Tring Reservoir

It was one of the hottest weekends so far this summer and Adrian and I decided to take a short drive over to Tring. I’m so lucky to have such a beautiful place practically on my doorstep, it’s a wonder I haven’t been here more often. The walk by the canal at Tring Reservoir is a great place to visit for anyone, families, dog lovers, photographers and fisherman and it’s situated right on the boarder of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The path itself is also ideal for pushchairs and wheelchair users.

We parked the car right near Bluebells Tea Room at the start of this particular walk and all I could smell was delicious food, I wasn’t hungry yet somehow I just wanted to sample a large piece of carrot cake.

Tring Reservoir

It was actually quite busy, yet it seemed so peaceful,  a really lovely place to visit and feel almost as though you’re on holiday. It reminded me of the time I went on my neighbours canal boat for a champagne boat naming ceremony, the boat was christened Blue Moon. I would love to have gone on one today, but still I appreciated the calming, relaxing stroll by the canal instead. Even the swans came over to see what we were up to.

We made sure we stopped to take loads of photos, I think you’ll agree it’s such a beautiful place, especially if you live or work in a busy area during the week.

Tring Reservoir

Tring Reservoir

Tring Reservoir

Tring Reservoir

We carried on up the canal towpath, taking in the stunning scenery, wild life and of course the barges which were prettily decorated with flowers and some had such lovely names. Thankful I wore one of my many hats as it was an extremely hot, sunny day. The dress I chose was an off the shoulder, flowing maxi wrap dress. The material is lovely and soft, feeling cool against my skin. I thought my straw cross body bag went perfectly with the floral design on the dress.

Tring Reservoir

We’d taken a mini picnic and a huge flask of tea, it wasn’t anything fancy as it was literally a last minute decision to go. We’d stopped off at the supermarket on the way and bought a cold pasta salad, fruit salad and a pack of chocolate chip cookies, perfect for dunking in our tea, haha.

Tring Reservoir

I honestly didn’t want to go home, it was lovely to just sit and watch the world go by, I was so relaxed I could quite easily have closed my eyes and gone to sleep. Everyone who went passed us was extremely friendly, saying hello or stopping to have a chat. They were complete strangers, and that’s something you don’t normally get in a big town or city.

We continued walking past the pub at Bulbourne and on for another 3 miles, before deciding it was time to turn around and come home. I’m sure it won’t be too long before we return for another walk by the canal.

Tring Reservoir

I couldn’t end this post without sharing these two excellent shots of a Grey Heron taken by my husband, who is a keen wildlife photographer. I’m sure he won’t mind.

 

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Summer Beauty Favourites

As soon as the weather warms up and summer is knocking at the door I cannot wait to change my makeup routine and start wearing lighter, glowy makeup looks. Holidays, BBQs and days out mean I bring out some old favourites and invest in a few new products. I’ve not done an actual makeup routine for ages so I thought I’d let you delve into my makeup bag containing some of the beauty bits I’m using on a daily basis.

I won’t waffle on too much as there are quite a few products to get through.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Base

First up is Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer, I’ve only recently picked this up but it’s already proven it’s worth every penny. I originally bought it to wear alone while on holiday and I’ve been wearing it ever since. It gives my complexion a natural glow either under foundation or on it’s own if I’m having a good skin day. Plus the SPF 15 will protect your skin from sun damage, always a bonus.

Continuing with the glowy look, my current favourite foundation has to be Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. which I love because it’s buildable. I keep it to a light coverage during the day for a natural look and make it slightly heavier for a night out. This is my go to foundation as it’s not drying on my skin and after getting colour matched it just makes me look super flawless.

I’ve mentioned Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer so many times before but this really is one of those products I’d cry if I ever ran out and didn’t have another tube. It’s the perfect shade and it’s not too heavy on the skin but still gives a nice natural coverage for both under the eyes and blemishes. On a good skin day I’ve just been wearing this with the Wonder Glow Primer for a quick five minute, natural base.

If like me you find there are days when even with the best will in world there’s that one area of skin that needs a little helping hand. I’ve been using Technic Corrector Stix, these three shades work wonders when I’ve had  few late nights and my skin has patches of redness and is looking a bit tired.

I’m not one for caking a load of powder over the top of my foundation but I do like to set my concealer with a light dusting of Makeup Forever Ultra HD Finishing Powder. I then take my large fluffy brush and using whatever is left on there to gently sweep over the rest of my base  My skin still looks lovely and dewy.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Cheeks

I have so many cheek products that are this summer’s beauty favourites. It’s hard to decide which ones to mention, even though my look varies slightly from day to day, I still love a glowy, dewy look and these five tick all the boxes for me.

I don’t tend to contour much during the summer, I usually take a small fluffy brush and add a little of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess into the hollows of my cheeks and around the top of my forehead to give my face some definition. Then using a large fluffy brush I’ll dust the same bronzer all over my face to give my skin a little warmth where the sun would naturally hit.

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 glow then I’ll reach for the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting palette, which is absolutely gorgeous.

My two all time favourite blushers are Nars in the shade Orgasm and Milani Powder Blush in the shade Blossomtime Rose. They are both pinky golden tones, which really warm up the skin.

The final step to my base is a light dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, for an extra touch of shimmer, another product I simply cannot live without.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Eyes

There are only two eyeshadow palettes which I’ll be reaching for during the height of summer Last summer’s Naked Heat Palette has to make an appearance again this year, I mean the shades are simply stunning and extremely versatile, you can create so many fun, colourful looks for day or night with this palette. I tend to swap and change which shades I use, they all scream summer but my favourites are Lumbre, Layenne and En Fuego. If I’m running short on time then I’ll swipe one of the Maybelline Color Tattoos over the whole of my eye lid using a blending brush. They are brilliant on a hot day and the staying power of these beauties is absolutely incredible in sweltering temperatures.

The second eyeshadow palette I’m totally in love with is Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess. Admittedly I’ve only had this a few weeks but it’s already been used quite a few times and came in my travel bag for a mini break last month. There may only be 4 shades but believe me with these golden bronze colours you can create so many natural, smokey day to night looks. The powder formula is incredibly creamy and long lasting, each shade is highly pigmented and blends beautifully.

I don’t wear eyeliner during the day, if I’m going out in the evening I’ve been wearing a thin line of Flawless Eyeliner* by Flawless Lashes By Loreta close to my upper lash line to add definition. It’s completely budge proof and stays put even in hot weather.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is my go to mascara for beautiful fluttery lashes. I love the large brush, which coats every single lash, making them look thick and full of volume, one coat is definitely enough. It wears lovely throughout the day, no flaky bits drop onto my cheek.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Lips

Oh have I discovered three gorgeous lip products this year. I’m already a fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks and I’ve recently picked up the shade Very Victoria, a beautiful browny nude, which is the perfect colour for every day.

I’ve totally fallen in love with Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in the shade Petal. It’s a really pretty, natural pink colour that changes depending on your own natural lip colour. It tints your lips whilst treating them and making them look fuller and plumper.

My final lip product for the summer is Dior Lip Glow in the shade 001, a soft pinky tint. I’ve been wearing it alone for a natural look or to prime my lips before applying a matte lip colour. Both the Fresh Lip Tint and Dior Lip Glow leave my lips feeling incredibly soft.

I hope you’ve enjoyed having a look into my makeup bag and seeing what products I’m using on a daily basis this summer. Most of these came to Norfolk with me, to be honest I hardly wore any makeup at all during the day.

What makeup do you take on your travels?

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Cromer Pier

We’ve been having such gorgeous weather, so what better place to be than by the sea. Adrian and I decided to take a trip to Norfolk, which is a lovely area of the UK and holds a special place in my heart as my Nan used to take me there on holiday when I was a child.  

I have family living in Norfolk and it’s always great to go and stay with them for a short break. We travelled up there extremely early on the Monday morning, packing a flask of tea and some snacks to stop me getting hangry!  Luckily I fell asleep for the first hour of the journey, meaning Adrian was able to drive in peace. Feeling like a child again when I caught my first sight of the sea as we pulled into Cromer I gave a little “Whoop, Whoop” and had to take a photo. There are definitely benefits to having a Staycation, but to honest I’ve never been abroad and absolutely love exploring the UK.  Norfolk is a wonderful place at any time of the year, with the birds for company, beautiful scenery and the sea breeze in your hair.

A Few Days In Norfolk

A Few Days In Norfolk

A Few Days In Norfolk

A Few Days In Norfolk

Cromer is a traditional seaside town on the Norfolk coast and is an extremely popular place for family holidays and day trips, it’s like stepping back into the Victorian Era. It’s not far from Sherringham, which is where we went last year. Cromer has a lovely beach, a fun fair on the promenade and a museum on the beach front. It’s also known for it’s iconic Pier with a Pavilion Theatre and lifeboat station at the end. There’s also plenty of little seaside shops if you fancy picking up a souvenir or two.

After freshening up at my Aunt’s house we took a stroll along Cromer Pier, which is Grade II listed and still puts on a show at the Pavilion Theatre, sadly we didn’t get to see this time.

We found a quaint little  seaside cafe at the beginning of the Pier and I had the most delicious Vegetarian breakfast to keep me going throughout the day. We walked right to the end of the pier and we were able to get some stunning views of the coast and out to sea. Thankfully it was a gorgeous sunny day without a cloud in the sky and I had remembered to put on the factor 50. 

I had forgotten I’d got this lace off the shoulder top, it was one of those things I’d bought in the end of season sale from New Look last year and forgotten about. It’s loose and flowy so made the perfect choice for today.

A Few Days In Norfolk

A Few Days In Norfolk

The following day we took a drive up the coast, stopping at a few quaint little vilage seaside places and we finished up at Wells Next The Sea. Doesn’t matter where we go in Norfolk, we always end up at Wells as they have some of the best seaside fish and chips. There are so many pubs and places to eat but we always choose to take our chips and sit watching the boats come into the harbour.

And of course, a visit to the seaside would not be complete without an icecream!

We had the most amazing few days, it was great to get away from our daily routine and catch up with family again. I love being by the sea, I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s the feeling that all my stresses are being carried away by the sound of the waves or just the slower pace of life in this part of the country. Whatever it is, I can’t wait until the next time we go.

A Few Days In Norfolk

A Few Days In Norfolk

You may also be interested to see what else I’ve been up to in my Monthly Chatty Post.

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Summer Slip Dress

When I find an item of clothing I love I’ll wear it time and time again, especially when it’s as easy to style as a simple Summer Slip Dress. I own quite in a few with various prints but there’s something very classic about a striped design.

It was a boiling hot afternoon and I had been stuck indoors for a few hours. Needing to get out for some fresh air I threw on this striped slip dress, which seemed ideal for a walk by the river. It’s not the best material in the world, it’s like a soft jersey, but I didn’t want anything that was too restrictive and was going to keep me cool.

This style of dress can be worn very casual, as I have done, or smartened up with a jacket and heels. I think even a pair of trainers and denim jacket would look great with this. This style of dress is one of the most versatile dresses I own. This particular dress is from Amazon, You may have seen on my Instagram stories that I’ve also invested in this one from Nobody’s Child, which was slightly more expensive and more of a cotton material. It’s in the sale for £15 at the moment and there are a few sizes left.

Summer Slip Dress

Straw Bag

Summer Slip Dress

straw bag

A straw bag is bang on trend right now and makes the perfect accessory to to accompany a summer slip dress. I’ve had a few in my wardrobe over the years and picked this one up from a charity shop for about £3. It’s just the right size to fit my mobile, card holder and a few beauty essentials. Topshop have some amazing straw bags is you’re looking for one for your holidays or just to go with any pretty outfit.

I’ve added one of my favourite straw hats and a pair of wedged espadrilles to complete my look. I did have to add this photo, not sure what I was doing but I most definitely had fun messing about by the river.

Summer Slip Dress

What’s your go-to outfit for a hot summer’s afternoon?

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Sunkissed Vitamin C Serum

I’m very much into my skincare these days, much more than I used to be. Every morning and evening I make sure I do a full skincare routine, spending at least 10 minutes cleansing, toning and moisturising, however tired I am I make sure I get rid of any of the days makeup and finish off with a serum and night cream that will really benefit my skin over night.

I’ve been using a serum for a number of years and have really noticed a difference in my skin’s texture and appearance. It improved so much that there are some days I go without makeup and know that I won’t have to worry about dry patches or blemishes like I used to. Using a serum has helped with a whole host of skin problems from brightening up my tired skin, to giving it some much needed hydration.
Another area I worry about are the signs of ageing. I know that’s something I can’t stop (oh if only!) but by using a serum it has helped with any fine lines I do have.

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been applying Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum which promises to plump and hydrate dull skin, reduce any wrinkles, remove acne, and leave your skin feeling soft and blemish free. I love that it’s 100% natural and not been tested on animals. If that’s not enough to make you want to give it a try, 20% of all purchases go to a a charity for children with mental health problems.

The serums includes Rose Water, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerine and Marine Collagen. So there’s a lot of good stuff inside one tiny bottle and are enough to get me all excited, that’s for sure. I love anything that promises to give me a youthful glow and and believe me, you don’t know how many times I’ve got in a paddy over fine lines around my eyes. I was interested to see if the Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum lived up to my high expectations.

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Sadly it didn’t.

Ok, so that’s a bit unfair because it did give my skin a slight radiant glow and I’m definitely all about looking healthy. The website states that you may have a slight reaction during the first week of using the serum. Luckily my skin was fine and there was no signs of irritation, so that’s a bonus. Unfortunately it’s quite a thin runny consistency and my skin felt drier after using it. I think it will be absolutely fine if you have normal skin type, but I have naturally dry skin and need a serum that’s a bit richer. It didn’t improve my skin’s texture or fine lines around my eyes but it certainly didn’t leave it looking as though I’d not used any serum at all. So it’s not all bad.

I love the black and gold packaging, which would look very classy on anyone’s dressing table. The pipet applicator makes it easy to use, simply add 10 to 15 drops onto the palm of your hand and smooth over your face, neck and lips in the morning and evening.

Price wise, at £29.95 I do think it’s a little on the expensive side for a 20ml bottle, considering they recommend you use quite a large amount twice a day. Like I said, it may work wonders on someone else, everyone is different, but sadly it didn’t for me.

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum* can be bought from their website if you do fancy giving it a try for yourself.

*This product was kindly sent to me for the purpose of an honest review, all opinions and photos are my own.

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