When it comes to skincare, I'm a huge fan of facial oils. Namely, Clarins Huile Santal which has been a complete miracle worker for me but we'll get round to that another time. After using it for the past year and a half I decided it was about time I gave body oils a go. I'd heard so many things about Nuxe Oil Prodigieuse, I came to the conclusion that I had to try it out for myself. So I did and I loved it except for one thing, the scent which my Mum and I both agreed was reminiscent of cooking oil. That for me was a huge deal breaker and so I left. Empty handed and slightly nauseous. Not cool. The search continued and a couple of weeks later I found myself in my local Space NK, eyeing up this.

Introducing NARS Body Glow. I've had this for about a month or so now and I've used it, a lot. This stuff is truly amazing and heres a round up of why; 
(1.) Call me impatient but in my book the only thing that takes longer than waiting for your nails to dry, is waiting for your moisturiser to sink in! Being a lightweight dry oil, Body Glow seeps into your skin with ease, rehydrating and soothing your skin and more importantly it dries quickly. (2.) Scent was obviously a major player in this purchase. Thankfully Body Glow is made with Monoi de Tahiti Oil which happens to smell absolutely divine! Composed of pure coconut oil, infused by the buds of the tiare flower its a real holiday scent that transports you to the south pacific and I just can't get enough.  (3.) I have to admit I was rather intimidated by the colour/shimmer, but if I had one word of advice for you its don't be. Every application has the perfect balance of each to leave your skin looking radiant and naturally sun kissed. I know that when it comes to being bronzed the word natural can be - shall we, say questionable? But in all seriousness, this looks like you aren't wearing anythingAt all. I honestly can't say enough good things about NARS Body Glow - unlike many moisturising creams I've used I feel like my skin is actually benefiting from using it, my skin feels instantly hydrated and so soft its almost silk like. It retails at £44 per 120ml which is quite pricey but I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase as I do believe I'm getting my moneys worth, as you don't need a great amount of product per application as I've said a little does go a long way. I would note that this product is not a self tanner. It doesn't attempt to tan your skin for days at a time it is more of an instant colour lasting a day or two at the most. If colour isn't what you're looking for there is an alternative; Body Glow II which is pretty much the same, just sans tint. I tested this out too, it gives a nice sheen that I would imagine looks great on legs. Apologies for the lack of swatches, I tried and failed, miserably at that. Literally every single one was blurred. I'll work on it. 


MOOD: #01

A little Monday inspiration never hurt anyone;
(1.) Remember those Prada eco stoles from SS'11? Yeah I'm completely obsessed, again. Which has left me with a classic case of Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda and feelings of mass regret after choosing not to take the plunge and purchasing. Now, of course I'm scouring the internet high and low to find one but to no avail. I'm still holding out for that little yellow number at the top, worn by Elena Perminova. (2.) Golden brows and neon hints - Dior's SS14 eyes were all kinds of yes and I still can't get over them. Beyond beautiful. (3.) Skin Fawn an installation by Ryan Estep minimalist perfection and amazing composition. (4.) Kate Moss by Juergen Teller for The Face Magazine circa '96 - need I say more? With magpie like tendencies I'm always drawn to metallics I love the contrast of the gold suit against the blue background in (5.) Acne Studios Resort '14 lookbook and the mirror shine of (6.) unfortunately the source is unknown found via pinterest(7.) image by Van Vincent you can view the rest of his portfolio here and finally the neon theme continues with this image (8.) from Bon Magazine




So, I lasted 5 whole (miserable) weeks at college before finally throwing in the towel and withdrawing from my foundation degree. Now I'm taking a much needed gap year and I've promised myself to spend this time as productively as possible. So far I've managed to find myself a new job, restarted the application process for uni and  to add to that I've decided to blog. After officially leaving my course I headed to the Baltic where I wandered around the ONE-Time Pad exhibition by Thomas Scheibitz before swiftly heading to the Baltic shop which is possibly my favourite thing about the entire place, mainly because they have one of, if not the best selection of magazines in the North East. I managed to score myself the latest issues of Self Service and Purple - without a doubt my reading essentials, which I can't wait to dig into - especially that interview with Phoebe Philo on P.172 of purple! A huge investment and much welcome distraction when you've got the laborious task of UCAS take two on the cards. I then found myself being tempted into town on my way home, meeting friends for lunch and a spot of payday shopping, where I replenished a few of my favourite beauty bits. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in the shade 5.5 has to be one of the best bases I've tried, with its perfectly balanced, natural finish it leaves your skin actually looking like skin - just ever so slightly more refined. The lack of SPF means you can say goodbye to flashback, making it the perfect foundation for snap happy evenings   (you can always add your SPF separately when necessary). Did I mention it lasts all day? Still managing to look good after an 11 hour shift! It may be pricey coming in at £34.50 but its totally worth it - trust me, I'm on my third bottle. I first tried Kiehl's Original Musk Fragrance Oil about two years ago drawn in by its stunning amber toned ombré bottle (you can't really tell from the photo - my bad) and I was hooked straight away. Its a unisex fragrance with an absolutely gorgeous scent - sensual, sophisticated, it sits beautifully on the skin and it really does last. Fragrance is a personal thing and I know that musky scents aren't for everyone but if you're anything like myself and you like Narciso Rodriguez For Her, its definitely worth a try.   I'm lucky to be blessed with quite good skin, but stress got the better of me over the past couple of weeks, leaving it dry with a few painful and shall we say, persistent blemishes. Which is where the final product comes in, Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask is a complete saviour and works like a treat every time. Packed with antioxidants and ingredients such as irish moss, almond oil, blueberries and chamomile essential oil it gives the skin the deep cleanse it needs. Getting rid of any unwanted spots, calming redness as well as moisturising your skin leaving it feeling healthy and revitalised. Lush face masks are also fresh and free of preservatives, not to mention you get a couple of masks out of each tub making them worthy of their £5.95 price tag.