Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara VS Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara

Friday, 31 May 2013

Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara (Orange); Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara Lycra Flex.
Rimmel London has been a long term favourite in my drugstore make up collection and the Scandaleyes collection has become a bit of a staple in my make up bag in particular. Scandaleyes Mascara has been my go to mascara for about a year now because I find that it really just gives my lashes amazing volume and length, but after seeing the release of the new Lycra Flex mascara which offers build able volume, I knew I had to try it. Lycra Flex has the same wand and similar packaging to the normal Scandaleyes mascara, but allows you to build on your mascara without fear of clumping. As for now I still can't decide which one I love the most, but since Rimmel have discontinued special edition Scandaleyes products in the past, I may be sticking with my ordinary mascara in the future.

My Summer Necklaces

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Clockwise from Left: Spike Necklace - General Pants Co.; Aztec Style Necklace - H&M; Gold Bar Necklace - H&M; Neon Chain Necklace - Primark; Peace Necklace - River Island; Chain Necklace - Topshop.
Due to moving out of my flat and my clothes being packed away in suitcases and various other containers, Tiny Alis has been a bit starved of fashion posts recently, so I thought I would mix things up and do an accessories post. These are a few necklaces that I have been rocking a lot recently as we come into summer. I think they add jazz to a normally plain outfit, especially as monochrome is such a trend now, the two with colour can really make an outfit pop.

My Skincare Routine

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Simple Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask; Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub; St. Ives Apricot Scrub; L'Occitane Angelica Face Toner and Angelica Hydration Cream; Soap & Glory Super Eyes Super Eyes Eye Gel.
I've recently given my skincare routine a bit of a revamp after years of neglecting it. I am very lucky to have quite good skin, that isn't acne prone or dry or too oily, so over the years I have taken that for granted a little and now that I'm a bit older I feel like I need to start taking care of it a bit more. These are my go to products for skincare right, it's a pretty basic selection but it does the job!

For daily use, I have my Neutrogena Scrub, which I love! It smells amazing and does a really good job of just polishing the skin. It's exfoliating but still light enough to be used daily, which is something I prefer since I hate blackheads. I follow this up with the L'Occitane toner and moisturiser, which I will do a full review on soon. The smell took me a while to get used to but the effects of the products have been visible on my skin! I also use the Soap & Glory eye gel on my eyes which I have already reviewed here, as it does genuinely wake up the skin around your eyes which is great for when you need to be feeling awake for lectures or work!

In terms of add on products, I use the Simple Deep Cleansing mask and the St. Ives Scrub. The Simple mask has been a bit of a godsend, since I find it difficult to find a good mask for me. When I was younger I had very sensitive skin and had a number of bad experiences with face masks where the end product was me looking like a tomato. Simple is perfect for skin that's a bit more sensitive and this mask has been a gorgeous little addition to my routine once a week. The St. Ives Scrub is another exfoliant but is more abrasive than my daily Neutrogena scrub, so a couple of times a week it does a deep clean on my face to really unclog those pores.

So a very small selection, but it works for me right now!

PS - You may have noticed my blog is lacking its normal outfit posts at the moment. The reason for this is that I currently moving around so many of my clothes are all packed in suitcases etc. They should be back before the end of the month so I am very sorry about that! If there are any trends you want me to focus on then let me know!

Percy & Reed Shampoo and Conditioner

Monday, 20 May 2013

Percy & Reed Really Rather Radiant Colour Shine Shampoo and Conditioner
I received these as part of a promotion that Glamour Magazine were doing with their subscription and although I have picked up the occasional one as a free gift in the past I have never actually got round to using them. After cutting my hair about 3 inches shorter, I have started to experiment a bit more with my haircare routine so I decided to give them a whirl.
I haven't really coloured my hair so I can't comment on the benefits for that, but it really does give your hair a gorgeous shine and a silky soft finish. After using the shampoo, my hair literally felt squeaky clean, which took a while to get used to but it got rid of any product that had been used, so it was nice to know that my hair was getting a thorough clean. The conditioner was nice and creamy, and genuinely made my hair really soft.
These were just samples I was sent so I didn't pay the normal £14ish that they normally come at, but I think I would repurchase these in future, and use them sparingly when my hair feels like it needs a good clean. I would also really like to try out the Finishing Polish they do in the future because if these products are anything to go by, Percy & Reed is a great brand.

Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion

Friday, 17 May 2013

Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion
Summer is now fast approaching - though if someone could let the weather now that would be great - and people all over the UK are finally shedding the layers and daring to bare some skin. As someone who is very pale, this can be a slightly daunting time, as there is always the awkward in between phase before you've been away on holiday where you are lacking in colour. With a redhead for a mother, I have always been made well aware of the effects of sun damage and how easy it is to burn, (never mind how much it will age your skin in the future!) so fake tan is a definite staple in my collection.
This summer I have veered towards the fairly new Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion, as I have always loved the products from this brand. I chose it as one of my Must Have Products for Summer so I thought I should write a full review. This product is easy to apply - I love moisturisers with pumps - and adds a really nice bout of colour to the skin, which I love. However, more than most products I have used, this one clings to dry skin like there is no tomorrow, so make sure you properly prep with an exfoliator and moisturise drier areas like your knees and elbows. Also, it may sound obvious but, WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER. Cannot stress this enough. The first time I used this I thought I had managed to get it all off my hands, then was greeted the next morning by lovely orange areas between my fingers.
My only problem with this product was the smell. I love me some cocoa butter body butter mainly because of the smell, so was expecting the same with this baby. The smell is there, but it takes a while to develop. Initially, I felt there was a kind of vinegar scent to this product which grossed me out, but then after about 30 seconds out of the bottle this calmed down into a cocoa smell.
Overall, this product is something I can see myself repurchasing in the future. It's just over £5, which is a bargain for the size you get and when you compare it with other brands, it's a lot cheaper. I have a feeling it's going to be much loved over this summer.

My Summer Beauty Must Haves.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

From L to R: Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion; Carmex Lip Balm in Strawberry; Garnier BB Cream in Light; Topshop Lip Bullets - Top in There She Goes & Bottom in Heartbeat; Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder in 003 Peach Glow; Rimmel London Apocalips in 500 Luna; Topshop Blush in Head Over Heels; Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical.
First of all, I find myself needing to apologise yet again for my lack of presence on the blog recently, but as I finished my exams and found myself raring to blog away, my computer decided to have a major paddy. All is now sorted so hopefully this will be the real start of the blogging summer! Thanks to those who have continued to read even though I have been slacking! I thought I would come back with a bang and do a post on my summer must haves! These are just a few items that I think are going to come in handy this summer, whether the weather decides to turn nice or not, so here we go!

Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion is the latest addition in my quest to fight the pale skin this summer. Last year I went on a big summer holiday abroad, however this year my plans only consist of a British holiday in Cornwall - which will be great, don't get me wrong, but isn't going to help in the tanning department. As a long time lover of the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Body Lotions, I thought this could be my holy grail. I do love this product, the colour it gives is really lovely and fairly even. I would recommend still moisturising any drier areas like feet, elbows etc, as the colour really does cling to them. I wasn't a huge fan of the smell at first, as initially I found the smell quite vinegar like but after a minute or so this turned into the cocoa smell that I love. Not my holy grail, but definitely a keeper.

For my base this summer I will be combining a few products. As a bit of a foundation-phobe when the sun comes out, I will be using my Garnier BB Cream religiously this summer. It's light on the skin and applies really easily, and stays in place. My chosen blush remains the Topshop Head Over Heels, the colour is just to die for and the formula is amazing. Finally, I shall be topping this all off with my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Tanya Burr is a huge fan and so am I, it really mattifies your skin which is going to be perfect in the warmer months when you need a little extra to set your make up.

Next up is my Carmex Lip Balm. This is such an old fav so I won't go on about it. What I love about this particular one is the strawberry smell, which could not be more summery, but also the fact it has SPF 15, which is ideal as the weather gets warmer. The other little beauties that shall be gracing my lips pretty often are the Rimmel Apocalips in Luna (an old favourite) and the new Topshop Lip Bullets. There She Goes is a sheer peachy pink which is perfect for day wear and Heartbeat is a beautiful coral red shade, which is ideal for bigger occasions like all the BBQs you'll be attending!

My final pick is most definitely a holy grail item. The Batiste Dry Shampoo is one of my favourite products that I return to time and time again, and the Tropical scent of this one is perfect for summer. I have my big one for day to day use at home and my itty bitty travel size for on the go.

What products are you excited about for Summer? Have you tried any of my must haves before?

Topshop Nails in Venus Fly Trap

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Topshop Nails inVenus Fly Trap - £5

The other day I went shopping for my birthday in Leicester and managed to pick up quite a few things, including this beaut little nail varnish from Topshop. I had seen it a couple of weeks ago and I really couldn't get it out of my mind because it was really unlike any other colour I had seen before.

There are plenty of mint green nail polishes floating around like Essie's Mint Candy Apple and Bourjois' Bleu Model, but this colour is almost like a pastel lime green. The Topshop website says the colour is 'Pistachio', which is a good description too, but if I had to really sum up this colour I would say it looks like a pastel version of a bright neon yellow highlighter pen.

Topshop nail polishes are consistently good in their formula and this colour was two coats opaque, but most yellow toned colours are like that. I can imagine this would also look great with the L'Oreal Confetti Topcoat  so I shall be experimenting with that very soon.

This is definitely one of my picks for Spring/Summer and I can imagine I will be getting some good wear out of it. I will probably be following this up with a full collection of my Spring Summer Beauty Picks, so if you would be interested in that please leave a comment down below.

PS. For anybody wondering how long my hair chalk lasted, the majority came out in one wash and by two washes even the light tinge was gone. I would really recommend it to anyone who wants to give dip dye a test run, but I warn you, a follow up conditioning treatment is needed because your hair will be so dry.


Thursday, 2 May 2013

Sunglasses - H&M; Necklace - H&M; Crop Top - New Look; Skirt- River Island; Shoes - Havainas; Jacket - Topshop (similar here); Bag - ASOS (similar here).
Apologies for not posting this yesterday, but life got in the way, as it does, and it has now fallen to today to post this outfit. It has been lovely weather recently so the shorts and the skirts and the bare legs have been out. Whilst visiting my boyfriend, I went for a little shop and although I was quite good, since I was saving myself for this weekend's big shop in Leicester, I still managed to get a few nice pieces. The crop top and the necklace were two items that I picked up. The crop top was £6 from New Look, and with student discount it was even more of a bargain! The necklace was around £12 and I love it, I just think it is such a great statement piece and I can tell it is going to get a lot of wear.
I did buy 3 other necklaces this week- it has been a bit of a jewellery period I think - so I will do a post on those in the next couple of days. I also got a gorgeous little cropped jumper/top thing from Primark with a cute little elephant print on it which was £6 too.
All in all, I think I have done quite well to hold myself back but equally I cannot wait for this weekend! I am also going to Alton Towers tomorrow with some girlfriends which should be amazing, but you may not be hearing from me now until Sunday. If you want updates be sure to follow my INSTAGRAM and my TWITTER.