You may remember that H&M collaborated with Balmain, last year. Well, I was one of the lucky few who got the chance to purchase a piece from the collection. I queued up like everyone else to buy at least one of the products from the exclusive range.
Although I originally wanted the velvet Black and Gold beaded dress (as seen on Kylie Jenner), I tried it on and realised that it wasn’t the one for me. Instead, I opted to go for the Emerald Green velvet dress (as seen on Ellie Goulding). I was won over by this figure-hugging dress because it made some parts of my body look slimmer while accentuating others.
Anyway, enough about me, let’s get down to the real reason why I’m writing this… It was revealed last month that H&M has seen a 10pc surge in sales over the Christmas period – beating its rivals. The Swedish company which is famed for its fast-fashion but low cost clothes more than doubled its revenue in December, 2015 in comparison to November and it is suggested that H&M x Balmain may well be the reason!
Having said that, last year wasn’t the first time that H&M joined forces with a premium brand. In 2014, H&M collaborated with Vera Wang on an exclusive line. But, the collaboration with Vera Wang wasn’t as popular as last year’s #Balmaination. Why is that? Well, it’s probably down to the fact that the Kardashians/Jenners were heavily publicised wearing the most luxurious of pieces from Olivier Rousteing’s collection in that year.
The Balmain x H&M collaboration was announced at the Billboard Music Awards in May, 2015. Of course, a fashion frenzy followed and everyone counted down the days until November 5th, when the collection was unveiled to the public both in store and online.
November 5th came and I headed down to Central London’s Oxford Street to purchase my chosen garment. But, I wasn’t ready for what I was about to endure… Millions of people were queuing up outside the store. The queue was almost a mile long. Apparently, people had been queuing up from the night before, and were given wristbands which allocated them a time to enter the store.
I waited patiently until it was my turn, but was one of the last to go in. The whole Balmaination section was bordering on empty, and the crowds outside were becoming hostile. Then, out of nowhere I heard screams as people started forcing their way into the store trying to enter. H&M was forced to close as the shop assistants and managers feared for their safety.
On my way out, I heard that people were checking H&M’s online store, to see if anything was available. But, by that time everything was all sold out… When I got back home, I read that people who had bought something from the range were selling them online for double, triple, or quadruple the price.
Why was everyone going crazy over Balmain? I think it’s the price reduction that clinched it. I checked on Balmain’s website, and dresses are sold at ludicrously unaffordable prices (for working class people). So, seeing that prices were being reduced by H&M meant that there was a higher demand.
My star rating for Balmain’s #Balmaination would be 5***** I absolutely love this dress and cannot wait to show it off on a night out…
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best at looking after my lion’s mane. Over time, my hair has become very frizzy, dry and coarse – making it almost impossible to brush. To top it all off, I bleach it every six weeks as a means of maintaining my new hair colour… So, as you can imagine, I needed something that’ll inject some form of life into it, returning it to its former glory. That’s when I heard about Toni & Guy‘s Nanokeratin Treatment…
At a whopping price of £130, this Nanokeratin treatment is said to bring hair to its optimum health whilst reducing styling time by 80%. Apparently, this intensive treatment is also meant to make the hair easier to manage, lasting up to 12 weeks.
Yes, it’s pretty expensive, but Toni & Guy are one of – if not the best hairdressing brands on the high-street. Plus, if you think of how much it’d cost to have a salon blow-dry each week for 12 weeks, it works out a lot cheaper!
The two-hour long treatment starts with the usual wash [to give it a deep cleanse] and blow-dry [because the formula needs to be applied on dry hair]. Then, the hairdresser will mix up the formula made up of hand-selected vitamins and essential oils; it is then left to soak into the hair 45 minutes.
This mixture is designed to deeply penetrate into the most tiny of fibres in order to activate what’s called the: ‘inner hair cortex’, creating a shield that protects against environmental elements such as UV rays and other aggressors.
Once the mixture has absorbed into the hair, you’ll notice that it’ll feel straw-like to touch. But, when the hairdresser returns to blow-dry it into the hair, that’s when the magic happens! After blow-drying, the hairdresser will go over it with straighteners to lock in the vitamins. Your hair will feel a bit greasy afterwards, but that’s just from the treatment’s residue.
If you go ahead with this treatment, be prepared to not wash your hair for three days. Try not to get caught in the rain, and wear a shower-cap when showering. Also, please be aware that you cannot use shampoos and conditioners that include sulphate in them. As far as I’m aware, label.m [a Toni & Guy branded hair care brand], produce the best sulphate-free shampoos, I use Diamond Dust. Having said that, your hairdresser will recommend the right one for you.
A top tip post-treatment would be to reduce the amount of times you wash your hair. The less times your hair is exposed to water, the longer the treatment will last. I mean, mine lasted the full 12 weeks because I washed my hair once p/w.
To conclude, this treatment is most definitely worth every penny. I recommend it to those who have lost their hair’s elasticity. I promise that your hair will feel smoother, shinier and softer to touch, conditioned and healthy from deep within…
I would like to give this treatment a 5***** because I’ve tried it twice and would never go back to ordinary hair care treatments.
Late last month, I begun taking part in the DoveBeauty Bar challenge – which entails washing my face with nothing but the soap for seven days. Now, I’m very late in the game because this was a trending topic in the #bloggersphere years ago. But, I found a bar of Dove’s soap lying around the house recently and thought that I’d give it a go.
Every morning, I’d wake up and wash my face with Dove’s Beauty Bar, doing the same at night. I’ve got to admit that this was the first time that I’d used soap on my face – as I’m used to liquid cleansers. However, I’m a firm believer in the saying: ‘there’s a first time for everything’.
According to research, Dove had previously released an advert where women washed their faces with nothing but the Beauty Bar for a total of seven days. They were prohibited from looking in the mirror so that they’d become more receptive to the changes in their skin since using the soap. Although I’m not brave enough to spend a week without looking in the mirror, I tried the challenge nonetheless but hated every second…
Let’s start off with the positives – the bar is soft, smooth, pure and very luxurious! Other pros include the fact that it’s cheap to buy and easy to use. The negatives? It dries my skin out quickly and the moisturising effect wears off soon after. I also found that the soap irritated my extremely sensitive eyes.
All in all, I wouldn’t recommend using this product on your face. Having said that, it’s great to wash your body with! I’d give Dove’s Beauty Bar 1* because it just didn’t work for me…
Topshop is a British international fashion retailer providing customers with high-quality clothes, shoes, make-up and accessories at high-street prices. There are currently 500 shops worldwide, 300+ of which are based in the UK; the flagship store being in London’s Oxford Street. This store is owned by the Arcadia Group – founded by Tina and Sir Philip Green but is run by Chief Executive Officer, Katie Foster.
Anyway, that’s enough background information… Now, onto the main the reason why I’m writing this post – its new MOTO Oversized Jacket.
Chanel ultimate ‘90s vibes in this MOTO badged denim jacket. In an oversized fit, it features scattered badge details to the front and back and is finished with a button down placket and pockets. 100% Cotton. Machine wash.
This oversized jeans jacket comes in at £50, it’s a wardrobe essential and one that should be bought in time for Summer Sixteen! I am loving its badge detail, giving a circa-90s look to it. Ideally, you can team it up with a nice pair of leather skinnies and some kitten heals. Alternatively, why not try to rock double or triple denim? Only if you’re brave enough!
If I had to rate this product, I’ll give it 3*** because of its ‘oversized’ look. I mean, it does nothing to flatter our torsos but that’s to be expected, I guess…
P.S. Please note that due to popular demand, it’s now only available in size 10 OR 16 [ONLINE], check in store for more sizes.
In this post, I’ll be sharing all of my beauty secrets with you. Ideally, it’ll give me a chance to introduce my readers to some products which they may not have heard of and/or remind others of products that they may be missing.
The first step is to find a cleanser that’s right for your skin. The worst thing to do is use a cleanser because your friends use it, or someone famous endorses it. The point I’m trying to make is: everyone has different skin cells and skin types. So, what works for them won’t necessarily work for you…
I used to purchase products based on word-of-mouth until I got acne. Now, I stick to a tried and tested routine that works to keeps my spots at bay. I’m not going to lie, I get the odd spot – but it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be!
I remember the moment my mum took me to Kiehl’s because she’d tired of hearing me complain about my acne. I mean, it got so bad that I was prescribed Roaccutane!
We were greeted by a lovely guy who didn’t look at me weirdly or treat me any different. He was very nice, explained the back story of the brand and recommended that I try their Blue Herbal Gel range. He predicted that my skin would clear up in just one month after using these products. He was so sure about them that he promised to give me my money back if they didn’t work. That’s sheer confidence if ever I saw it!
Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser is oil-free and non-drying. It’s inspired by Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion and is a Salicylic Acid treatment with extracts of Cinnamon Bark and Ginger Root.
Of all the acne treatments I have ever tried, this is the one that I’ve seen the most results while using. I’m not just saying this, but it cleared up my skin in less than four weeks. Yes, it dried my skin out, but it did what it said it would which was to get rid of my spots.
If it weren’t for Kiehl’s, I probably would’ve had no option but to use Roaccutane. I’d go as far as to say that drugs don’t solve the problem. I can’t believe that dermatologists think that a drug as harsh as Roaccutane can cure something that could easily be treated using the right herbal facial products.
I still use this cleanser to this day as means of preventing my acne from returning, and it still works a treat!
Unveil younger-looking skin with our innovative Glycolic Fix. 60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid (2.8%) retexture + resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturising formula with hyaluronic acid + soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter + smoother looking skin.
Alright, I know I was banging on about not conforming to something that celebrities swear by, but this stuff actually works. As you know, Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian-Klan is an ambassador for Nip + Fab. According to the website, Kylie is a big fan of the stuff.
These pads work as a toner for the skin, and are specifically formulated to remove dead skin cells, and help lighten discolouration in the skin caused by aging. But, what most people don’t know is that this range can also be used by acne-sufferers.
I love this product because of how gentle it is on my skin. It’s not harsh or coarse in any way. I also like that it absorbs into my skin pretty quickly. What’s more, I can really feel it working because I sense a tingling feeling after I apply it to my face and neck.
This 5.5 pH balanced soap-less facial cleanser is rich with therapeutic essential oils and Dead Sea minerals and is suitable for all skin types.
I use this product once or twice a week as an exfoliator. I first came across it in Westfield. Yes, they gave me that long marketing spiel about how awesome this product is, and yes I did fall for it…
However, unlike other marketing spiels which are enticing but fall flat after use, this one didn’t. I’ve been using it for a year now and have encountered no problem other than the granules going in my eyes.
I love this product because it works to deep cleanse my skin, removing all the impurities. It’s packed with healthy ingredients that leaves my skin feeling smoother and more radiant.
A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower blend together for an intensive hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced.
Before moisturising, it’s vital to add a serum to a freshly cleansed and toned face. That’s where Nip + Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Fix comes in…
You can use this miracle worker underneath your make-up in morning or evening. Aside from the fact that like all Nip + Fab products, it’s smells amazing – this gel sits perfectly well on the skin too.
Cleansers [especially like Kiehl’s one] and toners can be very drying on the skin. So, it’s vital to place a serum on top to give it that burst of moisture.
A nourishing moisturiser to provide a “second-skin” anti-ageing shield, helping reduce the look of lines + wrinkles through skin hydration. Bee venom works in synergy with wheat proteins to help plump + tighten appearance of skin, restoring a healthy, youthful-looking complexion.
Although this cream is multi-purpose in that you can use it at any time during the day, I only use it in the morning. I love this moisturiser because it’s thick and very hydrating! I’ve been using it for 6 months and refuse to change it.
A powerful night cream specially formulated with encapsulated time release retinol + SYN®-AKE, to reduce the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles + retexture skin, whilst you sleep. Hyaluronic acid provides long term hydration + an intensive plumping effect. Awake to smoother looking skin with a renewed youthful glow.
This product can be used underneath make-up [if you’re going out at night] or on a cleansed face before bed. I’m obsessed with this moisturiser and would say that it’s the best night cream I have ever used.
I spend my whole life laughing and smiling so I need an intensive cream that smooths out my fine lines and wrinkles whilst hydrating my skin in the process – the Extreme Night Fix does just that!
Obviously our skin repairs itself each night while we sleep, so it’s really important to use a good night cream that works for us, and the Viper Venom range by Nip + Fab works for me…
A refreshing eye gel in a cooling roll-on applicator with wrinkle minimising LIFTONIN® + SYN®-AKE to smooth the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles around the eye area. Red Algae Extract reduces the look of dark circles for a radiance boosting effect. With Syn-ake, a revolutionary ingredient that works to smooth skin and liftonin for instant tightening.
I’ve used many eye creams that claim to make your eyes look younger, but fail. I’ve also tried plenty of roll-on gels that don’t work either. But, I can vouch that Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom Eye does!
I first tried it as a way of reducing the appearance of my dark circles and crows-feet. I found that in just one use, my eyes looked younger, less tired and revitalised.
This eye gel is something that I’d recommend to people who tend to wake up and put their shades on out of embarrassment. You can apply it in the morning or at night, and I promise that you won’t need to wear your sunglasses again [when protecting the World from your tired eyes].
A calming and moisturising fresh face mask packed with blueberries, calamine and chamomile, rose, and almond oils to soothe and soften the skin. We use wholesome blueberries as they are rich in vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E that help to protect the skin from damage.
This is the only mask I’ve ever used that doesn’t irritate my skin. Made purely from blueberries, this product soothes my skin to reveal a dewy, flawless and blemish-less complexion.
I use LUSH‘s Catastrophe Cosmetic once a week as a means of anti-oxidising my skin, protecting it from all types of damage caused by everyday life.
In conclusion, I give all the above products a 5***** ratingbecause I simply cannot live without them…