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Friday, 6 July 2018

BEAUTY - Fresh Faced





English Summertime has finally arrived and the city is heating up. I can't stand to put on anything more than a floaty dress and sandals to leave the house and the Tube is almost unbearable. Beauty wise I'm lusting after fresh scents and refreshing, zesty products. It's all about great skincare rather than layering up make-up.

I've found myself asking a lot from my products this summer.  For my face I want hydration, an energy boost to wake me up and a decent SPF. Well I only went and found the dream didn't I? 

You may have read about Origins GinZing SPF 40 Energy Boosting Tinted Moistuiser in the press recently? I always aproach these 'promise all' products with an certain amount of caution. Too many times have I found a caking BB cream. Well I was really impressed! In fact I was so impressed that I've (temporally) ditched my trusty Mac Studio and am using this baby exclusively.


This Tinted Moistuiser isn't the cheapest on the market (£30 for 50ml) but comes in a decent size tube and you don't need much. On a cleansed face I use a serum and moisturiser as my skin is currently on the dry side. You may find you don't need the moisturiser at all. I apply Origins TM all over my face. It's a hydrating, easy to apply consistency with a divine zesty scent. The coffee beans and Panax Ginseng instantly boost moisture and energy levels leaving you ready to face the day. The tint is enough that I don't need anything else except the odd dab of concealer on any bad blemishes and having SPF 40 means no sun cream is needed. It really is the speediest way to a fresh face and lasts well throughout the day - even on a hot tube.




I'm so impressed with the product I'm looking to try more from Origins collection. Do you have any gems you've tried? If so let me in on your secrets.



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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

BEAUTY - Ditch Those Nasties








It's been a long time since I was loyal to a haircare brand.  I'm forever trying different products, most of which I never mention due to being a little average.  I had seen a few reviews from L'Oreal's sponsored bloggers and thought the Botanicals range looked promising.  Without any high expectations I purchased a selection from the range from the Boots site and awaited my delivery.

A few days later my Boots box arrived filled with the Lavender Soothing Therapy Shampoo, Camelina Smooth Rituals Conditioning Balm and the Camelina Masque.  I've been suffering with dry straw-like hair, split ends and a slightly dry scalp so I thought this selection might just help a little.  







First impressions were the pump shampoo bottle was a great idea and made it very easy to get the right amount whilst feeling quite Salon-like.  Initially I wasn't wild on the scents.  They weren't bad however usually I go for something a little fresh and fruity.  The products are natural so the shampoo smells of Lavender as you'd expect.  I have now grown to rather love the smell and it definitely hasn't put me off.

The Botanicals range is free of silicones, parabens and colorants.  The products are Vegan (although L'Oreal itself does test on animals in some counties so if you are Vegan you may want to do a little more research - this isn't my strong point).   Botanicals uses finer ingredients from natural origins and more sustainable processes.  The lack of added ingredients really has transformed my hair making it softer and stronger with less breakage.  I use the Masque once a week which keeps my hair super soft and apart from the above am just using a heat protection spray before blowdrying and styling.

I've just been over to the Boots website and the Botanicals range is included in their 3 for 2 offer so I'm stocking up!  I've added the links to what I used below.  If you give them a go don't forget to let me know your thoughts.





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Friday, 29 June 2018

STYLE - Summer Lovin'







I am currently completely obsessed with summer cover-ups and this beautiful jade green kimono is winning.  It's majestic cream and red floral print and dark piping makes it look far more expensive than it is at under £25!  I'm throwing it over neutral jeans and slip dresses daily whether at work or a weekend picnic.  When the weather heats up during the day this beautiful piece is so lightweight I fold it up into my handbag.  A kimono style duster coat is also a dream for streamlining a rather large bump!











I've added this beauty and an edit of my favourites from online boutique SHEIN below for you to take a look at.  Let me know which cover-up's you are loving this Summer.


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Caloco Print Long Kimono - £23.99

Botanical Print Kimono - £22.99

Lace Embroidery Kimono - £13.99
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Monday, 21 May 2018

FASHION - Summer Layering







This ever-changing weather leaves me struggling with what to wear.  Cooler mornings turn into warm afternoons and the only solution seems to be layering.  Lightweight knitwear and sweaters are ideal for throwing on over cotton shirts and camisoles to avoid feeling the morning chill.  Pretty pastel colours and feminine details give them a romantic, etherial feel that work perfectly for these early Summer days.








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Shop a few more of my summer knitwear favourites below:













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Friday, 18 May 2018

BEAUTY - My weekend make-up routine







I used to love spending my mornings dabbling with products before work.  Taking time to layer up  until I looked adequately groomed was a joy.  Then the baby arrived and mornings disappeared in a muddle of nappy changes and cereal fights.  Since then speed has become a priority and I have refined what was my simple weekend make-up regime to use for every day.  I can look fresh faced in under five minutes. 

This speedy masterclass is due to a few products that really do what they say on the tin and I've been wanting to fill you in on them for a while now.  Here are the products I couldn't live without and my tips and tricks for a stress free make-up morning.






IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BASE

Keeping a small make-up bag in a room that I can occupy baby in is simple but makes all the difference.  It takes twice as long when she is pulling products off my dressing table and I'm having to watch what she is up to.

A hydrated face is key before beginning.  Following a swift cleanse and a dap of serum and moisturiser (see what I'm currently using here ) I use a pea sized amount of this life changing studio face and body foundation by Mac.  This lightweight, buildable colour feels hydrating, cooling and smells amazing.  I apply with a foundation brush and it glides on with no streaks and minimal blending needed.  For a natural look just apply thinly or in selected areas or layer up for a more 'done' look.  It lasts ALL day and I never feel the need to top up.  I'm using shade N2.

For those days when the eye bags are taking over I use my Kiko Colour Correct palette to touch up blemishes.  The smooth texture glides on with no caking.  Find it here.  Kiko's Flawless Fusion bronzing powder in 01 is my go-to for a little holiday glow.  I re-buy this product time and again.


EYE GLOW

My brows are so fair that a brow pencil is essential.  Benefit's Goof Proof is idiot proof as its angled head makes it super easy to apply.  The waxy formula doesn't budge so you can swipe and forget about it. The built in brow brush means it's the only item you need to rummage around for.  

I used to be an eye liner fiend but recently I'm preferring the more natural effect of using a cream eye shadow.  Glossier's Lidstar in cub and Shiseido's cream eye colours are alternated for a pretty, burnt pink/copper colouring.  A flick of black mascara and I'm done.


LIP CARE

Nuxe honey lip balm hydrates lips all day so I always apply morning and night.  I'll pop a lipstick in my bag to apply en-route.  Which is my favourite lipstick?  This changes daily!








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