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23.5.17

These Are a Few of My Favourite Tints

Botanics Radiant Youth

Never been a fan of lots of layers of makeup on my face, as I don't like the look nor feel of it. I don't use concealer, liquid foundation and rarely wear lipstick - for me, the least maintenance needed, the better. Which is why I love tinted lip balms and eye creams, just dab a little bit on and you instantly look better but still natural. 

I've been loving the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose, super moisturising and with a red tint, makes you look made up without trying too hard (or needing to touch up after every drink) and the Botanics Radiant Youth 5 in 1 Amazing Eyes Roll on is also ever so slightly tinted, which won't conceal much but after a couple of minutes from application, darkness under the eyes is visibly reduced - amazing indeed. 

Have you tried any of these products?

xo

16.5.17

New In: April 2017

Botanics Face Oil
Simple Cleansing Oil
Bareminerals Retractable Brush
The Body Shop Ginseng Mask
Burt's Bees Lip Balm
Dove Body Oil

Just realised I got a lot of skincare last month haha. Can't help it, it's one of my favourite things (along with stationery). 

In Boots they had the buy one get one free offer on Botanics and I wanted to try the Radiant Youth Amazing Eye Roll On, which was £4, and got the Triple Age Renewal Face Oil for free. The Neal's Yard Rose Hand Cream came free with a magazine (got to love those freebies). 

Then I got a few treats for Easter, including the Simple Cleansing Oil and a Calcot Manor Massage Brush for dry body brushing. Found the bareMinerals Hydrating Powder and Retractable Brush in TKMaxx in a set for about £16. 

The Body Shop Ginseng Mask was sent to me to try out, the Nails Inc Polish came free with a magazine, and the Korres Guava Set was only £5 in Tesco. The Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm and Lip Shine were just £1 each at Poundland.

Found a set of incense with holder for £1 in a charity shop and the Dove Body Oil for £1 in the clearance section in Boots. 

Did you get anything nice last month?

xo

14.5.17

Rose Print Dresses at Rosegal

Spring is finally here and with it the warmer sunnier days, which definitely suit a cute rose print dress, of which Rosegal have a great range of. Here are a couple of my favourites: 


The dress on the left reminds me a lot of Dolce & Gabbana with the white background and big white red roses printed all over the fabric. The sleeveless style is great for the warmer weather and the shape is so elegant, ideal to wear to a summer wedding. 

The dress on the right has a more retro feel with the sweetheart neckline and sash around the waist. I feel like this dress wouldn't look out of place at a tea party, or maybe even a summer picnic. The print is quite similar to the white dress but this one adds a touch of blue for further contrast. 

Which one was your favourite? 

xo

11.5.17

Double Denim

H&M Denim Jacket
H&M Denim Jacket
H&M Denim Jacket
H&M Denim Jacket
H&M Denim Jacket

H&M Denim Jacket // Uniqlo Sweatshirt // Topshop Jeans // Adidas Stan Smith

Yesterday we went out for dinner as it was my niece's 12th birthday - I met her when she was 5 (!) I had a chicken burger haha and for dessert I had a cookie dough cheesecake with some ice cream but for some reason my dessert was the last one out :( I couldn't finish it anyway because it was too sweet but I liked it, cheesecake and carrot cake are my favourite cakes - must be the cream cheese haha.

xo

9.5.17

Bedside Beauty Essentials 2017

Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment
Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturiser

It's been over a year since I wrote my last Bedside Beauty Essentials, so here is an update. The eye cream I'm currently using I keep in my skincare toiletries bag so I don't really have it by my bed anymore. 

Anyway, a lip balm and a hand cream are must haves next to your bed so you can reapply often and before you go to sleep, which will be really good for the skin on your hands and lips. 

For hands I've been using the Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment, which is a very rich hand cream and reminds me a bit of the Neal's Yard ones I've used, although a bit more light in texture. It has a slight citrus scent and it is nourishing and softening, however it can be slightly greasy and takes a few minutes to absorb. However it is a very good option for dry hands that need extra moisture. Make sure you leave it on for a while before you wash your hands to get the most of it.

And for lips I've been using the Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturiser, which came as a sample in a set with 2 other Malin + Goetz products with a magazine some time ago. This lip balm has a thick gel consistency, which reminds me of petroleum jelly, however that is not one of the ingredients in this product. It will help with any dryness on the lips and adds a bit of natural shine without feeling heavy or sticky. It's a really good product to use during the colder months or if you generally suffer from dry lips.

Have you tried any of these products?

xo

2.5.17

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil

Only recently I've been getting into oils for everything: moisturising my face, hair, body, nails - you name it - and even though I had heard about cleansing oils I was a bit scared to try one as I have oily skin. But I discovered a Korean youtuber recently that knows a lot about skincare, especially oily and acne prone, and she mentioned that not oils are the same, some are better for dry skin and some are better for (you guessed it) oily skin. 

I received the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil as a gift on Easter and I couldn't wait to try it out. It is meant to thoroughly cleanse the skin and leave it super soft, thanks to the use of 100% natural grape seed oil, vitamins A and E. It mentions that it can get rid of even waterproof makeup however I only use it in the mornings so won't be able to comment on that. 

The instructions say use 2 to 3 drops, but I use about 5 or 6 and dot them around my face, then gently massage and I can feel the dry oil and particles coming unstuck from my skin (I know, kind of gross). After that I use the tiniest drop of my current morning cleanser and wash away any residue, if any. 

I've been using it for about a week and my skin definitely feels softer and tighter (which I think is due to the grape seed oil). The only downsides to it is that I've noticed tiny white bumps since I started using it, but they don't last long so I need to figure out why this happens; and the smell is not great as it has no added perfumes to the formula but I don't mind as the scent doesn't linger and you wash it off anyway. 

Find the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil in Boots and Superdrug.

Have you tried this cleansing oil?

xo

25.4.17

Minimal Makeup Routine

Minimal makeup routine

I've never been one to pile on the layers of makeup. My go-to items in high school consisted of translucent face powder thanks to my oily skin and lots of kohl eyeliner. Nowadays I still use face powder and eyeliner but in a more sophisticated way, at least that's what I like to think. So here is a list of the items I use on an almost daily basis:

Eyes:

It's a feature I like to accentuate so it's also where I use the most products: the grand amount of 3.
Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream: I like a natural look, so after applying some face cream with SPF around the eye area I use this to fade the look of dark circles. It doesn't get rid of them completely but my eyes look brighter and well rested. 
Eyeliner: I love the look of a cat eye liner. Been trying out a few different pen liners and am currently using the Bourjois Liner Feutre. It's easy to use, doesn't flake and it's very long lasting. 
Mascara: Only started wearing it every time I do my makeup for the last year or so, but I love the wide 60s look so I think my love for mascara is growing with every use. Currently using The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara, it adds volume and a bit of length and it's also quite long lasting. There is some smudging by the end of the day but then again I have really oily skin.

Face: 

Never been a fan of foundation or using a lot of products on top of my skin, I just don't like the feel of it. Even though I was using a bb cream for the last couple of years (mixed a drop of it into my day cream for lighter coverage) I have reverted back to only using powder and it feels so good. I think my skin is loving it because it's looking better too. 
Powder: For evening out my skin tone I've been using The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals, it diminishes the look of marks and redness and it's lightweight and very natural looking. The only downside is that it's a bit on the glowy side - oh and that it's been discontinued.
Brush: It came in a holiday set that I found in the clearance section in Boots, I think I paid about £7 for them. It's quite soft, applies powder well and it's made of aluminium so it's very lightweight too. 

Lips: 

I do like to wear a bold lip every once in a while, but they can be very high maintenance - making sure it hasn't smudged, topping it up after eating or drinking and worrying it might be on you teeth. None of those worries come with a tinted lip balm.
Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter: It has a medium to thick consistency and it's very nourishing, making my lips feel soft and comforted. The hint of colour it gives is very natural but still makes you look more polished, plus it can be layered on for a stronger look. 

Minimal makeup routine


Extras:

If I got a bit more time or I'm feeling fancy I'll use a few more products:

Lip liner: I like to line my lips slightly outside my natural lip line to make them look a bit bigger, that combined with the tinted lip balm gives a nice plumper lips look. This lip liner by Models Co is a nude colour that could also be worn on its own.

Primer: I'm not quite sure what the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm does but I apply a pea sized amount to the centre of my face/T-zone to make pores look smaller and hope my face won't look too shiny when I use it. Still testing this product. 

Brows: Sometimes brows just won't stay in place and that's when a brow gel comes in, this time it's the benefit's gimme brow that comes to the rescue. I like that it adds a bit of volume but doesn't look fake, so if there's a sparse area it can make it look fuller without having to draw anything with a pencil. It also keeps brows in place all day.

Face powder: To mattify after my mineral foundation I use the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. It's also lightweight and you only need a tiny amount to get rid of any shine. It can also add a bit more coverage if needed when worn over a mineral foundation. 

Lip Tint: If I want to intensify the colour on my lips, while still being low maintenance, a lip tint is the answer. This one by The Body Shop adds a natural red tint and can be worn alone, but under a red tinted lip balm it looks almost like a lipstick, plus it won't go anywhere after your lip balm has faded. 

What are your makeup essentials?

xo

15.4.17

Black High Low Dresses at Zaful

As spring is finally here and with it the warmer and sunnier weather, which means we can finally stop wearing so many layers and go out in a cute dress. At Zaful they have lots of black high low dress and high waist dress to choose from, and here are a couple of my favourite ones:

asymmetric shirt dress
tie dye maxi dress

As the weather can be a bit temperamental at the moment I think the dress on the left would be a great option if the day is a bit chilly as it has long sleeves to keep your arms cosy and warm. The asymmetric hem and tie waist details keep it trendy.

The dress on the right is for the more boho girl, I could definitely see girls wearing it at summer music festivals. I like the tie-dye wash and the a-line shape makes it comfortable to dance in, while the fitted waist keeps it from being shapeless.

What dress is your favourite?

xo

11.4.17

New in: March 2017

Succulent
Baby Lips Maybelline
H&M Wool Coat
Primark Lace Underwear
GAP White Shirt
Ikea Wooden Hangers
Ikea Raskog Trolley
Royal Mail Bowie Stamps
Avene Cleanance Cleanser
Sanex Aluminium Free Deodorant
H&M Viscose Blouse
Last month I'd been looking into getting a little succulent plant and my mother in law got me one, the best of all is that it doesn't require lots of care so hopefully will last me for years. Then from the reduced section in Tesco I got a Baby Lips in Strike a Rose and a Maybelline Super Stay Nail Polish.

With my Christmas gift card I got a camel coat from H&M and also a set of pink socks. From Primark a set of lace underwear, and from the Gap outlet, a white cotton shirt

Went to Ikea with Dot and got a set of Wooden Hangers and a couple of the Skirt Hangers, a laundry basket (not pictured) and a Trolley. Dot got me a framed set of Bowie stamps, and from Boots I got the Avene Cleanance Face Wash and a set of Feather Hair Clips

From the Poundshop I got the Sanex Aluminium Free Deodorant, Johnsons Baby Soap and a Nails Inc Nail File, and a set of socks from Lidl. 

And last but not least, a printed blouse from H&M, it was the 2nd time I ordered it as I had to return the first one I got because it was too big, so if you get this blouse, definitely size down.

Did you get anything nice last month?

xo

30.3.17

Dress & Long Cardigan

H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan // Zaful Leather Mules // H&M Knitted Dress

You know the feeling when you see someone wearing something that you love, then you ask them where they got it from because you just have to know (and might go and buy it for yourself) and they say "it's vintage"? It's a bit annoying but it has inspired me to try it for myself, so this weekend we are going to visit some charity shops and hopefully will find something amazing. I will be on the lookout for books, vinyls, jeans and basket bags (!).

xo

28.3.17

Night Skincare Routine

Night Skincare Routine

As I love discovering new products other people use and find it useful when they provide reviews about them, I decided to write about my skincare routine. It also serves as a log to remind me what products I've been using and what I think of them. 

To take my makeup off I use the Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser, which I found at the clearance section in Boots for just £1. I kept it in the back of a drawer for ages and decided it was time to try it out before it went out of date (!). I like that it is very gentle and doesn't irritate my skin or eyes when I use it, it removes makeup well but you do need to go over the area a second time to completely remove it. I would probably buy it again when on offer as it is not the most affordable product. 

Having won in a giveaway a set of Clarins deluxe sample sized products, I tried to save them for when I went away on holiday, and that's when I started using the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, which is a bi-phase product that you need to shake in order to use. It is very effective and removes all my eye makeup without having to rub or having to wipe twice. It is quite pricey for the size of it so I don't think I would actually buy it. 

Normally I only use one product to take my eye and face makeup off, so after finishing the products above I will stick to the Simple Micellar Water to do the job.

For cleanser I've been using the Una Brennan Super Facialist Neroli Daily Brightening Cleanser, which is actually a repurchase, can't even remember if it is my 2nd or 3rd bottle. Anyway, I like that it doesn't foam up so won't dry up my skin and it contains several natural oils and extracts which leave my skin feeling soft and clean but not tight. Full review here

After cleansing I would use a serum until I discovered that face oils can be really good for problem skin like mine. I've been using the Botanics Triple Age Renewal Smoothing Facial Oil and at first I didn't like how my skin felt kind of greasy when I had just washed it, but then I got used to it ha. My skin feels soft and I think it is also helping with pores as some of them are actually invisible now below my under eye area. It used to be just £4 which is why I got it, then Boots decided to more than double the price and I can't currently find it online, even after being told it has not been discontinued. Full review here.

After my oil I apply some benzoyl peroxide to any problem areas, though I'm trying to reduce how much I use it, and after that I put some night cream on. This is also a repurchase, the Naturally Radiant Renewing Night Cream, which I apply on my face and neck and I love how plump my skin looks and feels when I wake up in the morning. Full review here.

If there are any areas where I want to help my skin regenerate in order to avoid texture issues from scarring, I use a dab of Vitacilina, which contains retinol and helps with that. Full review here.

Lastly for my facial skincare routine, I apply some eye cream and right now I'm using the Garnier Skin Naturals Ultra Lift Eye Cream. As the skin under the eyes is so delicate and prone to show lines way before the rest of the facial skin would I try to keep it moisturised and protected. This eye cream is supposed to smooth the skin and improve firmness but I haven't seen that much of a difference to the skin under my eyes. I do like that it is very lightweight and it seems to have light reflecting particles which can brighten up the area.

Have you tried any of these products?

xo

23.3.17

Camel Coat

H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat

(Similar: Sweatshirt)

I found this coat in my local H&M for just £20 in the sale section, so of course I had to get it. I had been looking for a camel colour coat for the last 2 winters, so I'm thrilled to have finally found one that I like. I actually tried it on in my size when it was full price and didn't like how it fit, even though it is a bit oversized, but then when I saw it on sale the smallest size I could find was 2 sizes bigger than my actual size, so the coat is huge but I love it because that makes it super cosy and there's lots of room to fit more layers underneath when it is really cold outside. 

xo