Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beauty Bedside Essentials.

There's always the odd beauty product I like to apply right before I hit the sack. Although I do my skincare routine in the bathroom, there's some miscellaneous products which stay right here on my bedside table. Stuff like hand cream and lip balm, I much prefer to use before bed so I know they are going to sink in properly without me disturbing them too much.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray: I know that 99.9% of the world population use and love this, and I totally believe it's worth the hype. If you're slightly sceptical of this, I get it, is there something that can actually send you off to sleep? Well, technically no, however it does an amazing job at creating a super relaxing atmosphere to make the task of falling asleep a lot easier. I spray this around my room 10 minutes before bed, so when I'm ready to sleep I feel totally calm and switched off.  It's infused with lavender and chamomile, so as you can imagine, it smells amazing.

Nourish Refreshing Toning Mist: Using something refreshing before bed may seem strange, but as the weather has been so hot and muggy here in the UK, this has been a total life saver. I hate going to sleep when I feel hot and sticky, it's never a nice feeling, so a few spritz of this really cools me down. It's also packed full of great skincare benefits that tone and hydrate the skin so I love it. The smell is also beautiful, quite rosy, yet very fresh and spa like.

Lanolips Intense Rose Hand Cream: I always use hand cream before bed, I can't stand to use it during the day when I'm doing things, I find it's just a faff. This one does sink in very quickly, and the smell is a gorgeous subtle rose, nothing to overpowering. The packaging is also so cute, very retro and look gorgeous sat on my bedside table. As the packaging suggests, it's an intense formula, so it does a great job at hydrating the hands, something many of us forget to do!

Glossier Balm Dot Com: Glossier is the brand of moment I feel, everyone is talking about them. In the UK, we aren't able to get hold of them YET, but they are coming!! To hold you over, you can pick up their Balm Dot Com from Net-a-Porter, which is exactly what I did. It's a very simple, vaseline-like formula which works great as a lip balm to plump and hydrate. The smell I'm not crazy about, it's kind of plasticy, but I do like how it feels on the lips. The packing is enough for me to want to pick up another one! 


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summer Mojitos.

Mojitos are my absolute favourite cocktail hands down. I find them so refreshing and the perfect summer treat. A few months ago I went to cocktail making class in Barcelona for my sisters hen do, it was such a fun night and I'm so happy that the classic mojito was one of the cocktails we made. I'm still no professional - although I'd kind of love to be - but after having a little lesson, I thought I'd share with you how to make the perfect mojito, and one with a little twist!

What you will need: (makes 1 mojito)
3 shots if white rum
7 mint leaves, plus a few extra to garnish
Soda water
1 lime
Crushed Ice
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
Optional: A handful of raspberries

To start off with, cut your lime into quarters and place them into the bottom of the glass. Then spoon around 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in with the lime. You can use less or more, depending on how sweet you like it, but I find 2 spoonfuls the perfect amount for me. If you want to make a raspberry mojito, then you can add a handful of raspberries in at this point. The raspberries will make it even more refreshing and they will give a lovely tart flavouring to the cocktail, I really love the mint and raspberry combo!

Once those ingredients are in you're going to want to crush them together to release the lime juice and to dissolve the brown sugar. Once you're happy with how that's looking and the brown sugar is dissolved you can add in the mint leaves. I was told 7 is the perfect amount, so that's what I've done here. You don't want to rub the leaves too much before you put them in, but you do want to release some of their flavour, so simply slap them in between your palms just once of twice, then pop them in.

Ice is a super important part of this Cuban cocktail, and you want to use crushed ice, as it doesn't melt as quickly! Fill the glass up to the top with ice then add in around 3 shots of white rum, depending on how strong you like it. Once your alcohol is in, give it another mix round, making sure to cover the top of your glass with your hand so the ice doesn't go everywhere! Once the rum, lime and mint has been mixed together, top it off with soda water and garnish with a sprig of mint and a wedge of lime and enjoy!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Travel Skincare Edit.

Travel minis are the one thing I have a hard time throwing away. I keep a box under my vanity which is filled with sachets and mini pots of various lotions and potions. My mum has a similar set-up, so I’ll blame her for my hoarder-like nature.  All those little samples you’ve got from beauty boxes and gift sets will come in handy one day, I promise! Lately I’ve been staying here there and everywhere as I’m working away from home, so I’ve been really trying to pack as many minis with as possible to save valuable bag space.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser: I know that this isn’t technically under the 100ml mark, however they do have a smaller version (I promise) I just don’t have it at the moment. When it comes to travelling I like to take items I know I can rely on to keep my skin looking and feeling great. This is a lovely fuss-free moisturiser which nourishes the skin, and is a great one to use under make-up as it sinks in quickly.  They have also just released this with SPF30, another great reason to pick it up.

NourishPeptide Serum: I have been loving this lately. It’s exactly what my dehydrated skin needs around this time of year. I can’t do my morning skincare routine without it, and this handy mini size has been in living in my skincare bag. The smell is a lovely citrus scent and the serum itself is infused with vitamin C, one of the best hydrating ingredients out there. My skin drinks this up!!

Kiehl’sAvocado Eye Treatment: I feel like Kiehl’s is such a great brand to go for if you have dry and sensitive skin, their products tick every box for me. This is a lovely eye cream which is rich and hydrating under the eyes, the avocado is also really soothing. You can buy this smaller size straight off the website, which I love, as you don’t have to pick up a whole gift set, or wait for it it to be included in a beauty box, just to get a travel size.

OriginsGinzing Moisturiser: Origins do some lovely gift sets all year round, I would highly suggest checking them out. They always include a great travel size moisturiser which is the perfect addition to your holiday skincare stash. This one is particular is great to use in the mornings as it’s really invigorating and hydrating. It’s more of a gel formula so it sits really well underneath makeup. 

ClarinsHydraquench Moisturiser: For the evenings I like something a little richer, and this mini Clarins moisturiser is perfect. I’m so tempted to pick up the full-size, as I love how plump it leaves my skin and the hydration it gives.

Liz EarleSkin Tonic: I fee like toners are the one thing I always forget in my travel skincare bag. I never seem to have any minis around so they are always left behind. This Liz Earle one was in a gift set they were doing and the size is perfect. I love this product too, and you can buy it in a spray bottle as well, so it’s super easy to use. It’s very soothing, and I know if my skin is having a moment, I can rely on this to bring it back to normality.

Sol de Janeiro BrazilianBum Bum Cream: This product has litrally been everywhere since it launched on Cult Beauty in the UK. I only have the mini size and it reminds me of summer holidays so much! It has the nicest scent ever, it’s like a sweet tropical cocktail – hence why it reminds me of summer – and it’s also a lovely velvety formula.

I’m also really into keeping sachet masks. I find sachets a tricky one as once you’ve opened them, they are hard to store as the product just dries up or leaks out. Masks though, you only use once anyway so I love to keep these on hand so I can try out something new. Masks also come in large containers, so they aren’t the best things to travel with, and won’t be on the top of your priority list. These sachets take up no room at all so I love to throw a few of these in, especially for flights.


Sunday, July 09, 2017

Double Cleansing Routine.

I've always been one to take my makeup off at the end of the day, it's super important. However, a lot of the times I would just stop there and go in with my toner, serum etc, but it's great to add an extra cleansing step in to ensure all your makeup is removed and your skin is completely clean. Here's a couple of products I love to use.

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm: If you haven't tried Pixi yet, what are you waiting for? They have some great skincare picks for not too much money! I love this cleansing balm as it is so hydrating on the skin and doesn't leave it feeling stripped or tight like some makeup removers. It's very gentle on the eyes and does remove mascara well I'm happy to report. I always remove this with a facial cloth, as I can sometimes find with just water it doesn't seem to disappear, you literally need to wipe it away! It leaves my skin so soft.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish: Such a classic and probably the most loved cleanser in the industry. It's so easily accessible and really does work for everyone. I haven't met a single person who doesn't like this stuff, it's so gentle yet really effective. I take 1 pump and massage it all over my skin then remove with a cloth and warm water. If you have sensitive skin, dry skin, normal skin, any skin really, you will love this. It's a great fuss-free cleanser. You can also pick this up in loads of different sizes,  I have the largest one here, but the smaller sizes are great for travelling.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

3 Glowing Bases.

I’ve tried my fair share of glowy, dewy primers, it’s the one base product I seem to repurchase time and time again. Lately there have been three which have really stood out to me. They all offer something slightly different, with varying shades and finishes on the skin, so hopefully there will be one which you love the sound of.


Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Trying Lanolips.

Over the past year or so I've seen loads of people feature Lanolips on their blogs. I was never too fussed about what they had to offer, but when I saw them on sale in Waitress I figured I'd snap a few bits up. First off, I really love the packaging. It's very retro feeling, the pink is really girly and photographs beautifully. I picked up the hand cream and 101 ointment, and here are my thoughts...


Sunday, July 02, 2017

My Favourite ASOS Brands.

ASOS is one of my favourite places to shop. Whether it be for beauty, or clothes, they have everything you could ever need. The student discount also helps a lot when it comes to picking up some new pieces for my wardrobe. I figured as I check the new-in section daily, and have probably spent the equivalent of my life savings on the site, I'd tell you about some of the brands I love to shop. They have everything from New Look, to Self Portrait, so there really is something for everyone to meet every price point.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial.

I think facial oils are the most important step to invest in when it comes to your evening routine. I like to think of the sandwich theory…your bread is the cleanser, and moisturiser, nothing too fancy, just something to get the job done. Then the filing is your serum or treatment oil, now that’s where we want the good stuff!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Eyes With Charlotte Tilbury.

It's no secret I'm an avid lover of Charlotte Tilbury. I mention her products all the time, they're fab. I was riffling through my collection and realised I have some lovely eye products from the brand that I wanted to dedicate a whole post to. These shades work wonders all year round, and they are great to add a quick slick of shadow to the eyes. She definitely has these formulas down to a T...


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bondi Sands Self-Tan Eraser: Does it Work?

I’ve never heard of a product – aside from those DIY lemon recipes you see travelling around the internet – that will actually remove fake tan.  Quite a feet in the beauty industry if you ask me. And the brand to do it – Bondi Sands – an Australian tanning company fairly new to the UK market. So, the big question, does it actually work?


Monday, June 12, 2017

Kiehl's Favorites.

Buying and discovering new skincare brands is something I love to do, however I find myself drifting back into old habits and reaching for the same brands. Kiehl's is one of those brands. Their skincare just works for me, they do the job, and I always come away so impressed after trying something new. They were founded in 1851 as an Apothecary in New York City, and since have become one of the best skincare brands on the market. It has really stood the test of time! Enough jibber jabber now, onto the good stuff...

Friday, June 02, 2017

5 Drugstore Products You Need On Your Face This Summer.

My top 5 drugstore makeup products of the moment...

I haven't picked up anything new from the drugstore in a while. Last week I had a little Boots spree and picked up some items I thought would be lovely carried into the summer months. I also had a wander round Kiko and found a lip duo I love. There are some great products at lower price points, so I love to recommend the bits I love, and which don't break the bank. If you love a dewy skin, glistening cheeks, and a gorgeous bold lip, keep on reading! 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Top Tips for Great Skin.

Sometimes there's nothing better than some skin TLC...

I'm always talking about my favourite skincare products for this and that, but today I wanted to focus on some tips and tricks I love to do to ensure my skin is at it's best. These are all super easy and effective, anyone can do them. I've tried to include some at-home bits, as well as some skincare items I think everyone should have laying around. I really hope you enjoy and please leave your favourite skincare tip in the comments! 


Monday, May 29, 2017

It's Nearly Summer! Here's My Summer 2017 Wishlist.

Yay, summer is almost here!

The weather has really been warming up in the UK - dear sun, please stay - and it's making me really excited to pick up some more summery bits. I didn't want to include just clothes, or just beauty, so there's a mixture of things here to get you all inspired for summer. I, for one, can't wait. I've been seeing so many fun prints, cute playsuits, and amazing plants spamming my Instagram and Pinterest, so I can't wait to share with you some of the items I've got my eye on. 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Creating a Brighter Smile; Happy National Smile Month.

It's National Smile Month!...

Happy National Smile Month everyone, I hope you're blinding people with those pearly whites! When Janina contacted me asking to try out a couple of their products to promote oral health and safe teeth whitening, I couldn't wait to jump on board and give you a few tips on how to create a brighter, whiter smile! I was really excited to try out a couple of the whitening products as they're made with natural fruit enzymes, as oppose to harsh abrasives. As I'm prone to a bit of sensitivity I was super happy to discover these. 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New to My Skincare Stash.

When all your skincare runs out at the same time...

Every few months or so I find myself running out of 70% of my skincare products...does any body else find this? My products just love to run out at the same time! As much as I'm a sucker for returning back to products I know and love, I also have a huge list of skincare items I want to try out, so I'm slowly making my way through that. Instead of waiting around a month to share my thoughts, I wanted to give you my first impressions on a few new skincare bits I'm trialling currently.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

A First-Timer's Guide to Fake Tanning.

Suns out buns out...

It's that time of year again, the suns out and my limbs are blinding people with their whiteness...oh summer how I love thee. All is not lost though people. I only started to fake tan (as in using actual instant fake tan, not the gradual stuff) a couple of years ago. I still consider myself a complete noob, if that's you too, then keep on reading! Now that I've got some kind of tanning routine down, I'm not likely to stray, it's not something I'm willing to experiment too much with. That Oompa Loompa life doesn't appeal to me.


Monday, May 15, 2017

A Few Things I'm Currently Loving For Spring.

Some of my current beauty favourites...

I've been trying out a few new bits lately which I'm head over heals for. The majority of the selection I have here are completely new to the blog and I'm happy to be finally sharing my thoughts. My skincare has had a bit of a rejig, and my makeup collection seems to be flourishing with new NARS products, but I'm happy with how things are shaping up around the beauty department of my home. I hope you enjoy reading through some of my current faves for Spring. 


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

An Etsy Shop for all your Minimal Jewellery Needs.

My go-to Etsy shop whenever I need some new jewellery pieces...

I recently had a bit of jewellery sort out and realised that I really needed - ok, wanted - some lovely new bits to add to my everyday stash. I have a nice watch, necklace and one lonely ring which I wear everyday and I felt like it needed a few friends. I went to Etsy as they have so many good independent shops on there with some gorgeous pieces. I came across this one shop however which seemed to tick every box! 


Friday, May 05, 2017

Spring Lip Picks.

Can anybody tell I'm all about the pinks?

For me, Spring makeup just oozes pretty lip shades and glowing skin. I get so excited and inspired by all the beautiful blooms blossoming in April and May that I always seem to pick up a ton of new lippies to try out. This season, I am loving the pinky coral shades, so nice for this tome of year. There are a couple of new products in here as well which I can't wait to share with you. If there are any lipstick you are obsessing over right now, please let me know down below, I would love to check them out! 


Friday, April 28, 2017

Worth the Hype? NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer.

My thoughts on one of the most hyped concealers of the season...

It's no secret that NARS have some great base products on the market. Since their Radiant Creamy Concealer hit the shelves, we all went mad, and since then every new release has been a similar story. Pot concealers are very hit and miss. Some can be excellent coverage, but super drying, and others can be too thick and cakey to use under the eyes. So, these new NARS soft matte concealers? How do they compare?...


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Finishing University; My Thoughts and Plans for the Future.

Work hard. Play harder.

I honestly can't believe my three years of University are nearly up. In less than two weeks I'll be handing over my dissertation and calling it a day. Please world, be nice to me. I've learnt a lot over the three years, not only about myself as a person, but what I want to achieve and the direction I want to take myself in later life. I still see myself as 16, barely out of high school, but I'm now 20 and starting my life for real, so it's time to put on my big girl pants and do this. This post is a little insight into my time at University and some thoughts I have going on.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Four Step Pamper Routine.

Always remember to take time for yourself.

I love to pamper myself, I mean, who doesn't. If I have an evening to myself I'll light some candles, throw on some music and get really get into the pamper groove. It's so important to set a couple of hours aside every now and then to wind down and treat yourself to some well deserved me time. There's always four things I love to focus on when I pamper myself and those are, bath, body, face and hair, all of which I'll be talking about today. Every so often I'll throw a couple of other bits into the mix, but this is a great base routine to get started with. 


Monday, April 17, 2017

My Favourite Brands to Save, Spend and Splurge on.

I love to discover new beauty brands from all ranges of the price spectrum. Sometimes I feel that the price of an item can falsely represent the quality, especially with cheaper brands. I want to do more drugstore style posts to show that you really can get great products on a budget, but today I wanted to share with you the brands I love to use across the board, no matter the price, these brands and products never let me down. There are so many other brands out there I love, and ones I talk about all the time, but I'm sure the ones I'm mentioning today will be no surprise to you all. If there's any products from these brands which you love and use all the time please let me know, I'd love to try more.


Friday, April 14, 2017

How to Become a Calm Traveller.

I feel very lucky and privileged to say that I've done my fair share of travelling over the 20 years of my existence. Discovering new places and seeing what the world has to offer is a gift that I feel everyone should experience. Put me on a 5 hour flight, and I'm fine, anything long haul however, I struggle. I wouldn't say I get anxious over whether or not we're going to make it without plummeting to the ground... I get more anxious over whether or not my stomach can handle being in the air for 7+ hours - I have puked multiple times on a flight hence the worry...

This has definitely affected me negatively and I get extremely worked up when it comes to hopping on a plane, even beforehand in the airport I can feel my stomach turn. I never thought travel sickness would really effect me and when I was younger being sick on a flight never worried me, as not much does when you're 6, but now I'm older it's something which is impacting me more and more.

If you're in the same boat as me, here are a few tips I have which help get me in the right frame of mind and make the flight a lot easier and not a deterrent for allowing you to see the world. 


Monday, April 10, 2017

My Spring Base.

I've been all about cream products lately, and I think Spring is the perfect season to stow away all the powders, and have a little play around with dewy skin. That's not to say you can't achieve glowing skin with powders, you can, but for me I love the way cream formulas look and blend on the skin. My base so far in Spring has been, light, fresh, minimal and dewy, and here's what I use to achieve that.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

NEW IN: Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks.

When I first saw that Origins were realising sheet masks I could not wait to try them. For years Origins has been one of my top skincare brands and one I always go back to. Their masks are fab, they have some great options for all skin concerns, so it's safe to say I had high hopes for these bad boys! 


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Off The Shoulder Staples And What To Pair Them With.

The off the shoulder trend is not going anywhere this Spring and Summer - yay! - it's in full force and I'm always seeing new patterns and colours I want to add to my wardrobe. I think off the shoulder pieces are so flattering and the little shoulder reveal is very sexy, without showing too much skin. I thought it would be a nice idea to share some staple off the shoulder tops I have in my wardrobe and how I like to style them. This is just a bit of inspo for you guys, I'm not telling you to dress like this, you do you! 


Saturday, April 01, 2017

5 For Spring.

I adore spring, it's definitely my favourite season, I love it when the flowers bloom and all the shops start to bring in beautiful colours and textures for spring and summer. It's a happy season, and can I mention it's now light until about 7:30/8pm!!! Hooray! I wanted to share with you a few bits I've rotated into my Spring beauty routines, I have a couple of skincare and some makeup bits. I'm a huge fan of fresh, brightened skin, so these help to achieve that.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Skincare 101: Key Ingredients and What They Do.

I want to throw a little disclaimer out there before we begin...I am not a skincare expert, this is just a little run down of a few ingredients I love and are know are very popular and I wanted to shed some light on the benefits they can give your skin. What works for me may not work for you so bare that in mind. The most important thing when it comes to buying skincare is to know your skin type then go from there.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Afternoon Tea at Bronte, London.

Bonte, The Grand Building, 1-3 The Strand, London, WC2N 5EJ


Monday, March 20, 2017

My Streamlined Makeup Stash for Spring.

This Spring I really wanted to give myself the challenge of streamlining my makeup and housing it all in this handy little makeup organiser which I picked up off ASOS. I think I've done pretty well, there are still a few extras I'll reach for from time to time, however the main bits are in here, so let me give you a little tour...


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Recent Blog Discoveries.

I love to discover new blogs, there are so many amazing people out there sharing some amazing things I can't help but get wrapped up the world that is blogging. I've recently come across a few blogs I've been obsessed with lately and I wanted to spread the love and hopefully tell you about some you may not already be following. I've got five here to chat about today, a mix of fashion, lifestyle and beauty, so a nice mix for everyone. 


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

& Other Stories Perle de Coco.

Perle de Coco Body Lotion
& Other stories is a brand I've really fallen for, especially their bath and body products. The chic packaging, reasonable prices and scents will have you wanting more for sure. I picked up a couple of their body products a year or so ago, and I wanted to see what else they have on offer. I came across the Perle de Coco scent, and oh boy, this stuff is good. 


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

By Millie; A New Chapter.

So, some of you who have been following me for a while may have noticed a little change around these parts. For those of you who are newly following, welcome, and I hope you enjoy what I share. 'By Millie' is the new and improved 'abeautyromance' that I really hope you all love. The beauty content won't be going anywhere, but I'm excited to start introducing some new ideas and formats.


Monday, March 06, 2017

Testing Out Nourish Skincare.

One of my goals this year is to try more skincare and vary the brands I reach for. There are absolutely loads of amazing products out there and I wanted to expand my gaze so I can share with you what's worth checking out. Nourish is a brand I have seen on Instagram and blogs, and I got sucked in by the lovely, chic packaging and wanted to test some things out for myself. 

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