You know Christmas is getting closer when out come the John Lewis Christmas advert, Coca Cola advert and the Harrods Christmas Window display (I loved last year’s windows – you can see my pics here). After seeing the adverts arrive on telly, it seemed only fair to pop out and have a look at this year’s opulent Harrods Christmas Window display inspired by the Orient Express…
I was kindly sent some 16″ clip-in Foxy hair extensions to try recently and even though my hair is quite a nice long length now, I still enjoy using clip-in extensions to add a bit of thickness and glamour for a night out. I usually use Beauty Works extensions (read my review of those here) and used to use cheaper Halo hair extensions when I was a student (you can find that review here) so was really keen to see how Foxy would fare.
When the hair extensions arrived, they came in clear packaging which is great for instantly seeing if the colour will match your own; I was sent #16 Medium Golden blonde which matched perfectly! There were 8 pieces included in my 16″ set, including one big section with 4 clips, 2 x medium sections with 3 clips, 3 x smaller sections with 2 clips and finally 2 x small sections with 1 clip:
These extensions are Grade 4A quality and made from 100% Remy Hair (human hair) and you can definitely feel the lovely soft quality. Best of all, they are nice and light and the clips are comfortable; this is perfect for me as I have quite fine hair so it means they didn’t feel too heavy, pull my hair or look too big and obvious when clipped in. I was very impressed with how they both felt and looked:
I was really impressed with these Foxy hair extensions and would absolutely recommend them. They feel light and soft whilst still adding indiscreet thickness and length to your hair. Even better, prices for the clip-ins start from just £59.99 which is one of the best prices I have seen around for good quality human hair clip-ins.
As Foxy are one of the UK’s leading suppliers, there is a great amount of choice to choose from on their website, from human clip-in extensions in 16″ and 20″, to pre-bonded hair extensions, hair wefts, hair pieces (including Frankie Essex hair accessories), and tools/aftercare/accessories (including Sleep In Rollers!). The website is super helpful, with how-to videos and information about getting free testers and their colour chart is amazing too, covering most shades and tones, even bright colour pop hair! Word on the street is that there will be an ombre collection arriving soon…
I have been aware of ethical organic fashion label Beaumont Organic for quite a while, after attending a Manchester Fashion Network talk with founder Hannah Beaumont a couple of years ago. I have seen it grow from strength to strength, from starting out with just 8 pieces to now having a fully fledged collection which even includes a fabulously sophisticated homeware section. (My MFN post reveals more about Hannah’s beginnings – you can check that out here).
Beaumont Organic aims to produce items that are eco-friendly, organic and produced fairly but are also stylish, elegant and feel luxurious to wear. Founder Hannah felt there was a real gap in the market for this when she set up the company in 2008 and wanted to work with premium fabrics to offer timeless, classic items. All pieces are designed to be simple, stylish and classy; prices range from £9.00 to upwards of £200 which Beaumont Organic call ‘affordable luxury’.
Beaumont Organic kindly sent me the gorgeous Winifred 100% wool A-Line skirt in a brown/camel colour which arrived in the most stylish packaging that I almost didn’t want to open! It felt so cosy and premium and will be perfect for any autumn/winter. Though not the cheapest for everyone at £175, it absolutely feels like a classic investment piece that can stay in my wardrobe for many years to come and can be dressed both up and down – see how I styled it initially here. I think anything from Beaumont Organic would make a quality gift or treat for yourself and hopefully over the years I can continue adding to my organic collection.
I was recently sent this gorgeous A-line 100% wool skirt from organic fashion label Beaumont Organic – check out my full Spotlight On Beaumont Organic here! It arrived (very beautifully) a couple of days before I was due to go home to the countryside and was the perfect item to wear for a day visiting the grandparents. I teamed it with a polka dot blouse for a younger look though I think this skirt would also look gorgeous with a cream blouse and pearls! I added the hat for even more of a 70s vibe – thanks to my friend Emilie for letting me borrow it!
As Game of Thrones keeps telling us, ‘winter is coming’. Which also means chapped lips, cracked hands and dry skin, hence the second of my Skincare Series! I have already noticed my skin taking a turn for the worse recently so have started to bring out my favourite nourishing products from the beauty cupboard…
Liz Arden Eight Hour Cream – Intensive Lip Repair Balm - I received this in the CEW(UK) Achiever Award goody bag a couple of Monday’s ago and it couldn’t have come at a better time as my lips were really starting to become dry and sore. I’ve always heard good things about the iconic 8 Hour Cream so was really keen to try the lip balm version and luckily I wasn’t disappointed! The balm is quite thick which is great as it feels so nourishing and means you only need the tiniest amount each time, which should hopefully mean that the pot lasts quite a while. The balm is a peachy colour which I found left a lovely, subtle glow on the lips and it lasted for hours (though I’m not sure I would say quite 8 hours).
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm - This thick balm contains nourishing oils that cleanse whilst protecting skin, making it an ideal cleanser for dry, wind-blown skin. It can also be used as a salon-like mask – read my previous review here.
Melvita Apicosma Ultra-Nourishing Body Balm – I’m lucky enough to PR Melvita and this body balm is one of my favourite products from the brand! It is a luxurious, buttery body moisturiser enriched with Royal Jelly, Cocoa Butter and Melvita’s unique ‘triple honey complex’ to not only leave skin feeling nourished for hours but to also protect from future dryness. I love slathering this on after shaving my legs to leave them silky for hours!
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Balm B5 – I used to PR La Roche-Posay, a fantastic French skincare brand specialising in different kinds of sensitive skin. This creamy balm is a lovely multi-purpose nourishing cream that can be used for a variety of skin concerns, whether it be dry skin, cracked lips, grazes, nappy rash – you name it! It has earned a place here as it feels lovely and light, can be used on sensitive skin and really does work. The original Cicaplast is also great and comes in a light gel formula (a favourite of my dad’s!).
After helping out at last week’s CEW(UK) Achiever Awards I was lucky enough to come home with a goodybag (including a fabulous Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Balm – more on that later) which came complete with a mini sample of the B. Pure Micellar Water.
If you couldn’t tell already, I am a big fan of micellar waters and always use them as the first stage of my cleansing routine to gently remove the first layer of make-up/grime (before cleansing more thoroughly with an oil). There are so many micellar waters on the market now that it can be hard to decide which one to choose (I usually use Vichy’s or Caudalie’s though am yet to try Bioderma’s hyped one). So when I heard that the full size B. Pure Micellar Water was a mere £4.99 from Superdrug, I was desperate to see if it could perform and become my new budget staple. And I think it just might be.
What I loved most about the B. Pure Micellar Water formula was how little was needed each time, meaning I could take most of my make up off in just a few swipes. It was also really refreshing and gentle on my sensitive skin, plus the fresh, clean bottle looks lovely on the bathroom shelf. Annoyingly, the full sized bottle has a little nozzle restricting how much comes out which actually makes it more awkward and a little harder to get product out but still, for £4.99 you can’t complain.
*It looks like for a limited time only you can pick this up from Superdrug online for just £2.49! Bargain.
Has anyone else tried the B. Pure Micellar Water? Thoughts?
Fluffy Pink Jumper Dress – Oh My Love (£45)
Fluffy Teddy Pea Coat – Topshop (£79)
Knitted Fluffy Jumper – Topshop (£34)
Tweed Jacket – Nelly.com (£79.95)
Lace Trim Ankle Socks – Topshop (£3.50)
Large Number Watch – Lipsy (£25)
Cut Out Boots - New Look (£29.99)
Gold and Pink Collar Necklace – New Look (£14.99)
High Waisted Shorts - Miss Selfridge (£32)