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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I'm quite tight when it comes to spending money so I don't tend to buy things on a whim. I want to make sure what I buy and spend my hard earned cash on will be worth it so I always read reviews beforehand, even if it's something for just a fiver. But when I heard someone talk about this product I didn't bother looking up reviews to see if it was good or not, I just bought it - which is very unlike me!

The L'oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water sounded like heaven to me. It is designed to refresh and remoisturise the skin whilst being as lightweight as water in texture. You are supposed to use it instead of your daily moisturiser and as soon as I heard about it I was sold. It might not sound too incredible but trust me, it is!

About the L'oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water:
"The Liquid Care; Fresh as water hydrating as a cream. Locks in Moisture for 72hrs. Enriched with Aloe Water & Hyaluronic Acid. Instantly Refreshes. For Normal to Dry Skin. Inspired by Asian skincare, L'OrĂ©al Paris Laboratories introduces the liquid care. It delivers pure moisture that penetrates quickly, deeply and continuously - without overloading the skin."

Available in three different versions depending on your skintype, the L'oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water is everything you will need as a base in just one bottle. It preps the skin before the application of make-up, it hydrates and moisturises and it leaves a lightweight, refreshing feeling on the skin. It is so hydrating that L'oreal recommend you don't use a moisturiser with it which is pretty bold, but you really don't need to use both products at the same time. For its hydration alone I would already recommend it.

I apply this product after I have cleansed my face in the morning, just before I apply my make-up. I apply one pump to a clean face and rub it in before immediately applying my make-up. It absorbs into the skin within moments and leaves it feeling incredibly soft and hydrated, giving the skin a really plump base to apply make-up to. I find that my foundation applies smoother and looks better if I apply it on top of the Hydra Genius Aloe Water as it makes the skin feel so hydrated and so smooth, foundation just blends into it perfectly. 

I really love this product and I can definitely see myself re-purchasing after I have finished this bottle. You only need one pump for the entire face and the product absorbs into the skin immediately. It is so hydrating, it keeps the skin hydrated and moisturised all day long and as it is so lightweight, it doesn't affect make-up application at all. It actually makes the application of foundation even easier as it leaves your skin feeling so plump and smooth. I definitely recommend it and I think my regular moisturising days may be over!


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Review | L'oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water

I love doing my make-up. I take a lot of time doing it and I forgo an extra hour in bed just so I have time to put my make-up on before I go to work in the morning and most of the time, I am happy with it. That is until I scroll through Instagram and see all of these amazing, pretty Instagram girls with their chiselled cheeks, false eyelashes and blinding highlighter and I suddenly feel disheartened. Of course I know that a few filters have been used and everyone takes selfies with a ring light now but it can be so disheartening thinking you look nice and have made an effort then you look at Instagram and realise you are a bit of a chubby mouldy potato.

Slight body issues aside, I choose these few mind-numbing moments of liking pretty photos on Instagram to work out what I can do to change my make-up rather than to use it in an angry, self-hate sort of way. What is it that I like about their appearance that I can try and incorporate into my own? The first point of envy that I wanted to try and recreate on my face was the blindingly bright, glowy highlighter that is so bright it is almost as if it is beaming up to space. I know highlighter is usually supposed to be soft and subtle rather than bright and obvious - some days I want it to be subtle but right now all I want is it to be seen from miles away! 

Obviously I want Becca's Champagne Pop as much as the next person and I have added it to my online basket so many times and at the last minute I have changed my mind as £32 for a highlighter does seem a bit of an extravagance so before I splashed the cash, I really want to see what the highlighters were like on the high street. I searched Boots and Superdrug but couldn't find any highlighting powder which was buttery soft as well as hella shimmery. Everything seemed to be rather gritty and dull in terms of shimmer. In fact, the only place I managed to find what I was looking for was in Topshop, of all places. 

I have heard lots about Topshop's own brand of make-up and I know a while ago it was really popular but since then I haven't really heard much about it. What caught my eye was a gorgeous selection of highlighters and I was completely sold after just one swatch. With three shades on offer, I was completely torn between all three - they were all so soft, pigmented and shimmery, just what I have been after! I eventually went for the Topshop Highlight in Crescent Moon and you know what? I love it.

About the Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon:
"Shimmering silky pearl highlighter to add radiance to the face and body. Swirl with kabuki or powder brush and apply directly to face and body."

With the Topshop Highlighters available in three shades, you would almost believe that there wasn't enough choice but boy, it is hard to choose between just three, let me tell you. The shades to choose from are Sunbeam, a bright gold, Horizon, a bronzey rose gold and finally Crescent Moon, a beautiful champagne with an iridescent, almost metallic pink finish to it. Crescent Moon is not a shade I have ever seen before which was why I was so drawn to it. It looks pretty basic in the pan but as soon as you swipe your finger across the domed highlighter, you are really in for a treat. It looked so beautiful on the back of my hand that I just could not wait to apply it to my face!

Housed in a pretty generous compact, you get 6.5 g of product for your money. I love the domed effect to the highlighter itself, as well as the pretty star outer packaging. It feels pretty sturdy but I can't say that it would survive a fall and because of that I probably wouldn't want to travel with it. The texture of the highlighter is very soft and finely milled without being gritty which makes application incredibly easy. It applies and blends like a dream and whilst it could be easy to go a little overboard with the highlighter as it is very pigmented, I don't think there is such a thing as too much! It is easy to apply a light layer for a subtle glow if applied with a light hand but I like to pack it all on with a small face brush then blend it out afterwards. 

I'm obsessed with this highlighter and I am so pleased that I discovered it. I was not expecting to find a highlighter I would love from Topshop but I am completely converted. Crescent Moon is like no other. In the pan it looks like a basic and pretty champagne shade but when blended out it has a gorgeous metallic, almost pink iridescence to it which looks so lovely on the cheekbones. I still really want Becca's Champagne Pop but for now, Crescent Moon will do for me!


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Review | Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon

I've recently been on the hunt for an ultra-lightweight moisturiser for the summer time. Something really fresh and cooling on the skin. Something perfect for underneath foundation and make-up and preferably, something which helps to mattify the skin too. I've recently noticed that my usual everyday go-to moisturiser gets a little greasy throughout the day, even under matte foundation. I do have slightly oily skin but goodness me, it seems to be getting worse as the weather gets warmer. So to have a product with mattifying properties to it seems like the perfect aide to me at the moment.

I was recently in Boots and I saw the Garnier Skinactive Naturals range which is a range of skincare products available in 4 different variations with each type easing a different skin complaint. The products available in the range are; a milk cleanser, a gel facial wash, a toner and a moisturiser, all of which are available in the 4 different varieties, Rose, Aloe, Honey and Green Tea. The Rose products help to soothe, Aloe helps to refresh, Honey helps to nourish and Green Tea helps to purify and mattify. Obviously with the above taken into consideration I bought the Garnier Skinactive Naturals Green Tea Moisturiser with its claims to hydrate and mattify although I could have easily bought every variation as they all sound as if they would work wonders on the skin.

About the Garnier Skinactive Naturals Green Tea Moisturiser:
"Is Green Tea Leaves Purifying Botanical Day Cream right for me? Yes if you're looking for a daily skin care product to leave your skin hydrated and looking matte, as if rebalanced. What is different? This botanical cream is a part of Garnier's new generation of hydrating formulas made with 96% ingredients from natural origin. Specially formulated to mattify skin: Enriched with Green Tea Leaves, known for its purifying power, it's formula leaves skin looking mattified as if rebalanced. Enriched with a natural antioxidant to help protect skin day after day against the harmful effects of the environment."

The Garnier Skinactive Naturals Green Tea Moisturiser is designed to hydrate and mattify the skin with the help of the natural ingredients within. The formula is made up of 96% natural ingredients which are kind and gentle on the skin whilst delivering hydration. I chose the Green Tea variation of the botanical day cream rather than the Rose, Honey or Aloe versions as I need the mattifying results that the Green Tea moisturiser offers. But does it?

The Green Tea Moisturiser itself is very lightweight in formula and in consistency. It is incredibly refreshing in scent and on the skin, although I would have expected it to have a slightly more noticeable green tea scent to it. That said, this moisturiser does exactly what it claims to do. It is the perfect lightweight day cream which really does help to mattify the skin and keep oil at bay throughout the day. It is light enough that it doesn't affect your foundation or other make-up and it does a great job of keeping your skin hydrated during the day. I can't see myself using it during Autumn/Winter as I prefer slightly thicker creams for those periods but for sunnier, warmer times then I can definitely see myself using this for the foreseeable future! If you are after a budget. lightweight day moisturiser then I definitely recommend not only this moisturiser but the whole range and I definitely want to try a few more products from the Garnier Skinactive Naturals range.


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Review | Garnier Skinactive Naturals Green Tea Moisturiser

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