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Beauty Cabinet | Vegan Skincare Top Picks

  • Wednesday, 28 February 2018


A vegan lifestyle seems to have become extremely popular of late. I feel like no matter where I look, vegan options are becoming more readily available and I think it’s great!

I have been trying to work more vegan and plant-based foods into my diet and have heavily reduced my meat and diary intake recently. There are so many positives when it comes to vegan produce in terms of health and the environment, however it isn’t all about the food. 


I have also been a lot more conscious when it comes to what beauty products I use. As a huge lover of everything that the beauty world has to offer, I have tried my fair share of products from a wide range of brands. 

However, there are so many beauty products on the market that are artificial and pumped full of chemicals, which surprisingly aren’t all that good for us. I find that using products that have simple and natural ingredients within their make up are much more friendly.

One of my favourite brands when it comes to vegan products is non other than Lush. I have been a huge lover of Lush products of a number of years, however it is only in the last two years or so that I have branched out into using their skincare options. I find that their moisturisers and facemasks work wonders for my skin, and I am convinced that this is down to the all-natural, vegan ingredients used.


Another favourite is Dr Botanicals, which I was introduced to last year. I have been fortunate enough to use a range of their products from serums to conditioners, to body bars to cleansers. All of their products are beautiful and I have enjoyed using each one with great results. Again, I am sure that the fact that these products are made up of all natural ingredients adds to the success of these beauty picks. 

Finally, I have also been using a couple of face washes by Urban Veda, which also featured in my January Favourites post last month. These face washes are amazingly effective and are made up of vegan-sourced ingredients. They smell incredible and I feel as though the natural formula of the washes is great at keeping breakouts at bay. 


Have you tried any vegan skincare products? 
What are your favourites?
Madolyn
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Ways To Save Money For A Trip Of A Lifetime

  • Friday, 23 February 2018


Holidays are amazing and I truly believe that travel is good for the soul. I love to go away and explore new places and I literally cannot wait until our six week road trip around the States.

However, the reality is that trips away cost money no matter how much of a budget you’re on, how sensible you are with your money or where you’re going. Planning your dream trip is super exciting and so much fun, however it is important to make sure that you have the financial backing to fund your travels.


There are so many different tips and tricks on how to save money, where to  cut back and how to budget. Keep reading to find out some great ways to save for a trip of a lifetime.


Do Some Research


"When planning your amazing adventure, research is essential. While you might have already picked your destination, you might not know much about it - so it’s important to get to grips with the place you’re going before your heart becomes set on it. Research flight costs, hotel prices as well as what local living costs are like - this information will all become useful for when you to workout how your trip will be financed.

Set A Budget


Now that you have a better idea of costs, you can set a budget for your trip. Include absolutely everything from flights and transfers to how much money you’ll need for food every day - and always overestimate where you can. Having that total goal gives you something to aim for, giving you a target you can work towards.

Start Saving



Saving to make your holiday dream a reality is going to take a lot of discipline, but you can do it if you really want to make it happen. Start budgeting to free up money to put into your savings. If you’ve never budgeted before, this could mark the start of a healthy new relationship with your finances. While you may have to go without some things for a while, keep your eye on the prize to help you remember why you’re doing this. If you’re struggling to save money, you might want to think about how you could earn more money. An extra shift here and there or making money online could be great in the short-term to help you gather the funds you need.

Keep An Eye Out For Bargains



Sometimes you might be dealt a lucky hand when it comes to your holiday planning. A good deal on a flight or hotel could bring your budget down considerably, so you need to take these chances when they’re offered. Having a credit card is great in these situations, but if you’re not in a great place credit-score wise, you can still apply for a credit card with bad credit provided you pay it back. Set up flight alerts so that you’ll be the first to know about any decrease in prices and sign up for newsletters of any hotels that have taken your fancy.


Madolyn
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Style Diaries | How To Dress Up When It Is Freezing Cold Outside

  • Friday, 16 February 2018


Dressing up for a night out during the winter months, especially here in the UK, can be a nightmare when deciding what to wear. It is a constant struggle trying to find something that is nice, pretty and dressy, yet won't make me freeze my nips off!


Introducing this beautiful, black, swing-style, long-sleeved dress from Tobi. This cute little black number is the perfect combination of a dressy, going-out outfit, which will keep you warmer than a tiny little cocktail dress. 

I love the crossover detail on both the neckline and at the back of the dress. It adds an element of femininity without leaving anything over exposed. The fact that it is made from cotton and that it has long sleeves, means that it is a perfect option during the winter months. 


I wore this out at the weekend for my friend’s birthday and decided to wear it with a pair of black, satin leggings and some heeled ankle boots. To finish the look I opted for messy, volumised hair, silver hooped earrings and a bold red lip. I really enjoyed the ‘rocker chic’ effect of the outfit, and found that it was ideal when battling the cold in-between bars. 


Shop The Post | Tobi | Cross My Heart Swing Dress

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Sharing Some Love With A Few Of My Favourite Bloggers This Valentine's...

  • Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not usually one to celebrate the day of love, so I thought instead that I would share a few of my favourite bloggers, as I have LOVED the content that they have been producing lately. A lot of these lovely ladies are not only talented bloggers but also have some truly amazing content on Instagram – so be sure to check out their pages! 

Have a scroll down for some truly inspirational content…


Wish Wish Wish | Featured in the post: Wrapped Up In Reykjavik



Noelle's Favourite Things | Featured in the post: Hearts On My Sweater


Alice Catherine | Featured in the post: January Favourites | The Belted Blazer


Pretty Little Fawn | Featured in the post: The Problem I Have With Blogging


The Elle Next Door | Featured in the post: What You Can Expect From Me/"Elle Next Door" In 2018


The Little Plum | Featured in the post: Fat & Happy One Year On

However you are celebrating today whether it is with your partner, your girl friends or not at all, I hope you have a lovely Wednesday!

Madolyn
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Getting The Conversation Flowing | Anxiety, Stress & Mental Health

  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018


There are many different things in life that can affect your mental health and cause anxiety. Many people in the modern world, myself included, can suffer varying degrees of stress and anxious thoughts due to a number of different reasons.

I have written a couple of blog posts about how I like to relax and de-stress, as well as the importance of happiness and mental health. However, it is also important to speak about how and why it is good to seek professional help if you need it. There is something a little taboo about going to the doctors about your mental health, almost a notion that you should ‘handle it yourself’, ‘shake it off’ or ‘calm down’. Yet, stress and anxiety is something real, and it is something that can be improved upon with the right help. I am in no way an expert on things like this, but I think that it is important to talk about mental health, get the conversation flowing and make people more comfortable about opening up about it.  

Below are a few reasons as to why it can be a good idea to seek some professional help if you are struggling with your mental health…

"They Can Diagnose The Cause

Most people have anxiety because of something in their life that’s the primary cause of it. By seeing a doctor, they can help diagnose the source, which could put you on the path to curing your anxiety. Or, they could refer you to a specialist, and they will help you figure out why you’re always anxious. You could maybe even get a second opinion after the doctor has made their claim. The last thing you want is to contact misdiagnosis solicitors because your doctor told you nothing was wrong when in fact you had a serious issue. Or, they could say something is the cause, and it actually isn't.

They Can Provide Medication

No one likes taking medication, but there’s no denying it can help you deal with your anxiety. Doctors have access to prescription drugs that can help calm you down when you’re having an anxiety attack or stressful thoughts. For some people, all it takes is medication to help them calm down a bit and fight their anxiety. If you have serious anxiety issues that really affect your life, then medication could be a good route to go down.

You Can Get Things Off Your Chest

Lastly, seeing a doctor is a good idea simply because they’re just there to help you. It’s their job to sit and listen to your problems, no matter how silly you might think they are to other people. At the very least, seeing a doctor helps you get things off your chest. Just the fact that you’ve sought out medical help can make things better for you. You’re no longer bottling your anxiety up and trying to hide it from the world. This could be the first step to a full recovery.

Anxiety is something that really takes over your life if you let it fester. However, if you take steps to seek help, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can rid yourself of anxiety. Whether it is due to medication, or a doctor pinpointing the cause of your anxiety, you can get better. Then, you can truly live life to the fullest, and not feel weighed down by the heavy burden of anxiety every day."

  
Madolyn
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