I'm going to share a personal opinion with you - I'm not crazy about summer. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the warmer weather and the longer days but as a hayfever sufferer, summer for me is just 3 months of absolute misery. My eyes sting and water as soon as I open a window, my chest hurts so I can't breathe properly, I can't stop sniffing, people constantly ask why I am crying and to top it off, I am yet to meet any medication to help me in any possible way. In fact, I wear more eye make-up in the summer to stop myself from itching my eyes as as soon as I will start, I will not be able to stop! 

Aside from spending the entire summer with a permanent cold, I also struggle to find summer clothes that I like. I can dress for Autumn and Winter no problem but I really struggle with my summer style, especially given the infamous Great British Summer. What do you wear when it is pouring with rain outside but still 22 degrees?? One piece of clothing I have worn a lot so far this summer is my trench coat. Perfect for the warmer seasons, a trench coat is effortlessly stylish. I used to wonder how to style a trench coat but actually, they style themselves. You create your outfit around the trench coat as they go with everything whilst remaining an outerwear essential. Quintessentially British, the trench coat is a summer essential, especially with the festival season coming up. You won't catch me in a cagoule or plastic poncho in the pouring rain this summer, but you will catch me in a trench!

Alongside the classic women's trench coat, this summer you will also find me wearing a hell of a lot of bardot tops, bardot dresses, clean, crisp white cotton shirts and floral midi dresses. I dress lazily in the summer. I like to pull something on quickly and not have to spend ages in the mirror trying to work out if my outfit goes or not. This is my summer style!
Jack Wills Dollyhill Trench / Jack Wills Duncombe Trench / Jack Wills Dollyhill Trench
Jack Wills Woolscott Broderie Shirt Dress / Jack Wills Downswood Floral Short / Jack Wills Mazza Floral Dress
Zara Shimmery Jacket / Zara Textured Tweed Jacket / Zara Suede Jacket
Zara Floral Dress / Zara Faux Leather Dress / Zara Suede Effect Dress
Zara Off The Shoulder Dress / Zara Frilly Dress / Zara Frilled Sleeve Dress

You really cannot beat the classic stone trench coat, can you? That's my summer style, what is yours? I have lost count of how many summer sales I have participated in so far this year and we haven't even reached July yet!

(Post in collaboration with Jack Wills)

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I'm not one to usually go for hyped up products (ahem) but when I heard that people were joining the waiting list for the majority of this brands products, I had a feeling that it must be good. The Ordinary are a skincare brand from umbrella company DECIEM which houses brands such as Hylamide and NIOD. The Ordinary promises to deliver effective clinical technologies within the skincare world, just like Hylamide and NIOD offer but at more of an affordable price. If you are interested in The Ordinary then I would really recommend reading their About section on their website as their mission statement is very inspiring and I really like what the brand is all about. They aren't just a brand which spurts out products for quick money, they have values behind them and I like that.

When I first heard about The Ordinary, I was amazed about how many people had joined the waiting list for their products and I will admit that I am now on that waiting list for their highly anticipated foundations as they just sound incredible. At less than £6 each, both of their foundations, their Serum Foundation which is lightweight and the Coverage Foundation, which offers a higher level of pigmentation, promises to offer a smooth finish which avoids the appearance of a heavier makeup look which can make the skin appear more aged. The textures of the foundations are that of a lightweight cream and I honestly have never been more excited to try a product before. I have not yet met my 'holy-grail' foundation and I already have good feelings about this one and I've not tried it yet!

Let me share with you a product that I have tried. I was recently making an ASOS order and saw that they stocked The Ordinary skincare products and decided to buy a couple of their primers to see what they would be like. Very reasonably priced, let me share with you The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer.

About The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer:
"This new generation of primer is a lightweight serum-like formula that increases the spreadability of subsequent complexion makeup to help avoid the unnatural and uneven accumulation of pigments especially around the eyes and on dry skin. The formula also acts as a light, non-oily surface hydrator for a natural dewy look."

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer is designed to increase the spreadability of your foundation to help avoid the unnatural and uneven build up when you have dry skin. It is supposed to stop the cakey build up which might get accumulated on certain areas on the face. For me I suffer with really dry skin on my cheeks and on my forehead and I do find that my foundation does seem to cling to it so the idea of having a serum to apply onto my bare face to act as almost a smooth barrier does sound like the perfect solution.

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer arrives in a little 30 ml bottle with a dropper applicator which I like the look of but practicality wise you can't beat a plastic squeezy bottle, can you?! The formula of the primer is most unusual. It is clear in appearance but in formula it is fairly thick and dare I say it, gloopy? It isn't runny, instead it is almost like a thick gel so because of this I find the dropper to be rather indifferent. It is good at sucking the product up and squeezing it out but when you pull the dropper out of the bottle it is covered in the thick, gloopy primer so it can make a bit of a mess when you try not to waste the precious, precious product.

To apply, I squeeze a small amount onto the back of my hand then blend it into the skin with my fingertips and goodness me, it is like applying velvet to the face. You can definitely feel the silicone within the product as it gives the skin a silky smooth, velvety appearance and feel and it makes for a wonderful base for foundation as your skin is just so incredibly smooth. It immediately sinks into the skin, evens out the skins appearance and really preps and primes the skin for the application of make-up. I can't say that it makes my make-up stay on for longer and actually, I wouldn't expect it to as The Ordinary don't claim it to do so. It simply smooths and evens the skintone out to help make your foundation glide on flawlessly and it does exactly that. 

You know when you have a great product in your hands when you immediately tell someone about it and as soon as I had applied this primer to my skin, I immediately texted my sister a photo of it saying 'omggg this is amazing!!!' and it is. I love it and I can see exactly why The Ordinary have a waiting list for their products!


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Review | The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

When Instagram first got downloaded onto my phone, I wasn't all that fussed. I would post the odd photo with the Valencia filter and that was that but now Instagram means business. People are making careers off of posting photos on Instagram and I think that is to be admired. A lot of a persons life is documented on Instagram and it would be great to be able to print off those memories and put them into a photo album or hang them in a photo frame. I was recently contacted by Inkifi asking if I would be interesting in trying out their prints and printing my own Instagram photos through them and I couldn't wait to see what they would look like. I had a whole bunch of photos I thought would look good on my bedroom wall so I jumped at the chance and swiftly spent 2 and a half hours deciding which photos I would like printing!

With Inkifi you can get your Instagram photos printed on a whole variety of products ranging from posters, photo albums and the traditional prints. I decided to get my Instagram photos printed onto their Inkifi Square Prints* and I was really surprised at how big they were when they arrived. I was expecting something an awful lot smaller so I was pleasantly surprised. The whole process was unbelievably easy. All you have to do is connect Inkifi to your Instagram and choose which photos you would like printing and how many then checkout. The hardest bit was deciding which photos I wanted printing!

My prints arrived within a couple of days and I was so thrilled to see them in the flesh. They are printed on really excellent quality paper which is so thick it almost feels like card and the printers managed to pick up the bright pigments within each photo perfectly. I did notice that a few of the photos I had edited before uploading to Instagram had come out slightly grainier in comparison to unedited photos but it isn't too noticeable and it doesn't detract from a beautiful photo. I had all of my recent holiday photos printed and they look so perfect, I can't wait to find the perfect photo frame to hang them on my bedroom wall in.

I would really recommend Inkifi as I love not only the concept but the large variety of products you can get your Insta snaps printed onto. I really like the size of the Square Prints which I ordered and now I just need to find a frame to fit them in! For such a long time I have struggled to find some nice prints to go up on my bedroom wall but I needn't bother, I can have my own photographs instead. 

(My prints were sent to me in exchange for an honest review)

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The one part of make-up which I hate doing the most is my eyebrows. I wish I could have pretty Instagram eyebrows but I just don't. Before recently I had never even touched my eyebrows. I had never plucked them, waxed them, tinted them... I was lucky I didn't have a monobrow to be honest. A little while ago I plucked up the courage to get HD Brows done and whilst I liked them to begin with, they weren't what I wanted and I personally don't think it lasted very long. I would really like to get my eyebrows reshaped again and perhaps dyed as I have since changed my hair colour but for now I am trying to find products to help me work with the eyebrows that I have, not the ones I am dreaming about! 

A while ago I tried Benefit Gimme Brow which is a product designed to brush through the brows almost like a mascara, in order to create natural-looking fullness and definition to them. I really loved it and the results it created to the eyebrows but unfortunately it is slightly pricey at £20 a go and as I have recently ran out of Gimme Brow, I really wanted to see if I could find a cheaper alternative. Which was actually pretty easy to find! I ended up purchasing a few brow products from NYX in hope to tame my eyebrows and one of the products I bought is a wonderful, cheaper alternative to Gimme Brow. The NYX Tinted Brow Mascara has the same great qualities of Gimme Brow at a fraction of the price!

About the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara:
"No shame in wishing for a strong beautiful brow! Our foolproof tinted brow mascara helps your dream come true. It sets tames and tints brows for natural-looking wear. Our dependable formula leaves brows feeling soft while maintaining complete control."

The NYX Tinted Brow Mascara is available in 5 different shades varying from blonde to black. Very similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow, it works in exactly the same way of combing through the brows to create a natural fullness to them. It really is just like a mascara but for eyebrows!

It's hard to rave a product which is essentially just a coloured mascara but it is good. It is really good. This product does exactly what it claims to do. It is easy to comb through the eyebrows to create a really natural fullness to them and it pretty much does everything the Benefit Gimme Brow does but at a third of a cost! I do actually prefer the brush to the Benefit Gimmer brow as it has soft bristles in comparison to the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara which, as it is a lot smaller in size, has slightly stubbier bristles so I find that the Gimme Brow brushes through slightly easier and dispensers the product a little more naturally than the NYX version but for the price you can't really complain!


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