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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

20 Things To Do When You're Hungover

Hangovers. They only get worse as we age and unfortunately as much as I didn't want to believe my parents when they told me that, I'm starting to believe them. No longer can I sleep in till the afternoon like I did at university to get over a hangover. Nope, now I have to put on a brave face and go to work and do household chores that make me literally WANT TO DIE.
Gin Glass
So as I lay in bed on a Monday morning after a two day drinking session, I thought to myself 'hey Natalie, how about you spread some pointless and perhaps not so valid knowledge about getting over a hangover'. And just like that, a post was born. Here's 20 things to do when you're hungover...

- Have a hot bath and sweat it out.
- Order a takeout.
- If you've drank during a work day, take regular breaks to hydrate and eat. Get some fresh air during your lunch break.
- Place a cold compress against the inside of your wrists. It's a quick cooling spot and works for me when I've got the hangover sweats.
- Eat all of the junk food.
- Aim to drink 2ltrs of water.
- Lie in a dark room with either a fan on or a wet flannel on your fo'head.
- Go the gym and sweat it out.
- Try hair of the dog (i.e have another drink).
- Take painkillers every few hours as recommended to help rid yourself of the headache.
- Stay where you are - travelling definitely makes you feel worse.
- Sleep for as long as you can.
- Get caffeine and sugar in you.
- Wear sunglasses if you become sensitive to light.
- If you need to be sick, be sick. Don't mentally distract yourself from wanting to puke.
-Firmly grip your temples and on the very top of your head with one hand. Squeeze gently.
- Take a break from any electronics. It will only make you feel worse.
- Eat spicy food. Sweat it out internally!
- Have a partner? Turn them into your slave by making them wait on you. Trust me, it's the best.
- Don't deny yourself a hangover poop. They are the best types of poops.

What are your remedies for when you're hungover? Let me know in the comments below.




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Monday, 18 September 2017

Highs & Lows - Week 21

This past weekend has been super relaxing and I've managed to get so many 'home chores' done. As the holiday of our dreams reaches ever closer, we've now got ourselves a gorgeous suitcase from Tripp (which we actually brought through Debenhams and I had a mission of a journey getting it back to the flat). Both myself and Sam have gone through our Summer wardrobes to see what we may need for the holiday and I'm super tempted to get all of the clothes and some new makeup.
Prosecco Piano

Highs ↑


Be Manic Events Launch Party


So we attended Sam's cousin's launch party (ahh all the punctuation) and it was over at his grandma's STUNNING property where the main space was a converted barn house. He had bouncers, an outdoor dance space and the fanciest portaloos myself and Sam have ever seen. The event seemed to go very well and we were pretty stunned by the on-site magician who was amazing. Well done Tom and best of luck with your company!

Out With The Old


So over the weekend, I had a massive clean up of my room, I've put a shit load of stuff on eBay to sell (so please go and buy it). It's so good to have a cleansing of your belongings every now and again because I'm constantly hoarding things that I really don't need.


What have been your highs & lows? Let me know in the comments below.




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Friday, 15 September 2017

Xtava 5-in-1 Curling Iron | Giveaway

When it comes to curling my hair, I use a very old curling tong that I grabbed off a friend during my university years and it's served me well for the past four years that I've had it.

But unfortunately all good things must come to an end to make way for AH-MAZING things like this Xtava 5-in-1 Curling Iron I received in the post the other day.
Xtava Packaging
As salon-grade hair tools, the curling iron is meant to leave you with salon-worthy hair and a selection of curly-haired looks. From the very thick barrels to the super thin, I can't wait to get testing these on my limp locks.

With just one iron, the interchangeable, ceramic and tourmaline barrels has a nine heat setting ranging from 210-410°F. DAMN THAT'S HOT!
Curling Irons
The whole kit costs just £45.99 and is US based company. It comes with a heat resistant travel bag and glove that's great for those with a busy lifestyle.

I think immediately I'm drawn the really thick barrel because I've always wanted to get natural, loose curly waves that I just can't get with my current curling tong. I also think the thinnest barrel will provide me with my favourite pencil curls without having to use a pencil and straighteners!
Thick Barrels
Thin Barrels
Super Thin Barrels
So being the absolute babe I am, Xtava have agreed to give away one of these kits to a lucky reader! Be sure to enter below. The giveaway will run for a month and all responsibility for sending out the prize will be with Review Directory.

Win the xtava Satin Wave 5 in 1 Curling Wand #5

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

10 Things To Consider For A Road Trip

Whether you're taking the super festive trip home for Christmas or a trek through America, making sure you have everything you need before your travels will avoid any unexpected delays to your trip.
Beach
Although I don't drive (I know, I'm 24 and I've not had a single driving lesson), I have had plenty of road trips with friends and family. Some of which have made the entire holiday and others...well the less we speak about them the better.

Kwik Fit are experts in keeping their customer's cars in tip top condition and thanks to companies like Kwik Fit, we're able to go on epic road trips without having to sweat about the big stuff. Going on road trips can be super fun but consider these tips before you go on your next one!

Snacks, snacks and more snacks.


Probably the most essential thing needed for a road trip of any length is a decent amount of snacks. Make sure you have plenty of junk food and fizzy drinks but be sure to get water too and perhaps a meal if you're not planning on stopping for too long at a service station.  

A playlist that lasts the entire journey.


There's nothing more annoying than getting half way through your journey and the playlist starting from the beginning again. It's always useful to have enough music on your playlist that will see you through your entire journey. This will also avoid you having to change the music whilst driving or having to pull over and delay your journey.

Properly plan for regular stops.


If you're traveling along an unfamiliar route, it's alway good prep to plan your pit stops along the way. There's always a service station available for a brief wee and for an emergency stock up on snacks. If you have more time, research the areas and see if you can stop off in a town to have some pub grub or wander around to stretch your weary legs.

Carry change for tolls.


Some of us don't tend to factor in potential toll points that can sneak up on you unexpectedly. Make sure to factor this in when you have other passengers, so they can pay their way too. A lot of tolls do take card but maybe bring a little change just in case.

If it's a really long journey then consider overnight accommodation.


One of the nightmare journeys that I've experienced in the past is where the drive took more than twelve hours! We just wanted to get to our destination but looking back, it was a little dangerous to have the same person driving for so long. Consider finding some overnight accommodation to break up your journey. After all, we all want to get to where we're going in one piece!

Make sure your car has been serviced.


There's nothing more annoying than breaking down on a motorway or discovering your tires have gone flat. Always make sure that before a road trip, especially long haul ones, that you've serviced your car and that all checks to both the interior and exterior have been made. It's something that a lot of drivers may forget (I know right, advice coming from a non-driver) but then again who ever checks instructions? I know I don't. It's always best to be prepared!

Use handy travel apps to avoid traffic.


There are so many apps available on our smartphones that are just as good as having a satnav. Sam's sister showed me an app called Waze which helps provide you with real-time traffic alerts, which is fantastic if you may be traveling alone and therefore don't have the help of other passengers to guide you.

Make sure you have enough space for luggage.


There's been plenty of occasions where we've had to hold various suitcases and big bulky items on our laps because there's not been enough room in the boot. Always make sure you discuss with any passengers that may be coming with you, what they're bringing and a limit on how much weight the car can hold.

First aid kit.


Since going on this First Aid course, I've learned some really obvious requirements that every office, home, and car should have but many of us just don't have them. So it's no surprise that most accidents in our lives tend to happen in our own homes or vehicles. It's useful to have a first aid kit for any road trip where you may find yourself out in the sticks. You can get yourself a kit on the St John Ambulance.

Keep others updated.


Especially when you are traveling alone, staying in touch with the outside world is handy in case you find yourself in a worrying situation. Whether it's a friend or family member, send them regular updates to let them know where you are. This will certainly appease any worrying mum or dad!

Are you planning any road trips soon? If so where are you going? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with Kwik Fit. All words are my own.




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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Floral Pleats With New Look

You know this girl is desperately trying to hang onto Summer when she features a vest top during the middle of September. I'm not ready for the colder months!

Vest tops for me tend to be a bit of a no-no when you've got bigger boobs. If the cut of the neckline is too low then they tend to look unappealingly top heavy and I don't want that. But this isn't to say vest tops aren't impossible for a big-breasted gal like me. 
Cami Top
I think the choice of how plunging the neckline is and what sort of material and pattern is used on the top, can help avoid these bad boys taking centre stage all the time. This Floral Pleated Cami Top was packed into a full rack of sale items on my last visit to New Look and I knew just from the neckline that this might be a winner for me.

A v-neck that wasn't too low and the dainty floral design had me throwing this on with eagerness in the dressing room. It went really well with my ripped denim trousers and I loved pairing the cami top with these denim shorts that are probably also from New Look because hey, it's my favourite store.
Close up of cami top
I love the pleated pattern as I feel it adds a more slender look to my figure. It also slightly distorts the floral design which is quite unusual but I like it. I'm pretty sad that I bought this top at the end of the Summer (or lack of Summer should I say) here in the UK. Although, I'm going to take it on my holidays in October so it isn't being packed away into storage just yet.
Full profile look
Vest Tops are certainly a basic that should be in every wardrobe and this is definitely one that I'll be bringing out next Summer. I can't believe this Summer is over. FML.


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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Never Lose Your Keys With Xupo

I don't know about you but I tend to have a habit of leaving my keys around the flat and then completely forgetting where I put them. I also lose my keys in my bag because of all the utter crap I carry around with me.

Xupo has become my new best friend. Yep, this tiny gadget, not much bigger than a 10 pence piece, is going to save me time and effort that I'd normally spend tirelessly searching for my keys. Not only does it help locate your keys but it can also be attached to your travel luggage and can call your phone if you manage to lose that!
Xupo packaging
The Xupo connects to Android and IOS compatiable phones. It works by connecting to your bluetooth, syncing up with your phone. The Xupo has three features; find it, call it and map it. By downloading the app onto your phone, setting up a profile allows you to use the device within minutes. Once you're all set up (and you've named your Xupo), clicking on the Xupo icon will cause the device to make a loud high pitched sound, making it easy to find. 

By pressing the button on the Xupo, the device actually calls your own phone which makes the same type of noise. And that's not all, oh no. If your device goes out of range, you can actually use the map option on the app to see the last timestamp of where your Xupo was located.
Xupo with phone app
Not only that but the app has perks you can unlock with points. I had 50 points to use so unlocked the 'Snap It' feature which allows you to use the Xupo as a remote to take pictures on your phone! Perfect for selfies and makes it much easier than having to try and use one hand to hold both the phone and take the picture. 

Other unlockable features include 'Keep It' which keeps the Xupo activated without having to actually use the app and 'Track It' which opens you up to community location updates. This allows other Xupo users around your area, help track down your lost device if it's current location is out of range.
Xupo on keys
So I'm pretty amazed at this device and how useful it can be. I'm definitely going to be attaching it to my luggage when we travel and it's a great way of easing that terrifying panic when you think you've lost your valuables. 

Want to own one yourself? Well now you can because the kind people at Xupo wanted to offer my readers the chance to win one! All you have to do is enter below. 

Please note that all responsibility for the delivery of the prize is with Review.Directory.

*Disclaimer - I received this product in return for a review and to host a giveaway. All words are my own.

Win a Xupo #8

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Highs & Lows - Week 20

Can we just take a moment to acknowledge that it's now September and there's only so many weeks left until Christmas? I mean, it's just too much! 2017 has gone in a heartbeat but it also feels like a long one too. It's tested a lot of us in more ways than one. It's made me so much more appreciative of the friends and family around me. We're very fortunate.
This weekend was spent with Sam's family, celebrating his Great Aunt Judy's 80th birthday! And she is looking fabulous for 80. It was a lovely lunch buffet and there was a big turnout, so it was nice to see so many people who loved and cared about her. 


Highs ↑

Planning the Holiday


OMG, I have the countdown on my phone for mine and Sam's holiday to Morocco and I am just the most excited being on the planet right now. This holiday could not come sooner and myself and Sam are currently planning what we'll be doing there during our stay. We're also considering an overnight stay in a nearby hotel the evening before our flight because hey, it's always nice to revel in a little bit of pre-flight luxury.


Family Time


Another weekend of family time but this weekend it was Sam's parents. It's great to spend time with the in laws, chatting about life and having a relaxed weekend. Although it was nice to get back into our own bed on Sunday. Myself and Sam didn't sleep too well and it was probably due to the bed being smaller than what we're used to. (Sam also woke me up at 3.18 in the morning by making me believe it was time to get up. Turned out he was sleep talking)


Lows ↓


Hurricane Irma


It's incredibly scary to think that hurricanes are just something we have no control over. An act of mother nature and unfortunately we can't stop it. This recent one has devasted a lot of livelihoods and once it's over, there's going to be so much to build back up. However if we've learnt anything within the past twelve months, it's that communities and countries from afar come together to help those in need, both financially and emotionally.

What have your highs & lows been this week? Let me know in the comments below.



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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Take Your Fitness Outside

Another weekend, another guest post! Bringing back the lovely Samantha Olivier, she's looking at how we can take our fitness outdoors. As the late nights draw in and the thought of being outside in the evening is a little daunting, you'll be surprised by just how much fitness and sports is available to you. You can find Samantha on Twitter here.
Walking


Take Your Fitness Outside 


If you feel bad spending time in a stuffy gym instead of being outside in this beautiful weather and fresh air, we have some great news for you. Forget about the gym and take your fitness outside with these fun fat-burning muscle-building activities. Take a look! 

Hit the waves 


If you’re one of those lucky people who live by the ocean, you can try your hand at surfing. Even though it might look easy when the pros do it, surfing actually requires a lot of stamina, strength, balance and skills. If you think surfing is a bit too much adrenaline for you, you can try stand-up paddle boarding. It’s easier to learn, but requires almost twice as many calories. You will need to paddle constantly and use your core to maintain balance. Both activities are great cardio workouts and super fun. 

Swimming 


If you’re looking to find the best cardiovascular activity, you can stop looking. It works almost every part of your body and who doesn’t want to have a swimmer’s body? If you’re not exactly Michael Phelps, you can simply splash around, play some water volleyball or catch and still burn some serious calories. 

Under the sea!


Snorkelling and scuba diving are one of those exercises that don’t feel like exercise at all, but have many great benefits. It’s not only super fun, but also a great cardio workout. You have to work hard to push against the resistance of the water, so you will work your glutes, thighs, hips, back and abs. You constantly need to twist your body by using your core, and if you use fins, you will increase the resistance and work your legs even harder. Diving is also a great way to relax, because it’s always peaceful under the surface. 


Biking 


Biking is a great way to burn calories and lose weight outdoors, and it also build the muscles in your legs and core. You can do it alone, grab a friend for a ride, or join a club and bike with other enthusiasts. If you take it off the road, you will almost double the amount of calories you can burn, because of the different terrains, slopes and hills. 


Become a sk8ter 


Roller skating and skateboarding are an amazing cardio workout that strengthens your core and your legs. You can basically do it any place that’s paved, or visit a skate park for an ultimate experience. Roller skating’s a bit easier to learn while skateboarding requires a little more practice, so find a great skate shop, pick out a longboard, and get to it. 


15/Love 


Stamina, strength, agility, speed - all of these things are best exercised on the tennis court. And have you seen those chiselled and tanned bodies? So, pick up a racquet and challenge your friends to a friendly duel. Tennis is a great HIIT activity and a serious calorie-burner that tones the arms, back, shoulders and legs. It also improves speed, balance and coordination while burning around 500 cals an hour. And you can also skip your morning jog because you will cover between 4 and 6 km during one match! 


Badminton


This classic game is one of the few activities you can do practically anywhere outdoors. It’s super cheap and sooo much fun. It doesn’t require a lot of space, people or expensive equipment like tennis, just some racquets and some spirit. Badminton requires a lot of energy and running around, so it improves stamina. It requires little to no practice, and it’s great for all ages and fitness levels. If you have kids, they’ll also love it!

Forget about expensive gym memberships, and take your workouts outside. You will burn the same amount of calories, but enjoy fresh air and catch some vitamin D. Good luck! 

Are you doing any outdoor fitness at the moment? Let me know in the comments below.



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Friday, 8 September 2017

WearAll Fashion | Summer Picks

In an online shopping world that's just as popular as what's on our high streets, it can be difficult to shop in the right places. WearAll provides cheap clothing that's fashionable and still on trend with a lot of mainstream stores. Over the past couple of months, I've had been wearing some of these gorgeous pieces from their range to find out if they stand the test of time aka will they survive several washes and Natalie being clumsy AF whilst wearing them.
Denim Jacket
Probably my favourite piece from the collection has to be this Morgan Oversize Distressed Acid Wash Denim Jacket with sections around the front and back that are slightly ripped. I've wanted a denim jacket this Summer but failed to find any long ones on the high street. Short denim jackets can sometimes point out the lesser attractive areas (to me) that I might want to keep hidden. I love that this jacket goes all the way down to my bottom more or less and I feel totes hipster in it.
Denim Jacket
The corset trend has very much become a staple this year, especially over the past few months. I love how this Titania Strappy Floral Lace Up Bust Skater Dress incorporates that trend with the corset running straight down the chest and cutting off at the waist to cinch my figure in a little. A slight problem with this dress was that as soon as I put it on, one of the straps snapped, so I had to do a quick re-sow and made sure to go over the other strap just in case.
Corset Floral Dress
This is probably my favourite shirt/dress because of how damn sexy I feel in it. Embracing my inner rock child, this Wanda Acid Wash Rock Plunge Choker T-Shirt Dress has a deep plunge that is a perhaps a little too cheeky without some form of coverage around the boob area. I love the neck strap (don't know what else to call it) and I just love how fun this outfit is.

I don't think this can be classed as a dress though, unless you are more petite. I had to wear this with some jeans but it still looks great.
Rocky T-Shirt Dress
Next one down is a curvy little number and one I wore for the first time at Sam's graduation. I didn't realise at the time but the Tracy Floral Bardot Wrapover Bodycon Mini Dress definitely rides up on bare skin, so I had to get some safety pins as a temporary measurement. Since then, my mum has stitched up the gap in between the thighs and I've now realised that wear shorts underneath the dress, helps keep the material in place. It's a gorgeous dress though and one I'll definitely be wearing for the remainder of the Summer. 
Floral Clevage Dress
The final one is another corset number. I kept seeing all these shirts with a makeshift corset on the front and I knew that I had to have one. I'm actually missing the black lace that goes with this top so I had to improvise with another individual corset that I have. I love this Wendy Lace Up Corset 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress with a denim skirt or ripped jeans. It just screams comfort and that's what I love. Plus it's black and black is always a very slimming colour for me.
Corset Shirt
Close up of corset shirt
I wouldn't say the clothing is all very high quality. There's definitely some minor issues with some of the outfits but the denim jacket alone for me, makes up for it. I love that this clothing is super affordable and some of their more basic clothes are perfect for casual wear and layering with other pieces.

What looks do you like from this collection? Let me know in the comments below.


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Thursday, 7 September 2017

LoveMeBeauty | High-End Luxury

LoveMeBeauty continues to surprise me every month with their incredible products and this month is no different. I'm actually gutted because one of the products that I received (the Kat Von D Studded Lipstick), I actually left behind in the pub we went to for my brother's birthday. So obviously I need to buy the full version because I literally fell in love with the formula and shade.
Flatlay of all products
This month's 'shop the edit' was possibly the best one yet. The company has managed to work with so many incredible brands so far and the quality and size of them range from small to full-size products. And for a criminally cheap £10 a month, this subscription service is probably the best out there if you want to try out more beauty products but don't want to spend a fortune.

So let's dive right into what this lucky girl got this month with LoveMeBeauty...


bareMinerals Skinlongivity - RRP £34.00 for 30ml


bareMinerals skinlongivity SampleFirst up is the bareMinerals Skinlongivity and it is the first product from this brand that I've tried out. bareMinerals is always a brand I've longed to try out but have never taken the plunge due to their price tags. Since dipping my toes in the beauty world, I've found myself experimenting with more brands and I love it. The Skinlongivity is a serum that's meant to revive and maintain the skin's health, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. 
bareMinerals Skinlongivity serum
Used on the face and neck twice daily, the serum is suitable for all skin tones. I've gotten through about 3/4 of my mini version which was a substantial 7.5ml and I love how it feels on the skin. It's slightly tacky which I like and it smells very citrusy. Weirdly, I thought of surface sprays that have that artificial lemony smell and I was a little put off by that. I've not noticed a huge difference but my skin definitely looks more healthy and vibrant.

Buxom Lip Polish in Dolly - RRP £15.00 for 4.44ml


Buxom Lip Polish packaging
My least favorite product had to be this Buxom's Lip Polish in the shade, Dolly. It's again another brand that I've yet to try and their lip polishes that are meant to plump your lips was a little disappointing. I'm not a massive fan of glossy lips and because I've tried out other lip plumpers, this one just didn't do much at all. I do like the berry shade but for me, it's just too glossy and translucent on the lips. I'd prefer wearing a lip oil as at least that feel's more moisturizing. 
Swatch of Buxom Lip Polish
Buxom Lip Polish

Kat Von D 'Lock-It' Setting Powder - RRP £22.00


Kat Von D Setting Powder
It's a definite contender in comparison to the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder which is my first and only setting powder that I've used up until this point. The Kat Von D 'Lock-It' Setting Powder is a little lighter both in coverage and shade which I like especially when I want to stamp out my dark circles under the eyes. It sets very well over foundation but I did notice a slight creasing under my eyes where I have fine lines. Nothing too noticeable but this is something I don't get with my Laura Mercier powder.
Setting powder on fingers
Swatch of setting powder
I do like the finish of this powder though so I am tempted to grab myself the full-sized version for when I want my contouring and under eyes to really pop.

Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Mercy - RRP £17.00


I am beyond livid at myself for not taking photos of this beforehand and then actually losing this amazing lippy like the clumsy clutz that I am. I've actually always wanted to try out a Kat Von D lipstick/lipgloss because I've just heard such good things about it and I recently tried out her lipgloss on another LoveMeBeauty haul.

The Kat Von D Studded Lipstick range is insane. The shade I received which was a super mini version of Mercy was the most beautiful nude I've ever tried and it's more or less topped Mac's Velvet Teddy for me. I am won over with the formula and it has ample staying power so this Christmas, I'm definitely treating myself to a few shades from the range. Cannot recommend this lipstick enough! Well done Kat, well done.

Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oil - RRP £45.00 each (full size)


Aromatherapy Oils
And last but certainly not least are these beautiful Bath & Shower Oils from Aromatherapy Associates that were given to every member for free by LoveMeBeauty (these guys are just amazing). The oils are miniature versions that come in a regal purple gift box and these are beautiful. My best friend Hannah had actually gotten me some of these before for Christmas so I've already tried them out. They made such a beautiful body oil for using both in the shower and in the bath. I prefer using them in the bath because the smell is divine and smells pretty strong considering you only need to use a cap full.

What do you think of this month's haul? Let me know in the comments below.

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Balloon Sleeves | Zara

I recently treated myself to a little splurge on some new clothing and I approached the shops with a new attitude to what I wanted. I no longer wanted to shop for clothes that I just wouldn't wear, neither did I want to go for outfits that just weren't my style. 

I picked up this spotty number from Zara and it's actually the first ever purchase I've made from Zara for myself (I bought some underwear for Sam a while back). Zara has always been a shop where I've liked the styles of the clothing but could never justify the price because I knew I could find somewhere that did the same for less.
Outfit
Close up of top
But the sales were on (again) at Westfields and I decided to go against the norm by stepping into the store. I came out with this beautiful balloon sleeved spotty top. Paired up with some mid-waisted ankle trousers, this is the perfect transitional outfit from Summer to Autumn. It's casual but smart enough for office wear and the black spots add a little bit of fun to the whole look.
Close up of outfit
Outfit

What do you think of this look? Do you shop at Zara? Let me know in the comments below.

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Natura Siberica | Northern Detox Soap

I love trying the weird and wonderful on UpYourVlog and if I told myself back last year that I'd be using more than just makeup wipes or micellar water to remove and cleanse my skin, I would have laughed and said 'no chance'. Well turns out I've actually implemented a skincare routine and I've recently been testing out this beastly soap from Natura Siberica
Soap packaging and sponge
The soap is no ordinary soap and its texture is more like a slightly hard mousse. It's filled with 'unique properties', northern herbs and berries that are rich in oils and vitamins which have been used since ancient times for their skin enhancing benefits.

So far so good right? The ingredients that make up this soap are used by Northern Siberian people for traditionally creating medical infusions and elixirs that help them preserve health and provide vitality and youthfulness.

It's a hefty sized soap and with its thick circular packaging, it keeps the soap fresh and less messy than soaps that just come in a bit of plastic wrapping. You get 100ml for £11.99 and after just a few uses I haven't even broken the surface.
Soap in packaging
The soap features highly absorbent activated carbon that draws impurities from deep within the skin and used one or twice a week (which I found surprising that it wasn't daily), it promises to leave your skin super clean and sparkling.

I've used this a couple of times and I'd have to say, my skin definitely feels cleaner - but not so much sparklier - perhaps that's the wrong word to use.

Natura Siberica carefully studied and brought together the ancient recipes of the Nenec, Selkup and Khanty people to create this unique facial cleanser.  
Swatch of soap
I love how it initially goes onto the skin and the soap is actually buildable. The swatch above is a fingernail's worth of product which looks a lot thicker than how it goes on to the skin. The water does water down the product and I did find that after I washed the soap off, there were very fine particles left clinging on some of my facial hair. However, after going over the skin with the sponge, this easily comes off.

I'm excited to continue using the soap on my skin especially as it feels so much cleaner and is a great in between after removing my make-up and applying moisturiser.

What do you think of this unique facial cleansing soap? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - I was sent this product in return for a honest review. All words are my own.



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