It’s so easy to automatically go to your old faithful items that you feel safe with or to keep on buying more of the same type of thing. By doing this, you are hiding the potential of the clothes you already have and possibly your own potential as well!
- Put all of the clothes which you always wear out of site, this includes most often worn accessories.
- Get out all of the items of clothing, accessories and shoes which are left and put them around your bed.
- Try on all of these items.
- For any items which don’t fit properly or have seen better days is there a way you can get them altered or fixed cheaply and quickly?
- Have you kept these items for VERY nostalgic reasons and feel you could never part with them?
- If the answer is ‘No’ to the above two questions they should go to charity or a friend or be throw away depending on quality. Label the charity/friend bag so you don’t get it mixed up – trust me.
- Are there any clothes that are ‘alright’ but you never wear? Maybe they should work in theory but you don’t really like them, or your personal style has completely moved on? Put them aside for now.
- Are there any statement items that you love but are very difficult to style? Try mixing these items with your everyday go-to items you put aside at the start or any other items left. Deal with one statement item at a time and build the outfit around that. Wether accessorising will help or hinder is at this point is up to you.
- If there is any item still not working but you still love it, is there another item you can buy which will make it work? Such as boots (too cover cankles) or a little cardigan/shrug (too cover batwings) or a plain coloured vest/tee you could wear underneath (to cover up a bigger bra) or just a different style of underwear?
- Will it go with any of the ‘alright’ clothes? If you are still drawing a blank then the unrealistic statement items and the ‘alright’ clothes should join the charity/friend bags.
- Now look at all of the clothes you have left. Try to shake off the usual rules you apply and look at each item as if it’s the first time you are seeing it. If you aren’t sure if it will work with something, then try it and see!
- When you create realistic outfits that you will actually WANT to wear, take photo’s of them so you can remember your new discovery, even when you are tired or in a hurry.
Remember your clothes are there to fit in with you, not the other way around.
Enjoy your new outfits!
❤ Chrissie ❤
I felt like getting my Barbie on today so I chose Wendy – a warm coral pink by Zoya and added lots of sparkle. What I noticed about this colour is that it turns a sexy tropical orangey-pink under low electric lighting at night – how appropriate!
I’ve had lovely rounded nails all summer but they got too long and broke so I’ve filed them into a squoval shape, which is also quite flattering and practical.
I find applying Barry M Iron Mani as a base coat and then two thin layers of polish (with or without added sparkle) and then another coat of Iron Mani makes my DIY mani last for around five days, not bad.
❤ Chrissie ❤
Peel? Sounds scary! Actually no, the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel (£55) is a very gentle process which doesn’t even cause redness.
‘Instantly brightens skin and reduces hyperpigmentation… Actively smoothes and perfects skin to enhance luminosity’
The Science Bit
‘Glycolic Acid exfoliates to accelerate turnover of dark damaged cells, removing dullness and improving skin texture to make skin glow.’
‘Vitamin C and Indian Fig protect against free radical damage while enhancing skin clarity and luminosity for an illuminated complexion!’
‘Myrtle Extract supports collagen production to boost youthful resilience and elasticity.’
Gently massage onto your clean face and neck, leave on up to 10 minutes (you might feel a slight warming sensation) and then rinse off with a warm wash cloth.
Does it work?
Absolutely! It’s such a shame that it’s so difficult to show smoothness of skin in a photograph because this really made a difference.
The pores on my nose looked smaller and my skin felt incredibly smooth, in fact it looked really healthy. My skin didn’t feel tight or dry and my daily moisturiser was absorbed really quickly, rather than it just sitting on the surface.
A few days after exfoliating there is usually a small blemish or dull flakeyness (my skin renews its self quickly so I get a build up of skin cells which dull my complexion and blocke pores) but my skin looked great for four days! My cheeks didn’t look instantly smoother but a BB balm was sufficient coverage – even when I went out for drinks that evening. I’m going to keep on using this every four – five days as it’s gentle enough.
Expense This is at the very top of my skin care budget but considering the cream is very thick and I only had to use a small amount to get a big effect, I know this will last me a long time. Plus, if I only use this on problem areas it will last even longer!
Rating 5/5 (I need a 6!)
Have you considered using any kind of facial peel before?
❤ Chrissie ❤
Warning: Contains strong and er, creative language. This isn’t exactly a satire as this lady really is a decent cook, this is a useable instruction vid and she (probably) is cooking the cake for her grandson. It is very tongue-in-cheek though and she is playing a character (or a very over the top version of herself) so don’t go getting all offended.
Learn how to cook and have an effing good laugh!
Amie, New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish (full size 100ml) £5.95
The scent of this exfoliator which includes mango and orange blossom extracts is beautiful. I wish it were available in a perfume! This gently but thoroughly exfoliated my skin and left it super soft and glowing. Amie products contain no mineral oils, no sodium laureth sulphate or sodium lauryl sulphate and no animal derived ingredients.
Alva, Handcream (full size 75ml) £8.50
With organic avocado oil, antibacterial tea tree and anti-fungal calendula this is the perfect handcream for hardworking hands. It also sinks in quickly without being tacky, which is really important to me.
Sanctuary Spar, Radiance Exfoliator (full size 100ml) £10.00
Tiny apricot granules & grape seed are the exfoliators in this product which also includes pumpkin, pineapple & papaya extracts to ‘increase cell renewal’. This is another gentle exfoliator which I’ve used three times a week for smooth, clear, brighter skin.
This Works, In Transit Camera Close Up (full size 40ml) £30
This product has been formulated as an three-in-one mask, primer and moisturiser. I found it be too heavy and rich to use as a mask and it was useless as a primer for makeup, which slid off as soon as I got too hot. I do love it as a general moisturiser though. It evened out the texture of my skin slightly and calmed some redness and my combination skin stayed balanced until early evening.
Which cruelty free brands have you recently come across?
❤ Chrissie ❤
Jealous Grizzly Bears taste so much like soft gummy bears but fruitier! It’s the fruitiness that makes them so refreshing.
Candy Kittens Sweet Peaches are the most more-ish sweets I think I’ve ever tasted. Realistically sweet, with a hint of milkyness, they taste more like peaches and cream and a have a chewy texture to them. They have achieved this without using milk or gluten.
Good Stuff Summer Peaches are soft and sweet and taste like fruit punch.
I was going to add Veggie Haribo onto the list but if they make some packets veggie, why not make all of them veggie?! I do buy them sometimes (companies like that need encouragement from consumers) but I want to support smaller totally cruelty-free companies more.
Which are your favourite veggie sweets?
❤ Chrissie ❤
Don’t compare this chocolate spread to Nutella, this tastes a lot different, in a good way. It really reminds me of the lovely chocolate on the top of traditional chocolate eclairs.
It’s completely dairy free and spreads really easily, even when it’s been in a very cold fridge. It’s perfect for spreading on white bread, adding to sweet pastries or eating with a spoon – 14 cals per teaspoon to be precise. ^_^