Author: oliviazao

Self-Care: Coping with Depression & Anxiety

May 14, 2017 1

As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, here are some of my tips and mechanisms for self-care & mental wellbeing… My “official” diagnosis for anxiety and depression came a little over a year ago but I had been dealing with the two conditions long before this, for much of my university…

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Strawberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake

May 6, 2017 0

This deliciously more-ish dessert is incredibly easy to make and makes a great end to a meal. You can’t go wrong with a cheesecake and so it was my dessert of choice for our family Easter lunch (Quick question: is cheesecake a pie or a cake?!). Inspiration for the flavour came from the huge box of…

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Extraordinary skincare brand…The Ordinary.

April 1, 2017 4

I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Deciem’s third child company – The Ordinary – and here’s why… Until early this year, I had never heard of The Ordinary, nor any of Deciem’s other beauty brands (NIOD, Fountain, Hylamide and more). Upon the recommendation of a wonderful mutual Twitter follower (@PeachesLenoir) I decided to…

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My Top Aliexpress Hair Vendors

March 26, 2017 3

Having laid and slayed hair doesn’t have to break the bank. Now, Aliexpress is my go-t0 stop for virgin hair… I started wearing weave (for my readers unfamiliar with this – it is essentially hair extensions sewn into your own cornrowed hair) when I was around 18/19. I had had relaxed hair for a number of…

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Review: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

March 5, 2017 2

Does NARS’ new concealer offering top the cult fave Radiant Creamy Concealer? For my long-time blog readers, you will know I am crazy about NARS’ complexion products, including their infamous Radiant Creamy Concealer (click here for an in depth review) so I was intrigued about this latest product. After Jackie Aina gave her seal of approval…

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Review: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

February 11, 2017 2

AKA, The Best Concealer E V E R I had been eyeing up the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer for a long time; I had heard wonderful reviews and also wanted to make my first purchase from the Kevyn Aucoin brand. Further encouraged by rave reviews from Jameela of The Pink Matter podcast, I put…

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5 Affordable Acne Remedies

February 4, 2017 0

Acne and breakouts are common but manageable problems and handling it doesn’t have to break the bank! First, a quick update on my skin and an introduction if this is your first time here (Welcome 🙂 ). I have suffered with acne for around 7 years now. A combination of genetics, hormonal issues and sensitivity,…

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Dutch Caramel Apple Pie

December 28, 2016 2

Whilst perusing the internet for Christmas dessert ideas, I came across this wonderful twist on a classic apple pie… Dutch apple pies differ from usual apple pies due to the fact that they have a normal pastry crust but a streusel topping – a deliciously sweet crumble made from flour, butter and sugar. The caramel…

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Review: YSL Souffle D’Éclat Loose Powder

December 11, 2016 0

For me, winter looks are all about flawless matte finishes so I was on the hunt for a new powder… I first came across Yves Saint Laurent’s Souffle D’Éclat loose powder in one of Queen Jackie Aina‘s beauty favourites videos. After hearing her rave about how flawless and airbrushed this powder made her skin look…

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Barbados Vlog!

November 22, 2016 0

Last month, I finally took the plunge and launched my YouTube channel with my Barbados Vlog. If you haven’t checked it out yet, do have a watch and let me know your thoughts. Be sure to subscribe too as there’ll be some new content coming very soon <3  

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