Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hippy Post

A bit of a different post, but I'm just really enjoying taking photos and just generally being outside so I thought I'd share a couple of snaps.

I think it's really easy to get caught up in the stresses of life, but when you get the chance to re-evaluate all of those things which are bothering you seem so insignificant.

I think the summer really is a nice reflective time, especially for me as I've just finished school. It's nice to have a reflective period before you have to confront the real world- that's how I think of it anyway. I don't know what it is, and it may just be my natural free spirit and inner hippy talking but I find there is something really peaceful in being outside. 

Basically what I'm saying is, Enjoy taking some time for yourself and enjoy being outside :) 

El x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Breakfast idea: Scrambled Egg, Smoked Salmon and Avocado

Morning everyone! I love having this for breakfast and as a light lunch. It's such a nice alternative to a Full English or fried egg on toast sort of thing. I won't go into detail as to how I did it because its pretty self explanatory. I used brown whole wheat and seed bread, mashed the avocado on top, cooked up the scrambled egg and finished with smoked salmon and lemon.

This dish has so many nutritional benefits. Avocado is amazing for your skin and although its high in calories and fats these are healthy fats and omega 3 which are really important in a healthy diet. Research has also shown that avocados are good for brain function, a healthy heart, blood pressure and anti-aging. Eggs contain protein and essential amino acids, they have also been shown to prevent the development of cataracts and prevent muscle degeneration. Although filling this is actually really light. If you don't like fish, don't worry swap avocado for bacon. 


El x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

OOTD 29/07/2014

Top- River Island
Skirt- Primark
Shoes- Birkenstocks/Office
Jacket- Zara

I couldn't believe it when I saw this skirt in Primark. Its the kind of thing I imagine seeing in Urban Outfitters or something! I've got  a bit of a love/ hate relationship with Primark. I rarely go in there because I see the huge crowds and that familiar muggy smell but I think if you really hunt you can find some gems.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Make-up moments: Whats on my face?

Hello Everyone!

This post is an extension of my GRWM post as I thought here I would go more in depth into what make-up I am wearing at the moment.

1. Sleek Face Form Palette:

I won't bore you by going into this again but I really love it - check out my review

2. Mac 'All that Glitters' eye shadow:

This is a gorgeous eye shadow, one of the first Mac ones I ever brought actually! Mac eyeshadows have a beautiful creamy texture and great pigmentation. It's sort of a champagne gold colour and looks wonderful on its own over the lids. A light wash for a summery, everyday look or, layer the product with a darker brown in the crease for some night-time glamour. 

3. Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream:

This was actually my Mum's before I permanently borrowed it. It has a fragrance, which personally I don't mind but I know it isn't for everyone. I really love BB creams, especially in the summer. I figure if your skin doesn't need the coverage, then why not use a lighter coverage and more moisturising product? If I do in fact decide I need some more coverage I just mix a tiny bit of my Loreal True Match foundation in and it seems to do the trick. 

4. No.7 Protect and Perfect Day Cream:

I really like this product underneath my foundation/BB cream. It has a really creamy texture and doesn't sit on the skin looking oily. I'm big on SPF because I have fair skin I don't want it to get sun damaged so I look like a prune by the time I'm 30! But regardless of how fair your skin is an SPF provides protection from harmful UV rays which can cause skin cancer. Dramatic I know but i'd rather look youthful than prune like if you don't mind.

5. Bare Minerals Loose Powder Foundation:

After applying my BB cream I like to set it with a powder. When I am using something which such little coverage like a BB cream I like to use a powder with slightly more coverage than just your average translucent powder. I really like how nice this feels on my skin, it barely feels like you're wearing anything!

6. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara:

Again see my review here! 

7. Clinique Chubby Stick in 06 Woppin' Watermelon:

I really like the Clinique Chubby Sticks, I also have Super Strawberry which is a lovely pink/berry shade. If you aren't familiar with them the are velvety, moisturising balms which only have the faintest pigment. I really like them for day-time wearing, something that isn't too glossy or bold. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

OOTD 21/07/2014

Hi Guys! Sorry this post is so late, I've just been really busy. Here is a quick OOTD which I wore to my work experience. 

I really like the 'flowy thing' lol I have no idea what else to call it. It's sort of a kimono but without sleeves so its really cool and breezy.

Shoes: Birkenstocks/ Office
Jeans: H&M
Vest: River Island
Flowy thing: Monki
Bag: Parfois

I picked up this orange bag in Portugal at a bargain price of only £15! Although it isn't real leather it's lasted really well. If you live in Europe or go on holiday there, definitely check it out.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

OOTD 27/07/2014

Hey guys, sorry it's been so long! I've just been so busy this past week but now my work experience is done you have my full attention :)

Another quick little OOTD ..

Skirt-Love Lable
Vest- River Island
Shoes- Office/Birkenstocks
Jacket- Zara

This skirt is such an awesome pattern. I really love the whole tie-dye look and the long length of it gives it a really laid back feel :)

Morning GRWM

Good Morning! I thought I would show you how I get ready and make myself look presentable to the world.

Obviously the first thing to do is to get up which, I'm not going to lie, takes me a rather long time. But when I am finally concious I'll go down stairs and have some breakfast. Typically I like to be as healthy as I can at breakfast and for me I feel so much more positive and awake if I've had a good breakfast. 

No this isn't just a huge bowl of banana buried underneath there is; blueberries, raspberries, passion fruit and an Activia prune yogurt. This sort of breakfast isn't too heavy but still fills you up so it's perfect for a busy day. 

I don't drink normal tea and I rarely drink coffee so I've been really getting into mint tea recently

After finishing my breakfast (and maybe watching a few YouTube videos..) I drag myself back upstairs and jump in the shower. 

In the shower I have really been enjoying using the John Freida range, it just smells so amazing! I've got the. I proceed to wash my body with the balance me shower gel and then wash my face with my Simple cleansing face wash. When I jump out the shower I put some of the John Frieda hair oil on the ends of my hair and I moisturise my face with the Simple moisturiser. I then just let my hair air dry.

For make-up I usually keep it pretty simple. I really like using a BB cream, set in place with my Bare Minerals powder foundation. Just a slick of mascara (I know I said I wasn't keen on this one but I want to use it up). I don't use much blush because I'm naturally quite rosey, then I finish off with a balm or moisturising lip colour.

Look out for my next post going into detail about this make-up and there is an outfit post coming up :)

I hope you enjoyed this. I know its a bit bizarre to see this type of content on a blog and not a YouTube channel but oh well! It's something a bit different.

El x