17/05/2019

Practically Perfect Styling with Lorna Luxe & In The Style



I am rapidly approaching 50. Yep, 50 years of age. How the hell did this happen? Seems like only 5 minutes ago I was celebrating my 30th birthday. It doesn't bother me in the slightest to be fair, just wish time would slow down a little that's all.

This fashion post is kind of related to age, in a roundabout way because I debated for so long on whether to order this top or not. You probably know of the collaboration that Lorna Luxe has done with In The Style, a collection of staple knitwear pieces, classic tailoring and statement dresses. Well, I've seen so many people styling her items all over social media and the majority are all spring chickens, compared to me anyway, so there was that thought going round in my head that I'm too old to be flaunting myself in any of her beautiful pieces. I held that thought for all of five seconds and then gave myself a slap! What was I thinking? If I feel good and comfortable then I'll wear it.  

Practically perfect wrap top by Lorna Luxe styled with high waisted trousers and sandals

And, I have to say who knew I suited blue!!! I've never had anything blue in my wardrobe until now. I now have these trousers, this porcelain blue wrap top and a cornflower blue light knit!! Oh and only yesterday went out and bought a light blue wrap dress for the summer. A lot of people do those colour consultations don't they, I think that's what they're called, where a stylist comes along and works out what colour suits you, with some sort of colour wheel or something, may have just totally made that last bit up :D. I've always avoided blue, not even sure why, just didn't like it but now I've realised it suits my skin tone. Who needs a colour consultant?! 

Practically perfect wrap top by Lorna Luxe styled with high waisted trousers and sandals

Anyway, back to the Practically Perfect Porcelain Wrap Top. I'll put my hands up and say I forgot to take the black belt to go with the trousers, kind of sets off the whole look a bit more. BIG blogger fail but had to continue with getting the pics as never sure when Nick's next available! Every time I look at the photos though I get so annoyed with myself. I even thought about not positing this but then they'd go to waste. 

Practically perfect wrap top close up of pattern and tie waist

I adore the print on this and the big puff sleeves. I ordered two sizes as wasn't sure. I'm normally an 8 but that gaped a little too much around the bust, not quite enough fabric to wrap, so stuck with the size 10. It's a cropped length but I can get away with it with high waisted trousers, one thing I'm definitely too old for is showing too much tummy. No-one wants to see that!!


Practically perfect wrap top by Lorna Luxe styled with high waisted trousers and sandals

It's the perfect top for dressing up or down, looks equally good with jeans and heels. I haven't worn it much yet though so need to get some nights out planned I think!

Practically perfect wrap top by Lorna Luxe styled with high waisted trousers and sandals

It's funny because I feel like I've found my style more as I've gotten older, I got a bit more trendy as I hit my thirties I think. Don't get me wrong, I'm never gonna win any awards in the style stakes but I just know what I like and what suits me and I actually get a lot of inspiration from lots of people I follow on Instagram, including Lorna. 

Lorna has infact just added more items to her collection so if you fancy a look you'll find it right here.


P.S - I'm still so annoyed with myself for forgetting the belt-just doesn't look right :( 

I've linked the top obviously, the trousers are from Primark and my gorgeous beaded bag is from Zara, last summer but I've linked similar items below. 


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14/04/2019

Medik8 crystal retinal 6 | Review



Medik8 crystal retinal 6

When it comes to skincare and giving your wrinkles a helping hand, you need some form of retinoid. It's the superstar ingredient to help reverse, prevent and repair the signs of ageing. Now retinol (vitamin A) comes in many forms, from retinol esters to retinoic acid and I'm no skin expert at all but I do know that it's always best to start with the lower strength when you first start dabbling with a vitamin A product. My understanding is that retinoic acid, the strongest form, is the active ingredient our skin understands and can process, other forms of retinoids have to be converted by the skin into retinoic acid before it can work its magic. Results take time, usually many months before you see much of an improvement. Some over the counter retinols/retinals can be strong for some, so you need to go slowly and build up. I've used over the counter retinols with no issue but to honest never saw much in the way of results. I've also, on two occasions tried Tretinoin (prescription retinoic acid)  and my goodness, this in on another level. With tret you really have to proceed with caution, slowly, slowly, it's bloody STRONG!! Your face can end up sore if you're not careful, and flaky skin with peeling is very common. I had all this and to be honest it's a case of it gets worse before it gets better BUT with me my face resembled that of a 90 year old with lots of flaky skin, makeup looking hideous and I hated it. Even, when I dropped to applying only once or twice a week it still looked the same, even more of a wrinkled prune that it did before I started using it so I stopped. I was gutted because I  know tretenoin is the gold standard. 

Now a little while ago I was gifted the Medik8 crystal retinal 6 *and was a little wary to say the least. As I said retinol has to be converted, first to retinaldehyde then to retinoic acid. This product already is a retinaldehyde so basically only needs one conversion making it work quicker on the skin. Containing encapsulated retinaldehyde, it offers high performance, providing visible results up to 11 times faster!! Now, that's impressive. 

Medik8 crystal retinal 6

The Medik8 crystal retinal 6 is really lightweight, orange in colour as you can see, spreads over the skin nicely and absorbs well. My skin is quite dehydrated so I do sometimes find I need to put something over the top. I always leave it a good hour though, I'll apply this and an hour later go back with some oil or a moisturiser.

I've been using this for a while now, in fact, it's more or less empty, and I've had zero irritation and zero flaking/peeling. I love it.
I REALLY LOVE IT. More than any other retinol I've used, my skin just behaves whilst using it which makes me happy. I think because it uses encapsulated technology it releases the retinaldehyde slowly rather than BOOM, all at once, perhaps making it more of a gentle delivery and that's why I get on with it better??

Medik8 crystal retinal 6 product being applied to hand

It comes in various strengths, starting with the crystal 1 which is entry level, 3 for people that are new to retinaldehyde but have used mild retinols before, 6,  for when you're ready to step it up a gear, and then 10 for those ready for that extra boost from number 6. My skin definitely needs number 10 right now.

medki8 crystal retinal 6

If like me you struggle to cope with the side effects of flaking and peeling that comes with strong retinoids/prescription ones, then this one might be a good option for you. If you haven't tried a retinol product before and you want help with wrinkles and fine lines, dark spots, acne, then you need something like this in your routine. If you're a newbie then perhaps start with number 3?

Using any kind of retinoid is a bit of balancing act, and understanding how your skin reacts is key. Remember to start slowly, once a week initially and build up and ALWAYS use spf in the day. Every day!

Don't forget too that it takes time, you're not going to wake up a few weeks later with smooth glowing skin. You're in it for the long haul :)


I was kindly gifted this from the team at Dermacare Direct and if you want more information then click here, they are happy to chat via phone or email and help guide you.










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19/03/2019

Body care with Sesderma | Review



Sesderma Atopises and Acglicolic body milks

I think I look after the skin on my face pretty well, yet I neglect the skin on my body so much!! I exfoliate it occasionally and every now and then I'll slather on some body lotion but I've never been one of these women that do it religiously. I want to get out of the shower, dry and go.

I'm definitely worse in the winter. During the cold winter months I pack away my hairy legs (and hairy everything else) and I just forget to slap on the lotion. You're the same? Thing is, the winter months play havoc with our skin don't they, what with the central heating and a million layers of clothing so I guess our body needs the nourishment more. Mine most definitely DOES.

We've already had a little taster of sunshine here in the UK, although it disappeared again quite quickly, but spring really is around the corner, and time to be getting out said hairy legs and then the rest of the body as summer rolls around, so cue some totally fabulous body milks* from Sesderma.

Atopises body milk

Sesderma, a big name in dermatology, were established in Spain many years ago, and is now sold all around the world. They have been looking after the needs of our skin for many years but, I cannot lie, I've only recently become more aware of the brand through upping my anti-aging skincare game. I'm part of a few skincare chat groups and I see people talk about their products on the regular now so when I was asked if I'd like to try these I was genuinely excited. 

The Atopises body milk is for atopic prone skin, which is skin prone to dermatitis/eczema, but also for anyone with extremely dry skin, that'll be me then! It's a daily lotion which helps to calm and relive problematic and dry skin, keeping it protected and moisturised, preventing skin dryness and restoring the hydro-lipid barrier. It has some incredible ingredients and you can read more about them on their website.

The Acglicolic classic body milk is for all skin types and contains glycolic acid encapsulated in liposomes giving it incredible penetration levels. Glycolic acid is a naturally occurring active that helps to exfoliate the skin and stimulate cell renewal as well as being extremely moisturising. It also contains Boswellic acid which is known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. 

Acglicolic body milk

I've really enjoyed using these body milks and being a 'milk' they're both really light and melt into the skin, leaving no tacky residue at all. Usually after applying body products I have to wait a little while before I can get dressed but that's not an issue with these, I can dress straight away. The ones I've got at home are quite thick though, a standard body moisturiser, you know, the ones that smell good and hydrate your skin for all of five minutes, but these lightweight ones are better because they are full of active ingredients. And, because of those actives they'll provide more long term results.

I do have to be honest though guys and one thing I have to say is that I'm not mad about the smell of the Atopises milk. Don't get me wrong, it's not horrible in any way, I'm just very aware of it when I apply. I'm not sure what ingredient it comes from but it does fade quite a bit when it absorbs in to the skin. I find both of the creams super hydrating but for this reason I prefer the Acglicolic, it's a very subtle scent. Personal taste I guess.

Atopises and Acglicolic body milks

Thank you Sesderma, you've actually made me think more about what I'm applying to the skin on my body and who knows, if I keep it up I might have the skin of a goddess by the time summer shows her face! :) 

You can find all the details over on the Sesderma website and I'm definitely off to browse the anti-aging actives for the face.



And, do let me know in the comments that I'm not the only one who forgets their body needs a bit of TLC too!


*These products were gifted but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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20/02/2019

Evening escape - Eden Hall Spa in Nottinghamshire

external view of Eden Hall and gardens, formally Middleton House

Being able to escape the daily grind and relax, even for a few hours, is the best feeling right? Life sometimes takes over and even though we steal half an hour here and there for some pamper time at home it's not quite the same as a spa visit is it? So, when I was invited along to Eden Hall with Emmie for their evening escape I jumped at the chance! I'd been wanting to go to this spa for so long.
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13/01/2019

Exploring Rome




Picture in front of the Colosseum taken from Palatine Hill

Rome - such an iconic city. Steeped in history, a mix of beautiful architecture and ruins almost everywhere you turn.
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