My current skincare favourites

21/04/2017

Here are some of my current skincare faves! There are a couple of “old” brands and a couple of new ones I’ve recently discovered.

Let’s start with this new addition to my collection. I came across The Ordinary on Caroline Hirons blog (no surprise there!) and was absolutely stunned by the price.
These two serums are priced at £5 and £6?! I just don’t understand how they can create these amazing serums for that price. But hey, I’m not complaining.

I’ve been using the Hyaluronic Acid when my skin feels dehydrated and Niacinamide (also referred to as Vitamin B3) on a daily basis. Hyaluronic is basically like water for your skin. It is moisture binding, helps reduce wrinkles and also when sunburnt.
Niacinamide is mattifying, oil regulating and improves hyperpigmentation.
Basically, I want all of that all the time.

I also got the Natural Moisturising Factors with HA which is an overall good day cream. It is made up of loads of good acids and other stuff found naturally in the skin. It is non-greasy and provides a great overall protection. So far so good!

Next up is the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleep Mask from The Body Shop (tip, I bought this from TK Maxx on sale!). It is a gel like mask that feels like a serum once applied. It says to leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse but I use it as a night cream. Very very good.

The drops of youth serum is also a new fave of mine. It glides on like water and my skin feels very hydrated after!
Next to it is the James Read express mask tan for the face. Oh boy does this work? I learnt that the hard way. You apply it as a face mask, leave it on for 20-30 min and then rinse off. During the next couple of hours the most natural tan will appear from nowhere – but do make sure to cover all areas of your face… 🙂

Lastly, and barely pictured I just realised, is the Clearasil Rapid Action pads. I use these if I’ve got some angry spots visiting.
I remove my makeup and wash my face and just before toning my face I use these. They dry out your skin so do use a moisturising serum/cream after!

Do you have any favourites? I’m always on the lookout for more products to add, haha!

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Brazil

18/04/2017

We’ve now been in São Paulo for one day and we are currently at the airport again to fly to our next destination. So far we’ve had a lot of cheese (like, a lot), walked around the city and had yummy Italian food. 

Hope you’re all having a great start to the week! <3

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Giant Robot – A new addition to Streetfeast

17/04/2017

Streetfeast has opened yet another eating and drinking rooftopia, as they call it, in Canary Wharf! Me and Emelie decided to check it out on thursday and invited a couple of friends to share the experience with us (none ended up in pictures, we were too busy eating)

I love the walk around West India Quay.

Giant Robot looks like this from the outside:

Pretty crazy, right?
When we arrived we went straight to the bar.

And then checked out the various food spots – there wasn’t many I must say!

Since we’re all foodies we tried it all. First up was Yum Bun.
My fave was the bun with pork and hoi sin sauce.

Next up was Bob’s. We got a salmon and tuna thing which was interesting. Think I need to give their lobster roll a go!

Moving on to Thunderbird and chicken. This was a bit of a disappointment at first as they were out of absolutely everything except bbq wings and normal fries. On top of that, we got the wrong order. Not a good start Thunderbird.
When we did get the correct order we got an extra box of wings which was highly appreciated! Very sticky, very yummy.

And lastly as dessert Maria ordered the Cinnamon bun filled with ice cream, caramel and apple sauce. Delicious!

My overall impression? A good space to hang out and grab a snack and drink, but don’t expect too much of the food. There are only about 5 food stalls in total (we were all expecting more) so it’s kind of limited. Plenty of seats, free cloakroom and a dj playing some really good tunes.

Giant Robot
Upper Level -1
Crossrail Place
Canary Wharf
E14 5AR London

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What I’ve done in the last couple of days

16/04/2017

Sorry for the blog-silence but I’ve simply been busy with all of this:

I made a delicious falafel salad with wraps.

I washed my converses for the first time (long overdue). I popped the laces in a laundry bag and shoes in the washing machine at 30 degrees and low spin. Worked like a charm!

Iron Zuu on Wednesday was an absolute killer. I felt so sick afterwards, haha.

But my nausea was treated with Love Fresh Vietnamese and Mikaela <3

On thursday I had to pop over to our west london office and the garden nearby looked like this

And at lunch I met up with the lovely photographer Mikaela and took some really cool shots here

After work I walked to the newly opened Barrecore studio in Moorgate. I’d been signed up to try their Signature class!

I’ve tried Barre before but this was something else. It was more like a super intense Pilates class with a few barre moves – and boy was it hard?! My muscles were aching during AND after the class.

In the evening I went to Faded at Camden Lockside with my bf, nam and the creepers gang to have a little dance.

And on Friday morning I woke up with a text from mom saying “happy easter” and look at her view?!

I made some more wraps. This time I added cottage cheese and it was actually quite nice!

I walked by these flowers and had to take a pic. Beautiful.

Tonight we are flying to Brazil and I couldn’t be more excited! I will schedule a couple of posts as I don’t think I’ll blog much from there during the first week, but be patient! I will have so so much to share 🙂

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LVL lash lift review

11/04/2017

lvl lash lift review before and after

On Saturday I walked to Aje Beauty, a treatment room (inside a gym, inside an apartment building) near my house. I was greeted by the lovely Aje and she had a little look at my short, half-asian lashes.


Aje’s treatment room.

So, what is LVL lash lift?
The treatment straightens your natural lashes at the root, creating the appearance of longer, lifted lashes. The added tint creates a mascara like effect.

Here are some before shots of my bare, naked eyes.

Aje started by taping down my lower lashes so they wouldn’t get in the way.

She then popped a small plastic shield on top of my eyes and started lifting my lashes onto it with a special glue.

After that she applied various solutions and serums and finally a tint.

She then used another solution to loosen my eyelashes from the shield.
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really see a difference at first and was kind of disappointed but seeing the before and after made me feel better! My lashes are definitely lifted and once applied with mascara they look super long! I do wish they had more of a curl but a girl can’t have everything, haha.

As you can see above, the difference is pretty big with makeup on. I’d normally curl my lashes with an eyelash curler before AND after mascara (I know you shouldn’t, but my lashes are THAT bad imo), now I don’t have to do it! Yay!
I would definitely do the same treatment again but see if my lashes could be lifted even more. Hey, if you don’t ask..

The treatment cost £45 at Aje Beauty and she’s based in South Quay (Canary Wharf).

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