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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

STYLE - A Blazer For Every Day

By the time you hit your thirties you tend to have developed a personal style.  I have a bit of a go-to uniform.  I definitely don't stick to it routinely, however I do naturally sway towards it when pulling a look together or on those days where I run out of time.  I probably spent it clearing toddler breakfast  off the floor.

I'm totally a blazer girl.  My wardrobe is bursting with far too many and I'll continue to buy them as they are a dam good purchase!  Blazers are easy to throw over a vintage silk shirt, a band tee or slip dress for that dressed-up-dressed-down look.  

Taking this into account you can understand my excitement when I came across this simple satin-look cape beauty.  It's black, naturally, with a bit of edge and makes Autumn layering easy.  At under £20 it's the best purchase I've made in a while.  You can even save a little extra 15% from me by using code then15 when you shop.  


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Monday, 17 September 2018

STYLE - Texture & Print

Keeping my identity whilst pregnant has been so important for me.  Just because I'm 'with bump' it doesn't mean I want to start wearing mum-dresses.  That has meant mixing maternity basics with non-maternity pieces that work with my ever evolving shape.  With my first pregnancy I found this a little easier as it was over winter and you can't beat an oversized knit for comfort and style.  

Following a long, hot summer I've welcomed the arrival of the new season collections.  Autumn is my favourite time for fashion with layering, print and texture re-joining my wardrobe.  My first few purchases have included leopard print in the form of this sheer boxy blouse and this incredible tan teddy jacket.  Anything that's like wearing a duvet to leave the house is a hit with me and this is so cosy.  The cut of both of these pieces works brilliantly with even a large bump and can be styled with a pair of simple maternity jeans now and a leather mini-skirt once the baby has arrived.  Effortless, comfortable dressing that takes zero thinking through (perfect on no sleep).



Friday, 31 August 2018

BEAUTY - Facial Refresh

A few weeks back I'd really noticed that my skin was looking dull, tired and a bit old.  Wrinkles were starting to show more and my under eyes were looking sunken.  I'm sure it's due to being pregnant and dehydrated most of the time.  The world seemed to have their summer glow on and avoiding the heat has left me looking rather ghost like in comparison.  A serious zap of facial energy was needed badly.  

I decided to try a few products and change up my skincare regime a bit.  I switched my daily moisturiser, added a decent SPF and routinely applied a sleep mask all from the French skincare brand IOMA.  I'd not tried anything from them before so it was all new to me.  After just one use of the Vitality Sleeping Mask I was hooked.  It's light like a gel moisturiser and you just put it on slightly thicker than a moisturiser before going to bed - it couldn't take less effort.  It rests and moisturises the skin leaving it looking plump and radiant in the morning.  It literally left my face glowing.  It smells incredibly fresh and is wonderfully cooling which is perfect to de-stress after a long day.  My skin is very sensitive at the moment and this is so soothing.  I'm using it most nights directly onto cleansed skin.

Come morning I just cleanse as normal.  The mask soaks in so quickly that it doesn't leave any residue that needs removing.  I then use a few pumps of IOMA's Youthful Moisture Cream which is also from their Energize range.  The cream is again almost gel like feeling fresh and hydrating upon application.  It soaks in quickly making it easy to apply make-up shortly afterwards.  My skin looks visibly plumper and stays glowing throughout the day.  To care for my skin I started using the Cell Protector which contains an SPF 50 and protects against UVA, UVA and environmental stress. Unlike suncreams it isn't greasy and leaves a smooth finish like a primer so I just pop it on over my moisturiser.  

I like to use products for a good amount of time before telling you about them but after two weeks I can't believe the difference they have made to my skin with very little effort.  The Mask feels like such a treat - like having a facial before bed every night.  For any of you wanting to try out IOMA' s lovely skincare use my special 20% off discount code thenudestylist20 on the site.*.  If you give them a go let me know your thoughts.


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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

SHOPPING - The Best Is Yet To Come

This Summer!  Am I right?

Apparently it has just overtaken that famous Summer of 76 (which of course I don't remember) as the hottest, longest on record.  After months of wearing this seasons wardrobe I am longing for a few updates and guess what?  The best of the season is now on Sale! Whoop.  Here are my current must have items to freshen up your wardrobe for the months to come.  Let me know if you have found any bargains out there.



Friday, 6 July 2018

BEAUTY - Fresh Faced

English Summertime has finally arrived and the city is heating up. I can't stand to put on anything more than a floaty dress and sandals to leave the house and the Tube is almost unbearable. Beauty wise I'm lusting after fresh scents and refreshing, zesty products. It's all about great skincare rather than layering up make-up.

I've found myself asking a lot from my products this summer.  For my face I want hydration, an energy boost to wake me up and a decent SPF. Well I only went and found the dream didn't I? 

You may have read about Origins GinZing SPF 40 Energy Boosting Tinted Moistuiser in the press recently? I always aproach these 'promise all' products with an certain amount of caution. Too many times have I found a caking BB cream. Well I was really impressed! In fact I was so impressed that I've (temporally) ditched my trusty Mac Studio and am using this baby exclusively.

This Tinted Moistuiser isn't the cheapest on the market (£30 for 50ml) but comes in a decent size tube and you don't need much. On a cleansed face I use a serum and moisturiser as my skin is currently on the dry side. You may find you don't need the moisturiser at all. I apply Origins TM all over my face. It's a hydrating, easy to apply consistency with a divine zesty scent. The coffee beans and Panax Ginseng instantly boost moisture and energy levels leaving you ready to face the day. The tint is enough that I don't need anything else except the odd dab of concealer on any bad blemishes and having SPF 40 means no sun cream is needed. It really is the speediest way to a fresh face and lasts well throughout the day - even on a hot tube.

I'm so impressed with the product I'm looking to try more from Origins collection. Do you have any gems you've tried? If so let me in on your secrets.


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