Sunday, 24 March 2019

Molton Brown Suede Orris

Molton Brown Suede Orris Review
Molton Brown Suede Orris
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It's not often that I do a full blog post dedicated to a range, but the new Molton Brown Suede Orris scent needed one as although this citrus, subtle offering is a hard one to describe, it is no doubt perfect for the upcoming new season. 

The product I'm most excited about is one that Molton Brown has never done before and that's a Hair Mist*. They've got a Eau De Toilette too which I'm already eyeing up as I think it's lovely to have the option to layer up all the different products. I've never tried a hair mist before but I've heard it's better for your locks than spritzing in your usual daily perfume - plus who doesn't love swishing their hair around for an excuse to smell your perfume. It's long lasting which I was surprised about and the scent lingers just the right amount so that it's not overpowering nor too faint to make a difference. It's great for if you want to refresh your locks between washing or you just want another scent to layer. 

I've actually already had a miniature version of the Suede Orris Bath and Shower Gel* which I used up pretty quickly, so having the 300ml full sized one is a treat! It's a hard scent to describe but it's familiar powdery floral scent of tuscan orris mixed with the refreshing citrus mandarin and patchouli base notes. It sits subtly on the skin, which may make it a fragrance that won't appeal to those who prefer something a little stronger. It does linger on the skin, but as the shower gel just gently cleanses the skin, it isn't enough to interfere with any perfume you layer it up with. 

It takes a lot for me to use a body lotion, but when I enjoy one, I tend to use it super quickly and until there's absolutely nothing left. I've used Molton Brown body lotions before and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to see how the Suede Orris offering* would suffice. It's dreamy scent definitely entices me in, but if I'm honest at the moment I'm currently not reaching for it. I think I struggle with how thick and luxurious it feels as I find that I don't have the patience to wait for it to sink in. 

Have you tried the new Molton Brown Suede Orris range? 
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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Makeup Mess: Early Spring Edition

Makeup Mess: Early Spring Edition
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I last did a makeup mess post over a year ago now and I used to love doing these posts whenever I wanted to have a ramble about what products I'd been wearing even if they had little to no correlation. I've been rediscovering old favourites, giving products a second try and also relying on one particularly base to get me through the awkward transitional stage my skin is in right now. 

I don't know whether it's because the Milk Makeup Baked Bronzer stole the show, but I don't feel like I've been giving the other Milk products I bought the attention they deserve, so I made it my mission mid March to give them another try especially as I want to do a follow up post about my must-haves and the ones to miss. The Luminous Blur Stick is what's on review today as although it blurs my pores as the name would suggest and when paired when a full coverage foundation, it does my makeup look smoother, I'm not sure that I can see any difference between this one and the original. I'm trying to work it into my skin in different ways and as my complexion has been really rather temperamental recently, I don't want to give up with it just yet! 

The base I've been loving so much recently is the Erborian BB Crème* which I'm currently using up the last of. It's a unique formula for me as it's thicker in texture that I expect, offers a good amount of coverage, but looks super natural on the skin. Even if I've got dry patches or my skin is feeling sensitive, this will always blur any imperfections I may have and deliver that healthy-dewy finish that I love. 

I've really gotten back into my pot concealers in the last couple of weeks, the Nars Soft Matte and Glossier Stretch being the two that I've currently got in my makeup bag. When paired with a Beauty Blender, they both look undetectable on the skin, whilst covering any blemishes I have. I prefer something else for underneath the eyes usually, but when I'm having a bit of a no-makeup day, I do love using these dotted all over. 

For blushers, I've been switching between three, one cream and the other two powders. I'm quite predicable when it comes to my colour choices at this time of the year as I'm a sucker for anything peachy, pinky or coral, so the Glossier Haze Cloud Paint is a little out my comfort zone. It's great for adding a dose of colour to the apples of my cheeks and it can be really sheered out for just a slight tint. The Milani Tea Rose Blusher (just look at it!) and Nars Orgasm* are super gorgeous and ones that I seem to be coming back to a lot recently. 

Eyes and lips wise, I'm still using my daily favourites, but I've started to add the Charlotte Tilbury Jeans Eyes To Mesmerise Pot* into my routine especially when I'm going out for a date night or party. It adds just a slight sparkle to the lid without needing to commit to a full smokey eye look. The Nudestix Purity Intense Matte Pencil* is what I've been wearing all the time as it gives the illusion of fuller, plumper lips in only a few seconds and is super easy to use on the go. 

What make-up have you been wearing recently? 
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Thursday, 21 March 2019

A Feel Good Pamper Routine

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Whenever I'm feeling under the weather or in need of some TLC, I always like to have a bit of a pamper night, making time for a face mask and a long hot bath with candles, but that isn't where I usually stop. I like making a night of it, starting from washing my hair to fake tanning my body then popping on my favourite TV series or film to perk me up and make me feel better. 

I start off with a hot bath with all the trimmings, the perfect time to exfoliate all over, wash my locks and shave too. Of course having a luxe shower gel is always a perk and I've been trying out the new Molton Brown Suede Orris* offering which leaves me feel super clean and smelling delicious too. I've also been using up the last of my St Moriz Skin Primer* tube at the moment which helps prep my skin for tanning and gets rid of any dry patches too. For hair, I'm currently alternating between a few, but it's the Maui Moisture Revive and Hydrating Shampoo* that I've reached for quite a lot as it's a nourishing addition to my routine - perfect for Winter and the traditional season. 

Next up I like to give myself an even layer of the Isle of Paradise Tanning Water. This re-discovery of mine offers an even, golden tan that lasts for over a week on me and isn't too overpowering when it comes to the biscuit scent that usual fake tanners deliver. I don't like to follow up with any moisturiser until a few hours after as I don't like to disrupt the tan too much and for me, I don't like applying any body lotion before tanning as I find it's too slippery. 

As I said, a pamper routine for me isn't just about the products and skincare, but about making a full night of it. Getting the snacks in and popping on a funny flick or TV show. I'm currently watching the fourth series of Plebs and the newest episodes of Derry Girls both of which are worth a watch, but I've got to admit I love a Marvel film too. It's the perfect time to pop on a face mask too and I've just started trying out the Pixi GLOW Sheet Mask* which from first impression is ulra-brightening and makes the skin feel soft. 

How do you like to pamper yourself and relax? 
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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

How I Think Of Blog Post Ideas Five Years On

Creating Blog Post Ideas
Thinking up blog posts ideas is one of the hardest things to do when you're not in the right mindset or you're out of the habit. Back in 2017, when I was blogging daily, I created the "How To Generate Ideas For Your Blog" which gained a lot of attention, helped a lot of people out and is something I continue to refer back to whenever I'm struggling (especially the three word method!). This inspired me to update a few of the new ways I like to help me feel inspired again and I hope they help you out too. 

Think Seasonally | One of the biggest inspirations for my writing is the seasons whether's it's outfits I'm wearing once the sun has come out or the makeup I've been using at the end of Winter. Each season brings a new lease of motivation for me, so I like to utilise it as much as I can, making sure I have a notepad full of ideas to refer back to. 

Look Through Your Makeup Bag | Ahhh... I love a simple tip and this one is one of my favourites! Just looking through your current makeup bag and pulling out a handful of products, can help you think of blog post ideas. If I pick out a foundation, blusher and lipstick, I can often think of various ideas relating to the shade or finish; something that I like to put into spider diagram form. For instance, if I look at a red lipstick I love, I will think of a red lip round up, a current makeup look I can write about or simply a brand focus post. 

Don't Just Stick To One Niche | ...or do - it's up to you! I do love broadening my horizons and writing whatever I feel like, especially whenever I'm in a bit of a lull. If I'm not feeling like writing about makeup or photographing flatlays, I go around my house with a camera, snapping away whatever I can find and seeing what comes up. I love exploring lifestyle themes and letting you know a little bit more about myself whether that's what I've been watching on television or where I've been going on holiday recently. 

Looking Back At Old Posts | I've recently been doing this with posts like this one from 2017 as this was when I was daily blogging. It's easy to revisit ideas, update your readers on the products you used to use and what you think of them now as well as re-discovering the "what's in my handbag tag". 

How do you come up with new blog post ideas? 
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Saturday, 16 March 2019

End of Winter Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

End of Winter Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites
End of Winter Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites
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Despite the weather still being rather unpredictable, it's safe to say that we're now officially is double figure temperatures which means that Spring is just around the corner. The new season brings blossoming flowers, longer days and possible (?!) sunshine which I'm looking forward to, but I thought I'd round up Winter with a favourites post, letting you know my go-to makeup products, what I've been wearing and even snacks I've been enjoying too! 

I tend to forget that Winter started before Christmas, but I wanted to focus mainly on the products I've been using and wearing in 2019 so far. Skincare wise, I've been using the Glossier Milky Oil to get rid of my eye makeup and then I follow it up using the Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser*. The latter gets rid of any traces of makeup, whilst being nourishing on the skin. I follow it up with another cleanse if I need it and then the rest of my skincare routine, ending with applying the Sunday Riley Tidal Cream* to keep my dehydrated complexion hydrated. 

Makeup is something that I like to change regularly, updating my makeup bag as I go along. I've been using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit since I got it and it's still going strong in terms of being my favourite all-rounder. It has everything you need powder wise and is very compact which means it's great for travelling. Milk Makeup came to the UK back at the end of January - making it a good start to the New Year. I picked up a variety of products, but it's the Baked Matte Bronzer that has stolen my heart and I think it'll be used throughout the next two seasons too! 
End of Winter Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites In terms of fashion, I wore my Missguided Double Breasted Check Coat (now in the sale for £36!) pretty much everyday that it was cold. I can't tell you how many compliments I've got when wearing it which is always a lovely plus. Other than the coat, if there was one other item that I'd say I wore pretty much all the time it's the Nasty Gal Check On It Skirt which I can safely say was the best money I spent all Winter and I'm already looking at their other skirts. 

For food to make it into a favourites post, it has to be amazing in my opinion. After going to Prague back in January, we came back with the need to consume some fruit and veggies, so I whipped up a daily dose of green smoothies to tuck in to. Currently I'm loving the combination of mango, pineapple, spinach and kale which has perked me up on a Winter's morning. 

On the not-so-healthy side of things, I've been loving three snack alternatives to the traditional crisps. Bepps, which are puffed seasoned black-eye peas are in the top three alongside Hippeas, the ultimate moorish chickpea snack and the my recent find Lorenz Peanut Curly Puffs which I picked up from the range and honestly they're SOO good - it makes me want to bulk buy. 
End of Winter Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites
Food aside, I've been loving binge watching a TV show or two including The Umbrella Academy, Derry Girls and Sex Education too. Due to illness back in January, we did make it through what felt like 80% of Netflix, the new Luther series getting devoured as well as You. 

In my house, I've updated a few of my rooms including adding this H&M Wool Blend Rug to my bedroom alongside a full side mirror to create a cosier feel. Downstairs I've switched a few items around and added some new plants to any bare areas. Adding green has given my whole home a Spring-like look and I'm already thinking of investing in some more hanging plants to dot around. 

As I mentioned before, Prague was an amazing getaway and after our spontaneous trip to Wales at the end of February in which we had amazing Sunny weather, we've both been planning to get away soon too. Originally I wanted to go to Porto, Portugal and I still do, but with things being a little last minute I'm thinking that hopping over to Bratislava, Slovakia might be a nice idea too as it means we can visit Vienna, Austria in a day too - two countries in one trip! 

What are your end of Winter favourites? 
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Friday, 15 March 2019

What I've Been Watching This March

I don't know about you, but I feel like TV has been really good recently and if you struggle to just pick one thing to watch a night, I've got some new shows to recommend you today. If you're planning a takeaway and Netflix session then you may want to keep on reading. 

Derry Girls | I love finding a new comedy to binge watch and after the success of the first series, I couldn't wait for the second to start. It has me belly laughing throughout the whole episode and the only criticism I have is that they're never long enough. Sister Michael is a whole mood and it's definitely worth a watch just for her eye rolls. 

Captain Marvel | The only film in this line up, but it had to have a mention as I absolutely loved it. I'm not sure if it was the delicious Belgium waffle I had, but I left the cinema with a smile on my face - something that the recent Marvel films haven't managed to do. It's storyline is a bit murky in places, but it makes up for it in funny characters and catchy 90's music. Worth a watch! 

The Umbrella Academy | I've got to be honest, I didn't think that I'd get along with this as the adverts didn't do it justice. There's lot of twists and turns throughout the series, keeping you interested throughout and although I still want a backstory about the children, you get pretty invested in the characters from the get go. 

SUTC Great British Bake Off | GBBO never fails to make me feel cosy, so having the TV show back with a good cause is a bonus especially as I've been struggling with this weather recently. It's nice to get comfy with a blanket and snacks again to watch it, plus every episode ends with me chuckling my way through it. 

Cheat | If you want to catch this show it's been on ITV four days in the row (why can't more television shows do this) and although it was a little bit tough to get into at the beginning, it's had me hooked now. It's unique storyline makes for an entertaining watch and now I'm excited for The Bay to start next too.  

What have you been watching lately? 


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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Spring Wardrobe Wishlist

Spring Wardrobe Wishlist
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Despite the gloomy weather at the moment, I can't help but think that Spring is just around the corner! My wardrobe is far from ready for the warmer season ahead, so I've been scouring the internet for some new outfits and thought I'd share with you my top picks to help you feel inspired today. 

Dresses are obviously at the top of my wishlist because I've only got one that isn't too big for me and I like that they can transition from one season to the next easily. This blue ASOS Broderie Dress is stuff of dreams and I'll definitely be snapping it up ready for the warmer weather - just look at it (and it comes in other colours too!). Although I'm going to try and make dresses my main focus of the season, with lots of floaty numbers, skirts are obviously going to get a look in too. I think that the ASOS Yellow Broderie Skirt is my favourite I've seen so far and I've been loving imagining the brighter colours in my wardrobe. 

I'm not usually a jewellery person other than the Missoma earrings I usually wear, but I've wanted to add a few new pieces to my collection for a while now. These H&M Shell Earrings are very on trend now and I love gold detailing in my outfits, but the H&M Coin Necklace is the other one I've had my eye on. 


What's on your Spring wardrobe wishlist? 
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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Pink Beauty Favourites

Pink Beauty Favourites
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It feels like it's become a bit of a tradition to share some of my favourite pink products at this time of the year. Whether it's a blusher, a new lipstick or just the packaging of my go-to face mask, pink is everywhere in my collection and with it being one of my favourite shades for the upcoming season, I thought it was the perfect time to do this post. 

Blushers and lipsticks are the easiest ways to add a little colour in your routine and the Benefit Coralista* has been my go-to Spring shade in recent years. For a cream offering, I opt for the Glossier Dusk Cloud Paint which is more on the nude side of hues, but it blends effortlessly into the skin and lasts a good amount of time too. 

For lips, the Charlotte Tilbury The Duchess Lipstick* is always a good idea as the nourishing formula sits comfortably on my lips, but I have been loving it paired with the Nudestix Purity Lip Pencil* which makes my lips look fuller in an instant. If I want something a shade darker, it's the Nars Anita Lipstick* I opt for, a gorgeous dusky pink hue that is easy to wear on a daily basis. 

The Urban Decay Cherry Eyeshadow Palette* is one of my favourite pink themed makeup products and I love all the different combinations of looks I can create. If I'm looking for something a little bit more shimmery then the Hourglass Scattered light Reflect Eyeshadow which has intense colour pay off and can really add a twist to your usual smokey eye. 

I don't just stop at makeup when it comes to the pink theme, it can often be found throughout my skincare too. The Pixi Fixing Spray* is one that I use every day underneath my base and Pixi's complimenting Rose Tonic* can be used at the end of the day for calming and soothing the skin. Of course this line up wouldn't be the same with Glow Recipe's Watermelon Mask* to finish it off as it's one of my favourite face masks whenever my complexion is looking lacklustre and feeling dehydrated. 

What are your pink beauty favourites? 
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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream
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I've got to admit retinol has always scared me, but after the introduction of more acids into my routine and getting to know my skin better when it comes to it's reaction to them, I have started getting better at using it. The Drunk Elephant A Passioni Retinol Cream* is one of their latest releases, a product that promises to rejuvenate the skin, boosting the complexion to give an overall healthier, glow. 

As always I have high hopes when it comes to Drunk Elephant products after the success of their other pieces in the ranges working so well for me (shout out to baby facial and la la retro). Saying this, for some reason, after getting sent this, I didn't pick it up for a week or so as I was trialling other products at the time and never felt like this would fit in with my routine. After coming back from Prague, with my dehydrated, lacklustre skin in tow, I thought then was the perfect time to give it a go. 


It's hard to find where it sits in a skincare routine, but I like to use it post-cleanse, but before my normal, nourishing moisturiser in the evening every three days, allowing me to use other products on the other days as I wish. I do have to make a conscious effort to remember to use it which sometimes means I miss a couple of days, but that hasn't effected my skin just yet. 

So far, I've found that has improved the texture of my skin especially for this time of the year and in general my complexion appears a lot brighter. I haven't seen any long term effects yet, but I will have to get back to you with continued use. It hasn't reacted badly with my skin and doesn't leave me feeling sensitive, but it's important to note that it's best to build up the frequency you use this, even maybe using it mixed with a moisturiser first.

Have you tried the Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream? 
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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Spring Transitional Skincare and Body Care Rotation

Transitional Skincare and Body Care Spring
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Now is about the time that I've already started to switch up my skincare, inject a bit of extra moisture into my locks and plan to rotate my makeup ready for the new season. March marks the start of Spring for me, so I thought I'd put together a few new product finds and old favourites that I've been using during this transitional period. 

The time between Winter and Spring is always super tough on my skin; I'm more prone to breakouts, my complexion looks rather lacklustre and often feels ultra-dehydrated too. Foundation doesn't quite sit right and therefore neither does any of my other makeup, so I rely on skincare to help prep and prime my skin ready. The Glossier Milky Oil and Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser* have been a dream time when it comes to taking my makeup off gently and leaving my skin feels clean. The latter is very gentle on the skin and when paired with a nourishing toner, I start to look a little bit more human in no time. 

Face masks are been a regular in my routine too and I've especially been loving them when worn in a steaming hot bath to open my pores and really let the product get to work. The Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask has been my go-to especially around the cheeks, but as my t-zone is feeling a little on the clogged side I've been opting for a variety of my favourite clay masks to do the job. 

Even though the Herbivore Coco Rose is a firm body scrub favourite of mine, it's the St Moriz Exfoliating Skin Primer* I've been using to get rid of any dry patches I've got all over my body. I've cracked the fake tan back out again and it was a regular in my routine during February too. The Isle of Paradise Tanning Water never fails to leave me with a even, natural looking tan that perks me up when the weather outside is looking miserable. 

Last up in this line up is haircare and of course I have to mention the Olaplex No3 Treatment as it's been a miracle worker during the Winter on my stressed out locks. I recently used it straight after dying my hair, something which up until this point I've never done before and let me tell you now - it's a game changer! It tames my tresses without making them greasy and I've done a full blog post on it here if you fancy a read. 

What are your transitional skincare and body care favourites? 


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Friday, 1 March 2019

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

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

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Can I say that Spring is here yet now it's March?! I can sense that the blooming flowers, the warmer weather and lighter evenings are now officially on their way. I've got quite a few things that I want to get down this month and I'm looking forward to the new season that's upon us. 

Plan A Last Minute Getaway | We booked a spontaneous weekend away for North Wales last Thursday for the next day and honestly we loved it so much. The weather was perfect and I started our week off together perfectly. We've got another bit of time off planned for the end of March/Start of April, so we've decided to escape the country to somewhere sunny on a last minute deal. We're thinking Portugal, Greece and Italy, but all recommendations are welcome. 

Experiment With Seasonal Recipes | I don't just mean just eating the fluffy pancakes on the 5th, but I've actually started incorporating more smoothies into my diet, something that I find a lot easier to do when the weather gets warmer. I love having a green option with lots of spinach and kale in as I find that it's a great way to get your greens in without realising it. Alongside this, I've been craving having a garlicky black bean stuffed jacket potato for an easy dinner which is something new to the menu and it's nearly time to crack out the refreshing salads too. 

Have A Spring Clean | There's nothing quite like a fresh home to come home to at this time of the year especially when the up and down weather forecast can leave me feeling a little bit deflated. I want to give the kitchen a good ol' scrub and clean all the cupboards Mrs Hinch style. I want to pick up some new plants (I've just got a monstera plant, so any tips welcome) to dot around the house and complete some of the corners in my house I've been meaning to for a while. 

Make More Plans | I actually started to fill up my diary last year with an upcoming biking holiday to Scotland and a weekend away to Yorkshire, but I want to make more plans to see friends for lunch and dinner dates. Alongside this, I want to make sure that I know when upcoming events are like when the cherry blossom is blooming so I can make a plan to see them (and photograph them lets face it!) and to go to the local gardens when they open them around Easter. 

Check Out Some New Wardrobe Additions | On the whole, I find that my Autumn/Winter wardrobe tends last years longer than my Spring/Summer one, so every year I like to top it up. With weight-loss and my favourite pieces looking on the scruffier side, I've been looking through all my favourite online shops to pick out some new items for the upcoming warmer weather. 

What's on your March to-do list? 
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