2017 | Just Sarah xoxo

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

#SKINCARE | Crabtree & Evelyn Body Duo's - White Cardamom / Cocoon & Pomegranate





If you are looking for a gift that gives comfort and indulgence for your body, here it is. I feel like this cream is so nourishing it penetrates all layers of my skin. As much as I wanted to re- gift this because it is so beautiful, I had to try it out for my blog so I can tell you whether to buy it or not!
The smell is something I cannot describe, it is so spicy and long lasting I love it. Here is a quote from their website describing the smell

The scent is an unexpected delicate combination of sweet iced vanilla, mid-winter mimosa, and mulled spice essences of cardamom.

I could tell that the scrub had sugar in it because of the texture of the grains, and that is something I really like as it is a natural ingredient not like the plastic beads that harm the environment. It really is a luxurious scrub, it feels so silky smooth when you rub it on and gets rid of dead skin and dirt :) the cream is also smooth on application, they are a true dream duo. 




The Pomegranate and Argan Oil range is a lot more sweeter than the Cardamom one, it is just as moisturising and luxurious. Which I have come to notice is what Crabtree and Evelyn is all about. The scents are really uplifting as they are super strong and well lasting. This fragrance is described as ..

Warm Mediterranean fruit notes of orange, juicy pomegranate and sweet fig mingle with the heat of ginger and black pepper spice.

As gifts these really wont disappoint as they are beautifully packaged and gloriously fancy! If you are buying as a gift I would browse the website as they have plenty of scents to suit everyone. As for price, they range from £19 up to £30 per item, but as a gift you cannot complain and if you are buying for yourself they do go a long way...so don't think you are paying for a small amount! 

xoxo




*PR samples, my own opinions!*

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

#REVIEW | You MUST binge watch these NETFLIX shows

I am now back to flicking through Netflix, deciding what to binge watch next. Once you have typed with much difficulty… psykolgifal thrilkers….and then deleted and re typed, PHYSCOLOGICAL THRILLERS , browsed through the comedy section and realised you have seen it all or don’t fancy this or that, definitely NOT that…then its no fun anymore. So I am going to tell you what exactly YOU should be binge watching on your television, not just any television mind you…make sure its high definition, with crisp displays like the Oled TV Panasonic to get the best viewing!    *there are NO spoilers  : )*

The following programmes I recommend are my personal favourites and I either became obsessed and finished the whole series in a day or 2 OR I couldn’t wait until the next episode went live :)

1.       The Sinner –
Watched in a day…a day I tell you. I had the numbest bum after, but it was worth it. Jessica Biel is the main character and she kills a man, unprovoked and doesn’t know why. From this moment on I began to suspect anyone and everyone, and it went on like that for the whole series…I had my theories like she was previously abused, so it set her off in a frenzy and other ideas. I always seem to have a certain kind of sympathy for the mental struggles characters like this go through and Jessica Biel played the part so well, I was hooked until the end from the first episode.



2.       Mindhunter –
I didn’t know the term “serial killer” was coined in the 70’s until I watched this show, may I add in 3-4 days : ) I do love a show set in a time gone by and this being set in the 70’s didn’t disappoint. It’s basically a who’s who of serial killers, with the likes of Manson, Brudos, Kemper, Speck and many more. Some of whom I had never been that too familiar with and now I could tell you all about them, I admit the show took me a bit longer to watch as I had to keep pausing to google all about the real life serial killers 0_0 I mean it’s not pretty, but its mind numbing the crimes that they undertook. The FBI agents in the show interview the serial killers (which was unheard of and pretty much thought weird in those days) to try and understand why they do what they do from a science/psychological perspective. I was fully gripped from episode 2, so bear with the first 2 episodes as its much better after that!


Some other shows that are very similar to these, that I also recommend I have listed below. But once you start you will get hooked I am tellin you ….

Bates Motel
Alias Grace
13 Reasons Why
The Jinx
Making a Murderer
The Keepers


If you already have watched these programs, then I would love to know and discuss what you thought of them :) or if you plan to watch any of them also let me know!


*sponsored post, all opinions and ideas are my own!!*
*Photos are not my own *
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Monday, 20 November 2017

#SKINCARE | Nip+Fab - You NEED this scrub if you want smaller pores!



This is the first time I have used any product from NIP+FAB, and as any skincare product or brand I try for the first time I'm always unsure of how it will work with my skin. Obviously when you read reviews of products its from someone's personal use and doesn't always mean it will work the same on your own, but  I believe this product could help out a lot of skin problems. Everyone needs to exfoliate so the old skin shifts and the new skin has life :) this product is honestly now my holy grail.....like I'm Holly Golightly when she finally finds the cat with no name after all the emotional torture of not knowing where he is! (such a dramatic comparison but we'll go with it aha)

I bought it when it was on offer for £6 something and I believe its £9 normally, but truly its worth the £9 ; when my one runs out I definitely will be buying another. As you can see from the photo its a sort of white paste, with the exfoliating bits in it. I massage it all over my face and leave it for 1 minute and then I add water and massage again and then rinse off. You will not believe how soft and levelled out your skin feels as SOON as you wash it off!!!

Its not only an immediate affect scrub but it also has long lasting results. As you must know by now I always tell you how I have larger pores than I like, after using this scrub for a couple of weeks now about 3x  week I have notices the difference in the size of my pores! Where the scrub gets deep into the pores it really helps to cleanse them and make them less noticeable


Besides all the good stuff like IT ACTAULLY WORKS, the smell is the dreamiest thing ever. It is a grapefruit scented scrub which just seems to put me in such a happy mood, it wakes up my senses and my skin. I cant stop touching my face ^-^

( 3% glycolic acid and salicylic acids to refine, brighten + renew)

Please, just give it a shot if you suffer with large pours, blemishes and blackheads then use it a couple times a week and if you have normal, dry or sensitive skin then I would say use it 2x a week. You wont regret it.

Anyone recommend any other products from NIP+FAB, as its now a brand I trust :)



xoxo




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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

#BEAUTY | Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Event + Makeup Review/Swatches

Welcome to the glamour. Not gonna lie, my makeup desk is now oozing as much glamour as a starlet from 1950's Hollywood with this lot on it :) #allthegoals.

I went to a makeup masterclass by Joan Collins makeup artist *still pinching myself* and was given the most lovely goody bag! Just to be in the same room as Joan Collins make up artist was a big deal for me as I adore the whole Hollywood era.

The event itself was so awesome, to learn more about the products and how much Joan Collins herself is involved and the back story of it was fab. If you want to see the masterclass the event was filmed and is on the Facebook page of the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty.

Eyeliner + Mascara :

So I already had the brown eyeliner and I loved it and now I have it in black also, you can read my review here. I have been using the mascara non stop since I received it as I find the brush to be great for a non clumped look. The mascara consistency itself is not flaky. 

Eyeshadow Quad :

At the event I wasn't so sold on the eyeshadow as I only got to play around with it for a minute and in the time I only tried 2 shades and swatched it on my hand but I felt like it wasn't that pigmented. When I played around with it at home, with brushes and clearly I pushed a lot more harder when I was in my makeup element I was happy that they was quite pigmented. The gold shimmer is very gorgeous and I used the light brown for crease depth. I'm not sure I would personally pay £25 for the quad as I do quite a lot of makeup looks and use a ton of colours so for me to buy a palette with 15 or more colours for £25 is more reasonable BUT as a gift I think it is well worth the £25 due to the luxury of the whole product 
Foundation :

The foundation for me was the star of the show. The colour match for me was spot on for my lighter winter skin *summer come back asap, we all miss you *, the consistency I love because it is not to thick but it isn't overly runny either. I'm not a huge fan of wearing foundation on a day to day basis for reasons such as I like my skin to breath and I don't have time to check it is all blended. What I found with this one is it can be applied quickly using your hands for a light coverage, I would say like a BB cream. If your just in it for the even skin tone look or a slight tint then that's the way but I also found it to be buildable, I have applied 2 layers of the foundation and it is more of a medium coverage look :)


Lipstick :
I previously had the colour Helene and I obtained the colour Amanda at the event, we all got to pick our own colours :) Amanda really stood out to me, next to the other shades it had a very unique colour to it! Unlike Helene, Amanda is orange/hazel toned. I do genuinely love these lipsticks as they are hydrating and glide on with such ease. 


I had an amazing day at the event and playing around with the gorgeous makeup :)

Let me know if you have tried any of the
makeup from the range and your thoughts?!
xoxo
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

#BEAUTY | Models Own foundation stick and colour chrome eyeshadow review

This foundation stick was about a 1 minute decision, I saw on their twitter that they released these and I bought it right there and then. I suppose I bought it so quick because I normally talk myself out of makeup purchases...when you have so many foundations, eyeshadows, lipsticks how do you justify another one aha *inner self - " there is no such thing as too many "
The price was also another reason for the purchase as at £9.99 it was worth a try, seeing as it is my first time using a stick foundation!


Its super compact, super easy to apply and to my surprise, (I cant say my expectations were that high...I was just being sceptical AF) so easy to blend! I think I lucked out on choosing the correct colour (15) as I wasn't sure which colour to go for but I guess I make better decisions under pressure! 
Are you wondering about coverage? I would say it is a medium to full coverage with the added bonus to touch up throughout the day without it looking patchy. 
pssst. it also has a built in primer! 


I wonder what the majority of you guys prefer, stick or liquid? or another type?


Even though I bought the foundation with my own money I also got a free product, I'm guessing it was an offer they was doing with the foundation sticks. Hands down the best free product ever!! If you haven't already, then now is the time you try the colour chrome eyeshadow. The pigment is epic, the cream consistency is a joy to blend and apply.....its just heaven.


It comes with a little mixing plate and a liquid primer to create a more foiled look, I used it without the primer but I think it doesn't need it! check it out 



Find the products online here 


Keep up to date with me on my social channels 
to see more looks created with both :)

@ justsarahxoxo_ 
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

#SKINCARE | REN Perfect Canvas Serum

REN is a brand I’ve only been familiar with for a short while, and although I see it most days where I work I never really had the urge to use it due to my stubborn thoughts that it is just like any other skincare brand. Sceptical Sarah for you. But after attending a training session all about REN skincare, the story behind it and a deeper look at the ingredients I decided I should really give it a go and quickly took back my stereotypical thoughts.
REN recently launched a new product called: The perfect canvas finishing serum, which I was lucky enough to get a whole bottle of my own from the training session to try. My first thoughts were how aesthetically pleasing the bottle was, it looks clean, it’s the right size for the hand and has an easy to use dropper applicator. To touch it feels super smooth, I feel like that’s just a taster of what it feels like on the skin!


 Now, I had been using a few of REN’s other products hand in hand with using the Perfect Canvas and on some occasions, I just used the product on its own under my usual moisturiser. Not to say the other products don’t work (I will be doing a separate post on the other products I used) but I noticed that it looked just as good, maybe even better just using the perfect canvas with no other products than just a moisturiser that works for you. The saying goes, less is more, and here I think that’s the case. I think it’s quite a revelation that I may have found just ONE product that helps create the “perfect canvas”.

I have big pores, which to me is my biggest concern...it’s just the thing that bothers me. When I apply the serum, I feel like I genuinely shrinks my pores ^-^ I normally apply 2-3 drops on to my hands, then press it onto my face and neck, after I have moisturised and let it dry. As it is a serum it is a wonderful consistency, quite sticky to touch after you apply as it’s a primer, but I like the feeling of that zing of tightness. Once it dries my skin honestly feels instantly hydrated, glowy and oh-so smooth…the smoothness is insane. It is like that of a primer but 100x better!
On the occasions I wear makeup on top of the serum I feel my makeup sits so much better, like its more at one with my skin rather than it being a film. It does also tend to last a lot longer than if I wear it without, I tend to have trouble with bronzer staying on as I’m probably touching my face constantly throughout the day...but I have noticed without even thinking about it, that my bronzer is still in place after the days end.

As it is still very much a skincare product than just a primer, I believe it makes your skin not just look better but it makes it better.


 Have you tried the Perfect Canvas?
xoxo 

* Lucky free sample, opinions are my own :)*


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Monday, 9 October 2017

#REVIEW | Empress MIMI Lingerie Sub Box




As women, we all have certain weaknesses. I know one who can't resist pretty shoes but has nothing suitable to wear with them. Others adore frilly lingerie but never have any money to buy outer clothing. - Edith Head 

Hola,
As the title says I am going to review a lingerie subscription box. In the past I have reviewed beauty sub boxes but never a lingerie box, yet I think it is such a personal and unique idea. Lingerie is not something people indulge in as much as we would like, well I know I speak for myself there but I'm sure some can agree?

There is something so intimate about getting lingerie in a sub box rather than just going to the shops to buy. Not only is it like a present to yourself, but it has all the fuss and fancy of the tissue wrap, the note and the luxury box.

I was so impressed with this brand and their thought behind the box. I feel the whole concept is empowering to women and promotes body appreciation <3  

 Lingerie is my next love after clothing; I think it is what is worn underneath that really inspires a woman to feel beautiful in her clothes - that inner, secret glamour. - Alice Temperley
      If you subscribe to the service every month, Empress Mimi send you a box of bespoke, luxury underwear straight to your door.

There are 3 types to chose from:

  • The Mermaid Box – Three pairs of underwear each month –  £25
  • The Siren Box – A full set of lingerie each month – £40
  • The Empress Box – A luxury set of lingerie, with accessories each month – £70
There is also the option to send as a gift to someone special, if you are not a fan of commitment. Also as an extra extra kindness I have a discount code below!

15% OFF your first box!!!!
Just use code 
JUSTSARAHXOXO15

10% of the proceeds from the purchases using my discount code will also go to charity, which help to get more women into coding - www.projectgirlcode.org 

 I have a great appreciation for the set I was sent, it feels like top quality and is super detailed. I can also wear it as outerwear as well as underwear! What a treat :) 

Insta - @EmpressMimiLingerie
#EmpressesDoItBetter


*PR Sample - all opinions are my own of course. as always :)*

xoxo
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

#OOTD | 4 Ways to style a tunic

 Jeans - (here) similar 


Hey guys, today I'm going to bring you a post on how to wear a tunic 4 different ways :) I mean they are pretty simple ways to subtly change the tunic style depending on the event or just the way you feel. So I have named mine : modest, smart/casual, badass and lazy. I wonder if you can guess which is which haha!

I got sent this beautiful tunic from NoLoGo-Chic.co.uk  which is 100% linen and I actually really like it as a garment. I cant say I have ever owned a tunic like this before but  I found it to be a very versatile piece of clothing. I like how you can dress it down or up or even just use it as a cover-up/coat.

As you can see from the photos I paired it with some jeans with a simple flower design and a slogan tee.
What's your favourite way that I styled it?             


xoxo







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Thursday, 14 September 2017

#OOTD | Busy Sleeves + Denim w/ @WEARALL

 Vans 
 Flared Sleeve Bardot Top (Here)

Jeans - Zara
Sunglasses (Here)

A huge hello, feels like its been a long time since I sat down and wrote an update about what I have been up to. Had to stop myself putting  and exclamation mark at the end of that sentence coz I feel like I do it to every sentence aha! Does anyone else do that, and then when you don't put and exclamation mark it feels like your being blunt??!! 

Let me talk about this wonderful outfit before I start babbling on about life. Sooo I got contacted by WEARALL recently, who said they would send some clothes out to me if I would like. I spent a good few hours making my decisions of what to pick and then I had the surprise of not knowing what  I was getting until I came :) always fun! 
I decided to do the posts  separate and this is the first one. The top is the piece from WEARALL.com and it is my fave from the bunch I got sent <3 its got the girly flared sleeves, the comfort and also an elasticated bit at the top so it can also be worn off the shoulder. I paired it with some jeans from ZARA , classic VANS and a small red bag. I'll link them all in this post.

This week has not been to great for weather but I must say I am loving the new autumn arrivals I have seen in shops so far, I think its going to be a cosy autumn ^-^





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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

#BEAUTY | How to get a salon blow dry at home w/ PRO BLO

Hey guys,


I thought I would write a segment on here about my experience with PRO BLO.
I'm so sad because I done a whole speaking segment about my thoughts on the Pro Blo Curl Me set on my YouTube channel, yet when I went to edit it on Premiere Pro the audio was missing.....I honestly am so frustrated and if anybody can help or send me a link on how to sort it please do! So I'm going to link my vid here but also write a little bit about how it went.


Hair Backstory - 
Straight, Thick, Long-ish...


I got sent the Curl Me set as PR sample which contains :
X 6 CurlME Barrels. (x 2 Small, x 2 Medium x 2 Large)
X 6 Hair Clips.
X 1 Handle
X 1 Travel Bag

At first I was thinking that the 6 barrels wouldn't be enough but to my surprise they was, and I believe anymore wouldn't of fitted in my hair due to the size of them. Its all about the way you segment your hair and getting the correct amount in each section.

It gave me the volume I wanted and also the ease of use was such a big thing for me, to be able to easily roll my hair and then clip it up saved me a lot of time! I feel like toward the end when I was doing the front of my hair I started getting in to the swing of it :)





If you want to check out the products you can do so here: 



You can watch the full video on my channel 





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