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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Oxygen Facial by Elizabeth Arden

In recent years I have to admit, I have been treated to a variety of facials. I've started realising that I may even prefer it to a full body massage dare I say it! Don't get me wrong, I love going to the salon with Tom and treating ourselves to a couples massage, however as I get older, I think it's important to have a good skincare regime and look after your skin. So when I was very kindly invited down by the Elizabeth Arden team at Boots in the Trafford Centre to try their Oxygen Facial, I gladly accepted. 

The facial which lasted around 15-20 minutes was done on the shop floor. Therefore it's perhaps not quite as relaxing as the facials they offer in their salon in the back room that they share with Clarins. However, it is a fraction of the price. They are currently offering these facials at £15 but not only is it such a low price for a facial, but it's also redeemable on products. So especially if you are an Elizabeth Arden fan and buy their products anyway, or even if you're looking to try a new product, I'd definitely recommend booking a facial in advance and making the most our of the experience. 

So what was included within the red door facial service...

Firstly, I had a light makeup base on so this was cleansed and toned with ceramide-rich products until my makeup was removed. I opted to leave my mascara and brows on but if you want this removed too, they can of course do so. This was followed by a skin test to see where my problem areas lie. In my case, the elasticity was something that was brought up with which I was advised a daily light exfoliation was solve the problem. A nutrient rich oxygen concoction suited specifically to my skin (Brightening) was then blasted onto my face which was very cool, refreshing and soothing. The menu consists of four different oxygen infused treatments: Lifting, Detoxifying, Brightening and Hydrating.
My facial finished with a moisturising and hydrating day cream and eye cream from the luxe Prevage range which felt divine! I do love getting facials, I find them incredibly relaxing and couldn't;t recommend the Elizabeth Arden Oxygen blast one enough. Finally, I was very kindly gifted a few samples to try out myself at home! 

Products used on my skin that are available to purchase here

For more information, all the Facial Services can be found here and the Speed Services here.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Brand Focus | An Urban Veda Review

I've found myself succumbing to fashion over beauty more so recently. With all the fashion hauls I've been featuring on my Youtube video, I felt it was about time for a little beauty product review. I have to admit, these products were kindly gifted to me however having tried them out for a couple of weeks, so good! I've created a little review and rating system below to go into a bit more depth into what I think of these Urban Veda products. Another thing I love, if like me you hadn't heard of the brand before, they sell discovery sets of each range with smaller sized products for just £19.99. That way you could test out the range before purchasing the full sized items, how cool is that!  And if you're STILL unsure, you can complete a brief questionnaire here to find the perfect range for your skin type. If you have tried any other products from this brand, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Price | £19.99
Quantity | 50ml
Directions | I have been using this liberally over my face and neck before going to bed and after cleansing and toning my skin. I've been using the Clinique cleansing balm followed by the Urban Veda Hydrating Toner. 
Features & Thoughts | Pore refining, mattifying, for oil prone skin. Having recently discovered Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream and absolutely loving it, it takes a lot to beat it when comparing moisturisers for me now. However that being said, I use this just at night time and although it does feel a little thicker, I guess that's what you want at night. I'd be interested to try out the day cream in comparison...
Overall Rating | 8/10

Price | £12.99
Quantity | 200ml
Directions | I use this product in the shower and focus on the areas with more dryness like knees and elbows. I also like to use it to exfoliate my back and chest where on the odd occasion I may experience a couple of breakouts. I've been noticing a different having been through a bout of not exfoliating for a while. During the colder months when I use more fake tan, exfoliators are a must, but having been on holiday last month, my tan is only now starting to fade. I will see the benefits more when I start to fake tan but I have to say, it smells lovely!
Features & Thoughts | Cleansing, revitalising, rich in antioxidants.
Overall Rating | 8/10

Price | £13.99
Quantity | 150ml
Directions | I have been using this on a cotton pad all over my face and neck after cleansing with my Clinique cleansing balm.
Features & Thoughts | refines pores, pH balanced, for oil-prone skin. I love using this within my new skin routine and it feels light and very refreshing. The witch hazel, wild mint and tea tree make it smell and feel amazing, I really like this product and I think it's good value for money.
Overall Rating | 9/10

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Missguided Autumn Haul 2017

What's new in at Missguided this month...? I picked out some of my favourite looking pieces to try on in this video and share with you. Unfortunately there was a couple of fails I'm sad to say because I do love Missguided. That being said, I do think that one of the best things about Missguided is the ability to read reviews on the product page. Quite often if I'm unsure on sizing or fit, I'll read what the reviews say. You know they are honest and it's helped me massively in the past when ordering the right size. So here is my honest review on some of the Missguided clothes I bought this month! If you like what you see, I've included all links below shop you can shop shop shop!



PrettyLittleThing Dorsey Oversized White Shirt -
Missguided Black Lace Up High Waited Vice Jeans -



Missguided nude high waisted corset detail shorts Size 10 NOW £6.80 -
Missguided black super high waisted corset detail shorts Size 10 £8.50 -
Missguided tall white ribbed top Size 8 £10 - 
Missguided rose gold ruched front cigarette trousers Size 8 £10 -
Missguided rose gold ruched sleeve satin blazer Size 8 £14 -
Missguided beige tie waist basic crop knitted jumper Size 8 £20 -
Missguided sinner high waisted ripped skinny jeans Size 8R £30 -
Missguided black bandage minimal bralet Size 10 £20 -
Missguided petite nude paperbag waist tie belt culottes Size 8 £25 -
Missguided pink slinky ribbed leggings Size 8 NOW £10 -
Missguided pink scoop neck slinky ribbed bralet Size 10 £10 -
Missguided grey cropped wide leg culottes Size 8 £22 -
Missguided grey high neck rib sleeveless jumpsuit Size 8 £22 -
Missguided grey Mongolian gilet Size 8 £35 -


Sunday, 17 September 2017

£1 Poundland Bargains - Designer Dupes and DIYs

After a successful upload of my last Poundland Haul, I decided it was about time to do another! For today's post, I've wanted to share with you the new bits I purchased from both Poundland and Poundworld. I've also shared with you a few DIY ideas in there too to get your brain creatively thinking! I hope you enjoy and if you have any new suggestions that I could maybe feature in a future Poundland Haul, do let me know!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A Lifestyle Update

As you all know, I advertise my blog as a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog however the 'lifestyle' element sometimes gets forgotten. I've recently had a couple of trips abroad as well as attending events and vlogging so seem to be getting into the lifestyle side more and more. In terms of home improvements, DIY and room decor, I've recently filmed a budget £1 Poundland haul with a few hacks. If you're yet to see that video you can click here to watch it. I'm also planning another one very soon so keep your eyes peeled!

In other lifestyle news in Freya's world... myself and Tom have recently been discussing a potential move back to Manchester city centre which yes, means leaving country bumpkin lifestyle behind! However whilst we're both still young and without any commitments, we feel city life should still play a part in our day to day activities with the countryside awaiting us on family visits. After all, we can always move back to the countryside whenever we're ready to settle. So a movies definitely in the pipeline but may be a while off yet. When we get there, you can expect moving vlogs, room tours and lots more exploring posts which is of course ideal for any blogger!

In the meantime, I've been collective a few homeware pieces over the last couple of months or so ready to decorate our next home. I've also been contacted recently to review a few home appliances including microwaves and sound bars. It's therefore safe to say that my tech spec speak has improved and when out shopping now, I find myself gravitating towards the homeware section as opposed to the fashion section which I never saw coming! If you want more information on what products I have been reviewing, you can find out more here and here for the microwaves, and here and here for the sound bars and speakers.

As for everything else in my life right now, I'm glad to say I'm in a very happy place! I'm looking forward to these Autumn months (*ok maybe not the rain) but the cosy fashion, the pumpkin spiced lattes and of course Halloween! I'm also very grateful for the growth my Youtube has been getting since started videos almost 4 months ago now! It's hard work but so rewarding, I love it so much and am glad to say I've finally found what I know I've wanted to do in my life!

| S H O P  T H I S  L O O K |

PrettyLittleThing Black Distressed Denim Jacket £45 -
PrettyLittleThing Striped Casual Trousers £20 -
PrettyLittleThing White Oversized Casual Shirt £18 -

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Full Face using NARS Makeup Tutorial

You may or may not know, NARS is my all-time favourite brand of makeup! I love their makeup look principle of all natural tones with one pop of colour, whether that be a bright red lip or a burnt orange smokey eye. My pop of colour in this natural and minimal makeup look is with NARS eyeshadow in Persia. Persia is a deep rusty burnt orange colour that I love! I hope you enjoy and don't forget to tag me in any pictures of your NARS makeup looks!


Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream -
NARS Skin Optimal Britening Concentrate -
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville Light 4 -
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge -
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla -
NARS Translucent Crystal Powder -
Real Techniques Powder Brush -
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe -
Benefit Gimme Brow -
NARS Laguna Powder Bronzer -
Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush -
NARS Eyeshadow in Persia -
NARS Unfiltered 1 Face & Cheek Palette -
Lancome Hypnose Mascara -
Real Techniques Blusher Brush -
NARS Blame it on NARS Cheek Palette -
NARS Sheer Pop Multiple Highlighting Stick in Navagio Beach -
NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm -

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A Jo Malone Designer Candle £3.99 Dupe!

You may have heard the most talked about dupe of the moment is the Aldi candles for £3.99 as a dupe for the Jo Malone £40+ candles! I was fortunate enough to come across this dupe myself on a recent trip to Aldi. There were three scents in total, of which each I will go into more information below. If you've tried these candles or know of any great dupes, do let me know! I included these candles in my latest homeware and fashion haul which you can view here!


This of all the three candles in my opinion is the most similar. I have the Jo Malone Hand soap in this scent and cannot tell the difference!


I have the Jo Malone cologne in this scent and this is the second closest in similarity. All three candles are great value for money.


This is my all time favourite scent from Jo Malone. I have a few products in this scent from Jo Malone and therefore feel like there is a slight difference. That being said, it's still a lovely scented candle and I did have to rummage the shelf to find the last one in this scent.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Cheap China Fashion Haul & Review

Today I have a different haul that I’ve been so excited to film! I love watching these cheap clothing hauls myself as you know how much of a bargain shopper I am! In this video I have combined several items I recently got from a few different cheap online clothing companies based in China. Some of these brands include, SheIn, Rosegal, Romwe, Yoins and Zaful. I'd say shipping time took 15-20 days and I didn't have to pay any import tax no receiving the items. I was very grateful to these companies for allowing me to choose a few pieces from their websites and as always all opinions are my own. There were a few items I'm in love with and those I'm not so keen on. I have included the more summery items in this video and will be filming a separate video in a week or so with all the autumnal pieces. In the meantime however, I hope you like it!


*Sorry if any items have gone up in price or if items have sold out but these sites tend to fluctuate quite a lot! Where appropriate I have left similar alternatives…

Zaful Orange Bikini $12.39
Romwe White Shorts $10.99
Romwe Crochet Top $5.99
YOINS White Dress £14.49
YOINS Pink Off the Shoulder Dress £11.26
YOINS Cold shoulder Lace Pink Playsuit £17.72
Rosegal White Bardot Top $10.30
Rosegal Black Bikini $13.80
YOINS Burnt Orange Playsuit £25.79
Romwe Black & White Bikini $15.99
Yoins Black Bikini £9.65
Zaful Lace Top $12.68
Romwe Lace Beach dress/top $13.99
Rosegal White Ribbed Swimsuit $14.95
YOINS Grey Playsuit £14.49
SheIn Satin Maxi Dress £19.23
YOINS Suede Cami Top £17.72
YOINS White Off the Shoulder Crop Top £6.42
YOINS White Bikini £11.26
YOINS Strappy Tan Bikini £12.87
YOINS Animal Print & Blue Bikini £11.26

Rosegal - 
Rosegal Discount Code 10-15% off 'RosegalIns'

Friday, 1 September 2017

Primark Haul September 2017

YAY! Another Big Primark Haul and here I have a few finds from this month. My September Primark Haul is heavily sale based and I found some great bargains that I couldn't wait to share with you! I’ve also picked up a few new in Autumnal pieces which I will include in my next big Primark Haul in a week or two so keep your eyes peeled! Let me know your favourite pieces from this haul and be sure to let me know if you too have filmed any Primark Hauls recently as I LOVE to watch them!