An outfit post, it’s been a while I can tell you that!

But when Boohoo got in touch with a mysterious styling challenge I couldn’t say no. So in the post arrived a mystery parcel and I had to style up whatever was inside. Side note: I was very amused when it arrived addressed to ‘Lucy Dinosaur Dances’ which if you don’t know is my real last name… Inside was this bright red shift dress with ruffle sleeves! Now this really was challenge for me as I’ve never braved red. It’s been the colour of the year with everyone rocking a pop of red, however I’ve stuck to my trusty palette of black, white and grey.

This dress can easily be dressed up *hello Christmas party outfit* but true to my style I went for the toned down comfy option. I decided to go for all black to let the dress speak for itself and I really like the outcome. Paired with my Zara faux fur lined jacket, flat boots and plenty of accessories it made for the perfect ‘casual-just-nipping-to-the-Christmas-market’ outfit.

I’d love to know how you’d style this dress, or how I can get more red into my wardrobe?

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Top 5 Face Masks for all skin types I am a face mask fanatic, not only are they great for your skin but the ultimate excuse to for a cosy night in pamper. I pop a face mask on around twice a week and have hoarded quite the collection over the years. So I thought it was about time to share a few of my top face masks, now who’s got the cucumber slices ready?

Glamglow Youthmud. This is my number one, can’t live without face mask. If you want instant results then this is the fella for you. I’m about to run out of my second tub and at £42 a pot, I’m very glad my friend Hannah has made it a tradition to get me one for my birthday! The original Youthmud formula is very powerful and can cause a strong tingle when first used, but I find it instantly resurfaces my skin and removes any texture. I also really like how grainy it is, allowing a good physical exfoliate when removing the mask. Have a big day coming up? Use this the night before for perfect skin guaranteed.

Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Seed. This is like the little sister of the Glamglow Youthmud, not as harsh but a great one for troublesome skin. This mask is a fab combination between deep cleansing and brightening, it’s a stash staple. The cranberry seeds give a lovely texture for exfoliating when removing the mask, giving further skin brightening properties. At £29 it’s still not cheap, but will last a very long time. It’s great for most skin types so would make a perfect gift, did someone mention Christmas…

Decleor Hydra Floral. Now it’s not all about the harsh detoxifying face masks, often all my skin needs is some good hydration. There are loads of lovely hydrating masks on the market (Origins Drink-up Intensive is another fave) but Decleor Hydra Floral takes top spot. It is initially a white cream that’s very light in texture, but once massaged into the skin turns into an oil. Simply leave it on for 10 mins, or a few hours in my case, then wipe of the excess with a cloth. I love it because it’s incredibly nourishing, smells like a spa treatment and as it’s not an overnight treatment you’re not left sticking to your pillow!

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore. This is my calming mask. For the days when your skin feels red, inflamed and generally angry. It’s a classic mud mask, formulated with Amazonian White Clay to really drag out impurities. Leave on until dry and you’ll be left with clear calm skin. And at £23.50 for a giant 125ml tub it’s pretty good value for money.

Glamglow Supermud. More Glamglow, surprise surprise. This is very similar to the Youthmud version, however it’s much less grainy in texture and more like a classic mud mask. I tend to use this as a targeted treatment on blemish prone areas to help settle pesky spots. Although I’d recommend the classic formula over the Supermud, I love using a variety of masks so my skin doesn’t get too used to any single one. I find it really helps the masks to keep working at their best, also a great excuse to buy more! P.S. you can currently get a double size pot of Supermud for the same price, bargain!

Please do let me know your favourite face masks, I’ll get my shopping list ready.

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Hello, hello! Long time no speak here on Dinosaur Dances and to be honest a lot has changed in my life, but that can wait for another day because right now we’re here for the home decor. I am however back at University for my final year and once again have the pleasure of decorating a new bedroom. I’ve been quite lucky over the years with my uni bedrooms, the worst of it being brown carpets and floral wallpaper! However this year myself and my best friend Hannah hit housing gold with a blank canvas of white (okay cream) walls and wooden floorboards, so I’ve really been able to decorate it how I’d like. So let’s get into the tour!Blue velvet chair home decor

The chair. I’ve wanted a velvet chair for the longest time but even the likes of Home Sense are way out of my student budget. So when I spotted this teal dream at a French market I just couldn’t resist. Big shoutout to my mum and step dad who drove it hundreds of miles home for me, best €25 I’ve ever spent. I’d also like to introduce you to Sid, my new plant baby, who I’ll try my best to keep alive.

Rug | Cushion | Bedside Table | Planter | Plant

Desenio sea foam print and ladder storageI really wanted to inject some colour into the room, so spent a good few hours scrolling the Desenio website to find the perfect prints. I’m going for the casual ‘wall lean’ vibe but let’s be honest I just can’t put things up on rented walls! I bought this little ladder shelf back in London but it’s the perfect way to display bits and bobs, along with my ridiculous perfume collection.

Oh Crepe Print | Sea Foam Print | Ladder ShelfCopper Frame
Macbook pro 13 inch cushions on bed

New bed, new bedding. Okay so I could have stopped at the new M&S quilt cover but I may have gotten a little carried away and updated my cushions too… Let’s also not talk about my new MacBook as my bank account is still wincing at the thought.

Bedding | Patterned Cushion | Pink Fluffy Cushion | Laptop Casecactus print and glass ikea lamp

This is the first time I’ve not had my bed squished into a corner, which meant I *needed* a second bedside light. This gorgeous glass dome lamp is new in from Ikea and I absolutely love it, the pink glass gives a lovely warm hue which makes even the coldest of uni rooms seem snuggly.

Lamp | Small Copper Frame | Large Copper Framedesk home decor

A desk is a student room essential, although mine will probably be used more for makeup than reading…

Desk | Desk Chair | Rug | Gold Pot | Makeup Storage Drawerscosy bedroom crosley record player home decor Crosley Record Player
home sweet home

And there we have a little look into my new uni room, I really hope you like it!

It really is home sweet home.

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IMG_7394 IMG_7401 IMG_7406Ahh Valentine’s Day, it’s that time again. A time where most people complain about the corporate marketing scam forcing you to buy your loved ones a smooshy card and some chocolates. But that’s not how I see it at all. Who cares if the CEO of Clintons is laughing as you reluctantly hand over £3 for a tacky card, if there’s an excuse to stop, slow down and appreciate the people you love then why the heck not?

I’ve always loved this time of year, from back in the day when myself and my best friends would celebrate Galentine’s Day by getting cheesy little gifts for each other or fast forward to today where I have the best boy in the world to actually call my Valentine (I just vommed a little). It’s actually mine and Lewis’ 2nd anniversary the day after Valentine’s Day so I can’t wait to have an excuse to be super soppy, eat as much as possible and warrant extra cuddles.

Now when it comes to gifting it’s quite a tricky one for us as within the last couple of months we’ve had Christmas and both of our 21st Birthday’s. So I for one have run out of ideas! But what better than fragrance? Both myself and Lewis are huge fragrance fans and have ever expanding collections, so when Hugo Boss asked if I’d like to try The Scent For Him* and The Scent For Her* I jumped at the chance. Could it get any cuter than matching perfumes?

I hadn’t really heard much about these specific fragrances before however I’m a big fan of some other Hugo Boss ones (don’t tell Lewis that I often steal his Boss Bottled) so was excited to test them. Now lets just start off by saying I’ve not worn any other perfume for the last few weeks, The Scent For Her is simply beautiful. It’s a gorgeous combination of feminine sweetness, light florals and crisp freshness. My absolute favourite. Think Marc Jacobs Daisy or Chanel Chance Eu Tendre for reference. And do I even need to mention the luxurious packaging?

The Scent For Him follows a very similar tone with it being very light and fruity, the perfect scent for spring summer. I actually think I’ll be wearing this one myself as Lewis will never be parted from his beloved Boss Bottled!

Fragrance is a timeless gift and something I’ll always be thrilled to receive! What Valentine’s gifts are you planning to give alongside that tacky Clintons card?

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img_7363img_6247img_6187Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetOkay, so I’m not technically a fresher anymore but hear me out! When Canesten got in touch about their new freshers campaign, let’s be honest I was a little dubious at first, but I was intrigued about the concept and I realised that I myself needed to hear a few of the following things. So I’m writing this almost as a letter to my fresher self, some advice for little first year Lucy if you will.

You can do it. The first and most important thing I’d say to myself is ‘you can do it’. I have overcome so many things during my time as a student that I can no longer keep count. I’ve had a bumpy journey at times but no matter what, I’ve faced it head on and I’m still here to tell the tale.

Support. Uni can be a stressful time for a multitude of reasons so it’s incredibly important to have a good support network around you. From friends to family and even uni staff, support is vital! I met my best friend Hannah at the bus stop on the way to our very first lecture. She is an incredible friend and makes midnight essay writing almost fun!

Environment. I don’t know about you, but the way my room looks plays a huge part in how I feel. If it’s messy and drab then that’s how I feel. Uni halls can be the most dull of places and it’s quite the challenge to spruce them up, but fear not! With just a handful of cushions, blankets, posters, fairy lights, copper lamps and pictures of loved ones, you’ll feel right at home.

Staying healthy. Starting with the classic ‘freshers flu’, feeling poorly away from home sucks! Particularly when it comes to feminine hygiene as it’s a bit of an embarrassing topic. Heck, I didn’t even get my flu jab in first year as I was too nervous to visit the doctors alone (I realise how silly this sounds now). But as a grown up for the first time it’s all too easy to ignore issues when they arise and let them spiral out of control. Canesten is dedicated to spreading the word that, actually, these things happen to all of us and we shouldn’t be so embarrassed about our health. Whether it’s staying fresh with their range of intimate hygiene products, or relieving the symptoms of cystitis with something a little more dedicated like the CanesOasis. However, if you’re ever worried about anything, head to the doctors, I can promise that they don’t bite!

Study. I’m not here to tell you to start those essays early, I wouldn’t want to preach what I can’t practice! But I do want to say don’t worry. Studying at uni can be very stressful, but at the end of the day, if you try your best then you should be proud.

Have fun. Okay so I said the first one was the most important, but having fun is! University has been the best few years of my life and has brought so many amazing opportunities my way. I’m currently living and working in London, but still get student discount, could it get any better? But seriously, university has taught me so many things and I’ve met the most wonderful people. Just look after yourself, have fun and clean your dishes.

This post is in collaboration with Canesten. All views remain my own.

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