Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Post-Winter Body Care Picks

After reading Beauty By Kelsey's body care post, it made me realise that I don't talk about what products I'm using on my body enough. Although we're a long way off from the bare legs of Summer, I do like to keep my skin feeling soft, smooth and looking healthy throughout the year. From fake tan to hand cream, here are my top body care picks. 

For a luxe bath treat I use a little bit of the Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Honey Bath to make a delicious amount of bubbles that I can dive into! The Jo Malone Bath Oils are another luxurious option that make my skin feel amazing whenever I use it, but be careful at it's easy to overdo it. 

I've started to fake tan a bit more recently as I like giving my complexion a little bit of colour, especially when it hasn't seen sun in months. I start off by prepping my body with the St. Moriz Exfoliating Skin Primer* as this gets rid of any old tan I have without leaving it flakey, meaning I can go straight in with another dose of fake tan afterwards. Although the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold is my go-to fake tan as it never fails to give me an even tan (when I apply it right with a mitt!), I have been reaching for the Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines* when I need a top up or an instant tan when going out. 

I'm not that fussy when it comes shower gels, but there are a few now that I'm smitten with, like the Glossier Body Hero Oil Wash which is great when you shave your legs as it keeps them soft and supple. The Bilou Creamy Shower Foams* and Zoella Shake are also great to use when shaving and I'm glad that these two offer more than just cleansing, they also nourish your skin. 

I've got to admit that I tend to neglect my hands and nails more than I should as they, along with my face, are two parts of my body that are exposed to the elements the most. The L'Occitane Rifle Paper Co Hand Cream* is a handbag favourite of mine at the moment as it's thick enough to be nourishing, but sinks in quick enough that you don't get awkwardly sticky hands. The And Other Stories Hand Lotion is one that I keep at the side of my sink, so I can easily use it after I wash my hands. 

What are your body care top picks?

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Overnight Travel Makeup Bag

We're off on a spontaneous night away to Brighton and I can't wait to take some photographs, go out for some delicious food and roam around the shops. I wanted to share with you what I've put into my travel makeup and skincare bag as I always find these types of posts interesting and- although I'm not usually a light packer- I feel I've really improved this time around. 

I tend to put myself on a powder ban when taking makeup away with me unless it's already loose. This means that I avoid the dreaded moment when you find your favourite product smashed. Alongside my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, a great all rounder that creates a flawless finish, I have packed the Glossier Wowder Powder, a loose offering that works at mattifying the skin and prolonging the wear of my base too.

For eyebrows, I want something super long lasting and that won't mind rain and wind, so I've dug out my ABH Dip Brow Pomade as I haven't used this in the longest time and I wanted something that could offer me a full, thicker look. I'll still take my Glossier Boy Brow as I can't be without it, but I'm hoping they will stay in place all day. 

I've intentionally gone for all the smaller products in my collection for skincare aside from cleanser, which I always struggle with. I've been using a dreamy cleanser that I can't quite talk about yet as a first cleanse (blog post coming soon!) and using the Kate Somerville ExfoliKATE Cleanser* as my second. It's great at removing every last trace of makeup from my skin, whilst making my complexion appear clearer, feel smoother and look fresher. 

I've packed my Pixi Rose Tonic* as it'll be a little less detrimental to spill than my Fresh Rose Toner would be, plus it's mini so that's super handy for saving space too! I would usually skip toner if I'm wanting a concise routine with no hassle, but I think it'll be what my skin will need after a long day wearing makeup. 

I predict that I will be needing a hydrating mask if I'm spending a couple of days by the sea, so I've packed my mini Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask meaning I can avoid my skin having a meltdown over having to battle all the elements. I've also packed my Clinique Turnaround Renewal Serum* so I can apply it underneath my moisturiser sand have an extra boost of hydration, as I'll be taking the same moisturiser to be used both in the morning and at night. 

What do you usually pack when you go away? 

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Monday, 19 February 2018

A Peachy Everyday Makeup Look

I feel a little bit in limbo when it comes to my makeup at the moment, I'm clinging on to the berries of Autumn and Winter, but as we're going towards the transitional period in to Spring, I've been switching up my makeup to include perky pinks and fresh, glowy skin too. I wanted to share with you my current makeup routine. 

I start off my doing my usual pre-foundation routine; if you haven't see it already, you can view it here. Now that my skin is looking and feeling better with a skincare routine that I love, I'm able to wear the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation with ease lately. Due to the runnier formula, I apply this with my fingers and it blends seamlessly into the skin to deliver a soft matte, luminous finish. I then go in with my Kat Von D Lock It Concealer over any scarring or dark circles I have as this freshens up the skin and makes it look flawless. I set this using my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder as it keeps my base makeup in place, adds to it's longevity and mattifies without looking cakey too. 

Blusher has really helped to perk up my post-Winter skin, the Bobbi Brown Powder Pink Pot Rouge being a go-to for me as it's cream to powder formula sits perfectly on the skin and goes with a variety of makeup looks. I've been contouring with the Charlotte Tilbury Contour and Highlighter Wands for a natural, yet defined look that gives off a dreamy glow and fakes the appearance of cheekbones. 

For eyes, I've been attached to my Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette* as it delivers both wearable day time looks and nigh time ones too. The variety of matte and shimmer shades makes them easy to mix and match, plus each shadow is blendable and perfectly pigmented too. My current go-to combination is Puree in the crease, Peach Pit to define, Luscious in the inner part of my lid and Caramelised to add a smokey feel. 

I've been using my two new lip products, the Dream and Punch shades of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments*. They add just the right amount of colour on my lips for everyday wear, can easily be topped up and they make my lips look healthy too - All whilst adding hydration due to the array of moisturising properties in the ingredients. If I want something a little more nude and long lasting then I reach for the Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks* which will come as no surprise as I can't be without them! 

What's your current favourite makeup look?

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

A Glossier Round Up

I've been meaning to do a Glossier collection post for some time now, but every time I go to do it, I either get sucked into doing another haul or a new product is released that I want to try out first. Although I'm far from owning everything they've bought out, I definitely have my fair share, so today I thought I'd share with you my favourites and my thoughts on the Glossier brand. 

I feel like I'm going to struggle to keep my favourites concise because there's a lot to get through. I can't narrow my favourites down to just one, so instead I'm going to start off with my top three. The Milky Jelly Cleanser is amazing if you're looking for a simple, gentle cleanse that does the job of removing makeup perfectly while keeping the skin from feeling tight too. My other go-to is the Wowder Powder, a finely milled offering that mattifies the complexion whilst looking super natural and setting my base to last all day long - A very underrated product in my opinion! The Cloud Paints are another favourite of mine as they're unlike anything in my collection; creamy in formula and very natural to wear, these blend into my cheeks seamlessly and deliver a pop of colour instantly. 

When I first got the Balm Dot Com I wasn't expecting much, but I have barely used any other lip balm since. They make my lips look healthy, not dehydrated and sit perfectly underneath liquid lipsticks too - Making them feel super comfortable! Another product that surprised me was the Boy Brow as when I first got it I struggled with how wet the formula felt, but after giving it a chance I haven't put it down. It tames my unruly brows, making them look fuller and thicker instantly. I like using this after using brow pomade, but I have been using this on it's own when I want a natural look. 

I've used so much of my Stretch Concealer that the writing has rubbed off the lid and I'm nearly out, the hydrating formula is comfortable to wear, yet covers any redness and blemishes I have. This paired with a Beauty Blender is the perfect combination and is great when I want to wear a natural makeup look. I've got to admit this probably wouldn't work with oily skin, but if you've got a dehydrated complexion like myself then it's worth a shot. 
The two moisturisers I have are the original Priming Moisturiser and the Rich version too. Both offer a healthy amount of hydration, whilst not irritating my skin. The former is great underneath makeup for a plump base, whereas the latter is perfect to use in the evening when I was an extra boost of moisture. A new addition to my routine is the Super Pure Serum which I apply before my moisturiser for under the skin spots that I get, and you know what? It actually works. At first I didn't notice a massive difference, but I've been consistently using it which definitely says something. 

I'm so glad that I tried the Mask Duo as I discovered the Mega Greens Galaxy Mask through it, which is probably one of- if not my favourite- clarifying mask of late. If you've got sensitive skin and often suffer with the dreaded red face after using a clay-based mask, then this will be right up your street. It calms my blemishes, makes my skin look healthy and is great paired with the Moisturising Moon Mask too. These two together make my skin feel super soft, clean and moisturised - A great evening treat! 

I'm really looking forward to using the Body Hero Daily Oil Wash come the Summer, as it's great when you shave or when you can't really be bothered to moisturise after the bath (bad I know!). I know the scent for some people isn't the best, but for me it's the perfect balance between fresh and fruity, making you feel super clean afterwards too. 

One of the first products released when Glossier came to the UK was the You Perfume, a mix of warm, familiar scents that reminded me of when you used to sniff someone's cardigan to find out who it belonged to in primary school. I always keep this in my handbag to spritz on the go and despite using this regularly, I've not even used half of it up yet - I would definitely recommend getting a sample of this with your order. 
There really isn't a product of theirs which I don't like if I'm honest, but there are a few that you can miss. The Quartz Haloscope is a lovely product that I've got quite a lot of use out of, so I didn't think it'd be in this list, but on reflection it is a completely marmite product. Although it adds a glow, it's in a more natural way and whilst it lasts on my skin type, I can imagine if you've not got a dry complexion then you'd struggle with this. Luckily, you barely make a dent in this product every time you use it, so this isn't going to run out any time soon to decide whether I want to repurchase it or not. 

Another product that I enjoy, but isn't something I'd repurchase, is the Jam Generation G Lipstick. When I first got this, I didn't really get it. The colour was nice in the tube, but it barely gave off any colour on the lips, smelt a bit funky and generally had a drier formula than I was expecting. After getting the first few layers of product off, the lipstick started to look better on and I pick this up semi-regularly now. The main reason why this made it into the misses category is because there are similar products on the market that work in a similar way but are better, like the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments for one. Saying this, I am tempted to pick up a nude shade anyway as I've heard great things about their lighter shades. 

Last in this category is the Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector, a new release of theirs which I've been trying out for the last four weeks. I actually really like this and it does something to my skin, in fact, I wouldn't put it in the hits or misses category, more somewhere in the middle. If you already use the Pixi Glow Tonic and enjoy using it then there's probably isn't much use to owning this one too, but if you're in the market for a new glycolic toner or you want to try something new, then it's definitely worth a shot. It doesn't miraculously get rid of blemishes, but it smoothes the skin almost instantly. Keep it away from your lips though.
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What Glossier products would you recommend?

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Friday, 16 February 2018

The Perfect Pre-Foundation Base

Prepping and priming your skin for foundation can honestly make the world of difference. I can't tell you how many times I've not thought a lot about a foundation until I exfoliated and moisturised, for it to reveal a glowing, flawless base. Here is my current perfect pre-foundation base: 

Exfoliating is something I swear by, whether it's a daily chemical exfoliator like the Pixi Glow Tonic* or a mask like the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial, they can dramatically change the way your skin looks, feels and the way foundation sits too. It tends to make my moisturiser work a little better at nourishing my complexion and it makes my skin feel super smooth, meaning I don't get any pesky dry patches. 

For moisturiser, the Clinique Moisture Surge* has been a go-to of mine and I seriously get the hype around this product now. It smoothes and blurs without making my skin feel that oddly dry texture, but plumps and nourishes too - It's basically heaven in a jar and I'm here for it.

I then go in with a primer and I've been reaching for the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow which I have a dozen or so samples of, but I need to purchase a full-sized soon as it's just dreamy. It doesn't highlight pores, but instead blurs them, making them look almost invisible. When you layer foundation over the top it gives off a glow, rather than a sparkle. 

The Becca Backlight Primer* works in a similar way and I do find this one a little bit more hydrating than the Charlotte Tilbury offering, but nevertheless they both deliver a gorgeous amount of luminosity which makes my complexion sing. 

What's your perfect pre-foundation base?

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Transitional Wardrobe Wishlist

With us being hit by snowy, extremely cold weather, I know I'm getting ahead of myself talking about the transitional period between Winter and Spring. But with it inevitably getting nearer, I've put myself on a ban of buying any more thick coats and knitted layers - In my head Spring is getting nearer, so I've selected a few of my top wardrobe picks to share with you today. 

As an advocate and wearer of anything monochrome, it's quite surprising seeing how many  of the items on my wishlist actually have colour on. I've honestly smitten with these Lost Ink Flower Trim Flat Shoes as I think they would be great paired with a slim pair of jeans or even with a floaty dress in the Summer too. 

Cardigans are one of my must-have essentials for this transitional period as they can be layered up over knits, added under a lightweight coat or just worn simply with a t-shirt when the weather gets a little warmer. The Monki Ribbed Longline Cardigan, a mustard offering, would work great in my wardrobe. 

I've been loving all of the wrap front tops that are currently on the high street, but I am yet to find one that suits me down to a tee yet, so I'm still on a mission. This Motel Ruffle Star Print offering, the very popular ASOS Spot Tie Front pick and the Pretty Little Thing Black Polka Dot Wrap Blouse are three of my favourites. 
What's on your transitional wardrobe wishlist?

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Pink Beauty Favourites

As it's Valentine's Day today, I thought it was fitting to share with you my favourite pink products. I did one of these posts at the start of last year, so I thought it was about time to update it.

Blushers are on of my favourite tools to incorporate pink into my routine and I'm very glad that I've found an array of formulas which allow me to do so in different ways. The Glossier Puff Cloud Paint is a creamy formula that is great for a natural look, the Bobbi Brown Powder Pink Pot Rouge is a cream to powder formula which sits beautifully on the skin and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers are more of a traditional formula that adds just the right amount of colour. I think the stand out shade from the photograph above has to be the Milani Rose Blusher and I can't tell you how many times I've been asked about this. It's not only gorgeous on the outside, but the matte finish and perfectly pink hue is great for everyday wear. 

Lipsticks are another way I love to incorporate pink shades into my makeup. I've got so many in my collection I couldn't possibly feature them all, but I thought I'd share some of my stand out favourites including the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick and Sephora Marvellous Mauve. I think you're probably sick of me raving about the Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks* but they're honestly one of the longest-lasting formulas I've tried, while the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments* (I got two new shades the other day which I'm trialling!) stand out as a great long serving nourishing favourite. Petal being the perfect pinky hue for everyday wear. 

I'm not usually a huge fan of pink toned highlighters, but there are still several go-to's in my collection, including the Becca Rose Quartz Light Chaser Highlighter* and Fenty's Starstruck Match Stix. The first is great if you're looking for something a bit different to wear, whereas the latter has a cream to powder formula that just gives off the most beautiful shimmer. 

The Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask* is the epitome of the perfect pink product; delicious in smell and delivering soft, hydrated skin in 20 minutes. I know it's on the luxe side, but if you're ever looking to treat yourself to a mask that'll quench your skin and have it looking glowy then this is the one for you. 

Okay, so there isn't anything pink about this product other than it's packaging, but I thought I'd get it into this post anyway. The Drunk Elephant Baby Facial has been a complete game changer for me. If my skin is looking dull or my foundation isn't sitting right, then I pop this on every week or two for 15 minutes, wash off, and my skin feels brand new. I'm going to 100% be buying a full sized bottle of this when it comes to the UK. 

What are your pink favourites?

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Valentine's Day Makeup

There's something about Valentine's Day that makes me want to play around with all the makeup, pulling out my dainty pink hues and my vibrant reds. If you read my post last week, you'll know that I've already shared a glowy skin and dark lip look on the blog, so today I wanted to share with you the makeup I'll actually be wearing on the night. 

For my base, I am so torn for either my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder or my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, both of which are great, but they offer different properties. The first one is great for perking up the skin whilst offering light coverage that looks ultra natural, yet the latter delivers a long-lasting and flawless finish. I'll probably decide tomorrow depending on what my skin looks and feels like, but at the moment the Charlotte Tilbury offering is winning. 

I've been toying between the idea of doing a powder or a liquid contour and I've finally made the decision. I'll be opting for the Filmstar Bronze and Glow for a soft focus contour which defines the cheekbones, then the Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix to highlight. This highlighter illuminates the skin in more of a shimmery way that makes my skin looks super pretty. 

I was going to opt for a super glittery eye look in the form of the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Eyeshadow* in Diamond Dust and Kitten Karma to add an intense glitter to the lids. I was going to keep it just to these, but with my love for the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette* rife, I'm going to do a smokey eye look too with the shades Caramelised, Bellini and Peach Pit. I'll then finish off the look with a pair of eyelashes - The Eylure Fleur Loves Lashes are my favourites. 

For my lips, I'm torn between a classic red like Mellow's Madness Lipstick or a nude like the Nars Bahama Lip Pencil. I'm sure throughout the day and evening I will switch the colours up, opting for a Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick* before I eat and one of the deep reds on offer after I've devoured it. 

On my nails, I'm going to re-do my heart nails that you may have seen in my Instagram post here, then give myself a pastel pink pedicure refresh too. Essie's Bubbles Only makes the deep red tips and I opt for a bare nail underneath. 

What makeup will you be wearing this Valentine's Day?

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Full disclosure; I've wanted the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette* for the longest time, so when Cult Beauty sent one over to me, I've got to admit that I squealed. I've been putting off buying this palette for myself due to the premise of owning too many similar palettes already, but here we are and today, I wanted to share with you my first impressions. 

I'm pretty late to the game, but I couldn't help but share some of my thoughts and feelings on this very well loved and hyped product. With an array of 18 shades ranging from a shimmering copper to a matte warm brown hue, I'm glad that this palette offers a range of both shimmers and mattes, with each eyeshadow being equally as creamy and easy to blend as the next. Luscious is one of the shades that surprised me the most, as on first glance it looks like the perfect highlighter shade, but when applied it has a peach shift underneath it which makes it look gorgeous all over the lid when wearing a smokey eye. 

My favourite combination is Georgia, Bellini and Peach Pit for a smokey eye that is unlike anything else I usually wear. If I was to pick a favourite shade it would be Caramelised as, when blended out in the crease, this compliments my eye colour perfectly and gives off the most indescribable effect in an eye look. 

Charmed I'm Sure and Summer Yum are two variants on the typical matte brown shade and I'm very impressed with their pigment and ease to blend. Charmed I'm Sure is more of a cool-toned use, whilst the latter offers a slight warmth to your look. The two more traditional peach shades are Just Peachy and Candied Peach, whose names probably give it away. The first is a more of a pink hue, whilst the latter is more of an intense orange shade. 

I've used this palette with and without eyeshadow primer and although they naturally perform better with it, they still don't lack longevity, which is great when you're skipping the smokey eye look and you just want an everyday offering. Talking of everyday makeup, this can easily be adapted, whether you want a soft shimmer, a day time wash of colour or a full on glam look - this has you covered! 

Although I find it smells good enough to eat, I know that people with sensitive eyes may be put off by the fragrance. The tin casing is perfect for keeping the eyeshadow intact, although I sort of wish that the magnet to fasten it was a little stronger just to put my mind as ease. I still adore all of my other palettes so I can't say that you definitely need this; however if the shades are speaking to you, then I definitely think it's worth a shot. 

Have you tried the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette?

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

The Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara
Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara
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When it comes to mascaras, I know pretty much from the first application whether it'll work for me or it won't. Although I don't have too many complaints when it comes to my lashes, a boost of volume or an added bit of length wouldn't go amiss. The Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara* is the newest high-end mascara to hit the shelves and I'm excited to be giving it a good try. 

At first glance, the brush looked great; streamlined without feeling too harsh to apply. The formula is ultra black, which may seem like I'm stating the obvious, but you'd be surprised by how many mascara give a wish-wash of colour rather than the intense black I look for. The wand is specially designed to coat every single lash; with a light hand and just one layer, my lashes are looking more volumised without feeling heavy either- a huge bonus! Talking of the wand, I've got to admit that I normally struggle with short, spikier offerings as they tend to feel a little harsh on my eyes, but this one hasn't irritated me at all. 

As for longevity, this is where the real test comes for me as if it doesn't last on my lashes, I would barely reach for the mascara again. Luckily this lasts and not only that, but it really lasts; through wet, rain and cold in fact (it's had the exercise test!). I have fairly curly lashes, but if a mascara weighs them down they tend to go straight, this keeps them up and fluttery all day long. It's actually hard to find anything wrong with this mascara at all; of course, with an overly heavy hand you can make this mascara clump, but I don't tend to use it like that. 

Overall, this is a great new mascara release and I can't wait to give more of a test over the next few weeks. As a bit of a self-confessed fussy mascara wearer, this already get the thumbs up from me. You can now get the Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara at Debenhams  and get £5 worth of Debenhams Beauty Card points with the purchase too. 

Have you tried this mascara out yet? 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Valentine's Day Glowy Skin and Dark Lips

As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I thought it would be fitting to share with you some of my sparkle favourites, reached for reds and lipsticks that I rely on for a long-lasting finish. 

I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with cream highlighters as, although I love the finish they give, there are quite a few on the market which are harder to  blend seamlessly in the skin. The Topshop Glow Highlighter is a long serving favourite of mine as it gives off a dreamy glow to the cheeks without being too overpowering. The Glossier Quartz Haloscope is a great pick for those who want a subtle sheen, whereas the Fenty Starstruck Match Stix is perfect if you like something a little more intense and shimmery. 

I tend to resort back to a powder highlighter if I want something to offer longevity, although if you're looking for a liquid illuminator which can do that, I would 100% recommend the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops. The Too Faced Love Lights offering is very fitting for the occasion considering it's heart shaped, whilst The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer is a perfect champagne pick for adding a healthy glow to the skin. 

Shimmer doesn't have to be kept to just the cheeks as I like to add a little sparkle to my eyelids too. The Stila Liquid Eye Glitter* is a favourite of mine as it can be easily worked into your usual smokey eye look - Perfect for a date night!

Highlighters are great paired with a statement lipstick either in the form of a berry, red or a dark pink hue. I've had the Chanel Pirate Rouge Allure Lipstick for some time now, but it's one I bring out whenever I want a luxe feeling option. I just had to add the Sephora Marvellous Mauve Cream Lip Stain to this line up as although it's a nude shade, it's perfect when you want something that'll last through eating... and kissing. 

What highlighters are you loving at the moment? 

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Fluffy American Pancakes

With Pancake Day coming up, I feel like it is only right to share a favourite recipe of mine on the blog. Although I love the traditional crêpe style, I do love a big stack of fluffy american pancakes drizzled with golden syrup and topped with an array of juicy fruit. 

I know that this is simple, but if you're looking for an easy pancake recipe this Pancake Day, then look no further. 

Ingredients (Makes 15 pancakes) 

200g Plain Flour
2tsp Baking Powder
240ml Milk
2 Eggs 
40g Golden Caster Sugar 
Golden syrup/Strawberries/Any toppings you desire
Oil for frying 


Start off by mixing your plain flour, baking powder and golden caster sugar together in a bowl. 

In a separate bowl, start whisking your eggs. An electric whisk would be best as you want to get the eggs as frothy as you can get them. The thicker the egg consistency, the fluffier the pancakes will be. 

When whisked, add the eggs and milk to the other mixture and mix until smooth. 

Heat the frying pan up with oil and pour a circular round of batter into the pan. Cook until it starts to loosen from the pan and then flip to cook on the other side. Remove from pan and then repeat. 

Serve with your desired topping and enjoy! 

Will you be trying out this recipe?

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

What's On My Reading List

After getting back into reading a lot more, I was in dire need of some new books to delve into. I want to make the most of the colder days and stay bundled up in blankets with a hot chocolate and book in hand, so I decided to do a book haul. 

First up is Joe Lycett's Parnsips, Buttered and I've got to admit that a book has never made itself into my basket fast enough. If you didn't know, I watch his DVD regularly whenever I need cheering up; I can pretty much recite it word for word and in July we're going to see his new tour live. The book sounds great and I've heard so many amazing things about it so, although I'm usually skeptical about these sort of books, it'll no doubt make me chuckle. 

I've been putting off buying The Keeper Of Lost Things as it sounds like it'll make me cry in parts- not a great pick before bed- but I've just been gravitating towards it for months now, so I decided to pick it up. 

Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes was a last minute pick up for me, but as I enjoyed her other books a lot I couldn't resist this after reading some of the reviews. I noticed this book apparently features the famous Walsh Family too, but as I've only read one of their other books, I'm hoping I still get to grips with this one. 

Another on the whim purchase of mine was It Started With A Tweet as, although I love reading psychology thrillers and mysteries, sometimes all I want is a good, funny love story to sink my teeth into. I thought this would be the perfect pick for a lazy Sunday or to read before I go to sleep. 

I bought A Court Of Thorns and Roses some time ago, but haven't got around to reading them yet. Tom decided to read it and requested to buy the next two - So I really can't wait to start reading them now! I love 

What books have you been reading lately? 

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Winter Skincare Routine

As a skincare enthusiast and as someone who suffers with temperamental skin, I tend to switch my routine up semi-regularly. Although I'm happy with the way my skin looks at the moment, the colder weather has left my complexion feeling rather parched and due to stress I've got a fair few blemishes going on too. Here are my current skincare picks: 

I was lucky to receive the Pixi Double Cleanse* just as I finished my beloved Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser offering, and although I still think I'm going to repurchase MJC, the double cleanse has pleasantly surprised me. The oil side breaks down makeup instantly and the cream washes it away. I simply wipe over a soaked cotton pad of Bioderma Micellar Water* afterwards to make sure that everything has been removed thoroughly. 

My biggest skincare hangup at the moment is the fact I'm getting quite a few blemishes again which often leaves scars. I've been using a new skin exfoliator, the Glossier Solution, a new release of their's which I'm still not sold on if I'm honest. It's quite intense, so I've been using it every other day and it does make my skin feel super soft, but I'm not sure if it does anything for blemishes. Make sure you keep it away from your lips as you'll be needing a whole pot of lip balm to make them feel normal again if not! The Pixi Glow Tonic* is doing the job in the meantime as it really does make my skin look in tip-top condition even when I'm not feeling 100%. 

If I'm not using a glycolic acid or I just want to add an extra step into my routine, I turn to my trustworthy toners. The Fresh Deep Rose Hydration Toner and it's nearest dupe, Pixi Rose Tonic* are two I've been using a lot. They're super simple, but unlike other toners which can sometimes feel like an unnecessary step, these do make my skin feel cleaner and with consistent use, they both make my skin look plumper and healthier, especially the Fresh offering.  

Face masks are a huge part of my skincare routine as I rely on them to treat my skin for certain problems. The Drunk Elephant Baby Facial is one that I can't recommend enough as this is the one I like to use when my skin needs an overhaul. It's also great paired with the Fresh Rose Face Mask* as it hydrates and plumps like no other - The perfect pairing. 

Although I have quite a few moisturisers in my collection and I've gone through a phase of liking pretty much every one I purchase or get sent, I'm actually a fairly picky person when it comes to face creams. I'm currently smitten with the Clinique Moisture Surge* for the morning as it's perfection underneath makeup and for the evening I've been using the Fresh Rose Face Cream* with the Clinique Turnaround Renewal Serum* underneath. The latter wasn't something I thought would make that much difference, but so far, it's actually made my skin feel softer and smoother. 

Talking of serums, I've been testing out Glossier Super Pure and so far I do like it. It doesn't dry out my complexion too much like I worried it might, but I haven't seen an overall improvement as of yet. However, I've still continued with use as I feel like it's not supposed to be a one off treatment. I've got to admit that it does calm my red skin down which is a huge plus for me. When I just want something that's super hydrating which I know my skin loves, I reach for the Odacite Peach Cypress Concentrate* to mix in with my moisturiser - It's basically glowy, hydrated skin in a bottle! 

What skincare products are you using at the moment?

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Budget Beauty Favourites

This post was originally going to be titled "Four Budget Favourites", but after compiling a list of all the products I wanted to mention, I noticed I wasn't going to have only four top picks. 

I bought the VO5 Instant Volume Powder on a whim a few days before New Year's Eve and I'm so glad I did because I've been using it non-stop. I originally wanted it to add volume to my usually limp, lifeless hair and it's done that job and more. If you're like me and you hate freshly washed hair when you've got to style it, then you'll love this as it adds a grip and texture; however you can simply brush it out at the end of the day and you aren't left needing to wash your hair every day. 

For a foundation the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation is pretty affordable and, as a long serving favourite of mine, I can almost say that this is one of my go-to high street bases, with the L'Oreal Cushion Foundation being tied for first place. It offers a medium coverage that's both build able and natural looking whilst lightweight in formula too. 

The Maybelline Tattoo Brow Tint just had to be featured in this line up as I'm obsessed with this stuff. It's not that affordable considering it's from the high street, but you get so many uses out of it, so in my opinion it's worth it. I simply apply it using an angled brush, leave on for thirty minutes and then peel off. It means I don't have to excessively fill in my brows for a few days and instead can just brush through a brow gel for a quick look. 

If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you'll know that NYX is one of my all time favourite budget brands. I could go on about them for ages, but I've recently rekindled my love for the Wonder Pencil, a nude eyeliner that helps to brighten my eyes and make them look bigger. The Ombre Mauve Me Blusher and Cool Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette* are two of my other favourites. 

From the get-go I liked The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution*, but I didn't necessarily love it. It did the job at making my eye area look smoother, brighter and more hydrated, but I didn't fall head over heels. That was until it got colder in the Autumn and since then I haven't gone a day without this. It's perfect as it's lightweight, easy to apply and keeps those pesky under-eye dry patches at bay. 

When Bilou delivered me a bunch of their body products, I knew I was set for a while and the Shower Foams have become a firm favourite in my household. They come in an array of scents that linger on the skin without being too overpowering and they're so good for shaving too! 

What are your current budget favourites?

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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and although I've only been embracing it for the last year or so, I just had to share some of the adorable cute picks I found. Although this is marketed as a gift guide, I would like to put a disclaimer out there to say it's full to the brim of products that I'd like to treat myself to - I can't resist anything pink, dainty or rose related. 

For the evening, I want to pick up either this New Look Embroidered Mesh Dress or ASOS Tea Dress which I've previously mentioned. They look like they'll be perfect as I can wear them throughout the year too, plus they don't look like they're figure hugging which means that I'll be able to devour all the food I'll no doubt be consuming. 

Makeup and anything beauty related is always a good idea. There's lots of new releases out including the Becca Jewels Eye Palette, Nars Wanted Palette and the new Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick shades. Perfume is always a lovely thing to get treated to or treat yourself to and I've found some gems recently. The Diptyque Do Son EDT will forever be a special fragrance for me, but I've also been loving Maison Margiela's Flower Market* and Giorgio Armani Si for a few spritzes. 

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a set of new underwear and there's so many cute sets around, including this ASOS Carmen Eyelash offering and Tutti Rouge Roulette Sasha pick. 

Chocolates, jewellery and anything pamper-related always goes down well with me personally! Missoma is a great place to look for dainty, yet luxe jewellery pieces, however Topshop and various other high street stores do offer some great affordable finds too. 

Here are a few of my other top picks:

Is there anything here you've got your eye on?

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