Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Free Hand Cream From The Body Shop?!

Yes, you did read that title correctly. The Body Shop are giving out free 30ml hand creams worth £5 to people who bring in a voucher, which you can get here. You can either print off the voucher or just show it to them in-store; whichever is easiest for you.

There's four to choose from; Hemp Hand Protector, Wild Rose Hand Cream SPF 15, Almond Hand &Nail Cream and the Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream. I decided on the Hemp Hand Protector.
  The Hemp Hand Protector is The Body Shop's best-selling hand cream, that helps to soften and protect your hands. As it says on the website, it's been dermatologically tested for very dry hands and contains Community Trade hemp seed oil to keep your hands in good condition. Simply, squeeze a pea-sized amount onto your hands and massage into your skin.

So if you've ever wanted to try out one of The Body Shop's hand creams, then go ahead and get a voucher because, remember, it's while stocks last!

Friday, 20 September 2013

The Wishlist | Autumn

I noticed that I haven't done a wishlist post in a while so, seen as Autumns on it's way, I thought I'd share some things that I've been liking now that the colder weather's on it's way.

NW3 T-Shirt with Cat Print- ASOS £29.00
ASOS has got to be one of my favourite shopping websites. They have such a huge choice and variety all in one place. This awesome cat print t-shirt is simple, but the colours remind me of Autumn and it would look good with skinny jeans or even tucked into a skater skirt.

Black Tiger Face Graphic Leggings- Newlook £14.99
How amazing are these?! Bold, I know, but I think I could manage to wear them and not feel too stupid...

Scratch Spot Tea Dress- Topshop £29.00
Skater dresses are my absolute favourite! I'd wear this with some super cosy tights (from Primark), either some Winter ankle boots or my Converse and a warm coat. The monochrome theme is just my thing too.

Knitted Mix Stitch Jumper- Topshop £36.00
I've never had a big slouchy jumper before but this year, I feel like getting myself one. This Topshop one is pricey but I know it would last me for quite a while and the two different kinds of stitching make this stand out from other plain knitted jumpers.

River Island Gold Tone Twig Finger Top Ring- River Island £2.00
I'm forever struggling to find rings that actually fit me, due to my fingers being so small. But this is so darn cute, I don't think I could resist! Haha.

Black Handbag- H&M £14.99
I've been needing wanting a plain structured bag to go with all of my outfits for a while now. I usually always go for either black or brown because they're easy to style and H&M have some very good priced bags to choose from as well.

So that was a - mini version - of my Autumn wishlist, I hope you enjoyed reading! Tell me what's on your wishlist thing upcoming Autumn/Winter!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mists | Review

Whilst out shopping last weekend, I made my way into Victoria's Secret and bought some of their body mists and because they smell soo delicious I thought I'd do a little review on them.

I literally spent about half an hour wandering around the store sniffing every single perfume and body spray there was in sight. I went for "Pure Seduction", "Mango Temptation", "Hello Darling", "Love Spell" and "Pure Daydream". My mum actually loved "Pure Seduction" so much she went back and bought another one!

Pure Seduction- Red Plum & Freesia

Pure Daydream- Pearl Orchid & Pink Currant

Hello Darling- White Nectarine & Peony

Love Spell- Cherry Blossom & Peach

Mango Temptation- Mango Nectar & Hibiscus

 On the bottle it says "Refreshing formula is infused with conditioning Aloe Vera calming Chamomile. Spray on for a sexy touch of scent". I spray one on before I leave the house and it lasts so long, which I wasn't expecting from a body mist. They're all very light and fresh scents to wear and I would really recommend getting yourself down to Victoria's Secret as soon as you can to check these babies out. The packaging is very simple and it looks so pretty lined up with the rest of my body mists, and I completely understand why these are so talked about. They retail at £11 each but they do have offers on, and if you can't make it to the store, you can buy them on eBay.

Thanks for reading and if you have any blog post requests then please do ask me in the comments! :)

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Life #1

I wanted to try and include some more lifestyle posts on my blog, so today I came up with the idea 'Life'. Plain and boring I know but it's simple and to the point, which is what I like about it! Sometimes writing things down can help clear your head so I thought I might give it a go!

Whilst I'm sat here watching t.v. (The Great British Bake Off, if you must know) and writing this blog post I am also feeling quite nervous right now. -Why? I hear you ask- Because I go back to school tomorrow and although I am counting myself lucky because almost everyone I know has gone back to school already, I am also dreading it. Even though I've been at high school for three years already (starting my fourth) I'm really not looking forward to exams etc, but I'm going to start this school year with a positive attitude and make a fresh start, and most of all try not to worry too much! However, I am looking forward to having a good catch-up with my friends and learning new things.

Let me know in the comments if you like these sort of posts, I won't be doing them 24/7, just once every couple of weeks or something like that.

Have you gone back to school yet? 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Monthly Favourites | August

Well I can't quite believe that August is over - It seemed to last ages - so of course that means it's August Favourites time! With the Summer holidays, I've been off school all of August and still haven't returned to school yet (I am dreading the 9th of September) so I've had lots of time to try out new products and see whether I like them or not.

Victoria's Secret Body Mists (review coming soon!) £11
I have quite a large collection of these (5 to be exact) and I can't get enough of them, Victoria's Secret is definitely the place to go if you're looking for a long-lasting body spray and a huge selection to choose from. In the Summer I don't tend to wear much perfume because body sprays are much lighter and more refreshing in my opinion. Even with Autumn/Winter coming up I will still be wearing these because they are just too good (and pretty) to be hidden away at the back of my drawers.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Gradual Tanner (full review here) £5.35
Although I don't find it impossible to get a bit of a tan in the Summer, I always still manage to look a bit pale, so I've been using this gradual tanner everyday to give my skin a glowy and healthy look. I will warn you though, even though it's only a gradual tanner it will leave you with cheesy wotsit fingers if you don't give your hands a wash after application. Yes, I've been there.

Maybelline Baby Lips (full review and swatches here) £2.99
As I'm sure EVERYONE knows by now, Maybelline Baby Lips were finally released here in the UK, Superdrug and Boots were selling out so quickly I found it hard to find them at first. My favourite out of the four I own is 'Peach Kiss' because it's only a little bit tinted so it's great for school and days when you don't feel like wearing too much makeup. They do a great job of keeping your lips moisturised and soft and they're such an affordable price too, because sometimes I think tinted lip balms are a little bit over-priced.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub £4.99
I always like to use a lip scrub before applying any lipstick, to make sure my lips are soft and there aren't any dry patches, that the lipstick could cling to. This bubblegum one from Lush is my favourite because of it's sweet scent, I'm not too keen on the taste of this but I'm willing to overlook that. It smells just like the Snow Fairy shower gel and the Cotton Candy bubble bar too, and this lip scrub is available in different flavours if bubblegum isn't your thing.

Rimmel Blush in 'Santa Rose' £3.99
This has been one of my go-to blushers over August, a light peachy shade that adds just a hint of colour to my cheeks. Perfect for those 'no makeup, makeup days' and it's in the tiniest packaging too. This is such a bargain price and is worth it if you're on the hunt for a neutral blush for school.

And there's my August Favourites! Thanks for reading and tell me in the comments what you've been loving this past month!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Back To School Series #3 | What's In My Makeup Bag?

The third post in my 'Back To School' Series is what I keep in my makeup bag, I don't like to carry too much around with me, just the essentials really so it's only small but it does the job for me. So lets see what's inside...

Lip Balm- This is a must for me because my lips can get dry and chapped sometimes (especially in the colder months). At the moment I'm trying to use up some of my lip balms, so I'm using my Balmi Lip Balm in 'Raspberry', it smells so good!

Face Powder- If your read my 'School Makeup' post you'll know I used the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to set my face with, so that's what I carry around with me for school. Face Powder - again - is a must have to 
help prevent oily skin.

Bobby Pins and Hair Bobbles- I hate it when my hair bobble decides to snap so carrying a few spare is always a good idea, plus you never know when one of your friends might need to borrow one for P.E.

Body Spray (not pictured)- I always carry a cheap body spray with me for school because then if I lost it or it got broken it wouldn't matter. I really like the Impulse body sprays because they're cheap but smell nice, my favourite is 'Sweet Smile'.

Tissues- For obvious reasons. 

Hand Sanitizer- I always have a hand sanitizer in my bag just in case I can't wash my hands, and there's lots of germs in school too. (eeeww I know)

4Head- This comes in so handy because it's the worst feeling ever having a headache when you're at school.

So that's what I carry in my makeup bag for school! Tweet me a picture of your makeup bag and it's contents, my Twitter is: @Amybfashion35

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Back To School Series #2 | Natural School Makeup

Going back to school after the Summer holidays can be nerve racking, so it's best to plan out a simple everyday makeup look, so you're not late for your first day back because of a makeup mishap. So for the second post in this 'Back To School' Series I'm going to share a natural, everyday makeup look with you that you'll - fingers crossed - be able to complete in 10 minutes.

For your base you're going to want to use a light/medium coverage BB cream -I really like my Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream at the moment- it's better to use a BB cream rather than a heavy coverage foundation because it will look so much more natural, and more appropriate for school. As for concealer, I'm sure you'll all have your favourite but I'd recommend the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, because it does a great job of concealing under-eye circles and any blemishes you may have too! Finally set your base with a powder, I love my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder because it looks natural and doesn't make your face look cakey, plus it helps to stop you getting an oily face throughout the day.
 For blush you'll need a soft and easy shade to wear, so a light pinky-peach is perfect! I really like Benefit Hervana blush for more neutral days. If you have time you could use a little highlighter too such as MAC MSF in 'Soft & Gentle' or -as a cheaper alternative- MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter.

Now onto eyes, you're going to want to use either a shimmery neutral shade -like MAC 'All That Glitters' / MAC 'Naked Lunch'- or an almost-skin colour matte shade -like Urban Decay 'Walk Of Shame' / Urban Decay 'Foxy'- it's up to you weather you go for a shimmer or a matte as long it's natural-looking. You don't want to go over-board on eyes, so a little slick of eyeliner and a few lashings of a mascara should do you just fine.

For your lips, a light pink lipgloss or a glossy lipstick will be perfect. The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors are great for a neutral gloss, and Revlon's Lip Butter in 'Strawberry Shortcake' would be great to use for shiny healthy-looking lips. And of course if you don't fancy a lipgloss or lipstick then you could use a lip balm of your choice to help prevent dry, chapped lips. I'm really liking the Maybelline Baby Lips right now.

So that is my natural school makeup look! Thanks for taking the time to read through this lengthy post and if you give this look a go yourself be sure to send me a picture on Twitter! My Twitter is: @Amybfashion35

Will you be using any of these products mentioned in this post? What do you think of my 'Back To School' Series?

Monday, 2 September 2013

Back To School Series #1 | Supplies Haul

I wasn't really intending to do a 'Back To School' Series but after seeing so many of them I thought I may as well jump on the bandwagon. The 1st in this little series is a stationary and supplies haul, I know there isn't much but we don't have to buy our own paper/books or anything like that, so on with the haul...

What I bought;
-Sainsbury's Felt Tip Pens (thin)- These are great for taking notes during class, and doing homework projects.

-Bic Felt Tip Pens- Again, great for taking notes and homework.

-Bic Black Pens- These are some of my favourite writing pens and for some reason, I prefer black to blue.

-Folder(not pictured because it's plain and boring)- I've made a promise to keep my homework more organised this year so a homework folder is the perfect thing for housing all of my projects etc.

-Paper Highlighting Tabs- I've never really needed to use these before but I thought they'd be helpful for keeping track of certain pages when I'm revising etc.

-Floral Pencil Case- I saw this in Sainsbury's and just couldn't resist! Floral print is just my absolute favourite thing and it's just so pretty for school.

And that's it! I do have a huge box of pens and pencils already so I tried not to go over board with new ones, but I simply couldn't resist a bargain! I'm still currently on the hunt for a new school bag too (I know bad, especially because this time next week I'll be at school!) Let me know what you thought of this haul and remember to leave me some links to your blogs if you've done a Back To School series as well :)

What's on your 'To Buy' List for school?