Sunday, 31 July 2016

Coffee Scrubs? Do they really work...


Coffee scrubs it seems have taken off massively over the past year or so. I mean, come on. Who doesn't want baby smooth skin? Many have all-natural ingredients (a massive plus) and claim to reduce dryness, stimulate blood flow and leave you with skin that is soft to the touch.

I was kindly gifted by Decorus Skincare their "Coffee Skin Scrub with Orange Peel" and I decided to put it to the test. Now, I suffer from extremely dry skin on my arms and back of my thighs in particular. I also have Keratosis Pilaris which results in little "chicken skin" like lumps on my arms and legs. I have to exfoliate and moisturise a LOT to get any sort of smoothness, so I thought I was the perfect person to put the coffee scrub to the test.

I got in the bath and made sure I had wettened my arms and legs, I then took a handful of the coffee scrub and rubbed it on both arms and legs. I liked the feeling of the exfoliant. It was harsh enough to remove dead skin, but soft enough that it didn't make me red or irritated.

After washing the scrub off I got out of the bath and moisturised as normal. My skin honestly felt amazing! The small lumps on my arms and legs had more or less gone and my skin felt smooth and hydrated.

I'm sure that you would have to use the scrub a few times to get a true result but at first glace I really do like it and have seen immediate results.

PROs:
1. Made my skin incredibly soft
2. Harsh enough to exfoliate but soft enough that it didn't irritate.
3. You only need 1/2 a handful per limb and you get a lot of product in the packet, so should last quite a long time.
3. Cost effective - £12.99, and as said before you do get a lot of product

CONS:
1. Not overly keen on the smell. May put some people off but is not a major factor for me.
2. Messy - I made the mistake of doing this in the bath and it was very messy. I recommend doing it in the shower instead.

Overall, I would definetly recommend this product to a friend. The website for Decorous Skincare can be found HERE and the link to the coffee scrubs can be found HERE.
If you have tried a coffee scrub before let me know what you thought of it in the comments :)






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Sunday, 24 July 2016

My Style: Out of My Comfort Zone


     I am a creature of habit. I rarely venture from my "safe" colours of black, white and neutrals. If I do I either only wear one bright item or I look like a hot mess. Overtime I've found myself being stuck in a rut with my style and I want to get to explore what else is out there.

     I saw these trousers a few days ago and loved them! They were different (I don't own trousers like this) and they have a gorgeous blue colour which I own nothing like. I just had to have them. Although when I got home I had no idea how to style them... story of my life. 

      I looked online for some inspiration and discovered that even if you pick just one item that's out of your comfort zone you can style it with items that you're more familiar with. Just like I did here - taking a plain white crop racer top, my favourite Havaianas and my trusty Topshop bag - which you're probably sick of seeing by now...sorry.

     Don't be afraid to try something new, as much as I love fashion at the end of the day it's just clothes (ahh shock horror)! If you don't like something it's fine you can take it off. If you LOVE something new, great you've developed your style!

Top: River Island
Bottoms: New Look
Shoes: Havaianas 
Bag: Topshop





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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

What to Wear to the Airport


Deciding what to wear on the aeroplane for both short-haul and long-haul flights can prove difficult. You don't want to come across as being too under or over-dressed. I've been lucky enough to travel to quite a few places, some countries only a couple of hours away and some 8+ hours - it's key to get that balance between socially acceptable wear (e.g. not pyjamas!) and not being so dressed up that you become uncomfortable.


1. Outwear





Its always a good idea to take a jacket with you on the plane even if you're going to a hot country. This is because all those thousands of miles up in the air, and some air conditioning can sometimes make you feel a bit chilly. A jacket can also double up as a blanket or a pillow.



2. Tops







I always try to stick to something a little bit more exciting on top as I usually keep it super casual on the bottom. But in all fairness, a vest top is perfectly fine. A short sleeved summery blouse is ideal alongside a graphic tee or plain t-shirt. To make it more interesting take you t-shirt and tie a knot at the bottom, it makes your outfit look overall more put together but you can still remain comfortable.




3. Bottoms



Topshop Joni jeans are ideal for wearing to the airport. They have the look of a jean but the comfort of a legging. They enable you to curl up on the plane due to the super stretchy material. Alternatives include, skirts or your favourite pair of shorts.




4. All-in-Ones



Dresses or play suits/jumpsuits can be ideal for wearing on a flight. They're roomy, airy and can be so easy to style. They also are pretty cheap too! You can find them almost anywhere and they don't take that much thought - making them ideal for wearing on either a short or long flight.





5. Shoes



The shoes you wear to the airport MUST be comfortable. Whether it be your favourite pair of trainers or some flip flops, foot comfort is a must, There's nothing worse tha
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

My Style: Niking It Up


It's so common nowadays incorporating sportswear in our everyday style. Whether you enjoy wearing your gym kit 24/7 or like a more subtle approach such as me, the trend is becoming pretty inescapable. Sportswear in itself has taken off, brands such as Nike and Adidas are creating clothing more appropriate for streetwear instead of an intense session at the gym.

Many vintage items are also make a reappearance. Old Adidas clothing is coming back and often selling for big bucks. It's as if we've been transported back to the nineties.
It's great to see how different people style this trend. You can make your outfit appear super edgy or an effortless "cool" look just using a sports branded t-shirt. 

One thing I find with this type of sportswear is yes, it may initially seem expensive for just one item, but that item will last you for a very long time. The clothing often washed well is is extremely comfortable. My Nike sliders, demonstrated in the photos are great on my feet. I don't feel like I'm going to slip out of them yet they still feel soft.

If you don't want to splash out on some of the vintage goods (which can be found in shops such as Urban Outfitters) then why not try a site such as ebay or depop. Most of the time the items are in good condition and you can get a huge discount off of the RRP!












Top: Nike
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: JD

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

My Highlighting Routine


The highlighter game has been strong in the beauty community lately and it's definitely one of my favourite parts of my makeup routine. But, do you know what I hate? Looking at someone's amazing highlight but not knowing what products they've used! So, I've decided to share my secrets so you can glow to the Gods too.

Products I use include:
- Topshop Glow Pot in "Gleam"
- BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in "Opal"

STEPS:
1) I apply the Topshop Glowpot to the highest points of my cheeks using my finger, making sure to blend so there isn't a harsh glowing line.
2) I get a synthetic brush and dip into my BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector. Now as a quick disclamer, the BECCA product is very pigmented so use a light hand for a suble glow! But, I love to shine so I proper get in there!
3) I apply that over the Topshop Glowpot


Left: Topshop Glowpot
Right: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

Topshop Glowpot

Glowpot and Shimmering Skin Perfector


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Thursday, 7 July 2016

My Style: Wake Me Up When I'm Famous





Top: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Primark

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Monday, 4 July 2016

CanO Water Review

*Thank you to CanO Water for sending me their product to try. DISCLAIMER: All opinions are my own

CanO Water is a new innovative brand offering refreshing water, either still or sparkling in a 100% recyclable and reusable can.
At first glance I love the packaging itself. Minimalist black and white cans, with simple writing and all the info you need on the back. You get 330ml of water and the resealing part of the design is foolproof! I also noticed how cold the water and cans were, despite being delivered to me on a fairly warm day. This emphasises the technical aspect of the design and that you can expect a cold refreshing drink wherever you go.
From my CanO Water leaflet I learnt that approximately 8 million tonnes of our plastic waste ends up in our oceans each year, creating major problems for our wildlife and ecosystems and well as creating hazardous situations for animals which live in those habitats. 
CanO Water's promise is to reduce carbon footprints by sourcing and canning the water directly from the spring in Austria. 
The pH level is 7.9, slightly alkali, which according to CanO Water keeps you more hydrated and refreshed for longer.
I can safely say that the water is very refreshing. I am not a fan of sparkling water by my mum assures you that it's just as good as the still water. 
At the end of the day, it is still water. But it's great to see a brand being more eco aware and coming up with a concept which means we can lower our destructing impact upon our environment, which is something I'm always up for supporting.
I love the design, the concept and how cold the water is.








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