Brow/Lash Treatment

Fortunately I’ve inherited my Dad’s thick hair, but nonetheless I always find that a little brow and eyelash tint never go amiss in adding a bit of definition to my face.

As well as being ideal for days when you don’t have the desire or inclination to put a full face of makeup on, it’s also handy when time slips away from you and due to an excessive amount of procrastination you’re left with precisely 6 minutes and 42 seconds before you need to leave for work…

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After:

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This treatment tends to last for a couple of months, by which time it does start to fade.

Most beauticians offer it and it doesn’t have to be pricey. I’d encourage anyone who has never tried it to give it a go and see if they notice a difference.

 

July Favourites

Coming at you on time this month!

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  1. Evening walks

I’ve been making the most of the long, light summer evenings. After I’ve been sitting at a desk in a stuffy office all day it’s so nice to fill my lungs with fresh air. I’ve also noticed that I sleep a lot better on the nights I go for a stroll as opposed to when I don’t.

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Unfortunately I don’t live by the sea but I snapped this shot when I was down in Aberystwyth for my brother’s graduation.

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Although I am lucky enough to have the Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey right on my doorstep…

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Spot the hot-air balloon!

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2. Cheska Floral Embroidered Flat Mule 

So on trend at the moment, these were an absolute steal at just £9.99. They’re still in the sale now so you can get your hands on a pair!

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I’ll be truthful, they’ve taken a little bit of breaking in but they’re so beautiful that they’re worth every blister.

I’ve received so many compliments when I’ve worn them, even from a waiter in Jamie’s restaurant of all places!

I’ve also got my beady on these beauties:

3. Flowers

I think I’ve inherited this trait from my lovely Granny; having side-lined as a flower arranger back in the day, she always has a house full of blooming flowers and house plants. When he was alive my also-lovely Grandpa would come home with a bouquet for her at least once a week.

I don’t have anyone to buy me flowers – no problem though – I can buy them for myself!

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Sunflower season is upon us and I’m so happy about it.

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I’ve borrowed these pics from my foodie Instagram as I find they make good props when taking photos.

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Peonies are among my all-time favourites.

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4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My first encounter with this book was during my final year at University. As a language student I studied translation and one week my tutor happened to choose an extract from this very book.

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Ashamedly, even though this book made an impression on me some three years ago, I’ve only just got round to properly reading it.

At the beginning I did struggle to immerse myself in the novel, I think because there are so many characters I found myself losing track of who was who, but I persevered and I’m so glad I did.

I love Ferrante’s style of writing and not only does the story offer an insight into Italian culture at the time but it also delves into the fascinating world of human nature and relationships.

5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter – Original Solid

This product is an absolute miracle worker at soothing dry, cracked skin. After only a few days of use my hands are completely renewed and actually pleasant to touch for a change.

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I will say that I wish I had read the tub properly as I didn’t realise that this was the ‘solid’ version. It is quite hard to extract from the tub and I find it leaves my hands greasy for quite a while after applying it as it doesn’t absorb as well as this more fluid version.

Davines OI Shampoo and Conditioner

I’m always sceptical whenever I read bold and brash statements that include phrases like “life changing” or “miracle product”.

Well, I’m about to do just that…

I discovered this product range entirely by accident after my Mum had been to our hairdresser, Kareen. My Mum is very easily persuaded and tempted and Kareen certainly knows that. Thanks to Kareen my Mum has come home with not one but two tangle teezers (one was a special edition was – so apparently a must have), a sky blue nail varnish, two pairs of straighteners, a hairdryer and countless spray-in conditioners.

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Mum did good this time.

If I let my hair dry naturally then it has slight wave to it -thanks to a perm I had circa 2008. This OI duo smoothes and removes any traces of waves in my hair, leaving it looking and feeling like I’ve treated myself to a proper blow dry.

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It doesn’t smell overly floral or sweet like some hair products do but it has a more subtle, modest fragrance.

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So, it smells lovely, leaves your hair feeling and looking silky and healthy and it’s proven to help your hair dry quicker!

June Favourites

I’m writing this post taking comfort from the famous saying ‘better late than never’. June was hectic to say the least but I’m finally finding more time to start doing the things I love. Well, technically, a slow day at work yesterday meant I had a little spare time to jot these down…

  1. Maybelline Color Show 31 Peach Pie Nail Polish

One big requirement I have for a nail polish is staying power. I need a polish that’s going to withstand cooking, cleaning and more importantly the dreaded washing up.

This Maybelline Color Show ticks all three of those boxes. I had been wearing it a week before there was even a hint of a chip!

*WARNING: if you don’t like feet then look away now!*

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I did plan on taking painting my fingernails and taking some nice, more aesthetically pleasing pictures but my fingernails are not currently photo-worthy in any way!

I love nude colours like this one as they’re understated and will go with any outfit you wear.

I definitely plan on buying more colours from this range, very impressed!

2. Camper Johns

If you like puppies, in particular golden retriever puppies, then let me introduce you to your newest crush.

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His parents are YouTubers Marcus and Kristin Johns and Camper is the newest addition to their family.

If you’re having a bad day or just need your daily dose of cuteness then go and watch their introduction video. I have. Upwards of 12 times – no shame here though.

3:13 and 4:29 are two of my favourite parts.

3. Harem pants

The office I now work in is situated above a KFC and a Thai restaurant. So what with the smell of fried chicken and garlic at 10 o’clock in the morning there’s the inevitable fact of the heat. As we know from physics, heat rises. 34 degree heat (thank you heatwave) coupled with the heat from two commercial kitchens means that we have been working in sauna like conditions.

A few weekends ago, out of sheer desperation, I ventured into H&M and ended up buying shares in their harem pant section. Flattering they are not but cool and airy they are. They may also be slightly see through as on several occasions (unless paranoia is alive and well) I definitely thought people were staring at my nether-region.

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4. Overnight oats

Eating my breakfast al-desko means no time for idly cooking my oats on the stove top *sob*. That being said, with the warmer weather, a steaming bowl of hot oats isn’t exactly appealing. Enter overnight oats. Chuck oats and milk in a tupperware the night before, pop in the fridge overnight and add your fruit/toppings before you head out of the door and breakkie is sorted!

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5. Podcasts

Living alone means silence is an inevitable occurrence. In an attempt to combat it I’ve recently found solace in podcasts of all things. I’ve always been a video/YouTube kind of gal – I still am – but podcasts are perfect for just wanting something to listen to whilst still being able to get on with jobs.

Recently I’ve been loving:

1.At Home With…. by Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton. I love these two, they have such a lovely friendship and they’re just such normal, down to earth girls!

2. S-Town I was glued (in a listening sense) to this one. Such an intriguing story and the main speaker’s voice is oddly soothing.

3. Serial: This American Life  I’ve only listened to the first episode of the first season but I love a good murder/crime/mystery story…

 

Best of 2016

Here’s a little run down of some of the things that stood out for me in 2016.

  1. Lonchamp Le Pliage Large Shopper

I received this bag as a Christmas present last year after seeing them countless times at Uni and now I get the hype because it’s the most useful bag I’ve ever had. Not only is it the perfect day bag but I also find myself using it in the evening too. I carry a lot of things around with me: water, keys, glasses, makeup, purse etc and this bag is just the ticket to fitting it all in. The only downside is that there are no real pockets and as such finding things isn’t always an easy feat.

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       2. Avocado and egg on toast

I know how much of a cliché this one is but for good reason. Delicious and filling, there are so many ways you spice this dish up. Poached, scrambled, fried, boiled egg. Lots of black pepper and salt. Top it with some crumbled feta cheese. The possibilities are endless.

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      3. Pyjamas

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Over the course of the last 12 months I have managed to acquire, not one, not two, not three, but yes, four pairs of pyjamas. 2 pairs are lighter cotton for the cooler months and the other 2 are flannel and perfect for cold winter nights.

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Love the pastel colour of these!

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Both pairs are from Cath Kidston and as I like my pjs to be quite loose I opted for a size M in both. However, on reflection they’re maybe a bit too roomy and I have to roll up the waistband on the bottoms.

I’m a dog lover so these from Joules just scream me all over. They’ve now been reduced in the sale to £11.95!

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Again from Cath Kidston I bought these in a size S but having been through the wash a few times they’re starting to feel a bit cosier.

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You’re never too old to wear pjs with red buses and soldiers on them.

4. Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara 

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For months I had been using Maybelline Masacara Falsies  and I loved the effect it had on my lashes but I started noticing it drop more the later into the day it got so decided to try out a new product. The Benefit mascara hasn’t let me down and I’ve had so many people ask me what brand of fake eyelashes I use… 😂

5. Yo Sushi

I’ve mentioned my obsession with Yo Sushi in a previous post but decided that it had to feature again. During the summer a new restaurant opened up about 10 minutes away from my house so I now eat there on average 3-4 times a month…

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Although it’s not the healthiest option on the menu, the Ebi Roll is my absolute favourite! I can easily have multiple plates and still want more….

6. Yeonmi Park In Order to live

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Originally it was my granny who bought Yeonmi’s autobiography after seeing her being interviewed on This Morning. Gripping, heartfelt and painful, this is truly one of the most moving books I’ve ever read. The suffering and tragedy she has endured is eye-opening and a stark reminder of how cruel humans can be to each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Minute | Christmas Gifts

We’ve all been there. It’s 3 days until Christmas and there are still last minute gifts to be purchased!

For girls:

  1. Accessorize Katie Mini Backpack  £29

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A perfect little bag to use when you don’t have the strength to lug a huge handbag around. Comes in lots of different colours!

2. Urban Outfitters Soft Furry Scarf  £22

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This had me at soft and furry. Such a gorgeous baby pink colour too.

3. Ban.Do But First Coffee Thermal Mug  £16

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If she doesn’t drink coffee people will never know if there’s tea in there ;).

For boys: 

  1. Asos Minimal Detail Watch   £22

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Classic and affordable.

2. Nespresso Touch Travel Mug   £15

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Suitable for hot and cold drinks, this is a great option when he’s on the go.

3. iMuto 20000mAh Compact Portable Charger Power Bank  £22.99

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Equally this would make a fantastic present for a girl as I don’t know about you but I start to panic when my phone tells me it’s on 10% battery….

Christmas Tag | Beauty Edition

I saw this post over on The Lissa Way and loved the sound of the questions, so here’s my attempt!

1. Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skincare routine?

Not wanting to sound like I’m blowing my own trumpet but my skincare routine is just that: a routine. I do the same thing morning and night without fail. I have problematic skin so if I didn’t I dread to think what state my skin would be in, so that’s my motivation to make sure that I remove all my makeup thoroughly, cleanse, tone and moisturise daily.

The only part of my routine that is relatively new and something that I’m starting to do more regularly is applying a face mask. I recently bought the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask after Josie from Fashion Mumblr raved about it in one of her videos. So far so good.

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2. What’s the go-to beauty, makeup or skincare product that you would gift to your family and friends?

Skincare: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads . Even when you think you’ve removed all your makeup these pads still manage to find patches that you’ve missed!

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Beauty: Nivea Hand Cream. They have such a wide range of hand creams but they’re all just as effective!

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Makeup: Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation . This will always be my go-to foundation, it covers anything and everything and stays in place like no other foundation I’ve ever used.

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3. Do you mind gifting high-end products or rather drugstore products to others?

I don’t really base my decision on whether a product is drugstore or high end but rather if I know it’s a good product and does what it says on the tin! I am a stickler for looking at the size/weight of products and comparing them to the price, I think that gives more of an idea about how much use you’re going to get out of it!

4. What are the beauty products you’re hoping to see your Christmas tree this year?

Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm

This product first came to my attention after I found a free sample tube nestled in a Vogue magazine. My Mum and I have been hooked ever since and mine just ran out so I’m hoping it might reappear soon!

5. What is the beauty product you’re dreading receiving for Christmas this year? 

I’m very particular when it comes to beauty products and like to research before I purchase/invest in a new product. As such, I only ever ask for products that I’ve chosen myself so I never receive products that I haven’t pre-approved – that’s the diva in me speaking ;).

6. Are you participating in Blogmas this year? If so, what is the post you’re most proud of so far?

This is my first Blogmas and I’m determined to make it to the 25th December! I wouldn’t say I’m proud of it, but the post I loved putting together was my Christmas Wishlist. It was so much fun pretending to shop with a bottomless budget!

7. Do you remember the first beauty product you received as a Christmas gift? What was it and did you enjoy it?

To be honest, no. I remember that when I was growing up, Body Shop gift sets were all the rage and I stockpiled enough to fill a whole drawer. At that point my Mum gently suggested that we donated to some to a local children’s charity.

8. What mini size product would you recommend as a great stocking filler? 

In my Secret Santa Gift Guide I included the Liz Earle Winter Glow Gift but there’s also the Winter Nourishment Gift which are both under £10 so perfectly priced stocking fillers. Each set also comes with one of Liz Earle’s Pure Cotton Cloths!

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9. Would you rather your friends and family ask you which gifts you wanted to receive or do you like surprises?

This changes for me depending on whether there is something that I know that I definitely want. When there isn’t anything I’ve got my eye on I always ask for them not to needlessly spend money on something that I neither want nor need. I do like surprises but more often than not I always find out the surprise as my Mum isn’t the best at being subtle and keeping things a secret….

10. What is your favourite way to show Christmas spirit through your look or outfit?

Red nails, a red lip and lots of gold accessories!

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