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Sunday, 25 June 2017

More Summery Picks

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After the intense heatwave and Summer Solstice this week, there's no doubt that Summer has arrived here in the UK. Only now is the weather (finally!) ebbing away to slightly cooler days as British Summertime settles in.
As such, I've replaced my everyday products with fresh, summery picks - peach-pink blushers, long lasting lip creams and skin nourishing, pampering oils and lotions. Here's a few more summery picks that I've pulled out for the warmer days!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Summer Wishing

At the beginning of a new season I like to compile a wishlist of my favourite picks to sort through and then add a few new pieces to my collection. My list currently includes blush glittery socks, cute velvet flats, floaty summer skirts, dresses and a dreamy west elm desk - that I may have just snapped up for a steal in the sale here!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Budget Beauty, New Additions

Lately, instead of opting for the occasional high-end splurge, I've been picking bit's up here and there from affordable brands instead. I've found a few new beauty gems - staples to add to my routine. I thought that I'd share a round up of my new budget finds - all of which are at under £10 each!

Monday, 5 June 2017

A June To Do List

1. Vote. I believe that it's SO important to vote this month. Understanding policies and basic politics is something that's becoming increasingly important - vital to learn about. I've found tons of information online, even discussions on social media to be a real help (and this is from someone who previously, a few or so years back had little to no clue!). Hannah's post is well worth a read and links to a quiz that helps to match your views with the parties policies if your unsure who to give your vote to, also Fiona's post is a great read if it's your first time voting (or if you need a recap!).

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Four Loves This May

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Summer Beauty Prep

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When the early morning air smells like coffee and strawberries and it's already sweltering hot inside, you know that summertime is certainly on it's way! As such, I've started the summer prep, introducing new beauty picks and products into my routine. 
This year, I've opted for a slightly different vibe/twist for summer - think enchanted woods rather than beachy chic - with a shimmering body oil and a few creamy coral pink lipsticks thrown in for good measure!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Constants In My Routine

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I'm forever sharing seasonal picks, new finds and latest releases - but what about the ones not on rotation?
These are the gems - the constants in my routine. Ones that I couldn't be without!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Cosy Spring Essentials

With hot sunshine one day and a biting breeze the next, I've pulled together a few of my essentials for these indecisive days. 
For an autumn lover like myself, I find that keeping a few cosy comforts helps me through the warmer months - along with keeping in touch with the autumn previews (did you catch Primark's autumn homeware sneak peek?!) Here's five of my must-haves for a cosy spring.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

A May To Do List

1. Treat myself to some lighter pj's for the warmer weather, love this cute set, they look like rain clouds!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Five Loves This April

The brief balmy days have frozen over, bringing winter back with sleet, hail and even snow making an appearance this month! I have to say, I adore the cosy, rainy days - especially for welcoming back comforts like hot drinks, lush baths and spiced porridge again, if only for a short while!
This month seems to have flown by, a mixture of long weekends and busy days speeding up time. Here's five things I've adored this month!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Four Ways With Highlighter

Now that we're well into spring, I'm opting for full on dewy skin - whether it's adding a little radiance to my base, or dusting on an illuminating powder over the high points. I have a few, fail-safe products and textures that assist my quest for glowing skin. Here's four different ways that I like to add radiance and light to my complexion!

Monday, 17 April 2017

A Dreamy Bag & What's Inside!

Powdered pink, classic gold detailing - I just couldn't resist this dreamy bag! It has a high end feel about it - almost similar in style to the Chloe Drew, but unique enough to not be just a copy. And one that won't set you back anywhere near as much! This affordable pick is ideal for weddings, spring lunch dates - or to use as an everyday bag! It's definitely a little more mauve-powdered pink than I expected - it looks more blush on the site, but beautiful nonetheless!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Peachy Cheeks For Spring

Last weekend's mini heatwave has spurred me on to finally part with the last of the winter blusher hues and pull out a few of my favourite peach picks to add to my daily routine. Peach is such a flattering hue, it perks up tired skin giving a healthy flush to my make up - the ideal shade for spring!

First up is my newest blusher - Nars Deep Throat, the perfect spring hue. A gorgeous peach with a hint of shimmer, this complexion boosting blush is my new everyday, go-to pick. Like all Nars blushers that I've tried, it's saturated, has a luxe, buttery texture and blends seamlessly. One to pair with dewy skin, the peach tones help to lift and brighten for a peachy, perky look for spring!

The Hourglass blush in Diffused Heat is such a flattering pick! The combination of dreamy pink pigments with peach undertones and swirls of radiance boosting ambient lighting powder work to create a heavenly glow. It's finely milled texture glides effortlessly over the cheeks for a flawless, polished finish and leaves a beautiful soft focus to the skin. Divine!

Next up is an old favourite, Sleek Rose Gold. A gorgeous coral pink with a peach gold sheen, this beautiful blusher gives a wash of light and warmth to the complexion. Another buttery pick, this silky soft pick imparts an impressive glow - often radiant enough to forgo the highlighter (on the cheekbones at least!). 

The last pick in my spring line-up is the H&M Pure Radiance Powdered Blusher in Golden Peach. This affordable, deep pink/peach blush lives up to it's name - it's infused with shimmery, complexion enhancing pigments which perk up the skin with radiance and light. I usually opt for this on rainy spring days, it gives a gorgeous warm glow and looks so pretty paired with a champagne highlighter!

What are your favourite spring blushers?

Sunday, 9 April 2017

New In For Spring - Beauty & Home

March was abundant with great deals - offer codes and pretty picks galore! I took full advantage of quite a few - I spent my Ndulge points, picked up a few bits in the sales and had a little lush spree too!
It's safe to say that I'm planning on saving up my pennies from now on in April - no more impulse buys!
Here's what I picked up for the new season.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

An April To Do List

Oh April, a month awash with the whirring of lawnmowers, pavements lined with pink petals and if your a pluviophile like me - anticipating the potential downpours ahead with glee.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

A Simple Three-Step Sunday Facial

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Sunday's, for me, are all about keeping things slow, simple and unhurried. After a lazy Sunday spent pottering, reading or binging on Gilmore Girls, I don't normally feel up to doing a full on, multi-product facial routine.
Although, I do still like to pamper - really taking my time with each product, slowly massaging, working it in, whilst still keep things straightforward - using just three choice picks to help my tired skin!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Five Loves This March

With March came the spring equinox, longer, lighter days, delicate pink blossoming tree's and floaty spring dresses trickling into stores again. I thought that I would share five loves this March - five things, that I've fallen for of late!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Seasonal Switch Up For Spring

I adore the idea of switching up your decor for a new season - replacing ornaments and wintry hues with pieces more suited for spring/summer. I thought I would share a few things that I've switched out this year and a few ways to freshen up your home for spring!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring Beauty Picks

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Despite the sudden (and very typical) downpour on the first day of spring here in the UK, the change of season is finally here! The air is scented with cut grass and fresh laundry as people tend to their waking gardens after the long winter's slumber and daffodils, crocuses and tulips spring up, brightening the world again.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Three Hobbies To Try This Spring

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Not just for Autumn/Winter, Spring is the ideal time to knit and to start working on a snug blanket. That way, when the colder months roll round again your blanket will be nearly finished! I've combined stockinette stitch (knit one line, purl one line - love this easy to follow along tutorial) with this gorgeous wool that's speckled with peach, pink and lilac. It's such a cute mismatch pattern, soft, cosy and will look ideal thrown over the arm of my sofa!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Fresh, Spring Lush Picks

As tree's unfold in full bloom, sleepy queen bee's drift in the mild breeze and the first signs of hayfever tickle your nose, it's truly beginning to feel like spring! I take this as an indicator, a green light of sorts to kickstart the spring cleaning - clearing clutter and ensuring that every corner of my home is squeaky clean! Whilst tackling my bathroom, I noticed that my Lush supplies were dwindling, my last sparkly pumpkin a crumbly, sorry mess and a lonely magic wand with the bell missing from the festive season. I decided to take to Lush to spy their new spring collections and to replenish my stash. I thought I would share the pieces that caught my eye, along with a couple of old favourites that always make a re-appearance for me at this time of the year too!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Whatever The Weather

Spring's unsettled weather is one that demands both sunglasses and an umbrella, with lashing rain one day and cool spring sunshine the next, it's difficult to get a grasp on the unpredictable days! I thought that I would share the products that work for me in every season, from autumn to summer, through rain or shine!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Writing Posts, A Few Tips

Writing is something that I've totally fallen in love with through blogging. It was always something that I struggled with the most on my blog, until about a year ago when I set my mind to improving my skills. Styling and photography always used to be my first love when it came to composing a post, but now I love the writing aspect just as much!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Workspace Snippets

I finally have a little space for my new desk and so I thought that I would share a few snippets and desk essentials with you! I've opted for an affordable Ikea desk for the time being, I'm still not used to such a vast space! If anything, the desk is perhaps a little big for me, but It's ok for now, until I can find one a little smaller and with a drawer or two to store my notebooks and paperwork in!

Friday, 3 March 2017

A March To Do List

1. Spring Clean.

2. Pick up new home decor pieces for spring, switch out wintry hues and replace with fresh, airy picks suited for the warmer months ahead!

3. Spend sunny weekends blossom spotting - look out for cherry blossom and magnolias (my fave!).

4. Invest in another Calvin Klein bralette, after umming and arring over these super soft picks, I finally took the plunge and it's safe to say I'm in love! They're SO comfy, I have my eye on this blush pink one next!

5. Work on a dressing area. Now that I've started to streamline my wardrobe I want to create a pretty area that inspires me to wear more. I've neglected my rail since the move and so plan to fill it with blush picks, bags and hats again!

6. Try some Pixi skincare, to help fix my post winter skin - the milky hydrating mist sounds dreamy!

7. Bake. I'm already missing the cosy comforts of autumn and so I'm planning to whip up a spiced cinnamon apple crumble laced with vanilla and drizzled with (vegan) cream.

8. Keep a positive mindset. Whilst spring marks new beginnings, lighter, longer days and fresh blooms, for me it's a reminder that summer's on it's way - I'm truly an autumn/winter girl at heart. I'm throwing myself fully into self care - new hobbies, listening to Ed Sheeran's new album, a little exercise and earlier nights to keep my spirits high!

9. Make fresh tea infusions. With sliced ginger root and a squeeze of lemon - great for anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties and skin benefits. Or steeping fresh mint leaves in hot water to aid digestion, it tastes delicious too!

10. Check out the Essie X Monique Lhuillier range, the shades are SO beautiful - plus, they're made by my dream dress designer! 

What's on your to do list for March?

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Four Go-to Essie Shades

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So far this year, I've been flitting between four Essie shades that I just can't get enough of. These gorgeous picks are pretty much all I've been wearing - they're constantly on rotation! 

Normally, around this time of the year I would reach for pastels or brights but instead I've been preferring to opt for classic reds and muted tones for the lead up to spring. Who knows, I may still reach for bright coral pinks or cool mint hues when the weather gets a little warmer, but for now, I'm loving these classy and understated shades! 

Probably my favourite classic red, Essie Aperitif is a gorgeous, timeless cherry red that works all year round. A suits all shade, this gorgeous rouge is my go-to when I'm not sure what to wear - it's the kind of shade that you can swipe on and instantly feel more put together. One of my all time favourites! 

I'm so in love with Essie Eternal Optimist, a spiced tea rose this pretty pink pick is so flattering on. It's thick, creamy formula is one that I adore - it's lasting and opaque in just one coat (although I normally opt for two). This delicate rosy pick pairs so well with gold jewellery, white tops, black jackets - also it's ideal for brightening up a gloomy day! 

For an everyday shade, Essie Maximilian Strasse Her is the one. A gorgeous muted grey/blue with a hint of mint (depending on the light) this versatile hue compliments the change of seasons perfectly. Another creamy formula, this applies like a dream on my nails and lasts well too!

Lastly, the only real bright in this round up, Essie Fifth Avenue is a divine, glossy orange red - it's so chic! The warm orange tones pair so well with blush pinks, it's a staple guaranteed to last me through Spring to Autumn!

What are your go-to shades at this time of the year?

Friday, 24 February 2017

Asos Transitional Picks

After a huge wardrobe clear out I took to Asos for a little browse, to find picks for the upcoming months and to look for new staples to add to my collection...

I've picked pieces for the transition into spring, warm knits and cute sunnies too! I'm planning on investing on staples that I can mix and match together and that will hopefully last me a while - a striped tee, a cosy jacket and a floral dress to name a few! It wouldn't be an Asos wishlist without a pair of pyjamas or two too, I may have already snapped up this gorgeous satin set!

Here's my winter to spring, transitional picks!


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Five Loves This February

The frost bitten, winter days have melted away briefly as milder weather sweeps in, rousing bee's and causing trees to bloom in it's wake. It's starting to feel like spring, and in this seasonal shift I've been exploring new hobbies, coveting spring style pieces and reaching for dewy, radiance boosting make up to leave my skin glowing. I thought that I would share a few things that I've been loving of late, from books to beauty!

Red & Blush Pink
My latest obsession, I just can't get enough of this eccentric colour combo! I normally pick a warm toned, orange based red and start with something small like a red mani, or lipstick to pair with a blush knit. The Essie Polish in Fifth Avenue is a gorgeous orange red - ideal for a polished mani or painted on in cute heart shaped tips!

Getting Lost In A Book
Whilst Caraval was similar in style to the magical, ethereal Night Circus, it was a little different to what I expected. Despite a few frustrating parts, I was gripped from beginning to end whilst lost in this enchanting read. Mystery, adventure and with a glimmer of darkness, it follows the story of two sisters who enter Caraval, a once a year, week long performance where the audience participates in the show. It tricks, misleads and plays games with the reader with it's twists and turns as you follow their journey through Caraval. With romance, enchantments and whimsy, this compelling read is certainly entertaining! 

Along with scattering fresh blooms, plants and foliage around my apartment, I've fallen for floral and leaf print pieces too. This adorable make up bag is the perfect size to hold my everyday make up and the dreamy Diptyque Rosa Mundi candle has been brightening up my dressing table. I can't wait for tulips, daffodils and cherry blossom to be in full bloom, but for now my home is filled with greenery!

Wardrobe Updates
After a huge clear out, I'm focusing on staple pieces and on creating a more minimal wardrobe stocked with just the things that I love. I adore this cropped blush jumper, it's ideal paired with a-line skirts (similar one to mine above here) or black skinny jeans. These Topshop loafers are another new find, they're chic and so comfortable! 

Nars Make Up
I've always been a fan of Nars, but more and more they're becoming a top contender for my all time favourite make up brand. I'm slowly building up quite a collection, opting for their dreamy offerings on an everyday basis. Nars lip pencils are unreal - creamy, pigmented and long lasting, some of the best that I've tried! I also adore Nars Blushers, Deep Throat is a gorgeous, peachy pick that perks up the complexion! Lastly, I've mentioned my love for the Nars Radiance Primer a few times this month, with SPF35, skincare benefits and peach pink light reflecting pigments, it's ideal for boosting tired, lacklustre skin - how pretty is the packaging too?!

What have you been loving this February?


Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Make Up Reshuffle

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At even a whisper of spring, I get the urge to start clearing out, sorting through and rearranging my home! Starting with my beauty products, I spent a little while this week rifling through my stash, pulling out old favourites, tucking vampy hues to the side and boxing up any unloved make up to send off to give and makeup.

This is my current set up, I've moved around my brushes (storing them in a cute H&M home glass for now), sorted through my dressing table drawer and started to slowly whittle down my stash. I think it works for now! My beloved muji drawers house most of my luxe picks, making it a real treat to reach into a draw and pick up a MAC lipstick or Nars blusher to apply.

floral make up bag

I've packed my everyday make up in this gorgeous floral & leaf print make up bag. It's the ideal size and perfect for on the go. A few daily picks include the Sleek Contour Kit, a handy kit that makes sculpting effortless with it's easy to work with shades, Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polish (this ethereal cream highlighter is unreal!) and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher in Diffused Heat, a radiant coral blush. I've also been using the Nars Radiance Primer for a dewy glow, the Nyx Jumbo Eyeliner in Milk to brighten up my tired peepers and the gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick in Coachella Coral!

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I'm trying to incorporate a little more greenery and foliage around my home, to improve the air quality, brighten up the place and make it feel fresh and new. The Diptyque Rosa Mundi candle fit's in beautifully, it's whimsical scent of rose, bergamot and lychee is divine - how dreamy is the packaging?!

malm dressing table drawer

Inside my drawer I have sections for eyeshadows, blushers and palettes - it's basically an extension of my everyday favourites! I'm looking to replace the white boxes with something a little more sturdy, the muji pots look ideal. It also houses my fragrances too!

I store the rest in my Alex drawers, for now, but I'm looking for a better solution - something practical but pretty! - What do you think of my current set up?

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Winter To Spring, Transitional Beauty

Despite the gloomy days, I've been craving for fresher beauty picks for the slow transition into spring. With snow flurries one day and a hint of spring in the air the next, I've been torn between reaching for berry tones or corals! As the weather marches on in a rather haphazard method, I've settled on a few faves and pulled out some new picks to get me though these ever changing days!

A winter full of tucking my hair into knitted scarves in a desperate attempt to save it from the harsh gales has left my tresses tired, tangled - a dry mess. I often find hair masks quite tricky to work into my daily routine, but the Phyto PhytoKeratine Ultra-Reparing Mask* is a dream! Simply run this nourishing treatment thorough the ends of your hair, massaging in gently before rinsing away well - it's so easy to pop on whilst in the shower and works in just a few minutes! It contains two types of hyaluronic acid and is a saviour for my parched hair - I will have swishy, manageable hair for spring!

For skin, I've retained the rich creams for now (I'm not quite ready to switch to lighter creams just yet!) and added the addition of a silky oil to up my skincare game. I simply mix a couple of drops of the dreamy Oskia Restoration Oil* into my day or night moisturiser for an added hydration boost. Designed to even out skintone, improve elasticity and restore vitality, this divine oil really does cover it all! Alongside this and before applying make up, I've been using the Nars Radiance Primer to provide me with a dewy glow. This instantly perks up my dull winter skin with pearlescent peach pink pigments and along with SPF 35, it also contains plant extract to boost vitality too!

For make up, I've fallen for a new addition to my stash Nars Deep Throat, a perky peach blusher that's ideal for radiant, fresh skin. For my eyes, I adore the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in Jean. A vitamin E enriched, heavenly pick, this shimmery champagne creamy eyeshadow blends effortlessly and brightens up the eye area with it's light reflecting pigments!
Finally, on my lips, I've settled for another gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury find, the Kissing Lipstick in Coachella Coral - a wearable coral pink. I'm all about peachy, dewy make up right now!

Lastly, on my nails I've opted for Essie Maximilian-Strasse Her, a pretty muted grey/blue with a creamy, lasting formula. My go-to when I'm not sure what to wear, it's such a flattering hue!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Adding Metallic Accents

Something that I'm so obsessed with right now, a touch of silver, brass/gold or rose gold can really help to pull everything together in a room. Gold accents, detailing or hardware can give a luxe feel and make an area look chic, pretty and bright. 
I tend to stick to smaller pieces when adding metallics to my home - trinkets, frames, ornaments, think little accents for a pop of colour.

If In Doubt, Start Small
Try adding a gold picture frame, a mirror with gilded edges, or pieces with brass hardware if you're unsure where to start when decorating with metallics. I recently picked up a gorgeous gold rimmed glass from H&M home, it's ideal for storing my Zoeva Rose Gold brushes in or for serving up chia pudding! I also snapped up this dreamy watering can, I love everything from the colour to the design - it's perfect for watering my houseplants! The alabaster bookend with brass inlay makes a great addition to a book shelf too, or try a simple desk lamp to spruce up your workspace!

Match Metallics To Your Colour Theme
For example, warm tones like brass and gold pair well with warmer colours (like blush pink) and cooler metals like silver with mint greens. I find that rose gold tends to work both ways - copper can be quite warm yet some rose golds look quite silvery and so mix well with cool tones too! 
Gold paired with navy or grey is also a heavenly match, along with crisp light, white spaces with brass and marble.

Something that I also adore is metal veined furniture, metallics and wood are a divine match! Pieces that combine oak and brass are my favourite, like this cute side table. The gold/brass hardware is the ideal investment, it's a timeless match!


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Five Instagram Photo Editing Apps

Despite the dreaded algorithm Instagram is still my favourite app (you can follow me here!), I love the platform for sharing snippets, micro blogging and for endlessly scrolling through pretty photos and inspiration on my feed. And with the addition of Instastories, I feel like I've grown to know the people behind the shots even more too!
I'm quite particular with the apps that I use to edit my pics, I've tried a few but these are my absolute favourite for tweaking and editing my photos. My main aim is for bright (but not washed out), crisp photos with a slight dreamy feel to them. These are the apps that help me along the way to try to achieve that look!

Best for filters, this handy photo editing app contains an array of presets to give a professional vibe to your pics with little effort. It's hard to over edit - the filters can be subtle, enhancing and bringing everything together which I love.
The actual photo editing side is a bit of a love or a hate thing, the latest update & scroll slider has made it easier for precision edits, but it still can be a little bulky. I actually love it for editing the brightness, contrast and for tinting and for adjusting the temperature but I tend to save the other bits... extra sharpening and saturation for another app. It's worth investing in a few presets to find your style - my favourites are the C series, H series, S series and A series.

This is my go to app for light leaks, precision edits and for flipping/mirroring my selfies. The light leaks are great for brightening up dark areas in a photo, for adding a dreamy feel and for adding dimension to your pics. The sharpening and saturation tools are pretty great too!

The one for fine tuning and tweaking, the brush tool is ideal for small touch ups and precision editing. You can pinpoint and precisely edit one part of the photo - up the saturation of a lipstick, or brighten up a dark spot. It also has a handy healing tool for blemishes, flecks of dirt or to edit out something small in your pic!

The filters in this dreamy app are so beautiful, I've actually been opting for these over a vsco preset lately. I have the Flashes Of Delight Set, but I'm planning on investing in one or two more, they all look beautiful! I love that you can layer up the filters without having to re-upload, it doesn't seem to effect the quality of the photo at all - even with pics from my dslr!
I adore that this has a curves option, so useful if your used to editing in photoshop/pixelmator - the vibrance tool is pretty great too!

I actually really love the Instagram filters and editing tools! Sometimes I'll layer up an Instagram filter over a Vsco or ABM Colorstory filter, there's a few good picks to choose from. The tools are good for levelling photos, adjusting highlights, shadows, sharpening, altering the temperature and tweaking the saturation.

What are your favourite photo editing apps?

Sunday, 5 February 2017

5 Ways To Boost A Dull Winter Complexion

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The weather is nearly as grim as the news right now. Grey, rainy days mixed with frozen frosts and icy gales combined with moisture sapping heating has wrecked havoc on my skin, leaving it parched, tired and lacklustre. I find that at times like these, I need a little more than just skincare to perk up my dull complexion. Here's a variety of ways that I keep my skin happy in winter..

Reach For Skin Boosting Nutrients
Try to introduce lot's of fresh fruits, vegetables and steer clear of processed, sugary foods and milk chocolate. Choose omega rich chia seeds (try blending them into smoothies or making chia pudding!) and vitamin c abundant foods like pomegranate seeds to produce collagen and boost the immune system, they're great for their antioxidant properties and for their ability to promote healthy, radiant skin! 

Super Easy Chia Pudding with Pomegranate Seeds (glass from here!) - Place 1tbsp of chia seeds, 1 cup sweetened almond milk, a dash of vanilla paste, a sprinkle of cinnamon into a jar with a lid and mix together until well combined. After an hour, give the mixture another stir/shake the jar and place in the fridge overnight. Stir/shake again and then layer chia pudding and pomegranates for a delicious breakfast/snack!

Plenty Of Water
During winter, it's easy to forget to drink as much - a cold glass of water isn't always appealing on an icy winter's day! Try warm, ginger tea for a hydrating skin boost - ginger is anti-inflammatory (great for helping to clear up skin), improves circulation, fights free radicals and again is rich in antioxidants. Opt for herbal teas and make a note to try to get your 8 glasses of water a day!

Facial Yoga
For when your skin looks tired, sallow and lacks elasticity, face yoga or massage helps to improve circulation, release tension and can even help with fine lines. I normally follow along with this routine, or use an oil paired with a Jade face roller. Simply sweep the roller in long strokes working away from the nose - it leaves my skin glowing!

Pampering Skincare 
Rich creams, oils or balms are saviours for dull, dehydrated skin! The Oskia Restoration Oil* is a heavenly, replenishing treat. This lightweight oil glides over the skin, sinks in beautifully and keeps skin plump and hydrated all day. It contains a blend of nutrients, omega rich, anti-inflammatory, healing and hydrating plant and flower oils that work wonders on the skin! Worth it's luxe price tag, it leaves your skin glowing, evens skintone, improves elasticity, restores vitality and tackles fine lines - it covers pretty much all your skin woes!

Radiance Boosting Makeup
The Nars Radiance Primer SPF35 is a new pick that yields impressive results. With added skincare benefits, this dreamy primer contains Evodia Rutecarpa a plant extract (of which the fruits are used in chinese medicine) to promote vitality and SPF35 so you can reap the long term benefits too! The peach pink pearlescent pigments impart a glow from within look, it instantly revives dull skin and perks up your complexion for dewy radiance skin. 

How do you keep radiant skin in winter?

Friday, 3 February 2017

Valentines Gifts To Splurge On

I have such a love/hate relationship with Valentines day - normally I'm not too much of a fan, but I'm totally embracing it this year! Gimme all the Valentines Day nostalgia (despite never getting any secret admirer cards when I was a kid!), cheesy heart shaped cards and romantic candlelit meals! In all honesty, I'm not sure that Alex has got the memo and so I'm sure it'll be the same ol' routine for me this year, I'll rustle up something to eat on the day and we'll exchange cards to mark the occasion!

I just can't get enough of the Valentines themed products right now, each year I eagerly await Diptyque's dreamy valentines day offering (Diptyque Rosa Mundi looks divine!), Lush's cute picks are always worth a look too, here's a little Valentines day wishlist - things to splurge on or treat yourself to!

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