INSTA NATURAL SERUM AND EYE GEL

I have been so fortunate to be able to do quite a few beauty collaborations lately.  It is so nice as a blogger to be able to promote these up and coming brands to an audience of people as great as yourselves!  People who care about good products!  I am looking to do a few giveaways through the blog but want to know the kind of products my readers would like to receive- I would absolutely love to hear from you all!
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InstaNatural is a Florida based company, started to create some safe, affordable skin care products.  It is no secret that my skin fluctuates from totally fine to having awful pimples and breakouts and because of my skin tone- I am prone to scarring.  I have been using their Premium Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum for about a month now and I must say- I am now a serum convert! Compared to most serums, this doesn’t leave my skin feeling gritty.  At first feel, it is almost jelly like.  I use one full pipette to do my entire face and neck, and just rub the serum all over.  In seconds this soaks in and has an almost water light feel.  No stickiness and no waiting to dry before moisturizing.  Before bed- my skin just feels hydrated and under make up is exactly the same!  I will be using this product for ages to come!
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The second product I have been using is their Youth Express Eye Gel.  This again is another fantastic product- definitely more gel like than serum and leaves skin with a s slight tacky feel.  What I really like about this product is the fact that as much as it is an Eye Gel, you can use it on your entire face to help fight the signs of aging and so once a week as part of my bedtime routine, I have been doing just that! I am not as keen to use this under make up, as I feel my make up doesn’t sit so well on top of it, but if I am having a make up free day or before bed- I am slathering this all over my face!
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Do let me know what you all think about products and what products you would like to receive in giveaways!

Spring In My Step

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Jacket: French Connection | Dress: Boohoo.com | Boots: H&M | Earrings: c/o Buckley London

It’s March! When did that happen? I feel like the past 2 months have just flown by and by the time we know it, it will be summer! With Spring comes lighter evenings and lighter layers! It has still been pretty chilly and to be honest, as much as this outfit was totally acceptable for the daytime in the sunshine- the evening was a little too chilly #eagerbeaver.  I never shop on Boohoo as I fear their material may reflect their prices! But I took the plunge and ordered a few cute pieces just to give it a go and this dress is an absolute star purchase.  It is the perfect little fit and flare dress, ideal for work and play. 

I also want to thank the lovely people at Buckley London for sending me thee beautiful studded earrings.  These mammoth sized half carat stones just make a girl wish they were real diamonds!  I should mention that Mother’s Day is around the corner (in the UK at least) and for today’s post I have teamed up with Buckley London to give readers a whopping 20% off their purchases until the end of March! Just visit their site and enter the code LFLF20OFF at the checkout.  So treat Mum to some beautiful jewellery this month!

Youngblood

Apologies for the huge and quite frankly, inexcusable neglect of my blog! I’m suffering from a serious bout of PHB, that’s the Post Holiday Blues and falling back into my work-life balance whilst battling jet lag was difficult last week.  However, I am now back and ready to blog blog blog!

First post back is a beauty review that I think is going to get you talking.  I have never been a huge fan of mineral make-up.  The cakey, grey finishe always put me off.  But recently I was given an opportunity to try out a mineral foundation.  Youngblood is a great American brand, little known in the UK and was created by a woman who suffered with knows the worries of problem skin. 

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The slightest amount goes a very long way! I did find that with this powder I had to use it in small sections and build up the coverage.  If I used too much on one area, my skin had slightly silvery sheen to it.  Youngblood is great as it doesn’t contain glitter, so when used sparingly, the finish is really natural.  This covered my blemishes really nicely and gave my skin a lovely velevetty finish.

I am very impressed with the coverage of this product- it hides blemishes very quickly and blends to the tone of my skin so well.  I am using Toffee which has a slightly warmer tone.  There is one other colour available.  For those of you in the UK, a great boutique in Ipswich is a stockist of Youngblood and they do makeovers too!  You can contact Deja Vu Boutique Ipswich on Facebook: Deja Vu Boutique Ipswich or on Twitter @DejaVuIpswich

Have a great day all!

Colours of the Rainbow

Sorry for the lack of posting recently, I am away still and finding time to post in the midst of Carnival has been very difficult.

One particular outfit I wanted to share was this amazing John Zacks dress.  I never thought it was possible to get this many colours in one outfit and it still look good but this dress manages to do it!  Add in some neon yellow heels and a very nice tan after 2 weeks in the sun and I was good to go!

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Dress: John Zacks | Heels: Zara | Bag: Forever 21

A dress like this can only be worn, in my opinion, at night.  Although as many of you know, I am not a huge fan of night photos #bloggerproblems! There’s something about the lights in these pictures that is just so beautiful though.  I am sad to say I will be leaving Trinidad soon, however that does mean that regular posting will recommence ASAP!
Have a great weekend xx

Holiday Casual

There is nothing better in the heat than dragging on a pair of cut offs and a striped breton style top.  However, I find it hard to get too casual on holiday and always have a pair of chic wedges at the ready.  I will be that girl you see strolling around the pool in heels, well a girls got to do what a girls got to do!

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Top: Zara | Shorts: Levi’s Vintage | Wedges: New Look | Bag: American Apparel  

Custom Made

Todays post is shot on the beautiful island of Trinidad.  It is Carnival here next week and I am here for 2 weeks with the girls. 5 days have already flown by and I am already being haunted by thoughts of going back to reality soon. Boooo! Why can’t we take 4 week holidays from work?!

For a holiday of this nature, where you spend most of your days pool side or at the beach, good swimwear is a must! I hate packing 30 swimsuits for a short break so I like to pack items that can be mixed and matched with other items in my case.

I love custom pieces and these lovely swimsuits from Jordan’s Wardrobe are really versatile. 

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This peplum bikini is high waisted to cover up my tummy whilst the halterneck top is perfect to be worn with shorts or a maxi skirt for evenings.  The fabric is so comfortable and dries so quickly!

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This neon multiway bikini is fantastic as it can be worn so many ways.  I’ve just opted for a simple bandeau with a big bow on the back.  I styled this swimsuit with my chunky, woven heels in the same shade ad the bikini with a long kaftan for a Boho beach vibe.

Both bikinis were made to my exact measurements so they are the perfect fit.  Jordan has so many fantastic designs (including dresses and tops) to choose from or you can work with her to design a unique piece!

She is also offering customers who contact her and quote the code LOVEFASHION25 or enter it in the online shopping basket a massive 25% off their purchases!   Follow the store on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @JordansWardrobe

Both swimsuits: Jordan’s Wardrobe | Kaftan and Heels: Zara

A Little Bit of Lip

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Coat: H&M | Jumper and Jeans: Zara | Boots: Aldo | Bag: ASOS | Hat: Primark | Lipstick: Rebel MAC Cosmetics

Some days the thought of putting on make up can just be too much.  I love to have a make up free day from time to time and allow my skin to breathe.  A quick flash of lipstick is the best thing to stop me looking as if I rolled out of bed and a dark, bold shade for a dreary day is the best thing.  I am loving all shades plum and brown at the moment and this is a favourite.

Many of you know I am currently on holiday so stay tuned for a few outfits posts and exciting collaborations coming up soon!

Have a great week xx

My Travel Beauty

Sunday is the day! This trip has come around so quickly amd I cannot believe it is finally here.  Air travel really messes with my skin.  Everyone experiences the same thing when travelling, dry skin, puffy eyes, frizzy hair, neck ache.

I have a few products and tricks that help me get off a long haul flight, fresh and ready to go!  Travel sizes optional- I know it is difficult to carry all the bottles in the world on a flight nowadays!

I love Aveda Botanical Toner.  A few spritzes of this lovely toner every few hours can help keep your skin toned and hydrated.  Just spray directly onto the skin, leave it for a few seconds then pat dry with a tissue.

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I also like to dab eye cream under my eyes to sort out the puffiness that flying brings.  Murads Eye Cream is great. 

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I’m not keen on wearing a face of makeup for travelling but rather use a bronzer or tinted moisturiser.  I do need to buy a new one…at the airport of course, but MAC and Bobbi Brown do really nice ones.

I have officially stopped drinking anything to milky on a plain. I rather carry jasmine teabags in my carry on and just those as they help with digestion and we all know how horrible post flight bloating can be. To help battle the bloat, make sure to drink at least 2 bottles of water on an 8 hour flight, not only will it keep you from snacking on crappy foods but it will also keep your skin hydrated!

An hour before landing I like to refresh my make up a little and make sure I have packed everything away.  Eager or what!?

I will be uploading a few posts from my trip to Trinidad over the coming weeks. Have a great weekend xx

Seattle to London

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Coat: H&M (via Cara’s Cliché on Poshmark) | Jumper: H&M | Leggings: River Island | Shoes: Just Fab | Bag: Zara

I have been on the hunt for the perfect camel coat for a long time.  There was one I fell in love with from Mango- however that sold out in minutes.  A second, from Zara that was a ridiculous price and I really couldn’t justify buying.  There was a third and final one from H&M that was perfect but by the time I had seen it (after wasting time on the Mango and Zara ones), it had sold out.

Safe to say, I felt utterly defeated and I settled myself in the knowledge that it probably wasn’t going to happen.

About 2 weeks ago, whilst flicking through the “Blogs I Follow” section of WordPress, I came across a post from Cara’s Cliché.  She was selling her H&M camel coat on Poshmark (definitely check out her store her style is amazing).  I immediately emailed her and a day or so later, the coat was on its way to me!

This just shows me that when you least expect it, the things you want come into your life…perhaps that is a little philosophical when describing a coat, but hey, that’s how I see it!

Sidenote: Can I just say that USPS and Royal Mail officially suck! There is no reason that something as simple as a coat should be so difficult to ship from the US to the UK.  Neither should both parties have to pay extortionate customs charges.  Thank you for making international shipping a long and arduous task even though it needn’t be! Rant over!

Un-Selfish

There are days when you can say to yourself “Yes, I am killing it today” but most days my mantra is, wear what you like and feel good doing it.  However, that being said I do not consider myself the most photogenic person in the world.  I do love to gurn like a toothless old woman at times! But bloggers come across lots of different problems when planning outfit posts and for me the biggest issue is not always having someone around to snap the pictures!

With Kim Kardashian releasing a a selfie book, entitled Selfish (ground breaking title by the way!), I thought I would adapt the idea and show a selection of outfits taken by yours truly- no fish pout to be seen.   These photos come from the days when I feel picture worthy but no one is around to capture the moment! Make sure to follow me on Instagram @b_lovefoodlovefashion.

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