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Thursday, 13 July 2017

MISSGUIDED X BARBIE | My Top Picks


The Missguided X Barbie teasers got me lusting over some of these pieces for a while now (well done Missguided). Luckily, Barbie escaped the grasps of my hands when I was a child and saved herself from terrible haircuts and pretend make out scenes as I was never really much of a Barbie collector back in the day. But this Missguided collection is such a wonderful mix of edgy vs. borderline tacky, that I had to make a few purchases of my own.

I've selected my top fave pieces from the collection that I think you could definitely pull off for the right occasion. I personally wouldn't be rockin' up in my Barbie denim cut off through town, but for day festivals and smaller city events, I'd totally get these babies out! #edgygirlleedsatheart



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Monday, 10 July 2017

£1,000 Goodies Giveaway | GIRLSMOUTH


My friend first introduced me to the group GIRLSMOUTH just over a month ago and since then,  I  honestly don't know what I used to go on Facebook for before I was part of this online community. Don't know what GIRLSMOUTH is? It's essentially an online community on Facebook, currently with 80,000+ amazing women where everything nothing is left unspoken about.

There isn't anything that isn't discussed in this group. From juicy gossip about cheating so & so's to helpful advice about what to wear on a first date to parenting tips or even just some harmless fun to kill the boredom at times - this ever growing community is where it's at!

Since seeking some amazing advice from this group, I wanted to say a little thank you and give you guys the chance to win some amazing products. So I've put together this giveaway exclusively to the members of GIRLSMOUTH!

How to Enter?

It's really easy. Simply follow my Instagram HERE & comment on any Instagram photo with the word GIRLSMOUTH πŸ’‹


Scroll down to see all the goodies up close and personal AND for T&C's πŸ’‹




Items Up For Grabs

Electricals 
Babyliss heated rollers
Magnitone Barefaced cleansing brush (inc wipeout cloth)
Remington Airplate Straighteners 

Watches
Montiere (black)
Owl (blue)
Elle Beaumont (pink)

Clinque
Take The Day Off make up remover
Take The Day Off cleansing balm
Take The Day Off Cleansing balm travel size
Rinse Off foam cleanser
Overnight mask
Cleansing cloth
Pink makeup bag
High impact mascara
Sweet pop lip colour

Lottie London
Complete eyebrow kit (medium/dark)
Shape & highlight pencil (medium/dark)
Shape & highlight pencil (light/medium)
Brow artist (medium)
Khol eyeliner (black)

Batiste
XXL Volume spray
Texturizing spray
Dry shampoo (cherry)
XXL plumping powder

Philip Kingsley
Sun Shield UV defence spray
Instant beach texturizing spray
swim cap protection treatment
After sun scalp mask
S'well bottle

Style Freedom
Super root volumise spray
Texture spray
beach body spray
shine spray

Andrew Collinge 
Invisible dry shampoo
Argan Oil Spray
Texturising balm

Elemis
Sweet orchid shower cream
Skin nourishing body cream
British botanicals body cream

Sport FX
Recovery lip balm
Cool down primer
Sport stamina mascara

Single Items

MAC Liptensity lipstick (burnt violet)
Madame instant self tan
St. Tropez gradual in shower tan
In Your Dreams festival tattoos 
Carmex lime lipbalm
Nails Inc Lonon (pale pink polish)
Phenom Polish set
Burts Bees cleansing oil
Balance Me face mask
Nair facial wax strips
Bodyshop peppermint foot rescue
Catwalk by TiGi root boost
Skin Spa bath set
Redken conditioning treatment
Bumble & Bumble texurising spray
Sanctuary body wash 


The Fine Print

-There will the THREE winners
- Each winner will be able to chose 1 electrical item & 1 watch
-The first winner will have first pick over items, second winner will have second pick etc
-Each winner will pick 3 sets each (with the Clinque set being split into two on first chosen basis)
-Winners will be able to pick 5 items from the 'singles' list.
-Winners must be part of GIRLMOUTH, following my INSTAGRAM and have commented on a picture with the word GIRLSMOUTH πŸ’‹ in order to qualify entry.
-Entrants will be put into a random generator and selected.
-The selected winners have 48 hours to respond before another person is chosen instead
-All items are new and unused, except from the electrical items that have been opened for photography purposes.
-Competition ends on 10/08/17


Good luck!



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Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Clothes Show Are Coming To Liverpool || British Style Collective || Win 4 X Tickets To The Show!



The British Style Collective Are Coming To Liverpool!

If you're a fashion obsessed junkie like myself, then you'll be so excited to know that The Clothes Show, in association with Alcatel, will be landing in Liverpool in July for a three day city wide takeover at Liverpool's most iconic landmarks! Your one ticket will give you exclusive access to the 5 amazing locations: The St. Georges Hall, Albert Dock, Liverpool One, Alcatel Fashion Arena and The Baltic Triangle.

During the three day event you will be able to see spectacular shows in the amazing St Georges Hall, shop over 300 stalls in the shopping mall giving you all the hottest new trends and enjoy the catwalks from a host of British and international online and high street brands. Not to mention there will be a ton of celebrity guests and seminar panels of which I'll be speaking at each day!

For more information on the event, or to buy tickets head over to British Style Collective site!






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Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Ultimate Fashionistas Festival Guide (On A Budget)



With plenty of festivals under my belt and the bargain hunter gene running though my veins, It's only fair to share my festival hints and tips with the rest of the world. So, if you're looking to stay fabulous on a budget this Summer, this little festival guide will be your nifty go to check list for creating that super sassy style, without breaking the bank!

ONE  

Online shop apps are a goldmine for previously owned festival buys that have most likely only ever been worn once, but are listed for sale a fraction of the price! Give the search function some abuse and you're well on your way to picking up some cool & quirky garms. Not in the market to buy? List your own festivals pre loved items from previous years & use the cash for your spends on your next festival.

APPS TO TRY

TWO

Take advantage of that online prices are cheaper and often have deal! Glitter, bindis & colourful wigs are a festival must! I've put together some of my favourite offers below:

Colourful Wigs / £3.59
Glitter / £1.75 each + buy 3 get 3 free
Festival Hair Rings / £3.70 for 10
Bindi bumper pack / £3.65


THREE

If you’re a blogger, it's definitely worth asking companies who you work closely with if they're looking for festival collaborations or discount codes. Taking advantage of all the festival weird and wonderful sights, definitely makes for great content. Win win!


FOUR

Plan your outfits in advance! This might sound like a no brainer, but if you're trying stretched for cash, creating a mini capsule wardrobe can be the answer to all your problems. Make a list of the vital items and mix and match your way through each day! Outfit repeating? No one will ever know!

Key festival clothing:



FIVE

Feeding yourself at a festival can be quite expensive! I usually take half my food amount in the form of instant noodles and let myself enjoy the rest of my meals from tasty food venders once we've ventured out the tent. Definitely look for food and drink offers on around the festival or even before you go! Promotions are always going on around the place and you can often bag yourself a good deal if you can be bothered to find them!

SIX

Every year I purchase a couple a couple of concentrate cordial pocket size bottles to take with me. These have been a life saver when for when water just doesn't qunech that thirt. My friends often use them as a mixer for their drinks to save them from carrying heavy bottles of cola/lemonade into the festival!


SEVEN 

Don’t buy expensive rain macs. More often than not, most aren't waterproof (I've learnt from past experience) and they become really annoying to carry round once the rain disappears or you're dancing away in a tent. You can pick up some disposable ponchos for around £2.50 for a pack of 5. Bargain!


EIGHT

Go over your daily routine in your head when you're packing and imagine yourself going through the process of each item/product you use. This can be your mental check list to make sure you've got everything! 

Festival Check List for common forgotten items:

Festival ticket
Id card/passport
coach/train ticket or parking pass
Tent
Wellies
Extra pegs for the tent
sleeping bag
Sleeping mask
Earplugs
Hairbrush
Toilet roll
Water bottle
Portable charger
Flashlight
Batteries
Bin bags
Plastic cups
Deck of cards
Portable music speaker


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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

How To Build Your Blogging Confidence


Confidence. To be a blogger, all round confidence levels have got to be quite high and the amount of confidence that portrays through your posts and online social presence can be pretty important to a certain extent. For starters, you're essentially putting yourself out there online for the world to see.. and for some bloggers (this applies to anyone using social media really). But, what happens when you shy away and let the fear of others judging you get in the way of potentially creating amazing content? I've put this post together to let you know how I got my confidence levels to go from 1 - 100 by hearing a couple of sentences that really hit home.

When I first started blogging, my Mum was my photographer (you can find my 2010 images HERE). We took my images out in the garden & anyone that walked past would without a doubt look over to be nosey. This sent me into a state of panic and I'd stand there, shy, confidence levels at plummeting to zero, waiting for them to pass by.

"So, what? Who cares what they think?" - The most overused confidence boost phrase, ever!

There's nothing quite like cat calling and men hanging out the doors of  a pub shouting 'Wheeeey, are you a model or something?' to boost your confidence, is there? This is what you get when you choose to shoot in the Northern Quarter on a busy Saturday afternoon. I mean, cat calling and comments from half pissed men ain't the nicest on a normal note.. But when you're trying to look fierce AF working those Public Desire boots for the blog, it just ain't gonna happen is it? Well, at least not when you're getting asked to pose for a selfie with the guy that's ventured out from the pub (yes, true story. Gross, I know).

It was these experiences from the gen pop that halted my progress as a blogger. Yes, my images had improved from the flower bed & grass backdrop that were once my signature.. But, I decided to start searching for more remote locations. Roof tops, under bridges, side streets.. you name it! Locations with minimal people, meant minimal comments. But, my images became just like my locations... Minimal!

I like to reflect on which direction my blog is going in and by doing so, I often become unhappy with my posts or imagery. Natural, of course.. Who doesn't love improvement? Inspiration is key and I often look to other influencers who can inspire me when I'm shooting with my photographer Raych. This then mainly consists of her lying on the floor for half the shoot, trying to get that 'blogger shot' (Sorry Raych). But, inspiration alone wasn't enough for me to conquer my fear of people staring at me on the street .. I needed to find out how these vloggers deal with the stares and the comments day after day! So, with that in mind, I decided to reach out to one of my favourite daily vloggers and asked for some advice:

'Someone looking at you, is never ever going to have a negative effect on your life! The only negative effect it will have, will be that it will hold you back from what you're trying achieve. People are curious, of course they're going to stare.. But think about the times you look at someone doing something on the street.. It's just curiosity, never judgement. & If it is judgement, you'll never see that person ever again anyway.'


This personally, hit me like a ton of bricks! Why should I shy away and stop what I'm doing because of someone else's curiosity. I know for one that whenever I look over at someone, it is simply that.! Just to look.. You know, because I am a little nosey! And for me to get so worked up and bothered about it, is quite frankly...silly! For years I've let it effect me, effect my blog! It's amazing just how much one sentence can completely change your outlook on things. It's crazy how blogging has helped me develop my style, individuality and now my confidence! I apply this mentality to all aspects of my life and I am without a doubt very comfortable in my own skin because of it. 

Never let anyone else's thoughts/stares/comments effect you! You do you giiiiiirl (or boy) 😝


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Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Power of a Positive Mind


Isn't it funny how some of the most clichΓ© and overused phrases can turn out to be the ultimate guide and answer to everyday life situations?

'Everything happens for a reason'
'Only time can heal'
'Stay positive and good things will happen'

The latter being my favourite cheesy quote that I'm living by right now. The reason being, is that I allowed the thought of having a more positive attitude resonate in my head. I 100% believe in the power of positivity so, I gave it time to sink in and reflected a little on how I could apply it to my day to day lifestyle and mindset going forward.

The other day, the perfect opportunity came along to put my new positive mindset to the test. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that my car battery went flat, making me miss an event with Missguided. An event that I had been looking forward to for weeks and I was pretty bummed out that I was missing it! At first, the frustration and annoyance about the situation kicked in. The usual thoughts of wishing the situation had happened at a more convenient time were in full swing and I was in desperate hope that a passer by would be my knight and shining armour! These thoughts are completely normal and without a doubt, 9 out of 10 people will most likely think this too! Especially if you're missing something super important!

It wasn't until I sat back in my car (waiting patiently for the AA), that I stopped my train of thought and began trying to spin a not so ideal situation into a positive one. The main thing I needed to remind myself of was that this was a situation that I had zero control over. There was nothing I could have done to prevent it and I certainly couldn't hurry the whole process along so I could make it in time for my event. But what I could control, was my attitude towards it.

What was I really moaning about in the first place anyway? For starters, I'm pretty thankful that I have a car at all anyway, because I wouldn't be able to do half the things I'm able to do now without it! Secondly, I wasn't in any danger or hurt and the situation could have been much worse! So I sat there and thought about it all... If I just accept that situations like this are inevitable, I'd use a lot less time and effort complaining than I would just accepting it and moving on.

In that instance, my phone bleeped and I got a notification saying that the ETA for the AA had reduced by 45 minutes. Now the universe may not work that quickly in the realm of positive vibes, but  damn what a great time for a coincidence to happen?

Now I may have missed an amazing event that evening, but I definitely had a little life lesson taught to me instead. Everything happens for a reason, ey? :)

Women's Trainers c/o JD Women

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

3 X The Powder Blue | Boohoo


Wedding season is fast approaching & the frantic online shopping to find the perfect outfit that strikes the balance of both style and the superpower to hide the food baby post 3 course meal (including the extra slice of wedding cake that wasn't necessary but just *had* to happen), can be a real nightmare! It can be tricky to find the outfit that ticks all the boxes, and for the first time EVER.. I'm heading to my first ever English wedding later this month so I've been on the lookout for the past couple of months to find my perfect 'fit.

I find myself choosing comfort over style more & more recently and with the sun finally making an appearance, worrying about a jacket to compliment the outfit to keep warm isn't at the forefront of outfit planning *hurray* (does a jacket without sleeves count?).

I remember watching a music video from the 90's where the set was completely powder blue & I've had a little bit of a love for this colour ever since. So when I lapped eyes on this set, along with the fact that it's the ultimate co-ord (a tad obsessed with these at the moment), I knew it was the outfit for me! Bandue top to hide my no boobs - check! Culotte trousers - CHECK! Colour of dreams - DOUBLE CHECK!

It's an outfit that's worthy of multiple wears and will not be thrown in the back of my wardrobe until clear out happens, and so I'd definitely dress this down for day to day to get the most out of this outfit. I'd team it with my Stan Smiths and a pink faux fur bomber for those chilly British evenings.

Stuck for something to wear this wedding season? Check out Boohoo's occasion wear collection 


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

My Laser Hair Removal Consultation | DestinationSkin Manchester


Hair. Besides the hair on your head, talking about hair anywhere else on the body that is not on your head isn't the most attractive of conversations. In fact, in some respects (or most of mine), it can be a pretty embarrassing situation just talking about hair elsewhere on my body, never mind people actually noticing that I'm not a fair haired Goddess (oh the dream) and what's EVEN worse is when someone is actually thoughtless enough to point out and comment on an insecurity because THEY think it's odd and they want to point it out to you like you never noticed it yourself before. Being from an Asian background, body hair was a common trait. I knew that... But society didn't!

I wanted to write this post and tell people the struggle of growing up & having to battle with the constant removal of hair. I remember being much younger and googleing 'Why am I so hairy compared to my friends' & I must have gotten 1,000 hits talking about guys & their body hair. No mention of women at all! It was virtually impossible to find an answer that would put my mind at ease. Of course, now being older... I know that it really just is down to genes & there actually isn't anything wrong with me!

Hair. It's a wonderful curse. Big brows & long luscious waist length hair can be the envy for some, but stubble ridden legs & oh so noticeable peach fuzz has been the bane of my life since I was about 10 years old.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Magnitone Wipeout! Cleansing Cloth Review & Competition


Over the last 6 months I've taken much more of an interest in looking after my skin and putting together a skincare routine that didn't solely consist of soap & water (so so bad, I know!). Turning 25 was life's little kick up the ass for me to start taking better care of myself and since then I've out together a nice little routine tried and tested products. Before I got my act together, I only ever cleansed my skin when using my Barefaced. A little moisturiser here & there, but no toner or serums in sight!

The Magnitone Barefaced cleansing brush, however, has been in my life for well over a year now and it was probably this product that was my introduction into the realm of beauty. Although it was a slow start, I finally got there in 2017! You can read my full review & results for the Barefaced HERE

After having such good results with the Barefaced cleansing brush, I was really keen to try out the Magnitone Wipeout cleansing cloth & was really lucky to have been sent one to review. I'm all for adding things into my little cleansing routine now, so putting this to the test was exciting! I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first as the Wipeout claims to only need water to remove ALL make up (yup, even the oil based stuff) & a cleanser isn't needed in the slightest!

 I wanted to put the cloth to the ultimate test, so I piled on some knowingly stubborn to remove make up; a thick winged liner and red lip combo should do it! I dunked it in some water, gave it a little wring out & went in for the kill with, tackling the lippy first! My initial thought was that a huge red smear would appear across my mouth. But it didn't! Not going to lie, I was a little disappointed when this didn't happen... I wanted to use that image for the thumbnail on my video haha! I then went for the brows and the eyeliner & it literally wiped off with such ease! No Panda eyes! The cloth itself is super soft and you don't need to rub hard at all, making it perfect for sensitive skin! 

Things to know

Only needs water
No cleanser needed
Machine washable
Double sided
Eco friendly
Reusable up to 1000 times
Smudgeproof


You can watch the video below to see me use the Wipeout cloth for the very first time (honestly, I didn't try it out beforehand) and let me know what you think!




*****COMPETITION *****
WIN THE MAGNITONE BAREFACED CLEANSING BRUSH AND WIPEOUT CLEANSING CLOTH FOR YOU AND A FRIEND!


Good luck x




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Monday, 10 April 2017

Frayed Up & Frayed Out | New Look


We all have our favourite wardrobe staples that are our go to key pieces day in & day out. Those  perfect items of clothes that we can slip on & instantly feel comfortable in -  they never let us down! But more often than not, I'm always hearing someone talk about how uncomfortable they feel when a new situation arises & you're forced to move away from your comfort zone because your regular trusty garms just won't make the cut? I've teamed up with New Look to create two very different looks around one comfy pair of distressed denim jeans (a women's best friend).


If relaxed, laid back looks are your thing, then stepping out the house each day in an outfit like this  on above will be pretty relatable. I don't think a day goes by when I'm not longing to be in my trainers and high waisted jeans if I'm not already in them. I always like to leave the house looking like I've made a little effort, even in a casual day to day outfit like this (is this just a blogger thing, let me know?). The ruffles on this cute white basic tee definitely add a touch of Spring to the outfit & you can never  go wrong with a basic white tee.

But what happens when your basic tee & denim combo isn't enough?

The best styling tip I could give to someone would be to take an item of clothing you feel the most comfortable in & to play around with the other elements in the outfit to change up the feel of the outfit. For a touch of chic I took my own advice and ran with it! It's hard to replace jeans because lets face it, they're the sh*t and they're even harder to replace if its the one type of clothing that you feel the most comfortable in - so instead I switched my kicks for some sassy pink stilettos and added a statement jacket along with my trusty ol' fedora & I instantly felt like a glam lil chica.

The casual base of my outfit remained the same, making this the the perfect day to night outfit. Fitting for those after work drinks that will be a regular thing now that the sun is making an appearance again! 


New Look have some amazing distressed denim jeans in rn, so I've complied just a few of my faves for you! Just click on your fave pair & let the internet do the rest!



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