17 Mar 2019

Eczema-Friendly 'No Make Up' Make Up



I can probably count on my fingers how many times I've worn make up in the past five months but recently I've been dabbling into a little 'no make up' make up and it works really well for my skin! It doesn't irritate my eczema and takes just a few minutes to do, which I'm sure many of us appreciate (I'd much rather spend more time in bed!)

Anyway, I thought I'd share what products I've been using in my makeup routine as they might help you if you suffer with eczema or dry skin.



I find that my skin gets quite dull, especially because of my eczema. So to add a bit of life back into my skin I dab a little bit of liquid highlighter on the top of my cheeks. My current choice is the No7 Skin Illuminator - it's a really nice champagne shade that just makes my skin so lovely and glowy. No7 products are also hypoallergenic so it is perfect for sensitive skin.

Before I apply any make up, I usually slather a bunch of moisturiser or oil on my skin so it likely needs a small amount of powder so it is a bit matte. I don't over powder but just a little dab here and there makes me feel less like a grease ball. This one by NYX is great but sometimes I replace it with a little baby powder.



Next up, mascara. Boy I have missed wearing mascara. Since I haven't been wearing make up because of my eczema flare ups, I forgot that I can still use mascara as it doesn't touch my skin! Currently I've been loving the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara because it doesn't make my lashes clumpy, separates them beautifully and make me look so much more awake.

I also seem to have crazy brows sometimes so I've been gelling them down with some clear mascara (I just use any cheap one I can find!) What a difference it makes - I don't even need to fill them in, just a bit of eyebrow gel makes a world of a difference.



Last but not least, a lip colour. I love the GOSH lipstick in Cinnamon - it's a really nice soft pinky nude shade. I usually pop this on or keep it simple with some Vaseline.



That's my 'no make up' make up look! What are your favourite products to use?
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10 Mar 2019

Baby Shower | DIY, Inspiration & Ideas



Even before I found out my sister was pregnant I've been planning her baby shower - I was just SO excited. When she told us the big news I knew I couldn't wait to get started and finally turn my ideas into reality! Last weekend was when the baby shower finally took place and it went so incredibly well. Mariam (my sister) had a great afternoon, as did her friends and my vision came to life!

I thought I'd share some decor inspiration and ideas for games & activities that I had planned for the day. Also sharing details of some incredible local to Leicester suppliers and a quick & easy DIY for favours.













DECOR

First things first, the decor. I hosted the baby shower in my home and decided to keep the main area in our kitchen diner. As you can see we went for a yellow, gold and grey theme which worked so well with all the bits and pieces I already had and some I had purchased specially for the shower.

So the 'About To Pop' banner, 'Happy Pushing' cake topper, gold tassel backdrop, fan decorations, sash and a bunch of other bits were all by Ginger Ray - where else would you shop for decor? I know I'd be able to keep / share some of these pieces for future events, which is very useful. I know they have a new baby shower range with a rose gold theme and it is stunning!



I already had the light box and spelt out 'Mariam's baby shower' but you can definitely get creative and put 'ready to pop' or something else a bit more personalised! Fairy lights are another obvious decor piece. Primark currently have these gold fairy lights for just £2.50 each and they are over 2 meters long - a great inexpensive option!



Balloons and pom poms are another great inexpensive way to add more to a room. We created a sort of selfie wall with them and the gold tassel backdrop and it completely transformed the room! Some of the pom poms were purchased from Amazon but you can actually make them yourself - I've linked to a tutorial here.









SUPPLIERS

Giant personalised balloon: Magnifique Creations
Dried plants / flowers: The Bloom Project, Queens Road, Leicester.
Cake & baby shaped biscuits: Al-Ka'ak Cakes, Leicester based.



GAMES & ACTIVITIES

I went on Pinterest to get some ideas and inspiration for games to play on the day and there are SO many out there. You don't really need to buy things for the games either or if you do, it should be quite inexpensive!
  • Guess the celebrity baby
  • Bottles up - you just need to buy two baby bottles, fill it with juice / formula / milk and see who can finish first, it's actually really hard for adults to drink out of a baby bottle!
  • Don't drop the baby relay - Each team member takes it in turns to run to the other side of the room with a balloon between their legs and they can't drop it or use their hands to pass on to the next person. A lot of fun to watch and not participate (perks of being the organiser!)
  • Guess the (chocolate) poo 
  • Baby food challenge
  • Labour or porn - don't judge but just search this on Pinterest, it the best and most funniest game!


DIY FAVOURS

As I am obsessed with candles, when I was browsing in my local Yankee Candle shop I noticed they had two baby themed scents, Baby Powder and Soft Blanket, and just knew I had to have them as the favours.

We had 10 guests attending the baby shower and luckily Yankee Candle have an offer so you can purchase 10 candles for just £12 - so reasonable! I then bought some small clear plastic sealable bags (45 for £1.50 at The Works) and some brown craft tags. I had some tissue paper lying around at home so I used that as a filling but feel free to leave it out or buy some.

It's pretty simple to put together, just add some tissue paper at the bottom of the bag, pop the candle in, tie the string from the tag around the top (after writing on it of course!) and cut the top off so there is no seal.



Are you planning a baby shower or have you already? Leave some ideas below! 
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24 Feb 2019

Homeware Haul | Living Room



I know it takes a while for a house to feel like a home but I feel like we are definitely getting there! Since moving into our new home in December, we've been thinking about how we'd like each room to look and be styled. We didn't want to rush into making any quick decisions we'd regret later so we're slowly buying a few homeware bits here and there to make our home feel complete.

The living room was the first place we wanted to get sorted as we spend a lot of time here. So I've been buying bits and bobs specifically for this room over the past few weeks and thought I'd share them with you all.



I'm aware I have too many candles but as well as them making the room smell nice, they make for great decor too! This one by DW Home matches my living room colour theme perfectly and despite the scent sounding overpowering, it is very soft and subtle! A great scent that isn't too feminine or masculine.



Baskets are HUGE on Instagram at the moment and I just couldn't resist! After browsing in the basket section of TK Maxx for a good 30 minutes, I knew I had to take this one home with me. It's grey and white and has the woven / wicker basket look and fits my blankets in perfectly. They had smaller sizes too but I figured I should only buy one for now!





I've been um-ing and ah-ing over cushions for our sofa and eventually I came to a decision that bold colours would go best. We have one of the walls in our living room painted a dark blue so to match, I thought dark blue pillowcases would look lovely.

To add a pop of contrast, the mustard just works so beautifully with the blue and the grey. You'll soon see I've added more touches of mustard yellow around the living room too!

These pillow cases and filler cushions were from H&M home and we got them in the velvet finish.



I also knew I just had to buy a plant and after visiting the cutest florist in Leicester - The Bloom Project, Queens Road - I knew I had to take this cheese plant home! Emma (the owner) told me that they are easy to look after so I figured it'd be a great place to start.



I bought this gold hammered plant pot to depot the plant into and it matches perfect with our navy, grey, mustard and gold theme.



More gold touches include this pair of simple gold candlestick holders. I love how sleek and minimal they are yet they add so much elegance to the fireplace. The candlesticks were from H&M and the actual candles were purchased from Tiger.





Also from The Bloom Project, these beautiful dried plants! They make really nice decorations not just in the living room but in other rooms of the house as well!

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17 Feb 2019

How I Like To Practice Self Care



We all seem to be rather busy nowadays, myself included! I don't know what it is but I find myself to be engrossed in a cycle of work, life, family and home that it is actually quite difficult to get some 'me time' in the schedule.

I think self care is important for everyone as you get to spend some time looking after yourself, making yourself happy and just doing a little something for you. It gives your mind, body and soul a break from 'everyday' life so you can spend a bit of time focussing on the most important thing, you!

Now, self care doesn't have to be a super long detailed routine.. it can be 5 minutes of your day or an evening in the week - it's just whatever works for you and your lifestyle.

I'd like to think I give myself regular self care sessions, perhaps not as much as I'd like to but enough to get me through a busy month. I thought it would be nice to share how I like practice self care so you can get some ideas, product recommendations or just simply be inspired by!



PRE-WORK

Weekday mornings are usually spent alone as my husband has already left for work so sometimes I like to take some time out in the morning, before I head to work, to relax a little. I usually sit with my breakfast on the dining table for about half an hour or so and either meal plan, blog, write my thoughts down.

Sometimes I spend some time apart from my phone and have a digital-free breakfast, which can be nice. There's something about sitting there with my mug of tea and bagel and just not doing anything else apart from eating and thinking. It's a great way to start the day as I spend the next 8+ hours staring at a screen!




PAMPER EVENING

My favourite way to unwind, relax and spend my 'me time' is to have a pamper evening. Usually once every fortnight, I take an evening to myself and treat myself...

Obviously I had to include skincare somewhere in this post, so here it is! I really popping on a face mask and then following up with a luxurious skincare routine as an extra treat. Some of my current favourite products are the Sephora Face and Under Eye Masks, the Odacite Hydration Serum Concentrate and Ren Evercalming Face Mask.

I'm not going to lie, most times I opt to watch a few episodes of Gilmore Girls (I've almost finished it!) but when I'm not feeling telly or a movie, I like to sit down with a book. Two of my recent purchases include An Edited Life by Anna Newton (a.k.a. The Anna Edit), which has made me to purge a lot of my products, and The Beauty of Eczema by Camille Knowles - so far it is very interesting. I'll be sure to pop up reviews when I've finished the books.

I'm trying to get into fitness / health a bit more so I occasionally like to do a yoga session. They can actually be so relaxing and leaves you feeling so calm! I highly recommend trying a yoga class if you haven't already.



How do you like to practice self care?
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10 Feb 2019

Products Helping To Grow My Hair Out


Over the past year I’ve been trying to grow my hair and honestly, I’m really surprised at how much it has since! I loved my shorter hair but I would really like to grow my hair so it is a few more inches longer – I’ve not had long hair in years so it’ll be a nice change. Anyway, today’s post includes the products that I’ve been using to help my hair grow longer and most importantly, healthier.

First of all, not using heat on it has been helping a lot. I rarely use my straighteners or curlers and I never ever dry my hair using a hairdryer. This has definitely been helping keeping the lengths and ends really healthy.



A natural product I’ve been using is some good ol’ coconut oil. I’ve written a blog post on how I use coconut oil so feel free to have a read of that here. I love a natural remedy and coconut oil not only smells a-ma-zing, it nourishes the hair and makes a great mask / scalp treatment. I love slathering this on to my roots, lengths and ends and then braiding my hair so the coconut oil can work it’s magic for a few hours, overnight or even all day! It’s a great treatment for any hairtype too.



Next up is the Shea Moisture Leave-In Conditioner. This product looks like it is still brand new because you literally need the teeniest tiniest little bit but it goes a loooong way. When my hair is damp or dry, I apply a little bit of this across the lengths to keep things smooth – plus it smells amazing! Using this in between hair washes makes my hair last a lot longer than the usual 2 day mark. Also, I sometimes apply a lot more of the product as a treatment and again braid my hair so it can soak in.



Another day-to-day treatment is the OGX renewing organ oil of Morocco. I like to apply this on damp hair, especially on the ends, as it just soaks straight into my hair and keeps it healthy and nourished. Damaged ends hinders your hair from growing longer so the healthier you keep it, the better it’ll grow. This looks like a tiny bottle, but like the product I mentioned before, a little bit of this goes a long way too!



Another treatment worth mentioning is the Lee Stafford Growth Treatment. The For Hair That Doesn't Grow Past A Certain Length mask is amazing. As you can imagine, it does what it says on the tin. I use this every few weeks and massage it into my scalp so it can encourage the hair follicles to grow. An easy to use hair mask that does a great job for seeing hair growth results and it makes your hair super soft. I’ve not tried other products from the range but I’ve heard they are brilliant for hair growth too.




Do you have any tips for growing out your hair? Leave them in the comments below!
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3 Feb 2019

Easy Ways To Budget On Clothing



Sometimes I really struggle to save money on things like skincare and make up - come on, you always need one more pinky-nude lipstick, right?! I’ve found that when it comes to fashion, I’ve set myself some rules when I shop around.

Since I’m more grounded when it comes to style and shopping, I thought I’d share my tips and advice so you too can save yourself a little extra and perhaps save (what you probably should be doing) or spend it elsewhere (what you shouldn’t be doing but will probably do anyway).

There’s of course the obvious points such as shopping in charity shops, during sale times and using discount codes / coupons but here are a few more…



#1 Hold a Swap Shop

So we’ve done one of these at my workplace for the past two years and after the most recent one, I came back with SO many nice clothes (some with tags on) and I didn’t have to pay a penny!

Basically you and your colleagues or friends or whoever you are doing this with, bring in your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories (that are in good wearable condition) and depending on the brand, they are exchanged for a certain number of stamps. You can then use these stamps to ‘buy’ other people’s clothes, again priced by stamps depending on the brand.

I’ve popped a key below so you can get an idea!
  • Cheap high-street (eg. Primark) and makeup/skincare = 1 stamp
  • High-street (eg. Topshop) and high end makeup/skincare = 2 stamps
  • High end (eg. Reiss) = 3 stamps
  • Designer items = 4 stamps
It is such a brilliant idea and as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.



#2 Stop buying trend pieces


I rarely purchase trend pieces and would much rather spend my money on basics or classic pieces that will last through many seasons and years to come. Trend pieces are fun once in a while but they go out of fashion and look dated quickly. If you are worried about looking ‘on-trend’, perhaps buy something that’s a bit more timeless.



#3 Create a capsule wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are a great way to a) stop shopping but b) be a bit more thoughtful when pairing clothing together. Capsule wardrobes encourage you to keep pieces that match with as many things as possible in your wardrobe – that way you are maximising your wear.

In turn that decreases your cost per wear, meaning you can invest more into your clothes if you like and also helps with minimising your clothing collection itself. Capsule wardrobes aren’t as limiting as they seem. I recommend trying one if you are in a bit of a rut!



#4 Make sure your new purchases match your existing wardrobe

When buying new clothing pieces, consider whether that new blouse matches more than 3 pairs of bottoms in your wardrobe. If certain pieces of clothes only match one other element, that piece of clothing isn’t going to get as much use and you’ll find that you don’t reach for it as often. Being a bit more mindful with your choices means that more pieces will match and therefore you have more outfits.



So there you go, a few hints and tips on how to save money on style. I find that being a blogger and following other fashion bloggers, there sometimes is a bit of pressure to continuously purchase new clothes and be ‘on trend’. Obviously try and ignore the urge and resist the temptation but you can still like ‘stylish’ without spending silly amounts of money.

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What are your favourite ways to save some cash when it comes to fashion?
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27 Jan 2019

Currently Testing: J.ONE Skincare



When I got sent some products by J.ONE to try, I was SO excited. I've already tried & tested the Black Jelly Pack and loved it so I was very excited to see what the rest of the range had to offer.

If you've never heard of J.ONE, it is a brand that sets out to narrow down the multiple steps in Korean skincare routines by offering multi-tasking products. First of all, I'll take all the Korean beauty I can get because they seem to know their stuff when it comes to skincare. Secondly, using less products in my own skincare regime would be the dream. Their products seem to cover all bases when it comes to some of my skincare concerns too: hydration, smoothing and anti-aging (it's not too early to start thinking about it, even at my age!) They are also formulated for all skin types and are free from parabens, sulfates & phthalates.



The products are now actually available in Boots so if you aren't too keen on ordering online, perhaps you can pop into your local store and see the products in the flesh - also, you can use your Boots points to purchase it!

Anyway, like I mentioned, I was kindly gifted three products so I thought I'd share my thoughts on them after testing for a few weeks now.



J.ONE Hana Cream*

Apparently they sell one of these every 4 minutes - if that isn't a reason to buy it, then I don't know what is! This is an anti-wrinkle cream and yes, I know, I'm only 22 but believe it or not I have forehead wrinkles! I also have smile lines around my mouth and eyes so I'd rather combat what I can now than leave it to when I'm in my thirties.

This cream also claims to target fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity and firmness in the skin - all the good stuff. It also comes in capsule form, which is very unique and unlike any other products I've seen before. One of the ingredients in the cream is the antioxidant, fullerene which absorbs skin-damaging free radicals and essentially protects, plumps & brightens the skin. The hydration comes from the macadamia and sunflower oils whilst the zhimu extract protects and works to give the skin visibly toned & glowy.

Anyway, I've used the capsules a handful of times (trying not to use too much as my skin is quite delicate compared to mature skin the product is essentially targeted to) and they feel incredibly nourishing on the skin. It isn't super heavy or sticky either, make up can definitely be worn on top so no need to worry about using the product in the day time. It just feels really nice on the skin. As for the effects - I haven't seen any results yet but I'm sure after more uses, it'll show.



J.ONE Jelly Pack*

This product is a multi functional primer gel that acts as a moisturiser, anti-aging treatment, mask or primer. Popping this on first thing the morning sets the skin up with plenty of hydration (due to the hyaluronic acid ingredient), a smooth base (hence the jelly like formula) and skin that is prepped for make up (meant to make products grip onto the skin).

The Jelly Pack aims to tackle dullness, uneven skin and dehydration, so that ticks all the boxes for me! The instructions recommend popping 2-3 pumps on your fingers and gently massaging it on to clean skin in an upwards & outwards motion.

I've used this a few times and not only does it feel refreshing, it also makes me feel calm and relaxed. It somehow does everything it says on the tin - hydration: check, smoothening: yep and glowy skin: indeed it does!



J.ONE Black Jelly Pack*

Like I mentioned, I've used this before but I can't get enough! Essentially this is the night time version of the original jelly pack. It has all the same great benefits but works as an overnight treatment to tackle dehydration, uneven skin etc.

The ingredients used in this product have a dark hue (hence the name, black jelly pack) and add several different benefits to the 'sleeping pack'. Black cumin seed tackles skin congestion whilst the truffle, blackcurrant, blackberry, black bee propolis and black pearl aims to combat firmness and lifts fine lines and wrinkles to ensure it is plump and replenished.

Popping this on last thing in the evening simplifies my routine and eliminates the need for serum, moisturiser or any oils. After cleansing and toning, I just pop a few blobs of the Jelly Pack on the tips of my fingers and massage it into the skin. Mornings are a dream after using this because my skin is hydrated, plump and has a much smoother appearance!

If there's one product I recommend purchasing from J.ONE it'd be this one for sure!



Have you tried any J.ONE before? I'd love to know your thoughts! 

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*These products were gifted to me as a PR sample.
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