OOTD: The Maroon Maxi Skirt

The week a few friends and I took advantage of the warm(ish) weather and headed out to play crazy golf. We decided to visit Jurassic falls adventure golf which is just off the A12. The course itself isn't very big and even though the place wasn't packed out, people were still queueing up after every course which did get slightly frustrating. Nonetheless it was a great laugh and the perfect weather for it but most importantly, I scored my first ever hole in one! This is super exciting because I'm terrible at anything remotely sporty, so this was one heck of an achievement.

The day was finished off with a real hearty meal at Gokyuzu. It's actually the only restaurant next to the golf course so we didn't have much choice; it's just as well that the food is actually really nice!

Now that the weather is slightly warmer, I'm slowly transitioning my wardrobe into less drab and more fab. I had a giant clear out last weekend, tidying away my really thick winter jumpers and filling bags for charity of all my clothes that I haven't worn in 6 months or over. It wasn't easy letting go because I'm such a hoarder but I felt so much better for it. I rewarded myself by going shopping (obvz) and came back with this gorgeous skirt from none other than Primark. The skirt comes in a range of colours but I opted for maroon because I'd be able to wear it in Autumn too without it looking silly.

It was still a little bit chilly so despite it having two splits along the front I wore it with black opaque tights. I'm never really too sure on what shoes to wear with maxi skirts when it's not warm enough to wear sandals. I was in a tiny bit of a rush too so I put on some snakeskin Topshop pumps and rushed out. It's definitely a skirt that I'm going to be taking on holiday with me and I can't wait until it's actually warm enough to ditch the tights and pair it with a vest for more of a relaxed look.

Some pretty tiles at Gokyuzu

I'm finally finding my love for fashion again, In a weird way, the clear out really helped my mind feel less cluttered and I'm excited. Excited to try some new styles and create a new, slightly older me. I can't wait to build up my wardrobe with some fun pieces and of course, share them with you on la blog.

Skirt - Primark | Polo Neck - New Look | Backpack - Urban Outfitters (Similar) | Jacket - Warehouse (Similar) | Shoes -  Topshop

Regime London Hyaluronic Acid Capsules Review

This year I promised myself I'd take better care of myself. I want to treat my body like a temple and be good to myself both inside and out. The first place I started was by chucking away all the products that were full of chemicals that were bad for me and I started reading up on the good stuff. All the little things I could do (that required the least effort) to help me look my best.

Regime London Hyaluronic Acid Capsules Review

Not so long ago I read about how great Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is for you. It's unique because it helps to retain water and strengthen the skin's barrier, both of which are fantastic to hear for those of us with anti ageing concerns. I've read countless articles that say they also help smooth out your skin which would be another bonus for me because I'm so desperate to get rid of my acne scarring.

About a month ago, Regime London got in touch with me and asked me how I felt about working on beauty on the inside out. In all honesty, I hadn't thought about it. I mean I know water is great for your skin, and vitamins are great but I never thought of taking actual beauty supplements. I try all these beauty products on my skin, so it would be mad not to consider trying something that worked on the inside. I decided to give them a go and see what I thought.

Regime kindly sent me a box of 30 capsules to try. They come in a small box which is easy to store. I love the clean white and gold branding. There's something luxe about it that gives me some confidence in trying them out. The first thing I noticed was that the capsules are huge! I wasn't sure if I would be able to swallow them and I started fretting a little bit. It wasn't too bad in the end. As recommended, I took the capsule once a day with a full glass of water. Luckily they didn't leave a bitter after taste so it was relatively painless.

Regime London Hyaluronic Acid Capsules benefits

It's pretty obvious that the capsules are so big because they're packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help improve skin smoothness and texture. Each serving provides 100% of your daily requirement of zinc as well as vitamins B2, B3, C and E. Pure goodness really.
I checked the ingredients and the first ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid from soya. I was a little bit surprised to see soya on there so I decided to ask my fave friend Google for some insight into this. It turns out that Soy is actually fantastic for promoting hyaluronic acid.in the skin. Quick side note, eating fruit and veggies also help produce natural HA in the body & skin!

Research shows that a daily intake of 240mg of Hyaluronic Acid over a relatively short period of time there are visible signs of improvement to the skin's smoothness. The average human body contains roughly 15 grams of HA, one third of which is degraded and synthesized on a daily basis. As we get older, these levels of HA also start decreasing which accompanies the ageing process - cue the fine lines and wrinkles! It's estimated that by the time we reach our mid-40’s, the synthesis of Hyaluronic Acid is roughly half that required by the body. All this research got me really thinking and helped motivate me to keep on track with taking my capsules daily.

It's been 27 days that I've been taking the capsules and the only small change I've noticed so far in my skin is that the hollows under my eyes have become less...hollow. This could be because I'm sleeping more and generally making other small changes to my lifestyle, it's too early to say. I'm intrigued by this product though and although I don't have fine lines and wrinkles just yet, I'd like to see if they will help my scarring if I continue to take them.

The capsules are available for purchase online and in Superdrug for £19.99. Considering you get a whole months supply, I think it's totally worth it. I've already stocked up for the next three months! I'll try and do a follow up on if I see any further improvement to my skin. 

Secrets To Healthy And Radiant Skin

Today I'm teaming up with one of my favourite e-tailers - FarFetch. Earlier this year they announced that they would be expandIng their site to sell beauty products and boy, they did not disappoint. With the likes of Eve Lom, Sunday Riley & Oskia, it's a luxe beauty lovers dream hub.
FarFetch have challenged me to reveal my beauty secrets to my readers. Being a beauty blogger, it's a little bit difficult to have beauty secrets. You all know exactly what products I'm using and loving at the moment because I sure as hell will be telling you all about them. So instead of focusing on actual beauty products, today I'm going to be sharing beauty regime secrets that keep my skin looking healthy and how I've been prepping to go bare faced this summer.

1. Suncreen as primer - Generally I try not to use primer on a daily basis. The thought of layering products on my skin that will clog my pores just to keep my foundation in place scares me. Instead I replace it with a sunscreen with SPF 50. I started using it this way two years ago after coming back from Morocco and I swear by it. I use the clear spray, as I don't like how the white creams leave a white/ashy tinge to my skin. I squirt a little bit of sunscreen on to the palm of my left hand and with my right hand I work it into my skin. Voila! Primer/sunscreen is applied within a few seconds.

2. Good things come to those who wait - You could be using some of the best products out on the market, however if you don't let them soak into your skin properly you're not going to see results. I now try to rise just a little bit earlier in the mornings so I can put on my moisturiser, then go get dressed before applying sunscreen. Next I have a little breakfast before getting started on my make up. Investing a little time in your beauty regime is never a bad thing, plus if you're not rushing around and actually doing things at at your own pace, your mornings are a lot less stressful!

3. Chemical free cleansing - Try to invest in a gentle cleanser. If you get overwhelmed by all the ingredients and are not sure which of your existing cleansers aren't full of harmful chemicals then look out for the one that lathers the least. These are generally the best for cleaning out your pores without clogging them and getting rid of make-up and excess oils. The best cleansers don't leave a residue behind either nor do they leave your skin feeling tight so you actually don't even need a toner. Yep, I said it. No toner!

4. Invest in a dermaroller - If you're not sure what a dermaroller is then stay tuned as I'll be doing a post on it soon. In short though, it's a small, hand sized roller full of needles that you roll across your face. I promise you it's not a bad as it sounds! These tiny needles help puncture your skin ever so slightly so that all your lovely products can penetrate further into your skin. If you get it done professionally, it can cost an arm and a leg but it's actually quite safe and easy to do at home too.

5. Retinoids - Products with Retin-A are game changers or should I say skin changers, because they actually do change the way your skin behaves. In the long run retinoids help to improve the skin's texture and helps prevent wrinkles so it's definitely something to invest in. 

So there you have it, 5 of my little secrets that help to keep my skin looking radiant and youthful, all ready for the warmer weather. Check out FarFetch's beauty page for some amazing products, including gentle cleansers and retinoids

Share your beauty secret with me?

My Self-Care Box

Recently my hormones have been all out of whack. I've had so much going on that it's all taken a toll me. I've been more tired than usual and feeling a little bit down in the dumps. boo! 

I decided to put together a self-care box to help me lift my spirits for whenever I need a little pick me up. I decided to pick a pink glittery box with a black bow on it. Nothing like giving yourself a little present when you're feeling rubbish and who doesn't love a bit of glitter?

Whenever I feel low, the best way for me to make myself feel better is by throwing myself into something completely different to what I'm doing. I decided to fill my box up with lots of distractions that would engage all my senses with all of my favourite things. Here's what I filled my box up with:

1. Headphones - If it was back in the 90's I would've put my walkman (yes I still have mine!) in or even some CD's  but let's face it, CD's are pretty much redundant now. That and the fact that I don't have anything that plays CD's any more, so instead I've put in my favourite headphones by Skinny Dip. They're so so cool, and a reminder for me to put on my favourite playlist on Spotify and sing my heard out with it.

2. Candles - I love love love the smell of Vanilla Lime Yankee candles. Usually the smell of vanilla really gives me a headache but this combination smells so delicious. It's the scent that I often have around me when I'm blogging, so I associate it with fond memories and this year so many people got me vanilla lime candles for my birthday because they know how much I love it! There's just something so magical about sitting surrounded by candles and curling up with a good film or book.

3. Bath Bombs - Lush have transformed bath times for me. At the moment I've got Dragon's Egg waiting for me in my box. I've never used it before but it smells absolutely amazing. My usual favourite is Granny Takes A Dip, nothing quite like sitting in pool of glittery pink water and feeling like a mermaid.

4. Sweeties - I love sweet stuff so much. If it wasn't so bad for you I'd definitely live on chocolates and cakes. I would put a cupcake in the box but I worry it would go stale so instead I've gone and bought some of my favourite sour sweets to give me my sugar fix.

5. Makeup - I'll be honest, I'm awful at putting my own makeup on. I really struggle and because my eyes are so big, I can never find a tutorial for eyeshadows that suits my eyes. Still, when I get into it, I really get into it. There's something about playing with makeup that makes me feel good and so of course I had to put an eyeshadow palette into the box.

6. Photo's - I'm a huge fan of taking photos. Even before I was a blogger, I took photo's anywhere I could. I have this urge to document my life, mostly because when I'm old I want to be able to look back at good times and smile. I purchased a polaroid photo printer a few years ago so that I could continue to print my photo's even when things went completely digital.

7. Notebook - Weirdly enough, I find that I'm my most creative self when I'm full of angst or feeling sombre. I have some of my best ideas and so the last thing I've put in is a notebook (and a pretty pen) so that my ideas can go straight down. I'm hoping to keep this book in there and continue to work on the ideas by adding to them. Who knows what genius things I'll come up with.

What things cheer you up when you're feeling blue?