Monthly Archives: August 2014

Chloe’s Autumn Fashion Wishlisht

C: I know, I know… it is still August/Summer and we should still be sunning it up in our bikinis and shorts. Unfortunately it is cold and rainy here so I got excited and created my Autumn wish list! I love this time of year, especially in terms of fashion. Cardigans and bobble hats as well as being snuggled up in bed with a hot chocolate – what more could you want! So here are my four top fashion picks for the coming season:

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*Obviously as I (unfortunately) do not own these items, these photos are from the companies websites 🙂

Urban Renewal Vintage Surplus Beanie Hat in Olive – £12 from Urban Outfitters. I love woolly hats and way too many. I do not have one in this amazing Olive colour though which is perfect for Autumn. I definitely need this. Especially to go with my new hair. 

Pins & Needles Chenille Tassle Kimono in Plum – £48 from Urban Outfitters. Knitted AND has tassels?! I haven’t got a maroon/plum coloured cardigan (kimono if you are a grown up) and it is one of my favourite colours! This is perfect for adding to just jeans and a tshirt to add some style or over a dress as I would wear it.

Dr Martens Castel Boots in Cherry Red – £100 from Dr Marten. I love Dr Martens and have wanted some for years! Then everyone started wearing them and I got put off. However, I love this pair so much I NEEEED them. A black pair would be more sensible… but as I hate stuff matching I would wear these with pretty much everything anyway.

People Tree Organic Cotton Smock Dress In Check Print – £65 from Asos. This dress is the perfect shape to flatter my figure. I would wear this with tights, boots and a cardigan (so probably everything else mentioned in this wish list) as the perfect Autumn dress. 

I hope you guys have enjoyed reading my wish list as much as I did making it! If it wasn’t for buying a house next week… I would have bought all of these already! Let me know what you think! #twolittleowls

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August Empties: Take One!

C: Due to trying to use up my stash of samples/products before moving house, I have so many empties this month I have had to split them into two posts… impressive! Right, so here is what I have used up this month:

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Mitchum Advanced 48 hr Protection – deodrant is not something I would normally mention over here as we aim to discuss all things beautiful and lovely – however, non-sweaty pits are beautiful in my view so I had to include this! I have issues… basically I panic I smell all the time (Annie gets fed up of being made to smell me) and this is long lasting with zero horrid sweaty patches! I found this formula a little drying for my sensitive skin, so I have now bought the cream version… hello HG deodrant. True Love.

Repurchase: hella yeah!

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque – I won’t bang on about this as we have reviewed this face mask here and I love it! It is perfect for drying up excess oils and for clearing out clogged up skin.

Repurchase: I may have accidentally re-bought it already even though I have loads of face masks to use up!

The Body Shop Olive Shower Gel – Soap free and made from Community Fair Trade olive-oil from Italy! Perfect for my sensitive skin but not normally the fragrance I would go for in TBS. I won this in a work-do raffle at Christmas (obviously everyone else picked food hampers… I went for anything and everything beauty related) and didn’t get round to using it for ages, but the scent is amazing! So delicate yet feminine, I wouldn’t even know how to go about describing it but I recommend you go and have a sniff/buy the whole range immediately.

Repurchase: I haven’t re-bought it yet as I am working through my beauty stash and have lots of half opened shower gels to use up, but I will be buying from this range again in the future – loved it!

Rimmel Glam’eyes Professional Liquid Eyeliner – another one of my favourite products here. True black eye liner that has a precision brush and lasts for hours (unless it rains, I haven’t found a waterproof liquid eyeliner I’m not allergic too yet!). I know lots of people prefer a felt tip end for easier application but I prefer the preciseness (is that a word?!) of this!

Repurchase: I already have!

What have you guys been using up this month? All very positive from me about these little beauties, has anyone else tried this and loved them too?! #twolittleowlsblog

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Summer Love Tag

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The beautiful Scarlet at Anxiously Bold tagged us for this and we thought it would be really fun to do, so here goes!

1. Summer lipstick you’re loving?

C: Mac in Creme Cup – Annie got me it for my birthday and I love it so much!

A: Revlon in Peach 075 (see it in our haul here)

2. Summer nail polish you’re loving?
C: Models Own scented nail polish in “Grape” is the perfect Summer pastel lilac. I also love Annie’s choice too!

A: Soigne polish in Persimmon, another review here from us -but it really is the best nail polish!

3. Bikini you’re loving?
C:I haven’t been on holiday this year (apart from our long weekend glamping) so haven’t worn any bikinis!

A: I took this bikini top from Topshop on holiday this year – it’s so so comfy and flattering, and I wore it with leopard print bottoms.

4. Favourite summer frappuccino from Starbucks?
C: I don’t really go to Starbucks… but if I did I prefer sweet flavours. So probably a caramel or vanilla one!

A: I don’t drink coffee – but I am loving Costa’s Strawberries and Cream coolers. Amazing.

5. Favourite fake tan?
C: I don’t normally fake tan, I’m happy with my ghost like skin. However, after actually going outside this year, I did get some dodgy tan marks that I used gradual tanners on to cover up. I tired the St Tropez Gradual Tan and the Nip + Fab 365 Body Glow Fix and was suprised/impressed with both of them.

A: Erm I don’t fake tan. I’m super pale/practically blue and the thought of slathering myself in something orange is just not appealing – esp as I have really orange hair.

6. Favourite summer song?
C: Obviously “Summertime” by Will Smith!

A:I love West Coast by Lana Del Rey

7. Favourite summer accessories?

C: My sunglasses and midi rings. I can’t wear necklaces/bracelets when I am hot as they irritate me!

A: My cat eye sunglasses – I never leave the house without them!

8. Favourite summer fragrance/perfume?
C: CKIN2U

A: Honey by Marc Jacobs

9. Summer book you’re loving?
C: I’m currently reading “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. What is more Summery than love?!

A: I read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion whilst I was on holiday – it’s such a good read!

10. What are you most excited to do this summer?
Summer is almost over but we had a pretty fun time – we spent a weekend glamping (see the post here) and we are off to the #bloggersfest next week (ahhhhhhhh!). But we are also really excited about Winter, the woolly tights and knitted jumpers in particular. We have both been knitting over the last few weeks, with lessons from Annie’s mum so we will show you our progress soon!

We would like to tag An English Rose from Manchester, Jasmin Charlotte Lifestyle and milliemakeup Have fun girls! #twolittleowls

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Signature Fragrances

A & C: We received some lovely post this week from a new brand called Signature Fragrances – a company which offer “an extraordinary selection of diverse perfumes aimed at making you EXTROVERTED” – sounds pretty exciting doesn’t it! They are based in the UK and you can find their website here, and their twitter account here.

We were lucky enough to receive three samples in really swish packaging and a little note to say thank you. The scents we received were Lola, Un Chercher and Woody Conjure.

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All of the samples come in a white card with the name of the oil and brief description of the scent.

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‘Lola’ – sensual, salient, calm, fruity, sweet

This is very feminine and floral – we both love it because of the sweetness is carries, a lovely scent for Summer.

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‘Un Chercher’ – salient, fresh, acute, luring, sweet

This is really fresh and feminine, perfect for Spring we think.

 

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‘Woody Conjure’ – mossy, fresh, sweet, sensual, rich

This is a little more manly, a rich scent which is very erm…woody, surprisingly enough! We think that this is perfect for autumnal weather.

We can’t wait to test them out and share our reviews with you, we are sure that Signature Fragrances have some exciting things to come – watch this space!

What are your favourite scents to wear this time of year? #twolittleowls

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An epic haul week!

C: as I have been saving recently hauls have been non existent! So apparently all of that saving has led up to a massive haul and lots of new treats! Here is what I have been buying:

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So these little beauties were bought in 2 sittings (which makes it more acceptable). First up I had some Birchbox points to spend and had a 20% off code as a birthday treat! So I ordered a models own set of tweezers as mine have disappeared and I keep having to wait until I get to Annie’s before I can pluck my monobrow. I also picked up the benefit Boi-ing concealer and the chacha balm. I have only just started trying these but first impressions are amazing!

Feel Unique then decided to mess with my bank balance by having a massive sale. I finally gave in and ordered the Urban Decay Basics Palette. It took me ages to decide which palette to get, but as I want all of them I figured I had better start with the basics! I also saw that the Vintage Cosmetics Company brushes and had to have one. The precision brush seemed pretty apt for my non existent eye lids so I went for that! Both of these for £19 with my birthday coupon!!

Anyway I shall stop waffling, have any of you guys tried these products? Can’t wait to review them all for you! #twolittleowlsblog

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Review: Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist

“Get that that beach hair look with this salty spray that gives a light hold and adds shine, leaving a neroli, orange flower, grapefruit and rosewood scent. We’ve used carrageenan, a seaweed extract, together with glycerine to hydrate the hair. Mineral-rich fine sea salt gives that volumised, beachy head look, counteracting the flattening effects of soft water and softens the skin on the scalp too.”

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A: I have to admit, I bought this way back in April and have only just started getting into using it. The first time I used it, I got a bit spritz happy and it just left my hair feeling super gunky (real word) and gross and I was really disappointed because it smells SO good, that I wanted to use it every day. I started using it again a couple of weeks ago, hoping to fall in love with the texture, not just the scent – and I definitely have. 

It gives my hair a gorgeous natural and shiny look with tousled curls and waves – exactly the hairstyle I like to aim for. It’s perfect for this time of year too because I like to let my hair dry naturally in the Summer and keep it’s own shape, rather than trying to tame it with a blow-dryer and straighteners. Once my hair has dried by it’s self, I give it a spray (avoiding the roots, it doesn’t work so great on mine) with this lovely sea-salty mist and it brings my hair to life and gives it hold without too much structure and crispiness. I always give it a ‘comb’ through with my fingers once it’s dry, just to encourage natural movement in my hair and I only need a couple of pumps which is impressive as my hair is quite thick and unmanageable – although the product is quite small I have a feeling it will last me a while. The smell really is lovely and takes you straight to the seaside and the bottle is a perfect size to keep in your handbag for a mid-day freshen up. So many people have asked ‘Ooo what’s that lovely smell?’ when I’ve used it during the day, which always make you feel a bit spesh. It costs £9.95 for 100g which falls in with other Lush products, and I don’t mind spending a little more for quality and cruelty free brands.

I am a big fan of Lush products, I love their ethos and everything they stand for. This is another product to add to the list of Lush favourites – I’m so pleased I persevered!

Have you tried the Sea Spray from Lush? #twolittleowls

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Beauty Haul from the Feel Unique Sale!

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A: Chloe spotted that Feel Unique have an amazing sale on at the moment – with up to 50% off on selected products. Naturally I had to head over to their website and have a look, and my god – I’m SO pleased I did. I could’ve easily spent the entirety of my pay packet for the month but I managed with control myself and get just a few exciting things.

Firstly, the Bare Minerals Original Foundation in Fair – this is my beauty staple and the foundation I use everyday. I don’t get on very well with traditional liquid foundations because I’m super freckly and putting foundation on top of freckles just isn’t a good look for me – so this is perfect because it still let’s my natural skin pigmentation show through whilst covering all of the the blemishes and bits I don’t want people to see. This is usually priced at £25, but with 30% off – Feel Unique are selling it for £17.50 – so I obviously couldn’t say no.

Next, I chose the Angled Shadow Brush from The Vintage Cosmetics Company. I’ve never actually had anything from this company before and Feel Unique are offering 40% off the brushes. This one will be perfect for applying shadow and the packaging is lovely too. Usually these are £8.00 but I paid just £4.80.

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And I’ve saved the best till last…this beautiful watercolour blusher from Daniel Sandler. I have been lusting after one of these for months so I was SO excited to see they had 20% off. These retail at £14.50 but this was £11.60 in the sale. It did take me a while to decide on a colour because they are all so lovely, but I’m so pleased with what I chose; passion. I cannot tell you how beautiful the shade is, a dusky peachy pink with coral undertones and a gold shimmer. Perfect for my skin tone and I am SO excited to use it. And the packaging is amazing too – Daniel Sandler is some sort of beauty product god. I can’t wait to review this for you, so keep following!!

The Feel Unique Sale is still on, and they are now offering an extra 10% off on top of all sale purchases. Click here if I’ve tempted you enough to spend your pennies on beautiful things! #twolittleowls

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A Review: Peggy Sage in Nude Innocence

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A: I received this in my You Beauty Discovery Box this month and have used it a couple of times – so I thought it was time to write a quick review.

I hadn’t actually heard of this brand before, which is one of the main reasons that I chose it as part of my box. Peggy Sage is a French Brand, based in Paris of course

 “Since 1925, Peggy Sage has been celebrating nails in all their beauty and glossy radiance. With our range of 150 colours and countless textures, and through our variety of decorations, at Peggy Sage we have made the manicure a creative beauty treatment while continuing to meet our exacting professional standard”.

Their products are a little hard to buy in the UK – but there are talks on the blogosphere of them becoming more widely available.

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I chose a polish from the ‘Nude Collection’ and was sent the Nude Innocence 752, which I was really happy about because I only have one nude polish in my vast collection – I tend to buy exciting colours, but sometimes all you really need is a nude. This photo is from their website, but it shows off the colour the best!

The packaging is very chic and really makes you feel like you’ve got a high quality product. The size is 11ml, which is a good size for a polish, and the brush is a lovely shape which fits to your nail really well – meaning application is super quick and easy. Because of the shade, I applied two thin coats for total coverage, which leaves you with a lovely subtle nude nail with a slight sheen. The colour is a pink tone with a shimmer – perfect for everyday wear or add some glitter to make it special. I have kept this polish on for up to 5 days without any chips, and a top coat. I was really impressed with this as most polishes only last 2 – 3 days max. It’s also really easy to remove, which is always a nice quality to have in a polish.

I would definitely purchase more Peggy Sage from using this polish, and I can’t wait till they are more readily available in the UK. 

Have you tried Peggy Sage yet? #twolittleowls

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Review: Soap & Glory Peach Party

C: I bought this a few months ago, but it has taken a bit of practice before I felt I could review this product properly! So here goes…

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So first of all… as with all S&G products the packaging is lovely. The case is really sturdy so it has never opened in my make up bag, and it has a handy mirror in the lid so you can apply it on the go. And then, just look at those colours! It contains a brown, a white, a pale peach and a pale pink colour which all blend together into an amazing peachy shimmer. 

When I first tried this I had already done my contouring/highlighting and then used this as a blusher… epic fail. I looked like an orange clown and I took it straight off feeling very disappointed. It put me off using it for a while but then a couple of weeks later I couldn’t be bothered to contour and just applied this as a blusher. If you swirl your blusher brush across all of the colours and dust it lightly on your cheeks it gives you the most perfect summery glow. I am in love. 

It really suits my skin colour (so pale I look blue…) but I think it would also be amazing on darker skin tones due to the bronzing aspect of the blusher brick. It lasts all day, and I have been using this for the past 2 months on an almost daily basis and theres hardly a dint in it! For me this is the perfect Summer look!

Have any of you guys tried this? S&G have impressed me as they always managed too, I definitely need to try some more of their make up. Any recommendations #twolittleowlsblog

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