Monday, 19 May 2014

DIY | Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub


Pinterest really is da bomb when it comes to DIY beauty treatments and after trolling through it this morning I decided to make my very own sugar scrub. I found my recipe here and it literally took me all of five minutes to make it. 

You will need:-
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- 1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil 
- Fresh Limes or Lemons

The method really is as simple as this - melt your coconut oil in the microwave until it forms a liquid and then mix it together with your sugar. Squeeze in your fresh lemon or lime, mix it again and hey presto, you've made yourself a sugar scrub. I chose to store mine in a recycled glass jar and decorated it with some brown string but you can of course add labels and other pretty decorations, especially if you're making this as a gift for someone. 

I've read that this makes an amazing shaving scrub so I will be putting that to the test later. OH and it's totally edible if you get a little peckish in the bath... no? Just me then.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

OutdoorBuzz

The past few weeks have been really exciting for me in terms of writing, I started contributing to an amazing global online magazine called OutdoorBuzz. I was beyond stoked when they asked me to contribute and since then I've had written two articles with plans for plenty more. OutdoorBuzz is such an awesome online magazine aimed at action and travel junkies or just anybody who is a lover of the outdoors. I think it's great for everyone whether your an expert or just starting out at a certain sport (varying from running to snowboarding), there really is so much information and just cool industry stuff to learn! I would really appreciate it if you guys could take a minute and check out the website or follow their twitter here for updates. 

As I mentioned I've done a couple of articles which I'm really proud of and would love to share with you guys - I have linked them both below if you're interested. Make sure you let me know what you think or you can leave comments on the post itself. Enjoy!


Skincare Post 'Don't Forget The Skin' - Link 


Vans x Beatles Collaboration Post - Link 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Monthly Favourites | April


It might be a little premature to be cracking out the monthly favourites but I've been loving the majority of these products since the middle of March so I thought it could be an exception.

Lets talk about the L'Oreal kids Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer, I'm pretty sure the majority of people will remember this from their childhood, I seem to remember it being a staple for my mum when we went abroad and with good reason! I know this is targeted at kids (why do they get the best of everything!?) but it actually works and makes your hair smell like pears at the same time, no complaints here. I finally took the plunge and bought the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser and I'm so pissed that I didn't buy it sooner, I'm not sure what I was expecting but it definitely wasn't this - it's beyond perfect. The coverage is fairly sheer but buildable, it offers a healthy glow without being greasy and best of all it lasts the whole day, this little tube of awesomeness is definitely going to be an expensive habit. My favourite eyeshadow of the month comes from MAC and is in the shade Antiqued, a beautiful reddish copper shade that looks perfect teamed with my statutory browns - you can find lots of swatches online.

I think the product I'm most surprised with is the Garnier Oil Beauty Nourishing Lotion and not because I thought it would be crap but because I didn't expect it to be any different to my other gazillion moisturisers, I was wrong. It makes my skin look so healthy, I even got a compliment on how good my legs looked and I put it all down to this. My one gripe is that it takes a little while to sink into the skin so definitely bear that in mind if you're in a rush. I picked up the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Brownie Points after reading countless rave reviews and so far I'm really impressed. It took a little while to get used to as I've always been a powder girl but the results are really natural and long-lasting. The Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter was an impulse buy whilst bored snooping around Boots. Personally, I would only use this for the one purpose I bought it and that's as a typical liquid highlighter. It's fairly iridescent so I can't see how it would disguise pores as a primer, as a highlighter however and used sparingly, it really does look lovely.

Finally, my most worn perfume of the month is the Thierry Mugler Alien EDT it's definitely an acquired scent but if you find the original version a little much then this try this one as it's a tad lighter. The nail polish of the month comes from the Barry M Gelly line in the shade Huckleberry, pastels for spring... ground-breaking I know. I've spoken about the Caudalie Beauty Elixr before so I won't go into it in detail. I only use this when my skins looking particularly dull for a little pick me up, unfortunately I can't use this on the daily as my skin would have a meltdown - it's strongly fragranced so beware of that if like me, you have sensitive skin.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Brand Focus | Sundried


Sundried was not a brand I was familiar with until very recently when I was kindly contacted by them, as soon as I read into the brand a little more I knew that it was something I wanted to get behind and share with you guys. Founded by a lone surfer on a beach in Peru whilst waiting for the sun to rise to dry his body after an epic surf, the name came to him - Sundried. Since then the brand has gone from strength to strength providing products for the beach, bar, street, swell and even the skatepark.

The thing I love most about Sundried is that they really care about charity work and the environment. Not only do they support local surfers, bars, shops and schools but they also sponsor Surfers Against Sewage - an environmental charity protecting UK waves, oceans and beaches. Coming from a seaside town this is really important to me and I'm sure so many other people. They also help people out who are just starting out in outdoor activities and encourage people to get in touch with them if they do require that help. 

On top of all of this the clothing and accessories are pretty damn sweet - you really get a feel for the organic process within which the brand was born. I love the outdoors so Sundried really speaks out to me but it goes without saying that you don't have to be into skating or surfing to wear their clothing. I just think it's amazing that a brand share so much of their success by helping people and creating success for others - it's a rarity and I can't praise them enough. 

You can pick up some free stickers from their website too if you want to share the love - I've picked some up for my longboard which I can't wait to show off! I hope you all take a minute to check out this awesome brand and enjoy them as much as I do. Seriously, how nice are those sunglasses?!

Monday, 17 March 2014

What's On My Face | Spring Edition


The sun has finally made an appearance in the UK and it's beginning to feel like Spring at last. My routine doesn't change a great deal with the differing seasons, I'm pretty boring all year round with my make up but I do have a few new additions which have made their way into my make up bag. 

My current base is the Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation, this is a super lightweight water-based foundation, similar in texture to the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation but with much less coverage. I would probably go as far as to put this in the tinted moisturiser category. The finish is fresh and luminous and just the all round perfect spring base. The only problem I have with this is the smell - it's not something I can really describe but I just find it strange. I'm now on my second tube of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and I'm running out fast. This is extremely anti-fatigue as the name might suggest and really does brighten and lift the under eye, it's also brilliant for concealing any redness. 

On a weekday I don't tend to wear any eyeshadow or eyeliners simply because I'm too lazy and I'm at work all day so I really don't care. On the rare occasion that I do make an effort I will always go for a bronzey brown messy lived in type of thaaaanng. This chick ain't got no time for smokey eyes. My go to products for this are; MAC's Soba (left in the quad), Elf Shimmering Eyeliner Pencil in Boldly Bronze and the GOSH Intense Eyeliner Pen in Brown. This lovely little trio creates a pretty bronzed goddess type of eye look, you can find swatches for all of them online. My current favourite mascara has to be the Origins Ginzing Mascara, not only is this mascara lengthening and lifting but it's also good for your lashes! It's not the most voluminous of mascara's but for everyday use I really love it. 

I picked up the Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Power in the shade 03 Medium Matte around a month ago after hearing Estee from Essie Button rave about it. Boy was she right! This is by far the best bronzer I have ever tried, it's matte and extremely natural so gives you a beautiful sun kissed look. For lips I've been using my all time favourite lipstick, MAC Myth. I know so many lipsticks are claimed to be the 'perfect nude' but this really really is the perfect nude. It's so creamy and the prettiest milky pink nude shade, I urge you to look out for this when you are next at a MAC counter. What are your make up picks for Spring?

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Wishlist | February

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Can we start by admiring how crazy beautiful the Jens Pirate Booty Tunic is.. I've definitely mentioned this brand before and they will be featured fully in one of my upcoming brand focus posts *watch this space* but honestly they just kill it every time. If you're a lover of bohemian fashion then I demand that you go to their website immediately. Be assured, you will weep. 

Billabong also seem to be nailing it in the dress department recently. I love the 4th and Bleeker collection and in particular the white sweetest sea dress, it's so simple yet so beautiful. It really wouldn't be a wishlist if I didn't include some Free People bits and as usual I want everyyyttthiinnnggg, especially that beautiful feather hair halo. Another thing I realised I didn't own but desperately needed is a fedora style hat. I found this one on eBay for under a tenner so I'm fairly pleased with myself.

I'm also clearly loving the colour orange, someone's dreaming of summer...

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Bedroom Decor | Inspiration

I'm decorating my bedroom this weekend and I thought I would share with you my inspiration for it. I love the ethnic bohemian style and I really wanted to incorporate that into my bedroom. All of the pictures are sourced from Pinterest which by the way I spend way to much time browsing. You can follow me here if you like. I will be sharing pictures on my Instagram if you're interested in seeing the finished result.