BEA Skincare Konjac Sponges

Happy Monday!

It has not stopped raining for 2 days here in London and I am genuinely fearful of stepping out of my front door at the moment. This wintery weather is playing havoc with my skin and I am sure I am not the only one!  As many of you know, I am working with a wonderful skincare brand called BEA Skincare.  Today I am going to share my review of their incredible Vitamin Infused Konjac Sponges.

Have you ever used a facial sponge and felt that your skin was left a bit raw and sensitive?  Believe me when I say, this is 100% not the case with this sponge.  I use half a pump of their Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and gently massage my face for 2 minutes.  When you first start using this sponge, you will notice that your skin is a little drier, however once you apply your serum and moisturizer your skin feels incredible.  As part of the 5 Step Daily Regime- I am currently using the Vitamin C 20% & Hyaluronic Acid Serum and the Firming Serum.

The packaging is really clever as each sponge comes individually wrapped- handy seeing as you get 4 month’s worth in a box all for £22! Personally, I store mine in a soap dish as they do tend to stay quite damp even after use although they do have a string attached for hanging them up.  I find that it is best to run the sponge under warm water after use, give it a squeeze to remove excess water and then place in the uncovered soap dish.

These sponges are definitely something that you need in your beauty regime!  Konjac is a natural gelatinous plant fibre, rich in moisture and polysaccharides.  These sponges are truly unique and act to re-balance your skin’s natural pH.  There are also other ingredients that have both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to give you a great skin day everyday!
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The kind people at Bea Skincare have kindly agreed to a giveaway!  Make sure to check out my Instagram page to enter.  Just like this image; follow me and @beaskincare on Instagram and leave a comment below the image on my page that you have entered! It is as simple as that!  The winner will be chosen on Valentine’s day and will be announced across all social channels!  The prize is a 4 month’s supply of the Vitamin Infused Konjac Sponges.

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One for the Boys

It is February and everywhere; and I mean everywhere is a flood of Valentine’s paraphernalia!  Merely weeks after the sparkle and baubles of Christmas and everywhere you look is a sea of red and pink with little quotes of love dotted in between the hearts and chocolate.

And for the first time ever, I’m actually embracing it.  I’ve never been one for it.  Even when I have had a “Valentine”.  For some reason, this year just feels different!

As a result I have been racking my brain for ideas for gifts that don’t veer towards the obligatory aftershave or pants.  Things that my boyfriend might actually like.  On the scale of Valentine’s gifts, I always think that women’s are on one end: overtly sexy; where as men’s gifts are at the complete other end of the spectrum: super tacky.

I like to give a gift that matches someone’s style and isn’t just another bit of nonsense.  My boyfriend liked to look smart and is always well dressed.  He likes the little details that bring his look together.  He embodies what the modern London man looks like.  His wardrobe is an array of blazers and shirts and he has a thing for a lapel pin.

I came across Mr Lapel on Instagram.  Mr Lapel make ties, pocket squares, tie pins, lapel pins and bow ties.  Everything the special man in your life could possibly need to make him feel like the next top supermodel.  They have a great new range which includes leather card holders which are exquisite.  The quality of their products is so fantastic and arrive beautifully boxed.  All items are available in a variety of colours and they have a new range of knitted ties that are really unique.  My personal favourite is the white silk triple rose lapel pin.  It goes with pretty much everything and is the most perfect male accessory.

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Blazer: ASOS | Shirt: ASOS | Bow Tie and Lapel Pin c/o Mr Lapel

They are even giving customers 10% off, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Make sure to enter mrlapel10 at the checkout!  It’s so much better to give a cool and stylish gift than something that is literally pants!*

 

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Blazer: Zara | Shirt: ASOS | Pocket Square and Lapel Pin c/o of Mr Lapel

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Blazer: ZARA | Shirt: ASOS | Lapel Pin c/o Mr Lapel | Pocket Square: Reiss

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*Unless those pants are a nice pair of Calvin Klein boxers of course ;)

 

Happy Friday!

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Made to Love

Oooh I’ve never seen anything
In much more than you and me
Extraordinary machine

Oooh I’ve never loved, I’ve never loved
Never loved someone like this
All-I-know is…

I was sent here for you
We were made to love
We were made to love

You were sent for me too
We were made to love
We were made to love

John Legend – Made To Love

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Jumper: ASOS | Wide Leg Trousers: ASOS | Shoes: Truffle London (ASOS, now on sale!) | Bag: Michael Kors

Comfort

Happy Monday and happy February!

I have discovered a whole new side to fashion.  Comfy co-ords.

I have never been the tracksuit or sweats kinda girl.  I always find that I look like a boy!  The only time you would normally find me in anything close to sweats is at home (chill out clothes or PJ’s) or at the gym, when I am in my yoga pants.

I came across this cute set on Boohoo when I was looking for sweaters.  I was about to order a black jumper and saw this.  My immediate reaction was add to basket and I am extremely happy with it.  The fabric is soft and comfortable but at the same time chic; and the fact that it is a culotte set just makes me even happier.
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Coat: H&M | Co-ord: Boohoo.com | Shoes: Mango | Bag: Michael Kors

 

My Curves and Me

Today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet.  Let me start by saying that I am finally getting into my stride this month and have gotten all my planning done for next month.  Make sure you subscribe as there are going to be aome big changes over the next few months.

I would also like to say it has been 3 years since I started this blog :) Blogging has become more and more enjoyable and my little brand is starting to grow.  I am really grateful for all the love- so thank you!

 

OK, onto the important stuff!  Anyone who follows me on Facebook will know that I had my first guest post featured on My Curves and Me‘s website recently!  They have a fantastic range of lingerie in a wide variety of sizes and styles.  So to help LFLF celebrate ita 3rd birthday, they are offering my readers a fantastic 10% off their orders and to top it all off, you will even get FREE DELIVERY!  After all, Valentines Day is on its way and there is no better way to feel sexy than in some pretty new lingerie! Enter code LFLF1 at he checkout. The ‘Kali’ set featured in my post is available on the My Curves and Me website now!

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Read my post here

Read my review of Cleo by Panache lingerie here

Have a fantastic weekend xx

 

Key Pieces

In my last post I spoke about having a spring clean of your wardrobe and one of the key features of having a clear out is knowing what key pieces you need to keep!

I don’t really like the term “capsule wardrobe” but I can understand why the term has become so widely used.  To me, personal style is not about having exactly the same basic pieces in your wardrobe as everyone else.  There can be some variation.  I will show you the items that I like to have in my wardrobe as a “go to” on days when I lack inspiration.  These pieces are all interchangeable and make up the basis of my daily style.

I like to have items with good tailoring, classic and simple in a muted palette that can be mixed with more trendy items.  Think, black, white, grey and leopard print!

Outerwear:

I always make sure to have 1 great black blazer.  My favourite comes from H&M and in a Tuxedo style which fits me perfectly as I have a bigger bust.  I love a biker jacket and this Moto style biker from Zara is my newest addition.  It has a cropped sleeve and a belt for a little edge.  My perfect coat for almost all weathers is a classic trench.  There is something so chic and Parisian about a trench coat and I feel my most feminine in this belted one from Zara.
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Tops:

Everyone should have a few white shirts in their wardrobe. I tend to have one fitted, one boxy (pictured) and one patterned one.  White shirts are not just workwear, they make a great throw-on item for a cool off-duty look on the weekend.  With really basic items like T-Shirts, I like to have 2-3 of the same item, just so that I can keep it on rotation!  My go-to shop is always Zara as I find that they have a better quality of items and they last that little bit longer than cheaper high street collections.  I like to keep a few sweatshirts on hand for my less glamorous days.  H&M do a great variety of colours and my personal favourite is grey!  I am still on the look out for a really beautiful silk shirt that can be worn for work/play- so if anyone knows where I can get my hands on one, please leave a comment!

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Bottoms:

Jeans.  The bane of my existence!  I have finally found a few pairs that work for me.  It took a long time but I finally made it.  Zara do better jeans with a just a little bit of stretch so they fit your curves really well.  My other favourite jeans come from Levis (classic of course!) I tend to have 2 variations of blue and 1 good pair of black jeans.  I am a sucker for a bit of leather and a pencil skirt is the absolute best way to wear some.  ASOS have an amazing selection and this is always going to be in my collection!

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Shoes:

I love ankle boots for everyday and these beauties from Reiss have been in my collection for some time now.  They are higher ankle boots but look fantastic with jeans, culottes, skirts….you get my drift!  Versatility is everything and a simple pair of black Court shoes will get you from work to an event.  These are from Matalan and come in a wider fit too!  Trainers have never really been my thing, but I am slowly coming to the realisation that sometimes, comfort trumps strappy, sassy, gorgeousness.  I love Converse and have 2 pairs, they are great for the less dressy office and when you are a London commuter, you will know how much better it is to be in flats.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love leopard print and my latest leopard lovelies come from Steve Madden.  These are super comfy and give me a little added height!

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I hope this gives you all a little insight into the pieces I wear often. The best thing about these items is that they are interchangeable so I can create multiple outfits in next to no time…perfect for when I have hit the snooze button one too many times!

The Spring Clean

We are in the middle of what can easily be described as the crappiest time of the year.  I am never the happiest of people during January.  Its cold, you’re over weight, the purse strings are very tight and to top it all off- there are sales everywhere to encourage you to spend money that you do not have, on things that you don’t 9always) need, to add to space that is already stretched to capacity!

Now as much as I do love a little bargain; I have pretty much steered clear of the sales this year.  I have purchased a pair of leather trousers (soon to be on the blog).  The idea of clearing out our lives during the January Blues can be really daunting, but I find that by breaking the dreaded wardrobe clear out into manageable sections it becomes a really satisfying task!

 

1: EMPTY SPACE

I find that the best way to clear out is to completely empty my wardrobe.  This may seem like a really long and arduous task, but believe me, when completing a spring clean, it helps to see the exact space you are working with.  This will also help you to reorganize your wardrobe to make items more accessible.

 

2: BE RUTHLESS

You have to be utterly ruthless when sorting your clothes.  I find that by sorting items into categories, I get through everything much quicker.  For example:

  • Worn recently- KEEP
  • Worn in the past 6 months/ seasonal- STORE
  • Not worn in the past year but still in good condition- CHARITY/ GIVE AWAY/SELL
  • Not worn in the past year but in bad condition- BIN

To elaborate on the 3rd point- Anything that is still on trend or from a good designer/store, I like to sell.  There are loads of different sites to sell your used items on including Depop, Ebay and new site Bloggerstash.  For my US readers, you should try Poshmark.

With regards to the clothing that goes in the BIN pile- I like to actually take them to recycling centres. This means you can feel good about getting rid of your old unwanted items!  Alternatively, H&M have recycling bins in stores and you get a £5 voucher per bag of clothing!  Handy when you wanna pick up a few new pieces!

 

3: ROTATE

To avoid getting stuck in a fashion rut, make sure to rotate your wardrobe seasonally.  This way you can incorporate those items that you put into storage and wear more of what you buy!  Adopt some key pieces (capsule wardrobe) that works all year round made up of key pieces that cater for every eventuality.  In my next post I’ll be taking you through my capsule wardrobe.

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4: STORE RIGHT

This is purely for those who like me, need to find things quickly!  Invest in some good storage options.  Ikea is fantastic for storage (see this Billy bookcase-come-shoe storage unit).  Personally, I like to try and have the majority of my hangers all in the same colour or style and for those of you with small wardrobes, slimline hangers work best- Primark have a great selection starting at £5.  I do love wooden hangers but as I have a tiny space, they just do not work for me; and for the love of everything holy, please throw away any wire hangers!  They damage your clothes.  Get some acid free paper or dust bags to store bags and folded sweaters.
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I hope that this quick guide is helpful!  Do let me know any tips that you have for your spring cleaning.

 

 

 

70’s Girl

The seventies is what I love. Soft, touchable beauty is what I love.

                                                                                                           -Tom Ford

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Jacket: ASOS | Trousers: Motel | Heels: Truffle London | Bag: Mulberry

Handbag Saviours

As women we all have those special items that live in our handbag.  To be honest, my handbag would probably rival Mary Poppins’ but I do like to keep the make up I carry down to the bare essentials.

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The smaller the item, the better! If it comes in mini form- you can take my money!  With that being said, I recently signed up to Love Me Beauty, a beauty subscription service, where you select products that you would like to try and they get delivered to your door! Talk about easy!  This is perfect if you want to give a trial a product without commitment or even investment!

From Love Me Beauty is the Roques O’Neil Aura Restore Spray and the Monu facial oil.  The Aura Restore spray is ideal for when you need a little pick me up during a busy day.  The Monu facial oil is something I have been using since before my trip to Dubai and now that I am tanned, I have not been wearing foundation.  In its place I have been dapping this oil on my dry patches to help nourish my skin and protect it from the elements.

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Make up wise, once my face is on, that’s generally it. I may top up a little concealer where needed or bronzer if I’m going out, but my emergency makeup kit comes in the form of mascara and a red lip.  This beautiful red in Cherry Pop from Clinique is a new favourite (free with last month’s Glamour).  It has blue pigment, which helps to whiten your smile and is a creamy formula, making it hydrating during thrse cold months.  I recently purchased YSL’s Baby Doll Mascara and love it.  I dont know about you guys, but I always fear losing my new, full and quite pricey mascaras, so I ask the counter for testers.  Normally, when a new product launches or they have a best seller, beauty counters will have a few testers, so make sure to ask for them!

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Happy Monday!!!

Well happy for some, I am currently sitting at my desk feeling some serious #mondayblues.  The weekend was beautiful, with some sun and snow.  But as a fashion blogger, I couldn’t help but try and overcome the chill by wearing a pair of wide leg, leather culottes and open toe shoes.  Crazy lady!  I am in the middle of a serious 70’s style takeover at the moment, so anything with a wide/flared leg and I am all over it!  I have always said I was born in the wrong decade…

I am glad to be getting back to my regular posting schedule and have a few exciting collaborations coming over the coming weeks.  If there are any posts that you would like to see then please do let me know.  Email me on lovefoodlovefashion@gmail.com

Have a great day!

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Coat: Front Row Shop (old) | Jumper: H&M | Culottes: ASOS | Shoes: JustFab | Bag: Skinny Dip