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Sunday 2 December 2018

Ethical fashion - what's the issue & what you can do

As a serious serial-shopper, I have to confess that I don't ever go a whole week without placing an order for new clothes, or popping into a store to pick up a new item. It's an unhealthy habit, and not just for me, but 99% of the time, it's an unhealthy thing for the planet.

Along with half of Britain, I was sucked in to watching Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion's Dirty Secrets on iPlayer, and I was so pleased that I watched it. Before seeing the documentary, I had absolutely no idea that fast fashion had the largest impact on the environment, even more so than cars and beef production. Fast fashion essentially refers to frequent new collections to keep up with catwalk trends, and these collections are produced at high speed and extremely low cost. If you think about your favourite retailers, I'm sure you can confirm that they have bought out more than one new collection per season, whether this is a new celebrity collaboration line or a partnership with another brand.

Monday 5 November 2018

Muse of London: Chocolate Crusade Treatment*

If you'd have told me in 2013 that a hairdressers would be asking me if I could visit their salon and review their new hair treatments in exchange for a blog post, I'd have probably laughed in your face. However, a few weeks ago, the lovely guys at Muse of London held a celebration for their 5th Birthday, and also to showcase their new colour range called Chocolate Crusade. It was a fabulous evening with a chocolate fountain that I spent the entire night stood next to, chocolate themed cocktails - which were insane, and I left desperate to give my hair a little oomph. The next day, the lovely guys got in touch with me again to ask if I would like to try out one of the new colours, and obviously I said yes.

Wednesday 1 August 2018

It's time to take care of my skin...for real

If I scrolled through my blog, holding a shot glass and a bottle of Vodka, and took a shot every time I mentioned in a blog post that I was going to start really looking after my skin, I'd be drunk....very drunk. But this time, I really mean it, mainly because I have found some products that I just bloody love using. 

Monday 30 July 2018

The pink dress of dreams and my fear of wearing dresses

Despite the fact I am typing this whilst sat in the car watching the rain pour onto the windscreen, the weather recently has been ridiculously hot. Me being a massive winter baby, I had no summer clothes (appropriate for the UK), so took it upon myself to do a cheeky ASOS haul of some pretty pieces to keep me cool in the heat, and this dress was one of them.

Monday 23 July 2018

They call it mellow yellow

...or not so mellow in the case of these trousers. (I couldn’t not title this post this way, despite the odd reasons behind the song...). Is anyone else feeling the yellow vibes recently? Since I bought my Mustard dress from Miss Selfridge (I'm talking about this one), I've been on the hunt for anything and everything yellow. I feel like it really flatters darker skin tones, and is a colour that most people would probably shy away from since it can be quite garish and loud. Well, not me, throw all the yellow my way please!

These trousers were especially bought for my holiday, and I was planning to shoot them on the beach in Majorca, but 1) they arrived and are actually quite thick, so the thought of walking 15 minutes to the beach in 30 degrees was not for me, and 2) I have the most uncooperative Insta boyfriend, who quite frankly just wanted to lay about doing nothing when I wanted my pictures taken. It worked in my favour though, as Covent Garden was a much more colourful location, although not half as picturesque I have to admit.

The top I paired these with is actually a little one shoulder number, a style which I am loving at the moment. In terms of shoes, when I was on holiday I paired this outfit with my espadrille wedges, but traipsing around London in those didn't seem a good idea, nor a very comfortable one, so I opted for my trusty Vans, which definitely turned this into a more edgy outfit. 

I don't know about you, but this summer has given me this huge urge to change things up, branch out in terms of my style, and do new things. You would not have seen me dead in yellow a few years ago, yet here I am typing this post with bright yellow Gel on my nails and toes. It seems super silly that wearing one new colour can feel like such a change, but honestly, if I hadn't picked up that yellow dress a few months ago, I'd still be wearing black almost everyday of my life. 

If anyone has seen any gorgeous yellow clothes anywhere please hit me up, and also, let me know what your colour of the summer has been!

Trousers: Missy Empire
Shoes: ASOS*

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Saturday 14 July 2018

Why we all need to take a break once in a while ...

In this day and age, we all spend way too much time studying, working long hours, and generally not looking after our overall well-being. The minimum annual leave allowance in the UK is 28 days, which when you consider this year there is 253 working days, it is really not a lot of time off. Last week I spent the whole week sunning myself, reading books that I don’t have time to read usually, and laying on my back in the sea staring up at the sky. It made such a change to my usual commute, and my staring at a screen 8 hours a day. I left feeling so relaxed (and with a large feeling of upset that I do not live in Majorca) and rejuvenated, having not even thought once about the emails that would be flooding my inbox at work.

I know so many people who save all their annual leave up throughout the year to carry through to the next year, and guys, it’s just not the best thing to do. What good is it going into a new year with 50 odd days holiday, but being so mentally exhausted and with stress levels through the roof?! Regular breaks, whether that be vacations, staycations, or a week of activities, is the best way to detox from work.

Taking a break every once in a while will also give you the opportunity to come back to work with an open mind, and new ideas flowing. The past week I also took a break from blogging, and can see the benefit for full time bloggers to also take a break. I’ve come away with post ideas, photograph ideas I want to shoot, and a huge determination to post more regularly on my Instagram. The same applies to your average jobs too, you’ll turn up back at your desk with fresh ideas and ways to make your job that little bit easier.

Even if you wake up everyday looking forward to going to work, you still need to take a break for both your physical and mental health. The most enjoyable jobs still cause stress, and it is hugely important to take a break and remove yourself from stressful situations. Yes, not everyone can afford to go abroad, but there are so many beautiful places in the UK also that you can go to get away and relax, have a digital detox. Think Cornwall, the Lake District, even Brighton is one of my favourites for a short break away. In fact, sometimes you don't even need to be in a new environment to take some time away to yourself. Being in the comfort of your own home, spending time with loved ones, and chilling in your garden can be great for de-stressing and giving your mind a break. 

After my little break away, I feel comforted and content knowing that I have released so much of the stress that had built up within me over the past few months, since my last break away prior to this was December. Working solidly for just over 6 months without much time to myself had definitely taken its toll on my mind and happiness, but I am feeling so much more refreshed and happy within myself.

Seeing the benefits that taking a substantial break has made me super keen to plan some more trips over the rest of the year. I only have 12 days left of holiday to book, but I can assure you that they will be used to do exciting things, and things that will benefit my mental health. I'm thinking Rome, and possibly Disneyland, which I think I have stated very openly on my blog that I want to go to visit for the past three years - whoops!

 Have you got any breaks away planned this year, I’d love inspiration for my next trip!

Monday 25 June 2018

Dressing like a picnic blanket

Happy Monday kids! It's only 9 days till I go on holiday and I am absolutely buzzing, not so much buzzing about my first you know what wax next week mind (TMI soz). I'm back at you today with an outfit post, because I have nothing to ramble about this week and just bloody love this dress so wanted to share it, even if it does look like I'm wearing the kitchen table, or ya Mums picnic blanket.

I'm totally sucked into this whole coloured building trend at the moment for outfit photos, I used to love the plain white backgrounds of your fancy houses, but nope not anymore - give me all the colour (but still the fancy houses)! Getting changed into this outfit in the middle of Notting Hill was quite an experience. - how you fashion bloggers do it, I will never know. I was at one point stood with pink trousers underneath this dress, bare foot, which is quite a look let me tell you, and I got many a funny stare - but trust me, undressing in the street was more pleasant than getting inside a pee-ridden phone box. I think the changing in the middle of the road was well worth these photos of this dress though, am I right or am I right...?

Can we all talk about the back of this dress for a moment please? The cut out detail adds a little something to an otherwise quite average dress, and I love the bow. I think ASOS do this style dress in other patterns, and I am dying for it in a pale yellow *cough* ASOS bring one out please. 

I'm back on the hunt for holiday clothes now, in fact, as I type this I have a million and one tabs open of things I need (ok, want) to order for my holiday. If all goes to plan, you may see me in some bright yellow trousers soon - can you tell yellow is my vibe at the moment?!

I hope you guys like these more simple outfit of the day style posts, I'm really enjoying shooting and styling them, and I hope you like my picnic blanket dress! I'm hoping to shoot more glamorous outfits soon, no more trainers for Daena.

Dress: ASOS

Monday 18 June 2018

Pretty in pink

Am I finally a real fashion blogger?! I took the plunge and went to Notting Hill for my first shoot the other week, and now I feel like a true blogger. There were far less judging looks this side of town - I think everyone who lives in Notting Hill is just so used to having bloggers crowd their streets to pose in front of their colourful houses, we're no longer being stared at like animals in a zoo (well...not by the locals anyway!)
I've recently been torn away from my boring black clothing choices, and the occasional hint of Mustard, so here is documentation - solid, hard evidence, to feast your eyes upon.

I was a bit sceptical of wearing 'office style' trousers with chunky trainers, they are definitely the sort of pants that would work amazingly with nude heels, but something about these trainers seemed to work with them too. The whole look is more of a smart/casual vibe with these and the white t-shirt, and adds a much more edgy feel which when wearing pink can be quite hard to achieve. I wouldn't classify myself as a typical 'girly-girl' so pink is not my first choice of colour to wear, but I think these cigarette trousers may convert me. ASOS also do them in a canary yellow, which I am refreshing every single day to check if they are back in stock *sad I know*.

Just a heads up, I'd run to these trousers if I were you *metaphorically speaking of course*, as they are now on sale for £21 which is an absolute steal - I've never owned smart trousers which were so stretchy and high waisted!

T-Shirt - ASOS
Trousers - ASOS
Trainers - Nike Air Force 1's

Sunday 10 June 2018

What I've Got Planned For Summer

Inspiration was well and truly lacking in the blogging department this week, I don't know what it is, I think it is just that I have had such a long week with no real chance to explore the internet and get inspiration. With Summer upon us, I thought I would share some of my plans for the next few months with you! I say this as if I have a shit tonne of exciting plans, sorry to disappoint, but I don't. I do have a handful of things coming up which are super exciting however, and some things I am also hoping to plan in the next couple of weeks.

The first thing coming up is Taylor Swift's tour - anyone who knows me will know just how excited I am for this! It's been a very long time since I saw my queen live, and Reputation was such a banging album, June 22nd really couldn't come soon enough. Coincidentally, I also have a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea on the 22nd (bagged a day off work - woop woop!), it's at the One Hotel in Aldwych. Bring on the banging headache, chocolate coma, and bloating to the size of an 8 month pregnant lady. I am going to try my hardest to blog it, but sometimes these hotels have such poor lighting and I feel my pictures come out awful. 

Aside from June, my holiday is slowly approaching, and I go away to Majorca on the 4th July. I know it is so bad but I am starting to get embarrassed when people ask where I am going on holiday and I turn round and say Majorca - I feel as if people are expecting way more exotic holiday destinations these days from people my age, like Bali or Thailand or something, is it just me? I know I am super lucky to be able to afford a holiday of any sorts, but with my entire social media feeds going away to these stunning and less generic locations, I feel Majorca sounds uber crap. One hundred percent not trying to sound ungrateful, but I hope that makes sense. I am very much looking forward to laying in the shade (I cannot do direct sunlight for very long), reading countless books, and lounging around on an inflatable Unicorn in the pool with a G&T in hand. Everyone pray me and Andy don't kill each other, we haven't spent a full 7 days together in a very long time (praying for my sanity already). 

After holiday I don't really have anything planned, but I am hoping to get more Instagram content this Summer, and post more than once a week on there. It is so hard to grow a following on Instagram as it is at the moment, but when you cannot commit the time to make content to post say 4/5 times a week, it is near enough impossible to grow, even with interacting with other accounts and being active in that sense. Beth, my friend who very patiently takes my photos, works only a few Underground stops away, so with the brighter evenings, we are hoping to be able to get much more content - and try out a shit tonne of restaurants in the process!

In terms of other plans in the pipeline, a second holiday before the end of September is definitely on the cards, I am hoping for Santorini, but that is almost certainly not going to happen, and Barcelona is looking much more likely. I am also looking at a nice UK break for the August Bank Holiday, because why not? Let me know if you have any destination recommendations - somewhere near a beach would be ideal.

I'd love to know what your Summer plans are!

Trousers: ASOS
Top: *similar* ASOS
Shoes: Nike

Monday 4 June 2018

4 things I like to do to boost my confidence

So you know those days where you wake up, look in the mirror, and just feel a little bit shite? Yes? Well I'm pleased it is not just me. I think us girls feel like that quite a lot, so here are four things I like to do when I feel like a pile of poop.

1) I am the worst when it come to painting my nails - like seriously. If you had known me when I was in school you would never have thought this, as I had an unhealthy obsession with the Barry M Gelly polish collection - which if you scroll back far enough in my blog archive you can probably find evidence of. Nowadays, I cannot think of the last time I bought a nail polish, and over the past few months I realised I just don't have the time or the effort to be painting my own nails. Every 4 weeks I treat myself to a gel manicure - ideally it should be done every 3 weeks, but I'm tight, so unless they have chipped I generally wait 4 weeks. It saves so much time, and having my nails done makes me feel ten times more put together, compared to holding on on the tube and looking at my week old, chipped nails.

2) Having a pamper on a Sunday night is my favourite thing. I suffer with Sunday blues pretty bad so it really helps me to get into a better mindset for the week ahead. I was thinking of doing a whole post about my pamper routine, featuring me in some hideous face mask probably - I think I will for sure be writing this soon. Taking the time out of my Sunday afternoon or evening to relax, and pamper myself makes me feel so much better about myself - especially when I wake up on Monday morning and don't need to put any foundation on (time saving - key for a Monday).

3) Buy new gym clothes and have a cheeky workout in them. Don't even lie and tell me that looking at your arse in gym leggings isn't your favourite thing to do? (ok, fine maybe I just appreciate this more as a girl who has no arse in any other clothes). Whenever I buy a new Gymshark set and have my first workout in them, I feel a million dollars. It's by no means the cheapest way to boost your confidence, but it really does work - and you'll be getting fitter at the same time, what more could you want?!

4) Unfollow all those accounts that make me feel shit about myself. Big titties, pouty lips, a Brazilian butt lift and abs 24/7 - sorry but I will probably unfollow you. Not because I don't think you look fab, but because you are basically goals and every time I scroll past a picture of you in ya underwear, I am going to hate myself - and chances are as I scroll past your picture, I am probably scoffing my face with Jaffa Cakes or ice cream. If you love yourself - which is not a bad thing at all, and something we should all be aiming for - then you probably won't need to go on an unfollow spree. But if you are like me and see these accounts no longer as inspirational, but as depressing, then unfollow girl!

I do feel like 50% of the time I am super confident and happy with myself, but we all have those moments, right?

Skirt: ASOS
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: YSL (borrowed)

Monday 28 May 2018

To save or not to save, adjusting, and a boring schedule

It's always hard to decide what is acceptable to write about on my blog and what isn't, but I put out a Twitter poll and many of you said you would read a post that featured honest feelings/thoughts, so here we go (get your cup of tea and biscuit ready)...

Recently, I have felt like I am in a complete rut, and stuck in the same boring routine. I get up at the same time, get on the same train everyday, seeing the same people, go to work, go to the gym, and go to bed. I know, woe is me. I'm fully aware that this is most people's lives, but I am seriously struggling with adjusting to this. My mindset is still that of a uni student, and doing the same thing everyday is really not for me (unless that same thing happens to be getting up at 11am, watching Netflix, going to the library and having a Snakebite everyday). I definitely need to make more after work plans, but I feel that having plans after work ruins my gym schedule - which admittedly I am a little too precious about, and also, I'm trying desperately to save a load of money, which brings me on to my next point...

I feel like everyone my age is travelling, or doing cool things, not working in an office all day, and that kind of makes me feel like crap. I am saving as much money as I possibly can every month so that in a year or so I can put a deposit down on a house, but when I think about it, once I own that house and have a mortgage to pay every month, and bills that need to be paid, I am not going to be able to afford to go travelling then - so why aren't I doing it now? Why am I putting so much money aside each month when I could be doing other things with that money (e.g. buying a Gucci Bag) that will make me happy? My list of places I want to travel to is so long, and I might still be young, but I am not getting any younger, surely this is the prime time to be travelling the world?!

I'd love to know your thoughts on this - are you in a similar position of debating travelling v.s. saving for a property? I hate feeling confused and not knowing what I want to do in life, and I know for sure that I am not the only person that feels this way.

I'm not one to talk about mental health, but I think we all need to talk about our feelings and thoughts more, even if it is just via blogs and social media - it helps to get things out, and it's great for letting others know that they are not alone in their feelings. I've recently not felt so good in my mindset, and this is something I really want to change. 

Shoes - Vans
Sunglasses - ASOS

Tuesday 22 May 2018

A watch that gives back...

To me, a watch is the most sophisticated accessory you can wear, and it’s something that can go from being super casual, to having a more business-like and smart feel. The wonderful guys at Nordgreen in Copenhagen have just created the most stunning and classic watches which have inter-changeable straps, making them customise-able for any occasion. I know there are a lot of other inter-changeable strap watches out there at the moment, but honestly, these guys don’t compromise on quality, and they make sure that as a company they are giving back to those in need and important causes. 

When you buy a watch, you can choose to donate a part of that sale to help one of three sustainable causes: 1 month of education to a child in India, 2 months of clean water to a person in Central Africa or protect 200sqm of rainforest in Latin America.  Now I don’t know about you, but I think that is such a wonderful idea, and something that more brands should really offer. It just shows how much they, as a brand, are taking social responsibility.

Nordgreen gifted me the grey and rose gold Philospher watch which I absolutely adore. I've never been one for leather strap watches as I was under the illusion that they look a bit cheaper, but when this stunner arrived my mind was completely changed. The rose gold makes it look super expensive, and the grey just goes with everything. They also very kindly sent over a black Philospher for the boyfriend, which he is absolutely loving (yet still did not make him get off his arse and help me take these photos though...).

If you're after a new watch but want to know that part of your money is going to a good cause I would 100% recommend having a look at Nordgreen, the straps are all interchangeable so you can create a watch for every occasion. I will most definitely be getting one of the rose gold mesh straps ASAP, I'm a sucker for rose gold in case you hadn't guessed...

Now clock-watching at work is a little more enjoyable at least!

Sunday 22 April 2018

New In My Drugstore Makeup Stash

Yes, this was indeed one of those situations where you go to Superdrug for a pack of cotton pads and end up spending £30 - we've all been there (myself, more times than I wish to admit). But hey, I am justifying this spend by the fact that the usual 3 for 2 offer across makeup was on, and by the fact I am going to share the products with you guys, and give you the low-down on what you do and don't need to pick up. Side note: no idea what other product I bought in this 3 for 2...think it has gone walk-abouts whatever it was though...

Maybelline Brow Tattoo - £12.99
The concept of this product absolutely fascinates me. I was always the kid in art class who covered themselves in PVA glue just to peel it off when it dried, and this brow product is essentially that. You apply the thick paste onto your brows, leave it for an hour or so, and peel it off to reveal a stain on the skin. I was so excited to try this, but it only lasted one day on me, which was super disappointing as I may as well just use my Dipbrow. It was handy however to do my brows the night before, and then in the morning I saved time as I did not have to do anything to do them, so I suppose if you aren't a morning person then you might like this, but don't expect the stain to hang around for long - because it won't!

Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter in Molten Gold - £7.99
I'll put this out there now, I am not a fan. The pigmentation is not fantastic, and it just doesn't show up on my skin. I think if you have a darker complexion than I do, this will look amazing on you, but it just does not work with my skin tone, and I don't think it would work for anyone paler than myself. I really thought I would like this as I am sure loads of Americans were raving about this when it came out over in the states, but nope, this is definitely not for me - I'll stick to Mary Lou-manizer. 

L'Oreal Paradise Mascara - £9.99
There seems to have been a huge marketing campaign for this mascara recently, and I was definitely sucked in when Victoria (Inthefrow), and Lydia Millen were talking about it. I remember when it was released a while back and everyone went mad because it was rose gold, and this definitely drew me in also. I'm usually very loyal to Maybelline when it comes to mascaras, but this one has definitely converted me to being a L'Oreal girl. The brush is huge which is something I am not used to, but I only need to do two coats of this to get huge lashes (usually I need three), and it doesn't crumble on me. I highly recommend you all go and pick this up, and they do now make a waterproof version for all my straight lashed girls out there who need a mascara that holds a curl.

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation Stick in Honey - £8.99
If you haven't seem every influencer on the planet instagramming this foundation, then where on earth have you been?! I've always wanted to try the Hourglass stick foundation but couldn't justify the price, and hadn't yet picked up my trusty Revolution Foundation Stick, so thought this was a budget way to try out foundation sticks and see how I got on with them. It is very creamy, however not as creamy and blendable as the Revolution one, and it definitely has a more matte finish - on my skin anyway. I would not say that it has a huge amount of coverage, definitely more on the medium side, but I have been able to build it up more where I need it. I just find foundation sticks super quick to use, and they are so much less messy than liquid foundations. If you have very dry skin I probably wouldn't recommend this for you, but if you have normal-combination skin you would probably love this.

L'Oreal Matte Lipstick in 696 Mahogany Studs - £6.99
This lipstick is a dream. I'm not exaggerating. I have been looking for a cheaper, and more moisturising version of my fave Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita, for ages, and I was trying to find one more product to make up my 3 for 2 and found this little beauty. It is almost identical to Lolita so I had to have it. Although it is described as a matte, it is actually pretty comfortable on the lips and doesn't dry them out. It is the perfect dusty-rosy-pink nude and has become my everyday staple lippie. You can see from the swatches below just how similar it is to the Kat Von D one!

Highlighter, Lipstick, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Lolita

I have now put myself on a minimum two week ban from Superdrug and Boots, because I do not need anymore makeup, and I don't think I can keep using my blog as an excuse to go wild! On the other hand, if you recommend anymore stick foundations please let me know, I am obsessed with them and dying to try more!

Sunday 15 April 2018

Becoming too dependent on other people for your happiness

Recently I have come to the conclusion that I am far too dependant on other people when it comes to my happiness. I genuinely hate being on my own, which is something I didn't think I would ever feel.

I spent a whole week with Andy recently, him staying at mine, us commuting home from work together, talking for more than five minutes a day (which is our usual phone conversation, consisting of '"how was your day at work?", "fine, yours?", "yeah was ok, you going gym tonight?", "yeah, you?", "yup, do you have any news?", "no not today", "ok have a nice evening" -  basically because neither of us like to talk on the phone), and actually getting to eat dinner together. It was so nice, but the week after he left I was so lost. I found myself feeling pretty shit, even though I am so used to not living with him and only seeing him at weekends. The week he was here I suppose I had something to look forward to after work, and it made the days quicker, I was overall much happier *cringe*.

I suppose the days of feeling shit made me realise that I need to stop depending on other people for my own happiness - I am more than capable of being happy on my own, and deep down I genuinely do enjoy spending time with myself. We should all be happy in our own company, and yes - we should look forward to spending time with loved ones, but our happiness shouldn't rely on that. It definitely has something to do with a fear of being lonely - really I am never truly alone, I live with my family and am always on my phone texting.

I’m sure I cannot be the only person who feels like this, so please do let me know if you have ever felt like this! I’m definitely going to work on not relying so much on other people to be happy myself, and make plans for after work that don’t necessarily involve me seeing friends - things I can do on my own. Are there any things you guys recommend doing on your own? - I'd love ideas!

Monday 2 April 2018

My Journey To Feeling Alive

Wow, what a dramatic title - what this post is really about is my journey to not falling asleep on my commute to work (not quite such an exciting title though).

As I like to mention, quite frequently, I am unable to stay awake on my morning commute to work - no amount of Netflix, reading of the Metro, or listening to the Jonas Brothers will keep me awake. I get a very decent amount of sleep every night, around 8 hours, so it has been a challenge to figure out what I can do to make myself feel more alive and awake.

Thankfully (hearing all my prayers apparently...) the lovely team at Pegasus PR got in touch to offer me a box of sleep related goodies in conjunction with National Sleep Awareness Week - yes I know this was a few weeks ago now, but I had to give these products a go before raving about them to you guys. The main product that the box was promoting was the new Benenox Overnight Recharge, a combination of honey, Sustamine and Vitamin B6, which when taken before bed helps to support a good sleep, and supposedly makes you feel more awake in the morning. I was sceptical, I'll put it that way, but nonetheless super keen to try anything and everything that could possibly help with my annoying situation.

After taking Benenox for a week, I really noticed a change in the way I felt in the mornings. Some days I did still fall asleep on the train to work, but overall I felt much less fatigued, and felt like my quality of sleep had improved - I didn't wake up once in the night (possibly a negative as one of my favourite things is waking up at 5am and realising I still have an hour and a half left of sleep). I've also noticed the benefit of having a Clipper 'Snore and Peace' tea before bed, which also came in the gorgeous box gifted to me. I hate normal tea (I know....), and am generally super fussy with herbal teas but my oh my this tea is actually yummy. I'm awful at describing flavours but it's essentially Chamomile and Lavender, and it really does make me feel sleepy - how it works, I don't know.

You get around 9 uses in one bottle of Benenox, and it retails at £9.99 - so not the cheapest thing to be buying, but I think for me it is helping me just that little bit. I do need to get into the basic routine of reading every night before bed rather than watching Netflix or scrolling through Instagram, I think this would definitely help also. If you have any other tips and tricks for feeling more alive in the mornings, please let me know!

A Makeup Revolution Base

If you haven't heard everyone raving about the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define concealer, or the new release of their foundation stick, then honestly, where have you been?! I gave in to the hype (as I so often do...), and here is the low-down on these bad boys *hint, you will probably want to buy these after reading this*.

The first time I wore this foundation, incidentally when I took these photos, I did not use primer under the foundation stick, but I can confirm it does look (and stay) a little better with a primer underneath. Applying the foundation itself is a dream, I apply directly from the stick to my face, and draw on a few lines. It blends in amazingly, since the formula is really creamy and blendable. In comparison to the L'Oreal foundation stick which I am a massive fan of, this one actually blends so much easier, and the coverage is a little heavier. The picture below shows my face with one side wearing the foundation, and the other side is just my bare skin.

As you can see, the coverage is pretty damn good, and it doesn't make my skin look super dry which a lot of foundations can do. It does highlight my large pores though, however when I do use a primer underneath, this obviously helps. I wouldn't recommend this foundation for anyone with oily skin though, it is 100% designed for people with dry-normal skin, I have heard reports of it literally slipping of peoples faces who have a more oily face than I do (of course I cannot confirm this, but this is what I have heard). I wear shade F10 for reference!

Now the concealer, ohhh the's amazing. If you like a full coverage concealer, something to really hide those late nights or chocolate fuelled spots, this is the one. Very much like the foundation, it blends in easily. The only downside I have is that it does settle into the lines under my eyes, even after baking it - but most concealers that I wear do this (anyone have any tips how to stop this from happening?). I actually have this in two shades C8 and C10, C8 is perfect for highlighting, but I would definitely use C10 to cover any blemishes. If you like the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, but find the shade range awful and the formula a little drying, this is your saviour. 

I took an uncomfortably up close picture of my skin so you can all see the foundation/concealer duo, and the way that they sit on the skin. You can see where it highlights my pores and where the concealer bunches up into my fine lines, but realistically who is going to be coming up that close to your face (that would judge you for this at least)? I have never ever found a concealer that doesn't go into my fine lines, so this doesn't bother me one bit. 

 Overall, I recommend both products, they are super affordable - and although the concealer in particular is very hard to get hold of (all down to Holly Boon) I would advise all my dry-normal skin gals to go on the hunt for these bad boys - you'll thank me, I promise!

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