Review: LouLouBelle Skin Care for Oily/Problem Skin

This blog post is part of a series of my personal skin care journey. If you’ve got oily, temperamental, breakout prone skin (including hormonal acne) you may want to read on – and let me know your best skin care tips in the comments! x

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If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Islington, North London (oh hey N1 bangle and Town Hall wedding venue!) and, obviously, a big fan of beauty – particularly skin care. So when fellow Islingtonite (if that’s not a word, it should be!) Magda Thompson, founder of LouLouBelle Skincare, got in touch about her newly-launched brand, I responded by telling her all my skin care woes and complimenting her branding because look how cute it is! (Also, green is my favourite colour.)

She then sent out a few products designed for oily/problem skin for me to try. Here’s how I got on…

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What I Wore: Feeling Autumnal

When the sun shines in that super bright way during the morning commute that just feels so distinctly autumnal.

When the sun shines in that super bright way during the morning commute that just feels so distinctly autumnal.

While summer will always be my favourite season, there is something pretty special about autumn – the foliage, crispy fallen leaves crunching beneath my feet, boot weather, knitwear, bobble hats, scarves and pumpkin flavoured everything! Here are a few of my favourite autumnal looks…

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Review: Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel and BB Cream

This blog post is part of a series of my personal skin care journey. If you’ve got oily, temperamental, breakout prone skin (including hormonal acne) you may want to read on – and let me know your best skin care tips in the comments! x

ginvera green tea exfoliating and bb cream 1For as long as I can remember, exfoliation has always been something I’ve approached with extreme caution. And for good reason, too: exfoliators that work just fine and dandy for the majority of people tend to turn my skin red, cause peeling and – sometimes if I’m really unlucky – tiny hard, white lumps form on the surface my skin. And that’s only after one or two uses, and never two days in a row! I by no means blame those products, but rather my oh-so-temperamental skin.

However, the team at Janiro recently got in touch with me about Singapore beauty brand Ginvera and their Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel. When I saw that it didn’t contain any small bits to exfoliate, but rather seemed to rely on friction/pressure from my finger tips, they had my full attention!

And so, they sent over a package… and a couple of sample size tubes of the Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream, which was a lovely surprise. Here’s how I got on with each of the products… Continue reading

DIY: Polaroid Style Picture Scrapbook with 3M Scotch

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In all honesty, this post was supposed to feature a different craft project; a more ambitious craft project. The craft project this post is supposed to be about is one I found on Pinterest for a DIY Polaroid picture display. I even went out and bought all of the materials for it (including prints from Polagram!), started it, messed up the measurements, and have been, quite frankly, too lazy to fix. It’s currently hanging on the wall looking sad and asking for attention.

But you’re not getting that craft project – at least not today. Today, you’re getting what was supposed to be a craft project about what I did with the leftover materials and pitctures from that original craft project, the one this post is supposed to be about…  Continue reading

What I’m Reading: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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I’ve been a fan of Haruki Murakami’s writing for several years now. Whenever I want to get stuck into a book that I know I’ll be happy with, I pick up one of his. And so far I’ve not been disappointed.

So when the English version of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Murakami’s 13th novel, came out earlier this year I picked it up almost immediately – and then waited till I had one of those weeks where I thought: I need a good book that I’m not going to want to put down. 

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Review: My Little Box by Diane von Furstenberg

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Towards the end of last month I read Elle Field’s review of her October My Little Box and immediately decided I needed to get involved. I mean, a lifestyle box collaboration with DVF that also includes beauty products? How could I not! And so, just two weeks after signing up my box arrived at my office yesterday. A lovely Monday pick-me-up if I do say so myself…  Continue reading

Review: Chia Oats and Chia Pods

I am by no means a morning person, but I do make sure that I always eat something for breakfast – and preferably something nutritious to set me up for a (hopefully!) healthy day. Most mornings this means I’m reaching for a combination of oats, muesli, granola, yogurt, omega sprinkle, or fresh fruit – basically anything that I can easily carry to work in my rucksack and eat at my desk. (Which isn’t the healthiest way to eat a meal, but at least I’m not distracted by hunger before lunch! I like to see it as the pros outweigh the cons…)

So when I met The Chia Co at the Olympia Beauty Show and they offered to let me sample some of their Chia Oats and Pods, I was stoked to try a new breakfast option that I could easily transport to work.

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