Appreciating L'Occitane

It appears my love affair with L'Occitane has grown over the last few months and I have come to realise recently that I have built up quite a collection..
To be honest, I never really been a skin care lover, I've never been one to religiously apply day & night cream daily or massage my hands until they're baby soft. But recently, I've began to take some added care of my ol'skin (no doubt because of the endless blogs I read, suggesting products!)
Here are four that have really benefited me during these cold, winter months:
I've briefly mentioned this product before, when chatting about my Acne Troubles, saying how well it works with dry skin, and seriously, I'm not lying! I tend to develop dry skin in the patch between my eyebrows - at the top of my nose (strange place, I know!) and also my forehead. With my forehead being extremely spotty in the past, I do all I can to avoid it now it's cleared. So during the cold months, I pop a little of this on the forehead and I can seriously say, it SO soft afterwards!
Because this face cream is designed to not only moisturise skin, it also relieves sunburn, meaning its extremely calming- its basically a 2-in-1 face cream!
As its SO extremely cold out there, my eyes are getting really dry recently. I didn't think that removing my eye make up with wipes was helping an awful lot, as face wipes are known for being extremely drying for the skin in general. So, I decided on an eye make-up remover (obviously, ha!) I wasn't too sure about it at first to be honest, as I was scared that the gel was going to sting my eyes when I started taking my make up off. But it's incredibly soothing and my eyes feel  x10 better.
Although I only bought this product recently, I bought it from an Outlet L'Occitane shop, which is basically a clearance branch. So, I not sure if this product is still available, as outlet shops only tend to sell last seasons stock... There HAS to be some kind of alternative to this now, surely! 
Whilst in Covent Garden a few weeks ago, I went into L'Occtaine to re-purchase the Precious Cream, whilst there, there was some kind of special offer on, were you received this as a free gift, when you bought a product over a certain price (sorry that was a long-winded intro lol) Well, I was even more tempted to buy the cream when a free gift was offered on top!
To begin with, this product smells, it so fresh and makes any shower smell just that bit better! I've began to use it on my legs after shaving them (tmi, sorry) and my legs feel like silk once out the shower. A seriously lovely, product.
Ill admit, I've never been a hand cream person. I always think that its a bit of a waste of time, because you put it on and then can't do anything for about 15 minutes until its dry. I still live by that philosophy now, but the smell of this is so strong and lovely that I don't care about the long drying time! Usually, people describe eye shadows as being pigmented, but if I was to describe a smell as being pigmented, that's what i'd call this. As the lime-y smell is really strong, but nice strong!
On the whole, I've been obsessed with L'Occitane recently and literally want everything on their website, now I know how good these products above are!
Put it this way, I have a very long list of products on my way to the North Pole this year!!

NARS | Radiant Creamy Concealer

Concealer.. you don't realise how much you need it until its gone, or ran out in my case. I've literally seen millions of blog posts and reviews about this concealer, so I became a typical girl and fell for the hype. But, after trying it everyday for a week, I can fully say, the hype is fully justified.
With concealer, I never trust guessing my shade online and buying it. So, after literally scraping the sides of my Rimmel Wake me up, I headed straight for the NARS counter in Selfridges! I obviously sat in the fancy chair, with the fancy mirror and the NARS worker tested the colours under my eyes (I take retail therapy VERY seriously!)
The shade Vanilla is the perfect shade for me, which I'm sure is the second lightest, therefore suits my paste-y complexion.
Out of 10 its definitely an 8.5. I wouldn't lie and say its absolutely perfect, because every make up product has its flaws, but this is very very good all the same! Unfortunately, I was blessed with very dark circles, meaning concealer is definitely a must. The doe foot applicator is nothing out of the ordinary nor is the texture, but it is extremely highlighting when put under the eyes. To be honest, its quite long lasting as well. The only flaw I would say is, it doesn't cover my dark cirlces completely, but maybe im asking to much for my dark circles to be completely banished by concealer. Ignoring this though, its one of the best concealer I have ever tried... Put it this way, I'll DEFINITELY be re-purchasing this once its run out!


London Snippets | The Mall

Jumper: Zara (similar) | Jeans: Topshop | Boots: Next
THE BOOTS...I'm in love.
Near the end of last week I paid a visit to Buckingham Palace and had a brisk walked down The Mall. Again, I couldn't get over the amount people, they're like flies swarmed around that palace (can you tell I'm a country girl!) As I knew I was going to be walking a lot, I decided to where brand new, never worn before boots, how hard core of me. But, my feet are strong little things and my gamble paid off, because they didn't rub at.all..hallelujah!
Autumn fashion is by far and away the best season. Thick scarves, Cosy jumper and boots.. literally my idea of heaven. This Zara jumper which I bought a few weeks ago, had its first outing, and if it wasn't for London being so warm, then I would say its a cosy, warm jumper!
These Next boots, I think, are what have been missing from my heart. The pastel-y blue shade, definitely draws eyes (Well, the people on the tube certainly gave me funny looks) But that's what makes them great. Some people, I feel in today's society, play it too safe with what they wear. They  don't push the boundaries. Girl, if you like it, wear it! (lol there's me trying to be a cool and inspirational #nothappening)

London Snippets | St Paul's

Coat: Pull & Bear | Scarf: River Island | Boots: Next
Ah London, you were a pleasure. A somewhat busy, sweaty, eye-opening pleasure, but lovely all the same. 
On Monday of this week, me and mum decided to take on the Big City and see all it has to offer, and that we did. To be honest, the Tube/London Underground, was an experience in itself... SO.MANY.PEOPLE! I'm from a tiny little village in the back fields of nowhere in rainy Wales. So experiencing the same populations as my village on one, cramped tube was something out of the ordinary. First lesson learnt about London: Victoria line at rush hour - havoc!
On Monday of this week, I paid a visit to the Tate Modern, crossed the Millennium Bridge and became mesmerised by the beauty of St Pauls Cathedral
All together I had a very tourist-y day.
As it was inevitable I was going to be walking more than a 26 mile marathon whilst exploring London, I made sure to have some comfy soles on my feet. These over the knee beauties from Next were a delight and there wasn't too much damage once I reached back to the hotel... my bank card however... oops.
All together I was in London for 4 days and I think I wore my coat for a fraction of the time. Second Lesson learnt about London: It so hot! I think, because its so populated, there's enough body heat to be warm enough to walk down any street and only feel a slight chill. After all, the tube has to be the hotter than Spain in peak times!
ps. Stay tuned from London Part 2 :)

Painting Winter

Avon | Dynamo [Similar]
So, its been nearly two weeks since I last blogged, hmm.. Sorry 'bout that.  
I'm probably never going to win any proper awards for this little blog thing, but if I was in the running for anything, it'd definitely be for 'The Most Inconsistent Blog'
Blame School, people. Blame School!
In more exiting news, Winter is like, OFFICALLY here! The clocks have gone back an hour here today. Meaning its now an OK thing, to start putting my pj's on at 4 o'clock *ignores that fact I sound like an eighty year old*
With the winter-y vibes creeping in, dark nails are officially a-ok. I don't usually go for anything dark on my nails, in my head anything darker than pastel pink is abnormal. 
But as black jeans and thick jumpers are worn more regularly, I feel darker nails accompany them a lot better.
The three nail varnishes above really work well in the winter months and really bring a pop of goodness to any cold day!

Mid-October Favourites

Ok yes, I know monthly favourites are supposed to be an end of month thing, but yano forget the rules.. This is my MID- month favourites. HA!

Firstly is the beaut of a scarf from River Island, it is like thee warmest scarf in the world, which is a big statement, but I feel like a big, warm cinnamon bun when I wear it. Yes, ok Aztec print is soo 2011, but the print isn't that obvious.. so it's ok!
Talking of Cinnamon, I'm absolutely obsessed with the Pukka 'Three Cinnamon' Tea. Move over Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, I think this is the official taste of Autumn/Winter for me.
For ma face, I decided I would venture out more and wear some highlighter, besides, my cheekbones are permanently incognito.. I need to bring them bad boys out! So, I bought Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow. Its a very shimmery, pink powder and is a nice addition to my make up bag!Finally, some Barry M Confetti Nail Varnish in Marshmallow. I'll put it out there, it is raised once it's on the nail, so if you hate textured nail varnish, it ain't for you gurl. I personally love the touch of confetti on my nails, but I would suggest about 2/3 coats because one coat creates a lot of gaps!


ps. If there is anyone out there that actually reads this tiny blog of mine, I apologise for the lack of content recently, A Levels are a nightmare at the moment! x

Wear your eyes as dark as night, Paint your face with what you like.

Autumn has begun. Its official. No longer do I reach for the ice cold water, Its now piping hot coffee. No longer do I leave the house without a coat, I now have a scarf and coat. No longer do I try and pull off the 'No Make-up, Make-up', I now have the above painted across my face..
Three Staple Autumn Products:
Recently, these three products have been seriously overused..
Eyes: The shade 'Toasted' across the lid completely, with 'Naked' in the crease to blend it all out. These too shades together create a very autumnal eye, as the shade Toasted is a very rose gold shimmer with an undertone of brown, with Naked being a very light, matte brown. Which works perfectly to even out the crease. I finish off the eyes with a simple, thin line of the Lancome, brown liner across the lid. 
Lips: To accompany this eye, I've been wearing an old-ish favourite, Rimmel Kate Moss: 107. Its a dark, red wine shade, which again, screams autumn.

(I don't have photo evidence of the look on my face as I've come to the conclusion I'm crap at taking selfies.. sowwy)

Zara Splash

Dress & Coat: Zara [Last Season] Heels: Next

Ok, before we begin, I know I've blogged the Zara dress before, but it's just so beautiful.. I blogged this dress again as I feel I've improved my blog skills and presentation a slight bit since May (maybe!)
I've had a strange week, a mix of confusion and being constantly stressed.. that may be just the definition of what sixth form does to you. As you may know, I'm currently in my final year of A Levels (phew!) and having picked Art as one of my subjects, I'm in a constant state of panic to complete about three different things at one time, aaall the time *sad face* Oh well, I'm trying to stay positive, because I know for a fact next year I'll be missing school so much! Funny, ol' world isn't? I'm stressing so much at the moment, but as soon as I finish, I'll probably wish I could go back!
As I've made a firm decision not to go to University next year and have no plans WHAT so ever about what I want to do, I feel I should be stressing more then I am!
I guess in the day dreamer mind I have, I think all is fine because I'm going to be a millionaire or a professional fashion blogger.. pfft I sound ridiculous but its genuinely why I'm not stressing HAHA! I need to get a grip!!
ANYWAY, sorry about all the school talk, boooring! as I had a bit of a melt down because of school last week, my mum took me out for food to calm me down and I wore my gorgeous Zara print dress. Teaming it with thee warmest Zara print coat (yes I do love Zara a bit too much ;) )
All I can say is, I felt a whole lot better after stuffing my face with food and getting all dressed up!
Kiss & Love Earrings: Butler & Wilson

And So, Winter Begins

(Watch: Olivia Burton, Coat: Pull & Bear)

Uh oh, winter's kicking in.. It seems in Britain we skip the Autumn season altogether. It goes from mild sunshine in August, to freezing, rainy Septembers in almost a heartbeat. Ah, Britain!

Speaking of September, if you didn't know its been my birthday recently (my 18th eeeeek!) And my two main presents were this watch and coat, I feel when I get a present I must justify having it, by wearing it constantly for at least a month. Then I don't feel guilty, bit weird huh?! This meaning my next few fashion/outfit post may have the said watch and coat (sorry, has to be done!)
Anyway, apologise if anyone wanted to see this full outfit on me, but I was having a major bad hair/face day.. I can be such a typical girl sometimes LOL.


Wining & Dining

(Blouse: Asos, Skirt: Ted Baker, Heels: River Island, Clutch: Primark)

Day two of celebrations for my 18th birthday! On Friday the 19th - the day after my birthday, I went for an Indian with friends. Again, I just had to dress up all nice, but I'll let you in on a secret, in these picture I may be smiling. Behind the smile is pain, because the heels I'm wearing basically squashed my toes until they swelled into elephant feet.. lovely. High Heels may look all lovely, but I think some were actually created by the devil!
My Ted Baker skirt only comes out on special occasions.. it was just a little bit pricey! It was only natural for me to wear it for my birthday meal. I had a lovely night, but I think I over indulged on a  little bit to much rosé and champagne.. I didn't feel the brightest of sparks the next morning.
Oh well, you're only 18 once as my mum said to me!

Finally 18

(Dress: Ted Baker, Coat: Pull & Bear, Clutch: Lulu Guinness, Sandals: Asos)
18 on the 18th of September.. it finally happened; I turned 18! It seems I've waited my whole teenage years waiting to turn 18.
As it is my 18th I obviously had three nights of plans which involve a lot of alcohol... it's only natural! On the Thursday of my birthday I went out for a meal with my family and wore my best attire, if I'm honest I think I should have put a little fake tan or something on, the dress against my pale body make me look like I'm not wearing anything.. oops
The coat I'm wearing was one of my main presents, as well as an Olivia Burton watch, which is seriously beautiful in up close. An other present I got off my mum was a coffee machine.. I'm seriously in love with coffee, so that is going to get some serious use in the foreseeable future!
Overall the I had a lovely 18th birthday, day, with great people.. Happy Birthday to meeeeeeee!
On the Friday the 19th, I went out for food with my friends.. check back soon to see my outfit... if you'd like ;)

L'Oreal Skin Perfection | Magic Touch Instant Blur

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Primer : Better or Worse than Benefit's 'The POREfessional... Now that is the question.
I recently ran out of my Benefit primer and decided, at £25, it was time to find something a little cheaper.. The L'Oreal Skin Perfection was £8.65 at Superdrug, so it's winning in terms of price already..
If I'm honest, once I find a product I really like, I find it extremely difficult to change to a different brand or product. This meant my trust issues were on the line buying a different primer!!
The end result is simple: Skin Perfection is my new favourite primer, it's consistency is a lot thicker than The POREfessional, meaning it feels as if its filling in the pores a lot better. It's longevity on the skin is a lot more prolonged than Benefits primer as well, meaning my skin looks smoother all day. Not that The POREfessional doesn't last long, I just feel like Skin Perfection makes my skin a lot softer and smoother looking all day..
I therefore strongly recommend this product to all you beauty geeks out there! It's cheap and does exactly what it promotes, you could say it has a Magic Touch...
*rolls eyes at the bad pun*


Artlovin' | Hartland Brooklyn

This should really be titled 'Brandlovin' shouldn't it, but yano they do illustrated there own designs so it is 'Art', yeah?

ANYWAYS, This is my second post under the 'Artlovin' series as the last one featuring Niki Pilkington went down very well in my opinion!
The second art love of mine I want to introduce is Hartland Brooklyn.
After the usually 5 million hours scrolling through Instagram, I came across some cute little illustrations by this brand.. doing the usual, next I browsed every picture on their page. I realised they were a brand who took their illustrations and crated occasion cards. Through Etsy, I couldn't resist buying a few for up coming 18th birthdays of two of my friends (and I really couldn't resist buying myself one)
As they are an American brand, I imagined the postage would be extremely pricey and take a forever to arrive.. Oh no no no. It took around 4 working days and the price of postage didn't make my eyes water!
Anyway, I think Hartland Brooklyn's illustrations are amazingly cute and so much better then any old card bought from the card shop. I definitely will be buying a few more cards in the future...


Skin Care | Acne & Combination Skin

 (Clockwise order: Cosmetic Warrior, Kora, Simple, Tea Tree Stick, L'occitane

I'll put an obvious fact out there for you, I ain't no dermatologist.. But I have suffered with acne for a depressingly long time. I'm 17 at the mo (18 in 2 weeks eeeek!) and I've suffered from acne since I was about 13/14 *heavy sigh* It's something I've grown to kind of accept, my skin's just an awkward shit that doesn't want to heal or calm down (sorry for the swearing haha) My problem areas are my chin and forehead, which I guess are the common places really. I'd loose count if I counted everyone with acne in my school to be honest. It's an inevitable occurrence. But boy, does it get you down. If I took a make-up free photo of me right now, head on, you'd probably not think it's too bad. But at the end of the day, I'm a girl and anything that isn't perfect, is a problem. So I think I've sold my point and feel I have enough experience with acne to be able to share my ways of tackling it.. without medicine from the doctor (I've tried those too.. no joy)

My main thing to try if your suffering with Acne is WATER, believe me I've been that girl that rolls her eyes when someone says 'drink more water, it really works!!!!' but I cannot stress enough, try your best to drink 2 litres a day and you'll definitely and I mean definitely see a difference. Before, I used to drink no water at all, after all why would I want to drink something so tasteless?! but seriously, since I've begun drinking 2 litres a day: My skins become softer, my problem areas aren't nearly as red as they used to be and your skin evens out SO much. I'd seriously tell 14 year old Lisa to drink more water (litre bottles of water aren't nearly as big as you'd imagine!) After all the times I've stepped out the shower and cried at the state of my skin or the times I've been embarrassed by my face because it's so red and blotchy. Water has literally saved my skin (No exaggeration necessary)  

Since my skin has cleared up considerably (there's obviously still the odd spot, but I can live with that) I've wanted to keep my skin looking good. Above (past all that writing!) are a few skin care products that have helped me and I rely on. If I wear foundation, I make sure to take it all off with a cotton pad and Simple light moisturiser. As make up wipes are seriously bad for your skin, all they basically do is remove a little bit and smear the rest all over your skin.. not good. Also if I do have the bulging spot I dab a little Superdrug Tea Tree spot stick on to calm it, as the tea tree gets absorb by the skin and calms the area down, making it less red. I try (emphasis on the try) to wash my whole face once or twice a week to get rid of any dirt that might have clogged the pores. Therefore I either opt for the  Lush 'Cosmetic Warrior' or the Kora 'Clay Purifying Mask' to clean deep down into the skin and have a fresh base for the coming week. Both products have organic ingredients, which is perfect as they won't harm or irritate the skin. The Lush product I've literally mentioned about 3 trillion times on this blog, but the garlic and whatever other wacky ingredients they put in it seriously combats those pesky spots. Finally, I tend to get dry skin in the space between the eyebrows.. above the nose area.. you know the place I'm on about, right? Well when I get a little dry skin I just pop on a little L'occitane 'Precious Cream' and I kid you not, the dry skin disappears within a day!

I know this is a bit of a rambly post and thank you for reading if you made it this far! All I have stated here is my honest opinion as I have literally suffered terribly with acne for years. If you take even a little bit of advice or a tip, then I'll be happy.. as acne is one of the worse skin disorder that a person has to cope with. My skin is far from perfect but with these items and of course water, I'm slowly on my way to feeling comfortable with my skin.


Back to Reality

It's officially 'Back to life, back to reality' as the song goes, for me this week. My wonderful summer holidays have drawn to an end.. and so have my long lie-ins. I've had a nice few weeks off, ok I haven't done a lot, but that's the whole point of the holidays! My Holiday in Cyprus and V Festival are by far my highlights obviously, but I've also loooooved the sitting at home watching telly in my pj's all day (no shame in admitting that!)
It's my final year of A Levels as I've probably mentioned before and so the year long struggle of deadlines and weekends taken up by art homework begins.. *sigh* I absolutely love Art, but the pile of work you're given is absolutely ridiculous, its actually been nice having a breather away from it this holidays.
Oh the joys of Sixth Form!


Artlovin' | Niki Pilkington

It's not often I stumble across a random artist and fall in love with everything they've ever illustrated, but my god aren't Niki Pilkingtons illustration beautiful! Being a girl who's in the middle of A Level Art, its a common thing for me to be finding and including different artists in my work. I found out of Pilkington after a chance visit to a gallery, as she was giving a talk about her work. I have to say I'm in ore of her talent and ability to draw such detailed features.. HOW OH HOW?!
Pilkington is a Welsh artist, who is known to only use tools 'that could be found in a children's pencil case' She's worked for many brands, ahem Kurt Geiger to name a few! A popular feature within her work is the adding of popular Welsh saying, such as 'Teg yw edrych tuag adref' which roughly translates to 'Fair is looking towards home' Being Welsh myself, I love this feature even more as it adds a more personal touch and in a way, keeps her true to herself. 
Currently, she spends her time between Wales and New York.
Niki - you are one talented lady!
This post is simply expressing my love for Niki Pilkingtons skills as an Artist... Oh to be able to draw like this!

Red, Red Wine.

(Yes, that is the same berry pastry seen before. Waitrose do the best pastries!) 

It's not often I wear red, I'm not sure why... actually I'm lying. I know exactly why I don't wear red often.. because I'm a typical girl (#commonwhitegirl) and love pink. What can I say!
Today, I made a very big realisation, It ain't summer anymore. I decided as I woke up, to make the most of the fact my summer holidays are nearly over and wear a dress out. Approximately, 10 minutes after leaving the house (or just driving out of my village to be exact) The heavens opened and didn't stop all day..
Oh well hey ho, out roll the winter wollies and boots from now on.. After all if professional fashion bloggers are blogging that summer clothes are goners from now on, then you know that summer clothes are no longer a daily option *sad face*