A little snippet of Leeds Festival 

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Iyaaaaaa. Hope y’all good. Last Sunday I went to Leeds Fezzie so I thought I would show you some little snaps I took. Some pretty some not so pretty!! Oh my god, the mud. I’ve never seen anything like it! These pictures are definitely sugar coated. It was past my ankles at one point and me being me didn’t even put wellies on! My poor little Dr Martens are currently still in my back garden caked in mud! Anyhow, this didn’t stop us from having a good time! and how pretty do the flares look! We had a great time getting stuck in the mud, eating cheesy chips and watching our favourite bands even if it did feel like we were on a army training course at times haha! The Jack Rocks This Feeling tent was definitely the highlight of the festival and I said the same thing about it at YNOT Festival. It has new and upcoming bands playing right through the day into the night, the friendliest vibe and you can treat yourself to a cheeky JD and coke or 10 (JD honey and lemonade for me, cheers!)

S x

 

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#BEACHDAYMUSTS WITH ADORE ME

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Today I’m sharing my #beachdaymusts with @adoreme , summer is finally here (well kind of) and that means a lot of us will be taking trips to the beach! There is nothing more relaxing than chilling out on the beach but there are always risks with sunbathing, so today i’m here to show you my absolute musts and all the other fun bits and bobs I like to take to the beach.

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Sun cream – I have put this one first because it’s an absolute must have!! you should always protect your skin from the sun by applying sun cream all over the skin. The sun can cause a lot of damage and also ages your skin. I like to use Garnier Ambre Solaire because it’s a thin liquid texture that’s non greasy. There is nothing worse than trying to blend thick sun cream onto my skin and being left with white streaks.

Sun hat and glasses –  Sunglasses and sun hats protect our lovely little eyes and head from the sun so make sure you have those bad boys on! p.s sun stroke and squinty eyes is not a good look.

Water – As much as we love the sun, it dehydrates us. So making sure we have water next to us is a must have! I like to use these Beehive Drinking Jars because they stop spillage and are easy to drink from the straw.

Entertainment – Now the boring (but very important!!) stuff is out the way we can move onto the fun bits! When sunbathing I find myself getting a little bored after a while so I’ll usually pop my earphones in and listen to a playlist on Spotify or I’ll read a book to escape for a bit.

Bikini – Bikinis bikinis bikinis! I just love them! Adore Me have a huge range of different
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so no excuses to not rock that bikini girls 😉 Also a cool lil tip is wearing a bikini under your outfit so you don’t have to face that awkwardly getting changed underneath a towel malarkey. I like to wear a pair of denim shorts and a kimono.

Sandals – Sandals can add so much to fun our beach wear outfits and stop us from burning our feet on that hot sand! My advice is to buy some that are easy to just slip on and off to save hassle.

Towel – Use me to dry you or to lay down on.

Hair ties and grips –  I don’t want to spend all my time at the beach pushing my hair back from my face so hair ties are always handy. I like these Unicorn Popband Hair Ties they look really cute just worn around the wrist too!

Make up – If like me, you don’t like wearing make up when the sun is shining purely because we just melt it off and our mascara ends up half way down our face then I advise you to just wear a lipstick. A matte lipstick because we don’t want sand stuck to our lips when we see a hot guy walk past now do we? I like to use a bold red lipstick and let the lips do the talking as it gives a pop of colour to my face when I’m not wearing any make up. If you’re not wearing lippy then I advise wearing a lip balm. I notice that my lips tend to get dry when I’ve been in the sun so it’s important to keep them supa smooooooth. Another thing I like to do when sun bathing is paint my nails to match my bikini. Is that a little OCD? I dunno, maybe. I usually use Revlon 210 Retro Pink. Dry shampoo is also a must have. Dry shampoo is always useful at the beach for when my hair gets greased up with sun cream so that’s definitely worth packing! Finally, I like to bring a cleansing water to lift off any sun cream, sand and dirt that has collected on my face throughout the day (gross) I use  Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.

Camera – If you love capturing memories then it’s definitely worth it to take a camera to the beach. Polaroid camera’s are very useful because they are easy to just pop into your bag and the photos are instant which means you don’t have to wait until you get home… to recharge the camera…. then find your camera lead…. then wait for all the pictures to load on your laptop….. haha you get where I’m going!

Moisturize – And finally, moisturize. My skin likes to play up after sunbathing and usually gets dry. Using an after sun or moisturizer helps to keep the skin healthy and hydrated.

I hope you enjoyed my tips and must haves for the beach! What are your favourite #beachdaymusts ?

S x

Take a break

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WHY TAKING A BREAK IS IMPORTANT

Processed with VSCO with g3 presetTaking a break is something we should all do! whether it’s a week away or a couple of minutes of relaxation. Relaxing helps us to unwind our minds, improve our moods, improve disturbed sleep and helps us to have a clearer mind. It’s that time of the year again when exams and deadlines are taking place and the stress is real. I’m definitely feeling the stress and it’s hitting me hard for sure and for those who struggle with anxiety like me it sure as hell aint easy to be dealing with all the pressure. So TODAY I want you to take a little break from the stresses of the world and just let YOU be YOU. I’ve made a list of things that I find help me wind down and relax when I’m feeling stressed or anxious.

Spend time with pets: 

I have put this one first because its my favourite! There is nothing more therapeutic than spending time with an animal. When I’m feeling shitty I always turn to my cat for a big snuggle (depending what mood he is in, with cats being that sassy independent woman malarkey)

Listening to a guided meditation:

This is a tricky one to do, I’m still trying to get the hang of it after practicing for 2 years. You have to get into a daily routine to feel the full benefits of mindfulness/meditation and its pretty damn hard! However, listening to a few minutes of meditation is proven to make you feel a little better. If meditation isn’t for you maybe try to do some breathing exercises.

Write down 5 things that you like about yourself:

Yes, It’s difficult but you can do it. I know it’s really easy to write things down that you don’t like about yourself but take a few minutes to just think about the things you like. Whether it’s something you like about your personality or a feature on your face. DO IT.

Enjoy your own company:

This is another favourite of mine. Disconnect yourself and enjoy your own company. Read a book, go for a walk, go to a cafe or restaurant on your own, turn off your phone for a while, take a bath, take a nap, write something….. the list goes on. Spending time with yourself does not make you lonely or boring! If you can’t enjoy your own company then who will?

Excerise:

This is a really hard one for me. I never have the motivation to excerise and when I do push myself to do so, I don’t even enjoy it. But I sure do feel a lot better after it. I like to do a bit of yoga now and then because it’s not as intense and it also helps you to relax. I have been doing some sit ups every morning for the past few weeks and I can defintely see a diffierence in my stomach which makes me feel more body confident. Body confident = Happy

Watch something funny:

If your easily amused like me then this is a really easy one. After a stressful day I like to get in bed and watch some Karl Pilkington (or Cian Twomey vines) with a cup of tea. Speaking of tea, there’s many different types of tea out there that help you to relax such as camomile tea.

Listen to music:

Listen to music and dance!! shake that ass, twerk, slut drop, JUST DANCE! music is another thing I turn to when feeling meh, sometimes just sticking my earphones in and putting my Spotify on shuffle instantly makes me feel better.

Spend time with friends and family:

I know you feel like shying away from people when stressed or down, believe me I’m terrible for it. However, spending time with the people you love instantly gives you comfort. It doesn’t have to be in person, pick up the phone and call a friend or family member you havent spoken to in a while!

Treat yo’ self!

Yes! do it! buy yourself some flowers, buy a new outfit, take a hot bath or go get a facial.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…………

SMILE 🙂

Forcing a smile is proven to decrease stress. Yep, it’s true. I know a lot of us have problems with natural resting bitch faces but try smiling next time you walk past a stranger in the street! (unless you live in Manc or London, they might think you’re a nutter ha)

Starr x

The White Pepper | SS16 Launch | London

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Happy Monday strangers! Hope you all had a fab weekend. I have got myself into a lazy rut lately and I have been seriously neglecting my blog so I have decided to do a little post on my time in London last Thursday. I was delighted to be asked to take part in The White Pepper SS16 launch. I was sent some aaaaamazing pieces to model for the SS16 launch magazine (which you will see in later posts) and was also invited to the launch party in London. I’m taking you along with me to get an insight of what I did with my very limited time in London, hope you enjoy!

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6:00 am: READY! (I did wash, eat breakfast ect but i’m sure you don’t want to know every detail haha)

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6:40 am: On the coach preparing for a 5 hour journey! Not the best decision when i’m seriously travel sick but it was either £60 for the train or £20 for the coach eh? #skintstudentprobs Can you guess which book is mine?

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11:30 am: Meg finding her bearings and a few ootd snaps!

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1.00pm: Being tourists!

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4:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Met up with our lovely friend Vicky for some hot chocolate and girl chat!

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7.00pm: The White Pepper SS16 launch party! *drools over SS16 collection* lots of lovely treats, cocktails, music and fashion chit chat, cactus’s, palm trees… parrots!!

The rest is history aka we were too exhausted to take any more pictures and we had to catch our last coach home at 11:30pm!

Hope you enjoyed this little come along with me post, I shall see you on the next one!

S x

L’Oreal 6.45 Brooklyn Intense Copper Auburn

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Review time..

 

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Hello lovelies! Ok so today I am reviewing the L’Oreal 6.45 hair dye in intense copper auburn. I have been almost every hair colour under the sun but I have never tried auburn! so I wanted to try something new and plus its a really autumn/wintery colour which fits with this season!

Summer 2014 I had silver hair (I have added some pictures below) but it was a pain in the bum to maintain!! It meant lots of bleaching and toning which left my hair really brittle. I got fed up of keeping on top of it so I just let it grow out which left me with an Ombre kind of effect which I really liked for a while but I needed something to give me a new healthier and vibrant look for the colder months.

Silver mop! I do miss it! Kinda..

Now onto the box dye.. I was really nervous in trying out a new colour again because home hair dyes ALWAYS seem to end up a DISASTER! I prefer L’Oreal Preference hair box dyes to any other brand because the products seem to look and feel more professional, even the gloves! It comes with a developer cream, colourant gel, high shine elixir, gloves and a conditioner. They are not stingy on the condition either like most hair dyes!

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I followed the instruction leaflet given in the box and added all the mixtures together. It tells you to apply the mixture onto damp hair but I put it straight onto dry clean hair simply because of the faff of it all. However it didn’t effect how the colour developed on my hair. I started applying the mixture onto the ends of my hair first, as the ends of my hair were much lighter than my roots. I know, complete opposite of what I am suppose to do but who said following the rules was fun ey? no wonder my hair always end up a disaster. Then I started to apply the mixture to the rest of my hair and then to my roots. After applying all of the mixture I left the dye to develop for 30 minutes as it says on the instruction leaflet.

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oh so sexy.. I managed to not get dye on my hairline or face GENIUS!

 

This how my hair looked a few hours before buying the hair dye

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AFTER!

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Taaa Daaa!! I bloody love it. It’s not the exact same colour as the model on the box but it’s near enough! the only down side is that you can only see the gingery/auburn tones when out in the light, otherwise it just looks like a kind of mahogany brown. But I can live with that! I think the colour took well to my hair because the ends of my hair was very light and my roots were a natural mousey brown. However I wouldn’t recommended this to people with dark brown to black hair as I’m guessing the auburn tones wont take to the dark hair. The hair colour has left my hair feeling super soft and shiny which is a bonus! It’s a thumbs up from me L’Oreal!

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