Emma Willis CBB '14 Launch Night Look

 

On the launch night of a popular show like Celebrity Big Brother, you would have thought it would be the celebrities entering the house themselves whose style would shine above all others. On Monday however, in my opinion, yummy Mummy Emma Willis stole the ‘style show’ with her flawless summer popping style.

I love clashing summer colours and as I’ve expressed before, have a particular love for neon pink, so this look was always going to appeal to me. There were some people on twitter who disagreed, but hey, I’m a lover of bright colours what can I say!

Firstly and most strikingly, Emma wore this gorgeous pink flared skirt from Victoria Beckham. It’s so beautifully flattering and a really lovely length on her.

Not many of us can afford style on this scale (before it sold out, trust me, the price tag was CRAZY!), but if you wanted to steal the style for less, how about this cute Textured Peplum Hem skirt from ASOS.

Steal Emma's style; ASOS Peplum Hem Skirt

The shade of pink is identical and I love the peplum hem. It’s gorgeously fitted, as the Victoria Beckham version is and looks stunning here teamed with a white cropped top. This version will set you back just £50, which is a snip in comparison.

Emma teamed her neon pink skirt with this super cute Jonathan Saunders scalloped top, in white and mint green. Colour clashing this summer has been huge and this top was perfectly on trend tucked into the skirt.

So what do you need to finish a stunning outfit like this? An awesome pair of shoes or course and these striped and gem adorned Lola Gem heels from Sophia Webster are stunning and finish the outfit to a tee. I love them. I think I’ve just found my new shoe designer crush! Oops!

So what did you think of Emma’s style? I’d love to hear your thoughts and whether you’re as crazy about neon pink and clashing colours, as me!

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Welcome to my new blog sale!

Whilst having a clear out in preparation for packing and moving house, I thought I’d hold a little blog sale of some unwanted cosmetics, makeup, hair and nail products. I’m likely to continue to add to this sale as my packing continues, so keep an eye out for updates.

How my sale works

  1. Please comment below with the products you’d like to purchase, together with your email address and I will send you my PayPal address & confirm final payment amount.
  2. Sold & paid for items will be dispatched within 4 days and will be posted via 2nd class delivery.
  3. Postage will be £3 regardless of how many products you buy, excluding the clip-in extensions which will be slightly more. I will confirm final payment amount when I contact you.
  4. I accept PayPal payments only & these must be made within 24 hours.
  5. All sales are on a first come first served basis – no reservations.
  6. This sale is for UK postal only. I will not post internationally, sorry!
  7. I will retain a proof of purchase for each parcel I send and will package your items carefully, however I cannot be responsible for any lost/damaged parcels.
  8. I don’t accept returns.

Happy Shopping!

1 Lips new

MUA, Lipstick, shade 14, used a couple times, 50p
MUA, Lipstick, shade 3, used a couple times, 50p
Neal’s yard Remedies, Lip Gloss, Goji Berry, sampled only, £3
Sephora, Colour Reveal Lip Balm, used a couple times, £8
Stila, Lip Gloss, used a few times; Kaleidoscope, Starfruit, Kitten, Believe, Grapefruit, Apricot, Dreamy, Fantasy, £1.50 each or £8 for the whole set.
MUA, Out There Plumping Lip Gloss, Nude, swatched only, £1
MUA, Out There Plumping Lip Gloss, Peach Shimmer, swatched only, £1
L’Oreal, Glam Shine Stain Splash, 200 Princess, used a couple times, £3
L’Oreal, Rouge Carese Lipstick, 501 Nude Ingenue, used a couple times, £3
elf, Lipstick, Nostalgic, swatched only, £1

1 Face new

L’Oreal, Studio Secrets, Smoothing Resurfacing Primer, used a couple times, £8
MUA, Blusher, Shade 5, swatched only, 50p
Benefit, Eye Bright, used as shown, £4.50
Benefit, It Stick, used as shown, £5
GOSH, Cover Corrector Stick, shade 1, used a couple times, £3
elf Blusher Brush, used once, £1
Bobbi Brown, Eye Pencil with comb, Black, used a couple times, £4
Bobbi Brown, Eye Pencil with comb, Brown, used a couple times, £4
Barbara Daly, Light & Easy Shimmering Highlighter, used a couple times, £2,50
17, Instant Glow Bronzing Pearls, used a couple times, £2
GOSH, Pressed Powder, 03 Warm Sand, used a couple times, £3
AVON, Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation, used a couple times, £3 

1 Eyes new

Max Factor, Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow, Onyx Smoke, used a couple times, £3
Max Factor, Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow, Silver Storm, used a couple times, £3
Body Shop, Eye Colour, used a couple times, £2
Rimmel, Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow, used once, £4
AVON, Arabian Glow, Natural Shimmer Eyeshadow Quad, used twice, £3
Maybelline, Diamond Glow Eyeshadow, Coral Drama, used a couple times, £3
Smooch Cosmetics, Duo Eyeshadow, Dare to Bare, swatched only, £7

1 Lashes3 new

Millie Mackintosh Lashes, Carnaby, City, Camden, Brand New, £5 each

1 Lashes1 new

Girls With Attitude Lashes, unknown name, Diva, Swept Away, Triple Lash, Brand New, £2.50 each

1 Lashes2 new

Girls With Attitude Lashes, Enchanting, Velvet Passion, Burlesque, brand new, £2.50 each
W7, Loads of Lashes, used once, £2

2 Lashes

Girls With Attitude, Fashion Lashes, Glitter Goddess, brand new, £2.50

1 Skincare new

Washi, Skin Polishing Kit, brand new, £3
Embryolisse, Lait-Creme Concentre, used a couple times, £8.50

1 Nails new

Girls With Attitude, Seriously Sexy Rock Chick False Nails, brand new, £2.50
Girls With Attitude, Nail Wraps, Gold Aztec, brand new, £1
Girls With Attitude, gold & black tips, brand new, £2.50
W7, Nail Bling, Pinkilicious, brand new, £2
Avon, Nail Wear Pro Nail Varnish, Romance, brand new in box, £2 x 2
Avon, Nail Wear Pro Nail Varnish, Golden Dream Limited Edition, brand new in box £3

2 Nails2

Girls With Attitude, Nail Wraps, Stars, Diamond, Midnight Lightening, brand new, £1 each

2 Nails1

Girls With Attitude, False Nails, Fly By Night, Green Flash, brand new, £2.50 each

2 Hairbows

Prairie Charms, Vintage Floral Bow hair band, worn a couple times, £5
Prairie Charms, Rachael Hair Bow, worn once, £5

2 Hair1 new

Prairie Charms, Whitney Hair Ties, brand new, £3

1 Body new

Superdrug, Retreat Shimmering Body Lotion, used a couple times, £1.50
Avon, Dream Spa Body Melt Capsules, brand new, £3.50 for 3
Avon, Spotlight Moisturising Shimmer Gel, 1/3rd used, £2
Avon, Sun+ Magic Tan Lotion, Light/Medium, brand new, £2.50
Heaven, After Sport Body Wash, brand new, £5
Girls With Attitude, Contour Tape, brand new, £1.50

1 Clip in hair new

Hairdo by Jessica Simpson Extensions, 15″ Wavy R10 Chestnut, worn couple times, £20 (RRP £36)
Hairdo by Jessica Simpson Extensions, 23″ Wavy R10 Chestnunt, worn couple times, £20 (RRP £36)

2 Bracelet

Made In Cornwall, Glass & Hematine Bracelet, brand new in box, £15

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Morning Makeup Routine | Summer Edit

 

When the sun’s been shining and my skins glowing, I tend to wear a lot less makeup. With a little glow, my skins appearance tends to even itself out a little and I don’t feel I need to use quite as much my makeup, so my morning routine changes dramatically.

Products

I thought I’d share a quick run down on the current products I’m using, together with my morning routine. This does tend to change a little here and there, depending on what new products I discover.

  • Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in Soft Beige, £5.99
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer in Soft Beige, £5.99
  • Smooch Cosmetics Bronzer in Tan Queenie, £13.95
  • Smooch Cosmetics Blusher in Glamour Puss, £8.50
  • Elf Eyebrow Kit, Medium, £3.95
  • Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner in Black, £3.99
  • W7 Magic Eyes Mascara, £2.99
  • Elf 32 Piece Palette in Everyday, £6.95
  • Vichy Dermablend Foundation Cream Stick in Nude

Routine

This routine is so much quicker than during the winter months! And depending on how bright eyed I feel in the morning, I may well drop the matte foundation and purely use cover up, which again cuts the application time.

  1. First I apply a little Rimmel Stay Matte just over a couple blemishes instead of all over the face. I don’t even worry about primer as much in the summer.
  2. I apply a little of the Rimmel concealer under my eyes and in the centre of my upper lip, to create a slight highlight.
  3. I apply a little Dermablend on my couple areas of melasma and blend with my fingers.
  4. I use the Smooch Tan Queenie Bronzer, applying with a large face brush, across the whole face, which just blends the concealer and foundation perfectly and because it is shimmer free, looks as perfectly natural as my current glow.
  5. I then apply a little Smooch Glamour Puss Blusher to the apples of my cheeks, to create an extra rosy glow and blend into the bronzer.
  6. I then use the Elf Eyebrow Kit to define my brows and really frame my face.
  7. I then use a little of the Barry M eyeliner under my eyes and inside the bottom lids.
  8. I quite often use a dark shade from the Elf palette to blend the eyeliner under my eyes and soften the edges. This creates a nice smudgy look.
  9. I then apply a little eyeshadow from my Elf palette across my eyelids. The bronze and golds are my favourtie shades at this time of year, with a little white shimmer on the inner corners to open the eye further.
  10. I then apply a little W7 mascara to the top and bottom lashes. This is my favourtie mascara at the moment and I’m on my second purchase. For such a cheap product, I think it’s great!

It’s as quick and simple as that! This takes me about 10 minutes, as supposed the 20 minutes+ I spend in colder months, when I want to cover and conceal far more.

In the warmer months my makeup is more about accentuating my natural colour and creating a summery look, rather than covering all of my blemishes and looking flawless. I seem to just feel more relaxed when the weather is warmer about my natural colour showing through.

Does your makeup routine change drastically like mine in the summer? I’d love to heard what you’ve cut out now that the sun’s shining!

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2Ponds

3Ponds

I’ve recently discovered a brand called Ponds Institute and a couple of their products. You may be thinking that the brand ‘Ponds’ rings a bell and it very likely does. The iconic Pond’s brand has recently been re-branded as ‘Pond’s Institute’ in the UK and maintains its professional and affordable brand image. A great little illustration of Ponds’ history can be found here, which I found super interesting!

In this post today I thought I’d tell you about the Cold Cream Cleaner. So how many ways do you use your current cleanser? One, maybe two? For me I’ve always just used my cleanser to remove my makeup and maybe if I can’t find my usual moisturiser, I might use it to moisturise on occasion.

With the Ponds Institute Cold Cream Cleanser there are in fact six fantastic uses! Over the last few weeks I’ve tried each of these and thought I’d share my thoughts with you. For just £4.99 from here, if all six check out, this Cold Cream Cleanser could be the best beauty buy EVER!

What Pond’s Institute Say

‘The Cold Cream Cleanser cleanses the skin deep down without drying it and leaves your skin perfectly clean. The deep cleansing action removes hidden dirt and make up, even stubborn waterproof mascara. Its special blend of ingredients softens the skin as they deep cleanse so your complexion feels smooth – never tight or dry.’

So here’s what I thought:

Cleanser

This was the first thing I tried and I have to say that for removing makeup and making my skin feel super clean, this was perfect. The best way I found to use it was to apply to the face, rubbing in all over and then spray water onto large cotton pads and remove. This left my skin feeling really clean and fresh.

Moisturiser

For me, this cream is too thick to use as a moisturiser. It makes my skin feel a bit ‘thick’ if that makes any sense. I think my skin is quite well self moisturised so many moisturisers make my skin feel the same, so this one is no different. For those with dryer skin though, I can see this being a god sent little pot of moisture!

Face Mask

As a face mask, as supposed to a leave on moisturiser, Ponds Institute Cold Cream is perfect. I applied this as a mask all over my face and left for 10-15 minutes and then removed in the same way that I do using it as a cleanser, with wet cotton wool pads. My skin felt really smooth and fresh afterwards and smelt gorgeous too!

Hand Cream

For a hand cream, this is perfect as well. My hands tend to be quite dry all year, not just in the winter months and I’m forever applying cream. This is great. It moisturises well and doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. A perfect pot to pop in your handbag.

Highlighter

This was the biggest surprise to me when I heard that this cream had six great uses. A highlighter? Really? So I’ve tried this and have to say that yes, it does highlight the cheekbones pretty well! I’m not really one for using highlighter. I’ve not really got into contouring and highlighting as I just don’t have the time day to day and I find it hard to make it look natural enough for day time too. So I thought I’d try this cream across the tops of my cheekbones and it looked really natural and pretty. Very impressed. You should give it a go!

Set Eyebrows

This is a great little trick too. I usually use hairspray, sprayed onto an eyelash brush comb and combed over my brows to set them in place, but a little of the cold cream brushed through my eyebrows does pretty much the same thing too. Although it does make them look a bit greasier and if you have added colour to your eyebrows, you have to be careful that you don’t wipe the colour away. Having said that though, it’s a genius idea and perfect if you forget your hairspray (heaven forbid)!

Well, who knew one little pot could have so many fabulous uses! Have you been as surprised as I was?

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ReadyBed Hello Kitty from Worlds Apart

As anyone who has children will know, trying to work out the best time to move them from their cot to a ‘big bed’ is one of the trickiest to suss out. Well apart from potty training that is, which is a whole other story entirely.

Grace at the moment is probably feeling a little unsettled as her new brother or sister will be arriving imminently, plus we’re trying to potty train her and planning a house move, so you could say that now is not the right time to be moving her into her big bed as well. And I think you’d probably be right!

There’s some great advice from the World’s readyforbed-320x177Apart’s Ready For Bed campaign about when your child is likely to be ready for the transition. This can be one of the times in a child’s life when their sleep is most disrupted, so any help and advice is welcome, right?

I think we’ve decided to wait until we move and then introduce Grace to her new house, bedroom and bed at the same time. We think this will work; fingers crossed! Who knows though, depending on when baby makes an appearance, we may well change our minds!

ReadyBed Hello Kitty from Worlds Apart

ReadyBed Hello Kitty from Worlds Apart

So in preparation for the big change and for getting used to sleeping in a bed when sleeping at Granny’s, we thought it would be good for Grace to test out this ReadyBed, in the super cute Hello Kitty design. There are so many great things about this bed that made us want to try it.

  1. The bed is low to the ground, so we thought that this would be great for getting Grace used to being in a bed without sides. No doubt she’ll try to crawl out of it at some point! But also, it does have a zip all the way to the top of the sleeping bag, which will prevent any unwanted ‘rolling out’ during the night.
  2. The ReadyBed comes in various different designs for boys and girls. We love this Hello Kitty one, as we knew Grace would do too!
  3. It is so easy to inflate and pack away again, which is perfect for when Grace stays away from home on that odd occasion but we also thought it would be perfect for camping next summer too. Ooo, can’t wait to go camping now!
  4. The sleeping bag section itself is removable and washable at 30 degrees. We know first hand how easy this is to do, as Grace managed to have an accident in her ReadyBed within hours of first trying it! If you deflate the mattress a little, the sleeping bag easily wriggles off and after washing, dries so quickly, so it was back on the mattress before Grace even noticed.

ReadyBed Hello Kitty from Worlds Apart

ReadyBed Hello Kitty from Worlds Apart

When we first opened the box and got the bed out, Grace was beside herself excited saying ‘it’s my new bed’, so we thought we’d blow it up straight away and start getting her used to it. She absolutely loved it. She’s so happy that she has a little bed and we’ve tried her in it a few times now.

Once she’s got over the initial excitement of just getting into the bed, we zip her up, she cuddles her toys and within minutes looks really comfy and content. The next step for us is to try it in her room at night and we have no doubt that she will love it all the same. Although we are still a bit nervous about her crawling out of it every five seconds!

If you’re contemplating moving your little one into a big bed or need something for nights away, then this ReadyBed is perfect. The sleeping bag itself is quite lightweight, so you may well need to use an extra blanket during the winter or if you take it camping, but otherwise I think it’s design is brilliant and I can see us using it a lot.

Are your little ones at the stage of moving beds? How are you finding it?

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