Grounded Coffee Scrub - Chocolate Orange

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Grounded Coffee Scrub - Chocolate Orange
 
New found body loving? Hell'a'yes! This is my newest discovery, the Grounded Coffee bodyscrub in Chocolate Orange, yes you did read correctly … CHOCOLATE ORANGE – mind blown. This little bag of sweet smelling loveliness has transformed my body care and I am head over heels in love with it.
This is probably THE messiest body care you’ll ever use but definitely THE most fun, ever. The Grounded Coffee body scrub has what the name suggests, coffee, chocolate and orange but with the most refined ingredients going – for example, this coffee isn’t just any old coffee it’s ground Robusta Coffee beans so it’s rougher than your average scrub but packs enough caffeine to give your skin a wowza moment. The chocolate orange elements are sweet orange oil and Cacao, super natural, good for you kind of ingredients! Along with brown sugar and himilayan rock salt, these main ingredients are what leave your skin mind blazingly soft.


I use this scrub a good few times a week and have never seen such a change in my skins texture! I tend to use this scrub in the shower, so I make my skin wet/damp (rinse with the shower kind of damp), take some handfuls of the scrub and pack it on all over; legs, arms, back, feet, neck, face, stomach, cellulite areas…EVERYWHERE, I then kind of perch on the edge of the bath binging on YouTube videos until the 10 minutes or so is up, and then rinse it all of gently in the shower. Your skin will then reveal it’s true self, beautifully soft and silky.



The smell is not what you would expect, in a good way. In the packet it smells basically like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, and once applied still has the amazing aroma but once rinsed off it leaves this lingering subtle loveliness on the skin.

Not only is this scrub infused with sweet orange oil and Cacao, it’s filled with vitamins and minerals that will help to buff away dead/flakey skin, whilst the Vitamin E oil and cold pressed Almond Oil will help to keep your skin feeling amazing.
 
Have you tried the Grounded Coffee Scrub? What do you think of this unique body loving scrub?
 
 
Emma x

Dying My Hair – The Balayage Edition

Monday, 28 March 2016

 Dying My Hair – The Balayage Edition

So I took the big leap to get my hair done at a Salon and I loved every single minute of it! The closest I’ve ever got to dying my hair is at home with Mum using a Boots own brand lightening kit and doing dip dye… So getting an all over dye was a huge step in my eyes! And getting it done at a salon was even bigger.

INSPIRATION

First things first, what do you want to do to your hair? Do you want to cut it all off? Dye it a super bright colour? Get extensions? Have half pink and half purple? These are the questions you need to start asking yourself, once you have a general idea you can then google the life out of your ideas and get as many photos as possible so your hairdresser has the best idea possible.
For me, that was searching ‘blonde brown balayage medium length’ and finding all different tones of colour that I liked and taking it to my hairdresser Lauren and basically said “If I gave you total control what would you do” So she came up with the whole balayage idea, low maintenance, easy to maintain and control the colour between visits and something a bit different.
Before

Before
COLOURS
Now, choosing what colourings you’re going to have in your hair can be just as scary, hence why I left my colour in the complete control of Lauren who came up with the beautiful idea of doing slightly darker roots than my natural colour but adding a hint of red in there, for warmth, taking some of that root colour randomly throughout the lengths and then adding two different tones of ashey blondes to create a really soft but dimensional effect on the hair.
During

During
THE PROCESSING
The longest part of the whole thing was the application of the colours. Lauren used a range of different techniques on my hair from directly applying the colours; too adding in foils and blending through, and using a paddle too emphasize the colours. She then let me cook a bit under a heated hair colour drying thing-a-jig for about 10-20 minutes, and we then allowed the colour to settle before Lauren had her final check and we went onto doing some subtle toning for Lauren to get to the desired colouring for my hair.
After
THE END PRODUCT

After colouring, baking, toning and washing, I had a beautiful bouncy blow dry and curl done by Tracey and wo-la my hair transformation was complete! And it looks bloody beautiful. My hair now transitions from darker, warmer toned roots into a subtle brown/blonde, and then transitions into an ashey blonde but they are all so beautifully mixed together in the hair it looks unbelievably natural, and looks killer in the sunlight. PLUS! Even the lads at work have noticed, so it must look good for blokes to notice!

After

After
If you’re looking for a killer colourist/hairdresser and are local too Coventry, then I would strongly recommend you go see the lovelies at Estilo Coventry for a total hair transformation.  
Emma x
I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above, all opinions on these comments are based on my own experiences.

Bare Minerals Lovescape Collection – Special Edition -

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Bare Minerals Lovescape Collection – Special Edition -


Thanks to the lovelies at Bare Minerals I have gotten my hands on the new Bare Minerals Lovescape collection PLUS the new Bare Minerals serum bronzer!! I was ridiculously excited about photographing these newbies and even more so about trying them out for you guys!

The Lovescape collection is Bare Minerals latest product launch with the most beautiful spring/summer colours on the products and the packaging! This is a special edition collection so make sure you get your hands on it before it sells out!! This collection is all about glowing skin, eyes that flutter and lips infused with passion and emotion, for that real look of love. All of these products will suit any complexion, skin tone and skin type which makes them all even more desirable!!

EYESHADOW – Instant Attraction – This eyeshadow quad is immensely pigmented, to the point where a small swatch could have done both my eyes! The shadows are creamy and easily blended but are pigmented enough to show a real impact, and really tie the love-swept look together  for a really feminine glow.
Whirlwind – Shimmery yellow gold              Happenstance – Creamy peach beige

Anticipation – True rose pink                 Meant to Be – Shimmery espresso

COLOUR BOOST – The Stolen Heart – These two shades give your skin a glowly, sun kissed, peach flush that instantly perks up your face but also with a luminous flush.



MARVELOUS MOXIE – Chase Your Dreams – If you want a super moisturising, hydrating, creamy but full coverage lipstick, look no further than this little bullet of wonderfulness. It’s rich satin finish glides onto the lips and gives your lips that just bitten colour.



SERUM BRONZER - This was such a strange concept for me; it’s this super liquidly pigmented liquid bronzer that really packs a bang! It’s formulated with antioxidants and a blend of minerals, so it’s incredible for your skin as well as being THE perfect sun kissed shade, to either give yourself a real summer glow or emphasize that banging tan.

This whole collection is just me all over, from the shades to the packaging it’s so ethereal but glamorous and would make the perfect gift for anyone of any skin tone, shade or texture! It’s a collection you NEED in your life.  


Have you tried any products from the Lovescape collection? Will you be trying the Serum Bronzer?

Emma x 

V3 Apparel X The Realist Review PART 2

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

V3 Apparel X The Realist Review
 
THE CROP TOP LAUNCH


As you guys may have seen in my previous post (Part 1 can be found here) I gave the new V3 Apparel crop top a thorough testing in all different conditions and environments, plus giving you a little bit about the making behind the crop. So today I’m looking at the versatility in outfit choices but also the process of making the crop and why this crop is so individual.
** THE CROPS WILL BE RELEASED FOR SALE ON 25TH MARCH 2016 **
* THE CROPS ARE NOW AVAILBLE TO PRE-ORDER *

V3 Apparel do everything in house by their team, which is awesome and I think adds a personal touch, meaning that every item produced by them is of the highest standard. Each individual item is checked at every stage of the process, meaning everything is sent out exactly as advertised and with no issues. 

V3 Apparel takes this additional individual step, as it gives them an appreciated and love for every item, whilst adding a personal touch for their customers. This ensures, for example, the crop top is the best quality it can possibly be at the lowest price, but showcasing it’s quality in everyday life.
The beauty with these crops is that you can wear them with anything anywhere, and thanks to the high back it doesn’t necessarily always need to look sporty/gym appropriate. You can style them for a shopping outfit, running errands or even just strolling around everywhere, there so versatile that they can be customised with accessories too any outfit.


Today I’ve paired the Fierce crop with some Adidas bottoms, a black Adidas cap, my Nike trainers to keep it more dressy but as you can tell even with such a simple outfit, you can make these crops as chilled or as dressy as your prefer.

Alternatively, you could match the Conquer crop with some jeggings/jeans – mine are from River Island, and some interesting sunnies (Rayban) to style it up for a bit more of a sports luxe and it'll also be an understated but wonderfully put together outfit option.
 
So, here’s the down low – The four V3 Apparel crop tops will be released on 25th March 2016, this will include; Female Boss in white and black, Hustle in white and black, Fierce in dark heather grey and black, and Conquer in light heather grey and black. To purchase any of the V3 Apparel products you can find everything on their site www.V3Apparel.com

Are you excited for the new launch? Will you be trying them out?
If you do make sure to tag V3 Apparel and myself in your photos! We'd LOVE to see them!!
Emma x





**V3 APPAREL PARTNERSHIP DISCLAIMER**

I would not work with nor support a brand that I myself do not support and/or enjoy. The products supplied to me by V3 Apparel are sent to me, but this does not mean I am obliged to comment on nor feature the product if I do not find it suitable for my readers. V3 Apparel are kind enough to support The Realist Review and I hope you guys enjoy the content it will bring.

Looking After Your Skin with IMEDEEN

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Looking After Your Skin with IMEDEEN

IMEDEEN Derma One Skin Supplements
 
About a month or so ago now, I was kindly sent the Derma One Skin Supplements by IMEDEEN. These tablets have been designed to make your skin look younger, which in turn will make you feel younger which then without you even noticing makes you more revitalised and more confident. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well that's what I thought ... then I tried them out. 
 
  
These tablets were designed with a single purpose in mind: to make your skin look younger, which in turn makes you feel younger, more revitalised, and more confident. It supports the skin and imbues it with nutrients.The ingredients include Marine Complex, Proteins and Polysaccharides, all of which can be found in the natural structure of the skin, making it healthier and younger. It's especially recommended for women around the age of 30 and 40 and should be used at the first signs of aging to combat its undesirable effects.
Your probably sitting there thinking, hang on a minute ... your only 21 ... what?! And yes, I may be only 21 (nearly 22, scary) but I want to look after my skin!! And if I can help it from the inside out then I'm all for it, rememeber creams can only penetrate so far.



The actual tablets themselves don't look like much, lets be honest, they look like any old other tablet ... oval and tablet looking but the packaging doesn't feel 'clinical tablet' looking, it looks like a more high end product. The tablets come individually sealed in a plastic tray with a foil covering to ensure no contamination in processing and so you don't get mixed up or loose count, and are all bundled together in the IMEDEEN white, pink and gold boxing.


After taking these tablets for over a month or so, I think nearly two months now, I can see the difference in my skin and to be honest I was pretty skeptical. My skin feels amazing and I feel more confident to go out with no make up on because I feel like my skin looks amazingly fresh and radiant. I don't feel ashamed to go out with no make up on, and have things like my dark circles on show and my spots becasue no only have my dark circles dramatically reduced and lightened up I feel like my skin is giving off this glow.

 
I honestly have noticed a huge difference in my skin texture, pigmentation, tone and just the  quality of my skin and I am so so happy with it!! I would recommend these tablets to anyone who wants too improve their skin from the inside out and who wants too, like myself, help to prevent the signs of ageing because for me personally, I want too have kids in the future and look good I want to walk onto the playground and feel like how I do at the moment, and if that's vein and selfish so what, are we not allowed to be? If you have any queries regarding the tablets or want to know more, then most Boots stores have IMEDEEN consultants availble to speak with or you can even Tweet them over on Twitter!!


Have you tried IMEDEEN skin supplements? If you have, what are your experiences?
Or will you be trying them out?


Emma x





This post is in collaboration with IMDEEN.
**The IMEDEEN skin supplements where kindly sent to me by IMEDEEN.
I would not review nor support a brand that I myself did believe in, nor would I give a false opinion on any products sent to me or brought by myself, if I myself did not enjoy nor believe in  them.**

V3 Apparel X The Realist Review PART 1

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

V3 Apparel X The Realist Review
THE CROP TOP LAUNCH
Right you beautiful people today is the very first post ever in collaboration with V3 Apparel!! And what better way to launch our collaboration by giving you an exclusive insight into V3 Apparel’s latest releases! This will be a 1 of 2 part post, as I have so many different things to talk about and show you! Today I’m focusing on the reasoning behind the crops.
** THE CROPS WILL BE RELEASED FOR SALE ON 25TH MARCH 2016 **

Originally the V3 Apparel crops where released last September in 3 different designs, due to being inundated with requests on when a restock would happen V3 Apparel have done a FULL restock, and have added an additional colour and slogan!
  
The crop tops feature ‘Fierce’, ‘Female Boss’, ‘Hustle’ and the new edition ‘Conquer’, all of these slogans where chosen through the popularity of users over on V3 Apparels’ Twitter and Instagram pages’, #MorningMotivation posts have influenced the slogans printed on the crops. The chosen slogans portray the mind-set related to fitness but also too many of our everyday lives.
The actual design of the crop is simple but effective; a high back eliminates the crop only being suitable for the gym and also stops the possibility of rubbing/tangling against a sports bra, and being made out of irresistibly soft 100% cotton fabric it ensures the fabric suits these different environments. The focus of the crops is to combine fitness, fashion, motivation and a bit of sass to provide a ‘not so basic’ piece of clothing that can be worn anywhere and everywhere.  
When wearing the crops they are tantalizingly luxurious to feel and sit so nicely against the skin, plus they fit perfectly and really hug your body without being too clingy. Plus thanks to the poly-cotton fabric you can layer this crop with other items of clothing and not overheat thanks to it’s blend.
I’ve worn these crops when lounging about, doing workouts, walking the dog, running after children and just general wear and they don’t ride up on you, they don’t bunch up on the sides, and there quite opaque when worn with a matching coloured bra – fab for you ladies   
  
Today I’ve styled the Female Boss crop with a pair of Adidas cuffed bottom joggers, a rose gold layered necklace from ASOS and my Nike Roshe Run trainers in Bone – This would be my go to look for non-gym days but when I still want to work out, so walking the dog/going on a run/an at home workout, an outfit that’s not only going to be suitable for the gym but also other activities .... like shopping.


 Another option would be to style the Hustle crop for the gym/going out and about, so I chose some gym leggings, my Nike Training shoes in Black, and my Adidas cap – Something I’d wear to the gym on a regular basis but is monochrome enough to look ‘sports luxe’ and make you feel like you’re going to have a stylish workout without compromising on performance, or like me hitting the shops without having to compromise on comfort.   

So, here’s the down low – The four V3 Apparel crop tops will be released on 25th March 2016, this will include; Female Boss in white and black, Hustle in white and black, Fierce in dark heather grey and black, and Conquer in light heather grey and black. To purchase any of the V3 Apparel products you can find everything on their site www.V3Apparel.com 
Are you excited for the new launch? Will you be trying them out?
If you do make sure to tag V3 Apparel and myself in your photos! We'd LOVE to see them!!
Emma x




**V3 APPAREL PARTNERSHIP DISCLAIMER**
 I would not work with nor support a brand that I myself do not support and/or enjoy. The products supplied to me by V3 Apparel are sent to me, but this does not mean I am obliged to comment on nor feature the product if I do not find it suitable for my readers. V3 Apparel are kind enough to support The Realist Review and I hope you guys enjoy the content it will bring.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer 

Why did no one tell me how flipping good this stuff is?! I am head over heels in love with this concealer! I did anticipate this concealer to be dry and end up being cakey on my under eye area but OMG I am impressed and converted! 


So, this is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Light, not only does this concealer have SPF10 in it, it doesn't crease or sink into the under eye area or any other area on the face for that matter! Plus, it's super full coverage so be gone dark circles and hello beautiful awake looking eyes. The packaging is true Estee Lauder style, sleek, classic, understated but beautiful; the classic navy blue and gold just screams at me, and being sold on packaging I'm normally already half way to buying the flipping thing.


The product comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator within, so when applying to the face especially the under eye you get the right amount of product without the nonsence of having to try and multi task a product, the lid, the amount of concealer etc. The consistency of the product is super thick and creamy, which I love for a higher end concealer because then I feel like I'm actually getting my moneys' worth, and since I picked this up from Cheshire Oaks this only came too £15.00 which is a bargain.


With the concealer being so thick and creamy you might think that this is hard to blend out, but it's so easy! I use a damp Real Techniques sponge and this concealer blends out so easily and can be really spread across the under eye area without depositing too much product in one place and causing mega creasing, and for someone like me who creases at just the thought of a thick concealer it's a definite hallelujah moment. I really like to set this with my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for that seriously well rested look.



Have you tried any Double Wear products? What are your thoughts?

Emma x

That Kipling Purse

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

That Kipling Purse
Firstly, how beautiful is this colour?! I mean who doesn’t love a bright orange!! And, secondly who doesn’t love Kipling – err hello a brand embellished with monkeys…astounding. I love Kipling, always have and always will their products are such good quality yet so fashionable and last a lifetime, I still have a Kipling purse from 7 years ago and it looks brand new still.
 
 
This is a little beautiful piece I picked up from the Kipling outlet store at Cheshire Oaks, now this was an absolute bargain - £75 ……. Down to £21; if that’s not the best price ever for a leather Kipling purse I don’t know what is. This purse is your classic zipped compartment wallet, featuring sections for cards/notes/change etc with plenty of room in each area.

 
The colour of this purse is phenomenal it’s a true bright/burnt orange with a few tinges of brown to give it that dimension, with the Kipling logo embossed at the top of the purse this just screams quality at you. Inside you have the most stunning lining that contrasts against the bright orange but ties in nicely so not to be too flamboyant. The texture of the leather is so incredibly luxurious on the piece, it’s ever so slightly pebbled/rough to ensure no easy scratching but smooth enough to feel like silk through your hands.

 
I’ve loved using this purse to pop my card in, a few notes and change, lippy and my phone (Samsung S6) and just to go out like that; it’s such a statement piece that it pulls any outfit together. I cannot wait for the summer months where I can really jazz this purse up and style it with all sorts!

Have you tried any Kipling products? How long have yours lasted, can it beat my 7 years?


Emma x

Under Armour Sports Bras

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Under Armour Sports Bras

There ain't no party like an Under Armour party!

I love love love Under Armour a brand, it's clothing has always been incredibly durable and has continusouly improved. So when I hit Cheshire Oaks and I saw there was an Under Armour outlet store, my heart stopped and I ran in too discover these little beauties!



These are the Under Armour sports bras! And they are bloody brilliant. I managed to nab a beautiful teal green/blue coloured one and a striped grey and dark blue one, they both have super supportive boob cupage and an incredibly cute elastic cross over strappy back. I gave these a thorough testing whilst walking the dog, I ran, I jumped, I lunged, I star jumped, I climbed a tree (more so because I felt like it), I did some Pilates in them and honestly my boobs did not budge ... like at all. 


The cross over back enables your shoulder blades to feel more free and allow a greater movement, which I believe in turn will enable you to get more from a back workout. They've got a great cupped supportive front so you don't really need to wear a bra with these because you won't have any nipple on show through them and they feel like they have the support of your everyday bra, too much information I know but tough. I'm really into incorporating more colour into my Gym wardrobe and I think these two are super fun but also are actually going to support you. They also have a tiny little Under Armour logo in the top left corner which I find adds something of interest too them.



Plus, with a cross over elastic back you can adjust the straps to suit your level of support/activity, without having to go through loads of faff of taking the bra off to adjust it. I'm so happy with these sports bras and am really impressed with Under Armour's take on a more fashionable sports bra, you know, the kind you can wear to the gym but also wear under a t-shirt and jeans without feeling too sporty but have that relaxed vibe. 



Have you tried any Under Armour clothing? Will you be taking the plunge and trying out these Sports Bras? 


Emma x