Highlighters For Ever Budget

We’re coming up to that time of year when our gorgeous summer glows start to fade and our skin begins to look a bit dull. There are some incredible highlighters out there, you don’t have a spend a fortune on to get a gorgeous glow. It was one product I used to skip, but since trying out a number of brands I’ve found a few that I totally love and couldn’t be without.

Here are some of my absolute favourites, from powders to liquids, they can all be used to enhance a summer tan or add some warmth to winter skin.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Liquid Highlighters

It took me a while to get into liquid highlighters but then I discovered GOSH Lumi Drops . These are so easy to use, just add a small amount to the back of my hand, then using my finger tips I apply and blend the highlighter to the tops of my cheek bones and along my brow bone or mix it with my foundation for an all over radiant glow. I expected it to be be a runny consistency, but it’s more like a gel, so they’re a lot easier to handle. I have the shades Peach and Rose Gold, which are absolutely stunning, they look a lot darker in the bottle, however they are both light, pearly colours and look beautiful after I’ve blended them in.

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops are absolutely incredible, they’re in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator making it easy to use. I apply these the same as the GOSH ones, blending it in with a beauty sponge. It dries quick, giving off a stunning glow, making it quite possibly one of the best highlighters I’ve ever had. They’re available in 5 different shades and cost £6.99 each, so super affordable.

After cleansing and moisturising my skin I applied a small amount of Boots No7 Skin Illuminator all over my face. I’ve literally been obsessed with this product ever since I discovered it last month. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance, it has an iridescent shimmer that reflects the light to give your skin that perfect healthy glow. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. It’s not glittery, so ideal for using during the day, whatever time of year it is.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter as it’s a multi purpose product. The liquid is highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use the tiniest amount. It can be added to your foundation or skincare for an all over natural glow, or used to highlight specific areas. I wasn’t too keen on this one when I tried it all over my face as it’s a really glittery highlighter, but it does give such a pretty glow. I much preferred dabbing it across my cheek bones for a much more subtle look.  I think I’ll be saving this one for an evening out, plus it would look incredible at Christmas.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Highlighting Palettes

I’m still obsessed with Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette. For an everyday glowy look I use the golden peachy blush shade on my cheeks just to add a natural hint of colour and using a fan brush I’ll sweep the highlighter shade over my cheek bones, as it gives just the right amount of shimmer when the light catches it. It’s such a pretty cheek palette, the powders are incredibly soft, blend in wonderfully and the shades are super pigmented. This one came in my travel bag when I went away for a few days last month. If I’m going on a night out and I’m after a more intense highlighter then I’ll reach for the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting palette, which gives the most incredible glow..

Revolution Renaissance Illuminating Radiant in the shade Rose is a pretty amazing drug store palette that really packs a punch. It’s an absolute bargain for only £8. There are three rose toned pressed shimmer powders that can be used as blusher, highlighter or eyeshadow to give skin incredible glow. You can swirl them together or use them individually. The packaging is gorgeous, a beautiful rose gold compact that slides into a soft pink velvet sleeve.

No7 Shimmer Palette is a fab one, it’s perfect for an all year round glow it’s made up of shades to flatter any skin tone, giving an extra lift to your complexion. The mix of colours mean it can be used to enhance a summer tan or add warmth to winter skin.

Powder Highlighters

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder

I first fell in love with the shade Peonies Please after seeing it on YouTube, so I was determined to hunt it down. Honestly it is so pretty with a soft baked feel and an almost marble effect to it. This Illuminating Powder is probably more of an all over cheek product as it adds a rosey colour as well as highlighting. I apply it with a fan brush as it’s extremely pigmented and this allows me to build up the colour gradually. It’s perfect for adding a healthy glow without being too over the top glittery.

Makeup Revolution Sun Kiss Highlighter in the shade Champagne Kiss, and this has to be my most favourite thing from this haul. I mean, it looks incredible and I can’t get over the size of it, it’s huge. I love the rose gold packaging which makes it look much more expensive that it actually is. The highlighter is super intense, I started of just using a small amount on my brush and gently blending it in. The colour looks so pretty, it’s perfect for any time of the year.

Do you have a favourite highlighter? Have you tried any of these?

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Sandringham

Sandringham is one of my favourite places to visit. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive from where I live, so Adrian and I decided to go up there last week and take a tour round the house, gardens and museum. We also had a delicious picnic on the Queen’s lawn, unfortunately she wasn’t at home on the day we went but I’m sure she wouldn’t mind us having tea and sandwiches in her back garden. I would loved to have bumped into her and caught up on family gossip.

Sandringham House is the Queen’s country home and is situated in North Norfolk, about 20 minutes away from Hunstanton (which, might I say, is the windiest seaside place on the planet!) Sandringham House has the most amazing gardens and woods where you can walk round, it’s filled with beautiful flowers and statues. If you don’t fancy walking all that way, there’s even a shuttle that will drive you round to take in all the wonderful sights.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

We didn’t go inside the house on this visit as we’ve been in many times before. There’s a section that is open to tourists and a tour guide will show you around each room and talk you through some very interesting facts. The bronze statue of the horse Estimate is a new addition since we came last, it stands right outside the main entrance to the house. The Queen is the first reigning monarch to win a Gold Cup when her horse, Estimate, won in 2013. You learn something new every day!

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

I had to do it, didn’t I? If there’s a place to have a slice of cake then you can guarantee I’ll be there. We went into the Stables Tearoom, which has a wonderful selection of cakes and sandwiches, I naturally choose the chocolate cake and it was absolutely delicious, I’m surprised it lasted long enough for me to take a photo. There’s also a restaurant that sells home cooked hot and cold meals, but it was extremely busy on our visit, plus I think we’d already eaten enough from the picnic we’d brought with us.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

There are so many hidden little places at Sandringham, it’s such a beautiful place to sit and relax, enjoy a picnic and take in the scenery. It’s an extremely popular place for tourists but the further into the woods you go, the less chance you’ll bump into crowds of people.

I had to have my photo take outside York Cottage, which is on the other side of the lower lake at Sandringham and will be the country home of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I did wonder if Harry and Megan were in one of the upstairs rooms measuring up for nursery furniture, but no, there wasn’t any sign of them. Oh well, maybe next time.

Just a bit further up from York Cottage is Queen Alexandra’s Nest over looking the picturesque view across the lakes, this charming summer house was built for her in 1913. Sadly I couldn’t get up any closer as it’s not wheelchair accessible, it would have been the perfect place to chill and listen to the sounds of nature.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

We must have walked round every inch of the stunning gardens, one of the prettiest and most interesting areas was the North Garden, where you’ll see a statue of Father Time, the Buddha Statue, colourful flowers and beautiful box hedge lined walkways. You could literally get lost in there, it’s almost like something out of a fairy tale. Whatever time of year you visit the gardens look amazing,  Spring leading into Summer is probably the best time as the displays of rhododendrons are quite simply breathtaking. On a sad note, somewhere in the grounds of Sandringham I lost one of earrings that Adrian bought me for our wedding anniversary in 2011, I didn’t notice until we got back to the car.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House is absolutely amazing with the most spectacular views of the house, woods and gardens, as well as inside the house and museum. There’s also a gift shop where you can buy something to remember your visit including jams, cookies and little trinkets. I bought my Aunt a jar of Sandringham Strawberry Preserve as she loves some on her toast in the mornings, and for myself I picked up another thimble for my collection. Next door to the Gift Shop is an outdoor clothing shop, you could always pick up a pair of walking boots if you fancy an extra long walk round every inch of the woodland. Inside the museum there are all kinds of items that have belonged to various generations of the Royal family. One I found particularly interesting were these wheelchairs that belong to Queen Victoria, I’d quite like mine to have a plush royal red cushion.

I love coming to Sandringham House, it’s such a beautiful place. Each time I’ve come there’s always been something new to learn or different to see. I’ve been a few times but still haven’t quite made it to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, it’s right next to Sandringham and is used by The Queen and members of the Royal family. You’ll be able to watch them walk from Sandringham House down to the church on Christmas Day. I’d definitely recommend Sandringham to anyone, even if you’re not a royal fan, it’s such a stunning stately home with amazing architecture and a wonderful history. The gardens and woodland are quite simply beautiful.

I can’t wait to come again soon.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

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Hempz Aromabody Milk And Honey Body Moisturizer

I tend to spend as much time looking after the skin on my body as I do my face, especially now we’re going into the colder months. I switch to something a little richer and more creamy to keep my skin soft and nourished. A body moisturiser that does what it says on the tin and gives me all the feel of Autumn is bound to be a winner. It’s going to be one that I look forward to using every single day.

Hempz Milk And Honey Body Moisturizer is from their new Aromabody range and is aimed towards extremely dry skin. If you’ve not heard of Hempz before, they are a vegan skincare brand and their products are all paraben free and gluten free. They sell everything you need for healthy skin and hair, all the products contain 100% natural hemp seed oil and are rich in vitamins. You will be spoilt for choice from the delicious range of beauty treats which include body washes, moisturisers and lip balms. I first discovered Hempz back in January, I’ll leave the link to my review in case you want to find out what I thought of their body wash and lip balm.

You know I’m going to mention the fragrance first, right? Let me tell you it smells amazing, with a warm comforting feeling as soon as you massage it into your body. Ok, so it doesn’t exactly smell of milk and honey, it reminds me of that home baked smell that wafts through the house just after you’ve made a batch of muffins. I promise you it smells good enough to eat.

It comes in a sturdy 500ml bottle, which is a decent size and will most likely be enough to last you all the way through til the Spring. I’m glad it has a pump as this makes it so much easier to dispense to moisturiser compared to a squeezy bottle. It looks pretty good standing on my bathroom shelf, although I’m seriously thinking of putting it under lock and key to stop other family members from helping themselves.

The moisturiser has a thick creamy texture and is almost like a gel formula. As it’s quite a heavy cream I was expecting it to take ages to be absorbed into my skin and I’d have to wait forever to get dressed. To my surprise it doesn’t sit on the skin and melts in really quickly. Oh boy, this is one of the most nourishing moisturisers I’ve ever used, my skin felt soft, hydrated and velvety smooth after I had applied it. Anyone with dry skin, then this is the one for you, it even helped on the drier areas like my elbows and knees. And like I said, you get a warm comforting feeling from the delicious fragrance the moment you put it on, the smell does linger for a while but it’s a small price to pay for a little indulgence after your morning shower or evening bath routine.

One of the main ingredients is Pure Hemp Seed Oil and is a great source of vitamins, including Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6. It’s also packed with other key ingredients including Agave Extract, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil. Cocoa butter and Shea Butter, all designed to soften and hydrate your skin. Shea Butter provides heavy moisture and essential nutrients to the skin, helping to protect against free radical damage and daily elements. Plus the antioxidant properties help to nourish your skin and keep it look and feeling it’s best. All this while smelling deliciously yummy.

Other products in the Hempz Aromabody Milk & Honey* range include an Exfoliating Herbal Body Whip, a Herbal Body Wash and a Herbal Hand & Foot Creme.

Have you tried anything from the Hempz range? Do you switch up your skincare depending on the seasons?

*This post includes PR samples

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What's New In My Wardrobe

It’s fair to say I’m a little excited to see this Autumn Trends, I’ve pushed the boundaries this year and tried some styles that I would never normally have worn. As you know I’m a pink, floral girl, through and through, yet somehow when I tried these pieces on I felt confident and chic, they will be worn quite a lot over the coming months. I don’t know about you but I always find it tricky to style at this time of year, too warm for some things and too cold for others. Give it a few months and all I’ll be wearing is knitted dresses and knee high boots, oh and hats, lets not forget the hats. In the last few weeks of checking the on line stores I’ve practically fallen in love with everything I’ve seen. Our styles do evolve over time, but I think I’ve found some gorgeous items that fit with the Trends for Autumn 2018, yet I still feel like me when I wear them. They are the perfect pieces for my Autumn transitional wardrobe and I’ll be able to style them with so many things I already own.

You seemed to like my Spring Fashion Haul so I thought I’d show you all the new pieces I picked up from various High Street stores over the last few weeks.

What's New In My Wardrobe

Ankle boots are perfect for this time of year, this pair from Topshop are such a gorgeous neutral colour and extremely versatile. They’re great worn without tights if you want to pair them with cute skirts or dresses, as this shade is very flattering. And when the temperatures do start to drop they will look amazing with a pair of light coloured jeans or trousers. I absolutely love the block heel and pointed toe, which is very on trend for winter. It’s been ages since I bought a new pair of ankle boots and I can’t wait to start wearing these.

What's New In My Wardrobe

I wasn’t sure about this Snake Print Midi Shirt Dress at first as I honestly didn’t think I could pull it off. It’s so different for me. I had desperately been trying to get hold of the Topshop one that’s all over Instagram, but sold out as soon as it came in stock. I found this great alternative from New Look and I absolutely love it, it’s such a beautiful, versatile dress. When the weather does start to get colder I’ll be wearing this with boots and a faux fur jacket, you could also wear a jumper over the top. The shirt style is different for me too, but I think it looks such a classic design and feels lovely to wear. The quality is pretty good considering it’s from New Look. It looks super chic and will be worn loads over the coming months.

What's New In My Wardrobe, Pink Faux Leather Jacket

I’d been after a pink faux leather biker jacket for ages and as soon as I saw this one from ASOS it had to go straight into my basket. I also had a £10 loyalty voucher to put towards the cost, so that was a bonus. A lightweight jacket is any girls wardrobe staple, this one isn’t super warm but great to add an additional layer to your outfit without getting too hot on milder days. It’s perfect to add a touch of Autumn to your transitional wardrobe. I love everything about it, the colour is gorgeous and the gold hardware make it look super chic. This has to be my favourite piece from the entire haul.

What's New In My Wardrobe, New Look PVC Skirt

I wanted to add a few skirts into my Autumn wardrobe that weren’t floral, yes, I know, don’t worry, I am feeling ok. There’s nothing wrong with trying something different once in a while. The first one I bought was this Tan PVC Midi Skirt from New Look which also it also comes in black and burgundy. The colour is absolutely gorgeous and looks a lot more expensive than it was and doesn’t have that cheap, plastic feel that some PVC skirts have. It’s a real classic item to have. I’ve styled it with a chunky jumper and heels, it would also look amazing worn with my snakeskin blouse, a pretty cream blouse or a thin roll neck top. I’ve also seen people wearing them with a slogan T-shirt and trainers.

I’ve styled mine with this gorgeous slouchy jumper from Warehouse, which I already owned.  I love the trumpet sleeves and the neutral shade goes with everything, it’s an absolute dream to wear. Styling it with the PVC skirt is a great way to dress up a casual jumper.

What's New In My Wardrobe

The second skirt I’ve bought is this pretty Polka Dot Midi Skirt from Nasty Gal, it’s such a gorgeous autumnal colour and the perfect length on me. It’s so easy to throw on with a top and pair of heels, as I’ve done in the photo, it will also look amazing worn with a chunky jumper, ankle boots and a jacket when the weather’s not so warm. It’s one of those skirts that will take you from day to night and I’ll be reaching for it year after year.

What's New In My Wardrobe

What's New In My Wardrobe

I guess you could say I’m an animal print convert, considering it was a print I never thought I could wear. Now I know I feel comfortable and confident these items will be with me for a few years to come, they’re classic styles and not too over the top.

This snake print shirt is from Marks and Spencer, unfortunately I can’t find it on line but it may still be in some of the stores. It fits beautifully and I love the crinkle effect throughout the shirt. Having long sleeves means I can also wear it with my cream faux fur gillet and jeans for a more casual look. I think it goes perfectly with the nude cotton maxi skirt and equally it would look amazing worn with my Tan PVC skirt or white trousers. Snake print is definitely a huge trend this season and it’s all over the high street.

What's New In My Wardrobe

Accessories are a great way to introduce animal print into your wardrobe if you don’t want wear it head to toe. I picked up these gorgeous Snake Print Slingback Heels from Dorothy Perkins while they were on offer and I’m so glad I did. The heels  are not too high, roughly 3 inches, they feel so comfortable and look really chic. They have a real 80s feel about them, I love the pointed toe and sling back strap. Considering they’re snake print I was surprised at how many outfits I could wear them with, my shoes are usually a plain colour. I was so excited to get these that I wore them straight away.

What's New In My Wardrobe

I couldn’t resist this cute Leopard Print Bucket Bag from Topshop and fell in love with it as soon as I first held it. It goes with so many outfits and look adorable. The straps are faux leather, it can be worn cross body or used by the shorter handle, and the animal print panels have a soft, furry feel to them. It doesn’t look that big but inside is actually a decent size, I’m able to fit my mobile, makeup, wallet, hair brush and keys.

Have you jumped on the animal print trend? What kind of style will you be wearing this Autumn?

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OGX Haircare

Purple shampoos have been an absolute saviour for my blonde hair and getting rid of those brassy tones. Whether you have subtle highlights or complete all over platinum, then you most definitely need a good purple shampoo, you’ll thank me in the long run. But with so many on the market, how do you know which one to go for?

For me it was a case of trial and error, plus a lot of patience, which is something I don’t have a lot of. On a recent visit to Boots I noticed the shelf with the OGX Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, just waiting to drop into my basket, and ooh look, they were also on special offer with 20% off.

Why not, I thought, won’t do any harm. Or could it?

OGX Hair Shampoo and Conditioner

If you’re not sure how a purple shampoo works, it helps counteract a specific colour and remove the yellow or brassy tones from blonde hair after it’s been colour treated. I had been using using one I bought in a hair salon, which was ridiculously expensive and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

I was expecting OGX Lavender Luminescent Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner to be a really intense colour, I was surprised to see they were both so light and the shampoo was almost a clear light violet shade. How could these possibly work, I thought they had to be highly pigmented to do what they were designed to do – banish the brass.

How wrong I was. I was so happy with my hair after the first time I used the OGX Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, and the shade of blonde is just beautiful. No brass, no yellow, just exactly what I was after from a hair care product. The actual condition of hair felt really good thanks to the Lavender Oil and Chamomile extract. It felt clean, soft and nourished, and not in the least bit dry. This shampoo and conditioner will most certainly help my coloured hair last that bit longer before my next treatment at the hair salon.

Plus the OGX Luminescent Platinum duo smells absolutely divine. I have to say the fragrance makes them the perfect accompaniment to a shower gel I’m currently using. I have been used to a purple shampoo that had a real chemical smell, so this made a welcome change.

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