An A/W Clothing Wishlist

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

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I thought it was about time I did another clothing wishlist on here because I'm pretty sure I haven't done one for a couple  of months and there's definitely a few autumn/winter bits that I have my eyes on right now. 

New Look Dark Brown Teddy Jacket - £39.99 / New Look White Celestial Eclipse Slogan T-shirt - £8.99 / ASOS Design Curve Boyfriend Shirt in Mustard and Ivory Check - £25 / Vero Moda Curve Chevron Print Jumper - £28

First up is the Teddy Jacket from New Look which in theory I love the look of and I think if you can pull them off, they look great. I also like that they look super cosy and warm. However, I can't help but think it's a bit Del Boy-esque if you get what I mean. 

Next is a pretty Celestial looking t-shirt which I think would look great paired with one of my patterned cardigans, such as my leopard print one which I've been wearing to death since the weather has gotten colder. I also think the t-shirt would look great paired up with the Boyfriend Shirt in Mustard and Ivory Check from ASOS. I want to get back into wearing oversized shirt because they're a good way to layer up without making yourself look super bulky. 

And I really like the look of the Vero Moda Chevron Print Jumper which has been hanging about in my wishlist on ASOS for a while. I think it's quite pricey at £28 as it looks quite thin, so I'm waiting to see if it gets reduced a little. But I do really like the colours and chevron print.

ASOS Design V Neck Stripe Smock Dress - £22 / Daisy Street Plus Padded Jacket in Ditsy Heart Print - £44.99 / Daisy Street Plus Relaxed Sweatshirt in Vintage Detroit Print - £19.99 / Daisy Street Plus Cardigan in Stripe Knit - £24.99

The V Neck Stripe Smock Dress from ASOS isn't really an A/W dress but I think you could potentially get away with wearing it with tights and some boots to make it look a bit more suitable for A/W. Although smock dresses do absolutely nothing for my body shape, they're so comfortable and you don't have to worry about looking bloated and things like that. 

Next is another hmmm kind of pick because again in theory I love the look of puffa jackets or as Daisy Street like to call it "padded jacket" but I feel like I may look like the Michelin man if I was to put it on. I really like the cute little hearts and I honestly think that's what's pulling me in because if it was a plain puffa jacket, I'd probably scroll past it. 

Something else I've been loving since the weather has gotten colder is sweatshirts, I do love a sweatshirt! I'm actually wearing one that's purposely two sizes too big as I'm writing this and I am feeling super cosy! The Daisy Street Relaxed Sweatshirt in Vintage Detroit Print is simple but nice. I think with the vintage inspired print on the front, it makes it look a lot more expensive. I think at £19.99 it's a steal and it'd look great with a pair of jeans and some nice chunky boots.

I've just realised as I'm writing this that I've got three Daisy Street picks in a row, oops! I can tell I started writing this post late at night. Oh well, nevermind. I'm also loving the look of the Stripe Knit cardigan and I think the yellow would just boost my mood if I was having a crappy day, you know what I mean? It'd look nice with simple printed tees like the Celestial one I mentioned earlier and it just looks like a good cardigan to just throw on and go.

New Look Off White Check Pinafore Dress - £22.99 / ASOS Design Armour Chain Lace Up Boots in Black - £35 / New Look Grey Marl "Be Kind" Slogan Sweatshirt - £17.99 / Missguided Plus Rainbow Pastel Stripe Jumper - £25

I really love the look of the New Look Check Pinafore and I think it looks really nice how it's styled with a long sleeve white t-shirt, I also think it'd look good with a black t-shirt too. I just think pinafore dresses are a good way to layer up in the autumn and winter and also to make you feel a bit girly. I love the look of the ASOS Lace Up Boots but because I have quite chunky legs, I always struggle with buying boots and I don't know if they'd actually fit me. But I'm pretty sure I've seen some wide fit ones on ASOS somewhere and technically they should be wider all over. 

Another sweatshirt I thought looked cute is the Be Kind slogan sweatshirt from New Look. It just looks like a good sweatshirt to throw on and it comes with a nice inspiring message too. Lastly is the Missguided Rainbow Pastel Stripe Jumper which I'm obsessed with. I think I'm going to have to buy this soon to try because it's just my cup of tea. Hopefully it's not a boxy kind of fit because I hate jumpers like that. 

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Bathroom Interior Trends I'm Loving Right Now *

Monday, 21 October 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with Bathrooms Direct Yorkshire Ltd, all opinions are my own-

A couple of months ago I did a blog post all about
Interior Design Trends I'm Loving Right Now and I really enjoyed writing that post so I thought I'd do a post solely about bathroom trends that I like the look of. Most UK bathrooms are pretty bog standard with the essentials and then it's up to you what you do with them depending on your style preference and also what your budget is. We all have different tastes in our house so we've just kept the bathroom pretty basic and it does what it has to do. So in this post I'm talking about both what I like the look of and what I'd have in our bathroom if I could choose whatever I wanted.

Freestanding Bath 
It's pretty boring really but I'd love a freestanding boat style bath just because I think they're really aesthetically pleasing. I'm really into the look of metal baths right now and I think they can kind of be a feature in a bathroom too. I honestly don't know if I would choose a simple white bath or a gorgeous copper bath but either way, I'd love one.

Statement Walls - Wallpaper, Bold Tiles, Marble
Something else I really like is statement walls and I'm not going to lie, if I could do a feature wall in our bathroom, I definitely would. But I think the hard part would be choosing what I actually want. I love the look of bold wallpaper specifically made for a bathroom, pretty pastel coloured tiles and also stand out marble tiles too. I also think you could really "dress up" the feature wall as well, especially if you had it on the wall where you have your sink because then you could choose your furnishings to match the statement tiles. 

Plants Galore 
Not only am I a crazy cat lady but I'm also a crazy plant lady too. I really like plants from succulents, cheese plants, cacti, aloe vera and more. I really like watching them grow and also shocking myself when I don't kill a plant within a couple of months of owning it haha. I am always careful what plants I have in the house though because of having cats because obviously I don't want to make them unwell. But you could always put the non-toxic or less harmful plants closer to the ground such as on your storage unit or in the window and then any plants you're a bit unsure about you could put higher up on shelves... or just buy a load of fake plants to mingle in with the real plants. 

Rose Gold/Gold/Copper Accents 
Yes, I'm one of those people who has been sucked into the rose gold, copper and gold hype and no, I don't think it's going to stop anytime soon. I'm not sure what I would choose for my dream bathroom, I think it would depend on the feature wall choice but I'd definitely have my taps, mirror and lights all matching in either rose gold, gold or copper.

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In Wall Shower Storage
This is probably something which sounds so boring to most people, especially people who live in new builds but I'd love an in wall shower storage area. If you're not familiar then it's basically just a cut out in the wall to store your go-to products. I like how it'd help to keep the shower/bath area tidier but also how it's also a space saver if you have a small bathroom.  

Simple Patterned Tiled Floors
Something else which I love the look of and seems to be all the rage right now is classic patterned tiled floors. From simple squares to geometric shapes, I think it's just enough to make the bathroom look nice and cosy but not super busy. I could see a simple tiled floor working well with a bold wallpaper feature wall.

A "Wet Room" Shower 
This is something that I've wanted for a long time but since becoming unwell with my chronic pain, I want it even more. I'd love a wet room kind of shower and they're not even that much money to buy. I think if we had the spare space in our bathroom then we'd definitely add one in and have the bath and shower separate. Imagine just being able to walk into a shower instead of stepping or climbing in. All of my chronically ill readers will get what I mean.

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A Radiant, Hydrating Duo From ARK Skincare

Saturday, 19 October 2019

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-This post contains PR/gifted items, no paid content. All opinions are my own-
If you've been reading my blog often this year then you'll know I've been really enjoying ARK Skincare. I've tried a selection of their products now and I've loved the majority of them. I also love that they are a cruelty-free brand, their products are made from natural ingredients and all of their products are vegan friendly too.

To prepare my skin for the Autumn, they kindly sent over their Triple Action Exfoliator (75ml) RRP £35* and their Hydration Injection Masque (75ml) RRP £35* which are both from their skinperfector range and formulated for all ages. 

My skin goes a little haywire around this time of the year because it doesn't know whether to stay being it's usual oily self or go more towards the drier side and it also becomes more sensitive too. It's really annoying but it's something I've gotten used to over the years. So in my bathroom cabinet I have an array of skincare for both an oilier skin type and a more drier/sensitive skin type. So the hydrating duo from ARK Skincare sounded right up my street for this time of the year. 

I've been using them for a couple of weeks now and I'm already a big fan. Here's why - 

The Triple Action Exfoliator is the kind of exfoliator that you can tell is doing something whilst using it but it doesn't feel super gritty and uncomfortable. It's on the gentle side and it definitely helps to remove dead skin cells and I can personally see a difference before and after using it. My skin looks more even and brighter which is fab! It's made from physical, fruit acid and enzymatic action to create a smoother skin surface. With a hybrid oil-milk formulation with Abyssinian oil which helps to diminish skin imperfections and promotes radiant, youthful skin. The "grains" in the exfoliator are made from bamboo micro particles which gently but effectively remove dead skin and debris from the surface. The AHA's side of the product is made up from Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon which all help to reduce the appearance of acne scars and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The only slight niggle I have with the Triple Action Exfoliator is that I'm not a huge fan of how the product comes out of the tube because it gets quite messy which is down to the press down lid. 

The Hydration Injection Masque is a muti-vitamin masque which has been made to give your skin a nice hydration boost. ARK Skincare state that you should use it 1-2 times per week as a pick-me-up for tired, stressed out skin. The hyaluronic acid booster drenches the skin with moisturise and provides long lasting protection against water loss. It contains Sugar Beet and Abyssinian oil which both work together to provide you with a luxury skin feel. I really like this masque and I'll go as far to say it's my current fave face mask for when my skin is feeling on the drier side. It's got a gel-cream consistency so it doesn't feel super heavy on the skin and I like that because it gives me peace of mind that I'm not weighing my skin down with too much hydration which then makes it break out or become more oily. It's one of those products that immediately makes you feel as if your skin is going "ahhh" once you put it on. It's calming and refreshing all at once and it makes my skin look more rested and calmer. I tend to leave it on for 10 minutes or so before removing it with a wet warm flannel.

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Hair Products I Can't Live Without *

Thursday, 17 October 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with Melissa Salons, all opinions are my own-
In today's post I'm going to be talking about my holy grail hair care products as well as some hair care tips I've picked up along the way. I've always had quite damaged hair ever since I picked up my first pair of hair straighteners when I was about 11 or 12 (RIP to my hair). After I started using a lot of heat on my hair, every time I visited my hairdresser she would tell me to put the heated hair tools down and give it a break. But because my hair has always been quite frizzy and not "perfect" I'd still attack it with the hair straighteners every day as well as the hair dryer after I'd washed it too.

This continued until I started doing a hairdressing course after I finished school and even though I didn't love doing hairdressing itself, it definitely helped me understand hair more and how to look it after it properly. From making sure you give your hair a break from heat, getting it cut often to make it look and feel healthier, using the right shampoo and conditioner and pointing the hairdryer nozzle down when blow drying to close the cuticles and make your hair feel softer and look shinier.

I also think you should treat your hair to some TLC often because making your hair look better instantly makes you feel better, right? You can do this by visiting a Top Hairdresser in Manchester, popping an intense hair mask on once or twice a week or using a silk pillowcase to try and minimise breakage and any damage. It's kind of like self love but for your hair.

I've definitely found some products that I swear by and repurchase time and time again. I'm always recommending them to my friends and family so I thought it was time I'd talk about them in a blog post as well.

First up is the Umberto Giannini "Milk" Frizz Control Miracle Styling Milk which I've been using for a while now, it must be easily over 18 months and it's honestly so good for my naturally frizzy hair. It smells nice with a light floral scent and it isn't heavy on your hair either so it doesn't weigh it down or make it get greasy quicker. Plus it's super affordable and easy to pick up from Boots. 

I really like the Mane 'n Tail Hair Strengthener* and I like that it's a leave-in conditioning treatment which also protects your hair from heat. Another thing I like about it is that I personally think it smells kind of like Love Hearts sweets and it also lasts for ages even if you use it multiple times per week. I've also been using the Cake Beauty The Mane Manager* recently which is new to the UK. It smells like cake as you've probably already figured out and I found that it works well and reduces frizz.

Lastly is basically just a shout out my all-time fave hair masks which are the Lee Stafford ones. They're affordable, they smell lovely and there's something for everyone. I'm currently using the Keep It Clean Replenishing Mask and I think it's my favourite one out of all of the ones I've tried. The range is aimed at hair that gets oily at the roots quickly. The whole range smells absolutely gorgeous and the mask just makes my hair so much more softer and more manageable, especially when I pair it up with the UG Milk product. I cannot recommend it enough! I tend to apply it to my mid lengths and ends as that's where my hair is most damaged and frizzy and let it work its magic for around 10 minutes.

What are your fave hair care products or tips?

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Transitional Beauty Picks With Fragrance Direct

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

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-This post contains PR/Gifted items, no paid content. All opinions are my own-

In today's post I'm talking about transitional beauty, because around this time of the year our skin decides to change a little which means we should opt for products which are more moisturising and aimed for people with a drier, sensitive skin type. I've also popped a new fragrance in this post which is a bit different to what I usually go for.

I'm already a massive fan of the Rituals Happy Buddha range and I always make sure I have the shower foam in my shower because it smells so nice! Although it's a foaming product which are known for drying out the skin usually, I actually find that it makes my skin feel nice and soft so it's kind of a 2-in-1 product. So when I saw that Fragrance Direct are now selling Rituals I had to pop one of the products from the Happy Buddha range in this blog post. I decided to get The Ritual of Happy Buddha Body Scrub* which has the same sweet orange and cedarwood scent that I love. I find that the scent is uplifting but also quite comforting at the same time. The scrub itself is a sugar based scrub with luxury oils, so it is quite a gritty scrub but the oils counteract that and leave your skin feeling super soft after removing the product. I also think you get a great amount of product for the £16.99 price tag.

Another brand that I've tried a few products from is Love Beauty and Planet and I recently picked up their Delightful Detox Shower Gel* which is infused with Rosemary and Vetiver. You get a whopping 500ml for £5.99 which I think is a steal. I also think the scent smells like something you would find at LUSH. I tend to find that cheaper shower gels all have very similar scent families but this is honestly so different and nice. It's quite earthy but sharp and I think it's a great one to use in the shower first thing in the morning to wake your body up, because let's face it, getting out of bed on a winter morning is a struggle for all of us. I also like that Love Beauty and Planet are vegan, contain no "baddies" and their bottles are recyclable. Adding to that, their scents are made up from natural and ethically sourced extracts and oils. I just think they're a great brand overall and I'm definitely going to try more from them before the year is out.

With my skin having it's weird on/off reactions to certain foods and products (I literally don't know why either) I make sure I always have some sort of calming, anti-redness product in my skincare cabinet all of the time now. I usually use my Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence which I talked about in this post but I thought I would change it up a little and try the REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum* which is priced at £16.99 on Fragrance Direct's website and it's honestly been a game changer. It not only works well at calming my skin when I'm having a weird reaction when my cheeks go bright red and really hot but I've also noticed since using it that my skin hasn't been breaking out as much as usual. I'm definitely going to be picking this up again as soon as I run out. It's also just over £15 less than the RRP on the FD website - bargain!

When the seasons change I like to treat myself to a new perfume and I usually opt for something that has more of a warmer, deeper scent but this time around I've decided to get the Calvin Klein Women Eau de Parfum Spray*. I'm not going to lie, I mainly chose it because I really like the unusual bottle design. It's still quite a woody scented perfume but it's also got floral notes running through it. With top notes of: Eucalyptus Acorns, heart notes of: Orange Flower and base notes of: Alaskan Cedarwood, it's definitely a nice transitional perfume and it's one of those perfumes that doesn't lose it's scent after a few hours.

I couldn't talk about transitional beauty without mentioning a lip balm! I've already noticed my lips have become more drier as we move into the colder months so I've always got one close by. I tend to go between using my Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com or Carmex Flavoured Lip Balms. This time I chose the Strawberry flavour* in the tube but I'm not usually that fussed on the flavours because I think they're all lovely.

Following on from lip balms, the last thing I wanted to mention is lipstick because when it gets colder I tend to sway away from liquid lipsticks because I find that they can be extra drying on my lips so I tend to opt for either standard lipsticks, lip glosses or lip butters during the colder seasons. The Max Factor Lip Butter in Matte Dawn Dew 118* is such a pretty nude that's slightly on the warmer side and is super comfortable to wear. It's also really affordable at £2.49 with a saving of £6.50. I'm really liking it so far!

What products do you make sure you change up when we move from Summer to Autumn/Winter?

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