My haircare saviours

Beauty

I have been super lucky to be approached by a wonderful haircare brand, Percy & Reed, and I shall be working with them for the whole year which is super exciting! Each month I will be sent different products to try out and photograph. For me, I personally love just being able to take photos of products, testing them out is just an added bonus. Before this I had only ever tried one of their products which came in a subscription box, now I have a whole selection and could not be happier!

As you can see, the team at Percy & Reed have been super generous and I LOVE receiving these like parcels monthly.

So far, favourite has to be the overnight recovery, this is a hair mask which you can leave on for hours and hours. I tend to do mine every Sunday when I wake up if I have no plans for that day. I then let it work it’s magic the throughout the whole day. What’s great about this mask is that you only have shampoo your hair, no need for conditioner, so it totally speeds up the whole showering process (especially when it’s cold outside).

As I havn’t had these products for long I still havn’t had a good chance to try them, although before I went and took some outfit photos, I sprayed on the shine and fragrance spray which 1. smells amazing and 2. it actually made my hair look amazing!

And that’s all I’ve tried so far…

Superdrug’s Hot Cloth Cleanser

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Whilst I was having a browse in Superdrug I came across their own brand of skincare, I’m all up for trying out a cheaper version of more expensive brands so I decided to pick up the hot cloth cleanser which is a dupe for Liz Earl Hot Cloth Cleanser. I have used a sample sized of the Liz Earl in the past, I liked it, but not enough to warrant spending £16 on a product just remove make up.

The Hot Cloth Cleanser from Superdrug was less than £3, I think normally its £6, but there is normally a deal or two on in there.
The cleanser contains kiwi and mulberry to revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone, the coco butter melts into the skin and removes the make up.



I love using this every night to remove my make up, I love the fact you can massage it into your skin and actively see the makeup melting away. I prefer using this to a make up wipe as I find it removes make up a lot more efficiently. Once the formula is massages into your skin, rinse the cloth under warm water and gently wipe away your make up. This cloth is very quick drying which I like as I don’t have to wait hours for it dry so I can pack it away.

So, overall I love this version of hot cloth cleanser, I love the smell, I love how well it removes make up and I love the price. I will definitely be repurchasing a few more bottles of this whilst it is on offer.

Cosy knitwear from Femme Luxe {gifted}

Beauty

Femme Luxe are always so kind letting me pick out some of their clothes, as its winter I decided to get some cosy knitwear to add to my wardrobe.

First up we have this really cute oversized grey polo neck, this is so cosy and comfy it makes the perfect addition to my wardrobe. I love that this is perfect for days at home, lounging around the house but it is also great for work.
I don’t own any polo neck jumpers but I really do love the look of this one.
You can find it here in white as the grey has sold out.


The next jumper is this statement one, it is very similar to the grey, but a little less oversized. I love the colour of this one, it’s unlike anything I own so it’s always great to go a little out of your comfort zone.

You can find it here.
And last but not least is this cute baby pink off the shoulder jumper, this jumper is more lightweight than the other two so I can see myself wearing this for a bit longer as the weather gets warmer.
I think the off the shoulder style gives it a really cute, girly look and the wide sleeves add a very casual effect.
You can find it here.

The ultimate glow from Pixi Beauty

Beauty

On Christmas Eve this amazing surprise arrived from Pixi Beauty, I had no idea it was on its way and I had no idea that I was even worthy of receiving it! But this package in itself is a great way to finish the year off!

The Pixi Glow Tonic has been my go to toner for a couple of years now, I have experimented with other glycolic timers but I always come back to this one. It’s very gentle on your skin but you can definitely noticed the difference when you use it. I find it very good to use when I am having a bad breakout as exfoliates the skin and dries up my spots.

This is a massive 200ml of the toner, which is also personalised! I have never had a skincare or make or product with my name of it before so this is pretty out of this world. I am beyond grateful for this huge bottle of glorious glow and cannot wait to use it throughout 2019.

I want to say a huge thank you to Pixi Beauty for sending me this xx

Starting to scrapbook

Beauty

When I was growing up I always loved to scrapbook and make photo albums of ALL my photos, but along the way I stopped, I stopped being creative and I stopped printing my photos off as I pretty much only needed photos online digitally. This being said I figured towards the end of 2018 I wanted to start scrapbooking and having a place where I could see my photos other than on facebook or instagram.

For Christmas I asked for the HP Sprocket which is a phone printer. It prints out really tiny cute photos which remind me of polaroids. I figured this would be a different way to have my photos displayed, although the paper does work out a little on the expensive side. I also decided to get some photos printed in different sizes from Boots.

I found some really nice scrapbooks from Wilkinsons for only £1.50, so I bought 7 of them! I really love the colours of the front and the size of them are pretty perfect, plenty of room to fit in all my photos.

I then did a bit of Pinterest research and found some other cute scrapbook ideas, I found people using watercolours to make cute colourful backgrounds, so I bought my own from Amazon.



I also liked the idea of using pastel coloured highlighters to add a pop of colour and then write headings over the top.

To add a bit more colour to the pages I found a book full of different patterned paper to create some borders.

Let me know if there are any other cute ways to decorate a scrapbook xx

January Goals

Beauty

I thought I would start a little series on my blog with goals for each month, I figured this would be a good way to give myself things to aim for and try and achieve.

Stop number watching

Number watching on Instagram is my number one thing I seem to have an unhealthy obsession over, I am constantly checking how many likes and followers I have, and I need to stop it! So my aim for January is to decrease it, and not to worry about how many likes photos has, as long as I like the photo I’ve uploaded, who cares?

Plan

As January is a bit of a slow month with regards to getting out and doing stuff, I want to plan blog content and start to plan some trips for their year. That being said I do have a trip to Amsterdam coming up, but I need more!

Scrapbook

I have written a whole blog post about starting to scrapbook and plan on doing a few more whilst I get creative, but I really want to try and stay up to date with my 2019 scrapbook as-well as complete the 2018 one!

Comment more & have captions

Over the past year on Instagram I’ve been so bad at responding to comments and commenting on others peoples posts. So from now on I will respond to all comments on my posts and comment on at least one persons post each day.

I also got into a bad habit of just uploading a photo without saying anything, I’d just use an emoji or a basic title. From January 1st I will actually write something in my caption, be it relevant to the photo or not!

2019 Goals

Beauty

Happy New Year, today is the first day 2019 so I figured I would start with some goals I want achieve over the next 365 days.

Hit 10k on Instagram

Instagram has been so temperamental over the past year with the changes made to it, it has made growing so much harder, but I’m still persevering on and trying to build it up. I’m currently on 7,600 so I think 10,000 followers is a very realistic goal reach hopefully by halfway through the year.

More Fashion Posts

In 2018 I really got into my fashion photography and grew a lot more comfortable in front of the camera rather than behind. I think some of my favourite photos from last year are of photos of me. In 2019 I want to create more fashion posts, be in front of the camera more and be more comfortable taking photos in random locations.

Get more creative

Over the past few months I feel like my photography style has become more creative, but I want to be even more creative. I want to go out and explore and take photos in new locations, I want to buy more props for flatlays and just create more content.

Grow my blog

I’m pretty sure this was on my list last year, but I definitely did not look after my blog this past year, I really neglected it and focused a lot more on Instagram. So in 2019 I will be posting twice a week (at least) for the whole year!

My Year: 2018

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January

In January I visited Bournemouth for one night with my mum as a birthday trip, this is near enough an annual trip for us as we have been going since I was born. I then also decided to have a trip out of the country for my birthday as well and visit Paris with my best friend. We did one day in Disney Land and then one day exploring the city.

February

In February half term my mum and I took a 1 night trip over to Belfast. We explored the city, and it even snowed on the second day.

April

In April my mum and I headed over to Italy, this was pretty much a once in a lifetime trip where I got to tick a lot places of my list including Positano. We visited Pompei, Positano, Capri, Sorrento, Naples. After that trip I went up north to visit my best friend in Manchester for a couple of nights.

May

In May I went to London to visit my favourite cafe, Peggy Porschen where I got super cute photos. I then discover another bakery just down the road where they sold the cutest watermelon ice creams.

July/August

July and August are the busy months, as I work in a school I’m lucky enough to get 6 weeks off during the summer which is great! I went on a luxury holiday to Fuerteventura where I really got into taking outfit photos.

That was then followed by multiple trips to the sunflower and lavender fields and a trip to Friends Fest in Manchester along with a day trip to Cambridge.

I also went on the cutest little picnic with one of my friends and got the cutest photos!

October

In October half term I went to Porto for a little bit of sunshine before winter, I think this is one of my favourite places I have been this years as it was just the perfect balance between city and beach. Once I was home by best friend from Manchester came to visit for 2 nights, this meant heading to the pumpkin patch.

December

On the first of December I went to Arras, France and Bruge, Belgium with some friends from work and my best friend. We had such an amazing time, and got so many photos!

Cosy days in with Femme Luxe

Fashion

I was so very kindly let loose on the Femme Luxe website and aloud to pick out some dresses, as it is winter I decided to go for more of a cosy vibe.

The first dress is one of my favourites, it’s a gorgeous muted lilac, it just reminds me of cosy winter days all snuggled up watching your favourite. The jumper it’s self is quite thin, I don’t like a really heavy knit as I find them unflattering, but as this one is quite thin it really suits me.

The fit of the jumper dress is pretty much the prefect the length for me, I couldn’t get away with it being any shorter and calling it a dress.

Here is the link the dress

This black and white jumper dress is a really cute addition to my wardrobe, for me it is pretty much the perfect length, any one else over 5ft 3 would be wearing this as more of a jumper. But I think this will look really cute with tights and knee high boots and a big warm coat.

I love that the sleeves are wide and the block colours add a little something to the dress making it stand out.

You can find it here

Next up is this over sized sweatshirt, I own nothing like this nor have I seen anything like this in any other shop. I love the fact it’s a long hoody, which is perfect for cosy days.

You can find similar here

And last but not least we have this beautiful snake print shirt dress, I love the style of this dress as you can either dress it up or dress it down and it still looks good. As animal print is all in right now I figured I may as well jump on the band wagon and get in with the trend.

You can find similar here

Thanks for reading xx

Three Ways I’ve Changed My Skincare Routine

Beauty

1.

The first way I have changed my skincare routine is by adding a cleansing brush, the one I have recently been obsessed with is from Magnitone*. I love using this twice a day to completely cleanse my skin, afterwards my skin feels so soft and refreshed. I have found that this has helped greatly with the texture and tone of my skin, and in the most part any scaring from old spots has started to clear up. 

2.

Next up, I have found that using a liquid exfoliator has benefited my skin hugely. I have been using three exfoliating products, the first being Pixi Glow Tonic* which is a toner which contain Glycolic Acid which gently exfoliates the skin to leave it glowing. I use this every night after cleansing and masking.
Another product which is great at renewing your skin is The Body Shop Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel, massage this into to a dry face and your left with loads of little clumps which supposedly is dead skin cells. 
And lastly, the Lactic Acid from The Ordinary is a superficial peeling formula, I really find this helps my skin when I am having bad breakouts as it breaks them down and dries them out. 

3.

Lastly, I have stopped using ‘anti-aging’ moisturisers and started using moisturisers which are more suitable for my skin type, which currently is combination with fair few breakouts. My two top moisturisers for helping my current skin are the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream* and Simple Anti Blemish Moisturiser. These two moisturisers have helped my skin improve a lot as I am giving my skin what it needs currently.

Thanks for reading xx

Winter Beauty Holiday Staples

Beauty

Everyone (including myself) always gets so carried away with holiday staples for the summer, but as I am heading to Bruges next weekend I thought I would share some of my beauty staples I will be taking with me to keep my skin in good condition.

Lip Balm

Lip balm is a necessity no matter what the weather, and my go to is Glossier Balm Dot Com, I find this so thick and hydrating and it either apply it before lipstick so it hydrates my lips or add it after lipstick to create a more glossier effect. 

Red Lip

A red lip is an essential, for this 2 day trip I have packed 3 different shade of red lipstick which may seem a little overboard, but i just love a red lip and want to have options. I just love how a red lip can instantly revive a makeup look and you can go from looking tired and ready for bed to ready for dinner and cocktails.

Hydrating Moisturiser

When travelling it is so important to have a realy good hydrating moisturiser to apply before bed to keep your skin in tip top condition. My absolute favourite for travelling is Glossier Moon Mask, I like to apply this as my evening moisturiser instead of a mask. 

An SPF

Even though its winter it is still highly important to apply an SPF to your face as the sun can still do damage. A lot of the time I incorporate this into my routine by using a Primer or Foundation with SPF in. The primer I use is by Dermalogica SPF 30 and the Foundation is Mac Studio Fix SPF 15.