Current Skincare Favourites // Autumn 2015

current skincare faves I won’t lie to you: the idea for this blog post came from the fact that I seemed to be using a lot of products with cute pink packaging and I just thought they looked pretty together…

However, this is simply coincidence because these products have genuinely been the ones I have been reaching for the most recently, so I thought I’d give you the low-down on what’s new in my skincare routine and why I love each product!

mask of magnamintyOne thing that I’ve been totally converted to within the past couple of years has been Micellar Water. Whilst at one point I used makeup wipes on a daily basis, I now only whack one out if I’m away from home (ain’t nobody got time for a full sized face wash when trying to pack light) or if I’m feeling extremely lazy/drunk after a night out (just being honest ladies and gents). If I do use one I seriously notice the difference in how much makeup they remove (or rather, don’t remove!) so a Micellar Water is 100% the way forward in my eyes. I don’t really have a preference between brands because as long as it gets rid of makeup it’s a winner in my opinion, but lately I’ve been loving this one from Garnier. I started off with the smaller bottle which I seemed to use up in no time and have now upgraded to this big boy which I feel is much better value for money as it seems to last a lot longer. ultimelt cleanser 2If I feel like Micellar water is a bit of a chore (sometimes I’m still there 3 cotton wool pads later #smokyeyeprobs) then I love using the Ultimelt Hot Cloth Cleanser from Soap&Glory. It’s so easy to use; you literally just put a splodge on your face and rub all over – including your eyes which feels so wrong (but so right) – and then wipe it all away with a cloth soaked in hot water. The cloth comes with it which is a bonus and it’s just such a fuss free way of getting your face feeling super clean and lovely! peaches and clean 2If I’m pushing the boat out a bit (see ya later boat) then I’ll follow up whichever makeup removal option I chose with a wash off cleanser. At the moment my favourite is Peaches and Clean, again by Soap&Glory. I find this smells quite overpowering in the bottle but when applied to the face smells delicious. It’s fruity without being too summery so I’ve been selecting this over my grapefruit neutrogena one for the colder months. I love to use my Magnitone electronic cleansing brush with this – usually on the lower setting as it’s not an exfoliating wash – and the two work wonders together. My skin feels funky fresh and revitalised. The only con? Snoop Dogg stuck in my head for days.mask of magnaminty lush If I’m using this last product, the boat has well and truly disappeared and shizz’s getting real. Mask of Magnaminty from Lush is the absolute one when it comes to a face mask that actually benefits your skin. Not only does it smell amazingly of peppermint meaning it leaves you feeling super refreshed – it actually really helps with spots and blemishes so can be used just on problematic areas of your skin if you don’t fancy a full on pamper! Definitely one worth checking out as I’ll definitely be repurchasing once I’ve run out.

So there we have it. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at what my skincare routine is currently looking like! It changes constantly and I use different products depending on my mood, how much makeup I’m wearing etc etc so don’t be alarmed if I start raving about something else within a few days haha. I just felt that these products had been used so much recently they deserved a little mention.

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at what my skincare routine is currently looking like! It changes constantly and I use different products depending on my mood, how much makeup I’m wearing etc etc so don’t be alarmed if I start raving about something else within a few days haha. I just felt that these products had been used so much recently they deserved a little mention.

Let me know in the comments below which skincare products you’ve been enjoying lately and I’ll speak to you again soon!

Love Izzy xxx

My Autumn Essentials // 2015

autumn essentials 4If you follow me on any form of social media, I am sure you’ll be fully aware of my love for autumn by now. This time of year is my absolute favourite.

Whilst summer is lovely in terms of birthdays, holidays and cute pom pom shorts, by the time August draws to a close I begin to crave cosy nights in and have to try very hard to refrain from cracking out the candles.

In my book, autumn started long ago and I’ve been patiently waiting for everyone else to accept that Christmas is just around the corner. However now that the general public seem to have adjusted to the new season (chop chop please people) and the shops have started to display Christmas decor in every form, I can finally unleash the excitement and oh boy it feels good.

So today I thought I’d share with you a few of the things that are making life that tiny bit nicer as I try to weave my way through the year. After all; “it’s the little things that make life wonderful.”heritage pumpkinFirst up: candles, candles, candles! The satisfaction and joy these babies bring me is actually a little worrying at times. I just find it so cosy and relaxing when there’s a beautifully scented candle flickering away at my side as I type, write or read (or sit next to my lush basket smelling every product for the 3284th time) and there’s such a range these days it’s hard not to find one you fall in love with. A current favourite of mine is the Halloween Heritage Pumpkin 2-wicked candle which is getting dangerously close to it’s last days (would it acceptable to buy a halloween candle in November!?) I have been burning this non-stop for the past month or two and it’s such a lovely one. far from madding crowdrimmel 107No Autumn-inspired blog post would be complete without a berry lipstick so of course I’ve included my favourite A/W shade which is Rimmel’s 107. This is such a popular shade and I can totally understand why. It suits a lot of skin tones but looks especially great on pale skin which is why I love it for the colder months – when I’ve forgotten what the word ‘tan’ even means.

For the nails, a dark shade is also very complimentary for this time of year. The one I chose to photograph is Barry M’s ‘Crush’. It’s a matte shade which I’m still a little unsure about, but I love the colour of this and, for me, Barry M are definitely a ‘go-to’ brand for nails – so affordable and such a great range of shades, including a tonne of darks for Autumn!

I’m not a massive perfume fanatic, however a scent that I adore this season is ‘Under My Spell, Noelle’ by Benefit. It’s got a really christmassy kick to it and, whilst it’s very hard to describe, it smells incredible and I’ll definitely be using this a lot over the next few months. vaselineOf course, cosy scarves are a must-have for British winter, however I’m reluctant to get mine out just yet (I won’t feel the benefit of it come December you see) so instead I tend to opt for my tartan scarf if I want a little extra layer. It can easily double up as a blanket (meaning I just win at life really) and is much more lightweight and autumnal in my opinion.

Cosy socks are another essential for this time of year. These navy Hollister ones look super cute with skirts and dresses  – the only issue I have is what shoes do you wear with these!? I did brave it and wear them out with lace up boots the other week and whilst my feet therefore looked a little odd, my legs were very cosy indeed and it made a nice alternative to tights!MOMMThere’s no doubt that Autumn is the perfect time for pampering yourself and of course no pamper session is complete without a face mask. My favourite is ‘Mask of Magnaminty’ by Lush. It’s peppermint scented so is very refreshing and really does wonders for the skin.

I also love love love having baths during Autumn and popping into Lush is becoming a weekly (possibly daily?) occurrence at the moment. Seeing as my Oxford Street supply has dwindled rather drastically, I’ve started to gather up as many christmas lush products as I can justify (lush haul = my excuse for every purchase) and I bloomin’ love it! mask of magnamintyOn the more practical side, a lip balm is always handy during the transition of seasons. If you’re an avid reader of mine you’ll know that Carmex is my one and only BUT the cocoa butter vaseline just looked so much nicer in the photo OKAY!? (pls don’t judge). On another note though, look how beautifully fresh that Vaseline is!!

Last but definitely not least, no cosy evening in is complete without a string of fairylights (or in my case, 4). I have these dotted around my bed, mirror, bookshelf and window and it totally warms the place up, making my bedroom look really pretty and welcoming. Basically; fairy lights + candles = ultimate bedroom aesthetic.

Let me know what little things you’ve been loving lately in the comments and make sure you’re following via bloglovin’, wordpress or email (all in the sidebar or below if you’re on a phone/tablet) if you’d like more autumn filled blog posts to float your way!

I hope you’re having a lovely day,

Love Izzy xxx

The Ambiguous Project // #2

A while ago I decided to start this new blog series that I promised to commit to… I’m sure most of you have forgotten it even existed it’s been so long, but today I am back with part two of the dramatically named ‘Ambiguous Project’.

If you don’t know what I’m on about, click HERE to read the first instalment!title pageI promise over the space of a month I have done much more than what I will be sharing today, but I didn’t want to go overboard with too many images and thought I would instead show you what I got up to in the first two week phase of the project.

Everything has to start somewhere and in the case of this sketchbook I went for a simple title page that clearly states what my theme is and gives a little taste of the colour scheme and general style of my future work. I originally titled my project ‘Fashion Photography’ but apparently this is not quite “academic” enough and, whilst still acceptable to study, I was advised to change it to a rather long-winded alternative. It’s now “Design, Shape and Human Form” as I wanted to focus on a mixture of portraiture, interiors and still life. It was rather irritating when I had to go over the ‘fashion’ part of the title hence the rushed and messy typography there!IMG_5700In order to explore what I really wanted to study I created a mind-map which allowed me to run wild with thoughts and ideas and jot them down as soon as they entered my head. I find this super useful to look back on when I become a little stuck half way through the year and realise I don’t have a clue what I’m doing. Sometimes looking back at your original ideas can be just as inspiring as thinking up new ones. mood board After the mind map comes one of my favourite parts; the mood board. I assembled a range of printed pictures mainly found on Pinterest alongside cuttings from magazines displaying stunning interiors and bold headlines to give the pages an editorial feel. Neat was not the look I was going for when I arranged the layout for these pages. I wanted it to seem as though I had simply strewn a load of photos out in front of me and allow the inspiration come from there. Again, I find this extremely helpful to look back on in times of need. mood board 2

As you can see, at the moment I have opted for neutral tones throughout my book. I love the mixture of white, black and brown paper merged with hints of muted pink, grey and blue. I hope to continue this and, by creating a mood board, I have discovered a style I enjoy greatly – a minimalist, classic look with a contemporary twist. Some may say that is so “typically blogger” of me, but to that I can only say “bring on the marble biatch.”

Love Izzy xxx

Is Cannabis the Secret to Amazing Skin!? // Carun Skincare

carun skincare

A while ago, I received some new skincare items from a brand called ‘Carun’ who specialise in hemp based products that claim to be the ‘ultimate skin saviours’!

I have been trying them out for the past few weeks and so feel as though I have gotten to know the two products well and can now give my honest opinion to you lovely people!

First of all; yes, both these products contain a form of Cannabis (you my have guessed from the title), but DON’T WORRY – it’s 100% legal & natural and applying this to your face will not get you high lol :)

Instead, the ‘healing super-powers of hemp’ are supposed to protect you from the inside out, restore balance in the body and leave you with a rejuvenated glow. Sounds pretty fab to me.

So the two items I have been trying out are the Skin Cream (50ml) and the All Purpose Ointment (105ml) both of which are priced at £16.99 – a little pricey I’ll give you that, but if you’re prepared to up your skincare game and can stretch your budget a little further then this might be for you! Also the ointment will last YEARS as there is so much in the pot and a little really goes a long way.

1 Cream, 7 Ways:

The ‘Skin Cream’ can be used in a number of different ways…

  • Daily moisturiser
  • Anti-wrinkle cream
  • Scar and blemish treatment
  • Primer and make-up base
  • Repairs and protects skin
  • Night cream
  • Increases skin elasticity

I have been using it as a night cream in place of a moisturiser so I can allow it to do it’s job overnight. I’ve been finding that it is pretty hydrating and it sinks into the skin really nicely, although it can feel a little greasy after application.

I’m finding it very hard to judge if this has ‘healing powers’ in terms of banishing spots and blemishes because my skin is going through a bit of a gross phase at the moment (#teenlife) but I enjoy using it in conjunction with the ointment which I will move onto now…

1 Ointment, 7 Ways:

  • Heals and soothes irritated skin
  • Acne treatment
  • Scar and blemish treatment
  • Intense moisturiser
  • Eye cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Cuticle and hand cream

This one is my personal favourite out of the two as I feel like this is great for applying directly to spots and I do feel that it makes them heal a lot more quickly than they would on their own. I’ve never tried applying this all over the face as it does feel quite oily and as I have oily-combination skin I feel that would be a bit intense. I have got this on my lips at the moment as a lip balm though and I am liking it! It’s not too greasy like Vaseline and it doesn’t disappear straight away like some other lipbalms so I think this may be a potential Carmex competitor!? I haven’t actually tried this as a hand cream until now *quickly applies to cuticles* but it’s definitely hydrating and I can imagine this would be very beneficial to your nails/cuticles. (I have literally just applied some all over my hands and it does feel very greasy so hopefully that will sink in ASAP so I can resume typing normally haha)

The smell is a little unusual but it definitely grows on you and isn’t anything too strong so you can only really smell it when applying. Aswell as the curing hemp properties, this range is hypo-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and all-natural. It treats skin conditions from psoriasis to eczema and acne to burns, aswell as being suitable for all skin types which is amazing!

So to summarise, I am not sure trialling these products has been life-changing, however I definitely enjoy using the all purpose ointment as I do feel that it makes a difference to blemishes when used as a spot treatment. I would say the products are a little on the expensive side but considering how natural they are and the ingredients they contain, it is understandable that these are not your typical drugstore items!

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from Carun in the comments below, or if Cannabis Skincare is something you’d be interested in using.

I hope you’re having a lovely day and I’ll speak to you soon,

Love Izzy xxx

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