Sealed with a kiss: Accessory Insanity

One of the many quotes I live my life by is “Challenge yourself and treat yourself”. And that’s exactly what I’ve done recently, by booking a mini break to Paris. I have always wanted to go, visiting France on many occasions but never quite making it to the capital, and you know what? I can’t bloody wait!

There are so many amazing places I want to explore and tick off my bucket list and my 2017 manta, amongst many, is to strive to purchase experiences rather than material things.

So with that in mind, to go with my cute cabin bag I choose this adorable ‘sealed with a kiss’ luggage tag*. Aside from plastering stickers all over my suitcase I wanted something that was a bit different to make my grey and black cabin bag stand out! This quirky luggage tag is pretty inexpensive and perfect to add a touch of femininity to everyday accessories.

I was lucky enough to choose this particular item but generally, Accessory Insanity is a website I wouldn’t normally land on (call me old fashioned but I oppose shopping online because it’s a faff to rectify if the item doesn’t meet expectation). However, they have an extensive range of quirky and unique items from luggage tags and business card holders to boho style scarves. I was super impressed with delivery, the luggage tag arriving promptly considering it came from Canada. I highly recommend checking out their website, they have a vast array of girly presents perfect for your best friend or co-worker.

This ‘sealed with a kiss’ luggage tag can be purchased via their website. Features: Vegan faux leather, durable, with a section for your address/business card and has a snap closure. The adjustable strap makes it easy to attach to anything.

What cute accessories are you crushing on?

Love Career Girl

Ps. Items marked with* were given to me for promotional purposes.

Dull hair to dazzling. Thanks Natural World!

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Dull, lifeless, lack lustre, split ends… my hair is basically anything but what I want it to be! I used to have gorgeous, shiny hair when I was much younger. Yet, as soon as I was a teenager, I discovered straighteners and ever since, my hair deteriorated.

My hair has a natural kink in it, so I straighten my hair daily and when I exercise or just need to power through a load of errands, I’ll tie my hair in a messy bun. Neither of which are particular good for your hair and so I was in serious need of some hair help!

I have tried a multitude of shampoos and am always on the look out for new, interesting hair products and so was over the moon to receive the Argan oil of Morocco Natural World range. These arrived a few weeks ago, beautifully wrapped and with simple but distinctive branding. This post is long over due but I wanted to give an honest opinion of the products! The past week I have been using the whole range (the hair oil I often forget! It’s not something I usually use!) and have been pleasantly surprised and satisfied with the product!

Honestly, considering the reasonable price of approx. £3.49, the products more than exceeded my expectations! I’m ashamed to say I often buy a brand that costs double the price! Would I buy & recommend this product? Yes!

My favourite products would have to be the shampoo/conditioner and the mask – my hair was beautifully shiny from just one wash, I was so amazed! The smell is not overly powerful, infused with Argan oil & essential oils including Rosemary,  Lemongrass, Orange & Ylang, which gently cleanse hair, adding moisture and a whole load of shine!

Packed with vitamin E, anti-oxidants and free from parabens, phosphates, dyes, gluten and 95% natural ingredients, these products really do what they say on the bottles!

Head to their website to explore their extensive range and for help choosing based on your hair dilemma! Have you tried them & what do you think? They are available in Tesco & on beauty and the bunch!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Love, as always, Career Girl

xoxo

PS the range was kindly gifted to me but all opinions are solely my own!

#BloggersFestival

Held at the stunning Conrad St James 5* hotel, #BloggerFestival was definitely worth the hype. Yet another wonderful blogging event organised by the super lovely Scarlett London – who is, if anything, even prettier in real life than on Instagram!

Before the event, a group of us bloggers all met beforehand in Pret, a great way to chat to new bloggers and catch up. As soon as we entered the venue we were greeted by hosts offering nibbles and drinks, and to the right was Selfie Central! A huge wall was adorned with faux flowers, which made a cool, summary, pretty background, perfect for all those Snapchat stories & Instagram selfies!

The venue was nicely sized, allowing you to move easily around the event and mingle with individuals without feeling over crowded. A fair few brands I had already heard of and use were there, yet the majority of brands were new to me; a complete mix of food, beauty, fashion, lifestyle & fitness products were showcased.

What goodies did I receive & what’s my verdict?! All will be revealed below….

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My 7th Heaven *

I love these face masks & frequently use the cucumber peel-off one, it’s my go-to mask as it’s simple to use and does my skin wonders. So I was excited to try the Multi-Masking pack of various different face masks, each targeting  dealing with specific problem areas. If you particularly have oily skin it’s worth trying the Dead Sea peel-off mask! These products are Vegetarian, Cruelty free and won’t break the bank! Available in Superdrug, Boots and online.

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These Devon based drinks are the epitome of summer! They are incredible. The packaging is gorgeous and girly and the actual drink is just delicious. This non-alcoholic rose bubbly is sweet but light and so refreshing with subtle hints of Rose water and Grape juice, and I can imagine it going perfectly with crushed ice & Vodka too.

 

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Cocktail cherries! I bloody love these things. I am a massive lover of cocktails and have used this brand and product before so I know they are good! They’re also a perfect addition to any cake, and I have done just that, made a very calorific chocolate fridge cake featuring these exact cherries! They are really yummy!

 

FFS – Friction Free Shaving *

OMG – I loveeeeee these razors. I usually don’t spend a massive amount on razors but I would happily invest in these gorgeous ones. FFS is a razor subscription service, choose out of the 3 options and then have them delivered monthly!! What I love is that the, to quote the website, “Vitamin E lubricating strip moisturises the skin & full 90-degree pivot head contours the body form”. With the end result being super soft and cut free legs! Also, the packaging is cute and the razor is stylish with a good weight to it. Win.img_3970 Exuviance * Since I trailed their other products (See #BloggersBall post!) I was excited to try the Cleanser, and found it to be incredibly refreshing. It’s a clear foaming soap type cleanser which is very subtly fragranced and easy to use. It ensures my skin feels super cleansed and hydrated.

Beverley Hills Formula *

Heard of this brand and was very much looking forward to seeing whether it was worth the hype. Can a toothpaste really ensure whiter teeth?! I have used it this week (still early days, I’ll update you after this month!) and it does make my teeth feel cleaner, whiter and more shiny! Considering it’s charcoal, it tastes nicer than it looks!

Jewellery Box *

Want cute rings that even fit tiny hands? Love rose gold & dainty, cute, timeless pieces?! Head to the Jewellery Box website which houses an array of gorgeous earrings, rings and necklaces. So whether you want to treat yourself or your BFF, they are reasonably priced and packaged beautifully too! A massive thank you to Jewellery Box for the cool photo-shoot at the event!

Have you tried these products or would you?! Did you go to #BloggersFestival & what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments,

Love

Career Girl xo

PS Items marked with * were kindly gifted to me yet opinions are mine! 

 

 

My Office Attire Feat. Tessuti

There is nothing I love more than dressing to impress, whether it’s a fancy party or 9-5 job. Even if others wear more relaxed attire, I think there are so many benefits to dressing well. Dress to impress has always been my motto and guide for picking work outfits. I for one know that the way I dress has a huge impact on my outlook and my motivation towards work. In the past when I have worked in roles where the dress code is super relaxed, e.g. hoodies and trainers, my motivational levels drop. I have a reduced desire to work hard, my confidence takes a hit and I find it harder to care and concentrate!

According to a Forbes article, dressing for success can increase your income. From my own personal experience, I have received better treatment when I am dressed well. I have had more success in interviews and have achieved more of my goals in and outside of the work environment, as the better I dress, the more determined and productive I am!

The latest addition to my workwear wardrobe is this cool 100% cotton, flowy, billowy top from Scotch & Soda. I was given the opportunity to pick out an item from the Tessuti website – a fantastic online dreamy place filled with a variety of luxury brands, from Calvin Klein and Barbour to Moschino and Ralph Lauren (a personal favourite!). This is a brand new website to me, I discovered them at the #bloggersball organised by Scarlett London.

I am an absolute lover of certain luxury brands, as although some items might be on the more expensive side, I am a firm believer that you get what you pay! I am much more inclined to spend more on an item if I think it is better quality, especially as it will wear better and last much longer than ‘fast fashion’ brands such as, say, Primark.

I arrived back from France to a Tessuti delivery, which I will no doubt be frequenting at the office – perhaps when the suns out as it currently feels like winter!

What I’m Wearing:

Top – Scotch and Soda (Tessuti) *

Trousers- Hengelo

Shoes – Clarks

Ring – Jewellery Box  *

What do you wear to the office? I hope you liked this post – let me know what you think in the comments!

Love Career Girl

xo

 

 

 

*These items were kindly gifted to me, however thoughts are all mine!

 

 

 

New Mantra: Trust the Universe!

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So the past week, and, well, month, has been pretty shitty. I’ve been stressed, I’ve put a tad bit of weight on, have felt like an unmotivated, worried and depressed SLUG if I’m being perfectly honest. Those who know me well will know why… but it has enabled me to think A LOT about everything really.

It’s made me realise a lot about friendships, amongst other things. When the chips are down you find out who your real friends are, the ones who will defend and fight for you in your absence. The friends who, no matter whether it 3pm or 3am, are there for you when you’re crying down the phone, sad. They will tell you how it is, be brutally honest but unbelievably caring.

I have wonderful, quality, vivacious, inspirational and hilariously sarcastic friends who I am so lucky to have. Regardless of whether we text daily or whether we sporadically spend the afternoon and evening chatting away over a cocktail, or several, the fact I know they are there makes me so happy. Such a shame all my college and university friends are dotted all over the globe, but it makes me appreciate the fantastic friends that I have, of which I can count on my fingers, even more I guess.

Facebook friends aren’t the be all & end all

It’s remarkable how when I was younger and more naïve and consumed with wanting to fit in, I was obsessed with the number of Facebook friends I had – at one stage I had over 1000! I’m 22 and although I’m not exactly old, I feel like I have grown up so much since then. I have deactivated my Facebook and prefer to spend my time and energy on my ‘real’ friends, the ones who have been there through thick and thin. A year ago I made a conscious effect to abandon the negativity, the fickle friends and the ones who used me for personal gain, invites to parties or to bail on me at the drop of the hat for a better event, their boyfriend or whatever the flavour of the month was.

Only recently have I felt truly ‘myself’ you know? And I have my lovely, supportive friends to thank for that!

Ridding Fake & Fickle Friends

It hasn’t been easy letting go of childhood, fickle and horribly fake friends. There comes a time when there is no longer much say, less things in common and life goes in different directions. Sometimes, the one person who you thought would be there for you, you’re best friend, who once knew everything about you, is merely a stranger now.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that sometimes, things happen for a reason. The fickle friend teaches you to seek out better quality friends. That boy who mistreated who you makes you hunt for a loyal and loving guy, and working a job you hate can propel you to find your dream job.

Everything happens for a reason and sometimes, it may not work out now, but it will soon. So trust the universe!

Love Career Girl,

xoxo

#BloggersBall Shenanigans!

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#BloggersBall at DSTRK LDN

So where to start! Massive thanks to the lovely Scarlett London for managing to pull off such a fantastic blogging event!

I am still very new to the whole blogging game and this event was my second blogging event and to say I was nervous would be a definite understatement! The day started off with me manically running around London trying to get my bearings (I’m often in London but still find tubes so freaking confusing!) I was stressing out about what I was going to wear and not getting lost etc etc.

Luckily a lovely group of bloggers organised Pizza Express before the event which was so what I needed. Going to a big blogger event is surprisingly quite intimidating so it was great to meet a slightly smaller group to eat, drink and chat about blogging in a relaxed environment. We were all keen beans & arrived at DSTRK in Piccadilly Circus early and took the opportunity to take a load of outfit photos. Met the beautiful Scarlett and entered the building…

I was absolutely blown away with how busy, gorgeous, interesting and insightful the event was! Often nightclubs look odd once the lights were up but it was a fantastic event with the majority of brands in one section and the other section having a more chilled out vibe with places to sit – thank god because my heels were hurting! There were plenty of opportunities to mingle with other bloggers, brands and get involved with activities and chances to win prizes. For once I actually won a beautiful, colourful scarf!

The 2 and a half hours flew by and a few bloggers stayed on and we ended up having dinner and cocktails, reflecting on the perfect day!

It was a struggle to say the least trying to lug around all the goodies we all received round London and back home, but totally worth it! Everyone was so inviting and lovely, the blogging community is just amazing!

 

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Vatika Naturals Coconut Hair Mask, Shampoo & Face Wash*

First up are the Vatika Naturals hair and skincare products. I have never heard of the products before but apparently are in stores such as Superdrug. Now I have seriously lack lustre hair and so have been recommended these products which supposedly are great for ‘rejuvenating limp, lifeless hair’. They are enriched with coconut, I was given the shampoo and hairmask to try. Yet to use the hairmask but the shampoo… so far so good! It certainly made my already thick hair incredibly volumised. What’s your hair like? Whatever your type, find out which would work best for you here. I used the ‘Dermoviva Honey’ moisture boost face wash with honey, almond and aloe vera along with my trusty Foreo Luna Play facial brush and it works wonders, making my skin feel supple, smooth and hydrated.

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Rose Gold Ring & Bracelet – Jewellery Box. Silver Bracelet – BohoBetty*

Next up the beautiful Jewellery Box. I have seen all these stunning pieces all over social media and was intrigued. At the stall I tried on the Rose Gold arrow ring and it fitted my tiny finger yay! I find it so tricky to find rings that fit! So I was over the moon to find inside the box the exact rose gold ring that I tried – I can’t stop wearing it! Unfortunately the rose gold bracelet doesn’t fit my wrist and falls off which is such a shame! The twinkly silver wrap around bracelet from Boho Betty fits though! This is perfect in summer and especially when it’s sunny as the beads and metal sparkle in the sunlight!

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Seed & Bean Chocolate*

Lastly, Seed & Bean! I tasted the Sweet Orange & Thyme, which sounds a strange mix yet as soon as it hit my mouth the taste sensation was insane! It tastes so freaking good! And if you are headed to Glastonbury I think they will have a stall there! Alternatively to go there website to see all stores which stock these incredible products! They are Organic, Vegan, Fairtrade chocolate bars which are produced in an ethical and sustainable manner, which I think are SO important!

 

 

Love Career Girl,

xo

 

 

*All products marked were gifted to me. 

 

Sheer Luxe & Latest in Beauty HAUL

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The Sheer Luxe & Latest In Beauty Summer Box xo

My Sheerluxe Haul was expensive but oh my was it worth it!

I am the biggest impulse shopper ever and am a sucker for good branding & quality products. I initially had never heard of Sheer Luxe or Latest in Beauty. However, one day at work their brand names popped up on my Twitter newsfeed and I was more than intrigued. At the time they were promoting their Sheer Luxe box – you know the one with Sheer Luxe jumper?! I was super impressed with the speed of delivery and the contents of the products and from then on was addicted to buying Latest in Beauty boxes. Honestly, I must have roughly 5 Latest in Beauty boxes already. It’s a great website to pick brands that you want to try for a fraction of the prices. Also their ever changing ‘collection’ boxes are really good – a few of them I have yet to try, hurry up payday.

So, when the lovely ladies from Sheer Luxe/Latest in Beauty announced there was a new Sheer Luxe box to be released I kept my eyes peeled. I stumbled onto Sheer Luxe YouTube and watched the video of what exactly was going into the box and managed to find the release date. Unfortunately I was on holiday, however that didn’t stop me. I was determined to get this box as I knew it would be popular and a sell-out. It was. In Ibiza I set my alarm to make sure I bought it. Call me crazy but I am so glad I got this box. IT’s AMAZING! So many products which are right up my street.

So here’s my review…..

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Luxe Straw Beachbag

All of the goodies came in Latest in Beauty’s big black box – yet not everything fitted in! The Ren balm and box came together in this huge Luxe straw beach bag perfect for carrying summer essentials and then some.

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This Works Perfect Legs Miracle, Light Weight Serum

I heard about this brand and decided to do some research as they make all sorts of claims based on research, which supposedly all confirm that it does in fact actually work. I wanted to see if it lived up to its hype. RRP £28. It’s good, lovely and subtle effect. The results didn’t blow me away though, considering the hype. I have a natural tan anyway and was a tiny bit darker, but not massively. The consistency is very much an oily/serum texture little bit runny but does smell divine!

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Elemis – Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser For Face

This is me all over. It has a lovely consistency and builds a gradual tan – perfect for summer RRP £30

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Institut – Cellular Water Spray

Being brutally honest, out of all the products this is one I wouldn’t buy. It’s good, but personally for the money, I feel you can get the same effect spraying water on you… ! Also I believe essentially the best way to hydrate your skin is to drink lots of water and moisturise too. For me I didn’t notice any difference. RRP £16 for 100 ml

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Glo & Ray – Le Amo Creamy Shimmer Lip Colour in 644 Marigold

So my current summer lippy is on it’s way out and this Marigold lipstick is great, especially with a tan. It has real staying power, a gorgeous intense red/orange almost coral look and is moisturising. RRP is £12 which is totally worth it –  it’s a British Brand too!

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Foreo Luna Play

This little gadget is beyond amazing! Never heard of the brand or product before however I now use it daily without fail! I cleanse my face  and use this to ensure there’s no dirt or leftover make up etc. I have never felt my face to be more cleaner, smoother or more radiant! Great size for travelling and easy to wash. I use it in circular motions on my t zone and chin and it works wonders! RRP £29 I will be buying another one when this stops working!

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Hawaiian Tropic – Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF 15

Does what it says on the pot really. Smells of summer! Has vitamin C & E with SPF 15 and has a nice consistency which is absorbed well too. A summer essential and is water resistant too!

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Ojon – Rare Blend Oil Rejuvenatic Therapy

I love this. Used it straight after my holiday as hair was a bit lack lusting and dull. A few drops and my hair is lovely and glossy which is great. RRP £30, pricey however you will only need a few drops and so will last.

 

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Ren – Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm

Oh if only you could smell this! It smells heavenly and is like a scrub but not. It’s a balm instead which means its slightly more gentle on the skin but does the same job of removing dead skin cells, brightening up skin and making it smoother and moisturised. RRP £22 Will without a doubt buy this again.

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OM – Invisible Finish Primer

Lovely consistency primer which can be worn under makeup or worn by itself, which is what I would do! Ensures skin is radiant and moisturised with additional UVA/UVB protection. Perfect as an everyday addition to your skincare routine and lightweight and ideal for summer balmy days. SPF 40 which is great. RRP £42

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OPI I Stop For Red Nail Lacquer

This OPI nail polish is an orange/red colour, a timeless classic which sees you right to summer and looks fantastic with a tan, whether its natural or fake tan! RRP £5 Dreamy.

xoxo

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Luxe By Sheer Luxe Perfume

A separate purchase, this wasn’t found in the Sheer Luxe box, however bought from Sheer Luxe. My most recent perfume was a Men’s Paco Rabanne (seriously – it smells insane!) I am not a massive fan of overly girly flowery scents as I find them a bit sickly sweet. Most of the time I gravitate to Jo Malone scents. I love that it’s all natural and I love their Pomegranate Noir and so also love this. I believe they have taken inspiration from that scent. If you love Jo Malone like I do – you need this in your life! Perfect for summer, not too over powering and comes with the most beautiful packaging ever! Free with the purchase is a lovely and very handy black tote shopping bag. I was massively impressed with communication and speed of delivery, the girls at Sheer Luxe are perfect. Very happy with this purchase! £65 well spent!

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Luxe by Sheer Luxe Perfume

I appreciate this is a rather long post! Thank you for reading it – Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Every working girl needs to look her best right?

Love Career Girl

XO