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25.7.16

H&M HOLIDAY HAUL


If you don't like the bardot style, I would suggest to stop reading and turn away right now but if you love it, I think you're going to like this one. I am going on holiday in a few weeks time to Ibiza and I needed some more summery bits to pack in my suitcase. So I hit up H&M and ordered these five beautiful pieces which are all under £25!
Let's begin with tops, shall we? The first one I'm going to talk about is the Cold Shoulder Blouse which is the most expensive piece of this haul, at £24.99! I have already worn this on a night out, you may have seen me wear this on my Snapchat (molliermanning) and I got so many compliments so thank you! This top is so adorable, I love the ruffle detailing around the front and back. It's very feminine and looks fab with jeans, shorts or skirts when it's warm. The next one is called the Off-The-Shoulder Blouse which is nicely elasticated so it's not too tight or too loose, it just sits perfectly. This one is cropped so perfect to wear with a high waisted denim skirt with some sandals. I absolutely love the pattern on this as well, I also picked it up in dress form which you will see soon!
Yes I know what you're thinking, these are practically the same and they are. The Cotton off-the-Shoulder Dress was only £7.49 in the sale and it's by far, my favourite out of the two - what can I say? I'm a sucker for pom poms. This fits beautifully, it's very flattering with the elasticated waist that really pulls you in and it's not too short either, this stops just above my knee which I love. The next one is called the Off-The-Shoulder Dress (very imaginative with their names) I sadly returned this as I liked the other one sooo much better and I just thought it was silly having two so similar but I thought I'd show you anyway. Again, it's the bardot style with the little flap - sadly, no pom pom detailing though. It has the elasticated waist and stripes which I'm obsessed with but this one just doesn't do it for me.
Finally, the beautiful green and white pattern is back again! But on this beautiful Off-The-Shoulder Dress, I can't wait to wear this on holiday with some pretty sandals. I love how girly it is with the floaty sleeves and the slight rara effect on the bottom of the dress. I love that the straps are adjustable as I hate having to sew them up tighter. As you can tell, I love the cold shoulder/bardot style that is so popular at the minute.

I hope you enjoyed this little haul! Which one was your favourite?

xo

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12.7.16

UPPING MY HAIR GAME

As of late, I have been trying so hard to up my hair game! I'm incredibly lazy with my hair, there the secret is out, I'm not exaggerating. If you see me with brushed hair, you, my friend must be special. But being unnaturally blonde is a full-time job, I know you feel my pain! Especially now, my hair is the longest it's been since primary school so I've been needing to take a few extra steps to make sure it stays healthy and happy. 
I had the pleasure of trying some haircare products from Ogario London! A brand I had never heard of before but after some research, I was really interested to give them a try. What really attracted me was the unique blends of essentials oils and plant extracts they feature in their products - for example, Avacado and Marshmallow. It sounds completely random but these are some amazing ingredients for your hair which you don't see a lot of on the market. What's also great is how all the products are completely natural and aren't tested on animals.

So now onto the products themselves, you may have seen me try the Ogario Restore & Shine Hair Masquefor the first time over on my snapchat (molliermanning) where I gave a little demo and my general first impressions. It's aim is to repair dry and damaged hair to make it more manageable, stronger and shiny! As bleach is not my hair's bestfriend (well who's bestfriend is it really?) this masque has been an amazing treat at repairing my long tresses so I don't have to get a trim so often meaning my hair has managed to grow down past my boobs! After I wash my hair, I give it a quick towel dry and slap a good amount of this onto my ends. I really work it all in and spent a minute or so just massaging it in. I like to leave it in for 10 minutes as recommended then I just rinse it off! Easy, peasy. Instantly my hair is so soft and silky. It doesn't weigh my hair down, as I have quite flat hair so volume is everything and this doesn't affect that.

As part of my routine, I have been washing my hair with the Ogario Hydrate & Shine Shampoo* with Honey and Moringa Seed. The Hydrate & Shine range targets dry and colour-treated hair, perfect for my little situation. I noticed since using this that it doesn't lather up a whole lot which is fab so it doesn't strip your scalp and hair of all its natural oils. I have loved using this on my hair recently, it makes my hair feel so nourished and soft. This literally comes out golden brown like honey with the bits of seed in it as well! It's the strangest thing. It smells lovely too, really natural and sweet.

Using these two has really helped me get my hair back on track! Have you tried Ogario before? Their products are available on their website and also in Fenwicks, if you're interested in picking up some bits for yourself. 

xo
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28.6.16

THE CLEANSER I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

This being my second pot of this stuff, I have come to the conclusion that this is my favourite cleanser to date. I even think it's better than my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel which I know, I can already hear you gasping in horror but it's true! The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is just love at first use. 
This cleansing balm is one of the best I've tried for my dry and dehydrated skin, it's so soft that it melts into an oil when warmed up which my skin just loves. I use this mostly in the mornings as a cleansing, hydrating mask. It just melts away any stubborn makeup that's still clinging on and I like to leave it for a couple of minutes before washing it all off so it can really work into the skin. Then using a flannel and some warm water, I wash it all away and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturised.

It's packed full of lovely ingredients from Grape Seed Oil and Vitamin E to help soften the skin and to minimise the appearance of open pores. I struggle with my pores particularly on my cheeks where they are quite large, this cleanser really helps to disguise them and I've noticed a huge difference in my pore size and appearance since using this. When I don't use this cleanser for a while, I can definitely tell as no other cleanser works as well as this one does for my skin. The Jasmine and Rose ingredients help to recondition any dry and dehydrated patches on the skin especially as I like to leave it on for a few extra minutes, my dry patches are immediately hydrated and it helps my makeup to apply and look so much smoother. 

I've tried other cleansing balms which are such a faff to use but this one is immediately soft to touch and you don't need to break your fingers in order to get any out of the pot. It smells incredible and the packaging, well no other cleanser I've used looks as nice as this one. Well considering its £38 you wanna hope that it's pretty amazing and I can assure you that's it worth everything. 

Have you tried the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm? What is your all time favourite cleanser?

xo
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20.6.16

ROME SEPHORA HAUL

Sooooo I went to Rome, fell head first into Sephora and came out with a huge bag full of stuff. A quick side note, if it wasn't for the lovely lady at the Piazza di Spagna Sephora, the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette would not have been mine! I owe her my life. 
As you can see from the questionably clean beauty blender, the messy palette and a bronzer that's taken a battering, I have been using these for the past couple of weeks! So apologies I couldn't snap these in their pristine state but I just couldn't wait. But this means I will be able to give you a low down of what I think of the products so far so you guys are the real winners here.

Let's start with two concealers that have been on my wishlist for a long time, I know you can get them in the UK but ya know Sephora made me do it. I picked up the Urban Decay Naked skin Weightless Concealer and I got it in the lightest possible shade, as I'm very pale and highlighting is no easy task when your own skin colour is white. This concealer is thin in consistency so I find I have to swipe a few coats on before I get the coverage I need. But so far so good! I also picked up the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer, again in the lightest shade I could get my hands on! You only need a little bit as it is pretty thick but it immediately awakens my under eyes and covers my dark circles.

I know I'm pretty late to the party but I thought it was about time I had a Beauty Blender in my life! I'm still testing it out and comparing it to my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge so we shall see, watch this space.

The Too Faced Hangover Primer was a bit of an impulse buy and so far, I do really like it! Anything that promises to boost radiance and hydrate the skin, I am immediately drawn to. This acts like an energy drink, keeping my makeup looking fresher for longer throughout the day.

After hearing Jaclyn Hill raving about it, I picked up the Makeup Forever Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer in 20M. Hands down, one of my favourite bronzers to date. It's really creamy so doesn't break up or separate on my face throughout the day, dry skin gals I know you feel my pain. It's such a lovely shade, just gives the skin a gorgeous natural glow. It also claims to be waterproof, I haven't put this to the test yet but I'll let you know how I get on.

I'm a self-obsessed sheet mask lover but the ones I find in Boots are just so expensive! I saw Sephora did their own and for a pretty good price so I picked up two, the Pearl Face Mask to perfect and brighten and the Lotus one to reduce signs of fatigue and strain. I am yet to try these but I've heard great things about their other masks so I am pretty excited.

How could I leave Rome without getting the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette?! I was so close to not getting my hands on it as they all sold out, so I had to trek to another Sephora where there was one put aside for me and I am so happy I managed to get this! It is the most beautiful palette like ever. The shades are so creamy and pigmented, I have been using this every day without fail. I am completely in love, my dogs love it too as it does smell like peaches!

The Sephora in Rome didn't stock all the brands I had wanted! But, I still managed to come home with two bags full of bits so I can't complain too much. What do I need from Sephora next? 


xo
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16.6.16

THINGS TO DO WHEN IN ROME

Rome took my breath away as soon as we arrived in the city in our taxi, I was just glued to the window. It really is a beautiful place and one I hope I return to. The best thing about Rome are the little things you can discover, on every street there's something lovely to look at which made the 10 miles we covered each day, so worth it. I've been back from Rome for a couple of weeks now but having only just found the time to sort through my pictures, I'm ready to show you what we got up to on our whirlwind four-day trip. 

WHERE WE STAYED

I didn't actually take pictures on my camera of our hotel which is a bit of a bummer, I do have a few shots over on my Instagram if you want to see. We stayed at Suite Sistina, just a 2 minute walk away from the Spanish Steps and Piazza Spagna. I would highly, highly recommend staying around this area. We were a 15-minute walk away from everything and who doesn't love to be surrounded by designer shops? 

FONTANA DI TREVI

The first stop on our itinerary was the Trevi Fountain and oh my god, I didn't realise it was that big. Like, it's huge. We kept on coming back to the Fountain on our trip because it's just beautiful. On our last evening, we were huddled around the fountain and someone proposed! It was the most romantic thing I've ever seen. 

THE VATICAN CITY

The ancient city was a 40-minute walk from our hotel and this was the longest journey we took, I was well and truly dead by the end of the day. They're plenty of 'hop on and hop off' buses that tour around the whole city but we prefer walking, just so we can take everything in and experience the city. We arrived at the Vatican Museum at 11 in the morning, at this point the queue wasn't that long! We did pre-book our tickets so we didn't queue and I'd recommend you do this where you can because you don't want to waste your trip stuck in long queues. The Museum is just spectacular, every step I took, I was in awe. It is extremely busy inside and you'll soon learn to hate tour groups but nevertheless, just smile through the pushing and shoving because the Sistine Chapel is worth it.
Unfortunately, you're not allowed pictures inside the Chapel so we took our time so we could soak it all up.
What better way to spend an afternoon than in St Peter's Square? We sat on the steps and just lapped up the sites where we recharged ready to enter St Peter's Church. The Church is free entry but the queues are enormous and in the blazing sun, that is the last thing you want to be doing. We pre-booked our tickets with Get Your Guide, yes we did pay to enter the Church but it was worth it as we missed all the queues and this meant we could have longer inside. I highly recommend Get Your Guide, I booked all our tickets for Rome and Paris through this company and I've never been disappointed.

The Church was my highlight of the trip, it is absolutely breathtaking inside. It is well worth visiting if you're going to the Vatican City. You can also climb right to the top of the dome, this is something we didn't attempt but if I return to Rome this is something I'd definitely do. You have to pay to climb to the top and it is a heck of a lot of stairs so make sure you're prepared!

COLOSSEO, FORO ROMANO, PALATINE HILL & THE PANTHEON 

The last few things on our list was the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Pantheon. A very busy day indeed! Rome just has so much to offer. We didn't queue for the Colosseum as our tickets let us head straight in! It's hard to wrap your head around that the amphitheater was built around 70-80 AD. Next up was the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, it is just so rich with history, you can visit the Temple of Caeser where visitors still place flowers and coins to this day. Make sure you climb to the top of Palatine Hill as the views overlook the rest of Rome and it's definitely worth seeing. 

The Pantheon is only a 20-minute walk away from these sites and was back in the direction of our hotel so we decided to go here last. The Piazza della Rotonda is a lovely, lively place perfect if you want to grab a bite to eat and visit the Pantheon. Around the corner is the famous Della Palma Gelateria where they have 150 different ice cream flavours to choose from! If you love gelato like me, you will love this place. The Pantheon is free to visit and you do have to queue but it is totally worth the wait. This is the best place to get to the Piazza Navona as well which is just a 5-minute walk, another lovely place to chill and eat pizza. 

Rome is one of my favourite cities by far, I'm missing the tortellini already! I hope this little guide of our trip helped anyone who is looking to go themselves. I'm happy to answer any questions you have, just leave them in the comments below. 

xo
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22.5.16

NEW IN: NYX LINGERIE LIQUID LIPSTICKS


I love me a liquid lipstick and I love me a bit of NYX. Hearing that they are now available in Boots stores makes me super duper happy! Where I live they haven't come in yet but I cannot wait for the day they do. But I can still shop online and I picked up the two new NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks in the shades Teddy and Beauty Mark. These shades are completely out of my comfort zone as they're colours I don't tend to go for but I love these! and NYX are killing it with their lip ranges.

If you're looking for a good liquid lipstick and you're on a budget, I'd suggest picking these up! I absolutely adore the shade range, they have loads of gorgeous nudes and browns which are so popular right now. The ones I've picked up, I've worn on loads of night outs where I've been drinking (lol) so they've been put to the ultimate test! I can happily say that these last so nicely. They don't crack or flake off which is just amazing as It's hard to find a liquid lip that doesn't do that. I also don't find these that drying either but make sure to always exfoliate and condition your lips before applying anyway!

I do find the wand is quite big, it's bigger than the Kylie Lip Kit's if you've tried those! But it's nicely tapered on the end so you can still fit along the edges of your lips nicely. I will say as it's quite a thick formula, one layer tends to do the trick! But it does take around 5-10 minutes to fully settle down and dry as it can still feel a bit wet and sticky when you first apply it. If you want to see a picture of me wearing Teddy on my lips click this link here, to go to my Instagram.

Have you tried these before? I always absolutely adore the Soft Matte Lip Cream range too! 

xo
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4.5.16

CONTOURING STAPLES

I love these little contour products but not because they're in rose gold packaging (ok maybe) but because they're just fab and I thought it was about time I told you about them. I've been contouring using a mix of cream and powders this way for a while, I just love using a cream because it looks so natural but the powder helps to set the cream to keep it there all day. So let's get on with the products!

I'm sure everyone was just as excited as me when Rosie Huntington-Whiteley released her makeup range with Autograph because let's face it, she's bluddy gorgeous. The one and only thing I picked up from her line was the Starstruck Contour stick and what came as a surprise to me was how dark it was! It's not so much a contouring stick but more of a bronzing stick, it is a deep colour and more on the orange side of things which is why I don't necessarily 'contour' with this. Warning if you are pale use this sparingly! Or better, don't use it at all. But, when I'm tanned this is a beautiful shade and it really brings warmth to my skin making me look sunkissed and chiselled. I love how easily this glides into the skin and how beautifully it blends out. I mainly use it across my cheeks and forehead to bring some colour back into my skin. I will say that it does set very quickly, so you do have to keep going back in and out to apply, blend, apply, blend so I'd say it's better to do one part of your face at a time.

Another little something from Zoeva (surprise, surprise) is the Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette and the contouring shade in this palette which is called 'Heavy Crown' is spot on. It's much more of a cool, ashy shade which suits me when I'm pale and when I'm looking for a bit of definition when I'm tanned. This has become my go-to contour shade because the colour is fab and it creates a really natural, shadow on your cheekbone to make them look believably sharper than they are. Plus the highlight and blush in this palette is pretty great too.

What are your contouring staples?
xo
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2.5.16

SPLURGING IN KIEHL'S


When I saw that Kiehl's had 20% off in Fenwicks, I rushed to my local store and splurged... a whole lot... I've been lusting over Kiehl's for quite some time but could never take the plunge to pick up a few products. So with a little 20% off it nudged me to try a few things! You've probably already heard so much about these products I'm about to tell you about but oh well.

I did indeed pick up three things and I've been using these three over a month now so I'm ready to come at you with my thoughts and opinions! I picked up the Kiehl's Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment  because if it's good enough for Kylie Jenner then it's good enough for me and actually, it's bluddy brilliant. It's texture really surprised me, it's something I have never come across in an eye cream before. It is super thick, like crazy thick and you only need a teensy bit to cover your under eyes so I can imagine this lasting me ages. 

On the subject of eyes, I next got the Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector which really stood out to me! My dark circles are the worst so I needed something to correct them asap plus it contains an SPF of 30 so I snapped it up. With high hopes, I wasn't that impressed with this. It's not as hydrating as I thought it was going to be considering it's an eye cream, it's actually quite drying on the under eyes. I do, however, like to mix it up with a bit of the Creamy Eye Treatment first just to get some moisture back in. 

Saving the best til last, the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser and I know tons of people have the cream version of this which I was super close to getting but after swatching them in store, I settled for the moisturiser version. Just because it was so much lighter, it dried in quicker plus it comes with an option of SPF 30 which I got. I love this stuff! I'm so glad I got the full-size version too because I'd be lost without this. I've been on the hunt of finding a good moisturiser for years and I mean years, I gave up for a bit just living on the oils and serums but I have finally find a moisturiser that works for me. 

I hope you enjoyed my little Kiehl's haul/review! What do I need to try next? 

xo
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