My Lush Top 5

Thursday, 17 September 2015

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know the struggles I have had with my skin and finding the right skincare products to control my breakouts. I'm the type of person who will have a bath mid July in 30 degree heat so I am a massive Lush lover. However, despite my love for their never ending bath products and shower gels I had never really delved into the Lush skincare range until I picked up Cosmetic Warrior, a fresh face mask made from garlic, green grapes, tea tree oil and honey, on a whim and it quite literally changed my skincare life. Since then I have been obsessed with going into every Lush I pass and trying out every skincare product in store on the back of my hand. 
It can be scary walking into Lush as there is hundreds of products that all do completely different things so I have put together my top products that may help you out if your skin is anything like mine.

Cosmetic Warrior

Okay, so I could rave about this product forever so I will make it short and sweet. This is a fresh facemask so does have a short expiry date however more than enough comes in the little black pot that I find myself being able to pile this on a few times a week for a little pick-me-up. It contains antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic which is used to cleanse the skin, fresh green grapes that clean and cool, free range eggs which tighten the texture of the skin and honey which moisturises. As you can probably tell by the ingredients it isn't the greatest smelling Lush product but the outcome is amazing! My skin has never felt so soft and clean and reduces redness and size of blemishes almost instantly. 

Tea Tree Water

I have never found a toner that I like. They leave my skin feeling tight and dull. Again, another product I bought on a whim after testing it out in store. I have been using another cream with benzoyl peroxide in so my skin is looking a bit lifeless at the minute, however this has been giving it the most it needs. The antibacterial qualities combat blemishes, clean your skin and give you that refresh you need throughout the day. I use this once in the morning and in the evening when I have cleansed my skin. 

Enchanted Eye Cream

The cream I have been using that contain benzoyl peroxide has been leaving my skin feeling dry, despite trying not to get it anywhere near my eyes, the skin around them has been really dry and sore. I purchased this after reading that its a gentle eye cream for delicate skin, which is exactly how my eyes felt. I get quite bad bags under my eyes but have given up trying to battle them, however I have not only noticed my skin around my eyes feeling refreshed and moisturised but the bags under my eyes have gone!
Bubblegum Lip Scrub

An oldie but still a goodie. Everyones favourite lip scrub still holds a special place in my makeup bag. It is the perfect scrub to prep your lips for lipstick days or exfoliating them before you go to sleep. 
The Comforter

What is a Lush top picks without bath products! This is my favourite Lush scent and leaves my bath looking super pretty. I also find the bubble bar's last forever so its a really good value for money.

South of France | Travel

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

All images are my own and taken in either Monaco Monte Carlo, Antibes or Nice.

Culotte loving

Friday, 28 August 2015

I am obsessed with traditional Moroccan tiles so when I saw these culottes in River Island I had to buy them! They're the perfect trouser to wear in both hot and cooler weathers as they can be worn with jumpers and boots or sandals and a crop.

Nicka K New York*

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

I was lucky enough to be sent these three beautiful nail varnishes from Nicka K New York and I am in love! With 58 on trend nail colours to choose from and at $4.99 each you can't really go wrong. I didn't get a choice of colour but these are honestly the exact colours I would go for! I have been looking for a new lilac/lavender shade to replace my well loved Barry M Berry Ice-cream for a while and this has become my new go-to shade. It is super pretty, long lasting and very wearable. 
Another shade I have been seeing around a lot and loving is the taupe/grey sort of shade and have been wanting to try one out for a while so I was delighted when I opened the box to find this staring at me. I was a bit dubious at first but I am really enjoying wearing this and have been getting loads of compliments on the colour. The third colour I got sent was this incredibly vibrant red hot shade, you can't really go wrong with red, aye!
NY112 Classic Taupe
NY116 Red Hot
NY136 Bright Lavender 

Sili Sunglasses*

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

I am a devil when it comes to sunglasses. I'm constantly breaking them, scratching them and loosing them. Until now.
Sili Sunglasses have hooked me up with a pair of custom made polarised sunglasses which are designed to withstand impact, perfect! 

You can buy Sili Sunglasses in a ready made set but I thought the custom sunglass builder would be much more fun. There are 6 different lenses, 11 different frames and 11 different style of arms, so something for everyone! I'm obsessed with tortoise shell so after about half an hour of trying to decide on a combination I went with the tortoise frame, matte black arms and yellow to orange lenses.
The best thing about Sili Sunglasses is that they are completely interchangeable! You can purchase additional arms and polarised lenses to chop and change your shades with what you're wearing. 
Perfect for us OOTD bloggers. 

Each custom pair cost £58 in which you receive your custom Sili sunnies (polarised lenses, interchangeable arms and sili frames), a hard case, a soft fabric case and a cleaning cloth so you do get a lot for your money. However, if you check out their social media accounts or website they do often have discount codes so thats worth a look! 
Overall, awesome sunglasses, great value, incredibly well made and comfortable. I can't wait to purchase additional lenses and style them in my OOTD's.


Internship rant!

Friday, 7 August 2015

Okay, so I am obsessed with watching and reading the 'My Bad Experience' vlogs and blogs but never did I think I'd be writing one or sharing my experiences interning in a negative way. 
As a fashion student it is vital that I intern as it looks amazing on your CV and is an even better opportunity. You learn new things within the industry you wouldn't necessarily learn at uni or college, meet creative people like yourself and its super fun. 
Early June I was browsing through internships and came across a production roll in a company I really liked, lets call it Shmouse of Shmam for now. I sent my creative CV and online portfolio to this certain company and kept my fingers crossed until I received an email back from them asking for my availability and a date in which I would like to start. This is the important part... At the bottom of the email the director clearly stated "We cover travel expenses and then our interns get a voucher gift to spend in our store on completion of their internship with us". I did not expect this at all as most internships don't cover travel, so this was the selling factor for me! I instantly replied with the dates I was available and was invited to a trial day a week before I was ready to start interning with them.

From where I live London Euston is only about an hour away, however the cost of my train ticket and tube ticket was £41.45 with a travel card which to me was way too expensive, however as I was getting my travel expenses covered I didn't bat an eyelid. The day of my trial I was asked to turn up at 10am, I google mapped the situation and from Euston, which is an hour from home on the train, it was another hour to Hackney, so in total around 4 hours of travelling a day, how long? So long! 

I turned up at 10am and originally was told I would be meeting the production manager as that was the roll I had applied for in the company. I walked through the door and was immediately asked to take a seat. I sat for a while and the director turned up, introduced himself and then told me that the production manager wasn't in that day, even though this was organised. I was pushed onto another boy who was also an intern but had only been there for a week. He was lovely but as he was new was just sort of blagging jobs to show me. However, I did enjoy my trial day as fashion is something I am very passionate about. At the end of the day the other director approached me and said she would email me by the end of the week with what days she wanted me to work. 
I was going on holiday two days after my trial day so kept checking my emails every time I was in the hotel, nothing. I ended up emailing the company myself to which they then replied "If you can do Monday, Thursday and Friday that would be great."
I started working the Monday after I got back which was Monday 22nd July, finally met the production manager and got on with the work I was being given and was enjoying learning new and different things. I also found it so rewarding when I would see something I had been working on go online.

This is where it goes downhill...
I had been happily working away and learning something new everyday, until I went in on Monday 13th June, went to walk through the door and it was locked. I started knocking and no answer. I was being optimistic and thought that maybe they were just late, so waited until 10.30, still nothing, 11am came and no one turned up. I didn't want to just leave as I had already travelled for over 2 hour and spent £41.45 on a train ticket. I called my dad at work and he just told me to come home as it was clear no one was coming and they had obviously just forgotten to tell me they weren't in that day. On my way home I was not a happy bunny so sent the director a quick email just explaining what had happened and that I had turned up and waited in the rain etc. No reply. I then went in the following Thursday, the director didn't turn up but fortunately the team I worked with were there. 
In the mean time with this happening I had been wanting to ask the director when I would be getting my travel paid, an awkward conversation to bring up but I was struggling to afford even getting there, let alone getting home!

Shifts passed and still the director didn't turn up. So, I sent him an email about the situation, no reply. More days passed and still no sign of him. I then realised I had legit £0 so I ended up speaking to the production manager who text the director. He then emailed me back immediately, typical. This is where the shock horror moment happens. The email read: "We do help interns with their travel expenses but this is capped at £10 a day." TEN POUNDS. TEN. It was costing me £41.45 A DAY to get there. I worked out that if he paid me £10 a day it would only cover two weeks of my travel expenses... screwing. I literally couldn't afford to go back. I replied to this explaining the situation and said that it would only be possible for me to finish the friday after as I couldn't afford to get there, did he reply? Nope. So, at this point I was furious that they couldn't even be bothered to turn up or reply to my emails and then changed their mind as to what they were going to pay me after spending nearly £500 on train tickets!

I left on Friday with the understanding that I had another week left, however none of this was confirmed with me. The production manager had broken her arm during all this and had been left to run the office. She had told me she had a check up at the doctors on Monday about her arm and the directors agreed to give her the day off. At the time I didn't really think about it but when I got home I didn't know whether they would still want me in or whether they were even going to bother to turn up. I emailed the director and asked whether they wanted me in. No reply. I then emailed the customer service address to which I received this email the next day.... 
"We won't need you in this week, thanks for your effort, we will send you a code to purchase some bits online." 

Not only did I not get to go in on my last day and to say goodbye and thank you to anyone I had been working with all I got was this blunt email. This might not seem annoying to some people but when I had been travelling over 4 hours a day, spending all that money to get there and working so hard for 8 hours a day I think its a bit off. 

I haven't been there for two weeks now and have I been paid? Nope. Have I received vouchers? Nope.

Don't get me wrong, interning is one of the best things you can do as a fashion student and it generally really fun and useful but just be careful and know exactly what you're letting yourself in for before getting mugged off!
Am I being over dramatic or is this totally not fair? Let me know if you have ever had anything like this happen and how/if you resolved the situation!