For the past month I seem to have been busier than normal and time has flown by. There was family time over Easter and then I was unwell for about a week where I really wasn’t up to much at all, apart from lovingly cuddling my duvet. But I’m enjoying the lighter mornings and evenings, they certainly lift my mood. It’s been lovely to see all the Spring flowers out and have the windows open to let in fresh air.

Here’s a run down of everything I’ve loved using over the past month.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle favourites

Now that the sun has finally made an appearance and I brought out all my summer clothes  I’ve been using a fake tan, so I don’t have my lilly white legs on show. I like to use a body scrub before I go anywhere near myself with a tanning product. Boots No7 Gorgeous Glow Body Scrub is incredibly gentle with soft grains in a thick cream, It’s enriched with Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip seeds, I can’t describe the scent other than it has a fresh, soapy smell. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and removes any dry patches, ready to apply my fake tan.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle favourites

If ever there was a product that I wasn’t sure whether to eat it or apply it, then it would have to be the Lee Stafford Choco Locks Butter Cream Treatment. Just close your eyes and you can almost imagine having a pot of Cadbury’s chocolate mouse slathered all over your hair. This hair mask not only smells absolutely divine, it leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I absolutely love the new range of One Step Manicures from ImPress Nails*, I think they are simply beautiful for Spring Summer. Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid, wedding guest or just fancy having pretty nails for a special occasion, then these are the ones to go for. These stick on nails are so easy to apply and you don’t need any glue, simply peel of the tab to reveal an adhesive strip and away you go. They’re really strong and last for ages, I still had mine after about two weeks after I put them on. I’m wearing Next Wave and the ones in the box are Rock II.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I’ve mentioned before how I love multipurpose products and I’ve totally fallen in love with  Boots No7 Skin Illuminator. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance. 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. I apply a small amount all over my face, under my foundation, it makes me look so glowy and my skin looks so healthy. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Flower Essence

I couldn’t write a Favourites post without mentioning this lip oil from GOSH, it’s in the shade Flower Essence (006) which is a beautiful pearly pink colour and is fabulous for a natural radiant look. These lip oils are packed with essential oils and vitamins that help nourish and keep your lips extra soft. They help to repair any damaged skin as well as being incredibly hydrating, it’s basically like having a lip gloss and lip balm all in one. I’ll leave the link to my full review if you fancy finding out more.

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Another makeup favourite for this month has to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette. I love everything about this palette, the colours, the packaging. Each shade is simply stunning, they blend in beautifully and look great whatever time of day, my favourite two are Antique Bronze and Warm Taupe. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to invest in this little beauty.

Victoria Secrets Love Eau De Parfum

The fragrance I’ve loved wearing over the past month is Victoria Secret’s Love Eau De Parfum, it has a light, fresh smell with hints of juniper and apricot blush, making it perfect for wearing on a Spring day. After I’ve done my hair and makeup, and put on my chosen outfit, I’ll add a couple of spritz and I feel completely ready for the day. It has a real feminine smell, which suits my style perfectly.

Spring Trends

I love wearing accessories to brighten up an outfit and I adore wearing pretty gold jewellery with any outfits, most of the items I own are dainty, feminine pieces that work for day or night. My most worn item of jewellery over the past month has to be this Ted Baker cuff bracelet from ASOS, it’s so pretty with a pink floral design at each end. and looks beautiful with my Spring Wardrobe.

Current Beauty and Lifestyle favourites

I always like to take a drink out with me when I leave the house, either water or juice, and it can be a real pain finding a drinks bottle that doesn’t leak all over the inside of my bag. This Ion8 Leak Proof Water Bottle* does exactly what it says on the tin, meaning I can keep my fluids topped up throughout the day and not have to worry about spills. It’s comfortable to hold with a slip free grip and easy to flip open using one hand with the touch of a button, then the lid clicks shut and you can just throw it back in your bag. The bottle’s a handy size for going to the gym or travelling, plus it comes in a range of colours, obviously I chose pink. It’s not cheap for a water bottle, costing £14.45, but when you think about how much you’ll actually save on buying drinks it brings the cost per use right down, and the peace of mind that the contents of your bag won’t be soaked before you’ve reached the end of the road.

well that’s it for this month. I hope you enjoyed seeing what my current Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites are? Let me know what things you’ve loved using this month.

* Items have been sent as PR samples but all opinions and photos are my own

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Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Boots No7 was one of the very first brands I bought when I first started wearing makeup in my teens, and I’ve been using their products ever since. Over time I must have spent hours asking the assistants questions about new launches and sitting on the stool in the middle of the store having my makeup done, they were always really helpful and you can guarantee I’d come away with at least one new product. I spent most of my Saturday afternoons in my local store I may as well have worked there! While most of my friends were treating themselves to Maybellene or Rimmel, I was in love with Boots No7.

Boots No7 is sometimes seen as a brand for a mature woman, but honestly, you’ll see teenage girls to women in their 80s buying their products. I think it feels like a bit of luxury without having that high end price tag, plus their range is suitable for anyone even those with sensitive skin.

As far as foundations go I must have tried them all and it became even easier to get the right shade when Boots brought out their Colour Match Service, which is an instore consultation for around 20 minutes to find the perfect colour and finish for your base, blusher and lips.

So when I saw Boots No7 had launched a new foundation I knew I had to get my hands on one and give it a try. I’d always loved the other ones I’d used and hoped this would live up to my expectations.

Boots No7 Skin Illuminator

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.

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Boots No7 Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation has been designed to achieve a fast flawless finish that’s easy to apply when you’re in a hurry or on the go. I’ve used cushion style foundations before which have left my base looking a bit dry and patchy, not one of them compares to how good this one is. Using a sponge applicator makes it easy to apply and it instantly covered any imperfections. The foundation’s lightweight, buildable coverage blends in seamlessly and left me with a beautiful radiant looking complexion that lasted all day. It dries to a soft powder making it easy to blend my bronzer over the top, I didn’t need to use a separate concealer or setting powder and it didn’t accentuate any of my problem areas such as dry patches or fine lines under my eyes. The creamy formula is infused with purified water to give a cooling effect making your skin feel refreshed and moisturised, it’s so comfortable to wear that I’d forgotten I had any foundation on. It also contains SPF 15 which helps protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun

The cushion foundation comes in 8 different shades, so not a great choice, I’m shade Warm Ivory which is a perfect match for me. It costs £17.50 for 12ml, I very often buy Boots No7 when they have their 3 for 2 offers so it brings the price down a little. The handy size compact makes it easy for travelling, although the mirror’s not that great.

How To Use:

  • Gently press the applicator sponge down onto the mesh to release the foundation
  • Apply the foundation to your skin using the applicator in a patting motion until you have the amount of coverage you want.

I personally preferred to use my own beauty sponge as the one included didn’t have a strap on the back for your fingers and I found it very difficult to hold.

Boots No7 Bronzing Pearls

The look I’m going for is a healthy holiday glow, so I’m skipping contour and blusher, instead I’m using No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls. The pots contains 3 different shades of pearls which are highly pigmented. I use a small amount by swirling a medium sized makeup brush across the pearls and applying the bronzer where I’d naturally catch the sun. Even if I haven’t been abroad for two whole weeks, this shade certainly helps give the impression that I have!

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Overall I really love the Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation, I love the feel of it on my skin and the radiant look of my complexion. It’s quick and easy to use for a beautiful flawless base, and the super handy compact means it’ll definitely be coming with me in my travel bag.

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

I wasn’t expecting to take any photos of me wearing  Boots No7 Cushion Foundation but I was so pleased with the result that I was more excited about taking a photo rather than tidying up the mess my room first!

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Lush Spring Treats

Instead of chocolate for Easter this year I asked my family to very kindly put the change they would have spent into a money box for me instead. I eat far too much chocolate and decided to get a few pamper goodies from Lush, every girl needs a little treat, right? I normally get given Lush Bath Bombs for Christmas and my birthday, which are only two weeks apart, then never bother the rest of the year. I was kind of excited to see what wonderful products they have in store during Spring. I’ve loved Lush for ages and they always make my bath time seem a little extra luxurious, I get totally lost in my own little world, soaking in all the wonderful smells.

This time I popped into one of their stores instead of buying my treats over the internet, which was probably a dangerous move. There were so many amazing products all set out on beautiful displays, all I had to do was decide which ones I wanted.

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Lush Spring Treats

Adrian and I had taken a trip to Milton Keynes shopping centre, it’s been years since we took a drive over there and an awful lot had changed in that time. There were so many new stores, including Lush and of course I had to go in and see what new treats they’d got in for Easter. Luckily it was extremely quiet so I was able to have a good look round, it’s so much better than shopping on line. I was actually able to smell things before I decided on what to buy, obviously something you can’t do looking at an image on a screen. One of the lovely assistants came over to help, she talked me through their best sellers and any new items that were in stock, not once did I feel pressured into buying a thing. Once I’d chosen my pamper treats, they were wrapped in individual bags with their own label, somehow making them feel even more special that when they arrive in a cardboard box.

Lush Spring Treats

I decided on 2 bath bombs and 3 bubble bars.

Which Came First bath bath has the most amazing citrus smell with lemon and grapefruit oils, turning the water into swirls of orange and yellow. Crack it open and inside you’ll find a cute little chick shaped bath bomb so this one will last a while. The Free Rangers bath bomb comes in two sections, with a wonderful fragrance of burgamont and fruity blackcurrant, it turns your bath water a vivid purple and also comes in a range of other colours, you’ll get at least 4 baths out of this one.

Lush Spring Treats

Lush Spring Treats

Lush Spring Treats

I must have smelt a hundred bubble bars before settling on the three I loved best, which was not an easy thing, let me tell you.

Rose Jam Bubbleroon has to be my favourite out of everything I bought. It’s fragranced with roses, lemon and geranium, giving it a very sweet smell. the rose oil will help relax and lift your mood, while Cocoa Butter will moisturise your skin, leaving it silky smooth.

Cream Egg smells good enough to eat, I can’t wait to luxuriate in a bright neon coloured bath filled with bubbles and soaking in the delicious fragrance of mint chocolate, letting Shea Butter soften my skin and Spearmint lift my mood.

Citrus Are Doing It For Themselves is a wonderfully refreshing bubble bar with lemon, grapefruit and lime to help revive you after a long hard day, turning the water into the colour of a sunset.

The next Lush Haul will probably be for Christmas. Now there’s a scary thought!

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GOSH Lip OIls

I have loved GOSH for quite a while now and their cosmetics have become some of my absolute favourites in my makeup bag. I originally featured them in a What’s In My Summer Makeup Bag post last year, then had so much fun trying out new launches from their Autumn Winter 2017 range. Now I’ve recently discovered one of GOSH’s new lip products for Spring Summer 2018.

I’ve never used lip oils before but kept seeing them everywhere on Instagram. I was so excited when I came across these beauties in my local Superdrug store, I picked up two shades, Flower Essence and Raspberry. both are absolutely gorgeous. I love anything that keeps my lips soft and moisturised and wasn’t disappointed as these lip oils are incredibly nourishing.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Flower Essence

I have always preferred glossy lip products as my lips do tend to dry out and these are perfect for a glowy summer makeup look or wearing over the top of a lipstick. I have totally fallen in love with these lip oils, I’ve literally been wearing Flower Essence everyday for the past week. Those days when I’ve not worn much makeup, just concealer, mascara and a lip colour, well I’ve been reaching for one of these lip oils instead. They’re so easy to apply using the sponge applicator and simply glide over your lips. Each one is an absolute bargain at only £7.49.

These lip oils are packed with essential oils and vitamins that help nourish and keep your lips super soft. They help to repair any damaged skin as well as being incredibly hydrating, it’s basically like having a lip gloss and lip balm all in one.

GOSH Lip Oil in Flower Essence (006) is a beautiful pearly pink shade and is fabulous for a natural radiant look. GOSH Lip Oil shade Raspberry is more of a clear gloss, even though it looks a bright pink in the tube. I’ve been applying this one over the top of lipsticks to make them look super glossy.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Raspberry

I haven’t used anything like these lip oils before, I was actually quite surprised by how much I loved them. They’re really lightweight, comfortable to wear and not sticky in the slightest. I think I need to pick up a few more, just in case I run out. If you are ready for Summer and something that adds just a hint of colour, then you need one or two of these lip oils in your life.

GOSH have a number of new products in their Spring Summer range, including a brightly coloured eyeliner, mascara and a creamy foundation compact. You can find GOSH in Superdrug stores or online.

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Hair Styling Essentials

When it comes to my beauty routine my hair care is just as important. During the cold winter months and central heating on at full blast, whenever I go out I find I can get away with just sticking on a hat and hide any greasy roots. I do love having long hair, it makes me feel feminine, but it takes a lot of looking after. When the weather starts to get warmer I’ll spend more time styling it up, but I’ve often ended up with more products than I actually need. Then there’s all the little extras that change the look of my hair style, from poker straight to bouncy and curly, and occassionaly having a neat up-do or a messy bun, one great advantage of having long hair.

One of the best things I’ve ever done for my hair is to have a regular trim, I get mine cut roughly every 8 weeks to get rid of any dry, split ends. It’s no secret that I’m not as naturally blonde as I currently am, I’m more of a mousy blonde. I’m not the most patient of people and couldn’t sit in a hair salon to have my hair coloured, so at the moment I’m using Clairol Nice and Easy in the shade SB1. I’m sure it’s time for a change, but for now I’m happy with the way it looks. Although colouring does have it’s problems,  I’m still on the hunt for a great hair mask that gives my hair a deep condition without weighing it down too much, so if you have any recommendations for me, please let me know in the comments section below.  I try and leave it to dry naturally as often as possible and I go for as long as I can in between washes.

The 3 styling products I’ve been using for a couple of months all work incredibly well and are so gentle on my hair.

Lee Stafford Coco LoCo Dry Shampoo is one of my hair styling essentials

January has been a month where I’ve not felt like doing much with my hair, to be honest an extra 10 minutes snuggled in bed in the mornings felt so much better than washing and styling my hair every few days. I discovered Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo CoConut Dry Shampoo by accident while shopping for a few other beauty bits. This is now an essential for one of my “I can’t be bothered” days, it doesn’t leave my hair looking all white and powdery and it soaks up any greasy areas at the roots, without leaving it feeling dry. My hair feels soft and looks like I’ve spent a bit of time styling it as this dry shampoo adds some volume. Did I say, it also smells amazing too.

Hair Styling Essentials

Thanks to American English Seaberry Dry Oil  my hair has been frizz free and feels incredibly soft, it’s also given my hair a gorgeous shine. I’ve been using it as a heat protecting spray while using my straighteners or hair dryer, or on it’s own to make my hair look super sleek  This stuff is amazing and smells absolutely divine! It’s cruelty free and vegan too, so it’s suitable for everyone.

Lee Stafford Coco LoCo Heat Protection Mist is one of my hair styling essentials

I’ve loved using Lee Stafford Coco LoCo Heat Protection Mist it’s become one of my hair styling essentials, it’s a super lightweight spray that protects my hair from any damage when I’m using the hairdryer or straighteners. I’ll section off my hair a bit at a time and spray a small amount as I style each bit. It makes my hair look super shiny and healthy, which is what I need all year round. I love that it keeps my style in place for longer and is especially great for making my hair look poker straight after I’ve used my straighteners, no I don’t use GHDs, I own a simple pair of Babylis ones which at the moment are just fine and do a fantastic job.

A wet brush is one of my Hair Styling Essentials

There’s nothing worse than trying to drag a comb through wet knotted hair, I’ve tried various different brushes which seemed to do more damage than good on my long hair. I was originally looking for a brush to carry in my bag for when I got caught in a rain shower, but this Wet Brush has been so good I’ve been using it to comb through towel dried hair before I style it. It’s so gentle and combs through any knots or tangles without pulling, plus it can be used on wet or dry hair. I find it’s amazing for styling with the hair dryer and adding some volume, without my hair getting too tangled or frizzy and it doesn’t look as curly as it does if I use my round brush.

hair styling essentials

I couldn’t live without my straighteners and hairdryer for creating a number of different hair styles. I’ve recently just treated myself to these white and rose gold ones from Remington, which not only look beautiful but achieve exactly what I want them to do without paying the earth. The brushes are great for creating a bouncy blow dry or a style that’s on the smoother side.

I often leave my hair until it’s about 80 percent dry, then add some velcro or bendy rollers to create soft, romantic curls or slight wave, I find it’s much gentler on my hair instead of blasting it with heat from a hair dryer all the time. I’ll carry on getting ready and by the time I’ve done my makeup, put my outfit on and made a cup of tea, my hair should be dry enough to take the rollers out. Hey presto, perfect curly hair. All I need to do its add a spritz of hair spray to keep the curls in place and I’m good to go. Velcro rollers are amazing for adding stacks of volume with minimum effort. You can also take it one step further and use sleep in rollers, these make your curls last all day if you can bare to spend the night with them in your hair, they are spongy but can take a bit of getting used to at first and you don’t mind looking like Grandma in a hair net over night. I only use mine if I’m going somewhere really special and want to save myself some time getting ready.

Let’s not forget the vast collection of hair accessories I’ve collected over the years, from hair clips in various pretty designs, pearl and diamante hair bands, silk flowers on clips for a cute pulled back style and plenty of bands, bobbles and scrunchies for that no effort, sleek pony tail, or in my case a messy bun. Whatever the weather, hair accessories are great for creating a different look with whatever hair style you have. I personally find it’s easier to switch up long, straight hair, I’ve only ever had mine cut short once and totally hated how it looked on me. One hair accessory that has become invaluable to me is the Invisibobble, they are much kinder to my hair when I’ve pulled it back in a pony tail, they don’t get snagged up or spilt and damage my hair. I have these all over the house and in my handbag, they’re also fab for tying my hair up when it’s damp, letting it dry to create a beautiful wavy style.

What hair styling products could you not live without?

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