Today I’m writing all about a new boutique that is Vegan and Cruelty Free. They sell a range of items from makeup, clothing and home decor. The boutique’s owner is half Thai so you will see some influences in their products. I was sent goodies from the owner as she interested in my thoughts on her products. I have provided the boutique with my honest opinions and as I was so impressed by some of the products I just wanted to share my favourite items with you all. The boutique is called Treat yourself Boutique and you can visit the sit by clicking here. The owner of the company is so friendly, it is always a pleasure to chat to her. You can see how passionate she is about her boutique which makes it so worthwhile for me. I asked her if she would be happy to answer a few questions so you can all get to know her a bit. I will firstly show you some of my favourite items.
Here are some of my favourite products:
They have such a range of different glitters which can be applied on your eyes or lips, its perfect for the Summer and a must have Festival accessory. I used the ‘Wet n Wild’ lipgloss they sell and gently patted the glitter onto my lips. This is one of my favourites on my lips:
The Lip pencils and Wet n Wild lipsticks are now in my makeup bag. I have worn them a few times whilst being out and they last for over 10 hours. I can eat and drink as much as I want and it doesn’t smudge or budge! They are a must have! The picture below shows Tru Lips Lip Pencils, a Wet n Wild Lipstick & Flower Candles, please not the notebook is my own:
I am currently loving the below choker, it is also featured in the main picture.
In the below picture shows a variety of different items, including makeup, jewellery and a beautiful Asian dish:
I cant forget this adorable elephant cushion that’s made its way onto my sofa:
More pictures including clothes will be posted on my Instagram. If your not following me on instagram already my username is thisismyxoxo or click here!
Q & A
– How did ‘Treat Yourself Boutique’ start?
I’ve always liked the idea of having my own shop or website so I had left a career that I was in for so long last year that now seemed like the perfect time. There was a lot of research and decisions and planning but in the end, I just thought no time like the present and designed a website. It’s a learning curve and still in the early stages so the brand will change over time but if I don’t do it, I’ll regret it.
– What is your inspiration?
I would say that there are 2 things that have inspired me. The first is my heritage. I am half Thai but brought up in England so I have had the best of both worlds whilst I was growing up. A lot of people who get into conversation with me will say oh I love Thailand, I love the food, the people, the clothing etc. Thai food is easy to find here, it’s the clothing that isn’t. My particular taste in clothes definitely has a Thai influence and given that I wouldn’t sell anything that I wouldn’t use myself, you will find that a lot of the clothing that I sell will have a Thai influence running through it.
My other influence is actually my house bunny! I was watching a video online and it was showing a makeup brand testing their products on rabbits. I did a bit of research and most of the brands that you would think of using for your make – up aren’t cruelty free.
– what makes if different from anyone else?
I am sick of seeing the same type of clothing and the same brands everywhere that I shop. Treat Yourself Boutique is committed to smaller brands and one off pieces that you won’t find in other shops. A lot of the products that are listed are bought in smaller amounts so that not everyone has the same thing. Once they are gone, they won’t be reordered and something else will take its place. As stated before as well, a lot of the products will have an Asian influence to them.
There is a long process to go through before anything is listed in the store. Each potential brand is researched to ensure that they are vegan friendly and cruelty free. A sample is then ordered and tested either by myself or my friends and then sent off to bloggers like yourself who I can trust to give me an honest opinion. After that, it is listed on the website for sale. If at any point through this process, it does not meet someone’s expectations, it simply does not get sold.
– If you had any advice for someone looking to start their own business, what would it be?
Go for it. It’s difficult and time consuming but so rewarding. You have to be organized, able to budget, creative and have the time and patience to get the right product but when you see your customers wearing your products and loving them, then you know you’ve made someone happy. There’s nothing worse than going out and not having the right lip gloss or dress that you really want!
– Do you have a favourite quote or a quote that you live by?
My favourite quote is probably that dreams and dedication are a powerful combination. I am a strong believer that if you put your mind to something and you have enough dedication, you can do anything that you want.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this post 🙂
Good Afternoon beautiful people!
Today i’m writing my first Outfit Of The Day post and I really hope you like it, its something I have wanted to do for a while so when I bought my new dress from Boutique of Molly with a little discount from them, I thought why not do my first outfit of the day post along with a Q&A with the company.
I will be completely honest, I asked my family and boyfriend to take some pictures outside, and after several attempts it generally just wasn’t working. There’s no way of sugar coating it, I just looked awful and I don’t think I was doing the dress any justice! So I took some photos myself.
Outfit of the Day:
The back of this dress has a slit so when you walk it shows a little bit of leg!
This dress is called ‘APRIL’ from Boutique of Molly and priced at £29.95. If you fancy buying anything, make sure you use my code XOXO20 for 20% off your order.
Perfect for: Brunch with the girls, dinner with your boyfriend and an essential dress for every holiday.
Pair with: A cute pair of heels & delicate accessories. The dress is bold and makes a statement on its own.
Q&A time with Boutique of Molly
As I decided to collaborate with the company I was curious about them, who they are and what makes them different. When I approached them and asked if I could ask them a few questions so myself and you guys could get to know them, they were more than happy to answer my questions. You can see the Q&A below:
Q1. How did Boutique of Molly start?– BOM started to try and make their stamp in the fashion industry.
Q2. What was your inspiration for the brand? – We try to offer a range of celebrity inspired products at a high quality yet affordable prices with a hint of our own pretty style too.
– We have also recently tried to break into the handbag industry. This includes trying to offer men an option on our site with our luggage holdalls. So they can be involved with BOM too! It also offers women to shop for themselves yet surprise their other halves with a matching holdall to their new handbag.
Q3. What makes your brand different?- We believe we offer a pretty style with more statement pieces than simple pieces.
Q4. If you had any advice for anyone what would it be? – Our advice to open your own business is to follow your dreams and don’t let anybody tell you you can’t. Don’t give up!
Q5. Do you have a favourite quote or a quote you live by? –A favourite quote, would be Follow Your Dreams and Never Give Up
My experience of working with Boutique of Molly
I have a very positive experience, a lot of my communications with the company was done through twitter however this meant that I always got a reply regardless of what time of the day it was. The person that I spoke to was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I generally cannot fault the customer service I received. The dress was neatly folded and posted in a pink parcel which happens to be my favourite colour!
The dress itself is a thick stretchy material, there is no zip or buttons so it is a case of either popping it over your head or stepping into it. For me its all about stepping in! The dress felt very comfortable and despite my larger chest size, the dress sat perfectly. I have often had problems with dresses where they fit everywhere but then in the chest it is too small. In this dress, I simply had no problems. Horray!
Check out their website by clicking here and don’t forget to use my code XOXO20 for 20% off.
I really hope you guys liked this post.
Picture taken the morning after a Sudacrem mask.
I know it’s not the most glamorous of items but in my opinion you would be pretty silly not to have this in your home.
It’s not just for children and nappy rash. It has so many different uses. My favourite thing is a Sudacrem face mask. So your sitting there thinking why on earth would you want to put nappy rash cream all over your face for? Well i’m sitting here thinking- why aren’t you?
When I wake up with a spot, I cleanse my face and put Sudacrem on the spot straight away. It reduces redness and will be half the size and barely visible when you wake up the next day. But if I am going to apply to the spot, I may as well do a Sudacrem face mask.
There is an ingredient in Sudacrem called Benzyl alcohol that has antiseptic properties and helps to reduce discomfort and redness. I can’t say if this works for acne as I have never had it before but my suggestion would be to try it.
Why a Sudacrem Face Mask?
Trust me, if this isn’t part of your skin routine it should be. I do a sudacrem face mask at least once or twice a week. I particularly like using it when i’m hormonal. My skin starts to get irritated and I can see and feel spots coming up. Once I have throughly cleansed my face I will then apply a layer of sudacrem all over my face (except for my eyelids and lips) and leave on overnight. You will look like a ghost and it will be on your pillow but the next day you will have clear, soft skin.
The ingredients in Sudacrem help to soothe and heal the skin whilst protecting it against any further infection by acting like a barrier cream. The antiseptic and antioxidant properties reduce redness and dry out any spots.
- Heals cuts and burns
- Stops chafing!- yes there’s our summer covered
- Soothes sore skin and helps with eczema
- Helps insect bites
- Great for sunburn and prickly heat
What’s not to love?
I will be honest here, anything I have whether it be a rash, burn or pimple I always use Sudacrem on it. It’s the best thing out there. Its easily accessible in shops, its so cheap and a little goes a long way!
I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my Sudacrem obsession and I really hope you try it.
There’s not that many people I know that doesn’t enjoy a good cup of Tea and honestly who wouldn’t? As it’s National Tea day today I did some research on the benefits of drinking Tea and was quite surprised at some of the things mentioned, hence the reason I am writing this post.
10 Facts about Tea
Did you know?
1. Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease.
2. 98% of people take their tea with milk, but only 30% take sugar in tea.
3. You should use fresh water to make tea. Water that’s already been boiled, has lost oxygen which can make your tea taste flat.
4. Black Tea reduces eye puffiness. Put 2 tea bags in boiling water for 5 mins then take out and squeeze out the liquid then and allow to cool, lastly place the bags on your eyes for 10 minutes.
5. Slurping aerated the Tea increasing flavours allowing for greater contact with your tastebuds! One Tea in particular called Pu-erh Tea is meant to be slurped. I’m really not sure I could, the noise just goes through me. I always thought slurping was seen as rude. Did anyone else think that?
6. Most of us are aware of how healthy green teas are as they aid many of our diets. However did you know that’s black tea also contain high levels of antioxidants. In particular black tea contains polyphenols, which can help our bodies fight cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other illnesses.
7. It’s not as bad for you as coffee. It contains half the amount of caffeine but lots of antioxidants therefore you want experience the highs and lows like you would with coffee.
8. It takes 2,000 tiny leaves to create just one pound of finished tea.
9. Timing is everything- Brewing time should be 3-5 minutes
10. The most expensive teabag in the world is a handcrafted diamond teabag made by Boodles jewelers worth $15,250, which contains 280 diamonds and is being used to raise money for a children’s charity in Manchester, England.
I really hope everyone enjoyed this post and is drinking lots of tea today, I know I will be and let’s not forget dunking those biscuits!
I’m finally getting my roots done and a trim tomorrow after 4 months of it last being done. As you know you should touch up highlights every 6-8 weeks to keep it fresh and avoid those scary roots creeping through. So I know your sitting there thinking how on earth did she manage to make it last 4 months, surely she’s exaggerating. I can say I am 100% not as I have had the same hairdresser for about 12 years and even though I have moved to Kent, I wait till I visit home before I get my hair done. Yes I have trust issues, but so would you if you have had some dodgy hair before finding your favourite hairdresser!
So I thought I would share today with you my secrets of keeping my hair looking full of life and sassy.
What you need:
1. Provoke touch of silver intensive Shampoo and Conditioner
2. Paint brush and bowl (optional)
3. Heat protector Spray
Being blonde and having highlights means that your hair will literally go yellow after a while as all the brassiness starts to show. So I picked up so brightening shampoo and conditioner from my nearest pound land/ home and bargains. I paid about £1.99 for Provoke Touch of Silver Intensive shampoo and £1.99 for the Provoke touch of silver conditioner. In total it cost £3!
Now I tried it both ways. Firstly I tried a few washes in the shower which did lighten my hair but as time went on and as I have thick hair I noticed a lot of brassiness showing through so I discovered something even better.
I sat on the floor with a towel over my shoulders, poured a quarter of the shampoo into a mug and used a paintbrush to go through sections of my hair whilst my hair was dry. How long you leave it for is how much you want it to lift. It works like a toner! I left it for 10 minutes as I defiantly had some yellow going on at the sides.
When your hair is wet I think it’s important to towel dry it before you start blasting heat onto it, as I can just dry your hair up. When my hair was towel dry, I brushed through my hair with a detangler as they are much more gentle than a brush and you won’t pull as much hair out! Before you dry your hair spray on a good heat protector spray, my favourite is by Paul Mitchell and has lasted a long time!
Another tip would be to gently curl the ends or odd strands to naturally lift your hair and give it some natural bounce.
Good Morning Everyone today I thought I would share with you what I take everywhere with me so let’s take a look in my makeup bag..
– Clinique Superbalanced Foundation
– Clinique concealer
– Rimmel London Bronzer
– Max Factor False Lash effect
– Blank Canvas Foindation Brush
– Luxie Cosmetics angled brush
I like to wear light makeup for a more natural look. I find I have to take these little things with me as I always end up sneezing or my eyes water! It’s hilarious, if I left it I would look like a clown 😂
What’s in your makeup bag?
Whenever I go home, I always try to make time to try new places whether that is shops, bars or restaurants. My family and I decided to do a spot of shopping in the City centre as you do. One of my favourite areas to visit in Liverpool is Bold Street. Over the last two years more shops and quirky restaurants, bars and boutiques have popped up. This is were I came across We are Cow Vintage which sells Men’s and Women’s Vintage. I will be honest, its often quite rare for me to buy anything from Vintage Stores as either the clothes don’t fit me or I just look ridiculous.
Most of the time when you think Vintage, its easy to think Charity Store. A shop full of racks everywhere with no organisation and you simply have to go through everything. It’s exhausting. This is what really gets under my skin, I like to walk in and know where to head to first and where I can find things. I’m not impatient, I just cant cope with mess! To my relief, We are Cow are not like this. Hurray! I walked in and instantly distinguished the Men’s side to the Women’s. I could easily see the sections of clothes, the bottom floor was also done the same. This made it a pleasant experience to shop in.
They have Amazing Changing rooms! I know that sounds crazy but I couldn’t get over them. It was a wall of lockers at the back downstairs. I walked in circles twice before asking a Sales assistant who took me over to the wall and opened a door. It felt so surreal. I literally sat there thinking I’m now part of the wall!! Here’s a little clip of the inside:
How adorable are the door handles in the above picture?!!
Some of the products were ‘reworked’ which gave the item a nod to the modern day fashion. What is reworked clothing? This is were an item of clothing in this case for example a Vintage Designer top is shortened, trimmed, rolled up and sometimes dyed to create a new piece that may be more popular with modern day fashion. Combining the old with the new.
I fell in love with several reworked items but made a decision to take home just two tops. I am a nightmare when it comes to Clothes shopping. I am the one that will literally have a meltdown and say she’s too fat, my boobs look saggy, I look like I have water retention etc. You get were I’m going with this. My family and the male sales assistant all assured me that I didn’t look any of these and despite my worries, the male sales assistant was nothing but kind, genuine and patient. It was such a lovely experience.
What did I buy?
Two Super cute Ralph Lauren Reworks!!
Where are they located?
They are located in Liverpool (on Bold Street), Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Birmingham. If your not in any of those places- don’t worry, you can get everything online by clicking here.
Trust me its worth a look, even my dad came out with something!
I am so much more impressed with March’s Glossybox. I was a little disapointed in some of the recent boxes as I received a few duplicates and I started to notice the brands of the products I was receiving were more ones that I could buy anywhere. What I loved about Glossybox was the products that I hadn’t heard of were included, it was a great way to introduce different brands. I have been a subscriber of Glossybox for probably almost 4 years and never had any concerns until recently.
Sleek Makeup- Eye and Cheek Palette
This Works- In transit camera close-up
GOT2B- Styling Primer
FRUU- Fruitilicious Watermelon lip balm
Sleek Makeup– Eye & Cheek Palette
A slim line palette perfect for your handbag or clutch bag. As you can see above the palette is a mixture of colours, there is a pink cheek blush and bronzer along with a smokey eye look. Retail Price is £10.00. To get onto the the Website click Sleek The only downfall for me was the brushes, the small brush and eyeshadow applicator isn’t very good for applying the makeup. The colour did literally looked like it was ‘slapped’ on! I would suggest using your own brushes to blend the makeup. I managed to smooth the shadow over on my eyes however I did have to blend my cheeks with a reliable brush. Here’s a look below using only the sleek palette:
FRUU– Fruitilicious Watermelon Lip Balm
This cute little guy was made by a professor of Cosmetics at the London College of Fashion. Retail Price is £2.99 and can be found here It smells lovely and is quite tasty too! It’s strange as it comes out in an oval shape so you have to place the balm quite flat on your lips. It feels lovely and for the retail price its worth carrying around this cute guy in your purse. Why wouldn’t you? It’s packed full of superfruit ingredients, to name one is avocodo oil. Its PETA Certified, cruelty free and vegan friendly. No nasties just goodness!
OOLUTION– Eye Love
This is AMAZING!! I am so impressed with this and I would recommend it to everyone! It is recommended that you do this morning and evening but I thought I would start off just trying it in the evening. I have used it for 10 nights now and I have noticed such a dramatic difference mostly in my fine lines. There smoother and reduced a lot! I am going to start using it in the mornings aswell. I apply a rice grain amount and rub in circular motions outwards, within seconds I can feel it tightening! Its 100% natural and full of antioxidants, truely amazing and worth every penny. Its Retail Price is £30.00 and can be bought from OOLUTION
This Works– In transit camera close-up
Named as a hero of products by Glossybox and it’s actually quite good. It claims to moisturise, prime, plumps and brightens. It’s been reported as Victoria Beckham’s favourite too. It does actually work, I was a little worried by the slightly thicker consistency as I generally thought it going to stick in patches on my face but it actually glides over and your makeup really does just stick to it. I’m equally impressed! The retail price is £30.00 and you can get it here
GOT2B– Styling Primer
Before Styling you should always Prime your hair, its an absolute must. Regardless of what style your going for this beauty works into damp hair ready to create a look you want. Its retail price is £4.18 so pretty cheap in comparison to many. It can be found here
My Favourite product this month if you haven’t guessed already is OOLUTION Eye Love. I’m lusting over it everyday! If you get this Glossybox too, what was your favourite product and why?