January 31, 2012

My First Ever Giveaway - 3 Prizes!


***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW FINISHED! THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED 12th February 2012! Thank you so much to all that entered!***

This is really exciting because today is the launch of my first ever GIVEAWAY!!! I wanted to give back to you guys, the ones that 'follow' me and always comment on my posts, for just simply reading and interacting with me on blog! I always get the biggest smile on my face when someone visits my blog and leaves a comment/ becomes a 'follower' it's just so nice to know people like what you write about!

So to celebrate the fact you guys are amazing and that I have reached over 200 something followers and nearly 100 subscribers on my YouTube Channel, I've decided to give 3 prizes away which are all from FOREVER NEW! I wanted to do a giveaway that included things that I would actually want to win and take the time to enter in a giveaway for. Forever New is my favourite store and I thought it would be cool to give you guys things that I love! Also, I thought the 3 prizes would be better rather than 1 big prize so you have more chances of winning!!

It's so easy to enter! Simply fill out the forms below and each way of entering has a 'point value', so if something is ranked as 2 points then you will receive 2 entries. Enter all of them to get the best chance of winning 1 of the 3!

I filmed a YouTube video so you guys could see what they are like in person :) Watch at the bottom of this post.



RULES
1. You *must* be a Google Friend Connect follower so start following me if you aren't already!
2. You *must* leave a comment telling me what you would love to win most! 1 comment per person.
3. You *must* in the same comment, tell me how you have entered the giveaway. E.g, I follow you on GFC, I tweeted about the Giveaway (my username is...) 
3. Giveaway is open Internationally of course!!
4. Giveaway ends February 10th 2012. So you have 10 days!! 

WAYS OF ENTERING: TRY TO DO AS MANY AS YOU CAN FOR A GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING!

1. FOLLOW MY BLOG - MANDATORY (2 Points)
2. LEAVE ME A COMMENT TELLING ME WHAT YOU WOULD LOVE TO WIN MOST - MANDATORY (1 Point)
3. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER (2 Points)
4. TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY "I'VE ENTERED THE instinctofstyle.blogspot.com GIVEAWAY AND I WOULD LOVE TO WIN....!" (2 Points)
5. BECOME A SUBSCRIBER ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL (3 Points)
6.LEAVE ME A COMMENT ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL (1 Point)
7. WRITE A BLOG POST ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY! (3 Points)




GOOD LUCK!

DISCLOSURE: I am in no way affiliated with Forever New and I bought all these items with my own money.

XO
Pauline

Outfit of the Day


I was excited to wear my new wedges today but after wearing them the entire day my feet are covered in blisters :( ! At least they looked cute - The price we pay for fashion, hey! I also wore this summer 3/4 jumper/sweater which was just the perfect addition over a plain top and wasn't too hot in this heat. Guess how much I got it for....$9.95 :) 

What I'm Wearing

Top | Kookai
Jumper Sportsgirl
Shorts Forever New
Belt | Dotti
Heels | Zu
Handbag | Forever New
Jewellery | Equip (Necklace) Earrings (Forever New) 
Bracelet (Forever New)

P.s: I'm launching my first ever giveaway very very soon!!! I hope you will all love it!

XO
Pauline

January 28, 2012

Skincare Review



I always have to switch up my face cleansers & scrubs because after a considerable amount of time of using them my skin seems to get used to the formula and doesn't show the glowing results like it did at the start. Does this happen to anyone else...? Or is it just me ?! I feel like the same goes for hair products as well...maybe its just because I get bored of them too.

Anyway, I was in Priceline as per usual about a week ago and needed to get a new face scrub and cleanser because 1. I had ran out of my Neutrogena face scrub and 2. My face cleanser at the time (The Nivea Daily Essentials, Review below) was just plain useless.  

I was having some breakouts around my chin and seemed to be getting quite a lot of blackheads (I know, ew) around my nose so I thought I would try Clean & Clear again because it always cleared my skin when I was younger. I spotted their Advantage Blackhead Clearing Scrub which I used to use ALL THE TIME and decided to get the Morning Burst Cleanser too.

So Here Are The Reviews:

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser

The reason I got this was because the formula looked nice with the bursting beads in the packaging and I really believed from this that it would be a brilliant wake me up cleanser. I can't describe the smell but...it  reminds me of cleaning products! I don't know what it is...it just isn't very refreshing. It does do a good job however taking off makeup.

 The other downfall is that the product literally comes out a million miles an hour! As you can see from the photo, that is how much I have used in just under 1 week. No joke! I guess they want this so I'll have to buy another one in a few weeks time. That won't be happening though. Overall, I'm a big person on how something smells and feels and when I apply this I feel like it is stripping my skin (even though it doesn't sting or anything) but just the smell makes me feel like I'm applying detergent to my face! 

Clean & Clear Advantage Blackhead Clearing Scrub

This product was the reason why I am doing this post on face washes/scrubs. I actually first tried this scrub about 6-7 years ago when I was a teenager and was getting the usual breakouts around my chin. This product, no joke, is amazing. I re-purchased this product just under a week ago because at the time I was getting a lot of spots on my chin and around my nose as I said at the start. They were sore and they just didn't seem to be going away. However,  I can now honestly say, all spots have disappeared and my skin looks so much better. 

The packaging says that there is a "special cleansing ingredient that is deposited into the skin, working deep down to clear pores". The formula has done exactly that. My nose is completely blackhead free and just feels and looks so much better. I have been using this every day like it says and it hasn't dried out my skin in the least (and I have really sensitive skin). The product also feels really great on my skin and you know as soon as you start using the product that its working its magic straight away. HIGHLY recommend! 

Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash

Okay, so this product definitely isn't a favourite. I'm all about saving time and I want a product that is going to remove majority of my makeup whilst cleansing my face. Usually I'll use a face wipe before I hop into the shower at the end of the day to get majority of my eye and face makeup off. I'll then get into the shower and use my face wash to take off the remaining traces and really cleanse my face. 

I have never really liked Nivea products, they all have that distinct smell and none have really stood out to me throughout the years. The reason I bought this was because it looked calming to my skin and the fact it was especially for Dry and Sensitive Skin, it gave me reassurance that it wouldn't irritate me. However,  all in all, this product is just so weak. I would get out the shower and would use a face wipe to make sure I had no left over traces and would see a swipe of makeup. So annoying! Also, at the time I was using this, I was getting the spots on my chin and this was doing nothing to help combat them or 'purify my skin'  like it states. 

However, If you look at the photo, I've pretty much used all of it. That's because I just put up with it until I thought enough is enough and got the Clean & Clear ones! Overall: Don't recommend! 

Have any of you tried any of these and what are your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations for any other drugstore face cleansers/scrubs? Please tell!

XO
Pauline

Blueberry & Raspberry Lemon Drop Scones & NOTD!

If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen me post about the most delicious scones that I baked after seeing Tiffany's post over at I am Styleish. Seriously, BEST SCONES EVER! 


If you know me, I hardly cook. I'm pretty lucky that I have a boyfriend who actually enjoys cooking (and is extremely good at it!) so there has never been any reason for me to be in the kitchen. I can follow a recipe no problem, and if I put my mind to it then I can cook a pretty decent meal, but most of the time I just get frustrated with it and end up causing a lot of mess - using every pot and pan in the house haha! I do, however, occasionally like baking and I had an urge for it the other day when I came home from uni. I had a bit of a tough day and baking is a bit of a stress reliever for me, like it is for many others. 


It honestly was the easiest recipe ever! If I can do it...trust me so can you!


Mixing the wet ingredients with the dry. I followed Tiffany's  instructions and used light natural yoghurt instead of Lemon Yoghurt (because I didn't have it) and to also cut down on the butter. 


Mixing it all together! The recipe calls for just blueberries but I had a mixed bag of both berries so I thought more the merrier! 


SO YUMMY! I  went a bit OTT on the lemon glaze but it made it even yummier! These scones would have to be so incredibly light and healthy. I've definitely bookmarked the recipe for next time! 

You Can Check out the Recipe HERE


Little Minnie Moo helping her Mummy bake! She thought I was cooking something for her and Ava so she stood by me the entire time haha. What can I say...she loves her food - just like her Mum! 



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NOTD (Nails of the Day)

A bit random adding my new nail colour to this post but oh well - thought you might like to see! I received this nail polish in one of my Secret Santa gifts, from the best Secret Santa ever (Thanks Melinda!) I hadn't tried this colour before but I knew from looking at the bottle that I would love it. You can't see clearly from the photos but it has a bit of a shimmery glaze to it - so pretty! 

The colour is OPI:           "PERU-B-RUBY"

If I don't speak to you beforehand - HAPPY WEEKEND! 
p.s if any of you bake the scones, let me know! 

XO,

January 10, 2012

OOTD: OH SO PINK!




Details:

Top: Temt
Jeans: Dotti
Flats: Dotti
Necklace: Colette
Earrings: Forever New
Nail Polish: Sportsgirl (See post below!)


Today was the start of Summer School (classes during Summer holiday) so it was a day that called for comfy flats whilst walking around campus. I later saw my Mum today and she said I looked very 'bright' with my turquoise nail polish and bright pink jeans haha. I can't get enough of these bright jeans, love them! 


This weekend I had a bit of a haul at Priceline which is the UK equivalent of Boots or Superdrug. Absolutely love that store...I share my love of Priceline through my latest YouTube video which you can watch below or directly on my YouTube channel along with the products I purchased and love. I also talk about my favourite tanning products so definitely check it out if you are wondering how I stay so tanned! Shhh...it's a secret!!! 



^ On a side note. Seriously could YouTube not have chosen a worser still image?! Honestly! Haha



January 5, 2012

All that Glitters



                 "Oasis"                                 "All that Glitters"



I love this combination! 
Both nail polishes are from Sportsgirl and retail at $7.95 each. 








January 4, 2012

OUTFIT OF THE DAY & SUMMER PURCHASES





DETAILS:
JUMPSUIT: FOREVER NEW
JEWELLERY: DIVA
SANDALS: DOTTI




IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT I'VE BEEN BUYING LATELY, THEN CHECK OUT MY LATEST YOUTUBE VIDEO BELOW! IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME IF YOU SUBSCRIBED TO MY CHANNEL! 

XO


January 1, 2012

NEW YEARS DAY OUTFIT: SUMMER CASUAL

WHAT I WORE ON NEW YEARS DAY. JUST A CASUAL, EASY, BREEZY, SUMMER OUTFIT!





DETAILS:

TOP: FOREVER 21
SHORTS: DOTTI
SHOES: BIG W
NECKLACE: EQUIP
BRACELET: TIFFANY & CO
WATCH: COACH



IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT ALREADY, I FILMED A QUICK OOTD VIDEO SO YOU ALL CAN SEE IT IN PERSON :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!






 
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