Holiday Shop | Wish List

Pink sun dress - New Look // Floral bikini - Lavish Alice // Flower print bralet - River Island
White sandals - New Look // Aviator-style sunglasses - ASOS // White kimono - New Look

This September I will be going abroad for the first time in ten years! Whilst I am super excited to be going to Rhodes, Greece with three of my best friends, I can't deny that I am a teeny weeny bit apprehensive about the flight, having not been on a place since I was 13. I'm sure I'll be way too excited to care by the time it comes to boarding the plane though.

Since booking the holiday, all I've been able to think about is summer shopping, so I thought I'd share my holiday wish list with you today. Something I am on the hunt for is the perfect bikini and I think this one from Lavish Alice is so gorgeous. I like the fact that the top is longline and the bottoms are high waisted so you only show off the best bit of your midsection! If anyone else has spotted bikinis like this, please let me know where you found them! I'd also love to read any blog posts related to holiday packing, flying tips, getting fit for your holiday etc so feel free to leave your links below.

What's on your holiday wish list?
xo

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Makeup Revolution Review | One For Playing Games Baked Blush




As a lover of baked makeup products, I couldn't resist picking up One For Playing Games, a lilac toned baked blusher by Makeup Revolution. Whilst the packaging isn't anything to write home about, the blusher itself looks absolutely beautiful - it reminds me of a planet!

 One For Playing Games is surprisingly pigmented, when you consider that it cost just £2.50 and I feel that it compliments my pale skin really well. Whilst you could use this on the apples of your cheeks, I tend to use it as more of a highlight for my non-existent cheek bones. The staying power is not the best in the world, but for £2.50, you can't really complain! The product itself is very soft and light, making application super easy. As with all blushers, I recommend starting off with just a little on your brush and slowly building up the colour until you're happy.

All in all this is another great product from Makeup Revolution and at such a cheap price point it is ideal if you are on a budget or are just getting into makeup. I'll definitely be picking up another one of these next time I place an order. I've already got my eye on 'All I think about is you.'

Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution baked blushers?
xo

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Jazz and Oby Pet Post | Pure Pet Food Review |

Super cute packaging & resealable - always a bonus!
Jazz (left) and Oby (right) enjoying their Chicken Dinner from Pure Pet Food (£8.99 trial pack)

Last Saturday we celebrated Jazz's 10th birthday and the lovely people at Pure Pet Food sent over a pack of their Chicken Dinner food* for him and Oby to try out. Pure Pet Food is a dehydrated dog food made from 100% human quality ingredients. Dehydration allows the ingredients to be preserved naturally, whilst retaining all of the nutrients and goodness inside. It is designed as an alternative to raw or homemade cooking, but can also give dogs used to eating dry biscuits, a little variety in their meals. 

Basically to prepare the food, you just add warm water, stir well and leave it to re-hydrate for 10 - 15 minutes. Making the food was quite fun as I had both dogs (and Thomas the cat) queuing up, eager to see what was going in their bowls. I have to admit the feeding guide was a little confusing but Pure Pet Food are currently in the process of updating it. 
As you can see, both dogs appeared to be enjoying the food (getting it on their noses is always a good sign) and I think it made a nice change from their usual biscuits. Oby (our rescue dog) is a big eater and even tried to nab a little of Jazz's after he'd finished, so it definitely went down well with him!

Visit the Pure Pet Food website for more information about their healthy, human grade dog food.

xo

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Festival Fashion Trends


Black crop top - Boohoo // Tropical print maxi skirt*, Black cork wedges*, Sunglasses, Necklace, Headband - New Look

The festival season is finally here, so what better time than now to talk about some of the top fashion trends? One of the great things about festival fashion is that it provides the perfect opportunity to show off your unique personal style. There is no need to worry about going too OTT, as there will always be someone that has pushed the boundaries that little bit further!

Top 3 Festival Fashion Trends 2014

1. Neon Boho  - Think Aztec prints and colour pops, perfect for Glastonbury.

2. Neon Bloom  - Statement florals and feminine cuts ideal for V Festival.

3. Tropical Beach  - Make a style statement at Bestival by fusing bold prints and colours.

I decided to have a go at styling the Tropical Beach trend, with my statement piece being this stunning sheer tropical print skirt (I can't wait to wear it on holiday). Although I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t get far at a festival in those wedges, hence why this is a festival inspired outfit post!

It's also worth noting how festival fashion has evolved over the years; from bohemian style in the late sixties, to nineties grunge and indie pop in the naughties. Although trends change from one year to the next, you'll find that they are constantly being recycled and re-invented and that is something I personally find so interesting about fashion.  Take a look at the screen shots below and be sure to visit New Look's interactive Festival Fashion Timeline to find out more about the trends.


What's your festival style? 
Are there any particular trends you'll be rocking this summer?
xo

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Oldies but goodies | Shopping my makeup stash


I don't know about you, but I love re-discovering old makeup favourites in my beauty stash! It almost feels like you have been shopping without spending a single penny. Today I thought I'd share three 'oldie but goodie' makeup products that I've re-discovered just in time for summer.



Sleek Blush By 3 Lace - £9.99

First up we have the Sleek Blush By 3 palette in 'Lace.' I bought this last year and had completely forgotten how much I loved it and how perfect it is for summer makeup looks. The palette contains three powder blushers - Crochet, Guipure and Chantilly. My favourite out of the three is the middle shade, Guipure, which contains golden shimmer particles. This is perfect for dusting over your cheeks for a subtle shimmery glow. What I would say, is that when it comes to applying these blushers, you need to use a light hand! Start out with a little on your brush, you can always build the colour up to intensify it if you wish to. I also really like the fact this blusher palette by Sleek has a nice and big travel-friendly mirror. If you've used Sleek blushers before, you'll know that they are amazing quality and offered at a purse-friendly price point. This Blush By 3 Lace palette was £9.99.




Bourjois Cream Blush 02 Nude Velvet - £7.99

Next up we have a product that received a lot of blogger attention when it was first launched; the Bourjois Cream Blush. I picked up the shade nude velvet, a subtle peachy shade that is perfect for summer. These blushers are creamy in the pan but when you apply them to your skin they have a powder finish. They have great lasting power and are perfect for those looking to delve into the world of cream blushers for the first time. You can pick up Bourjois Cream Blushers at Boots for £7.99.

Ted Baker Lip Crayon

Last but not least we have this gorgeous bright pink lip crayon from Ted Baker. I received this as part of a gift set (which is why I haven't included a price) and funnily enough when I first got it, it was my least favourite of the four lip crayons. However I soon realised it is perfect for those days when you want to add a pop of colour to your lips, to make a statement or brighten up a more neutral look. This particular crayon has gold shimmer running through it (I love my gold shimmer) but this isn't overly noticeable on the lips, making it a really wearable shade. I've seen a few Ted Baker Lip Crayon sets floating around on eBay if you're desperate to pick one up, but if you can't find it, there are plenty of lip crayons from the likes of Bourjois, Rimmel and Revlon to choose from.

What makeup products have you re-discovered in your stash recently?
xo

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The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter Review


After loving the strawberry body butter from The Body Shop (and getting down it pretty quickly I may add) I knew I simply had to pick up another one. Whilst shopping in Guildford last weekend, I noticed that The Body Shop had some of their body butters on sale - reduced from £13.00 to just £5.00! I decided to pick up the blueberry body butter after really liking the shower gel from the range.

Aside from the gorgeous buttery texture, the thing I like most about The Body Shop body butters is how quickly they sink into the skin. With some body lotions you feel like you have to stand there for ages, waiting for them to work, but this feels like it's working straight away. I also like how heavily scented the body butters are. The scent really lingers (in a good way) on the skin and if you want to intensify it further, you can always pick up one of the matching Eau De Toilettes.

Want to pick up a body butter for yourself whilst they're just £5.00? Head over to The Body Shop website and choose from blueberry, almond, papaya, passion fruit and olive.

Are you a fan of The Body Shop body butters?
Which is your favourite?
xo

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Makeup Revolution Sweetheart Lipstick Review


Makeup Revolution Lipstick - Sweetheart - £1.00
If you read my Makeup Revolution haul post, you'll know that I picked up three of the £1.00 lipsticks to try, one of which was a sheer pink shade called Sweetheart. I decided to review this one first as it is easily my favourite shade out of the three I bought. Whilst I have become partial to a bold matte lip as of recently (thanks to the Bourjois rouge velvets) I am still more of a sheer / glossy girl at heart, so the sheerness of Sweetheart suits me down to a T. Whilst it doesn't add a lot of colour to the lips, it does gives them a slight tint and adds a pretty, glossy finish, perfect for light summer makeup looks.

Sorry there's no lip swatch - I've got a poorly face!
I think the thing I like most about Sweetheart, aside from the beautiful rosy pink tint, is it's buttery texture. It is has a very similar feel to the Revlon lip butters. Of course this means that it doesn't last long on the lips, but I don't mind having to re-apply it throughout the day.

The thing I like least about the Makeup Revolution lipsticks (in general) is the packaging. I find that the tops comes off quite easily and as you can see in the photo, the writing has already started to rub off. However LET'S GET REAL HERE, for £1.00 you can't really complain! On the upside, I do like the fact that the packaging features the lipstick shade on the top so you can see what colour you are picking out.

All in all the Sweetheart lipstick by Makeup Revolution gets a big thumbs up from me. It's become one of my go to everyday lipsticks and is easily as good as some of the pink toned Revlon lip butters I've tried in the past.

Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution lipsticks? Which shades do you recommend?
xo

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Currently loving: Pink Polish

Currently loving: Pink nail polish | Seek My Scribbles


Whilst organising my nail polishes the other day, I noticed that the most prominent colour in my collection was pink. I've always been a fan of the colour pink and think it makes the hands look really feminine and pretty. Today I thought I'd share three pink polishes that I've been loving recently.

Essie Fiji

Essie Fiji is a white based nail polish with a pretty pink hue. It is a very subtle pink shade that looks oh-so-sophisticated on the nails. It applies fairly well, but I'd recommend a couple of coats so it doesn't look streaky. Essie polishes aren't the cheapest (which is why I only own this one) but if you love this demure pink shade, it's definitely worth picking up!

Rimmel London Don't be Shy

If you are looking for something brighter, you'll love Don't be Shy from the Rita Ora collection for Rimmel. I'm a big fan of this quick drying and long lasting collection of polishes and think Don't Be Shy is the perfect summer party shade. It'll look great whether you're pale (like me) or have a gorgeous glowing tan. This polish applies really well and is very chip-resistant.

Models Own Pink Veneer

I love Models Own polishes and the shade Pink Veneer, from their HyperGel collection is one of my absolute favourites. This is a lovely baby pink shade that looks super cute on the nails. It has a gorgeous glossy finish that makes it look like you've had your nails done professionally. If you are looking for a true baby pink shade that will look sweet with pastel outfits, I'd definitely suggest picking up Pink Veneer.

What polish shades feature most in your collection?
xo
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Boots Extracts Vanilla Body Wash Review

Boots Extracts Vanilla Body Wash Review | Seek My Scribbles
Vanilla Body Wash - £4.50

A short and sweet post today as I'm off to Guildford for the weekend to spend time with two of my best friends (eek so excited!) Anyway I thought I'd share this luscious vanilla body wash from the Boots Extract range with you. If you're a regular reader of Seek My Scribbles, you'll know that vanilla is one of my favourite scents, so I couldn't resist picking this up! 

Key ingredients in the body wash include vanilla extract from the vanilla planifolio fruit and fair-trade honey. It smells absolutely divine, lathers up well and leaves the skin feeling soft and clean. It has a really creamy consistency, which is what I look for in a body wash! I'm really impressed and will definitely be picking up some of the other scents to try. There is also a matching body butter and body spray for those who like to own the complete set!

The Boots Extracts Vanilla Body Wash is currently part of the 2-4-1 offer on selected skincare.
Have you tried any of the products from the Boots Extracts range?


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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Ole Flamingo! Review


It's not very often that I give into 'blogger hypes,' usually because my bank balance cannot afford to keep up, but I simply couldn't resist picking up one of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks after reading so many rave reviews. I decided to edge a little out of my comfort zone and pick up one of the hot pink shades 'Ole Flamingo! and I'm so glad I did because it is such a beautiful, bright colour - perfect for summer.

I knew that these dried matte, so something I was a little concerned about was that it would show up any imperfections / bits of skin (nice) on my lips, but this simply wasn't the case. The product is really light on the lips and leaves them looking smooth and dare I say it, flawless!

Ole Flamingo! Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick swatch
Another thing I really liked about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick is how easy they are to apply. The pointed nib makes for precise application and within just one coat you have an opaque finish. As I mentioned before, the liquid lipstick is really light on the lips, so much so that you'll probably forget you're wearing it. It's also VERY long lasting and yes the capslock is intentional. This liquid lipstick from Bourjois is so long lasting that it is actually difficult to remove from the lips at the end of the day. I've found the Body Shop eye and lip makeup remover that I featured in my May favourites seems to do a good job at tackling it though. But yes with this lipstick you can drink whatever you like, eat whatever you like and kiss whoever you like (ha!) and it'll remain firmly in place.

I think it's very reasonably priced at £8.99 especially for such a quality lip product. Rather than splurging on high end liquid lipsticks, I'd highly recommend trying this first as you could save yourself a small fortune! Whilst we're on the topic of saving money, Boots currently have an offer on where you can pick up two of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks for £14.00! I'm eager to pick up hot pepper, an orange toned red which I think will also be a fabulous summer shade.

Have you tried the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks? What did you think?
xo
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Clarins Sale and Wishlist

Clarins Sale and Wishlist | Beauty | Seek My Scribbles
HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 // Toning Lotion with Iris // Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour // Cream Blush // Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
My Clarins wishlist is ever growing so when I heard they were planning a summer sale soon, I was a little on the excited side! What's even better is that they are offering a preview of the sale. All you need to do is click the banner below, sign up and you'll receive a secret link once the special sale preview event goes live! I can't wait to see what's included in the sale. I have been lusting after the Clarins Blush Prodige illuminating cheek colour (is it me or does anyone else call it blush poridge?!) and the cream blush in candy. I also want to pick up another lip perfector, this time in the shade Apricot shimmer. I think it looks like a lovely shade for summer.

Clarins, Clarins Sale Preview

Have you got your eye on anything from Clarins? Let me know your recommendations!

xo

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Budget Beauty: Makeup Revolution Haul

Makeup Revolution Haul | Budget Beauty | Seek My Scribbles

After seeing so many blog posts about a new budget beauty brand, Makeup Revolution, I thought I'd treat myself to a few new bits and bobs. I picked all of this up for just £15.00 (+ £2.95 delivery) which I think you'll agree is pretty amazing. Not only do Makeup Revolution offer lovely looking makeup at purse-friendly prices, but they are also against animal testing, which makes the brand all the more appealing to me.


The first thing I popped in my basket was the gorgeous Iconic 3 eyeshadow palette, which has been called a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I haven't tried the Naked 3 palette (it's much too expensive for my liking) so I can't compare them, however the shade selection does look pretty similar.  I love the fact you get a mixture of mattes and shimmers in this palette - I can't wait to try it out! It costs just £4.00, whereas the Naked 3 costs about £40.00! Obviously there must be a difference in quality, but still, £4.00 - wow!


I think baked makeup products always look so beautiful, so I couldn't resist picking up the Astral eye shadow (£1.50) and One For Playing Games, a pinky-lilac toned blusher (£2.50).  These are both shimmery and so pretty. I think the lilac tones will look really lovely against my super-pale skin!


I've wanted a grey nail polish for a while now as I think it's such a sophisticated colour, so I picked up  Promises, a light grey nail polish (£1.00). I also picked up one of the raved about Salvation Intense Lip Lacquers in the shade 'More than I could give' (£3.00). As you can see in the swatch below it is a neutral shade with a slight peachy tone, making it the perfect summer shade.


More than I could give // Beloved // Sweetheart // Lady

Finally I picked up three of the Makeup Revolution lipsticks (£1.00 each) in the shades Beloved, Sweetheart and Lady. I decided to pick up two pink shades as I don't own many pale pink lipsticks and I was about due another classic red lippy, so Lady it was!

I will be sure to share reviews of all of these Makeup Revolution products once I have given them a fair trial. If you have done a Makeup Revolution haul feel free to share your link below and let me know what you picked up!

xo

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May Favourites

May Favourites | Seek My Scribbles | UK fashion and beauty blog



 I really don't want to do the cliche, can you believe it's June already, but can you?!?! Time flies by way too quickly for my liking. Anyway it's May favourite's time and I have four lovely products to share with you.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+
First up we have what I like to call my 'wonder cream,' La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo+. If you read my skincare saviours post, you'll know that I had been using the Effaclar Duo tester to treat my troublesome chin acne. Well since the Effaclar Duo+ was supposed to be all that and more, I thought I'd give it a go and so far so good! I've definitely seen improvements, as my spots have pretty much cleared up now. I'll do a full review in a few weeks time, as I like to give these things a proper trial, but it's definitely getting a thumbs up from me at the moment.

The Body Shop Camomile Eye Makeup Remover
This makeup remover is perfect for heavy eye makeup days when you have a lot of liquid liner and mascara to take off. What I like about The Body Shop's Camomile eye makeup remover is that it is really gentle and inoffensive. It is scent, colour and alcohol-free and therefore should be suitable for sensitive skin. At £8.00 a bottle it's not the cheapest eye makeup remover, but I will definitely be re-purchasing it, as it removes the makeup well without causing any irritation - something which can't be said for all makeup removers and cleansing wipes!

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter
Another favourite from The Body Shop is the strawberry body butter which I raved about in my recent blog post about the strawberry gift set I received. Whilst I don't want to repeat myself, what I will say is that it is easily the best body butter I have ever used. I love it as much as my Vivienne Westwood body lotion and I have a lot of love for that product.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector has been one of my favourite lip products for a good few months now. Not only does it give the lips a subtle and flattering glossy look (not sticky), but it also contains shea butter which nourishes and repairs them. It has a lovely strawberry scent and an easy to use sponge applicator, making it perfect for applying on-the-go!

What products have you been loving?
Do we share any of the same favourites?

xo

Megan Jane
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