Saturday, 25 June 2016

Summer Clutch Essentials with Seventeen

In My Opinion many high street brands these days are often very overlooked, and one brand that I don't think receives the attention it deserves is Seventeen. Seventeen are a brand that have been around since forever and they have some absolute gems of products that need to be raved about a lot more. I find that due to their compact packaging, and products that house 2-in-1 type things, all with large generous mirrors, Seventeen products make GREAT summer clutch essentials. This summer my clutch of choice is the H Butler Black and Cream Envelope Clutch, and what makes these clutch bags such an essential is that they also double up as a phone charger. Yup you read that right. These nifty leather clutches features a micro-USB charger, complete with an Apple Lightning 5/6 adapter, and these slim chargers can charge your phone up to 3 TIMES. So you can b sure you can snap and instagram to your hearts content without worrying about carrying about a bulky charger or worse, your phone dying. omggg 
This clutch friendly lip palette in Woo Me includes a collection of 6 rich satin, gloss and glitter shades, along with an pplicator, large mirror and lovely get the look guide, which I think is a really fab touch, especially for those just starting out with makeup or bold lip looks. I love the shade selection in this palette as you can go all out with the brights, or more subtle with a nude, gloss or glitter and they all work perfectly for both day and night looks.
Contouring has been so 2016, and with the likes of baking, strobing etc, contouring kits have never been so in demand, however some can be just too strong. This kit from Seventeen is housed in a super slim compact and comes with a super soft and silky highlight and contour shade, both of which are quite light which makes them easy to get along with and can easily be built up.

This is the only product of the ones that I have tried that I just felt the packaging was unnecessarily bulky and thick for the products inside and could definitely be slimmed down to ake it more travel and handbag friendly. However, packaging aside, this kit comes with a powder, a wax and a semi shimmery highlight to be used underneath the brow bone. The kit also comes with a mini eyebrow pencil and mini angled brush, perfect for on the go application and a handy and detailed how to guide. 

I love mascaras, and I know my mascaras and I know what I want from my mascara. Typically I look for volumising mascaras and not lengthening as I already have pretty long lashes naturally, however I do sometimes like to use a lengthening mascara before I apply my volumising one, to create an intense lash look (my fave thing to do!) and this one is great for that, and as a bottom lash mascara.

The Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer is one of my fave products from the brand, as I find that it is super brightening and when used under the eyes to cover and reduce the appearance of dark circles, the concealer really brightens and refreshes my under eye areas, leaving my skin looking more healthy, radiant and luminous.I did also try and use this as a subtle highlight on my cheekbones and I found it worked especially well under my brow bone, to lift and sharpen my brows. Whilst I do really like this, I did think it would be of a more creamy liquid consistency, but instead the concealer is more of a cream-powder finish. 

This nifty face palette houses a pinky peachy toned concealer, a yellow toned concealer, a cream blush and a setting powder to finish your look, creating a flawless base. This slim compact is the perfect clutch/handbag essential as it can be used to correct any makeup mishap, as well as to touch anything up, whether it be powdering your nose, or covering up a blemish. 
Overall I really love that the products come house in travel friendly packaging, complete with generous mirrors, applicators and a touch that I think is lovely, is that most kits or palettes come with a little how to booklet with ideas of looks and how to use the products.

Have you recently tried anything from Seventeen?

Sophie xx

*PR Samples.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

A Few Recent Things

Things lately have been a bit all over the place really, i've been to a few press days, had another delish meal at Marco Pierre White in Windsor/ met the man himself, as well as started getting way too excited for my family holiday in July and my American adventure in August and prepping myself for all the sun and adventures.
 Marco Day, 12th May
I recently went to try out the latest Marco Pierre White Restaurant in Windsor, and must've behaved myself as I was invited back again, this time for a delicious and exclusive dining event and the chance to meet the man himself and to get a copy of his White Heat book signed! I am a creature of habit, and again opted for the deliciously decadent prawn cocktail to start, with the ribeye steak for my main, and the Cambridge burnt cream for dessert! Upon arrival I was greeted with a lovely glass of a marmalade cocktail which consisted of champagne, vodka, and something else, whatever it was though - I thoroughly enjoyed it but had to stick to the one as driver duties called! As always I had a delicious meal, and the company was also amazing, i'm sure i'll be back very soon!
#HOFAW16 - Home and Womens Fashion Press Day
Normally attending press days can be quite hard as they typically run throughout the day from 9-6pm, and if you work there is no way you can everrr get to these things. However my luck was in this month as the House of Fraser Autumn/Winter 2016 homeware and womenswear press day was in the gorgeous Marylebone One, a stunning venue RIGHT NEXT TO MY OFFICE. So on our lunch, myself and Erica popped across the street and had a look around at the up and coming trends and styles, got treated to a lovely Nail Inc mani, some gorgeous juices and some insanely fancy mini fish and chips! There were some gorgeous things on show, however I felt way too summery and wasn't particularly feeling the dark coloured AW clothes vibe, but there were some pretty pieces. The homeware though, OH MY. I am currently obsessed with homeware and there were so many cute things from shabby chic, to deluxe and homey type things, there was a bit of everything to suit everyones taste. 
The English Soap Company
I enjoy supporting local businesses, and the English Soap Company sell and make pure vegetable soaps & candles made in the heart of the English countryside and are the perfext luxury treat for yourself, or a gift for someone you love. The White Jasmine & Sandalwood Luxury Shea Butter Soap (£5.99) , Summer Rose Luxury Guest Soap (£2.95), and Lily Of The Valley Pure Soy Candle  (£9.95). I absolutely love the packaging of the products and the price point, quality and delicate scents are just lovely.

Getting Creative
Since my 6 month contract at Talented Talkers came to an end (boo) i've decided to go travelling in August, but until then I am pretending to be a 'full time blogger' and also becoming more creative again. And by being creative, I mean getting a little more artsy and crafty yet still being budget friendly and my go to for Craft Supplies has been The Works as they have everything you could need without breaking the bank! I'm actually pretty tempted to design my own business cards using a few bits from there, so keep your eyes peeled for that (maybe). I've also been re-doing my makeup storage/desk area and the storage solutions from The Works have been perfect for rearranging my endless makeup collection. 

Sophie xxx


Monday, 20 June 2016

BAFTA Inspired Makeup and Cocktails

A few weekends ago on Sunday the 8th May it was the highly anticipated BAFTAS, and as always there was a buzz around the event and with Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick gracing the red carpet, it really was the place to be. I was invited along with House of Fraser, the main sponsor of the BAFTAS, to walk the red carpet but unfortunately couldn't make it, however instead I got glammed up with some help from Lancome and House of Fraser and hosted my very own at home BAFTA party, complete with some Champagne, HOFtails and the perfect party frock and clutch bag.

I wore this gorgeous Dorothy Perkins Daisy Lace Pencil Dress and paired it with this glitzy embellished clutch from Accessorize. I loved my outfit and with some makeup from Lancome to finish the look I felt so glam and ready for my party! I used the Lancome Miracle Cushion for my base, lashings of my favourite high end mascara, Lancome Hypnose, a wash of the Lancome Rouge In Love Lipstick in Rose Tea on my lips and a few drops of my all time fave scent, Lancomes La Vie est Belle and I felt ready to go!

Once I was ready it was time to make the exclusive HoFtail, created by the head bartender at the Mondrian Hotel for House of Fraser, as headline sponsors of the 2016 TV BAFTA Awards. It’s a delicious blend of gin, lemon, raspberry, sugar syrup and egg white. Whilst making mine I decided to leave out the egg white as I unfortunately have an allergy to egg, but the cocktail was till delicious, light, refreshing and so so tasty. The cocktail looked so fab in my amazing Margarita glasses too! If you want to make your own you will need 50ml of dry gin, 20ml sugar syrup, 20ml of lemon juice, 1 egg white and a few raspberries.

HoFtail Recipe
1. Add the gin and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.
2. Combine water and sugar and bring to the boil to make the sugar syrup. Add the cooled syrup to the mixture.
3. Crack an egg and separate the yolk from the white. Add the white to the cocktail shaker.
4. Dry shake the mixture in the cocktail shaker, before adding ice cubes and shaking again.
5. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and enjoy.

Did you catch the BAFTAS at all, who were your faves?

Sophie xx

*In collaboration with House of Fraser.


Friday, 17 June 2016

New In From The Body Shop For Summer 2016

Every year The Body Shop kill it with their season releases, as well as limited edition products, and this year is the best yet! Celebrating their 40th anniversary of feeling good, this summers releases include a stunning limited edition Pinita Colada range, a fresh and tropical Polynsian Tiare collection and the introduction of 3 gorgeous CC creams.
The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream
2016 has been all about the glow, and the latest releases from The Body Shop help you to achieve the perfect glow with their new Instaglow CC Creams. These new tubes of flow, have an SPF of 20 and they go far beyond your standard CC cream. They promise to revive your skin with a healthy-looking glow, illuminating skin, minimising the appearance of pores, reducing shine and moisturises for 24 hours – making it a great pre-foundation primer (or mix a tiny bit in with your foundation for a gorgeous finish).  Being non comedogenic and dermatologically tested, it’s suitable for all skin types. Simply pp on your skin before applying foundation or alone and let the glow work it's magic! I was a little uneasy about wearing this product alone, so decided to try it after my primer as a glow boosting base step, and went for the shade peachy glow.

I really like the minimalistic metallic packaging of the product, and also really like the precise thin nozzle as it ensures you don't waste any of the fab product! Available in 3 shades, Bright Glow, Peachy Glow and Warm Glow, these tubes of glow boosting product are really quite lovely and for £14 are a great deal!
The Limited Edition Pinita Colada range from The Body Shop has definitely been a much raved about collection, and definitely for all the right reasons. Featuring a Body Scrub (£15), Body Butter (£14), Body Wash (£5) and Body Sorbet (£8) the range has a product for every skincare need.Coconuts are everywhere right now, from detox smoothies to Instagram feeds, and The Body Shop have given their limited edition range some extra juice, with a burst of zingy pineapple. Hand-harvested from the Antilles region of the Caribbean, the coconuts used reign supreme, while the juicy pineapples used are handpicked for freshness in the Santo-Dominto area.  The irresistible summer scent evokes the aroma of freshly blended pineapple, coconut flakes and refreshing coconut water. The lightweight textures will quench your skin with moisture and, leaving you feeling refreshed no matter what the weather.
Polynesian Tiare
Fly away this summer to the Polynesian Islands with The Body Shop and these gorgeous exotic products. The luminous blossoms of Tiare have been used by generations of Polynesian women to adorn their hair and perfume sun kissed skin for yearrs and The Body Shop handpick the young buds before the morning dew to preserve the brightest, freshest and purest scent, which with one sniff takes you to an exotic place. The range features 4 lovely products, including a new EDT (£18 for 50ml), Body Lotion (£10), Fragrance Mist (£8.50), Shower Gel (£6.50) and Body Cream (£14). I love Body Shop fragrances, and last summers Italian Fig EDT is still a fave scent, and the latest Polynesian Tiare EDT is definitely going to be my 2016 daytime scent as it it so floral, fresh and light. 

 ALSO get 30% off when you buy 3 items with the code SUMMER

Have you tried these yet? What are your favourite glow boosting products?

Sophie xx

*PR Samples.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Sea Air For The Soul - A Girls Weekend In Margate


 Do you know what you need after a rubbish week, a girls weekend away by the sea. A few months ago, my fave girls and I decided we needed an excuse for a girls weekend away, and with birthday's looming it was the perfect occasion to scour air bnb for a gem. We decided on Margate, a quirky old seaside destination, and a Scandi themed flat right opposite the Turner contemporary overlooking the coast. Our flat worked out at £33 pp for 1 night ( A STEAL) and we let loose on the cute lanes and the old town. Now Margate often has some negative connotations - whenever I mentioned to someone we were going there, the responses would be 'Margate, of all places, why', and tbh I wasn't expecting much, but afterwards I left feeling so refreshed and happy that I can't stop raving about the place. Although parts may be rundown, the abundance of quirky vintage shops, cutesie cafes and fun attractions, and your fave gal pals, what else could you ever need?

We spent the Saturday afternoon enjoying food, the Shell Grotto (OMG, like £3-4 and so fascinating), traipsing vintage shops and finishing off the day on a bar terrace overlooking the sea and enjoying a vast array of different cocktails, life really couldn't have been much better. We then popped back to our flat, prettied ourselves up and headed out for a hearty Italian meal at Giorgios which was buzzing with locals, parties and tourists, after which we headed for a few more drinks before calling it a day! The Sunday morning we checked out Greedy Cow for a hearty breakfast, a spot we had eyed up for lunch on the previous day, but due to being such a fab spot for a bite to eat, had no spare tables - so we made a mental note to make sure to get there early enough on the Sunday to nab a seat, and it was so worth it. After we loaded ourselves up on tea, OJ, bacon sandwiches, sausage sandwiches and the most amazing Turkish Eggs, we then checked out the old market, complete with an old red bus which was also a bar, the Turner Contemporary, more shops, and finishing up in another cafe for some refreshments before piling into the car and heading home.

The weekend had gone a little too well for us, so of course some sort of fiasco had to happen, and alas on the way home we might've encountered a puncture and after being stranded on the motorway, we finally made it home on the back of a pick up truck! FYI I totally recommend doing a thorough tyre check before you set off on a long journey etc, and if this happens to you then deffo check out Point S, as it can help save some dollar,and they have some great tye checking tips.

It was the most perfect weekend with some of my most favourite people, and I can't recommend Margate as an easy weekend away enough. it literally has everything you could need for a refreshing mini break!

What are your fave destinations in the UK for a mini break?

Sophie xxx
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