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

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Hit The Beach


It's officially 1 week today until I go on holiday and I can't blooming wait! However, I am slightly in panic mode now as I realise I am far from equipped for 2 weeks in the hot Mexican sunshine. I haven't been on a beach holiday in 2 years and my holiday wardrobe is somewhat lacking! Clothes and bikinis that I fell in love with a couple of years ago now repulse me and my summer wardrobe is definitely in need of a revamp! I have been spending my evenings online browsing and purchasing holiday 'essentials' with all the money I don't have! Therefore, I thought I would put together a little wishlist of all the things I am purchasing, lusting over and dreaming of buying for my holiday. 

My go-to holiday shop is always ASOS as they have such a wide variety of brands and styles. I could spend hours trawling the site, adding everything to my basket before realising I have no money... I am also loving Monsoon at the moment for beach wear. I have always loved Accessorize for holiday hats, sunglasses and bags and I see it as the ultimate last-minute holiday essentials shop. I always end up buying something form there at the airport before departure. However, I have recently discovered the wonders of Monsoon also and love their brightly coloured bikinis and beach cover ups. I feel like Monson are famous for their kaftans and this year they are better than ever with a wide variety of classic colours and shapes. I am most definitely going to be purchasing the black and white patterned kaftan (which was featured in Hello Fashion magazine this week) to take me from beach to bar, along with the funky perspex rim sunglasses which I am in love with! I also managed to snap up the very last ASOS blue and white stripe shirt before it went out of stock which I am very pleased with! Now I just need to work out which other items from my wishlist I can justify buying...! 

What is your go-to holiday shop? 


From top: Bikini: Monsoon, Playsuit:River Island, Sunglasses: Monsoon, Shirt:ASOS, Kaftan: ASOS, Sandals:Office, Bag: Monsoon, Bikini:Seafolly, Kaftan:Monsoon, Swimsuit:ASOS, Bikini:New Look, Sunglasses:Monsoon, Sandals:Office
*Sponsored post

Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Foodie Series #2

Another month, another round up of my favourite restaurants, bars and pop ups. This month’s post is dedicated to my favourite meal: BRUNCH. There's nothing I like more than going out for brunch on a chilled weekend morning and spending an hour or two munching through some yummy food and juices. Whether it's a hangover cure or just a way to while away the weekend, brunch is definitely my favourite meal of the day. 

Here are my top eateries for brunch in London:

1. Trade

Trade is a cool, unassuming cafe near Spitalfields market. You hardly know it is there, unless you know it is there! You could walk past and just think it is a small coffee shop, it's not until you go inside and realise that it stretches back and even has a little garden at the back. The cakes and snacks on display look (and taste) absolutely incredible and I often just pop in for one of their salted caramel brownies on the way past. These are literally little squares of heaven! Think ultra-gooey brownie sandwiched with a layer of sweet salted caramel! My mouth is watering...! Anyway, back to the brunch. They have a decent sized menu containing the traditional brunch items but with a twist. The also make their own pastrami, which is to die for and their pancakes with maple syrup are incredible. 

Price: Approximately £12 per head including juice/drink
Location: 47 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BD
Website: http://www.trade-made.co.uk/




2. Andina

Next up is Andina, which is a Peruvian restaurant in Shoreditch. I first went here, not really knowing what to expect as I had never tried Peruvian food before... and I was very pleasantly surprised! Firstly, the juices and coffees here were delicious, I had the green detox one to try to counteract the meal! I went for the 'Full Peruvian' which I would highly recommend! It had all the basic elements of a full English but with a twist. The meat was fried pork and it came with a sort of quinoa, potato hash brown style thing. Red onions added a nice element and the avocado and tomato on crispy bread topped it off perfectly. Ben went for some sort of smoked haddock which he said was delicious, but very small and he was hungry half an hour later... typical boy! I would definitely recommend this if you want your brunch with a South American twist.

Price: Approximately £15 per head including juice/drink
Location: 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ
Website: http://andinalondon.com/home


3. Hally's

I love this cute little Californian eatery in Parson's Green. A friend of mine told me about this place as she lives next door and always visits for brunch so I thought I better check it out. It is beautifully decorated, giving the feel of a Californian beach hut inside. It has a really laid-back atmosphere full of young couples and ladies who lunch! The food here is really healthy and organic with a wide choice of yummy breakfasts. I went for the pancakes, which were delicious, if slightly on the small size. The motto here seems to be quality over quantity! Again, the juices were yummy, but my absolute favourite had to be the green matcha latte. I am a sucker for matcha and green tea and this one was the best I have ever tasted. Thumbs up all round.

Price: Approximately £20 per head including juice/coffee
Location: 60 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4LS
Website: http://www.hallyslondon.com/



4. The Breakfast Club

Finally, I couldn't really do a roundup of brunch places without mentioning The Breakfast Club. This is probably the most well-known breakfast location with restaurants dotted all over London. This place is known for always having a queue outside with people having to wait up to an hour to be served. I was very sceptical about going here as it is so hyped up but it turned out that it definitely lives up to the hype! I went to the Hoxton branch on a Sunday morning at about 11am... probably the worst possible time to go! However, as there was only two of us we managed to skip the queue and only waited about 10 minutes to be seated. Firstly, the decor in here is super cool and quirky and the music was probably the best playlist I have heard (think Prince, Spice Girls and George Michael). Secondly, the food... oh my god! They go all out here! I had the All American Pancakes- pancakes topped with pretty much a full English breakfast, all smothered in maple syrup! Absolute heaven! I really can't fault this place, even though everyone and their dog has been there, it really is worth it and believe the hype!

Price: Approximately £20 per head including juice/drink
Location: 2-4 Rufus Street, N1 6PE
Website: http://www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com



Of course, there would be a fifth- Brew- which I mentioned in my favourites last month (read here) but I can't talk about it again or it would just look like I am obsessed!

So there you have it, a roundup of my favourite Brunch eateries in London. Have you visited any of these? Let me know if you have any recommendations you think I am missing out on!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Fudge and Fudge Urban

I have recently discovered the world of Fudge Haircare... and I like it there! I have only ever tried one Fudge product before, years and years ago when my Mum bought some of their hair wax and I just remember it smelling amazing. Now, I have re-discovered the brand again and have been testing out what they have to offer.

Firstly, I have been using the Fudge Make-A-Mends Shampoo and Conditioner. These are described as a 'protein shake for dry and damaged hair' which I love the sound of! My hair tends to get dry quite quickly at the ends due to excessive heat and straightening so I am always looking for a shampoo and conditioner to target my split ends. I love both of these products as they really do leave you hair feeling silky and smooth after use and smell delicious. I tend to use a 'deep clean' shampoo first to get rid of any grease, and then follow it with this shampoo to make sure it is really clean. I then just use the conditioner on the ends to leave them smooth and nourished. 



I have also been using the Dry Shampoo from Fudge Urban and their Heat Protection Spray. I have always used the Batiste dry shampoo and haven't really known anything different until this beauty came along. The first thing I noticed about it, is that it smells amazing, as if it has been freshly washed. The spray goes on really finely and I found that I had to use quite a lot to get rid of the grease. However, it blends really easily and there's no need to worry about that dreaded talcum powder parting. Overall, I love this dry shampoo and am defintely converted from my Batiste! 

I have also been using the heat protection spray from Fudge Urban. I have only used this a couple of times as I have been using up my Tresemme heat protection spray, but so far, so good. I always feel like I need to use a heat protection spray when drying and straightening my hair and can never straighten it now without spraying first. It forms a nice barrier and I always feel like it is protecting my hair from the heat. It probably does absolutely nothing, but it makes me feel better about putting that much heat on it. I love the smell of this one but it is hard to tell the difference compared to any other heat protection spray in terms of actual results. 

Overall, I love my new Fudge and Fudge Urban products and will definitely be repurchasing when they run out. Have you tried any products from Fudge or Fudge Urban?