Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Summer days maybe coming to an end but we can still make the most of them with our beauty routines. That feeling of fresh, dewy skin and not being caked in a layer of heavy makeup. You may have only spent a few minutes on your makeup look, but you’re left feeling pulled together and ready for the day ahead.

Jane Iredale have recently launched in the UK and their makeup is fully mineral based, each item is kind to your skin as well as looking great when you’re wearing it. They have an excellent range of shades in each product, which includes BB Creams, Foundations, Tinted Moisturisers, Lipstick, Eyeshadows and Blushers. Even their concealers are mineral based so your skin will reap the benefits on those days you need a little extra coverage. Mineral makeup is better for your skin as it’s non-comedogenic, creating a barrier on the surface and allowing your skin to breathe rather than clogging up the pores. It’ll help protect your skin against pollution and the minerals include active ingredients that will truly benefit your skin.

Sound good so far?

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

I’ve been testing four products from Jane Iredale and first up we have a PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in shade Brown Sugar. The palette includes three colours which complement one another well and are highly pigmented, they can also be applied wet or dry, depending on the look you’re going for. The soft creamy eyeshadows blend together beautifully and last for ages with no creasing. The eyeshadows are full of ingredients that will benefit your skin, even those with sensitive skin like me.

The PurePressed Blush in shade Barely Rose, a browny pink colour, is so subtle and natural it’s perfect for everyday use. This has become my go-to blusher on those days when I don’t want to wear too much makeup. Just a sweep of this blusher gives my cheeks a natural flush of colour. Again, it blends in beautifully over the top of a BB Cream and lasts pretty much all day.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

PureMoist Lipstick gives a pop of colour while hydrating and protecting your lips just like your favourite lip balm. These come in a vast range of shades. I found it so hard to choose but eventually went for the colour Renee, a beautiful pinky rose. It’s the kind of lipstick I can just swipe on with a touch of mascara and BB Cream and feel made up without having to spend hours getting ready. These balmy lipsticks are highly pigmented and super long lasting, they are packed with vitamins, Orange Peel Wax and Moringa Butter to soften, hydrate and protect the delicate lip area. I don’t normally say this about a lipstick but they smell divine thanks to the Blackberry extracts. I must say, I absolutely love the sleek gold packaging, I think it looks extremely classy and is slim enough to fit into even the smallest of clutch bags.

Jane Iredale have just launched a new range of Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks in 15 different shades, there’s even one called Sharon (maybe I should have chosen that one!) but I’m officially in love with the shade Tania, a natural pinky peach. The creamy formula gives a matte finish and is super hydrating and won’t dry out the lips. The lipstick sits comfortably on the lips and is extremely long lasting, managing to stay on well through lunch and an afternoon coffee break. That’s pretty good going in my book. It contains Moringa Oil, a rich antioxidant which will nourish and soothe your lips and a unique blend of waxes to protect and hydrate your lips. I’m even one of those people who get excited about the magnetic click when you close the lid. At £24 they are on the pricier side but oh so worth it, I will have to treat myself to a couple of darker shades just in time for Autumn.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale products are also cruelty free. This is a brand I couldn’t recommend enough, I absolutely love the makeup I’ve been using and I’m so glad I came across them on social media. You can learn more about Jane Iredale on their website and Instagram.

Have you tried mineral makeup before? How did you get on using it?

*Items in this post are PR samples and have kindly been sent for the purpose of a review. All photos and opinions are my own.

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Bilou Bodycare

I have a real weakness for anything sweet. Anything from food, beauty and the candles in my home, then I’m usually first in the queue. Makeup palettes that smell of sweet peach and lipsticks with a yummy smell of of chocolate have all made it into my makeup bag. When it comes to body care there are quite a few products that have an almost synthetic fragrance, despite the delicious description.

One brand has got it spot on with their body care range. German Brand, Bilou, is well known for it’s unique fragrances and have recently come over to the UK and is exclusive to Superdrug. You’ll find a much larger selection of products online but they are starting to filter more into their stores. Products include delicious scents such as Coco Cocktail, Pink Melon, Fizzy Berry, Cotton Candy and Tasty Donut, and everything is 100% Vegan.

I was very kindly sent some products from the range to try out for myself and I thought you’d like to know my thoughts on each one.

Bilou Bodycare

Fizzy Berry 2 in 1 Body Spray

The first product is a 2 in 1 body spray it states it’s a deodorant as well as a body spray. I tested this on a day I was just pottering around at home even though it smells absolutely divine, I shall still keep wearing my normal deodorant, just to be safe from body odour. If you are a lover of all things fruity then this is definitely one for you. The scent reminded me of cherry sweets and lasted quite a while on me, the spray felt really gentle on my skin thanks to moisturising ingredients. I think it’s perfect to carry in your bag if you want a quick freshen up during the day.

Cotton Candy Gentle Cream Foam

I couldn’t wait to see how the Gentle Cream Foam performed as I’m use to a thick body lotion. This moisturiser is super lightweight and fluffy which comes in an aerosol bottle, you only need half a pump to produce a good amount of product. to cover your whole body. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and it absorbs really quickly, great if your in a hurry and need to fly out the door in the morning. It contains Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil to help keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. The fragrance isn’t quite as strong as the body spray which I quite like, it means I can wear my usual perfume during the day without this body foam overpowering it.

Pink Melon Creamy Shower Foam

I wasn’t sure how I’d get on using the shower foam at first, I’ve used them before and some have dried out my skin. This one didn’t in the slightest, my skin felt hydrated afterwards, once again you only need to use half a pump to get your whole body clean. It’s also in an aerosol can and the consistency is light and fluffy, I did feel as though I was showering myself with a bottle of the squirty cream you’d use on your trifle. It has the most incredibly delicious summer fragrance, as though you’re being showered with melons and sweet raspberries. One morning I’d run out of shaving foam and this made an excellent substitute,  it certainly smelt a lot sweeter.

I’ve really enjoyed using this range over the summer and at only £3.99 they are such a great bargain. Bilou really haven’t compromised on the quality, not all body care I’ve tried at this price point is as good. Their products smell amazing and leave my skin feeling soft, oh and can I just mention, how cute the packaging is!

Have you tried any of the range from Bilou? Which one was your favourite fragrance?
*this post contains PR samples
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Hitchin Lavender

A few weeks back Adrian and I spent the most relaxing afternoon at Hitchin Lavender. The last time we visited was back in 2014 and considering I only live a short distance away I can’t believe this is only the second time I’ve been. This year we made a conscious effort to go and make the most of the beautiful flowers over the last few weeks of summer.

I’ve never been one to just pack a bag and go anywhere on the spur of the moment, I’m the kind of person who needs to both mentally and physically prepare for an outing, even if it is just down the road. Since I started my blog I won’t relax until I’ve got the photos I’m after. The visit to Hitchin Lavender was going to be more of a challenge than normal. I’d seen everyone’s gorgeous photos pop up all over Instagram,  I began wondering how on earth I was going to get any kind of content without having a bench to sit on and not include my wheelchair. Thanks to my very kind husband and an old picnic rug I think we managed quite well.

Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender

I’ve been to a couple of lavender farms before but none quite as large and beautiful as the one in Hitchin. There are around 25 miles of lavender rows which you can walk through and pick your own fresh flowers from. I had forgotten the amazing smell that hits you the moment you arrive, then you are immediately greeted by a sea of purple as the views from inside are quite simply stunning. The farm is well equipped for all visitors, including a gorgeous cafe and gift shop, which I obviously had to pop in before we left.

I hadn’t realised how many other bloggers came to visit Hitchin Lavender, there was a number of fashion bloggers taking photos for their Instagram and parent bloggers taking photos of their little ones collecting lavender. I was determined to get my shots too, however difficult it was.

Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender

It was a boiling hot day when we visited the lavender farms and I wasn’t sure how long I’d be able to stay. I’ve been taking a white umberella out with me to use as a parasol, I’m sure people wonder what on earth I’m doing holding a brolly in the middle of a heatwave but it’s one way of keeping the midday sun from directly beating down on me. There are a couple of shaded seating areas right near the entrance, on the day we came it was full up with people sheltering from the heat, but it is something to bare in mind if you are planning to visit.

The first place we headed for was of course the rows of lavender, after all that’s what we came for. The entrance fee to Hitchin lavender costs £6 for each adult (£4 for wheelchair users) and £3 for a child, the price includes a brown paper bag which you can fill with lavender cuttings using a pair of scissors you’re loaned for your visit. We collected two bags full of gorgeous lavender and it’s now in a vase in my bedroom, the smell is absolutely incredible. Once it’s dried out I plan on making little lavender bags to go in my wardrobes and chest of drawers. I still have a bowl of potpourri in my living room from lavender collected on my last visit and it still smells lovely.

The farm is wheelchair accessible, however the ground can be a little uneven in places but you are in the middle of a field. We were both laughing ay how I was bouncing around in my wheelchair, that’s just our sense of humour, life’s too short for taking everything seriously and I want to make the most of every moment while I can. I’d taken a large bag with me and made sure to pack sun cream, my large flask of cold water and a few other essentials.

Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender

The view of the lavender and sunflower fields were absolutely stunning. Adrian pushed me up the slight hill to where it was a bit quieter. Being the gentleman that he is, he laid the rug down amongst the lavender and lifted me down onto the ground. These are the kind of experiences I would never be able to enjoy without him and not a day goes past when I take him for granted.

It felt wonderful to be rolling around amongst the lavender, I felt totally free. There are more than one type of lavender and you can see all the different colours as well as some wild flowers. We took loads of photos and, let’s face it, the backdrop is pretty amazing. I think we both enjoyed a little time relaxing for a while, the farm was very busy yet still peaceful at the same time. Despite the heat we headed up to the field of sunflowers, however the ground was much more difficult to get across so Adrian cut me two beautiful sunflowers to take home (which you are also allowed to pick.) For about a week afterwards they were in a vase on my desk and made me smile every time I saw them. It’s always the simple pleasures in life that seem the best.

Hitchin Lavender

Adrian and I both needed a sugar boost before we went onto the next part of the fields, I had to sample a slice of one of the delicious cakes in the cafe. I was really impressed with the choice there was, not going for my normal chunk of chocolate cake, I sampled the passion fruit sponge instead and it was rather yummy. We both sat outside the cafe under a parasol and enjoyed the views, it was too lovely to sit indoors even on a boiling hot day. It really did feel lovely being with nature, even the bees didn’t bother me too much, just be careful if you are planning on walking amongst the lavender. You can literally hear the buzzing where ever you go.

Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender is such a dreamy place to visit and close to both London and Cambridge. It’s open later in the evenings on certain days, how amazing would it be to watch the sunset over the beautiful fields of lavender. Can you imaging how amazing the photos would be? Well there’s always next year.

It really was the perfect summer’s afternoon collecting flowers from Hitchin Lavender. we felt so relaxed when we got home, not sure if it was from the gorgeous fragrance or that we’d both switched off from everyday life. I recommend this place to anyone planning a visit over the summer. On certain days throughout the year there are workshops, events and cinema nights, so you really do have a little bit of everything while you’re there.

Have you been to Hitchin Lavender or another farm just like this one? Are you planning on visiting one next year?

Top: Izabel

Broderie Anglaise Culottes: Topshop

Shoes: River Island

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Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury, it simply oozes old school glamour. My wishlist has been growing ever since I purchased the iconic nude lipstick Pillow Talk last year. I made a promise that I would treat myself to a few things from the brand and start building up a collection of my own. The packaging is divine,it makes me feel oh so glamorous with a Charlotte Tilbury product in my hand. This summer’s releases have to be my favourite, the colours are quite simply stunning. Sadly I missed out on a few Limited Editions, but there’s always next year. When I sit at my dressing table to apply something from her range I know I’m going to leave the house that morning feeling great. It’s safe to say I have a slight obsession with Charlotte Tilbury and these are the products that have become essential in my summer beauty kit and I know I’ll be wearing them for a good few weeks yet to retain that golden summer glow.

Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup

I was using tanning drops in my morning skincare routine but there were some days I just didn’t have the time. Then the Overnight Bronze And Glow Mask came into my life and oh wow, is this worth it’s weight in gold.. I apply a thin layer all over my face and neck a couple of times a week while I’m doing my evening skincare. It develops overnight, leaving my complexion with a beautiful glowing holiday look.

Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup

This was one product I absolutely had to get as soon as I saw it had launched. Every one was raving about it, now I get what the fuss was about. The Wonder Glow Primer is just perfect for creating that dewy, summer glow, it’s already proven to be worth every penny. I originally bought it to wear alone while on holiday and I’ve been wearing it ever since. It leaves my complexion with the most beautiful, radiant glow, giving it a subtle lit from within look. It can also be worn under foundation for an extra sunkissed look. Plus the SPF 15 will help protect your skin from the sun. All this packaged up in one bottle, what more could a girl ask for?

Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup

I’ve never been one for sculpting, I prefer a more natural look, which is why the Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze and Glow is just the perfect palette. The cool toned bronzer helps to contour your face, giving you a beautiful sunkissed complexion. The matching golden toned highlighter captures and reflects the light just where you want it. The glow from this is absolutely incredible. The shades work together to make it easy for sculpting areas of your face and creating the most gorgeous luminous complexion. The powders feel so soft and blend in beautifully, making it easy to create whatever level of coverage you want. This is ideal for anyone with fair to medium skin tones, I love how the shades give me a beautiful sunkissed glow, Also, can I just mention how gorgeous the golden packaging is, it just oozes Hollywood glamour which is what I’ve come to love about Charlotte Tilbury products.

Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup

The Pretty Youth Glow Filter is a cream to powder blush and highlighter duo. It’s designed to instantly give your complexion a lift. The two shades work together to give your skin a smooth blurred finish and make you look fresh faced and radiant. There are two different palettes to choose from, I’ve gone for Seduce Blush, a powder pink and dusky rose duo, which works perfectly with my skin tone. I wish I’d picked up the Hugging Brush that goes with these blushers, it picks up the right amount of product and applies it just where it’s needed. Having said that the brush I’m using is just as good. I find the cream to powder isn’t too drying giving my cheeks a hint of colour and blurring any imperfections. The highlight shade adds definition with the light catching all the high points of my face.

I totally missed out on the Limited Edition Bigger Brighter Eyes – Exagger-Eyes Palette, I could have kicked myself. Then Katie very kindly recommended the The Golden Goddess Eyeshadow Palette as she thought the shades would suit me, she knows me so well as her choice was spot on (thanks Katie!) I fell in love as soon as I opened the packaging. There are four stunning golden toned eyeshadows and I’ve been wearing them a lot over the summer. This is one of those palettes you don’t need to think too hard about when you’re applying it because it’s colour coded with four shades designed to prime, enhance, smoke and pop. The Taupe shade makes a beautiful day look when worn alone or use all four for something more smokey. They blend together beautifully, the pigment is incredible making this the perfect palette for any time of day and for taking in your travel bag.

I used to be scared of liquid liners, now I’m a complete convert. I find the felt tip style liners much easier to apply than a pot and thin brush, which usually ends up all over the place. The Feline Flick is a bold black shade and a really thick formula, and the pen style applicator makes it easy to control exactly where you want your liner to go. I love that it stays put all day without even smudging. Everyone should have The Feline Flick in their makeup bag.

When I discover and fall in love with a great mascara I want to buy it by the truck load. That’s how I felt when I first tried the Full Fat Lashes as you can coat your lashes once for a natural summer everyday flutter or bulid it up for some serious volume and amazing length in a bold black. There’s no flaking or clumping so it’s a fantastic mascara for hot summer days by the sea.

Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup

 

This post wouldn’t be complete without featuring at least one Charlote Tilbury lipstick. I’m already a huge fan of Pillow Talk and Bitch Perfect and decided to invest in three more shades for this summer. The colours I’ve chosen are perfect to complete any summer glowy look.

Matte Revolution Very Victoria (left), is a beautiful browny nude, which is the perfect colour for every day. Yes, I’ll be totally honest with you, I did buy this after seeing a feature on Megan Markle and this was reportedly one her favourite shades of lipstick. I absolutely love it, the colour goes with everything and works well day to night. It’s such a beautiful shade and works well with most skin tones. The pigmentation is high and it’s incredibly long lasting, but just in case I do need to top up I also carry a tube in my handbag. It may be matte but it also has a rich creamy formula so won’t dry out the lips. I think this may have taken over from Pillow Talk as my favourite Charlotte Tilbury lipstick.

Moving away from the nudes, I wanted to inject some colour into my summer makeup bag. This time I chose one from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks and loved the look of The Duchess, (centre), a natural tea rose pink shade. This range of lipsticks have light diffusing pigments to help make your lips look more fuller and they’re incredibly creamy and glide beautifully over the lips. Tree extracts help to protect your lips against UV damage and leaves them feeling soft and hydrated.

I didn’t think a coral this bright would ever suit me but Coachella Coral (right), also from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range, is a pink toned coral and works well for any skin tone. It’s such a beautiful shade which makes your lips look fuller and adds a subtle pop of colour to my summer look. I love the creamy formula which also helps protect and hydrate the lips.

The Lip Cheat Lip Liner in shade Pillow Talk, is a beautiful nude shade that will go perfectly with my nude lipsticks.. The soft, creamy pencil doesn’t drag the delicate skin, yet still creates a perfect line to re-shape and resize the outline of your lips. An absolute must in any girls makeup bag.

Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup

I had seen mixed reviews about the Magic Cream so I didn’t jump straight on the bandwagon. However, this award winning moisturiser was soon becoming one of Charlotte Tilbury’s best selling products and I wanted to find out why. The very first time I applied this to my skin I could see the difference immediately, It gave my complexion such a boost that I looked as though I’d had a weeks worth sleep. It’s packed with Vitamin E and Rosehip Oil which really benefit the skin, it is a great moisturiser for anytime of year, especially during the warmer months, and is perfect for wearing under makeup. Hyaluronic Acid helps to create a brighter, smoother looking complexion and really does make my skin look more awake.

Charlotte Tilbury Summer Glow Makeup

If you are just starting to build up your Charlotte Tilbury Collection then I couldn’t recommend any of these products enough. I absolutely love mine and they take pride of place on my dressing table. The products I have chosen should suit most skin tones, I feel they are especially great for the summer and continuing with a sunkissed look long into those first few weeks of Autumn.

Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury products? What’s your favourite brand for a natural glowy look?

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The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

I love shopping for summer occasion wear, it’s probably my most favourite time of year to pick up a new outfit for a wedding or garden party. Finding the right pieces can be a bit tricky though, especially if the event is abroad or in the middle of a heatwave if you’re in the UK. I want to be comfortable and don’t want the material to cling too much, I also want to look feminine.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on your occasion wear as there are some little gems on the high street and a floaty dress would be the perfect option for any summer wedding, picnic or BBQ. I tend to go for a pink or pastel printed dresses, white would definitely be out of the question for a wedding as I wouldn’t want to upstage the bride.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

A floaty dress is an effortless way to look great and this pink, floral and bird printed dress from River Island ticks all the right boxes for me. The woven fabric is lightweight and flowy, which hangs beautifully, I love that it’s a loose floaty fit, you can eat as much as you want it will skim over a bloated tummy and you’ll still feel comfortable. I absolutely adore the print,  the birds just make it slightly different compared to a plain floral dress, this one just screams out summer and would look amazing for any Summer event. It’s the kind of dress you can just throw on with minimal effort, it has a wrap over style at both the back and front, and a tie waist and at the back of the back line, meaning it’s super flattering. The loose cap sleeves and split frill hem line make it ultra feminine and adds a touch of class, and for modesty’s sake there a mini skirt underlay so you’re not showing too much thigh. It does have quiet a deep v neckline at the front, so I’ve chosen to wear a lace camisole underneath, but hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

It looks and feels very premium, yet it cost less than £60 and considering how much wear I’ll get out of this dress I think that’s an absolute bargain for occasion wear. Sometimes clothes from more affordable brands don’t always fit that well but this one fits beautifully and would make a lovely addition to your occasion wear wardrobe.

The material of the dress doesn’t crease, so you can easily slip it into your suitcase to take away with you. It would also make the perfect summer outfit for a day exploring the city while you’re on holiday and there are so many different ways to wear it. I know I’m going to be wearing this dress time and time again over the coming months, I adore the colour, the print, the design and that it’s easy to wear yet still makes me feel fabulous. I recieved so many complements on the day I wore this dress, which obviously gave my confidence a boost.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

Accessories are a great way to completely change the look of an outfit, from shoes to bags, even jewellery can make a difference. This white embellished cross body bag adds a touch of elegance to any summer occasion outfit. The long strap is adjustable and can be taken off so you can carry the bag using the shorter handle or hung in the crook of your arm.

It’s the ideal size for a summer wedding, garden party or a day at the races. Inside there are two larger compartments with enough room to hold your mobile and makeup essentials. There’s also two smaller pockets which are perfect for securely storing your card holder, money and tickets. The magnetic fastening also shuts securely so the bag won’t pop open when you least expect it to.

This bag feels really good quality and definitely has designer vibes, the boucle and pearl embellishment across the front flap look absolutely beautiful and certainly adds a touch of class to any summer occasion outfit. I think it would look stunning with an evening outfit anytime of the year.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

I wore this outfit for a garden party to celebrate my cousin’s birthday so I chose these white scallop block heeled sandals, I think they work perfectly together with the dress and bag. I opted for this style as they are pretty and feminine, and they’d look amazing with other outfits in my wardrobe. They’d completely change the look of a simple dress for something less formal. These sandals are so comfortable to wear all day and easy to pop on for a day out in town or exploring the city.

Swapping my accessories will give this dress a whole new look. For an evening out I slip on a pair of pointed heels and a grab a clutch bag, or for a more casual feel I’d add a pair of flat mules and put all my daily essentials in a straw tote bag. When the weather starts to cool down I can slip on a denim jacket or faux leather biker jacket.

This type of outfit would look amazing for whatever occasion you had coming up.

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

Dress: River Island* (sold out)

Availiable in yellow or blue)

Bag: River Island*

Shoes: River Island

White Sunglasses: River Island

*These items were very kindly sent to me by River Island for the purpose of a review. The photos were taken by my husband, Adrian, at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire. All opinions are my own.

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