Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Doll Inspired Street Style Lookbook

It's finally SUMMER! Time to get all our dresses out of the wardrobe and show them off to the world! Hehe xx

Comment below: What's your go-to summer outfit? DRESS or SHORTS? 

Dress: H&M
Shoes: Primark
Bracelet: Etsy

For the makeup, we decided to create a more doll-like effect to enhance the summer vibes; hence 
the flowery dress, shoes, and braid! xx

Makeup/Beauty CRISIS of the day: I neeeeeed to get some new eye-liner, has anybody got a good brand they can recommend?? 

BlogLovin: Embrace the Light 
Twitter: @beboldbebright
Instagram: @embracethelight


Ayah & Kimmy xxx

Model: Kimmy Levey
Photographer: Ayah Mokhalalati

Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Versatile Blogger Award!!

Thank you to the lovely Amy from SmoothAmy for nominating us for the Versatile Bloggers Award!

The rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
2. Nominate 15 other blogs.
3. Give 7 facts about yourself (Because there are two of us we decided to split the facts between us and answer the extra about us both!)

All dressed up for Ayah's birthday!
Ayah is on the left and Kimmy is on the right!

3 Facts about Kimmy...
1. My birthday is on April Fool's Day (and yes, I've heard aaalll the jokes before...)
2. I do the odd bit of sketching, so you might see a couple of pieces on here in the future!
3. I taught myself to use a proper camera at around 15 years old on a reeeeaally old film camera using negatives and slowly moved onto modern cameras!

3 Facts about Ayah...
1. I love dancing and started ballet from a veeryy young age, then picked up hip-hop, contemporary, modern, lyrical and street jazz!
2. I am a singer and sang at a big charity ball in front of around 500 people which was prettyy funky!
3. I lovee film-making and acting! I've directed and produced my own films and tv shows and even had acting roles in them too!!

Our final fact is that when we're together we are suuuper talkative, we pratically live in each other's flats! Definitely our funniest moment is when Ayah saw someone with gooood fashion sense and sub-consciously said "Oooooh la laaa!!" so loudly they turned around!

We're nominating:
Ivana Avitabile
Ink Dreaming
Glitter Infatuation 
Through New Eyes 
Kiran Alix
That Gent
Chasing Rubies Chasing Pearls
Scottish Stef's Nails
That Everyday Girl 
Amy Farrell Says 
The Flower That Blooms
Bethany Georgina 
Dizzy Miss Lizzy 
Miss Mandana
Running White Horses

Hope you enjoyed finding out a teeny bit more about us! It's so hard to think of interesting facts about yourself! What do you guys like to do in your spare time?

BlogLovin: Embrace the Light 
Twitter: @beboldbebright
Instagram: @embracethelight

Ayah and Kimmy xxx

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Balance Me, Pure Skin Face Wash REVIEW!

I will be brutally honest and say that I have really awkward skin. I would say it's combination and I get quite a few breakouts. I've tried preeetty much everything and nothing really had much of an effect so I wasn't feeling too optimistic about this product.

*Especially because it came as a freebie tester with a magazine and I tend to be a little suspicious about those!(hehe)*

To add to the list of skin-woes, my skin can be really sensitive and I have to be super careful about what products I put on my skin in case it causes any damage!

The product claims:
"Our hydrating, sulphate-free water-based cleanser blended with anti-oxidants and gently balancing spruce knot extract effectively removes make-up and daily grime and enhances the skin's natural radiance."

Sounds decent right??

First of all, this product is kind to my skin! It doesn't work miracles, I still have the odd breakout and my skin can be problematic but it hasn't caused any irritation which might be some good news for my fellow sensitive-skin girls out there!

Secondly, the formula feels soooooo nice!

It is so soft and is really gentle when you're putting it onto your skin. It doesn't really foam up loads like some face washes which is a bit weird because it's like putting cream on your face but the up-side of this is that it feels much less harsh.

It ALSO leaves your skin feeling really SOFT ~which is FAB~

AND........It leaves a really clean feeling and you feel quite refreshed after using it which is perfect for in the mornings!

Negative point: It doesn't work miracles.

If you have quite bad skin then it might be worth using it in combination with some treatments for spots or blemishes a daily cleanser it does everything you expect it to!

It also has quite a strong smell, I don't really like because it's quite musky and kinda reminds me of the perfume that old people wear.

I think the best thing about this product is that it uses a LOT of natural ingredients and I checked it against a list of things to avoid and it doesn't have any of them! That is absolutely fab news for everyone who wants to steer clear of potentially harmful chemicals rightt?!!

I'm kinda obsessed with itt!

Have you used any Balance Me products before? What did you think??
What are your daily essentials??

Make up CRISIS of the day: I need to buy some dry shampoo for SUMMER, can anybody recommend a good (and affordable!) range for me?!

BlogLovin: Embrace the Light 
Twitter: @beboldbebright
Instagram: @embracethelight

Kimmy xx

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

How to get a summer body!? Tips & Advice! | Embrace The Light



There is no thing such as a summer body!
If you exist during summer and you have a body, then guess what? You have a summer body!
Being thin and slender is not your aim and it shouldn't be!

The world is full of diverse shapes and sizes and that is something to be celebrated- not hidden away or changed. 

As we get closer to summer we get crowded by adverts and magazine covers all trying to sell us the 'perfect' body. They tell us to slim down, fill out, tone up, but not too much. The world is full of double standards when it comes to how a person 'should' look and frankly, it's frankly just a load of rubbish.

Perhaps you've seen the Protein World adverts for weight loss which imply that in order to look good on a beach you have to lose weight and fit their criteria of a 'beach body'. You may have seen their responses to people's criticisms of the adverts saying things like: "why make your insecurities our problem?" Guess what? It is their problem. In fact, this is a GLOBAL PROBLEM.

According to BeReal: 8 is the average age that girls start dieting and half of men feel bad about their appearance after reading a magazine.

1 in 4 of us feels bad about the way we look.

It is an issue for everyone. EVERYONE.

We need to come together and give the media a strong message that this is not going to work. The media, advertisers, companies cannot shame us for our natural appearance. You want our money? Then don't make us hate ourselves, and don't make us hate you- like what kind of a marketing strategy is that? HUH?.

Now lets get one thing straight.

By all means, live an active life, exercise, eat healthily, go to the gym and get rock hard abs- if that is what you want to do. If that is not for you, then rock on! Who cares? Nobody can tell you how to look or how to live your life, so get out there, put on whatever clothes make you feel good and don't let anybody shame you.

It is ALL just a twisted body image that is being portrayed in the media.
It is not healthy.
It is not okay.

Eating disorders and a dissatisfaction of one's body



Embrace your body and the way you LIVE


Eat whatever you want to eat (except if you're allergic, we don't want that hehe!)
Drink whatever you want to drink
BUT Most importantly, take care of yourself and your body.
Be who You want to be, not who someone forces you to be.

Don't let photos deceive you, it is incredible what can be done in editing

Both of us at Embrace the Light have felt the pressure to look a certain way and that's part of our inspiration for running the blog. To encourage confidence and body positivity, to remind you that you are beautiful!

If you find this hard to believe then we want to challenge you to look in the mirror every day and say, I Am Beautiful. It's truly amazing how your life changes when you realise that you look darn awesome and nothing will change that.

We'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions:

Do you agree with what we said? What do you think should be altered in the media?
Do you think having a summer body is even a thing?!

BlogLovin: Embrace the Light 
Twitter: @beboldbebright
Instagram: @embracethelight

Ayah and Kimmy x

PLEASE NOTE: If you feel you need someone to talk to about the issues raised in this post, please go to one of these links for advice and professional advice.
UK: B-eat
A country by country list of support lines can be found here, credit to Together We Are Strong

Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored in any shape or form, this is just a topic that we really care about and wanted to write about.