Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Winter Wardrobe Wishlist

Winter Wardrobe Wishlist
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Winter is always a weird time for my wardrobe as I don't particularly like splashing out on coats and jackets, I'm super fussy with jumpers and I tend to spend the whole time longing for Spring outfits instead. I invested in a new coat after a fair few years without one that was substantial in terms of keeping my dry and ever since I've been longing pairing it with a variety of outfits and getting experimental again. Today, I have put together a few of my favourite picks from my Winter wishlist to share with you. 

I'm trying to keep my boot collection to a minimum, so I tend to switch between a heeled pair I got about 6 years old, a black short pair that are quite old now too and a newer leopard print offering that I use to jazz up all black outfits. The Topshop Brooklyn Crocodile Effect Boots are such a gorgeous colour though that I'm debating whether or not I'll get enough wear out of them before Spring arrives. I'm currently eyeing up these ASOS Bow Shoes as they look like they'd be great to pair up once the weather starts to get slightly warmer (one can wish ay?). 

Adding a pop of colour to my wardrobe is what I'm trying to do at the moment whether it's a new skirt like this Missguided one or this Aldo Circle Bag which would look great with a this Prettylittlething Leopard Print Midi Skirt and jumper tucked in. 

What's on your Winter wardrobe wishlist? 

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Winter Skincare Routine

Winter Skincare Routine
It's been a little while now since I switched up my skincare routine, but as I've been rather poorly recently and my skin needed some extra TLC, I thought these past few weeks would be the perfect time to make my way through my to-try list and rediscover some old favourites. Here are my top Winter skincare picks: 

First up is my cleansers, starting with the offerings that I reach for when I need to take off my makeup quickly. The Alpha- H Cleansing Balm* is one that I've sadly just ran out of, but I enjoyed every ounce of it. It removes your makeup easily, whilst feeling nourishing along the way too. If I've got harder to remove eye makeup on then I go for the Charlotte Tilbury Take It All Off* which I got from their advent calendar - it removes like no other and I'm very impressed. 

When it comes to my second cleanse, I either go for an exfoliating offering with the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate* which makes my skin feel super soft or the Clinique City Block Purifying Cleanser* which helps to make my complexion feel a lot cleaner. 

If I go with an acid based cleanser then I always skip this next step and go with a hydrating toner instead, but the Pixi Glow Tonic* is a firm favourite in my skincare routine even more so at this time of the year when my skin feels more dehydrated. It helps to get rid of dry patches and perk up my complexion too - I cannot fault it! 

For moisturiser, I've been using one that I got towards the end of November/start of December in an advent calendar and I've now got the full sized version for an upcoming blog post I have coming up. It's the Sunday Riley Tidal Cream* which I've got to admit I wasn't expecting to love as much as I do, but it's a great all rounder that can easily be used underneath makeup or at night too. If used at night, I tend to layer it up with the Sunday Riley Juno Oil* which is another one that I'm testing out and so far I love it! 

At this time of the year, I really rely on face masks and I have so many that I love that I'm going to be dedicating a full blog post to them all soon. One that you always hear me talking about is the Fresh Rose Face Mask*, a long time favourite of mine which helps my lacklustre skin look brighter, smoother and softer. 

What are your favourite Winter skincare products? 

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Five Programmes To Watch On TV Now

Five Programmes To Watch On TV Now
Despite starting the year off with a chesty cough and the flu, I did manage to make my way through lots of TV shows. I failed to get into Brooklyn 99 and I've had a few other switch offs too, but on the whole it's already been a great year for TV show discoveries and I wanted to share with you my top picks today. 

Derry Girls | Set in the 90's in Northern Island, I found this programme on the whim whilst looking for new funny finds to put on whilst I work. It follows the lives of four girls and it's a light watch if you want something to make you giggle. The only downside to this programme is the fact there's only one season and at under half an hour an episode, you make your way through it very quickly. 

Sex Education | One of the best ways I've seen Sex Education described is that it's a mix between Skins and End Of The F*cking World with High School Musical outfits. Despite the odd American/British mash up, 70's houses and 90's outfits, I really enjoyed this programme and can't wait for the second series (fingers crossed there is one). 

You | We ended up binge watching You on Netflix in two nights. It was so gripping and I would recommend it if you don't fancy something funny like my other two picks, but want something that you'll really get in to. 

Netflix Bandersnatch | If there's anything Netflix related released, I'll always be the first one there. I know Bandersnatch received some mixed reviews, but I thought the interactive element to it made it very unique. We were watching the programme for a good few hours and even now I'm not sure if we got to watch all the outcomes. 

Luther | Season five of Luther prompted us to re-watch all the older series whilst we were poorly a few weeks back and I'm so glad we did as it was so good. I would say that the last two seasons aren't as good as the first three, but they're worth a watch nevertheless. An honourable mention has to made to another TV show which was Hidden, a BBC welsh police drama (also known as Craith) which follows the story of a girl who has been kidnapped - a great pick if you like the likes of Thirteen and Luther. 

What programmes would you recommend to watch? 


Friday, 11 January 2019

Winter Beauty Favourites

Winter Beauty Favourites
With Christmas out the way, my main focus has been on getting my skin back to feeling and looking in tip top condition. Despite being poorly for all of January so far, it's held up quite well, but the constant blowing of my nose has caused a few dry patches and my complexion is looking a little lacklustre. I wanted to share with you a few of my Winter beauty favourites, the products I've been using a lot over the past month or so and ones that I will continue to use until Spring arrives. 

I've been using the miniature Sol De Janeiro products that I treated myself a lot recently, both of which I want to repurchase the full sized versions of too. The Brazilian 4-Play Shower Gel is one I've been using sparingly, but when paired with the complimenting Bum Bum Cream my skin smells good enough to eat and feels incredibly nourished too. 

Moving onto the skincare and I've not switched up much except for my moisturiser. I got a trial size pot of the Sunday Riley Tidal Cream* and loved it so much that I'm super happy to own a full sized now (full blog post coming soon!), but it's actually the Alpha H Cleansing Balm* that I've been super impressed with. It delivers great cleansing abilities, whilst leaving the skin feeling hydrated too. I follow up with a second cleanse of the Clinique City Block Purifying Gel* then a few swipes of the Pixi Glow Tonic* to keep my skin feel soft and looking clear. 

The festive period really made me fall back in love with some of my Charlotte Tilbury favourites including the Beauty Light Wand, a liquid highlighter that sits on the skin beautifully and illuminates my complexion. The Hourglass Ambient Light Unlocked Palette had to make it into this round up even though it's much harder to get your hands on it right now. It's made up of six powders that mattify, bronze and highlight your face and it's practically all I've been using on a day to day basis since I got it. 

I discovered the Nars Climax Mascara back in October and have been using it ever since. It's nearly come to the end of the tube and I'm currently deliberating whether or not to get another one as I loved it so much. I'm not usually loyal to my mascaras and I like to switch them up whenever I can, but this one makes my lashes look fuller and longer, all whilst lasting for a good time too. 

Even though the weather outside may be on the dull side, I like to keep my perfumes fresh to help perk up my day. The Diptyque Philosykos has been well worn over the last few months - it'll continue to be a favourite in the Spring no doubt too. 

What are your Winter beauty favourites?

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

3 Ways I'm Tackling The New Year Lull

I actually find January a calming time of the year; a fresh start after a rather hectic twelve months and a time when I haven't got endless Christmas parties and events to attend. Saying this, my 2018 hasn't got off to the best start as I've been battling the flu and a chesty cough since the New Year and I'm yet to shake it off. I wanted to share with you a handful of different things I want to do to get my month back on track and start to feel like myself again. 

Find A Routine | I never knew what day it was over the festive period and I struggled pretty much up to the weekend too - Is it a Sunday or is a Tuesday? Who knows! When I'm out of routine, my sleep suffers and so does my motivation, meaning I can end up not doing a lot of work and rather wasting my days. I want to give myself a little routine for the rest of the month or at least until we go away, just to ensure that I wake up at a similar time everyday, exercise a few times a week and get back my usual habits of simple things like ordering the weekly shop online. 

Not Being Too Hard On Myself | I think it's easy to expect so much of January and if you're anything like me, the thought of having to be uber-productive after the Christmas break will bring you out in a cold sweat. I like to ease myself back in gently, not having to tackle my whole email inbox in one sitting and maybe giving myself a break or two during the day - starting the year as I mean to go on and all that.  

Start Exercising Again | I find getting outside, getting some fresh air and spinning my legs for a couple of hours a few times a week really is a great way for me to feel better. After a two week hiatus from running, cycling and exercise classes, I think my lungs are getting better now and after testing this statement out for two hours on Sunday, I'm very happy to be back in the saddle (quite literally). I know it's a simple statement to make come January and is nothing groundbreaking, but it's a nice reminder for me. 

Other ways I'm tackling the January lull: 

- Find my love for reading again. Picking a book I can't put down!
- Binge watching my favourite TV series. 
- Starting a fresh notebook - nothing feels better. 
- Finding new homeware to refresh my living space. 
- Organising my monthly diaries briefly, so nothing feels too overwhelming. 

What ways do you like to tackle the January blues? 

Sunday, 6 January 2019

A New Year Beauty Haul

The New Year didn't bring me the motivation I had hoped for, but instead it made me have the urge to treat myself to some new beauty pieces. I've been feeling under the weather recently with the flu and a chesty cough, so having a Cult Beauty voucher was the perfect excuse to spend and pick up a few pieces that I've wanted to try for a while. 

Haircare was something I wanted to focus on, as I've used up a few of my favourites at the end of last year during the party season. I'm still on the hunt for a sculp scrub or mask - I'm currently eyeing up the Bumble and Bumble Scalp Detox and the IGK First Class is on my to-buy list too. 

Wishlist addition aside, what I actually picked up was Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector, a product I've been meaning to try for a while as I've heard its great at restoring dyed hair and making it good as new. I've already tried it once and my hair has honestly never felt better, so I can't wait to continue use and see what it's results are in a few weeks time. I would say that if you're planning on using it though don't skip on conditioner, as the feel and look aren't as good without it. I'm thinking of doing a full review on it soon. 

Another product I've lusted after is the Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Spray which drew me in because of the aesthetics lets face it. It promises to had texture to your hair for easy, tousled looking locks and I'm super looking forward to giving it a whirl. 

Last up in the hair department is the Davines The Purity Circle which was an on the whim purchase at the last minute. I thought it'd be good for rejuvenating and clarifying my tresses post-Christmas after neglecting my hair over the last few weeks. 

Moving on to a repurchase of mine which is the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation that I picked up in a different shade than I usually go for, but I'm unsure if it's too much on the orange side for me. It's one of my favourite foundations in terms of formula as it sits beautifully on my skin and looks flawless too. 

Then I picked up the Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in the shade Incognito. It's the perfect colour for my lips as they make them appear fuller and more defined. The lip liner itself is a lot chunkier than I thought I'd be and the lip brush on one of the ends isn't very useful when it's a lighter shade, although I think if you were opting for a red then you could use it to apply a complimenting lipstick. 

Have you picked anything up recently? 

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Friday, 4 January 2019

2019 Goals + January To-Do List

2019 Goals + January To-Do List
I know this post is a few days late, but it's better late than never. I wanted to share with you my 2019 goals and what I've got on my to-do list for January too. I feel like last year just whizzed by, so I'm determined to tick off more from my list over the next twelve months. 

Make The Most Of Working From Home | I think I'll probably do a blog post on this in more depth in the upcoming months, but as someone who has worked for themselves for a while now, I still haven't worked out a good day-to-day routine. I often get guilt surrounding taking time off for holidays and illnesses, but this year I want it to be different. I work hard every day, so I want to make sure I take time off to reflect this. 

Travel More | Ahhh, the goal on everybody's list. I've got a trip to Prague planned for the end of January and I've been eyeing up Wroclaw and Budapest too. These are just two of the places on my list for 2019, but I'm hoping to fit in a couple of weekends away to either cities I want to go back to, have always wanted to visit and even ones in the UK too. I've got a week long trip to Scotland booked for June too where we'll be cycling and I'm already looking forward to it! 

Reach 10k | When revisiting my old goals from last year, one of them was to reach 10k on two platforms and although I did that on Twitter (yay!), I'm still yet to get to it on Instagram. Instagram is general is something that I want to continue playing around with in the New Year, exploring more ways to shoot fashion content and generally making it more of an extension to my blog. 

Do Three Things I've Always Wanted To Do | This is something that's quite vague and even I'm not sure what this will entail yet. From taking up snowboarding again (I did it for 5 years and then stopped!), getting another ear piercing or even just saying yes to going on that friend date, I want to make sure I do three things this year that I've wanted to do for a while. 

I think I've spoken enough about my 2019 goals now, so I wanted to share with you just a quick run down of what's on my January to-do list. 

- Plan what we're going to do in Prague. We go at the end of the month and I wanted to make sure I have a bit of a plan to follow. Recommendations welcome! 

- Finish the books I was reading in 2018. I want to get back into reading, but I've still got half of two books I'm yet to finish. 

- Get back into work. I took two weeks off over the Christmas period and honestly it was amazing, but I'm ready to start getting creative again. 

What are your goals for 2019? 
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