SUMMER HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK | WHAT I WORE IN CAPE VERDE





I've just returned from my family holiday to Cape Verde. It was so idyllic I've since been in a perpetual state of holiday blues :| I was so busy before I left that I annoyingly didn't manage to upload anything onto my YouTube channel, so I've got quite a few in the pipeline now. I received some lovely feedback on my Festival Fashion video so I thought I'd share what I wore on holiday with y'all!

Let me know what you think to the looks and if there are any other videos you'd like me to do!

WIN A £50 NEW LOOK VOUCHER WITH REVEAL.CO.UK:

Dress, bag and shoes all New Look.

I'm currently working at Reveal magazine and was asked to set up and contribute to a blog. Focussing on sourcing celebrity inspired high street fashion. Each week a member of the Reveal team will post a look showcasing a trend or seasonal look. I was set the task of sourcing an outfit for under £65, I chose New Look and stumbled upon a cute Broderie Anglaise dress which styled with red heels, matching lips and a chic bag. The best thing is the whole outfit comes to just £60.97!

To celebrate the first Reveal's Steals first post New Look are giving away a £50 voucher. To enter the competition click here and follow the instructions (all you need to do is post on the article what you'd spend the voucher on!) Good luck!

OCEAN BEACH IBIZA:

 Dress: Primark
Sunglasses: Boohoo

I was lucky enough to assist on a shoot at the iconic Ocean Beach in Ibiza a couple of weeks back with Reveal magazine. 

It's a celeb hotspot and I've been enviously checking out all the pap shots on Daily Mail Online and wishing I was back there. It's so luxurious and has such a cool vibe. If you haven't been I'd highly recommend checking it out!

This was quickly taken once we'd wrapped by our megga babe of a make-up artist Lauren, so please excuse my messy hair and creased dress!

Also I strongly advise y'all to avert your eyes from the horrendous tan lines on my poor feet. It was a manic week (we did twelve shoots in five days!) and they evidently did not receive adequate sun cream coverage!

I filmed a behind the scenes video of the shoot for the Reveal website which you can check out here! If you want to have a nose around Ocean Beach :)

FESTIVAL FASHION:


I was so jealous of my friends festival tales from Parklife and Field day last weekend that I wanted to get into a festival vibe too, so I thought I'd share some outfits with you guys!

 If I'm lucky enough to get tickets to a couple of festivals this summer, I'll definitely be wearing a selection of these cute, colourful outfits!

 Let me know where you're heading to this summer and what your favourite item is below :)

 Music: Wonderful by Siente 

SATURDAY:


Hat: M&CO
Dress: Topshop
Bracelet and bag: Vingtage
Boots: Miss KG

I got caught in the rain several times this morning on the way back from London :( so I was ridiculously happy to see the sun finally come out this afternoon! I had the nicest afternoon chilling with my chickens and fam.

I picked this mix-pile tea dress up on Friday from the Oxford Circus branch (there's SO many incredible bits in there at the moment!) and absolutely love it. The contrasting patterns and colours are so flattering, with the mustard-toned panelling along the front and around the waist giving the illusion of a thinner waist - something I'm a big fan of as I have a massive complex about my chunks ribs.

I'm off for drinks with my pals this eve and may keep this dress on, it's so easy to dress up and down and is something I've already earmarked for upcoming festivals. It's definitely going to be one of my summer staples!

Have you picked up anything from Topshop recently, I've got a feeling I'll be heading back in on Monday to grab some more bits!

WHAT'S IN MY BAG?


Everything's been so busy lately that I currently have a backlog of half finished, half ready posts that have been sitting in drafts for far too long :( I'm going to really commit to this and try and get a post out every day or every other day - I've written it on the internet now so I have no excuse not to.

I've braved YouTube again and filmed the What's In My Bag video, let me know what you think and if you have any app suggestions. I'm so bloody busy that I've still not downloaded anything onto my new phone except sudoku so my current commutes are duller than usual!




SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES:


XeraCalm A.D Lipid-replenishing Cleansing Oil, £15, Eau Thermale Avène
Néroli & Orchidée Shower Gel, £12, L'Occitane
Hydrating Mask, £5.50, Kiko

I've got a lot of love for three products. They've been replenishing, revitalising and refreshing my face and body for the last couple of months and are my current summer skincare favourites. Let me know what yours are :)


Specially formulated by French dermo-cosmetic brand Avène their entire product range is dedicated to each and every level of skin sensitivity, from sensitive to severely allergic. This cleansing oil contains CER-OMEGA which repairs and nourishes the skin, whilst strengthening the skins protective hydrolipidic film. Whilst the oil can be directly applied to skin, as I don't suffer from any particular sensitivity I've just been using the product once-to-twice weekly in the bath: pouring in the equivalent of five pumps whilst filling up my bath. Completely fragrance and soap-free it leaves my skin feeling smooth.


I'm a huge fan of L'Occitane products and loveee this gem. Infused with extracts of Néroli and Orchidée the shower gel gently cleanses and moisturises leaving a lovely fresh-floral scent. It's so dreamy I'm super tempted to purchase the matching fragrance.

First off, this is not a life-changing product, but it doesn't promise miracles. Whilst my skin has felt replenished and rehydrated since I've been using it on a weekly basis, it's not my all time favourite hydrating mask. It's an inexpensive, but perfectly nice product that applies easily and is hypoallergenic and completely Paraben free, which gets a big thumbs up from me. I'd really recommend it if you're after a budget friendly skincare boost, but would recommend Clinique's Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief if you've got a few more pennies to spend.

IBIZA VLOG:



I'm currently working at a popular weekly fashion magazine and spent last week in Ibiza on a work trip, it was incredible but very manic - we shot 12 fashion stories in six days!

It was the first time I'd been to Ibiza, we stayed in an insane villa in a small village outside San Antonio. Let me know if you have any recommendations - I'll definitely be heading back there with my boy next summer.

I recorded this last Saturday on our day off: Lauren, the make up artist, and I headed down to Ibiza old town and unintentionally ended up in the midst of a Medieval Fair where we saw the weirdest and most wonderful things. Check it out above :)

SPRING PRIMARK HAUL (AND GIVEAWAY):





Yes, this has actually happened. I have finally entered the world of YouTube. I don't really have a clue what I'm doing, but I've put it off for far too long so to celebrate me actually getting my act together and filming a haul I've included a giveaway in the video! So if you fancy entering the giveaway you can win this neon-pink perspex clutch and packs of rings. Just follow all the instructions in the little box to be in with a chance, or two:

Tweet me (@SarahRHarrison) or comment below to let me know what you'd wear it with!





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PRODUCT REVIEW: RACINNE OPTIMAL FORTIFYING EMULSION




I picked this hydrating moisturiser up at a beauty sale when I was working for a well known monthly magazine last year as I'd heard great things about the brand and was intrigued to try out their products.

I didn't really have many expectations for the product as I just quickly grabbed and paid for it. Those of you who have been lucky enough to attend a few beauty sales will know how extreme they are. There's not a second to spare as the moment you pause to contemplate a product will cost you the product, you just have to grab what you can and hope for the best.

From Racinne's Ultra Hyra Perfection range, the Optimal Fortifying Emulsion is enriched with grape extracts (known for their antioxidant effects), sea plant extracts (to increase firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles) as well as multivitamins creating a hydrating concentrate which renews and nourishes skin. The light formula is crammed full of supercharged skincare ingredients which protect against harsh climates and everyday pollution. The concentate also contains amino acids to promote healthy cell growth and protect collagen, is paraben free AND isn't tested on animals: it pretty much ticks every box in my skincare wish list.

I've been using two pumps of the clear concentrate every morning after cleansing for just over three months and have noticed a real difference in how my skin looks and feels. Upon application my skin feels hydrated, replenished and tighter. My Mum's been using it too and her skin has a visible glow, which she's super happy with. Although I didn't pay the full price for this I'd definitely purchase it again.

The only UK stockist (I've found) is Fenwicks, I'd really recommend popping in and asking for a sample if you're close to one. Racinne's Ultra Hydra Perfection range is suitable for all skin types and is definitely worth trying if you're looking to rehydrate your skin.

ZARA SALE:

Photos by Sarah Holliday

Coat, top and skirt : Zara; necklace: Topshop, bag: Kate Spade, shoes: Asos

A couple of weeks ago I accidentally stumbled upon the Zara website and a lot of lovely things consequently fell into my basket.

The Zara sale is not one to miss. Not only are the reductions insanely tempting they always have such a vast array of well made, staple pieces. I picked up: a coat (pictured and reduced from £150 to £49.99), two skirts (a cute blue one and the one pictured: both reduced from £25.99 to £7.99 ), this plain black tee (£5.99 from £18.99) and a lovely black top with sheer lace panelling down the sides (£4.99 from £25.99). I love a good bargain and was really pleased with these pieces, especially as I picked them up so close to the end of the sale.

With the horrible cold and wet weather we've had throughout February/March I've practically lived in the tartan oversized boyfriend coat. I have a major penchant for coats, as I think they can totally change an outfit, dressing looks up or down with ease as well as providing loveworn pieces a new lease of life.

Have you picked up any pieces in the sale recently? As I type this I'm sat in a beautiful light-blue coat I stumbled upon in the Miss Selfridge sale yesterday…yeah, I definitely have a coat problem.

PRODUCT REVIEW: YU-BE MOISTURISING SKIN CREAM

Yu-Be Moisturising cream, tub: £19.50; tube: £13.50
I'm a huge fan of do-it-all balms. I don't leave the house without either a tube of Elizabeth Arden's trusty eight hour cream or Japan's bestselling take on it, safely tucked away in my bag.
The 'Do-It-All' balm caters for every possible eventuality you encounter throughout the day: it's perfect for tending to chapped lips, dry skin and a huge list of first aid functions (including frostbite) to name just a few of its many, many uses. 
Yu-Be's Moisturising Skin Cream has been around since the late 1950's, it was created by a pharmacist, Yoshikiyo Nowatari, as an alternative to the many petroleum based-moisturisers available. Through a secret manufacturing process he created a highly concentrated Glycerin-based cream which replenishes lost moisture from the skin whilst eradicating excess grease: a common issue with petroleum-based products. Packed with vitamins E and B2, the bright yellow product, has a strong camphor scent which does linger upon application, something which can be quite off-putting for anyone with a sensitive nose. However it is a miracle product which works just as well on your face as it does your fingers and feet. 
I've introduced so many of mine and my Mum's friends to Yu-Be's wonderful balm, and I'd definitely recommend sniffing it out, if you struggle with the majorly menthol scent it's worth persevering as the results are worth the whiff.