Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers | Blogmas 2019

Saturday, 7 December 2019

It’s festive season and I’m so excited! Today we’re kicking off blogmas with a gift guide for all the beauty lovers out there. I’ve compiled some gift ideas with a range of price points to suit everyone’s budget and I hope you find something that the beauty lover in your life will love.

Let me know in the comments what beauty products are on your wishlist.

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Growing Out My Hair the Journey So Far | Lee Stafford Hair Growth range review

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Over the last few months I have been on a mission to get my hair to grow past the length it usually gets stuck at. I feel like we all have that length that your hair gets to and then it never seems to surpass it. Mine certainly does and usually when this happens I tend to get bored with it and cut it into a lob. Not this this year though! This year I have decided to let my hair grow and see how long I can get it. So far this process has involved watching tons of videos on how to grow your hair fast (fast because I’m impatient and want long hair now!), trying out new products and attempting to measure my hair (which is always an interesting experience). I thought I would do a little post and take you along on this journey with me and if anyone else is trying to grow their hair out right now as well then I hope you find this post useful.

The first thing I started doing was using some growth increasing products, I had heard of the Lee Stafford line made for hair that never grows past a certain length before and heard lots of positive reviews so I thought I’d give it a go. I decided to get the shampoo, deep conditioning mask, leave in conditioner and hair serum. I’ve also been using the shampoo every time I wash my hair which is 1-2 times a week (depending on what condition it’s in) and I’d say this is one of the products that’s helped the most since it’s used directly on the scalp. The shampoo smells good, makes my hair feel fresh and I’m pretty sure my hair has started growing quicker since using it. As for the deep conditioner I’ve only actually used it about three times so I can’t really comment on it too much, how ever it has made my hair feel softer. The leave in conditioner is great for brushing your hair out after washing and for a boost between washes. I used to be really into leave in conditioners and for some reason stopped using them, I’m glad I’ve added one back to my hair routine now. I do use the serum on my roots though and massage a few drops into my scalp, when I’m being really good with it I flip my head upside down and massage my scalp for 4 minutes since it gets the blood flowing and really helps promote hair growth. I feel this has been a major key since not only is the product helping but the massage is too plus it’s quite relaxing to do at night.

 Verdict: They’re great products and have definitely made a difference so I recommend giving them a try. Don’t expect miracles though because good things take time.

The second thing I’ve been doing it taking vitamins. There’s a lot of gimmicky products on the market but I decided to buy some regular multivitamins designed for skin, hair and nails from Superdrug which do the same job for a cheaper price. Let’s be honest, a vitamin is a vitamin. I take one of these every morning with my breakfast and they’ve not only been helping with my hair but my skin is clearer and my nails have been growing longer and stronger too. When I have stubborn breakouts multivitamins are the only thing that will get rid of them so for me this product is a winner not just for helping my hair but my skin and nails also.

So that’s what’s been working for me so far and I’m pretty happy with the length it’s got to. My goal is to grow it another maybe 2-3 inches which I hoping to do so before Spring/Summer next year. I hope this post has been useful!

Let me know your favourite hair product right now in the comments.

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

It's Halloween again! It’s crazy how fast this year’s going, we’re almost into the best part of the year (which is obviously Christmas) and I’m so excited. For todays post I’ve put together some last minute Halloween looks, they’re pretty standard costumes so they’re completely fail safe and you don’t to worry about people not knowing what you’re supposed to be. Also I know this is a bit late for if you’re going out tonight but I figured most people will probably be going out over the weekend and most of the links below deliver next day. So, if you are a last minute costume buyer like myself (I literally ordered mine yesterday) I hope this gives you some ideas.

x Dark Angel x

Witch x

x Skeleton x

x Devil x

x Halloween Inspired Outfit x

And if you’ve left it really last minute you could just wear all black and put some ears on or cover yourself in fake blood, that’s what I did the other year.

Let me know what your going to be for Halloween in the comments below.

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The Power of Make Up and Fashion | Self Confidence

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Cala Xuclar, Ibiza


I’m back with another post and today I wanted to get a bit deep (not too deep though just a bit deep) and talk about self confidence and the impact fashion and beauty can have on it. I’ve had this post sat in my drafts for a while and just haven’t posted it yet, there’s no particular reason why though I just didn’t want the post to go waste. 
Also, side note on self confidence, I watched a really amazing documentary on Thursday all about self-confidence and the impact of online trolling, you’ve probably heard of it and may have already watched it because it has been trending this week, it’s called ‘Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out’ and I highly recommend you give it a watch, it’s very eye opening and powerful.

Ok, side note done, onto the post!

Sunglasses | Swimsuit

In this post I want to talk about giving my blog a bit more focus and what my vision for the blog actually is. I don’t want this blog to be purely just be about beauty and fashion,  I want it to be more that. We live in a world where we’re constantly on social media and see so many altered images showcasing this idea of 'perfection' and being constantly surrounded by these images can really damage our self esteem. I think everyone reading this post has compared themselves to someone on Instagram before. Although, I do think the online world is changing, the media is starting to use less air brushing, people are showing more of their flaws and body positivity is being embraced more than ever, but there is still a long way to go with more changes to be made and I want this blog to be part of that change.

Personally, I think beauty, fashion and self-love all go hand in hand. I think beauty and fashion are such powerful tools to help us feel good about ourselves. When you feel like you look good on the outside, you feel good on the inside and feeling good inside is so important. Over the last few years I have been definitely been on a self-confidence journey when I compare myself now to how I was 5 years ago it’s crazy what a difference in confidence there is. To be honest I used to feel a bit invisible and I worried way too much about what other people thought to the point where I stopped blogging for a long time even though it’s something I love doing. I feel like my first year of uni was a big turning point for me, I was meeting new people, having more fun and my self-confidence started growing and it’s continued to do so over the last two years. I feel like now I’m at a point where I’ve learnt to love and appreciate myself a bit more and I’ve learnt that the right outfit and make up can be a serious confidence booster. To some people that might sound stupid but I really think they can make a massive difference. Always make sure you do it for yourself though and no one else, it's about showing up for yourself. Personally I think getting ready is so fun, you get to literally choose who you want to be that day and how you want to look. I'm definitely guilty of being lazy with my appearance especially day to day but when I do put the extra effort in I notice a big difference in confidence.

If right now you’re in a place where your self esteem is low I want you know that it’s not going to be that way forever. I think a lot of it is to do with time and getting older. It will take time but you’ll get there eventually, you just have keep going and believing. You deserve to wake up everyday feeling amazing and you can.

I want my blog to not just focus on the outside because that’s only half of it. I want to focus on the inside too. I want this to be a positive space online where you can come for a little boost. I’m going to be sharing tips and tricks to help you feel your best and I’m so excited to start providing more value because whilst I love showing products and things I’m loving I want my blog to be about more than that.

This post has been a bit of a ramble so I’ll wrap it up.
I’d love to hear about all of your self-confidence journeys in the comments below - where are you at self confidence wise right now? Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’ to stay up to date, you can also subscribe by email using the box in the side bar to get posts delivered straight to your inbox.

XOXO - Alice

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Sunday, 8 September 2019

So, its been a while (I feel like my last few posts have all started like that) I took a little break to get it together (you know, that post-uni life) but now I’m ready to get back into it and start creating content again. (If I could put emoji’s in this I’d add the face with the party hat here.) I thought I’d ease myself back in gently with my first post back and keep it simple. So today I’m doing my Summer to Autumn fashion edit.

I don’t know about you but I never know what to wear in Autumn. You wake up in the morning and it’s freezing and then in the afternoon it’s boiling and you end up seriously regretting putting that chunky knit on. Plus you get cold days and hot days and days where you need a coat and days when you don’t. The weathers just all over the place! WTF am I supposed to wear‽ To be honest, I feel like a cardigan is your best bet so I’ve included a lot of those in this edit. I’ve basically just gone through all of my favourite shops and picked a bunch of stuff I’d buy if I could actually afford to shop right now. (There’s also a few bits that are reduced right now as well which is always good.)


The Summer to Autumn Edit:

I hope you enjoyed this post and got a little fashion inspo, maybe even found a few things to purchase as well ;) 
Let me know what Autumn trends you’re excited about and your favourite thing about Autumn in the comments.

"Autumn is proof that change is beautiful." - Unknown

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My three month spending ban challenge, tips on how to buy less and a life update

Sunday, 2 June 2019

My attempt at not buying clothes for three months

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Hey everyone! It's been a while... sorry I haven't put a blog post out for a while but I’ve been finishing all my stuff for uni.
I'm completely done now though which is so exciting. I want to start giving my blog more attention because I feel like it
always ends up being neglected and taking the back seat whenever I have other things going which makes me sad
because I love blogging and I really want to create amazing content to share but I've been feeling a bit restricted with
what I can do due to uni. I want to start getting more creative and really putting 100% into this. I go to Ibiza in just over
a week so I’ll be creating loads of content whilst I’m there. Anyways let's get into this week topic. So, back in January, I decided to set myself a little challenge, I'd been doing some research into sustainable fashion
and had also become aware of my tendency to impulsively buy things and never actually wear them. So, I decided for
the first three months of 2019 I wasn't going to spend any money on clothes. Now I'm going to lie I only lasted two months
instead of three and I did make a cheeky valentines purchase and bought myself a new dress as a gift BUT other than that
one dress I didn't buy any clothes for two months which I'm actually quite proud of! I think what broke my spending ban was
once March came around the seasons started changing and I just felt like I needed to add some new pieces to my wardrobe
and give it a bit of refresh. I did find however I was much more intentional with what I bought and I bought a lot less than I
normally would have.

I think my spending ban was a fun little challenge and even though I kind of failed it a bit I’m glad that I
did it and would definitely recommend it since it has helped to change my outlook on shopping. There
were five things that helped me curb my spending which were:

1. Removing shopping sites from my social media, especially Instagram! - Following your favourite shopping websites on social media is just going to create temptation and the
Instagram shopping feature just makes it too risky. I now have all shopping websites on mute so I can't
be tempted to go on them for a quick browse.

2. Unsubscribing from sales related newsletters and texts - Having the latest pieces and discounts popping into your inbox isn't going help with your ban so make
sure you detox your inbox and unsubscribe from all clothing website mailing lists before starting this

3. Deleting all shopping apps from my phone - if they're out of site they'll be out of mind. Shopping apps make it all too easy to shop plus all the
notifications coming through about sales and what’s new in doesn't help either.

4. Ban yourself from watching hauls - I know this means cutting down on your favourite YouTubers videos but the majority of the time haul
videos lead to shopping sprees, so just don't go there!

5. Saving it for later - if you do end up coming across something you like instead of clicking ‘add to
basket’ save it to a Pinterest board or to a website such as Shoptagr (which you can read more about here). This way you've got them saved and you can come back to them later on, after you've thought
about them a bit more, to decide whether it's something you actually need. I've created a Pinterest
board which I have creatively called ‘Wishlist’ which I have been using to pin ideas on  and now looking
at some of the things that I pinned at the start of the year and comparing them to now, even though it's
only been a few months, I look at them and I'm so glad I didn't actually buy them.

Challenging myself to a spending ban was inspired by the things I started reading about sustainable fashion which I did a whole post on here. I also did a post about how to care for your clothes to make the last longer which you can read here and I wrote one about making the most of the clothes already in your wardrobe and how to get more creative with your outfits which has more useful tips that would help this challenge (click here to read that).

I hope you've enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve ever done something like this before below or if you would take the challenge. I’d also love to know how long you think you’d be able to go without buying any new clothes (I thought I’d only last a month).

"If you're not satisfied with your life, it's time to invent a new one" - Mary Wells

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Spring/Summer 2019 Trend Guide and High Street Wish List | SS19 Trends

Thursday, 28 March 2019

 It’s beginning to look a lot like spring which means new trends!

I find it so much easier to dress for spring than winter. Every winter I eventually end up stuck in an outfit rut of a jumper and jeans combo and end up rotating the same 5 jumpers with the same 3 pairs of jeans. Also, most of the time I’m only going to lectures anyway, so I just want to be comfortable. I’m sure anyone reading this who’s also a student can relate to that. There were loads of trends that hit the catwalk at fashion week, too many to fit into one post,  so I thought I’d share my five favourites and a little affordable trend wish list (because, you know, student budget and all that). 

To be honest, at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about neon but now I actually quite like it, I’m going on holiday to Ibiza in June and definitely want to do a neon look while I’m there.  I love how wearable the top two looks above have made the trend, so even if you don’t want to go head to toe neon you can still incorporate it into your wardrobe.

Animal print is another trend that’s grown on me. I think I definitely prefer snakeskin to leopard print and I really want to incorporate some into my spring/summer wardrobe. I think a snakeskin bag or belt would be a great way to subtly incorporate the trend into your outfit.

Cycling shorts are here to stay! This is a trend from last year that’s returning again this year which had a mixed reaction. Personally, I loved the cycling shorts trend and wore them quite a lot last year and can’t wait to start wearing them again this year.

By the looks of things, Yellow is going to be a big colour this year which I can see why because it is a very summer colour. I love the Chanel bag in the bottom right corner of the picture above, it would look so cute with a beach look.

The Utility trend is another trend which has been popular for a while now and is set to stay. I love the look of utility style trousers and could definitely see myself adding a pair to my spring/summer wardrobe.

If you're looking for some affordable trend pieces to add to your collection I’ve got you covered! 
Also, (as of writing this) some of the pieces below are on sale right now which is a bonus, so happy shopping!

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Let me know what your favourite spring/summer trend is and what you’ll be bringing into your wardrobe for the new season in the comments. 

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How to get more out of your wardrobe and grow it for free! | Sustainable Fashion Series

Sunday, 17 March 2019

How to make the most of your wardrobe

This is part three of my sustainable fashion series. If you haven’t read the previous two posts in this series, the first one was an easy guide to sustainable fashion which you can read here and in the second one, I shared a few easy tips you can use to care for your clothes and make them last longer. You can read that here.

In this weeks post, I wanted to share some ways you can get more from your wardrobe and even grow it without spending any money on new clothes!

Lay everything out to help you find new combinations

My first tip is to get all your clothes out of your wardrobe and look at all of your pieces. This will help you see clearly what you're working with. I also find this useful when it comes to the clothes in my draws since when they’re all just sat in the drawer it can be difficult to see what you’ve actually got. 

Next choose a piece of clothing, for example, a top that you really like and go through all your bottoms including skirts and see which pieces work well together. This is a great way to find new combinations. Don’t forget to try them with different accessories too! Then have a mini fashion show and try all the outfits on. Don't forget to take a picture of each look and save them in a folder on your phone!

Use an app to organise your clothes and make mood boards

Whilst you have everything out of your wardrobe now would be a great time to take a picture of each of your pieces to upload into an app like Snupps or Stylebook. These are both great apps to organise your wardrobe with. I've recently just started using Stylebook and I love it! On the Stylebook app, you can also create outfit mood boards which are great when it comes to outfit planning and for when you want to experiment with combinations without having to actually go in your wardrobe, plus you get to feel like Cher in the opening scene of Clueless! 

Try out some styling hacks

The way you style something can completely change how it looks and I’m not just talking about what you pair it with. There are so many styling hacks you can use to make a piece of clothing look different every time you wear it. For example, a button up blouse can also be worn off the shoulders has a Bardot top or you tie it up and wear it as a crop. Get creative with it and try to think outside the box. You can also go on youtube and search 'styling hacks' for some inspiration. 

The accessories you choose can also really change an outfit. I used accessories to change the vibe of the outfit I styled for this post. Heeled ankle boots and a crossbody bag dress it up more whereas Vans and a backpack give it more of a casual vibe.

Start using the 'first in last out' rule

Using the ‘first in, last out’ system is a really great hack I found. Apparently, most people tend to wear only 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time which is something I can definitely relate too. Although I think for me it’s probably more like 10% of my wardrobe 90% of the time, haha. Anyone else feel like that? 

A first in, last out system basically means that once you’ve worn a piece it goes into one end of your wardrobe and the next time you’re picking an outfit you choose pieces from the opposite end. It’s almost like a conveyor belt or a queue and means that you work your way through wearing all the pieces in your wardrobe instead of just a small selection.

Rework some of your pieces

Another great way to make the most of the clothes you’ve already got is to rework them! A good example of reworking a piece is taking a pair of jeans that look a bit worse for wear and cutting them into shorts. Although there are so many other ways pieces can be reworked. There's an Instagram boutique called Sik Gal who have loads of reworked designer pieces which you can get inspiration from.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips on making the most of your wardrobe and I hope that the next time you’re picking your outfit you feel a bit more inspired rather than feeling like you have nothing to wear!

Let me know in the comments how much of your wardrobe you think you actually wear because I’m interested to know and also if you have any tips for getting more out of your wardrobe you can leave those in the comments too, I’d love to hear them!

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