IT’S ‘E’aaasy!

I’ve built a love affair for these products from the moment I bought them and I wanted to get the word out about how lovely these products really are. Not to mention they are all reasonably affordable too!

Vitamin E is an essential Vitamin and works wonders on your skin if added to your daily facial routine. I have combination skin, my t-zone is oily. After reading about The Body Shop’s Vitamin E collection and their own descriptions of the products as well as some other blog reviews really made me want to give it a go!
These amazing skincare products from The Body Shop promises to deliver a healthy-looking glow, long lasting hydration and helps protect your face against everyday damaging effects that you might not even be aware are harming your skin– what more could you wish for in your everyday super simple facial routine?

“…Vitamin E range can help to protect against pollution, cigarette smoke and UVA/UVB rays. Our popular Vitamin E cream and Vitamin E oil are suitable for all skin types and help to protect the skin from premature aging.” –The Body Shop

Those anti-aging properties are jam packed into the eye cube and lip care which I love. People often forget to take proper care of these super sensitive parts of their face, but this is often the areas where you start to age the quickest! 
  This mask is amazing because it offers instant results- that’s one propriety which everyone wants and looks for in a mask. I have to say this mask does exactly that. The product itself is a jelly-like cream that is really light and cooling on the skin. I have particularly been loving how cooling it is because it leaves my face feeling so fresh! I tend to leave it for a lot longer than the 10 minutes suggested and instead put a light layer before bed let it soak in overnight and my skin feels amazing in the AM!

The moisturizing cream is perfect for everyday and Vitamin E helps to ward off dryness and keep skin hydrated. It helps the skin retain components that keep it hydrated for longer. I usually prefer moisturisers in a pump-bottle, but on a positive side, these masks and moisturizer in a tub means you can be sure that you use up every last drop of product before you have to run to the store and grab some more.

Both the toner and the moisturizer absorbs so quick into my skin, allowing me to easily be able to carry on with the remainder of my morning makeup routine right after! Between all these Vitamin E products they will give your skin a quick boost before you leave the house in the morning, and one that I would highly recommend to all skin types to try! So sensitive skin girls and those girlies with combination skin, I think this Body Shop Vitamin E collection has you covered! I highly recommend everyone to give these products a go!
   

MY KIND OF 5 A DAY

Any girl who loves makeup knows there is at least 5 products they can’t live without, your every day essentials you could say! Choosing just 5 products proved difficult because I love them all, however these are defiantly the 5 products I probably couldn’t go a day without when doing my daily makeup routine.

 

 
1. Eyebrows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ash Brown

I’ve tried so many brow products to finally find the perfect one! I swear by this product and any brow related products by Anastasia Beverly Hills. So easy to apply, last all day and offers a good variety of color options to choose from to best suit your brows. I use a simple eyebrow staight edge brush to apply and a brow brush to blend and shape my brown. It’s amazing how I could honestly say doing your eyebrows is a must, it absolutely completes a look and sharpens your face that little bit more. “Eyebrows speak louder then words!”

  

2. Foundation – NARS Sheer Matte Foundation and 
Makeup Forever Ultra HD  

(I totally cheated and picked both because I couldn’t choose between them!) 

I couldn’t choose between these two products because they are both so amazing! I must admit I do use my NARS foundation a lot more then my Makeup Forever Ultra HD mainly because the shade matches better at the moment for my personal everyday look, plus I like to save my Makeup Forever for events, nights out or just days I know I want my make up to last! I would defiantly say the Makeup Forever foundation is lighter weight and last longer through the day then my NARS foundation but they equally have their benefits and I love them both! I tend to switch up between these two foundations on a daily basis, but out of the many foundations I have tried, NARS and Makeup Forever foundations are my ultimate faves and the most consistent in achieving the look I like. I would defo recomend trying these products if you haven’t before!

  3. Eyeliner – Kat Von D Ink Liner in Tooper

This is a new product for me but so far I’m loving it! I swear there’s a constant love hate battle I’ve had with different eyeliners I’ve personally tried before but I think with this Kat Von D one I have finally found one I can hands down say I love and would recomend to any girl who loves your classic winged liner. I really don’t like when an eyeliner is meant to be black but seems to fade so quickly once applied, like what was the point and the next think you know I’m in the mirror again trying to go over it and it just is a never ending battle! Not this beaut though! It wears well all day and makes winged eyeliner less of a scary task to approach at 7am because of the easy applicator felt tip. 

 4. Contour – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

So I’m pretty sure not everyone would agree with using this product for contouring but I defiantly thought I’d give it a go simply because of the way it allows for easy application along the cheek bone, ideal for contouring! Pick a few shades darker then you normally would, apply a line on either side of your face along the bottom of your cheek bones and other essential contouring spots on your face that you feel necessary and blend with your favorite concealer and it helps create the desired contour effect. 

 
5. Mascara – Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

“The only drama I enjoy in my life is in my lashes!” I’m constantly trying new mascara I’m currently loving this one! I’m one of those people that love a thick chunky brush applicator and one that’s gona create a dramatic full lash effect! Even if I have none of my other makeup essentials with me for a day, I’m sure you’ll always find a mascara in my bag ready for when ever needed! That’s for sure!

    
– Ci Ci xo

SUNDAY THOUGHTS

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Sunday is definitely like my favorite day of the week. Working all week gives me reason to always make Sundays so laid back, chilled and just do everything a little bit slower. Since this month is moving crazy fast and it’s already the 15th,h ere are my 15 favorite things I like to do on a Sunday:

1. Make crepes.

2. Take Prince for a walk on the beach.

3. Drink crazy amounts of cups of tea.

4. Take pictures.

5. Clean my makeup brushes.

6. Write my to do list for the week.

7. Watch YouTube makeup tutorials.

8. Dream about having every thing on Pinterest.

9. Tryout new beauty product purchases.

10. Paint my nails.

11. Online shop (Secretly, shhh).

12. Watch an Audrey classic.

13. Catch up with friends away.

14. Stretch/ Yoga.

15. Ignore the manic.

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INSTALATELY

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1. Mondazzee seem so long some times so keeping myself entertained with a little cheeky work selfie. Loving my New Look fully jumper on these chillier days recently, it’s definitely a cozy winter must have. I’ve also got on my fave Top Shop Jamie jeans, just wishing I had every Top Shop jean possible! I love a little OOTD post. 2. Decided to switch up my hair to start off the year and loving it more and more everyday! Loving my journey to silver-grey hair, I have a slight obsession. 3. It’s always a good time for tea time, waking up an hour earlier to live an hour more, loving my tea sesh by the waterside in the mornings before I make my way to work. 4. I’m always with my little Prince and I’m just jealous he’s more photogenic then I am really.

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5. “I own too much black – said no one ever!” 6. My obsession with wishbones and moons has me loving my new jewels. I love layering these pieces together. 7. So I’ve been wanting a clothes rack in my room for far too long now! Having one in my flat away for so long made me love having one so it was a must, and finding the perfect one just topped my excitement (so sad I know)! It’s a great way to stay organized and plan outfits for the week or hang up some of my favorites. Plus it just looks too cute and I love my Paris pics above to add a little matching character. 8. I’ve got some of my favorites in this OOTD. My Timbs, Top Shop Joni jeans, Gap plaid shirt, New Look crop top and leather jacket and a bit of a posy mcposerson mirror pose of course!

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GIRLY GIFT GUIDE FAVORITES

I’m excited to do my first of many more to come holiday post and I am literally so excited Christmas is almost here! Only 5 more Wednesdays away! Decorations are up around the city, Christmas party and outfit planning, gift shopping and yummy scents all around. So in the spirit of Christmas I thought I’d share some of my current online girly gift guide favorites from some of my favorite stores that could help inspire some girly gift ideas. It’s so nice that most online stores do a gift guide for Christmas to help you out if your stuck for ideas, just super busy or for some of us who are buying gifts for someone who seems to have it all already and just need that little bit more inspiration! Some of my favorite sites that have these amazing girly gift guides are miss selfridge, topshop, miss guided and ASOS. Make sure to grab some great gifts from some of these stores for moms, sisters, friends, party hostess or any other special ladies in your life for great main gifts or perfect stocking stuffers. I know some times it’s hard to find gifts at specific price points and specific interest so I tried to pick some that varied pretty well in prices. It’s great to get your holiday shopping list all done and to sit back with some wine or eggnog and ignore the frantic last minute rush, to then just relax and enjoy the holiday instead, stress free!

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J’Adore Clutch: this stylish neutral clutch is a personal favorite I actually own and love so much! It’s perfect for the more trendy ladies in your life, maybe a best fiend or sister, and perfect for carrying essentials for a night out.
imageLondon Lash Wardrobe: The holiday is all about going all out, glitz and glam! So why not help stock up on these perfect beauty holiday essentials! Plus with such a pretty wardrobe packaging, she’s sure to love it!

imagePink embellished beanie: So I saw this adorable beanie and I thought it was too cute! Who says its hard to wear winter pastels? Staying warm and staying cute definitely a double win!

Topshop

imagePack of pop party props: Who doesn’t love one or two goofy Christmas presents. I can’t get enough of how cute these props are to create some funny holiday selfies with the girls. There perfect for a small but memorable hostess gift or some funny family Christmas photos.
imageChecked Shirt: An perfect basic checked shirt is always a wardrobe necessity for any girl. Plus this topshop one has a flattering fit and can be worn on its own, matched with a T or even, the popular, tied round the waists look. It’s perfect for any age and such a great priced topshop top!

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Tripi Snake Skaters: There’s so many people who say buying shoes as a gift is a big no no, but for some one like a sister or best friend who your always with and know all their secrets and favorites, I’m pretty sure you won’t find it difficult to know their shoe size and what they love! It’s also a safe bet to grab a pair they wear loads and love but in other colors so you know it’s a style they are use to any way.

Miss Guided

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Wednesday color block faux fur scarf: This would totally be one of my ideal gifts for this winter. I’m all about the faux fur trends at the minute and a faux fur gift would be an ideal gift for any trendy girl to dress up her winter wardrobe.

imageKada stripped onesie: PJs are always a Christmas gift favorite, but these super cute onesies from misguided are just a must! They look so cozy and would be perfect for chilling round a fire with some hot coco. I know moms always love adding some comfy PJs to be in to their collection for those comfy cozy days round the house in the winter.
imageJami Bluetooth pink speaker: What a great gifty idea, what girl doesn’t love a bit of music to dance around or belt out her love songs to and now she can pack this cute speaker with her where ever she goes.

ASOS

imageOhh Deer Je T’aime pillow: ASOS have a load of fun home gift ideas to dress up any girls room and add that extra girly touch with some fun room accessories. It’s perfect for dorm decor or a cute girly apartment.
imageGHD Eclipse styler and rose gold heat mat: One of the newest from the GHD collection, and definitely on my Christmas wish list is the GHD eclipse. Any girl would love a new beauty addition like this and is definitely a great Christmas gift investment because it’s going to last ages. Not to mention how GHD is such a good quality brand, by far my favorite of course.  imageBenefit Primping with the Stars gift set: Lastly make up sets are always a great gift. You can get classic loved favorites or a few things they haven’t tried but might come to love. It’s like the ultimate beauty sampler that still last ages as well so a great value for cost. Plus any girly girl loves trying out new beauty products so it’s sure to put a smile on her face, as well as leaving her looking glamorous!

WHAT I BOUGHT AT ATELERIE

My newly found addiction are all the amazing things at Atelerie, with such a wide range of designers from New York to Europe and Asia! Thought I’d share some of my recent purchases from the store. Of course starting with my absolute favourite my new fur infinity scarf from Jocelyn, and its in black, absolute must have! Next on my list was my Pink Champagne Swell Bottle. Of course I went for the sparkly pink option and so glad I got on the Swell bottle hype! 12 hours hot, 24 cold nuff said really, and it really works! I can’t wait to try out my wintery hot chocolates and teas on the go in my new bottle this winter. The best part is its keeping me drinking a lot more water every day now which is always a plus! I was so in love when I saw this Chan Luu double layer necklace it’s definitely a much needed staple to accessorise any outfit and I’m sure it will be in many more OOTD post to come!



Necklace: Chan Luu

Bottle: Swell Bottle

Furr Snood: Jocelyn

Believe it or not I’ve had no white jumper as soft as this before! I have a newly found love for Velvet’s collection and all the cozy sweaters and shirts they have to offer. Another favourite recently found collection of mine is Deepa Gurnani’s headbands. I have always a hair accessories type of girl to dress up my outfits and these headbands are just stunning!

The Sara Happ lip scrub collection is both yummy and makes my lips so soft! It’s a perfect beauty purchase for those wintery chapped lips. I would highly recommend a regular lip scrub as a beauty essential especially during the upcoming months. I also grabbed some cute JoJo earrings I used for my mermaid halloween costume last month and that are such a pretty teal colour that really stands out which I love on my blacks and whites! Last two bits where some black Havaianas as just a great basic to have and a Linnea candle to add to my candle obsession that smells delicious! I’m forever lighting up my room with yummy smelling candles after long days, it’s so relaxing!

Top: Velvet Headband: Deepa Gurnani Lip scrub: Sara Happ Earrings: JoJos Flip Flops: Havaianas Candle: Linnea