A Break In – Somerset

Apologies for the lack of posting, but lucky me got a break! (No it wasn’t Ibiza…as much as would have loved it to have been!) But to tell you the truth I’m really glad my mum booked us a week away in Somerset, it’s really opened my eyes up to the beauty of England (yes, really.)

A lot of people don’t know this but I’m actually quite an outdoorsy person. I lovee camping, hikes and crazy hands on adventures! So you can imagine my excitement when I found out we would be doing plenty of that in Somerset. Although, one slight hitch..I’ve always wanted to go caving but am so so claustrophobic. Despite deciding against it, my mum booked me in to explore two caves with them…I did it! Despite my reservations and fears it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. And it was one of the most breathtaking moments of my life. I’ll link some photos below to show you the caves but nothing can compare to the beauty of these to the naked eye.

I got up to so much whilst I was away that it would take forever to write a post on it, so instead i’ll just show you…

DAY 1 – Bath Town Centre / Cathedral Visit

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DAY 2 – Visiting Cheddar / Gough’s Cave / Hiking Cheddar Gorge

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DAY 3 – Wookey Hole Caves

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DAY 4 – Stonehenge / Sailsbury Catherdral

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“You know all those things you want to do, you should do them.”

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My Affordable Summer Skin and Hair Care Essentials

In England we don’t usually see much of a Summer, cries of Brits longing for some Sunshine can be heard ringing throughout the country. Until it actually happens that is…typical British humour! But if you’re like me and adore the sunshine and soaring temperatures then you’ll want to check out my list of Summer Beauty Essentials to keep you sparkling and safe in this weather!

Now yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far! I made the most out of it and hit the beach! I always wear spf protection wherever I go! As sun is a massive factor in the ageing process (a.k.a wrinkles!) I always chop and change between sun creams but the Malibu Cream Lotion Spray is one of my affordable  favourites. Its super moisturising and comes in a spray bottle which is my favourite way to apply sun lotion. And I just love the smell of Malibu Sun care products, smells of holidays! £3.99 from http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/m1/malibu/icat/malibu

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Now I made the mistake of putting sun lotion on my face this Summer and low and behold I’ve broken out in spots. So I’ve found the perfect alternative that is gentler on your face, the Olay Complete Care Everyday Sunshine Moisturiser.  It includes spf 15 so protects your face against uv rays as well as a built in gradual tan, for that holiday glow without the holiday! And it doesn’t smell of fake tan, bonus! On offer for £4.99 from http://www.boots.com/en/Olay-Complete-Everyday-Sunshine-Moisturiser-Cream-with-sunless-tanner-SPF15-Light-50ml-_24656/

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Some people don’t realise but your hair needs protecting from uv rays too, especially if you dye your hair! Over exposure of your hair to the sun without protection can cause dryness, dullness and breakage. So my go to hair protection at the moment is Alterna’s Bamboo UV Fade Proof Fluide.  It comes in a pump bottle, its a clear liquid you only need a couple of pumps (depending on your hair length) I have shoulder length hair and I use two pumps. Spread if evenly through your hair and your hair is protected against the uv rays detrimental effects on your hair! Reapply every few hours to ensure full protection. £24.00 from http://www.lookfantastic.com/alterna-bamboo-uv-fade-proof-fluide-75ml/10580206.html

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Lastly as most of you girls know the heat and humidity can really mess about with our hairs natural state. I find mine becomes frizzy and tangled if I let it dry naturally. I’ve tried a few different products but have finally come across my saviour Unite 7 Second Condition Leave In Detangler. I cannot thank my lucky stars enough that I come across this product! After washing your hair lightly towel dry then spritz the product in to your hair all over and gently brush through. Then go about your normal routine of blow drying your hair or letting it dry naturally. My hair is naturally loosely curly (but frizzy) since using this product each time i wash my hair it’s no longer tangled but smooth and my curls are more defined. £17.95 from http://unitehair.co.uk/product/7seconds-condition/

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So there are my Summer hair and skin care essentials, what are yours? I’d love to give some of your suggestions a try, leave me a comment in the section below!🙂

Peace & Love as always

CustomMadeCharacter xo

CLASS OF 2016!

As you’ve probably seen your facebook, twitter and instagram timelines filling up with an array hat throwing montages…It’s graduation season! And despite my fears that I wouldn’t make it, my day came on Monday 11th July. Now of course graduation prep for those of you who have experienced it, know that it is an incredibly stressful time. Full of intense schedule planning, MANY outfit proposals and a whole lot of nerves!

Now in true Georgia fashion, I got stuck in traffic on the M3, JUST made it with 3 minutes to spare until the ceremony proceedings started. However I still had to be brought to my seat MIA style to the utter shock and panic of the lady at the door. As you can imagine I was shot stares from everyone in the room, not one of my finest moments! But the point is I made it! The ceremony was amazing and I didn’t fall over (as i had nightmares about) but my friend did…I have the video, no I am not putting it up…So, if you still have your graduation to come and need some tips on getting organised for the big day I’ve compiled a list of tips. (Which I probably should of done prior to my graduation day.)

*Rent your hat and gown in advance, most universities allow for same day hire, but it just takes away one less stress of the day!

*YOUR OUTFIT. An important part of graduation day, you need to factor in all possibilities when choosing the perfect outfit. Firstly, those heels are uh-mazing, but are they too high? Am I likely to fall over in them? If you’re wearing a floaty style dress, is it going to blow up mid grad picture taking? Is your outfit too revealing? You want to look and feel amazing but remember this is a very formal event and looking smart is key! My graduation dress came from boohoo at a bargain £25, for the most beautiful off the shoulder peach dress. I paired this with a pair of baby pink heels and my prized Vivienne Westwood earrings.

*Have a schedule, plan out your day to ensure you arrive with enough time prior to the ceremony and think about your celebrations afterwards. Maybe you’re going to lunch or for a few drinks to celebrate. Or maybe you’re even staying there the night to go out and party that night. Either way its a good idea to have a rough schedule/plan that you and all your family/friends attending know about, just to help make the day run a bit smoother.

*Graduation is kind of like being at a festival, its all fun and games until you loose half of your friends, you’re flapping your hands around in hopes they’ll see you. And getting a group photo is a task that requires great skill and preparation. So, in order to make sure you get that all important group photo, take a few before the ceremony. (Leave the hat throwing one until after.) Then that way you’re guaranteed to have a few well composed photos of you all before it becomes carnage after the ceremony.

*Stay hydrated! Especially if your ceremony is is in the Summer, trust me those gowns and hats are a lot heavier than they look! You also might need it just before you go on stage, *queue dry throat.*

*ENJOY YOURSELF. This moment only comes around once for most, so make the most out of it, take as many pictures and do as many hat throws as you please!

Congrats Grad!

xoxo

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BST Hyde Park Festival Review

Hey lovelies!

So I thought I’d introduce some different content into my blog to make it more varied and exciting. I want it to capture my life as well as my interest in clothes and beauty. So what better way to start this new venture than with a festival post! Festival season has officially started! And I was lucky enough to win a pair of tickets to British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park on the 1st July. Thanks to the amazing Fashion guru and blogger Stephi LaReine, who ran an Instagram competition in partnership with BST festival to give away two pairs of tickets.

Headlining was Massive Attack, you may know them as the group that created the musical masterpieces that are ‘Teardrop’ and ‘Unfinished Sympathy.’ Other acts performing throughout the day included GhostPoet, Patti Smith and WarPaint. Over the past few years I have heard raving reviews about British Summertime Festival but never actually been myself. I get the hype now, the festival has such a friendly atmosphere and the facilities available are awesome; from a huge variety of catering to rides, freebie stalls and carnival creatures, this is the perfect festival for families. And as we all know at a festival toilet facilities are always a concern, but they were very clean and had minimal queuing! We spent most of our time at the Casa Bacardi stage throughout the day as that’s where it seemed to be happening! Surrounded by carnival dancers the stage was headlined by different djs throughout the day playing the best in reggae and r&b music, it was a great atmosphere. When the time come around to head to the main stage to see Massive Attack headline I was slightly disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to make an attempt to get to the front, as there was a ‘golden circle’ which was outlined with barriers at the front of the stage reserved for Barclaycard customers only. Saying that, the act was brilliant and I still had a great view from outside of the golden circle!

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I thoroughly enjoyed Massive Attack’s performance there was a great atmosphere in the crowd and I will be attending again next year for sure! Now in case you’re like me and wondering what other festivals you can sink yourselves into this year I’ve compiled a small list of festivals in the UK that I definitely think are worth checking out this year!

BESTIVAL / ISLE OF WIGHT / 8TH – 11TH SEPTEMBER

BOARDMASTERS / NEWQUAY / 10TH – 14TH AUGUST

LATTITUDE FESTIVAL / SOUTHWOLD / 14TH – 17TH JULY

SOUTH WEST FOUR / CLAPHAM COMMON / 27TH – 28 AUGUST

V FESTIVAL / ESSEX / 20TH – 21ST AUGUST

I’d love to hear of any festivals you would personally recommend this year! Leave a comment in the section below🙂 I’ll be making a big announcement on my blog tomorrow so make sure you keep updated via my Facebook and Twitter pages (Links to follow at the bottom of the page.)

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American Cream is a Dream!

For as long as I can remember my hair has been limp and dry, even before I started dying my hair it was like straw. Just pulled the short straw I guess – as both of my sisters have long beautiful hair! So whilst on set of a photo shoot recently I let the hair stylist have a chop at my hair and it gave me a new lease of life and some much needed volume! It certainly worked, 1 out of 2 problems solved! Now I just needed my hair to stop being so dry and dull then I’d have the hair I always wanted!

 It was recommended to me that I splash a little bit of extra cash on my shampoo and conditioners and I would really notice the difference. As some cheaper conditioners can coat the hair strands weighing them down too much causing the ends to break off. That was the best hair advice I ever received…I set off  to Lush cosmetics as I’m a firm lover and believer in their natural and cruelty free products. I asked for conditioner recommendations for extra dry hair. She showed me a few but I was sold on American cream, it sounded exactly like what I needed;

https://uk.lush.com/products/american-cream

4 out of 5 stars rated

Although the bottle describes American Cream as having the scent of marshmallows I’m not quite sure I agree…nether the less it still smells amazing! And the smell has stayed in my hair a whole day after I washed it. Which is something I find usually fades within a few hours of using most other conditioners. My hair is now super smooth and shiny after just a few uses of American Cream and friends have said they’ve notices a difference in the thickness of my hair. It’s safe to say I am obsesseddd! Investing a little more cash into your conditioner really can make all the difference. Everyone’s hair type is different and you need to find the one that works best for your hair, so make sure to get samples where possible before investing. To make it a bit easier for you I’ve compiled a list of a couple more Lush shampoo and conditioners that have great reviews. Click on the links to find out more!🙂

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BIG – £6.75 -4 out of 5 stars – https://uk.lush.com/products/big

ROOTS

ROOTS – £10.75 -5 out of 5 stars – https://uk.lush.com/products/roots

I haven’t tried out ‘BIG’ and ‘ROOTS’ personally but from online reviews I have heard they’re hair saviours, definitely worth a try! My lush advisor was super generous and gave me loads of free samples of different shampoos so I’ll also be reviewing those on my blog once I get a chance to try them out!  Until then have a browse on Lush’s website and get thinking to switching to a more natural way to indulge your hair. I would love to hear some of your suggestions on what other hair care products you think I should use, leave a comment inn the section below!🙂

Georgia-Rose

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