Sunday, 16 June 2019

A Bedroom Makeover Plan

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You many notice from the photographs throughout this post that part of my bedroom has had a bit of a makeover, but the area is still looking pretty bare and unfinished. Rather than waiting til the end to show you the finished result, I thought I would showcase what it's currently looks like whilst I'm in the midst of deciding what needs adding or moving about. 

As you can probably see I have a hanging planter that needs filling and I personally love the way it looks hanging from the side of our very oversized mirror. I think once a plant has been placed there (I'm thinking string of pearls!), I think it'll fill the area nicely, but I'm still tempted to add even more house plants to this area in the form of a Wall Mount Terrarium. This gold pick is perfect and doesn't break the bank either, I think it'd be a very cute and welcomed addition. 

Another piece from UO that I've been eying up is the Phases of The Moon Wall Hanging which is brass and looks like it would fill the empty space below my shelf and above my macrame nicely - if I move it. The Pressed Flower A4 Frame is honestly beautiful and is something a little bit different to a usual print as we already have a mini gallery wall up in our bedroom above where we sleep. 

Talking of our bed, I've switched most of the cushions that were on it and put them downstairs instead which means there's now space for some new picks. Due to the theme of natural rattan and mustard, I'm thinking of going along that colour palette for our scatter cushions too. I've got to admit these Posh Totty Velvet Round Cushions are tickling my fancy at the moment!

Here are a few of my other ideas: 

Do you like my bedroom makeover so far? 
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Friday, 14 June 2019

A Daily Everyday Makeup Routine

A Daily Everyday Makeup Routine
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I've been using switching up my makeup a lot recently, changing my lipstick colours, trying out new base products and enjoying a new eyeshadow palette. Today I thought I'd share with you my current daily everyday makeup routine that I've been wearing towards the end of the Spring season. 

I've got the new Urban Decay All Nighter Summer Solstice Spray* to play around with and I knew what I was getting involved with as their original offering is one of my all-time favourite makeup products and most repurchased too. It helps to prolong the wear of your base especially as I spritz it after using a moisturiser, but before my primer. 

Talking of primer, it's the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow* that I've been using on a daily basis. It's thin formula sits underneath your base without disturbing it whilst adding just the right amount of glow. I like pairing this with the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream*, a buildable coverage foundation that helps to cover any redness or uneven skin tone you have whilst sitting comfortably on the skin. This is my ultimate day-to-day base as it means I don't have to wear a concealer if I don't want to as well as being easy to blend into your complexion. 

As I don't powder down my base as much on the daily, I've been using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand straight after my foundation as this cream formula can be built up as well as blended out to get the bronzed look that you want. 

I tend to reach for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette regularly as if I need to decrease any shine on my t-zone, top up my bronzer or add a little highlighter to my cheeks, I always reach for it. Although the blushers inside are amazing, my go-to at the moment is the Nars Orgasm* as the pink hue with gold flecks running through it is very fitting for the season. 
Nars Mini Wanted Palette
The other day the Nars Mini Wanted Eyeshadow Palette* was sent to me and it immediately made it's way into my makeup bag. I've been using it for the last couple of days and I can see myself making my way through this. This is because it's TINY as in really dinky, but this does mean it fit into anywhere with ease and I can still get a fluffy brush in each shade which I was initially worried about. The quality of each shadow lives up to their other formulas and each shade blends together beautifully meaning you don't need to think too much about what to wear - I tend to stick to the left four for everyday wear though and I kind of wish that the full size was in stock! It has to be mentioned that despite the absolutely dreamy hues, the lid is made partly of cardboard so it might be more prone to wear and tear. 

I've been using a variety of liquid eyeliners so I can't just narrow it down to one, but the mascara I've been reaching for has been the Too Faced Better Than Sex. This helps to lengthen and add volume to my lashes which I definitely need at the moment! I feel like mascara helps to finish off the whole look and along with my usual eyebrow routine of the ABH Dipbrow Pomade* my whole eye look is complete. 

My lip colour changes all the time, but I've been loving the Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm* to help nourish my lips daily, but I also like it when I want to transform a lip liner into a full on lip shade. It's balm to oil formula leaves the lips looking hydrated and juicy! 

What products are you currently using in your makeup routine? 
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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup and Skincare Collection

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Collection
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I own more Charlotte Tilbury products than any other makeup brand and I think it's safe to say that it definitely puts them high up on my favourite brand list. Not only is the rose gold casing absolutely dreamy, but the formulas are absolutely gorgeous. This post is a long one, so grab yourself a cup of tea, a snack and a pen and paper as you're going to have a wishlist as long as your arm!

Starting with makeup, I recently got sent the Wonderglow* which is a product I've used in sample form for years now. I can't believe it's taken me this long to own it as if you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that it's one of my top primers ever! You only need a little amount to add just the right amount of radiance to the skin before going in with your other base products. If you want something a little bit more intense then the Flawless Filter* will be your best bet. It's thicker in formula and I like to use this on the high points of my face instead of all over, but it offers a similar finish the Wonderglow. 
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Collection
Talking of foundation, I've tried both of Charlotte Tilbury's base offerings, the Light Wonder and Magic Foundation*. The former is great if you want a light coverage that will still cover any blemishes or redness, but it still offers a dreamy dewy finish great for the warmer months. The latter is perfect for those who are lovers of medium to full coverage and although I've bene sent this before, I've been wearing it since it was released after purchasing it myself when a counter came to near where I lived. 

Years ago now I owned The Retoucher Pen, but that's now long gone and has been replaced by the Magic Away Concealer*. The sponge isn't my favourite at all, but the formula pleasantly surprised me as it covers my dark circles and looks natural on the skin too. I've lacking a powder in my collection (trust me it's on my wishlist), but I then finish with the Filmstar Bronze and Glow* which was the first ever Charlotte Tilbury I owned.

The bronzing and highlighting duo is perfect for contouring the cheekbones and adding a luminous glow. I actually owned it first because I won it in a giveaway many moons ago, the bronzer side is the perfect hue and I always wish they sold it on it's own too as I tend to use that up much quicker. The only powder blusher I've owned from them is the Cheek to Chic Ecstasy* offering which I owned before but gave away as I wasn't reaching for it as much as I should, but now I've got it again, I've have to say the coral hue is much more 'me' now.

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Collection

If powder isn't your type of thing, don't worry Charlotte Tilbury will still have you covered and now I'm onto two of my favourite products from them, I'm getting excited to share. The Beauty Light Contour and Highlighting Original Wand are absolutely amazing and although once again I'm not fond of the sponge applicator, what's inside is absolutely amazing. I cannot rave about them enough as the contour wand is super easy to use and blend into the skin, whilst looking natural on the complexion too. The highlighter is the perfect hue for my skin tone and can be used on it's own or underneath a powder illuminator for an extra pop!

If there's one product from Charlotte Tilbury that I didn't get on with it's the Pretty Youth Glow Filter* as I just don't reach for it as much as I thought I would. The highlighter is very subtle on the skin, so the blusher shade is definitely the stand out side. It goes from cream to powder, but you do need to work it up to achieve a good dose of colour. 

The eyeshadow quads are some of my favourites too as I think they're a great idea if you don't think you'd use a full sized eyeshadow palette and if you struggle to find the shades that work well together then this is perfect too. It's hard to pick my favourite between Dolce Vita and Vintage Vamp* as although they're quite similar they still offer something different. 


Charlotte Tilbury Makeup and Skincare Collection
They don't just offer powder formulas, but cream and pencil too. The Colour Chameleons* are what I use if I want a super smokey look, but I would say go for the one you'll enjoy using rather the one recommended for your eye colour! I then have a couple of Eyes to Mesmerise Pots* which are cream shadows that you can apply with just your ring finger for an easy, on-the-go look. Two new products that I've added to my collection recently that I can't yet comment on is the Full Fat Lashes Mascara* and Feline Flick Eyeliner Pen*. I'm looking forward to giving them a try, so I thought I'd give them a mention! 

The Matte Revolution Lipsticks are some of my favourite formulas especially the classic Pillow Talk* shade. The darker hues have to have a mention too as The Queen*, a vibrant pink is absolutely beautiful for this time of the year - I always get compliments whenever I wear it. The Legendary Queen* hue is also a favourite for the Autumn/Winter as although they describe it as a soft neutral wine shade, it's a lot darker than I expected, but it's absolutely beautiful. 

It's not very often that I stick to one lipstick for longer than a week before trying something else, but The Duchess* which is part of their K.i.s.s.i.n.g range, is always at hand. It's nourishing formulas works well with my dehydrated lips and the classic pink hue is perfect for all occasions. I particularly like using this with the Pillow Talk Lip Liner* too which I'm glad I have back in my collection after losing it when moving. 

Charlotte Tilbury Skincare Collection
If I don't fancy wearing a traditional lipstick formula or I want a classic red pick, I go for the Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren* which is a beautiful hue that was my go-to over the Christmas period. It's a drier formula than the usual liquid lipstick which I really enjoy using as it dries quicker, sits comfortably and you can get a defined look with just the brush too. 

When it comes to Charlotte Tilbury skincare I haven't tried much, but the first thing I got my hands on was the Goddess Skin Clay Mask*, a clarifying and detoxing mask that helps to brighten the complexion and tighten pores. I've also tried samples of the Take It Off Eye Makeup Remover* and the Supermodel Body*, both fairly good in my eyes, but I am yet to have the full sized versions yet. 

I've enjoyed using my miniature pot of the Charlotte's Magic Cream* for a while now as you only need the tiniest amount at the time, but it goes without saying that the large 50ml is on the steeper side. I think it's great at nourishing dehydrated skin and my complexion seriously loved it in the Winter. I paired it with my sample of the Multi-Miracle Glow* which is a multitasking product that worked well as a cleanser mostly. 

Last in the very long post and if you've got to the end then congratulations - it's time to treat yourself to a face mask! The Instant Magic Facial Mask* is a dry sheet mask that you can use up to three times which is something I didn't know until I got my hands on one. It'd be a great pick if you need your skin to glow before an event or a wedding as this seriously packs a punch. 

What Charlotte Tilbury products do you love to use? 
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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Fail-Safe Father's Day Gift Guide + Giveaway

Fail-Safe Father's Day Gift Guide + Gucci Guilty Giveaway
Fail-Safe Father's Day Gift Guide + Gucci Guilty Giveaway
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I don't know about you, but I've always found that when shopping for any men in my life, I get stressed out on what to buy them. I'm not sure whether if it's because they're never clear on what exactly they want, but after years of the 'umming and ahhing' whenever asked, I've actually got pretty good at picking out well-received presents. Today, I am helping you out by sharing my top Father's Day gifts from Boots as they have everything you need to make your dad feel special and I've also got some bonus ideas for those of you who are stuck on what to do on the 16th. 

Aftershave is of course the best place to start, but before I share my favourites, I wanted to showcase some of the other ways you can treat your dad to a pamper this Father's Day. If they sport a beard then this L'Oreal Men Expert Barber Club Grooming Kit would be the perfect pick as it contains both a beard wash and a moisturiser to keep their beard feeling and smelling great. 

If that gift set doesn't tickle your fancy then I think this L'Oreal Men Expert The Daily Expert Set will. It's tailored more towards those who need to spruce up their skincare routine, but I think it'd be a great present to give someone who wants to give them some extra TLC. If you want to give your dad a little something more, maybe you could use the L'Oreal Hydra Energetic Recharging Tissue Mask as a way to hint at you taking him for a facial, spa day or a massage too! 

If you want to treat your Dad to some more skincare gifts then the L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Moisturiser, L'Oreal Face Wash and L'oreal Exfoliating Scrub are all great and are favourites in our household. The trio will help to pamper and preen your Dad this Father's Day - something that I know a lot of ours don't do enough! 

Now onto the aftershaves and I think of myself as a connoisseur when it comes to this area as I love (and feel like I'm very good!) at picking out a scents for people. You can never go wrong with Paco Rabanne One Million in my opinion as it suits anybody from young to old. It's long lasting scent lingers on anyone who wears it and is great if you like the traditional aftershave scent, but you want something a little lighter. Another good allrounder is the Hugo Boss Boss The Scent which is a lot deeper than the last pick, but I think everyone that's ever sworn it loves it! 
Fail-Safe Father's Day Gift Guide + Gucci Guilty Giveaway

With a sleek black packaging, the Givenchy Gentleman Eau De Parfum is another perfect pick for your Dad. With woody floral notes on top of lavender, vanilla and patchouli this is a classic smelling fragrance that lingers on the skin for a long time - all whilst looking chic on your shelf too. 

If you're looking for something a little different, the Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is a classic and is well-loved for a reason. With notes of lavender, mint and vanilla, it's not the usual scent you'd usually associate with aftershave, if your Dad is silently over the same fragrance he always gets given (I know I've been guilty of this!) this offering would be great for anybody looking for a new scent. Gift this for your Dad on it's own or maybe pair it with a bonding activity of gin tasting (how fab!) or something more active like going to a paddle boarding lesson. I will probably be doing the latter on Father's Day!

Last up is Gucci Guilty, an Eau de Toilette that I am giving away to one lucky winner today, so you can gift this beautiful scent to your dad this Father's Day. It's classic, glass bottle looks gorgeous on display and fragrance offers notes of cedar wood, bergamot and Spanish Cypress. 

Do you find it hard to buy for your Dad on Father's Day? Here's a chance for you to win something amazing for him! All you have to do is leave a blog post comment below on what you like to do with your Dad on Father's Day and what kind of gifts he usually likes to receive? 



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Do you find it hard to buy for your Dad on Father's Day and what gifts do you think he/you really want? 
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Monday, 10 June 2019

A Summer Beauty Wishlist

A Summer Beauty Wishlist
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Recently I've been lusting after some new beauty pieces to add to my collection and luckily for me, there's been a lot of great new releases that have tickled my fancy. With Boots now stocking Fenty, the new Nars Summer collection and the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess range being released, there's a lot to catch you up on. If you want to be enabled, then read on!

I always associate gift sets with Christmas and I never usually look twice at them unless it's the festive season, but they're really having their moment recently. The Kiehl's Healthy Skin Essentials looks great as they have some favourites of mine and much loved products inside - perfect if you want to try something of everything. The Milk Makeup KUSH Stash Bag has also been on my wishlist for a while now as there's five miniature products inside to try out. It doesn't stop there and the Fenty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Cheek Set is hands down my favourite find as you can try out the Fenty brand for £18 and have two new products for your makeup bag. 

Maybe this is something everyone knows already, but Diptyque now do beauty! Yes you read that right, the famous fragrance brand now offers an Infused Face Mask, an Infused Face Oil (with the cutest petals in!) and Nourishing Lip Balm. They're of course very luxurious and expensive, but if you want to try out a new brand for skincare then I think this would one to check out. 

After trying out the newest Ciaté foundation, I am tempted to pick up the Watermelon Burst Primer as I love anything hydrating and I think this would be a great addition as I'm currently only using one primer at the moment. 

Whenever the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess range gets released, I always feel like Summer is finally here. The Illumating Heatwave Powder Gelée is absolutely dreamy, just look at that packaging and the swatches of it looks amazing. I always spray the Bronze Goddess Perfume every year, but I've never owned it, so maybe I will finally take the plunge and splurge. 

Which of these products would you like to see reviews on? 
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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel Review

Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel Review
Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel Review
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A couple of months back, I received a parcel full of Pixi's glow including products and inside was the Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel*, a new addition to this range and one that I have been wanting to try. It promises to leave the skin feeling smooth and energised which is something my skin currently needs, but does it live up to the hype? 

After I have a thorough cleanse to remove my makeup, I use this Pixi pick as my second cleanse as I don't like to use this anywhere near my eyes. It doesn't foam up and you only need a little amount each night meaning that it's lasted me a long time. Within a few uses I knew that I was on to something good as the little spots that I've always got underneath my skin on my forehead started to look reduced. After a couple of weeks of use (I've been using it for months now), I've never seen my skin clearer and since using this, even the blemishes I get around my period no longer stick around for the full week. 

The only criticism I have is that I've got dry skin and although it doesn't leave my complexion feeling dehydrated at all, I am aware that I'd have to slather on a thicker moisturiser during the Autumn/Winter months. I'm nearly at the end of the tube, but I'm tempted to re-purchase this as I don't want to be without it, but at the same time I want to see how long my skin stays clear when I don't use it. 

If you want an alternative to the original Glow Tonic*, then this would be a great product for you and although I like to still use that toner as I find that it makes my complexion more radiant, the cleanser is what I've been reaching for on a daily basis. 

Have you tried the Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel?
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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Ultimate Guide To Having A Cosy Summer's Day

The Ultimate Guide To Having A Cosy Summer's Day
The Ultimate Guide To Having A Cosy Summer's Day
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As an Autumn baby and a cosy evening enthusiastic, I can sometimes feel like during the warmer months I don't get enough time as I'd like to wind down and relax. 

Head Outside | Now, our garden is far from perfect at the moment, but I do have visions on what I want to do. With a few candles and maybe even some lights outside (of course this Carnival Feestoon Lights is on my wishlist), I think you can easily turn any outside area into something a little bit more cosy. Put on some music, eat your dinner alfresco style with a blanket on your lap and enjoy the warm Summer evening. 

It Doesn't Have To Be Cold To Be Cosy | I know this is probably a UK thing as it doesn't really stay over 20 degrees for longer than a few days at a time realistically, so any sign of bad weather, I do like to make the most of it. Jump in the bath with some candles and a book or hop in the shower with some of your favourite cheesy tunes - they can both be just as uplifting and comforting. 

Baking Something New | I find it easier to whip up something sweet and tasty in the Autumn and Winter because you're not getting all hot and sweaty slaving over the stove. Saying this though, you don't need to make anything too compliment to make it worth while doing. Something savoury could be making your own humous to go with your dinner or you can make an Eton mess for your dessert. 

Have A Film Night | I've got go-to films and TV programmes whenever I want to feel cosy and they're often either Harry Potter or something funny! I know it's easy to just watch Love Island every night, but treating yourself to a film night with all the snacks, blankets and the lights off - only allowing the sunset to show through the blinds. 

Challenge Yourself To A Book A Week | I say "challenge yourself" because I'm not sure I'll be able to do this one, but with the warm weather I think it's easy to take yourself out in the evening when the sun is going down to sit and read a few chapters. Reading really relaxes me and takes my mind away for a short while. 

What are your favourite ways to have a cosy day in the Summer?
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Saturday, 1 June 2019

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

5 Things I've Added To My June To-Do List
I probably sound like a broken record, but May felt like it went by in a flash. I'm so ready for the rainy weather to go away now though as June is finally here! I've got lots of work planned for this month and a trip away later this month too. Here are five things I've added to my June to-do list: 

Finish Off Our Bedroom | I got it into my head a few of weeks back that I wanted to update a corner of our bedroom that was starting to look a little bare. The shelf is up as is our new rattan mirror, but I've got a few ideas now of what I wanted to add to it now. I'm thinking lots of plants, some new ornaments and a plant pot or two. 

Continue Exercising | I'm actually pretty active already, riding a bike for a couple of hours day about four days a week. I started getting into adding one more fitness day into my routine during April and May and have been thoroughly enjoying it. I don't put pressure on myself on long I have to do it for or what I'm doing that day which is nice as it means I can pick what I fancy. I've been doing a mixture of running, HIIT, dance and kettlebells which have all helped to get new muscles working and get my sweat on. 

Check Out The Local Sunflower and Lavender Fields | You may or may not have noticed that I actually featured this in my May to-do list, but I may have jumped the gun a little as they're apparently not properly out until mid to late June, so I've got a little while to wait yet. That does mean I get to plan my outfits a little bit more as you can bet I'll be taking lots of Instagram photographs to share. 

Bake More | I don't know if it's because I'm longing after cosy days a lot more since I been poorly recently, but I've been longing to bake a lot more. The only problem is that if I don't have the stuff in already, I rarely make the trip out. This month I want to make a conscious effort to whip up a chocolate chip banana bread, maybe even some brownies and some lemon poppy seed muffins too. Baking really helps me to relax and unwind - with a tasty treat at the end too. 

Visit Scotland | Towards the end of June, we are taking a trip away to Scotland. Although it's not in anyway a work trip as we'll be on our bikes the whole time, there's quite a few spots that I've looked at that I will no doubt be sharing on my Instagram if I can sneak in a  spare ten minutes. We've been to the area in Scotland before, so I'm exciting to head back there with a large group of us this time! 

What's on your June to-do list? 
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