Monday, 29 September 2014
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Written by Yaya, a Mexican-American expat living in the UK, My Dreamality is a collective blog of all the things Yaya gets upto in her life. With her clear photography and quirky 'expat musings' posts (see about her post about the English Obsession with Chips... so true!) this blog brings something different every time there's a new post so it's always fresh and never same old, same old which is very refreshing!
I first found Maddie's blog by watching her Youtube channel (one of the very few which I watch every time there's a new video!) and I was impressed with how down to earth she was. I really love blogs where you can tell the person is totally real; I know we all try and perceive that we live the perfect life but the truth is that we often don't! Her recent post about an oddly named Topshop blush really made me laugh and her video about when Toni & Guy ruined her hair really made me feel her pain (by the way, Maddie if you're reading this, you really should have gone back and kicked up so much more of a fuss!).
If you love high street fashion then you will definitely love this blog. Alice's 'Fashion under £50' posts are amazing for finding the latest bargains on the high street; in each of these posts she does a series of outfits which are all under £50 which is great if you like to live on a budget because there's generally something for every occasion. This isn't just a fashion blog though, there are also baking posts, music and beauty thrown in there too but it was definitely the fashion under £50 posts which caught my eye! Finding a blog which features stuff I can actually afford always pleases me :)
Friday, 26 September 2014
It's not often I get to share exclusive discount codes on my blog but today I have a code for all my readers to get an incredible 45% discount on all products on the NKD SKN website. As we kiss goodbye to the 'summer' Vita Liberata have launched a brand new collection of fake tan products. NKD SKN is the latest luxe tanning range created with girls on the go in mind. If you don't have time to be waiting for a fake tan to dry and develop then NKD SKN is for you.
About Vita Liberata NKD SKN...
There are 3 different types of NKD SKN tan in 2 different shades; medium and dark. I've tried the Mousse version but they also do an instant wash off tan and a liquid developing tan. Even without the 45% discount the products are very affordable at just £8.50 for the Instant Wash Off Tan, the Tinted Liquid is only £10.00 and the Mousse formula is just £14.95.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks £8.99 Boots
This probably won't be the first, or the last time you see Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets featured on a blog, bloggers have gone pretty mental for them so I thought I'd also give my 2p on them. They come in 8 different shades and the formula is a highly pigmented, matte liquid lipstick. They kind of remind me of a Limecrime Velvetine but the formula is actually nicer and they're more forgiving when applying as they don't stain your skin.
The two colours I chose are 'Hot Pepper' (perfect bright, orange toned red) and 'Nude-ist' (a slight rose toned nude). As you will see, Hot Pepper does look quite daunting and it wouldn't normally be a colour I'd go for but surprisingly I do actually think it suits me and there aren't many reds out there that do! Nude-ist isn't what I'd call a traditional nude shade because it's so wearable, I think the word 'nude' conjures up this image in our heads that it's going to be a wash-out, concealer type shade but this is so different. If you're looking for a winter shade but you don't think you can quite pull off a dark shade of plum then this would be a great starting point. Admittedly, they both look better with a liner; I've been using Rimmel 1000 Kisses liner in 'Spice' for the nude shade but I have yet to find a good match for the orangey red.
It's fairly easy to apply and it's buildable so you can layer it up for an extra bold look or you can just do a thin coat if you just want a wash of colour; I personally like to layer it up with 2-3 coats. The matte formula is quite a weird one to get used to especially if you're not used to matte lip products. It applies like liquid but dries completely matte with very little smudging or transferring and it can feel a little dry. I actually found that the nude one was a little more drying than the red but that could be partly due to the liner. I'm often tempted to soften things up a little with a balm but it would probably ruin the whole look, I guess with any matte lip product there is going to be a level of dryness because of course matte is a 'dry' look whereas obviously a gloss is a wet look... am I making sense?
Basically, what I'm trying to say is thatI really enjoy wearing both of these shades and I can deal with a bit of a dry feeling because I love the shades so much and I think they wear really nicely, you don't have to constantly reapply and they don't sink into the cracks of your lips or anything like that. I'm actually eyeing up one more shade which is 'Grand Cru', it looks like a really nice deep plum shade which is perfect for autumn/winter. Oh and did I mention they're only £5 in Superdrug at the moment...
Have you tried Rouge Edition Velvets yet? Let me know what you think...