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Beauty Favourites: May 2020

Spending all my time at home during the last few months meant I didn’t need to purchase any new makeup. Instead, I’ve chosen to make extra time for my beauty routine, as well as using up products I was saving for “best”.

I’ve kept my makeup to a minimum and I’ve been applying a little of the Bare Minerals Original Foundation. It feels light as a feather on my skin yet gives a natural coverage and my complexion a healthy glow. It comes in a powder format and blends into a beautiful creamy consistency using the buffing brush. It’s super quick to apply and kind to your skin.

You know those products that are just so wonderful, you keep them for best? Well that’s what I’d been doing with these beauties from Roger & Gallet I’d received for my birthday. After recent events I’ve decided life’s too short for that, so I’ve been using them for my morning routine to make it feel a little more indulgent.

I’ve really enjoyed using the Rose Mignonnerie Shower Gel, it’s a great way to feel totally energized first thing in the morning. I personally love a light rose fragrance as it fits well with my feminine style. It’s a plant based formula enriched with aloe vera and makes my skin feel soft and hydrated. I have sensitive skin and this is gentle enough that it didn’t cause any irritation and still left my body feeling cleansed.

The Rose Soothing & Nourishing Body Lotion is super luxurious yet has an ultra light texture. It absorbs into your skin quickly, leaving it feeling smooth and silky soft. It contains Almond Milk and Nepal Rose, both are naturally moisturising ingredients and help to hydrate and soothe your skin. It smells absolutely divine, with a sensuous rose aroma of Nepal Rose, Peony and Almond.

I was a huge fan of the original Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, so when I ran out I replaced it with the Rose and Lavender one. It was originally launched as a limited edition in 2012, but it turned out to be incredibly popular that this became a permanent addition to their range.

As with the original Cleanse and Polish, the rich creamy formula gently removes daily grime and make up, even stubborn waterproof mascara. It leaves my skin beautifully smooth and thoroughly cleansed. I simply massage 1-2 pumps onto dry skin and then remove it with a warm facecloth. I adore the delicate fragrance of pure Damask rose petal and French lavender essential oils, making it feel like a mini facial every time I’ve used it.

Usually I don’t get on well with clay masks, my skin finds them too drying. I recently made a purchase on the Charlotte Tilbury website and got a free mini sample of the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, so I gave it a try to see what all the fuss was about. My reaction was simply “wow”. My skin didn’t feel tight, it felt soft and hydrated, and my complexion looked brighter after just one use. Not getting out of the house was starting to have an affect on my skin so I treated myself to the full sized product and added it to my pamper routine. The ingredients include Vitamin C for brightening, Sweet Almond Oil to help nourish your skin and is rich in Omega 3 and Rosehip Oil to help revitalise the appearance of your complexion.

If you’ve ever had a self tanning disaster you’ll know how frustrating it is, especially after you’ve gone through the effort of preparing and exfoliating your skin and following the guidelines.

I fell in love with Vita Liberata two years ago after trying their tanning mouse, so I was excited to see they’d brought out a tanning mist and decided to give it a go. With the current situation I don’t have any travel plans this year but still wanted that holiday tan, to be honest I’m not one for basking in the sun anyway. The Vita Liberata Self Tanning Mist is super easy to apply and dries in 1-2 minutes for a rich, natural-looking result within 4-6 hours. The beauty of this mist is that you can customise how deep you want your tan the moment it’s dried with a second application. It’s the best one I’ve used so far to achieve either a subtle sun kissed glow or a deep beach bronze, depending on what look I’m after.

What beauty or self care products have you been enjoying lately? Let me know in the comments below.

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Lockdown Looks: Femme Luxe Loungewear*

If you’d have asked me a couple of months back what I was wearing around the house I’d most likely have said a pair of pjs or baggy grey T-shirt and faded black leggings on cleaning days. The word loungewear wasn’t a thing in my house.

Then the country went into lockdown and everything changed, especially my moods. One day I’d feel I could take on every task known to man, the next all I’d want to do was wrap up in a throw and sleep for days.

I made the decision to change the way I dress while I’m at home and do you know what, it definitely made a difference to how I felt. By getting dressed everyday I had more motivation and I was getting a heck of a lot more jobs done. So I ordered a few tops and matching joggers, but being at home 24/7 these weren’t going to be enough to last me through the whole of lockdown.

Then Femme Luxe* got in contact and asked if they could send me a few pieces from their loungewear collection. When the package arrived I immediately tried everything on, they looked stylish and I felt super comfortable.

I love the loose fitting style of these peach joggers, they fit beautifully, I felt extremely comfortable lounging around the house and didn’t want to take them off. The material is slightly heavier than the other sets but it’s oh so soft next to my skin. The colour is so pretty and looks amazing styled with a plain white top. They also have deep pockets which is great if you’re someone who likes to carry your mobile on the journey from sofa to fridge! I paired them with this oversized T-shirt from Femme Luxe, I love how good the two look together. If peach isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know they also come in a range of other colours.

I love the shape of this grey loungewear set, the short sleeve boxy style of the top makes it easy to wear yet looks chic and stylish while you stick on headphones and listen to a podcast or two. The trousers are cropped with a straight leg, but oh so comfy. The material is stretchy making it easy to curl up on the sofa and get stuck into a must see box set. I wanted to have at least one set in a neutral shade, grey being my obvious choice, but there are loads more styles in the black loungewear collection.

No surprise that I opted for a rose loungewear set, I literally squealed with delight when I saw they had one in just the right shade. The top is the same boxy, short sleeve design as the grey ones, only the rose one has a deep v-neck. Being on the bustier side, I find this neck line more flattering than a crew neck. The matching cropped, straight leg trousers are just as comfortable. Both the rose pink and grey trousers have pockets, they’re not deep enough to keep your mobile in but great for somewhere to put your hands in a photo! Femme Luxe have some other amazing styles in their rose loungewear collection.

Who’d have thought I’d ever be wearing a pair of bright pink tie dye joggers, I certainly didn’t. Yet I bloomin love these, they fit in the most flattering way a pair of jogging bottoms ever could. I often suffer with bloating around the tummy and these hide it so well, I even felt confident enough to actually tuck in a T-shirt, normally I leave it loose. Yes, the shade of pink is brighter that I’d usually wear but it’s a fun colour and I feel happy when I wear them, that’s what we want right now. The material is thinner than the peach ones so great for warmer days. I styled them with the same white oversized T-shirt as before, yet they look equally fab with a white vest top or hoody. It’s definitely worth checking through other colours from their joggers collection.

What are you wearing during lockdown? Have you ventured into loungewear sets? Let me know in the comments below.

*These items were kindly gifted to me by Femme Luxe but all views are my own.

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Lockdown Life: What I’ve Been Doing During Isolation

In some ways March and April seemed like a complete washout, I felt like I was on set of Groundhog Day, only this was real life. One minute I was making arrangements with a friend choosing where to meet for coffee the following week, the next minute we were in Lockdown.

Some days I’ve really struggled and felt mentally and physically exhausted that I couldn’t even get out of bed. I made the mistake of watching every thing on the news and reading all the stuff about the virus on social media. My anxiety went through the roof and I was having irrational thoughts, some reduced me to tears. I’m use to staying indoors for long periods but this was like nothing I’d experienced before. It helped to talk to friends and family by telephone or Skype, to know that they were safe and we’d see each other real soon.

I wanted to focus on the positive things in life, however small. We’ve been out in the front garden every Thursday evening at 8pm to clap for our NHS staff and many other key workers. Our neighbours are in a band called Pink Champagne and they played Over The Rainbow. It was a wonderful atmosphere in support of some truly amazing people.

I had a lovely surprise a few weeks ago when a bouquet of flowers from Bloom and Wild dropped through my letterbox. My cousin had arranged for them to be sent as we’d only been chatting on the phone a few days before and she knew I’d not been feeling great, how kind and thoughtful of her to send me some of my favourite peonies.

Like everyone else our plans for Easter had to change rather quickly. We were due to have a family lunch but instead Adrian and I had an Easter lunch together at home. I had a few treats while getting ready in the morning and still wanted to make an effort by wearing a pretty dress with some natural makeup. We finished the day watching Disney films and old black and white movies, then fell asleep on the sofa.

We had planned to attend a street party to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. As this was cancelled Adrian and I chose to have a vintage style afternoon tea in our lounge, it was lovely and the food was rather delicious.

If you’d like to see more from our afternoon tea then you may like to read my post VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations.

Whenever there is a crisis, either personal or national, I love to organise and de-clutter, I find it extremely therapeutic. Sometimes it’s my desk drawers and others it’s a full blown bedroom deep clean, but during April I did the lot. My wardrobe is back to being organised and colour coded, I rearranged items on shelves in every room, then cleaned and de-cluttered the kitchen cupboards and work tops. I came across a Valentines Day card from Adrian with a print of The Eiffel Tower on the front, I’ve put it in a gold frame as it goes perfectly with other prints already on my bedroom wall.

As much as I love wearing feminine dresses I’ve really gotten into loungewear during lockdown. I’m totally in love with this pink tie dye hoody and shorts set from Boux Avenue and it’s the softest thing I’ve ever felt. It’s literally like wearing pjs all day.

You may also be interested in Spring Outfits I’m Wearing Right Now.

This hand held steamer is one of those random things that turn out to be one of the best purchases ever. It’s practical, lightweight and comes in rose gold. It saves me having to use the iron just for one linen or cotton dress that’s a little creased from being in the wardrobe, and it’s even small enough to pack it in your suitcase on holiday. It’s an all round winner!

How have you been coping during lockdown? Are you still going out to work or working from home?

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Rose Gold LED Travel Mirrors From Luna London

Ever found yourself on holiday and there’s never enough light in the room to apply your makeup? Then there are those times you nip off to the ladies room to top up your powder and lippy, yet it’s so dark and dingy you can hardly see what you’re doing.

Last year I was kindly gifted two LED Illuminating Mirrors from Luna London Ltd and both have made a huge difference when it comes to applying my makeup, no matter where I may be.

This beautiful rose gold LED compact mirror from Luna London Ltd is the perfect size for keeping in your tote bag. It’s available from Amazon for £15.99 and also comes in black. The compact has two mirrors, one is 7x magnification, the other has a battery operated ring light and is large enough to see your whole face in. It’s ideal for checking makeup on the go or popping in your travel bag. I love the warm glow the light gives, which makes it great for selfies too!

 The Luna London Ltd Eclipse LED Mirror is a lot larger and also comes in rose gold. There are 3 light settings, soft warm, neutral white and simulate day, which you can brighten or dim.  It looks super chic and stylish, it’s light enough to use while you’re on your travels and even comes with a soft drawstring bag to protect the mirror against scratches. It’s USB rechargeable so there’s no need to worry about batteries running out if you’re away from home. I absolutely love the Eclipse mirror, just as much as I do their compact mirror. The Eclipse mirror is also available from Amazon and costs £27.99.

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Makeup Look Using Only Charlotte Tilbury Products

I’ve wanted to do a makeup look for a while as I get quite a few questions asking me what products I use on a daily basis. I’m no expert but I know what I like and always keep it fairly natural. For this post I’m only using products from my favourite brand which of course is Charlotte Tilbury. I love everything about her makeup and adore the old Hollywood style packaging. This time I’ve included a photo of the finished look.

Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup
Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup

After cleansing and toning my skin I apply a small amount of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. I just love this moisturiser, it feels beautiful on my skin without being too heavy. My skin feels incredibly soft and supple and my complexion looks brighter and flawless ready to apply my base.

Next, I add a few drops of the Wonder Glow Primer, which is a multi use product. It’s perfect for using under makeup to give your skin a light glow and even out your skin tone. You can also use this alone as a tinted moisturiser, which is great for those days you don’t want to wear foundation.

I’ve used a few pumps of the Magic Foundation in shade 4, honestly this is my all time favourite foundation. It’s the one I’ll go back to if I want a medium to high coverage, especially in photos. I love the creamy texture which blends into my skin beautifully without feeling too heavy.

To cover up any dark circles or blemishes I’ve used the Magic Away Concealer in shade 4. It’s super creamy consistency gives full coverage yet blends in beautifully. It’s a thick formula but feels comfortable and lightweight on the skin. It’s easy to apply using the the sponge applicator and I love how flawless it looks, no caking or sinking into fine lines.

You may be interested in my full review for the Magic Away Concealer, I’ll leave the link here.

I’ve set my base in place using the Airbrush Flawless Finishing powder in shade 2. My skin looks natural and fresh, which I love,

I’ve used the bronzer from the Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette to lightly contour and enhance my bone structure and along my jaw line. I’ve used a larger brush to sweep a little colour over the areas of my face where the sun would naturally hit to give my complexion a sunkissed look.

I’ve then applied a few dabs of the Goldgasm Beauty Light Wand on my cheek bones and down the centre of my nose, gently blending it in with my finger tips. Over the top of the cream highlighter I’ve used a small amount of the golden toned powder highlighter from the palette which captures and reflects the light just where I want it.

The glow from both these products is absolutely incredible, yet still keeping it looking natural. The shades work well together creating the most gorgeous luminous complexion. The powders feel so soft and blend in beautifully,

Oh my word, I absolutely love the Cheek to Chic blusher in the shade Pillow Talk. I’ve used a medium sized powder brush to sweep it across the apples of my cheeks, it blends in beautifully and I just love how it gives your cheeks a natural rosey glow.

My eyeshadow of choice is of course the Pillow Talk Palette, I go on about it all the time but I just love how all four shades enhance your eyes without making you look over made up. The pinky brown colours complement the blusher, lip liner and lipstick from the Pillow Talk range. I’ve used the lighter shade all over my lid, the medium shade along the crease and the darker shade in the outer corners of my eyelid and along my bottom lash line.

I’ve completed my eye look with a few coats of Full Fat Lashes mascara in the shade Glossy Black to add volume and length to my lashes. There’s no flaking or clumping, and stays put all day.

On my lips I’ve used Pillow Talk lip liner to outline their natural shape, then I’ve mixed two shades of lipsticks together to create my perfect nude. I’ve used Matte Revolution in the shade Pillow Talk Original and Nude Kate from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range, which is incredibly moisturising.

And there you have the finished look.

All that’s left is to pop on my pearl jewellery and a spritz of my favourite Flowerbomb fragrance.

Bra (colour Champagne) Victoria’s Secret

Satin and Lace Robe Boux Avenue

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