GATHERED SLEEVE DRESS
Handy for work with tights and boots or casual with trainers.
New Look is my new favourite place for jewellery so picked up these earrings for less than £4!
Let’s face it, taking off fake tan is a bloody nightmare, and at times virtually impossible! From living in a house with 4 other women who love fake tan as much as I do, it has helped me compile a list of the best ways to take off stubborn fake tan:
You can get these gloves in Boots, Primark and most pharmacies and they are a life saviour when it comes to taking off tan! Don’t even bother taking off the product without them, as you will not get the same effect.
Having a tanning eraser on before you shower, definitely helps when it comes to fake tan removal. I wouldn’t say it takes everything off, but it certainly helps. Try and apply the eraser as far in advance of your shower as you can, for best results.
If you have the time to have a bath instead of a shower, then this will definitely help when taking off your tan. It gives your skin time to soften and soak in the hot water, making it easier to scrub off remaining product.
Lemons are also a great way to remove fake tan. You can either slice up a few segments and throw them into your bath, or use a wedge to directly scrub off stubborn tan!
When used with an exfoliating glove, salt scrubs are also great for exfoliating the skin and targeting stubborn fake tan. It leaves the skin super smooth, making for a better base for when you re-apply your tan. You can get these in Boots, Superdrug, Tk Maxx etc.
I thought it has been a while since I updated my skincare routine on my blog, so I thought I would share my current skincare routine, featuring all the products I have been using recently:
Retinol is supposed to be great for anti-ageing, however it is a very strong product so avoid using every night, and make sure you start with the smallest dosage and work your way up. The Ordinary products are great for this, as they are set in squalene, so you can start to build up a tolerance gradually. Also be aware to always wear SPF after you put it on, as the sun can directly damage your skin when exposed to retinol. I apply this product before bed 3-4 nights a week.
As I recently turned 27, I have noticed a puffiness under my eyes that is really starting to irritate me. I came across this product by chance at a train station in NYC, but had heard great things about the brand, and so far have been loving the product. It comes in a larger container, but I’d advise trying the small one (below) first to make sure you like it. I apply this in the morning or evenings whenever I am feeling tired or think my skin is looking puffy.
This is one of my favourite skincare products as it is so light and smoothing on the skin. A little also goes a long way with this product so it tends to last a very long time.
As an alternative I also love La Roche Posay 50+
I tend to suffer from dry, rather than oily skin, so I love serums that are super hydrating! I now never use a regular face moisturiser, as I don’t find them affective enough for hydration – serums are definitely the way to go. The two I have been loving are:
IMAGE Vital C
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
I always switch back and forth between 2 cleansers, one being a slightly more affordable option than the other. My 2 current favourites are IMAGE at the higher price point and Liz Earle at the more affordable price point. Both of these cleansers are very gentle on your skin and help to clean your skin without being overly invasive.
For facial tanning, I have been loving the TanOrganic face product. It gives a really natural glow and with natural ingredients, I don’t feel like I am doing excess harm to my skin.
Dry lips during Winter are an endless battle, but this product I swear by, because it actually works! It’s super cheap and you can get it in Boots and definitely beats using Vaseline or Carmex.
This product is a 3-in-1 micro exfoliant with 3% glycolic acid and salicylic acid to refine, brighten + renew your skin. Glycolic Fix Scrub works deep into pores to cleanse, polish + reduce blemishes and can help reduce signs of ageing. It’s also very affordable and available in Boots.
ZARA SOFT-TOUCH OVERSIZED SWEATER DETAILS
H&M Cable-knit polo-neck jumper
H&M Wrapover top
£17.99 **Also comes in Red
H&M Balloon-sleeved blouse
COS DOUBLE-BREASTED WOOL COAT £190
TOPSHOP Scallop Wrap Top £32.00 (Black & Red)
TOPSHOP Stretch PU Trousers
WAREHOUSE STAR EMBELLISHED CUFF JUMPSUIT
WAREHOUSE PLEAT WRAP WIDE LEG JUMPSUIT
WAS £52.00 NOW £39.00
M&S COLLECTION Patent Stiletto Heel Ankle Boots
This product is amazing for hydration! Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water and can be applied either in the morning or evening before your other face creams. This product also contains Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration. If you have dry skin in any way, I would highly recommend this product! The Ordinary products are also so cheap for what they are, given their concentrated formulas. Available on ASOS.com, beautybay.com and feelunique.com.
Similar to the Tangle Teaser, the Wetbrush was created to be used on both wet and dry hair. Hair is weakest when wet, and pulling at it can snap it like a rubber band. This is why you should brush with a tool that gently loosens knots without pulling or breaking hair. I cannot get over how great this product is, and have really found a difference in the condition of my hair. I have also recommended it to friends who have said they love it! The standard brush is £12 but I recently found them in TK Maxx for £3.99! Also available on cultbeauty.com, beautybay.com and boots.com
This water-free solution contains 0.5% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing.
Retinol not only works by stimulating the production of newer cells, and thus has great anti-ageing properties, but also works to reduce dark spots, hyperpigmentation, skin effects from hormonal changes and blemish/acne scarring. By putting the product in squalene it means it is less abrasive on the skin. The brand recommends putting this product on at night and it always use SPF if you are in solar exposure after use. Available on ASOS.com, beautybay.com and feelunique.com.
Over the past year and a half, I have stopped wearing foundation during weekdays, as I like letting my skin breathe Monday to Friday. However, for weekends and events, I like to wear foundation for fuller coverage. Overall, my skin is quite good and tends to not take too well to heavy, matte foundations. So I began my search for a light-weight foundation, that doesn’t dry my skin and provides me with long lasting coverage.
I had always heard great reviews about CT foundations, so I decided to try their Light Wonder foundation, and I have honestly not looked back. Finally I have found a foundation with light coverage, a dewy finish and a product that blends into my skin rather than sitting on top of the surface. I wear shade 5, as I would always wear fake tan at weekends. Available on CT website or feelunique.com.