Thursday, 27 February 2014

Teapigs Review


   Though this isn't technically a food blog, I really wanted to talk about these teas from Teapigs, a UK based brand which offers quality, whole leaf tea with a difference. I'd been following Teapigs on Twitter for a while, and read reviews to make sure I was getting a quality product - aside from some pretty pretentious tea snobs, the write-up was definitely positive!

   Their teas come in twenty-one different flavours, not including their award-winning 'Matcha Green Tea' - which I have yet to try! Teapigs also use a biodegradable mesh temple instead of the usual circular paper teabag, which they claim infuses the tea properly. I didn't notice the extra infusing-power, but I'm really pleased that the teabag (and the rest of the packaging) is completely biodegradable.


   Usually I just drink whatever tea's available from the nearest cupboard, but lately I've been experimenting. I bought three packs of different tea from Teapigs that I'd never tried before, the first being their 'Chocolate Flake Tea' (a sweet, chocolately-flavoured assam tea), which you can see in the two photographs below. This was delicious, especially when taken with a tiny bit of honey!

   I also purchased two rooibus teas; one is a simple rooibus and honeybush blend, and the other is caramel-infused rooibus. They both tasted quite nutty and rich, bringing to mind that warm, exotic feel of rooibus's native country, South Africa. Both teas were delicious, and I'm super impressed!


   Teapigs also included a sample of their own chai-tea (below) with my package. Another tea I've never tried, this had the nostalgic scent and taste of Christmas spices - perfect for nights in during this spectacularly dreary February!


   Teapigs' teas are available in most flavours for £3.99 for a packet of 15 bags.

   Tell me what you think about their teas, if you've tried them before or if you're intending to!
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

LFWe

   Last Sunday I took a trip to London Fashion Weekend at the beautiful Somerset House with my sister; in my opinion, the Fashion Weekend is such a great opportunity for those who perhaps don't have the money or contacts to catch a show during Fashion Week, but still have a huge passion for designer fashion. There's always such an exclusivity surrounding fashion week, but this event is a way to include everyone who shares a love for style.

   Not only were the catwalk shows amazing, but the clothes on sale were simply stunning; I bought a pair of Textile Federation shorts which I'll be featuring in an outfit post when the weather brightens up.


   After the show, we walked up to Covent Garden to my sister's favourite shop, Laudurée, to purchase some gorgeous macaroons. If you've never been to Laudurée, it's definitely one of the most pretty shops in London - I always feel like I'm a little bit Parisian when I walk in there.


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Monday, 24 February 2014

Easy Plait Hairstyle for Long Hair

   You know you've really got to switch things up when you've been wearing your hair the same way for a whole year. I played around with my hair and thought a little plait running over the top of my usual pinned-back fringe would look quite pretty, so I tried it a few times and decided to create a tutorial.

   This isn't really crying out for any product, so if you're in a rush, this is the perfect hairstyle!






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Saturday, 22 February 2014

How To Achieve and Maintain Healthy Nails

   It's hard to keep a constant eye on the state of your nails, especially when you've got a busy schedule, and rarely have a free moment to slip into the salon for a manicure. Here are a few easy tips to help you get into the habit of maintaining strong, beautiful, healthy looking nails, without the fuss - check out the video below for more info.





Products mentioned:

High Strength Zinc from Holland & Barrett
Salon Nail Care from Boots
Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream from Burt's Bees
Somerset Meadow Hand Therapy from Crabtree & Evelyn

Y O U T U B E / T W I T T E R / I N S T A G R A M 
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Monday, 17 February 2014

OOTD - Gerrica


   During a cold, wet, January trip to Norwich, I popped into Zara looking for a suitable, but stylish, winter coat. 

   Flicking through the sale rails, I was hoping to find the usual bloggery-type jacket (a long, thick duster style, preferably in a sickly pastel shade); however, the only piece they stocked was over £100. Albeit technically perfect, this was more than I wanted to pay - so I flicked around some more.

   Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a fantastic dogstooth pattern and, on closer inspection, a gorgeous a-line silhouette. It was on sale for £29.99 - bargain! Then, when scanned through the till, the price miraculously decreased to £22.99. Imagine my amazement - finding my perfect transitional coat for less than the cost of half a tank of petrol!

   Here, I've style it with a simple black scarf, my Boohoo disco pants, a pair of black ankle boots from New Look, and a River Island structured tote.
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Sunday, 16 February 2014

January 2014 Favourites

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   I've discovered some really great products this month that I wouldn't have considered using before; for example, my sister gave me a collection of Lancome products that didn't work for her, but totally worked for me, and have now become part of my daily beauty routine! I tend to only buy premium beauty products once in a while due to the fact that I'm on a student budget - so it was a real treat to get given these products.

   I've created a collection of a handful of products that I've really enjoyed using this month - check out the video below for a detailed view! Also, I've listed the mentioned products at the bottom of this post if you didn't quite catch them from the video.




The products:
1. Benefit 'Do the Bright Thing' Makeup Kit
2. Lancome 'Gentle Softening Cleansing Fluid'
3. Lee Stafford 'Argan Oil from Morocco'
4. Models Own 'Indian Ocean' Nail Polish
5. ORLY 'Bonder Rubberized Basecoat' Nail Polish
6. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 'Shameless'


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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

OOTD - featuring Pass The Salt

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   I'm hugely in support of small, independent and emerging brands, especially those who open up shop on ASOS Marketplace, as it's currently one of the best platforms to find vintage and secondhand, unique pieces.

   Therefore, when Amy contacted me introducing her brand, Pass the Salt, I was more than excited to collaborate!

   Her boutique sells new and vintage women's clothing; it's a plethora of quirky colours, eclectic styles and nods to various eras of fashion. Based in London, Pass the Salt is at the centre of the UK's cutting-edge fashion scene.

   Above, I'm wearing a gorgeous velvet mini skirt (£22, similar here), which has an elasticated waist to fit sizes 8-12. The fabric feels high quality and heavy enough not to blow around in the ridiculous wind that we're having! I've styled it with a collared blouse from New Look and black court shoes from River Island; however, I'd wear it casually with tights, litas, a slouchy tee and a lace kimono.

   I definitely recommend giving Pass the Salt a look, and why not follow them so you don't miss out on any new stock arrivals?
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Valentine's Day Eye Makeup

   February 14th is one of my favourite days of the year; I just adore the idea of people around the world celebrating love, because it's something that everyone's entitled to.

   For those of you who have plans on Valentine's Day, either doing something special with your partner or going out with friends (yes, it falls on a Friday this year! Drinks all round!), I've created a tutorial for a glamorous eye look that will make your eyes look larger and more accentuated.

   Check out the tutorial below!




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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Insta-roundup Week 1

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Part of my Maybelline giveaway / Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless / Tuesday's OOTD / Revlon Color Show in White Splatter / 
Healthy Breakfasts all week / Family Photoshoot (minus my dad) / My lovely boxer, Hero
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Kiko Patch Nail Lacquer

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   As a brand, Kiko are definitely one that I trust. I'm a huge fan of their products - especially their water eyeshadow! They're so innovative, and provide great quality products without the MAC or NARS price tag.

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   So naturally, I was optimistic about trying these 'Patch Nail Lacquers'.

   I'll just note that this is the first  time I've EVER used nail wraps (I know, I'm a little bit late). I'm in love with my nail polishes and nail art pens, so I never felt the need for them. Plus I've heard that they can be difficult to apply; so I didn't bother.

   These Kiko nail wraps came in a goodiebag which I received about two months ago, yet I hadn't got round to using them yet.

   In terms of application, they were fairly easy to apply. The instructions were clear: choose a nail size, remove the clear coating, apply nail wrap.

   They also fit my nail shape well - bar one, which I applied ever so slightly too far over my cuticle!

   Overall, I was pleased with how they looked (although I, personally, don't reckon I suit neon-coloured nails).

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   However, they began to peel away and rip after only an hour of wear.

   I'd like to state that I don't do any manual labour, I'm not a gardener and I don't sculpt clay, so my hands are only subjected to general, everyday activities. Yet these nail wraps wore away like I had used a scouring pad on them.

   After twelve hours, I refused to go out with them on, and subsequently took them off with nail polish remover.

   Overall, I'm really, REALLY, not impressed with these. Although they're only £5.90, I'd definitely spend extra to buy higher quality wraps from Essie or similar brands.
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Friday, 7 February 2014

Get Ready with Me: Off-Duty Makeup

   I'm sure if we were all uber-confident, we'd be happy to lead our lives makeup free; however, until that day comes, natural-looking makeup is the way forward for those days when a full-face is just too much for the occasion. 

   For example, when I'm only going out for a couple of hours for a cup of coffee with friends, or when I'm going to a yoga class (I know right, I put on makeup to exercise; please don't tell me I'm the only one!), I like to apply a light layer of foundation, accompanied by the essential blusher and mascara.

   Check out the video below for a few little tips for an off-duty makeup look!



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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Just In: Topshop Unique SS14

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2. Pale Blue Fray Shirt - £120
3. Big Star Tunic Dress - £160
4. Rose Quartz Stone Ring - £25
5. Sketch Star Boiler Suit - £140
6. Oversized Geo Print Rucksack - £290


   As some of you may know, Topshop released their Unique SS14 collection today! A mix of Mediterranean prints and colours, this collection will take you back to those long, sun-kissed days on an Ibiza beach. The light tunic dresses, camis and shorts, alongside the occasional on-season boiler suit, are perfect for a hot Summer - wishful thinking?

   Above are some of my favourite pieces from the collection - I'm definitely loving the oversized star print! What do you think?

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

OOTD - Featuring Rosegal

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   Wearing skirts without tights in Winter is one of those things that my parents nag me about endlessly, yet I'll still do it. After all, one must sacrifice the feeling in one's legs for the sake of fashion.

   Today, I've styled this black Rosegal skirt with a Daisy Street jumper and collared shirt. It's definitely not the warmest of skirts, being almost completely sheer apart from the thin underlayer; however, I thought it looked quite striking against the contrasting knitted texture of the jumper.

   Rosegal stock lots of pretty items of clothing - check out their site by clicking on the link in my sidebar!

* This post contains PR samples
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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

OOTD - Margarite

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Sunglasses - ASOS (similar here)
Jumper - Topshop
Necklace - Primark
Trousers - ASOS
Bag - Zara
Shoes - River Island (similar in silver here)
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