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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Skincare Heroes

As I’ve grown older I’ve realised that skincare is so much more than taking your makeup off with a face wipe before bed. I now have an overflow of go-to products with a skincare routine which works for me and I feel like I’m winning at adulting.

Gone are the days when skincare seemed like a chore, now I relish in each and every one of the products I use and I'm forever social stalking beauty bloggers and beauty editors for must have products and newest releases (Sophie Beresiner and Alex Steinherr I’m looking at you!). I also try to have one make-up free day at the weekend, to give my skin a break.

One of my biggest beauty revelations of 2017 was Glossier. I’m sure you will have heard about them by now, but after being desperate for months and months to get hold of their products they are finally available to order in the UK. One of my favourite products is the milky jelly cleanser, I have tried so many cleansers I’ve lost count but this is ‘the one’. I am already on my second bottle and use it religiously every day. I just love how it feels on the skin and it’s ability to melt and budge the most stubborn of make-up. Another favourite from them is Boy Brow  (I know this is technically make-up but I just had to give it a shout out!) this is the answer to my lazy girl wants perfect-but-messy-brow prayers. I literally want to bulk buy it so I’m never without! Have you tried any Glossier products? Which is your favourite? 


Along with Glossier, another brand I fell in love with was The Ordinary. Looking at their prices, I couldn’t quite believe the quality of these products! The salicylic acid is my spot buster hero – if I can feel a spot coming through I simply dot with this before bed and come morning it’s like it never happened! One of the steps in my skincare regime which I never miss is The Ordinary's hyaluronic acid. After cleansing, I just add a few drops onto the palms of my hands, rub together and then pat onto my skin before moisturising.  I find this step is essential to locking in moisture and I can always see a difference in my skin when I don’t use it.


I am also a massive face mask fan and usually pop 1 or 2 on every week. One of my favourites from last year was the Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask from the Bodyshop. As it’s drying you can literally see the oil being drawn from your pores and once washed off leaves your skin so soft and glowy! Plus it smells incredible. A firm favourite and one I will be repurchasing! 

As I said, I'm always adding to the ever growing shelf in my bathroom (much to David's dismay!) So I will probably do another update soon and possibly a make-up heroes post if you're interested? Please leave comments below with your favourite products – I love hearing recommendations from you!

Alex x 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Hello 2018!

So 2018 is going to be the year I refocus on this little corner of the internet! I have neglected it for far too long, but I feel ready and refreshed to create more content, so hopefully you’ll stick around!  

I am going to do a little bit of a home update, as you may follow over on my Instagram I have been sharing more and more of our house and less of the fashion/beauty content that I used to (mainly because I spent the last few months with no make-up on, in old jeans and paint covered hoodies!)

Interior design is something I have always been interested in, and I have been able to indulge in that passion since buying our house nearly two years ago. There’s still lots to do but I am really enjoying creating the space that we want to live in.

So now for the update - we finally moved into the main bedroom last month after the downstairs taking priority, and I am so happy to finally have a calm and uncluttered space to go to sleep in. Here’s some before and after pictures of our makeover, from the estate agent pictures from the previous owners, throughout the DIY process and end result! 






 



Bed - Wayfair
Rug - Very
Chest of Drawers - IKEA
Frames and prints - Desenio
Lamps – B&Q
Bedding – John Lewis
Flooring – B&Q

I was toying with having a completely all white space, but after going dark blue in the back room downstairs, we started thinking about something similar with a dark green feature wall and I’m glad we went through with it! The paint is Sacred Grove by Valspar and although it took a few more coats than we wanted it to, I’m so pleased with the end result and it’s the perfect shade, exactly what we had in mind!

I’d also just like to take a moment to talk about our Eve king-size mattress. I bagged this in the Black Friday sales and it is up there as one of the best things I’ve ever bought. I was quite concerned that it would be too firm but it is the perfect balance between firm enough to support your back and soft enough that it feels like sleeping on a cloud! So if you’re in the market for a new mattress, I would highly recommend an Eve!

There’s still a bit of accessorising to do, and we currently don’t have any wardrobes (!) but I will keep you up to date on that front. 

Our next big project will be the bathroom, which quite honestly was nearly a deal breaker for me when buying the house. But hopefully, this year we can turn it into something I don’t dread looking at every morning.

I will be sharing more and more updates over here so please do check back in!

Alex x


Monday, 9 October 2017

Urban Calm - LVL lashes

Hello!

So if you follow my Twitter/Instagram stories you will have seen that I've recently had a beauty treatment that has changed my life (dramatic, I know but stay with me...!)

Urban Calm Spa is tucked away in the Met Quarter, and it is exactly that, a little haven of calm in the center of the city. All of the staff are lovely and welcoming, and the list of treatments is endless!




The lovely Danielle at Urban Calm in Met Quarter fitted me in just before my holidays to give me a LVL lash treatment, something I've heard a lot about recently but have never tried myself. LVL is the original natural lash lift, and stands for length volume lift. A setting serum is used to straighten your natural lashes at the root making them look curled up and then lashes are tinted. 

Danielle talked me through each step and made me feel very comfortable throughout the treatment which lasted around an hour.

We took some before and after shots (I waited a while for the after shot as my eyes were a little red, hence the difference in lighting) and I'm sure you'll agree that the results are so good!


I went on holiday a few days after I had my LVL treatment and it was amazing not having to wear mascara! It's been a good few weeks since I had the treatment and my lashes still look so good! Can't believe how long they've lasted. 

Thank you again to Urban Calm, I'll be back!  

Alex x 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Happy + Co

I am always on the lookout for new interior brands and when I received an email from Happy + Co it was unlike any other brand I'd come across before. Happy + Co believe businesses should be socially responsible, so for each product they sell 10% profit is invested in their Happy + Co farm in Cambodia. This provides  much needed jobs for the young men and women, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables for the whole community.  Pretty cool, right?

Happy + Co kindly gifted me an item but before we meet it, let’s talk about the packaging. I am a self-confessed sucker for pretty packaging, and this ticks all of the boxes – the branded dust bag is so cute and really handy to reuse. 



Here she is!  


 

Penny, the founder of Happy + co states "all our products are designed to be noticed but, above all, to be loved." And boy, do I love this cushion! I've been moving it into various rooms in the house as you may have seen on my Instagram the cushion now lives on my bed. 



I am so happy to be able to collaborate with a company who offer not only great products but a great brand ethos and something to feel good about when shopping for your home. Go check them out!

Alex x 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

British Style Collective - Competition!





How exciting that the British Style Collective is in Liverpool 7th - 9th July! Even more exciting, I have FIVE tickets to give away.

Head over to my Instagram to enter! All you need to do is make sure you follow me and @britishstylecollective and comment on the post with #BritishStyleCollective

T&Cs

Tickets are valid for Sunday 9th July, Experience B - this includes: 
  • Access to Designer Showrooms & Gin Palace @ St George's Hall (recommended time from 9am)
  • Option to add a dedicated seat for one Designer Catwalk or Expert Talk at St George's Hall (limited availability)
  • Access to Shopping Halls at Exhibition Centre Liverpool (2pm - 6pm)
  • Alcatel Fashion Arena at Echo Arena Liverpool: 6.00pm
  • All day access to Fine Tuned @ Albert Dock
  • Bookable workshops @ Liverpool One
  • BSC Show Guide

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Bourjoirs: Rouge Laque #LetsPlayLips

A few weeks ago I received a beautiful parcel from Bourjoirs filled with their new Rouge Laque liquid lipsticks


The hook for this new release is offering the intense colours of a traditional lipstick with a longwearing lightweight formula.

Also inside was this gorgeous Lulu Guinness stationary - so excited to use them!



I swatched all 8 colours so you could see them all together


My favourites are Selfpeach! and Toute Nude. This is Selfpeach! on


I'm really impressed with the pigments and how wearable they feel. There was no drying at all, which I tend to find with most lipsticks - top points on that front! Another massive plus from me is the applicator, the shape makes it really easy to apply in one stroke.

I'd recommend picking one of these up if you're looking for something a bit different - well done Bourjoirs!

Alex x

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

1 year anniversary!

Hello!

So, this post has been a long time coming - 12 months in fact! We have now lived in our house for exactly 1 year today and I thought it was about time to give an interior update on our DIY adventure so far.

We knew there was quite a bit to do when we bought it in terms of redecorating but we decided to live in the house as it was for a few months to make sure we were 100% sure of what we wanted (and save up again as we'd spent all our money buying the thing!) 

One of the biggest renovations we've done is knocking down the wall that divided the back room and the kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen (David is a much better cook than I am) so we wanted to make it a more communal space and bring in a bit more of the living area to open out the kitchen. 

This is a picture of what it looked like before (dodgy estate agent pic): 


And what it looks like now: 





It was a long few weeks of rubble, dust and wet plaster but once everything was painted and furniture in place we knew we’d made the right decision and we spend most of our time in the back room now.  




 We still need to finish off the kitchen but just for a little before and after: 




I'm so happy with the back room, from the way the wooden floors came up to the colour on the feature wall. All the hours spent sanding/varnishing/painting are well worth it now (and a BIG thanks to our family who helped!) 


Next on the list is finishing off the living room and finally moving into the master bedroom as we’re still in-between there and one of the spare rooms. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – there’s more to come! Follow me on Instagram to see the progress

Also I love seeing other makeovers so if you’ve done your own post or read a great one recently, please leave a comment below! 

Alex x