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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Black Friday Haul 2016


Having previously lived in the USA, I can't help but be a little disappointed with our Black Friday sales shopping. Having said that, us Brits still tend to go all out on Black Friday in terms of queuing for the doors to be opened, grabbing things off the shelf without any consideration on whether or not you even need it and only purchase things because of the discount. This year, I hold my hands up...GUILTY! However on the up side, I have finished my Christmas shopping! *big pat on the back for me!* This year I started early as I hate nothing more than the last minute rushed gift that you feel you only bought for the sake of having to buy something last minute. I'm quite nosey and I love looking at what others may have purchased on Black Friday to see who got the best deal. Here are the things that I bought (all online) for my Black Friday Haul 2016!


& Other Stories
- Selected Candles from £17 down to £9


Miss Guided (might have gone a little overboard!)
- Carli Bybel Embroidered Nude Pant and Crop Top Set in Size 8 from £65 down to £37.50
- Ribbed Pyjama Set Camel in Size 8 from £18 to £9
Petite Nude Raw Edge Cropped Sweatshirt in Size 8 from £15 down to £7.50
- Oversized Long Sleeve Jumper Dress Nude in Size 8 from £20 down to £15
- Pink Satin Baseball Cap from £8 down to £4
- Ribbed Sleeveless Crop Top Nude in Size 8 from £8 down to £4
- Grey Bandage and Lace Bodycon Dress in Size 8 from £40 down to £20
- Nude V Neck Boyfriend T-shirt in Size 8 from £8 down to £4
Nude Vice High Waisted Zip Knee Biker Skinny Jean in Size 8 from £30 down to £15
- Petite Ribbed Crop T Shirt Camel in Size 8 from £15 down to £7.50
Elastic Strap Grey Trainer in Size 6 from £25 down to £17.50
Nude Plunge Silky Midi Dress in Size 8 from £30 down to £15
Carli Bybel Cropped Leggings Pink in Size 10 down from £10 to £5
Carli Bybel Longline Jersey Double Layer Midi Skirt Green in Size 10 from £12 down to £6
Longline Jersey Midi Skirt Nude in Size 8 from £10 down to £5
Two Tone Satin Chiffon Belted Duster Coat Green in Size 8 from £35 down to £17.50
Black Faux Fur Hood Padded Bomber Jacket in Size 8 from £40 down to £20
Pink Ribbed Cropped Leggings in Size 8 from £10 down to £5



Currys
- Amazon Echo Dot from £49.99 down to £39.99


Very
- George Foreman 10 Piece Grill from £99 down to £39
- Canary Home Security Camera from £159.99 down to £89.99


Amazon
- Eve Matress in King Size from £629 down to £439.99


Some other great deals I saw out there that would make great gifts for him and for her that I was in two minds about whether or not to purchase:


- Tesco - PS4 console and 3 games from £339 down to £199
- Now TV and Sky Movies for 3 months from £24.99 down to £12.49
- Amazon - Philips Satinelle BRE650/00 Prestige Wet and Dry Epilator from £200 to £54.99
- John Lewis Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS from £249.99 down to £179.97
- All Saints 30% off everything!



So there you have it, my thoughts opinions and purchases from the Black Friday Sales of 2016. Did you find any bargains this year?

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Want better hair in just a week?

Do you want to try the 'Better Hair in a Week' Challenge?

Well I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with a brand called Hairapeutix that I'll be honest, I'd never actually heard of before. Hairapeutix is a pre-shampoo treatment made with a signature blend of natural oils and organic ingredients, designed to revitalise, condition and restore tired and dull hair. What I really like about this product is that it's designed to be used before washing your hair, which encourages the absorption of all the good stuff needed for restoration and replenishment. I prefer pre-treatments as opposed to over doing it on products after my hair has been washed, dried and style because I find using too many products after can actually make it feel like it needs a wash again.

My Hair Routine 

So I am very fortunate to have been blessed with thick long hair that naturally grows quickly and is in fairly good condition. I only wash my hair twice a week and on the third day I use dry shampoo or throw it up in a high pony. I find the more often I wash my hair, the more often it actually needs re-washing. Therefore, limiting myself to washing my hair only twice a week not only prolongs the time in between washes but also reduces the amount of heat I'll use on my hair. Each time I wash my hair I use a purple shampoo to keep the yellowy tones astray. I've now also been incorporating the Hairapeutix pre-wash treatment once a week, i.e every other time I wash my hair. You can use the product as often as you like. I then part towel dry, part air-dry and part blow dry my hair. It really all depends on how much of a rush I'm in, which is usually if I'm washing it in a morning. I like to either leave the finished look as it naturally falls however if I have something important on that day, I'll slightly curl the ends with a large heated barrel tong and finish the look with some Moroccan Oil in the ends.

How to Use Hairapeutix

Hairapeutix retails at £5.99 for the 'Mini' set (2 sachets) or £18.99 for the 'Ultra' set (8 sachets). To use it, simply heat the sachet up in your hands for a few seconds to fully liquefy the contents. The, apply liberally to mid-lengths and ends of hair. You can then leave the treatment to soak as long as you can, for at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight. I'm not persistent enough to have tried leaving it in overnight so I can't speak for the results that might have, however I usually leave it for the duration of an hour long program I have to catch up on!

Overall I think this is a great product for you to try if you suffer from split or dry hair during the colder winter months. For me, it's a perfect addition to a little pamper session you may like to enjoy with a face mask on at the same time. If you're looking for a fun stocking filler gift for a loved one who loves to do the odd face mask or two, then this is a great gift to give, not to mention it comes in a nice little white and blue wintery style box that you could simply pop a ribbon on and put in the stocking! Overall, a good gift and for the price, is great value for money and I would be inclined to re-purchase this in the future!



*The products listed in this post were kindly gifted to me by Catalyst PR but as always, all opinions are of my own and true to how I feel.

Freya Farrington is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog with a continual white feed theme. If you like white grey and black, you have come to the right blog. Join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and keep up to date with all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related in Freya's life. You can follow Freya Farrington on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or for PR enquiries email freyafarrington@hotmail.com.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Capsule Collection Ideas for Cold Weather Fashion



Cold weather is upon us, and many of you are probably wondering what new additions to make to your fall and winter wardrobes. It can be difficult defining your own style if you don't have a specific look that you often wear. Even more so, it becomes even harder to make the best use of your garments if everything is so different and all over the board style-wise. That’s why I think it's best to stick with a capsule wardrobe, which means the wardrobe is full of just a few specific colours and styles that all complement each other, no matter which pieces you wear with which.

Of course, for my fall/winter wardrobe, I will be utilizing a monochromatic colour palette consisting of black, gray, and white. This theme is not only sleek, but it offers very appropriate tones for the cold seasons. If you’re ready to take your fall and winter looks to a new level of chicness and minimalism, there are a few ways that you can make your wardrobe fall in line with the black/gray white theme.


Athleisure


One of the most popular minimalist clothing styles as of lately is athleisure. Wearing athletic clothing as a sort of high-fashion statement has become increasingly cool. If you are not familiar with some minimalist athleisure brands that employ the monochrome look, I suggest you take a look at Y-3 on Lyst. It’s a collaboration between Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and classic sportswear brand Adidas. There is so much inspiration to be found in this collection ranging from jackets to sweatshirts to pants to shoes.


Trendy but Classic


If you are a little more traditional with your style, you don’t have to completely throw away your personality when going for a monochrome theme. You can mix classy and trendy pieces to create a fun look that’s not too attention-grabbing. Personally, I love the way a beautiful skirt contrasts a simple graphic T-shirt as shown on Glamour. It's low-key but still more feminine than an athleisure look. You can mix all kinds of different black, white, and gray pieces in and out with this outfit!


Edgy


Lastly, for those times when you want to give your outfit a little bit of attitude, there is nothing better than making great use out of leather. Both leather leggings and leather biker jackets are in style right now, so no matter how you choose to grunge things up, your monochromatic look is sure to bring the heat. You can even use black leather to add some edgy texture. Just look at this AOL slideshow, which shows you can mix leather leggings with athleisure and a traditional coat—bringing all three styles full-circle.



As long as your fall/ winter wardrobe sticks to a black, gray, and white colour scheme, you are sure to have endless outfit possibilities that will never get old. Having a monochromatic capsule wardrobe is definitely a chic, minimalist way to go!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Brand Focus: Blank Canvas Cosmetics


In celebration of their 5th birthday, Blank Canvas Cosmetics are promoting their DIMENSION makeup brushes and I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the PR release. I have been trying and testing 3 face makeup brushes from their wide range available to purchase on their website. The three that I have been trialling are numbers F43, F39 and F06. Overall the range is reminiscent in both style and quality of Morphe brushes. My all time favourite brand for makeup brushes remains to be Real Techniques for value for money and yet to be disappointed with quality and performance. Nevertheless, they are a great brand if you're looking for makeup brushes that are far more affordable than the premium brands. As long as the bristles aren't harsh on your skin or malt and stick in your foundation, then I'm a believer of buying more affordable brushes that do just the same job as some of the premium lines. In terms of the brand, Blank Canvas pride themselves on their value for money, as well as their ethnic approach to providing all brushes suitable for vegans, which quite honestly I think is a little too hipster for me. If two brushes were placed side by side, one having a vegan stamp on and the other not, it perhaps wouldn't sway my purchase decision compared to someone else. Prices for individual brushes range from £6.50 to £14.50, categorising themselves firmly alongside other drugstore makeup brush brands. So here are the three brushes by Blank Canvas Cosmetics that I have been loving and would definitely recommend along with an overall rating of 9/10.










*The products listed in this post were kindly gifted to me by Catalyst PR but as always, all opinions are of my own and true to how I feel.

Freya Farrington is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog with a continual white feed theme. If you like white grey and black, you have come to the right blog. Join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and keep up to date with all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related in Freya's life. You can follow Freya Farrington on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or for PR enquiries email freyafarrington@hotmail.com.