Sunday, 22 September 2019

20 Things To Do This Autumn

20 Things To Do This Autumn
Autumn starts tomorrow! I can now officially get excited for all the cosy nights in, crunchy leaves and pumpkin spiced everything. I'm going all in this year and embracing my love for this season with all the mustard hued layers, fruit picking and the frost covered trees in the morning. 

- Bake all the tasty treats. Think mini banana bread muffins, pumpkin spiced cookies and apple crumble. 

- Head to a bonfire and firework display. 

- Watch all the Autumnal feeling TV shows and films. I'd recommend Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus and Gilmore Girls. If you fancy something spookier, think AHS and Haunting of Hill House. 

- Soak in a candle lit bath whilst listening to your favourite songs with a face mask on. 

- Cook a huge Sunday roast with all the trimmings. A veggie themed plate for me full of Yorkshire puddings, fluffy roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese - make it with blue cheese it's delicious! 

- Go to your local woods to pick out conkers, pine cones and crunchy rust toned leaves. 

- Read that book that has been on your to-read pile for the longest time or re-read one of your favourite series. 

- Try something pumpkin spiced. Whether it's the classic latte or a cupcake - see what all the fuss is about! 

- Hunt out your nearest apple trees to pick - make sure they don't belong to anybody though. 

- Take in how beautiful the Autumn sunsets are. The pink, blue and orange skies are good enough to fill your phone's storage up with. 
20 Things To Do This Autumn
- Find out if there is a Haunted House near you. I went to one last year and it was one of the best experiences. 

- Go on a walk when it's raining or windy, but make sure you're wrapped up warm!

- Buy a new pair of pyjamas and some cosy socks. Stick them in the tumble dryer or on the radiator. 

- Go to your local pumpkin patch to pick out the ones you want to carve, eat and scatter around your homes. 

- Try some American sweets. For me, I'm a fan of Candy Corn, but there's lots more to try online now. 

- Head to the pub for a cosy evening sipping a cider, beer or just a soft drink. The cute, cosy pubs for a fire are always my favourite. 

- Make the most of Autumn fashion. I want to pick up some cosy jumpers, pinafore dresses and tartan skirts. There's a lot on my wishlist for this season and I'm making the most of it. 

- Get all the blankets out and drink steaming hot chocolate whilst watching GBBO. Bring all the snacks and if you're still chilly, make yourself a hot water bottle. 

- Get up early to go for a walk or head out in the evening as the sun goes down. 

- Follow #HuntingForAutumn on Instagram - the ultimate cosy hashtag. 

What's on your Autumn to-do list? 

Saturday, 21 September 2019

A Pixi Skincare Collection For Every Need

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Recently, Pixi added to their skincare line, not only extending their famous Glow Tonic range, but adding lots of new products to the Hydrating Milky, Vitamin C, Rose, Retinol and Collagen lines too. Even reading that probably had you confused, so today I thought I'd make it a bit simpler for you, sharing what each collection is used for as well as my favourites too. 

I have to start off with the Glow Tonic line as this is where it all started. If you're looking for a product that will gently exfoliate the skin, whilst brightening and smoothing along the way. Aside from the original Glow Tonic* that I've spoken about time and time again, the Cleansing Gel* version is one that you should check out. It helped me get rid of the little bumps I had underneath my skin, whilst working as a second cleanse in my skincare routine perfectly. 

The range that I have been introduced to recently is the Vitamin C collection which promises to brighten as well as improve your skin's texture. I was a little worried that it would work as a less potent Glow Tonic range which my complexion has got used to, but the Vitamin C Juice Cleanser* has quickly made it into my favourite list. They all have a great scent which is delightful to use and as they feel lightweight on the skin, they'd be perfect for those who like fast absorbing, simple products. 

When it comes to skincare, anything with rose in the formula always entices me in - my skin loves it! The Rose Ceramide Cream* is a firm favourite in my house, with my boyfriend using it too. It's luxurious in feel as the texture is thick, but it sinks in quickly and improves your skin's texture over time as it hydrates. The rose range is great for those for have sensitive skin that wants to nourish and add a boost! I have quite a few Rose Tonic* backups as it's simple to just wipe over your skin after cleansing to make sure that all my makeup is off and it's ready for the next step. 

Now onto the collections that I haven't tried everything from, but I think it's important and handy to know what they offer. The Hydrating Milky range is famous for their Milky Mist, but there's lot of other products to delve into now. As the name would suggest these focus on moisturising and nourishing the complexion, so they would be great for dehydrated skin types. 

The collagen and retinol collections are more aimed towards those who want anti-aging benefits and despite being name differently, I find that the products work in a similar way they just offer different types. The Fortifeye Eye Patches* are a favourite of mine because they help to get rid of any dry patches and puffiness underneath your eyes in just the small time you have them on. The Retinol Tonic* is the most interesting product I've come across from the range as it's such an easy way to get retinol into your skincare routine as I found that it's more gentle than other products I've tried, plus it's a great allrounder! 

What is your favourite Pixi skincare collection? 

Friday, 20 September 2019

A Skin Moisturising Duo

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Fresh Deep Rose Serum
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Fresh Deep Rose Serum
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I'm not sure about you, but I'm feeling a bit in limbo at the moment as I'm not sure I'm ready to let go of Summer yet, but equally I want to celebrate Autumn prematurely. This time of the year is always an odd time and it doesn't stop at just that, my skin tends to flare up, feeling blemished, irritated and dehydrated. I've been using two products for moisturising that I feel like everyone needs to know about - a dreamy duo! 

As you probably all know by the now, the Fresh Rose skincare range never fails to disappoint me and despite trying out a handful of products for their collection, every single one has worked well with my skin type. The Rose Deep Hydration Serum* is no exception as it's been a firm favourite in my skincare routine when used underneath a moisturiser as it has a lightweight, yet hydrating formula that never feels heavy on the skin. It smooths, softens and helps to get rid of any lacklustre, dry patches and I honestly think that this is the product that has kept my skin feel balanced during the transitional period. 

The moisturiser I've been using with this serum is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream*, a discovery this year tat I swore I wouldn't use until the colder months, but the luxuriously thick cream was just too enticing. I'm so glad I cracked open a pot because it's been a godsend when my skin needs a drink of hydration. To use, I swipe my finger across the top of the moisturiser, so I only apply a little bit at a time, building up if I need more in certain areas. I find that although it's got a thick texture, this doesn't break me out nor does it take very long to sink in. 

What are your skincare favourites? 

Thursday, 19 September 2019

12 Instagram Accounts To Follow This Autumn

With a sea of creators to choose from, Instagram can be a minefield when it comes to finding who to follow. This post has been a long time coming, so I thought now was the perfect time to share 12 of my current favourite Instagrammers that I think you should check out. 

Noelle Downing | Noelle's feed has been a favourite since last Autumn and I've fallen more and more in love with it every time she posts. It's so great to follow somebody who has a similar body type to me and her orange tones in her photographs are so beautiful too. I'm the self-proclaimed queen of Autumn, but Noelle is for sure the queen of Fall!

Rachel Martino | Rachel's '#rachrecreates' is one of the most creative Instagrammers I've followed because although no photoshop is used, every image is magical. Alongside these type of photographs, she also shares her outfits and travels, which are all right up my street. 

India Moon | India enticed me into her Instagram by her feed theme if I'm completely honest. She shares outfits in threes, using different angles and poses for each photograph. I'm always so influenced to buy the clothes she wears as they're always so well put together. 

Josephines Looks | It shocks me every time I see that Josephine has under 10k followers because she deserves so many more. Her outfits are impeccable and she looks incredible in every single photo she shares. Her IGTV where she shares different ways to wear an outfit is my favourite as it's come in handful a few times! 

Styled By Chloe | Not only has Chloe got a gorgeous feed, she's so lovely and friendly too - a great plus! As a midsize girl myself, I love having Chloe there for style inspiration as each one of her outfits looks put together, but casual in one go. I've been with her for a long time now and it's been amazing watching her grow - watch this space because I know she'll get big on Insta! 

The Kitty Luxe | I mean... just look at Holly's feed. Most of my saved section on Instagram is full up of her outfits that I want to recreate and despite posting daily, she always find new ways to shoot her style with various poses and angles. You can tell just how hard Holly works on her grid and it definitely shows. 

Francesca Perks | If I could move into Francesca's home then that would be great because not only would it mean I could raid her wardrobe, I could live in a mustard coloured heaven. I'm so proud to see how well she is doing when it comes to her Instagram and YouTube too - I feel like she's going to be everywhere you look soon. 

With Love Yossy | Yossy is another girl that I constantly swoon over. The locations she finds, the way she edits her photos and her well curated theme, just keeps me coming back for more. There'e a mixture of homeware, fashion and travel, so there's something on her feed for everybody. 

Sophie Axon | Sophie is one of my new finds of 2019 and I'm so glad as not only is her Instagram SO perfect, she's such a lovely and supportive human too. I can't believe how talented she is with shooting and editing as each photograph looks like it came straight from a magazine - I'm obsessed. I love that Sophie has started to share more of her outfits on her feed too as I love seeing her personality shine through. 

Rebecca Faye Hudson | Bex's pink toned theme is undeniably dreamy and I get excited every new photo that she posts. Although she's got 21k, I feel like she deserves so many more as each location and outfit is absolutely perfect. If you're got a girly fashion sense, then I think Bex would be the Instagrammer for you! 

Kelly Prince Wright | I'm so excited to see what Kelly creates during this new Autumn season as her feed gives me all the cosy feels. She finds the cutest spots to photograph in and I love her lifestyle content so much! 

Yasmin Robert | Yasmin's well curated feed and perfect outfits never fail to make me swoon. I took a lot of inspiration from her during the Summer, so I'm looking forward to seeing what she puts together for the colder months too. 

What are your favourite Instagram accounts? 

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

2010's Nostalgic Makeup Products

2010's Nostalgic Makeup Products
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Before beauty blenders were so readily available, the Cosmopolitan Beauty Sponge was the makeup applicator you just had to have. I remember not realising that you had to wet it, so I spent months and months applying a thick layer of foundation super streaky with a dry sponge! 

Talking of foundation, I feel like I made it through the majority of what the high street had to offer when I was teenager as I was super fussy back then as it needed to last me throughout the school day or it didn't make it to my 're-purchase' list. The Max Factor Facfinity offering and the Revlon Colorstay were both high up on my favourites list and to be fair I haven't tried them again in years, but the Bourjois Healthy Mix still remains in my makeup to this day. 

A brand I was obsessed with were Benefit, I remember scouring their counter every time I went into Boots and this would have been at the time that Too Faced was stocked there too, but they were completely overlooked - how times change! Benefit famous product has to be their box blushers, I still have the likes of Hoola and Coralista in my collection. Despite new products quite regularly, it's only really the new Boi-ing Liquid Concealer version of their classic pot version that has enticed me in. I feel like the cardboard packing is slightly dated and I would love to see them come out with something that still has their kitsch feel, but with more experimental shades inside!  

MAC? Whatever happened to MAC. It's a brand I have kept products on purely for nostalgia, but if I'm honest other than a blusher or a eye pigment, I rarely pick anything up. The packaging, although unimportant in the grand scheme of things, is a little uninspiring and I have to admit, I would much prefer purchasing them online as I've had a few bad experiences going in-store and being matched to completely the wrong colour - Studio Fix Fluid anyone? 
2010's Nostalgic Makeup Products
NYX Cosmetics is all the rage, but if you remember when it came to the UK the first time around, being stocked in a small corner of Next before making a disappearing act pretty quickly. I loved when they came over as it meant I could live out all my dreams of owning my favourite YouTuber's go-to products. Elf had a similar effect on me as I remember asking for an online order for a birthday and when £20 worth of makeup arrived including the Elf Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose (what a throwback!), I was ecstatic. Their Brow Kit, Tone Colour Powder and Contour and Blush Duo obviously made an appearance too. 

Back when 'concealer lips' were all the rage; Barry M's Marshmallow (you picked out shade 100 if you were extra AF) and Gosh Darling Lipstick were sell outs and everyone loved to have minimal eyebrows and no definition to your eyes, cheeks or lips.  It's safe to say that the concealer lip trend isn't around anymore... my MAC Playing Koi Lipstick is still in my collection, reminding me to never let that happen again. 

What were your favourite products as a teen that make you nostalgic? 


Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Transitional Lifestyle Favourites

I often share my favourite beauty and fashion picks with you, but when it comes to sharing what I've been reading, watching and listening to lately, I tend to be a tad more slack. I've dedicated today's post to all of my current transitional lifestyle favourites and I hope you find it interesting! 

I've been listening to Lana Del Rey's album pretty much on repeat since it came out, it's Norman Fucking Rockwell for those of you who are yet to give it a listen. I've been a fan of hers since the very beginning, so I would never have a bad word to say about any of her albums, but this has safely been put at number 2 on my favourite spot - it's just SO good! My go-to songs keep changing, but California, The greatest and Bartender are definitely three of my favourites. 

The Great British Bake Off is back! I'm obsessed this year and as long as you've got snacks at arms length, you'll be good for the hour and half that it is on. It's great to switch off at the end of the day and I'm all rooting for certain bakers. It's the epitome of Autumn to me, so I'm excited that it's on our televisions again. 

Talking of food, I've been enjoying experimenting with various recipes as I'm still clinging onto the fruit of Summer in a coconut milk, mango and pineapple smoothie in the morning, but going for a warming dinner in the evening of Quorn fajitas with chilli black beans, smashed avocado and halloumi.

I know I'm very late to the party, but I've started watching Breaking Bad for the first time. The trailer being released for the film prompted me to give it a go again and I'm loving it! It's definitely binge watch worthy, so I'm not sure how people managed to wait between each series to be fair. I'm looking forward to the film coming out this Autumn, but I'll be sad once it's all over. 

If music or TV isn't your thing, then I've found a new podcast to listen to - Help, I Sexted My Boss. It's great if you want to take 30 minutes out of your day to have a laugh on your way into work or whilst you're walking to the shops. I'm glad I've found it, but I've made my way through all the episodes at a rapid rate. Of course, I have to mention that My Dad Wrote A Porno is back with a brand new series and it's one of my favourite all-time podcasts, so it's great to have new episodes to look forward to again. 

What are your current transitional lifestyle favourites? 

Sunday, 8 September 2019

New In Beauty Products For Autumn

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Although I've found that it's been pretty slow on new releases recently, they're starting to pick back up again and I've spotted a fair few products that I want to try myself. I know it can be hard to keep track of new-in items, so I've collated my favourites from the start of the Autumn season to share with you today.

Milk Makeup have come out with some new pieces including a Flex Stick Foundation and Powder Highlighter which immediately made it onto my wishlist as soon as I spotted it. The brand really impressed me when I first tried them, but I'm loving that they're making products that are a little bit more varied as I prefer using higher coverage and powder products in the colder months. 

Physicians Formula is now available at Feel Unique so I'm super exited to snap up the Butter Skin Kissed Bronzer which I've been wanting since all the US bloggers spoke about it. It promises for a buildable, yet blendable finish, so I think it'd be great for Autumn. 

Charlotte Tilbury has to have a mention because their new releases have me (and many others!) swooning. I have high hopes for the Airbrush Flawless Foundation as I love all their bases that I've tried and the Magic Vanish, despite feeling a little bit late to the party, is a colour correcting concealer which I'm actually looking forward to giving a go. The Pillow Talk Diamonds is another product that I've considered treating myself too as I use the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks pretty much everyday, so a extra sparkly, hydrating option is always welcomed. 

After scouring the aisles of Superdrug, I spotted the Elf Jelly Highlighter and I regret not picking it up because upon swatching, it lasted on the back of my hand for hours on end. I'm not sure how new they are, but Elf have also recently come out with the Jelly Pop Range which is infused with watermelon for a subtle wash of colour. 


Saturday, 7 September 2019

Is Liz Earle Worth The Hype?

Liz Earle Brand Review Favourites
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Liz Earle is a cult brand amongst many and for a very good reason too. Their simple, yet effective formulas with sleek, light blue packaging makes their products not only visually appealing, but they work well too! I've dabbled in Liz Earle from time to time over the years with varied results, but recently I've been trying out a handful of their products to review today. 

The first in the round up is the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser*, the product I've spoken about before, as when I was younger my skin didn't like it too much despite being raved about by everyone at the time, but now my skin is a lot less sensitive, I've been thoroughly enjoying it. I definitely think this works a lot better with the muslin cloth as it means you don't have any residue left, so you're skin is ready to go in with a second cleanse. It gets rid of eye makeup without stinging them and I feel like it's kept my complexion feels a lot softer and smoother since using this again - I would 100% repurchase! 

I tried the Instant Boost Skin Tonic* several years ago too and I adored it from the get go, so to say I haven't had it in my clutches since then makes me sad. It's super simple in the way it feels as it doesn't feel any heavier than water, but the added aloe vera and cucumber definitely contribute to how refreshing and soothing it feels once applied. It's gentle, great for everyday use and to finish off your cleansing routine before moisturising. 

I'm not sure what I was expecting from the Balancing Gel Mask*, but it exceeded all my expectations. The texture is what makes it so unique as it feels thicker than a traditional gel mask, yet it doesn't feel oily to touch either. It sits on the skin working it's magic for five minutes before being wiped off to reveal a hydrated complexion. 

I'm very picky when it comes to moisturisers, both on my face and on my body. I want them to be lightweight enough to sink in quickly, but I still want them to deliver the right amount of hydration. The Skin Repair Moisturiser* just didn't tickle my fancy as much as I would have liked it to as although it left my complexion feeling soft and not greasy at all, it does need to be used with an extra dose of oil or serum underneath. 

The Skin Replenishing Body Balm* on the other hand really surprised me by how much I enjoyed using it. With a simple fragrance and a gentle formula, this is just good for everyday use or if you want to make sure your pins remain looking soft and smooth in the Summer/early Autumn. 

What products do you enjoy using from Liz Earle? 

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Transitional Skincare Favourites

The transitional period between Summer and Autumn always makes my skin feel irritated, break out and look lacklustre. I feel that I've come a lot more prepared this year with my nourishing moisturisers and blemish banishing cleansers, so today I am sharing with you five of my must have skincare products for this time of the year. 

A physical exfoliator is essential for me at this time of the year as I tend to use them twice a week to get rid of any dry patches I have almost instantly as well as making my skin feel super clean too! The Pixi Peel and Polish* has been raved about on this blog before, but it's one of my favourites for helping to get my skin back into tip top condition as it's great to use in the morning as I find my foundation goes on a lot smoother. 

The Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Bright Serum* is the perfect addition to my routine as it is a great alternative if I don't want to use a manual exfoliation, but I need some extra help when it comes to perking up my complexion and smoothing the skin. This has a thick gel texture that sinks into the skin super quickly, but gets to work overnight, so wake up with your skin looking calmer and feeling softer. 

Usually I reach for a face oil when my skin feels dehydrated, but the Fresh Deep Rose Serum* is a great alternative as it's lightweight, feels like water on the skin and still super nourishing. Although it's my second serum of my skincare routine, it feels and acts a lot different to the Glow Recipe offering and works great as an extra boost underneath my moisturiser. 

Talking of moisturiser, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream* has well and truly been promoted to holy grail league at the moment as it's saved my skin on several occasions. The ultra-thick, luxurious formula feels like it'll leave a heavy residue, but it just doesn't. It doesn't irritate my skin, in fact it sinks in quickly and I wake up with super soft and noticeable smoother complexion. 

It doesn't stop there as there is an area that I tend to neglect the most and that's my lips! The Girl, Undiscovered Pink Skies* lip balm is great as it transforms into an oil upon application and makes my lips feel as good as new from the first swipe. 

What are your favourite transitional skincare products? 

Monday, 2 September 2019

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

September is here! Although I'm happy that it won't be long until I'm looking for pine cones, going for my annual pumpkin patch visit and wrapping up warm, it definitely feels like the Summer went by super quick. I'm sad to say goodbye to the lighter evenings and the warmer days, but here are five things I've added to my September to-do list. 

Embrace The Love For Autumn | I absolutely love Autumn if you didn't already know. The morning feels crisp and fresh, conkers start to scatter themselves on the floor and it's acceptable to feel cosy in layers of jumpers. With my birthday coming up in early October, Tom's later the same month, I've got a lot to look forward to over the next couple of months, so I want to embrace every second. 

Plan A Festive Getaway | Our planning for our September holiday didn't go to plan, so we've decided to stay in the UK and decide where we want to go depending on where has good weather which I'm super excited about. Not going away abroad, has meant that we can plan a festive trip instead to visit a European city and it's Christmas markets - at the moment we're thinking Budapest or Krakow. 

Bake More | GBBO is back! I'm so excited and I can myself getting more invested in this series, but I need to bake more so I have an excuse to eat all the tasty snacks whilst it's on. It's the perfect programme when you want to settle down and feel cosy in the evening!

Continue At-Home Workouts | The recent heatwave has made it hard for me to work out from home without sweating buckets, so I've been giving it a miss and instead spending all my workout time outside. I want to get back into morning yoga and regular HIIT routines. 

Pick Up Some New Pieces | I've got lots of my wishlist at the moment as I had a wardrobe sort out the other month, giving away and selling lots of the clothes that no longer suit or fit me. I've done a transitional wardrobe wishlist a couple of days ago, but there's lots of pieces I want to pick up for the next few months. 

What is on your September to-do list? 

Friday, 30 August 2019

August Beauty Favourites

August Beauty Favourites
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August was full to the brim with sunny evenings, thirty degree weather and lots of ice lollies... but it's now coming to the end and Autumn is on the horizon. I don't usually do regular monthly favourites posts, but I thought as I have a few products I wanted to share, now would be the perfect time! 

I've been trying to take better care of my hair over the past couple of months and I've finally got a handful of products that are helping me to achieve fuller, healthier locks. The Mane N Tail Hair Strengthener* helps to detangle as well as smooth and soften, but I wanted to put it to the test on how well it actually strengthens. Now, I can only go on feel, but after a month of using this, my hair feels in a lot better condition and when I don't use this daily, I certainly know the difference!

The shampoo I've been using is the Lee Stafford Keep It Clean* which does what it says on the tin as it works to get rid of any product build up and grease you have in your hair without stripping or making your scalp dry. It's similar to the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo with how it makes my hair feel, but the scent of these two haircare products are absolutely amazing. 

I tend to be quite good when it comes to adding SPF to my face and the rest of my body, but when it comes to my lips - they tend to get neglected. This means that I've spent most of the Summer slathering on lip balm to get them back to tip top condition. My go-to have been the Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies* which is an ultra-luxe balm to oil offering that helps to keep your lips feeling soft, smooth and nourished. 
August Beauty Favourites
I've got a transitional skincare routine planned to share with you, but I had to include one of my favourite products in this post too. The Liz Earle Balancing Gel Mask* has such an unique texture because it's thicker in texture than a traditional gel mask, but it still feels lightweight and nourishing. It takes just five minutes to improve the appearance and feel of your skin which is great when you have little time in the evening. 

Onto makeup now and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation* had to make an appearance because since posting my full review here, I've continued to like it more and more. It's formula is comfortable on the skin, it photographs beautifully and has great longevity especially in the warm weather. 

For lipstick, I've been wearing pretty much one lipstick the whole entire month and that's the Charlotte Tilbury Dancefloor Princess*, a product that was part of the Hot Lips 2 collection. It's got a nourishing formulas that easy to top up and it goes with a variety of makeup looks. 

What are your favourite products this August? 

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Transitional Fashion Wishlist | Rust + Dark Florals

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With the sudden spate of warm weather, I'm probably still premature in getting excited for the next cosier, colder season. I've seen quite a few previews of what will be hot this Autumn and I'm super excited to pick up a few new pieces for my wardrobe. Two of the most common trends are dark florals and rust hues, so I've picked out a my top favourite picks for this transitional fashion wishlist. 

This Hollister Colourblock Jumper is absolutely perfect of the upcoming season as it looks like it'd go well with a rust coloured midi skirt and boots as well as a casual pair of ripped jeans! I've been eyeing up getting a couple of new pairs of boots because the one's that I've had for years (one being 7 years!) are starting to look a tad scruffy, so this Nasty Gal White Pair may need purchasing soon, however these slightly edgy Take a Hiker black ones look perfect too.  

I absolutely loved wearing my beret last year and despite the possibility that I've possibly shrunk mine in the wash, I still want to pick up another colour - this Monki Rust offering is just right. I've been shopping around for a panama hat too, but I can't find one at the moment that is sturdy enough and doesn't look a tad stupid on my head. 

I feel like I need to pick up a pair of long dungarees as they can look super casual and would be a cosy pick for the next season too. This Signature 8 Polka Dot pair are up there, but this simple Nasty Gal Black ones may be more suitable for everyday wear. 


Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Five To Buy From Glossier

Glossier Beauty Recommendations
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Glossier is the brand that's all the rage right now with it's  easy to use formulas and millennial pink packaging that has sent people into a frenzy. They've been the UK for a while now and I've previously done a Glossier full collection post with individual reviews of new releases too, but when it comes to purchasing your first product, I know how overwhelming it can be when there's so many products that get rave reviews. 

This was a super hard round up to narrow down as I wanted to feature the Invisible Shield SPF, but I instead switched it out for the Milky Oil Makeup Remover. This pocket sized cleanser which sits in-between an oil and micellar water is perfect for taking off your eye makeup in one swipe of a cotton pad without tugging or irritating the area. I don't use it all over my face because the bottle is small, but it's so great at breaking down the day's mascara and eyeshadow. 

The cleanser that I do use all over my face is the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, a cult classic of theirs and for a very good reason. It's gel-like formula has a subtle rose scent that removes light makeup, but I like using this as a second cleanse as this leaves my complexion feeling supple and clean. They sell this is a trio set, which I would recommend as their original Priming Moisturiser nearly made this list as it's a great primer if you want a nourished, healthy feeling skin before makeup application. 
Glossier Beauty Recommendations
I'm very fussy when it comes to clay face masks so when I recommend this as one of my top three favourites - it means something! The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack helps to detoxify and draw out any impurities I have without drying or irritating my usually sensitive skin. It's great if you enjoy multi-masking too as I like this specifically on my t-zone to keep spots at bay. 

If there's one product you should atleast check out even if you think you won't be a fan of the brand is the Cloud Paints. These cream blushers have a lightweight formula that can be blended easily and they last throughout the day. It's nothing too intense, but they can be built up to a strong colour, but the lovely flushed hue is right up my street! 

Another makeup favourite of mine from Glossier is Wowder Setting Powder which I've recommend to everyone who will listen. If you're somebody who spills loose powder everywhere then this one will be for you as this has a light mesh which helps to contain the product inside. In terms of the powder itself, it sits beautifully on the skin, not caking nor wearing off after hours of wear. It keeps your complexion looking natural, demi-matte and long lasting all day. 

What are your favourite Glossier products? 

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Four Cleansers On Trial

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Pixi Vitamin C Cleanser, Ark Skincare, Glow Recipe
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It goes without saying that cleansers are a staple and one of the most important elements of your skincare routine, so it's important to get it right. They're of course personal to what you want to get out of your skincare as well as your skin type, but here are four cleansers I've been trialling at the moment. 

First up is the ARK Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser*, a pick from a brand I've never tried before, but I'm impressed by so far. It's formulated to be used by those in their teens and twenties, to not only keep your complexion free of blemishes, but to help maintain a healthy oil balance and nourish your skin too. It doesn't leave any residue, but it can be used as a first or second cleanse depending on how you like to establish a skincare routine. 

Another product I've been using a lot is the Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser* which promises to brighten, soothe and smooth your skin. It's got a similar formula to a micellar water, so it's super lightweight and cleanses the skin simply. I've been using this a lot in the evening when I want a super fresh feeling to my skin before bed or in the morning when I was a pick-me-up. 
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Pixi Vitamin C Cleanser, Ark Skincare, Glow Recipe
There's quite the story behind the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish* as I first tried it in my mid-teens after asking for it for Christmas due to the lots of positives reviews I'd seen YouTubers do. Unfortunately my oily and very sensitive skin back then didn't like it, but I wanted to give it another go! It's thick, creamy texture removes makeup with ease and the muslin cloths that it comes with helps to exfoliate and leave the skin with 0 residue. I have been using this when I've had thick make up on as I like to save this for best, but the hydrating formula would be great once the weather starts the get colder. 

A favourite that I've been using for a while now is the Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Cleanser* which is great allrounder. It can remove makeup or simply just leave your complexion feeling a lot cleaner, all whilst nourishing and softening. The unique is similar to a gel, but it's a lot thicker so it feels luxurious to use - plus it smells delicious! 

What cleansers have you been enjoying using later? 

Friday, 16 August 2019

NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation Review

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The NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation* is here! Their highly sought-after and coveted new in product has landed in the UK and I've had the pleasure of trying it out for the past week. I wanted to share with you my first impressions and a little bit more information on ABH's first ever liquid foundation. 

With a waterproof, long wearing formula this promises to never clog your pores due to it being oil-free and it won't give you flashback if you're taking photographs in it. As for the coverage, this ticks the medium box nicely, but it's easy to sheer it out using a beauty blender or build up by applying another layer depending on if you want to cover any blemishes or an uneven skin tone. It's got a natural finish, that gives a soft glow which isn't what I was expecting as despite the name implying that it'd be luminous, I still thought it'd be more on the demi-matte side. This finish is right up my street though! 
Personally I'm very impressed with the shade range, with 50 different shades, ranging from fair to deep and lots of undertones to choose from, I think there's something for everybody. I got sent 140N and 150W, the latter being the shade I go for on a day to day basis as I find that it matches me slightly better. Despite being made for those who have beige undertones, it doesn't go pink or orange which I struggle with when I'm opting for a higher coverage foundation. If you're more a pink undertone, then I'm not sure if this range of shades would be for you as they all tend to teeter on the neutral side, but as you all know I absolutely love when this happens because it means I can find a match. 

The price of the foundation has to be mentioned because at £43 it's certainly on the steeper side and if you've got the money to buy it - I'd say it's definitely worth it. If you need an excuse to treat yourself, I'd say that you'll only need a small amount each day you use it, so unlike other foundations that can easily be used up in 6-8 weeks, I have a feeling this will last for more a couple months more. 

Shop this new foundation here.

Will you be trying the NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation? 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

A Day In The Life of A Blogger

After rekindling my love for watching vlogs on YouTube, especially the ones that are either of their working day or at home chilling out, I thought I would give my take on it myself. I get asked quite a lot about what it's like working from home and being your own motivator, so here I am sharing with you my typical day as a blogger/freelance social media manager when I'm at home on a 'laptop day'. 

8:30am - I start my day at around the same time everyday, getting up at 8am and getting to work half an hour later, Now for many I think the idea of being fully functioning when you've barely opened your eyes seems daunting, but to me, although I'm not an early riser, I do wake up super quickly. I either eat breakfast as I start opening up documents on my laptop and checking social media or I wait until a little later. 

9am - After checking my emails, scouring my Instagram and making sure everything has happened the way it should do with the blog post that I would have published at 8am that day, I promote my post on Pinterest and then settle down to start properly working. A large chunk of my day will be taken out by writing and photographing for my blog, but I actually am a freelance social media manager on the side, dabbling in freelance writing and copywriting as well. To keep on top of everything for the day, I always have to make a to-do list to check off as I go. 

9:30am - This is the time of the day when I start writing up some of the blog post ideas I have in my drafts. Depending on my mood, I can sometimes get a full blog post done in 45 minutes, but other times I have to come back to it a few times before adding links and scheduling a date. 

10:15am - Start my freelance social media job. I work throughout the day on my social media jobs as they require a lot on live posting, but this the chunk of the day I like to schedule posts as much as I can and work on planning future content too. I spend a lot of my time studying analytics and making sure any ADs we have set up are working correctly as well as keeping track of engagement and views. I juggle content creating with social media and video editing too, so this is the time to really crack on with some work. 

11:30am - Run errands. The next step in my routine is usually taking photographs, so in the late morning I like to run my errands. Whether that's picking up new props that are needs for shooting purposes or just popping to the Post Office to post parcels. Getting out at this time often boosts my productivity too as I like to listen to music or a podcast on my quick break too. 

12pm - This is when I like to photograph during the Summer as I find the lighting is just right. During the Autumn and Winter, this time gets earlier as I tend to make sure I'm done photographing by 12pm at the latest whereas in the Summer I'm far more inconsistent when shooting flatlays and beauty content as there's still good lighting up until 5/6pm, but I like to have it done and dusted pretty early on in the day. 
1pm - Lunch time! I'm the worst when it comes to taking an actual lunch break and getting away from my screen, but at the moment I'm trying to give myself 30 minutes to grab lunch from the shop or whip something tasty up in the kitchen. 

1:30pm - Back to my social media job now, where I'm sorting out any freelance writing or social media jobs I have, as well as keeping on top of what's coming in. I answer any calls that need to be taken,  check my emails for both my business and blog then I get back to work. I do a bit more of what I've been doing before, scheduling and posting live updates to the companies I manage on social media as well as keeping up with any updating I have to do for my blog too and finishing off any video editing or content that I have in the pipeline. 

2:30pm - I don't do this everyday, but I like to give myself a chunk of time to check out any latest opportunities whether that be on blogging apps for new work coming in or on People Per Hour/Upwork for freelance purposes. Doing this has helped me earn a lot more and I have gained a lot of experience and new contacts whilst doing so. 

3pm - This is when I get back to writing any blog posts that need to be finished, set a date and scheduled on Twitter - I use Tweetdeck for reference. Putting aside some time to concentrate on any blog posts that need finishing definitely helps me stay inspired as this is my favourite part of the day. 

4:30pm - It's number crunching time. Admittedly I don't do this daily, but I like to go through my finances and invoices making sure that everything is getting paid on time and updating my spreadsheet. This takes longer than you'd expect because as well as prepping your own invoicing, I am emailing and updating all at the same time as the replies come in. I tend to do this once or twice a week depending on how much needs to get paid and if there are any late payments. 

5pm - 6pm - Then I'm slowly finishing up, but this is usually my panic hour as I like to get everything on my do-to list ticked off. During the day, I like to find time to clean up the house and some time to do a workout, so depending on when this can be fitted in, the last hour of my day is dedicated to doing everything I might have forgotten to do. I don't go to many blogging events and on the weekend I shoot a lot of my fashion content for my Instagram, so this time can be used to plan outfits, locations and edit any photographs I have. 

Have you enjoyed this insight into a freelance and social media managers working day? 
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