Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Newest Wardrobe Additions! // Haul

Recently, when it comes to fashion, I've been taking some advice from Vivienne Westwood - "Buy less, choose well." I've been attempting to buy more timeless pieces that I know I can wear again and again, styling them up in endless ways. 
Here are a few of my latest purchases that I thought you'd all like a look at! I'll try and link as much as possible, if anything is sold out i'll add something similar. Enjoy. 

New Look Boots  £16.00 (similar here) //  Next Flats £28.00 (similar here) // Adidas Stan Smiths £67.00

Zara Ribbed Crop - Sale £5.99 (similar here

Primark £17.00 (similar here)

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Nip + Fab Glycolic Range // Review

So, I'm not at all an avid skin care enthusiast, but recently I've been trying a lot harder to keep my skin looking at least half decent.  I started by trying to find my own true skin type, I always thought I had oily skin - which made me over exfoliate my skin with really harsh abrasive scrubs and steer clear of intense moisturisers. 
After some research I realised my skin was in fact dehydrated, and the oil I was experiencing was my skin trying to compensate for all the exfoliating I was doing. I also realised whist researching, my skin was clogged and congested - this is when areas of the skin appear slightly bumpy (not necessary spots) and inflamed, and in my case I also had quite a few black heads forming. 
Once I'd found my skin type I started researching ways to care for it, the first thing I found out about congested skin was that acid exfoliators are much better than abrasive ones for this skin type, once I trawled the internet for affordable skin which had glycolic acid in it. Originally I was going to opt for the 'Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask' but reconsidered after I saw the hefty price tag. I then came across the 'Nip + Fab' range which is of course much more budget friendly. 

Nip + Fab Deep Cleansing Cream £7.95:-
Now, I'm not sure whether this cleanser is actually part of the glycolic range or not, but it is an intense, moisturising multi-purpose cream. Like mentioned previously, I was in need of a good hydrating moisturiser, so I thought I would start the hydration process by adding this into my cleansing routine.
Claims - 'Deep cleansing cream with uplifting Eucalyptus fragrance. A multi-purpose cleansing cream which melts away make up and deeply cleanses pores, for a clear and fresh complexion.'
How to use - 'Massage onto dry skin using circular motions. Rinse with warm water or remove with a muslin cloth rinsed in hand-hot water, to aid exfoliation. Use as a 10 minute face mask or apply a thin layer overnight as an intensive hydrating treat. Apply a small amount directly onto blemishes.'
The consistency of this cream is really thick, and has luxurious rich texture. I personally use a thin layer of this over night, when I wake up and my face feels super refreshed and looks so clear!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser £7.95:-
I tend to use this cleanser almost daily, as I only really use the 'Deep Cleansing Cream' as an overnight mask. I can honestly say that this is the best cleanser I have used. I apply this onto my face whilst its damp and it foams up really well, then I just rinse off. This is the only foaming cleanser I have tried that doesn't leave my skin feeling tight.
Claims - 'A deep cleansing and purifying formula for clear and radiant skin. 2% Glycolic Acid to gently exfoliate and retexture. Apple amino acid to cleanse and purify. Olive Oil to hydrate and smooth.'
How to use - 'Gently and thoroughly massage into damp skin. Rinse with lukewarm water.'
This cleanser has literally became my holy grail product, since I started using it I have seen such a difference in my skin. It is so much brighter and I hardly ever break out. One thing I would mention is that this isn't a cleanser you could use, morning and night as it may make the skin a little dry. I use it at night time only, and if I feel my skin getting the slightest bit dry I will use the 'Deep Cleansing Cream' to cleanse instead.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum £14.95:-
I have to say, this serum is amazing. I apply it at night before the 'Deep Cleansing Cream' and I'm pretty sure it has managed to lighten some scarring from previous blemishes. I have also noticed since using this, that my under-eye concealer creasing has became almost non-existent!
Claims - 'PoreAway visibility reduces the appearance of pores for a more refined and even looking complexion. 4% glycolic acid smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. PoreAway minimises the appearance of enlarged pores. Aloe Vera soothes and calms.'
How to use - 'Gently massage on to clean skin and allow to absorb thoroughly. Apply daily for visible results after 2 weeks.'
The consistency of this serum, is almost gel like. I apply it after using the 'Glyolic Fix Cleanser' and before the 'Deep Cleansing Cream'. It sinks in perfectly leaving almost no residue on the skin. 

I absolutely love this range and think it is well worth the money. There are quite a few more products in this range that I am interested in trying such as the 'Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads' and the 'Glycolic Fix Face Mask', if I ever end up trying them I will be sure to update you on my routine. 

P.S - I managed to grab this lot whilst it was on a half price offer in Tesco and whilst I write this post I know it's also half price in Boots at the moment too!

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Pinstripes For Spring // OOTD

Just a quick outfit post today, thought I'd share with you a recent vintage purchase I made - This amazing pinstripe shirt! I'm loving pinstripes at the moment and thought this would be perfect for spring.

I wanted the team the shirt with smart black trousers or jeans, but when I tried it out it seemed far too formal or the complete opposite, undressed. I decided to go with these New Look coated, leather look jeans - the sheen from them gives the look a sense of being 'put together' rather than just regular old jeans. My Adidas Stan Smith's have hardly left my feet since getting them around a month ago, I love the contrast of super casual and sporty trainers with this more structured outfit. Finally I thew on my trusty Primark duster coat which has served me so well over the past year, I can't get enough of it - its the perfect staple for almost any outfit. My accessories included my amazing Daniel Wellington watch which I received for christmas and a vintage silver ring I got from a vintage jewellery shop in Glasgow. 

I hope you enjoyed this outfit and look forward to more looks from me! 

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Copper Homeware // Haul

Clock // Storage // Tea light Holders // Cake Stand 

I have finally moved house! It's been totally stressful but my god, so worth it. 
Would you all like a room tour? 

As you have probably guessed from the last few homeware wish list posts, I am a tad obsessed with copper. This is just going to be a post on my little collection I've been saving for my move, and now I have I can finally show you all. Please excuse the quality of the above picture, I have yet to unpack my SLR camera (Whoops!).

I've been seeing copper everywhere recently, I think it looks absolutely striking in all white, minimal rooms (so Pintrest!). Both the clock and the ball shaped tea light holders in my haul are from Tesco's home section and surprisingly enough both in the sale too! I ended up paying £7.50 for the clock as it was reduced from the initial price of £22.00. I can't quite remember the price of the tea light holders - I think it was something ridiculously cheap though. The copper storage pots were also a complete bargain at £11.99 from TK Maxx, I've linked a similar style but check in your local stores as I have seen quite a few stocked in different stores. I love the fact it comes with four storage pots and a tray making it perfect for so many uses and switching up the look. Finally, the copper cake stand - this picture really does not do it justice, it's beautiful! Yet again the cake stand was another bargain costing a mere £3.00 from Tiger. 


Let me know your thoughts on the copper trend! 

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