Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Younique's Glorious Face & Eye Primer

One of the fastest growing cosmetic companies, Younique, have set sail for the UK and they're due to arrive on the 1st of November! After becoming one of the biggest ways to earn money from home in America, they're already expecting at least a thousand sign ups on the first day. So, you're probably wondering what Younique is and the other half of you have probably already seen their infamous 3D Fiber Lash Mascara around the internet (don't worry, I opted out of that one). Younique is basically a direct selling company, meaning that you sell from home or have 'parties', think of Avon and you're on the right track. They specialise in naturally based cosmetics and even have products that are '100% natural'. Deanna, who is a huge success story from Younique sent me an email asking I wanted to try any of the products out. I opted for their Glorious 100% Natural Face & Eye Primer as I figured the 3d Lash Fiber may have been reviewed just a few too many times now. However, from a brand that claims to be so good, surely such an important base product would be impressive? Well, I wasn't disappointed. I wasn't expecting miracles, but I've actually found this primer to be better than my Smashbox and Benefit one (I know, big claims and you can read all about my old favourite primers here.)

Younique's Glorious Face & Eye Primer, younique launch, younique makeup

In the photos above you can see my face at the start of the day, and after a long day at the zoo. There was very little wear despite rain, shine, eating and just general activities that would normally wear your makeup off. The only top up through the day was a little more lipstick as I am obsessed with MAC Diva. 

A little background about my skin is that it's the most oiliest face ever, I will literally melt like the wicked witch half way through a day without the right preparations. Glorious Primer contains Elastin which is described as a water-binding agent which helps the skin to retain moisture. Without sounding like a beauty class, oily skin still needs moisture, so this is a perfect ingredient. It also contains Dimethicone which makes the silky soft finish that you get from most primers. Vitamin E is the super anti-oxidant ingredient that is fantastic in all things skin, it basically helps to stop ageing and protect the skin from the sun's rays. The ingredients inside all have a purpose and work really well together, it does indeed feel like silk on the skin but it's super moisturising which means that if you add a mattifying foundation on top (which will be most of the time with oily skin) it means that it glides on and leaves a healthy and non-sweating-to-death dewy finish. It's actually encouraged me to stop using powder too, as I just haven't needed it.

Nine X Lingerie Leopard Print Babydoll

 There's something about matching, pretty or just soft feeling lingerie that makes me want more and more. Whether you're wearing it for somebody else, for yourself, or just to give yourself a confidence boost in the morning, we all love fancy lingerie. After already reviewing a beautiful purple and lace babydoll from Plus Size brand Nine X Lingerie, they are back on the blog again with this fiery leopard panel babydroll. At £19.99, Nine X Lingerie is the place to go for plus size lingerie at affordable prices! I decided to size up with this piece as it looked like it would be a little tighter and more figure hugging. Sizing up to a 22/24 was definitely the best decision as it allowed the babydoll to skim over my curves and lumps without drawing any unwanted attention or accentuating areas I'd rather not. It was a little bit of a squeeze over my 40FF bust, however when placed directly under my bust it shows a cracking cleavage, a little too much for the internet though.... Completed with frilly trimmings to establish a more defined bust, and see-through panels at the side for that extra cheekiness, it's perfect for anyone who doesn't want too much on show.

Nine X Lingerie's Red Leopard Print Babydoll, plus size babydoll, shemightbeloved, georgina grogan

Sizing up meant that the babydoll came to just around my knees on my 5'3 figure, making me feel comfortably covered. The cap sleeves are elasticated but not too tight meaning they'd fit much bigger or smaller arms than mine, as would the entire babydoll as it's very stretchy. The Leopard Print design was really subtle compared to most, as often leopard print lingerie can come across as well, trashy. I loved how subtle the design was on this babydoll and how well it went with the black panels and frills. This is definitely more of an occasion piece, as opposed to just wanted to feel pretty around the house. Nine X Lingerie have a massive collection of Plus Size Dressing Gowns and Babydolls to suit and fit women of every shape and size. All of which are at really affordable prices! I absolutely love Nine X Lingerie as the quality, price, sizing and customer service all all amazing and spot on. 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

St Leger Races 2014 Blogger Event by Ladbrokes Bingo

This year Ladbrokes decided to invite a selection of (quite amazing) bloggers from around Doncaster to famous and extravagant day that is, St Legers Ladies Day. I was absolutely ecstatic to get an invite and decided to take my dear Mother along with me as she's just turned 51 (do you like how I slipped that in, mum?) as she has never been to the races! I would love to say that the day was perfection from start to finish, but alas, my curse caught up with me (I'm paranoid) and we ended up having a tyre blow out just as we were ten minutes away. Thankfully, we were driving slow enough for nobody to get hurt, and the RAC man was good looking enough to lift my spirits, yet still embarrass me on twitter (you'll have to see a screen cap to understand that one). When we finally arrived, Victoria and Beth from Branded 3 came over to sit with us and two gentlemen from Ladbrokes, who ended up laughing at my mum and her hilarious comments all day. Not long after arriving we were ordering delicious food and relaxing in the amazing atmosphere. We were treated in the luxurious Hospitality Suite in the Mallard Restaurant where there were several private tables with balconies that had the most incredible view. We were fortunate to be exactly across from the race finish line! The ladies from Branded 3 made my mum and myself feel so comfortable and as if we were amongst friends, whilst the beautiful food and friendly service made the entire experience incredible. Getting ready for Ladies Day isn't as stress free as I would have hoped. However, after reviewing the ChiChi London Green Dolly Dress a couple months ago, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get my wear from it, and let it have a day out!

ChiChi London Green Dolly Dress
(Credit to Big Fashionista's Handy Boyfriend for this lovely picture, a selfie wasn't quite cutting it for how excited I was to be there!)

My Mum decided to tactfully hint about how good she looked in my new Joanna Hope Jersey Dress from Simply Be, which obviously meant that she had every intent in wearing it....

ChiChi London Green Dolly Dress

What we thought was going to be a 'buffet', ended up being a beautiful three course meal that was cooked to absolute perfection and presented like nothing I have ever seen before. I decided to go 'all out' and have pigeon, lamb and then a trio of desserts. However, my inner blogger was hoping my Mum would order something different so I could get a little variety, so the lovely gentlemen from Ladbrokes took some rather Instagram worthy photos of their desserts for me too!