Fan Day Friday 05.08.2016

This Friday has come around seriously quickly! My sister is coming to stay for an entire week, my friend from Uni is getting married this week and the countdown to my holiday has officially begun. So much to look forward to but today I'm doing a quick run down on all the things I've been loving this week:

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1. Ferrero Rafaello Milkshake - For those of you who don't know what Ferrero Rafaello is, where have you been living?! It's basically the white chocolate and coconut version of Ferrero Rocher. Also if you haven't tried the chocolate I strongly suggest that you go and pick some up, they are seriously good! Fenton's in Stratford Westfield now have 'Rafaello Rocher' ice cream which they can transform into a milkshake for you and I have just one word to describe it - Heaven! 

2. Ohh Deer - I've heard of Ohh Deer for quite some time now and have always loved their quirky illustrated gifts. I've put myself on a stationary ban because of all the endless notebooks I have but when I saw the 'Nope' notebook it really called out to me and I just had to have it. Check out their full collection here.

3. Ghostbusters - Having siblings that are much older than me meant that I watched a lot of the 80's classics including Ghostbusters. This was a firm favourite of mine and come to think of it I probably even know the original script by heart. Going to watch the newer version was a no brainer and the fact that it had an all girl cast made me want to go even more. Girl power! Despite wanting to watch it, I wasn't expecting much from it but I have to say, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the new film and the guest appearances of all the original cast, kooky receptionist included absolutely made the film for me.

4. Cup of Chai - Unexpected presents are always so nice. One of my favourite cousins came down to visit for a week and got me the cutest mug from her two daughters. I'll definitely be taking with me to work so no one can drink from my mug again!

5. Sketchbook Circle - Some of you may or may not know that I've joined a sketchbook circle. 12 of us do some doodling in a sketchbook and at the end of each month we pass it on to the next person until the end of the year where we receive our original sketchbook back. Hopefully it will be filled with beautiful drawings from amazingly talented local people who I would have never have met otherwise!

What things have you been loving this week?

Eve Lom Cleanser Review

I'm a little bit of a novice when it comes to cleansers. To be honest after years of acne, it took me ages to find something that actually what works for me and my skin type so I tend not to stray from it. Now that my skin has finally stopped breaking out so much, I sometimes wonder if I could find an even better cleanser out there for my skin. I decided to give something completely different a try after I read all about how great cleansing balms are. This month I took the plunge and bought the Eve Lom cleanser.

I did a bit of browsing around the web and read nothing but rave reviews so I was eager to see just how good it was and whether it lived up to the hype.

Eve Lom Cleanser Review

Eve Lom Cleanser Review

The cleansing balm comes in a plastic white tub that twists open. They also provide you with a muslin cloth to use alongside the product.There's also a plastic cover that you lift up before you get to the product. The balm itself is a thick yellow balm with some tiny  beads to help with exfoliation. There is a very subtle scent to the cleanser but unless you're really smelling it you probably won't even notice it. When you do smell it though it's not one of the most pleasant smells. Think rich cocoa butter mixed with a citrus-y smell. Yeah, gross.

The weather has been quite warm the past few weeks and try as I might I was unable to keep the balm cool enough to take a picture in it's balm form. It ended up as a slightly melted gel like consistency, so if you're thinking of using this is in a hot country or take it away with you on holiday you might want to bare that in mind. Although luckily the plastic seal that you lift up does help to stop the cleanser leaking out of the tub.

I was really intrigued by the instructions because unlike most cleansing balms which you use pretty much like a normal cleanser. This one has more specific instructions. First you apply the balm with dry fingers in a circular motion across your face, then place the muslin cloth that is included in hot water and wring out before pressing the warm, damp cloth on your face and hold it there for 5 seconds. This step is to help open up your pores. This last step must be repeated three times before rinsing the cloth in clean warm water and wiping off any remaining make-up with circular movements to exfoliate at the same time. Once that's done rinse the muslin cloth in cold water and apply to the face for 5 seconds to close the pores.

I'll be honest, this seemed like a lot of work to me. I'm usually so knackered by the end of the day that I just want a quick scrub before climbing into bed. I did like the idea of opening and closing pores though so I decided to give it a proper shot.

Eve Lom Cleanser Review

So I tried it, and it was definitely a lot of effort. Weirdly enough though it was also quite satisfying. I ended up getting into a real routine with it and I loved the thought that I was getting the makeup out of my pores properly without leaving any traces of oils, dirt or bacteria from the day.

The skeptic in me didn't want to like this product and find some fault in it but there really isn't one (apart from the lengthy cleansing process). After using the cleanser my skin feels soft and not dry at all. More importantly it feels clean. Initially I was a little bit worried that I'd have to use another cleanser after because I hadn't used a balm before and although I'm all for double cleansing, I'm also very lazy. It turns out you definitely don't need another cleanser after using this one and I should hope not after all that cleansing and re-cleansing! I've never stuck to a product for the entire duration of a month without straying from it before. Like I said there's something quite satisfying about using it and my skin has never looked better. No breakouts since using it at all! I can definitely see now why Vogue have named this the best cleanser in the world!

Priced at £55 for just 100ml might sound a little steep but it does last a long time. Besides, can you really put a price on good skin? It comes with the muslin cloth too so you don't need to worry about purchasing anything extra for it. The Eve Lom Cleanser can be purchased here.

What do you think of balm cleansers?

Fan Day Friday

It's officially been the hottest few days of the year which means it's muggy and humid and I'm feeling super sorry for myself because I have caught the flu. Yep, only I could catch a full on flu with a fever right int he middle of summer. Still, in an effort to make myself feel better I'm trying to think happy thoughts and of all the things that are currently making me smile this week and I thought I'd share them with you all..

Rituals Incense candle

Iced green tea lemonade - I have read endless articles on how great green tea is for you but honestly I just couldn't get on with it. The smell and the taste just didn't do it for me but on my recent trip to Starbucks I felt a little bit brave and ordered something different. I've discovered Iced green tea lemonade from Starbucks Teavana range and I just can't get enough. I'm actually so glad there isn't a Starbucks near where I work or I might as well just get my pay check sent directly to them! P.S. the peach flavoured green tea lemonade is just as fab.

Incense or candles? - How about both? I've been a long standing fan of Rituals. Their skin care products are all brilliant and seriously underrated! Since discovering them in my Glossybox a few years ago, I always find myself popping into their stores to have a look around now. This week I was excited to see their new 'Private collection' had been launched, which are luxurious, rich candle scents all inspired from Arabia & the middle east. The whole new intense range all smells divine but my two favourites were Black Oud & Incense. After walking out the shop empty handed I ended up getting Incense as a present that same day (talk about coincidence!) and it's definitely become a firm favourite in my candle collection.

Claim to Fame - If you follow me on any kind of social media I'm pretty sure you'll be sick of me telling you that I was featured in Time Out Magazine. My claim to fame ha. It's a small feat but it's really given me the motivation and drive that I was lacking to want be a published author sooner rather than later. I realise it's going to be a difficult road but I'm willing to give it my all and work hard for it. I'm going to be trying to stick to a regular posting schedule and schedule my tweets if I can as opposed to writing them on the day!

Marble case - I do not even care how much of a typical blogger I am but I have just bought myself a marble case for my macbook and it is so beautiful. That is all.
If you're interested in purchasing the same one it can be found here.

Orange is the new black - I know I'm really really late to the party on watching season 4 but I had given up watching all forms of TV for Ramadan so had to use all of my willpower to wait it out. I've finished the latest season in all of two days (as you do) and oh my good god how could they?!?! I don't want to post any spoilers but if you've watched it, then leave me a comment I need to discuss this with someone!!

Celebrity Style - I love knowing where celebs get their fashion bits and pieces from, especially if they're high street. If you're anything like me then Fashion Mommy has got us covered here.

These are all the things I'm loving this Friday. What have you been loving?

Boohoo X Dress Of The Month

This month I'm really excited to announce that I'm collaborating with Boohoo for their Dress of the month campaign. Earlier this month they very kindly sent me their dress of the month for me to style. Before it arrived I had no idea what it would be like so I wasn't able to plan ahead with different ideas but this made it all the more interesting. I had been given the choice of either black or white and of course I went with black and awaited it's arrival.

When the dress finally arrived I was so so happy with it! I was sent the Camella lace insert dress which is a dress I've been eyeing up for so long. It's a midi sun dress with lace inserts across it and thin adjustable straps. Apart from the fact that this dress is so wearable I love the fact that it's fully lined. This means that both the black and white version won't be see through even when the sun is shining.

Boohoo X Dress Of The Month

I opted for a size 10 and it was a good fit, slightly snug around the bust so if unlike me you have bewbs you may want to size up. 

The sundress reminded of something my sister had in the 90's so this is exactly the look I went for. The weather was being really temperamental so I threw on my Topshop (Moto) cropped denim jacket and some H&M leggings; I even threw on a velvet choker for good measure. I decided to really channel the 90's and do a half up ponytail and went for the bold reddy brown lip that defined the decade - if you're wondering it's Kat Von D's Lolita.

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Since taking these OOTD pics, I've already thought of so many other ways to style this dress. It would look great as a really girly dress perhaps with a beaded kimono but equally fantastic with converse and a bomber jacket too. Priced at just £18 you really can't go wrong. For me, something like this is a staple item that's great all year round.

Would I recommend it this dress to you? Most definitely. I'm certain that I'll be purchasing the white version too because it's so versatile and will be perfect to take on holiday with me next month.

boohoo blogger collab

velvet choker

Boohoo are one of my favourite etailers for casual wear because they're so reasonably priced and always on trend. Browse their fantastic dress collection here.