13 June 2014

Beauty | NOTD - Heavy Metal

As you will know by now, one of my favourite nail looks is a really neutral base with either an accent nail or my Ciate foils over the top. On this occasion I opted for the foils and this is my favourite nail look in ages!

Nail Polish: L'Oreal Peach Lingerie (this is AMAZING)
Foils: Ciate Very Colourfoil 

This was such a lovely combination and one I will wear time and time again. I received so many compliments on it despite it being so incredibly simple.

Vicky x


11 June 2014

Fashion | Pastel and Patent WIWT

I had such a great response to my last What I Wore to Work post and this picture proved quite popular on Instagram (beautyblogbrunette) so I wanted to share it with you all. It feels like a bit of a cop-out because it's quite similar to my last one but I'll make sure I mix it up in future.

Vest (with necklace): New Look
Trousers: Zara
Shoes: Zara
Bracelet: Dotti

I love the simplicity and neutral colour palette of the outfit. I never thought I'd buy pink trousers but as soon as I laid eyes on these in Zara I had to have them. They're the perfect dusky rose shade and the material is super comfortable. I purchased them in store last week but I can't find them on the website. 

The vest was actually a night out purchase with it's various layers and v-neck but it works really well tucked into trousers or a skirt for work.

These patent sling backs from Zara were a great buy. They're neutral enough to go with a tonne of outfits during the summer, both at work and at the weekends and they're surprisingly comfortable given the heel height.

Vicky x

10 June 2014

Beauty | Exclusive Clarins Sale Preview

When I heard that Clarins were hosting a sale preview I couldn't wait to put myself on the preview list. I don't know about you but I always seem to be the last person to find out about a sale and by then, the things I want are nearly always gone. By clicking the image below and entering your email address you'll be sent a link when the sale goes live, giving you exclusive access to it before everybody else so you're guaranteed to bag a bargain!

Clarins, Clarins Sale Preview

If they're in the sale, here are my top picks:

  • Any of the tanning products, they're pricey but they are Holy Grail. The most incredible textures, colours and wearing time.
  • Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is a bi-phase lotion which removes even the most stubborn eye makeup whilst being incredibly gentle.
  • Beauty Flash Balm should be in the makeup bag of every makeup lover.
  • Pure Melt Cleansing Gel with Marula Oil. Starts as a gel, transforms into an oil and when mixed with water becomes a cleansing milk. This can be used to remove makeup and leaves skin feeling clean, soft and nourished. 
So, what are you waiting for, sign up now and tell me which products you hope will be in the sale!

Vicky x

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9 June 2014

Recipe | Fruit Salad Smoothie

Smoothies are one of the quickest, easiest and tastiest ways to ensure you get your recommend daily amount of fruit (or vegetables but I personally prefer fruit smoothies). They make a great quick breakfast or snack to keep you going between meals.

Smoothies are so simple that this isn't really a recipe as such, more a list of ingredients but I think this is such a great combination I wanted to share. The below amounts will make one good sized glass, you can add as much or as little as you want.

You will need
  • Smoothie maker or blender
  • Handful of sliced strawberries 
  • Handful of fresh pineapple cut into chunks
  • A whole banana, sliced
  • Half of lime (juice only)
  • Tablespoon of agave syrup (you can use honey, I prefer agave syrup)
  • Glass of orange juice (I squeezed my own, you can buy yours if it's easier)

1. Prepare all of your fruit.

2. Pour your juice in to your smoothie maker or blender and add your chopped fruit. Squeeze in your lime juice and blend until smooth. I find 45 seconds is more than enough time.

Super quick and easy, perfect to whizz up before work and the combinations are endless!

Are you a smoothie fan? Which is your favourite combination?

Vicky x
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