New Season Fashion Hacks

I think I've mentioned that since Christmas I've on a shopping ban  - well, less of a ban, more of a diet, let's be honest - I mean, I have still bought stuff, just....not as much as I usually would, particularly in sale season. And I'm not immune to the charms of new season wonderfulness, taunting me with it's flared sleeves, statement boots and slogan knits. I'm just trying to be good. And being good means trawling t'interweb for cheaper alternatives to the looks I lust after on instagram.

So...the aforementioned flared sleeves. I've seen loads of bloggers sporting this jumper which I love the look of, and at £35 it's not exactly breaking the bank, but unfortunately the high neck and cropped design are not my friend and seemed to make me look about 2 sizes bigger on top. Not for the busty, I'm afraid! Love the statement sleeve look, though, so I was super chuffed to find this bell sleeved v neck at George at Asda, for a particularly purse pleasing £14.

They also have this round neck bell sleeved jumper in nude and a brighter coral pink for a bargainous £12.

Or what about this cute monochrome number - love the tie sleeve detail.

Hush's lightening bolt sweat is another blogger fave...I do love it but just can't justify £50 for a casual top. I spotted a lightening bolt top in Next sale yesterday and thought for £7, it's worth a punt. (I can't post a direct link, but search lightening bolt top in clearance - lots of sizes there right now).

What do you think? xx

BareMinerals Gen Nude Collection - The Nudes You Never Knew you Needed

I've been on a bit of a beauty spending ban for the last couple of months, since I have boxes full of stuff I've bought on a whim after seeing a particularly persuasive advert/blogger/YouTuber tell me I NEED it, only to find out that not only did I not need it, but I didn't particularly want it either. This is because, as much as I love makeup and seeing the fabulous looks people create on instagram, I wear the same dozen or so products pretty much every day, since my go to look is a taupey-brown slightly smokey eye, glowy pink cheeks and a nude lip. If it ain't broke, right?

That said, I am forever having my head turned by nude lips. Well, nude lip products, anyway. If you're a nude-lip fan, you'll know how difficult it is to get the exact shade you have in mind when you picture your perfect nude lip. For me, a lot of nude shades are too brown-toned and make me look like I've been dug up. Or then there's the shimmery nudes, which, let's be honest look horrific on everyone. Or what about the flat, matte nudes that make even non-flaky lips look scaly and dry? I can't even recount the amount of cash I've wasted over the years on unsuitable nude lippies - in fact, I started just wearing lip balm instead. And then BareMinerals brought out the Gen Nude Collection and - yup, I had my head turned.

There are four products in the range: a lipstick, a matte liquid lipcolour, a gloss and a lip pencil. And there are 40 shades available across the products, ranging from super pale (I'll be steering clear of those) to darker nudes. I tried one of each product type and although the lipstick and lipgloss are nice (both have a pleasant vanilla scent, are smooth to apply and feel comfortable to wear), my favourite product by a clear mile is the Liquid Lipcolour. I have the shade Ju Ju, which is a darker nude that I probably wouldn't have chosen myself, but when I tried it I absolutely loved the fact that although it's nude, it's darker and more dramatic than my usual picks and the matte texture gives it a modern edge. I've not really been a fan of liquid lipsticks since I bought a Bourjois one once which had the most disgusting smell and stringy, sticky texture. This is nothing like that - it has the same nice vanilla scent as the other Gen Nude offerings and a smooth, velvety texture which dries but doesn't dry out the lips. I paired it with the Under Over Lipliner in Vibe which is pretty much a perfect match and neatened the edges up perfectly.

I've now got my eye on a couple of other shades of Matte Liquid Lipcolour - Swank is a deep berry-toned nude which I love the look of, and Bo$$ is described as Dirty Pink Beige, which frankly makes me want it just to I can tell people my lips are...well, Dirty Pink Beige. Despite the number of nude lip products I already own, I don't have any like these, so, obviously, I NEED them. (Heavy hint to Husband inserted here).

Any of the Gen Nude Collection catching your eye?

*thanks to BareMinerals for sending me these products to review.

Silidyn Supplement Review - UPDATE!

Let me start by saying that I'm not one for taking supplements. I have tried a few, years ago, but nothing I used seemed to have any impact and I became somewhat cynical about these types of products. Do we really need them? Is it all just a big con to get you to fork out a few quid on something which promises you'll look ten years younger after a week? So, yeah, a bit cynical.

It's been years since I've used any supplements, but back in November I was given the opportunity to try Silidyn, and I thought, heck, why not? I'm a little less cynical nowadays (I hope, anyway), so, Silidyn - what's the deal?