Thoughts

It wasn’t that long ago that I was writing the first blog post on here; determined and excited, nervous but hopeful I wanted to start a blog to talk about anything I felt like and feel like I had my own little space on the internet.

And then I went back to drama school. Shit happened, life got on top of me and I didn’t want to do anything. I didn’t know what to do with myself except beat myself up in a state of anxiousness and regret. Even on this long summer break I’ve been having, I don’t know what to do with myself. I wanted to make a start on this blog again but didn’t know what to write. Either that or I was scared to put myself out there again. I’d tried and it hadn’t panned out, so I stopped (story of my life).

Anyway, enough with the feeling sorry for myself, I just wanted to kind of explain. But words don’t come naturally to me anymore; they used to. I want to change all of that though. So I’m making a start with this, just to occupy myself.

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The White Shirt: 3 ways to wear it

The white shirt is very popular at the moment, with multiple ways you can wear it; dress it up, dress it down, oversized, fitted etc. I’m a huge fan of the simple white shirt however, as the weather is changing and spring is rearing it’s pretty little head, I thought I’d show you three ways you can put a more feminine spin on your “white shirt outfits” with this beautiful white, bardot style top with pleated sleeves from Zara. I have been lusting over various pieces that are a little more luxe as prices go, and tops are usually something I often like to find at a lower price range, so I thought this was perfect! Although I feel that Zara can occasionally be a little hit or miss, this season I’m loving so much in there but I’d recommend having a look at their website too before you buy – a lot of their pieces don’t look as desirable on the hanger.

I’m really trying to change up my wardrobe this season and hopefully this can give you a little inspiration for your Spring wardrobe too!

The CasualIMG_6909Top – Zara, Jeans – Topshop, Shoes – Converse, Bag – Givenchy

 

The Dinner DateIMG_6617Top – Zara, Skirt – Stradivarius, Boots – Carvela

 

The Meeting/EventIMG_6785Top – Zara, Trousers – H&M, Heels – Louboutin

This is currently in stored  and they have a a ton of other white shirts in different styles  in at the moment so definitely go and check them out if you’re looking for more affordable options.

Here are a few of my other white faves:
Karen Millen
French Connection
Maison Scotch @ ASOS

My Microblading Experience

Guys,

I want to talk about a really exciting experience I had recently. On Wednesday, I took a trip to Peterborough to jump on the microblading bandwagon and get myself a new pair of eyebrows!
I’d been deliberating whether or not to get them done for a good year but for even longer I had always felt as though they didn’t have enough shape to them, particularly the inner corners and I was fed up of constantly having to pencil them in every morning to get my desired effect. I wanted natural looking eyebrows, but fuller and with just a little more structure. Once microblading became a ‘thing’ in recent months and all corners of the online world have gone crazy for it, I started to look in to it more seriously. I found Lucie on Instagram, and I’m sure a lot of you will have heard of her already but her work really stood out to me as the strokes were so much finer than any others. After seeing her work, I was sold and happy to book my train tickets to go up and see her rather than going somewhere in London.

Lucie first used an eyebrow pencil to block out the area she would tattoo in and then we kept checking and measuring to ensure that they were as even as possible and the shape that I wanted. Once I was happy with everything, all I had to do was lay down and relax. The process itself only took about 40 minutes and it was pretty pain free except for a little stinging after; to be honest, we were busy chatting away so I didn’t really notice anything else.  I basically wanted to have as good eyebrow game when I woke up as when I’ve done all my makeup.

So, it’s only day 3 but I am totally in love with them! They look so natural but I definitely still look a lot more put together when I wake up in the morning. As my eyebrows are not naturally symmetrical, I can still see the difference between the two so I may ask her to add in a couple of little strokes to the right one when I go for my touch up, but I haven’t decided yet because I like the fact that one is a little fluffier than the other – it makes it way more natural looking and also isn’t really visible to anyone else (we all study ourselves in more detail than others see us). I have to say, I’m even a lot more confident going out without make up on now and I think it’s because they now shape my face so much better! I’m really excited (and impatient) to see how they turn out once they’re healed and I might do an update if anyone is interested, so let me know if you would.

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Obviously, do your research for a significant time before committing to this and find a couple of places/people who’s work you like and then make the decision but I would recommend the beautiful Lucie to anyone if you can get to Peterborough, it’s only about an hour by train from London King’s Cross so do check her out on Instagram: @lucietilbrook

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Skin Analysis with Elemis

Hi guys! So a couple of week ago I popped to Debenhams, Oxford St. to have a skin analysis with Elemis. Over the past 6 months I’ve noticed quite a change in my skin and I have been on the hunt for some new skincare that’s going to really nourish my (nearly) 24 year old skin. I honestly believe that having a good skincare regime is so so important, especially when you’re at an age where prevention of ageing is key.
I sat down with the lovely Adeline who used the Elemis Skin Lab to photograph my skin and identify what I needed. Elemis use a high tech camera that takes numerous photos of your skin to identify any dark spots, UV damage, wrinkles, pores etc. It was clear from this that my skin was very much combination and also quite dehydrated; I also needed to combat breakouts and congestion around my nose and chin. I was glad however, to see that I have no sun damage despite being a bit of a sun worshipper (always use an SPF on your face!). Alongside all of this, I had gone in knowing that I wanted skincare with anti-ageing & brightening benefits, especially a good eye cream because I cannot deal with the possibility of lines right now. No thank you.

Adeline recommended two different categories of skincare – Dynamic Resurfacing & Pro-Collagen Anti-Wrinkle. I also picked up a 7 day course of the Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules which she advised me to use for the first seven days in order to rid my skin of any toxins, give me a boost of anti-oxidants and allow my skin to absorb the skincare more effectively. You get 7 morning capsules and 7 evening ones which you use after cleansing before your moisturiser. I LOVED these, whilst I did find that the first few days my skin felt a lot more oiler, after this my skin felt hydrated, radiant and plumped. I have to say though, that this is definitely a result of using all of the skincare together. However, I would suggest giving the capsules a go because they were all the nourishment my skin needed, particularly during the winter months.

I would absolutely recommend popping down to your nearest Elemis Spa Pod (they’re in most department stores I believe but don’t hold me to that!) and having a Skin Analysis if you’re unsure of your skin type or wanting to revamp your regime.
Over the past 2 weeks I have noticed such a difference in the brightness of my skin and it’s no longer dry wooo! I’ll definitely be changing up some products after a while as I like to shop around, however, I would suggest trying them out! If you want a full review on any of the products or a skincare routine then let me know – I kind of want to make a youtube video about it but still unsure about it. Let me know if you’ve used any Elemis skincare and what you thought!

Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash £30
Rehydrating Ginseng Toner £22.50
Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment £42.50
Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules £65
Pro-Collagen Marine Cream £80
Dynamic Resurfacing Night Cream £95

Elemis also do ‘Your New Skin Solution’ sets which allow you to try products without having to commit to buying full size of everything.  Your New Skin Solution: RESURFACE £55

Current Favourites

Unlike the past few years, in recent months I’ve been more of a creature of habit than anything else and to be honest with you my beauty/skincare regime has pretty much included the same products over and over. That being said, I have discovered a few holy grails which I haven’t been able to live without.

Omorovicza Cleansing Foam – I first purchased this back in July and I haven’t used anything else since.Whilst I don’t have particularly dry skin I find that foam cleansers tend to dry my skin out and leave it feeling tight. This little beauty however, doesn’t do that at all. Instead it leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed but nourished at the same time. I loved this in the summer but it’s also served me well into winter although the balm from this brand is next on my list to try now that we’re well into the colder months.
Origins Clear Improvement Mask – I hated this when I first bought it so it stayed in my drawer, however, after months of congested skin I dug it out and started to incorporate it into my routine rather than once in a blue moon. Honestly, it’s a lovely mask; whenever I use it, my skin feel clear and clean and it’s definitely made a significant improvement to the congested area around my nose.
Pixi Glow Tonic – After much hype, I decided to cheat on my beloved FAB Facial Radiance Pads and try out the Glow Tonic. I would say if you’re starting out with acid exfoliators/pads etc then I’d still recommend the FAB pads but once you’ve got used to them, give this one a go. I find it’s stronger on my skin which I’ve definitely been needing recently and each morning I wake up to bright skin!
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator  – I LOVE Aesop moisturisers and this one definitely didn’t disappoint. After using the Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream for years, I wanted to change it up a bit and get myself a moisturiser that was a little more suited to the colder months. I’m always wary of creams that are too rich for my face so the lovely lady at Aesop in Liberty told me to the try this one before the cream which was richer. It’s a really good choice for those of us who tend to get a little oily out and about.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla I bought this in August and although I try to change up my under eye concealer, I keep going back to this. It really brightens up my eyes, even on those “I couldn’t sleep until 4am and I’ve already had 4 cups of coffee” days.
L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic – This is a daily recent addition to my makeup bag but I can’t get enough. My lashes look long, full, black and full without getting clumpy. Oh, and it doesn’t smudge either 🙂
Escentric Molecules, Molecule 01 – My life at the moment, isn’t complete unless I smell of this. I bought myself the small travel refill an age ago and finding it hard to wear anything else so I got the large one for Christmas. I love to smell of perfume so not being able to smell it on myself is sometimes annoying because I like to know I smell good but I have so many compliments daily that I figure I have nothing to worry about! The beauty world and his dog have been wearing this for a couple of years now but if you haven’t tried it already – Order. It. Now.

Hello 2017

2017, you have come around way to fast. Whilst everyone else is shouting about what a good year 2016 was and how 2017 is going to be even better, I’m over here still trying to work out how I feel about the past year and to be honest with you, I barely remember half of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve achieved some big things over 2016; I splurged on an incredible holiday to New York, I quit my job to go to drama school and I spent nearly 2 months in Spain lying on a beach. Sounds like a pretty good year, huh?

I’ve recently been feeling a little down and really determined to pick myself up and make this next year worth talking about; starting this blog is step one. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I want to share my journey so I hope you like it!

Warning: Be prepared for makeup, shopping, fashion, travel, food etc 🙂