Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On Wednesdays I use pink facial oil | Beauty




As I'm getting older, I'm finding my interest for skincare and all things that fall under the 'preserve my youth' label rapidly increasing. Because the big 30 is vastly approaching, I'm more aware of what my skin needs and what skin issues I actually deal with and need to help correct or get better. I'm always keen to try out new skincare, and this being pink got me incredibly excited before I'd even given it a try! I've used this vegan Moroccan Rose oil for a good month now and feel I can now give my true opinion on it. 


I suffer with uneven skin tone and quite a lot of pigmentation problems so am always up for trying out products that state it helps. As soon as I took the lid off for the first time, the smell hit me. It's lovely and so fresh that it makes for a really nice step in your skincare routine. Containing a lot of essential vitamins like C,A and almond oil, it helps to get a younger and youthful look to the skin. It helps with pigmentation, dry skin, fine lines, wrinkles and more, which is why its remaining in my regime. I've noticed that my skin is a lot less dry after using it for a month and it feels a lot more plump and moisture filled.

The one and only thing that I'm not a fan of (which actually isn't just this product) it's the consistency of all oils. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with oils. I find that as soon as I've put some onto my hands/fingers, it's gone. I just find that you lose quite a lot of the product because of the consistency, but you just can't get around it.  

Being cruelty free is an added bonus to this product but honestly, I've really enjoyed using it and will most certainly continue using it, and is now a solid part of my routine. 

Are you an oil fan? Have you tried this out before? 

xoxo

Sunday, August 28, 2016

An easy August exploring outfit | Style


A warm day in August meant that I got my milk bottle legs out and was proud. I will either get my legs out or arms out, and today was the perfect weather for this Topshop slip dress that I'd bought a few weeks ago. As I was desperate to wear it styling around the over the t-shirt trend I knew this day was the perfect chance for me to try it out. 


We went to Rye and Dungeness for a day of exploring, coffee and chill time in the sun along with quite a bit of photo taking. I wanted to be comfortable as the weather was lovely and warm and knew that mixing warm weather and lots of walking might mean you become a bit of a sweaty mess (ewww). The paisley top underneath the dress was a bargain buy (I think last year) from Topshop in the maternity section. Its lightweight and pretty breathable and adds a little bit of colour to my very monochrome wardrobe. I've worn the slip dress out on its own before with a lace bralet and thinks its great to have pieces like this in your collection that are so transitional, and can be used both day and night. I went for my boohoo lace up shoes because they're just cute and summery and crazy comfortable.

When it comes to accessories, I'm totally obsessed with these sunglasses from Shop Two Three that I picked up at the #BigBloggerExpo. They're far too cool for me, but I wear them regardless.  My jewellery is pretty much all Pandora and I rarely go out without my Daniel Wellington watch Tony bought me ages ago. You've probably already realised how totally into my Whistles backpack I am. Always use it, goes with everything, and I just love it. I really need one in a different colour to mix it up a bit but need to start saving!


Got any summer staple pieces you like to wear to feel comfortable in the warm weather?

xoxo

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Short hair don't care | Lifestyle



I've had what people would class as 'long hair' for around six years and was desperate to grow it down to my hips and feel like I'd accomplished something. I recently had a dramatic chop and have gone to shoulder length and couldn't be happier about the decision. I'd thought about it for a long time and it just got to the point where I had had enough of spending 45 minutes drying my hair and not being able to go to sleep with it down as it would knot and get in the way. I knew it was time for a change. 


Hair grows, and that's something I've told myself for a long time.  I've had some right crazy hair styles, from super short jet black hair, to short and bleached blonde, to now which is relatively 'normal'. I've always been up for playing around with my hair, whether that's the colour or the style, it grows and you shouldn't worry about it and just bite the bullet and go for it.

Going into the deeper impacts of me having long hair, I felt I was hiding behind it, and strangely, I lost a lot of confidence with my appearance because of it. I'm finding it hard to put into words exactly how it made me feel, but in a way began to feel that without it, I wasn't good enough. I became dependent on having long hair. What is that about? Because I started to not feel myself and knew that I needed a change to spice things up a bit.

If you've wondered for a while now what its like to cut all that hair that just hangs down for days on end, well, it's amazing!! Having belly button length hair for around two years became such a pain. Spending a lot of time washing and looking after it resulted in me not putting in the effort into styling it at all because I just couldn't be bothered as it took so much of my time. Now with shorter locks it takes me around 10 minutes to put a bit of movement and curl in and that quick task suits me down to the ground.

Don't be afraid, hair grows and I'm sure you'll all look lovely if you take the plunge.

Have you recently had a drastic hair change?

xoxo

Monday, August 22, 2016

Brows and highlight with Natural Collection | Beauty


Brows are up there as one of my most important steps in my make up routine. Mine are just so gappy and have no real shape without taking the time to fill in and shape. I've been a Soap and Glory Archery gal for so long now, and have gone through so many re-purchases I've lost count. When the Natural Collection brow collection came out, I wasn't aware of how much of a game changer it could be.


When filling in and shaping my brows, I like to make sure they still look quite natural (well, as natural as they can look). In this picture above I used the pencil and the gel as I found I enjoyed using them the most and, gave the best look with regards to my personal taste.I tried so many times to get the hang of using the wax but haven't quite got it yet so will keep persisting with that one. 

Highlighting is a step in my routine that I don't always go through with. I save it for more, special occasions that mean I'll take slightly longer getting ready for. Highlighting sticks are a great idea for a quick glow. Rose glow and Coral glow (left and middle) are the shades I've used the most. They are so pigmented and have so much pay off that a light hand is key! I applied them with my fingertips to ensure the lightest glow for daytime wear. The Copper glow is far too dark for my skin so will be passing it on to family or friends but I totally appreciate the colour of it. It's so gorgeous and would even look great on the eyes.

Wearing Rose glow

All of the products that have been mentioned in this post are only £1.99 each. Can you believe it! The quality of these products that have such a low price point is mental. Just shows, you don't need to spend a fortune on some products and still get a great outcome. 

Have you tried any of these yet? Are you big on your brow or highlight game?

xoxo

Revisiting Dreamland | Lifestyle



When I was a kid, I used to spend so many of my summer days down in Dreamland with friends and family, spending hours on rides like the Waltzers and Skymaster (definitely was my favourite and held you upside down for what felt like hours). Yesterday myself and the fam went down to have a look at how they'd updated it and to have a bit of a trip down memory lane.



When walking around the park, it felt just like a smaller Thorpe Park. It didn't have the same old Dreamland feel that I remembered. Things were in different places and at first I was stubborn and thought 'well this just isn't Dreamland'. After a sitting down, having some water and taking it all in my thoughts changed and instantly loved the new look land of dreams. They have made it out in such a cool and retro way, everything looking very instagramable and pinterest worthy (except the grey sky).


Dreamlands food area had so much to offer! Snacks warm and cold, meals, drinks and treats. They'd clearly thought about it a lot, and coming from someone who finds it hard to eat out, I was impressed. Within this area was a bandstand which had a band playing live music which just gave it a really nice summery vibe.


After our trip to Dreamland we decided to head out to the beach and have a walk seen as the weather had changed for the better. There was quite a lot of people on the beach having BBQs or just sitting on blankets and chairs chatting. It is such a nice beach and is so big that you'll be guaranteed a space (if you turn up on a sunny day before 10am).

Bag- Whistles, Trainers- Nike, Dress- H&M, Top- Zara

A trip to Margate isn't complete without popping into the Seaside Cake Parlour. All food is plant based with vegan and gluten free options (the little ones). I ate two yesterday and have saved the rest today as I'm gardening all day and will be in need of energy boosts throughout the day.

I've had such a lovely weekend and hope you guys did too. Time spent exploring old and new places can be so satisfying, and just getting out of the house for a walk can do wonders. If you've not been down to Margate yet I advise you do so soon before the weather permanently changes its mind. 

Have a lovely week! And comment on this post telling me what you got upto this weekend.

xoxo















Saturday, August 20, 2016

A family BBQ ~ ft BoroughBox


Last Sunday my family had a BBQ and thought it was the perfect time to put my BoroughBox to the test. Every product included in the box was used at some point in the day and honestly, was so refreshing and nice to use products I'd not heard of before, that were all dairy free and gluten free.

I thought that monthly beauty boxes were a great idea, but food is the way to my heart and a monthly food box is genius. Especially food that I can eat with my complicated diet. If you are interested in purchasing a one off box or a subscription then click HERE. They can make great presents for family or friends that enjoy food/cooking/baking and offer a variety of box options.
 

Because I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the BoroughBox, I thought what better way of showing you than through a vlog style video (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WNDPY8sLsss)




Is this something your interested in? Would you purchase something like this as a present? 

xoxo

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Glasses on point thanks to Specsavers


Wearing glasses is kind of a big deal. They're on your face, making quite a big statement so, you need to get it right. I've had some experiences in the past where you sort of feel pressured to hurry up and make your decision. And with so many frames to choose from, it can be a slightly overwhelming process.

Every time I've gone into Specsavers for an appointment , and needed to choose some frames they've been so helpful and given me as much alone time to search at my own pace and comfort for the perfect frames. To me this is a plus and something that customers really appreciate. 'Time to browse' as they say shouldn't be rushed and it's vital you feel comfortable.


I've been a glasses wearer for many years now and I get bored of frames quite quickly as they're something I wear everyday. Specsavers kindly sent me a voucher for some frames, and to my excitement when I got there, all frames were buy one get one free (paying for the most expensive). That was it, I was off and must of tried the majority of the selection on and narrowed it down to just two and went for them both!  

I loved these Moschino frames as they were large and square which suit my face, and I'm a sucker for anything tortoiseshell. The detail on the arms is really different and love how its so contrasting the the light brown. It makes a nice change to wear a light frame compared to a dark one, and strangely gives off such a different look as its a lot softer on the face. They reminded me of some RayBan frames I'd seen before, so, I immediately grabbed them and walked around with a big grin on my face.
 

The second pair are Converse (and yes they don't just make great trainers). I wanted to get two different shaped frames, and having already chosen a square pair, wanted something slightly different. Black frames can be quite harsh on your face, but having the light colour around the edges makes them a lot softer and easier to wear. The way the corners flick out into a point gives them a bit of an interesting feature. The arms are quite plain which I like compared to the other pair.  


Both pairs are super comfortable and love the way they mix up an outfit. I can see myself wearing both of these frames a lot and have already taken them both out on a few spins. Couldn't possibly tell you which pair is my favourite as I love them both for different reasons. What can I say, I change up my frames like I change my handbags.

Are you a glasses wearer? Should you have gone to Specsavers? 


xoxo


Friday, August 12, 2016

My summer makeup



The days are longer and the suns warmer, which means we tend to go a little lighter on our makeup. We might not spend as long on our face and reach for looks and products that are fast and easy to apply. Full coverage foundation is not something I'm referring to here and for me, the sheerer the better and, the more natural and glowing the better.


My go to summer face is a very straight forward one that doesn't require that much time and is super easy to do. I really like to keep it simple and just switch up my lipstick colour. I like my base light as I don't want to cover up my freckles or anything as my face catches the sun nicely (I use SPF 30 on my face everyday). I'm really not a fan of over doing my face in the summer months, it's nice to feel fresh and have a bit more of a natural look with your makeup. When it comes to eyes, I like it simple and sometimes I don't even wear eyeliner and just mascara. When it comes to the lips, however, I like to change it up often and very much enjoy experimenting with colour during the summer.


In these pictures I'm wearing the following and am reaching for these on a daily basis:

Chanel Les Beiges - N10
Benefit Hoola
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to cheek - Love is the drug
Collection Extreme 24hr liner- Black
Natural Collection Brow pencil - dark brown
Benefit They're Real - Black
Clinique bottom lash - Black
Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick - Lovesick 



So, is a more natural look something you like wearing in the warmer months? What are your go to products for a simple natural look?

xoxo