22 March 2017

Re-Focusing



This Camouflage jacket was one that I purchased last summer and to be fair I recall wearing it ALOT. Kind of like the way you can become obsessed with an item and you feel the need to incorporate it into basically every outfit...well that's pretty much what happened. Like a lot of these "fashion phases" of my mine it quickly fizzled out came winter and was pushed to the back of my wardrobe. It was only when one of my friends was wearing hers that I thought I should dig mine out, for its first '2017 outing' now that the weather is getting milder.

On a different note excuse the impromptu (edging towards) 3 weeks absence on the blog and social media- it wasn't intended. But to be honest recently I haven't felt an urge to blog and create content, I think its because I've been creating content for this blog for 6 years now which might come as a surprise. And when you're doing something for that length of time it can sometimes (not all) become a chore to "blog", almost like a necessity because you've done it for so long.

In fact I don't think I've left such a large amount of time between posts before, even if I was on holiday there would still be post going live.  I think also recently I've been busy with uni work and my live music photography work (insta: @c.p.images) , so in these types of circumstances your energy tends to edge more towards things that are going well and your busy focusing on.

Saying that I think it's actually a really good thing to just step back from something (not just blogging) to re-access your "goals" and for me re-focus that energy into creating higher quality content that I'm proud to produce. Because I may not have the biggest following in the world, but the readers I do have I appreciate for sticking with me on this journey. When you've "grown" up on a blog and documented your style since you were 15 years old, stepping COMPLETELY away would bear the resemblance to a "break-up", and that I don't think is necessary. On a side note if anyone would be intrigued to hear about my thoughts on "growing up on a blog" let me know, and I can put something together.

Jacket - New Look - similar | Dungarees - H&M (old-similar) | Boots - ASOS (link) | Necklace - My Sisters Accessories (link)*

3 March 2017

Solar System

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T-Shirt dressed have become a new wardrobe staple of mine for two main reasons: 1) Comfort and 2) It's such an easy outfit to style. Despite the weather not being quite warm enough to sport the dress with bare legs and sandals, I've given the look a "winter update" with over-the-knee boots and a borg denim jacket. And let me tell you for those who don't own a pair of over-knee's you're seriously missing out on keeping your legs extra warm. I'm literally wearing them with everything (and anything) that will look 'good' with them. Longtime readers will know that I have a thing for anything space inspired whether from t-shirt patterns, to metallic "barbarella" fabrics and of course "space grunge". So this t-shirt from The Mountain fitted this grunge inspired outfit perfectly, I cannot wait to sport it when the weather warms up.


T-Shirt - The Mountain (link)* | Jacket - New Look | Beanie - Primark | Boots - New Look

1 March 2017

February Beauty Favourites




With the month of March upon us and those warmer days, and lighter evenings edging closer and closer. I thought I would reflect on a few of my favourite products from the month of February.

First up is a couple of my current make-up go-to's, including this mascara that I picked up from New Look on a whim. To be honest I have never really tried out their recently 're-branded' beauty line, but  I ran out of my current one and this "High Definition Lash Defining" mascara caught my eye. Application wise it's a standard 'classic' mascara wand, but for me I love how it adds a more naturally defined look to your lashes. One thing that surprised me was that the formula is extremely long wearing, but is still easy to remove (I use the micellar water from Simple).

Another make-up product which I have enjoyed using is the Avon Gel Shine Nail Polish in "Barely There". 9 times out of 10 I don't really fuss over my nails, however when I do I love to opt for the more neutral tones and this one from Avon is perfect. It is also fairly long-wearing too (approx. 5 days), which is perfect for people who don't have time to constantly keep topping up their nail polish.

Hair wise this month I've been keeping it simple with using products that nourish and add shine. However the Schwarzkopf Got2b Volumaniac Root Lifting Spray has become a new favourite in adding a touch of volume to my roots. I have thick, straight hair but I often find that no product really holds in adding volume to my roots. Despite this, this product is extremely long lasting, as all you have to do is spray it 15cm away from your roots on damp/wet hair and blow-dry thoroughly-focusing on the roots.

Lastly there's been a couple of skincare products that I've been religiously using this past month. First is the La Roche-Posay Effacer Duo+ which is a firm favourite in the beauty world, and admittedly is a must-have in my skincare stash. I started using the La Roche-Posay Effacular 3-Step Kit a couple of years back as at the time I was suffering from severe acne, and the 'normal' acne range of products were simply drying out my skin.
However this aided in clearing up my acne (NOT drying out my skin) and I honestly cannot praise these products enough! 2 years down the line my skin is completely different and nearly acne free, but this is the one product I still use out of the kit in keeping those pesky zits at bay.

As previously mentioned my skin type has changed over the years from being once an oily/acne faced teen to having more of a "balanced" complexion in my early 20s. With that said I often suffer from dry patches on my face-probably due to the cold weather and changing climates. So I've had to switch-up my skincare routine to using creamier products. This Beauty Kitchen Everlasting Radiance Moisturiser has become a new firm favourite of mine. By both hydrating and protecting my skin, whilst improving its overall appearance.


New Look High Definition Lash Defining Mascara (link) | Avon Gel Shine Nail Polish in Barely There (link) | Schwarzkopf Got2b Volumaniac Root Lifting Spray (link)* | La Roche-Posay Effacular 3-Step Kit  (link) +  La Roche-Posay Effacer Duo+ (link) | Beauty Kitchen Everlasting Radiance Moisturiser (link)*

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