July 29, 2019

outfits of the week.


Happy Monday my loves, hope you all had an amazing weekend! Mine was spent trying to get my life admin together and a little self-care while I caught up with Love Island. Tonights the finale and honestly I don't know what I'm going to do with myself every evening from 9-10pm lol. If I do say so myself my twitter bants/commentary has been class, I'm going to be super sad to see the show and my personality go...lol...

Anyways back to todays post, I thought it would be a great idea to share with you my outfits of the week. I'm always posting my ootd's on instagram which by the way you should definitely me follow me on - @thisislavinya - but today the blog gets to see these outfit's first!

I've linked as many items as I could so you can check out the pieces for yourself, so there are a few affiliate links. I really hope you enjoy the post! ðŸ˜˜




MONDAY.


New week, who dis?...oooh its just me servin' a little business casual. I'm always mentally syked for a new week ahead, although physically I'd much rather stay in bed and hit the snooze button until midday, which means if I dressed how I feel I'd pretty much be in jogging bottoms and a tshirt and "that ain't cute boo!" so Monday called for power dressing which isn't hard to achieve in these white high-waisted jeans. I totally felt like a girl boss ðŸ’ðŸ½‍♀️✨



SHOP THE LOOK: 

⇾ Blazer - Nasty Gal

 T shirt - New Look (multi-pack)

 Jeans - Topshop 

 Bag - H&M (old season)

 Slides - H&M

⇾ Necklace - ASOS








tuesdaY.


I am obsessed with this skirt, its one of my best sale buys this year. I cant imagine a time before high waisted jeans and satin skirts...it must have been a dark period in fashion lol

satin skirt + chunky kicks ðŸ¤ graphic tee 
                = perfect combo.

Definitely my favourite look of the week!


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⇾ T Shirt - Primark similar Urban Outfitters

 Skirt - Warehouse 

 Trainers - Topshop (sold out)

 Bag - Guess (old season)

 Sunglasses - Weekday


WEDNESDAY.


Halfway through the week and British summer has finally put in an appearance ☀️☀️☀️ so its only right I wore this gorgeous animal print maxi wrap dress and a red lip for extra statement points. 



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⇾ Dress - Very.co.uk

 Slides - H&M 

 Sunglasses - ASOS










thursday.


...or as I like to call it "Friday-eve" ðŸ˜ŠðŸ‘ŒðŸ¾
I opted for something more chill and casual. White tee, mom jeans and the cosiest cardi to cope with the early morning chill air. My space buns look so cute too...must of been blaring Spice Girls that morning ☺️



SHOP THE LOOK: 

⇾ T Shirt - New Look (multi-pack)

 Jeans - H&M

 Cardigan - H&M

 Trainers - Topshop

 Bag - Zara (old season)






FRIYAY.


Fridays are my day-off and I'm so grateful to have a day to myself to catch up on the 101 things I always have left on my to-do list including a mountain of laundry, general cleaning etc and when all the adulting is out the way, I unwind with some honey green tea and a face mask in my comfy joggers, vest top and dressing gown, which are all from Primark, I might even treat myself to a cheeky Pizza. Yup weekend mode activated...



Which outfit of the week did you like the most? - x





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July 09, 2019

empties: july 2019

Trash Talk! 💬 to re-buy or not to re-buy that is the question...


Hey my loves 😄, in todays post I'm going to take you through my trash! ðŸ—‘️ I've reviewed some skincare and body-care products from best to worst, so lets get started...


DISCIPLE SKINCARE DREAMY SKIN RETINYL OIL 20ML 
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This is a game-changing product. I was super lucky to discover this brand in an event goody bag last year October! Yesssss! I've had this since then!...I've been super frugal with it, only using it when my skin is dire need of attention because it really did help to calm my skin while I'm hormonally breaking out, severely dry or when the stress was starting to show on my skin. After one use I noticed a positive difference in my skin appearance; nourished, youthful and healthy. It smells like a heavenly concoction of essential oils (it includes Jojoba, Lavender, Olive and Rosehip Oil) 

Some nights I added drops to my night moisturiser or I would apply it directly to my face and neck - I even added it to my body cream, best decision ever. I am definitely re-purchasing but this time round I will be investing in the DISCIPLE DISCOVERY KIT which comes with two 10ml bottles for day and night use. There should be more talk about this product because it is the ðŸ’£I'll even go on record by saying its the best face oil I have ever used! ðŸ‘ðŸ½ðŸ‘ðŸ½ðŸ‘ðŸ½




SUPERDRUG VITAMIN E INTENSIVE ALL OVER BODY CREAM 475ML 
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I have a hard time with body creams, I feel like they all promise to be moisturising and the moment the hit my skin they seem to evaporate and leave my skin feeling beyond dry. I'm a ashy lass what can I say ðŸ¤·ðŸ½lol. 

I'm already quite familiar with Superdrugs' Vitamin E range - I'm currently using their eye cream, face serum, cleansing oil and day cream - and I've yet to be disappointed
This cream is super hydrating to my skin, I feel like it sinks into my skin and doesn't feel heavy or tacky. It has a rich sweet coconutty smell which I personally I don't find offensive at all, in-fact after bathing I look forward to applying it all over my body, its a really nice treat to the skin. When I'm in a rush in the mornings and super tired at night I've been known to use in on my face and again no problems. Its a really big tub for such an inexpensive price and I've already re-purchased! I would highly recommend especially if you suffer from dry skin conditions and need that extra boost of moisture to your skin.✅



PERRICONE MD PHOTO PLASMA SPF 30 DAY MOISTURISER 30ML 
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Now re-named PERRICONE MD VITAMIN C PHOTO-BRIGHTENING SPF 30 MOISTURISER 
I had no expectations of this product, to be honest I didn't even know what "Photo Plasma" was, it really threw me off - but after some research I found it to be a an day moisturiser containing SPF so I was less intimated to try it out. Its pink in colour but smoothes away clear on the skin and doesn't leave a white cast like most sun-care creams. Its light and airy which I really like. Astaxanthin is the powerful antioxidant that gives the cream its pink tint and this ingredient is proven to increase skin moisture, elasticity and moisture retention.

If you haven't gathered by now, I am big on products that aid skin moisture and hydration...

...and now I'm really big on SPF, there has been a serious misconception that melanated queens don't need protection against UV rays but this couldnt be further from the truth. WEAR SPF! WEAR SPF! WEAR SPF! Your skin will thank you for it! This cream especially came in handy on those mornings when I felt like the walking dead, it really gave my skin a boost and perked it up. I was actually devastated when it finished because its very pricey and thats the only reason I won't be re-purchasing. But if you've got the money, this is definitely worth the investment.  



NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST SUPERCHARGED BOOSTER SERUM 
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I am a huge fan of Neutrogena Hydro Boost range, especially their hydro boost face wipes ✅ which are seriously the best in the game IMO but theres talk in the beauty community that wipes don't really help to cleanse the skin and they're damaging to the planet too!  
From the same range, I'm always topping up on the  hydro boost sheet mask ✅✅✅ too.
So yes I had high expectations for this serum and super pumped to buy it on offer but I cant justify its £14.99 price tag, really wish I could but I just wasn't blown away by this serum. There's no denying its a nice light product to apply to my skin, dries really quickly, but it didn't give me that charge of moisture I was looking for and to be honest I didn't notice much difference to my skin. 

I finished the bottle because mama never raised no quitter lol but would I re-purchase? I'm afraid not...but I remain a fan of the products I mentioned earlier and in the future I'd still like to test out more from this range.


RITUALS THE RITUAL OF AYURVEDA REJUVENATING HIMALAYAN SALT SCRUB 450G 
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If you haven't visited the Rituals store in London Bridge Station you should. Its like stepping into another realm. Soooo calming, smells amazing and the staff are lovely. Now back to the product in question, this salt scrub is lovely and definitely worth the try. Its an absolute treat to use, smells divine and leaves skin feeling super smooth and refreshed. The only negative I have is the texture, I prefer my body scrubs to be coarse and quite fine so it really feels like its doing the job on my skin, my NO.1 favourite is the SANCTUARY SALT SCRUB.
It is quite pricey but you definitely get what you pay for and a little goes a long way.

I would re-purchase it again...but only if it was on special offer.  


PIXI RETINOL TONIC 100ML 
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Another skincare brand I'm a fan of but I failed to be impressed by this toner. Its just okaaaaaaaay. I really didn't see any difference to my skin or any toning qualities which was really disappointing. I think its great that you're able to buy the 100ml at £10 as opposed to the 250ml at £18, its a great incentive to at least give it a go. But since finishing the bottle I've actually gone back to the GLOW TONIC because thats my jam. I can happily leave the Retinol Tonic behind although I've heard theres a new ROSE TONIC and VITAMIN C TONIC on the market...not going to lie I'm very tempted to give them a go too. 



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So that wraps up my first ever empties post! I really hope that you enjoyed it and even discovered some new products on the way too! I'm really trying to push myself to try new products...and remember to blog about them...so do let me know what products you've tried that I should too!

Talk soon - x


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May 06, 2019

asos haul and try on.

Happy Monday guys! So excited to let you know my first IGTV video is out now! 

One of my goals this month was to film a sit down video for Youtube, in the end I thought why not upload this to IGTV! Its a platform on Instagram that I haven't utilised as much as I should be and guess its great practice before jumping on Youtube! ðŸ˜†

It was definitely an experience, filming and editing is a big job I very much underestimated all the time put into it! Also listening back to your own voice is really weird!  But I DID IT! Super nervous to put it out but I'd love you guys to check it out below and let me know what you think! ðŸ¤—💘



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