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14 May 2016

Beauty Edit | May

The first half of this year has flown by and all of a sudden the summer season is on the horizon.The first few weekends being Britain's idea of 'hot' has meant my skincare and make-up has become slightly more sun-orientated. Digging out some beauty cult-classics to fake that golden-glow as well as trying out new launches that scream sunshine has got me in the mood for holiday season. Here are a few things I have been using religiously the last few weeks.  



Philip Kingsley Citrus Sunshine Swimcap | Look Fantastic £13 for 75ml

One of my favourite things about summer is the effect the sunshine has on my hair and skin (and not to mention my mood). The look of sun-bleached locks typically outshine any shade that my DIY hair-dying fiasco's create, so naturally any product that prolongs this is something I am immediately drawn to. Phillip Kingsley's cult Swimcap formula, initially created for synchronized swimmers, has become a must-have in maintaining healthy hair  when on holiday, battling against exposure from the sun as well as chlorinated water (ideal for blondes who want to avoid the chlorine-green look..). The launch of Citrus Sunshine Swimcap for this summer season is a floral update of the original cream. It is infused with citrus, rose and bergamot, epitomizing the scent of summer in a tube and is the perfect size to take away with you in hand-luggage. As we saw the first glimpse of t-shirt and shorts weather this month, the cream proved to be deeply conditioning and revitalizing after a day of sunbathing. After dampening your hair, leave on through exposure to the sun (or water), re-applying if necessary and then rinse and shampoo etc. afterwards.

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash | Kiehls £8.50 for 75ml 

After using and loving the Ultra Facial Cleanser for a few months, I wanted to try another one of Kiehls' cleansers. It is very similar in formula and just as effective. It is ideal for a deep-clean after having a make-up heavy day and is extremely nourishing, non-drying and gentle on sensitive skin. The 75ml bottles are perfect sizes for holiday and allow you to test the product's compatibility with your skin before investing in the full-size (Kiehl's are also great for giving out samples with purchases). 

Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water | Boots £5.99 for 400ml 

The original Garnier Micellar Water finally pushed me to ditch the ease of face-wipes for good and convert to a much friendlier means of removing make-up. When the oil-infused version was released and received just as impressive reviews, I was keen to try it (especially as my skin is on the dryer side and exposure to oil can only help matters). I have not been disappointed - it removes make-up even faster than it's original counterpart and leaves my skin clean and soft. It is amazing value for money in comparison to higher-end equivalents and is usually on offer in Boots or Superdrug. If you use face-wipes as a make-up remover on a daily basis and find them harsh and drying, I'd urge you to try this and immediately see the difference. 

Essie Nail Lacquer 24 In Stitches | Essie at Boots £7.99 for 15ml 

I spotted this shade whilst scrolling through Instagram one day and it was an instant screenshot-and-buy situation. I am extremely fussy when it comes to nail polish colours and usually play it safe with the many hues of nude, but this deep shade of pink is both feminine (without being a garish barbie-pink) and understated. It also reminds me of holiday as I managed to pick it up at the airport pre-boarding for Marrakesh. Although Essie varnishes are on the pricier end of the spectrum, their wide brushes make application a lot easier than usual and their staying power is pretty good.

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden-Glow Booster | John Lewis £19 for 15ml 

I've been using and raving about this little pot of sunshine for over a year now and I am still just as into it as I was when I first tried it. I used it much less often in winter when the attempt to look bronzed is pretty much futile, but now having a tan is back on the cards, it comes into it's own and the 15ml size has lasted me all that time. You mix a few drops with a moisturizer, serum etc. of your choice, apply on your face and neck as usual and wake up with a subtle, natural glow. 

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11 May 2016

Morocco | A Short Stay in Marrakesh

A chaotic and unforgettable trip travelling through southern Morocco this May begun and finished in the beautiful city of Marrakesh. We only stayed in the city for two nights, spending most of our time wandering through the Medina and exploring the endless maze of souks taking in the bustling atmosphere both day and night. If you are planning on visiting Marrakesh, be prepared to get lost, drink mint tea, be offered tagine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and want to buy pretty much everything you see. ..




Rotisserie de la Pais 















Mint tea (fresh mint, green tea and sugar) is on every menu and is served in beautiful silver teapots.


Palais de la Bahia 












Centre of the Medina


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