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29.12.15

Find Your Perfect Fit With SizeStyler

How many times have you seen something that you absolutely love and have to have it, but since it is only available online, you can only hope for the best when you click the checkout button. You wait for a couple of days for your order to arrive and when you finally try it on you realise it doesn't fit quite the way you want it to. You can either keep the uncomfortable/unflattering fit item or return it, not before wasting your precious time and money sending it back. 

Well, in order to save you all of this hassle, SizeStyler have come up with a system that helps you find the perfect size for you in a range of online available brands. How? After you take a minute to set up your measurement profile - you only need to enter 4 key measurements - and click on the Show My Sizes and SizeStyler checks your measurements against hundreds of brands and suggest the best size for you. 

You can also personalise your search results to show items from your favourite brands, selecting them on your profile and then clicking My Brands on the search results. And of course you can also narrow down your search by colour, price, category and sale items. After that you can shop more easily without worrying again that any of the items fro your latest shopping spree won't fit.

Visit SizeStyler to make online shopping a breeze. 

This is a sponsored post. 

xo

24.12.15

Merry Christmas

gingerbread man window decoration
I know there are still a few hours left until Christmas but let's be honest - not many people will bother going online on Christmas day when they can be enjoying the time they got with their family and friends, so I just wanted to say Merry Christmas! I hope you have an amazing day filled with love and delicious food ♥

xo

22.12.15

Navy & White

navy reefer coat
white wool jumper
navy reefer coat
navy reefer coat
H&M Reefer Coat // Uniqlo Trousers // H&M Wool Jumper // Adidas Stan Smith
(Similar: Coat, Jumper)

First outfit post with the new hair! And I'm off work until the 5th of January yay! My brother's come to visit us for Christmas and New Years and it'll be nice to have him around for a little while before he goes back to Germany. My family's spreading all over the world haha. Can't wait for Christmas and watch people's faces as they open their presents, so exciting!

xo

17.12.15

Grey Coat

H&M duster coat
H&M duster coat
H&M duster coat
h&m duster coat
H&M Coat // Topshop Jumper // Paul Costelloe Bag // Topshop Jeans // Adidas Trainers
(Similar: Coat, Jumper, Bag)

Last outfit post with the old hair. It's been a long day at work today, ended up feeling not very well but... tomorrow is the last day of work before my 2 week holiday so I can have a much needed rest. Oh, yeah and we are having KFC at work tomorrow for lunch haha.

xo

15.12.15

Max Factor x Star Wars

covergirl

With the new Star Wars The Force Reawakens movie out soon, it's not surprising to see lots of memorabilia being sold everywhere. This time Max Factor teamed up with Star Wars to create a small collection of special edition cosmetics, including a False Lash Effect Mascara in Black, and two Colour Elixir Lipsticks shades in Gold and Berry.

Find The Max Factor x Star Wars collection in Boots until stocks last.

xo

12.12.15

Save Money Online While Making a Difference with ZenPromoCodes

online discount vouchers
You know what a big fan I am of saving money when shopping, whether it is in store with a physical voucher or rewards card, or online with a discount code. Not long ago I discovered the website ZenPromoCodes, which is a recently founded site where you can find discount and promotional codes for all the top online stores & restaurants in the UK. 

Yes, I know there are lots of other discount code and voucher websites online, but the difference is that at ZenPromoCodes not only do they try to make responsible choices when running their company but also give 10% of their profits to charity, hoping to make a positive contribution to the world and support the causes that matter. 

How to search for discounts on the website? The easiest way is to type the name of the retailer in the search box and click the 'Go' button to reveal all the discounts from that store, though if you are interested more in a product or service rather than a particular store then just click on the 'Categories' option at the top of the page. 

The main categories at ZenPromoCodes are: Adult & Gambling; Books, Magazines, CDs & DVDs; Children, Babies & Toys; Days Out; Electrical; Entertainment & Tickets; Fashion; Flowers & Gifts; Food & Drink; Health & Beauty; Holidays & Travel; Home & Garden; Insurance & Finance; Restaurants; and Sports & Leisure. 

Just to make it clear, the difference between codes and deals is that the first ones are offered by retailers to generate more business, and the actual code is normally word, set of numbers or combination of the two which you type or copy into an input box at the checkout page as you are making a purchase online, and a deal is an offer or discount from a store that does not require a code, and as you complete the transaction the deal should be automatically applied to your order at the checkout. 

As Christmas is only just under 2 weeks away, I would like to share with you my favourite discounts and deals I have found on the site to help you out with that last minute shopping: 
-Get 15% off if you are a new customer at Emma Bridgewater, great for stocking fillers.
-If you're looking for a party outfit, get 15% off at Miss Selfridge.
-Keep warm and cosy with cashmere jumpers up to 50% off at The Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
-Get personalised gifts and print out holiday pictures with 50% off at Snapfish.
-Treat somebody (or yourself) with an extra 5% off on top of Deal of the Day at Thorntons. 
-Smell amazing with 10% off any fragrance purchase at Perfume Galaxy. 
-Get everything you need for Christmas dinner with £30 off your first £100 Waitrose shop. 

If saving money online, helping out by supporting charities and having a functional design and easy to use website wasn't enough, ZenPromoCodes also host competitions and have downloadable freebies available. 

Help make a difference by using ZenPromoCodes deals, codes and vouchers.

This is a sponsored post. 
xo

10.12.15

Not for me: Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

As you might know, I do love trying new beauty products quite a bit. Next to my bed I like to keep a lip balm to apply constantly throughout the day and before bed. Some time ago I received the Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm as a giveaway or competition prize, but it was finally time to put it to the test.

First of all, it's all good that it has a protective seal to avoid people opening and contaminating the product in shops, but it's made of an extension of the tube label and so it's not the easiest to open, plus it leaves uneven packaging residue that diminishes aesthetic appeal for me.

The Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm looks very smooth before applying, when I put it on I discovered that since it is wax, it is very hard but it does apply smoothly to the lips. What I didn't like was the smell, which is probably the lanolin and rosemary combined. Plus because of the peppermint there was an extreme tingling on my lips that wasn't pleasant and lasted for about 10 minutes before finally subsiding.

About the lip conditioning properties? Well it seems like it moisturises the skin on my lips but I can't tell about long term use as I doubt I will continue to use this product because of its scent and tingling sensation. It was quite disappointing as I have tried other Burt's Bees lip balms and really love them.


Have you tried this lip balm?

xo

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8.12.15

Navy Coat

levitating picture
androgynous style
navy cashmere jumper
androgynous style
H&M Wool Coat // Uniqlo Cashmere Jumper // H&M Scarf // Uniqlo Down Jacket // H&M Trousers // Topshop Brogues 
(Similar: Coat, Jumper, ScarfBrogues)

Penultimate outfit with my old hair! Sometimes it feels like there is not enough hours in the day but I will have 2 weeks off from the 19th so that should be plenty of time for doing more of what I love: taking pictures, painting and blogging :)

xo

6.12.15

Wedding Dresses at Cocomelody

With the colder months finally here, some people think of escaping to a fabulous warm destination, especially for their wedding, which is a very memorable event in everyone's life. At Cocomelody they specialise in wedding dresses, including beach wedding dresses, as well as accessories and for your bridal party. Here are a couple of my favourite dresses that Cocomelody has to offer:

Wedding Dresses at Cocomelody
The dress on the left looks oh very simple upon first sight, it might make you think of it as boring but if you look closely you start discovering all these gorgeous details that make it very special. It features a V shaped neckline with wide shoulder covering 'straps', neckline which is mirrored at the back and uses a discreet hidden zip closure. The bodice has a pleated texture and a faux wrap dress finish which ends in a subtly sparkly and minimal belt for an elegant touch. The skirt opens up and looks very fluid and comfortable. Last but not least, the neckline also has a very subtle touch of lace on both the front and back for an even more romantic look. As you can see in this case, less is definitely more. 

Another lovely example of their 2016 wedding dresses range is the dress one on the right, which is almost like a bolder version of the left one. It has a very feminine sweetheart neckline and is covered in a delicate tulle overlay all the way down to the skirt, the tulle is used for the sheer straps. The bodice also has a mock wrap dress look on the top half, and the neckline has a lace detail connecting the straps. At the waist it features a thin sash made of a fabric that matches the dress, and a hint of sparkle is added in the form of an off-centre cluster of flower embellishments. At the back it has a deeper V shaped cleavage, framed with lace fabric. The skirt is longer and features an elegant train.

Find more gorgeous dresses at Cocomelody.
This is a sponsored post. 
xo

1.12.15

Lierac Luminescence the Best Serum Ever?

Lierac Luminescence Serum

A little while ago I purchased the Lierac Luminescence Serum as the one I was using ran out. I have a small dark spot under one of my eyes/around my cheekbone area and thought that this would be a good product to try and get rid of it, as it mentions that it helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and redness. 

As well as diminishing the look of pigment spots and redness, it also promises to help reactivate light reflection, refine skin texture and smooth and even out the skin, with the help of a unique combination of plant molecules (Siegesbeckia orientalis + Rabdosia rubescens + micro-alga) and botanical extract (Lens esculenta lentil seed extract). 

The packaging feels quite luxurious, with a heavy glass bottle and a dropper on the lid. The serum has a milky consistency and an iridescent look to it (which doesn't leave my oily skin looking shiny), as well as a strong smell which was very noticeable but I got used to it after using it a few times. 

I had only used the serum about 3 times and already started noticing a difference on my skin: the redness was visibly diminished, as well starting to fade old acne scars. I though maybe it was my imagination but every day I look in the mirror again my skin looks even better, which is amazing!

My skin tone looks less red, much more even and scars are so faint now, even older ones. And as of late I am noticing that my pores are starting to look smaller. As for the dark spot on my cheekbone? Sadly it's still there, so I don't think it fades dark spots as good as it does redness and acne marks. As I had many more scarring than dark spots, I don't mind it hasn't done much for it as my skin looks better than it has in years. 

I would definitely recommend the Lierac Luminescence Serum if you are trying to even out your skin tone and fade redness, pores and acne pigmentation, though if your main concern is dark spots, I'd look for something else.

Find Lierac Luminescence Serum on Ebay. 

Have you tried this serum?

xo

26.11.15

The Best Black Friday Deals

Best cyber monday deals UK

You must know by now how much I love a good bargain, and these are the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals I've found, perfect to do some Christmas shopping or treat yourself:

Superdrug: Triple points for all Health & Beautycard holders. Save up to 65% on selected items and get free delivery when you spend £10.

Boots: Up to 1/2 price on fragrance, plus get £10 worth of points when you spend £60.

The Body Shop: 40% off with code 14670 plus free delivery on orders over £5.

Debenhams: VAT free prices on perfume & aftershave, including gift sets.

ASOS: 20% off everything with code CYBER, ends 8 am Tuesday.

Uniqlo: Many lines up to half price, plus free delivery on orders over £20.

GAP: 40% off full price styles with code FRIDAYGAP, ends Sunday. 

Topshop: Up to 50% off on selected lines.

New Look: Up to 50% off and free delivery on orders over £45.

BHS: Up to 50% off everything.

Hobbycraft: 20% off full price items online with code BLACK20.

Dorothy Perkins: Up to 30% off everything.

All Saints: 30% off everything with code CYBER

Selfridges: up to 20% off online and in-store with code SELFCCE.

Dune: 20% off Dune London.

Will you be doing any shopping this weekend?

xo

24.11.15

New in: October 2015

new look suede boots
new look suede boots
wool oversized cardigan
rain boots
habitat foldable table
l'occitane pivoine

Didn't really buy that much last month, I had to replace the Primark boots I got as the buckle broke and got these suede boots from New Look for just £20 down from £45. I also received a super cosy oversized cardigan from Nomads, got a pair of Next wellies from Choice for £13.50 down from £40. From Argos I got a foldable Habitat table to do my painting/drawing on without ending with stomach pain from sitting uncomfortably.
Last but not least, I got a pair of earrings from Topshop, free L'occitane Pivoine Sublime moisturiser and serum samples and won a Guinot Instant Comfort Mask on a giveaway.

xo

20.11.15

Pink & Grey

Pink Coat
Pink Coat
Pink Coat
pink coat

New Look Pink Coat // F&F Shirt with Bow // Uniqlo Sweatshirt // Topshop Jeans // Paul Costelloe Bag // Topshop Chelsea Boots
(Similar: Coat, Shirt, Bag, Boots)

Today I only had to work until 12:30, plus I had a bit of chocolate cheesecake because it was a workmate's last day, she also brought us some gifts and I got some Ferrero Rocher chocolates!
Then my husband picked me up for lunch and when we got home I forgot I had my phone on my lap and stood up to get out of the car and my cover broke :'( haha.

xo

18.11.15

Holiday Party Dresses

With the holidays fast approaching, it is only right to start thinking about what we would like to wear if we have any important events coming up such as a Christmas dinner or a New Year's parties. At Promtimes.co.uk they specialize in dresses for every size and occasion, including prom, cocktail, evening, wedding and plus size dresses. Here are a couple of my favourite dresses from the site to inspire you for the holiday season:


On the left we have this gorgeous option with a more formal approach: the full length makes it look very elegant and sophisticated, so if showing off your legs is not your thing (or you think you'd be too cold otherwise) then this dress is for you. It has a lovely true red hue all over which is flattering on most skin tones and is sure to grab everyone's attention for all the right reasons. The fitted bodice and sweetheart neckline give it an extra feminine touch which you can accentuate by wearing your hair up and adding a sparkly necklace or statement dangly earrings. 

The dress on the right, one of the many under £50 options on promtime.co.uk, is a very similar option to the left dress, as it shares the same fitted bodice, sweetheart neckline and billowy overlay skirt, only this time in black. That's right, a little black dress never fails and if you are young and like shorter dresses or the event is a more casual one then I think this could be an excellent option. Team it with a sparkly bangle or glittery platforms and you're ready to go. 

Find more holiday party dresses on Promtime.co.uk

This is a sponsored post.

xo

16.11.15

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Liquid Shine Illuminating Shampoo & Conditioner

Liquid Shine Illuminating Shampoo & Conditioner

Some time ago I won a John Frieda competition where I received both the Brilliant Brunette Liquid Shine Illuminating Shampoo and Conditioner, along with the Shine Shock Perfecting Glosser from the same line, a ciate nail polish and a topshop makeup bag. 

The shampoo and conditioner both claim to have an illuminating formula with a shine infusing complex and are supposed to leave hair radiant for a long lasting, high gloss brunette. They are designed for all shades of brunette. 

The shampoo has a translucent gel texture, which surprised me a bit as I thought it would be thicker and creamier as the Full Repair one, which was my first John Frieda set of products, so compared to that I was left a bit disappointed, plus it has dried out my scalp, leaving it a bit flaky and itchy, so I think I'll have to stop using it. 

The conditioner is thicker and creamier than the shampoo but it has tiny glitter particles in it which I was worried would go everywhere but once you rinse your hair they disappear, I assume they are there to help produce a glossy shine on the hair but I'm not seeing an amazing difference in my hair. 

Overall, not a fan of these 2 products sadly as the John Frieda Full Repair range set the bar very high for me.


xo

13.11.15

Cashmere Cardigan

Boden cashmere striped cardigan
Boden cashmere striped cardigan
boden cashmere
Boden Cashmere Cardigan // Uniqlo Jeggings // Paul Costelloe Triplet Bag // Topshop Suede Boots
(Similar: Cardigan, Bag, Boots)

It's Friday! my back's killing me and I'm so tired, so glad to have some time fo mah self and recharge as Saturdays are my shopping days haha! Still got a few outfits to upload with the old hair #bloggerproblems but you can see what my hair looks like on Instagram

Have a nice weekend!

xo

11.11.15

Diego Luna, Zoe & The Horrors at Wahaca Day of the Dead Festival 2015

Leon Larregui
the horrors
lucha libre ring

On Saturday we went to London for the Wahaca Day of the Dead Festival 2015 at Tobacco Dock, as I really wanted to see one of my favourite bands, Zoé.

At 4 pm there was a little conference with Diego Luna that I really wanted to see but we didn't make it in time so the room was full, still managed to get some pictures though. At around 5pm we had some dinner, I was hoping to find authentic mexican food but couldn't find any, ended up getting a "new york style" chicken torta, it was ok but I really wanted some tamales :'(

Then we just waited for Zoé to play in one of the little concert rooms at 8 pm, which was great because it meant there was not going to be a lot of people.  We were a bit early for that, so managed to watch a couple of bands playing before them and we were right at the front. When Leon was walking on the stage I stretched out my arm trying to reach him and he saw me, then he just walked around the speakers to get closer and held my hand haha.

After Zoé we stayed until the Horrors went on stage at 10 pm, and listened to them for about 30 minutes as it was getting late and still had a train to catch. On the way out the little market stall that was selling salsa said they were doing a bag of 6 for just £1 so we got one and then left to go home.

Overall it was a great festival, just wish they had authentic mexican food. Can't wait to see what guests they will be having next year.

xo

9.11.15

Navy Jumper

Cotton cashmere uniqlo jumper
Cotton cashmere uniqlo jumper
cotton cashmere

Uniqlo Jumper // H&M Necklace // Topshop Jeans // H&M Cutout Boots
(Similar: Boots, Necklace)

On Saturday we went to the day of the dead festival by Wahaca in London's Tobacco Dock. We had a great time, saw actor Diego Luna, Zoe and the Horrors playing and got a big bag full of salsa bottles for just a £1 haha. Will post pictures and videos soon!

xo

5.11.15

Halloween & Day of the Dead

jon snow pumpkin

For Halloween this year I carved a Jon Snow pumpkin from the last scene where (spoiler) he's laying on the floor after being stabbed by the watch.
Before half term I suggested doing some Dia de los Muertos related activity at our preschool but wasn't done because it was a bit short notice, thought they added the date on the calendar for next year, which is quite exciting! So I've already thought of a couple of crafts for the kids to make.
On Saturday we are gong to the Day of the Dead festival in London, hopefully they will have some tamales. Can't wait to see Zoe playing live again.

xo

3.11.15

Quilted Jacket

uniqlo quilted blouson
uniqlo quilted blouson
uniqlo quilted blouson
uniqlo quilted blouson
Uniqlo Down Jacket // American Apparel Sweatshirt // Topshop Jeans // Adidas Stan Smith // H&M Necklace // Paul Costelloe Triplet Bag
(Similar: NecklaceTriple Bag)

In these pictures you can see a little bit of the plum colour coming through on my hair. Wearing my uniqlo jacket that kept me warm all through our august holidays in Blackpool.

Today I went to have my hair cut, I'll post a picture on instagram soon probably. I don't understand why when they do layered cuts they still leave the bottom blunt :/

xo