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Friday, September 22, 2017

Another quarter of the year has passed which means a new issue of Blogosphere has gone to print, and it's been a pleasure again to work with the fab team at the magazine on several photography features.

Issue 14 is a beast of a magazine, featuring all the winners from the first Blogosphere Blog Awards including Claire and Laura from Twins That Travel, who I got to photograph for their winner's interview - they're both such lovely ladies and it was fun getting them to laugh at tales of their travels for the photo!

Another feature I worked on was Charlotte Jonsie's interview, which is probably one of my favourites as I got to sit in on the full recording and her insight and perspective on life is so incredible; she has an amazing positivity and ethic to her daily life, and she's also one awesome model - I need to practise her methods of studying people who look similar to me and my style and emulate their sass and cool!

Finally wrapping up this issue is my first editing job for the photography section, selecting some of my favourite photographers (all female, all totally kickass) who are killing it at their careers right now - Michaela, Rosie, Sophie, and Ella - and have produced some amazing content over the last few months let alone the last year.

It's always great to work with the Blogosphere team, and with a publication that supports the industry, so if you haven't picked up a copy yet, get down to your local WHSmith or subscribe here - p.s. I'm also part of the Photography panel at the Blogosphere Christmas Festival which is super exciting, so make sure to grab a ticket and come listen to me chat with some other amazing industry photographers.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

After a few weeks of moving boxes and making rooms look cosy again, I'm finally back to (some) normality of writing posts and getting through all the products and things I've been wanting to share recently! Thanks for sticking around whilst I've been adjusting to a new sunny nook to work in, and to kick things off again I've got some fab new skincare to share with you...

Now we all know myself and everyone and their mum loves a bit of Oskia - their Renaissance Cleansing Gel is probably one the most raved about products of the last two years, if you didn't already know (and if not, where have you been?) - so when I heard the whispers of new products launching, with the focus on anti-pollution, I was sold.

I'd used another brand's anti-pollution products before, however after talking with Klaudia who works at Oskia (and is also a mega babe) she told me that to keep products affordable, a lot of companies lower the concentration of anti-pollution properties, therefore allowing pollutants to penetrate easily and protect your pores more than average, just not enough to fully call themselves anti.

Oskia's new CityLife range has been several years in the making and now that it's finally here, it's going to change the way your skincare works and how your face feels every day. If you live in a city or are commuting every day, chances are your skin has absorbed pollution on a daily basis (don't tell me you haven't blown your nose after a day on the tube and said 'eww' at all the black crap coming out) but did you know us countryside folk are getting a lot of pollution too? From carpets to computer screens, pollution is seeping into our skin wherever we go and it's important to build a barrier to keep our skin fresh and clean and protect for as long as possible.

There are 4 new products which all work across your routine to help protect, de-stress, and boost your skin again pollution, and after a few weeks of testing them out I'm pleased to say I've had some fab results!

Going in application order, we have the CityLife Cleansing Concentrate*, a gentle foaming cleanser which has a unique texture that feels deeply nourishing yet cleansing. It aims to balance the pH in your skin whilst removing dirt, makeup, and pollutants whilst detoxifying the pores and leaving skin soft with lavender, eucalyptus, and Vitamin B5. If you're oily or have acne, then you'll be pleased to hear that Oskai have yet again incorporated MSM into the cleanser, helping to detoxify and reduce inflammation in the cells (I'm currently taking additional MSM supplements and my skin has been so soft and clear since!).

I like to use this when I've gone into a city or polluted area (aka, left the house) as a second cleanse, so it's not currently a nightly staple, but it has given significant improvement to the tone and texture of my skin after each outing, and made me feel fresh and new compared to previous occasions, which would make it a staple for any city dweller imo!

Next up is the CityLife Facial Mist* which I've loved using day and night - it smells really herbal yet refreshing and it's taking a lot of restraint to not spray it all day every day. It's hydrating, refreshing, and prevents absorption from free-radicals and pollutions indoors and outdoors all day long. The spray is really light and absorbs well without leaving a film, and is packed with vitamins to keeps your skin happy and cared for all day long - even if you used this twice a day from the whole range, you'd see a big improvement in your skin.

As I said before, a lot of anti-pollution products are a lower concentration to save on cost, but this little bottle goes a long long way and is one of the most intensive anti-pollution products you can find on the market; CityLife Booster* does what it says on the bottle, it boosts your skin and provides a whole new level of protection against everything from free radicals to the actual o-zone, it's one tough working concentrate.

The booster helps fight inflammation, hyper-pigmentation, loss of elasticity, dark spots, and reduced cellular renewal, and although pricey is makes a massive difference to the skin with only two drops a day. I mix this into my serum mostly once a day but twice if I'm out and about, but you can add up to three drops max into foundation, moisturiser, or oil to work into the skin and provide a higher level of protection. As I said, it's the most expensive product in the range but if you're using one drop a day, it will really last forever.

Finally we have the CityLife I-Zone Lip and Eye Balm* which at first I wasn't too hyped about, but after moving house I found my under-eyes to be quite dry and puffy, and the balm did just the trick in smoothing everything out again. Again protecting from pollution, the balm contain retinol to reduce lines and sun damage, avocado oil to protect the delicate skin areas, and vitamin E to boost antioxidants where applied. It's a thick consistency which when warmed up melts into a lovely oily balm (like the Renaissance cleanser) and is great left on overnight to sink in and do it's thing, which by morning means smooth bright eyes!

If you couldn't tell already, I'm a huge fan of the CityLife launch and it's great to see some new products added to Oskia's lineup, especially ones that protect all day long and make a huge difference to anti-pollution. Now I'm off to spray some more mist on my pores because who knows how much computer screen dust I've absorbed since starting this post...


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Because why not ey? Let the world know how in control and amazing you are, every day! (I am now taking rhyming bookings for anyone asking.)

After a dip in the sunrise bath that morning, we hurried back to the hotel and I grabbed Kelly to take a few final photos of a tee I'd been dying to wear - 1) because I love People Tree and the slogan, and 2) because I was literally dying in any clothes during that heatwave so I need to whip that tee off and on again pronto.

Like the last t-shirt I blogged about, this tee is made from 100% organic sustainable cotton that supports farmers and production companies, and is another ASOS exclusive print that I couldn't not but in my basket; 'Don't Underestimate The Power Of A Woman' is one heck of a statement, and really does all the talking you need when wearing it day-to-day.

I love the fun colours, the fun print, and I find the message makes you think positively when catching a glimpse in the mirror or when walking down the street.

I've had many compliments off fellow women, and if the slogan and softness of this tee doesn't inspire you to buy it ASAP I don't know what will!

Again I'm hugely into sustainable shopping and fashion at the moment, and this tee is another fab addition to my wardrobe that I know I'll wear all year (even if it's hidden under my jumpers come depths of winter). In fact, I picked up a rather funky pair of wide-legs recently from People Tree that might need to make an appearance on the blog soon....

Now it's bye-bye sunshine and hello autumn!


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Monday, September 11, 2017

As I mentioned in my last post, we'd decided the night before to get up at the crack of dawn on our last day and chase the sunrise to soak in as many of the hours we had left on the island as possible, and also get some glorious photos that made us look 10x more tanned than real life.

With it being another hot day (even at 7am), and about 30 minutes before the sun rose fully above our part of the island, we quickly got dressed, assembled our kit, and headed down to a cove we'd stumbled upon the day before for a sun bath of warmth and colour to shoot in.

The sea was glistening, the sun was glistening, and our skin most definitely was glistening after all the warmth and humidity. Thankfully though, you couldn't really tell how glossy we were irl and it came off as a nice highlight instead, but really every crevice was sweating and it wasn't cute but that's the sacrifice of a hot summer holiday right? ;) After much deliberation with the white balance (my bad), we finally got our best non-sweaty angles on and cracked on with the posing!

I think the silhouette photos are some of my faves from the trip, it was just so fun to get creative with shadows and the light was absolutely stunning, and as I said it hid all matter of sweat sins and squinting - there was a lot of squinting, because this gal forgot her sunglasses of course! - and also made me feel like we were all supermodels on location, and with our blogger team unit we certainly looked like a pro-team, all hands on to 'get that shot' for the gram.

There's not a lot you can say about 30 minutes of sunshine frolicking, so I wanted to end on a sweet note about these ladies - we probably only spent 60 hours together in total, but I feel we really created a close knit bond and really connected with one another so quickly. Since leaving, we've been messaging daily on WhatsApp, arranging a little reunion, and pointing out all the flamingos we see in daily life to make it feel like we're still abroad.

Jaye, what a fabulous trooper you were driving us around, you really handled a stressful situation well and I loved seeing how confident you became driving in a short period of time. Thanks for keeping me company to and from the airport home (you're a true babe), and thanks for introducing me to chai latte along with Kelly; Kelly, you were such a fabulous roommate - I really felt you balanced my personality and made me a bit more chill (and it's not because of the xanax), and you gave me such a confidence boost I basically need you with me all the time.

Jess you were the backbone of travel knowhow and always felt like the one to chat with when you wanted a moment of calm - you were also the biggest inspo for photo editing apps and generally being on top of your game, I need you to coach me in your technical knowhow and scheduling wizardry! And Leigh you were such a kindred spirit, you really had a beautiful zen vibe and it was great to find a fellow vegan on the trip who was also into spiritual practises (you also had an amazing wardrobe and I totally envy your style).

So with our final activity wrapped, it was time to say goodbye to Ibiza - but don't worry, there's still a few more posts to come...


Huge thank you again to Enterprise and Talented Talkers for inviting us on this trip. All opinions and love of sunshine are my own.

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