FASHION: A/W Boot wishlist

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

It's September so it is acceptable to start shopping for our Autumn/Winter wardrobe... or at least start looking at whats out there on offer! I usually spend most of the colder months in ankle boots, so naturally they would be one of the first items I would start looking around for! The other week when I was browsing the beauty section on the House of Fraser website, I decided to continue to browse through other departments and start book marking a few bits and bobs I liked the look of. Before I knew it I'd bookmarked a fair few footwear choices so it made sense to share them with you in case you were in the market looking for some new ankle boots for the upcoming months

As you can see I've gone for some classic styles and then some other curve balls like the open toe boot from Miss Selfridge. There's a girl who gets the same train as me in the mornings to work and she always wears boots like these, Over time they've grown on me and now I would like a pair! I also would like to experiment with boots other than the colour black! So the Dune Pander boots ended up being bookmarked, as they are a really nice burgandy shade which I think would look great paired with a classic pair of black skinny jeans or even with little tea dresses and tights. I am a low heel or flat boot kind of gal, so they would be perfect for the upcoming months! I'll probably end up buying a pair in October after payday!

Much love, 

BOOKS: September 2016 TBR

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

This month I am on a mission to get going with reading again. I've got slack these past few months and now I am pretty behind on my 2016 reading challenge, so September is the month I am going to try and make up for not getting though much recently! If you read my posts last week you will know that we are going on holiday this month so I am hoping a week of lying by the pool will enable to me to get some serious reading time in. The following 3 books are ones that I definitely want to read during September. So fingers crossed I achieve that!

To all the Boys I've loved before - Jenny Han.

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

I picked this up in a charity shop (another 95p special!) Everyone needs a little bit of chick lick to read poolside! I remember this doing the rounds online when it first came out and I believe it had decent reviews. It's one I think I will fly through while on holiday. The text is quite big and spaced out aswell, which usually is an indication that I'll read through it releatively quickly. 

 A fortunate age - Joanna Rakoff

Living in crumbling Brooklyn apartments, holding down jobs as actors and writers and eschewing the middle-class sensibilities of their parents, graduates of the prestigious Oberlin College, Lil, Beth, Sadie, Emily, Dave and Tal believe they can have it all. When the group come together to celebrate a marriage,anything seems possible. But soon the reality of rent, marriage and family will test them all. For this fortunate age can't last for ever, and the group must face adulthood, whether they are ready for it or not. Sprawling and richly drawn, A Fortunate Age traces the lives of the group during some of the most defining years of modern America - from the decadence of the dot com boom through to the sobering events of September 11 and the trailing years that followed - this brilliant, ambitious debut novel perfectly captures the hopes, anxieties and dreams of a generation.

I thought this would be quite an interesting read considering its based about the realities of becoming an adult and the obstacles you may face. More so as it is based around the time of some serious world issues, which I am quite intrigued as to how the author has gone about writing the characters experiences. I will admit I was drawn to the bright colours of the cover because yes I AM SOMEONE WHO JUDGES BOOKS BY THEIR COVERS (sometimes) 

In her Wake - Amanda Jennings

A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips apart Bella's comfortable existence. Embarking on a personal journey to uncover the truth, she faces a series of traumatic discoveries that take her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, where hidden truths, past betrayals and a 25-year-old mystery threaten not just her identity, but her life.Chilling, complex and profoundly moving, In Her Wake is a gripping psychological thriller that questions the nature of family - and reminds us that sometimes the most shocking crimes are committed closest to home.

There's no secret that I love a thriller/mystery and this blurb got me hooked. I was a big fan of Clare Mackintosh' 'I let you go' so I'm interested to see if this book has the same sort of twists and turns as that one did (even though its a completely different author!) If it does I'll be really pleased! It's had quite good ratings on amazon and goodreads which is a positive! This may be the first of the three I get stuck into to be honest! 

What's on your September TBR?

Much love

Beauty: House of Fraser Beauty Event

Saturday, 10 September 2016

This weekend, if you fancy treating yourself to some new beauty bits you need to either get online or head on down to your local House of Fraser as they've got a pretty good deal going on featuring lots of popular brands. Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, NARS & YSL to name a few. Perhaps you need another bottle of  Double wear, you've been eyeing up one of my Urban Decay Naked Palettes or like me, you require a new bronzer to help your summer tan last. HOF should be your go to store. 
Running until the 11th of September House of Fraser have their Spend £50 and get £10 off beauty event, redeemable against a variety of different brands. I've taken full opportunity of this deal in the past when I held a beauty masterclass with fellow blogger Lorna and it's one not to be missed. Who doesn't love money saving especially on the higher end beauty purchases Buy something for yourself and then treat a friend. or just treat yourself to a few new products. For the full selection of products available in this offer just follow this link

The following are a few products  within the deal that I would recommend to you, having used them myself & being impressed. 

The Naked palette is a makeup collection staple. It has a lovely range of shades which are perfect to take you from Day to night. If you want a palette that will provide you with Neutral, bronzey and smokey eye looks then this one has it all. Giorgio Armani Luminous silk is a treat foundaiton for me but god it's good, so good I wore it as my foundation on my wedding day. As it doesn't have SPF in it, it's really good for photographs & comes in a huge variety of shades! Combine the NARS Creamy concealer and you are onto a winner. If you like foundations to be full coverage and not budge all day, ELDW should be your pick, one I am always repurchasing this! NARS blushers are my favourite as they are so pigmented and again, they are available in such a good selection of shades! I've got a few Bobbi Brown products and this bronzer is a new addition, which I am sure I will enjoy using. 

Much love, 

If you haven’t bought a Beauty Blender to use with your foundation yet, why not? That little pink sponge is the answer to the perfect base application in my opinion! Yes it may seem a little ridiculous to spend £16 on a sponge, however it does the job and blends your foundation into your skin like a dream. The once downside to using a beauty blender to apply your foundation/concealer is that it gets dirty rather quickly, therefore it looks a bit grubby sitting in on your dressing table.

I’ve tried many different soaps and cleansers to clean the little pink teardrop, however there is one soap that has come up on top and that is the Dr Bronner Liquid Soap. I bought mine in TKMaxx, however you can purchase it from Feel Unique for the same price I paid which is £8.99. However you can purchase orther size bottles depending on how much you want to pay. It comes in a variety of different scents (I have unscented!) so you’re bound to find one that you find most pleasing.  I also use this soap for my makeup brushes, so worth checking out if you only have brushes to clean too! 

It’s very easy to clean the beauty blender, you just need to follow these instructions;

1.       Soak your beauty blender under the tap, squeezing it as the warm water runs over it (as you would to dampen it before blending)
2.       Take the Dr Bonners Liquid Soap and apply it evenly all over the beauty blender.
3.       Using the same Squeezing technique as you would to dampen. Ensure that the soap is massaged into the sponge thoroughly to ensure all bits of foundation/concealer will be removed.
4.       Add a little bit of water to the Beauty Blender to create a lather.
5.       Continue to massage/squeeze the blender to attack all that stubborn makeup!
6.       Finally run under the warm tap again to remove all the soap, continuing to squeeze the sponge until all makeup has been removed.
7.       Put on the side on top of a towel to dry.

It’s a really easy process and does not take long at all. As you can see above, my beauty blenders are back to their bright selves! To avoid a huge build up of makeup, I try to wash my beauty blender every couple of days. I’ve learnt from leaving the cleaning of makeup brushes in the past that if you do it on a regular basis it makes it A LOT easier to get them cleaner!

If you don't have a beauty blender and want to get one, then you can get one from here. The smaller are actually by W7 makeup, and I purchased them from Peacocks.

You can purchase the Dr Bronner soap here.

What do you use to clean your Beauty Blender/Makeup brushes?

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You know me, I love a good highlight. Powder, liquid, cream. I'm not picky, as long as it gives me that glow I am a happy bunny! My collection is always growing as more and more brands bring out new products, and this month, Mary Kay have launched their Glowing finish illuminating sticks which come in three different shades; Gold, Silver or Bronze - Getting full on Olympics vibes right now!

These illuminating sticks were created for you to either use alone - perfect to add a bit of glow to your tan while on holiday. (Because lets be honest, going mainly makeup free on holiday is the done thing) Or you can use them with your normal makeup to give your skin that added bit of glowiness. The cream formula means they are very easy to apply and can blend well. I alternate between creams and powders all the time. I tend to reach for my cream products in the summer months, so these have landed on my doorstep at the right time!

The gold shade is very gold,with quite chunky gold glitter particles in it. which whilst looks pretty, doesnt suit my skin tone too well. However I like to think of other ways I could use it & i feel it could work well as a cream shadow if I wanted to go for a really gold based eye look.

The Silver shade, isn't as silver as I was expecting, however it is still really nice as it has pink undertones. Therefore its  slightly more on the verge of rose gold than a true silver toned highlight, which isn't a bad thing. I feel it would be a good shade for those with paler skin. Unlike the gold shade there arent any large glitter particles, just pure illumination!

The bronze shade, is a true bronzey/slightly copper shade, which I know would look lovely when I have a tan from my holiday. Again unlike the gold shade, you cannot see any large glitter particles which I like. This one will probably be coming away with me when I go to the Canaries!

These glowing finish illuminators retail at £11 each, which if I am honest, I think is a little steep for the size that they are, However because they are small, it means they don't take up much room in your makeup bag so are perfect for traveling, or throwing into your handbag! Anyone else end up with various products floating around their bag? Just me? These are a nice addition to my highlight collection that I know I will get a fair bit of use out of going forward!

Have you tried anything by Mary Kay? What are your favourite kinds of highlight?

Much love,

Yay, you’re on holiday. You’ve arrived safely, your luggage made it. You’ve had a few cocktails, sunbathed, taken a dip in the pool, everything is great... oh wait what’s that – Your hair is having a moment, it’s going crazy? Monica Gellar frizz? It feels dry? Its gone green?!  Keeping your hair in good condition while on holiday should be as much as a priority as your skin. No need to worry, there are many products out there to help you out.

Make sure to take a leave in conditioner with you. I like to have mine with me poolside too. When I’ve had a dip in the pool (or sea if I’m at the beach) I like to brush through my hair with my trustee tangle teezer Aqua* and spritz some product in. The one I like to use is by Phyto. Their after sunrecovery Spray. Firstly it smells amazing. Secondly it’s a really good product to use throughout the day, as it doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy or sticky. It works to detangle my hair and continue to protect it while out in the sun. I’ve sometimes use this after showering in the evening as a additional treat for my hair.

Another conditioning product I like to use is the Aussie 3 minutemiracle treatment. Aussie have now brought out one specifically for holiday hair! – Woo! Whack this on after your usual shampoo and conditioning routine. Leave for about 5 mins max, then rinse. Your hair will thank you. It will look shiny and feel so soft. You’d never know you’d spent the day on the beach with messy salty beach hair all day.

To keep frizz at bay I use a little bit of Morrocan oil on my hair to smooth any flyaways. When I say a little bit, I really mean the smallest amount! Alternatives would be a serum. I have one in the depth of my haircare drawers by KMS which I may end up taking with me too. No one wants Monica Gellar hair on holiday!

A very inexpensive way of making sure you keep your hair nice and nourished while on holiday  would be to have a tub of coconut oil with you. My Tub is from Superdrug and costs less than £3 Now I would say this is something you could do if you know for  a fact your hair is going to be battling with the elements. It’s not a necessary step  that you HAVE to do, but one I thought worth mentioning. You probably do overnight coconut oil treatments at home, so why not do one while away. Slather your hair with the coconut oil, put it in a bun/plaits (whatever takes your fancy) sleep on it and rinse out the following morning.

When it comes to hair styles, the go to easy ones would be topknot for around the pool or plaits (various kind – oh how I wish I could do a dutch braid) and au natural (With the help of some products) for the evenings. Using tools like curlers/straighteners in the heat are just annoying. On holiday is the time for scrunching up and creating natural waves with the help of a salt spray ( I like to use Bumble & Bumble surf spray), or experimenting with different techniques to create a unique updo. You’re on holiday, have fun!  

How do you tame your hair when away on holiday?

Much love, 

I think you can all agree with me that when you have a tan, you will dress in a certain way to show it off. No I don't mean rocking up in the office after your trip in a tiny co-ord with lots of flesh on display. I mean, we focus more on wearing colours that will accentuate our tans after a week/2 weeks in the sun. The main culprit being white, I always like to save a white outfit for the end of our holiday if my tan isn't as epic as I like, the white dress will help! haha. Or I'll opt for some nice white blouses while back in the office. It's sad but I don't want to return home from a trip abroad and get the whole 'you arent very tanned, did you even go away' comments. Of course I practice safe sunbathing (Have a look at this post to see what sun protection I am taking with me away) but I like to focus on little things here and there which will help make me look super tanned. One of the most simple ways of doing this is to paint your nails coloours which compliment a tan. 

Now I know there are a few brands on the market that actually promote some of their shades as polishes for tans. Models own do this, and you can shop their range here. But I'm not in the market to go and buy some new nail polishes as I have enough in my collection already. So after rummaging through my stash, I've come across 3 different shades from Essie, which will probably be on rotation during and when I am back from my break. 

Essie, Bikini so Teeny was a blogger favourite a few years ago, and rightly so! This shade is a lovely light cornflower blue with a subtle shimmer to it. I've worn this quite a lot in the past, and always had compliments on it! It's one that can work all year around but works especially well with a bit of a tan to your skin.

Essie, Fiji was another blogger favourite. This is a shade I repurchase a lot because it's so dammn nice. Its a creamy pastel pink, that isn't too white so that people ask why you've gone back to tipexing your nails. (Who else did that at school?) Because it is so light it is perfect to paint your nails on holiday, as your tan develops fiji will be sure to show it off. 

Essie, Cute as a button. Now of course when going away (or returning) from a holiday you need to have a few brights on you nails and this shade ticks the boxes. It's a beautiful coral shade that's just bright enough to wow you but not too florescent. This one may be my go to shade for while I am away. 

I find that Essie polishes apply really well and only require a couple of coats for a lovely opaque finish. Sometimes I will use Seche Vite as a topcoat as it dries ridiculously fast, however recently i've been using the CND Vinylux Weekly top coat which has done wonders at keeping my nails chip free for about 6 days - not a complete week but better than other top coats I've tried in the past! I'd recommend it! 

What shade polishes do you like to wear when you have a tan? 

Much love,