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Beauty | Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream

Sunday, 28 February 2016
Remember 'back in the day' when bloggers used to refer to favourites as their 'HG' products? Well, for me, Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream* totally qualifies for that holy grail status. I'd actually been looking for a new moisturiser for a while when this little surprise came through my door at the start of January. My checklist at the time had a few things on it - I needed a moisturiser that I could apply under my make-up, that would keep my skin hydrated but not shiny or greasy. I also wanted one that I could wear at night too because well .. less products, less hassle. Kiehls must have read my mind because this little tub of perfection ticked all those boxes. 

Then created new and better boxes and ticked those too. 

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After using this on the first night, I noticed my skin was super smooth in the morning. On a scale of 1 to baby's bum, it was scoring very highly but I didn't want to get my hopes up just yet. Whether or not it kept it's performance up under make-up was the main thing. I'm using Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation just now - a notoriously hard to blend foundation that, I find, always needs a good moisturiser underneath it. Once I applied this cream with the foundation on top and blended, I knew it was a winner. It gave a lovely dewy finish, kept my skin hydrated and silky soft all day. 

Over the next few weeks, I noticed that my overall skin tone was improved too. I've had a look at the packaging and don't see anywhere that this is something it claims to do, but it might be a result of my skin being so well hydrated. Whatever the cause is, my darker patches have evened out and my skin just looks so much better.

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You can buy this in a 50ml tub for £24.00 or, like the one above, a 125ml for £43.50. It's definitely on the higher end of the price scale, but I've been using the larger tub twice a day since early January and it's not even a third of the way down - a little goes a long way with this cream and that really makes a difference when you're considering whether it's worthwhile splashing out. 

Have you tried this face cream or any Kiehls products before?

*product was sent to me for review. all opinions my own, as always.

HOME | Bedroom Tour

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
I was watching my house tour vlogs recently and I honestly can't believe how much this place has changed in less than a year. When we first got the house, we stripped it back to an empty shell (see how it was here), progressed to a blank canvas (see that here) and have spent the last six months putting our own stamp on it and making it feel homely. It's taking longer than I thought it would, don't get me wrong, but I'm loving every minute of decorating. We've been working on the bedroom for the last few months, so I thought it was time to give you a little tour to show you what's been done. I'm going to link everything that's still available too.

Grey and white bedroom

So I'm a huge fan of the minimal neutral style, and I've pretty much kept a theme of white, grey and wood all through my house. All of our walls are white, but for the bedroom I wanted some 'colour' (neutral of course) on the walls to make it as cosy as possible. We went for Dulux 'Polished pebble' on the walls which is a lovely soft grey - it's beautiful and exactly was looking for. I love the subtle contrast of white furniture against grey walls, so we went for two 'malm' bedside tables and this gorgeous white wooden bed with drawers underneath. We also have the double set of malm drawers at the end of the bed, with our tv above it. With all of those drawers and the double wardrobe, this little room has an abundance of storage!

Grey walls white furnitureFor our bedside tables, I picked two of these simple white table lamps from ikea. In a minimal room, I think it's important to still have texture throughout and I loved the woven style of these lampshades. I picked up the small marble plate (below) from H&M (yep, that one that everyone seemed to buy at same time) to store my jewellery when I go to bed, and sit it next to my dream dictionary (perfect decorative bedside book!), a candle and some artificial plants from ikea - I love some stacked books on a bedside table, it's almost like organised, neat 'clutter'. On the other side, I have this gorgeous grey heart photo frame which we got as a house warming gift - I still haven't put my own photo in it. Oh well, this random baby is cute so who's complaining.

Grey walls white furniture

I went for plain white bedding as I actually prefer it when the focus is on the cushions and throws instead. This huge mongolian fur cushion is from Matalan and it's an absolute dream. The back of it is a super soft suede-like material, and I loved it so much that I bought two more for my living room. The two grey velour cushions on either side and the heart embroidered cushion in the middle are all from Next - they're the perfect shade for this room. For the end of the bed, I bought a large throw in the same stone shade as the fur cushion, and to break up the colour a bit, I layered a smaller chevron fringed throw over the top. I wish I could link it, but it's from TK Maxx so it might as well be one of a kind.

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minimal scandi white bedroom

This shelf is my favourite part of the room. As a Pinterest addict, I can't say I came up with the idea myself but I knew it would be perfect to add something interesting above the bed. To keep with the style of the room, I went for simple prints from Etsy in monochrome or neutral colours and put them in a mix of white, wooden and grey frames. The wooden frame ties in with the flooring and the frame of the mirrored wardrobes which, oddly enough, I didn't like when we first saw this room. Now I love them! I think I'm going to do a separate post for tips on how to make your own picture shelf like this, as I have tons of advice from my own experiences and mistakes with it. Now that's it all finished though, I'm over the moon with it and I think it totally makes the room. 

Dulux polished pebble swatch on walls

I hope you've enjoyed this post. I'm calling this bedroom 'finished' for now, but let's face it, I know I'll still make changes and add in some extras now and again. You'll see any bedroom (or any other homeware) updates on my instagram so make sure you're following.

Here's my video tour of the room ... 

FASHION | Mini Clothes Haul

Tuesday, 2 February 2016
First things first, what do you think of the new layout? It was a bit of a last minute decision - I feel like I've turned a corner with my blog recently and I'm finally getting out of the blog slump of the last few months so it just seemed right to do a little blog makeover as well. I absolutely love this template - it's simple, neutral and I love that I can categorise my posts to make it easier to get around (have a wee look at the top bar!). Now onto the good stuff - the shopping. I'm forever putting things aside to do a 'big haul' then forgetting about them completely, so today I was looking at my shopping bags and thought do you know what? It's better to do a mini haul, than no haul at all. So here's some things I picked up last week... 

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Zara | Now it might be early February, but these boots are looking to be a strong contender for best sale purchase of the year! When I first spotted these maroon, croc print ankle boot beautys on the sale shelf, I assumed they'd be reduced to like £90 and in a size 12 or something .. but low and behold, they were in my size and they were only £19.99. Can you actually believe that? The quality of these is unreal and I know they'll last for years. I can't stop staring at them! I also picked up this gorgeous berry/maroon coloured blanket scarf because 1) it's my favourite colour ever 2) I love being able to wear a blanket in public and 3) it was reduced to £5.99!

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Zara | My main reason for going into town was actually to try and pick up some things for wearing to work. And I literally just yawned when writing that and that's exactly how I feel about buying office-y clothes. But since I spend a lot of my time in work, I know I should be making more of an effort to buy nice clothes. I don't know about you, but my mood is 10x better when I like my outfit and who doesn't need that kind of feeling on a Monday morning? Anyway, I feel sorry for this top right now cos this picture totally isn't doing it any justice! It look's mahoosive but, believe me, it's actually a lovely shape when it's on - have a look here at it on the zara model. It's loose fitting with a nice structure around the shoulders and I think it'll look good with a pair of skinny trousers. My next task is to find a pair without big pockets on the side! 

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Primark |  I picked up three of these little jumpers for £8 each and honestly, these are so super soft that I wouldn't be surprised to find them in Topshop for much more. You really can't beat Primark for basics. These were bought with workwear in mind, but I know I'll be able to wear these at the weekends too. They're the perfect shape for tucking into high waisted skirts or wearing under pinafore dresses. I actually think I'm wearing one of these for an outfit post this weekend so watch out for it! 


So what do you think? What have you been shopping for recently? 

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