Tips on how to look more awake

 

"Over the past few weeks sleep has been pretty low on my list of priorities, meaning I've had to work a little harder when it comes to covering that up each day. So today, I thought I'd share with you some of my top tips and makeup hacks to look more awake. Coffee optional."

 
 
 

COLOUR CORRECT

Sometimes, even the best concealers can't cover those under eye not-so-designer bags, which is when colour correcting comes in. Using a peach-toned corrector, block out any blue/purple tones under the eye to even out the base and brighten the eyes. Then, apply a yellow-toned concealer and banana powder over the top to completely disguise those late nights!

 

USE BRIGHTENING EYE DROPS

As someone that wears contacts I am all too familiar with the feeling of dry eye balls, and when I don't get enough sleep you can expect them to look red and irritated as well. Sexy, right? To keep my eyes looking fresh and awake no matter what I use the Murine Bright and Moist Eye Drops every single morning before applying my makeup. You can pick them up from both Boots and Superdrug!

 

CURL THE LASHES

This hack is pretty self-explanatory, but it's something a lot of people forget to do if you want to look more awake. I mean, doing this literally opens up your eyes more, and it works a treat whether you decide to wear mascara or not! To make sure they stay curled all day long, try heating up your lash curler to add a little more hold. Just make sure you leave it long enough to not burn your eyes, because ouch.

 

APPLY NUDE LINER

Okay, so you've gotten rid of those under eye bags and your eyes are the moist-est (?) they've ever been, but you still look like you could do with a nap or seven. Another great tip is to apply a nude liner to the waterline - as this can often look a little red if you're feeling sleepy. White liners work too, but can sometimes look a little too stark and obvious, so stick with something flesh toned to really open those eyes up.

 

USE LIGHT SHIMMER SHADOWS

Think of eye contouring exactly how you think about face contouring. You use the darker colours to create shadows, and the light colours to lift, right? So when your eyes aren't looking so lively, focus mainly on light, shimmering highlight shades, as darker shadows can sometimes give a more sunken in look. Apply a bright highlighter to the inner corner of the eyes and voila!

 

PULL LASHES INWARDS

If you do decide on wearing mascara, go for something that holds a curl - or even go ahead and apply falsies if you really want to go all out. To make your eyes look even more open, try directing your mascara wand towards the centre of your face for both your top and bottomm lashes. Again, this will help to lift your lashes and give you a more wide awake look. 

*This post is in collaboration with Murine and The Blogger Programme*

The only LBD you'll need this season

 

 

My style changes on an almost daily basis. One day I'm in ripped jeans and leathers, the next I'm in my frilliest, floatiest dress I own, and then the next I'm wandering around my house in an old t-shirt and sweatpants that are seriously overdue a trip to the washing machine. Comfort is key - that's something that always remains a constant for me. I love dressing up, but I also love being able to just throw something on with a pair of boots and look somewhat put-together. And hey, if it just so happens to hide any lumps and bumps, that's a plus too. A current favourite of mine comes in at just £9 from Stylewise Direct, as it's casual, comfy, but still seriously on trend. I mean hey, if ripped jumper dresses are good enough for King Kylie, then they're definitely good enough for me. Pair them with biker boots for something seriously nonchalant or slip on some sock booties for something a little more glam. Wear it to bed, wake up, and go. I won't tell anyone.

 

 

 

 

 


WHAT I'M WEARING:

This post is in collaboration with Stylewise Direct.

5 THINGS TO WEAR THIS SPRING / SUMMER

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst everyone else is stocking up on cleaning supplies ready for their yearly Spring clean, I'm here scrolling through my favourite websites bookmarking everything and anything that takes my fancy for the summer season. I'm always on a mini-mission to re-invent myself, and this season is no different. Of course, I'm still going to be clutching my biker jackets and black boots like they're going out of style, but this season I'm switching up last years sun-dress obsession with more structured ensembles and a lot more light layers. Who knows, maybe I'll even banish the bardot tops this season? Ahem. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Anyway, here's a run down of my five current favourite trends, and how I plan on wearing them this season. Enjoy!

 


 

Gingham shirts

This is one of those trends that I originally hated, but the more I see it on other people the more I love it. I like the idea of styling up and all black outfit (obviously) with a floaty gingham blouse or bardot top to add a bit more femininity to the look. If you're a little wary of the gingham print but still want to give it a go, opt for something with smaller squares for a subtle nod to the trend. Pair gingham with frilled hems for a double whammy!

 

 
 


 

Trench coats

When I think of Spring / Summer outfits I tend to think more along the lines of floaty dresses, denim shorts and strappy tops..then I quickly remind myself that I live in England and that our actual summer lasts about four days. Jackets are a must here in the UK and lately I've been loving throwing a light trench coat over my every day outfit for a more put-together look. Check out Jack Wills' blog post on how to style a trench coat for more outfit inspiration!

 



 

 

SILK SCARVES

I know right, who would have thought I would've ever, ever mentioned silk scarves here on my blog? Even now, I'm not talking about physically wearing them (although that works too) but more so re-vamping accessories by wrapping a silk scarf around them. Take for example the bag in the photo above. Without the scarf? A pretty boring bag. But with it? It's like something right off the runway. It's also a super cheap way to re-vamp your fave wardrobe staples.

 

 
 


 

FRILLED HEMS

Frilled hems is probably my favourite trend of the year so far, because it can work with just about anything  - skirts, dresses, jeans - you name it, you can probably add a frill to it. I love wearing frilled tiered skirts with knee high gladiator sandals in the summer and layering them up with chunky knits and knee high boots in the winter. I'm also a huge fan of wearing really floaty, frilly dresses paired with chunky black biker boots for a feminine / masculine mix up.

 

 

 



 

 

BELTED EVERYTHING

No, just threading a belt through your favourite pair of jeans doesn't count as taking part in this trend - with this one it's go hard or go home. An affordable way to try out this look is by wrapping a chunky corset belt around your favourite dress or tee. Not only does it look stylish, but it'll also - literally - cinch in your waist! Try a statement skirt made up entirely of belts or pair a simple LBD with a buckled choker necklace for a commitment-free take on the trend.

 

This post is in collaboration with Jack Wills

6 ways to save money as a blogger

Blogging can be an expensive hobby - even more expensive when it starts to become a bit of a business. It's not just the cameras and equipment that costs money (although they will eat up a big chunk of your bank balance) but - if you want to stay current with your readers - even things like clothes and cosmetics can get a lil pricey (but let's face it, buying dresses is way more fun than buying domain names) which is exactly why I decided to make a blog post all about the various ways you can save money whilst you blog, so that you can focus more on your content and less on your finances.

BEG, STEAL OR BORROW

Okay, so maybe the stealing part isn't ideal, but begging and borrowing definitely plays a big part in the world of blogging. As your audience grows, brands may start to offer you free clothes and products in exchange for content, which is not only flattering, but also pretty handy if you're looking to save some money. If you're not quite at that stage yet, no sweat! Instead, try getting in contact with local brands or boutiques to see if you can work together. They gift or lend you items to wear/use/shoot and in return you link back to them on your blog and social media. That way, they get free advertising and you get free content!

 

BUY PRE-OWNED STAPLES

Let's face it, buying a pre-owned Rolex is going to be a whole lot cheaper than buying a Rolex straight from a retailer. The same goes for everything from jewelry to jeans to DSLRs. If it's something you plan on using or wearing often I definitely recommend checking out some reputable pre-owned sites such as eBay, Depop or Xupes to save some moolah. A lot of the time second-hand retailers will only stock items that are in perfect condition, so you never have to worry about whether something is in good nick or not. And of course, you can even sign your own items up to a lot of pre-loved places too to really make that money.

 

MAKE IT YOUR NICHE

Saving money is something people are always interested in, so why not make an on-going save VS spend series on your site? Perhaps a designer dupe run-down or a list of your favourite under £5 eBay finds! Everyone loves a bargain - in fact, some of my most popular shopping posts are the ones based around designer dupes - so not only is it affordable (or even free!) for you to write about, but it's also interesting for your audience to read as well! It's also a great way to get inolved with trending topics without spending shed loads of cash on the latest it bag or eyeshadow palette. Just find a dupe for it instead!

WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

Got some kind of smartphone? Good, because that's pretty much all you need to start a blog. These days most bloggers have enough equipment in their houses to open up their own photography shop, but chances are they didn't start off that way. As my own blog has grown, so has my equipment. I started out with a crappy old compact camera that I rested on a bookshelf to take my OOTDS, but as time went on I began to invest in more and more things that helped make my blogging life easier. Good natural lighting and a steady hand are all you need to get started - a big fancy camera won't make your blog an overnight success. Instead, focus on the content, and work your way up from there.

 

SHOP YOUR OWN STASH

Buying new products is expensive, especially if you plan on posting a few times a week, so when it comes to creating new content I always like to shop my own stash. More often than not I find myself reaching for the same makeup or same clothes most days, so when it comes to creating new posts my mind tends to go a little bit blank. Shopping my stash means I can get inspired by the things I already own - whether it's basing a new look on an old outfit or re-finding an old favourite makeup product. It's a great way of saving money whilst also still being able to put out quality content - and hey, you may even find that old lipstick you lost five months ago..

 

TEAM UP WITH OTHER INFLUENCERS

Not only is collaborating with other bloggers a whole lot of fun, but it can also help you save a crap ton of money. These days, a lot of bigger bloggers pay for photographers to take their photos and it is not cheap - especially when you're just starting out. So, instead of hiring a professional, become your own professional! Team up with other influencers in your area and make a day out of outfit shooting and instagramming. Not only can you create content together, but you can also credit each other on your own blogs to boost each others audience. Another plus side? It's a lot less awkward posing in front of other internet folk than it is convincing your dad to take your selfie.

What are your top money saving tips?

This post was sponsored by Xupes.

My every day skincare routine

 
 

 

 

 

 

Skincare has always been a really important part of my beauty routine. Over the years, I've begun to experiment more and more with makeup, but despite favouring more of a full face glam I've never neglected to look after my skin. I'm a firm believer that beauty starts from the inside out, and that if you look after your base, your makeup will glide on effortlessly and flawlessly. And hey, if it keeps me looking younger for longer then that's a plus too.

 
 

 

 

CLEANSING & TONING

I absolutely adore makeup, but I know it's not the best thing to put on my skin - which is where a good cleanser comes in handy. I tend to opt for either balms or oils these days, as I find they're the best at removing everything from waterproof mascara to stubborn liquid lipsticks. A  favourite of mine is bareMinerals' Total Cleansing Oil as it's light weight, but packs a real punch as far as removing my makeup is concerned. It's one of those cleansers that can take you from full-face to fresh-faced in an instant. Personally, I'm a big fan of double cleansing, which this oil is perfect for. One wash gets rid of makeup, the next gets rid of the dirt. As far as toners go, I tend to switch things up a little depending on my current skincare concern. Right now, I just tend to use the Garnier Micellar Water to remove excess oils and remaining makeup. It's also a life saver for late nights and long-hauls..

 
 

 

HYDRATION & EXFOLIATION

When it comes to keeping my skin hydrated I do try (emphasis on the word 'try') and drink as much water as possible to ensure I'm hydrated from the inside out. However I still like to slather on face creams as if my life depends on it. I'm not overly loyal to any particular moisturiser - all I ask is that it's nourishing and works well as a base under makeup. A little bit of SPF doesn't hurt either. A few of my favourites right now are the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base and the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream for day, and the Clarins Multi-Active Nuit for the night. They all tend to keep any dry skin at bay, but for when I need a little extra TLC I look to exfoliators to sort out the situation. Every few days I use either the Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin brush (use the code 'cocochic' for 70% off!) with my cleanser or a glycolic acid like Pixi's Glow Tonic to get rid of dead skin. Way less scary than it sounds, but so, so good.

 
 

 

REJUVINATING & ANTI-AGING

It's hard to believe that on my next birthday I'm going to be celebrating hitting a quarter of a century. I've gone through the majority of my life begrudging my baby face, but as I get older I've realised it's a blessing - and one that I don't plan on taking for granted. I'm sure a lot of it is down to genetics, but I'm not taking any chances, and so recently I've been using a lot of tricks and treatments to help keep wrinkles at bay for as long as humanly possible. An on-going favourite of mine is the Sunday Riley Luna Oil - a retinol based oil that I apply to the skin around every other night. Retinol is known for it's anti-aging properties, and after a few months of using it (yes, it does take time!) I've definitely started to notice a positive change in my skin's texture. I'm also partial to a hydrating sheet mask or two, but for when blemishes quite literally rear their ugly heads I opt for a charcoal based product like the L'Oreal Detox Mask,