27 Mar 2016

#OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

Ciao Happy Easter! I hope you're all enjoying and making the most of the four day weekend whether that includes spending time with family and friends, catching up on some well-deserved rest (Zzz!) or eating a tad too much chocolate. After not publishing a blog post in almost two weeks, I'm back today with an outfit post. Now this outfit is quite an old one so allow me to apologise in advance if I've already shown it to you guys, although I'm pretty sure I haven't.

When it comes to jeans I tend to stick to what I know and like. For that reason there's only two pairs you'll ever see me in and they are Topshop's Joni and Jamie jeans; I have about twenty pairs of the first and only two of the latter. The pair I'm wearing are the black ripped Joni jeans. I've had them for about a year now and despite wearing them all of the time, they've held up incredibly well. The colour of them is yet to fade and they're still super fitted. I paired it with this fruity watermelon vest top which I got from H&M. I'm not usually a fan of motif or heavily printed tops but it was love at first sight with this one as it's tight-fitting, has a scoop back and helps to brighten up an outfit. What more could you want? :) I wore my badass faux-leather jacket as I wanted to add a slight biker girl kinda' vibe. Despite not being genuine leather, this jacket has to be one of my favourite ones ever as it's lasted me for about seven years. Yes, that long! X

      
Vest Top: H&M // Jeans: Topshop // Jacket: Primark // Shoes: Zara // Bag: Zara (bought on eBay) // Hat: H&M

Ciao ♥ Xx 

14 Mar 2016

Wish List | March

Grazia Textured Belt Coat Night Navy - £265 from Reiss (click here to view)
Cactus Preppy Cat-Eye Sunglasses - £16 from Topshop (click here to view)
Ash Cultash Cracked Silver Leather Chunky Sole Trainer - £145 from Daniel Footwear (click here to view)
By Terry Terrybly Haute Croissance Mascara - £33.50 from Harrods (click here to view)
Moschino Logo Skinny Leather Belt - £120 from Selfridges (click here to view)
Coins & Decorative Band Hat - £25.99 from Zara (click here to view)
Mini Verity Backpack - £180 from Whistles (click here to view)
Blush Leather Wrap Skirt - £85 from Topshop (click here to view)
Vivienne Westwood Skeleton Earrings - £125 from Garment Quarter (click here to view)

Ciao ♥ Xx 

2 Mar 2016

Product Review | Skinclay White Clay Mask

Ciao Up until a year or two ago I never used to be particularly interested in facial skincare. I never quite understood the fascination or excitement surrounding the different types of products available (i.e. cleansers, exfoliators and serums), and so my collection of the sort was fairly minimal. Besides from moisturising my face daily with Simple's Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser, I didn't have a facial skincare routine in place that I carried out on a regular basis. This was partly due to not realising the importance of it all as I've always had pretty good skin. Thus, I never felt there was a need for me to be extra attentive to it as it was never something I struggled with; my skin is almost always clear as I rarely get spots (let's hope I haven't jinxed myself). However, about a year ago the area around my eyes became quite dry and sensitive. It took several weeks, and the trailing of a gazillion products to get rid of the dry skin, and all of the itchiness and flakiness that came along with it.

In a way it was a blessing in disguise as it's what kick-started off my skincare journey. Evidently, my collection of skincare products has definitely doubled, if not tripled, in size from what it was a year ago. I'm often on the lookout for new products so was rather intrigued when one of the lovely ladies at work mentioned the brand Skinclay. Skinclay is a newly founded brand who create natural face masks. It was established by the British model Alice Cornish who has impressively strutted her stuff on the catwalk for the likes of Jonathan Saunders, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop and Rag & Bone.


There are three face masks to choose from depending on your skin type including: RED; great for normal, dull or tired skin, WHITE; great for dry, ageing or sensitive skin, and GREEN; great for oily, clogged or acne prone skin. I opted for the white clay mask as my skin can be quite sensitive and dry at the worst of times. If you're unsure about what skin type you have then head over to Skinclay's skin guide where you can identify which description best describes your skin.

        

A great thing about this product is that it's natural, chemical and preservative free. Each mask retails for the affordable price of £5 and are currently stocked via Skinclay’s website. These will also soon be available to purchase from Liberty so make sure you keep your eyes peeled. Furthermore, they're super easy and fun to use; simply add water to the powder form. Detailed instructions can be found below:

1) Remove spatula and pour the sachet content into a small mixing bowl.
2) Add three tablespoons of water into the mixing bowl.
3) Stir the mixture until you have a smooth consistency (add more water if your mask is too thick).
4) Apply your mask to a cleansed face and neck, avoiding the eye and mouth area. 
5) Leave the mask on for approx. 10 minutes.
6) Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

After following these instructions and using this product, my skin felt extremely soft and nourished. I also noticed it really helped to enhance my natural complexion and did not irritate my skin in the slightest. This is definitely a product I would use again, but also one that I would recommend to y'all.

I''m also massively impressed with the packaging as it's fresh and pleasing to the eye. I particularly like the font of the brand's name and the selection of colours used. As bizarre as this may sound, this is of great importance to me as I'm a complete and utter sucker for packaging. Always have been, always will be. So much so that I feel I'm more likely to enjoy using a product if it appears that time and effort has gone into the packaging of it. Who else agrees?

Finally, make sure you head over to the Skinclay website for further information on this exciting new brand. Oh, and be be sure to remember that looking after your skin during your youth will contribute to younger looking skin in your older years ;)

If you enjoyed reading this review then make sure you check out my previous ones in which I spoke about the following skincare products: Elemis' Anti-Ageing Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm and Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream
Ciao ♥ Xx