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

Custom Made Character 

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.

Current Crush: Adore Me Swimwear

Now I don’t want to jinx it, but Summer 2016 has been pretty amazing weather as far as England is concerned…Best believe everyone has been making the most of the sizzling summer and when it comes to swimwear it’s clear to see that the one piece swimsuit has made a big comeback! After laying low for quite a few years this Summer the shops are filled with an array of beautifully patterned and shaped swimsuits.

Whilst browsing online I found an American based lingerie site Adore Me . It’s members only but to sign up is completely free and you just need your email address. In sizes xs – 3x this will definitely be my go to for swimwear this Summer and for many to come; with beautiful prints and silhouettes to suit all body shapes, I’m glad I found this gem!

I’ve have browsed and picked out a few of my favs so you don’t have to! I’ve also added some accessories and given some style advice alongside them to keep you looking at the top of your beach and poolside game.

The ‘Krista’

I had to start with this stunning one piece as it’s my favourite. I love the mesh panelling, it really accentuates and flatters the curves of your body and it’s right on trend this season. I’ve created this look with a party holiday destination in mind and you can never go wrong with a black swimsuit and this one is only $39.95 in the sale! I’ve teamed it with a simple black suede choker (River Island, £6) and a colourful beaded cross body bag (Boohoo, £12.)

Swimsuit – http://www.adoreme.com/swim/krista-swim.html

Choker – http://www.riverisland.com/women/jewellery/chokers/black-velvet-choker-686842

Bag – http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/holiday-shop/holiday-accessories/icat/holiday-shoes-accessories


‘Kaia’

From black to white, this gorgeous strappy one piece is perfect for a picturesque beach day in Greece. Team with heeled tan wedges (New Look, £18) and animal print shades (Topshop, £20) and you’ve got an minimal and effortless but chic beach look.

Swimsuit – http://www.adoreme.com/kaia-swim.html

Shades – http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/holiday-shop-4459576/cateye-cactus-sunglasses-5763100?bi=60&ps=20

Wedges – http://www.newlook.com/shop/shoe-gallery/view-all-shoes/tan-premium-leather-contrast-plaform-wedge-sandals-_378398418


‘Azra’

Last but certainly not least is this amazing halter print swimsuit. I love the colours and print on this number! I love the black boning and the unique u shaped neckline. Only $49.95 it also has a removable halter strap to turn it into a bandeau one piece. Paired with a gorgeous oversized straw hat (ASOS, £18) and a straw cross body duffle bag (New Look at ASOS, £17.99.)

Swimsuit – http://www.adoreme.com/swim/azra-swim.html

Hat – http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-straw-oversized-metallic-silver-floppy-with-colour-block-brim/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6399715&clr=Silver&cid=6449&pgesize=13&pge=0&totalstyles=13&gridsize=3&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=1

Bag – http://www.asos.com/new-look/new-look-straw-duffle-bag/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6881903&clr=Whitepattern&cid=6446

‘Sea you soon beach beauty’s’

Custom Made Character xo.

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

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.)

CustomMadeCharacter x0