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30.10.15

VARIETY OF TEXTURES


OUTFIT :  VARIETY OF TEXTURES
ANITA & GREEN JACKET, KHAKI UTILITY SHIRT, RIVER ISLAND FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS, WHITE SLIP ON TRAINERS, MICHAEL KORS BAG
I recently wore this to a little outing to return some of the things I have bought recently and I absolutely adore what I wore! It was a little nippy outside but I was shopping indoors, therefore no need for all those layers. May I add how good my camera on my phone is, 20 megapixels of goodness! 

Okay, back to the outfit; I whipped together my light khaki utility shirt with river island faux leather leggings, to keep it comfy. Slip on white trainers which are the comfiest footwear, and my Anita & Green print coat and a small bag to keep my hands free. 

What have you been wearing recently? 
Until next time.
Joyce x



28.10.15

NEW H&M BEAUTY FACE MASK : CHARCOAL AND VOLCANIC SOIL REVIEW

H&M FACE MASK : CHARCOAL AND VOLCANIC REVIEW




I picked up the H&M's face mask in my haul here, and quite a few of you guys have requested a review of the H&M Charcoal and Volcanic Soil face mask

PACKAGING
The H&M face mask comes in various colours to highlight and differentiate uses for the skin. The Charcoal and Volcanic Soil face mask comes in a dark green peel back plastic tub with instructions inside the cardboard holder, whereas the Aloe and Cucumber face mask comes in a light grey plastic packaging.

PRODUCT, APPLICATION & TIME
The charcoal and volcanic soil is a pore cleansing face mask with sea salt for blemish prone skin as it says on the packaging. The face mask has a thick creamy formula which is drip-free, contains little salt beads which lightly exfoliates your skin and smells a bit like baby wipes. With the face mask being thick, it has a build-able formula which allows you to apply more products on problem areas. I applied more of the product on my forehead and chin, which is where I normally get breakouts. The recommended time to leave the face mask on is 15-20 minutes, but I leave it on until it dries on my whole face, that is because the face mask has a clay like texture to it, and cracks. To remove the product after is dries, is with a damp towel.

PROCESS
While the face mask was on, I felt the following effects: tingly, tightening and cool. All three effects was due to the face mask drying up on your skin, absorbing impurities and oils. The cooling effect led to the tingly feeling, which is it's a feeling you get when you use clay masks. To reseal the product, I put the peel lid back on and put it inside the cardboard holder the product came in and put something heavy on top of the product to prevent the face mask from drying out, this is because there is enough product for 2 applications for me.


AFTER PROCESS

While waiting for the face mask to fully dry on my face (took about 25 minutes) some parts of the masks such my chin area can easily be rubbed of with your fingers, this helps exfoliate the skin. But since I have sensitive skin, I used a damp towel to remove. The face mask was difficult to get off, since it has a clay-like texture and has exfoliating salt (and the water did turn grey) but my face felt extremely hydrated and smooth afterwards.

The next day my skin felt like a baby's butt. - I am being serious, and the spot that I had on my forehead has dried up. The spot is obviously still here but it does not hurt anymore and I haven't broken out anymore considering monthlies are about to come and the amount of junk food I have eaten . Since I done this face mask on Sunday, my skin still feels just as amazing (Tuesday today).  I recommend this to anyone who wants to try a light clay face mask.

PRICE
The H&M face masks retails for £1.99 each which is extremely affordable. There is also enough product for two applications. I have quite an wide and oval face and there is enough product for me.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?
Yes, I have sensitive combination skin, and I have only seen positive outcomes of this face mask. I went back to the store to purchase another to see if I felt the same to when I first used it, and I still do! It is a brilliant face mask, skip the 99p ones and give these ones a go. There are many other options such as for tired skin, for dull skin, for hydrating, the list goes on and on.

*Also please test this before putting the product on your face, as different people have different reactions, just because it has worked on me does not necessarily it will be the same on you.*

Until next time.
Joyce x


P.s I have a Christmas Giveaway here.

26.10.15

THE VANITY EDIT #3

Welcome to THE VANITY EDIT #3 , sharing all relating to NEW skincare, body, make-up and hair-care items.
THE VANITY EDIT #2 is available here and THE VANITY EDIT #1 is available here.

THE VANITY EDIT #3

23.10.15

WINTER EMERALD

WINTER EMERALD
My first official winter look that I put together after picking up this beautiful green coat from Topshop and a few recent items featured in The Wardrobe Edit #3. When I first tried this coat on, and left the store without it, I couldn't get it out of my mind. So like all people do I bought it in the next 2 days - it's one of those regret it feelings that I had and I knew I would love this piece for the next season. 

The coat has a slim line detail and is a perfect length for me, reaching mid thighs ( I am 5, 5"), and is a build able piece to add more layers without the coat looking bulky - I can already see myself wearing this outfit walking through the Xmas markets (a bit early- I know) adding a jumper underneath and a hat & gloves. A small black shoulder bag, just to carry your necessities to free up your hands to slip into the deep pockets for warmth or to carry your coffee or tea round.

I had so much fun shooting this with my friend avoiding cars every time I stepped onto the road, and spent the day eating junk, homemade burgers, oven fries (which is the best!) and watching films and playing with make -up! Which is the most fun I have had since being ill for about 5 days now on my week off from work :(. I've stayed at home and I am watching PPL (I've just started) and now I'm planning to start a bath, since I can't get warm. Aside from all that I hope you have a lovely week!

Until next time.
Joyce x




TOPSHOP COAT, H&M SCARF, MONKI BAG
ASOS JEANS, REPLAY BOOTS

GIVEAWAY: BENEFIT PARTY POPPERS ADVENT CALENDAR

BENEFIT PARTY POPPERS ADVENT CALENDAR
BENEFIT PARTY POPPERS ADVENT CALENDAR
A big thank-you for all those who have followed me and visited my blog leaving sweet comments and for all the support in the last 6 months. I blog because I like to share my opinions and inspire people like you who are reading this right now. Without this blog, I would still be stuck into that same everyday cycle - and I don't like being stuck in a rut. Life is about, excitement, challenge and experimenting and I really do not know what I would be doing without my baby. 

21.10.15

THE WARDROBE EDIT #3


Welcome to THE WARDROBE EDIT relating to new additions in my wardrobe.

Another month has past therefore it's time to see what I have accumulated and bought over the last month. The Wardrobe Edit #1 is available to read here and Edit 2 here


H&M SCARF 
First of all, bringing into my autumn/winter wardrobe, I picked up this soft grey fringed scarf from H&M, I though it would be nice stepping away from the black scarves that I have. This retails for £12.99 which is extremely affordable available in many different colours too.

TOPSHOP COAT
TOPSHOP COAT
Secondly I picked up this emerald green coat from Topshop which is £59, a very decent price for a coat, I love the colour (my favourite), the clean silhouette and the deep pockets. You can wear the coat with the collar tipped upwards as it has a grey lining giving your outfit some dimension. This is also available in many different colours.

KHAKI UTILITY OVERSHIRT 
You would of thought I would of had enough of Khaki greens, but no, I found this denim jacket from Miss Selfridge in the sale from £39 reduced to £20, this was exactly something I was looking for as I lack a khaki/camo jacket in my wardrobe. You can wear this buttoned up or open as I have here.

HIGH NECK WITH SHORT SLEEVES
Next, I picked up this emerald/teal green high neck top from Asos in their recent sale. The half sleeves and high neck makes this piece extremely classic suitable to dress up such as dinner parties. This was £7.50 from £25.

RIVER ISLAND OFF THE SHOULDER TOP
RIVER ISLAND OFF THE SHOULDER TOP
Also from the Asos sale, I picked up a River Island piece, a over the shoulder top in a oxblood colour which has splits on the sleeves and gold button detailing. This was £12 reduced from £24.


From H&M, I found this piece in the sale, it is not winter or autumn appropriate but I just love the colour and the print, and it was my size, so it was meant to be. These would look lovely in the summer, so it's just going to be packed away for now. (who says you can't buy summer clothes in the autumn/winter?) 

ASOS RIDLEY HIGH WAISTED RIPPED JEANS
ASOS RIDLEY HIGH WAISTED RIPPED JEANS
One of the last clothing pieces I picked up was some high waisted black ripped jeans from Asos, I don't own a pair of ripped jeans and you can not go wrong with high waisted jeans. These were £17.50 from £35.


RIVER ISLAND BLOCK HEELS
RIVER ISLAND BLOCK HEEL
Going to the shoes, I picked up two pairs this month, the first one being a River Island piece from Asos  . This is a summer sandal however the colour is just beautiful, a pastel blue colour which would look amazing with an all white outfit (i have a vision haha). The diamant√© and silver detail of the sandal is really simple and classic, which would look lovely in the summer months which is quite far away right now, these were £42 reduced to £12.50.

SENSO QIMAT BOOTS
Last of all, I think most of you guys have already seen these, my senso beauties which I picked up quite early on, which I dedicated a blog post hereis on my instagram and featured in an outfit post here.

That's all for THE WARDROBE EDIT #3. What have you bought recently? Leave me a comment! 
Until next time.
Joyce x


19.10.15

BEAVER PROFESSIONAL HYDRO NUTRITIVE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER REVIEW

BEAVER PROFESSIONAL HYDRO NUTRITIVE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER REVIEW
In my recent OCTOBER BIRCHBOX I received the Beaver Professional Nutritive Shampoo and conditioner to test out. The Beaver Hydro Nutritive series contains amino acids and vitamins with 16 kinds of vital amino acids to repair damaged hair and prevent hair breakage.

16.10.15

AUTUMN GREEN

AUTUMN GREEN
Yes, this is a very overdue quick outfit post, which I have not done since the weather has turned colder. Basically what I wore is all new except the fringed scarf which is quite old - I always wear a scarf as I feel cold most of the time and it covers my long neck. Yesterday which is when we took these photographs, I went to have my sushi fix from St. Sushi  - which is somewhere YOU need to go. The Fruity Crab is fresh, crunchy and different as it contains apples - Yes! apples. My favourite sushi dish ever!. The rest of the day consisted of sale shopping, browsing and taking a few snaps.
Thumbs up for awkward poses.

What have you been up to? Until next time!
Joyce x


DENIM JACKET - MISS SELFRIDGE, CREW NECK TEE - H&M
ASOS RIDLEY RIPPED JEANS, SENSO QIMAT BOOTS

14.10.15

OCTOBER BIRCHBOX BACK TO BASICS

OCTOBER BIRCHBOX BACK TO BASICS
For the first time, there were two different boxes to select this month, back to basics and stylist. The stylist box selected by Mary Greenwell (a celebrity makeup artist). Having received most of the items in the stylist box already, I picked back to basics which brings you to this blog post. This months box contains 6 products, 2 which are full size.

12.10.15

COHORTED OCTOBER BEAUTY BOX

OCTOBER COHORTED BOX
Once again, I managed to purchase this months beauty box by pre-ordering last month. If you haven't heard of Cohorted before, they offer a selection of products for you to try out for £19.99. See last months Cohorted box here. This months Cohorted consists of 5 products with the value of the goods totaling to £65.99.

9.10.15

TheBalm NUDE'TUDE EYESHADOW PALETTE REVIEW

Since receiving this surprise in my first Cohorted box, I have been constantly been reaching between this palette and my H&M eye cream & eye-shadow as an everyday look. TheBalm's Nude'tude palette consists of 12 beautiful shades and I have spottted a stand in my local Superdrug waiting to be filled up with theBalm goodies.

THEBALM NUDE'TUDE PALETTE

7.10.15

EVERYDAY CASUAL MAKE-UP LOOK

We all have days where we want to wear minimal make-up, these are the products that I use to achieve a casual and quick look in the morning. I put on makeup as a part of my morning routine even if I have no plans to venture out.

EVERYDAY CASUAL LOOK

5.10.15

SEPTEMBER FAVOURITES


SEPTEMBER FAVOURITES
Hello beauties, it's time to share my September favourites with y'all! I hope you pick up some good recommendations from this.

1.10.15

NEW H&M BEAUTY REVIEWS | ALL DAY LIQUID FOUNDATION | HIGH IMPACT EYE COLOUR, PURE RADIANCE POWDER BLUSHER | COLOUR ESSENCE EYE CREAM | CREAM LIP COLOUR

I recently picked a few items up from H&M's new beauty department and I have been experimenting with them every since (blog post here). This is going to a very detailed and long post, so stay with me till the end.

ALL DAY LIQUID FOUNDATION WITH SPF 15

H&M ALL DAY LIQUID FOUNDATION - WARM BEIGE
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