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My Spring to Summer Favourites

I LOVE Spring fashions; from floral prints to pastel colours the styling is right up my street. Whenever I get a spare moment I can often be found perusing the latest trends online and below are 4 looks I’ve created comprised of some of my favourite pieces out at the moment. This is a new kind of post for me, but in keeping with my 30 day challenge of doing something new ever day, I thought I’d give this a try. Look 1 Warehouse Denim Joggers £46 // Warehouse Scuba Floral Print Top £30 // Clarks Romantic Moon Sandals £49.99 // Warehouse Silk Cord Power Statement Necklace £20 // Zara Perforated Shopper £29.99 This look for me is perfect for a casual day out with friends or family. The Denim Joggers from Warehouse are GORGEOUS and are firmly at the top of my Birthday wishlist. They can be worn in a variety of outfits for both day or night; I’d wear them with heels, a cami and a blazer for an evening out. Here I’ve …

Rock The Backpack

When I started working in London, I found out very quickly that a one-shoulder handbag just won’t cut it. & I love handbags. I own so many of them I literally don’t have anywhere to put them. Because of my neck and shoulder condition, I really can’t get through the day without my back feeling fully supported and the weight taken off of my left side. As a result, I brought a backpack knowing it would help me carry my often heavy load! On my birthday I treated myself to a beautiful leather Topshop backpack, which can be found here. It holds all my essentials, you know; whatever book I’m currently reading, my makeup/hairbands/handcream, my purse etc. Backpacks are definitely making a come-back into the fashion world and as a result I’ve compiled a list of my 5 favourites. If, like me, you enjoy some two-strap action (that doesn’t sound dirty, does it?!), then I hope you like my choices! 1. Etsy 13″ 3-In-1 Hobo Pack – Individually Made – Prices Vary I ADORE this …

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner, This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle, Soap & Glory Glow Getter

Be Gone, Winter!

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a ‘lady who tans’. I know what you’re thinking! Shocking news, right? When I am out in the hot sun I tend to burn the majority of the time, regardless of my factor 50+ sun cream. That said, I’m not one to actively try and tan, either. I wear moisturisers and products with SPF every day, even in winter, because my skins well-being is very important to me. Most people I meet, men and women alike, spend a lot of time on building their tans and think being pale is awful. That’s okay, we’re all entitled to our opinions – but to me, my health far exceeds the need for ‘a tan’. My strict routine must be working somewhat, I’m frequently mistaken for looking 14! Ha! I did try a fake tan once, last July. The whole process went okay, but after the colour set in, I looked ridiculous. Seriously! It was the lightest shade (is that the term?!), but I looked like I had rolled …


Decleor Aroma Purete Imperfections Roll’On

I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who’s tried pretty much every spot treatment available in the agonising hope that the next new purchase will be the ‘miracle’ product that actually helps reduce my redness and spot size/development when I need it. Creams, gels, sprays – you name it, I’ve tried it. I’ve naturally got oily/combination skin, but it seems prone to drying too. Even natural tea-tree oil causes my skin to peel, which we all know is NOT a good look, especially when you need to conceal for work or a night out. So it was on a complete whim that I brought the Decleor Aroma Purete Imperfections Roll’On from Feel Unique. I was repurchasing my regular skincare and actually needed to buy one more Decleor product to get a free gift set worth £60. I thought I’d give the spot treatment a go and I’m so glad I did! The treatment has a blend of 5 specially selected Essential Oils effective especially on combination to oily skins. Many people …


My Favourite Perfumes

I love perfume. No matter what I’m doing or where I’m going, I always spritz myself in the morning – it makes me feel ready for the day and just that little bit more confident. I think that because I’m naturally more of a tomboy, this gives me a little feminine edge. I get my mini-obsession from my mum, who owns just about every Chanel & Dior scent ever made – including the originals made about 40 years ago. Her collection is so impressive; I might have to sneak a few into mine…(shh). But to me, perfumes and fragrances are a form of personal expression that gives you a tiny little insight into the personality of the wearer. Are they someone who likes a strong, spicy scent or someone who prefers a fresh and soothing smell? I find it so interesting! For example, I have a friend who loves Miss Dior. I took a whiff, almost gagged and had an awful headache that lasted all day. Crazy, right? I’m a huge fan of Dior, but …


YSL Touche Éclat Foundation Review

‘Illuminating Foundation Dimensional Radiance Weightless Perfection’ This has been my foundation of choice for months now. I love ADORE my Touché Éclat – it’s one of my beauty must-haves – so to see it coming out as a foundation gave me a bit of a joygasm. I hadn’t spoken of it till now because I’m a firm believer in giving a base product like this, a thorough test-drive and usage. I’m shade BD40, which is ‘Golden Beige’ – a match I found particularly surprising! My skin has more pink undertones rather than yellow/warm and in Winter months I’m especially pale and lack any form of colour (or life ha!). It makes sense then, that when I was colour matched back in July I would have had some colour in my cheeks! Just a smidge, mind. I’m incapable of a tan! That aside, this shade still works on me. During the past few months I have been using less so as not to overdo it on my paler skin. To apply I use my Real Techniques …

Figs & Rouge Lipbalm

Figs & Rouge Coco Vanilla Lipbalm Review

Okay, so I know I’ve been a bit MIA at the moment, but there is a very good reason for that. I’ll go into more detail at a later date… Preferably when I’m not sitting at my computer falling asleep against the keyboard. I just wanted to do a quick review on this little gem. I’ve been using it for a few months now and it’s actually a joy to have! It is a scrub for the lips that when rubbed in gently, turns to a kind of Vaseline/gloss. One thing I particularly love is that it isn’t one of these lip products that lasts all of 5 seconds – this balm is wonderful as well as softening and moisturising; it stays on your lips for ages and stops mine from cracking, which is a HUGE issue for me in Winter. It also makes a great base for a lipstick or tint. The only thing that makes it even more amazing is the smell of vanilla. It’s one of my favourite scents and it isn’t …


Emma Hardie – Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm Review

“Perfectly balanced daily cleansing for skin that craves clean” Benefits: – Thoroughly cleanses and moisturises the skin. – Helps to purify and minimises the appearance of open pores. – Calming for sensitive skin – Revitalising for dull and mature skins. – Can be used as a rescue balm, i.e. on dry elbows or knees, or as a lip balm. – Doubles as a soothing mask if left on the skin for ten minutes Key Ingredients and what they do: – Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E:Balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores – Orange, Neroli and Mandarin extracts: Rejuvenates and revitalises the skin. – Jasmine, Cedarwood and Rose: Helps to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins I ADORE this cleanser. Not only is the smell wonderful, but it’s ability to leave my skin smooth, soft and feeling clean is better than anything I’ve used before. I seem to have a weird skin type – it’s slightly oily and a bit dry in places. I also have sensitive …


I’m Loving… Knits

If it’s one thing my mates will always say about me, it’s that I love a good knit. A cardi, a jumper, a dress… I’m all over it. I saw this absolute BEAUTY on the Oasis website, and quite frankly, I need it in my life. I love the neutral colours – browns, creams, greens and greys and this is a perfect example! Plus, it’s fluffy AND, yes, it has SEQUINS. My life is complete. It’s available here at for £55. (Just leave a size 8, please).


I’m Loving… Oasis

I won’t lie, I’m going to end up probably buying all of the above. That’s right, EVERYTHING. If it’s one brand that I love, it’s Oasis. Whether it’s a fluffy jumper (and we all know I ADORE knits), or a dress with an intricately designed print, I love all the products they have to offer. When I buy an item (or 6) of clothing, I expect to get quality for a good price; and you always do with Oasis. I have followed the company since I was about 13 years old and have always particularly loved their knits and party/going out dresses. I wore a beautiful dress that, to this day, I still can’t define the stunning colour. It’s one of my favourite items of clothing I’ve EVER owned, and when wearing it to the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2011, I got nothing but compliments. My wish list on their website is growing out of control, but hey, it’s Christmas soon, so I know exactly what I’ll be asking for…! ‘Dear Santa…’

I'm Loving... Kerastase

I’m Loving… Kérastase

It’s been SUCH a long time since I wrote on here. I have full respect for bloggers who can juggle full-time jobs, relationships, social lives, kids and STILL find time to write on their blog! I’ll be posting a lot more soon, though… more info to follow soon! (Oooh, how secretive of me). My post today is on the four Kérastase products that I’ve been using the past 3 weeks. My hair has been to hell and back since the beginning of June, and these products have helped bring it (and me) back to sanity. I made the mistake of trying to dye my hair back to a medium/dark brown. Only, it went black. Not brown/black, but JET black. As a girl who flies her pale flag with pride, I looked just awful! You can imagine what a state it was! I looked like I was barely alive, which is not a style I usually go for. I found a hairdresser who, THANK GOD, managed to bleach my hair and get rid of it. The …


I’m Loving… This Skirt!

I WANT this skirt SO much. I very rarely wear skirts, simply because I believe my legs should be covered for public-decency (har har), but I can’t actually resist this one. They don’t actually have here in Chelmsford, but Im going to get it online. With a pair of kitten heels, and my Benefit Betina to make my legs look smooth and shiny, this is the perfect day skirt. It’s so elegant! I must have it!

Cheeky Haul!

A Cheeky Little Shopping Spree…

Cripes it’s hot! I shouldn’t complain, really, since it’s the first slither of Summer we’ve seen this year, but seriously. Yikes! Today I was off work to pay a visit to Blackheath hospital at 9am. 5:30am alarm = brutal. When I got home at 3pm, I lay down, had some Vienetta, and then promptly fell asleep (at least until the window cleaner banged on the door)! Before I came home I stopped off at Westfield in Stratford. I thought I’d pay another visit now before it all starts going mad for the Olympics! Thankfully I got their early and it was relatively quiet, which meant I could peruse the many wonderful beauty, skin care & perfume brands in John Lewis at my leisure. I really really want a John Lewis in Chelmsford. I love it! (hint hint JL!). I spent God know’s how long in there; but came out with just a few (but expensive!) products. 1. Bio-Oil 60ml 2. Caudalie Beauty Elixir 100ml 3. YSL Touché Éclat Foundation (Sample) 4. Liz Earle Instant Boost …


No7 Shine Free Make-up Base

” class=”aligncenter” width=”500″ height=”354″ /> I brought this last week as I had a spare ‘£5 off No7’ Boots Voucher going to waste and you know what? I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for it. I have oiliness on my T Zone and a bit on my chin, but the No7 Shine Free Make-up Base did nothing to combat the resulting effects. I’ve used it a few times now and on every single occasion my skin ends up looking flaky and dry. I applied it after moisturiser and yet it was almost impossible to blend. Even with a tiny amount I struggled to get it smooth or workable. After applying it where necessary, I’d then put on my foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear). It caused it to not only go cakey, but almost discoloured. My nose felt dry and my skin really uncomfortable. I’ve seen so many reviews for this product and it genuinely seems like you either love it or hate it and unfortunately for No7, I hate it. It’s a real shame …


Clarins Fix’ Make Up

Okay, so when it comes to make up, I’ve always had 2 problems. Either the shades available don’t compliment my skin or after an hour or 2 it starts to wear off, cake and my skin looks unclean and dull. I also have the problem with half my make-up coming off onto my iPhone when I make a call. This doesn’t seem to change despite the different foundations, powders etc. that I’ve used. Like most girls, I find myself doing my make-up in the morning, feeling great with how it looks when I’m done, but by the time I’ve reached work and checked my complexion in the mirror, it seems the journey alone has caused my make-up to start moving. I have Dry Combination skin; I particularly suffer oiliness around my T-Zone and chin with slight dryness on my cheeks. These are the areas that are affected the most and I’ve been dying to find a product or foundation that will stand both the environment and my phone! I think I’ve found it with ‘Clarins’ …