26.11.14

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: UNDER £25


Last week I kicked off my Christmas Gift Guide with a new festive collaboration from Coca-Cola & O.P.I (post here in case you missed it!) and this week I'm bringing you my top Christmas gift sets under £25, here goes...

He-Shi Luxury Gift Set - £20: The perfect gift set for any existing self tanner or it would also make a great starter kit for a newbie. In this set you receive a 150ml size Express Liquid Tan and a Tanning Mitt which comes in a pouch (which would make a great travel makeup bag once you've finished using the tan). I'm a huge fan of He-Shi tan - their Gold Foaming Mousse is my absolutely favourite and current go-to tan, this gift set would make a lovely gift and doesn't break the bank at just £20!

Joules Field Fresh Toiletry Bag - £20: A set made for the mums/nans/aunts of the family in my opinion, a beautiful floral two zip toiletry bag containing a 200ml Body Wash, 125ml Body Scrub and 125ml Body Lotion. You can pick this set up from Boots (pssst, they currently have 3 for 2 on their Christmas gifts so be sure to make the most of this offer!).

bare Minerals Kissing Booth Lipgloss Collection - £22.50: The beauty lover set consisting of six Mini Marvelous Moxie Lipglosse's in shades; Big Tease (pinkish nude), Lucky Lady (diamond rose), Sweet Kisser (strawberry sorbet), Major Flirt (sparkling peony), Thrill Seeker (rich lilac), Jezebel (glimmering fuschia). This gift set is great for any makeup lovers, especially if you're not quite sure what shades they wear/suit as this set contains six mini lipglosses - there is something for everyone!

Mark Hill Go Glam Mini Bag - £14: A great gift set of travel sized for the jet-setter in your life, the set contains a 50ml Does it All! Everyday Shampoo, All You'll Ever Need! Everyday Conditioner, Fabulous Finish Hairspray, Quick Fix Dry Shampoo and a compact mirror. I love to plan weekends away and overnight breaks throughout the year and a set like this would be perfect for me as all of the products can be taken as hand luggage, if you know a beauty lover that travels then this is the set for them (a great price too for the five products!).

TIGI Bed Head Twisted Texture Gift Set - £19.95: This set is for the texturised/bed head stylers amongst us - you know the type, they spritz a quick bit of texturising spray in their do and they look like they stumbled off the catwalk *sigh*. This Tigi set contains a 'TIGI Bed Head Small Talk' and 'TIGI Bead Head Hard To Get' which are both volumising/texturising products, a great gift for someone who enjoys experimenting with hair styles!

Soap & Glory Zinging In The Shower Gift Set - £18: I was really shocked to see this gift set was only £18 - I thought it would have been quite a bit more, the box set comes beautifully packaged and is a fair size so it looks like it's worth more. The sweet lime-scented trio in the set consist of; 300ml Sugar Crush Body Buttercream, 250ml Sugar Crush Body Wash and a 50ml Sugar Crush Body Scrub. This set is a sure fire winner for me as the Soap & Glory bath products are of great quality at a great price!

Which gift set will you be hoping to see under your Christmas tree this year? 


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21.11.14

FINDING YOUR HAPPY PLACE

 Dress: *Miss Selfridge | Boots: *Oasis | Cape: *Miss Selfridge | Bag: *Oasis
As I'm sitting here writing this post (in my Christmas pjs, listening to 2 Pac no less) I feel really content with life right now, I want to start writing more lifestyle posts and reaching out to more of you from now on. I have had some things thrown at me in life that I want to open with you all and talk about, because even if it helps just one of you then I'm doing something right.
Life isn't perfect, when is it? But It's time to focus on the positives - no matter how small, and if we can take the time to do this once a day to make ourselves or someone else smile then it was worth it. I worry about work, about money, about what I'm doing with my life but on the flip side I have an incredible boyfriend, family and friends that are hear to support me, to pick me up when my plan didn't quite work out or to laugh until we cry, and for that I am truly grateful. 
I feel like we spend too much time being hard on ourselves because we're not doing as well as the next person, but remember this; you are you, not them, so comparing yourself to someone else is a pointless activity. Of course, we will always have personal life goals and places we see ourselves going and dreams are what keep us thriving to always do better so never let them go, just understand that sometimes things don't happen as quickly as we'd like or other aspects get in the way, and that's life.
Lately, I've been taking some time out to remember what truly makes me happy and finding time for myself. When I was shooting these outfits with my aunt, (it was only in my local park) but I took a moment to look around and appreciate the world around us, we take it for granted sometimes and forget to treasure it's beauty. I absolutely love Autumn and Christmas - to me it really is the most wonderful time of the year, going for strolls on a crisp autumn day, those dreamy red cup hot chocolates, candle lit bubble baths and cherishing loved ones at Christmas; for me these are my happy places where I take a moment to smile and be thankful for everything I have.
Take time to find your happy place today and to find a reason to smile for no reason!

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20.11.14

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: OPI X COCA-COLA


Everyone loves Coca-Cola? Sure. Everyone loves O.P.I? Of course! Here's what happens when a multi billion pound drinks company collaborates with the coolest high street nail brand... the cutest Christmas gift sets! I though I'd kick off my Christmas Gift Guide (there's plenty more to come, believe me!) with the sweetest and most iconic gift sets of the season... the holidays are coming after all!

What to expect from the O.P.I x Coca Cola gift sets...

'Coca Cola - Icons of Style Trio Pack' - £23.00

1 x 15ml Coca-Cola Red
1 x 15ml Turn On the Haute Light
1 x 15ml A Grape Affair

 'Bearest of Them All' - £11.95

Bearest of Them All has a special limited-edition nail lacquer which contains a happy mix of white hearts swirling
in a blizzard of red and white glitter. Promotion features a bottle of Bearest of Them All hugged by a plush polar bear ornament.

I have to say my favourite set is probably the  'Bearest of Them All' - even though the trio pack is packaged really nicely and has three great colours, I just can't resist the cute polar bear and limited edition polish which is possibly the most perfect Christmas day polish that I've ever seen?!

Will you be picking up either set for yourself or a loved one this Christmas?

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19.11.14

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST: FOREVER 21

Coat | Jumper | Shoes | Jeans | Bag | Ring | Sunglasses

I was browsing on one of my favourite sites earlier; Forever 21 and spotted some incredible pieces so I decided to put together a little Wednesday Wishlist for y'all (apologies in advance to your bank accounts!). I've currently got the coat, shoes and bag in my shopping cart and I have a feeling something bad might happen (or not so bad, depends which way you look at it!).

I've been looking for some strappy, pointed heels for a while to accompany me through the festive season and I genuinely couldn't believe they were only £25! I'd found several pairs that I loved, one from Steve Madden and another pair from Reiss and I was almost biting the bullet to dig deep in my pockets and splash out but it seems Forever 21 have come to the rescue and saved my money just in time! Also, when I laid eyes on this bag I couldn't quite believe how perfect it was - and a cracking dupe for the Chanel Boy bag, at an absolute fraction of the price for just £17, I have to right?

Spot anything in this wishlist that you love?

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18.11.14

ROB'S TAKEOVER: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF

Top: *Zoo York | Jeans: Topman | Trainers: *K Swiss | Hat: *Hype Clothing | Jumper: *Zoo York

Alright guys and girls, I'm Rob - if you don't know already I'm Hayley's other half (or better half haha!) and a tattoo artist from Essex. I work in Southend at Low Tide Tattoo Studio and I thought I'd give you a little window into my world. On an average day you'll find me at the shop, inflicting pain and creating art on willing customers. I love my job and wouldn't want to change it for the world, I've been lucky enough to meet some really cool people along the way, made some great friends and it has opened many doors for me. 

Contrary to most peoples beliefs it's not exactly a rock star lifestyle, if anything it's quite a modest, humble existence as in most art forms it's more to do with the love of the work than the money it makes.   I'm lucky enough to know how good I've got it as I've not always been a tattooist, I once was an electrician which was fine but not where my passion lied so I decided to chase the dream and it was the best thing I ever did! 

As a part of this takeover, you'll be seeing me again in the near future where I'll be letting you guys know what I've been up to... so, until next time - take care!



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17.11.14

NEW 'OUTFIT' STORE OPENING - BASILDON, ESSEX

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RIMMEL PROVOCALIPS

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AUTUMNAL SHADES OF BERRY

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9.11.14

TALKING ABOUT BEAUTY TREATMENTS...


Today I'm delving into something a little deeper on FMIF that I never have before... beauty treatments. Waxing, tanning, hair removal, pedicures, facials, brow treatments, tinting and oh my the list goes on, it's not easy being a girl and keeping on top of maintenance and sometimes it's hard to draw a line between is it a necessity or a luxury?

Don't get me wrong, I love nothing more than a pamper evening, a good face pack, hair mask, nail painting session and all the rest of that jazz - but when it comes to beauty treatments some girls spend hundreds of pounds a month to maintain a certain level of beauty... and no boys we didn't just wake up like this (unfortunately).

First of all I'm talking about LVL lashes which is a treatment to uplift and straighten your natural lashes. A few weeks ago Nicola from Chique Beauty contacted me about seeing if i'd like to trial the treatment, I had to admit I've never had any lash treatment before so I was a little dubious but bit the bullet and decided to go for it. I took my camera along so I could capture the process, here goes...


My eyelashes before the treatment using Benefit They're Real - which is an absolute gem if you haven't tried it, definitely my current fav!


I popped into the salon two days prior to my treatment to have a a patch test - make sure you do this as it's such a sensitive area, my best friend was allergic to it and she now isn't able to have them done. When I arrived at the salon I had a consolation to see what lift I wanted to go for, the options are small, medium and large - I went for a medium lash as I didn't want to overdo it and still wanted them to look natural. Under eye pads are placed to keep your bottom lashes tucked out of the way during the treatment, a shield is then placed on your eyelid and my lashes were fanned out and bonded to it.

Once my lashes had been separated LVL Lifting Balm was applied, followed by volumising lotion - both were left on for roughly ten minutes. My lashes were then tinted and the process was complete, all in all the treatment time was around 40 minutes from start to finish. There was no real aftercare, I was told to leave my lashes for 24 hours for the tints and treatments to properly take (try not to get them wet in the shower during this time) but after that I was able to apply mascara if I wanted or if my lashes got wet they would just go straight back into place once dry.

P.s this isn't a lash perm... LVL stands for Lift, Volume, Length - you learn something new everyday!


Here's some pictures of my lashes just after the treatment, my eyes were a little sore and were streaming for what felt like forever - hence why my lashes were so wet. But you can see from the picture just how well the treatment had worked, my lashes were honestly so long and curly - it was strange getting used to them at first, you know that feeling of when you first apply false lashes and it feels really foreign - it was a similar feeling! The picture below was my lashes after two weeks of the treatment and the curl is still really prominent, the treatment lasts from 6-8 weeks and I honestly can't tell you how nice it's been wearing no mascara to work for the past few weeks! I was so happy with the results of my lashes, I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I honestly didn't expect them to look good considering there was no fake lashes involved.

As my lashes have started to drop a bit more I've been applying a small amount of mascara for nights out but still going mascara free which means 5 extra minutes in bed... result! Is this treatment a necessity? At £35 a pop I think this treatment is great value for money considering how long my lashes have lasted, however paying £35 every two months is just over £200 per year and it's definitely not something I'd be able to commit to as It's more of a want than a need. I'd 100% get my lashes done as a treat, if I had a special event to go to, perfect for 'no makeup' lashes on holiday but this for me would have to be a luxury.

Here are some other treatments that I have previously had done or would consider...

Teeth Whitening: This is always something I'd love to have done and have looked into, Blue Sky Dentist offer some great rates if it's something that you're interested in but when most practitioners offer treatments from a starting price of £400 it's hard to commit to. Boots offer lots of slightly more purse friendly options that can be done from home and include whitening kits, strips and toothpastes which is something I'd definitely look into and would love to hear if you've tried anything that has worked.

HD Brows: My best friend is a fully qualified HD Brows stylist and it's something I have done as often as I can - usually every 3/4 weeks. I feel nothing quite defines your face like a good brow and it's something that I always try to keep on top off - again, it's not a necessity but always a treat that I always love having and would encourage others to look into as you won't look back.


Hair Removal: I did a post a few months ago on my journey with the *Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X here, I'm still in the process of my treatment and will report back when it's completed but so far it's so good. Even though purchasing a Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X will set you back £375 it's a one off payment and it will save you hundreds of pounds on laser hair removal treatments in a salon. If hair removal is your thing then I'd definitely recommend investing in one. 
What treatments do you consider to be a necessity or a luxury? Is there anything I need to try?
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