A Curvy Girl’s Dream: The Perfect Pair of Jeans

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I practically live in jeans.

Work or play, give me a comfy pair of jeans with enough stretch and I’m good to go.

Having wide hips has always been the bane of my life, especially when shopping, which is why I was pleasantly surprised to have found these Topshop Lace Up Jamie Jeans (Jamie jeans never disappoint) that ticked all the right boxes.

To this day,  I remember the gruelling search for school uniform trousers – a ‘simple’ task that always ended in tears. Since, shopping has gotten a bit easier, but it remains true that searching for comfy jeans is always a bit of a ball ache. Believe me when I say, I’ve shopped in every reputable jean shop, known to man; Levi’s, American Eagle, G-star, Asos (the list goes on)- to no avail of finding the ‘perfect pair’.

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For me, the perfect pair of jeans combine a ‘lucky’ combination of three things, that I feel only ‘curvy’ girls can really appreciate and Topshop are doing the most to cater to my needs, so let me tell you what these special ingredients are…

  1. Dimension. This is everything from the colour to the ‘pattern’/worn look of the jean. I’m so over one tone, no detail looking jeans.
  2. Stretch. When I look for jeans I like there to be just enough stretch, so I can feel comfortable without feeling as though my thighs are surrounded by cardboard – you all know what I’m talking about – those really stiff, thick jeans that need to be worn in #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat.
  3. Style. This is probably the hardest of all to find. Is there anything that sets this pair of jeans apart from the rest that I already own? 

 dimension x stretch x style = perfect pair of jeans.

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Jeans really are my wardrobe staple, so when I found these beauties, I immediately fell in love.  I mean, can you blame me, the lace up detail is bang on-trend -tick, I was able to pull them past my thick thighs – tick and I love that they have the potential to be dressed up with heels and a cute crop top or more casual when teamed with trainers – TICK.

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Plus, it’s summer and for me it’s the perfect way to rock jeans without feeling suffocated.

What do you think of these Topshop Lace Up Jeans?

Also, what’s your favourite store to buy jeans? I think I need to branch out, because they day Topshop stop supplying Jamie jeans, i’m screwed!

 

 

Pretty in Paris: My In-Flight Essentials

Happy New year guys!

It’s been a minute since my last blog, and so much has happened – Christmas, NYE antics (not so much in my case), plus going back to work – it’s definitely been a whirlwind. But as it’s the New Year, I’ve promised myself to have a fresh, new outlook on life and set myself a few resolutions too!

One major  resolution of mine is to travel even more than I did last year… and im off to a nice start, even if I do say so myself, as I’ll be jetting off to Paris tomorrow (yay me!).

As a result I teamed up with Tripping.com – a comparison site that help you find the perfect home/villa rentals abroad – to tell you all about what my-flight essential are, so keep reading to find out…

Mints – Currently in my handbag there are three different types of mints to choose from lol. I love having them handy as they’re just nice sweets to suck on, but they especially come in handy for on the plan as  I hate my ears popping 😖

Snacks– food is always an essential! When flying short haul flights food isn’t always available, so having something to munch on is a must, no-one wants to start their trip off #hangry do they. Pass me a bag of salt and vinegar crisps and I’ll be fine 😭

Hand sanitinser – I’m a city gal and hand santinzer is a must. I’ve literally just recovered from the norovirus, so I am not messing around with any germs coming into the New Year. When travelling abroad and even on public transport around London you just never know what you’ll have to encounter, so hand sanitiser is definitely an essential. Better to be safe than germy! 😂

Hand Moisturiser – in- flight air con is a MF so, i’ve packed my Kiehl’s Richly Hydrating Hand Cream in grapefruit- smells so lush! And it keeps my hands beautifully moisturised it’s defo a contender to my beloved – Lush Helping Hand 

A Blanket Scarf – as its bitterly cold here in London and I’m sure it will be in Paris a blanket scarf just makes sense. I’ve had mine in tow since last October! I love a quick nap in-flight too (much to the annoyancenof my bf🙈) so a cosy scarf helps me wrap up and keep warm, plus you never know the air-con situ. Plus, if too hot in-flight it can double as a neck pillow!

Laura Mercier Setting Powder – Whenever I go on holiday I never usually wear much makeup in-flight, but as I’m off to Paris which is a very short haul flight I’ll be packing all my usual makeup essentials plus my new Laura Mercier translucent powder. This product is the bomb.com, it really helps my makeup stay in place and keeps the shine at bay after only one use. To be honest, I doubt I’ll actually use it as it’s THAT good but I like to keep it handy. 👸🏾💅🏾

Cards/ Netflix – I’ve got a thing with collecting playing cards from destinations I’ve visited. I love playing cards, as it was past time that still happens in my house. No matter who I’m travelling with, I make sure I have a pack handy. Plus it makes the flight go faster.  If I’m not playing cards I’m probably watching something I downloaded prior. Sidenote: Did you know you can now download shows on Netflix?! I’m loving Power at the moment!

Comfy Clothes – Going to the airport is an occasion in itself, but for me its all about being comfy, no matter how long the flight is. However, being the blogging queen I am, I love accessorising which can easily vamp up a really simple outfit.  I love to transform my jeans and jumper with a choker and covetable ring stack. Add some lippie and I’m good to go and looking like I was made for this jet-setting lifestyle 😜

Do you have any inflight essentials? Also if you plan on travelling throughout 2017 do check out Tripping.com for accommodation made a little easier x

My Beach & Swimwear Wishlist

This week is set to be hot, hot, HOT and with my second holiday of the year fast approaching my mind has been on buying the perfect pieces of sexy beach and swimwear.

When it comes to holidaying abroad, I love re-inventing my style, as it gives me a chance to really experiment with things I already have in my wardrobe as well as choose things that I wouldn’t normally get to wear in the UK.  However, I would say my downfall is definitely beach and swimwear – I mean who doesn’t want to look 💯 sipping on a cocktail next to the pool or sunbathing on the beach?

As I’m sure you all can agree, when going away things can get a little out of hand, especially when shopping for clothes – things can quickly start to add up, which is why I’m so excited to share – Lovethesales.com with you!

I recently found about about lovethesales.com and I’m so surprised I hadn’t heard of it earlier. If you love designer brands, they have plenty of favourites like Missguided, Ted Baker, Converse, DKNY, All Saints and so much more with heavy discounts – it’s actually crazy!

So of course, I had to peep any deals I could get for my holiday! I love expensive looking swimwear, what can I say I have expensive taste 😩

Lovethesales.com, have a great selection of swimwear for all body types, plus cool kaftans for when you’re simply lounging around, at great price points.

I tend to always go for bright colours and prints as they go great against my skin once I’ve caught the sun, but I do love packing a good mixture all-in-one swimsuits and bikini’s so take a peek at my wish list…

Which piece do you think I should treat myself to?

If you’re off on a summer getaway, I highly suggest checking this site out, and maybe even treating yourself to a little luxury for less – my purchases are currently pending!

See you on my next one x

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My Beauty Travel Essentials

Hey Lovelies,

With summer teasing us here in the UK, I’ve booked my next holiday to Dubai!

As a semi-seasoned jet setter (lol I wish!) I’ve teamed up with my blogger babe – Lani Rae all the way from New Zealand to bring you a fashion and beauty series to help you prepare for your summer travels – so make sure you head over to her blog for the fashion segment!

As I have just come back from Thailand, I thought I’d let you in on my top holiday beauty essentials, as I’m sure all you girlies can appreciate how hard it is to decide what beauty faves we should pop in our suitcase, while taking into account that we may get a tan – I mean, do we really need a brand new powder from duty free 3 shades darker? Yes, I hold my hands up, I am guilty of this – never again!

I love the countdown to a holiday for two reasons; it’s a chance for me to escape to an idyllic location, away from the hustle and bustle of London and the stresses of work so I can relax, but, also because I know it’s a great chance to treat my skin to plenty of Vitamin D as well as calm down on the makeup so my skin can breathe and repair itself.

It’s good to note that while on the plane, it’s wise to take off any makeup. Air con on the plane is a MF and completely dries out the skin. So pack makeup wipes and a great moisturiser – I quite like Nuit Polaire, although a night cream, it’s very moisturising without being heavy, and really sinks into the skin – great for a long haul flight.

For the most part of any holiday I go on, I rarely wear much makeup, however, I do have a few beauty essentials I need to let you all in on, so keep reading!

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Now I always over pack, no matter where I am going – is this just me?

An absolute essential for me is sun protection. Many people think that black people don’t need sun protection but everyone should protect themselves against UV rays, which is why I love Ultrasun.

Ultrasun have a massive range of sun protection – which I get for the face as well as the body. The formulas are not too heavy either, which is great as no one wants to feel like a grease ball in the sun.

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Next up is a CC Cream. Before I went to Thailand I was on a mission to achieve golden shimmery sun kissed skin. It didn’t really work out as planned but on my hunt, I did manage to bag The Body Shop’s new Instaglow CC cream.

I’m surprised at how much I actually loved using this as I’ve never believed in CC creams. However, I found it worked well to give me a more even skin tone, while looking quite natural, perfect for when you plan on lounging around the pool, but don’t want to go completely commando on the face.

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In the evening, I mixed the the CC cream with a dot of my usual foundation for fuller coverage, and set with my Bare Minerals powder.

When on holiday a highlight needed to accentuate your sun kissed glow! And it’s easily achieved with the perfect products and the right brush.

I hadn’t found the perfect highlight, before going to Thailand so I used a bunch of products to give me a nice shimmery glow anyway, which became my go to beauty finish.

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Fan brush and Makeup Bag gifted by Spectrum Brushes

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Just look at that highlight! I used a combination of Lush’s Feeling Younger Golden Highlight on my cheekbones, followed by Bobbi Browns golden shimmery eyeshadows.

My next beauty essential has to be a brow pencil. I was talking to one of my blogger compadres, Shannon Kara, and we both agreed that while foundation isn’t a must on holiday, having well-groomed fleeky eyebrows and a nice lip colour is an absolute must. While I was using my MAC eyebrow pencil, during my next getaway I will definitely be packing my magical Benefit brow productshave you read my review?

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I normally tidy up my eyebrows with my foundation, instead of concealer as it makes for less packing and I hate the halo effect round eyebrows.

As I previously said, I like to keep my makeup to minimum and being away in a hot country is the perfect opportunity to show you skin some TLC, so cleansing and moisturising products are much needed essentials. I always pack a charcoal face scrub by Garnier, as the fine exfoliants really get every inch of dirt off my face. I then moisturise my face with a light moisturiser – Drops of Youth from The Body Shop so my skin has a clean base for any products to go on if I choose to put on any makeup.

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When on holiday there’s no doubt you’ll probably go out on the town at least once, which is why a nice lippie and an eye shadow palette suitable for every occasion should be part of your beauty essentials. Keep things simple as no one has time to sweat off their whole face  – it’s really not a good look, but make it effective. I love packing my Ruby Woo as it screams sophistication and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a red lip?

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So there you have it – my holiday essentials. Simple yet effective. What are you beauty essentials? Leave a comment and let me know x

Don’t forget to check my girl – Lani Rae’s collab post all about fashion essentials too!

Would you rather? | The Beauty Tag Edition

Everyone has played Would you rather…? at some point in their life. I’ve always chickened out when it comes to me answering any type of embarrassing question, but as I’ve been seeing this beauty tag doing it’s rounds on the blogs, I thought why not give it a go, some of you guys answers are sooo funny! I’ve loved reading people’s tag, so I hope mine are just as entertaining for ya…

1.Would you rather wear foundation that’s five shades too light or foundation that’s five shades too dark?

I would definitely wear a foundation that’s five shades too dark. I would much more prefer being darker than what I am, than trying to be lighter, plus, I really don’t think anyone would notice – My lipgloss be poppin’ and my melanin on fleek! 

2. Have one eyebrow for a week, or apply lipstick to the outside of your lips, clown style for a week?

I actually LOL’d when I saw this question. Let’s be honest, it would be one hell of an embarrassing week if I picked either, but I think I’d rather have one eyebrow. Can you imagine the looks I’d get with lipstick applied outside my already full lips. Nah mate, I’ll pass.

3.Would you rather wear one lip colour for the rest of your life, or wear one hair colour for the rest of your life?

This one’s easy. One hair colour. After all the trouble I’ve had with my hair and trying to colour it, I’d gladly take one even hair tone any day #sadtimes

4.Would you rather have free shopping spree in Boots or have a free shopping spree in MAC?

Is this even a question? Boots! Boots has to be everyone’s choice. They have a diverse range of makeup brands that I can experiment with. Plus, I’m not here for the rudeness you often get in MAC.

5.Would you rather sneeze every time you put on mascara or always have lipstick on your teeth?

Haha. This had me in deep thought. It’s a painful choice but I go for sneeze every time I put on mascara. I have OCD when it comes to mine and others teeth. It’s so cringe when I see things stuck or in other peoples teeth. Like when’s the right time to say – ‘oh, you’ve got something there’ -AWKWARD

6.Would you rather be stuck with the same makeup forever OR be stuck with the same clothes forever?

If I perfect my ideal everyday makeup look, I’d gladly stick with the same makeup forever, but I’m always at a loss for what to wear even when I’m chilling at home, so I’d much rather be able to buy new clothes when I want.

7.Would you rather have your favourite eye shadow palette smash on the floor or have your favourite lipstick discontinued?

I have a serious love for my Tarte In Bloom 2 palette right now and if that broke I’d genuinely be devastated – I recently had a near miss. The palette is too nice (and expensive) for it to just shatter. I’ll rather have my favourite lippie discontinued – there’s a dupe somewhere out there.

8.Would you rather always have your makeup look like it does at the end of the night or do your makeup in bad lighting?

I’ll take a pass on my sweaty, shiny, end of night face and do my makeup in bad lighting. I kinda already do that, my bedroom has very little natural light.

9. If you had $1000 to spend, would rather spend it all on makeup OR on clothes?

Clothes, more specifically a designer bag, which clothes my arm… no?

10.Would you rather shave your eyebrows and never have them OR sharpie them in every day?

Sharpie all the way. Ain’t nobody got time for NO eyebrows. If I got a fine point brown sharpie, I’m sure I could nail light strokes and perfect a fleecy eyebrow

If you liked, I tag you! See you on my next one x

The Blogger Summer Hangout

Last Saturday I went to my second bloggers hangout event and this time it was even more special than the last – The Bloggers Hangout were celebrating their 3rd birthday – so as you can imagine I was so excited to see what they had in store for us!

What I love most about these events is meeting bloggers that I talk to on Twitter, it just makes the blogging thing seem a little more real lol.

Anyway, Laura from LauraLivingLife and I headed to the venue held in a small gallery in Charing Cross. We could spot it a mile off… bloggers, nice vibes, plus with the weather being so nice and London Pride taking place, it was definitely looking to be a chilled and friendly atmosphere.

Once we got in we were greeted with so many brands, a little overwhelmed (and flushed) we decided to start from downstairs and work our way up.

The first thing we set our eyes on was food… more specifically sweets!

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Oh Crumbs! offered a range of lovely marshmallows, that I literally wolfed down as I was feeling a bit heady from the night before (why do i do this to myself?)

Next was Pink Parcel. I’ve heard of this brand before, but never really known what it offered, except the obvious (a monthly subscription that comes in time for your monthly period), however, it’s so much more than what it says on the tin… or the parcel 😎

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Pink Parcel gives us ladies a chance to indulge and somewhat enjoy our monthly cycles, with cool treats that they put inside each box. Each parcel contains tea to help with cramps, a sweet treat to indulge in when the cravings come, a range of beauty products and of course pads and tampons.

Pink Parcel, also gave us the chance to make our own personalised box too – check mine out!

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That was it for downstairs, so we made our way all the way up (if you know, you know!)

Regenerate greeted us first and honestly was the brand I was most pleased about coming into contact with.

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When I was younger I was obsessed with my teeth, I just wanted them to be straight and clean, which is why I longed for braces and brushed them 3 times a day (I was such a nerd). Now, I know it probably wasn’t the most sensible thing to do, as too much brushing can wear away enamel, promoting sensitivity, which is something I suffer with now.

Luckily for me Regenerate is a toothpaste that repairs enamel, reversing damaging effects.

Sold in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Boots and many more beauty retailers I knew the was a brand I could trust (as well as doing my own research).

Regenerate was kind enough to give us two treats – one Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste & an Enamel Science Boosting Serum Kit, which should be used one a month.

I’ve only used the toothpaste once so far, so cannot give a in depth review, but I’m pleased with how it left me feeling so far… have you tried these products?

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The venue was boiling and my makeup was literally sliding off my face, so I was parched. Luckily there was a cool drinks brand called Cocktail Mania, serving alcoholic slushies (not that I needed anymore alcohol) – let me tell you their Mango Crazy was lush – check them out, they’re based in Old Kent Road and do everything from slushies to milkshakes, looking to be a great summer hangout spot!

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Mingling in a bit further, I found the cutest store – Sass and Belle. I must be the only person who has never heard of this brand before, but it’s right up my street. They sell ‘the little things in life’ – cups, frames, notebooks..just those little pretty things, you and I could never say no to. Plus they have a store in Clapham Common which is literally 30 mins away – they can add another customer to their fan base!

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The Blogger Hangout Summer event/ 3rd birthday was a blast, and I had a good time with my girl laura even though I was hanging and my feet were burning lol – who told me to wear heels?!

I also had the chance to meet a few super cool chick bloggers so shout out to –@yasminegonzalez & @Sabahscloset  love your blogs girls x

If you went to The Bloggers Hangout, let me know how you found it, and your most favourite brand discovery x

 

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been obsessed with lip products lately, just check out some of my latest posts.

To be totally honest with you all, being this obsessed with tracking down the ‘right’ colour is a blessing and a curse – a blessing because I’m trying so many new lip products, many good, many terrible and a curse because purse is looking hunger!

I’ve been on the hunt… and I really do mean HUNT for the perfect nude/pink lipsticks ideal for women of colour. I have had so many lipstick fails over the months – I have to say I am so done with matte lippies for the minute! And after failing to bag a Kylie Lip Kit again I thought it was time to give up on that dream and try something different!

After writing my High End Beauty Wishlist, I continued with my research into different brands and I was re-introduced to Tarte.

I initially heard of Tarte when I worked at QVC, but never really gave the brand anytime, but, after seeing a few bloggers talk about their Tarte products and them wanting to try their glorious new range, I peeped their dreamy new collection, Rainforest of the Sea, I decided to take the plunge and go after some of their lip ‘saviours’.

I really didn’t know what kind of products to pick, as I was buying online – it’s so difficult to find shades that are true to their real life appearance… but I confidently went for their High Performance Naturals – a quad set of Amazonian Lip Butters.

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So you may be wondering why I did this to myself… AGAIN but the description for these lipsticks were on point, here’s what it said:

“Inspired by the whimsical colors of the Amazon and infused with naturally-derived ingredients from its lush vegetation, these Amazonian butter lipsticks add a splash of rich color and creamy shine for a perfect pout.”

…I mean how could I not?!

Plus, all of their products are made without: Parabens, mineral oil, Phthalates, Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Gluten and dermatologist tested!

But, what really drew me to this set was the names of the lipsticks, they’re named after exotic gemstones; Garenet, Ruby, Quartz and Topaz… I was sold and if you’re wondering why, I work in the jewellery industry and I love each of the gems for different reasons.

When I received my goodies (insert Ciara song) the packaging was lovely, so golden and shimmery and when I opened the small box package it was like looking into a garden (without sounding too cheesy).

The packaging of each lipstick is made out of cardboard, deepening the meaning of the lipsticks Amazonian blend, and each of the packaging is adorned with a pretty floral/filigree design.

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I jumped right in and swatched every colour and I was really happy with how they looked against my skin, although, I have to admit my fave is Garnet, it’s the perfect pink nude with just enough sheen.

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Colours in order: Garnet, Topaz, Quartz and Ruby

Each lipstick is true to the title – holding a very buttery blend that glides onto your lip and really moistrises. They  also don’t really have a strong scent but they do have a vague refreshing minty smell, which is not overpowering or off putting, but a nice addition since it’s these lipsticks have taken out ‘bad’ ingredients and instead used natural ones.

You might have noticed that these lipsticks are not bolds but exactly as their name hints -Natural. They give a lovely sheer colour to your lip without being too ‘in your face’. These lipsticks also have great staying power and I can go all day without having to re-apply! It’s all you ever really want in a lipstick to be fair!

For £26 this set of 4 lipsticks has been a steal! Especially when I think of Mac selling one lippie for £15! They are perfectly coloured for darker girls who want to try a nude or a pink, and they are perfectly sized as I will probably use the colours before I get bored of the shades.

I have been wearing the Garnet shade non stop this week as I feel it is the standout shade in the collection, however, the amazing quality of these lipsticks have made me excited to try out some more.

With that being said will you be trying this spring forward quad? Have you tried any Tarte cosmetics, how did you find them? If you want to see what these lippies actually look like on my lips head over to my Instagram for some cheeky snaps!

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See you on my next post x