Friday, 6 September 2019

Review: Femme Luxe Finery

Hello everyone! 

I know it's been a while since my last review posts, things have been happening and I hope you don't mind the interior guest posts that have been popping up in the meantime. I have undergone some massive changes in my life over the past couple of years and blogging has taken a massive backseat - hence why I've taken advantage of some opportunities to use guest posts to keep my page somewhat active.

Anyway, to kick things off again - I've been kindly gifted a few bits from Femme Luxe Finery so I thought I'd log on to show you my faves. There's plenty of nice bits on there, I was particularly interested in the loungewear section as I am into wearing cute co-ords in the evenings and at weekends to stay cute whilst feeling casual.

I picked out three loungewear sets and a pretty t-shirt with such a cute little slogan on it! I'll talk you through what I got and show you a couple of pics of me wearing fave items.

This dusty pink loungewear co-ord is so cute and really flattering. This goes up to a size 12. I'm around a 14 normally, but this fitted me at a stretch! So, if you have larger legs and a smaller waist this should be great for you. It's super comfortable and really cute for wearing out and about to run errands. It's on offer for £18.99 at the moment which is really reasonable for a two piece.

Femme Luxe Pink Loungewear Co-ord

I also picked up another two identical loungewear sets in grey and black which are similarly fab. They are priced slightly cheaper at £13.99 each at the moment. However, my other fave item is this super soft, stretchy t-shirt which says 'life's a peach' on it! This is a steal on offer at £5.99 and I ordered it in a M/L. It's really comfortable and looks lovely with a pair of high waisted jeans or just some leggings.

 Femme Luxe Finery Tshirt

Thanks for reading my post and I hope you're all doing well! Have a lovely weekend and I'll speak to you all soon.




Thursday, 1 March 2018

Five Tricks To Make Your Bedroom Look More Luxurious

If you’ve ever stayed in a luxury hotel, with a glorious and comfortable bed, as well as fluffy robe and soft carpet, then it can be hard coming back home to sleeping in your own bed, if your own bed is anything but. But in reality, you don’t need to spend a fortune to be able to recreate an expensive and luxurious looking bedroom of your own. You just need to know a few of the tips and tricks from interior designers to do it well, without having the five-star price tag.

So here are some tips and tricks to help you style and design your bedroom, so that you can enjoy a luxury room all year round.



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Layer Up With Pillows and Cushions

What do all luxury hotels have in common? The beds are piled high with pillows and cushions. So if you were only looking for one thing to change, then it would be an easy win to just start layering up with pillows. A considered and luxury bed is always going to be layered up precisely with accent pillows, as well as having your regular pillows for sleeping, of course. Going with an odd number like five or seven can look good too.


Change Your Lampshade


A quick way to upgrade the look that your room already has is with the lighting, and in particular, the lampshades in the room. Luxury rooms always have plenty of lighting, and won’t make a room like dim or dark. So go for a statement lampshade, particular for the centre of the room. A chandelier-style lamp can be an easy way to create a luxe-look too.


Invest in a New Bed

If your room is in need of a bit of an upgrade, then the bed is going to be one of the features that will really stand out in the room. So getting a new, modern, and luxury looking one, like the many stylish modern Italian beds that are out on the market, can be a good idea. The frames and styles of a new bed can give an instant update to the room, and make a really stylish and luxurious focal point in the room.


Add Artwork

No doubt you will have some artwork that is in your home that you have in place to be seen. Which is why artwork can get forgotten about in a bedroom and family photos or wedding photos are often used instead. But getting some striking artwork for the home can be a really good idea. When you don’t have art in the bedroom, then it can be letting the room down, especially if a luxury look is what you are going for.


Style Your Nightstand

No doubt you have at least one nightstand in the room to have a lamp and an alarm clock on perhaps. But styling it up, rather than just making in a place for junk, can be a good way to add an element of luxury to the room. Less is more when it comes to your nightstand.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

2017 Beauty Favourites

Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara
I was late to the party with this mascara but it really does create thick, long lashes without clumping or balling. I literally keep applying it over and over and my lashes just get thicker and longer without
looking gross. It stays on for hours and hours without flaking at all. I applied this on the morning go New Year's Eve and didn't remove it until 5am that morning and there was still no flaking! This mascara ticks all the boxes for me.
Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara - available from Debenhams, £20.50.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage
I have used Estee Lauder's Double Wear for years but never tried the Maximum Coverage version. It's fabulous and covers all my spots, scars and redness with ease. It stays on for hours and doesn't feel cakey. However, please note that this is an incredibly full coverage foundation so it's definitely not for those who want something light.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage Camouflage Makeup - available from Debenhams £32.50.

Kat Von D 'Tattoo Liner' Liquid Eyeliner in Trooper and NYX Professional Epic Ink
Fabulous liquid eyeliner pen which lasts for hours and is incredibly black. This is my number one choice for liquid eyeliner hands down. A similar choice is NYX Professional Epic Ink Eyeliner which is also incredibly black, easy to apply and long lasting.
Kat Von D 'Tattoo Liner' Liquid Eyeliner in Trooper - available from Debenhams, £16.00.
NYX Professional Epic Ink Eyeliner - available from Debenhams, £9.00.

Lancome 'Galateis Douceur' Gentle Softening Cleanser
Amazingly beautiful cleanser to use. I have recently stopped using the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and I just use this one now on a large cotton round. It has the most beautiful scent and my skin feels incredibly soft and clean afterwards.
Lancome 'Galateis Douceur' Gentle Softening Cleanser - available from Debenhams, £23.50.


Monday, 13 November 2017

How To Get A Naturally White Smile





Several factors cause teeth to lose their bright whiteness.  Certain foods, such as red wine, stain the enamel whilst plaque can build up on your teeth causing them to look yellow.  Here are some top tips on how you and your family can naturally whiten your teeth to benefit from sparkling natural smiles.




OIL PULLING


Oil pulling with coconut oil is a relatively new trend in the western world, yet oil pulling itself is a traditional Indian remedy known for improving oral hygiene and removing toxins.  Essentially, you swish oil around your mouth, pulling it through your teeth with a suction like pressure coming from your tongue.  This is known to remove bacteria, which can turn into plaque - causing your teeth to look yellow.


Technically, any oil will work but traditionally, Indians would use sunflower or sesame oil.  Coconut oil has a more refined taste and offers several additional health benefits - it is also scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.  Although, there aren’t any scientific studies to prove oil pulling actually whitens your teeth there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest oil pulling has a positive effect.


You’ll want to swish the oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and be sure to spit the coconut oil into a trash can rather than down the sink, as it could reform in solid form, once cold.




APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar is a natural disinfectant and popular natural cleaning product.  The main ingredient is acetic acid which effectively kills bacterial.  The antibacterials properties are what make it useful in keep a healthy mouth and whitening your teeth.  There was a scientific study that found apple cider vinegar does have a credible bleaching effect on teeth, this study was, however, performed on cow teeth (and found the vinegar may also soften the teeth).  


The acetic acid in vinegar could erode enamel, which is why you should not use apple cider vinegar every day.  It is best advised to be used as a mouthwash - diluted with water and swishing it around your mouth for a few minutes.  It’s important to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to remove any residue of acetic acid and best performed in the morning, as otherwise, the apple cider vinegar could damage your sleep.

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HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
Now, this one sounds a little scary, but people have been using hydrogen peroxide to disinfect wounds for centuries.  It’s also a natural bleaching agent that kills bacteria in your mouth.  There was a study that found using a commercial toothpaste containing hydrogen peroxide twice per day resulted in 62% whiter teeth in just six weeks.


This remedy is best used as a mouthwash before you brush your teeth (make sure to use a 1.5% - 3% solution) and mix with a little water as higher concentrations could cause very serious side effects.




BRUSH WITH BAKING SODA
Baking soda is on almost every “natural alternative” hotlist.  With regard to teeth, you may already known that baking soda is a natural whitener, as it is used in many commercial toothpastes for this reason.  It’s a mild abrasive and creates an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing.


To use this natural remedy, make a paste with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of water, then brush your teeth as normal.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

8 Affordable, Easy to Do Ways To Heat Your Home This Winter

During winter, it can often feel like we’re all in a constant battle with the cold. We get one step ahead, and then before we know it, the cold has crept in, and we’re back to square one. But we don’t have to admit defeat to the cold, ever! With just a few simple tips and tricks, we can make sure we’re kept at a pleasant temperature at our home until the warmth of spring has returned - and without doing too much damage to our bank balance, either. Below, we take a look at those easy to implement techniques you can incorporate into your home to ensure you’re always kept comfortable and warm.

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Shut Those Curtains


You know how we said it’s a battle with the cold? We were serious. The heat in your house is always trying to escape; the cold outside is trying to get in. To combat this, you need to cut off their exit and entry points! So let’s think about your curtains. If they’re open, there’ll only be your windows adding as a barrier, and not all windows are good at putting up a fight. As soon as the sun sets, get those curtains drawn; they’ll help keep the warmth in. You should also look at getting your chimney blocked up, and cover any other draughts that might be responsible for letting their chilly air inside your home.

Consider Furniture Placement


Not all areas of your home will be equally warm. In fact, they won’t even be close to being equally warm. Let’s have a think about your living room, which is where you’ll be spending the majority of your evenings. If you couch is hunched up against your radiator, then you might get a small benefit, but it’ll only be temporary. What you’re actually doing is making sure the back of your sofa is toasty. Move the couch away, and the warm air will be free to circulate the room.

Be Smart With the Thermostat


You might think that the thermostat is one of the more straightforward aspects of your home, but studies have shown that most households make at least one error when it comes to this device. For starters, you should never turn up the thermostat just because it’s colder outside or because you want it to be warm more quickly. It’s supposed to keep the temperature the same whatever else is happening, so keep it at one level, and you’ll save money.

Switch Out Your Heating Source


Although, there’s also a chance that a thermostat system isn’t the right tool for heating your home in the first place. If you use home heating oil instead, you’ll be able to heat your home much more quickly, which is ideal if you’re always coming and going from your home, as most people are. This type of fuel also burns hotter, and for less money than other heating sources, too.

Get in the Kitchen


There’s nothing better than settling down to watch a movie with a plate of your favourite baked goods. But these baked goods will do more than just provide a delicious snack: in the process of making them, you’ll be getting your home nice and toasty. Leave the oven open after you’ve finished baking and all that heat will naturally spread to other areas of the house.  

Seal Up Those Unused Rooms


Why are you treating to heat rooms that aren’t being used? It takes a lot of energy to heat an entire house; if you remove them from the equation, then you’ll only need a fraction of the heat. During cold spells, it’s best just to close up those rooms until spring has returned.

Getting Romantic


Autumn and winter are inherently romantic times of the year, and this romance can also add an extra layer of warmth to your home! If you think that candles are one of the best things about the season (and how could you not?), then go big and place them throughout your house (though not the rooms you’ve already closed up for winter…). You’ll feel the effects from ten candles in the room, and you’ll also have created a romantic atmosphere. Win-win!

Focus On People, Not The Rooms


Finally, when it comes to affordable and straightforward home heating techniques, nothing works better than getting your priorities in order and focusing only on people. Think about what works to heat the people in your house, not the house itself, and you’ll be making smart decisions.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Home Improvements For A Secure Environment

Everyone wants to be able to feel safe and secure within their own home. In most places, safety and security are considered to be basic human rights, especially when you’re on your own property. Of course, though, it can be hard to feel safe without the right measures in place. The modern world is full of threats, and a lot of people don’t know how to protect themselves. To help you out with this, this post will be going through some of the best ways to secure your property. These are all about detection and prevention, as there is rarely a reason to take direct action against an intruder.

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  • CCTV/Lighting

Video is one of the best forms of evidence you can give the police. Along with this, CCTV systems can also be a great deterrent, as most criminals won’t want to risk their face being captured. CCTV systems are cheap to install, and modern ones can be used over the Internet. This gives you the ability to monitor your home from anywhere in the world. Cleverly placed security lights can also be used to help deter people from your home, as it’s impossible to tell if a person has turned them on or not.

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  • A Place For The Car

A lot of theft and property damage occurs as a result of high-value items being left unattended in places where they are visible. Often, this is how cars are stolen, so it makes sense that people want to have a way to protect their vehicle. Garages are one of the best ways to do this, giving somewhere to keep the car hidden away. But, of course, not all properties will have the space for this sort of change. For those with limited funds or room, a driveway paving company could have the resources you need to make a difference. Keeping your car away from the road is one of the best ways to protect it.

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  • Privacy Options

Having people be able to see into your home is a concern which a lot of homeowners have. A lot of break ins and robberies are done on an opportunistic basis. If a criminal sees something they can steal from you, they will be much more likely to break in. To solve this issue, you just need to boost your privacy. Window privacy film can be found at inexpensive prices and can be applied without any help. This is perfect for the bottom floor of any home.

  • Video Door Accessories

Having a knock at the door when you’re not expecting anyone can be a big daunting. Of course, in most cases, it’s someone just running errands or a business trying to sell you something. But, when safety and security are on the line, it’s not worth taking any risks. In recent times, loads of companies have started making special video door accessories. This sort of product can be used to view the faces of any visitors, making it nice and safe to open the doors.

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what can be done to increase the security in and around your home, without breaking the bank. A lot of people ignore areas like this. But, considering the effort and cost involved, it’s well worth getting this area sorted out long before you ever need to.

And Breathe! Transforming Your Home Into A Relaxing Retreat

For most of us, there’s no place like home. After a busy day at work, a long journey or a break away, there’s nothing like the feeling of crashing on the sofa with a cup of tea or nestling into your own bed. The trouble is that not everybody feels this way about their home. If you’ve recently moved or your home isn’t quite the tranquil sanctuary you crave, here are some simple suggestions to turn your home into a relaxing retreat.

Define each room’s use
If you love nothing more than to relax and chill out at home, it’s really useful to have a clear definition of what each room is used for. If you’ve got quiet spaces, you know to head here when you need to unwind, or you’re craving peace. Set aside space for contemplation or activities you enjoy doing away from the madness of the kitchen or living room. It’s particularly important to ensure that your bedroom is a calming space. Don’t try and turn a boudoir into a study, a playroom or a closet. Keep your room free from clutter, avoid technology whenever possible and try and use this room only for relaxation purposes. If you’re working in your bedroom, you’ve got study books lying around or the children’s toys are everywhere, the lines between working, playing and chilling out will become blurred.



Inject tranquility
If your home is a little more hectic than heavenly, there are lots of ways you can try and make it a more peaceful, tranquil space. Pay attention to the design of the room and try and create a calm, cosy atmosphere. Choose colours that make you feel relaxed and consider the option of using the room to transport you somewhere else. Using murals from sites like Wallpaper Ink, you could turn a living room into an enchanted forest or a reading room into a seaside sanctuary. If you’re using murals, choose prints and designs that take you to places where you feel completely relaxed. If you’re toying with the idea of a colour change, match the mood and use of the room to the shade. In an office, you want to be motivated, inspired and focused while in a bedroom, you want to feel serene. Once you’ve sorted the walls, use dim lighting, candles, houseplants, and soft furnishings to set the tone.



Eliminate stress
When you think about why your home isn’t perfect, what issues come to mind? Are you tired of dealing with half-finished DIY jobs, is paint peeling off the walls or is there stuff everywhere? Write a list, and start working your way through it. Once you’ve addressed everything that is stressing you out, you’ll feel much happier at home.



Most of us have desires to own or rent a home that makes us feel safe and secure and enables us to relax in comfort. If your home isn’t quite the relaxing retreat you long for, hopefully, this guide will come in handy and enable you to create a tranquil space to chill out and get cosy.