Spring Trends | Check Print

Since the glorious sunshine decided to make a full blown appearance, I took the opportunity to style one of my favourite trends for this spring and let’s just say it checks all the boxes (sorry).

Yes, I’m talking check print! Introduce this timeless print into your wardrobe and you’ll never look back. It’s one of the easiest ways to mix up your style, especially if you’re an all-black-everything junkie like me.

I love a statement trouser and Catwalk Clothing had me all heart-eyed for this monochrome pair. If you haven’t heard of this brand you need to because they are killing the game RN and their styles are not only totally on-point but on-price-point too.

I took to Hampstead’s beautifully picturesque Pergola Gardens to flounce this outfit and it turns out rundown splendour is the perfect backdrop for this girly/grunge look.

I opted for a casual vibe by pairing my trousers with a classic black polo neck jumper and layered a delicate necklace on top to add a touch of femme. I topped off with an oversized camel teddy coat and patent brogues for that laid-back London look.

Photography by Avnish Thaleshwar

Outfit Details
Polo
Neck Jumper |Catwalk Clothing
Check Print Trousers| Catwalk Clothing
Teddy Coat | Catwalk Clothing
Brogues | Bershka

My Bodyshop Skincare Routine

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Last year my skincare routine consisted of trying a multitude of different face washes and moisturisers but never actually consistently sticking to a range, or finding one that truly suited my skin.

Turns out that my favourite skincare range wasn’t exclusively sitting in Liberty or Harvey Nichols but available from a high street gem. The Bodyshop!

The Bodyshop’s Vitamin E range is pretty damn iconic and not to mention timeless. It’s been adored since the late seventies and I for one love it, which is why I’ve stuck to it all year and never looked back. So what is it that makes this range so loveable?

If you want no-nonsense, fresh, hydrated and healthy looking skin, the Vitamin E range is for you. My skin is fairly sensitive but overall I would say it’s normal to combination. I get the occasional breakout but no major skin concerns. For this reason I love the Vitamin E range because it’s gentle, incredibly protective and suitable for all skin types.

Read on and I’ll share its magic with you, plus introduce you to their cult favourite Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence.

  1. Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash, £8
    Creamy, moisturising and luxurious. This face wash is everything I had failed to find in cheaper high street alternatives, that instead left my face feeling dry, tight and stripped of its natural goodness. Formulated with protective vitamin E and moisturising wheatgerm oil, think of this face wash as a cleanser and moisturiser in one. A little goes a long way thanks to its lathering texture, which means it lasts for a long time! I use this face wash every morning and night after removing my make-up and it’s great for removing stubborn traces of mascara and eyeliner. It makes for a refreshing and comforting treat for my skin, leaving it squeaky clean, super-soft and smelling lovely.
  2. Vitamin E Moisture Cream, £13
    Lightweight but mighty, this rich moisturiser instantly absorbs into the skin and leaves it feeling silky-soft and hydrated all day long thanks to its infusion of shea butter, aloe vera and wheatgerm oil. This moisturiser when coupled with the Vitamin E face wash literally rejuvenates and brings my skin back to life. So no matter what time I go to bed, it won’t show on my face the next morning! Infused with hylaluronic acid (for intense hydration), my skin instantly feels plumper and more radiant. If my skin is in need of some extra TLC I like to use my facial roller (pictured) to give my face a massage. This is great for boosting your blood circulation and is refreshingly cool on the skin. I got mine from Flying Tiger for £4.
  3. Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++, £17
    I’m sure we all know that we should be protecting our face from the sun year-round and especially so if you undergo laser facial hair removal (IPL) like me. This is because the treated skin becomes much more sensitive and susceptible to sun damage and premature aging. So get applying! As the word ‘essence’ suggests, this SPF moisturiser is as light and delicate as a feather and instantly absorbs into the skin, leaving no chalky residue whatsoever. It works amazingly as a primer by creating a perfectly silky smooth base to work with. I apply this on top of my moisturiser each morning for added hydration and of course protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays and the harmful effects of the environment. A little pricey but it’s worth spending that bit extra rather than compromising on your level of sun protection.

Having tried and tested The Bodyshop’s Vitamin E range all year round, it’s definitely my favourite range – what’s yours?

Let me know in the comments below!

Much love xx

 

 

7 Best Lipsticks For Autumn

Autumn is a vibe. It’s crunching through fiery red leaves in patent ankle boots and ‘trench coat over the shoulders’ sassy. So it’s only right that your make-up bag should match up to this level of sass.

Put away the corals and pretty pinks and embrace the warm colour palette of this season, with deep wine hues, vampy mauves and sumptuous scarlet shades.

Here’s my pick of the best autumnal lipsticks to revamp your pout…

  1. Tarte Cosmetics ‘Tarteist’ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in shade ‘Vibin’
    Cue UB40’s Red Red Wine because nothing screams autumn more than a wine stained lip and this is the perfect shade of vino. Tarte’s lip paint formula is as smooth as it is pigmented, which means no crumbling or drying out your lips.

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  2. FENTY BEAUTY Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in shade ‘Freckle Fiesta’
    Buttery soft, powerfully pigmented and precision application thanks to the unique ultra-slim shape of the bullet. I love the intensity of this unique terracotta shade and although it may not be as longwearing as liquid formulas, it’s comfortable on the lips and fades evenly to give that ‘just kissed’ look, which is a huge trend RN!

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  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in shade ‘Ashton’
    This is my first ABH lipstick and I can honestly say I now understand the hype! Upon application I was instantly impressed by its high coverage formula and the richness of this warm nude hue. This lipstick does not budge, it’s bullet proof! I would recommend using an oil based cleanser to remove – try Garnier’s Oil-Infused micellar water.

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  4. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in shade ‘Ruby Woo’
    A timeless classic. No two shades of red are the same and none are as distinctive as this cult MAC favourite. The vibrancy of this red is thanks to its blue undertones and I’ll be wearing this into the winter. This lipstick’s finish is super, super matte, so I would recommend prepping the lips with a lip scrub before application.

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  5. Kat Von D ‘Everlasting’ Liquid Lipstick in shade ‘Hawkind’
    You don’t get a bolder spectrum of colours to choose from than Kat Von D’s ‘Everlasting’ liquid lipstick collection, which totally lives up to its name BTW. This formula is extremely longwearing and glides on effortlessly. I wouldn’t usually go for a shade this vampy but I feel like it compliments my skin so I’m sold!

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  6. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in shade ‘Spice Girl’Like my food, I like my lipsticks spicy! This dark and brooding mauve is oh-so-90’s grunge and I’m digging it. I firstly outlined my lips with Huda’s matching Lip Contour pencil in ‘Spice Girl’ to add more depth and definition. I’m a huge fan of Huda’s Liquid Matte Lipstick formula, it applies like a gloss but dries instantly to a soft matte finish – and lasts all day!

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  7. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in shade ‘Icon’
    For those who prefer their lipsticks on the brighter side, this is the perfect autumnal update of a nude lip. It’s warm but not too intense and actually my favourite Huda Beauty lip shade, EVER! I wear this shade all year round but the reason why I love it even more this season is because it’s the perfect transitional hue between summer and winter.

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    (Left to right: MAC ‘Ruby Woo’, Tarte ‘Vibin’, Fenty Beauty ‘Freckle Fiesta’, Huda Beauty ‘Spice Girl’, Huda Beauty ‘Icon’, Kat Von D ‘Hawkind’ and Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Ashton’)

    Which is your fave lipstick? Let me know in the comments below!

    Much love

90’s Inspired Lookbook

Lizzie McGuire, The Olsen Twins, Kenan and Kel…the list of my favourite things about the ’90s is endless! And one thing that I think we can all resonate with is the fashion.

The 90’s nailed the whole effortlessy cool, thrown together and eclectic look that still reigns strong now more than ever. So it’s no surprise that when it came to styling outfits for this A/W lookbook I just had to draw on my love for this era.

This Autumn’s key trends are very much a nod to the 90’s: check print, tartan and sport luxe to name just a few. I’ve put together three very different looks to reflect three iconic styles of the ’90s: Preppy, Urban and Grunge.

I collabed with photographer Declan Creffield who brought these looks to life in the most amazing way possible. I totally stepped out of my comfort zone here guys! Anyone who follows my Insta knows that I can’t help but flash a cheesy grin so here is me channeling the brooding look for a change.

PREP QUEEN
Two words, Cher Horowitz. Only the most talked about style icon ever, DUH! There was nothing Clueless about her fashion choices that’s for sure. She made the whole ‘sassy schoolgirl’ look a vibe and I’ll be digging it all Autumn (only with tights in RL).

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Pinafore: Bershka

URBAN LEGEND
Oversized, layering and sport detailing = cool AF. This style reflected hip-hop stars and culture. The chunky trainers aesthetic we loved in S/S isn’t going anywhere and mom jeans have to be the most revived ’90s jean trend EVER. Simply swap the shell-suit jacket and kicks for a camel coat and stilettos for a dressier look.

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Top, Jeans and Jacket: Bershka
Trainers: Nike @ Footasylum

REBEL HEART
The ’90s saw the arrival of the grunge movement – tough, gritty and non-apologetic. The catwalks this A/W couldn’t get enough of this attitude-filled look, from Michael Kors to Versace, tartan is proving to be stiff competition for animal print.

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Sweatshirt and Trousers: Bershka

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

Much love xxx

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 Crème 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

 

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