Sunday, 30 March 2014

A Mothers Day Outfit

Dress // Topshop
Boots // Dorothy Perkins (no longer available)
Cardigan // New Look (no longer available)
Charm Bracelet // Pandora
Rope Bracelet // (made by myself)
Chord Bracelet // Light House Wonders

Hello everyone, and Happy Mothers Day! I hope you all had a great day spoiling your mums. As today was Mothers Day I thought I would show you the outfit I wore to dinner out. Today was a beautiful day so I thought I would dress a bit more girly than usual, and that doesn't mean you have to dress all in pastels yet! I wore this daisy printed dress from Topshop, that I recently picked up in the sale. It's perfect for spring as it is light and flowy. I paired it with some opaque tights and my brogue style ankle boots, which I love! I then kept the outfit neutral toned and went with an over sized cardigan, I've had this since forever. For jewellery I wore my silver charm Pandora because we were going out and some rope bracelets, this baby pink one I made myself. The dragon fly rope bracelet* I received from the lovely Light House Wonders, it's a beautiful cord bracelet with a dainty charm dragon fly charm on the end, I love it and wear it all the time. 

This outfit is perfect for days out in the spring and summer time. It adds a girly twist to an outfit and adds excitement to your outfit with its bold daisy print. I think keeping the outfit neutral toned, makes the daisy print stand out more and make it so that the outfit isn't too over powering, but a cute girly outfit. Thank you for reading and I hoped you enjoyed this post.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

March Q&A

Hello everyone! I realised it has been a while since I did a Q&A on my blog so I figured I would do another one for you. I asked you all to ask me questions on Instagram and now I'll be answering them.

Favourite clothing items?
That's really hard! But I would probably choose my Topshop black Leigh Jeans, my Homies South Central top and my Brandy Melville black and white striped top. 

Who is your idol?
My idol is Demi Lovato, she is so inspiring. I look up to her for the fact that she has been through so much and keeps going and for her work with helping young girls with their insecurities.

Favourite TV show?
If you would have asked me this a few months ago I would have struggled with the answer, but now there is only one option: Pretty Little Liars.

Your close friends?
Pip, Christine, Lydia, Natalie *cough* *cough*, Harriet, Grace (even though she's my cousin), They are all amazing!!I don't know what I would do without them.

Favourite high street shop?
Probably Topshop although I do really like Forever 21 at the moment, it's super affordable and all of their stuff is really nice.

Do you think yourself as stylish and fashionable?
I would like to think I was stylish, but if I'm honest I tend to wear what I want whether it's in style or not. So I don't know?

Three Makeup items you can't live without?
My Maybelline the rocket mascara, the Maybelline fit me concealer and the natural collection eye shadow duo in mocha/latte which I sue to fill in my eyebrows.

What was the hardest thing you ever had to do?
Overcome my anorexia.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
I was going to be all healthy and say like fruit, but then I realised I couldn't live without Hobnobs biscuits!

Why did you first start your themed Instagram?
I first started it because I was following so many themed accounts and wanted mine to be the same, and I have had it for eight months now.

Favourite YouTuber?
Zoella (of course) Velvetghost, Itsjudyslife, Connor Franta, FashionRocksMySocks, LibbyLovesMakeup13 and Bubzbeauty. I watch way to many videos and have way to many favourites!

Do you love @/mildredsinstagram?
Hell Yes.

Why do you love @/chlomelody so much?

Favourite makeup brand?
Drugstore would have to be Maybelline because most of my collection consists of it. As for high end it would be either MAC or Urban Decay even though they are both so expensive.

Those are all the questions I will be answering today, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you would like to be featured in future Q&A's then make sure to follow my Instagram, or leave them in a comment below. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Spring Fashion Wishlist

Hello everyone as the weather is getting somewhat warmer and it's nearly summer, I find myself constantly looking for clothes that aren't black! I'm not having much luck, I therefore decided to make a wishlist of all the things I want to get my hands on for the warmer weather (all the things I have seen whilst online shopping!). There is a sort of theme going on with floral I know, but who doesn't love a bit of floral in the summer time. I am also really into experimenting with vintage fashion, which is again why there is a bit of vintage thrown in. Vintage and Retro are really making a comeback this year and they are bigger than ever, all fashion from 50s-80s are in. It's all about baby doll and shift dresses this summer too!

- Topshop Baby Blue Mom Jeans
- Vintage Black Levi Jeans
- Topshop Skinny Polo Crop Top
- Cresent Moon Choker 
- Forever 21 Perforated Slip-on Sneakers
- Forever 21 Daisy Dress
- Topshop Floral Kimono 
- Vintage Head Scarf
- Brandy Melville Kaitlee Skirt 

Those are some of the items I have been lusting over these past weeks and I will probably go and end up buying them this weekend too! Thank you all for reading and I would love to hear more items your are wanting to purchase this season, I'm always on the look out. 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Spot Dilemma

Hello everyone. We all suffer from spots and we all get paranoid over them. When one appears on our face we immediately reach for the concealer to hide it. It seems for it to take forever to get rid of it even then we're left with red hyperpigmentation in it's place.

As a teenage girl, I know what it's like to get spots and I envy the people who don't get them at all. I wouldn't say I have acne but I do suffer from a few spots on my forehead and chin area. But that's to be expected for me. Today I am going to show you ways of which to speed up the process of saying good riddance and aiming to prevent hyperpigmentation and scaring.

Unclogged Pores:
In my skincare routine I talk about lots of tips to keep your pores unclogged and fresh. That is one of the main ways to help prevent spots. Try not to cake your face in makeup or use silicone bases as these have the tendency to block your pore resulting in spots. If you do were face makeup, then make sure you remove it properly. Use wipes or a makeup remover and then cleanse your face afterwards to ensure your skin is declogged and clean. 

Specifically for Acne: 
In order to help prevent breakouts, I use cleansers that are specifically for acne prone skin. They usually contain salicylic acid, which helps prevent and calm active breakouts. I also find them to clean my skin better than normal cleansers on the basis they are supposed to deep clean your pores and get out all the dirt.I use the Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser in the morning, and the Neutrogena Spot Stress Control scrub at night; it's a really gentle scrub that's great for daily usage.

Mask it:
To help declog your pores also I recommend using a mask. This will help to deep clean your pores. I use the Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Mask, which I posted about here. I use these once a week to pamper my skin. However using a mask to often can dry out and irritate your skin creating more spots.

Treat it:
I know when I have spots on my face, I just want them to be gone tomorrow. But spots don't go in just one day. So you need to put a treatment on it that will dry it out, reduce the redness and shrink it. The ones I have here are the Clinque Anti Blemish Solutions Gel and the Dr Spot by Soap and Glory, which I have reviewed here. The higher end Clinque one gives me better and faster results and I have noticed difference within two days. A great natural treatment is Tea Tree oil, it contains natural benefits and no added chemicals for your skin, which is why it is so good. It draws out all of the bacteria from your skin and will help to reduce the redness also.

Should I or Shouldn't I?
Most people tell you not to pick spots, and this may sound disgusting but it can sometimes help. You should wait until it goes yellow (ew) I then get boiling water from the kettle (not too hot) Drip in some tee tree oil, and then soak in a cotton pad. You next hold it on the spot for a few seconds. Sometimes the hot water will draw the spot out and cause it to pop, if this doesn't happen go ahead and pop it gently and hold the cotton pad on the spot until it stops bleeding. This won't scar you face in the long run. 

Thank you for reading and I hope these tips come in handy for you, as I know how much it sucks having spots! But remember people won't care about yours they'll probably be too worried about theirs.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

The Better Concealer?

Hello everyone. Concealer plays a big part in my everyday makeup routine, if I wear makeup I cannot go without it. It can make your skin look so much more awake and healthy. Today I am going to be comparing two drugstore concealers: the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.

Each of these concealers is widely available in places such as Boots or Superdrug. Although both of these prices are affordable and within most peoples budget, there is a price gap between them. The Collection Lasting Perfection retails for £4.19, which is a steal for any concealer. Whereas the Fit Me is slightly more expensive at £5.99, but still affordable. 

The Maybelline Fit Me concealer compared to the Lasting Perfection has a much wider shade range and they have shades specifically for yellow undertones and pink undertoned skin. They overall shading of the concealer is amazing it offers so a wide range of shades that would suit most skin tones. Mine is in the shade '15' which is the palest pink undertone they offer and it matches me perfectly. This concealer is very creamy and the consistency is quite runny, which means it is easily blended but doesn't leave your skin looking oily afterwards. Like the Lasting Perfection it has a dope foot applicator, which is really convenient. I use this concealer on an everyday basis on blemishes and under my eyes to conceal dark circles. It covers really well and I would say it has a medium coverage. Under my eyes the concealer does tend to crease slightly, however it isn't anything to major. It will tend to split and spread on my blemishes if I don't top up with powder, but it keeps it's coverage throughout the day nicely.

The Lasting Perfection Concealer doesn't have a great shade range, I believe there are three overall shades, which don't go very dark. As you can see from the picture the palest shade 'fair' is a lot paler than the Fit Me Concealer, so it would be good for people with very pale skin, like myself. This formula of this concealer is much thicker compared to the Fit Me, it also sets a lot quicker, so you have less time to blend it into your skin. Again this concealer comes with a dope foot applicator, which is really practical. I would say it is high coverage, as it covers everything! I would use this if I were having a bad skin day. I don't tend to apply this under my eyes as I personally feel like it can cake up and crease very easily. Less is definitely more with this concealer otherwise you can look really caked up if you apply too much. This product is great if you have oily skin as it sets with quite a matte finish, however if you have dry skin I wouldn't recommend this as it does tend to stick to dry patches. Like the name suggests the lasting power of this concealer is amazing, because of it's matte finish it lasts all day.

Overall between these two concealer I would have to choose the Maybelline Fit Me as I prefer the formula of it. The collection is too heavy of a coverage for me and I don't like the caked look, it can sometimes give on my skin. I feel the Fit Me to be a much more natural looking concealer, and much more easily blendable. I know each of these concealers are favourites for many bloggers out their, and this is just my personal opinion. Everyone's skin is different. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Manicure | Spring Clean

Our nails can get neglected from time to time and will need a bit of a pamper. If I don't tend to my nails frequently they tend to get very brittle and peel of easily. So this Spring you should get out the nail file and give abit of time to your nails.

When doing my nails I firstly take off any nail polish I had on previous. For that I use the Bourjous Dissolvant Miraculeux, which is so quick and easy. You just twist your finger in the pot, take it out and your nail polish has gone! It also contains almond oil so it's super moisturizing for your nails too.

If my nails are slightly long I will then trim them down and file down any uneven edges. I prefer my nails to be rounded off instead of squared.

I then like to move onto the exciting part: choosing the colour. I always take forever deciding over the colour of which to paint my nails. But seen as it's Spring I wanted to go for something pastel, and in the end settled for a pastel purple; this one is by Revlon in the shade 'Charming'. I will apply two coats of polish until it is fully opaque.

Then comes the annoying part: waiting for them to dry... It seems like forever if I'm honest. You have to sit there and do nothing just in case you smudge all of your hard work. But I still manage to smear the polish no matter how still I sit.

Once it's all dried, I will then finish everything off with a top coat to seal everything in and prevent the polish from chipping (which still manages to happen somehow?) I use this Rimmel top coat which gives a salon sheen to your nails and keeps them from chipping for a couple of days at least. 

Finally I will apply a cuticle cream to moisturize my cuticles to stop then cracking.

Thank you for reading this post and make sure to stay tuned for my next one.  

Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Sun's Finally Here

Top // Brandy Melville (similar)
Shorts // Peekaboo Vintage
Shoes // Office
Hat // Amazon
Midi Rings // River Island 
Rings // Minky Kitten

Hello everyone, the UK weather is finally showing signs that Winter has gone and Spring is here. The temperature is going up and sun is out, which can only mean one thing: Summer is just around the corner with bares legs, skirts, dresses and holidays! I'm already counting down the days until the Summer holidays and have begun shopping for Summer clothes already (a haul coming soon) But although the weather is improving it is not yet warm enough to wear bare legs, so my alternative: tights. Here I have on my vintage Levis which I adore and wear them whenever I can. I paired that with some 80 denier tights to keep at bay my blindingly pale legs. For my top I am wearing this super soft striped tee which is really flowy but also fitted around the arms so it doesn't give you a drowned look. Keeping the outfit minimalist for the spring, I wore yet again my white high tops converse which just go with everything. I am also wearing my bomber hat, which is perfect for bad hair days! I then added some gorgeous gold rings to add some detail to the outfit. The heart I have on was my mums, then I added some midi rings. And finally these gorgeous stone rose gold rings from the ever so lovely minkykitten.

I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more Spring and Summer posts heading your way. Thank you for reading

Saturday, 15 March 2014

L'oreal Paris Supersizing Spray | First Impressions

Hello everyone and I'm back today with a first impressions post. I thought I would mix it up and make this post about a hair product I recently picked up: The L'oreal Paris Studio Line #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray (that was a mouthful) I picked up this product mainly for the reason I have very flat hair at my roots and need extra volume, but I have also heard a lot of bloggers talking about it, so of course I had to pick it up.

This is a new release from L'oreal and it's part of their Studio Line #TXT range, which is supposed to give you salon looks and is based around giving your hair body and texture. It says it 'gives back-combed volume and instant matte texture' which was what drew me to it in the first place. It is meant to be applied into the roots and then scrunched in for the best results.

When I first sprayed it into my roots it didn't make my hair feel crispy at all, which some texture sprays do. I then scrunched my hair at the roots, and it seriously looked like my hair exploded. But after fixing it up a bit, it looked fine and not like I had been dragged through a hedge backwards. The first thing I noticed was the amount of volume it gave to my hair, I am a big fan of messy wavy hair and this product really gives you a backcombed look. It also claims to give a matte look to your hair, which I actually noticed it did straight away, it created a really nice beachy look to my hair. It didn't way down my hair, if I'm honest it wasn't heavy at all, it's very light and left my hair brushable and not crunchy. However after a few hours of applying it I noticed the volume had completely gone from my hair, so it's not very long-lasting . That means I have to keep topping it up through the day, which isn't great but I think it's worth it for the amount of volume it first gives.

Have you tried this product out yet? If you have let me know your opinions. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Brand Focus | Maybelline

Hello everyone and welcome to another brand focus, today the focus is Maybelline. Maybelline seems to be one of the most hyped up drugstore brands in the UK, mainly for their mascaras and baby lips. They have had so many recent releases which have been so popular throughout the blogosphere. 

The first product I own is the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, this is one of the most recent releases to Maybelline. I have already done a full post on it here, but in a nut shell this is a great primer that mattifies your skin and erases all visible pores. However since writing the review I found it to be a cause of my breakouts on my skin, I think this is because it contains silicone which has a tendency to break people out and clog your pores.

Then for bases I have the BB Cream by Maybelline. This product is really light wieght on your skin and doesn't cake up. It is a very sheer coverage, for that reason I like to wear it in the summer when I want less procuct on my skin. It also has SPF 30 which is an added bonus. One thing I would say about this procduct is that the shade range isn't very good and the lightest shade is still quite orange on pale skin like mine.

One of my favourite products is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I love the formula of it and it has a medium/high coverage so it's able to cover and blemishes and dark circles you might have. The shade range is also really good as it specifies whether you have a pink or yellow undertoneon your skin.

My next product is my all time makeup must-have, it's the Rocket Volume Express Mascara. Many people love this mascara and so do I. It gives amazing volume without being clumpy and also does great job at lengthening your lashes too. If there was one products I told you to go out and buy it would have to be this one. Maybelline is famous for it's amazing mascaras and I have to agree on that. I have only tried this one but I can tell I will love them all and I can't wait to try more out.

Another product I absolutely love is the Maybelline Colour Tattoos. They are cream eyeshadows and were the first of their kind to hit the drugstores and for that reason many bloggers went crazy for them. They act as great bases for any eye look, but also look great on their own just swept across the lid. The colours I own are 'On and On Bronze' and 'Barely Branded' both are really versatile neutral shades.

Last but not least I have the Baby Lips, these are seriously hyped up in the blogging industry. I have done a post about them here. But if i'm honest there is nothing special about them, they are just plain/tinted lipbalms. They do moisturize my lips but not as good compared to other alternative lip balms.

Overall Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore brands. Most of their products are high quality and affordable. I would highly recommend it as a starting of point for people beginning with makeup as they have everything you would need.

Thankyou for reading. Let me know your favourite Maybelline product by commenting down below. I hope you enjoyed.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

A Pop Of Colour | An Early Spring Outfit

Top // Topshop
Flannel // Brandy Melville
Jeans // Topshop
Boots // Dorothy Perkins (no longer available)
Rope Bracelet // Pandora
Silver Bracelet // Pandora
Watch // Elsie Grace (similar)

Hello everyone, today's post is another fashion post. As you may have already noticed from my previous fashion posts most of my clothes I wear are 75% black or white. So I thought I would show you an outfit I have been loving with a pop of pastel blue, perfect for the spring. The gorgeous pastel blue top I am wearing is from Topshop, it is made from chiffon and is really flowy. I paired it with a tight fitting jeans and yes they're black (I need to stop) but because the top is so loose fitting around the waist line, I thought that adding something fitted gives a flattering approach. Because in the UK it's not quite 20 degrees yet I through on this Brandy Melville flannel, which has neutral tones and also a hint of blue, so it complements the top well. To give it a more feminine feel I rolled the sleeves up. For shoes I added some brogue style ankle boots. As for jewellery I like to keep it minimalist, I put on my pearl rope Pandora and my silver Pandora with charms. I also put on my vintage voyager watch by the lovely Elsie Grace and a bracelet that I made myself.

This outfit is perfect for early spring days as it still keeps you warm. Its a casual pick and would be great for days out shopping ect. I think all the colours involved in the outfit work well together and compliment each other perfectly.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Growing Out Your Hair & Hair Care Routine

Hello everyone, as so many of you seemed to like my skincare routine I thought I would show you my hair care routine. In the end of year 7 I chopped my hair to just below my shoulders and had short layers put it with a fringe. Admit it everyone has had hair crisis' and this was one of them. At the beginning of year 8 I regretted it, and started to grow it out in December.

That is when I became 'obsessed' with hair care I was on YouTube searching 'how to grow out your hair' for months. I then finally started to notice a difference and now after a year my hair is up to below my rib cage woo! 

Before you begin to think about growing your hair out I recommend you get it cut, so that you are growing healthy fresh hair not dead split hair. When growing your hair out you should still get trims otherwise your split ends will continue to split up your hair and you will eventually need to get more and more off.

When it comes to washing your hair you should alternate between different shampoos often to reduce build up in your hair. I personally use a different one every night, but one shampoo I have found that doesn't build up is the Aussi Mega Shampoo, I love all of Aussi's hair care range and this is no exception. I massage that into my scalp to increase the volume and stimulate the hair follicles (tip: increases hair growth). I then condition using again Aussi products, this is the luscious long condtioner, I only apply this onto the ends of my hair to seal in the split ends (tip: if you apply it to the roots it can make your hair greasy). I rinse it all out using warm water. 

Next I gently towel dry my hair and apply a leave in conditioner, which helps to keep your hair hydrated it also makes it easier to comb through your hair. To comb through my hair I use a wide toothed comb, that way there is less breakage when you brush your hair (tip: start combing from the bottom upwards, that will reduce breakage also) To prevent frizz I like to use the frizz-ease hair serum. I then leave my hair to dry naturally overnight. I either leave it down, put it in plaits or twist it and clip it in the top of my hair. All of these create wavy hair in the morning.

In the morning I will take my hair down and shake it out. One thing someone will tell you when you are trying to grow your hair out is DON'T USE HEAT, which I did do... mostly (tip: search for heatless hairstyles on YouTube). However in the morning my fringe is quite kinky so I just straighten it, I apply the Tresemme heat protectant and then using my tangle teaser brush it straight and straighten it with my GHD MK5 straighter. I am then good to go. If I am going somewhere special then I will tend to straighten or curl my whole hair. I tend to do all of these steps every other day (tip: if you wash your hair everyday you are stripping your hair of its natural oils, which will make it produce more grease quicker)

That is my hair routine and I hope you find my tips useful, I am not an expert these things just worked for me and helped my hair grow longer and stay healthy.