Friday, 15 November 2019

Lush Christmas Collection

Lush Christmas Collection 2019
Ahh the annual Lush Christmas haul... and this year is even better than the rest! I feel like they've seriously upped their game when it comes to their festive products, but I know how overwhelming it can be to choose when you're in store, so I've narrowed down my favourites from you today. 

The Magic Wand is a re-purchase of mine and it's had a bit of a makeover this year, but don't worry it still has it's delicious sweet scent that will fill your bath up with endless bubbles. It's reusable meaning you can get a fair few baths out of it and as it's on a stick, you can do it with ease! I like that they've made it shorter and thicker this year as it means it doesn't snap off as easily when you're getting down to the end of the bubble bar.

Another product I've bought many times before is the Candy Cane, another reusable bubble bar that creates several baths. As always, I was still disappointed they hadn't change this scent to a peppermint one as I feel like that would be more fitting, but the uplifting lemon and bergamot still makes for a great bath! 

They have added a spearmint bubble bar to their range in the form of the Polar Bear Plunge, a bear shaped offering that you crumble underneath running water. Now it goes without saying that Lush has gone up in price, so when I first spotted this online for £4.95 it didn't initially go into my basket, but after seeing how big it actually is in real life, I just had to pick it up. Just having in the bag has filled the upstairs of my house with it's refreshing scent. 

The Rudolph Bath Bomb just looks like the epitome of Christmas and although it's the same scent of Snowcake, I feel like it's reminiscent of Cinders, an old Lush favourite you may recognise! It's adorable looking and very festive scented too, so I feel like this will be a popular one. 

I just knew that I had to pick up a bottle of Snow Fairy Shower Gel as I always worry they won't bring it back. This bubblegum scented pick leaves the skin feeling soft and smelling good enough to eat. It's a Christmas favourite to many for a reason, it lathers up great and I've been known to use a little to add bubbles to my bath too. 

Will you be picking up anything from the Lush Christmas range? 
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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Shop My Latest Instagram Posts

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My Autumnal Instagram is slowly coming to an end, but don't worry I've still got a lot more orange and rust tones to share before you start seeing Christmas content (who's excited?!). I post my outfits regularly over on my Instagram if you fancy taking a look, but here are a few links to the pieces I've been wearing. 

I'm well and truly obsessed with my ASOS Korey Over The Knee Boots now that Tom got me for my birthday. To begin with they were a little hard to get used to walking in as they were higher than I usually go for, but now I feel like they turn any outfit into a 10/10. 

Unfortunately a lot of what I've worn over the last two weeks over on my Instagram are items that I've had in my wardrobe for a fair few years, so no longer have direct links to then, but I still linked some great alternative below. My favourite Nasty Gal Burgundy Check Skirt is still in stock however and after wearing it to death all Autumn last year and this one too, I feel like I need to purchase a back up! 
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Sunday, 10 November 2019

10 Things To Do This Sunday

Last Sunday, I shared my cosy and relaxed day on my Instagram stories and it was a hit! I thought it was the perfect time of year to inspire you with some of my favourite activities to do on the last day of the week. 

To start the day off right, I like to make myself a delicious breakfast full of my favourites. Sometimes I'll go with soft boiled eggs and marmite soldiers and other times I like to go for the full works - rosemary mushrooms, rocket, yummy veggie sausages, sourdough toast smothered in avocado and perfectly poached eggs! 

A Sunday baking session is always welcomed with open arms and I've been loving whipping up some treats ready to eat later on in the evening. I've been making my pumpkin spice biscuits a lot recently as well as rich chocolate cupcakes or brownies. I find baking super relaxing and I think it's a Sunday morning activity that keeps you relaxed for the rest of the day. 

Although this next activity won't be for everybody, but I like to add cleaning to my Sunday to-do list. After eating, I want to make sure that my kitchen has been cleaned and then I quickly hoover and wash the floor throughout the house, hanging up clothes that need to and putting on the washing. Boring, but I always appreciate it more when the evening rolls around. 
For me, I love to get out and get some fresh air either by exercising outside or going on a leisurely stroll around the woods - sometimes both in the afternoon. The ever changing colours of the leaves, the pinecones dropping and the wild mushrooms popping up everywhere, it just makes the walk an absolute pleasure especially when wrapped up warm and armed with a camera to take lots of snaps. 

Sunday's don't always have to include a roast, but in the Autumn and Winter it's definitely a plus. I personally love to make a bunch of roast potatoes, honey parsnips, lots of greens, veggie sausages and my classic Yorkshire puddings especially if I haven't eaten much since breakfast as it fills me right up. If I don't want to cook too much, I go for the 'kid food', the type of dinner that I would have loved when I was younger - sometimes it just has to be done! I love a beige meal with my Quorn chicken nuggets, chips and sweetcorn followed by a much loved dessert. 

It's then time for my evening routine where I like to take an early bath, so I have an excuse to get into my pyjamas. I pop in a Lush bath bomb or bubble bar, light a few candles and I play my chill playlist to create the right ambience. I like to take extra time in my skincare routine, taking every piece of makeup I have on and then I put on my face mask so it gets to work when I'm soaking in bubbles. 
Afterwards I like to make sure my body is fully moisturised using the Lush Sleepy Lotion and then I put on a fresh pair of pyjamas. If I want to fake tan ready for the week ahead this is when I do so and the same goes for painting my nails. 

I sit down with whatever treats I made earlier and stick on a TV series or film. Harry Potter is always a great Autumn Sunday pick, but I've also been watching the new David Attenborough documentary and His Dark Materials which are both incredible. When I find a comfy spot with a bunch of cushions and a pile of blankets, I'm set for the evening especially if I've got a hot drink in hand as well. 

Before I go to bed, I've been trying to get back into reading as I find picking up a book helps to relax my mind before I settle down to sleep. I've seen lots of festive reads in the shops at the moment that I'm super tempted to pick up as I love a good rom-com at this time of the year. 

What are your favourite things to do on a Sunday? 
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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Sick Day Beauty Must Haves

Sick Day Beauty Must Haves
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I've been feeling rather under the weather now for over a week and therefore I have been relying on a handful of products to keep my skin moisturised and healthy despite the circumstances. I've got everything from makeup to skincare, so if you're battling an Autumn cold like I am, then this post is for you. 

I've had the Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads* in my collection for a while now after receiving it in a Latest In Beauty box. I used to use the original versions for a long time when I was a teen and the extreme version promises to help de-congest your complexion and naturally exfoliate your skin with just one wipe of the soaked pad. I was struggling with a lot of hormonal, painful breakouts around my chin area and this helped to reduce the size of them overnight! 

Despite wanting to reach for a luxurious, thick and rich moisturiser, when I'm poorly I need something that I can re-apply throughout the day and is fast absorbing so that it doesn't overwhelm my skin. The Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice* is the perfect addition as it gives my complexion a drink of hydration as well as making it feel silky smooth and soft to touch. 

Throughout the day, I've been running my Jade Roller fresh from the fridge to help ease my headaches and massage the face. It's super easy to use and unlike the other skincare tool I use in the evening, this can be used all-day everyday. 

For makeup, I like to keep it as minimal as possible and I only wear it on days when I want to perk myself up. The Bare Minerals Bare Skin Concealer* is my go-to as the serum formula sits comfortably on the skin and can be blended in with ease and topped up throughout the day. To finish everything off, I go in with my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment*, a product that I always rave about as they offer a great dose of colour in a nourishing formula. 

What's your sick day must haves? 
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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Is This Perfume Worth The £110 Price Tag?

Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Perfume
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If you were to take one look at the rows of bottles I have on display  I think it would be safe to say that I'm quite the connoisseur when it comes to perfume. I often get to try an array of scents out, so I've honed in on the type of fragrances that I reach for the most often and the notes that makes my nose tingle, so when Molton Brown kindly sent me over one of their new luxe Rosa Absolute Eau De Parfum* I was excited to see how it matches up to my other favourites. 

Rose is one of my go-to notes in a perfume, even though I don't love them all, if I spot it in it's description I can't help, but give it a sniff! This isn't an ultra sweet floral scent at all as the patchouli and musk makes it feel warm and rich. With a couple of spritz it fills the air with a dreamy scent that feels comforting when the weather outside is so crisp and chilly and when layered with jumpers, scarves and cardigan's this is the perfect pairing. 

The length that this lasts on the skin is unbelievable; meaning that if you're wearing the same coat the next day you can still detect the gentle fragrance lingering. The sleek dark bottle is absolutely gorgeous with the purple, marbled effect cap to round it all off and look great on your dressing table. The £110 price label isn't something to ignore and I'm aware that it isn't for everybody, but if you're into your luxurious fragrance or you're looking for a fancy wedding scent, then it's definitely one that I recommend giving a try. 

Have you tried any of the Molton Brown perfumes?
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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Smokey Eyes and Sparkle For Bonfire Night

Smokey Eye and Sparkle Eyeshadow
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Bonfire night is here and I'm off to see a Firework display this evening. If you don't know by now I love a event and I'm going to make the most of it by matching my makeup - going for a glowy base and smokey, sparkly eye look. Here are my top picks: 

I'm going to go for a bronze look on the eyes, so the shades Luscious, Cobbler and Caramelised from the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette* is perfect for adding a shimmer all over the lids. The Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp* definitely allows me to add definition and depth to my eyes as this quad has some gorgeous plum colours which is great fo adding some warm too. 

If you're not looking to do a full on smokey eye then I'd recommend the Nars Rigel Single Eyeshadow as this is a one sweep wonder which adds a dreamy sparkle to the lids that work great paired with a simple eyeliner and a pair of lashes. 

Talking of eyeliner, rather than just going for the classic black, the Nudestix Rock N' Roller Easy Eyeliner Ink* in Golden Rose which is just as gorgeous as it sounds. It's adds even more shimmer and a definition to the eye, great for finishing off a smokey or simple eye look. 

For the cheeks, I will be applying my Charlotte Tilbury Highlighter and Contour Wand as usual as I've been loving the way it pulls my makeup all together, but for an extra glow over the cheekbones, nose and brow bone, I'll be dusting the Laura Mercier Indiscretion Illuminator over those parts. 

What are your favourite products for a smokey eye? 
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Saturday, 2 November 2019

Evening Autumn Skincare Routine

Evening Autumn Skincare Routine
Evening Autumn Skincare Routine
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Throughout Autumn I always struggle with a dehydrated complexion and unexplained blemishes due to the change in weather. I've recently been using up lots of my skincare products and I've created myself a new skincare routine that has helped my skin stay in tip top condition this season. 

I've been using the Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack Eye Makeup Remover* in my skincare routine and it takes me back to my teen years when Soap and Glory was the go-to high street brand. This eye makeup remover is great for sensitive eyes as it removes all my mascara without tugging on my lashes and it doesn't leave my eyes stinging either. 

I then go in with my double cleanser, the first one is the form of the Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Cleanser* helps to melt away my base and any remaining eye makeup I have. Then the second one works to remove any impurities, promotes brightness and helps with smoothness too, the Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser* (which I've done a sponsored AD for on Instagram) is my go-to for doing just this. 

I go in with my toner of choice which is currently the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic* which has a relaxing chamomile scent that feels very fitting to use in the evening, but despite the strong fragrance, I don't find it irritates my skin (although it's something to note!). 

I've been using lots of nourishing products doubling up on serum and moisturiser to ensure that my skin feels adequately hydrated. The Glow Recipe Watermelon Serum* or Fresh Deep Rose Serum* are two of my favourites as they feel super lightweight on the skin, but they give the complexion a huge drink! I then go in with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream* which won't surprise you as I've been raving about it for months now and I just knew that it would be the perfect Autumn moisturiser once the weather got colder. 

If I want to use extra products to keep my skin feeling smooth and exfoliated, I always use the Pixi Peel and Polish* for a quick fix or the Glow Recipe Pineapple C-Bright Serum* for a long lasting effect that works overnight to help smooth and brighten my complexion. 

To finish off my routine, I apply the Girl, Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm* to my lips to keep them nourished when the weather is getting colder. 

What products are you using in your Autumn skincare routine? 

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Friday, 1 November 2019

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

November To Do List
I can't believe how quickly this year is going and that November is now here! I'm actually quite gutted to see the back of October as I've loved creating Halloween content, but I'm still looking forward to continuing my Autumn posts going into the next month too. 

Plan All The Content | October was a success with kick starting my love for blogging again as I challenged myself to blog almost everyday in the past month and with a switch up of my theme on Instagram, I feel inspired to carry on. I want to plan my content for Christmas towards the end of November, but I'm hoping this month will be just as good as the one just gone. 

Put Some Events In The Diary | From bonfire night to visiting early Christmas markets, I want to make sure that the next two months are full to the brim of things I want to do. I'm hoping to go somewhere to pick out my Christmas tree this year as well as maybe even going abroad for a weekend away. 

Firework Night | Bonfire night falls on a Tuesday this year, so I'm sure there will be displays the weekend before and after as well as on the day too. I want to make the most of it by heading to a firework display or too especially if there are promises of warm food and a cosy fire. 

Have A Clear Out | We had a clear out of my house recently, but we left my office, wardrobe and storage area. I want to have a clear out this month, throwing away any out of date products, selling things I no longer wear or use and give away anything else. 

Switch Up My Homeware | During the month of October, I filled my home with everything Halloween, from bunting, pumpkins and themed blankets. It made me sad to pack these all away this morning and despite leaving my pumpkins out on my fireplace, I've already started looking for more Autumn themed decorations as well as early Christmas pieces that I could start buying for the months ahead. 

What's on your November to-do list? 
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Thursday, 31 October 2019

A Halloween To-Do List

A Halloween To-Do List
Halloween is here! Pumpkins are being carved and garlands are being hung, so I'm getting super excited about getting cosy and festive tonight. Here are five things I've added to my Halloween to-do list and I thought this may inspire you too. 

Carve A Pumpkin | If you haven't already, now's the perfect time to go to a pumpkin patch to pick out the one that you're going to carve later on in the evening. I always take my time when picking out the design I'm going to go for, maybe even too long, but I've been scouring Pinterest and I think this moon and star design (but with added planets!) may be the way forward. 

Go For A Walk | There's something about walking around in the early evening during firework night, the Christmas period or Halloween that makes my heart sing. I love seeing all the lights and decorations up as well as seeing everyone out on the streets. 

Bake Treats | As you know by now I've fully embracing this spooky season and despite baking lots of amazing treats on the lead up to the 31st, I want to create something Halloween themed for both our dinner and dessert. Pumpkin soup or pumpkin gnocchi are both options as well as making skeleton gingerbread biscuits or my chocolate orange cupcakes

Watch A Film | There's so many to choose from, but I want to pick something I haven't watched before you I can be super scared like A Quiet Place which I saw a snippet off and I want to watch it in full now. However, once I've watched a horror film I'll have to watch something light hearted like another film or TV show, but I want to keep it Halloween themed, so I'll probably stick on Santa Clarita Diet or Harry Potter. 

Have A Pamper | I'm not sure if it's because the clocks have gone back, but I'm feeling very lethargic at the moment. I feel like a full on pamper session is needed where I want to shave my legs, exfoliate, moisturise and wash my hair all whilst using up my Lush Halloween pieces. Pop on my Halloween playlist that I've posted and light a few candles to kick back and relax. 

What's on your Halloween to-do list? 
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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

ASOS Wishlist 20% Off Deal

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ASOS are now offering 20% off for payday until November 1st, so I knew I had to put together a last minute post full of the pieces that I've been lusting after. Even if you're reading this after the deal is over, there may be some picks here that you should add to your saved section for Autumn/Winter fashion. 

Headbands are still all the rage and despite making any outfit look even more chic, I actually think they're great if you need to cover any grease in your locks. This My Accessories Satin Woven Headband is right up my street and the black shade makes it wearable on a daily basis. 

I still need to pick up this Nobody's Child Star Midi Dress as I've been looking at it for months now and I think it's the perfect dress for the festive season as you could wear it in many ways. This ASOS Star and Moon Print Dress is in a similar vein, but it's a little bit more dressy - however I'm seeing this paired with black tights and over the knee boots!

Talking of knee high boots, I have been wearing the ASOS Korey ones over and over again on my Instagram and now they've got 20% it's the perfect time if you've been eyeing them up yourself. 

What's on your ASOS wishlist at the moment? 
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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Films and TV Shows To Watch This Halloween

Films Tv Shows Halloween Netflix
I'm been having a very gourd time putting together these Halloween posts and today I wanted to share my favourite TV shows, documentaries and films to watch over the spooky season. I've got everything from true crime to funny horror films, so if you need some inspiration on what to watch tomorrow then read on. 

TV Shows
I actually wrote a full blog post on my favourite TV shows to watch over Halloween earlier this month, but I wanted to share a closer look of what I'll be watching today and tomorrow. Although cancelled, Santa Clarita Diet is easily one of the best series Netflix has produced and with a zombie theme it's not only fitting for the spooky season, but as it's funny it's a lightweight binge-worthy option. 

I clearly have a thing for cancelled series because Scream Queens is next on my to-watch list. It's funny, although gory at times making it a great pick for Halloween. Of course, American Horror Story and Stranger Things are obvious picks, but for a very good reason as they're just so good. 

  • Black Mirror
  • Mind Hunter
  • The Cured 
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Black Summer
True Crime 

For me, I love a true crime documentary, but I've been getting into YouTube too especially the likes of Eleanor Neale and Georgia Marie. They tell of cases that may not be covered in a Netflix series, so it's a super interesting watch. 

Talking of Netflix, there's amazing some amazing picks over on there and I'd recommend checking out The Staircase, Making a Murderer or Abducted in Plain Sight. Although I haven't checked it out yet, The Act is a re-inactment of the famous case and it's supposed to be amazing! 
Classic Films

Horror films aren't for everybody, but I feel like the classic slasher films are a good place to start because although they can be jumpy, the rather dated editing style and special effects can make it a little funny at times. The likes of Halloween, Friday 13th and The Nightmare on Elm Street are obvious classics, but Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project and The Conjuring are all newer films that are talked about lots. 

If you're not into jump scares, then I'd recommend something a little lighter. It's officially the season for Harry Potter which is always a good idea and despite associating the films with December, I think it wouldn't do any harm to start early! Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas are two more lightweight ideas. 

  • Sean of The Dead
  • Hush
  • Sinister
  • The Others
  • Bird Box
  • The Woman In Black
What are your favourite TV shows and films to watch over Halloween? 
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Sunday, 27 October 2019

Easy Halloween Makeup

Halloween Makeup
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Halloween is next week and over the next few days I want to make the most of it and even wear my makeup a little darker in the form of dark red lips and berry eyeshadow. Here are my favourite products that I'll be wearing on the lead up to the 31st. 

The Urban Decay Cherry Palette* was part of my post last year and it's just perfect for these types of looks especially the last four shades on the right hand side. I use this throughout the year, but the dark shade looks gorgeous smudged along the lash line with a shimmer all over the lid. The Viseart Theory II Minx* is definitely on the more luxe side, but as you can see, the six shades are all wearable and it's how you apply them that can make them look intense for Halloween. 

For lips there's only one that I'm reaching for and that's the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Queen Lipstick* as this matte shade matches a smokey eye perfectly and the comfortable formula makes me wear it a lot more. It's a classic red hue that can be worn with a darker lipstick in the corners for an ombre effect. 

With strong eyes and lips, I like to make my base as glowy and natural as possible, so not only do I adjust my foundation, but I up my highlighter application too. The Laura Mercier Indiscretion Illuminator doesn't give off a blinding glow, but instead a soft one that can be worn all over the face with ease. 

It doesn't just stop at makeup as I like to give myself a manicure for the big day too. Essie's Sole Mate and Bahama Mama are two of my favourites as they can easily be worn together for a cool effect, but when worn on their own it's super flattering on the nails and very fitting for this season. 

What makeup will you be wearing for Halloween? 
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Saturday, 26 October 2019

5 Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Favourites

5 Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Favourites
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I've done lots of Charlotte Tilbury posts before including a full collection post, but I know how overwhelming the range of products you can buy can be and therefore I wanted to narrow it down to my top favourites. 

The first CT product I tried is one that has continued to be a favourite of mine ever since and that is the Filmstar Bronze and Glow*. This duo not only helps to create the illusion of cheekbones through the use of the contour powder, but adds a soft everyday glow from the highlighter. 

If I want a more blinding highlighter or I want to them double up, I use the Beauty Light Wand, a liquid illuminator that sits comfortably and blends in effortlessly on the skin without lacking in longevity. They come in an array of shades now, but the original Spotlight offering is my favourite as the champagne hue compliments my complexion perfectly. 

The love for Charlotte Tilbury's cheek products doesn't stop there as there is another contour product I want to talk about too and that's the Hollywood Contour Wand. Once again, if I'm wanting a stronger look I double this up with my bronzing powder, but it can easily be worn on it's own to just warm up the complexion. It's long lasting, can be built up and when used with a beauty blender, this looks like it's part of my foundation as it just blends in that smoothly! 
5 Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Favourites
5 Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Favourites
If you're struggling to pick just one product from CT I completely understand the struggle, but the Matte Revolution and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks is where you should start. The rose gold casing of the packaging is famous for a reason as it's super dreamy and luxe feeling too. Of course it's the formula that matters and luckily these are amazing! The matte offerings do exactly what they say on the tin, but despite being a little bit more long lasting, they don't feel drying or uncomfortable on the lips. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G are more glossy looking, but once again they don't look too OTT like some nourishing lipsticks can be. I'm cheating a little this one as I've not narrowed it down to just one type of formula or shade, but honestly they're worth checking out nevertheless and I'm sure everyone could find a hue that suits them. 

With the last product I have a little story that comes with it and it's the Wonder Glow Primer*, a product that I have used for years, but never took the plunge and bought the full sized version of. With every Charlotte Tilbury purchase I made, I would request Wonder Glow samples and on a few occasions, I was lucky enough to get quite a lot as well as deluxe versions which meant for a long time there was no need to pick the product up. As soon as I ran out, I noticed a difference in the way my foundation looked especially on the days when my skin was in dire need of extra TLC and I put it down to the absence of Wonder Glow, so of course I had to get it! If you like a glowy base, but you don't want intense shimmer or anything too heavy then this will be a product you should check out! 

What's your favourite Charlotte Tilbury product? 


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Friday, 25 October 2019

Ultimate Halloween Evening Guide

Ultimate Halloween Evening Guide
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Halloween is slowly creeping up on us (greddit?), so I wanted to share my favourite things to do on the lead up to the 31st. With no trick or treating to look forward to, I know that a lot of people aren't a fan of this spooky event, but I know I am, so if you are too, keep on reading! 

If you seriously want to get in the mood for Halloween then I'd recommend going to a haunted house on the run up to the big day as it was one of my favourite things I've done! I could easily go every year, even twice as the acting is so good in them and it's a great way to spend the evening with friends. 

I know haunted houses aren't for everybody, so if you'd rather something a little less scary then baking is always a good idea! I've done a couple of recipe posts this year, but I've got a lot of my list to do as well like gooey chocolate brownies and dragon egg nests. Eat them whilst watching the latest series of Stranger Things, American Horror Story or just a classic slasher film. 

After baking, I always feel in the mood for a cosy evening in and what a better to kick things off than with a Lush bath. Although they're not supposed to be scary, I find the Disney Sheet Masks hilarious when you put them on, so I feel like it's very fitting. 
Ultimate Halloween Evening Guide
Although in the UK, Halloween still isn't on the same scale as others, I like to embrace it as much as I can, decorating my house with fair lights, bunting and pumpkins everywhere. I've picked up a pumpkin blanket that is super cosy and I've got this witches brew mug that I feel is very suited to the run up to the 31st. 

I'm going to be sharing some of my favourite Halloween films, but you don't have to just sit in front of the television. Books are a great way to get spooked without being too jumpy and for me, it's just as excuse to re-read Harry Potter or The Night Circus - two of my go-to books to explore at this time of the year. If films or books aren't your thing, then I'd recommend checking out some True Crime podcasts, which is something I've been super  obsessed with this October and I've been watching Eleanor Neale a lot on YouTube too. 

Films To Watch 
I've already compiled a list of my favourite TV shows to watch over Halloween, but I knew I had to share my go-to picks. In this list there's some classics, personal favourites and even some funny, rather cringe or lightweight picks for those who want to watch a film on their own without getting to spooked. 

- Harry Potter                                                         - Hocus Pocus
- The Purge                                                            - The Others
- Orphan                                                                 - The Conjuring 
- Paranormal Activity                                              - The Woman In Black
- Sinister                                                                 - IT
- The Hunger Games                                               - Babadook
- Let The Right One In                                             - Scream
- 28 Days Later                                                       - The Addams Family 
- Shaun of The Dead                                               - The Forth Kind 
- Zombieland 
- Hush 
- A Quiet Place 
- The Blair Witch Project 

How do you like to spend your evening on Halloween? 
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Thursday, 24 October 2019

New Limited Edition Beauty Releases

New Beauty Releases Gift Sets
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I'm not quite ready to say to C-word just yet, but the shops are certainly filling up with all things festive, so it looks like I have no choice. Lots of brands have come out with amazing gift sets and limited editions products that I'm sure will fly off the shelves over the next couple of months, so I thought I would compile a list of my favourites for you to check out (and maybe treat yourself to!). 

The Caudalie Perfect Cleansing Set* is great if you're a beauty lover or if you know anybody that is and you need a stocking filler. Affordable and perfect if you're yet to try anything from the brand and you want to sample a few of their products before you buy the full sized versions. Similarly to this, if you're somebody who can't decide what shade to choose then I'd recommend checking out one of the Clinique Pop Lip Sets* as I find them great if you want to update your lipstick wardrobe. 

Nars seem to nail gift sets every year, but they go SO quickly! The Soft Core Blush and Balm Duo is just another one of the stand out products, but the Never Enough Lipstick Coffret is just as dreamy - just look at that gold packaging. 

I think the Glow Recipe Glow Baby Glow will be ever so popular this year and I'm tempted to treat myself to it as the watermelon mask is already a favourite of mine and the set allows you to try out their new avocado mask too! Another one of my skincare finds is the Drunk Elephant Nightbright which is a great way to sample the usually quite luxe brand. 

Do you like these new limited edition beauty releases? 

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

An Alternative Halloween Playlist

Alternative Halloween Playlist
If you haven't noticed - I'm fully embracing Halloween this year. From the pumpkin decor to creating costumes, I've even created my own playlist that I've been listening to on the run up to the 31st. I know how hard it can be to find a Halloween playlist that doesn't have the spooky (yet sometimes cringe) classics on it like you'd have at a kids disco, so I've gone for the a different alternative vibe this year. 

It'll be adding to it throughout the month, so keep an eye out for any new additions, but save it for your own personal use or if you're having a party this Halloween. 



Did do you enjoy this Halloween playlist? 
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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Creating An Autumn Theme For Instagram

Autumn always inspires me when it comes to the content I create. I love the orange, rust and mustard tones that it brings and I've been incorporating these in homeware and outfits that I've been shooting on Instagram. Here's my top tips and what I've been doing to create this Autumn theme on my grid. You can follow my Instagram here if you like what you see! 

Using A Preset | You obviously don't have to use a preset to create a theme, but I personally do. I use I Am via Colorstory as well as A section on VSCO as I find it's a super easy way to edit my snaps on the go as well as adding vibrance to certain elements of the image too. After adding a preset to my photographs, I go in with Lightroom to help with any imbalances in light and I like playing around with the colour balance too. 

Follow Autumn Inspo Accounts | If you're struggling with motivation, whether it's your outfit styling or your editing, I would 100% recommend finding account that give you inspiration. I have been loving general Autumn accounts like "Cozy Season Vibes", "Halloween Magick" and of course "Hunting For Autumn" as they compile lots of dreamy set ups that other accounts have shared and therefore it's easy to find new feeds to follow from there too. 

Go Festive! | There's so many things I love about Autumn and although in past years I've not wanted to go all out, this year has been completely different. I love creating cosy set ups with mugs and blankets as well as decorating my house with Halloween decorations too. I think seasonal themed content whether it's a home post or a mustard outfit that matches the colour of fallen, crisp leaves, definitely does super well at this time of the year! 

How do you embrace Autumn on your Instagram feed? 
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Friday, 18 October 2019

Pumpkin Spice Biscuit Recipe

If there's one thing I struggle to bake it's biscuits and cookies, but this super simple, easy recipe has changed that. It's great if you want a recipe that you can easily adapt depending on what flavours you want to add or if you want to make it accidentally vegan like I did. 

Ingredients (Makes 12) - 

225g Butter (I use vegan margarine)
120g Caster Sugar 
160g Flour
Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Ginger

Method - 

Put the caster sugar and butter in a bowl and cream until smooth. 

Add in a capful of vanilla extract to the mixture. 

Then mix in the plain flour alongside the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Once the mixture has been mixed, tip the dough out onto a flat surface and sprinkle with flour to stop it from sticking. Roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter to shape. 

Transfer each biscuit onto a baking tray with parchment paper and put into the oven at 170 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until lightly brown. 

Once removed from the oven, lightly sprinkle the biscuits with cinnamon sugar - you can press the sugar into the biscuit slightly using a back of a spoon. Then transfer the biscuits from the baking tray to a cooling rack. 


For decoration I have placed edible leaves on top for an extra Autumnal feel! 

Will you be trying out this recipe? 
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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Is This Tool The Secret To Perfect Skin?

Panasonic 3 in 1 Facial Enhancer Review
Panasonic 3 in 1 Facial Enhancer Review
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Every now and again I want to seriously up my skincare regime, but that can be difficult when you feel like you've nailed the perfect routine. The next step is to look for a skincare tool that could help me along with my skincare goals and the Panasonic 3 in 1 Micro-Current Facial Enhancer* is exactly that for me. 

This tool has offered great results in terms of minimising wrinkles and improving skin's firmness amongst users, many saying this reduce the appearance of fine lines in 4 weeks of usage. I personally use this tool to better the absorption of my moisturisers and deep cleanse my skin as it promises to enhance penetration of your active skincare ingredients by up to 40% and extract up to 60% more dirt and grease than without using the tool. It's easy to use which makes me so much more likely to pick it up both in the morning and evening and I wanted to share with you a bit more about this tool. 

With three modes, there's one of the purify the skin, one to help your moisturiser absorb better and then the cooling mode; this one helps to lock in all hydration as well as tightening your pores along the way. The Panasonic Enhancer works in way I haven't seen a skincare tool do before by applying micro-current through the skin, alternating between positive and negative energy which when the device is held in your hand it closes the circuit and therefore causing ions to move into the skin - very scientific! 

Back to the three settings now and my favourite is the cooling mode as this is the one I've seen the most improvement of my skin from. When used in the morning before makeup, I find that my pores appear a lot smaller, making my base go on a lot smoother and as the cooling sensation feels great underneath the eyes, this helps to perk up that area in the AM. 
Panasonic 3 in 1 Facial Enhancer Review
After taking off your makeup at night, the cleansing mode works by deep cleanse your skin further. You just attach your micellar water or lotion to a cotton pad and then attach it to the head of the device using the clip provided. I couldn't believe how much more makeup this gets off from my skin and unlike a cleansing tool with a brush head, this feels gentle and satisfying to use. 

Lastly we have the moisturising setting which I saw a difference in my skin just the morning after I first used it - it seriously works! Simply apply your given moisturiser to your face and switch the device on to the selected mode. It warms up slightly and the device times your use so that you don't go over-board. It massages your complexion with ease and makes your skin appear brighter too. 

Overall, I think the Panasonic 3in1 Facial Enhancer is a great tool to have especially if you're feeling like your skincare regime is in need of an upgrade. As you can tailor it to your own needs, I change what I want to get from it each night. It's super easy and convenient and it's seriously upped my game when I want to give myself an at-home facial. 

Have you tried the Panasonic 3-1 Micro-Current Facial Enhancer? 
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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Pink and Burgundy Beauty Favourites

Pink and Burgundy Beauty Favourites
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On Wednesday's we wear pink..! If there's one shade that I wear the most on a regular basis it's every shade of pink, burgundy and mauve. It's easy to pull off and goes with a variety of looks as it can be worn on the cheeks, lips or eyes. Here are my favourite pink makeup and beauty products that I've currently got at the front of my collection. 

If there's one way to wear this hue in an easy way it's with blusher. It's super complimentary on every skin tone in my opinion and depending on your skin type, you have both a powder, liquid and cream formula to choose from. The Glossier Cloud Paints are always a good idea as they blend into the skin seamlessly; the shades Haze and Puff being the two that give you either a strong burgundy hue or a pretty pink. If cream is what you're after then the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge will be up your street as this can be used on your cheeks or your face for a healthy dose of colour to your complexion.  

Then it's powder, my favourite formula to use daily as I find it's long lasting and easy to top up throughout the day if you need to. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette offers three shades to choose from, but it's their pink shade that I wanted to focus on as it's super pretty on the skin as it offers a natural looking colour that just sits so comfortable on the cheeks. I follow it up with the Laura Mercier Indiscretion Illuminator which looks as pretty on as it does in the pan with it's swirling design that delivers a good amount of pigmentation without being too OTT. 

For eyes, the Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp Quad* is a great pick if you're new to high end makeup and you want a palette easy to use as all four shades can be mixed and matched to create different eye makeup looks. If you want something even easier, then the Hourglass Blaze Scattered Lights will be for you as this shade is a one sweep wonder that gives you a burgundy smokey eye using only one colour. I finish off the look with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which is only in this pink post due to it's packaging. 

Extra's in my routine include lip balm in the form of Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies* which has a cinnamon scent very fitting for this season and the nourishing balm to oil formula makes it easy to use. The Essie nail vanishes have been featured on my blog many times before and I've done countless posts, but Bahama Mama and Ladylike are two shades that I wear all year round. 

What are your favourite pink and burgundy beauty favourites? 

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