REVIEW: BABE NIGHT X MISSGUIDED

babe night perfume by missguided– this post contains gifted products –

You may remember a while ago I wrote blog posts about Missguided’s bangin’ fragrance Babe Power. I have eked it out and only use it for girls nights out, because it’s just that kind of smell. Missguided treated me even further by sending me a beautiful body mist – Vibe Enhancer. I absolutely DOUSE myself in it.

Imagine my happiness when they told me they were launching a NEW fragrance!?

Babe Night is the sexiest new scent, for “the new generation of confident, empowered women”. The intoxicating new fragrance has citrus notes of lemon, orange and green apple. It follows with the heady scent of jasmine, orange blossom and spicy pink pepper. Base notes (check me out!) are vanilla, cedar and patchouli.

Like Babe Power, Babe Night is pretty intense. I save it for glam nights out, but I have been told on many occasions that I smell “amazing”, so that speaks for itself. I don’t feel I go ‘nose blind’ with some of my softer fragrances, meaning I get small whiffs of the scent all evening, which is lovely.

It’s cruelty-free, vegan and award-winning, so where can you go wrong here? Available from the Missguided website, it retails at £28.00

Femme Luxe Haul #4

– this post is sponsored-

It’s another Femme Luxe haul, yay! You’ll remember I have been collaborating with Femme Luxe for a few months now, and I’ve been lucky enough to do so again!

Continuing in the vein of getting out of my comfort zone and choosing clothes which I wouldn’t normally go for has been really positive for my confidence. I’m noticing that I’m choosing things I’d never have even looked at before because I feel better about myself. Perhaps some of that is my consistent, healthy lifestyle I’ve written about here, but having more of a choice over different shapes and styles of clothing makes a difference.

Here’s what I chose:

Black Glitter Cut Out Cup Strappy Bodycon Mini Dress

“Sparkle and shine this season and make a serious statement in our Black Glitter Cut Out Strappy Bodycon Mini Dress. Featuring a glitter design with an on trend cut out detail cup, we’re obsessed with this bodycon mini dress.”

Black Glitter Cut Out Cup Strappy Bodycon Mini Dress

I love this bodycon dress! It was perfect for Christmas and New Year celebrations. I would size up if you have larger breasts because the cups only just fitted mine…I suppose there are worse problems.

Brown Leopard Print Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress

“Take a walk on the wild side and score some serious fashion points in the Brown Leopard Print Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress. Featuring a leopard print pattern will frill detailing, this gorj’ bodycon dress is amaze teamed with killer heels.”

Brown Leopard Print Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress

Okay, full disclosure – I’m saving this one for my hen! It’s gorge but I just haven’t found a suitable occasion for it yet – it’s banging but not one for me when I’m just going down the pub. It will have a debut soon!

Stone Ribbed Culotte Jumpsuit

“We know you need this Stone Ribbed Culotte Jumpsuit in your basket! In a relaxed ribbed material this culotte style jumpsuit is completed with a matching belt. Pair with chunky trainers to complete this look.”

Stone Ribbed Culotte Jumpsuit
Looord knows I love a jumpsuit! Especially one with a tie-waist. I’ve worn this one a few times with barely-there stilettos, but it will look great with trainers, for a more dressed down look.

Black Mesh Puff Sleeve Organza Crop Top

“Top up your ‘drobe this festival season and score some serious fashion points in the Black Mesh Puff Sleeve Square Neck Crop Top. Featuring a slinky material, square neck and mesh elasticated puff sleeves, you’ll wanna add this gorj’ top to your basket ASAP! Team with distressed denim shorts and extra glitter to channel those festival vibes.”

Black Mesh Puff Sleeve Organza Crop Top

Gonne be honest, it’s taken me a little while to get on board with the organza trend. I preferred to admire it from afar, on my lovely friends. I tried a few organza tops on though in Westfield and found I actually loved it! This one is a crop and is a little chilly for January, but will be amazing with my white jeans in the spring. 

Looking forward to see what comes next from Femme Luxe! You can visit the Femme Luxe website here.

Femme Luxe Haul #3

– this post is sponsored-

Pink background, girl wearing light coloured dress with jacket

You’ll remember I have been collaborating with Femme Luxe for a few months now, and I’ve been lucky enough to do so again!

Continuing in the vein of getting out of my comfort zone and choosing clothes which I wouldn’t normally go for has been really positive for my confidence. I’m noticing that I’m choosing things I’d never have even looked at before because I feel better about myself. Perhaps some of that is my consistent, healthy lifestyle I’ve written about here, but having more of a choice over different shapes and styles of clothing makes a difference.

Here’s what I chose:

HOUNDSTOOTH PAPERBAG TROUSERS

“With the paper bag style tie waist, you can be sure of the perfect flattering fit guaranteed to hug those curves and keep all eyes on you!”

I love these! I wear them with my white stiletto heels and a black crop top for a night out, but also with flats and a tucked-in t-shirt for a more casual look.

CAMEL DUSTER COAT

This coat is super, super stylish – but it’s quite thin so perhaps one for early Autumn or coming into Spring. Layered with a huge scarf and white trainers, it’s a winner.

There is some funny sizing on Femme Luxe so I’d just be aware. For example, the medium in this dress was 10/12, but a large on another item of clothing would be 12/14 and an M would be 8/10. I try to aim for size 10 where possible, but when the sizing isn’t consistent, you will get some ‘misses’ like this!

GLITTER CORSET

“Shine bright like a diamond this season and score some serious fashion points in the Silver Grey Glitter Corset Strappy Bodysuit. Featuring a corset style bodysuit with a glitter finish, this gorj’ bodysuit will get everyone turning your way.”

Perfect for Christmas parties! I paired it with blue mom jeans, and heeled black boots for smart / casual festive fun.

Looking forward to see what comes next from Femme Luxe! You can visit the Femme Luxe website here.

 

Femme Luxe Haul #2

Pink background, girl wearing light coloured dress with jacket

You’ll remember I previously collaborated with Femme Luxe, and I’ve been lucky enough to do so again!

Continuing in the vein of getting out of my comfort zone and choosing clothes which I wouldn’t normally go for has been really positive for my confidence. I’m noticing that I’m choosing things I’d never have even looked at before because I feel better about myself. Perhaps some of that is my consistent, healthy lifestyle I’ve written about here, but having more of a choice over different shapes and styles of clothing makes a difference.

Here’s what I chose:

Dark Blue Denim Bardot Top

“Take it off the shoulder this season and make a serious fashion statement in the Dark Blue Denim Bardot Top. Featuring a gathered front and puff sleeve, this bardot top is a summer essential!”

Femme Luxe Bardot Top

I wore this top with a plain black skirt and wedges on a night out in Cyprus, unfortunately didn’t take any pictures! It looks great but I didn’t wear a bra with it and to be honest I would have sized down if I could have (I chose size 12 but ran out of time to return). It is a really unique shape and something I’ll return to.

Black Polka Dot Ruched Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

Get the cutest look in our Black Polka Dot Ruched Puff Sleeve Dress. In elegant long sleeves and a cute print we know you’ll love this mini dress.”

Hmmm, not my favourite I have to say. The model on the website looks banging, but I ended up looking a bit like a spotty sausage. I got a medium (apparently 10/12) – but this size was so tight on my boobs it just wouldn’t have been possible to wear it out. 

Polka Dot Dress with long sleeves from Femme Luxe

There is some funny sizing on Femme Luxe so I’d just be aware. For example, the medium in this dress was 10/12, but a large on another item of clothing would be 12/14 and an M would be 8/10. I try to aim for size 10 where possible, but when the sizing isn’t consistent, you will get some ‘misses’ like this!

Black Cut Out Body Con Dress

Sorry, I can’t find it on the website now (I’ve linked to other black body cons from Femme Luxe, but you WILL have seen this dress on Insta.  Again, I wore it in Cyprus on a date night and I couldn’t believe how it made my body look. It isn’t a stretch material but it pulled me in in all the right places, and somehow made my girls look two or three sizes bigger too? Magical. 10/10 would wear again.

Femme Luxe Cut Out Body Con Dress Black

Looking forward to see what Autumn brings from Femme Luxe! You can visit the Femme Luxe website here.

St Moriz Express Mousse Tan Review and Bridal Prep

– this post contains gifted products –

Stop the actual press, could I have found the tan of my dreams?

I was recently sent the new St Moriz Express Mousse Tan to try. It’s a new water-to-mousse formula and I was excited to try out a water product from such a budget-friendly brand.

Here’s what the brand has to say about the product:

“This moisturising formula has been created to provide you with the perfect tan. The Express Tanning Mousse starts to develop after just one hour and can be left on the skin until you have

reached your desired shade. Once rinsed off, the product will continue to develop, leaving behind a gorgeous glow. With fragrance technology, this mood boosting mousse will leave you feeling tan-tastic!”

Well, I have to say – it’s a yes from me.

Application

I first used the tan on Friday night, ahead of a girly brunch. Fully prepped and primed, I applied the tan using the new St Moriz tanning mitt. I think a lot of brands are really beginning to realise that the tools to apply tan as just as important as the formula itself, and I was suitably impressed by this mitt – it felt thicker and smoother than ones I’ve used before.

Because the water turns to mousse, for me it took the guesswork out of where you’re applying product, as with Tanologist which dries super quickly and doesn’t give you much ‘play time’. The mousse was really, really smooth, with a scent I haven’t encountered with any tan so far. It was clean-smelling, pleasant. The mark of this is that William didn’t call me ‘biscuit tin’ once whilst using this tan. Bonus – the sheets didn’t smell either!

Once applied, the tan is slightly tacky, but I was able to put clothes on about 5-10 minutes later. I also washed my hands an hour in (cos sis, I have learnt my lesson).

Development

I wasn’t blown away by the development of this in the first few hours, but I think it’s because I’ve been used to tanning behemoths such as Skinny Tan’s Pro-Tan Moisture Mousse which you really need to be SO CAREFUL with. However, in the morning, my tan had become this beautiful golden brown colour, which really complimented my hair and eyes – no orange streaks either.

I’d say it’s definitely a tan you need time for, i.e. I’d recommend planning ahead and leaving it overnight. If you needed a quicker result, use St Moriz Insta-Grad Tanning Mousse.

Aftermath

As it’s not a very, very dark tan, the patchiness wasn’t as dramatic, which is a dream when you’re busy in the week. I got a good few days out of the initial Friday tan application and only scrubbed and started again on Wednesday – which is true to the brand claims that the tan give you five days of good colour.

I was so impressed, I used the tan again when we all went to Rugby Sevens the following week, and was complimented on my tan several times. I’d also applied some St Moriz Body Bronzer and Highlighter to add some extra glow.

The downside to this tan? I’m going to run out soon.

Not sure it comes out very well in the pictures, but have some stupid neon ones of us at R7s anyway.

 

What else have I been trying?

Finding the perfect tan has been part of my (very early, I know) bridal prep. In addition to the tan quest, I’ve been using a few other things.

Money is pinched at the moment due to the wedding, and who can honestly be bothered to pay a solid £75 to the hygienist? We’ve been taking care of our teeth with our amazing Oral B electric toothbrushes. We’ve gone the extra mile though with Dentek Easy Brushes and Floss Picks. For me, it just feels extra, extra clean and so much easier than traditional flossing. Visit the website to see the full range.

We’re also being really healthy at the moment. I’m being a whiz in the kitchen and making so many healthier choices. Can’t beat some extra vitamins though, right? We’ve been using Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil. We have both capsule and liquid form and you’re supposed to have a capsule or 15ml with food – to be honest it’s become part of our routine in the evenings. The liquid is lime flavoured and is nice on its own or can be added to food so it makes things very flexible. The capsules have Vitamin K2 MenaQ7 in which is good for your heart – perfect for any pre-wedding stresses!

We double and triple checked whether Will could have this supplement with his epilepsy. It’s a bugger like that, for example, he suffers from hayfever and isn’t allowed antihistamines! Funnily enough, we found LOADS of research and anecdotal evidence that fish oil can be beneficial for epileptics, reducing seizures because it contains docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, and eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA. Although these claims aren’t 100% substantiated as fact, we’re taking it and running. Available from wileysfinest.co.uk.