Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Okay, now, no need to panic, but...there are exactly 11 days left until Christmas. Yes, 11 days. Now, if you're sitting there and smiling proudly at your bought two months in advance Christmas presents then this post is probably not for you. However, if you weren't so fortunately blessed with such organized genes and are still on the hunt for the perfect gifts for your loved ones, there's no need to fret - there's still time. Whether you're scurrying around for those last-minute stocking fillers, or still have a complete list to buy for, here is your Last-minute Christmas Guide:



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Winter Skincare Routine with Dermalogica

*Gifted products

Winter may be the most wonderful time of the year, but for our skin?

Now that we are steadily into December, my skin, like most others across the world, is reacting accordingly to the winter weather. Luckily for me, Dermalogica sent over a winter skincare package full of their products that are most specifically targeted for dry skin, to combat the winter weather and restore some much-needed radiance and moisture.

Any long- term reader of this blog (or just any skincare/beauty enthusiast in general!) will be aware of quite how efficacious Dermalogica's products really are. And, during a season so harsh on our skin, effects and results are exactly what we need - hence why my excitement levels peaked when I unboxed these products. I've been using this routine for over a week now, and I'm already noticing a decrease in dryness and the return of natural radiance and dewy skin.


Most of you will probably know already that the original pre-cleanse has long been a staple in my skincare routine. However, the pre-cleanse balm is a new one for me. The consistency of this cleanser is much thicker and creamier than the original pre-cleanse, and provides moisture and breaks down makeup even quicker (which, creds to Dermalogica, because I didn't think that could be done!).


Of course, double cleansing is essential, so step 2 is naturally the intensive moisture balance. The intensive moisture cleanser is like the pre-cleanse balm's partner in crime - they go perfectly together. Not only will it ensure a deep cleanse, but it will also leave your skin free from dryness.


Wow, where do I start with this stuff? For starters, the formula is out of this world, sort of a cross between a toner and serum. The redness relief essence is part of the ultra calming range and therefore is your go-to for a cooling, calming and -as the name suggests - redness relieving treatment. Obsessed.


Let's get straight to the point here: if you have dry skin, this is the product for you. This is one of the best moisturisers I've used yet; the results are almost instantaneous and last for ages. The formula of this proves a great product for both night and day, so there's no need to unnecessarily splurge on a night cream!


This product was a new one for me, so I was super excited to try it out. This facial oil can be mixed into moisturiser or applied prior to moisturiser. Either way, its ultra calming properties will help to soothe and restore sensitive skin.


Okay, so, this lip treatment will solve all of your lip's dryness problems. The metal applicator is super cooling which I love and the formula is really thick which makes it the perfect product for night. I also love the fact that this is a night treatment because it leaves your lips super soft and prepped for makeup when you wake up!


NEW Dermalogica Body Range | Review

*This post contains gifted items.

Excitement can arrive in myriad different ways: a text revealing good news, concert tickets being delivered into your inbox and...a cardboard box patiently waiting for you in your kitchen, containing Dermalogica's brand new body range. The latter happens to be my current mode of excitement and as I'm opening up the box, my excitement level builds up to a crescendo - the packaging!! Dermalogica have stepped up their packaging for this collection, let me tell you. The full body collection contains the Phyto Replenish Body Oil, Thermafoliant Body Scrub, Conditioning body wash and the Body Hydrating Cream. Today I'm going to be reviewing the first two of the four, so let's dive right in!

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Body Oil

Wow, where do I begin with this? After admiring the gorgeous packaging for a solid ten minutes (how is it that even the box this comes in looks pretty enough that I actively don't want to chuck it?) and simultaneously fangirling over the luxurious glass bottle, I decided to test this body oil out for myself. This is where the story gets even better: I pour a small amount of oil onto my palm, rub it into my skin and as the silk-like formula glides effortlessly over my arms and the soft notes of orange, Neroli, and Bermagot work coordinatingly in calming my senses, I get a sudden urge that makes me want to pour the entire bottle over myself. Not that that's necessary, of course. Like all Dermalogica products, a little goes a long way - in fact, after generously applying this over my entire body, I could barely identify as much as a dent made into the product.

Key benefits:

✔️ Conditions and nourishes

✔️Invigorates and awakens the senses

✔️ Cleanses while helping to maintain lipid barrier health

Dermalogica Thermafoliant Body Scrub

When I heard that Dermalogica was releasing a body exfoliator, I may have phsically screamed a little with joy...not because exfoliators usually bring out scream-worthy levels of excitement in me, but simply because I've tried (and fell insanely in love with) Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant. So, my theory was that if this was like the body equivalent of Dermalogica's face exfoliators, I'd be sorted for life - the hunt for the perfect, all boxes ticked, body exfoliator is over!

Long story short; my theory was very much correct (personally think that my name should go down in skincare history...)  and the perfect exfoliator has most certainly been found! It feels so lovely on the skin - gentle and smooth - and the Indian bamboo stem exfoliates and refines the skin's texture without stripping the skin of its moisture. Meanwhile, extracts of white tea, coffeeberry,  Licorice, and chamomile infuse skin with antioxidants. This pairs beautifully when followed by the Phyto Replenish body oil.

Key Benefits:

✔️ Hydrates to relieve dryness

✔️ Okay, maybe not a technical benefit, but smells INSANE!!

✔️ Smooths and conditions with botanical extracts


✔️ Tones with gentle naturally derived exfoliants.

✔️ Did I mention that this smells SOOO GOOD?!!

Other products from the range:

Paris Letters | An Interview with Janice MacLeod

Ever had a secret urge to stop what you're doing, pick up your bag and head for Paris? In this post, author of the New York Time's best-selling book Paris Letters, Janice Macleod talks stepping out of your comfort zone and offers advice for aspiring writers and artists.

"How much money does it take to quit your job?

Exhausted and on the verge of burnout, Janice poses this question to herself as she doodles on a notepad at her desk. Surprisingly, the answer isn't as daunting as she expected. With a little math and a lot of determination, Janice cuts back, saves up, and buys herself two years of freedom in Europe.

A few days into her stop in Paris, Janice meets Christophe, the cute butcher down the street - who doesn't speak English. Through a combination of sign language and franglais, they embark on a whirlwind Paris romance. She soon realizes that she can never return to the world of twelve-hour workdays and greasy corporate lingo. But her dwindling savings force her to fund her dreams again. So Janice turns to her three loves - words, art, and Christophe - to figure out a way to make her
happily- ever- after in Paris last forever."

Paris Letters deeply explores the idea of stepping out of your comfort zone and taking the plunge in life. What advice would you give to someone who’s forever yearning to make a drastic life decision?

The first piece of advice is to work it out while you’re currently living your current life. I did this by writing in my journal each day. I figured out how much money I would have to save to quit my job, how long that would take, how long I could be without money coming in, where to go and what to do when I got there. Of course, there is only so much planning one can do, but planning as much as you can help make these dreams closer to reality… and with only a pencil and paper. You don’t need to invest heavily or make big changes in order to make plans. Making plans is free. Secondly, I’d look at all the things to do in order to make a drastic life change and do the things that were possible in that moment. For me, my life in Paris started by cleaning out my underwear drawer in my apartment in LA. I wasn’t taking all those panties with me. I’d be taking one suitcase, so I started to whittle my wardrobe down until it would be about the size of a suitcase. It was a small act, but it was something I could do on THAT DAY right at the beginning of hatching my escape plans. The next day, I started cleaning out closets. Later, I went to all my doctor’s appointments: dental visits, annual doctor’s visit… that boring necessary stuff that is easy to get out of the way and cross off the list. All this time I saved and saved and researched where to go and what to do when I would eventually leave my job and travel to Paris. 

Aside from the beautiful writing, your authentic letters and illustrations really ignite a memorability about Paris Letters. Has art always been a revered outlet of yours?

Oh no. In fact, art has always been a great frustration to me. I’ve always wanted to paint and draw but felt I never had the natural talent that some people had. But what I did have was the desire. So I would doodle. Doodling on the edges of my day book, of the newspaper, of scraps of paper on my desk. Doodling is how all the illustrations start. Writing is more natural for me and is my chosen profession. I’ve been a professional writer since I was 20. If I could choose just one, it would be writing. It comes easier to me. But that illustration desire is still humming in the background. It’s like writing is my spouse but illustration is my lover. One is calm and steady (the writing) and the other is stressful but exciting (illustration). 

Your journey to happiness in Paris, although idyllic and dreamy, must’ve have been difficult at times. Were there ever any moments where you had reservations about your decision to travel? What advice would you give to someone who has?

Travel is physically demanding. People forget that the word itself, travel, is a verb. It’s not easy to lug a bag, to walk it, lift it, wait for it, find room for it, drag it, unpack, repack, take it again. And that’s just the bag! Travel means walking, getting lost, sleeping on planes and trains, and not sleeping at all. It’s also sleeping in strange beds that smell of strangers. It’s bad food and confusing maps. I’d advise anyone who wants to travel to practice close to home first. Take day trips. Figure out maps on your own. Go for long walks. I didn’t realize at the time, but in the year before I left LA for Paris, I went for long walks. It was a cheap form of entertainment. I could save money but also, I didn’t realize at the time, I was training for traipsing around European cities. Aside from the physical aspects of difficult travel, visa paperwork is often a challenge. In France, it’s particularly challenging. So there were times when I was going through visa appointments and not having the right paperwork when I wanted to just storm out and get the first plane home. Same with the language. Learning another language is frustrating. There were times in my French classes when I wanted to cry with frustration. And of course, being away from friends and family means missing so much of their lives. Getting through that takes some mental gymnastics. It’s not easy to rejig relationships to include many sad goodbyes. 

I’m delighted to say that next February I’m traveling to Paris. What would be your suggestions for making the most out of a weekend trip to Paris?

I always suggest going to the rooftop of the Galeries Lafayette department store to take in the view of Paris. It’s marvellous. I like it much more than going up the Eiffel Tower, which can be the one activity you do in a day. The Eiffel Tower is much lovelier from a distance and from below. Less so from the top. I also suggest picking a neighbourhood and wandering around rather than trying to ping pong from monument to monument. It’s more relaxing and you see lovely details in the architecture and shop windows. I love walking around the 5th arrondissement. That’s my neighbourhood… It’s the Latin quarter and includes the rue Mouffetard market street (mostly closed on Mondays but is splendid on Sundays), Hemingway’s apartment, Shakespeare & Co, Notre Dame, the Seine… it’s a lot of Paris jammed up in one area. My local bistro is TournBride at 104 rue Mouffetard. It’s a perfect stop morning, noon and night. Censier Daubenton is the M├ętro stop. But most of all, don’t cram in too much. It’s nice to just dive deep into one neighbourhood. I also like wandering around the Marais (4th arrondissement), and Montmartre is delightful. 

And finally…Paris Letters perfectly encapsulates faultless art and writing. What would be your top tip for aspiring writers/ artists?

Avoid trying to be faultless. Just create the best version of whatever you’re creating. And keep plugging away at it until you can’t possibly improve it. And have fun at it. It shouldn’t be torture. Lean toward what is fun for you. The world needs more levity these days, and that comes through in your art if you’re mostly enjoying yourself.

Thank you all for reading and big thank you to Janice MacLeod for collaborating in today's post!



Let me guess...95% of your wardrobe's beloved outfits chiefly consist of neutrals?

 Yes, that's right. Neutrals. I'm talking cream, beige, black, grey and white - your go to's. Aka; boring. Oh no! Don't be embarrassed. I'm guilty of it too. But don't you think it's a little routine? Safe, perhaps? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that neutrals are the bane of all existence. Not at all. In fact, they are quite the opposite (after all, the prospect of burying yourself in a big, black oversized jumper can seem pretty tantalising, and even the vision of stepping into a formal gathering looking as if a colossal rainbow just threw up on you is enough to send shivers running up your spine). However, adding as little as an ounce of colour to your wardrobe is guaranteed to have you emitting rays of confidence and voluntarily twirling everywhere you go!

Why, you ask? It’s unprecedented. Quirky. Fun. And - if you thought it couldn't get any better - according to Jules Standish, style and colour consultant and author of ‘How Not To Wear Black’ in an article for the Daily Mail, adding a pop of colour to your wardrobe can have a ‘psychological effect’ that leads to an acceleration in happiness and a boost in self esteem - hooray! No wonder CBeebies’ Mr Tumble always had such a big grin on his face…

Although we now know that wearing colourful clothing is a stop on the railway to happiness, how do we actually style it? What colour combinations work? How much colour is too much colour? There’s a lot to factor in…

First things first: colour combo’s and how to style them. Pale blue and pink are a match made in heaven for pastel lovers and a great option for a subtle and understated dip into the realm of colour. Try a blue cashmere sweater paired with a pink tailored jacket for a sophisticated day outfit or a blue floaty midi dress with a pastel tote for an evening option. Whereas, for the braver of you, opt for the dream team that is green and yellow (a khaki blazer dress and mustard shoulder bag, perhaps) but note to steer away from bolder hues when it comes to footwear to avoid the schoolgirl error of colour clashing. For a Parisian and Chanel inspired look, red and blue is the one for you! Think navy or denim blue culottes with a fitted crimson jumper, or a simple red blazer to spice up your day-to-day denims. Additionally, the revered duo of blue and orange are your go-to hues for colour blocking. A darker navy hue partnered with a burnt orange shade epitomises the autumnal or winter colour palette whereas a more vibrant version of the two works well in the spring and summer months. Whichever of the two you choose to wear, it’s crucial that you pick the perfect shoe - experts tend to gravitate toward nude heels in order to draw as little attention away from the main body of the outfit.

Although there is no existing rulebook when it comes to fashion, there are still a plethora of ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ to consider. Specifically when it comes to the mammoth task of hijacking your wardrobe with colour, and you want to avert the ‘my three year old drew on me with her entire Crayola crayon set’ look. To prevent this, know what colour duo’s to avoid. For example, pale pink and blue may be a pastel tinged dream, but green and orange? That is a very different type of dream; it’s a fashion enthusiast’s worst nightmare. The same goes for the following duos: green and pink, purple and yellow, red and orange, grey and brown, and brown and black. And as for the notorious saying; ‘red and green should never be seen’. Well… I guess there’s a reason why it’s so acclaimed.

If all of this colour talk still feels a little bit intimidating and you’re not quite ready to jump straight into the deep end, how about taking a minimalist’s approach? Styling a basic tee and some skinny jeans with a vibrant tote bag. Spicing up your go-to white dress with some statement fuchsia earrings. Converting an all-black outfit with some flamboyant heels and some vibrant jewellery. This way you can continue to bask in the safety of your regular, day-to-day outfit whilst adding a pop of colour to the mix - the best of both worlds!

Whether you choose to release your Inner Regina George and amplify it to the max’ with a knock em’ dead pink dress, or keep things subtle and sophisticated with some colourful accessories, the bottom line is simple: go bold or go home.


What to watch on Netflix this autumn

Autumn is a pretty jam-packed season: back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving and a three month long exuse to drown yourself in oversized sweaters and joyously splurge out on daily pumpkin spiced lattes. Inevitably, you're going to need some down time. 

Think you've just about finished every good thing on Netflix, but still want to sit back, relax and delve into the hot chocolate and T.V season? This list is compiled of some the best fall themed films and series on Netflix - ranging from light-hearted rom-coms to spooky Halloween watches. Whatever you fancy, there's bound to be something to satistfy your fall film cravings.

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 Follow Rory, Lorelai and their friends in this seven series feel-good show, set in a storybook town in Connecticut. Surrounding the everday events of the Gilmore's lives, the series creates a cosy, feel-good atmoshere.

    EVENTS - 2019
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" The extraordinary Baudelaire orphans face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf in their fatelful quest to unlock long- held family secrets"

3) ABOUT TIME - 2013 
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"When Tim learns that the men in his family can travel in time and change their own lives, he decides to go back and win the woman of his dreams"

4) OCTOBER KISS - 2015 
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"A free- spirited woman takes a temp job as a nanny to a
workaholic widower. As Halloween approaches, she shows the family there's a fun side to life"

5) CHALET GIRL - 2011
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"Rich guy falls for poor girl.The only things between them are his snobby mom, girlfriend and a mountain of snow"

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"A teen has to scrub floors at her stepmom's diner. She dreams of Princeton...and a star quaterback Prince Charming"

7) THE GOOD PLACE - 2019
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Okay, I'll admit. This isn't autumnal. But, it is amazing. And, if you're sick of binge-watching series in an entire day, The Good Place has your back with new episodes airing every Saturday in the U.K!

Is the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Really Worth the hype?

 There's no denying that the United Kindom has a lot to offer: historic monuments, fish and chips, regular and deeply riveting conversations about the weather and Brexit (okay, maybe not the last one...). But, there is one slight area in which they are lacking...American beauty brands. Yes, that's right U.K, where is our vast array of beauty brands that America seems in a surplus of? Where's our Sephora? Where's our Ulta Beauty? 

It would also appear that the rest of the industry shared this same seething frustration because when Boot's announced the unprecedented arrival of Rhianna's American Beauty brand Fenty Beauty, the U.K beauty community went crazy for it (almost as mad as when Rhianna announced she'd secretly been living incognito in London for the past year).

So, like the rest of the world, I wanted to head right down to the notorious British drugstore and finally test out these widely revered products for myself - starting with arguably Fenty's most prised product: the Gloss Bomb.

First Impression: You know when you see those Instagram models with super glossy lips and you think, "how?!". Well, this turns you into one of those. From the very moment I applied this, I could tell that the formula was extremely well-curated; it glides effortlessly onto the lips and lacks that horrible sticky feeling that a lot of lip glosses tend to have. The shade is also another bonus. Fenty's main ethos is centered around catering for every skin tone, so there's no need to fret about this not suiting your complexion.

Would I recommend? To say no to this question would be like telling you the sky's not blue. A hundred percent YES!


Sephora Sheet Masks: Hit or Miss

Any beauty enthusiast from the U.k will tell you that the prospect of trying something from Sephora has always been pretty tantalizing (after all, we always want what we can’t get. Or at least what we have to pay an unhealthy amount of international shipping for!)

For me, the Sephora face masks have always been my greatest allurement. In fact, last summer when I was in the U.S, I was so close to putting one in my basket before I forced myself to exert every ounce of effort to refrain - it may’ve been cheap and cheerful, but trust me, my bank account was still recovering from my previous unprecedented splurge (in my defense, I’d always wanted that Huda Beauty liquid lipstick, and the Stila one in that gorgeous pinky coral. Oh! And, also that Tarte lipstick with the cute beachy packaging... Okay, I might have got a little bit carried away...). 

Anyway, (ignoring my slightly worrying case of retail therapy, note to self: get that checked out ASAP) after a visit to Sephora's flagship store in Paris, the time had finally arrived to cave into my skincare dreams and test out the Sephora face masks. Are they really worth all of my previous yearning for? 

Price:   Sephora sheet masks range from €1.99 (current sale price) to €4.99 (the masks pictured above). The price is fairly reasonable - around the mark of your typical drugstore alternative - give or take a euro or two. Although, they do add up...The three of these masks combined total up to €15. 
    Range: Like most brands in the U.S, Sephora offers a myriad of   choice for their sheet masks, which makes the decision-making process that extra bit more tricky. Do you go for green tea? Pineapple? Brightening? Detoxifying? Sephora will cater to all of your skin's demands.

The Primer Mask
You're one-stop solution to smooth, glowy and make-up ready skin! With just a 3 minute wearing time it makes this mask the ideal product for quick relaxation and giving your skin a helping hand prior to a party or important event. Obsessed.

The Bubble Mask
Now, I'm not sure how much this mask actually did for my skin...but some masks are just for fun, right? This mask was definitely fun. As the fifteen minutes draw to an end the mask will resemble something similar to a jacuzzi turned upto the max, and it's strangely satisfying...

The Charcoal Mask
If you often find that charcoal masks leave your face feeling tight and dry - bygone to those days! The Sephora Charcoal mask has all of the regular benefits of a charcoal mask (smoothing, pore-minimizing), whilst averting the slight dullness that most charcoal masks leave you with.

Verdict: Hit!





This post contains gifted Products*

What do you get when you combine fresh, natural ingredients, a unique scent and luxurious, Insta-worthy packaging - the answer? A Shay & Blue fragrance, of course! 

Shay & Blue is an award-winning London perfumery, blessing the world with a vast array of dreamy scented fragrances; ranging from Blood Orange to Blueberry Musk - there's something for everyone! They have recently teamed up with ASOS (I know, awesome duo) to create a handful of exclusive, unisex fragrances.  

"Left to mature for over three months, each blend is hand-poured into signature, smoky-blue glass bottles by a team of talented artisans. Made with real flowers, fruits and spices, expect fresh, natural scents that smell as good as they look." - ASOS

LILY LA LUXE - light scent spray gifted*
Like every wardrobe needs a basic white Tee, every perfume collection needs a Lily La luxe - it's just mandatory. A fragrance staple AND a floral lover's ultimate dream.

MANDARINE- light scent spray gifted* 
On the hunt for a fresh and fruity citrus blend that will gift you with 'ooh what are you wearing?' compliments from left, right and centre? Look no further!

VOULEZ VOUS - light scent spray gifted*
Infused with notes of espresso, white flowers and vanilla bean, the light and airy Voulez Vous calls for the perfect day to day scent.

Now, I'm no sidekick but I have pretty cinched feelings that these beauties will surge their way into my favorites this month. Not just because they smell as heavenly as they look or because their gorgeous packaging will deliver some top-notch Instagram content. But, in fact, because of all that Shay & Blue cater for: each one of their authentic products is cruelty-free, Paraben-free and Phthalate-free. We need more Shay & Blue's in the world!


How to Maximise your Travel Space

July has already zoomed by and we are now officially in, if not only a few calendar crosses away from the holiday season...Horray! But, what is more annoying than packing for your summer holiday only to realise that you don't even have enough room to squeeze in your new espadrilles that would've epitomised cute, Instagram beachwear? 

Well, every problem has a solution. 

Here are 6 simple ways to maximize travel space:

1) Pack inside of your shoes - they'll make the perfect home for socks and other small items that struggle to fit elsewhere!

2) Wear your biggest and heaviest items - packing a sweater for the evenings or even a light jacket will consume a substantial amount of space in your suitcase, so why not wear it to the airport instead?  

3) Roll your clothes (with items less prone to creasing) - If you usually fold your clothes, how about rolling them instead? It may just save you that extra bit of room to pack that Toblerone for the flight...

4) Know what to pack - You get home from holiday, unpack your suitcase and awkwardly realize that you've only worn two-thirds of what you initially packed. To avoid this scenario, only pack an item that you are 95% sure will get worn! (plus: it will make room for holiday purchases!)

5) Use hand luggage effectively - Instead of packing bulkier product into your suitcase, to save space pack these items in your hand luggage for the flight.

6) Sunglass cases are your heroes - To store loose pieces of jewelry and/ or earphones, place them inside of your sunglass case. This will also save you from the frustration of having to untangle your jewelry!

There we have it; simple and effective ways to help maximize your travel space. Let me know if you've tried any of these!


The Moisturiser You Need This Summer

* This post contains gifted products.

Summer is not for everyone: there's the unbearable, stifling heat, for starters. Then, there's the dreaded sand in hair and fingernails (I swear that stuff never comes out...). But, arguably the most anger provoking aspect of summer is its effect on our skin.

A lot of people associate dry skin with winter, and its algid and raw conditions, but what a lot of people don't know is that Summer is really not that much better; the sun essentially acts as a lifelike sponge, absorbing all of your skin's natural moisture and oils (I know, how inconsiderate).

Then, there's also the pollution and harsh sun rays to factor in. And, trust me, they don't hold back. They don't care if you're in the shade. They don’t care if you’re hiding under the clouds. Wherever you are. They will find you. They will get you. (Sorry got a little bit carried away there...)

I may be joking here but there is one thing I'm serious about - finding the perfect skincare solution to solve all of these problems. So I've done just that!

Dermalogica's Prisma Protect moisturizer is your one-stop solution to smooth, glowy and protected skin. Not only does it's element of SPF 30 help defend you against the harsh and damaging UV rays, but it also contains innovative Drone technology, using light activation to help boost your skins natural luminosity (yeah, Dermalogica know their stuff).

Do you ever get jealous of those Instagram models with exceptionally glowy skin that makes it look as though they've just stepped out of a 6-week vay-cay to Hawaii where they lived off solely fruit smoothies and health food? Yes? Well, great news! Dermalogica's Prisma Protect moisturizer will turn you into one of those. In fact, you'll be so glowy that even the Hawaii Islanders will be recalculating their new health and skincare regime.

So, if you're planning on having soft, safe and glowing skin this summer, there really is no other competition.  Have you tried the Dermalogica Prisma Protect?


Our planet is effectively dying, and unless NASA emerges from a fairytale land far, far away to offer us an escape route to Mars, It's not looking too good down here for us Earthlings...

But, unlike a number of pollution-orientated articles, this post isn't focused on brainwashing you to believe that humanity is the epitome of ignorance and disregard for our future generation. Not at all. It's a simple reminder that yes, we are causing interminable damage to our planet. Yes, our biosphere is crying out for a fresh slate, free of such catastrophic emission rates and one colossal carbon footprint. And, yes, we will face a tragic scenario that will go down in history as the fall of mankind if we don't turn things around - and now. 
However, this doesn't mean defeat. There are a plethora of little things we can do in order to save a turtle or two (however hard consumerism makes that for us).
At the end of the day; the essence of every single economy is growth. And - in a world where plastic and rising emission rates is the living definition of growth - we've ended up compromising the safety and conservation of our planet for growth. And I don't know about you...but this makes me mad. Industries may not be on board, but we can be. Society: it's time to rebel.

1) Say no to face wipes
Did you know that face wipes take approximately 100 years to decompose? Maybe it's time to make the switch to reusable skincare products - brands including Simple have recently released biodegradable face wipes.

2) Don't waste napkins 
Are you guilty of taking one too many napkins at a restaurant, only to end up throwing it away? USA figures show that stopping this could save around a billion pounds of space in landfills.

3) Turn the tap off whilst brushing teeth
2 minutes a day. 2 times a day. 730 times a year.

4) No more 30-minute showers
Shortening your shower time by a meagre 2 minutes can save up to ten whole gallons of water. What are you waiting for?

5) Reuse water bottles
Around 90% of the plastic water bottles that could be recycled actually end up in landfills. Make the switch to reusable bottles.

6) Plant a tree
A bit of an odd one, perhaps, but an excellent way to not only shade and add value to your home, but to cleanse the atmosphere.

7) By locally sourced produce - or don't...
Buying locally sourced produce will save the pollution caused by transportation. Although, i do wonder; why is it always so much more expensive?

8) Turn off the lights
Standard, I know. But, turning off the light when nobody is in the room makes a fundamental difference.

9) Recycle your phone
Has your phone reached the end of its life? Ready to upgrade? Instead of throwing it in landfill (which can lead to the toxins in the cell battery leaking into the cell battery). Donate your phone to charity or give it to a friend.

10) Reduce your junk mail
How many letters do you receive that you toss straight in the bin without even bothering to open it? There are some services where you can choose to opt out of receiving this junk mail - and not only is this beneficial to the environment but, also, who can be bothered to open junk mail anyway?



Fun fact: when I was younger, I used to envisage myself strutting along a gleaming catwalk in LA, enveloped in a glamorous designer dress (a girl can dream...), but what if that dress was dismissively discarded in homecoming to something a little more - shall we say - 'plastic inflateable-esque'?

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For this model, that was precisely the case (unless, of course, sauntering across a runway at London Fashion Week homed the top spot on this woman's bucket list).

This whole concept of chucking on a weird, grotesque and, dare I say it, unfashionable outfit just doesn't seem to sit right for me. Surely a fashion abomination should send you straight into the industry's no-go zone, not bag you Vogue's coveted approval and an exclusive runway walk at LFW (sanity...are you there?)  

To venture into this situation a little deeper, I decided to delve into some of London Fashion Week's most questionable appearances to find out: is being unfashionable the new fashionable? Besides, what better way to make you feel better about your own style choices than to capitalize off of the fashion world's own faux-pas. 

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Do you have anything that screams, 'my dress ate me'? Yes, that's perfect!

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Did somebody order custom couture plastic?

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Oh, I'm sorry! I thought today was circus training...silly me!

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Spider man, is that you?!

Not only do shocking and quirky outfits send thrills to the fashion industry, but they are also scaringly easy to pull off; take the viral youtube video, Faking the way to LFW wearing ugly clothes for example.

Sooo, what do you think? Is being unfashionable the new fashionable?


How to Wear Pink

Let me guess...95% of your wardrobe's beloved outfits chiefly consist of neutrals? Yes, that's right. Neutrals. I'm talking cream, beige, black, grey and white - your Go To's. Aka; boring. Oh no! Don't be embarrassed. Even I'm guilty of it. But don't you think it's a little routine? Safe, perhaps? The transition into Spring provokes a time for change, and thousands of influencers are on board - bombarding our Instagram feeds with a sea of photo's rocking outfits in every shade of pink: from fushcia to sugar pink.

It's unprecedented. Quirky. Fun. And - if you thought it couldn't get any better - pink is proven to be one of the few colours that universally flatters every skin tone. Horray! 

Find your pink
If you thought Do's and Don'ts only thrived in schools, I'm afraid you're mistaken; fashion is basically one big, giant rulebook. Although, unlike school, whether you conform to it is elective. (But, I will say this: choose carefully, it's surprisingly easy to be washed out or look blocky when wearing pink..)

This stage relies solely on trial and error. Very pale, blush hues can often wash you out, especially on lighter skin tones. Whereas bolder, more striking pinks such as fuschia or hot pink can appear harsh or jar against your skin tone ( so they may work best on the lower half: shorts or trousers).
Softer, creamier pink hues will suit the majority of skin tones.

Jumping into the deep end with a colour like pink can be fairly daunting (and also look blocky), so the elegant and contemporary way to wear pink is in a simple and minimal form that you can dress up for the more formal occasion, or down for a more laid back environment.

A Bright Accessory
A bright accessory is a great way to spread some added cheer onto an otherwise boring, neutral outfit.

So, what do you say? Read to release your inner Regina George and amplify it to the max? I vote in. 'On everyday we wear pink'. 

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