Friday, 29 July 2016

June Empties: Avene, BareMinerals, La Roche-Posay, Origins, Avon and TRESemme

Hey gals!

So it's been a while since I've done an empties post, but that doesn't mean I haven't used up a LOT of beauty products in that time (obvs).

Here are the beauty buys I finished up in June...

Clockwise from L-R:

TRESemme Restructuring Deep Conditioning Treatment RRP £4.99

I try and use an intensive conditioning masque on my hair at least once a week, favouring Aussie's 3 Miracle Miracle and L'Oreal's Intensive Masques after years of trying different ones. I picked this one up because it was on offer in Superdrug and I'm always after a bargain, me! Unfortunately it was quite difficult to wash out and I found I still had residue in my hair after spending a LOT of time washing it out. As a result, it made my hair look greasy. Not a fan, sorry TRESemme :(

Avene Cleanance Expert RRP £15.00

I wasn't sure about this at first, but continued using it as I'd heard loads of bloggers and press raving about it. I used it after cleansing and toning, but before moisturising, twice a day. I found it really helped to clear up my skin - especially on my forehead and chin, where I tend to get hormonal-related blemishes. I would definitely repurchase!

Avene Micellar Lotion RRP £16.00

I actually bought this in France in an *amazing* pharmacy and it was SO cheap for a massive bottle. Readers of this blog will know that I'm a loyal fan of Avene skincare, after I visited the Avene Hydrotherapy Centre in actual Avene! I tend to use the Cleanance range as my skin is oily/blemish-prone, but I really liked this from the 'regular' range because it felt like I was applying water to my skin. It had a mild, fresh scent and removed every trace of make-up. Love it!

Avon Clearskin Blackhead Clearing Daily Astringent RRP £4.00

I used this when my skin was REALLY bad because it's quite intense and makes my skin sting a bit. It worked to clear it up though, it's just very, very strong, so not ideal for sensitive skin types.

Cien Madame Glamour Hand Cream RRP £1.85

Absolutely blimmin' loved this. In case you didn't know, Cien is one of Lidl's own-brand beauty ranges and the 'Madame Glamour' branded-products smell just like Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle. Total barg. Pick some up next time you're in Lidl for sure.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser RRP £15.00 (for 150ml)

I started using Origins after reading Michelle Keegan's blog and she raves about it. I've written a mini-review of this particular product here but in a nutshell, I really liked it. It left my skin feeling clean and refreshed, plus it smells amazing. YAY!

Dolce and Gabbana Dolce EDP RRP £49.00

I don't really have a 'signature' scent - I used to wear Miss Dior Cherie religiously at uni but it was a) really expensive and b) discontinued, so that was the end of that one (luckily for my purse). Since then I tend to just wear whatever I reach for in the morning! I think I received this one from a press event but it's lovely and light, perfect for summer. Sorry, I'm rubbish at describing fragrances. I would suggest going to Boots and giving yourself a spritz of this :)

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Dry Shampoo RRP £5.89

Nah, not a fan. It didn't make my hair feel cleaner/less greasy, nor did it give it any volume. No wonder it's been discontinued... Soz, John Frieda :(

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + RRP £15.50

This is really similar to the Avene Cleanance Expert, and to be honest I couldn't choose the better one out of the two. They're even the same price! I suppose the La Roche-Posay has more blogger/press hype surrounding it, but at the end of the day they work the same. I would repurchase this too. Really great product for clearing up breakouts.

BareMinerals Stoke Of Light Eye Brightener RRP £22.00

I don't really wear heavy foundation these days and when I do, I lean towards mineral foundations from brands such as BareMinerals. I just don't like the feel of thick, heavy make-up on my skin, especially when it melts off in the sun... This eye brightener was fab at removing dark circles under my eyes, and concealing blemishes, although I found I needed a second concealer (such as MAC Studio Finish) on top of it to completely cover blemishes. 

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild RRP £16.50 (for 200ml)
It does what it says on the tin really - cleans your face :) not a lot to say about that other than it leaves your skin feeling squeaky-clean. You can't go wrong!

What did you use up this month?


Sophia xo

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Lots Of Lovely New Origins Skincare: Mini Review For Oily Skin Types!

Hi peeps!

So Origins isn't a skincare brand I have tried a lot of over the years - I tend to stick to the same brands (Avene, The Body Shop, etc) and rarely branch away from the norm for fear of wasting my money and/or time.

But I'm an avid follower of Michelle Keegan's blog and she swears by Origins (namely the Dr Weil range) so when I was given a gift set as a present recently, I was eager to try it out...

Here's what I tried...

GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser
GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser
GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream
Modern Friction Dermabrasion Scrub
Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Original Skin Renewal Serum

So first impressions of the GinZing range - well it smells AMAZING (that's if you like fresh, citrusy scents). 

The immediately noticed that the moisturiser doesn't have SPF in it so I tend to just use it before I go to bed and use my Murad moisturiser with SPF30 for during the day. Secondly I have to say, I suffer from oily skin and this exacerbates the problem for me. It is very rich and not suited to my skin type I don't think.

The eye cream has the same scent - I haven't noticed a huge difference in the dark circles under my eyes but then again I have been applying it sporadically i.e. when I remember! I finished up a tube of the facial cleanser and it was lovely and refreshing, and I didn't find that it made my skin more oily. I would use it again.

I LOVED the dermabrasion scrub - I use it a couple of times a week when I'm in the shower and I find it really works to make my skin clear and glowy. The Drink Up overnight mask was again too rich for my skin - and I didn't notice much difference after using the serum.

So overall, a bit of a mixed bunch - some items will be added to my beauty bag (the cleanser and the dermabrasion scrub especially) but others will be relegated to my bottom drawer unfortunately. Again, that's just because I have oily skin - they may work much better for you!

What are your favourite Origins products? And if you're oily-skinned, what are your fave brands and/or products?

Let me know in the comments...


Sophia xo

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Celeb Inspired Yellow Boohoo Skater Dress For Newcastle Night Out!

Hey ladies,

So with the sunny weather comes sunny fashion, and there's no shade I'm loving more right now than yellow.

Ahh, yellow... <3 so dreamy!

I know, I know, it's the same every year so not exactly new or groundbreaking, but I feel like it's *THE* hue of summer 2016. 

Case in point, Jessica Chastain, Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick at Cannes... Come on, how gorgeous do these ladies look?


All images copyright [Instagram]

With this in mind, I picked out the prettiest dress I could find in the sunniest shade of yellow for a night out recently. Check out the look below...

Dress - Boohoo (link)
Wedges - Elisabeth
Awkward pose and cheesy grin - all mine

I bloody love skater dresses, not gonna lie they're pretty much all I wear (aside from floaty playsuits... anything that covers my midriff basically). To be fair, with boobs and a bum and a mere 5 foot 1, they're pretty much all I can wear these days. Also, how much of a barg is it? £15 from Boohoo... amazing. 

Beauty wise, I went for my classic night-out make-up palette plus my trusty MAC Lady Danger lipstick (LOVE IT).

BASE: Benefit That Gal primer, NARS Sheer Glow foundation (Real Techniques Buffing Brush), Urban Decay De-Slick pressed powder (Avon powder brush), NARS Laguna bronzer (Real Techniques powder brush - yes for bronzer!), NARS Orgasm blush (Zoeva blush brush), Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator, MAC Studio Finish concealer, YSL Touche Eclat, Avon setting spray.

EYES: Benefit They're Real mascara, Benefit Roller Lash mascara, Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, 17 eyeshadow trio (MAC 217 & 239 brushes), Rimmel Scandaleyes bronze shadow stick, L'Oreal Paris Superliner waterproof liner.

BROWS: MAC Omega eyeshadow (MAC 208 Brow Brush), No7 Clear Brow gel.

LIPS: Lush cola lip scrub, MAC Lady Danger lipstick, Urban Decay Bang lip pencil, No7 clear gloss.

LONG LIVE Nars Sheer Glow for staying on all night! YASSS! It's my go-to foundation atm...

Are you as obsessed with yellow as me at this time of year? Let me know in the comments...


Sophia xo

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

NYE 2016: All That Glitters! Nars Dragon Girl Lip Pencil And Sequinned Jumpsuit

Hi loves,

 I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! 

My NYE was quite a chilled one spent with friends at home. I was also feeling slightly groggy (boo) but I still made the effort to add some sparkle to my New Year's Eve 2016 party look.

I wanted a classic matte red lip for NYE 2016 and in the end I opted for Taylor Swift's fave red lippie, NARS' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl...

This is one of my favourite lip formulas - the chubby pencil is a dream to apply (you don't even need liner) and the colour payoff is amazing. It's matte, so you'd think it'd be drying, but it's not too bad actually. Nevertheless, it lasted all night! 

 I kept the rest of my beauty look pretty simple, consisting of a slightly dewy base (NARS Sheer Glow Foundation) and a feline flick of eyeliner (Urban Decay Ink For Eyes), topped off with a few coats of Benefit's They're Real mascara.

I wanted something relatively comfortable to wear as I was on hosting duties, but also something glam enough to wear for NYE, so I chose this jumpsuit from 

I received it a couple of years ago during a press event and it's been sitting in my wardrobe ever since - clearly waiting for the right event! The top half is a fitted, sequinned bustier and the lower half is a pair of almost harem-style trousers.

I added a statement waist belt from H&M to jazz it up a bit and to match the gold embellished hooped earrings I was wearing.

Clearly, shoes were the last thing on my mind before the party...!


Sophia x

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Festive Memories...

Hi loves,

Just a couple of bits and bobs that have made me feel all lovely and Christmassy this year, taken from my Instagram (@smoir90)...

Christmas Starbs... 

Ice skating at the Natural History Museum...

Festive teas... 

Festive Yankee Candles... 

Putting the Christmas tree up in the flat... 

Belgian waffle at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland... 

Festive Food Fayre at Hampton Court Palace...  

Christmas Radio Times (every year!)...  

A Muppets Christmas Carol singalong at the PCC...  

Christmassy decorations in Balham... 

Kew Gardens Illumination Trail...

Trafalgar Square Christmas tree...

Christmas choccies...

Bring on Christmas 2016! 


Sophia x

Monday, 2 November 2015

Autumn Beauty FOTN: Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Night Crimson

Hi ladies,

I hope you're all having a fab day :)

Here's a autumnal beauty look I sported on a night out recently, which incorporated my new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Night Crimson (full breakdown below)...

FACE: Benefit That Gal primer, NARS Sheer Glow foundation, YSL Touche Eclat under eyes, Benefit Boi-ing on blemishes, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powder, NARS Laguna bronzer, Benefit High Beam to highlight.

EYES: Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original), Urban Decay NAKED Palette (Naked and Buck), Urban Decay Ink For Eyes on top lid, Avon Color Trend Kajal Stick on lower waterline, Benefit They're Real mascara.

BROWS: MAC Omega and Charcoal Brown e/s, using MAC 208 brush.

LIPS: Lush Bubblegum lip scrub to prime, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour lip protectant to prime, MAC Vino lip pencil, Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Night Crimson.

I was really impressed with the longevity of the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick - it lasted all night on my lips (I did drink through a straw!) but nonetheless it remained in tact until the end of the evening, or should I say early hours of the morning. It also had great pigmentation and the colour payoff was really impressive.

Hair-wise, I just straightened my hair using classic GHDs and flicked the ends slightly so they framed my face.




Friday, 16 October 2015

I Found A Jumpsuit For Short People! Lo And Behold The New Look Petite Spaghetti Strap One-Piece

Hi lovelies,

I hope you're all really well.

I don't know about you, but being petite (5ft1), I really struggle to find jumpsuits that are the right length for my short legs! 

The frustrating thing, as well, is that I'm not your typical 'petite' shape - I have boobs, hips and a bum - so that makes it doubly hard to find well-fitting one-pieces.

I finally found one that fitted the bill from New Look recently and I couldn't wait to wear it - it's nothing flashy but I was just pleased to find one that fitted OK!

Jumpsuit - New Look Petite (link)

The good points?
  • Well, it's the right length for starters! 
  • Plus, the zip actually does up at the back so that's another positive.
  • Price! You can't complain really for less than 20 quid.

The bad stuff?
  • The straps are like bra straps - I guess you're not supposed to wear a bra, but I can't do that - so they're quite fiddly, and they also dig into my shoulders a bit.
  • The material creases quite easily which is a bit annoying.

So overall, not a bad find - but far from perfect!

Petite ladies, where do you get your clothes from?