Wednesday, 22 April 2015

FRESH FACED FOR SPRING

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Spring / Summer makeup is my favourite kind of makeup because when it comes to the warmer months for me, less is definitely more, and I've taken on the whole no-makeup approach for the past couple of months during my work week, as I tend to always pick sleep over faffing over my face in the morning, so more often than not, I'm pretty much bare faced, wearing a slicked back lazy bun on my head. Pinterest has really given me some good inspiration for the days when I do want to wear makeup but want to look as if I'm not, i.e 'no makeup-makeup', and one thing I've realised when it comes to the more fresh and dewy looks of spring is that a good skin care arsenal is most important. So today I'm sharing with you all the things I've bought lately to give me that beautiful dewy spring glow! 

First up is Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer. Oh how can I count the ways in which I love thee Nars for this product? I initially bought the Sheer Glow foundation and the radiance concealer as a duo but my face didn't quite get along with the foundation so i ended up returning it and tentatively continuing with the concealer, which has been working perfectly for me. It's a buildable matte finish concealer that stays put all day and well, as the name says, it really does makes you look radiant! I'm wearing it in this picture here if you'd like to know what it looks like applied on the face. I'm wearing the shade 'Amande' and i'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a good everyday 'cover up all the lack of sleep' concealer, it was worth every penny to be quite honest!

I've been nattering on about good skincare, and for me, one of the best moisturisers i've found that is both affordable and super easy to find is Nivea's Rich Moisturising Day Cream. It leaves my face plump and smooth without it feeling greasy or inadequately moisturised, and since i've begun using it, i haven't had any annoying dry patches which is always a plus. Another for your skin care holy grail list should be Trilogy's Rosehip Oil because this stuff is MAGIC! I've been using it consistently every single morning for the past three months, and it has helped tremendously in fading spots that i've naughtily picked at, and generally leaving my face feeling a lot less tight, it is a little on the pricier side for an oil, but i had heard such good reviews about it's magical powers, that i just had to have it, and i'm glad i listened to my impulses for once. Avene's Eau Thermale Water Spray might seem silly to a lot of people as it's essentially fancy water in a can, but i kid you not, it works wonders when i'm blending out my concealer. I simply mist my face lightly with the product and use my beauty blender to soften any edges, and i end up with makeup that could pass for my own skin! It's a lil' miracle worker to be quite honest.

As the weather gets warmer, i get a little bit more dehydrated easily, dehydration = Tyrone Biggums lips. I like my fries crispy, not so much my lips, so whenever it gets a bit warmer, i slather my lips with Rosebud Lip Salve. I've been using it since 2010 and it has yet to fail me. Another one for the warmer months, Summer in particular, is Clarins Eau Des Jardins perfume. It's fresh, fruity and leaves me feeling and smelling squeaky clean as if i'd bathed in a variety of citrus fruits.


Hope this post has helped somewhat! Also tell me what you're doing to get Fresh Faced For Spring!


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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

My Special Place.

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Soho has a special place in my heart. I know the West End like the back of my hand from many years of working on Oxford Street, and it's a place I always find myself, particularly when i'm on my own. I know the best hidden alleyways to find small coffee shops where I can grab a Macchiato and a slice of cake, I know which areas are tourist traps and which areas are a little quieter and easier to navigate. In between the sex shops and restaurants, there are some pretty cool places like Soho Grind, which has become super popular as of late which is not surprising as any establishment serving well made Mocha's and have neon signs about holding 'French Lessons' downstairs will always go down a treat.

One of my favourite places in Soho without a doubt has to be Sounds Of The Universe, which is a beautiful little record shop right in the centre. I think the facade of the building itself just makes me so happy, it's such a nice change from all the glass and steel we see in London (Architecture lovers unite!), and the decor of the shop inside is just so beautiful. I'd definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area, even if you're not into record collecting, it's a pretty damn cool place.



BARDOT TOP* - BOOHOO
DENIM SKIRT* - BOOHOO
BELT* - BOOHOO
LACE UP FLATS - NEW LOOK
EARRINGS - TOPSHOP


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Monday, 6 April 2015

Nice Things...

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My motto for life courtesy of Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle is 'TREAT CHO' SELF'. Regardless of if i'm having a great week, or a pretty awful one, I always, always make a little time for myself no matter how much work i need to tick off on my ever expanding to-do list. I find myself drawn to Borough Market every single time I'm near London Bridge, and sometimes i'll even take a little detour just to get my hands on the Macarons and Bratwurst they sell in the Market. Bratwurst does not make for a pretty picture, so instead you'll have to just imagine the delicious sauerkraut-iness and tangy mustardy-ness of it all, but my goodness, if you have yet to make a trip to Borough, please do, your mouth and stomach will thank you for it. Aside from food, I also bought myself a pair of New Look Aquazzura dupes which i LOVE! Firstly because they are super comfortable to walk in, and secondly, just look at them. I'm not particularly a huge shoe lover but i searched the entirety of both Oxford Street stores for them. I mentioned in a past post that I've been reading a lot lately, and this hasn't changed, which is both a blessing and a curse… Penguin released eighty of their little black classics lately, and as soon as I saw them, i hot-footed it to the Waterstones by my office to pick up ten, which i regret a little as now i want the entire set of eighty.. So far I've read 'The Meek One' by Dostoyevsky, and 'Caligula' by Suetonius, both of which i've thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend, also, they're only 80p each?! And last, but not least, of course i had to get myself a bunch of Tulips.

Hope you've all had a smashing bank holiday weekend, and have enjoyed the mini Easter break! I know I have! It's been so nice to have a few days off just to chill out you know?



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Thursday, 2 April 2015

ALL IN THE JEANS.

Hi hi! I have not one, but three outfits posts for you this beautiful sunny morning! I mentioned previously that I've had a few exciting things up my sleeves, and this is one of them. Miss Selfridge have launched their #AllInTheJeans campaign and asked myself and a few other awesome bloggers to get creative and style a pair of their new jeans in a few different ways. Miss Selfridge were kind enough to invite me to their Oxford St Store to meet with a personal shopper and put together three different looks, and i've got to say that without Preeya and Jennifer's help it would have been a lot more boring, and the styling session helped immensely and two of the tops i'm wearing they actually suggested for me despite my cries of "no no no! it's too sexy!". Onto the jeans, I'm wearing the Sofia ultra soft mid-rise skinnies and I can attest to the comfiness of them. If I can do a squat in them and eat a stack of pancakes without having to unbutton them, then my friends.. I have found a winner!

FEELING SLEEK
TOP - MISS SELFRIDGE
JACKET - EAST END THRIFT STORE
BOOTS - OASIS 


BLACK ON BLACK ON BLACK
FEDORA - MISS SELFRIDGE
BARDOT TOP - MISS SELFRIDGE
POINTED FLATS - NEW LOOK


A LITTLE BOYISH
SHIRT - MISS SELFRIDGE
BROGUES - OFFICE
GLASSES - SCARLETT OF SOHO

So, what do you think? Three easy ways to wear one pair of super stylish, simple skinnies! I think my favourite look by far has to be the first one, firstly because i finally got to wear my £1 suede jacket, and secondly because of how good I felt! *cues Ginuwine's 'In Those Jeans'*. Give a girl a pair of jeans her butt looks good in and she can conquer the world! 

As always, have a wonderful week and enjoy the long weekend! I'm planning to go to the Wallace Collection with my lil' sis and partake in a little retail therapy!

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

TYPE 4 HAIR: THE PRODUCTS.


Natural hair in the UK has really taken off in recent years, and this makes me so happy! When i began my transition way back in December of 2009, Natural hair had garnered a lot of attention across the pond in the US, but over here, not so much. Things are very different today, and I love seeing women in all their coiled, curly, kinky glory. I've noticed one thing in regards to the natural hair community online, and that is that Type 4 ladies don't get much love. When i first went natural i expected my hair to cascade down my back in thick, silky ringlets, so you can imagine my horror when it grew outwards in tiny kinks and pencil-width coils that framed my face like a fluffy halo. Things have changed since then and i've learnt a lot about how to care for my hair and loving my texture by watching YouTubers like Naptural85 and Kimmaytube, and by general trial and error, particularly with products. In this post i'll be sharing with you the products that make my type 4 hair, a breeze to style!


1. NXS Nature Intense Moisturising Hair Lotion : I have a soft spot in my hair product collection for UK based lotions and potions, and have been using NXS products since late 2013 when I was introduced to the brand over Twitter. Delphina, the founder strives to create effective products that are at least 87% natural in its composition which is pretty awesome and makes me feel good about what exactly i'm slathering on my hair. Onto the product, for my texture, it's more of a hair milk than a moisturiser in the sense that it's really nice and lightweight so it's perfect for my mid-week refresh and moisturising-sealing routine. Also, i love the smell of this product, it has a very pleasant vanilla scent to it.

2. Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion : If i'm doing any style that requires a soft hold like a roller set, curl former set or even just a braid n' curl, this baby right here is my go to! It keeps my hair smooth, in place, and helps to fight humidity and frizz. Plus it gives me a few days of definition and wear before i throw my hair up into a bun.

3. Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner : The ultimate staple in my hair-drobe. I've sworn by Tresseme products since I was 16, that's seven years of good hair days thanks to them! I live by their conditioners because they are super affordable, easy to find, work very well and leave my hair smelling like a tropical rainforest. If you've yet to try their conditioners, i'd urge you too! I love them so much that i use them to co-wash and even as a leave in when i wear my hair in a wash n' go.

4. A Spray Bottle of Water : H20 is a natural girls best friend, both internally and externally, and although i rarely get in the recommended 2 litres of water a day, i make sure to vigorously spritz my hair before styling on a daily basis as it makes it more pliable, and it infuses your hair with moisture. I always make sure to seal that moisture in with a light oil like olive or coconut oil.

5. Dark & Lovely Coil Moisturising Soufflé | I picked this up on a whim when i'd run out of my (very pricey) Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and i was hooked ever since. When did Dark & Lovely step up their hair game?! Because this stuff is THE BOMB! It moisturises and leaves my very dry colour treated hair soft and luscious for days! It has become a serious staple in my hair arsenal especially since my local Boots sell it!

6. Ecostyler Olive Oil Gel : I think Ecostyler is among the holy grail natural hair products, more or less every one has tried this or used it at some point in time, and for me it works well for buns and styles where I need my hair laid (and to stay laid!).

7. ORS Edge Control : Another holy grail natural hair product. This keeps even my 4a edges slick and sleek all day. The only con is that sometimes it leaves a weird white residue on my hair but I've found using it along with an oil combats that.

8. Aspall Apple Cider Vinegar : ACV is a product that is highly slept on, it works as an effective yet gentle cleanser, and helps to lay cuticles flat, preventing moisture from escaping. I use Aspall's AVC every now and again when I want clean hair, but don't want the dryness associated with sulphate laden shampoo's.

9. ghd Heat Protect Spray : I'm on a year long 'no-heat' challenge so I won't be straightening or blow drying my hair until January 2016, but when I want straight hair with minimal reversion, I've found ghd's heat protectant works well to eliminate any puffiness or frizziness in the days after.

10. Groovy Food Organic Coconut Oil : Coconut Oil, how I love thee! For the shine it provides my hair alone, makes coconut oil a winner in my books, but it is also one of the few oils that can apparently penetrate the hair shaft. I love how it makes my hair feel and it doesn't weight it down or leave it looking like an oil slick.

I hope this post has helped if you're looking for new hair products to try. I'll be doing another series with the hair tools I use, and maybe a few pictorials about how I do my signature styles. If you're considering ditching the creamy crack, I'd say go for it! I love the versatility of natural hair, and I'm so glad I made the transition.

Have a great week :)
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