Sunday, 16 August 2015

Review: Little Ondine Nail Polishes | Fashion & Beauty

Little Ondine polishes in SMACK and BOOM*
 Hello! So you may recall I mentioned these polishes in my New In post, so I'm here to give you the lowdown. The lovely guys at Little Ondine got in touch with me, and sent me over two of their polishes to have a play with. 

The shades I got were Smack and Boom, a gorgeously neon yellow and orange. Now here's the thing: these polishes are low on the toxins, have a pretty decent ingredient list, and are peel off. Yes, peel off! No need for polish remover. Fab. I decided to give SMACK a try, this lovely neon yellow:

I'm a bit of a neon queen, especially this time of year when I've got a tan (which is fast fading, thanks to this lovely rain front we've got in London). The polishes come with some instructions, which is handy. It's not complicated, just ever so slightly different to normal polishes.

The instructions say to start with clean bare nails - completely free of oil or dirt - the polishes won't take properly otherwise. They say to apply two to three coats, making sure to clean the sides if you have any over-spill, as it may peel off by itself if you leave it there. (as you can see below I clearly missed that memo). It also says to avoid contact with water for an hour after applying.

I applied two coats, to see how well it performed with just two. Oh, the other thing is this dries fast. Like, FAST. It's brilliant. 

In terms of staying power, this lasted a good couple of days before I got any chips, and I have been known to get chips within hours. Peeling process was simple enough, it lifted off pretty easily and left no damage or staining to my nails.

Overall, I think these bad boys are pretty darn awesome. I'm already planning what other shades I want to give a go!

Anyone else tried these polishes?

Drea xo

 *PR sample

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

New In! | Fashion & Beauty

New in Haul - Drea's Junkyard
Hello! I'll be skipping the oblig sorry-I've-been-away monologue, and launch straight into what I've picked up recently. Total mixed bag this time around - bit of beauty, bit of home stuff, bit of miscellaneous goodies. On with the haul!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Nude Shade 48
It probably hasn't gone unnoticed that the Rimmel Kate Moss collection has expanded by a couple of new babies. The new collection sees 5 lipstick shades and 5 nail polishes (edit: I did actually buy one of the polishes and forgot to photograph it. Think I'll save it for a separate post for review!) I'm so into this gorgeous plum shade, it kind reminds me of MAC's Plumful, but a little deeper.

& Other Stories Hand Soap
& Other Stories Hand Soap in Couture Carnival (similar here)
This was on sale for £2, so me being me I didn't hesitate in taking this to the counter. This smells delish - sort of like fruity sherbet. Definitely want to give more of their beauty range a try.

Nuevue Antimicrobial Leather Phone Case
I got this sent in the post from the babes at Nuevue, it's a phone case that cleans your phone as it stores it. I'm planning on doing a full review for this when I've tested it out a little longer!

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
This book is incredible! Coming from someone who enjoys tidying immensely but find the mess creeping back in after mere minutes, this is invaluable. I'm about two thirds of the way in, but I've already audited and cleared out my room - I took out 6 trash bags worth of clothes from my wardrobe to sell, donate and bin!
Little Ondine Nail Polish in Boom and Smack
I got sent over these Little Ondine polishes to give a go in two mouth watering neon shades. Look out for a review coming soon, but I'm definitely in to these do far!

H&M Ceramic Mugs in Black and Green
H&M Ceramic Mugs in Black and Green
These are BEAUTIFUL. You've probably seen these doing the rounds on the blogs, but for some reason when I was in H&M Home on Tottenham Court rd, they were selling these for 50p (thank God for stores over-ordering stock!) So I grabbed four, natch. I think I'll make candles out of these - how gorgeous would they look? I'll try and do a tutorial on candle making as it's super easy!

What have you guys been buying lately? Anything new I need to know about?!
Drea xo
* Items sent for review

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

My Travel Cosmetics | Fashion & Beauty

Hello! So I think this will go up while I'm still away, but I wanted to show you guys my travel cosmetics! I'm spending a week in Ireland to visit friends, and also attending the premiere of the short film I worked on last year. Woo! As I'm only going for a week, I'm only taking a carry on bag (LOL) so needed to seriously streamline my makeup and toiletries to make room for clothes!

The toiletry bag is from Primark, but find something similar here and here. This is super handy to section out all of your items and keep them secure. 

 Keeping my make up choices nice and simple - a good base with that primer and tinted moisturizer, and I need to talk about that foundation that I debuted in my elf haul. It's four shades meant to be blended together to find your perfect shade. I've been using it as a powder contour kit - three of the shades are darker than my skin so I can use them as my contour (using different shades depending on how dark I want to go) and the lightest shade as a setting powder. I was debating whether or not to bring a full coverage foundation, and eventually caved in to packing my old faithful, YSL Touche Eclait Foundation in BD60.

I've also grown accustomed to this Rimmel concealer, it's pretty heavy but if you give it a bit of a warm up between your fingers and work it in well, it blends well. Chucking in an all-purpose highlighter and the nail polish I've been obsessed with, we finish up with the lip stuff.
I thought I'd go for a good mix - the Baby Lips for lounging, a coral for a simple look, nude gloss to jazz up the coral and a bold lip. That Mac lippy is a lot more orange than it looks on camera, which sounds like a criticism but trust me it's glorious. 

1. Bobbi Brown Powder Brush 2. Eyeshadow shading brush (similar here) 3. elf Stipple Brush 4. elf  Studio Blush in Mellow Mauve 5. Collection Super Size Mascara (similar here) 6. Models Prefer Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette (similar here and here) 7. BECCA shimmer eyeshadow (similar shades here) 8. Makeup Revolution Arch and Shape Brow Pencil in Medium 9. Mascara Spoolie for Brows 10. Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Rounding out the make up bits with a couple all-purpose brushes. I actually took out my foundation brush (which is from elf) that you can see in the image above this one, because I had decided not to take foundation, then quickly re-assessed this and shoved it back in after I took this photograph. 

I'm only taking one blusher, which I'll probably regret, but it's a safe pink shade that'll just add a hint of colour. Eyes wise, I'm going with this super old Models Prefer palette and a Becca shadow that I can't seem to find anywhere, but is my favourite - so sad I've just hit pan on it! A quick word on that Makeup Revolution brow pencil - I'm feelin' it. A dupe of a dupe (Anastasia Brow Wiz via Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil) it's £3.50 and does the trick.

1. Face Cloth from Primark, similar here 2. Dove Spray deodorant Original 3. Boots Hair Ponybands 4, Cotton Pads 5. Blistex Moisture Max (similar here) 6. Q-Tips 7. Homemade face/body oil 8. Homemade body spray 9. Immunaid 10. Eyedrops (similar) 11. Crystal 1 Day Contacts
(Not pictured - toothbrush!)
Keeping my toiletries to a minimum here. I'm staying with a friend for the week so don't need to bring shower gel, shampoo etc which is brilliant. I think I've mentioned before I make a lot of my own facial products (I actually don't use anything on my face anymore that I haven't made myself. This oil is a blend of almond, jojoba and avocado, with orange, bergamot and petitgrain. I usually use a separate cleansing oil and facial oil, but for ease and thanks for it being all natural, I can triple this up as cleanser/facial oil/body oil. I also tried my hand at making my own refreshing body spray (same combination of scents as the oil) and it's pretty nice! Let me know if you want a tutorial on how to make your own body and face products! I mentioned in a previous post I would be trying out a product called Immunaid by brand Bimuno, so I'm packing this with me to make sure I stay on top of it.

Philosophy Fragrance in Falling in Love (similar)
I forgot to chuck in the fragrance I'd be taking. I've been using Illamasqua's Freak for some time, but the bottle is a little awkward and this trip is all about streamlining, so I chucked in a handy sized perfume (which doesn't seem to be available any more which is a shame!)

It may sound odd, but I like to pack all my liquid's into my toiletry bag, then take them back out to put them in the clear bag so I know they'll all fit. Especially since I'm taking a carry-on suitcase, I want to put the liquids in my handbag to go through security, then pack it back into my toiletry bag once I've gone through security. Is that odd? Maybe.

What are your travel cosmetic must haves? 

Drea xo

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

New Product Alert - Pretty Nail Polish | Fashion & Beauty

Hello! So at the moment I'm in Ireland having a (probably) lovely rainy holiday. A quick post today to tell you about this polish I picked up recently by a brand called Pretty

So it's a bright neon yellow (I did see another couple of colours like orange) that is truly neon - This looks so good right now while I have a lil tan action going on. You do need about three coats of this to really get the colour going, but it dries incredibly quickly - once you've finished both hands it's already fine to go back in for the next coat.

So you guys are probably wondering - hey how much is it? Where's it from? What's with the mystery?!

I'll kill the suspense - it's from Poundland. Yes. The Paaand Shop. So as you've probably figured out, it was £1. Whaaaat?! *Runs back to grab the other shades*

Drea xo

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

My ClassPass Experience #HealthyWeek | Home & Health

classpass london
Hello! So for the past while I've been doing #HealthyWeek on my blog (this has of course been longer than a week but we get the idea). I chatted a bit about digestive health and shared my healthy granola recipe and today I'm talking about my experience with ClassPass!

classpass uk
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So if you've never heard of it, ClassPass is a gym class membership scheme that allows you attend cool classes all over London. This isn't sponsored, they happened to be offering a two-week trial and a couple friends and I signed up to give it a go. There are so many gyms that are part of this scheme it was hard to pick which ones to go to! Gyms like 1Rebel, Boom Cycle, Hot Pod Yoga, Bikram Yoga London and tons more are signed up to the scheme, so you get a chance to try out really awesome gyms and classes that you wouldn't normally go to. 

I'm gonna talk you through a couple of the ones I went to, and let you know whether I think it's worth it!

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 Wow! This gym is incredible! So sleek and luxurious, you get handed a towel and water upon entry and directed down to the fitting rooms which are beautiful - a fridge full of cool towels and dressing stations complete with GHD's, blow dryers and cosmetics.
The class itself I did was Reshape, which was INTENSE - sets of treadmill and weights over 45 minutes. I was totally dead afterwards, but it felt amazing! The walls are covered with chalk of people writing down how many times they've been - totally encouraging!


ecole de pole
This was a super fun pole dancing class in Camden. The class sizes are small, and we had a really lovely instructor. I would only suggest doing this if you're going to be able to go ever week as the classes are usually part of a course - so you're learning new moves every week. 
Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
What do you do after an amazing work out session? Run to The Blues Kitchen and fried chicken and sweet potato fries of course!

Bikram Yoga London & Essex
I didn't get a chance to take any photographs here but these were definitely my favourite! Bikram Yoga is incredibly intense, and for someone like me who has really bad flexibility it can sometimes feel impossible, but afterwards you feel incredible. Luckily Bikram Essex is really close to me so it was super convenient.

Pros of ClassPass

 - The variety
- Trying out cool gyms
- Helps beat gym boredom!


- Pretty expensive at £80 per month
- Cancellation policy - if you cancel a class less than 12 hours before the class you're charged
- If you cancel your membership it's a £70 re-activation fee which is crazy!]
- Only available in major cities


I would recommend ClassPass - especially if you get a free trial. Would I pay £80 a month? Probably, but I had to cancel mine as I'm going away for a week so it wasn't really practical right now. I do wish I could start it up again when I'm back from holiday, but that re-activation fee does not sound like fun at all! Definitely give it a go if you get a free trial as it was a super fun experience - and the good thing to come out of it is trying out Bikram, which I think I'll sign up to when I get back!

Have you guys tried out ClassPass or any of the classes I mentioned?

Drea xo

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Homemade Apple Spiced Granola #HealthyWeek | Home & Health

Hello! So as I mentioned in my last post, I'm doing a series of posts on healthy eating and living. Today I'm sharing with you one of my tried and tested granola recipes - Gluten Free, Vegan Spiced Apple Granola. I started making my own granola about a year ago, and it is so easy I never looked back. Gone are the overpriced store bought kind, loaded with sugar and flavour enhancers - no thank you! The best thing about making your own stuff is the recipe combinations are endless - I just made up a batch of fig and peach granola spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon - probably my best yet! You can also add in all your favourite powders and superfoods to get the most benefits. 

This is gluten-free and vegan. The recipe is super simple but where I can I'll offer alternative ingredients if you're struggling to find some of these in your pantry (alternatives may not be GF or vegan)

3 cups plain gluten free oats (or a museli base like this Holland & Barrett one, containing oats, wheat flakes, barley and rye)
1 cup mixed nuts 
1/2 cup mixed seeds
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (try olive, rapeseed or canola if coconut isn't your thing)
3 tablespoons maple syrup (sub honey, brown rice syrup or agave)
Pinch sea salt

EXTRAS (get creative with these ingredients, but here's what I used)
1 green apple
2 teaspoons cinnamon 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lucuma powder
1 tablespoon soy bran

1. Set your oven to a low setting (around 100C if it goes that low). Add all the dry ingredients (oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, bran, lucuma and salt) into a bowl and combine.
Lucuma powder was a Holland & Barrett discovery a while ago. It's a South American powder that has a delicious sweet malty flavour - it's great to add to smoothies or ice creams or in baking. I like to add in a bran to boost the fibre content, it also adds a subtle nutty flavour.

2. Chop your apple into fairly uniform cubes. You'll be dehydrating these in the oven so try and make them all the same size so they dry evenly! Add into the dry ingredients and combine.

3. Melt your coconut oil and add in the syrup and vanilla extract. You can hear me wax lyrical about coconut oil on a previous post dedicated to the stuff. 

4. Add to the dry ingredients and combine well., making sure everything is coated. 

5. Spread onto a large baking tray. Try to get an even layer so it will toast evenly.

6. Bake for approx 40mins - 1 hour. Check every 15 minutes or so, turning the granola to make sure it browns. Depending on how crunchy you want your granola to be, leave in for less or more. Remember that it'll harden as it cools.

7. Let cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Eat within two weeks when it's at it freshest.

That's it! Enjoy with yoghurt, mixed berries and a little more syrup, or go for it with almond milk and bananas, or have it on its own as a snack!

Once you've given this one a shot, play around and try some of these ingredients!
- Fresh peaches, pineapples, figs
- Nutmeg, cardamom 
- Coconut sugar
- Cooked quinoa (gives it a delicious chewy texture!)
- Peanut butter
- Mashed Bananas
- Grated carrots
To add after toasting
- Desiccated coconut
-Dried fruits - sultanas, raisins, figs
- Banana chips 
- Chia Seeds

Let me know if you would like recipes for my other flavour combos:
Peach, Fig and Ginger
Carrot Cake
Peanut Butter and Banana 

Have you guys tried making granola? What flavours do you go for?

Drea xo

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

All About Health + Bimuno #HealthyWeek | Home & Health

How has everyone been? I won't bore you with the details of my life, but suffice to say it's been a little busy workwise! (check out my instagram @dreaogunbadejo for more on that).

I've also over the past couple of weeks decided to step up my health game by going to a bunch of gym classes all over London BUT more on that later. As luck would have it, I was contacted by Bimuno Prebiotics - a company all about digestive health. They asked if I wanted to give one of their products a try, and it seemed like a great fit for what I'm working on health wise!

What I'll be trialing is their product Immunaid* - a prebiotic that feeds the good bacteria in your gut and give you an immune system boost. As I have IBS, I'm always looking for new products to help soothe my stomach and balance acids and bacterias. Once I've given it a full try I'll let you know how I get on!

Anyone have any tips for maintaining good digestive health? So far all I have is wheat + dairy = bad!

I'm doing a series of posts to talk about different health & fitness topics for the next week or so, so let me know if you guys want me to talk about anything in particular!

Drea xo

*Item will be sent for review. All opinions will be my own.

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