I was walking through Duty-Free and in front of me was a huge Jo Malone display with all the perfumes for you to sample. So I went over and tried every single one; like you do! I wasn’t alone, there were a few other ladies looking to finding their perfect scent too. I found 3 that I loved. After spraying every spare part of my arms, I decided to walk around and to let them settle on my skin so I could see which scent I liked most. It didn’t take me that long to decide. I already have a strong love for anything with Bergamont in, so I went back and bought Oud and Bergamot from the cologne intense range.
It has top notes of Bergamot with base notes of Cedarwood and Oud Wood. I love the combination of citrus and wood; I’m always drawn to more fruity and woody scents.
I think this is a lovely fragrance for all seasons and for both day or night. It’s so unique and like no other perfume I own. It makes me feel amazing when I wear it as it so luxurious and special, and a little mysterious.
You only need the lightest of sprays as a little goes a long way. Some reviews I’ve read say the longevity is poor, but I personally find it lasts all day on me and is definitely one I will be repurchasing. I just hope I don’t run out too soon! I’m trying not to wear it every day, but as I love it so much it’s so hard to resist.
The website describes this scent as:
‘Precious oud, reframed. The mysterious, smoky character of this revered wood, central to Middle Eastern fragrance traditions, radiates with the clarity of crisp bergamot and an orange granite accord. Hypnotic. Alluring.’
I’d love to try the dry oil, and the candle would be a perfect addition to the home. So they are on my wish list.
Garnier Super Hydrating Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks
I’ve never tried a tissue mask until I saw these and as a beauty fanatic, I really wanted to try them. My local store had them on offer so I grabbed one each of the different types.
First time I tried it, Yeh, I didn’t read the instructions and left the blue bit that you’re meant to take off, well, on. Then I wondered why it wasn’t sticking to my face very well, so once I’d peeled that outer blue layer off I managed to mold it to my face better!
The sheet has a gel-like covering and any excess gel I use on my neck, as there is quite a bit left in the packet. It’s really soothing on the skin and super comfortable to wear. I didn’t have to keep adjusting it, nor did it slide or peel off my face. I just sat back in my hot bubble bath and relaxed whilst the mask did its magic.
So the part you actually want to know… Did it actually make any difference? Well yes, It left my skin so soft and almost squeaky clean. I had no tightness, breakouts or irritation after using them. Would I rebuy them? Yes, I would. I find some masks draw out the moisture from your skin, whereas these do the opposite. I love the feel of my skin after and my skin felt hydrated until the next day when I applied my daily moisturiser; and of course, they are fun to use.
They come in a few different varieties for different skin needs:
I personally wanted to try them all. I wouldn’t say there is a huge difference between them, I guess it’s just personal preference.
Let me know in the comments what you think of these masks.
I first discovered this illuminator whilst watching a Youtuber, It looked so beautiful on her skin; it gave such a gorgeous finish which gave the skin a non-powdery look. Having slightly more mature skin, applying too many powders can start looking cakey on me and emphasize fine lines and pores. With this liquid illuminator, you still see skin, minus imperfections but gives you an out of this world glow. I literally love this illuminator so much, It’s like nothing else.
After I’ve finished my makeup but before my setting spray, I put a few drops of the original shade onto the back of my hand and dab my Beautyblender into it before bouncing the product onto the high points of my cheeks, around my temples and above my brows. I’ll then take any leftover product down the bridge of my nose and on my cupids bow. It takes hardly any blending and catches the light as you move. You don’t need a lot of it as it’s highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. I also sometimes mix a small amount in with my foundation if my skin is looking a little dehydrated and flat.
Iconic London recently came out with two other shades, Shine and Glow. Shine would suit fair skin tones and Glow for darker. Although it down to personal preference.
I recently bought ‘Glow’ to mix in with coconut oil for when I went on holiday, to give my skin an extra something in the evenings. Coconut oil alone gives your skin life, but adding these drops just makes your skin look a whole other level of ‘wow’. I knew they would look amazing with a tan, but not only did my skin look flawless, I looked like I’d been dipped in a bronze puddle of gorgeousness, It made my legs like the ones you see in Vogue that are perfect and go on for miles. My body glowed like nothing I’ve used before and I felt really good.
These drops are £29.99 but they do last a long time. You can get them HERE
A couple weeks ago a decides to change up my skin care and try some new products. As my local Boots is so small and stock very little, I went online to see what was new. Soon I came across this new Fine Flowers range by L’Oreal.
The range is Rose and Jasmine, I’m not going to lie, the scent did put me off at first because usually, anything Rose makes me a little nauseous, but personally, I think the Jasmine comes through more; it actually smells so good and yet really fresh. It does specify that it’s for Dry/Sensitive skin, I’m oily, but works absolutely fine for me.
I picked up the Gel Cream Wash, which comes in a 150ml tube, The Cleansing Cream, which comes in a 200ml tub and the Toner which comes in a massive 400ml bottle.
I’ve used these products every day for almost 2 weeks. Firstly I use a makeup wipe to remove my mascara, (there are wipes in the range also, but I was using up some others I’ve already opened) then I go in with the Fine Flowers range. I have been switching between the Gel Cream and the Cream, which I use with my Magnitone Cleansing Brush. If you don’t have a cleansing brush then I’d highly recommend one. Your face feels a whole new level of clean after using one! I’ve put a link to mine above, but there are more affordable ones around.
Then I just wipe away all the dirt and makeup with a damp muslin cloth. The products are great at removing all my makeup and leave my skin feeling so soft and polished. There is no tightness or residue left behind. I finish off by using the Toner on a large cotton pad. It’s a thicker consistency than I thought it would be, it’s somewhere in between a gel and water.
I’ve had no breakouts since using the range. I actually had a bit of redness on my cheek before using the products, which have now gone. My skin is looking brighter, healthier and feels so soft.
Will I continue to use this product? Yes, 100%. It’s quick, easy and mess-free. My skin care routine was becoming a bit of a chore before, but now I actually get excited to take my face off. I think I prefer the Cleansing Cream, no real reason, It just feels more satisfying smearing it on my face and massaging it in (almost like a face mask) The Gel Cream would be better for travelling because of the packaging, which is the reason I grabbed it as well.
Also in the range is a Cleansing Milk 400ml and Face Wipes which come in Dry/Sensitive and also Normal/Combination.
It is currently on offer in Boots with half price off, so I will leave links to the 3 products I used below.
This month has been another month of trying new bits and I have a few new products that I want to review soon as I already love them and obvs need to share with you! It’s a bit of a long list of favourites this month. I’ve just been excited about a lot of products as you can see. So grab a snack and get comfy before you start!
Makeup favourites have been my Bourjois CC Cream. It’s a wonder product, You need the tiniest of an amount and it hides redness, dark circles, and any other imperfections. I never need to use a concealer with it, only if I want to brighten and highlight. It’s lightweight, my skin looks like I have nothing on and my complexion is flawless. I bought the foundation version of it and it was no comparison, not even close. Sadly I won’t ever use it. This has SPF 15, so it protects you from those harmful rays and claims to have 24-hour hydration, I’ve not worn it for 24 hours, who does? But for the duration I have worn it, it definitely is hydrating.
My next beauty favourite is one that I’ve mentioned before, Sorry! Mac lip liner in Stripdown, paired with Mac Peachstock. It’s just the perfect lip combo and it just suits me and any eye look I do. I just can’t seem to move away from it. It’s a satin finish lipstick which is so comfortable on the lips and doesn’t feel at all drying. I always use Mac Prep and Prime lip base first and it’s amazing. Yes, you can use lip balm but I find liners just don’t apply the same with a random lip balm. This lip base helps your products go on perfect. It’s £14 but I’ve had mine for months and use it every day.
I have two regular Tangle Teasers already, one I bought, and the other a gift. My hair is thick and gets quite knotty so I find them hard to use. However, I bought the one that has a handle and its made my life so much easier. I first saw another YouTuber using one and thought to myself “That’s what I need!”. My hair would be a matted mess without it!
Rimmel Stay Matte is my next favourite. Everyone one, well, every blogger/beauty guru says it’s wonderful. I kept thinking “really? Is it really THAT good?”. So I bought it, it wasn’t like it was expensive, and you know what, I’ve used it every day since. It’s lightweight and you can look close up at your face and you will see ZERO powder. My t-zone has never been so oil free. So yes, it really IS that good!
My go to highlighter at the moment is Beaming Blush by Mac. It’s a pinky shade that looks gold on the skin. It’s not a blinding highlight but when it catches the light it looks so pretty and it gives the most beautiful glow. It blends out perfectly using a fan brush; or if I want a more intense look, I use my finger.
Now that it’s finally got a little warmer here in the UK, my Coconut Oil has now become soft enough for me to be able to use without digging it out and breaking all my nails! It’s my favourite way to moisturise but unfortunately, it’s not much use in a solidified state, so I can only really use it in the Summer months. It’s so nourishing on the skin whilst leaving a healthy looking glow. It’s especially amazing for anyone with dry skin. After moisturising, any leftover product I have on my hands, I run through my hair. I grab mine from Superdrug and stock up when it’s on offer.
A new product that I picked up is the Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go 2in1 Primer and Setting Spray. Not only does it smell of cucumbers but it actually does a great job of locking in my makeup. I’ve used it every day for about 2 weeks and I’m actually impressed. It dries almost instantly, unlike with my other setting sprays which I have to fan my face, but with this I just spray and I’m done. It’s oil free which is great for oily girls like me; My face stays oil and shine free ALL day with this. Combined with the Stay Matte Powder, they are a perfect pair. I’ve been using NYX setting spray for a long time now and I feel I’ve found something that I think is actually better. Sorry NYX!
I’ve wanted Benefits Galiforina ever since it came out (It is/was on my Wishlist) It’s so my colour! But I waited, and it paid off because I was given a discount code with £5 off, so it was rude not to use it, hey? I’m sure many of you have it and are as happy with it as I am. It’s stayed centre stage on my vanity ever since as I use it every day. The majority of my blushes are orange toned as it’s just what suits me best. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the scent… OMGosh! Sooooo beautiful! And as for the packaging, well, it just screams Summer.
For any of you who wear contact lenses, this one’s for you. Blink have just come out with a new Hydrating Eye Mist. Most sprays you can’t use with hard or soft lenses, you can only use drops. I bought this before we had the lovely weather here in the UK and I can tell you now, these drops were liiiiiife! They were so soothing for dry eyes and they have a cooling sensation which is literally the best feeling. You spray them directly into your eyes and they don’t make your eyes water OR smudge your makeup. They are more on the pricey side, but they last 90 days. I also wrote a post on FAQ on wearing Contact Lenses that you can check out HERE
The last beauty product is one that I’ve had for a few years but I’ve only just started using again. It’s a large fan brush that I bought from eBay. I originally bought it to use with a highlight, but I didn’t realise it was as big as it is until it arrived. I’ve recently dug it out again and have been using it to apply my bronzer. I love the finish it gives, my bronzer blends out flawlessly and makes my face look naturally bronzed as there are no harsh lines. I think the brush itself was £1.50 and is great quality for such a cheap brush. It washes so well and is ridiculously soft.
That’s it! Yay! if you made it this far.
Just one last thing…
I think the whole nation is watching Love Island. So I had to mention it. I’m loving this series! I always have to follow the action on Twitter as well. Who else does this? I’m really enjoying this year, although I really enjoyed last years too; I just love the programme! Big Brother has gone down hill in my opinion. I’m usually such a fan, but now there is no real difference between the celebrity version and the ‘normal’ people; Everyone has already been in something else I feel I already know about these people and takes the fun away from it.
I just wanted to write a little post to let you know that I am still here, but I’ve had a little break from my Blog, YouTube channel and keeping up with the nightmare that is Instagram. Although I am loving Twitter atm! (Maybe because I don’t take it seriously).
Well, to be honest, I was getting so caught up in it all and putting unnecessary pressure on myself to post to a strict schedule that it was becoming unenjoyable. I now post as and when I want. It’s a hobby and I want it to remain that way. I needed to step back and take a sec.
It’s been over 4 weeks since I posted a YouTube video, yet my videos are still being viewed, by whom, I don’t know. It really means a lot that someone is actually watching though, and a little surreal. I was starting to get a little disheartened by videos with low view counts; those same videos are doing quite well now. It’s true when they say that it takes time for your channel to be seen. But regardless, I love creating videos, especially the editing, (not so much watching my awkward self) I’d love to get a more advanced editing software but for now, I’ll stick with what I have. Also, to all you lovely people who haven’t pressed the unsubscribe button even though I’ve put up no new content, Thank you; I was sure you would have thought “I’m outta here!”. Thanks for sticking around.
As for the blog, if I’m totally honest, I’ve just been uninspired and life has been busy. Sat here now typing away has reminded me of why I do this; because I enjoy it so much. I just get caught up sometimes and lose direction. Again, I’ve not written a post in a while, but I’ve looked at my stats today and 9 people have looked at my blog; 9 may seem like nothing to some people, but to little me, it’s amazing, just to think that someone somewhere has taken time out of their day to click on a link to direct them to my page.
Instagram is a whole other story. I’ve had my account for just over a year and boy is it hard work! It’s not fun anymore. I have all these accounts that follow me that I know in a couple of days they will, yes, you guessed it, UNFOLLOW! Do these accounts not realize that most people have an app that tells them who’s unfollowed them? I have it for this very reason. If I genuinely like your account then I will follow you, but I certainly won’t unfollow you if you follow me back! I follow you because I want to see more. I just don’t have time for these follow/unfollow games anymore.
So that’s it really.
I will be back posting, but it will be once a week, I’d rather write one great post than many rushed posts. I will be uploading on my Youtube once a week as well, I just need to get myself organized! Watch this space.
This month I’ve also been trying a few new things, Yep I’ve been buying some new beauty products so some of these won’t be any surprises if you follow me on social media.
L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Overnight Elixir
I literally bought this on a recommendation by one of my favourite Youtubers, She ‘claimed’ to use it and her tan was like she’d been on a two week holiday to a somewhere exotic; All bronzed, natural and looking damn gorgeous! Now, when I say claim, I mean, she was recommending it as an AD, now we all know that sometimes people aren’t always honest when promoting something they are sponsored for, however, I believe this particular YouTuber to be pretty honest, so I gave it ago, along with the nice discount code she offered. Of course, she bonused out of it so it was win-win.
Now, when I say claim, I mean, she was recommending it as an AD, now we all know that sometimes people aren’t always ‘honest’ when promoting something they are sponsored for, however, I believe this particular YouTuber to be pretty ‘honest’, so I gave it ago, along with the nice discount code she offered. Of course, she bonused out of my purchase, which I don’t mind, it was win-win.
So as soon as it arrived, second time lucky (the first parcel was a box of brown covered smashed glass, smelt amazing though!) I prepped for my tanning session. It was so easy to apply as there is a colour guard and it glided on perfectly and dried really quickly. I woke up with possibly the most natural looking tan I’ve ever had. Don’t get me wrong, I love St Tropez, but this could possibly be better; Sorry St Tropez. 8 days after applying it and it’s still going strong, I can’t believe it!
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
I’d wanted to try out a new drugstore foundation so after hearing good things about this one and seeing the natural glowy look it gave, I was sold. I’m almost 33 and although I am so lucky to have even, blemish free skin, I do however have fine lines, especially around my eyes. If you ever wonder why I rarely smile in photos, this is why; my crows feet are, horrendous! Wearing full coverage foundations in the day emphasizes this 10 fold, and wrinkles I never knew I had, appear! So this light coverage foundation is just perfect for me.
Mac Face and Body is very similar to this, minus the Vitamin C, and of course the price tag. It gives me the same dewy finish that is buildable. I also bought the matching concealer as well and is really good for fine lines, it really doesn’t settle into the under eye wrinkles and I find it hydrates my under eye and helps brighten.
Usually I’m all about a matte shadow, but lately, I’ve really been reaching for bronzy shades. Shades such as Mac Sable and On and On Bronze from Maybelline. I also love a couple shades from the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette as well. But my go-to favourite shade has to be from the Sweet Peach palette, a shade called Caramelized. I use a fluffy brush to blend the colour all over my lid and into my crease, then using a flat brush to intensify it on my lid, it looks beautiful. Below I’ve swatched a few of my other current favs.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo- On and on Bronze
Modern Renaissance Palette – Antique Bronze
The Balm ‘Nude Dude- Funny
The Balm ‘Nude Dude- Firm
Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach Palette- Caramelized
Maybelline ‘The Blushed Nudes’ Shades 6 + 7
OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength In-Shower Oil
Oh my gosh! Where to start?! As you’ll know if you read my blog regularly, I love OGX Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner, in fact, I swear by it! So when I saw this oil I HAD to have it. It was on offer so I grabbed two for £10, instead of £8.35 each. This oil is the fricking gorgeous! I smoother my hair in it and my body. I really love putting it on wet skin in the shower, so much quicker than moisturising once I get out. Throughout the week I apply it to the ends of my hair after brushing it in the mornings, my hair drinks it up and my hair is left silky and shiny and I still only need to wash my hair once a week. Did I mention it smells sooooo good? It really does.
Barry M Cosmic Lights Highlighter Palette
If I’m honest, I saw the packaging and I knew I’d like what was inside. I was right! Lucky really as my local Boots only had one of these palettes in stock. I swatched the tester and there were at least 4 of the 6 shades that I didn’t own individually or in any other palettes. I love that there is a mix of creams and powders. Sometimes I love to use all creams and pass on any powders. This should go against all rules with oily skin, but I find if I use an oil control setting spray, I don’t get the ‘oil slick’ look. My favourite shade in this palette is the golden bronze cream, If you know me, I doubt you are surprised.
Yankee Candle Wax Tartlet in Soft Cotton
There’s something so good about this scent, I have it burning in a holder in my kitchen, so when I walk in from another room it hits me. I hate my kitchen smelling all foody, so this hides the odours and also fills the room with the fragrance of fresh of the line washing.
Topshop Vest Dress
This dress! I bought it about a month ago and every time the sun comes out, I’m in it! It’s perfect as it’s ideal for daytime. I’m a couple cms short of 6ft, so a lot of dresses come short on me, I just cant do short; yanking down a dress constantly irritates the hell out of me. So when I saw this midi bodycon V-neck vest dress hanging right in my sight line in Topshop, I didn’t hesitate to grab it. I love it! The length, the colour and the neckline. It’s nice to show a bit of boob especially as it covers everything downwards.
Songs Of The Month
Cheat Codes No Promises ft Demi Lovato.
It Aint Me- Kygo & Selena Gomez
That’s about it for this month. Nothing on TV has really grabbed my attention and no amazing foods to share with you.
Enjoy June! It’s my birthday month, just incase you didn’t know 😜
Recently I started going swimming again once a week. If you are anything like me and you like your makeup, then you probably like to wear something just make you feel a little more, radiant. Because I’m so used to a bit of makeup, I feel I look a little odd without it, eyelashes especially.
The Quick Routine
Before I leave the house I moisturise my face and because I have light brown eyelashes I pop on a bit of waterproof mascara (Mac In Extreme Dimension), so they match my hair colour, then that’s me done. It stays on during my swim so no need to reapply afterwards.
There is something quite liberating about going fresh faced. I’m not going to lie I did use to wear a full face but when you get out and look in the mirror to see you look like you’ve been watching too many chick flicks then it’s probably best to go without.
After I’ve been swimming I moisturise my face again, but this time I add a little liquid highlighter mixed in with it. I’ve been using the Rimmel Good To Glow in Soho Glow with my Body Shop Skin Defensewhich has SPF50 in it. The highlighter gives a nice healthy glow. Because I’m all about that ‘extra’ glow, I add a little Maybelline Master Strobe Stickin Medium 200. I just add this to the high points of my cheeks, down my nose and on my cupids bow.
I then brush my brows with a little clear brow gel from Rimmel (Brow this way) to set them in place.
I don’t put on a full face after my swim, because one, I don’t want to be taking lots of makeup out with me, and two, trying to put a full face on whilst keeping an eye on a 4-year-old running around the changing room is a bit of a nightmare!
What is your makeup routine when you go swimming? Do you go for a full waterproof face or just go au naturel?
In a previous post, I wrote about the bag of my dreams. See Here. I’d been in search of the perfect bag for a while and finally found this one from Micheal Kors. It was a splurge, yes, but I wanted something I knew I wouldn’t get bored of, that was the right size and the perfect colour to wear with ANY outfit. This was it.
Obviously, The first thing I keep in my bag is my purse. It is a little worn but it’s done well as I have had it almost 3 years now! I bought it from Bershka when I went to Cyprus on holiday. It’s nice and big and of course, pink. Purses that zip all the way around so nothing can fall out work better for me. This purse is ideal because if I need to pop to the shop without taking my bag, then my mobile and keys fit in nicely as well.
I don’t carry a makeup bag with me as I tend to just set my makeup before I leave and it always stays put. I’d never redo my whole face when I’m out so I prefer to keep everything at home. A must though, is my Blotterazzi by Beautyblender just in case I get oily around my T-zone and need to dab it away. It also has a handy little mirror inside the lid so I can use this to reapply lippy as well… I always take my lip products in case I eat or drink and need to touch up my lips. This includes my Mac Prep+Prime Lip (the best primer to apply before any lip product), a lip liner, gloss and lipstick.
I carry a zillion hair ties, clips, bobby pins, and elastics. Just in case! Just in case what? I don’t know…Just in case.
My First Aid Beauty Face Spray lives in my bag for moments when I need a refresh and give my skin a little drink.
Antibac hand gel is a must, I currently have the Carex Bubblegum one. It smells yummy and saves me from bugs if I eat out. Another hand product I carry is my Coconut Island Hand Cream. It’s the best hand cream I’ve ever used, not only does it smells like a tropical island, but it hydrates my hands leaving them soft with a protective layer. I wrote a post about this Treaclemoon range HERE.
When it comes to perfume, I don’t like taking a whole bottle just in case it smashes, so I take an atomizer, with a favourite fragrance in it. I have Chanel Chance Eau Tendre in it at the moment. Such a gorgeous scent.
Being a contact lenses wearer, I like to keep some Blinks Intensive Tears pipettes with me in case my eyes feel dry. They are better than the bottles of drops because the bottles have a 3-month shelf life whereas the pipettes are individual and last about 3 years.
After eating or drinking I like to make sure I have fresh breath (as I’m sure everyone else around me does as well!) so I always carry gum with me, usually, Wrigley’s Extra Spearmint. I also have a little ‘Hello’ Mouth Spray.
Now that bags are 5p I’d rather have my own, so why not have a fun little fold away bag. I got this cute one from Paperchase. It has its own little pouch so keeps neat and doesn’t take up much space.
The last things I carry are baby wipes and tissues. Any mum of young kids knows this drill. Kids, get, messy! Wipes are essential! You just don’t leave the house without them; If you do, you’re screwed! They also come in handy when you’ve been makeup shopping and have a million swatches all over your hands!
Oh! and I nearly forgot that I keep a notebook and pen in my bag (it was hiding!) for the moments when an awesome idea pops into my mind, and for anyone who asks for a pen and paper! This notebook was also from Paperchase. Can you tell I love Paperchase?!
Obviously, I take my car keys and my house keys but that’s pretty standard. Although I’m quite impressed with my little keyring selection I have going on right now. I wouldn’t go anywhere without my sunnies either, they are from Quay Australia- available at Asos. One, because I love them, and two, because I can’t see without them because my eyes are so sensitive. If it’s a sunny or a bright day, they just water and it’s not that pleasant.