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A Huge Gift Guide For All Of The Lovely Women In Your Life

  • Thursday, 7 December 2017


A gift guide for all of the women in your life, whether they are beauty and make up lovers, skincare enthusiasts or just love a good candle or two, there is something for everyone…


BEAUTY & MAKEUP 


Palmer’s Perfecting Facial Oil* | £9.99 | Link

This facial oil is the ideal present for any skincare lover. It is suitable for all skin types and is designed to help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, something everyone can relate too. The oil is one hundred percent paraben free, and contains nine pure oils. When used daily, the formula deeply nourishes the skin and helps to prevent the signs of aging. Three to four drops should be applied to the face and neck after cleansing and massaged into the skin in a circular motion to allow the skin to appear more radiant, youthful and healthy. It is the perfect stocking filler for any female beauty lover. 

Tiana Intensive Hair Treatment* | £13.12 | Link

This Intensive Hair Treatment is the ideal gift for anyone on your gift list that enjoys silky smooth, luscious locks. This coconut treatment is naturally solid in temperatures below twenty-five degrees and so it needs to be gently warmed before use. It is a deeply nourishing treatment that leaves hair feeling amazingly soft and silky smooth. Once warmed, only a small amount of the product is needed, which should be massaged into the hair. It can be either left in for about twenty minutes before washing, or kept on overnight and washed out in the morning, for a more intensive treatment. 

Toni & Guy Style Fix Curler* | £29 | Link

This is a great gift for anyone who loves to style her hair effortlessly. It is ideal for beginners or seasoned pros when it comes to styling hair; due to its ease of use. It has a twenty-five-millimeter barrel that creates amazing waves and curls in an instant. It has worldwide voltage and is handbag sized, making this the perfect hair styling travel companion. The teal and black design makes it a universal hair styling tool for all ages, and is a great present for mums, grans, daughters and friends. 

Bourjois Lipsticks | £8.49 | Link 

These are the perfect stocking filler for any lipstick lovers in your life. Bourjois have a huge range of shade available in their festive collection so there is bound to be something for everyone, no matter their shade preference. The deep reds and purples are ideal for the winter months, and will be the perfect companion for anyone heading out for New Years Eve. 

Sensse Hot & Cold Facial Bar* | £25 | Link

For anyone that loves a facial, or trip to the spa, this Hot & Cold Facial Bar is a great gift idea. This at home treatment by Sensse provides an instant skin refresh and a long lasting radiant glow. The hand held device should be used once a day and has four different settings. The active hot mode is set to 42 degrees and will open up the pores. Then, using the hot mode with vibration, you can apply your favourite moisturiser and allow the product to work its magic deep down. The cool mode setting will then close the pores, locking in moisture. To finish, the vibrate-cool mode should be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It energises and brightens the skin, increasing elasticity and promoting a youthful appearance to the skin. 

Magn!tone Cleansing Brush* | £39.99 | Link

For those that love a gadget and are great fans of beauty products, the Magn!tone Cleansing Brush is an ideal gift. This electrical, vibra-sonic, deep pore cleansing brush is designed to reduce the appearance of breakouts. It can be used with any cleanser, to provide a deep clean, and visible results can be achieved from the very first use. It is USB rechargeable and compact, making it an ideal travel companion, or can be easily taken to the gym. It is completely waterproof meaning that it can be used in the bath or shower.  


FASHION & LIFESTYLE


Joules Scarf* | £14.95 | Link

This beautiful scarf from Joules is the ideal gift for any woman on your Christmas gift list. The lovely, complimentary colours mean that it can be worn with a number of different outfits and styled in a number of different ways. It can be worn as both a winter warmer, or as part of an outfit, due to its universal style. This is again suitable across the board as it is so fluid in its style. The price is also very affordable making it a great stocking filler, a secret Santa gift, or it could be part of a gift for a main family member. 

Tech 21 Evo Phone Wallet* | From £29.99 | Link

Phones are becoming more and more like computers, and their value is forever increasing. Tech 21 provide a great range of phone covers that help to protect mobiles. They contain a patented FlexShock impact protection that helps to protect your phone even when dropped from a height of up to ten foot. They are lightweight and have a secure clip on the side, making them very convenient and comfortable. They are slim line meaning that they can still fit into handbags and pockets, whilst ensuring that your phone is protected at all times. 



HOME LOVERS


PaddyWax Candles* | £10 - £30 | Link

These American, hand poured candles are the perfect gift for any home lover this Christmas. The iridescent base and copper lid of the Cotton & Teak candle is slightly more luxurious and would be a perfect fit for a bedroom or bathroom. These minimalistic candles are ideal for both men and women as both stocking fillers and secret Santa gifts. 

Monsoon Fragrance Set* | £17.99 | Link

This home fragrance set from Monsoon is the perfect gift for any home lover. It is extremely affordable and packaged in a lovely way, making this gift look and feel more luxurious. For the festive season they have brought out an Amber & Frankincense scent, which smells really Christmas-y. There is both a diffuser and a candle in this sent, which perfectly compliment each other. Whether it is for a secret Santa, your mum or your sister, this home fragrance set will be very popular across the board with its rich, warm, woody fragrance. 


Have you already started your Christmas shopping?



Be sure to have a watch of my video for extra information on each of the products!

Madolyn
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This post contains PR samples that have been gifted to me, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains content written by me for i the stylist.

Pamper Products | The Perfect Winter/Christmas Bath

  • Monday, 4 December 2017


I love having baths all year round, but there is something so nice about having one in the winter months. I love it when I’ve been outside in the cold and I come home to run myself a steaming hot bath with all of my favourite pamper picks. 

There are so many amazing products available, and I find that this is the best time of year to discover new ones. Lots of bands bring out new products in time for Christmas, and they usually have some great offers what with Black Friday and Christmas promotions. 

I thought that I would share with you some of my favourite pamper products that I have loved using lately.


FACE PRODUCTS 


My winter baths begin like most of my other baths, with the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I have ben using this cleanser for just over a year now and I absolutely love it. It is such a high quality, oil based cleanser that easily lifts makeup and leaving the skin feeling silky smooth. During a pamper session, once my make up is removed, I like to use an exfoliation product. I love the Clarins Exfoliating Cream with Microbeads. It is so nice on the skin, leaving it feeling completely refined and soft. To finish, I like to apply the Exuviance Over Night Cream, that works it’s magic whilst you sleep. I love waking up feeling completely refreshed and hydrated. 


BODY PRODUCTS 


In terms of body products, I have been enjoying a couple of new products, which are especially great during the winter months. One of my winter staples is Lush’s Snow Fairy Shower Gel. This is a limited product that only comes out during the festive period. I love getting my hands on a bottle every year, and it feels like such a luxury item for a very affordable price. This year, Lush has brought out a few new products in the same range, including this amazing Jelly Bath Bomb. It works to hydrate your skin whilst you’re in the bath, minimising the need to moisturise once you get out. And of course, it has the signature candy floss scent of Snow Fairy. 




Be sure to have a watch of my Vlogmas Part One video, which is now live on my YouTube channel. I am uploading weekly Vlogmas videos every Sunday on the build up to Christmas, so be sure to have a peak at what I get up too throughout the festive period!

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Style Diaries | Three Winter Fashion Staples

  • Friday, 1 December 2017


Happy December! 

I can’t believe the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. I felt like a little kid this morning eating my Dairy Milk advent calendar chocolate for breakfast! 

The first of December marks the beginning of winter for me. I know some people count November as winter, but autumn is my favourite season so I like to make it last as long as possible. 

But with the flurry of snow that hit the north of UK last night, I have to finally admit that it is that time of year for gloves, hats and all things warm. Winter is here. 


So with that being said, I thought that I would share three of my absolute winter staples. These are the items that will most likely be glued to my body well past Christmas and into the New Year. 


Topshop Black Coat


I actually have this very same coat in Camel, which I have worn religiously throughout the last two years. I fell in love with the style and the fit so much, that when I saw it’s black counter part in the Topshop sale last year, I couldn’t resist. I love to save this coat for the winter months, or as an evening coat during the rest of the year. It is a blazer style fit, which has two side flap pockets and a flattering lapel. Black is a great universal colour that will go with all outfits, especially during the winter, as my whole wardrobe is pretty much black, grey and white. 



Black Skinny Jeans


Another winter staple of mine is a good ol’ pair of black skinny jeans. These jeans become the base of most of my outfits during the winter months. I am very much a boots/jeans/jumper kinda gal when it comes to styling winter fashion. I love to keep things simple, warm and practical. Gone are the days when I would brave the cold with bare legs, I am all for feeling warm, dry and boot friendly when it comes to cold weather. The fact that they are black also plays to my advantage, as it is again a universal colour that will go with many a winter/Christmas jumper. 


A Staple Universal Scarf 


My final winter staple is this amazing two-toned scarf. As I have already mentioned, my winter wardrobe is pretty monochrome, save one or two block colour Winter Knitwear Pieces. However, I really like the way that this pink and grey scarf stands out from the rest of the outfit and allows for a little splash of colour against the sea of black. Because it is a soft grey and a dusky pink, I think that it still works well as a winter staple as it goes surprisingly well with a number of different outfits. 


What are your winter fashion staples?

Madolyn
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Life Lately | New City, New Home, New Job, New Life

  • Wednesday, 29 November 2017


I’ve touched upon this subject a couple of times on my blog and across social media, but life lately has been a little crazy. 

I wanted to write it all up in a blog post and explain what has been going on over the last month or so. It has been a little hectic of late which has meant that my blog has taken a bit of a back seat as I have been struggling to find a routine in and amongst the madness. 

So, what have I been up to lately? 

James and I upped sticks and decided to move from our hometown in York to Leeds City Center. At the beginning of the year a few things that were out of our control happened and it made James and I have a proper think about what we wanted to achieve in the next couple of years. 

We have both wanted to do a massive road trip around America and so we decided to set a date and plan out a six-week trip across the USA. We thought that March 2018 was a good idea as it gave us just over a year to save and plan everything out. 

We had also talked a lot about moving cities and trying something a little different. We have both been to University and then we moved in together when we came back to our hometown of York. We thought that Manchester was a good choice as James is very musically minded and wanted to pursue something in that sector, and I am wanting to focus more and more on my blog, so it seemed like an ideal place for us both. 

We felt good, like we had a plan of action and we were excited for it to happen. However, a couple of things didn’t work out the way we hopped and after many sleepless nights and long conversations, we decided that it would be better for us to move this side of Christmas. We didn’t want to wait until we got back from America to start our new lives. We thought it would be better to move and create a foundation that we could then build upon when we got back from traveling. 

A few hiccups later, and we decided that Leeds was the place to be. James got some pretty exciting news about a new band, and I was happy to move to a more creative and fashion forward city. Although it wasn’t our plan A, we were both really excited about moving. So we scrolled through the Internet to try and find a flat that was within our budget but also in a central location. After many a stressful phone call and flat viewing after flat viewing, we finally found our dream home located exactly where we wanted to be.

It took us a couple of days to move everything across, and now we are completely unpacked and loving our new home. We both have some pretty cool things lined up job-wise, so although it has ben a little stressful, we are excited to get saving and enjoy the build up to Christmas. 

I wouldn’t necessarily suggest quitting your job, moving house, changing cities, whilst saving up for a massive trip, all on the build up to Christmas…!! But it has definitely been a learning curve, if a bit of a stressful process. 

It has been fun and exciting, and now that we’re here and becoming more settled in our new city, I’m glad that we decided to do it and take the leap when we did. 


And now that we’re in more of a routine, I have some really exciting things planned for Madolyn Thinks on the build up to Christmas, as well as for the New Year that I can’t wait to share! 

Much love, 

Madolyn
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Autumnal Make Up Menu

  • Monday, 27 November 2017


Lately, life has become a bit of a de-cluttering mission. What with James and I moving cities (more on this in an up and coming blog post) we have had to condense a house full of things, to fit into a one bedroom flat. 

Although it’s been hard work, it has been great. I feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders. We have de-cluttered and condensed all of our belongings and it feels lovely to know that everything we have either serves a purpose or means something special to us.

It was also the perfect excuse to condense my beauty and make up collection. I actually did this earlier on in the year, which you can read about here. I was a little embarrassed about how much stuff I actually had, but a few months on, I was able to condense this even more. 


So this autumnal makeup menu is pretty much my everyday, go to look of late. I still have a couple of different options in each make up category, but this has become a staple selection of mine that I seemed to have stuck to day by day. 

I am a huge fan of a natural base and love to use the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade Santa Fe. I find that this foundation creates a lovely even base, and because it has more of a full coverage effect, I don’t tend to use concealer on top. In the cooler months, I tend not to apply powder and often use bronzer to create a warmer look to the skin, without getting rid of any natural glow. I love to use the Seventeen Bronze Brick, as the lighter shades act as a great highlighter. 


I tend to go a little heavier on the eyes during this time of year, and like to apply soft browns and gold on the eyelids, with a little hint of burnt orange. These shades are actually a combination of Mac and Benefit eye shadows that I popped into one of the Mac palettes. I then like to finish the eyes with a soft sweep of the NYX black Liquid Liner and the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

To finish the look I apply a light amount of Benefit’s Gimme Brow, for a soft and more natural look, and Mac’s Fleur De Force Lipstick, which is a perfectly soft and neutral shade, perfect for this time of year. 


However, I’m really looking forward to switching up my make up routine a little on the build up to Christmas. I love using more shimmery eye shadows, and bolder, redder toned lipsticks. How is it even December in a few days!? That reminds me, I still need to buy myself an advent calendar!!

What’s on your current makeup menu? 

Madolyn
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My Top Four Autumn/Winter Knitwear Picks

  • Friday, 24 November 2017


For me, jumpers and knitwear is the core of A/W fashion. I love it when the weather is cool enough to start wearing a lovely soft knit with practically every outfit, well into the following year. 

My daily A/W uniform usually consists of a pair of jeans, or a fitted/A-line skirt and a big thick, knitted jumper. Team this with a pair of black ankle boots, an oversized scarf and an open, blazer-styled coat and I’m ready to go. 

I have picked up a couple of new jumpers this season to add to my collection. Although I am constantly in the process of minimalising and maintaining a capsule wardrobe, because I wear jumpers for about 5 months of the year, I feel I need a little variation in terms of colour, neckline, fit and texture. That’s the beauty of a capsule wardrobe; it is tailored to fit your needs and your lifestyle. 

Mustard Yellow Jumper | Primark | Link

I have had so many lovely comments about this jumper on Instagram, and it actually featured in my Autumnal Favourites post. It is such a lovely jumper to wear, and at the bargain price of £10, I have definitely had my money’s worth. It is super soft and I love the oversized fit of it. It is so comfortable to wear and provides a really casual vibe to any outfit. Considering its bright colour, it has actually gone surprisingly well with a lot of my wardrobe. 

Maroon Long Fit Jumper | New Look | Link


This was another recent purchase, again for the bargain price of just £10. It fits true to size, and I picked up a size 10 so that I could wear tops underneath in the colder weather. It has a basic round neck and a slightly longer back to the front. I love this as it covers up my bum (again, great for the colder weather) but it is thin enough to both tuck into jeans and layer up. I think the colour is gorgeous, and it fits in perfectly with any autumnal or winter colour pallet. 

Emerald Green Polo-Neck | Topshop | Link


It will be my third winter with this lovely green jumper. It is an absolute autumn/winter staple and I love that it has stayed a core piece in my wardrobe. The fit is really nice and the fabric is heavy yet thin, so it drapes really nicely on the body, without feeling as though you might have a hot flush. I’m not usually a fan of polo necks, however this is oversized by design and so I don’t get that claustrophobic feeling around my neck when I have it on. Again, the colour goes really well with the rest of my autumn/winter wardrobe and I am so happy to be wearing it again. 

Pale Grey High-Neck | New Look | Link


My last knitwear staple was a purchase I made last November just before my trip to Bratislava with James. I wanted a nice jumper that I could dress up. I knew that it was going to be super cold whist we were there, so there was no point packing pretty tops for an evening, therefore I wanted something a little dressy that would still keep my warm. I loved this bright, iced grey jumper from New Look, which has a high neckline that is really warm. This looks really nice with a wintery skirt and tights, or black jean and heeled boots. 


Where do you like to pick up autumn/winter knits? 


Madolyn
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Common Health Issues & Seeking Advice

  • Thursday, 23 November 2017


Health is something that is talked about constantly online, on television, in adverts, shops and eateries. It seems that there is always some new health fad on the market, whether it is a new cook book, some sort of smoothie maker, a great new exercise or just the media stating that you should do X Y & Z in order to be healthy.

But how often do we take a step back and look at ourselves and see common health issues that we do nothing about. We are constantly told what to do in order to be healthy, that we forget to listen to our own bodies and sometimes listening to them is the best way to be healthy.

I for one get really bad headaches and for years I would just assume that it was something to do with my diet, water in-take or sleeping pattern. I was so convinced that it was something I must be doing wrong that I didn’t even think to go to the doctors about it. Eventually it came up in a routine appointment and it turns out that they are hormonal. It is such a common health issue and yet it hadn’t crossed my mind to see someone about it.

Below are a few other common health issues, and remember, seek a professional’s advice if you are concerned with any health issues, no matter how small they may feel.


Kidney Stones


Kidney stones can hit at any time. They tend to be a build of salt and minerals in our urine causing us intense pain in abdomen and lower back. They are not one of the most pleasant things to experience. While medical intervention can help, sometimes kidney stones do dissolve on their own. There are also some home remedies that can help with suggestions online.

Excessive Headaches


There is nothing worse than a headache. Especially when it can start to affect your vision and the way you feel. Some headaches can even cause nausea. If you suffer from headaches regularly, there could be some factors causing it. It could even have something to do with your eyesight. Always seek some advice. Get yourself to a dark room and take some strong painkillers. Trying to let it pass can sometimes be the only thing you can do.

Stomach Ulcers


Stomach ulcers can cause a strange burning and painful sensation in our abdominal area. They tend to be caused by an imbalance of fluids from the stomach and digestive systems. They aren’t very pleasant to experience, and sometimes it can be caused by certain foods. An anti-inflammatory tablet can help ease the pain or you may want to see your doctor. Thankfully with an Online Dr App it can now be easier than ever to get some professional advice and a diagnosis. With things like this, is best to air on the side of caution.

Sickness Viruses


Sickness viruses can spread like wildfires. Especially if you have children. While they can be horrible to experience, they tend to pass over a 24-48 hour period meaning you will have a clean bill of health in a few days. The best advice is to rest up and drink plenty of fluids.

Depression


Unfortunately, depression is at an all-time high. It is classed as an illness, and it can hit anyone at anytime. There are varying factors and causes for depression. Some people suffer from anxiety. Some may experience when they have a baby. It is something not be ignored, and you must talk to someone if you are having more down days than good.

Acne


It’s a common thought that acne only strikes in the teenage years, but some people can suffer with it all their lives. It’s a very common skin condition that can make spots appear on your face, chest and back. If you struggle with it, you can get medicated creams and solutions to help ease it.



I hope this post helped in someway to not be worried about asking for help, it can be super easy to deal with so many common health issues.


Madolyn
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