29 October 2015

VIDEO: A DAY IN THE LIFE +MY SKINCARE ROUTINE

If you've been reading GGMH for a while you'll be familiar with my love for KORE Skincare an Australian brand that launched here in the UK earlier this year.

When I was first introduced to the brand I wrote individual reviews of all of their skincare products which you can find here if you're interested. Having started using the full range to help my skin become more settled, I decided that it might be fun to show you my everyday skincare routine and include it within a brief snippet of my day. As some of you may know I have dabbled with Youtube since 2010 so it was fun to create some video content again. 



I wasn't paid to create this video I just really love the brand and since reading more and more about tailored skincare and the benefits of using anti-ageing products early on, I have incorporated the rich KORE products into my routine and my skin has never looked more radiant and clear to the point where friends and family have asked me what i've been using because of how perky my skin looks. As someone prone to blemishes and dark circles these compliments were certainly very welcome!

KORE Skincare is made up of natural ingredients including Bovine Colostrum, a powerful bioactive concentrate that improves the functioning of the immune system as well as being chemical and paraben free...and most importantly for me, it is not tested on animals.

And though I love it all, my three stand out products are the Pearl intensive serum, Pearl Optimal Repair Cream and the Foaming Cleanser (Don't be off put my the name, no over drying foamey formula here!)

If KORE has taken your fancy...You can find everything you need to know about the brand and products here.


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27 October 2015

IN THE NOTES: LIVERPOOL TUNE HOTEL







I was recently introduced to the Tune Hotel concept whereby rooms are minimally priced yet finished to a basic though high quality standard. A branch of the Tune Hotel has opened recently on Castle Street here in Liverpool and I was very kindly invited down to spend one night* experiencing the idea. 

Tune Hotels ethos is to provide hotels in central locations with 5 star beds and powerful hot showers in a secure and clean environment. I arrived at the space to be greeted by a very cheery receptionist who gave me a quick run through about the hotel and the information about my room. I was staying in room 503, a double room with a window looking onto the Liver building. I have to say the hotel is positioned in a brilliant location a stones through from the Liverpool One/ Church Street shopping hubs and of course the Albert Dock and waterfront. 

My room was spotless when I arrived and I was really impressed with the automatic heating/ air conditioning unit that adjusted the temperature of the room accordingly. After unpacking my overnight bag I jumped onto the large, comfy  bed (it was literally like a marshmallow) and popped Corrie on the large, HD screen. 

The general idea is that the hotel room is sold to you at a set price for the basic amenities, optional add ons such as towels are £2.50 per towel and toiletries (Which smell ah-mazing and are by Prija which are pretty standard in hotels but lovely quality.) The television add on is £5 for 24 hours, £9 for 72 hours and £14.00 for unlimited access. The wifi £5 for 24 hours or £9.00 for 72 hours and is super speedy though a long and laborious form has to be filled out in order to be hooked up. An in room safe is £3.50 and the hairdryer £2.50 once activated for your entire stay. Other services include a travel adapter and printing service.

I have to say, the hotel was quiet and the bed was literally one of the comfiest beds i've ever slept on. One of my only reservations (see what I did there ;) ) is that there are no tea/coffee making facilities that can be added on...Drinks and snacks are available to purchase from reception but it's nice on a morning to make a brew. I also think the cost can easily be bumped up to a fair old amount with the add ons and necessities such as no towels as standard can catch people out.

Overall, I have to say that for savvy, budget travellers the Tune Hotel is one of the best i've stayed in. If you want basic but clean and modern then i'd high recommend trying the concept out.


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20 October 2015

COLOUR ON // RED HAIR TONER


[After applying Colour on, rinsing and leaving hair to dry naturally]

Whenever i'm pulled to Superdrug by my addiction to hair dye, I always try to lessen the blow by picking up a conditioner, or a new heat protectant anything to stop colour chemicals being applied to my scalp and hair. As you all know I have a serious problem with hair colouring and I would go as far as saying I have somewhat of a problem that needs addressing.

On one of my episodes a few weeks ago, I found myself in the hair dye aisle with a box of red dye in my hand. Whilst scouring the shelves I discovered the Colour On Semi permanent hair toner collection which is new to Superdrug. Intrigued, I was eager to learn more and picked up the red variant (There's a toner for brunette and blonde hair also.) The box states that the product has no ammonia or peroxide and is gentle on the hair.

That night I followed the instructions on the box which was the apply the formula to shampooed hair, though next time for an even more vibrant result i'm tempted to apply it to dry hair as instructed by every hair dresser i've ever met. I left the product on for 40 mins before rinsing.

I was really pleased with the result which left me with a plummy, pink toned all over red which has lasted all week without any major fading. I really love the product but I have one criticism, it retails at around £7 and is essentially a tubed version of the infamous Directions Paint Pots which you can pick up for as little as £1. With this in mind, I probably wouldn't buy this toner again but i'm certainly glad that I gave it a try as one tube has lasted me over three weeks already.




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13 October 2015

IN STYLE: WHO INSPIRES MY STYLE?


Defining your style is a weird one isn't it? Some people fit nicely into a box, 'Scandi- chic' or distinctly 'boho' but me, i'm all over the place. With the rise of fast fashion and the rapid turn around of trends and seasons, no two outfits are ever the same. 
If you've read my blog for a little while now, you'll know that I regularly upload a series named 'Four days, four outfits' - if you fancy a nosey you can find a few here, here and here. The series documents four of my outfits that i've sported over a week. I often get comments telling me i'm brave with colour and interesting in the way I clash prints. But the truth is, I don't do it for any particular 'hey, look at me' way I just wear whatever catches my eye at 6am when I fling my wardrobe open. If that happens to be a bright pink sweater and leopard print leggings, then so be it.

This is not to say that I don't take inspiration from certain people and eras. I'm very much inspired by the witchy, boho style of Stevie Nicks, the band boy girlfriend vibe of Kate Moss and the kookiness of Fearne Cotton. I guess all of those people have in common a love for the classic rock chick look paired with a hippy vibe. 

I love faux fur, leather and sparkle. If you were to raid my wardrobe you'd find a whole host of cheap, vintage and expensive stuff but most of all you'll find colour! I really feel style erupts around your hair colour. When I was blonde, my style was very classic with lots of floral and pastel toned pieces that i'm back redhead it's more about darker, moodier shades and patterns. 



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8 October 2015

IN BEAUTY: HEMA NAIL POLISH IN CHAMELEON GREEN




I first discovered HEMA when visiting Amsterdam last year for my 21st birthday I bought what is probably my all time favourite nail polish 'Copper chameleon'  which is a beautiful gold/bronze shade with green undertones.

A few weekends ago, I found myself in the newly refurbished, Birmingham New Street station which I might add is MEGA. I noticed that they have a HEMA and let out a squeal of happiness before rushing in like a mad woman to stock up on my favourite nail polish and nosey at other treats they have in store. 

In addition to Copper Chameleon I found another allusive and mesmerising shade which goes by the way of 'Chameleon Green' the peacock, turquoise shade is a blend of green and blue  - it's basically a mermaid in a bottle! 

The lasting power of this range is pretty darn awesome too, I usually get 6 days chip free as the formula is light and pearlescent, masking chips more effectively. 

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2 October 2015

IN STYLE: MY TDS BOMBER JACKET



I've always had an eye for jackets that are furry and oversized, in-fact the more extravagant the better. A few months ago I stumbled across TDS Hawarden, the mother and daughter fashion duo creating some of the most sought after bomber jackets around. With a feature in Teen Vogue and a sell out rate of 10 minutes, you know you're onto something exciting with The Design Studio.

TDS launch a select few exclusive, one off designs and once released they are almost like gold dust to get your mittens on. I've tried on a few occasions to bag myself a bomber only to have somebody pip me to the checkout! 

If you like the look of the jackets I strongly recommend following TDS on Instagram to see when new collections are dropping and if you see a style you like, click buy immediately.

My jacket is the HYDREF. A beautiful mix of faux fur in my favourite colours brown, grey, orange, lilac and black. As soon as I saw the jacket had landed I knew that it has my name written all over it... When I wear it I feel like a cat crossed with an owl and when paired with antique rings, tortoiseshell rimmed glasses and a plain black tee and skinny jeans it looks even more incredible.

This bomber jacket is the perfect Autumn wardrobe accompaniment, the fur keeps you nice and snug whilst looking incredibly stylish.


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