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Ah the Inkey List! I feel like this is a brand many of us have tried and have (hopefully) been pretty impressed with. Firstly; they're super affordable and accessible, and secondly; their overall approach to skincare is really user-friendly. You certainly won't have any questions about where to slot these products into your routine, something you may run into a few Qs about when purchasing from similar brands such as the Ordinary. I was lucky enough to receive these products in PR, but honestly I would 100% spend my money on them again! 

Oat Cleansing Balm // Now this one I did buy with my own money and have already repurchased! I was on the hunt for a new balm cleanser that didn't break the bank and ticks all of the boxes when it comes to a good effective makeup remover. I love how gentle this is on the face and eyes, you don't need to worry about any irritation with this one thanks to the oat. It's very moisturising, though I always follow up with my full skincare routine anyway, but my skin never feels tight or dry after using this. 

Fulvic Acid Brightening Cleanser // Next up is another cleanser which acts more of a second cleanse in the evening or the first step in my morning routine. This is aimed at brightening the skin and evening out the complexion. I love this in the morning especially as I do feel like it really helps to liven up my dull skin and add a little more luminosity. Don't be put off by the word acid - it's very gentle and also contains Aloe which is great for more sensitive skin. 


2% Hyaluronic Acid // This is a cult favourite from the range and I too absolutely love how this works on the skin. For treating dehydrated skin HA is a fab ingredient that I always reach for when I want my skin to appear more plump and hydrated. This is a very simple, fuss free formula, but it delivers excellent results. I always apply this on damp skin (as recommended) and it sinks in beautifully leaving my skin ready for moisturiser. 

10% Niacinamide // This is an ingredient I haven't really played around with too much until this entered my skincare stash. This is another serum step that I love to team up with vitamin C - the two both help to brighten the skin and fade any dark spots / pigmentation. Niacinamide is also known for controlling oil, something I will most certainly need as we move into the summer months! This particular formula does also contain 1% Hyaluronic Acid so it's nice and moisturising too.

 

Polyglutamic Acid Serum // This is another ingredient that is new to me and I've quickly become obsessed! This helps to lock in moisture and smooth the skin. It's kind of like a beefed up HA with smoothing benefits - sounds pretty great right? In the morning this creates a lovely base for makeup as it smoothes over any texture and plumps out fine lines. I don't think you would need both this and the HA serum in one routine, but they are both very lovely indeed! 

Symbright Moisturiser // I adore this moisturiser underneath makeup as well! It has a subtle pearlescent sheen that looks so dewy and beautiful on the skin. The formula feels like a lightweight lotion so it's very nourishing but doesn't feel heavy or too thick to use in the morning. This also contains Plum Extract (who knew that was a thing?!) and Red Alge to help moisturise and boost radiance. Apparently Plum Extract contains more vitamin c than an orange so it's got to be good! 

I would love to know your Inkey List favourites so please do drop any recommendations down in the comments! Their website contains so much helpful information on each product and how to build them into a routine so I would highly suggest stopping by to see what they recommend! https://uk.theinkeylist.com/ 

Thank you for reading! 

My Top Picks From The Inkey List.



Ah the Inkey List! I feel like this is a brand many of us have tried and have (hopefully) been pretty impressed with. Firstly; they're super affordable and accessible, and secondly; their overall approach to skincare is really user-friendly. You certainly won't have any questions about where to slot these products into your routine, something you may run into a few Qs about when purchasing from similar brands such as the Ordinary. I was lucky enough to receive these products in PR, but honestly I would 100% spend my money on them again! 

Oat Cleansing Balm // Now this one I did buy with my own money and have already repurchased! I was on the hunt for a new balm cleanser that didn't break the bank and ticks all of the boxes when it comes to a good effective makeup remover. I love how gentle this is on the face and eyes, you don't need to worry about any irritation with this one thanks to the oat. It's very moisturising, though I always follow up with my full skincare routine anyway, but my skin never feels tight or dry after using this. 

Fulvic Acid Brightening Cleanser // Next up is another cleanser which acts more of a second cleanse in the evening or the first step in my morning routine. This is aimed at brightening the skin and evening out the complexion. I love this in the morning especially as I do feel like it really helps to liven up my dull skin and add a little more luminosity. Don't be put off by the word acid - it's very gentle and also contains Aloe which is great for more sensitive skin. 


2% Hyaluronic Acid // This is a cult favourite from the range and I too absolutely love how this works on the skin. For treating dehydrated skin HA is a fab ingredient that I always reach for when I want my skin to appear more plump and hydrated. This is a very simple, fuss free formula, but it delivers excellent results. I always apply this on damp skin (as recommended) and it sinks in beautifully leaving my skin ready for moisturiser. 

10% Niacinamide // This is an ingredient I haven't really played around with too much until this entered my skincare stash. This is another serum step that I love to team up with vitamin C - the two both help to brighten the skin and fade any dark spots / pigmentation. Niacinamide is also known for controlling oil, something I will most certainly need as we move into the summer months! This particular formula does also contain 1% Hyaluronic Acid so it's nice and moisturising too.

 

Polyglutamic Acid Serum // This is another ingredient that is new to me and I've quickly become obsessed! This helps to lock in moisture and smooth the skin. It's kind of like a beefed up HA with smoothing benefits - sounds pretty great right? In the morning this creates a lovely base for makeup as it smoothes over any texture and plumps out fine lines. I don't think you would need both this and the HA serum in one routine, but they are both very lovely indeed! 

Symbright Moisturiser // I adore this moisturiser underneath makeup as well! It has a subtle pearlescent sheen that looks so dewy and beautiful on the skin. The formula feels like a lightweight lotion so it's very nourishing but doesn't feel heavy or too thick to use in the morning. This also contains Plum Extract (who knew that was a thing?!) and Red Alge to help moisturise and boost radiance. Apparently Plum Extract contains more vitamin c than an orange so it's got to be good! 

I would love to know your Inkey List favourites so please do drop any recommendations down in the comments! Their website contains so much helpful information on each product and how to build them into a routine so I would highly suggest stopping by to see what they recommend! https://uk.theinkeylist.com/ 

Thank you for reading! 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ok. I know that in every post I mention that I have dry skin...but I'm just being real with you all, and for me that doesn't just stop at my face, I'm pretty much just like a full on almond croissant (wow, what an image)! But seriously, in the Winter, my arms and legs need just as much attention as my face which is why I always have a body scrub sitting in my shower. 

When Mio reached out as asked me to try their brand new Solar Power Body Scrub I didn't even hesitate - "yes yes yes please". First off, you get nearly 300g of product, which is a pretty hefty amount considering scrubs aren't something I use everyday. Secondly (and this is before we actually dive into the formula!) the smell is absolutely insane. If you're familiar with the classic Calippo ice lolly, this is that smell! And if you're not familiar with that, it's basically a gorgeous sweet orange/lemon scent that is very fresh and transports you to the beautiful Italian countryside (at least in my mind). This retails for £25 - a little pricey for a body product, however you do get a lot.


One of the key selling points for me is that it is marketed as an illuminating body scrub - my dream! There used to be a scrub from Garnier which had the same illuminating properties, that has sadly been discontinued, so I'm very happy to have this in my life! Nuxe also have one that is similar, and also L'Occitaine. The one drawback for me would be that it comes in a pot, and not a bottle. I get that as it's thicker it may be harder to pack it into a squeezey bottle, but I find pots get so messy in the shower and I always get water mixed in with the product! Packaging aside, let's get on to the all important formula.

The texture is very sand like, I actually much prefer it to those larger chunkier scrubs you can find on the market, it feels a lot more gentle. You can definitely see a few little sparkles here and there which give it that illuminating finish. You will look like a glowing Victoria Secret Mermaid after you use this - it's divine! The smell makes it such a lovely experience in the shower or bath, like I said before, it transports me back to my summer holidays - I adore it! I always follow up with a body moisturiser and I can assure you your skin will feel so super soft! 

Scrubs are also a great way of tackling pesky ingrown hairs, or stubborn texture on my upper arms, this one buffs away the dead skin really effortlessly. I am very prone to ingrown hairs on my legs, I think because I epilate they're being pulled from the root underneath the skin, as oppose to shaving where you're just scratching the surface. I'm not sure if that's 100% accurate, but please let me know in the comments if you know more! What I'm trying to say is that this is a great product for keeping your skin smooth and bump free. 









Bye Bye Winter Skin: Mio Solar Power Body Scrub.


Ok. I know that in every post I mention that I have dry skin...but I'm just being real with you all, and for me that doesn't just stop at my face, I'm pretty much just like a full on almond croissant (wow, what an image)! But seriously, in the Winter, my arms and legs need just as much attention as my face which is why I always have a body scrub sitting in my shower. 

When Mio reached out as asked me to try their brand new Solar Power Body Scrub I didn't even hesitate - "yes yes yes please". First off, you get nearly 300g of product, which is a pretty hefty amount considering scrubs aren't something I use everyday. Secondly (and this is before we actually dive into the formula!) the smell is absolutely insane. If you're familiar with the classic Calippo ice lolly, this is that smell! And if you're not familiar with that, it's basically a gorgeous sweet orange/lemon scent that is very fresh and transports you to the beautiful Italian countryside (at least in my mind). This retails for £25 - a little pricey for a body product, however you do get a lot.


One of the key selling points for me is that it is marketed as an illuminating body scrub - my dream! There used to be a scrub from Garnier which had the same illuminating properties, that has sadly been discontinued, so I'm very happy to have this in my life! Nuxe also have one that is similar, and also L'Occitaine. The one drawback for me would be that it comes in a pot, and not a bottle. I get that as it's thicker it may be harder to pack it into a squeezey bottle, but I find pots get so messy in the shower and I always get water mixed in with the product! Packaging aside, let's get on to the all important formula.

The texture is very sand like, I actually much prefer it to those larger chunkier scrubs you can find on the market, it feels a lot more gentle. You can definitely see a few little sparkles here and there which give it that illuminating finish. You will look like a glowing Victoria Secret Mermaid after you use this - it's divine! The smell makes it such a lovely experience in the shower or bath, like I said before, it transports me back to my summer holidays - I adore it! I always follow up with a body moisturiser and I can assure you your skin will feel so super soft! 

Scrubs are also a great way of tackling pesky ingrown hairs, or stubborn texture on my upper arms, this one buffs away the dead skin really effortlessly. I am very prone to ingrown hairs on my legs, I think because I epilate they're being pulled from the root underneath the skin, as oppose to shaving where you're just scratching the surface. I'm not sure if that's 100% accurate, but please let me know in the comments if you know more! What I'm trying to say is that this is a great product for keeping your skin smooth and bump free. 









Thursday, November 19, 2020



Here we go again...another month cancelled. I hope we are all feeling ok, and trying to remain positive about the latest UK government announcement. I know for me, the dark evenings will be a struggle, but it's also an excuse for extra cosy movie nights with the boyfriend - do let me know your current movie faves in the comments! I know a couple of friend and family members who have had weddings in November they have now had to cancel last minute. If you're in the same boat, I really really feel for you and hope that next year will be brighter in so many ways - we've got this!! 

Onto something a little more lighthearted - makeup. Something I love to write about to escape the real world for a second. I do like to start my day with a little bit of me time, and makeup is always a part of that! This is not me saying I'm going to spend 2 hours getting ready in morning, my hair will be lucky to even get a brush...but I do think it's fun to play around every now and then! This routine is perfect for those days when you want a little something something, but also want it to be quick and simple.

Glossier Furture Dew // When I first tried this I wasn't blown away. It was a lot thicker than what I was expecting and it wasn't packing as much of a punch as I would have liked. My bad really, as this isn't marketed as a super dewy primer (like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector) but more of a radiance serum/primer hybrid you can use to finish off any skincare routine. Once I accepted that fact, I have been bloody loving it. It's so hydrating, exactly what my skin needs right now, and it smoothes over the skin so nicely. It really is a great product to kickstart the makeup application. Have you tired this yet? 

Glossier Stretch Concealer // Another Glossier pick is their Stretch Concealer. This is super dewy, super creamy and doesn't cake up at all! Perfect for those days when I'm not doing too much and I'm only after a light coverage product that feels very lightweight. My favourite way to apply this is with a brush, and to be honest I kind of blend it all over the skin as it's that light. You can use your fingers under the eyes to optimise the coverage too! Both work well. It can be a little creasy, so if you have oily skin you may want to set it with powder, or reach for something like the NARS Soft Matte! 


Chanel Les Beige Bronzer // I'm very smitten with my Chanel Bronzer...I love how luxe the compact feels and looks, and there's just something about having a little bit of Chanel in your morning routine that brightens the day. This bronzer is more on the sheer-side. but for everyday that's exactly what I like. The colour is perrrfect for me, it has the right amount of warmth without pulling too orange. I blends really nicely too, I rarely take a step back and think 'jeez, I really need to blend that more!' - it's effortless. As it's not as pigmented I hope I don't run out of it too quickly!

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara // No eyeshadow here, just the definition of a good old mascara. If you're after a cheaper alternative, the L'Oreal Lash Paradise has a similar wand to this, but I'm loving the staying power of this Marc Jacobs one at the moment. This is a mini size (my favourite way to dabble in high-end mascaras!) and I've been super impressed with the formula. It's very black, so great for days when you want to focus to be on your lashes, it wears well, and gives a lovely amount of volume. 

Fenty Fu$$y Gloss Bomb // I was going to mention a tinted balm here, but I also do love to reach for a gloss. The Fenty formulas are some of the best, they are very creamy, the shades are beautiful, and they never feel gloopy. Fussy is a great nude pink that I can pair with any look and never have to worry about the colour matching! I really want to pick up some more, so if you have a favourite please let me know!






Lockdown Makeup Part II.



Here we go again...another month cancelled. I hope we are all feeling ok, and trying to remain positive about the latest UK government announcement. I know for me, the dark evenings will be a struggle, but it's also an excuse for extra cosy movie nights with the boyfriend - do let me know your current movie faves in the comments! I know a couple of friend and family members who have had weddings in November they have now had to cancel last minute. If you're in the same boat, I really really feel for you and hope that next year will be brighter in so many ways - we've got this!! 

Onto something a little more lighthearted - makeup. Something I love to write about to escape the real world for a second. I do like to start my day with a little bit of me time, and makeup is always a part of that! This is not me saying I'm going to spend 2 hours getting ready in morning, my hair will be lucky to even get a brush...but I do think it's fun to play around every now and then! This routine is perfect for those days when you want a little something something, but also want it to be quick and simple.

Glossier Furture Dew // When I first tried this I wasn't blown away. It was a lot thicker than what I was expecting and it wasn't packing as much of a punch as I would have liked. My bad really, as this isn't marketed as a super dewy primer (like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector) but more of a radiance serum/primer hybrid you can use to finish off any skincare routine. Once I accepted that fact, I have been bloody loving it. It's so hydrating, exactly what my skin needs right now, and it smoothes over the skin so nicely. It really is a great product to kickstart the makeup application. Have you tired this yet? 

Glossier Stretch Concealer // Another Glossier pick is their Stretch Concealer. This is super dewy, super creamy and doesn't cake up at all! Perfect for those days when I'm not doing too much and I'm only after a light coverage product that feels very lightweight. My favourite way to apply this is with a brush, and to be honest I kind of blend it all over the skin as it's that light. You can use your fingers under the eyes to optimise the coverage too! Both work well. It can be a little creasy, so if you have oily skin you may want to set it with powder, or reach for something like the NARS Soft Matte! 


Chanel Les Beige Bronzer // I'm very smitten with my Chanel Bronzer...I love how luxe the compact feels and looks, and there's just something about having a little bit of Chanel in your morning routine that brightens the day. This bronzer is more on the sheer-side. but for everyday that's exactly what I like. The colour is perrrfect for me, it has the right amount of warmth without pulling too orange. I blends really nicely too, I rarely take a step back and think 'jeez, I really need to blend that more!' - it's effortless. As it's not as pigmented I hope I don't run out of it too quickly!

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara // No eyeshadow here, just the definition of a good old mascara. If you're after a cheaper alternative, the L'Oreal Lash Paradise has a similar wand to this, but I'm loving the staying power of this Marc Jacobs one at the moment. This is a mini size (my favourite way to dabble in high-end mascaras!) and I've been super impressed with the formula. It's very black, so great for days when you want to focus to be on your lashes, it wears well, and gives a lovely amount of volume. 

Fenty Fu$$y Gloss Bomb // I was going to mention a tinted balm here, but I also do love to reach for a gloss. The Fenty formulas are some of the best, they are very creamy, the shades are beautiful, and they never feel gloopy. Fussy is a great nude pink that I can pair with any look and never have to worry about the colour matching! I really want to pick up some more, so if you have a favourite please let me know!






Sunday, November 15, 2020


Hi, and welcome to my incredibly fuss-free makeup routine for Autumn! The best kind right? I know so many people have been back at school and work, so those mornings don't feel as long as maybe they once did - myself included, I'm back at work now after a long few months and I'm not sure how I managed before! This has, however, made me rediscover some of those makeup products I used to save for the days when I had no time, and no real effort to get ready in the mornings. Feel free to drop your current makeup go-tos in the comments below, I'd love to read through them. 

Glossier Stretch Concealer // We're jumping straight into concealer here - my foundations don't get a look in unfortunately when I'm tight on time, sorry! A creamy, slightly more emollient concealer is what I reach for. This one from Glossier ensures that my skin remains hydrated, whilst covering dark circles and any problem areas around the face. Being a very creamy and blendable formula means that if I do chose to dot it around the face (in a foundation-like fashion) it's not going to appear too heavy or thick on the skin. It's also very easy to apply with your fingers which is a bonus. 

Benefit Gimme Brow // I'm not sure what I did without this little brow gel in my life - did my brows really get any attention before tinted brow gels came on the scene? I think not...I'm happy to report they now do get the attention they deserve, and Gimme Brow is the quickest way to define, shape, and set the brows. It really does do it all. I am lucky that my brows can somewhat stand on their own, but a little helping hand never hurt. The wand is super tiny which makes it easy to coat the brow hairs with minimal mess. 

Nudestix Bondi Bae Matte Stick // It's true, I think bronzer may just be my favourite makeup product - I think it makes such a difference to my skin. Of course, everyone is different, but I love how a bronzer immediately perks up the complexion and can add some healthy tones back into my skin. Cream bronzers are the way to go for me, this one blends really nicely into the skin (I use a contour brush from Real Techniques!) and the colour is the perfect everyday bronze, without coming off orangey. Their products are really made for people on-the-go, hence the stick component, so I do love these! I also feel like cream products can help to add a little more dimension to the face, whereas a powder can sometimes appear more flat. 

L'Oreal Bambi Lash Mascara // If you're looking for a very intense, volumising mascara, this is not it! If you're looking for a lengthening mascara that is going to evenly coat and define the lashes, then this is fab. It's an everyday item for sure, giving off that soft and fluttery vibe. I don't find this smudges on me which is a huge plus - I always seem to get smudging under the lower lash line, or on my brow bone, but this has passed that test! I was a little bit underwhelmed when I first used it as it doesn't do a lot for the lashes compared to the other mascaras I love, however I did actually find that for natural makeup days it was perfect! Just something to note if you're not into the low-key lash look. 

Fresh Sugar Punch Lip Balm // Another Fresh lip balm...will I ever stop going on about these, probably not. They smell great, they're super hydrating, and this mini is just everything I could ever ask for in a lip product. I mean, it's adorable! Punch is a lovely orangey red, they are very sheer, but can also be built up if you want more colour pay off. I love this for Autumn as it does have that slightly warmer hue. It's also a bit different that a pink or nude, so one to check out if you're after a new tinted lip product! Did I mention the mini is super cute?...

* All products in this post were purchased myself.

Five Step Makeup Routine.


Hi, and welcome to my incredibly fuss-free makeup routine for Autumn! The best kind right? I know so many people have been back at school and work, so those mornings don't feel as long as maybe they once did - myself included, I'm back at work now after a long few months and I'm not sure how I managed before! This has, however, made me rediscover some of those makeup products I used to save for the days when I had no time, and no real effort to get ready in the mornings. Feel free to drop your current makeup go-tos in the comments below, I'd love to read through them. 

Glossier Stretch Concealer // We're jumping straight into concealer here - my foundations don't get a look in unfortunately when I'm tight on time, sorry! A creamy, slightly more emollient concealer is what I reach for. This one from Glossier ensures that my skin remains hydrated, whilst covering dark circles and any problem areas around the face. Being a very creamy and blendable formula means that if I do chose to dot it around the face (in a foundation-like fashion) it's not going to appear too heavy or thick on the skin. It's also very easy to apply with your fingers which is a bonus. 

Benefit Gimme Brow // I'm not sure what I did without this little brow gel in my life - did my brows really get any attention before tinted brow gels came on the scene? I think not...I'm happy to report they now do get the attention they deserve, and Gimme Brow is the quickest way to define, shape, and set the brows. It really does do it all. I am lucky that my brows can somewhat stand on their own, but a little helping hand never hurt. The wand is super tiny which makes it easy to coat the brow hairs with minimal mess. 

Nudestix Bondi Bae Matte Stick // It's true, I think bronzer may just be my favourite makeup product - I think it makes such a difference to my skin. Of course, everyone is different, but I love how a bronzer immediately perks up the complexion and can add some healthy tones back into my skin. Cream bronzers are the way to go for me, this one blends really nicely into the skin (I use a contour brush from Real Techniques!) and the colour is the perfect everyday bronze, without coming off orangey. Their products are really made for people on-the-go, hence the stick component, so I do love these! I also feel like cream products can help to add a little more dimension to the face, whereas a powder can sometimes appear more flat. 

L'Oreal Bambi Lash Mascara // If you're looking for a very intense, volumising mascara, this is not it! If you're looking for a lengthening mascara that is going to evenly coat and define the lashes, then this is fab. It's an everyday item for sure, giving off that soft and fluttery vibe. I don't find this smudges on me which is a huge plus - I always seem to get smudging under the lower lash line, or on my brow bone, but this has passed that test! I was a little bit underwhelmed when I first used it as it doesn't do a lot for the lashes compared to the other mascaras I love, however I did actually find that for natural makeup days it was perfect! Just something to note if you're not into the low-key lash look. 

Fresh Sugar Punch Lip Balm // Another Fresh lip balm...will I ever stop going on about these, probably not. They smell great, they're super hydrating, and this mini is just everything I could ever ask for in a lip product. I mean, it's adorable! Punch is a lovely orangey red, they are very sheer, but can also be built up if you want more colour pay off. I love this for Autumn as it does have that slightly warmer hue. It's also a bit different that a pink or nude, so one to check out if you're after a new tinted lip product! Did I mention the mini is super cute?...

* All products in this post were purchased myself.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Welcome to today's post, and here's a little round-up of some skincare I simply can't get enough of lately. My skin has been changing with the weather, like it does every year frankly, so with that comes a little switch around in my skincare drawer. I'm still doing all the same steps, it's just I'm really looking for products that will give me a little more hydration and nourishment. I do have dry skin so I love a more creamy formulation, but I do also favour a gel texture for wearing under makeup - anyone else? 

Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask * // I was very kindly sent this by the Antipodes team and I am so so happy as it's exactly what my skin craves in the Autumn Winter months. If you like the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, this is very similar in texture, just without the peppermint scent and the cooling sensation. It's obviously a mask, however you definitely don't have to rinse it off, it works perfectly as an overnight treatment - just like a thick night cream. The honey is incredibly soothing and hydrating on the skin, it's one I've been reaching for a few times a week to keep my skin nourished. 

The Body Shop Cleansing Balm // I always like to remind people how important double cleansing is, and that definitely doesn't mean heading into Space NK, or your local department store, and dropping £30 on something that will remove makeup! There are most certainly some affordable options worth checking out. This one from the Body Shop has been in my routine for years, literally years! I adore it! It doesn't sting the eyes when taking off mascara, it doesn't leave a weird film on the skin, it's not dry...the list goes on - it's gorgeous! 

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm // Of course we can't forget about lip care in the colder months. Hands up who's lips always get super chapped as soon as the weather turns...I'm right there with you! Fresh do some lovely balms, they are a little more pricey than something you can pick up at Boots, but they feel (and smell) divine. I have the Coconut scent currently, but have also gone through their Caramel scent. This leaves your lips feeling so hydrated all day long! 

Murad Vitamin C Serum * // In an attempt at keeping my skin fresh and glowy all Winter long, I have been slathering on the Vitamin C. This serum from Murad is lovely as it also contains Glycolic Acid which will further smooth and brighten the skin. I have been using this all summer, and will definitely continue over the coming months as I love the way it leaves my skin looking. Vitamin C is also great for texture and hyperpigmentation which I do suffer with around my chin and jawline especially. A must for maintaining a healthy, glowing complexion! 

Glow Hub Nourish and Hydrate Toner Essence // All of my favourite words when it comes to skincare! This is a really great, and affordable, toner that helps to lock in that hydration as well as smoothing the skin. The toner/essence combo means that you're getting the resurfacing elements of a traditional toner, but you're also getting a boost of moisture from the essence. This is the perfect AM skincare product for me, and it makes it super quick as it basically like two steps in one!

 




My Skincare Go-Tos.


Welcome to today's post, and here's a little round-up of some skincare I simply can't get enough of lately. My skin has been changing with the weather, like it does every year frankly, so with that comes a little switch around in my skincare drawer. I'm still doing all the same steps, it's just I'm really looking for products that will give me a little more hydration and nourishment. I do have dry skin so I love a more creamy formulation, but I do also favour a gel texture for wearing under makeup - anyone else? 

Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask * // I was very kindly sent this by the Antipodes team and I am so so happy as it's exactly what my skin craves in the Autumn Winter months. If you like the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, this is very similar in texture, just without the peppermint scent and the cooling sensation. It's obviously a mask, however you definitely don't have to rinse it off, it works perfectly as an overnight treatment - just like a thick night cream. The honey is incredibly soothing and hydrating on the skin, it's one I've been reaching for a few times a week to keep my skin nourished. 

The Body Shop Cleansing Balm // I always like to remind people how important double cleansing is, and that definitely doesn't mean heading into Space NK, or your local department store, and dropping £30 on something that will remove makeup! There are most certainly some affordable options worth checking out. This one from the Body Shop has been in my routine for years, literally years! I adore it! It doesn't sting the eyes when taking off mascara, it doesn't leave a weird film on the skin, it's not dry...the list goes on - it's gorgeous! 

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm // Of course we can't forget about lip care in the colder months. Hands up who's lips always get super chapped as soon as the weather turns...I'm right there with you! Fresh do some lovely balms, they are a little more pricey than something you can pick up at Boots, but they feel (and smell) divine. I have the Coconut scent currently, but have also gone through their Caramel scent. This leaves your lips feeling so hydrated all day long! 

Murad Vitamin C Serum * // In an attempt at keeping my skin fresh and glowy all Winter long, I have been slathering on the Vitamin C. This serum from Murad is lovely as it also contains Glycolic Acid which will further smooth and brighten the skin. I have been using this all summer, and will definitely continue over the coming months as I love the way it leaves my skin looking. Vitamin C is also great for texture and hyperpigmentation which I do suffer with around my chin and jawline especially. A must for maintaining a healthy, glowing complexion! 

Glow Hub Nourish and Hydrate Toner Essence // All of my favourite words when it comes to skincare! This is a really great, and affordable, toner that helps to lock in that hydration as well as smoothing the skin. The toner/essence combo means that you're getting the resurfacing elements of a traditional toner, but you're also getting a boost of moisture from the essence. This is the perfect AM skincare product for me, and it makes it super quick as it basically like two steps in one!

 




Wednesday, October 07, 2020


 Hi everyone, happy Sunday! I hope you've all had a lovely week, and isn't Autumn now in full swing!? I don't think we've had a non-rainy day since the end of September, the leaves are changing, and I hope this new season can also bring along some changes to 2020 we so desperately need right now! With this, I wanted to pull out some Autumn makeup items, but with a twist - they are all rated 5 stars on Cult Beauty! So let's see if they're worth the high ratings shall we...

NARS Soft Matte Concealer // If you've been reading the blog for a while, you'll know this always crops up as one of my all time favourite concealers. There's something about the way it blends, how it sits on the skin, and the texture, that ticks all the boxes for me. Don't be put off by the fact this is named "matte", I would say it almost leaves a satin finish on the skin which looks flawless. I think it's creamy enough for under the eyes, yet not too slippy that it can't be used around the face and on blemishes. It's a gorgeous concealer, a must try! 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow // There were a lot of CT products that were rated 5 stars, no surprise, and this is of course one of the more iconic products in her range. The bronzer has a really good neutral tone, so it's not too warm but not too cool. This makes it perfect for achieving a sculpted look, whilst still adding some colour to the face. Paired with the highlighter, these are a cheekbone match made in heaven. I've really hit pan on this highlighter. The colour is somewhere between a champagne and a gold, but there's not a chunk of glitter in sight. If you've used this you'll know how airbrushed and flawless it looks on the skin - it almost has a blurring effect. 

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love // Her blushes have also been a big hit, I think by having two colours in the pan makes it a nice and customisable approach to blush. First Love is made up of a lighter peach and a brighter pop of pink in the middle. I personally swirl the two together for a lovely flush on the cheeks, and as the pink isn't too cool toned it's a lovely warm option for Autumn. 

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat // The perfect everyday Autumn palette in my opinion. Urban Decay have a gorgeous eyeshadow formula, and I find their mattes especially are very easy to use and blend out beautifully. The 6 shades compliment each other really nicely, and the shade range makes it easy to go from day to night. A nice satin highlight, a matte transition, a pop of orange, something to deepen the crease, and a deeper liner/smudger shade - you can't really go wrong!  

Hourglass Lip Stylo in Creator // I love this formula from Hourglass, the shades they released in this range are also very beautiful, rich, and super wearable. They just feel and look luxe. Creator is more of a cool-toned mauvey pink - not something I would pair with the eyeshadow palette per-say, but still a lovely option. This particular shade is very creamy and leaves a nice sheen on the lips. If you are after a hydrating lipstick formula that's really easy to apply, I would suggest checking this out.



 





Some Top Rated Products From Cult Beauty - Autumn Faves!


 Hi everyone, happy Sunday! I hope you've all had a lovely week, and isn't Autumn now in full swing!? I don't think we've had a non-rainy day since the end of September, the leaves are changing, and I hope this new season can also bring along some changes to 2020 we so desperately need right now! With this, I wanted to pull out some Autumn makeup items, but with a twist - they are all rated 5 stars on Cult Beauty! So let's see if they're worth the high ratings shall we...

NARS Soft Matte Concealer // If you've been reading the blog for a while, you'll know this always crops up as one of my all time favourite concealers. There's something about the way it blends, how it sits on the skin, and the texture, that ticks all the boxes for me. Don't be put off by the fact this is named "matte", I would say it almost leaves a satin finish on the skin which looks flawless. I think it's creamy enough for under the eyes, yet not too slippy that it can't be used around the face and on blemishes. It's a gorgeous concealer, a must try! 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow // There were a lot of CT products that were rated 5 stars, no surprise, and this is of course one of the more iconic products in her range. The bronzer has a really good neutral tone, so it's not too warm but not too cool. This makes it perfect for achieving a sculpted look, whilst still adding some colour to the face. Paired with the highlighter, these are a cheekbone match made in heaven. I've really hit pan on this highlighter. The colour is somewhere between a champagne and a gold, but there's not a chunk of glitter in sight. If you've used this you'll know how airbrushed and flawless it looks on the skin - it almost has a blurring effect. 

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love // Her blushes have also been a big hit, I think by having two colours in the pan makes it a nice and customisable approach to blush. First Love is made up of a lighter peach and a brighter pop of pink in the middle. I personally swirl the two together for a lovely flush on the cheeks, and as the pink isn't too cool toned it's a lovely warm option for Autumn. 

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat // The perfect everyday Autumn palette in my opinion. Urban Decay have a gorgeous eyeshadow formula, and I find their mattes especially are very easy to use and blend out beautifully. The 6 shades compliment each other really nicely, and the shade range makes it easy to go from day to night. A nice satin highlight, a matte transition, a pop of orange, something to deepen the crease, and a deeper liner/smudger shade - you can't really go wrong!  

Hourglass Lip Stylo in Creator // I love this formula from Hourglass, the shades they released in this range are also very beautiful, rich, and super wearable. They just feel and look luxe. Creator is more of a cool-toned mauvey pink - not something I would pair with the eyeshadow palette per-say, but still a lovely option. This particular shade is very creamy and leaves a nice sheen on the lips. If you are after a hydrating lipstick formula that's really easy to apply, I would suggest checking this out.



 





Sunday, October 04, 2020

 I wanted to shine light on some body products I've been reaching for lately. My skin gets a lot dryer in the Autumn/Winter, and I think because I cover it up more with jumpers and jeans, I do tend to neglect it. These are all very effective products, and smell lovelyyy - minus the fake tan, the smell isn't bad, but I wouldn't exactly describe it as heavenly. I tend to talk a lot about the skincare I use on my face, but not so much the products I use on my skin everywhere else...so here we go! 

Sunday Rain Body Scrub // I love a body exfoliator - my legs especially get very dry and can often be prone to lumps and bumps post-epilation (side note, if you want to know more about epilating and how I've found it let me know!). I try to combat that by exfoliating as often as I can remember. This is a lovely, fine physical scrub that really gets in there and removes dead skin. The smell is very pleasant as well, quite summery, but to be honest I love how uplifting it is. If this was in a squeezy bottle, this would be my perfect body product! You obviously don't want to over exfoliate, however every 2-3 days works well for me at keeping my body smooth and nourished. I also like to run a little over my feet to keep those looking acceptable - top tip! 

Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops in Dark // I've been a fan of Isle of Paradise for a few years now, and I've used their medium face and body drops before, but I do find I can get away with the dark version. These drops are the easiest way to achieve a natural tan - even my mum comments on how nice the shade is, and trust me she would be the first to say if it was at all orangey! I love that you add the product into your moisturiser, that way you aren't skimping on hydration - the best of both worlds. I will use them on a mitt, I've tried without and it wasn't a good look...so to be safe I will always mix both my moisturiser and the drops on the mitt and apply from there. I find that the dark shade doesn't really need to be built up, you can get good colour payoff after the first use. I found this not to be the case with the medium drops, however if you like a more gradual tanning approach then they may be for you. 

& Other Stories Perle de Coco // The nicest smelling body product I have EVER tried. You can't tell me I'm wrong, OK. This is very similar to the Bum Bum Cream that everyone raves about - the smells are practically the same (I do have both so I am equipped to say such things), however this one lingers on the skin for longer which I personally appreciate. This also has a pump...can you tell which one I prefer!? If you've been tempted by the Bum Bum Cream, I highly encourage you to pick this one up and I don't think you will be disappointed. It's a sweet scent, very vanilla and caramel heavy. The texture is lovely as well, super hydrating but not too thick that you have to wait 10 years to get dressed. 

Aveeno Body Lotion // If you're after a body lotion to really hydrate and you're not too worried about smelling like a fresh batch of cookies, I would recommend Aveeno as a brand to have on your radar. They do moisturisers very very well, they are perfect for all my dry and sensitive skin readers out there. When my skin feels particularly lizard-like, this is my go-to. Also another pump...we love to see it. This particular lotion is un-fragranced, another great asset if you have sensitive skin. You can't go wrong with this as a good everyday body lotion! 

Four For the Body.

 I wanted to shine light on some body products I've been reaching for lately. My skin gets a lot dryer in the Autumn/Winter, and I think because I cover it up more with jumpers and jeans, I do tend to neglect it. These are all very effective products, and smell lovelyyy - minus the fake tan, the smell isn't bad, but I wouldn't exactly describe it as heavenly. I tend to talk a lot about the skincare I use on my face, but not so much the products I use on my skin everywhere else...so here we go! 

Sunday Rain Body Scrub // I love a body exfoliator - my legs especially get very dry and can often be prone to lumps and bumps post-epilation (side note, if you want to know more about epilating and how I've found it let me know!). I try to combat that by exfoliating as often as I can remember. This is a lovely, fine physical scrub that really gets in there and removes dead skin. The smell is very pleasant as well, quite summery, but to be honest I love how uplifting it is. If this was in a squeezy bottle, this would be my perfect body product! You obviously don't want to over exfoliate, however every 2-3 days works well for me at keeping my body smooth and nourished. I also like to run a little over my feet to keep those looking acceptable - top tip! 

Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops in Dark // I've been a fan of Isle of Paradise for a few years now, and I've used their medium face and body drops before, but I do find I can get away with the dark version. These drops are the easiest way to achieve a natural tan - even my mum comments on how nice the shade is, and trust me she would be the first to say if it was at all orangey! I love that you add the product into your moisturiser, that way you aren't skimping on hydration - the best of both worlds. I will use them on a mitt, I've tried without and it wasn't a good look...so to be safe I will always mix both my moisturiser and the drops on the mitt and apply from there. I find that the dark shade doesn't really need to be built up, you can get good colour payoff after the first use. I found this not to be the case with the medium drops, however if you like a more gradual tanning approach then they may be for you. 

& Other Stories Perle de Coco // The nicest smelling body product I have EVER tried. You can't tell me I'm wrong, OK. This is very similar to the Bum Bum Cream that everyone raves about - the smells are practically the same (I do have both so I am equipped to say such things), however this one lingers on the skin for longer which I personally appreciate. This also has a pump...can you tell which one I prefer!? If you've been tempted by the Bum Bum Cream, I highly encourage you to pick this one up and I don't think you will be disappointed. It's a sweet scent, very vanilla and caramel heavy. The texture is lovely as well, super hydrating but not too thick that you have to wait 10 years to get dressed. 

Aveeno Body Lotion // If you're after a body lotion to really hydrate and you're not too worried about smelling like a fresh batch of cookies, I would recommend Aveeno as a brand to have on your radar. They do moisturisers very very well, they are perfect for all my dry and sensitive skin readers out there. When my skin feels particularly lizard-like, this is my go-to. Also another pump...we love to see it. This particular lotion is un-fragranced, another great asset if you have sensitive skin. You can't go wrong with this as a good everyday body lotion! 

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