Friday, 18 April 2014

The Minimal Wardrobe's Best Accessory

Friday, 18 April 2014

Transitioning from winter to spring when it's too mild to wear a woolly scarf yet chilly enough to still need the extra warmth, lightweight vintage scarves become the perfect accessory.

{ how to wear }

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Don't Give Up

Thursday, 17 April 2014

I get bored easily and I'm prone to being fickle; I have been growing increasingly frustrated with blogging and lately it feels harder to carry on than it does to quit. While I can see where I want The Private Life to go, I want it to happen now and we all know these sorts of things are gradual.

- Take the pressure off; daily blogging isn't essential
- Ditch the routine; rigid schedules can destroy creativity
- Do something different; forget about it (for a while, at least)
- Quality over quantity; don't let it slip
- Don't give up

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Playing With My Hair

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Shampoo* | Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Conditioner*
Naked Body Building Shampoo | Naked Smooth & Silky Conditioner

Ages ago I mentioned ditching heat styling, embracing air drying, and letting my hair do its own thing. Well, I slipped up and fell back into bad habits for a while. I missed the carelessness (and ease) of my previous "no hassle" routine and the complete unpredictability it produced. So I've returned to the joys of air drying and have been trying out a few different products to discover which ones achieve the best results.

I started with the Naked range and while I wasn't completely sold on the boasts about "97% plant and mineral derived ingredients," I did warm to their cruelty-free ethos. Unfortunately I saw mixed results; the Naked Body Building Shampoo left my hair feeling awfully dry, while the Naked Weightless Conditioner did nothing to soften the blow. The Naked Smooth & Silky Conditioner, however, was pretty awesome; the formula smells divine and thanks to the Jojoba oil, my hair felt nourished and smoothed. It may just be I haven't found the right combination for my hair type so I definitely haven't written off trying more from the Naked range.

Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy offers a range of products infused with Moringa Oil, an efficient natural cleanser with nourishing, emollient properties that benefit the skin and hair. I'm skeptical of products such as these because they rarely contain a fair amount of the active ingredient and it's usually best to buy a pure oil instead. However, I was completely impressed with the entire Miracle Therapy range. The Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Shampoo and Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Conditioner work together to thoroughly cleanse, leaving the hair nourished and super soft to the touch; I noticed a huge reduction in frizz and absolutely no dryness.

Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Leave-In Spray* | Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Leave-In Serum*
Argan Treatment Oil*

When air drying my hair I twist sections into loose ringlets so when it has finished drying I'm left with soft natural waves. To reduce frizz and add shine, I have been applying the Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Leave-In Spray to the lengths of my hair and combing through followed by the Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Leave-In Serum on just the ends. Alternatively I have been applying an Argan Treatment Oil, which works in the same way to prevent the dullness air drying can cause and restore natural shine to the hair. All three products work impressively well and are regularly used in my routine.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spring Scents

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Fresh Cut Roses Yankee Candle | Peach Splash Flamingo Candle* | Vanilla Pod Tealights

I'm rather particular when it comes to fragrances but these three hit it when it comes to perfect spring scents.

The Fresh Cut Roses Yankee Candle is my all time forever favorite. The traditional scent of freshly cut roses in full bloom fills the air, reminiscent of rolling fields and English gardens. The Peach Splash Flamingo Candle is subtle, slowly dispersing a fresh, floral fragrance with green notes and hints of sweet peach. The Vanilla Pod Tealights are a classic favourite; these are sweet yet not overbearing and wonderful to burn on a spring evening.

Monday, 14 April 2014


Monday, 14 April 2014
klairs lily lolo review sample
Klairs Illuminating BB Cream* | B. Confident CC Cream | Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation

After getting rid of the junk, I overhauled my daily essentials by introducing some old favourites and a couple of new products. I've been using either the Klairs Illuminating BB Cream or the B. Confident CC Cream to provide colour correction and illumination. The Klairs Illuminating BB Cream has a softer, beige tone to the formula that works best at brightening while the B. Confident CC Cream has more colour correcting power, with its yellow leaning peach tones. Both work equally as well at evening out the complexion and providing a flawless finish or base.

Either one of these products is perfect for light make-up on a day to day basis but for more coverage I've returned to using the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in Porcelain. After disappointing encounters with other mineral foundations, it's a relief to return to an old favourite that matches my skin tone perfectly. The Lily Lolo Mineral foundations look and feel beautiful on the skin, providing a light coverage finish that never looks heavy on the skin.

b superdrug lily lolo oriflame review sample
B. Radiant Concealer | Lily Lolo Corrector | Lily Lolo Concealer | Oriflame Eyebrow Kit

I always have to work a little concealing into my routine and lately I've been using the B. Radiant Concealer. I opted for the shade 060 Light/Medium as this provides a little extra colour correction when matched with the B. Confident CC Cream. The concealer works beautifully without creasing or being too heavy under the eyes and blends into the skin naturally. My absolute all time favourite and best performing concealer/corrector duo, however, are made by Lily Lolo; PeePo and Blondie are just outstanding. Applied lightly with a brush these two products produce an absolutely flawless finish, correcting discolouration and concealing everything without a trace.

Possibly my most favourite part of my routine is filling in my eyebrows and I've been on the hunt for the perfect colour match for my combination of pale skin and dark hair. When the Oriflame Eyebrow Kit arrived it looked a shade or two lighter than I had hoped but it works beautifully. The darkest shade fills in my brows without looking harsh or unnatural while the second lightest shade provides extra dimension to the brows. The wax is light, easy to apply, and provides great hold.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

7 Things We Should Remember

Saturday, 12 April 2014

1. Quit buying everything | Ask yourself, "will this product work for me?" and "Do I really need this?"
2. Don't take what one person says as gospel | Do you own research, form your own opinions
3. Sales people don't know everything | Plus they really are just trying to sell you things
4. The goal is skin that doesn't "need" make-up | Learn to solve problems not cover them up
5. Learn to read the ingredients | This is tough but the pay off is huge
6. Stop looking at the price tag | Quit being a high end brand snob
7. Take your make-up off as soon as possible | Don't wear it at all if you don't need to

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Use It Or Lose It

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Realising The Private Life of a Girl is one year old in just under two months has led to me also realising I've probably been hoarding a bunch of stuff for far too long. Rooting around in my beauty storage I discovered a whole heap of products I had forgotten about; while most of the high end purchases have been loved until death, the cheaper, more easily accumulated purchases have lingered at the bottom of drawers, totally forgotten about in favour of prettier, more desirable counterparts.

A lot of embarrassingly out of date products headed straight for the bin; I threw a good heap of junk away but I just couldn't bear the thought of perfectly good products being tossed aside simply because I had ungratefully forgotten about them.

Some of what remains has mere months before they "expire" and whilst I'm not too worried about going a little bit over said expiry dates, I do feel as though if I don't make a point of using them, I never will. After all, if I haven't been tempted to use them after twelve months or so, I should think I probably won't ever use them at all.

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