Beauty, Skincare

Get Your Legs Summer Ready!

April 15, 2015

It’s that time of year when on the weekend I changed my wardrobe over to the summer clothes that have been living in vacuum pack storage for the last six months.  My wardrobe now looks a lovely shade of bright prints and florals, which gets me excited for summer and holidays. With that in mind and the weather being LOVELY here in London, there is one slight fear – its time to get the legs out! So yes ladies we actually need to shave our legs now, add a bit of colour and paint our toenails. I have been hiding mine away in jeans and tights all winter, the first steps were baring the feet in some new shoes (which ended in blisters) but now I feel like the weather being so glorious today, I’m going to brave it in a dress!

Here is how I’ve been getting my legs ready for the sunshine.

Defuzz those legs for summer

First up, the defuzz. I have been using Philips Lumea for quite a while now and I am really impressed with the results although you do have to keep using it to stay fuzz free and I must admit I got a little lazy. It wasn’t the permanent hair removal I originally thought it was, I have some bald patches but I still do have to shave, not as regularly I may add but yes I still do have to unfortunately. I like to use the Wilkinson Sword Quattro with Bikini Razor, this is a great razor and also comes with a handy trimmer for the bikini area too. To shave with, instead of a foam gel I like to use this Ginger & Co creamy body wash, it is really moisturising and so as well as a body wash, it is great to shave with. It smells gorgeous too, with juniper berry, beauplex and ginger root.

Calcot Manor Gentle Salt Scrub

Next up I scrub to get rid of all the dead skin cells and prepare my legs for tanning. I love this Calcot Manor sea salt scrub from Beauty at Tesco, it’s gentle enough to not leave my skin all red but harsh enough to get rid of all of the dead skin – lovely image I know! It pairs well with the Calcot Manor Lazy Evening Dry Body Oil Spray, this has a light fragrance and also is light on the skin, so it doesn’t leave you all greasy or reminiscent of Peter Andre. It dries quick and leaves the skin nice and moisturised which is great for me as my legs have been very dry throughout winter and I shamefully don’t moisturise enough. So I like the quick and easiness of something like this. I use this after scrubbing and a day or so before tanning and then after tanning to keep them moisturised.

Get legs ready for summer

I then add a bit of colour to my little pale legs. For this I either use a self-tan like St Moriz or Garnier’s summer body moisturiser with a hint of colour. Both are great to add that golden glow to give me a bit of a confidence boost when the sun comes out. The St Moriz lasts about a week and the Garnier I like to build up the colour about 2-3 times a week for a lovely golden colour. The best thing is, both are under a fiver!

Are you ready to bare those legs yet?

St Moriz Tan & Garnier Summer Body

Fashion, Style Guide

Coachella Festival Style

April 14, 2015

Whether you were either at Coachella in California last weekend or sitting scrolling through Instagram wishing you were there, the celebrities were pulling out all the stops in the fashion stakes. Kendall Jenner was showing off her serious style and model body in cropped tops and bikinis, whilst Paris Hilton opted to wear cat ears all weekend. Anything went, with fringing, seventies boho vibes and oh yeah David Hasselhoff.

Coachella Style 2015

Inspired by the a few of the celebrities Coachella style. I have put together all the key festival fashion items you will need to see you through the summer festivals here in the UK. Whether you are on a budget or ready to splurge out, there are plenty to options to steal their style!

Kendall Jenner Coachella 2015Kendall Jenner rocked it pretty much everyday of the Coachella weekend, but this outfit on day one set her fashion bar high. Wearing Victoria Beckham mirrored aviators, Saint Laurent python ankle boots and Levi cut off long denim shorts she nailed it. Copy her style with lots and lots of chunky silver jewellery.

Steal Kendall’s Style

Daisy Lowe Floral Maxi Dress Coachella 2015

Daisy Lowe looked effortlessly chic at Coachella. Her outfit choice of a long floral maxi was so summery and looked beautiful. She kept it simple with lots of stacked silver jewellery and a beaded necklace.

Steal Daisy’s Style

Jourdan Dunn Coachella 2015

Of course another fellow model got it bang on at Coachella. Key pieces for Jourdan were fringed hotpants, a yellow Coach crossbody bag , lace cami crop top, coin necklace again silver -seeing a trend here? and of course that hat!

Steal Jourdan’s Style

Beauty, Competitions, Face, Skincare

Herbalife SKIN GIVEAWAY!

April 12, 2015

I have been using Herbalife SKIN skincare products for quite a few weeks now and have simply fell so in love with them. Last month I was lucky enough to have a facial with celebrity facialist Arezoo Kaviani, who worked wonders on my skin and left it completely glowing. Her massage techniques are simply amazing and she is also an ambassador of the Herbalife SKIN products, so used them all on my face. It was really great to see how she used them compared to how I was and pick up any tips and tricks along the way.

So with that in mind I wanted to share the love with you all and give away a Herbalife SKIN set to get your skin ready for Spring. The weather is warmer now after all, hurrah!

Herbalife SKIN Giveaway

These products are so brilliant and I can’t wait for you to try them. The Spring set will include the following and is valued at over £100!

1 x Herbalife SKIN Soothing Aloe Cleanser 150ml
1 x Herbalife SKIN Energising herbal Toner 50ml
1 x Purifying Mint Clay Mask 120ml
1 x Hydrating Eye Cream 15ml
1 x Replenishing Eye Cream 30ml

To enter just head to my YouTube where you can see the products in action in my latest video and follow the entry details to be in with a chance. The competition is open till May 3rd 2015 and is open worldwide.

Good Luck!

Mens Lifestyle

Label.men Haircare

April 12, 2015

Label.m has released a brand new range of products aptly named label.men. There are 7 products in the range, scalp purifying shampoo, invigorating conditioner, grooming cream, sculpting pomade, deconstructor, max wax and thickening tonic – as a hair product junkie I was excited to try the new range and see how it compared against some of my favourite hair products and a number of other label.m products I already have.

All the products within the range incorporate a selection of unique hair-building botanicals, to help soothe scalp, restore hair vitality and support healthy hair growth. These include; New Zealand tea tree to unclog hair follicles, soothe the scalp and nourish the roots. Peppermint to boost shine, Philippine Clove to increase the activity of the hair follicle for thicker hair, Indian Sandalwood for hydration and moisture and finally Carrot Root & Seed Oil to help repair damage.

label.men review

Letting you into my little secret motto about hair products, typically what smells great tends to be a great product and this is true when it comes to the Scalp Purifying Shampoo £9.95, it really has a great smell. It cleans well and even with harder product it really cleans your hair and scalp well.  As you would expect I teamed up the shampoo with the Invigorating Conditioner £11.50, the conditioner also smells great and really does work, it has an exclusive formula that was created just for men, so take note girlfriends these products might not be the best to steal. I found the conditioner worked particularly well when my hair was slightly greasy.

Getting down to using the Grooming Cream £10.50, as with most good cream products, it’s light and great for a natural controlled finish. Personally I find it great as a pre product (like a salt or thickening spray) and to create texture before a slightly firmer product.

label.men wax max review

The Sculpting Pomade £11.50 is a good product if you prefer a water based pomade to finish with shine and great if you have a longer hair style, like the slick back look or have a longer quiff. The pomade is also good if you prefer to style with damp hair and create an all day shine finish.

label.men haircare review

The Deconstructor £11.50 is my personal favourite; it’s a versatile creme paste and is comparable to the popular label.m matte paste product. The paste is great for a large variety of styles especially with the more fashionable longer hair styles. The deconstructor is the product for you if you are looking for a natural finish with volume and a firmer finish. If you prefer a messier or slept in look, this is the product out of the range for you.

label.m haircare review

Max Wax £11.95 is the strongest hold product in the range and is designed for men with thicker, coarse or wavier hair styles. If you are looking for a summer cut with a skin or zero fade with a shorter fringe, the max wax would be the product I recommend for all day control with shine.

Label.men thickening tonic review

Moving onto the last product the Thickening Tonic £11.95, the spray works in both wet and dry hair and builds layers into your hair. If you are looking for lift or volume in your hair the cashmere tonic will give you exactly that. It was great to add texture and using alongside a hairdryer it will give you hold and a fuller hair style. If you use a sea salt spray this could easily replace it. I like teaming up the thickening tonic with the deconstructor product or hair spray, as I like the fuller more texture finish.

label.men review

The label.men range is available at to buy online now from lablelm.com, in Toni&Guy stores and other UK stockists nationwide.

Beauty, Make-Up

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette – All Day Soiree & A Midsummers Dream

April 9, 2015

Sleek Makeup have had some fab new releases lately, did you see my Ibiza inspired look from the recently launched i-Divine Del Mar Volume II palette? If not then give it a watch by clicking through. Now the reason I mention that specific palette is that it inspires one of the new eye and cheek palettes which is being launched by Sleek Makeup this April.

Sleek Makeup Eye & Cheek Palettes

The two palettes are a mixture of four eyeshadows and two blushes perfectly matched. The first is called ‘All Day Soiree’ and has a selection of peach and beige hues and you may recognise the orange colour from the Del Mar Vol II. The blushes are a light pink and a very light peachy colour which is great as more of a highlighter. The lighter golder/white eyeshadow in this one is perfect for a base on the eyelid, it looks very pretty.

Sleek Eye & Cheek All Day Soiree

The second palette ‘A Midsummer’s Dream’ has an eyeshadow in the 2015 Pantone colour of the year – Marsala, which is a shimmering bronze colour. Alongside this, there are muted grey and white tones of eyeshadow and the blush are two coral/bronze shades. These are quite dark so are maybe more if you have a bit of a tan or are darker skinned, I wouldn’t say these are as good for very pale skin. I really liked the eye colours in this one though and the blush was great when I was particularly tanned on the face.

Sleek Makeup Eye & Cheek Palette A Midsummers Dream

Both palettes are really handy to carry around for touch-ups or to take on holiday if you don’t want to carry a lot or take away all your expensive bits. They each have an eye shadow applicator and mini blusher brush and that all important mirror which fits perfect in a handbag.

The Sleek Makeup Eye and Cheek palettes launch on April 22nd and are priced at £9.99 each from Superdrug and Boots.

Sleek Makeup Eye & Cheek Palettes Review

Events, Fashion, Lifestyle, Style Guide

What To Wear To The Races

April 8, 2015

This Saturday is one of the biggest horse races on the calendar. The Grand National 2015 takes place at Aintree, but the day before also sees ladies day where all manner of outfits will be on show for the day. At Aintree there is no official dress code like Royal Ascot, so you definitely have a lot of ladies peacocking in colourful, loud and sometimes crazy outfits. The dress code says dress smart with hats being optional but often worn, no fancy dress and no sports wear. Aintree has also said they will ban photos of badly dressed women. With that in mind and my bets placed, here’s how to look less ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Grand National’ and more ‘My Grand National’, own it ladies.

My Big Fat Gypsy Grand National

There are four key elements to your ladies day outfit, the dress, the bag, the shoes and of course the hat. Here are my top style picks and tips to help you choose!

The Dress

The dress is your key item for the outfit. Either go for something plain and jazz it up with accessories or go bold and printed. I recommend a knee-length or just above the knee dress, anything longer could just get soggy in the mud and leaving you looking more like a dragged through the fences Cinderella. Currently the weather is looking good for Friday, but you can never be sure, so go for something a little more covered up as it’s still early Spring.

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The Shoes

Shoes can make or break a dress. Make sure they match well, if going for a plainer dress, go for a funky shoe like these feather heeled sandals from Little Mistress or bright coloured heels from Sophia Webster. Otherwise keep them simple and choose a sandal or a peep toe. You are going to be in these heels all day, so make sure they are sensible in that you can actually walk in them! Oh and pack plenty plasters. Get your feet race ready with the Scholl Express Pedi, I can’t express how awesome this is for your feet, especially in summer.

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The Bag

You need a bag that matches your outfit, isn’t too big to carry and of course fits everything in. Essentials ladies – make-up, camera, phone, purse, plasters, spare pair of flats….it’s a hard job. These clutch bags are key, they are big enough to fold everything in and still leave you feeling stylish.

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The Hat

It’s up to you whether you go for a hat. There are two options, full on hat or a fascinator which is my preferred option. It’s hard work to find a hat that matches, so if struggling then a fascinator can be the way to go and is also a bit cheaper. I love the red-spotted M&S version for £35. When choosing a hat, take a good friend with you for advice, this hat needs to frame your face and suit your face shape, not be falling half-way down your head or looking like a Lady Gaga special. Also check out the weather for wind, as you don’t want to be running half way down the racecourse, that’s for the horses to do.

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