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Spring/Summer Beauty & Fashion Wishlist - AD

Friday, 19 May 2017

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Can you guys believe we are nearly at the end of May? Where is this year going, it's quite literally flying away and that is equally as exciting as it is scary.  And with the impending end of  May fast approaching  and a inevitable summer of rain and gloom, I can't help but cling onto any last hope of Spring, pastel colours and fresh and zesty scents that come with the I have decided to create a Spring Fashion and Beauty wishlist. It's been a while since I've done one of these and I am so excited to share with you all some of the spring themed items I really want to help me finish the Spring season in style!

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Can we just talk about how good L'Occitane scents always smell? From the moment you enter the store, you're always engulfed with such musky, warm and floral scents. So what better to have on my spring beauty wishlist than a *L'Occitane eau de cologne. The Neroli & Orchid scent combines two beautiful florals, along with zesty undertones of orange and peach, I mean what more could someone want moving into the warmer months of the year. And how gorgeous is the packaging? L'Occitane are always my go to for things scent wise and I'm sure that this summer this cologne is all I'll need to stay fresh. 


I have been dreaming of trying out the juicy shakers for a long time, so when the matte shakers were released, I danced and jumped for joy as I just love a matte finished lip product! I think I saw Lily Pebbles recently review one in her latest weekly vlogs and she said it didn't dry VERY matte, more of a satin finish, which is fine with me as it gives you the best of both worlds. They come in so many different shades and I so badly want to try one this summer to add the finishing look to my dewy make up looks this coming season. 

3) PIXI GLOW TONIC (Look fantastic, Cult Beauty and more) - £18.00 

Time and time again, I have heard of all the good things that the pixi glow tonic can do and I think it's about high time that I got myself a bottle! At the moment, I am on night shifts and with that, my skin always tends to get very dehydrated and a lot more dry than it normally is, I also tend to develop a lot more blemishes. I'm hoping, moving into summer that this will help to restore my skin to it's glowy, clear state. 

Winter and Spring are usually the main periods of the year in which my skin is at it's most dry, so I need all of the hydrating products that I can get. I've always heard promising results from bloggers about Caudalie's serum and since I have fallen head over heels for their beauty elixir, I thought why not give their new vine active range a try and see what this serum business is all about (I've never actually used one before). The price of the thing, kind of makes me want to scream NOOOOO! But I know that Caudalie products are always worth their money, so I may just have to bite the bullet and give it a go!

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I genuinely did not even intend for this fashion wishlist to be as pastel and blue as it is, but you know - blue is life! 


This dress has everything I could ever hope for and more! It's got ruffles, an off the shoulder cut, striped detailing AND it's blue! Missguided could not have created a more perfect dress for me if they tried. This dress is again perfect for those last spring days and will be great pairing with the Asos boater hat (4) for those warm summer nights. 


Well hello exaggeration! This shirt, is the epitome of the 80's shoulder pad reinvented, with a lot more extra noise and quite frankly, I love it! This is definitely a statement shirt and can be dressed down with a simple pair of black jeans or tucked into tailored trousers. Also it's gingham, another of my favourite patterns alongside stripes and looks great in the springtime.
I love that this dress has just the right amount of casual and chic going on at the sane time, which makes it fairly easy to dress up and dress down. I also love the big ruffles on the sleeves, as they bring a bit of excitement to a somewhat simple and minimal dress. And at just £15.00 I think this is one dress I definitely need to make sure is in my wardrobe, leading up to the end of spring and start of Summer! 

4)ASOS BOATER HAT - £10.00 

I have been dreaming of owning a straw boater hat for the summer for years and years now, but for some reason I just never got round to buying one. This one from ASOS would be the perfect addition to my blue and pastel themed outfits for the summer. I love the simplicity of it and the  addition of the black ribbon around the bottom of the crown, which helps to add a hint of chic to the bohemian style of the hat. Definitely one I need to get my hands on!


Now, I'm not the biggest fan of open toed heels, but I feel like I have to make a exception for these little beauties. I love the ruffle and tassle detailing and the powder blue colour makes them the perfect shoe as the end of spring approaches and the summer season starts. These lovely shoes would go well with the zip dress (1) from Missguided.

And that concludes this spring/summer beauty and fashion wishlist. Which wishlist was your favourite? Are you a lover of the floral, glowing inspired beauty wishlist? Or are you all about the pastel blues and ruffles in the fashion wishlist? Whichever, I hope you were able to find some inspiration from this post and as always, thank you so much for reading!

Do you have a Spring Wishlist? If yes, please link it below, so I can check it out! Did you like this post?

*This post was made in collaboration with L'Occitane. However all words and opinions in this post are completely my own. 

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4 Reasons Why Hayfever MUST die

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

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A slow and very painful death at that...

All allergies suck, let's face it. For anyone who suffers from any kind of allergy, no matter how mild or severe it may be you guys know how it can affect, change and sometimes ruin your life. Allergies really are no picnic!

I am allergic to nearly every kind of environmental allergen under the sun and it sucks a ton, but while I can almost somewhat tolerate the others allergies I have. I have always continuously struggled mutinously with one, and that horrible one is: HAYFEVER. The little evil monster, that sucks all joy out of any sufferers sense of a summer holiday. The little evil monster that weakens your immune system and leaves you in a constant cycle of suffering from and recovering from the summer cold. The little evil monster that just makes you hate all plants forms and anything even remotely floral.

I have been dealing with Hayfever for practically all of my life and I have just about had enough of the stupid thing, ruining my bloody life. And so I have decided, that Hayfever, in all of it's evil glory, needs to just go and die...Here are my 4 Reasons why:

1) Messy Makeup...

Contraire to the above photo, I can't even begin to tell you guys, how often my eyes have streamed buckets of water and ruined my mascara and eyeliner all in the name of pollen! Or how often I have completely rubbed all of the foundation off from my face in the process of blowing my never ending, leaky, tap of a nose. It is such a nightmare and actually really makes me feel like there is not even any point in putting make up on, most days!

2) Fresh Florals...

FRESHLY MOWN GRASS AND FRESHLY BLOOMED BLOSSOM and basically anything FRESH it seems are like the devil to a person with Hayfever. It well and truly sucks to not be able to appreciate the smell and appearance of a fresh bloom of handpicked flowers or freshly mowed grass and that is another reason why this allergy must perish!

3) Weakened Immune System...

As a child I never really understood why my GP always encouraged my mum to load me up on the Vitamin C around spring/summer time, but as I've grown older and suffered from many a summer cold, I have grown to understand why. Hayfever, like many allergies, weakens the immune system and if you've got really severe allergies, it just means that you are more prone to catching colds and infections a lot easier than others. Summer colds are a genuine thing and they make living with Hayfever SO much more worse. It's almost as if you're stuck in this never ending game with your cold and HAYFEVER over which one can cause you the most stress and congestion - NOT - FUN - AT - ALL!

4) Lost Summers...

 Ever since I was a little girl, Hayfever has been ruining my summers a thousand times over! Now I love summer. I love the lighter days, the warmer nights and the influx of Vitamin D, my skin drinks in from being outside in the sun. Unfortunately Hayfever has made my intake of Sun and thus vitamin D, very near impossible since the age of 4! I always spent the majority of my summers indoors as a child and this therefore led to missed opportunities of impromptu water fights, trips to the park and endless hours of rolling down the hill in the school playing field! Even now, as an adult, Hayfever continues to plague my summers and hit me with serious multiple cases of FOMO on summer, outdoor events!

And I think I'll leave it there for today. I mean - I could go on and on about my Hayfever and other allergy woes until the end of time because I HATE them that much, but i'll spare you guys the misery! If you do suffer from Hayfever too or any other kind of environmental allergy, I hope this post has allowed you to have a little chuckle over our dyer mutual suffering or given you a reason to hate Hayfever that little bit more!

As always, thank you guys so much for stopping by and reading!

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

It's been quite a while since I've shared anything Youtube based on here, because I haven't even been on the damn platform for so long. However, if you haven't heard yet, I am back on Youtube and I am loving creating lots of exciting, fun and creative content. At the moment, I'm at a bit of a slow pace, it's been a long time since I've been in the youtube world and I'm still trying to find the pitter patter of my feet production and editing wise. It's also proving very difficult to grow on here, like so many social media platforms, so if any of you reading this would like to subscribe to my channel, I will be forever grateful!

Anyhoo, long intro aside, this week's video is all about a few of the Beauty, Homeware and Food bits I have been loving this April. I have tried to do it in a different style to the traditional favourites video, as I sometimes get a little bit bored of watching favourites videos. Sometimes the entire thing just consists of youtubers holding up products and telling me why they love them. I wanted to create something a little more stylised, a little more fun and a little more visually appealing to the viewer. 

So, without rambling on anymore than I actually have to, I present to you all my April Favourites. I really do hope you enjoy it and stick around for next week's video. Psssttt...It's might be a haul, I know how much you YouTube watchers love your hauls (myself included!) Thank you guys for watching, see you soon! 

What are your April Favourites? Would you like to try any of the things mentioned in the video?

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5 Spring Beauty Essentials

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Who doesn't love spring? The days get lighter, the air gets hotter and my Netflix account gets an influx of new seasons of my favourite american shows, I mean come on, what's not to love?! Spring is a great season for Netflix, but it's also a great season for beauty. Beauty in the Spring for me is all about finding products that can help restore my skin and body from the harsh winter climate and pruning it into a supple and hydrated state.

Now I will admit, I never thought I'd ever get to the stage in which I would ever share my 5 Beauty Essentials for any season, but I have recently started to appreciate more of beauty and more of what make up can offer. I have realised that it is: like fashion, another way to express yourself and your creativity. So here are the 5 beauty essentials that are helping me to express myself this spring time:

For The Body -  So...? Fragrance Body Mist...

Nothing says Spring, quite like a new Fresh, zesty scent and that is where the new *So...? Fragrance body mists come in handy. So...? recently scent (see what I did there! 😎) me three of their new fragrance mists to try and everything about them just screams Spring.

I chose the scents Sparkling Tea, Fresh Floral and Floriental - you can catch these mists features in my NEW April Favourites video and also on my Instagram, if you fancy a nose.

The packaging for each mist, is spring/summer themed and when you take it out for a quick spritz, even if it's a little dull outside, the bottle designs will definitely make you feel like it's not.

The three that I chose, each have very fresh and zesty scents, which are the scents I love the most when choosing body fragrances. I also love how neat and sleek the bottles are, it makes it so much easier to just pop one into your bag before your morning commute and pull it out quickly and easily when you need a quick spritz before your journey home again.

I like to think of these new body mists as a more mature version of the So...? body sprays, and they at only £3.99 they smell a lot better and last a lot longer than some of the more expensive perfumes I sometimes buy!

*So...? Fragrances have sent me these body mists for review, however all words and opinions are completely my own!

Plus points - Portable, Fresh scents, Affordable

For The Face - True Professional Make Up Brushes from Savers...

I picked up these brushes in savers the other day (because it is the place to be if you are looking for beauty products on a budget) and I immediately fell in love with the holographic purple style of them. I picked up the angled eyeliner, Foundation and eyeshadow brush, and found them to be a colourful addition to my spring beauty bag.

The brushes work well and are able to transfer whatever product I choose without sucking up a whole load of it, they are quite efficient in that sense.

I tend to prefer foundation brushes that have shorter handles due to problems with the dexterity of my hands, and so found the long handle on the foundation brush, quite difficult and somewhat painful to use. However, apart from that, everything else is great and it is affordable for such an attractive tool. Definitely "Instagram" worthy!

Plus Points: Stylish, Strong Bristles and Affordable

For The Skin - L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask...

Ahh these clay masks, have literally been a life saviour for my skin! I was never the type to engage in face masks, as I didn't really see the use of them, when I was using things like exfoliators and cleansers already, but oh boy, how wrong I was!

I have recently been working A LOT of lengthy, consistent shifts at work with very few days off in between and I have been reaching home and literally just falling asleep with a face full of make up - (disgusting I know) and my skin has been paying the price for it. I needed something that would strip my skin of all of the dirt and impurities that it had accumulated over my bad habits and that's where the detox mask comes in.

I have been using it for nearly a month now and I have seen such positive results in the texture, feel and overall appearance of my skin. It is clearer, softer and looks more even toned. In short, it just looks a lot cleaner and almost a little glowy - which is exactly what my dry skin requires coming out of the harsh winter months.

Plus Points - Smells great, affordable and is easy to apply and remove

For The Hair & The Skin - Vita Coco Coconut Oil...

I know a lot of people struggle with dry hair and skin through the colder months of the year, but for me, this lasts all year round. I suffer with very dry skin, which a lot of the time extends to a dry and flaky scalp (gross I know!) I have been on the hunt for a product that moisturises my hair and keeps it moisturised for longer than 24 hours, and thus I found the vita coco coconut oil. 

Now my best friend has been preaching about this miracle product for years and I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to actually start using it!

As my skin and hair is so sensitive to every little thing, I decided to pick up this mirco version of the product just to see if I would agree with it. I am thankful to say that I did. Since using this, my hair and scalp, although still a little dry and flaky at times, has definitely gained a little more moisture. I tend to use it in my hair about 2 times a week, applying it directly to my scalp and the roots of my hair. It smells great and is great at locking in that extra added moisture that I need. 

On my skin it performs well too, working well as a hydrating oil for my face before applying my moisturiser, primer and then full face of make-up. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and very dewy, which is like heaven for my very dry skin type.

Plus Points: Has multiple uses, long-lasting and moisturising.

For The Lips - Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick | Rebel Red...

I know that spring is all about the brighter colours and while I tend to keep within the darker remit with my fashion choices, I am all about bright bold lip colours for spring and summer! So when I attended London Fashion Festival a couple of months ago with my fave Paige from (Held Together by Pins) and came across this vivid matte liquid lipstick in the Maybelline concession stand, I just had to make sure I snatched it up!

I have been on the hunt for a red liquid lipstick for so long now and this one is quite the match for me. Although sold as a matte finish, it is anything but! I would definitely say that this is a lot more of a satin or a very mild gloss than matte. I have tried every technique under the sun and I still can't get this thing to dry matte, which is a shame because I love a matte lip. However, if I'm being completely honest, I actually prefer it this way, in all of it's shiny, glossy glory!

Plus Points: Pigmented, Bright, Easy Applicator.

And that concludes my list of beauty essentials for the Spring season (although there isn't much of Spring left) I mean, can you guys believe we are already in May?! This year is flying and I'm furiously working hard to try and meet deadlines and work on my goal of being a "better" person...Anyway, that's another story, for another day. I hope you enjoyed hearing about what beauty bits I find useful going into the warmer months of the year and hope that perhaps you've got some new suggestions for your May Beauty wishlist!

As always, thank you guys so much for reading. Until next time...

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London In The Spring

Thursday, 27 April 2017

London is such a lively city that is filled with ever-changing, ever constant beauty. I have lived in London for over 17 years now and I have seen it at it's worst and I have also seen it at it's best. There has been heartache and there has been pain, but the thing that has always stood out to me is it's ever constant, authentic, humanistic beauty. 

If you follow me on Instagram, then you would've seen that I took part in a charity walk on Sunday for the charity Autism Parent Empower which is an organisation that aims to provide teaching and training to parents of children with autism to help provide their child with the skills and support they need to thrive and succeed in society and everyday life. Our givey page is still open, where more information can be found, and if you guys wish to donate, that would mean the absolute world, no matter how small!

So, come Sunday morning, off we went into Central London, beginning at the ever popular, ever stylish Covent Garden and making our way through popular urban haunts such as Regents canal, Camden Lock and the ever popular Regents Park. London in the Spring is pretty much like Spring all across the UK. It is a time of rebirth and a time in which a new lease of life is breathed back into the city. It helps to give it that vibrant, busy and alive vibe that we Londoners all know and love!
How beautiful is St Pancras International?! Definitely one of my favourite rail stations in the whole of the UK.

The vintage classic car show was taking place in Kings Cross

I'm a big fan of vintage cars and could not help but take some photos!

I never actually got a chance to go inside this mobile cinema, but it looked very groovy from the outside.

And thus began our walk along Regents Canal...

Regents Canal is perhaps my favourite thing about London, 

Sometimes I feel as Londoners, we don't always get to see the raw and natural beauty of the city, because we are so busy existing on auto pilot, we forget to see and experience the pure joy that is London. Regents Canal stretches through from the centre of the city, right through to the east, it's huge. It is definitely the best ways to see all that London has to offer and all that it's nature and wildlife has to offer aswell.

I used to venture around Central London quite a lot as I used to live in Farringdon during my university days, but since moving back with my parents out West, and working near to home, I feel as though I rarely get to see all that this city has to offer. At times, in my quest to succeed and achieve my bigger goals, I forget to live and I forget to appreciate the very raw and very real beauty that is already naturally around. I talk of being stuck on auto-pilot too often to count and maybe I just need to stop talking about it and start doing something about it. 

Participating in charity walks like this are a great way for me to explore more of this beautiful city that I am living in, and see all of the beauty that it has to offer. I feel like, when existing on auto-pilot, we sometimes forget about the sights, smells and sounds around us, this walk helped to reawaken my senses to the beauty that is London. 

And so I leave you with this. London you are beautiful, you are loved, you are vibrant, you are a joy and you are a gift. I love you London, don't you ever change. 

Do you love London as much as I do? Have you ever walked along Regents Canal?