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Tuesday, 26 July 2016


Ouai (pronounced like 'way') is the new hair care range by Jen Atkin. Who is she? Jen is a hair stylist who has worked in the fashion industry for many years, and has worked along side celebrities like JLo, the Kardashians etc. I've seen this range all over Instagram, so I have definitely been interested in the range. To be honest, I'm not one who fusses over her hair, I know what my hair likes and I don't like to try new things, when it comes to my hair that is! But with it's aesthetically pleasing packaging that will look flawless on Instagram, I was intrigued. It finally landed in the UK last month, so I went straight to Selfridges after work and checked the range out. Whilst everything looked amazing, I decided to settle on one product and I brought the Ouai Finishing Créme.

It is a lightweight cream that helps to protect your hair from heat, whilst also smoothing your ends and adding some texture. I have dry ends and in the Summer, it tends to frizz up, causing the ends of my hair to either break off and/or just get tangled and knotty. I've been using this for the past couple of weeks (simply a pea size amount, a little goes a long way!) and my hair feels so soft. It no longer breaks and I feel like my hair really put this finishing créme to the test last week, when we had a huge heatwave, because my hair did not frizz up! I also love how I can run my fingers through my hair and it does not feel sticky nor does it look greasy. It also does not weigh down my hair, which is amazing!

The Ouai haircare range is now available at Selfridges and Cult Beauty! Have you tried anything from the range yet?? I'm actually eyeing up the Clean Shampoo, Dry Shampoo and Hair Oil!

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

You know I you have a problem when I you ask other people to visit Sephora when they go to the States and when I you went yourself just 3 months ago! So I'm back again with another Sephora haul, but I thought it would be interesting to show you all what I picked up this time around, as two are new!
Starting off with skincare and a brand new product, I picked up the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding mask. Now I've heard a lot about this mask so I definitely wanted to pick it up. It is a two part mask, which contains both black and white charcoal, that helps to cleanse and pull out any impurities in the skin. I reminds me a lot of the GlamGlow mask but less abrasive.
The last skin care product I picked up was the Boscia Luminizing black mask. Now this is a repurchase and it was not until I finished my tube, that I realised how much I loved using it. I tend to use it once every 1/2 weeks, and as it is a peel off mask, it is very easy to use. It instantly mattifies my skin and it pulls out any impurities I may have in my clogged pores. A definite holy grail product in my skincare routine.
A complete newbie in my foundation collection is the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea water foundation. Now ever since this was released a few months ago, I have not stopped hearing great things about it! It is an incredibly light foundation, which provides full coverage. Now I am not normally an everyday-foundation-wearing girl but this is an exception. It is so light on the skin, that you cannot even feel it and it still looks like skin!
A repurchase is the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum concealer in the shade Custard. This has become one of my favourite concealers for my under eye area. It instantly covers and brightens my dark circles, without looking cakey or settling into any fine lines. I can reapply throughout the day, and it doesn't look odd at all. A definite favourite.

I have yet to try the pudding mask but I'm really excited to give it a try. I'm thinking of dedicating a whole separate post for the Tarte foundation, so let me know in the comments if you would like to read that! Are you going to the States soon? What would you buy from Sephora??
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Can you remember a time before highlighting (aka strobing, which is basically the same thing!) or contouring was a thing? Yeah, me neither! I do not do the whole contour-your-face-so-it-looks-like-a-completely-different-shape simply because I cannot contour dramatically and it just looks ridiculous when I try, but the one thing I can do, is apply so much highlight that I look like a disco ball and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it! With Summer soon approaching (which seems impossible at the moment since it rains every single day!) I have been applying more highlight than usual, to fake that glow.
The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow is the most expensive from my picks. Whilst I love the sculpt side of the duo, the highlight is as equally amazing. With it being on a golden base, it can suit any skin tone. It does not look chunky on the skin and just looks like you are glowing from within. The BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop highlight was the one make up product I was really excited about last year. I signed up to the Sephora waiting list and as soon as it launched, I added it to my basket and after a few days, it was mine! Believe you me, when I say that this is so pigmented that you simply need to tap your brush in the pan and you instantly look like a disco ball. It is such an amazing and flattering highlight, even if you have pale or deeper skin, a must in everyone's make up bag!
The MAC Strobe Cream is, surprisingly, a new product for me. I picked this up a few weeks ago after a recommendation and I have been using it every single day. I like to mix this with my moisturiser for an all over glow and as it has an iridescent sheen, which does not contain chunky glitter, it just makes your skin look healthier.
Another cream based product I have been loving, especially during the warmer months, is the Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo. Again, this has a contour side, which is great for subtle definition, but the highlight shade is amazing! I simply pat this on the high points of my cheek bones and it catches the light effortlessly. As it is a cream based product, it is great if you suffer from dry skin, like myself.

Which highlighters have you been loving for the warmer months? I feel like I need to pick up the Anastasia Beverly Hills illuminators and the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill palette, which contains Prosecco Pop *inserts all the heart emojis!*

MAC Strobe Cream // £24.50
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Monday, 4 July 2016

Okay, so this is my first ever Instagram round up post. I've been loving these recently because it's a great way to see your life in pictures from the past couple of weeks! From discovering new favourite affordable hair products, to celebrating both Pride Weekend and Birthdays, this past couple of weeks has been jammed packed, but of course, I always have time for a compulsory Liberty London flower photo - I mean, how can I not?!

I've had a hard time trying to stick with a theme, so I gave up but I think I now have one! Come and follow me over at @sweetixo - would love it if you could pop by!
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Friday, 1 July 2016

H&M has always been one of my favourite stores. If I'm in need of something certain, they always have it in store. Their pieces are affordable and are pretty great quality for the price too! Now, I've heard about their new beauty range ever since it hit stores last year, but I never really paid attention until now. I went to H&M on Oxford Street last week and I decided to pick up a few things.
I never really spend money on hair care, I stick to what I know and to be perfectly honest, I not that bothered when it comes to my hair. I was definitely impressed by the H&M haircare range, specifically their Hit Refresh Dry Conditioner. I use dry shampoo religiously so a dry conditioner definitely caught my attention. The ends of my hair can sometimes be really dry and frizzy, so if I can apply a product that doesn't weigh it down, look greasy and feel sticky, then I'm all for it. I tried the tester in store and I couldn't help but continuously running my fingers through my hair. It instantly felt softer and just looked healthier.
The Do It All BB Cream is a leave in perfector, what does that mean? Well it is a leave in cream, which is perfect as it adds extra hydration to my dry ends. By applying it to wet/damp hair, it really has made a huge difference to my hair! The 3 - in - 1 formula contains keratin, to help with hair repair, avocado oil for nourishment and silk amino acids, which actually helps to reduce frizziness - and I can say I can see a difference!
The Get It Straight Smoothing Balm was probably the one product I picked up on a whim. I didn't think much of it but as I always have straight hair (curls are a distant memory for me, haha!). I've been straightening my hair for 10+ years now and I'd like to say that my hair is in pretty good condition considering, but there are times when it can look a little damaged/fried. The smoothing balm has made my hair look a lot more sleek and even healthier. My hair is naturally wavy/curly so through out the day, the front of my hair can start to curl and frizz up, but I've noticed that this product has helped a lot with preventing that! I put it down to the added vitamin B5 and anti-frizz ingredients. I apply this on damp hair and let my hair dry naturally, although you can blow dry your hair with this product. It adds texture but does not feel sticky.

I am currently eyeing up the Knot A Problem Hair Primer Spray but I should ideally finish all the hair products I have on the go at the moment. Have you tried anything from the range? Also, I'm thinking of writing a new 'what I use in my hair' post so let me know if you want to see that below!

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Monday, 27 June 2016

 Ever since I started my blog back in 2012, I tend to write a post dedicated to my favourite perfumes in rotation for that season, and so by sticking to the tradition, I thought it was time to dedicate another post. Sneakily, there is one perfume that has made a come back into this season and I didn't realise until now, as I am writing this post!
 The perfume I am talking about is the Vera Wang Lovestruck EDP. I mentioned this perfume last year in my Summer/Spring perfumes post and by reading that post, it made sense as to why it automatically came into rotation. This is a perfume I purely wear in the Summer! It is incredibly light on the skin, and so it is not overwhelming at all! However, it tends to last throughout the day on the skin, so much so, that after a long day at work I can still smell it.
 One perfume I haven't mentioned on the blog is the Juicy Couture Couture La La. This smells  completely different to the traditional JC perfumes. The top notes are sparklingly mandarin, green apple and red current. The heart notes are lily of the valley, blushing peony, violet leaves and orange flowers. Lastly, the base notes contains a mixture of woods and musk. Honestly, notes mean nothing to me but let me tell you that this perfume lasts for a very long time. Bottled in a typical over the top Juicy Couture style bottle, it looks amazing on your dresser - if you haven't smelt this already, then I'd give a sniff the next time you're near a perfume counter.
 Stella by Stella McCartney EDT, was the one perfume I picked up last year during the Spring/Summer season. I wore this practically everyday and it just smells like Summer for me. I did dedicate a completely separate post to this amazing perfume, if you want to have a read - plus the bottle is just so minimal and stunning!
The new addition to my perfume collection is the Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush EDP. To be perfectly honest, no perfume post would be complete if I didn't mention a Marc Jacobs perfume! I absolutely love the Daisy range. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush EDP is the new perfume to the collection, which came out earlier this year. It has notes of pink grapefruit, mandarin, apple, freesia, rose, lily of the valley, apricot nectar, cedarwood and lastly, musk. It is definitely different to the original MJ Daisy perfume, as it is very warm on the skin, whilst being fruity and floral.
In terms of longevity, this also lasts for a very long time on the skin and I feel like it gets better throughout the day, as you wear it! Plus the bottle is stunning and just screams summer and Marc Jacobs!

What are your current Spring/Summer perfume picks? I have yet to try a Jo Malone perfume but I'm thinking this is the year I finally give in and buy a bottle! Also, if you wish to have a more in depth post to the new Marc Jacobs perfume, be sure to leave a comment below :)
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