Friday, 19 October 2018

24 Hours of Clinique Anti Pollution Skincare

Clinique Anti Pollution Skincare
Clinique Anti Pollution Skincare
 - This post is in collaboration with Boots, but all thoughts are my own - 

Everyday our skin goes through a lot, from being exposed to pollution on our commute to work to letting daily stress takes it's toll on our complexion. For me, over a 24 hour period, my skin starts off dry as I wake up feeling dehydrated, the heating in my office causes it to then dehydrate further and then forgetting to put SPF on even though you'd sworn you would...for the fifth day in a row. Today, I'm sharing with you the importance of protecting your skin, a few of my favourite Clinique from their Anti-Pollution Skincare and a handful of tips too. 

The Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly delivers an intense boost of hydration without feeling heavy on the skin making it the perfect addition to your routine in the morning. On top of it's moisturising properties, it offers a 24 hour protection against pollution and makes your skin look healthier and feel softer. I use this in the morning to ensure that I'm more protected against environmental aggressors that you encounter on your commute to work, whilst you're at your computer and even whilst you're sleeping. 

To help me rid the skin of impurities and dirt that has built up throughout the day of wearing makeup, going through the elements and exercising too, I use the Clinique Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Gel. I like to use this cleanser as my second cleanse in the evening to ensure my complexion looks as clear as possible as the charcoal in the formula helps to combat pollutants that effect us everyday and ensure that my skin feels soothed and refreshed. 
Clinique Anti Pollution Skincare
Now that the weather has got colder, the heating has come on and although it means I'm toasty warm, it does have an adverse effect on my skin. I like to make sure I've got a few good moisturisers to hand for both the morning and evening to ensure that my skin is kept moisturised and hydrated throughout the day as the heating can really dry out my skin without realising it. The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ has been my go-to for the evening in particular as the hyaluronic acid and glycerin helps to absorb water from their air and retain it too. 

Last in this round up is the Clinique City Block Sheer SPF which helps to protect your skin from sun damage all whilst evening out the skin tone. As someone who exercises outside a lot I want to protect my complexion all year around and I tend to not wear makeup due to sweat either, so this is perfect. It's oil-free, doesn't break me out and it's always so important to remember to use SPF no matter to season.  

Skincare is always longer than a 24 commitment and no one should expect to see results overnight, so make sure you're always sticking to a routine both morning and night to help protect your day throughout the day. 

What does your skin go through in 24 hours and how do you protect it? 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

The Item I'm Glad I Added To My Wardrobe

Budget ASOS Animal Print Skirt
Budget ASOS Animal Print Skirt
Animal print is all the rage at the moment and I'm loving it as I've now got myself a new pair of leopard boots, a skirt and I've got my eye on a coat too! Today, I'm talking about the item I'm glad I added to my wardrobe and ways in which I plan to style it too. 

So, what's the new wardrobe addition I'm talking about? It's the ASOS Animal Jacquard Wrap Skirt of course. The buckle detail and jazzy print makes it stand out whenever I want to jazz up a plain black jumper and boots. It can be dressed up with a pair of simple heels and a silky number up top or dressed down with a jumper and a pair of boots. Here are a few tops I feel like could work with it: 

Buying skirts in the Autumn can be a little risky as although it's still fairly warm outside at the moment, the cold weather is definitely coming. I always make sure that a skirt can be worn easily with the coats in my collection and a pair of tights if needs be too. This looks great with both and despite the eye popping design, it's actually pretty versatile. 

Budget ASOS Animal Print Skirt
If you're new to the animal print trend I would say to start on the bottom half first as it's slightly easier to style. A pair of boots like my New Look pair are great to pair with a plain outfit and is definitely a great way to start if you're a bit wary. If you're wardrobe is mostly monochrome already then you'll love adding a skirt as it's so easy to chop and change with the jumpers and tee's already in your collection. 

I'm still yet to tackle wearing this snazzy design up top as I find myself picking the most garish prints out which other people look uber cool in, but I look like something even Pat Butcher would turn her nose up at. 

Are you a fan of the animal print trend? 
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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Autumn Makeup Bag

I've recently got my makeup mojo back, getting the bug to try out new products and switch up my makeup bag for my favourite season. Of course, I'm all about glowing skin and berry accents at this time of the year and I wanted to give you a sneak peak into my current routine. 

My base currently consists of my Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter* and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation duo which creates a flawless, medium coverage finish that can be worn day to night. Although I want to try out some new foundations, it's the concealers I've been switching around a lot. The Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting Concealer* is currently the one I'm using underneath my eye to conceal any dark circles and brighten any areas to create a more defined look. If I need to cover any blemishes, it's the NYX HD Concealer I use as it matches my skin tone very well and it's easy on the bank balance too. 

I tend to stay quite loyal to my ABH brow products and just switch up the brow gel I use to set them. The Glossier Boy Brow is a great option if you want to add a little bit of tint to them without flakiness or compromising on hold. 

For my cheeks, I've not been sticking to one blusher as I just love experimenting with the colours I'm wearing at this time of the year. It's the Nars Laguna Bronzer* that I've been reaching for a lot as it's the perfect tone to warm up the complexion without looking too grey or warm. I finish off with a dusting of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter* (which is sadly no longer available!) to the tops of my cheekbones, across my brow bone and in the inner corners of my eyes to help add a dreamy glow all over. 

Talking of eyes, I've been wearing them bare quite a lot lately with only a thin line of eyeliner and a few applications of the Nars Climax Mascara* to make them appear wide awake. When I do want to wear an eyeshadow it's the Hourglass Scattered Eyes Blaze Eyeshadow* I've been using as it can be applied all over for a one sweep wonder or built up with a bronzed brown shade in the crease to define the eyes for a more intense look.

I've been switching out my lip products a lot recently, but it's the NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Soft Spoken that's been in my makeup bag a lot. It's a very close match to my lip colour which means I can use to make my lips appear fuller and it works well with a variety of my current favourite nude lip products. 

What's in your Autumn makeup bag? 

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

A New Diptyque Scent

It's becoming a bit of a tradition to receive or treat myself to a Diptyque fragrance around the time of my birthday and this year's addition is the Philosykos Perfume that Tom kindly gave me on the big day. It's got a little story behind it and the scent is too good not to go on my blog, so I just had to share my thoughts with you today. 

This fresh fig scent may remind you of Summer from the get-go and don't get me wrong I can see where you'd be coming from, but there's something about this semi-sweet, yet ever so slightly woody fragrance that will see you through Autumn uplifted. It's not as warming as Do Son, so although it doesn't last as long and is not as much of a statement, it does makes a great everyday scent if you want something a little bit more understated. I'm not usually a fan of coconut scents in perfumes as they can be overpowering if you over-spritz, but this mixed with the fig notes is the perfect combination. 

Despite being a fairly subtle scent, it lasts a long time on clothes and lingers around all day too. I've received a lot of lovely compliments on it, which I find is always a mark of a great perfume. The exterior is obviously gorgeous as is all of Diptyque products are and it looks dreamy on display with my other perfumes in my collection. 

I'd definitely recommend having a spritz of this and I can already see myself on the look out for my next addition to my collection - I'm thinking maybe the Diptyque Olene will be my next purchase (possibly as a Christmas present to myself?). 

Have you tried any Diptyque perfumes? 

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Autumn Lifestyle Favourites

The golden tones, crisp leaves and morning air of Autumn all make my heart sing at this time of the year and despite talking about my Autumnal makeup a lot, it's actually the lifestyle favourites of this season that I'm talking about today. 

Mine and Tom's birthdays have to be up at the top of the list because I love having celebrations in Autumn as all the colours are lovely, there's a slight chill in the air and well.. it's just my favourite season in general isn't it? Tom's birthday is on Friday and I've got a few things planned to celebrate. Of course mine was on the 5th where went to a Jazz and Gin festival, out for a comedy night and for drinks with friends too. 

We've already been to a pumpkin patch to fill our house up, but I'm already thinking of ways to go back. It's such a lovely afternoon out and a great way to spend a Sunday if it's your kind of thing. Our favourite pumpkin farm is one that has a market too which means you can grab yourself some fresh fruit and vegetables to cook up a storm in the kitchen later on too. 

Aside from everything we've been getting up to, we've been watching some new TV series too. We've already devoured Killing Eve in only two sittings and we're both patiently waiting for the second season to air next year. The Handmaid's Tale has been another one we've been loving, but as it's quite heavy to watch we've taken a little longer to get through it. As for podcasts, we've done poorly at keeping the new series of My Dad Wrote A Porno and we're now all caught up, so we're listening week by week instead. It's a super funny pick if you fancy a giggle on your lunch break or on your commute to work. 

My Autumn favourites aren't always about big days out, but it's also about the little things. I love being able to go out for evening walks, feeling the cold breeze on my face and watching the lights flicker in people's house - before we know it whole streets will be filled with Christmas decorations! I'm getting back into drinking mugs of hot tea or hot chocolate and I've been making some of my favourite cosy meals like vegetarian toad in the hole with extra veg too. 

What are your Autumn lifestyle favourites? 

Outfit Details 

- Jumper
 - Skirt -

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Products For Baby Soft Skin

My skin has gone through a lot recently especially with the change of weather and season. I'm always on the quest to for baby soft skin and I've found a handful of products that help me achieve this. Just on a side note, I don't like to use more than one acid product a day and if something is particularly strong then I like to skip a day or two to let me skin recover. 

Two masks that always leave my complexion feeling a lot cleaner, brighter and softer are the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial and Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Clay Mask*. The latter is great at detoxifying the skin, whilst the DE offering is amazing at giving the skin an at-home facial. They both rid the skin of dry patches and if applied at night during a pamper routine, the next morning my skin looks even better. 

I've spoken about the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow* is a previous post, but it's not classed as a mask more on the side of a serum. It has a similar effect to the masks I spoke about above, but it works overnight instead which means you don't have to think about when to wash it off. It only takes one application to make my complexion look more radiant and it ensures that my foundation goes on smoothly. 

In terms of moisturiser the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré* is great at giving a healthy dose of hydration in one go, however it is a lot thicker than my favourite moisturiser of the Summer which was the Caudalie Vinosource Sorbet* which I'm currently finishing up at the moment. They're both great at making my skin look more nourished and feeling softer. If I feel like I need any extra layer especially if I've been using acids, I go in with the Fresh Peony Serum* before any moisturisers to make that my skin is prepped and looking great. 

What are your favourite products for baby soft skin? 

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Friday, 12 October 2018

Is This Mascara Worth The Hype?

Nars Climax Mascara Review
Every time I get a new mascara, it's like a tradition to talk about it on the blog. I finished my Benefit BadGal Bang* a while back now, so I was using up everything I had left in my collection in the mean time. As a beauty blogger, I love trying out new products and therefore I knew that I wanted to try something different this time around despite loving the Benefit offering. I've been seeing the Nars Climax Mascara* everywhere recently and I wanted to put it to the test to see whether it lived up to it's hype. 

If I'm honest, I wasn't expecting to like this mascara because for some reason I thought it would lengthen rather than add volume which is something I like now and again, but ultimately I want a mascara that offers a bit of both. Luckily, this does exactly that and it's exceeded my expectations. I was expecting something that would flake and a last a few hours, but instead I got a long lasting mascara that doesn't smear or smudge. It's been through the exercise test and come out with 10/10 marks and let me tell you I'm very fussy about mascaras which is why I tend to use the same one until I find a new one I love. 

Despite loving the formula, the wand was something I had to get used to as I'm not used to something as fluffy as this and therefore the bottom lashes were a bit of a task to coat. I'm still getting my head around the fuller brush, but i've got a lot better at controlling it and it definitely makes applying it super fast! 

Have you tried the Nars Climax Mascara?

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

A Concealer Collection

After seeing Simone share her top concealers on her Instagram a few weeks back, I was inspired to start pulling together a few of my favourites too. I've been trying out a couple of new additions, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my go-to concealers.

First up is a long time favourite of mine, the Bourjois Radiance Reveal which is a budget pick perfect for those looking to brighten the under eye up and covering any blemishes without looking cakey on the skin. The lightest shade is the one I use and although it isn't as light as I'd go if the concealer was of a higher, fuller coverage, it works as I tend to use this for a natural makeup look or when I just want to cover redness with no foundation. 

A concealer that works in a similar way is the Glossier Stretch offering which is one of my all time favourites despite being unlike anything in my collection. I tend to use this when I've got little makeup product on and I simply dab this on with a beauty blender over any blemishes that need concealing. It's a hard one to describe the texture and finish off as it offers a good amount of coverage, nothing too heavy nor light, but it never sets on the skin which wouldn't make it a very good pick for those oily days. It's a really no-makeup makeup product as it looks like you're barely wearing anything on the skin, but it's not my favourite when wearing a foundation as it doesn't do much in comparison. 

A new addition to my collection is the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer* which really reminds me of the Glossier one, but this one does set down on the skin. I was expecting the lighter shades to lean more towards the pinkier sides as most Nars base products do, but this one is fairly neutral. I use the Chantilly which upon deliberation, I should have gone a shade darker as I find this  a little too light, but I'm sure it'll work better once the weather gets even colder and I start to lose my tan. I prefer to use this on blemishes or across redness on my face and if I use a Beauty Blender it has to be quite damp to make sure it blends flawlessly into my complexion. Under the eyes, I'm not so much of a fan  because it separates a little bit under there and can look like it gathers a little once powder is applied. It's nothing a damp beauty sponge can't fix, but it's a tad annoying. 
Back to the more affordable options and one of the concealers I've repurchased many times is the NYX HD offering which delivers a great amount of coverage, but unfortunately I feel like it does run out pretty fast. Saying this at under £6, it's a hard one to complain about as it's on the right side of high coverage and I prefer it to it's regularly high end dupe, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer*. I would say just be away that towards the end of the tube, the colour will start to oxidise a bit more, so I would say if you're in-between shades, always go down one. 

I had high hopes for the Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting Concealer* as I'm sure you're all away by now just how much I adore their foundation of the same name too and I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. I haven't tried the Tarte concealer that this is often compared to, but the doe foot applicator makes it super easy to apply under the eyes and over blemishes with just a quick sweep. Just note that I find one pump into the tube is enough to do both my under eyes, redness and blemishes I have and if you over apply to your face it can be a little hard to blend into the skin, but that's pretty normal with concealers. Their shades tend to sway more towards the yellow undertones, so just be aware of that, but I find Snow is a little on the light side for me, but it'll no doubt match better as the months go on. It really stays put, offers amazing coverage and doesn't look unnatural at all - I feel like this could be a favourite in my makeup bag for the months to come. 

Last up in this round up is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer* which I have mixed thoughts on as I love the way it looks and feels on the skin, but the packaging needs to be mentioned. I've seen a few people say they prefer it when they've ripped the sponge off the top and I'm thinking I need to do the same as it's driving me nuts. It's one of the most messy products I own, but it really shouldn't put you off what's inside as it's amazing. It's super natural on the skin and despite thinking this would be on the lighter coverage side, it's rather deceiving as it delivers perfected skin in little time. 

What are your favourite concealers? 

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

What I Got For My Birthday

I was kindly given some amazing gifts over my birthday weekend and after putting up a poll on my Instagram about whether or not to do this post, it was a resounding yes. I'm so excited and grateful for everything I recieved and I wanted to share it all with you- but of course it goes without saying that  I'm not bragging in any way- just as a quick disclaimer. 

First up is the Roberts Revival Radio which I've wanted forever and was lucky enough to get from Tom this year. We broke our old radio a couple of years back and I've missed having one ever since. Of course it being easy on the eye is what made me want to pick it up, and it's looking particularly lovely next to my bed at the moment whilst I wait to see where it fits perfectly. 

Another present I got from Tom was the Diptyque Philosykos Perfume which has a story behind it and is a scent very special to me. Back in February when we got engaged, I spent the day going back to Space NK as I was unsure whether I should get this fragrance, so when Tom popped the question it was what I could smell the most. I'm so happy to have it in my collection and I can already see this fig scented offering being a repurchase of mine. 

Next is a pair of earrings that I'm not sure how Tom could know I wanted as I've been eyeing up this specific pair for ages now. The Missoma Molton Mini Gold Hoops are the perfect size for my ears and as I like the stacked look, I feel like these would be perfect! 

From Hannah I was surprised by two Lush picks which I'm so excited to crumble into the bath and make delicious bubbles with. It was almost like she knew that the Sparkly Pumpkin is my favourite from the Halloween collection, quickly followed by the Bewitched Bubble Bar - thank you! 

I was kindly given a Vince Camuto Crossbody Flap Bag which is in an amazing colour that will no doubt spice up my wardrobe this A/W season. This looks great in contrast with my new Kurt Geiger Mini Purse which is a bright red shade. 

Lastly I also received a few ASOS gift cards which will no doubt be used to fill my wardrobe up with lots of new Autumn pieces. I've got my eye on a pair of Boots, a cosy jumper and maybe a new pair of PJ's too. 

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Monday, 8 October 2018

Twenty Two

Yesterday I turned 22 and today I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few of the things I've learnt over the last 12 months too, over the last twenty plus years as well as sharing what I got up to on the big day too. 

Back in February I got engaged in Brighton and honestly it still feels like it was yesterday. We haven't made a huge dent in our wedding planning, but we both knew we wanted to take our time and get it right because of course we're only going to be do it once! 

I really learnt a lot about friendship this year because I pushed myself to make more friends with people I felt like I'd get along with just like my New Year goals. This time last year I would have been quite standoffish about the prospect of making new friends as I always felt like nobody would like me, but here we are and honestly it's so much better than I thought. It was a task to push myself and there's been some hiccups along the way, but it's definitely inspired me to make more friends next year too. 

As for my career, I sometimes forget I'm running multiple businesses and this all got a bit more real in my 21st year. I'm so proud of how far I've come in the last twelve months, I've really tackled the work/life balance that I've always struggled with, but I'm doing better than ever nevertheless - I hope that continues (crosses fingers!). 

We've been to so many places over the past 12 months on holiday and it was lovely to explore more of the UK too. We did a lot of our bucket list which felt very productive and made the Summer feel like it went on forever. 

What have I been up to then? Well on Thursday I went out with a friend for a surprise and it ended up being to a comedy night with cocktails and food too! It was super funny and I couldn't believe a friend treated me like that for an evening! On Friday, Tom and I spent the day together going to a pumpkin patch, out for dinner and to a jazz and gin festival. It was a lovely day and it was so nice to spend some quality time with Tom and he well and truly treated me. On Saturday, I extended my birthday even more and went 'out out' with friends for lots of drinks and giggles too. It's back to normal today, but it's made me want to relive it all again. 

Links to my outfit

What have you been up to recently? 

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Friday, 5 October 2018

Birthday Makeup

It's my birthday! I turn 22 today and I wanted to share with you my birthday makeup routine as I feel like it's tradition to now. I'm so happy that I can wear makeup again as towards the start of the week I couldn't due to an eye infection. Obviously my birthday is on a Friday this year, which gives me a perfect excuse to go all out and I wanted to share with you just what I'm putting on my face. 

First up is my base of choice, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation* which creates a medium coverage, flawless finish. I want to make sure my skin is prepped right before my base application, so I slather on a healthy amount of the Fresh Peony Brightening Serum* to boost my lacklustre complexion. I've been trying out new concealers which you'll see on the blog very soon, but one of them is the Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting Concealer which has been on my wishlist for some time now. It's high coverage, but doesn't look cakey on the skin, in fact it just brightens up the area, getting rid of any discolouration I have. 

Next up is what I'm wearing on my cheeks and it was a hard to pick just one. I went with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher* as it's super soft on the cheeks meaning I can go heavier on the eyes. I then warm the face up with the Nars Laguna* which I apply to the cheekbones and dust over temples for a slight contoured look. To finish, I sweep the Pixi Highlighting Duo* over my cheeks and anywhere I want to glow for a radiant base. 

For my eyes, I'm going to go with the Hourglass Scattered Eyes Blaze Eyeshadow* which is so easy to create a smoky eye with. I simply run a highlighter through the inner corner, my choice being the Nars Rigel Eyeshadow and then a bronze shade from the Charlotte Tilbury The Vintage Vamp* to add depth. To line the eyes, rather than using a black eyeliner, I will use the Nudestix Rock n Roller Ink* as I think the golden hue will help to add even more sparkle to the look. I finish up with a quick slick of mascara and a pair of my usual Eylure Fleur De Force Lashes

Although I'm naturally attracted to a red lip for a special occasion, in the evening I'm going to opt for a neutral pink as I can easily apply it if I need to. The Nars Anita Audacious Lipstick* is just perfect as it makes my lips look fuller, whilst sitting comfortably too.

What do you think of my birthday makeup? 

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Makeup Tones For Autumn

It's officially Autumn and my favourite season has started. The colder weather and ever changing hues are inspiring my current makeup bag and I've decided to switch out some of my favourite shades in favour of berry, neutral and warm tones. I want to give you the low down of my current go-to's and top picks going into Autumn. 

Berries + Reds | When I think of a berry lipstick, my mind always wanders to Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry, but it's actually NYX Soft Matte Copenhagen that is my favourite. Darker shades tend to be a little temperamental on me as they tend to fade oddly, sit uncomfortably and crack, but not the NYX offering. It's long lasting, has an opaque hue and is one I'll continue to repurchase. 

A new addition to my makeup bag is the Hourglass Scattered Eyes Blaze Eyeshadow* which is a powder formula that can be applied with your fingers for a soft wash of colour or packed on with a brush for a more intense look. It's just the most gorgeous shade and can be worked into a smokey eye or used on it's own for an easy one sweep wonder look. 

For a red lipstick, I actually go with the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Queen* as it's a darker red that compliments my skin tone perfectly and goes with a natural makeup look when I'm off out somewhere special or I simply want to spruce up a plain outfit. 

Neutrals + Nudes | The Nudestix Intense Matte Purity Lip Pencil* is honestly one of the best nude lip products I've tried. It's so easy to make my lips look fuller and more plump, but the nude shade is still fitting with this season. 

Secondly, is the Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Blusher* which I always bring out at this time of the year. Despite it being on the berry side, it's still very much neutral and can be worn with a variety of makeup looks without running the risk of the shades clashing. 

Pop of Colour | Although I would consider Nars Orgasm* to be very fitting for the Spring months at first glance, I've been loving it on a natural looking base as it adds a pop of colour. It's a pink hue that sits more on the natural side and can be blended out as much as you'd like to look like you've just stepped out into the crisp, Autumn air. 

What are your favourite Autumn makeup shades? 

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Two From Umberto Giannini

Whilst I was in Boots the other week buying my usual hair dye, I came across the 3 for 2 offer and things happened. I've had my eye on the new Umberto Giannini products for a while now as I'm a sucker for dreamy packaging and pretty typography. Aside from the exterior, I wanted to give them a try because of their promises of smooth, hydrated locks and today I thought I'd share with you what I picked up. 

The whole smooth range appealed to me, so it was difficult just picking a couple, but I knew I had to pick up the Miracle Styling Milk as soon I saw it. It's so cute and small, but ever so mighty as it kept my hair looking smooth and frizz fee especially as I gave it it's biggest challenge one it's first use. Whenever I dye my hair, my locks tend to look a bit all over the place and super frizzy, so I popped a bit of this on my towel dryer hair through the ends and delicately through the front and let dry. It not only makes my hair look great, it makes it smell great too! 

Hair masks are having their moment in my haircare routine at the moment, but I'm trying to stick to one at a time. As I recently used up the Coco and Eve* offering, I wanted to try a budget pick before indulging in the Kristin Ess Moisture Mask. The 60 Second Smooth is a pre-shampoo treatment that promises to deliver stronger, revitalised hair. For the money, it's very lovely to use and makes my locks feel cleaner and softer too. I've now got a wishlist full of their products to try! 

Have you tried any Umberto Giannini products? 

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Monday, 1 October 2018

5 Things I've Added To My October To-Do List

Cosy knits, conker collecting and fresh Autumn air are just a few delights that October brings. It's my favourite month not only because of this or pumpkin picking, but because it's my birthday month too making it an extra chance to celebrate. 

Check Out The Christmas Collections | As my birthday is in the first week of October, I don't usually get the chance to check out any of the upcoming Christmas collections until well after, but it seems that all of them have come early this year! Despite the price going up, I still want to pick one or two things from the Lush range and the Zoella Cosmos range is giving me all the bonfire night vibes! 

Have The Ultimate Cosy Night In | Despite loving the time off I had at the end of September, it's definitely been jam packed full of mountain bike riding and late nights and therefore I've actually got a bit run down from it all. I want to have a cosy night in binge watching my favourite TV programmes (Halloween specials!), having a long soak in a steaming hot, bubbly bath and lots of snacks. 

Carry On Taking Fashion Photos | I've been really enjoying taking fashion photographs recently and the new season has definitely inspired me to switch up my outfits and get snapping too. I've got lots planned and I can't wait to show them all to you very soon. 

Pumpkin Picking and Carving | I'm hoping that on my birthday or at least the weekend, I can go to my local pumpkin field and pick out a few pumpkins whilst I am there. I want to experiment with recipes for the Autumn season and of course I want to carve them around the 31st too! 

Pick Up Some New Pieces | I'm in dire need of some new pyjamas and these Chelsea Peers Moon and Star Set are just what I'm looking for - plus the matching dressing gown is dreamy too. Aside from nightwear, I've got my eye on a new pair of boots that aren't black like the rest of my collection. I'm thinking a seasonal brown, a striking red or a leopard print pair. 

What's on your October to-do list? 

- Jumper

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Friday, 28 September 2018

Nudestix Brand First Impressions

After seeing Nudestix featured on a variety of US blogs, I wanted to try the brand out for myself. I haven't seen it mentioned over here, but as they're becoming readily available in the UK, I thought now was the perfect time to share my first impressions on the pieces I was very kindly sent recently. 

The majority of products I own are all lip pencils, but they come in different finishes and formulas depending on your taste. The Magnetic Matte Lip Pencils* which I tried in this Creator's Palette* are super long lasting (as in the swatches on my arm don't disappear for 48 hours!), but unfortunately there were only a couple of shades in the set that I would get anywhere out of. Saying this, Sonoran and Freckle are super gorgeous and with such great longevity I can see myself getting a lot of where out of these two! 

Moving onto another lip pencil that has already made its way into a permanent spot in my makeup bag. It's the Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil* in the shade Purity which is a pinky nude. I prefer to wear this on my lips as it makes them look fuller and more defined. It honestly wears so well being long lasting without drying my lips out. It's the number one product out of everything that I've tried from Nudestix that I feel like would appeal to a lot of people. 

The other product I'd definitely recommend is the Rock N' Roller Easy Eyeliner* which shock... I didn't get in the black shade. The hue golden rose looks absolutely dreamy ran across the lash line and despite it being something I wouldn't usually go for, it really spruces up a makeup look. The longevity has to be mentioned too as it's another one which stayed put on my hand when swatches and it doesn't disappoint on the lid either. The roller contraception intrigued me and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting to like it at all, but there's something about it that dispenses just the right amount of product and makes it super easy to create a thin line. You can bet I've added the black one to my wishlist now! 

Last is the Gel Colour Lip + Cheek Pencil* which I feel like would have been a great one to use during the Summer months when I usually want a glossier look. I've got the shade Luxe and upon trying it, I just don't think it's for me. If you're someone who wants a barely there, dash of colour to your cheeks then I'm sure you'd love to give this a whirl, but for me, at the moment I'm all into powders on the cheeks and on the lips, the shade just isn't my cup of tea. 

Aside from these products, I wanted to give a quick mention to some of their other products I've got my eye on like the Nudies All Over Face Contour and their Glow Version too. I know I've just said I'm currently not into cream products, but these look too pretty to miss out on and I have a feeling the cream to powder formula will work just nicely. 

Have you tried anything from Nudestix before? 

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

A New Season To-Do List

Autumn is here! I can't tell you how happy I am, as my favourite season has arrived and I feel like it's my month's that I really thrive. I've got both my own and Tom's birthday's coming up followed by Halloween, Bonfire Night and the lead up to Christmas. I wanted to share with you a few of my goals for the next few months and a to-do list too. 

Go To A Pumpkin Field | I've been going on about going to a pumpkin field pretty much as soon as I left one last year. It was one of my favourite days out, so I will definitely be heading back this year too. It made me feel so cosy picking out our pumpkins to carve and eat! 

Find A Cosy Pair of PJ's | I put myself on a pyjama ban and I haven't bought any new ones in well over a year, so I'm due an upgrade. The ASOS Moon In Space Set are high up on my list as they'd be perfectly cosy for the upcoming cold weather. Saying this, the Velvet Set is my guilty pleasure because I think I'd actually live in them! 

Enjoy My Birthday | I'm an Autumn baby - you wouldn't have guessed would you? One of my main goals for this season is to enjoy every minute of my birthday, see friends and have a good time. I still haven't got anything planned, but with Tom's birthday two weeks later it's going to be a great October. 

Pick Up Some Autumn Releases | Lush's Halloween AND Christmas range has been released just in time for my birthday and let me tell you I'm going to be treating myself. On top of my excitement for their yearly release, I have my eye on some of the other Christmas sets including the Beauty Bakerie Flour Powder Kit and I'm still pondering over the Hourglass Holiday Palette

Bake Pumpkin Treats | One top of pumpkin treats, I've got a few apple recipes I want to try too. I want to turn my hand to possibly making pumpkin gnocchi or a take on this roasted pumpkin recipe I found. I feel like the colder weather is the perfect time to bake something to eat whilst you're binge watching Netflix or to warm yourself up after an afternoon outside exploring the local woods. 

Outfit Details
- Boohoo Leopard Print Midi Skirt -

What's on your new season to-do list? 

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Drunk Elephant Agent Ellie Kit

 Hands up if you're excited about Drunk Elephant coming to the UK! I've already tried out 90% of their range now and I've got a wishlist as long as my arm for when I can purchase some more full sized versions. I was lucky to get sent the new Agent Ellie Kit* which includes a full sized product and four minis to have a value of $138 when it costs a fraction of the price at $88 - great if you're looking to try out a few of their products and you're looking to treat yourself too. 

First up is the only product from this kit I haven't tried and that's the Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defence which is the sister of the Umbra Sheer which I was using throughout Summer. I've tried it a couple of times on my skin and it works in a similar way just with a slight tint to it which I could imagine would be great during the warmer months when you want something to even out your skin tone without it being heavy. 

The B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is probably the one product I'm most excited about trying the full version of as I've got a few miniatures now, but I know they're going to run out at some point. It can be mixed in with a moisturiser, oil, SPF or even a foundation to boost it's hydrating properties or thin the formula out. It's a great all rounder and I feel like it'll be popular amongst dry skin types. 

We've now got his 'n' hers Protini Polypeptide Creams and although I think I'd be swayed more towards buying a big size of their Lala Retro Cream it's a lovely moisturiser nevertheless. Their end goal is similar, but the formulas and textures are very different. Protini is nourishing, whilst promising the improve the look of my skin's texture and firmness. 

Next up is the Shaba Complex Eye Serum which is a lightweight offering which delivers hydration and smoothness. The mini version is a healthy amount to give it a good try and I'd actually say I wouldn't buy the full sized because of this because you only need a tiny amount each time. 

Lastly is the C-Firma Day Serum which is the full sized product in this kit which brightens the complexion amazingly quickly. When I first tried this my skin took some time to get used to it as I wasn't used to many acids back then and it made my complexion sensitive, but given time and patience, you can build up your tolerance to it. My number one tip and something I didn't do with my miniatures was to pop this in the fridge to protect it's potency, so I've learnt from my mistakes and have been using it cold to refresh my skin in the morning. I'll report back! 

Drunk Elephant is coming to the UK early October to Cult Beauty and Space NK. You can sign up to shop the range first here and here

Have you tried any Drunk Elephant products? 

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