Friday, 24 October 2014

Trashed the £45 shampoo for this new £3.99 miracle from the drugstore

Dove Dry Oil Shampoo and Nivea In shower moisturizer

I'm addicted to drug stores. It's a sickness and I know I'm not alone. Plenty of my girlfriends admit to having the same problem. I could spend a whole day in a Walgreens in New York, when visiting, and I've been known to waste hours wandering the aisles of Boots here in the UK. Drugstore discoveries are often the best value finds. I'll find myself starting out with designer products that cost a small fortune and nearly all are eventually replaced with purchases from the most random shelves at drugstores. I'm a product junkie. There you have it. Need I say more?

Now that you know about my sickness, let's put it to good use. Over the past few weeks I've been telling everyone that will listen about four products that have changed my beauty routine for the better and then some. 

Let's start with the hair, as this is a new product line that I simply can't stop shouting about. Dove have recently released their Pure Care Dry Oil products onto the market. At first, I'll admit I was drawn in by the packaging. There's something about gold that is truly fantastic. God, I'm such a sucker. Anywho, I walked away with the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo and Conditioner from Boots Pharmacy for a grand total of £5.98. Incredible. I've always been a fan of every product Dove has to offer and am known to try every single item they have on the market, so this isn't entirely out of the blue here. What is unexpected are the results. Never before have I been more impressed with a Dove product. My hair had a beautiful smell that lasted throughout the day. In fact I couldn't stop sniffing my own hair - the scent is intoxicating. I'm pretty sure one of the guys on the tube thought I was a total freak as he watched me not-so-chalantly take a whiff on the way into town. Whoops. 

After finding myself massively impressed with the Dove Dry Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, I decided to up my game and return to purchase the Pure Care Dry Oil / Oil. Yes there's a Macadamia Nut oil that you can buy with the line. The results were stunning. In fact, they were so good I snapped a quick photo after a rough blow dry - this is a blow dry with absolutely no tools, just me, my hands and a dryer. 

Dove Dry Oil Hair

Pretty wicked, right? Now, there is one small downside to the post-shampoo and conditioner oil treatment and I think this is more personal than anything else. My hair is going through a bit of a limp and lifeless phase at the moment and it isn't super thick. So I can only use the oil every other day. If I use it every single day, I get a bit of a build up. While the hair still looks super healthy and shiny, it doesn't have the bounce I so love. 

In short, try Dove Dry Oil. It's out of this world. I'm using the shampoo and conditioner daily and can't see myself turning back. 

Now, onto part two of the discoveries. This is again a two part, same brand, find. In fact, I have to go ahead and admit that I can only take credit for 50% of this discovery. The other half has to go to India Knight. I'm of course referring to the Nivea products. I'll start with India Knight's part in this whole purchase power business. Knight wrote an article for the Sunday Times Style Magazine a few weeks back in which she confesses her undying love for a new discovery - Nivea Soft Moisturizing Cream. She wrote with such passion about this product that I bought it ten minutes after reading her article - marched straight down to my local Boots and stocked up. In a nutshell, makeup artists have been using this cream for years to give their subjects a healthy glow. It can be used as a cream for the face, hands or body and India Knight sold me on the idea that I needed it for everything. So, I now have three pots in my beauty cabinet. I use it for foundation base, for a little added glow on top of foundation and as a general refresher in my handbag for any dry moments. The smell is fantastic and the quality superb. A fantastic find, if you ask me, especially as it's less than a fiver. 

Now, as the Nivea products were on a special offer in the drugstore, I also fell in for the Nivea in-shower moisturizing cream. This is a cream you apply in shower, rinse off and go. Yup, that's it. It will keep your body moisturized, just as normal cream would, for 24 hours, except there's no sticky situation to wait through. I was a bit worried about the toweling off situation but everything worked perfectly- no issues whatsoever and absolutely zero residue on the towel. Hallelujah! 

So that's it for this drugstore discoveries. I'm sure I'll have more for you in coming weeks. But I do love these four new purchases like new born children - they're in my life forever now!  ;) 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Seven Days of Style: New knitwear to comfy classics

Seven days of style

Well, here we have the last of summer weather style for some time. Here's where I pull a sad face. No more bare legs in London. I say "in London" because I'm of to warmer clients end of next week and hopefully we have a few more "better weather wears" to share with you while there. So without further ado, here's a look at seven days of style featuring everything from Ralph Lauren to a new discover in knitwear that I'm over the moon about. Enjoy!

How to wear Lauren by Ralph Lauren Blanket Coat
All Ralph Lauren: Belt Design Dress,  Blanket Sweater, Soft Ricky Bag 
Asos textile federation shirt style
Textile Federation Shirt from ASOS
Skirt shirt ensemble
Gap V-Neck, River Island Skirt, Whistles Bag (old season)
Vintage letters as style warriors
Urban Outfitters Vintage Sweatshirt Top, Eileen Fisher Denim Shirt, Old Navy Rockstar Jeans, Next Ballet Flats,
Sweatshirt from Spitalfields Market, Next trousers (old season), LK Bennett Rosamund Bag 
Gap Sweater, Ann Taylor Trousers, Ralph Lauren Mini Ricky Bag
GiulianiMarani Sweater (MY NEW KNITWEAR OBSESSION), Zara Wide Leg trousers, 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Yes, a pair of $40 jeans can change your life (and wardrobe)

Old Navy Rockstar Jeans

When it comes to jeans I think we’ve all been sold a pretty straight forward story over the past few years. We’re told, from every source that can be utilised, that more expensive denim means a better fit, a better quality and a better overall look and feel. This is going to date me but I can remember the days when people were open mouthed over the idea of paying $100 for a pair of jeans. Today we have denim coming in at over $1000 and we’re not even talking a full decade of growth here for the industry. Designer denim is massive.  That all being said, I’m not claiming designer denim is the enemy. I am, however, most certainly spreading the news that there is another way for your arse to look amazing in jeans and it comes with a much smaller price tag.

While I was home in the USA this summer, I spent eight weeks in a state of constant perusal. I often am when I’m at home – half for my own shopping enjoyment and half to be able to come back here and speak knowledgeably about what’s going on back there. Here’s what’s going on as far as I can see – OLD NAVY ROCKSTAR JEANS!

I think it’s been about a year now since I mentioned the Old Navy Rockstar Jean. When they were first launched they had a slow burn rate. People were curious, purchased and then seemed to keep their secret denim purchases to themselves. I actually had lunch with a friend last year, enquired after her denim and was told they were discovered in a vintage shop. I was gutted. That next week, in the southern states, I marched into an Old Navy looking for a bikini and discovered her exact pair of jeans. That little trickster. I totally called the denim diva out on her little lie and we made amends and agreed to never lie again when it came to bargain buys. How come we are ashamed of a jean that comes in at under $40 (and some on sale for as low as $25 for the moment)?

Well, ladies, let me be the first to tell you not to be ashamed, but rather to run, not walk, to your nearest Old Navy to score a pair of these Rockstar jeans in every colour and rise combination. I am currently sitting on a stock of ten pairs that I wear every other day of the week it seems. From classic faded denim to black rinsed ripped knee skinny jeans, I have truly never worn a more comfortable or more flattering pair of trousers.  Maybe it’s the incredible stretch I love above everything else. Yes, I do think that’s it. Don’t worry, we’re not talking Jeggings here. Who created those monstrosities anyway? These are truly jeans with an extra something special to lift, flatter and shape like nobody’s business.

The Rockstar Jeans also come in different lengths, from petite to tall and also come in sizes up to a US 20. Yes, my hero has arrived and he comes in the form of  jeans that skim the floor. How long I have waited for that day to come!

To sum up this love letter to Old Navy Rockstar Jeans, let me just say I stake my reputation on you loving them. This isn’t a paid endorsement. It’s just me sharing a product that I discovered by chance and have been obsessed with ever since. Go, buy, and become a true Rockstar (at least when it comes to your denim choices).
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