Beauty, Lifestyle

Bloom: Navigating Life & Style

I’ve got to start off by saying that Estée LaLonde is one of my favourite bloggers, and has been since the ‘Essie button’ days. I first discovered her Youtube channel through her blog as I thought if I loved reading her posts, odds are I’m going to love her videos as well. I hate to ‘blow my own trumpet’, but I was right.

My favourite kind of videos are Vlogs, I guess that’s just the nosey gal inside of me really showing. Estée’s vlogs on her channel Everyday Esteé and I love seeing what she gets up to in London especially with her amazingly beautiful greyhound, Reggie.

When I heard that Estée was going to be releasing a book I was so excited! I love reading lifestyle and beauty books but almost felt like Bloom would be even more interesting because obviously I am familiar with the content that she produces and really love her style. I can hands up say that I finished this on Christmas day, which is when I received the book as a gift. The book covers so many areas such as beauty, food and interiors, but the bit I loved the most was the part where Estée wrote about her personal experiences and life in general. It just felt so honest and I couldn’t help but become enthralled within her writing. There are so many positive messages about being more understanding and considerate of your own feelings and having more self-love, which are things I struggle with – as I know a lot of us do.

The amazing thing is that you’re able to overcome them, and I just really love how the way that Estée did that was by throwing herself in at the deep end and pursuing something that she really enjoyed. It’s hard to be brave and challenge yourself but it’s even harder to look back on things and regret that you never tried!

I absolutely loved Bloom and the message it puts across and would urge you to give it a read! It’s far more than a lifestyle book with the beautiful imagery and pretty coloured pages, it’s a really inspiring and fab read.

Well done Estée!

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L x

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The Leeds Edit: Anthropologie

Something that I really love about Leeds is that it literally has every shop that you could ever want. Topshop, Zara, Harvey Nichols etc… and even the Victoria Quarter (renamed ‘The posh bit’ by me and my mum), which has loads of higher end shops, where I’ve been tempted to blow my entire student loan in one go, but thankfully that hasn’t happened yet.

There is a new addition to the plethora of places to shop and that is in the form of Victoria Gate. Inside, there are lots of new, lovely shops including & Other Stories, COS, T2 and to add to the madness, a giant John Lewis (madness in a good way).

However, my favourite addition is the new Anthropologie store, literally every homeware lovers dream come true. Every single thing I am convinced that I need; whether it’s one of their gorgeous candles or if it’s a pretty ceramic kitchen utensil that you’d probably never have a use for, but still confidently place in your basket whilst convincing yourself that it’s essential.

It’s spread across two floors and doesn’t follow any particular order in terms of clothes on one floor and homeware another, it’s kind of all just mixed up nicely which makes it interesting when you’re wandering around.

It’s also a fab place to go and look for Christmas presents, and so what better time to go and have an explore than now!

L x

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Third year of University

When people ask me what year I’m in at Uni, it’s still weird when I answer ‘third’. I mean, I don’t feel like a third year, I still don’t have a clue what I want to do after I finish my course and I still consult google for how to cook most things, but I guess that’s okay. I think the pressure of the word ‘dissertation’ can sometimes get into my head, but it’s just a matter of telling myself not to worry and that everyone works at different paces.

Comparison is something that all of us do and I’m terrible for it, but it’s okay not to know what you’re doing next and it’s normal to get stressed. What I do know is that I’ve met some amazing people and for my third year I should embrace that and not let the workload drown that out.

There will be tears along the way but at the end I’ll have a dissertation that I wrote (even though I’ll probably never want to set eyes on it again and it’s only appearance will be when my mum drags it out to show family when they come round).

But nevertheless, here’s to third year.

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Beauty

The Skin Detox

I’d put it out there and say that masks are one of my favourite skincare products. I usually pop on a face mask when I’ve not had a particularly great day, and instead of sitting around sulking about life, I run a bath and decide to give myself a little pamper. I have two masks that I use on rotation which are both really amazing at clearing the skin, and making it feel super clean. They’re both different in terms of consistency and ingredients but both do an amazing job and so I’ll talk you through them!

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The first one that I absolutely love is Lush Cosmetics Mask of Magnaminty.  Firstly, I’ll start off by saying that Lush do the most amazing face masks full stop and there’s such a wide range that will cover any skin concerns that you may have, whether it’s dryness or acne. Most of those masks are fresh and so you have to keep them in the fridge and use them up quite quickly, this one however, has a fresh version and a self-preserving version. It’s vegetarian approved, contains peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil to nourish and even has little primrose and aduki beans exfoliate when you wash the mask off. It also contains honey, which is antibacterial meaning that it’s a great for tackling those spots that suddenly appear out of nowhere.

After I’ve used it, my skin always looks brighter and feels refreshed. It also doesn’t make my face dry and the exfoliating seeds don’t irritate my skin due to the marigold oil which protects and soothes. I leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and it doesn’t really ‘dry down’ in the way that some other masks do, which indicate when they’re ready to wash off, but 10-15 mins seems to do the trick. To wash the mask off I find that using a warm flannel is the easiest way to do it. I’ve splashed water on my face to wash it off but then all the water drips down my arms, there’s primrose seeds everywhere and frankly, I’ve ended my pamper session feeling pissed off and so I’d stick with the flannel.

It comes in two sizes, 125g which is £6.25 (This is the size I have and it’s lasted me for ages) and 135g which costs £10.95. It also smells great, minty as the name would suggest.

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Then we have the Clear Improvement Origins mask which is an active charcoal mask with a main focus to clear pores. Bamboo charcoal draws out all the impurities which are clogging your pores (clogging is a horrible word) and clay and Lecithin dissolve all of the bad stuff that’s lurking within. The skin can really easily become congested through wearing make-up and even being outside due to environmental pollutants and so by using this mask and having all of that drawn out, it makes the skin appear brighter. This mask is really powerful and I find that it can be quite drying in certain places such as around my nose and above my eyebrows and for that reason, I usually avoid those areas. I do however, love it for targeting any breakouts that I’m having because it seems to tone down redness and reduce the swelling of already existing spots.

I get a warm flannel, ring it out and then place it over my face for 20 or so seconds to open up the pores. Then, I use a flat, pointed foundation brush to evenly cover the areas I want to and allow 15 minutes for it to dry. This one is very different from the Lush one because you can definitely feel it drying and getting tight on your face, it also means that when someone talks to you whilst you have it on, you seem to do an odd robot voice to avoid moving your lips. Maybe that’s just me. To remove, I again use a warm, wet flannel to gently wash it away and then once it’s all off, I’ll splash my face with cold water to close the pores. I’ll also whack some moisturiser on afterwards so that the skin doesn’t feel too tight.

It comes in a 100ml tube which I much prefer to a tub because it’s easier to apply to your fingers or a brush and then apply. You can get it for £24.00 which isn’t the cheapest but it does do a fantastic job. I have however, seen that Loreal have brought out a Clay Detox mask which looks really similar and is a fraction of the price. I’ll definitely look into that one because if it’s as good, I’ll grin and bear the tub it comes in because who doesn’t love a bargain.

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Thank you for reading! Those are my favourite two masks for giving my skin a good ol’ detox, what are yours?

L x

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