Saturday, 8 August 2015

White Leather

Following on from my last outfit post, here is another pair of my favourite culottes. On paper, these really shouldn't work... white, leather, culottes... they don't sound great. But in reality, they really are! I must admit they are not the most flattering of trousers and you have to be very careful with what you pair them with, but with the right top, they are a great alternative to trousers. 

I am wearing this outfit for a day of doing fun things in London. A friend from home is coming to stay for the weekend and we are going to spend the whole weekend hanging out in rooftop beer gardens, eating street food and doing some good old-fashioned sight seeing in London. If the weather holds up, we might even head to one of London's man-made summer beaches (Camden or Beach East). Fingers crossed for wall to wall sunshine! What are your plans for the weekend?

Culottes- Topshop
Top- Zara
Jacket- H&M
Shoes- EBay 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

S5 Skincare

I recently went to a blogger event held by the lovely girls at Chalk beauty and came across this new skincare range- S5Skincare. I had a nice long chat with the founder of the brand, Laura Rudoe, (who literally had the most amazing skin!!) all about the products and the range and got a real insight into the brand. S5 is designed to solve skin problems naturally using the strength of ingredients found in the most extreme parts of the planet such as Antarctica, the Wadi Desert in Egypt and the high mountains of Tibet. These magical ingredients helps your skin cope with the stresses of modern living like pollution, UV and EMF radiation, chemical irritation and environmental damage. Reducing stress on the skin helps it stay in a healthy balance and reduces the likelihood of skin problems such as sensitivity, redness, blemishes and premature ageing.

The range is based around 5 treatment serums which are designed for the 5 most common skin concerns: blemishes, sensitivity, dryness, hyper-pigmentation and premature ageing. The serums can be mixed and matched together to make a uniquely tailored skin regime that works for you, and can be amended depending on how your skin feels or the season.

I tested out 3 products from the range, all specifically chosen by Laura to suit my skin. 


First up is my favourite- the Nourish Cleanser. This oil based balm is a real beauty. Designed for normal to dry skin, it naturally cleanses and removes make up, without disrupting your skins natural barrier layer. S5 is all about the ingredients, and this contains Arctic Sea Buckthorn, Chilean Rosehip Oil and Desert Pomegranate Oil, all of which are rich in omega oils and Vitamin C and E. I tend to remove my make up first with micellar water and then massage this into my skin for a few minutes before washing off with a muslin cloth. It rinses off really nicely, without leaving any oily residue, like you get with other oil based cleansers. My skin then feels super smooth and nourished!  


Next up, I tried the Restore Cream, an anti-ageing moisturiser for normal-dry, sensitive skin. With age defying desert, arctic & marine bioactives to reduce the appearance of wrinkles it hydrates & protects for a radiant, youthful complexion. I love this moisturiser because it is designed for super sensitive skin and helps prevent eczema, which I sometimes suffer with. This moisturiser is a bit heavy for the summer months, but will be great for the winter, when your skin needs that extra bit of moisture. You can also add one of the 5 serums to this cream, to give it an added extra benefit, depending on your skin type. This also contains some pretty impressive ingredients, from seaweed extract to target chronic inflammation to Rhodiola, which helps the skin adapt to stress caused by temperature fluctuations, improving skin vitality and viability in very cold and very hot conditions. 


Finally, is the Vitality Mask, described as "The ultimate skin perfecting mask to enhance cellular longevity & vitality, refining, firming & illuminating the skin"... sounds fabulous!! This mask really does do what it says on the tin. It brightens the skin and just makes your skin look really healthy. It is also great as a pre-party treatment or for when your skin needs a quick-fix pick-me-up, as it gives quick results! Containing Marine Enzymes to reduce pore size and Wild Alaskan Wakame to increase collagen synthesis... sounds pretty good to me! 



All in all, I am really loving this range, and best of all, the formulas are all hypoallergenic and certified organic. If you are making the change to organic skincare, this is the best place to start. Have you tried anything from S5 Skincare? 

*PR sample

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Orange, White & Gingham

I have a new love for culottes. In the last couple of months I have accumulated about 5 new pairs and I wear them all the time! When I got my first pair, I didn't really know what to do with them or what to wear them with, but now I can't get enough of them! They are the perfect transitional piece between trousers and a skirt when it is not quite warm enough to fully get your legs out but too hot to completely cover up. This pair from Zara are slightly longer and more like a cropped pair of wide leg trousers, or 'ankle-swingers'. I paired these yesterday with my latest Depop purchase- this beautiful orange biker jacket- the perfect summer cover up when the unpredictable British weather isn't behaving. I wore this for a lovely family day at home consisting of an intense bike ride in the morning with my dad (I didn't wear this on the bike ride...) followed by a visit to the farmers market, a dog walk and a barbecue in the evening... I love going back home and to the countryside for the weekend!
Culottes- Zara
Top- Topshop
Shoes- Ebay
Jacket-Depop
Necklace-Estella Bartlett
Watch- Uniform Wares 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Switching Up For Summer

It's that time of the year! When suddenly the sun starts shining and you are faced with having to change up not only your wardrobe, but you face wardrobe as well. Suddenly foundation feels too heavy on your skin and you want a natural, bare-faced glow to let the sun shine through to give you a natural bit of colour. I love this time of the year and being able to wear a BB cream instead of a foundation. Therefore, I thought I would share with you my top 3 BB creams which will let you transition into summer beautifully! 

First up is Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. Heralded as an '8-in-1 Skin Perfector', it is one of my favourite products for the summer months. This BB cream is really light and gives just a little bit of coverage to make it look like you aren’t wearing anything at all. This is great for holidays and the summer months when your skin is already looking great and blemish-free from the sun. It gives the face a really flawless glow and is the perfect shade for me. It also contains SPF 30 so you don't really need to wear anything else with it. I love this stuff and I am currently on my second bottle and will continue to repurchase this again and again. 
Next is this beauty from Kiehls. Although it is called a BB cream, I would say it is more of a foundation as it is slightly thicker than BB creams I would normally use. The texture is really light yet luxurious and smoothes onto the skin perfectly. I just apply with my fingers as I would any other foundation/BB cream, and this seems to work perfectly. The cream does a great job of covering up blemishes and imperfections and giving my skin a really healthy glow. It is thick enough to cover yet light enough to look really natural and like you are not wearing much make-up. It is the perfect base for concealer and powder, plus it has SPF 50 in it! At £23.50, it is slightly pricey if you're on a budget but definitely worth it for a flawless complexion that is going to do your skin some good! I would highly recommend.
Finally comes the Garnier Miracle SkinProtector BB Cream. Again, this has quite a thick consistently and I would say verging on a foundation. It is quite thick to apply however it then sinks into the skin and adapts to your skin colour for a really natural finish. I would wear this just by itself on holiday with no need for extra concealer or powder. However, make sure you apply a moisturiser with SPF underneath this as it doesn’t contain any! 
Have you tried any of these? How do you switch up your make up routine for summer? 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Radical Skincare

I have loved Radical Skincare for a while now, ever since trying their Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum and the Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30 which I reviewed here. The brand has just gone from strength to strength for me and these three little beauties are absolute gems in my skincare regime.
Firstly, if you don't know much about Radical, the brand was created by the daughters of a cosmetic surgeon in America. They are all about high potency and high performance which leads to dramatic results. Using the best and most high tech ingredients, these products really do make a difference to the skin. They describe themselves as a 'maximum benefits, no nonsense’ line based on a radical breakthrough: the Trylacel technology, which enables the highest concentration of actives to deliver maximum benefits and quick results.
First up is the Instant Revitalising Mask. This bad boy is incredible and unlike anything I have used before! The high-tech formula provides instant radiance to the skin and is super fun to use! When the mask comes out of the tube it is a creamy texture and as you apply it to your skin it starts to tingle and fizz on the face. This is the mask activating with the dry areas of your skin and it will dissolve after a few minutes. You can then rinse it off with water and reveal super hydrated skin. I love using this when my skin is feeling like it needs a bit of a moisture boost. It really feels like it is injecting my skin with vitamins and oxygen and my face looks noticeably different afterwards. An essential if your skin is feeling a little parched after too much sun exposure. I loved using this on holiday to give my sea and sun damaged skin a bit of a moisture hit.
Second up is my favourite product at the moment. This cleanser is an absolute beaut! I use this every morning and evening and I just can't get enough of it! It is a super creamy formula which I apply to wet skin and rub in for a few seconds before washing off. It feels really simple and gentle on the skin. What I love most about it is that it is gentle enough to use on the eyes and works at removing make up so when I just have a little bit of make up on I can skip the eye make up remover. As well as removing make up and cleansing, it also tones and hydrates, meaning you can complete your whole routine in just one step if you are feeling lazy! I am obsessed with this product and will certainly be buying it again and again when it runs out. 
Finally, the Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads are one of Radical's best-selling products. I have only used these a couple of times so cannot comment too much on the long-term effects of them, but so far so good! The pads get to work on removing, dull, dead skin to aid the anti-ageing process. AHA and BHA help tighten and firm the skin while also reducing pore size and fine lines. I like using these after cleansing as a way of toning and they are great at making sure all the daily dirt and grime is properly removed. They do feel quite stringent and I find my skin tingles a little after use. I am sure this is probably a good thing as it shows they are working hard, but I always get a bit nervous as I don't want to strip my skin. I am looking forward to continuing with these to see if there will be any long term benefits. 
All in all, I am obsessed with the Radical line and have loved every product I have tried so far. I am a true believer in starting with anti-ageing products young to ensure great skin in the future and this range encapsulates that. I can't wait to try more products in the range! Have you tried any of these products? Do you love Radical as much as me? 

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Mexico!

I have been back from Mexico two weeks and it seems like a life time ago now! I went to the Riviera Maya area with my boyfriend for a fortnight of pure bliss! We had the most amazing holiday filled with lounging on the beach, sipping unlimited cocktails and eating like kings! As well as completely relaxing and chilling out most days, we also did a few adventure days where we went zip lining through the rainforest, snorkelling with sting rays, swimming through underwater caves (my favourite thing ever!!) and tubing through mangrove rivers. As well as taking like a local and getting the Mexican buses to nearby towns to check out the local area. It was the perfect combination of adventure, relaxation and exploring the Mexican culture. Unfortunately we were far too relaxed to really take any photos... which I kind of regret now! We did however manage to do a little 'photoshoot' on the beach so Ben could test out his new camera... therefore that is what I am going to share with you today! Some rather scary bikini shots... but they are all the photos I have! Now I am just counting down the days until I can go on another holiday! 

 
 
 

 


 
 


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Wedding Guest Wishlist

It's official...wedding season is upon us! I am particularly excited this year as I am actually going to a wedding! Cue, searching the internet for hours on end swooning over pretty dresses and deciding if they are 'wedding appropriate'. I have only ever attended two weddings in my life (both were my brothers) and I absolutely love them! There is nothing more exciting than getting glammed up and sharing the couple’s special day. Therefore, I can't wait for this year as I am going to a proper wedding (albeit as a plus one to my boyfriend) and I can't wait. In aid of this I have put together a little wish list of some of the most gorgeous dresses I have found whilst on my search. There are so many amazing dresses around at the moment that it is proving impossible to choose just one. All the dresses here are from just four brands- MonsoonWhistles, Three Floor Fashion and AQ/AQ which all have a great range of dresses at the moment. I love the classic styles from Monsoon, the cool and casual pieces from Whistles, the sexy jumpsuits from AQ/AQ and the quirky dresses from Three Floor Fashion. I simply can't decide on one... help a girl out...  which is your favourite? 


Top row: Monsoon, Monsoon, Three Floor Fashion, Whistles
Second row: Monsoon, AQ/AQ, AQ/AQ
Third row: Whistles, Three Floor Fashion, Three Floor Fashion, Monsoon

Monday, 11 May 2015

Bomber

I have a new obsession... Depop! It is literally one of the best things that has ever happened to me! I can find myself spending (nearly) hours scrolling through looking for my next purchase! If you don't know what Depop is, it is pretty much a cross between Ebay and Instagram. You can upload your unwanted clothes to your profile and people can buy them with one click. Easy...and dangerous! I have been very click-happy with it and find myself purchasing 'bargains' all the time! Most of the things I have bought have been amazing, however there have been a few dodgy items when I have been caught up in the moment which I will have to end up re-selling. Anyway, the reason I am rambling on about Depop is because this outfit is majority Depop-based! I bought the jacket and the jeans from there, and they are two of my new favourite items. I think I paid about £9 for the jeans and £12 for the jacket! 

This is also my first outfit post since having quite a few too many inches off my hair. I am already regretting getting the snip and desperately trying to grow it again. I know it still looks long to most people but it feels super short to me and I can't wait to get it long again! Hopefully a bit of sunshine will make it grow as I am off on holiday on Thursday for 2 long relaxing weeks in Mexico! See you in a couple of weeks with lots of dreamy beach photos! 

 
 
Jacket- H&M (via Depop)
Jeans- River Island (via Depop)
Bralet- Topshop
Boots- Zara