Charity Shop Challenge

Recently i've really been enjoying charity shopping, or as Macklemore would say 'popping some tags cos i've only got $20 in my pocket!'

Except i'm changing dollars to pounds. £20.
My outfit came to a total of £21.49, i know i know, i went a little bit over!! But, you'll be shocked at the stuff i picked up, £21.49 is a bargain, and not only did i pick up great clothes, it felt so good knowing my money was going to a good cause. (or causes!)

These brown lace up heeled boots cost me £4! They weren't in great condition, but for £4 you really can't go wrong, especially with Autumn and Winter approaching.

This gorgeous bag was £6.99, and the most expensive item i purchased, but it was so worth it, as its a bag ill use again and again.

The polka dot blouse (£3.50) i paired with a navy skater skirt (also £3.50) and i think they go really nicely together. I think a shirt or blouse tucked into a skater skirt is such a simple yet classy pairing. 

Not only did i get a pair of boots, a bag, skirt and a blouse, i happened to come across this little beauty of a coat, worth £3.50!! YES, you read that right, a coat for £3.50! It is missing a button but i could easily find another and sew it back on, but it's hardly noticable when i wear the coat unbuttoned.

What do you think?! You'll be surprised at what you can find in a charity shop if you look hard enough. I love it, and the majority of what you'll find, is pretty unique and not something everyone on the highstreet will be wearing.

I hope you're having a lovely week!! Lots of love x

My 'No Makeup' Selfie

Why are we all so self conscious without makeup? It's a question i ask myself daily. Whenever we look at ourselves, we only see our flaws. For example, when i look in the mirror, i see a nose covered in blackheads, oily skin, dark circles under my eyes, spots, veiny eyelids, and a horrible eye shape, and don't even get me started on my weight, another thing i'm very self conscious about. And it's not just us women that feel this way. Men can be self conscious too.

We all compare ourselves to our idols, models, people we see in magazines, who are photoshopped and airbrushed until they're flawless.
I bet women such as Lily Collins, Scarlett Johansson and Emma Watson, who are flawless and my idea of perfection, still look in the mirror and can point out something they dislike about themselves.

I love that many celebrities these days are embracing their flaws, I loved the idea of the no makeup selfie to raise awareness for charity, and it showed us our favourite celebrities without makeup and editing, and we saw their faces underneath all that makeup, and they were all still gorgeous.
Don't get me wrong, i LOVE makeup, but it shouldn't be something we have to wear, it should be something we choose to wear. 

Posting a selfie without makeup is not a pleasant thought for me, and i'm sure it's not a pleasant thought for most of you, as so many of our generation feel the need to look good constantly. I love no makeup days, but if i was ever to pop out to town, i always feel the need to cover myself up.

I want to start seeing my imperfections as what makes me, me. I think for some people, their imperfections are what make them, well, perfect.

I remember seeing the media slam Scarlett Johansson for being over weight and showing stretch marks in a bikini picture, but i look at her and think she's gorgeous, flawless, and perfect.
Why can't we think that about ourselves?

I took this selfie without any makeup, in natural lighting, and without any editing or filters. 

I really hope whoever is self conscious about their imperfections, can start to see them as just something that makes you who you are. I'm working on it myself, and this is the first step.

Say 'ALOHA' to Healthy Skin

Healthy, clear skin is something everyone would be grateful for, but we aren't all that lucky. When it comes to my own skin, I love looking for natural ways to keep my skin looking healthy, I love trying out lots of different skincare products, but it's not always necessary to spend a fortune on skincare, most of what you need, is all through lifestyle changes, and what you put into your body.
I'm going to share with you a few tips that help me personally, and i really hope they benefit you in some way!

Drink plenty of water

Everyone knows that your skin benefits from keeping yourself hydrated, if you don't drink enough water throughout the day, not only will it make you dehydrated, it will also make your skin dehydrated.

Protect yourself from the sun

Sun exposure, over time, can give you wrinkles and age spots. To prevent this, always use sunscreen, and maybe invest in a cute floppy hat, you can protect your skin in style.

Don't forget your neck!

A bit of a random tip, but a lot of us forget that our neck is a very delicate area, i've realised that the hard way, i've always neglected my neck, and the skin is starting to line. It can start to sag and wrinkle if you neglect it for too long.

Take off your makeup before bed

Most of us beauty lovers take great pleasure in using lovely cleansers, toners, and other skincare products, but i think you'll agree with me that occasionally we will get lazy, and resort to a makeup wipe before bed, which is fine, i'm guilty of doing that a lot, as a lot of the time i'm too tired! But taking your makeup off with a wipe, is much better than not taking it off at all, who wants clogged up dirty skin when we wake up?!

Don't Smoke

Did you know that smoking not only affects your teeth, nails, hair and overall health, it also affects your skin, it can leave your skin looking heavily wrinkled and sallow over time, it affects collagen, which gives your skin elasticity. It can make you look so much older than you are.
I know, I know, it's not easy to give up smoking just like that. It's a habit that some people just can't break. But think about your overall appearance, skin, and most importantly your health.

My 'i can't live without you' skincare products:

Clinque Cleansing Balm
Origins Ginzing Moisturiser
Dr Organic Rose Otto Eye Serum
Nivea Lip Balm

Eat a well balanced diet

Eating a well balanced diet is important, in so many ways. Eating too much of one thing is never good for you. I'm going to share a few of my favourite foods with you, and each food has a load of benefits to them. 

Did you know Vitamin C helps to heal blemishes? You can find Vitamin C in a variety of foods, for example Stawberries, Blueberries, Oranges, Broccoli and sweet potatoes!

I know a lot of people try and stay clear of fatty foods, and too much fatty food is never good for you. But certain fats, for example the fats found in fish, act as a natural moisturiser for your skin.

Has any one tried nettle tea? Personally it doesn't appeal to me, but i've recently found out that they have an anti inflammatory affect and will help calm down breakouts and acne. Who knew?!

Beetroot is one of my favourite foods, mix it in with a nice salad, and i'll demolish it. It is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Potassium and also sodium, and probably much more. Beetroot is not only super delicious, it's a must for skin health.

Last but not last, good ol' greens. Runner beans, Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumber, all help towards healthy glowing skin, and a healthy body.

ALOHA is a fantastic website designed to provide you with healthy recipes, all needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and healthy skin. This includes, smoothies, breakfast ideas, snacks, meals and my personal favourite, puddings.

All of these recipes contain super foods that your body screams out for! And they are all combined into a delicious meal for you to devour.
Many people think it's not possible to eat healthy AND deliciously, but it is!

Would you believe that you could enjoy these Ice Cream Sandwiches without having to worry about what it's doing to your skin?!

Currently they only ship throughout the US. But they are working on shipping to us international people very soon!

Check out the website for recipes and also tips!
What are your essential foods or products to keep your skin healthy?

Seventeen 3 Way Highlighter

I quickly chucked this into my Boots basket thinking it was a primer, as the only thing that i'd read on the packaging was the word 'prime'. When it was delivered to my front door, i was disappointed to find it was a highlighter (because i really needed a primer!) 

BUT, i'm extremely glad i accidentally picked this up, as it is a gorgeous highlighter, i mean, look at the shimmer!! It is described as a 3 way highlighter, in the description it says you can prime, add to your foundation, or apply onto your cheek bones for a lift. Personally, i wouldn't use this as a primer for my skin, nor would i add it to my foundation, mainly because of the shimmer, i do not want to look like Edward Cullen, or Rumplestilksin (for you Once Upon a Time fans out there.)

It is a really lovely liquid highlighter, and such good value for money, £5.99!
I add this to my cheek bones, my brow bone, and my cupids bow, it does a great job at lifting and waking up my skin, it's been amazing over the summer, when i wanted a natural finish, and paired with a dewy moisturiser it's been my summer staple.
It's brightened my complexion and made me feel more 'alive'. I have found that i need to powder more throughout the day, as my face can get very shiny, especially with this highlighter, but i'm really impressed with this and will continue to repurchase as long as it's on the shelves! 

If anyones on the hunt for a new highlighter, i highly recommend you try this out if you haven't already!

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Blackheads are a nightmare. Who's with me? 
When it comes to my skin, blackheads are my most common problem. My nose and chin are covered, and no matter how much I exfoliate, and take good care of my skin, they still seem to stick around.

I've always heard mixed reviews about the Biore Pore Strips, i've tried them in the past, but back then I didn't take very good care of my skin, so i stopped after a while as i couldn't be bothered.

But now my interest in beauty and makeup has grown, I take great pleasure in taking good care of my skin, and it's very beneficial as i need a good canvas to work on when experimenting with makeup.

I bought a pack of 14 strips, 7 nose strips, and 7 face strips. They are currently priced at £10.99 at Boots, which i have to admit, is a little bit steep. Luckily i bought them a few months ago, when they were knocked down to £6.99.
The strips are designed to clean and unclog your pores, it works like a magnet, pulling out dirt, leaving your skin cleaner and clearer.

I use this weekly, sometimes 2 weekly (if i can be bothered, i know, my laziness is still an annoying trait of mine!) I find it so satisfying pulling it off and seeing everything thats come out of the skin, is that gross? Probably, but i guarantee that i'm not the only one who finds it satisfying.

I think it's a really great product, but the only disadvantage would be the price, i think it's a little high for the amount of strips you get!