With the start of the New Year, it’s hard not to get wrapped up with the pressure to make resolutions and diet or change you’re lifestyle. I mean thats great and all, but not if you set yourself goals you can only keep for some of January. So this year, I’ve set myself realistic targets that are achievable and I can reasonably continue throughout the year. I see it as changing my routine for the better, rather than setting resolutions that fall by the wayside.
My first goal is to look after my skin, as I turn 30 in February and I’ve definitely noticed how my skin is changing. I first noticed the difference when I turned 26, the skin surrounding my eyes began losing some of its bounce back elasticity. Nowadays it takes just one nights poor sleep and my eyes show the tell tale signs for nearly a week. Or if I do not remove my make-up properly, wash, tone and cleanse my face, well lets just say my skin tells me about it!
Since teenage years, I’ve suffered from spots and I doubt this will ever change, I try to control it best through diet but even then I still get breakouts, especially around my ‘time of the month’. So I’ve teamed up with Pure Beauty to road test their Dermalogica range of their ‘our favourites’ box. It contains, yep, you guessed it, their best selling products. I’m curious, because I’ve used my usual regime for some time now and having never used Dermalogica’s products before, will I be a convert? Lets find out.
First up, Pre-cleanse
Living in London, it’s fair to say that the pollution effects my skin, This Pre-cleanse product cuts through surface grime, make-up, sunscreens and oil-based debris; readying the skin surface for easy removal. Using dry hands I apply a little and massage it gently, all over my dry face, then wetting my hands, I continue massaging, creating a light and milky emulsion. Finally, I rinse the surface of my skin with lukewarm water.
Making sure all precleanse is removed, I pat my face dry. My skin feels ever so clean, oil free and ready for a thorough cleanse, remember, this is just a pre-cleanse, to help remove the oil and dirt from skin surface. I follow up with a cleanser, which goes below the surface, deeper into the skin layers and removes all contaminants and traces of make-up.
Next stage, Multi-Active Toner
I must admit, spraying on toner took a little getting used to as I’ve never been very good at spraying products directly onto my face, but after a couple of attempts, I am used to it and a total convert. Keeping my eyes closed, I spray the toner all over my face and neck. It helps that its ultra-light, conditions and preps the skin for total moisture absorption, whilst keeping skin smooth and refreshed. It’s best applied after cleansing and before applying moisturiser, it smells great too.
Apply the Gentle Cream Exfoliant
This twice weekly exfoliant has helped improve my skins texture. It has a non-abrasive formula which helps to remove dead skin cells that block pores. This increases cell renewal, boosts complexion and really improves the texture and I can see much smoother skin. I apply a thin layer over freshly cleansed skin, taking care to avoid delicate lip, nostril and eye areas. You will need to leave it on to soak in and activate for between 10 to 15 minutes, this will ensure you get the most from it. I thought it created a mildly stinging sensation initially but this dissipated quickly. Once time is up, rinse thoroughly with warm water. Like me, I’m sure your skin will feel renewed.
Now my skin base is prepared, apply some Skin Hydrating Booster
I have combination skin which is a nightmare – some parts are quite oily and the rest really dry. The Skin Hydrating Booster is easy to apply, with just a little dab you get a high dose of hydration to those pesky dry areas, which for me are alongside my nose and forehead. I’ve taken to applying a small dot along my upper cheeks continuing up the temples and across my forehead. This helps reduce fine lines and dryness that have been forming lately. I’ve found it has balanced and smoothed my skin and hopefully you’ll agree!
For the perfect finish, add Skin-perfect Primer
I think this is by far my favourite product of this sample box. I’ve used many primers in my time from NAS to Benefit (which I thought was brilliant, until I tried this one) now I really can’t wait to get my hands on a full size bottle of the Skin-perfect primer!
It’s best to use after applying moisturiser and let it soak in completely, take a smallish amount of primer and say ‘so long’ to fine lines, and ‘hello’ to brighter and flawless looking skin. On those days that my skin is clear, I’ve worn the primer just on its own, it has a slight pigment to it, which really helps even out my skin tone. It can also be worn as a base layer to help aid the longevity of your foundation. It has SPF 30, which is very handy and kindly helps to fight the ageing process.
I love, love, love the hint of calming lavender scent, it’s so soothing and relaxing as I apply it. I highly recommend this product and it’s on now my birthday wish list!
So, for me this is a change for the better in 2017, no wasted gym membership, but an easy to manage skincare regime and already proving it’s worth…according to the results I can see in the mirror.
At the end of last summer, embroidery was having it’s moment in fashion. All the high street stores adorned their windows and mannequin’s with bomber jackets, dresses, jumpers and even bags. It’s been one of my favourite fashion trends and has thankfully carried me over to the colder months.
This beaut of a jumper is from Rowme and it’s currently on sale too; as soon as I spotted it, I knew it had to be mine, I mean just look at that gorgeous oriental style embroidery. I really like how at first glance, this looks like a plain khaki sweater but on closer inspection, the sleeves hint to you with a sneak peak, leading you to the back, where the main embroidery party is going on.
For its first outing I chose a casual look, but I can totally see it working well with my pleather midi skirt and ankle boots for a more glam look. This time, I teamed it with a corduroy skirt, keeping real casual with my new ‘old skool’ Vans – thank you Santa Claus (aka Dave). Well, as it was a bit nippy outside, our bleak January weather has kicked in here in the UK, I threw on my parka and a beanie hat for fashionable warmth. I think both of these elements work hand in hand with the casual vibe I was going for, just perfect for our Sunday dog walk over on the common.
Ok, so now I’m off to browse the Rowme website in search of one or two more ’embroidery must-haves’, be sure to check out their site, they have lots of great sale discounts ready for you to discover!
Photos – Shooting Dave
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a lovely evening seeing in the new year! We spent it with friends at our local pub. Well, without further ado, here’s my first post of 2017.
I don’t know about you, but here in London winter seems to be in full force, over the last couple of days the temperatures have dropped. January here in the UK is often bleak, rainy and very cold, which makes it difficult to shoot decent outfit pictures. Thankfully for this one I’m wearing a warm jumper, which makes going outdoors a little bit more comfortable.
This cosy grey number is from Shein, I’ve teamed it up with a pleather midi skirt, perfect for winter conditions. See what you think but, I’ve decided on a double grey colour scheme today by wearing it with this Simply Be collarless coat. I love the furry pockets, they are marvellous. To inject an extra twist of fun to this look, I’m showcasing my cute patch bag from Zara, definitely no bad vibes here 😉
I’m really rather excited for the new year ahead of us and the many possible fresh adventures my blog will take. 2017 is already shaping up nicely, I am going to be rather busy, just leafing through my diary I see trips booked up to attend London and Paris fashion weeks, travel further afield is on the cards with a holiday to Disneyland Florida. Closer to home is my best friends wedding, I am going to be her bridesmaid, I’m so excited. Plus we have all the preparations for our own big day to squeeze in.
I’m still working on my New Years resolutions, so far I want to get healthy and resume my diet and clean eating plan. Have you set any New Years resolutions? I’d love to hear about them, or are you going to wing it in 2017? Whatever your style, enjoy!
Photos – Shooting Dave
So I’m hoping y’all had a great Christmas.
Well we’ve eaten the last turkey sandwich, watched many a Christmas film over snoozy, lazy days and now I really can’t face another candy cane. It’s time to get thinking about the next event in my calendar, New Years Eve…. and what to wear.
What are your plans? Well Lois and I are here to help, we’ve teamed up with Simply Be to show you our party looks for the big night. With so much choice at great prices, we had our work cut out just selecting one outfit each. It’s great fun co-creating ideas for our Mimi and Lolo projects, it works well as we have different taste and style preferences. For today’s shoot Lolo chose this bohemian look with this star print dress. She loved the floaty sleeves and lace up bust, it looks great on her. She’s brought the boho vibe together with knee high boots and a classic leather jacket.
I opted for a girly-glam look, this spotty sheer mesh dress caught my eye and it works is complemented by the collarless coat with adorable ‘on trend’ furry pockets. I spotted this pair of über sparkly silver sandals, they are a must and I quickly popped them on with a pair of lamė ankle socks. You know they look super cool and keep my toes warm too ;-). These sandals are versatile and can be dressed up or down to suit your vibe and occasion. A silver clutch bag was ideal to bring the look together, it works perfectly and besides, I just couldn’t help myself! I wanted a special finishing touch, so got all creative and made this velvet choker, I think it adds that extra something, don’t ya think?!
Well that’s Mimi and Lolo all dressed up and ready for our impending New Years Eve celebrations. Its fast approaching, so how will you be celebrating New Yeas Eve, In style all dolled up or all cosied up on the sofa in your pyjamas? Either way, I wish you all a happy and wonderful New Year!
What I’m wearing –
Coat, Dress & Sandals c/o Simply Be
Socks & Jumper – Topshop
Bag – Primark
Chocker DIY from velvet ribbon
What Lois is wearing –
Dress & Boots c/o Simply Be
Bag – Zara
Leather Jacket c/o Super Dry
Not that we need any more sweet treats , but you know…. it’s Christmas and totally acceptable, right?
Look, we made some chocolate chip cookies! Ok, so we’re doing it the lazy way with this bake mix, but It was easy and such good fun making them and of course we get to eat them too! I’ve included the recipe and ingredients for you , just incase you want to make your own cookies from scratch.
Right then, baking completed, I’m off to snuggle up and watch Christmas films, munching my freshly baked cookies.
Do watch out for a sparkly Mimi & Lolo outfit post, it will be coming your way soon. We have collaborated with Simply Be to bring you some New Years Eve outfit inspiration to dazzle in.
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful festive period, spending time with your family and loved ones!
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups white chocolate chips, or more to taste 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups plain flour
2 cups sugar
2 eggs 2
1/2 teaspoons vanilla
270g butter meltedBaking directions
1. Preheat oven to 180
2. In a bowl, mix 113g melted butter, 1 egg & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until smooth.
3. Into a separate bowl, empty contents of jar and break up lumps
4. Add dry ingredients to the wet and blend until fully combined with your clean hands.
5. Drop heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart into an untreated baking tray.
6. Bake for 12 minutes (less for moister cookies, more for crispier cookies).
Let cool for 5 minutes… If you can 😉
Merry Christmas Y’all!
Photos – Shooting Dave
This week has flown by and it’s only two more sleeps till Christmas!
My favourite thing about the holiday season is catching up with friends and seeing family. With our family’s being far away, mine back in Birmingham and Dave’s down on the coast of Kent, I feel very fortunate to have lots of friends that feel like family here in London. Lois from Bunnipunch being one of them, we’ve teamed up with the lovely’s over at Boohoo to share our family portraits with you.
We both have fur babies, ours being Coco and Lois’s being her 11 rabbits… I know 11, she be bunny mad! Along with our fur babies and our other halves we’ve donned christmas jumpers to share our family portrait. I feel truly blessed to have Dave and Coco in my life, it’s lovely coming home to the. after a long day.
We will be spending Christmas day down at Dave’s parents house and plan on wearing our jumpers, I mean Coco looks truly adorable in his! Will you be dressed up or cosy in Christmas jumpers this year? I usually go for the dressed up option but fancy rocking my cosy sweater this year! I have one more post going live before the big day, so stay tuned! Now to wrap those last minute presents and watch the muppets Christmas carol on DVD!
Seasons greetings y’all!
Photos – Shooting Dave