31 January 2016

Balance Hyaluronic Moisturiser Review

Balance Hyaluronic Moisturiser Review by beauty blogger FashionFake
Balance Hyaluronic Moisturiser Review by beauty blogger FashionFake
Balance Hyaluronic Moisturiser Review by beauty blogger FashionFake

Hyaluronic skincare products have been on the top of my list ever since my first experience with a hyaluronic moisturiser so I was really keen to try out this hyaluronic moisturiser from Balance Active Formula. This moisturiser has active levels of Algisium C2® which is a multi functional ingredient that 'perfects' the skin. Coupled with Hylasome® EG10 (which is a powerful type of the already ultra moisturising hyaluronic acid) the Balance Active Formula Hyaluronic Moisturiser is a rightful award winning product.

The following benefits of the moisturiser include: even skin tone, radiance, reduced wrinkles and fine lines, firms skin, smoothes uneven skin texture, and of course deeply moisturises. The product is suitable for all skin types and has been dermatologically tested - perfect!

I found that the moisturiser did everything it promised - my skin felt moisturised, and radiant. The product is to be applied every morning and night, so it's great that it really is non greasy and makes a great base to apply makeup to!
My only issue with this product was that unfortunately with all the benefits like moisturised and radiant skin, it also gave me spots... I have tested it for a couple of weeks, and then took a break and tried the product again a couple of weeks ago to make sure it was definitely this that was giving me spots and unfortunately it was. Which absolutely kills me because I really liked the moisturiser - but something in there is just not agreeing with my skin, or perhaps I am allergic to an ingredient in this product. Which is possible as I have noticed some products give me more spots. So I've decided to give it to my mum who hopefully will reap the full benefits of the product!

There is a product which I will be writing about in the next couple of weeks from Balance Active Formula which I just fell in love with! So keep you eye out for a very zingy post ;)
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30 January 2016

Tips & Tricks On How To Take A Good Photo


A couple of weekends ago I collaborated with a new photographer, Mike Godfrey of Haunt Me. Mike's photography skills range from weddings, to working with bloggers, and taking portraits in his home studio. It has been absolutely ages since the last time I did a photo shoot like this and it's weird how different it actually feels from taking street style blog photos: firstly, confidence is higher mainly because you don't have an audience of people staring at what you are doing (which as you can imagine can be off putting!); secondly a photographer gives you direction which helps you relax and just 'follow orders' so to speak.


I have found Mikes tips and hints on how to position yourself in fashion and portrait photography really useful, and I wanted to share a couple of tips with you guys. I'm not a model, I don't pretend to be, but I am a girl who likes a nice photo - and being very critical of how I look, I always find any helpful tips an interesting read. So I've compiled some of Mikes advice, and my own tricks on how to take a good photo:

- When you're taking a head on photo or a selfie, extend your neck forward and tip your chin down, looking up at the camera. Not only does this hide any unnecessary chins but makes your eyes appear wider!

- Make triangles with your body. If you pick up a high fashion magazine and look at the photo shoots, you will see that the models make triangles with their arms, legs and even bodies as a whole (when they do this whole caving into themselves pose)

- Relax your mouth so that your top teeth are showing slightly - Sasha P is the queen of this pose! It looks sassy, and confident on camera. If you flash a smile whilst doing so, you'll look super cute!

- Close your eyes and open just before the photo is taken - your eyes will appear bright and fresh

- Have fun! The best advice (as cliché as this sounds) anyone could ever give you is to have fun on the photo shoot. Sometimes it will take you time to get confident in front of the camera, sometimes it will just happen - whatever it is, don't take it too seriously and have a giggle along the way!


I look forward to more future collaborations with Haunt Me - so keep an eye out on my blog, and make sure you check out Mikes website for any photography needs!

PS: I thought I'd include this little photo of Liam and I from the shoot - I absolutely love it because we look like a little lumberjack family in our plaid shirts!! 

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29 January 2016

Winter 2016 LookBook: Cosy Days Out

Casual Winter outfit inspiration from fashion blogger FashionFake featuring Olive Clothing
Casual Winter outfit inspiration from fashion blogger FashionFake featuring Olive Clothing
Casual Winter outfit inspiration from fashion blogger FashionFake featuring Olive Clothing
Casual Winter outfit inspiration from fashion blogger FashionFake featuring Olive Clothing
Casual Winter outfit inspiration from fashion blogger FashionFake featuring Olive Clothing
Casual Winter outfit inspiration from fashion blogger FashionFake featuring Olive Clothing
Casual Winter outfit inspiration from fashion blogger FashionFake featuring Olive Clothing
Casual Winter outfit inspiration from fashion blogger FashionFake featuring Olive Clothing
what i'm wearing: midi knitted dress Olive // shearling and suede gillet Principles (old) // wool fedora Major Wear // faux shearling boots New Look (old) // bag* George at ASDA // belt River Island

The weather for the last couple of weeks has been pretty grim, but thats no reason to stay indoors! All you need is a cute and warm outfit, a hot cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate readily available. I love mooching around boutiques on a rainy day - the bonus is of course that you get sheltered from the rain, and find lots of new things to put on your wishlist!

This time I visited Stockbridge with Heidi on a Sunday. Stockbridge is a little town in Hampshire, just down the road from me. It is full of quirky boutiques, tea rooms and delis filled with delicious local produce. It is also home to a shop called Hero, opened by a fellow fashion blogger Laura Turner of My Pollyanna - that girl is seriously living the dream! A dream which I hold close to my heart because I have always wanted to open my own boutique filled with gorgeous fashion items and lifestyle bits and bobs. Watching someone like Laura do it has really encouraged me, especially as her store is so beautiful and thriving!

We then found the houses that literally belong on the SS16 Pantone list because they have the strongest pastel game in the area - so pretty, it was difficult not to snap a few pictures for the blog. Houses are sometimes the best thing about a small town - they usually have quirky architecture!

You can also have a little peek at 'behind the scenes' and what Heidi and I got up to whilst shooting this outfit! For more videos like this one, check out her YouTube channel and blog!


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27 January 2016

Restaurant Review: The George & Dragon, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire

The George & Dragon pub in Hurstbourne Tarrant Hampshire - review by lifestyle blogger FashionFake
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25 January 2016

Winter 2016 LookBook: Wild, Wild South

Leather jacket and tartan dress outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Leather jacket and tartan dress outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Leather jacket and tartan dress outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Leather jacket and tartan dress outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Leather jacket and tartan dress outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Leather jacket and tartan dress outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Leather jacket and tartan dress outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
what i'm wearing: dress Olive // leather biker jacket River Island // wool fedora hat Major Wear (similar here// bag* George at ASDA // boots Topshop (old)

A leather biker jacket has been a must have in the wardrobes of fashionistas since the early 1950's - boys like Marlon Brando, and James Dean rocked the jacket first, with girls following in 1980's (Debbie Harry) and 1990 when it was made uber popular by the fabulous Kate Moss. I'm sure everyone that I have ever met has some sort of leather jacket in their wardrobe - for a number of reasons:
- it's easy to wear and you can find a style which suits your shape
- it's a classic piece which will stay in your wardrobe forever, making it easy to invest in one
- it can be accessorised in a huge number of ways: from shearling and fur collars, to tribal designs and neon colours
- it helps any outfit look a little 'badass', just remember Buffy rocking her red leather jacket!

I wanted to give a little shape to my midi shirt dress - although I love it loose, I think it also looks great with a jacket which will enhance the waist, even if only by a teeny tiny bit. Dresses with leather jackets are one of my favourite combinations - especially mini dresses with skater skirts and floral patters. There's something so lovely about the contrast of feminine patters and tough leathers!
This jacket has been mine for 6 years now - I love it and cannot trade it in, just yet. It also used to have a detachable faux shearling collar but as you can imagine after 6 years I simply have no idea where it could be!


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24 January 2016

Embryolisse Micellar Lotion Review

Embryolisse Micellar Lotion review, beauty bloggers, FashionFake

Micellar water hit the stores with a BOOM in 2015 - Bioderma was the leading brand and soon enough all our favourites followed with cheaper, more readily available options: Garnier, L'Oreal, La Roche Posay... the list really does go on. With micellar water available for every price bracket, ranging from just under £2 to £25, how do you choose which one to go for and will they really work? 

I've had a couple of micellar makeup removers in the past which couldn't even remove normal mascara - it was frustrating to say the least. So I was really excited to try out the Embryolisse Micellar lotion which soothes and cleanses your skin whilst removing face and eye makeup. Suitable for all skin types and paraben free, this micellar lotion sounded really, really good. I like the idea that you would only use one makeup product to cleanse your skin - that is so handy for a weekend away or an overnight stay somewhere! 

Embryolisse Micellar Lotion contains micelles (which are gentle cleansing agents), cornflower, camomile, witch-hazel, and glycerin which all work together to soften, soothe and tone your skin. My eyes are really sensitive so sometimes when I use new products they get a little sore, but this lotion was very well suited to sensitive areas of the skin. But don't think this lotion is incapable of giving your skin the cleanse that it needs! Micellar lotion removes impurities and everyday pollution (brilliant if you live in a busy city!), and makeup including waterproof mascara. 

After using this lotion day and night, my skin felt clean, smooth and revived. It did struggle with waterproof mascara a little more than the everyday mascara, but I still removed it without any issues. Embryolisse is quickly becoming a favourite of mine because their products deliver exactly what the say on the tin, so they have quickly made it into my top 5 favourite skincare brands!

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23 January 2016

Winter 2016 LookBook: Shearling

Cosy Winter outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Cosy Winter outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Cosy Winter outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Cosy Winter outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Cosy Winter outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
Cosy Winter outfit inspiration by fashion blogger FashionFake
what i'm wearing: knitted midi dress Olive // faux shearling gillet Primark // Sumner Ugg boots // faux shearling mittens Primark // bag* George at ASDA // pom pom knitted beanie Olive // watch* Jord // scarf* Powder

Shearling accessories do two very important things to an outfit - help keep you warm, and look stylish. Shearling is one of my favourite textures for Winter styles - I love the creams, beiges and browns and how rustic it makes any outfit look, even in the city you get a little hint of snowy mountains and cosy log cabins. And the best companion for shearling? Chunky knitwear. I'm obsessing with creams and beiges, I just think these colours scream 'Alps' to me. And seeing as I won't be going to the Alps this year to get a glimpse of the beautiful snowy mountains, I'm brining what little I can of the feeling back to good old Hampshire.

I bought the faux shearling mittens ages ago because I just thought they were so cute and cosy - but I haven't actually worn them until this year, when I finally took the label off! The match perfectly to my faux shearling gillet, and the most comfortable shoes on Earth: Uggs. I'm so happy Uggs are exploding back onto the fashion scene because the comfort and warmth they bring have not been matched by any shoe I have ever tried on - yay to Uggs taking back the Winter shoe empire!!


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22 January 2016

Winter 2016 LookBook: Retro Street

Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
Retro seventies inspired outfit from the high street by fashion blogger FashionFake
what i'm wearing: wide leg trousers Zara // faux fur gillet F&F at Tesco // turtleneck United Colours of Benetton // bag* George at ASDA // hat Major Wear // necklace H&M

Zara always has awesome sales - not only in terms of stock, but also price. I found these trousers in the sale after seeing them on Instagram and just falling in love! Casual, wide leg and checked - they are a wardrobe must have (and currently only £9.99!) But there are only S's left in size which is why I linked to an ASOS version below which look pretty much identical.
I love the retro feel of these trousers which is why I styled them with seventies vibes in mind - a faux fur gillet, fedora hat and a tassel bag all give a little nod to the era. Seventies is not going away any time soon so if you hate the trend, I'm sorry I had to break the bad news to you, but if you love it (like me) you'll be happy to know seventies influences carry on to SS16!! Happy days!

Last weekend, Heidi and I ventured to Stockbridge to have a little snoop and see if we could find a new location for the lookbooks we are currently working on. Stockbridge is a teeny tiny town in Hampshire, just down the road from where I live, and is filled with the cutest boutiques ranging from fashion to interiors, and is a lovely walk (although perhaps maybe not in the rain). I saw the 'Always Kiss Your Dog Goodnight' sign and fell in love - I always give Harvey a little kiss goodnight! There are also some of the best pubs in the area like The Three Cups (which serve awesome grub and have a cute pub garden to be enjoyed in the summer), delis/eateries like Thyme & Tides, and tea rooms. If you're in the area, have a little snoop around the town and let me know what you pick up from the shops!


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20 January 2016

Degustabox December Review

Degustabox Review of the December monthly subscription food box
If there is one lifestyle delivery box you should be signing up to, I would recommend Degustabox.
Degustabox is a monthly food subscription box which contains 9-14 foodie items ranging from vitamin drinks to fruit snack packs, and even ready meals. This is the December box, but because it arrived a little late I am only now writing about it. 
The brand have definitely set up their December box in preparation for everyones January cleanse - except dry January maybe as it contained two bottles of alchohol! Which are still in my fridge as I am one of those people participating in a January cleanse (PS a glass of red wine one at dinner didn't count!!)
Degustabox Review of the December monthly subscription food box

The first item on the Degustabox list are these delicious mango and pineapple bars from The Fabulous Bakers - delicious, natural and packed with goodness to help you satisfy cravings without reaching for a bag of crisps or chocolate. Perfect for on the go - although I think if you're on a diet and wanting a snack you should actually go for fruit, these are the perfect snack to carry on a journey: no mess and no fuss! The bars are delicious and filling - I snack on them during outfit shoots, and on my journeys!

Degustabox Review of the December monthly subscription food box

I was already familiar with Nothing But snacks as I collaborated with the brand in 2015, but it was great to see them in Degustabox. Nothing But are exactly what they say they are - nothing but fruit and vegetables, which are freeze dried. Freeze drying is a process which helps fruit and veg keep in all their goodness and nutrition - making this a great snack and one of your five-a-day!

Hip Pops are a great alternative to potato crisps (and I love crisps, so they were one of the snacks I reluctantly gave up in January and am minimising in general...) as these snacks have typically 50% less fat than crisps, and are full of fibre which helps keep you fuller for longer. I really enjoyed snacking on Hip Pops - and the best thing is they typically come in all the traditional crisp flavours including Prawn Cocktail, Salt & Vinegar, Cheese and Onion and BBQ!

Degustabox Review of the December monthly subscription food box

Pasta makes for the perfect dish to share with friends on a Friday night - I love making a batch of chicken and vegetable pasta, inspired by Italian Summers, with a glass of Sicilian wine (here's the cheeky glass!) and dishing up in a huge deep bowl, with garlic bread, dipping oils, olives and antipasti for everyone to dig in. Although I love making pasta sauce from scratch, sometimes it's really useful to use a pasta sauce and just add some fresh ingredients like tomatoes, basil, and meat - failing that, just top your pasta with hot sauce and grated cheese for a mountain of melted goodness.

Degustabox Review of the December monthly subscription food box

Betavivo is a crispy oat cereal which is high in an ingredient called beta-glucan which can lower your cholesterol and blood glucose. Eating just one daily serving provides you with the required 3g of beta-glucan from oats which is needed to reduce your blood cholesterol. Looking after your cholesterol is important, especially if you have troubles with it already. I use this as a cereal/muesli topper - tasty and good for you!

Complete Energy Bites are packed with caffeine and sugar which give you energy on the go without any mess or hassle. These go straight to Liam in our house because his job is physically demanding and he often drinks energy drinks, which I boycott. I don't like artificial energy coming from sugar and caffeine - to the point where I don't even drink coffee! And Red Bull? Haven't touched the stuff since my teenage years. 11g of Complete Energy Bites contains 5.5g of sugar - for someone on a sugar detox, this is not something we should be indulging in and find energy from other sources like fresh food.

Degustabox Review of the December monthly subscription food box

Ok so I was super excited about this item in the Degustabox - TreeVitalise is organic birch water, and birch water has hit the papers as being the next best thing since coconut water. I am a huge fan of coconut water, and use it a lot to hydrate and also put in smoothies - and I was so curious to see what birch water tastes like! Described as velvety and soft in taste, this bottle was pure birch sap.
The verdict? I'm not impressed. The water wasn't what I expected in terms of taste - yes it was very velvety and soft to drink, but the actual taste just wasn't to my liking. It's difficult to describe the taste as it's nothing like I've had before - perhaps the closest I could get was a little sour and a little stale? But this is subjective because Liam loved the taste!

Degustabox Review of the December monthly subscription food box

KoKo Dairy Free is coconut milk which we are all probably familiar with. Coconut milk is the perfect and delicious replacement for milk and can be used in cereals, milkshakes, smoothies and simply for drinking. This is perfect for me because sometimes drinking cow milk gives me really bad stomach cramps (especially in the mornings?!) but I haven't ever had that problem with coconut milk. It's simply YUM!

Degustabox Review of the December monthly subscription food box

Chai latte is a favourite of mine to drink at coffee shops - my mum and I always grab a chai latte, and I have some cinnamon on top of mine :) Alas, January is a month of saving and coffee shops aren't on everyones agenda - so it's great to have a stash of delicious chai latter hidden in your cupboard! All you add is water, or a little bit of frothy milk for extra fluffiness! Grab a book, and cosy up on your sofa with a blanket and your chai latte for a relaxed evening in.

Degustabox Review of the December monthly subscription food box

And finally we have Crabbies Alcoholic Light Ginger Beer and Red Square Toffee Vodka. I haven't drank these yet because I am actually being really good with my alcohol intake this month but I have previously tried toffee vodka and even if you don't like vodka, this stuff is made from heaven. Served straight with some ice it's delicious and yummy served as a dessert drink after dinner.
Crabbies Ginger Beer is delicious, and gets extra points for giving you a light buzz. Serve with ice, or in a cocktail - this is a great drink to have with friends around!
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