Wednesday, 30 October 2013

UK Bloggers Unite! Get Involved In The #BritishBloggersSection

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hey everyone!

So, on Sunday, I was asked by the lovely Ellie at Little Vintage Camera if I'd like to participate in an exciting new project known as The British Bloggers Selection. The aim of this project is to gather as many British bloggers as possible, and have us all participate in weekly 'themed' posts - so, one week the theme could be fashion, the next beauty, after that, life etc. 

I gladly said yes, as not only should this be a fun, new blogging experience and increase your site's traffic, it also gives us the opportunity to meet and make friends with other fellow bloggers!

But we still need more paricipants - so, if you live in the UK, and this sounds like something you'd be interested in, contact Ellie at littlevintagecamera@gmail.com. Tell them Emily from Emilicia Style sent you if you'd like, and all you then have to do is leave your blog url, blog name, and first and last name.

The start date hasn't yet been decided, but I can't wait for it to begin. I hope to see you there!


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Sunday, 27 October 2013

It's My Birthday And I'll Blog If I Want To!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Today is officially my 20th birthday!

It's definitely a weird feeling, being 20. On the one hand, I feel no different or no older than yesterday (like everyone else says). But on the other, it's strange knowing I'm actually this old now. Twenty years ago today, I was born, and now here I am, a proper 'adult'. Whilst it's a rather daunting thought, that I'm now entering adulthood and all, I intend to celebrate the best way I can -  by staying positive and thankful for all the things in my life, and making the most of today!

Here's some wonderful snippets from the past week..

Having mama Friday treat me to some lovely shopping yesterday. Should have enough clothes to see me through to January now!  Celebrating my best friend's birthday last week, getting horribly sick and hungover, but having a great night anyway (prior to the feeling of death)  Making instant friends with strangers on nights out  Oreo cookie pie. If you haven't tried this, try it now  Chilling on the floor with my auntie's cat, Smoky  Sex on the beach cocktails!  Telling myself "I'm never drinking again" then starting again anyway the following weekend  The cute neon coral beanie I found at Forever 21 - for £2.40!  The gorgeous black and white lace dress my sister got me for my birthday - she knows me well  Going for a nice meal with my family last night at The Richmond. Food and spending time with people I love = happiness  Being saved last weekend and brought home safely whilst I was very, unstably drunk.. Are you happy now, Rob?! ;)  Giving myself a side swept fridge on the other side of my face, just for a change. It's funny how changing your hair can dramatically change how you look!  Buying someone a gift and having them love it  Getting an iPhone 5c for my birthday.. I haven't opened it yet but I'm absolutely dying to!!  Deciding against going out last night, despite how much I wanted to. Haven't broke the bank, and I'm not hungover today!  Lovely compliments on the outfits I've been wearing recently  Doing the one thing I know I needed to do this week, despite being scared out my wits, and now feeling more hopeful about the future as a result  Knowing people care  Starbucks dates with my wifey! Chocolate swirls are amazing  All the people who have wished me a happy birthday so far - thank you! 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone, and hope you all have a great week! x

Thursday, 24 October 2013

For Rainy Days | Parka Coats & Cosy Knits

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Good morning bloggers! First off, I'd just like to say I'm well aware of missing a post last night, after promising I'd do one every day this week - the majority of yesterday was spent trying to complete a damn assessment for Sociology, so I never got round to much of anything else. But, I've decided to bring something out early today to make up for it! Today's outfit of the day is something weather appropriate for the oncoming winter season, and centres around the beautiful midnight blue parka coat I bought recently for £35. For about 2 or 3 years now, I've never owned a proper waterproof jacket, and as you would imagine, have always been a bit stuck on rainy days. I substituted decent jackets with hoods for dodgy umbrellas that would turn inside out to the slightest gush of wind, and let my big beautiful faux fur coat suffer from the unexpected down-pours and subsequent dampness. So until last month, once I'd finalised that I'd had enough of this same old troublesome fashion struggle every year, I ventured down to the high street shops in search of a gorgeous parka coat, just as Autumn arrives. And, of course, no Autumn/Winter wardrobe is complete without a bit of knitwear. Being well prepared for whatever the weather wants to throw at me is a nice change from the norm!


Parka Matalan | Knit Jumper/Dress BHS | High-sheen Tights Primark | Shoes Matalan


What do you all think of today's outfit? Have you bought your winter coat yet?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

P.S - Sorry about my head being cut off in these photos - it was one of those "I'm not wearing make-up and don't intend to" days!


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Back To Beauty Basics: How To Cut The Crease

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Good evening my lovelies!

How's everyone's week turning out so far? Tonight's post is going to have to be a snappy one since I have, once again, left it until the last minute (need to stop that bad habit), but nonetheless, hopefully it'll be something helpful to all you beauty beginners!

Up until about last year when I first began to experiment with eyeshadow shades, I was completely clueless on how to accentuate my eyelids. Because of my 'unadventurous-ness' I always played it safe with eyeliner and mascara, never really trying anything new. But after watching Youtube beauty guru vids, and fiddling about with highlighters and contours, I discovered how much a little eyeshadow can enhance the beauty of your eyes.

And so, after learning the basic stepping stones to a good crease shadow, here I've compiled a list of step-by-step instructions for you to do the same, and achieve my look in the above photo. Read on to see how!

(It's simple and so easy, I promise!)

STEP NUMBER ONE: PRIME THE EYES

Priming the eyes prior to adding the shadow is important, not only to keep the make-up in place, but to enhance the intensity of the shades used. I cheat and use a dab of my face primer, Fix & Perfect PRO Rimmel London Primer, then apply Foxy from the Naked 2 Eye Palette (Urban Decay) all over the lids with a normal shading brush.


STEP NUMBER TWO: HIGHLIGHT!

This is quite arguably my favourite part of the process, and so much fun to do because you really begin to see how your eyes begin to change and open up as you start applying the highlighting shade. Use a bright gold, shimmery colour, like Bootycall from Naked 2, on the inner rims of the eyelids, all across the lid, and gently under the brow bone. This works the same way as a white eyeliner does, really brightening the whites in your eyes (therefore, making them look bigger) and another great eyeshadow for this is the 'bronzer and highlight' eye palette from H&M. I used this one for ages before getting Naked 2, and it's much more affordable. I'm just not sure if they still sell them! I recommend a flat brush for this step of the application.

Apologies for the crumbs on my table!

STEP NUMBER 3: FILL THE CREASE, CREATE THE SHADOW

The last, but not at all least step, is the unveiling of the beautiful crease. Using a darker shadow (a blend of Chopper and Half Baked from Naked 2 is what I personally used), right in the corners of your outer eyelids and deep into your crease bone (you can feel the underside of it when you touch your eyelid), really helps to accentuate your natural eye shape and adds some serious sexy dimension to the eyes. All you have to do is take a fluffy shading brush, (the one that comes with Naked 2 is perfect) and sweep it back and forth into the crease area of your eyelid. Keep sweeping, depending on how intense you want your shadow, and you're done!



I also like to add a little more highlighter underneath the brow bone at this step, then finish with a thin line of eyeliner pencil in the waterline of my eyes, and lashings of mascara.





I used:

What's your favourite colour combination for crease shadows? I can't decide between the peach and gold or a good old smoky eye!

Have a lovely day everyone, and thanks for stopping by x



Monday, 21 October 2013

Outfit: Neon Coral Beanie & Shoes!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Hello stylicias! I try not to normally make a habit out of apologising too much for not posting on my blog now and then, but this time I feel it's necessary. I've been going through some stuff lately (which makes it very difficult for me to even do homework, nevermind blogging!) but this week I have the spare time to devote some love to my blog again, so will make sure a new post gets out EVERYDAY until Friday!

It's been quite some time since I even attempted writing a daily post, but I figured it may be a good idea to get back into that habit, whilst I have the chance. Anyhoo, let's crack on to Monday's OOTD!

Last week, I discovered this super pretty beanie whilst drooling over everything in the new Forever 21 that's opened locally to me, and for £2.40. I think it's sensible to say I found a pretty good bargain! I love this neon coral colour, and to my delight, also matches my neon pink pumps (unintentionally too!). I threw on this outfit yesterday before a lovely walk in the park with the family and dogs, and couldn't be happier with the overall look. I love a cosy sweatshirt, especially this one with the added pretty lace detailing, and the leather pants make the outfit look a little less basic than something with black leggings would. I'm just happy it's finally hat weather again!

Beanie Forever 21 | Top F+F | Faux Leather Skinny Trousers Primark | Shoes H&M

What do you guys think of the outfit? Do you have your own beanie hat yet?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

P.S Apologies for my lateness in responding to comments lately.. my disqus comment box doesn't seem to be displaying them all! If anyone knows how to fix this issue I'd greatly appreciate it :-)



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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Body Gossip: The Positive Body Image Campaign

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

"Body Gossip is a positive body image campaign that is working to banish body shame, encouraging everyone to be the best version of themselves and rock their very own brand of gorgeous"

Last Wednesday was World Mental Health Day, and, as promised, today I'm going to talk about my own personal experiences - in particular, eating disorders and distorted body image problems.

MY STORY

For a lot of people, there's at least one thing they would change about their bodies.  Like those people, I've never been 100% comfortable with my own body, and wished I looked different. Sadly, my lack of acceptance for my body got to the point of where I hated it.  For years, I believed I was fat. To this day, I'm still fighting this self-limiting belief. Ever since I hit adolescence, it's been a constant battle between my body and mind - my mind telling me there was something wrong with me, and my body (I thought, at the time) fuelling my unhappiness with how I look.

Before I continue, I'd like to point out that I have never officially been diagnosed with an eating disorder. I have never been to see a doctor about it, but this is mainly due to the fact that for so long, I believed my thoughts about myself, my obsessive pre-occupation with food and weight, were normal. They are not. They are common, yes, especially in girls my age, but in no way are they healthy or rational behaviours/attitudes to posses.

A lot of people tend to assume that you can only have an eating disorder if you are anorexic/bulimic. I used to think so too. Then one day, after coming home from my local shop with a bag full of more junk food than you could possibly need and stuffing my face needlessly, I stopped.

"Why am I eating if I'm not hungry? Why do I feel the need to do this? Why am I doing this to myself?"
I was desperate for answers. I just could not understand why, so often, I had this huge desire to eat almost everything in sight. I couldn't wrap my head around the idea that, by trying so hard to deprive myself of these certain 'forbidden' foods, I was, in essence, torturing myself. I was only making myself crave it more, to the point of where I could not stop, even when I wanted to.

And after a bit of googling, I discovered something I had never come across before - binge-eating and compulsive-eating disorder.  I took a quick test on a website I had found, and it turns out I had many symptoms of those of an eating disorder.  Here are just some of the symptoms of these disorders:


  • A feeling of being out of control when eating
  • Thinking about food all the time (excessive pre-occupation with food, your body and weight)
  • Eating in secret
  • Eating until you feel sick
  • Eating to escape from worries, relieve stress, or comfort yourself
  • Feeling disgusted and ashamed after eating
  • Feeling powerless to stop eating, even if you want to

Unfortunately, for so long, I tried to deal with my eating habits in the completely wrong way. In fact, up until only recently, I believed that my eating was the problem. 

I kept trying diets. I used to try and starve myself (but luckily failed). When I was much younger, I remember a few instances where I had tried to make myself throw up after eating, but also failed. I compared myself unfairly to those with different body shapes than mine. I restricted my calorie intake everyday to a certain number to try and lose weight/maintain a healthy weight. I was terrified of being overweight, yet still hated my own body, despite always being a healthy weight. Even when, last year, I had gained a stone due to medication I was taking, I was still a healthy weight, but believed so strongly that I was repulsive and fat. I attempted to work out to the point of exhaustion. I attempted to control my weight with laxatives. I felt crippling guilt after eating anything 'bad'. After any diets, I would binge again, and the cycle would repeat itself over and over. I scrutinized my appearance, day in day out, telling myself how ugly and disgusting I was. How I needed to lose weight.

Yet, I had no idea that the primary reason I believed such horrible things about my body was a result of our 'thin is in' culture and society.

WHERE DO EATING DISORDERS ARISE FROM?

There are a few theories as to what causes an eating disorder in the first place, and in this particular case, binge-eating and compulsive eating. For example, biological factors suggest that the chemical found in our brain serotonin (responsible for our happiness) can cause compulsive eating, which isn't surprising if you think about it - depressed people are likely to reach for food to comfort themselves and deal with difficult emotions (I know I do).

Psychological issues, such as depression once again, and anxiety, are highly linked to binge eating and eating disorders. Low-self esteem, loneliness, and body dissatisfaction all also contribute to this disorder.

And lastly, the social pressure surrounding our society and cultural values that thin is 'perfect' brings binge-eaters shame, and frankly, anyone with an eating disorder. For most people, including myself, it is what caused the problem in the first place - believing that, because we may not fit to an 'ideal' portrayed so strongly in the world of the media, there is something wrong with our bodies.

BODY GOSSIP - WHAT THEY DO

Body Gossip, as briefly described at the top of my post, are a campaign aiming to promote positive, healthy, and happy body images of men and women everywhere, of all different body shapes and sizes. They encourage acceptance of our bodies, a high self-esteem, and a willingness to ignore and 'fight back' the self-defeating messages of society and media that tell us if we aren't a certain height/weight/width, we are not beautiful or wonderful human beings that deserve happiness and self-acceptance.

They now offer self-esteem and confidence building classes known as 'Gossip School', with the mission to help teenage boys and girls aged 13-18 feel better about their bodies, and begin to love what they are. I personally think the campaigne itself, and Gossip School, are a brilliant idea, and I could only wish that I had been a part of it when I was younger.

" Research shows that 70% of girls and 30% of boys aged 11-19 cite their relationship with their body as their 'number one worry'. "
This shocking statistic really demonstrates how much of a problem negative body images can be, and just how important it is that we, as a society, do all that we can to support the message of this campaign and change our cultural attitudes towards body weight for the better, to eliminate the low confidence and awful consequences of eating disorders.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

For those who think they may have an eating disorder:

If you believe you may be suffering from an eating disorder of any kind, whether like mine or more/less severe, I encourage you to seek help immediately. Don't be like me and take no action - don't feel scared, hopeless, or helpless. You can get through this. Luckily, mine is no longer as severe as in the past, but if the idea of talking to a professional is a little daunting to you right now, then I can suggest purchasing a self-help book like I recently did.

  • Overcoming Overeating by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter: Don't be fooled by the title of this book - whilst it seems pretty vague, I bought this book after reading some good reviews, and it really is thought provoking and eye-opening. It talks about the importance of abolishing the diet mentality and diets once and for all, and gets you to understand how your emotions fuel your 'need' to eat. It's helped me so far in learning to distinguish between 'stomach hunger' and 'mouth hunger' (eating for any other reason than physiological hunger) and allows you to realise that we do not have a 'food' problem  - we have a problem with anxiety, and dealing with it in a healthy, beneficial way.
Through reading this book and learning that I have some deeper, unsurfaced issues in my life that I have attempted to eradicate with food, I have also made the decision to book an appointment with my GP to seek help for my depression, and whilst I'm there, I'm sure the topic of my eating disorder will arise too. I'm terrified, of course, but I try to think of it this way - what are the consequences of doing nothing?

Seeking help does not make you weak. It means you've been strong and reliant on yourself for too long, and are smart enough to realise that doing something pro-active about your struggles can only result in good things.

If you know someone who has an eating disorder, or suspect they might do:

Firstly, look out for the signs. When I was weighing myself frequently, my sister expressed her initial concern to my parents, and at the time I was angry and dismissive of their worries. I thought what I was doing was harmless, none of their business, and frankly, none of their concern anyway. It's only now I realise they were looking out for me. Any strange behaviours, such as symptoms I've mentioned in this post or anything else suspicious, talk to them about it. 

Be gentle in your approaches, especially if they're the first to confide in you. From personal experience, when I've told others how I suspect I may have a problem, they've often dismissed it and said things like "but you're eating aren't you?" and "don't be silly". THIS IS THE WORST THING TO DO. Listen, try to understand, and offer any help you can. Just be there for them, even if you initially believe there is nothing wrong with them. You don't know what goes on in their mind, so you can't possibly know how they feel.
Lastly, try to encourage them to seek help when they're ready, and intervene when things get terribly serious.

Show your support for campaigns like Body Gossip and help raise awareness - you can donate, purchase a slogan t-shirt like I did (above photo), or buy their new book. Spread the word! 

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT EATING DISORDERS

For those of you who struggle to understand eating disorders, I figured it may help to identify and disprove some common myths surrounding the whole topic:

  • People with eating disorders starve themselves/don't eat

Not necessarily. It's mainly common in those with anorexia, but those with compulsive and binge-eating problems tend to do the very opposite (though as a result of trying to restrict or deprive themselves of certain foods)

  • People who claim to have an eating disorder are attention seeking
NO. Absolutely not. If a person comes to you, and confides in you with this, they are doing anything but. Sure, in some rare circumstances, they could be overreacting, but more often than not, it's a cry for help. Same goes for if they say frequently "I'm so fat". Most of the time, we are genuinely dissatisfied with our bodies and trying to vocalise it in any way we can.


  • People who diet definitely have an eating disorder

False. They may be going about the whole thing the wrong way, with trying to lose weight, but it doesn't necessarily mean they have an eating 'problem'. If this were the case I think the majority of the population would suffer from eating disorders!

  • All people with compulsive eating problems are fat
Whilst it is predominantly overweight people who suffer from a compulsion to overeat, there are cases when a person's tendencies to overeat do not show. For example, I compulsively eat, yet am not overweight. A lot of the time it has to do with genes and metabolic rates. But remember, these people tend to see themselves as fat anyway, or 'feel fat'.


I'm slowly starting to accept my body the way it is, despite my treacherous journey always trying to change everything about it. Campaigns like Body Gossip, and the book I'm currently reading, are teaching me that all our beliefs about ourselves not being "good enough" stem from society's misleading messages about what is a 'good' body and what is 'bad'. The fact is, we are all different shapes and sizes, and we are all beautiful. It may take some convincing and time for me to get there, but I'm confident that one day I will, and one day I will be totally comfortable with the body I was born with.

I'm hopeful we can all get there - with the help and support of others, and the faith and compassion for ourselves.

Do you or anyone you know suffer from an eating disorder/body image problems? What's helped you begin to overcome these issues?

I'd love to hear your stories or thoughts, guys - have a beautiful week!




                                                            

Friday, 11 October 2013

Miss Friday's Fab Fridays: Hello October

Friday, 11 October 2013

Remember that at any given moment, there are a thousand things you can love. -David Levithan

Yesterday marked the annual World Mental Health Day, raising awareness and inspiring those in need to take a step of action. It got me thinking myself about my own internal battles - ones I've overcome, and ones I'm still fighting to this day. Despite no intentions to take part in this highly important yet still highly taboo subject, I've decided to release a post this week talking about my own personal stories, in aid to hopefully encourage others to finally express their own feelings and share their troubles. Our well-being is important, and the sooner we can feel comfortable enough talking about the pain we're in, the sooner we can all start to feel better about ourselves and our lives.

Miss Friday's Fab Fridays couldn't have come at a better time. Even with everything I'm currently going through, it forces my state of mind back into the present, and back to being thankful for everything I've got going for me. At any given moment, there are so many things we can love, appreciate, and be grateful for, even when everything else seems to be falling apart. Hold that belief close and I'm confident every one of us can make it through anything.

Here are some things I've loved from the past few weeks...

Finding this cute to-do list at Waterstones. I have a feeling my productivity is about to increase just from being able to use this!  How my nails are beginning to grow long. They look so pretty with this Flamingo Pink Barry M nail polish  When my mother made Betty Crocker chocolate fudge brownies. They tasted soo good  Having a whole bag of Kettle crisps to myself #greedyandiknowit  Seeing all the Christmas decorations out in shops already. It's early, I know, but I can't deny that I'm excited  Eyeing up the mid-season sale at Kurt Geiger. Gimme gimme gimme them all.  Days out with the family - walking the dogs and being surrounded by beautiful nature is a nice breath of fresh air from being indoors!  The town I live in. I complain an awful lot about it but it has it's perks, and can at times be pretty.  Finding a bargain - this £12 little black dress I got as part of a BOGOF deal!  The surprisingly soothing powers of EFT (Emotional Tapping Therapy) it does work quite well, try it out for yourself  Days where I can motivate myself to work out. Hello instant endorphins!  The feeling of freshly shaved legs lathered in body butter. No boy will ever understand this luxury  Having 2 hours between my lessons on Thursdays to go and enjoy a tasty Subway  The people I've met in my classes and the laughs we have every lesson  Opening up to others and them doing the same  Spending an afternoon cuddling up in blankets watching cute Disney movies ♥ Trips to the cinema on weekends, even when the film turns out rubbish  The Office - making me laugh when I need it the most!  Caramel frappe's from McDonalds. They're great value and taste amazing.  Unexpected compliments. After seeing my neighbour for the first time in a while she later told me that I looked stunning, and am a brains & beauty! I had a massive grin on my face for the rest of the day  Free Philosophy goody bags at Debenhams! See my review of the products here  Coming up with a go-to list of stress busters in times of overwhelm. We all need to take a break now and then - you're welcome  The people in my life who go out of their way to make me laugh and smile  How it's finally October - my birthday month, yay!  Triple chocolate cookies. Mmm.  Feeling confident after I finished my psychology test on Thursday  Having Spotify on my phone for a brief time, and being able to listen to my favourite music on train journeys home  Having a tidy room, and instantly feeling better!  Scented candles - I have one that smells like cherry jelly belly's, it's scrumptious  Reading old journals. It's wonderful and nostalgic and strange all at the same time  Small acts of kindness - in particular my brother making me a peanut butter sandwich (without me even asking!)  Starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate and their raspberry & white chocolate cookies. I love their festive drinks  Looking up at the stars. It really helps to remind you just how small and insignificant your problems are  Being able to help my sister with her psychology work. Helping others really does feel good.  Maryland cookies.. I'm obsessed with cookies lately aren't I?  Friendly cashiers  Having homework deadlines extended  Hot water bottles to warm me up on cold Autumn nights  Beating my personal best at jogging - I managed over 4 miles and I felt so accomplished ♥ This extract from The Single Woman book (it's good stuff) 

What are a few things in your life right now that you could show a little more love to?

Hope you all have a wonderful & happy weekend!


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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

REVIEW: Philosophy Skincare Range

Tuesday, 8 October 2013


Riding up the escalator into your favourite beauty department store is like riding up the stairway to a heaven for make-up fanatics. The scent of designer perfume samples, the make-up counters surrounded by glammed-up shop assistants giving potential customers pretty makeovers, and the pristine white floor tiles so shiny you can almost see your reflection.  This is how I felt visiting the Liverpool One Debenhams last week, eyeing up everything unaffordable yet fantasising about the possibilities of shopping there anyway.


Whilst occasionally browsing through the freebies, discounts and special student offers available on studentbeans.com, I came across a code last week to receive a free goody bag from a brand I have been dying to try ever since first setting my eyes on the products – Philosophy!


 If you haven’t before heard of this franchise, Philosophy was founded in 1996 by Cristina Carlino, a cosmetic industry expert with over 30 years’ experience in clinical skin care and beauty. Since then, Philosophy have been devoted to providing products scientifically aided to care for your skin, and at the same time, inspire happiness and well-being with uplifting messages printed on every product.

You can only imagine my excitement (and slight disbelief), then, when I ventured down to the big and beautiful Debenhams right after college to collect the free products and see what all the hype is really about.


Luckily, a few goody bags still remained on my arrival, and to my delight contained 4 different skincare products to try – a tester of one of their new fragrances, an exfoliating facial wash, an all-in-one facial cleanser, and high-performance moisturiser.
After never before trying a product from a high-market, pricey skincare range, I wasn't sure what to expect. But to say the least, I was not disappointed. Here’s what I thought about each individual sample! 







HOPE IN A JAR: HIGH PERFORMANCE MOISTURISER
First off, let me just say that I love the packaging for Philosophy products. I think the little quotes and messages they have on everything is a brilliant marketing idea (I kinda wish I’d thought of it myself). But, they fulfil their purpose – inspiring and make you smile!

What it does:
·         Hydrates & refines skin
·         Provides gentle exfoliation
·         Helps restore a rosy glow

I apply this in the morning and evening as it suggests, and it really is an amazing moisturiser – it glides on so easily, the consistency isn't too thick or oily, and it makes my skin feel so smooth. The only improvement I would suggest is a nicer smell. I'm not sure what in the ingredients contributes to the main scent of this best-selling moisturiser, but I find it a little overpowering! Despite that, I also thinks this works great as a primer for make-up.


MICRODELIVERY EXFOLIATING FACIAL WASH

What it does: Designed to effectively cleanse, replenish, and resurface the skin.

At long last, I had been waiting for an exfoliating facial wash that delivers like this one! Have you ever found that cheaper exfoliator brands have a tendency to be too harsh on the skin? Thankfully, this one is gentle whilst still doing its job, making it ideal for sensitive skin. Again, the scent is a little overpowering, but otherwise I can’t complain. I would definitely learn to live with it if it meant I could use this stuff every day. Application only needed in the morning.


PURITY: ALL-IN-ONE FACIAL CLEANSER

What it does:
·         Offers perfectly clean skin
·         Tones and lightly hydrates
·         Washes away make-up and stress

I love an all-in-one product - when you get home after a long day, the least thing you feel like doing is spending an unnecessarily long time washing away your make-up. This cleanser does it all for you! It’s a lovely, creamy consistency on the skin, and works a real treat before you go to bed. I could tell instantly that all traces of my make-up were safely cleansed away, and it left my skin with a lovely glow and soft touch. I often have to refrain from touching my face so much now!


LIVING GRACE: FRAGRANCE

A uniquely feminine blend of soft, floral blossoms accented by a hint of light musk. 

Whilst I wouldn't normally go for a floral fragrance (my personal favourites are fruity smells) this one is delightfully light and pretty. It’s musky, but if you’re into that, you’ll love it!


 MY VERDICT:
At first, I wasn't immediately taken aback by the products. Whilst they did feel nice on the skin, there was no noticeable improvement or drastic change. However, saying that, a week later my skin has begun to change – I’ve noticed a significant improvement in not only the texture, but also the appearance of my skin! It’s difficult to assess a skincare product’s effectiveness when you already have moderate acne as I do, but if it can make my skin look a little better, it’s bound to work well on normal/less blemish-prone skin

 Wise words: Philosophy's philosophy!


Check out the huuuge range of products on philosophy.com




What do you think of the Philosophy skincare range? Have you tried any of their products? I’d love to try some of their bath & body care!




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