November’s Empties

C: It’s the end of November which means two things, I have cracked out the Advent Calendar aaand its time for another empties post! I haven’t used up as much this month, but I have a few of my favourites to share with you all so its all good.

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1. No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion. The No7 range is seriously underrated, I love it! This cleansing lotion is perfect for removing make up, moisturising and cleaning skin as well as calming down irritated, sensitive skin. It’s amazing. You can even use it on your delicate eye area to remove eye make up.

Repurchase? Definitely.

2. Beauty Protector Leave in Conditioner. I received a sample of this in my Birchbox and loved it so much I ordered the full size product. I won’t go on about it as I review this product here, but lets just say I am very sad it is all finished.

Repurchase? 100%

3. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash. The very last of the Christmas S&G stash, sad times. Thank god its Christmas countdown time! I love this,  but I haven’t decided if I love it more than the other S&G shower gels as I love them all. The scent is so sweet but fresh and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Plus it looks nice in my shower which is always a bonus.

Repurchase? It’s on the Christmas list mayte!

Another positive empties post today, I have loved all 3 of these beauties! Have any of you lovely readers tried these? #twolittleowls

Annie’s Updated Evening Routine

A: We have both posted about and morning and evening routines before, but that was a while ago now and mine have changed massively so I thought I would let you know what my new routine is.

I have always struggled with blemishes and spots; and yes this is super annoying, but I do not suffer with dry, oily, greasy, patchy skin or dark circles so I am quite lucky in that respect. I have tried SO many products which are supposed to help with spots and blemishes but to be honest, it is a minefield. There are so many products out there that you begin to drown in them, and I had resigned myself to a life of bad skin. I’ve tried The Body Shop, Clinique, Liz Earle, Freederm, Clearsil, Boots own and any other brand I could find. Toners, cleansers, clearing solutions, pore refiners, clarifying lotions, foams, exfoliants, serums, gels… the list is endless. They all appear to start off really well but the end result is always the same. A vicious circle of bad skin, fixing the bad skin and waiting for spots to stop appearing, clear skin for one day and bad skin again. This circle has been going on for a over year now without a break and the stress of it doesn’t help either – I’m sure there’s so many out there that can sympathise and relate to my situation because it totally wears you down.

BUT… I don’t want to speak to soon and I REALLY hope I’m not jinxing it by saying this so putting it in brackets will make it not count – (I think I may have found a routine that works!!!).

The Products

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Ultrabland by Lush – £7.25 for 45g

“Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin’s natural defences. Smooth over the face, any dirt will cling to the cream and you can remove it with a warm damp cloth or cotton wool. “

A cult classic. For the last 6 weeks I’ve been using Lush’s Ultrabland. I started off by buying a small pot of 45g for £7.25 (see the full post here) but I actually didn’t like it at first. It left my skin feeling greasy the morning after I had used it, something which has never been a problem for me. But then Chloe told me off because apparently I need to remove it and then use a toner #badbeautyblogger. This was all I needed to make Ultrabland ‘work’ for me. Because of it’s natural ingredients, it causes zero irritation to my skin and leaves it feeling clean, soft and totally fresh. I honestly love this product so much because it is so amazingly simple!

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Rosewater & Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner by Natio – £6.80 from Birchbox

“Sometimes, considering our penchant for cosmetic experimentation, face wash alone just doesn’t cut it. This is where toner comes in. Natio – a plant-based, gender-neutral skincare range from Down Under – offers a Rosewater & Chamomile variety that gently removes excess oil and makeup while soothing and nourishing the skin.”

I actually panic bought this toner from Birchbox (needed to use my points and didn’t know what to buy but thought I could do with a toner/love rosewater!). This does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s so gently and calming to use, and the rosewater and chamomile smells so good. I can’t recommend this enough if you’re looking for something to soothe you skin and make you feel lovely.

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Lacura Intensive Serum Aqua – £3.49 from Aldi

“Skin appears more radiant and youthful.”

So yeah, my moisturiser is from Aldi… Chloe and I actually do most of our shopping at Aldi, and she mentioned she had bought this and said how good it was. So I thought I’d give it a go, but wasn’t expecting anything amazing. This is actually one of the best moisturisers I’ve come across. It’s light, clean and sinks into your skin almost immediately. For £3.49 you really can’t go wrong with it – although it does fly off the shelves now every one has realised how good it is, so if you manage to spot some you should definitely give it a go. And the fact that the blurb is so short on this really sums up the product – it is what it is (I actually did a whole post dedicated to this beauty, just click here to see it).

The Routine

Firstly, I use the Ultrabland all over my face and let it sink into my eye make-up (I wear A LOT of mascara), then gently remove with damp cotton pads. Once it’s all removed, I simply soak a cotton pad in the toner and then apply to my face in circular motions. I normally do this step twice (unless I’m feeling a little lazy). After this I moisturise. There is nothing else to it and this routine is so super simple that it’s not turned into a chore – we all know that dread of being ready for bed but knowing you have to take your make up off properly. It leaves my skin feeling and looking clean, soft and bright. If you have similar skin problems to me, I really do urge you to give this a go – even (especially!) if you’re feeling at a loss of how to solve them, like I was.

What are you skincare holy grails? #twolittleowlsblog

OOTD: matching your dress to your hair

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Dress: H&M
Boots: TK Maxx
Jewellery: Vintage and stolen from Chloe

A: I LOVE this dress. I bought it one day when I was hunting for something to wear for an evening out with friends, and actually spotted it first in the shirt version. I loved the pattern but the shape just wasn’t right on me, so when I found the same fabric in a swing dress I took it straight to the till. Swing dresses are so fun to wear, they are comfy (and super handy when you’re going out for a massive meal, somewhere to disguise the food baby), and look good on most shapes. I particularly like wearing them because although I’ve got a few lumpy bits, I don’t have a curvy figure and am I little conscious of my lack of chest. This is flattering though, in the best kind of way. And don’t worry, I do realise that it is the same colour as my hair, for some reason I am always drawn to ginger clothes. No idea why cause they don’t always look good (there is such a thing as too much ginger ya know!). This kind of works though (I think??) because of the gorgeous 60′s tile print – which goes perfectly with the swing shape. I love anything vintage, and I think this really carries the retro vibe. The pleating on the back is such a lovely detail too! And it is super wearable, dress it up with heels and a jacket for a night out, or with flats and a cosy cardi for daytime.

C: To me this dress completely sums up Annies style; comfortable, vintage and different. It perfectly suits Annies figure (this shape looks amazing on most, apart from those with all the lady lumps like me, it would look like I was wearing a bin bag) and is perfect for this time of year. You could layer this up with a knitted cardi for day time, or a leather jacket for going out. Plus… it’s ginger. Annies ginger. Perfect combo.

What do you think to Annie’s OOTD? #twolittleowlsblog

Review: Mac Lipstick in Herione

C: I went to stay at my friends and she had a new Mac lipstick… so obviously I had to try it, take photos of it and try to steal it. Alas, stealing it didn’t work but I loved it so much it has gone on the Christmas list! So here goes, some horrendous, slightly drunk photos of Heroine. Enjoy.

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Oooh just look at that amazing colour! I don’t often wear such bright colours but this is just amazing. I’m glad Kitty is brave enough to have bought it so I got the chance to try it and full in love.

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See look, even after several glasses of wine I remembered to take a swatch for you lovely readers. If you are brave enough, I reckon this would suit most skin tones.

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And lastly, a lovely close up of my face to show you all! The colour pay off was amazing, this was just one sweep of lipstick and even though it is such a bright colour I didn’t need a lip liner to stop it spreading. It lasted for a good 3 hours before I needed to reapply it, I think it would have lasted longer but I was drinking wine and eating Chinese so it definitely passed the test for me!

Have any of you guys tried this bad boy? I hope I get it for Christmas now, I love it so much! #twolittleowls

Foodie Friday: Hello Fresh’s Undercover Ratatouille with Lemon Roasted Sea Bream

C: Hi guys! Happy Foodie Friday! Today I am going to share with you another Hello Fresh recipe which I really enjoyed making (and eating). If you have not heard of Hello Fresh then make sure you check out our previous posts here and here, where we explain what they do and introduce you all to some of the other recipes we received!

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So here is a picture of the recipe card/what the Sea Bream is meant to look like when finished and underneath is my attempt!

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I don’t think I did too badly really! All the ingredients were super fresh and lovely, and the cards make it simple to re-create a professional looking meal. I had to add in roasted new potatoes, as the boyfriend doesn’t seem to think a meal without carbs is an acceptable one. To be honest, I did think they were needed/maybe we both eat too much!

Overall the food was lovely and easy to do – it only took 30 minutes to create a healthy and different meal to what we would normally eat. Perfect for week days when you don’t have a lot of time to cook after finishing work.

Click here to head to the Hello Fresh website.

What do you guys think of Hello Fresh? Have you tried them before? #twolittleowls

Review: Lacura Face Care Aqua-complete Multi Intensive Serum

A: Another Aldi special from me I’m afraid! I recently reviewed their Hair Culture Shampoo and Conditioner (click here to see!) and now that I’ve been using this products for a few months now, I thought it was time to give it a review.

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Chloe actually told me about this product ages ago because I was looking for a super hydrating moisturiser. I’d never actually used a serum before, but I popped to Aldi to pick one of these up and it cost me just £3.49! I started using it as soon as I got home, and have never looked back. Now I don’t have particularly dry skin but it is pretty sensitive, so I was a little cautious of using a new product at first, but this really does feel lovely to use. It’s super silky and smooth, and sinks into your skin almost immediately – I hate it when a product sits on top of your skin! It doesn’t have a scent, which is a quality I like in a facial moisturiser because it feels really clean when you apply it, and not weighted down with additives. It leaves your skin feeling totally prepped and ready to apply make-up too. I now use this as part of my morning and evening routine everyday, if you use a product you get on with, just stick to it, but if you’re still looking for you holy grail moisturiser, you might as well give this a go! The packaging is a little deceiving though, and actually only contains 50ml – but for £3.49 it’s still a bargain and its lasted me a good couple of months as you only need use a pea-sized amount. The pump action is pretty impressive too, I’ve just finished my first bottle and managed to easily use most of the product without having to take off the lid to get the remnants out.

Aldi offer three products in their facial moisturiser range;

The Aqua Complete: for normal skin aged between 20 – 35 years, making skin appear more radiant and youthful.

The Renew Q10: Anti-wrinkle formula for ages 30 – 45, helping to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of lines.

The Restorative: for mature skin aged 45+, helping to smooth skin and restore suppleness.

I have actually only used the Aqua Complete but if we are still writing this blog when I hit 30+ and 45+, I promise I will review the other two products for you!

Have you tried any skincare from Aldi? Click here to see their website and full skincare range.

 #twolittleowlsblog

A Vintage Bride ft. Lover.ly

A: I was recently having a browse on the world wide web, and quickly got  lost in the never ending scrolling, but found myself on the beautiful Lover.ly Website. I was so inspired by it that I knew I would have to put together a post for you all and share their gorgeous wedding dresses. Unfortunately neither of us are currently engaged (very stubborn boyfriends), but we love weddings and hey, a girl can dream.

Lover.ly was launched in 2012 by a one-time maid of honor and her team of former bridesmaids and groomsmen determined to simplify the wedding planning process. It’s described as ‘the new way to plan your wedding’, and it really is. You can search under key words, themes and colours – making the whole process so much easier to find anything and everything for your big day. All the products they feature include direct links to the site they are available from, as well as prices – it’s pretty much like a shopping version of Pinterest – what more could you want in life?

I’ve decided to pull together a ‘look’, featuring hair, make-up and accessories to go with a theme I would choose – which would have to be bohemian and vintage inspired. So here is my choice;

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Pas De Deux Bridal - Ginata Coverlet & Ebro Skirt (price on request)

Firstly, I apologise in advance to any brides to be. If you’re anything like me you will have fallen in love with this beautiful skirt and top combination (and if you have, DO NOT click the link to head to their website because their whole collection is just as beautiful!). I love the classic cut of the Ebro Skirt, with it’s nipped in waistband and gorgeous chantilly lace and illusion tulle layers, it really is my ideal wedding day look. The two-piece wedding day look is a fairly new trend, and it’s so versatile, you can really easily tune the whole outfit to exactly what you want. Personally, this being teamed with the Ginata Coverlet is bridal perfection to me. I love the high neck and sleeves with the skin showing through, keeping you covered but not concealed – for any brides who have insecurities about their arms, or chest, like I do. I also love the vintage vibe that a two-piece has and when you throw in the silhouette that the skirt creates, you’ve got a gorgeous retro-inspired bridal look. Unfortunately, this is one of the few collections on Lover.ly that don’t inform you of their prices, which normally means they are pretty pricey (sorry about that!).

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Nars Illuminator

Kiko Cosmetics Velvet Mat Satin Lipstick in Autumn Pink

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner

Make-up wise, I think a classic winged liner would be perfect for this dress – with dewey highlights and rose coloured lips. The Benefit eyeliner is renowned for its lasting power – and would stay in place all day for a Bride on her wedding day. And the Kiko lipstick is a beautiful shade of pink to compliment the Nars illuminator (click here for a full review of the Kiko lipstick). This simple make-up look would go perfectly with the dress, the heavy lace pattern would be too much if it was teamed with bold make-up.

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A floral hair crown would be perfect to finish this bridal look and would look beautiful either with long, tousled curls or a messy up do. Fresh flowers would be a must for me though, and you can tie them in with your colour scheme and bridal bouquet to bring the whole wedding together.

I love the overall look of this – the heavily patterned lace dress with it’s gorgeous texture and style is complimented by the simple yet romantic make-up. The floral hair crown would really bring this look together, and I would choose one in pink and orange hues, to compliment the pink undertone in the lipstick. The overall muted pastel tones that this wedding look would create would be perfect for a spring/outdoor wedding – something which I would adore!

I’ve had so much fun writing this post, and would like to send a big thank you to Lover.ly for the inspiration!

What do you think to this Bridal look? #twolittleowls