V FEST 16′ Plus Big Blog Announcement!

 

V Festival 2016 was pretty crazy…My first time camping at a festival so I was pretty nervous! It wasn’t smooth sailing I’ll be honest! But it was one hell of a weekend! My main reasoning for buying the ticket was Justin Bieber (queue boo’s) Sia and Rihanna performing. Firstly I will just personally shut down the rumour Biebs was miming, I don’t want to be controversial or anything…Yes he did have a backing track (like most artists I saw that day did) and yes he did talk a fair bit, but I feel like he was really trying to connect with the audience and that makes a nice change from some artists who just perform then walk of the stage. I’ve seen him in concert quite a few times and he usually has a backing track as he dances quite a bit, so any awkward silence’s are avoided, also he did sing over the backing track and performed two acoustic accapella songs! It was just a shame that a few people had to ruin it for the people that were there to actually watch his performance.

Aside from my Bieber rant (SORRY) see what I did there? 😉 I had the most amazing time and myself and my friends were lucky enough to have the most awesome camping neighbours who we spent most of our weekend with. We managed to see alot of acts over the weekend;

Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Sia, Stormzy, Foxes, Bastille, All Saints, Bebe Rexha, Little Mix, David Guetta, among a few…I always think festivals are really worth the money as to pay to see all of the acts you end up seeing individually would be incomprehensible. And I met my favourite beauty instagammer, the amazing Sophie Richardson! @sophiehannahrichardson (Queue fan girling.) I’ve just compiled a a few photos from the weekend below, followed by my blog’s big announcement! 😀 

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As can be seen above, I was but a shadow of my formal self by the end of the weekend! (My mum took this picture when collecting me on Monday…)

SO, my blog’s big announcement…As of Thursday 1st September I am very excited to announce I will start VLOGGING. I am in the process of creating my Youtube channel in connection with my blog Custom Made Character and I will be posting once a week on lifestyle, beauty and fashion topics. I would really appreciate support from as many of you as possible in my new venture and don’t worry I will still be posting on my blog at least twice a week! I will be posting more information on my Facebook page over the next few days so please follow me on there to find out more! 🙂

Peace & Love as always xo

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Sugar Baby Lovin’ – Vita+Skin Collection

Calling all beauty lovers!

You all know by now that I love a product review…so today I have not one but TWO for you. From the oh so cute, Australian beach culture inspired and totally instagrammable brand ‘Sugar Baby.’  Sugar baby is an Australian based brand but luckily for everyone not in the beautiful land of AUS, it’s stocked in Superdrug! And I was lucky enough to wake up to Mr Postman last week delivering me two products from Sugar Baby’s new ‘Vita+Skin’ range! And the best thing is; its paraben free, cruelty free and doesn’t contain any artificial colours or fragrances! Both products I mention below and the rest of the Sugar Baby range can be purchased In any Superdrug store or online and directly on their website.

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Hair Affair

I have extremely dry hair, so I’m always super excited to try out different hair treatments! I love the packaging this one comes in, with a screw cap pipe dispenser allowing for easy-peasy application when you’re in the shower or bath. It’s a hydrating coconut treatment (coconut is so so good for your hair and just about anything else!)

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Hair Affair Sample

The product is thick but smooth and easy to apply to your hair; it contains organic coconut water, natural oils, shea butter and aloe vera. I would recommend using this after going through the motions of your normal hair washing routine and applying all over not forgetting your roots. The packaging states its a 5 minute treatment and I can confirm it definitely does it’s job in that time frame but I found leaving it on for an extra 5 minutes makes all the difference, my hair felt silky smooth once blow-dried. I also tried letting my hair dry naturally after using this treatment my hair was still smooth to the touch but not as much so as when it was blow dried. Nether the less my hair smelt lush and had a subtle shine to it. I would recommend this product especially if you have hair like mine which is dull and dry!

 

Slim-Ulate

I’m going to start this review by simply saying this is a wonder product! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received this coffee and coconut body scrub. Firstly, I have seen quite a few reviews of ‘slimming’ beauty products, but not many of them seemed to be overwhelmingly positive. I myself was sceptical, secondly I actually really dislike coffee, the taste and especially the smell…So I didn’t think I would find myself trying a coffee scrub that’s for sure! But I had heard it was good for your skin, so I gave it a go in the name of beauty and I am so pleased I did.

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Slim-Ulate Sample

Once in the shower apply the scrub massaging it in circular motions onto your skin. Leave for as long as desired then wash off. I applied the scrub all over but focused mainly on my face and my thighs. When I washed the scrub off I was shocked to see that most of my cellulite wasn’t visible anymore! Basically the scrub and caffeine stimulates your blood flow and circulation which in turns reduces the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. So it’s not a permanent lasting product, but I only used it twice last week and my legs are still almost cellulite appearance free! My skin (especially on my face) was soft to the touch and the organic coconut oil hydrated my skin leaving me with a clear complexion. I absolutely recommend this product to anyone wanting to improve their blood circulation to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and or cellulite and if you have dry skin or skin disorders!

It’s always nice to try new products that can help us tackle our insecurities, but as always I promote body positivity and loving the skin you’re in!

‘The most beautiful thing you can do is wear confidence.’ – Blake Lively

Custom Made Character xo.

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

CustomMadeCharacter xo

 

 

Destination Cannes 2016

The past three days have seen in the start of one of the most important events in the entertainment calender; the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Now there will be a lot of blog posts about what celebs were wearing what; I will of course be commenting on that in this post as well as a beauty segment! And for you film lovers as a film fanatic myself I will be be separately posting on the hottest new films premièring over the festival period, so keep an eye out! Now as the festival goes on for a whopping 12 days I will be posting as it unfolds. But for now here’s the looks that have kicked off Cannes…

STYLE

In an array of stunningly dressed celebs I have to applaud the stunning Blake Lively; with her baby bump quaintly showing she was a vision in a sparkly Atelier Versace number.

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Following suit of Blake Lively, Bella Hadid looked polished and pristine as ever in her floor length beaded Roberto Cavalli gown.

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Lily Donaldson vamps it up with a stunning Brandon Maxwell plunging neckline, choker and burgundy lip.

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And pink seems to be the shade of the day! Queen of Cannes Film Festival Araya A. Hargate wows with her Ralph and Russo princess gown.

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BEAUTY

Tousled waves alongside minimal make up and chic updo’s paired with a statement lip seem to be the port of call when it comes to Cannes day 1. Here are my favourite four looks…

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Bella Hadid

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Lily Donaldson

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What were your favourite looks of day 1? Comment below! 🙂

CustomMadeCharacter xo

February Wishlist!

As the new month starts and January flashes before our eyes, I felt it was fitting for me to share my February wishlist with you! Spring is around the corner and I can’t tell you how excited I am. Spring is such a beautiful time and it means I’m that one step closer Summer. So here’s a quick round up of what I’m wishing for this frightfully cold Feb!

Fashion

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Vila Oversized Shirt – ASOS – £35
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Caroline Peep toe shoe – Boohoo – £28

This Winter I’m lusting over over sized pieces and laced shoes, so these two minimalist pieces are a must have for my Winter to Spring wardrobe!

 

Beauty

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – Boots – £9.99
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The Green Balm- Feelunique.com – £12.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the past month or so I’ve been suffering with terrible dry skin due to the dreaded British winter. I never usually suffer too badly but I definitely need to take some extra skincare measures this month, so The Green Balm will 100% end up in my makeup bag this month! And the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation is well overdue for it’s trial run with me as I’ve heard its amazing!

 

 

Mind

And finally the past few months have been sooo busy for me, with jetting off to America to work, being in my final year of university and starting work on a massive tv show, that I’ve neglected to take proper care of my mind and body and quite frankly I think this book could really help me get it together! (One can hope…)

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Get Your Sh*t Together hardback – ASOS – £6.99

As always peace and love

Custom Made Character