Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Summer Feet

Seeing as it's finally warm enough to wear sandals, I thought it would be a good idea to start looking after my feet. These are a few of the products that i've been using to keep them feeling fabulous.

I've been using a foot scrub and pumice stone couple of times a week and really noticed a difference. The Joules scrub that I have has a sandy texture and leaves my feet feeling soft and generally looking a lot healthier. After this i'll always apply a foot lotion and have been loving the Burt's Bees coconut foot cream...which to me doesn't really smell like coconut and doesn't really have the texture of a cream. But i'm not complaining because this gel-like product does the job and leaves your feet feeling very hydrated. The Joules foot cream came in a set with the scrub so i've also been using that occasionally but I definitely prefer the thicker texture of the Burt's Bees. The Joules lotion seems to take too long to absorb and I have laminate flooring in my room so I'm either sliding all over the place or have to sit for ages to wait for it to dry.

To finish off the little foot pampering session I will paint my toes. I feel like they look weird if I don't paint them, does anyone else find that? I always use a base coat and recently my go to polish has been Essie's Capri. It's a beautiful bright orange-red and looks lovely on toes (and fingers).

What products have you been using on your feet?

Disclosure: The views expressed are based on my own experience.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Fortnight in Photos #7

I've noticed that a lot more of you have been stopping by to read my posts this week and I just wanted to say a massive thank you! I've only been writing on here since April and sometimes it can be a bit daunting, as i'm sure you all know. Especially when you have no idea if people will listen to or agree with what you have to say or enjoy the type of thing you are talking about. So yeah, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all because I really enjoy posting on here and lovely comments make it even more worth while.

I've basically just been enjoying summer recently and the lovely weather that we have been having. I move to London to start my new job two weeks today so i'm just making the most of only working part time. Here's a few photos...a lot seem to be of the cat. He's just so cute and funny, I can't help it!

Flowers from the garden, sushi lunch with my brother, lime and chilli hot chocolate (yum), visiting Ben in Plymouth, McDonalds smoothie (also yum), adventure with Ben, Mount Edgcumbe, Starwars on a Sunday eve, double rainbow on the ceiling. 

Heart charm earrings from Ben, Biggie playing in his new house, Blab had a makeover, new things to try, Bigs hiding, Moomin biscuits from Japan, Biggie trying to drink my cocktail, Biggie making a bed in an IKEA storage box, walk in the rain. 

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Avène Eau Thermale | Just Water In A Spray Can?

Just a quick one today! I picked up a 50ml bottle of the Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water to try when I was getting some holiday supplies a few weeks ago. I mentioned it in a previous post and said that I would tell you guys what I thought after giving it a test run in Morocco. So here's the verdict...

It claims to be good for things like sun burn and facial redness and seemed like the perfect thing to carry around with me when travelling. Luckily, I didn't actually get sun burnt on holiday. But, I still found it useful for spraying on my arms and legs as well as my face to cool me down when the heat was a bit too much. 

Overall, I really like using this water on my face after i've removed my make up, instead of using it to set make up and can see myself using it this way on a regular basis. I still have quite  a lot of the product left (I haven't been using it every day) and only have the small sized spray can so I can see the larger 150ml bottle lasting quite a while, which for £6.50 isn't too bad. However, it is pretty much just spring water in a spray can so I would suggest that you try the 50ml bottle first to see if it's something that you are going to use. Or, if you do a lot of travelling or commuting and want something refreshing to throw in your handbag then the 50ml would probably suit you for that purpose as well. 

Disclosure: The views expressed are based on my own experience.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Water With A Twist

You may have noticed that Blab underwent a teeny tiny makeover at the weekend...I hope you like it. The design of this page was incredibly simple before so I wanted to keep it like that and stick with the very...grey...theme (I do love a bit of grey). I know it's not very colourful but, I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I really like the fact that it's plain because then hopefully the photos stand out. I'd love to know what you guys think!

I don't dislike drinking water, I just don't drink enough of it! So, in the summer months I like to mix things up a bit and add different flavours to my water. The technique i'm going to show you is brilliant because it's incredibly easy to do and every ingredient added to the water is fresh.

You will need:

Carbonated Mineral Water (or still water if you prefer)
Half a lemon
Half a lime
Fresh mint

I basically just add the lemon, lime and mint to the water to give it that summery kick. I like to crush a wedge of lime at the bottom of the glass with a wooden spoon first to get all of the flavour out and then add the rest. 

I picked the mint from the garden but i'm sure you can get it in supermarkets. You can add as much of each ingredient as you want depending on how citrusy you want the drink to be.

It's as simple as that! This is such a refreshing dink for summer and just livens up your water a bit. I guess it's kind of like a non alcoholic mojito. I'm sure you could add different flavours too if you don't like mint or citrus fruits. 

Let me know if you give it a try or have any recipes for summer drinks!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Sunday Sun

Now that we have finished University, my boyfriend Ben has moved back to his hometown of Plymouth. I decided to visit him for the weekend so we spent yesterday shopping and walking around town. Believe it or not, I didn't buy anything! But I did see a lovely summer jacket in a charity shop which i'm seriously contemplating going back for on my way home.

Then we spent today enjoying the amazing weather and explored a beautiful place called Mount Edgcumbe, which is a historic house and gardens right next to the sea. We spent the whole afternoon there, starting off with a picnic and then walking around for a bit and discovering each area. Ben took some photos on his film camera so I'm thinking of dedicating a post to them when they have been developed.

It was incredibly hot so I decided to wear a maxi skirt because I find them to be quite cool and practical in that kind of weather. I'm so glad I did go for a longer skirt because it was so windy there and a short skirt or dress would have been...difficult to keep under control. I took my trusty Cambridge Satchel with me, which i've used everyday since I got it two weeks ago. I'm in love with it and thinking about writing a short review because I read so many and did lots of research before I got it, but struggled to find many about the 15" bag. 

Top: Topshop
Skirt: Topshop sale last month
Shoes: New Look
Rings: Acessorize & Ebay
Nails: Essie- Infatuation
Sunglasses: Ben's
Bag: Cambridge Satchel 15"

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

I'm Loving: Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo & Conditioner

I was so excited when my friend gave me this Bumble and Bumble travel set for my birthday. I've been wanting to try some of their products for years. They've finally started selling Bumble and Bumble in our local Boots as well which makes them a lot easier to get hold of and having the 60ml bottles meant that I could try them out and then take the plunge and spend more money on the full sized ones if I liked them. I'd heard such amazing things about the Surf Spray (which also came in the set, yay!) so was really looking forward to trying out the much anticipated Surf shampoo and conditioner. I was not disappointed!

They claim to be for 'all hair types' and will give you 'body, texture and enhanced natural waves'. They do give my hair a really nice texture and actually leave it looking like i've been at the beach, especially when I team them up with the salt spray. They seem to make your hair thicker and messy...in a tame way, without making you look like Bridget Jones when she steps out of the convertible. My hair is quite thick and very dry and I try not to use too much heat on it to help this but i'm pretty addicted to using my straighteners. So, this probably isn't the best shampoo and conditioner to use on a regular basis as it can be quite drying. But it's perfect for using occasionally when you want that wavy, volumised look. What I really love about them is that they give my hair the perfect texture for styling. For example, when I wash my hair it won't actually do anything I want it to until the next day or a few hours after i've washed it. But after using this shampoo, my hair will be easier to work with. I have no idea why it does this but i'm not complaining. They also smell great, which is always a bonus with hair products!

Have you tried the shampoo and conditioner or anything else from Bumble and Bumble? I'd love to hear about any other products from them that you think are worth a try!

Disclosure: The views expressed are based on my own experience.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Fortnight In Photos #6

The weather has been absolutely fantastic during the past two weeks. I hope the sun manages to stay out for a bit longer because it's making me feel better about the fact that I have no more holidays booked for the rest of the summer. It was the hottest day of the year yesterday and with the weather like this you can just sit in the garden, close your eyes and pretend you are somewhere exotic. 

I've been working lots recently and even did a filming job this week, trying to save a bit of money for when I move up to London in August.  I got my results from University on Thursday and I swear I have never been so nervous in my life, refreshing the page every second as I waited for midday. I will be graduating with a 2:1 in Television Production, which i'm over the moon about! Yay! 

I'm moving out of my parents house in just under a month now so i've been spending a lot of time with them and my cat...i'm going to miss him like crazy. 

Taco time, delicious cocktails, pool day, chilling with Bigs, lovely cupcake, pretty flowers in the garden.

Cuddles, rediscovered some sunglasses, my mum when she was my age, sparkling water with lemon, lime and mint from the garden (post coming soon), random trip to McDonalds to get a thick shake, filming tool belt. 

Congratulations hamper from my mum, freebie with this month's Glamour, evening at the beach, Biggie sleeping funny. 

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Soap & Glory | Supercat & Smoulder Kohl

Back to a beauty post today! I wear eyeliner pretty much every day and find the winged/ cat eye an easy, go to look. Even though i've practiced it almost every day for the past six...ish years I still struggle to get it looking perfect and struggle even more to make each eye look even.

This is why i'm always looking for good liquid eyeliners which can make the process that little bit easier. I've tried gels and liquids but find that the eyeliner pen is definitely a winner if you are trying to achieve this look on the go or don't have much time to spare. I've been using Soap and Glory's Supercat Liquid eyeliner pen for a couple of months now and can definitely see myself repurchasing it. 

This pen goes on as a very thick black without fading at all throughout the day and if it does then you can easily go over it again. I have found  eyeliner pens to be disappointing in the past because they dry out so quickly, but not the supercat! I must have used it every day for the past two months now and it still isn't showing any signs of running out or drying up soon, *touches wood*. Soap & Glory say that you can create two looks with this pen, using the 'Fine point for a natural look' or the 'thick edge' for a 'dramatic finish'. This is difficult to achieve because the point isn't actually that fine and I find that as you draw the line across your eyelid you end up using the thicker edge anyway. Having said this, the pen does create a good sized line which is great because I find that a lot of the pens come out way too thick. 

I also wanted to mention the Smoulder Kohl (also in black) because i've also been enjoying this and find its great product to use when i'm feeling lazy. The amazing thing about it is that it looks almost like a liquid eyeliner when you apply it along your eyelid because it's so soft and thick. (See how similar they are in the photo below). However, I do tend to stick with the liquid pen for creating lines and use the kohl if i'm going for a smokey eye or for using on my waterline. It blends amazingly and once blended it doesn't smudge or budge which is brilliant because it means you don't end up looking like a panda. The fact that it's waterproof also helps with this and this makes it a great eyeliner to use during the summer months.

Another great thing about the kohl is that it comes with a sharpener attached. I don't know about you but i'm always losing sharpeners so this is perfect, especially if you are on the go. The one downside of this eyeliner is that I find myself having to sharpen the kohl quite often. This is because it is extremely soft, so after using it once you lose the nice sharp edge. Not everyone will find this though, it just depends how sharp you want the tip to be. But £5 for a high quality eyeliner is a bargain and I really wouldn't mind having to buy this on a regular basis. 

Have you tried these eyeliners or anything else from the Soap & Glory make up range?

Disclosure: The views expressed are based on my own experience.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Feeling Dotty

I guess this is my first proper outfit post! Like i've said before, I am definitely no fashion expert and usually just wear what I think looks good. But I do enjoy clothes....a lot. I got this dress for my birthday last week from my mum. It's from ASOS and I believe it was then in the sale after she got it but I can't actually find it on the website anymore. They have so many similar styles and prints though so it's definitely worth taking a look. I did find this one that isn't in the sale but isn't expensive either. 

Skater style dresses are brilliant because if you are feeling a bit lazy you can just throw one on and you're pretty much good to go. I didn't even really bother with jewellery when I wore this because I thought the bold print said enough by itself. I don't know if you can see in the photo but I am wearing a gold above knuckle ring on my right hand, a bright red essie polish on my nails and Primark leopard print shoes to add a tiny bit of detail and colour.

I am so pleased with this dress! Sometimes ASOS own clothes can be a bit hit and miss and I really wasn't expecting the quality of this dress to be very good. But they surprised me and the material is actually really nice and feels like it will last. 

Photos taken by Ben Cornish on 35mm film

Thursday, 4 July 2013

A Week In Morocco | Part 2

It's only been just over a week since I got back from Morocco and I already want to go on holiday again. Here are some more photos from my trip! 

After spending a couple of days in Marrakech we visited one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones and Gladiator then stayed in a lovely hotel that night. The next day we drove to another hotel where we spent two nights and one day exploring the desert. Then we headed through the absolutely stunning Atlas mountains and stayed in a Berbere village for one night before going back to Marrakech. It's such a beautiful country. 

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Daisy Chain

Photos taken by my lovely boyfriend Ben on 35mm film.

I've really enjoyed wearing statement necklaces recently. I love how much detail they can add to a really plain outfit. I never spend very much on them though because I'm never sure if I will like the way they look, especially if I pick one that's quite...over the top. 

I found this daisy necklace in the Topshop sale last week for £3.50! If you can then i'd definitely recommend having a look through their jewellery section because they have some lovely pieces reduced at the moment. I don't usually pay full price for things like this anyway...I don't know about you (and I don't know why) but I get bored of them easily. I also find this is a good way to try something that is a bit out of your comfort zone sometimes, without wasting your money. 

Here, I'm wearing the necklace with a black top from New Look and pleated purple maxi skirt which was also a Topshop sale find. I love the cut out shoulders of the top and feel like the necklace dresses it up a bit more, making the outfit more summery. 

Have you been wearing statement necklaces? What do you like to wear them with?