Hello!

I was recently contacted by the lovelies at Chums to ask if I would be interested in collaborating with them to talk about my tips on transitioning my fashion through seasons. I actually have a few tips on this and so was all too happy to work with the brand, who are sponsoring this post.


In a survey by Chums, it was found that 63% of people surveyed considered comfort to be the most important factor in clothes, followed by price. It was also found that 52% of the women surveyed said their favourite season to dress for is Summer.

As you all will know, I'm a curvy lass and as I've mentioned on here numerous times, I do find it difficult to find fashion that suits each season without having to spend a fortune.  To combat that, I like to buy pieces that transition throughout each season, for which I don't mind spending a bit more on.

Here are a few pieces I like to invest in:

1 - A Good pair of jeans or trousers
I'm not a big lover of jeans - I can just never find a pair that I really like! I like to invest in a pair or two of trousers like these ladies cotton trousers from Chums.
If you can, choose them in a shade you're likely to wear again in a few months - there's no point buying pastel trousers in Spring, it just means you limit yourself to spring/summer use. I would buy them in Black, Grey, White or navy blue which are all transitional colours.

2 - An LBD
Every woman needs a little black dress in their wardrobe that can be worn for staff meetings, work do's, night's out with the girls, a christening or even a funeral. An LBD can be worn in so many different ways. For me personally, I'd choose an LBD which is a midi length (not too short for work days, not too long that it's too formal) and with minimal detailing. Always opt for a mid sleeve so that in winter it's not too cold and in Summer, it's not too hot. Dress it up with heels, belts, bags, jackets or jewellery.

3 - A Blazer or short jacket
I wear a blazer or short jacket with almost everything. Layers are key to comfort in my opinion - I get hot quite easily and so even in the winter, a coat is sometimes not the best option for me. I prefer a nice - relatively lightweight - blazer. They smarten up every outfit and can be dressy or casual depending on how you style it.

4 - A Pencil Skirt
Everything I've mentioned, including the pencil skirt, seems quite 'formal' but the pencil skirt is a fully transitional piece. You can go from office chic to 50's rockabilly or even sassy siren. I'd wear a pencil skirt (midi length) with boots and a jumper in the winter, with converse and a leather jacket for an edgy day look and with a cropped top and heels for evening.

So there you have my tips on picking transitional pieces! feel free to leave your tips below!

*This was a Collaborative post with Chums.

#StyleIsTimeless

5.25.2017

I was recently contacted by Monshea to ask if I fancied testing out some of their products. Monshea is a natural beauty brand with incredible ingredients.


Monshea® African shea butter oil, is a natural plant oil containing multi-vitamins, vitamins A, E & F. It is fractionated from premium grade unrefined Shea butter and is a rich, but light oil that immediately softens your skin on application. It also hydrates and evens out your skin tone whilst also combatting signs of ageing.

I was most interested in trying out their scalp oil. The Monshea® Scalp Oil can be used directly on scalp as desired. The refreshing peppermint and rosemary essential oils infused into the rich shea oil, contribute to relieving and invigorating dry itchy scalps.

Obvs, I've mentioned this 1000000 times, but I have psoriasis on my scalp so I have to be careful which products I use on my scalp and I do get a bit scared when I'm asked to try out a new hair product. Being that this one is natural, I felt in safe hands.

The tub recommends using this 2-3 times a week, so I did just that for 2 weeks and the results were pretty impressive.

First off, just a wee word of warning, this tends to leak a bit so be sure to store it in an upright position and keep it away from heat to avoid the oils overly melting.

After the first use, I expected my hair to be a bit greasy but actually, it wasn't heavy on my hair at all. I also expected a wee bit of irritation but actually, it was cooling and didn't sting at all (not even on the sore areas of my scalp!).

As time went on, my scalp was still feeling a bit itchy and irritated. I was almost giving up hope, until using it for the second week which is where I noticed the real difference. My scalp became less and less irritated and some of the dry patches were starting to go away. I noticed less flaking too which is amazing after 2 weeks.

Monshea do other products, including the Monshea® Hair Oil which is blended with a generous quantity of Argan oil & essential oils such as Ylang- Ylang and Rosewood, creates the perfect product to control frizz and hydrate colour treated hair, giving a glossy shine without the heaviness & greasiness other styling products.

I did love this for the ends of my hair in particular but did find using this all over my hair made it somewhat greasy - probably as a result of using both the hair and scalp oils together.

Have you tried Monshea? you can view their range here.

H x

Monshea Hair Products

5.24.2017

When the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Divine Perfection landed on my desk one morning, I was more than excited to try it out.  It claims to have a full coverage with a velvety matte finish and it astonishingly claims to last 24 hours.


So first off, this is available in 40 shades which thrilled me, because I am so fair that finding a foundation that matches my complexion is near impossible. There is a colour matcher online, which can be found here.

I followed the steps online, and matched myself as shade Cool #010 Beige Porcelaine. When the shade arrived, I instantly knew this was too dark for me. There were two lighter shades available, but my skintone looked very similar to the model's which is supposed to be porcelain. Essentially, what I'm saying is, is if you're unsure of the shading, go to a lancome stand where possible and get colour matched.

So moving on to the product itself...

I started out using a Real Techniques expert face brush to apply this. I found it was difficult to blend and was a little patchy while it was drying, so I switched to using a damp beauty blender and whilst it helped, I'd say it still was tough to blend and was a tad patchy.

I ended up taking all of it off and re-applying. This time, using a serum (Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair) as a primer and whilst I had to work fast with the foundation, it was definitely 10x easier to apply. The 'patches' I was referring to earlier must have been dry patches because I found I had a decent finish.

This definitely lives up to the description of being matte with a velvety finish and whilst I'm unsure if this would last 24 hours, It did last a good 12 hours before I removed it. It didn't get oily throughout the day, it didn't budge.

I did find this a little harder to remove which means it obviously has great lasting power - so be sure to use an oil based makeup remover to take this off.

My overall thoughts on this? If I could get matched at a counter, and as long as I had very well moisturised skin, then I would repurchase this. It was a bit of a faff but the way forward it definitely to use a beauty blender and to use a moistening spray as you apply if you find it's too stubborn.

Generally speaking though, I prefer a medium coverage with a semi matte finish so this isn't necessarily for me, but that's just a personal preference.

Have you tried it out?

H x

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Divine Perfection

5.18.2017

If you didn't know already, Asos don't just sell fashion, they also have a pretty kick ass beauty section which stocks everything from Nars to Rimmel. I was lucky to get my grubby little mitts on a few items from their beauty section. Enter the Nars Orgasm Traveler's Set.


I actually have two of these sets as a friend bought me one as a thank you gift recently - Yes, I am lucky!

So first off - the shade.

Orgasm is a coral shade which has a fine gold shimmer through it. It's a bit of a cult beauty product in the blogging and beauty industry in general, because it apparently works for every skin tone.

For me, coral just ain't my shade. I don't suit it at all on my lips because I have naturally yellowy teeth, but as a blush or highlight, this really warms my skin without being too orange.

The shade of orgasm has summer written all over it so if that's your jam, this is for you.

What about the coverage & finish? 

The blush is pretty pigmented and because it is a powder blush, I find it blends well without dispersing into nothing but at the same time, isn't so pigmented that you'll end up with a 'stripe'. The shimmer in this is fine and although is glowy, doesn't look like you've been using glitter hair spray on your face - LOL!

The multiple is a cream product that I was a bit nervous to use, considering how rubbish I am at blending cream blush. However, I used a damp beauty blender to work this in and it worked really nicely without moving my foundation underneath. This is definitely buildable and upon first application is pretty subtle, but with a second application this is more like a dewy version of the powder blush.

Finally is the Illuminator. I use this on the high points of my cheeks like a highlighter but I also like using this on my decolletage which just makes it look a little bit glowy and adds a hint of colour to it. This is very sheer and has a little bit more gold glitter than the other products but is still a really nice product.

If I ran out of the blush, I would repurchase. I'm not so sure about the multiple or the illuminator if I'm honest because it's unlikely I would reach for either of them very often.

Are you a Nars Orgasm fan? let me know in the comments below!

You can get yours at Asos.

H x


Nars Orgasm Traveler's Set

5.17.2017

If you've seen my picture (look at my DP to your right) then you'll know I'm fairer than snow white. I'm so pale, I look like Casper the Friendly Ghost with teeth. LOL! I'm a huge advocate of using SPF to protect my skin from harmful rays and to minimise the risk of cancer, I avoid tanning cabs at all costs.


So how do I get a bit of a glow? 

When I was contacted by Ellisons (who I am collaborating with for this article) asked me to share my sunless tanning tips, I was all too happy to. It's something I feel really strongly about and I have a few tips I'm happy to share.

Obviously, the way to sunless tanning is by using fake tan, but there are a few tips I've picked up along the way.

1 - EXFOLIATE
No tan looks nice if you have patchy dry skin, so I like to do a routine of exfoliating my body twice per week and that way if I decide to spontaneously use fake tan then I'm ready to go.

2 - SHAVE IN ADVANCE
Whether you shave or wax or thread or tweeze - whichever method you do or don't use for hair removal - if you plan on tanning, make sure you do your hair removal routine a day in advance to avoid the tan gathering in the hair follicles.

3 - USE A GRADUAL TAN
If you're like me and have skin problems (psoriasis in my case)then a gradual buildable tan might be for you. These usually come in the form of a moisturiser which can be applied daily to achieve the look you like which is much gentler on the skin

4 - USE TAN WITH A GUIDE COLOUR
To avoid streaks or missed patches, use a tan that has a guide colour - this way you'll be able to see any parts you've missed

5 - MOISTURISE
The day after tanning, make sure you moisturise - particularly at dry places like elbows and knees - it'll prolong your tan :)

So there's my tips for Sunless Tanning! I personally like the St Tropez gradual tanning range, but I also like drugstore versions (including the dove one!).

Let me know if you have any tips below! Thanks so much to Ellisons for collaborating with me on this post.

*This is a collaborative post.

Sunless Tanning

5.16.2017

All Beauty recently sent me a Gatineau beauty box which promises to transform your skin in just five days.  All Beauty have challenged me with their #GatineauChallenge where I'll be testing the products out over five days to see if it truly does transform my skin.


Ahh I do love a good flatlay! #BloggerLife haha!

The box contains six products which promise to transform the skin in just five days which I will be putting to the test in the next few weeks, so be sure to come back and see the results!

Inside the box, you'll find:

- Double-Sided Cleansing Cloth in a bag
- Gentle Eye Make-up Remover 50ml
- Melatogenine Refreshing Cleansing Cream 50ml
- Radiance Enhancing Gommage 15ml
- Melatogenine Future Plus Mask 15ml
- Melatogenine AOX Advanced Rejuvenating Cream 15ml

The box is worth £63.95 and costs just £19.95 on AllBeauty 

I'm excited to give this a go! My skin has been changing recently for some reason. I normally have dry cheeks but overall combination skin in general but more recently, my skin has been much oilier and prone to breakouts. I'm hoping the #GatineauChallenge will sort it out!

Stay tuned!

To buy this box and test it out yourself, visit the AllBeauty website.

*This post contains Affiliate Links.

#GATINEAUCHALLENGE

5.12.2017

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