Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Everyday Makeup Picks

After a declutter and reshuffle of my makeup collection at the weekend, it reminded me that I haven't shared my everyday makeup on my blog for a while. Here is a handful of my current top picks: 

I've rediscovered an old favourite of mine, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, a base that I use to love, but now I have a drier, lacklustre complexion, I love it even more. It's lightweight, yet has a decent amount of coverage that will cover the majority of imperfections I have. I particularly like using it with a beauty blender, just like most of my bases, as it looks super natural on the skin. 

I've been setting my base with Glossier Wowder and I can't quite believe how good it performs. I've never known a powder to add such longevity to my base and make it last longer than it has ever done before. It's not chalky or powdery, so you can reapply it without running the risk of it looking unnatural on your complexion. 

There isn't many contour products that can be worn with ease on a day to day basis, but the Fenty Beauty Amber Match Stix just does everything I want it to do. It adds a shadow that looks natural, not muddy in the slightest and blends seamlessly into wherever it is applied. 

For blusher, I have been using the Glossier Cloud Paints as they're lightweight, customisable and can be sheered out for a subtle tint. Although there are a few powder options i've been using, this is currently the only cream gel hybrid formula I've ever used.

I've recently dug out my Nars Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo as I've been wanting to put something on my lids during the day. The darker shade has a dreamy shadow to the crease and the golden hue adds a little sparkle - This is great for those who doesn't want to wear much. 

I never thought I'd see the day that a liquid lipstick would make it into an everyday round up because although they offer longevity, even the most nourishing formulas, can get uncomfortable on the lips after a while. I've been reaching for the Huda Beauty Girlfriend Liquid Matte Lip* whenever I want a soft nude that can goes with a variety of looks, can easily be reapplied and sits perfectly on my lips. For a darker offering, I can't help but pull out one of my NYX Soft Matte Creams because they offer the same comfort and ability to reapply without flaking, crumbly or making you want to scrub them off. 

What are your top everyday makeup picks?

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

A Christmas Gift Guide: Homeware Picks

A Homeware Christmas Gift Guide
This was the gift guide I was planning for last year but I never got around the publishing it, so when jotting down all my festive ideas this was top of the list. As a homeware fiend, I love receiving bits and bobs for my house at Christmas so I thought I'd compile a list of my top picks that I've seen this year. I know that it's all down to personal preference, so I hope these ideas give you a little inspiration. 

It'll come as no surprise that Anthropologie is my go-to around Christmas time and is something that I like to treat myself to around the festive period. Their candles are just so quaint in their style which I love and I think that this Mini Boulangerie Set is perfect, or just a Mini Trouvaille Candle will do if you're looking for a small gift for somebody. 

This Hammered Coasters, Monogram Letter Mug or Astrology Cheese Board are three great bits when you want something that can be either useful or used as a ornament - Although down to personal taste, I know that I'd be pleased to receive any of these three. A cheeseboard at Christmas? - What a fab idea! 

Talking of Anthropologie, I picked up these gorgeous Alphabet Glasses from Matalan the other day and I can't believe how expensive they look compared to their budget price tag - Definitely Anthro-esque. Homeware is down to personal taste, but I feel like you can't go wrong with dreamy glassware and a mug or two. I'd definitely recommend looking through the Matalan site if you want some affordable, yet chic pieces. 

Oliver Bonas is another store that I love and always go for. I'm absolutely smitten with their agate pieces including this Jewel Ring Holders which are just so gorgeous to look at! Great for putting on top of your dressing table. Oliver Bonas are always great at doing bits and pieces, but their Camo Splatter Cushion and Vico Table Lamp are very eye catching too. 

We can now rejoice in the fact that ASOS are finally selling homeware, or at least a very limited around of it. Good news though is that it's right up my street, the Pimkie Tassel Cushion and Bombay Duck Bonjour Door Mat being two of my top picks. 

Although expensive, I absolutely adore my Crosley Record Player and it's a great gift if you want to spend a little more on somebody who loves their music. For the price, I think it's great quality and the array of colours they come in make them look good too! 

Something unique or quirky always goes down a treat when it comes to stocking fillers related to homeware, and I'm loving the idea of having some cute fairy lights like Urban Outfitters Firefly String Lights as they'd make a cute gift. Trinket dishes or jewellery boxes are always a good idea, like this Paperchase Hexagon Jewellery Box and Sass and Belle Gold Cactus Dish

Do you like to receive any home bits at Christmas? 

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

A Rose Round Up

When it comes to rose, I can pretty much have it any form; in food, in skincare and in fragrance too. It's hands down one of, if not my favourite, scent and due to this, I thought it was about time that I sat down and put together a compilation of my top picks for you. 

Skincare is my favourite way to incorporate rose in my routine, Fresh being the stand out brand for me. Their rose range is one of my favourites and I'm yet to be disappointed by what they have on offer. I bought the Fresh Deep Hydration Rose Facial Toner when I was in Paris back in August and I've been smitten with it ever since. The Fresh Rose Face Mask* and Moisturiser* are a dream team for whenever my skin is feeling parched and is needed of a hydration boost. With prolonged use I've seen a difference in my skin and the way my complexion feels, which is a good sign when it comes to a routine. 

The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is next on the list and one that only has a faint floral rose scent but it's still super dreamy to use. This is going to be a repurchase of mine as my skin loves it. It removes my makeup with ease, soothes my complexion and is great for both the morning and evening. 

For a quick skincare fix, I love both the Sephora Sheet Masks and the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist*, the latter being one that is great at waking you up and refreshing your face midday. They're both great at nourishing the skin and giving it the extra boost that it sometimes needs. 

Perfumes are fairly personal, and as someone who tends to sway towards floral scents, rose notes tend to be in there somewhere. The Jo Malone Velvet Rose and Oud is now an empty bottle, but it's still one I spritz whenever I go into store. There's something about it that has the perfect balance between floral and warm, making it very fitting for the colder months. Another fragrance I love is Diptyque Do Son EDT, one that would be great for those who don't want to have an obvious rose scent in their perfume - It's luxe feeling and lasts all day on the skin! 

I have to give a quick mention to my favourite rose scented candle, the Diptyque Roses offering. Although I've used this up, it still scents the room whenever I take the cloche off and it's one that I would repurchase because I love burning it a lot, especially during the Spring. 

What are your favourite rose products? 

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Friday, 17 November 2017

The Products That Have Surprised Me Recently

I've been trialling lots of products recently, and although some of them are exactly how I imagined them to be, others have surprised me with how they have worked. Here are a few of the products that recently surprised me: 

Before trying Huda Beauty, I had the impression that it'd be makeup for those who liked a stronger, more 'instagrammable' worthy look. The liquid lipsticks shades always appealed to me, but I was never convinced that the formula would actually be for me (and dare I say it, I thought it was hyped up!). To my surprise, they've quickly become one of my favourites, as they're super lightweight and can be reapplied like a dream without flaking or caking. I have the Mini Nude Collection* and I love that I have four shades to mix and match with. 

Glossier are a brand that I'm so glad I discovered this year, but there are a few products that I didn't think would be my favourite; the Wowder Face Powder being one of them. It wasn't that I didn't think I'd like it, I just didn't expect it to be as good as it actually is. It improves the longevity of my makeup like no other, and I've put it to the test in multiple situations including on nights out and outdoor exercising - This does not budge. 

For hair, whenever anything says that it's a spray-in and leave formula, I tend to steer clear because they often make my hair feel crispy and look greasy. When I got sent the Mane 'n Tale Detangler Spray*, I've got to admit I put it away for a while and forgot about it, but when my hair got extremely knotted after I had my hair up exercising, I decided to give this a go. As someone with curly hair, my childhood was mostly having a hair brush tugged through my hair, tears running down my face and my ears getting caught up in the brushing too. This stuff honestly makes hair brushing a dream and it's the first detangler spray that I've been able to use on wet hair and it not make my hair a weird, greasy, too-sleek finish. 

Initially when I tried out the Bilou Cream Foams* I wasn't impressed, in fact I hated the tacky feeling it left on my arms so much that I put them in my 'to give away' pile. One night, my legs were feeling a little on the dry side and I only had a can of Bilou to hand, so I quickly sprayed a little bit of the Cotton Candy scent on my limbs and left the house. I was so surprised at how well it worked at quickly nourishing and sinking into the skin without leaving that dreaded tacky feeling and I still have no idea why it works on my legs, but not the rest of my body. 

Another body product that surprised me was the Glossier Body Hero Oil Wash as I bought it on a whim and after seeing several online reviews, and I was skeptical as to whether I would like the scent. It was love at first sniff honestly and I didn't quite expect it to be as good as it actually is - A success! 

I first clocked the Fresh Rose Face Mask* on holiday in Paris back in August, but I was originally put off by the scent of it as it wasn't really the floral scent that I had hoped for. When Fresh kindly sent me over a parcel this was in it and I can't believe how much the scent has changed - It must have just been overwhelming in Sephora at the time. This mask has exceeded my expectations, keeping my skin nourished and radiant. 

What products have surprised you recently? 

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

A Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Treats

A Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty
I've been undecided about when to put out my first christmas gift guide for a while, but I finally decided to publish it and you're in luck because it's a good 'un. As a beauty lover myself, I know how difficult it can be to buy for somebody when there's so many different gift sets on the market and everything can become a little overwhelming. Whether it's to treat yourself or a loved one, here are my top picks: 

I think we all need to appreciate the new Jouer Best Of Nudes and Powder Highlight Trio because those two offerings are seriously what dreams are made of! For what you get- although these are minis- they are a pretty good price and would make a great main present for somebody (of yourself) if you're not sure what to get them. 

Hourglass are a very luxe brand that always come out with the dreamiest of palettes; the Volume Ambient Lighting Volume 3 offering not being an exception to this. They've recently released travel size versions of their Bronzer and Powder, so this may be a good idea if you want to get it for somebody to try out before they buy the big size - Plus in my opinion, the little sizes will probably last enough time as I've barely made a dent in mine. 

The Stila Gift Sets have really impressed me this year, but it's the Written In The Stars* set that has had me smitten. Although they're not full sized, you still got a good amount of product in them, as there's three and you only need a small amount with each application. This set would be a lovely gift for those who love to do a party look, or for yourself over the Christmas period. 

Another brand that have really upped their festive gift set and packaging game is Pixi, plus they're quite good value too. The set I've got, the Pixi Skin Treat Duo*, contains the Glow Tonic which is £18 on it's own and the Peel and Polish which is £26, so the set, which comes in at £32 saves you £12! In my opinion their sets are the best I've seen when it comes to value for your money. 

Skincare sets are really having their moment this year and the Fresh sets are up there on my wishlist. The Sugar Lip Lovelies is a really nice idea for those who love their lip products and it even includes a mini sugar lip treatment which are one of my favourite treat products. 

Both the Huda Beauty Nude Love Collection* and Becca Glow On The Go* are good sets for those who you're not sure about, as these will go down a treat with pretty much anybody. They're mini and super cute too - So great if you want to treat yourself. 

Charlotte Tilbury is always going to be a brand that people will love to receive and luckily they do some dreamy gift sets to make our lives a little bit easier. From Mini Lipsticks to a Skincare Set, they've got pretty much everything covered. 

Perfumes are what is top of my Christmas list this year and I already have my eye on a few; the Giorgio Armani Si and Byredo Rose Of No Man's Land (the dream!). Some of the sets aren't worth the money, but if you look closely sometimes you can get a better deal - It's all about searching I find when it comes to perfumes around Christmas time. 

Here are a few of my other top picks: 

What's on your beauty wishlist this year? 

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Five Autumnal Essie Picks

Five Essie Autumnal Picks
After doing Three Summer Essie Picks and Five Essie Nudes back in the Summer, I thought it was about time that I added a new addition all about my favourite Autumnal shades that look perfect paired with layers of clothes ready for the chillier weather. 

If I had to chose, Ladylike would probably be my favourite all-round nail vanish as it looked chic with minimal effort. It's the lightest of the bunch, but it is my favourite mauve nude hybrid that I own - Incredibly dreamy and a must have! 

I picked up Clothing Optional when their Wild Nudes Collection was first released and it's been a favourite ever since. It's unlike anything I've owned before as it's a mix between a berry and a brown, so it's very fitting for the Autumn season. 

Angora Cardi did it's rounds in blogging many years ago, but it's unique berry hue is absolutely dreamy, so it's no wonder that it's stayed around. It's darker than the other two offerings, but is still great if you're not after a super intense, statement nail vanish. Although most of the Essie nail vanishes wear well, I'm not sure if there's something extra in Angora Cardi's formula because I find it lasts so much longer on my nails than the other offerings. 

A long serving favourite of mine has been Bahama Mama, it's one of, if not the first Essie nail vanish I ever bought and there's something about it that just reminds me of all the Autumns and Christmas' at once. Over the Christmas period, I often wear this with a glitter on top to add a festive spin to it. 

Lastly, there's Sole Mate, a deep plum hue that at first glance could be comparable to Bahama Mama, but it's a lot darker in tone. With two coats, you get an opaque finish and with a quick slick of a top coat, you'll have gorgeous, sleek nails - It's one I've been reaching for when I want something to go with everything. 

What are your favourite Essie colours? 

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Berry Makeup Favourites

Whenever Autumn rolls around I always crack out the berry tones to add to my makeup, especially my cheeks and lips. Berry hues can be easily paired with a bare base, a champagne highlighter or a glittery hue for either an easy to wear look or a party one. They don't always have to be overwhelming either, as I've found a few shades that can be worn daily, and statement offerings for those who want to go bold. Here are my top picks: 

If you're looking for a strong, matte option then the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are your best bet, especially in the shades Copenhagen and Budapest*. The latter is great for those who want to wear a bold lip on a daily basis without it being too dark, whereas Copenhagen is slightly more berry and darker in tone. 

The Sephora Marvellous Mauve is a liquid lipstick that is great if you want a berry/nude hybrid lip as this can easily be worn everyday, but it still is Autumnal in tone. Similar lipsticks to this are the Colourpop Lumiere and Clinique Plum Pop Lipstick, which aren't liquid lipsticks, but they're still easy everyday options when you don't want anything too bright - They're nourishing and comfortable on the lips too. 

For my cheeks, I have been using the shade Endophoric Fushion from my Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette, as the soft lilac hue adds just the right amount of colour to my lacklustre complexion, whilst being very fitting for my Autumn makeup. I like to swirl my brush around in the marbled pan to add a dreamy flush of berry to my cheeks. 

Another blusher I love this time of the year is the NYX Mauve Me Ombre offering, a matte pick that is great for when you want something a little bit more understated. It's one of the only matte blushers that truly works for my skin; other offerings can appear odd as they dull down my skin tone too much and look unnatural, whereas this gives a gorgeous boost of colour in a sweep! 

A versatile berry blusher I have been using is the Glossier Haze Cloud Paint, as this can be sheered out with a beauty blender for a natural tint or built up for more of a statement look. It's super lightweight, blends into the skin effortlessly and is one of my top picks in this line up. 

For nails, the options are endless and nails are one of my favourites ways to add a berry hue (a full blog post will be coming soon), but Essie's Sole Mate is just one of my go-to's. Although dark, it looks chic, sleek and perfect in just two layers - ideal for a Autumn/Winter manicure on a cold, cosy evening. 

What are your favourite berry makeup picks? 

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

A Pamper Routine For The Colder Weather

The cold, frosty days makes me want to gather up all my blankets, grab my favourite hot drink and have a luscious bubble bath with candles. These Autumnal nights between now and Christmas are perfect for regular self-care evenings and I've got to say I'm loving every minute of them. 

I've done a whole blog post on the latest Lush Christmas collection, but that doesn't stop me mentioning my favourite pieces everywhere else. The Magic Wand is great when you want to create oodles of bubbles that you can sink into, whilst smelling deliciously of a sweet, comforting scent. 

Another body treat is the Glossier Body Hero Oil Wash, a nourishing pick that helps to hydrate my limbs and make them look radiant again. It's great for anybody who doesn't want to spend ages after the bath putting on body moisturiser, especially now it's got so cold outside! 

A face mask is an essential of a pamper night and I like to opt for two to make sure that I treat all my skin woes. To decongest my complexion, I reach for the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack as it banishes blemishes and soothes redness, all whilst not drying my skin out like usual clarifying masks do. 

Hydration is something I take seriously when it comes to my skin, so the two hydrating masks that I rate the most are the Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask* and the Fresh Rose Mask* offering. They not only add a generous amount of moisture to my complexion, but they both make my skin look radiant and calm, which is something that my lacklustre skin loves. 

A fresh manicure and pedicure is another pamper evening must have of mine. It'll come as no surprise that my go-to nail vanish brand of choice is Essie; more specifically the Autumnal shades, Angora Cardi, Sole Mate and Bahama Mama. With a quick coat or two and slick of a top coat, your nails will be looking in tip top condition. 

What does your pamper routine consist of? 

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

A Minimal Weekend Face

Although I love experimenting with different makeup looks, on a relaxed weekend I tend to reach for the more minimal makeup pieces to conceal any redness, without adding to much coverage to just give my complexion a healthy, natural glow. 

One of the main focuses of minimal makeup is a great base beforehand. I like to focus on the skincare and more specifically, the moisturiser I use. The Farmacy Honey Drop Moisturiser* was one that took me by surprise and it looks great underneath makeup as it calms the skin and hydrates too. 

Glossier is a brand that is the epitome of fresh, minimal looking makeup, so it comes as no surprise that this round up is made up of mostly their products. For my base, I've been skipping on foundation, instead opting for the Stretch Concealer and Wowder Powder. Both of these are great at covering blemishes, evening out my skin tone and adding a matte, not flat finish to my complexion. Despite being super lightweight on the skin, this duo offers great longevity. The only downfall is that I feel like the concealer won't be light enough for me if I get any paler this Winter. 

Minimal makeup for me is all about multi-use products and although I like to wear the bare minimum on my eyes, cheeks and lips, I am not opposed to a highlight or two. The Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix is great if you want a glow that's understated and can be blended out to the way you want it to look. If I want something that can be used as a highlighter, as a way of adding colour to my cheeks and can be used on the lids too I opt for the Becca Rose Gold Skin Perfector* as it's a great multi-tasker. 

On the weekend, I want to add a bit of colour to my cheeks, especially this time of the year when my skin can look a little lacklustre. The Glossier Cloud Paints are great for adding a pop of colour and as they're a super lightweight, gel like consistency, you don't run the risk of it looking unnatural no the skin. 

For lips, there's nothing better than the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments because they're perfectly pigmented and hydrating, making them a great overall pick for the weekend. You can apply them easily without a mirror and easily re-apply during the day. 

What are your minimal makeup basics? 

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Autumn Skincare Routine

The biggest changes in my skincare routine tend to come around this time of the year. The cold weather tends to make my complexion dehydrated and the abundance of Christmas chocolate coming into the shops tends to play havoc with my skin too. I've been getting into skincare much more lately, so I thought I'd share with you some of my Autumn skincare switch ups. 

My cleansing routine is fairly similar to what it was a couple of months ago (despite running dreadfully low on my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser), but I switched to a different morning cleanser to help make my skin feel as clean as can be and refreshed after a night's sleep. The Caolion Pore Triple Action Stick* has been a slower burner for me as it didn't really take off my makeup as effectively as I would like, but when using it on bare skin in the morning I found it visibly made my skin look clearer in a few days. It's super easy to use being in stick form, and I really just enjoy using it in the morning. 

The Pixi Glow Tonic* has made it's way back into my skin care routine - can we get a hallelujah? It's budget alternative went a bit awol over the start of Autumn, so I cracked this one out and I'm so glad I still enjoy it. It helps with blemishes, keeps my complexion looking radiant and is everything I want in a skin clarifying toner. 

Masks have been my downfall these few months, I've used one almost everyday and I found that they really helped to combat any of my skin woes as I could tailor which ones I reached for depending on what I felt like that day. For hydration, I've been reaching for the Fresh Rose Mask* and Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask*, the latter being one that is a (grudging) favourite with Tom too. They're both great at really deeply nourishing my skin, getting rid of any dry patches and making my complexion look in tip-top condition. 
For when I'm suffering with blemishes, the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack has been a go-to. Unlike other clay offerings that often strip any moisture out my skin, this one draws impurities out whilst slightly hydrating - A pleasant surprise from Glossier considering this was the one product I thought I would dislike before I even tried it! 

When I like a brand I do tend to buy other products in the range; Fresh, Glossier and Pixi are just three examples of this. A new brand I've been loving and have lusted after for many months now is Farmacy and the Honey Drop Moisturiser* is a much needed addition to my morning skincare routine. I feel like I've really upped my game when it comes to what I use after I've woken up and this offering is great for when I want to calm my skin, yet nourish it too. It's not too heavy so can easily be worn underneath makeup, but for me personally it's not what I'd look for in an evening moisturiser. 

For an evening moisturiser, I have been reaching for the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration* pick and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised with how well it's improved my skin. When it comes to moisturiser, I want something that'll leave my skin feeling clean, hydrated and radiant, and this one does it all, but at a whole new level - I'm smitten and when paired with the mask my skin looks improved overnight (yes that good). 

What is in your Autumn skincare routine? 

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Lush Christmas Picks

Whenever the weather starts to get colder and the festivities begin, I can't help but make a Lush order or two so I can fill my bath up with a delicious amount of bubbles and make the waters fizz. Here are the Lush products I recently picked from their Christmas range: 

The Magic Of Christmas is a must-have every year; this cinnamon scented bubble bar wand makes for a delicious evening treat. I had a bit of a mishap with the stick it comes with, but Lush's customer service soon resolved that. If you like a warm, almost edible scent then look no further. It's reusable and I find that I get around 5 uses out of it, which means I can slightly justify it more money-wise. 

I know some people are opposed to glittery bath products, but during the festive season I do reach for them. The Star Light Star Bright bath melt was first in my basket, but I did keep taking it out as I wasn't too sure if I'd like to scent. Luckily, I really like it as it's fresh and fruity at the same time. It's not too overpowering, but if you don't like glitter it's best to steer clear from this one - However, I can't wait to bathe in it! 

If there's one scent that I'm always drawn to it's rose, and the Snow Angel is one that I pick up every year - and one that i'm already tempted to buy a few more of. It's glittery, it smells warm yet sweet and is shaped like an angel; everything I want from a bath melt. I get an almond and vanilla scent from it too and it's a pick I can't get enough of. 

Plum Snow was a new offering that I wanted to try and I couldn't believe how big it was when I received it. I'll definitely be getting my money's worth out of this one! It's blackberry scented, which means that it's slightly more fresh and therefore possibly more fitting for Springtime than Autumn, but I love it nevertheless. 

Another repurchase of mine is Magic Wand, a snow fairy scented reusable bubble bar that not only creates a luscious amount of bubbles to unwind in, but it lightly moisturises and scents the body too. If I want even more bubbles, I just snap a bit off and crumble it under running water, but swishing it around does the trick too. If you like a sweet, bubblegum fragrance then this one will be your best bet. 

I picked up the Twilight Shower Gel a couple of months ago and I've been so impressed with it that I hope they make it permanent like they did with the Sleepy Body Lotion. It sends me right to sleep, just like most lavender scents do, and it's great paired with other sleep inducing products too. Very fitting for those relaxing, festive evenings. 

Talking of sweet scents, I picked up another one of their Snow Fairy Body Conditioner as there is something about it that reminds me of Christmas and cosy evenings in. I just slather it on whilst I'm in the bath and wash it off, it leaves my parched skin feeling nourished and radiant. You'll soon be smelling good enough to eat. 

I'm so impressed with this years Christmas range that I've been eyeing up another bottle of Rose Jam, a Snowman bubbleroon and maybe a Golden Wonder or two. 

Have you picked anything up from the Lush Christmas range? 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Warm Toned Eyeshadows and Dark Lips

I feel like I've really upped my makeup game recently, especially when it comes to Autumnal hues, champagne sparkles and warm toned berry shades and I like that they match my wardrobe theme of mustard, stripes and navy or black very well. Warm toned eyeshadows go amazingly with my hair colour and skin tone, so I've always been drawn to them, but now that they're on trend, I'm loving that you can get these hues everywhere. Here is a run down of my top picks: 

I've been sporting a warm toned eyeshadow look for some time now and the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette* is mainly to blame. With an array of stunning shades including vivid burgundy reds and smokey soft browns, it's no surprise that this has been glued to my hands this season. Another palette that compliments this one perfectly and is actually a very new addition to my makeup bag is the Huda Beauty Mini Warm Brown Obsessions Palette*. Eyeshadow either captures my attention or it doesn't, but the fact that I've worn this all week says a lot. I can't give my final verdict yet, but I had to include it as it's what inspired this blog post. I've been tempted by the Mauve Obsessions one next as it looks like it'll be great for the party season. 

If I'm looking for a little bit of sparkle on my lids, I always reach for the Colourpop Muse Eyeshadow as it is simply dreamy. It's slightly pinkier that the other offerings on show, but when worked in with a matte brown and a gold glitter, it looks gorgeous. Another sparkly favourite of mine is the MAC Tan Pigment, one that I always bring out at this time of the year and it looks great in the centre of my lid. 

For lips, I've been loving creating ombre lip with a lighter nude shade, like the NYX Exotic Lip Lingerie* in the middle and a darker brown, like the NYX Liquid Suede* on the outer corners. I'm not usually into dark lipsticks unless they're red or berry toned, but I'm getting into brown hued offerings even more lately. 

When I do want a dark berry lip, I always opt for the NYX Copenhagen Soft Matte Lip Cream as it's nourishing and doesn't dry the lips out either - It looks perfect paired with a warm toned, reddish eyeshadow. 

Do you like the warm eyeshadows and dark lip trend? 

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A Small ASOS Haul

When it comes to style, I tend to stick to the same few items throughout the season. Recently, I've been really into adding new additions to my wardrobe, whether it's a staple cardigan or a comfy pair of shoes. Here are a few of the things I've picked up lately: 

The whole reason I started this haul was due to the New Look Velvet Planet Slip On Trainers, a pair of shoes that instantly made it's way into my saved section. I wanted ones that were going to be easy to wear with a variety of outfits and I specifically saw myself wearing these to the shops or out and about running errands. I haven't worn them in yet as I've only had them for a day, but I can see them being super comfy. 

Jumpers are an essential of mine when it gets cold as they can be easy layered up with coats and scarves if needs be. The Brave Soul Round Neck Jumper was in the sale and it was hard to resist. Brave Soul are always a brand I have to size down in and even then it still fits quite slouchy. It's a great everyday piece, but I'm still not 100% sure if I'll get wear out of it with the other jumpers in my wardrobe. 

I've ventured out recently and bought jeans that aren't from Topshop, I'm loving how affordable they are and now I can't stop buying new colours. The ASOS Ridley Fleur Light Green Cast Jeans were next on my to-buy list, but stupidly I bought the wrong size jeans by accident, but I did try them on and they look great. They're the perfect colour for everyday wear and add something a little bit different to my wardrobe - Now it's just to change the size! 

I got this ASOS Mustard Chunky Cardigan a few weeks ago, but I haven't blogged about it yet, although you may have seen it in the corners of some photographs. The colour is absolutely gorgeous and very fitting for this time of year. I love wearing it paired with a slouchy pair of jeans and a striped top for an easy Autumnal outfit. 

I have a few other items on my wishlist and I thought I'd share with you some of the next bits that I'm going to treat myself to including a Christmas jumper! 

Have you bought anything new for your wardrobe recently? 

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Four In-Shower Moisturisers

If there's one part of my nightly routine that I hate doing, it's moisturising my  body. Especially around this time of the year when it's essential to soothe parched skin, but you can't bring yourself to stand around naked in the cold. In-shower moisturisers have been part of my routine for some time now and they're not only great time savers, they help to moisturise your body without even leaving your shower. 

First up is the newest addition, the Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash, a lightweight offering that goes from a nourishing oil to a soft froth when it comes in to contact with water. As someone who goes through a lot of dirt, grime and mud on a regular basis, I am always looking for a shower product that will cut through it all and get me clean in the quickest time. This is not only brilliant at cleaning, but it's a great addition to my shaving routine too. I was originally worried about the orange blossom neroli scent as I've heard it was too overpowering, but I am smitten with the fresh scent and it reminds me of a Lush product, but I can't quite put my finger on which one it is. 

A long serving favourite of mine is the Lush Rose Argan Body Conditioner, which is a rich and intense moisturiser. Out of the whole line up, this is the one that leaves the most residue on the skin, but it isn't a tacky or sticky residue that could get annoying, but one that makes you feel like you're being moisturised even after initial application. Aside from the way it makes my body feel, the scent is absolutely delicious - Almost good enough to eat! 

A new addition to my shower routine is the Bilou Tasty Doughnut Shower Foam*, a product I was originally skeptical about despite having a love affair with foam shower gels. The scents of their whole range sound amazing, but it was really the Tasty Doughnut fragrance that had me hooked, as although it's sweet, it's quite 'grown up' also. It's lightweight, nourishing and leaves my skin feeling clean. 

The Zoella Shower Shake was one that I picked up in the Summer and I can't believe it's still going. You only need a little bit to cover your whole body and the elderflower,  pomegranate scent with the nourishing formula makes for a skin treat in the shower. It's another one that I love to use when shaving and it's great if my body is feeling rather parched. 

I have to give a quick mention to my first in-shower moisturiser love, the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. It still remains one of my favourite pamper products, but due to trying out several similar products, I haven't been able to justify repurchasing another one. It's just a perfect Winter treat for dehydrated skin and the scent is heavenly too. 

Do you enjoy using in shower moisturisers? 

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Autumn Makeup

The soft subtle shimmers and berry hued lipsticks are just a couple of my favourite things about Autumn makeup. It's a magical time of the year and this time around I've really gotten into all things beauty related. I wanted to share with you my current Autumn makeup routine, full of the items I've been testing out and my favourite picks of the bunch. 

For my base, I have been loving the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation again. The latter is great for when I want a natural, glowy finish and the Too Faced offering is perfect for those who want a higher coverage. 

I'm still having a moment with Glossier, Wowder and Cloud Paints being two of my favourite products from them. The powder helps to mattify my face whilst making my base last much longer and the Cloud Paints, specifically in Haze, is a great Autumnal berry hue that adds a pop of colour to my cheeks with a natural finish. 

Fenty Beauty was an October discover of mine and one where I found a new favourite contouring product, the Amber Match Stix. Not only is the formula easy to blend -going from a 'dry' cream to a powder and appearing instantly matte on the skin- but it's super natural, buildable, and its cool-toned shade couldn't be more suited for my skin tone. I can't sing this product enough praise as it's completely changed my contouring routine, making it possible to contour easily on a daily basis if I want to. 

I knew as soon as I received it that the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette* was going to be a hit this Autumn, and I wasn't wrong. The array of warm toned eyeshadows, ranging from coppery reds to dark matte burgundy, are perfect for creating a daily look or a intense smokey eye if you want to too. 

I've been absolutely smitten with a new brow duo, the Maybelline Brow Tattoo Tint and Glossier Boy Brow. The tint fills in my brows naturally and it lasts for a few days, meaning I only have to top it up with Boy Brow to give my brows a fluffy, defined look.

I've found myself reaching for liquid lipsticks more often and my new addition, Huda Beauty Nude Love Collection*, is one that I've been wearing quite a lot. Their formulas are lightweight enough so you don't feel them on and they don't dry out my lips either - Which is great considering my lips often feel chapped this time of year. 

What are your favourite Autumn makeup items? 

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Post-Workout Skincare

Post Workout Skincare
As someone who works out a few times a week for a couple of hours at a time in the outdoors, I can get muddy, sweaty and dirty quite quickly. I like to make sure my skin is thoroughly cleansed and that I've got a face mask for every skin concern. I've put together a round up of products that I'm currently using or testing out after working out which I think work well. 

The Caolion Pore Triple Action Cleansing Stick* took a while to get used to as I couldn't find the most effective way to make it work for my skin. I came to the conclusion that it worked better on bare skin, so I've been using it post-workout to get rid of any sweaty or greasy residue I have on my skin. I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a great way to remove your makeup, as although it does the job, it isn't the best on the market. But if you're looking for a simple to use product that really does prevent post-workout blemishes, then look no further. 

For a deep cleanse, I've been reaching for the Glossier Mega Green Galaxy Pack to gently decongest my pores and it really does exactly what it says on the tin. It's currently my favourite clarifying mask as it doesn't strip the skin, nor does it irritate it, but it still does the job perfectly - Great for when my skin needs a good clean. In fact, the Glossier Mask Duo has been my go-to when I want to multi-mask as one targets blemishes and the other helps to hydrate. 

Another hydrating mask I've been using is the Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask*, an offering which it is too early to give my final verdict on, but the fact I've been using this in some form every day this week says a lot (and that Tom has used it once or twice). It's unlike any mask in my collection, even including it's possible dupe, the Skinfood Watermelon Mask. It's a gel, watery almost-oil texture that my skin just drinks up. It does wonderful things for the feel of my skin and rids me of any dry patches in just 30 minutes. I've also used this after working out overnight, just using a thin layer and it's super hydrating, thus making my skin look glowy the following day. I can't wait to try this out some more and give you my final thoughts - Watch this space. 

A moisturiser is an essential after working out in the freezing cold during the Autumn and Winter. I've been using all different ones at the moment to soothe my dehydrated complexion including an old favourite, the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream and a new addition, the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Cream*. This one has been on my bedside table for the last couple of weeks and I have been applying it every night. It's soothing, doesn't clog my pores and has actually made a different to the texture of my skin. 

What skincare do you use post-workout? 

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