6 July 2015

Dove #100colours Challenge - Holiday

As the weather warms up in the UK I embrace a brighter, bolder wardrobe. The dark, winter shades are put aside and out come a riot of rainbow hues all with delicious anticipation of what summer will bring. There's something about slipping on a colourful dress which just lifts your mood and makes you stand a little taller. Dove are encouraging women this summer to ditch the LBD and swap it for a LCD (little colourful dress). The #100colours challenge comes after the Dove Colour Confidence poll revealed that two thirds of British women would choose a LBD for an event because of its timeless reputation as a timeless classic. Body confidence is also cited as a key factor steering women away from wearing colourful clothes. I think it's time for a refresh of our attitudes, and our wardrobes.

Commenting on the research findings, Pantone Color Institute Director, Leatrice Eiseman says: "choosing colour can make women feel more energised and so wearing red on a Monday gives us great a great start to the week. As an alternative to black, women could incorporate the colour purple as it has a dominant blue undertone and can release tension-fighting endorphins to combat stress. If you're feeling particularly bold - why not break the mould with a vibrant yellow? It stimulates the brain, heightening awareness and making us feel more focused and decisive."

Fashion stylist Alex Longmore continues: "For so long we've seen women choose the LBD because it is seen as the safe option.. it's time we change that! Colour is a chic asset to any wardrobe, especially as we come into summer. Wearing the right tone and shape is very important when wearing colour. I think it is best to always opt for block colours, especially when choosing a little colourful dress. Ladies lets ditch the dull and bring brights to your wardrobe!" 

Her top tip for embracing colour this summer is to introduce it to your wardrobe gradually by investing in an accessory such as a bright handbag, pair of shoes or scarf. "This is a great way to inject colour in your wardrobe, plus it's fun for summer and colour always get compliments. A little colour goes a long way so it will instantly brighten your outfit and you will feel the colourful benefits without a complete wardrobe overhaul."

To celebrate the campaign Dove has challenged me to pick out an array of colourful dresses to get me through the summer months and explore the possibilities that come with embracing colour. My first attempt of defying conventional style and ditching the LBD was during a balmy summer evening on holiday with my boyfriend. I opted for this bright blue maxi dress with an exotic red and yellow floral print. Unlike dark colours, this bold statement dress kept me effortlessly cool in the smouldering heat. It is the perfect piece for taking away on holiday; whether you are floating through morning markets or strolling on sunset shores. I would usually opt for a black dress in the evening but it felt refreshing (and a little scary at first) to go for something bolder. Embracing colour with the help of Dove Invisible Dry made me feel flirty and feminine. The deodorant has given me the confidence to be much more braver with my style choices and as it leaves no white marks at all; the colour possibilities are endless. Dove Invisible Dry has ensured I'll have the most radiant summer ever. Now I have returned from my holiday I'll be sure to keep up this trend as a splash of colour is really uplifting and helps motivate you for the day. 

Will you be embracing a little colour this summer? 

Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant is available at Boots stores nationwide, priced at £3.50.

24 June 2015

Pre Holiday Prep

Although I'm not going on holiday for a few weeks I like to get my prep in early. I sort out through all my mini beauty samples, stock up on suncream and shake up my routine so I feel a bit more holiday ready. I also get all geeky and plan a full itinerary for the trip, just me?

I love a good body scrub all year round but even more so just before going on holiday. After doing a full body scrub with my trusty Soap & Glory Smoothie Scrub I'll also apply a body oil all over; this product duo helps me feel firmer and keeps my skin super smooth.

I find hair removal my least favourite thing. I hate how time consuming it is and how quickly the hair grows back. The new Argan oil range from Nair makes the process feel slightly more pampering a less of a chore. My favourite from the new collection is the Argan Oil Shower Power Cream (reviewed here).

Before baring my bod on holiday I like to apply a little fake tan. During the winter my skin sees no sunlight and practically becomes transparent. Having a natural looking faux glow makes me feel more confident and less nervous about stripping off. My two favourite brands are Xen Tan and Cocoa Brown. 

A holiday without some pre-pamper prepping on your fingers and toes is unheard of for me! I love picking out nail varnish colours that best compliment a tan and this time I'll be wearing white on my hands and a glittery, sea blue on my toes. 

Keep an eye out for a Post Holiday Prep coming your way soon! Are you off anywhere nice this summer?

22 June 2015

New Nair Liquid Gold Argan Oil Range

nair argan oil review
I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to hair removal. I stick to using a razor as waxing is a definite no-no. I like how fuss-free using a razor is but the hair grows back so quickly! However, bikini season is among us I've found a solution. 

The Nair Argan Oil collection features 5 innovative products, giving you the freedom to choose a product which best suits you. Each product is infused with nourishing Argan Oil and Orange Blossom extract, offering something more than just hair removal. I've been testing out two products from the new range, keep reading for find out how I got on!

Nair Argan Oil Salon Divine Body Wax With 'Bye Bye Pain' Formula £11.99*
Waxing is usually a big no-no from me but I thought I'd brave testing this out in the name of blogging research. I was intrigued by the 'Bye Bye Pain' formula which promises to take the pain out of hair removal. The solid wax comes in a microwavable tub which just takes a couple of minutes to heat up. Using the wooden spatula provided I glided a thin layer onto my legs, allowed a few seconds for it to harden and then pulled off. To my surprise, it was nowhere near as painful as traditional waxing strips however it didn't remove all my hairs. It also took a bit of practise to apply the correct amount of wax and things got a little messy. I really like that it's stripe-less and it had a nice salon-like scent but I'm unsure if it was right for me.

Nair Argan Oil Shower Power Cream £6.69*
I've tried hair removal creams in the past and have always been put off by the awful, chemical scent. This product contains a trio of skin-loving ingredients such as Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil and Cocoa Butter giving it an incredibly delicious fragrance. You simply apply a thick layer and wait a couple of minutes before jumping in the shower. Once in the shower the cream doesn't come off by its self, instead you have to remove it with the spatula provided. It did a great job of leaving my legs silky soft and was really easy to use. This is super gentle on skin so great for those prone to sensitivity. I was pleasantly surprised by this and will definitely be picking up next time I'm after hair removal cream.

Further reading: How To Look Like You've Been On Holiday (it's our little secret) 

20 June 2015

Dove #100colours Challenge

I'm guilty of always wearing dark colours. My wardrobe is probably 85% black; I normally opt for darker shades because I find them easy to wear and often don't feel adventurous enough to wear bright clothes. A recent poll commissioned by Dove suggested that I'm not alone. The results revealed that two thirds of British women would choose to wear a 'little black dress' for an event due to its reputation as a timeless classic, rather than embracing colour. As well as this, body confidence is cited as the key factor steering women away from wearing colourful clothes, yet almost two thirds of UK women say that wearing a colourful dress makes them feel happier and more confident compared to when they wear a LBD. Over the next few weeks I'll be embracing a brighter wardrobe and exploring the possibilities that come with ditching the LBD. I'll be using the Dove Invisible Dry deodorant to brilliantly prep my underarms and hopefully help boost my confidence. Impressively, Dove Invisible Dry is proven to leave no white marks on 100 colours so I'll be putting it to the test over the next few weeks!

19 June 2015

What To Buy This Weekend

Hooray for the weekend! I can't wait to put my feet up and do nothing. If you're heading to the shops there have been a lot of exciting beauty launches lately. Here are some of the new products I have been adoring lately for a bit of shopping inspiration.

COLLECTION Lasting Colour Lipsticks £2.99
Just launched from COLLECTION are 21 lust-worthy lipsticks. They come in a range of matte and cream formulas both of which are super long lasting. I'm seriously impressed with these and have been reaching for 'China Rose' on a daily basis. Definitely worth a look next time you pass a COLLECTION stand.
Ella Henderson for Batiste £3.29
Dry shampoo is my best friend so I always welcome a new variant. The latest release from Batiste has a beautiful creamy coconut and vanilla scent. I think this would be perfect for the warmer weather.
Ted Baker Pink Body Spray £7.00
If you're a sucker for pretty packaging you'll want to check out the new Ted Baker Bath & Body range. It's a pastel lovers dream with a selection of baby pink and mint products to choose from. A favourite of mine is this body spray which I like to keep in my handbag.
Nair Argan Oil Power Shower Cream £6.99
Gone are the days of funky smelling hair removal creams. The new Argan Oil range from Nair smells divine and makes hair removal a little bit more enjoyable. It contains cocoa butter and is suitable for dry and sensitive skin. Also, it's currently on offer at Boots - yay!

Will you be adding any of these to go shopping list? 
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