Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlighter [Product Review]

At the time of writing this post, I was an Arbonne Independent Consultant. To learn more about what this means, please click here.

Suprisingly, it was actually Arbonne's Sheer Glow Highlighter that first sparked my interest in the brand. At Leeds Blogger Meet, a handful of Arbonne products were passed around and the highlighter was the first one I got my hands on. I was really impressed by the squeezy tube as I'd never had a highlighter in this form before and the sheer delicate pink with teeny, tiny flecks of shimmer in it was so beautiful.

Naturally, it was part of my very first order from the company and when I started using it myself, I realised I liked it just as much as I did from that first impression.

This highlighter is perfect for the day time as the shimmer in it is very, very subtle and not at all over the top. It diffuses the light and gives a nice soft focus effect to your skin, glowing rather than shiny or glittery.

The tube makes it very easy to apply, I simply squeeze out an amount that is about the size of 5 pinheads and then dot it onto each cheekbones, patting it in rather than rubbing it in. Patting stops it disappearing on my skin entirely and then it stays there for a good few hours.

I especially love this highlighter when paired with the Arbonne Bronzer, which I'm wearing in the photo above with the highlighter but have yet to review on this blog.

I'd compared Arbonne's highlight offering to Benefit's High Beam - it's a little thinner in formula but I think this makes application a little easier and less full on than High Beam can be.

What do you think?

WIWIW #3: Floral Two-Pieces

I am a huge lover of Spring and Summer. Yes, I love the warmer weather, the sunshine, flowers everywhere and cherry blossom, yet I’ve gotta admit it’s the fashion trends that resurface around this time of year that really get me going. Pastel colours are probably my favourite SS trend, but they’re always closely followed by florals.

Floral two-pieces and suits have vaguely been on my radar since last Spring, but I never really thought about personally owning one. With the return of the Sun recently, I have been very tempted by them and when I saw my lovely friend Orla sporting one on Instagram recently, I was suddenly completely sold.

Her short and jacket combination was a lovely muted neon number from Primark and it looked amazing! I did have a gander in Primark when I was in town the other day and while I loved it, I decided to have a shop around before I bought the exact same one as her, which is when I found the two eBay ones pictured above.

Blue is not a colour I normally go for, so I think the one on the left would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I actually found the most beautiful white blouse with blue detailing on the collar, which would finish an amazing outfit! I haven’t quite decided whether this would be an evening, work or daytime outfit yet, but I imagine by playing around with different accessories and footwear, I can make it appropriate for a number of occasions.

The second suit is a little more familiar to me in terms of colouring, however the yellow/orange type colours in it make it just a little bit different. I particularly like the versatility of this one; I can imagine myself wearing it with a variety of multi-coloured vest tops. I could go for plain black or white, but also go for pink, orange or yellow and it would still look great. I could go to town on colour-block accessories too. Hot pink heels and handbag anyone?

I’m not so sure what it is that has got me so hooked on coordinated pieces recently. I think it’s that effortless style thing. I’ve gone crazy for buying and lusting after dresses recently because they’re the easiest fashionable outfit ever. While a suit/two-piece is two separate items, they easily come together to make an easy but totally brilliant looking outfit.

While this post in mainly dedicated to two-pieces of the floral variety, in my hunt for the perfect suit, I stumbled across this amazing elephant print version from ASOS.

I absolutely adore elephants, to the point where I have four tattooed on my back so I really think this piece of tailoring is meant for me and deserves a special mention!

Since I first started drafting this post, I’ve also come across this amazing pink tartan set from Missguided. It’s very Cher Horowitz (Clueless) and I think I’m going to have to put it on my birthday list!!

What do you think of coordinates?

Motivation Monday #1

Inspired by my love of alliteration, appreciation for Mondays and need for Motivation, today I’m introducing a new feature to The Glitter Vixen: Motivation Monday. Admittedly it’s not an entirely original feature, so I’m sending a nod in the direction of Sprinkle of Glitter (LOVE Louise) and anyway else who does this feature.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant”

Today’s quote is one I really do need to remind myself of more often. Productivity is a huge buzzword in my life - I despise days where I feel like I’ve done nothing of value and I often strive to complete To Do Lists that are just a little bit too ambitious. On those days where I don’t ensure world peace, end world hunger and build 100 wells across Africa, I often beat myself up because more often than not, I feel like I should be doing more.

In fact, even on those days where I do blitz through my To Do List, I often don’t feel as accomplished as I should because in a lot of cases, it’s a while before I get to see the results of my hard work - my harvest, so to speak.

However, I’ve come to realise there’s things of value - “seeds I plant” - in every day of my life. I’m currently endeavouring to recognise this more. For example, I often feel like days at work are wasted, because I come home absolutely shattered and barely manage to make it through my dinner that evening before I crash out for the night.

Yet, this is completely ridiculous - yes, some days I’d rather be blogging, reading, Arbonne-ing, sleeping, whatever - but my days at work are never wasted. I’m not exaggerating when I say every day at work is a learning curve for me. In just under three months, I’ve gone from writing like I’m writing essays, to writing like a journalist. I know 100% more about cloud computing than I used to. I’m much more aware of our government and its digital policies. I learn something new every day and I can think of no other traditional job I’d rather do.

Even those days where I do “nothing” aren’t wasted. The truth is I do a lot with my life, my job, decorating my house, exploring hobbies old and new - it’s only natural I get exhausted and burnt-out from time-to-time. Sometimes, the most valuable thing I can do with my time is relax, whether it’s watching a handful of Breaking Bad episodes or having an hour-long date with the Arbonne SeaSource Detox Spa range. When I take a day to myself, I renew myself ready for my commitments and responsibilities the next day.

Anyway, enough about me, what can today’s Motivation Monday do for you?

I'd urge you to take a step back and look at your own life. Are you more concerned with the rewards you recieve each day, or do you recognise how valuable those little steps you take each day towards your end goal are?

Remember a day is not a failure if you cannot immediately see what you have gained from it.

Ensure you plant your seeds each day, tend to them carefully and you shall have a bountiful harvest one day.

Instavixen #10: #100HappyDays Catch Up & Other Snaps

It's Sunday, which can only mean one thing, it's time for another Instavixen post! Today's features two weeks worth of my #100happydays challenge and a few extra pictures from my fortnight thrown in for good measure.

On Day 65 of my challenge, I pictured one of my favourite things about moving out: I have the choice to keep my fridge stocked with juices and smoothies at all times! Day 66 saw me on the wine yet again, while the morning after, I mused about how strange it is to drink a health smoothie out of a coca-cola glass. On Day 67 I took the opportunity to snap a selfie before I went to do a pub quiz with my amazing roller derby team mates. More about derby to come soon, I imagine!!

Last week was an excellent week for parcels. Above you see my Forever 21 parcel which was stuffed full of adorable new workout gear (again, post to come soon I imagine!) and the other parcel contained an adorable new phone case that I wasn't expecting to receive just yet. Day 68 of my challenge featured my shiny new roller derby tshirt and Day 69 was used to show off my not-so-shabby culinary skills. Risotto is a personal favourite!

I continued the food theme for a while in my happy little challenge and on day 70 I decided to brag about the healthiness. I cheated on day 71 and pictured the soy and ginger salmon, the finished product of the ingredients I previewed the day before. Day 72 was happy-sad one, because I finally finished watching Breaking Bad. Although I was completely hooked on this amazing series from start to finish, I fear I am a little too fragile for that kind of TV show. The day after, James and I visited Ed's Easy Diner for the first time at the Swindon Outlet Mall.

Day 73 was of course Easter so I pictured those amazing Egg N Spoon things. On Day 74 I pictured my actually meal I had a Ed's Easy Diner. I had a hot dog with cheese and bacon chips while James had a blue cheese burger. We had no idea there was such an establishment in Swindon, nevermind at the outlet we'd planned to visit for the day. This was Easter Monday and it was the most lovely day I've had in a while. When you're living with your boyfriend for the first time, it can be hard to stop treasuring each other's time as much so it was good to get out and do something new for the day.

On Day 75 I went for a run and pictured the beautiful gear I went to do my run in. It's actually superduper important for me to run on a regular basis now as it's 5 weeks until I do a 5K race! I'm actually participating in Race for Life in the fight against cancer which is pretty exciting, and explains where Day 76's picture comes in!

Again, this week has been another good week for parcels. One contained goodies from Boohoo, the two velvet dresses I pictured on Day 77 being my favourites. On Day 78, I received this Lipsy top which is one that was originally on sale YEARS AGO but I missed out. I saved a search on eBay for it, ultimately forgetting about it, until it popped up the other day and I was lucky enough to be the only bidder for it so got it for a measly £3! Day 79 saw me picture my new bedroom. We've been really, really slack on decorating since we actually moved into our house and stuff just hasn't been getting done but this weekend we decided enough was enough and it was time to get to work. As a result, our bedroom is looking wonderful! Now just to get the rest of the house finished and get some carpets in and sockets finished off.

Today I'm on day 80 of the challenge, and I pictured the gorgeous outfit I'm wearing today, my charcoal disco pants and my white and pink rose jumper which I love to pieces. I can't believe I only have 20 days of this challenge left! I started it on the day we got the keys to our house so it seems insane that it was almost 100 days ago!

All in all, I've had a very good week this week. How about you?

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Body Scrub [Product Review]

Whoa, I am definitely on a bit a scrubbing theme on this blog at the moment! Earlier this week I spoke about a scrub for your face, and the other week, I spoke about another body scrub!

Palmer’s was a brand I had long been fascinated by. While working at Superdrug, I noticed its products were very popular. One day, I’d run out of my previous body scrub when I noticed that the Palmer’s version was on offer so I thought I’d give it a go.

My initial thoughts were not good. After using body exfoliators that came in squeezable tubes for so long, I realised I wasn’t a fan of tubs I had to dig my claws into at all!

However, I pushed through my aversion to the packaging so I could focus on the product itself. All in all, it’s not a bad scrub. I like my body scrubs to have a lot more grit than my facial ones and this fit the bill nicely.

A generous amount would scrub and smooth my skin over, leaving it fresh and soft and ready for fake tan if I felt so inclined. It even smelt pretty good!

That being said, I just preferred the Superdrug Vitamin E Body Scrub. It smelt a lot nicer and worked just as well, but for a much better price.

The Vixen Thinks: Not Having A Job Is Not The Easy Option

The Vixen Thinks is an almost weekly feature on this blog. Posts vary in topic, I'll talk about anything I have an opinion on! From blogging to relationships to feminism and anything beyond. If there's anything you'd like me to write about, feel free to get in touch: theglittervixen(at)gmail(dot)com! Thank you!

As you may or may not know, besides my day job as a journalist, I am building my own network marketing business with a company called Arbonne alongside my “official” career. I’ve written an introduction about Arbonne here, you can read even more here and I’ve even written a Vixen Thinks post about network marketing itself.

If there’s one thing being in this business has taught me, it’s that a lot of people think not having a traditional job is the easy option.

Again, my main hobby (blogging, of course) has reinforced the belief that a lot of people look down on those who choose to opt-out of the common 9-5 Mon-Fri office lifestyle. I’ve seen countless snide comments about bloggers who earn their living via their blog, you know the type - “Get a real job!”

There seems to be a number of people who belittle professional bloggers and vloggers, network marketers, home-based business owners and the like, as if the work they do is not as valid as that of a regular employee.

The large amount of criticism bloggers who choose to write paid sponsored posts receive has left me with the belief that a huge amount of people are really, really resistant to the idea that you don’t have to have a job to earn real money.

The thing is, not having a job is not the easy option!

Deciding to leave the the comfort of employment takes a lot of courage. I for one enjoy knowing that I get a nice paycheck at the end of the month with a set amount of money in it. This safety net is removed when you decide to go self-employed - you can no longer guarantee a definite amount of money on a certain day of the month.

When you choose not to have a job, you are on your own. You don’t have a boss to tell you what to do anymore, you have to manage your time yourself and work out where is best to spend your effort. You have to create the work/life balance, you have to decide when to switch off, where to draw the line. While this sounds desirable, getting this right can actually be pretty tricky.

It’s also seriously hard work! While I don’t doubt traditional jobs are tough, I hate the assumption that because you’re at home or not based in a typical office setting, you can’t possibly be doing hard work.

Blogging, for example, is not just throwing a few words together and hitting publish. For a product review, I first have to use the product long enough to gain a real opinion on it. I have to photograph it - often, this means a photograph of the product itself, a swatch, me wearing the product. This can take a while. Depending on how good my original shots were, I will have to edit the photographs I take. I will upload them. I will add them to a post, I then have to write the post.

Even after I’ve hit publish, the work doesn’t end. I go on to promote the post on social media, return comments.

It might not be manual labour, but done properly, blogging is time consuming. Vlogging even more so!

I’d also like to point out that I can go to work, I can mess around in the kitchen when I get there for 20 minutes making tea, chatting to people. I can check Facebook, sneak a blog post in, but I still get paid! With Arbonne, if I don’t do the activity, I don’t get the money, simple as. That’s the tough reality of it.

Besides all this, you don’t have to convince anyone that being employed is a valid choice. Whereas if you choose a different life path, you meet resistance everywhere you turn! While blogging continues to be just a hobby for me, when it comes to Arbonne, I am constantly finding I feel like I have to justify and explain my choices to people.

I’d go as far to say that this aspect of self-employment is even worse in the network marketing business. As it’s such a misunderstood business, I often encounter misconceptions and downright lies about what it actually is in my day to day life. It’s also difficult because despite my own efforts to run my Arbonne business with honesty and integrity, there are those network marketers out there who ruin this for everyone.

Believe me, choosing employment and a job is the easiest thing in my life. I don’t have to explain being a journalist to anyone, I have set working hours, a set working wage, I can mess about every now and then but that money just keeps coming. It’s comfortable.

Those out there who choose not to do this have stepped out of their comfort zone and I admire them for it. I hope to join them one day and believe me, it’s NOT the easy option!

Arbonne FC5 Exfoliating New Cell Scrub [Product Review]

At the time of writing this post, I was an Arbonne Independent Consultant. To learn more about what this means, please click here.

Facial scrubs are one of my favourite parts of my skincare routine. While they are not a necessary part of anyone’s regime and I probably use mine too much, I can’t recommend them enough. In the past, I’ve been a big fan of Lush Ocean Salt, a beautifully scented, gritty and effective scrub. Naturally, I was eager to see how Arbonne’s offering compared.

The Arbonne FC5 Exfoliating New Cell Scrub has fast become one of my favourite Arbonne products. Like the entire FC5 range, this isn’t one for you if you like scentless skincare, but is definitely one for you if you’re a fan of beautiful scents. On application the cells in the product burst and it creates a gorgeous smell that I can’t get enough of. It’s a wonderful thing to wake up to in the morning.

Grit wise, this scrub has exactly the perfect amount. Ocean Salt tends to be very harsh on my skin, but the Exfoliating Cleanser from Superdrug’s B. was ever so slightly too gentle for my exfoliation needs. The FC5 scrub sits just in the middle of this: it’s gritty enough that I can feel it working, but without tearing my skin.

Because it has just the right amount of scrub to it, the results I’ve achieved with Arbonne’s facial scrub have been highly satisfactory. It works better than any moisturiser at removing dry skin, revealing soft, bright skin underneath. I like to use it in the morning best - it works wonders at removing the dead skin surrounding blemishes and means I get a much smoother, longer lasting application of makeup.

What’s your favourite exfoliator?

The Vixen Thinks: Why Spending Bans Are Not The One

Ah, spending bans. They seem quite popular in the blogging world, particularly with product-obsessed beauty bloggers. I myself have attempted them on numerous occasions, some I've blogged about, some I've kept quiet, one was even successful. However, there's one thing I've recently decided: they're not actually such a good idea.

One thing I've never really spoken about on here is how anti-diet I am. I really don't like diets and I think this could make up a post in itself. My issue with dieting is that it often involves depriving yourself of something you really love, meaning you end up binging on something "forbidden" or it's only temporary, so once you've finished dieting, you end up right back where you started. 

I'm much more supportive of lifestyle changes, permanently adding healthier foods into your diet to create more balance and adding exercise to your routine.

Now, at the moment, I'm skint. Despite having my first full-time, graduate job (read: more money coming into my account than I've ever had), it turns out being a homeowner is pretty damn expensive, particularly when your home is a building site/money pit. As a student, I was pretty well off and didn't really need to scrimp and save as many others did, so this is the first time in my life that I genuinely have to set myself a budget and be really careful about where and how I spend my money.

Thing is, I really, really like shopping. At the moment, it's clothes I want. I want new workout clothes. I want new office clothes. I want new pretty dresses. Previously, I'd just buy them and figure out the logistics later, but obviously, I can't do it now because I've actually got some real responsibilities now. (Yeah, yeah, I've been spoilt until now, well done.)

My first thought was "I know, I'll have a spending ban until the house is finished and then I can use the money that was otherwise going on house-related necessities and go on a craaaazzyyy shopping spree."

And that's when I realised...spending bans are pretty much a restricted diet. 
  1. If I went down the spending ban route, I wasn't going to learn anything, I was just going to go straight back to my old habits once the ban was over, so really, what's the point?
  2. If I restrict myself from something, I am going to end up binging. Who knows how much longer it's going to take to get my house sorted, at some point, I was going to end up hauling before my "ban" was over.
No, my problems (your problems?) couldn't be solved by an outright ban. What I need is a lifestyle change. I've decided to adopt the "everything in moderation" rule in my life. I love shopping, I always will and I doubt that's ever going to change. 

What I need to learn is that I don't need everything I want, I don't need to buy everything at once, I need to remember that spending money on experiences is 99% more likely to be more valuable to me in the long-term than a new dress, I need some time to get used to having a real grown-up salary and the responsibilities that come with living away from home, without a student loan for the first time.

A spending ban was never, ever going to teach me any of this.

This is why I am boycotting spending bans. While they might work for some of you, they're just not for me. I've decided it's much more valuable for me to work out what money has to go on essentials like the mortgage, bills and renovation each month and use what's left to get me a little something nice. I'm still getting what I want, but I'm doing it responsibly. 

What do you think to my new approach to spending bans?

Instavixen #9: a #100happydays Catch Up

Hello everyone, today I thought I'd update you all on my #100happydays challenge since I rounded up my first 50 a fortnight ago. Currently I'm about 2 days behind, which is silly, because there's plenty that makes me happy at the moment! I'm sure I will have caught up by the end of today though.

Day 51: I got a hair cut and so had to take a selfie to commemorate it!

Day 52: there's always the most beautiful flowers knocking around at my boyfriend's mum's house!

Day 53: cooking in my house makes it feel much more like a home, rather than a building site!

Day 54: the bank sent us a nifty little mortgage gift pack

Day 55: a delicious stir fry for tea

Day 56: me with some main league players and some of the Wiltshire Roller Derby Fresh Meat!

Day 57: I went back to Wakefield last weekend!

Day 58: I've been reunited with some of my possessions again, including one of my favourite jumpers

Day 59: I can fake perfect skin if I need to with new Arbonne CC Cream

Day 60: lamb curry for tea

Day 61: James cooked me some delicious chicken quesadillas after I cut my finger!

Day 62: I did an amazing homemade chicken satay

Day 63: I really enjoyed swapping my trainers for 8 wheels at roller derby

Day 64: went out for drinks with James and his friend Sophie from university, had an amazing night!

So, that's what I've been up to/has been making me feel good this past fortnight, what about you?

Superdrug Vitamin E Exfoliating Body Scrub [Product Review]

I do love a good body scrub. While I initially became interested in them to see if they would enhance my fake tanning skills, my love for body exfoliators soon took over my fad of being tanned. This Superdrug offering from their Vitamin E collection is one I really liked.

As seems to be the case with most products I review these days, this really does smell so nice. The smell was definitely my favourite part of this product. Normally I use really fruity, sweet smelling shower products so this made an interesting change. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it smells very sophisticated, it's very pleasant and it even lasts on your skin for a bit afterwards.

It also performs very well. Admittedly a tube doesn't last very long as you do need to use a lot of it, but it's dead cheap I don't mind so much. I prefer a body scrub to be a bit grittier than one intended for your face and this was good. Nice and gritty without being too uncomfortable. As for how it left my skin, well, my skin was always so soft after using this, as well as being left feel brand new and ever so fresh. And yes, it helped even out my tan too.

Sadly, although I did initially repurchase a few times, it's one I won't be going back to now. This is because it has parabens in and I'm trying to avoid them.

What do you think of this scrub?

The Vixen Thinks: Those Cancer Selfies

So, around the 17th March, all of a sudden, my Facebook newsfeed was suddenly littered with selfies of the various females I've befriended on the social network wearing no makeup. At first, I was confused. I could see no discernible reason why people were suddenly going barefaced. Eventually, I noticed one hashtag referencing cancer and I realised it was yet another Facebook "awareness" campaign.

Sorry, but this caused me to emit a groan.

Just like that ridiculous fad where the women in my life were posting "I'm going to [THIS PLACE]" or vague statuses about where they "like it" - I'm not overly impressed by the latest trend to hit Facebook, allegedly in the name of charity.

Now where do I start? One issue was that I'd seen a good 10 selfies before I saw any mention of a donation to charity alongside a naked face. At the end of the day, awareness is great, but it's cold hard cash for research and patient care which is going to make the difference in the end.

Secondly, I have an issue with the concept of awareness itself. It's 2014. Everyone knows what cancer is now and everyone knows it's bad. In fact, I'm not sure I know anyone who hasn't been affected by cancer in some shape or form. Awareness of the disease itself isn't the issue.

I'm also annoyed at the idea of taking a selfie with no makeup. While I don't doubt it's a big deal for some girls to post a picture of themselves wearing no makeup - hell, I'd die if a picture ended up on the Internet of my face right now in all it's adult acne glory - if we continue to act like girls wearing makeup is the norm and that going naked faced is a big deal, then it will continue to be a big deal. The last thing a supposed charitable campaign should be doing is teaching young girls that their naked face is something to be ashamed of.

On the other hand, are we likening daring to go without makeup to those women who have lost their breasts to breast cancer? I really bloody hope not, because you don't even need a random blogger like me on the Internet to tell you that a mastectomy CANNOT be likened to removing your makeup, however low your self esteem might be.

Look, I'm not slamming you if you took part in this. Good on you for wanting to help and especially well done to those of you who have donated alongside your selfie. But we really need to take a look at HOW we are trying to help.

First of all, we need to make it damn clear that in most cases, it's money that is going to help. Without money, we can't fund the nurses who look after cancer patients. Without money, we can't fund the research that discovers life saving drugs. Can't afford a donation? We've all got old clothing etc we don't want, why not donate that to a charity shop where someone will pay money. Worried about animal testing? There are cancer charities that do not test on animals. Everyone can make a contribution in some shape or form, but sadly, taking a picture of yourself isn't all that helpful - in fact, in a lot of cases it's just narcissism. Not only on the level of "oh look at me, I'm so charitable!" but I also suspect many people were looking for confidence boosting "you're soooo pretty without makeup" type comments.

As for the issue of awareness, like I said, everyone knows what cancer is now. What we need to do is raise awareness of how people can help. I mentioned above that everyone can help in some shape or form. This is what people need to know. They can help and they should be shown how they can help.

We also need to start catching cancer early. It's most treatable when it's caught early so why don't we start teaching people how to check their breasts? Why aren't we campaigning to get the minimum age for a smear test lowered? In fact smear tests in general - as I was living in Wales when I was 20 where they start offering smear tests at this age, I've experienced this and yes, it's uncomfortable but I would so much rather experience that and have the relief of knowing I'm healthy. This is the message that needs to be spread! We need to remove the stigma around men's health. We need to remember that there's more types of cancer just breast cancer and teach people the warning signs for cancer that hits us in other places. This is the awareness we need to be raising.

I'd also like to point out cancer charities (especially breast cancer charities) are not the only charities out there. Breast cancer awareness gets so much publicity that smaller, lesser known charities are often forgotten about. There are charities out there to help sufferers of any number of things, whether it be motor neurone disease to domestic violence victims. I'm not doubting the importance of cancer charities, I just don't like seeing other causes lost in the fray.

I love social media, I really do, but I worry about the effect that it will have on charity. Posting a picture or updating your status in the name of charity is so problematic. We all know it feels really good to help other people, but this false charity is making people feel good for doing nothing. We all want to appear as good people on the Internet, so we join in with these viral campaigns, but in actual fact, how much change are we actually creating? Until people are absolutely clear about what they are raising awareness for, until people are under no illusion that it's cold hard cash that makes the difference, until people start doing real things that cause real difference, I worry that Facebook "charity" is just people trying make themselves look good.

Of course, in the end, this selfie campaign did actually raises millions of pounds, so despite my criticism, I am starting to see some value in the effect the Internet has had on charity. I'd also like to point out that there's a difference between boasting about being "charitable" and promoting yourself to raise money for a good cause, for example, asking people to sponsor your mountain climb. In fact, I imagine you'll be seeing me asking for donations for something quite soon...I want to make it quite clear it's people "raising awareness" in questionable ways such as taking a selfie that I'm criticising, not people who donate and raise money for charity.

Are you doing anything exciting to raise funds for charity? I want to hear about that!

Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation [Product Review]

At the time of writing this post, I was an Arbonne Independent Consultant. To learn more about what this means, please click here.
Liquid foundations are something I've always been troubled by. My oily skin type means they have a habit of sliding off my skin within an hour, leaving me wondering why I’d bothered in the first place. The better ones would manage to cling to certain parts of my face - again, not exactly flattering. I found those that did stay on were heavy and pore-clogging. Yeah, liquid foundation just wasn’t for me, I thought, and this was only solidified when I discovered my love for mineral powder foundations.

However, when I discovered Arbonne, it goes without saying I had to give the foundation a go, especially after glowing reports I’d heard. Yes, it’ll come as no surprise, I’m sure, if you’ve read any of my previous posts that Arbonne’s Perfecting Liquid Foundation changed my mind.

Granted, I still have issues. When my skin is particularly bad, it will slide off my forehead, while sticking to spots after a few hours wear. However, I’ve realised this is more my skin type than the fault of the foundation.

There are a number of reasons why I like the Arbonne foundation more than any other liquid varieties I have tried. For a start, despite my poor skin thwarting its attempts to stay on my face, it does stay on my face a lot longer than the foundations I’ve tried in the past. When my skin is behaving, I can trust it to stay put all day, with a touch-up only needed if I’m heading from work and going out afterwards.

It is also by far the lightest foundation I’ve ever used, with truly buildable coverage. Like sheer foundations? Go for this one. Like full coverage? Yeah, go for this one. One pump is probably enough for most people, but two or three can really build up coverage if you feel you need it. Even when you do build it up, it still feels so light on the skin and I always forget I’m wearing this - whereas with some other foundations, they can feel a little stifling.

I feel I should also mention here that method of application makes a difference too. A beauty blender-like appliance will give a soft-focus, very light finish, while a brush is better if you want more coverage.

I also like the consistency of this foundation. In particular, I remember the L’oreal Lumi Magique foundation being particularly watery and runny - I didn’t like that at all. On the other hand, there’s B.’s full coverage foundation that although I really liked, it was so thick it broke the pump! Arbonne’s offering sits comfortably in the middle - neither too runny, nor too thick.

The shade range is also impressive. I initially began using the palest shade on offer, because usually, with brands like Rimmel, even this is a tad too dark for my ghostly skin. So, imagine my shock when I decided I’d prefer a shade darker in the future. Of course I can’t comment on it personally, but I believe the foundations also go very dark as well as very light. Working in Superdrug taught me that foundations for dark-skinned ladies are few and far between!

So, my final verdict. This foundation is very good. However, I don’t think liquid foundations are quite right for my own personal skin type. If you’re after a hydrating foundation with customisable coverage and you have normal/dry skin, I think this could be perfect for you.

Style Icon: Electra Heart

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Way back in January when I was still blissfully unaware of how much moving house would disrupt my blogging schedule, I started a new Style Icon feature on the blog. It would seem I enjoy the style of fictional characters, as today's post is nod towards Electra Heart, a character played by Marina of Marina and the Diamonds.

For the uninitiated, Electra Heart is Marina's alter-ego of sorts, a part she created to explore the role of women in society and pop culture. Electra was used to explore some female "archetypes," such as the sex symbol, the bitch, the homewrecker and so on. You can Google it and get a good idea of what I'm on about. A pretty damn good album was created in the process too.

All cleverness aside though, Electra had pretty damn good style. There's pink, there's cream, there's lace, there's fur and there's embellishments. Guess what? This all goes down very well with me! While I actually do have a fair few pieces in my own wardrobe that would not look amiss in this post at all, I'm always wanting to expand this part of my wardrobe.

There's something almost sixties about Electra's style and I really like the well-off housewife look. Writing that down doesn't sound so hot, but if you check the pictures I've included in this post, you'll see what I mean.

It's not just the clothing I like, it's really the entire aesthetic. I love the wide-eyed doll makeup, the fake beauty spot and even the "wear your heart on your cheek" thing too. I of course adore bleach blonde/silver hair and had it not destroyed my hair, it's a look I'd be happy to still be sporting today.

Electra Heart Inspired

To celebrate Marina's/Electra's style, I whipped up this demo outfit on Polyvore. I'd definitely pass on buying the exact pieces in this set, but the Missguided dress is something I'm seriously considering and similar items to the rest would be welcomed into my wardrobe.

Are you a fan of Marina and the Diamonds?

(I am, if that wasn't obvious yet!)

ModCloth Uniquely You

ModCloth Uniquely You Campaign

ModCloth Uniquely You Campaign by theglittervixen featuring a vintage two piece

Last week, ModCloth emailed me to see if I'd be interested in their Uniquely You Campaign. Because I'm always interested in keeping the content on this blog fresh and differing from the rather obsessive schedule I set myself, I decided to say yes and get involved. I was further encouraged when they sent the image of this swimsuit for me to base my storyboard around - it's gorgeous! I love high waisted bikinis, and this polka dot print gives this particular one a nice retro feel.

With monochrome being a big trend pretty much all year round, I decided I'd stick to that theme with the accessories I added. First up: a cover up! I don't go to the beach all that often any more (maybe because I don't live by the seaside anymore and the UK is COLD!) but when I do, I need a cover up! A nice floaty dress often does the trick and I chose this particular ModCloth one because the halterneck is very different from something I'd usually wear. 

Next: shoes! While in reality, wedges are probably not the best beach wear I've ever come across, it was the first style of shoe to pop into my head when I was trying to decide what accessories to add. Initially I thought adding a colour pop to my outfit would be cool but when I saw this amazing stripy pair, I realised I was going to go for monochrome clashing prints instead. That's where this incredible Betsey Johnson bag comes into the picture too. 

Finally, a hat is essential. Never underestimate a good sun hat. I've been wanting one in this style for ages - although I'd prefer a plain black one if I were going to splurge any time soon. However this straw number looks like it'd go down like a treat with outfit.

What do you think?

Arbonne FC5 Moisturising Night Creme [Product Review]

At the time of writing this post, I was an Arbonne Independent Consultant. To learn more about what this means, please click here.

The FC5 Moisturising Night Creme is an Arbonne favourite of mine, despite it being aimed at Normal/Dry skin types. My skin is actually of the very oily persuasion and exceptionally blemish prone, however, I do favour highly nourishing night creams because a combination of my prescribed acne medication or other skin care aimed at skin types like mine often has a hugely drying affect. When it comes to soothing and nourishing my poor skin, this offering from Arbonne ticks all the boxes.

The first thing you notice when using this moisturiser is the smell. FC5 actually stands for the "fresh cell" technology used in the range, with the number five standing for the five key ingredients involved. When you dip your spatula or cotton bud in the formula (fingers not recommended when using this product, you don't want to contaminate it) and use your fingers to apply it your face, these "fresh cells" burst on your skin and it really does create the most divine smell. The entire FC5 range smells great, but the night creme is the strongest and most pleasing for me.

As with the vast majority of Arbonne products, you only need a tiny, tiny amount of this for it to do the trick. My tub bought in August is still going strong despite nightly use. I use an amount about twice the size of the tip of the cotton bud I use to apply it with and that's more than enough. I spread it across my face and neck in outward motions and it instantly has a soothing cooling effect. It sinks into the skin quickly with no residue.

In the morning, my skin is always fresh-feeling, plump-looking and feels very soft and hydrated. It prevented any skin peeling when I was on extremely harsh acne medication and forgive me for a little bit TMI, but it stops any blemishes I have at the time drying out and forming a scab - a huge benefit for girls like me who insist on wearing makeup to hide their flaws rather than letting them breathe and heal properly.

I couldn't recommend this product enough, both to those of you with dry skin and those of you who like me, abuse their skin during the day in attempt to get rid of nasty adult acne.

What's your favourite night cream?

WIWIW #2: Embracing Yellow

WIWIW #2: Embracing Yellow

For those of you who didn't see my first WIWIW (What I Wish I Wore) post, here's a little update: at the moment, a few things are preventing me from taking outfit photos for blog posts: my camera is at my mum's house 200 miles away, as are most of my clothes, I'm lusting after so many new clothes, I'm busy with other things meaning my blog has taken a backseat and so on. This had led to the creation of "dream outfit posts" instead.

Today's outfit features a number of trends I am head over heels in love with. The first is yellow. It looks like yellow is becoming a popular colour for spring and I'm suddenly really appreciating it. I never, ever used to like yellow, I suspect because it was the colour of my primary school uniform. However, back in 2010 when I went to see Courtney Love, I purchased a pastel yellow Hole merchandise jumper which I really love. Since then I've started to like yellow a lot more and I've been meaning to add more to my wardrobe. I first spied a cropped fluffy jumper in yellow on Boohoo and I've been obsessed ever since. I love fluffy jumpers and I wear my pink one frequently. A yellow one would be an amazing addition to my wardrobe.

However, the main reason I became hooked on the idea of a yellow jumper is because I realised it would look awesome with another item of clothing I've been drooling over for the longest time: the Motel Kimmy Tube Skirt in Wild Daisy Print. I adore this skirt so much, not only is the style my favourite style of skirt, but the daisy print thing is a bandwagon I've been dying to jump on for a while. I really can't believe I've yet to get my hands on this to be honest, at £22 it's a bargain to says it's from Motel.

Of course, no outfit is complete with accessories and I had the perfect ones in mind for this particular outfit. The cheapest way to get on board the daisy trend is definitely a pair of daisy earrings. While I already have my own pair, I spotted this pair on Etsy and was instantly impressed. I also really like white sunglasses (yet another thing I love but have never got round to buying) and I think this heart shaped pair from Etsy again would set this lovely spring time outfit off nicely.

What do you think of this dream outfit?

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