A Life With Frills

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


New Look Inspire Blue Denim Tunic Dress

I really like this simple and plain Inspire Blue Denim Tunic Dress (£24.99) that I got from New Look. I am wearing the smallest size in the Inspire range- a size 18.

I wanted to show you what this dress looks like without any accessories, as it isn't the most flattering cut. I really love this dress; but I would need to wear it with a short cardigan, as the fabric drops straight down without coming in at the waist. A cardigan would highlight the position of where my waist is, as at the moment, it doesn't look as if I have one. Wearing a cardigan or a light kimono is also a great way to cover up your arms if you aren't keen on showing these off during the famous bare-all months of the year. I will also be teaming this with a long-line necklace as it will lengthen my body and detract from the high neckline that makes my bust look a lot larger than it is. 

Overall though, this is a perfect dress for both Summer holidays and sunshine days at home as it can be worn in so many different ways; both casually and dressed up. The denim fabric is of a high quality- thick, but light and breathable at the same time. There is also a stylish chunky gold-toned zip at the back.

You can purchase this dress in New Look stores nationwide, or online at the New Look Holiday Shop.

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Monday, 27 April 2015


Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Balm

I have long been a fan of Aromatherapy Associates. Their Deep Relax Bath Oil, among their other offerings, have filled my bath many a time. Their scent blends are beautiful, and really have an effect on your mind and body.

As I have a bad anxiety disorder, I have trouble sleeping and relaxing, so when I spotted that Aromatherapy Associates made their Deep Relax scent in the form of a balm, I had to try it.

As usual with this brand, the packaging of the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Balm (£19) has a very luxurious feel, and smells amazing and instantly calming. It is a blend of Vetivert, Chamomile, Sandalwood and Patchouli that is designed to soothe your mind, and it does. Now, in no way am I saying that this allows me to overcome my anxiety; but it does allow me to breath a bit deeper and to drift off to sleep a bit easier due to its powerful smell.

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Balm Review

I love how the tub is so small and portable; making it a great handbag addition for wherever you may need it. I tend to use this at night however, so keep it on my bedside table. My daytime relaxant is usually Origins' Peace of Mind On-The-Spot as it contains a reviving peppermint scent to it, along with the relaxing ingredients; so stops me getting too sleepy during the day.

At bedtime, I apply a little of the Deep Relax Balm to my temples and my wrist pulse points, take a few deep breaths of it and settle down to sleep. You can purchase the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Balm online at www.aromatherapyassociates.com.

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Saturday, 25 April 2015


How To Create A Flawless & Radiant Makeup Base

Before                                                      After

I went shopping online for NYX products, and have amassed quite a haul of complexion-perfecting, dewy-skin creating face makeup items. I love the look they create- a gorgeous radiant base. If you want to create this makeup base look using NYX items, this is what you'll need.

NYX Anti-Redness Primer Swatch

I began by using the NYX Studio Perfect Anti-Redness Photo-Loving Primer (£11). I chose the green one in the hope it would even out any red areas of my skin; but it didn't. It looks very green in the tube, but the product itself is actually quite sheer in colour and does nothing to combat redness. It does, however, create a very smooth base for makeup; which I love, and as the foundation and concealer I picked up provide great coverage, I don't really mind about the anti-redness aspect of it failing.

NYX Sunbeam Illuminator Swatch

Next, I used the NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation (£10), in the lightest shade Ivory. This was a great match for my incredibly white skin and offered an excellent full coverage. I mixed some of this with some of the NYX Liquid Illuminator (£7) in Sunbeam. This adds a beautiful glow to the foundation, meaning that I can wear this foundation matte by using applying it on its own, or dewy through adding the illuminator. The illuminator can also be used on its own as a highlighter, by lightly dabbing onto the cheekbones or brow bones. It's a fabulous multi-purpose product.

L: Stay Matte But Not Flat Lightest Shade, R: Invincible Lightest Shade

I also picked up the NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation (£12) as a possible alternative to the Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation. I got the lightest shade Fair but it was literally close to orange in colour when it came out of the tube. Not impressed. I wouldn't recommend you purchase this online as the shade range is limited and you'll need to closely match it to your skin.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer Fair Swatch

I then used the NYX Dark Circle Concealer (£7) in Fair to tame and even-out the colour of my under-eye area. I really like this concealer as it offers good coverage, and has a thick consistency that reminds me of Benefit's Boi-ing.

At this stage, you would apply all of the other eye, lip and cheek make-up you wanted, before finishing off with a light spray of the NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray (£8). This sets your makeup really well and helps it last longer, without losing any of the radiance or dewiness you created with the foundation-illuminator combo. It's definitely one of the best setting sprays I've tried.

You can purchase all of these NYX products online at www.very.co.uk. Do you like this look?

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