Skin Prep - The Edit

Disclaimer: Although I work for The Body Shop this in no way effects my opinion
Once a week I like to treat my skin to a good scrub, exfoliating helps to improve circulation and remove dead skin cells as well as the remnants of the weeks fake tan, here are a few of my favourite products I use to prep my skin...

Pulp Friction by Soap and Glory is an in the shower exfoliator, it is incredibly foamy so lathers up really well, this is packed with fruity ingredients like frozen yuzu, orange oil, green fig and jungle pomelo essence which combine to give a gorgeous zesty fragrance, it also contains peppermint oil and lemonade tree liquid which give a fresh feel, I like to use this with exfoliating gloves to get the most out of the product. After applying this to damp skin I rinse off to reveal baby soft tan free limbs!

Another Soap and Glory product I like to treat my skin to is the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub, now the smell of this is literally good enough to eat, the ingredients list which contains a combination of oats, shea butter, sugar, bananas, almond and honey extracts sounds like a recipe for a cake, and all combined give this scrub a heavenly maple syrup scent. The sugar gives the scrub an abrasive texture which gently lifts away dead skin cells, like Pulp Friction I use this scrub in the shower on wet skin and scoop the product out of the tub and apply in circular motions and then rinse.

After all that exfoliating my skin is in need of a little hydration, lately I have been loving The Body Shop's Wild Argan Oil range, the body butter provides 24 hour hydration so is perfect for applying before bedtime, the texture is rich and the smell is luxurious. I apply this all over the body paying particular attention to dry areas such as elbows, knees and heels.

What is your skin prep routine? I would love to know your go to products.

Day to Night

Subtle styling changes can take a pretty floral dress from day to night...

I picked up this dress from Bershka a couple of weeks ago, it has a super pretty floral print that is easy to dress up or down, for a more casual event such as lunch with friends I paired this dress with a Topshop leather jacket and my H&M black heels, the leather adds another dimension to the outfit giving it a tougher edge. For the evening look I wore the dress with my vintage fur wrap and a pretty clutch from a charity shop, I also went for a dark lip to keep with the old Hollywood glamour theme.

Dress - Bershka
Jacket - Topshop
Bag - Charity Shop
Fur Wrap - Vintage
Shoes - H&M
Earrings - Brighton Laines 
Lipstick - Rimmel 107
Nails - The Body Shop Minty Amour

How would you style this dress?

Current Make Up Picks

Disclaimer: Although I work for The Body Shop this in no way effects my opinion. 
The products that have made the cut into my everyday routine, The brief? - fresh faced long lasting foundation, a golden glow and a touch of shimmer, the products used? read on...

As the weather has taken an autumnal turn the need for a super lightweight base is no more, and when it comes to foundations offering that little bit of extra coverage no one does it quite like Vichy, their Dermablend foundation is medium to full coverage and gives a slightly velvety finish without being too matte, a little also goes an incredibly long way so less is definitely more when applying.

For contouring I have been using a combination of my two favourite bronzers, the first is one of my most loved make up products - Nars Laguna, this just gives a very natural looking contour without looking muddy or too warm, I like to use my Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply this into the hollows of my cheeks and my temples etc, after I like to use a Kabuki brush to apply another matte bronzer - The Body Shop's Honey Bronzer in 03, the combination of the two create a subtle warmth to the skin and give that much needed definition of the cheekbone area.

The shimmer mentioned in the brief? Well look no further than The Body Shop's Shimmer Cubes, incredibly pigmented and bursting with shimmer these little squares of pure beauty goodness are perfect for creating all number of eye looks whether you want a light natural wash of colour on the lids or you want to go for a full on dramatic smoky eye. I have the Spring Bronze quad, this is packed with warm earthy tones that are very flattering.

To keep things in place and lasting all day I like to use a setting spray, The Body Shop's Vitamin E Face Mist is perfect for adding a little moisture as well as holding your make up in place - perfect if you have gone a tad overboard on the powder front and need to get things looking a little less cakey. This lightweight spray contains rosewater and is very refreshing, it is great for carry round in your handbag for on the go touch ups.

Let me know if you have tried any of these in the comments below:)

The Lifestyle Edit - Camden

Churros, Crystals and Cheap Jewellery... It could only be Camden...

A trip to London wouldn't be complete without stopping off in my favourite part of the capital - Camden. The street food alone is enough to entice anyone in but the vintage shops and stalls are some of my favourite places to pick up a second hand gem or two. This particular evening we hung out at the Electric Ballroom to see Fat White Family play.. they were insane by the way and the performance left the lead singer needing throat surgery - need I say more! 

We also stopped off at The Diner for a bite to eat but that really deserves a post all of it's own.

Strawberries, Cherries and an Angel's Kiss in Spring

A late Summer inspired look perfect for a casual date night...

Dressing for this time of year can often leave one in a slight predicament, if you had of listened to the weather reports over the last few weeks then all your summer clothes will have been neatly stored away until next year, however Summer isn't going as quietly as some predicted, this past week has seen some gorgeous English weather so I thought I would put a late Summer inspired look together.

Cropped top - Asos
Skirt - Asos
Hat - H&M
Shoes - H&M
Bag - Primark
Jewellery - Topshop/ New Look
Nail Varnish - The Body Shop Minty Amour

Mini Lush Haul

There is nothing quite like a Lush bath bomb at the end of a long day, here is what I picked up on a recent venture into Lush...

I love Lush products, their Karma scent is one of my all time favourite fragrances and the solid perfume stick is super long lasting, another favourite of mine is the Big Salt Shampoo - the most amazing shampoo if your looking for a voluminous beachy style. On my last trip I picked up two of the Bath Bombs, the first one was Butterball, this smells incredible, literally good enough to eat... I didn't, don't worry. This is perfect for dry skin as it contains some super moisturising ingredients like cocoa butter which soothes and softens the skin, it also contains ylang ylang which adds a sweet floral aroma to the bath water. Although this bath bomb didn't give my bath water a spectacular colour it really did leave my skin feeling wonderfully soft.

The other bath bomb I picked up was Honey Bee. Unlike Butterball this one did turn my bath water a gorgeous yellow hue as well as producing a few bubbles. The three main ingredients in this are Rhassoul Mud - a clay mud that cleanses and softens the skin, Honey which hydrates the skin and gives the bath bomb its lovely scent, and Aloe Vera which soothes the skin. It also contains Sweet Wild Orange Oil which adds to the refreshing fragrance.

What are some of your Lush must haves? Next time you pop into Lush be sure to purchase the Charity Hand and Body Lotion!

Haircare 101

The low down on my current hair routine, the new products I am loving and the staples that are here to stay...

I truly believe once you find a group of products that works wonders for your hair then there really is no need to chop and change your routine, saying that though of all the things I experiment most with it is haircare - there are just so many products out there! I may have found however my staple shampoo and conditioner duo, enter the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full range. The shampoo cleanses the hair without stripping it of all the essential oils needed to give hair its gorgeous shine, the clear gel like shampoo lathers up really well leaving you with squeaky clean locks that genuinely are touchably full, the formula also contains sea salt which helps to give hair added texture, the conditioner is great if your hair is tangle prone, a little goes a long way with this too!

If I don't have time to do the whole wash and blow dry thing I use the Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo, this is not only great for getting rid of grease, it also helps to boost hairs volume at the root for a freshly blow dried effect. If I do have time for a blow dry then I use the Trevor Sorbie Volume Thickening Spray, formulated with body building ingredients this helps to give long lasting volume and texture for a professional look, it feels lightweight on the hair so is ideal for layering with other products like the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray, this works in a similar way to build volume and give the hair lots of texture.

Bumble and Bumble's Un-Dressing Creme is a product I like to apply to either damp or dry hair to give freshly washed hair that grit and feel of next day hair, another product great for that is the Bumble and Bumble Dry Spun Finishing Spray, I like this to be the final step to my haircare routine as it holds the hair in the desired style as well as giving further texture and body.

What are some of your current favourites? Let me know in the comments below!
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