I find it impossible to walk past a Lush shop without going in, so on a recent visit to Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush I slipped in to Lush and treated myself to a pot of Lush’s Cup O’Coffee exfoliating face mask. It contains roasted cocoa extract, vetivert and coriander oil to create an addictive fragrance and leave your skin gorgeously soft. Coffee ice cream, coffee cake, a mug of coffee, iced coffee – I love them all, so when seeing this little pot of fresh coffee smelling goop I knew I had to try it.
It’s gritty and greyish brown and not very attractive, but oh my – it really is amazing.
How To Use
Wash your face with warm water, making sure it’s make-up free. Apply a 50p size blob to each side of your face and circulate with your fingers, allowing the grittiness to exfoliate your skin.
Apply to the lower and upper areas of your face to, avoiding the eye area. Then apply to the upper neck, chin and jaw area and exfoliate here too.
Let the face mask sit for 15 minutes. I recommend wearing a fantastically sparkly bath hat in this time firstly to keep the face mask out of your hair and secondly for extra awesomeness.
Another excellent thing to do in this 15 minutes is listen to Bob Marley’s record “One Cup Of Coffee.” Very relative, don’t you think? Whilst wearing the sparkly hat is the perfect combination.
After 15 mins wash the face mask off with warm water and a flannel, then stand back and admire your stunningly soft and supple skin.
The emperor of attention to detail, Markus Lupfer did not disappoint when it came to venue, props and decoration at his spring / summer 2016 collection show at London Fashion Week. Inspired by a Mexican desert, Lupfer filled the room with lone standing flowers. Simple, yet hugely effective. The collection was compiled of beautiful shift dresses, bomber jackets and stunning separates; with dominant monochrome colour-ways. Floral designs on the textiles complimented the room’s temporary design. I throughly enjoyed the lucha libre – mexican wrestlers embellished on the clothes. There is always something unusual in Markus Lupfer’s collections that makes me smile.
There is no surprise that this is the most beautiful pattern cutting I’ve seen at London Fashion Week 2016 so far, as J. JS Lee worked as a senior pattern cutter for 7 years prior to launching her own label. Jackie Lee’s SS16 collection was a true delight to observe and a beautiful way to start London Fashion Week 2016. As a “blogger” I enjoy writing more about style than what’s hot, and true to my word J . JS Lee’s 2016 Spring Summer collection was immensely stylish. High-fashion drapery, free-flowing textiles and beautiful cuts complimented dresses, pinafores and contemporary feminine light-weight suits. The colour palette was candy striped pastels and then bold contrasting monochrome with an echoing theme of beautiful printed birds; creating the ethos of “the bird’s flight to freedom”. This collection was timeless and filled with rejuvenated energy. This collection is absolutely my favourite so far.
Susnyara’s SS16 collection “Kardia” blew me away at New York Fashion Week. The collection itself is a romantic palette of pastel shades with a whisper of bronze. Unpredictable cuts and stunning drapery lends the feminine collection a hint of delightful chaos. Just enough to understand the inspiration of urban streets and modern day street fashion that play as ingredients behind these dreamy designs. Nina Susnjara designs with the contemporary woman’s figure in mind, making her collection wearable but at the same incredibly special.
Frozen vegetables are a must for anyone who doesn’t have the patience or time to prepare and make delicious home cooked meals daily. I make soup every day for lunch and it takes me about 15 mins. This soup is deliciously flavoursome and full of nutrients. The almonds create a creamy taste and the sumac adds a touch of sweetness. Eat it at lunch or dinner with a hot portion of garlic bread.
First of all heat a frying pan with two tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chopped red onion and fry till soft. Once soft, add the four chopped garlic cloves and the sumac.
Put the frozen vegetables all in one saucepan and boil on a high heat for 6 minutes.
Once the frozen vegetables have boiled put them on the side to cool. Add the almonds to the garlic and fried onions and continue to fry till the onions are crispy.
Once the veg have cooled put them in your Nutribullet or smoothie maker, add half the onion mixture and one cup of the water used to boil the frozen vegetables in, blend till roughly smooth. Put the soup in to a saucepan and add salt and black pepper to your taste. I like lots of black pepper!
Stir till hot, ladle in to a bowl and sprinkle the remaining onion mixture on the top. Serve with buttery toast or garlic bread.
So I am finally better. Although my hands are still filled with ouchy pain and my arms are very stiff. I haven’t posted on www.LuluWilliams.com in a while due to not being able to use my hands at all. Apart from clicking – which has been useful when shopping online. Wink wink.
I treated myself to the ASOS denim pussybow blouse. Being a great lover of double denim it’s a fab wardrobe essential for me. This shirt is great for wearing with this season’s hottest textile – suede. It’s great with leather or PU and fab for dressing down pencil skirts. I love matching it with my high-waisted boyfriend jeans and vintage printed heels.
I have been in and out of hospital with a new virus that causes temporary severe arthritis. Lots of pain! I am still live on Instagram though. I will be back on the www.LuluWilliams.com ball for London Fashion Week, if not – before. See you then!
This beautiful little eatery is the perfect way to start your day. So, I did so every day that I was in Marbella. It is located by the pool of the Puente Romano with the option to order drinks to sun loungers or sit down to a delicious organic lunch or breakfast. I tried nearly everything on Rachel’s Organic Food menu from the delicious coconut ice cream, the red Sangria, the banana & strawberry topped breakfast bowl and of course their tasty coffees – americano, espresso, iced coffee and café con leche with honey. Attached to the eatery is a sweet little boutique selling everything from kitchenalia to children’s toys and clothing. I fell in love with a lot of pieces for the home.
Summer is here and my make-up bag is becoming lighter and lighter. Today it’s 29’C so it’s the perfect day to write about Dusty Girls natural mineral bronzer “Sunshine”.
Normally I would wear a very light layer of foundation and then two strokes of bronzer to add some colour to my cheeks, today I am wearing a very light coat of natural foundation and one layer of “Sunshine.” My skin feels…. “relieved”. No more winter make-up. “Sunshine” bronzer is made from natural micas with Macadamia Oil and Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E to enhance and protect your skin. It keeps skin soft and nourished, even in this heat.
My simple tips for a summery complexion are as follows:
1. Exfoliate every evening. This will help rejuvenate the skin and clean the day’s impurities, excess oil and dry skin.
2. Drink plenty of water at room temperature and avoid dairy and sugar. A healthy digestive system equals healthy skin. Pesky hormones can cause annoying breakouts but dairy and sugar don’t help. Of course I’m not asking you to give up your Friday night take away, but just be slightly more conscious of what you’re putting in your body.
3. Take one Vitamin D 5000iu tablet a day. It doesn’t seem like much, but I have suffered with random breakouts and stubborn skin for years. Sunshine helps, but Vitamin D tablets have already made a huge difference to my skin. Results will appear after approximately three weeks. I have been using the Live Well brand, but any will do.
4. Be aware of what you are dressing your face with. Dusty Girls natural mineral make-up by MooGoo contains vitamins and healthy oils for the skin, including Jojoba natural Vitamin E and Macadamia. It doesn’t suffocate your pores and looks natural on.
In the summer wear a light tinted moisturiser with a concealer stick for any serious problem areas. Add some colour to your cheeks using MooGoo’s “Sunshine” natural mineral bronzer, which is much better than using chemical filled make-up to dress your skin.
Remember to wash your make-up brushes every month. Normal shampoo is fine, leave them to dry head sticking out over the edge of the sink or a bowl.
Dusty Girls do a fab face powder brush called the “Kabuki Brush”. It’s 100% cruelty free and uses no animal hair. The bristles as just as soft and don’t moult. It’s also the perfect size for any make-up bag as it’s head is larger than it’s handle.
It’s official – Vita Coco’s coconut oil is a miracle product!
Everyone should have a pot or three in their house. Here’s why…
Did you know that when it comes to weight loss, coconut oil can be a really helpful ingredient? Yes, it reduces hunger. The fatty acids in coconut oil significantly reduce your appetite, which positively affects body weight over the long term. I like to keep my jar of Vita Coco coconut oil in my tea tray, next to my Aga and kettle.
This way it’s always there ready to toss a teaspoon’s worth in a wok, on my toast, salad, in my coffee or even to take outside with me when sunbathing.
Frying butternut squash with garlic, chilli and Vita Coco coconut oil. Sorry for the slight blur – the heat had taken over!
Butternut squash cooked with Vita Coco coconut oil, zesty guacamole and a veggie burger.
Simple dishes such as tomato salad or even my morning porridge with blueberries and honey always receive a teaspoons drizzle of Vita Coco coconut oil.
Drizzle Vita Coco coconut oil over the salad
Stir a teaspoon of Vita Coco coconut oil in to your porridge. Then add blueberries and honey.
Not only is Vita Coco coconut oil an official “superfood”, it’s also a super item to have in your bathroom cupboard. Add a tablespoon’s worth to your bath and soak up the moisture. The smell is also delicious, very gentle and soft.
Fresh moisturised leggies!
Use Vita Coco’s coconut oil as a moisturiser for your body or for your hair. It works fantastically as conditioner. My advice to you is to replace any expensive chemical filled hair products with a simple jar of Vita Coco coconut oil. It will moisturise and strengthen your hair to a higher quality than any chemical filled product.
My simple instructions for using coconut oil as conditioner are as follows. To use on dry hair, take a pea size amount and melt in the warmth of your hands or pour a tablespoon’s amount of the coconut oil in liquid form in to your palm. Rub evenly in to your palms and massage in to the ends of your hair. Then brush through.
Sorry about the blur! It was steamy in the bathroom!
To use coconut oil on wet hair as a conditioning treatment you will need a good quality hair brush, a large hair clip and two tablespoon’s worth of coconut oil in liquid form (FIG 1). Evenly massage it in to your wet hair and through the strands too. Take a wide tooth comb/good quality hairbrush and brush it through (FIG 2). I currently have ombre hair, if you do too I recommend adding a little extra coconut oil in to the start of the bleached area of your hair (FIG 3). Then massage extra coconut oil in to the ends of your hair, as this is always an area that needs extra moisture (FIG 4). Clip your hair up or wear a shower cap for an hour, or overnight. The longer you leave it, the softer your hair will be.
When ready to wash make sure you shampoo your hair twice. As coconut oil – is obviously an oil – it’s important to wash it out after this process as it will become greasy if left in. If you have bleached hair or dry hair, once your hair is dry, take a pea sized amount of coconut oil in liquid form and evenly massage it in to the ends of your hair. You will now have fabulous hair!
Buy your miracle jar of Vita Coco coconut oil from any of the following retailers. There’s every reason to stock up and spread the good word!