Thursday, 21 May 2015

Holiday Wishlist



Now that all of the Summer stock is arriving in the shops, I can't help but start to plan my holiday wardrobe, even though we haven't even booked anything yet! I'm usually more of a fan of Autumn/Winter stock, but this season I am loving so many things.

I'm lusting after everything in the picture above, but top of the list has to be the beautiful New Look printed shorts and matching jacket... they're ideal to throw on with a vest and look instantly stylish throughout the warmer months or for a night time outfit when on holiday, imagine them with a tan and the gold Miss Selfridge sandals and the Next bag, talk about the dream holiday outfit!
The white palazzo trousers from Mango are up there with my favourites too, I've actually tried these on in store and they're so flattering, I think come payday they will be mine. I think they would go perfectly with the lace bralet as they're quite high waisted for a Summer night out with the girls or with a cropped denim jacket and wedges for a more casual look.

Although I'm not too sure if I'm jetting off anywhere warm this year, I can assure you that if I do that blue and white River Island bikini will be mine, it's probably the nicest bikini I've seen all year, it ticks all the boxes for me and it's mega cheap!

What are you lusting after for the Summer season, and which of these bits do I need to treat myself to?!
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit

Contouring is one of those things I continue to work on perfecting... as hard as I try, I still struggle to achieve Kim K's cheekbones, so when I heard Barry M had released a foolproof contour kit, I just had to snap one up for myself and give it a whirl.

The kit comes in a handy palette, with three powders (a light, medium and dark, or highlighter, bronzer and contour) in decent sized pans... I've had no trouble swirling my brushes around the powders, yet the kit still manages to be streamline enough to fit into my makeup bag. Unfortunately there isn't a mirror inside the lid, but instead a step by step guide to help anyone with application of the powders, which I find does cheapen and maybe makes the kit seem more aimed at younger people, however for such a good price (only £6.49) I'm not complaining!

All three of the powders are matte, so with the highlighter you're not going to get any shimmer, but the powder does blend out nicely on my skin and leaves a little bit of sheen to me complexion. 
The bronzer is highly pigmented and a nice warm, mid toned bronze... I was a little worried this would show up as quite muddy on my light skin tone, but I have no problems with blending this out into a nice natural shade. 
The contouring powder is of course darker again, which if not blended out properly could cause problems for paler girls like myself, to avoid this I've been using a fluffy brush and very little product, then adding more as I go, which I find works really well. It's buildable, easy to blend when applied lightly thanks to it's powdery texture and leaves a really natural shadow on the face. 

For an every day contour kit, I would say this is now my first choice, it's all there for you, and you really can't go wrong. For a night time, more dramatic look I would perhaps look elsewhere, or use my usual favourite cream bronzers, however this could do the job, at such a good price this definitely gets the thumbs up from me.

Have you given this kit a try yet?
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Monday, 18 May 2015

5 Tricks For Growing Long, Strong Hair

If I had a pound for every time someone asks me about how I get my hair to grow so long I'd be a very rich girlie! I usually say I'm just lucky to have my hair grow naturally long, but really it does take quite a bit of TLC and attention to maintain the length and to keep my hair strong and healthy. Since having Elodie, I have worked harder to maintain my healthy hair, as during and after my pregnancy I suffered a lot of hair loss and the condition of my hair really deteriorated. 
Everyone knows the usual ways to make your hair grow faster; regular trims, avoiding hair dryers and heated styling tools where possible, not brushing when wet etc... but I'm going to share a few lesser known, natural ways to help encourage hair growth and to help strengthen the hair.

Egg Hair Masks 
You're going to think I'm crazy, but now and again I like to whip up some egg whites and use them as a mask on my hair... It has been proven that this works to speed up hair growth but it also leaves my hair super shiny! If I've got a big occasion, you can guarantee I'm sitting watching tv the night before with egg in my hair!

Hot Oil Scalp Massages
For a homemade treatment, I like to heat up coconut oil, or olive oil with castor oil and have my boyfriend massage it into my scalp around half an hour before washing my hair. I do this every two-three weeks and I honestly think that it makes a difference to my hair. It almost instantly leaves my hair feeling thicker and softer, the vitamins and fatty acids in the oils promote hair growth and the massage itself stimulates blood flow to the scalp as well as removing any product build up which helps to make the hair grow faster.

Rinse With Apple Cider Vinegar
I like to take a bottle of apple cider vinegar into the shower with me once a week, which I apply to my hair after rising out my shampoo. This is a little like the egg hair masks... a bit of an old wives tale, but another that actually works. I started using this after reading that it can help to combat a sensitive scalp (which I have suffered from for years) but now I use it almost of fun! It conditions my hair, acts as a clarifying treatment, prevents knots and tangles and is proven to improve porosity of the hair, therefore helping to maintain moisture and making the hair stronger.

Lots Of Water
I know some people do struggle to drink water, but for me it's the drink of choice...wether I'm adding lemon slices or drinking from the bottle, I go through a few litres a day. It's a known fact that drinking plenty can help clear up skin, but it also improves the condition of your hair and nails by clearing out the toxins in the body. If you manage to change up your drinking habits and replace the majority of your drinks with water, you should notice your hair breaking less as it will become hydrated from the inside, which will help against nasty dry, split ends.

Take Your Vitamins
Many vitamins will come from a healthy diet and will benefit hair condition and encourage growth, I eat a lot of fish and red meats which are known to be really good, but I also like to take multivitamins each day, just to be sure I'm getting all the goodness I need in my body, not only for my hair, but for my skin and overall welfare too. If you want to focus mainly on your hair growth, you need to be taking Biotin and Vitamin D.

The list could go on, but these are my top 5 tips which really work... if your hair is healthy and strong, the growth will follow.

This post was written in collaboration with nicehair.org - a leading hair loss specialist. For more information about health of your hair, advice, reviews of the preventative topical hair loss treatments visit their website.
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