All posts tagged: Featured

The Cleansing Step You’re Missing

Not only do we have scrub our entire body so we feel as silky as an Hermes scarf, we should also be exfoliating our scalp?! I put the new IGK Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub, £31 to the test to see if we should all be adding this extra step to our cleansing routine. My initial thoughts on this were not great – I wasn’t keen on the scent and I really struggled to get into my scalp with the product to actually give it a scrub. Instead, my hair felt clogged and I couldn’t wait to wash it off. Luckily, I felt full of second chances and gave it another go. I’m still not a fan of the scent however, I do like the cooling effect it gives. I slathered the paste down my parting and thoroughly massaged it into my scalp before going all over my hair with it and since I hadn’t washed my hair in 4 days, it really needed it. Post wash, I went in with my Noughty Blondie Locks Conditioner …

Givenchy Hydra Collection

The new hydrating hits from Givenchy got me deviating from my usual skincare routine to try the bubbly Hydra Sparkling Lotion, £33 and Hydra Sparkling Serum, £55 to see if my skin cravings could be quenched. I can’t lie, my favourite aspect of this collection is the packaging with the infused bubbles but even on my sensitive skin, this hydrating pair worked a treat. Both have a lightweight formula that glides onto the skin leaving a refreshing sensation. The gel texture of both is something I didn’t expect to be keen on however, I really like it! This texture is perfect for the warmer months as it is so refreshing on the skin. The lotion is thin and silky but it is perfumed which is an aspect I really  dislike in skincare. It leaves my skin so smooth and moisturised though and makeup sits well on top. Again, the Serum is perfumed and has the gel consistency. Layered over the lotion, my skin is cooled and as a result, feels plump and hydrated. My face visibly …

GLD

It’s day 3 post hair wash and I’m swiping on layers of Rodin lipstick in the hopes that no one will notice. I curl my eye lashes up to the sky and begin to coat them with Glossier Lash Slick, £14 for the first time – within moments I can tell it’s going to be my greatest lash day ever. When it comes to getting ready in the morning, I can usually tell fairly early on whether it’s going to be a good hair day or whether my makeup is going to be on point but rarely do I even consider my lashes… They’re short and lifeless and even with a curl and lashings of mascara, they still disappoint. Glossier Lash Slick is a mascara I never knew I wanted. It enhances my own lashes and gives me flexible length, separation and flutter with absolute ease and yet they just look like I’m having a good lash day. Housed in the predictably pink packaging and delivered in the handy glossier pouch, this mascara looks wonderful both …

Ready For This Jelly

When it comes to my caring for my skin, I’m finding my 6-step skincare routine isn’t cutting it. Just like a hot bubble bath at the end of a long day, my face also needs to de-stress and so the Kiehls Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydrating Masque, £44 has become my bi-weekly nightcap. Twice a week, after a pre and double cleanse, I slather the yellow jelly all over my face and neck and I try to make a real effort to r e l a x. It feels lightweight on the skin and I find the cooling effect seriously refreshing, especially after the humid heat we’re feeling at the moment. Face masks have previously been sectioned into two categories in my mind – 1. A sloppy green paste housed in a sachet, the kind you’d buy from Superdrug for a £1 and resembles a Herbal Essences ad or 2. A drying charcoal masque which sucks the impurities and life out of your skin. Obviously, I’m now more informed and aware of the huge variety …

Boldly Bare

Who says you have to go all out to be knockout? From sheer foundations to beautifully enhanced brows and soft balmy lips, take your makeup bare to feel bold this summer. The standout trend from S/S18 was to bare it all and I am so here for it! From flawless filtered Charlotte Tilbury skin to Glossier ‘I just woke up like this‘ vibes, I am ready to go sheer and glossy in the hopes that I too, will look somewhat like Gigi Hadid. Boy Brow recently changed my life, framed my face and ensured I would receive kudos from commuters. Stroked upwards, my brows appear bushy and ready for anything – What more do I need? Thanks Glossier. Dior Lip Glow has been rolling around in the bottom of my handbag for years but now my cult favourite is available in 9 hydrating shades. When I’m not swiping on 001, I’m rubbing Lanolips Lemonade into my chapped pout as it’s the perfect primer to prep for lipstick. I’m in a casual relationship with the IT …

Blahnik

“Hi. It’s Carrie Bradshaw. I wanted to let you know that I’m getting married. To myself. I’m registered at Manolo Blahnik. So thanks. Bye.”  

My Beauty Secrets

It was August 2014 when I bought my very first jar of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. A pop-up counter had just arrived in Selfridges Manchester and I was absolutely desperate to try the mystical potion of wonder for myself. 3 years on and countless different creams later, I find myself right back where I started – infatuated with Magic Cream. From Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré to Clarins HydraQuench and Kiehls Ultra Face Cream, nothing compares to CT MC, despite all my eager efforts. My secret to beautiful skin is a thorough skincare routine; this sumptuous crème has a light and illuminating formula like no other and instantly hydrates my lacklustre complexion. Magic Cream exudes a decadent rose aroma that is delicately feminine and as the glamorous jar resides on my vanity, I can’t help but think that this cream will always be worth its mighty £70 price tag. As I discussed here, I love using cream products especially in the summer because they create such a radiant and skin-like finish. Thus, when I spied the Nars Orgasm …

Fun and Fearless

It was July 2011, I was 16 and Rihanna was the only girl in the world finding love in a hopeless place. I had just bought my first Cosmopolitan magazine and if I remember correctly, neon tribal patterns were rife in River Island. In the editor’s letter of August 2011, Louise Court wrote that ‘Cosmo’s mantra is all about helping women get the most out of life’ – between that and noticing FOR FUN FEARLESS FEMALES printed along the magazine spine, I was hooked and consequently added a new issue to my shelf every month. Whether it be beauty, style or career advice, the Cosmopolitan empire has me covered and lately I’ve been turning to cosmopolitan.co.uk for some late night reading –  check this out by the way, Laura Capon always makes me LOL! To this day, the editor’s letter is still the page I look forward to reading as it always inspires me and this month is no exception. The August 2017 issue is such a good read and this time, Farrah Storr details her own …

Midnight in Florence

Giggling, I swayed down the cobbled path clutching onto the corner of my purple pleated skirt as we meandered down the dreamy streets of Florence. It was about 12.05am and the Duomo was in sight; with each swinging stride, my gold Gucci shoes twinkled in the Italian moonlight. A few hours previous we happened upon an angelic bistro where we ate steak and drank lashing of red wine over candlelight – my first ever glass in fact. We only arrived in Florence that morning and between a visit to the Gucci Museo and the most delightful scoop of chocolate mousse gelato, I was utterly entranced. As we ran around the Tuscan capital, I eagerly photographed the views and then we arrived at the Duomo… In absolute awe, I FaceTimed my family because I just had to show them what I was looking at in that very moment. Fortunately, just 3 days after my return my Mum booked a family trip to Florence and so I don’t have to wait too long to be reunited with chocolate …

A Guide to Networking

I know the prospect of networking can sometimes make us (ok, me) sweat nervously on our upper lip however, the saying is true… It really is all about who you know. As intimidating as it might be, putting yourself out there and meeting new people is a brave move we should all be making. Perhaps you’re just starting out fresh from University like myself or maybe you’re thinking about switching careers or perhaps you want to expand your business; learning to navigate a networking event will help to reduce the SULA and ultimately increase career confidence. We need to push out of our comfort zones and get used to feeling uncomfortable because that is when the good stuff will start to happen! From attending the Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit, I have pages of notes all about the art of networking and so I thought I would share the key takeaways: 1. Don’t be afraid It’s totally okay to attend a networking event alone! Introduce yourself and find some common ground, the first few minutes are …