Thursday, 30 July 2015

Nars Narsissist Palette

As a 'beauty blogger' it's probably a bit of a crime that I only recently have tried out my first Nars product! Yep.. I don't know why it's taken me this long! 

I got the NARS NARSissist Blush, Contour & Lip Palette. I think this was a great Nars product to start out with as it includes a few different things.. the Laguna bronzer, highlighting blush powder, blush in Encapture, blush in Roman Holiday, blush in Enthralled and a mini lip gloss. The blushers are on the top layer and then you lift the tray up to reveal the bronzer and highlighter. It's such a handy little palette and I like how the palette itself is a mirror (as I'm typing this I have only just realised that it's a mirror because it's the 'Narsissist' palette.. was that really obvious? yep it probably was.. oh well. I think it's clever). 

I don't normally wear blush any more as I tend to get a bit worried that I'm going to put too much on. I tried all three out and was actually really impressed with how natural the shades look and how they just subtle-y add a bit of colour without giving you OTT rosy cheeks. I find cheaper blushers can be way too pigmented (which is probably why I've never really liked wearing blush) but after trying out the higher end Nars variety, I see why people love to wear it!

Next up the bronzer and highlighter! I love a subtle contour as I think my face lacks shape and it sort of gives it a bit of structure. After hearing all good things about the Laguna bronzer, this was probably the thing I was most excited about trying out from the palette. I really liked it but in all honesty I don't think it's any better than my go-to bronzer, Soap & Glory Solar powder (which I LOVE but Solar Powder is a lot cheaper so I thought it would be better). Similarly, I thought the highlighter was really good, but it didn't completely blow me away! Together they do make a really nice contour though.

The lipgloss is just like your typical lip gloss with a slight pinky tone which I really like. It's the kind of gloss that I think looks so nice layered on top of a nude lipstick. It doesn't stay on very long.. but what lip gloss actually does??

Have any of your tried this palette? What's your favourite NARS product?

Friday, 24 July 2015

My First Pandora Ring

With many thanks to The Jewel Hut, I was lucky enough to get my hands on my first ever Pandora ring. I always see people wearing Pandora rings and I just think to myself ooooo I need to get me one of those * eyes emoji *. Furthermore this arriving in the post was quite an excitable moment for me!.. Isn't the one I chose so beautiful?! I really love rings and I've got two which I pretty much never take off, so I was very happy to be able to add to my little collection. 

The design I opted for was the Silver Beaded Aquamarine March Birthstone Ring. My birthday is in March so I thought it was quite fitting. Not only that but I love the pale, pastel-y blue shade and the sterling silver dotted ball (I can't describe it but you get the drift) design of the ring itself. 

The ring is £40 which isn't cheap.. (I mean you can get a pair of Topshop Jamie jeans for that!).. but when you think about it, it's something I'm going to have forever (Topshop Jamie jeans fade after a few washes) and I will wear everyday. It's only small but I've already had so many compliments on it because it does actually stand out and look so pretty. After spending a lot of my hard earned money on cheap jewellery that rusts and falls apart so easily, I definitely think it's worth investing more into pieces that stay looking nice for so much longer and are better quality.. don't cha think?

Oh and also I love how the ring actually came in the Pandora bag as if I had bought it in store. For some reason I love Pandora bags and I like to keep a collection of them because they look pretty on my shelves :). 

Do you have any Pandora jewellery?

* Gifted item*

Monday, 20 July 2015

Cute Photo Prop Ideas

I love photography but realistically I'm just not very good at it. I honestly don't understand how all you bloggers with the most perfect photography do it? Let me in on your secrets? I've noticed that a lot of bloggers like to use cute little props to make photo's look that bit more pretty. It is strange how a few plants and flowers here and there can really make all the difference to how a picture of a lipstick looks. I've put together a little list of things I want to buy in an attempt to make my pictures look more professional and aesthetically pleasing..don't you just love the phrase 'aesthetically pleasing'? No? Just me? Ok. 

Flowers - I like pale pink and white flowers the best
Copper homeware
White fur rug
Marble tray
Pretty mugs
Pretty plates
Fashion/beauty books
Rose petals

You wouldn't think a few photo prop items would add up to much but my Amazon basket is currently at a fairly large amount of money * shifty eyes emoji *. I blame Emma Bridgewater and her BEAUTIFUL.. but extremely expensive crockery!

What are your favourite things to use as photo props? I would love some more ideas :)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

The Primal Pantry

Getting to try healthy sweet treats has got to be one of the highlights of blogging. Of course I have unhealthy foods every now and then (if you don't - how?) but I'd say I probably eat healthy 80% of the time. I am quite lucky in the fact that I love healthy food and my Mum always makes meals completely from scratch.. so there's never those moments where I can't be bothered to cook and end up ordering a takeaway.

When it comes to sugar cravings, I feel like it's a lot harder to find something that's healthy compared to healthy savoury snacks which are so easy *hummus, veggies, pitta and nuts springs to mind mmMMMmmMm*. I was lucky enough to get to try out the complete range of bars from The Primal Pantry. The Primal Pantry bring the UK's 1st Paleo bars made with nuts, dried fruit, almond oil and nothing else! They are gluten free, dairy free and suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. The ingredients are pretty similar to Nakd bars (which I also love) so I was super excited to try these. 

First of all I give 10/10 for the packaging. I love the pretty pastel colours and cute illustrations on the wrapper. Not that it makes a difference to the taste, it just looks nice:)

The main ingredient of the bars are dates. You would expect a bar mostly made of dates to taste very healthy and meh but it's surprisingly nice. Okay it isn't like eating a bar of Cadbury's dairy milk *drools*.. but the dates give the bar a fudgy and cakey texture. Then the chunks of whatever nut flavour the bar is is, add a nice crunch. 

My favourite flavour was the hazelnut and cocoa variety. The combination of nuttiness and the cocoa is amazing. It's like a chocolate brownie but without the processed ingredients. Lifetime supply of these please? I also enjoyed the Coconut & Macadamia flavour as I love coconuts and macadamia nuts.. (that sounds silly but the combination is magical). In fact I liked every flavour and thought the flavours went together really well. The only one I thought tasted slightly more healthy than the others was the almond and cashew one. I think would be nice with some added cocoa (can you tell I like chocolate..).

I think these are such a handy snack for when you're hungry between meals or even for a quick breakfast on the go. They are all around the 200 calorie mark which I think is great for a decent sized and filling snack. If you're trying to eat healthy, these are perfect for fulfilling those sugary needs. I would say that they are just as nice as Nakd bars but are bigger so much better for a snack when you're feeling quite peckish. 

The Primal Pantry bars are available to buy directly from the Primal Pantry website (£27 for a box of 18) but they are also available from other health food retailers for around £1.40 each. 

What's your favourite healthy snack?

*the bars were gifted*

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Asarii Chocolate Mud Mask

Another week, another face mask! This time I was sent a tub of the Asarii Chocolate Mud Mask. I hadn't previously heard of Asarii but they are a UK health and beauty company committed to creating the highest quality skincare products from healthy ingredients. The face masks use pure and natural clays which are packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish and cleanse the skin. 

Can I just start of my saying..oh em gee this stuff smells SO good! Just imagine a mix of chocolatey milkshake and ice cream goodness. I wanted to eat it, never mind put it on my face! A product that smells good is always a winner for me. There's nothing worse than a chemical-y smelling product.. even if it works pretty well. I recently decided that my reviews can get a bit jumbled and I often forget to include things so I think I'm going to start doing 'pro's and con's' lists to make it a bit clearer. Here's what I thought of the mask:

- It smells amazing
- It comes in a handy tub
- You only need a little each time so you can get a lot of uses out of it
- It's not tested on Animals and vegan friendly
- It's made with natural cocoa beans and ingredients
- It contains little gritty pieces that are really exfoliating 
- It dries quickly on the skin 
- It left my skin soft and feeling very refreshed
- It came with a little 'You Are Beautiful' card. Always love the spreading of positivity. 

- The product splits a little bit leaving a brown liquid in the bottom. This can leak from the tub if it knocks over - you just have to mix it in before using. (I guess this is just a result of not containing 'bad' ingredients to stop it splitting)
- It's quite messy to use. I ended up getting brown marks all over my sink which meant a bit of cleaning up after - this tends to happen with all face masks though!
- Although it made my skin soft, I didn't really notice that I started getting less spots/pimples. Maybe if I use it frequently, over time I will start to notice a difference?

Overall, I like the product a lot and it's definitely something I will be using whenever I fancy some relaxing pamper time. I think the delicious smell makes it that bit more enjoyable to use than other face masks. I also think it's great to support smaller independent brands.. especially when they are so committed to using good ingredients to create high quality products.

* Gifted Item*

Monday, 13 July 2015

Current Clothes Trends // Wish List

I have quite a list of clothes items and accessories (and just stuff in general) that I want at the moment. Well I pretty much always do but now I really feel a Topshop order is needed. Don't we all?

I know everyone and their Mum and their Grandmother seems to have an A-Line denim skirt with buttons down the front.. but I think they look so nice and flattering. A-Line skirts are probably my favourite style of skirt. Another thing that seems to be quite popular in the blogger world right now are dungarees. I'm not mega keen on the blue ones but I absolutely love the look of black ones and am itching to buy some. 

Cat eye sunglasses are also something that I think is very much needed in my life at this moment in time. I feel like Shay Mitchell really fuelled the cat eye sunglasses trend with her amazing quay Australia range. Being someone that would probably end up losing an expensive pair of sunglasses, I think a cheaper Topshop option would be the best idea. Asos also have so many gorgeous (and inexpensive) cat eye sunglasses. .. Look at my saved list..

After using the same black bag for around a year-ish now, I want to invest in some new bags that are a bit more expensive and look nicer. I mean bags get used all the time so I think it's worth spending a little more. I love back packs (although they probably make me look about 5) and the current Topshop ones are so cute. I really like the baby blue one but I think black would probably make a lot more sense considering what I wear. 

And last of all, I've been lusting over some floral pieces because Summer is the time to embrace some floral-ness!

What's on your clothes wish list right now?

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Daniel Wellington Classy St Mawes

Another new watch!.. although you can never have too many watches right?! This is actually my second Daniel Wellington Watch and this time I went for the Classy St Mawes design. 

I absolutely love Daniel Wellington watches. The simplistic but classy style makes them so nice to wear. This watch is no exception to that. It has a very sturdy but sleek strap and the face design is about as simple as it gets. It's sort of effortlessly sophisticated if that makes sense? The watch is a perfect size. Not so big that it takes over your arm but still big enough to be a noticeable accessory with your outfit. The brown and silver go with everything so I've just been wearing it as an everyday watch. 

At £159 it's definitely not a cheap, implulse kinda buy.. but I definitely think you really get what you pay for with the quality, design and designer name. I've been wearing my other DW watch pretty much every day this year and it still looks just as good as new! 

If you fancy treating yourself.. or maybe someone special with a Daniel Wellington watch, you can use the code rachelcoco to get 15% off when ordering online. I think a watch like this would make such a nice present for someone (or yourself).

*Gifted Item*