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Monday, June 26, 2017

It's been a while since I did a favourites in some form, and with it being a fresh week and all, why not drop some inspo in the beauty, fashion, and importantly Netflix category to get you pepped for another 7 days?


Two products giving my hair much needed life and lift are Bagsy x Savannah Miller Glamour Texture Spray* and got2be Fresh It Up Dry Shampoo* - I've had the Bagsy spray for a while now and at first I wasn't sure how to use it, but have got it down as the perfect messy, subtle crunch, almost matted hairspray texture that makes curls look relaxed and toussled in that Kate Moss circa 2008 vibe, seriously loving it. Whilst it's a bit much in my roots at the front, the got2be dry shampoo is weightless and residue free, keeping your roots looking natural and not overly 'dried' or powdery matte. This combo is a must for anyone who needs lift and grit to their locks, just don't try to comb through the texture spray *big ouch*

I've used up my current full-size Ren Glycolactic Radience Renewal Mask quicker than ever before, and it's a real great mask for taking off dead skin cells and dissolving sebum in pores. I leave this on 20 minutes and my skin is smoother, brighter, and generally renewed in ways I wish it would look every single day. I've not found an exfoliating acid as thorough as this one, and it's not that harsh either so you can use it 2-3 times a week (especially if acne prone) and see a real difference - just remember SPF and intensive moisturiser afterwards!

Two moisturisers I've been switching between are the Trilogy Exfoliating Body Balm* and Argan+ Moroccan Body Butter* - the former can be used pre-shower to get circulation and dead skin moving, however I use it post shower to buff of dead skin when softened and moisturise at the same time (just give it an extra rough scrub) and those usual dry patches feel super soft. On days I want more moisture and something gentle, the Argan+ is a lovely summer smell that is almost mousse-like texture and melts down to hydrate all the layers of skin. I like it on my very dry areas, as it instantly softens them and holds moisture in for a long, long time.

A good reason to keep ankles and elbows moisturised is for tan prep, and this past week as seen me actually dip into the fake tan with great results for once - the Dr Organic Medium Tanning Mousse* is cruelty free and vegan, safe for body and face, and is so easy to use! I used two laetrs and did come out very glowy warm brown, but it still looked natural and after one wash the extra smell and colour toned down to a more natural glow. It lasts well, blends beautifully, and is nice and gentle on all aeas and skin types! 100% converted to fake tan now!


I've mentioned a few of these items in posts before so won't repeat myself, but I've been loving my new Radley bag* - it's a perfect pop of colour in a very blue wardrobe, is small enough for the essentials, and just fits everything perfectly. It's that bag every girl needs for city trips to just running errands in town, plus it has a handy magnetised phone pocket at the front - genius.

Another pop of colour that does work with 99.9% of my wardrobe are these Matt and Nat heels; I posted about them here last week, and have worn them so much already. I picked up a pair in black also to wear to the Blogosphere awards, and they were super comfortable, a great height, and being vegan leather they're great for animals and sustainability too. You'll see me wearing these in all good weather scenarios from now on ;)

Lastly is a pair of shorts which are actually men's boxers - I got these in Bath after thinking they were a cute cotton option for summer, but you wouldn't even be able to tell they were boxers! I love the jazzy pattern, being light enough for the hottest of days, and are a good weight that you can wear them out in public, no questions asked ;) except now everyone knows I'm wearing boxers into town, oops...


I have been on a huge RuPaul's Drag Race hype for the last month, and finally watched the S9 finale on Netflix  yesterday - that wig snatch though! It took a while to get into at first, but now I'm obsessed, so obsessed I may skip starting House of Cards and re-watch from S4, and I love House of Cards. I'd say my fave queens have been Katya, Bianca, Adore, Sharon, Chad, and ofc Latrice, and can we discuss how incredible Read U Wrote U is?!

When I went to Croatia, I left my DSLR at home and opten for iPhone selfies and my Holga film camera which I've had since 2011. I'm yet to finish the roll but it was nice to think about fleeting snapshots and a more surprising element to photography again, just having to wait to re-live the memories weeks later rather than it being straight into your camera roll. Makes me want to do film and developing all over again!

And finally, another camera fave - my UV lens filter! I got this to help in bright situations where it's basically a no-go photo zone, and it's made my job a whole lot easier. Blocking out excess light, you can still get that depth of field on an over-exposed day by attaching one of these whilst it blocks out the light; an absolute saviour for any photographer.

Here's to a fresh new Monday (and let's not think about it being July this weekend, sobs at how fast time goes)


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

I'm currently rush-typing this the day of posting because it has been too hot to go out and do outfit photos (myself and my mum were sweating more than the acceptable amount even after 10 minutes of photo taking, yeesh) and I spent the rest of the evening trying to make my fake tan dry down so I could sit in comfort and not stand like a scarecrow - party prep problems amiright?

But all that aside, I've been wanting to share a few of my latest purchases from Matt and Nat, a vegan bag company that has also branched into shoes since the last time I surfed their website. I wanted to pick up some things years ago but after I spotted an ad on Instagram (one actually relevant for once!) for one of their bags, I was intigued to see what they were up to.

The bag they were advertising was called 'Hope', a black vegan leather circle with 100% recycyled bottle lining, that gives 100% of it's purchase price to one of seven charities of the buyers choice, which to be honest is fantastic. Not only is the bag a great size to fit purse, phone, small camera and more in, it's only £50 which I think is an absolute bargain for what you are donating too and the production that has gone into creating a stylish non-leather bag working with sustainable factories and materials.

One thing led to another of course and I soon found myself on the shoe section, and I honestly have no decent heels, in any colour I can actually wear with clothes, so when I spotted this half-practical half-stylish blue pair I was 'adding to basket' quicker than anything....and also popping in the black pair too, because practical for all occassions right?

I don't shop often, and by the looks of my wardrobe I do need to pick some clothes up because I'm a little restrcited atm (perfect excuse) but I'm so glad I dropped a bit of extra dolla' for not only a great cause, but also some fabulous sustainable and animal-friendly pieces I know are going to fit into my wardrobe for years to come.

On a little side note, tonight is the Blogosphere Blog Awards which I'm simultaneously crapping myself over and excited for, so I'll be spending the day trying not to overheat in my black dress and trying to tone down my fake tan - I'm so thankful for everyone who voted and nominated, and I *hope* tonight goes well regardless of the outcome.

Hey, at least my bag and shoes will look good right? ;)


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Monday, June 19, 2017

It's currently high 20's in the UK and honestly, makeup is the last thing I want to be thinking about right now - I've currently got a dewy foundation on and I can feel it slipping already - however lately I've been looking through a lot of my beauty products and thinking 'oh damn, I'm running out of favourites/don't actually have a shade that matches me anymore'. Ever since I swapped to cruelty-free/vegan brands, I've slimmed down my collection so much, however there are still a chunk of products in drawers that I put away as 'backups' and not touched since.

So with supplies running low, here are a few things I'm hoping to get painting on my face again... (not I really wanted to do art beauty close-up shots of products on my face, but literally everything is melting and I have three large bumps under my skin which hate to be touched so that's some real life for you there.)

1. Urban Decay NAKED Skin Concealer - this is probably my all-time favourite concealer, however I ended up switching it out for the Zoeva Concealer palette which had more colours and targeted correction over general concealing and brightening. It is a fab formula, a more blendable creamy texture than NARS but with great coverage (you could use it as foundation if you're skin is feeling good) and honestly I don't know why I don't use it more - I have been watching a lot more Drag Race recently so maybe I'll be get my highlight on...

2. Antipodes Mineral Powder Foundation - I had a really great skin month a while ago and started rocking light coverage foundation, but since it's been needing more liquid coverage so this got put away for occasions I needed powdering on long days out with added coverage. I really love the light application with a hint of colour, I just need my skin to chill a bit please?

3. Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks - these were meant to be my ultimate 'easy-to-rock' eye look products, just scribble on some colour and boom, done! Over time though I've gone back to matte shades and powder formulas, but I did branch out and use Cocoa this morning as a 'smokey eye base' - turns out if you apply it off the back of your hand and smudge with a brush, it's really nice to build up and even if you apply a lighter shimmer shade on top, it has lovely depth so will be pulling this one out more often!

4. NYX Lip Lingerie Lipstick - I picked up three shades around January time and absolutely loved the range of shades and formula, however as the weather got warmer I naturally migrated to creamier and more neutral lipsticks with more hydration than a dry stain. I think if I get my lips in good prep first, I may be swayed back to a bold shade this summer or a nude lip for some classic Olsen-esque bronze Cali glow ;)

5. Urban Decay Naked Palette One - this was my first blog inspired purchase, the OG of beauty blogging was having this in your stash and for a while it was my go-to. Since, I've switch up the tones I like on my eye, swapped between bare lids and loads of blending, and generally trying to hone in on the good ethical brands. UD are cruelty free, so this has taken back seat to my Too-Faced palette which is also vegan, but I love the shades Half Baked and Toasted so maybe I'll have to crack this old pal out again.

6. Illamasqua Gel Sculpt - After getting this in a goody bag, I went mad for sculpting and contouring. Even though this looked scary on, it did give that depth I wanted, however I think I found it too warm after summer and also worried about how hygenic it was to use on top of makeup, especially if I had spots there. Now the weather is back to 'omg heat' I may crack this out again (after giving it a wipe first) and get those cheekbones a'showing.

7. NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick - I love crazy colours, and even though I rarely wear them makeup wise, I still buy them. Case in point, this grey lippy; it's not really that matte or long-lasting (the Suede range is more semi-matte with a creamy edge) so having grey teeth is kinda gross, but I love the dramatic vibe. Potentially more autumnal, I think under a berry it could add nice depth!

8. Inika BB Cream - I have started using this more so I guess the post is working! This shade is too dark for my everyday, but I'm mixing it in with my SPF/CC cream to lighten it and it does blend in quite well after having some sun. It does however make my skin super dewy so on hot days, it's a melter, but I like the medium coverage and all vegan friendly, organic ingredients!

All these products are vegan and/or cruelty free, so if you're looking for something new also, maybe give these a whirl! Now to tackle my skincare drawer *weeps as it's 5x bigger*


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Friday, June 16, 2017

You may remember a few weeks ago I went on holiday to Dubrovnik, which I was looking forward to as I'd enjoyed Hvar so much, and honestly, a bit of sunshine really did me some good. Even though it was 3 days (feeling more like 5 as I had to get a train to Birmingham the days before and after) it was enough to explore the city and, as a guilty pleasure, watch a lot of Ru Paul by the sea.

I decided not to take my camera because it was such a short trip, but also I felt very in my head about work and a few days away was a good distraction - hey, iPhone's still pretty good right? ;) So here's a bit of sunshine for your Friday as well as a few recommendations of things to do if you're ever in town...

Where to stay:
Hotel Bellevue - located a 15 minute walk from the Old City, Hotel Bellevue is a 5* boutique which if you book ahead enough, you can get a really good deal. The views from every room are beautiful, and it also has a spa which does everything from manis to back correction, plus if you're a fan of L'Occitane then the mini shower samples will do you good. I wouldn't say it's great for vegan options, but judging from my family the rest of the menu seems pretty delish - did I mention they also leave locally made chocolates on your table every night? Even if you didn't eat it the night before? #haul

What to do:
A trip up the cable cars - one of the most visited attractions is the cable cars, which for 130 kuna round trip (around £15.50) gives you some of the most beautiful views of the coastline and city. Whilst you're up at the top, you can pay to visit the War Memorial Museum, which for me was quite upsetting as it's still so recent and there's plenty of footage to bring home just how awful civil wars and war in general is, but it also helps with rebuilding and preserving the historic architecture too which is important.

Buggy safari - I'll be honest now in that this is something I'd do again but as a passenger, merely because I almost crashed into a tree, not the best way to start a holiday I'll admit. It was a mixture of never driving the other side of a car, nerves, and also that they didn't really explain what we were doing during the session (i.e. a big ass obstacle course) and how to navigate a buggy differently to a car, but luckily it wasn't as bad as it could have been. If you're a more confident driver and have a knack for off-roading, then definitely book in for an hour and see the city from a new angle (and terrain). Also, don't wear your nicest clothes and prepare to get a mouthful of dust, maybe bring a scarf and goggles, and some baby wipes to clean up after ;)

• Boat ride to Cavtat - if you fancy somewhere different for lunch, take a 45 minute trip across the sea and head to Cavtat. There are a few spots to eat (more below) and a chance to wander, so it's 2 hours tops and enough explore without going too far to the other islands. You can buy tickets outside the city wall harbour, with some going direct and others making several stops, so you could make a real day of it!

Places to eat:
• Pizzeria Castro - the good thing about Croatia is that it's very close to Italy, which means the pizza in town is extraordinary. After several hours walking and dune buggies, we were starved, and after walking past and getting a whiff of that fresh dough and tomato sauce, it was the perfect fuel. Their bruschetta is honestly exquisite and I had their most veggie filled pizza sans cheese, and good have happily eaten there again for dinner. SO. GOOD.

• Sladoledarna Ice-Cream - whilst Dolce Vita is ranked #1, we saw lines of people queueing for a scoop of ice-cream from this place. Luckily we went at a time when most people were eating dinner so it was quiet, and the range of flavours and taste was really good - perfect boost to walk back up the hill to bed ;)


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