Alice-Christina | Twenty Five | North East Fashion & lifestyle blogger.

28 July 2014

Skincare Newbie.

I have a horrible confession to make. Until the past year and a half or so I was terrible with my skincare regime, if I can even call it that. I look back now and I am horrified at how badly I used to treat my skin, and I would wonder why it was dry and lifeless.

I rarely took my make up off before bed (I feel sick at the thought of it now) and when I did remove my make up it was a quick swish of a make up wipe and that was that. I barely touched moisturiser. The only time I did would be if my beloved Dream Matte Mousse wasn't sitting well on my skin and made it look all flakey (one of the reasons I stopped using dream matte mousse and opted for MAC). My answer to dry flakey skin? Moisturise once of twice and expect it all to magically go away. 

That was that, my skin care regime. Horrible wasn't it. But alas, I have learnt from my mistakes. I take my make up off before bed (minus the odd drunken stumble home at 4am) and I moisturise at least once a day. But I am always trying to get myself into a more regular and thorough skincare regime, to get my skin in the best possible condition I can.

So on Friday I ventured into town with Rachel and Becca on the hunt for skincare products, as a few of mine had all ran out. Prior to our outing I had done a little research online and devised myself a shopping list. Micellar Water, Cleanser, a Face Mask and a Serum and these were the ones I purchased. So fingers crossed these make a difference and I see an improvement in my skin. 


02 July 2014

DYO Fabulous Jewellery Pre-Launch Party

As part of Newcastle Fashion Week  I was invited along to Nancy's Bordello (one of my favourite local bars) for a pre-launch event for DYO Fabulous Jewellery. This was the only event I was able to attend throughout Fashion Week due to a hectic timetable with my final year at University. However as an avid jewellery maker myself I jumped at the chance to attend and rejigged my schedule especially. One of the main reasons I wanted to attend this event is because of my interest in the brand itself and their overall concept.

DYO Fabulous Jewellery is a brand based in my hometown, located less than 10 minutes away from my house, which ticks all the boxes regarding my love for local businesses. They specialise in bespoke semi-precious jewellery that you design yourself using their online interface. Janet, the founder of DYO gave us a sneak preview of the system which is still under-construction, but it allowed us to see how easy it is to use. The site launches officially later this summer, where you'll be able to hand pick every element for your own jewellery design and piece it together exactly how you want.

Janet's passion for the brand was clear as she talked us through the concept of the company. She told us of her experience visiting factories where high street jewellery is made (note: they are shocking) and how she travelled the world sourcing individual bespoke designers and handpicked every element available on the site. She went on to explain their future plans to have a bridal section, in order for you to match your jewellery with your colour scheme and a stylist section for stylists to sauce bespoke jewellery for photoshoots and celebrity clients. A truly unique jewellery brand.

Alongside drinks, nibbles, lucky dips and a sample sale, we were offered the chance to sign up to a jewellery making masterclass. I couldn't say no to such an opportunity, so settled down with my pliers and bead-board ready to make a princess pendant necklace. Its been so long since i've made jewellery myself, but this class reminded me of how much I loved it, and I can't wait to make more jewellery of my own.

(Images from the official NFW photographer)

After lots of fiddling and fumbling about with crimps, jump rings and one disastrous necklace malfunction my princess pendant was finally finished and I LOVE IT! I've never thought of using chain in this way and its certainly something i'd try again myself now I have more time on my hands. All I can say is I can't wait until the interface is up and running so I can add more semi-previous creations to my jewellery collection.

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