Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 


Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.



Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…



This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!


An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!


An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!



Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.


The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

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Make-up Monday…

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette is an irresistible collection of shimmery, neutrals and smokey hues which is sweetly packaged in juicy peach packaging, for beauty addicts, it’s undoubtedly temptation at its best, but it’s £34 price tag may mean for some people, Sweet Peach is forbidden fruit.

Don’t despair if you’re a beautista on a budget, TAM Beauty brand I Heart Make-up London heard your calls for a purse friendly dupe of Too Faced Chocolate palettes, the Chocolate & Peaches palette, £8 is more like a straight up copy of Sweet Peach, the packaging, while a little plainer, is modelled to look like a peach bar of chocolate, with shades inside that are identical to it’s Too Faced counterpart.  


Something I Heart Make-up have included in their version is a double sponge applicator, the type of tool that’s usually discarded by many of us in favour of a professional brush, Too Faced Sweet Peach doesn’t include an applicator and the mirror inside is smaller than that of Chocolate & Peaches palette.  

Looking at both, the shades are almost the same the only difference is their position in the palettes.


This is the best dupe of Sweet Peach by Too Faced I’ve come across and £26 cheaper than the original.  

Beauty Tuesday…

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Yes To Carrots pride themselves on delivering skincare and haircare that is free of parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulphates and only using natural skin loving goodies in their products.

 

 

Sold in larger Boots stores and at http://www.yesto.com, they have a product range for every skin type, from the combination and blemish prone to those seeking a bit of hydration to those wanting to fight fine lines.

 

 

 

Their namesake Yes To Carrots is a collection of goodies that will give much needed nourishment and moisture if you’re normal to dry skinned. The carrot, shea butter and sweet almond oils in the products will add the right amount of moisture leave you feeling refreshed and radiant.

 

 

Yes To Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream for normal to dry skin

 

 


Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser 

Yes To has also taken inspiration from a rainbow of other superfoods.

Yes To Grapefruit products are ideal if your complexion concern is uneven skin tone, with their smoothing and brightening properties.

 

 

 

Yes To Tomatoes products were created with the combination/oily skinned and blemish prone in mind. Created with spot fighting salicylic acid and witch hazel which are renowned for preventing further breakouts to help achieve a clear complexion.

 

 

 

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Fighting Body Wash is ideal if you’ve got the type of annoying acne that goes on your back and chest. 

 

 


 

Yes To Tomatoes Daily Repair Treatment helps heal spot affected areas and reduce scarring

 

 


 

 

While the Daily Pore Scrub eliminates the build up of oil, dirt and dead skin cells to unclog pores and prevent blackheads

 

 



 

 

Yes To Cucumbers, formulated with aloe and green tea, is the range to reach for if you’re seeking some soothing relief for sensitive skin and also boasts a gently formulated shampoo and conditioner for fine and colour treated hair.

 

 

Yes To Cucumbers facial wipes are hypoallergenic and highly effective at removing the most stubborn make-up without upsetting sensitive skin.

 

 


 

 

While the Daily Gel Cleanser is light and gentle enough for everyday use and won’t irritate

 

 


 

Yes To Cucumbers shampoo for normal to fine hair will add much needed volume and body to your mane

 


 

 

More of the amazing Yes To range & their benefits!

 

Blueberries are full of antioxidants, excellent for putting the breaks on ageing. The blueberry, cotton thistle, paracress flower and apple extracts that enrich Yes To Blueberries products make them perfect for rejuvenating your skin and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. One of the most effective under eye creams is the Yes To Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment.

 

 

Yes To Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment is formulated to smooth out the area around the eyes and diminish the appearance of fine lines and under eye circles.

 

 

Now you can age-proof as you wipe away the day! With Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh facial wipes, also available in a bigger size pack.

 

Yes To Blueberries has a range of age-proofing solutions enriched with superfood goodness and no parabens or SLS.  Smoothing Daily Cleanser (centre), Daily Repairing Moisturiser and Intensive Skin Repair Serum (right), Overnight Hydrating Cream and Eye Firming Treatment (left). 


 

And they have not stopped at skincare… Yes To have a shampoo and conditioner combo with all the goodness of Carrots, Cucumbers, Blueberries and Coconuts, whatever your hair type, your hair will reap the benefits of healthy food-focused haircare!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone. What better day to celebrate our love of Ireland and everything Irish.

Dublin sunrise on the Liffey


The St. Patrick’s parade in Birmingham is the largest parade outside of Ireland to take place.  


Birmingham celebrates 


Dublin is my favourite city and I feel so privileged to have made several trips to the Emerald Isle.


Grafton Street in Dublin by night


The liveliness and overall chypre feel of Dublin has always appealed to me and will continue to as I get older. It’s a city I have always loved to go back to.

Ireland inspires. It is one of the countries that has produced some of the best music, old and new and it’s also the birthplace of 24 Olympic gold medalists, 14 Oscar winners and 9 out of 10 of the world’s global pharmaceutical firms. Forbes has called Ireland the best country to do business. 1,033 companies from all over the world have chosen the Emerald Isle as their base because it remains number 1 for adaptability of their workforce. If you’ve ever been to Ireland you may have met some of the most charitable people in Europe. Ireland, 5 million people live there, but no wonder more than 70 million, including me, call it home!

Starbucks St Patrick’s Day Green Tea Frappucino 

If, like me, the spirit of the Emerald Isle is strong, be sure to enjoy a pop of green today.  Happy St Paddy’s!

Happy Birthday #Fashalia101!

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On 23 October 2014, the diverse style universe was born!  

  
I had the name Fashalia in my head for ages and blogging for me was a natural progression, having contributed freelance to product review sites and having been a published writer since my teens.  

  
I simply combined my love of all things style and beauty with my creative writing and put together a WordPress site.  12 months on it has gone from strength to strength and continues to be read in over 100 countries and more recently I’ve took to bringing product and outfit reviews on YouTube.  Thank you to everyone who’s tuned into my channel.

  
I’m so proud of the amazing things #Fashalia101 has achieved in the space of 12 months; this summer it won 2 online international awards in a week!  Thank you to everyone who nominated me for the Lavender and Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards!  More recently I’ve been added to the list of Top Bloggers on Twitter so I’m on such an impressed high right now, thank you to everyone who visits #Fashalia101!

Vickonomics: Don’t Let Latest Drinking Trend Juice Your Wallet!

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Mason jars complete with colourful and stripey straws, sometimes re-useable ones, are the new receptacle to drink your healthy juices and smoothies from and they’ve been used in 2015 in a big way.  

  

If you have one with metal lid, they’re ideal for on the go, tea parties and picnics.  They’re undoubtedly kitsch and derive from older traditions of glass jar recycling.

  

Save or splurge…

BLOWOUT… 

 

Mason jars with re-useable straws, £6.75, http://www.notonthehighstreet.com

BUDGET…

 

Mason jars with re-useable straws, £1 from Poundworld 

The beauty of resurrecting a traditional kitchen and homeware trend like this one is you needn’t spend a lot of money to kit out your picnic basket or accessorise a garden party, the ones I’ve seen at a pound store are identical to pricier ones I’ve seen online. 

  

Wolverhampton’s Very Own… Bespoke Dessert Stop!

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The Little Dessert Shop is the place to stop for a sweet treat, if you’re in bustling Wolverhampton and quite fancy a bite to eat with a difference, this Alladdin’s cave packed full of delicious delights is the place to be!
   An Oreo Waffle!

It’s impossible to favourite just one tasty dessert dish, but the bestselling Ferrero Fantasy waffle, £6.50, tops my list of fancies. If you’re a fan of the moorish Ferrero Rocher chocolates, you’ll love this rocky hill of a waffle, which is topped with several of the chocolates, Nutella, gelato ice cream and sprinklings of hazelnut. 

  the popular Ferrero Fantasy! 

Every goody on the extensive menu, which is made up of 65 dishes and counting!, is a substantial meal size, some of which come with generous scoops of ice cream, of which there is 40 flavours to choose from! The variety at the Little Dessert Shop is limitless, the staff are just excellent at creating something scrumptious for everyone, so get ready to wait in a long queue that sometimes stretches up the street!  The menu is also home to the best coffees, smoothies, milkshakes and mocktails you can drink in the city! 

  

the famous Ferrero Fantasy is the best selling dish at the Little Dessert Shop! 

Since it’s inception only in recent months, the enjoyable treats at The Little Dessert shop has seen the eatery amass over 20,000 facebook likes and over 1,600 Instagram followers, Wolverhampton’s best kept eating secret is out! An out of this world waffle, crepe or cheesecake wedge from the Little Dessert Shop is well worth that diet fail!  The most calofiric of all the desserts is the option to “build your own,” where you get an empty waffle basket or crepe and fill this with as many toppings and ice cream flavours of your choice; the possibilities are endless!

Long queues into this eatery aren’t an uncommon sight!  

 Crepes are also part of the endless menu! 

Where else can you find an Oreo flavoured or bubblegum cheesecake? Their ability to generate desserts only most people can dream of has been the key to it’s success, it’s just a different class altogether, which is what is attracting an ever-growing long line of customers.  
  Bubblegum Cheesecake!

Demand for slices of heaven on a plate has seen the Little Dessert Shop increase its workforce from 20 to 40, inclusive of waiters and waitresses that deliver to your table and, to accommodate it’s steady stream, there’s plenty of seats in the basement.  

  
 You’ll find the Little Dessert Shop at 31 Queen Street in Wolverhampton, which is open from 11am until 11pm. Weekends and evenings tend to be the busiest times.