Sunday, 1 March 2015

THE BODY SHOP SMOKY POPPY & WONDERBLUR

For someone who has been obsessed/consumed by/engrossed in/captivated by/[insert your own choice of "obsessed" synonym here] the Beauty and Skincare world for the majority of her life, I genuinely find it unbelievable that I am now in a position to sometimes receive and trial products from my favourite brands - a) for free (because I would happily pay full price for the products I choose to receive anyway) and b) as a sneak preview before it's release date in the shops.

One brand that I have been so lucky to work with recently - and will continue to do so, I have a very exciting event on Thursday which of course you will hear all about - is The Body Shop. Now, I have adored The Body Shop ever since I was a young girl and have often written posts about my favourite products on here before. All purchased out of my own money (the camomile range here, and the gorgeous Christmas Vanilla Brûlée range here for example) all repurchased many times, so I absolutely jumped at the chance to try out their brand new range - well, it was brand new when I received them but probably won't be when the post goes out #ShitBloggerSays - of bath/body products, the Smoky Poppy collection*.
As you can see, I received the bath bombs, body scrub and body butter (along with The Body Shop's new wonder product - The Wonderblur, which I practically screamed with excitement - cool - when I saw it added sneakily into my package. The Body Shop, you little charmers, you!) And all of them, all, are absolutely perfect for a post London Fashion week pamper/revive/rejuvenation/"Please god help my tired legs, dry skin and suffering face" recovery.

Let's do this methodically shall we? Erm, yeah, that's what all the organised bloggers tend to do, you tit plonka... You run your bath - oh hi, genius - drop in a bath bomb - Oxford/Cambridge... watch out! - and of course, in this situation you plump* for the The Body Shop's Smoky Poppy bath bomb.

*Plump - an awful word which I just can not stop myself from using.
I was pleasantly surprised to see some bath bombs in the latest Body Shop collection. I believe - i.e don't totally know, so don't hold it against me if I'm wrong - that they are the first bombs The Body Shop have released, and I think they are definitely on to a winner here. The bombs, like all of the Smoky Poppy line contain poppy seeds, alongside the signature Smokey poppy scent which is a stunning, indulgent, seductive, non-floral/musky scent... totally different from any that The Body Shop currently contains. The bath bombs fizz well - fizz well? My adjective/literary brilliance is clearly out in full force today - creating a good amount of scent to your bath. They turn your bath water a cloudy white colour with black polka dots. Well, clearly they're not polkadots, it's just the poppy seeds dispersing everywhere. Or to put it as eloquently as my brother did - "What's all this black shit stuff in the bath?" A man's view on beauty... I rest my case.
The Smoky poppy seed scrub 
The scrub, for me, is the real winner in the line. What I love the most about it is that it's extremely moisturising on the skin, without leaving a greasy, oily residue. I do own a ridiculous amount of The Body Shop's body scrubs (and butters) and this is easily my favourite. Gentle enough on the skin to cause no irritation, exfoliating enough to buff away the dead skin cells (sexy) and I imagine a great one for removing fake tan. (I imagine, because thankfully I managed to kick my tan addiction a long time ago)

Smoky Poppy body butter
The Smoky Poppy Body Butter is something I definitely didn't need - due to a body butter collection as large as the hype of this "black/blue or white/gold dress" bandwagon - but I'm certainly very happy to have. It has quickly become one of my favourite scents from the butters (a beautiful non-offensive, non-overpowering musky scent, that I think the more "grown up"* lady would prefer) and I have been happily using it daily since I received it 3 weeks back.

*We all know this a diplomatic way of saying "old". For what it's worth - so as not to cause any offence - I consider myself in this age bracket now. [Insert floods of tears emoji here]

Next up is a product that I was so incredibly happy to see in my little package - #BloggerMail is the best! -  and that is The Body Shop's Wonderblur.
Wonderblur is described as a blurring skin care product - I would (probably incorrectly) call it a primer - that is aimed at smoothing out the skin whilst moisturising and minimising fine lines. It can be used on it's own or underneath makeup, and I personally tend to go for the latter.

For me, Wonderblur works amazingly at softening and smoothing my skin and my makeup genuinely looks much more flawless. I wouldn't say that it makes my makeup last any longer, but it does help perfect the application and overall finish. 

So, this brings my little rave/fan girl to an end. As with 99.9% of all of The Body Shop products I have ever tried, I am so impressed with this really quite brilliant line. A beautiful, unique but also very wearable scent with the same great quality to boot. I will definitely be repurchasing the scrub - my personal standout product in the line - and their Wonderblur product... because who can say to no to flawless skin?

Well, not me, obviously...  

What I would love to know, is what are your all time favourite products/product from The Body Shop? I would love to hear your thoughts :)

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post.

xx

P.S I mentioned in my previous post that I had a special post coming this weekend. This actually wasn't it. But it will be coming very soon. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting news!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

LONDON FASHION WEEK DAY 3 - DOUBLE DENIM & REDISCOVERING LONDON

There were a fair few things that I learnt from London Fashion Week this season - if only I paid as much attention in school - and some of those, were the following points.

a) Waiting around on the cobbles in the freezing cold is just not for me. No matter what I'm waiting for (unless it's Ryan Gosling waiting to take me for an Indian meal of course, then you can bring on all the cobbles and frost bite in the world)! I can't hack the cold. I can't hack (some of) the slightly rude staff who point to the queue and then completely ignore you. I'm just a presentation girl at heart - go in, take your pictures, go home - which is definitely something for me to bear in mind next season.

b) Having been born and bred in London, I have taken the beautiful city completely for granted. I had a completely soppy moment to myself whilst waiting for the H BY HAKAAN YILDIRIM show - Jesus christ, he wasn't thinking of poor bloggers that would have to recite that name when he decided to name the brand was he? ;) - which involved taking in the sites of Somerset house, and despite having been there more times than I've had hot dinners (slight exaggeration) I had completely forgotten how stunning it actually is. I now endeavour to tour the streets of London discovering new places and taking in all of it's beauty. And of course I'll be taking you along with me, you lucky little things you...

c) Today I did something that I promised my sanity I'd never do. I wore double denim. And I didn't shoot myself in the face/completely hate myself/jump in front of a bus whilst doing so. And, I actually rather liked it.

And, I just... I'll just shut up now and let you crack on with the rest of the post. *Insert Hallelujah sound bite here*
Although I actually really like the outcome of this, I do still believe that double denim can - and more often than not, does - end up looking far too much. My tips - you know, because I am an expert in cowboy-chic - would be to:
  • Wear different shades of denim to avoid looking like one long strip of denim/A Britney & Justin throwback.
  • Break up the denim with bright/statement accessories. 
  • Play with cuts and textures - So an oversized, loose denim shirt looks amazing with skinny jeans. And if you're going for the boyfriend style of jean? Keep the shirt more fitted/tailored, all over bagginess swamps your body and looks shapeless.
Shirt: Primark
Jeans: Primark
Shoes: Yep, you got it... Primary again [insert "all hail" emoji here]
Bag: Aldo
Coat: Miss Selfridge

On to the shoes. I posted a quick snap of this outfit on Instagram and every comment on the post was a compliment for these shoes. This is me, Elle, and I'm talking about shoes... So I'll give you one guess as to where they are from? - assuming that you haven't already seen the outfit details above which were added in after and therefore totally ruined my joke. Sigh - Yes, you are so right, they are from Primark. Crikey you all know me so well. 

P.S That was sarcasm, not evidence that I'm actually a schizophrenic. 
Time for the makeup. I actually did something a little risky and slapped on some products that I'd just received and hadn't even trialled before - Cor, living life on the edge or what? - and I was actually so impressed with what I tried. Reviews on each product I loved will be coming shortly but in short; I went for an Olive green eye courtesy of BareMinerals, a glowy base from BD Trade Secrets and a soft peachy nude gloss, also BareMinerals.

On my third day of Fashion week - but officially Day 5, and the last day - I headed down to the Somerset House Courtyard show space for the H By Hakaan Yildirim show and as with Day 1 of Fashion week, I'm going to insert my top picks from the show using the official website pictures because let's "be real" Unless you're sitting on the frow* you're never going to get amazing photo's of the collection. Not one's that will do it justice at least.

*Anyone else feel like a pompous twat using the word "frow"? No? No, Just me then...

Next on the agenda was the "Oh my word, I totally forgot how stunning Somerset house was. Let me wack out my camera, take a thousand photo's, get in everybody's way and piss off annoy as many people as possible" photo session. Don't you just love those sessions? (Erm, no love, not when you're the one getting barged out the way by a humungous camera...)
So, this brings me to the end of my London Fashion week posts. I really hope you enjoyed this group of posts, but if you never [insert sad face here] normal service of a complete mixture of fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts - aka whatever the hell I manage to photograph and post - will resume shortly. 

In fact, I actually have a slightly different - but really, really special - post going up on the weekend so I really hope you like that too :)

Guess what time it is now guys? No, it's not Chico time, it's question time! (Here she goes...) I would absolutely love to know what you thought of this post - What's your take on double denim? Have you tried any BareMinerals makeup? If so, what are your thoughts? ... And finally, I would love to know what your favourite place - or part of - London is? Please let me know in the comments below :)

Thank you so much for reading, and for all your lovely comments on my previous Fashion week posts. See you in the next one!

xx

Monday, 23 February 2015

LONDON FASHION WEEK - DAY 2

Firstly, I'd like to say a huge thank you to everybody that commented on my London fashion week Day 1 outfit post - linked here if you're interested - Considering that I am an "all black everything" kind of dresser (i.e dull, boring, beige, in need of some serious colour inspiration) wearing a red and light pink combo was definitely out of my comfort zone.. so thank you all for lying and feeding my ego your lovely compliments anyway. ;)

Day 2 of LFW saw me head to the incredible ME hotel on The Strand to check out the Hemyca presentation - and also back to my fashion comfort zone of black, black and more black (once a boring bitch dresser, always a boring bitch dresser) - and I was genuinely blown away by the collection. But before I go into my favourite picks - and more thoughts on fashion week, you lucky little things you - here's the outfit and makeup choices I plumped* for in the end.

*Plumped for? Apparently I went to sleep a 22 year old girl and woke up as a 80 year old granny...
Windswept and interesting anyone? ;)

A special note to the below shoes. I saw these shoes in Primark, and within 2minutes I had picked out my size, barged people out of the way to get to the till got to the till... and was happily punching in my pin into the card reader. These might be one of my favourite shoe purchases ever and for a minuscule £12, you really can't go wrong. You go Glen Coco Primark!
Trousers: Missguided
Cropped top: New Look
Blazer: H&M
Mule shoes that I am obsessed with ad unfortunately for you, will probably feature in every single outfit post for the rest of the year: Primark
Beautiful earrings (which I'll be posting about soon): Gemporia*

When I first tried on these Misguided trousers, I couldn't work out whether I loved them, or thought I looked ever so slightly MC Hammer-esque in them. The whole baggy crotch - what an attractive phrase - thing is not really me, but paired with a (totally weather inappropriate) cropped top and with the flattering high waisted cut... I think I really, really loved the outcome.

MC Hammer FTW! 

(Feel free to punch me in the face - a) for using "FTW" in a blog post and b) for even having the words "MC Hammer" and "fashion week" in the same damn post. 

I am a shallow excuse of a Fashion blogger.

Onto the Hemyca Collection and a quick word of warning. I absolutely loved the collection, and I also had my camera with me. [Which basically reads: Get ready to be bombarded/inundated/flooded with photo's]
Now, if I'm being totally honest, when it comes to Fashion week 99% of what you see on the catwalk, I believe, is totally unwearable for "real life". Which I think is why I loved Hemyca's collection so much. I absolutely fell in love with the maroon leather, the grid patterned and the sepia/white patterned pieces... to the point in which I would happily wear them myself. Outside of the house. In broad daylight. This could well be a fashion week first!
Another element of the presentation that I loved was the makeup and hair looks. With natural, wavy hair and fresh glowing skin... it was so refreshing to see another wearable look. Yes, I totally understand that designers will use quirky make up looks to make their entire collection stand out/have an even bigger impact - bleached out eyebrows and stick on beards, I'm looking at you - but it's so nice to see a designer use a look that you're everyday girl can easily - and happily - recreate at home (Well, in my case attempt to recreate.)

Talking of makeup, here's the look I went for (because obviously none of you will be able to sleep at night without knowing what I was wearing on my face [insert sarcastic, smirk, "I'm totally kidding because I know deep down nobody gives a shit crap" face here])
Strong highlight and contour, simple, matte eyes and a brown nude lip - Mac Honeylove FYI, and no... I did not buy this due to Kylie Jenner, I have owned it for years. (Although I may have dug it out of my collection because of her #SorryNotSorry) ;)

And that draws Day 2 to an end. If you're not into fashion, I do apologise for what is probably your worst nightmare (i.e fashion week, and nothing but outfits shoved in your face) but hopefully with the addition of makeup looks and personal opinions it isn't too boring for you. Normal blogging will resume very soon.

But hey, if you're still awake and reading at this point - after verbal diarrhoea, terrible posing and far too close, close up of my face... then this is practically a miracle in itself, right? Right...

What are your thoughts on these Misguided trousers - are you a fan of the overall look, or do you wish MC Hammer would call and demand for his trousers back? What would - or did - you wear make up/clothing wise to fashion week? I would love to hear your thoughts! :)

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post.

xx
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