Thursday, July 24, 2014

How To Style: Tribal Print Trend This Summer

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About 7 or 8 weeks ago, sent me an email to ask if I would be up for a fashion blogger style challenge. Of course, I said, I love a good challenge! It seems that I always get given the tribal trend, but I do love it so no problems there! Tribal print is a nice and less-boring way to remain in monochrome mode during Summer. I also think it's one of those trends that you can combine a few prints together and get away with it!

As it was a feature for Very Magazine (which I blogged about yesterday) I had to choose a whole daytime outfit from Very that fit the Summer trend theme, so I thought this playsuit would be perfect for it. Can you believe it is only £12?! As you can see from my other outfit posts (I know there hasn't been many recently!) that I've been LOVING playsuits, so I was keen to add another one to the collection!

Alongside that, I picked some accessories to accompany the outfit. I kept it very simple, comfortable and realistic with a cute charm bracelet and a pair of flat sandals. One thing missing is a necklace, I did choose one but it broke when it arrived so I just sent it back and did without it.

You'd think I'd used to the whole style-blogging process by now but I just didn't feel like I was doing a good enough job here. Perhaps it was the pressure of knowing these photos will definitely end up printed in a magazine, loads of people outside the blogging world will see it and I wanted them to look perfect, but I couldn't really put my finger on why it wasn't going my way. Put it this way, when I'm posting outfit photos on my own blog or social media, I STILL get nervous about it before I post/upload it. It's a good kind of nervousness, a flutter of butterflies in my stomach but there's still a feeling of hesitation as I hover over the 'publish' button. Anyway - in regards to the magazine, I was happy to see that it all worked out!

I've done a few other tribal print outfit posts, click over to the link to see how I've styled tribal print trend in other ways!

What do you think of this trend for Summer? Are you lovin' or loathin' it?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In The Press: Magazine

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Very Magazine (in a bundle pack with OK Magazine)

Just a very short and lazy blogpost today but hopefully you guys won't mind as I've been mostly rambling on and on in plenty of my posts lately! Chatty Sarah resumes tomorrow!

I popped to the shops yesterday to do buy something I very rarely buy these days...I bought a magazine! At the beginning of June, I did a little something for Magazine (which comes with OK magazine) so I was very excited to see this in print, and that it got the full page!

I do have an outfit post for this coming up tomorrow so I'll say more about the challenge, the outfit and my overall thoughts, but for today I just wanted to do a quick, spontaneous post to show you this little feature! Will catch up with you guys tomorrow! x

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HealGel Giveaway & Tips On How To Keep Skin Healthy & Hydrated

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Products like HealGel can make it easy for you take care of your skin during hot and humid days, but for most of us (like myself), it often takes a lot more work than that. Our skin can dry out due to factors like humidity, pollution, sun exposure, and even having the air con on. As there isn't that one miracle beauty product that zaps all our skin troubles away, perhaps it was time that we went back to basics!

Here are five tips on how to help your skin stay healthy and hydrated this Summer, which are not only important for our skin, but benefits our health and well-being too!

Drink more water:
This one's an obvious one! It is important to keeping your skin hydrated and detoxify your body, but I am the first to put my hand up to say I struggle with it! I'm not the most thirsty person and don't naturally reach for pure water when I need a drink. I have to remind myself that water not only improve the quality of your skin but it also helps to increase your energy levels. On my tea break for the next two months, I'm going to try and drink the recommended amount of water. I will also be swapping a cuppa or a coffee for water and a slice of lemon!

No junk food!
When you've worked long hours, all you want is something sugary to give you a quick boost of energy. When we are surrounded by the temptation of yummy junk food snacks, it's not easy to swap a delicious Mars Bar for a seemingly boring apple. I like fruit but I'm not always keen on it, however, I LOVE vegetables and I could eat a whole plate of them. Staying healthy is hard, we all know it but making it look appealing is what does the trick for me. I love making a vegetable platter, a couple of cream crackers with a side of hummus and balsamic vinegar with a splash of olive oil! I could also live on salads when it's made with a nice dressing! It's all about the dressing!

Cut out alcohol:
As you know, alcohol dehydrates you. Even if you drink loads of water, the alcohol will un-do all of that! On nights out, I love a good cocktail or five but I don't drink excessively every single time I go out, and can pretty much have a good time without it so it will be easy for me to cut it out completely - at least for a couple of months. My skin is going to feel better for it when I cut alcohol out for the next couple of months. Being booze free means healthier skin, shinier hair, finer lines and brighter eyes!

No more face wipes:
Up until a few weeks ago, I thought that face wipes would be fine for short trips, camping and festivals but honestly, I'm never going to use them on my face again. They're not even that convenient, if you think about it. You can buy little empty bottles from Boots for about £1, so I'd rather decant cleanser in to them and pack some cotton pads, and use them instead. Facial wipes or make up remover wipes are usually quite harsh, and makes my skin feel so incredibly dry. I can literally feel my skin shrivelling up like a prune after a few days of using them!

Eating superfoods:
You are what you eat! For me, the first stage of this would be to actually research what superfoods would benefit me. Berries that are high in antioxidents, oranges for the high source of vitamin C, fish that are rich in omega 3 oils, and even nettle tea are known to be anti-inflammatory. I need to find out more and incorporate those types of food in to my diet. By doing this, I'll probably find that I won't be needing to use as much make up or skincare products. Your skin, hair and nails will look beautiful and healthy in no time!



What are your top tips? You can also join in with the #HealGelHydrate discussion on Twitter or your own blogs too, by offering your tips on how you deal with parched skin during Summer.

I've teamed up with HealGel to offer one lucky winner a chance to try HealGel Body (£39.50) and HealGel Eye (£32) as pictured above, to help you on your way to keeping your skin healthy and hydrated! To read more about them, head over to my reviews:

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Antonia Burrell's Holistic Skincare | Cleansing Oil and Face Serum

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A name that's doing the rounds in the beauty blogging world is Antonia Burrell. Antonia believes in using ethical and sustainably sourced ingredients to formulate clean, chemical-free, luxurious skincare products. The products work to improve the appearance of your skin, your life and your personal well-being. For the past 18 months, I have been introduced to a lot of organic and natural skin and body care products and I really do see a difference. I've been trying out Antonia Burrell's Natural Glow Cleansing Oil and Pure Therapy Facial Oil Serum, and this is how I've got on:

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3 sizes available, prices start from £29.50 

What they say: "Say hello to the world's first 100% pure plant, 100% natural, emulsifying cleansing oil. Natural Glow Cleansing Oil is the hero from the range, healing and purifying, calming irritation and brightening the skin leaving no oily residue"

What I say: After hearing those words, I was very excited to use this cleansing oil. I have had a positive experience with facial oils but there was one time where I had a reaction and that has made me very wary of them. I have to remember that out of all the times I've used them, I've only had one bad reaction. So, I opened this up and out comes this simple, yet beautiful glass bottle - you know you're holding a premium products and I immediately have high expectations. 

I've had to introduce this to my skincare routine very slowly. At first, it didn't work but I knew this was a transitional period, as I am previously used to cream cleansers. I didn't break-out from using it but instead, it just didn't seem to be doing anything for the first 2 or 3 weeks. However, I persevered because some products don't work straight away, especially if you've just suddenly switched from one to another. This is the seventh week of using this cleansing oil and I can see the benefits. My skin is brighter after using it! 

What I actually really like this oil for is when I am double cleansing, it is perfect. It's the first product I used followed by a cream or milk cleanser. I double cleanse on days/evenings where I'm wearing heavy make up, I really make a huge effort to get every single bit off my face before I go to bed... otherwise I'll regret it because I'll sure be paying for it for several days (even weeks) after! I apply 5 pumps of the oil on to my hands, apply it to my face and massage it in for 2 minutes. Then by adding water, the oil transforms in to a cleansing milk which allows you to remove make up (even around the eyes), impurities, dirt and grease. 

It contains tea tree which helps prevents break outs, and heals acne and dermatitis. There's also lavendar in it to calm irritation, soothe sun-damaged skin, psoriasis and burns. I know it's quite scary putting a product like this on to your skin, especially if you are prone to oil because oil-on-oil it is known to be quite balancing. 

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What they say: "A sensuous, 100% natural serum with a blend of 21 pure plant extracts that works to perfect troublesome skin. The rich and luxurious serum deeply penetrates to purify, heal, refine and regulate the natural balance in oily, blemished skin"

What I say: Serums have become an essential part of my daily routine. I like to switch them up depending on how my skin feels and what I feel like it needs. Sometimes on days where my skin feels quite oily, I'll use a serum that isn't as potent (or I just won't use one at all). And vice versa, when I'm suffering from dry skin during Winter, I'll reach for one with a richer formula.

The Pure Therapy Facial Oil Serum is ideal for spot-prone and reactive skins. I use only one drop of this at night, as opposed to the mornings before applying make up because it makes my face look too dewy. It certainly gives you a nice healthy glow! Again, I know it's slightly scary to use an oil product on spot-prone skin but these types of products are almost like a treatment. It contains 100% natural ingredients and a blend of: 

Organic sandalwood - Helps to calm itchy, irritated skin, reduce congestion, blemishes and acne
Vetiver - A green plant that is known for melting away stress. It balances hormones, rejuventate dry skin or absorb oil from greasy skin.
Kiwi Seed - Highly anti-oxidant and very rich in essential omega 3 and 6 fatty accids. Kiwi Seed helps to treat large pores and reduce redness
Melaleuca Viridflora Leaf - Acts as a powerful antiseptic and promotes healing of scar tissue

Both the cleansing oil and face serum smells very similar to each other. It's herbal but I've hardly noticed it and I've got a very sensitive nose! It's a rather gentle, relaxing and pleasant scent, nothing offensive!

You can purchase Antonia Burrell skincare products on the website, or Urban Retreat in Harrods.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Heeled Sandals from House Of Fraser Under £30!

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Dorothy Perkins Sandals via House Of Fraser* - £29.99

I haven't done a shoe post since last year so this is well overdue! Come and check out my other posts if you're a fan of SHOES (let's face it, ladies! Who isn't!)! I've been wanting to buy a pair of heeled sandals like this for a while and I spotted some from Primark but I just haven't had time to go back to the bigger store where I saw them! I have in my head that they would be more comfortable as they're made with much less material than my other shoes, and perhaps wouldn't rub on your feet as much.

When I think of House of Fraser, brands that come to mind are Dune, Kurt Geiger, Nine West, and Carvela (all of which I LOVE!!! Be still my beating heart!) but you know, all the premium ones that are currently way out of my budget. However, I love a good browse when they have a sale on so I'll be popping in to the shops for that; I love searching through the discounted shoe racks, and trying each and every pair on, that's always a fun activity to do to kill some time!

Amongst all of that are Dorothy Perkins who have really upped their game lately, especially with their Summer range! Up until a couple of weeks ago, I wasn't even aware that House Of Fraser stocked Dorothy Perkins, and it isn't a brand that I've taken much notice of until recently but it's firmly on my fashion radar now, especially their shoe range! I love my new heeled sandals but they do come up big, especially with sandals like this so I would recommend going a size down from what you would normally buy. Also, can you believe they are only £29.99? Being a major high street brand aside, it's nice to see a more purse-friendly brand stocked in HoF! 

There is currently a huge blue cross sale at House Of Fraser, with up to 70% off! Go get yourself a brand spanking new pair of shoes, girls! :-)

Check out my other shoe posts and let me know what you think of them! x

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