Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 Health and Beauty Resolutions - Update

1. Let those brows grow!
At the start of the year I was determined to sort my brows out as they didn't have much shape to them and were far too over plucked. I now have brows to be proud of, they're much fuller and have a stronger arch to them.

2. Drink more water and stick to it
I've never struggled too much with drinking water but throughout the year I have tried to keep it more consistent, even if that means bringing a small bottle with me out and about shopping. I get dehydrated rather quickly so I often need to quench my thirst throughout the day and so I do make an effort to drink at least 6-8 glasses a day.

3. Give my hair more TLC
I'm still getting balayage so unfortunately my hair continues to be rather dry at times but I have found that I am heat styling it less often. I do however, need to make more effort with deep conditioning and using treatment masks to revive my locks.

4. Stay on top of my dental health
I have reduced my sugar intake this year and I'd like to think it's doing my teeth some good. I'm overdue a dental check up and admittedly I haven't thought to sort that out - not good.

5. Keep on dancing
After over a year of classes I'm still dancing away! It's my favourite night of the week and it's been keeping me super fit all 2015. I started warming up to the advanced class although I'm not quite 100% there yet. My teacher has said she really wants me to perform but it takes a lot of commitment and spare time..

6. Moisturise head to toe
I must be honest, this has been the resolution I have paid least attention to especially this Winter. I found it was so much easier to do in the Summer compared to the colder months when it's far too chilly to take time out to moisturise. I have suffered the consequence of dry legs and my skin doesn't feel as soft as it could be so in the New Year I do really need to stick to it.

7. Watch those eating habits
My diet has been balanced all year round and even though I eat out quite often, I don't find that I overindulge. I'm only human so I will treat myself now and then. This year I have taken a strong liking to authentic Asian cuisines such as Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese which consists of a lot of vegetables and spices. I also love to make green juices and drink mint tea to help keep my digestion in check.


Have you kept to your 2015 resolutions?


Tamara x

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

What I Got for Christmas


As I'm getting older, making a Christmas list gets harder so this year I asked for more of what I need rather than impulsive indulgent gifts. Come Winter time it seems all my favourite skincare products run out at once and with the cold weather I just want things to keep me comforted.

I was a very lucky girl to receive these gifts and I'm grateful for every single one :)

1. LUSH Sleeps 'Til Christmas gift box
Contains: 'Peeping Santa' bubble bar, 'Dashing Santa' bath bomb, 'Intergalactic' bath bomb, 'Snow Angel' bath melt, 'Five Gold Rings' bubble bar and 'Frozen' bath bomb.

2. L'Occitane Extra gentle soap with Shea butter

3. Yankee Candle Christmas selection

4. Carolina Herrera 212 V.I.P Eau de Parfum

5. REN skincare: Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream, Hot Cloth Cleanser, Express Makeup Remover.

6. Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer

7. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

8. Topshop Gift card


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, what gifts did you receive?

Tamara x

Friday, 25 December 2015

BLOGMAS: Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Wishing all my gorgeous readers a very merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
Thank you for all your support throughout 2015. I have worked behind some fantastic collaborations, attended some amazing events and met so many new and inspiring people. I'm looking forward to what next year brings and I can't wait to write some new exciting content.


Tamara x

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Monday, 21 December 2015

Saturday, 19 December 2015

BLOGMAS: Getting Ready for NYE with Boohoo.com #WeAreFamily

New Years Eve is the perfect time to make a fashion statement this season and online fashion retailer boohoo.com has got everything you'll need to get glammed up and ready for 2016. From bodycon beauties to pretty peplums, boohoo has a gorgeous selection of dresses to choose from so you can create your dream party outfit.

I've put together my perfect NYE outfit complete with sequins, sparkle and sass!

The festive season always gets me in the mood for glitz and sequins. This Boutique Ava metallic dress is just stunning, I adore the colour and how it glistens effortlessly.

Time to get my make up on! I need a foundation that will last right through the night, lashes and an irresistible lip colour to guarantee a midnight kiss.

I love how this dress compliments my shape and gives a subtle show of skin. The tones of blue and green are beautiful and I feel like a sexy glitter ball!

Of course a good dress needs a good pair of heels and these Sofia V front shoe boots are the perfect match. They elongate my legs and look super chic.

Finally I am ready to celebrate NYE but first..let me take a selfie!

#WeAreFamily


*PR post

Tamara x

Thursday, 17 December 2015

BLOGMAS: LUSH The Magic of Christmas

Lush The Magic of Christmas - £5.95

Lush at Christmas is the best time of year! Amongst classic favourites, year on year there are always new and exciting bath time products in store. I thought I'd treat myself to something special to get me in the festive spirit before the big day, so I picked up this little starlet. This is 'The Magic of Christmas' bubble bar which is actually reusable and will last you through to the New Year. Simply swirl it in the bath to add a touch of sparkle and a warming fragrance of cinnamon, sweet orange oil, Star Anise and cloves will fill the room. Bath water becomes a shimmery glow of delight and you're instantly comforted by wonderful soothing bubbles. 


Tamara x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

BLOGMAS: Festive Make Up Look with Benecos

Clockwise:
Benecos Nail Polish
Benecos Eyeliner
Benecos Lipstick
Benecos Natural Mascara Vegan Volume
Benecos Natural Eyeshadow

1. I took the darkest of the four shades and swept across the lid and along the lower lash line

2. Then taking shimmery gold, I applied from the centre of the lid to the inner corner

3. I lined the lower and inner top lash line with the pencil liner

4. I coated both the upper and low lashes with two coats of the mascara 

5. To finish I applied the lipstick, building up the colour as I go

The final look! A golden, brown smoky eye with a vibrant red lip

Oh and let's not forget the nails!


Tamara x



Sunday, 13 December 2015

BLOGMAS: The Christmas TAG 2015

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?
Elf! I've got it on DVD and watch it every time it's on the box. I also like getting cosy and watching The Snowman because it reminds me of Christmas as a child.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning but my Mum always insists on opening one on Christmas Eve..cheeky!

3. Do you like to stay in your PJs on Christmas Day or dress up?
I like to get dressed for Christmas lunch and then lounge around in my favourite gingerbread knit leggings for the rest of the day.

4. If you could only buy one person a present this year, who would it be?
My little brother, he'll be the one that's most excited about Christmas and I love nothing more than seeing him happy :)

5. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
I did attempt to make one a couple of years ago and it was a complete disaster, we just ended up making gingerbread men instead!

6. What do you like to do on your Christmas break?
I love to catch up with friends and go to festive markets. I love to eat out and this time of year is the perfect excuse.

7. Any Christmas wishes?
I wish everyone a happy Christmas and I hope you all have a lovely time.

8. Favourite Christmas food?
Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and mince pies.

9. Candy cane or gingerbread man?
Gingerbread man!

10. What is at the top of your Christmas list?
This year I've mostly asked for things that I need but I would really like a Topshop sheep's wool collar denim jacket that I've had my eye on for ages..


Take the TAG and share 


Tamara x

Friday, 11 December 2015

BLOGMAS: 5 Beauty Baubles



1. No7 Star Bauble - £6.00
Contains: No7 Stay Perfect Nail Polish Milan 10ml

2. L'Occitane Indulging Almond Bauble - £10.00
Contains: Almond Shower Oil, 35ml, Almond Supple Skin Oil, 15ml and Almond Delicious Hands, 10ml

3. Soap & Glory 'Belle of the Ball' - £12.00
Contains: Body wash, Buttercream, Breakfast Scrub Body Smoother and a limited-edition Hand Food.

4. Burt's Bees 'Burt's Classics' Beeswax Gift Set - £6.99
Contains: Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E & Peppermint Oil and Hand Salve

5. This Works 'Calm Hug' - £10.00
Contains: Sleep Balm 10g



Tamara x

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

BLOGMAS: #BloggersXmas


On the weekend I was fortunate to attend the #BloggersXmas event, held by blogging sisters Soeurs de Luxe. Held in central London, this festive meet up was a chance to mingle with other bloggers, network with PR contacts and discover some amazing brands. There were also plenty of opportunities to get into the spirit of Christmas with mulled cider, candy canes and silly selfies.


KATHERINE ELIZABETH MILLINERY
Katherine Elizabeth Millinery creates unique, handmade head pieces with extravagant designs to wear for special occasions whether it be a wedding or formal party. Each piece has been made with French lace and Italian silk with intricate beading. 


SWEET CHEESUS!
Founded by Matt and Martin, Sweet Cheesus! is an independent cheesecake business based in London. These wonderful, little cups of joy come in a selection of scrumptious flavours including apple crumble, cookies & cream and vanilla. Available for catering and stocked in Selfridges.


MIGLIO JEWELLERY
Starting as a small business, Miglio has grown into a global jewellery brand. Jenny Miller and her team put a lot of thought into each piece they create to reflect her individual style. From earrings to pendants, the collection uses semi precious stones, pearls and  Swarovski crystals for that extra special touch.


CHILPA
London based but with Mexican roots, Chilpa creates Fair Trade, hand woven scarves, pashminas and home ware textiles. The brand stays true to it's Mexican heritage not only with it's vibrant colours and designs but by supporting artisan communities back in Central America with a donation of 50% of all profits made.


AROMA CAKE BOUTIQUE
Inspired by the  traditional tastes of India and the Middle East, Aroma creates beautifully home baked treats, cupcakes and tarts. Using delicate spices such as cardamom and floral essences like rose, this little bakery produces quality goods with big flavour. Gluten-free options are also available.


LASH PERFECT
Lash Perfect is the leading semi-permanent individual eyelash extensions supplier in the UK. They also sell a range of stylish and sexy synthetic false lashes to choose from for any occasion.


HOUSE OF DREADFUL
Penny Dreadful menswear creates tailored boxer shorts with vintage, 1950's inspired designs. Made with durable, soft Portuguese cotton these are sure to last and give great comfort to the man in your life. 


T PLUS DRINKS
A fresh, new take on Green Tea to encourage a healthy yet tasty lifestyle. T Plus sources the best ingredients from around the globe to help improve your immunity, give yourself a boost, detoxify the system and to give you some vitamin goodness.


BLOGOSPHERE MAGAZINE
Sold internationally, this quarterly released publication is written by bloggers for bloggers. With cover stars including Fleur de Force and Samantha Maria. Blogosphere brings the best content for those in the social media community with exclusive features and reviews.


MAKEUP LONDON ACADEMY
Camden based, MLA is a fashion make up school that offers professional yet affordable training for those aspiring to get into make up artistry. As well as fantastic courses MLA creates high quality cosmetics from brushes to base products.


Thank you again to Kirsty and Jasmine for inviting me to #BloggersXmas! Congratulations on the success of your first blog event, I had a great time meeting new people and I'm so grateful for the lovely goodies I received.



Tamara x

Monday, 7 December 2015

BLOGMAS: 5 Christmas Candle Picks


1. This Works: Black Spice & Myrrh candle - £25.00

2. H&M Clove scented candle - £6.99

3. Yankee Candle Large Jar Christmas Cookie - £21.99

4. Rituals Oriental Light Myrrh and Cardamom scented candle - £21.00

5. Primark Mason Jar vanilla scented candle - £4.00


Tamara x