Friday, 29 May 2015

Beige Bandage

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Dress: The Kewl Shop* | Heels: Call It Spring* | Blazer: Choies* | Clutch: Bag

This is one of those outfits that I wouldn't usually put together but I actually really love how it looks on. I would never choose to wear a bandage style or body-con dress on a night out as I don't generally like the style and I also do not think body-con dresses flatter my figure as much as other dresses would. Surprisingly, I am in love with this little bandage number from The Kewl Shop! The quality is amazing. I've never had a dress that feels so thick and figure hugging which complements your curves and sucks you in. You can really tell this is proper bandage style material as some others I've seen over the years look awfully cheap and tacky. These pointed block heels I feel are made for this dress with the Beige colour and contrasting White block heel. I'm so not used to a pointed or strappy shoe but I am starting to warm towards the whole look and think these would look great with a trouser suit. 

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Monday, 25 May 2015

James Read Tanning Products

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I've recently been introduced to a tanning brand I'd never have heard of before called, James Read Tan. I've only become a 'fake-tanner' for about a year now as the thought of applying fake tan scared me as I didn't want to look Orange nor patchy. I got onto the tanning bandwagon when I started by using a gradual tan product and from then I got hooked on the idea of looking sunkissed all year round. For somebody who is of Greek Cypriot heritage, I am so pale which I don't mind as much in the Winter, but who wants to be pale in the Summer?!
I first tried the, James Read Bronzing Mousse* which you apply to a tanning mitt and blend in with sweeping strokes. I have used bronzing mousse's before but I feel this one gives me the most realistic colour to what I would actually get if I was to tan naturally. I do apply a good few layers of this, leaving about half an hour in between applications to get a gorgeous Olive-toned look. This also lasts for a good week before getting patchy so I was really impressed.
Next up is the, James Read Instant Bronzing Mist*. I've never even heard of a bronzing mist so was a little dubious to see how this would look. This is amazing if you want to tan your face as it applies really lightly yet gives a really even coverage. This is my new favourite to tan my face. The Clarins Liquid Bronze has always been a massive favourite of mine also to give my face some natural looking glow.
Lastly is the, James Read Tan Perfecting Enzyme Peel Mask*. This can be used before and after tanning to exfoliate the dead skin cells off of the skin so you can achieve a flawlessly smooth tan. There's nothing worse than patchy tan on the face as it makes you look muddy and dirty which I really cannot stand on myself or others. I love a good exfoliating mask so this works well for me before and during having fake tan on as I feel tan never lasts as well on the face due to cleansing twice a day.
I'd definitely recommend these products if you want to look glowy all summer round as these products create a long-lasting tan and the colour is one of the best I've achieved from any tanning brand I've used!
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Monday, 18 May 2015

Crochet

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Top: Primark | Shorts: Asos | Trainers: Converse | Hat: Topshop

Cue more summery outfits hitting the blog in the next few months, yay! It's definitely getting sunnier and warmer here in the UK (although stereotypically not consistently). This outfit has been one of my favourites to wear and blog for a long time and this crochet top screams Summer to me. Like I mentioned in my last post, crochet is everywhere at the moment both online and in shops and I can understand why. It just has a boho-festival feel to it and it just looks so good as part of summer looks. This fringed crochet number is a little beauty from Primark believe it or not. Primark does actually have quite a few crochet pieces at the moment which caught my eye. I wasn't really sure how to style this top but with these new ASOS shorts I bought a couple of months ago I think they make a cute combination. I love a 'mom' style short; they look so Nineties and these ASOS ones do look pretty authentic. To add an element of colour I thought my Pink Converse's would complement nicely but keep the overall look casual and effortless.
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser

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I have added this little addition in to my skincare routine in the last couple of weeks and wanted to review this product as it's something I was skeptical about trying but also so excited at the same time.
I hadn't really thought of Rodial as a skincare brand that I would buy into as I usually prefer the natural, scientific looking skincare brands such as, REN for example. However, I went on a few occasions to different SPACE.NK. stores on trips when I was in London and spoke to the consultants regarding a few skin issues I have recently had. One of them being how dehydrated my skin was currently and even using my trusty Oilatum Natural Face Repair Cream was really not working for me anymore.
A few of the consultants on the different occasions recommended me the, Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser. I felt the product and it just felt too light to even give me a little bit of the moisture in which I needed as I'm so used to using creams which are heavier in formula. And also, 'dragon's blood'?! I just remember thinking, 'what the hell is that?!' 
Well, the Dragon's Blood element which has people talking so much about these Rodial skincare products is an active ingredient sourced from the red sap of the, ‘sangre de drago’ tree and is a natural anti-inflammatory which help to sooth stressed and sensitive complexions.
Not only this, the moisturiser contains, 'Hyaluronic Acid' which most people know is a saviour for dehydrated skin as it plumps and locks in moisture. I've also seen really good reviews on this cream so thought it actually would be a good option for me.
I took the plunge and bought this. It is expensive at £49 (although I got this for 30% off as my friend works in SPACE.NK. but I would still pay full price for this) but with skincare I don't mind paying out for something that's going to work. After all, you only get one face. I had nothing to lose, my skin was SO dry and make-up was just clinging to all the dry areas and by the end of the day just looked patchy and cakey.
I have been using this for a few weeks now and I really like it! The texture of the product is very light and doesn't feel greasy or sit on the skin and it smells amazingly fruity and fresh. 
I have definitely seen an improvement in the dryness of my skin, it doesn't look half as bad at the moment and my skin feels so soft and plumped. Now I think it's time to invest in either the, Alpha-H Liquid Gold or the, Cane + Austin Retexturising Pads to exfoliate the dead skin cells away even more.
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Monday, 4 May 2015

Cool Tone

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(Trousers: Missguided/Top: Topshop/Blazer: Primark/Heels: BooHoo/Clutch: Primark/Necklace: Forever 21)

So I've realised that when I go out I seem to always wear White no matter what. I just think it looks amazing against a fake tan and has a classy, effortless feel to it. I've had these Missguided Beige Cigarette Trousers since Christmas but have struggled in my mind how to style them as well as the fit of them being weird on me so putting me off wearing them. However, I really wanted to wear them as I kept seeing them in my wardrobe and feeling guilty for the fact they've been hanging there for five months unworn. I decided to keep it simple and complement the colour palette by pairing them with my White cami top and blazer. This Forever 21 necklace has fast become my new favourite thing as it just adds a little bit of delicacy to simple low-cut tops as I'm not a fan of statement necklaces or jewellery for that matter! I wore this to dinner at, The Savoy Hotel in London which was the most amazing meal I've had in my life. I'd definitely recommend treating yourself to a night there for a special occasion as the service and overall atmosphere was amazing.
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