My Current Morning Skincare Routine


With the temptation of an extra few minutes in bed, I don't give myself much time in the mornings to beautify my skin. However my current routine, of only 5 products, peps up my face and keeps my skin refreshed, glowing and ready for the day ahead.

How to Lose Weight for an Event | Lose 10lbs in 2 Weeks


Everyone knows that weight loss is a slow and steady process, but there are times when the gradual approach just won't do; that special event and 'that' dress are on the horizon and you need to shift the weight and slim down fast. I use this approach in every emergency and it never fails me.

Zizzi's Casareccia Pollo Picante Recipe


Comforting pasta, juicy toms, cleansing spinach and grilled chicken all wrapped up in a silky, fiery sauce, Zizzi's Casareccia Pollo Picante is unimaginably simple to create and everything you'd wish for in comfort food. Keep reading for the recipe I nabbed from one of their fine chefs. 

Olay Regenerist Luminous Moisturiser Review

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To the detriment of my bank balance, I am naturally drawn to high end skincare. This hasn't, however, quashed my efforts to find new wonders, pricey or not, which have brilliantly lead me to discover this fine gem.

Weight Loss Wednesdays | What I Eat


After a pretty lengthy hiatus, Weight Loss Wednesdays is back. 

Here we are, back at the beginning. I envisage a bumpy ride ahead but buckle your seatbelts and follow me for take two of my weight loss journey.

Hair Journey | How to get Soft, Detangled Hair


If you've read this original post, you'll know I'm venturing on a hair journey for 2015 and why. My hair is naturally wavy and gets super tangled, but I've found a bordering-miracle way of getting soft, tangle-free hair which is effective, cheap and natural. 

Skincare Alternatives | High End vs Drugstore


I'm big into skin. And as much as I periodically think I've found the holy grail of skincare routines, there is always something new and more shiny on the horizon to grace my collection. Here is a round up of truly sumptuous skincare goodies, and some cheaper alternatives that won't break the bank.

Drugstore Contour Kit | 17 Define & Conquer Contour Kit Review


I've never had much luck with bronzers and contouring. Quite possibly because I have a long list of requirements and also because I'm way too slapdash and low maintenance with everyday makeup to possess any contouring skill. Too orange, too shimmery, too muddy, too powdery or too slick, too obvious!

There are a whole host of fantastic contouring/shading products (Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Glow, Kevin Aucoin's Sculpting Powder, Tom Ford's Shade & Illuminate, Lancome do a really nice palette too..) but they're generally pricey, and the highstreet versions I've come across just haven't met my expectations (even Sleek failed). Until...

Low-Carb Roast Chicken Traybake


I am a carb fiend. I'm the type of person who could sit and eat a great big doorstop of bread with very little (or no..) accompaniment, which is to my detriment regarding any weight loss effort!

For those of you like myself, low-carb is hard; it either seems to be deprivative and miserable or courgette-into-linguine-style hardwork. This recipe is neither, but instead wholesome and satisfying and unimaginably easy.

Hair Journey | Grow Long & Healthy Hair


'There's more to life than hair, but it's a good place to start' - Aussie.

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I'm sure many of you will appreciate that hair is a 'big deal'. Thick, long, healthy, smooth, it's what everyone wants. Due to stress, I've unfortunately suffered from the condition Telogen Effluvium for the last year to 18 months, causing me to lose around two thirds to three quarters of my hair.

So now that it's the new year, I've been fuelled to do something about it, or at least try; I've decided to go on a Hair Journey. And I'm going to document it here on Barely There Beauty. Here's an overview of Telogen Effluvium and the methods and techniques that I'll be using to help restore my hair back to health.

5 Steps To A Slimmer And Healthier You


Summer is well and truly over, the new year has begun, our tans are fading and mince pies,  gingerbread lattes with extra whooshy cream and roasts have no doubt added to our waistlines...


As you may already know from reading my Weight Loss Wednesday posts, I'd like to lose a few pounds, scratch that, more than a few pounds! And even though I've fully indulged in the aforementioned Christmas festivities, there are a few simple changes I'm going to make and share with you to help shed a few pounds.

New Year's Resolutions 2015


Whether we stick to them or not is another matter, but making resolutions every January seems somewhat compulsory. Here are mine for 2015:

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