MY SUMMER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

 

Different weather conditions require different beauty products. It’s been warm and sunny the past couple of weeks so automatically my skin/hair care routine has changed. In this blog post I wanted to share some of my favourite beauty products that I use throughout summer.

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  1. Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love fragrance mist and lotion. When it’s hot outside I  much prefer wearing a fragrance mist rather than eau de perfume – a body mist feels lighter and more fresh. Also I love when my fragrance and body lotion is matching, so this VS set is my absolute fave.
  2. Corine de Farme bronzing oil. Not only does this spray accelerates the tanning process but it also smells amazing and makes your skin glowing.
  3. Syoss shine-sealing finish fluid. Who doesn’t love rocking shiny beach waves in summer? This hair product is by far one of my all time favourites. It makes your hair shiny but doesn’t leave a greasy feeling to it as oppose to most hair oils.
  4. Gucci Flora eau de toilette. As I said previously, I prefer body mists in summer. However, for going out or a special occasion this Gucci fragrance is an absolute summer must-have.

HEALTHY 3 INGREDIENT SNACK BARS

Me and my friend were craving something sweet last evening but did’t want to eat anything unhealthy since we’ve been trying hard to get in shape before summer starts. We came across this delicious snack bar recipe that does not require a lot of ingredients, is cheap and super easy to make so it is extremely student-friendly!

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Ingredients:

  • 5 medium bananas
  • 2 cups of dry oats
  • 6 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (optional)
  • Cocoa powder (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a medium glass dish with butter.
  2. Mash the bananas and mix with oats and peanut butter.
  3. Spread the dough evenly in the glass dish, then sprinkle with chocolate chip cookies.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Cut into bars, sprinkle with cocoa powder and enjoy!

 

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April beauty favourites

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Below I’ve listed a few of the products that I’ve been loving and using daily the past month

1. Ari by Ariana Grande

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this fragrance has been my favourite one for quite a while now. It is really affordable, smells amazing and stays on for a long time.

2. Bleach London silver shampoo

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I’ve tried so many hair products to help me maintain a cool tone of blonde ant this shampoo is by far the best one. I will definitely repurchase it again and again.

3. Neutrogena visibly clear pink grapefruit facial wash

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This gel gently purifies the skin without overdrying and leaves it feeling clean and refreshed.

4. Rimmel Stay Matte liquid lip colour in Moca

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This is my new favourite nude lip product: it’s not patchy at all, the shade is gorgeous and it stays on for a really long time. Perfect product both for daytime wear and going out.

5. Rimmel professional eyebrow pencil

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This eyebrow product stays on for a long time and doesn’t use up as quickly as most eyebrow pencils.

 

The MET

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest and finest art museums in the world. I was lucky enough to visit it while on my trip to New York and here is the imagery that I took:

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Trip to New York

As I’ve mentioned in a few previous blog post, I spent the last week in New York. I still have some blog posts coming up that will cover some of the things I did and places that I went to in more detail, but in this post I wanted to share everything that I did in that amazing city day by day, since it may be helpful to someone who is planning to visit New York.

Monday, 8th of January

The journey began. Everyone who was going to New York met up near the university in Nottingham and was taken to Heathrow airport. We had some spare time until the flight so we spent it by chilling at the airport.

We arrived in New York only around midnight so didn’t do much except from moving in to Hotel Wolcott and going to the nearest McDonald’s to get some snacks.

Tuesday, 9th of January

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We woke up quite early since we were sooo excited to start exploring New York. We got ready and grabbed breakfast at Dunkin Donuts cause it was just across the street from where the hotel that we were staying in was situated.

After wandering around the streets for a bit, we went to Top of the Rock which is an observatory deck in the Rockefeller centre. It was quite pricey to get in but totally worth it because you get to see the city from up above. The view is absolutely stunning.

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After taking numerous pictures of each other and the city we headed to 5th avenue to take a look at window displays of designer stores (blog post about that).

Then we headed to the Central Park. We were lucky enough to visit New York when there was snow so it truly felt like a dream.

Wednesday, 10th of January

First thing we did on Wednesday was going to the Museum of Modern Art (blog post). After looking at amazing artwork for several hours we were starving so headed towards Times Square to find a cute place to have lunch in.

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Since we didn’t want to eat at a place that can be found in the UK, we were lucky enough to cross a restaurant called Planet Hollywood. It felt like a really American place and the burgers that were really delicious.

 

 

 

After that we headed to Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (blog post on that coming this week). We ended the day by walking along the riverside, chatting and exploring the Chelsea market but sadly both my camera and phone died so I wasn’t able to take any more pictures.

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Thursday, 11th of January

On Thursday we went to Brooklyn. It for sure has a totally different vibe than Manhattan – it is way less busy and crowded. When the sun was setting we headed towards Brooklyn bridge and walked our way back to the hotel (of course after taking thousands of pictures).

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After staying and chilling at the hotel for a bit, we went to Times Square. It honestly looks insane at night. We were just standing there and admiring all the lights probably longer that an hour.

Friday, 12th of January

We started our morning by visiting Cha Cha Matcha. Since I’m a big lover of everything matcha I got a matcha latte and a matcha croissant which honestly was sooo good.

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Then we went to the MET. The building looks amazing both inside and out and the gallery is h u g e. You would probably need two days to look at everything.

 

After walking so much during previous days our feet were so sore that we couldn’t do much that day. We stayed at the hotel the rest of the afternoon and went to town for dinner later but that’s pretty much it.

Saturday, 13th of January

27043561_1770283813003347_533736307_nOn Saturday we basically spent the whole day shopping and wandering around the streets. We headed to the airport at around 5 pm and flew back to England.

 

 

All in all, I honestly fell in love with New York. It’s such an amazing city and I hope to come back there in my nearest future because there’s still so much I want to do and see. 5 days in a city like New York is not enough, especially because one’s energy is limited and some days we wanted to do and see more but couldn’t ’cause we were exhausted.

Visual merchandising in New York

As fashion students, me and my friends were interested in just walking around the streets in New York and taking pictures of window displays of  high-end stores. What I can tell is that people in New York do take it seriously when it comes to visual merchandising. Every store has a completely different and unique window display and even the architecture of every store in midtown Manhattan is stunning. We probably spent more than an hour just walking in the 5th avenue and appreciating everything around us haha.

Some of my favourite window displays were Saint Laurent, Miu Miu and Gucci. Even though they’re all completely different, I loved them.

Last but not least, I obviously loved window displays of Bergdorf Goodman.

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VS X Balmain

While in New York, I happened to cross a Victoria’s Secret store and of course walked in to take a look at some of their products and lingerie. What I realised after was that the store actually had an exhibition upstairs of the collaboration between Victoria’s Secret and the French fashion house Balmain.

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I personally adore this collaboration since I’m a big fan of both Balmain and Victoria’s Secret. The collection has the right amount of glam and punk to it and that makes the lingerie items unique and stunning. As Oliver Rousteing said,  “I need to make sure that this punk is glam, and to bring punk to a couture level. It can’t look like punk on the street.” In my opinion, he succeeded.

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When you see the garments that models actually wore in real life rather than on television, it makes you appreciate it even more. Everything is done extremely neatly – even the smallest details look perfect.

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