Hello everyone, and welcome to the second part of my haul/first impressions series where I will be talking all about haircare! It isn’t very often that I talk about haircare, however I have collated enough… More
I have so many amazing photos and things I want to share about our trip to New York that I had to write about it. We booked our trip to the Big Apple almost exactly a year ago and I am still dreaming about walking the streets of Fifth Ave pretending to be in Gossip Girl.
I am going to do a series of posts about our time in NYC – a bit like a New York City Guide, but I have SO many photos and we actually managed to squeeze a lot in, that one blog post just wouldn’t cut it.
I had been putting off booking our trip to New York for so long. I am the worst flyer and even the thought of getting on a plane was enough to put me off altogether. But last November, I eventually booked it for January – I thought that booking it so close to going would help me get over the nerves of flying but I was wrong. But somehow, I did it. I still had a huge panic attack while we were waiting to board and I still cried as we were taking off – but after that, I was fine. I managed to relax and I even watched a film. I felt anxious during some turbulence but I was so much better than I used to be when flying. I have never been so relieved to have spent an entire flight in my seat watching back to back episodes of Friends than in the toilet having a panic attack. And on the flight back, there were no panic attacks and no tears – don’t get me wrong, I am still terrified but to not have to spend my whole holiday dreading the flight back was amazing. I actually managed to enjoy the entire week without even thinking about flying home.
Okay, on to the good stuff.
We landed at Newark airport at around 12 noon on the 12th of January (we stayed for 5 nights), and we got an Uber to our hotel. We stayed in the Paramount Hotel and we were pretty much in the centre of Times Square – I don’t think we could have tried to get a more perfect location. The hotel was a beautiful, contemporary hotel with the most stunning lobby. The staff were incredibly friendly and were always so helpful. We stayed in the Broadway Classic room – it was quite small, but it is a boutique hotel and when you’re staying in somewhere like New York, you never really spend much time in your hotel room anyway. We were super pleased with it.
The decor of the hotel was gorgeous – the perfect combination of minimalism and contemporary.
We were so hungry by the time we had arrived and checked into the hotel. There was a Shake Shack opposite our hotel so as soon as we had checked in, we headed to get some food. After waking up at 3am to go to the airport and not being able to eat because I was so nervous about flying – oh my goodness, food had never tasted so good! Shake Shack was on my list of foods to try and I was SO impressed.
We didn’t do too much after we’d landed, we wandered around Times Square for a bit, had a mooch in some of the shops and wandered around the area we were staying. We got to grips with the area and came up with a plan of action for the following day. I also didn’t want to do too much on day one and wear myself out for the rest of the trip – I have with Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, so the eight hour flight on its own was more than enough to do me in. That being said, I also wasn’t going to let that get in the way of me doing what I wanted while in NYC.
We went back to the hotel for a little bit to warm up as it was SO cold. It was -4 pretty much the whole time we were there and it was impossible to stay warm! After we’d finally warmed up, we went back out to see Times Square at night and it was just amazing.
Despite how cold it was, seeing New York in Winter was one of the most magical things to experience. I would recommend everybody visiting at this time of year – it truly is incredible.
The perfect way to end our first day in New York.
I have done this kind of post before but I keep talking myself out of trying to blog again – it just feels like so long since I was last in the blogging space and to be honest, I feel SO out of the loop.
I write for a living which is all I have ever wanted to do, and I kept telling myself that after spending all day writing, I’m not going to want to spend my evenings and weekends doing the same.
But, I miss writing as me, taking photographs and having fun with my blog.
So, for today’s post, I thought I would do a little catch up, tell you what I have been up to so far this year and what the rest of the year looks like for me and my blog.
In January, me and Jake went to New York and we had the best time. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since we got back and we are most definitely planning on visiting again – maybe even next year. I have some incredible photos from our trip and we did some amazing things, but some of our favourite days were spent doing things that were much less touristy, so I might put it all together and create a NYC travel guide – where to eat, where to shop, what we should/shouldn’t have done, etc. I have quite bad travel anxiety too, so this is something else I would love to discuss.
I started a new job. I am now a Digital Copywriter and I am loving it – to write for a living is all I have ever wanted to do, so I couldn’t be happier right now.
Jake is in his final year of uni, so we are in the process of saving for a house – and I am most definitely a spender so trying to save money is something I am struggling with! I might also create a blog post about this – how we are saving for a deposit, mortgages, budgeting, and what we are cutting down on to try and save as much as possible by this time next year (hopefully).
In July, we went on holiday. There were 16 of us in total – Jake, my Dad, step-mum, four of my sisters, three cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, the lot – and we had an absolute blast. We went to Costa Adeje in Tenerife for two weeks and it was a much needed break that we all needed. It was the perfect combination of relaxation and exploring – we went on the most insane boat trip, saw Whales and Dolphins, had the best day at Siam Park and myself and Jake spent a day exploring Mount Teide and spent the evening stargazing – which is a whole other post in itself, but if you’re ever in Tenerife, I would highly recommended doing it! I might even do a ‘things to do in Costa Adeje’ style post, as there is so much to see and do!
Now, I am getting ready for the best time of the year – Autumn and Winter. I have put my summer clothes into storage and the chunky knits, turtle necks and boots are out in full force. I have really gotten into fashion a lot more lately and although I love shopping and buying new pieces, I am more conscious about the effects of fast fashion and I am trying to buy things that are much more versatile, that I can mix up and that I can wear again and again. Is a capsule wardrobe style post something you’d be interested in seeing on my blog?
Oh, and I joined a gym – something I never thought would happen. I suffer quite badly with Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, so I have found it difficult to find a form of exercise that doesn’t feel like it’s doing more harm than good. But, through a complete change in diet and incorporating gentle exercise into my life, I have lost over a stone and dropped two dress sizes in a little over six months! I don’t know many people my age with the same illnesses, so this is a topic I’d love to speak more about and make people realise that you can still do everything you want to – exercise, eat well, socialise, have a full-time job, etc – you will be knackered, but you can do it!
That’s all for now, but let me know what kind of content you’d like to see on the blog!
Well, it’s been a while since I did an updated skincare routine – there are some oldies but goodies and there are a few new things I am testing out.
I love trying out new products but my skin knows exactly what it wants, so whenever I do try to change things up a little, it can take a while for my skin to get used to it.
There are some brands that I know my skin loves and will always love; Kiehl’s, Clinique, Liz Earle, Pixi Beauty and The Body Shop, to name a few.
There are a few cleansers I am enjoying using at the minute. In the morning, I use Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser – it’s a really gentle cleanser and is perfect for a morning cleanse or even a second cleanse. I am also using the Caroline Hirons X Pixi Beauty Double Cleanse which is an absolute dream to use, as well as The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil. I picked up the Glossy Box X Sunday Riley beauty box, and I have been loving the Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm. It leaves your skin feeling super clean and it completely melts away all traces of makeup.
For toners, I am pretty faithful to what I know and love. The Pixi Glow Tonic is a firm favourite and is something I have repurchased for many years and will continue to do so – my skin is oh-so-thankful for this product. It is the most amazing, gentle exfoliant and has been a complete game-changer for me. If my skin is being particularly sensitive, then the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic is perfect. TIP: decant this into a spray bottle and you will have the most refreshing facial spritz!
There are only two products that I will let near my eyes – the Clinique All About Eyes and the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. Both of these are super hydrating and extremely gentle. I use the Clinique in the morning, and Kiehl’s at night.
Serums and Oils. This is the part of my skincare routine that I have been experimenting with. I find that my skin lacks radiance and is very dehydrated. I also have quite a lot of redness, so trying to find something that will target all of my problem areas is rather difficult.
I am currently testing out The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil and so far, I am really enjoying it. It’s really hydrating and not greasy at all, and I wake up in the morning with my skin looking much more radiant and refreshed.
An oldie but a goodie, that I always seem to go back to is the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This product always seems to find its way back into my skincare rotation and it makes my skin feel a-maz-ing.
Another oil that I have bought time and time again, is the Clarions Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – yes, I love it that much that I bought the salon size. Whenever my skin isn’t quite its best and nothing seems to be working for me, I use this and it always does the trick.
Also in the Glossybox X Sunday Riley beauty box was the much-loved Luna Sleeping Night Oil. This stuff is mega £££, but is definitely worth it. I have been using it every now and then as it is a Retinol and I have very sensitive skin and don’t want to use anything too harsh that may make my skin react. It has worked brilliantly on my skin and I will most definitely be buying the full-size product when I have used this one up.
So, those are the skincare bits that I have been loving and testing out lately.
What are your favourite skincare products?
Almost one year since my last blog post went live and here I am once again. To be honest, I’m not quite sure why – I just keep getting the urge to pick up my MacBook and open WordPress.
I love blogging, taking photographs and just typing out all of my thoughts and ideas, but third year at university took up every second of everyday and since then, I got myself my first full time job, so I’ve been pretty busy getting used to being a fully fledged adult – lol.
I graduated from the University of Derby last Summer with a first class honours degree in journalism. I had (and still have) so much going on personally throughout my whole uni experience that I never even dreamt of getting a first – but somehow I did it. All of the tears and late nights were so worth it and honestly, I loved every minute of university.
Since finishing uni, I’ve missed writing and creating some form of content. Writing has always been my passion and I’ve missed it, so I thought why not give blogging another go? This may be the only blog post I do, so don’t hold me to that!
I’ve decided I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself, and I’m not going to give myself deadlines – at least not to start with anyway. I’m going to post what I want, when I want and try to get back into the swing of things. A lot has changed with blogging since the last time I was here.
So, what kind of content am I going to produce?I got back from a trip to New York a few weeks ago, so maybe I’ll start with some New York diary/travel style posts? We took some incredible photographs and we did so many amazing things while we were there.
We’ve also moved house (again), so I’m hoping to do some before and afters, and some lifestyle and interior style posts.
Maybe some posts about health, too?
Face masks are a huge part of my skincare routine. I try and do a face mask twice a week, or whenever my skin is particularly bad.
Here are some of my top high-street face masks.
The L’Oreal Blemish Rescue Mask is one of my faves for when my skin just feels a bit meh. If I’m a bit spotty, hormonal, my skin is just a bit uneven and doesn’t look too great, this does the job. It’s soothing and really helps calm my skin down. I love the rest of the L’Oreal face mask range too, but this is my absolute favourite.
The Soap and Glory Radiance Boosting Sheet Mask is THE BEST face mask if your skin is looking a bit dull and lack lustre and you’re after a bit of a glow. I am really into sheet masks at the minute and the whole Soap and Glory range is fab. This is my go-to if my skin is crying out for some radiance and glow. Origins also so amazing sheet masks – highly recommend.
The Ordinary Peeling Solution is quite a harsh face mask and it does tingle quite a bit, but that means it’s working, right? It’s a really deep exfoliation treatment and is perfect if my skin is a bit uneven, feels a bit rough and just needs
a bit a lot of TLC. I do have sensitive skin, and it leaves my skin a little red afterwards, but my skin is really, really thankful for this product once a week. I really notice a different when I use this.
If you suffer from large or clogged pores like I do, then charcoal masks are great. I love the Origins Active Charcoal mask, but a cheaper alternative for this is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. This is great for giving your skin a really thorough detox, and leaves it feel super clean and refreshed afterwards.
These are the four high-street face masks I go to when my skin needs a bit of looking after.
What are your high-street recommendations? Let me know!
I love Spring makeup. I love having a lighter base, I love looking more glowy and radiant.
BUT, skincare is just as important when trying to achieve a dewy, glowy makeup look.
And, as much as I love A/W makeup, by the time Spring comes around, I am SO ready for a switch up of my makeup bag.
The primer I am using at the minute is the Barry M Flawless Correcting Primer. This is super hydrating, hides any redness and really evens my skin tone. My skin is left feeling dry and dull after the colder months, so I am up for anything that will help hydrate and make it so much easier to apply my makeup.
The foundation that I am obsessing over right now and is perfect for this time of year, is the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear foundation and it goes beautifully with the L’Oreal primer! I am also loving the It Cosmetics CC Cream – it is so god damn good. Super hydrating, glowy, and insane coverage, what more do you want?
To cover any blemishes, I use the NARS Soft Matte Concealer. This is nowhere near as matte as it sounds, and I am so glad I decided to give this a try. It has the perfect formula and the right amount of coverage to cover blemishes or any redness that I’ve got going on
(most of the time). And again, not too heavy on the skin. I use this with a damp beauty blender so that it doesn’t cling to any dry areas, or I find it blends really well with fingers.
Under my eyes, I use the Maybelline Eraser Eye Brightener. This is super light on the skin, and is the only product I have found that doesn’t crease under my eyes! It has a very sheer amount of coverage but really does brighten. It’s very similar to the YSL Touché Eclat, so if you’re looking for a good dupe for that…
I have a new favourite bronzer. I put down my beloved Benefit Hoola, and I picked up the NARS Laguna Bronzer in Rome in January and I have used it everyday since. It blends like an absolute dream and is the perfect shade for me. It doesn’t look muddy or too warm toned. I LOVE IT. I wish I had gotten this sooner.
For blush and highlight, I have been using the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Peonies Please Blush/Highlighter. This is the perfect product for Spring and is crazyyyy pigmented – you need to try it!
For brows, I use my trusty Fleur De Force x Eylure Brow Define Pencil in the shade medium. This is all I use on my brows these days. Doesn’t smudge, and stays in place all day!
For eyeshadow, I have been using the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. You can create so many different looks with this palette. You honestly can’t go wrong.
Tanya Burr Selfie Lash is my new favourite mascara. I am so fussy with mascara’s, but I’d heard so many great things about it and I saw it was on offer in Superdrug so I had to give it ago. Let’s just say, I’m going back to buy a load more while they’re on offer. It is insanely good – very similar to the YSL Babydoll mascara.
The cold Winter months have absolutely ruined my lips. They are so dry and cracked that all I have been putting on them at the minute is Carmex (preferably the Mint one) and it seems to be working a treat. I can’t wait to be able to wear lipstick again!
Anybody else completely ready for Spring and Summer? Winter is my absolute FAVE, but I am so ready for a bit of sunshine.
What your go-to Spring makeup picks?
Throw the words natural, radiant, and longwear together for a foundation and I will be alllllll over it.
When I saw that NARS had released they’re new foundation, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
I like to give foundations a proper road test before reviewing them and completely making my mind up on them, so that I get a chance to use them on good-skin days, bad-skin days, put a paper-bag over my head kinda days. I have such complex skin that I never know what I’m going to wake up with. Some days I’m super oily and other days my skin is flaky dry? I know, nightmare.
Anyway. I got this when I was in Brighton for the day, so I headed straight to Space NK to pick one up. I’m usually the shade Deauville in NARS foundations, unless I have a bit of a tan.
Packaging. I just love NARS packaging. They look so classic and chic, and feel really luxurious without completely breaking the bank. I love how all of their foundations have completely different bottles and packaging. The natural radiant longwear foundation is in a very sleek, tall glass bottle (super pretty) and it comes with a pump – yaaaaasssss.
The formula. When I first think of ‘radiant’, I initially think of super dewy, glowy finishes, however this one was slightly different. I imagined it to be quite oily, and that I would probably have to powder in my t-zone, but it absorbs into the skin straight away. It doesn’t look or feel heavy on the skin at all. It has more of a satin finish on the skin and gives a very natural, radiant, lit-from-within look. This is definitely a full-coverage foundation. I was so surprised at how small the pumps of product are, but one or two pumps is more than enough – a little goes a very long way.
It does exactly as it promises. It gives natural, radiant looking skin and it lasts all day!
This works wonderfully on my skin, no matter how oily or dry it is!
This is the perfect foundation to transition you from Winter to Spring.
I would definitely recommend this!
Buy it here!
I love doing my makeup in the mornings, but I just find that doing my brows is a bit of a chore, y’know? I don’t know why, there’s just something about it that makes it less enjoyable than the rest of my face. So, anything that makes doing them as quick and easy as possible, I am all for.
I went through a phase of using pomades, and waxes, but I just found them too much of a faff and I always think they have a tendency to make brows look a bit harsh and angry looking. I prefer softer, more natural looking brows.
I’ve watched Fleur’s videos and read her blog for years now, and have always loved how she does her makeup, especially her brows. When I saw that she’d released a whole range of brow products with Eylure, I was super excited to give them a go. When I went into my local boots to pick them up, the products were on a 3 for 2 offer – even better! I picked up the Brow Palette, the Brow Define pencil and the double-ended Brow Tamer brow gel. I got all of these in the shade Medium, and even though I am blonde and prefer a softer looking brow, I do tend to have them a few shades darker than my hair – I just think it looks a bit better.
All of these products are incredible, and they are honestly all I use on my brows now. The Brow Define pencil is amazing at creating hair-like strokes, perfect for natural, yet fuller looking brows. It is double ended too, which to me, is just amazing. It allows you to fill your brows in with a slightly lighter shade at the beginning of your brow, and then gradually make them darker with the slightly darker shade at the other end and this creates a gorgeous gradient effect on your brows.
The Brow Palette includes 2 brow powders, a lighter shade and a darker one, and then a matte highlight too. I like to use the lighter shade in the palette to create fine lines at the start of my brows and then the darker shade to give them a bit more shape and definition. The powders are a really nice formula as they aren’t too pigmented, so you don’t end up with really harsh looking lines, but they are pigmented enough so that they do the job properly. The matte highlight is really nice too, I wasn’t crazy about this when I first saw it, but it highlights the brow bone in a really soft and subtle way, and gives that extra bit of shape. It also acts as a really lovely inner corner highlight on no-makeup, makeup days.
Now. I was extremely loyal to my L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumping Gel, however since using the Brow Tamer from Fleur’s Eylure range, I haven’t touched it. The clear end of this brow gel is insanely good, it gives brows a really nice shape and does make them look a lot thicker and fuller. I tend to use this when I’ve just had my eyebrows tinted, or when I’m wearing very minimal makeup. I absolutely love the coloured brow gel! The brush is small enough to grab every hair, and it doesn’t go crispy or smudgy like some others do. It keeps my brows in place all day, and they do not budge!
I can’t recommend this range enough. You may not be as interested if you do prefer a much thicker looking brow, but even so, you can build the products up.
I am so, so impressed with the quality of these products and the packaging is super pretty too! I can’t to see what other products Fleur decides to release!
Links and prices below:
I know, I know. It’s been a looooong time since I’ve written a blog post. I’m not sure how long it will last as I finish uni in about six weeks, but I’m hoping I can get back into the swing of things? We’ll see.
With Spring well on it’s way (well, kinda), this means that I have a whole load of university deadlines coming up – yay.
At this time of year, I am way too busy completing assignments and I have barely any spare time. But when I do, I like to do something that takes my mind off my work completely and have some time to myself. This is usually popping on a face mask and reading a book, even if it’s just for a half an hour before bed.
I absolutely love reading and find it is the perfect thing to help me wind down and relax. Once uni is over, I am going to put so much more time aside to read more.
I thought I would take you through the books I have on my current reading list and that I am going to try and make my way through over the next couple of months.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I’m sure you’ve seen this book everywhere recently, everyone seems to be reading it! I’ve started this book and although I am only a few chapters in, I can tell I am going to really, really enjoy it.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. I have heard so many things about this book that I couldn’t not get it. I am SO excited to give this a read.
The F Word by Lily Pebbles. I’ve watched Lily on YouTube for years and I was really excited when I saw that she was releasing a book. I love that it is a completely different concept to other blogger/youtuber books and I think it is such a good idea! I also love the cover and the whole aesthetic of the book! I can’t wait to start reading this.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve only ever heard great things about Sophie Kinsella and this seems just like my kinda book.
Let me know if you’ve ever read any of these books and what you think! Also, let me know if you have any other book recommendations.
Does anybody else get crazy frizzy, fluffy hair this time of year? Not quite Summer, but still not quite Autumn – my hair goes absolutely crayyyy. My hair is naturally wavy, and can sometimes look half-decent without even having to do anything to it, so this time of year means I actually have to make an effort with my hair and do something with it.
I have tried so many different shampoos, conditioners and hair products and nothing has seemed to help me beat the frizz. That was until the lovely people over at John Frieda sent me some of their Frizz-Ease range. At first, I did think that it’d be the same as other products I have tried in the past so I didn’t have massively high expectations, but I was so, so pleasantly surprised!
There was a pre-wash treatment that I put on my hair before I shampooed and conditioned. I apply the 10 Day Tamer to dry hair, brush it through with my oh-so-trusty Tangle Teezer, and leave it on for about 10 minutes, before jumping in the shower to use the shampoo and conditioner.
The shampoo lathers really nicely and makes my hair feel super clean and thoroughly cleansed of any products it had in it previously, which is something I really look for in shampoos. The conditioner is really nourishing, leaves my hair silky soft but without it looking or feeling at all greasy! I love the combination of these together.
Once I have gotten out of the shower, and towel-dried my hair, I use one pump of the L’Oreal Mythic Oil oil and run it through the mid-lengths and ends of my hair and leave my hair to air-dry. I use this oil religiously, and is amazing at adding a bit of shine to your hair but also really helps with the overall condition of my hair, particularly the ends.
The combination of all these products really help to tame my hair of any frizz, and has also helped keep it from looking too oily and greasy. I try not to wash my hair too much, but I do have naturally oily hair, and with the help of these products, I manage to get it down to every 2-3 days! I would definitely recommend these products if you are somebody that is prone to a bit of frizz!
That is my transitional hair-care routine, and how I beat the frizz!
Let me know if any of you have tried anything from this range yet!
Products marked with a ‘*’ are PR samples, however all opinions are my own.
Shop the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Range here.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease 10 day Tamer*
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo*
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Conditioner*
L’Oreal Mythic Oil, Oil
So, seeing as I missed June faves time, I thought I would combine them with my July faves. This months favourites is a right mixed bag and quite a lengthy one so apologies in advance!
There are two concealers that I have been obsessed with lately and have used them every time I have worn makeup. One high-end, one drugstore. The first one is the much loved and talked about, NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I’m not crazy about matte products, especially for my skin. I much prefer a glowy, dewy kinda look, so I was put off of this product for a while. But after checking it out for myself in store, and being on the hunt for a new concealer, I thought I’d give it a go. I honestly don’t know what I used before this? It’s THE best concealer I have tried to date. Do not be scared off by the name of it, it is nowhere near as matte as it is made out to be – but more of a velvety kinda finish, which I love. The coverage of this product is insanely good, it is super high coverage but doesn’t feel heavy or cakey in the slightest. It covers up everyyyyyything. I use this to cover any redness, or blemishes and to try and hide the darkness under my eyes to even out my skin tone a bit. It may look like there isn’t much product, but I have used this almost everyday and I’ve barely made a dent! This will last such a long time and I will most definitely be repurchasing!
The second concealer is the Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating concealer. I use this after I have gone in with the NARS one and I use this to brighten under my eyes, and as kind of a highlighter I guess. I use it the same way I would use the YSL Touché Eclat as it has very similar qualities to that. I tend to apply this after I have done the rest of my makeup, particularly my eye makeup as it tidies and sharpens it up a bit, making sure there is no fall-out from the shadows, and I find it really enhances the rest of the look. As much as I love the Touché Eclat, I tend to reach for this one a little bit more as it has that bit of extra coverage! I need to buy a back up of this asap!
My foundation favourite this month, is something I didn’t expect to like as much as I do and I’m not sure why. I think because most of my favourite foundations are high-end, and this one is very affordable, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! This is the Milani Conceal and Perfect 2-in-1 foundation in the shade 02. I ordered this online and just guessed my shade and luckily it is the perfect shade for me during the summer. The coverage of this foundation is absolutely incredible, and gives the most natural looking finish. I apply this using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush and find that this gives the best finish. This is very similar to the Clinique 2-in-1 beyond perfection foundation, so if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative then I would definitely recommend this! I have used this most days throughout June and July, and when I haven’t used it on its own, I have mixed it with other products to give better coverage. I cannot fault this product at all!
Something I’ve never really been into before is brown eyeliner. Not sure why, I just usually reach for black, but when I was going through my makeup stash, I realised I was lacking a brown eyeliner so I went and picked one up! I can’t believe I have never used this before! The one I picked up was the Bourjois Kohl and Contour, and I apply it roughly to my top lash line, smoke it out a bit using my Zoeva Smudger Brush, pop on my mascara and I’m good to go! It is so much softer than black which can sometimes look a bit too harsh, and this is perfect when you haven’t really got time for eyeshadow or just can’t be bothered and is something just a bit different! I have been wearing this non-stop for about 3 weeks and I’m still loving it!
The Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream is something I have spoke about before so I won’t go on too much. But this is the most amazing moisturiser everrrrr. I have tried and tested so many in the past because I have been blessed with the most awkward skin, and I can’t find one better than this. My skin is oily, yet dehydrated so most moisturisers tend to just sink into my skin straight away and within five minutes, it’s back to how it was before. But this moisturiser keeps my skin feeling amazing all day. If I’m having a makeup free day, and I put this on in the morning, by the time I come to do my evening skincare routine, my skin still feels soft and hydrated. Honestly, just go buy it. I’m gonna buy the supersize version as backup for when I run out of this one! They also do an SPF version too!
Last month, the lovely people over at Palmer’s ever so kindly sent me a few products from the new coconut oil range. I love body oils, so was suuuuper excited to try this one out. And ohmygoodness!!!! 1) it smells like summer in a bottle?! 2) it leaves your skin feeling insanely soft and hydrated, but not at all sticky! WIN. This will definitely be coming on holiday with me!
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this product in a blog post before, and I have no idea why because I literally use it every single day. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in the shade Luminous Light is the only powder I will use to set my face. This sets makeup amazingly, and gives the most gorgeous glow. I was a bit hesitant at first because from first glance, it does look a bit like a highlighter but it just makes your skin looking incredible! I have used this every day for about a year now, and although I have hit pan, there is so much product left! I know Hourglass products are pricey, but this one is definitely worth the slightly hefty price tag!
Now, an actual highlighter. People have raved about MAC highlighters for years, but only recently have I tried one. I picked up MAC’s Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle. It gives such a lovely glow, and is the perfect colour for my skin tone! And the pan is absolutely huge, I have no idea how I’m ever going to get through it all!
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Some of these products may have been sent to me by a brand or PR company, however all opinions are my own and I only talk about products I genuinely use and love.
So, today I thought I would have a chat about some of the Palmer’s skincare products I have been trying out lately.
I saw a couple of other bloggers mention a couple of these products, and I am always on the hunt for new skincare products, especially when it’s drugstore, so I thought it would be only right to give them a go. I picked up the Day Cream, Night Cream, Facial Oil and the Natural Bronze Body Lotion.
I absolutely HATE fake tan. I can’t do it, it’s messy, it wears off so easily and I think it can look a bit too fake at times. SO, I tend to reach for tinted body lotions, or gradual tans instead. I have tried many gradual tan’s and have loved all of the ones I have tried (Dove, Garnier, you name it). However, there is just something that I love a little bit more about the Palmer’s Natural Bronze Body Lotion. It is so much more moisturising and hydrating, and it smells incredible. It looks a lot more natural, makes your skin look super fresh and glowy and you can build it up as much as you need. It is super easy to apply, goes on evenly and doesn’t leave any streaks or dry patches on elbows or knees. This is an absolute essential for Summer!
The Day Cream is just as fab. I find it really hard to find an affordable moisturiser that is really hydrating and nourishing, particularly with SPF, which this one also has. It has the famous Palmer’s scent, which I love and it leaves my skin feeling soooo soft all day. It has quite a thick consistency, but isn’t at all heavy on the skin and absorbs super quickly. This also creates a great base for makeup. If you’re looking for an affordable moisturiser, I would definitely recommend giving this one a go!
The Palmer’s Facial Oil has made itself a firm favourite in my skincare routine. Do you know how hard it is to find a facial oil that contains retinol that doesn’t cost a crazy amount of money? Almost impossible. This has helped my skin so much. I put it on every night as part of my evening skincare routine and it has helped with pigmentation, helped reduce any marks that blemish’s have left, and I wake up and my skin is super smooth and glowing. Not only does it include Retinol, but a whole load of other oils and vitamins that are beneficial to the skin. For the price of this product, you should most definitely try it out!
The Moisture Rich Night Cream for Overnight Renewal is also incredible. This also contains Retinol and a shed load of other oils and vitamins that do nothing but good things to your skin. The formulation of this product is really thick and is a super rich and intensive moisturiser – perfect to apply as the final step in my evening skincare routine and just before bed. My skin is still super soft when I wake up, and it definitely lives up to it’s claims of ‘overnight renewal’.
I have loved using these products so much, they are such good quality and super affordable. I can’t wait to try out so much more from their range, as it works so well with my skin!
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have tried any of these products, or anything else from the Palmer’s skincare range!
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Wow. It has been soooo long since I did a monthly faves… This may be a slightly longer favourites post as it has been quite a while since my last one, and apologies for it being slightly late. So, let’s get stuck in!
I have really been loving the Clinique 2-in-1 Beyond Perfection foundation. My Mum used this and couldn’t stop raving about it, so I thought I’d give it a try myself. I went to my local boots, where I got matched up and given a sample to try before I buy. I tried it the next day and knew I needed to buy it. I got this in the shade 2, Alabaster. The applicator for this foundation is more concealer-like, with a large dofer applicator. I really like this as it isn’t messy and applies super quick and easily. I find it blends best with a damp beauty blender, and it gives a medium, but buildable coverage. It evens out skin tone really nicely, and gives a demi-matte finish. It lasts such a long time, and doesn’t transfer as easily as other foundations do. A little really does go a long way with this, and I have been reaching for it a lot. I’m not all that into foundations at the minute, and besides tinted moisturisers and BB creams, this is the only one that seems to be working well for my skin right now!
I’m not really into heavy or full coverage finishes, however… The Urban Decay NAKED concealer is an absolute god-send when it comes to covering up really bad spots and blemishes. It is super full-coverage, but isn’t heavy looking or cakey at all! It also doesn’t wear as easily. Some other concealers tend to wear and rub off, particularly in more oily areas – which is where I usually get spots (my chin) and this seems to last all day. LOVE.
The next product is a powder foundation. I have never tried one of these before, but I had heard such amazing things that I had to give it a go. This is the Pixi Colour Correcting Powder Foundation. I am absolutely in love with this! It is perfect when I have a very light-coverage base on underneath as this just evens out my skin tone a little more, keeping the oil at bay and keeps my makeup in place all day. As you can see from the photo, I dropped it and it smashed into a million pieces. It isn’t a massive issue as I can still use it, but whenever I put my brush into the pan, it just ends up going everywhere, so I need to pick up a new one!
My next favourite is a mascara. When this first came out, everybody loved it and I absolutely hated it, I just couldn’t get on with it and I don’t know why – maybe I had a dodgy one? But now, I use the Maybelline Lash Sensational almost every single day. It lengthens and volumizes my lashes, making them look crazyyyy long! I also really like this for bottom lashes too. It does give lashes that slightly clumpy look, not massively, but if you’re not into that then this isn’t for you. BUT, if you love that clumped together look, then you will absolutely love this mascara! I will continue to repurchase this over and over…
I’m not all that venturous when it comes to brows. I find brows that much of a faff that when I find a product I’m happy with and enjoy using, I just kind of stick with it. But somebody recommended the Sleek Brow Kit and I thought it was about time I tried something new on my brows, and now, I genuinely don’t think I will use anything else to fill them in! I have it in the shade Dark, and Light, and the lighter one seems to be working a little better now that my hair is also lighter. I apply the wax first, using my Zoeva Brow Line brush, starting on the edges and outside of my brow, working my way in and then fill them in, using less product at the front. I then go over them in the powder to help add a bit more colour, set them and keep them in place. It is super easy and still keeps brows looking quite natural, which I love.
The Max Factor Creme Bronzer in Light Gold is a new discovery and one I think is the perfect addition to my makeup bag for Summer! This gives the most gorgeous glow to the skin and such a lovely shade, not too warm, nor cool toned. It is great to use all over the face and for adding a little bit of depth, and the teeniest bit of shimmer. Perfect for giving you that subtle, summer glow!
My final favourite is a perfume. Perfume is something I am SO fussy and particular with; I go from one extreme to the other. From really dark, heavy and woody scents, to really light, soft, and fresh. For my birthday, Jake bought me a bottle of Jo Malone in the scent Mimosa and Cardamom. Oh. My. God. It is insane. It’s a really lightweight, and fresh scent, with slighter warmer, woodier undertones. It is great for all year round, but is particularly lovely during these gorgeous summer evening’s we have been having lately. This lasts all day, and I already know that I will be repurchasing this! I have also tried out Pomegranate Noir, Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Blackberry & Bay and Myrhh & Tonka, so I am SO torn as to which one to buy next as they are all so beautiful. Jo Malone products are perfect for gift ideas, and are such a luxurious product to own.
That is all for my May Faves. I hope you enjoyed. If you have tried any of these products, let me know!
Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well!
Today, I am going to be reviewing the Rose Golden vol.3 Makeup Artist Zoe Bag.
First of all, how beautiful are these brushes?! They are so aesthetically pleasing, and really are the most gorgeous brushes I have EVER seen.
My Mum bought me my first proper set of makeup brushes, around two, or three years ago and they were also Zoeva. Since then, I have tried many different brands of makeup brushes, and none of them seem to compare to the Zoeva ones. I still have the ones that my Mum bought me and they are still going strong today. I just decided to update my makeup brushes with a bit more variety.
As well as the brushes, you get the most beautiful box that it arrives in, along with quite a large, but extremely useful makeup bag that I have actually used so much! It’s big enough to fit in all of my makeup brushes, and my everyday makeup! Perfect for travelling, weekends away, or overnight stays.
This set consists of 30 brushes. 15 face brushes including;
90 Luxe Grand Powder, 101 Luxe Face Definer, 104 Buffer, 105 Luxe Highlight, 109 Luxe Face Paint, 110 Face Shape, 112 Face Curve, 114 Luxe Face Focus, 125 Stippling, 126 Luxe Cheek Finish, 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek, 129 Luxe Fan, 132 Luxe Powder Finish, 134 Luxe Powder Fusion, 142 Concealer Buffer.
And, 15 eye and lip brushes including;
220 Luxe Grand Shader, 223 Petit Eye Blender, 225 Luxe Eye Blender, 226 Smudger, 227 Luxe Soft Definer, 228 Luxe Crease, 231 Luxe Petit Crease, 233 Cream Shader, 234 Luxe Smoky Shader, 235 Contour Shader, 238 Luxe Precise Shader, 315 Fine Liner, 317 Wing Liner, 322 Brow Line, 330 Lip Contour.
Since taking the photos for this post, I can honestly say that these were SO worth the money. The brushes cost £200, but are crazyyyy good quality and they wash so well! I’m always slightly concerned when washing white makeup brushes, just incase they stain and leave the brushes looking slightly dingy. I wash them with Johnson’s’ Baby Shampoo and it works wonders!
If you’re looking to buy some new makeup brushes, I would 100000% recommend these brushes, or any brushes from Zoeva. They are really worth the money, and last such a long time.
If you have tried any Zoeva brushes before, let me know what you think of them! And, if you have any other suggestions for me, please let me know!
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This blog post is slightly overdue, but we had that much of a good time that I couldn’t just not post about.
So, not that long ago, myself and 7 other lovely ladies headed over to Hoar Cross Hall for a hen weekend. We stayed over on the Friday night, and came back Saturday evening. Our package included a three-course evening meal on the Friday, breakfast, and we had an upgrade to Champagne Afternoon Tea on the Saturday.
When we arrived on the Saturday, at about 2pm, we got ourselves checked in and shown to our rooms. We had a look around and were super impressed with the rooms and the bathrooms were filled with miniature Elemis products, which were gorgeous to use! All of our rooms were relatively close to one another, which was really handy.
We then decided to get our bikinis on and head down to the spa for a bit. We went for a swim, made use of the saunas and steam-rooms and had a bit of a natter in the Jacuzzi.
Because it was such a beautiful day, we then went out to the back gardens of the building and had a couple of cocktails. It was too nice to be sat indoors, so we sat outside, sipping cocktails, admiring the gorgeous view of the gardens.
Our evening meal was booked for 7:30pm, so at about 6pm, we headed back up to the rooms to get showered and ready for dinner. The food was absolutely beautiful, and the service was great! I had paté on toasted ciabatta with a red onion chutney for starters, steak and chips with salad and garlic bread for mains, and cheese and biscuits for dessert (excuse the iPhone quality on these images, I left my camera in the room!). After dinner, we had a couple of drinks and went back up to our rooms where we gave the bride-to-be the gifts and surprises we had got for her.
Breakfast was just as good the following morning. It was a help yourself kinda thing, with the most amazing cooked breakfast, and alllll of the beautiful pastries.
After breakfast, we headed straight to the spa, where we made use of all the facilities. It was SO nice to just completely chill, wind-down and relax. We made our way to the product shop, which was filled with allllll of the Clarins and Elemis products you could ever want! I of course, didn’t go away empty handed and bought quite a few things, as did a few of the other girls. The member of staff in the shop, Claire, was super helpful, recommended specific products to us, matched us up to the products we were interested in, and really looked after us! She made sure we had everything we wanted and needed and was so lovely.
At 2pm, we had our Champagne Afternoon Tea. We were supposed to eat this in the Library of the building, however because the weather was too good, we very cheekily asked if we could enjoy it outside instead (which we did!). The bartender at Sally Bee’s (the upstairs café), Sam, was absolutely incredible at looking after us and making that we had everything we needed. He invented us our own cocktails if we didn’t like what was on the list, he was so, so friendly and this really made such a difference to our day! Sam only had a few weeks left at Hoar Cross Hall at this point, but he was such an amazing member of staff and the way he treated each guest was just fantastic! The afternoon tea itself was to die for. There was a variety of different foods; sandwiches, wraps, cake, scones.. you name it. I think I speak for most of the girls when I say this was one of the highlights of the weekend as we had such a lovely time sat outside, eating, drinking and being treated incredibly well by the members of staff!
We all had the best weekend here at Hoar Cross Hall, and the staff here definitely contributed to how memorable this weekend was. Myself and several of the others visited here not too long ago, which I did a post on here, so we were so excited to be coming back for a second time and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last either! We all came home feeling relaxed and refreshed, which is exactly how you’re supposed to feel after a spa weekend! I’ve been to a couple of different spas, and spa breaks and so far, this is by far the best. I’ve raved about this place and recommended it to multiple people, which have then visited here themselves and have had the best time.
I have a few more visits to here lined up throughout the year, so, Hoar Cross Hall, I’ll see you again soon!
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Recently, I have had my hair chopped. It isn’t massively short, but compared to what it was, and what I’m used to, it was a huge deal for me. I have never really had short hair, but I’ve always wanted longer hair, and as soon as it actually started growing and got to a certain length, I decided it wasn’t really for me. So, I got the chop. And honestly, I do not regret it in the slightest and I even want to go just a teeeeny bit shorter! Whilst I was having my hair cut, I did have the initial thought of, “sh*t, what am I doing?!”. But I could not have been happier with going through with it, and I now wish I had done it sooner! My hair feels much thicker, and in a much better condition. I find my hair much easier to style, and it looks a heck of a lot better too!
My go-to style for this length hair is loose, beachy, textured waves. When my hair was longer, I achieved this look with my GHD Platinum Copper Luxe straighteners. However, since cutting my hair, I found it more difficult trying to wave my hair with straighteners. I also think that messy, beachy waves look a lot better on shorter hair. I found that when it was longer it still looked very neat, which wasn’t really what I was going for. So, I decided to get a curling wand to make it a bit easier and to get the look that I really wanted to achieve. It took me a while and I did try about 3 different stylers before I bought the GHD Curve Creative Wand. I have only ever used GHD’s, so I don’t know why I didn’t buy these straight away. These curlers are perfect for all hair types and lengths, but I find it to suit the length of my hair perfectly. Once I’ve created this look, it lasts me around 2 or 3 days with the odd touch-up.
The first thing I do when I want to create this look is wash my hair. Recently, I have been using the L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil shampoo and conditioner. This makes hair feel incredibly soft, and makes it look super healthy and shiny. I love these products and they have made such a difference to the quality of my hair and I can’t wait to try out more from the range!
Next, I towel-dry my hair and spray it with the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Heat Protection spray. I have used Lee Stafford for years and they do some amazing products and I can really tell the difference when I don’t use this! I then partly dry my hair with my Lee Stafford hair dryer. Although, I have had this FOREVER and I am about due for a new one! While my hair is still a bit damp, I spray on some sea salt spray. My favourite is the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray which is incredible, and doesn’t leave any residue or leave my hair feeling all crunchy and stiff, like some others do. This helps give my hair that beachy, fresh out of the sea kinda vibe, which I am totally digging right now. It also makes it a lot easier to curl and helps it to stay in for longer. I find curls never seem to stay in when my hair is freshly washed as it is too soft and silky and the curls just seem to drop out, so this is a life saver!
Now that my hair is dry, I clip up the top section of my hair. Focusing on the bottom half, I take large sections of hair and wrap it around the curling wand, holding it for 5-8 seconds, leaving out a little bit at the ends to give it a messy, tousled look. Each time I take a section of hair, I wrap it around the wand in different directions. This avoids the hair gathering together in one big curl. When I get to the top section of my hair, I do the same and for the pieces at the front, I curl these away from the face as I feel it gives a bit more structure and frames the face a lot more.
The last thing I do is run my fingers roughly through my hair. This helps to loosen the curls. I then apply a small amount of the OUAI Wave Spray through the mid-lengths and ends of my hair and this just gives my hair a bit more hold and volume and gives more of a messy, edgy feel to it, which I LOVE. I bought the travel-size bottle of this spray and it has become an absolute staple to my hair routine, so I will definitely be picking up the full-sized bottle!
And that is how I create loose, beachy waves for shorter hair!
I hope you enjoyed this post. It is my first ‘How To’ post, so let me know what you think and if you would like to see more! I may also do a YouTube video to accompany this post, so again, let me know if this is something you would like to see!
ALSO, thanks to Jake for taking the photos for this blog post even thought it is his least favourite thing to do!
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I have missed a good ol’ haul!
I have taken some much needed time away from blogging, for the simple reason that life just got in the way. I had so much going on, mixed with uni deadlines, that unfortunately blogging just had to take a bit of a backseat. But I am back and I am so ready to get back into the blogging game, cos boy have I missed it!
Recently, I made a couple of online orders so I thought I would share with you, the bits and pieces that I got.
Firstly, I visited feelunique.com, which is a very dangerous place for my bank account… They do absolutely EVERYTHING! I go on there to make a repurchase and end up filling my online basket to the brim!
I am really into sheet masks at the minute, so when I saw that Origins had released a wide range of Flower Fusion sheet masks, I had to get some! I love Origins as a brand as they are so organic and natural in terms of the ingredients they use in their products and everything I’ve tried works incredibly! I got four of the sheet masks; the Jasmine, that targets softening, Lavender for soothing, Violet for nourishing and Rose for hydrating. I haven’t tried these out yet, but I am so excited to use them and will no doubt order the rest of the range!
The next thing is also from Origins and this is the Ginzing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser. I have been using this product for well over a year now, and it is something I will continue to buy and buy again. It is incredible. I have such sensitive skin and this seems to be the only exfoliator than doesn’t react badly with my skin. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and refreshed, and I can really tell the difference when I haven’t used it for a day or two! This is a must-have for my daily skincare routine and I am never without a back-up in my skincare stash!
Recently, I have been ditching the foundation and have found myself opting for tinted moisturisers, and BB creams instead. I’m not entirely sure why, but my skin just seems to be working a lot better with a more lightweight base and I am loving it. There are two that I picked up. The first is the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in the shade Alaska. After hearing and reading many mixed reviews on this product, I decided to just give it a try as I have really enjoyed every other NARS product that I own.
The second BB cream is the Clarins Skin Perfecting Cream in the shade 00 Fair. It has an SPF of 25, which is super useful now that we are well into Spring and fast approaching Summer. I have used this a few times and so far, I am absolutely loving it. It gives just enough coverage, it isn’t too sheer, and gives a light and even base and is definitely buildable. Perfect for this time of year.
Something else I picked up from Clarins was the Tonic Body Treatment Oil. After spending a weekend at Hoar Cross Hall, I decided that I needed to invest in a body oil, (or two)… My skin tends to really dry up during the summer and sometimes, moisturising just isn’t enough for me. So, I thought a body oil that I can apply after bathing/showering, or that I can apply to my bath water would do just the trick. And, so far, so good. Plus, it leaves my skin smelling insane!
The second body oil I picked up (because one clearly just wasn’t enough) was also from Hoar Cross Hall. We went to Hoar Cross Hall for a hen-weekend, and my aunt, and a few other the other girls had told me about this and after smelling it in the product shop, I couldn’t not buy it. This is the Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil. This has quite a sweet scent and I absolutely love it. It is the perfect scent for this time of year and leaves my skin feeling incredible. I think it is safe to say that I am now well and truly obsessed with body oils. They just work wonders! Next on my list is the Elemis Fortitude Bath and Shower Elixir *swoons*.
The final few products I picked up from Debenhams. I picked up a couple of things that I had been eyeing up for a while. The first thing was the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. I have only heard positive things about this mascara and was actually surprised that I hadn’t bought it before now. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I am super excited to use it!
The next thing is the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette. I have been lusting over this palette for so long now that I just couldn’t resist it any longer. Too Faced are quite possibly my favourite brand when it comes to eyeshadows so I knew that this wouldn’t disappoint. I have been using this every day since I got it. The colours are gorgeous and are prefect for the transition into Spring and Summer. As with all Too Faced eyeshadows, all the shades are crazy pigmented and blend soooo easily! LOVE.
The final product is again, from Too Faced and this is the Sweet Peach Glow palette. I am ALLLL about that glowy, dewy skin at the minute so when I saw this, I immediately knew that I needed it and it was just what I needed to last me through the warmer months. I have recently gotten a lot more into blush and the blush shade in this palette is stunning and gives that perfect pop of colour. I have been using this palette every day and I am sure I will continue to do so throughout the rest of Spring and Summer!
That is all for this blog post! I hope you enjoyed it, don’t forget to like and follow! I am off to Brighton for a few days this week for mine and Jake’s 5-year anniversary so I will be taking lots of photos and writing a few posts on my trip so keep your eyes peeled for those!
I am also using Instagram Stories a lot more, and will be using is whilst in Brighton so be sure to follow me!
Love, Meg x
PS. It is SOOOO good to be back blogging again, eeeeeek.
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