Few hairstyles are more universally flattering than a chic messy bun. It's no secret that doing exciting things to my hair really isn't my bag, so throwing it up into a rough, textured style at the nape of my neck suits me just fine. For a relaxed bun I tend to use a method that's exactly that; relaxed. Spending too much time faffing with the shape and texture of the hair only serves to make the final result more polished than it needs to be. Instead, a backcomb, a ruffle and a half-hearted twist are all that I go for and (usually) I'm quite happy with the result. Looking like you've just rolled out of bed can be harder than it seems.
A good eye cream is hard to find; lord knows I've tried. From high street to high end I've hunted for something that would actually make a semi-noticeble difference to the area and have consistently had no such luck. The closest I came to success was with the Origins GinZing eye cream, which boasted subtle light reflecting particles that did brighten the area slightly, but did very little to hydrate, conceal or awaken. Once that finished I tried creams from Clarins, Clinique and No7; none of which made a lasting impact.
I was then offered the chance to try Vichy Idealia Eyes*; a cream that promises to add radiance and brighten the appearance of dark circles. Like most eye creams it also boasts anti-ageing properties, although this is something that I'm fortunate enough to not need to comment on at the moment. The cream itself has a slight peachy tint, instantly softening the appearance of blue/purple shadows underneath the eye's contour. It definitely doesn't reduce the need for concealer, but it's so nice to finally come across an eye cream that really does make a visible difference to the area upon application. Like Origins GinZing, this one also has a very small amount of shimmer running through the cream that works to brighten the area overall. When applying I do tend to shun the plastic applicator and instead squeeze a small amount onto my finger tip before patting it in, although faffy applicators don't tend to be my thing no matter what the product.
As with all eye creams it's important not to expect miracles. The dark shadows are still there and 7am wake up calls still amount to a great deal of puffiness; but this is without doubt one of the best I've tried. I use it morning and evening to soothe, hydrate and refresh the area and I find it does a brilliant job at all three - even around my sensitive eye area. In terms of providing long term effects... meh. But even so, this is a good'un.
Few wardrobe pieces are more worth a hefty investment than a genuine leather jacket. Few are more versatile, either. I was lucky enough to pick up this one in a charity shop a few weeks ago and I've been playing around with different ways of styling it ever since. I'd never considered myself a biker jacket kind of girl, but it's a worthwhile addition to my collection that I can actually foresee myself getting a fair amount of wear out of, especially during the colder months (it's the heaviest/warmest jacket I own for sure).
My favourite way to wear it at the moment is with a simple white tee/blue jeans combo. Not too adventurous then, but I can confirm that it looks banging with a dress and a pair of DM's as well. I might be filming a short fashion video for my YouTube channel over the next few weeks so I'll be certain to play around with this a little more before I do. You can find some awesome leather jackets here and here and there's a wicked faux option here.