From picking my course to training to assessments… here’s how I qualified.

I have been fascinated by the skin for quite a while now and really wanted to find a way to learn more, in a professional setting. I then realised, after speaking to my beauty therapist mother, that I could indeed do just that whilst also learning how to become a facialist! I am now qualified with a Level 2 VTCT in Skincare and Facial Massage and also have a qualification in Facial Electrical Treatments. This is something I have worked really hard at and was very time consuming on top of a full time job but it was so worth it!

Here’s how I did it…

Level 2 VTCT Skincare and Facial Massage

Obviously working Monday-Friday meant that I needed to find a course that would fit flexibly to my schedule so I started researching weekend courses and focused on London with me being based here right now. I stumbled across the London School of Beauty and Makeup (LSBM) where I saw they offered a 6 week course in skincare and facial massage that took place on weekends – perfect! The one downside I’d say was that it was very expensive… £995 to be exact, so I took a little while to think about it and figured I could make that money back when I started offering facials, so applied and was booked onto the course!

I turned up on the first day and we were thrown straight into the deep-end with anatomy and physiology lessons and learning the basics of a facial – I didn’t expect it but of course, we only had 6 weeks to learn everything! We learned all about Health & Safety in the salon, skincare, anatomy and physiology and of course how to do a facial! The facial itself consists of cleanse – skin analysis – deep cleanse – steam – extractions – exfoliate – facial massage – mask – moisturise. It was intense!

In order to pass the qualification, we had to pass a Health & Safety exam, a Covid-compliant exam, an Anatomy & Physiology Exam, a skincare exam and 3 practical exams. This meant that a lot of my spare time for those 6 weeks involved studying, researching and also practising my facial massage. I won’t lie – it was stressful, but it was so worth it! I absolutely loved the course and felt completely in my element. 6 weeks later I passed and became qualified… woo!

Facial Electrical Treatments

As I loved my Skincare and Facial Massage course, I was really keen to then do my facial electrical treatments course. My lovely lecturer from my LSBM course, Carol, has her own training school where she teaches facial electrics, and because I had such a lovely experience with her, I decided to book onto her course with my friend, Debbie. This course meant that in the space of a day I learned how to do Microcurrent, Galvanic and High-Frequency treatments. You may be wondering what these are so I’ll explain them:

Microcurrent Facial – A microcurrent facial uses low-voltage electricity to stimulate the facial muscles – it’s almost like a “workout” for the face. The goal is to encourage the muscles to look more defined, growth of Adenosine triphosphate (a molecular unit which prevents ageing), and collagen development.

Galvanic Facial – Galvanic is great for most skin types, whether oily, normal, or dry. It boosts the effectiveness of any skin treatment, and because water-soluble substances are presented to the skin, it increases the skin’s ability to absorb, allowing the active ingredients of the facial as well as skin products to penetrate deeper. This is especially great if you have very dry skin, or ageing skin and want to reap the benefits of your skincare routine.

High Frequency Facial – High Frequency is an electrical current and radio frequency used to stimulate, sanitise and heal the skin. The High Frequency current generates warmth in the skin and stimulates nerve endings. This in turn increases blood circulation and encourages healthy cell function and promotes skin healing. It also has germicidal and bacterial effect which can help eliminate and prevent acne.

This meant I covered all bases when it came to facials that tackle ageing skin, dry skin and acne-prone skin. Again it was an intense day that involved an exam at the end, but it was so much fun geeking out with the facial machines and learning how to do them – especially as I have had all those treatments myself before!

So, what’s next?

I am planning on offering at-home facials very soon in London! Keep an eye on my facial page for any updates.


If you have ever thought about doing a similar course, I would really recommend you go for it! I have linked the courses below and if you have any questions, leave it in the comments and I will answer!

VTCT Level 2 Facial Massage & Skincare

Red Bard Training Facial Electrical Treatments

A little insight into ‘fast-fashion’, and what we can do about it

So, after an amazing response to my Instagram stories, I have decided to write a blog post about fast fashion- looking at what it is and what can be done about it. I studied business management at University and in my last year I decided to carry out my dissertation on the topic, titled: “An Exploration into How to Overcome ‘Fast Fashion’ by Engaging Young Consumers in ‘Ethical Fashion’ Through Marketing”. Through this study I essentially wanted to look into consumer behaviour when it comes to fashion and then use business strategies (mainly marketing) to see whether we could move young consumers away from fast fashion. What astonished me was that people didn’t really know what fast fashion was when I was carrying out my studies- yes, they had heard of the term but didn’t really know what it was. So, I thought I would start by outlining exactly what it is, and what we can do to reduce its harmful effects.

Disclaimer: before I start, I am aware I still wear fast fashion brands on my blog, but the point I’m making is I want to start getting a little better at being mindful of what I wear so this is my starting point.


What is ‘fast fashion’?


The ‘fast fashion’ trend is described as “low-cost clothing collections that mimic current luxury fashion trends” (Joy et al., 2012, pp 273). Fast fashion companies turn around new styles from the design room to shop floor within 2 weeks, which allows retailers to generate high profits selling large quantities of low-priced clothing to consumers looking for something new to wear every week. However, this trend has an unethical side that needs to be addressed- both socially and environmentally. The social unethical side of fast fashion is related to production and manufacturing as most fast fashion garments are produced in developing countries, normally by low paid labour. This means lower costs overall for companies, resulting in lower prices for consumers, thus, leading to a higher number of sales.  In terms of environmental issues- fast fashion systemsuse large amounts of water and chemicals and emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases and is known to be the second highest polluter in the world behind oil. Furthermore with 1,000,000,000kg of clothes being disposed to landfills every year, very few clothes are being recycled (Morgan and Birtwistle, 2009). What really shocked me is that fast fashion is the second largest polluter worldwide behind oil, so we really need to start being pro-active about this issue.



What can be done


There are lots that can be done to reduce the issue:

  • Buy second hand- charity shops are amazing.
  • Recycle and donate old clothing as opposed to throwing it away.
  • Reduce consumption- this is a big one. If we were all to at least half the clothing we purchase, we would make a massive difference.
  • Buy from sustainable clothing brands- there are some great brands out there such as Matt and Nat and People Tree- however they are expensive. Nobody’s Child is a sustainable brand that isn’t too expensive so I am going to start shopping there a little more!
  • There is talk of implementing a tax onto producers to pay 1p for every garment made that goes towards better waste collection.


My personal opinion on the matter


  • From studying this area extensively, I have quite a few opinions on the matter
    • 1) Firstly, I do think implementing a tax for manufacturers is a good idea as that can be put towards better waste collection and hopefully reduce landfills being used for fashion waste. However, I think more needs to be done than that. The issue also lies with consumerism- we as consumers respond to trends etc but ultimately it is the suppliers and manufacturers who respond to our demand. The more we demand, the more manufacturers will produce and this just ends up creating a vicious circle.
    • 2) There needs to be more education around the area of fast fashion and consumers need to be shown a more ethical solution. We have seen first-hand a massive response to reducing plastic waste and lots of people are turning vegan for our planet – people want to do good, and that is because they are witnessing the harm of our planet. We have seen restaurants and companies scrap plastic straws for paper ones, and even well-establish food companies respond to the growing demand for vegan food (Greggs being one of them). So, it is possible as consumers to demand for businesses to give a more ethical and sustainable fashion option
    • 3) But how do we do this? We as consumers have the power to change our buying habits thus changing how much manufacturers make. Small steps to begin with such as buying less clothing, swapping to ethical brands, buying second-hand and donating to charity will make a big difference. Coming from a business point of view, I think a lot can be done. My hope is that current brands may see a shift in what consumers want and hopefully follow a more sustainable business strategy. As for already established sustainable brands, a few things need to change. Firstly, the pricing of these brands need to reduce a little bit as consumers are generally price sensitive. Secondly, these brands need to go about their marketing a little better. A lot of them are still not very well known, so perhaps getting involved with the social media movement (the way fast-fashion has) would help. I think there is also a stigma around these sustainable brands being not very fashionable and ‘hippy’, so perhaps finding a right balance between trendy but also sustainable would be ideal.


Moving forward

  • As a blogger, I will definitely be incorporating these thoughts into my content. I want to show a more sustainable way of being fashionable. I started the year by sharing that I was going to buy less, and whilst that has reduced my content (as I’ve had less outfits to post), I’m hoping to find ways to incorporate sustainable yet fashionable content to build it back up.
  • I don’t want to lose the fashion aspect of my blog. Fashion makes me happy so I will continue to shop, but I will buy less and be a bit more mindful.
  • I am going to look into more sustainable brands.
  • Finally, I want to make the point that my blog won’t be about constant pressure to be sustainable, as that can be a bit off putting in my opinion. I just want to be a little more mindful, and think it would be great to share it with you all in subtle way.


I think as long as we are making small changes and doing what we can, thats a great start! I hope you have found this interesting- any questions please leave them in the comments below!


Rachael x

My go-to workout clothing brands

Hey all!

So with it being about -10 degrees right now and the January blues have well and truly kicked in, I find going to the gym or doing a workout nearly impossible right now. When it’s summer I can’t wait to go for a run or a swim, but in the winter I want to cuddle up in bed and not step foot in the gym. Therefore I need some motivation, and nothing motivates me more than nice gym clothes! So I thought I would share my go to brands and my favourite pieces.

First up is Forever 21. I think I have gone on about Forever 21 activewear for years, and thats because not only is it super pretty, it so affordable and lasts foreeeever! I have had a pair of leggings for about 5 years that cost me £20. I have linked some of my favourite items from their current activewear line below:


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High impact sports bra

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Crop top

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Next up is puma. I am obsessed with puma clothing and if you are long legged like me, you need to try the leggings! They are super long and flattering.

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Puma leggings


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Sports bra

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Sports top

And finally, I want to talk about my new find, Gap. I didn’t realise they did activewear, however now I have noticed their line ‘GapFit’ and want it all!

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Star leggings (as seen on my Instagram)

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Colour block leggings

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Deep blue leggings

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Twist back t-shirt

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Low impact sports bra 


There are plenty more brands I love- USA Pro, Nike and Under Armour are up there too, so definitely check them out! I hope this has helped if you are in a little rut with exercising, but if you want to snuggle up on the sofa away from the cold, that is perfectly fine too!

Lots of love,

Rachael x

2019- The Year of Minimalism

Happy New Year everyone!

We are quite a bit into January now so I can imagine a few of you are giving your New Years resolutions a go. Every year I normally start my year with ‘I’m going to be more healthy’, ‘I’m going to exercise more’ or ‘I’m going to work harder’, but normally by February I give up and go back to my normal routine- which isn’t terrible- but I feel like i’ve lost my motivation. So this year I decided to tackle a new goal of mine- to be more minimalistic. What I mean by this is that I essentially want to own less ‘clutter’ and buy less than I normally do.

Having loved fashion for years, having my own blog and also working in the industry, this has has meant that I’m forever looking at clothes, handbags, shoes and even beauty products. I’m basically a marketers dream and I buy into most trends, and probably buy at least one new thing a week- whether its clothes, make up or accessories. My friends know me as a serial shopper and my boyfriend rolls his eyes every time I show him the new handbag I got even though I have a million others that look the same. But this year I have decided to make a change, for a number of reasons. Firstly, I want to start saving money as I don’t even want to know how much I spend yearly on fashion and beauty buys. Secondly, I feel that if my room is less cluttered of ‘stuff’ I might feel less mentally cluttered- I know that sounds weird but it sounds sensible in my head! And finally, as you may of heard, ‘fast fashion’ is becoming a real problem, and I feel like I am a part of that. If you haven’t heard of the term ‘fast fashion’, it is a term used by fashion retailers to describe inexpensive designs that move quickly from the catwalk to stores to meet new trends. Essentially, high street stores are mimicking catwalk trends and constantly refreshing their stores multiple times a year with new trends so consumers buy into it. This means that there is a higher rate of consumerism but also a higher rate of waste as once these items are ‘out of fashion’ (or fall apart due to being poorly manufactured to cut costs). I definitely buy into trends and then chuck out clothes regularly, however after conducting my 4th year dissertation on the topic of fast fashion (let me know if you want a blog post on that) I’ve decided to buy less into the trend. So how exactly am I going to do this? Well, I’ve made a little plan with 4 changes I am making, so that if you are trying to also be more minimalistic, it will hopefully help you too!

Organise and stay organised!

Recently I have decided to reorganise my bedroom to see where I can get rid of things, and basically to make me realise what I don’t need anymore. I have been ruthless and it honestly feels so nice having less clutter around my room! I can see my clothes more clearly and for some reason it feels nice just having less stuff. Therefore I am hoping this will make me want to keep it this way and stop me from buying more!


I have decided each month I am giving myself a budget to spend on fashion and beauty.  Recently, I got myself a monzo bank account (an online bank that lets to budget and see your spending via an app) where I have made a pot for fashion and beauty, so I don’t overspend.


Think before I buy

I am so bad for making rational decisions when it comes to shopping- if I see something I want, I buy it- and often I decide a month later I don’t like it anymore and it becomes waste. Therefore if I see something I like, I’m going to spend a few days thinking about it and if I still want it and can justify it, then I will buy it.


Donate to charity

This isn’t actually a new thing for me, I’ve donated clothes to charity for years, however I want to carry on doing it. It’s really easy to donate to charity- you can either go to charity shops with your things or you can find donation drop offs often by googling the nearest place to you. I often donate my clothing to the charity ‘bins’ that you find in H&M and TK Maxx. This limits the issue of waste in my life and makes me more inclined to get rid of things I don’t need as they are going to a good cause!


I hope this has been useful to anyone who has the same New Years resolution as me, and good luck to those that have any other resolutions they are working hard at!

All my love,

Rachael x



Happy Monday!


I thought I would start the week with a new blog post about one of my favourite new independent fashion friends. I recently met my now friend, Courtney, at work a few weeks ago and was so excited to hear she has her own fashion brand- Genki- a streetwear brand that specialises in menswear.



A little info on Genki:

Genki launched its first collection in the winter of 2017 as a streetwear brand taking inspiration from high-end fashion brands such as Maharishi, Comme des Garcons and streetwear brands like MKI and Supreme. The brand is designed to be prominently menswear as Courtney believes males are more likely to purchase independent brands and fashion labels. She also likes the idea of blurring the lines between male and female fashion with over-sized products replacing fitted clothes. Furthermore, Courtney wanted to create something affordable but also good quality, as streetwear can often be of a very high price. Genki has its own website which is is also used as a platform for up and coming fashion designers and brands in order to sell and advertise numerous brands from around the globe. And finally, incase you were wondering, like I was, the idea of the name of Genki came from the story of Yamato Tamooka- a man who went missing in Japan for a week and once he was found in the woods he was described as ‘Genki’ meaning healthy.


Genki is a super fashion-forward brand but also has its own stamp on it. Now a brand that is technically based in Glasgow, I think it is one that fits in so well with the very cool, relaxed vibe that Glasgow has.

As you can see I got the pleasure of being gifted a Genki hoodie and I’m obsessed with it! The colour is so cute, and ever though its from the menswear line, its perfect for females too! Having had at the line I already have my eye on a couple of hoodies, and don’t even get me started on the kids wear!


If you want to have a look at the website (wouldn’t blame you) here is a link and the Instagram page which is also very cool is @genki_lifestyle.

I’ve also linked some of my favourites below incase you want to shop them straight away!

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Sakura Hoodie

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Sakura Hoodie

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Oahu Hoodie

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Tanelah T-shirt

Happy shopping!

Rachael x

Handbag Wishlist

Anyone who knows me will know I love a handbag- I have too many for my own good and still continue to buy more! With Christmas coming up I thought I would share some of my favourite handbags that I have my eye on incase you want to treat yourself or someone else!

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Just Fab

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Louis Vuitton

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Saint Laurent

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Happy shopping!

Rachael x

Luxury vs Affordable

So if you’re like me and follow fashion carefully, you will see an array of fashion items made by top designers with unbelievably high price tags (or should I say overpriced price tags). Don’t get me wrong, I would love all these overpriced pieces, but unfortunately my bank account doesn’t agree. I love when I am able to find high street ‘dupes’ of the more expensive, luxury brands so I thought I would share some of my cheaper alternatives to a few luxury classics.

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Stuart  Weitzman £695                                                                   ALDO £95


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Gucci Fur Mules £630                                                USC Fur Mules £15



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Chanel Boy Bag £4,170                                                  Shein Dupe £14.99


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Burberry £1,450                                                 Mango £55.99


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Balmain Blazer £1,510                 Missguided £40

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Chanel £2,550                                           Shein £7.99



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Balenciaga Boots £1,070                      ASOS Boots £65

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Balenciaga Sneakers £605                              Public Desire £34.99

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Isabel Marant £320                        New Look £15.99

Happy shopping (and saving)!

Rachael x



It’s Boot Season!

As much as I hate the cold, I love Autumn and Winter- especially from a fashion perspective. I adore being able to wrap up in big cosy coats and accessorising with knitwear and I think this season is just my favourite time for clothing in general. The one thing I love especially about autumn/winter is wearing boots, so I thought I would share some of my favourite boots with you all!

Ankle Boots

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Heeled Booties

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Debenhams (Gucci vibes!)

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Over- The- Knee Boots

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River Island

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Miss Pap

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New Look

Biker Boots

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New Look

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Happy Shopping!

Rachael x