Saturday, 26 July 2014

Sweet Cecily's Lip Balm Review

When I attended a formal party a while back we were each given some gifts. These gifts included an M&S beauty set and a lip balm. The lip balm was one that I had never seen or heard of before but it was the most delicious and best smelling balm I'd ever had- Pina Colada flavour, mmm. 

Anyway, fast forward to this week, and I found Sweet Cecily's on Twitter who were looking for a handful of people to try out their latest lip product. This morning the package arrived with three gorgeous lip balms. 

I instantly recognised the packaging of the lip balms then remembered how much I loved the Pina Colada one which I had tried previously. 

I also love the Mojito flavour balm- it tastes/smells like limey, sugary, minty goodness!

Now, onto Sweet Cecily's latest product; Their Espresso Martini Lip Balm is the newest edition to their collection and I love it just as much as the others! 

All of their lip balms are made from shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, almond oil, calendula oil and natural fragrances which is great as you know that I don't like to have any chemical nasties in the products that I use! 

I love the smell and taste of the Espresso Martini lip balm as it is just like the real thing! The smell of the Espresso is what I love most about it, as it brings back fond memories of a coffee shop I used to visit when I was younger. 

All of the balms are super moisturising and soothing. The balms melt when you rub your fingers on it to produce a thin oil like substance which feels light on your lips in comparison to some lip balms which are thick and heavy. 

They have fantastic lasting power and even look great when dabbed thinly on top of lipstick for a more glossy look. 

Thank you for Sweet Cecily's for sending me some of their lovely products to share with you guys! You can follow them on Twitter here!

You can buy the Pina Colada and Mojito flavoured lip balms here and the Espresso Martini flavour will be released for your eyes (lips) soon!

Have a great day!

Ellie Mae x

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by Sweet Cecily's but all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

My Grunge Lookbook | LittleEllieMae

You are all probably aware that I am a girly girl. And if you didn't then surely my blog design didn't give you a little hint? 

I love flowy skirts, floral patterns and lots of pink!

However, as you know I am a huge vintage fan and I am really into the 90s grunge look, which may come as a bit of a surprise to some people! 

I got together a bunch of my 90s grunge inspired clothes and made a little lookbook. 

Hat- H&M

Flower crown headband- handmade by me!

Sunglasses- Primark

I love this outfit. This Iron Maiden t-shirt is vintage, the boyfriend shorts are from New Look and my boots are from Topshop. I like to add different accessories to create different looks. I think this outfit would be perfect for a festival look!

This outfit is so versatile; I wear it for a lazy day, running errands or going shopping with my friends! This sweater is a cool 'mouldy green' colour which looks fantastic with black accessories and a deep red lipstick. The top is from ZARA and the skirt is from Topshop. 

This is the outfit that I probably wear the most. Tartan was a huge grunge statement in the 1990s, so this top from Primark is the perfect way to achieve this look. I love the pop of red which coordinates with my deep red lipstick against the rest of the black of the outfit. 

To achieve the grunge look (which usually consists of heavy dark coloured clothing) during the summer may sound difficult. However with a cute tartan swing dress, like this one from New Look, its totally floaty and cool but still full of edge. 

Just add a cropped jumper, like this navy blue one from H&M, for cooler days. 

Here's the makeup look that I wore for this lookbook. (Unfornately I waited until after we shot the above photos to take a selfie of my makeup so the lighting went really dark, apologies!) A smokey eye is a must for the grunge look. I added an iridescent blue shimmer eyeshadow to the middle of my lids to add some dimension and a pop of colour! The red lipstick is Kate Moss by Rimmel London in 107 which I think is the perfect grunge-inspired red lipstick! In the first look I wore a bright purple lipstick by Perrie, Little Mix from their Collection edition. 

So that's my 90s grunge-inspired lookbook! I really enjoyed shooting this and a big thank you to my sister, Flora, for always being my photographer. I can see you at Vogue now ;)

Do you like to dress with a grunge inspiration? Or are you too nervous to take the plunge? Let me know by commenting below or tweeting me @LittleEllieMae 

Have a great day!

Ellie Mae x

Monday, 21 July 2014

D.I.Y.- Bodycon Skirt from Long Sleeve T-shirt!

Pinterest is my haven. I go on it every day; Its just girly loveliness full of creative ideas. My Crafts & D.I.Y. board is one of my most pinned boards and I have so many craft ideas to do over the summer. 

After reading this article about how to make a skirt from an old long sleeve t-shirt (by just tying the long sleeves in a bow) I decided that my bow tying skills were just not up to scratch for that D.I.Y, unless I was going for the 'screwed up ball hanging from the hip' look.

So I put my thinking cap on and came up with this easy sewing D.I.Y. to transform an old long sleeve t-shirt into a cute body-con skirt with detail.

I used this old black long sleeve t-shirt from Primark (one I nabbed before my sister threw it out- thanks Flora!). Its a size 6 whereas I'm usually a size 10/12, but because its made out of such stretchy material it would fit different sizes!

Turn the t-shirt inside out. Firstly, use a straight object (I used a tape measure) to line up where you're going to pin. You will want to line it up straight so that it cuts off the sleeves and any excess material (which there usually is as its used to hug your figure).

Then pin all the way up the straight line. I placed my pins quite spaced out but if you feel more comfortable with more pins closer together to guide you, do it that way!

Then sew along the straight line, guided by the pins, using a straight stitch using a thread similar colour to the fabric that your top is. 

This is our sewing machine. An original Singer- it only does straight stitch but its such a reliable machine and I find it so relaxing to sew with it by rotating the wheel. 

Once you have sewn both straight sides, use a pair of scissors to cut closely to the stitching, leave a few mm or more if you plan to neaten it somehow (overlock, binding etc.) However this will be the inside of the skirt so it won't be visible anyway, so I didn't neaten the seams. 

This is how it should look at this point! Now, you could just turn it right way out and wear it as a plain skirt or you can add some decoration as I did!

I bought this amazing embroidered ribbon from my local haberdashery. I actually didn't think this step through very well, as this ribbon isn't stretchy yet I sewed it to the bottom of the skirt, so its kind of difficult to walk in. So my advice to you is to buy a stretchy ribbon if you want to embellish the bottom of the skirt or just stick to decorating the sides of the skirt! 

So that's it! A super easy sewing D.I.Y. project which takes only half an hour! Its a great way to recycle your old unwanted t-shirts. 

If you try this D.I.Y, make sure you send me a photo on Twitter @LittleEllieMae as I'd love to see what you made!

If you'd like to see me do more D.I.Y project posts like this make sure to let me know by commenting below or tweeting me @LittleEllieMae :) 

Have a great day!

Ellie Mae

P.S. I have a new Facebook page, so go and 'like' it if you like!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Summer Sales Haul!

Yesterday I took a trip to Exeter with my friends. 
Its that time of year that you either love or loathe- summer sales time. Personally I absolutely love finding some bargains in the sale, and whilst I was shopping in Exeter (which has a bunch more better shops than Plymouth!) I found quite a few!

I took some photos to show you the clothes that I brought 'in action'. 

I think this has to be my favourite new outfit. I luckily found this gorgeous red textured skater skirt in H&M for only £3! Also I picked up this black and white striped, off-the-shoulder crop top (not in the sale, but still super inexpensive) for £3.99. I really love this look; It reminds me of French fashion for some reason. Maybe I should be wearing a beret instead of my H&M bowler hat (£7.99). My shoes are from H! by Henry Holland (£35.00).

This outfit is so girly and cute but still very on-trend and fashionable. I bought this amazing 'New York pink'  coloured cropped t-shirt with pastel pink french words on the front for only £5.99 in ZARA. I love how this crop top isn't too short and its a bit oversized for a more laid-back look. You may recognise this skirt... I did buy the white spotty version of this a few weeks ago from Primark but this one is pastel pink with flowers on the skirt and it was reduced to £5 from £12! Amazing. Its my favourite colour and I think it looks great with the t-shirt and my Truffle London shoes from TK Maxx (£16.99) and white lace socks from Primark too (£1.50).

I was actually going to buy this crop top/ bralette from New Look a little while ago but decided not to (for some unknown reason). But yesterday I saw it on sale for just £4 and had to buy it! I love wearing crop tops like these when the weather is super hot! I really like the colour of this top with the cute floral print. I've paired it with my white Broderie anglaise shorts from Matalan (£16.00) and my white sandals from New Look (£19.99).

Okay so this item wasn't actually in the sale but at such a cheap price I couldn't resist. This butterfly t-shirt from Primark was only £3! Here I am wearing it with my Topshop skater skirt (£12.99) and again my Truffle shoes and Primark socks. Seeing as I'm starting Sixth Form in September, I won't be wearing uniform anymore so I am starting to get together some outfits which will be school appropriate. I think this is a really sweet, casual look but still smart and presentable enough for school. 

So that's it for now! Which of these looks do you like the best? And have you got any amazing bargains in the summer sale at all? Let me know by commenting below or tweeting me @LittleEllieMae :)

Have a great day!

Ellie Mae x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Lush Plymouth Blogger Event

Last Thursday, myself and six other lovely bloggers were invited down to Lush in Drakes Circus, Plymouth for their first ever blogger event.

We were greeted by the lovely staff in the beautifully aromatic shop with sweet goodies including mini cakes and veggie Percy Pigs (my favourite)!

Adam and the Lush team were going to take us on a one-stop tour of Lush; They talked us through the ethics and background of the company. I really love how Lush buys all of their supplies ethically, fresh and are against animal testing as I always try not to buy anything that goes against these morals. All of their products are handmade by specialised 'Lushies' too which is great!

First up we were shown Buffy- a square exfoliator that also adds moisture back into the skin. We looked at the original ingredients for this product which includes cocoa butter, shea butter, ground rice, almonds, lavender oil, lemon oil and ground aduki beans and how they could benefit your skin. I actually suffer terribly with dry, sensitive skin all over my body and face so this exfoliator which also adds back the moisture to the skin instead of stripping all of the body's oils out is fantastic. Of course it has no harsh chemicals in it either, so great for sensitive skin like mine. 

I volunteered to try out Buffy!
We then went on to my favourite part of the night; We all had a chance to make our very own Lush bath bomb! I've always been a fan of Lush's bath bombs and they have become a real treat for me to enjoy in a nice relaxing bath, especially after all of my exams! The bath bomb that we made was called Big Blue. 

Big Blue is a calming and softening bath bomb with extracts of lavender and lemon oil and also seaweed and sea salt is present. I loved the story that we were told about Fisherman Pete in Poole who collects all of the seaweed from its natural source ready for the products in Lush just like Big Blue. It sounds like Lush are really involved in all parts of the manufacturing process for their products, which is refreshing as it can be rare for businesses to be involved with their suppliers etc nowadays. 

 We mixed the fresh ingredients together and packed them into a special Lush mould where they had to set for 24 hours before using them. It actually surprised me how simple it was to make (although I did have some difficulty trying to get the mould in place perfectly... ok so it may be harder than it looks!) but it surprised me even more when we were told that Lushies in the Lush factories usually produce approximately 10 of these a minute! Now that is talent!

Then we went on to see another interesting product.

Adam must have been tired after a long day of work and of course organising the fun event so he had a few minutes to sit down and soak his feet for a demonstration of Stepping Stone, a foot scrub filled with pumice and fine sea salt to eliminate any nasty dead skin. You can use Stepping Stone simply as a small bath bomb- like product for your feet or alternatively you can break bits off and rub against your feet as an exfoliator. I think I fell in love with the smell of this product- it was just salty, beachy goodness in a foot shaped mould!

Lastly we were introduced to Lush's brand new suncare range. With Summer finally getting started, this range has such a variety of innovative products- one perfect for everybody! I especially liked the Million Dollar Moisturiser which not only moisturised your skin but also had SPF and gorgeous light reflecting pigments to give you a healthy glow.

We all had the opportunity to each take home one product from the new skincare range along with Stepping Stone and our own- made Big Blue. I took home the Sesame Suntan Lotion which is a light moisturiser with SPF 10 in it, so perfect for when I'm just out and about everyday to prevent those harmful rays!

I will be writing some in-depth reviews on each of the products that I took home from this Lush event very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

I very much enjoyed this event at Lush; I learnt a lot about the company and I absolutely love what they stand for. What also struck me was how genuinely friendly all of the staff were at Lush. They were all so passionate about the company and they genuinely want to help you find the product which is best for you in the long term, rather than just being desperate to flog you a product which I've noticed in a lot of other shops lately.

It was also really nice to meet my fellow Plymouthian bloggers at this event as we rarely have any events aimed at bloggers in this city so I hope this fantastic one hosted by Lush will be the first of many to come!

I want to say a big thank you to Adam and the team for hosting the event and I can't wait to visit Lush again soon!

You can check out all of the action from this event by searching the hashtag #LushPlymouthBlogs and follow Lush Plymouth @LushPlymouth !

Have you ever attended a Lush event? Or any other blogger event for that matter? I'd love to know what you're experiences were like; Leave me a comment below or tweet me @LittleEllieMae :)

Have a great day!

Ellie Mae x