Tuesday, 30 October 2018

My Everyday Natural Make Up Routine

When I don't want to wear a full face of makeup I'll stick to the basics: base to give a little bit of coverage and mascara / eyeliner to make me look awake! Here are some of the hero products I have been loving recently for a daily, natural look....

Monday, 29 October 2018

Money Saving Tips

Christmas is coming and the purse strings are tightening! If, like me, you've been following the 'treat yourself' mantra for a little too long and need to start putting some money away for the future, here are some of my quick and easy money-saving tips that can make a big difference to your everyday life!...

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

My Favourite Pixi Palettes

While I adore Pixi Beauty's skincare, and think the brand is best known for this, recently I've fallen more and more in love with its makeup range too. Pixi recently collaborated with best known beauty bloggers to create a range of 'Pixi Pretties' makeup palettes.

One of my favourites is the Café con Dulce multi-use palette (top), in collaboration with Dulce Candy. These shimmery shades have a powder to cream formula and can be used as either a blush, face glow, highlighter, and eyeshadow. They are all in subtly, natural shades.

Another great multi-use palette is the Palette Chloette, in collaboration with Chloe Morello. It contains everything you need for face and eyes, in a great range of shades. These soft hues work perfectly as blushers to add a natural glow, while the silky eye shades can be used as shadow, liner and contour. The matte shades can also be doubled up as brow powders! Best of all this palette has a slim mirror along the side so it's perfect to be used on the go.

*Post contains PR Samples

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Tips for De-cluttering Your Room with Gumtree

My whole life I've been guilty of holding on to things "just because". It's shocking how much stuff you can accumulate over the space of a few months, and even though I like to keep my space at home tidy it’s FULL of once loved items I no longer use. 

Every now and then I like to have a big clear out to help clear my mind, so it was perfect timing when I had a few days off work and was challenged by Gumtree to take part in a campaign to de-clutter my home. I have also recently bought the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo in an attempt to change my attitude to hoarding.

So, after sitting down to read the book (what a great way to procrastinate having to tidy) and setting aside a day to clear through my unused items, here are some of the top tips I've learnt and used for de-cluttering...

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Brow FX Brow Products

Brow FX is a brand new range of eyebrow products that launched this year. It is created by the same brand as Lash FX, who have a whole range of false and magnetic eyelashes.

Included in the range is:

  • A brow powder pen in two shades (light / medium) £11.95
  • Brow highlighter pen £11.95
  • A palette of four brow powders £19.95
  • Powder and wax duo £9.95
My favourite products are the brow powder pen and highlighter pen. It is essentially a sponge applicator pre-dipped in brow powder that you can sweep over brows quickly for a pop of colour! It is so compact meaning it is easy to pop into your makeup bag and take on the go.

The range is available from www.lashfx-magnetise.com

*Post contains PR Samples

Monday, 18 June 2018

HAX Rose Gold Lip Kit

Hax is a beauty brand that puts together easy to follow kits to help you create Instagrammable makeup looks easily at home.

My makeup looks are very simple and I usually don't bother with fussy trends so to have evetything together in one place with step by step instructions was a breeze for me!

There are five kits available, three for lips and two for eyes:

  • Holographic Lip Kit (£17.99)
  • Glitter Lip Kit (£17.99)
  • Rose Gold Lip Kit (£14.99)
  • Cut Crease Eye Kit (£17.99)
  • Shimmer Cut Crease Kit (£17.99)

I tried the rose gold lip kit that comes with a lip liner, liquid lip paint and gold shimmer dust with an applicator brush.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

May Skincare Favourites

While I love summer and the sunshine it brings, my skin often reacts badly to hayfever and pollution. Over the years my skin has become increasingly sensitive so this month I'm doing as much as possible to protect it. As well as sensitivity my skin can often be prone to dullness and blackheads around my nose and cheeks.

I'm a bit of a skincare obsessive and love stocking up. For all natural ingredients I love LUSH and Nivea is also by far one of my favourite brands for when my skin is flaring up. I have recently discovered Chemist4U which sells high-street products at value prices. I recently wrote about my love of supermarket beauty and this is no different, it's great for stocking up on essentials.

Here are some of the products I've been loving this month...

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Barcelona Hotspots

One of my favourite holiday hotspots has been Barcelona for a number of reasons -it's quick and easy to get to, the food is delicious and it has the combination of both city and beach culture.

Without a doubt, one of Barcelona's top attractions is admiring the city's architecture and the works of Antoni Gaudí.The most famous are the Sagrada Família, Park Güell, and La Pedrera.  

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Guide to Spring Leisure Wear

Personally I feel about a million times more motivated to work out when I'm wearing new sportswear. Fortunately most of the leisure wear on the market is so fashionable you don't need to worry about changing in between gym sessions and can wear your gym gear out and about and for running errands!

Between the long hours at the office and the thrill-seeking adventures on the weekends, it’s no wonder you’ve been considering easing up on the adrenaline rush of life and giving in to the relaxing fit that is athleisure.

Do yourself (and your sanity) a favour and let your wardrobe guide you to a more Zen way of living. The following guide from Red Dress shows the ultimate athleisure wardrobe for spring...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Barry M Holographic Lip Toppers

With summer and festival season approaching, shimmer makeup is making a speedy return to beauty shelves. Barry M has launched a holographic range to add an iridescent glow to makeup. One of the easiest ways to switch up your look is with these new Holographic Lip Toppers (£4.99).

They contain light reflecting particles that instantly transform lips and add a holographic, glossy shimmer.

As you can see they are suuper sparkly! They come in four shades; Spellbound, clear, Wizard, blue, Mermaid, pink, and Hex, purple. They van be used alone or over the top of lipstick.

I tested out the shade Mermaid and can confirm that these WORK! I used it over the top of a pink lipstick and it instantly made my lips popped and the bold shimmer lasted hours.

These are amazing value and a great addition to any makeup bag. If you're unsure of which colour to get I'd go for Spellbound as it can be used over any colour lipstick.

Available from Boots, Superdrug and direct from Barry M.

*Post contains PR Samples

Thursday, 12 April 2018

A Magnetic Face Mask?

It seems the days of the humble mud mask are gone. There are now peel-off face masks, self heating masks and even bubbling face masks. But I was even more surprised when I came across a magnetic face mask (yes, magnetic?!) from Amour Noir.

Admittedly when it arrived I was a little sceptical and put off using it for a while as I was worried it might be too much of a faff, however, when I had an afternoon off work I decided to put it to the test.

So before getting into the nitty gritty, I'll go through what I knew about the mask beforehand. It comes in a neatly packaged box with a plastic application spoon and a small circular magnet on a handle.

The box states that the mask will give you clean, radiant skin and contains Dead Sea Minerals which work to retain moisture and help keep skin looking youthful. The magnet technology works to pull the mask away from the skin, in turn removing any impurities to cleanse pores.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Makeup brushes for contouring

When it comes to contouring there are SO many makeup palettes to make the process earlier, but when it comes to application it is key that you have the right tools. There are plenty of makeup brushes made specifically for contouring, so I thought I'd share with you some of my top selections...

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Pixi Rose Skincare

Pixi Rose Skincare

Pixi Rose Skincare

Pixi Rose Skincare

Pixi's skincare range is best known for its iconic exfoliating Glow Tonic, but it has a whole host of skincare products to suit different skin needs too. Some of their latest launches are the Rose Tonic and Rose Cream Cleanser, which are ideal for soothing dry and sensitive skin.

Rose Tonic (£10) is a toner that can be sweeped over the face after cleansing and before moisturising. It helps to tone skin, balance PH, minimise redness and calm the skin while refreshing it. As someone who has very dry skin this works wonders for me as cleansing can really dry my skin out and upset it. It is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin.

Rose Cream Cleanser (£18) as the name suggests is a creamy mud cleanser that is very soft and gentle on the skin. It can be used daily by simply massaging onto skin and rinsing with a face cloth. I use this as part of a double cleanse once I have already removed my makeup. It contains rose, aloe vera, avocado and aloe vera - super smoothing! 

*Post contains PR Samples

Monday, 9 April 2018

Finding Confidence & Positivty

In a world full of social media when it's so easy to compare yourself to others, confidence can be at all-time low. As someone who has been blogging for around 5-6 years now I don't particularly feel like I've "made it" in blogging and when I see other bloggers escalating at such a high level. I often feel lost in the giant world that is the blogosphere.

Having said that, I'd say I'm always a fairly positive person and this in turn helps to keep my confidence and morale up. Body positivty is something that is particularly important to me as I hate nothing more than hearing people put down their bodies and talk about the things they dislike about themselves. While there are plenty of things I would change about my body it is way more important to focus on the things you love.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

MakeUp Revolution Haul

MakeUp Revolution Haul

MakeUp Revolution Haul

MakeUp Revolution is one of those brands that I seemed to have passed by over the years for no particular reason. I've bought the odd product from there before but more and more I'm seeing exciting new launches and ultra-value high-end dupes blowing up all over my newsfeed, so this Easter weekend when my online browsing was getting a little out of control I decided to splurge on a haul from their site.

I ordered on Saturday 31 March and everything arrived by Thursday 5 March (remembering Monday was the Bank Holiday). I spent £79.07 in total on 12 items. Postage costs £1.95 but is free on orders over £35 if you order direct from MakeUp Revolution's website. You can also order it from Superdrug and delivery is free for Beauty Card Holders. So let's dive in and see what I got.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Cocktails Behind Bars: Alcotraz London

When I was told I was going for cocktails in a "prison", more specifically one where I had to smuggle in my own alcohol, I didn't quite know what to expect.

Named after the notorious Alcatraz prison in the US, Alcotraz (see the pun?!) originally started in London's Brick Lane as a pop-up immersive bar experience, but is now here to stay following its popularity.

Alcotraz is London's first immersive theatrical cocktail bar. Before arrival all I knew was that we would be spending the night behind bars in a prison cell and had to smuggle in our own alcohol without getting it past "the warden". I went along with fellow bloggers Emily, Annabelle and Eppie. So how did we get on?

Barry M All Night Long Foundation

This week Barry M launches its new All Night Long collection. The range consists of primer sticks, foundation sticks and all night long concealer and will be in Superdrug stores from 26th March.

Firstly I'll briefly touch on the primer sticks. These cost £6.99 each and are available in 'Original' and 'Anti-Redness'. They are solid primers that glide over the skin to provide a base for foundation.

Next is the All Night Long Full Coverage Concealer. I haven't got round to trying these yet but have heard great things! It costs £4.49 and is available in six shades: Milk, Oatmeal, Cookie, Almond, Waffle and Hazelnut. It is a liquid concealer with an applicator wand.

The product from the range I'm going to be focusing on is the All Night Long Medium Coverage Foundation. This costs £6.99 and is available in eight shades, which are all said to be buildable: Milk, Cashew, Oatmeal, Cookie, Almond, Waffle, Fudge and Hazelnut.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Fitness on Demand with Esquared

I'm always on the lookout for fun fitness classes to attend and always prefer to book one-off sessions without the commitment of long and pricey gym contracts. Last year I wrote a post on the cost of keeping fit, which explored how many people pay for gym memberships and classes and who prefers to do their own fitness for free. Personally I don't have a gym membership, because London rent is far too high and I need every spare penny I can get (mainly for brunching and ASOS shopping), but I always miss the fun and motivation from gym classes.

Luckily I have managed to find a balance after being introduced to Esquared - an app that lets you book onto fitness classes or to use gyms at a date, time and location that suits you without having to sign up for a membership.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

How I keep my blonde hair blonde

Having naturally blonde hair is great, but dull weather and pollution means my once-platinum locks often end up a brassy, yellow shade. I don't want to get into the hassle and cost of having to dye or lighten my hair so I rely on products specifically made to brighten blonde hair to keep my colour fresh.

Silver and purple shampoos are by far one of the most effective things for blonde hair and I can see the results after just one wash.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

A Guide to St Kitts - Fall in Love With the Caribbean

When I think of the Caribbean, usually the likes of Jamaica, Antigua and Barbados come to mind. But there are SO many other islands to discover, many of which I hadn't even heard of until last year. In December I was lucky enough to go to St. Kitts with my work, so decided to put together a guide to this little gem of a destination!

St Kitts is twinned with the island of Nevis and jointly they are known as the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. While most Caribbean islands portray white, sandy beaches, St. Kitts is totally unique as it is known for rainforests, lush green mountains and beaches of white, grey and even black sands.

Of course one of the main reasons for visiting the Caribbean is the amazing weather (I went in December and wrote a post on why I now want to go away every Winter!)

For those who don't know about St. Kitts, here is your whistle stop guide...

My 2018 Reading List

I'm a little delayed posting this but one of my New Year's Resolutions every year is to try and read more books.

I am currently reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. a captivating book that follows three women who are all at a crossroads. Think school-mum scandals; ex-husbands, second wives, mother and children troubles. It has since been turned into an award winning series starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon so I'm excited to give it a read!

Another fictional book on my list includes How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig. It seems a little Benjamin Button-esque - about a man called Tom Hazard who looks 41-years-old but has in fact been alive for centuries. He has to continuously change his identity to stay alive and cannot fall in love.

One book that I read at the start of the year is The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon. For any 20-something female living in London who is struggling with the pressures of adulting you will 100% relate to this book! I read every page nodding my head and laughing at Bryony's escapades.

I'm all about motivational and inspirational books this year and just did a mammoth Amazon order to fill my shelves with books to help me smash this year! I have already purchased #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso after seeing it all over the blogosphere! 

I have also got How to be an Overnight Success by by Maria Hatzistefanis, the head of Rodial. I'm a huge fan of Rodial skincare and makeup, when the brand launched its cult 'snake' serum, the press quickly called the business an 'overnight success'. But Maria has been building the brand for 18 years from scratch in her bedroom. 

What's on your reading list this year?

*Post contains PR Samples

Monday, 5 March 2018

Nip & Fab Contour Palette

Does anyone else STILL find contouring baffling? This Nip&Fab palette makes it a breeze with all the shades you'll need to enhance, define and highlight skin to give the illusion of killer cheekbones.

Each shade has a suede texture that blends beautifully, leaving a matte and defined finish to the skin.

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