In search of perfect skin: moisturisers

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

What feels like ages ago now I listed my current skincare routine, and if you remember I left moisturisers out. Well, since then I’ve tried a few and have found two that I quite like this summer – one which I invested in, the other which I received as a gift.  Continue reading

Shopping in Marrakech

I’m not normally a shopper, but give me a market and the green light to haggle and I’m like a kid in a candy store! Except in Morocco it was leather goods, jewellery and argan oil – which are much more up my alley, anyway. Here’s what I bought in the souks of Marrakech… Continue reading

What I Wore: Festival Fashion, Glastonbury Edition

glastonbury_festival_fashion_10For my very fist festival I decided to go right to the deep end: Glastonbury.

With over 50 stages and what felt like thousands of acts, Jeff and I packed up our gear (he’s a festival veteran now – 2014 was his fourth Glastonbury!) and headed out to Worthy Farm to camp out for 6 days and 5 nights in a field without the comfort of a private bathroom or hot, running water. Six days and 5 nights of sharing drop and compost toilets with thousands of other people. Six days and 5 nights of wearing only what I can carry – and am willing to leave in an unlocked tent in the middle of said field.

As a first-time festival goer, this made me nervous. I wasn’t sure what to bring or what would be frivolous vs. essential. You know I took to the blogs, asked Twitter, harassed my festival-veteran friends… and I’ve got to say, I got some wonderful advice.

And so, here’s how I dressed at my very first festival…  Continue reading

Review: trying out a Leonor Greyl haircare routine

I met a few members of the Leonor Greyl team at Urban Retreat‘s beauty blogger event back in April, and got to talking with them about haircare.

Now, on the one hand I’m not totally pleased with my hair, but on the other I’m definitely not as unhappy with it as I was with my skin all those months ago. I’ve even got a routine I’m quite pleased with. (More on that below!)

My hair is really fine – but there’s a lot of it – and it’s on the curly/wavy side. Sometimes it gets frizzy, but more often than not I struggle with volume, shine and structure. (It probably doesn’t help that I’m really laid back about style, with washing + product + air dry making up my current “routine”.)

Regardless, when the lovely people at Leonor Greyl offered to let me try out a few of their products, I decided to take them up on it and see how my hair would take.

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Exploring Marrakech

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When Jeff and I first chose to visit Marrakech I wasn’t sure what to expect. Some people sang praises about how wonderful the city is, some cursed about the lack of alcohol and bars, and some said the shopping is good, but you don’t need more than a few days there.

I’d heard about the thé à la menthe, leather goods, argan oil, tagine and the medina with the small streets and so many market stalls. I’d done my research, read the reviews and poked about for blog posts to learn as much as I could before travelling – and I found so many conflicting attitudes and ideas about what Marrakech is and isn’t.

Regardless, I came with an open mind and left with a broken heart… Continue reading

In search of perfect skin: facial with Antonia Burrell

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

antonia_burrell_2If you’ve been following my journey you know that, by now, I’ve tried several cleansers and moisturisers and have begun to delve into toners and serums. But what would a skincare journey be without a facial?

So that I have done: I’ve had my very first facial (ever!) and with Antonia Burrell, founder of the eponymous skincare range, at that. Continue reading