Monday, 23 October 2017

Rodial vs MakeUp Revolution Banana Powder

Two powders, two very different price tags. Banana powder has become something of a bestseller recently so I have put two different one to the test...

What is Banana Powder? Banana Powder is a great multi-tasking product that is mainly used in contouring/strobing. It is a yellow powder that neutralises darkness, colour corrects redness and sets makeup. More recently Banana Powder has risen to fame after being approved by the likes of Kim Kardashian.

How to use Banana Powder - Banana Powder should be one of the last steps when doing makeup and applied over foundation and concealer. You can either apply the loose powder with a fluffy powder brush or dab it onto skin using a blending sponge.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Sleek MakeUp's My Face. My Rules. Campaign - #MyFaceMyRules

After developing acne as a teenager I’ve worn makeup pretty much every day since the age of around 14. Now, this has by no means been ‘bold’ makeup and I’ve never been one to be particularly daring with bright colours, winged eyeliner or ultra-defined brows, yet I’ve still found myself to be on the receiving end of criticism around the makeup I choose to wear.

From people telling me I “cake my face” in makeup to others questioning my choice to put makeup on when I’m holiday – “Are you really going to put foundation on when we’re just going out for the day?” – most people don’t seem to realise that these comments are pretty personal and give my confidence a knock.

See, truth is I don’t feel like I’m me until I’ve put my face on in the morning. That may seem silly but it has become part of my daily routine to sweep on a bit of foundation, bronzer and blusher, fill in my eyebrows and pop on some mascara. Then I’m ready to face the day.

Everyone has their own unique style and their way of doing their makeup, and yet so many people feel the need to comment on it. How many times have you heard someone say that another person is wearing “too much” makeup?

So when I heard that Sleek MakeUP is launching a new global campaign with the aim of tackling makeup shaming, I had to find out more and share the news.

(Before I go on I have to say this is in no way a sponsored post – just something I am very passionate about and couldn’t agree more with!)

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Benefits of Derma Rolling

Derma Rolling (or micro needling) is a procedure I had never come across until recently. It is essentially a small skin roller which is made up of tiny needles that help to stimulate collagen production and increase blood circulation as you move it across your skin. I have been using Swiss Clinic's skin treatment kit after reading about it on the lovely Lydia Millen's blog earlier this year, and wanted to share how I'd been getting on with it after a few months.

As I'm now entering my late (eek!) twenties, anti-ageing and preventing wrinkles is something I'm becoming more concerned of, so I'm trying to change my skincare to reflect that. Without wanting to go down the route of fillers or botox, derma rolling seemed like a good alternative. I used the Skin Renewal kit (£84), which contains a 0.2mm Skin Roller and Swiss Clinic's Rejuvenating Serum, and also a sanitising spray (£18) to clean the roller.

Sleek Lifeproof Foundation

Sleek Lifeproof Foundation

Sleek Lifeproof Foundation

It's rare that I get this excited over a high street foundation, so was surprisingly impressed when Sleek Makeup's latest launch came along. Lifeproof Foundation is available in 24 shades and is designed to be one of those foundations that just does everything you need!

It is oil-free, sweatproof and lifeproof, so it goes along with your day and doesn't budge. It has a medium to full buildable coverage but still looks entirely natural.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

A Sprinkle Cafe comes to London!

Did you know Dutch people have sprinkles for breakfast every single day? That's why Holland is one of the happiest places in the world. So Easyjet have brought a taste of Holland to London with 'Café van der Sprinkles', a pop-up cafe serving Holland's staple breakfast dish - Hagelslag (sprinkles on buttered bread).

Behind the Easyjet aeroplane door, at The White Space in Leicester Square, you can enjoy sprinkle-inspired beauty treatments then create your own art masterpieces using sprinkles and of course devour all the sprinkly bread you wish!

Visitors also have the chance to win a pair of return flights to Holland by taking #SprinklesCafe on their photos of the event.

The cafe is open from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

How to Self Tan Your Face

Has anyone else done a fake tanning session at home, only to find it washes off their face pretty much straight away and they are left with a ghost face / orange chest look? Fake tan usually lasts on the body a lot longer but, because we are always applying different products to our faces and washing it, it disappears from your face quite quickly. But there are a few products I like to use to help prep my face for fake tan as well as applying and maintaining it.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

MUA Lipstick Review and Giveaway

Nothing makes me happier than a bargain makeup brand with high quality, and I've been turning to the high street more often to discover new products and stock up on some of my favourite beauty brands.

Make Up Academy (MUA) is just one of the brands I've been loving recently. Stocked exclusively at Superdrug it offers bargain prices, with lipsticks starting from just £1 and foundations starting from just £4. Their Luxe range also offers beautiful baked blusher palettes, matte liquid lipsticks and colour correcting kits.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Top Nail Polish Shades for Summer

As you would have seen in my last blog post, for me summer is all about bright colours and having fun with what we wear. It's the rare occasion in the year that I brave getting my feet out so I like to make sure my toe nails are filed neatly and painted with a bright colour.

Gel nail polishes are my personal favourite as the high shine makes nails look plumpier, healthier and a little more professional. I rarely get my nails done in a salon and instead invest in a good quality nail polish that will last a long time. I've built up a collection of Nails Inc Gel Effect Polishes over the last year (TK Maxx sells them at bargain prices!) and my current favourite shades are (from left to right in the top image): Kensington High Street, Lexington Gardens, Kensington Passage and Soho Place. All of Nails Inc's classic colours are named after places in London and I particularly love these as they are bright colourful shades.

As part of a new campaign by to find The Perfect Summer Nails, I also decided to experiment with some new nail shades this summer and got Nails Inc's latest set - the Sparkle Like a Unicorn Kit. It contains two irridescent polishes that bring gleam and sparkle to the nails. One is Rainbow Wishes, a soft sheen rainbow shade with blues and purples, and the other is Dream Dust, a sparkly bronze with 3D pigment.

Depending where you travel to this summer you can match your nails to the type of location you're visiting. For beach holidays I'd pick a bright shade like Nails Inc Kensington Passage or Soho Place, for sightseeing and city breaks I'd go for a classic shade like Kensington High Street or even a nude shade, and for travelling or party holidays I'd use the Sparkle like a Unicorn kit to jazz up my look!

*Post contains PR Samples

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Summer Dressing

When it comes to fashion I usually play it safe with staple wardrobe items, then invesst in a few stand out pieces to help make outfits pop. Statement fashion and jewellery can transform any outfit, so the experts over at Red Dress have offered their top tips on how to make a fashion statement this summer. 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Health Supplements: Yay or Nay?

A topic I always find interesting in the beauty world is health supplements and, quite frankly, do they work? Walk into any pharmacy, supermarket or health shop and you'll find supplements for everything and anything - from topping up your daily vitamins to assisting weight loss, beating stress, and helping to clear skin. So one of the biggest questions is do they actually work and do we need them?

While I'm no health expert I thought it would be insightful to share my thoughts and opinions. Most research and health websites will advise "food first" and "plate over pill". This essentially means we should use our diets to get the vitamins and nutrients that we need. Supplements can plug nutrition gaps in our diet but they cannot replace the nutrients and benefits of foods and they are not a one way ticket to good health. The nutrients and, more importantly, fibre found in food cannot be solely duplicated into one pill.

However, when the good we are eating doesn't contain some essential minerals or vitamins - such as calcium, potassium or Vitamin B / Vitamin D, a supplement can help to boost nutritional benefits. Supplements are good way of maintaining health, alongside a balanced lifestyle, and can help prevent deficiencies and health conditions.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

It's the most talked about launch in the blogging world for a long time, but does Urban Decay's new Naked Heat palette live up to the hype? With reddy, copper and bronze tones throughout, this is something completely different from Urban Decay and it strays away from the usual 'Naked' palettes - made up of nude and everyday shades.

Having light blonde hair and fair skin I wasn't sure if this palette would be right for me as I didn't think the shades would suit me. I'm not even usually one to wear eyeshadow regularly so while everyone else was losing it over this palette and swatching away, I decided for some time that I was going to stay and not bother it. But being the typical blogger I am and letting curiosity take over I eventually caved and got the palette for myself!

Cypriot Beauty from Kypwell



Often when I go on holiday I find myself admiring the local women's skin and wondering what their secrets are, realising I probably need to take my skincare back to basics and let nature do its job. Of course our lifestyles can impact on the way we look and feel, and I have recently discovered Kypwell - a Cypriot beauty brand that inspires natural and healthy lifestyles among women.

Of course if you are lucky enough to live somewhere as beautiful as Cyprus you'd probably be looking radiant as you'll have the sun beaming down on you every days, but it is actually the Cypriot way of living that Kypwell's co-founders try to encourage; spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying time outdoors, and appreciating therapeutic natural herbs. This natural wellbeing helps to promote balance and encourage people to live their lives to the fullest.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Fun Summer Drinks Recipes

I have to admit I'm extremely lazing when it comes to getting my daily intake of fruit and vegetables, although I haven't yet figured out what my excuse is...whether it's living in a shared house with a very small fridge and not having much space for fresh fruit or having a very busy lifestyle and fruit going off too quickly after I buy it! Luckily I've found a solution to up the amount of fruit I'm having and that's by making smoothies and juices.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

My Top Coral Lipsticks

While I normally stick to just one shade of lipstick (pink) summer is always a time where I get a little bit more adventurous with my makeup and start experimenting with different colours. After returning from my recent holiday with a slight tan - hooray - I've opted for different shades of flattering coral to enhance my tan. Coral is a great all round shade as it suits pretty much everyone. Here are some of my top coral lipsticks I've been loving...

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Summer Hair Saviours

I have to admit I'm pretty lazy when it comes to looking after my hair; I always run some hair oil through the ends after washing it but that's about as far as it goes. However, there's something about summer that always makes me step my game up a bit and start using more products to style my haie and try to keep my locks in tip top condition. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

Why I'm Swapping Facial Moisturiser for SPF

If I was to speak to you about sun care three years ago I would openly admit I was one of those girls who would lie out in the sun all day without any SPF on their face in the hopes of getting a tan. Who am I kidding? Here I am at the age of 25, still pale as ever, accepting the fact my pasty skin doesn't tan at all, and instead welcoming some lovely wrinkles to my forehead and eyes.

Now, I'm not saying these first signs of wrinkles are purely down to sun exposure but also a number of factors including an unhealthy diet, not getting enough sleep and pollution (the joys of living in London). All of us reach for the SPF when the sun makes an appearance but our faces need looking after all year round and we are still at risk of damaging our skin on even the cloudiest of days.

So in my quest to hold on to my youth (we can hope) I am doing my best to protect my skin by applying eye cream each day, I'm currently loving Kiehl's, and swapping my regular face moisturiser for SPF as a base underneath makeup.

Some of the products I've been loving recently include Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF 50, this is particularly great if you're using it as an everyday SPF rather than one specifically for holidays / on the beach as it is ultra lightweight and is more of a mineral sunscreen. It is also protects from the main causes of environmental damage (pollution, UVA, UVB, blue light from devices, infrared) to prevent skin ageing. Perfect for city goers! Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid is very similar and it's handy small bottle size means it's perfect for taking on the go. This actually feels more like a moisturiser than an SPF and is invisible on the skin. Plus it's oil free so doesn't clog pores.

I'm also loving Frezyderm Color Velvelt Sun Screen as this is a tinted sun screen, meaning it can double up as your foundation. I was surprised at how velvety the texture of this is and was a little concerned that the 'One shade suits all' shade wouldn't suit me but it seemed to adapt to my skin tone and cover up imperfections perfectly.

Korres is always a favourite brand of mine and I rely on them for natural skincare products that are packed full of skin-loving, protective ingredients. Their Red Grape suncare range is relatively new and is an anti-ageing range so their face SPF can be used for daily facial care while providing antispot action. Sensai Silky Bronze Protective Cream for Face feels like a treat on the skin as it is so silky and creamy. Again this tackles skin ageing so it is a big thumbs up from me.

For quick and easy hydration and protection on the go I love La Roche Posay's facial mist. Once I've applied my SPF in the morning I keep this with me to top up skin protection throughout the day and refresh my skin - perfect for hot and sticky days.

Do you use an SPF in your daily routine or is it just for holidays? What are your favourite facial SPFs?

*Post contains PR Samples

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

What I'm Packing for my Holiday

This week I am heading off to sunny Portugal on Friday for a week in Lagos and Lisbon! Usually I am ultra-prepared when it comes to holidays and would have bought my new clothes and toiletries in advance, but I've ended up leaving everything until the last minute!

Luckily I'v pretty much got everything I need ready to go and last year when I went to Cuba I did a little 'What I'm packing' post which did really well so I thought I'd do the same this year and show you what I'm taking along with me for my holiday.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel

Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel

When most people go away on holiday their skincare routine usually goes out the window and it’s a case of chucking a pack of baby wipes into a suitcase and hoping for the best. Personally I try to stick to a good skincare routine as much as possible while travelling - although this can sometimes be tricky with the hand luggage liquid restrictions!

To get around this I have a few travelling essentials including coconut oil (great for removing makeup and moisturising - plus it technically counts as a solid and I’ve never been called up on it) and sheet masks to revive dehydrated skin after a flight. I’ve also recently discovered the new Rapid Resurfacing Peel wipes from Murad and I am obsessed!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick

A magical green lipstick? You may be confused for Elphaba's understudy when you pull this bright Emerald lipstick out of your handbag but, don't be fooled, it actually transforms into a rosy shade of pink upon application of your lips. This little delight from Lipstick Queen reacts with the warmth and PH of your lips to adapt to a shade of pink to suit you - meaning everyone has their own, individual shade!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Rodial Snake Oxygenating Bubble Mask

Rodial Snake Oxygenating Bubble Mask

Rodial Snake Oxygenating Bubble Mask

When it comes to cleansing, innovative face masks have been taken to a whole new level recently and we have become obsessed with peeling away our pores and covering our faces in liquid gold or snail juice. Now there is an even stranger beauty regime taking over the internet; bubble face masks.

The trend hails from the Asian beauty market (of course) and, essentially, the face mask bubbles up over your face in a similar way to a foaming cleanser. They claim to moisturise skin while cleansing thanks to all the oxygenating bubbles.

Recently my Facebook and Instagram has been awash with videos of people trying them out and, always being fascinated by the Asian beauty market, I just had to give one a go! Luckily I  was excited to see that UK Brand Rodial has also released their own versions of these masks - so I decided to go for these as I knew I was in trusty hands and quite frankly don’t know where to start with Asian brands!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Summer Favourites from Korres

Korres Summer

When I think of holidays I think of the smells of the sea, fresh ingredients and being out in the great outdoors. Luckily Korres have bottled all that up into their range of natural, Greek products. For those who haven't heard of or tried Korres before, they focus solely on natural ingredients and develop skincare products based on two fundamental points; to develop environmentally friendly formulations and to project the benefits of Greek herbs.

I've tried a number of their different products and all of them have worked wonders for my skin. Another plus side is that all their body products smell INCREDIBLE and remind me of summer holidays. So with the nice weather finally making an appearance, here are a few Korres products I've been using religiously...
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