Monthly Archives: May 2014

M and Co Capsule Holiday Wardrobe

A: After finding this really fun challenge on M and Co’s blog, we decided we should definately give it a go.

We have an M and Co in our local town and it’s somewhere I head to regularly if I am in need of a new outfit because they have such a wide range of clothing and accessories, and always have pieces in that are high fashion – they are really big on the tribal print at the moment, which is a trend I absolutely love.

The challenge is to put together a capsule holiday wardrobe from M and Co’s online Holiday shop for under £100. So here are my must have holiday peices.

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Obviously swimwear is top of the list, and this polkadot bikini (thankfully it’s not itsby, bitsy, teeny, weeny or yellow – yellow is NOT a good colour for us gingers) is perfect for me. I want a bikini to make me feel covered, comfortable and safe, so if I want want to do a dive bomb in the swimming pool, I can. It has got removable padded sections and has a really lovely shape to offer support. It’s a bargain too, the top is £16 and the bottoms are £14.

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Okay so I LOVE these beach trousers. I would wear palazzo pants all the time if I could because they are super comfy and are perfect for hot countries because of their light fabric, in the day or evening. These would look amazing with just a bikini top for lounging around the pool, with a simple white blouse for the day time or with a black vest and some boho-style jewellery for the evening. Perfect for a capsule wardrobe because they can be worn for so many occassions. They are £26, and totally worth every penny.

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I always try to pack a good pair of comfortable and practical shorts for a holiday because my boyfriend gets bored pretty easily and we normally go on lots of excursions, which can involve anything from climbing Mayan pyramids to sliding down Jamaican waterfalls – and I like to keep my dignity if I can. These are ideal for warm weather because they are made from linen, and are really versatile so can be worn with anything. They are new in at M and Co, part of their ‘High Summer ’14 Catalogue’,  and come with this really cute belt (again – a perfect addition to a capsule wardrobe because you can wear it with dresses, trousers or anything else you fancy). They are £26.00.

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Lastly, I have chosen this blue swing blouse as part of my holiday essentials. This is such a lovely colour, described as ‘Wedgewood’ and will go perfectly with the white linen shorts I have also chosen. It’s made from a lightweight polyester and has a really flattering but comfortable shape, and a statement necklace worn under the collar will really dress this up for the evenings. This is in the sale at the minute, and its £18, reduced from £26.

So that’s my choices for my holiday must-haves, 5 pieces for exactly £100, which are all really versatile and wearable. Perfect! Head to M and Co’s website to have more of a nosey at their holiday shop (click here), we’d love to know what you would choose! #twolittleowls

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A recent haul!

C: I have made several orders and been shopping with week – oops! So I thought I would share with you what I have been buying!

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First up we have the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter which Annie ordered me as they were having a 40% off flash sale. I had seen a lot of reviews on this, and first impressions are very good! I shall do a review on it as soon as I have been using it for a while and have a better understanding of its long term effects (oooh listen too me, Uni mode!). I also went shopping with Annie (we are bad people) and picked up this Rimmel liquid eye shadow at the bargain make up shop in Spalding. Reduced from £4.99 to £1.99, I just had to have it. My excuse was that I needed change for parking… that counts right?

Whilst shopping I also picked up this jumper from an M&S outlet for just £9! You really should check out M&S sales as they have some amazing things, you just have to look through. I really like the detailing on this and will be perfect for those summer nights when it starts to get chilly.

I also used my Birchbox points up this month so I got the BALM’s Mary-Lou Manizer and these Model Co lipsticks for just 50p… amazing! This reward scheme is one of the reasons I love Birchbox, as it really is very generous. I have one of the Model Co lipsticks in “Kitty” and I have almost used it up so I needed to repurchase. Reviews to come of course!

Have you guys tried any of these products before? What did you think?#twolittleowlsblog

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Review: Soap & Glory – the FAB PORE 2-in-1 pore purifying mask & peel

C: Woah, that is one long title. Described by S&G as a “15 minute intensive-action pore purifying facial peel” which can also be used for just 5 minutes for a quick refresher.

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No first off lets just say I really liked this face mask, it reduced the appearance of my pores – I wouldn’t say it shrank my pores but it really cleared them out and made them easier to cover with make up. I also took it to Annie’s one evening and we used it whilst watching a film (and obviously painting our nails) and she really liked it as well.

I leave it on for at least 15 minutes each time (in the hope that by leaving it on longer I would have the skin of a goddess) and my sensitive skin does not react at all to it, which is brilliant. I then wash it off whilst using the small exfoliating beads within it to give my face a good scrub – a lovely inclusion as then you have done two skin care steps with just the one product.

However…. S&G describe this as a facial peel on the packaging which I think is a bit deceptive/confusing as this is not the peel of facial mask I thought it was (I love them! Reminds me of picking glue off my hands when I was at school). After a little research on the S&G website, it is referred to as a peel because it helps peel away pore clogging dead skin rather than being a peel in itself!

This costs £10 for 50ml which seems very expensive, but you get plenty for your money! You only need to use a small amount at a time, and after 2 months of using this twice a week I still haven’t finished my pot! They also often have offers on in Boots, as I picked this up for one third off! A bargain that I would definitely recommend.

Have any of you guys tried this? Or do you have any recommendations on masks for us to try? #twolittleowlsblog

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A Tuesday haul.

20140520-200408-72248083.jpgA: so I got paid today, which means only one thing – haul day!!

First of all, my Body Shop delivery came. I was super excited about this as they had 40% off so I got these three items for £15. Bargain! I had pretty troublesome skin recently, so I thought I would revert back to my old favourite of tea tree oil – big style.
I chose the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, the Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub and the Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion. I have always got on well with tea tree oil, but I haven’t used other tea tree products, so I will be reviewing these soon as I am going to start using them tonight!

I also made a quick trip to our local outlet shopping centre today, I needed some new clothes for work for these warm, sunny days but I really hate buying work clothes. I work in an office and have a lot of meetings with clients so I have to look fairly smart – not an easy task when it’s as got as it had been this week!

I found these amazing dresses that only cost £9 each! They are simple, fitted midi dresses, one in navy and one in green. It took me a while to find them because there’s a lot of not-so-cool stuff at the shopping centre but once you find something good, it’s usually a bargain! I also got this lovely maroon and gold necklace for just £2 and some maroon leggings for £5!

Successful haul day I think! I did get one more amazing bargain dress, but I’ll save that for on ootd because it’s beautiful!!

What have you even buying recently? #twolittleowls

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MODEL co BB+ cream

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A: a couple of weeks ago, I posted a review of my MAC prime and perfect bb cream, which you can find here, so now I thought I would give you a review of another bb cream I bought by MODEL co. I actually ordered this from Birchbox, hoping it would come in time for my holiday but it didn’t so I obviously had to buy a new MAC one at the airport…

Firstly, it’s quite pricey. It was £15 but I didn’t mind too much because I had some Birchbox points to use but at the time I didn’t realise how tiny it was – the full size product is 35ml. I never think of this brand as being high end, but it is close to high end prices, and it wasn’t a lot cheaper than MAC so I was expecting a lot from this product.

Thankfully I’ve still got lots of freckles from my holiday so I don’t need to apply too much, it’s a really nice silky texture and suits my skin tone well once I’ve blended but it is quite difficult to blend. I resorted to using my fingers because my foundation brushes just weren’t working – this might be easier if you haven’t got a pigmentation like freckles because it just made them look a bit weird and smeary (I know that’s not a real word but you all get what I mean). I have found that it lasts well though, once it’s applied it lasted me all day, after applying bare Minerals mineral veil to hold my make up in place. It doesn’t clog my pores, which is perfect for regular use and it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing lots of make up, which is a bonus when it’s been as hot as it has today!!

I would say that this would make a good every day make up , I like to save my more expensive make up for fun things rather than just work, but I think it is a little out of the price range for every day wear for me – but I am still a student!
If you have more pennies than me and you’re tempted by the MODEL co brand, you can find it here on Birchbox’s website (their lipsticks are lovely too!).

Have you got any bb cream recommendations? #twolittleowls

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OOTD: Poppy’s Baptism <3

C: my beautiful friends daughter, Poppy is getting baptised today! So I thought I would share with you all a picture of my summery outfit!

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I hate this photo but never mind, my head looks super massive but everyone else disagrees (liars) so here we go. The dress is actually Annie’s, I stole it yesterday when I was panicking I had nothing to wear and it is an ebay bargain apparently! My sandals are from Warehouse (yay it’s Summer we don’t have to wear tights!) and I just went for soft curly hair and a few gold accessories! Hope you like it! #twolittleowlsblog

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200 Followers!!!

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A & C:Okay so we are SO excited about this, and it’s all down to you lovely people. We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you ♥

We appreciate every single one of you following us, and we love to hear your feedback and comments on our posts. We have got to know so many bloggers through starting #twolittleowls and we can’t wait to get to know more of you.

Love from Annie & Chloe xxx

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