I am very lucky to get to try out new products, some are good others not so good, but there are some staple products I will always go back to.

Because they are the ones that deliver results and do what they say, not to mention the products I feel are really worth the money.

I have to split this post down into 2 sections, this first one is hair & body, the next one will be make up, and that's going to be a big one! 

So here are the hair & body  products I will always buy.....

(from left) Lee Stafford Dehumidifier Spray is an amazing product, it saved my life on holiday and it's really good at adding shine to your locks while preventing pesky fly aways, you can pick it up for just £5.99 in Boots, oh and it smells divine :) normally around £7 per can but you'll find it on 3 for 2 so keep your eyes peeled, your hair needs this!! 

L'oreal Elnett Satin Straight Spray gives you straight hair for 3 days after a wash, it smells lush, makes hair tangle free and gives it a lovely shine. £3.99 and it lasts ages. 

TREsemme Freeze Hold Salon Finish Hairspray is the only hairspray I will use, I do like Elnett but I cant stand the smell and for me that has to be nice. £5.99 for a 500ml can is really good value for money and really does keep your do in place. 

I have always used Mitchum deodorant in the past but I picked up this Nivea Stress Protect as it was on offer in Superdrug, it has a really clean fresh, citrus smell and it really does what it says on the tin. I will be sticking with this little beauty, really impressed. 

Rimmel Sunshimmer has been around for years this water resistant formula prevents the danger of water streaks and your golden glow washing off while your on a big night out in the typical English weather! 
Priced at around £7, and I always trust in the medium matte shade, I always think the shimmer one looks way to false on the skin. 

Nivea shower gels, love them. Usually on offer for £1, and the range is fab. This one has to be my fave especially in my morning shower, its gorgeous. Orangey goodness and really wakes you up, it's yummy. 

What products cant you live without? 

Benefit Fake Up Concealer

I found this at the duty free Benefit stand whilst on my way to Tenerife so I have had a good few weeks use out of it, which puts me in a great position to review it for you.

 Fake Up is the newest concealer on offer from Benefit, I have been using Boiiing for the past year and find it good, but it does settle in the creases.

Fake Up has a unique design..... its the size of a lippie so it fits perfectly in your handbag or pocket and its so girly and pretty, I adore it!

 The hydrating ring around the outside is packed with apple seed extract and vitamin e, then the inner core is your concealer which hides dark circles, diffuses light and smoothes skin.

Personally I find applying this before foundation gives a more flawless look, but that is personal preference.

Fake Up is available in 3 shades 01 Fair, 02 Medium & 03 Deep, I use the medium shade and I think to be honest unless your really fair/porcelain skinned you will more than likely need the medium shade too.
Top pic shows my eyes with no concealer & the lower shows my eyes with Fake Up on.
I picked my Fake Up in duty free for £14, but you can get yours online at the Benefit website, or from Benefit counters nationwide for £18.50, it's a fab concealer and one I will keep going back to. 

Sadly there is no miracle cure for our flaws, but this will sure as hell help to cover them up! 

Here's to happy skin days. 


Sunday, 12 May 2013

Tenerife 2013 *Pic Heavy*

Sitting here looking at the dreary rain and grey skies outside with a cup of hot chocolate makes writing this post seriously depressing, those of you who follow me on Instagram will know I just returned from a week in Tenerife with my better half, glorious weather and beautiful blue skies and uninterrupted time with him every single day, oh my I miss it already...

We stayed at the Green Garden Resort in Playas Las Americas, and it was beautiful, couldn't have asked for anything more. If you are planning a visit I would highly recommend you visit Loro Parque, Siam Park, Papagayo Beach Club, Coco Beach & Monte Carlo.

I took tons of pictures, of everything as always, and I wanted to share a selection of my faves with you, sadly your not allowed cameras in the water park so I couldn't take any pictures in there.
Dan & I have already decided we are doing 2 days in there next time we go! 

Our Apartment at Green Garden Resort.....

The first thing we had to do was go and grab some Sangria!Excuse the lack of make up and the terrible hair but we had literally just stepped off the plane! Ha ha.

Monday we decided to go to Siam Park, as I was going to be in the water all day I decided to wear no make up, and scraped back hair, not a glam look!

 I love getting all dressed up on holiday, it's the best part.
Having a tan makes EVERYTHING look better, and I love being able to wear minimal make up. Here's me on our first night out....

Tuesday was a relax by the pool day, it was bliss. We just stayed in our hotel, and the pool was literally 2 seconds away from our apartment.

The poolside furniture was beautiful!

Ah this was the life, relaxing by the pool only having to move to get in the water beacuse it was too hot.... bliss!

Jacuzzi in the hotel pool.....

The gardens in the hotel grounds are stunning, and it was always so well kept and clean.

Time to get dressed up and go out again.....

We found a restaurant we really liked called Monte Carlo, right on the seafront and Dan tells me they sold the best steak he has ever had, it was really good value for money too, and by the end of the week they recognised us and took really good care of us, not to mention the amount of alcohol they seemed to keep adding to our sangria ;) After dinner we went for drinks and we found this amazing place, it really is the best club I have ever been in...

Welcome to
Papagayo Beach Club
This place brings the beach, funky house music, beautiful surroundings and a contemporary venue together.
I spent hours of an evening in here, the cocktails are divine and at around 7 euros each they really weren't too pricey at all. Quiet during the afternoons yet really busy at night this open top beach club is the only place you really need to go if your after a good night out.

So stylish and very TOWIE esque I fell in love with this place, and I am sure you'll agree its just amazing.....

This is the view from the top balcony looking down on the dance floor and DJ booth.

Indoor seating area.....

The first night we went in there we had to start working our way through the cocktail menu, Dan went for this apple martini, and mine was a frozen strawberry daiquiri, both of which were way to easy to drink, and explains why on average we blew so many euros on cocktails, whoops ;)

The waiters and waitresses serve the tables in here, that even includes the beds!
Loved these giant Moet cushions.

On our last night Dan had made a reservation for dinner at Papagayo as I loved it so much, of course that meant having to get dressed up again ;)

look at the beautiful table and the view we had for our meal...

Coco Beach is another beach bar also owned by Papagayo and it's literally a 30 second walk, the cocktails here are a MUST, and you only need to order the exotic fruit pina colada (think mashed up exotic solero ice cream in a glass)

We obviously shopping on holiday, and we found this lush shopping mall, the water features and shops were really nice.....

Those of you who know me well, will understand there is no caption needed for this shop that I found!

I know a lot of you have been emailing asking about my holiday outfits and if you missed my previous posts on holiday clothes catch up with them by clicking right here & here

If there is anything I'm wearing that you don't see on the Holiday Edit posts, please feel free to get in touch and I'll be happy to let you know where things are from.

The last full day we were away, Dan took me to Loro Parque, he had been promising me a trip to the zoo for 6 months, needless to say this more than made up for it. I was just 2 meters from Killer Whales, I watched Dolphin & Sea Lion shows and I even got to see a Sloth, fantastic. Here are a few snaps of the day.

The relationship between the Orca Whales & their trainers is so nice to see, this part of the show was to show how close they were and the music really makes it special, I actually welled up watching this I think it's absolutely beautiful to watch and something I will never forget, I will upload this video as soon as I can.

We are already looking for the next holiday, it's safe to say after 7 years on not going on holiday it has given me the travel bug, and I need to feel the sun on my skin more often than will ever be possible here in the UK. So plenty of saving and slogging in the gym for the next few months, and it'll be time to go away again.
I owe my Mr a huge thanks for this, the destination, planning of the day trips and the amount of thought he put into things when we were there blew me away, spoilt is not the word, and I couldn't have picked a better travelling companion. He was amazing with me on the plane (but there's no need to go into that ha ha, lets just say I'm not the best with flying and he was brilliant, so thanks babe!)

I hope you've enjoyed my holiday pictures, my tan is fading fast and I am not a happy girlie :(

Do you have any holidays coming up?


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