Fashion

My Fashion Wish List

So I’ve been looking through all the SS17 looks and honestly all of them are so nice that I’m tempted to going on a spending spree, unfortunately, my budget doesn’t allow for that. Instead I’ve made a wish list of the main pieces that I love, even though that doesn’t come close to actually buying them, it will have to do.  (links below)

Zara

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Urban Outfitters

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Topshop

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H&M

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Bershka

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Lifestyle

Must Watch TV Shows

Being a Netflix fanatic, I always have to be watching a T.V show to keep me occupied. Currently I’ve been watching Riverdale which is a show about teens at a high school dealing with all the normal drama as well as the mysterious death of a local boy. Honestly, I’m hooked, but the problem is that the episodes go up weekly which is annoying because I’m more of a ‘binge watcher’ and like to be finished a series within a few days. But as far as binge watching goes, I’ve got loads of shows to recommend and because I can’t possibly pick favourites, these are in no order.

1.) My Mad Fat Diary

I feel that every teen needs to watch this show because you learn so much from it. Its about a girl who has been mentally ill and is trying to fit in with the ‘cool gang’. Honestly this makes me laugh every time I watch it, its hilarious and cringe-worthy while still dealing with real problems that exist. Mental health issues are such a big deal today and this shows deals with them directly from depression and low self esteem to eating disorders, not going to lie, I’ve shed a tear or two watching this. Its something everyone can relate to and is definitely a ‘must see’!

2.) Peaky Blinders

This is set in the 1920’s in Birmingham, England and is about a gang who work around the law to get power despite a police officer trying to catch them. This is honestly so good, I loved it! Plus, with Cillian Murphy playing the main role and Tom Hardy coming into season 2 as a gang leader, what’s not to love? This show is perfect for anyone and everyone as it features crime and action with a bit of romance meaning it ticks all of the boxes.

3.)Broadchurch

This is definitely in my top 3 favourites, honestly it’s an amazing show. It’s about a boy who is found dead on the beach and the local detective along with a new detective try to figure out what happened. I remember watching it and not being able to stop, there were so many cliff hangers that I just needed to keep watching. Every time I thought I knew who the killer was, they would drop a bombshell to keep everyone guessing. The ending was such a surprise as well, I wont give too much away but just expect the unexpected with this one.

4.)Sherlock

Again, another crime drama, but this one is different. For a start it has Benedict Cumberbatch, but it’s also quite funny and interesting while still having the serious element. Even though we always know Sherlock will figure out the mystery, this still has me on the edge of my seat and still manages to surprise me with the outcome every time. I also like the fact that the episodes are an hour and a half long, its like watching mini-movies, but it means the series itself is really short.

5.) Gavin and Stacey

Just because everyone needs a bit of James Cordon in their lives. Honestly, this makes me laugh no matter how many times I watch it, it’s comedy gold. This is one of those shows I always go back to, especially at Christmas because the Christmas special is the best. I would go as far to say that this series is the best British romantic comedy series out there.

6.) Gossip Girl

This is a drama about teens in the upper east side of New York City and all that comes with it in terms of drugs, sex and relationships. If you like pretty little liars, the OC or 90210, you’ll love this for sure. Another strong point for this is the abundance of good looking boys to admire, just saying. There are 6 season with over 20 episode each (except for the last season which only has 10) and that is bound to keep you hooked for months and calls for serious commitment.

7.) Awkward.

This is another coming of age show about a girl who has the worst luck in life and she’s just trying to survive high school. It’s quite funny because everything just seems to go wrong for her in the most public and embarrassing ways that you can empathise with her so much. Plus, there’s a few high school romances thrown in for good measure which is always a positive.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love all the classics like Friends, Inbetweeners and Family guy but when it comes to binge watching, these shows are definitely the best in my opinion. With crime, action, drama, romance and comedy, there is something for every one to watch. Enjoy!

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My Skin Care Essentials (affordable)

Like everyone else, I have a few essential skin care products that I absolutely couldn’t live without. Being someone who doesn’t have perfect skin in any shape or form, I prioritise skin care above every thing else. My skin is so sensitive, especially around my eye area which gets all red, blotchy and flaky if I use the wrong product. I also have a tendency to get spots as I have a combination type skin with a very oily T-zone and dry rough patches elsewhere. I always stay away from baby wipes/make-up removing wipes because no matter what the brand they cause my skin to breakout and leave me with panda eyes which isn’t my greatest look. So without further ado, here are my holy grail products…

 Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (combination and sensitive skin)

 For years I had been using the regular Garnier Micellar Water (pink bottle) every day without any complaints, however, recently I decided to change to the one for combination and oily skin after a serious breakout and I was really pleased with it. I use this every day without fail, first thing in the morning to remove any oils that have set in over night and last thing in the evening to remove my makeup and generally clean my face. This product leaves my skin feeling so much softer and cleaner than before and just generally a lot more fresh without leaving a greasy layer like many other similar products. Saying that, I would still highly recommend the pink bottle as it is still such a good product obviously depending on your skin type. I know this product caters to other skin types, for example there is an oil infused micellar water for dry skin, however, I don’t think this would be for me due to the nature of my skin but I have heard very good reviews on it from a few of my friends. Not only is the micellar water a great product that caters for all skin types, but its super affordable. I bought a 400ml bottle in Superdrug for £3.29 and it lasts me months, so I highly recommend to anyone on a budget!

 

 

 

 

 

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

 This is another one of the products I use on a daily basis, usually at night. I have been using this for years and have raved about it to my family and friends because I genuinely love it! This product is basically a face wash that lathers into your face and leaves it feeling minty fresh. I honestly cant describe the feeling on my face after I wash this off,  it feels so clean but also super minty. Its really soft on the skin and strips away any access oils which is great after a long day of wearing makeup. Again this is really affordable at around £5 for a 200ml bottle. This is really up there with my top favourites and it has made me really excited to try what else Bioré has to offer in their skincare range. 

 

L’Oreal Skin Perfection Cleansing & Perfecting Milk

 This is my go-to for when I have really dry skin and I want to put some moisture back into my face. It’s great at removing makeup and doesn’t completely strip your skin of oils which is good for someone with dry skin. Plus, its an added bonus that it is suitable for sensitive skin. As my skin is oily around 70% of the time, I don’t always pick up this product but its definitely my first choice if my skin is feeling dry and so would be great for someone who is looking for a cleanser that also hydrates. This product is surprisingly cheap at £4 for the 200ml bottle.

Lush Dark Angels Fresh Cleanser

 This is definitely my favourite product out of them all. I would say this is more of an exfoliating scrub than a cleanser but either way it does an amazing job! It really works in making my skin feel so soft, and the smell of the rosewood oil and sandalwood oil makes it so relaxing and perfect for a pamper night. It contains charcoal to draw out the dirt in your skin and it definitely does just that, I noticed a difference in my blackheads after only using it a few times. Its different from other scrubs in that it doesn’t strip all the moisture from your skin, it takes away the bad oils but still manages to hydrate the skin leaving it silky smooth. I would probably use this twice a week as I don’t like to scrub my face too often, plus a little goes a long way. This is priced at £7.25 per 100g pot and without a doubt its worth every penny.

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturiser (Oil Free)

This is an oil free moisturiser than works on preventing spots and blemishes. Since I started using this about two years ago I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my skin, especially with regards to oil. it really has cut down the oil in my skin, especially in my T-zone area which has lead to less spots as a result. This is a relatively thin moisturiser which I prefer for the bulk of my face as think moisturisers often tend to leave my skin oily after a while. I apply this morning and night, however I tend to avoid my eyes as I feel they need a thicker moisturiser. This again is very cheap at £3.25 for a 100ml bottle which lasts quite a while.

Links to the above products:

Garnier Micellar Water

Bioré Charcoal Cleanser

L’Oréal Cleansing Milk

Lush Dark Angels Cleanser

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturiser