Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mini Spring fashion haul

I thought i'd share with you a few things i've brought over the last few weeks, i'm meant to be saving money but you know how it is!
I'd heard that Matalan had a few good pieces in for Spring, it's not a shop i ever think to go in but there's one nearby so i thought it could be worth a run out- and it was. I picked up these 2 tops and resisted my instinct to purchase black and stuck with light and airy white and cream. I love the sheer panels in the tee and the quilted texture of the quarter length sleeved top. I think they were £14 each -steal!

From Topshop i picked up some tops and although we are getting psyched up for the warmer weather in the UK it's still pretty chilly, so i think the daisy print jumper will be a useful transitional piece. But the pastels and summer crops were calling my name, especially this lilac crop which i'll wear to brighten up jeans. I also grabbed this grey crop which i've worn under an unbuttoned shirt with high waisted jeans, and when it gets warmer it'll be a great staple top to pair with almost anything.

Lastly i picked up some super summery Joni jeans from Topshop, the Joni's are my favourite jean, super high waisted and flattering and they come in so many colours. I've been wanting some white jeans but i don't know if i'm brave enough to try and pull off such a bold colour, so i went for these light washed blue ones. The style of the dying means all the pairs in the shop had varied colouring but i think these were the best of the bunch with their subtle ombre effect.

What have you been buying for Spring?

Monday, 7 April 2014

Spring beauty switch-up

In Spring it's not just fashion you can change up, i also think it's a great excuse to break out some seasonal makeup. I don't have a different makeup routine for each season, but i do think some lip colours and nail polishes are best suited to certain times of year.

When you start to get a bit of a tan it's important to make sure your base is matching your newly bronzed skin tone. Sadly it's still a bit early in the season to have the chance to tan in the UK, but once i get a bit of colour i like to switch to my mac foundations. Face And Body gives a light and dewy finish in the warmer weather, and Pro Longwear Studio Foundation SPF 15 in NC20 is my darkest shade to match my tan. The Revlon Photoready cream blush is a vibrant coral/orange which really compliments tanned skin.

For lips i enjoy using brights, nudes and pinks. I'm not a fan of pink when it comes to clothes and accessories but i think they add a lovely colour to your lips in the Spring. Ranging from natural, to coral, to fuchsia there's a pink shade to suit everyone and i love experimenting with them all.

I think nail polish is where you can have the most fun, and pastel shades are my favourites whether it be lilac, mint green, baby blue, pale pink, or any other delightful Spring shade. On the other hand i also love being able to wear neons and brights with blood orange, electric blue, lemon yellow and neon pink being favourite shades in my collection.

How do you like to brighten up your look for the sunnier weather?

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Skincare saviours

I am forever fighting a battle with my skin, although it doesn't cause me trouble with excess oil or dryness i am always fighting a complexion issue. My skin type is normal but is also very prone to blemishes which i am constantly trying to tackle. In recent months i've really got into skincare as beforehand i was a face wipe and moisturiser kind of girl *hangs head in shame*. Since upping my skincare game my skin has improved a lot, but i have also accepted i am just one of those people who will never have great skin.

Here are the products i use on a regular basis to try and aid my problem skin:

Origins Out Of Trouble mask- I use this 10 minute mask a couple of times a week, or more if needed, to help with blemishes across my face. I apply this all over, leave for the recommended time and remove with a warm flannel.

Superfacialist Tea Flower Deep Clean Pure Purifying Clay Mask- I'd read that clay masks are good for drawing out the impurities from your pores, resulting in all the nasties being removed from your skin. This is the newest addition to my regime but i like to alternate using it with the previous mask. I feel this clay mask gives a deep clean rather than just tackling visible blemishes. I once again apply all over the face, leave for around 5 minutes and remove with a warm flannel.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo- I wrote about this product when i purchased it a while ago and since then its become a regular in my routine. I apply the gel-like product on problem areas every morning and evening before moisturising and it has helped keep angry breakouts and bay, and i find blemishes calm down a lot faster when i've given them a dose of this!

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash- I use this once a week after cleansing to give my face an extra clean. A tiny bit of this goes a long way as it froths up when you start working it onto the skin. I'm not sure if this aids my blemishes but it leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean and deep cleaned.

Origins Super Spot Remover- This is my second bottle of the stuff, and although you pay a fair amount of money for a 10ml helping it does last a long time. I apply a tiny dab of this onto individual blemishes  as a final step in my routine, i don't use it everyday, only when really needed. I find this reduces angry blemishes quickly and doesn't dry out the area which i have found to be the case with previous spot treatments.

I am not claiming these products give me amazing skin, but they have helped a lot with keeping my skin on track!! Can any of you recommend any of your holy grail skin saviours?