Monday, 17 November 2014

Isle of Wight

Last week I spent five glorious days in the Isle of Wight. After leaving it far too late and missing all the summer sunshine, myself and my boyfriend decided to swap the week on a sunny beach for a 'staycation' and headed to our home from home. My parents own a holiday cottage on the island which has been in the family for generations and we rent it out during the summer months. I have been going there my whole life with my family, and now it is the perfect retreat for a couples getaway! 

I was a little sceptical about spending so much time there as there really isn't much to do- walking, eating and drinking is pretty much all you can do... and that is what we did! We had such a lovely, relaxing week of catching up on sleep, watching lots of films, going on long, countryside walks, and of course, eating and drinking far too much! Evenings were spent by the fire with a glass of wine and a good film and days were spent walking on the beach and discovering the islands hidden gems! It was so nice to get out of the city and to have no plans at all and not have to worry about anything! Bliss! 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

My Top 3: Primers

I love using a face primer. I must admit, I don't always get round to it everyday-  when I am just going to work I tend to skip this step just to save on time but the rest of the time I love to use a primer to just make my skin look a whole lot better. I really like primers that illuminate and give you a bit of a glow, as opposed to mattifying ones. I'm a big fan of the dewy look and would rather look a little shiny than completely matte. I have 3 favourite primers at the moment which I tend to alternate between depending on what I am doing. 

The first of my faves is the Vitamin C Skin Reviver from The Body Shop (£15). This is a really great base for make up and makes your skin feel amazing. It is quite a thick texture but spreads on to the face to completely smooth the skin, leaving it velvety soft. This is probably the most mattifying of the three and is what I would use at that time of the month when my skin is a little shinier than normal to get rid of some of the grease. This one also smells absolutely amazing- think fresh oranges, and it contains Amazonian camu camu and brazil nut oil... sounds good to me! 
 Secondly is the wonderful That Gal from Benefit. I have been a huge fan of this primer for ages and have purchased it a couple of times now. I think of this more of a highlighter and it really gives your skin a brightening effect.This one doesn't really smooth out the skin tone or cover imperfections, but it just adds a really healthy, radiant glow to make your face look that much brighter. I love using this one for a night out to give a bit more of a glow to my skin. Plus this one is the priciest of the lot, at £22.50, so I don't like to waste it on every day!
 Finally a new discovery of mine is the Kiko Face Skin Glow. This is actually described as a day cream but I like to think of it as more like a primer. I use my normal moisturiser and then use this before applying my foundation. This is a really beautiful, light cream that makes the skin look instantly brighter and healthier. It has a slight pinky tinge to it with just the slightest of subtle shimmer to make the skin glow. As it is a day cream, it is really moisturising and also has SPF 10 in it. I use this on a day to day basis when I have the time for the extra step and it is also great for those good skin days to just use by itself with no foundation to give your skin that little bit of extra help. Good news- this is currently on sale for just £5- I have already stocked up!

 Here you can see the consistencies of each one (in order).As you can see they are all completely different textures and colours.
Do you use a primer? Which is your favourite?

Sunday, 2 November 2014

New Room Tour

I have been very slack on the blogging front recently. Mostly because I have been busy moving house! I have finally made the move up to London and I am now living with 3 friends in Putney. We found a gorgeous flat with views of the Thames and a 1 minute walk from the nearest Byron Burger- perfect!  I am absolutely loving living in London, mostly because I don't have to do the horrendous commute from home any more. I am finding that I actually have spare time to do things during the week, whereas before I would come home, eat dinner and go to bed. It is so nice to be able to do things after work and not have to worry about rushing to get the train home.

 We have spent the first couple of weeks doing a bit of redecorating and making the place look really homely. Therefore, I thought I would do a room tour to show you my new home. Because my room is so much bigger than what I have been used to before, I have found it quite hard to fill all the space. I ended up ordering lots of new furniture from Ikea and buying lots of decorational bits and pieces to make it cosy. It is finally getting there and starting to feel like home. I think my favourite part has to be my new dressing table which is the perfect place to do my make up and hair, as well as doubling up as a desk for blogging. There are still a few things that I want to add and change, like a big house plant for my window and to paint those horrific wardrobes, but at the moment I am pretty pleased with how it has turned out. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Hot Pink

As you may probably know, I love a good pair of trousers! They are my go-to staple piece and I have a ridiculous amount of coloured and patterned trousers in my wardrobe to choose from. I am loving this new pair I picked up from the River Island sale recently, although they are not the most flattering as the only pair they had left was a size 6! I do have to undo the top button if I am sitting down for a long period of time and always have to at meal times!! But they were a bargain so it doesn't matter...I love wearing them with a white t-shirt for a more casual look or a cute bralet for an evening look!

Trousers- River Isalnd
Top- H&M
Waistcoat- F&F
Shoes- Topshop
Bracelet- Primark 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Monday Night Music

Last Monday I headed over to Hoxton for a live music gig by Bloc Party legend Kele. I have been pretty absent from blogging for the last couple of weeks as I have just moved into a lovely new flat in London so life has been pretty hectic trying to get everything organised. We moved in last weekend so I decided to make the most of my first week day night of not having to face the long commute home and went along to the event with my flatmate. 

The exclusive album launch party was held at The Macbeth and sponsored by Jack Daniels who have partnered up to create 'Jack Rocks The Macbeth'. The music campaign sees the venue holding a mixture of specially-curated live performances and stripped down acoustic sets from a number or performers from La Roux to Claire Barrow. The 150 year old live music pub holds up to 300 fans so each gig is very intimate and personal.

Kele performed his new album 'Trick' to the 250 strong crowd with the album also being launched on the same day. 

I had a great night hearing some new music and drinking the special Jack Daniels cocktails all night, including my new favourite- Jack Honey and Lemonade.

If you fancy heading down to The Macbeth for some intimate live music, be sure to follow NME and the Jack Daniel’s Twitter page who will be announcing the live acts and details will be given about 
how fans can attend and get involved in the activities planned there. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

My Hair Care Essentials

I have extremely thick hair and although I know people always want thick hair, it has always been such a big issue for me. First of all, my hair goes HUGE as soon as it gets any moisture, think humidity hair, think Monica-from-Friends hair. Ever since the age of about 10 I coined the phrase 'poofy hair'. This seems to cover all situations when my hair isn't as dead straight as I want it to be. Ever since the age of 13 when I got my first pair of hair straighteners, I have been a straightening devotee! I always straighten my hair to get rid of the 'poofiness' that seems to overtake it. However, I think I have finally found the right products to suit it and make it the best it can be Therefore, I thought I would share with you my favourite hair products and recommendations.
First of all, my recently discovered and now favourite product: Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. If you don't have the budget for Morrocan Oil, then this is a slightly cheaper alternative and definitely the next best thing, if not better. I apply it after washing my hair when it is still slightly damp and it makes my hair so shiny and healthy.
My next all time favourite hair product is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, which does exactly what it says on the tin. This hair mask is an absolute miracle worker, leaving your hair feeling silky smooth! I have been using bottle after bottle of this for about 5 years now and nothing else can even compare!
Another of my fail-safe products is L'Oreal Elnett Satin heat protection spray, an absolute must for all the straightening fans among you! I use the '3 Days Straight' version and again, I have tried others but keep coming back to this one every time.
I always finish off styling my hair with a little bit of serum to try and keep the frizz under control! My favourite at the moment is the Kiko Restorative Hair Serum which smells yummy and seals the hair cuticles to keep my hair shiny and frizz-free all day long.
Finally the all time best solution for poofy hair is the ultimate pair of straighteners, GHD's. These are absolute life savers as I am sure you are all aware. As far as I'm concerned no other hair straightener can touch it! I would be lost without my GHD's and find myself taking them everywhere and I find it impossible to use any other brand- ultimate brand loyalty... I got my first pair at 15 and I am already on my 4th!
So there you have it, my product guide to luscious locks. You may never be in love with your hair but there are definitely many ways to make the most of what you've got.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Black and White

I seem to have a bit of a thing for a collarless coat. I have this pretty much identical coat in three different colours and they are all I wear at the moment. A light coloured coat is my perfect transitional piece to take me through to autumn as I have sadly come to the realisation that summer seems to be over. I wore this outfit for celebratory drinks at home the other night as I have just put a rental deposit down on a beautiful flat in London! I am beyond excited to be moving in with my 3 lovely friends next month and just want to move up now! I am so over the commute to London every day so having our own little home will just be idyllic! I have already started buying little bits and pieces and have been planning out how I want to decorate my new room with far too much time spent on pinterest! It's like moving to uni again but now I'm like a proper grown up! Very exciting stuff! All I need to do now is try and decide what out of the 3 wardrobes full of clothes to take with me... I see a blog sale/ebay session coming up!!
Jumpsuit- Topshop
Coat- H&M
Necklace- Treaty Jewellery
Shoes- Topshop