17 Sep 2014

OOTD: NEON FULL SKIRT

Long time no outfit post. Well the truth is I've put on weight. However since you guys are my sisters, I'm coming clean. I've been stuck in a rut since Thailand. Since my lifestyle change, I'm not able to make time for my beloved Insanity DVD. At the moment nothing in my wardrobe fits... at all, so it's full skirts and maxi dresses until I go back down to my desire weight.


I wore this outfit a little while back to a friend's surprise birthday dinner. It turns out in was in a bar, so I was overly dressed for the occasion, but hey make EVERYWHERE your catwalk right?
I wore this when there was more sunshine, as you can imagine, but as we are rapidly creeping in to Autumn, this will be my last summer outfit :(. I have to say, I am looking forward to layering up, and wearing green, and burgundy again.





I'm wearing:
Top ~ H&M ~ similar here
Skirt ~ She Inside
Clutch ~ old ~ similar here
Shoes ~ New Look ~ similar here

What was your last summer outfit?

13 Sep 2014

SKINCARE: BIORE DEEP PORE CHARCOAL CLEANSER + SELF HEATING ONE MINUTE MASK REVIEWS


Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

The Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser aims to draw out impurities from the skin. Wearing makeup 6-7 days week no matter how little or much is worn makes me feel like I need to do some sort of deep cleanse to ensure that every bit of makeup that my cleanser, and toner didn't remove.
I opted to try out the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser because I fell in love with the Biore Warming anti blackhead cleanser a few years ago. 

With the appearance of charcoal infused products that was birthed from the Asian community, it was not a surprise that it would reach UK soil. In comparision to other charcoal cleansers that I've tried, I have to say that I am pretty sure that it's the best I've tried especially comparison to the MAC Volcanic Ash. 
The product contains slight beads to help exfoliate the skin.  The texture of the gel with tiny charcoal-like pieces that lathers up a little when applied to the skin. Apparently charcoal actually traps oils and dirt and draws them out of your skin.

When I'm washing my face with the Biore Deep Pore Cleanser it tingles slightly, which I love because it makes me feel as if something is happening or working.  
I'm not sure if it works on pores because I don't have particularly large pores, however I will say that it removes every ounce of makeup and makes my skin feel fresh and squeaky clean. 
As I mentioned a million times, I have dry skin, so I'm not fond of the oil free formula or gel like texture. It does contain Glycerin however I don't like the fact that it strips every last bit of oil from my face. 

I wouldn't recommend it for people with dry skin, but if you are a sucker for this product like I am, then I would suggest you limit your use to once a week at that.


Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask

Biore says that it's Self Heating One Minute Mask aims to warms to open pores and draw out deep down dirt, oil and impurities, then cools leaving skin tingly smooth and refreshed. I did try this product out too, however I don't feel like it did much more than the cleanser did, so I thought it'll be best to let an oily skinned gal try it. Here are her thoughts:

I loved the benefits of charcoal on oily skin and with the heat of summer my face has been an very oily with super sized pores this summer, so I knew I was the right candidate to try this product. First off, I appreciate the sensation of this mask when applied, followed by a few seconds of heating then a cooling sensation. There are a few little beaded particles in this mask,which I think allows for a gentle exfoliation experience. I'm not sure about the "purifying effect" on my pores. However I felt that my face felt clean and refreshed. It helped to reduce the appearance of blemishes, but did not remove them, but I think that would be due leaving the mask on for about 5 minutes.

I found the packaging a little awkward as I'm not keen on sachets. I would have prefered It to be packaged in a tube, for ease of use.

Back to Wande, As mentioned they are great products but not designed for dry skin gals, but I'm sure this will work like a dream on the oily skinned gals, especially in the summer.


Have you tried Biore Products?

10 Sep 2014

BEAUTY: THE BODY SHOP WILD ARGAN OIL RANGE

I'm sure you know that I'm a fan of The Body Shop by now. When the argan oil frenzy kicked off, I was literally waiting for The Body Shop's version. A little while later they did just that. I was invited down to the launch of the event in a beautiful and stunning Moroccan restaurant where they had belly dancing, henna hand designs going on. I had to take a quick look outside to check I couldn't see camels in the far distance, because I started to feel like I was back in Morocco

The Wild Argan Oil consists of 9 products, but I loved the products soooo much that I ended up going to purchase the rest of the range. If you are familiar with The Body Shop product you'll know they always produce a shower gel with a subsequent Body Butter and body lotion, however this time they've included more argan-infused, products like the multi-use Radiant Oil , the Miracle Solid Oil  and the Solid Lip Oil.

I thought I'd give you a little run down of the whole range.


First up is the body scrub which I found it to be exfoliating and nutritive to my skin. As it is a scrub, it does exfoliate your skin however the argan oil makes it super duper soft at the same time... so no stripping over here. If you're a fan of nutty scents then you'll love it.

You guys now that I'm not the biggest fan of the body butters. I'm have exceptionally dry skin, so I need something that is deeply moisturizing. What I usually do is but the matching oil from the range, and add it to the body butter for the perfect moisturizer. However The body butter have turned it up a notch by ensuring that I don't have to have a mixology session due to the extra oils added. Yes ladies it's that moisturizing!

The shower gel is incredible. Lathers like a dream, and my skin feels like I've been swimming in a pool of oil, so I'm soft and supple when I leave the shower.

If you've read my blog long enough you'll know that my lips are always dry. I'm forever using blistex, but when I go to sleep I use the solid lip oil. It's great for night time use. I usually put blistex on my lips, then slap this over the top of it.When I wake up in the morning it's like I just applied it.

Availability

3 Sep 2014

SPONSORED VIDEO: LA REDOUTE


If you haven’t been able to tell, I’m oh so in love right now. However before now I’m not sure I’ve taken out the time to actually to say I love you, be it to my family or even my closest of friends. It sees that those words are reserved for obligatory annual events such as Valentine’s or even Christmas.

It’s just crazy to think that only 22% of people in the UK haven’t said “I love you in over a month and only 30% of us say it daily. A whopping 82% of us want to hear it. No wonder there are miserable people on my daily commute. The French certainly have been giving us a helping hand in this department.
Speaking of France the French fashion brand La Redoute, are helping us eject a little love in our lives, even if our sky is grey but presenting us with their latest campaign; The Language of love. This campaign encourages you to exclaim more “I love you’s”. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but you’ve got to watch the video.



As a sucker for ads, I checked out the video which brought a tear to my eye, and I immediately rang my mum crying telling her I love her. The power of ads ey! Even though I help create ads for a living, they still have a massive effect on me.

Check out a few items from their new back to work range, you my just fall in love. http://unr.ly/1u6Ynin


Post sponsored by La Redoute

31 Aug 2014

WANDE WEEKLY: SUMMER WRAPUP AND MORE UPDATES


I think I've taken a long enough break from blogging. I'm not going to say I'm back with full force but I'm working my way up to it. Since this is more or less a catch up post, I thought I'd let you know what's been going on with miss over here this summer.

For those of you that don't know, I'll give you a quick rundown of events since my last proper Wande Weekly. As you can tell by the pic above, I am in a new exciting relationship, which brings a smile to my face, heart, and life. He's a bit social media shy, hence why you don't see his face.

It's been two months since I've been back from Thailand, and my life has been chockablock ever since. I got a new job which I'm completely in love with, in an advertising firm. Getting my head around going into work everyday soon after my holiday has been a bit of a whirlwind, but the love for it gets me up in the morning.

Anywho...here's the rundown of my summer :)
smokey eye makeup look | dress I wore to dinner at Mango tree | deciding which mac to buy | cinema outfit 
Outfit for surprise dinner | new Bodyshop products  New Bodyshop's launch in a moroccan restaurant | Celebrating 25 years of Magnum
More Bodyshop products | Nachos and Guac! | Vietnamese eating | Beautiful Sunset
My hair in process | My hair straightened | A weekend in Bath | Gorgeous day in Bath with my honey.

This footage below is the launch of Cheryl's new fragrance launch event. She looked stunning right?
Just casually at the @ladyccole fragrance launch. She looks stunning!!!

Thermae Bath Spa | A day at the zoo in Longleat | Summer work party outfit | hotel near work | 
Breakfast at the hotel | Breakfast at work | Team lunch (hangover cure) | my boo hanging my clothes up (lol) |casual dinner with the boo | drinks with a girl friend | a/w14 closet ready

My room still isnt finished yet. I've kind of abandoned it and as I decided to go on holiday. I felt a little uninspired as the inspiration behind it wasn't exactly going to plan, and I keep changing  my mind for example, I know no longer want a gold bed frame any more.

I know I still owe you a thailand post, and vlog video, but my laptop is in repairs at the moment, when I get that back then I'll get to editing all the footage and 10,000 pictures that I took.

Follow me on instagram to keep up to date with my shenanigans @wandesworld

How has your summer been?

21 Jul 2014

SKINCARE: YOU'VE HAD SUGERY?? - SMOOTH SHAPES AT DESTINATION SKIN

Yes, I've had surgery. In fact, I'm not opposed to it, at all. Ok, well what I had was a non-invasive treatment, which means they didn't cut me open. Like most people I have cellulite, in the mildest form. (Thank God) and before I headed to Thailand, I wanted to reduce the appearance of cellulite as much as possible since I was going to be prancing around in bikinis and shorts for 3 weeks. I was interested in the Smooth Shapes treatment, and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get one done.

I'm sure you know what cellulite is, but I thought I'd explain a little further.
Cellulite is a dimpling of the skin and appears in areas with underlying fat deposits, giving a lumpy, uneven texture.

Cellulite often appears around the buttocks and thighs, and develops after puberty, and can be caused by many different factors such as:

Hormonal factors - hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.

Genetics - certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.

Diet - people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.

Lifestyle factors - cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.

Clothing - underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.


Now I know exercise helps to reduce cellulite, but with a week before my trip, I needed something quick and effective, so I headed down to Destination Skin in Knightsbridge and I was introduced to my therapist Tia, who was so lovely, and extremely knowledgeable. I was given a pair of goggles to wear to protect my eyes, and away Tia went with the Smooth Shapes machine. he treatment usually takes about 30 mins. As my cellulite was in it's mildest form I was able to see a difference after one treatment, however 8 treatments twice a week for 4 weeks is recommended. The treatment ranges from £50 - £195 depending on the area.

Usually 8 treatments would cost you £1,295 however at the moment they have 50% off treatments, so you only £647.50. 
Can you see why I was sold on the treatments, I mean look at the before and after pictures.


For more information on Smooth Shapes visit
Destination Skin

18 Jul 2014

BEAUTY: SCHOLL VELVET SMOOTH RANGE

This isn't the sexiest topic on Wande's World, but it may lead to something of that sort if you get my drift. Well, it did for me lol. With the sun showing us more love than usual, it's definitely the time for sandals and flip flops. But the surge of seeing cracked feet everywhere just isn't appealing. To bring more love to the world....well more importantly our feet, I thought I'd share with you the Scholl Velvet Smooth Range.


The range includes the Essential Moisture Day Cream; it's a very rich but easily absorbed cream that I now apply as part of my moisturizing routine. I use every type of moisturizer which include an eye cream, face cream, body cream, hand cream, and now foot cream. Although it sounds like a lot of different creams, I've really seen a difference in my skin, and now I can say that I've been evicted from the ashy feet gang, if ever I was part of it.

The Foot Soak is predominantly a cleansing and soothing soak  which leaves my feet incredibly soft. I do this twice a week, usually Wednesday and Saturday which are my pamper days. It is a typical serum consistency, hence the name so the texture of it is much thinner so absorbs rather rapidly.

Lastly, but by no means least is the Night Mask which is my other favourite product. Its a thick, rich and creamy product that really does remove all trace of dryness and its perfect prep for sandal day the following day. You can use it on your hands, but I feel strange using foot cream on my hand. It's also fine for everyday use. 

Also, if you'd like to get a free pedicure courtesy of Scholl then head down to Westfield White City, London for the Scholl Express Pedi Beach this weekend,  Friday 18th – Sunday 20th July 2014. you'll also be able to meet Abbey Clancy

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How do you care for your feet?

16 Jul 2014

SPONSORED VIDEO: BENEFITS THEY'RE REAL PUSH UP LINER

I think just about every blogger and their dog uses the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner. We’ll I’m guessing it’s because it’s the first lash-hugging waterproof matte gel liner that'll give you a cat eye without fumbling with cotton buds and other cleaning materials.




I’ve heard it’s one of the best liners out there because it doesn’t budge one bit. You do have to work with it quite quickly though, because once it’s dry, girl it’s dry. You could probably wear it to the gym or on a super-hot day and not worry about turning into panda eyes. 

There’s different looks that you can do with the Benefit They’re Real Push up Liner, and if you need a hand, their pinterest page is filled with helpful tips, so you don’t go wrong. Benefit really wanted to prove to you that their liner is their best invention yet, so they did a survey of 32 women after using the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, and found the following:

• 91% said it was long-wearing
• 81% said it was waterproof
• 88% said it hugged the lashline
• 84% said eyes looked visibly larger


It’s proven to work very well with the Benefit They’re Real Mascara, that they launched a little while go which is still getting a lot of traction even. When removing make sure that when you want to remove the liner, use a waterproof makeup remover like the They’re Real Remover which is a creamy gel formula with lifts away the product with tugging on the delicate eye area.


Have you tried the new Benefit They're Real Range?

Sponsored by Benefit Cosmetics

14 Jul 2014

I'M BACK FROM THAILAND + UPDATE

Ok, so I know you are expecting a full blown Thailand blog post and vlog. However I have over 10,000 photos (who knew I could take so many pictures) and 3 hours of footage. So while I'm back and preparing the photos and editing the vlog, I'll update you on all that I was trying to update before I left.


So anywho.... (thinking of where I left off) I've still got to tell you about my stay at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel with the lovely bf.  I also need to share with you my favourite skincare product, and give you an update on my sk:n peels, which are going to be starting back up again. I found the ultimate foot care product, which again, I need to update you on. Your feet will thank me for it. They are so soft now I have to fight off a certain someone from playing with them. 

I've been reading a new book, which has been quite hilarious called Break-Up Recipe; it's not entirely as the name suggests. It's more to do with a guys understanding of relationships. It's hilarious! I'll have more of an update on that when I actually finish the book.

Right now I'm off to an event, which I'll probably be instagramming about.

I'm not sure if you know one of my favourite lenses broke in Thailand, which made me put down my dslr camera altogether. I've ordered a new lens so it should be here in a few days, so hopefully I'll be back to outfit posts again.

I do need your help first though, which post should be next, smooth and sexy feet guide? Or Pestana Chelsea Bridge experience. Do comment, and maybe you'll win something I bought from Thailand.

Next post idea? 
Sexy Feet Guide or My Hotel Experience?

15 Jun 2014

WANDE WEEKLY: PACKING FOR ASIA + LIFE UPDATE




Busy doesn't even come close to describing what the last few weeks have been like. It's actually mental. I've got some fabulous news to tell you. Firstly, I'm now a legitimate driver. I pass my test on 3rd of June which is great. I had the best driving instrutor in the world! Secondly, I'm in a lovely new relationship that I'm super duper happy about. My sweetheart is truly a sweetheart. I'm so happy and loving life at the moment. Lastly, I'm going to Thailand on Tuesday!!!! I've always wanted to go, so I'm going with for my friend Alistar's birthday who you might remember from when I went to Calais in this vlog. There's seven of us going, and I'm going to be vlogging over in my vlog channel.

I've been looking at recipes with eggs, and researching into the calories in eggs. Last week my foodie friend TJ had baked avocado and egg for lunch, it actually was orgasmic. You have to try it, we used this recipe. The bf did feel a little left out though lol. Do you have a foodie friend, that you just get super excited about food with? TJ and I get so excited when cooking together. We made the best salad in the world a few weeks ago at a barbeque that he hosted. It contains strawberries, nuts, avocado, lettuce, olives, feta cheese. It was divine. However serving it to Nigerians who pretty much don't see anything past chicken, they really couldn't appreciate the flavours.

I've been doing a lot of reading, and I don't really talk about my faith or spirituality, but I've just finished reading this gripping book by Cezanne Poetess. It's more to do with her spiritual journey to her freedom. Although it's not all true, I did resonate with a lot of her points. There quite a few point's that I did diasgree with for example her thoughts on Jesus being a metaphor as opposed to a being. Do have a read a let me know what you think.

A friend of mine got injured serious, so it feels like I've been spending my life on the phone with Leo Claims. Thank goodness that they are a fabulous bunch of people and their staff is great. It eases the situation massively.

I'm finally back on iPhone so, there'll be more instagram photos from me again. 

I'll see you in three weeks, when I get back from Thailand.

Thanks for all your support! 


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