Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Everyday Jewellery Edit.

A few years ago I probably wouldn't be spotted wearing jewellery. It was something I never spent my money on and never really wanted for birthdays or Christmas, so I would never put myself down as an avid jewellery wearer - until now! I think I've found my jewellery calling; very simple, minimal and nothing too statement. I don't even have my ears pierced anymore...that is how minimal I am...I've slowly built up an everyday jewellery edit, a few good quality pieces which help to make me feel more put together. I can now totally see why people invest in beautiful designs! 

Olivia Burton Wonderland Watch: A classis timepiece is a staple for me. I have a few watches in my collection and this is the one I am currently wearing non-stop! I love the classic, chic vibe this gives off, it won't be going out of trend anytime soon and I love the mixed metals! It's silver and rose gold, so it makes mixing my other jewellery very easy, I personally don't have an issue with mixing metals. It's the perfect, everyday size, nothing to big and bold, so I absolutely love it. 

Monica Vinader Rose Gold Havana Friendship Bracelet: For ages I've wanted a cute bracelet to wear alongside my watch. I find the ones with a clasp too much of a faff and I know I would never reach for it in the moorings when I'm getting ready. This is super easy to wear, I love the rose gold plate and the nude/minx thread is so pretty and goes with everything! You can also get these engraved which makes it a really special gift for someone. They have a tonne of shades, so something for everyone! 

Happiness Boutique Tiny Circles Pendent Necklace*: I am so obsessed with these kinds of pendent necklaces. This is a lovely rose gold, and it compliments my skin tone really well and looks great with many different necklines. It's still quite a simple design, but very modern at the same and adds a nice bit of interest to any look. I do have a discount code for this site - 'bymillie' - so if you did like this, or anything else on their site, you can save 10% on all orders over €19 until October 18th. Their pieces are really well made and affordable, so if you're on the hunt for some new jewellery definitely check their site out. 

Monica Vinader Siren Stacking Rings: I'm loving all things Monica Vinader at the moment, they have such a unique take on classic pieces. I started off with the small siren ring in the Rose Quartz stone. Very neutral and gorgeous, such a lovely staple for me. I then added the larger size in the Moonstone to it and I love the combo of the two. I'm thinking of picking up a couple of brighter stones so I can mix and match. These are such great quality and just love the way they look together and the way you can stack them. I also really love how they aren't a perfect circle, they have a very raw and handmade vibe.

By Lia Jewels Rings: I have quite a lot of rings from this Etsy shop and I honestly think it's one of my favourite affordable places to buy from. I'll have their shop linked so you can see their whole collection, but I'm in love with their minimal, pretty designs. They are really easy to stack and pair with other rings you may already own. They have some other gorgeous jewellery bits, but their rings are something I'm always lusting over and wearing daily.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

What's In My Bag? Ft.The Chloe Marcie.

So, earlier this summer I picked up a new bag...it's a beauty...and the first higher-end designer purchase I have ever made. I didn't just want to pick one up willy nilly; I had handed in my university dissertation, bagged myself a great internship over the summer, so I wanted something to celebrate feeling like I had my shit together. I wanted to give it a real good test before featuring it on my blog, to make sure I'm still obsessed with it, and if it's worth the money. I didn't want to just do a bag review either as that isn't really what my blog is about, so I thought I'd share what goodies I keep with me day-to-day. 

A little disclaimer before we start...I know that designer bags are not to everyones taste or budget, I'm not showing off, or saying you need to buy this, I just wanted to share my thoughts. 

The bag in question: I picked up the Chloe Marcie in the small size, tan leather. I had a major gap in my bag wardrobe, only having a small black bag and a bigger one which I use for travelling, I didn't have anything which complimented lighter shades for summer. I am not a big bag person, so this size is perfect for me to house all my daily essentials. It has two pockets inside to keep smaller items and one larger compartment. The closure is very secure and I love the design, it's the perfect little tan bag. I picked it up from Harrods in the UK, and the customer service wasn't amazing I must say, they were pretty blunt and hasty with me in all honesty. When I picked up my Balenciaga wallet form Harvey Nichols, the customer service was really really great, so that was a fairly disappointing buying experience. Any-who, onto what I keep inside..

A card wallet: I never have cash with me, and if I do it goes towards car parking, or a coffee, pretty imminently, so a card wallet is all I really need. If you're one to hoard loads of receipts and unnecessary loyalty cards to places you went to once 5 years ago, these are great to force you to downsize. I have this dark grey Balenciaga Card Holder which has a few single card slots and two bigger sections which I use for my ID, student cards and membership cards for various different things. I'm not 100% sure how easy this is get hold of now as I believe it was a limited edition design, but there should still be some knocking around online. 

Another card holder: I do also keep a separate card holder for all my travel bits, so, Oyster card, travel card, and about 50,000 train tickets. This just means that when I'm on the train I have everything I need in one place and I don't need to keep dipping in and out of my bag to find various tickets etc. I love this Whistles one, it's fairly inexpensive and I love the colour and croc texture.

My phone: I can't go anywhere without my phone, just like everybody else on this planet. I have this lovely case from The Rifle Paper Company which looks so pretty on the rose gold iPhone. They have the most gorgeous designs so make sure you check out their site if you're after a new phone case! 

Sunglasses: My eyes are very sensitive to light, especially when I'm driving, so sunglasses are a must for me. I have the classic Ray Ban Wayfarers in the tortoiseshell colour-way and I adore them. I've had them for years, they're so reliable and go with everything. In the autumn, these sunnies with a big scarf and leather jacket look super cool, just sayin'...

A lip balm: I alwayyysss keep lip balm with me, especially as the weather has really cooled down here in the UK and my lips are always dry when autumn rolls around. The one which is currently in my handbag is from Lanolips, and it's a very simple jelly-type balm. I love the cute packaging, and it's a great balm to have on hand.

A lipstick: I tend to have a couple of lip products floating around in the bottom of my bag, normally they're ones I've been looking for for weeks, does that happen to anyone else? At the moment I have one - round-of-applause please - which is the Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Playpen, a gorgeous pink everyday shade. It adds a nice colour to the lips without being too bold or high maintenance so I love throwing this in.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I keep in my bag. I definitely don't carry the kitchen sink with me, so a little bag like this is all I need. If you're on the hunt for a simple, everyday cross body which goes with everything this is a great one. The leather is super soft and the crossbody design means you have you're hands free at all time, bonus! I wear this with black as well, I find tan a really versatile shade, and the black dye doesn't rub off on the bag of the bag!! If you do have any further questions about it, please comment below! 


Monday, September 11, 2017

Transitional Beauty Favorites.

I can't believe summer is basically over! Booo! It's been raining non-stop here in the UK so I feel like we can officially wave goodbye to the sun. I do love Autumnal makeup, but as August has only just finished I don't want to break out all my matte shadows and vampy lips just yet, so I've been reaching for a few products to bridge that gap.

Davines Volu Shampoo: Now, I've never been one to spend a lot on haircare, but lately I have wanted to invest a little bit more into my locks. This is a great shampoo to maintain voluminous roots, something I definitely struggle with. If you have very dry roots, I wouldn't suggest this as it does have that sea salt vibe to it which may dry your hair out. I have oily roots, so that really doesn't bother me at all. The smell is super fresh and overall I've been really happy with this. It definitely gives you that beachy, lived in vibe.

Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze and Glow Mask: This is the first skincare product I've tried from Charlotte Tilbury and I really adore it. It is fairly fragranced, so I was worried it was going to break me out, but so far so good! You pop this on before bed, and wake up with lovely glowing skin. The bronzing element is very subtle in my opinion, it's definitely a gradual process, but it does make your skin look very healthy. I've been using this every 2-3 days to maintain that lovely glow we all crave. If you did pick up a tan over the summer, this would be a lovely product to help keep that going throughout Autumn.

Clinique Chubby Stick Contour: I really do love this, it's not as cool toned as I think some people may like, but it works well for me. I use this underneath my base to create a natural, bronzed contour  to the skin. It's so easy to apply, and blends really well with a beauty blender. If you're after that effortless, bronzed look to the skin, this is a great product to have in your collection. It does also work well on top of foundation, but I find it's so much more natural underneath.

Nars God Created the Women Eye Palette*: This is such a great transitional palette, the shades in here are gorgeous. Unfortunately it is no longer available, however Nars are always coming out with similar eye palettes, so be sure to head to your nearest counter and see what they have. This palette has amazing lighter shades, perfect for all over the lid, and some gorgeous deep browns which are great in the Autumn time to create a more vamped up look. The shades blend beautifully and the pigment is awesome. There's a nice mix of mattes and shimmer shades, so loads of options to create some beautiful eye looks.

MAC Twig: Twig is a shade I purchased this time last year, and one I'm so excited to start wearing again. It's a lovely brown-toned, pink shade, but it's on the darker side which is why I save it for Autumn. I would say it's still a nude - kind of - but more on the bolder side of nudes, if you know what I mean! The formula is amazing, it's a satin finish so it's very comfortable to wear. I love MAC lipsticks and there's always at least one I'm reaching for at any given time.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Skincare Routine For That Time Of The Month.

I've been really struggling with my skin lately, and it being that time of the month hasn't helped. We all have these skin days - or weeks - where it just doesn't look good. I have a few blemishes which I've been desperately trying to get under control, along with some texture problems and just overall being unbalanced. My skin has never been bad growing up, I never suffered with acne, but I still have some products laying around which I'll bring out for those times when I do get a blemish or two.

Nourish Kale 3D Cleanser: This is a really great cleanser to cleanse and detoxify the skin, which is exactly what I need. Although it's very clarifying, it's not at all drying which is a miracle as I hate that tight feeling my skin can sometimes get after using cleansers of this nature. It's cheap and cheerful and helps to even out my skin's texture as well as lifting impurities. It contains Kale and Griffonia which are also great to target the signs of ageing and sun damage. 

Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator: I rarely exfoliate, but every now and then I'll reach for one to gently scrub away any dry skin. This is a lovely one as it's very gentle, smells amazing, and lifts away any dead skin cells. The smell is very calming a great one to use after you've cleansed. 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray: Toning is something I do daily anyway and I've been loving this one. It contains Aloe and Rosewater which work wonders on my skin to calm and hydrate. It also helps to dry out my spots a bit which is why I've been reaching for it so often lately. I do go to town with this, and if you're a 20 spritz kind of gal like me, you may need to wait a few moments to let it sink in before moving onto the next step in your routine. 

Keihl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate: I use this pretty much everyday without fail, my skincare routine wouldn't be the same without it. If you suffer with uneven texture, this will be your best friend. My skin always looks so much better, more plump and even, after using this the night before. I like to pat oils into the skin to ensure they really sink in properly.

Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser: If my skin isn't too dry I'll normally reach for this as it's so gentle on the skin. Liz Earle is a great brand if you're after some super gentle, fuss-free skincare, they have that part of the skincare market covered. This smells very spa-like, just as the other products from the brand smell, and I love how it sinks into the skin. There's not too much going on here, making it the perfect daily option to help balance your skin.

Lip Balm
Glossier Balm Dot Com: For some reason my lips are always the first to show that I'm either dehydrated, or having a crappy skin day. The moisture tends to get sucked out of them. I always make sure I have a balm on hand, and this Glossier one is great. It's very handbag friendly and the consistency is that jelly/oil formulation which sinks in well to leave your lips feeling nourished. When Glossier reach the UK I'll definitely be ordering a few other scents of this as they sound lovely.

Origins Original Skin Rose Clay Mask: I think this is my favourite clay mask, I even prefer it over their other clay mask (the dark grey one!). It lifts impurities so well, and the rose helps to hydrate the skin so it doesn't feel parched. The smell is lovely too, and it works wonders on blemishes and around the nose where you may get blackheads. For problematic skin this is a must!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Bank Holiday Makeup Menu.

I love waking up on bank holiday Monday knowing that I can spend the day chilling with friends and family, and of course spending a little longer on my makeup. Can't every week consist of a three-day weekend? I knew that I wanted to do some kind of bank holiday makeup related post, so I thought I would simply share with you the makeup I've been wearing across the weekend. Like most, mine has been filled with lots and food and spending time at BBQs with the fam, so it's quite a relaxed look, but one I've been loving. 

Becca Backlight Priming Filter: I always start any look with a primer, and a glow giving one was on the menu today. I love how this makes my skin look, so healthy and dewy, without adding too much of a harsh golden shimmer. It's a great primer for when my skin is looking a bit dull, it naturally perks it up. 

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation: I haven't worn this foundation in so so long, but it's such a great one. The coverage is medium, but can be sheered out with a beauty blender, or built up - it's quite versatile I must say. The finish is very natural too, slightly on the satin/matte side, but with the primer underneath my skin still remains fairly dewy, just how I like it. 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow: I can't go a makeup look without a bit of bronzer and highlight, they're such essentials for me. This duo form CT is stunning, and I'm sure you've seen it many times. The bronzer is a lovely medium brown shade which warms up the face beautifully. The highlight is the best part for me though, it's a gorgeous champagne gold shade which looks amazing on the face, it has a blurring effect which I adore. 

Nars Lovejoy Blush: Blush is another staple for me, I love them for adding a subtle boost of colour to the face. This Nars one is a lovely deep copper mauve shade, it's such a beautiful everyday shade as it seems to go with every look. Although in the pan it looks very dark, it's not that scary on the face if you use a light hand, it leaves a lovely warm flush to the cheeks. 

Chanel Longwear Cream Shadow in Undertone: Why is it that I always gravitate to the most neutral shades EVER! This is a stunning shadow though, I love the way it looks as a one-wash-wonder all over the lids. It looks lighter on the lids than it does in the pan, it's a gorgeous taupe-y bronze shade, a perfect mix of the two. It lasts really well on the eyes and I just adore everything about this Chanel beauty.

Clarins Instant Light Perfecter Balm in Rose: I wanted a very fuss-free lip for this bank holiday as I know I will be consuming all the food. These balms from Clarins are great at keeping your lips hydrated, but also adding a slight tint of colour which can be easily reapplied throughout the day. This shade is the lightest of the bunch, and it's almost undetectable on the lips, but still adds a slight hint of pink.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Mauve-olous: I don't really mention nail polishes on my blog as to be honest, I normally get a gel-manicure, as oppose to doing it myself at home. I wanted to save my pennies and see if I could fall in love with nail polish again, and this is a game-changer. This is the best nail polish from the drugstore ever invented!! I've had it on for 5 days already and I have next to no chips, it's a bloody miracle. This colour is also beautiful, a lovely dusky pinky mauve shade with a bit of peach in their too. I'm definitely going to pick up more shades and do a whole post on these, so stay tuned!

Ouai Wave Spray: I tend to curl my hair on the weekends and I have a bit more time to spend getting ready. Post curl, I love to add in some wave spray to break up the curls and make them look more natural and lived in. This one is a gorgeous formula, it's not crispy and it feels like nothing in the hair. 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Oliver Bonas Haul.

Oliver Bonas is one of my favourite places to buy homewears. They seem to have the pretty Pinterest theme down, and I could easily spend a months wages in that shop. They have a sale on at the moment, so the perfect excuse to pick up some new bits, right? Since graduating university and moving back home I wanted to freshen up my room a bit and treat myself to some new goodies, and Oliver Bonas was my first stop. 

Glass and Gold Tray: Sadly I can't find this on the Oliver Bonas site anymore, but I did get it in-store only a couple of weeks ago so hopefully it's still available! I have linked a similar one for you incase you love the design. I picked this up to make my skincare look a bit more presentable. Organised chaos if you will. I always have moisturisers, lip balms, serums and other bits laying around on my vanity so I needed something that would look nice and keep them all in one place. 

L'art de la Simplicate by Dominique Loreau: I'm sucker for a pretty book cover, and the contents of this book really enticed me. It's all about how to create a very minimal, fuss free environment, and covers everything from your home, to your friends. I'm not planning on getting rid of 70% of the things in my life, but it is very inspiring and definitely encourages me to declutter! 

Embroidered Tassel Cushion: Another cushion...but this one was on sale so it's totally justified. I love the gold embroidery and the pink tassels, it fits the theme of my room perfectly. I feel like one can never have too many cushions, so I'm very happy to have this one, it was a great steal!

Palm Leaf Photo Holder: I have been lusting over the West Elm gold lettering for ages now, but I can't quite bring myself to splurge that much. Gold is another colour I'm trying to incorporate into my room so little decor pieces like this are great. It is a photo holder, though I have yet to put any photos into it, and looks perfect on my dresser.

Pink Sheepskin Round Cushion: When I saw this I fell in love. Can you get a more perfect pillow? I think not. This is pricey, and there are probably less expensive alternatives which will give the same effect, but the softness of this one sold me. It's a very soft baby pink shade and is probably the fluffiest thing I own. It looks great against my white bedding!

Estella Mini Bowl: I really wanted a cute, trinket bowl to house some of my everyday jewellery items. I love the size, and colour of this one and it has that handmade vibe due to watercolour- esque design in the middle. I wanted to have pink as an ascent colour in my room, so this fits in perfectly. 

I'm planning on showing you these bits styled in my bedroom, but it's not quite finished yet so keep your eyes peeled for that in the future. I wanted to show you everything beforehand so you can get hold of them and hopefully get some inspiration if you're after any new homewear items. 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Blushes You Need In Your Collection.

Blush is definitely a makeup step I don't like to miss. It can do so much for your complexion, it can make you look 10 times healthier, beautifully flushed and I just love how far a little bit of blush can go. I have a fair few shades in my collection and I switch between them all the time. I recently picked up a new one from Hourglass which spurred this post on, I think the shade is stunning, but more of that in a minute. I have a few others I have been obsessing over, so here they are.

Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush: These blushes are a work of art in my opinion. Everything from the casing, to the product itself, looks beautiful and definitely super luxe. This is a very light, peachy coral toned blush with an added dose of glow to make your cheek bones really stand out. On initial application, it's quite subtle, but you can definitely build it up to a more bold coral shade. I love that about the Hourglass products. The formula is really lovely, it's finely milled and blends so well over your base.

Laura Mercier Blaze Creme Cheek Colour: I have been very into cream blushes lately, so I had to include one in today's post. They add such a natural glow to the cheeks, something which can be harder to achieve with powders. In the summer I'm also a huge cream makeup fan, so this blush is a winner for me. The shade is very universally flattering and a perfect one to reach for if you just want a little something on the cheeks. It's not a bright shade, very dulled down and muted but does add a lovely natural flush to the face. I use this with a stipple brush and I find it applies seamlessly. If you're not hugely into blushes, I think you'll like this.

Nars Lovejoy Powder Blush: I really wanted to try a Nars blush for so so long, and when I took the plunge I wanted a shade which I don't hear everyone talking about. Lovejoy was the one I went for a it's so beautiful. It's a super warm, slightly copper toned blush which works amazingly all year round to warm up the complexion. It has that flex of rose gold throughout as well, so it adds a nice sheen to the cheeks without being too shimmery.

Sleek Rose Gold Powder Blush: Speaking of rose gold, this blush was definitely a summer favourite of mine. It's a pinky peach base, with rose gold shimmer. It's the brightest of the bunch, but August isn't over just yet so there's still plenty of time to pay this one some attention. Sleek blushes are really great for the price, they blend very well and are packed full of pigment, a little goes a long way. 


Friday, August 18, 2017

Drugstore Cushion Foundation Comparison.

If you've followed me for a while you know I rave about the L'Oreal Cushion Foundation. Something about the light-weight formula really entices me and I love the cushion concept. Since that launch, there have been a few more hit the market which I have wanted to try, including a couple from the drugstore. I have yet to try a high-end contender, but am definitely open to splurging if my love affair continues. In this post I wanted to compare a couple from the drugstore, as to my surprise, they are actually rather different. I was expecting very similar things from these two, especially in the finish and coverage they both offer, but actually there's a few more differences that I'm excited to share with you.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Cushion Foundation: This product is what started the while cushion craze for me. I wanted to see what the fuss was all about and I'm so happy that led me to this. It's a very light coverage, similar to a tinted moisturiser in that it covers the bare minimum to create a fresh complexion. To apply this one, I like to use a beauty blender to create a natural and flawless finish on the skin. It's definitely a dewy product, so if you have oily skin I probably wouldn't recommend this. Even when my skin is more normal than dry, I can find it gets a tad too oily throughout the day, so I do have to powder; just something to note if you don't have dry skin.

For day-to-day I do think this is a really lovely base option if you're a fan of fuss free makeup and maybe you just wanted a little something on the skin for work or school. You can build this up to a more light-medium coverage, but I would say that's as far as you can go with this product, it's definitely not full-coverage. Even though it's a lighter formula than I'm used to, I do find it stays put well throughout the day and does't oxidise, or wear off to much.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation: This one is £1 cheaper than the L'Oreal, if that sways you at all, and definitely has more coverage. I would say this is a medium coverage straight off the bat, without having it build it up. It's also a bit more satin on the skin, it dries down more than the L'Oreal one, leaving your skin with a bit less sheen, but I don't hate that, especially in the warmer weather when my skin is more oily. If you're wanting to try out a cushion foundation, but don't want to skimp on coverage, I think this is a great option. It still feels very light-weight on the skin and is very nice to apply, it blends into the skin effortlessly.

I'm a huge fan of this in the evenings, especially as it's staying lighter for longer. I don't know about you guys but when I go out I do like to pile on a bit more makeup than normal, and when it's dark out, that's totally cool. In the summer however, if you go out anytime before 8/8:30, it'll still be light out, so any full coverage base I find very detectable on the skin, this however skin manages to look natural and flawless, making it perfect for evening wear.

The technical differences;
Price: L'Oreal £14.99, Maybelline £13.99
Shade Range: L'Oreal 7, Maybelline 7
SPF: L'Oreal SPF25, Maybelline SPF20

On paper, they don't look that different, but in application they definitely do. All in all, I love them both, I prefer the L'Oreal one on the daily as it has a very dewy and lightweight finish, and I like the Maybelline one when I feel like I'm after a more medium coverage base. 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Guide To Highlighters.

Aaahh highlighters...the best makeup item ever, right? There are so many on the market these days, from so many different brands, it can be hard to figure out the best one to suit you. I have a fair few in my collection which I bring out on different occasions depending on the look I want to go for, so I've put together a selection which will hopefully cater to your highlighting needs. Okay...desires...not needs...

The subtle glow:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light: These powders from Hourglass are great for those of you who really don't want a heavy highlight. You can easily use them as a powder to set your make up, or concentrate the product on the high points of your face for a natural glow. This is one of the lightest powders they do, so it works perfectly as a highlight. It's very finely milled and the shimmer isn't chunky at all. The champagne shade compliments many different skin tones and is one I reach for when I want a very natural, effortless glow to the skin.

The intense glow:
Becca Champagne Pop: I couldn't do this post without mentioning one which is a real standout, glow to the gods product. For me, this is Becca's Champagne Pop. This is such a gorgeous, peachy champagne shade which packs a punch. It's very buttery, blends beautifully, and leaves the skin with a stunning highlighted glow. This one I reach for in the evenings as it's super pigmented and isn't for the faint hearted. You can definitely blend this out for a more diffused dewy look, but for the most part, it's one I reach for when I want a very blinding glow.

The day-to-day glow: 
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette: For everyday use, I like something in-between the two I've already spoken about. This one from CT is honestly beautiful, it's probably my favourite highlighter ever! It gives you a glow for sure, but it seems to create the most airbrushed finish to the skin - it's incredible stuff. It's more golden than the others I'm mentioning, but I love that in the summertime to create a lovely bronzy, glowy cheek look. I think as it also has the bronze shade, I find myself reaching for this a lot day-to-day as has my cheek needs covered. 

The creamy glow: 
Benefit Watts Up: Cream highlighters are something I love, but don't own many of. This one from Benefit is so so lovely, I went through a phase of wearing this every single day, I was obsessed. It recently took a trip down the back of my radiator, but I'm happy to have it back now!! This looks flawless on the cheekbones, and also as a brow bone highlight. It's the perfect champagne shade - can you tell I'm all about the champagne glow? - and blends beautifully too. I'm not a fan of the little sponge thing on the end, I prefer to use my fingers or beauty blender to blend this out, but the finish is flawless every time. In the summer this is lovely as I tend to reach for creamier formulas. 
The glow-from-within:
Becca Backlight Priming Filter: I'm a huge fan of using highlighting primers, or liquid highlighters, underneath my foundation to create a natural, dewy glow all over. This one from Becca also works great mixed in with foundation to add a subtle glow and to tone down any heavy coverage base. If you're starting out with highlights, this is a great route to go down as it's pretty fool proof and doesn't take much skill or accuracy to apply. I love the glow this one gives, very golden and dewy, and just looks like you have very healthy skin.

So there's my little highlighter run-down. I hope you found this helpful if you're in the market for a new glowy companion, or if you're starting out with makeup and want to pick the best highlighter for you. There are still loads of highlighters I have yet to try, so please leave your favourites down below so I have an excuse to pick up another one...or three!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Foreo Luna vs Clarisonic: The Best Cleansing Device For Your Skin?

We all know how important it is to properly cleanse our skin, especially if you're an avid makeup lover, and wearer, like myself. When brands started to come out with these skin cleansing devices I was excited to know that the cleansers I use everyday could be working that much harder, and penetrating even deeper into the layers of the skin. The two which I see and hear about all the time are the Foreo Luna and the Clarisonic. These are pricey, there's no doubt about that, and for some not necessary at all, but incase you're in the market I wanted to compare the two and share my thoughts. 

Clarisonic Mia: I feel like so many people owned a Clarisonic 5 years ago. They were the first brand to really nail the skin cleansing device and I feel like everyone wanted to get hold of one. They have since released a few more versions of this, some for travelling, and some with various speed settings. I never bought into any others, as with a price of almost £100, I was happy just sticking to the classic Mia. This one does only have one speed setting, but I don't find that too much of a drawback. The size is okay for me, it's not too hard to store, and I like the handle as it makes it super easy to use. 

These days, I really don't reach for this a lot. I have two different brush heads, the normal, and the sensitive, both of which are still a bit too harsh on my skin for everyday use. When I was in my teen days, I really found this made a huge difference in the texture of my skin. I didn't use it everyday, but I still found that my skin was clearer, I had less blackheads, and it wasn't very troubled, I would rarely get a breakout. I never had too many issues with my skin, so this just helped to maintain that. If you do suffer with acne prone skin, oily skin, or have very clogged pores, I would say this is worth it. If your skin is normal-sensitive, I wouldn't suggest this, the bristles are too harsh I find. I also found that the last time I replaced the brush head it turned green after about a week, another reason why I was put off reaching for it.

Foreo Luna Play: This is a fairly new one for me. I've had it for about a year, maybe a bit less, but I already love it way more than my Clarisonic. The silicone bristles make it really gentle and a lot more hygienic as it's so easy to clean. I have the Play, which is their travel size. I wanted to try this one out as it's only £29 so a great price to try before you buy. This isn't rechargeable, so you only get 100 uses out of it (if you use it for the recommended 60 seconds), however they have just released one which is the same size and can be charged so that's a great option if you prefer the smaller size for travelling.

When I first got this, I used it morning and night, everyday, and my skin was super glowy, very clear and smooth, it's the best my skin has EVER looked for sure. If you're skin is normal/combination/dry I think this would be a really great option for you, and as they have many different options at many different price points, you should be able to find the perfect one for you. I'll definitely be picking up the rechargeable one when this runs out.


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

IT Cosmetics CC Cream: Worth The Hype?

You'll all be familiar with this one by now...either you've already tried it, or it's top of your list to pick up next. To say it's been hyped up would be an understatement. Once IT Cosmetics finally made its way across the pond I was very eager to try this well-loved CC cream out myself and see how I liked it. If I'm honest, none of their other products really screamed out to me, except their powder which I do want to try, so I left the Selfridges counter with just this and a couple of samples to try. As this brand is super new to the UK, don't be afraid to ask for some samples of their other products, the ladies are really nice and happy to do that to promote some of their other bits.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream: A CC cream which offers full coverage really appealed to me. Normally these BB, CC, EE creams are more reminiscent of a tinted moisturiser than a foundation, so I'm happy they have broken away from that trend. At the end of the day CC means colour correcting, and what's more colour correcting than a full coverage base? There's a lot going on here, it's a CC cream, full coverage, SPF50+, anti-aging and a hydrating serum. Could they appeal to a wider audience? Behind all the faff lies a really nice, medium-full coverage, hydrating base. The reason why I would say this is medium-full coverage is because you really need to build this in order to get a completely full coverage finish. It definitely doesn't lack in pigment, but compared to some other foundations I have, it's not quite there. That's no draw-back, just something to bare in mind if you LOVE full coverage!

I much prefer using this with a brush, as oppose to my beauty blender, I find it blends better and you get more coverage out of it. Normally I'm all about my beauty blender, but with this one I always reach for a dense stippling brush. To cover my whole face I use 1-2 pumps and the shade I have here (Light) is a great match for my skin tone. In total they have 7 shades available - I believe - which is pretty good for a CC cream. The finish is pretty skin-like I would say. It doesn't completely matte out your face, but it's not a dewy base either, somewhere in between, so I do powder afterwards to keep any unwanted shine at bay. I also found this stays on for a good 6 hours (I don't really wear my makeup for much longer to be honest) so I was pleasantly surprised.

For everyday wear I have really been enjoying this, it's great that is has SPF50 too! At £30 I would definitely say give it a go as I feel it would be very universally pleasing. The packaging is really convenient, I love the pump, it's so easy to use and mess-free. 


Sunday, August 06, 2017

10 Ways To Treat Yourself This Month.

August is my birthday month, so naturally I want to chill out, have a little pamper session every now and then, and treat myself. Even if August is just another month to you, I urge you to do the same, as a little me-time is super important for everyone and can do so much good. Even taking 5 minutes out of your day can be all you need to recharge. I wanted to share 10 ways I love to treat myself when I'm in need of a little mental break, and some relaxation. 

1. Buy some flowers: Flowers instantly cheer me up and put me in a good mood. Every week I try to add some fresh flowers to my home, it's a lovely treat and a great way to end, or start the week. If you have a local flower market, or a favourite florist in your nearest town, make it a priority it visit a few times a month to pick up some fresh blooms. Even the trip itself is a nice way to spend a morning or afternoon. 

2. YouTube binge: I always love to catch up on some YouTube videos on a Sunday, or whenever I have a spare evening. It's so nice to zone out and just watch all fashion and beauty related content, it's such a great way to switch off from the outside world. 

3. Do a face mask: Face masks are my favourite way to pamper myself. They take 30 seconds to apply, and you can get on with other things whilst it's working its magic on your skin. I think face masks are something everyone should do once a week, you deserve it! 

4. Take a bath: Baths are the ultimate way to relax and unwind, and they basically force you to sit and chill for 30 minutes or so. Of course, you can indulge in loads of bubbles, or pop in your favourite bath soak for that added touch. 

5. Get 8 hours of shut eye: I know that we're all super busy, and to some 8 hours of sleep seems like a world away, but please try at least one day a week to get a full 8 hours in. If you struggle getting to sleep, try a pillow spray, or an eye mask to help you drift of quicker. You will feel 10times better I guarantee. 

6. Book a spa day: I love any excuse to sit around and basically do nothing...and a spa day is just that. Go with your mum, or a group of friends, and treat yourself to a massage or a nice manicure before Autumn hits. There are some great deals around these days for spa days, so you don't have a fork out a load of money.

7. Indulge in a luxury candle: Having one or two luxury candles dotted around your house is a great way to add a bit of indulgence to your evening. It feels like a treat when you burn them, as some of them are so bloody expensive, and they really create such a lovely atmosphere, especially if it's a scent that you adore.

8. Get stuck into a good book: I'm definitely a coffee table book gal. I like something I can flick in and out of, nothing too farfetched, and something I can take inspiration from. Urban Outfitters and Oliver Bonas have a great selection of easy-reads, and they make the perfect 10 minute break companion.

9. Buy some new pyjamas: Maybe some new PJ's will be the excuse you need to get to bed earlier, or have that well deserved Sunday lay-in. I don't tend to buy pyjamas, but when I do, it definitely feels like a bit of a treat as how many pairs of matching pyjama sets do we actually need? Never-the-less, they make for the perfect excuse to get cosy after work.

10. Make some baked goods: Baking is something we can all do, and no matter if you want something very healthy, or very indulgent, that can totally be achieved. It doesn't have to be a super complicated recipe, some simple brownies will do, but it's nice to have that treat in the cupboard. I'm a huge fan of cookies, so of course, one in the evenings with a hot chocolate sounds like the perfect treat, no? 

Friday, August 04, 2017

A Mask You Need To Try This Month.

I have been so into face masks this year you wouldn't believe. I seem to have found a new love for them I never quite had before. Don't get me wrong, a good over-night hydrator, or a mask which cleanses out my pores always went down a treat, but other than those two go-tos, I never tried many others. I went on a hunt to find a few new ones to add to my collection, and I came across this Ole Henriksen option which is basically healthy skin in a jar.

Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask: When I was looking for a new mask to add to my skincare stash, I was searching high and low for something which was going to make my skin super glowy. I've tried out a few sheet masks which give me that result, but I wanted a mask I could use more than once. This one caught my eye as the name basically sums up exactly what I was looking for. Something that would give me a glow, and remove any dry skin. It claims to deeply cleanse, smooth and brighten, with the help of sugar, honey and pomegranate. I also feel like this has some kind of Vitamin C agent in there, as the smell is absolutely amazing, like a candied orange sweet.
Lets get on to how it performs on the skin. This isn't the first product from their range I've tried, so I knew that if it was anything like their Truth Youth Serum, I was on to a winner. It's not your typical mask formula, as it has those sugar granules throughout, so it has a face scrub consistency, so you do feel a but strange not rinsing it off right away.

I take a little scoop full and massage it all over my face to really polish away any dry skin. I'm avoiding using the word scrub here, as that sounds very harsh and abrasive, which this mask definitely isn't. The smell hits you right away, and I can tell you you'll want to leave this on for as long as possible as it's such a gorgeous scent. Aside from the sugar, the mask is a gel formula, very reminiscent of honey, but less sticky.

I tend to leave this on for about 15-20 minutes to really let the rosehip oil and pumpkin extract work their way into the skin. Once the times up, I'll rinse away with warm water and facial cloth and my skin has never felt so soft and glowing. If you're on the hunt for a mask which is going to brighten your skin, smooth, lift away any dead skin cells, and that smells amazing, look no further!


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Concealers I'm Loving Right Now.

I like to think of concealers as a best friend...you can rely on them on your darkest (of eye-bag) days, and once you find one you adore, it's hard to stray. Over the past few years I've definitely tried my fair share of concealers and I know there's a few cult ones in my collection I will go back to time and time again. Lately, I've been trying to branch out, and see what other concealers there are on the market. There's a good bunch I'll tell you that, so here are some of my favourites.

Borjois Radiance Reveal Concealer: This is the cheapest one I have to show you, but don't let the low cost fool you, it's great stuff. It's very creamy, perfect for under the eyes as it blends beautifully and has great colour pay off. I picked mine up in the lightest shade, to use under my eyes, and I really love how it looks. It's a great Urban Decay Naked Concealer alternative.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: This is one of the first concealers I tried, way back when I was about 15, when MAC was all the rage!! I repurchased it a few months back, and I'm completely smitten with it once again. It's a great one for all over the face I find. It's creamy enough to use under the eyes, but its also very long lasting so works well for blemishes and to conceal around the face.

NARS Soft Matte Concealer: Ah, this is another new one I have been obsessed with, and I'm sure you're sick of hearing about it. I've never come across a pot concealer which feels as creamy, and as velvety as this does - it's gorgeous! I picked it up in two shades, which goes to show how much I bloody love it. It's amazing under-the-eyes, which I wasn't expecting, but it truly works wonders and sticks around all day.

Bobbi Brown Serum Corrector: I tried this after my long love affair with their classic pot corrector. I don't think I like this one as much, but it's still really good and very hydrating. It's the classic Bobbi Brown corrector shades, but in a creamy, serum formulation which is lovely to use and doesn't cake up at all. This is designed to use under another concealer to help counteract any dark shades under-the-eyes. I like to pair it with my MAC Pro Longwear as the formulas layer beautifully together.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Two For The Hair.

Recently there have been a few hair brands catching my eye. I'm not really one to spend a lot on haircare products, I'd rather splurge on other items, and treat all my hair needs down the isles of Boots. I do feel there are a lot more middle-market hair brands popping up though, so I wanted to see if they are really better than the Doves, and the L'Oreals I tend to use on the daily. O&M, and Ouai are two brands in particular that I wanted to try. Ouai has been everywhere since it's launch so there's no surprise they were on the top of my list to try. O&M is a brand I don't hear as much about, but I love their packaging and the product I'm about to show you is right up my street so I had to grab it!

O&M Know Knott Conditioning Detangler: Leave in conditioner sprays are my jam, I love how they make my hair feel. I have quite long hair, so it's definitely prone to getting tangled, especially as I wear it down most of the time, so give me a product which claims to soften and detangle the hair, and I'm all ears! The smell is super amazing too, much nicer then the Dove one I was using before. It's very fresh and fruity, perfect for summer! I will apply this to my freshly washed hair, once I've hopped out the shower, and it leaves my hair feeling so soft and nourished once it's dry. I especially love this if I wash my hair in the mornings as the smell is just amazing throughout the day.

Ouai Wave Spray: In the summer, I really love beachy waves - I mean, who doesn't? If I do curl my hair, I'll always reach for a spray like this to roughen them up a bit, and create a more casual do. This handy travel size is also perfect for taking to the beach with you, so you can really emphasise those textured, beach waves. It smell like suncream, but in a good way, it will really remind you of sipping cocktails by the ocean, and splashing about in the sea if you use this in the winter. So far, I'm loving this and really want to try out more from the range. Maybe their hair oil next? 


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!

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