Homemade (vegan) coconut coffee body scrub

Friday, 19 June 2015

I've been meaning to share this post for a while now but just haven't got round to it yet so I'm really excited to be finally blogging about this coconut oil concoction! I first made this a couple of months ago but have totally fallen in love with it since and make sure that I use it at least once a week or every other week if I have the time. The benefits are instantly visible after using this as my skin is so silky smooth and it's so hydrated that I don't even have to moisturise afterwards. The sugar granules work to exfoliate the skin and leave it feeling super fresh - also great for removing any patchy remnants of fake tan before applying some more - and the coconut oil does an incredible job of cleansing and moisturising. The coffee was something I decided to add just because I'm a huge coffee fan and thought it would smell divine, but after a quick google just now I've also learned it's meant to work as a cellulite buster too - woo!

This seriously is the easiest thing to make because all you need is coconut oil, coffee and sugar - nothing else. I would start by scooping out a generous teaspoonful of coconut oil into a small bowl or tub followed by another teaspoon of coffee and one of sugar.

Next, just rub all the three ingredients together until they are evenly distributed and all bind together like this..

See, ridiculously simple. Now you have your scrub you're probably gonna want to know what to do with it! Obviously it's up to you but I would suggest using this just before a bath and working it into every area of the skin, even the face, but especially focus on problem areas (I do a bit of extra scrubbing on my thighs). I actually stand up in the bath while I do this just so that any granules don't crumble onto the floor or bath mat and cause a mess, then after everything is rubbed in I sit down in the bath and it all dissolves leaving just a light layer of oil to keep my skin moisturised. After I've dried myself off there is absolutely no residue whatsoever, just baby soft skin that feels incredibly nourished!

So, what do you think of this body scrub idea? Is it something you would consider making? Let me know if you have any of your own recipes in the comments!

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Vintage Florals

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Skirt - vintage (Cow) // Top - old // Jacket - Topshop (old) // Boots - asos
Hiiii readers. It feels so good to be posting on here again! I've just started a new job amidst the stress of third year exams so when I say I'm pushed for time I really do mean it. However, I'm definitely going to keep up with 'she dreams' as much as I can even if it means just squeezing in a little post every week or every other week! I'm so excited to be able to share these pictures on here because I feel like I haven't done an outfit post in forever. I headed off into Manchester's Northern Quarter about a week ago and met up with the lovely Monika who had got in touch about taking some photos with me. Obviously I jumped at the chance to create some new blog content and had a really lovely time trying all the different ideas that Monika suggested, and for someone who feels like an absolute idiot in front of a camera she definitely made it as easy as it could be for me (posing in public when there's people walking by is sort of my idea of hell).
I absolutely adore this skirt that I picked up when the Cow Vintage near me was closing down to move to a different location, and because they were getting rid of all the stock I got it for like two quid or something ridiculous - bargaaaiiinn. Everything about it is perfect, it's so long and floaty and feminine in it's shape, the floral pattern is completely gorgeous and the material is unbelievably soft and silky-feeling. I decided to play it safe and wear it with black to sort of toughen up the look and give me a chance to show off my new boots (yet another bargain)!
The one thing I really dislke about these photos is my frizzy hair which I haven't done a thing with for at least six months. I'm currently rocking the dry, damaged, haven't-had-my-colour-done-for-half-a-year look, so when I get a little more money the hair salon will be the first place that I visit! If anyone has any advice in the meantime it would be much appreciated, I do sleep with coconut oil in it every so often but I think it's so far gone that even that isn't really doing anything for me.
Thanks so much for stopping by especially as I haven't been very active on social media or anything lately. The blogosphere is such a big place I do worry that I'll get swept under the carpet by not engaging in blogger chats or twitter conversations but hopefully when things settle down I'll have the chance to be more involved with the community again!
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Pro Go Mini Brush Set

Thursday, 14 May 2015

I've been absolutely loving using these Makeup Revolution brushes recently! The Pro Go Mini Brush Set* includes 4 mini brushes: an angled brush (so perfect for brows), an eyeshadow brush (probs the least used out of this set for me), a foundation brush and a face brush. Not only are they super cute but the fact that they are so compact means they're obviously really easy to pop in your bag and take with you for touch ups! The brushes are also made of synthetic hair so any of you readers who are animal-lovers like myself have absolutely zero to worry about here.

My favourite brush has to be the angled brush just because it has been doing my brows absolute wonders. I've been really lazy when it comes to brows these past few months, I never filled them in or anything I literally just brushed them with a bit of gel and was good to go, but since receiving this kit I've been loving playing around with more dramatic looks. I've just been using a dark brown eyeshadow from the Black Velvet Palette and then work with the brush to carefully fill my brows in and create a little bit more definition than I would've had before. I'm always sceptical about messing with my brows in case I accidentally go OTT and just look silly but this brush is the perfect size and shape to make everything as easy and neat as possible!

I also can't get enough of the big (well as big as you can get in a mini kit) face brush and I use it to dust translucent powder over my face after I've done my foundation. Because it's smaller than other face brushes you can apply the powder with so much more precision which is really great for me 'cause I can target my oily areas around my t-zone.

I have so many eyeshadow brushes that I haven't really had any need to use the mini eyeshadow brush in all honesty as I like to stick to my Spectrum ones (featured here), and the foundation brush hasn't been used all that much either, but on the times that it has I have definitely noticed a smoother more concentrated coverage because of the fact that you have to work on small areas at a time. Usually I just plonk a load on but when I use this brush it creates a much more even looking base. They suggest using it with liquid concealer but I've been using it with my liquid foundation and it works really nicely!

Have you got any brushes from Makeup Revolution? What do you think of the mini brush set idea - handbag essential or would you just stick to the original size? For only £4.95 you can't go too far wrong either way!

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Manchester Fashion Industry - Nude Tones Event

Monday, 27 April 2015

Yesterday evening I headed into town and made my way to the extremely swish Manchester House Restaurant and Lounge where I zoomed up to level 12 to be greeted by some absolutely stunning views...

The sun was beginning to set and the skyline was lit up beautifully by the dimming orange light - it was so perfect it actually felt as if I'd jumped on a plane and jetted off on holiday somewhere instead of having just got on the 142! I probably spent more time outside staring at the scenery than I should've when everyone else was busy mingling and chatting inside, but I was pretty blown away by the view so I wanted to make the most of it. And what better way soak up these sights than with a delicious pornstar martini?

This is my 'I need some blog photos but my boyfriend thinks it's funny to make me laugh' face. Yeah, I just gave up in the end because he had me in stitches and then I basically forgot how to smile like a normal person, but there is an obligatory insta selfie showing my nude outfit if anyone's interested! (It's from Miss Selfridge and is such a steal).

Anyway, the reason I was at the Manchester House yesterday was because I'd been kindly invited by Manchester Fashion Industry to attend their Nude Tones event. The dress code was strictly nude and everyone looked incredible dressed in creams, pinks, camels and beiges...

After having time to catch up with the other lovely bloggers and enjoy a drink and a few sweeties the fashion show began, where a ton of luxurious brands were showcasing their creations. It was impossible to get a good picture with my crappy camera and the dim lighting so I've spared you the blurry messes from my multiple attempts, but everything was so glamorous and the set up was really good as the models walked right by you so you could get a good look at all the outfits.

After the fashion show had finished I headed straight home to rest my head before Monday's lectures having really enjoyed the chance to get dressed up and spend the evening in such a stunning location. Thanks so much to Manchester Fashion Industry for the invite and hopefully see you at the next event!

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Motel Mini

Friday, 10 April 2015

Skirt - Motel // Top - Topshop // Shoes - Public Desire
I think I've discovered the perfect mini skirt! And best of all it's only a tenner in the asos sale, yep, for realz. It's the perfect shade of blue, the perfect shape and has a really cool zip through front design. Basically, I'm in love. For a casual look I paired it with this high-ish neck topshop t-shirt and my current boots of choice, but it's the kind of item that will go with most things in my wardrobe.
I'm super sorry that I've been absent on here lately but I promise I'm trying to fit in posts when I'm not working on my dissertation! I have no idea how some of you manage to juggle regular blogging with uni, jobs and anything else that might be taking up your time because honestly my mind just boggles when I try and fit everything in. I'm trying to keep active online with social media as much as can as well but even that's proving a bit of a struggle, however I did host the #cfbloggers cruelty-free twitter chat last night for an hour and that was a load of fun! If it's of interest to any of you you should definitely get involved and join in next week as everyone's lovely and it's a great way to discover new cruelty-free makeup options. Anyway, I hope you like this outfit post albeit a rather brief one and hopefully I'll be posting on here again soon!
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I ♡ Makeup Black Velvet Palette

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

I ever so kindly received the gorgeous Black Velvet Palette* from Makeup Revolution recently and due to large amounts uni work I have only just got round to testing this bad boy out! The shades are so so beautiful and perfect for the smoky eye looks that I absolutely love creating - I especially love the 3 shimmer shades with 'Cry' being my overall favourite (second to last shade on the third row).

The other 13 shades are completely matte and glide on like velvet, perfect for blending, creating subtle daytime looks with all the light, nude-coloured shades or for vamping things up in the evening with the darker colours. I really love how many brown shades there are in this palette as I think that browns usually suit my green eyes pretty well and I'm looking forward to maybe mixing them with the creams and pinks to create some fresh looks for spring!
At just £7.99 for all these fantastic shades I think this palette is a great alternative to high end favourites like the Urban Decay's Naked collection, especially if these nudes and neutrals are your kind of thing! What's your favourite neutrals palette? Would you go high end or high street?

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B. Creative - Pro Face Kit

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Hiiiii. How are all you strangers doing? I'm not even gonna bore you with any excuses, I've just been a bit of a shitty blogger recently, so without any further ado let's get onto the focus of this post! I picked up this B. Creative art edition Vol. 5 Pro Face kit- Light from the Superdrug B. range a few weeks ago and have literally been using it every day since then, so it definitely deserves a mention on here.

Basically, I was really intrigued by the product because I thought it was such a good idea to have a foundation, concealer, powder and highlighter all in one vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and reasonably priced palette. The products I've been using daily are the foundation (a tad dark on me so I mix it with another of my lighter ones) and the highlighter which is so so sooo dreamy. The concealer is perfect for under eye darkness and any unsightly blemishes but touch wood my skin has been in pretty good condition for the past few weeks so I've not needed to use it daily. I also bought a full version of the powder that features in this kit because it's something that I've used before and know works well, so I use that every day too but just not from the actual palette!

The cream foundation in this kit offers great coverage and applies nicely with a foundation brush to fix my uneven skin tone and create a really nice base before I apply the rest of my makeup. After I've set my foundation with powder and applied a bit of bronzer to contour I absolutely love using the highlighter over the bridge of my nose, my cupid's bow, under the arch of my brow and just over my cheekbones to freshen up my whole look and give my face a bit of a glow. It honestly makes such a difference to my overall look in my opinion and I don't feel right without wearing it anymore!

I would definitely recommend this face kit to anyone who fancies trying a few new products, especially if you struggle to find cruelty free makeup like I do - this is such a lifesaver! It's only £14.99 as well so it won't break the bank. Have you tried anything from Superdrug's B. range? If you have any recommendations be sure to let me know!

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