Saturday, 19 April 2014

Guest Post // 4 Overnight Beauty Products You Should Be Using

Being a student with exams coming up (in 2 weeks! #helpme) stress and late nights are definitely taking a toll on me as I often prioritize revision over sleep...after all, what great harm can 2 hours less sleep do to you right? And then, after all that, I wake up wondering why I look like I've just stepped out of a zombie movie...
Anyway, here is Carly Woods' guest post on the overnight beauty products that you should be using to disguise the not-so-beauty sleep!

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When it comes to beauty sleep, I think we generally fall into two categories; those who have managed 8 hours of sleep a night and those who haven’t. For the ones who haven’t, they consequently have to do a darn good job faking it.

So, why does this happen? Simply put, sleep is an essential component to an effective skin care regimen, a time when our skin heals and repairs itself. Therefore, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin may start to suffer.

If you need help utilizing the small number of hours you do get or you want to ensure you are stretching your 8 hours as far as they can go, you need the right tools. There are specific night time products that can work in harmony with your skin’s renewal process. More than not, these products will be heavier and thicker consistencies. For this reason, washing your face in the morning is equally as important as washing it at night – you need to remove these heavy products or your skin may become congested.

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1. Begin With The Base

First, I always recommend using a serum. Facial serums are used to address specific problems such as wrinkles, aging and brightness. Apply a few drops to clean skin and using your hands press the serum into your skin.



2. Add The Primer


Especially in the colder months, you want to follow step one with a layer of oil for added hydration. Plus, you will wake up with beautiful and plump skin.


3. Don’t Forget To Moisturize!

Lastly, simply apply a moisturizer.  My advice is to opt for a comforting and hydrating formula. I like to see it as a blanket; keeping in the goodness of the serum and oil.


4. Last But Not Least - Give Your Eyes Some Love

Don’t forget an eye cream! Try to use a powerful wrinkle reducing formula. Make sure you always use a very tiny amount; overloading the skin around your eyes with too much of a heavy product can cause puffiness and sometimes breakouts.


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For extra credit...


On days when you have little to no time or just want to fall into bed, try an overnight facial. Now this doesn’t mean you have to lie still with your face up to ensure you don’t cover your pillow in product. You can use facial creams that are highly concentrated and you use like a serum or moisturiser for a powerful whack of goodness.


What would your face say about your current night time routine?



Love,

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Outfit // Wallflower





ALSO ON CHICTOPIA


Photography Credits:Hieu L.

floral bomber jacket: c/o Persunmall // white skort: Boohoo // bralet: c/o Persunmall // tan heels: New Look via ASOS (sold out, but similar) // flower earrings: Vincci


I love love love that floral bomber jacket that I received from Persunmall because a) it's floral b) the super low $28.99 price tag c) this is my first bomber jacket :P But hey, look at that print and colours! I featured this in my March Haul, but I can't stress how great the quality is and it does keep you quite warm! Anyway, I decided that it would contrast nicely with an all white outfit - bralet & skort. Half way between casual and dressy.
Florals for spring? Yes please!


P.S: Bored? Or feel like procrastinating? Check out this Spring Fashion Horoscope! What's your SS14 style?

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Linking up with: Three-fer Thursday + Friday's Fab Favourites + Monday Bloom


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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Harry Potter Gems



If you've read my blog for a while or know me well, then you will:
a) Know that I'm obsessed with all things Harry Potter related that it's getting slightly unhealthy
b) Know what those 2 necklaces are!

Anyway, can you believe that my sister got them for absolute bargain prices on eBay!



Deathly Hallow Necklace - £0.99 / US$1.66

The classic Harry Potter icon - the Deathly Hallow symbol - the resurrection stone, invisibility cloak and elder wand. Worn by Xenophilius Lovegood during Bill Weasley & Fleur Delacour's wedding! 
Some places are selling this for crazy prices but honestly, it's just a simple necklace that even a bargainous one can't go wrong!


Time Turner Necklace - £0.99 / US$1.66
A device capable of time travel (hence, the name) that Hermione Granger wore during her third year.
This one looked almost identical to the one in the movies, even with the same clasp at the back and it spins! However, it is missing the hourglass in the center which is such a shame because that is such a cool feature! But I suppose at that price, I can't complain! I also wore this necklace in an outfit post here


Bored, tired, sick of revision or just want to procrastinate? Here are some pretty amazing Harry Potter facts (for all the Potterheads out there) that will blow your mind!


Do you own any wonderful Harry Potter related gems/items?


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