June favourites

June favourites

I’m back again with yet another monthly favourites! I feel like June has been a long-ass month and I’ve got a lot of favourites to share so you might want to grab a cup of coffee and a snack for this one. I’ve split this post into categories so if you’re only here for the books you can skip straight to that, or if you’re not interested in the beauty you can miss that section. Whatever parts you read, I hope you enjoy!

Clothes

First up on my favourites list are my mules. I know I mentioned these in my Five Favourite shoes post, but I couldn’t not mention them in my June Favourites because they’re just my favourite shoes right now. They’re so comfy and the heels are only about three inches so they’re great for wearing all day at work. I’m tempted to go back to Primark and buy all the other colours – for £10 you can’t say no.

Next up are my new River Island trousers. I’m so fussy when it comes to trousers. Skinny jeans are what I feel really comfortable in, so I’ve been looking for some thinner, floatier trousers for a few months but have only just found a pair that I like the look and fit of. These are still my favourite and most comfortable colour, black, but at the same time look summer-y enough.

Beauty

I was recently sent some *shampoo and *hand cream from What’s in it for me. I really like the idea behind the company, as someone with sensitive skin and a sensitive scalp, it’s important to check through the ingredients of a product. What’s in it for me are really natural and display all their ingredients in large print across their packaging. On top of that, the actual products themselves are great and really affordable. I’m going to be posting a more detailed post later this week all about them and their products so keep an eye out if you’re interested.

I couldn’t not include my new favourite foundation from L’oreal. I raved on for ages on my Instagram story about how much I loved the L’oreal Infallible foundation. I won’t say too much because I’m going to be putting up a full post about it, but it’s 100% on my favourites for June.

I was also lucky enough to get sent some products from Anatomicals. Anatomicals sell some really unique products that work wonders. I was sent this *balm to use for headaches and some *under-eye gel. No matter how much sleep I get or what I eat I permanently have black bags – it’s probably more to do with how pale I am. The Anatomicals eye gel really works wonders and has brightened up my eyes so much. It’s become one of my favourite and post important parts of my morning and night routines and I’m not sure how I ever lived without it? Definitely check them out!

I’m not 100% sure whether you could include essential oils in beauty or not, but as I’m not sure what other category I’d put it under we’ll go with beauty. I was sent some *essential oils from Jaimin Essence last week in lavender and ylang ylang. I’m big on candles and love lighting lavender candles before I go to bed but am always nervous about accidentally falling asleep and leaving them lit. So these essential oils are a great alternative. They’re strong but not overpowering. They’ve been really helping me sleep and they’re also great for relaxing baths. I’d definitely recommend them if you’re a fellow stress-head, they work wonders!

Books

I know I mentioned in my May favourites that I’d just started reading Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and I was loving it. Since then, I’ve finished the book and read the other two books in the series and absolutely loved them. I finished the first book and read the other two all within a week – I was so hooked. I won’t say too much as I’d like to keep this spoiler-free, but if you’re around 18-23 and like a romance with a good mysterious back story, I’d say you’d probably really enjoy the series.

 

I’ve also absolutely loved reading Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson this month. I’ve been wanting to read her books for so long and wasn’t disappointed at all when I finally got round to it this month. I’ve got about twenty pages to go so can’t comment on the ending, but so far the book has been right up my street. If you’re a fan of John Green or Jnady Nelson, you’ll probably like Since You’ve Been Gone. It’s a really good and gripping read and I only wish I’d got round to reading it sooner!

Sorry for being a bit slow with the posts the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a few busy weekends and have been slacking off a bit. However, I’ve got lots of ideas and some exciting collaborations coming up, so keep an eye out! Thanks for reading and make sure you give my blog a follow or subscribe to be the first to see my posts!

lace up swimsuit and embroidered trainers – Rosegal wishlist

lace up swimsuit and embroidered trainers – Rosegal wishlist

With payday just around the corner, I’ve put together a wishlist of items including a lace up swimsuit, yellow crochet bikini, fish net socks and embroidered trainers from rosegal.com! Hopefully I’ll inspire you to spend some money you shouldn’t be spending too.

First up is this absolutely gorgeous embroidered black dress – check it out here. I love the really low neck line and the rose embroidery is gorgeous – I’m a bit obsessed with embroidery at the moment, as you’ll realise as you read this post. This dress is just $14, which is an absolute bargain as it’s so pretty!

Also on my wishlist, are these embroidered white trainers. Again with the embroidery, I love it. They have three different designs available – blue flowers, red roses and gold flowers, but I especially love the red roses. They’re the perfect summer trainers and they’re only $20!

I’m also loving Rosegal’s bikinis. They’ve got so so many to choose from and I particularly love all of their tropical patterned ones and the lace-up ones. This black one with floral bottoms and a lace up top is my favourite and would be perfect for my holiday in August – check it out here! If you’re in need of a bikini, definitely go check out Rosegal because they have such a variety and they’re all such good prices!

I’m also obsessed with this lace up swimsuit and this yellow crochet bikini – go check out all their bikinis because there are hundreds to choose from so whatever you’re looking for, they’ve got it!

I’m really into the whole fish net tights and socks look at the moment, and so a pair of fish net socks would have to be on my wishlist. At just $1.79 from Rosegal, how can I say no? Check out my favourite pair here.

Finally, I’m obsessed with this off the print floral striped dress. It’s so pretty and is the kind of dress you could wear with heels if you were dressing up, or with converse on a nice sunny day.

Why not head over to Rosegal and make your own wishlist – they’ve got some great summer clothes and shoes to pick from! You can also get 10% off if you’re a new customer so make sure you go check them out.

Let me know which you’d buy in the comments and keep an eye out for a post later this week when I’ll have no-doubt accidentally ordered these. I’ve also got a June Favourites post going up on Saturday morning so make sure you subscribe my blog to be the first to see that!

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Acne 101 – Products that really work

Acne 101 – Products that really work

There are a hell of a lot of products out there claiming to zap your zits, and a lot of them are quite pricy. I suffered from acne for a couple of years – don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t severe or anything and I’ve seen a hell of a lot worse, but over the years I tried so many products. A lot of the products I tried made no difference, but some really did. So I’m going to share with you what worked for me, so you can skip straight to trying the good ones.

Before I get into this, I want to be clear that in the end I had to go on antibiotics to clear up my acne, so none of these products completely zapped the whole lot like that. In truth though, that isn’t going to happen – acne is an infection and needs antibiotics (either topical or in the form of tablets) to truly get rid of it. However, I found some really great products along the way that helped heal spots quicker, helped with the dry sore skin that comes with acne, and really helped me to avoid any scarring. It’s now three years since I started my antibiotics for my acne and for the last year my skin has been fantastic – I probably get 1/2 spots a week now, and there’s not a single scar from the acne.

The first product, which I cannot recommend enough, is aloe vera gel. I tend to use the brand Fruit of the Earth or Banana Boat. It is honestly a miracle worker. It’s such a natural healer and can be used for a huge variety of skin problems. My dad suffered from scoliosis on his leg for about 40 years, but after a few weeks of applying this cream it healed up and completely disappeared. I really think the aloe vera made a massive difference to my skin, it was moisturising and at the same helped my skin to heal really quickly. It’s so cheap and can be found in most pharmacists or failing that, on Amazon. It doesn’t make your face look shiny and feel horrible like most products, and I actually used it as a primer under my make-up for years as it really tightens your skin. It’s so worth trying and I swear by the stuff! (Just don’t get it anywhere near your eyes because damn that stuff stings)

Next up would have to be Palmer’s cocoa butter oil. This stuff is great for scars – I recently had some really bad bites on my leg and this has really really helped to fade the scars. I also think it worked really well on my spots. Acne is known for leaving garish scars behind, the bigger the spot usually the deeper the mark – so this was something I was really worried about.

What’s the point in clearing it all up if afterwards I’m still going to be covered in marks? When the antibiotics kicked in and my spots started disappearing I did still have lots of red dots where they’d been for a few months – but when I started using this oil they quickly started to fade and now I’m scar-free. It’s an oil, so obviously its quite greasy. At first I used it day and night, i used to put it on under my make-up – which wasn’t a good look but it was important to wear it as often as possible while I had a chance to reverse the damage. After a while though, I just wore it at night, and now I don’t need it at all! Again, this stuff is available at most pharmacists and isn’t expensive at all.

I couldn’t not sing the praises of good old Sudocrem. My Mom has been an avid Sudocrem user for as long as I can remember – I’d fall over in the playground and I’d have sudocrem straight on that graze, I got sunburn, a rash, a bite.. always Sudocrem. It didn’t fail me when it came to spots either. I’d pop a bit on each spot before I went to bed at night and it would always be half the size and half as red the next morning. However, I will warn, don’t just slather it over your entire face because that will 100% dry your skin out. Even when I was pore spot than clear skin, I’d sit and dot each individual spot – a bit time consuming but by far worth the work.

Boots also do an amazing range of witch hazel and tea tree products that are kind of drying, but in moderation really do the trick. I also found that their back spray is fantastic for spots on your back and chest – I still use it when I get occasional flare ups on my chest and it zaps the lot in a few days so I would 150% recommend that stuff. It’s really cheap too!

Lastly, if you want a hardcore moisturiser that won’t double your spots, Nivea is the way to go. Their everyday oil-free moisturiser isn’t too greasy and won’t make your skin worse at all. You can also get aloe vera moisturisers – like the gel but extra moisturising. Tesco do their own aloe vera moisturiser with a minimum added extras and it’s really great for your skin. I used to slather layer after layer of these two moisturisers on when my skin was super dry, and they always made a huge difference within 24 hours.

I thought I’d also mention some home remedies that I thought made a difference. I tried just about everything from rubbing potatoes on my skin to slathering it in honey – I hope that’s given you a good image of me. There were two things though that I thought really helped, salt water and avocado. I found that Avocado mixed with just a tiny bit of antibacterial honey and milk was a good moisturising face pack. Salt water was also good for healing my skin – just don’t over too it, once a week is plenty, you don’t want to dry it out.

Don’t get caught up my brands with lots of celebs shouting their name – they’ve been paid to love them. I tried lots of popular brands like freederm and Proactiv, but in the end found that the best products were the more natural and less heard of ones.

I really hope this helps anyone out their suffering from acne and you can skip straight to using the products that actually are worth buying. If you know of any great products for spots, let me and other readers know in the comments! Thanks for reading – feel free to check out my previous post ‘LaLaLab – polaroids to your door‘ and use my £5 discount code! Or you can find me over on my Twitter and Instagram!

LaLaLab – polaroids from your phone to your door

LaLaLab – polaroids from your phone to your door

I was recently lucky enough to get sent a bunch of gorgeous prints from LaLaLab, and I’m in love! LaLaLab is such an easy and fab idea – you can download their app on to your phone and upload your pictures straight from your camera roll to the app and get them posted to you! They do so many different types of prints, from your average 10x13cm sized prints, to huge 20x20cm prints and cute little polaroids.

I’m personally a big polaroid lover and at just 33 pence per polaroid, you can go all out and order loads. You can get really creative with polaroids and do all sorts with them. I like to put mine on display, I put a bunch on my memory board (click here to read my blog post on how I made my DIY marble memory board) and I clipped some to some fairy lights over my bed. You could also get scrap booking if you fancy a new hobby and something cute to look back on.

It’s so easy to use, takes two minutes and is really inexpensive. Why spend the money on a polaroid camera when you can just use your phone?

Even better, I have a discount code for you so that you can get your polaroids for even cheaper! If you enter the code ‘PGS943SK’ when you sign up, you can get £5 off your first order. You can’t really say no to that?

In addition to prints, LaLaLab also sells photo books, canvases, magnets, postcards, phone cases and frames for your pictures. Go check out their website here or download their app to your phone to start printing your pics!

Let me know in the comments what you like to do with your pics; do you scrap book them or put them up on the wall? Or are you more of a send-a-picture-in-a-card kind of person? Let me know! If you get yourself some, be sure to share them on Instagram and Twitter tagging @emmachxrlotte_ and @lalalab_app!

Thank you so much for reading! If you enjoyed this blog post, why not check out my previous post ‘favourite five shoes’? Alternatively, you can go stalk my Twitter and Instagram. Look out for a post tomorrow about my latest foundation adventure – this one is a good one!

Favourite five shoes!

Favourite five shoes!

I love doing this ‘favourite five’ posts, and they always seem to go down fairly well, so today I thought I’d do a ‘favourite five shoes’ post. I’m definitely more of a shoes kind of girl than a bag girl, in fact I’ve been using the same bag for two years now but I buy new shoes every week. It’s fair to say I’ve built up a pretty solid collection of shoes, so here is my current favourite five!

mules shoes

At the top right now would have to be my black suede-look mules. Not very summer-y I know, and in fact not so long ago I thought mules looked ridiculous, but now I’m obsessed. I actually got these from Primark for just £10 – which they totally don’t look. Although they don’t look all that summer-y, they’re nice to wear when it’s warm as they let your feet breathe a little. They’re perfect for wearing to work as the heel is only a couple of inches, so they aren’t uncomfortable at all.

Old Skool vans shoes

Next up would have to be my Old Skool black and white vans. I’ve mentioned these before in a previous favourites post and I’m still absolutely obsessed. They’re just the comfiest to wear and I don’t even know, I just love them. I got them from Schuh for £55, and although they’re not cheap, I think they’re 100% worth the money.

ASOS shoes

 

Also in my favourite five, are these beauties. Again, I mentioned these in a previous favourites and they are still firm favourites. I got these from ASOS for just £25 and they’re just so pretty and again are fab for wearing to work or going out.

converse shoes

I couldn’t write about my favourite shoes and not include a pair of Converse, right? My all black (are you seeing a re-occurring theme here with the colour???) hi-top converse. I bloody love these, these have been my go-to shoes for years. Converse are always such good quality for money and are comfy and sturdy. I can’t remember for the life of me where I got mine back in 2013 but you know where you can get Converse anyway.

loafer shoes

Lastly, another black pair of shoes, my new loafers. These are suede-looking again and were just £25 from Boohoo. I have tried so many loafers over the past few months but couldn’t find any that weren’t really stiff and wouldn’t rub on my feet, but I finally tried these. They are still a little on the stiff side I admit – I spent a day walking around the NEC and did get blisters, however, they were by far a hell of a lot better than all the others I tried.

So those are my favourite five pairs of shoes and as you can probably tell, I’m really colourful and love to experiment with the colour of my shoes.

What is your favourite pair of shoes at the moment? Or even better, what is your favourite black pair of shoes? Let me know in the comments, I can always be persuaded to buy more shoes so give me some to go buy!

Thank you so much for reading! If you enjoyed this post, why not check out my previous post ‘To Be Read – June‘ or even go stalk my Twitter or Instagram! Make sure you pop your email in the subscribe box to the right so you get a notification when my next post goes up. I’m going to be putting up a post tomorrow all about LaLaLab and their fab prints!