Sunday, 30 April 2017

April Loves.

This month seems to have flown by faster than all the other months this year! I'm not sure if that's because I've been working on trying to finish up my dissertation, or because it feels like I haven't taken a break in weeks - but I know I'm looking forward to next month when everything is handed in and I can relax a little more. 

I've been loving lots of new skincare this month, but I'm going to give two products a mention in my favourites as I need to try the rest for a little longer before they make the cut! Firstly, the Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream has been so incredibly hydrating and soothing as an overnight intensive moisturizer. For my body, I've been applying the Antipodes Jubilation Hand & Body Cream to soothe the dryness. It smells divine and has my skin feeling soft and supple so I do recommend having a look at the body cream range from Antipodes. I wrote a whole review featuring these two gems, so you can read more about how lovely the texture and results are of both of them in this post

I'm including a couple of haircare favourites as well this month - I mentioned The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil has been perfect for adding some extra conditioning to the ends of my hair. It's so affordable and the tiniest amount goes a really long way, and I really do notice a difference after using it. I've also become a huge fan of the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - it certainly lives up to the hype, although I'm not sure it justifies the price tag. Saying that, if you're looking to add some volume and texture to your hair on days when it's looking a bit limp, this is your product.

For makeup, I have been reaching for the same products over and over again this month (I haven't had time to switch things up with the stress of my dissertation deadline looming!). The NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Alhambra and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara have been on my eyes all month. They work perfectly together for a light bronze eye with lots of lash. I also reviewed the Primark P.S... Bronze Highlight & Glow Kit earlier this month, and in that I mentioned that I had been using this palette every single day that I wore makeup. That has definitely carried out throughout the rest of the month and I know that I'm going to love using it all throughout the summer too! I'll leave a link to the full review here so you can see more thoughts and swatches.

Just a couple of non-beauty favourites - firstly, I'm so glad I managed to get my hands on this beautiful Anthropologie Geode Rose Quartz Coaster - isn't it beautiful?! And it makes such a gorgeous blog prop. I've also been wearing my new Jewellery Box* rings ever since I received them, and I'm loving the stacked silver rings look for summer!

What have been your April favourites this month?

*products gifted by Jewellery Box

Thursday, 27 April 2017

My Favourite Places To Purchase Jewellery.

After publishing this post on my new jewellery box find, I got asked lots of questions about the jewellery I keep in it. As I mentioned in that post, I don't own a lot of jewellery and I'm only just getting into wearing it more often - but the pieces that I do get, I know I'll love for months and years to come. Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite places to shop for pretty jewellery pieces:

1. Anthropologie - this is probably the most expensive I get when it comes to jewellery. I usually come to Anthropologie for beautiful statement accessories and pieces that are a bit more unique. As you'd expect, the price is a little steeper, but the quality is stunning. 

2. Urban Outfitters - I've been shopping for jewellery in UO for years now. It was always one of my first choices to find affordable pieces that were slightly edgier and interesting. When midi rings first got popular a few years back, UO was the first place I checked - and sure enough, they had a huge selection to choose from. I still have the gold ones I purchased back in 2012, and they feature in so many blog photos! 

3. Jewellery Box* - I'm very new to Jewellery Box, but ever since I first browsed their website, I wondered why I'd never shopped from them before. They have a huge selection of different jewellery, ranging from affordable to ones that have slightly higher price points. I chose to get this gorgeous white gold diamante band, and this sterling silver plain band - the quality of both of these pieces are gorgeous, and I can't wait to try more from the brand in the future. 

4. Accessorize - a classic when it comes to jewellery. They always have beautiful seasonal picks, from simple to statement, and for every occasion. The Z for Accessorize line came out a few years ago, I've been totally smitten with everything in that line too. Definitely worth checking out for high quality, affordable jewellery that lasts really well over time.

5. Oliver Bonas - I love shopping at this store for several things - homeware, gifts and jewellery. They have some stunning styles which are both on trend and classic at the same time. I've just had a peak at some of their current selection and I'm already spying several bits that I want to add to my collection!

Where do you like to shop for jewellery?


*products gifted by Jewellery Box

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Styling A Trench Coat For Spring.

styling a trench coat

I don't usually write much about fashion, but if there's one thing that I love, it's the classics. I love flicking through style books that show how fashion has evolved through time and watching old movies to admire the wardrobe on set. One of my ultimate favourite pieces in my wardrobe is a classic beige trench coat. It's actually only recently that I've paid more attention to what I buy, and although I'm all up for fun, affordable pieces from Primark, I prefer to invest more in the pieces that I know I'll be wearing over and over again for years to come. Saying that, I don't quite mean I can afford to splash out on a Burberry - as much as I'd love to, it's not possible for a while. However, I've found a gorgeous beige trench coat* from Jack Wills, so I thought I'd share three ways I'm styling it for Spring. 

One of my most worn ways of wearing a trench coat is which a classic tailored shirt, some dark wash skinny jeans and pointed flats. There are so many variations of this pairing that it looks different every time. You can switch up the colour of jeans or switch up the gold accessories for silver ones, depending on what suits your personal style. I find that a fun way to tie the look together is through pointed shoes, and so I have a variety of different styles of this shoe in my wardrobe. I often buy mine from Zara, as they often have a brilliant selection and they last well too.   

A trench coat doesn't just have to be styled casually - it works great with business formal wear too. I love how sleek monochrome colours look underneath the beige, it really seems to tie the look together beautifully. I've opted for pointed black heels as I'm all about the pointed toe to elongate my (very short) legs, and the simple black and white stripes on the blouse keep it looking bold but elegant. Styled with a black bag and some subtle accessories, it's the perfect look for when you want to look formal and stylish.   

This look is the most fun, and I love how many colours there are! The red and white breton stripe is my new favourite shade combination, and paired with the ruffle  sleeves and shoulder detail, this blouse is one of the cutest I've seen. Boyfriend jeans have been in for a few years now, and they work perfectly underneath the trench, especially paired with some fun coloured mules. Mules have come around in a big way and there are so many different patterns and styles, from velvet, to fur to embroidered fabrics. 

There are so many more ways to style such a classic piece but these are three ways that I'm loving for Spring. I don't usually write too much on fashion, but let me know if you liked this type of post and I'll see if I can create some more style-related content!

What are your key style pieces for Spring?

*this post is sponsored by Jack Wills

Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Spring Beauty Wishlist.

All the Spring sunshine is making me so excited for the summer, and that includes splashing out on some gorgeous new beauty bits to pamper myself with throughout the season! I wanted to share a handful of gorgeous items that have been sitting on my wishlist for most of the winter, and I know I won't be able to resist getting some of them for much longer.

Starting with skincare, the Pixi Double Cleanse is a serious contender for when my current cleanser runs out. I love the concept of double cleansing and this makes it incredibly simple - plus I've been hearing such good things about it! I've been seeing product from Verso all over Instagram lately and I'm really intrigued by their products - this facial serum is what caught my eye first, it looks incredibly luxurious and hydrating for dry skin. It's also designed to help minimize pores and even out the skin tone which is always a bonus. The Oskia oils are a serious splurge but I know I want to invest in one soon, they are raved about by everyone I know who has tried them and I want to hop on the bandwagon to see if they work for me too. L'Occitane also have some amazing beauty gift sets* on their website which I've been eyeing up recently too. I love the sound of this Sweet Cherry Blossom Trio (and isn't the packaging just so gorgeous?!). 

Speaking of pretty packaging, the Jo Malone Bath Oil in Pomegranate Noir would look so pretty on the bathroom shelf! I've been resisting purchasing it for myself because it feels like the kind of product that should be gifted, but I'm not sure I can hold out much longer with this one. I haven't tried this particular scent from Jo Malone but it seems to be one of their best-sellers so I have high hopes! 

Makeup-wise, there are a few beautiful pieces that have been incredibly popular in the beauty community over the past few months, and yet I still haven't tried them. The NYX Angel Veil Primer paired with the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation sounds like the perfect lightweight summer base - or for something a little more full coverage, I've been eyeing up the Becca First Light Primer and the L'Oreal True Match Foundation. Of course, with summer comes lots of bronzer, and this Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer seems perfect for the job. 

I saved a couple of my most favourite beauty releases until last - the Benefit Galifornia is the latest shade in the Benefit blush box range and it looks absolutely stunning. After swatching it in store, I know it will be the perfect warm coral peach blush shade for the summer. I'm torn between that or the Nars Narsissist Unfilterd II Cheek Palette which is possibly one of the most beautiful blush palettes that Nars has ever released. I've been seeing it all over social media and I'm tempted... (I feel like the caving will happen very soon!)

What's on your beauty wishlist this season?

*this post is sponsored by L'Occitane

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks.

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks Review

Makeup Revolution have been the centre of so many controversial debates on whether or not they are taking 'duping' too far. In all honesty, I was just excited to see some pretty lipsticks for drugstore prices, so I didn't think twice about picking up a couple to try. I ordered them both from Superdrug and they arrived really quickly (as with most order from there), so I thought I'd share my thoughts on them for today's post. 

First up, I'm going to say straight off that it's best to go and pick your shades in store for these. The website really doesn't show the colours accurately at all. Although the shade names lined up, the colours I ordered looked totally different in real life than what I expected - and for this reason, I'm stuck with two shades that really don't seem to compliment my skin tone and hair colour. 

That aside, these are some really pigmented lipsticks. They have an incredibly creamy formula which is borderline slippery, so you need to definitely pair these with a lipliner if you're wearing them for long periods of time. They aren't matte - in fact, they're actually quite glossy, so you get a very full pout which I do consider to be a good thing. 

The first shade I chose was the Revolution Renaissance Lipstick in Awaken - this is a gorgeous peach shade with heavy orange undertones. It definitely does not work with my complexion (I have a light-medium skin tone with warm undertones), but for someone with cooler toned skin, I can see this looking really lovely. The second shade I picked up was the Revolution Renaissance Lipstick in Lifelong. This is a rich rose shade with terracotta undertones, again, a shade that would far better suit cooler skin tones than mine. 

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks Review

Saying that, there are twenty shades to choose from. I think I managed to pick two that didn't work for me, but I know I'll be looking at the rest of the shades in person next time I'm in Superdrug. It really is an intensely pigmented lipstick that looks gorgeous and applies smoothly - and for the £4 price tag, it definitely does a good job competing with other drugstore lipstick brands out there. 

Have you tried these lipsticks?

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Luminous, Dewy Skin Picks.

Luminous Dewy Skin Picks

With Spring weather finally shining through, I'm all about super light bases, tinted cheeks and glowing, dewy skin. I think most of us enjoy a good bit of highlight, but I always find myself reaching for glowy products even more when the sun's out! In today's post, I thought I'd share a handful of my favourites that I know I'll be reaching for all season long:

Becca Backlight Priming Filter
This product is a holy grail for me. I love wearing it under pretty much any foundation, particularly my trusty NARS Sheer Glow. It boosts radiance, luminousity and blurs out imperfections to give the perfect dewy skin base under makeup. I have been wearing this everday without fail and a little pump goes a long way!

Beauty Pie Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer
I feel like the Beauty Pie buzz has fizzled out a bit but I'm still really enjoying the bits I picked out from their range. This liquid luminizer is incredible mixed in with a light foundation to boost your glow. It's also lovely on its own as a soft gel-like highlight which you can blend onto the high points of your face like you would with cream highlighter.

Luminous Dewy Skin Picks

P.S... Bronze Highlight & Glow Kit
I already posted a review on this product last Thursday but it's so beautiful and I've already used it every single day since I purchased it! The palette comes with four giant pans of smooth, buttery powder highlighters that blend seamlessly onto skin to give an intense golden highlight. I'll link my full review of this gem here so that you can see swatches of just how stunning they are.

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle 
This one is an oldie but a goodie. I wrote this post earlier this week and it reminded me how much I don't use this highlighter enough. It's a lot softer than the Glow Kit, but it's still very glowy and gorgeous - it gives more of a luminous glow rather than a golden sheen. I've put this back in my everyday makeup bag so that I reach for it more this summer, especially on days where I want some champagne shimmer. 

What are your favourite glow-getting picks for the Spring?


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Bloggers Made Me Buy It.

I think it's safe to say that most of my beauty purchases are a result of spending hours reading blog posts and lusting over the stunning photography that other bloggers have put together with their reviews (honestly, half the magic lies in the photography - if a blogger can photograph it well, the product is half sold to me!). So, when I looked through my makeup collection, it wasn't that hard to find several products that were bought from being swayed by other bloggers. This style of post has been quite popular over the past few years so I thought I'd put together a few of the more 'splurge' purchases that have definitely been due to reading far too many blog posts... no regrets.  

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
As you might have guessed from the number of posts featuring this brand, Antipodes has quickly become a firm favourite of mine. Their skincare products are gorgeous and the reason I first thought to try their range was because of all the blogging hype around this mask. With my skin needing all the moisture it can get, I thought I'd take the plunge and give it a whirl... and I wasn't disappointed. This has definitely taken one of the top spots on my skincare shelf.
Would I recommend this? 100% yes. It's the perfect mask for dry or sensitive skin types, gorgeous and nourishing with some pretty instant results. I wrote a longer review featuring it here. 

The Ordinary Skincare Alpha H Arbutin + HA
I only tried this brand out recently and it was purely because everyone on my Instagram feed had posted gorgeous pictures of the beautiful pipette bottles in all their glory. They are such cute little products and the friendly price point makes them even better. I wrote an in-depth first impressions of the products I picked up here, but this particular serum is one that I saw and knew I had to try. It is formulated to target hyper-pigmentation which is exactly what I needed, and for £8, I really couldn't put off purchasing it and giving it a go.
Would I recommend this? I'm really enjoying this product so far but I think it's better to try it out for  a longer period of time (so I can see the full results) before I recommend it. 

Zoeva Rose Golden Eye Brush Set
I've been a fan of the Zoeva makeup brushes ever since I started blogging - in fact, one of my first ever blog posts was a review of the rose golden brush set. I had been eyeing up the newer volumes of brush sets that had since been released and all that rose gold meant that I couldn't resist. Lots of bloggers featured them in Valentines gift themed posts and I think that's when I realised I had to splurge (or as I put it, invest).
Would I recommend this? Yes, yes, yes. Here's my review explaining why. 

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle
Do you remember when this was in everyone's beauty hauls, makeup bags, monthly favourites? I managed to avoid the hype then but when this highlight made a big come back at some point last year, I couldn't resist. It's a stunning icy champagne and I know it's going to last me ages (the pan is huge). I do really enjoy it, but I must say - I always forget to use it. I find myself reaching for palettes like the Sleek Solstice Palette or the P.S... Glow Kit more often than this. 
Would I recommend this? There are lots of more affordable highlighters out there, but if you really love Mac, this is a great one to have in your collection. 

Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat
Ah...the really pricey blush. This definitely wasn't a spur of the moment purchase, I put a lot of thought into paying as much as I did. The shades are gorgeous too and I wanted the perfect one. The real reason I ended up buying this was because of the hype around the Hourglass Edit palette in 2015. I own that palette as well and it's so well loved that I knew I wouldn't regret splurging on the full size products. Hourglass is definitely a quality brand and I really believe that their blushes are some of the best out there.
Would I recommend this? Absolutely. These blushes are some of my all time favourites - not a week goes by where I don't use an Hourglass blush at least three to four times! 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
Is there even a point to writing how much I was totally smitten with the swatches and photographs filling my Instagram and Twitter feeds back in February?! This shade is one of the most stunning lipsticks I own, and without focusing too much on the gorgeous packaging, the formula itself is smooth and beautifully matte. It's not drying on the lips, which I love, and the pigment of the lipstick is strong and stunning.
Would I recommend this? Definitely. I love this lipstick so much that I did a giveaway featuring it as the prize. I don't know if this is limited edition so get it whilst you can!

Mac Lipliner in Whirl
The buzz around this product was around the same time that Kylie Jenner's makeup selfie broke the internet. It caused a huge craze for the brown toned nude lip, and I hopped right on to that bandwagon. I'm all for a strong dark nude, I think it looks so classy and chic, not to mention it suiting so many different skin tones. The formula of this lip pencil is definitely my favourite. I reach for this shade the most, even to this day - it works with lots of different lipsticks and helps keep the lip line tidy and perfect for hours.
Would I recommend this? I do think this one is worth this investment. I've tried lots of drugstore lipliners, and there are some really good ones out there, but none that match the Mac formula for me.

Diptyque Candle in Baies 
I think 80% of beauty bloggers have owned a Diptyque candle at some point and I think that pressure got to me a little bit lat last year! It's such a basic blogger prop but I love how minimal and clean it looks in photographs. That aside, the scent range is absolutely heavenly - of course, Baies is the one I went for (surprise, surprise), but I've since burnt several others from the range and I love each and every one.
Would I recommend this? Despite what you see taking over your Instagram and Bloglovin' feeds, think long and hard about investing in an expensive candle. Yes, they are lovely, but they are pricey too, so if you're looking to buy one, make sure you get the perfect scent! But if you are on the hunt, this brand has a brilliant selection to choose from.

 What products have you bought on blogger recommendation?


Thursday, 13 April 2017

The P.S... Bronze Highlight & Glow Kit.

If you watched my mini Primark Instagram Haul on Monday, you might have seen this P.S. Bronze Highlight & Glow Kit featured on there. I did give some initial thoughts and first impressions, as well as swatches but I wanted to dedicate a whole post to this product because I'm thoroughly impressed. I know that I've only been using this kit for three days, but unlike skincare products, with makeup I usually know if I like it or not after day one. I totally adore this kit - and I know I'll be reaching for it a LOT this summer, and this post will show you why...

We should probably get this out of the way first - it is definitely a product heavily inspired by the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits, except only a fraction of the price. The ABH kits are £39 or more, whereas this little kit from Primark is £4. Seriously, I'm not joking. £4. Now of course, even at a price that affordable, I wouldn't say to expect less from this kit - it definitely is a beautiful palette that rivals the higher end brands. The price just makes it even sweeter. 

Just like the ABH Glow Kits, there are four shades in a square flip lid palette. The pans are incredibly large - I don't own the ABH Glow Kits so I can't compare, but I have seen them in Sephora and I think they're pretty identical, if not the same size. The shades are slightly different, but stunningly pigmented and smooth as silk. Super impressed.

The shades names are all to do with summer - Sunbeam (an icy vanilla), Siesta (soft rose gold), Sundown (warm peach gold) and Pool Party (antique gold). The shades seem to have an equal smoothness and formula across the palette, I haven't had any issues with patchiness or fading. The highlight is strong so (like the ABH highlighters) this kit is not for the faint-hearted! I also wanted to mention that this palette would suit all skin tones - the shades are really versatile. I like using the top two pans for highlight, and the bottom two pans for a gorgeous bronzed smoky eye. For deeper skin tones, the bottom two pans would work beautifully as a warm, strong highlight throughout the summer. 

All in all, if you have a Primark near you - get your hands on this palette! Highly recommend, it's such a steal! 


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

My New Jewellery Storage.

I've never been a huge jewellery wearer, but the few pieces that I do own never really had a proper home. Don't get me wrong - I love a good trinket dish, but with my collection of trinkets slowly expanding, it didn't seem practical anymore. It was time to find something larger to hold my favourite jewellery pieces. 

I did have a few criteria that needed to be filled whilst on the hunt for the right storage. I wanted the box to have compartments, but not excessively so, otherwise it all just gets a bit complicated. I also wanted it to be clear, just like my makeup storage, because that encourages me to wear the jewellery more often. And of course,  it had to be pretty. It was going to be on display after all!   

So...I was browsing Oliver Bonas a couple of weeks ago and that's when I found the perfect box. Medium sized, gold framed, glass panels with a mirrored base. What made it even sweeter was the student discount I got to apply on top. Voila! I had a beautiful new place to store my trinkets. The box has four compartments, three small ones and one longer section for necklaces/watches. The finish of the metal is lovely, a lightly burnished gold with no harsh corners or any signs of unevenness in the frame. The mirror is perfect - it adds a touch of modern glamour to the box without making it look tacky. There is a little gold chain which attached the side to the lid (essentially, preventing the lid from shattering when you open it). The box also has velvet underneath, so that it doesn't scratch any surfaces, and it also won't slip. 

The jewellery box is available in two sizes; medium and large. I went for the medium size because I felt it looked a little cuter! The medium size is priced at £28 and the large size at £35. I also picked up this beautiful matching tray to house my most used skincare products (post coming soon)!

How do you like to store your most worn jewellery?

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Four Ways To Find Inspiration For Blog Posts.

Finding inspiration for your blog posts can be really hard sometimes, especially if you're experiencing writer's block (which can happen more than you'd think!). In today's post, I thought I'd share some tips on how I tackle this and find inspiration to keep writing content that I love:

1. Reflect on your most popular posts.
Taking a look back on what your readers found most interesting can often give you an idea of what they like to read. You can use this to style and write a post which runs along the same theme. For instance, if your lifestyle posts tend to be more popular, then think along the lines of your most popular lifestyle posts and create some content inspired by that.

2. Do your research.
Social media can be a good thing. There are lots of ideas and inspirational topics written about on social apps. Sometimes a tweet can trigger a post idea, or a photo that you see on your Instagram feed can inspire the way you take your photography for your next post. Take some time to scroll through these apps to draw out some inspiration for what you might want to write about.

3. Read, read, read.
Reading is probably the most useful and important tip I can give you. I have stacks of magazines, coffee table books, and general reading material that I flick through when I'm stuck for ideas but I want to write. This usually helps spark a starting point and I work from there. Also, reading your favourite blogs helps a lot. I often find that seeing other bloggers posting amazing content inspires me - of course, there's a difference between being inspired and copying, so be be wary of that. You always want your own content to be original and special to you.

4. Take a break.
Sometimes you just need to step away from your screen and do something non-digital for a while. I like getting some fresh air, cooking a meal or having a pamper - sometimes just the label on a product during a pamper evening can inspire me! Or perhaps start a new show on Netflix, there's inspiration everywhere if you make the effort to look for it.

What are your favourite ways to find blogging inspiration?


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Two From Antipodes.

I'm on a bit of a skincare roll this week with my blog posts! As you know, one of my April Goals was to revamp my skincare routine and make it work for my super dry skin. I've been trying out a handful of new skincare products and, most recently, I've fallen totally in love with Antipodes skincare. I know I'm incredibly late to the party - Antipodes has been around on blogs for aaaages. It's a bit more pricey but I thought I'd take the plunge and give a few products a try.

I've mentioned my utter love for the Aura Manuka Honey Mask throughout February. That was my first ever purchase from the brand and it definitely encouraged me to try more. I still use that mask at least once a week to calm down any redness and boost hydration. Since trying that product, I've bought a couple of other skincare treats that I've seen around on several blogs and YouTube channels - one is a night cream, and the other, a body cream. 

The Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream has to be one of my absolute favourites, and I've only been trying it for just over a week! It definitely lives up to its name - very nourishing, hydrating - and it immediately feels like it's doing the work, you know? Skincare products that manage to do that are total winners in my mind. It smells very fresh and calming, so I love to apply this right before bed so that it helps me get to sleep. By morning, my skin is softer, plumper, nourished and quite radiant. It's a pricier night cream so I'm definitely anxious for when this jar runs out... but it's a total must-have already for me. 

The body cream I picked up was the Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream... I'm all about the nourishing skincare right now, can you tell?! This (again) smells absolutely divine. The packaging is gorgeous as well - a giant metallic green squeezy tube the allows you to dispense exactly the amount of product you want before applying. I like using this after exfoliating in the shower. It sinks in instantly and keeps skin soft for hours afterwards. The scent lasts a while too, and it's such a lovely one that I definitely don't have a problem with that!

Overall, I'm incredibly impressed with the bits that I have tried from this brand and I'm keen to try more when my bank balance allows for it! Please let me know if you'd like to see more reviews like this if I try more from the brand.

Have you tried anything from Antipodes skincare?
What else would you recommend? 


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Trying Out The Ordinary Skincare.

If you follow me on Instagram (cheeky self-plug: you totally should if you don't already), you might have seen me talk a little bit about The Ordinary. I purchased a few things from the brand on ASOS and unboxed them in an Instagram story a few weeks back - and since then, I've been trying them out to see if they're as good as they're hyped up to be. The price point of the brand is honestly what makes it so easy to buy so much - even though I only picked out three things, I had to restrain myself from getting everything they had on the website. Each product is priced between £4-£9, which is incredibly affordable for such high quality skincare products. I picked out a primer, a serum and an oil, with the hope of getting a good general idea of the range without buying it all.

The High Adherence Silicone Primer was the most affordable out of the three, priced at £4. It's a gel textured primer which blends easily into the skin leaving a demi-matte base for your foundation to adhere to. My first impressions are that it's definitely a decent primer, especially for the price point. I prefer glowy primers like my favourite Becca Backlight Priming Filter, but if you're a fan of simple no-nonsense primers - this would be perfect for you. 

I also chose the Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA - a serum which claims to visibly reduce the look of spots and hyper-pigmentation (both serious issues for me). So far, I have been enjoying using it but I haven't noticed any serious difference yet. I use it morning and night after my cleanser and before my moisturizer - but I'm going to keep at it for a few more weeks as I'm sure this one will take time to start showing results.

The last product I picked up is a total dream, and I couldn't believe the price when I saw it. It's 100% Organic Cold Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil, perfect for healthier skin and stronger hair. It's incredibly lightweight and it doesn't feel greasy or heavy on my fine hair - it adds a lovely soft sheen and keeps the ends nice and moisturized. This was £8 for 30ml which I was seriously impressed by, and the product itself has become a total staple in my haircare routine! 

 If you couldn't tell from the post, I'm really keen to try out more from the brand!
Do you have any recommendations?

Sunday, 2 April 2017

April Goals.

It's the fourth month of the year already! 
Here are four goals that I'm setting myself for the next thirty days:

1. Sort out my skincare routine.
I've reached a point in my course of Accutane where nothing seems to be hydrating my skin enough and I really want to fix this. I'm going to take April and use it to find some new skincare products that help combat dehydrated, flaky skin - if you have any recommendations, please let me know!

2. Complete my dissertation.
The last hurdle until my degree is over! I need to work extra hard this month as it's the last piece that I have to hand in, and I want it to be extra good. I know this has been on my goals list for the past couple of months but that's how long it's taking to get everything together before my deadline in early May!

3. Appreciate every single day.
There's lots of different things going on in my life right now, some of which I'm choosing to keep offline for the time being. However, I do know that things are going to get pretty hectic once university is over, so I really want to take time and make the most of April whilst I can.

4. Pack up my flat.
With university coming to an end, it's time to pack up and go back to London for a little while. I've really loved living in Exeter over the past three years and it will be a bittersweet feeling when I leave it for the last time!

What are your goals for April?

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