Want a bargain?!

Hey Guys

So it’s official, after 3 years of living in our apartment we’re moving! As a result I’m selling ALOT of stuff on eBay so if you fancy a bargain, please check out my listings. You can do so by searching for member: haylesowen23 or by clicking http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/haylesowen23/m.html?item=252483144409&hash=item3ac92b0ad9%3Ag%3AzvsAAOSwdzVXnh%7Eo&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

I’m selling a lot of clothes and shoes, however also selling items including bags by Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Mulberry and Aspinal of London. All items are the real deal.

Thanks

Hayley xx

July 2016 Favourites

Hi Guys,

Hope you all had a fabulous July! I sure did as not only was it my birthday, I also went on vacation for a much needed week to chill out and get some essential vitamin D (:  July is my second favourite month of the year, after December of course.  There always seems to be new product releases, everyone is in a good mood and there’s always something going on.  This month my favourites are a mixture of both beauty, lifestyle and fashion.  So let’s get started.

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First of all, I have been loving Origins Gin Zing products.  This month Origins released the GinZing Peel Off Mask – £24.  It is an energising peel off mask that will brighten skin whilst tightening pores, and lifting away stubborn dead skin cells, dirt and debris to smooth and refine.  When applied, the product is… wait for it… rose gold!! It’s shimmery like you have dipped your face in liquid gold, it’s so cool! I would recommend only applying to the areas that are problematic, for example T zone, and not all over your face.  It is VERY strong once it dries and can be slightly tricky to peel off.  I prefer a mask like this as I feel like it will thoroughly remove any dirt which has built up on my skin.  For the parts I couldn’t peel off, I just used luke warm water to wash off.

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Origins also released this month the GinZing Energy Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist – £18.  This product is ah-maz-ing!!  It smells like satsumas and is incredibly refreshing on the skin.  It hydrates and energizes tired, dull skin. It’s the perfect pick me up in the morning.  It is packed with energizing coffee beans, panax ginseng and pomegranate.  It’s oil free and can be used on all skin types.  I keep mine in the fridge for an extra oomph on application.

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I also became obsessed with the Origins VitaZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser with Mangosteen – £29.  This is the perfect make up base as it adds a healthy hint of radiance that mimics the glow you get from a week’s vacation in the sun.  It sinks in nicely to the skin and gives you a flawless complexion.  In addition to this, I was also loving the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – £20.  This product provides and immediate appearance of vibrancy, radiance and eveness with a blend of optic brighteners to diffuse darkness and illuminate under eye skin.  It combats dark circles by strengthening capillaries and providing both anti inflammatory and anti oxidant benefits.  I never thought a product could work wonders until I discovered this.  It really does work! When I went on vacation, I had to be up at 3am for my 6am flight.  With having only had 4 hours sleep, I applied this and I looked wide awake! I can’t emphasise enough how amazing this product is.

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Another new release came from Bare Minerals.  They released the Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo – £28.  The matte powder absorbs oil and is the perfect setting powder whilst the glow powder will add sheer luminosity for highlighting and strobing.  The matte powder is similar to the MAC Prep and Prime translucent powder.  It can be used on all skin tones and is not visible once applied to the skin, so don’t worry that the colour is white.

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My holiday read this year was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins – £7.99.  If you liked Gone Girl, then you will love this! It’s a thriller set in London, and as soon as you start reading I guarantee that you will be hooked! It’s about a girl called Rachel who catches the same commuter train each morning.  The train stops at the same signal each day which overlooks a row of back gardens.  Rachel daydreams about how perfect their lifestyles are and feels like she knows the strangers that she watches daily.  That is until one day she witnesses something shocking and in that moment everything changes.  She then has a chance to become part of their lives and to solve the mystery so that they’ll see she’s not just the girl on the train.  Sounds exciting right?! It really is!!

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To continue with my quest to improve my overall health, I purchased the Leon Happy Salads book – £15. First of all how cute is the cover??  It is the perfect way to inspire your diet and give you fresh ideas on what to add to your salads.  For example fregola and chorizo to spinach, chickpea and almond.  When we think of salad, we usually assume that there will be some sort of lettuce or leaves included however that’s not always the case as this can be replaced with cous cous or other grains.  That’s why this book is brilliant and gives you plenty of ideas.  It also shows you how to make your own dressings so that no nasty additives are being added.  My personal favourite is the strawberry, melon and chicken salad with an elderflower dressing.

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Finally, I am loving my new Nike Running Trainers.  I love training shoes that have a pop of colour and when they have a bright sole like these, I’m sold and I need to have them! I’m not sure of what the exact style name is, sorry!  As they’re running shoes, they are incredibly light weight and super comfortable.  When you have new gym clothes, it’s amazing how much your motivation increases!

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I hope you enjoyed reading about what I was loving during July.  I would love to hear what your monthly favourites were and your thoughts on my favourites if you too have tired them out.

Happy August when it arrives!

Love Hayley xx

News Alert… Kat Von D Beauty is coming to the UK!!

Hi Guys

For all my UK beauty followers, this will be music to your ears. Kat Von D Beauty is coming to the UK and will be sold exclusively to Debenhams.  The release date hasn’t been announced yet however it will be just in time for buying some awesome Christmas presents (:  We in the UK unfortunately don’t have a Sephora, which I still can’t get my head around, so when I heard this news I was very excited!! Yippee!

Love Hayley

xx

Never Ending Summer – July 2016 Birchbox Review

Hi Everyone

Hope you’re all having a fabulous July.  This month’s Birchbox focuses on those hot Summer days and contains a selection of item’s that will carry you throughout the Summer months.  The box is in collaboration with Millie MacKintosh.  If you’re not sure who she is, well she is a previous cast member of Made In Chelsea, was married to Professor Green and her relatives invented the Quality Street chocolates.  A was really happy with this month’s items as the sample sizes were spot on and featured a good variety of quality products.

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John Frieda Luxurious 7 Day Volume Treatment – Full Size Received £9.99

This is an in-shower treatment which will amplify hair thickness for up to 7 days.  You shampoo and condition your hair as normal, then apply 3-4 pumps of this on the root of the hair.  Leave it on for 3-5 minutes before washing out.  The product will help you to achieve a smooth blow dry whilst giving some volume.  I have fine hair so not a lot of products work however I’d say this one was average.  If you have tried this, I would love to know whether it worked and on what hair type.  The product contains keratin and protein, both ingredients that will help improve damaged and colour treated hair.

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Elemis Hydra Nourish Night Cream – £43

I absolutely love Elemis skincare! Although the products can be rather pricey, you are definitely paying for high quality luxurious items that do work and you will notice a difference in your skin straight away.  I was very excited to find this item in my box.  It contains a blend of geranium and ylang ylang to replenish skin, and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate your complexion.  My skin looks fresh and awake in the morning.  It’s an absolutely amazing product and I will definitely be purchasing the full sized version.

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Nails Inc Nail Polish – £15

Nails Inc is a great nail brand as I find that their polishes have longevity and very rarely do they chip.  A few months ago they launched a range of colours named after London landmarks and streets, which I think is pretty cool as I’m a Londoner (:  This is the shade “Old Park Lane” which is a metallic dulled down rose gold.  It’s very pretty and the perfect shade for Summer tootsies in golden sandals.  All products arrived in this cute “Best Day Ever” bag.

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LOC x Millie Lip Pencil – Full Size Received £9

LOC is the brand created by Birchbox and the products really are good quality.  This is the lip pencil in the shade “Bohemian Rose”.  It is a dark bubble gum pink shade.  It is easy to apply and feels glossy on the lips whilst providing moisture and colour that lasts a long time.  The shade screams Summer! It really does compliment your skin no matter what your tone is.

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Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask – £19.99

As you know I love sheet masks as it’s the best way of getting a product to sink deep into the skin which will make you see results!  This is an innovative sheet mask with a unique approach to hydration as it releases hyaluronic acid slowly into the skin over time for longer lasting relief from dry skin.  Basically it’s a big drink of water for your skin! I loved using this product and will most definitely be investing in more.  My biggest tip for a sheet mask is to store them in the refrigerator! The cooling sensation when you apply it to your face is unbelievably good.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and it has allowed you to discover some new brands and products.  If you are a Birchbox subscriber I’d love to know what items you received this month.  As always if you have tried any of these products or would recommend other items from the brands mentioned, I would love to hear your views.

Love

Hayley xx

Happy Birthday To Meeeeeeeee!!! (:

Hi Lovelies,

It’s my birthday today, hip hip hooray!! (:

I love my birthday!! It’s the one day of the year when you get to make a wish which hopefully will come true, whilst drinking copious amounts of champagne and eating the best type of cake ever!!

I’m currently on vacation however I just wanted to say thank you to all my loyal blog followers.  You guys mean the world to me!

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Lots of Love

Hayley xx

June 2016 Favourites

Hello Lovely People!

Hope you are all enjoying the first few days of July… one of the best months of the year as it means it’s my birthday and vacation month! (:

There were quite a few beauty items that I was loving during June and I may have splurged slightly on some designer items…. a Michael Kors backpack (click here for my previous post), a Tory Burch tote and a Marc Jacobs wallet.  But they were of course worth every penny and if you work hard, why not treat yourself every now and again… right?!

Here are a selected few items that I really enjoyed using, most of which are relatively new on the scene so please let me know if you have tried any and of course what items you were loving during June.

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First up is my Marc Jacobs Recruit wallet.  It’s black, sophisticated and utterly gorgeous.  I was looking for a smaller wallet for my vacation that could hold both notes, a lot of coins and cards.  This wallet stuck out as it has a stud fastening to the card and note compartment and a zip for the coin compartment which is on the outer section.  I wanted to move away from the continental style wallets with the zip all the way around.  It’s quite difficult to locate this one however I purchased mine from Harvey Nichols here in London.  It was full price and £160.

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You guys will know that I am obsessed with the brand Starskin as I have featured their products often in my blogs.  I swear by their fabric sheet masks and the serum that they’re soaked in is possibly THE best serum on the market! Starskin have recently launched their Detoxing Sea Kelp Leaf Cleansing Foam.  It comes in a re-sealable packet which is unique to any other product on the market.  It will cleanse the skin so well removing all traces of make up that you’re skin has a squeaky clean feeling (your skin really does squeak!!)  It smoothes and hydrates the skin, and works perfectly with my Clarisonic.  Apart from Sea Kelp, the product contains green caviar to brighten, rejuvenating jelly fish, softening sea cucumber and balancing licorice root.  An intriguing set of ingredients! This product is ah.maz.ing!! I purchased mine from Selfridges and it was £22.

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Philip Kingsley launched a new volumising product for us girls with thin hair.  This is similar to the maximiser which really does add volume without weighing the hair down.  This is the Weather Proof Styling Froth which adds body and volume, shine and protects against environment and heat styling.  It’s nothing like a mouse which can be rather heavy and sticky.  This is a foam which is non sticky and I would say excellent for anyone with shorter than shoulder length hair.  This one retails at £22.

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Have you ever wondered what the fragrance of the Victoria Secret Pink stores are? Well I found out and bought it! It’s actually a body mist however I’ve been using it as a room spray and also sprayed it in with drawers to scent my clothes.  The body mists in Pink don’t seem to have a name of the scent however if you’re wondering, it’s the bright pink bottle.  This retails at £22.

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Estee Lauder is one of my go to beauty brands as I highly recommend their skin care and of course their double wear light foundation.  I wanted to try a nude liquid lipstick and came across this one, which is number 120 Extreme Nude.  It’s actually a slightly dark nude, a bit lighter than the Mac Whirl lipstick.  This lip product is long lasting and I think it would suit every skin tone.  I am very pale and it never makes me look gothic.  It’s a really pretty sophisticated hue and was £20.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Remember to let me know your thoughts on these items and anything you were loving during the month of June.

To all my US subscribers, Happy 4th of July!! Hope you have a great day of celebrations and enjoy the fireworks (: xx

Have a great week!

Love Hayley xx

Michael Kors Rhea Backpack – An Early Birthday Gift (:

Hi Guys,

Hope you all had a great weekend!

My Summer vaycay and birthday is fast approaching, so I  figured that I would have a mini splurge and purchase the Michael Kors Rhea backpack.  I figured that since I’m going on a beachy holiday flying at a ridiculously early time, a backpack would be my bag of choice.  Not only is it more convenient when you have to master wheeling a suitcase whilst still trying to look glam, it is practical and holds a lot!

What sold the Rhea bag for me was of course the studs! The gold pyramid polished studs give this bag an elegance with an edge accent.  I don’t believe the white with gold bag is available here in the UK.  It tends to be the white with silver so I opted to purchase the bag from Macy’s online.  The bag retails at £310.  It has two main zipped pockets and a zipped pocket around the bag.  Inside contains 3 secured pockets plus a key ring clip to attach your keys so that you will never lose them.

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I absolutely love this bag…it’s simply beautiful!

Have a great week!

Hayley  xx