Boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview

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boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview

A couple of weeks ago, I was very lucky to get a sneak peek at the Autumn/Winter 2015 boohoo.com collections - and what collections they were! I love this season because of all the layering and cosy accessories (not so much the soggy and windy weather that comes with it) so I'm always keen to get a peek at what styles are being showcased. Boohoo.com are a huge player in trendsetting with a massive following of social influencers and a keen interest from magazines so I'm taking what they're saying/showing seriously!
Trends which have really shone through from Boohoo have been the boho/seventies trend with shades of tan, blocked heels and gypsy jewellery flowing throughout their showroom. Pom poms are also HUGE for shoes which I am so pleased about because I fell in love with the idea and am eagerly waiting for the shoes to pop up online so I can get a pair of the comfy slip ons as well as some glamorous heels.

boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview
boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview
boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview

I absolutely love this outfit and will be purchasing the sequin wide legged trousers because this is just perfect for Christmas or Boxing Day when you're chilling but also want to look glam. Pairing a slouchy sweater with exciting accessories has always looked great and if you're ever stuck on what to wear then this combo is a fail safe option.

boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview
boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview
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boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview, velvet shoes

Velvet is a trend which appeared in both womens and menswear for A/W15 - opt for luxe accessories, shoes and velvet detail on clothing to embrace this trend but not end up looking like a plush bear. Choose deep colours like ruby, emerald or black - alternatively, you can dive in with some pastel pink for a girly touch to a tough leather dress!

boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview
boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview, shoes with pom poms
boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview, shoes with pom poms
boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview, shoes with pom poms
boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview, shoes with pom poms
boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview

With influences from girly girls who will love glittery clutch bags, pastel pink velvet heels and pyjamas suitable for the ever perfect Barbie; to inspirations from the more dark, almost gothic looking chocker chains, metallic accessories and leather dresses - this brand is offering variety for the festive season with items which will easily take you from day to night.

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boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview, menswear Christmas trends
boohoo.com Christmas Collections Preview, menswear Christmas trends

Although I'm not an expert on menswear, I did dive into the showroom to have a snoop at what the boys can expect and I have to say that not enough guys that I know shop at Boohoo! On trend but masculine items for a great price - what's not to like?! I loved the classic tartan scarves, tan brogues and felt hats which were a big focus from an accessories point.
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Bourjois Aqua Blush Review

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Bourjois Aqua Blush review, beauty bloggers
Bourjois Aqua Blush review, beauty bloggers
Bourjois Aqua Blush review, beauty bloggers

swatches from top to bottom: Bourjois Aqua Blush* in 01 Inge-Nude; 02 CocoriCoral; 03 Pink Twice; 04 Berry Nice

Bourjois Powder Blush review, beauty bloggers
Bourjois Powder Blush review, beauty bloggers
Bourjois Powder Blush review, beauty bloggers
Bourjois Powder Blush review, beauty bloggers
swatches from left to right: Bourjois Powder Blush* in 54 Rose Frisson; 48 Cendre De Rose Brune; 34 Rose D'Or; 33 Lilas D'Or

A couple of weeks ago, I was incredibly lucky to be invited to ASOS HQ for the launch of the new Bourjois Aqua Blush that are now available to buy directly from ASOS.
Bourjois blushers have been a cult product in the kits of many makeup artists due to their longevity and pigmentation – you can easily take the colours from day when you apply a dusting of the colour to your cheeks, to night by applying another layer AND they last 12 hours without having to ever reapply.

I must admit I have never used Bourjois blushers before, but I am in love with their foundation and mascara so I knew these products would be just as good. The Bourjois Aqua Blush are a sort of replica of the original powder blushers but are designed to be very light on the skin and encourage a more natural look. As with most blushers, you can also build the colour up to make it more pigmented and all of the blushers smell like roses – a pleasure to apply.
I didn’t realise that Bourjois is a heritage brand, which actually started in 1863 – their original powder blushers were a hit hundreds of years ago! And now these gorgeous items have been given the 21st Century makeover in the form of Bourjois Aqua Blush.

I love the colours of the blushers as they range from baby pink to more of a bronze glow, which not only means they suit all types of skin but you can also have one range of products for all your needs. The colour 03 Pink Twice is a very subtle tone – all you need is a light layer of the blusher, rosy lips and defined eyebrows for a natural beauty look! You can also achieve the same look from the powder blusher in the colour 48 Cendre De Rose Brune. You can then use 01 Inge-Nude to highlight your cheeks and give them a summer glow, or simply use to colour on its own to compliment your holiday glow. 

Bourjois makeup is actually fab to achieve natural looking coverage and the whole idea behind their range of summer products is that you don’t completely cover up your skin, the makeup simply adds more definition but your natural skin still shows through. It’s so easy to just cover up with layers of foundation and concealer, but Bourjois has taught me to embrace my skin – keeping it more healthy in the long run because I am not damaging it as much as I used to.

The bloggers invited to this unveiling of the Aqua Blushers got a chance to speak to one of the representatives from Bourjois and get a consultation about makeup and skincare. I found out some really interesting facts and changed my routine as advised, and two weeks later I can see results that have helped my skin for the better! I will be blogging about my skincare routine so keep an eye out for useful hints and tips.
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Casmara Revitalising 24-carat Gold Face Mask review

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Casmara Gold Face Mask review, beauty bloggers
Casmara Revitalising 24-carat Gold Face Mask* £9.99

When I found out about Casmara and their 24-carat gold algae face mask, I was very intrigued and excited to review it as it has been featured in so many magazines and endorsed by celebs like Michelle Keegan who has amazing skin.
The rejuvenating gold face mask has firming effects obtained from seaweed extract, 24k gold dust, Shea butter and Goji extract which all provide your skin with unique nutrients. It's a luxurious treat which promises results to rival salon treatments costing over £100, in the comfort of your own home and for a fraction of the price.

The face mask is suitable to use for all skin types and is unisex, which is great because men also have to look after their skin and nourish it from time to time.

Casmara Gold Face Mask review, beauty bloggers
Casmara Gold Face Mask review, beauty bloggers

The kit contains a nourishing face cream, two sachets for mixing the mask, a spatula and instructions on how to use the mask. There is also an absolutely fantastic video which you can watch - it tells you exactly how to mix the mask and use it.

Casmara Gold Face Mask review, beauty bloggers
Casmara Gold Face Mask review, beauty bloggers

The powder mix is very sparkly - I tried to take a picture so you can see the gold particles shimmering in the light. You have to mix the contents of the sachets pretty fast because the mixture sets very quickly and you still need to apply it on to the face before the mask solidifies. Prep your skin by applying the moisturiser which comes in the pack, ensure to save some for after the treatment.
Try and apply the gold face mask starting from your forehead, in one direction and preferably in one smooth motion. Ensure it is applied all over the face, so you can peel it off in one go. On the video, it shows that you should also apply the mask over your eyes as it reduces puffiness and black circles, but I just got a little nervous about having my mouth AND eyes covered that this tim I opted out of it.

Casmara Gold Face Mask review, beauty bloggers
Casmara Gold Face Mask review, beauty bloggers

As you can see, the way that my Casmara Gold Face Mask looked on me is nothing like what it looks like in promotional shots - it was gloopy and dripped quite a bit, so definitely apply the mask over a sink. It started setting after about 5 minutes, so I settled in a hot bath with an episode of Pretty Little Liars and relaxed. After 15 minutes, the mask is ready to be removed - start from your chin and slowly peel the mask off, it should come off in one piece. Finish the process by applying whats left of the moisturiser.

The results? My skin felt fantastic. I actually did this mask the day after a night of one too many wines and my skin was dehydrated - but after using the Casmara Algae Peel Off Mask my skin felt revitalised and nourished. It was actually a mega easy process to achieve results which can battle a facial you receive at a salon - I'm so impressed with the face mask. Kind of panicking a little bit because this mask needs to become a part of a more regular routine, perhaps once or twice a month, but it's not easy to find online. You can buy the mask in high street stores like Boots, or online on Amazon but they often run out of stock and I can see why - a gold face mask which costs less than £10 AND delivers incredible results is a winner.
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25 Facts About Me

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Today is my birthday and I am officially 25! So todays post is a fun 25 facts about me as requested by Twitter - I hope this is where you get to know me a little bit more, and perhaps find out something you never knew about me.

  1. I was born in Abkhazia. 
  2. I grew up in Denmark, Caucasus and Budapest
  3. My dog is a bassador
  4. I believe in ghosts and the supernatural
  5. I have a phobia of heights
  6. When I lived in Bath, I had a pet seagull called Peter
  7. When I order a Dominos or Pizza Hut, I dip my crusts into Cola
  8. I'm obsessed with hot sauce and anything spicy
  9. I wake up at 6am every Sunday
  10. Come Dine With Me is my downtime
  11. Since childhood, I wanted to go Loch Ness and find Nessie
  12. Animals mean the world to me
  13. I've never been to Paris, but I have been to Chechnya 
  14. I have OCD when it comes to jinxes, like I need to touch wood every time I don't want to jinx something
  15. I am freakishly strong
  16. I'd choose a horror movie over a chick flick any day
  17. I want to work for the UN helping refugees 
  18. Jeff Brazier once flirted with me, and my mum yelled at him because I was 15
  19. I can 'turn off' being ticklish
  20. I hate chocolate ice cream
  21. I call my dog Harvey "Monkey" most of the time. I think he thinks it's his name
  22. I have 4 best friends
  23. I haven't been on an airplane for exactly 10 years today because of my height phobia
  24. Cooking is one of my favourite things to do
  25. My dream is to own a country house, with some land, stables and have three dogs, two horses an allotment and chickens
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Summer 2015 LookBook: Indian Vibes From Fat Face

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Fat Face elephant print jacket, Fat Face summer dress, fashion bloggers
Fat Face elephant print jacket, Fat Face summer dress, fashion bloggers
Fat Face elephant print jacket, Fat Face summer dress, fashion bloggers
Fat Face elephant print jacket, Fat Face summer dress, fashion bloggers
Fat Face elephant print jacket, Fat Face summer dress, fashion bloggers
Fat Face elephant print jacket, Fat Face summer dress, fashion bloggers
Fat Face elephant print jacket, Fat Face summer dress, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: elephant print jacket* Fat Face // dress* Fat Face // necklace from India // watch* Jord

Fat Face is a brand I've always had on my radar - when I was at school, I went in there because I love the kind of comfy but stylish and classic design, but quickly realised that it's not really a brand that markets for 15 year olds! So now, 10 years later, I can finally wear Fat Face with confidence that it will suit me, my fashion style and my lifestyle. 

It's sometimes hard to find items which will suit both day and night but I have finally found a combination which is fabulous for a summers day with the family, and can easily be transformed for a look that suits an evening meal out. 
For Summer 15, Fat Face have taken inspiration from India in their Unique Design Print Collection with pieces like this amazing elephant print quilted jacket. I love it because it looks very boho, yet can be worn with a day dress or a tshirt and jeans, and looks amazing. I paired the jacket with a broderie summer dress for a truly boho vibe - include some statement accessories from ethnic designers and you're sorted for the night. I also swap my sandals for wedges to get a little extra height. 

I have to say I'm really impressed with Fat Face' new collection - the prints and the fabrics are incredible, the items are just lovely to wear and I felt comfortable in my clothes all day. I also love the laid back vibe that the brand and its clothing projects. I'll be keeping an eye on their Winter collection as I feel like it's going to be super comfy and cosy, whilst remaining stylish!
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Restaurant Review: Browns Brasserie & Bar, Oxford

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Last week I was kindly invited to Browns Brasserie & Bar in Oxford to sample their new summer menu. I was so excited when I saw the menu as it was full of delicious plates I knew were going to taste amazing. Browns Brasserie is a chain of elegant upmarket restaurants with very reasonably priced food. Their food takes inspiration from British classics and French twists creating dishes that taste, and look, incredible. 
Browns Brasserie in Oxford reminds me of the type of restaurant we used to go to in Europe, it just has that chilled out vibe where you can sit for hours sipping cocktails and enjoying good food during a long conversation. Liam and I had an amazing time just enjoying each others company which is something we haven't done in ages, and both of us agreed to give this brasserie 100% on all marks. 


For starters we had the warm salad of pan fried chicken livers and black pudding with toasted pumpkin seeds and a raspberry vinaigrette and pulled ham hock and piccalilli terrine with Bramley apple butter and sourdough bread. The chicken livers were incredible - don't be put off by the fact that it's livers, they taste delicious and combined with the slight bitterness of the sweet raspberry vinaigrette and crunchy pumpkin seeds, the dish was just flawless. It looked incredible on the plate too - and explosion of colours! I was also very impressed with the pulled ham hock terrine which had the subtle taste of piccalilli - it looked gorgeous and the Bramley apple butter took the whole dish to a new level of YUM.


For mains, we had to have the two 'surf and turf' combinations: 8oz sirloin steak served with half a lobster tail and peppercorn sauce, and slow cooked salted pork belly served with scallops, smoked Bramley apple puree, buttered mash and apply brandy and Pink Lady jus. YUM. We added the lobster tail and scallops to our meals as Liam and I both love seafood, and also because we both wondered what pork and scallops would taste like together as it's a combination neither of us had ever had. The steal was cooked perfectly (we like it RARE!) and the butter/lobster tail combination bought out the most intense flavours of beef I have ever tasted. It just completely transformed the meat from what we normally know of steak - so intensely creamy and buttery. The pork belly is something we need to just stop and talk about: it should be illegal to serve pork belly without scallops. Oh my dear lord - the taste was incredible! A little bit of pork and a little bit of scallop, covered in apple puree with some crunchy crackling... It's heaven. Seriously, best thing I have eaten in a long time at a restaurant. Totally get if you're shellfish allergic and can't have scallops, but if you are just turning your nose up at seafood - you're missing out. Massive, massive thumbs up to the creator of this dish - it's faultless. We even tried to sit and think of what we didn't like about our meal but nothing came to mind - perfect!


We then moved on to dessert and cocktails: for dessert we had (are you ready?!) salted caramel profiteroles covered in caramel sauce. I think I died and gone to heaven. I mean the profiteroles alone would have been delicious, but the salted caramel was just the perfect finish to this beautiful meal.
We then enjoyed some cocktails (which are a handy £5 from Sunday to Thursday!) and they looked and tasted gorgeous - my favourite has to be the British Royal which is a delicious fruity blend with a punch of vodka and prosecco. Some of the other cocktails we tasted were Browns Martini, Jerrys Iced Tea, Lady Daisy, Honey and Ginger Cosmopolitan and You Rang, M'Lord.

I rank Browns Brasserie & Bar in Oxford a perfect 10/10 for the delicious food, lovely cocktails and excellent service from our smiley waitress Diana. Thank you to the manager of the restaurant Medea for having us and for creating such an inviting environment where the diners are well looked after.

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