Wednesday, December 23, 2015

You should go to Specsavers | Max & Co


A great pair of glasses can really add so much to your outfit. Such a great accessory that I find can actually compliment a make up look, instead of covering it up. Some girls I've spoken to about glasses and how they feel wearing them have said that they'd never dream of wearing them on a night out or at an occasion. I'm definitely the opposite end. I love to wear my glasses out, kind of like my alter ego. 

I've gone to Specsavers my whole life and have only ever got my eyes tested and bought glasses from them, so when Specsavers asked if I wanted to get some new frames and share my choice with you I jumped at the chance. 




After trying on pair after pair I started going back to these Max and Co frames. Something a little different to any others I own. I love the way they slightly flick on the outer edges and the legs are a lovely baby pink, almost pearlescent effect that makes the black stand out. Of course the quality is spot on and feel very sturdy and comes in a good, hard wearing case. Not to mention the lovely Ferne McCann had these on in the jungle! (She most definitely copied me) hehe. 



I was always used to getting my face and frames measured by putting on countless pairs of those strange frames and the assistant measuring across my face. Now things are a little different. You pop on the frames you've chosen and they take a picture of you on an iPad and it does it all for you! It's so clever. The man was so nice and even when I asked to take a picture of the iPad he showed no judgement regarding my strange request and just said 'of course no problem'. Such lovely people in Specsavers as always and are so helpful with anything. 


Do you wear glasses? Do you own these frames yourself? I totally recommend Specsavers as their range is so large.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve
xoxo




Monday, December 14, 2015

Skincare: The one with the clay mask


Those times when your skin's crying out for some TLC, I like to mix up my skincare routine to try and accommodate its needs. This particular day my skin was tired, dull and felt like blemishes were brewing ready to unleash themselves. With this in mind I pulled out my ultimate favourites for those key things my skin needed help with.

My evening cleanser won't change until someone lets me in on something that's better than the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It does what you need it to do, but does it in a way thats calming yet invigorating, and really does seem to help with regard to dull looking skin. Having combination skin and a very oily T-Zone the cleansing gel also helps to even out my skin and the dry sections are becoming more normal than flakey dry. 

I like to use a deep cleansing mask on a Sunday and Wednesday. Today is a Sunday, and I went for the Super Facialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask as my lady time is up and knowing my body I was waiting for the moment when all of the impurities were going to surface and say a big and bold hello. The mask contains Salicylic acid which helps to unclog congested skin and does that in the nicest most gentle way. Being a clay mask it tightens when left on the skin, just for five minutes. When wiped off with a damp and warm flannel, it reveals a smooth and clear complexion. 

Not sure where to being with this product, but it's certainly one that everyone should have. Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner that helps to remove dead skin to leave a much brighter looking complexion. I've included this in some previous posts so wont bore you with the same information, however this most definitely helps towards preventing breakouts. By using this every day really does help to keep the monthly imperfections at bay. 

For the past couple of months I've been using the La Roche-Posay Serozinc spray as a nice calming step in my skincare. Recently I found the Clarins Toning Lotion for oily combination skin and thought I might as well give it a try. As my routine is pretty solid now and everything seems to be working well for my skin I can't really see if this helps or not. I can say that it's really nice to use and is just a nice extra step in my routine with a product that can hopefully help with my oily T-Zone. 

I'm someone who really suffers with dark circles under my eyes. I can sometimes have issues with sleep, but in general have around 7 hours a night on average. Even when I sleep a good amount of hours my eye bags are still there with vengeance. Skin Pep Dark Circle Eraser is a product I've used for a while now and still enjoy using it every night. I wake up looking brighter under my eyes and definitely not as dark as how I went to bed. I can sometimes get a little dry under my eyes however this helps to treat that and soften up the under eye skin. 

The day my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair ran out I must admit I was crying inside. This may sound a little over the top, but this is the product I most enjoy using. Mostly because of how amazing my skin feels but also because of the price tag and knowing I will need to buy a new one because I can't live without it. Thank goodness I had this sample size to tied me over but this stuff is just amazingness in a bottle. My skin drinks this stuff up and leaves my skin feeling so loved and hydrated. I flit between a couple of different serums but this one is up there with the miracle workers. 

Lastly theres the moisturiser step where Elemis Marine Cream comes into play. I use this on my mask routine nights as it's so thick and instantly hydrating after using a deep clay treatment. Being so pricey I actually got super sad when I realised how little I had left. It really helps to lock in hydration and especially in the colder months, this would be your bestie. Of course it has the anti-wrinkle and ageing benefits, but those that I won't be able to see the positives until I grow old. For now, its just a beaut to use. 


Friday, December 11, 2015

December reds for all your party occasions


Its standard to sport a red lip during the month of December to turn an average make up look, into a festive beaut. I've got quite a large collection of reds as its just classic and you can't go wrong, but these are my go to for the range of occasions the party seasons throws at you.

Popping into town red: I don't know about you but this year I'm quite behind with my Christmas shopping and popping into town every now and again is becoming a frequent occurrence. Because of this I need something thats quick and even something I can pop on in my car mirror or as I'm walking to grab a coffee. For this I head for the Revlon balm stain in Rendezvous. So easy to apply and gives a lovely red sheen to the lips. 

Social gathering red: Whether it be for a coffee or for one or two drinks with friends, I always go for something with a bit of pop and something that will stick around whilst sipping on a continuous string of decaf almond lattes. Beet from MAC is one that I love to wear when out with friends as its quite long lasting (being a lip pencil and all) but also is such a transition shade that if you went to a gathering and fancied heading out after, then Beet will be there for you. If I fancied something brighter and more of a classic red, then Maybelline Colour drama in Fab Orange if my grab and go. Acts as a lip pencil and all over colour in one, which sticks around through cocktail after cocktail, or coffee after coffee. It's a lovely shade which I can imagine suits a lot of skin tones. 

Night out red: Now this is where is gets to the big boys. My top pick of the three is my Nars Audacious lipstick in Grace. Although is more of a pinky red its just beautiful and definitely gives off a Christmassy vibe. Its super soft to apply and stays around for hours! Perfect to apply at 7pm and forgetting about it till early hours of the morning. Rimmel Apoccalips in Apocoliptic is a liquid lip lacquer. Once dry this does not budge......seriously! Really affordable dupe for the YSL ones. Juliannes red by Loreal is very similar in shade with the NARS lipstick (more of a pinky red) and is a real stunner. It has a slightly more matte formula which means that the laster power is actually better than NARS, meaning it doesn't leave you with bare patches on your lips. 

Whats your go to red for these occasions?
xoxo

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Aldi cream I've added to my skincare routine


A bright sunny Sunday morning, 10:05am exactly I turned up at my local Aldi to a que of cars having to fight for a parking space (which is never normally the case). My friend at work had mentioned about Aldis Lacura caviar cream which was being compared to La Prairie which is sold in places like Harrods for £292 for 50ml! Us knowing Aldi it wasn't going to be near that price, and instead was asking for prices around the £7.99 mark. So, back to me setting the scene. By the time I got into Aldi all of the locals had gotten in and had all of the evening creams so I was left stretching over a crowd to get to the left overs. I managed a day cream, peel and intensive sets. This meant that my local Aldi sold out of all of their caviar products in about 15 minutes flat (but don't worry as they are back in stores on 17th December). 


Day cream

I've been using these products for weeks now and I'm happy to have tried them out but without trying out the expensive one, I can't really compare the two. However I can comment on the Lacura Caviar moisturiser and what I think. Where do I start? I've never really been bothered about what moisturiser I use, as long as it provides my skin with moisture and softens and smooths my dry patches, I'm happy. This cream is very thick and most definitely leaves my skin feeling nice and smooth. Not sure if all of the hype around this product is worth it as I've not been amazed by it. 

Cell renewal peel
The 3 minute skin re-newel peel mask is an interesting one and something I haven't really used before. You apply it straight to the skin after cleansing and leave on for three minutes before washing it off. After using this for a couple of weeks I can honestly say that my skin felt amazing! Super soft, refreshed and glowing. I don't use it too much as I wouldn't want it to irritate my overly sensitive skin but certainly one I reach for on my face mask Sunday nights. 

Will you be running out to Aldi on the 17th December to nab yourself some of these hyped up creams? They do offer a night cream and gift sets however I was too slow for those.

Have you tried these or something similar?
xoxo

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Batiste to the rescue! Just in time for party season



Washing my hair is a chore that I'm most definitely not a fan of and would rather put it off until my hair is super greasy. I like to wash it every three days but depending on going to the gym or evening commitments it can vary. Dry shampoo has always been a staple for me because of how lazy I am with washing my hair and can act as a styling product at the same time, and Batiste is a brand that I've used for years.

As you can see there a vast range (which not all have been included here) and you might be wondering 'What one should you use?'. Well, your standard dry shampoo that comes with different scents (floral, blush ,cherry and bloom) which  come out white and our able to dry out and sign of grease and get your hair looking fresh. I must admit, it took me a little while to get used to the distance to hold the can from your head to prevent turning into a grey haired granny. When you have the nack all is good and you'll end up relying on having a can at home.

Batiste have evolved so much over time and now have some different products as well as dry shampoo. My favourite out of the styling lines is the XXL volume one, as my hair is so long and heavy, meaning it goes flat and just hangs down. When spraying this into my roots (still from a distance) mattes my hair and once rubbed in gives a sort of back combed effect, which can be easily brushed out at the end of the day/night. On the other hand there's a conditioning spray which smooths the hair and is great for when you have small hairs that fancy going awol. All products have a lovely fresh scent that sticks around for ages after the initial spray.

Even though there are many different brands now offering dry shampoo, I still fins myself going back to Batiste time and time again. They have a wide range of scents and styling versions to choose from depending your need. I never get let down by them and highly recommend you getting yourself a can to try out, ready for party season.

xoxo









Monday, November 16, 2015

Three from Lush


Having recently suffered one of the worst allergic reactions to medication I'd ever experienced, I had to lay off the scented products for a week or so. This made me really miss my lush bath and shower times and as soon as I could use them again, my love affair rekindled. These three are just a few of the products I came home with after the Lush winter event that I started using again just the other day and knew these had to be my top three that I share my thoughts on. 

American Cream is a hair conditioner which my hair certainly thanked me for after just one use. I've said this numerous times now, my hairs not in the best condition and after a long time of continuous highlights its pretty dry. The smell reminds me of those hard boiled sweets that have pink and white swirls on as it's a gorgeous strawberries and cream scent. If like me, you can suffer with occasional flakes, then you should give this a try as the sage and lavender help to soothe and calm the scalp. 



Santas Belly is so pretty, I didn't want to use it and disturb the nice flat top. Containing ingredients such as; star anise infusion, orange, apple, bergamot and vegan red wine the scent isn't my favourite, but is nice enough for me to enjoy using the product. The jelly is so super soft on the skin and the scent surprisingly hangs around well after you hop out of your shower. It lathers up well and a little sparkle certainly goes a long way.


Spearmint polos were a daily purchase on my walk to secondary school and that memory flashes back whenever I take a whiff of this minty delight. Christingle caught my attention purely from its good looks as I find I'm drawn to anything of this colour. Being a body conditioner it works exactly the same as what a hair conditioner is used for, but for skin. I enjoy using this on a Saturday or Sunday morning to wake me up and prepare me for the day. Simply apply to the skin after your normal wash and then rinse off to reveal a well conditioned and smooth body, that's minty fresh. 

Have you tried any of my three from Lush? Have I tempted you to go and try any?
xoxo

Thursday, November 12, 2015

It's a Pixi kinda feeling


Using the Pixi Glow Tonic most days for around a year now is something that I'm not looking to replace any time soon. It deserves the hype it gets and if you're yet to try it, it's actually available in large M&S stores. Having this much love for the glow tonic meant only one thing. I had to check out what else they have to offer, and in other words, shopping! 

The Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist has been apart of my bedside table beauty group for a little while now. Some days I arrive home from a long day at work and immediately take off my make up, so by the time my Lumie light dims and my book is put to one side, my skin can feel quite dry and tight. I spray a couple of times (three or four lets be real) all over my face and follow with a general anti ageing serum. This especially helps with the colder times we're experiencing right now and gives a nice boost of moisture to the skin. 

I try to use the Glow Peel Pads on a Sunday as a little treat but if my skin needs more, I go in on a Wednesday as well. These bad boys contain 20% Glycolic acid to help with having brighter, healthier and more radiant skin. The main reason why I went for these is to try and even out my skin tone. I have some areas of dullness, pigmentation and now dark spots (slight scaring from my recent skin problem, post linked here). They contain vitamin E which after some research was one of the main things to help with my problems. 

As a self confessed addict to beauty I was over the moon with the three miniatures the kind lady presented to me at the time of purchase. The fact they're tiny is amazing and melts my hearts, but also getting to try out a couple of make up items I might not of ever picked up myself. A few samples definitely make a difference. 

Do you use anything from Pixi? Do you want to try something?

xoxo

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Discovering my true relationship with beauty



I'm sure I'm not the only one who has make up free days, in which you lounge in the house watching episode after episode on Netflix (ok that bit might just be me) being very relaxed and chilled. My most recent make up free day actually turned into seven full days and still counting. It seems that my body wasn't keen on a new medication I'd been prescribed which resulted in a full body rash and serious facial swelling, meaning; no make up, no skincare, and no Lush cosmetics baths or showers. Yep, the beauty bloggers cold turkey! 

During this period of isolation (literally only leaving the house for doctor and hospital visits) I've really thought about my relationship with beauty. What it is to me, why do I like to have a strict skincare routine morning and night, why do I apply make up, why do I own ten different red lipsticks and five different mascaras? Now being the seventh day without anything beauty coming near my body, I've found some answers to my questions and now very aware of what my relationship with beauty is. 

Feeling insecure isn't nice and the word has been recurring in my mind and linking to the majority of answers to my questions throughout this time. Everyone has aspects of themselves they're a bit more conscious about. Having a rigid skincare routine that my skin loves and is happy with (which has taken years and is still not perfect) enables my face to glow and rarely have blemishes and gives me that boost in order to feel comfortable. Normally my make up is applied to my face generously to exaggerate   specific features and again to help with confidence. Yes, when I'm having a good make up day I feel good, whether it's my brows being 'on point', or a new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick making my lips stand out from the crowd, beauty makes me feel good.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that being stripped of my skincare routine and make up has made me realise that I'm actually addicted to feeling confident and comfortable in my skin. I miss the good feeling and the happy sensation I get from cleansing my skin or applying my base. I honestly can't wait to feel good again and to wear one of my many red lipsticks with pride.

xoxo

Friday, October 30, 2015

A Coppering look


An in your face pop of colour is right up my street whether thats colour on the eyes or the lips, and in this case I went for the eyes. When I go for something that is quite bold I like to have a fuss free base and face make up. A natural look with good brows compliments any bold make up statement you fancy rocking.

For my base I chose the Boujois Healthy Mix as it is basically non traceable once pushed (with my beauty blender) into the skin. Its great to cover small imperfections and does give a lovely glow to the skin. I've been testing out Benefits Air Patrol for some time now and gives such a good prep for shadow. It somehow makes the colour of your eyeshadow more intense and opaque. Good brows are such a 'thing' and to not spend the majority of your make up time on your brows. This Revlon Brow Fantasy is quick to use and is great to have pencil and gel. Mac Peaches seems to go really well with this shadow giving a slight flush of colour. 

Now looking at the item in the hot seat is Macs Coppering. Such a beautiful organgy red with a hint of gold shimmer going through it. It's so intense and especially with light eyes it really makes them stand out. I like to wear it on its own and just blended out but would look lovely with a deeper shade running through the crease if you want to intensify it more.


Mascara pictured is Benefits They're Real

Do you like wearing eyeshadows that are slightly different to the norm? 

xoxo

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bedside beauty revisited


Beauty doesn't just finish when I wash my face and blast through my evening skincare routine, it follows me to bed. I have a few key products I use when in bed and a couple were featured in my last 'night stand' beauty post but theres also a few newbies.


My Lumie light is my evening saviour and swear by it and turn it on at the same time as when I light my Orla Kiely candle which smells lovely and was a TKMaxx find. As standard my This Works deep sleep spray and balm are used the majority of the time. As well as using my Lumie to slowly get myself in sleep mode the This Works products help with that too. The Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist is a newbie and even though I haven't had it long, I already feel like it's going to be a staple. I use this more so if I did my evening skincare quite early in the evening and my skin starts to feel dry or in the morning giving it a quick boost. My lips get incredibly dry in the colder months and the EOS lipbalm is my chosen balm right now. It does the job and is nice to be able to apply lip balm and not have to use your fingers. Most evenings I have to touch up my nails in some sort of way, more so in terms of filing. I snag or break my nails often as they're not the strongest and use this glass nail file that was a gift. It's brilliant and allows me to rectify the issue really quickly, perfect for someone who's always desperate to get in bed and sleep. My hands are also a body part that suffers from the colder months and hand cream is an essential for me. This hand cream was in my hotel room from a friends wedding from the summer and seems to do a really nice job. 



Do you have any products sitting on your nightstand? 

xoxo



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How many lipsticks do you carry in your bag?



You've heard of the crazy cat lady, well say hello to the crazy lipstick lady who can't stop carrying a handful of lipsticks in my handbag on a daily basis. To justify this extra baggage I like to carry around, I keep in mind those days when you have last minute change of plans, an impromptu dinner out or you just fancy a pop of colour to get you through the food shop. 

For this post I just dived into my bag and these were the culprits that were filling up my make up bag. All five lipsticks I feel will be my most used this winter.

1: Charlotte Tilbury 'Red Carpet Red' has featured on the blog already and with that you can tell it's a good egg. Long lasting, easy to apply (but requires a mirror), and is such a nice classic red that looks great against pale skin.
2: Lipstick Queen "Medieval' is sheer and more of a tint than a lipstick really. This is definitely my go to quick slap something on my face colour and no need for a mirror and is super creamy and just awakens your face instantly. 
3: Mac 'Dark side' granted is a hard one to apply but boy is this the perfect berry colour. Its great as you can just dab it into the lips and smudge out to get a light colour and can layer it up to get a more intense colour. Because its matte its very long lasting and is so perfect for the berry, vampy look that is everywhere right now. 
4: Mac 'Heroine' is one of my newest lipstick purchases and one of my craziest shades. Some just wear a purple for Halloween but for me this can be worn whenever and for whoever. Being a matte again (can you see a pattern) its long lasting and perfect for dinner dates and lots of drinking and eating. 
5: Maybelline 'Coffee Craze' was a reject from my mums last Boots trip. This has fast become my no make up make up look partner, mostly used at work. It's really creamy and just nudes out the redness in my lips. Not being that much of a long lasting lipstick its a nice one to have in your bag for emergency quite fixes. 



Are you a lipstick carrier, lover, or own any of these?

xoxo

Monday, October 26, 2015

Spending a wintery evening with Lush



When an email from Lush arrived into my inbox I instantly said yes (to myself) even before knowing what the email was asking of me. Autumn / winter is my favourite time of year and tend to shop more at Lush due to the increased amount of baths I have when the weather changes, so when I scrolled down the email where in bold it said, 'Preview of winter collection' I was a super excited.

A nice small group of bloggers from my local area were asked to come along and were greeted with bucks fizz and snacks and had a bit of a low down on what to expect from the evening. We were then left to explore, with a member of staff on each product area we were given demos and learnt all about Lush as a company, and the background of individual products. 





To start the evening myself and Harriet moved swiftly to the FUN section of the store to start building our snowman. Fun can be used for literally anything from shampoo, bubble bath and to even wash your clothes (I know I was shocked when we were told). A little amount goes a long way with this product and really does lather up and bubble up a lot. For Christmas you can buy the snowman pack, magic of Christmas or the Santa pack and have FUN in the bath or shower. 



The next station we went over to was the try me station where we had some products tested out on our arm which was so nice and relaxing. Christingle was my favourite out of this selection which is a body conditioner. When I smelt this for the first time it reminded me of the spearmint polos I used to buy on a daily basis at school. It's so refreshing and awakening and once rinsed off, leaves your skin feeling baby bottom smooth. 


Snow fairy is back, and my goodness look at the biggest tub of it! Of course there's gift set featuring this much loved Christmas product but there's also some new items that are incredibly unique. Firstly; Fairy Dust, which can be applied straight after your bath or shower onto your skin for a soft, sweet smelling scent that will stay with you for hours and let you sparkle for the entire day. You can also sprinkle it in your bath for added sparkle. First snow is very similar however instead of having iridescent glitter its more of a shimmer. The glitter in Lush products will not harm the environment or animals as it's not plastic but biodegradable. 


Peeping Santa is so adorable and is dairy free (not that I would recommend eating it). Containing Olibanum oil and bergamot oil it helps to relax yet uplift with a hint of strawberry. Again it's a bubble bar so lots of sweet fruity bubbles. 


Holly Golightly bubble bar is a great Christmas pamper bar. Turning the water holly green the bubbles grow and grow and the smell of a cinamon and zesty fruits will fill the bathroom.




Lastly as a big group we made the 'Angels on bare skin' all natural cleanser.  It was so much fun and learnt how to create it step by step with lots of facts and information passed our way with every added ingredient. A little goes a long way with this cleanser and even with just a small pea sized amount and a tad of warm water, it creams up a treat. If like myself you have quite sensitive skin, this is great for you as it contains lavender oil and rose absolute which helps to calm the skin. What a lovely way to gently exfoliate the skin too as the consistency is slightly rough but will leave the skin lovely and soft. 


Hope you enjoyed this huge Lush winter post. Check out their website here and scroll through the endless amount of fun, bubble bars, body conditioners and more. My Christmas isn't the same without Lush products to comfort me and help me smell delicious. 

Have you picked anything up from their winter collection? Stay close by as a Lush haul will be up soon.

xoxo

Friday, October 23, 2015

Nanokeratin refining shampoo and mask: making my hair manageable




Knotty, damaged and very dry best describes my hair. Long have I wanted soft to the touch hair that my fingers can just glide through with ease. So when these landed through my door, I couldn't wait to try them out and see if they could work their magic.

The normal shampoos I use are either the Catwalk Oatmeal one or a trusted Herbal Essence which might not be the best, but they work well with my hair and its condition. I find that some shampoos can make my hair quite greasy quickly and tend to only wear it down for one day and they its up in the standard pineapple hairstyle we all sport. The shampoo is nice, although after washing it out it sort of felt that it had dried my hair out (if that even makes sense). It didn't lather up much compared to other shampoos and was tough to get the amount from the sachet to cover all of my long locks, but overall was good in terms of application. 

Normally I'm not a huge fan of using masks because, if I'm honest I'm lazy. I want to get in and then out done and dusted. This attitude to hair care in the shower has changed as this mask actually has been working wonders on my hair. I applied it and left it a few minutes whilst I did the other shower stuff and then washed it out. Instantly my hair felt silkier, smoother, more tame and not as knotty. As I expected once dry it was easy to work with and was less knotty and actually felt smooth to the touch. I was able to go a couple of days wearing my hair done until it went greasy. 

I had never heard of this shampoo and hair mask before, but am so happy I've now been introduced as I will be hunting this down. I'm not sure I'll purchase the shampoo, but the hair mask is one of the nicest I've used. 

Do you use hair masks? Or have you tried this brand before?

xoxo

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A beauty bloggers haul


A recent trip to a Fenwick beauty event and a shopping day in London, meant that a few beauty purchases were made. The majority of things I h'd been longing for for a while and when I'm in my happy shopping frame of mind I tend to work through my wish list and this is what happens. 

First stop was the Fenwick Canterbury beauty event. They've got quite a nice range of different brands however need to bring in some more like Charlotte Tilbury (I really hope it happens). I went straight over to Benefit as recently Lisa Potter-Dixons YouTube has been on repeat for me and have noticed a number of Benefit products creeping onto my list. I'd seen a few reviews of Air Patrol and wasn't convinced until I saw a quick demo on Instagram and was amazed with the sort of base it created ready for eyeshadow. They're Real is a Benefit product I'll never not have in my make up collection, in black, and in blue. Blue mascara takes me back to the 90s and I used to wear it in my early teenage years at secondary school. I'm yet to bust this out but a night out next week I feel will be the perfect time. 

I have a Mac 15 pro pan palette that's full and two quads with one free space, which naturally meant I needed one more to complete my palettes. I went ahead and purchased coppering which is a beautiful and obviously copper shade with a tad shimmer. Around Autumn time I start to wear a lot of reds, berries and coppers on my eyes, lips and nails and looks stunning with green eyes. 

Selfridges was the first place I headed to in London as I knew I wanted to has a long and lengthy browse at Charlotte Tilbury. Such beautifully packaged make up and the quality is just amazing. I ended up just going for an eye shadow pencil in Amethyst Aphrodisiac. Being a bit of a fan of purple shadow I was instantly drawn to this beautiful purple shade in the collection which is matched with green eyes (perfect). I'd seen these shadow pencils on numerous blogs and the longevity of them apparently is great so I can't wait to start trying this out. Not living anywhere near Selfridges and London in general I didn't know that Lloyds pharmacy was in Selfridges and rushed there knowing full well they sold Bioderma and the mini ones! No other reason for this purchase other than look how cute it is.

For this last group of products I've got to pass some of the influence to a good handful of bloggers that are part of my regular feed. Pixi beauty has been popping up everywhere and now having a store just off Carnaby street, a visit had to happen. Glow Tonic has been part of my skincare routine for a good while now and really do enjoy the product a lot. I picked up the Glow Peel pads which have a crazy 20% Glycolic Acid instead of 5% in the Tonic. I've started using these once a week as a little treatment. My last purchase was the Hydrating Milky Mist. As winter is vast approaching, so is my dry and dehydrated skin which I'm hoping will be helped by this light and cooling spritz. The lovely ladies in Pixi gave away a few minis which made my day. They're great for travelling but mostly, are just so blood cute.

Beauty spending is off the cards for a few weeks for me. Any of this on your wish list?

xoxo





Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Brunch at Vintage Salt







The amazing thing with social media is that it can make you want something, do something or go somewhere in a matter of seconds. Whether it's a brand or a blogger word gets out in the blink of an eye and I for one go straight ahead and add it in my diary. Vintage Salt was brought to my attention through the endless amounts of bloggers attending events there or just going to food and Instagramming what they had. I knew I had to go because the food just looked amazing, especially the deserts!

The begin your Vintage Salt experience a private lift takes you up to the roof of Selfridges. Themed from the word dot it really does feel like an experience and not just a bog standard restaurant. The waitress that greeted us at the entrance was so polite and friendly (add was sporting some great eyeshadow blending). We were taken to our seats and straight away was given a bottle of water to refresh before making our big decision. 

A brunch meal is so easy for me to choose. As soon as I spy avocado on toast, my decision is made. I literally love it and never make it at home because I'm lazy, so always a nice treat when eating it out. This avocado on toast was different though, it was fiery  With a slight kick to it and layered onto the toast thickly was perfect, creamy with lots of flavour. The pudding I knew was going to be a hard choice as I'm supposed to stay clear of dairy. On a good day I can stomach it and look pregnant for the next 10 hours so I pushed my stomach issues to the side and shared a chocolate burger with my mum. The whole thing so so tasty, with a jelly slice in there and the chocolate layer was slightly chilled it certainly played tricks with you as it really looks like a burger. The chips were doughnuts that came with a dark chocolate dipping sauce and was presented beautifully. 

Hands down one of my most favourite brunches ever. Lovely staff, beautiful weather, breathtaking view and the food was perfect. 

It closes on Sunday 11th October! Get down there quick!

xoxo