28 Jul 2014

Lust List.

Another month, another wish list! This month's selections is absolutely, totally unattainable because we're moving to a new flat this week and every penny is going towards that huge expense.. but we can all dream right?! Luckily our little flat has been on my wishlist for nearly a year now so we can cross something off! 

First in the beauty department I'm loving the sound of this new release from John Masters,  the Rose & Apricot Hair Milk is a leave in conditioner and I'll admit I don't need it at all as I still have plenty of my current hair conditioner spray to use up.. but I do love any beauty products that claim to be milky, cleansing milks, body milks, hair milks! I want. Next on the list is Glamglow! I tried a teeny sample of the supermud version last week & it was all sorts of amazing, I could tell straight away with regular use your skin could seriously improve. I don't know if i'd choose the regular version or the supermud though... tough choice! 
In this kind of heat I think mineral makeup is so much easier to use and my favourite is the Jane Iredale PurePressed base. I like their loose version too but as my skin is slightly oily this lasts a little bit better and is so much more convenient! I've only ever used sample sizes as I can't afford the real thing *sob* but hopefully one day it shall be mine! My shade is often out of stock but I notice that the cosmetic practice has all the shades at the mo, so maybe check there if you're interested.
Lastly for beauty we have the mother of them all (all hail) May Lindstrom. This woman, she could sell me anything, even a paper bag for my skin & I would put it on. The Blue Cocoon is the ULTIMATE, it smells so freakin' good. I tried a tiny sample a few months ago and I'm still obsessed. I used it on my dermatitis and it was oh so soothing, love. Need. Want. Weep at the price. etc. 

Fashion wise I need new shoes (always) but really, I can't wear my beloved white converse anymore because they're so long past the state of being shabby chic that I look homeless if I wear them. Embarrassing. I'm definitely a converse with any and every outfit kinda girl, they're my soulmate shoe and I don't care who knows it. On another shoe note, those sandals are pretty cute.
I don't actually know if that ASOS kimono style tee would suit me, baggy tops can go either way on my slim frame so I gotta be careful, but it's so pretty!! I'm also not planning a holiday anytime soon, but I need a watermelon print bikini asap.

What's on your wishlist?

*collaborative post

25 Jul 2014

Discover A New Blog!

I definitely don't see enough blog posts in my bloglovin' feed sharing the blog love these days, and I wish I did! I haven't had a lot of time to sit down & go poking about the internet to discover new blog reads lately, so I like hearing other people's recommendations to save me a job ;)  There's a lot of amazing content out there so we gotta #sharethelove!

Today I'm sharing with you the lovely It's Carson Elaine who's blog came to my attention when she chose to advertise with me in my sidebar for the month! I've asked her a few questions as a little way to introduce her to you all because you should be following her blog! (it's still brand new but isn't it awesome following a new blog & watching it grow into something amazing?). 

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Well, my name is Carson and I’m 21 year old beauty blogger! I come from a small town in Massachusetts, USA where I have lived for most of my life. I feel strongly about most subjects, care about others more than myself, and worry (a lot). I love to shop but I definitely prefer a good bargain over a pricey purchase. I think I’m funny (ask my fiancé for the truth), I love to be outside, and I really enjoy playing tennis. Writing and blogging has always been a passion of mine, too. It’s my outlet.

What made you want to start a blog?

I started It’s Carson Elaine during a time in my life where I was craving a hobby. I work a lot so once I get home I am usually very tired, but found myself on my laptop for about an hour before bed reading through some of my favourite blogs. I have always loved reading and writing – it’s always been a passion of mine. One day I decided to give it a try myself! It’s been really fun to learn the ins-and-outs of blogging along with design and content. I’m always trying to find new ways to make my blog a little better.

Who/what inspires you?

My biggest inspiration is my family and my future. I’m a natural thinker – I have had a 10 year plan since I was 11 years old. I tend to think a lot about where I want to be and what it will take for me to get there. I have dreams of my blog becoming a world-wide sensation, but who knows if that will happen. If it’s supposed to – it will! I am always looking to make my family proud. My goal, similar to many others, is to have a bright future.

What can we find on It’s Carson Elaine?

On It’s Carson Elaine you’re going to find everything from beauty, fashion, home décor, lifestyle, even some random posts of pictures I took on any given day. I love photography and I love writing reviews about some of my favourite products and reviewing the products that I’ve completely finished up (yes, I save my trash too). As I’ve battled with anxiety for almost 9 years now, I also like to share my experiences with those who may relate.

You’re a fairly new blogger.. do you have any tips for someone wanting to start their own blog?

My biggest tip for someone wanting to start their own blog would be to commit to it. It can get very discouraging in the beginning. You may only have a few followers or minimal views per day but that’s where everyone started. Post 3 times per week on the same days. Take nice pictures. Have a variety of content. There are some seriously wonderful blogs out there that focus on helping new bloggers – they are what kept me going! Also, google “link up parties”! I’ve found great success there, too. Also, I’ve come across some great bloggers along the way that are now some of my favourites. 

List 5 things you couldn’t live without.

This was the toughest question! Okay, here I go (prepare for some serious exaggeration)… 
  1. My little family. 
  2. My L’Oreal Color Riche Lip Balms in Nourishing Nude & Tender Mauve. 
  3. My White Casablanca Lily candle. 
  4. Modern Family. 
  5. My iTunes Playlist.
List 5 things you do every day.

I’m a creature of habit, so this question was quite easy for me!
  1. I listen to Ed Sheeran. Yes, seriously! His ‘X’ album is set to my alarm clock! I often times wake up singing and dancing. 
  2. I drive. A lot. 
  3. I watch at least one episode of Shark Tank or Modern Family. It’s a serious addiction. 
  4. I catch up on blogs & YouTube videos. I love to have a good laugh before bed and YouTube is usually a great way to make sure that happens! 
  5. My fiancé and I make sure we put our phones and computers away for a couple hours at the end of the night to spend time together. We both work so much so we make sure to put us first at some point every day.

I hope you enjoyed this little interview & make sure you go and follow Carson's wonderful little blog

24 Jul 2014

Latest In Beauty Summer Glow Box.

As soon as this beautiful Latest In Beauty box arrived this morning I was straight up taking pictures just so I could eat those two bars of chocolate, dedication to the chocolate cause right there (FYI - it was GOOD). 

Latest In Beauty (incase you didn't know) is a beauty box service with a difference, they don't offer subscriptions and instead off limited edition themed boxes that are packed full to the brim with beauty products and often other goodies too. They also have a "build your own" service where you can select samples (and often full sized products too) to build your own little box. I was lucky enough to be sent their most recent themed box, a collaboration with Hip & Healthy, their Summer Glow Box*. This box was right up my street as it's packed full of healthy, green beauty brands that I am oh so excited to try! 

The box contains over £100 worth of products and I have to guess there were several meetings on how to fit all of this into the box because it was all packed in like sardines! with not a spare gap anywhere. Just how I like a beauty box to be ;)
As I only received my box a few hours ago I haven't had a chance to test anything yet but I am pretty excited to get stuck in. The first thing that caught my eye was the massive box of Inner Me supplements, this is a full size, 1 month supply worth £30, double the price of the box! Even though this says its for 30+ and I'm only 22 I will probably give these a go as some omega 3 & probiotics never hurt anyone! There was also another pack of capsules, this time from Archeia, a brand I've never heard of. This is a beauty supplement and it looks really interesting so I'll be sure to give them a go too! The full size box retails for a whopping £67 but I can't find out how many capsules are in a box.. I'm guessing this strip is worth between £5 & £10 perhaps.. 

Onto beauty and we have a few new-to-me brands such as James Read & Nourish. I've wanted to try Nourish for absolutely ages now so I'm glad to be able to try something from them! The James Read Sleep Mask Tan sounds super interesting for ghost girl over here, but I can't find the ingredients anywhere online?! annoying. I was really happy to see the Melvita Rose Extraordinary water as I love their narcissus version & a Nailberry nail colour in Groseille, which is an close dupe for my fave nail shade ever.. Mavala Waikiki Orange! Score. 
There is also a Moa Balm, always handy, a Burt's Bee's Lip balm and a sample sized Green People SPF 15 Sun Lotion, perfect.
A couple of other extra's included (does this box ever end?!) two bars of ohso good for your chocolate, two sachets of Dragonfly Tea aaaand finally a £20 voucher to Salt Resort Wear.

All in all a fantabulous box that is definitely worth £16.95 dontcha' think?!

23 Jul 2014

Natural Mascara Edit

I’ve definitely caught the mascara bug lately, after spending years dismissing the stuff for causing me nothing but trouble (irritated, itchy eyes and smudges on my glasses) I’ve seen the light thanks to natural brands that don’t irritate my eyes! I still don’t wear the stuff everyday… nobody to impress and far too lazy, but I’m a bit obsessed with finding the best mascara for me. I want volume not length, and most certainly no spider lashes thank you. No smudges or flakes (sadly this is where natural brands start falling short BUT they are getting better!)

I’ve tried and loved the Green People Volumising Mascara but until I tried others I didn’t realise how tame it was, an incredibly natural looking mascara that gave the appearance of naturally good lashes without really looking like you’ve got anything on your lashes. 
I’ve since upgraded to the RMS Defining Mascara* which gives a bit more wow factor but does smudge easily in this weather. I would definitely be interested in trying the volume version though! 
I also have the B. Longer mascara which I opened especially for the photo above, I love fat bristle wands so even though it’s not natural (it is cruelty free) I’ll be giving this a little test to see how it fares. Similarly the Organic Glam Mascara* is one I need to test (bottom wand in the picture) and have had lying unopened for quite some time. The formula looks very wet so perhaps it does need to dry out a little bit first or else it will end up all over my face. I have read good reviews though! 

So that's my current lash stash, but seeing as mascara needs replacing so often it only seems right that I have a waiting list of other’s I’d like to try! Definitely the new release from W3LL People! Nothing but good reviews for that one and I already love the brand. I’m also really intrigued by the tarte mascara’s! Not 100% natural, but a lot better than others. We can now get tarte in the UK & they have the Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara in stock however I’m hoping they expand the range soon to include more as the gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara sounds a little more up my street! Gentle and volumising (plus cute packaging, sold!). 

Have you tried any of the mascara’s I’ve mentioned?

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22 Jul 2014

S.W. Basics Toner

It has come to my attention that I've had this S.W. Basics Toner for months and months now, I don't even remember when I bought it but in all that time it's never made an appearance on my blog (at least I don't think so). 

The reason being that this simply didn't wow me.. in all honesty it was a bit "meh" for me. I expected incredible things as the ingredients are so simple and effective for treating problem skin, but for me this seemed to fall short. 
A few other things put me off too, firstly the smell, apple cider vinegar isn't the prettiest scent but the attempt to cover it with essential oils of sandalwood and clarysage made for quite a funny pong that I just couldn't get used to. That's just personal preference though and shouldn't put you off.
The next one is a bit of a biggie.. when I received my bottle (from A Beautiful World) I opened it up to reveal a seriously rusty lid. I probably should have sent an email to ABW about this as I was quite put off but for some reason I didn't and attempted to clean it as best as I could. The rust was all around the glass top and obviously the inside metal screw top too and after cleaning it, it just kept forming so I had to clean it regularly to stop rust getting into my toner! That packaging is sweet and I understand more ethical than plastic but not very well thought out, acidic ingredients shouldn't have a metal lid that can rust! 

I still have a little left in my bottle but I can't bring myself to use this anymore, so sad!

Have you ever been really disappointed with a beauty product?