Thursday, 27 July 2017

Beauty | My Skincare Routine - La Roche-Posay Effaclar

Hey there! Sorry that it has been so long since my last post. I've started a new job which has replaced the time I used to use to write blog posts! I am still here though and am always reading all of yours, I just need to get used to using my time well and getting posts written! 

I started my journey in discovering beauty products by diving straight into the world of make-up, however I am definitely very interested in skincare now and thought I'd update you on my new skincare regime which I've been using for 2 months.

I did my research into different skincare brands and decided to try La Roche-Posay as all the magazines and many bloggers rave about it and I am yet to give it a chance! I bought all of these products in Boots when they had a 20% off and I had a lovely Boots gifts card to spend and I am very pleased that I chose them. It was really easy to choose which products I wanted to buy as the shelves were labelled clearly explaining which skin types should use each product and I have been using their Effaclar range.

'Effaclar is a complete skincare solution adapted for all types of imperfection-prone skin. Naturally hyperactive sebaceous glands produce an excess amount of sebum. The skin tends to become shiny. Under the influence of environmental variations, sebum can oxidise and stimulate sebaceous glands even more. The pores get blocked and imperfections may appear.'

Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Sensitive Skin - 400ml - £15   LINK

I have been using this twice daily  as my face wash and I love it! At first I found the scent a little strange, a little floral almost, but now I am used to it I don't even notice it. It contains no soap so it isn't drying on the skin. It's made my skin feel a lot smoother and reduced the oil level.

Effaclar Un-clogging Purifying Sebo-Controlling Mask Anti-Shine - 100ml - £11 - LINK

Twice a week I apply this face mask on my T-Zone. It contains Kaolin which helps to unblock the pores and mattify your skin over time. It also contains Panthenol B5 which helps to soothe the skin. Finally the Argilla ensures that the mask isn't drying and stops pores becoming inflamed. I remove the mask after 5 minutes with a warm water and a soft flannel. 

Effaclar Duo Anti-Imperfections - 40ml - £16.50 LINK (Now with SPF 30)

I finish off my routine with this anti-marks lotion which is clinically proved to reduce the size and redness of spots in 4 weeks, whilst preventing future break outs. 

I am very interested in adding their toner into my daily skincare routine LINK but other than that I am very happy with how all of these products are working and shall be continuing using them. I do think they're on the pricier end of the drugstore spectrum but as my skin is agreeing with them all I am happy to continue buying them.

Let me know if you use anything from La Roche-Posay and what you think of it!


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Lifestyle | What's inside my work bag?

I can't even remember the last time I did a what's inside my bag post and seeing as I was bought a lovely new rucksack for my birthday and I have recently started a new job I thought this was the perfect time to show you what I keep inside my work bag!

 Fiorelli Backpack, No longer in the floral print  - LINK £33.00 - £59.00 SALE
Another style of Backpack with this floral print  - LINK £39.00 SALE

The bag is just wonderful! It's a rucksack from Fiorelli and bought in John Lewis. It's a medium size so you can fit a lot in without having to lug around a huge bag on your back. It has a small zip section at the front, a large zipped section and then a secret zip section at the back which sits against your back whilst worn. This is one of my favourite things about the bag as I can feel safe that my important items are secure. The straps can be made as small or big as your heart desires too which is always good! I love the floral print, it's subtle and in muted tones so it's easy to wear this bag with any outfit. Finally, all the hardware on the bag is in silver, which is an important factor to me!

Now here to the nitty gritty! Inside my bag I keep...

Keys || Kipling Purse || Biro || Nivea Age Defying Hand Cream || Compact Mirror || Muji Blotting Sheets || Tissues || Wigleys Double Mint Chewing Gum || Sunglasses || Umbrella || Portable Charger || Charger || Phone || Radley Oyster Card Holder.

This bag could easily fit in more and when needed I can fit a book, spare top and a small make up bag! The only thing it can't fit is my lunch and if I have an A4 magazines etc

I hope you enjoyed having a little peaky into my bag and seeing what I carry with me to work.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Fashion | 10 ITEMS Collective Haul - PINK, Jack Wills, Desigual & Primark

I have bought and been gifted a few new clothing bits and bobs recently and thought I'd bung them all together and write a little collective haul post. I hope you enjoy and like seeing what's been catching my eye recently. As some of the things were gifts I am unsure about prices and links etc but where I can I've included details for you to be able to find them.

 Victoria Secret PINK - $44.99 

My dad bought me this in America and I am very excited to add this new 'dog walking fleece' to my wardrobe! I spotted this around Christmas time on the Victoria Secret PINK website and absolutely love it! I don't live in the country side, I don't own Hunter wellies nor do I even have a dog but I have a thing for big fluffy fleeces which would be perfect for those three things! It's just so comfortable and warm and I love the subtle grey and cream design.

 Jack Wills Trench Coat

My boyfriend bought me this ammaazzing bright pink trench coat for my birthday and it's what coat dreams are made of! I have been wanting a light weight coat for ages as I only have really thick winter puff jackets and then really summery denim jackets. This is really just very beautiful, it's double breasted and also has the addition of being able to do up tightly at the top if it's a bit colder.

 Desigual - £33

My mummy treated me to this really fun sweatshirt and I love it! I am not usually a Desigual fan as it's all very loud and colourful. However, I love this as mainly it's plain and the textures of the letters are really interesting. It's a slouchy fit and looks great layered over shirts and tops with interesting high necklines.

 Adidas Baseball Cap - £12.49 - LINK

I am huge fan of the sporty trend and I was in the market for a new baseball cap so decided to pick up this pink Adidas cap. It's great for bad hair days and also when the sun is actually out! I'd definitely like to invest in a navy one for the winter.

 Primark Top - £10 

It's Primark time... I picked up this floaty blouse as I am huge fan of unnecessary flouncy sleeves, smocking and wild flowers! I shall be wearing this with skinny jeans in white or blue as the top is already quite fussy. I think Primark prices have dramatically increased as spending £10 on one top shocked me a lot!

 Primark Stretch Vest Tops - £1.80 each

The above blouse is completely see through and I don't own any light coloured vests so I decided to pick up two which I can wear underneath. I chose this pretty lilac shade and then a nude shade, both make the top look slightly different when worn underneath. They are so reasonable priced and really soft and I am sure I'll wear them with different outfits too.

Primark Fish Net Socks - £1 each

Last but not least I picked up three pairs of fish net socks. I love wearing these with trainers and making my outfit look a bit edgier. I previously could only find these in Topshop for a lot more money so I am very happy that Primark has jumped onto this bandwagon. I picked them up in mint green, lilac and a blue/purple. They also had pink, black and white.

So there's all of my new fashion bits! I hope you enjoyed this haul and having a sneaky peaky at the new things in my wardrobe!


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Beauty | Mac Eye Shadow Amber Times Nine Palette

I was gifted this beautiful palette for my birthday and before I let myself touch any of the pretty shadows I took a few snaps as I knew this would be something I'd want to share with you!

 Mac Amber x 9 Eyeshadow Palette LINK

Mac has a few different colour way options with their 'x 9' palettes and this one is the most natural. They also sell smokey browns, burgundy, dusky rose, pastels and glitters.

The palette has an array of colours and textures (matte, satin and frosts) which allows for many different eyeshadow looks to be created. I love that this palette is small enough to fit into my hand as it's so practical for travelling. As a girl who only owns three other Mac eyeshadows this also makes for the perfect way to try more of their shades and finishes.

These are the softest, buttery, bendable eyeshadows I've ever used, they feel so luxurious to apply and the array of colours work well together to create natural day looks and shimmery going out looks. The pans of eyeshadow are much smaller than the individual eyeshadows you can buy however, they are still a generous size and I can see this lasting many years!

Thanks for reading and I'd love to know if you've tried any Mac Eyeshadows!


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Lifestyle | May Favourites - Makeup ~ Nail Polish ~ Skincare ~ Books

Better late than never! Here are my favourites from the month that was May!


Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara - I love to have very big exaggerated black lashes and this mascara really does just that! This mascara promises '1800% more volume and the look of false lashes' due to the curvy brush which manages to reach the roots of your lashes. It's definitely a high end mascara at £22 but this is something I'd definitely treat myself to as it just works wonders!

Nail Varnish

Mac Studio Nail Laquer 'Satin Germain' - I was very kindly gifted this for my birthday and I've never tried Mac nail varnish before and I am seriously impressed. Firstly the packaging is really lovely, which is always a bonus, the colour is just the most perfect barbie pink too. Their polishes are available in three finishes, cream (which this is), glitter and pearl. This has such a lovely consistency and applies smoothly and easily, I also found it to be quick drying.


No7 Fanomenal Lash Serum - I apply this little beauty onto my eyebrows (or where I should have eyebrows, in my case) every morning and night and I am slowly seeing a slight improvement. This product hasn't worked miracles but it is starting to help the growth of my eyebrows so is a winner in my books. I am still researching into trying serums to help simulate hair growth.

Mitchum Shower Fresh Deodorant - ooo it's getting all glamorous on the blog today! So let's discuss body odour, it's really not great is it?! I am quite a sweaty person in general and I have been worried that after a long day at work I begin to smell. However, I swapped my deodorant to this Mitchum shower fresh roll on and have felt really confident that I won't smell throughout the day so I can wave my arms around all that I like!


#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso - I actually watched the Netflix series before reading this book and both are fantastic! I finished reading this book in just under two weeks and it was such an inspirational read. I love the colloquial style and the laugh out loud anecdotes. Definitely give this book and the Netflix series a chance! Her next book ' The GirlBoss Workbook' is out in October, this book is like a journal which you can write in etc, not normally my kind of thing as I loathe writing in books but I might have a flip through one when it's out to check it out!

I hope you enjoyed this little favourites post for May and liked having a look at what I have been loving recently!


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Beauty | NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray

So if you follow my Twitter (@sophiepearl421) and Insta (@greatestformoffflatteryblog) you'll know that I now have a job woooooooooo. I really couldn't be happier and of course me being me I have been thinking of ways to make my makeup stay on as well as it possibly can for the entire working day! So today I am sharing with you a product I've been using....

NYX Matte Finish Spray - £7.00 LINK

The NYX Matte Finish Spray is a quick and easy product to add into my makeup routine which is a major reason why I like it! I may wake up crazily early to get ready for work but I don't actually have the patience in the morning to go to town with my makeup. After doing my simple makeup look, which consists of primer, brows, BB cream, powder and mascara I just spray this over my face and let it do its thing! 

It smells fresh and makes my skin feel light and healthy. It definitely does help with the longevity of my makeup although I still feel that I need to think more about the products I am using as that could help too. The bottle is rather small so I don't think it's going to last too long and although it's inexpensive it will end up being pricey as it's a product you'd have to repurchase a lot!

I hope you enjoyed this short but sweet post and I'd love to know what you use to help your makeup survive a day of working!


Friday, 26 May 2017

Lifestyle | It's my Birthday !!!! #BirthdayTag GIVEAWAY NEWS

Hey, sorry I've not been posting regularly over the last week, I came back from my Summer holiday in Greece and then went straight on to visit my friend in Scotland. Do not fear I am back to the blogasphere and shall hopefully be writing some posts which you'll enjoy!

Make sure to follow my Instagram @greatestformofflatteryblog if you want to see what I am up to! When I get to 1000 followers on Instagram and Twitter @sophiepearl421 I shall be holding a fab makeup giveaway!

Carrying on with the chatty start to this post I thought I'd take the blog back to the olden days and do a nostalgic birthday tag post.

Birthday Tag

1.) When is your birthday?
My birthday is today, 26th May 
2.) How old are you turning? 
I am now 22!
3.) Are you/did you have a party this year? if so what are you doing?
This year I am going out for supper with my family on my actual birthday and then I shall be going for lunch and bowling with a group of friends on the weekend. I am not normally one for big birthday parties but I definitely like to acknowledge that it's my birthday!
4.) How do you usually celebrate your birthday?
We normally start the morning with cake and opening gifts and then at some point we'll go out for a meal.
5.) What was the most memorable birthday that you had?
Last year for my 21st I was spoilt rotten and had lunch at Claridges, I've wanted to go there for ages and my family tried to book me in for my 18th but it was fully booked, so I was so happy to have gone for my 21st. I love an excuse to put on a party frock and spend ages doing my hair and makeup!
6.) If you had an unlimited amount of money what would you do for your birthday?
Disney World. I didn't even have to think about that answer! I would go with all my family and friends and spend the day mooching about Magic Kingdom, eating Mickey Mouse shaped food and just being beyond happy in the most magical and happiest place on earth!!!
7.) What’s your birthday wish list?
I did make a cheeky post about this so I'll link you to that HERE
8.)What’s your favourite part about your birthday?
I actually love the count down to my birthday and getting all excited to have everyone wish me happy birthday, receive cards and gifts and just to feel special!
 9.) What's changed since your last birthday?
Since my last birthday I graduated University with a 2:1 in Costume Interpretation and I have worked in numerous roles including costume maker, costume stylist, Summer camp leader and as a cast member for Disney. I have now secured a job which I am incredibly excited and a tad nervous about. The year in-between graduating and today has been long and rather stressful and I am hoping now that I have a job my happiness will increase! On a more shallow note my hair is now a lot shorter!

I hope you enjoyed reading my birthday post, I am sure I'll enjoy looking back at it next year! Here's to a year of being 22!