Sunday, 22 September 2013

Taming Frizz

Hi everyone!

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been buying a few too many beauty products lately. My hair is SO frizzy as it is naturally very curly, which means it gets dry and looks a bit like Mia Thermopolis pre- princess make over.

but worse.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Fashion Union Wishlist!

Fashion Union is the website I discovered after a bad experience with Missguided. I came across a pair of shorts I loved when Fashion Union was advertised on a blog and I've loved it ever since. I have got myself that pair of shorts, 3 jumpers, a dress and a pair of heels from there in the last couple of months, so I was really excited to be given the opportunity to win a £500 voucher to spend on their website!

Here is a little compilation of some of my favourite pieces the site has to offer for this turn of the season. Trust me, I had a lot of trouble narrowing it down!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Breaking Out!

A brief beauty review for you all today!

So I've been suffering from a bit of a break out recently, which is fortunately a rarity for me. I've been using the Superdrug sachet masks for ages, but I wasn't really using the full sachet so was getting a lot of waste, so I went hunting for a tube version. I found a little selection in Superdrug- they were all on offer and weren't massive tubes so if I didn't like it, there wasn't too much financial or physical waste.
Superdrug ExfoliatingMud Mask Raspberry

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Wrap up!

Sorry for being a little bit absent- I've been busy getting ready to move back to uni!

And so that familiar autumnal chill is definately in the air this week, bit of a shock to many peoples systems! My last post listed 5 reasons why Autumn and Winter are great and this is sort of like a follow on (if you didn't get a chance to see it, have a little look here).

I went shopping the other day and couldn't help but notice the massive amount of gorgeous jumpers there are this year! So I thought I would compile you a quick wish list of some of my favourites.  I've picked 3 expensive, 3 medium priced and 3 cheapy ones so there is something to suit everyones budgets!

NB: I'm an unashamed fan of the 'ugly' Christmas jumper. I just can't help but love them.

Prices L to R: £36.00, £42.00, £38.00
The first little selection comes from H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams. I've never really looked in this section before, but these cute little jumpers just caught my eye! They are so soft and cosy, I found myself putting them on my Christmas list! Very festive, a little pricey but there's 20% off them at the moment, so have a little look if any of these take your fancy!

Prices L to R: £26.00, £22.00, £15.00
These are all from Dorothy Perkins. A bit more reasonably priced and the middle one is so cute! The last one also comes in various other colours, but this is my favourite- I am a firm believer in not being able to accept it's A/W until I am wearing something burgundy. This one also comes in a very similar style with the same range of colours for £18. 

Prices L to R: £7.00, £5.00, £8.00
Although ASOS now stocks some Primark products, unfortunately these jumpers aren't included, so you'll have to get yourself down to a store and rummage around! (I've tried to take relatively decent photos of the three latest ones I have bought to show you). They're all pretty basic crew necks, but that's all I really wanted from Primark, although the grey one does have a lush criss-cross back! They're super cute if you pop on a little collared blouse underneath and poke the collar out (that's what I tend to do) and they come in LOADS of different colours. Perfect, purse friendly additions to your A/W wardrobe!  Although I did get them in a size bigger, just in case of any shrinking. The blue one is my favourite- the quality is much better than the pink and it's so soft and cosy!

I hope you enjoyed my little selection- obviously there are so many more but I didn't want to bore you too much with talk of jumpers! Although there are some particularly hideous-but-I-love-them Christmas jumpers in Primark.  A guilty part of me is slightly hoping Mum gets me one for a joke...

A little side note- I will be starting up a You Tube channel in the next few months so stay tuned for that and be sure to let me know of any videos you would like me to do! Don't forget to Like my page on Facebook and Follow my blog if you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading- hope you are all well! Have a lovely week!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Hello September!

So my friends, September has struck, the nights will be drawing in and before we know it, we'll all be decking the halls ready for Christmas and the snow will be falling, all around us (see what I did there? No? Oh...).

Autumn and Winter signal the end of our Summer here in the UK (if we've had one that is...) and, for me, I often think, well the years all down hill from here. I know many of you will also share this pessimistic thought; Winter goes on forever but Summer can be easily missed with a blink.

The Autumn and Winter blues last from September through til about April and we all unite in happiness when the sun appears and temperatures peak at about 10 degrees for the first time. But, aside from the rubbish weather, the majority of the day being in darkness and the extra weight we'll gain from either eating too much comfort food or wearing so many layers we hardly resemble our summer-selves anymore, these two dreaded seasons are actually the most exciting in most people's calendars. Sure, you might not be frolicking in a bikini on a beach in riduculous heat, but there is a lot to be happy about throughout some of the most 'depressing' months of the year.

Although it's been a lovely start to September, to try and boost the A/W morale, I thought we could all do with a few reasons to remember why A/W are great.

1. It's so so so pretty!
Even the biggest Sun Babies out there have to admit that, no matter where you are, it will always look so much better when splashed with turning leaves or with a sprinkle of snow.

All photos in this post taken from Pinterest

2. Fun and frolics!
It is no secret that this season harbours the most exciting and fun festivals of the year! You kick it all off with Halloween- dressing up badly and eating all the sweets humanly possible without judgement? Sold. A few days later you get Bonfire Night- pretty lights in the sky, sparklers and burgers, there's not really much not to like (unless you are vegetarian, but even then it's pretty great....). Our American friends get Thanksgiving and I get my Birthday and then the Daddy of all the holidays- Christmas! Now personally, I enjoy the build up slightly more than the actual day but still- food, crap telly, family, presents (don't pretend you don't love that part, I won't believe you), believing in Santa just for Christmas Eve cos you have the mass panic that maybe he actually does exist so you have to believe (...just me?) and those cheesy songs you know every word to and that you love to hate and hate to love. Once you've slept that off, it's time to see in the New Year, surrounded by friends and lots of alcohol (if you are over the legal drinking age obviously- please drink responsibly!).

3. Swapping your tea/coffee for hot chocolate with marshmallows.
This one is a lot less specific to me, I don't actually drink tea or coffee, but hot chocolate is always a winter warmer. Especially the honeycomb one they do in Costa. Oh. My. God. And at last, this is the time of year where you can buy as many as you like without feeling judged for not picking something healthier or colder or less fun, like an iced smoothie.

Mugs of hot chocolate all-round!
4. Great TV
Okay, so some of it isn't great, but it is perfect cold night in TV (X Factor, I'm looking at you!). It seems producers and writers and such like have caught on that people are less inclined to venture out into the depths of Winter, and so they all make the best TV around this time of year. Cue Downton, millions of returning comedies and loads of new dramas, not to mention all the Christmas specials. Get your Sky + ready! Get yourself a onesie, a sofa, a glass of wine, a blanket and the TV remote, light the fire and make yourself comfortable.

Cosy Fireplace

5. Finally, the clothes! 
Couldn't let a post pass without a mention of this. The clothes that come out every A/W are always 10x better than the Summer ones, well for me anyway. You can't beat a new coat, some jumpers and a cosy scarf. I love neutrals for A/W (how predictable, I know) and you really can't let A/W pass without a good pair of boots. Get shopping and get cosy!
I hope that banished those pre-Winter blues for some of you! I know it's not quite Winter yet and it's far too early to get excited for Christmas, but I'm trying to be more positive about the coming months because I really am not a fan of Winter! As many of you prepare to go back to school/uni/work after a hectic Summer, I hope this makes you feel excited about the time to kill until Summer returns!

Quote about fall, and one I personally find so true. I enjoy the flowers of spring, but give me the autumn leaves and I am in bliss

Happy September!