New Lifestyle Brand ‘My Mood’ Is A Millennial’s Dream

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There’s no denying that the beauty industry has been well and truly shaken up. From the glossy and almost too perfect, to the quirky and cool, with New-School beauty brands reflecting a persona through their aesthetic.

The latest game-changing beauty/lifestyle brand to watch out for is My Mood. It’s an awesome beauty, tech and accessories brand with a major USP – all their products are stamped with a seal of approval from its audience, including me!

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I joined the ‘My Mood Board’ after seeing their amazing ‘Weirdo’ slogan phone case on my Instagram explore page ( as a fellow weirdo I needed it!). I was led to their Instagram account and while there was no link to a website, their bio simply said ‘DM to join the My Mood board’ and so I did…

I then received a response back confirming that I would become one of the first members to try and test their beauty products, how exciting?!

Almost a month later I was so surprised to receive an exclusive shiny silver package full of their mini ‘lab’ samples to try and test, well ahead of their nationwide launch in Boots, which has just landed now!

I love how My Mood made me and so many others feel so special by including us in their behind the scenes – a very rare thing for a soon to be big brand! I think this really reflects the brands positive vibe and focus on spreading happiness.

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What I tried and tested…

  1. ‘Muscle Hustler’ Silky Smooth Body Polisher – I found this body exfoliator really invigorating and refreshing thanks to it’s citrusy orange scent. It definitely helps my morning struggle! Plus it left my skin super smooth and buffed.
  2. ‘Working On Myself For Myself’ Nourishing Bath Salts – Now this is a real indulgent and relaxing treat. Either generously sprinkle these luxuriously smelling salts into your bath or do what I did and make your own foot soak to ease all your stresses away after a long day! Thanks to the infusion of sweet almond oil, my skin was left as smooth as silk.
  3. ‘I’m Like 100% Tired’ Nourishing Body Cr√®me Maximise your Duvet Time – Well this does exactly what it says on the tub. I’ve been massaging this cream into my hands every night before bed and it’s honestly a dream. It’s thick and nourishing but speedily absorbs into the skin and leaves it feeling ultra soft. The lavender oil aroma is really comforting and helps you snooze.
  4. ‘The Hustle Is Real’ Bow Headband – The packaging reads ‘ engineer your day to begin and end with a smile’ and it’s kind of hard not to with this bow on your head! Great for your facial/make-up routine or getting s*hit done at home (or if you’re feeling extra like me, flaunt it as a fashion accessory a ‘la Minnie Mouse!).

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My Mood is now available at Topshop Oxford Circus and nationwide at Boots.

It’s not too late to join the My Mood Board by following their Instagram account @mymoodlondon and dropping them a DM!

Let me know your first impressions of My Mood in the comments below!

Much love xx

 

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MIA Cosmetics: Cruelty Free Lipsticks

In between catching rays and consuming endless ice lollies this bank holiday, I took full advantage of the glorious sunshine and had a mini photoshoot in my back garden (as you do!).

As you may remember I tried and tested MIA Cosmetics’ cruelty free nail polishes a few months ago and after loving them so much I was thrilled to try out their cruelty free/vegan lipsticks. Which are by the way, uh-ma-zing.

If I had to choose one piece of make-up I couldn’t live without it would have to be lipstick. There’s just something so empowering about applying lipstick and you can’t deny the confidence boosting powers of a red lippie.

So, what makes these lipsticks stand out from the rest? I feel like I have found a range of lipsticks so caringly formulated, that they love me back (as cheesy as it may sound!).

MIA’s lipsticks not only boast a range of on-trend hues with punchy pigments but are completely free from parabens and D5 (silicone). They are also carefully formulated with three active oils: Lipex L’sens – a semisolid soft emollient to increase skin hydration, Argan Oil – to moisturise and protect the lips and Monoi Butter – a soft velvety butter containing the essence of the tropical Tiare flower, which is known for making the skin more supple and softer.

I have to say the benefits of the oils were totally apparent in how the lipsticks felt on application, which was super smooth and luxuriously creamy. Not to mention they smell good enough to eat..(like strawberries and cream!).

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I tried ‘Caramel Coral’, which is a gorgeous peachy pink with a lustrous finish. I’d say this feels like a cross between a satin and a gloss. Whether you’re after a light slick of colour or a vibrant fix, this formula is buildable to get the intensity you desire.¬† This shade is ideal for a fresh, natural make-up look.

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I also tried ‘Bold Bergamot’, a striking true red with a matte finish. I know you might be slightly bored by the ‘m’ word by now but honestly this lipstick really surprised me. It’s super pigmented but soft and nourishing with no crumbling in sight – such a treat! Probably one of the best non-liquid matte lipsticks I’ve tried.

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You can shop MIA’s cruelty free lipsticks now at www.mia-laurens.com

Let me know which shade is your fave in the comments below!

Much love xx

 

Edgy Bridal Lookbook

With Meghan and Harry officially married, wedding season is now in full swing! How stunning are they?! I adore weddings and thanks to my super talented friend and fashion stylist Sana Awan, I got to become a bride for the day and model a series of alternative, quirky and not-the-norm bridal looks. Safe to say I had so much fun!

Sana left tradition behind and created four striking looks to change the wedding game. From minimalist to red carpet, each of these looks shared the same modern aesthetic but embodied a unique theme that took on a character of its own.

Walking down the aisle never looked so cool…

 

The Minimalist Bride

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Effortless, elegant and oh-so-chic, the beauty of this look lies in the subtleties. This sophisticated timeless look is given a contemporary twist with its asymmetric single sleeve detail and undone tussled tresses.

Dress: TFNC London

The Off-The-Runway Bride 

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When you’re opening for Balmain at NY Fashion Week at 1 but have to say ‘I do’ by 3…This bride legit just stepped off the runway in haute couture and carries sass in her stride. It may be a little-white-dress but its structure is fierce which I love and is totally reminiscent of Balmain’s signature silhouette. Modest with its high-neck detail but bold in its figure-hugging fit. Paired with simple barely-there heels to let the dress do the talking.

Dress: Boohoo Premium
Heels: Steve Madden
Bag: Stylist’s own

The Red Carpet Bride 

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It’s the most magical day of your life so why not look like you’ve just stepped off the red carpet? I felt like a Hollywood siren in this floor length number and the delicate draping of this silk gown was luxurious. This is definitely for the glam lovers and guaranteed to make you feel like a million bucks.

Dress: Mistress Rocks
Earrings: & Other Stories

The Boss Bride 

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She saw, she slayed, she married. This bride means business and represents the strong and confident woman of today. The ruffled side split detail of these trousers has all the romantic feels and I love how the jewel encrusted body and pearl drop earrings lend an elegant touch.

Bodysuit: House of CB
Trousers: Forever New
Sleeveless Blazer: Stylist’s Own
Heels: Steve Madden
Earrings: & Other Stories

Photoshoot Credits
Fashion Stylist: Sana Awan @sanasstylediary
Photography: Charlotte Wilson @charlottlewilsonphotography
Hair & Makeup: Scarlett Ava @scarlettavamakeup

 

Let me know which look is your fave in the comments below!

Much love xx

Turning 24 – My Birthday Revelation

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been M.I.A recently, I’ve had a bit of a writing lull but I’ve been planning some exciting content that I can’t wait to get started on.

Firstly here’s a post about me turning 24 and just some thoughts I wanted to get off my chest!

I love birthdays, I always have! Whether it’s the build up in excitement to my own or celebrating my nearest and dearests but this year I didn’t feel that same anticipation that I usually do.

To start with I came to the realisation that my 18th birthday was actually 6 years ago (omg) and that I’ve turned into that older sibling telling you that uni is the best days of your life. But more seriously, my usual excitement was replaced almost with a feeling of dread, a feeling that surely I should be more accomplished at the age of 24?

It may sound crazy but I know I’m not alone with this feeling. What when there are people my age managing their own successful businesses from their bedroom, buying their own flat or getting engaged? That’s the pressure social media puts on ourselves but it’s down to us to focus on ourself and not get sucked into an Instagram feed. We should feel a sense of respect and happiness for those succeeding rather than a sense of loss or disregard for our own accomplishments.

I assumed (like most of us) that 24 is the age where I’d have everything figured out but the truth is we probably never will have ‘everything figured out’. 24 or 34, we’re continuously growing and learning and as long as we make the effort to learn from our mistakes we’re heading in the right direction.

Yes, technically not everything is in our control but I think for a while I’ve let this statement hold me back. We can control how we react to things and we can try our damn best to achieve our goals in life, rather than waiting for it to happen or hoping it’s written in the stars.

When it came to my birthday that feeling of dread eased with happiness and thankfulness, for all my family and friends’ support around me. It made me realise that worrying was holding me back from enjoying the moment and actually, I can achieve anything I want to, all in good time…

Things in life may not pan out the way you expected but keep persevering and don’t be hard on yourself. Emotions may get the best of you but pick yourself up and let every tough lesson become your armour of strength.

While I wasn’t initially excited to turn 24, I sure am excited to embrace it!

Much love xx

NAIL THE PERFECT MANICURE WITH MIA COSMETICS

I have always been obsessed with nail care and it’s not just because I enjoy experimenting with colours but I genuinely believe a good DIY manicure is a therapeutic treat. It’s not about being an expert painter but giving your hands that little bit of TLC it deserves! And with MIA Cosmetics it really is just that.

I discovered¬†the Edinburgh based brand through Instagram and¬†besides being drawn in by their stunning collection of on-trend shades and #flatlaygoals, I learnt that the brand’s beauty is much deeper than that.

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When discovering new beauty brands, the biggest question more and more of us are asking is whether it’s cruelty free and for MIA, the answer is YES! It’s also vegan, gluten free and against animal testing.

Each and every one of their nail polishes are made in France and¬†formulated to avoid any nasty chemicals or ingredients, making them ‘5-Free’ from Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate.

This means you can protect and nourish your nails while showing off one of their gorgeously pigmented hues.

With 45 carefully crafted shades to choose from, I reallyyy struggled to choose my first colour to try but I went for Nomad Suede, a warm beige/brown because you can’t go wrong with a good nude!¬†This shade was really flattering for my skin tone and I love how each polish has a wide brush, ensuring a quick and easy application in one effortless glide. Its formula is also super rich and pigmented for a streak-free finish.¬†I applied two coats but even one does the trick if you’re on the go (shoutout to all my transport nail painters!).

All About That Base

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My nails have been crying out for help¬†with visible damage from nail bar drills, which is why I¬†was excited to try¬†MIA’s new Hydra Shaker treatment for dehydrated nails. It’s¬†a¬†unique moisturising base coat, containing raspberry extract for ultimate hydration power and cotton seed oil for its conditioner properties.¬† This worked as the perfect base before applying my colour and meant my manicure lasted longer!

Gel Effect 3D Top Coat

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A beautiful pairing

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Pretty sure I can see my reflection in these!

I’ve been skeptical to use gel coats after finding most high street versions¬†quite gloopy but MIA’s Gel¬†Effect 3D Top Coat is lightweight and effective, not to mention dries in seconds! I was seriously surprised by how glossy and professional my finished nails looked. Not only did my nails have a mirror like shine but felt strong and resistant to chipping.

Discover MIA Cosmetics and enjoy 20% off all their products with my exclusive discount code! Simply type in¬†my coupon code SOPHIA20 (offer valid until 20/03/2018).¬† I’d love to know what you decide to try.

Happy shopping and much love xx

 

Lush Favourites

Back in my early teens when Ne-Yo was sick of love songs, the most exciting thing me and my squad would do on a weekend, is catch the train to Leeds and pay a visit to Lush followed by Starbucks. You see, our town deprived us of two of the most important things a teen needed – bath bombs and Frappuccinos!

Buying your first bath bomb and taking that first sip of caramel Frappe is surely a crucial rite of passage?! I remember my bestie would pretend to be a sales assistant and give me a full blown consultation, dissolving bath bombs left right and centre! Funny how around 10 years later she actually became one and reintroduced me to the brand I loved growing up with. Yes Amrit, I’m talking about you!

The thing is, I guess I still associated Lush with bath bombs and while it’s their signature, I learnt that there’s so much more to discover.

Here’s a selection of some of my must-have faves and daily heroes that I’ve been using over the last few months.

1. Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion

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This luxurious pot of goodness 100% lives up to its name and its become such a daily treat after showering! Its combination of extra virgin olive oil and creamy cocoa butter makes for one seriously moisturising cream and it easily absorbs into the skin. My skin is pretty sensitive, especially after shaving and unlike other creams that can sting on freshly shaved skin, Dream Cream is really soothing and cooling thanks to chamomile. I also love that you can quickly dip into it when you need it and its long-lasting rose and lavender scent provides a real pick-me-up! I usually have really dry hands but I honestly think daily use of this has helped my skin lock in moisture. Its also been known to be good for people with skin conditions such as eczema (although it’s not specially made for it) so speak to a Lush advisor and get a sample!

Key Ingredients
-Oat Milk: Soothing and calming
-Rose Absolute: Balancing and Restorative
-Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter: Softening and Conditioning

2. 1000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask

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This mask is a much brighter green in real life!

 

 

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I want to keep things honest so here’s an after pic with no filter!

Our skin constantly changes due to a number of factors, whether it’s diet, hormones or stress and I feel like my skin has become a lot more sensitive in my 20s. You know the saying ‘a face mask can fix all of your problems?’ well this is that face mask! I suffer from breakout on my forehead and after just one use of this mask I immediately noticed a difference. This unique jelly mask is literally food for you face with all the best ingredients. All of the wonderful differences my skin felt can be linked to these ingredients. My skin felt brighter (Sicilian lemon), cleansed and toned (Fresh Apple Juice) and spots were visibly reduced (witch hazel). Simply pinch a piece off and work it in dry hands until it forms a paste – you may notice a few lumps but it is a jelly consistency after all! When removing with water spend a few extra minutes working it into your face for a deeper cleanse. I use this twice a week.

Key Ingredients 
-Sicilian Lemon Oil: Uplifting and Cleansing
-Fresh Apple Juice: Cleansing and Exfoliating
-Witch Hazel Extract: Astringent and prevents bacteria growth

 

 

3. D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap

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My skin is super sensitive to shaving, so much so I’m often stuck in public wondering how I can itch my pit without people noticing, the struggle is real! D’Fluff has eased the sting and the embarrassment (awks!). Whether you suffer from razor burn or not I think your skin deserves this treat while shaving, you are swiping a blade across your skin after all! Made with fresh strawberries and maple syrup, my skin was left smelling like delicious dessert. Unlike traditional shaving gels, this shaving cream feels like an actual creamy moisturiser and aids for a seriously smooth and close shave

Key Ingredients
-Fresh Strawberries: Refreshing and Toning
-Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter: Softening and Conditioning
-Organic Rose Hip Oil: Nourishing and Repairing

4. Honey Lip Scrub

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I’ve tried and loved Lush’s lip scrubs in the past but Honey just edges them all for me! The vanilla scent is sweet and uplifting but not overpowering, it’s like a warm and cosy mini lip treatment. You know a lip scrub isn’t harsh if it’s edible! I wouldn’t recommend eating spoonfuls of it but all of Lush’s scrubs are made of caster sugar, which means you can apply it and lick it off for lip smackingly good results. I love that my lips are gently exfoliated without it feeling too abrasive. Finish with Lush’s Honey Trap lip balm below for the perfect pout.

Key Ingredients 
-Vanilla Absolute: Sweet and comforting
-Caster Sugar: Exfoliating
-Organic Jojoba Oil: Naturally moisturising

5. Honey Trap Lip Balm

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The Honey lip scrub coupled with Honey Trap lip balm is literally the best partnership since David and Victoria Beckham. Honey Trap is Lush’s thickest lip balm as it’s enriched with honey (of course) and oatmeal so that it nourishes the lips like a moisturiser would for your skin. Unlike the highstreet’s very famous petroleum based lip balm (you know what I’m talking about) Honey Trap contains olive and almond oil to deeply soften the lips rather than just sitting on top of the skin, which means your lips feel smoother for longer. Not to mention protected! I have a habit of biting my lips which means they’re often chapped but since using Honey Trap every morning, night and everything¬† in between, it’s made a huge visible difference. I would recommend using this duo before applying your lipstick, especially if you’re applying a matte lipstick because the scrub and lip balm prep your lips to make the lipstick sit a lot nicer on the skin – no crumbling or dryness in sight! It also smells delish.

Key Ingredients
– Honey: Moisturising and antiseptic
– Almond Oil: Hydration
– Oatmeal: Soothing

 

Let me know your Lush favourites in the comments below!

Much love and stay classy xx

 

Game-Changing Highlighters

It’s January, it’s dreary and you probably can’t remember the last time you actually felt warm outside but your day is about to get a whole lot brighter…

I’ve put together a collection of some of my FAVE highlighters to keep your face lit and banish the blues. From subtle and sun-kissed to just full on EXTRA I can guarantee you’ll fall for one of these babies.

  1. Luxe Lit
    Laura Geller, Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette, £22
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    So there’s tonnes of powdered highlighters out there but there’s something extra special about this delightfully packaged palette. It’s a trio of Laura’s best-selling highlighters, including cult fave ‘Gilded Honey’ (pictured), which I can’t stop wearing! You know how you’re never truly ready for a night out until you spritz your fave perfume? Well this is the same situ. It finishes off your face with a candlelit glow that just oozes glamour. I’m not a huge fan of the double-sided brush it comes with but as the pigment is so rich you can easily use your finger tips for a quick swipe. Don’t be afraid to play with colour when it comes to highlighters! The shade ‘Peach Glow’ is super pretty and oh-so Rihanna.
  2. The Kardashian Effect 
    NIP+FAB Highlight Palette in ‘Stroboscopic’, ¬£15
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    You know a brand is poppin’ when Mario Dedivanovic (the celeb make-up maestro behind Kim K’s flawless face) collabs with them for a collection. This strobe-tastic palette has a whopping six shades for you to play with – talk a about bang for your buck! I love the strong pigment of these shades and the range from light to dark makes them versatile to suit all skin tones. If you’re an olive toned gal like me, you’ll love the shade ‘sunbeam’. The large palette is fuss free and professional, perfect for the experimenters.
    Mario’s top tip: Blend the darkest shade ‘Sunkissed’ along your lower lash line to make the eye pop – super sultry.
  3. Insta-treat
    Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in ‘Blinded By The Light’, ¬£25
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    *Swoons* Okay so I’m pretty sure this is the highlighter Cinderella would have been given from her fairy godmother, it’s literally the stuff of dreams. Besides from the totes-adorbs heart shaped compact, it actually delivers amazing results. Its unique pearlescent formula means that light literally bounces off it, making for one helluva glow! It’s quite pricey but definitely worth the results and the Insta-likes.
  4. 24K Magic
    Sleek Highlighting Palette Cleopatra’s Kiss, ¬£10
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    As the name suggests, this is the highlighter of goddesses. It’s regal, lavish and not to mention super affordable! The high-end style packaging is also functional with a mirror and brush – perfect for on-the-go touch ups.¬† I was blown away by quality of these sassy shades and feel that these bronzy tones will especially compliment medium to dark skin tones. There’s two baked powders for a more intense metallic look and two luxurious cream formulas to give a glossy sheen to the face and body.
  5. Drippin’ in finesse¬†
    Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in ‘Beame Up’, ¬£6.99
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    Barry M is always ahead of the game when it comes to creating innovative beauty at highstreet prices. This liquid highlighter is a dupe of Iconic London’s Illuminator but it definitely deserves credit in its own right! I was a little skeptical at first but its formula is so creamy and pigmented, it worked great when added to my foundation for an allover iluminous glow.
  6. The Bestie 
    theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer AKA The Luminizer, £18
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    Ahh, I’ll always have a soft spot for Mary-Lou! The first highlighter I have ever tried and still a very important asset to my makeup bag. This highlighter is like a really good bra, you might forget its there but it supports and lifts you like no other. It’s subtle enough to wear everyday but buildable to make an impact for the evening. I love dusting this on the inner corners of my eyes to make them stand out, you can even use it allover the lid as a shadow!

I hope you enjoyed my edit! Whether you’ve tried any of the above or wish to share your own personal faves, please let me know in the comments below!

Much love and stay classy x