Product review – Wild About Beauty

Wild About Beauty is a skin loving cosmetics brand, they use natural and organic ingredients where possible, including aloe vera, beeswax, rose water and more.
I struggle with eye make-up, I’m very picky, I hate it when mascara irritates my eyes, I hate it when eyeliner smudges, but I also hate it when you can’t remove it at the end of the day. I like a solid thick line and I want a pen applicator. I hate a brush eyeliner, I find it hard to make both eyes the same!

I had never heard of Wild About Beauty before, But I absolutely love this line and define eyeliner. It’s a felt tip pen style applicator. It applies so easily, it’s really easy to control and it leaves a solid black line. It gets right in between the roots of my stupid blonde eyelashes and the line can be as thick or thin as you want. It faded a little over the day, but not much and I touch my eyes a lot! I really love this eyeliner, it’s one of the best I have tried in ages. This is now my everyday eyeliner, it’s great!
The Nutrilash Nourishing mascara is brilliant too, it’s easy to apply, thick and long lasting. Reaches the roots and doesn’t irritate me! I’d recommend it!

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Call the Doctor!

This morning I popped into the Exposure PR press day, I was invited to see the SS13 Dr Martens collection. I LOVE Dr Martens, I love the fact they are a great British brand, I love the fact they are always cool, they are comfortable, well made, waterproof, they are just brilliant! You could ask anyone in the street who Dr Martens are, and they would all know, yet they were the shoe of choice at London Fashion Week this season for all the top press. That’s because everyone knows Dr Martens, and everyone loves them! They are effortlessly cool.

For AW12, Dr Martens teamed up with Agnes Deyn, I loved the collection because it was totally 90s grunge, it was all inspired by Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. It was really hip and wearable. This forthcoming SS13 season they have joined forces again to produce another range of clothes and shoes. The shoes are too cute, sandals and bows, chunky with cut-out sections. I love them in orange! The clothes have the motif of an eye running through them, from a bag in the shape of an eye, to an eye print top, to a orange dress where the buttons are tiny eyes. It’s all cute hip and wearable, and the eye is actually Agnes’s eye. Inspired by the Tokyo region of Harajuko, this collection is cute, hip, casual and edgy.

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Dr Martens have a collection which is still made in their original factory, this is the Made in England range, I love anything made in the UK, and it’s a beautiful range, made for life, they are created from their finest leathers and silk. I really love these pieces, I really love the shoes made out of silk tie fabric, what a wonderful twist!

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There were so many shoes, boots and bags to look at and I was so smitten with so many pairs! From the cut out shoes, to the studded boots. I loved the neon boots with three colours and brogue stitching. I loved every pair which had a matching satchel! I so want to rock a matching pair of docs and satchel! I love the brogues, the creepers, the boots! It was all quite exciting! I took a lot of snaps! Enjoy! Visit the Dr Martens website!

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Today I’m wearing!

Today I got some nail wraps by Rebel Nails they are so cute, loads of moustaches and in aid of Movember, for every pack sold £1 is donated to prostate cancer.
I’m wearing red OPI nail varnish with the nail wraps on top, you are meant to wear them on varnish free nails, but I really wanted a red base with them, so I just went for it! I’m also wearing a Ted Baker feather ring.

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Product review- soap and glory thick and fast mascara

So! What do I think of this is mascara? I like Soap and Glory for skin products, but I have never tried their make-up before. This is a really good mascara for the money, it retails for £10, which is great, I did find it was thick and fast, it did make my eyelashes look fuller and longer. It didn’t clump, nor feel itchy and uncomfortable, which some mascaras do on me.
It’s hard to write too much about a mascara, but this is a great product, it looks good, it applies easily and it’s a great price. I’d buy it again! Oh and PS. The packaging is cute too!

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Review – Miller Harris Terre d’iris perfume

Ever since I bought Miller Harris citron citron perfume years ago I have loved the Miller Harris brand. Their products are sold in loads of independent boutiques and department stores such as John Lewis, so they are easy to get hold of. However, they still have that feel of being a secret perfume boutique, when you walk into one of their shops it smells incredible, and their beauty products are lovely quality as well as a beautiful scent, I got a sample of the new scent terre d’iris and I couldn’t resist posting about it. It is just so beautiful! It is from their woody selection, it is rich and heady. I can’t stop smelling my wrists when I wear it, I just adore it! It is blended from a number of scents, but the ones I can pick out the most is a delicious blend of oranges, patchouli and clary sage. It’s just so lovely and rich and warm and unusual. it’s beautiful for winter! J’adore!

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Learning on a Saturday with Neal’s Yard Remedies

Today I had a wonderful day with Neal’s Yard Remedies, I was lucky enough to be invited to a day of relaxation by one of my favourite beauty and therapy brands. We learnt massage techniques, relaxation methods and experienced NYR organic essential oils.

I feel like we all suffer from stress, sometimes I feel super stressed, I can get headaches and insomnia. Sometimes I don’t feel stressed, then I go to a spa for a couple of days, really relax and discover I was stressed without even realising.

National Stress Awareness day is on the 7th November so for that reason Neal’s Yard Remedies invited a few of us along to learn a little about aromatherapy and massage. I learnt a lot today, first of all, we learnt about essential oils and the benefits they can give to us, how they can trigger memories, heal, uplift, soothe. Essential oils can make you feel wonderful, dropped into baths, vaporised and used in massage. Scents are personal, so find the right ones for you, but they can really help to calm and relax. We also learnt a little about the history of scent and how essential oils have been used throughout history. I’m a bit of a geek, so I loved this bit of the day.

So this morning we spent a long time smelling scents and working out which single scents we liked and how they made us feel, then smelling combinations of those scents to see how they worked together. Individually we selected a blend which we liked and used it to practice massage on each other.

I have been to a fair few spas in my time, I love a good massage, but I had no idea how to give one, and no confidence to try. We were taught in very easy steps how to give hand and arm massages, which is great for taking all the tension out our hands from typing. Then we moved onto head massage, which always feels incredible. After a delicious lunch we moved onto backs, necks, shoulders and arms. As time went on we all grew with confidence and the massages felt incredible. Between the soothing music, rose vapours in the air and soft lighting and blended massage oils, it was impossible not to feel relaxed. I felt like I learnt so much today, not just about the power of essential oils but also about the skills of massage. I’m not sure how naturally it came to me, but we had a great teacher. I took my boyfriend along for the day, so I had a practice partner, he was so relaxed he fell asleep, he may have snored a little! It’s hard giving a massage when you are giggling, and it’s probably a little distracting for everyone else in the room which I feel a but bad about. However, I would like to point out, that is how relaxing the experience was!

It makes me realise there is so much I can do to try and more effectively de-stress. Hand massages are so easy to do at home; a base oil, a few drops of essential oils and 20 minutes can make you feel a whole lot less tense. As can vaporising essential oils in a burner in your home or using them in a bath. I really want to put oils on my pillow and wake up inhaling the scent.

I learnt so much today but it really did make me realise sometimes I do feel we need to make the effort to breathe deeply, light some scented candles, and once in a while and maybe book yourself in for a therapy. Don’t forget the power of essential oils, you can use them in so many different ways and Neal’s Yard Remedies add them into a lot of their beauty products. So you can enjoy the scent as you wash your hands and moisturise your skin.
Stress is hard to avoid, but sometimes we all need to be reminded to relax.
Thanks to Neal’s Yard Remedies for a lovely and informative day! Here are some snaps I took of the beautiful venue and the experience they created for us…

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