Friday, 23 January 2015

The New Wayfarer | Smart Buy Glasses

Smart Buy Glasses review
Smart Buy Glasses raybans review
Smart Buy Glasses review
(Frame Colour: Havana | Size: 55mm )

Hello lovelies and happy Friday! Sorry I've been quiet on here this week - the blog post schedule is still a 'thing', I promise! I mentioned on my last post that we might have some news this week, but I won't find out until today so please keep your fingers crossed for me! It's been one of the most stressful weeks ever and the evidence is in the huge dark circles under my eyes. So when Smart Buy Glasses got in touch and kindly offered to let me pick a pair of sunglasses from their website, the timing couldn't have been better. 

I've been saying for a while that I need a proper pair of sunglasses - as much as I love buying high-street styles in every shape and colour, they don't do a great job at actually protecting my eyes. I was browsing through the styles on the site and discovered they even have 'try-on' videos on their YouTube channel, which is such a good idea and so helpful if you're unsure of which size or style to go for. Personally, I went straight for the Ray Bans - I love the Wayfarer style and figure if I'm going to get a good pair of sunglasses, I want them to be a timeless style that will go with everything. I'll get my cat eye or heart-shaped sunglasses fix from Primark! I picked the New Wayfarer 2132's in 'Havana', which is a gorgeous dark brown tortoise-shell, and went for the 55mm lens which is the larger size. The lenses are polarised too, which reduces glare and makes them much better for driving.

Smart Buy Glasses sunglasses review

The glasses arrived within 3 days, and came with a beautiful brown case, proof of authenticity book and a lens cleaning kit too. It was a really quick and easy service from the website and I'd definitely use them again.

Do you like the New Wayfarer? 
Do you have a favourite sunglasses brand? 

Eilidh

xox

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Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blogger


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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Winter Sun.

Khaki Overlay Dress: Topshop (sale, similar here) | Boots: River Island (similar here)  
Faux Shearling Coat: Topshop | Bag: Primark | Watch: Marc Jacobs 

How gorgeous is it when it's snowy and sunny? Me and Andy had such a busy and exciting day today - I don't want to jinx it so I'll wait and see if it works out before I tell you all, but we could have some super exciting news soon! Luckily we had some time to take outfit pictures this afternoon because I really wanted to make the most of this beautiful background. I also wanted to show you this gorgeous dress I picked up in the Topshop sale last week. Khaki is one of my favourite colours and this print totally stood out amongst the mess of the sales rails, and it was reduced to £35 too! This is one of the 'overlay' style dresses, with small cut outs at each side which make it a really flattering style, and one that'll be perfect in summer with sandals too. 

I wore it on it's own in these pictures but I could layer it up with a top underneath if it was too cold - which probably would have been a good idea today. Look at my face on that picture up there, braving the cold in minus temperatures with bare arms, all in the name of outfit pictures! That's dedication for you.  

Anyway, hope you liked these pictures and had a fun weekend! 

Do you like this overlay dress style?

Eilidh 

xox

Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blogger

Click on an item below to see how I've styled it in another outfit: 



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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Discovering Superdrug Skin Care.

I've had the same skincare routine for the longest time - partly because it was working and partly because I was scared to try anything new in case my skin threw a major tantrum. You can see my previous post on my skincare routine here. I knew the products were quite harsh but they seemed to keep my skin clear until recently, when it started feeling really dry and irritated. My skin's super sensitive, so trying new products is a bit of a gamble.

When I went to a Superdrug event last month, they kindly gave me some products to try including a Micellar Water from their Vitamin E range. Micellar waters have been all the rage recently with Bioderma and the Garnier one being the most talked about, so I was really interested to try this one. After a week of using it, I was so happy with it that I decided to go back for some more of the range. I've been using the micellar water, the facial serum and moisturiser and here's what I think of them so far...

Superdrug Vitamin E skin care review
Superdrug Vitamin E skin care review
The most noticeable thing about this product is how quickly it removes all my make-up. I'd normally have used 3 or 4 cotton pads but with this water, I only need 2. It's also gentle enough to use on the eyes, although it probably wouldn't take off waterproof mascara. After using this, my face feels super clean and soft and it's helped my dry, sensitive skin feel more balanced. 

I've actually never used a facial serum before, but this was just £3.99 so I had to give it a go. The consistency is somewhere between a really light moisturiser and a brightening primer. It gives the skin a lovely glow, so it looks lovely under matte foundations like my personal favourite, Estee Lauder Double Wear. I've also been using it at night time under the Intense Cream to give my skin some extra moisture.

My skin has actually been crying out for something like this over the last few months. It's a heavy, non-greasy moisturiser that I've been applying at night time, leaving it to soak in while I sleep. In the mornings, my skin's felt soft and so much healthier. I've always said I had combination skin because my forehead could feel quite oily at times, but I actually feel like my whole skin type is changing just by switching products.

Have any of you had to change your skincare over the Winter months?
What products have you been using?

Eilidh
xox

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Monday, 12 January 2015

New Cid Cosmetics I-Gel Trio.

New CID Cosmetics i - gel Long Wear Gel Eye Liner Trio with Brush
New Cid Gel Liner Review and Swatches
New Cid Cosmetic Emerald Indigo Midnight Blue Swatches
(Emerald/Indigo/Midnight Blue)

Today, we're talking eye liner. And for a change, it's not black eye liner. I think it's almost always just assumed that eye liner will be black these days. As something that most of us use every day, it seems like it's almost crying out for someone to jazz it up a bit! I actually hadn't heard of New Cid Cosmetics until back in October time when I was at a blogger event showcasing their products. The brand really appealed to me for a few reasons - the products all had their own little twist to what we normally expect, the colours were a bit braver than my normal neutrals and the packaging was super sleek white and silver which looked really high end. 

The I-Gel trio liner was the product I was most excited to try when I got home. I struggle with eye liner at the best of times, and have never really liked/got the hang of gel liner but what interested me the most about this was the emerald green, dark purple and bright blue shades. I absolutely adore the emerald green in this palette, and I've been wearing this on it's own with a neutral brown matte in the crease for shading - which you can see below! This green shade works best for me because of my eye colour and skin tone and I think the blue and purple colours would be gorgeous on cooler skin tones. All the colours have a gorgeous, subtle shimmer too.

New Cid Gel Liner Review and Swatches

The formula is really easy to work with - it's a soft gel and, when used on the brush it comes with, the liner applies so easily. I'd even say this applies easier than my favourite black liner. I don't go for a cat-flick with this, because I think it's nicer just to add some colour. The best thing about this liner is how ridiculously long-lasting it is. I've tried 'smudge proof' thing before, but this is like no other. My normal eye make-up remover didn't make a mark on this, so I had to call on the super-strength eye make-up remover that is Benefit They're Real remover. This might put some people off and I understand that, but I personally love long-lasting make up. I want my eye liner to stay put until it's absolutely certain that I don't want it to be there any more! 


New Cid Emerald Green Midnight Blue Indigo Swatches

I'd recommend this to anyone interested in switching up their normal liner for something a bit different, or for anyone who thinks black liner is too harsh on their skin tone. The eye liner i-gel comes in a copper/bronze/stone trio too which looks gorgeous - that one's next on my list!

What do you think of this liner trio? Have you ever tried New Cid Cosmetics?

xox

Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blogger


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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Back To Neutral Nails.

Nude Nail Polish Revlon
Revlon Sheer Rose Swatch
UK Beauty Blogger Maisy Meow

Hello and Happy Sunday! If you're not reading this in your jammies, wrapped up in your duvet, then I'm afraid you're doing sunday wrong. Unless of course, you're reading this on any other day of the week! I had my 'sunday' yesterday and spent the day in my pjs, watching disney films and blogging so today's a busy one for me. 

So I've put away the reds, purples and glitter nail polishes for another year and instead I've went for something on the opposite end of the scale. 'Sheer Rose' by Revlon is a lovely, clean french pink shade with a really subtle shimmer through it. I'd describe it as almost nude, but slightly rosier and it makes a lovely colour for toes too. I've always though these Revlon nail polishes are really easy to apply because of the narrow brush size, and they dry quite quickly too. With a few coats of my favourite top coat, Seche Vite , it stays chip-free all week.

You can buy this shade here for just £3.25 with free delivery. 

Do you like this colour? What's your favourite neutral nail shade? 

Eilidh 

xox

Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blogger


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Friday, 9 January 2015

How to get a good nights sleep.


One of my many new years resolutions is to get more sleep at night. I've started going to bed later and later and it's now at the point where I'm very rarely sleeping before midnight. I blame twitter! Lack of sleep can have so many knock on effects on life - there's the obvious ones like feeling tired and grumpy, but it can also leave you with bad skin and cause you to eat more high-sugar foods to give you energy. Also do you ever wake up feeling completely different about something? Or do you ever feel anxious or nervous when you're tired? This is because your brain's thinking all night and processing your thoughts and emotions from that day, and if you don't give it enough time to do this or you interrupt it then this is what makes you feel uneasy. So basically, sleeping more can mean you have better skin, better diet and an overall better mood. It's a winner all round.

Recently I've been trying out some new things to help me wind down before bed. I love This Works Pillow Sprays - a quick spray before bed and the nice relaxing scent of lavender and camomile helps you drift off. I've also been using my wheat wrap that I got for Christmas last year. This is actually a long microwavable bean-cushion that gives a lavender and wheat scent when it's heated. It's the perfect size for putting around the back of your neck or just for cuddling into. The heat is really soothing and I love to sleep with it under my lower back which can get sore after a long day. Camomile and apple tea is a perfect replacement for a tea drinker in the evening - it's caffeine free and tastes so good. All I ever want to do after a shower is lie down, so it makes total sense to have a hot shower to tire me out before bed. If you're lucky enough to have a bath, the Twilight bath bomb is always a good one but if not, I love to use something calming like the Body Shop Vanilla Brulee shower gel

Do any of you have any tips on how to get a better sleep?

Eilidh 

xox

Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blogger

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