Late Summer in White Distressed Dungarees


It has been such a long time since I did an OOTD post, mostly because I was battling with my acne, but a girl can only stay away that long. This weekend I dressed up in my favourite pair of White Distressed Dungarees from Zara, and once I looked in the mirror I had the urge to go do some outfit shots.


I love wearing white in the Summer but tend to stain myself in the first hour of wearing it. Is there some sort of law that says the moment you put on a white items of clothing, plans change to include an activity where you just have to get stained?! Bolognese on my white dress? Yup, I'll take that. This weekend I was prepared for some sort disaster, but I got home disaster free. Yay for that!

Dungarees: Zara {Similar here}   |   Top: Primark {Similar here}   |   Shoes: KLT Shoes {Similar here}   |   Sunglasses: Sunglasshut

I've worn these dungarees while on holiday in Finland with a jumper, which also looked amazing. But since it's currently cold in the evenings but warm during the day, I decided to try them on with a tank top. I'm not yet ready to say goodbye to Summer and all my pretty sandals, so I chose these Beige Suede Chunky Heel Sandals which I picked up from Klt Shoes this summer. They are the most comfortable pair I've had in a very long time. I can't wait to check out what Klt shoes has for Autumn.


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How do you style your dungarees? I'd love some new outfit ideas.
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Review: Scrub Love Original Lovin' Coffee Scrub

Scrub Love Coffee Scrub
As someone who suffers from acne and acne scarring, Skincare is extremely important to me and I believe body/face scrubs are a vital part of any skincare routine. It's one of the products that penetrates better into your skin and helps deep clean your pores and get rid of all the dead skin cells, to leave your skin looking extra smooth and moisturized. I find that I use them more in the Summer since that's when I show off a bit more body. But whether it's Summer or Winter, nothing beats smooth moisturized legs, and since I still have the opportunity to go to the beach, I've been indulging in the Scrub Love Original Lovin' Coffee Body Scrub* for perfect legs. 

The Scrub Love Coffee Scrub comes in a resealable pack which I think has a super cute design. It definitely caught my eye the moment I saw it. The scrub is available in 3 scents: Original Lovin', Mint Temptation and Coconut Affair. All the scrubs are made up of 100% natural ingredients including roast organic ground coffee, natural oils, etc. 

Review of the Scrub Love Coffee Body scrub in Original Lovin'

The Original Lovin' includes Coffee Grounds to get rid of dead skin cells and promote healing, Pink Rock Salt to reduce inflammation, Sweet Almond Oil which moisturies the skin, Sweet Orange Oil + Vitamin C and Organic Orange Peel to detoxify and brighten your skin. The scrub smells absolutely amazing; kind of like a coffee chocolate muffin with a hint of orange which makes me want to eat it up. It is 100% natural and doesn't contain artificial colours/fragrances, parabens or preservatives which is perfect for your skin because natural is always the best. 

Scrub Love Coffee Scrub for Smooth, Moisturized skin

The scrub is very easy to use. Wet your skin slightly and apply the scrub. If you're scrubbing your body then it's obviously better to do it in a shower or bath. In circular motions, work the scrub into your skin for a few minutes. I would say this depends on the sensitivity of your skin. You can also leave it on for a few minutes as a mask. Rinse off the coffee scrub and feel the smoothness. Repeat once or more a week.




I like the way the granules feel on the skin and you can definitely tell it will add lots of moisture to your skin due to the oils. I have been using it as a face and body scrub and it leaves your skin feeling extra smooth and moisturized. I also noticed that it has helped slightly with my acne scarring which has gotten me very excited and I'm thinking to use it more often.

Summary
Price - approx. €14.95.
Likes - smells amazing, leaves skin smooth and moisturized
Dislikes - 
Available - Scrub Love.

Will you be trying the Scrub Love Coffee Scrubs?

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Tips on working out from home

Tips on working out from home

I've always liked doing workouts to get my body toned whether it is at home or at the gym. I went through a period when I only worked out from home for about 6 months before finally joining the gym. Over the last couple of months I started training even harder and eating healthier in order to build a bit of muscle mass. I usually do a mix of gym and at home workouts, where I go to the gym 3 times a week and sometimes add a few extra workouts at home. If you want to keep your body in shape but don't want to pay lots to go to a gym, you can do quite a lot of exercises in the comfort of your own home. Here are some things I would recommend doing for successful workouts at home.

Create Space

An important aspect of any workout is to have enough space to do the necessary movements. You want to be able to jump, as well as lay on your back with enough space to spread your arms. If you can do burpees and kettlebell swings without breaking anything, I'd say that's enough space. 

Gear Up

Just like when you go to the gym, you'd be more motivated to perform your workout if you have some nice looking gymwear on and a pair of nice kicks. Gymwear is available at different prices and so many different styles. If you're looking for something which wouldn't put a hole in your wallet, be sure to check out my post on Affordable Fitness Clothing for Under €15

Workout videos/ Printables

In order for your workout to be successful, you need to be prepared. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, research some workouts which are targetted to help you get to your goal. You can find lots of printables and other motivational pins on my Stay Fit Pinterest board. Another easy way to workout is to follow youtube videos. You can check out Rebecca Louise or Fitness Blender to start off, or find others you like.

Equipment

Your workouts don't have to be expensive. You can begin with just a pilates/ yoga mat and do bodyweight exercises, and gradually get some additional equipment. I would recommend getting some weights and a resistance band, which are available at Decathlon or any Fitness store. 

Get rid of distractions

You need to be in the workout mindset and as such need to handle any distractions beforehand. Keep the kids busy with something, give the dog breakfast, put away your mobile phone {unless you are using a mobile app for your workout}. This way, you'll concentrate on your workout and will get the best results.

Music

If you're following printables as opposed to workout videos, you will need some music to get you in the mood. Compile a playlist of music which has good beats and drives you to push harder. 

Mobile apps

If workout videos or printables are not your thing, you can also use mobile apps to find/ build workouts. I've tried quite a few of these including Sworkit, Abs Workout, Workouts and more. These apps usually show you how to perform the specific exercise and some also do the counting, so you don't need to worry about timing yourself. They also have programs which you can tailor to yourself by selecting how many times and on what days you workout, and other details. Some apps require you to sign up while others are just download and use apps.

Get an accountability partner

Now this is something I don't use and recently just found out it's a thing. Basically, it's a family member, friend or social media contact who helps you keep track of your workout. Because the workout is done at home, usually you are only accountable to yourself which means putting it off is very easy, but if you have someone to push you, then the chances of performing your daily workout increase.


How to achieve a successful workout at home

Let me know if you have any other tips for working out at home. How do you stay motivated?
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Review: Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora in 'Roll in the Grass'

Rimmel 60 seconds super shine by Rita Ora

Autumn is slowly approaching, but I'm not ready yet. I say slowly because in Barcelona it is still warm and sunny and I can indulge a little more in beach time before it becomes cold. But before all that happens and because it's always Summer somewhere in the world, I wanted to share my thoughts on the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora in 'Roll in the Grass'.

Review of the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora in shade 'Roll in the Grass'

I love pastel colours and mint has been one of my favourites for a few years now. You could probably tell from my blog design. Anyway, earlier this summer I stopped by the drugstore in search of a Gel Polish which doesn't require a UV lamp. I had previously tried the Catrice Ultra Stay and Gel System and that didn't work out very well so I thought I'd pick up the Rimmel Super Gel since I'd heard quite a few good words about it. Well, since I was in the drugstore already, I ended up picking a few extra things, including this gorgeous nail polish. Because who goes to the drugstore to just get one lipstick and comes out with just that, right?

Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora Mint Nail Polish

The shade 'Roll in the Grass' is part of the Rimmel 60 Second collection of nail polishes which includes quite a few shades in collaboration with Rita Ora. As soon as I saw how pretty this mint shade was, I knew it had to be mine. The nail brush is large making the application extremely easy. The colour is quite opaque, but I still tend to go for 2 coats of the polish. It dries quickly but I've noticed that I need to give the second coat a good amount of time to dry properly if I do not want to have hair streaks on my nails the next morning. Nothing ruins a perfect manicure like going to sleep before it is completely dry. I've worn it quite a bit over the summer and my mani usually lasts about 3 days before it begins to chip. Which is not the 10 days as promised, but I'm yet to find a polish that lasts that long. The quality is really good and the range of colours is amazing, plus at 2 a bottle, you can pretty much get all the colours you want.

Summary
Price - approx. €2.
Likes - gorgeous colour, affordable
Dislikes - doesn't dry as fast as claimed.
Available - Druni, Superdrugfeelunique.

Have you tried the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora? Which is your favourite shade?
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Travel Beauty {Natural Hair}

Travelling with natural hair

I'm really sorry for the lack of posts lately. Before my vacation, I didn't have a lot of time to schedule posts and was planning on working on my blog in the evenings, but I was having so much fun with my mum I just couldn't. I'm back now and working on content for the next few weeks so be sure to stay updated. Today, I'd like to talk about travelling with natural hair and what products I ended up taking.

This was my first trip since I cut off all of my relaxed ends and started rocking my natural curls, and I must say I was slightly worried. Most of my products are in jars and over the 100ml limit, plus I usually need quite a few products to get me through the week, but I knew I couldn't take them all with me so I did some thinking. I considered what hairstyles I plan to do and based on that selected a few products and tools to take.

Natural hair products to take on holiday

Hair products

Moisturizing my hair daily is extremely important as it tends to get quite dry, so water and a leave-in conditioner is a must! I didn't have any spray bottles I could take with me so I decided I'll just apply some water with my fingers. As my leave-in, I poured a bit of the Alter Ego Intensive Nutritive Leave-in Conditioner into a travel sized bottle I got from Primark and hoped it would last me for 2 weeks. Since I always seal with an oil, I decided to go for the Confume Argan Treatment Oil* as it was already available in a small bottle and I love the feel of argan oil on my hair. I've got a review on this, so go have a read if you're looking for a lightweight oil which leaves your hair super soft. To define my curls, my current favourite product is the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, so I scooped some into a bottle and popped it into my bag. Lastly, to deep condition my curls I grabbed a sample of the Argan Dew Replenishing Hair Mask* which is the best treatment I've used in a while. Make sure to click the product and read my review to find out why it is an absolute must.

Natural hair tools for vacation

Hair tools

Now I think I went a bit over the top with the hair tools. I took some hair ties and some hair pins for creating my daily hairstyles, a couple of small rubber bands for when I braid my hair at night, butterfly clips to help separate and hold my hair when working in sections, an afro comb {obviously!} and my trusty Tangle Teezer* which I use for smoothing down my hair. And obviously a Satin Scarf to protect my hair while I sleep. Not exactly the bare minimum but all tools I thought I would need.

There are obviously a few items I ended up not using and might not take on my next trip, but I wanted to be prepared. Did anyone else get nervous the first time they had to travel with natural hair?  How do you select which products and tools you take on holiday? I would love to hear your story, so please leave me a comment. Also, don't forget to share this post with your natural hair sisters.

What are your must have hair care products for a holiday?
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