Wednesday, December 30, 2015
One For Flat Hair

One For Flat Hair

I'm always on the hunt for products that will make my fine flat hair look a bit more voluminous. The Adeva Thickening Tonic has been my go to at the moment and the results are amazing. My hair is very flat so if you have a similar hair type you'll love this.

Post shower I'll pop an oil in, dry my hair so it's about 50% dry, spray this in my roots, massage it in and leave it to dry naturally. The spray itself is really fine so it doesn't leave your hair sticky and you can run your fingers through your hair without it feeling too thick and guncky, and about 6-8 sprays does the trick.

I can instantly see a difference, even with wet hair, and when it's dried my hair looks so much more bouncy and voluminous at the roots, it's amazing stuff. I've tried a lot of dry texturing sprays which claim to do a similar thing, but I love that you can use this on wet hair and leave it to do it's magic, it's definitely better than any mousses I've tried too. If you try this please let me know how you got on and if you have any other recommendations.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Top 15 from 2015

Top 15 from 2015

Another year is over...I really can't believe time to show you all the products I've been loving throughout the year. Some are newer than others, and some you would have heard me talking about all the time, but, these are the products I always reach for. Obviously I may be repeating myself here a little but bare with me and I hope you enjoy.

1. Redken Preparing Blow-dry Lotion - Blow-dry lotions aren't something I would normally use, I usually go in with a heat protectant and leave it at that, this however is life changing. It's a light cream which you run through wet hair and it preps it for drying. It makes my hair so much smoother and shinier and it also contains heat protectant so it's a great multi-purpose product.

2. Maybelline Creamy Beige Colour Tattoo - I've raved on and on about this so I'll keep this short and sweet. It's a fab base for eyeshadow, and on its own it looks lovely too. If you're looking for a nude eyeshadow base, make it this one.

3. Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate - I knew I had to try this as soon as it came out and I absolutely love it. A few drops all over the face and it really helps to waken and brighten the skin.

4. Clinique High Lengths Mascara - This was a re-discovery for me after using a sample last year. It's the best mascara for length and definition, I haven't come across anything which compares. If you're okay with spending a bit more on mascaras I would definitely check out Clinique as a brand as they have some amazing formulas.

5. Charlotte Tilbury Barbarella Brown Liner - This year I was on the hunt for a good brown pencil liner, and I found it. This Charlotte Tilbury one is really creamy and blendable but lasts all day. I love this smudged into my upper and lower lash line for an effortless look.

6. L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil - Never have I come across such a silky smooth body wash in my shave, this stuff is amazing at maintaining moisture and it also smells delicious.

7. Liz Earle Eye Bright Soothing Eye Lotion - Tired looking eyes is something I struggle with on the daily, so I love products which brighten and reduce bags. I will pop this on a cotton pad, swipe across my eyes and they feel instantly refreshed.

8. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation - I picked this up in the summer as I was after a lightweight foundation and it really ticks all the boxes for me. It's very buildable and is great to mix in with other foundations to give more a dewy look. If you like your skin to look glowing and natural, this is one for you.

9. St Tropez Express Tan - This is the first "proper" fake tan I've used and I don't really want to use anything else. The fact that the colour is so customisable is amazing and it doesn't leave you sticky or with that typical biscuit scent. It lasts for a good 5 days and the colour is really natural.

10. MAC Syrup Lipstick - Plumful will always have a place in my heart, but this is a more dulled down version. It's still in the plum family colour wise, but it's really moisturising, and is a great everyday shade.

11. Dior Glow Maximiser - I never want to be without this primer, it makes your skin so glowing and sits beautifully under any foundation. The way I love to use this is mixed in with a slightly matter foundation, I find it leaves a flawless dewy look which I love.

12. Benefit Gimme Brows - I never really used eyebrow gels until this one. I use the lighter shade as I find it's less messy and looks better with the lighter tones in my hair. It really does set your brows in place and the little wand makes it really easy to place the product without getting it everywhere.

13. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat - This product really changed the lip liner game for me. The colour is perfect for naturally defining your lips and it looks so good with any nude on top.

14. The Balm Frat Boy Blush - I love blushes that look natural and give off a nice flush of colour. This for me is the perfect everyday blush I reach for when I don't know what else to use. It's a medium pink tone, it's also matte which makes it very wearable.

15. LUSH It's Raining Men Body Wash - I didn't mean to include two body washed in here, but hay ho. This I love for the smell, it is such a nice honey scent I can't get over it and have to smell it every time I'm in LUSH. The formula is also very creamy and nourishing as all LUSH products are.

Sunday, December 20, 2015
Makeup Shakeup #2

Makeup Shakeup #2

Time for another makeup shakeup now where I let you in on all the products I've been loving to use in my makeup routine! This season, I've been keeping it fairly simple and natural, using a matte(er) foundation and a pinky nude lip to finish things off.

For my base, I've gone back to my favourite Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation which I love this time  of year, it has excellent coverage but doesn't feel cakey on the skin. I use about a 5p size on the back of my hand then blend it in with my beauty blender, it has an odd moussey texture but once it's on the skin it blends in seamlessly. My concealer choice has changed too, and for once I'm not using my Origins one...instead I've been loving the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer which is the perfect all rounder. Under the eyes it offers a nice amount of coverage, covering those bags, but it doesn't sit in fine lines or cake up. Around the face it's very moisturising and works well on blemish and around the nose which I find can be dry. I've heard this is very similar to the famous Nars Creamy Concealer, so if you like that you'll love this.

Straight onto eyes now and I haven't been fussing around with different eyeshadows as frankly I haven't had time. If I want something more than eyeliner I'll reach for my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige which is great for evening out the lids and adding some subtle definition. It's a beige shade, as the name suggests, and it stays on all day without creasing. They have some fab colours in this range, but for a natural look, this is my favourite. For my mascara I'm back using my favourite Clinique High Lengths. I had a sample of this last year and was blown away by how it made my lashes look, they were super long, separated, yet defined. The wand is an odd one, it only has one row of short, plastic bristles, meaning it can really get to the root and coat every lash. I haven't yet tired a mascara that compares to this yet, I get so many compliments on my lashes when I wear this, and it will look like you're wearing falsies! I don't normally bother with high-end mascaras, but this is one I'll always go back to.

For my lips I've been loving darker, pinky nudes and I hate to say it but the one I'm about to mention is a very 'Kyle Jenner' shade... Illamasqua Minx is the lipstick in question and this matte formula will last ages and looks great with a lip liner underneath to really define and shape the lips. I haven't heard much about Illamasqua lipsticks but I'll definitely be going back for more as this one is great.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Take 5: Winter Saviours

Take 5: Winter Saviours

There are two types of products I reach for constantly throughout winter; ones that moisturise and ones that relax the body. The latter is super nice for those pamper nights in and the former for keeping your skin in check.

We'll start off with the body, and first and foremost I have to mention my go-to body wash of the moment, the Sanex Pro Hydrate Shower Cream. I'm not fussy when it comes to body wash, I just tend to get whatever is on offer, but in the winter I always look for ones that cater for dry skin, so, the fact this is labelled for 'very dry skin' makes me very happy. This is a super rich, nourishing cream which sinks in beautifully and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. My legs especially get very dry, particularly after shaving, but this keeps them hydrated! It's really affordable and definitely a must have for winter.

If you love a good relaxing bath, and don't mind spending a few extra pennies on a bath oil, then the Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate is one for you. It has a very aromatic scent and really sends the mind and body to sleep which is helped by the camomile enriched throughout. Before bed this is such a treat and sets you up for a good bit of shut eye. I just squeeze a bit under the tap whilst my bath is running and let it work it's magic.

Another one from Clarins which is a saviour for the colder months is their Hand and Nail Treatment Cream. You can never go wrong with investing in a good hand cream, especially in the winter. My hands get really dry and my nails are always brittle so slathering them in this just helps to keep them nourished and presentable. It's a very rich cream which sinks in beautifully and is perfect for an at home manicure.

I have two skincare items to talk about, one for the day and one for the night. The former is the Kiehls Daily Reviving Concrete which helps to wake up and nourish the skin. My skin always looks so dull in the winter so I add in a few products to help combat that, this does a fab job. Just a few drops into the palms of your hands then press it into the skin and you'll find you're instantly having a good skin day. If you have dry/dull skin, I would highly recommend giving this a go. My night option is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask which has the nicest smell in the world. I use this every now and again as the last step in my skincare routine to help nourish my skin and leave it fresh and hydrated by the morning, you can always pop this on in the morning too if you have an event that night. I'm fairly liberal with this stuff, which could be down to the smell, but it feels amazing on the skin.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Party Essentials

Party Essentials

Party season is officially here, and with Christmas and New Years right around the corner, I thought I'd share with you some party bits and bobs I can't live without.

For my hair, I always love to curl it, but I find it goes a bit frizzy and lacks some of it's sleekness and shine. To combat this, and in an attempt to get my hair game on point, I love to use the Adeva Brilliant Spray on Shine which does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a lightweight spray which smooths hair and adds an extra bit of shine. Perfect for the holidays. Body oils are also something I love to use on my legs and arms to make them look super Victoria Secret like. My favourite is a very affordable option from Dove. Their purely pampering noising body oils are great as they don't contain chunks of glitter and it makes your skin glow.

For makeup there's nothing I love more than a golden smokey eye, super cliche I know, but I love the way it looks. The original Urban Decay Naked palette has the perfect shades for this. Half Baked is great over the lid with Smog and Darkhorse blended into the crease and lower lash line, my favourite colour combo from this palette. Another one for the eyes would be the Magnifibres Brush on False Lashes which I received in some kind of beauty box. This is one of those things I was very sceptical about but it actually does work. It contains loads of white fibres which you apply on your lashes with a normal mascara wand, then just follow up with your favourite mascara. Although it can get in your eyes and be quite messy, it's a super easy way to get stand out lashes.

Cheeks I tend to go quite subtle as normally I'll go heavy on the eyes or lips so I want something that won't compete. I love highlighting blushers as they add that extra glow to skin which is really flattering. The MAX Factor Cream Puff Blushers are fab for this. If I do go red (of course) on the lips, I go in with a liner first. One I love is the MAC Trust in Red which is a nice cherry shade. Follow this up with a red lip stain and you're good to go. On the other hand if you want a nude option, a lot more practical, then MAC's Velvet Teddy would be my pick. A browny pink nude which is moisturising, can't go wrong really.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Essie Winter Line Up

The Essie Winter Line Up

The Essie counter is my go to whenever I'm looking for a new nail polish! This winter, there are a tonne of shades I love and here are a few on my favourites.

Starting from the left, we have Cocktails and Coconuts which is my all time favourite nude nail polish. It looks very chic and is great for all year round but I love how subtle it is. For me, the shimmer running through it lifts my nails and it's one of the few nude shades which doesn't make my hands look dead. It's a beige, cream shade which applies beautifully and is perfect for school or work. Next up is Chinchilly, which is a darker, grey toned nude. This is a beautiful shade in the winter as it's muted yet dark at the same time. This is another chic one I love and it looks great on every skin tone. This isn't one I would normally gravitate towards but I'm so happy I picked it up as it's quickly becoming one of my favourites.

Moving on to some darker shades now, Under the Twilight is the perfect deep purple. As much as I love those 'almost black' shades sometimes it's nice to have a dark shade which actually has a distinct colour to it. Purple is one of my favourite nail colours to wear and this one is lovely. If you're looking for a more burgundy shade, Bahama Mama is the one for you! It's not as dark as some other burgundies I have, but it's still very winter appropriate. It has a slight purple undertone making it very vampy. This shade is also a great one for the toes!
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Monday, November 30, 2015
Nars Iberico

Nars Iberico

In the colder months there's nothing that I love more than a matte red lip, apart from snuggling up with my dogs and watching Netflix all day, but, moving on...

The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Iberico is one of my favourite reds. It's not as dark as some other wintery reds out there, it's definitely more of a true cherry shade than burgundy. The wear on these is excellent, as with all Nars lip pencils, and you only need to touch up once to twice a day which is great for a bold colour. It doesn't dry your lips out either which is another reason why I love this for the colder months as it can be very easy to just stick to lip balm!

For me, Nars smash it when it comes to lip pencils, they tick all the boxes and if you're looking for a new classic matte red this one I would definitely recommend.

If you want a cheaper alternative to this, the Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick in Fab Orange is a great one to go for.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
One Shadow Two Ways

One Shadow Two Ways

I love finding eyeshadows that I can throw on all over the lid, or incorporate into different looks. L'Oreal Cafe Saint Germain is a beautiful taupe pressed pigment which has excellent colour pay off at an unbeatable price.

The first way I used this was on its own on the lid and slightly blended into the crease. It is a fairly shimmery product, but not enough to put you off, and it doesn't look flat on the eyes which is why it works so well. For this I would recommend using a densely packed blending brush such as the Zoeva Luxe Soft Crease Brush or the Real Techniques Base Shadow. Using a eye brush like this will help pack on the colour, yet make it easy to blend at the same time. Also running some of this on the lower lash line looks great for a more smokey look.

To incorporate this into another eye look I would use it on the outer half of my eye and lower lash line. Paired with a light champagne shade in the inner corner such as Little Beige Dress from the same Colour Riche line would look gorgeous for a day to day eye look. Alternatively I love this shadow over the lid with a cranberry shade blended into the crease and on the lower lash line. It really compliments all eye colours and is a great look for the Autumn. I love MAC's Cranberry or L'Oreal's Escape in Bordeaux, both are stunning shades. Finish off with lashings off mascara and you're good to go.

Monday, November 09, 2015
Autumn Lusting

Autumn Lusting

It seems like we have completely skipped through Autumn and headed straight into Winter, very sad, but I still wanted to put together a few things I have my eye on this season. 

1// Kate Spade Watch - I think Kate Spade do come really gorgeous watch designs and if you haven't checked them out already, you should. I adore the worn leather strap with the gold hardware, such a nice combo for this time of year.

2// Stripe Only Dress - I love dresses like this layered with tights and boots, it's by far one of my favourite looks for the fall. I do have a dress like this but due to bad washing machine choices it's more like a top so I'm in the market for a new one. I love the length of the sleeves and the key hole design on the back is very cute and feminine.

3//  Pieces Cape - Capes are another thing I'm all for this season and the colours of this one scream autumn to me. There is nothing better than being about to wear, what is basically a blanket, out and about.

4// Burberry Trench Coat - Completely out of my price range I know, but isn't is gorgeous?! I love trench coats, I think they're chic, put together, yet casual. They make great transitional pieces and Burberry is the dream people!

5// Topshop Boots - If you know me, you know my love for boots. These are gorgeous, the heel is a bit higher than I would usually go for but I love them and the buckles are a nice touch. May have to pick these up at a later date.

6// Navy Chloe Faye Bag - My oh my! Again, I can never actually afford it, but if I could I think navy is something different but still a safe neutral colour for the fall. I think the design of this is beautiful and I love that it has a long strap!

7// Charlotte Tilbury Godess Clay Mask - I have heard so many amazing things about this mask, it has been quite hyped up and I'm dying to try it. It's supposedly the mask that does it all, literally, it hydrates, clears pores and blackheads, and delays the skins ageing process...I'll take them all!

8// Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush - This seems like an odd one to put in but I've always had my eye on Bobbi Brown brushes, and this in particular is a great multi purpose face brush I can see myself getting a lot of use out of.

9// Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Cream Shadow - This women seriously knows her stuff when it comes to makeup and I had to stop myself from featuring her whole range of products! This shadow is a gorgeous bronze, taupe shade, right up my street. I've swatched it before and have been kicking myself ever since that I didn't pick it up. I am in London this week so we'll see! 
Friday, September 11, 2015
Makeup Shakeup

Makeup Shakeup

I thought I would introduce a new segment into my blog where I show you a few products that have wrangled their way into my everyday routine. I always love to do tutorial type posts but find they can sometimes be too long and rambley, so this way I can talk you through a few everyday products and how I use them without putting you all to sleep.

For my base I've been loving the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation which is a new discovery for me. I've done a whole review of this here if you want a more in depth read, but in a nut shell it's a beautiful lightweight foundation which is easy to build. This is perfect for everyday as it doesn't look heavy on the skin and leaves it flawless yet natural.

After a recent trip into Debenhams I discovered a few new brands which I haven't seen in there before, Too Faced, The Balm among some other good ones! I couldn't stop myself picking up a couple of bits from The Balm as their products always look so great. I went for the Frat Boy blush and the Mary-Lou Manizer highlight. The former is a highly pigmented pinky coral shade which looks lovely on the cheeks for a natural flush of colour. You only need the tiniest amount of this and I love it layered with the highlighter on top. The highlighter is a lovely champagne shade which is very finely milled so it doesn't make you look like a disco ball with chunks of glitter over your face. Again, you only need a small amount so I can see this lasting a long time. The packaging of both of these are also super cute and another reason why I had to pick them up!

For my lips I've been keeping it very natural and only reaching for tinted lip balms. I find as the weather changes and becomes more cold my lips suffer and always get dry, so the Clarins Lip Balm Perfector in 01 Rose has been the perfect option. It gives your lips the tiniest hint of pink and it adds shine and moisture which is exactly what I've been after. All the shades in this range are great for everyday!
Monday, September 07, 2015
Two New From Essie

Two New From Essie

A trip to Boots is never complete without picking up at least one new Essie nail polish, there always seems to be a shade I don't have and need! I wanted to pick up a couple new shades to see me through the rest of the summer before cracking out my navy and burgundies again.

The two I picked up were Splash of Grenadine and Sunset Sneaks. The former is one I wanted to try for ages, and since Estee - from Essiebutton - always has it on her nails, I fingered I needed one for myself. I don't have any other shades like this, all my purple polishes are either pastels or the polar opposite and are more suitable for winter, this one however sits nicely in the middle. It's a lovely lilac shade which looks fun on the nails, but it's not too in your face, I can definitely see myself wearing this a lot in the future.

Sunset Sneaks is a classic coral shade, more pink than orange however. I always find myself searching for the perfect coral and this one is a lovely option if you wanted something a bit brighter. This is part of their summer collection so go grab it now if you like what you see. As with all Essie polishes the formula is great and they last a good 3-4 days with minimal chipping if you've put a top coat on post application. Let me know of any Essie shades you think I should buy next as I'm always looking to grow my collection.


Friday, September 04, 2015
A Foundation Favourite

A Foundation Favourite

After hearing such great things about the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, I tried it out for myself and I love it! I wanted a light weight foundation to see me through the summer and this was on the top of my list and with an SPF of 15 it seemed like a good buy.

My first thought was 'wow this smells a lot like suncream', not a massive fan but I can get over that as the product itself is great. You need to give it a good shake pre application as it is a watery consistency so it needs to be mixed slightly in the bottle, once you squeeze it out it is a bit runny but it sinks into the skin beautifully. I tend to use about a 5 pence piece amount and that covers my whole face, it builds really well so you can always use a bit more where you need it. It looks super natural on the skin and I like to use it with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush - as always - to give it a flawless finish. This isn't a heavy coverage foundation making it perfect for the summer and if you add a couple more layers it continues to blend beautifully and doesn't leave your skin looking cakey.

This is a fairly pricey product, it's Chanel after all, but totally worth it if you like investing a bit more in your bases. I  saved up my Boots advantage card points for this one, so I would recommend you doing the same if it's a little out of your budget!


Sunday, August 30, 2015
Budget Buys No.4

Budget Buys No.4

Another budget buys for you today, and I've got a few gems here that I can't wait to talk you about! I love doing these as I always think you can find some amazing products at the drugstore that don't break the bank but work just as well as some from higher-end brands.

Firstly a skincare product I've fallen in love with is The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum which I've been applying every morning before moisturiser. One pump of this will do as it's quite a liquid-y gel type consistency but it sinks into the skin beautifully. Since using this I feel like my skin has been a lot more plump and my moisturiser works better with this underneath. If you're looking for some new skincare The Body Shop Vitamin E range is one I would highly recommend for dry/normal skin.

For makeup there are a couple of bits worth mentioning. Topshop do some great bits which I think are very underrated in the industry, being a cult product their Glow Cream Highlighter was one I wanted to try and I wasn't disappointed. Although it's more creamy than other highlighters I've used I find it's easy to blend and the gold shimmer looks stunning on the skin, especially in the summer. I find patting it in with my fingers the best way to apply this, when I use a brush it seems to rub off the foundation I've got underneath so I would use fingers if you can. With a peach or coral blush this looks amazing! Soap and Glory is another brand who's makeup I really rate and their Archery Brows Pencil is a great Brow Wiz dupe for those of you who don't want to splurge. A brow product which has a spoolie on one end already wins in my books and the fine nib makes it easy to draw on hairs for a natural look. The colour selection isn't fab but if one of them suits your brows I would highly recommend picking it up.

I don't think I've mentioned a nail polish before on this series, so today I thought I'd mention two. Essie is an obvious favourite and the shade I've been loving at the moment is Splash of Grenadine which is a nice purple, not sure what kind of purple but it's purple. With a good top coat I can go a good 3-4 days without chipping and the brush makes it really easy to coat the nails evenly. If this colour isn't for you they have a million and one other beautiful shades to choose from. The Maybelline Superstay polishes are another range which are rated highly in my books, all the colours are also really nice and their new summer range is worth checking out. These are great for longevity and, again, I can go nearly a week without this chipping!
Let me know what drugstore products you've been loving below! 


Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Etsy Prints I Love

Etsy Prints I Love

I think Etsy is one of my favourite places to shop for little bits for the home and stationary, the shops are super underrated and it's all amazing quality for good prices. Their art/print section is somewhere I find myself a lot, I love all the cools sayings and different things which look so simple yet elegant and chic. I'll have all these linked down below so you can check them out but I'm in love with them all! It's awesome how we now have access to all these independent designers via the internet so we can support them and their work worldwide. These are some of my favourites but I'm constantly coming across more which I add to my basket but never buy..oops.

Flamingo //
Love Typography //
New York is Always a Good Idea //
I'm Sorry for What I Said When I was Hungry //
Ferris Wheel //
Zebra Gold Foil //
Monday, August 24, 2015
Mini Sephora Haul

Mini Sephora Haul

Going to Paris, Sephora was definitely on the list of things to do, and there was one about 5 minutes from our hotel...amazing! I went in for a few different brands and realised that none of those brands were stoked in the stores across Paris - I must have dragged my boyfriend around about 5 - but regardless, I did come out with a couple of bits.

When I was about 14 I went into my first Sephora with my mum in San Francisco and picked up their nail buffer, and ever since it's something I have to pick up! It's essentially a nail file with four different sides to provide different treatments for your nails, I love it for doing a quick at home manicure. I tend to be in the states every couple of years and this isn't something which will last a lifetime (especially the file side) so picking a new one up every now and then has worked out well for me. These aren't expensive so if you ever come a across one pop it in your basket.

After hearing endless things about their Matte Lip Creams I of course had to check them out. They had a few shades which caught my eye but I had to go for 01, which is a true red shade. I was so surprised at how lovely these felt on the lips, they weren't sticky or too thick and it lasted ages. I would definitely recommend these and I will be picking up some more!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Paris In Photos

Paris In Photos

For my birthday this year the boyfriend and I decided to take a little trip to Paris, he treated me and I'm truly spoilt but very grateful! I had only been to Paris for one day before so was very excited to see it in greater detail and roam around the cute streets. Instead of rambling on for 3-4 posts about our day to day happenings, I thought I would do a little photo diary instead.

Millennium Opera Hotel - 12 Boulevard Haussmann

The Louvre

Welcome Cafe - 210 Rue de Rivoli

210 Rue de Rivoli

Lovelock Bridge

Pâtisserie Boulangerie - 13 Rue des Lavandières Sainte-Opportune

13 Rue des Lavandières Sainte-Opportun13 Rue des Lavandières Sainte-Opportune

Moulin Rouge 


Macarons Gourmands - 62 Rue de Seine

Arc de Triomphé 
Monday, August 17, 2015
What I've Been Reading

What I've Been Reading

Over the summer is definitely when I get into the habit of reading. With holidays and no university work, it seems like the perfect time and I'm trying to make it a more year round thing. There have been a few books which I've read, or in the process of, which I thought I would talk you through today.

The first one I really got my teeth into was Paula Hawkins 'The Girl on the Train' which is a fantastic thriller/drama fiction novel. If you want something that works your brain and is a real page turner this is for you. I won't spoil it too much if you're yet to pick this up, but it's written from three different perspectives and the end doesn't turn out as you may think - ooo - now moving on. Another fiction I've been reading is 'Paper Towns' by John Green which follows two teens in suburban Florida. If you grew up in a small town or village you'll find this very relatable and a good fun read. I'm only about 1/4 of the way through so can't comment too much but I'm really loving it so far.

Something a bit different now and my recent trip to Paris definitely spurred me on to give this a read. 'How to be Parisian' is one of those books I've always wanted to read but never ended up buying it until I had the excuse to. I love how casually this is written and the recipes and fun Parisian traditions filtered throughout makes it really unique and interesting to read. I finished this a few weeks ago and will probably end up going back and reading it all again - 100% recommend.
Friday, August 07, 2015
Happy Skin Tag

Happy Skin Tag

I always ramble on about skincare on the blog, and the happy skin tag was something I'd seen around and thought 'yes! I must do that', so I'm only now getting round to it! Any excuse to talk about skincare really...There are about 11 questions so I'll try to make it short and sweet.

1. How would you best describe your skin? 
My skin is overall dry/ combination, I can get oily down my T zone in the summer and it tends to be pretty dehydrated all year round. I've never had major problems with acne and I love anything that's going to add a glow back into my skin.

2. What are your main skincare concerns?
My main skincare concern is how dehydrated and dull my skin looks, especially halfway through the day. If I don't use a good moisturiser in the morning my skin looks tired and blotchy after a few hours and my makeup no longer ends up looking good on my skin. If anyone has dealt with this and has a miracle product to help please let me know down below!

3. What's the weirdest natural ingredient you have used in your skincare routine? 
As far as products go I can't think of any that have shocked me when I look through the ingredient list. I've done a couple of homemade oat-y banana type masks so I would have to say those.

4. How do you define happiness? 
I think everyone has a different answer to this in relation to what makes them happy so it's hard to define that. For me it's doing things I love with the people I love and trying not to worry about everything as it's never going to change the outcome of a situation. And it's ok to have those YOLO, spontaneous moments as those can end up being the best, so just say yes to everything and anything you can to get the most out of life.

5. Describe your skincare routine in 5 words. 
Quick, minimal, hydrating, makeup wipe free and gentle. That was technically 7 but hay! 

6. Tell us your top skincare tip.
Try to keep eye creams in the fridge so when it comes to applying them in the morning they're even more cooling and will really help combat tired eyes.

7. What makes you laugh everyday?
My dogs and boyfriend as they're always doing cute funny things which make me giggle, even if it's not intentional.

8. What steals your skins natural radiance?
Lack of water, I'm trying to drink more I promise!

9. What are your top tips for healthy, glowing skin?
Feeding your skin from the inside is super important and loading your body up with bad fats and carbs will only result in acne and lack lustre skin. Juicy fruits and veg and of course plenty of water will in turn make your skin look healthier and clearer as well as making you feel better on the inside. If you feel like you've started to get acne change your diet first to see what difference it makes before going into a more technical skincare based route, you'll be surpised!

10. What's your skincare 101?
Invest in a good serum. You can get so many for so many different skin concerns and from my experience serums and oils are the one thing in my routine which I feel like make a dramatic visible difference. Don't be afraid to splash the cash a little here as normally they will last months and months and are well worth it.

11. What is your happy place?
To be honest, in bed with Youtube or Netflix...I also love going out for meals with family and friends, I think it's so nice to be surrounded by good food and company for a few hours and forget any bad things going on and just enjoy and nice meal.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Desk Essentials

Desk Essentials

If I'm sitting on my computer for the whole day there's a few things I like to keep at arms length if I feel like my body is starting to look as tired as I actually am. It's nice to treat your body, especially hands when they've at the keyboard all day, plus I hate looking down at them if they're dry and flakey.

To keep my lips hydrated throughout the day I keep a lip balm in every possible place I can around the house, desk included. The Nuxe Rev de Miel is a lovely intense matte balm which contains tiny grains to also exfoliate. I love to leave this on my lips as I work though the day as I can really feel it sinking in and doing it's thing. This is one of my favourites for making my lips feel baby soft.

For my hands there are a couple of things I keep on my desk to get them through the day, a good hand cream and a cuticle oil/nail cleanser. The former is a staple to keep your hands chap free and feeling fresh. I've been using the Liz Earle Superskin Hand Serum which has fresh scent and is great to prevent your hands from ageing. A cuticle oil or nail cleanser is also great to have around. Whilst you're typing away it can be a perfect time to give your nails a treat and I've been taking the Formula X Nail Cleanser, slapping that all over them and let them air dry. If you do this in the morning, let an hour or two go by, and your nails will be dry and look shinier and healthier, and it makes looking at them typing away not so bad!


Sunday, August 02, 2015
Currently Craving: Moroccan Tiles

Currently Craving: Moroccan Tiles

Sources; 1, 2, 3, 4

I've been loving looking at bathrooms and kitchen lately and my inner interior design geek is getting all excited over Moroccan tiles! I think it's so nice to see something a bit different and they add such a nice modern twist. All the different patterns and colours are so fun and rustic and I wish I had my own home so I could decorate my walls and floors with them!
Are you loving this trend? 
Friday, July 31, 2015
Post Gym Edit

Post Gym Edit

After a workout there are days when you may be pushed for time and you need to get ready and go without the luxury of heading home. After topping up my deodorant and spraying half a can of dry shampoo there are a few makeup/beauty essentials I'll pack up and reach for when I need to make myself look presentable after the gym.

First I will reach for a facial spray to sooth and calm down my more than likely red face. The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is one I love as it smells very fresh and is great to wake up the skin. The mini size is also super handy and portable, so perfect to carry around. After this I like to go in with a tinted moisturiser type product to hydrate and give me a bit of coverage, Origins Vitazing is great which comes out as a grey cream which then adapts to your skin tone. This doesn't offer a lot of coverage as it's more on the moisturiser side of things, but it brings a nice amount of colour to face and is a nice base. After this is all blended in I'll add some concealer under my eyes and around my nose to conceal redness and dark circles. Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage Concealer Kit is lovely for this as it has great coverage and also comes with a setting powder, so handy to have everything in one place. To finish off the face you can add some cream blush or let the rosiness shine through a bit. I like to carry the Bobbi Brown Cabo Coral Cheek and Lip Tint around just incase I want something less red toned! These can easily be applied with your fingers, like everything here, making it super easy and fuss free.

I like to fill in my brows a bit too and give them a little brush through so having a two in one brow pencil is great, Soap and Glory make one which I love and would recommend. I wouldn't recommend faffing around with eyeshadow unless you want to so just curl your lashes and add some mascara to your top and bottom lashes. I've been using the MAX Factor False Lash Effect which is great for creating natural looking lashes as well as building them up to be more dramatic so you can go as big as you want with this! On the lips I use a tinted lip balm mainly to moisturise but it's nice to add some colour too. I've gone back to the Korres Lip Tints and love the colour pay off they have!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Summer Smokey Eye

Summer Smokey Eye

It's been a while since I've shared a look I've been loving wearing and today I thought I would talk you though a summery smokey eye. I love a smokey eye when the evenings approach, but in the summer it's nice to tone things down a bit and go in a bit lighter with those shadows. The Maybelline The Nudes Palette is what I'll be using today and it has some lovely shades, perfect for this type of look.

I always start with a base of some sorts to start everything off and get a blank and even canvas. The Maybelline Colour Tattoos are fab as they have good colour pay off and they last ages on the eyes without creasing. I'm using the shade 'Creamy Beige' which is very comparable to MAC's Painterly Paint pot and is a great nude toned cream to prime with. Onto the palette now, and I have to say I was very impressed with the colour selection and overall quality of these bad boys. It has 12 very wearable - and of course neutral - shades which are perfect for day to day wear and also evenings. The palette comes with some basic matte shades and some shimmery which are all very buttery and last well on the eyes. I've been taking the light shimmery taupe shade (2nd in from bottom right) which is lovely all over the lids to bring light to the eye area. I don't normally go for shades as light as this, but this one really makes the eyes look brighter and looks great with a brown blended through the crease and outer corner. For that, I love the shade on the bottom left for blending over that light shimmery shade as it adds a nice amount of depth to the eyes without being too dramatic and dark. These shades together look so pretty on a summers evening and if you're looking for something different then MAC's Shroom and Satin Taupe are both very similar.

To smoke this up a bit you have two great matte shades on the right to choose from, I love going in with a liner - like Charlotte Tilbury's Barbarella Brown - on the lash line, then blending it out with the darkest shade in the palette. I love using a matte shade to blend liner out with as it creates a really soft line which is very flattering and pretty.
Have you tried this new Maybelline palette?


Monday, July 27, 2015
Cult Skincare

Cult Skincare

Everyday there are a few skincare products that I always end up reaching for, whether it be on a no makeup day or not, treating my skin is something I love to do. A lot of these products are high end, but I feel like skincare products are the one thing worth investing, but with that being said, of course you can find good products at a less expensive price point.

The Nivea Micellar Cleansing Water is something I love to use either in the morning to refresh my skin, or in the evening to remove makeup and set my skin up for a good cleanse. This is the best micellar water I've tried and there are now loads at the drugstore to choose from so I'm sure there's one for you. This is a 3-in-1 formula so it doesn't just remove makeup, it cleanses the deeper layers of skin and leaves it moisturised. Perfect for a lazy night! Following on from this I love my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel which has become a cult product in the beauty world. Even though it says gel, I would say its more creamy and turns into a milky formula when mixed with water. It smells of roses which is nice and it dissolved makeup well too, a good all rounder.

For the morning there's nothing better than a good facial spritz and the Caudalie Beauty Elixir is one I love. Out of all the ones I've tried out, this one is definitely the most refreshing and the mint and cucumber leaves your skin feeling super cool and soothed. You can pick this up in a mini size which is handy to throw in your bag for boosts throughout the day. On top of that I like to add a nice serum, and applying one in the morning is something I've only started doing but love the difference it makes. The one I've been using is the Origins Original Skin Serum which is creamy in consistency and preps you skin nicely for moisturiser. I love this because it doesn't weigh the skin down or leave it oily like some which are more intense, it also keeps my skin more moisturised and plump throughout the day. A good lip balm is key to luscious lips and Elizabeth Arden do a great one which is part of their 8 hour range. It's an intense cream/gel formula and works great overnight to leave your lips plump and nourished.
What skincare products are you loving? 


Sunday, July 26, 2015
Pins I Love No.1

Pins I Love No.1

Recently I've been having a bit of a love affair with Pinterest, and my boyfriend can confirm I'm on it a lot and may be a little obsessed, but there are worse things to be obsessed with right? I'm going to try and make this an every now and then thing where I share a few of my favourite pins of the moment and hopefully you'll all feel a bit inspired too!

1// Style: Source
If there's one thing I love searching through on Pinterest, it's the fashion section and I love how you can find basically every fashion blogger and their outfits on one page, it's fab. This outfit really got me excited to pick up some more seasonal appropriate clothing and I love all the Moroccan vibes, those tiles are just gorgeous, and I love the top. These button down skirts have been a huge hit this year and I'm keen to try one out, and this ones black, so bonus points all around.

2// Interiors: Source
Interiors is another dangerous section for me and I can find myself scrolling for hours looking at white walls and wood floor boards, a bloggers dream! I love the exposed brick in this dining room an the lights are so retro and in a nice pastel blue shade. The flowers are also lovely as tulips are my favourites and the wooden table finishes everything off nicely. I wish I could copy and paste this room into my house right now!

3// Beach: Source
Theres nothing more that gets me in the summer mood than looking at beaches, white sand, crystal clear waters, it's heartbreaking being in the UK when there's so much more beauty to be explored, and you certainly don't get palm trees down in Brighton...

4//Fitness Inspiration: Source
Fitness inspiration, or "fitspo" as the cool kids are saying these days, is everywhere on Pinterest, which is good as it gets my butt moving and motivated. This Lulu Lemon get up looks so cool for summer and I'm in love the mint green sports bra, perfect for a spot of yoga.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Summer Lip Combo

Summer Lip Combo

I love summer, and bright lips, so this post definitely seemed appropriate and I can't wait to share with you a combo that I can't stop wearing. I love corals don't get me wrong, but lately there's been something about a good old pink that has been tickling my fancy.

Ever since the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat craze I've been loving lip liners and love the way they make my lips look. Agreed, you only really need one or two lip liners in your life, a nude and a red, but a fuchsia pink won't do much harm right? Rimmel's Indian Pink is the perfect bright pink for summer and for £2.99 you can't beat it. The formula of rimmel lip liners are very comparable to Charlotte Tilbury, just not as creamy, but still lovely and non drying never the less. On it's own this is lovely, matte and will last ages, but I like to pair it with something a bit more glossy to give my lips more depth.

So, following on from the lip liner, on top I go for MAC's Lustering which is one I seem to be talking about a lot. It's a similar fuchsia pink to the liner but a sheerer finish and with more shine. Putting a more moisturising lip product on top also ensures the liner won't dry into any cracks, and a sheer lipstick is a lot easier to top up during the day. When I wear a liner underneath, it doesn't fade awkwardly and you're always left with a nice pink stain if the lipstick disappears throughout the day. A great combo don't ya think? 


Wednesday, July 22, 2015
A Summer Body Must Have

A Summer Body Must Have

If there's one body product which is making me feel all the summer vibes, it's the Origins A Perfect World White Tea Body Lotion, which straight off the bat reminded me of peach ice tea, it smells pretty damn good. When I found out that Origins had a body lotion I had to try it out as their facial moisturisers are something I'll forever be repurchasing. For £25 it's definitely a more luxury product and I wouldn't normally spend this much on a body lotion, but you get 200ml of product and for a summer treat it's gorgeous.

I tend to apply this in the morning as the smell is so good and lasts well on the skin, the white tea is really refreshing and I can't stop sniffing my arm once it's sunk in. It's very peachy and amazingly delicious! The formula is creamy and helps to hydrate the skin and sinks in quickly so you don't have a wait around to get dressed, you can just crack on with your day. The A Perfect World range from Origins is great for all skin types, and like their facial skincare range, you can feel and see that your skin is more plump and nourished which I love, again, not cheap, but totally worth it.


Monday, July 20, 2015
Fuss Free Haircare Routine

Fuss Free Haircare Routine

Hair is probably the one beauty category I tend not to explore as much, as when I wash it, it's a chore, I want to be done ASAP. With the exception of a few leave in treatments, oils and serums go over my head and I like to keep my haircare very minimal and fuss free. I wash it at night so I rarely dry it and I never straighten it either, as naturally it already looks like it's been ironed to my scalp, but with that being said, my hair can be dry sometimes and I do get split ends on occasion.

My shampoo and conditioner tastes aren't too fussy and I tend to buy whatever is on offer and promises volume (although I'm not sure they make much difference but hay). At the moment I've been using the Aussie Mega Instant Shampoo and Conditioner which smell amazing but are nothing that special. I feel like you can get away with using cheaper shampoos as it's the products you use afterwards which make the most difference. They're nice enough products but I won't be in a rush to repurchase then. Once a week I've been using the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo which is perfect to remove product build up at the end of the week and give your hair a deep clean. I wouldn't recommend using this anymore than two times a week as it may be too stripping on the hair and make it dry. Another product I use once a week is the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Repair Hair Mask which leaves your hair so soft once it's dried. I use this instead of conditioner and for £2 it's going to last me ages, it's great value for money. It's enriched with argon oils so your hair is treated and nourished and left feeling healthy and hydrated. I've never been into hair masks, but after using this one I'm keen to try out more, so leave you recommendations down below.

Post shower, I have whittled my routine down to one product, yes, one! In the summer my hair doesn't need as much maintenance so I can get away with a few spritzes of the Dove Leave In Conditioner, brush it though and be done. I really rate this leave in conditioner, it's, again, enriched with oils to add moisture. It's one of those products you have to shake as it separates in the bottle but it's got a handy spray top and you can easily disperse the product as the mist is quite fine. I think Dove do haircare really well and are one of favourite brands to check out from the drugstore so I highly recommend their products to you.


Sunday, July 19, 2015
Planning A City Break

Planning A City Break

As summer is here and many of you may be off somewhere new to explore, eat and eat some more, I thought I would share with you what I do to plan and hopefully give you some tips along the way. I'm off the Paris in August and I'm really excited and eager to fit in everything that I want to do in only a few days so heres how I'm planning on doing that.

Write an itinerary...This is very important and will ensure you have time do to everything you want. You don't have to be super strict with timings ect but make sure you do leave enough time to get to your destination, and of course for food too. As I've only been to Paris for one day before there's a lot of the touristy things I want to do and doing one or two a day is good for me. If you find that there's an area which has a few landmarks or places you want to visit schedule them all in the same day so you don't have to keep going back and fourth.

Blogs over travel guides...Travel guides are obviously great for the tourist bits, but for where to eat and shop, blogs are best. They tell it to you straight, offer great reviews and normally give you a better insight into local restaurants and cafes which may to be an obvious first choice. I've already found so many great places I want to eat in Paris through reading various blogs and the recommendations keep rolling in. As far as shopping, we're bloggers, we will find the shops and the best Sephora, it's in our nature, so be sure to take in their recommendations for nice places to drain your wallet.

Be weather prepared...If you're going on a city break it's more than likely you'll be outside most of the day and you don't want to be in shorts and a tee when it's pouring with rain. Keep checking the weather in advanced and make sure to pack things like an umbrella or jumper for the evenings even if you think you won't necessarily need them. Cities in Europe can be unpredictable with rain so don't get caught out. Also bring comfy shoes if you're wandering around all day!

Shop around for good deals...If you're booking a hotel don't always go through the typical sites, there are so many more websites out there which have great deals on hotels and look out for restaurant vouchers/discount codes too, you can save a few pennies this way! normally have some good deals on for hotels and Air BnB do some nice places if you want to go down the more self catering route.

Note down places you like the look of...If you have a notebook where you write down ideas for your trip as you go, you'll be sure to not miss anything out. I always have a note saved on my phone where I write down restaurants or other areas of Paris which look nice and I want to visit so when I write a plan of action I know exactly what I want to do and where to go.

Get your maps at the ready...If you've never been somewhere before it's more than likely you won't have a clue where to go and may get lost one or two or maybe even 20 times...there are some great apps such as City Maps 2Go which don't require internet, you just download the map at home before you leave and it'll be there whenever you need it. Never reply on your standard Google/Apple maps in time of need as the internet may not be in your favour! And there's nothing wrong with brining a good old map with you too!