Ruffle Jumpsuit

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Ruffle Jumpsuit / White Clutch Bag (similar here and here) / White Strappy Sandals (similar here and here)

I wore this pink striped jumpsuit to a wedding back in June. I think this has to be one of my favourite wedding guest outfits to date.

It is made from linen – a light, breathable and comfortable material, which is perfect for the summer heat.

My favourite thing about this jumpsuit is the ruffle cross-over. I doubt my love for frills will ever die. This jumpsuit would be plain without the ruffles.

I knew that I wanted to keep my accessories simple and monotone because the jumpsuit is a statement on its own. So, I wore my white strappy sandals, carried my simple white envelope clutch bag, and added gold coin drop earrings to match the gold accents on my bag. I kept my hair tied back in a ponytail so as not to distract from my outfit.

I plan to wear this jumpsuit again – possibly more toned down with white trainers for that casual look, or on holiday with slides on the beach.

Mich x

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Get Stronger

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Happy Monday everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve done a Motivational Monday’s post, but here it is:

“Life doesn’t get easier, you get stronger.”

This couldn’t be closer to the truth. No one has ever lived a problem-free life. Sorry to break it to you, but life can be unfair at times. It can come at you hard. Sometimes it gives you a break, but in general, life is a teacher.

The hardships that you face either make you or break you. And when they make you, that is when you get stronger. You cannot get stronger if you do not overcome, because there is always a harder battle waiting for you later on down the line. You cannot move on to the next step without wining the current battle you are facing.

The next time you go through a problem, or if you are going through a difficulty at this moment in time, remember that 1) no problem lasts forever and 2) when, not if, you overcome it, you will be stronger and wiser. You will have the experience to be able to take on whatever else may come your way.

I hope that this message has motivated someone today. Have an excellent Monday!

Mich x

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My Skincare Routine

It feels good to finally have an actual skincare routine, rather than just washing my face with the same product I use on my body, which isn’t ideal. Seeing as I have dry and sensitive skin, I knew that I wasn’t looking after my largest organ as it ought to be cared for.

It was a friend that introduced me to Eve Taylor over a month ago – an aromatherapy skin and body care brand. I’d never heard of it before. She showed me the products she was using and what would work best for me – the Ultra Soothing Skincare Collection Kit. I was immediately interested because, although I had taken no previous action to do so, I’d always been keen on looking after my skin.

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The Ultra Soothing collection comes with four products. The serum is not included – that was an added extra from my friend. The kit comes in simple and informative packaging, telling you the benefits of each product and how to use it.

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Ultra Soothing Cleanser: This is a creamy cleanser with oatmeal and Camellia oil in the ingredients. For people with eczema-prone/dry skin, Oatmeal has always been a nourishing element, and Camellia Oil – otherwise known as tea seed oil – is the actual green tea oil. As we all know, green tea has wonderful calming effects when used on the skin.

I wet my face and spread a thin layer of the cleanser all over my face using rotating movements. Then I use lukewarm water to wash it away. My skin is left feeling clean, but not dry.

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Ultra Soothing Toner: This product includes anti-inflammatories and capillary strengthening extracts to combat redness and irritation. This is perfect for me because my face would sometimes get itchy and irritable towards the end of the day.

The toner can either be applied with a cotton pad or sprayed 6-8 inches away from the face. I’ve been using the latter option.

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Refining Eye Gel: I’ve never used eye gel before and I’ve always wanted to, especially when the skin under my eyes started becoming so dry that they would literally tear. It usually happened when my eyes got itchy (thanks hay fever); I would rub them, consequently pulling at the delicate skin. It happened on more than one occasion and I knew that I needed help combatting the dry skin.

This eye gel claims to minimise fine lines, revitalise and refine the skin around the eye area. Its ingredients include aloe vera, which everyone knows is hydrating for the skin, and seaweed.

I squeeze a small drop onto my fingertip and apply underneath and around my eyes, gently massaging in any excess.

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Soothing Aromatic Serum (No 1): This product does not come as part of the ultra soothing collection; however, it works for all skin types to reduce redness and cool the skin. It is packed with essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus, and the avocado and hazelnut oils help to improve skin texture.

I apply three drops of serum straight to my face using the dropper and use circular motions to rub it in until all is absorbed.

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Ultra Soothing Moisture Cream: This is the last step in my routine. This cream includes Borage Seed and Comfrey which have anti-inflammatory benefits and help calm reactive skin, while helping to restore and strengthen the skin’s barrier functions.

I pump a small amount on my fingertips and apply onto my face using upward strokes.

Because these products are part of a kit, they come in travel size making it perfect for you to keep your routine whilst on holiday or away from home. However, they can be purchased in larger quantities. I need to get my hands on more of the cleanser because that was the first thing to finish for me, but still lasted me a month.

The kit retails at £21 and the serum costs £11.70. I’d say it’s all worth it seeing as I have a good amount of four out of the five products left.

This is the first time I have used Eve Taylor and I am very happy with the results. The skin on my face is plump and moisturised throughout the day, whereas before it would get dry by the afternoon. It is no longer irritable, and even if I’m a little naughty and eat something I shouldn’t (dairy), it takes longer for the effects of it to show up on my face.

I will definitely be repurchasing this collection, and am so grateful to my friend for introducing me to this skincare brand.

Have you ever tried Eve Taylor’s products?

Mich x

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My Dairy-free Birthday Breakfast

The day after my birthday, I planned a day of pampering, relaxation and “me” time. It started with having breakfast solo at The Breakfast Club – one of my favourite breakfast spots. A friend was meant to come with me but cancelled last minute, so I plucked up the courage to go by myself. And I loved it.

My main reason for choosing The Breakfast Club was because I wanted to try its new vegan addition to the menu: the Beauregarde Pancakes. These were gluten free pancakes (a bit annoying because I’m not gluten free) with warm blueberry compote, complete with Oatly cream and maple syrup.

I also ordered bacon, because how can you not have pancakes with bacon, and avocado because I am crushing on this fruit and am obsessed with its health benefits.

To drink, I had the cold pressed green juice – spinach, celery, lemon, apple and ginger. Anything with ginger and apple in it and I am sold.

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I didn’t like the consistency of the pancakes because they were gluten free, making them drier than I am used to. They weren’t too sweet, but the blueberry compote added a natural sweetness.

I love that the cream was Oatly, because that’s the alternative I use on a day-to-day basis.

The breakfast was satisfying and I would definitely order it again.

Mich x

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Gigi Hadid x Maybeline Review

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The limited edition Gigi Hadid x Maybelline West Coast Glow Eyeshadow Palette was released in October 2017, so I’m reviewing this many months late. To be honest, I wouldn’t have known about it at all, if it had not been for my boss. Yes, my male boss haha. He reviews items for Amazon and gets sent all sorts of things, so he let me try this eyeshadow palette.

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At first glance, the colours immediately attracted me. I love the mix of golds, pinks and browns, shimmers and mattes – my fave combos to play around with. I am no beauty guru, but this is my review this in a list of pros and cons.

Pros:

  • The colours are very pigmented. You get a lot of pick-up on your brush.
  • The colours can be used separately and I know that they will work well with my other eyeshadow palettes.

Cons:

  • Due to the amount of pick up, there is a lot of fall out. Make sure to tap off the excess eyeshadow, spray your brush with a setting spray before use, or do your eyeshadow first and clean up with concealer after.
  • This palette comes in two shade ranges – warm and cool. This is the cool one. The colours looked like they would suit my skin tone, but using them was a different story. They were muted and faded into each other, rather than blending well. This was the case even when used with primer.
  • For this reason, I can’t use the colours all together to create a look as is the purpose of the product.
  • The palette doesn’t include a mirror.

I had high hopes, but I was disappointed. It may look better on someone with a lighter skin tone, but it didn’t suit me. I’m happy I didn’t have to spend any money on it, otherwise it would have been a wasted purchase.

What do you think of this palette? Have you used it before? Would you?

Mich x

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P.s This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Sorry about the issues with lighting in the pictures. For this reason, the accuracy of the image of the palette is warped a little, but this doesn’t take away from the validity of my review. 

 

Birthday Sequins

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Midi Sequin Kimono Dress / Rose Gold Barely There Sandals

This was my official birthday outfit. I planned to celebrate my birthday the day after by having dinner with friends, so I really wanted to look special.

I saw this gorgeous sequin kimono dress on my fave online store and knew that I didn’t want to wear anything else. The problem was that it wasn’t available in my size. Still, I saved it and when it came back in stock, I was over the moon!

I had a few hiccups with it though. It came with an insert, which was tight and restricting. Thankfully,  I went to a tailor who was able to make a new one and sew the neckline further up so that it wasn’t revealing.

I kept the look monochrome with rose gold barely there sandals.

As I said on my Instagram post, everyone should sparkle on their birthday. What do you think? Did this dress scream “birthday girl”?

Mich x

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Ayannas

For my unexpected birthday meal, my hubby took me to Ayannas  – a fine dining Caribbean restaurant in East London.

When I realised that it was Caribbean food, I was disappointed because I eat this type of food regularly. But Ayannas surprised me, starting with the decor. The restaurant had a gorgeous couch and black piano at the entrance.

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For starters, I ordered the peppered prawns, which I forgot to take a picture of, and my hubby ordered the jerk chicken fillet (pictured above). My prawns were cooked to perfection – chewy and soft, but not undercooked. It was definitely peppered, so if you can’t handle spice then it’s best to avoid it.

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This was my main – the jerk chicken on a bed of tomatoes, with rice and peas and fried plantain. My goodness was this good! First of all, the rice and peas was cooked with coconut milk, which is the ONLY way it should be done. Alas, I know people who cook it without. Big no no!

The jerk chicken was delicious; I can still taste it now just thinking about it. It was incredibly flavoursome and a little hot, as jerk seasoning is. The tomatoes were a tangy complement to the chicken – an excellent touch.

I have to praise the plantain. Plantain is one of my favourite foods; I can eat it until I drop. And that’s exactly what I did with these. I was full but I couldn’t let them go to waste.

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This is what my hubby had – the curry goat and rice and peas. Isn’t the presentation something? Who would have thought to serve curry goat in filo pastry? I love the creativity, and my hubby enjoyed it too.

Caribbean food is one of those cuisines that you think is only best enjoyed when homecooked, which is why I was sceptical in the beginning. But Ayannas has proven me wrong, unlike a certain kitchen I won’t name. If you know, you know.

The staff were polite, professional and friendly. They even gave me a celebratory rum cake. It was a shame that I couldn’t eat it because of my dairy allergy, but my hubby ate it for me.

I loved my birthday meal. It’s one of the best ones I’ve had yet. If you like Caribbean food, I recommend Ayannas.

Mich x

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