12 Slumber Party Essentials

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

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No matter how old you are I think we all enjoy a good slumber party. What could be better than your best girl friends, some alcohol and a load of sweets? 
I may be 26 years old but I can think of nothing better. You can wear your sweats and a top knot - there's no judgement here. 

1. A selection of your fave gal pals obv.

2. A few cocktails - whether they're in glasses or a fish bowl is entirely up to you.

3. Some super sassy tunes. After those cocktails you're gonna wanna show each other your signature dance move. THIS IS MY JAM BITCHES.

4. Snackage of some kind. Frisps or mini quiches....how fancy are you?

5. Boy talk. When else can you discuss that completely hot guy you're obsessed with that you know nothing about? 

6. Snapchat. A new one but defo an essential. How else will everyone know what you got up to last night?

7. Face masks are always a delight. Some little Montague Jeunesse numbers from Home Bargains are gonna do the trick.

8. A cheesy movie that's gonna make you shed a few tears always goes down well. The girls that cry together stay together. 

9. ALL THE HARIBO.

10. A onesie. 

11. Mamma Mia & Mean Girls. Every slumber party needs a readalong of Mean Girls and a singalong of Abba. 

12. Some super sugary, fizzy drinks for the next morning. You're gonna need perking up after all the fun you had last night. 


P.M. Routine

Monday, 9 February 2015

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If you're reading this then I'm guessing you've already read my A.M. routine (if not check that out here) and to be honest my night time routine isn't a whole lot different. 

The first big difference is that at night I usually double cleanse. The only exception to this is if I've had a make up free day - then one cleanse will do. I cleanse first with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I've been using this for quite a while now and it's a great product with a great price tag - it's somewhere around the £5 mark. I soak 2 cotton pads in this and just swipe them around my face to remove the majority of my make up before I go in with my next cleanser. I pick up the sensitive skin formula as while my skin isn't overly sensitive my eyes can become quite sore if I use certain products around them. 

Next I use the No7 Cleansing Balm. This comes out like a moisturiser, you then massage into dry skin and it removes your make up while leaving your skin soft and clean. I use a warm face cloth to remove this and exfoliate the skin at the same time. The main thing I love about this is that my skin is left really comfortable and not at all tight after I use it. It's fairly similar to the cleanser I use in the morning but I just find that I prefer the balm cleanser when removing make up. This comes in at £9.50 but like I said in my last post, get yourself one of those No7 vouchers and you can get it for £4.50 which is rather nice.

I then use the Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Toner. I already went into details about the toner on my A.M. routine post but I'll just say that it is gentle enough to be use morning and evening daily. Of course this works for me but always tread with caution when it comes to trying something new. 

This next step isn't something I actually do every single night but I thought I'd include it anyway. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Use Dry Oil is a really beautiful product that every beauty junkie should have in their stash. 98.1% of the ingredients are natural (I'm sure the other 1.9% arn't anything too terrible) and it's free from mineral oil which is a must have for my skin. This also contains Vitamin E oil which is proven to help with scarring and repairing which is the main reason I added this oil to my routine. Old blemish scars are my main problem with my skin and I'm currently working on fading these down. This oil smells amazing and sinks nicely into the skin. It's £28 a bottle but a little goes a long way and with it being multi use you will get plenty of use out of it. 

I then use Vichy Normaderm Night Detox. This product is designed for blemish prone adult skin which is perfect for me. This light cream sinks straight in and claims to control the amount of sebum the skin produces during sleep. I have noticed that since using this I'm not waking up with that oily feeling that I've experienced in the past with other night creams I've used. My skin feels comfortably clean when I wake up in the morning and even if I don't cleanse straight away when I get up (naughty, naughty) my skin doesn't feel dull and dirty. This is about £15 and I feel it's a really reasonable price for it. 

Then I exfoliate my lips with the Lush Lip scrub and I slick on some Nuxe Reve De Meil. Then I light a candle and get myself off to bed. I know that sometimes after a long day the last thing you want to do is spend ages cleansing and all sorts but it's really worth it in the long run. My main tip evening tip is that once you arrive home for the night and you know you're not going out again, start your cleanse then. It may only be 6 o'clock but get all your make up off then and come 10 o'clock when you're off to bed you'll be feeling smug that you're ready to pop your pj's on and get straight into bed. 

A.M. Routine.

Friday, 6 February 2015

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Yes, I've been gone a little while. I won't bore you with reasons why and whatnot. Let's just say I'm back - Hey! 
Recently I've been trying out a new routine for my skin. For years now I've been searching for the right products to help my skin be the best it can be. While it certainly isn't perfect, it's the best it's ever been. After some extentive reading and researching (particular thanks to Caroline Hirons & Sali Hughes - these women know what they're talking about) I've finally got a routine that I think I'll be sticking with. 

First I use the No7 Melting Gel Cleanser. Using a gel cleanser first thing has been a revelation to me. I was always subscribed to the whole foaming cleanser/feeling squeaky clean business but since learning about sulphates and what they do to your skin (read Caroline's post here - you will learn a lot) I won't ever go back. The cleanser comes out as a gel but turns into an oil once you start to massage it into the skin. I then remove it with a warm face cloth and it comes away like a milk. I am not kidding when I say that using this is beyond dreamy. It feels so nourishing and moisturising on the skin. Simply gorgeous. It retails for about £9.50 but there's always a No7 skin voucher floating about so you can get it for like £4.50. Worth every penny. 

Next up I use an exfoliating toner in the form of the Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Lotion. This is a gentle, alcohol free toner that claims to slough off dead skin cells and keep your skin looking fresh and clear. Ren are a lovely brand who only use natural ingredients so you won't find any nasties in there. This my second bottle of this toner and I love it. When I ran out I definitely noticed that my skin didn't look as bright and I couldn't wait to pick up another bottle. It's also great at keeping breakouts at bay. As well, it's only £12 which in my opinion is an absolute bargain. 

Then I actually use another toner in the form of La Roche Posay's Serozinc. This has only just become available in the UK and I'm so glad it is. I'd read a lot about this toner and couldn't wait to get my paws on it when it arrived on UK shores. This literally contains 3 ingredients - water, zinc sulphate and sodium chloride. These work together to stop oiliness and target any blemishes you may have. This helps to keep my skin matt and I've found that since using it my skin is a lot less oily throughout the day. Also at £8.50 it's another well priced product. 

Finally I use Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser. I've been using for a while, this is actually my second tub. This light cream smells amazing (like oranges) and it sinks straight into the skin which is good for someone like me who doesn't have a lot of time in the mornings. The smell and lightness of the cream is really revitalizing and wakes up my senses and my skin. I LOVE using this and I really look forward to applying it each day. It leaves my skin feeling really hydrated and smooth and make up applies over the top like a dream. This costs £23 and while it is a little higher priced than the other items it lasts for a really long time and I think it is well worth the money. 

This last item is something I use morning and evening (& also throughout the day if necessary) and it is Nuxe's Reve De Miel lip balm. Okay, okay so £9.50 for a lip balm is kind of crazy but the fantastic results you get from it are not. It's a gorgeous, thick, matt balm that is perfect for smoothing out even the driest of lips and it's also perfect for under lipstick. 

So, that's my morning routine. This is really working for me and it is helping my make up to sit a lot better as well. I haven't had a bad breakout (touch wood!!) in a while and I do think it is down to using the right products for my skin. What are you guys using? Is there anything I really need to try?


Ryvita with Ben De Lisi

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Ryvita have always been one of my favourite healthy snacks and recently I've been trying to eat a little better so when this dropped through my letterbox it was a match made in heaven.
Currently, Ryvita are going through an exciting relaunch and they've teamed up with award winning fashion designer Ben De Lisi to give the iconic Ryvita tin a brand new make over.  The bright geometric design is so cool and eye catching and it has really spruced up my kitchen cupboard (as well as keeping my Ryvita gorgeously crunchy and fresh!).

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As well as the lovely tin I was also sent some Ryvita Fruit Crunch crispbreads, which to be honest I really didn't know what to expect. I'm a classic Dark Rye kind of girl with a little cottage cheese and ham on top so this fruit variety had me stumped. I topped them with a little Philadelphia and my gosh! So yum! Perfect for breakfast with some fruit or even for a mid morning snack. 
I love seeing classic brands moving with the times and giving themselves a modern update. The tin is limited edition and is £7.49. It's available now so if you want one, you better grab it now!  

*While I was sent this item free of charge all words and opinions are 100% my own.
 

This ain't no sham. I am what I am.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

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(Yes this is my bitchy resting face. I haven't posed for outfit photos for so long my face wasn't playing.)

Jacket - New Look
Vest - ASOS
Jeans - Matalan
Boots - New Look
Bag - Primark
Necklace - Ebay

I've had a little blogging break and I definately feel more refreshed because of it. I've seen a lot of bloggers posting recently about the pressures of blogging, not feeling good enough, not having good enough content....blah blah blah. I've felt a little like this myself. I don't know why really as I find the blogging community so lovely and welcoming but I guess if your heart's not in it what's the point in forcing it? I'm feeling ready to put myself back out there so here I am!
As you'll already know if you read my blog I'm getting married (wahhh!!!) so I've been wholeheartedly throwing myself into wedding planning. It's proving to actually be a lot tougher than I anticipated. Finding the right venue is tricky. This outfit is what I wore today to go and view a venue I was VERY excited about. We fell in love with it as soon as we walked through the door so it's looking likely that it's THE ONE. Watch this space to find out what we end up choosing!
Anyway, I digress! The weather wasn't great in Liverpool today so I threw on what feels like my uniform, dark skinnies and a vest with my leather jacket over my shoulders in case of rain. I added a necklace, my boots and a little bag and I was good to go! I feel very myself in jeans and I've been loving black recently. I must be regressing back to the emo days! 

Currently Coveting #20 Holiday Edition

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

holidays!

I feel like I've fallen off the earth the past month. I don't know where I've been! I think I'll blame work. Anyways, my summer holiday is approaching and I am beyond excited. As of today it is 25 days until I fly off to sunnier climes! I've been shopping around for little bits and pieces to go along with what I already have and there are so many beautiful items in the shops right now that I could go on forever but I've tried to restrain myself as much as I can. Some of these things I've already picked up and the others I think I'm going to have to get my hands on.

1. Playsuit - ASOS A playsuit is something I've never owned but always really wanted to try. I thought they couldn't possibly suit my shape but after seeing some other blogger babes rocking them it's made me want to be adventurous and try one out. A black bandeau is a fairly safe choice but it's versatile and it could be easily dressed up or down.

2. Swimsuit - George @ Asda Every girl needs a pretty swimsuit and this one is gorgeous. The shape is super flattering on most figures and the print is even more beautiful in real life. Also for £12 it's an absolute bargain.

3. Shorts - George @ Asda Shorts are another item of clothing I tend to stay away from but everyone needs shorts on holiday and the colour and print of these is really different to anything else I've seen. They're really light and perfect for hot weather.

4. Top - Forever 21 I am completely in love with this. I love the festival vibe of this top and it will be perfect with a pair of denim shorts or even jeans when it's warm here. 

5. Dress - Ebay I actually love white clothing but I'm such a clumsy person (I can't brush my teeth without getting toothpaste down my front. Sad but true) that I usually avoid them but for the bargain price of this dress it will be perfect for exploring when I'm on holiday. I'm intending to wear this with a kimono over my shoulders to cover up from the sun.

6. Cami - Dorothy Perkins I have more cami tops than I can count. They're such an easy piece that go with so many things and I want them in every colour. This bright neon yellow/green is stunning and will look fabulous with a tan.

7. Flipflops - Havianas These flipflops are the holy grail of flipflops and they're unbelievably comfortable. I usually hate plastic flipflops because that bit between the toes is torture but there's something magic about these ones and you don't have that problem. The bright orange colour is a lot of fun too, again these will look fab with a tan and a bright nail polish on the toes. 

8. Sandals - New Look I've seen a number of bloggers wearing these in New Look's Chasing Summer campaign and I just think they're so gorgeous. Sandals are perfect and the low chunky heel adds a dressy edge. These could be worn in the day or the night and they'll go with loads of different outfits. 

9. Kimono - Ebay I just love Ebay. This kimono costs £3.66. Yes £3.66! It's so beautiful and such a bargain price. I think I need one in every colour and pattern! This will work perfectly as a cover up over a swimsuit at the beach or for wandering round.

9. Bag - ASOS Mini duffle bags are my favourite kind of summer bag. I've got a similar style one from River Island but a girl can never have too many bags right? This has such a boho Ibiza vibe and I can it with with feather earrings and a floaty dress.

10. Necklace - Forever 21 As I've said before I love a statement necklace and while I'm sure I already have enough I really like the bold collar style of this one. It would look fab to dress up a bikini with a kimono or with a cami and shorts for drinks in the night time. I love this style over a plain tee at home too.

11. Bikini - Forever 21 Buying a bikini has been a big step for me. I'm fairly confident when it comes to clothing and I'll wear some things people may think are daring but when it comes to baring my body I'm not confident at all. This is high waisted which means I'm not showing much of my myself and I'm also staying in a private villa with the boys family which means I feel less shy but this is still a hurdle for me to get over. I love the hot pink shade and the beautiful vintage style shape. 

12. Shorts - Forever 21 Yes another pair of patterned shorts but I think they're so cute (& so cheap!) I couldn't say no! I'm seeing these with the neon cami and sandals for drinks at night and with an oversized tee for wandering about in the day. They've got a fab high waisted fit and they're made from a very soft and very comfortable material. Perfect holiday shorts!

So that's my round up of my favourite holiday pieces, some which I've already picked up and some I'm intending to get. I'll hopefully be able to get some outfit photos while I'm away to show you how I'm styling what I've got. 

This Love Is Be & End All

Thursday, 10 April 2014

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Jacket - ASOS
Tee - Topshop
Jeans - Matalan
Necklace - F21
Trainers - Dunlop

This probably isn't the best OOTD post I've ever done but it is the outfit I was wearing the day I got engaged! Looking back now I'm disappointed about the scruffy trainers and jeans but as far as I was aware I was going for a walk in the forrest and on the beach so I didn't expect to need my ball gown on!
I was eyeing up this boucle style jacket on Asos for ages before I nabbed it in the sale. It kept selling out in my size so when I saw it come back into stock it flew into my basket like the speed of light. It's a fab little jacket. It's a great shape, a lovely soft material and the neon colour is perfect for the S/S season. It looks great over a casual tee or with a more formal dress so it's definitely earned it's keep in my wardrobe. 
The printed tee is one I've had for years that I refuse to part with (same with the trainers to be honest), it's the perfect oversized fit and I like the unusual print. The necklace is a recent purchase and the colours are a match made in heaven. Gold and mint. Swoon. I was like a kid in a candy shop when I saw the necklaces in F21. I wanted at least one of each!  


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I just thought I'd share a couple of photos of our cheesy grins after getting engaged. We're a pair of happy chappies at the moment! 
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