30 April 2014

Montagne Jeunesse Black Seaweed Peel Off Masque | Review

I recently placed my first order with Montagne Jeunesse, after discovering that they are a BUAV-approved, cruelty-free brand, and purchased myself some exciting products. They also pride themselves on creating their products using all-natural ingredients. All of their products are suitable for use by vegetarians. The first product I used was this face mask:
Black Seaweed Peel Off Masque, £1/10ml

This face mask claims to deeply cleanse and detox your skin. It is suggested that you cleanse your skin and then apply the face mask, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes before gently peeling off. This face mask contains chopped black Laver seaweed from the Welsh seaside and crushed Sea Buckthorn berries.
Firstly, this face mask was very messy! The 10ml sachet gave a good, even coverage. The scent was not unpleasant, but not wonderful either; a marine scent which wasn't over-powering. If you have long nails, wear gloves to apply this as it gets under your nails really easily and is a pain to remove!
I left the mask on for approximately 15 minutes and then proceeded to "peel" it off. Well, only a few small sections peeled off successfully. The rest of the mask hadn't appeared to have set properly and so I was just scraping it off.
I imagine that leaving it on for a further 5 minutes could have avoided this problem. I finished by washing my face in the shower with a face cloth to ensure I had removed all of the mask.
Despite the peel-off problem, the mask worked successfully in cleansing my skin and my pores appeared visibly clearer and reduced, particularly on my cheeks and chin area. I feel that if the mask had peeled off correctly, I would have seen even better results.

This product is a complete bargain at just £1 and I would recommend it if you don't mind the mess!
I was also impressed with their delivery costs; just £1 P&P per order and it's free if you spend over £15!
Unfortunately I won't be re-purchasing this particular face mask due to the messiness of it!

I look forward to trying out the other products I purchased and sharing my thoughts with you!

Have you tried this face mask before?
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29 April 2014

#100happydays Challenge: Days 11-20 | Personal

(Days 1-10)

Here are my happy day Instagram photos from days 11-20:
Pic Monkey Collage
(click collage for large image)

Creme Egg! | Working on a blog post. | Blue skies after a day of rain. | Movie time: | Bed time! |
Our 8th anniversary! | Our first Easter card. | Easter egg shopping. | A Thornton's treat! | Retail therapy.

If you would like to follow me on Instagram, you can do so by clicking here or searching username bouncingcupcakes89 on your Instagram app.

Please let me know if you are taking part in this challenge as I'd love to follow your #100happydays!
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Three Looks For SS14 | Fashion

The warmer months are fast approaching and that means lots of pretty Summer outfits! I've created three Spring/Summer looks for you. I'm sure I'll be creating some more soon!

Look #1:
This outfit would be perfect for an evening occasion in the Summer. As the dress features a bold, colourful print, I've chosen delicate, neutral-coloured accessories to keep it chic and understated.
SS14 #01
Dress, £45 | Clutch, £24.99 | Sandals, £38 £34.20 | Earrings, £5
Total Outfit Cost: £109.19

Look #2:
This outfit has a Nautical feel to it. A simple striped dress with tan sandals, a metallic silver straw bag and a pretty pastel-coloured statement necklace create the perfect Spring/Summer look!
SS14 #02
Dress, £14 | Bag, £20 | Sandals, £29 | Necklace, £25
Total Outfit Cost: £88

Look #3:
This look is all about vibrant colours. A bold, printed skirt is the centre of the outfit, with a simple striped top and colourful accessories bringing the look together. I love the feather earrings!
SS14 #03
Top, £12.99 | Skirt, £6 | Satchel, £39 £35.10 | Flats, £18 | Earrings, £8
Total Outfit Cost: £80.09

Which look is your favourite?
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28 April 2014

New In This Week | Fashion

As promised, here's an extra-long New In feature for you! Lots of beautiful prints and luxurious materials this week! I've also tidied up the title and link format and I think it looks much better. Enjoy!
1. Mandi @ Asda Butterfly Dress, £26
This versatile day to night chiffon dress features a pretty butterfly print, detachable faux leather belt and a flared skirt.
2. New Look Bow Front Waist Dress, £19.99
For a really feminine look, try this powder blue bow detail dress and wear with nude or silver shoes.
3. J.Crew Keeper Denim Shirt, £80
Everyone should have a good quality denim shirt in their wardrobe and this one seems perfect! With a faded love-worn finish and a relaxed fit.
4. River Island Animal Print Oversized Sunglasses, £13
Shield your eyes from the sun in style with these fun, animal print shades!
5. F&F @ Tesco Cropped Twill Trousers, £14
From day to night, these cobalt blue trousers will inject some on-trend colour and style into your outfit. Team with a simple camisole and wedges for a laidback Summer look.
6. Zara Printed Dress, £59.99
With a flared skirt and bold print, this dress will serve you well this Summer.
7. Forever 21 Essential Pleated Top, £12.75
Perfect for the office or bar, this pleated top in salmon pink will look great teamed with a fitted pencil skirt or leather trousers and heels.
8. Boohoo Naomi Branch Engraved Ring Stack, £4
Embrace nature and create interest to your outfit with these unusual branch rings.
9. Jack Wills Large Leather Shopper, £98.50
Metallics are huge this season, so make sure you get in on the action! I'm loving this roomy leather shopper in sumptuous metallic gold!
10. Dorothy Perkins Mid Height Court Shoes, £23 £20.70
Update your classic black heels with these suedette court shoes with an almond toe.
11. ASOS Dodger Plimsolls, £12
For casual year-round style, try these purse-friendly plimsolls on for size!
12. Accessorize Lotus Flapover Clutch Bag, £32
Let your accessories do all the talking this Summer with this gorgeous bejewelled clutch bag.
13. Wallis Floral Woven Front Top, £30 £24
Team this pretty top with skinny jeans for a burst of Summer colour.
14. H&M Superstretch Trousers, £14.99
These white trousers will look great teamed with a denim or chambray shirt.
15. Wal G @ Topshop Colour Block Dress, £35
I adore the colourway on this dress; fuchsia pink and navy compliment each other really well! It also features an adorable tie-up bow at the back.
16. All Saints Sago Pirate Cardigan, £88
This silk-blend cardigan looks stunning and would give a casual outfit that luxurious touch.
17. Oasis Straw Shopper, £20
A little more purse-friendly than the Jack Wills shopper, this metallic silver bag with rope handles is the perfect Spring/Summer companion!

18. Miss Selfridge Floral Trim Playsuit, £55
With a beautiful, colourful floral print and a bejewelled neckline, this playsuit will look great with heels for a night out.
19. Coast Animal Print Jumper, £55
This blurred print jumper will keep you cosy and stylish. Pair with white skinny jeans and a statement necklace.
20. MRP Heart Printed Scarf, £4
Add interest to a casual outfit with this printed scarf.
21. Matalan Floral Print Skater Skirt, £6
This bargainous skater skirt features a colourful abstract print and will look great day or night this season!
What have you got your eye on this week?
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27 April 2014

The Cookie Jar #06: Peanut Butter Cookies | Food

Today from the Classic Cookies section, we have the Peanut Butter Cookie.
These were really easy to make, just a bit time-consuming with the 2+ hours chilling time! They taste lovely but turned out a little dry. This could be because I cooked them for an extra 5 minutes as I found the mixture very wet before cooking. Also, due to the mixture being so wet, it was very difficult to create the criss-cross patterns as the fork was just lifting the mixture.
Let me know if you try out this tasty recipe!
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26 April 2014

#BNCproject: My Cruelty-Free Skin Care Collection | Beauty

Today I will be showing you my collection of cruelty-free skin care products. I hope I've remembered everything! I'll be doing a separate post on body care products (shower gels, body scrubs e.t.c.). I'm not sure foot care products belong in this post, but never mind!
Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream, £5.50/125ml
I'm currently trialling this for an upcoming review, so I can't say much on it at the moment. It claims to smooth and soften feet overnight.
Deep Steep Candy Mint Deodorizing Foot Mist, £8.95/177ml
This is a lovely, refreshing product. I love the peppermint scent and it's great for either spraying directly onto your feet or spraying into shoes for a freshen up. It's brilliant if you are on your feet a lot - at work or at home!
The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner, £8/200ml
This alcohol-free toner seems to be doing its job just fine. It is refreshing, cleansing and calming. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, which is wonderful!
The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream, £13/50ml
This is a lovely, soothing and nourishing moisturiser. It has a lovely botanical scent too. It's great for Autumn and Winter, but I'm finding it a little too heavy now that the warmer weather has arrived.
Lulu & Boo Melissa and Mallow Foot Balm, £11.50/50ml
I love this luxurious foot treatment! Great for aching, tired feet. Check out my review here.
The Body Shop Elderflower Eye Gel, £7/15ml
This unperfumed eye gel is great for tired, puffy eyes. It is cooling and soothing and doesn't irritate my delicate eye area at all.
The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream, £15/50ml
This night cream has a gorgeous botanical scent and is really moisturising and nourishing.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum, £11/30ml
This is perfect for applying underneath a light moisturiser. I apply this to any dry areas on my face. This smells divine!
Salcura Antiac Deep Cleansing Liquid Spray, £9.99/50ml
I haven't been using this for a while, but perhaps I should start using it again so I can do a review for you! It claims to purify, soothe and calm the skin and is targeted at people with acne-prone skin.
Amie All Clear Instant Action Spot Clearing Gel, £4.95/15ml
This gel helps clear blemishes fast and also calms and soothes them. Check out my review here.
Dr. Bronner's All-In-One Organic Lip Balm in Peppermint, £3/4g
I adore this lip balm! I love the peppermint scent and it's a truly nourishing and deeply moisturising formula.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask, £10/100ml
This face mask softens and cleanses the skin and promises to remove excess oil. Check out my review here.
Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream, £5.50/125ml
You all know how much I (and everyone else!) love this hand cream. It's lovely and moisturising and doesn't irritate my sensitive hands. The best part is its beautiful scent!
The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, £8/100ml
This facial wash cleans my skin really well and it helps calm any blemishes. This has had no ill effects on my sensitive skin.
The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator, £/75ml
I love this product! It's a great facial exfoliator that is not harsh at all, but is still effective. It's cleansing, smoothing and really refreshing. It doesn't have the best scent, but I don't mind.
LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub, £5.50/25g
This is a lovely, sweet product. A simple lip scrub which is best used daily to keep lips smooth and prepped for lipstick! It has a lovely scent/flavour; just like bubblegum candyfloss!

I hope you've enjoyed browsing my collection! Let me know if you've tried any of the above and what you thought of them. If you'd like to share with us your own collection, please click here to get involved!
BNC project
For more cruelty free brands, check out these useful links:
PETA Beauty Without Bunnies
Not Tested
Go Cruelty Free
Bunny Beautiful
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* Please Note: all products featured in any BNC posts are, to the best of my knowledge - using available information and research, cruelty-free.

25 April 2014

Brand Focus: Seasalt | Fashion

I discovered Seasalt a few months back, whilst browsing in a local department store. The Seasalt brand was born in Penzance, Cornwall, in 1981. Since then, the brand has grown and now has 16 shops in the UK, which can be found in Cornwall, Devon, Guernsey, the Isles of Scilly and West Sussex.
The inspiration for all their wonderful designs comes from their beautiful surroundings; "With offices overlooking Falmouth Bay to St. Anthony's lighthouse, every day we're inspired to design garments that speak about the place in which we live."

Seasalt produces womenswear, menswear and homeware. Today, I'll be focusing on the womenswear.
St. Issey Top
St Issey Top, £49.95
This classic style of long-sleeved top is given an on-trend update with a splash of mint green! Perfect for a casual Spring day.
Fern Top
Fern Top, £39.95
This striped cotton top is really pretty! I love the cornflour-blue and the bright yellow trim. This would look great with skinny jeans and pretty flats for a casual day out.
Seabreeze Cami
Seabreeze Cami, £25
This unique print was inspired by boats in Falmouth Bay. I love the subtle splashes of yellow and red on the sails.
This fun cami would look great with denim shorts on a hot Summer's day. Team with an ice-cream cone for ultimate impact!
Rooftop Dress
Rooftop Dress, £55
I love this 2-in-1 style dress. A truly Nautical piece, with a Breton-striped bodice and a boat-print skirt. I love the red rope waist tie!
Lottie Dress
Lottie Dress, £55
This 1950's style lightweight, figure-flattering tea dress features buttons down the front and a pleated skirt. The gorgeous print is inspired by the working boats that race in Falmouth Bay.
Curlew Jeans
Curlew Jeans, £55
These boyfriend-style jeans look great with rolled-up legs and would be perfect for Spring and Summer. Team with pastels for an on-trend look.
Cliff Trousers
Cliff Trousers, £55
I love these colourful, slim fit trousers! And I love how they've styled them on the website:
Cliff Trousers
Seafront Skirt
Seafront Skirt, £55
Embrace bold, beautiful colour this Summer with this pretty, flared skirt featuring a unique Seasalt design.
Tuppence Mac
Tuppence Mac, £110
Practical meets pretty with this weatherproof mac! With Tin Cloth® material and a gorgeous Hydrangea print, this mac will keep you looking Summery even when the sun refuses to make an appearance!
Wagtail Scarf
Wagtail Scarf, £22.50
This cotton chambray scarf features a pretty, unique Seasalt print. I love this!
Jute Shopper
Jute Shopper, £5 (or two for £8)
Amazing! This is such a fun print, perfect to take along for some Summer shopping! FYI, they also have wine bottle-sized bags!
Drifter Espadrille
Drifter Espadrilles, £40
These aren't really my style, but I do love the sorbet colourway! Plus, they do look super-comfy for walking round all those lovely shops while on holiday.

So, there we have it! Some really lovely items, all perfect for Spring, Summer and beyond!
Had you heard of Seasalt before? What do you think of their designs?
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24 April 2014

The Wedding Diaries: Part Three | Personal

(Part One | Part Two)

Hi guys! I'm back in business, woohoo! It was so boring not being able to blog, but having that small break gave me lots of new post ideas, so it's not all bad! 
It's only a matter of about five weeks until I get wed, so I thought I'd give you another wedding update!

My florist sent me pictures of the artificial flowers she ordered from her wholesalers for my bouquets. She put them together quickly just for a rough idea and there will be foliage and filler flowers added later. I'm pretty happy with them, but I'm not 100% sure about the pale pink flowers; what do you think? My two bridesmaids will have the same mixed bouquet as me, just in a smaller size. For the three bouquets, it's costing me £66, which I think is pretty good compared to other prices I've seen.
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My sisters went dress shopping the other day with my Mum, but didn't have much luck. There weren't many purple dresses around, so they didn't get anything. We will now have to go down the online route... Or we could look into hiring them. Please do let me know if you know of any reliable online retailers for good quality bridesmaid dresses!
On the plus side, my Mum found herself a lovely dress for the day!

There are only a few rooms left at the hotel for the wedding night as a lot of our guests are staying there. Sounds like it'll be a big family breakfast!
Communications still aren't brilliant and I've expressed my concerns to the hotel that I haven't heard anything from the disco people, as the hotel has arranged that. Also, the disco company's website has disappeared... Slightly worried! I think I should look for a back-up disco!
All day and evening invites have been sent out, although we still have some evening invitations to make via Facebook.
We have a ceremony rehearsal with the registrar on the Monday morning before the wedding, and we are meeting the photographer at the hotel in the afternoon, to run through the day. This will also give us the chance to meet with the hotel owner and look around the venue.

I ordered and received the men's buttonholes via an eBay seller; five ivory roses with diamante centres. They cost just £1.75 per buttonhole, so I think they are really good value for money!
I also purchased ivory ribbon and bows for the car. My Dad is driving me to the venue in his old Porsche (I can't remember the model!) and as it's a dark blue colour, so I thought ivory would be more suitable than purple.
I had a great idea for the evening reception; a sweet table! Like a pick 'n' mix table with jars of sweets and striped paper bags. I found all the supplies I would need and the cost would come under £100. Dean is against the idea because he wants to spend as little as possible so that we have money left for other things. So, my compromise is that we get a couple of these cute sweet trees to go on the table with either the cake or the sandwiches, tea and coffee:
They are something different and look really pretty. This one has pink and white marshmallows and Maltesers. I haven't ordered any yet, but I think I will end up ordering two of these ones. They cost £9 each excluding postage. Do you like these?

We've sent off our marriage notices and witness forms, along with our birth certificates and the £70 cheque for the marriage certificate and the notices.
Laura has arranged the hairdresser for the day, as the one she originally suggested didn't have space for all of us on the day. So, instead we have a hairdresser coming over to Mum's house in the morning to do everyone's hair. Just one problem: she can't do any trials as she's on holiday until the end of the week. So, I will try and get a trial done down here, just so I'm sure of what I want on the day. Also, her prices are very reasonable; £10-£20 for hair up.

For my Hen do, Laura is arranging an Intoxicating Tea Party on the Thursday night before the wedding, at her house, with close family only; sisters, Aunties, cousins, Mum and Dean's Mum.
I'm also having a little hen do down here, next friday. Myself and about seven other girls and going out for a meal at the Indian and then having a few drinks in the local pub.
I'm not sure what Dean wants to do for his Stag; probably a day out Paintballing or something like that!

I actually can't believe it's just five weeks until I become Mrs Everleigh! My brain is doing a great job in stressing me out, giving me wedding-related dreams (more like nightmares!) and making me doubt whether I've done everything. All fun, of course...
I will be up in Scotland in just four weeks! I can't wait to see all my family and best friends. And I can't wait to meet little Imogen!

Let me know if there are any little wedding details I may have missed!
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