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Summer Sequins | Label Lab Sequin Cover Up

31 May 2014


Sequins are something that I normally associate with Christmas, the festive period and fancy evenings out in the colder months. I have never really considered wearing sequins during the summer, never mind during the day as a more casual look.

What to Pack for a Weekend Away.

16 May 2014


I always feel like packing for a weekend away is a bit of a challenge, but I like that. It's a case of packing minimally whilst still ensuring that you have enough outfit choices and that everything mixes and matches. I find that the best way to do this is to stick to basic colours, black, white, grey, navy etc. If you need to add in a bit of colour do it with accessories or a coat/jacket.

Maybelline Lip Gloss Lovin'

15 May 2014


Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss are my current lip gloss fave. Previously I owned the Maybelline ColorSensational Cream Gloss in the shade Nude Pearl, and while it was hydrating the colour just didn't sit right with my skintone I came to realise. The pale creamy nude just wasn't good against my already pale skin.

Getting the Most Out of Your Products

14 May 2014


Coming to the end of a product that you absolutely love? Is it a pricey one? This simple tip could help you get a bit more product for your money. 

Statement Necklace Loving.

13 May 2014


I went into Primark for some new cushions for our living room and I came out with these 4 gorgeous necklaces. I don't really wear a lot of other jewellery, but I love a big necklace. I tend to wear quite plain outfits so I find that a statement necklace just adds a bit of something extra. Even if I have a super casual outfit on of jeans, trainers and a plain tshirt, whip on a big statement necklace and suddenly the outfit looks a bit more presentable.

Haul Part 3 | Beauty and the Accessories

12 May 2014


Here's part 3 of the massive haul. I went a bit mad in Boots. I'll post more detailed reviews on these beauty products in the next few weeks.

Haul Part 2 | The Shoes

11 May 2014


Here's part 2 of my massive haul...shoes. I haven't really bought any shoes in a while as I have lived in the same few pairs of boots/trainers all winter so I went a bit crazy.

Haul Part 1 | The Clothes



Things got a bit spendy last weekend so this weekend I am vowing not to leave my flat for fear that I may buy something else. But then again there is always online shopping...hmmm. Keep me away from my laptop! And phone...This was going to just be one post, but as I got writing I realised I had so much stuff to talk about that I have had to split it up into 3 parts.

Confessions of a Whistles Addict

10 May 2014


Things got a bit spendy last weekend so this weekend I am vowing not to leave my flat for fear that I may buy something else. But then again there is always online shopping...hmmm. Keep me away from my laptop! And phone...This was going to just be one post, but as I got writing I realised I had so much stuff to talk about that I have had to split it up into 3 parts.

The perfect partner for drying acne treatments.

08 May 2014



I have been absolutely loving this moisturiser from Bioderma. It's the Sebium Hydra Moisturising Compensating Care for weakened acne prone skin. I had started using a pretty drying treatment for acne from my doctors months ago but after roughly 3-4 days I gave up as my skin was red, sensitive and every moisturiser that I used (even ones for sensitive skin) stung and burned so badly! Once my skin had got back on track (there were still blemishes but it wasn't red and sore) I tried it again, and sure enough after a few days I gave up.

Spring Clean Part 3.

06 May 2014


Sorry I missed this post last week, I took my own advice and had yet another Spring clean and this time it got serious. It resulted in basically a whole day being spent uploading things to Ebay...120 items! I can't believe I even had that much to throw away. Check it out here. (Just a note- some items are my mums and she is away until 19th May so they won't be able to be posted until then).

It's week 3 of the Spring Clean series and this week is all about skincare and makeup.

Where do you store  your skincare? 

Bathroom or bedroom? I personally store just the things that I need to in the bathroom, cleansers, manual exfoliators and masks, basically anything that requires me to wash it off with water. The rest such as toners, chemical exfoliators, treatments and moisturisers all stay in the bedroom. I've researched this and reportedly the heat and moisture in the bathroom can cause products to 'go-off' quicker. Talking of products 'going-off' here is the info on roughly how long we should be keeping opened products, some of this may surprise you.

  • Shower gel: 24 months
  • Shampoo: 24 months
  • Sunscreen: 12 months
  • Cleansers: 12 months
  • Serums: 6-12 months
  • Moisturiser: 12 months
  • Acne treatments: 24 months
Be wary of any natural/organic products as these won't contain the usual preservatives so they may not last as long. Remember if it doesn't smell or look like it did when you first bought it throw it out

The majority of my skincare, e.g. moisturisers, serums, treatments and eye creams are stored in the IKEA Alex in my bedroom. I have used the MUJI PP Storage Baskets to separate out different types of products so that everything is easy to find. If you're looking at the images thinking that there are a lot of moisturisers in there then you would be right...I still think that I am trying to find 'the one' for me. My skin is so changeable so I need something for every occasion and eventuality.

Makeup storage. 


I store the majority of my makeup in the IKEA Alex set of drawers in my bedroom. I have used MUJI PP storage baskets in various sizes to split everything up into sections. Any items that I want to use up or swap into my routine goes in the MUJI drawers on the top of the Alex. Then I have an everyday makeup bag with my current essentials in too.

Makeup also has recommended use by dates.
  • Foundation: 6 - 12 months 
  • Concealer: 6 -12 months
  • Powders (including blusher/bronzer): 6 - 24 months
  • Eye shadow (powder): 24 months | Eye shadow (cream): 6 months
  • Eye liner (pencil): 24 months | Eye liner (liquid): 3 months
  • Mascara: 3 - 6 months
  • Lipstick: 24 months
Anything that you've had open and been using for longer than the recommended time puts you at risk of infection from bacteria. To keep your makeup in tip-top condition make sure that you are regularly cleaning your brushes to stop oil transferring onto your powders etc. Check out this brush spot cleaner from The Pro Make Up Shop, or for a deeper clean try the ELF Brush Shampoo or some good old Dr Bronners liquid soap. Another product that I have found is this makeup antibacterial spray, again from the people at The Pro Make Up Shop (full review here). It's just genius! You just spray it onto your powders, leave it to dry and it removes all the bacteria from the surface of your compacts/eyeshadows etc.

Basically the message of this post is to throw away anything that is old- it may be harbouring harmful bacteria. Find a new home for skincare/makeup that you aren't going to use that is still in date. There is no point in keeping it.

After writing this post it spurred me on to do a beauty tidy-up. I should have taken the photos afterwards! Maybe that's a post for another time...