Monday, 24 June 2013

Review - Bee Venom Manuka Doctor api clear (Cleanser & Moisturiser)

A foaming face wash, containing Purified Bee Venom & UMF 18+ Manuka. The cleanser aims to reduce the appearance of  blemishes and scars , leaving skin clearer and more radiant.

Moisturiser containing Purified Bee Venom & UMF 18+ Manuka. Aims to eliminate the causes of blemishes, maintain the skins moisture level and the balance of natural oils. 

Moisturiser and Cleanser - £16.99 each
(There are many offers at Holland and Barrett so they often work out cheaper) 

Superdrug, Manuka doctor (can check other stockists on the site) ,Holland and Barrett.

Both products work amazingly and I would 100% recommend them. I have acne prone skin and nothing has ever worked very well to improve it (and trust me I've tried everything !!) but this product works wonders. I originally saw it on Millie Mackintosh's blog and she gave it a very good review, however she is the brand ambassador so it's expected. I have read that Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham and Kylie Minogue use bee venom and love it (not the same brand), so I thought I would give it a try not expecting much as it's on the cheaper end of the scale for bee venom, and you cant always believe what you read. 

When you first start using these products there is a bit of a tingling sensation, but it isn't uncomfortable at all and I like the fact you can feel that it's doing something. After around 3 days of using these, I noticed a difference in my skin it was smoother, clearer and looked more vibrant. The packaging tells you to use the products morning and night however I use the facial cleaner once a day in the night, because my skin is quite sensitive and I don't want to be too harsh with it. I use the moistouriser before applying my makeup and sometimes mixed in with it too. 

*The moisturiser lasts for ages, I've had the same one for almost a year.

Although the moisturiser lasts for ages, the face wash finishes pretty quickly after about 3 months, bearing in mind i'm only using it once a day, and although it is on the cheaper side of the bee venom market it is still a fairly expensive face wash in general. I'd advise people who want to get this product to always try and buy it during the penny sale at Holland and Barrett so you can buy one and get another for a penny. 

Do not use these products if you have an allergy to bee stings, they recommend that you do a patch test on your skin prior to using it to ensure that you do not have any allergic reactions. 

Friday, 21 June 2013

June Want List

“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday,
 I reckon depression wouldn't
 exist anymore.” 

― Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic

I adore this bag, It is very similar to both the Zara City bag and Celine bags in style and shape.  I feel that although Monochrome is a big trend at the moment 
and trends quickly change, it is something that will never got out of fashion due to its basic nature, people have always and will always wear neutrals. I'm usually not too fond of silver hardware on shoes or handbags but I think the silver complements the black and white. 

Obviously being Michael Kors the bag is quite pricey at £315 but compared to other designer bags that's very reasonable and for the

quality it is definitely worth it. 

I First saw culottes/Skorts in a cobalt blue in Zara however they quickly sold out
before I had chance to buy them, many bloggers have the alternative from
  sheinside however it only came in white and I really wanted a bright colour to bring more attention to the unusual piece. I then discovered some on ebay from sellers with a lot of stock, the bright orange/red ones are most expensive at £40 as I believe they are the actual Zara culottes but if you don't mind 
about the label you can pick up a Skort in blue, white, light pink and black from this seller (link) for just £3.99 which isn't bad at all. 

I have always loved Kat&Bee wire rings but have always admired them from 
afar as they are quite expensive. However I think it's now about time to get one, all of their designs are so intricate and detailed, a statement ring which is sure to bring about a lot of compliments.
There are a few different styles currently on sale on asos, nearly all of their pieces include 
skulls which adds to the edgyness, I personally like the gold rings which have flower details like the Zerlina as it adds a bit of a girly element. 

These shorts are very similar to the Bambi and Manson denim shorts designed by Made in Chelsea star
Millie Mackintosh and although they don't come gift wrapped with a signed print of Millie
they are a fraction of the price and still gorgeous. Lace and printed denim shorts are very on trend 
at the moment particularly at festivals, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sported a pair of swarovski encrusted Christopher Kane denim shorts last year at
 Coachella and this year they seem to be at the height of their popularity.

I really like the print on this t-shirt It is quite busy making it instantly eye catching. Printed floral/leafy patterns along with mirror imagery on  clothing is very popular right now, one highstreet shop with a lot of pieces similar to this style at the moment is H&M in their Conscious collection.

I think every month Louboutins are on the Want list in my head as they are such

beautifully crafted shoes. I hope every day that the Louboutin fairy will come and drop
some off, but as I doubt that will happen anytime soon I think i'll be adding these bad boys to
my collection next. I love how they have a bit of edge due to the spikes but they aren't too outlandish 
so they can be worn with practically anything. I'm not usually fond of heels with a pointed toe (mainly because I have quite big feet) but I think the style goes well with these shoes.
Just writing about these makes be realise how much a NEED them in my life asap 
(Need, might be a slight exaggeration,however I guess everybody needs shoes... brilliant justification :p). 

I think i'm turning around on the silver jewellery front, 
my go to's have always been gold, rose gold or
bronze, but this month I've loved all things silver, with this pretty statement bangle being one of them.  discovered it on the website, they specialise in baltic amber and silver jewellery. I personally love amber as I find the way it is formed and how old it can be fascinating, baltic amber dates back 40-60 million years ago, 
can you imagine wearing something that old? ... it's incomprehensible 
but also pretty awesome !!

So there you have it my June Want list, there's only 9 days left
 in the month and I have none of these items yet,
 I think I better get a move on !! 

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Parklife 2013

Some pictures from Parklife Festival (sorry about the picture quality but I didn't want to take my canon and break it :p) -

Parklife is a non camping music festival that takes place on a weekend in Manchester Heaton Park yearly. I will definitely be returning next year as it was an amazing experience. The festival is very large and has around 8 different tents each with varied music ranging from drum & bass and house to Tech, Hip-hop and mainstream music. 

Some of the acts that I saw were - Disclosure, Rudimental, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Benga, Julio Bashmore and Jurassic 5.  I would completely recommend going next time it's on, festivals in general are always a nice escape from regular life, a time to relax and enjoy yourself. 

Bring on Parklife 2014 !! 

Monday, 10 June 2013

OOTD - Denim Dress

Wedges - New look // Dress - Topshop - Still in stores (similar 1,2)

An outfit for a sunny day. I am loving denim dresses at the moment, I've never been a huge fan of them as  previously the styles that they came in weren't very flattering, however now the shift and skater style are popular and they look great especially with a print on them like the aztec design on the one i'm wearing. The denim isn't as thick on them anymore either so they are perfect for to wear whilst its warm with sandals, wedges or even a pair of converse.

These Wedges from New look are pretty high but very comfortable, I can wear them for a whole day without any issues, I have nearly fallen over a few times but I think that's due to my own clumsiness. I like the aztec style print on them and the studs, so pretty and detailed that they get a lot of attention I've already had many people ask where they were from at only £24.99 (can get 10% student discount too) they are 100% worth it. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

OOTD - Maxi Skirt

Crop Top - Topshop// Skirt - H&M (similar)

I love wearing crop tops, however there's always the risk of showing too much skin in the daytime when worn with shorts or a short skirt, at a festival or another similar event it would be fine but for a casual daytime stroll around town or at a garden party, for me probably not. Obviously If you have amazing legs and you want to show them off ... DO IT!! as it's all about accentuating your strong areas :) I would.

Nonetheless I generally think Maxi and Midi skirts work perfectly with crop tops, they make the outfit much more demure, even Maxi skirts like the one i'm wearing where the under skirt is noticeably short but  is covered by the sheer overlay. Maxi skirts are great if your legs are your problem area, as they cover you up but still create a nice silhouette, I personally feel more relaxed and comfortable in them as i'm often conscious of my legs being on display when wearing something short. 
I feel Maxi skirts, along with maxi dresses suit everybody and make you feel so elegant, as the majority are floor length and floaty like a ballgown.