Sunday, 31 August 2014

Photo Project & Editing

I was looking through the files on my computer recently and came across lots of unused photos from different shoots that myself and Chelsea had done over the last year are so. I decided to put together a few of my favorites and edit them, some of the photos are so gorgeous and I didn't want them to be over looked. Our initial inspirations for these photos was the song Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey which we were obsessed with at the time of the shoots. I'm not a professional photographer or editor by any stretch so this is just our interpretation for fun and I hope you enjoy!

Styling & Hair - Lyndsey Whitelaw & Chelsea Youngson
Makeup - Lyndsey Whitelaw

Thanks again to my gorgeous model Chelsea, these photos are stunning!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Body Shop Love Your Body Card - A Beauty Obsessive Must Have

Recently I have been loving The Body Shop, I used to have a complete obsession with their body butters and lip balms back in my teens and it seems that is all coming back to me now. I recently popped into check out their new Argan oil range as I thought it would be nice to get as a gift for my mum, and I used my shiny new loyalty card which I had paid £5 for on my last visit. The lovely sales assistant then let me know that if you were to spend over £21 that day you received a fab free gift. I of course jumped on this offer and received the absolutely fantastic bundle of gifts.

In the lovely wrapped bag I received a gorgeous bronze coloured highlighter with all the little balls you can swirl your brush in. I have tried this and it so shimmery and beautiful on the tops of the cheekbones, in fact it is a product I have looked at a few times while I was in store so I was naturally thrilled to get it for free.

I also got a gorgeous satsuma scented body polish, I haven't had a chance to use this yet but as Autumn is round the corner I am sure I will be getting it out pre fake tan session. The scent alone is enough  to convince you to buy the entire satsuma range, I love citrus scents.

Finally I received a full sized bottle of one of the body sprays, the scent is Japanese Cherry Blossom and is so great for throwing in your handbag to freshen up during the day. The scent is lovely and fresh and I have actually used a lot of it already and it has convinced me to pick up a few more of these for work and each of my hand bags.

If you are a beauty addict like myself I think The Body Shop Love Your Body card is a great thing to try out. It only costs £5.00 and it comes with a variety of perks such as exclusive sales, 10% of purchases for the year and vouchers for use in store after a certain amount of purchases. This is my favorite and most used beauty card at the moment and I  couldn't recommend it more. 

Her is a link to The Body Shop website which has all the information you would need to get involved with one of these loyalty cards.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Essie Summer 2014 Collection

Who doesn't love a bright pop of colour on their nails during the Summer months, and as usual Essie has out done themselves with their gorgeous Summer 2014 collection of mini polishes. I think this is the perfect little set for travelling, you have three gorgeous colours that are totally interchangeable for a Summer holiday wardrobe. They are also under 100ml so you could take them on the plane and paint your nails to pass the time during the flight, I know that's what I will be doing.

All three polishes look great on the nails and have fantastic colour pay off, the shades just scream Summer and remind me of ice lollys and print dresses. You just need two quick coats, they last well even with wear and tear by the pool and in the sea. I had the gorgeous hot pink shade in haute in the heat on my toes and it lasted without a chip for over a week while I was on holiday. If you are after some great Summer colours for your nails this collection is definitely a must have. 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Stila in the lights pallette

        believe in the beauty of the future 
                                                                   - sara lucera

I recently made a cheeky trip into my local Boots and was highly distracted by the newly installed Stila counter. I am basically a Stila virgin apart from one slap dash lipgloss purchase a few years ago in London and I actully think I then lost said lipgloss on the same trip. This time I decided to try a few of Stila's most hyped products as I guessed this would be a pretty fail safe way of buying some great new products. Today I am goin to embarassingly rave in devotion about the in the lights palette which I am having a full blown love affair with at the minute.

The gorgeous thing comes with 10 beautiful neutral shades with a mix of matte, slightly shimmery and full on glitters thrown in. Personally I love glitter so this palette was a win for me from the beginning. I firstly want to breifly mention my love/hate feelings on the packaging. I love the colour of the rose gold casing but it is made out of a a pretty flimsy material which is a bit stained, scratched and dented already. That is genuinely my only complaint about this palette though, which is pretty fantastic really.

First of all the colours are just stunning, they are shimmery, elegant, effervescent goodness that are so complimentary to any eye colour. The pigmentation and colour pay off is just ridiculously good, one swipe and you get the most rich beautiful colour across the lid. I must agree with the blogging community when they rave about the gorgeous champagne shade kitten, it is just gorgeous. If you don't want to splurge on the palette I would strongly suggest at least picking up the single shade. I also have to give a special mention to the golden shimmer bubbly and the warm, toasted bronze shade in sunset. Both of these colours have already been dipped into several times this month.

As a little bonus the palette comes with an amazing brown liner, which is the perfect compliment to all of these shadows. I have been using it on the daily, with or without the shadows. The formula is creamy and long lasting and I can't get enough of it, I have actually ordered a back up and two other shades of this product. I am sure I will refuse these sometimes this month.

All in all if I had to choose my favourite neutral palette in the light would 100% be up there. It is also such a reasonable price at £25 in Boots, but after some googling I have noticed you can get it cheaper on and

Monday, 11 August 2014

Neutral Nails | Wedding Guest Inspiration

I am attending a Wedding of some close friends on Saturday and have been hunting my stash for the perfect nail colour for the occasion and decided to share my finds with you all. I decided I wanted a really pretty pastel or neutral shade to go with my cream dress, and these are the four that I liked the best.

Firstly I have the Loreal Color Riche polish in Peach Negligee, I kind of think that it is a strange name for the colour because I wouldn't describe it as a peach colour. Regardless it is just the most beautiful nude colour and is actually fairly opaque for the lightness of the colour. It is the perfect alternative to white which is really on trend at the minute. Personally I don't like the white nails on myself because I think you need a deep tan or it can look a bit like you have painted your nails with tippex. Another bonus is that it is the kind of colour that will go with any outfit, and you could go crazy with rings and bracelets if you are wearing something simple and it wouldn't be too much. 

Next I have a darker colour which is Essie's Chincilly, this is probably the colour I have reached for the most in the last few months. It is a gorgeous warm grey colour with a purple, warm undertone, it is so so gorgeous all year round. This colour is so pretty and would look fantastic with a pretty two peice or suit and if you were to wear an outfit with a graphic pattern then it would be a great simple nail look that doesnt clash with your outifit. Essie polish is of course fantastic quality too, so it is going to last really well with a good top coat.

Then I have the gorgeous gold metallic shade from Kate Spade with Nails Inc in Uptown Glamour. I think this colour would be fab with an LBD if it was the reception you were attending. If built up in colour it can be such a statement or alternatively one or two coats can be a sheer shimmer for the nails. I have put a gold shimmer over this colour before at Christmas time and it looked gorgeous! 

Finally the Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colour in Pink in the Park. I think this pale pink would be a great bridesmaid colour or if you were to wear a classic floral print dress. Its neutral but pretty and is just so pretty and appropriate for a wedding. It has fantastic staying power and is also lovely and glossy on the nails as well. 

Friday, 8 August 2014

Relaxation and Tired Feet Relief | Body Shop Review

I work long hours on my feet, sometimes 12 or 13 hours with out a break. I don't mind this at all it is just the nature of my job but it can leave my feet aching at the end of a shift. I know this is a common complaint to a for  a lot of people so I thought I would write a post highlighting the products I use to target and relieve the pain. 

I recently came across The Body Shop's Peppermint foot range and I have fallen in love with the Cooling Foot Spray and the Reviving Foot Soak. I use the the foot spray constantly and it is actually nearly finished after only having purchased it a few weeks ago. Just after a few spritz over my sore feet, the spray cools, refreshes and soothes my tired feet. It is such a great quick fix after a long and tiring day.

If I have a little more time or my feet are particularly sore I will get a basin of warm water and pour in a handful of the little crystals. The water foams up and creates a soothing and cool bath for your tired feet. To me this little foot soak feels like a 5 star spa and I can't get enough. On Sundays I will put fake tan on and apply a face mask with this foot soak. It is amazing! 

If you work in retail or catering or any profession when you are constantly on your feet get down to The Body Shop pronto!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

ATM #6

Date: 06/08/2014
Time: 20:39 PM
Location: My bedroom :)
Fashion Pick: My bargain checked £17 Primark Blazer. 
Beauty Pick: Stila Convertible Colour in Iilium.
Music Pick: Chandalier - Sia.
TV Show: Excited my beloved Dance Moms is back on the air.
Book: Finally got round to reading JK Rowlings A Casual Vacancy and although it was totally different from Harry Potter I really enjoyed it.
Food: Brown rice stir fry!
Drink: Bulmers Red Berry Cider. 
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This Month I'm Excited For: Edinburgh Fringe Festival and my lovely friends Zowie and Gary's August Wedding. 

Quick Update 
I dyed my hair COPPER! It was such an exciting thing for me to do because I have absolutely never changed my hair colour from blonde before. I am in love with it and couldn't be happier that I took the plunge. I am also going to be starting University in September to study PR & Media and I am just so excited. I can't wait to start this new chapter of my life with new hair and hopefully lots of exciting posts for you lot.

Monthly Favourites #4 | July 2014

Charles Worthington Volume Bounce Texturising Spray - I love a a big bouncy blow dry but sometimes when I am not in the salon I find it hard to get the texture and volume into the roots of my hair. I have been swearing by this texturising spray for the last few months and haven't found anything thats even close in quality and price. With just a quick spritz through the roots and ends it gives you volume, texture and also nice hold to your hair. It doesn't make your hair feel crispy or sticky at all and it actually has a really nice smell to it as well. It only costs £6.99 and I actually think it is in offer just now for around £4.99, such a great product for the price. A holy grail hair product for me at the minute. 

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil in Brownie Points - I have recently dyed my hair from platinum blonde to a gorgeous rich copper, and part of this transition I had to darken up my brows. I had a look in Boots for some new products to try out and stumbled across the Soap & Glory brow pencil and tint. From the very first time I used this product I feel deeply, deeply in love. It is a double ended pencil with a waxy crayon on one side to shade in the brow, then a felt tip on the other side to create little feathery hairs for a natural look to your brow. I just think this combination works incredibly well and it gives me the most gorgeous, full and natural looking brows. 

Stila Convertible Colour in Iilium - Stila is a brand I haven't used all that often and this month I picked up a few Boots to try out. I loved everything I picked up but I have found that the convertible colour is what I have been drawn to the most this month. I got the shade Iilium and it is a gorgeous mauvey pink colour which gives a gorgeous creamy sheen to your cheeks. I also love to put a little on my lips with some clear gloss on top for a gorgeous day look. The cream formula is gorgeous and melts into your skin like a rich moisturiser and stays creamy so creates a gorgeous dewy glow on your cheek bones. Perfect product for the Summer months. 

Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm - Eye cream is something I find hard to judge as the results aren't immediate so you never know if you have found a long term winner. Simple is a great, affordable and kind to skin brand which I have always really liked. I picked up this eye cream at the beginning of the month and have found myself using it more often than note and really enjoying it. It meals into the skin and makes my under eye area feel soft and smooth. I also find after using it I don't have any dry patches under my eyes and my dark circles appear less prominent. A great budget skin care buy. 

Iphone 5s in Gold - I am one of the clumsiest people ever and my poor Iphone 5 after a year and a half had definitely seen better days. I decided it was time to upgrade a little early and pick up a sparkly new Iphone. I do realise I have probably just missed out on the Iphone 6 but to be honest I was just dying to upgrade right now and really did not want to wait. The colour is gorgeous and just looks so sleek and chic, I really don't want to get a cover for it. I love the new features too like the thumb print recognition, its great for security and a cool feature to show off. I love apple products and I just know I will be a customer for years.