It’s A Girly One…

I had been thinking for a while about what to post this week. After Saturday’s little shopping trip I knew it had to be a girly chat style post about all the things I am loving at the moment.

During my week as a teacher I have to keep my favoutite things at home. My favourite clothes, delicate jewelry and my watch are not really robust enough to wear around the classroom with my little gang of 5 year olds and the sand pit. Most days I am accidentally drawn on, get paint, chalk or mud on myself so I like to save my favourite things for the weekend.

Of course this does not stop me looking at pretty things and my haven for all that’s pretty is Instagram. I have become a bit of an Instagram obsessive over the past couple of weeks and I have to admit I just LOVE it. Who doesn’t like looking at nice things and seeing what people are up to? I follow a mixture of beauty/lifestyle bloggers, make up artists, adventurers travelling around the world and love the odd post from the National Geographic.

Since starting my blog I have been thinking more carefully about what photos I want to post and and it all started because of this…

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This photograph is by @hannahargle the Queen of Instagram

Hannah Argyle’s Instagram feed is a thing of beauty. As a photographer every photo in her feed is absolutely beautiful. Whether it’s a photograph of flowers, her travels or just a pot of tea, each one is inspiring to me.

It’s a common thing for people to re-gram a photograph for their own feed as inspiration to others and to share lovely photographs. If you are going to do this I urge you to always ask permission. I did and was thrilled to even get a reply let alone a thank you for asking for permission. As you can imagine I now love her even more.

A bit like Pinterest it’s the perfect place to draw inspiration from and find other people with similar interests.

Instagram, you and I are in it for the long haul.

 

Talking of long haul…

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Things to love

Beauty wise I wanted to share some products I have been trying. The first is the Pixi cleanser and Glow Tonic. These two have had a lot of hype and are not the cheapest, both £18.

They are however, recommended by Caroline Hirons who I have mentioned before as my go to expert on skincare. I will say it now, it was worth it. Three weeks later my skin is as soft as a babies bottom.

The cleanser took a bit of getting used to, you don’t need much as it turns into an oily consistency, something I was not used to. After a good massage all over the face you simply take it off with a warm flannel. That’s when you see the proof, it really does everything it claims.

“This gentle cleansing balm comforts as it deep cleans and nourishes, melting away makeup for silky soft skin & a glowing complexion. Packed with nutrient-rich oils & butters to moisturise.”

I then follow with the Pixi Glow Tonic. I had previously purchased the pre-soaked cotton pads which I think I prefer as you don’t have to guess how much you should be using. The bottled version is fine but go steady with the pouring.

The magic in the Glow Tonic is the 5%  glycolic acid. This gently exfoliates your skin and removes dead skin cells. Sounds a bit scary putting acid on your face but fear not it’s a real treat for your skin I promise.

After finishing the pre-soaked pads it was a good month before I got the bottled version. I could really tell the difference in my complexion. I had far more redness around my nose, it was dull and lacked the glow I had become used to.

So would I recommend this? Absolutely yes.

Now something for the nails.

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Spring nails

Nude Rose by Maybelline is a perfect Spring colour. If you’re not too sure of wearing pink this one is perfect to try. It’s a lovely soft muted pink that’s not too in your face for day to day wear.

I love wearing nail polish but often find it chips a day later. I have a very hands on job so have been super impressed how long it has lasted on my nails. After a week it has not chipped at all. High five to that.

 

A chat about my hair.

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Curly Sue

Why is it when the sun comes out you want to go blonde? Or is that just me. Being a brunette my hair does naturally lighten slightly during the summer and I get those lovely natural highlights but sadly they disappear during the winter.

I was in a bit of a hair rut and fed up of trying to box dye to get rid of those pesky grey hairs creeping in. I just do not suit my hair being one flat colour and avoiding this is almost impossible when using a box dye and doing it yourself.

I decided to treat myself and have a balayage. This is simply a technique for highlighting your hair to create a graduated natural looking effect.

It’s been almost two months since having it done and I am liking the results more and more. At first my hair looked a bit too stripy for my liking and in some lights the very blonde parts of my hair looked almost white/grey. Now it has settled it looks a lot more natural and blends into my natural hair colour.

If you are not sure about going blonde or fancy a change this is a great one to try. It’s subtle enough for people to notice but not too drastic. I will say that you need to be prepared to be in the salon for a while…mine took three hours.

 

A word about Bicester Village

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At least the flowers are pretty

Living in Oxfordshire Bicester Village is on my doorstep and this weekend my boyfriend suggested we had a little look around and go for a coffee. Knowing there is a Kate Spade store I said yes.

Did we regret it? Slightly yes. As an outlet shopping village it draws a lot of people, especially on a Saturday. That means all of the stores are really busy and almost everyone forgets their manners. I lost count of how many times I was knocked into or barged past.

The words ‘excuse me’ do not exist here and shopping rage is abundant. It reminded us of the time we attempted IKEA on a Saturday. NEVER AGAIN.

Now don’t get me wrong not all the stores were like this. Kate Spade, Reiss and the pop up Liz Earle seemed to house normal polite people.

So if you fancy a mooch avoid a Saturday if you can and have in mind something you want/need, so you can get in and out with as little elbow barging as possible. Some of the discounts are pretty good but they are of course all designer, top end stores so be prepared to get spendy.

I did end up getting a lovely little purse from Kate Spade as it had 20% off, then noticed at the till a keyring cost the same amount. A KEYRING. Yikes. A guilty little purchase but we all need them from time to time, don’t we? Please say yes.

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My little Saturday purchase

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Coffee and cake at Le Pain Quotidien

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Distracted my flowers again

So there we go, a few recommendations and a good old girly chat. Let me know in the comment section if there are any particular things you would like me to write about.

I would love to hear all of your thoughts so come and say hello. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin and Pinterest.

I usually end my post with a little saying, this week the photo below captured it perfectly.

Clair x

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Oscar Wilde

 

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