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My Favourite Beauty Products Helping Me Through Self Isolation.

So I didn't used to be overly interested in beauty products. I liked nice makeup and would love to receive beauty products as gifts, however it is not something I would choose to spend money on myself as clothes have always been my number one priority. I was every beauty experts worst nightmare taking my makeup off with a face wipe each evening and moisturising a few times a week at the most (please don't judge me!) but oh how the tables have turned. If I'm being honest I think it was my lack of knowledge on beauty products and brands which kept me in the same boring routine, however since working in the beauty industry I have a new found love for makeup and skincare and I have zero complaints.

I have learnt the importance of self care over the last few months, and not only is makeup and skincare good for your external appearance but also your mental health and wellbeing. The ritual of doing your skincare routine and feeling like you've been looking after yourself can do wonders for your mind, and your skin will really thank you for it later in life too. What better time to practice self care than now, and investing in some new beauty products could be just what you need.

At this strange time whilst the world is in self quarantine, it is even more important to look after yourself. Ok so having a skincare routine or doing a hair mask may not solve all of your problems, but it does keep a bit of routine and sanity and makes you feel great (even if just for an hour or so). Since my collection of beauty products has been growing over the last few months, I thought I would share some of my favourites with you which are helping me whilst I self isolate.

1. Freck Cactus Water, Rich Bitch Moisturizer and So Jelly Eye Jelly

There was something which really drew me to Freck products. I'd had them on my wishlist for a while, and one day I thought fuck it and bought all three. I had previously bought their faux freckle product which I fell in love with so I couldn't wait to try more. These three products are regulars in my morning and evening routine and I actually think they are what started my true love for skincare.

- The cactus water is a gentle toner which includes Lactic Acid, Cactus Flower Extract and Kelp Extract which promotes a smooth and healthy looking completion. I haven't previously had much experience with toners however I know some can be a bit harsh on your skin, but this is a gentle formula which has really helped balance my skin and the evenness and it helps to remove any last traces of makeup before applying serums, oils and moisturisers.

- Rich Bitch moisturiser is a lightweight formula which I use morning and evening. It is an amazing every day moisturiser for any skin type and although it is classed as a rich moisturiser, it isn't too heavy on the skin. I'm quite lucky with my skin and don't have many issues with it, however I had never found a moisturiser I truly loved until I found this one and it is an essential part of my routine. With Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Kelp Extract and Rosemary Leaf Extract, it is super hydrating and keeps me looking glowy! (It also smells amazing).

- Again I have never really fallen in love with an eye product, however I fully rate the Freck So Jelly Eye Jelly. It feels very soothing when you apply it to the eye area (perfect for making you feel a bit more awake in the mornings) and it is super hydrating. It also helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles, and it contains Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Cactus Flower Extract and Olive Fruit Oil.

(Freck products are all vegan and cruelty free)

2. The Bodyshop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

Plumping is definitely what I need for my tired and stressed skin whilst I am in self isolation! The Bodyshop face masks are hands down my favourite (I regularly use this one and the Nicaraguan Coffee Intense Awakening Mask every week) and the Rose mask is a gel formula which makes your skin feel super refreshed and hydrated! Everyone loves a glowy skin look, and introducing this mask into my routine has definitely helped me to achieve that. The gel texture makes it a gentle and refreshing mask I usually use around 2 - 3 times a week. Top tip - apply with a face mask brush to feel a bit boujee during self isolation.

3. Coach Dreams Eau De Parfum (gifted)

You HAVE to make sure you stick to a routine and keep normality whilst being in self isolation, and you really start to appreciate the little things. Ok so i might not be going anywhere or seeing anyone, but smelling good really helps to uplift my mood. I received the Coach Dreams perfume in a PR package the other day, and even if I won't be leaving the house this will definitely be my go-to perfume for Spring/Summer. It is a light and fruity fragrance with lasting woody notes perfect for wearing going into the warmer months, and the packaging and bottle are pretty great too! If you're into pink and sparkly, or just need a fresh new feminine fragrance then this is the one for you.

4. Starface Hydro Stars (gifted)

I'm quite fortunate with my skin and I have never really suffered with spots and acne. I get the occasional hormonal spot but nothing major! Although my skin isn't anything to complain about, I have definitely seen an increase in spots whilst I have been self isolating and working from home so the Starface Hyrdo Stars have been my saving grace. These hydrocolloid spot stickers help to clear up spots faster (I can confirm they work!) and also look super cute on your face too. Again the packaging is insane - I hate to say I love good packaging but it really does sell a product to me! They are also vegan and cruelty free, and once you run out you can purchase refills to fill up the cute and smiley box. It's a big yes from me!

5. We Are Paradoxx Game Changer Multi-Task Hair Mask

I HAD to include a hair product in the list and this hair mask from We Are Paradoxx has been my go-to recently. Being in self isolation is the perfect chance for us to look after our skin and hair and give them a well deserved break. Over the last week I have used very little heat on my hair to give it a break from daily curling and straightening, and this mask has been my best friend for helping it get back to it's best state. The kelp seaweed in the mask helps to improve the hair texture and adds strength and shine, and it transforms dull and damaged hair. I usually use this mask around twice a week, and my hair hasn't looked this healthy in a long time!

6. UpCircle Coffee Face Scrub Herbal Blend

Last but certainly not least is this incredible face scrub from UpCircle. I had heard everyone at work talk about this brand, but a face scrub just wasn't something I thought I needed in my life. I was wrong, and this brand needs far more attention. If you haven't heard of UpCircle, they recycle natural ingredients such as coffee grounds and chai tea spices bringing them back to life as beauty products which are 100% natural and much kinder to the planet.

This face scrub is one of the best smelling beauty products I own. It is a gentle scrub which works to buff away dead skin cells, and it is great for prepping your skin before masking and a good hydrating routine. Another staple product in my routine from UpCircle is the Organic Facial Serum with Coffee Oil (if you are a big coffee fan you will LOVE the smell of these products). I will definitely be adding more of their products to my routine soon and it is very quickly becoming one of my favourite beauty brands.

Feeling Lost But That's OK

I have to say I have felt a bit lost for a while now in many different ways. I can’t say this is having a huge impact on me negatively as it’s ok to feel like that sometimes, and I have a feeling this will all change for the better very soon. My blog used to be a place I would use to showcase my outfits but also spill my guts if I didn’t fancy saying things out loud, and to be honest my blog has been very absent with only a few posts going live in the last few years. I used to love posting on here, however my writing creativity vanished and I found more excitement in taking pictures and styling rather than sitting down to write essays. After feeling inspired again by reading other peoples blogs, it is my mission to be more active on here talking to you about my favourite fashion finds and anything you might find useful! Also can we just talk about how many pictures are wasted from my shoots? When I shoot an outfit on average I take around 500 pictures (ridiculous I know but I have a habit of getting carried away!), so this is a great excuse to show you the pictures which don’t make it to the gram.

I won’t talk about anything too personal in this blog post as it’s probably not what you’re here for, but one way I have felt lost is through my Instagram. It might sound stupid and isn’t something which would be obvious if you are a regular on my feed and stories, but I got to a point where I was pretty unhappy with my content! I was looking at my favourite influencers feeds and comparing mine to theirs - why did mine not look like that? To be honest I don’t think my followers are as engaged with my content when it looks how I want it to and my favourite pieces of content often receive the least engagement, but I am getting to a place where I accept this is ok and if I like it then it doesn’t matter.

Time is a big thing for me - specifically my lack of it. Working a full time job and also working with brands for my own social media can be a struggle but hopefully very worth it in the end! I may have a lack of free time, however I have found that putting in that extra little bit of time can make the world of difference. I have a habit of waking up on a Saturday morning with no idea what I want to shoot, and I end up quickly pulling outfits together I may not necessarily be happy with. I studied fashion styling at uni and I want this to be reflected in my content! I made some moods boards a few weeks ago, have been more forward planning with my outfits and have been more picky with my locations and guess what? I am finally happy with my content!

I also very regularly find myself getting lost with my style but I’m starting to have an “if it isn’t broken then why fix it” approach to the way I dress. I love blazers, I love leather, I don’t wear much colour or prints, I REALLY love neutrals and beiges at the moment and I am a boot girl through and through. Experimenting with your style can be fun and beneficial in many ways, but I have my comforts and I love to stick to them! That does however get a bit boring and pulling out similar pieces over and over again doesn’t feel very creative. With the sustainability issues in fashion it is constantly on my mind to try and cut down the amount of clothes I buy, so it experimenting really a good idea any more? I may have still been buying, but my favourite things have been the classics - a Topshop trench coat, a faux leather Zara blazer and this classic stone coat from ASOS (yes I have a jacket problem). If you’re feeling lost with your style but don’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe, spend the day trying on your old favourites and pulling new outfits together with the things you already own!

It only seemed fitting to post this with my favourite shoot I have done recently on the way to finding myself again!

Coat - ASOS
Dress - Nasty Gal (sold out)
Boots - Public Desire
Bag - ASOS
Sunglasses - ASOS

20% off Monki Jeans

Let's talk denim!
I have thoroughly enjoyed building my denim collection over the years and there are so many amazing styles and fits out there nowadays. I remember 10 years ago when it was only cool to wear skinny jeans, but now you can really express your personal style and build staple outfits with the jeans you choose to add to your wardrobe.
Monki have been one of my favourite brands for denim for a while now, and they have very kindly sponsored this blog post. Not only this, but they currently have 20% off all denim jeans in store and online from Friday 21st February until Sunday 1st March. Happy shopping!

Below are three outfits I have pulled together with some of my favourite style jeans from Monki.

Taiki off-white jeans (click to shop)
Having a cream or white pair of jeans in your wardrobe is a must! They are perfect for taking into Spring and Summer, however you don't have to restrict yourself to wearing them in the warmer months. I do find myself wearing a lot of black and darker colours throughout winter, however it can actually be a big mood lifter wearing lighter colours (definitely needed the majority of the time in rainy Manchester) and I have been wearing a lot of neutral tones over the last few months.

Cream/white jeans are just as easy to wear as black apart from giving you major anxiety about spilling your lunch on them if you're anything like me. If you're someone who wears a lot of colour a lighter jean makes colours pop, but if you wear a lot of black like me they add a bit more interested to your outfit without stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Kimomo Black Jeans (click to shop)
These are definitely the most wearable pair of the three, and the perfect black jeans which will literally go with anything in your wardrobe. These jeans tick two boxes for me - the perfect black wash and the perfect fit. I never reach for a skinny jean nowadays but it is nice to own a tighter fit, and these are somewhere between a skinny jean and a mom jean which is very hard to find!

I'm not going to lie, I wear black jeans 90% of the time as they are so easy to style. I tend to focus more on my outerwear as the statement piece in my looks, however these are a pair of jeans which deserve some attention too as they are such a classic. Finding the perfect every day jeans for your size and body shape is so important and I have definitely found mine.

Taiki jeans light blue (click to shop)
So I loved the Taiki style so much I got them in two colours. Admittedly I used to hate wearing blue jeans as I always feel very causal when I wear them, but learning to style them the right way can really make a statement. I have a lot of classic cuts and staple pieces in my wardrobe which are great for mixing and matching, and these jeans look great with so many pieces I own so they were a welcome addition to my wardrobe.

As I'm not someone who wears a huge amount of colour I would always wear whites, greys and blacks with blue jeans keeping the look very minimal. Again these are the perfect jeans for taking into the Spring/Summer months too!

Hello Autumn.

I have to say I was sad to say bye to our very short and not so sunny summer, but you really can't beat  autumn fashion so my wardrobe and Instagram feed (not my bank account) were very happy when October arrived. I am a major jacket fiend and that is the reason I never have any space in my wardrobe, but I persistently buy more to add to the unnecessarily large collection. Embarrassingly I'd say I've already purchased around 5 new jackets this season already along with having approximately another 10 filling my online baskets, but it would be rude not to share my best finds with you guys. Welcome the autumn jacket blog post (and my first blog post in about 8 months, sorry!).

This weekend was the first weekend of the season we experienced that crisp cold air, so I decided to take my new H&M coat for an outing. I kept the outfit pretty casual with a black tee and some premium looking knitted joggers from Zara along with my Dr Marten Jadon boots, and it truly did feel like autumn (or maybe more like winter?)! This coat is perfectly oversized and is a very wearable but unusual neutral colour which was a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I can't say my wardrobe has the most colourful palette, but this neutral tone adds something extra on those all black outfit days. It's that easy to throw on over anything but still looks great coat everyone needs in their wardrobe.

I usually tend to stick to more classic styles when it comes to coats so I can reintroduce them into my wardrobe year after year (although its inevitable I will continue to buy more than I need next year). I've seen a huge increase in people re-wearing old pieces on Instagram lately and being sustainable with our fashion is more important than ever, so choosing things wisely we will love for years to come is so important! There are a few staple go to's for outerwear for me I will always have in my wardrobe - a leather biker jacket, classic mac, black blazer, black tailored coat, neutral coloured coat and a shearling jacket.

Although I do have all of these in my wardrobe, it took me years to build the perfect outerwear collection as they don't all come cheap. I invested in expensive pieces opting for quality over quantity and spending that extra bit of money meant I still have and love all of these pieces now. However great outerwear doesn't have to be pricey and there are some great pieces on the high street at the moment including the coat I'm wearing in this blog post!

As mentioned earlier I've put together a selection of some of my favourite coats from this season below. I only ever shop on the high street and online, so they are all very affordable and with Black Friday just around the corner you'll be able to get some great deals on outerwear then! I will hopefully put together an edit of my favourite discounted pieces for Black Friday, so keep your eyes peeled nearer the time.

Coat - H&M
Joggers - Zara
T-shirt - COS
Boots - Dr Martens
Bag - Topshop (sold out)


December Sale Picks.

So I might be a bit late to the party, but today I have FINALLY got round to shopping the Boxing Day sales (online of course because I am still living in jogger heaven at my mums house until tomorrow). In all honesty I haven't had a lot of success this time around with sale shopping, but I've got to the stage in life where I've realised I don't need to buy things in the sale just for the sake of it. I have however found a select list of discounted items which have gone straight into my basket, and although some of them may still not be the cheapest, they are well and truly investment pieces I can't wait to add to my wardrobe.

With a selection of blazers, leather, statement shoes, leopard print and a few added extras, below are my favourite sale picks and I hope you love them just as much as I do.


The Perfect Drink For The Festive Season With Boë Gin

| Post sponsored by Boë Gin |

There are so many reasons to love the festive and party season, but my two favourites? The outfits and the amazing drinks! My social life seems to be the most exciting around this time of year (as it most likely is for everyone) and finding the perfect drink to share with your friends and family is just as exciting as going out itself. I've teamed up with Boë Gin to tell you why their Violet Gin is my drink of choice this season, and why you should add a bit of colour to your wardrobe at this time of year!

I don't think I know a single person who doesn't love Gin, and flavoured Gins are becoming more and more popular with Gin lovers everywhere. There are the usual raspberry and rhubarb flavours, but I have to say Violet gin isn't one I have tried or even heard of before until I discovered Boë Gin. I can confirm that it is without a doubt my new favourite! I am usually a simple Gin and Tonic girl because the classics are always best, and adding a splash of tonic to Boë's violet gin creates the perfect easy to make drink. Garnished with a cocktail stick of blackberries and not only does it taste great but it is also the perfect girly night out accessory.

If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, the world is your oyster when it comes to making drinks with your Boë Gin and it is such a great flavour to experiment with. The addition of violets creates a stylish gin with a light, delicate taste and beautiful colour and aroma which goes hand in hand with many different flavours. Why not try adding Prosecco for a fizzier more celebratory drink for Christmas Day and New Years eve, or mix with mint, lime and sugar topping with Soda water for a modern take on the Mojito (my favourite cocktail)!

When I think of Gin, it reminds me of good times with friends, dancing, and having a bit too much fun, and that's also what Christmas is for right?! So what better drink to accompany making memories this festive season. Not only does it taste great, but everyone will wonder what your drinking from it's amazing purple hue. I'm definitely not the only girl who thinks the girlier looking the drink the better!

But when it comes to dressing for party season, why not match your outfit to your favourite drink? I can't say I am usually one for wearing pinks and purples, or even colour at all for a matter of fact, but what better time of year to mix things up a little bit and the beautiful colour of the gin itself definitely inspired me to experiment with a bolder colour palette. A bright block colour dress is a bold statement, and who doesn't want to be the centre of attention at all the parties around festive season? I toned my look down with the addition of a black metallic blazer which also added some subtle sparkle, and my headband and rhinestone bag finished off the look nicely with a feminine touch.

If you're looking for the perfect Gin to kick off your Christmas, or even to give as the perfect present visit the website to order yours!

The Best High Street Winter Coats.

Even though just weeks ago I was complaining about how I didn't want Summer to end, coat shopping is without a doubt one of my favourite (but most expensive) times of the year. I am one of those idiots who thinks they need a brand spanking new outfit for every occasion under the sun, however I am definitely trying my best to change this since watching Stacey Dooley's "Fashion's Dirty Secrets"! I 100% recommend watching this if you haven't already! Although coat's aren't particularly pieces for "events" as such, it is the most dominant part of your outfit throughout winter, so having a million options is essential if you want to keep your fashion reputation going. I mean... who wants to be seen wearing the same thing 2 days in a row?!

I say this, however having a classic coat in your collection which goes with everything is a must. There is nothing worse than buying a brand new outfit and then getting home to realise your favourite coat looks terrible over the top, so in comes the classic coat - a staple for any sensible persons wardrobe. Apparently I wasn't sensible until this year as I don't think I have actually owned a smart black coat since High School! But it was definitely a worthwhile investment and I have worn it time and time again since adding it to the collection. Investment I say, however it was actually a bargain at under £55! So if you are in need of adding the perfect staple coat to your wardrobe look no further because I have found the best on the high street for you.

You're welcome xxx

My Outfit:

Coat - New Look
Trousers - Primark
Top - Loavies
Boots - Office


New Season Pieces - The Checked Trousers

There is something so exciting about being able to update your wardrobe when the season changes. Rekindling your love for old classics is refreshing along with finding new wears to wear them, but finding new pieces which are easy to style and perfect for the weather is just as (or even more) appealing. Welcome the checked trousers! I’m not going to lie, I bought these in Zara when I was in a rush without trying them and didn’t think much of them when I first tried them on, however after having an experiment with styling I can see them being one of my most worn pieces in Autumn/Winter.

Prints have been huge throughout the past few months particularly animal prints which all of you know I am obsessed with! Checks are my new thing and you might have started to notice a few different checks making their way onto my Instagram feed. Firstly with my Bershka check overshirt, then my Zara trousers in these pictures, and in one of my most recent posts I wore a Nasty Gal checked blazer dress. I am ALL about buying pieces you can dress up or down, and although checks initially scream casual, I think those three outfits on my feed really did give a good representation of how you can wear them in different ways.

Trousers seem to be my go-to item whenever I’m wanting to look and feel nice or stand out from the crowd a little bit - wide leg trousers in particular. They are my Friday “want to look nice for work as I could potentially be going for drinks later” item I reach for in the morning, and it’s safe to say I have an impressive collection. Stripes were my thing last year and I still wear many of them now, but these checked trousers could be kicking them off their top spot!

This outfit was a pretty thrown together last minute outfit which was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest (one of my favourite places for inspiration) but I actually think it has worked really well! Denim jackets add an effortlessly casual vibe to any outfit and I throw a pair of white boots on instead of black when I’m wanting to go for something a bit different. My favourite way of staying these trousers so far is fairly predictable but SO me at the same time - checked trousers, a white tee, leather jacket and black boots. An unbeatable combination which looks edgy, effortless and smart.

Trousers - Zara
Denim Jacket - Topshop
Boots - Mango (sold out)

All photos taken by the super talented photographer and blogger Liam Heeley. Go and check him out here on Instagram and his Blog.