Updated Morning Skincare Routine

I’ve written quite a few skincare routine posts over the past couple of years however I tend to change what I use from one season to the next. My skin has been particularly problematic lately as it’s somehow managing to be dry as well as oily which is definitely not something that I’m used to.

I’ve been trying a lot of new products, most of which are extremely affordable, so I thought that I’d share my favourites with you in case your skin is suffering in the cold weather too.

Cleanse

To cleanse my skin i’ve been loving the Neutrogena visibly clear pink grapefruit face scrub, it leaves my skin feeling clear and healthy and smells delicious. It lightly exfoliates too which helps to banish any blackheads and dry patches.

It retails at around £4 however Boots have a 2 for £5 offer on at the moment.

Tone

For toner I’m using Pixi’s glow tonic which helps to smooth my skin and reduce blemishes. It also has 5% glycolic acid which exfoliates and banishes blackheads.

It retails at £18 for 250ml which is quite pricey but totally worth it for the results it gives.

Moisturise

Neutrogena’s visibly clear oil free pink grapefruit has been the moisturiser I’ve been using over the past month or so, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated without looking greasy and is the perfect base for makeup.

It retails at around £5 but again there is a 2 for £5 offer on at boots.

Eye cream

For eye cream I use the Boots essentials cucumber eye gel which is lovely as it cools the eye area and reduces any puffiness.

It retails at £1.50 which is an absolute bargain!

Whats are your favourite skincare products?

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Spring Wish List

With the weather finally warming up a little I thought I’d share with you my top fashion picks this spring!

Black Denim Dungarees

Image 1 of ASOS 90s Style Dungarees

These ASOS dungarees are perfect for casual wear and will help you transition into the warmer months as you can wear a jumper underneath while its still chilly and then t-shirts throughout the summer.

Suede Jacket

Image 4 of Pimkie Suedette Zip Biker Jacket

This suede biker jacket is the perfect spring alternative to my trusty black leather one.

Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses like this one from Warehouse are a wardrobe staple as they are perfect for pretty much any occasion. They can be dressed up with a pair of heels and a statement necklace or dressed down with some flats or converse for everyday wear.

Fringe

tassle bag

tassle boot

The fringe/tassel trend is going to be big this summer and I think these items from H&M are the perfect way to incorporate it effortlessly into your everyday style.

What’s on your spring wish list?

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Winter Fashion Favourites

All of the styles I love this winter!

Camel Coat

I absolutely love this coat from Topshop but it never seems to be available in my size!

It retails for around £65

Knee length boots

These suede boots from River Island would look great with dresses and skirts!

They retail at £100 but there are a lot of cheaper alternatives available.

Lace Up Heels

These shoes are perfect for any parties throughout the festive season!

These particular ones from H&M retail at £29.99

Embellished Beanies

I love wearing hats like this!

The one I have (similar to the black one above) was from Primark for £4!

Jumper Dresses

Jumper dresses and woolly tights are perfect on cold winter days! So cosy and chic.

What are your winter fashion favourites?

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Autumn Fashion Favourites

Leather Dresses


I absolutely love wearing dresses like this in the autumn/winter months with a shirt or jumper underneath.  I got this one from Topshop last year in the sale for £15 so I’m not sure if its still available but there’s lots of different styles in the shops at the moment!

Heeled Boots

tanga black mid heel ankle boots from Carvela Kurt Geiger

I’ve been lusting after these Miss KG shoes for months, they’re £150 but you can find much cheaper alternatives. Ankle boots like this look great with absolutely any outfit and make you look slightly more dressy and put together.

Trench Coats

This coat from Topshop goes with absolutely any outfit and is so comfortable, I’ve been wearing it non stop lately! It cost £85 which I don’t think is too bad as I know I’m going to get lots of wear out of it.

Long sleeve shirts


Image 1 of ASOS Premium Jersey Shirt

Shirts like these are great for layering and can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.

Moleskin Leggings

Black Faux Suede Leggings

I got this pair of leggings from Primark for £7 and have worn them constantly since! They are so warm and comfortable and look amazing under a slouchy jumper.

What are your favourite pieces for autumn?

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Updated Haircare Routine For Long Hair

I did a haircare routine back in April 2013 but since then most of the products that I used have changed; so I decided to create an updated post informing you how I maintain my long, fine hair.

Shampoo And Conditioner

I tend to switch out my shampoo and conditioner quite a lot, but lately i’ve been using the L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology line and I’m loving it! It makes my hair look so much thicker and volumised whilst still feeling smooth and sleek.

Hair Oil

After running out of my beloved Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil I decided to try out the OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil as it is slightly more affordable at £6.99 from Boots. It claims to ‘penetrate the hair shaft restoring shine and softness whilst strengthening’ the hair. I’m not 100% sure about the strengthening part as I’ve only used it for a few weeks, but it does make your hair soft, shiny and manageable without leaving any sort of residue. All is spread a small amount (about the size of a 20p piece) throughout the lengths and ends of my damp hair and then  comb it through to distribute. Then when I blow dry my hair it’s left both feeling and looking glorious.

Root Lifting Spray

I recently started to use the Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray to add volume to my roots, read what I think about it here.

Heat Protection

I use the Avon advance techniques heat protection styler if I’m going to blow dry, straighten or curl my hair, which isn’t very often. This spray is light, affordable and smells lovely which is always a bonus.

Hair Mask

I use coconut oil weekly to  help keep my hair and scalp healthy. Read about how I use it here.

Brushes

As for brushes I’m still using my tangle teezer which you can read about in my last haircare routine post.  I also use a wide tooth comb when my hair is wet to avoid any unnecessary breakage.

Tips for growing long hair

  • Cut down on washing your hair. I’ve got extremely fine hair and I found this step hard when I was growing out my hair as I always felt like my hair looked so greasy on the second day! Just use some dry shampoo (batiste is my favourite) and try and make the time between washing longer, after a few weeks you’ll start to notice that your hair doesn’t look as greasy on the days after washing and you’ll notice huge amounts of hair growth  after a couple of months, trust me! I only wash my hair twice a week now and it has never been so long and healthy.
  • Do coconut oil hair masks. Coconut oil is absolutely amazing for your hair, saturate both your scalp and ends in it, cover with a shower cap and sleep on it. Yes you’ll look crazy but it’s honestly worth it! When you wake up, shampoo your hair twice and it will be left feeling like silk. It will also help with growth as it’s keeping your scalp healthy too.
  • Stop using hot tools! Using straighteners or curlers on your hair daily makes it brittle and more likely to break, meaning your goal of long hair will never be achieved. I’m not saying never use them, just try and cut it down to once or twice a week.

What are your favourite hair products?

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