Sunday, 9 December 2018

A Golden Glow Makeup Look

The festive season makes me want to wear all the glitter, gold and shimmer. There's something about having a simple glimmering eye look, a dewy base and a matte red lip that gets me into the Christmas spirit. Today I wanted to share with you my favourite gold and glow top picks, some of these products will definitely make it into my festive party makeup look which will be up on my blog very soon too! 

For my base, I like to go with a brightening primer so that even if I'm wearing a heavier coverage foundation, I can still get a glowy look. The Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow* is my go-to at the moment, so it won't be surprising to see this in this round up. Another favourite I'm sure you're not going to be shocked at me featuring is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Unlocked Palette either as it's great at perking up the skin with the face powder, adding warmth my the bronzer and then a subtle, yet gorgeous glow with the highlighter. If you're looking for a budget option for the powder at least the Bourjois Java Rice Powder is great at adding a lit-from-within radiance to the skin and doesn't break the bank either. 

On the eyes, there's actually quite a few products I love and I especially like anything with glitter with. The Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadows* are great if you're looking to spruce up your smokey eye over Christmas and if they don't tickle your fancy, then the Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights* will as they have a great array of shades to choose from. For a more subtle look, I love the Charlotte Tilbury Jean Eyes To Mesmerise* which gives a dreamy champagne wash of colour and if I want something a little bit more on rose gold side, I love the MAC Tan Pigment

Adding glow to my cheeks is my favourite thing, but I've got so many to choose from it does become hard to just pick one. The Laura Mercier Face Illuminator is absolutely gorgeous and isn't too in your face when used with a light hand. If you're looking for something for intense then I'd definitely recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy* offering as it's one of my favourite releases of 2018. 

I've recently taken out my Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand again as the liquid formula works well to brighten up my whole complexion - it'll probably be my go to over the season! 

What are your favourite golden glow products? 

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

How I Get A Million Monthly Viewers On Pinterest

How I Get A Million Monthly Viewers On Pinterest
When I think about what makes up my blogging routine, Pinterest tends to get overlooked, discharged as the social media platform that's pretty to look at, but probably won't offer much in terms of blog views. After seeing blog posts from the likes of Makeup Savvy and Thirteen Thoughts, I've picked up a fair few tips and tricks over the years, changing them to suit my needs along the way too. 

Posting Twice A Day | So, my number one tip if you're looking to grow your platform is to post regularly, but not all in one go. I like to scroll through Pinterest in the morning and evening for 5-10minutes, pinning at least 10 images each time that tickle my fancy. I've found that above anything that has kept my impressions and followers ticking along nicely.  I'm not really one for scheduling my pins as I like to be in the moment, pinning photographs that appeal to me there and then, but it's definitely something to check out if you prefer to be organised.  

Don't Fret About Followers | Although in the past month I've gained a fair few followers, I'm still in the mid 3000's which isn't a lot in comparison to the amount of impressions and views I get over the month. I think it's easy to start fretting over the numbers, but I like to concentrate on average monthly engaged and activity to my blog too. These analytics can all be found if you switch over to a business account on Pinterest and it's great to check out if what you're doing is working. 

Join Sharing Boards | I joined quite a few sharing boards over the years, but it's only been recently that they've really contributed to how well each of my own photographs does. I simply share my images straight from my blog which a widget that enables you to pin my images when you hover over them (give it a try with the above image now!). This means that everybody in those sharing boards will be more likely to see it and if they like it enough they're re-pin it and share it with their followers too. 

Share Your Own Photographs | As I previously mentioned, I share my own images straight from my blog, but I also do this for any Instagram images I've only uploaded to their too. On the top right hand side of Pinterest, there's a section where you can paste a link and a select images from it to save to a variety of boards. I have a board dedicated to all of my photographs so they're kept in all place. 

One tip I've picked up is to go back to your old photographs too and re-share them every couple of months. People may not have seen it the first time around and it'll mean that you can direct people back to posts they may have forgotten about. 

Seasonal Boards | I used to be quite hesitant of making new boards around different subjects, but it keeps all your pins organised and appeals more too. I have everything from Winter to Christmas, Sweet food to savoury saved on mine and not only do I feel like it offers more in terms of what Pinterest actually has to offer, but it made it easier for people to find my pins too. 

What are your top Pinterest tips? 

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Why I'll Never Have A Best Friend

Earlier this year I started up my friendship series, sharing the highs and lows of my mission to make friends in 2018. I've wanted to add to it for a while and this title had been floating around my head for a while. Why I'll Never Have a Best Friend. 

For me, 'best friend' always sounds like such a juvenile thing to say, but I think that's because I always relate it to having that one friend you'd go to and eye up from across the room when you're interested to partner up in class. When I was younger I never had that, even back then, I just used to float and when I got into my late teens, it was the same. As an adult I quickly realised that the term 'best friend' can relate to a variety of different things including who's going to be your maid of honour at your wedding, even a bridesmaid and the person you go to when you need a gossip or just a chat. I don't have that.

If I'm honest my best friend is Tom, but that's a different kind of friendship to the one I've longed for. I can't say that I wouldn't love to have somebody who I could call my BFF4LYF, but as I'm now in my early twenties there isn't many scenarios in which I can meet somebody and have that connection with. I haven't got any friends from school I'm still in contact with, those who I am friends with already have their own established relationships and honestly sometimes I have a little panic that I never will. 

There's reasons why I struggle to maintain friends and if I'm honest it's probably because I have my expectations too high. I love the idea of clothes shopping, going for lunches and doing all the times that you see in those teen flicks we all know and love, but that stuff just doesn't happen - something I've really learnt over the last 12 months. People aren't always going to be your cup of tea and unlike in school when you had no other option but to see them for 8 hours a day, most of the time you can step away and I don't necessarily think that's always a good thing. I'll be the first to put my hands up and say I've given up on a friendship too quickly in the past because of one tiny thing that irked me, but I think it's all a learning curve to find out the perfect balance for you. 

This post seems to be made up of just lots of rambles, but I want it to be a comfort to anybody who struggles to make friends especially to those who really want to. Although I worry often that I'm never going to be able to make up a hen party big enough or have that friend I can talk to on the phone for hours, I'm pretty happy with the friendships I have and where they're going. Time will tell! 

Have you ever struggled to make friends? Can you relate to this post?

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Festive Party Prep

Festive Party Prep
Christmas party season is upon us and I don't know about you, but my legs that haven't seen the sun for a few months and my chipped nails need a little extra TLC to get ready. There's something about prepping, polishing and preening the body for a party that just gets me very excited and makes me want to slip on my dress ASAP. 

First up is the body scrubs and I tend to reach for an array of them at this time of the year to get rid of all the dry patches my body has accumulated being wrapped up in several layers. The SBC Cinnamon and Chai Body Polish* is very fitting for the festive season as it smells incredible and the Herbivore Coco Rose Scrub feels extremely luxurious too with it's rose scent and nourishing formula. 

After scrubbing my body from head to toe, I like to go in with a fake tan and my go-to at the moment is the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam* which I opened early (oops!) from the Latest in Beauty Advent Calendar*. Another addition to my routine is the Maui Shea Butter Hair Mask* which is a rich, luxe mask that makes my locks feel more hydrated and look smoother post-styling. 

I tend to also go for a shower oil when shaving as I get a closer shave whilst hydrating my pins too. The L'Occitane Almond Oil is a long time favourite of mine as it smells delicious (all of their products are beautiful to look at too!), but the Sol De Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Shower Cream-Gel is a new addition to my shower routine and one that I can't get enough of. It smells absolutely amazing and lingers on the body for hours, perfect if you're going in with their famous Bum Bum Cream afterwards (very recommend!). I got both of these in a miniature set, but will be investing in the full sized versions when I can. 

Another dreamy scented product is the Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Body Cream which to me reminds me of Christmas every time I use it. It's a regular in my body care routine and one that smells good enough to eat - I'd definitely recommend doubling up with the Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Honey Bath if you're feeling like adding even more luxe! 

What products do you use when you're prepping for a party? 

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Monday, 3 December 2018

2018 Top Beauty Releases

2018 Top Beauty Releases
There's been so many amazing brand and product releases over 2018 that I wanted to dedicate a whole blog post to my top picks and reminisce about all of the products I've used over the past eleven months. I originally was just going to write about all my favourites in one go, but I then decided that I would force my indecisive self to pick one ultimate favourite from each category - wish me luck! Grab yourself a cup of tea and some snacks because you're in for the long haul. 

Face Primer  We're off to a great start as this was a super easy category to choose as there was only one notable primer release this year and that was the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter* which was released back in February. This glow inducing products tackles my lacklustre complexion and smooths too. 

Concealer  I had to skip the foundation category as there wasn't a 2018 foundation that I actually tried as I just kept to my old favourites or tried out offerings from years before. For concealers however there were plenty to choose from. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away*, Nars Soft Matte Concealer and the Huda Beauty Overachiever* were all in the running as I use these a lot, however it was the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer that came out on top as it's such a great all rounder that covers redness and any blemishes I have with just a sweep of the doe foot applicator. 

Powder  The Huda Beauty Easy Bake Powder* is hands down my favourite powder release of 2018 and it's been one I found in the Autumn of this year. It's great at brightening the undereye if you've got a colour slightly lighter than your skin tone and it mattifies the skin without looking too cakey. 

Bronzer, Blusher + Highlighter  There we no new bronzers for me this year, but the Benefit Gold Rush Blusher* was a gorgeous coral addition to my routine especially during the Spring months. For highlighter, it's the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy* pick that was released back in February that I continue to love and I'm very happy they chose to keep it on. 
2018 Top Beauty Releases
Face Palette  Although the winner of this category is one of the newest additions to my makeup collection, it's one that is noteworthy. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Unlocked Palette is so dreamy and offers a lot to your makeup bag too. Of course the Pixi Pretties* have to get a mention too as they were a Spring favourite of mine. 

Eyeshadow Palette  Honestly this is the hardest category as 2018 you done me proud with your eyeshadow releases. The Urban Decay Cherry Palette* has been create for creating warm toned smokey eye looks, but the ABH Soft Glam* just gets it for how much use I've got out of it in the last eight months. 

Eyeliner + Mascara  A surprise favourite of mine this year was the Pixi Lash Line Eyeliner* from the Weylie Hoang Duo* which got me through the warmer months with zero panda eyes. Between Urban Decay, Nars and Benefit, the mascaras in the running for my top pick were of the highest quality and honestly they're all ones that you should check out. Of course I had to stick to my word and pick one so I went for the latter, the BadGal Bang*, a mascara I wrote about for Debenhams back in February that I've recommended to so many people since as it's so amazing for creating long lasting, volumised lashes. 

Lipstick  I had to go with the release that stuck in my mind for this one and it's the Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service Trio*. These three lipsticks are made up of a vivid pink, a classic red and a nourishing nude. It's the latter, The Duchess, that I'd probably pick as my favourite as it is one that I've loved wearing on a day to day basis. 
2018 Top Beauty Releases
Cleanser  Although not a new release per se, Kate Somerville, Glow Recipe and Drunk Elephant were three new brands to the UK now readily available. The KS ExfoliKate Cleanser* is great for making my skin for super clean and soft too. 

Moisturiser  I've been using lots of moisturisers this year, but there isn't many that were actually released in 2018, so I opted for the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro* which as I said was new to the UK this year. It's thick, it's luxe and it does an amazing job at nourishing the skin super quickly. 

Face Mask  Last up is the face mask category and I've gone with the Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask* which smells good enough to eat and was great throughout the year for creating a plump, healthy looking complexion. 

Here are some other notable releases of 2018: 

What were your favourite releases of 2018?

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

What's On My Christmas Wishlist

What's On My Christmas Wishlist
I always feel funny doing Christmas wishlist posts as I never expect to get anything on it and it's more of "dream wishlist/what wish I could treat myself to" list really. I wasn't planning on doing one this year, but I just had to after spotting some amazing pieces around at the moment that I couldn't wait to share it with you too. 

A candle always sneaks it way onto my Christmas wishlist and this time it's the Hopscotch Fig and Melon that's my favourite. I'm being coveting this since before the Summer when I sniffed it in a local shop and honestly I can't believe I don't own it yet. Another yearly favourite of mine is a Rifle Paper Co calendar and planner, this is my favourite 2019 Diary I've seen as it's just so adorable and I think I'll pick up this unique Lemon offering.  

For the home, I love receiving diffusers and the Oliver Bonas Freesia and Violet pick not only sounds like it'll smell divine, but it looks like it'll match my interior too! Perfect as it means I can top it up once finished too. 

Of course a designer handbag is a huge investment, but it doesn't stop me looking and dreaming every Christmas (lottery win anybody?!). The YSL Sulpice Matelassé Monogram Bag is the newest addition to my wishlist - just look at it! The Gucci GG Marmont Mini Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag has been on my wishlist for years now and it's my dream to own one someday. 

Missoma is one of my favourite jewellery brands and I love receiving anything from them around the festive period. I've got the Celestial Earrings on my wishlist at the moment as they're just too gorgeous and would go with so many outfits, but of course all of their necklaces are stunning too, the Gold Roman Arc Coin offering is something I'd love to own one day. The Astrid and Miyu Mystic Ear Cuff is so pretty too, in fact all of their earrings especially the huggies are worth checking out. 

What's on your Christmas list this year? 

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Saturday, 1 December 2018

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

I only realised yesterday that I never turned over the page in my calendar to November, so  that's how this month has been. Super quick, very busy and over in a flash! I want December to go by much slower, so that I can enjoy everything I love about the festive season. The twinkling lights, hot mulled wine and getting together a little more often. Here are five things I've added to my December to-do list. 

Put Up Our Tree | Over this weekend I want to find time to put our tree up. I never like to leave it too late as I like to make the most of it and I can't wait to get decorating. We're looking at picking up our annual Christmas decoration - I'm thinking a ring as a celebration of us getting engaged this year. 

Plan our January Getaway | We've just booked to go away to Prague in January and I'm so excited. I love getting to do city breaks and although it's tempting to book another one (I'm thinking Wroclaw or Riga next), I want to make the most of this trip first. I've turned to Pinterest to pin some gorgeous images of Prague and make a list of the places we want to go whilst we're there. 

Make The Most of The Festivities | Although I sometimes find December a tad overwhelming with Christmas around the corner, several birthdays and parties to go to. I want to make the most of it this year by saying yes to a lot (without getting too overwhelmed) and explore what's going on locally too. I missed going to a firework display this year, so I'm even more determined to go and do ice skating, Christmas drinks and our trip to London later the month too. 

Enjoy Our Weekend Away in London | We go away for the a couple of days to London just before Christmas and it was a way for us to feel festive. Every year I tend to prioritise other things right until the last minute of the festive season so this year I wanted to make sure I had time put aside to stay away for the night, visit the Christmas markets and eat all the food (and mulled wine!). 

Start My Christmas Shopping | I've actually got ideas for everybody this year and I'm taking the more relaxed approached to my Christmas shopping as I tend to get quite stressed out, so it takes the joy out the whole experience. I haven't started as early, but I'm hoping to do it over a space of a couple of days so it's all done and dusted before the big day. 

What's on your December to-do list? 

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette
This is the second year that I've treated myself to one of the Hourglass holiday palettes and although I was initially torn between the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Volume 4 and the Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette, I ended up opting for the latter. There is a few reasons why and that's because as a fan of Hourglass, I actually already own a few of the shades in the former palette already and therefore it made sense to go for one with completely new hues in. 

I've got to mention to packaging first of all because once again Hourglass have hit in the nail on the head. The gold casing looks perfect in my collection and although it's obviously a bigger compact than just a face powder as it has six different products inside it, it does save space in my makeup bag too. 

I was worried that the shades would be too dark for me after seeing lots of swatches online, but as it's Hourglass, the finely filled powders can be built up or blended out to get your desired effect super easy. This palette has your whole face covered from finishing powders, bronzer, blushers and a highlighter too. The finishing powder comes in both a Soft Light and Filtered Light shade, the former being more suited to my skin tone as it's much lighter and creates a subtle glow to the complexion. The darker shade is just a little bit too dark to work as a setting powder for me personally at this time of the year as I like something with a brightening effect, but I can see myself making this work in the warmer months. 
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Review
Not that this is particularly logical, but one of the reasons I was tempted by the palette was because of the bronze shade. Hourglass powder formulas are so dreamy to work with and I've had such a great result from using them in the past that I had my eye on this from the get go. Although it looks very dark in the pan when used on the cheeks in gives a natural warmth to the skin and although there's quite a lot of shimmer in it, I actually quite like it for once as it makes my complexion look a little healthier especially at this time of the year. 

The two blushers were the stand out products for me initially as they're so gorgeous to just look at! Nude Glow, a peachy, golden shade which would work to give the face a glow if you're on the go. My favourite has to be Mood Flush which is more on the matte side which is a nice contrast to the other powders in this palette and the rosy pink hue is great for everyday wear. 
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette
The highlighter, a champagne hue is fairly deceptive as I thought it would be a little more on the "very subtle, nothing to write home about" shade, but I was wrong. In the inner corners this really brightens up the whole area and when used on the tops of the cheekbones it gives a dreamy sheen. 

Of course the pan sizes aren't great in terms of actually getting a brush into them, but I only tend to have a problem if I'm using a very, very fluffy brush otherwise I hardly notice. If you're worrying about using these up to quickly, I can assure you that you won't as you barely make a dent in them (I have a blusher I've used for years and it looks barely touched to this day!). 

Hourglass are of course a very luxe brand so there's the high price point to take into consideration, but if you're looking to try a few products from the brand and you're after an easy to use travel palette, then I'd definitely recommend this if you can still get your hands on it. The overall look it gives in undeniably gorgeous and can easily be transitioned from day to night. I've even had success creating an everyday eye look out of it, so I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this throughout the next couple of months and then into the next season. 

Have you tried the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette? 

Here are a few places to keep your eyes peeled if you're looking to snap up this palette as it's sold out pretty much everywhere + the other palette if you fancy treating yourself too. 
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

A Full Face Of Makeup

Full Face Of Makeup
Full Face Of Makeup
A full coverage base, a smokey eye look and a strong lip isn't something I wear on a daily basis, but I've definitely been wearing it on a more regular basis recently. I love dewy, minimal makeup, but this post today is dedicated to my favourite products for a full face of makeup. 

I start off with a primer in the former of the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow* offering to ensure that my base looks glowy and healthy for the get go. I then go in with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation* if I'm feeling like I need a heavier coverage, but with a natural finish. I particularly like applying this with my Beauty Crush Foundation Brush* to ensure my makeup looks flawless and is applied in a matter of a seconds. 

For underneath the eyes, I go for the Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer* as it brightens and covers my under eye circles whilst remaining in place all day long. For blemishes and scarring on my face, I like to use the Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting Concealer as it's lightweight, blends easily into other formulas and looks super natural too. 

To mattify the whole face, I like using the Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder* which creates a flawless face and minimises pores all in one go. I wouldn't usually say I'm one for baking my under eyes, but this has made it easy and never looks cakey either. For added warmth, I go for the Nars Laguna Bronzer* as it can be used all over and it never looks muddy on my complexion. It can also be used to sculpt the cheeks and define the forehead too. 
Full Face Of Makeup
For highlighter, I've been using the Laura Mercier Indiscrection Face Illuminator as it adds a subtle sheen to the cheeks, but it's the ABH Amrezy Highlighter* that I have to go for when opting for a full face of makeup. It's back in stock now which makes me very happy as it's honestly so dreamy - if you're doubting whether to buy it, I'd definitely recommend investing. 

I love experimenting with my eye makeup and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette* is one of my favourites alongside the Urban Decay Naked Cherry* offering. Sometimes I can't pick just the one, so I mix them both, but honestly the ABH pick is amazing for creating a variety of looks. When I'm going for a full coverage foundation, I like to go a little heavier on the eyes in the form of a smokey eye and then I finish up with the Soap and Glory Supercat Liner*. This paired with the Nars Climax Mascara creates a well put together, volumised and defined look that I'm obsessed with. If I'm feeling paritcuallty jazzy then I tend to line with the Nudestix Golden Rose Rock n Roller* as it's super long lasting and very pretty on the eye too especially if I'm going for a simple eyeshadow on the lid. 

Nothing has really changed when it comes to well defined, long lasting brows as the ABH Dip Brow* is still one of my favourites. It's super easy to use although you may need to go in with a light hand at first unless you're used to how a pomade works as you may get more than you bargained for. 

To finish the whole look off, I've been using either a classic nude or the Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren Hollywood Lips* as the red hue is very flattering on and doesn't budge for hours. It can easily be topped up and there's something about a red lipstick that never fails to make me feel sassy. 

What are your full face makeup favourites? 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

A Luxury Christmas Gift Guide

A Luxury Christmas Gift Guide
I've got to say whilst putting this gift guide together, my wishlist has grown considerably too. There's everything from bags to jewellery, from homeware to clothing, there's something for everybody whether they want to treat themselves or a loved one this festive season. I've tried to steer clear from the usual electronics as of course getting an iPhone, MacBook or new radio is always going to be an appreciated luxe gift. 

This Whistles Aria Star Embroidered Dress is absolutely gorgeous and honestly I'm tempted to treat myself for Christmas. In fact, Whistles is a great brand to check out if you're looking to treat yourself or a loved one as so many of their clothes, jewellery and bags are super dreamy. And Other Stories is another brand I've been eyeing up doing a haul from including their Embellished Tassel Bag which just screams festive to me. 

Missoma is what is at the top of my Christmas list at the moment and the Celestial Star Stud Set are just too adorable to miss - just look at them! If Missoma doesn't tickle your fancy then I'm sure Alex Monroe will, the classic Baby Bee Necklace is definitely popular for a reason. 

It's been three years since I started lusting after The White Company Cashmere Socks and I'm sure that there are lots of cold feet that would love these - a lot more luxury than your packet of socks, but would be well received. 

If you're looking to buy a beauty lover something, but maybe you're strugglignas they have everything then I'd recommend one of the Laura Mercier bath sets like the Luxe Indulgences Ambre Vanillé offering as it's great for a giving somebody the excuse to unwind and relax over the Christmas period. Equally, the Molton Brown Explore Luxury Women's Set* is just as lovely as you get an array of eight bottles to try and it comes in at £25 - so not too expensive either. 

Anthropologie is one of my favourite homeware brands and I love anything that I get from them. Their Mercury Globe Vase is too pretty and their Large World Globe would look great on my shelves too. 

What's on your Christmas wishlist this year? 

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Minimal Makeup

I've been loving a fuller coverage base at the moment which is pretty unlike me, but I've always been enjoying a dewy, more lightweight look for everyday too. I chose to talk about the latter today, sharing my makeup products and routine with you. 

The star of the show and the product that I'm going to be completely honestly with you about. Before getting in sent to me a few weeks back I'd never heard of the brand, but the Erborian BB Crème Au Ginseng* is a new favourite. The shade range is abysmal, but I've got the shade Clair which adapts to my skin tone to make it a perfect match. It's formula isn't anything like I've tried before as it's slightly thicker which I enjoy using as it's easy to blend and build up on the skin. 

When I want an extra dose of coverage, I reach for the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away* or Glossier Stretch Concealer to cover redness and blemishes without looking heavy or out of place on the skin. To set my makeup I opt for the Glossier Wowder Powder as it looks like nothing on my complexion whilst lightly mattifying and prolonging my base too. 

I've already mentioned Glossier a lot in this post, but they do embody the no-makeup, minimal look perfectly and one of my favourite products of theirs are the Cloud Paints. These cream blushers can be blended together to create customisable shades and I like using the shade Dusk to slightly contour my face and then add a pop of colour to my cheeks in the form of Haze. 

If I want to use something else then I go for the Charlotte Tilbury Seduce Me Blush Duo* which took a little while to get used to as if you're looking for an intense look then this won't be for you. The highlighter adds a slight sheen and the colour is quite subtle, but great if you're already rather flushed from the cold weather. 

For my eyes, I tend to use my usual mascara, but the Soap and Glory Archery Crayon and Gel* is what I use for simple makeup days. I find that your brows can be the telltale sign that you are wearing lots of products in them if done wrong, so this crayon adds just the right amount of colour and shape that it doesn't look unnatural when I've gone bare with my base. 

To finish, I apply some lip balm and spritz my face with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir* to add a luminous look and pull the makeup look together. 

What are your favourite minimal makeup products? 

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Beauty and Fashion Black Friday Deals

Beauty and Fashion Black Friday Deals
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I'm sure you're already sick of hearing about it, but Black Friday is nearly upon us and I wanted to share with you my favourite picks and best savings that I've found across the internet. From beauty to fashion, I think there's something for everybody. 

Cult Beauty are currently offering 15% off a £25 spend, 20% off £100 and then 25% off £250 making it great if you're looking to stock up. I treated myself to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Unlocked Palette and the Sol De Janeiro Set. If you're an Origins fan like myself then check out this Black Friday Set which is down by 44% it may be a good present to yourself or a loved one this Christmas too. 

Look Fantastic are also having a sale on with up to 50% savings including the Pixi Glow Tonic and YSL Touche Eclat + Mini Primer Set. Charlotte Tilbury are offering amazing deals on their beauty kit deals and if you're a fan of the high end brand it isn't one to miss out on as there's some steals. The Instant Look In A Palette is down from £49 to just over £29 and the Mini Hot Lips Set looks perfect for a Christmas gift too. 

If you're looking for homeware, Urban Outfitters is the place to be. The Velvet Floor Cushion, Heavy Pile Black and White Rug and Large Brass Plant Pot are three of my top picks from them, but it's worth a look nevertheless. 

ASOS have 20% off everything with code HELLO20 on their site which is where I'm probably going to be on as it means I can shop both beauty and fashion in one place - using up my left over birthday vouchers in the process too. Topshop are currently having up to 50% off everything in their sale and there's some real gems in there too. 

Everything below has either got websites with savings on or are items in the sale already: 

What are your top Black Friday picks? 

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A Christmas Stocking Fillers Gift Guide

A Christmas Stocking Fillers Gift Guide
Although I get excited about finding main Christmas presents, it's the stocking fillers that I'm always drawn to whenever I'm looking around. Of course everyone's budget is different so I've made sure that there's products from £4 up til £12 in this round up and a good mix of beauty, lifestyle and gadgets too. 

Oh socks... the ultimate stocking filler in my opinion - The cosier, the better too. I always look out for lounge socks like these ones as they tend to be affordable and a great pick for those who get cold in the Winter. If you know somebody is more of a slipper person, I'd definitely recommend checking out these New Look Pom Pom Slippers - just look how adorable they are! 

Technology accessories are always well received especially to play around with during the Christmas time especially this Clip On Selfie Light which I can imagine would be popular during NYE too. Novelty stocking fillers like Brussels sprouts chocolates are always funny, but I do like making them useful and books are a great way to do this too especially this gin recipe book which would be great for any cocktail lover.  

One of my favourite beauty stocking fillers I've seen is the L'Occitane Shea Butter Star Set* as they have quite good sample sizes inside, perfect for a Christmas pamper. If you want something similar, but you don't want to spend that much then popping in a Lush bath bomb would be a great surprise in your stocking too. 

What are your favourite stocking fillers to receive? 

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Monday, 19 November 2018

Cyber Week Fashion Deals

Cyber Week Fashion Deals
Cyber Week Fashion Deals
Cyber Week Fashion Deals
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With Black Friday coming up and Cyber Week upon us, I like to keep my eyes open for any deals and discount codes as this is the time of year that I start my Christmas shopping and if I can save in any way, then it's a plus for me! I will update you on all the Black Friday deals when it gets to the big day, but I thought I'd give you the heads up if you wanted to start saving now (as I'll probably just be treating myself). 

If you're looking to treat yourself to a new Christmas frock and jumper then Boohoo currently have up to 50% absolutely everything on their site. Not that I need any more midi skirts, but I know this Leopard Print Satin offering would appeal to many, but I may need to snap up this Snowflake Knitted Jumper as I've never owned a Christmas jumper before (can you believe it?). 

ASOS have up to 60% off in their sale at the moment. These Block Heel Red Boots are absolutely gorgeous and I'm so tempted because they'd sure brighten up my Winter wardrobe. On top of that I've kept eyeing up the Oversize Mono Boucle Coat and now it's got a bit of money off it may need to be mine, but the Red Check Duffle Coat is the other one that I may need to invest in too. 

Now, ASOS also has 20% off everything with the code (HELLO20)! Such a good deal if you've been eyeing up a few things. I've been eying up the Missguided Heritage Check Coat, ASOS Zebra Midi Dress and New Look Slogan Tee too. 

Here are my favourite ASOS picks:
Slippers are always such a popular Christmas present and the Totes Pom Pom Slippers are now down to £10 which would make the perfect stocking filler and similarly this Quiz Leopard Print Scarf would be a great present too (you get 20% the scarf at Debenhams with the code RK22). Also great for a present, the Ted Baker Card Holders are in the sale including this Cat Whisker One - it would be great for somebody's main present. 

Missguided has 20% off at the moment with the code Droppin and there's a lot on there to snap up like the Red Balloon Jumper and the Black Polka Dot Print Midi Dress which looks similar to the sold out Topshop one that everyone was after! Nasty Gal are also currently doing 50% off absolutely everything too which is such a good deal - I recommend their slogan tees especially the Two Faced Tee that I wear a lot. 

Here are a few of my other top picks from the deals I've seen so far: 

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Have you spotted any good Cyber week deals yet? 
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