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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Beauty | Autumn Winter Beauty Essentials

A/W Beauty Essentials

It may be September, but apparently, the weather didn’t get the memo, well at least not until yesterday. It is raining, but it's hot muggy rain, not the sort that requires big coats and boots. However, it won’t be long until our skin and hair start showing the signs of cold weather. The constant temperature changes from outside to in, dries out our lovely locks and sun-kissed skin. That’s why it’s important that you update your beauty regime to cater for your bodies new needs.


Leave-in Conditioner

My hair is always on the dry side, years of dying and heat damage has not been too beneficial, also hair with a curl or wave in it tends to need more moisture. I have been using this Paul Mitchell Leave-in conditioner for a while with great results. I find it’s not too heavy for my fine hair, helps tackle the frizz and add shine. It’s important to find the right product for you.

Hair Oil

I apply hair oil to the ends of my hair on the last day before I wash it. Generally, by this point, my ends are starting to dry out, so adding oil and putting it in a bun or a braid, allows it to last another day and gives it much needed moisture. While usually, I use a light oil, in the winter I switch to Macadamia Oil, which usually is too oily and heavy for my hair, but is perfect for preventing winter damage. I only apply it to the ends, but if you have thicker or dryer hair, you could add it to your mid-lengths too.

Conditioning Masks

OK, so this might be overkill, but I find using a good conditioning mask once a week helps make my hair more manageable in the Winter, and adds some much-needed shine.


A Good Moisturiser

This goes without saying really – although in the Winter I like to switch over to Weleda Skin Food – this is a miracle cream. It stops your face feeling tight and makes such a difference in the appearance of the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and glowing. It might be worth adding a wrinkle cream to your regime too.

Gradual Tan

OK, this isn’t an essential unless you just always look half dead – like I do. Oh boy, do I wish I had lovely pale skin, but instead of looking like Dita on Teese or some other Ivory goddess, I look like a Zombie. I should have a lovely olive complexion due to my heritage (Italian and Iranian) but because of my anaemia I just look ill.


Again, exfoliating is probably already part of your routine, whether with a product or a muslin. I find in the colder months, that I need to exfoliate a lot more regularly – the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a powder that you mix with water and apply to your face. It’s great as it brightens your skin by removing dead skin cells, stimulating cell renewal and helps balance uneven pigmentation.

Cleanser and Toner

Yes you are already using some sort of cleanser, I like to use The Body Shop Vitamin E Cleanser and Toner, partly to help treat my scar, but also because vitamin e is known for its benefits for the skin – also The Body Shop Skin Care Diagnostic Tool recommended it to me as part of a tailored skin care plan.

Lip Balm

Do you remember how dry your lips get in Winter? I’ve been a devout Carmex fan for years, but I recently started using this Meraki lip balm (with an SPF15 so can be used in Summer too) it’s smooth to apply and long lasting. Not to mention it smells and tastes DIVINE.

Hand Cream

Your hands are another casualty of the Winter months, don’t let them become sore and dry – I love this Burts Bee hand cream, it’s not too greasy and absorbs quickly – great to leave on your desk at work and apply throughout the day.

Well being

Essential Oils

There are loads of benefits to starting to use Essential oils all year round – but Winter is a good time to use them to stave off illness – I have chosen Lavender as it’s great for aiding sleep, relieving muscle ache, alleviates headaches, reducing stress and anxiety, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems.

What are your winter beauty essentials?
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Friday, September 02, 2016

Lifestyle | Fitting exercise in when you sit at a desk all day

In July I went on a massive health kick, completed Whole30, felt fantastic, lost a stone and got so many compliments. Then I went to Spain, thought I could treat myself and never got back on the wagon. It’s been a disaster.

I will get back to eating better, but my new FitBit has opened my eyes to exactly how inactive I am, trust me, I checked it not faulty. When I am in the office, unless I walk to work and back, I am less active than a child that hasn’t learnt to crawl or walk yet. Safe to say I am definitely not hitting my 10,000 steps.

I know I should go to the gym, but I currently don’t have a membership and with commitments like students, I can't quickly pop to the gym after work. I know once I am home and cooked, I'm not going to go to the gym. I need to join a gym and be more motivated. I guess the struggle I have is that I don’t like going to the gym – the only thing I have ever managed to do is run on a treadmill – because when you are watching TV when you do it you don’t get bored! I also quite enjoy Body Balance and Pump, but finding a class at a time I can go to is harder than you think.

I have always loved dancing and gymnastics. For years I have been talking about taking an adult gymnastic class but never have. Since being inspired by the Olympics (which is really out of character for me) I have finally signed up and hope to start soon – It will definitely be daunting, especially as it is also combined with people who want to learn Parkour. I’ll be the dump 30 year old in the corner practicing handstands against walls while they are vaulting over obstacles, but I just want to learn to do a round-off and go from there.

One thing I have realised the lack of exercise has contributed to is even worse slouching and massive shoulder and neck ache from being hunched over a desk at work all day. I need to do more stretching and work on my posture, so Yoga is ideal – not to mention would help with my flexibility. Furniture Work has put together this really handy #OfficeYoga Infographic which I will be using to relieve some of my aches and pains from your office chair.

Have you got any workout tips for me? How do you stay motivated enough to work out regularly? 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fashion | Three Ways to Wear the Bomber Jacket - Autumn Essentials

With the weather we’ve been having the last few weeks it’s hard to believe we are on the cusp of September, that’s right Autumn is coming. The evenings will start to get cooler and kimonos will no longer suffice as the cover-up of choice. But our snuggly winter coats are a bit excessive, especially in this ‘Spanish Plume’.

Enter the Bomber jacket. My collection currently sits at 4. I have a cute pink floral one from Little Mistress, black and grey ones that came from an ASOS multi-pack (similar here) and the most recent addition is this lovely Khaki Green Bomber from plus size brand Pink Clove. I got the size 16 – which is a perfect fit. I’ve worn it a lot since we got back from our holiday and had so many comments – even hubs wants to borrow it.

The Khaki colour is very on trend at the moment and more versatile than you realise. To show you exactly how versatile, I’ve created 3 easy looks for you to throw on this autumn.

Transitioning with shorts

The sun is still shining, my legs are still making appearances (with the help of Garnier Summer Body) but once the sun starts setting a slight chill starts to appear, so adding a bomber is a great way to stay warm. Teaming the bomber with a cute Bretton Top and Pompom shorts is a great way to take this look from day-to-night.

Casual with jeans

If you’ve read my blog before, you will know I love to keep things casual. I live in my jeans and my Superga trainers. Throw on a black tee, add some jewellery and you have my daily uniform! Most would accessories with a choker, but I don’t think that’s a great look on me. So instead I have my trusty Love Bullet. It’s a great look for running errands or grabbing a quick vodka at the pub!

From dressy to edgy

This dress is a new addition to my wardrobe, from BooHoo Plus, it’s a bit out of my comfort zone, it’s been a while since I’ve been so forthcoming with the girls. This may not be crazy cleavage, but the low cut neckline and the strappy detail makes me a bit worried that I’m over exposed and my bomber jacket makes a good safety blanket or cover up.

Which look is your favourite? I’d love to hear what is your autumn essential is too!

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