Sunday, 31 March 2013

Tropic Skin Care Vitamin Toner

A note from Joelle...
Hi guys,
How have you been? Happy Easter weekend to you all! I'm back off for a blogger's lunch in London today and will have a shiny new post up for you about if next week.
I was so excited to be review Tropic Skin Care Vitamin Toner as I had heard so much about the brand. Let's get cracking!
About the brand: I remember watching the final Apprentice aftermath show on BBC2 and wondering what Susan Ma would do next. She did mention something about establishing a skincare range, and I was not surprised - her skin was flawless and glowed in every episode!


  • Price: £12.00 - pretty reasonable for a 120ml bottle. 
  • What It Does: A toner is used after cleansing the face (and neck) but before moisturising. It helps to balance skin tone and the pH of skin. This vitamin toner is suitable for ALL skin types. It's alcohol free and contains aloe vera, white tea and vitamin C instead.
  • My Routine: I cleanse my face first and then use this toner before I moisturise. It's more gentle that my regular toner (and smells waaay better) and does not sting the sensitive areas on my face. The spray nozzle is a bit stiff though, but it is become more loose the more I spray it day-by-day. I use this on my face and neck with a cotton pad (as recommended on the packaging). I was surprised about the amount of that came off my face - I mean, eww. I thought my exfoliating routine got rid of most of the dead skin and junk but I was wrong!
  • My Opinion: I am so impressed with this toner. To be honest, I didn't think it could compare to my witch hazel toner that I use religiously. It's refreshing on the skin and moved dirt, dead skin that I though I had already gotten rid of in my cleansing routine.
  •  - Firstly, I like that it's alcohol-free. Some products pretend to be natural and derived from nature, but I always catch them out when I read the ingredients on the back. 
     - My skin was smoother! This never happens with a toner for me. With other toners my face stings afterwards and my little spots become inflamed   This did not happen with this vitamin toner, thank God.
  • The Verdict: I like products that are honest and does exactly what it says on the tin. I am happy to say that this vitamin toner does exactly that. The slogan for the Tropic Skin Care brand is 'Pure - Honest - Effective' and they could not be more right.
  • Rating: 9/10  This is really good for ll skin types, no dodgy ingredients, gentle yet effective on the skin and actually works! Almost full marks from me!
Have you tried any Tropic Skin Care products? What is your favourite?

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

& Other Stories Wishlist

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ Just Give Me A Reason - Pink

Hi guys!
How are you all. I am finally back at home in England and chilling (actually working really really hard to pass my Summer exams) and relaxing at home. 
Today I bring you H&M's sister site '& Other Stories'. If you have not heard of them by now, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? It's a place to find modern and vintage style garments and has that Scandinavian Blogger feel to it - sleek and minimalist. 
The new store is located on Regents Street and you can find the online store HERE.
Here are a few of the favourite pieces, can't wait to get my hands on them! Feel free to click the links below to take you to the item.

Lipstick - £12
Skirt - £39

Face Serum - £19
What do you think of this new store?
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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Style File #8: Louise Roe

A note from Joelle...
Louise Roe is an English TV presenter and she always dresses so well on-screen. I first heard of her when she started presenting a new make-over show on MTV called 'Plain Jane'. One minute she was wearing a gorgeous floaty maxi dress, high bun and wedges and then a busy-print blazer and matching cigarette pants. She seemed to be able to pull off a lot of varied looks over the course of the series, which was really good to see.
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I really like this outfit mainly because Louise has chosen caramel-coloured accessories that are pretty but do not draw attention from the busy print of the dress.
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She is not afraid to rock the block colours and animal pattern at the same time.
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What do you think of her style? Let me know below!



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Friday, 22 March 2013

St Ives Apricot Scrub

A note from Joelle...
Hey guys, how are you doing?
I am off on holiday back in England now and it'll be so good to be back in Landan Taaaaaan! Lots of exciting posts about what I will be getting up to in the next few weeks so stay tuned!
Now onto this product...

  • Price: Available in regular drug-stores and supermarkets. I bought mine from Boots for £4.29. I am not sure why I expected it to be in the £3.00 zone, but I did and was a tad bit surprised at the check-out. It is also 150ml.
  • What It Does: It has a deep cleansing formula that reduces blackheads and removes oil, dirt (and general nastiness) from your face. It is oil-free (YAY!) and has 100% natural exfoliants (which I was a bit sceptical about). This is for oily/blemish-prone skin types. 
  • My Opinion: It's okay. I was not wowed by it as natural exfoliant grains were too coarse on my skin. I have to do really gentle circular motions otherwise it really hurts my skin. This is really time-consuming as well! The bottle recommends you to use it 3-4 times a week for good results. That is fair, but for people with sensitive skin like me, that's not going to happen. On the other hand, it does smell really fruity. I don't know what apricots smell like to be honest, but I think St Ives have made a really great product.
  • My Routine: I wash my face and neck with warm water and then squeeze the scrub onto my fingers. I then work around my face in a (very gentle) circular motion. O then wait around five minutes just to let it do it's magic before rinsing it off with warm water. 
  • The Verdict: Although most of the things I have said are more on the negative side, I have been using this since December and I am beginning to see results. I just wish that the exfoliant grains were finer so that it doesn't mess with my sensitive skin.
  • Rating: 6.5/10 <<< It does the job and smells nice, so it's a high 6 from me
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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Singin' In The Rain + Byron Burger

A note from Joelle...
You guys must know that I am a total theatre nerd by, now right?
This is a very picture-heavy post, so I'll just let them do most of the talking for a change! I went to London with my sisters during the holidays to see 'Singin' In the Rain' at the Palace Theatre. It was amazing. I have to admit, I did compare the majority of the musical numbers to the original film (as did everyone else) but I was really impressed with the transition to the stage. There were new songs added for Lina Lamont and it sounded like it had always been in the original show. The dancing was brilliant too and it looked effortless. 
The big numbers like 'Make 'Em Laugh', 'Singin' in the Rain', and 'Good Morning' were so entertaining. I don't want to ruin it for you, but if you manage to get stall seats near the stage, bring a waterproof jacket and wear it during the show!!
(**Annoying incident: prepare for rant) During the show, a member of staff shouted at my sister and I for taking photos. I politely informed her that it was not us (the flash came from someone miles away from us, by the way) but she was incredibly rude about the situation and did not apologise for her outburst. Perhaps we were an easy target because we were the youngest in that row and also in the aisle? Who knows, but it was really annoying. I could tell she felt bad when I went up to by a programme and ice-cream from her during the interval, yet still no apology, hmmm.
The umbrella was for theatrical effect - it wasn't raining. This was also the first time I had ever worn wellies to the theatre - times are changing! 


After the show, we headed to Byron Burger in Leicester  Square. I LOVED the meal, service and the diner décor.  See the pictures below.

My sisters went for the still lemonade

This is honestly the BEST milkshake you will ever try. I had the strawberry (of course), but you can also get Oreo flavour! There are real pieces of strawberry in it and it's so thick and creamy. The steel diner cups are great too. Perfection!

I went for the cheese burger - what a beauty! My sisters went for the Classic Byron instead, we all had ours well done.
Attractive...
The outside of the restaurant is pretty snazzy too!
I highly recommend seeing 'Singin' In The Rain' and also going for a meal in Byron Burger. There are tonnes of theatre deals from HERE with pricing now starting from £12!!!! Byron is pretty affordable too and the vibe is great. There are 27 Byron Burgers in London, 1 in Surrey (Kingston), 1 in Kent and 1 in Oxford.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Aquamarine

A note from Joelle...
The winter term at my university is coming to a close, I could not be happier. I am in dire need of a hug from my parents and a nice, home-cooked meal.
As odd as it sounds, I am also missing the colour 'green'. I live in a really green area outside of London, with acres of trees, fields and parks. As much as I love the city I am in for university, it's so grey and everything is made from stone and concrete!
Oh, and it's almost Easter! The food, the family, the chocolate and the true Message. I cannot wait!

Onto the actual subject of the post. I have been re-applying these polishes for the past two weeks and I still love the colour and the sheen it gives to my nails. Barry M 'Mint Green' and 'Aqua Glitter'. And yes, I am still rocking the accent nail trend after all these years!
I first put on coat-upon-coat of the 'Mint Green', which is questionably turquoise, but I won't start a debate... And then I decided to add a touch of shimmer to one finger using the 'Aqua Glitter'. I think they compliment each other really well. What do you think? 
Ring from Raspberrygrape - more on this shop in a future post!
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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Awkward Blogger Moments

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ Enough Time - The Ghosts

I thought it would be cool to compile a list of awkward blogger moments and see who else it relates to!
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  1. Having to explain what a blogger actually does without sounding like an internet nerd/narcissist 
  2. Constantly asking your friends to take multiple pictures of you in public
  3. Balancing your camera on shelves, books and ledges when your tripod breaks
  4. Refreshing your dashboard page in the hope of new comments popping up in orange text
  5. Most of your Instagram and Twitpics are of food (especially cake)
  6. Being completely starstruck when you see/meet one of your favourite bloggers in real-life
  7. The sense of achievement when your favourite blogger comments on one of your posts.
  8. Reading health and fitness blogs... while eating biscuits and chocolate. 'The diet will start tomorrow!'
  9. Not getting into the Fashion Week hype
  10. Getting the CAPTCHA code wrong more than once and finally giving up on the entire comment
  11. Running to the door like a crazy person to check if you have a new parcel
  12. Hi-5ing yourself when you get more page views than expected in a day
  13. Feeling proud of your blog when you hit a milestone - hey, it is your virtual baby after all! 
  14. Buying a new product, but not using it until you get unopened pictures for your review
  15. Moving to Blogger because you couldn't figure out Wordpress
  16. Telling people you wore the gold Michael Kors-watch-and-spiky-bracelet-combo before it became mainstream
  17. Wanting to know more about a blog, but there is no 'About Me' or 'FAQ' page. Why, just why?
  18. Recognising a blogger at an event but you can't remember their name...
  19. ...Or you only know their blog name!
  20. Going to take pics for your blog and your camera has 5% battery
  21. Instagraming every meal you eat outside of your house...
  22. ...(or even worse) forgetting to instagram you meal!
  23. Taking pictures for your next post... then realising the memory card wasn't in the camera or you don't have a card-reader. Ahhhhhhh!
  24. Falling over in your Jeffrey Campbell shoes. 'I thought you said they were comfortable?'
  25. Constantly apologising to you non-blogger twitter followers after #bboggers chats (for the constant tweets)
  26. Seeing a random girl in the street and guessing if she is a blogger or not
  27. Feeling like a boss when a major brand re-tweets or replies your comments on Twitter
  28. Having to ask another blogger what SEO stands for
  29. Getting an invite to a cool event... but you don't live in London, Manchester or Leeds
  30. Wanting to follow a new blog but can't find the 'follow' button
How many of these relate to you? Don't deny it, most of them probably do! ;)
Have any more? Please share them in the comments below! 
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Friday, 15 March 2013

Monochrome With River Island

A note from Joelle...
That's right, folks, this trends is not going anywhere! River Island are really into this trend and I found so much stuff on the site and only wish I could fit them all into this collage.
I was not sure that black and white would be that great for Spring because there's no colour or real 'spice'. But it's warming to me, especially in bag and blouse form. Here are my favourite pieces from the River Island site. All the links to buy the clothes are below.



Bomber Jacket -  these jackets are going to be everywhere this year!
Stripy Blouse - who doesn't love a cute floaty blouse? 
Leather Shorts - I instantly fell in love with these. The detail is great and can be worn at night-time or as casual-wear.
Black Blouse - Looks quite simple, but the detailed pussybow adds that 'pop of colour'.
Geometric Skirt - This busy print is great because it looks 'loud', yet girly and feminine still.
Satchel - I am all about the camel-coloured satchels, but this caught my eye as it's so classy and elegant. 
Skull Belt - Could be added to plain black skinny jeans for a bit of sparkle. 
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Magical Custard Cake

A note from Joelle...
Hi everyone!
I found a picture of this cake on tumblr and then went ahead and got the recipe from this site. I could not believe how simple it was to make.
These are sweet little slices of fluffy, creamy heaven and don't need any fancy ingredients to make!


 Ingredients:
  • 113g Unsalted Butter
  •  480ml Milk
  • 4 Eggs, separated
  • 150g Icing Sugar (Powdered/Confectioner's Sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Water
  • 115g Flour
  • 5ml Vanilla Extract
  • Extra icing sugar for dusting at the end
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°F and grease a medium-sized baking dish.
  2. Whip the egg whites to stiff peaks, like you would for a meringue and then set aside. I had to do this by hand (electric whisk is broken) and it took FOREVER!
  3. Melt the butter and set aside. in the meantime ,warm the milk to lukewarm.
  4. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together and then add the melted butter and the water, then stir. 
  5. Fold in the flour ( in small intervals) until evenly incorporated. Slowly add the milk and vanilla extract, then mix again
  6. Fold in the egg whites, small helpings at a time. Repeat until all of the egg whites are folded in nicely.
  7. Pour the batter into the baking dish/tin and bake for 40-55 minutes or until the top is golden. Allow cake to fully cool before cutting and then dust it generously with icing sugar.
Please let me know if you try this recipe! Happy baking! :)
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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Minty Fresh | Barry M

A note from Joelle...
I bought this Barry M Mint Green nail polish last year and hated the look of it. Because of that, it stayed hidden in my beauty box and gathered dust for twelve months. I found it while rummaging through the box and decided that it deserved a second chance (nail polishes have feelings too, you know).
I can honestly say that the soft pastel green looks great and it's a fresh way to wear pastels if you are not keep on dressing in those colours. This polish needs at least three coats, with a base coat on first and a top coat if you wish. What do you think?
 
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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Monki Wishlist

A note from Joelle...                                      

                                                          ♫ ♪ Wait Your Turn - M.O

I have been loving Monki for ages now and their clothes are so different to what I usually go for, but I adore so many of their pieces. I am happy that they have an online store, and they also have a shop on Carnaby St, London Town. They have LOADS of stores in the following countries  China, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Denmark to name a few.
I like the sleek and urban feel of the clothes and need to head back down to the London store soon!
Have a look at the pieces I have selected for my wishlist below.













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Friday, 8 March 2013

Roberto Cavalli Fragrance Review

A note from Joelle...
I first heard about this new perfume in the November issue of Glamour. They had the 'peel and sniff' adverts on one of the pages, so I had a go. This was followed by my screaming (in my head, of course) 'OH MY GOD, THIS IS AMAZING!' and then attempting to rub the entire scented page on my wrist like a loony. 
It was great to receive it and the matching hand cream and body lotion from my parents last year.
A picture from January. This bottle is more than half-way through now :(
  • Price: Around £62.00 (75ml) but other bottle sizes are available from herehere and here.
  • What It Does: This fragrance is the most luxurious scent ever and contains  pink pepper, tonka beans (I don't know what they are either) and orange blossom. It does not have that musky undertone that every other perfume has, which is a relief. I am happy to say that I do get a few compliments for wearing this perfume and I am more than happy to spread the word about it, as it is now my favourite scent in the entire world.
  • My Opinion: I love it. The fragrance, the bottle - everything. I used to use Miss Dior and some other perfumes, but this is the one for me! I do have to say that with this, I have realised that a little goes a long way. Meaning that one spritz on the wrist or neck will do. It will be overpowering for the people you are with if you use more... but it still smells great and does not change aroma throughout the day, like most perfumes.
  • The Verdict: I cannot go back to another perfume again as I am totally hooked. I only wish I could get a travel-sized version though as the metal lid with the Cavalli logo jabs my finger every time I reach for it in my bag. The price may be a bit out of reach for some, but I really do recommend trying it at a beauty counter first and then taking the splurge - I am sure you will love it as much as I do!
  • Rating: 10/10 << that is not a exaggeration, I promise

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

New Shoes

A note from Joelle...   

                                          ♫ ♪ Hold Me (Acoustic)  - Tom Odell

When I have a bad week, sometimes I just grin 'n' bare it and hope that the next week is better. This time however, I thought it best to treat myself to some new shoes, nothing overly expensive though. I saw these online and they were just £10 and reduced from about £70! I originally had the link to the shoes in the post, but they have now been taken off the site :(.
What do you think of them? The clear heel is may favourite part, as it's uncommon to have a transparent heel. I think that the clear trend will be even more massive than it is now in a few month's time. Here is my post about it from last month.

The clear heel looks so great and I will style it  with a new outfit sometime this week!
Happy Thursday!
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Saturday, 2 March 2013

What's In My eBay Basket? #2

A note from Joelle...
I.Want.It. All. But I am on a spending ban and will not buy anything I don't actually need until all my uni work is complete and my life is more organised! I will just have to wait...


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