24 September 2014

Eye Creams 101

Eye Creams Review featuring Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel, Monu Professional Skincare Eye Care Gel, Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream, Boots Botanics Refreshing Eye Roll-On Gel - Aspiring Londoner

When I was 17, I randomly walked into a Superdrug and got talked into having a skin consultation.  After much prodding with some kind of a device on my skin, I was told I have very dehydrated skin and desperately need an eye cream. Being 17 and completely clueless, I bought the first eye cream I could find and from that night onwards, I slathered my eye area (quite generously, might I add) with said eye cream.
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23 September 2014

From My Stash | Hot Cloth Cleansers

 Hot Cloth Cleansers - Boots No7 Beautiful Skin, Superdrug Naturally Radiant, Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2in1, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Over the past year, I’ve become an avid fan of hot cloth cleansers.  I don’t think I can ever go back to removing makeup AND cleaning my face with one wash off gel cleanser.  I just couldn’t!  These are the cleansers I have in my stash currently, so I wanted to pull together my thoughts on them all for you.
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22 September 2014

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System | Review

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System Review - Aspiring Londoner

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System*, £32.50 is probably one of the most awaited skincare launch of the year.  Well, it certainly was for me!  I’m a massive, massive fan of LRP skincare and I’ve converted half my family to the LRP way.  I can’t praise their products enough!  That being said, I was a little sceptical about the 3-step system, as I have previously tried these ‘systems’ before which left me underwhelmed.  But as a true LRP fangirl, I needed to know if it lived up to their other products.
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21 September 2014

Berry Lips | #AW14Trends

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 18 Violine Strass AW14 Trends Berry Lips - Aspiring Londoner

Berry lips are undoubtedly the biggest Autumn/Winter trend.  Ranging from deep matte berry shades to brighter berry shades.  All brands, be it high-end or high street, have some dedicated berry shades to suit your needs.
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20 September 2014

Boots Let's Give It A Go Daily! | #AW14Trends

Boots Let's Give It A Go Daily Event AW14 Trends - Aspiring Londoner

Last couple of years, Boots have launched campaigns to encourage women to step out of their comfort zone, to try something new with their makeup looks.  This year their campaign was focussed on 28 ways to Give It A Go (#GiveItAGoDaily).  There are 28 suggestions including trying a new shade of lipstick, green nail polish, contouring and rainbow coloured eyeliners!  I will share some of these with you in the coming weeks…keep your eyes peeled!
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19 September 2014

Guide To Glowing Skin | #AW14Trends

Guide to Glowing Skin with Simple Skincare & Sleek MakeUp - Aspiring Londoner


Everyone strives for glowing skin.  There’s nothing better than having a healthy glow to your skin that can only be enhanced by makeup.  Therefore, to achieve this look, you need to pay attention to your skincare and as well as your makeup.  Keeping this in mind, Simple Skincare and Sleek MakeUp has teamed up to give you a ‘guide to glowing skin’! 

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15 September 2014

Best Of Contour Palettes | #AW14Trends

Contour Palettes: Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Kiko Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer, Sleek MakeUp Face Form - Aspiring Londoner

Welcome to AW14 Trend Week!  One of the key trends that graced the AW14 runways were lightly contoured yet defined facial features (created for Valentino, source: Vogue).  Whilst we don’t have the likes of Pat McGrath to hand to create the look, we can recreate the looks using products available in the beauty aisles.
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14 September 2014

Autumn/Winter '14 Nail Polish Picks #Hands&Tips



As the last post for #Hands&Tips, it was only apt to share with you my picks of nail polishes for AW14.  There’s a good mix of new and old favourites and quite a colour range which I hope will cater for all you nail polish lovers!
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12 September 2014

Budget Buy Nail Polish #Hands&Tips


Nail polishes are one of those things that I feel guilty about spending too much money on.  I just feel that it don't 'benefit' me as such like a skincare product might.  It's basically paint for your nails, that doesn't penetrate the skin or the nails so why spend a fortune?!  This means in always on the lookout for budget nail polishes that will do the job.  So long as there are good colour range, good lasting power and applies well - I'm not fussed!
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11 September 2014

Hand Care Out & About #Hands&Tips

Hand Care ft Sanctuary Spa Hand Cream, Crabtree & Evelyn Antibacterial Gel, The Body Shop Hand Cleanse Gel - Aspiring Londoner

In our daily lives, most of the times we're out and about. Be it work, shopping or running errands, we spend a lot of time in the external environment where we are exposed to all sorts of bacteria especially when we're touching door handles, shaking hands or surfaces on public transport. We can't stop going out altogether in the fear of this but try to minimise our exposure to harmful substances.
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10 September 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Nails #Hands&Tips


Today #Hands&Tips brings you the latest offerings from The Body Shop.  The Body Shop has recently released a range of nails collection consisting of 26 colourful shades inspired by nature.  The beautiful colours range from a deep berry to fuchsia pink to a clear shade. 
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8 September 2014

Hand Care | Hand Creams #Hand&Tips



Welcome to #Hands&Tips!  This week I’m going to bring you all things hands and nails.  We use our hands all day for all sorts work like cleaning, eating, lifting etc. but do we look after them enough?  I’m guilty of washing my hands multiples times throughout the day and not applying hand cream on.  This has resulted in paper-like skin on my hands.  So I now make a conscious effort to leave hand creams in every corner of my house to ensure I do use hand cream!
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7 September 2014

Autumn/Winter '14 Lipstick Picks #LipWeek



As #LipWeek comes to an end, I’m going to share my picks for AW14.  Some of these have already made an appearance on my blog, so you know how much I enjoy them!
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6 September 2014

MAC Lipstick Collection #LipWeek

MAC Lipstick Collection #LipWeek - Aspiring Londoner


I don’t know if calling my eight MAC lipsticks a collection is a bit of a stretch – but why not?!  Eight lipsticks from one brand is a big deal, it’s a testament to how good the product is.  So without further ado, let’s get started!
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5 September 2014

Budget Buy Lipsticks #LipWeek

Cien Beauty Lipsticks in Rosewood & Spicy Red - Aspiring Londoner


Being a beauty blogger, I try many many lipsticks.  They vary in price range from around £5 at Boots/Superdrug to an eye-watering £36 (if you’re a Tom Ford fan, you know what I’m sayin’!).  Having said that, not everyone is a beauty blogger and not everyone wants to own every shade of red lipstick ever made.  For people who want to try different colours, but aren’t big lipstick wearers or even just wants a bold shade for a season but doesn’t want to spend a lot – this brand is for you!
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4 September 2014

Lip Liners | To Wear Or Not To Wear #LipWeek

Boots No7 Lip Liners in Fire & Blush - Aspiring Londoner


Before last year, I had never used lip liners.  It always felt like an unnecessary step to me.  I really didn’t see the point.  During one of Boots No7 voucher promotions, I decided to give lip liners a go and purchased No7 Precision Lips Pencil, £6.75 in Fire and Blush.  Fire is a true red colour and Blush is a rose pink.  I wear a lot of red lipsticks so it made sense to go for a red and the pink was quite muted so just more of a nude shade for me.
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3 September 2014

How To Care For your Lips #LipWeek

Lip Care by Nuxe, Bee Good, Blistex #LipWeek - Aspiring Londoner

Our lips are always exposed to the elements all the time.  There’s no form of ‘clothing’ to protect them, so it’s up to us to take extra care of them.  Today’s post focuses on basic lip care.
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2 September 2014

Daniel Sandler Luxury Lipstick in Impulse #LipWeek

Daniel Sandler Luxury Lipstick Impulse - Aspiring Londoner

Daniel Sandler is well known for his watercolour blushes.  I have to say I haven’t tried anything from his makeup range.  With makeup, I always tend to go for brands that are available to swatch in shops.  I’ve always been curious about his range, but it just never happened.
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1 September 2014

Kiko Milano Ace Of Diamonds Lipstick - 19 Hypnotic Coral #LipWeek

KIKO Make Up Milano Ace of Diamond Lipstick 19 Hypnotic Coral - Aspiring Londoner

Welcome to #LipWeek!  This week I’m going to post various things related to our beautiful lips!  First up is the answer to all the collections hoarders among us.  The beautiful Ace of Diamond Lipstick in 19 Hypnotic Coral*, £7.90 is part of the Daring Game Collection from Kiko Milano Cosmetics.  If you want to see the whole collection, keep an eye out on my blog as they’ll be featured soon!
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