The Face We All Want To Avoid!…. Gift Face

This is a genius piece of marketing from Harvey Nichols for this festive season demonstrating ‘Gift Face’, the face we all want to avoid receiving when giving gifts. When I first watched this advertisement it really tickled me, at some point in our lives we’ve all had to give ‘gift face’ the face that says it all but ultimately is us trying our best to hide how we really feel by attempting to look grateful and like you love the gift you’ve just received.

I also have just come across another of Harvey Nichols adverts that I really like, this one from last year, how this one passed me by is beyond me but I love it so just had to share this one too.

My Top Advent Calendars Of 2015.

  1. Five Dollar Shake, Department Store Scene: £9.95
  2. Charlotte Tilbury, Book Of Magic: £150.00
  3. L’Occitane: £39.00
  4. Diptyque: £250.00
With just over a week to go until December 1st, the day we all look forward to opening that first door on our advent calendar, I take a look at some of the best advent calendars out there this year .
Every single year Mum has always bought an advent calendar for me and it’s always been a beautiful most scenic of calendars, filled with beautiful illustrations so in tradition one of my favourites that I’ve come across this season has to be the Five Dollar Shake department store wintery scene, with shoppers doing their christmas shopping and santa with his reindeers in the sky.
In at number two has to be the Charlotte Tilbury book of magic, this is a great calendar for the beauty products lover or someone with a few pieces of Charlotte Tilbury’s range who wants to try out a more extensive collection.
I for one have been desperate to try her skin care products and some new shades from her lipstick range. If you are like me and want to try more then this is a great pre Christmas treat with 12 fully loaded doors of beauty magic.
In at number 3 is the L’Occitane beauty calendar, now I’ll be honest here I’ve chosen this one simply just for it’s beautiful parisian style festive illustrations. I’ve never tired L’Occitane products so I can’t give a true report on this one but if like me you too would like to try their products then at just £39 this one is a real bargain with a wide range of products to trail.
At number 4 is the Diptyque calendar, now who doesn’t love a candle burning beautiful scents around their living room when chilling out…. this brand is a bloggers fave, this one also has dual useage usage as some beauty bloggers I have noticed clean out their candles from the glass pots and use them to store their make up brushes in. 

A Sweet Scent For Summer…

There’s one thing I look for in a fragrance and that is longevity, for a fragrance to last a full day is a great thing, I want my fragrance to be sprayed on a morning when I leave the house and still be evident when I get back home on an evening. 
I always liked Angel for it’s fragrance and it’s longevity but Angel Eau Sucree has a sweetness to it that I really like and so with it being a limited edition fragrance I’m keeping this one for special occasions like friends weddings etc, there’s a few this Summer and I’m going to be smelling super sweet for them. Bliss!

A Summer Wedding To Remember…

For those of you who follow me on Instagram will have seen I attended the most beautiful wedding last weekend, two of my closest friends got wed and what a beautiful weekend it was.
The sun shone brightly, the dress code was black tie, the venue represented them well… everything was clean cut and most importantly WHITE, the band weren’t your average wedding band, it felt like they were an established chart hitting band, everything was elegant and simply perfect with a great mix of people.

I bought my dress from Biba, I love the way it fitted my hourglass figure, pulling in at the waist to excentuate my curves and to show off my smallest feature, my waist, the colour was just so elegant with the slight slit up to the knee on one side.
I’ve always been a fan of emerald green dresses ever since I wore the most beautiful taffeta party dress as a child which was emerald green. One thing about this bottle green dress was that no one else at the wedding had it, I’m not sure if Biba is just somewhere guests hadn’t thought to look or what but I loved it and it got so many compliments. I would love another occasion to be able to wear this dress again soon as I felt like a princess and due to the colour and style it’s perfect for any season.
My sparkly shoes are from Karen Millen and luckily I get to wear those beauties in a few weeks with my beautiful bridesmaid dress.

I would love to relive the weekend again but onwards to the next one as I plan a best friend’s hen parties for her in a couple of weeks of which I’m a bridesmaid for, I simply can’t wait!

Shops To Extend Opening Hours.

Shops are set to extend their opening hours in England, this is something I have a pretty strong opinion on.
I may not work in retail but strongly think that it’s only fair that retail staff get time off from work like the rest of us. I already won’t go shopping on Boxing day over the Christmas period as I feel that it’s wrong to make staff go to bed early on Christmas day and cut their festivities short with their families and loved ones for some to be back in at work at 4am on Boxing day morning, after all whats one more day, let them have a break.
Now, shops are looking at extending their daily opening hours further, do we not already have long enough opening hours and if you crazily can’t manage to get all your shopping done within those hours then why not Internet shop!? Those shops are open ALL the time! 
I really feel extending the opening hours further is wrong. 
What are your thoughts?

Caroline Flack Adds A Pop Of Colour To Her Ombre Locks…

Anyone who knows me and anyone who has an observant eye for something subtle will know that for the past 6months or so I go through stages of needing a blast of pink pushing through my hair. Not only does it give a shot of pink through my hair but it also changes the overall blonde shade to my hair which I really like to a deeper, dare I say it more natural colour with a blast of fun. 
The pink makes me feel a tad rebellious, mischievous and yet still glam, it’s also fun experimenting with colour when I never really have before. I’ve normally stayed on the safety edge, blonde and nothing but, well perhaps maybe just a few different blonde tones.
I really like what Caroline Flack has done with her hair, a slightly deeper version of my pink, she opted for the more ombre look which I yet again swayed for the slightly safer option of a few pink streaks throughout. I normally get my hairdresser to do mine however I could be tempted to get a bottle of the ‘Bleach’ product to try doing it myself at home like  Caroline Flack.

Hilary Duff Goes Casual Chic Round LA.

I really enjoy catching up on Hilary Duff’s style and exercise regime, I’ve always had an interest in her as a bit of an idol, I think it’s because we have a similar style, hair and similar skin complexion for make up but also as she’s of a similar age to me and similar body shape.
I love Hilary’s casual style for hopping round town here her simplistic casual style looks not only chic but also comfortable and very flattering for her hourglass figure and that wide brimmed floppy hat just completes her look fabulously. 

Enhance Your Natural Beauty With Johnson & Johnson ACUVUE® DEFINE™ .

Recently I collaborated with Acuvue, a brand I’m pretty close to considering for the past nine years I have worn 1-Day Acuvue Moist contact lenses to enhance my visibility so when they asked if I’d be interested in trialing their 1 -Day Acuvue Define contact lenses I jumped at the chance.
1 – Day Acuvue Define contact lenses are designed to enhance your natural beauty, with having really bright blue eyes naturally I was intrigued to see what both the effects of the Acuvue Define Shimmer and the Acuvue Define Sparkle would be. 
Acuvue Define Sparkle are made with the intention of making a lighter eye more dazzling or sparkling as it be and Acuvue Define Shimmer are made with the intention of giving definition to the naturally darker eyes (browns etc). 
In simple terms, Acuvue Define make the white of your eye look whiter and the colour look more prominent and radiant. 
Upon my fitting at the opticians I tried one of each and instantly thought my preference was toward the Acuvue Define Sparkle, however I think this was because I fear too much drastic change to my look and felt the darker change altered my confidence, how wrong could I be…. it was just a change. 
The longer I wore the lenses the more indecisive I became as to which I preferred, Sparkle or Shimmer, hmmm decisions, decisions…. only the next couple of weeks trial could determine which I preferred.
Acuvue Define Sparkle.
Knowing that during my Acuvue fitting I had initially liked the Acuvue Define sparkle lens I decided to trail those first, the response I got from friends and even just passers by was incredible, I had numerous people question what colour my eyes actually are. 
“What colour are your eyes, are they blue, green or aqua” one guy asked following with a compliment. 
I wore these lenses for a full weekend on a friends hen weekend in London recently and following copious amounts of prosecco, early mornings and late nights, only three things helped me feel more awake again and that was three simple things a cup of green tea, my ‘Yes’ cucumber moisturiser and a fresh set of Acuvue define to pull my eyes out of the deep bags they seemed to have packed in my sleep. Even the most tiredest of eyes seemed to instantly feel more awoken by the simple definition the lenses gave my eyes.
Acuvue Define Sparkle.

Below, can you tell which eye has the Acuvue Define Sparkle lens in? Remember I felt the eye felt and photoed like I was more wide awake than without the lenses.

     LEFT EYE: Acuvue Sparkle                                          RIGHT EYE: My Natural Eye
Following my initial hesitation on my look with the Acuvue Shimmer lens I soon saw my confidence and opinion change towards them, so much so that I now can’t decide which are my favourite look, the Sparkle or the Shimmer. I think I would buy both in the future and wear according to my mood and where I was heading that day, some have even suggested I kept the Sparkle as a day lens and the Shimmer as my night lens.
My eyes are my main feature that I pride myself on and so I guess there was going to be no bigger critic than myself on these beauty enhancing lenses but I feel so much more wide awake, confident and alert wearing my Acuvue Define lenses.
ABOVE: Acuvue Shimmer

Which look do you prefer on me? The Sparkle or the Shimmer? 
Acuvue Define will have a different effect on each person as your eye is very individual and like your finger print, unique to only you.
The lenses are presently only available via prescription.

If you too would like to get fitted for your free trial of Acuvue Define, check out their website by clicking here to see where your nearest Acuvue opticians representative is.

The way I define the word beauty isn’t just from the outside, how someone looks, I feel real beauty comes from within, a kind warm heart and personality, if you haven’t got those qualities then the exterior can become quite an ugly view.
But for beauty, in the sense of how someone looks I think it tends to be more the naturally made up girls than the girls with false eye lashes, and thick amounts of make up that I would class as pretty or beautiful. Natural beauty is the best kind of all.
My favourite ways to enhance my natural beauty are by:
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Starting each day with a cup of green tea (I find this is an energy boost in a mug)
  • Cleanse daily and use a face scrub every other day (Kora, Miranda Kerr’s beauty regime)
  • Moisturise daily (‘Yes’ moisturiser has a refreshing cucumber scent and wakes me up)
  • Chanel, Sublimage Eye cream for hydration and anti wrinkle treatment
  • Use a body lotion throughout my body for a smooth feel, hydration to the skin and scent
  • YSL fusion foundation, this foundation almost gives an air brushed look to the skin.
  • YSL Touche Eclat for eye foundation, hydrating and nourishing to the soft skin around the eye
  • Spray Citrus KORA energising, hydrating mist
My Nightly Beauty Routine includes:
  • Drink a cup of green tea
  • Drinking a glass of ice cold water
  • Remove all make up with my ‘Yes’ cucumber make up remover wipes
  • Cleanse face then tap dry
  • Add a think amount of Chanel Sublimage eye cream
  • Spray Rose KORA balancing mist across for relaxation
I asked four friends two questions, the four girls each have different make up routines and each go for a different look to one another for enhancing their natural beauty. 
See what these four very different beauties had to say below on how they enhance their natural beauty and how they describe beauty.
GEMMA LOUISE 1. How would you define the word beauty? A natural, effortless way of looking good. 2. What are your go to methods, fitness, treatments and products etc to help you enhance your natural beauty? Fitness Treatments: Swimming, Spinning, Tennis, Horse Riding, Mat Pilate’s. Products: Helena Rubinstein colour clone foundation Serum for under the eye by an Israeli brand called ‘Jade’ Lancome hydra zen moisturiser Bronzer by ‘Tarte’ Urban Decay eye liner Max Factor Mascara Bobbi Brown blusher Trish McEvoy lip pencil and lip gloss I couldn’t live without my foundation or under eye concealer by ‘Clay De Peu”, Kim Kardashian uses it too. I also love Clinique’s flash balm cream, Sisley’s face cream is also a good one too. Top Tip: Get plenty of rest, this helps towards a more natural glow.
JEN 1. How would you define the word beauty? “Beauty to me is something/someone I cannot take my eyes off. Exotic but natural, confident and happy and unlike most others.” 2. What are your go to methods, fitness, treatments and products etc to help you enhance your natural beauty? “Since I have dry skin I am all about hydrating skin care….I love glam glow hydrating cleanse and mask. I also have used Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream for as long as I can remember. I love hydrated and dewy looking skin for natural beauty! I am also a fan of Clarins Skincare! I don’t think I have found the ideal make-up range for myself and am still on the lookout for the products to create my ideal natural beauty look but I have been a fan of Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown & Chanel in the past. Fake Tanning is also an integral part of my daily beauty regime. After years of testing out products St Tropez Dark Mouse & St Tropez Tan Booster are my tools of choice for creating a natural glow. After years of yo-yo dieting I have come to the conclusion that exercise and calorie counting is the best method for me to keep in shape. I find long-distance running has worked for me to drop the lbs and tone up!” LOUISE 1. How would you define the word beauty? “Something or someone that you perceive as pleasing to the eye or pleasing to the heart and soul . Beauty is in the eye/ soul of the beholder, everyone’s idea of beauty is different. Beauty is not just about what something looks like , for example personality is very important too , if someone has no personality or is a horrible person it can make you perceive them as ugly regardless of what they look like.” 2. What are your go to methods, fitness, treatments and products etc to help you enhance your natural beauty? “Be nice to people and smile, it always helps. Fitness – I like Tabata, I’m not a massive exercise fan so if it takes 20 minutes I’m happy, a good mix of healthy eating, body weight exercise and cardio makes for a good workout and a good body. I make sure I take my makeup off before bed, it’s bad for the skin to be left on over night. I like to look after my skin as it’s the biggest organ. I swear by Estée Lauder night repair serum as it’s brilliant and really makes a difference to those wrinkles. Also their perfection makeup is fantastic and not to thick, I hate to see girls with layers and layers of makeup, I don’t think that enhances natural beauty it definitely hinders it. I don’t use sunbeds, they give wrinkles and cause cancer. Fake tan is the way to go if you need a tan, although I’m starting to like the pale look at the minute , much more natural.” SARAH 1. How would you define the word beauty? “For me personally the entity that defines beauty is confidence. When a person is comfortable with who they are and happy to be themselves regardless of what others may think, I believe, radiates a natural beauty beyond any thing superficial. For me a confident woman tends to rely on a minimal make up look. She keeps it simple with a tinted moisturiser, a flick of mascara, a pinky blush and a clear lip gloss. Inspirational women that define a natural beauty to me are: Emma Watson Oprah Audrey heburn Chimamanda Adichie” 2. What are your go to methods, fitness, treatments and products etc to help you enhance your natural beauty? “My main beauty routine is exfoliation. I use a Clarins polish on my face and I body brush twice a day. I find the facial scrub keeps my skin looking fresh and the body brushing helps with reducing cellulite, dry skin and over all keeps my legs relatively toned. I practise Yoga at least once a week in my bedroom using various youtube videos. This not only assists with keeping my body toned but also helps me to maintain a healthy mind. I strongly believe that beauty comes from with in. If you are thinking positively this shows in your overall appearance and Yoga is perfect for this.”

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Johnson & Johnson Acuvue via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Johnson & Johnson Acuvue.

Kate Spade’s, Miss Adventure

I just had to share this video as soon as I came across it, it’s just the BEST way to advertise a clothing range. A sure funny, witty and stylish short movie, which I would also say demonstrates the way most women think when they get caught up in a shopping frenzy. 
I love it and I want more!

Out To Play In My Playsuit…

Wow, what a week it’s been. I’ve been full of busy with work, preparing exciting things for the blog and last weekend one of my best friends hen parties in London which consisted of copious amounts of prosecco and cocktails and fabulous rooftop bars, a very classy affair I must say. 
It was getting so close to Jen’s hen weekend when I had began packing all my outfits and had very specific items planned, but I just couldn’t stop thinking about this little Reiss playsuit that they had very tactfully been dropping into my email inbox for about 3 weeks prior when I got to a point, Reiss had got to me. 
Believe me I’m a sucker for Reiss so it didn’t take me much to be swayed to heading into town to get this little number tried on. 
The moment I put on the ‘Hail’ graphic jacquard playsuit, I fell in love.
I fell for this jumpsuit for it’s comfort, it’s easy wearing for day or night events and had a culotte style feel to the shorts, perfectly loose for someone who is thigh conscious like myself. Not only that, but it fitted perfectly to my waist and chest, the perfect shape for my hourglass figure.
I don’t usually like too much print as it can feel fussy on my face however this is a simplistic  yet classy print. This one piece is sure to get a lot of wear this Spring/Summer, I may even get it out again tonight for a friends birthday celebrations, lets see.