Sunday, 29 June 2014

Summer Fashion Haul // ASOS, Miss Selfridge & Topshop

A couple of months ago the english weather started to get a little warmer (by 'warmer' i mean above 15 degrees...) and it soon became apparent that my wardrobe was full of woolly jumpers, leggings and winter ready items. In a moment of mad panic i made a cuppa (priorities), made a hasty order on ASOS and was wearing summer ready items the next day. I spent an eye watering amount on ASOS but i did send a lot of it back, and was left with some great versatile pieces that will see me through summer. I also picked up a few bits from Topshop and Miss Selfridge. Miss Selfridge are seriously onto of their game at the moment, so definitely check them out if you're looking to top up your wardrobe.

A lot of the items i bought from ASOS were from the ASOS Collection, which i think is the best part of ASOS. Everything is very much on trend and affordable too.

Aswell as writing a blog post on my purchases i've also filmed a YouTube video on them too, so if you fancy watching me waffle on about fashion then here is the video. If you enjoyed it, please subscribe!

I don't think i have ever wrote a fashion haul on my blog before, so here we go! I hope you get some summer fashion inspiration from this post.

ASOS Top in Peach (link)
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I love the style of boxy tops, so when i saw this on ASOS i decided i needed it. The peachy colour is really flattering and looks gorgeous with a tan. Its such a versatile piece which you can dress up or down, which is why i bought it for holiday and also for work.

ASOS Flightplan Sandals (link)
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Buying sandals on the high street is more or less impossible for me as i have such teeny tiny feet (UK Size 2/3) and shops tend to only stock size 4 and higher. So, i regularly turn to ASOS for my shoe needs. These tan sandals are perfect for spring and summer, they are really comfy for walking around and look great too.

New Look via ASOS Boxy Tee (link)
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Another boxy top! I saw this white one on ASOS and thought this would be very versatile for summer and work. At just £14.99 its a real bargain and it also comes in a variety of colours too, which i may be perusing as i type...

New Look via ASOS Kimono (link)
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I've been after a kimono for ages but i didn't want a flowery one so i found this black and white aztec printed one which looks great with a pair of denim shorts and a simple top for summer evenings. Kimonos are such a great piece to throw over the top of a simple outfit to add a little something extra.

ASOS Shorts with Scallop Hem (link)
I apologise for the rubbish photo - taking photos of black shorts is harder than it would seem...
Image and video hosting by TinyPic I practically lived in these shorts throughout the evenings of my holiday. They are black, so match any top i decided to wear. The unusual scalloped hem gives the shorts a much softer look and is more flattering for your legs too.

ASOS Stripe Bikini Top (link)
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Everytime i go on holiday i buy a new bikini, not that i really need anymore! This time around i fancied a classic striped one. This bandeau one from ASOS fits really nicely and is a great price too. It also comes with shoulder straps but i took these off.

Miss Selfridge Blue Baroque Floral Print T Shirt (link)
Image and video hosting by TinyPic This was an item which i picked up last weekend. Its slightly more cropped than i tend to go for but it makes a nice change and the length is great for summer to wear with shorts or skirts. The colour is quite an unusual mix, a combination of lilac and light blue which isn't something that i tend to go for.

Topshop Raglan Stripe T Shirt (link)
Image and video hosting by TinyPic I'm always after casual daytime t-shirts, you know something that you can just throw on at the weekend with a pair of jeans. This topshop tee fits the bill perfectly, it fits really well and is a pinch at just £16!

Topshop Dress - This was in the sale and seems to have disappeared from the Topshop website...
Image and video hosting by TinyPic I found this in the Topshop sale and thought it would be perfect for work and just everyday wear. The fit and flare skirt part is really flattering too and whilst the blue colour isn't usually something that I'm drawn to, i think it makes a nice change.

H&M Peach Statement Necklace
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I'm not usually one for wearing a lot of jewellery but i wanted something that i could wear with my boxy style tops. I saw this in H&M and thought that this would be great, its more simple than other statement necklaces that i've seen but it still adds that extra something to an otherwise simple ensemble.

So, that is all my summer items which i've bought recently. Perhaps i need to go on a bit of a spending ban now! Hope you are all having a good weekend, monday rolls around far too quick for my liking!!

P.s. What do you think of my new blog design? The wonderful Steph from Bonjour Belle Designs created it for me and i love it. If you are looking for a great, quick and affordable designer i'd highly recommend Steph - She's awesome! 

Saturday, 10 May 2014

April Favourites (YouTube Edition...)

Hi girls,

Happy Saturday!

Last night i finally got around to uploading my April Favourites to YouTube. I did mean to upload it during last week, but sleep was my main priority once i got in from work!

So here it is, a mixture of Beauty, Skincare, Haircare and a Clothing item too! :)

I'm new to the whole YouTube thing, so please give Like and Subscribe if you enjoyed the video. Oh, and once i watched back the footage i realised that i was too far away from the camera, haha! Oops!

Hope you all have a fab weekend! xx

Monday, 5 May 2014

ARK Skincare : Age Aware Skincare // Review

Hi everyone,

On my quest to find the perfect skincare range i have recently been trialling a range of products from a brand called ARK that are totally new to me. There Age Aware Skincare has received many a positive review, so i was very excited to see what they had to offer. I'll let ARK explain what their Age Aware Skincare ranges are all about...

'ARK Age Aware Skincare is prescribed by skin age rather than skin type. There are two main transition periods in the ageing process where there is a dramatic shift in hormone production and a significant change in the way the body functions: late 20s to early 30s and late 50s to early 60s. ARK has looked at the skin externally and internally during these transition periods and divided its skin therapy into three “age appropriate” product lines: Teens to Early 30s (Age Prepare), Mid 30s to 50s (Age Maintain) and 50 & Beyond (Age Repair)' 

As you can tell, they have all bases covered no matter what your age! I was given the ARK Age Aware Discovery Collection, at £28.00 you receive four of the travel size products. The products arrive in a handy little bag which would be great for travelling with. My order also arrived in a rather plush looking gift bag (who doesn't love these?!) 

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I'll be honest, i'm not the hugest fan of face masques. If i'm having a pamper sesh then i'll put one on but i tend to use them more on special occasions rather than say every week. That being said, i did make more of a conscious effort to use this mask more regularly (once a week). My skin at the time of using this masque was being a bit temperamental (redness, blemishes...) and i found that after using the masque my skin felt a lot 'calmer' and i noticed that the redness had reduced too. I've suffered from large pores around my nose for quite some time now and i found that this mask helped them appear a lot smaller, which in turn made my skin look a lot smoother. I think i'll be adding masques into my skincare routine from now on...

I was slightly skeptical of using a new cleanser as i feel like i've finally got my cleansing routine down to a 'T'. The first thing i noticed when using this is how fresh it smelt, no strong sweet scent just quite pure and natural which is always encouraging! I found this cleanser to be very gentle and it didn't irritate my skin at all (Phew!). The cleanser lathered up quite well and my skin felt thoroughly cleansed after each use. After a few uses i noticed that my few blemishes had reduced and my skin felt a lot more calm.

I'm an avid exfoliator and feel that my skin is always looking a whole lot better once its been exfoliated. This exfoliator is quite similar to the cleanser in the sense that it is very gentle, so if you don't like exfoliators that are too harsh or abrasive then this would be perfect. The texture is quite creamy with a few bentonite beads to give you a gentle exfoliation. I'd recommend this to people with sensitive skin but still want to use an exfoliator in their routine. 

I've been using the Origins Ginzing moisturiser since i received it for Christmas, so i was keen to see how this would compare. I was firstly very pleased to discover that this is a non greasy moisturiser which is great news for me as i have oily/combination skin. The moisturiser is very hydrating, and after using it i really notice how soft it leaves my skin. It takes around 2-3 minutes to sink into the skin, which i think is quite good considering it is on the thicker side.

I have really enjoyed using the ARK skincare range and think the whole concept is very well thought out and easy to understand. If you have sensitive skin and prefer products that are rather gentle then i'd highly recommend them. Have you tried or heard of ARK Skincare before?

Felicity xo